Campaign of the Month: February 2013
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Damned Berserkers (Bushi)
Originally appeared in Way of the Shadowlands and Secrets of the Crab. Now in Masters of War.
Benefit: +1 Willpower
Skills: Battle, Defense, Kenjutsu, Lore: Shadowlands, Medicine (Herbalism), Meditation, any one Weapon Skill
Outfit: Katana, wakizashi, bow and 20 arrows (any type), any two weapons, light armor; red body paint, kimono and sandals, traveling pack; 1 koku
Special: Though Damned Berserkers cannot become enraged like those from the Hida Berserker School, Hida Berserkers that become Damned Berserkers may count their ranks in the Damned Berserker School as additions to their Berserker School Rank. This School possesses only three ranks; very few Damned survive long enough to learn all three.
RANK 1: BURNING THE SHADOW
You have learned a series of herbal and meditation techniques to slow the corruption tainting your body. Once per month you may make a Void/Meditation roll (TN 30) in order to reduce your Shadowlands Taint by one point. You may add your Skill Rank in Medicine (Herbalism) to the result of this roll. You may not attempt this roll more than once a month, whether you succeed or not. You may not reduce your Taint below a full rank, or below one point. You may not remove another’s Taint. In addition, your fierce hatred of your own corruption has begun to turn your Taint outward, allowing you to add your Taint Rank to the result of all attack and damage rolls. You add double your Taint Rank to your TN to Be Hit against Tainted opponents.
RANK 2: TURN THE DARK LORD’S BLADE
You walk the razor’s edge between embracing your Taint and using it as a weapon against evil. You may permanently gain one point of Shadowlands Taint to gain an additional attack each round for the next three rounds. If this attack is directed against a Tainted opponent, you lose the point of Shadowlands Taint as long as you personally kill your opponent within those three rounds. While making any contested rolls, attack rolls, or damage rolls against a Tainted personality, your Raises are not limited by your Void Ring or Skill Rank. Finally, you may add double your Taint Rank to the result of all attack and damage totals (replacing the bonus gained in the first Rank).
RANK 3: SHOUT AT THE DARKNESS
At this point, you are very likely nearly Lost, but this will not stop you from giving your death meaning. You gain a number of Free Raises equal to your Taint Rank on attack rolls against all Tainted opponents. On a successful strike against a Tainted opponent, you may double the Wounds inflicted. When you do so, you gain a full rank of Taint. You may add triple your Taint Rank to the result of all attack, damage, and Bugei skill rolls (replacing the bonus gained in the second Rank). You add triple your Taint Rank to your TN to Be Hit against Tainted opponents replacing the bonus gained in the first Rank.