Athletes are dedicated practitioners of a strict lifestyle who seek personal excellence. They constantly train their body through physical exercise and their mind through study and medication, recognizing the connection between the two.
, athletes make excellent fighters and scholars, equally able to defend the group and provide useful lore and wisdom.
- Leroy Green (The Last Dragon movie)
- Ang, Zuko, Katara, Toph, Azula, Sokka, Ty Lee (Avatar, The Last Airbender)
- Batman, Oracle, Nightwing, Green Arrow (DC superheroes)
- Black Widow, Daredevil, Clint Barton, Nick Fury (Marvel superheroes)
Athletes usually begin training young.They’re recognized for their physical talent or exceptional maturity and discipline. A few families have a tradition of producing athletes, however most are usually dedicated competitors who don't quite fit the mold of the rest of their families. Coaches and mentors provide them guidance, helping them perfect their technique and understand how best to apply their efforts. Although some athletes adhere to a monastic lifestyle, improving themselves in isolation, most thrive in competition, pitting themselves against other athletes.
At level 6, Athletes gain a path. They can choose between Ascetic and Gladiator. Paths don't require slots.
Athletes are generally respected for their excellence and discipline as well as lauded as exceptional representatives. Visiting athletes are feted and local athletes are supported by giving them time and funds to train. Some religions and traditional practices use athletic competition as divination or to embody their mythological traditions, incorporating sacred athletes into their formal structure.
Athletes compose only about one percent of the population. Most villages and town have one or more local athletes who typically represent them in competitions against other towns or during ceremonial competitions. This informal role passes down every so often as the previous athletes get older and younger ones get more skilled. Separate from local champions, some athletes leave their homes to live a monastic life, dedicating themselves entirely to constant improvement and surrounding themselves with others along the same path. These monasteries are often isolated, self-sufficient settlements, separating themselves from the typical daily life to better follow a strict lifestyle.