The Goldenflame Monastery, located deep within the Thunderpeak mountains, began teaching the art of striking in 231 CM. Now many offshoots of the original Monastery dot the face of Draconspire. Although often confused as traditional Monks, a Striker’s strength comes from pure combat power and toe to toe brutality.

 

            Adventures: What better training ground to improve ones martial ability than in the real world? Strikers may be out to find a challenge, or to overcome some personal goal. In any case adventuring comes naturally to Strikers. They are almost always a welcome addition to any adventuring party.

 

                Characteristics: The Striker is an amazing warrior, and they know this. While not as armored as a Fighter or a Barbarian the Striker is no doubt as effective in a battle. A Striker has a disciplined mind and may take on the roll of leader with greater ease than other martial classes.

 

                Alignment: Monastery life tends to lead a Striker to the Lawful side of ethics, however the Goldenflame Monastery does not discriminate based on ethics or morals but rather ones ability to fight. Making this profession more populated than the rigid life of a Monk.

 

            Religion: The Goldenflame does not devote itself to any particular deity but rather allows its members to worship whomever they choose. Not to anyone’s surprise most Strikers pay special homage to Radiance the Battlemaiden.

 

            Background: Strikers come from all of Draconspire, from the empty deserts of Pax Thallos to the thriving metropolis of Dana. One might take up the Goldenflame for any number of reasons that one might need to better themselves. The nation of Tirmordane trains special units of Strikers for service in the army. The city of Sil allows a Monastery of the Goldenflame generous private grounds within its vast metropolis in exchange for service to the city.

 

            Races: Strikers are mostly human from the urban centers of Tharstelding, however the occasional Mountain or Hill Dwarf training in one of the many mountain Monasteries is not uncommon. Elves make decent Strikers, especially Mountain Elves who are already renowned for brute power.

 

            Other Classes: Strikers enjoy the company of other Strikers, of Monks, Fighters and Barbarians. Many Strikers will admire Clerics of Radiance. Strikers often enjoy the ability of Clerics that can heal them from a tough battle. Sorcerers, Wizards and Druids often puzzle a Striker as they usually have limited exposure to such magic. Rangers are not uncommon in the mountain Monasteries and they often show respect for a Strikers ability.

 

            Role: A Striker’s primary role is a front line combatant. While not as armored as a Fighter or tough as a Barbarian the Striker can hold his own. A Striker also makes a decent scout due to the lack of armor that they wear. 

 

 

 

Game Rule Information

Strikers have the following game statistics.

 

            Abilities: As a front line warrior the Striker benefits well from a high Strength and Constitution score. Most of the Striker’s skills focus on physical statistics. Dexterity is also important to a Striker due to his lack of armor. Wisdom help’s a Striker succeed on Will saves.

 

                Alignment: Any

 

                Hit Die: d10

 

 

 

Class Skills

The Striker’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Acrobatics (Dex), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Escape Artist (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Profession (Wis), Swim (Str)

 

           

 

            Skill Points at Each Level: 2 + Int modifier.

 

The Striker

 

Level

Base Attack

Fort Save

Ref Save

Will Save

Special

Unarmed Damage 1.

1

+1

+2

+2

+0

Unarmed Strike, Combos, Naturally Tough

1d6

2

+2

+3

+3

+0

Quick Block +2

1d6

3

+3

+3

+3

+1

Training

1d6

4

+4

+4

+4

+1

Magic Strike +1

1d8

5

+5

+4

+4

+1

Sidestep

1d8

6

+6

+5

+5

+2

Training

1d8

7

+7

+5

+5

+2

Intimidating Stare

1d10

8

+8

+6

+6

+2

Magic Strike +2

1d10

9

+9

+6

+6

+3

Training

1d10

10

+10

+7

+7

+3

Bonus Feat

1d10

11

+11

+7

+7

+3

Quick Block +4

2d6

12

+12

+8

+8

+4

Magic Strike +3, Training

2d6

13

+13

+8

+8

+4

Roll With It

2d6

14

+14

+9

+9

+4

Knee Master

2d6

15

+15

+9

+9

+5

Training

2d8

16

+16

+10

+10

+5

Magic Strike +4

2d8

17

+17

+10

+10

+5

Elbow Master

2d8

18

+18

+11

+11

+6

Training

2d8

19

+19

+11

+11

+6

Hard Blows

3d8

20

+20

+12

+12

+6

Magic Strike +5, Physical Perfection

3d8

 

 1. The value shown is for Medium Strikers. See table below for Striker Unarmed damage for small and large Strikers.

 

Level

Damage (small striker)

Damage (large striker)

1st-3rd

1d4

1d8

4th-6th

1d6

2d6

7th-10th

1d8

2d8

11th-14th

1d10

3d6

15th-18th

2d6

3d8

19th-20th

3d6

4d8

 

Class Features

The Following is a list of class features for the Striker class.

 

Starting Wealth: 1D6 x 10 (35)

 

Multi-class Restriction: A Striker may not advance in Monk levels, nor may a Monk advance in Striker levels.

 

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Strikers are proficient with simple weapons and unarmed attacks. Strikers are not proficient with any armor or shields. A Striker equipped with armor or a shield may not execute the Combo class feature, and loses the benefit of the Naturally Tough class feature.

 

Unarmed Strike: Strikers are highly trained in fighting unarmed, giving them considerable advantages when doing so. At 1st level a Striker gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. A Striker’s attacks may be with either fist interchangeably or even from elbows, knees and feet. This means that a Striker may even make unarmed strikes with his hands full. There is no such thing as an off-hand for a Striker striking unarmed. A Striker may thus apply his full Strength bonus on damage rolls for all his unarmed strikes.

 

                Usually a Striker’s unarmed strikes deal lethal damage, but he may choose to deal non-lethal damage instead with no penalty on his attack roll. He has the same choice to deal lethal or non-lethal damage while grappling.

 

               A Striker’s unarmed strike is treated both as a manufactured weapon and a natural weapon for the purpose of spells and effects that enhance or improve either manufactured weapons or natural weapons (such as the Magic Fang and Magic Weapon spells).

 

                A Striker also deals more damage with his unarmed strikes than a normal person would as shown on the table above.

 

Combos (Ex): Whenever a striker threatens a critical hit he may immediately make an additional attack against the same target using the same bonus as the threatening attack. He then resolves the original critical threat as normal. A Striker does not threaten a critical hit on this special attack. This class feature only applies to unarmed strikes, and can only be executed with unarmed strikes.

 

Naturally Tough (Ex): When unarmored and when not equipped with a shield the Striker may apply his Constitution modifier to his armor class as an armor bonus.

 

Quick Block (Ex): By 2nd level the Striker has taken their fair share of punches, and has learned a trick or two for better defense. Once per encounter as an immediate action a Striker may add a +2 dodge bonus to armor class against a single attack made against them. The use of this ability must be announced before the die result. This bonus increases to +4 at 11th level. The quick block ability cannot be used if the Striker is flat footed.

 

Magic Strike (Su): Beginning at 4th level, and every four class levels after, the Striker adds a cumulative +1 enhancement bonus to hit and damage. At 4th level the Striker’s unarmed attacks are considered magic for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

 

Sidestep (Ex): At 5th level the Striker learns to make the best of position, once per encounter as a swift action the Striker may move to any adjacent square that they could normally occupy. This movement does not provoke an attack of opportunity and cannot be performed if the Striker could not otherwise take a 5 foot step, such as when a Striker is prone.

 

Intimidating Stare (Ex): At 7th level the Striker has a mean mug that can shake the resolve of most foes. They may add their strength modifier to all intimidation checks made to demoralize an opponent.

 

Bonus Feat: At 10th level the Striker gains a bonus feat, this feat must be selected from the list of combat feats.

 

Roll with It (Ex): By 13th level the Striker learns how to avoid being vulnerable while prone. As a move action while prone the Striker can “roll” to any adjacent square they could normally occupy. This movement does not provoke an attack of opportunity.

 

Knee Master (Ex): At 14th level the Striker has learned to use his knees whenever possible. As part of a full attack action the Striker can make an attack with his knees as a secondary attack. This attack is made at the Strikers highest base attack -5 and does damage equal to the Strikers unarmed attacks + ½ strength damage.

 

Elbow Master (Ex): At 17th level the Striker has learned to use his elbows whenever possible. As part of a full attack action the Striker can make an attack with his elbows as a secondary attack. This attack is made at the Strikers highest base attach -5 and does damage equal to the Strikers unarmed attacks + ½ strength damage.

 

Hard Blows (Ex): At 19th level the Striker has learned to use their strength to their maximum potential. They may now add 1.5 times their strength modifier to all damage rolls made with an unarmed strike, with the exception of secondary attacks. 

 

Physical Perfection (Ex): At 20th level you have reached the pinnacle of physical perfection. You gain a +4 perfection bonus to your strength, dexterity and constitution.

 

Training (Ex): At 3rd level, and every three class levels after, the Striker can choose any training for which he meets the listed prerequisite. No Training may be selected more than once unless otherwise noted. For trainings in which an ability score is the prerequisite, the Striker loses the benefit of the ability if his ability score ever drops below the prerequisite amount.

 

Training Name

Training Prerequisite

Training Benefit

Climbing Drills

None*

+4 Competence bonus to climb checks

Acrobatics Drills

None*

+4 Competence bonus to acrobatics checks

Swimming Drills

None*

+4 Competence bonus to swim checks

Combat Drills

None*

+2 Competence bonus to CMB checks

Escape Drills

None*

+4 Competence bonus to escape   artist checks.

Running Drills

None*

Increase your base land speed by 5’

Golden Strike

Magic Strike +3*

Your unarmed strikes are treated   as either cold iron, silver or adamantine for the purposes of overcoming   damage reduction.

Golden Assault

16 STR,

Magic Strike +1

Whenever you score a critical hit you may make an automatic   trip attempt as a free action which does not provoke an attack of   opportunity. If you fail your trip attempt your opponent may not make a trip   attempt against you.

Golden Power

16 CHA,

Magic Strike +1

Choose one energy type (fire,   cold, electricity or acid), your unarmed attacks now deal an extra 1d6 of the   chosen energy type on each successful hit.

Golden Speed

16 DEX,

Magic Strike +1

Once per encounter as a swift action you may take an   extra move action.

Golden Body

16 CON,

Magic Strike +1

You gain hit points equal to your   current Striker level, furthermore every level you advance in the Striker   class grants you an additional hit point.

Golden Mind

16 INT,

Magic Strike +1

When advancing in Striker levels you gain 4 + your   intelligence modifier in skill points instead of the normal 2 + your   intelligence modifier.

Golden Senses

16 WIS,

Magic Strike +1

You gain Blind Fight as a bonus   feat and a +2 to all perception checks.

Wisdom of the Golden Flame

18 WIS, 16 INT

You may ignore the Striker’s multi-class restriction. Monk   levels gained stack with your Striker levels for determining the characters   unarmed damage on the Striker table.

Nimble Maneuver

18 DEX,

Magic Strike +4

Once per encounter you may re-roll   any one single die roll, you must accept the second die result, even if it is   worse than the 1st.

Brutal Maneuver

18 STR,

Magic Strike +4

Once per encounter you may add your Striker level to any   single attack roll, you must announce this before rolling the attack. If   successful you may add your Striker level to damage, use of this ability   automatically overcomes any type of damage reduction.

Stalwart Maneuver

18 CON,

Magic Strike +4

Once per encounter you reduce the   damage that you take from any spell, spell like ability, supernatural   ability, trap or other attack by ½. You must announce that you are performing   this maneuver prior to damage being announced.

Lacerating Strikes

Base Attack +10

Your unarmed strikes gain the wounding weapon special ability. Causing 1 point of bleed damage on each strike.

Concussive Strikes

Base Attack +10

Each time you score a critical hit with an unarmed attack your target takes 1 point of wisdom damage.

Lethargic Strikes

Base Attack +10

Each time you score a critical hit with an unarmed attack your target takes 1 point of dexterity damage.

Fracturing Strikes

Base Attack +10

Each time you score a critical hit with an unarmed attack your target takes 1 point of constitution damage.

Bruising Strikes

Base Attack +10

Each time you score a critical hit with an unarmed attack your target takes 1 point of charisma damage.

Weakening Strikes

Base Attack +10

Each time you score a critical hit with an unarmed attack your target takes 1 point of strength damage.

Total Focus

12th Level

As a full round action you may make a single unarmed attack, this unarmed attack is automatically considered a critical threat.