Shinobi Onibocho

A ninja assassin of mythical brutality, with a reputation replete with legendary deeds. His very name invokes images of horrific slaughter at his signature weapons.


Printable Character Sheet Shinobi Onibocho, Male Goliath Rog1/Ftr1/Bbn1/Sco1: CR 6; Medium Outsider ; HD 1d6+6(Rogue) , 1d10+6(Fighter) , 1d12+6(Barbarian) , 1d8+6(Scout) ; hp 60; Init +6; Spd 40; AC:22 (Flatfooted:16 Touch:16); Atk +12 base melee, +8 base ranged; +4 (1d8, Crossbow, repeating light); +13 (3d8+16+3d6, +1 Large Greatsword, Mercurial); +13 (2d8+16+2d6, +1 Large Adamantine Sword, bastard); SA: Smite Good (Su) ; SQ: Acclimated (Ex), Mountain Movement (Ex), Powerful Build (Ex), Spell Resistance (Ex): 4 + 10, Damage Reduction (Su): 5/Magic; AL CG; SV Fort +10, Ref +10, Will +4; STR 30, DEX 23, CON 23, INT 23, WIS 18, CHA 19. Skills: Balance +12, Concentration +7.5, Disable Device +6, Disguise +6, Escape Artist +10, Forgery +8, Handle Animal +6, Hide +12, Intimidate +6, Jump +15, Listen +6, Move Silently +12, Open Lock +9, Ride +8, Search +10, Sense Motive +10, Sleight of Hand +10, Spot +11, Survival +7, Swim +11, Tumble +12, Use Rope +8.

Feats: Armor Proficiency: heavy, Armor Proficiency: light, Armor Proficiency: medium, Chink in the Armor, Exotic Weapon Proficiency: Greatsword, Mercurial, Shield Proficiency, Simple Weapon Proficiency, Simple Weapon Proficiency, Tower Shield Proficiency, Two-Weapon Defense, Two-Weapon Fighting. Possessions: Weapons: Crossbow, repeating light (250 gp); +1 Large Adamantine Sword, bastard: Corrosive, Frost (21,335 gp); Bolts, crossbow (50) (5 gp); +1 Large Greatsword, Mercurial: Flaming, Screaming, Shock (32,900 gp). Armor: +2 Leather scale (4,185 gp). Goods: Coin: gp (289) (289 gp); Flash Pellet (50 gp); Long-spoon thieves` tools (set) (70 gp); Trapmaker`s tools (5 gp); Weaponsmith`s tools (5 gp); Trap (CR 3), Fire Trap (85 gp); Coin: sp (10) (10 sp).


The origins of Onibocho are uncertain. Many historians speculate that he is a descendant of the mythical Tengu people, however, his correlation to the bird-demon people of Japanese legend is most likely a dramatization of his prowess as a Ninja master. It is known that tales of Onibocho first sprang from the Iga mountain regions during the 14th century, where it was said that his skills were instrumental during the Onin War (1467AD-1477AD) Working through a tightly knit society of Ninja spread throughout the Warring States, Onibocho was able to articulate coups involving hundreds of secret agents planted within official positions.

While strategy was his first passion, tales of Onibocho’s prowess as an expert infiltrator and deadly skirmisher vastly outweigh the stories of his tactical genius. Onibocho’s personal services were made available for the price of 500 ryo($470,000.00 USD, current value), and he rarely turned a client down regardless of their affiliation. One such a story recounts his services being purchased by a group of peasants who urged Onibocho to defend them from the bullying Yamashiro-ikki forces that were attempting to annex their lands. Alone in the province, Onibocho waged a one-man guerrilla assault on the Ikki until they had suffered such severe losses that they were forced to withdraw from the territory.

Tokugawa Ieyasu employed Onibocho to distress the forces of Oda Nobunaga, a maneuver which raised the ire of the aspiring samurai lord. Onibocho stole Nobunaga’s personal battle standard and delivered it to Ieyasu to be displayed from the opposing general’s fortress ramparts. This particular action contributed to Nobunaga’s eventual attack against the Iga region in 1581AD, in which Onibocho’s ninja clan was wiped out after a desperate struggle. Surviving the hellish assault, Onibocho wandered for many years perfecting a new from of ninjutsu, and inscribing it onto a series of scrolls which he hid in the Iga and Koga mountains.

These techniques are said to outline the use of shadow clones, planar travel, time distortion and long term hibernation. His undocumented sword style has been referred to as “sechster angriff” by the descendants of the Schattensoldat clan created by he and fellow ninja Masurao, who also survived the Nobunaga massacre. By the 1600’s, Onibocho’s namesake had spread across the planet. Whether or not the stories are false, or that if many Ninja took the Onibocho name in his line is unknown. Onibocho may have used any one of his secret techniques to prolong his life or to travel within the fabric of space and time itself, securing his legend as one of the deadliest Ninja in history.

Shinobi Onibocho

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