Acolyte of the Fist - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
While some monks focus inward in a contemplative life of seeking enlightenment, members of the order of the fist focus outward. The central premise of the order's philosophy is "see what you want and take it." While that might seem selfish and greedy at first glance, that's because members of the order - who are called acolytes of the fist - do not focus on the "take," but on the "want." Members of the order believe that to want something that you cannot or should not have is insane, and to want something that could bring harm (in having it or taking it) to yourself or others is foolish. Thus, the order preaches the importance of goal getting - but in doing so carefully. When an acolyte of the fist sets a goal, he does not allow himself to be deterred from achieving it.
The order of the fist draws upon this single-minded resolve for its power. Members are able to channel their commitment and determination into their fists, granting them extraordinary and even supernatural powers.
Most acolytes of the fist are monks - usually those without leanings toward evil or good. Occasionally, a rogue or fighter joins their ranks. Any who can pass the required entry tests (and therefore achieve that goal) are welcome.
Acolytes of the fist rarely work together. They often practice and train in common monasteries, and they even live together in those spartanly appointed facilities, but their goals are individual and rarely coincide.
Hit Die: d10
To qualify to become an Acolyte of the Fist, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any lawful
- Skills: Tumble 8 Ranks, Jump 8 Ranks
- Feats: Improved Unarmed Strike, Iron Will, Stunning Fist.
- Special: Once a character begins taking levels as an acolyte of the fist, he cannot go back to another class until he has gained all ten levels of the class. Once he does this, however, he can go back to his original class - even if that class was monk.
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