The Right Set of Skills
by Ted Tschopp
- Creating Characters
- Bringing the Skills All Together
- Fitness Aspects
- Muscle Characteristics
- Ranged Combat Knowledge Areas
- Athletics Knowledge Areas
- Melee Combat Knowledge Areas
- Agility Characteristics
- Stealth Knowledge Areas
- Acrobatics Knowledge Areas
- Sleight of Hand Knowledge Areas
- Stamina Characteristics
- Drive / Ride / Pilot Knowledge Areas
- Ruggedness Knowledge Areas
- Unarmed Combat Knowledge Areas
- Muscle Characteristics
- Academic Aspects
- Intellect Characteristic
- Social Sciences Knowledge Areas
- Life Sciences Knowledge Areas
- Physical Sciences / Survival Knowledge Areas
- Reasoning Characteristics
- Engineering Knowledge Areas
- Insight Knowledge Areas
- Investigation Knowledge Areas
- Acuity Characteristics
- Traditions Knowledge Areas
- Perception Knowledge Areas
- Formal Sciences Knowledge Areas
- Intellect Characteristic
- Emotional Aspects
- Manners Characteristics
- Style Knowledge Areas
- Performance Knowledge Areas
- Etiquette Knowledge Areas
- Personality Characteristics
- Deception Knowledge Areas
- Persuasion Knowledge Areas
- Intimidation Knowledge Areas
- Identity Characteristics
- Bureaucracy Knowledge Areas
- Animal Handling Knowledge Areas
- Leadership Knowledge Areas
- Manners Characteristics
- Mystical Aspects
- Skepticism Characteristics
- Faith Characteristics
- Mystery Characteristics
- Task Resolution
- Fitness Aspects
The attributes of a character are given as numerical values which can change as the game progresses, and characters grow and develop over the course of their adventures.
All beings have four aspects of their existence. These define the highest categorical breakdown of a being. They are Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual. They each have a numeric score The higher the score, the more potential that being has in that aspect of their existence. These numbers also represent how much damage the character can take. These aspects can be broken down into your traditional Characteristics.
|Aspect Name||Aspect Value|
|Fitness||(-4 thru 4)|
|Academic||(-4 thru 4)|
|Mystical||(-4 thru 4)|
|Emotional||(-4 thru 4)|
All characters have certain basic characteristics that define what they can do. Each of these characteristics fall into a given aspect. Higher characteristic scores grant bonuses on task resolution checks, while lower characteristic scores grant penalties. As part of creating your character, you decide how strong, smart, and tough your character is by choosing the appropriate characteristic scores.
You acquire knowledge through experience or education. You can acquire knowledge without applying it. This is what happens when you rely on your Aspects and Characteristics to get accomplish a task. Overtime you will acquire enough knowledge to finally develop enough proficiency to gain a skill in that area. When this is done in a controlled environment like an educational institution or from an instructor or a tutor, you gain the knowledge on how these skills apply to your other Aspects and Characteristics. If, however you have no formal teacher or you are out discovering something new at the bleeding edge of technical development for your culture, you only get to apply the Aspects and Characteristics associated with your skill to the task at hand.
You demonstrate competency, and thus succeeding in your knowledge area rolls, by applying the necessary knowledge and skill in a real-world setting where you take full responsibility and accountability for your actions. The experience gained in this manner distinguishes demonstrated skill from demonstrated competency.
|Aspect||4 3 2 1 -||+1 2 3 4||Characteristic||4 3 2 1 -||+1 2 3 4||Knowledge Areas||+1 2 3 4||Total|
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|Athletics||□ □ □ □|
|Melee||□ □ □ □|
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|Acrobatics||□ □ □ □|
|Sleight of Hand||□ □ □ □|
|Stamina||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Ride / Pilot||□ □ □ □|
|Ruggedness||□ □ □ □|
|Unarmed||□ □ □ □|
|Academic||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Intellect||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Social Sciences||□ □ □ □|
|Life Sciences||□ □ □ □|
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|Reasoning||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Engineering||□ □ □ □|
|Insight||□ □ □ □|
|Investigation||□ □ □ □|
|Acuity||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Tradition||□ □ □ □|
|Perception||□ □ □ □|
|Formal Sciences||□ □ □ □|
|Mystical||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Skepticism||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Arcane||□ □ □ □|
|Gnosis||□ □ □ □|
|Chaos||□ □ □ □|
|Faith||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Theurgy||□ □ □ □|
|Adapt||□ □ □ □|
|Order||□ □ □ □|
|Mystery||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Metaphysics||□ □ □ □|
|Animism||□ □ □ □|
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|Emotional||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Manners||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Style||□ □ □ □|
|Performance||□ □ □ □|
|Etiquette||□ □ □ □|
|Personality||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Deception||□ □ □ □|
|Persuasion||□ □ □ □|
|Intimidation||□ □ □ □|
|Identity||□ □ □ □||□ □ □ □||Bureaucracy||□ □ □ □|
|Animal Handling||□ □ □ □|
|Leadership||□ □ □ □|
▩ = Skilled - Skilled. Contributes to Total.
☒ = Damaged - Skilled, but Damaged. Does not contribute to Total.
▣ = Competent - Experienced, but not skilled. Does not contribute to Total.
▢ = Unskilled - You have no Experience and you are not Skilled. Does not contribute to Total.
Each Level in a knowledge area represents a grade level with level 0 being the knowledge the general public gets in this discipline. You are an apprentice or have an associate degree if you have a knowledge are at level 1. You are a journeyman or you have a Bachelor’s degree at level 2. You are a master or you have a master’s degree at level 3. You are a grand master or you have a doctorate degree at level 4. If you are looking for levels above that, at level 5 someone is a principality, power, or demigod. Gods start coming in at level 6.
Bringing the Skills All Together
Muscle represents the overall strength of the being.
Ranged Combat Knowledge Areas
Description of Ranged Combat
Ranged Combat refers to the skill of using ranged weaponry, such as bows, crossbows, and firearms, to accurately hit targets from a distance. This skill encompasses a variety of techniques, including aiming, shooting mechanics, and target assessment, as well as specialized knowledge of the different types of ranged weapons available.
Examples from Fiction
In J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” the character Legolas is a master of ranged combat, particularly with his elven longbow. A prince of the Woodland Realm, Legolas possesses keen eyesight and unmatched strength, allowing him to hit targets from great distances with incredible accuracy. Throughout the series, his skill with the bow proves invaluable to the Fellowship of the Ring, whether he’s picking off orcs from a distance or shooting down a fearsome Nazgûl on its flying steed.
For example, during the Battle of Helm’s Deep, Legolas uses his ranged combat skills to devastating effect. Stationed on the walls, he takes down numerous Uruk-hai attackers, providing crucial support to his allies on the ground. His ability to assess targets quickly and choose the most threatening ones to eliminate first showcases the strategic aspect of ranged combat.
In a TTRPG setting, a character specialized in ranged combat could offer similar advantages to their party. They might be able to take out a dangerous spellcaster lurking in the back of an enemy formation or shoot a rope to create a makeshift bridge, allowing the party to cross a chasm. Specializations could include long-distance sniping, rapid-fire techniques, or expertise in a particular type of ranged weapon like crossbows or firearms.
Legolas’s mastery of ranged combat not only makes him a formidable warrior but also adds depth to his character. His skill reflects his elven heritage and training, and it provides him with a unique role within the diverse group of heroes that make up the Fellowship. This skill is not just a combat asset; it’s an integral part of who Legolas is, shaping both his identity and his contributions to the quest to destroy the One Ring.
Ranged Combat Archetypes
- The Sniper: This archetype is the epitome of precision and patience. They often work alone, taking time to line up the perfect shot. They are experts in camouflage and usually prefer long-range firearms or crossbows. In folklore, this could be likened to legendary marksmen like Robin Hood.
- The Gunslinger: Rooted in the American Wild West, the Gunslinger is quick on the draw and deadly in a duel. They are masters of revolvers and other short-range firearms. Their skill set is as much about speed and reflexes as it is about accuracy.
- The Archer: Often seen in medieval settings, the Archer is skilled with a longbow and usually serves as part of an army. They can fire volleys of arrows to rain down on enemies or pick off key targets. In mythology, characters like Artemis and Apollo embody this archetype.
- The Trick Shooter: This archetype is less about lethal force and more about using ranged weapons in creative ways. Trick shooters are entertainers as well as warriors, often using non-traditional ammunition or performing stunts while shooting. Think of characters like Green Arrow or Hawkeye from comic books.
- The Tactician: This archetype uses ranged combat as part of a broader strategy. They are experts in using the environment to their advantage, setting traps, and providing cover fire for allies. They may use a variety of ranged weapons, including thrown weapons like grenades or even magical projectiles.
- The Hunter: Rooted in both reality and folklore, the Hunter uses ranged combat primarily for tracking and killing game. They are experts in stalking their prey and taking it down with a single, well-placed shot. Mythological hunters like Orion would fit this mold.
- The Artilleryman: This archetype specializes in heavy, long-range weaponry like cannons, ballistae, or modern artillery. They are less mobile but can deal devastating damage from a great distance. Historical figures like artillery officers in various wars could serve as inspiration.
- The Skirmisher: Quick and agile, the Skirmisher uses ranged combat to harass and disorient enemies. They are often equipped with lighter ranged weapons like slingshots, throwing knives, or shortbows, allowing for greater mobility. In folklore, David with his sling against Goliath could be seen as a Skirmisher.
- The Mystic Archer: This archetype blends magic with ranged combat, enchanting arrows or bullets with various effects or even summoning projectiles through arcane means. Characters like the Elven archers in fantasy settings often embody this archetype.
- The Survivalist: Often found in post-apocalyptic settings, the Survivalist is a jack-of-all-trades in ranged combat, proficient with anything they can get their hands on. They are resourceful, often crafting their own ammunition and maintaining their weapons meticulously.
Specializations for Ranged Combat
- Archery: Skillful long-range bow shooting.
- Crossbowmanship: Precision shooting with crossbows.
- Handgun Shooting: Short-range accuracy with handguns.
- Rifle Shooting: Long-range, precise rifle firing.
- Shotgun Shooting: Close-range, spread-fire proficiency.
- Sniper Shooting: Extreme long-range, stealthy shooting.
- Skeet Shooting: Hitting fast-moving clay targets.
- Tactical Shooting: Shooting techniques in combat scenarios.
- Quick Draw: Rapid weapon drawing and firing.
- Throwing Knives: Accurate knife throwing at targets.
- Javelin Throwing: Throwing javelins for distance and accuracy.
- Dart Shooting: Accurate short-range dart throwing.
- Blowdart Shooting: Using a blowpipe to shoot darts.
- Sling Shooting: Using a sling to launch projectiles.
- Mounted Archery: Bow shooting while riding.
- Moving Target Shooting: Hitting targets in motion.
- Long-Distance Shooting: Extreme-range shooting accuracy.
- Close Quarters Shooting: Proficiency in tight spaces.
- Dual-Wielding Handguns: Managing two handguns simultaneously.
- Energy Weaponry: Mastery over futuristic energy weapons.
Table for Ranged Combat skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Shooting a target at point-blank range|
|Simple||Hitting a stationary target from 10 yards away|
|Easy||Hitting a moving target at 10 yards|
|Routine||Hitting a bullseye on a stationary target from 20 yards away|
|Average||Hitting multiple moving targets from 20 yards|
|Difficult||Hitting a bullseye on a moving target from 50 yards away|
|Very Difficult||Hitting a small, fast-moving target from 100 yards away|
|Formidable||Hitting a target obscured by environmental conditions (e.g., wind, rain) from 150 yards away|
|Heroic||Sniping a target accurately from a distance of over 1 mile away|
|Nearly Impossible||Hitting multiple small, fast-moving targets in succession from a distance of over 1 mile, under adverse environmental conditions|
|Godly||Making an impossible shot that defies physics and logic, such as ricocheting a bullet off multiple surfaces to hit a target hidden behind cover, while blindfolded and only guided by the sound of the target’s movement.|
Athletics Knowledge Areas
Description of Athletics
Your Athletics check covers difficult situations you want to do something that requires physical exertion related to your characters active strength.
Examples of Athletics from Fiction
In George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, Brienne of Tarth is a character who excels in Athletics, particularly in the realms of strength and physical presence. Born into a noble family but with a natural inclination toward martial pursuits, Brienne trains rigorously to become a formidable warrior. Her athletic prowess is evident in her ability to best seasoned knights in combat, as well as in her capacity to endure long, grueling journeys on foot or horseback.
For instance, in “A Clash of Kings,” Brienne competes in a melee tournament and defeats several knights, ultimately winning the competition. Her athletic skill is not limited to raw strength; she also demonstrates agility and stamina, dodging blows and outlasting her opponents. Later, in “A Feast for Crows,” she undertakes a quest to find Sansa Stark, which involves traversing through difficult terrains and fighting off multiple attackers. Her athletic abilities enable her to survive these challenges and continue her quest.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with high Athletics could perform a variety of tasks that require physical prowess. They might be called upon to scale a cliff face to reach an enemy’s stronghold, or to swim across a fast-moving river to escape pursuit. Specializations within Athletics could include grappling, allowing the character to excel in hand-to-hand combat, or grit, enabling them to travel long distances without suffering fatigue.
Brienne’s athletic abilities add significant depth to her character. They make her a formidable warrior, yes, but they also serve as a symbol of her defiance against societal norms that seek to limit what she can achieve as a woman. Her skills in Athletics are not just practical assets; they are integral to her identity and her ongoing struggle to find respect and purpose in a world that often dismisses her.
- The Strongman: This archetype is the epitome of brute strength and raw power. They excel in lifting heavy objects, breaking barriers, and overpowering opponents. In folklore, figures like Hercules or Samson would embody this archetype.
- The Acrobat: Agile and nimble, the Acrobat uses their athleticism to perform flips, rolls, and other complex maneuvers. They are often found in circuses or as thieves and spies who need to navigate tricky environments. Characters like Dick Grayson (Nightwing) from comic books fit this mold.
- The Parkour Artist: Specializing in urban environments, this archetype uses athleticism to navigate through complex terrains quickly and efficiently. They are experts in wall-running, vaulting, and rolling to get from point A to point B as fast as possible.
- The Swimmer: This archetype is specialized in moving through water, whether it’s swimming long distances or diving for treasure. Mythological figures like Poseidon or mermaids could serve as inspiration.
- The Climber: Whether it’s scaling a mountain or a city wall, the Climber uses their athletic skill to ascend vertical obstacles. They are experts in using climbing gear and often have a keen sense of balance.
- The Gladiator: Rooted in ancient history, this archetype uses athleticism in combat, often in arenas or other formal settings. They are trained to use a variety of weapons and often have to navigate traps or obstacles while fighting.
- The Sprinter: Speed is the hallmark of this archetype. They excel in short bursts of extreme athletic performance, often outrunning opponents or getting to objectives quicker than anyone else. Characters like The Flash, although superhuman, capture the essence of this archetype.
- The Endurance Runner: Unlike the Sprinter, this archetype specializes in long-distance running or other prolonged physical activities. They have incredible stamina and can outlast almost anyone in athletic challenges.
- The Jumper: Specializing in leaping great distances or heights, this archetype is all about vertical and horizontal movement. They can be found in sports like basketball or in more adventurous settings, leaping between rooftops or over chasms.
- The Martial Artist: While primarily focused on combat, this archetype also embodies a high level of athletic skill. They are trained in complex movements and techniques that require both strength and agility. Bruce Lee would be a real-world example.
- The Survivalist: Similar to its counterpart in Ranged Combat, the Athletic Survivalist is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to physical exertion. They are resourceful and adaptable, able to apply their athletic skills in a variety of survival situations.
Specializations for Athletics
- Sprinting: Short, high-speed runs.
- Long-distance running: Extended runs focusing on stamina.
- High jump: Vertical leaps over a bar.
- Bicycling: Riding and maneuvering a bike.
- Breath Control: Mastery over breathing for endurance.
- Climbing: Ascending vertical or near-vertical objects.
- Swimming: Moving through water via limbs.
- Weightlifting: Lifting heavy weights for strength.
- Parkour: Urban obstacle course running.
- Gymnastics: Controlled bodily movements and flips.
- Rowing: Propelling a boat using oars.
- Scuba Diving: Underwater exploration with gear.
- Decathlon: Ten track and field events.
- Diving: Controlled descent into water.
- Acrobatics: Skillful, agile bodily movements.
- Long Jumping: Horizontal leaps for distance.
- Hiking: Long, strenuous walks outdoors.
- Zero-G Movement: Moving in weightless environments.
- CrossFit: Varied, high-intensity workouts.
- Mountaineering: Climbing and navigating mountains.
Table for Athletics skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Lift up an object half your weight above your head|
|Simple||Climb a tree with many limbs|
|Easy||Swim while wearing clothing or cloth based armor|
|Routine||Jump over a pit wearing non-metallic/encumbering armor|
|Average||Row a boat and keeping it in the middle of the current. Climb a rope that is anchored on both sides. Swim in still water. Break through an normal door.|
|Difficult||Row a boat through rapids. Climb a free hanging rope. Swim in Rough water. Swim upstream against a mild current. Break through an iron reinforced door. Hang onto the reins of a horse, while being drug.|
|Very Difficult||Push an object 3 times your weight. Climb a wall that has few handholds. Leap from the roof of a building and grab a clothes line. Swim against a strong current. Remain above water during a raging storm. Topple a statue. Break through a barred / locked door.|
|Formidable||Pull a stuck carriage out of the river with the aid of others and draft animals. Climb a shear wall. Swim in stormy waters. Leap across a 30-foot chasm. Break through a reinforced door such as one found in a prison. Hold a door shut while the room behind the door fills with water.|
|Heroic||Climb a shear surface or wall|
|Nearly Impossible||Swim in rough waters while wearing full metal armor|
|Godly||Swim upstream in rough waters while wearing full metal armor while pulling a rowboat without capsizing the passengers in the rowboat.|
Melee Combat Knowledge Areas
Description of Melee Combat
Melee combat measures your character’s ability to attack and survive in armed melee combat. This skill also allows you to maintain the general quality of a melee weapon and to perform general maintenance to ensure their continued use. It will however, not allow you to build, repair, or jury rig a solution. Melee weapons can be improvised. This skill allows you to use acquire an improvised weapon.
Examples of Melee Combat from Fiction
In Bernard Cornwell’s “The Last Kingdom” series, Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a master of melee combat. Born a Saxon but raised by Vikings, Uhtred possesses a unique blend of combat techniques that make him a formidable warrior in close-quarters battle. He is skilled with a variety of weapons, from swords and axes to shields, and his combat style is a mix of Saxon discipline and Viking ferocity. Uhtred’s skill in melee combat is not just about swinging a weapon; he also understands the nuances of timing, positioning, and even the psychology of his opponents.
For example, in “Sword Song,” Uhtred finds himself in a dire situation, surrounded by enemies in a narrow alley. Using his melee combat skills, he quickly assesses the situation and chooses an improvised weapon—a piece of broken wood. With it, he manages to fend off multiple attackers, using the confined space to his advantage and turning the tide of the battle. His ability to maintain his weapons also comes into play; before another significant battle, he takes the time to sharpen his sword and check his shield, ensuring they are in optimal condition.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a specialization in melee combat could be invaluable in a variety of scenarios. They might be the one to hold the line during a desperate last stand, or use an improvised weapon to great effect when disarmed. Specializations could include expertise in dual-wielding, defensive techniques like parrying and blocking, or mastery of a particular type of melee weapon like maces or daggers.
Uhtred’s prowess in melee combat adds a rich layer to his character. It reflects his complex identity, caught between two cultures, and serves as a tool for survival in the brutal, war-torn world he inhabits. His skill is not just a means to vanquish foes; it’s a manifestation of his will to reclaim his home and shape his destiny, making him a compelling and multi-dimensional character.
Melee Combat Archetypes
- The Swordsman: This archetype is a master of the blade, whether it’s a longsword, rapier, or katana. They are often noble or trained warriors, focusing on precision and technique. Legendary figures like Miyamoto Musashi or fictional characters like Aragorn fit this archetype.
- The Berserker: Fueled by rage or adrenaline, the Berserker excels in chaotic, close-quarters combat. They often use heavy or dual weapons and rely on brute force rather than finesse. In mythology, Norse berserkers embody this archetype.
- The Duelist: Specializing in one-on-one combat, the Duelist is all about finesse and quick reflexes. They often use lighter weapons like rapiers or smallswords and are experts in parrying and counter-attacking. Characters like Inigo Montoya from “The Princess Bride” exemplify this archetype.
- The Brawler: This archetype is less about traditional weapons and more about using whatever is at hand. They are experts in improvised weapons and hand-to-hand combat. In modern settings, this could be a street fighter or a barroom brawler.
- The Knight: Clad in armor and often on horseback, the Knight is a well-rounded melee combatant. They are trained in a variety of weapons, including lances for jousting, and are often bound by a code of chivalry. Historical knights or characters like Sir Lancelot fit this mold.
- The Monk: Drawing from Eastern traditions, the Monk uses their body as a weapon, employing martial arts techniques that require extreme discipline and control. They may also use simple weapons like staves or nunchaku. Characters from martial arts films or figures like Shaolin monks embody this archetype.
- The Gladiator: Similar to its Athletics counterpart, the Melee Gladiator is trained for combat in arenas, often against multiple opponents or beasts. They may use a variety of weapons, from swords to tridents, and often fight without much armor.
- The Assassin: Specializing in quick, lethal strikes, the Assassin uses melee combat for precise elimination of targets. They often employ daggers or other small blades and
- The Brawler: Specializing in unarmed or improvised combat, the Brawler is all about getting up close and personal. They may use anything from brass knuckles to bar stools as weapons. In folklore, characters like John Henry or Paul Bunyan could fit this mold.
- The Rogue: Skilled in stealth and subterfuge, the Rogue uses melee combat for quick, decisive strikes, often targeting vital areas for maximum damage. They usually prefer daggers or other easily concealed weapons.
- The Swashbuckler: This archetype is all about flair and style, often using acrobatics in conjunction with swordplay. They are daring and adventurous, often found in pirate stories or romantic tales of heroism.
- The Weapon Master: This archetype is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to melee weapons. They are proficient with a wide variety of arms, from swords and axes to flails and spears. Characters like Aragorn from “The Lord of the Rings” could be considered Weapon Masters.
Specializations for Melee Combat
- Dagger: A small, easily concealed weapon.
- Shortsword: A one-handed, lightweight slashing weapon.
- Longsword: A versatile one- or two-handed weapon.
- Greatsword: A massive two-handed sword for powerful blows.
- Mace: A club-like weapon, often with a spiked or flanged head.
- Flail: A chain weapon with a striking head, difficult to block or parry.
- Warhammer: A one-handed hammer designed for combat, often with a spike on one side.
- Battleaxe: A hefty one-handed axe.
- Greataxe: A massive two-handed axe.
- Spear: A long-shafted weapon with a pointed tip, good for thrusting and throwing.
- Halberd: A polearm with an axe blade, often with a spike or hook.
- Glaive: A polearm with a large, single-edged blade at the end.
- Quarterstaff: A simple but versatile long wooden stick.
- Whip: A flexible, long-tailed weapon, good for disarming.
- Rapier: A slender, sharply pointed sword, often used for fencing.
- Scimitar: A curved sword optimized for slashing.
- Morningstar: A spiked ball attached to a handle, similar to a mace but with longer reach.
- Kukri: A forward-curved knife, often associated with the Gurkhas.
- Katanas: A curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard.
- Energy Sword: A futuristic weapon with a blade made of energy or plasma.
Table with Melee Combat skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Sharpen your knife at the beginning of the day. Oil and wrap a weapon to keep it from getting rusted. Strike a Foe who is Helpless|
|Simple||Return a weapon to working order after a battle. Strike a foe that’s prone on the ground.|
|Easy||Strike someone sitting in a chain with their back turned. Use an attack of opportunity when someone is moving away from you.|
|Routine||Use a weapon as a tool. Flank foes that you outnumber.|
|Average||Use a heavy hammer or axe to bash a door down. Fight with someone who they are evenly matched with|
|Difficult||Purposefully break a melee weapon out of combat. Strike someone in the fog, mist, or smoke|
|Very Difficult||Dig a hole through a clay wall or in the ground with a weapon. Parry a heavy and larger weapon with a smaller weapon (two handed axe vs. cudgel.)|
|Formidable||Scavenge an abandoned weapon and return it to working order.|
|Heroic||Hit someone in the dark|
|Nearly Impossible||Break metal armor with a common one-handed weapon|
|Godly||Break metal armor with a stick, twig, or reed.|
Agility represents the overall flexibility and grace of movement of the being.
Stealth Knowledge Areas
Description of Stealth
Stealth is the art and practice of moving quietly, remaining unseen, and evading detection. It is often used for a range of activities, from reconnaissance to theft to survival. It incorporates elements of body control, understanding of one’s environment, and concealment techniques.
Examples of Stealth from Fiction
In Alexandre Dumas’ “The Count of Monte Cristo,” Edmond Dantès, who later becomes the Count, is a master of stealth and subterfuge. After being unjustly imprisoned and subsequently escaping from the Château d’If, Dantès meticulously plans his revenge against those who wronged him. His ability to move undetected, gather information, and manipulate situations from the shadows becomes a cornerstone of his elaborate schemes.
For example, in one memorable scene, Dantès infiltrates a party hosted by one of his enemies, Danglars. Using a disguise and his skills in stealth, he moves through the mansion unnoticed, gathering information and planting seeds of doubt among Danglars’ associates. His understanding of the environment, including where he could hide and how to move quietly through the rooms, allows him to execute his plan without arousing suspicion.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a specialization in stealth could serve multiple roles within a party. They might be the scout who goes ahead to assess the layout of an enemy camp, or the rogue who sneaks into a guarded vault to retrieve a valuable artifact. Specializations within the skill of stealth could include camouflage techniques, expertise in lock-picking, or specialized training in moving silently to avoid magical detection.
Edmond Dantès’ skill in stealth adds a complex layer to his character. It’s not just a practical skill set; it’s a manifestation of his transformation from a naive, wronged man into a cunning avenger. His mastery of stealth reflects his deep understanding of human nature and his environment, as well as his willingness to operate in moral grey areas to achieve his ends. This skill is integral to his identity and is crucial in driving the intricate plots and twists that make “The Count of Monte Cristo” a compelling tale of revenge and redemption.
- The Shadow: This archetype is the epitome of moving unseen and unheard. They are experts in blending into their environment, whether it’s a dark alley or a crowded marketplace. Characters like the ninja or figures from espionage tales embody this archetype.
- The Scout: Specializing in reconnaissance, the Scout uses stealth to gather information without engaging the enemy. They are often found in military or adventuring settings, providing valuable intel to their team.
- The Thief: Skilled in breaking and entering, the Thief uses stealth primarily for the acquisition of valuables. They are experts in lock-picking, pickpocketing, and evasion. Folklore characters like Ali Baba or modern interpretations like Arsène Lupin fit this mold.
- The Assassin: This archetype uses stealth as a means to eliminate targets without detection. They are trained killers, often employing a variety of methods from poison to silent weapons like daggers or garrotes. Historical or fictional figures like John Wick, although more violent, capture the essence of this archetype.
- The Survivalist: Similar to its counterparts in Ranged Combat and Athletics, the Stealth Survivalist uses their skills to evade predators or enemies in a wilderness setting. They are experts in camouflage and tracking, often using natural materials to blend in.
- The Saboteur: Specializing in disruption, the Saboteur uses stealth to infiltrate enemy lines and destroy key targets, whether it’s machinery, supplies, or information. Characters from war stories or spy thrillers often embody this archetype.
- The Trickster: This archetype uses stealth in conjunction with deception and misdirection. They are often more playful or mischievous, using their skills for pranks or to confound enemies rather than for lethal purposes. Mythological figures like Loki or Anansi are examples.
- The Urban Phantom: Specializing in city environments, this archetype knows how to move through crowded or complex urban settings without detection. They are often involved in organized crime or espionage, using the city itself as a tool for concealment.
- The Ghost: This archetype takes stealth to a supernatural level, often incorporating magical or technological means to become literally invisible or intangible. Characters like the Invisible Man or fantasy rogues with invisibility spells fit this category.
- The Guerilla Fighter: Often found in revolutionary or resistance movements, this archetype uses stealth for hit-and-run tactics against a more powerful enemy. They are experts in ambushes, sabotage, and disappearing back into the local population.
- The Escape Artist: Specializing in getting out of tight spots, the Escape Artist is a master of evading capture. Whether it’s slipping out of handcuffs or evading a pursuing enemy, they always find a way to slip through the cracks.
Specializations for Stealth
- Camouflage: Blending into surroundings to evade visual detection.
- Shadowing: Discreetly following a subject without being noticed.
- Silent Movement: Moving noiselessly to avoid auditory detection.
- Urban Stealth: Concealment and evasion tactics in city environments.
- Wilderness Stealth: Navigating natural terrains without detection.
- Nighttime Stealth: Specialized techniques for evading detection in darkness.
- Disguise: Changing appearance to avoid recognition.
- Distraction Techniques: Using diversions to divert attention.
- Lockpicking: Opening locks without a key.
- Evasion: Actively avoiding capture or detection.
- Hide in Plain Sight: Evading notice within crowded or obvious places.
- Electronic Countermeasures: Utilizing technology to impede detection systems.
- Tactical Stealth: Stealth used in military or strategic scenarios.
- Reconnaissance: Gathering information without being detected.
- Social Engineering Stealth: Manipulating people to achieve stealth.
- Parkour for Stealth: Using agile movements to navigate while undetected.
- Aerial Stealth (drones, hang gliders, etc.): Stealthy aerial maneuvers.
- Underwater Stealth: Avoiding detection in aquatic environments.
- Snow and Ice Stealth: Specialized stealth in snowy and icy terrains.
- Vehicle Stealth: Using vehicles to evade detection.
Table with Stealth skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Hide and seek games as kids. For example, hide under a bridge while the others are not watching.|
|Simple||Move quietly enough not to awaken a sleeping human|
|Easy||Follow someone through a busy market|
|Routine||Lose a tail from the average beat cop.|
|Average||Find and set up a good place to ambush the stagecoach|
|Difficult||Shadow an animal through the woods|
|Very Difficult||Find and set up a good place to ambush the stagecoach on an open road in the middle of the desert.|
|Formidable||Shadow a predator through its preferred terrain.|
|Heroic||Hide in plain sight|
|Nearly Impossible||Blend in and disappear while the center of attention on stage|
|Godly||Vanish while you are the center of attention of trained observers.|
Acrobatics Knowledge Areas
Description of Acrobatics
Acrobatics is the skill of performing complex bodily movements that require agility and coordination. This skill encompasses everything from basic somersaults to intricate flips and twists.
Examples of Acrobatics from Fiction
Certainly, let’s explore acrobatics again, this time through a different lens.
In the “Assassin’s Creed” video game series, the main characters, known as Assassins, are highly skilled in acrobatics. Their ability to parkour through crowded cities, climb tall structures, and perform death-defying leaps is a hallmark of the franchise. This skill is not just for show; it’s a crucial part of their toolkit for assassination, evasion, and exploration.
For instance, in “Assassin’s Creed II,” the protagonist Ezio Auditore uses his acrobatic skills to navigate the rooftops of Renaissance Florence and Venice. These abilities are essential for evading capture, stalking targets, and reaching otherwise inaccessible areas. One memorable sequence involves Ezio using a series of flips and wall-runs to navigate a complex set of traps in an underground tomb, ultimately leading him to a hidden treasure.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a specialization in acrobatics could find numerous applications for their skills. They might use their agility to navigate a maze of laser traps, or employ a series of flips to cross a chasm that others cannot. In combat, their acrobatic prowess could allow them to dodge incoming attacks or to quickly scale a wall for a better vantage point.
The acrobatic skills of the Assassins in “Assassin’s Creed” not only make for engaging gameplay but also serve practical purposes within the narrative. Whether it’s for assassination, evasion, or exploration, their acrobatic abilities are integral to their identities and their missions.
- The Gymnast: This archetype specializes in formalized acrobatic techniques, often seen in competitive settings. They are masters of balance beams, parallel bars, and floor exercises. Olympic gymnasts would be real-world examples.
- The Aerialist: Often found in circuses or theatrical performances, the Aerialist excels in high-flying acts like trapeze, tightrope walking, or silk dancing. They combine fearlessness with a high level of skill.
- The Parkour Practitioner: Similar to its Athletics counterpart, this archetype uses acrobatics to navigate urban environments quickly and efficiently. They incorporate flips, rolls, and vaults into their movement to overcome obstacles.
- The Martial Acrobat: This archetype blends acrobatics with combat, using flips and rolls to evade attacks or gain advantageous positions. Characters like Daredevil or various wuxia heroes embody this style.
- The Stunt Performer: Specializing in dangerous or thrilling acts, this archetype uses acrobatics to perform stunts that often involve vehicles, fire, or other hazardous conditions. Hollywood stunt doubles would be a real-world example.
- The Breakdancer: This modern archetype uses acrobatics in the form of dance, incorporating complex moves like windmills, headspins, and flares. They often perform in urban settings, turning sidewalks and parks into their stage.
- The Ninja: Rooted in Japanese folklore and history, this archetype uses acrobatics for stealth and assassination. They incorporate flips and rolls into their movement to evade detection and capture.
- The Swashbuckler: Similar to its Melee Combat counterpart, the Acrobatic Swashbuckler uses agility and flair in combat, often swinging from chandeliers or performing flips to gain the upper hand.
- The Capoeirista: This archetype practices Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that incorporates dance, acrobatics, and music. They use fluid, dance-like movements to evade attacks and counter with their own.
- The Free Runner: This archetype takes acrobatics into the great outdoors, using natural obstacles like trees, rocks, and rivers as their playground. They combine elements of parkour and traditional acrobatics to navigate through wilderness settings.
- The Jester: Often found in medieval or fantasy settings, this archetype uses acrobatics for entertainment, often juggling or tumbling to amuse crowds. They may also use their skills for more nefarious purposes, like theft or espionage.
Specializations for Acrobatics
- Tumbling: Maneuvers that involve rolls, flips, and quick ground movements.
- Aerial Silks: Acrobatics using fabric hung from a ceiling.
- Parkour: Urban acrobatics involving climbing and leaping off structures.
- Pole Acrobatics: Performing spins, climbs, and holds on a vertical pole.
- Hand Balancing: The art of balancing solely on one’s hands.
- Contortion: Flexibility-intensive feats like twisting and bending.
- Juggling: Skillful manipulation of objects in the air.
- Trapeze: Swinging and aerial acts performed on a trapeze bar.
- Hoop Acrobatics: Using a hoop for spinning and aerial maneuvers.
- Capoeira: A Brazilian martial art that incorporates acrobatics.
- Slacklining: Balancing on a narrow, suspended piece of webbing.
- Vaulting: Acrobatics performed on horseback.
- Stunts: Acrobatics designed for entertainment or film.
- Balance Beam: Acrobatics on a narrow, elevated beam.
- Tricking: A blend of flips, kicks, and twists usually done on flat ground.
- Cyr Wheel: Acrobatics using a large, rolling ring.
- Fire Dancing: Incorporating fire into acrobatic performance.
- Skydiving Acrobatics: Maneuvers performed while free-falling.
- Synchronized Acrobatics: Choreographed team-based acrobatics.
- Chinese Pole: Climbing, sliding, and holding poses on a vertical pole.
Table with Acrobatics skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Walk across a wide plank of wood|
|Simple||Catch a small object in your and as it falls|
|Easy||Walk across a moss-covered tree that crosses a river. Walk across an icy surface, stay oriented during turbulence. Land safely on rough terrian|
|Routine||Juggle common objects|
|Average||Avoid getting burnt from a raging campfire. Walk along a narrow ledge. Swing from one side of the road to another on a close line and land on your feet|
|Difficult||Copy the movements of a religious ceremony or a social dance. Cross a rope bridge swinging wildly.|
|Very Difficult||Contort your body into a small space. Walk across a tightrope in a circus. Leap over and slide under an enemy in combat.|
|Formidable||Escape manacles by contorting your wrists|
|Heroic||Dodge a melee attack without any combat training.|
|Nearly Impossible||Walk across a thin rope|
|Godly||Walk across a strand of silk in a the middle of a raging storm|
Sleight of Hand Knowledge Areas
Description of Sleight of Hand
Sleight of Hand is the art of manual dexterity, trickery, and swift, agile hand movements. It includes a range of activities from pickpocketing and lock picking to magic tricks and deception.
Examples of Sleight of Hand from Fiction
In Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” the Artful Dodger is a young but highly skilled practitioner of sleight of hand. As a pickpocket and a member of Fagin’s gang of child thieves, the Dodger is adept at lifting wallets, handkerchiefs, and other valuables from unsuspecting victims. His quick fingers and keen eye for opportunity make him one of the most successful thieves in the gang, and he serves as a mentor of sorts to Oliver when he joins them.
For example, when Oliver is first introduced to the world of pickpocketing, it’s the Artful Dodger who demonstrates how it’s done. With a swift, almost invisible movement, he lifts a handkerchief from a gentleman’s pocket, all while engaging the man in conversation to distract him. The Dodger’s skill in sleight of hand is so refined that his victims often don’t realize they’ve been robbed until long after he’s disappeared into the crowd.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a specialization in sleight of hand could be invaluable for various covert operations. They could pickpocket a guard to obtain a key, or subtly plant a false piece of evidence on a person to mislead investigators. Specializations might include advanced techniques for lifting items from secured or trapped pouches, or skills in palming and hiding small objects, like poison vials or magical trinkets, without detection.
The Artful Dodger’s mastery of sleight of hand adds depth and complexity to his character. While he is undoubtedly a product of his harsh environment, his skills also speak to a natural cleverness and adaptability. These traits make him not just an effective thief but also a compelling figure who embodies the resourcefulness needed to survive in the unforgiving world of Dickensian London.
Sleight of Hand Archetypes
- The Magician: This archetype uses sleight of hand as part of their magic acts, performing tricks that seem to defy the laws of physics. They can make objects appear and disappear, manipulate cards, and perform other feats of illusion.
- The Pickpocket: Specializing in the art of theft, the Pickpocket uses their nimble fingers and quick hands to steal valuables from unsuspecting targets. They are masters of misdirection and can lift wallets or jewelry without their victims noticing.
- The Locksmith: This archetype excels in lock picking and bypassing security systems. They are often called upon for heists or espionage missions that require them to gain access to restricted areas.
- The Card Shark: This archetype is a master of card games, using sleight of hand to manipulate decks and stack the odds in their favor. They are often found in high-stakes gambling scenarios.
- The Con Artist: Using deception and sleight of hand, the Con Artist cons people out of their money or possessions. They are skilled in manipulating emotions and trust to achieve their goals.
- The Escapist: This archetype is known for their ability to escape from restraints, whether it’s being tied up, handcuffed, or even locked in a cell. They use their dexterity and knowledge of locks and knots to break free.
- The Illusionist: Similar to the Magician, the Illusionist uses sleight of hand to create convincing illusions. However, their focus is on creating realistic and immersive illusions that can fool all the senses.
- The Swindler: This archetype specializes in confidence tricks and schemes that involve sleight of hand. They can sell seemingly valuable items that turn out to be worthless or switch items during transactions without the buyer noticing.
- The Prestidigitator: Rooted in classic stage magic, the Prestidigitator is a master of manipulating small objects with incredible precision. They can make coins disappear, pull rabbits out of hats, and perform other classic magic tricks.
- The Forger: Using their dexterity and attention to detail, the Forger specializes in creating convincing counterfeit documents, signatures, and works of art. They are often used in criminal operations or espionage.
- The Escape Artist (Magician Variant): This magician specializes in death-defying escape acts, often involving being locked in a box, chained underwater, or suspended high in the air. Their sleight of hand skills are used to slip out of restraints and confinement.
Specializations for Sleight of Hand
- Filch: The art of subtly stealing objects without detection.
- Holdout: Concealing items on one’s person effectively.
- Lockpicking: Skillful manipulation of lock mechanisms.
- Panhandling: Begging for money or goods deceptively.
- Pickpocket: Removing items from a person’s pockets without notice.
- Coin Tricks: Mastering tricks involving coins.
- Card Handling: Skill in shuffling, dealing, and manipulating cards.
- Prestidigitation: Performing small-scale magic tricks.
- Cup and Balls: Classic trick involving three cups and a ball.
- Misdirection: Creating distractions to divert attention.
- Object Vanishing: Making small items disappear.
- Stage Tricks: Techniques for theatrical performances.
- Dice Manipulation: Controlling the outcome of dice rolls.
- Forgery: Creating false documents or signatures.
- Juggling: The art of keeping multiple objects in the air.
- Escape Artistry: Escaping from restraints or locked rooms.
- Close-up Magic: Performing magic tricks in close proximity.
- Staging: Setting up an environment for tricks or deception.
- Watch Stealing: Removing a watch from a person’s wrist.
- Flourishing: Performing complex decorative maneuvers with cards, coins, etc.
Table with Sleight of Hand skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Difficulty||Sleight of Hand|
|Trivial||Get a key into a stuck lock|
|Simple||Perform a simple card trick|
|Easy||Palm a coin, Pick a simple lock, Jam a simple trap. Perform any task that requires finesse|
|Routine||Disable a simple wire trap|
|Average||Pick the pocket of someone on a busy street. Pick a regular lock. Disarm the average trap. Escape from tight ropes. Secure a prisoner|
|Difficult||Pick the lock found on a strong box. Disarm a complex trap|
|Very Difficult||Pick the pocket of someone on a near-empty street. Pick a lock made by a master locksmith. Disarm a trap made by a Master. Escape high quality manacles|
|Formidable||Palm an object off a merchants table into your bag while being watched|
|Heroic||Playing the Cup and Ball game with Glass cups and glowing balls and still fooling the victim.|
|Nearly Impossible||Remove a money pouch from a money belt that is worn under the victims small-cloths.|
|Godly||Remove a money pouch from a money belt that is worn under a watchful victims small-cloths who knows you are going to steal from them|
Stamina represents the overall ability that being can push themselves physically.
Drive / Ride / Pilot Knowledge Areas
Description of Drive/Ride/Pilot
The skill of Drive/Ride/Pilot encompasses the ability to control and maneuver various types of vehicles, ranging from simple mounts to complex machinery like spaceships. This skill includes not just the physical handling but also the situational awareness required to operate these vehicles safely and efficiently.
Examples of Drive/Ride/Pilot from Fiction
In Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October,” Captain Marko Ramius is an expert in the skill of Drive/Ride/Pilot, specifically in the realm of piloting submarines. As the commander of the Red October, a Soviet Typhoon-class nuclear submarine equipped with a revolutionary propulsion system, Ramius demonstrates not only technical mastery but also exceptional situational awareness. His ability to navigate the complex machinery of the submarine, while also understanding the geopolitical and tactical implications of his actions, sets him apart as a master of his craft.
For example, in a tense sequence, Ramius maneuvers the Red October through a narrow underwater canyon to evade detection by both American and Soviet navies. His skill in piloting is evident as he navigates the treacherous terrain, making split-second adjustments to avoid scraping the hull or triggering underwater mines. His situational awareness is also on display as he anticipates the movements of pursuing vessels, successfully leading them into positions where they can’t easily detect the Red October.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a specialization in Drive/Ride/Pilot could offer a range of capabilities to their party. They might be the ace pilot who can navigate a spaceship through an asteroid field, or the skilled driver who can outrun a pursuing enemy in a high-speed chase. Specializations could include expertise in a specific type of vehicle, like submarines or aircraft, or skills in evasive maneuvers that make it difficult for enemies to target or follow them.
Captain Marko Ramius’s skill in piloting adds a layer of depth to his character, elevating him from a mere vehicle operator to a tactician and leader. His expertise is not just a function of his training; it’s a reflection of his strategic mind and his deep understanding of the stakes involved in his actions. This makes him a compelling character whose skills are integral to the unfolding of the high-stakes geopolitical drama in “The Hunt for Red October.”
- The Racer: This archetype is all about speed and precision, whether they’re driving cars, riding motorcycles, or piloting fast spacecraft. They thrive in high-speed competitions and have an innate sense of timing and reflexes.
- The Cowboy: Skilled in riding horses and other mounts, the Cowboy is often found in Western or rural settings. They are experts in herding cattle, chasing down outlaws, and surviving in the wilderness.
- The Stunt Driver: Specializing in high-risk vehicle maneuvers, the Stunt Driver uses their skills for action-packed scenes in movies or daring getaways in real-life situations. They can execute incredible drifts, jumps, and flips with ease.
- The Astronaut: This archetype is at home in the vastness of space, piloting spaceships through the cosmos. They understand complex navigation systems, zero-gravity maneuvering, and are trained to deal with the challenges of deep space.
- The Captain: Often found in maritime settings, the Captain commands ships of all sizes, from small fishing boats to massive cargo vessels. They are responsible for navigation, crew management, and ensuring the safety of their ship and crew.
- The Aviator: Skilled in flying aircraft, the Aviator can handle everything from small private planes to commercial airliners. They excel in navigating the skies, dealing with turbulence, and ensuring passengers’ safety.
- The Chauffeur: This archetype specializes in driving luxury vehicles and providing transportation for high-profile clients. They have exceptional customer service skills and are discreet and professional.
- The Off-Roader: Mastering the art of navigating rough terrain, the Off-Roader can handle dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, and 4x4 vehicles with ease. They thrive in challenging environments like deserts, forests, and mountains.
- The Submariner: Operating underwater vessels, the Submariner is skilled in maintaining and piloting submarines. They understand the complexities of underwater navigation and dealing with the pressures of the deep.
- The Mech Pilot: In a futuristic or sci-fi setting, the Mech Pilot controls giant robotic suits or mechs. They are experts in piloting these massive machines, often used in combat or heavy-duty labor.
- The Helmsman: Specializing in the navigation of sailing ships, the Helmsman is responsible for steering the vessel and adjusting the sails. They are crucial for efficient and safe sailing on the open sea.
- The Hovercraft Commander: In a sci-fi or advanced tech setting, this archetype operates hovercraft or anti-gravity vehicles. They can navigate smoothly over various terrains, from water to rough landscapes.
Specializations for Drive/Ride/Pilot
- Mount: Specializes in riding animals like horses, camels, or other beasts.
- Riding: Focused on riding personal vehicles like motorcycles or scooters.
- Freight Handling: Specializes in operating vehicles designed for transporting goods.
- Battlesuit: Proficient in controlling powered armor or exoskeletons in combat.
- Bicycling: Specializes in riding and handling bicycles in various terrains.
- Boating: Skilled in operating small boats, canoes, and kayaks.
- Crewman: Specialized in assisting in the operation of larger vehicles or ships.
- Driving: General skill in operating cars, trucks, or buses.
- Piloting: Specializes in flying airplanes, helicopters, or drones.
- Seamanship: Skilled in the operation and navigation of larger sea vessels.
- Shiphandling: Specialized in commanding larger, complex sea vessels.
- Spacer: Specializes in the piloting and management of spaceships.
- Submariner: Skilled in the operation of underwater vehicles like submarines.
- Teamster: Specialized in managing teams of animals for transportation.
- Trains: Specializes in operating and managing trains.
- Hovercraft: Skilled in piloting hovercraft on water or land.
- Urban Driving: Specializes in navigating through complex city terrains.
- Off-Road Driving: Proficient in operating vehicles on uneven terrains.
- Flight Stunts: Specializes in performing stunts and maneuvers while flying.
- Emergency Response: Specializes in operating emergency vehicles effectively.
Table with Drive/Ride/Pilot skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Difficulty||Drive / Ride / Pilot|
|Trivial||Get on your mount in a hurry. Sail a river boat down a placid river. Drive a cart down a quiet road.|
|Simple||Ride your mount as it swims, flies, or otherwise travels through a medium that is not its primary medium of travel. Maintain your vehicle or mount. Drive overland in a vehicle with no adverse weather conditions.|
|Easy||Ride your vehicle or mount for extended periods of time. Pilot a ship on calm seas. Drive a vehicle through bushes or a low hedge.|
|Routine||Transition from moving quickly into chasing or charging. Pilot a boat through rapids. Travel overland during adverse weather conditions.|
|Average||Perform simple tricks. Regain control of a vehicle after it has spun out of control and is no longer being affected by the thing causing you to lose control. Race a chariot.|
|Difficult||Jump from a height onto or into your seat on your mount / vehicle. Pilot your vehicle in stormy conditions at sea. Drive a vehicle off road.|
|Very Difficult||Perform tricks, jumps, and abrupt maneuvers while moving quickly. Secure cargo for rough transport. Control a vehicle to ensure that cargo remains secure during transport. Jump a motorcycle from the freeway to an offramp below.|
|Formidable||Take control and ride another vehicle or animal that is not under control or that is untamed. Escape a whirlpool or rogue wave. Cross a deep river with a strong current in a cart or wagon.|
|Heroic||Saddle an intelligent animal or vehicle that does not want to be saddled. Drive a coach across a deep body of water (by converting it to a boat)|
|Nearly Impossible||Sail or pilot a vehicle on treacherous terrain it wasn’t made for (a rowboat in a storm or a 2 wheel drive passenger vehicle in a swamp).|
|Godly||Sail or pilot a vehicle on terrain that doesn’t make sense. For example, Row a boat up a hill. Drive a 2 wheeled passenger vehicle under a lake.|
Ruggedness Knowledge Areas
Description of Ruggedness
Ruggedness is the skill associated with physical endurance, resilience, and strength. It comes into play when someone needs to push their body to the limit, whether that’s breaking free from constraints, resisting illness, or participating in feats of physical prowess like drinking contests or forcing open locked doors.
Examples of Ruggedness from Fiction
In Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea,” the protagonist, Santiago, exemplifies the skill of ruggedness. He is an old, experienced fisherman who has gone 84 days without catching a fish but is determined to break his unlucky streak. Santiago’s physical endurance and resilience are put to the ultimate test when he hooks a giant marlin and struggles for days to reel it in. Despite his age and the physical toll the battle takes on him, Santiago’s ruggedness allows him to endure.
For example, during his multi-day struggle with the marlin, Santiago suffers from extreme fatigue, dehydration, and even physical injury as the fishing line cuts into his hands. Yet, he continues to hold onto the line, using his body weight to counter the marlin’s strength. His ruggedness also manifests in his ability to resist despair and maintain focus, drawing on his reserves of mental and emotional strength to keep fighting, even when the odds seem insurmountable.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a specialization in ruggedness could be invaluable in various scenarios. They might be the one to break free from ropes when the party is captured, or resist the effects of a debilitating poison long enough to get to safety. Specializations could include extreme endurance, allowing the character to travel long distances without rest, or incredible resilience, enabling them to recover quickly from injuries or illnesses.
Santiago’s ruggedness adds a profound layer to his character. It’s not just a physical attribute but a testament to his indomitable spirit. His skill in ruggedness is a reflection of his life’s hardships and his unyielding determination to face challenges head-on, no matter how insurmountable they may seem. This makes him not just a skilled fisherman but a compelling symbol of human endurance and resilience.
- The Survivor: This archetype excels in enduring extreme conditions, from surviving in the wilderness to withstanding harsh climates. They have exceptional knowledge of survival techniques and can go without food and water for extended periods.
- The Immovable Object: Known for their incredible physical resilience, the Immovable Object can withstand tremendous amounts of punishment without yielding. They are often seen as unbreakable or nearly invulnerable in combat scenarios.
- The Lifter: Specializing in feats of strength, the Lifter can perform astonishing acts like lifting heavy boulders, bending metal bars, or holding up collapsing structures. They are often found in strongman competitions or as laborers in construction.
- The Iron Stomach: This archetype is known for their ability to consume and digest nearly anything, from spicy foods to exotic and potentially harmful substances. They often participate in eating challenges and contests.
- The Endurance Athlete: Skilled in long-distance running, swimming, or other endurance sports, the Endurance Athlete can keep going for hours without tiring. They excel in marathons, triathlons, and other grueling competitions.
- The Brawler: In addition to their combat skills, the Rugged Brawler is known for their ability to take and dish out punishment. They can endure brutal beatings and keep fighting, often relying on sheer toughness rather than finesse.
- The Escape Artist: This version of the Escape Artist specializes in breaking free from physical restraints, whether it’s breaking handcuffs, bending prison bars, or snapping ropes with their sheer strength.
- The Contender: Skilled in drinking contests, arm-wrestling matches, and other physical challenges, the Contender thrives in competitions of strength and endurance. They often participate in local tavern contests and festivals.
- The Resilient Healer: In a fantasy or medical setting, the Resilient Healer can endure the rigors of tending to the sick and wounded for long hours without succumbing to exhaustion. They are known for their unwavering commitment to saving lives.
- The Blacksmith: This archetype is skilled in forging and working with metals. They can withstand the intense heat of a forge and use their strength to shape metal into weapons, armor, and other objects.
- The Wrestler: In addition to their wrestling skills, the Wrestler excels in feats of strength and grappling. They can lift and throw opponents with ease, dominating in the ring or arena.
- The Marathon Meditator: Blending physical and mental endurance, the Marathon Meditator practices extreme meditation techniques while enduring physically demanding challenges. They can maintain focus and calm in the midst of chaos.
Specializations for Ruggedness
- Strength Training: Focused on muscle building and raw power.
- Endurance: Specializing in long-lasting stamina.
- Disease Resistance: Trained to resist diseases and infections.
- Lock Breaking: Skilled in breaking through locks or barricades.
- Alcohol Tolerance: Developed resistance to alcohol.
- Pain Tolerance: Skilled in enduring physical discomfort.
- Environmental Resistance: Adapted to harsh environments.
- Mental Toughness: Resilience against mental fatigue.
- Survival Instincts: Training in survival scenarios.
- Breath Control: Expertise in controlled breathing techniques.
- Flexibility: Able to maneuver in tight spaces.
- Cold Resistance: Adapted to cold temperatures.
- Heat Resistance: Adapted to hot environments.
- Quick Recovery: Quick to recover from physical strain.
- Injury Resistance: Reduced susceptibility to injuries.
- High-Altitude Adaptation: Adapted to low-oxygen environments.
- Poison Resistance: Able to resist poisonous substances.
- Heavy Lifting: Skilled in lifting heavy objects.
- Fear Resistance: Less affected by fear-inducing situations.
- Elemental Resistance: Adapted to resist elemental factors like fire or electricity.
Table with Ruggedness skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Take one shot of alcohol and not be affected|
|Simple||Resist the effects of dysentery after eating infected food.|
|Easy||Resist Catacomb Crud|
|Routine||Withstand the effects of one dose of poison.|
|Average||Requires a bit more competence to accomplish. Can be completed more often than not by a character if they have received exposure to the skill and are not encumbered in any way. This is the work of an apprentice or someone with exceptional latent talent.|
|Difficult||Resist the effects of a venereal disease, if exposed.|
|Very Difficult||Withstand Snake Venom|
|Formidable||Remain sober after drinking hard alcohol for an extended period or after drinking a portion of an exceptionally strong drink designed to inebriate people|
|Heroic||Remain upright and stick your landing in a ready position to react after tumbling down the side of a steep incline.|
|Nearly Impossible||Win a drinking contest and then find your way home safely without first resting|
|Godly||Win a drinking contest against a known drunk and a dance contest against a professional dancer. At the same time.|
Unarmed Combat Knowledge Areas
Description of Unarmed Combat
Unarmed combat refers to fighting techniques that do not involve the use of weapons. It encompasses a variety of styles, including martial arts, boxing, and wrestling, focusing on strikes, grapples, and defense.
Examples of Unarmed Combat from Fiction
In Frank Miller’s graphic novel series “Sin City,” the character Marv is a master of unarmed combat. A towering, brutish figure with a penchant for violence, Marv relies on a mix of raw strength and street-fighting techniques to overpower his enemies. His style is less about finesse and more about overwhelming force, but it’s highly effective. He’s adept at using his fists, elbows, and even his head to deliver punishing blows, and he’s equally skilled at grappling techniques that allow him to subdue opponents quickly.
For example, in “The Hard Goodbye,” the first story of the “Sin City” series, Marv finds himself surrounded by a group of armed thugs. Despite being outnumbered and outgunned, he uses his unarmed combat skills to neutralize the threat. He disarms one opponent with a swift strike, then uses a grappling move to incapacitate another. His ability to switch between striking and grappling techniques allows him to adapt to the situation and come out on top, even when the odds are against him.
In a TTRPG setting, a character specialized in unarmed combat could offer a unique set of skills to their party. They might be the one to disarm a dangerous enemy in close quarters, or use their grappling skills to restrain a foe so that allies can deal with them more easily. Specializations could include specific martial arts styles, like judo or Muay Thai, or focus on particular aspects of unarmed combat like striking or ground control.
Marv’s expertise in unarmed combat adds a gritty, visceral layer to his character. It’s a reflection of his harsh environment and his own uncompromising nature. His skills are not just for show; they’re essential for his survival in the brutal world of “Sin City.” This makes him not only an effective combatant but also a compelling character whose abilities are integral to his identity and the challenges he faces.
Unarmed Combat Archetypes
- The Martial Artist: This archetype is a master of a specific martial art style, such as karate, taekwondo, or Brazilian jiu-jitsu. They are disciplined fighters who use a combination of strikes, kicks, and blocks with precision and grace.
- The Boxer: Known for their punching power and speed, the Boxer specializes in the art of boxing. They use quick jabs, hooks, and uppercuts to outmaneuver opponents in the ring. Legendary boxers like Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson embody this archetype.
- The Street Brawler: This archetype is a scrappy fighter who relies on raw aggression and instinct. They use a combination of punches, kicks, and improvised attacks to take on multiple opponents in close-quarters combat.
- The Wrestler: Skilled in grappling and ground-based combat, the Wrestler excels at takedowns, holds, and submissions. They are often found in wrestling rings or MMA cages, dominating opponents with their strength and technique.
- The Mixed Martial Artist: Combining elements of various martial arts and combat styles, the MMA Fighter is versatile in both striking and grappling. They can adapt to different opponents and situations, making them formidable competitors in the octagon.
- The Monk: Rooted in spiritual discipline, the Unarmed Monk uses martial arts techniques as an extension of their mind and body. They often incorporate unique and supernatural moves into their combat style.
- The Street Fighter: Similar to the Street Brawler, this version of the Martial Artist is trained in a martial art but adapts their techniques to the gritty reality of street fights and self-defense scenarios.
- The Pugilist: This version of the Boxer is known for their street-smart brawling skills, often fighting in underground clubs or in back-alley contests.
- The Submission Specialist: Focusing on ground-based combat and submissions, the Submission Specialist excels at immobilizing and incapacitating opponents with holds and locks.
- The Bare-Knuckle Champion: This archetype thrives in bare-knuckle fighting contests, where there are no rules and no gloves. They are known for their toughness and ability to endure brutal brawls.
- The Martial Arts Master: This master of martial arts has reached the pinnacle of their chosen style. They have perfected their technique, often combining elements from different styles, making them nearly unbeatable in hand-to-hand combat.
- The Martial Arts Instructor: In addition to their combat skills, this archetype is a knowledgeable teacher, passing on their martial arts expertise to students. They may run a dojo or train aspiring fighters.
Specializations for Unarmed Combat
- Boxing: Focuses on punches, footwork, and dodging.
- Kickboxing: Incorporates kicks and punches for a balanced approach.
- Wrestling: Grappling techniques aimed at pinning or submitting the opponent.
- Judo: Specializes in throws and joint locks.
- Jiu-Jitsu: Emphasizes ground combat and submission holds.
- Muay Thai: Utilizes elbows, knees, and clinch fighting.
- Capoeira: Incorporates dance and acrobatics into combat.
- Krav Maga: Aimed at practical self-defense, including disarming techniques.
- Tai Chi: Focuses on balance, slow movements, and counter-attacks.
- Aikido: Utilizes the opponent’s force against them through joint locks.
- Sumo: Specializes in pushing the opponent out of a designated area.
- Sambo: A Russian martial art that combines strikes and grappling.
- Systema: Focuses on natural movements and efficiency.
- Taekwondo: Emphasizes high kicks and jumping/spinning kicks.
- Karate: Focuses on striking techniques like punching, kicking, and knee strikes.
- Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee’s philosophy that advocates for no fixed form.
- Silat: A martial art from Southeast Asia, focusing on strikes and weapon use.
- Kung Fu: A broad term for Chinese martial arts, focusing on various techniques.
- Savate: French boxing that includes high kicks and open-hand strikes.
- MMA (Mixed Martial Arts): A combination of various martial arts for full-contact fights.
Table with Unarmed Combat skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Wrap your hands and arms to ensure they do not get damaged in a fight. Strike a Foe who is Helpless|
|Simple||Apply basic first aid that ensure that bruising to muscles and bones do not take perment damage after a fight. Strike a foe that’s prone on the ground.|
|Easy||Strike someone sitting in a chain with their back turned. Use an attack of opportunity when someone is moving away from you.|
|Routine||Flank foes that you outnumber. Use your arms and legs to break branches or pieces of wood.|
|Average||Requires a bit more competence to accomplish. Can be completed more often than not by a character if they have received exposure to the skill and are not encumbered in any way. This is the work of an apprentice or someone with exceptional latent talent.|
|Difficult||Wrestle with someone who they are evenly matched with.|
|Very Difficult||Purposefully break someone’s arm out of combat. Strike someone in the fog, mist, or smoke|
|Formidable||Parry a bladed weapon with your hands while only taking minimal damage.|
|Heroic||Hit someone in the dark|
|Nearly Impossible||Break metallic armor with a punch or kick.|
|Godly||Break metallic armor with a touch|
Intellect represents the overall ability of the being to mentally understand the world around them.
Social Sciences Knowledge Areas
Description of Social Sciences
Social sciences encompass the study of human society, behavior, and social interactions, often through systematic methods of empirical investigation and analysis. Social Science skills can be useful in TTRPGs when the party needs to understand a society quickly to navigate its complexities, when forming alliances, or when trying to alter the course of events within a community. It could also help in interpreting historical texts, solving social dilemmas, or predicting the behavior of NPCs.
Examples of Social Sciences from Fiction
In George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, Tyrion Lannister is a character who excels in the social sciences, particularly in the realms of politics, history, and psychology. Born into one of the most powerful families in the Seven Kingdoms, Tyrion has a keen understanding of social dynamics, power structures, and human behavior. His ability to read people and situations gives him a unique advantage in the cutthroat world of Westerosi politics.
For example, in “A Clash of Kings,” Tyrion is appointed as Hand of the King and quickly finds himself having to navigate the complex political landscape of King’s Landing. Using his understanding of social sciences, he forms alliances with key players, manipulates his enemies into weakening positions, and even restructures the city’s defenses. His knowledge of history and past conflicts allows him to anticipate his adversaries’ moves, while his understanding of psychology helps him manipulate them to his advantage.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a specialization in social sciences could be invaluable for various scenarios. They might be the one to broker an alliance between warring factions by understanding their cultural values and historical grievances. Or they could predict the likely moves of an enemy leader based on a deep understanding of political strategy and human behavior. Specializations could include expertise in a particular culture’s history, skills in diplomacy, or a focus on psychological manipulation.
Tyrion Lannister’s proficiency in the social sciences adds a rich layer of complexity to his character. It’s not just a tool for political maneuvering; it’s a reflection of his intellectual curiosity and his adaptability in a world that often underestimates him. His skills in the social sciences are not just practical assets; they are integral to his identity and his ability to survive and thrive in a world rife with social and political complexities.
Social Sciences Archetypes
- The Sociologist: This archetype specializes in the study of society and human behavior. They can analyze social structures, group dynamics, and cultural norms, making them invaluable when navigating complex societies or forming alliances.
- The Anthropologist: Skilled in the study of cultures and human societies, the Anthropologist can quickly understand the customs, traditions, and belief systems of different communities. They excel in bridging cultural gaps and fostering cross-cultural understanding.
- The Psychologist: Focusing on individual and group psychology, the Psychologist can assess and predict human behavior with precision. They are adept at understanding motivations, personality traits, and emotional states, which can be helpful when dealing with NPCs or resolving social dilemmas.
- The Historian: This archetype excels in interpreting historical texts, artifacts, and events. They can uncover hidden knowledge about a society’s past, which may be crucial for understanding present-day situations or solving mysteries related to a community’s history.
- The Diplomat: Skilled in negotiation and conflict resolution, the Diplomat can navigate diplomatic interactions, form alliances, and mediate disputes. They are experts in maintaining peaceful relations and achieving diplomatic goals.
- The Political Analyst: Specializing in the intricacies of political systems, the Political Analyst can assess power structures, identify key players, and predict political maneuvers. They are valuable when trying to influence or alter the course of political events within a society.
- The Economist: This archetype understands economic systems, trade, and resource allocation. They can assess the economic health of a society, identify opportunities for trade or investment, and predict the impact of economic decisions on a community.
- The Cultural Interpreter: Focusing on interpreting art, literature, and symbolism, the Cultural Interpreter can decipher the hidden meanings and messages within a society’s cultural expressions. This skill can be invaluable for understanding the values and beliefs of a community.
- The Ethicist: This archetype specializes in ethical dilemmas and moral philosophy. They can provide guidance on making morally sound decisions and navigating complex ethical issues within a society.
- The Archivist: Skilled in cataloging and preserving information, the Archivist can organize and access vast amounts of knowledge, making them valuable for researching and retrieving historical or social data.
- The Oracle: In a fantasy or mystical setting, the Oracle possesses special insights into a society’s past and future. They can provide cryptic prophecies and guidance based on their mystical understanding of history.
Specializations for Social Sciences
- Sociology: The study of social behavior and society structures.
- Psychology: Study of human mind and behavior.
- Anthropology: Study of human societies, past and present.
- Political Science: Study of governmental systems and political behavior.
- Economics: Study of resource distribution and consumption.
- Geography: Study of places and human-environment interaction.
- Criminology: Study of crime, criminal behavior, and law enforcement.
- Social Work: Applied science for improving the human condition.
- Communication Studies: Study of human communication methods.
- Linguistics: Study of language and its structure.
- History: Study of past human events.
- Gender Studies: Exploration of gender roles and equality.
- Ethnic Studies: Study of racial and ethnic groups.
- Philosophy: Examination of fundamental questions about existence.
- Religious Studies: Study of religious beliefs, practices, and institutions.
- Human Resource Management: Study of effective personnel management.
- Education Studies: Study of teaching methods and educational systems.
- Cultural Studies: Analysis of cultural artifacts and practices.
- Environmental Studies: Study of human-environment interactions.
- Public Policy: Study of governmental decisions and their impact.
Table with Social Sciences skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Understand common superstitions|
|Simple||Interpret the practices a group of people uses to bury their dead|
|Easy||Know proper etiquette of a people group as recorded in their histories. Recall widely known information; identify common people, places, objects, or symbols|
|Routine||Identify a landmark and its importance|
|Average||Requires a bit more competence to accomplish. Can be completed more often than not by a character if they have received exposure to the skill and are not encumbered in any way. This is the work of an apprentice or someone with exceptional latent talent.|
|Difficult||Recall the legends from history. Recall more obscure or specific information; identify uncommon people, places, objects, or symbols|
|Very Difficult||Recall truly esoteric or precise information; identify rare people, places, objects, or symbols|
|Formidable||Identify a famous person using by their burial marker, tombstone, or other obscure information about them. Recall information that is known only by a privileged few; identify exceedingly rare people, places, objects, or symbols|
|Heroic||Forecast the weather based on historical patterns|
|Nearly Impossible||Understand the lineage and ethnicity of someone based on observation only|
|Godly||Identify a common person using by their burial marker, tombstone, or other obscure information about them. Discover an ancient secret, no longer known to any mortals.|
Life Sciences Knowledge Areas
Description of Life Sciences
Life Sciences encompass the study of living organisms and their interactions with the environment. This skill covers a broad range of knowledge and applications, from medical treatments to bioengineering, and is crucial in both everyday life and specialized professions. In a TTRPG conflict resolution, Life Sciences could be used to identify the nature of a mysterious disease affecting a town, or to concoct an antidote for a rare poison. A specialized character might even perform surgery under combat conditions.
Examples of Life Sciences from Fiction
In the fantasy series “The Kingkiller Chronicle” by Patrick Rothfuss, the protagonist Kvothe demonstrates a strong aptitude for life sciences, particularly in the realm of alchemy and medicine. Trained at the University, Kvothe gains a deep understanding of various herbs, chemicals, and biological processes. This knowledge proves invaluable on multiple occasions throughout his adventures.
For example, in “The Wise Man’s Fear,” Kvothe encounters a town plagued by a mysterious illness. Using his understanding of life sciences, he is able to identify the disease’s origin and suggest a course of action to treat the afflicted, saving lives in the process. His skills also extend to the creation of antidotes and medicines, which come in handy when dealing with poisons or other harmful substances.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a specialization in life sciences could perform similar feats. They might identify a rare plant in a forest that can be used to cure a debilitating disease affecting a nearby village. Or, in a more combat-oriented scenario, they could quickly assess a wounded ally’s condition and perform emergency surgery to remove an embedded arrowhead, thereby preventing further damage or infection.
Kvothe’s proficiency in life sciences not only adds depth to his character but also provides him with practical skills that are crucial for his survival and the well-being of those around him.
Life Sciences Archetypes
- The Medic: Skilled in medical treatments and healthcare, the Medic can diagnose illnesses, administer first aid, and treat injuries effectively. They are essential for healing party members and can identify the symptoms and causes of diseases.
- The Healer-Shaman: In a mystical or magical setting, the Healer-Shaman possesses supernatural healing abilities and can communicate with spirits or tap into mystical energies to cure ailments and injuries.
- The Biologist: This archetype specializes in the study of living organisms, including their anatomy, physiology, and behavior. They can identify and understand various species, ecosystems, and the effects of environmental changes on life forms.
- The Pharmacist: Focusing on pharmaceuticals and drug interactions, the Pharmacist can create and administer medications, antidotes, and poisons. They are experts in understanding the chemical compositions of substances and their effects on the body.
- The Botanist: Specializing in plant life, the Botanist can identify and collect herbs, fungi, and other vegetation for medicinal or poison-related purposes. They can concoct herbal remedies, antidotes, or deadly toxins.
- The Zoologist: This archetype studies animal behavior and biology, making them experts in handling and understanding creatures. They can tame, train, or communicate with animals and identify potential threats from wildlife.
- The Geneticist: Skilled in genetic manipulation and bioengineering, the Geneticist can modify organisms, create hybrids, or engineer specific traits in living beings. They are valuable for creating unique creatures or solving genetic mysteries.
- The Ecologist: Focusing on ecosystems and environmental conservation, the Ecologist can assess the health of ecosystems, identify environmental threats, and propose solutions for preserving natural habitats.
- The Surgeon: Specializing in surgical procedures, the Surgeon can perform complex medical operations, even under combat conditions. They excel in treating injuries that require precision and surgical expertise.
- The Toxicologist: This archetype is an expert in the study of toxins, poisons, and venomous creatures. They can identify poisonous substances, create antidotes, and understand the effects of toxins on living organisms.
- The Epidemiologist: Focusing on disease outbreaks and public health, the Epidemiologist can track the spread of diseases, identify their origins, and develop strategies for containment and prevention.
- The Exobiologist: In a sci-fi or fantasy setting, the Exobiologist studies extraterrestrial life forms and ecosystems. They can identify alien organisms, understand their biology, and predict their behavior.
- The Biohacker: Combining knowledge of genetics with unconventional practices, the Biohacker can manipulate genes and biotechnology to achieve unique effects, such as enhancing physical abilities or creating bioengineered creatures.
Specializations for Life Sciences
- Poisons: Understanding toxic substances and their effects.
- Bioengineering: Manipulating biological systems for specific outcomes.
- Pharmacy: Knowledge of medications and their administration.
- Diagnosis: Identifying medical conditions through symptoms and tests.
- Medical Treatment: Providing general medical care to patients.
- Esoteric Medicine: Unconventional medical practices and theories.
- Epidemiology: Study of the spread and control of diseases.
- First Aid: Immediate and temporary medical care.
- Physician: Comprehensive medical care, including diagnosis and treatment.
- Surgery: Performing medical operations to treat conditions.
- Veterinary: Medical treatment of animals.
- Brain Hacking: Manipulating neurological processes.
- Biology: Study of living organisms and life processes.
- Physiology: Study of bodily functions and mechanisms.
- Herb Lore: Knowledge of plants and their medicinal properties.
- Farming: Agricultural practices to produce food and other products.
- Gardening: Cultivating plants in a controlled environment.
- Naturalist: Understanding of natural environments and ecosystems.
- Paleontology: Study of the history of life through fossils.
- Forensics: Application of science to solve crimes.
Table with Life Sciences skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Bind the wounds of someone who is bleeding|
|Simple||Treat someone with Dysentery|
|Easy||Perform First Aid and understand what is wrong with them. Recall widely known information; identify common fauna or flora|
|Routine||Stabilize and treat an injury so normal healing may begin|
|Difficult||Recall more obscure or specific information; identify uncommon fauna or flora|
|Very Difficult||Treat an average virtual, bacteria or other germ agent disease. Know about rare local plants and animals and how to identify them. Recall truly esoteric or precise information; identify rare fauna, or flora|
|Formidable||Treat someone with the Bubonic Plague or another difficult germ agent. Recall information that is known only by a privileged few; identify exceedingly rare fauna, or flora|
|Heroic||Perform CPR on someone who has been unconscious for seven minutes. Treat someone with an extremely hazardous germ agent such as Ebola.|
|Nearly Impossible||Attend to someone in critical condition who has died of physical body trauma|
|Godly||Reattach limbs, set broken bones, and grow them with herbal remedies and simple tools|
Physical Sciences / Survival Knowledge Areas
Description of Physical Sciences/Survival
Physical Sciences/Survival encompasses the scientific knowledge and practical skills needed for understanding the natural world and surviving in various environments. This skill set ranges from academic disciplines like chemistry and geology to practical survival techniques like tracking and fishing. Physical Sciences/Survival skill can be crucial in various conflict resolutions. For instance, characters might use Meteorology to predict an incoming storm to gain a tactical advantage, or Urban Survival to navigate through a dangerous cityscape evading capture. This skill set can offer creative ways to solve problems and overcome challenges in both natural and urban environments. Your Physical Sciences check measures your ability to recall lore about terrain, the weather, and natural cycles as well as perform mathematical operations. You might be asked to make a Survival check to navigate and find a path within a given environment, follow tracks, hunt wild game, guide your group through frozen wastelands, identify signs that Beakclaw live nearby, predict the weather, or avoid quicksand and other natural hazards. This skill is also used in urban environments to survive on the streets and to live within that environment.
Examples of Physical Sciences/Survival from Fiction
In Brandon Sanderson’s “The Stormlight Archive,” Kaladin Stormblessed is a character who excels in the skill of Physical Sciences/Survival. Raised in a rural village and trained as a soldier, Kaladin has a broad range of knowledge and skills that help him survive in various environments, from the harsh conditions of the Shattered Plains to the complexities of a military camp. His understanding of the natural world, including weather patterns and terrain, is complemented by his practical skills like tracking and first aid.
For example, in “The Way of Kings,” the first book in the series, Kaladin uses his understanding of meteorology to predict the arrival of a Highstorm, a devastating weather phenomenon. This knowledge allows him to prepare his men and find shelter, thereby saving lives. Later, in “Words of Radiance,” he uses his survival skills to navigate the treacherous landscape of the Shattered Plains, identifying safe paths and avoiding natural hazards like chasms and rockslides. His ability to read the environment and make quick, informed decisions is a key factor in his effectiveness as a leader.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a specialization in Physical Sciences/Survival could offer a wide range of problem-solving options. They might use their knowledge of geology to find a hidden cave for shelter, or apply their understanding of chemistry to create makeshift explosives. Specializations could include wilderness survival, allowing the character to find food and water in a forest, or urban survival, enabling them to navigate a city’s underworld without attracting unwanted attention.
Kaladin Stormblessed’s expertise in Physical Sciences/Survival adds a multifaceted layer to his character. It’s not just a set of practical skills; it’s a reflection of his adaptability, resourcefulness, and deep connection to the world around him. These skills are not just assets for survival; they are integral to his identity and his journey from a disillusioned soldier to a leader and protector.
Physical Sciences/Survival Archetypes
- The Naturalist: This archetype is a keen observer of the natural world, specializing in identifying plants, animals, and terrain features. They can recognize edible plants, track animals, and navigate diverse ecosystems.
- The Tracker: Skilled in following trails and footprints, the Tracker can locate creatures or individuals by analyzing signs and clues left behind. They excel in wilderness tracking and can even identify the habits of elusive creatures.
- The Geologist: Focusing on the study of rocks, minerals, and the Earth’s crust, the Geologist can identify valuable minerals, locate hidden caves or underground structures, and assess the stability of terrain.
- The Meteorologist: This archetype specializes in predicting weather patterns and understanding atmospheric phenomena. They can provide valuable insights into upcoming storms, temperature changes, or other weather-related events.
- The Survivalist: Skilled in practical wilderness survival techniques, the Survivalist can build shelters, find food and water sources, and create tools from natural materials. They excel in outdoor living and self-sufficiency.
- The Wilderness Guide: This archetype is an expert in leading groups through challenging natural environments. They can plan routes, avoid hazards, and ensure the safety of their party in the wilderness.
- The Urban Survivalist: Focusing on survival in urban environments, the Urban Survivalist can navigate through city streets, find shelter, scavenge for resources, and blend into urban crowds. They are adept at surviving in post-apocalyptic or dystopian settings.
- The Astronomer: Specializing in celestial navigation, the Astronomer can use the stars, planets, and other celestial bodies to determine direction and time, making them invaluable for night-time navigation.
- The Marine Biologist: This archetype studies marine life and ecosystems, making them experts in underwater environments. They can identify aquatic species, locate underwater resources, and understand ocean currents.
- The Archaeologist: Focusing on historical and cultural knowledge, the Archaeologist can identify ancient ruins, decipher ancient scripts, and uncover hidden artifacts. They excel in exploring lost civilizations and solving historical mysteries.
- The Mountain Guide: This archetype specializes in mountainous terrain, including climbing, navigating, and surviving in high-altitude environments. They can lead expeditions to mountain peaks and avoid dangers like avalanches and crevasses.
- The Desert Nomad: Skilled in desert survival, the Desert Nomad can find water sources, navigate through arid landscapes, and endure extreme heat. They are experts in thriving in desert environments.
- The Arctic Explorer: Specializing in cold-weather survival, the Arctic Explorer can endure freezing temperatures, locate shelter in snowy landscapes, and navigate through icy terrain.
Specializations for Physical Sciences/Survival
- Astronomy: Study of celestial objects, including navigation by stars.
- Chemistry: Understanding of elements, compounds, and chemical reactions.
- Geology: Study of Earth’s structure, materials, and geological history.
- Metallurgy: Understanding metals, their extraction, and alloy creation.
- Meteorology: Study of weather patterns and atmospheric phenomena.
- Naturalist: Identification and understanding of plants and animals.
- Camouflage: Skill in blending into natural environments.
- Fishing: Knowledge of fish habitats and effective angling techniques.
- Hiking: Endurance and knowledge for long treks across various terrains.
- Mimic Animal & Bird Sounds: Imitating animal sounds for hunting or camouflage.
- Navigation: Reading maps, compasses, and natural landmarks.
- Prospecting: Skill in locating valuable minerals and resources.
- Survival: General skills in surviving harsh conditions.
- Tracking: Ability to follow signs and trails of animals or people.
- Weather Sense: Ability to predict upcoming weather without instruments.
- Forensics: Scientific investigation of crime scenes.
- Streetwise: Navigating and surviving in urban settings.
- Urban Survival: Skills in surviving within a city environment during crises.
- Edible Plant Identification: Recognizing safe and unsafe flora for consumption.
- First Aid: Basic medical skills to treat injuries in the wilderness.
Table with Physical Sciences/Survival skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Hunt pigeons, Rats, and Mice within a city|
|Simple||Go Fishing with supplies|
|Easy||Forage for roots, and berries in the wilderness|
|Routine||Build a shelter out of tree limbs, grass, and leaves|
|Difficult||Construct an improvised weapon|
|Very Difficult||Track a small animal|
|Formidable||Track the passing of a single person through wild|
|Heroic||Find a source of water in the deep desert|
|Nearly Impossible||Construct a fire in a blizzard|
|Godly||Construct a fire under water|
Reasoning represents the overall ability of the being to adapt and manipulate the information they get from the world around them.
Engineering Knowledge Areas
Description of the Engineering skill
Engineering measures the ability to apply technological knowledge and expertise to build, modify, and repair various devices and structures. It encompasses a wide range of disciplines and is crucial in almost every trade, craft, or occupation that involves constructing something. An Engineering check might be required to reverse engineer a complex artifact, build a sturdy bridge, repair intricate machinery, or disarm an elaborate trap.
Examples of Engineering from Fiction
In the science fiction TV series “Firefly,” Kaylee Frye serves as the chief mechanic aboard the spaceship Serenity, captained by Malcolm Reynolds. Kaylee is a self-taught engineering prodigy, possessing an intuitive understanding of mechanical systems, electronics, and propulsion technologies. Her role is absolutely vital to the crew’s survival and success, as she is responsible for keeping the ship operational against all odds. Whether it’s a routine maintenance check or an emergency repair in the heat of battle, Kaylee is the go-to expert for anything related to the ship’s engineering.
One memorable episode, “Out of Gas,” showcases Kaylee’s engineering prowess in a life-or-death situation. When the ship’s life support system fails, leaving the crew with only a few hours of breathable air, Kaylee’s skills are put to the ultimate test. Despite the immense pressure and limited resources, she manages to rig a makeshift solution to buy the crew more time. Her deep understanding of the ship’s systems, combined with her ability to improvise, turns her into the crew’s lifeline in this dire situation.
In a Table Top Role Playing Game (TTRPG) setting, a character with Kaylee’s engineering skills would offer a wide range of problem-solving options. Imagine a scenario where the party’s spacecraft is damaged during a skirmish with enemy ships. An Engineering check could determine whether the character successfully reroutes power to essential systems, repairs the ship’s thrusters for a quick escape, or even modifies the ship’s weapons for a last-ditch counterattack. The possibilities are numerous, and a skilled engineer could tip the scales in the party’s favor in countless ways.
Kaylee’s engineering expertise goes beyond mere technical skills; her ability to think quickly, adapt to new challenges, and work with limited resources makes her an invaluable member of the Serenity crew. Whether she’s patching up bullet holes in the engine room or fine-tuning the ship’s systems for better fuel efficiency, Kaylee’s contributions are a blend of scientific knowledge and practical know-how. Her character exemplifies how engineering skills can be a game-changer in both everyday operations and high-stakes conflicts.
- The Tinkerer: This archetype is known for their knack for inventing and building mechanical devices. They can construct gadgets, traps, and makeshift tools using their engineering expertise.
- The Mechanic: Specializing in the repair and maintenance of machinery, the Mechanic can fix everything from vehicles to intricate mechanical devices. They are skilled in diagnosing and solving technical problems.
- The Architect: Focusing on designing and constructing buildings and structures, the Architect can create impressive architectural marvels, from bridges and fortresses to elegant homes and grand palaces.
- The Inventor: Skilled in creating new technological innovations, the Inventor can develop groundbreaking inventions that revolutionize industries or provide unique advantages to the party.
- The Demolition Expert: This archetype specializes in the safe and controlled destruction of structures and obstacles. They can set up explosive charges, dismantle complex traps, and bring down walls with precision.
- The Electrical Engineer: Focusing on electrical systems and technology, the Electrical Engineer can work with circuits, power sources, and electronic devices. They are essential for tasks involving power generation, security systems, and high-tech gadgets.
- The Structural Engineer: Specializing in the stability and integrity of buildings and infrastructure, the Structural Engineer can assess the safety of structures, reinforce weak points, and design load-bearing components.
- The Bridge Builder: This archetype excels in constructing bridges and other types of crossings. They can create safe and durable pathways over rivers, chasms, and other obstacles.
- The Siege Engineer: Skilled in designing and operating siege weapons and artillery, the Siege Engineer can build and use trebuchets, catapults, and other siege engines for military or defensive purposes.
- The Reverse Engineer: This expert is known for their ability to dismantle and understand complex artifacts, machinery, or technology. They can figure out how to replicate or modify existing devices.
- The Robotics Expert: In a futuristic or sci-fi setting, the Robotics Expert can design, build, and repair robots and autonomous machines. They are essential for tasks involving automation and AI.
- The Civil Engineer: Focusing on infrastructure and public works, the Civil Engineer can plan and oversee the construction of roads, bridges, dams, and other large-scale projects that benefit society.
- The Industrial Designer: This archetype specializes in the aesthetic and ergonomic aspects of product design. They can create visually pleasing and user-friendly devices and structures.
- The Environmental Engineer: Skilled in mitigating environmental impact, the Environmental Engineer can develop solutions for pollution control, resource management, and sustainable practices.
Specializations for Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering: Design and maintenance of mechanical systems like engines and machinery.
- Civil Engineering: Planning and construction of infrastructure such as bridges, roads, and buildings.
- Electrical Engineering: Understanding and manipulation of electrical systems and circuits.
- Software Engineering: Development and maintenance of software applications.
- Chemical Engineering: Manipulation of chemical processes for industrial applications.
- Aerospace Engineering: Design and construction of aircraft and spacecraft.
- Biomedical Engineering: Application of engineering principles to healthcare and medical devices.
- Environmental Engineering: Solutions for environmental issues like waste management and pollution control.
- Structural Engineering: Specialization in the integrity and durability of buildings and structures.
- Automotive Engineering: Design and development of vehicles and their subsystems.
- Naval Engineering: Design and maintenance of ships, submarines, and other watercraft.
- Robotics: Design and programming of automated machines.
- Cybersecurity Engineering: Protection of computer systems and networks from cyber threats.
- Telecommunications: Engineering of systems for transmitting information over a distance.
- Energy Systems: Design and management of systems for energy production and distribution.
- Material Science: Study and application of the properties of matter in engineering.
- Acoustical Engineering: Control and manipulation of sound through engineering.
- Nuclear Engineering: Specialization in the processes, systems, and instruments of nuclear energy.
- Geotechnical Engineering: Engineering related to the behavior of earth materials.
- Reverse Engineering: Deconstruction and analysis of devices to understand their functionality.
Table with Engineering skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Repairing a simple, everyday household gadget.|
|Simple||Building a small toy or crafting a basic wooden chair.|
|Easy||Repairing a bicycle or constructing a simple wooden cabin.|
|Routine||Designing and building a small wooden bridge over a stream.|
|Average||Crafting a functional crossbow or constructing a basic irrigation system.|
|Difficult||Developing and building a mechanical clock or assembling a complex network of electrical circuits.|
|Very Difficult||Designing and constructing a functioning steam-powered engine.|
|Formidable||Creating an advanced automaton with artificial intelligence.|
|Heroic||Designing and building a fully functional airship for long-distance travel.|
|Nearly Impossible||Developing and constructing a prototype of a teleportation device.|
|Godly||Crafting a colossal, self-sustaining city that hovers in the sky or designing and constructing a massive, energy-efficient arcology capable of housing thousands of people in a post-apocalyptic world.|
Insight Knowledge Areas
Description of the Insight skill
Insight measures the ability to discern the true intentions and emotions of others, utilizing keen observation, intuition, and analysis of verbal and non-verbal cues. It involves reading between the lines, perceiving subtle changes in behavior, and understanding the unspoken motivations of individuals.
Examples of Insight from Fiction
In the science fiction series “Dune” by Frank Herbert, Paul Atreides exhibits an extraordinary level of insight, honed by a combination of his Bene Gesserit training and his own innate abilities. Paul’s skill in discerning the true intentions and emotions of others is almost uncanny, allowing him to navigate the complex political and social landscapes of his universe. Whether he’s interpreting the subtle body language of a potential ally or detecting the hidden motives behind a seemingly straightforward proposal, Paul’s insight is one of his most potent tools.
One notable instance occurs in “Dune” when Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica, are taken captive by the Fremen, the native people of the desert planet Arrakis. Despite being in a perilous situation, Paul uses his insight to quickly gauge the dynamics within the Fremen tribe, identifying who holds real power and who can be trusted. His ability to read between the lines during conversations and negotiations not only earns him the respect of the Fremen but also allows him to rise to a position of leadership among them.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of insight could be invaluable for various aspects of gameplay. They might be able to discern that an NPC is lying about the location of a hidden treasure, or sense that a supposed ally is actually a traitor. An Insight check could be used to determine the success of these intuitive leaps, influencing the party’s decisions and potentially saving them from traps, betrayals, or poor choices.
Paul Atreides’ mastery of insight is not just a passive skill but an active tool he employs to shape events around him. His ability to understand the unspoken motivations and hidden agendas of those he interacts with gives him a significant advantage in the intricate power games he finds himself a part of. Whether he’s facing political intrigue, complex negotiations, or potential combat, Paul’s insight often provides him the edge he needs to come out on top.
- The Detective: This archetype excels in solving mysteries and uncovering hidden truths. They can deduce motives, unravel complex plots, and see through deception, making them valuable in investigative scenarios.
- The Empath: Specializing in understanding and sensing the emotions of others, the Empath can connect with people on a deep emotional level. They can provide comfort, diffuse tense situations, and offer valuable insights into the feelings of NPCs.
- The Profiler: Focusing on criminal psychology, the Profiler can create detailed psychological profiles of individuals based on their behavior and actions. They can predict future actions and provide valuable information for law enforcement or strategic planning.
- The Negotiator: Skilled in conflict resolution and diplomacy, the Negotiator can read the intentions and desires of opposing parties in negotiations. They can find common ground and broker deals in tense situations.
- The Counselor: This archetype is a master of providing emotional support and guidance to others. They can help characters deal with trauma, make difficult decisions, and overcome personal challenges.
- The Persuader: Specializing in persuasion and influence, the Persuader can read the desires and motivations of individuals and tailor their arguments or appeals to achieve their goals. They are skilled in changing people’s minds and gaining their cooperation.
- The Interrogator: Focusing on extracting information from others, the Interrogator can analyze verbal and non-verbal cues to determine if someone is lying or withholding information. They are experts in obtaining valuable intelligence.
- The Therapist: Skilled in providing mental health support, the Therapist can uncover the deep-seated issues and traumas of characters. They can help characters heal and overcome psychological challenges.
- The Motivational Speaker: This archetype excels in inspiring and motivating others. They can understand the desires and aspirations of individuals and use their insights to encourage action and achievement.
- The Judge: Known for their ability to quickly assess the true nature of individuals, the Judge can determine if someone is trustworthy or suspicious. They are skilled in making snap judgments based on limited interactions.
- The Mind Reader: In a mystical or supernatural setting, the Mind Reader possesses psychic or supernatural abilities that allow them to directly access the thoughts and emotions of others. They can uncover hidden secrets and gain access to a wealth of information.
- The Cultural Interpreter: Specializing in understanding and bridging cultural gaps, the Cultural Interpreter can discern the unspoken rules, norms, and values of different societies. They can facilitate cross-cultural understanding and avoid cultural misunderstandings.
- The Animal Whisperer: Skilled in understanding and communicating with animals, the Animal Whisperer can read the intentions and emotions of creatures. They can calm agitated animals, gain their trust, and even influence their behavior.
Specializations for Insight
- Lie Detection: Ability to discern when someone is being dishonest.
- Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and interpreting the emotions of others.
- Motivation Analysis: Discerning the underlying goals or desires driving someone’s actions.
- Body Language: Reading non-verbal cues to understand feelings or intentions.
- Social Dynamics: Understanding the unspoken rules and structures within social groups.
- Cultural Insight: Ability to understand motivations and behaviors within specific cultural contexts.
- Psychological Profiling: Creating in-depth profiles of individuals based on observed behavior.
- Interrogation: Skillful questioning to reveal hidden information.
- Conflict Resolution: Identifying the root causes of disagreements and finding solutions.
- Negotiation: Ability to influence or arrive at agreements through discussion.
- Empathy: Deep understanding and sharing of the emotional states of others.
- Intuition: Relying on gut feelings to make judgments about people or situations.
- Subtext Reading: Understanding the implied or hidden meanings in spoken or written language.
- Seduction: Ability to influence others through charm or attraction.
- Manipulation: Skillfully controlling or influencing others, often without their awareness.
- Political Acumen: Understanding the motivations and strategies in political or organizational settings.
- Salesmanship: Ability to persuade others to make purchases or take specific actions.
- Leadership Assessment: Evaluating the effectiveness and intentions of leaders or authority figures.
- Crisis Prediction: Ability to foresee social or interpersonal problems before they escalate.
- Animal Behavior: Understanding the intentions and emotions of animals.
Table with Insight skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Automatically sensing a close friend’s mood and emotional state.|
|Simple||Recognizing when someone is trying to hide their nervousness during a casual conversation.|
|Easy||Picking up on subtle changes in body language to understand that someone is feeling uncomfortable in a group setting.|
|Routine||Assessing that someone is attempting to deceive you through their inconsistent speech patterns.|
|Average||Noticing that a person is concealing their true feelings during a formal presentation.|
|Difficult||Detecting that an individual is plotting something harmful based on their unusual behavior and evasive answers.|
|Very Difficult||Gaining insight into an individual’s troubled past and predicting their responses in a therapeutic setting.|
|Formidable||Identifying the manipulative tactics of a skilled con artist and uncovering their true intentions.|
|Heroic||Successfully predicting the actions of a mastermind criminal behind an intricate series of crimes.|
|Nearly Impossible||Discerning the true identity of a spy who excels in deception, even among a network of intelligence agents.|
|Godly||Understanding the deepest fears and desires of a godlike entity who holds immense power over reality, enabling negotiation and cooperation between mortals and divine beings. Realizing the hidden agendas and ambitions of otherworldly beings influencing entire civilizations and guiding history’s course. (e.g., ancient dragons, cosmic entities, ethereal beings)|
Investigation Knowledge Areas
Description of the Investigation skill
When you look around for clues and make deductions based on those clues, you make an Investigation check. You might deduce the location of a hidden object, discern from the appearance of a wound what kind of weapon dealt it, or determine the weakest point in a tunnel that could cause it to collapse.
Examples of Investigation from Fiction
In the classic Western novel “True Grit” by Charles Portis, U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn demonstrates a keen sense of investigation. Though he’s primarily known for his grit and gunfighting skills, Cogburn’s ability to track down outlaws also relies heavily on his investigative prowess. Whether he’s following a trail through rugged terrain or piecing together clues from a crime scene, Cogburn uses his experience and intuition to make educated deductions.
One memorable scene involves Cogburn arriving at an abandoned cabin where he suspects an outlaw is hiding. Instead of rushing in guns blazing, he takes a moment to investigate. He observes the tracks leading into the cabin, the state of the horses tied outside, and even the smoke coming from the chimney. These clues allow him to deduce not only that the outlaw is indeed inside but also that he’s likely alone and unaware of his pursuers. This Investigation check, so to speak, enables Cogburn to plan his approach more strategically, ultimately leading to the successful capture of the outlaw.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of Investigation skill could be invaluable in a Western-themed campaign. Imagine the party is tracking down a notorious bandit; an Investigation check could reveal that the tracks they are following are actually a decoy, saving them valuable time and resources. Or perhaps the group finds themselves in a seemingly deserted mining town; a successful Investigation check could uncover clues leading to a hidden stash of gold or the lair of the bandits who raided the town.
Rooster Cogburn’s investigative skills complement his more overt abilities, making him a well-rounded character capable of both action and thoughtful analysis. His knack for investigation doesn’t just make him a better lawman; it often gives him the upper hand in dangerous situations, allowing him to outthink as well as outshoot his enemies. This balance of brawn and brain makes the skill of Investigation a critical tool in the arsenal of any gunslinger, sheriff, or bounty hunter in the Wild West.
- The Detective: This archetype is a master of solving mysteries and uncovering hidden truths. They can find clues that others might overlook, connect seemingly unrelated pieces of information, and deduce complex solutions to puzzles and mysteries.
- The Forensic Analyst: Specializing in analyzing physical evidence, the Forensic Analyst can determine the cause of a crime or accident by examining clues such as fingerprints, bloodstains, and ballistic data.
- The Archaeologist: Focusing on uncovering the past, the Archaeologist can discover ancient artifacts, decipher inscriptions, and piece together historical events based on archaeological evidence.
- The Cryptographer: Skilled in deciphering codes and ciphers, the Cryptographer can break secret messages and uncover hidden information. They excel in unraveling the mysteries of encrypted texts.
- The Tracker: This archetype specializes in following tracks and signs left by people or creatures. They can determine the direction and speed of travel, identify the number of individuals, and even predict their intentions based on their tracks.
- The Criminal Profiler: Specializing in understanding the psychology of criminals, the Criminal Profiler can create detailed profiles of suspects based on their actions and behaviors. They are experts in identifying patterns and motives.
- The Puzzle Solver: Focusing on solving intricate puzzles and riddles, the Puzzle Solver can decipher cryptic clues, unlock hidden doors, and navigate through complex traps and mazes.
- The Cyber Sleuth: In a modern or futuristic setting, the Cyber Sleuth can investigate digital mysteries, uncover online secrets, and track down cybercriminals using their knowledge of computer systems and hacking techniques.
- The Mythologist: Skilled in uncovering the myths and legends of different cultures, the Mythologist can decipher ancient stories and folklore to extract hidden meanings and insights into the past.
- The Conspiracy Theorist: Known for their ability to uncover hidden plots and conspiracies, the Conspiracy Theorist can connect seemingly unrelated events, reveal covert operations, and expose hidden agendas.
- The Cartographer: Focusing on mapmaking and navigation, the Cartographer can create detailed maps, identify geographical features, and deduce the best routes for travel based on terrain and landmarks.
- The Linguist: This version of the Cryptographer specializes in deciphering ancient languages and scripts. They can unlock the meanings of forgotten texts and inscriptions.
- The Riddle Master: In a fantasy or mystical setting, the Riddle Master excels in solving magical riddles and enigmatic puzzles that guard valuable treasures or lead to hidden realms.
- The Time Traveler: In a time-bending setting, the Time Traveler can uncover hidden clues and information by navigating different historical eras and unraveling the threads of time.
Specializations for Investigation
- Crime Scene Analysis: Examining a crime scene to gather and interpret evidence.
- Forensic Pathology: Determining cause of death or injury through examination of wounds or conditions.
- Puzzle Solving: Ability to solve complex puzzles or riddles.
- Trap Detection: Identifying and understanding mechanical or magical traps.
- Document Analysis: Scrutinizing documents for authenticity, hidden messages, or clues.
- Cyber Investigation: Tracing digital footprints and analyzing electronic data.
- Archaeological Assessment: Investigating ancient sites or artifacts for historical clues.
- Tactical Analysis: Evaluating situations or locations for strategic advantages or weaknesses.
- Geological Survey: Investigating the composition and structure of rock formations or terrain.
- Chemical Analysis: Identifying substances through chemical testing.
- Behavioral Profiling: Understanding patterns of behavior to predict future actions.
- Asset Recovery: Locating stolen or hidden items.
- Urban Exploration: Skillfully navigating and investigating urban environments for information.
- Cryptography: Decoding encrypted messages or ciphers.
- Contraband Identification: Recognizing illegal or restricted items.
- Forgery Detection: Identifying fake or altered objects and documents.
- Social Engineering: Gathering information through manipulation or persuasion.
- Astronomical Analysis: Investigating celestial phenomena for patterns or anomalies.
- Ecological Study: Investigating natural environments to understand ecological relationships.
- Political Intrigue: Uncovering secrets or hidden agendas in political settings.
Table with Investigation skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Automatically noticing an open book on a desk in a well-lit room.|
|Simple||Spotting a trail of muddy footprints leading to a nearby shed.|
|Easy||Finding a hidden compartment in a drawer by noticing a slight irregularity in its design.|
|Routine||Analyzing a set of fingerprints from a crime scene and matching them to a suspect in a database.|
|Average||Determining the cause of a minor fire by examining burn patterns and evidence in a room.|
|Difficult||Investigating a complex financial fraud case involving multiple suspects and intricate transactions.|
|Very Difficult||Deciphering a highly encrypted and encoded message that requires specialized skills and tools.|
|Formidable||Profiling a serial killer with an uncanny ability to leave no discernible patterns or evidence.|
|Heroic||Solving an intricate and convoluted mystery that has stumped the best detectives for months.|
|Nearly Impossible||Uncovering a secret criminal organization operating covertly and avoiding all detection for years.|
|Godly||Discerning the ultimate mastermind behind a series of international heists who leaves no trace, no witnesses, and has a vast network of operatives at their disposal.|
Acuity represents the overall ability of the being to harmonize conflicts in their understanding by pushing themselves mentally.
Traditions Knowledge Areas
Description of the Traditions skill
The Traditions skill encompasses a deep understanding of cultural norms, social etiquettes, and bureaucratic systems within various groups and organizations. Possessing this skill allows individuals to navigate complex social situations with ease, whether dealing with different ethnicities, religious communities, governmental bodies, or informal social circles. It enables them to grasp the unspoken rules, greetings, taboos, and bureaucratic requirements crucial for successful interactions, ensuring smooth dealings and favorable outcomes.
Examples of Traditions from Fiction
In the fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, Daenerys Targaryen demonstrates a remarkable aptitude for understanding and adapting to various traditions and cultural norms as she journeys across different lands. Initially a naive young girl, Daenerys evolves into a savvy leader partly because of her skill in “Traditions,” as it might be termed in a TTRPG setting. This skill becomes evident as she navigates the complex social landscapes of the Dothraki, the people of Slaver’s Bay, and various other groups she encounters.
For instance, when Daenerys is married off to Khal Drogo, a leader of the Dothraki, she initially struggles with the unfamiliar customs and traditions of her new people. However, she quickly learns their ways, from their warrior ethos to their religious practices, and uses this knowledge to gain their respect and eventually lead them. Her understanding of Dothraki traditions allows her to challenge existing norms, such as the treatment of women and slaves, without entirely alienating the tribe.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Traditions could be invaluable for various quests and interactions. Suppose the party is trying to gain the favor of a reclusive elven community. In that case, a character skilled in Traditions could guide the group through the complex social etiquette required, from the proper forms of address to the subtle nuances of elven gift-giving, thereby ensuring a more favorable outcome.
Daenerys’s ability to understand and adapt to different traditions is a cornerstone of her leadership style. It enables her to unite disparate groups under her banner, from Dothraki horse lords to freed slaves. Her skill in Traditions allows her to navigate complex social terrains, earning her allies where others might find only enemies. This skill becomes one of her most potent tools in her quest to reclaim the Iron Throne, demonstrating the power of cultural understanding in achieving one’s goals.
- The Cultural Ambassador: This archetype is a master of bridging cultural gaps and promoting cross-cultural understanding. They can navigate the customs, traditions, and etiquettes of different ethnicities and help parties interact harmoniously with diverse groups.
- The Diplomat: Specializing in international relations and diplomacy, the Diplomat can negotiate with foreign governments, understand diplomatic protocols, and navigate complex geopolitical landscapes.
- The Religious Scholar: Focusing on the study of religious beliefs and practices, the Religious Scholar can interpret religious texts, perform religious ceremonies, and mediate religious disputes.
- The Etiquette Expert: Skilled in social manners and formal etiquette, the Etiquette Expert can guide others in behaving appropriately in various social settings, from high-society events to formal diplomatic functions.
- The Protocol Officer: This archetype is well-versed in official protocols and bureaucratic systems. They can ensure that parties follow the correct procedures, submit necessary documents, and adhere to governmental regulations.
- The Folklorist: Specializing in the traditions and folklore of different regions and communities, the Folklorist can collect and interpret folk tales, legends, and customs, preserving cultural heritage.
- The Linguist: In addition to cultural understanding, this version of the Cultural Ambassador excels in learning and interpreting languages, making them invaluable for cross-cultural communication.
- The Peace Negotiator: This version of the Diplomat specializes in resolving conflicts and mediating disputes between nations or groups. They can find common ground and build peace treaties.
- The Clergyman: Focusing on religious leadership and spiritual guidance, the Clergyman can lead religious ceremonies, offer moral support, and provide spiritual counsel to others.
- The Gala Planner: Known for their ability to organize and host formal events and galas, the Gala Planner can create memorable and elegant gatherings that adhere to social etiquette.
- The Bureaucratic Sage: This version of the Protocol Officer excels in navigating bureaucratic mazes and complex legal systems. They can expedite processes and cut through red tape.
- The Storyteller: In addition to preserving folklore, the Storyteller specializes in using stories and legends to inspire and entertain others. They can captivate audiences with their narratives.
- The Polyglot: Skilled in learning and speaking multiple languages fluently, the Polyglot can facilitate communication between diverse groups and translate complex documents.
- The Mediator: Focusing on conflict resolution, the Mediator can mediate disputes at various levels, from interpersonal conflicts to international crises.
Specializations for Traditions
- Cultural Etiquette: Understanding the norms and manners of different cultures.
- Religious Practices: Knowledge of rituals, beliefs, and taboos within various religious communities.
- Political Protocols: Understanding the formalities and procedures within governmental bodies.
- Corporate Culture: Navigating the unspoken rules and hierarchies in business environments.
- Military Traditions: Familiarity with the customs, ranks, and protocols within armed forces.
- Academic Norms: Understanding the etiquette and expectations within educational institutions.
- Social Media Etiquette: Navigating the unspoken rules and trends of online social platforms.
- Subcultures: Deep understanding of smaller cultural groups, such as fandoms or lifestyle communities.
- Courtly Manners: Knowledge of the protocols and etiquette within royal or noble circles.
- Diplomatic Relations: Skill in navigating international protocols and formalities.
- Local Customs: Specialized knowledge of the traditions and norms of a specific locality.
- Family Traditions: Understanding the importance and nuances of familial customs and rituals.
- Historical Traditions: Knowledge of practices and norms from different historical periods.
- Legal Systems: Understanding the procedures and expectations within various legal frameworks.
- Artistic Communities: Familiarity with the norms and expectations within artistic circles.
- Rural Practices: Knowledge of traditions and norms in rural or isolated communities.
- Youth Culture: Understanding the changing norms and practices among younger generations.
- Gender Norms: Awareness of the expectations and roles ascribed to different genders in various cultures.
- Folklore and Mythology: Understanding traditional stories, myths, and practices within cultures.
- Secret Societies: Knowledge of the rituals, signs, and practices within clandestine organizations.
Table with Traditions skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Greeting someone with a handshake in a typical social setting.|
|Simple||Offering a polite bow as a sign of respect in a foreign culture.|
|Easy||Using the appropriate honorifics when addressing someone of higher status.|
|Routine||Understanding the expected gift-giving customs during a religious festival.|
|Average||Navigating the bureaucratic process to obtain a marriage license in a different country.|
|Difficult||Successfully negotiating a business deal while adhering to specific cultural protocols.|
|Very Difficult||Organizing a formal diplomatic reception, ensuring all customs and rituals are followed flawlessly.|
|Formidable||Mediating a delicate dispute between two historically antagonistic tribal groups.|
|Heroic||Representing a nation at an international summit and skillfully navigating various cultural nuances.|
|Nearly Impossible||Mediating peace talks between warring factions with deeply entrenched cultural hostilities.|
|Godly||Serving as a cultural ambassador to foster harmony and understanding among diverse civilizations across the galaxy.|
Perception Knowledge Areas
Description of the Perception skill
The Perception skill represents an individual’s heightened awareness and keenness of their senses, enabling them to spot, hear, or detect the presence of concealed or obscured elements in their surroundings. This skill is crucial for eavesdropping on conversations, detecting hidden threats, and noticing subtle clues or danger in various environments. Whether it’s spotting lurking enemies in the shadows or identifying concealed objects behind closed doors, Perception allows characters to remain vigilant and attentive to their environment.
Examples of Perception from Fiction
In the classic mystery fiction series featuring Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the titular character is the epitome of heightened Perception. Holmes’s keen observational skills are legendary, allowing him to spot clues and details that even trained investigators often overlook. Whether he’s at a crime scene, in his Baker Street apartment, or walking through the streets of London, Holmes’s Perception is always at work, helping him solve some of the most baffling cases.
For instance, in “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” Holmes quickly deduces the presence of a dangerous snake in a locked room, a clue that had eluded everyone else. His Perception allows him to notice subtle details like the arrangement of a bell-pull, the presence of saucer of milk, and the peculiar construction of a bed, all of which contribute to solving the mystery. Holmes’s ability to perceive what others cannot is not limited to visual clues; he also has an acute sense of hearing, which he uses to eavesdrop on conversations or detect someone’s approach.
In a Table Top Role Playing Game (TTRPG) setting, a character with a high level of Perception skill would be invaluable in a mystery or investigation scenario. Imagine the party is trying to solve a murder in a haunted mansion; a Perception check could reveal hidden compartments, overlooked clues, or even the faint sound of someone else in the house. This skill would be crucial for piecing together evidence, avoiding traps, and ultimately solving the mystery at hand.
Sherlock Holmes’s extraordinary Perception is not just a skill but an art form, honed through years of observation and logical deduction. It’s this keen awareness that sets him apart as one of the greatest detectives in literary history. Whether he’s solving a complex murder case or simply observing the people around him, Holmes’s Perception allows him to see the world in a way that few others can, making him an enduring symbol of the power of observation and attention to detail.
- The Scout: This archetype excels in reconnaissance and gathering information about the surrounding environment. They can detect hidden threats, scout ahead for danger, and provide valuable insights about the terrain.
- The Sentinel: Specializing in guarding and protecting, the Sentinel can maintain a constant vigilance, spotting potential threats or intruders before they can strike. They are skilled at perimeter defense and early warning systems.
- The Tracker: Focusing on following tracks and signs, the Tracker can discern the presence of creatures or individuals based on subtle clues such as footprints, disturbed foliage, or scent trails.
- The Investigator: Skilled in uncovering hidden clues and secrets, the Investigator can find concealed objects, discover hidden compartments, and identify subtle details that others might miss during investigations.
- The Eavesdropper: This archetype is known for their ability to listen in on conversations and gather information discreetly. They can overhear whispered conversations, detect hidden microphones, and interpret coded messages.
- The Scent Tracker: Specializing in using their sense of smell, the Scent Tracker can follow scent trails, identify specific odors, and even detect concealed or hidden substances by their scent.
- The Search and Rescue Specialist: Focusing on finding missing persons or lost objects, the Search and Rescue Specialist can locate individuals in distress, identify their whereabouts, and lead rescue operations.
- The Treasure Hunter: This archetype is skilled in discovering hidden treasures and valuable artifacts. They can identify concealed entrances to treasure troves and decipher cryptic maps and clues.
- The Safecracker: Known for their ability to open locked or secure containers, the Safecracker can detect hidden mechanisms, identify vulnerabilities in locks, and manipulate them to gain access.
- The Stealth Expert: Skilled in both perception and stealth, the Stealth Expert can detect hidden threats while remaining hidden themselves. They are experts at avoiding detection and maintaining situational awareness in stealthy operations.
- The Night Watchman: Focusing on guarding properties and locations during the night, the Night Watchman can detect intruders, monitor security systems, and respond to nighttime threats.
- The Paranormal Investigator: In a supernatural or occult setting, the Paranormal Investigator can perceive and investigate supernatural phenomena, such as ghosts, spirits, or otherworldly disturbances.
- The Wilderness Observer: This archetype specializes in observing wildlife and natural phenomena. They can detect the presence of animals, identify flora and fauna, and predict changes in weather and natural events.
- The Spotter: This version of the Scout specializes in spotting distant targets, such as snipers or hidden foes. They excel in providing overwatch and long-range reconnaissance.
- The Cryptid Hunter: In a supernatural or cryptozoological setting, the Cryptid Hunter can detect and track elusive and mythical creatures.
Specializations for Perception Skill
- Visual Acuity: Exceptional ability to spot hidden or distant objects.
- Auditory Sensitivity: Keen hearing that allows for eavesdropping or detecting quiet noises.
- Olfactory Detection: Ability to identify smells and their sources.
- Tactile Awareness: Sensitivity to touch, useful for detecting traps or changes in environment through the ground.
- Taste Discrimination: Ability to identify substances through taste.
- Danger Sense: Intuition for imminent threats or hazards.
- Night Vision: Adapted to seeing in low-light conditions.
- Thermal Sensing: Ability to detect heat signatures.
- Vibration Sensing: Detecting movement or activity through vibrations in the environment.
- Echolocation: Using sound to map out unseen environments.
- Crowd Reading: Ability to scan crowds for suspicious activity or individuals.
- Facial Recognition: Skill in remembering and identifying faces.
- Lip Reading: Ability to understand speech by observing the speaker’s lip movements.
- Camouflage Detection: Skill in spotting camouflaged or hidden entities.
- Forgery Detection: Keen eye for identifying counterfeit items or documents.
- Astronomical Observation: Skill in identifying celestial bodies and phenomena.
- Wildlife Spotting: Ability to notice hidden or camouflaged animals in natural settings.
- Micro-Expressions: Reading brief facial expressions for clues about mood or intent.
- Subtext Awareness: Sensing the unspoken context or implications in a situation.
- Psychic Sensing: Detecting supernatural or magical phenomena (if applicable in your game world).
Table with Perception skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Automatically noticing a brightly colored object in plain sight.|
|Simple||Hearing a distant conversation if the speakers are talking loudly.|
|Easy||Spotting a footprint on a well-lit path.|
|Routine||Detecting the faint smell of smoke from a nearby campfire.|
|Average||Noticing a hidden door in a room with a casual glance.|
|Difficult||Using acute hearing to eavesdrop on a whispered conversation from a distance.|
|Very Difficult||Spotting the subtle movement of a concealed assassin in a crowded market.|
|Formidable||Identifying the distinct smell of a particular type of poison lingering in the air.|
|Heroic||Detecting a concealed trap in a complex labyrinth without any prior knowledge of its existence.|
|Nearly Impossible||Seeing through a powerful illusion that even confounds other skilled magic users.|
|Godly||Discerning the presence of an ethereal being hidden from mortal perception without the use of magical abilities or spells.|
Formal Sciences Knowledge Areas
Description of Formal Sciences Skill
The Formal Sciences skill involves understanding and manipulating formal systems such as logic, mathematics, statistics, information theory, game theory, and decision theory. Individuals with this skill can analyze complex data, make precise calculations, and grasp the underlying principles governing formal structures. Moreover, they can apply this knowledge to advance other skills formally, enhancing their expertise in various fields.
Examples of Formal Sciences from Fiction
In the science fiction novel “Foundation” by Isaac Asimov, the character Hari Seldon exemplifies the use of Formal Science skills, particularly in the realms of mathematics and statistics. Seldon is the creator of “psychohistory,” a scientific discipline that combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics to predict the future behavior of large populations. His groundbreaking work in this formal system not only revolutionizes the understanding of societal dynamics but also sets the stage for the entire series, as his predictions about the future of the Galactic Empire become the foundation for subsequent actions.
Seldon’s Formal Science skills are not limited to abstract theories; they have practical applications that drive the plot. For example, he uses mathematical models to predict the fall of the Galactic Empire and the subsequent dark age. This prediction leads him to establish the Foundation, an organization aimed at minimizing the period of chaos. His understanding of formal systems like game theory and decision theory also helps him strategize the Foundation’s actions to ensure its survival against various threats.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Formal Science could be invaluable for problem-solving and strategic planning. Imagine the party is faced with a complex puzzle that requires understanding mathematical patterns to solve. A Formal Science check could determine whether they successfully decipher the puzzle and move forward. This skill could also be used in conjunction with other skills to advance them formally. For example, a character might use Formal Science to optimize a magical algorithm, thereby making their spells more efficient or powerful.
Hari Seldon’s mastery of Formal Science makes him a pivotal figure in his world, shaping the course of history through his understanding of formal systems. His skills enable him to analyze complex problems, develop innovative solutions, and make informed decisions that have far-reaching implications. Whether he’s predicting the future of civilizations or devising strategies to navigate crises, Seldon’s expertise in Formal Science is both his defining trait and his most powerful tool.
Formal Sciences Archetypes
- The Mathematician: This archetype is a master of mathematical principles and calculations. They can solve complex mathematical problems, perform statistical analysis, and make precise measurements.
- The Logician: Specializing in formal logic, the Logician can deduce conclusions from premises, identify fallacies in arguments, and create logical proofs to support their claims.
- The Game Theorist: Focusing on strategic decision-making, the Game Theorist can analyze competitive situations, predict opponents’ moves, and devise winning strategies in various games and conflicts.
- The Statistician: Skilled in statistical analysis, the Statistician can interpret data, conduct surveys, and make informed decisions based on probability and statistical models.
- The Information Theorist: This archetype excels in understanding and manipulating information theory, including data compression, encryption, and the transmission of information in various forms.
- The Cryptanalyst: Specializing in breaking codes and ciphers, the Cryptanalyst can decrypt encrypted messages, identify patterns in coded communications, and uncover hidden information.
- The Decision Analyst: Focusing on rational decision-making, the Decision Analyst can assess options, weigh probabilities, and make optimal choices in complex situations.
- The Chess Grandmaster: Known for their mastery of chess and strategic thinking, the Chess Grandmaster can analyze chess positions, plan ahead, and predict opponents’ moves with precision.
- The Programmer: This version of the Mathematician specializes in computer programming, coding, and software development. They can create complex algorithms and write efficient code.
- The Philosopher: Focusing on philosophical inquiries, the Philosopher can explore abstract concepts, ponder ethical dilemmas, and engage in deep philosophical discussions.
- The Negotiation Strategist: This version of the Game Theorist specializes in negotiation tactics and conflict resolution. They can analyze negotiation dynamics and devise strategies for successful negotiations.
- The Market Analyst: Skilled in financial analysis, the Market Analyst can assess economic trends, predict market movements, and make informed investment decisions.
- The Data Scientist: Specializing in data analysis and machine learning, the Data Scientist can extract valuable insights from large datasets, create predictive models, and automate decision-making processes.
- The Cryptographer: In addition to breaking codes, the Cryptographer excels in creating secure encryption methods and protecting sensitive information from unauthorized access.
- The Gambler: This archetype excels in applying formal sciences to games of chance and risk assessment. They can calculate odds, devise betting strategies, and make informed decisions in gambling situations. The Gambler’s expertise extends to various games, from poker and roulette to sports betting and card counting.
- The Linguistic Analyst: Specializing in the analysis of language and communication, the Linguistic Analyst can decipher and analyze coded or encrypted messages, discern patterns in linguistic data, and uncover hidden meanings in texts. They are skilled in understanding the nuances of different languages and dialects, making them valuable in deciphering language-related mysteries and cryptic communications.
Specializations for Formal Science Skill
- Algebraic Geometry: Study of algebraic structures and their geometric interpretations.
- Applied Game Theory: Application of game theory to optimize strategies in casino games.
- Behavioral Economics: Exploration of the psychological aspects affecting gambling and risk management.
- Combinatorial Game Theory: Advanced strategies for perfect-information games like Chess, Go, and Backgammon.
- Cryptology: Study of cryptography for secure communication and cryptanalysis for code-breaking.
- Decision Analysis: Application of decision theory and optimization techniques to make informed choices.
- Formal Logic: Study of logic and reasoning within formal systems.
- Game Analysis: Use of calculus and analysis to understand and strategize games.
- Game Theory: Study of mathematical models for strategic interaction, including dice games and bluffing techniques.
- Information Theory: Exploration of probability theory as it relates to information transfer and storage.
- Markov Chain Analysis: Application of Markov Chains to optimize strategies in games like Blackjack and card counting.
- Mathematical Logic: Study of formal logic within the context of discrete mathematics.
- Mathematical Modeling: Use of applied mathematics to model real-world scenarios.
- Number Theory: Exploration of pure mathematics focusing on the properties of numbers.
- Probability Theory: Application of probability to analyze sports betting and other games of chance.
- Stochastic Processes: Study of random processes, including strategies for games like Roulette.
- Statistics: Application of statistical analysis and data science techniques.
- Computational Theory: Study of algorithms, computational complexity, and other aspects of computation.
- Optimization Theory: Mathematical techniques for finding the best possible solutions in various settings.
- Quantum Computing: Exploration of computational theory and algorithms as applied to quantum systems.
Table with Formal Science skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Automatically solving simple arithmetic problems or play a common board game and enjoy yourself.|
|Simple||Calculating a basic statistical average from a small dataset or play and win a card or board game against someone who is unfamiliar with the game.|
|Easy||Applying basic algebra to solve a straightforward equation or fix the outcome of an animal fight.|
|Routine||Using probability theory to assess the likelihood of an event occurring or play and win chess, go, or other game against someone of the same mental acuity and skill level as you.|
|Average||Applying statistical analysis to identify trends in a dataset or requires a bit more competence to accomplish. Can be completed more often than not by a character if they have received exposure to the skill and are not encumbered in any way. This is the work of an apprentice or someone with exceptional latent talent.|
|Difficult||Using game theory to devise a winning strategy in a complex board game or guess the number of marbles in a jar.|
|Very Difficult||Solving a complex mathematical theorem or conjecture with rigorous proofs or fix the outcome of a boxing match.|
|Formidable||Designing an advanced algorithm for data compression in computer science or play and fix a game of chance against someone who has considerably more mental acuity and skill than you.|
|Heroic||Developing a groundbreaking mathematical model to explain a natural phenomenon or guess the next card to be drawn in a deck.|
|Nearly Impossible||Discovering a novel mathematical principle that revolutionizes a scientific field or an epic feat on which legendary tales are based on. The named masters of a skill come from acts such as these. You will be in the history books.|
|Godly||Creating an all-encompassing mathematical theory that unifies disparate branches of mathematics and science or can’t be done without assistance unless you’re basically a demigod.|
Manners represents the overall ability of the being to socially understand the world around them
Style Knowledge Areas
Description of Style Skill
Style is the ability to understand the mindset of the public or a specific audience and skillfully create cultural artifacts, such as dresses, paintings, sculptures, poems, or other artistic pursuits, to delight and captivate them. It involves a keen sense of aesthetics, creativity, and the capacity to evoke emotions through artistic expression.
Examples of Style from Fiction
In the classic novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, the character Lord Henry Wotton exhibits a unique mastery of Style, although not in the form of physical artifacts. Lord Henry is a connoisseur of wit, aesthetics, and the human condition, and he uses his understanding of these elements to captivate and influence those around him, particularly the protagonist, Dorian Gray. His keen sense of what will intrigue, delight, or shock his audience allows him to craft conversations and ideas as if they were works of art.
Lord Henry’s Style is evident in the way he effortlessly navigates social gatherings, always knowing the right thing to say to provoke thought, laughter, or introspection. His understanding of the mindset of his audience—whether it’s a room full of socialites or a young, impressionable man like Dorian—enables him to tailor his expressions for maximum impact. He is a master at evoking emotions and reactions, using his words and ideas as his medium.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Style could be invaluable in various social scenarios. Imagine the party needs to win the favor of a fickle noble; a character skilled in Style could create a poem, painting, or even a performance tailored to the noble’s specific tastes and sensibilities, thereby gaining his favor. Alternatively, the character could use their understanding of aesthetics and public sentiment to craft propaganda that sways public opinion in favor of the party’s cause.
Lord Henry’s mastery of Style makes him one of the most memorable and influential characters in “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” His ability to understand and manipulate the emotional and aesthetic sensibilities of those around him gives him a form of power that is as potent as it is subtle. Whether he’s shaping the life philosophy of a young man or captivating an entire room with his wit, Lord Henry’s skill in Style is both his weapon and his art form, making him a compelling figure in both the story and the broader discussions it provokes.
- The Fashion Designer: This archetype excels in creating clothing and accessories that resonate with the public’s sense of style. They can design outfits that become fashion trends and influence the way people dress.
- The Visual Artist: Specializing in painting, drawing, and other visual arts, the Visual Artist can create captivating artworks that evoke emotions, convey powerful messages, and leave a lasting impact on viewers.
- The Sculptor: Focusing on three-dimensional art forms, the Sculptor can shape materials into breathtaking sculptures that grace public spaces, museums, and galleries.
- The Poet: Skilled in the art of poetry, the Poet can craft verses and stanzas that stir the soul, provoke thought, and capture the essence of human experience through words.
- The Musician: This archetype excels in composing and performing music that resonates with audiences. They can create melodies that become hits, evoke emotions, and set the tone for various occasions.
- The Filmmaker: Specializing in filmmaking and storytelling through motion pictures, the Filmmaker can create cinematic masterpieces that entertain, inspire, and provoke thought.
- The Literary Author: Focusing on writing novels, short stories, and literature, the Literary Author can craft literary works that become classics, influencing generations of readers and writers.
- The Choreographer: Skilled in dance and movement, the Choreographer can create captivating dance routines and performances that mesmerize audiences.
- The Interior Designer: Known for their ability to transform spaces into aesthetically pleasing environments, the Interior Designer can create interiors that reflect style and enhance the quality of life.
- The Graphic Designer: Specializing in visual communication and design, the Graphic Designer can create eye-catching graphics, logos, and branding materials that resonate with clients and consumers.
- The Game Designer: Focusing on designing interactive experiences, the Game Designer can create video games, board games, and immersive storytelling experiences that captivate players and users.
- The Architect: This version of the Interior Designer excels in designing not just interiors but entire buildings and structures, creating architectural marvels that blend form and function.
- The Cinematographer: Specializing in cinematography and visual storytelling, the Cinematographer can capture breathtaking visuals and create memorable scenes in films and video productions.
- The Songwriter: This version of the Musician specializes in writing lyrics and melodies for songs that become chart-toppers and touch the hearts of listeners.
- The Playwright: Focusing on writing plays and scripts, the Playwright can create compelling stories for the stage and screen, entertaining and engaging audiences.
- The Street Artist: Known for their urban art and graffiti, the Street Artist can transform public spaces with their unique artistic expressions, making a statement in the streets.
Specializations for Style Skill
- Fashion Design: Crafting clothing and accessories that captivate and set trends.
- Portrait Painting: Creating lifelike or interpretive paintings of individuals.
- Sculpture Artistry: Shaping materials into three-dimensional forms for artistic expression.
- Poetry Composition: Crafting verses that evoke emotion and provoke thought.
- Calligraphy: The art of beautiful handwriting for expressive and decorative purposes.
- Landscape Painting: Capturing natural scenery through paint on canvas.
- Pottery and Ceramic Art: Creating functional or decorative objects from clay or other ceramic materials.
- Creative Writing: Crafting narratives, essays, or other written works that captivate readers.
- Abstract Art Expression: Creating art that uses shapes, colors, and forms to achieve its effect.
- Music Composition and Arrangement: Crafting melodies, harmonies, and rhythms into a complete musical piece.
- Interior Design: Arranging indoor spaces for aesthetic appeal and functionality.
- Storytelling and Narrative Craft: Weaving tales and narratives that engage and entertain.
- Jewelry Design: Crafting decorative items worn for personal adornment.
- Graphic Design and Visual Communication: Creating visual content to communicate messages or concepts effectively.
- Performing Arts (Theater, Dance, Music Performance): Expressing art through bodily movement, acting, or musical performance.
- Photography and Visual Arts: Capturing images that tell a story or evoke emotion.
- Film Direction and Cinematography: Crafting visual storytelling through the medium of film.
- Illustration and Comics Art: Creating images to represent ideas, stories, or characters, often in a serialized format.
- Floral Arrangement and Design: Artfully arranging flowers and other plant elements for aesthetic display.
- Culinary Arts and Food Presentation: Crafting dishes that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate.
Table with Style skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Automatically matching colors and patterns in an outfit.|
|Simple||Creating a visually appealing flower arrangement.|
|Easy||Crafting a heartfelt poem for a close friend.|
|Routine||Painting a landscape scene that conveys a sense of tranquility.|
|Average||Designing an attractive and functional interior space for a small apartment.|
|Difficult||Composing a captivating symphony for an orchestra.|
|Very Difficult||Directing and producing an emotionally impactful short film.|
|Formidable||Designing a breathtaking and innovative architectural structure.|
|Heroic||Writing a critically acclaimed novel that resonates with readers worldwide.|
|Nearly Impossible||Creating an iconic and trendsetting fashion collection that influences the industry.|
|Godly||Choreographing an extraordinary and groundbreaking dance performance that leaves audiences in awe.|
Performance Knowledge Areas
Description of the Performance skill
Performance is the ability to captivate and delight an audience through various forms of entertainment, such as music, dance, acting, storytelling, or other artistic expressions. It involves a combination of talent, skill, charisma, and stage presence to evoke emotions, engage the audience, and leave a lasting impression.
Examples of Performance from Fiction
In the fantasy series “The Kingkiller Chronicle” by Patrick Rothfuss, the protagonist Kvothe is an exceptionally gifted performer. From a young age, he is trained in the Edema Ruh, a group of traveling performers known for their storytelling, music, and acting. Kvothe’s Performance skill is not just a hobby or a pastime; it’s an integral part of his identity and a crucial tool for survival. Whether he’s playing the lute in a tavern for tips or using storytelling to captivate a hostile audience, Kvothe’s performances are imbued with a unique blend of skill, charisma, and emotional depth.
One memorable scene occurs in “The Name of the Wind,” where Kvothe participates in a musical competition at the Eolian, a prestigious venue. Despite having a damaged lute with only six strings, Kvothe delivers a performance so emotionally powerful and technically flawless that he not only wins the competition but also gains his talent pipes, a mark of extraordinary musical ability. His performance evokes a range of emotions from the audience, from sorrow to exhilaration, leaving an indelible impression on all who hear him.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Performance could be invaluable in various scenarios. Imagine the party needs to distract a group of guards while their comrades sneak into a fortress; a Performance check could determine whether the character successfully holds the guards’ attention with a riveting tale or a captivating song. Alternatively, the character could use their Performance skills to win over a crowd, swaying public opinion or even inciting a rebellion against a tyrannical ruler.
Kvothe’s mastery of Performance serves multiple functions throughout his journey. It provides him with a means of livelihood, a way to connect with others, and even a method of self-expression and healing. His ability to captivate and move audiences is not just a testament to his technical skill but also to his understanding of the human condition. Whether he’s strumming a lute or weaving a tale, Kvothe’s performances are a fusion of artistry and emotion, making him one of the most compelling figures in modern fantasy literature.
- The Musician: This archetype excels in playing musical instruments and performing music that resonates with audiences. They can create melodies that inspire emotions and move the soul.
- The Dancer: Specializing in dance and movement, the Dancer can captivate audiences with graceful or energetic performances, telling stories through movement and rhythm.
- The Actor: Focusing on the art of acting, the Actor can portray diverse characters, convey emotions, and bring stories to life on stage or screen.
- The Storyteller: Skilled in the oral tradition of storytelling, the Storyteller can enchant audiences with compelling narratives, transporting them to different worlds and eras through words.
- The Comedian: Known for their comedic timing and wit, the Comedian can entertain and make people laugh with humor and satire, providing moments of joy and laughter.
- The Magician: This archetype specializes in performing illusions and magic tricks that leave audiences in awe and wonder. They can create a sense of mystery and enchantment.
- The Circus Performer: Focusing on circus arts, the Circus Performer can showcase breathtaking acrobatics, aerial feats, and daring stunts that amaze and thrill audiences.
- The Puppeteer: Skilled in the art of puppetry, the Puppeteer can bring puppet characters to life, telling stories and entertaining through the manipulation of marionettes or hand puppets.
- The Bard: This version of the Musician and Storyteller combines musical talent with storytelling skills, creating epic ballads and tales that captivate both the ears and the imagination.
- The Improviser: Known for their ability to improvise and adapt to unexpected situations, the Improviser can entertain audiences with on-the-spot performances and witty responses.
- The Clown: Focusing on physical comedy and slapstick humor, the Clown can elicit laughter and amusement through their antics and playful demeanor.
- The Illusionist: This version of the Magician specializes in creating elaborate illusions and mind-bending tricks that challenge the audience’s perceptions and leave them in awe.
- The Aerialist: Specializing in aerial arts, the Aerialist can perform breathtaking routines on aerial silks, trapeze, or other apparatus, showcasing grace and daring.
- The Ventriloquist: Skilled in ventriloquism, the Ventriloquist can make inanimate puppets or objects “speak” and interact with the audience, creating entertaining dialogues.
- The Hypnotist: Known for their ability to induce trance-like states and suggestibility in others, the Hypnotist can perform mesmerizing acts that leave the audience mystified.
Specializations for the Performance skill
- Vocal Singing: Using the voice to perform songs and captivate audiences.
- Instrumental Music (Piano, Guitar, Violin, etc.): Mastery of musical instruments for live performances.
- Dance (Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-hop, etc.): Expressing art and emotion through various styles of dance.
- Theater Acting (Drama, Comedy, Musical, etc.): Performing roles in theatrical productions to engage an audience.
- Storytelling and Oral Traditions: Weaving tales and narratives through spoken word to entertain and educate.
- Stand-up Comedy: Using humor and wit to entertain a live audience.
- Magic and Illusion: Performing tricks and illusions that amaze and mystify.
- Street Performances and Busking: Entertaining public audiences in open spaces or on the street.
- Spoken Word Poetry: Performing poetry that is meant to be heard and experienced, rather than just read.
- Puppetry and Marionette Shows: Manipulating puppets or marionettes for theatrical entertainment.
- Circus Performances (Acrobatics, Juggling, etc.): Showcasing physical skills and daring feats in a circus setting.
- Improvisational Comedy (Improv): Creating spontaneous comedic scenes based on audience suggestions.
- Mime and Physical Theater: Using body language and facial expressions to tell a story without words.
- Voice Acting and Dubbing: Providing the voices for animated characters or dubbing over existing performances.
- Live Art and Performance Art: Creating art in real-time, often incorporating multiple forms of media and audience interaction.
- Flamenco Dancing: Performing the traditional Spanish art form that includes singing, guitar playing, dance, and handclaps.
- Opera Singing: Performing in a theatrical work that combines drama, music, and often dance.
- Ballroom Dancing: Partnered dancing in formal styles like waltz, tango, and foxtrot.
- Drag Performances: Entertaining through exaggerated, theatrical forms of feminine or masculine presentation.
- Cultural Traditional Performances (Hula Dance, Kabuki Theater, etc.): Showcasing performances that are specific to certain cultures or traditions.
Table with Performance skill and examples for each level of difficulty
|Trivial||Automatic humming or tapping along with a familiar tune.|
|Simple||Playing a basic song on a musical instrument without errors.|
|Easy||Dancing to a popular song with simple choreography.|
|Routine||Delivering a monologue with clear articulation and expression.|
|Average||Performing a well-known song with emotion and vocal control.|
|Difficult||Mastering complex dance routines with precision and grace.|
|Very Difficult||Acting in a leading role of a challenging theatrical production.|
|Formidable||Singing an operatic aria with impeccable technique and emotion.|
|Heroic||Executing a flawlessly choreographed dance performance in front of a large audience.|
|Nearly Impossible||Engaging a diverse crowd through an improvised stand-up comedy act.|
|Godly||Achieving a mesmerizing stage presence that transcends reality, leaving audiences spellbound and deeply moved.|
Etiquette Knowledge Areas
Description of the Etiquette skill
Etiquette is the art of knowing and applying the proper social customs, protocols, and behaviors in various situations to interact gracefully with individuals from different backgrounds. It involves understanding the appropriate ways to communicate, behave, and show respect to others, ensuring smooth interactions and fostering positive relationships.
Examples of Etiquette from Fiction
In the classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, Elizabeth Bennet demonstrates a nuanced understanding of Etiquette, especially given the social constraints and expectations of her time. While she is not afraid to challenge societal norms, Elizabeth knows how to navigate various social situations gracefully, understanding when to adhere to protocol and when it’s acceptable to bend the rules. Her skill in Etiquette is evident in her interactions with a range of characters, from the haughty Lady Catherine de Bourgh to the charming but deceitful George Wickham, and of course, the enigmatic Mr. Darcy.
One memorable scene that showcases Elizabeth’s grasp of Etiquette occurs during her visit to Rosings, the grand estate of Lady Catherine. Despite Lady Catherine’s attempts to belittle her and assert her own superiority, Elizabeth manages to hold her own, responding with just the right blend of deference and assertiveness. She adheres to the social customs of the time, yet does so in a way that maintains her self-respect and dignity, impressing even Mr. Darcy in the process.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Etiquette could be invaluable for navigating complex social landscapes. Imagine the party is invited to a royal ball where they must secure an alliance with a foreign power. A character skilled in Etiquette could guide the group through the intricacies of courtly behavior, from the proper way to address nobility to the subtle art of diplomatic conversation, thereby increasing the chances of a successful negotiation.
Elizabeth Bennet’s mastery of Etiquette is not just about following rules; it’s about understanding the nuances of human interaction within the context of her society. Her ability to read the room, so to speak, allows her to adapt her behavior according to the situation, whether she’s challenging social norms or adhering to them. This skill enables her to navigate a rigid social hierarchy without compromising her own values, making her one of the most enduring and relatable characters in literary history.
- The Diplomat: This archetype excels in diplomatic etiquette and protocol, ensuring smooth interactions in international and formal settings. They can navigate complex diplomatic negotiations and foster positive relations between nations.
- The Host/Hostess: Specializing in event planning and hospitality, the Host/Hostess can create inviting and well-organized gatherings, ensuring guests feel comfortable and welcome.
- The Courtier: Focusing on etiquette in royal courts and noble circles, the Courtier can navigate the intricate rules of courtly behavior, gain favor with nobility, and represent their interests effectively.
- The Business Etiquette Expert: Skilled in corporate and business etiquette, the Business Etiquette Expert can build strong professional relationships, negotiate business deals, and navigate the corporate world with grace.
- The Cultural Interpreter: Known for their ability to understand and bridge cultural gaps, the Cultural Interpreter can decipher the customs and taboos of different societies, ensuring respectful interactions in diverse settings.
- The Manners Instructor: This archetype specializes in teaching etiquette to others, helping individuals refine their social skills and behave appropriately in various situations.
- The Wedding Planner: Focusing on wedding etiquette and ceremonies, the Wedding Planner can create memorable and harmonious weddings that adhere to cultural traditions and expectations.
- The Ambassador: This version of the Diplomat represents their nation or organization in diplomatic relations and international affairs, fostering diplomacy and cooperation on a global scale.
- The Butler/Beloved Servant: Specializing in serving and attending to the needs of others, the Butler or Beloved Servant can create an atmosphere of elegance and refinement in households or formal gatherings.
- The Court Advisor: Known for their wisdom and counsel, the Court Advisor can offer valuable advice to rulers and nobility, guiding decision-making and shaping the course of politics.
- The Corporate Coach: Focusing on executive coaching and leadership development, the Corporate Coach can help professionals refine their leadership skills and excel in the business world.
- The Cultural Liaison: This version of the Cultural Interpreter specializes in facilitating communication and collaboration between different cultural groups, promoting understanding and cooperation.
- The Etiquette Columnist: Skilled in providing etiquette advice through writing or media, the Etiquette Columnist can offer guidance on proper behavior to a wide audience.
- The Event Coordinator: Known for their ability to plan and execute a wide range of events, the Event Coordinator can organize everything from corporate conferences to social galas with impeccable etiquette.
- The Protocol Specialist: Focusing on diplomatic protocol, the Protocol Specialist can ensure that diplomatic events and ceremonies adhere to established customs and procedures.
Specializations for the Etiquette skill
- Dining Etiquette: Understanding the proper manners and behaviors at the dining table.
- Business Etiquette: Knowing how to conduct oneself in a professional setting, including meetings and networking events.
- Wedding and Event Etiquette: Familiarity with the customs and protocols for various ceremonies and social events.
- International Etiquette: Understanding the social norms and customs of different countries and cultures.
- Protocol and Diplomacy: Mastery of formalities and courtesies required in diplomatic settings.
- Social Media Etiquette: Knowing the do’s and don’ts of interacting on social media platforms.
- Networking Etiquette: Understanding the proper ways to make and maintain professional connections.
- Greeting and Introductions: Mastery of the appropriate ways to greet and introduce people in various settings.
- Funeral Etiquette: Knowing the respectful behaviors and protocols for memorial services.
- Gift-Giving Etiquette: Understanding the appropriate gifts and presentation methods for various occasions.
- Conversation and Small Talk: Mastery of the art of casual conversation and how to keep discussions pleasant and appropriate.
- Workplace Etiquette: Knowing how to behave in an office or professional environment.
- Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity Etiquette: Understanding how to interact respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Travel Etiquette: Knowing the proper conduct when traveling, including in airports, hotels, and foreign countries.
- Formal Occasions Etiquette (Galas, Balls, etc.): Mastery of the social norms for high-society events.
- Telephone and Email Etiquette: Understanding the proper ways to communicate via phone or email.
- Dress Code and Fashion Etiquette: Knowing what attire is appropriate for various social and professional settings.
- Public Speaking Etiquette: Mastery of the norms and behaviors for speaking in public, including tone, timing, and audience engagement.
- Table Manners and Table Setting Etiquette: Understanding the proper arrangement of tableware and how to behave during meals.
- Body Language and Nonverbal Communication Etiquette: Mastery of the unspoken cues that accompany verbal communication.
Table with Etiquette skill specializations and difficulty levels
|Trivial||Act with common graces among a group of your peers. Saying “please” and “thank you” automatically in everyday interactions.|
|Simple||Act in such a way as to not stick out in a crowd of your peers. Properly greeting someone with a smile and handshake.|
|Easy||Act with common graces among a group of people who are not of your class so as not to attract attention. Knowing when to use formal or informal language in a conversation.|
|Routine||Socially interact with people and leave a pleasant impression without backgrounds / social standing getting in the way. Demonstrating good table manners during a casual meal with friends.|
|Average||Understanding appropriate dress code for different social events.|
|Difficult||Mastering business etiquette in professional settings and meetings. Socially interact with people and leave a pleasant impression even though they know your background / social standing demands other reactions.|
|Very Difficult||Navigating cultural customs and norms when traveling internationally. Entice and convince someone of a given proposition outside your Social Class even though they know your baackground / social standing demands other reacitons.|
|Formidable||Representing a company or government in diplomatic and protocol matters.|
|Heroic||Delivering a flawless and engaging public speech to a large audience|
|Nearly Impossible||Seduce someone who knows you don’t share compatible sexual values.|
|Godly||Successfully mediating and resolving intense conflicts between warring factions or nations with superior diplomacy and tact.|
Personality represents the overall ability of the being to conform their own actions to create the outcomes they want.
Deception Knowledge Areas
Description of the Deception Skill
The Deception skill measures the ability to convincingly hide the truth, whether through verbal means or actions. This skill encompasses a wide range of deceptive practices, from misleading others through ambiguity to outright lying. Characters proficient in Deception can fast-talk guards, con merchants, earn money through gambling, pass themselves off in disguises, offer false assurances to dull suspicions, or maintain a straight face while telling blatant lies.
Examples of Deception from Fiction
In the fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, Petyr Baelish, commonly known as Littlefinger, is a master of Deception. His ability to manipulate, lie, and mislead others is unparalleled, making him one of the most dangerous players in the game of thrones. Littlefinger’s skill in Deception is evident in almost every interaction he has, whether he’s sowing discord among powerful families, manipulating financial markets, or plotting assassinations.
One of Littlefinger’s most memorable acts of deception occurs when he convinces Eddard Stark that he will support him in a coup against Queen Cersei, only to betray him at the last moment. Littlefinger’s assurances are so convincing that even the usually cautious Eddard is taken in. This act of deception has far-reaching consequences, leading to Eddard’s imprisonment and eventual execution, and setting off a chain of events that plunges the Seven Kingdoms into war.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Deception could be invaluable for various scenarios. Imagine the party needs to infiltrate a heavily guarded fortress; a Deception check could determine whether they successfully bluff their way past the guards. Or perhaps the group is caught in a web of political intrigue; a character skilled in Deception could spread misinformation to throw their enemies off balance or create false alliances to further their own goals.
Littlefinger’s mastery of Deception makes him a formidable adversary. His ability to read people and situations allows him to craft lies that are almost indistinguishable from the truth. Whether he’s manipulating the stock market to amass wealth or pitting powerful lords against each other to climb the social ladder, Littlefinger’s deceptive practices are his most potent weapons. His skill in this dark art allows him to navigate the treacherous political landscape of Westeros, leaving a trail of chaos in his wake.
- The Master of Disguise: This archetype excels in assuming different identities and disguises, making it nearly impossible for others to recognize them. They can infiltrate enemy ranks or hide in plain sight.
- The Smooth Talker: Specializing in persuasive deception, the Smooth Talker can charm and manipulate others with their words, convincing them to believe or do things they normally wouldn’t.
- The Con Artist: Focusing on elaborate schemes and cons, the Con Artist can deceive individuals or organizations for personal gain, whether it’s through confidence tricks or elaborate scams.
- The Impersonator: Skilled in mimicking the speech patterns and behavior of others, the Impersonator can convincingly portray specific individuals, impersonating anyone from nobility to notorious criminals.
- The Poker-Faced Liar: Known for their ability to maintain a calm and unflinching demeanor while lying, the Poker-Faced Liar can deceive even the most astute observers, making their falsehoods appear as truths.
- The Illusionist: This archetype specializes in creating illusions and misdirection, using magic or sleight of hand to deceive and bewilder their audience.
- The Infiltrator: Focusing on espionage and covert operations, the Infiltrator can penetrate secure locations, assume false identities, and gather information without raising suspicion.
- The Spy: This version of the Master of Disguise and Infiltrator combines the skills of disguise and espionage, making them invaluable for intelligence-gathering and covert missions.
- The Snake Charmer: Known for their persuasive abilities, the Snake Charmer can manipulate even the most resistant individuals, convincing them to act against their better judgment.
- The Grifter: Specializing in long cons and elaborate schemes, the Grifter can orchestrate complex deceptions that involve multiple layers of deceit and manipulation.
- The Mimic: Focusing on mimicking not just individuals but also creatures and monsters, the Mimic can infiltrate dangerous territories or confuse adversaries with their shapeshifting abilities.
- The Deceptive Illusionist: This version of the Illusionist combines magical deception with misdirection, creating mesmerizing illusions that baffle and deceive.
- The Saboteur: Known for their ability to infiltrate enemy organizations and disrupt their operations, the Saboteur can sabotage equipment, steal valuable information, and sow chaos from within.
- The Silver-Tongued Manipulator: Focusing on psychological manipulation, the Silver-Tongued Manipulator can influence others’ thoughts and behaviors, bending them to their will through cunning persuasion.
- The Counterfeit Expert: Skilled in creating convincing forgeries and counterfeit documents, the Counterfeit Expert can produce fake identification, currency, or valuable items that pass as genuine.
Specializations for the Deception Skill
- Misdirection: Skill in diverting attention away from the truth or from one’s actions.
- False Identity Creation: Crafting believable fake identities, complete with backstory and documentation.
- Verbal Persuasion and Manipulation: Using words to deceive or manipulate others into believing or doing something.
- Impersonation and Mimicry: Ability to convincingly imitate another person’s voice, mannerisms, or appearance.
- Acting and Feigning Emotions: Skill in pretending to feel emotions that one does not actually feel.
- Detecting Deception in Others: Ability to recognize when someone else is being deceptive.
- Creating and Maintaining False Documents: Crafting and using fake documents to support deceptive activities.
- Faking Forgery: Creating counterfeit items or documents that appear to be genuine.
- Undercover Infiltration and Espionage: Skill in blending into an environment or group to gather information without being detected.
- Confidence Schemes and Long Cons: Planning and executing complex scams that require gaining someone’s trust.
- Disguise and Camouflage: Ability to change one’s appearance or blend into an environment to avoid detection.
- Misleading Body Language and Facial Expressions: Using non-verbal cues to deceive or mislead.
- Illusion Casting and Trickery (In a fantasy setting): Using magical or technical means to create illusions that deceive the senses.
- Covert Communication and Secret Codes: Using hidden messages or codes to communicate without being understood by outsiders.
- Fabricating Alibis and False Testimonies: Creating believable false stories to explain one’s actions or whereabouts.
- Manipulating Evidence and Crime Scene Alteration: Changing or planting evidence to mislead investigators.
- Feeding False Information to Rival Factions or Enemies: Deliberately giving incorrect or misleading information to opponents.
- Misrepresenting Intentions and Hidden Agendas: Concealing one’s true plans or motives while appearing to have different intentions.
- Deceptive Negotiation and Diplomacy: Using deceit as a tool in negotiations or diplomatic interactions.
- Gaslighting and Psychological Manipulation: Manipulating someone into doubting their own memory, perception, or sanity.
Table with Deception skill specializations and difficulty levels
|Trivial||Automatically putting on a friendly demeanor with strangers.|
|Simple||Successfully passing off a small fib in casual conversation.|
|Easy||Using slight misdirection to lead someone away from a sensitive topic.|
|Routine||Convincing others of a minor falsehood with a composed delivery.|
|Average||Keeping a straight face while telling a small lie even under scrutiny.|
|Difficult||Successfully using charm and persuasion to manipulate someone into making a favorable decision.|
|Very Difficult||Convincing a group of people that you are someone else entirely, and getting them to believe your fabricated identity.|
|Formidable||Pulling off a long con to gain the trust of influential figures and extract valuable information.|
|Heroic||Disguising yourself as a high-ranking authority figure and giving a convincing speech to rally a crowd in support of a cause.|
|Nearly Impossible||Orchestrating an elaborate scheme of misinformation to deceive multiple factions and throw the world into confusion.|
|Godly||Deception on a cosmic scale, where even the most astute and vigilant beings are unable to discern reality from illusion, and the truth becomes a malleable concept.|
Persuasion Knowledge Areas
Description of the Persuasion Skill
Persuasion is the ability to influence others using tact, social graces, and good nature. It involves fostering friendships, making cordial requests, and exhibiting proper etiquette. With persuasion, you can convince people to see things from your perspective, negotiate peace between warring tribes, inspire crowds, or gain favor with influential figures.”
Examples of Persuasion from Fiction
In the historical novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch demonstrates a profound skill in Persuasion. As a lawyer in a racially divided Southern town, Atticus faces the daunting task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Despite the overwhelming prejudice and hostility he faces, Atticus uses his persuasive abilities to make a compelling case for Tom’s innocence, appealing to the jury’s sense of justice and humanity.
One of the most memorable scenes showcasing Atticus’s skill in Persuasion is his closing argument in Tom Robinson’s trial. Atticus doesn’t resort to theatrics or manipulation; instead, he calmly lays out the facts of the case, imploring the jury to set aside their biases and consider the evidence before them. He employs a combination of tact, social graces, and a deep understanding of human nature to make his point, even though the odds are heavily stacked against him.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Persuasion could be invaluable in various scenarios. Imagine the party is caught in a tense standoff between two feuding families. A character skilled in Persuasion could step in to mediate, using their social graces and understanding of human nature to broker a peace agreement. Or perhaps the group needs to gain the favor of a powerful queen; a successful Persuasion check could convince her to lend her support to their cause.
Atticus Finch’s mastery of Persuasion is not just a tool for his profession; it’s a guiding principle of his life. He believes in the power of empathy and understanding to bridge the divides between people, and he uses his persuasive abilities to advocate for justice and fairness. Whether he’s defending a client in court or imparting life lessons to his children, Atticus’s skill in Persuasion is a testament to the impact one individual can have when they speak from a place of integrity and compassion.
- The Charmer: This archetype excels in winning people over with their charisma and charm. They can make others feel at ease and build instant rapport, making it easier to sway opinions.
- The Diplomat: Specializing in negotiation and diplomacy, the Diplomat can mediate conflicts, forge alliances, and find mutually beneficial solutions to complex issues.
- The Orator: Focusing on the art of public speaking, the Orator can inspire crowds, deliver persuasive speeches, and move hearts and minds with their words.
- The Mediator: Skilled in conflict resolution, the Mediator can bring opposing parties to the table, facilitate productive discussions, and find common ground.
- The Advocate: Known for their ability to champion causes and persuade others to support them, the Advocate can rally people behind a purpose or belief, whether it’s a social cause or a political campaign.
- The Negotiator: This archetype specializes in bargaining and deal-making. They can secure favorable agreements, haggle for better terms, and ensure that parties involved in negotiations benefit.
- The Counselor: Focusing on providing emotional support and guidance, the Counselor can offer advice, lend a sympathetic ear, and help individuals make decisions in their best interest.
- The Peacemaker: This version of the Diplomat and Mediator combines the skills of diplomacy and conflict resolution to bring about lasting peace in contentious situations.
- The Motivational Speaker: Known for their ability to inspire and motivate others, the Motivational Speaker can boost morale, encourage personal growth, and instill determination in their audience.
- The Public Relations Expert: Specializing in managing public perception, the Public Relations Expert can shape public opinion, manage crises, and ensure a positive image for individuals or organizations.
- The Legal Counsel: Focusing on legal matters and negotiations, the Legal Counsel can represent clients, draft contracts, and navigate complex legal issues with finesse.
- The Life Coach: Known for their ability to guide individuals toward self-improvement and personal growth, the Life Coach can help people overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
- The Inspirational Leader: This archetype excels in leading groups or organizations through inspiration and motivation. They can unite diverse teams and lead them to success through their unwavering charisma.
- The Mentor: Focusing on guiding and mentoring others, the Mentor can pass on wisdom and expertise, helping individuals develop their skills and make informed decisions.
- The Socialite: Known for their extensive social network and ability to connect people, the Socialite can facilitate introductions, build alliances, and create valuable connections for themselves and others.
Specializations for the Persuasion Skill
- Diplomacy: Negotiating peace treaties between rival nations or settling disputes without resorting to violence.
- Court Etiquette: Understanding and adhering to the complex protocols and customs of royal courts and high society events.
- Charisma in Leadership: Inspiring and motivating a group of people to follow your lead and work towards a common goal.
- Salesmanship: Convincing potential customers to buy products or services through compelling pitches and persuasive techniques.
- Political Persuasion: Winning support for a political cause or candidate by swaying public opinion through speeches and campaigns.
- Emotional Empathy: Identifying and empathizing with people’s emotions to connect with them on a deeper level and gain their trust.
- Negotiation Skills: Successfully navigating tricky negotiations and reaching mutually beneficial agreements with different parties.
- Interpersonal Influence: Excelling in one-on-one interactions to build rapport, gain trust, and sway opinions subtly.
- Motivational Speaking: Delivering powerful speeches that inspire, uplift, and energize an audience to take action or change their beliefs.
- Crisis Communication: Calmly and convincingly addressing a crowd during moments of turmoil or uncertainty to maintain order and ease tensions.
- Debate and Rhetoric: Mastering the art of persuasive argumentation and logical reasoning to win debates and sway opinions.
- Seduction and Charm: Using charm, allure, and personal magnetism to gain favor, win hearts, and create positive impressions.
- Jury Persuasion: Convincing a jury of the innocence or guilt of a defendant during a trial through persuasive arguments and evidence presentation.
- Cultural Sensitivity: Adapting your persuasive approach to different cultures and customs to avoid misunderstandings and foster cooperation.
- Crisis Management: Calmly and effectively handling crises, emergencies, or conflicts to maintain public confidence and trust in your leadership.
- Public Relations: Managing and shaping the public image of individuals, organizations, or institutions through strategic communication.
- Influence Over Authorities: Persuading those in positions of power to make decisions or take actions in line with your interests or goals.
- Confidence Projection: Projecting an air of self-assurance and confidence, inspiring trust and admiration from others.
- Converting Skeptics: Convincing skeptics and critics to change their minds or adopt your perspective through well-reasoned arguments.
- Ethical Persuasion: Using persuasion techniques responsibly and with integrity, ensuring the well-being and benefit of all parties involved.
Table with Persuasion skill specializations and difficulty levels
|Trivial||Convince a hungry person to eat food you bought for them.|
|Simple||Convince a child to take candy from you|
|Easy||Calm a troubled person. Persuade a city guard to do their job well. Convince a governmental official you want to help them.|
|Routine||Requires a bit more competence to accomplish. Can be completed more often than not by a character with natural aptitude.|
|Difficult||Convince someone that you are of another caste / social class then the one you actually are. convince a group of thugs to leave you in peace. Convince a friend your idea is better than their idea.|
|Very Difficult||Convince a group of people to use a limited resource the way you want them to. Talk your way past a steward to talk to the property owner. Inspire a group of townsfolk who are milling about. Negotiate peace between warring parties that want peace, but don’t know how to proceed.|
|Formidable||Stir up slaves or plebs to revolt against their task masters (not all will listen). Convince a mob boss you are worth more alive than dead. Convince someone to share a secret they are not to share with you.|
|Heroic||Stir up the villagers or slaves to revolt against their task masters and have all of them form an angry mob that marches on the plantation owner’s home. Convince guards that even though you don’t have an invitation and you are not on their list, you are suspose to be at The Company.|
|Nearly Impossible||Convince the Greek kings to make war on Troy now that Paris has stolen Helen of Sparta. Convince King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy that Alexander / Paris’s idea of stealing Helena was a good idea and support him.|
|Godly||Convince a spirit to share their true name with you. Convince a dragon to tell you the secret location of its horde|
Intimidation Knowledge Areas
Description of the Intimidation Skill
Intimidation is the ability to influence others through overt threats, hostile actions, and displays of physical prowess. It involves using fear and forceful demeanor to coerce others into compliance or submission. Examples of intimidation include extracting information from a prisoner, dissuading street thugs from confrontation, or using menacing gestures to make someone reconsider their decisions.”
Examples of Intimidation from Fiction
In the crime thriller series “The Godfather” by Mario Puzo, Vito Corleone exemplifies the skill of Intimidation. As the patriarch of the Corleone crime family, Vito uses a combination of veiled threats, overt displays of power, and an imposing presence to maintain his family’s influence and control over their criminal enterprises. While he is a man of many talents and strategies, his ability to intimidate is one of his most effective tools for maintaining order and achieving his objectives.
One iconic scene that showcases Vito Corleone’s skill in Intimidation occurs when he visits the office of Jack Woltz, a Hollywood producer who has refused a favor to the Corleone family. Vito starts off with polite conversation, but the underlying threat is palpable. When Woltz remains defiant, Vito ensures that he wakes up the next morning with the severed head of his prized racehorse in his bed. The message is clear and terrifying, and Woltz promptly complies with Vito’s wishes.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Intimidation could be invaluable in various scenarios. Imagine the party is interrogating a captured enemy spy; an Intimidation check could determine whether the spy reveals critical information. Or perhaps the group encounters a band of highway robbers; a successful Intimidation check could make the robbers think twice about attacking, allowing the party to pass unharmed.
Vito Corleone’s mastery of Intimidation is a cornerstone of his power and influence. While he prefers to use diplomacy and mutual benefit to achieve his goals, he is not above using fear and threats when necessary. His ability to intimidate is not just about physical force; it’s a calculated use of his reputation, his resources, and his understanding of human psychology. Whether he’s negotiating business deals or settling disputes, Vito Corleone’s skill in Intimidation ensures that he commands respect and compliance, making him one of the most formidable figures in the world of organized crime.
- The Enforcer: This archetype is known for their imposing physical presence and intimidating demeanor. They can make others cower through sheer force and intimidate even the toughest adversaries.
- The Interrogator: Specializing in extracting information through intimidation, the Interrogator can break down resistance, elicit confessions, and gather critical intelligence from reluctant individuals.
- The Street Thug: Focusing on urban intimidation tactics, the Street Thug can deter confrontations, establish dominance in their territory, and maintain control over criminal enterprises through fear.
- The Brute: Skilled in using brute strength and aggression, the Brute can smash obstacles, intimidate adversaries, and create an aura of fear on the battlefield.
- The Enigmatic Menacer: Known for their mysterious and unpredictable nature, the Enigmatic Menacer can instill fear through enigmatic behavior and veiled threats, making them a formidable adversary.
- The Master of Psychological Intimidation: This archetype specializes in psychological warfare, using mind games, manipulation, and mental intimidation to break opponents’ wills and control situations.
- The Torturer: Focusing on extracting information through physical and psychological torment, the Torturer can use brutal methods to make captives divulge secrets.
- The Crime Lord: Known for their ability to control criminal organizations and underworld activities, the Crime Lord can intimidate rivals and maintain authority over a criminal empire.
- The Warlord: This version of the Brute excels in leading armies and warbands through intimidation, inspiring fear in enemies and ensuring loyalty among their troops.
- The Puppet Master: Specializing in manipulation and control, the Puppet Master can pull strings behind the scenes, using fear and coercion to manipulate others into doing their bidding.
- The Sadist: Focusing on deriving pleasure from inflicting pain and fear, the Sadist can intimidate through sheer cruelty, reveling in the suffering of their victims.
- The Inquisitor: Known for their ability to root out heresy and dissent, the Inquisitor can use psychological tactics to make individuals confess and submit to authority.
- The Fearmonger: This archetype excels in spreading fear and panic among populations, creating chaos and unrest through psychological and physical intimidation.
- The Bodyguard: Focusing on protecting others through intimidation, the Bodyguard can deter potential threats and ensure the safety of their clients by instilling fear in would-be attackers.
- The Mercenary Enforcer: Known for their willingness to use violence for profit, the Mercenary Enforcer can be hired to intimidate or eliminate targets on behalf of clients.
Specializations for the Intimidation Skill
- Interrogation Techniques: Skillfully extracting information from unwilling subjects using a combination of psychological pressure and fear tactics.
- Streetwise Intimidation: Asserting dominance and scaring off potential adversaries in rough urban environments.
- Body Language: Utilizing intimidating body language, postures, and facial expressions to project an aura of menace.
- Fear Induction: Instilling fear in others through verbal threats and powerful, menacing language.
- Physical Presence: Imposing and intimidating others solely through one’s physical appearance and size.
- Coercive Tactics: Applying calculated intimidation to force reluctant individuals into taking specific actions.
- Demanding Respect: Making demands and commanding respect through an air of authority and forcefulness.
- Confrontation Mastery: Handling confrontations with skill, asserting control, and causing opponents to second-guess their intentions.
- Fear Amplification: Amplifying an already tense situation to escalate fear and make adversaries yield.
- Vocal Intimidation: Using a deep, commanding voice to instill fear and authority in others.
- Show of Strength: Demonstrating physical prowess or prowess with weapons to intimidate opponents into submission.
- Ruthless Demeanor: Portraying a ruthless and merciless demeanor that discourages opposition and defiance.
- Psychological Manipulation: Understanding and exploiting psychological vulnerabilities to provoke fear and compliance.
- Intimidation in Negotiation: Intimidating opponents during negotiations to tilt the outcome in your favor.
- Fear Projection: Projecting an aura of fear and dread that unnerves opponents and disrupts their focus.
- Fear-mongering: Spreading rumors or creating a terrifying reputation to intimidate and control others.
- Steely Resolve: Maintaining unyielding composure and unwavering determination to unsettle adversaries.
- Environmental Intimidation: Utilizing the surroundings to enhance intimidation, like creating echoes in a dark cave to amplify one’s presence.
- Group Intimidation Tactics: Coordinating with allies to project overwhelming force and intimidate larger groups.
- Instilling Dread: Cultivating an aura of dread and terror that makes opponents hesitate to challenge you.
Table with Intimidation skill specializations and difficulty levels
|Trivial||Automatically asserting authority in a non-threatening manner to gain compliance. Convince a child to run.|
|Simple||Scaring off a small animal or non-aggressive individual with a forceful presence. Bully your way to the front of a line.|
|Easy||Using a stern tone and confident demeanor to deter a misbehaving child. Insinuate violence through force of presence and words. Scare a coward into handing over something of small value.|
|Routine||Intimidating a group of rowdy patrons in a tavern to keep the peace. Cause innocent people to cow before you in a public place.|
|Average||Coercing a minor criminal into revealing some information through veiled threats. Requires a bit more competence to accomplish. Can be completed more often than not by a character if they have received exposure to the skill and are not encumbered in any way. This is the work of an apprentice or someone with exceptional latent talent.|
|Difficult||Intimidating a rival gang to abandon their turf without resorting to violence. Shove or push someone out of your way. Get information out of an uncooperative captive. Convince thugs to back down.|
|Very Difficult||Imposing fear on a powerful and dangerous enemy, making them think twice about attacking. Convince the police to look the other way this time. Make a government functionary sign an arbitrary document.|
|Formidable||Intimidating a ruthless crime lord to release hostages and withdraw his forces. Make a threatening gesture to force a guard to abandon their post. Stop a mob in their tracks. Cause a creature who is larger and stronger to flee.|
|Heroic||Inspiring terror in an entire army through sheer force of presence, causing them to retreat without a fight. Force an undefeated rival to kneel before you to kiss your boots.|
|Nearly Impossible||Confronting a legendary dragon or a fearsome supernatural being, commanding them to obey or leave an area. Force a king or high priest to abandon their post for their crimes.|
|Godly||Instilling dread in a cosmic entity or otherworldly being, making them hesitate to challenge your will. Force a king or high priest to abandon their post for your crimes.|
Identity represents the overall ability of the being to harmonize conflicts in the society they exist in by pushing themselves socially.
Bureaucracy Knowledge Areas
Description of the Bureaucracy
The skill Bureaucracy means you understand the bureaucratic structures of a group and how they can be used to create the outcomes you need. This can be understanding how local politicians work, how to incentivize law enforcement, or the rules of churches or other formalized social structures of a corporation or social group.
Examples of Bureaucracy from Fiction
In the political drama series “The West Wing,” created by Aaron Sorkin, the character of C.J. Cregg, the White House Press Secretary, demonstrates a deep understanding of Bureaucracy. C.J. navigates the intricate web of governmental structures, from the Executive Branch to Congress, and even the media, to achieve her objectives. Whether she’s managing a crisis, coordinating with various departments, or handling sensitive information, C.J.’s skill in Bureaucracy is evident in how she leverages the system to her advantage.
One memorable episode showcases C.J.’s bureaucratic acumen when she has to manage a diplomatic crisis involving a foreign dignitary. Understanding the protocols, the chain of command, and the sensitivities of various departments, she orchestrates a series of meetings and briefings to ensure that the crisis is resolved with minimal political fallout. Her ability to work the bureaucratic system enables her to bring together State Department officials, National Security advisors, and even the President in a coordinated response.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Bureaucracy could be invaluable for navigating complex social structures. Imagine the party needs to secure a permit for a magical experiment in a city where magic is heavily regulated. A character skilled in Bureaucracy could expedite the process, knowing which officials to talk to and what strings to pull. Or perhaps the group is involved in a dispute with a local guild; understanding the guild’s internal rules and hierarchy could give the party an edge in negotiations or legal proceedings.
C.J. Cregg’s mastery of Bureaucracy is a cornerstone of her effectiveness as a Press Secretary and later as the White House Chief of Staff. Her ability to understand and manipulate the bureaucratic system allows her to achieve outcomes that would be difficult, if not impossible, for others less skilled in the art of bureaucracy. Whether she’s managing a crisis, shaping policy, or simply navigating the day-to-day challenges of government
- The Political Strategist: This archetype excels in navigating the political landscape, understanding the intricacies of government structures, and using influence to shape policies and decisions.
- The Lawful Advocate: Specializing in legal and judicial matters, the Lawful Advocate can navigate court systems, draft legal documents, and use legal processes to achieve desired outcomes.
- The Corporate Insider: Focusing on corporate structures and business operations, the Corporate Insider can manipulate corporate policies, influence board decisions, and climb the corporate ladder through strategic maneuvering.
- The Ecclesiastical Expert: Skilled in religious and church hierarchies, the Ecclesiastical Expert can navigate religious organizations, gain favor with clergy, and shape religious doctrine or practices.
- The Community Organizer: Known for their ability to mobilize grassroots movements and community groups, the Community Organizer can influence local policies, rally support for causes, and effect change at the community level.
- The Lobbyist: This version of the Political Strategist specializes in lobbying efforts, advocating for specific policies or interests within government institutions and influencing lawmakers.
- The Legal Mastermind: Specializing in legal manipulation, the Legal Mastermind can exploit legal loopholes, create complex contracts, and use legal strategies to gain advantages.
- The Corporate Machiavellian: Focusing on corporate intrigue and power plays, the Corporate Machiavellian can engage in cutthroat business tactics, manipulate stock markets, and orchestrate corporate takeovers.
- The Religious Scholar: Known for their deep knowledge of religious texts and traditions, the Religious Scholar can interpret sacred scriptures, influence religious dogma, and lead religious movements.
- The Grassroots Activist: Focusing on grassroots activism, the Grassroots Activist can organize protests, rallies, and community campaigns to effect social change and political reform.
- The Propagandist: This archetype excels in shaping public opinion and perception through media manipulation, propaganda, and information control, influencing how individuals perceive various organizations and causes.
- The Covert Operative: Specializing in covert operations within bureaucratic structures, the Covert Operative can infiltrate organizations, gather intelligence, and sabotage operations from within.
- The Diplomatic Envoy: Focusing on international diplomacy, the Diplomatic Envoy can negotiate treaties, forge alliances, and represent their nation’s interests on the global stage.
- The Policy Analyst: Known for their expertise in policy analysis and formulation, the Policy Analyst can craft policy proposals, assess their impact, and advocate for policy changes within government bodies.
- The Union Organizer: This version of the Community Organizer specializes in labor movements and workers’ rights, mobilizing employees to demand better working conditions and benefits.
- The Dirty Tricks Mastermind: Specializing in sophisticated propaganda campaigns, the Dirty Tricks Mastermind can shape public perception on a grand scale, swaying public opinion and influencing mass behavior.
Specializations for the Bureaucracy Skill
- Political Manipulation: Understanding the intricacies of political systems and using them to gain influence and power.
- Legal Expertise: Mastering the laws and regulations of a region to navigate legal systems effectively.
- Corporate Dynamics: Knowing how corporations operate and using bureaucracy to climb the corporate ladder.
- Social Engineering: Manipulating social structures to achieve specific social or cultural changes.
- Public Policy Analysis: Analyzing and influencing public policies for the betterment of society.
- Government Diplomacy: Interacting with government agencies and officials to achieve desired outcomes.
- Non-Profit Management: Understanding the bureaucratic aspects of non-profit organizations and optimizing their operations.
- Intelligence Operations: Utilizing bureaucratic systems to gather intelligence and conduct covert operations.
- Lobbying and Advocacy: Advocating for specific causes and using bureaucracy to shape public opinion and policy.
- Institutional Strategy: Developing strategies to navigate and leverage institutional frameworks.
- Community Organizing: Organizing and mobilizing communities to achieve collective goals.
- Trade Negotiations: Using bureaucratic knowledge to negotiate advantageous trade deals between organizations or nations.
- Diplomatic Protocols: Understanding and adhering to diplomatic protocols to foster positive international relations.
- Administrative Efficiency: Streamlining bureaucratic processes to improve organizational efficiency.
- Public Relations Management: Managing public perception through strategic bureaucratic actions.
- Budgetary Planning: Planning and managing budgets within bureaucratic structures to achieve financial goals.
- Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring compliance with various regulations and laws to avoid penalties or legal issues.
- Policy Implementation: Implementing and executing policies effectively within organizations or governments.
- Crisis Management: Using bureaucratic expertise to navigate and manage crises and emergencies.
- Societal Reform: Initiating and leading bureaucratic-driven efforts to reform societal structures and norms.
Table with Bureaucracy skill specializations and difficulty levels
|Trivial||Automatically understanding the basic organizational structure of a small local community group.|
|Simple||Applying for permits or licenses required for a small event or business.|
|Easy||Navigating the bureaucratic processes to secure funding for a community project.|
|Routine||Effectively using bureaucratic channels to gain access to government resources.|
|Average||Understanding and manipulating the bureaucratic processes of a mid-sized company to push through a new initiative.|
|Difficult||Developing a strategic plan to influence the policies of a large corporation.|
|Very Difficult||Orchestrating a campaign to influence public policy at a national level.|
|Formidable||Successfully negotiating complex bureaucratic hurdles to establish a new international partnership.|
|Heroic||Convincing multiple government bodies to work together on a large-scale infrastructure project.|
|Nearly Impossible||Spearheading a global humanitarian initiative that involves coordination with multiple international organizations and governments.|
|Godly||Initiating and leading a massive, worldwide bureaucratic reform movement that reshapes how governments and organizations function and interact on a global scale.|
Animal Handling Knowledge Areas
Description of the Animal Handling
The skill Animal Handling means when there is any question whether you can calm down a domesticated animal, keep a mount from getting spooked, or intuit an animal’s intentions, you might need an Animal Handling check. You also make an Animal Handling check to control your mount when you attempt a risky maneuver.
Examples of Animal Handling from Fiction
In the classic novel “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell, the character John Manly, the stablemaster, demonstrates a high level of skill in Animal Handling. John is responsible for the care and training of the horses in the estate, including the titular character, Black Beauty. His understanding of equine behavior, needs, and body language allows him to establish a strong bond with the animals under his care. He knows when to be firm and when to be gentle, and his actions are always guided by a deep respect for the animals.
One memorable scene in the book showcases John’s skill in Animal Handling when a fire breaks out in the stable. Understanding the horses’ natural fear and the risk of a stampede, John calmly but quickly leads each horse out of the burning stable, even going back to rescue a terrified, rearing horse that others had given up on. His ability to read the animals’ behavior and respond appropriately ensures the safety of all the horses.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Animal Handling could be invaluable in various scenarios. Imagine the party needs to cross a dangerous swamp inhabited by aggressive creatures; an Animal Handling check could determine whether they successfully tame or calm the creatures to pass safely. Or perhaps the group encounters a pack of wolves; a successful Animal Handling check could prevent an attack, turning a potential threat into a momentary distraction.
John Manly’s mastery of Animal Handling is not just a professional requirement but a moral commitment to the well-being of the animals under his care. Whether he’s training a young colt or calming a spooked mare, his skill in Animal Handling is rooted in a deep understanding of animal psychology and needs. This makes him not only effective in his role but also beloved by the animals he tends to, showcasing the profound impact that skilled animal handling can have.
Animal Handling Archetypes
- The Beast Whisperer: This archetype possesses an innate connection with animals, understanding their behaviors and emotions. They can calm even the most agitated creatures and establish bonds with wild beasts.
- The Equestrian Expert: Specializing in the handling of mounts, the Equestrian Expert can control and maneuver horses, camels, or other riding animals with precision, even during challenging maneuvers.
- The Falconer: Focusing on the art of falconry and bird handling, the Falconer can train and communicate with birds of prey, using them for hunting or aerial reconnaissance.
- The Zookeeper: Skilled in caring for a variety of animals in captivity, the Zookeeper can ensure the well-being of animals in zoos, sanctuaries, or menageries, as well as handle emergencies involving these creatures.
- The Veterinary Healer: Known for their ability to provide medical care to animals, the Veterinary Healer can diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses in domesticated and wild creatures, saving lives and mending wounds.
- The Animal Trainer: This version of the Beast Whisperer specializes in training animals for specific tasks, such as obedience, performing tricks, or assisting in various roles, such as search and rescue.
- The Cavalry Officer: Focusing on military and mounted combat, the Cavalry Officer can lead mounted troops into battle, coordinate cavalry charges, and maintain discipline among riders and their steeds.
- The Avian Specialist: Known for their expertise in avian behavior and training, the Avian Specialist can handle various species of birds, from eagles to parrots, and use them for diverse purposes.
- The Wildlife Conservationist: This archetype specializes in preserving and protecting wildlife and their habitats, advocating for conservation efforts, and rescuing endangered or injured animals.
- The Pet Trainer: Focusing on training and behavior modification for domesticated pets, the Pet Trainer can teach dogs, cats, and other companion animals to obey commands, behave appropriately, and overcome behavioral issues.
- The Mounted Scout: Known for their ability to navigate challenging terrains on horseback, the Mounted Scout can serve as a valuable asset for reconnaissance and exploration missions.
- The Falconry Champion: Specializing in competitive falconry, the Falconry Champion can participate in tournaments and contests, showcasing their mastery of bird handling and hunting with raptors.
- The Animal Communicator: This version of the Beast Whisperer can communicate with animals on a deeper level, understanding their intentions and emotions more profoundly, and even conveying messages to them.
- The Exotic Animal Trainer: Skilled in working with exotic and dangerous animals, the Exotic Animal Trainer can handle creatures like big cats, reptiles, or venomous snakes, maintaining safety and control.
- The Wildlife Biologist: Focusing on scientific study and research, the Wildlife Biologist can observe and document animal behavior in their natural habitats, contributing to our understanding of the animal kingdom.
Specializations for the Animal Handling Skill
- Calming Agitated Animals: Skillfully calming down domesticated or wild animals in stressful situations.
- Mount Training: Training and handling mounts to respond to commands and remain composed in various scenarios.
- Veterinary Expertise: Knowledge and ability to diagnose and treat common animal ailments and injuries.
- Animal Communication: Understanding and interpreting animal behaviors and vocalizations.
- Animal Training: Training animals to perform specific tasks or tricks through positive reinforcement.
- Herding: Managing and directing groups of animals to move in a specific direction or formation.
- Falconry: Training and handling birds of prey for hunting or other purposes.
- Marine Animal Handling: Interacting with and managing marine animals in aquatic environments.
- Horse Whispering: Using subtle cues and body language to communicate with and train horses.
- Zookeeping: Managing and caring for a variety of animals in a zoo or wildlife sanctuary.
- Wildlife Rehabilitation: Caring for injured or orphaned wild animals with the goal of releasing them back into the wild.
- Animal Rescue: Safely rescuing and handling animals in hazardous or challenging situations.
- Canine Training: Training and handling dogs for various tasks, such as search and rescue or police work.
- Feline Handling: Handling and caring for domestic and wild felines, including big cats.
- Exotic Pet Handling: Handling and caring for non-traditional or exotic pets.
- Aquatic Animal Training: Training and handling aquatic animals, such as dolphins or sea lions, for entertainment or research purposes.
- Emotional Support Animal Training: Training animals to provide emotional support and assistance to individuals with disabilities or mental health conditions.
- Circus Animal Training: Training and handling animals for circus performances and acts.
- Animal-Assisted Therapy: Using animals as part of therapeutic interventions to improve physical or emotional well-being.
- Wildlife Conservation: Participating in conservation efforts to protect and preserve wildlife and their habitats.
Table with Animal Handling skill specializations and difficulty levels
|Trivial||Automatically calming a domesticated cat or dog that’s a familiar pet. Groom an undomesticated creature classified as an Animal.|
|Simple||Successfully coaxing a skittish horse to approach and eat from your hand. Shoe a horse or groom a domestic animal.|
|Easy||Calming down a barking dog in a friendly manner. Teach a simple trick to an animal, like fetch, sit or lay down. Calm a domesticated animal, stabilize a dying creature outside of combat, diagnose a common ailment.|
|Routine||Keeping a group of farm animals from getting spooked by sudden loud noises. Rustle up a flock of sheep without a sheepdog.|
|Average||Training a dog to follow basic commands like “sit” and “stay.”|
|Difficult||Herding a group of cattle across a wide and open field. Calm a frightened horse. Calm a wild but otherwise peaceful animal, intuit an animal’s emotional state, set a broken bone, perform a complex maneuver while mounted, stabilize a dying creature in the middle of combat, diagnose an uncommon ailment.|
|Very Difficult||Earning the trust of a wild animal and coaxing it into allowing a veterinarian to examine and treat it. Break a young domesticated horse. Intuit a hostile animal’s next action, control an untrained mount, diagnose a rare ailment.|
|Formidable||Successfully training a falcon to return to your wrist on command during a hunting session. Calm a frightened stampede of kine. Calm a dangerous wild animal, diagnose magical and divine ailments.|
|Heroic||Calming a herd of stampeding wild horses to prevent injuries to both horses and people. Break a wild horse for riding.|
|Nearly Impossible||Rehabilitating a severely injured and frightened wild animal to the point where it can be released back into its natural habitat. Groom an undomesticated wild beast.|
|Godly||Establishing communication with a mythical and legendary creature, such as a dragon, and gaining its trust and cooperation. Harness and ride an unwilling monster.|
Leadership Knowledge Areas
Description of the Leadership
The Leadership skill is the ability to inspire others to become the best versions of themselves, guiding and motivating them towards a common goal while fostering a positive and empowering environment.
Examples of Leadership from Fiction
In the historical drama “Braveheart,” directed by and starring Mel Gibson, the character William Wallace exemplifies the skill of Leadership. Wallace, a Scottish knight, leads his countrymen in a rebellion against the oppressive rule of the English King Edward I. His ability to inspire, motivate, and unite people from various walks of life is nothing short of extraordinary. Wallace doesn’t just lead by giving orders; he leads by example, fighting alongside his men and sharing in their hardships.
One of the most iconic scenes that showcase Wallace’s Leadership skill is his speech before the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Faced with a demoralized and vastly outnumbered army, Wallace rides along the front lines, instilling a sense of purpose and courage in his men. His impassioned words, “They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!” resonate deeply, transforming a ragtag group of farmers and tradesmen into a focused, cohesive fighting force. The subsequent victory against the English becomes a turning point in the Scottish rebellion and solidifies Wallace’s reputation as a formidable leader.
In a TTRPG setting, a character with a high level of skill in Leadership could be invaluable for rallying the party in times of crisis or motivating them to undertake challenging quests. Imagine the group is demoralized after a series of setbacks; a Leadership check could restore their confidence and resolve, improving their performance in future challenges. Or perhaps the party needs to lead a group of untrained villagers in defense of their homes; a successful Leadership check could turn the tide of battle, inspiring the villagers to fight with newfound courage.
William Wallace’s mastery of Leadership is not just about tactical acumen or battlefield heroics; it’s about the ability to inspire and elevate those around him. Whether he’s rallying his troops for battle or standing up for the rights and freedoms of his countrymen, Wallace’s leadership skills are his most potent weapon. His ability to inspire courage and unity in the face of overwhelming odds makes him not just a great warrior but a truly transformative leader.
- The Charismatic Leader: This archetype possesses a magnetic personality and natural charm that draws others to follow them willingly. They inspire through their presence and words, rallying people to their cause.
- The Strategist: Specializing in long-term planning and tactical brilliance, the Strategist can devise intricate strategies, make informed decisions, and lead their team to victory through careful planning.
- The Mentor: Focusing on guiding and developing others, the Mentor can help individuals grow, improve their skills, and reach their full potential by providing guidance, support, and wisdom.
- The Team Builder: Skilled in creating cohesive and effective teams, the Team Builder can bring together individuals with diverse talents, helping them work together harmoniously to achieve shared goals.
- The Inspirational Speaker: Known for their ability to motivate and uplift others through their words, the Inspirational Speaker can inspire confidence, boost morale, and encourage peak performance.
- The Visionary Leader: This archetype excels in articulating a compelling vision for the future, inspiring others to follow that vision and work toward a shared dream.
- The Military Commander: Focusing on leading troops in combat, the Military Commander can coordinate battlefield tactics, rally soldiers, and ensure victory through their strategic prowess.
- The Life Coach: Known for their ability to guide individuals toward personal growth and success, the Life Coach can help people overcome obstacles and achieve their life goals.
- The Coach: Specializing in sports or competitive environments, the Coach can build winning teams, foster sportsmanship, and lead athletes to victory.
- The Motivational Guru: Focusing on personal development and motivation, the Motivational Guru can inspire individuals to pursue their passions, overcome challenges, and live their best lives.
- The Innovator: Known for their creative thinking and ability to lead in times of change, the Innovator can drive innovation, adapt to new circumstances, and guide organizations through transformation.
- The Politician: This archetype specializes in political leadership, understanding the complexities of government and using diplomacy to shape policies, gain support, and lead nations.
- The Entrepreneur: Focusing on business leadership, the Entrepreneur can build successful enterprises, take calculated risks, and inspire employees to achieve business goals.
- The Philanthropist: Known for their commitment to charitable causes, the Philanthropist can lead philanthropic efforts, mobilize resources, and make a positive impact on society.
- The Community Organizer: Skilled in grassroots leadership, the Community Organizer can rally communities to address social issues, promote civic engagement, and effect positive change at the local level.
- The Spiritual Leader: This archetype specializes in guiding spiritual communities, offering moral guidance, fostering faith, and leading congregations toward spiritual enlightenment.
Specializations for the Leadership Skill
- Motivational Speaking: The ability to inspire and energize a group through public speaking.
- Team Building: Expertise in creating cohesive and effective teams.
- Conflict Resolution: Skill in mediating disputes to achieve a peaceful outcome.
- Decision Making: Ability to make sound and timely decisions that benefit the group.
- Negotiation: Skill in reaching agreements or compromises through discussion.
- Emotional Intelligence: Ability to recognize, understand, and manage both one’s own emotions and those of others.
- Empowering Others: Skill in encouraging and enabling team members to take initiative and make decisions.
- Visionary Leadership: Ability to articulate and inspire a shared vision for the future.
- Coaching and Mentoring: Skill in guiding and nurturing the personal and professional growth of others.
- Leading by Example: Demonstrating the values, work ethic, and attitude expected of team members.
- Adaptability and Flexibility: Ability to adjust strategies and approaches in response to changing circumstances.
- Charisma and Presence: Natural ability to attract and engage others through personal magnetism.
- Strategic Planning: Skill in setting and achieving long-term objectives.
- Delegating Responsibilities: Ability to assign tasks effectively, matching the task to the skills and capabilities of the individual.
- Building Trust and Loyalty: Skill in creating a culture of honesty and mutual respect.
- Inspirational Storytelling: Ability to use narrative to inspire and connect with others.
- Crisis Management: Skill in handling emergency situations calmly and effectively.
- Recognizing and Cultivating Talent: Ability to identify potential in others and provide opportunities for growth.
- Building a Supportive Network: Skill in creating and maintaining relationships that benefit the team or organization.
- Ethical and Responsible Leadership: Commitment to leading in a manner that is both morally sound and socially responsible.
Table with Leadership skill specializations and difficulty levels
|Trivial||Automatically guiding a group of children in a fun and educational activity. Incite peasants to violence in the wake of a doom, curse, or other form of spiritual influence.|
|Simple||Rallying a small group of friends or peers to support a common cause. Convince a close friend to lift their spirits in the wake of harm.|
|Easy||Encouraging a team of volunteers to work together effectively during a community project. Spread rumors and news among crowds of people.|
|Routine||Leading a small team in a non-critical task, such as organizing a social event. Use Inspiring others in combat while you are obviously Wounded.|
|Average||Taking charge of a workgroup and motivating them to achieve a set of specific goals. Requires a bit more competence to accomplish. Can be completed more often than not by a character if they have received exposure to the skill and are not encumbered in any way. This is the work of an apprentice or someone with exceptional latent talent.|
|Difficult||Leading a company-wide initiative and inspiring all employees to embrace a major change. Convince your flock to change their principles in the name of their god.|
|Very Difficult||Uniting different factions with conflicting interests to collaborate on a complex project. Command a military campaign to besiege a stronghold.|
|Formidable||Inspiring a large audience during a public speech or presentation. Uplift a congregation who’ve lost their faith in their god.|
|Heroic||Taking charge of a military unit in a high-stakes combat situation and leading them to victory. Convince Humanoids who were once your enemies to fight alongside you.|
|Nearly Impossible||Convincing warring nations to lay down their arms and work towards lasting peace. Incite peasants to violence in the wake of a miracle.|
|Godly||Becoming a revered figure who inspires nations, shaping the course of history with their vision and wisdom. Lead a group of unbelievers into hell to rescue a lost soul.|
In the realm of Skepticism, you will encounter three distinct branches: Arcane, Gnostic, and Chaos.
As a practitioner of Arcane magic, you wield precise and structured spells, relying on the manipulation of mystical symbols and energies. Your skepticism keeps you grounded, approaching magic with a methodical and analytical mindset, seeking to understand its underlying principles and laws.
Moving on to Gnostic magic, you delve deep into esoteric knowledge and hidden truths. You see magic as a path to higher consciousness and self-discovery. Your skepticism here is a tool for discerning genuine wisdom from mere illusions, as you navigate the complexities of mystical realms, seeking illumination and personal growth.
Then comes Chaos magic, where skepticism takes a different turn. Rather than seeking well-defined systems, you embrace the unpredictable and chaotic nature of magic itself. You find power in the fluidity of belief and the ability to shift paradigms, drawing from various traditions and symbols without becoming tied to any one of them. Your skepticism becomes a weapon against dogma, allowing you to remain adaptable and open-minded.
Spells of the Skeptic
- Arcane Dissection: Analyze and deconstruct complex magical spells or enchantments to understand their underlying mechanisms and weaknesses.
- Gnostic Insight: Tap into your higher consciousness to gain profound insights into mystical truths and hidden knowledge.
- Chaos Infusion: Harness the power of chaos to enhance unpredictability and adaptability in your spells, confounding opponents and destabilizing magical constructs.
- Reality Distortion: Temporarily alter the perception of reality around you, creating illusions that challenge the senses and perceptions of others.
- Skeptic’s Aura: Create a field of skeptical energy that weakens or nullifies the magical effects of others within its radius.
- Precision Binding: Craft intricate magical barriers or bindings with precise geometrical symbols, making them more resilient and challenging to break.
- Gnostic Resonance: Establish a psychic connection with other Gnostic practitioners, allowing for the exchange of knowledge and insights.
- Chaos Merge: Temporarily blend multiple magical traditions or paradigms, combining their strengths into a potent and unpredictable fusion.
- Analytical Recall: Enhance your memory and recall abilities, enabling you to store and access vast amounts of magical knowledge.
- Skeptic’s Disguise: Conceal your magical presence from others, appearing as a non-magical individual to avoid detection or unwanted attention.
- Elemental Deciphering: Analyze and understand the elemental composition of objects or magical phenomena, unraveling their intrinsic properties.
- Gnostic Empathy: Develop a heightened understanding of others’ emotions and intentions, aiding in negotiations and detecting hidden agendas.
- Chaos Confluence: Merge the energies of chaos into your spells, enhancing their versatility and adaptability on the fly.
- Rational Shielding: Create magical barriers based on logical principles, making them more resistant to manipulation or exploitation.
- Skeptic’s Rejection: Nullify the effects of illusions or deceptive magic, seeing through false appearances and revealing the truth.
As a Skepticism practitioner, your spells are fueled by intellectual curiosity, rationality, and the pursuit of understanding. These unique spells reflect your approach to magic, allowing you to question, analyze, and adapt your mystical abilities in unique and intriguing ways.
Ethereal Knowledge Areas
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In the realm of Ethereal magic and mysticism, you become a master of invisible threads, bridging reality and imagination. As you journey deeper into this esoteric world, you unlock the secrets of the cosmos, wielding raw energies and shaping them into powerful manifestations. Incantations and spellcasting become your forte, as your words resonate with the universe, giving you the ability to reshape the world around you.
Yet, this path demands precision and control, for the untamed forces you wield can easily turn against you. As you seek to master the Arcane, you must cultivate inner balance and mindfulness, attuning yourself to the interconnectedness of all things. Through encounters with fellow seekers and experienced mages, you gather wisdom, but the journey remains your own to chart.
Ultimately, being an Arcane mage transcends mere power and knowledge. It is a journey of self-discovery and understanding, where you become a beacon of mystic wisdom and a guardian of the sacred secrets that shape existence itself.
- The Arcane Scholar: This archetype embodies a deep thirst for knowledge and understanding of the magical arts. The Arcane Scholar spends their life poring over ancient tomes, deciphering cryptic runes, and uncovering forgotten secrets of the cosmos. Their magical repertoire is vast, and they often serve as mentors or advisors to other characters seeking wisdom and guidance.
- The Illusion Weaver: The Illusion Weaver excels in the art of creating realistic and mind-bending illusions. They can deceive and manipulate the perceptions of others, making them appear invisible, or conjuring vivid phantoms and mirages. Their power lies in their ability to bend reality and sow confusion among their enemies.
- The Elemental Mage: This archetype harnesses the primal forces of nature, wielding control over elements like fire, water, air, and earth. They can summon devastating storms, conjure fiery infernos, or manipulate the very ground beneath their feet. The Elemental Mage is a force to be reckoned with, commanding nature’s fury with a mere gesture.
- The Astral Traveler: This enigmatic archetype can transcend the physical plane and venture into the astral or spiritual realms. They have the ability to project their consciousness to explore distant places, communicate with spirits, or even traverse through time. The Astral Traveler often acts as a bridge between different dimensions, uncovering hidden truths and ancient mysteries.
- The Soul Binder: The Soul Binder delves into the realm of souls and spirits, wielding powers to commune with the deceased or harnessing spectral energies in battle. They can bind souls to objects, summon ethereal allies, or even temporarily possess other beings. This archetype often grapples with moral dilemmas, as their powers touch upon the boundaries between life and death.
- The Celestial Sorcerer: This archetype draws upon celestial bodies and cosmic energies. They can call upon the power of stars, moons, and constellations to empower their spells and augment their abilities. The Celestial Sorcerer is a beacon of mystical energy, with powers that seem almost divine.
- The Time Weaver: The Time Weaver has the ability to manipulate time itself. They can slow down, speed up, or even rewind time in localized areas. This mastery over time grants them a unique advantage in both combat and problem-solving scenarios.
- The Planar Gatekeeper: The Planar Gatekeeper can open portals to other realms, allowing them to summon creatures from different planes of existence or travel vast distances in an instant. Their command over planar energies makes them formidable and unpredictable foes.
These Ethereal Caster archetypes bring a sense of wonder and mystique, as they explore the depths of arcane knowledge and wield powers that transcend the ordinary boundaries of reality. Their unique abilities and intricate backgrounds make them fascinating characters to encounter in any storytelling setting.
Unique Ethereal Magical Spells
- Astral Projection: Project your consciousness into the astral plane, allowing you to traverse great distances and explore other realms. This spell grants you access to hidden knowledge and the ability to interact with spirits and entities beyond the physical realm.
- Ethereal Veil: Conceal yourself and others in an ethereal shroud, rendering you nearly invisible to the naked eye and most forms of magical detection. This spell allows you to move undetected and avoid unwanted attention.
- Arcane Symphony: Harness the harmonious energies of the cosmos to create a mesmerizing symphony of arcane power. This spell can awe and mesmerize those who hear it, potentially disrupting enemies or gathering allies to your cause.
- Temporal Rupture: Temporarily disrupt the flow of time in a localized area, causing objects and individuals to move at different rates. This spell can slow down or speed up time, granting you a tactical advantage in combat or time-sensitive situations.
- Soul Ephemera: Extract fragments of souls from living beings and spirits, which can be used as a source of power for other spells or stored for later use. This spell allows you to manipulate the essence of life itself.
- Celestial Infusion: Draw upon the power of celestial bodies to infuse your spells with cosmic energy. This spell enhances your magical attacks, granting them the properties of stars, moons, or meteors.
- Planar Binding: Open portals to other planes of existence and summon beings from different realms to aid you in your endeavors. This spell allows you to call upon extraplanar entities for assistance or knowledge.
- Ethereal Ward: Create a protective barrier that shields against ethereal and magical attacks. This spell can repel or absorb mystical energies, providing a powerful defense against other spellcasters.
- Arcane Threads: Manipulate the unseen threads of magic that connect all things, allowing you to influence events or alter probabilities subtly. This spell grants you a form of limited precognition and the ability to nudge fate in your favor.
- Phantom Mirage: Conjure realistic illusions that can fool all senses, making objects or locations appear entirely different from reality. This spell can create deceptive environments or distract enemies during a battle.
These Ethereal Caster archetypes bring a sense of wonder and mystique to fictional worlds, as they explore the depths of arcane knowledge and wield powers that transcend the ordinary boundaries of reality. Their unique abilities and intricate backgrounds make them fascinating characters to encounter in any storytelling setting.
|Trivial||Perform a basic levitation spell on a small object.|
|Simple||Cast a protective shield around oneself to deflect minor projectiles.|
|Easy||Create an illusion of a small creature or object to distract or confuse an enemy.|
|Routine||Enchant a weapon to enhance its striking power for a limited duration.|
|Average||Teleport to a known location within a short distance.|
|Difficult||Summon and control an elemental being for a short period of time.|
|Very Difficult||Manipulate the weather in a localized area, creating a storm or calming turbulent winds.|
|Formidable||Create a pocket dimension that can temporarily house multiple individuals and objects.|
|Heroic||Time manipulation on a small scale, allowing the caster to briefly glimpse or interact with the past or future.|
|Nearly Impossible||Unleash a devastating spell that calls forth a catastrophic celestial event, reshaping the landscape and altering the course of nature itself.|
|Godly||Open a portal to an alternate reality or dimension, allowing passage between worlds and access to unimaginable powers and knowledge.|
Please note that the difficulty ratings provided in the table are relative and can vary depending on the specific system or setting in which the magical practice is being used.
Gnosis Knowledge Areas
As you delve into the realm of Gnostic magic and mysticism, you embrace a path that transcends conventional beliefs. Gnosticism encourages you to seek direct, personal knowledge of the divine through inner revelation and insight. It is a journey of self-awareness, where you come to know yourself deeply, empowering you to connect with the divine spark within and liberate yourself from the illusions of the material world.
In this mystical tradition, you encounter the idea of the Demiurge, an imperfect creator deity, and learn to view the material world as a flawed creation, seeking escape to return to your divine origins. Along the way, you must navigate through challenges posed by archons, malevolent entities that attempt to hinder your spiritual progress. Yet armed with gnosis, you can overcome these obstacles and grow stronger in your connection to the divine source.
Throughout your quest, you encounter potent symbols like the Ouroboros and the Tree of Life, aiding in contemplation and meditation, guiding you towards a deeper understanding of the universe and your place in it. As you embrace this inward journey, shedding illusions and gaining profound insights, you experience a transformation that awakens the spiritual dimensions of reality within you. The Gnostic path leads you to discover the oneness that unites all beings, fostering a profound and enlightening experience of self-discovery and spiritual growth.
- The Seeker: This hero type represents the quintessential Gnostic protagonist - a curious and introspective individual driven by a deep thirst for spiritual understanding. The Seeker embarks on a journey of self-discovery, seeking hidden truths and direct knowledge of the divine. Throughout their quest, they encounter challenges that mirror the struggle to escape the illusions of the material world and find unity with the transcendent source.
- The Savior: The Gnostic Savior is a heroic figure destined to liberate humanity from the clutches of the Demiurge or oppressive forces that keep souls trapped in the material realm. This hero embodies divine knowledge and serves as a beacon of hope, leading others towards gnosis and salvation. Their actions may involve confronting the Demiurge or the archons to awaken humanity to its true spiritual nature.
- The Rebel: The Rebel hero type challenges the established order and questions the authorities and institutions that perpetuate ignorance and falsehoods. This character embodies the Gnostic disdain for the material world’s limitations and fights against oppressive systems, seeking to liberate others from the ignorance that binds them.
- The Martyr: This hero willingly sacrifices themselves for the greater good, embodying the Gnostic belief in transcending the material world through a higher form of existence. The Martyr hero type demonstrates an unwavering commitment to truth and spiritual liberation, even in the face of persecution or death.
- The Chosen One: This hero is foretold to possess a special connection to divine knowledge or a unique destiny. The Chosen One often struggles with their identity and purpose, but as they embrace their role, they become instrumental in guiding others towards gnosis and freedom from the material world’s constraints.
- The Redeemer: The Redeemer hero type works to save others from their own inner darkness and ignorance. They help others awaken to their true spiritual nature, offering guidance and support in their individual quests for self-discovery and enlightenment.
Unique Gnostic Magical Spells
- Gnosis Revelation: Through deep meditation and introspection, you can gain direct knowledge of hidden truths and the divine. This spell allows you to receive profound insights and visions, revealing hidden aspects of reality or unraveling mysteries.
- Archon Banishment: Drawing upon your understanding of malevolent entities, you can cast a spell to banish archons and dark forces that seek to hinder spiritual growth. This spell can protect you and others from their negative influence.
- Sophia’s Guidance: Channeling the wisdom of the Divine Feminine, this spell allows you to receive guidance and intuition when facing difficult decisions or challenges on your path.
- Demiurge’s Illusion: By manipulating the illusions of the material world, you can create distractions or temporary alterations to the perception of others. This spell might be useful for misdirection or protection.
- Ouroboros’ Renewal: Utilizing the symbolism of the eternal cycle, this spell grants you the ability to rejuvenate yourself or others, healing wounds and restoring vitality.
- Aeonic Alignment: Through ritual and meditation, you can align yourself with the cosmic forces of the aeons, gaining access to their power and protection.
- Tree of Life Manifestation: Drawing upon the interconnectedness of all existence, this spell allows you to establish a telepathic link with others or project your thoughts across great distances.
- Sacred Names Enchantment: By invoking the names of powerful divine beings, you can imbue objects with special properties or create charms for protection and luck.
- Divine Spark Ignition: This spell awakens the dormant divine spark within others, triggering their spiritual awakening and the pursuit of gnosis.
- Gnostic Shield: Using your knowledge of higher truths, you can create a protective shield that repels negative energies and safeguards against psychic attacks.
- Emanation of Light: Channeling the divine light, you can emit a radiant glow that dispels darkness and fills the surroundings with spiritual clarity.
- Liberation’s Embrace: This spell grants a momentary experience of transcendence, allowing you or others to briefly escape the limitations of the material world and experience the oneness of all things.
These spells reflect the unique and profound nature of your magical abilities, inspired by the Gnostic traditions’ spiritual insights and themes. Each spell involves a deep connection to the divine and the pursuit of higher knowledge, empowering you to navigate the complexities of the spiritual realm and bring about positive transformations in the world around you.
Here’s a table describing tasks someone from the Gnostic magical practice might do for each difficulty level:
|Trivial||Basic meditation or reciting simple mantras effortlessly.|
|Simple||Identifying basic archon influences in someone’s aura or sensing the flow of cosmic energies in a specific area.|
|Easy||Performing a ritual to invoke the guidance of the Divine Feminine or creating a protective charm to ward off negative energies.|
|Routine||Deciphering complex esoteric texts or performing advanced meditation techniques to access higher states of consciousness.|
|Average||Successfully conducting a ceremony to honor the divine aeons or creating a unique symbol to represent the cycle of birth and rebirth.|
|Difficult||Banishing powerful archons from a person’s energy field or conducting a ritual to commune with the divine source directly. These tasks require both skill and some luck to accomplish.|
|Very Difficult||Navigating the astral realms to retrieve hidden esoteric knowledge or attempting to heal someone with deeply ingrained spiritual blockages.|
|Formidable||Confronting powerful entities in the astral plane or breaking through the illusions of the Demiurge to experience divine truths firsthand. Only the true masters of Gnostic magic can perform feats at this level.|
|Heroic||Unraveling the deepest mysteries of the universe or liberating a group of souls trapped by archonic forces. Only the most renowned practitioners can even attempt such tasks.|
|Nearly Impossible||Transcending the material world entirely or unraveling the secrets of the Demiurge’s creation to rewrite the cosmic order. These acts shape the course of history.|
|Godly||Reshaping reality itself or merging with the cosmic source to become one with the divine. They are the epitome of Gnostic magical power, beyond the comprehension of ordinary beings.|
Chaos Knowledge Areas
In the enticing realm of Chaos magic, you find yourself captivated by the unpredictable and interconnected nature of the universe. Embracing chaos as a source of power, you break free from traditional boundaries and forge your own path, guided by intuition and instinct. Chaos magic encourages you to transcend limitations, blending symbols, deities, and techniques from various traditions to create a personalized system that resonates with your soul.
As you delve deeper into Chaos mysticism, you discover the art of sigilization—an empowering technique where you create symbols representing your desires and charge them with focused will and energy. By letting go of attachment to specific outcomes, you gain the ability to adapt and thrive amidst uncertainty. Laughter and playfulness become integral aspects of your practice, breaking patterns of seriousness and fostering profound transformations.
In the realm of Chaos magic, paradoxes and contradictions hold beauty and harmony. You understand that chaos and order, creation and destruction, are not opposing forces but essential parts of the cosmic dance. Embracing the unknown becomes a source of strength as you navigate the ever-changing currents of existence. You become the weaver of possibilities, the dancer of chaos, and the shaper of your own reality. Through this transformative journey, you experience the profound joy of exploring the boundless realms of consciousness.
- The Trickster: This archetype is mischievous, unpredictable, and thrives on playing tricks and bending reality. They embody the essence of Chaos, using their unpredictable nature to challenge authority, disrupt order, and bring about unexpected change.
- The Shapeshifter: Drawing upon the ever-changing nature of Chaos, this character can transform their appearance, abilities, and even identity at will. They navigate through life as a chameleon, adapting to different situations and embracing the flux of existence.
- The Wild Sorcerer: This character is a conduit of raw magical power, with spells and abilities that are never the same twice. Their magic is untamed, with unpredictable consequences, making them both a force to be reckoned with and a potential source of chaos in any story.
- The Symbolic Weaver: Representing the sigilization aspect of Chaos magic, this character can manipulate symbols and beliefs to manifest their desires. They draw power from the interconnected web of reality and can reshape the world through their understanding of the underlying symbolism.
- The Paradox Embracer: This archetype navigates the complexities of existence with ease, embracing contradictory aspects of life and harmonizing opposites. They possess wisdom beyond conventional understanding, seeing unity within chaos and finding balance in apparent discord.
- The Reality Bender: These characters can bend and warp reality itself, making the impossible possible. Their mastery of Chaos magic allows them to alter the fabric of existence, defying conventional laws and creating awe-inspiring feats of magic.
- The Intuitive Instigator: This character relies on instinct and intuition, channeling the chaotic flow of the universe to make impactful decisions and drive change. They have a natural talent for reading the currents of fate and influencing events in subtle yet profound ways.
- The Unconventional Hero: Often an antihero, this archetype embraces the unconventional and unorthodox methods to confront challenges. They reject traditional norms and expectations, using Chaos magic to forge their path and challenge the status quo.
- The Laughing Mystic: This character finds spiritual enlightenment through humor and laughter, recognizing the absurdity of existence and embracing the transformative power of joy. They use laughter as a magical tool, breaking down barriers and revealing hidden truths.
Unique Chaos Magical Spells
- Flux Bolt: A chaotic projectile that manifests in various forms with each casting. It could be a fiery bolt, an icy shard, or a lightning strike, depending on the current state of the chaotic energies.
- Reality Ripple: This spell causes ripples in the fabric of reality, distorting the perception of time and space in the area, creating confusion and disorientation among enemies.
- Shifting Shadows: Manipulate shadows to create illusory forms or to merge with them, granting temporary invisibility or the ability to move through walls and obstacles.
- Chaotic Fusion: Merge multiple elements or energies into a swirling vortex, releasing a devastating blast of combined power, the result of which is never the same twice.
- Paradoxical Mirror: Create a mirror that reflects the intentions of attackers back upon themselves, causing them to experience the effects of their own spells or attacks.
- Sigil of Serendipity: Draw a powerful sigil that brings good fortune and unexpected opportunities to the caster and their allies, turning potential misfortune into advantageous outcomes.
- Humorous Hex: Cast a spell that causes uncontrollable fits of laughter in the target, incapacitating them with mirth and reducing their ability to focus or take actions.
- Chaos Labyrinth: Summon an ever-changing maze filled with illusions and challenges. The maze shifts and reshapes continuously, making it difficult for intruders to find their way through.
- Quantum Blink: Perform short-range teleportation, but the destination is randomly determined, making it a daring and unpredictable escape or attack maneuver.
- Reality Whirlpool: Summon a swirling vortex of chaotic energies that disrupts magical spells and causes disturbances in the surrounding environment.
- Ephemeral Euphony: Create a harmonious melody or dissonant cacophony, imbued with chaotic energy. The sound can either heal or induce confusion and madness in those who hear it.
- Serendipitous Surge: Channel a surge of magical energy that grants temporary enhancements to the caster’s abilities, but the specific enhancements vary with each casting.
Remember, these spells reflect the unpredictable and ever-changing nature of Chaos magic. Each time they are cast, their effects might differ slightly, adding an element of surprise and wonder to the practitioner’s magical repertoire.
|Trivial||Manifesting simple, harmless illusions or generating a brief, fleeting burst of elemental energy that has no significant impact on the environment. Chaos practitioners effortlessly conjure minor, temporary phenomena as a natural extension of their connection to the ever-changing flow of reality.|
|Simple||Causing random objects to dance or levitate chaotically for a short period or creating colorful sparks and flashes with a wave of their hand. Chaos magicians rely on a bit of luck and intuition to execute these low-level feats, embracing the whimsical and unpredictable results.|
|Easy||Shaping the weather within a limited area, causing gusts of wind or showers of rain. Chaos practitioners tap into the chaotic forces of nature, harnessing them with a minimum level of competence to perform these weather-altering tricks.|
|Routine||Infusing objects with momentary life, giving a toy the appearance of moving on its own or causing a painting to shift its imagery subtly. Chaos magicians, with their natural aptitude, can easily accomplish these animated displays as part of their regular magical practice.|
|Average||Creating temporary portals between nearby locations or altering the colors and patterns of their clothing at will. Chaos practitioners, with exposure to their magical skills, achieve these more intricate feats, showcasing their inherent talent and honed abilities.|
|Difficult||Summoning and conversing with minor chaotic spirits or entities, requiring some specialized training and skill to bridge the gap between worlds. Chaos magicians demonstrate their expertise in handling unpredictable entities and channeling their energies through practice.|
|Very Difficult||Merging their consciousness temporarily with the swirling chaos of the universe, gaining glimpses of possible future events or past occurrences. Chaos practitioners attempt to navigate the turbulent tides of fate, relying on specialized training to interpret the visions they receive.|
|Formidable||Creating a chaotic field that disrupts the laws of probability, making it difficult for opponents to predict movements or outcomes during a battle. Chaos magicians exhibit their exceptional talents by bending chance to their advantage with this potent and formidable spell.|
|Heroic||Taming and commanding a powerful chaos beast or entity, something that even the most skilled individuals would struggle to control. Chaos practitioners, the true masters of their art, undertake this once-in-a-lifetime feat with assistance, leaving a legacy of legendary tales behind.|
|Nearly Impossible||Weaving a tapestry of chaotic energy that temporarily reshapes reality within a limited area, creating a surreal and mesmerizing dreamscape. Chaos magicians perform this epic feat, leaving an unforgettable mark in history books as the named masters of their magical craft.|
|Godly||Infusing themselves with the pure essence of Chaos, transforming into a semi-divine avatar of unpredictability, capable of altering the very fabric of existence on a cosmic scale. Chaos practitioners, virtually demigods in their abilities, achieve this godly status with exceptional talent and assistance.|
You will find that the domain of Faith is divided into three branches of exploration: Theurgy, Physical Adapt, and Order.
Embracing Theurgy, you place your faith in divine beings and higher powers. You find strength in rituals, invocations, and prayers, channeling the energy of the divine to shape reality. Your faith enables you to connect with cosmic forces and tap into spiritual realms, seeking blessings and divine intervention.
On the other hand, Physical Adaptation relies on your faith in the body’s inherent connection to magic. Through disciplined training and honed skills, you adapt yourself to magical energies, becoming a conduit for their manifestation. Your faith in the body’s resilience and adaptability fuels your magical prowess, blurring the lines between physical and mystical abilities.
In the realm of Order, your faith lies in structured systems and cosmic balance. You believe in the harmony and equilibrium of the universe, and through precise rituals and adherence to cosmic laws, you seek to maintain that order. Your faith grants you the ability to wield powerful forces, maintaining stability and influencing the natural flow of events.
Spells Unique to Faith
- Divine Blessing: Channel the power of celestial beings to bestow blessings upon yourself or others, enhancing abilities and providing protection.
- Ancestral Guidance: Commune with your ancestors’ spirits, seeking guidance and wisdom from the past.
- Mystic Convocation: Conduct elaborate rituals to gather divine energies, empowering you and those around you with enhanced magical abilities.
- Nature’s Call: Invoke the spirits of nature to aid in healing, restoration, and nurturing of the environment.
- Cosmic Balance: Align the cosmic forces to restore harmony and equilibrium in any situation or location.
- Celestial Shield: Create a protective barrier infused with divine energy, guarding against malevolent forces and harmful magic.
- Sacred Oath: Form a sacred pact with a higher power, granting you temporary access to specific divine abilities or insights.
- Cleansing Purge: Cleanse a person or place from malevolent energies or curses, restoring purity and balance.
- Guiding Light: Summon a radiant aura that illuminates the path ahead, guiding you and your allies through darkness or confusion.
- Empathic Aura: Project an empathic aura to soothe emotions, promote understanding, and foster unity among individuals.
- Spiritual Resonance: Harmonize with the spiritual essence of living beings, allowing you to understand their emotions and intentions.
- Karmic Justice: Invoke the principle of karma to bring balance and justice to a situation, causing the repercussions of actions to unfold accordingly.
- Astral Projection: Project your consciousness into the astral plane, exploring distant realms or communicating with celestial entities.
- Divine Intervention: Call upon higher powers in times of dire need, allowing them to intervene and alter the course of events.
- Harmony’s Embrace: Generate a tranquil aura that pacifies conflicts and fosters cooperation among individuals or groups.
These spells draw upon your unwavering faith and connection to higher forces, granting you unique abilities that set you apart from other magical backgrounds. As a practitioner of Faith magic, you wield divine energies to bring healing, protection, guidance, and balance to the world around you.
Theurgy Knowledge Areas
In your pursuit of Theurgy, a mystical branch of magic, you embark on a profound journey of spiritual exploration and divine connection. Theurgy leads you to seek guidance from sacred texts and esoteric teachings, encouraging you to delve into your consciousness and awaken latent powers within. Through intricate rituals and practices, you sense the presence of unseen forces and learn that Theurgy is not mere trickery, but a sacred art requiring sincerity and devotion.
As you progress, you confront your ego and strive for inner purity, understanding that to commune with the divine, you must embody virtues like compassion and wisdom. Theurgy reveals the interconnectedness of all things, inspiring you to see the sacred in the ordinary and the harmony in nature and the cosmos. This newfound awareness fills you with awe and reverence for the world.
Your magical journey becomes an expression of your soul, a reflection of your yearnings for unity with the divine. Theurgy is not about gaining power but about living in harmony with the cosmic order, acting as a channel for divine grace, and embodying wisdom and love in your life. As you continue to embrace Theurgy, it becomes a lifelong pursuit, enriching every aspect of your existence and deepening your connection to the mysteries of the heart.
- The Prophet: This archetype is a master of Theurgy, possessing the ability to connect with higher beings or deities to channel their powers and wisdom. They serve as intermediaries between the mortal world and the divine realms, acting as vessels for divine energy and guidance. The Prophet often grapples with the weight of this responsibility, as they must maintain their inner purity and moral integrity to commune with the divine successfully.
- The Mystic: This character is deeply steeped in the knowledge and philosophy of Theurgy, understanding the intricate symbols, rituals, and cosmic forces. The Mystic is a wise and enigmatic figure who imparts profound teachings and insights to others. They may guide heroes on their quests, decipher cryptic prophecies, and uncover hidden truths that shape the course of the story.
- The Paladin: This archetype embodies the protective aspect of Theurgy. They are skilled in using magical rituals to create wards, shields, and barriers that safeguard people and places from malevolent forces. The Paladin often dedicates themselves to defending sacred sites, temples, or ancient artifacts that hold immense power.
- The Healer: This character possesses exceptional healing abilities, drawing on Theurgy to mend wounds, cure ailments, and restore vitality. The Healer is compassionate and altruistic, using their powers to aid others and alleviate suffering. Their presence in a story can add a sense of hope and renewal, especially in times of adversity.
- The Scholar: This archetype represents a character who tirelessly studies the ancient texts and mystical arts of Theurgy. They may be motivated by a thirst for knowledge, seeking to unlock the secrets of the universe or to unravel the mysteries of long-forgotten civilizations. The Scholar’s expertise can be a valuable resource for protagonists seeking to understand or counter magical threats.
- The Judge: This character is devoted to preserving the balance between opposing cosmic forces, recognizing that Theurgy’s power can disrupt the harmony of the universe if misused. They may be tasked with preventing the rise of dark entities or restoring equilibrium when chaos threatens to overwhelm the world.
- The Pilgrim: This archetype embarks on a personal journey of spiritual transformation through Theurgy. They strive to elevate their consciousness, ascend to higher planes of existence, and transcend the limitations of the mortal realm. The Pilgrim’s quest for enlightenment can lead to profound revelations and pivotal moments in the story.
Unique Theurgy Magical Spells
- Celestial Communion: This spell allows the caster to establish a direct communication link with a celestial entity or a deity, seeking guidance, wisdom, or divine blessings. The caster must demonstrate profound respect and sincerity to establish and maintain this connection.
- Arcane Equilibrium: This spell enables the Theurgist to restore balance to a chaotic situation. It can pacify raging storms, quell violent conflicts, or stabilize unruly magical energies, aligning them with the cosmic order.
- Veil of Sanctity: The caster weaves a protective shield of divine energy that shields an area or individual from malevolent forces and dark influences. This veil repels negative entities and grants temporary immunity to harmful magical effects.
- Healing Resonance: The Theurgic Healer channels celestial energies to accelerate the natural healing processes within a person, mending wounds and curing ailments beyond ordinary means. This spell also offers solace and peace to the afflicted.
- Symbol of Truth: This spell imbues a sacred symbol or sigil with divine truth, revealing hidden secrets, illusions, and deceit. The symbol’s presence can expose lies and dispel illusions, making it a potent tool for discovering the truth.
- Transcendent Empowerment: The Ascendant Seeker can tap into their inner spiritual potential to temporarily enhance their magical abilities, granting them a surge of power and insight for a short duration.
- Astral Projection: The Theurgy practitioner can send their consciousness beyond the physical realm, exploring other planes of existence, and communicating with celestial beings or ancestral spirits.
- Timeless Illumination: By invoking ancient cosmic wisdom, the Arcane Scholar gains profound insights into mysteries of the universe or forgotten lore. This spell can unlock forgotten knowledge and reveal the true nature of artifacts or ancient writings.
- Divine Aura: The Sacred Guardian envelops themselves or others in a luminous aura that wards off dark entities and provides protection against malevolent magical attacks.
- Harmonious Resonance: This spell enables the Theurgist to resonate with the natural rhythm of the cosmos, gaining heightened intuition and foresight, allowing them to make informed decisions and navigate challenges with clarity.
These unique Theurgy spells showcase the character’s special connection to the divine and their ability to harness celestial energies for various purposes. Each spell reflects the deeper themes of spiritual growth, cosmic balance, and the quest for enlightenment that are inherent in Theurgy.
|Trivial||Casting a simple protective charm on oneself or others.|
|Simple||Using Theurgy to heal minor injuries or illnesses.|
|Easy||Communing with a minor celestial being for guidance on a mundane matter.|
|Routine||Creating a temporary ward to protect a small area from malevolent spirits.|
|Average||Successfully invoking a sacred symbol to reveal hidden truths or break illusions.|
|Difficult||Channeling the power of a celestial entity to dispel a powerful curse from a person or place.|
|Very Difficult||Establishing a communication link with a deity to request their direct intervention in a major crisis or conflict.|
|Formidable||Crafting a potent artifact infused with celestial energy to aid in a significant quest or battle.|
|Heroic||Merging the powers of multiple Theurgy practitioners to perform a grand ritual that alters the course of a war or prevents a catastrophe on a global scale.|
|Nearly Impossible||Ascending to a higher plane of existence temporarily to gain profound insights and wisdom from celestial beings.|
|Godly||Collaborating with a council of deities and celestial forces to reshape the fundamental fabric of the universe, altering the laws of nature itself. This feat would be considered a turning point in the history of creation, involving tremendous sacrifice and an unparalleled level of mastery over Theurgy. Only a character with demigod-like abilities or the direct blessing of divinity could attempt such a task.|
Adept Knowledge Areas
You awaken your inner essence, becoming an Adept, a master of magic and mysticism. Your body and mind harmoniously blend, allowing you to perform superhuman feats through the manipulation of vital energy within your body known as “Chi” or “Qi.” This connection between mind and muscle enables you to push your physical limits and perceive the world differently, spotting subtle energies invisible to others.
As an Adept, you discover your role as a conduit for the universal energy flowing through all living things. Through meditation and focus, you can heal, protect, and unleash powerful forces upon your foes. However, you understand that true mastery lies in finding balance between the physical and spiritual aspects of yourself. Embracing inner harmony and discipline allows you to connect with the deeper currents of the universe, becoming one with the essence of the world.
Your journey as an Adept is one of self-discovery and self-mastery. By continuously pushing your own boundaries and aligning with the greater forces at play, you embrace the wisdom of ages and become a guardian of balance. Let the quest to unlock your full magical potential guide you as you walk this path, always remembering that true power lies not in domination but in alignment with the greater mysteries of existence.
- The Martial Mystic: This archetype embodies the perfect fusion of physical prowess and mystical powers. They are formidable warriors who can channel their inner energy to enhance their combat abilities significantly. They often possess a serene demeanor, relying on their disciplined minds to outmaneuver opponents and only using their full magical potential when necessary. Examples:
- The Nature’s Guardian: These Adepts draw their magical powers from the natural world, becoming protectors of the environment and its inhabitants. They can communicate with animals, manipulate plant life, and control the elements to safeguard the balance of nature.
- The Healer Warrior: This archetype is the epitome of balance and compassion. They possess extraordinary healing abilities, using their skills to mend wounds and cure ailments. When faced with conflict, they are formidable combatants, but their primary goal is always to protect and preserve life.
- The Wandering Sage: This archetype is a wise and mysterious figure who roams the world, seeking enlightenment. They have a deep understanding of the mystical arts and often serve as mentors to other characters on their journeys. Their physical abilities and prowess are a testament to their years of training and self-discovery.
- The Hidden Assassin: This archetype operates in the shadows, blending martial prowess with magical abilities to become a deadly force. They may possess powers of invisibility, heightened agility, and the ability to strike with deadly precision. These characters are often mysterious and enigmatic, using their skills to achieve their objectives without leaving a trace.
Unique Adept Magical Spells
- Chi-Enhanced Strike: Infuse your physical attacks with raw mystical energy, allowing your strikes to carry an extra punch. Your blows become charged with Chi, granting them the ability to bypass certain defenses or even disrupt magical barriers.
- Ethereal Step: Temporarily phase out of the physical plane, becoming intangible for a short period. This spell grants you the ability to avoid physical attacks, pass through obstacles, or move swiftly through difficult terrain.
- Vital Energy Channeling: Harness the life force within your body to heal wounds and rejuvenate yourself or others. By channeling your Chi into others, you can aid in their recovery from injuries or illnesses.
- Elemental Fusion: Merge your mastery of physicality with the elements. Combine your attacks with elemental forces like fire, ice, or lightning to unleash devastating strikes that leave a lasting impact on your opponents.
- Nature’s Embrace: Form an empathic connection with the natural world, allowing you to communicate with animals and plants. This spell grants you insights into the environment, helping you navigate and gather valuable information.
- Mystic Resilience: Temporarily fortify your body with mystical energy, granting you enhanced resilience and endurance. This spell can make you temporarily resistant to physical harm or the effects of other magical spells.
- Flowing Harmony: Enter a state of perfect balance and harmony, where your physical and mystical energies synchronize seamlessly. In this state, your movements become graceful, and you can effortlessly evade attacks or perform complex maneuvers.
- Shadow Blend: Merge with the shadows, becoming nearly invisible in dim light or darkness. This spell allows you to move stealthily and remain undetected by most forms of visual detection.
- Energy Infusion: Imbue weapons or objects with your Chi, enhancing their properties. You can turn a simple weapon into a powerful magical tool or temporarily empower objects for specific purposes.
- Elemental Transmutation: Convert one element into another by manipulating its atomic structure. This unique spell allows you to transform elements, providing diverse tactical options in various situations.
Remember that as a Physical Adept, your spells revolve around maintaining harmony and balance between the physical and mystical aspects of yourself. Each spell reflects your connection to the world and your unique ability to blend magic and martial prowess seamlessly.
|Trivial||Channeling your Chi to perform a simple physical feat that requires little effort, such as breaking a thin wooden board or catching a light object in mid-air.|
|Simple||Using your mystical agility and reflexes, attempt to dodge a single incoming projectile or perform a series of acrobatic maneuvers to navigate through an obstacle course.|
|Easy||Infusing your weapon with elemental energy to enhance its striking power, allowing you to cut through soft materials like cloth or vines with ease.|
|Routine||Healing minor wounds or alleviating physical fatigue for yourself or an ally by channeling your life force into their body to promote natural healing.|
|Average||Utilizing your knowledge of nature and mystical intuition, communicate with a friendly animal and request their assistance in a simple task, such as fetching an item or scouting an area.|
|Difficult||Using your advanced combat training and mystical energy, attempt to overpower a skilled opponent in hand-to-hand combat, taking advantage of their weaknesses while maintaining your own defense.|
|Very Difficult||Manipulating the elements on a grand scale, create a powerful barrier to shield a group of allies from a devastating magical attack or natural disaster.|
|Formidable||Mastering the art of invisibility and illusion, create an entire illusory environment to confound and mislead a group of adversaries, making it seem like you and your allies have vanished or multiplied.|
|Heroic||Performing a feat of physical and mystical prowess that pushes the boundaries of what is humanly possible, like evading a hail of projectiles while simultaneously launching a series of devastating elemental attacks.|
|Nearly Impossible||Channeling the full extent of your Chi and mystical potential, create a massive barrier to protect an entire city from a catastrophic event, like an erupting volcano or a meteor shower, while maintaining its integrity for an extended period.|
|Godly||Merging your physical and mystical form into a colossal ethereal avatar, capable of single-handedly fending off an army of foes or reshaping the terrain around you. This transcendent form is temporary, requiring immense focus and harmonization with the universe.|
As a Physical Adept, you are the embodiment of physical mastery and mystical insight, capable of achieving extraordinary feats that blur the line between reality and mysticism. Each task you undertake showcases your unique connection to the physical and mystical worlds, highlighting your ability to harmonize these two aspects of yourself to achieve greatness.
Order Knowledge Areas
In the realm of Order, you immerse yourself in a world of structured and organized magic. Your approach is methodical and disciplined, grounded in logic and reason. Every aspect of your practice, from rituals to components, is meticulously designed and purposeful. You find strength and control in the precise execution of your spells.
With mastery over the forces of nature, you manipulate energies to bring about specific outcomes. Whether it’s crafting protective wards, commanding elemental forces, or unraveling ancient texts, you approach each task with intellect and unwavering focus. Your spells are reliable and potent, a testament to your dedication to precision.
While the pursuit of order offers great power, it also presents challenges. Adhering strictly to structure may limit your adaptability in unexpected situations. It’s important to find a balance between order and flexibility, embracing spontaneity when needed. Collaborating with like-minded practitioners enhances your abilities and expands your understanding of the arcane arts.
Overall, your journey in the Order branch of magic is one of constant refinement and unwavering commitment to knowledge. As you unlock the mysteries of the universe, the cosmos responds to your disciplined approach, granting you wisdom and clarity. Embrace the order, and the magic of the cosmos will reveal itself to you.
- The Archivist: This archetype is the epitome of knowledge and wisdom. The Archivist dedicates their life to the preservation and study of ancient tomes, grimoires, and arcane texts. They possess a vast understanding of magical lore, and their power comes from their ability to access and interpret the accumulated wisdom of ages.
- The Alchemist: This character is a master of transformation and order. Through precise mixtures and meticulous processes, the Alchemist transmutes materials and harnesses the elements to create powerful potions, elixirs, and substances. Their abilities extend beyond simple potions to the manipulation of reality itself, altering matter and energy according to the rules they’ve uncovered.
- The Artificer: This archetype focuses on imbuing objects and artifacts with magical properties. The Artificer’s skill lies in crafting intricate and potent enchanted items, each with specific purposes and effects. They blend creativity with systematic craftsmanship, turning mundane materials into powerful tools of Order.
- The Elementalist: This archetype seeks to understand and control the fundamental forces of the universe. They draw power from the natural elements and aim to harmonize them in a balanced manner. Whether they manipulate fire, water, earth, or air, their spells are precise and well-coordinated, mirroring the controlled rhythms of the world’s order.
Unique Order Magical Spells
- Chrono-script: This spell allows the caster to create temporal runes that record events and knowledge in a structured manner. These runes can be stored in enchanted archives and accessed by others, ensuring that valuable information is never lost to the passage of time.
- Symphony of Elements: By orchestrating a precise sequence of gestures and incantations, the caster can summon and harmonize the elemental forces, combining them in a powerful and controlled manner. This spell allows the caster to wield the combined might of multiple elements simultaneously.
- Cognitive Bind: The caster can weave a spell that links the thoughts and knowledge of individuals within a specified area. This connection fosters understanding and cooperation among the linked minds, facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies.
- Kaleidoscopic Array: By arranging crystals in a particular geometric pattern and channeling magic through them, the caster creates a multi-faceted barrier. This enchantment refracts incoming spells and energies, breaking them down into more manageable, harmless components.
- Regimen of Enchanting: This spell enables the caster to conduct an intricate enchanting ritual that imbues objects with long-lasting magical properties. The enchanted items forged through this process are highly stable and retain their powers for extended periods.
- Harmony’s Embrace: By invoking the essence of harmony and order, the caster can soothe conflicts and quell chaotic energies within an area. This spell restores balance and calms unrest, fostering a sense of tranquility and cooperation among those affected.
- Paradoxial Insight: The caster gains the ability to briefly peer into the temporal and causal weave of events. This spell allows them to foresee potential consequences of specific actions, aiding in strategic decision-making.
- Architect’s Resilience: When this spell is cast, it temporarily strengthens the structural integrity of buildings and barriers, making them highly resistant to destruction and breaches. This is especially useful during sieges or when protecting vital locations.
- Sage’s Exchange: Through this spell, the caster can create a magical link between two locations. This allows individuals to communicate and send small objects instantaneously between the linked points, bypassing physical barriers and distances.
- Harmonious Panoply: This spell enhances the caster’s abilities to coordinate and synchronize with their allies during combat. It fosters a seamless collaboration, enabling them to act in perfect harmony and anticipate each other’s moves.
These spells exemplify the precise, structured, and balanced nature of Order Magic. Each spell serves a specific purpose, often involving careful planning, intricate rituals, and a deep understanding of the forces that govern the world.
|Trivial||Cleanse a minor magical anomaly that poses no challenge for someone skilled in Order magic.|
|Simple||Enchant a small trinket to provide basic protection against minor disruptions to the magical balance.|
|Easy||Cast a warding spell to protect a limited area from chaotic disturbances, such as preventing wild magical fluctuations or repelling minor disruptive entities.|
|Routine||Construct a stable, intricate magical array to channel elemental energies efficiently, allowing for precise manipulation and control over natural forces.|
|Average||Successfully decipher a moderately complex ancient magical text, extracting valuable knowledge about the fundamental laws governing the Order branch of magic.|
|Difficult||Imbue an item with a complex and potent enchantment, requiring specialized knowledge and precision to ensure it functions as intended. For example, creating a time-keeping device that can maintain perfect synchronization with the natural flow of time.|
|Very Difficult||Merge and synchronize two distinct elemental forces to create a rare and powerful fusion spell, harnessing the strengths of both elements in perfect balance.|
|Formidable||Forge a grand, impenetrable barrier around an entire city to protect it from an imminent onslaught of powerful, chaotic forces. The barrier must be meticulously constructed to resist even the most overwhelming attacks, preserving the city’s harmony.|
|Heroic||Unravel a complex and ancient magical ritual, passed down through generations, to temporarily stabilize a region ravaged by rampant chaos. The task requires unmatched expertise and collaboration with other Order mages to achieve this legendary feat.|
|Nearly Impossible||In an act of ultimate mastery, weave together the threads of time and space, temporarily freezing the progression of time in an entire realm to restore order to the chaotic world. This legendary task is the epitome of Order magic and will immortalize the mage’s name in history.|
|Godly||Achieve absolute synchronization with the cosmic forces, becoming one with the fabric of reality itself. In this transcendent state, the mage temporarily attains godlike powers, bringing complete balance and harmony to the universe for a fleeting moment before returning to their mortal form.|
Finally, you encounter the enigmatic realm of Mystery, where three paths beckon: Metaphysics, Animism, and Shamanism.
In Metaphysics, your understanding of the interconnectedness of mind and matter allows you to manipulate reality through thought and focus. Your quest for truth and your exploration of consciousness grant you extraordinary psychic abilities.
As an Animist, you understand that all things possess a spiritual essence. You commune with the spirits of nature and the world around you, seeing life and consciousness in everything. Your mystical journey involves a deep connection to the natural world and the ability to harness its powers through reverence and cooperation.
Lastly, Shamanism leads you on a path of spiritual connection and healing. Your faith lies in the guidance of ancestral spirits and totemic beings. As you journey between the physical and spiritual realms, you serve as an intermediary, bringing wisdom, healing, and balance to your community. Your mystical experiences empower you to traverse the veil between worlds.
Unique Magical Spells to Mystery
- Psionic Illusion: Manipulate perceptions and create intricate illusions that blur the line between reality and imagination.
- Ethereal Projection: Project your consciousness into other planes or dimensions, exploring the unseen realms.
- Soul Bond: Form a temporary connection with another being, allowing you to share emotions, thoughts, and experiences.
- Mystic Veil: Shroud yourself or others in an aura of secrecy, making them invisible to the mundane eye and hard to detect by magical means.
- Metaphysical Enigma: Unleash a surge of metaphysical energy, disrupting the flow of magic and causing confusion among spellcasters.
- Dreamwalker’s Journey: Enter the dreams of individuals, influencing their subconscious or gathering information from their dreamscapes.
- Elemental Fusion: Combine the power of different elements to create unique and potent elemental manifestations.
- Psychic Surge: Channel psychic energy to amplify your magical abilities or temporarily enhance physical attributes.
- Spiritual Mending: Heal spiritual wounds and emotional traumas, restoring balance and inner harmony.
- Cosmic Attunement: Commune with cosmic entities and receive revelations or cosmic insights beyond mortal understanding.
- Shapeshifter’s Mirage: Temporarily alter your appearance or transform into a creature of the mystical realms.
- Anima Manipulation: Harness the animating essence of life to influence the growth and behavior of plants and animals.
- Astral Beacon: Create a beacon of energy that serves as a guiding point or communication hub across great distances.
- Temporal Shift: Temporarily manipulate time’s flow, slowing or hastening events within a limited area.
- Chaosweave: Merge different magical energies to form a chaotic weave of power, unleashing unpredictable effects.
These spells draw upon the mysteries of the universe, tapping into psychic abilities, manipulating ethereal energies, and exploring the realms beyond ordinary comprehension. As a practitioner of Mystery magic, you possess a unique set of skills that allow you to traverse the boundaries of reality and harness the profound forces of the unknown.
Metaphysics Knowledge Areas
In the realm of Metaphysics, you explore the captivating world of Parapsychology, ESP, and Psionics. Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP) opens your mind to extraordinary abilities like telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and telekinesis. With telepathy, you forge a silent connection, understanding the thoughts and emotions of others. Clairvoyance grants you the ability to perceive events and people beyond time and space, while precognition offers glimpses of the future, guiding your choices in life.
Psionics expands your horizons with a broader range of psychic phenomena. Astral projection allows you to leave your physical body, exploring different planes of existence. Remote viewing empowers you to perceive distant or hidden targets, unraveling secret information and potential future outcomes. Psychometry unlocks the ability to gain insights about objects or people by touching them, revealing their history and essence.
In your pursuit of mastering Metaphysics, you realize that these abilities go beyond mere tricks. Instead, they represent a profound interplay between consciousness and reality. By honing your mind and embracing the mysteries of existence, you unlock the true potential of these extraordinary gifts, elevating your understanding of the universe and your place within it.
- The Psychic Seer: This archetype embodies the concept of clairvoyance and precognition. The Psychic Seer possesses the ability to see into the future or perceive distant events, providing invaluable guidance to others on their journeys. Often wise and enigmatic, they navigate a path between knowing too much and preserving the balance of fate.
- The Manipulator: Drawing from the realms of telepathy and telekinesis, this archetype wields the power to delve into minds, read thoughts, and move objects with the sheer force of their will. Their abilities can be both awe-inspiring and unnerving, making them formidable allies or adversaries in the story.
- The Traveler: Representing the practice of astral projection, this archetype ventures beyond the confines of the physical body to explore ethereal realms and dimensions. The Traveler often uncovers hidden knowledge and encounters beings from other planes, offering a bridge between the material and spiritual worlds.
- The Time Bender: This archetype draws inspiration from those with precognitive abilities who can see potential futures or alter the timeline itself. The Time Bender grapples with ethical dilemmas, considering the consequences of changing events or preserving the natural flow of time.
- The Empathic Healer: Channeling the power of empathy and psychic healing, this archetype can mend emotional wounds and even aid in physical recovery. Their compassionate nature and nurturing abilities make them central figures in healing others’ pain and trauma.
- The Oracle: Possessing the gift of prophecy and divination, the Oracle serves as a mystical advisor to rulers and heroes. Their cryptic visions and enigmatic messages shape destinies and guide pivotal decisions.
Unique Metaphysical Magical Spells
- Vision of the Ancients: This spell grants you a glimpse into the distant past, allowing you to witness historical events as if you were there, gaining valuable insights and knowledge.
- Thoughtweave: With Thoughtweave, you establish a telepathic network with a group of individuals, facilitating seamless communication between them, regardless of distance.
- Astral Passage: This spell enables you and others to project your consciousness beyond the physical realm, traversing various planes and dimensions to uncover hidden secrets or seek guidance.
- Temporal Echo: By tapping into the flow of time, you can leave a trace of your consciousness in the past or future, allowing you to observe events unfolding in those moments and interact with them indirectly.
- Mindforge: Mindforge empowers you to create and shape constructs using pure thought. These constructs can serve various purposes, from guardians and defenders to tools and companions.
- Divination Nexus: This powerful spell grants you a heightened sense of precognition, allowing you to see potential outcomes and the ripple effects of your actions, aiding in decision-making.
- Ethereal Embrace: With Ethereal Embrace, you temporarily merge with the surrounding environment, gaining insight into the emotions and experiences imprinted on objects or locations, providing valuable context and information.
- Psionic Rift: This spell opens a temporary gateway to other planes or distant locations, enabling you to gather knowledge or transport yourself and others instantaneously.
- Harmonic Resonance: Harmonic Resonance aligns the energy of the mind and body, promoting healing and restoration, and even mending psychic wounds caused by mental attacks or trauma.
- Foresight’s Grace: By invoking Foresight’s Grace, you grant yourself or others heightened awareness, reflexes, and intuition, enhancing their abilities during critical moments.
- Illusion Unveiled: With this spell, you can pierce through illusions and glamours, revealing the truth behind deceptive appearances and uncovering hidden truths.
- Psychokinetic Symphony: Psychokinetic Symphony allows you to manipulate multiple objects simultaneously with incredible precision, creating intricate displays of telekinetic prowess.
Remember that these spells are unique to your background in Metaphysics and reflect the deep connection you have with the mystical forces of ESP and Psionics. Each spell embodies the essence of your metaphysical knowledge, offering a distinct and awe-inspiring set of abilities in the world of magic and fantasy.
Here’s the table describing tasks someone from the Metaphysical magical practice of ESP and Psionics might attempt for each difficulty level:
|Trivial||Instantly reading the surface emotions of a nearby individual without even trying, as if it were a reflexive action.|
|Simple||Sending a brief telepathic message to a familiar recipient, relying on a basic level of focus and minimal effort.|
|Easy||Using telekinesis to gently move a lightweight object, such as a small pebble, across a short distance.|
|Routine||Successfully astral projecting and exploring a nearby familiar location with ease, recalling details upon return.|
|Average||Predicting a simple event with some accuracy, like guessing the outcome of a coin flip, based on your precognitive sense.|
|Difficult||Establishing a telepathic connection with multiple individuals simultaneously to hold a group conversation, requiring significant mental focus and training.|
|Very Difficult||Performing a complex act of psychometry on an ancient artifact, uncovering detailed historical information about its origins and previous owners.|
|Formidable||Telekinetically manipulating a series of objects in a choreographed dance of movements, showcasing exceptional control and finesse.|
|Heroic||Projecting your consciousness across the world to a distant, unfamiliar location, and returning with vivid details and insights from that place.|
|Nearly Impossible||Using astral projection to venture into the depths of an uncharted, otherworldly realm and returning with profound knowledge or a rare artifact.|
|Godly||Achieving an extraordinary feat of time manipulation, briefly altering the timeline to prevent a catastrophic event or restore harmony to a torn reality, requiring the cooperation of other powerful beings or artifacts.|
Animism Knowledge Areas
In the enchanting realm of Animism, you discover a belief system that views everything in existence as possessing a distinct spiritual essence. Nature, objects, and creatures are all intertwined with a profound life force, connecting them in a way that transcends the physical world. Through this belief, you awaken an innate ability to communicate with and harness the magic of the spirits dwelling within each entity.
As an Animist, you become attuned to the rhythms of nature, sensing the whispers of the wind, the murmurs of flowing water, and the pulse of the earth. You forge deep connections with the spirits, learning to call upon their powers to aid you in various endeavors. However, you understand that this magic comes with responsibility, requiring respect and reciprocity to preserve the sanctity of the spirits’ domains and maintain balance with the energies of the world.
Your empathy grows, allowing you to perceive the hidden spiritual essence within others, healing their wounds and bringing harmony to their souls. Animism becomes more than just a belief system; it transforms your way of life, instilling wonder in the ordinary and fostering a sense of interconnectedness with all living beings. As an Animist, you embrace the eternal spirit flowing through everything, forever changed by the profound wisdom of this magical world.
- Spirit Whisperer: The Spirit Whisperer is a master communicator with the spirits of nature. They can hear the whispers of the wind, converse with animals, and commune with the ancient spirits residing in trees, rivers, and mountains. Through their bond with these ethereal entities, they gain insights into the past, present, and potential future, making them invaluable guides and advisors.
- Elemental Shaper: The Elemental Shaper possesses the rare ability to manipulate the fundamental forces of nature - earth, water, air, and fire. They can command the elements to create protective barriers, summon powerful storms, shape landscapes, and extinguish raging fires. Their mastery over the elements allows them to both defend their allies and unleash devastating attacks upon their foes.
- Nature Healer: The Nature Healer is an archetype gifted with the power to heal wounds and ailments, not just on a physical level but also on a spiritual and emotional one. They draw upon the life force present in plants, rivers, and animals to mend broken spirits and restore balance to troubled souls. Their touch brings forth rejuvenation and renewal to both individuals and the natural world.
- Shapeshifter: The Shapeshifter is a mystical being who can transform into various animals or even merge partially with the spirits of nature. Through this ability, they gain unique traits and strengths from different creatures, granting them incredible versatility in navigating through diverse challenges. They can become the swift wolf, the wise owl, or the elusive fox, adapting to any situation.
- Guardian of the Wild: The Guardian of the Wild is a fierce protector of the natural order. They defend the sacred sites, creatures, and ancient spirits from external threats, often serving as a bridge between the physical and spiritual realms. With an unyielding determination, they safeguard the balance of life, using their powers to deter those who would harm the natural world.
- Ancestral Channeler: The Ancestral Channeler is deeply connected to the spirits of their ancestors, drawing upon their wisdom and experiences. Through rituals and meditation, they communicate with their forebears, seeking guidance and ancestral knowledge that spans generations. This connection empowers them with ancient insights, offering a unique perspective in facing contemporary challenges.
- Communal Weave: The Communal Weave is a rare archetype that embodies the unity and interconnectedness of all beings. They possess the ability to link individuals together, fostering empathy and understanding among communities. Their magic helps heal divisions, reconcile conflicts, and promote harmony between different groups, reminding others of the essential oneness of all life.
Unique Animism Magical Spells
- Spirit Communion: Allows the caster to establish a strong connection with the spirits of nature, gaining insights, wisdom, and guidance from them. This spell helps the caster commune with specific spirits or receive messages from the collective consciousness of the natural world.
- Elemental Embodiment: Temporarily transforms the caster into a physical manifestation of one of the four elements (earth, water, air, fire). While in this form, the caster gains elemental abilities and characteristics, such as earth manipulation, water breathing, wind flight, or fire resistance.
- Nature’s Embrace: Envelops the caster or a target in a protective aura formed from the essence of nature. This shield grants resistance against elemental attacks and negative energy, offering a temporary sanctuary from harm.
- Spiritual Healing: A potent healing spell that not only restores physical wounds but also mends the spiritual and emotional well-being of the recipient. The spell draws upon the life force of the surrounding environment to aid in the healing process.
- Wild Shape: Allows the caster to temporarily transform into an animal of their choosing. While in animal form, the caster gains the abilities and instincts of the chosen creature, granting them unique advantages in exploration and combat.
- Harmony’s Call: Enables the caster to harmonize the energies of living beings in a specific area, quelling conflicts and calming aggressive tendencies. This spell fosters empathy and understanding, promoting peace among both humans and creatures.
- Animate Nature: Breathes life into inanimate objects, briefly imbuing them with the essence of nature. These animated objects can assist the caster or perform simple tasks, such as carrying items or providing distraction in battle.
- Soothing Whispers: Uses the gentle whispers of nature spirits to soothe and pacify aggressive creatures or individuals. The spell induces a calming effect, reducing hostility and making it easier to negotiate or escape potentially dangerous situations.
- Ancestral Guidance: Calls upon the wisdom and knowledge of the caster’s ancestors, providing valuable insights or ancient techniques to aid in solving problems or overcoming challenges.
- Spiritual Nexus: Creates a sacred space that acts as a gateway between the physical and spiritual realms. This nexus enhances the caster’s magical abilities, increases their connection to the spirits, and facilitates more profound and powerful spellcasting.
These unique spells embody the essence of Animism Magic, offering a profound connection with nature, a deep understanding of the spirits, and the ability to influence the world through the spiritual essence that permeates all things.
Here’s a table describing a task someone from Animism would attempt to do for each difficulty level:
|Trivial||Communicating with a friendly forest creature to help you find a particular plant or ingredient.|
|Simple||Creating a small protective barrier of elemental energy around a campsite to ward off minor natural disturbances or wild animals.|
|Easy||Healing a minor wound or ailment by drawing on the life force of nearby plants and natural energies to aid the recovery process.|
|Routine||Shape-shifting into a common animal like a wolf or bird for a short period to explore a distant location or gather information from the wilderness.|
|Average||Performing a ritual to establish a temporary connection with the spirits of a specific location, gaining insights into its history and potential hidden resources.|
|Difficult||Transforming into an ethereal form, allowing the caster to traverse through obstacles or explore a mystical realm inaccessible to the physical body.|
|Very Difficult||Merging with the spirit of a great tree or powerful natural entity to gain immense knowledge and wisdom, but requiring utmost concentration and energy control.|
|Formidable||Coordinating with a circle of skilled Animists to summon a powerful elemental storm that can cleanse a corrupted forest and restore it to its natural state.|
|Heroic||Engaging in a spiritual battle with a malevolent ancient spirit threatening to unleash havoc on the world, requiring the combined efforts of the most skilled Animists and assistance from benevolent deities to subdue the malevolence.|
|Nearly Impossible||Attempting to commune with the ancient spirits of a long-lost civilization that holds the key to unlocking powerful secrets of the universe, requiring a group of legendary Animists to channel their collective energies and focus to maintain the connection.|
|Godly||Channeling the essence of an ancient celestial being to halt a catastrophic natural disaster like a world-ending comet, necessitating a convergence of numerous Animists in a rare celestial event, and even then, the outcome remains uncertain, requiring the highest aid from celestial beings.|
Shamanism Knowledge Areas
Shamanism is a profound branch of magic that involves becoming a conduit between the physical and metaphysical realms. As a shaman, you deeply connect with the natural world, recognizing the sacredness of nature and the energies that bind all living beings. Your journey involves mastering rituals and techniques to communicate with spirits, forming relationships with them to harness their powers.
In Shamanism, you enter altered states of consciousness through various methods like meditation, drumming, or dancing. In these trance-like states, you can traverse the ethereal plane to seek guidance, healing, and answers. As you develop your abilities, you become a spiritual leader, offering counsel and mediating conflicts between individuals and spirits.
The practice of Shamanism requires a profound sense of humility and respect for the spirits and the natural world. You embrace the responsibility of maintaining harmony with the ecosystem and fostering reverence for the interconnected web of life. Your role as a shaman is that of a guardian, a healer, and a spiritual guide, guided by the ethereal forces that shape the cosmos.
- The Wise Shaman: This archetype embodies the traditional role of the shaman as a wise and knowledgeable spiritual leader. Often depicted as an elderly or experienced character, the Wise Shaman guides and supports the protagonist on their quest or journey. They possess deep insights into the spiritual realm and serve as a source of wisdom and guidance.
- The Nature Channeler: This archetype is closely connected to nature and possesses the ability to communicate with animals, plants, and the elements. They can call upon the forces of nature to aid them or manipulate the environment to achieve their goals. This character often has a deep respect for the natural world and its inhabitants.
- The Spirit Walker: The Spirit Walker is a shamanic archetype who has the ability to traverse between the physical and spiritual realms. They enter altered states of consciousness to connect with spirits, receive visions, and gain supernatural powers. This character may journey to the underworld, commune with ancestors, or seek guidance from powerful spirits.
- The Healer: This archetype embodies the shaman’s role as a powerful healer. They can cure ailments, both physical and spiritual, using their knowledge of herbs, rituals, and energy manipulation. The Healer often acts as a benevolent figure, offering aid and support to those in need.
- The Balance Keeper: The Balance Keeper is a shamanic archetype tasked with maintaining harmony in the world. They act as a mediator between opposing forces, seeking to restore balance and prevent chaos. This character often faces moral dilemmas and must make difficult choices to preserve equilibrium.
- The Shadow Shaman: This darker archetype represents a shaman who delves into the realms of darkness and shadow. They may tap into forbidden or dangerous energies to gain immense power. The Shadow Shaman is often morally ambiguous, using their abilities for personal gain or to serve darker purposes.
Unique Shamanism Magical Spells
- Spirit Communion: Allows the shaman to communicate with spirits of nature, ancestors, or animals, seeking guidance or information.
- Elemental Embodiment: Temporarily merges with an element (earth, water, fire, or air) to gain its properties and abilities, such as becoming impervious to fire or controlling water.
- Ancestral Vision: Enables the shaman to experience visions or memories from their ancestors, gaining insights and knowledge from past generations.
- Nature’s Embrace: Calls upon the power of the natural world to heal wounds, cure diseases, or revitalize living beings.
- Soul Retrieval: Travels into the spirit realm to find and restore lost or fragmented parts of someone’s soul, promoting healing and wholeness.
- Spiritual Warding: Creates a protective barrier against malevolent spirits or negative energies, safeguarding a person or location.
- Dance of the Northern Lights: A mesmerizing ritual dance that can evoke the aurora borealis, influencing luck, prosperity, and fortune.
- Plant Speak: Allows the shaman to understand the language of plants, receiving messages or information from the flora around them.
- Eclipse’s Gaze: During a solar or lunar eclipse, the shaman gains heightened powers, accessing unique abilities and knowledge.
- Familiar Bond: Forms a deep bond with an animal spirit, summoning the spirit to assist the shaman during their journeys.
- Dreamweaver’s Lullaby: Induces a magical slumber, enabling the shaman to enter another’s dreams to offer guidance or deliver messages.
- Soulflight: Projects the shaman’s consciousness into the spirit realm, allowing them to explore distant places or seek specific spirits for aid.
- Nature’s Wrath: Calls upon the fury of the natural elements to unleash devastating attacks against foes.
- Rite of Passage: A powerful ritual that marks a significant moment in someone’s life, bestowing blessings or unlocking hidden potential.
- Sacred Grove: Creates a mystical sanctuary where the shaman can communicate with spirits, hold ceremonies, or offer prayers.
These unique spells reflect the shaman’s profound connection to nature, spirits, and the unseen world, showcasing their ability to tap into the mystical forces of the universe to achieve various extraordinary feats.
|Trivial||Offering a simple blessing to a fellow tribe member or cleansing a small area from negative energy.|
|Simple||Assisting someone in achieving a state of deep meditation to connect with their inner self or to gain insights from the spirit realm.|
|Easy||Preparing and administering basic herbal remedies to alleviate minor physical ailments or soothe emotional distress.|
|Routine||Conducting a routine divination ritual to gain insights into the future or seek answers to specific questions using sacred tools like cards, bones, or stones.|
|Average||Undertaking the process of retrieving and reuniting a lost soul fragment with a troubled individual to help them heal from emotional trauma.|
|Difficult||Channeling the power of the elements to summon and control a powerful elemental guardian to protect a sacred site or defend against malevolent forces.|
|Very Difficult||Projecting the shaman’s consciousness to travel to distant places in the spirit realm to seek knowledge from ancient spirits or to gain insights into hidden secrets.|
|Formidable||Undertaking a perilous spiritual journey to the spirit world’s deepest realms, where few have ventured before, to obtain rare insights or ancient wisdom from the most revered spirits.|
|Heroic||Uniting the energies of the tribe and the surrounding natural forces to perform a grand ritual, bringing harmony and balance to the entire region, dispelling malevolent spirits, and revitalizing the land and its inhabitants.|
|Nearly Impossible||Attempting to bring back a deceased loved one from the afterlife, a task that requires the shaman to navigate complex spiritual realms and negotiate with powerful entities to grant a second chance at life.|
|Godly||Harnessing the forces of celestial bodies and the spirit world to perform a ritual that significantly alters the fate of entire civilizations or alters the course of cosmic events, requiring immense power and assistance from divine entities.|
- Determine and add up the skill ( Aspect + Characteristic + Skill )
- Determine and add up the circumstantial Dice Modifiers (⚅) using the table below
|15||Trivial||Something that is automatically done|
|10||Simple||Requires a minimum level of competence or a bit of luck to accomplish.|
|5||Easy||Requires a minimum level of competence or a bit of luck to accomplish.|
|4||Routine||Requires a bit more competence to accomplish. Can be completed more often than not by a character with natural aptitude.|
|0||Average||Requires a bit more competence to accomplish. Can be completed more often than not by a character if they have received exposure to the skill and are not encumbered in any way. This is the work of anapprentice or someone with exceptional latent talent.|
|-4||Difficult||Generally anything that takes actual training. This is the skilled work of a professional doing what they are paid to do. Include anything beyond the capabilities of the average person without aid or exceptionaltalent. Even with a bit of training and skill you still need some luck to pull it off (or maybe some specialized training).|
|-5||Very Difficult||Even with a bit of training and skill you still need some luck to pull it off (or maybe some specialized training). Include anything beyond the capabilities of the average person without specialized aid orexceptional talent.|
|-10||Formidable||Achievable only by especially talented individuals. Nobody else should even bother trying. This is on the level of superstars.|
|-15||Heroic||Achievable only by the most trained, experienced, and talented superstars, and they probably still need help to pull it off. This is a once or twice in a lifetime feet. You are the best at this in theworld.|
|-25||Nearly Impossible||An epic feat on which legendary tales are based on. The named masters of a skill come from acts such as these. You will be in the history books.|
|-30||Godly||Can’t be done without assistance unless you’re basically a demigod.|
- Roll a 4d8 and determine the σ using the table below:
|-4||4 - 5|
|-3||6 - 8|
|-2||8 - 13|
|-1||13 - 17|
|1||18 - 22|
|2||23 - 27|
|3||28 - 30|
|4||31 - 32|
- Add up all the above numbers and compare them to the following table. Sometimes an additional table will need to be consulted give the details of the skill or the circumstances (such as determining how long something took, or how much it will cost to repair an item.)
|Final Result||Degree of Effect|
|6 - 8||Costly|
|8 - 13||Fail|
|13 - 16||Minor Fail|
|17||Fail in Style|
|19 - 22||Succeed|
|23 - 27||Succeed In Style|
|28 - 30||Critical|
Degrees of Effect Defined
There are nine separate ways a predicament can be resolved:
This is a critical failure. The cost for this sort of failure means the outcome the actor was intending failed. Additionally, things have turned worse for that actor as well in unrelated areas or with a sense of finality.
For example, if a thief was attempting to pick the lock of a door, then it should be determined that they did not pick the lock. The trap in the door was triggered. Everyone in The Company must now determine if they are now poisoned, and no further attempts may be made (finality). In the event that overcoming this complication was required for The Company to accomplish their overall objectives, the GM must instead make the events turn to the worse in other areas. In the above example this would mean that in their attempts to pick the lock, the thief slipped, and knocked the torch out of the hands of the person carrying it, and the tapestry the door is behind is now on fire. Or the torch is now out and no one can see. The idea here is to heighten tension and make the attempt require larger efforts of heroics.
This is one step away from a critical failure. The cost should be related to the outcome the player or monster was attempting.
For example, if the thief was attempting to pick the lock of a door, then it should be determined that they did not pick the lock, but they did trigger the trap in the door, and everyone in The Company must now determine if they are poisoned.
This is a normal failure.
In the example of our thief would not have been able to pick the lock, but the lock would not be jammed, and he would still have his pick.
Fail in Style
This is one step above a failure. It is still a failure, but something else has happened that moves the story forward in a more difficult path, but without accomplishing the goals.
In the example of the thief, he wouldn’t have picked the lock, but he did spring the trap and the door was opened, but everyone in The Company must determine if they are poisoned. This is the classic fail forward approach.
A tie succeeds unless this was a contest between two parties, in which case the outcome is that neither party gets what they want, and it should be treated as a fail in style for both sides. This is useful for social interactions or for contests of strength or agility.
In the example of our thief the parties in question are the designer of the lock or door and The Company trying to get in. The thief would not get what they want, the lock to be picked, and the designer of the lock would not get what they want, to keep the lock secure. The resolution on this would be that the thief can’t open the lock with this action, but he has gained knowledge of the lock, which will make it easier for him next time. This wouldn’t be a problem for the thief unless he was doing this under a stress.
The individual who attempted to do something accomplishes what they set out to do.
In the example of the thief, the door is unlocked, and is no longer being held shut by the locking mechanism.
Succeed in Style
The individual who attempted to do something accomplishes what they set out to do, and they got some hidden bonus or style out of it.
In the example of the thief, the door is unlocked, and is no longer being held shut by the locking mechanism, and the thief now understands how that lock is constructed and the next one that is just like it will be easier to open.
The individual who attempted to do something accomplishes what they set out todo, and they got a substantial hidden bonus or style out of it.
In the example of the thief, the door is unlocked, and is no longer being held shut by the locking mechanism, and the thief now understands how locks made by that locksmith are constructed so any lock within this facility will be easier to open.
The individual who attempted to do something accomplishes what they set out to do, and they got a substantial hidden bonus or style out of it that is completely unrelated to the task being attempted.
In the example of the thief, the door is unlocked, and is no longer being held shut by the locking mechanism, and the thief now understands how locks made by that locksmith are constructed so any lock within this facility will be easier to open. In addition, the thief see’s the trap on the door as well and has a normal success to disarm it. The best way to see a serendipitous success is to see this as two completely independent successes on one die roll. In the event that a complication requires more than one success a serendipitous success will, in addition to everything above, add an additional success to the success pool.
Extended Degrees of Effect
|Degree of Effect||Final σ||± %||0||\-||\+||+0|
|Fail in Style||-1||100%||4||5||4||3|
|Succeed In Style||2||75%||2||3||6||5|
Final σ: Used in Dice Chains ± %: Used when determining time or cost impacts 0 & +0: Used for ranking results into groups based on a zero based numbering system. Overtime these will be merged
- & -: Used for ranking results into groups based on a non-zero based numbering system Overtime these will be merged.