IQ, Perception, and WillEdit
The cost of IQ is reduced to 15 points per level.
Perception and Will have to bought up or down from a base of 10, regardless of IQ. Their costs have been increased to 10 points per level.
The cost of Strength has been halved to 5 points per level. Hitpoint cost is still 2 per level.
Sw damage is fixed at roughly Thr+2 for all levels of ST. Thr damage improves on odd ST scores and swing damage improves on even ST scores.
- Arm ST
Arm ST costs have been modified. Arm ST for One Arm is 1 pt/level. Arm ST for Two Arms is 2 pts/level. Arm ST for Three Arms is 2.5 pts/lvl.
- Lifting ST
Lifting ST is 1 pt/lvl.
- Striking ST
Striking ST is 2 pts/lvl.
SM other than 0Edit
Increased SM is a disadvantage, at -10 per level. Size Modifier still affects the cost of Strength and it's parts as per RAW.
Reduced SM is an advantage, at +10 per level.
Changed Advantages Edit
Physical Advantages Edit
A successful attack grapples your target's body part (torso by default) to the ground. Roll CP using ST equal to the Binding's level. As long as there is at least 1 CP remaining, your victim cannot select the Move maneuver, Retreat, nor take a Step away from his current position. Your victim takes the normal DX and ST penalties for the CP inflicted, including penalties for referenced control. Repeated Bindings to the same location inflict half the CP of the initial Binding unless the victim has no CP remaining from your Binding attack.
The victim may attempt a single Break Free maneuver per turn per location grappled by the Binding; the Binding cannot defend but has 1 CR for every 5 full levels of Binding. Alternately, the victim or someone else may try to destroy the Binding. Innate Attacks hit automatically; other attacks are at -4. External attacks on the Binding take no penalty, but risk hitting the victim on a miss (see Striking Into a Close Combat, p. 392). The Binding has DR equal to 1/3 your level (rounded down). Each point of damage reduces the Binding's CP by one.
Engulfing: An Engulfing Binding does +4 CP and applies ST and DX penalty to all of victim's limbs and head in addition to the torso, regardless of what location was hit by the binding. This replaces the normal rules for referenced control. In addition to the normal effect, the victim cannot speak until freed from the binding. The victim is protected by the Binding's DR, but any damage inflicted on the Binding past the amount to reduce to 0 CP is inflicted on the victim.
By default, Chameleon's bonuses apply while wearing clothes and extend to include equipment.
- Naked: Your Chameleon advantage only covers your skin. Halve the bonus (round down) if at least half your skin is exposed; you get no bonus at all if you are more covered up. -40%
- Damage Resistance
Partial limitation is now priced based on the Easier Armor Design coverage table as follows:
- List the locations covered
- Sum the "Cost and Weight" percentages from the Armor Locations Table.
- Double this sum.
- Add this sum to -100%
Remember the maximum of -80% in enhancements and limitations.
This allows for piecemeal pricing of having Partial DR on more than one location. If you are more than 50% covered, it is still more efficient to buy DR normally (consider an Achilles Heel).
- Minotaurs have DR 2 on their hooves (feet) and Skulls.
- Skulls are 6%, Feet are 6%, the sum is 12%.
- This is doubled to 24%.
- -100% + 26% = -76%. Minotaurs get a -76% discount on the +2 DR; 10 -76% = 2.6 which rounds up to 3 points.
- Extra Attack
All Extra Attacks can be made with the same limb. The Multi-Attack enhancement is redundant and doesn't exist.
- Separate Attacks: You must use a different limb for each Extra Attack you have. -20%.
- Magic Resistance
In most countries, about 16% of the population has some amount of Magic Resistance. The MR of a random spell target is 3d-12 roll, minimum 0.
- Backlash: Your magic resistance does damage to people who unsuccessfully attempt to cast spells on you. The caster takes injury equal to his MoF or your Magic Resistance with Backlash, whichever is less. If you have some Magic Resistance with Backlash and some without, subtract twice the number of unenhanced levels from the MoF before determining damage. This enhancement is mutually exclusive with Improved but is compatible with Switchable. +400%.
- Very Rapid Healing
Whenever you roll to recover lost HP or to see if you can get over a crippling injury, you get +5 to your effective HT. Double HP regained from all forms of healing, including bandaging, HT rolls for natural recovery, super-drugs, etc! Also, you may make 1 HT roll to regain HP on any day you get at least your normal amount of sleep: you do not need to be resting unless you want extra healing from a Physician.
Social Advantages Edit
- Ally Groups
An ally group that can only be used in military operations isn't as useful as the same number of people who can be used for general adventuring tasks. For an ally group that is primarily intended for military operations (including creating and garrisoning defensive works, performing reconnaissance, or marching and fighting in battles) use the following table instead of the normal Ally Group and Frequency of Appearance modifiers.
|Number of Elements||Multiplier|
Add x2 to the modifier for every tenfold increase.
Allies have Basic equipment by default. Mundane and summoned allies can have their equipment upgraded normally. Conjured allies are a new group of similar allies each time the conjuring is performed and each group must have its equipment upgraded each time. Conjured allies can bring their own improved equipment with them: each level of Gear quality (Good, Fine, Very Fine) increases the base cost by 15 points.
Ally unit base point costs by quality:
|Troop Quality|| Overall|
|Veteran||Typical||Servant||Max Sorcery||Max Divine Favor|
|Terrible||20||30||20||15||2 (limited)||3 (15)|
An element consists of 6 typical members (usually with a variant of the Guard template), 2 servants, and 2 veterans (usually with the Squire template and some Leadership focused upgrades).
Increase required average point values by 50% for Support or Battle Mages and triple the required point values for Arch Mages. Mages and priests devote 40% of their total point value for Sorcerous Empowerment or Divine Favor and another 10-20% on Known Spells and Learned Prayers. Arch Mages have multiple instances of Divine Favor and Sorcerous Power, one at the full value and 1-3 more, so that they can multiple spells going at once.
Military ally groups have half the normal cost to maintain for their troop type, equipment quality, and troop quality.
- Smooth Talker
The Smooth Talker talent doesn't cover the Panhandling skill and is 10 points/level.
Enhancements and Limitations Edit
Blood Agent and Contact Agent can be applied to follow-up attacks, but only at half value. They represent poisons that have to reach the blood or skin to have any effect and have no effect if the carrier attack is stopped by DR.
New Advantages Edit
- Telecommunication (Magical Radio) 
You communicate by broadcasting magically, whether via magical item, spell, or learned prayer. Base range is 10 miles. This signal is omnidirectional but can shift 'frequencies': eavesdroppers must roll vs. Occultism to listen in. You can also receive communications with an Occultism roll of your own, at +4 if you know what frequency the sender is broadcasting on (this is common for prearranged communications!). Note that 'noise' from high-mana zones and powerful magic use can interfere with Magical Radio, and low-mana zones give -5 to the Occultism roll to receive or eavesdrop on a broadcast. Magical radio does not function at all inside a no-mana zone.
- Reliable: Grants a bonus to the Occultism roll to receive or eavesdrop on a broadcast. +5%/level to a maximum of 10.
- Gifted Commander [5 points]
You gain a +2 bonus on Significant Action, Battle Strategy, Leadership, and Misfortunes of War rolls in the Mass Combat minigame when you pursue certain strategies or when certain other conditions apply. You may take this advantage multiple times, choosing a different application each time. The bonuses for everything but Significant Action stack.
- Class Leader: You get the bonus when at least 25% of your force, by TS or element count, is composed of a Class and that Class's superiority bonus could apply in the Battle Strategy you've chosen. Recon Leaders don't get a Strategy Battle bonus unless they choose the Raid Strategy, but they always get the bonus in the Reconnaissance Contest if at least 10% of their force is Recon.
- Assaulter: You get the bonus when choosing the All-Out Attack, Attack, or Deliberate Attack strategies.
- Cunning: You get the bonus when choosing the Indirect Attack, Mobile Defense, or Raid strategies.
- Death or Glory!: You get the bonus when choosing any All-Out or Desperate strategies.
- Impetuous: You get the bonus when choosing the All-Out Attack, Attack, or Raid strategies.
- Infantry Commander: You get the bonus when 75% or more of your force, by TS or element count, has Foot mobility.
- Lead from the Front: You get the bonus when choosing a Risk Modifier of 3, but it does not apply to your Misfortunes of War rolls.
- Slow and Steady: You get a +3 bonus on Significant Action, Battle Strategy, Leadership, and Misfortunes of War rolls in the Mass Combat minigame when you choose the Deliberate Attack, Deliberate Defense, or Fighting Retreat strategies, but have a -1 penalty on those rolls when choosing any All-Out or Desperate Strategy or the Indirect Attack, Raid, or Mobile Defense strategies.
- Stonewall: You get the bonus when choosing the All-Out Defense, Defense, or Deliberate Defense strategies.
- Higher Purpose - Battlefield Glory [5 points]
You get a +1 bonus on Significant Action rolls and a -1 penalty on Misfortunes of War rolls in the Mass Combat minigame; you also get a +1 bonus during any Detailed Actions during a Mass Combat you participate in. You may not take this advantage if you have Gifted Commander and you may not take Gifted Commander if you have this advantage.
- Big Talker (Talent) [5 points/level]
- Acting, Carousing, Fast-Talk, Intimidation, Public Speaking.
- +1 to resist Fast-Talk, Interrogation, or Intimidation.
- Born to the Saddle (Talent) [5 points/level]
- Animal Handling, Lance, Navigation, Riding, Sword Weapons, Survival.
- +1/Level to Perception rolls to notice danger while mounted.*
- Cat Burglar (Talent) [5 points/level]
- Acrobatics, Climbing, Escape, Lockpicking, Stealth, and Traps.
- +1/level for any roll made to keep your balance or avoid falling from a height.
- Forceful Chi (Talent) [15 points/level]
- Blind Fighting, Body Sense, Breaking Blow, Flying Leap, Hypnotic Hands, Hypnotism, Immovable Stance, Invisibility Art, Kiai, Light Walk, Lizard Climb, Meditation, Mental Strength, Mind Block, Parry Missile Weapons, Power Blow, Pressure Points, Pressure Secrets, Push, Throwing Art, and Zen Archery.
- +1/level to be heard and to Intimidation attempts made after using one of the affected skills.
- Street-Smart (Talent) [5 points/level]
- Intimidation, Merchant, Panhandling, Scrounging, Streetwise, and Urban Survival.
- +1/level for any roll made to notice things that are out of place in an urban environment.
- Sticky-Fingered (Talent) [5 points/level]
- Filch, Holdout, Pickpocket, Shadowing, Sleight of Hand, Stealth, and Traps.
- +1/level for any roll to grab anything quickly.
- Skilled Observer (Talent) [5 points/level]
- Body Language, Detect Lies, Intelligence Analysis, Interrogation, Observation, Psychology (Applied), and Search
- +1/level to notice things when no specific skill would apply and +1 to Empathy and Intuition rolls
Poor Depth Perception [-10 points]
You might have two eyes, but you still have poor binocular vision and are challenged by visually judging distances. This might be due to a vision disorder, physiology, or a quirk of your neurology. Unlike No Depth Perception you suffer no penalty in normal melee combat and with tasks involving hand-eye coordination within arms reach.
You still take a -3 penalty on ranged attacks (unless you Aim first) and on rolls to operate any vehicle faster than a horse and buggy. You also suffer a -1 to Dodge against ranged attacks, and -1 to -3 on hand-eye coordination tasks that involve elements beyond your reach moving rapidly towards or away from you you, such as striking or catching small objects that are moving faster than Move 15. You're simply terrible at all stick-ball games (-3 penalty).
New Perks Edit
- Combat Riding Training
If you have this perk, your combat skills are not capped by your Riding skill when you are on a mount. You also take no penalties to Riding checks for having your hands full. You are still subject to the -2 penalty for attacking on the same turn as your mount and you have no special bonuses for mounting quickly or staying seated in rough conditions.
- Fast-Draw Training
If you have this perk, you may treat your skill in a melee weapon as Fast-Draw (that weapon) when attempting to fast-draw or fast-sheathe that weapon. You may also treat your skil in a ranged weapon as Fast-Draw (that weapon) and Fast-Draw (that weapon's ammo) when attempting to fast-draw that weapon or its ammo. For items that do not have an associated skill, like potions, you roll against DX.
This perk does not allow you to attempt to fast-draw things that are cannot normally be fast-drawn, such as axes or polearms.
- Forced Entry Training
If you have this perk, you may treat your skill in a melee weapon skill or striking unarmed skill as Forced Entry when using that skill to attack inanimate objects.
Mass Combat Perks Edit
You must have at least one point in Strategy to take a Commander perk, and it only applies while you are commanding a force. You must have at least one point in Intelligence Analysis to take an Intelligence Chief perk, and it only applies when you are acting as an Intelligence Chief for a force.
None of the X for X Commander perks can be used if you chose a Full Retreat strategy, and only one of them can apply to a single mass combat Strategy contest.
Commander Perks Edit
- Battlefield Juggernaut (Commander)
Gain an additional +1 to your Battle Strategy roll for every three full points of PB your force has.
- Blitzkrieg (Commander)
If the enemy force is confused and you have Cavalry or Air superiority, gain +1 to your Battle Strategy roll and the opposing commander has an additional -2 to Leadership on rolls to Rally.
- Blood for Blood (Commander)
You may choose to fight somewhat recklessly in order to inflict more casualties on your opponent before rolling the Battle Strategy Contest. Your force takes casualties as though your margin was two points lower, and your opponent takes casualties as though their margin was one point lower.
- Castrum Defense (Commander)
Gain an extra +1 Defense Bonus when your force is encamped outside a fortress.
- Inches for Lives (Commander)
You may choose to fight cautiously, limiting your casualties but also not developing your field position as aggressively, before rolling the Battle Strategy contest. Your force takes casualties as though your margin was one point higher, but you gain or lose PB as though your margin was one point lower. Your opponent can gain 1 PB even if they took a defense strategy in this case.
- Lives For Inches (Commander)
You may choose to fight somewhat recklessly, taking higher casualties but also improving your field position, before rolling the Battle Strategy contest. Your force takes casualties as though your margin was point lower, but you gain or lose PB as though your margin was one point higher. You still cannot gain PB unless you attacked or your opponent used Inches for Lives or a Mobile Defense strategy.
- Lives for Lives (Commander)
You may choose to fight cautiously, limiting your casualties but also not inflicting casualties, before rolling the Battle Strategy contest. Your force takes casualties as though your margin was one point higher, but your opponent takes casualties as though their margin was two points higher.
- Outnumbered but not Outmatched (Commander)
You get a +1 on your Battle Strategy Roll when the opposing commander can claim a TS Bonus on his Battle Strategy roll.
- Rallying Presence(Commander)
You do not take -2 penalty on the Leadership rolls to rally a confused force.
- Ruthless Commander (Commander)
You may deploy a Desperate Strategy even if your force hasn't suffered enough casualties.
- Triage Focus (Commander)
If your force holds the field after winning a battle, you reduce your casualties by an additional 5%.
Intelligence Chief Perks Edit
- Battlefield Opportunist (Intelligence Chief)
If the enemy commander selects Deliberate Attack, Deliberate Defense, or Parley, give your force's commander a +1 to his Battle Strategy roll if he switches to a different battle strategy.
- Come Out Swinging (Intelligence Chief)
If your force is bunkered, you win initiative if you win the Reconnaissance contest by a margin of victory equal to or greater than the terrain rating.
- Constant Vigilance (Intelligence Chief)
You may ignore up to -2 in penalties in the Reconnaissance contest for forced marching or marching without security.
- Early Warning (Intelligence Chief)
If your force is fighting in a pitched battle, your force's commander may use a defense strategy to claim a Defense Bonus as long as the force isn't confused.
- Knife in the Dark (Intelligence Chief)
If your force is fighting at night, the opposing commander has a -3 penalty on their Misfortues of War roll.
- (Terrain) Recon Specialist* (Intelligence Chief)
You must specialize by Mass Combat terrain type. If your force that Recon troops with Terrain Adaption for your specialization, you may double your margin of success in Reconnaissance contests within that terrain.
Changed Skills Edit
- Technique Costs
Each level of a Technique now gives you a +2 bonus, not a +1. All techniques are treated as Average.
- Fast-Draw and Forced Entry
These skills are largely replaced with the Fast-Draw Training and Forced Entry Training perks. Fast-Draw still exists for Fast-Draw (Potions) and Forced Entry is still valid for non-combatant characters who are skilled in using crowbars, fire axes, and boots against inanimate objects.
- Improved Chi Skills
The four Chi skills (Breaking Blow, Flying Leap, Power Blow, and Zen Archery) can be used instantly at no penalty by spending 1 FP as an offensive Extra Effort. Rolling the skill at -5 allows instance use for free, though if the roll is failed the skill has no effect and all relevant FP are still spent.
Reduce the penalties for Breaking Blow by 1: no penalty for organic materials, -2 for stone, or -4 for metal.
- Weapon Skill Categories
The Melee Weapon skill categories on Basic 208-209 (Fencing Weapons, Flails, etc) can be taken as skills in their own right, at one difficulty higher than the skills in that category. Weapons in the category default to their category skill at -0.
- ie, a character with Impact Weapons-18 can default Axe/Mace and Two-Handed Axe/Mace to 18, also.
Innate Attacks is a P/A skill that covers all varieties of Innate Attack.
New Techniques Edit
Armor Tailor (M/A, default to Armoury (Body Armor) -6, up to default-3): This technique is used to remove half the penalty to make new Fine or Very Fine armor, to retailor existing armor to Fine or Very Fine, or to refit existing Fine or Very Fine armor to a new wearer.
Duplex Plate (M/A, default to Armoury (Body Armor) -8, up to default-4): This technique is used to remove half the penalty to make new Duplex armor or to retailor existing armor to Duplex. You still need the Craft Secrets (Duplex Plate) perk to learn this technique or attempt it from default.
Fluted Plate (M/A, default to Armoury (Body Armor) -6, up to default-3): This technique is used to remove half the penalty to make new fluted plate or to retailor existing armor to fluteed. You still need the Craft Secrets (Fluted Plate) perk to learn this technique or attempt it from default.
Hardened Armor (M/A, default to Armoury (Body Armor) -6, up to default-3): This technique is used to remove half the penalty to make new Hardened armor or to retailor existing armor to Hardened. You still need the Craft Secrets (Hardened Armor) perk to learn this technique or attempt it from default.
Orichalcum Forging (M/A, default to Armoury (Body Armor or Melee Weapon) -8, up to default-4): This technique is used to remove half the penalty to make new armor or weapons out of Orichalcum. The single technique can be used with both specialties. You still need the Craft Secrets (Orichalcum Forging) perk to learn this technique or attempt it from default.
Master Weaponsmith (M/A, default to Armoury (Melee Weapons) -6, up to default-3): This technique is used to remove half the penalty to make a new weapon Fine (Damage) or to sharpen and reinforce an existing weapon to Fine (Damage).
Weapon Balance (M/A, default to Armoury (Melee Weapons or Small Arms) -6, up to default-3): This technique is used to remove half the penalty to make a new weapon Fine (Balanced) or to balance an existing weapon to Fine (Balanced). It is a separate technique for melee and ranged weapons.
Forced March (M/A, default to Administration, up to default+4): This technique can be used in place of Administration when conducting a Forced March during Mass Combat.
All armor uses the Easier Armor Design rules.
Shields are normally made of wood or hide, reinforced with a metal rim. Balanced shields have +4 CF and give +1 to Shield skill. Fine shields have +9 CF and weigh 75% of normal shields. Cheap shields have -0.6 CF and weigh 130% of normal shields. A shield can be balanced, either fine or cheap, and have one of the following materials. Weight modifiers are multiplicative.
|Material||Base Cost Multiplier||Weight %||Notes|
|Dragon Parts||50||50||Bones, Hide, or Scales|
|Elder Dragon Parts||55||45||Bones, Hide, or Scales|
|Ancient Dragon Parts||60||40||Bones, Hide, or Scales|
|Metal||10||80|| Bronze, Iron, or Steel|
Can be mirrored
|Orichalcum Alloy||100||75||Can be mirrored|
|Meteoric Iron||200||80|| Immune to magic|
Can be mirrored
|Mithril||300||65|| Wire mesh covered in gilt|
Can be mirrored
|Celestial Steel||300||65|| Glows|
|Soulsteel||40||65|| Frightens Animals|
Cannot be mirrored
Mirrored shields can be used to reflect gaze attacks with a successful blocks. Most shields can be mirrored at +6 CF; metal shields that can be mirrored are +1 CF.
Crafting shields from exotic materials uses the same Craft Secrets perks as armor.
- Making Weapons and Armor
PCs with the Armoury skill can craft weapons and armor. Material costs are 80% of the list cost of the item and labor is the other 20% but the PC can choose to absorb the labor cost. Roll against the appropriate Armoury skill. Success creates the item; failure by 3 or less creates a Cheap version of the item; failure by 4 or more wastes half the materials and produces nothing; critical failure wastes all the materials and produces nothing. On a success by 6+, the item is one quality level better than normal, and on a critical success, it is two quality levels better than normal (melee weapons become Very Fine (Damage) and Fine (Balanced)).
For weapons and armor with multiple sets of forging penalties (very fine, fluted, orichalcum armor and such), take the worst penalty and apply half the other penalties.
- Modifying Weapons and Armor
Tailoring armor is an Average technique that defaults to Armory -6 and can be bought up to Armory -2. A successful roll (at an additional -4 if the armor is already Fine) improves the quality of the armor one level. Using it requires materials equal to 1/4 the difference between the current cost of the armor and the new cost of the armor and has a labor cost equal to the material cost. Failure on the roll changes the armor quality to cheap or destroy cheap armor. Tailoring Fine or Very Fine armor to a new wearer requires materials equal to 15% of the armor weight and has a labor cost equal to half the material cost and a successful Tailoring Armor roll at -2 for Fine Armor or -6 for Very Fine. Failure by 5 or less fits the armor to the new wearer, but reduces quality by one level; failure by more than that reduces armor quality to cheap. Tailoring normal or cheap armor to a new wearer without changing the quality takes 5% of armor weight in materials and has a labor cost equal to half the material cost; the Tailoring Armor roll is at +2 (+5 for cheap) and failure reduces normal quality armor to cheap or destroys cheap armor.
Balancing a weapon is an Average technique that defaults to Armory -6 and can be bought up to Armory -2. A successful roll adds the Fine (Balance) quality. Using it requires materials equal to 1/4 the difference between the current cost of the weapon and the new cost of the weapon and has a labor cost equal to the material cost. Failure on the roll changes the Balance quality to cheap or destroys weapons that are already cheap.
Reforging a weapon is an Average technique that defaults to Armory -10 and can be bought up to Armory -4. A successful roll increases the damage quality (from Cheap to Good to Fine to Very Fine); a critical success increases it by two steps. Using it requires materials equal to 1/4 the difference between the current cost of the weapon and the new cost of the weapon and has a labor cost equal to the material cost. Failure on the roll changes the damage quality to cheap or destroys weapons that are already cheap.
- Converting Labor Cost to Time
Every $25 in labor costs translates to 8 hours of effort. Up to 5 armorers can work on the same project at once.
Anyone can spend up to 60 hours/week on useful tasks (training, jobs, crafting armor in the spare time) with no difficulty. Spending up to 80 hours/week requires an unmodified Will roll. Spending up to 100 hours/week requires a Will at -1. Spending up to 120 hours/week (or 17 hours/day) requires a Will roll at -1 every day. Spending up to 20 hours/day requires a Will roll at -2, cumulative per day. Having the Less Sleep or No Sleep advantages doesn't change the difficulties as it is a question of focus, not lack of sleep, but does allow a daily Will roll at -3 to go for 24 hours/day.
- Repairing Equipment
Damaged equipment can be repaired at 2% of the base cost per 1% of functionality restored, so it's always cheaper to replace anything that has suffered more than 50% damage.
Decorated gear provides reaction bonuses. This is the Ornate bonus. The total value of decoration across all equipment determines the reaction bonus to a maximum of +3. $1000 in decoration is Ornate +1, $4000 in decoration is Ornate +2, and $9000 in decoration is Ornate +3.
Reduce Ornate bonuses by 1 at Status 3, 2 at Status 5, and 3 at Status 7+. This can cause a reaction penalty for looking "shabby" if a high Status person's equipment is not ornate enough.
Arcane Magic uses the Thaumatology: Sorcery system and Divine Magic uses the Powers: Divine Favor system. Alternately, people can just take Learned Prayers and Known Spells.
All spellcasters will accumulate Corruption points if they break any of the Laws of Magic. Every 5 Corruption points gives the GM one Destiny Point per session that can only be used against the PC's rolls. GM invoked Destiny Points cannot be countered by Luck, Daredevil or Destiny and the GM may use multiple Destiny Points as normal to turn successes (even critical successes) into failures or critical failures. Corruption can be converted into appropriate mental disadvantages (GM's choice of Bad Temper, Bloodlust, Callous, Compulsive Behavior, Intolerance, Jealousy, Megalomania, Paranoia, Selfish, and Unnatural Appetite) with every point of Corruption being worth -1 in Disadvantages. Disadvantage points can immediately be turned into additional levels of Divine Favor/Sorcery or new learned prayers/known spells.
All casters must take the Limited Use (5 times/day, 1 hour reload) [-10%] on all Known Spells or Learned Prayers. Each power has a separate use count and each must be reloaded separately. Reloading takes an hour of meditation. Arcane powers automatically and instantly reload at midnight. Divine powers automatically and instantly reload at dawn. The points from adding this limitation to published powers can be used to either add a 10% enhancement to the power or reduce its cost as the caster wishes, chosen when the power is purchased.
Beneficial afflictions, such as Sorcerous Buff spells or beneficial Auras of Power, have some limits. No person can be under the effects of 4 beneficial afflictions at the same time. When a person with 3 beneficial afflictions becomes the subject of a fourth affliction, she chooses which 3 afflictions she will benefit from: it is not possible to remove beneficial afflictions from an opponent by casting weak beneficial afflictions on them. Abilities gained from potions, magic items, or inherent advantages (even switchable ones such as the Divine Favor Ghost Shirt or Stoicism learned prayers) do not count against this limit: only abilities granted by beneficial afflictions.
Both Arcane and Divine Casters can make use of Summoning rules.
- Arcane Casters
Sorcery buffs do not need to have a 100 yard range or the No Signature enhancement. Self-only and touch range buffs are allowed, as are buffs that can be easily traced back to the caster.
New Arcane Spells are available.
Arcane casters cannot generally enchant items and the Enchant spell is not available. However, single-use items (such as scrolls, charms, amulets, or what have you) can be enchanted using the rules on pp 27-32 of Thaumotology: Sorcery. Single use items, whatever their form, have a 0x1 multiplier. Imbuing a single use item requires Personal Sacrifice and Spectral Forging as normal, but IQ + Talent rolls are replaced with Thaumotology rolls. Two deed points can be used in place of an unspent character point during personal sacrifice but those deed points cannot be reclaimed.
- Divine Casters
Divine Favor is limited to 8 + the number of broken God Wards. Currently the limit is 9.
Divine Powers must have the Magical -10% and Pact -5% limitations. The points from adding this limitation to published powers can be used to either add a 10% enhancement to the power or reduce its cost as the caster wishes, chosen when the power is purchased.
New Learned Prayers are available.
- Mixed Casters
Spellcasters who do not want to mess around with Sorcery or Divine Favor can just buy their advantages directly, including Sorcery style afflictions. Each power must have the limitations Magical -10%, Limited Use (5 times/day, 1 hour reload -10%), and either Pact -5% or Requires Sorcery Rituals -5%. Powers with a pact Limitation are Divine and the other powers are Arcane.
Casters with multiple powers may take powers as alternate abilities of each other, but under no circumstances can they have two abilities that are alternate of each other active at the same time. Divine and Arcane powers may be alternate abilities of each other.
Divine powers must have a point cost of 55 or less.
- Note: Mixed spellcasters are more flexible in design, but they lose the ability to improvise magic or pray for open-ended divine favor.
- Magically Enhanced Items
Magical items are produced via Enchantment Through Deeds.
There are some Famous Enchanted Items.
New Potions and rules for using potions.
- Throwing Things
Use the standard rules when throwing things that weigh less than 20 lbs or things being thrown by anyone with ST 20 or less.
Heavier items thrown by stronger people should be treated as slams. Calculate the basic knockback value for the weight thrown. Then calculate the maximum range for the weight thrown normally. Look up the range on the table below to calculate the speed of the throw:
|Max Range (yds)||Speed (yds/s)|
|1 or less||1|
|10 or less||10|
|30 or less||15|
|100 or less||30|
|300 or less||50|
|1000 or less||100|
- Fright Checks
Outside of combat situations, use Fright Checks and the Fright Check Table as written on B360.
In combat situations, there is no +5 bonus to Fright Checks for "heat of battle." Instead, failing a Fright Check creates a fear penalty on all die rolls for interacting with the object of the fright check, equal to the 1+MoF of the fright check. Halve the fear penalty when making defense rolls against the subject of the fright check, or when dealing with any allies of the source of the fright check. In the case of multiple sources (ie, a horde of zombies), take the worst MoF and apply it to all sources equally.
This penalty can be modified by several ways:
- If an ally takes the Do Nothing action to shout encouragement and makes a successful Leadership test, reduce the penalty by 1.
- The first time an ally attacks the source of the fright check and does damage, reduce the penalty by 1.
- The first time the victim of the fright check defends against an attack from the source of the fright check (or is undamaged by an attack that slips through defenses), reduce the penalty by 1. Increase the penalty by 1 the first time the source of the fright check lands a damaging attack.
- Each time the victim of the fright check attacks the source of the fright check and does damage, reduce the penalty by 1. But increase the penalty by 1 if the attack fails to hit, is defended against, or fails to do any damage.
- Each turn the victim of the fright check takes a Do Nothing maneuver, reduce the penalty by 1, or by 3 if the victim voluntarily chooses to be Mentally Stunned. Roll to recover from Mental Stun as normal.
- Example: Evan sees a bunch of zombies, and rolls an 18 against his Fear of 10. His MoF is 8, and he has a -9 on all rolls to interact with the zombies, and a -4 on all defenses. He tries taking a shot with his trusty shotgun, but with a -9 penalty on the hit roll, he fails to connect and increases his penalty to -10. Since the zombies are slow shamblers, Evan's player decides to be stunned and hope that he can recover from stun before the zombies reach him. After 3 seconds, Evan has reduced his penalty to only -1, but he fails to recover from stun, and the zombies are on him. A zombie bites him while he is still stunned, and Evan's fear penalty increases to -2.
- Investigation and Analysis
PCs can use skills and role-playing to investigate for data to answer questions, and then a PC can use Intelligence Analysis to analyze the data and get an answer from the GM. Doing this is a multiple step process:
- A player comes up with a specific question that they want answered, and states it to the GM.
- The GM gives a rough idea of the penalty on the Intelligence Analysis roll (starts at -5 and gets worse depending on the question) and also tells the player if it is a multi-stage question. A multi-stage question either has multiple answers that each need to be analyzed separately, or has multiple sub-questions that need to be answered before the PCs can answer it.
- The PCs investigate to get data about the question. This can be through role-playing or by using skills. In general, opposed skill rolls produce 1 + MoS pieces of data; unopposed skill rolls produce 1+ MoS/2 pieces of data; and role-playing produces 1-3 pieces of data. If a player figures out part of the answer on their own, that's usually worth 3 or more pieces of data. Critical failures remove a random and unknown amount of data. Repeating the same skills, either by the same PC or another, usually does not produce more data, but may count for complementary skill bonuses. The GM will announce the amount of data produced - though not the amount lost by critical failures.
- At any point after the PCs have at least 2 pieces of data, a PC may attempt to analyze the data. This takes a few hours and reduces the amount of data collected by 2. The GM secretly rolls Intelligence Analysis, penalized by the difficulty of the question and with a bonus equal to the amount of data collected. On success, the GM answers the question or at least the current stage of a multi-stage question. Failure gives no answer. On a failure by 5 or more, the GM instead gives a wrong answer and another piece of data is removed.
- PCs may attempt to repeatedly analyze the same question to confirm the answer, but this risks wiping out accumulated data, penalizing the roll, and getting false answers. It's generally safer to get more data and then repeat the analysis.
There is no limit to the questions that can be answered by this process, but some questions are very hard to answer and some are hard to investigate.
Knockback should be based on the static friction of the object and be relative to weight and the amount of of surface in contact with the ground. So a standing human is relatively easy to knock around, while the same human lying on the ground is very difficult to move.
Basic knockback value is weight in lbs raised to 2/3rds and divided by 5, or BL/2 for living things, BL/8 for unliving things, and BL/32 for homogeneous things. Halve that value for people who standing on two legs, flying, levitating, or for objects held in one hand. Use the base value for people or creatures standing on four legs (or their arms and legs), or for objects with 4 points of contact with the ground or objects held in two hands. Double the value for prone people or objects lying on the ground or tracked vehicles. A person or object moves 1 yard for every full multiple of its adjusted knockback value.
- Slam Damage
Calculate slam damage as basic knockback value * speed / 100, in dice.
Aerial and Mounted Combat have some clarifications and a few rules changes.
- Hitting the Wrong Target with Ranged Attacks
Potential wrong targets are not just the targets in the line of fire, but in the cone of fire. The cone of fire is a 30 degree cone of infinite length centered on the target of the attack.
- Ranged Rapid Strike
A ranged rapid strike is a ranged attack with a weapon with RoF 2+, used to attack two separate attacks. You must take the Attack or All-Out Attack maneuver, and you must target two separate opponents. Make two attacks, both at -6 to skill. Gunslinger or Weapon Master halves the penalty. You may not attempt a Ranged Dual Strike with the same maneuver, but you may use Ranged Rapid Fire. If you use Ranged Rapid Fire, you must split your RoF equally between both targets.
- Ranged Dual Strike
A ranged dual strike is a ranged attack with two separate ranged weapons (usually one-handed weapons such as pistols). You must take the Attack or All-Out Attack maneuver, and you may target two separate opponents. If you target two opponents, make two attacks, both at -4 to skill (off-hand weapon penalties apply). If you target a single opponent, make two single attacks at -4 to skill (off-hand weapon penalties apply), and combine the number of shots hit when the foe has to defend. You may not attempt a Ranged Rapid Strike with the same maneuver, but you may use Ranged Rapid Fire. Absent an advantage such as Enhanced Tracking, you do not get the Aim bonus for more than one weapon, even if you are firing both weapons at the same target.
- Ranged Rapid Fire
Firing a large number of shots per attacks gives a bonus to hit. Look up the number of shots fired on the Size and Speed/Range table, and use the half the Size modifier (rounded up) for that number of shots in yards as bonus to the attack roll. You must success by at least 0 in order to hit your target, and if you do, calculate your Margin of Success normally.
If the target defends successfully, subtract the defender's Margin of Success from your Margin of Success. If your net Margin of Success is less than 0, the target has successfully defended against the attack. If your net Margin of Success is 0 or greater, you have hit the target. Subtract 2 from your Margin of Success and look up that value in the Size column of the Size and Speed/Range table. The resulting Linear Measurement in yards is the number of shots that actually hit. If your weapon has a Rcl of 2+, divide the number of shots hit by Rcl, rounding down but never less than one or more than the number of shots fired. If the target defended successfully, reduce the final number of hits by 1.
- Example: Corporal Martin unloads his trusty M14 at a charging Soviet super-soldier at 10 yds. Martin has Guns-14 and is firing 12 shots after aiming for 1 second, so he is rolling against 14 - 4 (for range) + 5 (for Acc) + 4 (for RoF 10+). He rolls a 11, and succeeds by 8. The Soviet super-soldier rolls his Dodge of 11, and gets a 9, succeeding by 2. Martin's MoS is reduced by 2 to a 6. Subtracting 2 more and looking up on the SSR, Martin potentially hits with 10 shots, but after dividing by the Rcl of 3 and subtracting 1 for the successfully defense, he only hits with 2. If he'd fired a single round of 3" buckshot from his M500 trench gun, the Rcl would have been 1 and he would have hit with 6 of the 7 pellets.
- Table of Hits by MoS and Rcl
|Net MoS||Rcl 1||Rcl 2||Rcl 3||Rcl 4||Rcl 5||Rcl 6|
- Shooting Two Arrows from One Bow or Crossbow
Shooting two arrows from a bow or or two bolts from a crossbow increases the weapon's RoF by 1 (with an implicit Rcl of 3) but does not allow the use of Ranged Rapid Strike. It also halves the damage of each arrow or bolt unless the shooter has Heroic Archer or is using a crossbow with two separate bows.
- Leadership, Tactics, Soldier, and Professional Skill (Delver)
One character (the leader) per side with Tactics may attempt a skill roll at the start of combat, with a +1 bonus per combatant on his side with at least 1 point in the Tactics, Soldier, or Professional Skill (Delver) skills. Success grants 1 Tactics reroll, +1 per MoS.
A Tactics reroll can be used to reroll a failed combat skill, active defense, or Fear check. This is a free action by the leader, who rolls against the lower of her Leadership skill or the Tactics, Soldier, or Professional Skill (Delver) of the character receiving the reroll. There is a +1 bonus if the leader has at least a point in Leadership when rolling against Tactics, Soldier, or Professional Skill (Delver) and a +1 bonus when rolling against Leadership if the character receiving the reroll has Tactics, Soldier, or Professional Skill (Delver). If the roll is failed, the reroll is wasted and lost.
A Tactics reroll can also be used to cancel another side's reroll, as a free action that succeeds automatically. The decision to cancel the reroll is made when the reroll is declared, before any other rolls.
If a side's leader is killed or knocked unconscious, all remaining Tactics rerolls are lost but a new leader may step into her place. The new leader makes a Tactics roll at -2 and a further penalty equal to the number of rerolls already used, and gets 1+MoS Tactics reroll on success. The rolls made to use those Tactics rerolls are made at -1 for each leader that has been replaced this way.
- Example: Corporal Martin has stepped up to replace Sergeant Brent and Sir Miles in leading a scratch squad made of three soldiers, a professional delving scout, and civilian priest. Sergeant Brent and Sir Miles had used three Tactics rerolls, so Corporal Martin rolls Tactics at -5 and critically succeeds, giving him more rerolls to use. If he attempts to give a Tactics reroll to the priest, he rolls against the priest's Soldier default of 9 with a +1 bonus for his Leadership training and a -2 for being the squad's third leader.
The full Mass Combat house rules are above, but this is a summary.
- There are three new special features: Fragile, Terror, and Unfazeable. Fragile units cause Strategy penalties if their force is losing. Terror units grant Strategy bonuses as long as their force is winning. Unfazeable units reduce the potency of enemy Terror units.
- There are three additional Troop Quality levels: Crack (between Elite and Good), Poor (between Average and Inferior), and Terrible (worse than Inferior).
- There is an additional mobility type: Wheeled, which acts as Mounted on roads but Foot off-road, to represent unpowered vehicles.
- There is an additional special class. Spirit represents elements that are comprised of Insubstantial or Diffuse creatures. Like Armor, they are mostly resistant to attacks from non-Spirit elements.
- A PC attached to element may increase its quality for the duration of one battle (including the reconnaissance contest) by succeeding in a Leadership roll. Critical success increases quality two levels and critical failure reduces it by one level.
- Costs to Raise and Maintain some units have been changed.
- Ambushers may only claim a Defense bonus on the first round of battle.
- Commanders can get bonuses to the Battle Strategy roll by predicting their opponent's Strategy, or take penalties if the opposing Commander does something unexpected.
- Commanders do not add their Risk Modifier to their Battle Strategy rolls.
- There are extended rules for having multiple PC commanders.
Injuries, Illness, and Fatigue Edit
The Empire of Night, The Liberation, and most other nations are essentially TL2+4 societies when it comes to medical care as long as there is access to alchemical and herbal medical supplies. First Aid takes 20 minutes and restores 1d-1 HP. Basic surgery equipment gives +1 to Surgery rolls and there is minimal risk of infection. Physicians aid natural recovery on a daily basis and each physician can support 20 patients.
Without alchemical and herbal medical supplies, and in any nation that doesn't have access to alchemy and herbal lore, medical care is TL2 at best. First Aid takes 30 minutes and restores 1d-3 HP. Basic surgery equipment gives -5 to Surgery rolls and there is risk of infection. Physicians aid natural recovery on a weekly basis and each physician can support 10 patients.
- Healing Magic
Using a healing potion or other healing magic counts as Treating Shock (B424) and is not cumulative with Bandaging or First Aid. Only one use of a healing potion, healing magic, or First Aid counts per injury or set of injuries. In combat, healing magic can restore HP only up the target's HP when healing was last applied.
- Stabilizing a Mortal Wound
Healing magic (including alchemical and herbal lore potions) is less effective on anyone with a mortal wound: divide the amount healed by 2 if the patient is below -1xHP, or by 3 if the patient is below -4xHP. A mortal wound is automatically cured if healing magic gets the patient to full HP. Otherwise, the mortal wound must be stabilized normally.