Special Abilities—This style has a special maneuver (Inner Air) and a special attack (the Toppling Kick). In addition, all Adrenal Strength and Adrenal Toughness maneuvers take only a 10% preparation activity to use (this has no effect on the Inner Air maneuver). Finally, if the GM is allowing Chi Power skills, the style should allow either the Chi Powers: Invincible Stance, Chi Powers: Invulnerability, or Chi Powers: Rise of the Phoenix skills.
Inner Air—With a successful Adrenal Toughness maneuver using a 40% preparation action, the Iron Robe adept may reduce any one critical by two levels. An 'A' critical is resolved as an 'A' critical with a special modification of -40 (with modified rolls of less than 01 resulting in no extra damage). A 'B' critical is resolved as an 'A' critical with a special modification of -20 (with modified rolls of less than 01 resulting in no extra damage).
Toppling Kick—The Iron Robe stylist can attack with a unique spinning kick that rises from the ground to strike an opponent. The stylist gains a special +2 modifier to initiative if he uses this attack, but he must also suffer a special -10 modifier to his OB.
Monkey Style (Southern External Style) Basic Martial Arts Style [30 style points] Description—The Monkey style is a Chinese martial art that traces its origins back to the early twentieth century in Peking, China. It is said that the Monkey style was created when Kua See, Chinese fighting expert, killed an officer when he resisted being drafted into the Manchu army. Kua See surrendered to police and was placed in jail in Peking. At that time, Chinese authorities used monkeys as "watchdogs." If a prisoner broke out, the monkeys sounded a loud chattering alarm that alerted the prison guards. Kua See began to study the movements of his simian jailers over the course of his ten years of imprisonment and ended up designing a fighting style.
The appearance of the Monkey style is very deceptive. It appears comical at times, but is actually an extremely effective martial arts style. The Monkey style specializes in attacking from the ground using techniques that are physically very demanding. A Monkey stylist learns how to handle falls and unleash powerful kicks from a prone position. Spinning and twisting movements are used to conceal the a target of an attack. Hand attacks are modeled after the clawing and scratching hand attacks of a monkey. Unlike many Chinese martial arts, the Monkey style uses very low defensive crouches to avoid attacks and aggressive leaps when attacking.
The Monkey style uses a basic defensive stance in which the stylist is ready to roll away from attacks against him. Several different variants of the Monkey style exist: Stone Monkey style, Wooden Monkey style, and Drunken Monkey style. Of the three, the Drunken Monkey style is the most exotic. In the Drunken Monkey style the practitioner fakes drunken staggers and weaves, all the while ready to unleash a surprise attack. See Section 2.1 for more information on the development of Chinese martial arts.
Recommended Skills—Martial Arts Striking, Adrenal Defense, Adrenal Evasion, Adrenal Balance, Adrenal Leaping, Climbing, Acrobatics
Martial Arts Abilities [Core]—Greater Adrenal Defense [20 points]; Degree 2 Martial Arts Striking attacks [0 points]; +10 bonus to Adrenal Evasion maneuvers [10 points]
Special Abilities—This style has two special maneuvers (the Monkey's Leap and the Monkey's Evasion). Also, if the GM is allowing Chi Power skills, this style allows either the Chi Powers: Fantastic Leap, Chi Powers: Leaping Strike, or Chi Powers: Lizard's Climb skill.
Monkey's Leap—The Monkey stylist can attack while leaping towards or away from his foe. The result of this maneuver is that the Monkey may also position himself up to 10' away, suffering only a-20 modifier to his OB. A Monkey stylist could use this maneuver to attack and then scale a wall for instance. If the maneuver is successful, the stylist's DB is doubled against one foe.
Monkey's Evasion—With a successful Adrenal Evasion maneuver against an attacker, the Monkey stylist gains a +15flank positional bonus for his next round if he so desires (this is in addition to the normal benefits gained from Adrenal Evasion). The stylist can gain this positional bonus on any target within normal attack range when he starts his Adrenal Evasion maneuver. The Monkey stylist can also choose as a result of this maneuver to position himself up to 10' away from one opponent.
Pa Kua Chu'an Style (Southern Internal Style)
Advanced Martial Arts Style [50 style points]
Description—The Pa Kua Chu'an style is an ancient Chinese martial arts style. The name of the style literally means the "eight trigrams." Legend holds that an emperor of China, Fu His (2,953-2,838 BC), invented the eight symbolic trigrams after pondering the scarred markings on the back of a tortoise shell. These trigrams were later incorporated into the I Ching. The eight trigrams figuratively express the evolution of nature and its cyclical changes - representing heaven, earth, metal, wood, water, fire, soil, and man. The Pa Kua stylist attains mastery of his art through the practice of the eight fundamental postures of the martial arts style. These postures are based on an ingenious inspiration of applying various animal forms to the eight trigrams. Each fundamental posture demonstrates the key actions of the dragon, snake, stork, hawk, lion, monkey, and bear.
Just as life's expressions are found in the eight trigrams of the I Ching, a Pa Kua adept asserts that all possible bodily movements are found within the eight fundamental postures. This is practiced by "walking the circle," the principle exercise leading to the perfection of Pa Kua Ch'uan. This martial art does not contain specific fighting techniques like most other martial arts styles. Instead, Pa Kua Ch'uan is a system of defense designed to avoid aggression though constant movement. The master may perform elusive circular gyrations that allow him to circle behind his attacker for a fraction of a second, sufficient time to fell his attacker with a single blow of the palm. The stylist's internal energy is focused into his palm strike, enough to stun even the most hardy foe.
The chief stance of this style involves "walking the circle." The Pa Kua stylist uses his footwork to walk and rotate his body while going through the complicated hand movements of the style. Fighting a skilled practitioner of this style can be very bewildering as your opponent will seem to spin away out of your field of vision before you can strike him. See Section 2.1 for more information on the development of Chinese martial arts. Recommended Skills—Martial Arts Striking, Nerve
Strikes, Adrenal Defense, Subduing, Meditation Martial Arts Abilities [Core]—Greater Adrenal Defense [20 points]; Degree 4 Martial Arts Striking attack and Degree 3 Nerve Strikes attack [10 points]; All-Around Defense [10 points]; +10 OB bonus to Subduing attacks [10 points]
Special Abilities—This style has a special maneuver (Walking the Circle) and a special attack (Stunning Strike). Also, if the GM is allowing Chi Power skills, this style allows access to either the Chi Powers: Buddha's Palm or Chi Powers: Distance Strike.
Walking the Circle—The Pa Kua adept continuously trains to avoid and sidestep blows. His elusive footwork allows him to negate positional bonus modifiers that foes have against him.per combat round by taking a 10% activity action during the combat round. This ability can be used against up to two foes per round.
Stunning Strike—By focusing his energy into one precise blow, a Pa Kua stylist can stun an opponent. When attempting a Subduing attack, the stylist can receive a special +2 modification to a critical roll (if any).
Praying Mantis Style (External Style) Advanced Martial Arts Style [55 style points] Description—The Praying Mantis style is a Chinese martial arts style said to be created 350 years ago by a Chinese fighting master named Wang Lang. The story goes that Wang Lang was a skilled fighter who traveled to the Shaolin Temple to challenge its monks in combat but he suffered several humiliating defeats at the hands of the monks. While he was mediating upon his failures, he observed a fragile-looking praying mantis engaged in combat with a much larger cicada. Wang decided to capture the insect and use its defensive and offensive movements as the basis for a new fighting style. Wang observed that the insect could defend itself from attacks from all directions. Armed with his bewildering array of insect moves, Wang overwhelmingly defeated the senior monks of the Shaolin Temple. Wang's Praying Mantis school of martial arts became one of the most prominent schools of martial arts in China during his lifetime.
The Praying Mantis style is a very effective close-combat fighting style. A Praying Mantis stylist does not attempt long-range attacks against his foe, instead he remains in a defensive position until he has closed the distance to his foe. The style teaches the practitioner to launch powerful short-range blows with little preparation or room for motion. Like many Chinese martial arts, the Praying Mantis adept always keeps one hand free to defend at all times. There are few pure blocking movements in the Praying Mantis style. The stylist is taught to strike at an incoming limb while deflecting it or to rely upon elusive footwork to avoid the blow. Once the stylist has closed with his foe, he can then unleash a devastating series of short-range blows. The style primarily uses elbow and hand strikes since these types of attacks are very effective in close quarters. Some waist high kicks are also taught, but they are not primary attacks in of this style.
The on-guard position of the Praying Mantis style mimics the actual insect's fighting position, with the hands resembling the poised feelers. The original Praying Mantis style is called the Seven Stars style (so named for its footwork pattern). Variants of the original style are the Six Harmonies style that incorporates softer and more circular movements, and the Eight Steps style, which alters the footwork pattern of the original style. See Section 2.1 for more information on the historical development of Chinese martial arts.
Recommended Skills—Martial Arts Striking, Martial Arts Sweeping, Locking Holds, Adrenal Defense, Adrenal Speed
Martial Arts Abilities [Core]—Greater Adrenal Defense [20 points]; Degree 3 Martial Arts Striking attack, Degree 2 Martial Arts Sweeping attack, and Degree 2 Locking Holds attack [ 10 points]; +10 bonus to Adrenal Speed maneuvers [5 points]; Three-sectioned staff weapon kata [5 points]; Broadsword weapon kata [5 points]
Special Abilities—This style has a special attack (the Mantis Punch) and a special defense (Stance of the Mantis). In addition, any Adrenal Speed maneuvers only take a 10% preparation action. Finally, if the GM is allowing Chi Power skills, this style allows access to either the Chi Powers: Sticking Touch or Chi Powers: No Shadow Attack skills.
Mantis Punch—The Praying Mantis adept learns how to focus his energy to deliver several precise strikes within one punching attack. The result of this attack is that the opponent will also take an Unbalancing critical of two levels less severity than any critical inflicted by an attack table (same roll). While using this ability, a special modifier of-20 is applied to the OB of the Mantis stylist (to represent the increased control and focus required for executing this technique successfully).
Stance of the Mantis—The Praying Mantis stylist learns how to use his martial arts expertise to maneuver and attack in very close confined spaces. The stylist suffers half the normal penalty for fighting within a cramped or enclosed space (see Section 14.6). In addition, as a result of this close inward stance, all Martial A rts Sweeping attacks against the martial artist suffer an additional-20 modifier due to the stylist's understanding of stances.
Snake Style (Southern External Style)
Advanced Martial Arts Style [60 style points]
Description—The Snake style is an ancient Chinese martial art originally developed to help practitioners develop endurance and concentration. It is also an effective fighting art. The Snake style emphasizes controlled breathing and flowing movements that incorporate elaborate finger and hand movements. The movements or forms of the Snake style actually resemble the motions of
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a snake. In comparison to the Cobra style, the Snake style is much more expressive. The adept will coil his body and twist his arms to mimic the motions of the snake. Like the Cobra style, the main attack of the Snake style is hand attacks that strike at the weak points of an opponent, like the throat or eyes. The defensive postures also emphasize avoiding attacks rather than blocking.
When an attacker strikes at the Snake stylist, the Snake stylist is taught to strike the attacker's limb as it comes into range or to quickly sidestep the attack and deliver a pin-point strike of his own. A Snake stylist will almost never trade blows with an opponent. Rather he is taught to attack and retreat to avoid counterstrikes. There are several variants of the Snake style but common to all of these styles are precise strikes and twisting arm motions intended to disguise the true target of the attack.
Unlike flashier martial arts, there are few preparatory stances or threatening gestures in this style. Rather, the Snake stylist will avoid and sidestep attacks until an opportunity presents itself and then quickly and ferociously attack at a weak point. The lack of flamboyant or threatening moves in this martial arts style can be seen as a strength; a foe will not know what style of martial artist he is facing until it is most likely too late. See Section 2.1 for more information on the historical development of Chinese martial arts. Recommended Skills—Martial Arts Striking, Nerve
Strikes, Adrenal Defense, Contortions Martial Arts Abilities [Core]—Greater Adrenal Defense [20 points]; Degree 4 Martial Arts Striking attacks and Degree 3 Nerve Strikes attacks [10 points]; Additional martial arts attack [20 points]; +1 to initiative [5 points]; Dagger weapon kata [5 points] Special Abilities—This style has a special attack (Hidden Strike) and a special maneuver (Snake Rising from the Grass). Also, if the GM is allowing Chi Power skills, this style allows access to the Chi Powers: Poison Fist skill.
Hidden Strike—The Snake stylist has spent years learning how to disguise the true target of his attacks. If the martial artist has taken a 20% preparation action in the previous round, he may attempt to make a "Very Hard" static maneuver to mislead his opponent about the true target of his strike this round
(against another Snake stylist, the difficulty of this maneuver roll is "Absurd"). If successful, he will gain +6 initiative and +15 OB against the foe.
Snake Rising From the Grass—The Snake stylist can use this maneuver to regain his feetfrom a prone position with only a 25% activity action. This maneuver is treated as a "Hard" Moving Maneuver. Failure means that the martial artist must expend the nornuil 50% activity action to regain his feet.
Tiger Style (Southern External Style) Basic Martial Arts Style [30 style points] Description—The Tiger style is an ancient Chinese martial art originally developed to strengthen the bones, tendons, and muscles. The Tiger style is a brutal attacking style that uses both powerful kicks and clawing motions. The Tiger stylist is taught to fight ferociously, attacking any unguarded portion of his opponent.
The Tiger style concentrates on hand attacks and powerful kicks. The main hand attack is called the claw of the tiger. The Tiger stylist also practices using his hands to disarm or hold his enemy' s weapons to unleash powerful kicking attacks. These attacks emphasize strength and muscular tension in the martial artist.
The Tiger style uses an upright stance with the hands set in the claw of the tiger form. There are many variants of the Tiger style that have been developed throughout the years. Some of the most common variants are the Leopard style, White Tiger style, Imperial Tiger style, and Drunken Tiger style. See Section 2.1 for more information on the historical development of Chinese martial arts.
Recommended Skills—Martial Arts Striking, Martial Arts Sweeping, Adrenal Defense, Disarm Foe (Unarmed), Adrenal Strength Martial Arts Abilities [Core]—Lesser Adrenal Defense [10 points]; Degree 3 Martial Arts Striking attack and Degree 2 Martial Arts Sweeping attack [5 points]; +10 bonus to Adrenal Strength maneuvers [5 points]; +10 OB bonus to Disarm Foe (lH-edged) maneuvers [10 points] Special Abilities—This style has a special attack (Claw of the Tiger). In addition, all Adrenal Strength maneuvers only take a 10% preparation round. Finally, if the GM is allowing Chi Power skills, this style allows access to the Chi Powers: Leaping Strike and Chi Powers: Continuous Strikes skills.
Claw of the Tiger—The Tiger stylist may choose to attack on the Claw Attack Table (with a Medium damage threshold) instead of the Martial Arts Striking Attack Table while attacking with this style. The martial artist suffers a special -20 modifier to his OB while using the Claw Attack Table and the Martial Artist must use the lesser of his Martial Arts Striking skill OB or his Tiger Martial Arts Style OB.
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