These characters are from the 1994 Wong Jing film, The New Legend of Shaolin. The film stars Jet Li (no surprise) as a somber spear expert, and a villain with budget-grade monster makeup. The attempts at humor in the film may make you "iron palm" your forehead, but the battles will hold your attention.
Betrayed by a jealous brother-in-arms, Hung wanders the countryside with his 11 year old son, Ting. The pair are reluctant to accept work that makes use of their martial skill, since their old adversary has a network of informants seeking their trail. To provide for his son, Hung is currently on a noble's payroll as a personal bodyguard for the man's young wife (who prefers the attention of He-Kwun).
RANK 1: Little Whirlwind, Snatch the Pebble, Swaying Grass Stance, Tiger Vault, Waves on the Beach
RANK 2: Felling Trees, Grab the Serpent's Tail, Way of Water Stance
RANK 3: Biting Wolf, Nesting Eagle Double Spear*, Twisting Bamboo Stance
RANK 4: Tornado Spear (same as Blade Tempest), Axle Breaks the Dragon's Teeth*
*New Maneuvers: Nesting Eagle Double Spear - This attack requires a spear wielder performing coordinated moves with a second. In this case, Ting will act as the "nesting eagle", having just completed his 1000 days of spear training. As a pair, both gain an initiative bonus. Also, any called shot that follows a successful hit has the normal penalty reduced to -1. Axle Breaks the Dragon's Teeth - A dramatic use of chi to spin the haft of the spear, transforming it into a barrier-piercing auger. This technique is used to strike opponents hidden behind common obstacles like wooden doors or mud walls. Steel is the only non-magical material that can resist the spinning lance. Naturally, this maneuver negates the benefit of most armors and shields.
New Magic Item: He-Kwun's Defender Lance - A solid steel spear +1 with the ability to change in length from 5 to 15 feet.
Ling Ye the Poisonous Man: 6th Level Evil Martial Artist
Ling was once Hung He-Kwun's closest ally, until he was shamed in a sparring match against him. Rejected by their critical sifu, Ling framed He-Kwun's family in a conspiracy plot, and killed his family while he was lured away. However, Hung returned early and was able to save his infant son. Forced to reveal his false allegiance, the lesser fighter was struck down by He-Kwun's deadly lance. Presumed dead, Ling Ye recuperated and sought the forbidden teachings of a mad monk. To surpass the talent of his hated brother, Ling suffered a disfiguring style of kung fu involving poison and flagellation. Now almost entirely immune to pain, Ling spends his few remaining years hunting He-Kwun and his son.
RANK 1: Centipede Eludes the Crane* (first defensive stance), Hornet's Sting, Little Whirlwind, Spider Scuttle, Tiger Vault
RANK 2: Angry Toad Slam*, Five Poison Fingers*, Lizard Eludes the Leopard* (2nd defensive stance)
RANK 3: Poison Burned Skin*, Twin Viper Strike
RANK 4: Touch of the Black Scorpion*
*New Maneuvers: Both defensive stances have the same AC boosting effect as Swaying Grass and Way of Water. Angry Toad Slam is a breakthrough charge completed as a long jump. Five Poison Fingers results in damage like Fists of Jade, but the health loss can only be cured by rare medicine or magic. Poison Burned Skin - the horrific affliction that reduces Charisma by half but gives the martial artist damage reduction to all types equal to his CON bonus. Touch of the Black Scorpion - similar to Touch of the Yellow Springs, but reduces DEX from muscle cramps and spasms.
Secret Weakness: Those that survive the mad monk's treatment must apply a toxic balm to their skin each day to stay strong and remain immune to poison themselves. Ling Ye stores a considerable amount in his armored chariot, which also hides his vile appearance while traveling common roads. Furthermore, called shots to the eyes or ears inflict normal damage, and are not reduced by the Poison Burned Skin.