It's about time someone tried it.
Every other Kai Lord RPG class I've seen either doesn't try Grand Master levels or claims that the author is "working on it".
On your version: I was a little surprised at first by the medium armour limitation to Assimilance. It's understandable, I suppose, given that we don't normally see a Kai Lord in anything heavier than a Chainmail Waistcoat, but this is a Grand Master we're talking about. I would have expected a penalty rather than an absolute limitation.
Secondly, the requirements section makes it sound like the character goes from Master to Grand Master in one step if they quest for the Lorestones. Perhaps it should be stated that this quest will involve the character gaining Magnakai ranks and progressing to Grand Master, at which point they can start taking this class up?
Also, there's a typo - under Sun Lord: Kai-surge
, psionic is spelt "pisonic"
Other than that, nothing immediately leaps out at me as questionable. I'm no expert, of course (or I might have tried it myself already :wink: ), so I'll probably have to look some things up (like how closely Plane Shift at will matches the ability to pass through Shadow Gates), but it looks good to me...
...as far as it goes. It seems fairly uniquely geared to a recreation of Lone Wolf himself, especially with the quest for the Lorestones requirement. But it seems to me that a Grand Master class would see the most use if it could be used to create New Order characters. As I said, I'm not really qualified to assemble a class like this, but I have put some thought into the question of the New Order Kai Grand Master Disciplines in the past and come up with a way that someone else
could do it. :wink:
See, all Grand Masters learn advanced versions of the ten Kai skills, and certain new "mystical" skills beyond this. Lone Wolf only had Old Kingdom Magi-magic and Left-handed Kai-alchemy open to him, but the later GMs also have Herbmastery, Astrology, Elementalism and Bardsmanship. The problem with using this as the model for an RPG class is that the Grand Master Senior starts with four
Disciplines, not one, and the Supreme Master ends with fifteen, not the full set of sixteen. So what I thought is that the Lone Wolf progression could be used with a New Order set of Disciplines.
Thus, in addition to the ten Kai Disciplines, a Grand Master delves into the mystic secrets practised by others. In doing this, blending the abilities of the Kai with arcane lore, the Grand Master expands his powers greatly; indeed, to reach his full potential as a Supreme Master, a Kai Lord must study two other disciplines. [I'm not sure whether to make this "at least two", allowing the Grand Master to explore more than two at the cost of not learning one or more core Kai Disciplines.]
Each mystical Discipline is gained in the same way as an ordinary Grand Master Discipline and contributes to the Grand Master's rank. However, a Grand Master must have a tutor in the art he seeks to understand. Six fields of lore may be studied at the Kai Monastery:
This is the name given to Left-handed magic as studied by the Kai. It was taught to Lone Wolf by Guildmaster Banedon of the Brotherhood of the Crystal Star, and now Lone Wolf and Banedon teach the next generation of Kai Grand Masters.
This is the Old Kingdom battle-magic taught to the Vakeros of Dessi. Lone Wolf learnt this magic from Lord Rimoah, and now the New Order Grand Masters learn from him.
Similar descriptions could be written for Astrology
, possibly with flavour text telling why they're now taught at the Monastery. (For instance, Astrology is similar to the studies of Sages like Gwynian of Varetta, and I'm sure someone from Bautar could have volunteered to teach the Kai Herbmastery.)
Phew. Sorry, just wanted to get that idea down. Anyway, it's there if you or anyone wants to use it.