Sohei (pronounced: /shɛsoh-heh[6]), sometimes called yamabushi "mountain warrior",[7] were special warrior-priests that could be found in Kara-Tur and the Hordelands.[1] In Shou Lung, they were called no-sheng[8] (pronounced: /nʃɛŋnoh-sheng[6]) Sohei were similar to paladins found in Faerûn.[9]

Culture[edit | edit source]

Sohei usually served as guardians for monasteries.[1] While they were clerics similar to shugenja, they focused more on their military training. They structured their lives around religious principles but not as strictly as a shugenja. These principles included vegetarianism and discipline. Sohei were often dedicated to their duties to the point of fanaticism. An individual from any caste might train to be a sohei. Upon entering the service of a monastery, they shed all family or clan connections. A sohei's status was based on the power and importance of the monastery, and honor was very important to a sohei, similar to ninjas. Most sohei were human or hengeyokai, although some monastaries had accepted korobokuru into their orders.[10][9]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

To defend their monasteries or temples from attacks, Sohei trained extensively with weapons as well as martial arts. They also possessed limited magical powers.[1] Sohei can access their ki abilities to go into a berserker-like frenzy. Sohei were able to cast some divine spells, but did not have access to as many divine spells that a shugenja had. [10] A sohei who was dismissed from their order lost the ability to cast divine spells.[11]

Notable Sohei[edit | edit source]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Troy Denning (1990). Storm Riders. (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 0-88038-834-X.
  2. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  3. James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 27–29. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.
  4. James Wyatt (April 2004). “Oriental Adventures Update: Eastern Flavor”. In Matthew Sernett ed. Dragon #318 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 34.
  5. Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 14, 24. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
  6. 6.0 6.1 James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 251. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.
  7. Template:Cite dragon/404/Character Themes: Fringes of Kara-Tur
  8. Curtis Smith and Rick Swan (1990). Ronin Challenge. (TSR, Inc), p. 2. ISBN 0-88038-749-1.
  9. 9.0 9.1 James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 24. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
  11. James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 28. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.
  12. David "Zeb" Cook (1986). Swords of the Daimyo. (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 0-88038-273-2.
  13. Troy Denning (1990). Storm Riders (Cover sheet). (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 9-781560-765646.
  14. David "Zeb" Cook (1986). Swords of the Daimyo. (TSR, Inc), p. 12. ISBN 0-88038-273-2.
  15. David Cook (1986). Swords of the Daimyo (Province Book of Miyama). (TSR, Inc), p. 25. ISBN 0-88038-273-2.
  16. David "Zeb" Cook (1987). Blood of the Yakuza (Encounter Construction Booklet). (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 0-88038-401-8.
  17. Jeff Grubb (1988). Mad Monkey vs the Dragon Claw. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-88038-624-X.
  18. Curtis Smith and Rick Swan (1990). Ronin Challenge. (TSR, Inc), p. 93. ISBN 0-88038-749-1.
  19. David Cook (1986). Swords of the Daimyo (Province Book of Miyama). (TSR, Inc), p. 26. ISBN 0-88038-273-2.

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