Quintessential Monk II: Advanced Tactics
he martial artist is a staple of popular culture and has been for decades in Western society. Thefighting prowess of the martial artist has been amplydemonstrated in comic books, novels, film and televisionand many martial artists have achieved superstardom, or even cinematic immortality. In the East, martial arts popular culture has an even longer history, with famous monks, bothentirely fictional and historical, taking centre stage on filmfor almost a century and in literature for literally millennia.The martial artist appeals to us on multiple levels. Visually,unarmed fighting techniques are beautiful, even the moststraightforward of them, for there is beauty in brutalsimplicity; this means that well made martial films and showsare thrilling to watch. Beyond the visceral thrill of watchinglightning fast flips, punches, kicks and throws, there is alsothe unspoken admiration we have for anyone who can trulyclaim to be a master of some skill. The best martial artistsare absolutely, unswervingly dedicated to the perfection of their bodies and of their fighting skills and we, as viewers, or even martial arts practitioners, respond to that.This book, the
Quintessential Monk II,
is designed to bring the thrill of martial arts to your d20 fantasy gaming.Using the rules presented in this book, you will be able to createcharacters who truly emulate themartial arts heroes of popular culture, of myth and of legend.Read on and immerse yourself inthe martial arts world.
The Advanced Tactics seriestakes an advanced look at thewhole range of class and racialsourcebooks from MongoosePublishing, all designed togreatly widen a player’s optionsfor his character within the d20games system. More than simplecontinuations, the second series of Quintessential books slot seamlessly intoany fantasy-based campaign,giving advanced alternativesfor characters of one class or race within the game, allowing both players and Games Mastersthe chance to give mid- and high-level characters newoptions without overpowering or unbalancing the game asa whole. The Advanced Tactics series will not necessarilyallow players to make their characters even better but theywill be able to do a lot more than they ever thought possible before.
The QuintessentialMonk II
Quintessential Monk II
is the sequel to and companion piece for the
Quintessential Monk I
. In some cases,information from the previous book has been updated and redesigned to better reflect the changes made to the d20system in the years between the publishing of that first work and this one. In no case, however, does this book presumethat you have access to the previous tome, meaning you canuse this book as a stand-alone item.The book opens with Career Paths, which are thematicenhancements that will allow you to focus your martialartist’s character hook with laser precision. Following thatchapter is the Multiclass Monk, a thematic continuationof the Alternative Schools presented in the original
using the multiclass paths presented in this chapter, players and Games Mastersalike will be able to create martial artists of almostendless variety, the better to replicate the many,many martial arts archetypes of history and legend. Speaking of legends, the LegendaryMonk introduces six new prestige classesdesigned and intended for advanced play,each with an assortment of powers trulyworthy of high level heroics. After that arenew Superior Tools, new Tricks of theTrade and new items for the magicalmonk, a collection of mundane and magical weapons which will makethe monk’s life much easier and an extensive assortment of newuses for his existing skills whichwill make his enemies’ livesmuch, much harder. Of course,no
book would be complete withoutnew martial arts feats and newabilities, so you will find secretsymbols and complete martialarts styles, each composed of multiple new feats, here aswell. The book closes withSurviving to Enlightenment,a long discussion of the tips and tactics essential for surviving and thriving and all levels of play.