4th Ed D&D In London
I am indebted to Ari Marnel and Expeditious Retreat Press for being able to using these classes & races in my game.
"You wear your steel on your body. I wear mine in my soul."
Martial artists are the practitioners of ancient forms of unarmed combat. Some were modeled on the combat styles of animals and monsters, others designed specifically to counter the advantages possessed by armed and armored soldiers, but all require a spiritual enlightenment far beyond what most mortals are capable of. Martial artists are at least as good as rogues and rangers at moving swiftly through a melee, leaving a wake of destruction behind them.
You might have been drawn to the arts of the martial artist as a means of learning unarmed combat techniques, or it might've been the spiritual, contemplative aspect that appealed to you. You could have been taught in a monastery atop a mountain peak, learned from a lone master or family tradition, or even been part of an underground sect developing a means of resisting an armed occupation that doesn't allow the common folk to carry weapons.
Where you came from shapes who you are-but not who you will be. Do you wander the world, seeking to right wrongs and protect the weak? Or are you a mercenary thug, selling your skills to the highest bidder?Why you fight is at least as important as how you fight, and the world will remember your deeds long after it has forgotten your name.
Role and Source: Divine Striker