For a bit of fun I decided to try my hand at writing a career for WFRP 4e. I went for an unarmed combat specialist and in keeping with careers in the core book, I have tried to keep it as broad as possible. It therefore covers a multitude of unarmed fighters and fighting styles.
Dwarf, Halfling, High Elf, Human, Gnome, Wood Elf
You specialise in using unarmed forms of combat like boxing, wrestling or other more exotic styles.
It is often an offence to be carrying a weapon in public and to do so draws unwelcome attention from the authorities and ne’er-do-wells. Unarmed fighters have overcome this setback, turning their own bodies and easily acquired items into deadly weapons. Some become professional fighters, going toe to toe with Pit Fighters, earning fame and fortune in the ring. Others adopt a wandering lifestyle, walking from village to village and offering aid in return for food and shelter. Others still follow a darker path as hired killers, able to enter establishments without the need for obvious weaponry.
UNARMED FIGHTER ADVANCE SCHEME
Tier 1 – Unarmed Apprentice – Brass 3
Skills: Athletics, Consume Alcohol, Cool, Dodge, Endurance, Intuition, Melee (Brawling), Perception
Talents: Distract, In-fighter, Reversal, Step Aside
Trappings: Loose fitting clothes, Broom
Tier 2 – Unarmed Fighter – Brass 5
Skills: Charm, Heal, Melee (Pole-Arm), Outdoor Survival, Perform (Acrobatics), Stealth (Any)
Talents: Careful Strike, Disarm, Furious Assault, Stone Soup
Trappings: Quarterstaff, Bandages, Cuts and Bruises
Tier 3 – Unarmed Adept – Silver 3
Skills: Intimidate, Melee (Basic), Ranged (Throwing), Secret Signs (Vagabond)
Talents: Combat Reflexes, Jump Up, Robust, Seasoned Traveller
Trappings: Throwing knives
Tier 4 – Unarmed Master – Gold 1
Skills: Entertain (Storytelling), Leadership
Talents: Combat Aware, Combat Master, Martial Artist, Reaction Strike
Trappings: Baton, Students
‘Master, all I do is clean and polish the floor. Wax on. Wax off. When are you going to teach me to fight?’
– Daniel, Young Apprentice
‘Remember, the mind is your best muscle. Big arms can move rocks, but big words can move mountains.’
– Felsig, Boxing Champion
‘You are not paid. The work is hard. Why do you continue?’
– Meister Po
Unarmed fighters find many reasons to travel the Empire. Some may seek out other experienced fighters to learn from, or may themselves decide it is time to travel the world and pass on their skills to those in need. The competitive minded go wherever the next competition or tournament is being held. More mercenary individuals might find themselves hired on as bodyguards, skilled thugs or contract killers.
Unarmed Fighter is a Warrior class career. If you roll either Pit Fighter or Warrior Priest at character creation, you may instead choose Unarmed Fighter.
Max: Weapon Skill Bonus
Tests: Melee tests during combat, Strength tests while grappling
You are an expert in multiple fighting styles and are able to adapt your technique to whatever weapon you are using for maximum effect. Remove the Undamaging Weapon Flaw when making Melee attacks. You do not gain the benefits of Martial Artist while using the Dirty Fighting Talent.
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