4.15.4 Roleplaying a Monk

The Sentaari Monastery houses a sect of Duirani monks dedicated to the defense of Dendara. Trained in martial arts and harnessing Kai, energy born from violence itself, they are merciless when facing any that threaten the wilds or Duiran.

What is Kai?
Kai is a type of energy that is created when there is combat, more specifically defined as the clash of Shadow and Spirit, diametrically opposed elements that affect much of the world of Aetolia. It gathers up as a monk fights, and can be unleashed in many ways, to break bones, to heal allies, or to stun enemies. 

What is Dendara?
Dendara is a plane housing great Spirits of animals and beasts, and covered in wilderness. It bears a deep connection to Duiran, the Sentaari's home, tethered to the Council by the sacrifice of the Goddess Lleis. It has been suffering corruption by Shadow, something that manifests in corrupt, violent spirits and in rotspawn, monsters made of rot and decay. As it is tethered to the Prime, harm to it means harms to the world at large. The Sentaari are uniquely able to banish away the rotspawn using Kai, as otherwise, they'd simply sink back into the plane and reform.

Sentaari learn this skill once they become full members, and it is only through the rigorous Sentaari training that one is fit to do it. A monk that leaves the Monastery will find that they lack the discipline.

How your skills generally work:
- Tekura is mixed martial arts, made up of punches, kicks, throws and
  stances. It has a system of ranks by belt color, ending in black 
  belts.
- Telepathy is mental manipulation, invading the mind of another and
  seeing as they see, implanting fears and afflictions in their head,
  as well as destroying them by unlacing their psyche.
- Kaido is the manipulation of Kai and the internal energies of the
  body. Making yourself more resilient by sheer will, or breaking
  an opponent's bones with a blast of energy are both things that
  fall under Kaido.

Sentaari monks have a balance of body, mind and spirit in their three skills, all of which have a component of discipline and deep focus to master.

Visual style of the class:
The skills of the monk class are very focused on the body and martial arts, making for an aesthetic of high physical prowess and clothes and accessories that allow for extensive movement. 

Side effects of the class skills:
Practitioners of Tekura spend their entire lifetimes in training, hardening their bones and growing more and more proficient. This may result on calloused or scarred skin, gnarled limbs from repeated breaks, and a generally muscular frame. The wielding of Kai may have harmful effects, requiring ultimate focus, and may cause scars and burns on the extremities if used incorrectly.

Roleplaying the class:
The Sentaari demand extreme discipline and focus, and a full commitment to the task they have been assigned. While the Sentinel and the Shaman, the other guilds of Duiran, have a spiritual aspect in ancestors and direct connections to spirits, the Sentaari have only their community and skills made from their own training, making them very attuned to the Council of Duiran and its immediate needs. A Sentaari monk will spend most of their time training their abilities, and what is left of it assisting the others, be it by gathering herbs for a ritual, or by fighting alongside their allies. Being so physically-focused, they tend to be high energy, for better or worse.