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Shimazu, The Wardens of the Road, Progeny of the Outstreched Fist
Dangerous guardians and soldiers, the Wardens live to prevent anything that strikes them as against the natural order; generally, this involves treating even the slightest infraction with brutal ruthlessness. Sorcerers often summon small numbers of them as fighters or guards, as if you don't care about collateral damage they are relatively easy to control. Shimazu fight in packs, and are frighteningly effective in larger groups.
Shimazu appear to be humanoid beings covered from head to toe in grayish-black armour, with tiny slits in their helms for eyes, through which green light leaks. Their feet are unnaturally long and narrow, and their blood bleeds black. Upon their deaths or banishments, their weapons and armor bleeds away to nothing.
Attributes: Strength 4, Dexterity 4, Stamina 5, Charisma 3, Manipulation 1, Appearance 1, Perception 3, Intelligence 2, Wits 3
Abilities: Athletics 2, Awareness 3, Dodge 1, Investigation 2, Martial Arts 4, Melee 4 (Greatsword +1), Resistance 4, War 4
Virtues: Benefaction 2, Identity 2, Obediance 4, Resignation 3
First Excellencies: Martial Arts, Melee, Resistance, War Universal: Measure the Wind, Dematerialize Special: Perfect Mind*
Willpower 5, Essence 2, Essence Pool 47
Cost to Dematerialize: 25
Health: -0 / -1 / -1 / -1 / -2 / -2 / -2 / -4 / Inc
Black Iron Greatsword: Speed 6, Accuracy 12, Damage 11L, Defense 9, Rate 3
Parry DV: 5, Dodge DV: 3
Soak: 15B / 15L (Demon Plate Armour 10B / 12L(-1 Mob), Hardness 3B/3L)
Perfect Mind: This is a permanent Charm-like effect. When multiple Shimazu are present in an encounter, they gain the following advantages:
+1 dice to all combat rolls if there are two or three Shimazu, +2 if there are four to six, and +3 if there are seven or more.
The same advantage to all Perception rolls, but make only one roll for the entire Shimazu group.
If any Shimazu can see an attack, it is not considered to be an attack from behind or from surprise.
Shimazu may make Co-Ordinated Attacks as a reflexive action as long as only they are co-ordinating.
Finally, any Shimazu may use their own Parry DV to parry any attack against another Shimazu within five yards, and only that Shimazu takes DV penalties from the attack.