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Heroes of the Orient: Player's and DM's Companion

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This 75-page handbook contains lore, flavor, and rules for creating adventures in the Orient.

Included are also:

  • 6 new races, a new dwarf subrace and an oriental human variant
    • Nezumi - humanoid rats with 3 subraces
    • Hengeyokai - shapeshifting animals with 10 subraces
    • Spirit Folk - descendants of humans and spirits with 3 subraces
    • Vanara - monkey-like humanoids with prehensile tails
    • Hakuma - humans with oni heritage and 3 subraces
    • Serafu - small lizard-like folk with 4 subraces
  • 2 new classes
    • Kensai - a ki-using warrior with a strong bond to a single weapon (includes 5 archetypes)
      • Blademaster - focuses solely on the blade, capable of moving into battle quickly and taking on many enemies at once
      • Master of the Unseen Hand - bolsters melee prowess with telekinetic powers
      • Samurai - an honorable warrior that focuses on versatile stances
      • Shinobi - specializes in infiltration, misdirection, and utilizes the most maneuvers
      • Villainous Class Option: Ravager - a kensai that has been warped by Taint
    • Shogun - a commander who enables new strategies for his allies (includes 7 archetypes)
      • Crawdad - focuses on martial defense
      • Heron - focuses on mobility
      • Pegasus - focuses on mounted combat
      • Phoenix - focuses on magical defense
      • Spider - focuses on trickery
      • Tiger - focuses martial prowess
      • Wyvern - improves the abilities of the base class without focusing on any one area
  • 27 new archetypes for existing classes
    • Barbarian 
      • Path of Brawn - focuses on rage damage and mobility
    • Bard 
      • College of the Geisha - more expertise and good with enchantment and illusion spells
    • Cleric 
      • Shamanism Domain - gains powers depending on a spirit patron (either ancestral, animal, demonic, or primordial)
      • Shugenja Domain - gains elemental powers, focusing on either air, earth, fire, or water
    • Druid 
      • Circle of Chaos - utilizes the Wild Magic Surge table
      • Circle of Elementalism - casts elemental spells efficiently and summons mephits
      • Circle of the Fey Touched - has several fey powers
    • Fighter
      • Bushi - a warrior of the common people, skilled at combat and versatile through stances
      • Hogo-sha - a protector both in and out of battle
      • Satsugai - a swift and ferocious warrior, foregoing heavy armor to better navigate the field of battle
      • Witch Hunter - specializes in fighting aberrations, fiends, and undead
    • Monk
      • Way of Ancient Symbols - gains magical tattoos, offers a ton of customization
      • Way of Purity - a pacifist monk with shapeshifting and utility
      • Way of Righteous Fury - can enter a Ki Frenzy, much like the barbarian's rage and the bladesinger's bladesong
    • Paladin
      • Oath of the Stalwart Defender - focuses on defending himself and his allies
    • Ranger
      • Ishi - inspires his allies on the battlefield
      • Niten Master - focuses on dual wielding
    • Rogue
      • Shadow Spy - a master infiltrator and gatherer of intelligence
      • Skirmisher - emphasizes mobility and ranged attacks
    • Sorcerer
      • Void Disciple - manipulates reality and time
    • Warlock
      • The Great Phoenix - grants the warlock powers from the Fires of Life
      • The Great Sylvan - grants the warlock sylvan powers, becoming one with nature
      • The Great Turtle - grants the warlock protective powers and the ability to transform into water
      • The Great Wyrm - grants the warlock power over lightning and thunder, smiting foes in the patron's name
      • Seishin Mystic - possessed by a spirit, the seishin mystic has an internal patron, rather than an external one
    • Wizard
      • Wu Jen - focuses on the old elements, choosing between earth, fire, metal, water, or wood
      • Villainous Class Option: Maho-Tsukai - a blood mage with three distinct paths: mage, magus, and necromancer
  • 6 new backgrounds
  • 11 new feats
  • 52 new spells.

Please leave a review after purchase, so I know what you like and/or dislike. It'll help me with future iterations of Heroes of the Orient, as well as with the other products I have in the works.


v1.1 (July 8th 2016) - Fixed some spelling, wording, and slight rebalance. Added some ribbon features.

v1.2 (August 17th 2016) - Replaced some art, various balance adjustments, included detriments of childhood as variant rule, added several new armors, added a new weapon, added four new familiars, added two new fighter archetypes, added a new warlock archetype and one additional eldritch invocation.

v1.3 (November 28th 2016): Wording and balance, new weapons, new races, new magic items (talismans), details on how to run flavorful duels and how to reward characters

v2.0 (March 21st 2017): Wording and balance, expanded on several sections, added Shijin and Oni Lords, added Jigoku and Tengoku, added Oriental names, added a variant rule for ancestry, added special materials, added 17 new magic items, added an oriental calendar, added random events, added a new fighter archetype, added three new warlock archetypes, added three new pact boons, added 16 new eldritch invocations, expanded on the wu-jen taboo variant feature, added a villainous archetype to the wizard, added 15 new spells.

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Kaine O January 07, 2019 3:11 pm UTC
I have a question about the Bushi subclass for Fighters. They're described as warriors of the common people, usually men of low birth. Their maneuvers, however, are all based on Intelligence, and several of their features reference Intelligence as well. Aside from this generally being a dump stat for any non-spellcasting Fighter, from a lore perspective it seems like most lowborn people in a fantasy setting would NOT have a very high Intelligence score, given the education available to them. Since the resource they draw upon is ki, which is usually rooted in Wisdom, I'm wondering if this subclass was meant to be Wisdom based, or if this is the intended layout.
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Thony D January 06, 2019 9:07 am UTC
Sorry to leave more critique, just, another odd thing about the Kensai. It seems that it learns a couple spells, like Disguise Self. A spellcasting modifier is needed to determine seeing through the disguise. I would imagine you'd use Charisma, but it doesn't mention it.
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Thony D January 04, 2019 11:22 pm UTC
I've only just noticed an issue with the Kensai's feature, battle clarity. It says you can use a bonus action to end the paralyzed condition, but you are unable to use bonus actions while paralyzed. This is confirmed in the player's handbook, page 189.

As well, grace says, in the class table, it gets an upgrade at 13th level, but the feature description says 15th.
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Dylan P January 01, 2019 9:19 am UTC
Hey there! Just pointing out that the Witch Hunter subclass for the fighter is missing the 18th subclass feature from what I can tell.
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Thony D January 04, 2019 10:47 am UTC
It actually isn't, it just does what Battlemaster does. It's 18th level feature is wrapped up in an earlier feature, Specifically Bane of Evil.
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Dylan P January 06, 2019 12:12 am UTC
Ah ha! Thank you sir! I am the blind!
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Rey I December 08, 2018 12:27 am UTC
Hello, I was also hoping for a POD version. Is this something that will happen and if so what is the expected time frame? Thank you for the product.
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Brent F November 03, 2018 8:06 pm UTC
Hoping for POD of this.
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Charlie P October 21, 2018 4:39 pm UTC
Any plans for Artificer subclasses?
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Gary F October 05, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Love the book! Everything is great!
When can we expect the new patch update????
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clive S October 05, 2018 11:21 am UTC
An excellent product.

Will there ever be a Fantasy Grounds version.

Clive Stewart
South Africa
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Jean-Francois P September 11, 2018 2:59 am UTC
Amazing supplement! Can’t wait for a POD version!
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Marc A September 25, 2018 8:50 am UTC
Hi Jean-Francois,

Thank you for your kind words!
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Clay C September 08, 2018 10:44 pm UTC
I was looking over the Elemental Burst spell and it said that for that spell you can use any of the five elements, but the air element is not listed as an option. Is that intentional or a mistake?
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Marc A September 25, 2018 8:49 am UTC
Hi Clay,

The five elements don't include air. If you check the Wu Jen subclass for the wizard, you'll see the same five elements. In the real world, these five elements are called Wu Xing and originate in China.
The Shugenja subclass for the cleric, however, uses the classic four elements.
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Gage R September 05, 2018 11:14 am UTC
The Shogun does not have the option for great weapon fighting, but has the option for dueling, even though using a shield is not exactly something that would strike one as a very oriental thing to do. Is this intentional?
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Marc A September 25, 2018 8:43 am UTC
Hi Gage,

It is actually mentioned under Armor and Shields that shield usage isn't very widespread and not considered an honorable thing to do.
If a shogun picks Dueling as his or her fighting style, you can absolutely just wield a weapon and no shield. That said, I might switch it with two-weapon fighting.
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Kaine O August 24, 2018 4:45 am UTC
I was looking over the spells and noticed, while reading the Commune With Spirit and Commune With Greater Spirit spells, that they seem to be mechanically identical to each other with the exception being that Great Spirit costs a 5th level slot as opposed to the lesser's 3rd. Was there an intended mechanical difference for these? If not, what sort of suggestions do you have to make them distinct from one another in play?
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Marc A September 25, 2018 8:34 am UTC
Hi Kaine,

The mechanical difference is that the Greater version of the spell can contact a kami. The Shijin, for example, are kami.
Kami are revered religious creatures, while a spirit can be any type of spirit that isn't a kami.
Generally, you can expect better answers from the Greater spell.
Page 6 of Monsters of the Orient expands on this further.
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Benjamin B August 24, 2018 2:48 am UTC
Hello! Love your book, I have a question: are fireworks in any of your notes? I figured a book about the orient would mention them but either I missed it or isn't there. I would love a supplement with maybe an archetype or two, or even a new class entirely, seriously love your book. Today I helped one of my players make an aasimar cotton nezumi (ki-rin squirrel lol)
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Marc A September 25, 2018 8:28 am UTC
Hi Benjamin,

Thank you for your kind words.
The ki-rin squirrel concept sounds absolutely hilarious and fun!
I don't have any plans for any new classes, but do have a few subclasses in the works.

Fireworks are mentioned for the Winter's End Festival on page 29. The same thing is mentioned in the Nian entry in Monsters of the Orient.
Other than that, there isn't anything. My thinking was that a DM could easily add material costs for various fireworks.
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Benjamin B October 11, 2018 3:11 am UTC
Can't wait to see, and thanks for the heads up! I will have to look into it some more, and thinking on it, I could easily flavor a wizard as such to make their magic through fireworks. It's just something I wanted to mention, thanks for replying when you were able ^_^
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Aniruddh B August 01, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
hi there! love the supplement! I use it for my 5e legend of the 5 rings campaign. Question for you though, the spell, "kiss of the spider" does not show up in any spell lists when looking at the "sorcerer spells" or the "bard spells" what classes can use this spell?
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Marc A August 02, 2018 6:17 pm UTC
Hi Aniruddh,

Thank you for your kind words! It means a lot.

Kiss of the Spider is intended as a druid spell. It should also be transmutation. That's fixed in the next update.
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jason M July 18, 2018 4:53 am UTC
love your work,, if there were physical books id buy a copy of each..
would love an adventure, maybe lv 1-15? or lv 1-20.
to go along with heroes of the orient..
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Marc A August 02, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Hi Jason,

Sorry for the late reply. I didn't get a notice about any unread messages.

Thank you for your kind words! Monsters of the Orient is available as Print-on-Demand now. Hopefully, the rest will follow in due time.

I'd also love to have a big adventure like you suggest.
However, I'm sorry to say that an adventure that spans so many levels isn't realistic for me to produce.
That said, I am working on an introductory adventure for the setting that could span a few levels. That will be my first attempt at creating an adventure though, so let's see how that goes first.
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