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Learning a Kung Fu style

Cost: One Refresh.

Improving a Kung Fu style

You may also spend another Refresh to learn another Kung Fu style, per the rules above, whether you've mastered your existing one or not. There is no limit to how many you can know. (If you plan on mastering multiple styles, though, it's smart to make sure they overlap; that way, you don't have to learn as many techniques.)


A style's Form is a special aspect, reflecting the strengths and weaknesses of that style. You can use skills to Create an Advantage on it, invoke it with a Fate Point, compel it to have something go wrong in a fight, and so on.

However, unlike normal aspects, a Form can also build up free invocations in two ways:

If you have multiple Forms, choose one to get the free invocation when a situation above happens. See here for a description of each form.

  Arms and Armor

Most weapons in Tianxia are only as good as the people using them. As such, gear does not provide Weapon Ratings and Armor Ratings; instead, this comes directly from kung fu techniques. Players are encouraged to choose weapons which fit the flavor of their PCs, from swords and staves to bizarre martial arts weapons like the meteor hammer or three-sectioned staff. This also means they can have fun using improvised weapons or mundane objects without worrying they are limiting their effectiveness. Those who wish to tie their skill to a specific type of weapon should consider the [Weapon] Master stunt. Equipment which is truly exceptional, like master-crafted ancestral swords, can be an aspect, a stunt, or both; if a stunt is chosen, it does not stack with [Weapon] Master.

Element Substyles


Alternate Names: Bamboo, Hidden, Clouded, Wood

Forest substyles seek to adapt to their environment, using their surroundings as a weapon and shield. Practitioners understand their surroundings are not obstacles, but opportunities. Like their namesakes, Forest stylists integrate and work in harmony with their environment to resist, survive, and prosper.

Forest Techniques


Alternate Names: Spirit, Heaven

Ghost styles focus on cultivating internal energies and subtle movements that are deceptively swift and effective when used in combat. They become an empty place in the universe that is difficult to predict and perceive. The stylist’s own Chi energy is used to fuel most attacks and defenses, and weaknesses in an opponent’s spirit are capitalized upon at every opportunity. Ghost stylists rely on random, subtle shifts to move effortlessly from attack to defense, making them unpredictable and adaptable.

Ghost Techniques


Alternative Names: Brass, Copper, Gold, Silver, Steel

Iron styles focus on being unyielding on both attack and defense. Stylists cultivate their bodies and minds to resist trauma and deliver punishing attacks. Even on defense, many practitioners can be dangerous. Iron styles are favored by soldiers, bandits, and mercenaries for their aggressive nature and harsh but straightforward training methods.

Iron Techniques


Alternative Names: Burning, Fire, Flame, Sun

Lightning stylists believe speed is supreme both in attack and defense. Quick reactions allow avoidance or decisive resolution of dangerous conflicts; this is often the difference between controlling the battlefield and just being a participant on it. Of course, speed is useless without power, and so practitioners of Lightning substyles try to cultivate both.

Lightning Techniques


Alternative Name: Earth, Mountain, Rock, Unmoving

Stone styles focus on deliberate, uncompromising actions based on solid foundation movements and core philosophies. Unlike Iron, Stone seeks not to re-forge a stylist into a living weapon but instead refine what gifts are already there. Defenses are the primary focus in all Stone styles and even the most aggressive Stone practitioners use defenses that allow them to outlast and overcome foes.

Stone Techniques


Alternative Names: Flowing, Moon, Sea, Water

Storm styles embrace fluidity and adaptation. Just like their namesake, their movements and techniques change and flow around obstacles to cause surprising devastation to targets. Storm practitioners seek to be unpredictable, retreating just before an attack or attacking as part of a defense.

Storm Techniques

Body Substyles


Alternate Names: Heron, Stork, White Crane

Crane styles focus on fluid movements, misdirection, and redirection of an opponent’s movements. Sweeping blocks and counterstrikes combinations, throws, and graceful and precise strikes to vulnerable areas define Crane styles in combat. Like their namesakes, Crane stylists rely on swift counterstrikes, strong defense, and allowing opponent’s to rush to action and thus reveal their vulnerabilities.

Crane Techniques


Alternate Names: Drake, Lung, Quilin

Dragon styles focus on a balance of power and speed, versatility and simplicity. Strong attacks, solid stances, and sudden evasion are the trademarks of a Dragon style. Dragon styles borrow from other fighting arts more than other styles, with practitioners using Tiger-like claws or Serpent-like shifts and rapid jabs. Some Dragon stylists develop a breathing technique that sounds like a hissing serpent and is said to greatly increase their Chi flow; it also can greatly unnerve an opponent.

Dragon Techniques


Alternative Names: Cat, Panther

A mix of grace and power, the Leopard is not as fast as the serpent or as strong as the tiger, but they strike a deadly balance between the two. The Leopard stylist focuses on striking opponents where they are vulnerable, evading strong attacks and countering weak ones, and maneuvering to attack from positions that seem guarded or safe. Practitioners of Leopard styles favor quick kicks, rapid advances and retreats, feints, and strikes to soft or sensitive areas. Many barehanded blows in Leopard styles use the fabled “Leopard Fist”, a closed hand striking Technique where the fingers are curled over with the second knuckle, forming the paw-like shape. Claw-like variants of this blow are also common. Practitioners favor rigorous physical conditioning, especially that which balances muscle power and agility. Despite their speed and power, Leopard stylists are very patient fighters, waiting for the right target and opportunity to finish a foe.

Leopard Techniques


Alternate Names: Baboon, Ape

A collection of unconventional, acrobatic styles, Monkey styles are based on acrobatic evasions, quick strikes, and distracting movements and even animal-like noises designed to disorient and frustrate opponents. Stylists move quickly and erratically on attack and defense, with rolls and leaps flowing into dodges, punches, and kicks. Striking vulnerable points on a target is emphasized, as is turning or rolling away from blows to protect one’s own vital areas.

Monkey Techniques


Alternate Names: Firebird, Peacock, Rooster

Phoenix styles focus on balance, agility, redirecting an opponent’s attack, quick recoveries and counterattacks. Leg sweeps, pushes, nerve strikes, and other such maneuvers keep an opponent off balance and unable to attack effectively. Circular movements are common in both attack and defense. The earliest Phoenix styles were mostly practiced by women, though today there are many male Phoenix stylists as well.

Phoenix Techniques


Alternate Names: Cobra, Snake, Viper

Like the animal they emulate, Serpent stylists are often admired for their speed, efficiency, and formidable nature while simultaneously being feared and despised for their ruthless lethality. Focusing on speed and strikes to vulnerable areas, Serpent practitioners use rapid jabs, open handed blows, and quick kicks to disable and destroy their foes. Relying on speed and avoidance for defense, they prefer dodging, slipping, weaving, and feinting until they can find an opening to strike.

Serpent Techniques


Alternate Names: King Tiger, Lion, White Tiger

Tiger styles are about power, ferocity, and damage, both inflicting and resisting. The “Tiger Claw” strike is universal among all Tiger styles, though powerful kicks, punches, and hard blocks that can themselves damage foes are the weapons of the Tiger. These moves are usually linear, relying on speed and power to batter through defenses. Practitioners of this style keep themselves in peak physical condition and incorporate their prowess into their attack and defense.

Tiger Techniques

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