Dotted across the landscape are monasteries — small, walled cloisters inhabited by monks. These monks pursue personal perfection through action as well as contemplation.


Monks train themselves to be versatile warriors skilled at fighting without weapons or armor. Monasteries headed by good masters serve as protectors of the people. By contrast, monasteries headed by evil masters rule the surrounding countryside through fear, virtually as an evil warlord's castle might. The individual monk, however, is unlikely to care passionately about championing commoners or amassing wealth. She cares for the perfection of her art and, thereby, her personal perfection. Her goal is to achieve a state that is, frankly, beyond the mortal realm.


Any lawful.




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