Thaskalos (Monk Archetype)

These monks profess to be philosophers and scholars with a peaceful and religious outlook. They have proven to be very proficient wrestlers and grapplers. Despite their often professed love of peace, these monks seem to thrive on conflict. Some also take a vow of silence. They come to the east to assist the missions being established by western missionaries.

They tend to wear simple brown and white robes of a plain nature and material. Footwear is often just a pair of sandals. Many shave the tops of their heads as well or they might even wear skull caps depending on their denomination.

Bonus Feat: At 1st level, the the following feat is added to the list of available bonus feats: Power Attack. At 6th level, the the following feats are added to the list: Greater Grapple, Improved Overrun, Ki ThrowAPG, and Kippup1. At 10th level, the following feats are added to the list: Bull Rush StrikeAPG, Charge ThroughAPG, Disarming StrikeAPG, and Improved Ki ThrowAPG.
1 See the Jade Feats page

Good Grappler (Ex): At 1st level, the thaskalos gains the Improved Grapple feat, even if he does not have the normal prerequisites. Furthermore, while ki focused, he can grapple two opponents simultaneously at a -2 circumstance penalty to grapple combat maneuver checks provided both opponents are the same size category. Both opponents must be adjacent to each other. The thaskalos can only grapple one opponent in a round for each attack. If the thaskalos uses an iterative attack action to make a grapple check, then use that attack’s iterative base attack bonus for the grapple combat maneuver check instead.

This ability replaces the Stunning Fist feat.

Sizable Reasoning (Ex): At 5th level, the thaskalos knows that all living creatures are connected by an intricate web of life and experiences. When he speaks, he can play on those connections to bring peace to a conflict. He gains a +2 bonus on Diplomacy checks to use words and reason to defuse a tense situation. If the monk calms a violent situation, he and his comrades gain experience as if they overcame their enemies through force of arms.

The physical training regimen of the thaskalos teaches how to function in many ways as if they were larger or smaller. Whenever the thaskalos is subject to a size modifier or special size modifier for an opposed check (such as during grapple checks, bull rush attempts, escape artist checks, throw attempts, and trip attempts), treat him as either one size larger or one size smaller if doing so is advantageous to him.

A thaskalos determines whether a creature’s special attacks based on size (such as improved grab or swallow whole) can affect her. She is considered one size larger for such a purpose, however, hers space and reach remain those of a creature of the actual size. The benefits of this ability stack with the effects of powers, abilities, and spells that change the subject’s size category.

This ability replaces purity of body.

Perceptive Grip (Ex): At 9th level, he thaskalos learns from an opponent by wrestling with him. For every round that the thaskalos holds an opponent in a grapple without harming that opponent, he can learn any one of the following about that opponent: class, character level, any one ability score, or any saving throw bonus. Any ability that conceals any of these things obfuscates the information obtained.

The thaskalos can now grapple with three opponents simultaneously with a -2 circumstance penalty to his grapple combat maneuver checks, but he only suffers a -1 circumstance penalty to grapple combat maneuver checks to grapple two opponents. The rules that apply for grappling with two opponents apply equally to situations in which the thaskalos is grappling with three opponents.

This ability replaces improved evasion.

Great Grappler (Ex): At 13th level, the thaskalos no longer suffers a circumstance penalty to grapple combat maneuver checks for grappling with two opponents simultaneously, but he still suffers a -1 circumstance penalty to grapple combat maneuver checks to grapple three opponents. He can select another another bonus feat from the list of available bonus feats (see above).

This ability replaces diamond soul.

Legendary Grappler (Ex): At 17th level, the thaskalos no longer suffers any circumstance penalties to grapple checks for grappling with three or less opponents simultaneously. In addition, the thaskalos gains an insight bonus to his grapple combat maneuver checks equal to his Wisdom bonus (if any).

This ability replaces tongue of the sun and moon.

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