Way of the 6 Hidden Ki Barriers (5e Subclass)

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Monastic Tradition Features[edit]

The Beginning

At the 3rd level when choosing this Monastic tradition, you learn the forbidden art of the 6 hidden Ki barriers. As an action, you may unlock a single Ki Barrier, entering an empowered state that lasts for 1 minute. When you revert to your base state, either as a free action on your turn, or after the duration has run out, you immediately take one level of exhaustion for each Barrier you unlocked before reverting (for example, if you unlocked the 2nd Ki Barrier, you take 2 levels of exhaustion upon exiting the empowered state, but if you only unlocked the 1st Barrier, you only take 1 level). When you open the next Ki Barrier, the duration is reset back to 1 minute. When Opening the Ki barriers, you must unlock each one in sequence (1st, then 2nd, then 3rd, etc). Additionally, if you take the Attack action on your turn, you may forgo one of your attacks to unlock a Ki Barrier.

  • At 3rd level, you may only activate the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd barriers. You gain access to additional barriers when you reach certain levels in this class, allowing you to unlock the 4th Barrier at 7th level, the 5th Barrier at 10th level, and the 6th Barrier at 15th level.
  • The empowered state granted by unlocking Ki Barriers ends immediately if you are knocked unconscious.
  • Opening the 5th Barrier inflicts 5 levels of Exhaustion upon reverting. These Exhaustion levels cannot be avoided by any means.
  • Opening the 6th Barrier results in instant death upon reverting. This death cannot be avoided by any means.

Additionally, when entering the 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th barriers, any Exhaustion levels you may have had before entering the empowered state are temporarily removed. When you revert back to your base form, any exhaustion levels removed in this way are immediately regained, on top of the exhaustion levels you gain normally from reverting.


Enhanced Meditation

At the 6th level, you gain the ability to recover your stamina by meditating. If you have 4 or fewer exhaustion levels, you may remove 1 level of exhaustion by meditating for 1 hour. This meditation must be uninterrupted for the entire duration, but it may also be performed as part of a short or long rest, even multiple times in a single rest.

  • Additionally, the 1st Ki Barrier no longer counts towards the amount of exhaustion levels you gain upon reverting.


Pushing The Limits

At the 11th Level, you are able to push your body's limits past its safe boundaries, even further than before. You can now activate a Ki Barrier as a bonus action, in addition to activating it normally, for a maximum of 2 Ki Barriers unlocked in a single turn. Along with this, you have mastered the 1st Ki Barrier, allowing you to activate it as a free action on your turn.

  • Additionally, the 2nd Ki Barrier no longer counts towards the amount of exhaustion levels you gain upon reverting.


Master of the 6 Hidden Ki Barriers Technique

Finally, at the 17th level, you have mastered the 6 hidden Ki Barrier technique. When Opening the 6th and Final Ki barrier, you are not killed outright. Instead, you are put in an unconscious state with a single chance for your death saving throw, to save you. The Monk ability "Diamond Soul" can not be used for this saving throw. If you succeed your death saving throw you are stable and when you become conscious, your memory will be extremely vague of the experience you had with the 6th Ki barrier. Along with this, you have 5 levels of exhaustion that can not be healed with your Enhanced meditation, all 5 levels must be healed traditionally as stated in the PHB.

  • If you roll a 20 on the death saving throw, Your memory of your time during the 6th ki barrier is much more intact.
  • If you roll a 1 on the death saving throw, your death can not be revived with anything short of the wish spell.
  • Along with this you have mastered the 2nd Ki Barrier, allowing you to activate it as a free action on your turn.



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