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DnD Class Build Monk Kensai

Dungeons and Dragons – Mystara

Class Build – Monk: Kensai

Source: Players Handbook (5e-wiz-ph-49)

For one of my new gamers they are building a monk using the kensai option that is part of my campaign setting so I thought I would make a post about all the linked content so its all in one place and will make referencing it easier.

Where to Start – Race

Race is one of the most inportant aspects of character creation as it points to solutions of class, homeland and background options that work well with the charcter concept.

There are a few different options in my setting for taking on character races, here is a link to the source material for my players – DnD Races Page.

Player was happy with Human of Air (Heldannic).

Class Options – Kensai?

Base racial options for the character are as follows.

The player has chosen to go with Monk and Kensai.

Selecting Attributes

This has been left with the player to decide, when I have the details I will add them in here as part of the character build walk through.

Attributes have 27 point buy, starting with a base of 8.

  • Total Points (27)
  • Strength gains – costing
  • Dexterity gains – costing
  • Constitution gains – costing
  • Intelligence gains – costing
  • Wisdom gains – costing
  • Charisma gains – costing

STR 8 () DEX 8 () CON 8 () INT 8 () WIS 8 () CHA 8 ()

After Point by add the following racial changes: +2 Dex, +1 Wis

STR 8 () DEX 8 () CON 8 () INT 8 () WIS 8 () CHA 8 ()

Backgrounds

The character background options for consideration suitable for Ierendi:

Languages

For mystara there are two common languages, Alpahtian and Thyatian. Not everyone know both languages. A good trade language is the Traladara language used as a core for a few countries in the region as well.

  • Racial Languages: Makai and Common (either Thyatian)
  • Makai Extra Language:
  • National Starting Languages: Common (Thyatian), Elven (Alfheim) and Traladaran
  • Background Languages

Name and Sex

The name of the character will be left to the player with the sex of it also being up to the player. Playing a male of a female has not impact on what the character can do, just how they will be perceived in different encounters.

Choice of Background and Quirks

I left the choice of quirks and background to the player.

Weapons Mastery

These are concepts that exist in the setting of Mystara that I have adapted to 5th edition and expanded. Here are all the options available to the character and when they kick in.

  • Weapons Mastery

Secret Crafts

Secret Craft Options available to the character.

  • (1st)
  • (2nd) tba
  • (3rd) tba

Spell Lists

Available from certain levels a paladin can selects spells from them when they gain new spells each level.

House Rule – In my setting, Sorcerers learn 1 cantrip for each Tier that they have achieved (a tier is every 5 character levels) with 3 extra cantrips at first level. Cantrips can come from the secret crafts they have learnt.

Character Advancement

Creating a 1st level Monk
  • Attributes – Character Level 01 Traits
    • Proficiency Bonus: +2
    • Character Tier: Tier 1
    • Attunement Slots: 3
    • Renown at Starting City +1
    • Secret Craft: Gain one craft at Initiate.
    • Weapons Mastery: Training available up to Skilled Only.
  • Player Choices:
    • Racial Options:
    • Attributes:
    • Class Options:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week
    • 2nd Week
    • 3rd Week
    • 4th Week
    • 5th Week
    • 6th Week
    • 7th Week
    • 8th Week
Advancing to 2nd level Monk
  • Player Choices:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week
    • 2nd Week
    • 3rd Week
    • 4th Week
    • 5th Week
    • 6th Week
    • 7th Week
    • 8th Week
Advancing to 3rd level Monk
  • Attributes – Character level 03 Traits
    • Renown +1
    • Secret Craft: Gain one craft at Initiate.
    • Weapons Mastery – One weapon upgrade.
  • Player Choices:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week
    • 2nd Week
    • 3rd Week
    • 4th Week
    • 5th Week
    • 6th Week
    • 7th Week
    • 8th Week
Advancing to 4th level Monk
  • Player Choices:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week
    • 2nd Week
    • 3rd Week
    • 4th Week
    • 5th Week
    • 6th Week
    • 7th Week
    • 8th Week
Advancing to 5th level Monk
  • Player Choices:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week
    • 2nd Week
    • 3rd Week
    • 4th Week
    • 5th Week
    • 6th Week
    • 7th Week
    • 8th Week
Advancing to 6th level Monk
  • Attributes – Character Level 06 Traits
    • Character Tier: Tier 2
    • Attunement Slots: 4
    • Renown +1
    • Secret Craft: Upgrade one craft to 1st Circle.
    • Weapons Mastery – One weapon upgrade. Expert training available.
  • Player Choices:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week
    • 2nd Week
    • 3rd Week
    • 4th Week
    • 5th Week
    • 6th Week
    • 7th Week
    • 8th Week
Advancing to 7th level Monk
  • Player Choices:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week
    • 2nd Week
    • 3rd Week
    • 4th Week
    • 5th Week
    • 6th Week
    • 7th Week
    • 8th Week
Advancing to 8th level Monk
  • Player Choices:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week
    • 2nd Week
    • 3rd Week
    • 4th Week
    • 5th Week
    • 6th Week
    • 7th Week
    • 8th Week
Advancing to 9th level Monk
  • Attributes – Character Level 09 Traits
    • Proficiency Bonus increases to +4
    • Renown +1
    • Secret Craft: Upgrade one craft to 1st Circle.
    • Weapons Mastery – One weapon upgrade.
  • Player Choices:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week
    • 2nd Week
    • 3rd Week
    • 4th Week
    • 5th Week
    • 6th Week
    • 7th Week
    • 8th Week

Magical Items

I handle magical items differently in my world. Each character gains these options are new levels (2nd and beyond) and will only get to make the choice once their character is complete. All Items ar either random or selected by the GM.

  • Tier 1 – 2x Common Item or 1x Uncommon Item or Upgrade 1 item
  • Tier 2 – 2x lower tier or 2x Uncommon Item or 1x Rare Item or Upgrade 1 item
  • Tier 3 – 2x lower tier or 2x Rare item, or 2x Very Rare Item or Upgrade 1 item
  • Tier 4 – 2x lower tier or 2x Very Rare Item, 1x Legenday Item or Upgrade 1 item.

Items Gained in the course of the campaign –

Finished Example

This uses my annotated stat block to show how I lay out PCs and NPCs for reference, and showing how its works for me. This is what players need to provide for ongoing reference of characters.

Fighter

Camdu
Medium (), chaotic
Fighter 9

  • Armour Class:
  • Hit Points: tba (7d?+?)
  • Speed: 30 ft

STR 8 () DEX 8 () CON 8 () INT 8 () WIS 8 () CHA 8 ()

  • Saving Throws:
  • Weapon and Armour:
  • Tools:
  • Skills:
  • Senses:
  • Languages:

ABILITIES

Actions (1 per round)

  • Attack Action (ph192) – you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.
  • Dash (ph192) – you gain extra movement for the round equal to your speed.
  • Disengage (ph192) – Your movement does not provoke an attack of opportunity this turn.
  • Dodge (ph192) – Until the start of your next turn, attack rolls against you have disadvantage. Dex saving throws have advantage. These last unless you are incapacitated, or your speed is reduced to zero.
  • Help (ph192) – You can aid another giving advantage on the next ability check, or attack roll if you are within 5 ft of the target.
  • Hide (ph192) – You make a Dexterity (Stealth) check to hide.
  • Ready (ph193) – You can hold an action to use as a reaction. Set a trigger, if that trigger occurs either complete the action or you lose it and your reaction. Spells require concentration to ready and can be broken.
  • Search (ph193) – Either make a Wisdom (Perception) or an Intelligence (Investigation) check to find something.
  • Use an Object (ph193) – Allows you to interact with one of more objects on your turn.

Bonus Actions (1 per round)

  • Two Weapon Fighting (ph195) – If attacking with a light weapon in one hand, you can make a melee or thrown attack with a second weapon in your other hand. You don’t add the modifier to this attack unless it is negative.

Reactions (1 per round)

  • Opportunity Attack (ph195) – You can make one attack against a hostile creature that moves out of your reach.

Available Attack Options

Equipment

  • Armour
  • Weapons

Feats

Companions

  • Name ()
  • Notes
  • Background:
  • Age: Height: Proficiency Bonus:
  • Characteristics:
    • Personality:
    • Ideal:
    • Bond:
    • Flaw:
    • Personal Goals:
  • Downtime:
  • Character Variations:
  • Weapons Mastery: Base DC = 8 +abil mod

Conclusion

More details to come.

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