the beads thing is definitely Buddist (shaolin) inspired and they in buddhism, they serve the dual purpose of symbolic purpose (like a cross) and to help in prayers, they count the number of time they said a sutra by moving one bead at a time.
so i think it is just for aesthetic purposes and the help show that they are holy warriors
you know the monk reminds me of the partners you could hire in act 2 of diablo 2 kinda...and on the videos he had like a tabard and yes i saw shoulder pads! small ones...beeds which is always there lol...pants(ofc) the 2 fucking dots on his forhead lol! the beard and some gloves and shoes really is all
Well, an actual asian monk would just be wearing cloths. Leather is for Ninja's, chain mail for Samurai. But I think blizzard said this is more of a mix between an asian monk and a western monk/cleric/paladin in design. So I guess that means he can wear whatever the fuck he wants to.
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Anyone who played the demo check out the inventory and armor of their characters? Did they show D3's armor system?
Frpm the lore, description, gameplay and art for the Monk, Blizz is taking Shaolin monks as their main and strongest source of inspiration with only minor additions from other cultures and traditions. If so, I really can't imagine the Monk wearing main body armor heavier than leather (and even leather is a stretch). He's a very fast and agile fighter who runs on flexibility and speed. His description in the tavern brawl fiction mentions the legend of his kind:
The monks? skin, the accounts said, was as hard as iron, impenetrable by the blade of any sword or by the point of any arrow...
I suspect D3 would have a class-based or material-based armor system that would restrict the Monk to "Monk only" or "light armor/cloth armor" only. The former would make more sense, where some of the minor pieces of his armor aren't exactly "cloth"- greaves, boots, crown, etc. A class-based armor system would have armor items that are very specific and appropriate to their respective classes.
Ultimately, even in the highest levels and wearing top-of-the-line armor, I imagine a monk still wearing something "traditional", though obviously powerful and badass. :cool: