Elemental Conduit

You are a practitioner of five-element acupuncture. Your practice revolves around the philosophy that balance of the five elements (earth, fire, metal, water, and wood) within the body results in vitality, while imbalance results in sickness. You can place acupuncture needles strategically along various meridians in the body, redirecting the flow of these energies (referred to as Qi) and rebalancing the body’s elements to restore your patient’s health of body, mind, and soul or physical, mental, and emotional states. The work of all practitioners of five elemental acupuncture is governed by the following tenet: Interconnectedness….wood feeds fire, fire makes earth, earth creates metal, metal holds water, and water nourishes wood. Wood roots earth, earth dams water, water extinguishes fire, fire melts metal, and metal cuts wood. Each element controls and is controlled by another element. The system is connected, moving, and constantly in a process of balance.

Skill Proficiencies: Investigation, Medicine

Languages: Primordial

Equipment: A set of acupuncture needles, a tattered book of anatomy detailing the location of organs in the humanoid body, a healer’s kit, half a wheel of cheese, a set of common clothes, and a pouch containing 5 gp

Feature: Benefits of Bartering

Whether you find yourself overnighting in a grimeinfested, overpopulated city, vacationing in an idyllic country village, or toiling upon the blood-drenched soil of a battlefield, aches, illness, and injury can be found wherever you go. Fortunately for you, you are capable of providing relief for a plethora of ailments with your acupuncture skills, and thanks to the custom of bartering, you will never go hungry when there are people around because someone is always willing to trade you a hot meal, a freshly baked pie, or a jug of milk in exchange for your healing expertise.

Suggested Characteristics

d6 Personality Trait
1 I take pride in my knowledge of the healing arts.
2 I meditate to balance my own energies at least once a day.
3 I believe what we put into our bodies and absorb with our minds affects our overall well-being, so I extol the benefits of healthy eating, exercise, and meditation every chance I get.
4 I am an excellent listener and information gatherer- skills I’ve developed to determine the root of a patient’s health challenge.
5 I’m a touchy-feely person, always trying to sense the elemental energies flowing through a person’s body.
6 I prefer living as close to nature as possible so my elemental energies are less likely to be sullied by impurities.
d6 Ideal
1 Balance. Balance of the body’s elements is the ultimate goal. I must always strive to guide the body to a state of homeostasis. (Neutral)
2 Compassion. I treat as gently as I can and cause as little harm as possible. (Good)
3 Excellence. I will accept only my best efforts to heal my patients. (Lawful)
5 Greed. Everybody needs to make a living. I’m not healing folks for free. (Evil)
4 Recognition. My name is my reputation. Who doesn’t want to be known as the best? (Chaotic)
6 Study. The more I learn about energy and anatomy, the more effectively I can treat my patient. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 My connection to nature keeps me grounded.
2 I am a healer. I will always come to the aid of a fallen comrade.
3 My acupuncture needles were gifted to me by my favorite mentor.
4 My first anatomy book, though tattered and worn, cost my parents a month’s wages. I keep it as a symbol of their faith in me.
5 I am the only one in my family to receive a formal education, and I am proud of the skills I developed with it.
6 My word is my bond. I never renege on a promise to provide healing to someone.
d6 Flaw
1 I refuse to provide healing unless I am compensated.
2 I nag others to give up habits I deem to be unhealthy.
3 I become indignant if someone questions my healing methods.
4 I hover like a mother hen when anyone I care about gets injured.
5 I am always handing out health advice, even when it’s unsolicited.
6 Having treated so many serious injuries, I have no compassion for those who whine over nothing.
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