The kappa fighter eschews armor, preferring to learn to use his own natural defenses, coupled perhaps with a shield. He likewise learns to use his natural weapons alongside crafted ones. Only kappa may take the kappa-bushi archetype.

Class Features

A kappa-bushi has the following class features:

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Kappa-bushi are proficient with all simple and martial weapons. They are proficient with all shields but not with any form of armor.

Always Armed

For the purposes of meeting feat prerequisites, the kappa-bushi is considered to have the Improved Unarmed Strike feat (though the feat itself does him no good since he possesses a natural attack).

Improved Grapple

The kappa-bushi gains the Improved Grapple feat at 1st level as a bonus feat.

Unarmored Dodge

At 1st level the kappa-bushi gains the Dodge feat as a bonus feat. The kappa-bushi loses his dodge bonus to AC should he wear armor.

The kappa-bushi’s dodge bonus increases by +1 at 3rd, 7th, 11th, and 15th levels.

This ability replaces armor training.

Hardened Shell

At 2nd, 5th, 10th, and 15th levels the kappa-bushi’s natural armor bonus increases by +1.

At 19th level the kappa gains DR 5/-.

This ability replaces armor mastery.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

In the Company of Kappa copyright 2011, Steve D. Russell and Michael Tumey. All rights reserved; Author: Jonathan McAnulty

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