Monk



Monks in Elion are wide and varied around the world. There are Monk Monasteries in each of the world’s major nations. Each nation has its perks and restrictions on monks from their lands.

Graimorian Barony: The monks from the Island of Tori have the alignment restriction of LG or LN.
There are two Monasteries within the Kingdom. The Feln Lotus Monastery, and the White Onyx Monastery.
In the Bone Hills of the island, hidden among the rocky terrain, lies the White Onyx Monastery.
Iomedaen Church: Monks of these monasteries must be LG. Cargon holds six monasteries. From West-most to East-most, these Monasteries are: Monastery of the Sun (Sarenrae), The Inherited Land (Iomedae), Stag Keep Monastery (Erastil), Nalman’s Forge (Torag), Traveled Roads Keeper (Desna), Monastery of the Vineyard (Cayden Cailean).
Chruch of Abadar: Monks of these monasteries must be LN or LG. The Serpent Isles are only home to three monasteries. These are: The Lost Rattle Monastery (Pharasma), World’s Spine Monastery (Gozreh), Marble Law Earth Monastery (Abadar).
Temple of Zon-Kuthon: Monks of these monasteries must be LN or LE. The lands of Nurmox house four monasteries in service to Zon-Kuthon and his pantheon. These Monasteries are: Tomb of Blood (Zon-Kuthon), Twilight’s Horrid Wilting (Lamashtu), Monastery of the Coiled Viper (Norgorber), Monastery of the Talking Bones (Urgathoa).

Each temple or monastery teaches different techniques and styles. In all, Elion is home to 15 different monasteries, and 15 different unique styles. The following lists each monastery, their style, and variant monk archtypes that can come from their monastery, and which deity the monastery worships and is dedicated to, and the colors of the monastery.

Monks may not be members of Clergy or Knights, they are sworn to their Monastery. Taking any class after taking levels in Monk is seen as abandoning your oaths and betraying the Monastery trained at.

The monasteries

name (deity) colors. Generic monastery information, style, variants, and alignment restriction.

Feln Lotus Monastery Dark green and black.
The Feln Lotus Monastery lies in the great forest of Tori to the west, in the zone named Feln. This monastery lies near the coast. It focuses on the ability to move through the forest with ease. These monks are capable foragers and scouts.
Style The Feln Monks have mastered the Panther Style of combat. (Panther Style, Panther Claw, and Panther Parry are bonus feat options for these monks. Prerequisites must still be met.)
Variants Ki Mystic, Monk of the Lotus, Zen Archer, Qinggong Monk, Flowing Monk, Martial Artist
Alignment Monks from this monastery must be LG or LN.

White Onyx Monastery (God, the god of the Barony) Black and White.
The Onyx Mask Masters live in the harsh and unforgiving foothills of Skull’s Peak. For generations, they have lived off the mountain, accepting its blessed teachings and ways. They have mastered leaping great distances to quickly travel the harsh terrain.
Style The Onyx Mask Masters have trained hard in keeping their ground and moving others off it. They use the Janni Style (Janni Style, Janni Tempest, and Janni Rush feats are bonus feat options for these monks. Prerequisites must still be met)
Variants Ki Mystic, Monk of the Four Winds, Monk of the Sacred Mountain, Weapon Adept (Quarterstaff), Zen Archer, Qinggong Monk, Martial Artist.
Alignment Monks from this monastery must be LG or LN.

Monastery of the Sun (Sarenrae) Fire Red and Golden Yellow
These monks teach the redeeming qualities of the Sun and Dawn. The Sun-Kissed Monks live just within the desert region, west of the Cargon Oasis. These monks are often used to help make people into upstanding citizens of the Iomedaen Church. Scimitars count as Monk Weapons for the Sun-Kissed.
Style The Sun-Kissed have mastered using the blessing of the sun with their martial prowess. Efreeti Style (Efreeti Style, Efreeti Stance, and Efreeti Touch…).
Variants Monk of the Empty Hand, Monk of the Healing Hand, Weapon Adept (Scimitar), Martial Artist.
Alignment Monks of this monastery must be LG or LN.

The Inherited Lands (Iomedae) Silver and Gold.
The Inheritors keep care of the land where Iomedae appeared to the great leaders of the Church, telling them how to destroy their blasphemous enemies. It is taught that in the Cargon Oasis, to the far North, while in meditation and prayer, Grand-Inquisitor Tarin Lawbringer was approached by Iomedae herself. She blessed him with knowledge of how to destroy the arcane arts, and end their heretical existence in creation. It is on that spot that the monastery sits. Longswords are monk weapons for the Inheritors.
Style The Inheritors have mastered motion and grace within their martial prowess. Kirin Style (Kirin Style, Kirin Strike, and Kirin Path…).
Variants Monk of the Empty Hand, Weapon Adept (Longsword), Flowing Monk, Maneuver Master
Alignment Monks of this monastery must be LG.

Stag Keep Monastery (Erastil) Green and Brown.
The Deadeye Monks are masters of the hunt. Whether on horseback or on foot, the Deadeyes have unerring aim with bows. Providing food from hunt to the monastery and nearby settlements of the Iomedaen Church, they also provide tracking services when required. The Longbow and Composite Longbow are considered monk weapons for Deadeye Monks.
Style Having learned the ways of the hunt, they have mastered the style of the Boar. Boar Style (Boar Style, Boar Ferocity, and Boar Shred…).
Variants Weapon Adept (Longbow), Zen Archer, Martial Artist, Sohei.
Alignment Monks of this monastery must be LG or LN.

Nalman’s Forge (Torag) Deep Red and Copper.
This monastery houses a large forge in the middle. It is rumored that the Forgemaster Monks can forge weapons with their bare hands. They work endlessly to perfect their blacksmithing arts. It is said they wrestle the same way the forge metal. The Warhammer is treated as a monk weapon for Forgemasters.
Style Learning the ways of the forge, they have mastered the Marid style. (Marid Style (replace cold damage with fire damage), Marid Spirit (replace cold resistance with fire resistance), and Marid Coldsnap…).
Variants Monk of the Empty Hand, Maneuver Master, Martial Artist, Tetori.
Alignment Monks of this monastery must be LG or LN.

Traveled Roads Keeper (Desna) Purple and White (Often robes look like night sky).
The Road Priests of this monastery travel with the luck and protection of Desna. It is said, ones dreams are protected when they sleep within this monastery. Housing a Road Priest is also said to bring luck, protection to dreams. Allowing a Road Priest to travel with a caravan is believed to bring the caravan luck in its travels. These monks are well traveled as a whole, and have maps of many roads throughout the world. The Starknife is considered a monk weapon for these monks.
Style Slow and steady wins the race. These traveling monks have mastered the Snapping Turtle Style. (Snapping Turtle Style, Snapping Turtle Clutch, and Snapping Turtle Shell…).
Variants Monk of the Empty Hand, Monk of the Four Winds, Monk of the Healing Hand, Flowing Monk, Maneuver Master, Martial Artist.
Alignment Monks from this monastery must be LN.

Monastery of the Vineyard (Cayden Cailean) Grape Purple and Vine Green.
This monastery sits in the middle of a vast vineyard, and is known to make some of the best wines and ales in the world. Masters of wine and ale, these monks are drunken masters. These monks travel to taste the wines and ales of other places, but rarely for other reason. The Rapier is considered a monk weapon for these monks, and if they are holding any one type of container for alcohol in one hand, they are still considered unarmed for both.
Style Being drunk, and acting a fool, many don’t realize these Vinters have mastered the Monkey Style (Monkey Style, Monkey Moves, and Monkey Shine…).
Variants All Vinter Monks must have the Drunken Master first ability, Drunken Ki. Drunken Monk, Flowing Monk, Maneuver Master, Martial Artist, Sensei.
Alignment Monks from this monastery must be LG or LN.

The Lost Rattle (Pharasma) Black and Grey.
Hidden in the Rattle’s Range mountains, these Cowl Monks are the keepers of the dead. They travel about the world to perform funerary rites for any who require them. It is said that Pharasma herself granted them power of death. They always have a thin, grey, cowl over their faces. The Cowled Ones do not reveal their faces to the living.
Style The Cowled Ones have taken their style from the assassins of the mountain, Mantis Style (Mantis Style, Mantis Wisdom, Mantis Torment…).
Variants The Cowled Ones are mostly Hungry Ghost Monks, however, they can also be Flowing Monks, Masters of Many Styles, or Martial Artist.
Alignment Monks from this monastery must be LN or LE.

World’s Spine Monastery (Gozreh) Sea Blue and Green.
The monks of the World’s Spine, Storm Masters, watch over the weather of Elion. Able to forecast with great accuracy for entire seasons. They watch from their monastery atop the Snack’s Back Scales mountain range. Many seek out these monks blessings and wisdom before planting crops for the season. The Trident is treated as a monk weapon for Storm Masters.
Style Storm Masters are capable of harnessing the storm in their martial prowess, turning their ki into acidic corrosion. Shaitan Style (Shaitan Style, Shaitan Skin, and Shaitan Earthblast…).
Variants Ki Mystic, Monk of the Empty Hand, Monk of the Four Winds, Monk of the Sacred Mountain, Martial Artist.
Alignment Monks from this monastery must be LN.

Marble Laws Earth Monastery (Abadar) Leather Brown and Ink black.
The Marble Advocates, monks of a strict monastery, focus on various laws, and are often requested to reside over legal council and dealings. They study the laws of the lands of Elion, and are the foremost experts on diplomatic issues, and international law disputes. The Light Crossbow is considered a monk weapon for Marble Advocates.
Style Much like the law, these monks can defend or attack with their wisdom. Crane Style (Crane Style, Crane Wing, and Crane Riposte…).
Variants Monk of the Empty Hand, Monk of the Healing Hand, Monk of the Sacred Mountain, Qinggong Monk, Maneuver Master, Sensei.
Alignment Marble Advocates must be LG, LN, or LE.

The Tomb of Blood (Zon-Kuthon) Blood Red.
Torturers revel in the blood they let from their victims. It is through pain, darkness, and loss that the Torturers master their bodies and souls, and they don’t hesitate to share the ways of learning with others. Torturers are the caretakers of the Temple of Zon-Kuthon’s prisoners. Helping to teach them better ways. It is said that a torturer can withstand great pains and agonies. Each Torturer has modifications to their body, be it missing flesh or piercings. The Spiked Chain is treated as a monk weapon for Torturers.
Style These vicious monks have mastered the quick striking abilities known to snakes, Snake Style (Snake Style, Snake Sidewind, and Snake Fang…).
Variants Hungry Ghost Monk, Ki Mystic, Monk of the Empty Hand, Weapon Adept (Spiked Chain), Maneuver Master.
Alignment Monks of this monastery must be LE.

Twilight’s Horrid Wilting (Lamashtu) Black and Red.
These Mad Monks seek perfection of body and soul within the madness of their goddess. It is in the deepest twists of the mind that the truth of our existence lays. To most, they are thought crazed lunatics. They seek to become the monsters of nightmares, or at least master them. The Falchion is considered a monk weapon for Mad Monks.
Style Mad Monks study the motions of monsters and creatures of lore, they have fixated on what they consider the ultimate monster, Dragon Style (Dragon Style, Dragon Ferocity, Dragon Roar…).
Variants Hungry Ghost Monk, Monk of the Empty Hand, Flowing Monk, Martial Artist, Tetori.
Alignment Monks from this monastery must be LE.

Monastery of the Coiled Viper (Norgorber) Black and ichor green.
These Monks of the Hidden Blade are masters of secrets, and lust to keep these secrets for themselves. They are masters of poison and murder. It is in secrecy that any approach the Hidden Blades of the Coiled Viper. Outside of their monastery, it can be difficult to know who is or is not a Hidden Blade, as they hide themselves as ordinary citizens. It is said that all the gold in the world could quench their greed. Short Swords are considered monk weapons for the Hidden Blades.
Style Taking knowledge from the tiger’s deadly claws, they seek to use their short swords as their own claws. (Tiger Style, Tiger Claws, and Tiger Pounce… Considered unarmed with Short Swords).
Variants Hungry Ghost Monk, Monk of the Open Hand, Weapon Adept (Short Sword), Maneuver Master, Martial Artist.
Alignment Monks from this monastery must be LE.

Monastery of Talking Bones (Urgauthoa)Bone White and Blood Red.
The Diseased Ones are feared. They are an ill omen to any settlement they come to. They are believed to bring famine and death wherever they go. It is electricity, pure energy, that causes the body to move, not life. These monks seek perfection beyond life. It is in undeath that they truly perfect their body and soul, merging into one, new, perfect being. Many of the Diseased Ones show their bones through self inflicted wounds and body modifications to display their dedication. The Scythe is considered a monk weapon for Diseased Ones.
Style Mastering electricity within and without, the Diseased Ones wield the Djinni Style (Djinni Style, Djinni Spirit, and Djinni Spin…).
Variants Hungry Ghost Variant, Monk of the Empty Hand, Weapon Adept (Scythe), Maneuver Master, Martial Artist. Special At level twenty, Diseased Ones replace Perfect Self with Perfect Self.
Alignment Monks from this monastery must be LE.

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Monk

Retribution Nochtal