Enlightened Monk

Enlightened monks are paragons of intense physical and mental training, joining the body and mind into one complete being which utilizes the strength of the two combined. They constantly train and exercise, pushing their bodies to new platforms of performance, while meditating upon the mysteries of the world allows them to expand their mind and unveil the secrets of the outer and inner worlds. This not only makes them formidable in combat, able to deftly avoid opponents and deal stunning blows with their bare hands, but also as teachers and advisors tempered by an inner wisdom and an understanding of the underlying forces of the world.

But their discipline yields other fruit, making them masters of a power they call Ki. This power arises from their intense meditation and repeated physical and mental training, drawing from a deep inner well of power connected to almost all living beings. Some beings refer to this energy as Ki, some as psionics or psi, while others see it as an extension of the conscious and subconscious minds. The goal of all this practice is to achieve full enlightenment, and become one with themselves and the world.

The traditions vary from monk to monk, though; some are ascetic warriors who train in solitude on mountaintops accompanied only by the howling winds, repeating their exercises and pushing themselves beyond their limits. Some walk among the peasants and the rich, acting as teacher and advisor to those who seek their wisdom. Some dress in vivid colours and shave their head to set them apart from the common man, others prefer to live in the dirt and squalor of the poor to learn of life’s true hardships. Even so, these are only a few of the diverse schools and traditions of enlightened monk. Some train exclusively in unarmed combat, calling it the art of the pugilist, while others train with the singing sword and bone-breaking staff. Culture sets enlightened monks apart from each other as well - in some areas their martial arts are trained as dances to the steady beating of drums, in other areas they are taught from one master to a student while in yet others they are a part of the military, trained to become deadly assassins and spies able to infiltrate enemies and kill with their bare hands.

The one constant among the various schools, traditions and cultures of monks is that they have all found an inner connection to the world and can utilize it in and out of combat by uniting their mind and body. They become immune to the frailties of the mortal world, shaking off disease, poison, and even age, as if they were nothing but illusions which their now sharp eyes can pierce. Indeed, some even ascend to become living embodiments of this enlightenment and inner connection, and are no longer bound by the laws of this world.
Class Skills:

Added Class Skills: Use Psionic Items, Psicraft

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the enlightened monk.

Ki Psionics
The enlightened monk’s internal mastery brings forth her psionic potential in the form of Ki. Through intense training and meditation, she opens up more and more of her psionic self. The enlightened monk can use their Ki Pool as power points. These power points can be spent to fuel some Ki styles powers, as well as allowing her to attain psionic focus, among other uses. Any class which increases any specific monk class features, such as AC bonus, unarmed damage, speed, or flurry of blows, stacks with her enlightened monk levels for the purpose of Ki psionics. Ki Psionic points refresh every day after 8 hours of sleep or meditation. 

Psionic Bonus Feats
Enlightened Monks gain access to certain psionic feats in addition to their normal bonus feats at certain level. Enlightened Monks do not receive a bonus feat at 2nd or 14th Level in exchange for receiving one at 4th & 12th. Feats available depend on Style chosen. They receive a bonus psionic feat at 1st level, 4th, 6th, 10th, 12th. A monk may select a psionic bonus feat in lieu of their other feats. A monk need not have any of the prerequisites normally required for these feats to select them.

Ki Style Powers
The Enlightened Monk gains powers at 1st, 4th, 6th, 10th & 12th levels. The Psionic Monk can choose one power at each of these levels. The Enlightened Monk uses his Ki Psionics to fuel his powers. They loose their slow fall ability in exchange. Each power costs a number of Ki Psionic points.  Due to the enlightened monks limited to access to psionic powers their power point cost is decreased as well.  1st & 4th level powers cost 1 Ki Psionic point to use, 6th level powers cost 2 Ki psionic points, 10th level powers cost 3 Ki Psionic points and 12th level powers cost 4 Ki Psionic points.  

Still Mind 
Enlightened Monks have learn dot focus their mind with great skill.  Still Mind also gives them a bonus resistance to  any psionic mind effects.

can take psionic feats, metapsionic feats, and psionic item creation feats. 


Ki styles are a representation of a certain school of combat and thought. Each style has their own background and they are meant to portray different styles from all around the world. Each Ki Style gives bonuses, feats and powers all its own. 

Diamond Fist Style

The Order of the Diamond Fist was once a tribe of fierce warriors, who accepted only the strongest among them. Their history tells of how one of their leaders, a mighty chieftain, once battled a female warrior from a nearby monastery to a standstill. Intrigued by their inability to defeat each other, they accepted that they were equals in combat, but not in style. The fierceness of the man and the dedicated attacks of the woman were blended into a single style over the coming years, as the two warriors married not only each other, but their styles as well. While the Order of Diamond Fist has several fortresses to train via sparring, the order prefers to train against fearsome animals or armed warriors, as they believe that only in true combat can one learn the inner secrets of the Diamond Fist.

Feral Beast Style

The School of the Feral Beast teaches multiple similar styles which all take their names and stances from the animal kingdom. The ferals are trained to trust their instincts explicitly, attacking not with well-placed blows but animal ferocity. They take their stances and attacks from studying animals fight and they are often found sneaking through streets or jungles, coming upon their enemies as an unexpected assault from the darkness, like the feral beasts they take their name from. The most feared styles of the Feral Beast are merciless ones like the Ape, the Snake and the Hawk - those who practice these particular styles are known for reverting to animal behavior, tearing the dead apart and even eating the hearts of their enemies at times. The School itself is located in many locations, often found as a collection of tents arranged in a temporary campsite in a forest, on a mountainside or by a lake. often Shifters adopt tho style.

Ki Focus Style

The School of Inner Balance was founded by a group of monastic warriors who sought to understand their inner self and how they were connected to the world around them. What began as meditations soon became laborous training excercises to come into contact with one’s inner powers. They secluded themselves high in inhospitable mountains, both to protect themselves from raiders, and to allow them to contemplate in loneliness, away from the hustle of the nation. There they awakened deepseated psionic powers within themselves which allowed them to enhance their combat potential, as their bodies were suddenly in tune with the world. These monks now accept all those who can find their hidden monasteries, stand the Vigil until the doors open, and make it one month without speaking. Most of the time in the monastery is spent performing the necessities of daily life, from fetching water to taking care of plants, for it is only when one accepts one’s place in the world that one awakens the power within. Once this power is awakened, it allows these monks to perceive things slightly before they happen, but while this isn’t true precognition, it often seems that way on the battlefield since these monks react almost before something happens.

Mind Blade Style

The school of Darkblades mastered the mind blade before they turned to the ascetic traditions. At first, they were dedicated slayers for the local royalty, hunting down monsters and enemies of the crown alike. However, in time, after watching generation after generation of royalty die, they began to devote themselves to something greater. The Darkblades soon faded from the view of the common man, leaving behind their days as slayers and inquisitors for the kings and queens of their nation, instead becoming a secret society of warriors dedicated to protecting the law and order which makes civilization possible. At times, the Darkblades would present themselves to a prospective royal, to ensure that their wish for peace, law and order was respected; at other times they have struck down princes before their disregard for the law became a problem. Some claim that the Darkblades are evil, other that they are good - but those who are accepted into the school are swept up not because they were especially good or evil, but because they would defend the principles of law. You have access to all the Mind Blade Feats.

Mountain Style

The School of Stone cares little for the weakness of the flesh and strives to punish themselves to such a degree that their bodies become like the stone from which they take their name. This school was not founded by some masters of an ancient martial art, but rather by flagellants who whipped themselves into a religious frenzy from the pain. Some of these flagellants achieved an epiphany during these whipping sessions and strove to teach others about the weakness of the flesh and the strength of the mind, but they were seen as pariahs and driven out. Eventually, one of these pariahs refused to flee before the assaults of his comrades, but rather struck back to prove to all others that his mind was stronger than their flesh. This was the birth of the School of Stone - by proving themselves to be capable fighters, many began coming to the school to learn from the flagellants, but were not admitted until they had donated funds to the school. Most students eventually drop out due to the difficult nature of the training, but those few who graduate are a part of a widespread brotherhood which supports and helps one another, no matter what. Some graduates continue their path as flagellants or monks, while others return to take up the reigns of the noble duties, but all become fierce leaders and strong warriors.

Steel Style

The School of Seven Swords has a history reaching far back to a time where madness and slavery ruled. At that time, an insane and paranoid king believed that his nobles were conspiring to strike him down and so instituted a law against anyone bearing any kind of weapon in his kingdom. But, in his insanity, he also offended many former allies and while the alliances were crumbling, the nobles were hard-pressed to come up with a way to defend the country against the inevitable war which was coming. The rumours of the mad king’s decree had escaped their borders and soon their enemies would come riding in hard, knowing that no soldiers were there to defend the lands. One noble had once trained among monks and mastered the style of unarmed combat, which he sought to teach - but his idea was too little, too late. The kingdom was smashed between its former allies, the king slain and the people enslaved - but it was during this enslavement that the Seven Swords rose to prominence. Seven disciples of this one noble who had survived the war gathered peasants and former soldiers, teaching a combat style which relied on one strike being enough to take down a single enemy warrior. This was the foundation and the beginning of the School of Seven Swords.

Transient World Style

The School of the Transient World teaches that the world is an illusion, limited by our senses but limitless to the power of our mind’s eye, the inner fire, the beacon of truth. They teach that you must exhaust your body, strain it to the very limits of what it can do, because without knowing the limits of your physical senses you cannot learn how to expand them. They train extensively with each other, focusing primarily on tough physical excercises which bring them to the point of exhaustion before the mental training begins. This allows them to go beyond the limits of the world, as seen by “the blind” - as they call the unenlightened people. The transcients mean that it is their duty to constantly test the limits of the world, themselves and those who share it - some even go as far as attacking “the blind” just to provoke them into “waking up” and seeing the world for the illusion it truly is. The School of the Transient World also houses one of the world’s foremost institutes for teaching the Nomad and Seer devotions to Psions, sharing the view of the world as an illusion.

Wind Style

The school of the Four Winds teaches that you cannot be conquered if your enemy cannot strike you. The style focuses deeply on constantly staying mobile to avoid being struck by the enemy, often tiring the enemy down for a while before launching a devastating flurry of kicks, known as the Storm. The school began as a group of ascetic monasteries high in the mountains where the wind never ceased to blow, storms being common - here three rebels sought refuge from the terrible wrath of the kingdom they tried to overthrow. They had escaped the lawbringers and the army hunting them and their friends for almost a year, focusing more on stay ing alive than fighting back. Once they reached these mountain monasteries they were admitted as students, but their fighting spirit and the hard lessons learned from a life of defeat allowed them to tire even the masters while sidestepping blow after blow in training. Once they had defeated the masters in unarmed combat, they willingly stepped down and returned the positions to the masters but instituting one common rule for all of them - all were to be equals and only defer to those whom they were trained by.