The skills of the blademaster, chronicled in ancient Achaean lore, were lost to much of the history of Sapience. The only record of their mysterious skills was from the story of a long forgotten hero. His name was Lucaine Pyramides, a warrior-poet that hailed from the distant continent of Kashar, where he had been born into slavery. He was secretly trained by an elder slave in the skills of the Two Arts and given a blade called the Three Moons. Eventually, he commandeered a ship and set sail across the oceans, with a rising reputation as a fearless mercenary.
He rose in prominence, the story goes, during the days of the Seleucarian Empire, fighting for an empress against her many foes. The legend tells how he cut through hordes of enemy soldiers, killing over three-hundred men with his blade, Three Moons, trying to save her life. His later death caused his skills and blade to fade with the passing of time. However, in modern times, his blade was rediscovered, and the lineage of Lucaine was found. The skills of the blademaster were reborn, and now many seek to train in the mysterious arts.
What does it take to become a blademaster, and what are the skills that they wield? Those that accept the path of hardship, discipline, and fortitude will find the path of the blademaster to their liking. Each warrior is trained in the skills of Two Arts, Striking, and Shindo. Striking is unarmed combat using pressure points and physical vulnerabilities, allowing a blademaster to cause a host of afflictions against an enemy combatant. Striking complements the excellent sword skills of such warriors, allowing them to strike and use their blade together. These sword skills are called the Two Arts. It is a style of swordsmanship that allow smooth, swift, and precise slashes against an enemy.
Unlike other combatants, a blademaster forms a special bond with his sword, each uniquely named. No two swords are alike, and each blade is specially named and crafted using ingredients found throughout Sapience. Held in special scabbards, the blades may be released quickly upon those that would dare do battle against a blademaster.
The last skill is that of Shindo. Through hard work, practice, and training, the rigors of combat can be eased using many of the skills found in Shindo. At higher levels of training, Shindo becomes somewhat of a battle-frenzied energy, allowing a blademaster to form the shintrance, specially using the powers found in Shindo.
The blademasters that possess the skills of Two Arts, Striking, and Shindo are formidable indeed. The path is not easy, but it is extremely rewarding. Those that would bond their soul to a blade and discipline themselves for the rigors of combat, will find the skills of a blademaster to their liking. If you're interested in walking such a path, create a character in Achaea from Iron Realms and come join us!