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Way of the Drunken Master - A Monastic Tradition for Monks (5e)
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Way of the Drunken Master - A Monastic Tradition for Monks (5e)


Monks perfect their bodies, minds and souls via martial and spiritual paths often referred to as monastic traditions. These traditions were created generations ago by the original masters, monks who had reached spiritual enlightenment and desired to pass their teachings onward. These traditions are normally tightly interwoven with religious belief and sometimes carry certain restrictions on their practitioners: no meat, no alcohol, total abstinence, a vow of poverty or the like.

However, not all monastic traditions are religious in nature. Sometimes perfection and even enlightenment can be found in the most unlikely of places. Sometimes the wisest thought, or the most ingenious action comes from the lips of the fool, or in this case the mouth of the inebriated. To a Drunken Master the tavern is their dojo, a flagon or bar stool is their sword, and a night of drunken revelry is one night spent training to reach perfection.

It is unknown who the first Drunken Master was, or why this monk continued to seek perfection with the bottle pressed to their lips. Though still rare, this tradition has been passed down from Drunken Master to Drunken Disciple for many generations. Few who practice these arts in the modern age actually drink, instead clinging to the dry way of living known by most monks, and simply imitating the sway of the inebriated to throw off their opponents and strike with dizzying randomness. To a true Drunken Master this is a wasted talent. Why imitate the drunk when you can master the art of inebriation?

This archetype is focused on reactionary fighting and using the numbness and looseness brought on by inebriation to your advantage. All nearby objects are a weapon or shield to the drunken master, every stumble and fall, a tactical decision and every hangover a reason to celebrate.

This document also includes a varient rule for dungeon masters looking to add Intoxication to their game, as well as a table of average prices for different types of alcohol found throughout civilized lands.

This archetype is designed to be a functioning 5e version of the 3.5e prestige class, with more of the real martial art of Zui Quan baked in, heavily inspired by Jackie Chan's "Drunken Master".

If you like this archetype check out Village Idiot! the perfect background for any Drunken Master:

Village Idiot - Background

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October 10th, 2016
Great subclass, looks extremly fun. The lv 17 firebreathing abilty is hilarious. I don't know why it took so long for someone to make this. [...]
October 7th, 2016
Obviously a lot of effort into this, VERY balanced. This is the kind of thing you dont see often enough on here. Beautiful visuals, cool alcohol rules, Id allow this at my table for sure. I've got a few class ideas I'd like to work out eith thi [...]
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