The Transcendent Order
- “Would you rather be remembered as someone who thought about action, or someone who took action?”
There is a rhythm to the planes that few can hear. It is all around, permeating every living being, every piece of land and sea, and every act of magic. Yet it often goes muffled and ignored, drowned out by the sound of your thoughts. Only by knowing yourself and unifying thought and action can you exist in harmony with everything.
The Transcendent Order teaches that the path to enlightenment comes from knowing your body and learning to listen to what existence is telling you to do instead of what your mind is saying.
This quality gives the Order’s members the reputation for being impulsive, yet they also can be stoic and introspective. This dichotomy, in addition to the fact that they seek all their answers from within, leads others to call them Ciphers, since they can be indecipherable to those not listening in the right place.
The Transcendent Order teaches that action without thought is the most perfect form of action, since that action is taken in harmony with the mult verse. This philosophy does not mean that a Cipher charges in blindly whenever an opportunity arises; it means that he or she attempts to transcend the moment and touch a higher purpose.
The training of a Cipher stresses quick and unhesitating action. Being able to react to danger without thinking about the response is one of the first lessons a Cipher learns. Though some react to danger by heading directly toward it, others look for the bigger picture and move where the situation dictates.
Benefit: You gain a +2 power bonus to initiative. In addition, when you roll initiative and do not have the highest result, you can use a free action to move up to your speed before anyone else’s turn in the encounter.
Level 6 Benefit:
- "You have learned to place yourself in a state that relies on reflex alone"
Effect: As a free action, once per encounter, you can assume an action trance stance. Until the end of your next turn, you gain a 5 foot increase in speed and +1 to Dex saves.