Huashan (Monk Archetype)

These quiet and eccentric monks spend their days contemplating the Tao in the hopes that one day they might become one with the Tao. They live simply, as required by the Tao, but they are not ascetics, nor are they required to be celibate. These monks practice the tenets of wu-wei, or non-action, and often seem to do nothing of consequence to the uninitiated. This philosophy influences their martial arts. A huashan martial artist appears to move in slow motion, never hurrying, always meeting hard, linear movements and force with soft, circular movements and leverage. They attack and fight with a relaxed stance. A huashan never overextends himself and always keeps his balance in mind.

Huashan keep the teachings of their martial arts a secret only to be shared with members of their order or descendants of those who first developed their unique martial art. Huashan wear simple, blue robes.

Vigilant Defense (Ex): At 1st level, while using the total defense action, the huashan gains the use of the Combat Reflexes feat. Anyone attacking the huashan in melee while he uses the total defense action provokes an attack of opportunity from the huashan. This counts against the huashan’s total number of attacks of opportunity. The huashan can also make one off-hand attack of opportunity this exceeds the normal limit of one attack per provoked attack of opportunity, such as those gained from the Two-Weapon Fighting feat, against a single opponent. Any off-hand attack must use the appropriately modified attack bonus. With the irst successful use of vigilant defense, the huashan can take a 5 foot step that does not count against his normal movement for the round.

This ability, in addition to rapidly shifting body and stay on target replaces flurry of blows.

Rapidly Shifting Body (Su): At 5th level, the huashan knows how to roll with the impact of violent force and how to shift his internal organs with his ki in order to lessen damage. While the huashan is ki focused and not surprised or unaware of an attack, he is not subject to nonlethal damage. He has a 50% chance of negating critical hit damage and sneak attack damage. Furthermore, he is immune to being stunned while ki focused.

When using his vigilant defense ability the huashan can make a number of attacks of opportunity against a single opponent up to a number of times equal to his standard number of attacks per round as determined by his attack bonus.

Also, the huashan’s circumstance penalty for using vigilant defense decreases to -1.

This ability, in addition to vigilant defense and stay on target, replaces flurry of blows.

Stay on Target (Ex): At 9th level, while using vigilant defense, the huashan can designate a single adjacent opponent on his turn as a free action. He then moves with that opponent whenever that opponent moves, remaining adjacent to the opponent by the end of their move. The monk can not exceed his own movement for the round. If a foe moves further, the monk stops moving. The movement from stay on target counts against the huashan’s movement in the following round, except that he can continue to move with the designated opponent. When moving in this manner, the huashan does not provoke attacks of opportunity. Spaces threatened by the huashan using stay on target are considered difficult terrain for his opponents. If the opponent moves more than a 5’ step this ability functions as his move action for the round, and the huashan cannot take any additional move actions while the ability is active. However if the opponent double move he can still take a standard action but not if he uses the run action. Ending the use of this ability is a standard action.

This ability, in addition to viligent defense and rapidly shifting body, replaces flurry of blows.

Blindsense (Ex): At 10th level, the huashan’s senses become incredibly acute, giving it blindsense out to a range of 30 feet. This ability allows the huashan to pinpoint the location of creatures that he cannot see without having to make a Perception check, but such creatures still have total concealment from the huashan. Visibility still affects the huashan’s movement and he is still denied its Dexterity bonus to Armor Class against attacks from creatures it cannot see.

This ability replaces slow fall 20 feet through slow fall 50 feet.

River Cuts Through the Mountain (Su): At 15th level, the huashan, using a full attack action and expending his ki focus, can make a single attack roll against a single creature. With a successful strike the huashan inflicts damage as normal, but the creature must make a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + half the huashan’s class level + the huashan’s Wisdom modifier). If the target creature fails the saving throw, it receives damage on subsequent rounds as if the huashan had successfully struck it again with the same attack. This subsequent damage lasts for 1 round per four class levels plus 1 additional round per point of ki expended. If this ability is used twice on the same target, the effects are not cumulative unless the first usage has run its course. The use of this ability must be declared before the huashan’s first attack of the round.

Objects can be affected by this ability, but only attended objects receive a saving throw.

When using river cuts through the mountain, a huashan may attack only with unarmed strikes or with monk weapons. He adds an additional one-half his Strength bonus to his damage rolls. In addition, when using this ability, the a huashan gains a +4 bonus to confirm criticals. The additional damage inflicted by the critical is not applied to the subsequent damage in following rounds caused by this ability. Likewise, sneak attack damage can only be inflicted on the initial strike.

This ability replaces quivering palm.

Karmic Reward (Ex): At 17th level, the huashan turns a foe’s attack back with a simple combat maneuver check. When an opponent successfully attacks in melee or with a combat maneuver, the huashan can make a combat maneuver check that interrupts the attack. This counts against the huashan’s total number of attacks of opportunity. If the huashan would not normally have the opportunity due to a feat or ability of his opponent, he may still use karmic reward. If the huashan fails his combat maneuver check against the opponent’s CMB, then the opponent’s attack proceeds as normal; however, if the huashan succeeds at his combat maneuver check, the opponent is struck by his own attack and takes damage accordingly.

This ability replaces tongue of the sun and moon.

Blindsight (Ex): At 20th level, the huashan becomes enlightened to the point that he is constantly aware of his surroundings, granting him blindsight out to a range of 30 feet. The huashan can maneuver and attack as normal, ignoring darkness, invisibility, and most forms of concealment as long as he has line of effect to the target.

This ability replaces slow fall 60 feet through slow fall any distance.

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