Known to all: The ring of sword on shield, the slam of maul on armor, blood, sweat, and pure will. Through mastery of their own bodies, fighters become masters of the combative arts. Specializing in either archery, dueling, defense, great weapon, protection, or two weapon fighting styles, these warriors come from any and all walks of life. Fighters can choose their own paths for physical training. Some choose to focus on perfecting their martial skills as Champions, while others turn toward the study of the art of war and tactics as Battle Masters. A few gifted fighters known as Eldritch Knights and Arcane Archers incorporate select spells from the 100 Oaths to enhance their attacks, defenses, and arrows with magic. Proud Cavaliers are master riders, bonded with their mounts to form a single instinctive fighting unit. Hailing from islands from the far eastern seas, the noble warrior class of Samurai seek to find perfection and harmony both in honorable combat and in their bond with their home island.
Known to fighters: Fighters view the world in practical terms. There is an enemy, here is what they are capable of, these are my abilities, and this is my weapon. There is no need for spells, gods, spirits, or nature. Fighters see themselves as the masters of their own destiny as they have trained night and day to hone their skills to a razor’s edge. Fighters of all types often look down on those that rely too heavily on these tricks. Spellcasters show weakness of body and of discipline in taking short cuts. Fighters make up the backbone of the rank and file troops of the vast armies of the human empires or the smallest provincial militias on the fringes of civilization. They are the core of any ship’s defense against marauding orc pirates. They may learn their skills from a fighting college, from a wise knight as a squire, or by necessity, in a world that is cruel and indifferent. From all walks of life, fighters embody the spirit of the Nine Bloods to stand up against their foes- to protect or to conquer.
Player Background Options: Fighters from all islands typically do battle for a cause, be it for a king or for coin. In either case, a fighter often displays a heraldic sign that represents that cause. This could be the crest or symbol of a nation, ship, army, or one representing their own self interest. It is up the the fighter to choose a coat of arms that is best for them. While some fighters are naturally born killing machines who possess a supernatural survival instinct, others must learn their skills. Some fighters are taught the basic of combat in their formative years in the military or some other martial organization. More well-off fighters were instructed one-on-one from an accomplished veteran or master instructor. Every fighter has the choice of deciding on incorporating their teacher’s style directly into their own, or do they take their teacher’s instructions and adapt them to into their own unique style? Speaking of style, many fighters distinguish themselves from their peers by adopting and perfecting a particular style or method of waging combat. This style may be a natural expression of a fighter’s personality but that is not always the case. Most signature styles reflect your outlook on life, or something that lurks within, suppressed during normal activity but unleashed in the heat of battle.