The Ancestral Way of The Ki-Rin
Horrified after the changes inflicted upon her brother Fu Leng, the kami Shinjo returned to Rokugan with a sad realization: the Empire was going to need soldiers. So she created a style of combat, powerful, fluid and captivating, to prepare the humans for the chaos ahead.
When she left Rokugan, a handful of Ki-Rin remained to be the Voice of the Clan. Shinjo and their follower developed new schools, while forgetting their original Ki-Rin techniques, learning new fighting styles and diplomacy from foreign lands.
Their brothers in Rokugan evolved into the Minor Clan of the Fox, and slowly turned to the study of the mind and spirits, abandoning the Unicorn lands for the Shinomen Forest. Still, the ancestral school of the Ki-Rin survived for a while, until the last grandsensei of the style died in 470, with no pupils capable of keeping the school alive…
THE WAY OF THE KI-RIN [BUSHI]
Benefit: +1 Agility
Skills: Athletics, Defense, Horsemanship, Lore: Heraldry, Kenjutsu, Meditation, Polearms
Outfit: Light or Riding Armor, Kimono, Daisho, any 1 weapon, Traveling Pack, Horse (Pony), 2 koku
Special: In the Vth century this school is available to the Kitsune. Prior to that, or with the GM permission, this school might also be available to characters from the Heichi, Shinjo, Ide and Utaku families.
RANK 1: THE KIRIN DANCE
The Ki-Rin of old were capable of understand their enemies and anticipate their attacks. You might add your Perception rank to your armor TN. You gain one Free Raise on all attacks against any enemy that declared an attack against you since the last turn.
RANK 2: BREATH OF THE HEAVENLY PARADISE
Shinjo kept great recollections and visions of the Celestial Heavens, and shared them with the mortals that followed her. Those that follow the Way of Ki-Rin draw upon these memories, pushing themselves to phenomenal bursts of activity. Once per combat, you might add double your Athletics Skill Rank to your Initiative a number of rounds equal to your school Rank. You also gain the Daredevil advantage.
RANK 3: THE RIDE OF THE KIRIN
The charge of the Ki-Rin is a devastating feet of grace and precision, not of force. When making attacks with katana or from horseback, you can replace the Strength bonus to damage dice with your Agility. While mounted, you might use Extra Atack for 3 raises, as long as you don’t attack an opponent you already attacked this round.
RANK 4: PURITY OF ACTION
A single action is enough. Those that follow the Way of Ki-Rin might attack as a Simple Action with melee weapons.
RANK 5: PURITY OF SPIRIT
Those that achieve this level in the Way of the Ki-Rin understand the very being of their opponents even before the combat has begun. As a skirmish begins, you gain a pool of Free Raises equal to your Void Ring. You can use these Free Raises for any attack, as long as you don’t use more than two Free Raises obtained with this technique for the same action.