The black asps are a sinister order of monks who train as assassins and infiltrators with no need for weapons to achieve their goals. Through meditation and study, they learn how to use poison, hide any magics they choose to employ, and even empty their minds of thought to protect themselves from divinations.
A black asp can select a forbidden ki power in place of any of the following monk class abilities (or as a ki power if he is an unchained monk): slow fall (4th), high jump (5th), wholeness of body (7th), diamond body (11th), abundant step (12th), diamond soul (13th), quivering palm (15th), tongue of the sun and moon (17th), and empty body (19th). If he chooses to do so, he replaces the monk class ability the black asp gives up for the chosen forbidden ki power. The black asp can select any of the following forbidden ki powers.
Black Asp Venom (Su): As a swift action, a black asp with this ki power can poison his unarmed strike or a weapon in his hand. The poison lasts for 1 minute or until expended. A creature damaged by the poisoned weapon is affected as per the poison spell. The save DC is equal to 10 + 1/2 the black asp’s monk level + his Wisdom modifier. Each use of this ability costs 2 ki points. A black asp must be at least 12th level before selecting this ki power.
Empty Mind (Sp): A black asp with this ki power can choose to lower the number of ki points in his ki pool by 3 when he recovers his ki points for the day. If he does so, he gains the benefits of mind blank for 24 hours. A black asp must be at least 16th level and possess the greater hidden magic ki power before selecting this ki power.
Greater Hidden Magic (Sp): As long as he has at least 1 point in his ki pool, all of the black asp’s items are constantly under the effects of magic aura. As an immediate action, he can spend 2 ki points to cause himself and any magic items he is carrying to appear to be non-magical (as if he had cast greater magic aura) for 1 hour per monk level. A black asp must be at least 8th level and possess the hidden magic ki power before selecting this ki power.
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Ultimate Intrigue © 2016, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Jesse Benner, John Bennett, Logan Bonner, Robert Brookes, Jason Bulmahn, Ross Byers, Robert N. Emerson, Amanda Hamon Kunz, Steven Helt, Thurston Hillman, Tim Hitchcock, Mikko Kallio, Rob McCreary, Jason Nelson, Tom Phillips, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Thomas M. Reid, Alexander Riggs, David N. Ross, David Schwartz, Mark Seifter, Linda Zayas-Palmer.