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Default Senryaku-Do: The Way of the Strategist

The Way of the Strategist

The Way of the Strategist is not the fastest sword style, or the strongest sword style, or even the trickiest. The Way of the Strategist is traditional, built on the style created and mastered by Niten Bennosuke, the founder of the modern Samurai order. The basis is on having a wide array of techniques to deal with any situation a warrior may come across. Whether you are fighting one skilled opponent, or a team of assassins, you should always be prepared for what comes.

Senryaku-Do utilizes the ceremonial weapon of the Samurai, the Daisho, a Katana paired with a Wakizashi. A Senryaku-Do user strikes when they are ready, and guards when they are under pressure. The style is not about gaining a great advantage over an opponent, but negating the advantage of any opponent you may cross. In this way, every user brings something of their own to the style, their own techniques to face their personal obstacles on their path.

Unlike styles utilized primarily by Shinobi, Senryaku-Do follows the concept of Chi over Chakra. This idealogical difference has created a style that is volatile to the deceitful ways of Shinobi. Senryaku-Do, using Chi, makes use of nearly all of a practitioner's Chakra coils.

When a character is benefiting from the taijutsu bonuses of Senryaku-Do, or uses one of its techniques, they must focus their Chi. While your Chi is focused, you cannot use any techniques that would require handseals, as your 'Chakra' cannot be molded. After using Senryaku-Do, you must wait 2 post before your body is ready to mold chakra again. In this way a Senryaku-Do user is dedicated to The Way of the Strategist.

Style History:
It is said that before there were ninja, there were samurai. Before there was deceit, there was honor. Before there was The Way of the Ninja, there was the Way of the Warrior.

Centering their body and mind through years of meditation and training, Samurai focused their inner strength to their purpose. This force, then called Chi, now often called Chakra, was used to turn strong men and women into true warriors.

In modern times the Samurai way has fallen to the wayside, and they are now outnumbered by the Shinobi. The home of the Samurai, the City of Kings, was the last bastion for The Way of the Warrior. Even with their dedication to Samurai ideals, warriors fell to the deceitful tricks of Shinobi, ninjutsu and genjutsu. Many different techniques were tried to overcome this problem. Assassination styles were used, and many users fell to the level of ninjas. Massive swords were used, but the increase in power was no use against Shinobi who could vanish in the blink of an eye. Niten Bennosuke created a style based on precepts from ancient times. This return to tradition has shed the focus that other styles lean on like a crutch. Now the Samurai defend the last refuge of justice, Iron Country, and from there spills the Way of the Strategist.

Style Basis: Weapon (Katana/Wakizashi) Taijutsu

Training Methods:

Senryaku-Do is a way of life. A practitioner should practice early and practice often. It is said that you can spot a Senryaku-Do user, because they are always in a stance ready for combat.

Whether using a wooden sword on a dummy, or enjoying tea with others, a strategist is always practicing.

A practitioner is simply referred to as a warrior for the first three stages of the style. Anyone who has up to stage four in this style would be recognized as a Samurai by any other user. The way that they stand, walk, and fight, have all been steeped in The Way.


A: Stamina
B: Strength
C: Speed
D: Control
E: Power
F: Reserves

Stage One:
Stat Requirements: 4 Stamina, 4 Strength
Stage Bonuses: +3 Strength, +3 Speed, +3 Stamina

First a warrior must know the basics before they can find their way. Basic swordplay, a starting stance, and having the eyes of a warrior.

A stage one practitioner has learned the rules of combat. They know to be dedicated to their blade, to their art, and to the Way. A warrior at this level of skill may not be a true samurai, but they can move like one. Training is harsh at this point. The user is still a beginner and must train their body and mind to manipulate their Chi. Focus is required in all things, and all tasks must be considered part of their art.

Know how your swords move, know how your feet move, know how they move together.

Regular Techniques:

Name: Iai

Drawing the blade and sheating it are important techniques. Iai is knowing how to draw a katana in one smooth motion, readying it for battle in the time it takes to breath.

Special Techniques:

Name: Kata – Kazedo (The Way of Wind)
Requirements: A Katana or Wakizashi in hand

Never stray too far
Tradition carries greatness
Like a gentle wind

The daisho is the Samurai. This kata is the first and most important use of Chi. Wielded blades glow white with energy, like a flame licking the blade. While wind is being maintained, even the weakest katana is unbreakable, the dullest steel is sharpened to perfection. Even though the Samurai may not survive, a normal blade will survive any non-chakra attack. This makes it useful in the Samurai's defense.

Stage Two:
Stat Requirements: 8 Stamina, 6 Strength, 6 Control
Stage Bonuses: +3 Strength, +3 Speed, +3 Stamina

After the basics, experience is the fastest way to progress. Whether learning from a master, or learning from scars, a warrior cannot find the way if all their time is spent indoors. At this stage, both offense and defense are trained by direct confrontation with opponents. It isn't uncommon to find warriors whose style has been transformed by one dangerous encounter. Knowing how to manipulate your Chi for the most basic techniques was difficult enough, now a warrior must learn how to adapt their own experiences into something useful in their style.

Regular Techniques:

Name: Kohan

With both blades drawn, the Samurai widens their vision and stance. Now they can take on all attackers. While multiple assailants can cause a problem, you should face many as you would face one. Watch their movements, strike when they are open, and know your surroundings. Cut from your weaker side to your stronger side, and eliminate one problem at a time.

Special Techniques:

Name: Open Slot

Stage Three:
Stat Requirements: 12 Stamina, 8 Strength, 8 Control
Stage Bonuses: +3 Strength, +3 Speed, +3 Stamina

The last level for casual practitioners.

A warrior now takes what they have learned, and use it to adjust. Like water, a warrior should never be thrown off guard. The variety of the experience is now as valuable as the quantity. Many warriors travel now, briefly, before they return to their master as a Samurai. While on their voyage, combat is important. They may work as a mercenary, or simply defend those who need it. To learn to guard against all comers, you need to put down a warrior of greater skill.

A warrior that has not seen how the land works, has not seen the Way.

Regular Techniques:

Name: Oshi

Options are the best defense. This shoulder blow is useful against opponents who are skilled at stopping your blade. After a feint swing down, lower your shoulder and strike your target in their center. A strong strike can leave an opponent staggering for 15 feet before they can recover their stance.

Special Techniques:

Name: Kata – Mizudo (The Way of Water)

Through the red canyons
Let no harsh stone slow your way
Fluid like water

A warrior must know how to move when they wish to. When an opening presents itself, the Samurai does not flourish, he strikes. The Samurai creates a burst of movement by harnessing their Chi. While moving this post, the Samurai has a 1/3rd increase in their speed level, rounded down (if they have speed level 4, they will gain 1 speed level, and go to speed level 5). After this post, the Samurai's speed level is reduced by that many levels, for 2 post.

Stage Four:
Stat Requirements: 16 Stamina, 14 Strength, 13 Speed, 14 Control, Kata – Kazedo, Kata - Mizudo
Stage Bonuses: +3 Strength, +3 Speed, +3 Stamina

All who remain are Samurai.

A Samurai of this level has blazed their own trail, leaving only sweat and blood. While Senryaku-do focuses on enduring, a time comes when a weakness must be eliminated. This stage focuses on forceful swordplay, the basics established in the previous stages are now used to strike out at opponents. It does not matter if the Samurai is on a battlefield, or in a duel, they need many tools to strike down a weak opponent.

Regular Techniques:

Name: Toji

The body like glue. When an enemy seeks space, you should crowd them. Lock blades with an enemy, and then never let them escape. Charge them, and see the quality of their swordplay. Once they leave themselves open, you will see the way to strike them down. This requires keeping a good eye on your surroundings and your opponent, so you can easily traverse whatever obstacles they have, and keep them reeling.

Special Techniques:

Name: Kata – Hido (The Way of Fire)

A moment's weakness
One blink can bring dishonor
The fire rages

If a fool wishes to place himself in a cage, let him die in it. A Samurai strikes when an opponent has left themselves weak. With Chi focused into a blade, a slash will crush barriers. The glowing blade flows through the barrier like water, and can still strike anyone foolish enough to stand on the other side. This attack counts as a stage 5 ninjutsu attack for the sake of piercing defensive jutsu. It ends any ongoing defensive jutsu that it pierces. With opponent's permission, it will shatter armor or weaker weapons. It may not be used for 3 post after it has been used.

Stage Five:
Stat Requirements: 22 Stamina, 18 Strength, 16 Speed, 16 Control
Stage Bonuses: +3 Strength, +3 Speed, +3 Stamina

The original Senryaku-do was meant for Samurai fighting other Samurai. The Chi extended by well trained warriors was enough to drive down a weaker opponent by itself. When the style resurfaced, techniques needed to be readjusted. Now was the age of the ninja, and their techniques were unheard of when the original style was created. Positioning and observation are most important in this stage. If you wish to survive a battle against a ninja, you must be completely sure where you are, and where they are not. Movement is especially important, as you should be fluid without needing to resort to the dancing of a performer. Make every move count, and spend as little time guarding as you need to. This leaves you ready to counter attack.

Regular Techniques:

Name: Engi

Allow their waste. Legend has risen of Samurai defeating one another by one blow, a long duel. While an honorable death in a duel is acceptable, sometimes you must force an opponent into an incorrect stance. This technique is a feint duel, deflecting their sword blow at the last moment and continuing the fight in close quarters.

Special Techniques:

Name: Kata – Doudo (The Way of Earth)

One million old fools
Fight against the great mountain
The earth prevails

An attack of ninjutsu, corrupted Chi, can be slain just as easily as its creator. By expressing the Chi, a Samurai strikes the enemy's technique where it is weakest. The blade diverts the blow, and the Chi protects the warrior, sweeping away all excess from the defeated technique. With Doudo, a fireball is split in twain, and the leftover cinders feel like a breeze. This kata can defend against ninjutsu level 5 and below. It cannot be used for 2 post after it is used. It may only be used three times a thread.

Stage Six:
Stat Requirements: 30 Stamina, 26 Strength, 19 Speed, 20 Control, 16 Power
Stage Bonuses: +3 Strength, +3 Speed, +3 Stamina

Mastery, this is what most records consider the final stage of the style. Having realized their own path, a Samurai must again find a technique of their own. When they are a master to a student, this will be the cornerstone of what they pass on to others. This final stage does not focus on one particular thing, that is up to the practitioner.

Special Techniques:

Name: Open Slot

Stage Seven:
Stat Requirements: 39 Stamina, 34 Strength, 26 Speed, 24 Control, 20 Power
Stage Bonuses: +3 Strength, +3 Speed, +3 Stamina

The hidden final stage. A warrior who reaches this stage has come close to finding the void. Their dedication has paid off. They have shed unneeded concerns and responsibilities. What remains is their mission, their body, and their blades.

Special Techniques:

Name: Kata – Muukodo (The Way of Void)

All options are spent
Know all that there is to know
There is only void

Sometimes there is no other way but to end a fight swiftly, putting honor at risk. Muukodo requires a moment of focus, so a post is spent where the warrior cannot attack or move except to defend. A two-hand strike is unleashed, not quickly, but a perfected slice bolstered by their Chi. The blade splits the very air, and then the blow continues out to anything the Samurai wishes. All targets in a 25 foot cone in front of the Samurai are struck as if the Katana hit them directly. The only exception is targets the Samurai purposely ignores. This can fell a small piece of a forest, mangle a building, or kill an assassin while sparing a crowd. After this Kata is used, no more Kata may be used in that thread.

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