Two or so years ago when we first wrote up this character, we mentioned how we weren’t fans of the monk (or samurai or ninja) class in D&D. They gave us an uncomfortable feeling, as they kind of seemed… exploitative.
The class is clearly meant to be a shaolin monk, with its mention of remote, secluded monasteries, martial arts training, and “inner energy” manipulation. And despite the fact a D&D monk can be any number of fantasy species, it still smacks of orientalism to us. We’ve seen people suggest renaming the monk to a martial artist and mixing in fighting styles from other cultures in an effort to decouple it from it’s problematic origins. Which is an approach we would very much like to see.
The links for the Agile Elf Monk on the front page under Resource Catalogue have been updated, or you can grab the A4 sized version here and the letter sized version here.
We’ll continue to post updates like this when heroes and monsters released prior to the Patreon page have been updated to include both Fate Accelerated and Fate Core stats.
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Today’s Wednesday Warriors was a bit of a challenge. See, I’m not exactly a fan of monks (or samurai or ninjas) in “standard” Dungeons & Dragons settings. Now, I realize there isn’t really a standard D&D setting, but given that most of the stuff I’ve experienced seems vaguely European, monks (and samurai and ninjas) always smacked of orientalism to me. Especially when the monk characters are illustrated so that they look asian. But monks are an established part of D&D-esque fantasy games, and, as usual, the illustration Printable Heroes did is awesome. So I figured why not?
It should be said that I really like Tianxia: Blood, Silk, & Jade by Vigilance Press. Kung fu and wuxia action is awesome, and I’d love to run a game of Tianxia one day. The Fate Accelerated version of Tianxia was really helpful in coming up with ideas for today’s adventurer.
High Concept: Agile Elf Monk
Motivation: I Must Share the Gift of Enlightenment
Aspect: A Stranger In A Strange Land
Aspect: Lightning Dragon Kung Fu
Aspect: Bodhi Tree Mala Bead Necklace
- Careful: Average (+1)
- Clever: Average (+1)
- Flashy: Fair (+2)
- Forceful: Mediocre (+0)
- Quick: Good (+3)
- Sneaky: Fair (+2)
- Flurry of Blows: Because my fists strike with the speed of lightning, whenever I succeed with style on a Quick attack, I may make another Quick attack against the same opponent or another opponent in my zone, instead of gaining a boost. (I only get one additional attack per exchange.)
- Hardcore Parkour: Because I can perform feats of alarming acrobatics while I move, I get +2 to Flashily overcome physical obstacles that can be jumped, flipped, or climbed over or to move extra zones.
- Stillness of Mind: Because I have spent years training to control my emotions, I get +2 to Carefully defend against attempts to create advantages affecting my mental state, such as Afraid, Charmed, or Enraged.
Stress: ▢ ▢ ▢
- Mild (2):
- Moderate (4):
- Severe (6):
The character illustration is the free paper mini made by Printable Heroes. The free versions are backless, but if you support the Patreon at just $1 a month you get minis with backs. For $2 a month you get access to “reskins”, and for $3 a month you get multiple color options. That’s a fantastic deal.