|Associated Phenomenon:||Songs of nature, (e.g., bird, coyote, whale, moving wind and water, etc.) essentially the same as Kherrekh, but recognized and comprehended in a slightly different fashion and perceived as deliberate expressions.|
|Weapon:||Butterfly Staff (Qian Kun Ri Yue Dao)|
|Portfolio:||Martial skill and perfection|
|Domains:||Aura, War, Competition|
|Associated Orders:||The Collegium, The Disciples of the Ways, Mercenaries Guild|
Description: The superlative duelist and weapon master, Kensoto is the epitome of single-minded dedication to one’s skill. She is credited with the invention of the butterfly staff, creating a weapon capable of supporting her abilities to the fullest. Her clerics train first with staff as acolytes and once they’ve mastered the basics choose one double weapon which becomes the sole focus of their training thereafter. They receive no further weapon proficiencies, nor are they proficient with any shield. They do receive the same BAB and are able to take the same feats (e.g., weapon specialization) as a fighter with their chosen weapon. Multi-class clerics of Kensoto are forbidden to utilize any other weapons (except for unarmed attacks), but monk/clerics may consider their chosen weapon to be a monk’s weapon for purposes of their special monk abilities and typically choose to master a standard monk’s weapon anyhow – often longstaff. These dedicated “stickmen” can actually use virtually an form of staff, solid or sectional regardless of whether the sections are attached to each other or separate and used in pairs. A stickman whose staff breaks in half during combat is not severely hampered by this and can continue to fight effectively with the two pieces, although it would certainly constitute more than a mere inconvenience and loss of reach. A pair of nunchaku or escrima sticks (or jo staves), a three sectional staff or solid bo(quarter)staff, long or regular are all simply circumstantial variants of the same weapon (The same cannot really be said of paired longswords vs a double sword or paired axes vs a Bahktang [orc dbl axe]), although individual stickmen show distinct personal preferences, some rather unique in terms of unequal section lengths and/or the amount and weight of chain used to join the sections. Other modifications such as metal bands and studs are employed by some (preference of weight and balance being the more pertinent criteria used) but attachment of blades, spikes, etc. inherently results in a different manner of handling the weapon and ultimately a very different fighting style.