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Dark Chi Warrior Necroknight Archetype

Some necroknights don’t arise from chivalric traditions, but instead come from ascetic training.

These warriors master the art of harnessing “sha chi ” (or “killing chi”) much in the same way a monk would harness their own personal ki .

Weapon and Armor Proficiencies

The dark chi warrior is proficient with the club, crossbow (light or heavy), dagger, handaxe, javelin, kama, nunchaku, quarterstaff, sai, short sword, shortspear, shuriken, siangham, sling, spear, and any weapon with the monk special weapon quality. The dark chi warrior is not proficient with any armor or shields.

This replaces the necroknight’s weapon and armor proficiencies.

Unarmored Defense (Su)

At 1st level, while unarmored and carrying no more than a light load, the dark chi warrior adds their Intelligence modifier to their AC and CMD. In addition, a dark chi warrior gains a +1 bonus to AC and CMD at 4th level. This bonus increases by 1 for every 4 dark chi warrior levels thereafter, up to a maximum of +5 at 20th level.

These bonuses to AC apply even against touch attacks or when the dark chi warrior is flat-footed. They lose these bonuses when they are immobilized or helpless, when they wear any armor, when they carry a shield, or when they carry a medium or heavy load.

Sha Chi Strike (Su)

This functions as necroblade, but only functions with unarmed strikes, natural attacks, and weapons with the monk special quality.

This ability modifies necroblade.

Sidebar: What is Sha Chi?

In some disciplines of the art of feng shui, one of the core components of the arrangements they employ is to avoid the accumulation of “sha chi ” (spelled variously) or “killing energy”.

This negative energy is draining, aggressive, depressing, and causes illness.

Unarmed Strike (Ex)

At 1st level, the dark chi warrior gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. Additionally, they gain the unarmed damage profile of a monk of their dark chi warrior class level.

This ability replaces necroburst.

Sha Chi Powers

Starting at 2nd level, the dark chi warrior is treated as having a ki pool, and may use their necrosis pool to power ki abilities, feats, and items that require spending ki . For each 1 ki point something requires, the dark chi warrior must spend 5 necrosis points.

If the dark chi warrior has a ki pool from another source, such as another class, that ki pool is tracked separately. The dark chi warrior cannot convert ki points into necrosis points.

Additionally, at 2nd level the dark chi warrior gains a ki power from the unchained monk, using their dark chi warrior level as their monk level. At 6th level and every 4 levels thereafter, the dark chi warrior gains another ki power.

This ability replaces the necroknight’s bonus combat feats.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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