Ascending Air Style
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What are you doing sitting around? Lazy students! And you, just walking from place to place! Is that what we are teaching you here!? All of you, ten flips, NOW!
Students of Ascending air are not simply allowed to walk anywhere. They must run, or flip, or roll. Walking is acceptable only if it is done on the walls or the ceiling. If a student is caught violating this rule by one of his masters, he can expect punishment in the form of even more vigorous training. Occasionally, particularly bad students are humiliated by masters who steal their clothes, requiring them to run back to their rooms to conserve their modesty!
Weapons and Armor
Thrown Chakrams are form weapons for this style, just as with the Air Dragon Path. Any form of light armor is allowable so long as it does not impose a mobility penalty.
Thrown ••, Athletics •• and Awareness •• are prerequisites to this style. Students often develop good ratings in Dodge, but it is not required.
Cost: 1m Minimums: Essence 2, MA 2 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo-OK, Stackable Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: None
Students colloquially call this charm "ten flips." It represents the basic mobility of the style, and when activated the student reflexively moves her Martial Arts in yards. This charm cannot be activated more than Essence times in a single action.
Sow the Wind
Cost: 2m Minimums: Essence 3, MA 2 Type: Supplemental Keywords: Combo-OK Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: None
Applying acrobatic mobility offensively, activating this charm allows an attack to ignore penalties caused by the Reach trait on weapons and higher ground possesed by an opponent.
Grasp the Air
Cost: 4m Minimums: Essence 2, MA 4 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo-OK, Obvious Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: Graceful Breeze, Sow the Wind
The air cannot be tamed or grasped in the hand. Activate this charm when clinched, then roll Dexterity + Martial Arts, difficulty of the opponent's Martial Arts. If this roll succeeds, immediately escape the clinch. This does not prevent the initial clinch damage, though.
Ascending Air Form
Cost: 6m Minimums: Essence 2, MA 5 Type: Simple (Speed 5) Keywords: Form-Type Duration: Scene Prerequisite Charms: Grasp the Air
While this form is active, Graceful Breeze may be activated without limit except for the essence to be paid. Also, a number of attacks up to the practitioner's Martial Arts score will not cause onslaught penalties - they will only start counting up after that number.
Stinging North Wind
Cost: 4m Minimums: Essence 3, MA 5 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo-OK Duration: Scene Prerequisite Charms: Ascending Air Form
Emulating the biting cold carried on winds from the north, the martial artist's attacks become piercing and deadly. Add her Essence to the damage of all Martial Arts attacks for the remainder of the scene, and these attacks are Lethal. This concentration of Essence also allows her to parry Lethal and ranged attacks unarmed without a stunt.
Gentle South Wind
Cost: 8m Minimums: Essence 3, MA 5 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo-OK Duration: Scene Prerequisite Charms: Ascending Air Form
The wind from the south bears a gentle warmth, but also a withering heat. With technique emulating this, the Ascending Air stylist can choose between attack and defense. When declaring a Martial Arts attack, or a Flurry containing only Martial Arts attacks, choose either an internal attack penalty or an external DV penalty. The penalty may be up to Martial Arts. If an attack penalty is taken, add half the penalty to Defense Value as bonus successes. If a DV penalty is taken, add an equal number of bonus successes to all Martial Arts attacks this action.
Calm Air Prana
Cost: 5m Minimums: Essence 3, MA 5 Type: Simple (Speed 7, DV -0) Keywords: Combo-OK Duration: Scene Prerequisite Charms: Ascending Air Form
The air is also still at times. In this stillness, clarity is found. Add one bonus success to all Martial Arts attack rolls and +1 to Martial Arts parry DV.
Reap the Whirlwind
Cost: 1m Minimums: Essence 4, MA 5 Type: Simple (Speed 3, DV -0) Keywords: Combo-OK Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: Stinging North Wind, Gentle South Wind, Calm Air Prana
Powerful and swift as the whirlwind, this is a potent martial arts attack with faster Speed and lower DV penalty than usual. Furthermore, during the 3 ticks of this action, the martial artist may move as if Dashing, and the attack may be targeted at any opponent who could be placed in range with such movement on any of the three ticks.
Flight of Zephyrs
Cost: 1m Minimums: Essence 4, MA 5 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo-OK Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: Reap the Whirlwind
The ultimate understanding of this style is aerial movement. During any tick which Flight of Zephyrs is activated, the martial artist may stand upon air as if it were ground. Orientation is meaningless in this weightless moment, so movement upside down or sideways through the air is also possible.
Based on TrialBySchmendrick, I will probably change this style the following ways:
- Graceful Breeze will be once per action.
- The form will allow Graceful Breeze to be Essence times per action.
- The form will make the first use of Graceful Breeze each action free.
- Gentle South Wind will always deal in successes (thus -2 attack successes, +2 DV successes, or vice versa).
- Gentle South Wind's limit will always be MA/2, rounded down.
- Calm Air Prana's DV bonus will be defined as a success bonus, as was the original intent.
- Gentle South Wind and Calm Air Prana will each add 1w to their cost.