Combat Art: Vengeance Blitz
Yet another favored technique 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.
Weapon Type: 1 melee weapon wielded in two hands
When you make a weapon attack, you can remove your ability modifier to the damage you would deal on a hit. On a hit, you deal additional damage to the target equal to 1d6 times the number of hostile creatures adjacent to you not including the target.
“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
Medium (humanoid), Chaotic Neutral
Armor Class 15 (studded leather armor)
Hit Points 84 (12d8+24)
|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
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.
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
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.