Your ordinary, everyday monk trains with both their body and with various specialized and cultural weapons, turning them into fast-moving, deadly weapons. However, some instead turn to their weapons for more than just a different way of striking or cheaper magical enchantments. Some see weaponry as an expression of utility, perfection, and precision.
These so-called weapon adepts mix the storm of strikes normally associated with monks with single, uncannily precise blows, making them just as deadly on the move and otherwise occupied as when standing still.
These monks seem to parallel more martial classes in their devotion to their craft in controlling and directing their weapons, making for deadly combatants.
As mentioned previously, these monks are quite precise when dealing single blows, drawing upon a reservoir of focus to strike true and deep, but only with a few types of weapons favored by monks. As they grow in skill the accuracy of this focus grows greater.
Over time, their mastery of their favored weapons grows, making them even more deadly with those weapons.
Most monks are quick to dodge and evade, but these learn later than others, their focus being on their weaponry.
Their uncanny reactions and precision makes them seem almost preternaturally aware of the flow of events in combat, allowing them to pick and choose when they start to act.
Rather than reach to perfect themselves into a quasi-spiritual form, these monks seek instead to exemplify the physiology and wisdom of their rhetoric as closely as possible, growing stronger, more agile, and more cunning. Some may view this as a step down on the path to enlightenment, but for them, it is the path that suits them best.
Want a monk that prefers armed combat and is effective even while making single attacks? This archetype may be for you. You also get plenty of bonuses for your preferred weapons, and pure stat increases over the normal outsider resistances and immunities, so there’s that. Pick a few of your favorite applicable monk weapons and spend your gold improving them, and definitely take vital strike so your single strikes are more viable.
Exploring the history of the weapon or weapons of your weapon adept’s choice can be interesting. Why did they choose them above others? In that regard this reminds me of various kung fu action movies in which a hero or villain wields a unique signature weapon, making for memorable encounters
Legend has it that one of the pillars of heaven was torn from the skies and reforged into a weapon, a quarterstaff of incredible power. It always seems to fall into the hands of a monk adept in manipulating ki, and in their hands, it can teach them to perfect deadly blows and unlock its true power. However, that kind of power almost always manifests when an equally great evil rears its head.
Razor-of-the-Mantis is a deadly, if visually unimpressive foe. The grippli monk wields twin kama in battle, one enchanted with frost, the other dealing grievous wounds at the expense of the wielder’s life force. Where the cruel, domineering monk got them from is anyone’s guess, and the ascetic-turned-enforcer enjoys encouraging rumors while he kills for the highest bidder.
Sai are meant to be defensive weapons, catching and disarming foes. That doesn’t meant they don’t sting, nor does it mean they cannot puncture flesh if given enough force. To that effect, a certain school of thought turns the sai into the weapon of an aggressor, leaving foes with grievous puncture wounds. At the very least, this means they have a very distinctive calling card.