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Class Codex Shaolin

Most Shaolin hail from ascetic monastic orders and lead a life of quiet contemplation, study, and martial training. Excelling in unarmed combat, and supplementing their skills with the power of their Faith, their very body can become an instrument of considerable power. While their unique way of life originates from the High Elves, it has spread to many cultures and faiths. There are always those who wish to lead a simpler life, removed from the stress and opulence of the wider world.

Many Shaolin monasteries provide charitable services to nearby communities in exchange for land and goods, making them regarded favorably in most cultures. Though they typically live a peaceful life removed from society, some Shaolin choose to champion righteous causes that align with their own beliefs. Those fortunate enough to secure an Shaolin ally will reap a multitude of benefits as the Shaolin can fulfill many roles: acting as a healer, supporting allies, confounding foes, and even inflicting harm with considerable competency when the need arises.

Class Overview

Typical Roles: Healer, Support/Utility, Melee Damage, Ranged Damage
Damage Types: Physical, Faith (Holy, Demonic, Psionic, Primal)
Class Mechanic: Faith and Focus

Available Races Initial Gold
Dwarf 166.3
Half-elf 109.3
Halfling 128.3
High Elf 152.0
Human 142.5
Kayden 99.8
Wild Elf 104.5

Default Stats: During Character Creation you may choose to use the default stat line shown below, before racial modifiers. This can be instead of rolling for stats, or if after rolling ten sets of stats you don’t like the results.

Default Stat Shaolin

During Character Creation you may choose to use the Default Stat Line, before racial modifiers, instead of rolling for stats, or if after rolling ten sets of stats you don’t like the results


Natural Armor Proficiency: Cloth
Trainable Armor Proficiency: Leather
Natural Weapon Proficiency: None
Trainable Weapon Proficiency: Knives, Staves

See Equipment section for details. When using weapons or armor that your class is not proficient with, see Combat Penalties. There is no level or title prerequisite to train in a new proficiency, however you must receive the appropriate Training.

Class Skills

Class Passive Skill: Meditative Faith
Class Secondary Skill: Martial ArtsBrewmaster, or Alchemist (choose one)

Primary Skills


Rigorous training is as much a part of the communal monastic lifestyle of a Shaolin as any other. While Shaolin can learn from any master of the martial arts, they rarely need to. Within their communities many masters are willing to teach those who ask with humility and respect. Shaolin fighting styles are a mixture of unarmed attacks and defensive techniques. The use of conventional weaponry is forbidden, but ultimately unnecessary given their talents. Shaolin follow the standard methods for Learning New Focus Skills.

The maximum number of skill points that can be allotted to each focus discipline are as follows:

  • Fist: 30 skill points
  • Kick: 30 skill points
  • Armed: unavailable
  • Ranged:  unavailable
  • Defense: 15 skill points

New focus skills require training unless they are upgrades (i.e. Rank1 Heart Punch -> Rank2 Heart Punch), see Learning New Focus Skills for details


Sacred Scrolls

The writings and teachings of Revered and Transcendent Masters form the bulk of the scriptures held sacred by the monastic orders of Shoalin. So sacred and beloved are these writings that they are rarely if ever allowed to be removed from their Monasteries. Some temples or shrines may even be built around the location where they where first inscribed. On the rare occasion that a Shoalin is required to carry the knowledge fo these teachings with them, it is usually int eh form of a scroll, containing only a portion of the complete work.

Whether studying from a complete work at a monastery, temple or shrine, or carrying sacred scrolls on their person, this is the repository of knowledge for all of the Faith Powers that the Shaolin have access to as part of their faith. Depending on the circumstance and character background, a GM might choose to restrict what Powers are recorded within those sacred writings and scriptures. Unless otherwise stated, it is assumed that a complete work that contains the entirely of what would be available for their choose Faith Path exists at their home monastery (i.e. if following the Holy Faith, it would contain all Holy Faith powers from all Disciplines)

From this complete work, or a subset contained within Sacred Scrolls, a Shaolin can memorize powers for day-to-day use and for use in combat. For additional details see Learning New Faith Powers.

Chanting and Physical Expression

In order to actually cast any of their powers, a Priest, Monk, or Shaolin must chant sacred verses or recite memorized scriptures while focusing their mind on the desired outcome. Shaolin punctuate their chanting with short yells, shouts, or sharp exhaling of breath paired with a symbolic physical expression incorporated into martial poses. This effectively “casts” the power they are focusing on, bringing it into existence. Shaolin do not require physical objects, religious symbols, relics, idols, or other such devices to cast, though they may carry them for a purely symbolic purpose. (see Methods of Casting).

Level Ups

Shaolin use the following chart for levelling up:

HP Dice (Regular): Small Race (1d8), Medium Race (1d10), Large Race (1d12)

  1. Max Faith Powers Known does not include Tier 0 powers (i.e. Prayers/Rituals/Systems/Mantras)
  2. Leveling up only increases the capacity for known Faith Powers, to actually learn new powers see Learning New Faith Powers for details


Specializations are recommended for advanced players only, and are accomplished through the Secondary Skill system (see Specialist Skills). Shaolin may choose to specialize their skills in up to one weapon use, one combat styles and/or one faith discipline, but can not have more than two specializations in total.

  • Max one Weapon Specialist skill (choose from: Knives, Staves)
  • Max one Combat Specialist skill (choose from: Freehand, Great Weapon, Paired Weapon, Freestyle, Peltast, Warder, Pugilist, Physical Defense)
  • Max one Faith Specialist skill (choose from any Discipline associated with your Faith Path)

Title System

Monastic Order

Shaolin follow a Monastic way of life, living and training in a community of believers. Their Monastic Order dictates a variety of regulations and doctrine that the Shaolin must adhere to if they wish to remain living in the Monastary. Every Monastic Order is different, however most are gender specific, being all all male or all female. Shaolin monasteries tend to be found in remote locations, as they are dedicated to improving oneself and attempting to reach an enlightened state, efforts which require a tranquil environment. Despite having a very inward focus, Shaolin Monasteries still often place an emphasis on serving others, as part of the path to enlightenment.

Shaolin are not permitted to live in a communal house within the Monastery until they reach the title of ‘Monastic’. Once this occurs, they are generally not permitted to leave the Monastery, unless specifically on assignment. For some this restriction becomes unbearable and they choose to break away from their Monastic Order.

The titles awarded by a Shaolin Monastic Order are as follows: