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Of Breath and Flow: Mystic Martial Arts Action and Savage Wuxia Adventures


Add some cultivation to your Savage Worlds Adventure Editon game, Cutivated Chi, that is!  Of Breath and Flow is a collection of rules and setting content that GMs can use to add a Wuxia action vibe to any game they run, from fantasy to Sci-Fi.

Inside are 12 new Edges (and 2 thematically appropriate Hindrances), 5 Fu Schools, 20 Fu Styles, 3 new Powers, and an appendix of more than 20 traditional Fu weapons, plus rules on the Wu Xing 5-element cycle as Trapping, and Culitvated Chi. 

Rather than set the file as PWYW, we have set the file to have a full-length PDF preview.  If you like it, please buy it!

UPDATE:  The custom preview PDF is still not working, so I have removed it, but the watermarked PDF is the full document.  My apologies for the problems.

Additional special thanks to Huan Xu at the website ImmortalMountain for inspiration.  I recommend that site for excellent insights into Wuxia from a western perspective.

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Christopher H July 16, 2020 7:56 pm UTC
This looks very professionally done!

If you could, could you explain some of the rationale behind why Arcane Background (Mystic Wuxia) is considered to be worth the equivalent of four advances? It seems to have a bit more power and flexibility than a typical arcane background, but some limitations too. Reading through the PDF, I feel like I might have pegged it as worth maybe two advances. The Weapon Form Modifier does seem very strong, but that only applies to characters who take blast/bolt/burst/damage field, and some of the Fu styles don't even get access to any of those powers.
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Christopher H July 16, 2020 8:17 pm UTC
I just realized that, if I understand correctly, characters with Arcane Background (Mystic Wuxia) basically get a superpowered version of the Chi edge that can probably be used 10 times per combat instead of once. That's so powerful that now I'm worried that characters with Cultivated Chi will just ignore their actual powers and just focus on this use of their Chi.

But maybe that's intentional. Either you build a character who will take advantage of the Weapon Form Modifier to get a couple of ultra-powerful attacks each combat, or you pick utility powers that don't come up as often for flexibility, and focus on using most of your Chi with the Chi edge in combat.

At this point I suppose I'm just trying to get a feel for how this arcane background tends to work out in practice.

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Matthew H July 16, 2020 8:35 pm UTC
Chris -
Thanks for the comment, and I am sure Steve appreciates your compliment!

As far as the 4 Advances, Mystic Wuxia also grants an improved version of the "Chi" edge, and allows Smite, Protection, Leap, and BoostLower trait to be used as Free actions (and with a reduced cost due to normal scope restrictions). Depending on the scope and content of your Campaign, a character with Mystic Wuxia might also have social advantages and contacts from their school, or even reputation advantages, but those are more... fuzzy.

Additionally, the Style Apostate edge enables a character to take powers from other styles taught by their school, so blastboltburstdamage field should be easy enough to acquire that way.

I hope that answers your question?

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Brian C June 18, 2020 9:52 pm UTC
Savage Worlds is not my usual RPG stomping grounds... never the less, I have enjoyed the plunge into Wuxia mythology! Looking under your Wu Kwan Secrets is there a missing Wu Kwan secret? "Speaker of the Lost" is referenced in the "The Brotherhood of Lost Souls" as a Wu Kwan Secret but the only close reference is "Flesh of the Lost".... Any ideas?


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Brian C June 18, 2020 9:58 pm UTC
.... or I think I should read a bit more into the Savage Worlds rules.... :)
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Matthew H June 18, 2020 10:18 pm UTC
Thank you for catching that! The error is in the School description. The two Wu Kwan Secrets for the Brotherhood of Lost Souls should read "Flesh of the Lost (Veteran), Eater of Souls (Heroic)." I changed the names to not be quite so .... florid, and failed to adjust that in the PDF. I will make note of that for an update.

I am glad you have enjoyed it, and hopefully it will draw you into the Savage World fold, as it were!

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Matthew H June 03, 2020 12:16 pm UTC
Felipe -
Thanks for making note of this. I noticed this issue a few days ago, reported it to OneBookshef's support contact, and hope to have this sorted soon. In the meantime, if you are OK with the Watermark, the Full-Size Preview includes the entire file as well, so you can at least read the content.

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Felipe F June 02, 2020 8:53 pm UTC
Alternate preview is not working. "Preview file not found"
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