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Way of the Iron Embrace


Monks of the Way of the Iron Embrace are masters of grapples, throws, and pins. Fighting on the front line, they fearlessly lay hands on the most powerful enemies. Using balance, leverage, and their own internal power, these monks can control foes of almost any shape and size.

This supplement contains:

  • The Way of the Iron Embrace monk subclass
  • A guide to grappling
  • Four new magic items

This product is a DMs Guild Adepts supplement!

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Nod H November 07, 2021 4:26 pm UTC
Page 4, Guide to Grappling
"Shoving Prone. The shove action enables you to push a creature prone. A prone creature suffers disadvantage on melee attacks made against it and has disadvantage on its own attack roles."

Shouldn't that read "A prone creature suffers advantage on melee attacks made against it" ?
You could include a bit about ranged attacks against it having disadvantage.

Also, the roles should be rolls thing mentioned by Jesper C in May of 2019 is still around.
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M.T. B November 07, 2021 7:54 pm UTC
I think you are right - I will check the wording.

Thanks for the mechanical suggestions. I'll give them some thought when I have a few moments. Hope you enjoy the subclass!
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Nod H October 03, 2021 10:52 pm UTC
I really like this subclass and will definitely be trying to play it some time soon.
I do have one suggestion:
Have Crashing Wave also extend your normal "shove actions" by 5 feet. This would make a regular shove 10 ft instead of 5 ft.
Otherwise, Crashing Wave would require a minimum of 2 ki points ( 5 ft shove + 20 ft of ki shove to be ≥ 20 ft) to do a mere 1d6 damage.
Option B could be something along the lines of "you do your martial arts die of damage for each ki point spent this way"
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Jesper C May 22, 2019 7:57 am UTC
Just bought this, it looks really cool. One question I have is why did you decide to make it dexterity-based rather than strength-based? I would really like to have a strength-based monk path and I'm disappointed this isn't it.

ps: there's a typo on page 4: "attack roles" should be "attack rolls"
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M.T. B May 22, 2019 8:27 am UTC
Hi Jesper, thanks for catching the typo, and I'll fix it when I get a moment.

You can still run this using Strength (Athletics) when making grappling checks if you want - Dexterity (Acrobatics) is simply an option.
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