416px-1120 - Keramikos Museum, Athens - Douris, Aryballos - Photo by Giovanni Dall'Orto, Nov 12 2009

Picture by Giovanni Dall'Orto, November 12 2009.

Unlike Monks of the Far East and India, the Greco-Roman Athlete does not engage in mystical meditation, but focuses on the principles of Arete -- or Excellence -- in Athletic pursuits. The Adventuring Greco-Roman Athlete also learns Pankration -- a Martial Art that specializes in utilizing all of the body's strength to defeat one's foes. The name means "All Powers" or "All Strength" depending on the translation. It's a no holds barred martial art where it's Olympic form does not embrace biting (for reasons of hygiene, a human can transmit Tetanus through biting), or eye gouging -- however Adventuring Athletes will use these techniques.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Greco-Roman Athletes are proficient with the club, crossbow (light or heavy), dagger, handaxe, javelin, discuss, shortspear, shot-put, quarterstaff, sling, and spear.

Pankration Style: at 1st level, the adventuring Greco-Roman Athlete learns the Pankration style feat. This replaces the stunning fist feature.

Bonus Feat: Add Endurance to the Greco-Roman Athlete's bonus feat list at 1st level. Add Greater Grapple to the bonus feat list at 6th level. Add Rapid Grapple to the bonus feat list at 10th level.

Pankratic Expertise: At 4th Level, the Greco-Roman Athlete gains the Combat Expertise feat, and his specialized training grants his unarmed attacks the ability to count as magical weapons. This ability replaces the Ki Pool.

Pankratic Crippling Strike: At 7th level, she gains the Crippling Critical feat, and her specialized training now grants her unarmed attacks the ability to count as Cold Iron and Silver weapons. his ability replaces Wholeness of Body.

Advanced Pankration Training: At 10th level the Greco-Roman Athlete gains the Vital Strike feat and his unarmed attacks now count as Lawful weapons. At 15th level, he gains the Improved Vital Strike feat. At 16th level, he gains the Deadly Stroke feat and his unarmed attacks count as Adamantine weapons. At 19th level, the Greco-Roman Athlete gains the Greater Vital Strike feat. This ability replaces Abundant Step, Quivering Palm and Empty Body abilities.

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