Kiai is a Demon Discipline that channels the wrath of the Demon through the voice, turning one's own voice into a weapon that can be taken anywhere undetected, a tool for accomplishing much more than just giving pretty speeches, and even a way to open pathways between worlds.
To mortals, the concept of kiai, the "cry that gives life," is one that involves a person harnessing his breath to focus himself and his actions. Thus Kuei-jin scholars speculate Cathayans with much Yang energy, who play at being alive and even seem to almost breathe upon occasion, are more attracted to Kiai than the death-aspected Yin vampires.
Because Kiai requires the use of the voice, it can't be used if the Kuei-jin is gagged or otherwise unable to use his voice for some reason. Similarly, Kiai powers aren't for those who wish to be stealthy; anyone nearby can hear when a Kiai power is used.
Included below are the official powers described in Kindred of the East Companion. Sources are described below in the order they were printed.
- Focusing Shout: This power allows the Kuei-jin to bring his body, mind, and souls into focus in one brief, transcendent moment marked by a loud shout.
- Aspect Of The Timid Sparrow: The Kuei-jin can irritate his opponent in hand-to-hand combat
- Ngilai: A technique of the Golden Courts, the Kuei-jin can let loose an intimidating scream that sends his opponent running for his life
- The Song Of The Tormented Soul: A Kuei-jin with this power can pour out the torment and anguish that he feels over his undead state of being, inflicting it on his hearer instead.
- Greater Ngilai: The scream of the Kuei-jin affects everyone in vicinity
- Cry of Blood: The Kuei-jin's Voice can harm flesh
- Tiger's Roar: The Kuei-jin's voice can harm anorganic objects
- Cry of the Phantasm: The Kuei-jin's voice attack can affect immaterial creatures.
- Shout Opening The Way To Heaven : The scream of the Kuei-jin can pierce a portion of the Wall
^ Level 1
|Focusing Shout||Kindred of the East Companion||Pg. 75|
^ Level 2
|Aspect of the Timid Sparrow||Kindred of the East Companion||Pg. 75|
^ Level 3
|Ngilai||Kindred of the East Companion||Pg. 75|
^ Level 4
|The Song of the Tormented Soul||Kindred of the East Companion||Pg. 75|
^ Level 5
|Greater Ngilai||Kindred of the East Companion||Pg. 75|
^ Level 6
|Cry of Blood||Kindred of the East Companion||Pg. 75|
^ Level 7
|Tiger's Roar||Kindred of the East Companion||Pg. 75|
^ Level 8
|Cry of the Phantasm||Kindred of the East Companion||Pg. 75|
^ Level 9
|Shout Opening the Way to Heaven||Kindred of the East Companion||Pg. 76|