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Monastic Traditions (Monk Subclasses)

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This document offers three new Monk subclasses for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons: the Way of the Animals, the Way of the Fengshui, and the Way of the Ink Artistry.

Monks are masters of control. They train and practice endlessly to remain in perfect control of their own bodies and mind. This is apparent from both the flavor of Monks as described in the Player Handbook and the features they gain: Stillness of Mind, Purity of Body, Perfect Self. The archetypal monk is a control freak – an archetype that two subclasses explore and a third one plays against.

Monks of the Way of the Animals are, mechanically, oriented towards crowd control: you grapple, shove, and knock prone your opponents, you prevent them from leaving your reach, you slow their movements. These mechanics are supported by a flavor loosely inspired by the animal-style Kung Fu.

Monks of the Way of the Fengshui also thrive for control, but on a larger scale: they want to control the battlefield, to create barriers, to isolate opponents. They also gain benefits from mixing their every day life hobbies into their martial arts.

Playing against the archetype of the control freak, monks of the Way of the Ink Artistry forgo studious practice and patient meditation. Instead, they enchant their own bodies to emulate the powers that others reach by arduous work.

May you punch dragons!
– Raphaël

Version history

  • v1.0 (2018-01-12) Initial release
  • v1.1 (2018-02-03) Balancing and focus

    To focus the flavor of the Way of the Animals, the Animal Call feature (to call forth Ki animals) is removed. Instead, more Techniques are learned and a new style can be adopted: the Snake.

    To make the Way of Fengshui more viable and to balance out the ki-points intensive abilities, a passive situational attack bonus is introduced.

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