Expert Shinigami

"Do you remember the first time you stood up on your own? The fact that you don’t remember means you weren’t conscious of it. Then why did you stand up? People are born with the knowledge of how to stand. Birds all know how to fly. Fish all know how to swim. That’s instinct.” —Shihouin Yoruichi, Ex-commander of special forces

The expert Shinigami represents a balance between combat and kidou skills. They excel in using their many different skills and abilities to make a balanced and effective fighting style. While not as strong frontline fighters or spellcasters, they have a good balance of both and a wide variety of skills to choose from.

Table: Expert Shinigami
Hit Die: d8

Level Base Attack Bonus Good Save Poor Saves Special Zanpakuto Damage Def. Bonus Spells Known Max. Spell Level Known
1st +0 +2 +0 Shinigami Subtype, Bonus Feat, Zanpakuto, Alternate Form 1d4 4 1 1
2nd +1 +3 +0 Bonus Feat, Masterwork Zanpakuto, Zanpakuto Awakening 1d4 4 2 1
3rd +2 +3 +1 Shikai, Zanpakuto Regeneration 1d4 5 3 1
4th +3 +4 +1 Zanpakuto +1, Bonus Feat 1d6 5 4 2
5th +4 +4 +1 Shikai Ability 1d6 6 5 2
6th +4 +5 +2 Shunpo, Bonus Feat 1d6 6 6 2
7th +5 +5 +2 Shikai Ability 1d6 7 7 3
8th +6/+1 +6 +2 Bonus Feat, Zanpakuto +2 1d8 7 8 3
9th +6/+1 +6 +3 Shikai Ability 1d8 8 9 3
10th +7/+2 +7 +3 Zanpakuto Manifestation, Bonus Feat 1d8 8 10 4
11th +8/+3 +7 +3 Final Shikai Ability 1d8 9 11 4
12th +9/+4 +8 +4 Zanpakuto +3, Bankai, Bonus Feat 1d10 9 12 4
13th +9/+4 +8 +4 Shikai Ability 1d10 10 13 5
14th +10/+5 +9 +4 Bonus Feat, Bankai Ability 1d10 10 14 5
15th +11/+6/+1 +9 +5 Shikai Ability 1d10 11 15 6
16th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 Zanpakuto +4, Bankai Ability, Bonus Feat 2d6 11 16 6
17th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 Shikai Ability 2d6 12 17 6
18th +13/+8/+3 +11 +6 Bankai Ability, Bonus Feat 2d6 12 18 6
19th +14/+9/+4 +11 +6 Shikai Ability 2d6 13 19 6
20th +15/+10/+5 +12 +6 Bonus Feat, Zanpakuto +5, Final Bankai Ability 2d8 13 20 6

Skill Points at each level: 8 + Int modifier per level (x4 at 1st level)
Class Skills: Any seventeen, plus craft.

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Expert Shinigami are Proficient with their Zanpakuto, Simple weapons, and Martial weapons. Shinigami are not proficient with any armor.

Spellcasting: A Expert Shinigami casts Kido drawn from the universal Kido spell list. He can cast any spell he knows without preparing it ahead of time. To learn or cast a Kido, a Expert Shinigami must have a charisma score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a Expert Shinigami’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the Expert Shinigami’s charisma modifier.

Shinigami Subtype: All Shinigami gain either the Standard Shinigami or the Augmented Shinigami Subtype.

Bonus Feat: The Expert Shinigami gains a Bonus Feat at first level, then second level and every two levels thereafter.

Zanpakuto: A Shinigami is given a basic Zanpakuto upon their graduation from the academy. Known as Asauchi, or “Shallow Hit”, these Zanpakuto do not manifest any abilities and are most commonly seen being carried by the standard rank—and-file soldiers within the Soul Society. All Asauchi appear as a standard bastard sword (katana) that the Shinigami is considered proficient with. The sword is considered to be a one-handed weapon that the Shinigami may wield as if proficient. The Zanpakuto has a critical rate of x2, deals slashing damage, and its damage progression is determined by the Shinigami’s level. At the 2nd level, the Shinigami’s Zanpakuto functions as if it were a masterwork weapon. At the 4th level, the Zanpakuto becomes a +1 magic weapon. Every 4 levels thereafter (8, 12, 16 and 20) it grows in strength, up to +5 at 20th level. In addition, this bonus is added to the wielder’s AC, but the bonus does not apply to flat-footed or touch AC.

Alternate Form: The sealed Zanpakuto’s cross guard and hilt are different in shape for all Shinigami. In some instances, the Zanpakuto’s sealed form may change to an entirely different form. While many Zanpakuto appear as a normal katana, some do not; having a different form that may or may not reflect their abilities. Examples of this are Ichimaru Gin, whose Zanpakuto manifests as a short sword (wakizashi) or Kurosaki Ichigo, who’s Zanpakuto manifested as a greatsword. All of these changes are determined by the player. These changes are purely cosmetic, and grant no additional abilities, nor does this count as a prerequisite for any feat or ability. To change the damage type, critical hit range, modifier or properties (EG: reach, tripping etc) of your sealed Zanpakuto requires the Alternate Sealed Form feat.

Zanpakuto Awakening: As the Shinigami’s skill with their Zanpakuto grows, their Zanpakuto begins to awaken, becoming a sentient being in its own right. The Zanpakuto’s personality is close to that of its wielder (as it is indeed a part of its wielder), and begins to increase in strength. At 2nd level, the Zanpakuto functions as a masterwork weapon. Also, the Zanpakuto begins to contact you, speaking to you and communicating with you as you begin to learn more about it.

Shikai: At 3rd level, the Shinigami finally learns the name of their Zanpakuto, becoming able to release their Zanpakuto’s first form and summon forth its power. At the cost of 1 SEP, a Shinigami's Shikai can be released as a move action which does not provoke an attack of opportunity. A shikai release lasts one minute per Shinigami Level. At the end of the release, you may spend 2 SEP to extend the duration of Shikai for an additional minute.
All Zanpakuto have two types that effect how they release and the progression of their power (although more types may be acquired with the appropriate feats). A Shikai begin with two abilities, with one of each of the zanpakuto's two types. In the case of Zanpakuto that release and attack before reforming (like Haineko or Senbonzakura) the first release counts for the entire encounter, and the release form’s attack may be used until the encounter ends. At 5th level, and every odd level thereafter, the Zanpakuto gains two extra Shikai abilities.

Zanpakuto Regeneration: At 3rd level, when Shikai is attained, the Zanpakuto gains the ability to regenerate itself if broken or destroyed. Zanpakuto regenerate hit points at a rate of the Shinigami’s class level every day, and if shattered, they will mend themselves completely after three days. Until this time, the Zanpakuto cannot be used other than as an improvised weapon.

Shunpo: All Shinigami learn to utilize the flash step, or Shunpo. Shunpo allows instantaneous movement from one point to the next as if by means of the dimensional door spell. At the cost of 3 SEP, she can travel up to character level * 5 ft. Unlike the dimensional door spell, Shunpo can be used either as a swift action or as part of a move action, which does not provoke an attack of opportunity. You may still take other actions after utilizing the Shunpo. A Shinigami gains the ability to use Shunpo 6th level. Shunpo cannot take you to an area you cannot physically see when using it.

Zanpakuto Manifestation: At 10th level, the Zanpakuto gains the ability to manifest itself in the physical world, speaking not only to its wielder but also to others who might witness the manifestation. This functions as astral projection for the zanpakuto spirit At this point, a Shinigami is able to begin training for Bankai, their final release state. Zanpakuto can be manifested for up to one hour per day per character level. The Zanpakuto cannot be used while manifested, nor can it fight on its own.

Final Shikai Ability: In addition to gaining two standard Shikai abilitys, at 11th level a Shinigami learns a final, desperate technique that shatters their Zanpakuto in the process. Meant as an absolute last resort, this ability allows a Shinigami to choose one attack their Zanpakuto can use (be it a standard physical attack, a projectile attack, a Kido attack or otherwise) and double the amount of damage dice it does. If the attack allows a save to reduce the damage, increase the save DC by 1/2 your character level, if it requires an attack roll, gain a bonus to your attack roll equal to your character level. Rolling a 1 does not equal an automatic failure on this attack roll. Abilities like Evasion or Mettle do not apply to reduce or negate the amount of damage this attack does (although they can resist secondary effects such as blindness or deafness as normal). Utilizing this attack is a full-round action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity. After using it, the Zanpakuto shatters, and cannot be used again until it restores itself.

Bankai: At 12th level, the Shinigami obtains the ultimate form of his blade, the second release Bankai. Bankai is an explosion of power far superior to that of a Shikai, granting the Shinigami a powerful boost for a short period of time.
Activating Bankai is a full round action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity and costs 20 SEP. If the character already had shikai active, then activating Bankai is a standard action instead. The shinigami's Bankai lasts 2 levels per character level. Once this time is up, the shinigami may pay 1 SEP per round to extend the duration of Bankai, up to a maximum duration of twice her normal Bankai
When Bankai ends, the shinigami is fatigued. If she extended the duration beyond it's norm, she is instead exhausted.
Whilst in Bankai, the shinigami's current and maximum HP is doubled. When the Bankai state ends, any HP she has above her normal maximum is lost.
the shinigami gains a number of additional shikai abilities equal to the total number of shikai abilities she possesses from class features (not feats) that are only active during Bankai These are chosen when Bankai is obtained, or when the new ability is obtained for any shikai abilities obtained after Bankai. She also gains one Bankai ability of her choice. She gains an additional Bankai ability every even numbered level thereafter. This too is only active during Bankai
This ability is not effected by the normal SEP limit - it can be used at any time so long as the Shinigami has enough SEP

Final Bankai Ability: The Final Bankai ability functions identically to the Final Shikai ability, except that it functions off a Bankai attack.

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