Famously displayed in centuries past by a great foreign hero, the ancient skills of the Blademaster were lost to history, but rediscovered in the modern age. Encompassing mastery of sword and self, these agile swordsmen strike as the wind, outrun the rain, and can cut a circle of death through the bloodiest battlefield or darkest alleyway.
Originating in the distant continent of Kashar, the Two Arts and their companion martial practises came to the shores of Sapience with the mercenary Lucaine Pyramides. Rising to spectacular prominence in the succession wars of the troubled Seleucarian Empire, he fought for the beleaguered Princess, cutting a swath through enemy forces to turn many a battle with the impossible precision of his weapon, Three Moons. The sellsword turned hero met an untimely fate, and his ways and knowledge were lost alongside his fabled blade. Centuries later, questing Kashari marauders on a mission of pursuit set about a series of events that saw the hero's sword rediscovered and the way of the sheathed blade returned. Now shared with those who would learn by the Hatha-yin maiden Kavaya, descendant of the bloodline of Lucaine, the path of the Blademaster is one of physical training, mental discipline, and supreme combative prowess.
Unarmed, a Blademaster is a formidable opponent, well-versed in the vulnerabilities and pressure points that can leave a foe reeling and helpless. With his sword at his side, each one bearing a name unique to its wielder, a Blademaster is a force of death. Drawing and resheathing their blade with each attack, swift slashes accompanied by precise, unarmed strikes, a Blademaster's furious onslaught is further strengthened through the Shin trance. Concentrating the rhythm and pulse of battle, Shindo permits terrific feats of might and power.
The skills of a Blademaster are TwoArts, Striking, and Shindo. A fledgling of the class will learn TwoArts and Striking. Shindo is learned upon embracing the class.
|Leapstrike||Destroy your enemy on your way down.|
Fire a blast of Shin energy at the ground below you, using it to propel you high in the air. On your way down, strike your target with one knee, focusing all of your weight and downward energy in one devastating blow.
|Daze||Stun your victim with Shin energy.|
Hurl a precise blast of Shin energy at the eyes of your target, stunning it for several seconds.
|Spinslash||Strike your target repeatedly while spinning.|
Spin in a tight circle, expending your stored rage to deliver a series of slashes to a denizen.
|Headstrike||Slip through their defences and strike.|
Deliver a precise strike to the head of a flailing denizen, doing increased damage to those who are reckless or fleeing in terror.
|Nerveslash||Weaken your target's attacks by deadening their nerves.|
With a series of precise strikes against the nerve centers of your target, you are able to weaken its limbs, decreasing the amount of damage it does for several seconds.
Related Artefacts for Blademaster
|Blademaster's band of fire||Converts blademaster sword to artefact blade, adding an additional five percent to speed and damage.|
|Blademaster's band of lightning||Converts blademaster sword to artefact blade, adding an additional ten percent to speed and damage.|
|Blademaster's band of ice||Converts blademaster sword to artefact blade, adding an additional fifteen percent to speed and damage.|
|Bracers of the Phoenix||Imbued with a powerful enchantment, these bracers will slow the rate at which a Blademaster's shin energy decays.|
|Irreverent's guard chain||For those who thumb their noses at Murad's craft, and choose to forsake their named blade, this guard chain may be used to gift |their Blademaster's sword to another.|
|Ethereal lightning eagle cuff||Increased chance of Annihilate throwing someone from a room and increases the length of hamstring's duration when given via Thunderstorm by five seconds.|