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Guru Archetype: Silver Sensei

A Silver Sensei gains knowledge (martial) as a class skill.

Maneuvers (Ex): The Silver Sensei begins play with knowledge of 3 maneuvers from the following disciplines: Empty Pyramid, Golden Lion, Silver Crane, and Solar Wind. The Silver Sensei adds Knowledge (martial) to her list of class skills. Once she knows a maneuver, she must ready it before she can use it (see Maneuvers Readied, below). A maneuver usable by a Silver Sensei is considered an extraordinary ability unless otherwise noted in its description. Her maneuvers are not affected by spell resistance, and she does not provoke attacks of opportunity when she initiates one. She learns additional maneuvers at higher levels, as shown in Table 1-1: Archetype Maneuver Progression. The maximum level of maneuvers gained through Silver Sensei levels is limited by the those listed in Table: Silver Sensei Maneuvers; this restriction does not apply to maneuvers gained through other methods, such as through other classes or the Advanced Study feat.

Upon reaching 4th level, and at every even numbered Silver Sensei level after that, she can choose to learn a new maneuver in place of one she already knows. In effect, the Silver Sensei loses the old maneuver in exchange for the new one. The Silver Sensei need not replace the old maneuver with a maneuver of the same level. She can choose a new maneuver of any level she likes, as long as she observes her restriction on the highest-level maneuvers she knows. The Silver Sensei can swap only a single maneuver at any given level. A Silver Sensei's primary initiator attribute is Wisdom, and each Silver Sensei level is counted as a full initiator level.

Maneuvers Readied (Ex): A Silver Sensei can ready all three of her three starting maneuvers, but as she advances in level and learns more maneuvers, she must choose which maneuvers to ready. She readies her maneuvers by practicing weapon drills or communing with her ancestors for 10 minutes. The maneuvers she chooses remain readied until she decides to repeat this act and change them. Silver Senseis do not need to sleep or be well rested to ready their maneuvers; any time she spends 10 minutes in meditation, she can change her readied maneuvers. She begins an encounter with all readied maneuvers unexpended, regardless of how many times she may have already used them since she chose them. When the Primal Disciple initiates a maneuver, she expends it for the current encounter, so each of her readied maneuvers can be used once per encounter (until they are recovered, see below).

Silver Senseis may recover their maneuvers in one of two ways. The Silver Sensei may reflect on her personal philosphy and recover one maneuver as a standard action. Alternatively, she may take a point of essence burn as a move action to recover her wisdom mod (min 2) expended maneuvers.

Stances Known (Ex): Silver Senseis begin play with knowledge of one stance from any of their available disciplines. At the indicated levels (see class table), the Silver Sensei selects an additional new stance. Unlike maneuvers, stances are not expended and she does not have to ready them. All the stances she knows are available to her at all times, and she can change the stance she is currently using as a swift action. A stance is an extraordinary ability unless otherwise stated in the stance description. Unlike with maneuvers, the Silver Sensei cannot learn a new stance at higher levels in place of one she already knows.

The Silver Sensei may recover a point of essence burn, as a free action even when not her turn, whenever she damages an enemy with a martial strike or an attack granted or modified by a boost or counter.

This replaces the benefits of the Silver Sensei's philosophy except for discipline weapons, which are maintained.