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Way of Control (a Jiu-Jitsu-Inspired Controller Monk Subclass)

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Control Your Opponent and the Battlefield With This Grappling, Jiu-Jitsu-Inspired Monk!

The first monks to adhere to the Way of Control were followers of the great tactician Master Ereshti. The master founded this tradition in the wake of a devastating defeat; afterward, she entered into a long period of contemplation in which she analyzed her failure over and over again. Eventually, she realized the reason why she’d failed: Control—or the lack thereof.

For is it not true that a warrior who controls a creature controls its life? That a warrior who controls the battlefield controls the outcome? And that a warrior who controls their body and mind controls their own future and fate?

Thus Master Ereshti developed the technique of using an opponent’s strength against them—a method combining leverage, agility, and submission holds to knock enemies to the ground… and keeping them there until they’re broken.


John Joseph Adams ( has worked for more than twenty years as a professional editor in the science fiction and fantasy publishing world. He is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy and is the editor of more than thirty anthologies, such as Wastelands, Lost Worlds & Mythological Kingdoms, Operation Arcana, The Way of the Wizard, and Epic: Legends of Fantasy. He is also editor (and publisher) of the Hugo Award-winning magazine Lightspeed and is publisher of its sister-magazines Nightmare and Fantasy. In addition to his short fiction work, he’s a producer for WIRED’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, and for five years he was the editor of the John Joseph Adams Books novel imprint for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Lately, he’s been working as an editor on various TTRPG projects for Kobold Press and Monte Cook Games, such as: the Planebreaker Character Options book; the adventure books Tales from the ShadowsTome of Beasts 3 Lairs, and Tales from the Wastes; and the essay anthologies Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding Vol. 2 and Kobold Guide to Dungeons. He also was a contributing game designer on Tome of Heroes, for which he designed the Familiar Master and Cantrip Adept wizard subclasses and the four Gearforged subraces.


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Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding, Volume 2Tales from the Shadows

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