Student of the Black Palm
“Yes, I could use poison, but I’ll just use my hands… their much deadlier.”
- May Darkmoon, Student of the Black Palm, taunting a now dead foe.
Many seek strength through mediation and discovering inner strength, however, some want more, some want to learn how to use this inner strength to kill. This is where the style of Black Palm originated, a style of fighting that focuses on inner strength combined with stealth and death.
Becoming a Student of the Black Palm
Monks make the greatest Students of The Black Palm, although rogues could make use of the class too, if they wanted to.
Concentration 4, Hide 8 ranks, Move silently 8 ranks
Improved unarmed strike, Stealthy
Must kill someone for no other reason than to become a Student of the Black Palm.
The Class Students of The Black Palm 's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are....
Balance (Dex), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disable device (Int), Escape artist (Dex), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis), Move silently (Dex), Open lock (Dex), Profession (Wis), Search (Int), Sense motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), and Tumble (Dex)
Skills Points at Each Level:
6 + int modifier
Student of the Black Palm
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special|
|Monk abilities, Death attack, Trapfinding, Sneak attack +1d6|
|Sneak attack +2d6|
|Sneak attack +3d6|
|Hide in plain sight|
|Improved silent feet|
|Poison the soul, Sneak attack +4d6 |
The Student of the Black Palm gains no proficiencies with any weapons or armor.
A Student of the Black Palm adds her class level to her monk level to determine her class-based AC bonus, her unarmed damage, her unarmored speed bonus, and the number of her daily attempts of her Stunning Fist feat. If she has no monk levels she gains the AC bonus, unarmed damage, and unarmored speed bonus of a monk whose level equals her Student of the Black Palm level, but she can not add her wisdom bonus to her AC. A Student of the Black Palm dose not count her class level for the purpose of determining when she gains other monk class features.
This is exactly like the assassin’s ability of the same name except he uses her wis modifier instead of her int modifier. See pg.180 of the DMG for more details.
This is exactly like the rogue’s ability of the same name. See pg. 50 of the PHB for more details.
This is exactly like the rogue’s ability of the same name. The extra damage dealt increases by +1d6 every 3 levels (4th, 7th, and 10th). If the Student of the Black Palm gets a sneak attack bonus from other levels (such as rogue levels), the bonuses on damage stacks see pg.50 of the PHB for more details.
Students of the Black Palm are trained in the use of poison and never risk accidentally poisoning themselves when applying poison to a weapon.
The Student of the Black Palm learns not just how to harness his ki power to strength himself, but learns how to use it to weaken his enemies. At 3rd level a Student of the Black Palm can make an unarmed attack that if it hits, the target must make a fortitude save with a DC(10 + 1/2class level (rounded down) + wis modifier). If the target fails the save he takes a 1d6 + 1/2class level (rounded down) penalty on fortitude saves for 1 minute per level in Student of the Black Palm. you can use Harmful strike 1/day at first, but you gain one use per day every 2 levels (2/day at 5th level, 3/day at 7th level, ect.) you must declare that your making a harmful strike before you make an attack roll, if the attack misses the daily use of the harmful strike is still used up. This effect takes place immediately once the attack hits, this means that if a Student of the Black Palm uses a Harmful strike while his hand was covered with poison (see below), the target must make the fortitude save against the harmful strike first, if he fails, he takes the penalty on the fortitude save against the poison on the hand. Multiple Harmful strike penalties stack.
Starting at 5th level, Students of the Black Palm are immune to contact poisons. From now on she can never be affected by any type of contact poisons and can actually apply it to their skin without it losing its potency; this means a Student of the Black Palm can apply contact poisons to her unarmed attacks. The Student of the Black Palm is still affected by ingested, inhaled, and injury poisons normally.
When a 6th level Student of the Black Palm moves more than half but less than her full land speed, she only takes a -2 penalty on move silently checks instead of the normal -5.
Hide in plain sight:
This is exactly like the assassin’s ability of the same name. See pg.181 of the DMG for more details.
Improved silent feet:
A 9th level Student of the Black Palm can now move ¾ of his full land speed before having to suffer a penalty on move silently checks (the penalty is still -2). Also, when the Student of the Black Palm tries to use the move silently check while running or charging, she only takes a -10 on the check instead of the normal -20.
Poison the soul:
A 10th level Student of the Black Palm learns the greatest and deadliest ability of his art. Once per day, a Student of the Black Palm can declare a single unarmed attack as a poison the soul attack. If the attack hits the target, he must make a fortitude save with a DC of (10 + class level + Wis modifier. If the target fails the save, he is automatically slain; other wise he is fatigued for the next 24 hours. When a target is slain in this manner, only a true resurrection spell can bring him back to life; this is due to this special ability using the Student of the Black Palm’s ki power to actually “poison” the target’s soul and making it exceptionally weak when you try to resurrect it.
Ex-Student of the Black Palm:
The Student of the Black Palm is allowed to freely multi-class between monk and Student of the Black Palm. However, if the character takes a level in any other class other than monk or Student of the Black Palm, she can never raise her Student of the Black Palm level again (or monk for that matter). A Student of the Black Palm who stops being Lawful Evil cannot take new levels in Student of the Black Palm, but retains all class abilities.
Playing a Student of the Black Palm
This class is great for ambushes, but can continue fighting in the front lines after the initial attack if they wanted to.
Unarmed combat is best for the Student of the Black Palm, it’s more powerful than most weapons, and it allows her to use her Harmful strike and Poison the soul abilities.
The Student of the Black Palm could go ether as a front line fighter, a stealth ambusher, or both if desired.
Resources can come depending on their training prior to becoming a Student of the Black Palm. they can expect to get people paying them to remove unwanted people as well.
Student of the Black Palm in the World
“Monk… came out of nowhere… ambushed us… struck fiercely.. killed the rest… of the squad… very painful… I think.. I think.. his hands.. were… poisoned… ”
-Dying soldier reporting to his captain.
Students of the Black Palm are feared by many, even other evil monks. They tend to be hired as assassins, for they’re mostly feared for their ability to kill so easily.
When not in combat, stalking a foe, or exerting your powers over underlings, Students of the Black Palm can be found meditating, exercising, or just generally training to become stronger, for all Students of the Black Palm know that they must continue training if they want to keep their powers.
One major Student of the Black Palm is Thamior Puckens, a half-elf who was raised by only his human father, Jacob Puckens. When Thamior came of age, he left his father to search for his mother. He found her, married to a male elf, and discovered he had a step sister, Vadania Liadon. When he wanted his mother’s approval, he got none and got Vadania’s taunting instead. Thamior went away and trained to be a monk. Years later, he found Vadania to challenge her and gain his mother’s approval. Vadania, who had been trained as a wizard, utterly defeated him, earning him nothing but the disgust of his mother. Thamior then became utterly twisted and evil, he found the Black Palm Clan and became a Student of the Black Palm. he learned quickly, for now he didn’t let anything get in his way, not even emotions; he became a maverick, goings so far as killing a fellow student who admitted her lover for him. when he mastered the ways of the Black Palm, he found Vadania and challenged her to a rematch. This time Thamior killed Vadania, and her mother, and father, and more than half of the elven community she lived in. after gaining his revenge, Thamior retuned to the Black Palm Clan, where he quickly gained power and became the leader of his hometown, witch had fallen into the grasp of the Clan while Thamior was away. To show how much power he had, and how unforgiving he was, he mercilessly beat his own father to a slow, agonizing death in the town square. Many years later, no one has even though of betraying Thamior.
Most Students of the Black Palm come from the Black Palm Clan, the group who created the Black Palm style. Some other clans have popped up, being originally part of the Black Palm, but have broken off because of disputes. However, these other clans tend to be very secretive since the Black Palm hunts them down and kills all who are involved, so as to protect the secrets of their style. The Black Palm Clan is located high up on a mountain, in a huge, if somewhat secluded monastery. However, the clan’s power is more than just the mountain, having taken control of many towns and cities that are near; they keep control with a mix of sheer force and a sort of secret police displaced into the town to find and dismantle any problems.
For those who don’t know of your power, they treat you like they would treat any other monk; but for those who do know your powers, they are fearful, praying that they don’t become the targets of your mighty power.
Student of the Black Palm in the Game
This class might take the assassin’s place as hired killer in the game, although the assassin is still a better choice for non-monk characters.
Their could be multiple clans that teach the Black Palm style, maybe having focuses on different kinds of powers, like on clan gives better focus on poisons while another is focused on stealth.
Any place where evil monks can be found is a great place for a Student of the Black Palm.
The PCs have just entered a small, well kept town. Unfortunately, it is the town the Black Palm Clan gave to Thamior Puckens; and he is not happy to see powerful people like the PCs in town. He approaches the PCs outside, in the open, and loudly asks that they quickly finish whatever business they have in his town and then leave. If they don’t listen, well then Thamior will just have to get a little more… persuasive.
LE Male Half-elf 3 rogue/3 monk/ 10 Student of the Black Palm
Listen +4, Spot +12,
18, touch 18 , flat-footed 15
93 (16 HD)
70 ft. (14 squares)
+13/+7 Axiomatic quarterstaff (1d6+1/1d6+1)+2d6 lawful, +12/+6 unarmed (2d6+1)
sneak attack +6d6, Harmful strike, Poison the soul, Flurry of blows
+1 Mwk composite longbow, Axiomatic quarterstaff
Str 13, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 10, Wis 16, Cha 8
Immunity to sleep, Elven blood, +2 against enchantments, +1 to spot search and listen, +2 to diplomacy and gather info, evasion, trapfinding, trap sense +1, improved evasion, still mind, +40 feet to movement, AC bonus, Death attack, poison use, poison immunity, silent feet, improved silent feet, Harmful strike, Poison the soul, hide in plain sight, unarmed damage 2d6
stealthy, improved grapple, combat reflexes, deflect arrows, improved unarmed strike, endurance, diehard, toughness (twice), iron will Skills:
Concentration +5, Disable device +16, Escape artist +22, Hide +24, Jump +7, Move silently +24, Open lock +21, Spot +12, Tumble +16
Combat gear, 2 vials of black lotus extract, 1865 gp