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    "Son, sit."
    "Yes, father."
    "I will tell you now the story of the two wolves. In every man’s heart, there live two wolves that fight a constant battle with one another."
    "Father, which wolf is the victor?"
    "Foolish question. The wolf that is strongest wins."

    Peng Long-Feng and Kai Long-Shen were brothers of the same father. War besieged the kingdom, and so the two boys were in training under their father Aku. Aku, however, was unwise, for while the enemy yet breathed down the necks of the people, he preferred to ignore the threat.
    One day Kai came to Peng and said to him, “Our father whiles away the day, and we are still unknowledgeable in the ways of battle. Of you and I, you are unquestionably the better with the sword. You should strike out while you can and find a master worthy of teaching you battle.”
    Although Peng’s heart was heavy, for he loved his father, he yet saw the wisdom in Kai’s words. So it was with great sadness that he slipped over the wall and made his way to Ben Lai-Fong, the great master. There he trained hard for many months, pushing himself so that he could be the warrior he needed to be, and to be that warrior before the city fell.
    Once he was strong enough with the sword and the fist and the foot, he headed back to the city. There, it was with horror that he learned that he was too late. The walls had fallen, and the enemy occupied the city. Worse yet, Peng learned that his brother Kai had joined their ranks. Peng snuck into the city disguised as a commoner, and found his brother Kai.
    “Their way is best,” Kai maintained. “We are prospering under our new emperor.”
    These were lies, and Peng tried hard to convince his brother of them, but it was no use. Peng was just turning to leave when the sound of marching footsteps approached the house.
    “I have summoned the guard to arrest you, Peng,” his brother said, while drawing his sword. “But should they find you dead, no questions will be asked.”
    With horror, Peng was forced to fight his brother. He tried using the Falling Rocks style so as to not hurt his brother, but Kai pressed onward with Fan of Suns. Facing the guards, and knowing his brother was beyond redemption, Peng had no choice but to execute Spearing the Fish and end his brother’s life. With his brother’s blood still fresh on his hands, he was able to flee the city, where he travelled for many days until coming at last to the Sha Feng Xua Monastery, where he settled down to teach students the lessons passed to him by his master Ben Lai-Fong.

    The Way of the Black Wolf follows the teachings passed down from Peng Long-Feng. It is a path that emphasizes a style of fighting that focuses on harnessing one’s anger and using it to execute powerful strikes.
    However consumed by hatred the Black Wolf Warrior becomes, he remains a creature of honor and dignity. Evil and Good are concepts to which the Black Wolf Warrior does not adhere; either a person is an enemy or is not. As such, even though the Warrior allows himself to be consumed by hatred, it is rare that he commits any acts that could be viewable as overtly evil, and it is equally rare that he commits overtly good acts.


    Feats: Power Attack
    Base Attack Bonus: +4
    Skills: Intimidate 4 ranks, Concentration 8 ranks
    Alignment: Any lawful
    Special: Must not have any levels in the white wolf ascendant prestige class. Must receive training under a qualified teacher in order to gain levels in this class. A “qualified teacher” is one who has more levels in black wolf warrior than the character, before the character selects black wolf warrior as his new level.

    Class Skills
    The Black Wolf Warrior’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Autohypnosis (Con), Balance (Dex), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str), and Tumble (Dex).
    Skills Points at Each Level: 4 + int

    Hit Dice: d8

    {table=head]Level|Base Attack Bonus|Fort Save|Ref Save|Will Save|Special
    | Blade, Fist and Foot; Focused Hate; Conflicting Strike
    | Power Striking; Weapons Training
    | Troubling Strike
    | Weapons Training
    | Improved Power Striking

    Weapon and Armor Proficiencies: Black wolf warriors are proficient with the club, crossbow (light or heavy), dagger, handaxe, javelin, kama, katana, nunchaku, quarterstaff, sai, shuriken, siangham, sling, and wakizashi. Black wolf warriors are proficient with light and medium armor but not with shields.

    Blade, Fist, and Foot: The black wolf warrior gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat and deals unarmed damage as a monk of his level. If he had levels in monk before taking this class, he adds his class levels to his monk levels to determine unarmed strike damage. When wielding a weapon for which the black wolf warrior has the Weapon Focus feat and that is on the special monk weapons list, the black wolf warrior can choose to deal damage equal to his unarmed strike instead of the weapon’s damage.
    The black wolf warrior also has the ability to use a Flurry of Blows with special monk weapons, even if he is wearing armor. He makes this Flurry of Blows as a monk of his class level, and levels in monk stack with levels in black wolf warrior to determine his Flurry of Blows progression.
    The black wolf warrior treats the katana and wakizashi as special monk weapons.

    Focused Hate (Ex): The black wolf warrior can, as a move action, focus his hatred on a single target with a DC 20 Concentration check, similar to establishing psionic focus. The black wolf warrior does not have to see the target to establish it as his focus, but he must know the target’s appearance (either by previous encounter or accurate description). Against this target, he gains a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls, and against all other targets he suffers a -1 penalty to armor class. At the end of each round that he makes a melee attack against this target, he may choose to add an additional +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls against the target and an additional -1 penalty to armor class against other targets. The bonus cannot exceed the black wolf warrior’s class levels.
    If he chooses a new target for his focused hate (a move action), the bonus/penalty resets to +1/-1, unless the previous target died, became unconscious, helpless, or otherwise unable to act, or if the target is too far away for the black wolf warrior to make a single move action and be able to end the move in melee range of the target.
    He may expend his focus before making an attack against his focused hate target in order to add 1d6 damage per point of bonus that was applied before focus was expended. At the beginning of his initiative, he may also opt to drop his focus with no effect as a free action.

    Conflicting Strike (Su): The black wolf warrior can induce turmoil into his target's heart with a ki-laden strike. He gains the Stunning Fist feat, and can make Stunning Fist attacks with special monk weapons in addition to unarmed strikes. If he expends his Focused Hate before making the attack, and the target of his Conflicting Strike was his Focused Hate target, his target is instead stunned for one round per class level of the black wolf warrior.

    Power Striking (Ex): At 2nd level, the black wolf warrior can treat any light weapon as a one-handed weapon for the purposes of the Power Attack feat.

    Weapons Training: At 2nd level and again at 4th level, the black wolf warrior gains a bonus feat selected from the following list, so long as he meets the prerequisites for the feat: Blind-Fight, Combat Expertise, Improved Disarm, Improved Feint, Improved Trip, Improved Sunder, Weapon Focus.

    Troubling Strike (Su): At 3rd level, the black wolf warrior can strike his opponent, and in the process set up vibrations that disrupt the target’s psyche and spirit. The black wolf warrior must declare that he is using this ability and the target must be the target of his focused hate. If he successfully strikes his opponent with an unarmed strike or special monk weapon (including katana and wakizashi) and the target takes damage from the blow, the target must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 15 + the black wolf warrior’s Wis modifier) or suffer a penalty to Concentration checks equal to the black wolf warrior’s character level. This penalty lasts for one round per point of focused hate bonus currently being applied.
    Using this ability expends the black wolf warrior’s focused hate, regardless of whether the attack is successful or not. This ability is usable a number of times per day equal to the black wolf warrior's wisdom modifier.

    Improved Power Striking (Ex): At 5th level, the black wolf warrior can treat any light or one-handed weapon as if it were a weapon wielded in two hands for the purposes of the Power Attack feat.

    Brief description on how to play the class you are designing.
    Combat: The black wolf warrior strikes hard and fast, with the goal to end combat before his opponent can gain the advantage.
    Combat Preparation: The warrior will have declared his target as the focus of his Focused Hate ability. If there may be more than one target present, he evaluates the best target to strike. He takes care to position himself within charging range of his target or targets before revealing himself.
    Surprise Round: If his focus is present, the warrior spends any surprise round by delaying until the start of the next turn so that he can act first. Otherwise, he declares a new focus.
    Round 1: The warrior charges, if necessary or possible. If his intended target is being protected by his allies, the warrior declares a new focus.
    Rounds 2+:Full attack actions, or moving as necessary to better position. If the fight is a losing one, the warrior will fight more defensively by cancelling his focus, but will keep using his Power Attack.
    Advancement: The black wolf warrior is either in it for the long haul, or he isn’t. Some warriors train for short times at one of the monasteries or under one of the masters before deciding that the sacrifice may be more than they are willing, and opt to multiclass or advance in a previous class. Others stay with the training to the end, seeing the shift in their focus as their key to victory.
    Resources: The warrior relies primarily on his ability to end combat quickly in order to keep him out of harm’s way, but has an appreciable pool of hit points and good saving throws to keep him from falling too easily in battle.

    "Father, how can one tell which wolf is stronger?"
    "The stronger wolf will sacrifice. The stronger wolf will give his all in bringing about the downfall of his enemy. This is the only way."

    Daily Life: A black wolf warrior typically uses up the better part of a day with a regimen of katas, practicing of forms, and strength training exercises. If he is in the service of a feudal lord or militia, he does tasks for them or commits to further training.
    Notables: Peng Long-Feng was the first practitioner of the Way of the Black Wolf, adapting the teachings handed down to him from his master Ben Lai-Fong to fit the dualistic nature of the nation’s religious tenets. Ever since, he, his students, and students of his students have gone on to teach such notables as the Emperor Ti Lee-Ong, remembered for bringing about unity to the troubled Southern Lands and establishing the nation’s first formalized military training, and Master On Ji-Kee, who trained his students in assassination techniques and led the Children’s Revolt, which ended with over 14,000 citizenry dead and the public assassination of Emperor Fan Lee-Xai, son of Emperor Ti Lee-Ong.
    Organizations: Many monasteries have been founded throughout the Lands, each dedicated to the teaching of the Way of the Black Wolf. Just about any military in the Northern or Southern Lands counts many black wolf warriors in their number.

    NPC Reaction
    People who know what the Way of the Black Wolf entails can respect the sacrifices made by the Black Wolf Warrior, but feel that their way is a quick and reckless path to power, fraught with unnecessary losses to the self. Others perceive only a cold and calculating warrior that seems to be missing some individualistic spark.

    Adaptation: The black wolf warrior fits easily into any campaign setting, especially one that has an orient-type region from which it can originate, although the black wolf warrior works equally well in any society that contains beliefs of man’s dualistic nature. Requirements, name, and descriptions of class abilities can even be changed to create a holy warrior that sacrifices his self in the service of his ideals, or to create an anger-focused warrior for evil.
    Encounters: Typically, a black wolf warrior spares few words for anyone, preferring to reserve his focus on what task he has been assigned. A black wolf warrior that has declared any of the party an enemy will mete out attacks that are quick, precise, and deadly but never at a time when the warrior’s enemy is not able to properly defend themselves.

    Sample Encounter
    EL 13: Lek has been sent by his feudal lord to assassinate a rival, who bears a striking resemblence to one of the player characters. Confident that he has found his mark, he strikes.

    Lek Shi-Wang
    LN Male Human Fighter 3/Monk 5/Black Wolf Warrior 5
    Init +7, Senses: Listen +8, Spot +6,
    Languages Common
    AC 20, touch 13, flat-footed 17
    hp 92 (13 HD)
    Fort +13, Ref +13, Will +11
    Speed 20 ft. (4 squares)
    Melee +13
    Ranged +14
    Base Atk +11, Grp +13
    Atk Options +1 Wakizashi (Main) +13/+13/+8 (1d10+2) and +1 Wakizashi (Off-hand) +13/+13/+8 (1d10+1)
    Abilities Str 15, Dex 17, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 8
    Feats Combat ExpertiseB, Combat ReflexesB, Dual StrikeCA, Improved Initiative, Improved Two-Weapon Fighting, Intimidating StrikeB, PHBII, Power AttackB, Stunning FistB, Two-Weapon Fighting, Two-Weapon PouncePHBII, Two-Weapon RendPHBII, Weapon Focus (Wakizashi)B
    SQ Evasion; Fast Movement; Still Mind; Slow Fall 20 ft; Ki Strike (Magic); Purity of Body; Blade, Fist, and Foot; Focused Hate; Power Striking; Weapons Training (2 bonus feats); Troubling Strike; Improved Power Striking
    Skills Autohypnosis +6, Balance +11, Climb +7, Concentration +10, Diplomacy +7, Intimidate +3, Listen +8, Spot +6, Tumble +5
    Possessions +2 Breastplate, Two +1 Wakizashi
    Last edited by Zom B; 2010-03-02 at 09:52 AM.
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