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General Skills

General skills are available to people from all classes.

Weapon Skills

  • NB: You may only gain the benefits of the Weapon Talent and Weapon Mastery skills for one weapon each encounter.

Level 1

Weapon Specialisation

You may purchase each Weapon Specialisation skill once.

One-Handed Weapons

  • Balanced 1): Gain a RESIST. You can only use this RESIST when on full hits.
  • Unbalanced 2): Certain triggers cause you to gain a STAGGER which you must use immediately on your next melee blow with that weapon. At the start of combat: gain a STAGGER. Every time you drop an enemy to 0 hits: gain a STAGGER. Whenever you drop to 0 hits: gain a STAGGER.
  • Dagger: You may call IMMUNE to any call which hits your dagger.
  • Throwing Weapon: Whenever you hit someone's body with a throwing weapon (i.e. not their weapon or shield), you may call WOUND.

Two-Handed Weapons

  • Great Weapon 3): You may treat any blows which hit your forearms as hitting your weapon, so long as those forearms are holding the weapon.
  • Spear: When hit by a STAGGER, you may lose 3 hits to gain a RESIST which you must call immediately.
  • Staff: When you drop someone to 0 hits with this weapon: you may call HEAL 0 on them.

NB: These categories are partly arbitrary and designed to further fun. If you’re uncertain about what a given weapon physrep would be, come and talk to us.

Level 2

Weapon Focus

Pre-req: Weapon Specialization

You may purchase each Weapon Focus skill once.
This skill grants access to a number of weapon calls per encounter, depending on the type of weapon you choose to wield.
These calls must be delivered by melee.

  • Balanced: Gain 1 STAGGER per encounter.
  • Unbalanced: Gain 1 STUN per encounter.
  • Dagger: Gain 2 WOUND per encounter.
  • Throwing Weapons: When you have a throwing weapon readied, you may call IMMUNE to any effect calls which hit the forearm holding your throwing weapon.
  • Great Weapon: Gain 1 STAGGER per encounter.
  • Spear: Gain 1 STAGGER per encounter.
  • Staff: Gain 1 REPEL per encounter.

Level 4

Weapon Mastery

Pre-req: Weapon Focus

You may purchase each Weapon Mastery skill once.
This skill grants access to a number of weapon calls per encounter, depending on the type of weapon you choose to wield.
These calls must be delivered by melee.

  • Balanced: Gain 1 WOUND per encounter.
  • Unbalanced: Gain 1 STUN. Every time you drop an enemy, regain 1 hit.
  • Dagger: Gain 2 WOUND.
  • Throwing Weapon: The first time you run out of throwing weapons each encounter, gain 1 AGILITY.
  • Great Weapon: Gain 1 STUN per encounter.
  • Spear: Gain 1 WOUND per encounter.
  • Staff: Gain 1 STUN per encounter.

Fighting Style Skills

  • You may only adopt one Fighting Style at a time.
  • You must be using the appropriate Fighting Style to gain the benefit of any of the Fighting Style Skills within that style.

Shield Fighter

Uses a Shield

Level 1

Use Buckler

  • You may use a buckler in either hand.
  • You can call IMMUNE to any effect call which hits a buckler you are holding.
  • You may immediately make any call you take on your buckler back against the target.

Use Medium Shield

  • You may use a medium shield in either hand.

Ambidextrous

Uses two one-handed weapons

Level 1

Ambidex

  • You may wield two weapons, one in each hand.
  • If you have purchased the Weapon Specialisation skill for the weapon you are using in your off hand, you may use that Weapon Specialisation.

Single Weapon Focus

Uses a one-handed weapon with nothing in the off-hand

  • When you adopt the Single Weapon Focus fighting style, you may not hold a weapon or shield your off-hand for the rest of the encounter.
  • You may swap your off hand / weapon hand freely so long as one hand remains the off-hand.
  • You may still throw Ichorwerk with your off-hand.
  • This hand still counts as a free hand for the purposes of spellcasting and other non-weapon abilities.

Level 1

Resolute Companion

  • When you adopt this fighting style: gain one DODGE against every monster physrep.

Level 2

Duellist

Pre-req: Resolute Companion

  • When you adopt this fighting style: you may triple any remaining weapon calls from the Weapon Talent and Weapon Mastery skills for this weapon.

Level 2

Body Skills

Level 1

Tough

  • +2 hits

Adrenaline

  • Whenever being healed (by HEAL or FIGHT ON) from 0 hits,
  • You may take an AGILITY.

Level 2

Tough

  • +2 hits

Strong

  • You are particularly strong and fit.
  • You may carry a single unconscious or bleeding person at full speed. This does not take any hands.
  • You may staunch this person by devoting a single hand to the purpose.

Level 4

Tough

  • +2 hits

Resilience

Pre-req: Tough & Tough & Tough

  • Gain one RESIST per encounter.

Psyche Skills

Level 1

Strong Willed

  • +2 psyche.
  • Once per encounter, when an effect call or other trigger would cause you to lose Concentration:
  • Avoid losing Concentration.
  • In addition, you may continue to Concentrate through the duration of an effect call avoided in this way.
  • You may call 'STRONG WILL' to indicate this has occurred.

Level 2

Strong Willed

  • +2 psyche.
  • Once per encounter, when an effect call or other trigger would cause you to lose Concentration:
  • Avoid losing Concentration.
  • In addition, you may continue to Concentrate through the duration of an effect call avoided in this way.
  • You may call 'STRONG WILL' to indicate this has occurred.

Level 4

Strong Willed

  • +2 psyche.
  • Once per encounter, when an effect call or other trigger would cause you to lose Concentration:
  • Avoid losing Concentration.
  • In addition, you may continue to Concentrate through the duration of an effect call avoided in this way.
  • You may call 'STRONG WILL' to indicate this has occurred.

Stoicism

Pre-req: Strong Willed & Strong Willed & Strong Willed

  • Gain one RESIST per encounter.

Utility Skills

Level 1

Healer (Downtime)

  • You may diagnose diseases and mundane poisons.
  • You may also come up with a treatment regimen which can cure feeble potency afflictions of the body between encounters.
  • As a downtime action: you can devise a treatment regimen to cure a strong affliction of the body.

Revive

  • With 10s medical roleplay you may call HEAL 4 to someone on their death count.

Invigorate

  • With 10s medical roleplay you may call HEAL 2 to someone.

Sage

Pre-req: Healer & Revive & Invigorate

  • You may attempt to treat afflictions between encounters.
  • You also have a greater understanding of the healing arts.
  • You can perform autopsies to attempt to discern information from dead bodies.
  • You may cure strong afflictions of the body between encounters.

Seer

  • You can understand the shape and nature of spiritual maladies.
  • You can devise a treatment regimen which can cure feeble potency afflictions of the mind between encounters.

Cipher

  • You have been trained in ciphers.
  • You can recognize and understand most common ciphers and have the ability to devise your own or attempt to decrypt more esoteric ones.
  • You can assume that any written communication you undertake is encrypted.
  • Additionally, you understand the meanings of most esoteric symbols and any organisations with which they are associated.

Disguise

  • You may disguise yourself such that you do not look like yourself and are also not obviously disguised.
  • You may also, with the right costume, disguise yourself as a member of a group:
    • You can generally pass as a member of this group as long as you don’t behave inappropriately or bump into a real member of the group.
  • You are adept at hiding items upon your person. Only a thorough and invasive search will uncover them.

Stealth

  • By suppressing your life energy, you are capable of masking your presence completely. Eyes slide off you as you become insignificant.
  • To enter Stealth, this takes 15 seconds of enhanced concentration.
    • This enhanced concentration is broken by taking damage, moving, making calls, and attacking.
    • You must crouch as though you were taking a STAGGER while performing this enhanced concentration.
  • You may then call DISAPPEARING.
    • You may not move while under the effect of this DISAPPEARING call.
    • This DISAPPEARING call lasts indefinitely.
    • You may end this DISAPPEARING at will by dropping your fingers and spending 2 seconds without making calls, moving, or attacking.
  • You may start a combat in Stealth if you wish.

Backstab

  • You may call BACKSTAB with daggers. You must wait 10s before using this ability with the same weapon hand again, during which time you cannot unequip this weapon.

Tradecraft

  • You are a hard person to imprison.
  • You can trivially slip out of mundane bonds with 60s concentration.
  • You can pick any standard lock with 60 seconds concentration.
  • You can understand the requirements or principles behind any complicated lock you encounter.
  • In addition, once per adventure, when you find yourself in enemy hands, you may use this ability:
    • You discover a plausible method of escape for yourself and your allies.

Edificier

  • You are a skilled at running and climbing.
  • Once per encounter, by channeling energy into your legs, you can move at incredible speeds for a short time.
  • Concentrate for 2s.
  • You may then call AGILITY.

Survivalist

  • You are particularly adept at surviving in wilderness terrain.
  • Whilst in the wilderness you gain a DODGE.
  • You may also ask the GM before an encounter if you know anything about what you are about to encounter. If they are native to the region the GM should give you some useful information.
  • Whilst in terrain for which you have the survivalist skill you may range ahead of the party and may start any encounter in which you are not surprised anywhere within the region of the encounter as long as you are at least 5m away from the nearest monster.
  • You are adept at tracking within wilderness terrain.

Forest Ranger

Pre-Req: Survivalist

  • You are an expert on the ways of the Forest and the creatures it contains.
  • You gain the benefit of Survivalist when in the Forest of Loss.
  • Once per encounter, you may call RESIST to a CURSE delivered by a Forest creature.

Streetwise

  • You are particularly adept at surviving in urban terrain.
  • Gain a DODGE while in urban terrain.
  • You may also ask the GM before an encounter if you know anything about what you are about to encounter. If they are native to the region the GM should give you some useful information.
  • Whilst in terrain for which you have the streetwise skill you may range ahead of the party and may start any encounter in which you are not surprised anywhere within the region of the encounter as long as you are at least 5m away from the nearest monster.
  • You are adept at tracking within urban terrain.

Stomping Ground

Pre-req: Streetwise

  • When you purchase this skill, pick a District of Rastaban (other than the Imperial District).
  • You know this District like the back of your hand.
    • You can find shortcuts to travel quickly or unseen through your area.
    • You generally know the location of important and useful people within your area.
    • You can find somebody who is well-disposed to you within your area.
    • You understand the nuances of how law is enforced in your area, and can leverage this when under arrest.

Knowledge

  • When you purchase this skill, choose a relatively broad subject:
  • Your character is well informed on the ins and outs of it.

Scholar (Downtime)

Pre-req: Knowledge

  • You are a scholar within your area of expertise.
  • Within this area your word is given more weight.
  • As a Downtime action: you may publish your latest research.
    • This downtime action guarantees a good circulation of your work throughout Rastaban, especially to those who would take an interest in your findings.

Contact Skills

  • Contacts represent your ability gain information from and influence the various organisations within the world.
  • These skills can only be brought with GM approval.
  • These skills are typically unlocked after you have done something to impress the given organisation on an adventure.
  • These skills cost favour in addition to their XP cost.
  • You can purchase contacts skills multiple times with different organisations.

Level 1

Affiliate

Cost: 5 favour

  • You have basic contacts with an organisation.
  • You can generally get to see someone relatively important within the organisation.
  • Once per adventure the organisation will investigate a question and provide an answer for you (assuming it is something they can reasonably answer and would trust you with).
  • You may also always ask your organisation if there is anything they want you to achieve on any given adventure.

Respected

Pre-Req: Affiliate
Cost: 10 favour

  • You have begun to attain some degree of power and respect in your organisation.
  • You can, with effort, get to see the leaders of your organisation.
  • Once per adventure you may prevail upon the organisation to perform a minor task for you.

Influence

Pre-Req: Respected
Cost: 20 favour Requires GM approval

  • Your opinion has great weight within the organisation.
  • At this level you can influence the outcome of large decisions which the organisation makes.
  • Once per adventure you may prevail upon the organisation to perform a major task for you.
  • If the opportunity arises, you may have the option to retire into a position of unrivalled influence within your organisation. However, this is unlikely to be straightforward.
1) As a rule of thumb, most one-handed swords and rapiers are classed as Balanced
2) As a rule of thumb, most one-handed axes, hammers and maces are classed as Unbalanced
3) As a rule of thumb, two-handed weapons that are not staffs or spears are classed as Great Weapons
general_skills.txt · Last modified: 2019/02/06 20:05 by gm_matthew