Scales of Kinja
The scales of Kinja are the protectors of their clergy and the snake god, Kinja. The scales are usually placed at temples for their healing arts and to defend the faithful from harm. Most serpents have a scale within their service to keep them safe while they are on their journeys. Within the structures of the temples the scales make up the bulk of Kinja's church, though they are ranked right below the serpents. Duty is a value that is driven into the head of a young apostle from the moment their begin their training.
Like all members of the faith the apostles learn to strengthen their body as they memorize the teachings of Kinja. They learn to magically create and manipulate venom for various purposes. The young apostles learn to work in concert with the serpents to better aid them. During their training they are tested by more experienced scales to se where their talents specialize. The older scales place the apostle with a pilgrim that needs their talents to support them. The apostle is trained to follow the serpent orders in all aspects except combat. Since the scales primary role is to protect the serpent in combat, the hierarchy is reversed and the serpent takes the lead of the tactically superior scales. When an apostle has demonstrated their commitment and skill to aid and protect the faithful they are honored with the rank of guardian.
Guardians are paired up with a crusader from the serpents to aid them. They may work with one serpent or they may be reassigned on a case by case basis to find the most use of their abilities. A guardians basic job does not change when they move up from being an apostle. What does change is the difficulty of their job as they are put into more and more situations the challenge their ability to protect the flock. Guardians more often end up in situations where they are working with larger groups to accomplish their tasks. Being a guardian is a dangerous task and those that are able to survive and strive at it are elevated to the rank of sentinel.
Sentinels are given remote territories or heralds to protect. Those given to a herald usually work with at least one other sentinel and some lower ranked serpents and scales. Sentinels that are given a territory to protect are put in charge of the security of a temple in that region. The force they are now in charge of is determined by the size of the temple as some of these remote locations may be nothing more than a few tents. The smaller temples are run by a herald while the larger ones are controlled by a fang. The sentinel stands at the ready, for whatever may come.
Scales of Kinja are heavy armor battle-casters, connected to the faith of Kinja. They are a hybrid support class. Scales use defensive and healing arts in tandem to protect and heal their allies. On the other side of the coin they utilize disabling and command abilities to give the edge to their allies. They use a stagger to breakdown their foes and absorb incoming spell damage. While scales are a solid support class they do not deal a great amount of damage and must rely on their allies for that. Scales of Kinja also give an interesting dynamic to storytelling when playing along side a serpent.
Role: Defense/Healing, Disabling/Command
Species: Cojaro, Human, Vampire, Grufia, Habataki, Shaross
Professions: Explorer, Hunter, Law Enforcement, Mariner, Medic, Soldier, Thief
Suggested Attributes: Wisdom and Dexterity
Health: 8 + Constitution per CPB + Species Health
Starting Armor Proficient: Any
Starting Weapon Proficient: Staff and Boomarang
Starting Skills: Choose 1 starting Combat Style and History: Religion.
Equipment: Clothing, 1 Day Ration, Backpack, Canteen, 20 Arrows