Sohei existed between the 10th and 16th century and were Buddhist warrior monks. They had a strong religious presence among all of Japan as well as a military presence, and often proved they were not ones to be messed with. A story has been told of when a samurai shot a religious artifact carried by sohei.
"The mikoshi itself was carried by twenty monks on poles not unlike a litter. Sometimes the monks would leave it in the streets and return to their temple until their grievances were addressed. However, in the age of the samurai, in the latter half of the 12th century, the monks found it harder to intimidate people like this. A notable incident occurred when Taira Kiyomori shot an arrow at the mikoshi but was not struck down by a curse from the angered kami. In a fury seven thousand sohei descended on Kyoto."
Weapons and AbilitiesEdit
Sohei are generally expected to use only three different weapons for their fighting style: Short swords, naginatas, and thier striking hands. Great weapons like kanabos are generally accepted too, as their blocking abilities are a helpful means of defending themselves if the great weapon is too slow to use to block.
White Belt: Invulnerable Limbs, Striking Hands, and Medium armor.
Blue Belt: Healing
Black Belt: Ki Strike