Shimazu Clan

Leuku’s Combat Arts
Combat Arts Brash Clash
Combat Arts Vengeance Strike


The Shimazu Clan

The Shimazu were a clan of provincial violent belligerents who fought with hotheaded reckless abandon, or so it appeared. Beneath that battlecraze that surpassed even my own, their integrity as united warriors blazed bright to those capable of withstanding their singleminded charge. Bearing the crest of the Shimazu cross along with their unwieldy greatswords, they valued their lives differently than the sane would, willing to expose themselves to great punishment if it might gain them a single advantage. They would even leap into a wall of spears if it meant granting their ally an opening. This technique is born from this madness and is worth experiencing for oneself.

Yet another favored technique [Vengeance Blitz] of the Shimazu clan, their unquenchable lust for the heads of enemy officers stoked them towards suicide charges. Yet despite their irrationality, such charges were not without tactial reason. A squadron without its head is primed to be routed, and that devil’s charge, let alone a successful assassination, strikes fear deep into the unprepared. When beset on all sides by danger, one’s sublime self can emerge. Take to the battlefield, exceed your limits, and strike without hesitation.

Shimazu Statblocks

Shimazu Warrior
Shimazu Commander


Shimazu Warrior

Medium (humanoid), Chaotic Neutral

Armor Class 15 (studded leather armor)
Hit Points 49 (7d8+14)
Speed 30

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
19 (+4)17 (+3)14 (+2)10 (+0)11 (+0)13 (+1)

Saving Throws Strength +7, Dexterity +6
Skills Athletics +7, Survival +3, Intimidation +4
Condition Immunities Frightened
Senses passive Perception 10
Languages Common
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Charger. When the Shimazu warrior uses their action to Dash, it can use a Bonus Action to make one melee weapon attack or to shove a creature. If it moves at least 10 feet in a straight line immediately before taking this Bonus Action, it either gains a +5 bonus to the attack’s damage roll (if it chose to make a melee attack and hit) or push the target up to 10 feet away from it (if it chose to shove and you succeed).
Brash Clash. When the Shimazu warrior makes a Greatsword attack using its Action, it can remove its ability modifier to damage it would deal on a hit to allow the target creature to as a reaction make a single weapon attack against the Shimazu warrior with advantage. If the target does so, then an ally of the Shimazu warrior’s choice within 15 feet of the target can then make a single weapon attack against the target as a reaction.

Actions

Greatsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, Reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 2d6+4 slashing damage.

Description

The battle-crazed Shimazu warrior seeks the heads of enemy officers to seize their glory. They charge into battle and try to slay their enemies in a single stroke and, failing that, are content to face death.


“If we are to strike, then we have to strike till the bitter end. Strike and strike and strike, till we crush our enemy and reduce it to nothing.”

— Toyohisa Shimazu
Art Credit: Drifters Ch.39 by Kouta Hirano

Shimazu Commander

Medium (humanoid), Chaotic Neutral

Armor Class 15 (studded leather armor)
Hit Points 84 (12d8+24)
Speed 30

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
19 (+4)17 (+3)14 (+2)10 (+0)11 (+0)18 (+4)

Saving Throws Strength +8, Dexterity +7
Skills Athletics +8, Survival +4, Intimidation +8
Condition Immunities Frightened
Senses passive Perception 10
Languages Common
Challenge 5 (1800 XP)

Charger. When the Shimazu commander uses their action to Dash, it can use a Bonus Action to make one melee weapon attack or to shove a creature. If it moves at least 10 feet in a straight line immediately before taking this Bonus Action, it either gains a +5 bonus to the attack’s damage roll (if it chose to make a melee attack and hit) or push the target up to 10 feet away from it (if it chose to shove and you succeed).
Brash Clash. Once each turn, when the Shimazu commander makes a Greatsword attack using its Action, it can remove its ability modifier to damage it would deal on a hit to allow the target creature to as a reaction make a single weapon attack against the shimazu warrior with advantage. If the target does so, then an ally of the shimazu warrior’s choice within 15 feet of the target can then make a single weapon attack against the target as a reaction.
Vengeance Blitz. Once each turn, when the Shimazu commander makes a Greatsword attack using its Action, it can remove its ability modifier to damage it would deal on a hit to add 1d6 times the number of adjacent hostile creatures not including the target to the damage on a hit.

Actions

Multiattack. The Shimazu commander makes 2 greatsword attacks.
Greatsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, Reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 2d6+4 slashing damage

Description

When defeated, taking full responsibility is the duty and honor given only to the fine commanders. Those unwilling to commit the ritual disembowelment are unworthy of their station and should leave their heads behind.

“Think of nothing else except putting everything into the first strike. If the first strike doesn’t connect, or the enemy evades, then die gracefully. Be the first ones to walk the path of death. To do so is quite an honor.”

— Toyohisa Shimazu
Art: “Fight Song” from Drifters by Kouta Hirano

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