Unplaytested Presents #5 Monastic Tradition: Way of Fame

She could hear them out in the stands and it was all she could do to stay seated and wait for the announcer to call her name. She could feel them. That immaculate roar of the crowd reverberated through the building and thrummed through her chest like a heartbeat. Her real heartbeat. 

  Onika took a deep breath and let the energy wash over her. Was there anything that compared to what was waiting for her on the other side of these walls? Not drugs, certainly, and she’d tried enough to know. Not even sexanother activity she indulged in more than mostcould compare to that rush of adoration that would envelop her the moment she took her place in front of them. No, this was more than any of that. This was love. Real love.

The sort of love that made her forget the ache in her body or the burning in her lungs or the blood that spilled from her or anyone unfortunate enough to try to steal that love from her. They made her whole. And she would do anything to make them happy. 

After all, people do crazy things when they’re in love.


Crowd’s Chosen

3rd-level Way of Fame feature

You’re fueled by the love of the crowd and use it to drive yourself to greater heights. You gain proficiency in the Performance skill if you don’t already have it. Additionally, when a monk class feature would use your Wisdom modifier, you may instead use your Charisma modifier.

Glory Hound’s Gambit

3rd-level Way of Fame feature

You cannot allow yourself to fail your fans. When you fail an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw, you may use your reaction to spend a ki point to add your martial arts die plus one-half of your proficiency bonus (rounded up) to the total. If you do, attack rolls against you have advantage until your next turn.

Price of Fame

6th-level Way of Fame feature

Your audience has expectations and you plan to exceed them, even at the cost of yourself. As an action, you gain 1 level of exhaustion and regain 4 ki points. Additionally, if you use Flurry of Blows before the end of your next turn, your unarmed strikes are made with advantage.

Dramatic Turn

11th-level Way of Fame feature

You have learned to use the energy of your fans to your favor when your back’s against the wall. When you start your turn below your hit point maximum, you may spend 3 ki points. If you do, you may add your Charisma modifier to the damage of your melee strikes until the end of your next turn.

Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.

Glorious Encore

17th-level Way of Fame feature

The audience is chanting your name and you can’t help but give them even more. Immediately after you use the Attack action and a bonus action on your turn, you may spend 7 ki points. If you do, you may repeat any attacks you made this turn, including the results of their attack and damage rolls and effects, against any targets within your reach. You do not have to spend additional ki points to duplicate these actions. For every two creatures that are reduced to 0 hit points in this way, you may recover 1 level of exhaustion.

Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you finish a long rest.

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