Katas

A bushi character can purchase a Kata if the character’s School is listed as one of those that can utilize the Kata, and if the character’s relevant Ring is equal to or higher than the listed Mastery Level. Purchasing a Kata costs a number of Experience Points equal to its Mastery Level.

Once a character is familiar with a Kata, he can execute it at any time. Executing a Kata is a Simple Action. Once a character has executed a Kata, he gains the listed benefit of the Kata until the effect expires (if a duration is listed) or he chooses to drop out of it (which is a Free Action). A character may only have one Kata active at a given time.

Air

Breath of Wind Style

  • Mastery: Air 3
  • Schools: Kakita Bushi, Bayushi Bushi
  • Effect: Your Initiative Score increases by 2 during the Reactions Stage of each Combat Round. This effect stacks but disappears immediately if the kata is no longer in effect.

Hidden Blade Style

  • Mastery: Air 4
  • Schools: Bayushi Bushi, Yoritomo Bushi
  • Effect: Your Disarm attacks deal normal damage rather than 2k1. You may not increase your damage on these attacks via Raises (including from use of the Feint Maneuver).

Iron Forest Style

  • Mastery: Air 4
  • Schools: Daidoji Iron Warrior, Shiba Bushi
  • Effect: While using a spear or polearm, you may use your Air Ring instead of Agility for attack rolls.

Striking as Air

  • Mastery: Air 3
  • Schools: Any
  • Effect: When in the Defense Stance your Armor TN is increased by your Air Ring.

Veiled Menace Style

Earth

Indomitable Warrior Style

Iron in the Mountains Style

Striking as Earth

  • Mastery: Earth 3
  • Schools: Any
  • Effect: When in the Full Defense Stance you gain Reduction equal to your Earth Ring. This is cumulative with other forms of Reduction.

Fire

Disappearing World Style

  • Mastery: Fire 4
  • Schools: Akodo Bushi, Kakita Bushi
  • Effect: Choose one opponent. Once per turn against that opponent, you may use your Agility Trait instead of your Strength Trait for damage rolls.

Reckless Abandon Style

  • Mastery: Fire 4
  • Schools: Matsu Berserker, Usagi Bushi
  • Effect: You may add your Fire Ring to your Armor TN while in the Full Attack Stance.

Striking as Fire

  • Mastery: Fire 3
  • Schools: Any
  • Effect: When in the Full Attack Stance you may add your Fire Ring to the total of one attack roll made per round.

Spinning Blades Style

  • Mastery: Fire 5
  • Schools: Mirumoto Bushi, Yoritomo Bushi
  • Effect: Once per turn while wielding a weapon in each hand, you may make the Extra Attack Maneuver for 3 Raises instead of 5. The second attack comes from your off-hand weapon, dealing weapon damage as appropriate. You may not increase your damage on either attack via Raises.

Void

Balance the Elements Style

  • Mastery: Void 3
  • Schools: Mirumoto Bushi, Shiba Bushi
  • Effect: You may use your Void Ring in place of your Reflexes for your Initiative Roll.

Strength of Purity Style

Strike as Void

  • Mastery: Void 3
  • Schools: Any
  • Effect: When in the Center Stance your Armor TN is increased by your Void Ring.

Water

Strength in Arms Style

  • Mastery: Water 4
  • Schools: Hida Bushi, Ichiro Bushi, Moto Bushi
  • Effect: Once per Turn while wielding a Heavy Weapon, you may use your Strength Trait instead of your Agility for an attack roll.

Striking as Water

  • Mastery: Water 4
  • Schools: Any
  • Effect: When in the Attack Stance you may move 5 additional feet as a Free Action.

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