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Heroes of the Orient: Unearthed Kensai

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This book is made as a Pay What You Want title in celebration of the massive support Heroes of the Orient: Player’s and DM’s Companion has received from the community.
My sincerest thanks to the DMsGuild community. Your support and feedback has been much more than I ever could have hoped for.


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Thomas M September 27, 2018 1:58 pm UTC
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I really love Heroes of the Orient. I am not sure why this just doesn't get incorporated into that?
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Marc A September 28, 2018 4:03 am UTC
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Hi Thomas,

Thank you for your kind words.
This title might be absorbed by HotO at some point in the future. It was originally just a small thank you to the community.
It's lacking a bit in artwork and such, however, so it didn't feel right to put it into HotO.
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Zach R September 23, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
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I just bought this and I am super excited. The artwork on the cover is really badass. I also really loved the Heroes of the Orient book. I hope to put it into a game really soon.
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Marc A December 07, 2017 2:49 am UTC
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Hi Zach,

Thank you so much for your kind words :)
I wish you many fun adventures in the Orient!
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Frederic L May 06, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
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Great product! Looks very professional and is very well constructed.
I wish all official 5e books were as throughout as this one.
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Marc A May 09, 2017 8:01 am UTC
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Thank you, Frederic.
That means a lot :)
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Phil C April 06, 2017 4:44 am UTC
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What's going on with the artwork? The content seems interesting but the artwork on the cover seems a little off putting to new female gamers.
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Marc A April 06, 2017 6:33 am UTC
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Hi Phil,

Nothing's going on with the artwork. It's a strong, empowered female kensai, bonding with her weapon after a long rest.

I don't see why it would be off putting. I see a beautiful piece of art, nothing more.
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Ashley K April 07, 2017 9:07 pm UTC
So why does she have to be half-naked to bond with a weapon?

This art is neither "strong" or "empowered" it's just a woman with a weapon and side-boob intended to draw the eye of a male purchaser of this product. This same concept could have been done 200 different ways without the side-boob.
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Marc A April 07, 2017 10:19 pm UTC
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Hi Ashley,

She doesn't have to be half-naked. And it could have been done many other ways, sure.
I just don't see why it can't be this as well. I feel like the artist did an amazing job with this.

Please don't presume to know my intentions though. It's prejudicial and rude, and I'd like to keep the tone respectful.

But I'll try to explain:
This is a small title that I made when Heroes of the Orient: Player's and DM's Companion became a platinum best seller.
It's meant as a thank you to all those that have purchased it. And this title is pretty much unusable without the other title.

Heroes of the Orient: Player's and DM's Companion is $ 9.99 and shows no skin at all on the cover.
My first title, Epic Characters, is also a $ 9.99 platinum best seller. It also shows no skin.

If I wanted to attract the eyes of males the way you describe, wouldn't I do it on the products that have a price tag, rather than the one that is free?...See more
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Charles B April 16, 2017 6:07 pm UTC
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I would have gone with the fact then you would be able to see her cool tate.
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Marc A April 17, 2017 12:51 pm UTC
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That is a big part of the reason I find it beautiful, yes.
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Robert L October 22, 2017 8:44 pm UTC
Respect your work, sir. Please don't succumb to the trolling vigilantes. I thought it was a lovely piece of art.
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Matthew C January 24, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Phil,

thanks for pointing this out. I was about to buy Monsters of the Orient and Epic Players, but man yeah if the creator can't acknowledge or apologize to FEMALE players, then yeah I have no need to spend my money. As someone who helps plan gaming events at cons, I'm always looking for add ons for D&D, it curbs meta-gaming. I was excited to see asian inspired dragons.

Part of the reason AL is so dominated men is because of this refusal to acknowledge how women feel or that our community can be toxic. I mean I know groups of girls who run campaigns, many. It's not like Critical Role hasn't cause a huge surge in girls wanting to play or anything....

I run a group that is 4 girls and 4 guys, it's because we listen to all of our players that our group is supper accepting. If someone feels marginalized, its your job as a DM to acknowledge that and reflect on your own line of thinking and practice.

Thanks Marc for keeping it classy!
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Vis S February 03, 2018 7:04 am UTC
Also, there's a long, long history of overt sexualization/objectification of Asian women in particular throughout lots of Western culture, especially as part of a "Dragon Lady" trope. Obviously, the inclusion of such an image on the cover does not necessarily imply that such a trope is being invoked, but these kinds of choices don't happen in a vacuum.
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Matthew C February 03, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Vis,

yeah maybe it was a mistake. An honest to goodness mistake. When someone pointed out how it made them feel AS A WOMAN, the proper thing to do is to apologize. We get people make mistakes, but decency is vital to any nerd community.
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Stijn V February 03, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
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Can all of you just stop whining and enjoy the product, this dicussuion hasz been going on since last year!

To the Creator, i love the product. Keep up the good work.
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Llyr L February 28, 2018 12:52 am UTC
He did apologize. Did you read his full reply or just stop the moment you felt offended?
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Robert T December 09, 2018 1:11 pm UTC
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I agree 100% with this. There is no reason why she needs to be half-naked with side boob showing to "bond with her weapon(?)" That's pretty whack reasoning. And yes as the quote goes: "Nudity empowers some. Modesty empowers some. Different things empower different women and its not your place to tell her which one it is." This is a bit different than that.

This is not a woman making a choice to be naked/half-naked, this is the artist making the choice, so that goes out the window.

As you said, there are plenty of ways to show her bonding with her weapon without the side boob, there are plenty of ways to show her tattoo and great artwork without the sideboob and it was either the artist (I believe) Yannick Bouchard [Deviantart link] https://www.deviantart.com/yannickbouchard/gallery/?catpath=/ [Link to image on deviantart] https://www.deviantart.com/yannickbouchard/art/Onna-bugeisha-346312895 or the creator who chose to go with this image.

The artist...See more
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Robert T December 09, 2018 1:11 pm UTC
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"Now, I am very sorry if you feel offended by this." That's not an apology.
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March 29, 2017 9:47 pm UTC
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For the Ring of Fire spellfire incantation, do creatures take fire damage when you move closer to them?
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Marc A March 30, 2017 4:56 am UTC
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Hi there,

It does indeed!
"A creature takes the same damage when it enters the ring for the first time on a turn..."

A turn, not just its turn.

It doesn't take the damage if it starts its turn inside the fire though. Only when it enters on a turn or if it ends its turn there.
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March 14, 2017 10:37 pm UTC
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Can the Zerth Elocater add its bonus after the roll is made?
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Marc A March 14, 2017 10:53 pm UTC
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The intention is, that it can be added after the roll, but before the outcome is determined.
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March 14, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
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Can the Spellfire Incanter really only use Legacy maneuvers? Based on the description, I would think they could also use Weave Maneuvers.
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March 14, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
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Also, is the Spellfire Incanter not supposed to gain a Fighting Style?
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Marc A March 14, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
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Hi there,

The spellfire incanter is indeed supposed to have a fighting style.
In the next update, they'll gain the Dueling fighting style at 1st level.

They aren't intended to have Weave Maneuvers, however.
Their connection to the Weave is through their spellfire teachings, which is based on fire and incantations.
They deal damage with fire magic, but the remaining incantations are more defensive or utility based.

However, it wouldn't diminish anything if a DM allowed a spellfire incanter to choose between Elemental Empowerment and Ki-Sight from among the Weave Maneuvers.
If it were me I'd allow it, with Elemental Empowerment being restricted to the fire option.

If you are playing a spellfire incanter in a campaign, I'd love to hear about the experience.
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March 14, 2017 1:43 am UTC
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Will the Soulknife take inspiration from the Unearthed Arcana Mystic Soulknife?
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Marc A March 14, 2017 10:36 am UTC
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I do think they did an awesome job on the soulknife in particular.
Being inspired by what they do with their UA stuff is unavoidable I think.

Whether I'll try to adapt some of the elements they used for their soulknife into my own, however.. I don't think so.

They're quite different, though they obviously have some things in common as well.
Apart from the archetype differences, the chassis they are built into are also very different with the kensai being a martial class and the mystic being a caster.

The Phantom Knife feature they made is just awesome, however. I sorta wish I had though of that :)

I think I wouldn't consider adapting UA soulknife stuff into my own, unless the community here had some cool ideas on how to go about it, or if there was a clear demand for it.
For now though, I'm content with letting them be two different interpretations of the same source material.
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Thony D March 07, 2017 4:51 pm UTC
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This is cool and all. I've downloaded this, and would like to purchase the main document after seeing this. But I am waiting until the updates to purchase it. The typos I hear about turn me off some. On that note, Mental Rebout as a typoe it in, with a 'there; that should be a 'the'. Once these are updated, I will toss money at the Heroes of the Orient book.
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Marc A March 07, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
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Hi Thony,

First of all, thank you very much for showing interest in my titles!

Most typos have been eliminated with three major updates to HotO:Player's and DM's Companion over the past six months.
1.4 which is done "soon" also catches a few typos.

HotO: Unearthed Kensai is getting a 1.1 soon as well.

If you find any more typos, please don't hesitate to let me know.
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Thony D March 08, 2017 11:04 pm UTC
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Ahhh, good to know. Once it's in that 1.1 and 1.4 phase are done, I will be purchasing, I believe.
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Robert C February 09, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
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Why does the Spellfire Incanter have so little to start with? Al they get is Spellfire Blade which is neat but doesn't really do much. All the other Kensai archetypes seem to get a couple of abilities (Fighting Style and something).

Just curious.
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Marc A February 10, 2017 7:36 am UTC
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Hi Robert,

A good question. I believe my initial goal was just to differentiate between them, but I don't have anything about it written in my notes.
In the next update, the spellfire incanter will gain the dueling fighting style and the zerth elocator will gain proficiency with martial weapons.
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Chris F December 12, 2016 6:56 pm UTC
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I've already purchased heroes of the Orient. Is this an additional supplement like Wizard's UA's or just an excerpt?
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Marc A December 12, 2016 7:25 pm UTC
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This is new material you won't find in Heroes of the Orient: Player's and DM's Companion.
It contains three new archetypes for the kensai class and some new maneuvers for those archetypes.
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November 29, 2016 2:33 am UTC
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Does the Zerth Elocater's Precognition ability have to be used used before the roll is made?
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November 29, 2016 2:36 am UTC
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Also, is the Scorn Earth ability supposed to be unlimited?
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Marc A November 29, 2016 6:54 am UTC
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Precognition is intended to be usable after a roll.
Scorn Earth is indeed intended to be unlimited.
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November 28, 2016 11:09 pm UTC
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Does the Spellfire Blade replace the damage of the weapon?
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Marc A November 28, 2016 11:32 pm UTC
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That is the intention, yes.
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