Curiosities and Acquisitions
Starting at 2nd level, your training allows you to harness the mystic energy of ki. Your access to this energy is represented by a number of ki points. Your monk level determines the number of points you have, as shown in the Ki Points column of the Monk table, You can spend these points to fuel various ki features. You start knowing three such features: Flurry of Blows, Patient Defense, and Step of the Wind, You learn more ki features as you gain levels in this class, When you spend a ki point, it is unavailable until you finish a short or long rest, at the end of which you draw all of your expended ki back into yourself. You must spend at least 30 minutes of the rest meditating to regain your ki points, Some of your ki features require your target to make a saving throw to resist the feature’s effects. The saving throw DC is calculated as follows:
Ki save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom modifier (_gm; adjust for 2e)
The unseen life force in your body and everywhere. It is a universal energy that penetrates everywhere uniting all the manifestations of the universe, visible or invisible.
It is referred to as Chi or Qi and also known as Prana. When cultivated, it can be used for healing, breaking or self defense purposes.
- The healing arts work with the Ki energy meridians throughout the body to clear stagnant or negative energy in the meridians or through special breathing and other exercises to cultivate Ki.
- In the same token, with regards to self defense – one may use these same points to restrain, knockout or kill (Dim Mak) an opponent.
- When utilizing your Ki for effective striking or breaking in the Martial arts, it must first be cultivated, then exercised so that the mind and body become one. All true strength is a product of KI rather than muscle. A Martial Artist who has learned this is able to calm his mind, lower his center of gravity and strike out with the power of many men. While an opponent only using muscle power strikes out aimlessly and ineffectively.
Patterned breathing serves as a bridge between mind and body. It is a way to bypass conscious thought. Patterned deep breathing will not only keep you calm and composed, but will also liberate your KI and allow it to flow, making it available to use in a focused manner (Kokyu). Proper breathing helps to unify the mind and body. This bypasses conscious thought. With the mind and body acting as one, you are able to tap into your KI Energy and direct it at will.
The traditional art of geomancy, the placement and arrangement of space called feng shui, is based on calculating the balance of qi, interactions between the five elements, yin and yang and other factors. The retention or dissipation of qi is believed to affect the health, wealth, energy level, luck and many other aspects of the occupants of the space. Attributes of each item in a space affect the flow of qi by slowing it down, redirecting it or accelerating it, which purportedly directly impacts the energy level of the occupants. Feng shui is said to be a form of qi divination.
- The Monk‘s primary stats reflect a monk’s discipline and inner strength. Physical strength is irrelevant. Therefore a Monk receives none of the usual bonuses for high strength.
- Wisdom and/or agility bonuses are used as appropriate for a monks skills.
- With proper meditation and focus, Monks can heal wounds in themselves and others (think Mr. Miyagi healing Daniel-san).
- With proper training and focus a Monk is able to harness his Ki to unleash devastating attacks.
- It is possible that with proper ritual (application of feng shui) that a monk may be granted insight into a question or situation.