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Dirty Ronin

Bereft of the usual focus on sword skills, and the honor that pervades the culture of Samurai, the dirty ronins are masters of underhanded combat, dirty trickery and misdirection.

The dirty ronin is an archetype of the samurai class.

Backroom Brawling (Ex)

At 1st level, a dirty ronin gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. Dirty ronins are highly trained in fighting unarmed, giving them considerable advantages when doing so. A dirty ronin’s attacks may be with either fist interchangeably or even from elbows, knees, and feet. This means that a dirty ronin may even make unarmed strikes with his hands full. There is no such thing as an off-hand attack for a dirty ronin striking unarmed. A dirty ronin may thus apply his full Strength bonus on damage rolls for all his unarmed strikes. A dirty ronin does not benefit from Improved Critical feat or keen with unarmed strikes. Usually a dirty ronin’s unarmed strikes deal lethal damage, but he can choose to deal nonlethal damage instead with no penalty on his attack rolls. He has the same choice to deal lethal or nonlethal damage while grappling. A dirty ronin also deals more damage with his unarmed strikes than a normal person would (see table below). A dirty ronin may use unarmed strikes in conjunction with any samurai abilities. Additionally, a dirty ronin may treat improvised weapons as katanas for the purposes of samurai abilities.

Table: Small, Medium, or Large Dirty Ronin Unarmed Damage

LevelDamage (Small)Damage (Medium)Damage (Large)
1st – 3rd1d41d61d8
4th – 7th1d61d82d6
8th – 11th1d81d102d8
12th – 15th1d102d63d6
16th – 19th2d62d83d8
20th2d82d104d8

This ability replaces iatjutsu strike.

Blended Style (Ex)

Having a mixed focus in both unarmed and katana combat, the dirty ronin has learned to blend the two. A dirty ronin gains access to both kenki techniques, as per samurai, as well as blitz techniques, as per monk, with the following conditions:

Wherever a class feature gained from any class refers to Blitz Techniques or Kenki Techniques, it applies to both for the dirty ronin.

A dirty ronin can blend the two techniques together, utilizing both in a series of attacks. Using the following chart, a dirty ronin can substitute kenki techniques for blitz techniques to achieve combo finishers, and the reverse is also true.

Kenki TechniqueBlitz Technique
Falling SlashElbow Smash
Heavy SlashFierce Punch
Rising SlashKnee Thrust
SlashRising Uppercut
Sweeping SlashRoundhouse Kick
ThrustStrong Kick

For example, if a dirty ronin wishes to perform the Raging Demon Combo Finisher, which normally requires (Fierce Punch → Fierce Punch → Strong Kick → Rising Uppercut), the Dirty Ronin can instead perform (Heavy Slash → Fierce Punch → Thrust → Slash) to perform it.

This ability modifies kenki techniques.

Dirty Finishers (Ex)

A dirty ronin can choose from both the Samurai and Monk list of Combo Finishers. However, a dirty ronin loses access to Draw Slash, Tenka Gokken, Midare Setsu Gekka, Haymaker, and Higanbana combo finishers.

This ability otherwise functions as combo finishers.

Dirty Combat Training

At 2nd level, a dirty ronin gains Two Weapon Fighting as a bonus feat. He does not need to meet the prerequisites to gain the feat.

This ability replaces action without thought.

Bushido Arts (Su)

In addition to the normal bushido arts available, a dirty ronin can also choose the following options. Like normal bushido arts, any ability marked with an asterisk (*) requires the dirty ronin to spend a point of his bushido pool to use.

Assured Trick* (Ex): As an immediate action, upon failing a dirty trick, the dirty ronin may activate this ability to inflict the status effect as if he rolled 1 higher than the target’s CMD. The status effect lasts only a single round.

Elemental Trick* (Su): The dirty ronin may use a dirty trick to inflict the Imperil status effect. The dirty ronin chooses which element Imperil applies. The dirty ronin must have at least one point in his bushido pool to use this bushido art. This ability is activated as a free action as part of a dirty trick roll. Prerequisite: The dirty ronin must be at least 4th level to select this bushido art.

Enforced Finisher (Su): As long as the dirty ronin has at least 1 point in is bushido pool, he may use his Charisma modifier for the DCs of his combo finishers regardless of it’s source.

Gravedust* (Su): The dirty ronin may use a dirty trick to inflict the Cursed, Diseased or Zombie status effect. This ability is activated as a free action as part of a dirty trick roll. Prerequisite: The dirty ronin must be at least 6th level to select this bushido art.

Lifethread Deception* (Su): The dirty ronin may use a dirty trick to inflict one temporary negative level. For every 5 by which he beats the CMD, the dirty ronin inflicts an additional negative level. Negative levels stack. This ability cannot kill a creature outright, instead inflicting a maximum of 1 less than its hit dice. The creature regains the lost levels at the end of the dirty trick’s duration. This ability is activated as a free action as part of a dirty trick roll. This ability costs 2 points from his Bushido pool to use. Prerequisite: The dirty ronin must be at least 8th level to select this bushido art.

Mental Misdirection* (Su): The dirty ronin may use a dirty trick to inflict the Berserk, Confused or Fascinated status effect. This ability is activated as a free action as part of a dirty trick roll. Prerequisite: The dirty ronin must be at least 10th level to select this bushido art.

Silver Powder* (Su): The dirty ronin may use a dirty trick to inflict the Silence, Slow or Poisoned (1d6 + Charisma modifier per round) status effect. This ability is activated as a free action as part of a dirty trick roll. Prerequisite: The dirty ronin must be at least 4th level to select this bushido art.

Triple Threat* (Su): The dirty ronin may use a dirty trick to inflict the Burning, Frozen or Static status effects. This ability is activated as a free action as part of a dirty trick roll.

Pocket Sand (Ex)

At 3rd level, a dirty ronin gains Improved Dirty Trick as a bonus feat. He does not need to meet the prerequisites to gain the feat. If the dirty ronin already has Improved Dirty Trick, he may instead take a combat feat he meets all the prerequisites for. In addition, the dirty ronin gains a +1 bonus on Dirty Trick rolls, which increases by +1 at 8th level and every four samurai levels afterwards. The dirty ronin can always use Dirty Trick to attempt to blind an opponent.

This ability replaces one with the sword.

Sticky Tricks (Ex)

At 4th level, whenever the dirty ronin succeeds on a dirty trick maneuver, the opponent must wait one full round before they can remove it. At 8th level and every four samurai levels thereafter, the opponent must wait an additional round, to a maximum of five rounds.

This ability replaces weapon expertise.

Glass and Powder (Ex)

At 6th level, the duration of the dirty ronin’s Dirty Trick combat maneuver increases by 1. This increases again by one at 12th and again at 18th, to a maximum of 4 rounds. This stacks with the benefits of Greater Dirty Trick.

This ability replaces meditation and frightful presence.

Cracked Ash (Ex)

At 7th level, the dirty ronin gains Greater Dirty Trick as a bonus feat, and does not need to meet the prerequisites for it. If the dirty ronin already has Greater Dirty Trick, he may instead take a combat feat he meets all the prerequisites for.

At 10th level, the dirty ronin gains Dirty Trick Master as a bonus feat, without needing to meet its prerequisites. If the dirty ronin already has Dirty Trick Master, she may instead take a combat feat he meets all the prerequisites for.

This ability replaces blocking cuts.

Dust Blade (Ex)

At 8th level, whenever the dirty ronin succeeds on a Dirty Trick maneuver, he may make a free attack with a -5 penalty. He may do this as many times as he can perform an attack of opportunity in a round. In addition, if making an attack against a target who is blinded from Dirty Trick, the dirty ronin may add his samurai level to his attack rolls to confirm critical hits.

This ability replaces brutal slash.

Tricksy (Ex)

At 12th level, until the end of his next turn, the next time a dirty ronin performs a Dirty Trick maneuver after landing a successful attack, he may add half the damage dealt as a bonus to his CMB for performing the Dirty Trick maneuver.

This ability replaces terrifying iaijutsu.

Cloud of Tricks (Ex)

At 14th level, the dirty ronin can use Dirty Tricks at a range of 20 feet, and targeting up to 3 targets within 5 feet of one another whenever he uses it.

This ability replaces roaring iaijutsu.

Dancing Dust (Ex)

At 16th level, the dirty ronin may move before or after any free attacks granted by Dust Blade, up to double his movement until his next turn. If a dirty ronin has already moved as part of a move action, this ability is reduced to his full movement, not double.

This ability replaces deliverance and merciful eyes.

Master Trickster (Ex)

At 20th level, a dirty ronin has mastered the art of fighting dirty. Dirty tricks can now be made in addition to a full attack action, or in place of an attack, replacing a Blended Technique for Combo Finishers.

This ability replaces master samurai.