Aesthetic Warrior?


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Why is the Aesthetic Warrior soldier alternate class ability from the Character Operations Manual called "aesthetic?" Though I'm absolutely in love with the mechanics of it, I'm kind of hoping that the name is an auto-correct typo gone wrong and that it will be fixed in the next errata.

Aesthetic

adjective
1 relating to the philosophy of aesthetics; concerned with notions such as the beautiful and the ugly.

2 relating to the science of aesthetics; concerned with the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty.

3 having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty.

noun

1 the philosophical theory or set of principles governing the idea of beauty at a given time and place:
the clean lines, bare surfaces, and sense of space that bespeak the machine-age aesthetic; the Cubist aesthetic.

2 a particular individual’s set of ideas about style and taste, along with its expression:
the designer’s aesthetic of accessible, wearable fashion; a great aesthetic on her blog.

3 one’s set of principles or worldview as expressed through outward appearance, behavior, or actions: the
democratic aesthetic of the abolitionists.

Perhaps there is an alternate meaning that I am unaware of?

I for one can't seem to find, in any dictionary, where it might have something to do with martial arts, monasticism, or anything else that seems to make sense in the context of killing people with your bare hands.


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I've definitely just been assuming it was supposed to be "ascetic"


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“You don’t understand. If I were to use weapons, it would totally ruin my aesthetic.”

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HammerJack wrote:
I've definitely just been assuming it was supposed to be "ascetic"

I asked as much on the book's product thread, and I believe "ascetic" was indeed the intended word. I've seen "ascetic" used too many times in the context of unarmed combat in RPGs to think otherwise...


And here I thought it was a charisma based warrior archetype.


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let's roll with aesthetic warrior.

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Sauce987654321 wrote:
And here I thought it was a charisma based warrior archetype.

That's the Battleflower later in the book. :P


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Some dev was listening to too much lo-fi jazz and/or hip-hop beats to study to. :>

【aesthetic warrior】


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I can't wait to nat 20 a scathing remark on some jerk's living room decor.


I believe this sums it up.


Because beating someone to death with your fists is an aesthetic choice.


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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
HammerJack wrote:
I've definitely just been assuming it was supposed to be "ascetic"
I asked as much on the book's product thread, and I believe "ascetic" was indeed the intended word. I've seen "ascetic" used too many times in the context of unarmed combat in RPGs to think otherwise...

The "aesthetic" error goes all the way back to the 1st edition AD&D monk, if I recall correctly. I am really surprised to see this error being revived so many decades later.

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