Campaign of the Month: June 2012
Braid of a Hundred Masters
This elaborate braid is made of strands of hair from a hundred martial arts masters.
The Braid of a Hundred Masters is an intelligent item that has been dormant for centuries, and could only be reawakened in a ritual conducted by its last master (or his eldest descendant if the master is dead). When reawakened, the full powers of the braid function only for the individual named as the master’s successor. The master named no such successor, and the monastery no longer exists.
The following powers are available to anyone who dons the braid (around their neck):
If the wearer has levels in monk, his fast movement and unarmed damage are treated as a monk of 2 levels higher. If the character is not a monk, he gains the fast movement and unarmed damage of a 2nd-level monk. This fast movement functions just like the monk’s fast movement class feature. These bonuses do not stack with those granted by other items or effects.
In addition, as a swift action three times per day, a character with the flurry of blows class feature can use the Braid of a Hundred Masters to apply 1-1/2 times his Strength bonus on damage rolls for successful attacks made with flurry of blows. This ability must be activated before the damage from the attack is rolled, though it may be activated after the attack roll is made and before the damage roll. Once this ability is activated, its effect lasts for 1 round.
The first master of the Clouded Path Monastery, Jai Yikun, allegedly knew and trained with the Bodda, during the his mortal life. Shortly before ascending to godhood, Bodda gifted a single strand of his hair to his disciple, telling the monk to draw from it power and inspiration, and to pass it on with a strand of his own hair to the brightest of his own students. Toward the end of his life, Yikun created a center of learning and meditation high in the reaches of the Wall of Heaven — the Clouded Path Monastery. On his deathbed, Yikun bequeathed his braided necklace to his successor, who in turn added her hair to the braid. Over the years, the necklace continued to pass from one master to the next, each in turn adding his or her own hair to the heirloom. Legend suggests that the braid imbues its wearer with a small portion of each master’s power and knowledge.