MARTIAL ARCHETYPE: KENSAI

Though I decided against making a yakuza class – I think the basic rouge covers this well enough – the kensai is unique enough to have its own archetype in Oriental Adventures.  You can find other classes for OA here. KENSAI Kensai means “sword saint” or “sword master” and is usually applied to characters who have perfected the […]

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SORCEROUS ORIGINS: SHUKENJA

Here is the third class for Oriental Adventures the shukenja. Much like the samurai and sohei I decided to make the shukenja a sorcerous origin.  Though the shukenja can conceivably fit with either the monk or sorcerous class the spellcasting ability of the shukenja is more intrinsic to the class concept than the martial arts so I went with sorcerer over monk but included some […]

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ROGUISH ARCHETYPE: NINJA

The ninja class for 5e Oriental Adventures.  You could argue that the assassin archetype fits the ninja quite well but historically the ninja was as much a spy as an assassin.  I have used the assassin as the base archetype but added more spy and mystical type abilities to the ninja’s repertoire.   NINJA Ninjas are the invisible warriors; spies and […]

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SACRED OATH: SOHEI

Here is the second class for Oriental Adventures the iconic sohei. Much like the samurai I decide to make this a paladin Oath path as opposed to an entirely separate class.  I believe this works better.  The sohei spells are all unique to the sohei to add more flavour (and I have just included summaries, not full descriptions here). […]

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MARTIAL ARCHETYPE: SAMURAI

With the original three core Oriental Adventures races complete (korobokuru, hengeyokai, and spirit folk) I can move on to classes.  I thought about creating these classes from whole cloth and maybe some of the later ones will require it, but, the samurai I believe works much better as an archetype.  The use of archetypes makes creating new variant […]

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