Veet/Celestial Ox Style
The ox is chosen from other livestock to undergo special conditioning and training to increase their strength and make them into powerful creatures able to haul large loads and work in harsh conditions. Similarly the followers of the ox style are chosen from the strongest and most fit and conditioned to become even stronger. Ox style prizes strength and the ability to stand up to most blows rather than to deflect or dodge them. A master of the Celestial Ox style can throw his opponents around like rag dolls as they break their own weapons on his solid and durable body.
Weapons and Armor:</b> The ox is a tool unto itself and usually requires no others, only the cestus, smashfist and bare fists are considered form type weapons for Celestial Ox style but the form may be practiced in armor.
<b>Additional Skills:</b> Strength and endurance is a must for the Ox. No teacher of the Celestial Ox Style will take on a student with fewer than 3 dots of strength; most require a few dots in resistance as well.
<b>Mighty Bull Technique
Cost: 2m Minimums: Martial Arts, 1 Essence, 1 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo OK, Obvious Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: none
The Ox is chosen from the largest and strongest of the herd then trained to be able to pull massive loads. Practitioners of Ox style undergo similar training, when this charm is used the martial artist may count their strength attribute double for the purposes of calculating a single feat of strength or for calculating the damage from a single unarmed martial arts attack.
Cost: 1+m Minimums: Martial Arts, 2 Essence, 2 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo OK Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: Mighty Bull Technique
The hide of the ox is thick and tough naturally and toughens more as they train. This charm is used in response to an attack. For every mote spent the martial artists natural bashing and lethal soak is increased by one to a maximum of his martial arts score.
Cost: 5m Minimums: Martial Arts, 3 Essence, 2 Type: Simple Keywords: Form-Type, Obvious Duration: One Scene Prerequisite Charms: Rawhide Prana
The ox is chosen from the best of the livestock and their training only makes them better. When this charm is active the martial artist may apply their martial arts excellencies to damage rolls in addition to their normal uses. They may also defend against lethal attacks unarmed without stunts and can soak lethal damage with their full stamina.
Plow the Earth
Cost: 4m Minimums: Martial Arts, 4 Essence, 2 Type: Supplemental Keywords: Combo OK Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: Ox Form
The Ox pulls the plow, which cuts the heard earth making it soft and fertile. This charm is invoked as part of an unarmed martial arts attack that is focused on the opponent’s armor. The attack resolves normally but damage can only be soaked with armor. For every two successes rolled (rounded up) reduce the lethal and bashing soak of the armor by one as the armor has been damaged and plates or straps shifted out of place. The soak remains reduced until the armor can be removed and repaired.
Easy Yoke Method
Cost: 4m Minimums: Martial Arts, 4 Essence, 3 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo OK, Obvious Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: Ox Form
The Ox is dedicated to servitude but draws strength from it rather than allowing itself to be ground down. If the practitioners of the Celestial Ox Style ever find themselves incapacitated but still conscious, such as bound or being held in a clinch they may activate this charm and perform one action or defend against an incoming attack as if they weren’t bound without requiring a stunt as their bindings yield to their movement. This allows the martial artist to ignore penalties to their actions imposed by bindings or clinches but does not free them, it will however remove any penalties imposed on a roll to escape when used.
Stubborn Ox Technique
Cost: 3m Minimums: Martial Arts, 5 Essence, 3 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo OK Duration: One Action Prerequisite Charms: Easy Yoke Method
Because the ox is trained to move heavy loads but there are few things that can move the ox. When the martial artist invokes this charm they may ignore knockdown or knock back effects while it is in effect, furthermore they may add half of their permanent essence score (rounded up) to the difficulty for their opponents to avoid knockdown or knock back effects from their blows.
Adamant Bull Stance
Cost: 4m + Minimums: Martial Arts, 4 Essence, 3 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo OK Duration: One Action or One Scene Prerequisite Charms: Plow the Earth
The ox has a hide so thick and tough that he does not even feel the bites and stings of most insects. When the martial artist invokes this charm and spends 4 motes of essence, they gain natural hardness equal to their permanent essence score for one action. By spending an additional willpower point they can extend the duration of this charm for the rest of the scene. This charm cannot stack with itself.
Egg Hits the Stone
Cost: 6m Minimums: Martial Arts, 5 Essence, 3 Type: Reflexive Keywords: Combo OK Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: Adamant Bull Stance, Stubborn Ox Technique
There is an old proverb which states; weather the stone hits the egg or the egg hits the stone it’s bad for the egg. This charm makes an incoming strike bad for the attacker by hardening the skin and solidifying the body of the martial artist. Anything striking them is in danger of being damaged. Attackers take a number of dice of bashing damage equal to the martial artists hardness rating, even if they are striking with a weapon and not bare fists as the strike jars the weapon severely in their hands. This damage is only soakable with natural soak and charms and mundane weapons used to strike the martial artist when this charm is active have a chance of breaking.