Celtic Age Roleplaying the Myths, Heroes and Monsters of the Celts
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According to Cornish legends,
Corinaeus, the first chief of Cornwall, defeated the giant, Gog Magog, by throwing
him into the sea from Plymoth Hoe during a wrestling match. Wrestling is a traditional
combat sport in the Celtic lands, and those who excel at its demanding arts
are celebrated as heroes among the Celtic people. Celtic wrestling requires
no weapons other than a single shillelagh (on occasion), and revolves around
sheer Strength, Balance, and determination.
Celtic wrestlers are brave men and women who are capable of tremendous feats of heroism, and they are often known by reputation throughout their lands.
Learning the basic skills
of Coraiocht is a simple task but mastering them is much more difficult. In
order to wrestle, the individual must be properly outfitted and a circle must
be prepared. Equipment is simple: shorts or a kilt and a strong canvas jacket.
No boots or shoes are allowed, and many Coraiocht wrestlers can be identified
by their lack of footgear even in normal travels.
The play area is any flat
grassed area about the size of a tennis court. To be a formal bout, referees
are required. In Cornish Wrestling these are known as sticklers,
and they are known for being very strict in judgment and application of rules.
There are normally three sticklers, usually retired wrestlers who, as the name
suggests, carry a stick each. A bout always commences with a handshake. The
handshake communicates to each wrestler that the other is ready to begin fighting.
Indeed, not even seconds elapse between the handshake and the first attempt
at a hold or throw. From this position, each tries to trip, lift, or throw his
opponent onto the ground in order to achieve a victory.
Coraiocht is not simply
a contest or a sport. It is a combative style of fighting, and many contests
are held to determine the best warriors in the Celtic lands. Coraiocht is used
in combat, to break ones opponent, and those who practice it are feared
on the battlefield, even without a weapon in their hands. For those who practice
Coraiocht do not need weapons and can easily disarm their opponents, thus placing
the foe at a disadvantage when fighting on the Coraiochts ground.
As with other styles of
wrestling, the aim in sporting Coraiocht and on the battlefield is to defeat
your opponent. To do this in a friendly sporting event, you must either back
your man or claim a win by points. A back is scored when a man has been picked
up and dropped flat on his back so that at least three of his four pins
hit the ground simultaneously. Pins are a mans shoulders and hips. A back
wins a contest immediately, and the bout is over.
A Coraiocht wrestler scores
points when his opponents shoulder or hip hits the ground: one point for
one pin and two points for two pins down. If, after a set time, no back has
been scored, the sticklers confer and compare the number of pins that they have
recorded. If there is a draw or no points at all have been scored, the bout
will go to the wrestler whom the sticklers considered to be the most aggressive
in his attempts.
Sporting matches begin
in a standing position, toe to toe with the opponent. The wrestler puts his
right arm over his opponents shoulder and his left arm under his opponents
arm. Both wrestlers lock their hands behind their opponents back. When
the judge begins the match, the contestants try to make the other man fall.
They are encouraged to use all sorts of tricks tripping the opponent,
stepping on his feet, pushing or pulling him, slinging him around, or lifting
Coraiocht wrestlers at
war are fearsome. Their quick reflexes, coupled with their unique pugilistic
style, can disarm and pin an opponent in just a few, quick moves. Their pins
are capable of snapping a mans back or neck in a single throw if applied
with the Coraiochts full Strength. In battle, they also use a short, thick
club known as a bata or a shillelagh in order to beat their opponents to death
or disarm longer weapons.
Hit Die: d10
Skill Points at 1st
level: (2 + Intelligence Modifier) x 4
Skill points at Each
2 + Intelligence modifier.
Class Skills: Climb,
Escape Artist, Jump,
Weapon and Armor Proficiencies:
Coraiocht are proficient with clubs, bata, shillelagh,
quarter staves, and Daggers.
Starting Gold: 2d4 x 10
Class Features: Coraiocht gain their Class Features at a rate indicated on Table below.
|Coraiocht Class Features|
|Class Level||Attack||Fort||Ref||Will||Features||Unarm. Attack||Unarm.Damage|
|1||+1||+2||+0||+0||Unarmed Strike, Bonus Feat||+0||1d6|
|16||+16/+11/ +6/+1||+10||+5||+5||+12/+9/ +6/+3||1d12|
|17||+17/+12/ +7/+2||+10||+5||+5||Bonus Feat||+12/+9/ +6/+3||1d12|
|18||+18/+13/+7/+4/+1||+11||+6||+6||Flying Mare||+13/+10/ +8/+ 4||1d12|
|20||+20/+15/+9/+6/+3||+12||+6||+6||Bonus Feat||+15/+12/ +10/+5||1d12|
Bonus Feats (Ex): Coraiocht
get a number of Bonus Feats, but they must choose these from the list shown
below, Note that some of the
Feats require prerequisites, and the character must meet all of these before he or she can take the Feat in question.
Coraiocht Bonus Feats
Coraiocht must choose from
the following list when selecting one of their Bonus Feats as a Class Feature.
|Deflect Arrows||Power Attack|
|Combat Expertise||Stunning Fist|
|Improved Bull Rush||Sunder|
|Improved Critical||Whirlwind Attack|
Unarmed Strike (Ex):
Coraiocht are highly trained in fighting unarmed, giving them considerable
advantages when doing so. They deal more damage than usual, as shown above.
A Coraiocht fighting unarmed gains the benefits of the Improved
Feat, and thus does not provoke Attacks of Opportunity from armed opponents.
Stunning Attack (Ex): A Coraiocht has the ability to stun a creature damaged by his or her unarmed attacks. The Coraiocht can use this ability once per round, but no more than once per level per day. The character must declare that he or she is using a stun attack before making the attack roll (thus, a missed attack roll ruins the attempt). A foe struck by the Coraiocht is forced to make a Fortitude Saving Throw (DC 10 + 1/2 the Coraiochts level + Strength Modifier) in addition to receiving normal damage. If the Saving Throw fails, the opponent is stunned for 1 round. A stunned character cant act, and loses any Dexterity Bonus to AC, while attackers get a +1 bonus on attack rolls. Constructs, oozes, plants, undead, incorporeal creatures, and creatures immune to Critical Hits cannot be stunned by the Coraiochts Stunning Attack.
Comhraiceoir Bata (Ex):
The comhraiceor bata (pronounced cuhm- rayt-ceor bah-ta) is a style of shillelagh
stick-fighting that places an emphasis on using the short club to disarm and
injure opponents so that they are unable to use limbs (particularly arms, as
many of the attacks with the shillelagh are designed to disable wrists and elbows).
The Coraiocht does not provoke an Attack of Opportunity when attempting to Disarm
an opponent, nor does the target get an attempt to Disarm the Coraiocht. Further,
this attempt may be made as an additional Disarm attempt for the round if the
Coraiocht also has the Improved Disarm Feat.
Ceann Block (Ex): The small staff known as the bata or shillelagh is known for its unique blocks and ability to break an opponents weapon. At this level, the Coraiocht may attack an opponents weapon, attempting to shatter it, rather than striking the foe. The attacking
weapon may be of any size so long as the Coraiocht is using a fire-tempered shillelagh. With any other weapon, the Ceann Block may only be used against a weapon of equal or smaller size than the one the Coraiocht is holding. Doing so does not provoke an Attack of Opportunity from the opponent. The Coraiocht and the defender make opposed attack rolls. If the attacker wins this contest, a good blow has been landed against the defenders weapon or shield. Roll damage and deal it to the weapon or shield.
The Flying Mare (Ex):
This throw is best done before proper grips have been taken. This is not a shoulder
throw as found in other styles of wrestling, but is done by getting a
shoulder under the other individuals solar plexus and then heaving the
opponent over and behind. This will cause the target to land on his or her back,
stunned and badly injured.
The Flying Mare may only be done as an Attack Action or a Charge Action, similar to a Bull Rush. First, the Coraiocht moves into the defenders space, provoking an Attack of Opportunity from each foe that threatens the character. Any Attack of Opportunity made by anyone other than the defender against the Coraiocht during a Flying Mare has a 50% chance of accidentally hitting the defender instead. Secondly, both the Coraiocht and the defender make opposed Strength checks. The Coraiocht may add +4 to the roll if charging. The defender gets a +4 Stability Bonus if it is a creature with more than two legs. If the Coraiocht beats the defender, the target is flipped entirely over the characters back and onto the ground. The defender is Stunned for 3 rounds and receives double the normal damage that a Coraiocht would normally deal from an Unarmed Attack. A stunned character cant act and loses any Dexterity Bonus to AC. Attackers gain a +1 Circumstance Bonus to hit him or her.
of the Wrestler
Coraiocht wrestlers are
expected to be paragons of society, good and true men with stalwart hearts.
There is a code in wrestling society, and if a wrestler is known for breaking
it, he will be severely disciplined by the others of this class whenever they
meet. Breaking the Coraiocht code is an open invitation to a beating, and the
other wrestlers, in order to save their reputations, will
surely come to call.
The code is as follows:
Do not deride the
aged when you have youth, the poor when you have wealth, the lame when you are
swift, the blind though you have sight, the ill when you have Strength, the
dull when you are clever, or the foolish though you are with wisdom.
Be not too wise,
too foolish, too conceited, too diffident, too haughty, too humble, too talkative,
too silent, too harsh, nor too feeble.
For if you are too wise,
they expect much. If you are foolish, you will be deceived. If you are too conceited,
you will be vexing. Be too humble, and you will be without honor. Be too talkative,
you will not be heard. If you are too silent, you will not be regarded at all.
If you are too harsh, you will be broken. And if you are too feeble, you will
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