MARTIAL ARCHETYPE: BUSHI

A subclass versos of the original 1e Oriental Adventures bushi.  BUSHI Bushi are masterless warriors, men without ties to a lord, temple, or monastery.  They are commonly mercenaries, bandits, highwaymen, or wanderers, earning their money however they can. They can be found serving samurai, protecting the court, or swelling the ranks of armies.  A few may be kensai who […]

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FIGHTER ARCHETYPE: SHINOBI

The shinobi class for 5e Oriental Adventures. A note on shinobis.  In Japan, shinobi and ninja are interchangeable terms.  However, in this particular instance, shinobi is more of an upfront fighter than a ninja using some stealth but otherwise taking opponents head-on. The line in the sand is the ninja is more magical/supernatural while the shinobi is […]

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FEAT: PEASENT BUSHI

This is a thematic feat for the fighter class.  It fits in with the 1e Oriental Adventures description of a bushi, and also has historical roots.  However, the original bushi class is not different enough from the fighter martial archetypes to really be its own archetype.  However this will help make your peasant fighter more flavourful.  PEASENT BUSHI […]

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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 “swordmaster” and is usually applied to characters who have perfected the art […]

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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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