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As your heroes participate in certain specific events, some event outcomes will modify a hero's appearance, abilities, and/or stats. An example of a common theme, also called a transformation, is Flamesoul, where one or more of the hero's limbs can be replaced with fire limbs.

A theme can modify the appearance of (one or more of) a hero's theme slots, possibly through maiming. A hero can have more than one theme (such as Flamesoul, and a pet), as long as the themes don't conflict with each other.

Theme slots

Theme modifications can include replacing the hero's head, left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg, or torso. In addition, the hero can gain wings, a tail, or a pet.

Theme skins

Some themes have cosmetic variants (which can be unlocked by completing theme-related achievements). Once unlocked, they can be chosen in the customize section in the character sheet.

Theme conflicts

A hero can have multiple themes as long as the themes do not conflict with each other.

Examples of incompatible themes would be transformations that affect the same body part/replace lost limbs. For example a hero cannot be Beartouched and Wolftouched, as the facial bear tattoo is incompatible with a wolf head. However, a hero could be Wolftouched and Spell Touched, with a wolf head and blue skin. It is also not possible for a hero to have more than one pet. (Drauven Bird is the exception to this, as it sits on a hero's shoulder).

If you recruit a legacy hero who already has a particular theme, that theme event will not occur in the campaign even if other heroes would be eligible for it. If you wish to have two party members with the same theme, wait to recruit legacy heroes until after your other hero receives the theme.

List of themes

ID Name Blurb Effect Conflicts with Acquisition Theme skin
bear Beartouched Hero contains the soul of an old bear +1 Health, -0.5 Speed, Bear Hug, Swipes wolf The Shape Of Things To Come Ghost
crow Crowtouched Hero's inner crow is showing +1 Speed, +10 Dodge, Crow Peck, Crow Scratch, Scratch and Claw hawk, tinywings Company of Crows White
deepist Mark of the Horn Hero is marked with Deepist symbols +5 Charisma, +10 Tenacity, +0.5 Warding bear, wolf, crow, skeleton Into The Underworld ---
deepistMole Deepist Spy Hero spent time blending in among the Deepists --- bear, wolf, crow Monarchs Under the Mountain ---
drauvenWings Drauven Wings Looted off a dead Drauven and repurposed +1.4 Speed crow, hawk, mothWings Featherless Flight ---
fire Flamesoul Fire twists inside Hero, just barely contained +1 Warding, -0.1 Speed, Cone of Fire, Flame Strike bear, wolf, tree, gem, skeleton Stories of Fire Lava
foothill Child of the Hills Hero carries the hills in their very bones +1 Armor, -0.8 Speed, immune to knockback, Crush, Stonewall bear, wolf, crow, skeleton The Offering Canyon
fox Foxish Hero has a bit of a fox's flash 4 Stunt, 4 Dodge, +0.4 Speed --- The Merchant ---
frog Frogtouched Hero has been transformed into a bit of a frog Tongue Whip --- Jigsaw ---
frost Frost Winterlock's warning to the firewatching world 10 Charisma frog, wolf, crow, fire, skeleton Out of the Rain ---
gem Crystalline Shine on, you crazy diamond +6 Stunt, +5 Block, -0.3 Speed, Shield, Crystal Sword bear, wolf, tree, fire, skeleton Heart of Stone Knight
gorgon Gorgonoid Hero is infected with a Gorgon seed Hook gouge bear, wolf, crow, frog, skeleton Age of Ulstryx ---
gorgonStone Petrified Turned to stone by a Gorgon curse -0.7 Speed, +0.2 Armor, Stone Claw --- True Gorgon ---
green Sylvan Marked with green after sleeping in a spirit's clearing +5 Retirement age, -5 Tenacity, -5 Block, +0.8 Speed, Invigoration, Witherbolt wolf, fire, crow, frog, shadow, skeleton Drifters Knot
hawk Hawksoul Hero's inner hawk is showing +1.4 Speed crow, tinywings Dreams of Icarus ---
morthagi Mortificial Enhancements Hero has replaced and augmented parts of their body with mortificial components +0.3 Speed, -3 Dodge, +0.3 Speed, Wrist Bolt, Hammer --- Troygan the Enchanger Steel
mothWings Mothly Hero's satiny wings can unfold to cast a shroud over those hero wishes to hide from sight --- crow, hawk, drauvenWings Eluna and the Moth ---
rat Ratlike Hero has a certain ratlike spirit about them --- bear The Offering ---
scorpion Scorpioid Hero has a wicked, segmented aspect Tail Stab --- The Merchant ---
shadow Shadow Something that had been sleeping inside you is now waking up +1 Speed, Harvest, Dread Harvest bear, wolf, tree, fire, skeleton The Inhabitant Wild
skeleton Skeletal Hero is cursed by the dagger of the Oldwane mystics +0.3 Speed, +2 Spell Damage, +2 Potency, +2 Warding, Inscrutable Stare, Bitter Scratch, Dagger Strike --- To Humble Ends Monster
skunk Skunkish Hero has a foreboding odor Tail Spray --- The Merchant ---
spellTouched Spell Touched Hero touched a raw primal node, and has been marked -0.5 Physical Damage, +2 Potency, +5 Recovery rate, +10 retirement age skeleton Worlds Apart ---
star Celestial An ethereal sparkle emanates from Hero Blinding Attacks, Shooting Star, Falling Stars, +0.2 Speed, -0.4 Armor, Celestial Path bear, wolf, tree, gem, skeleton Star Dance Gold
storm Stormtouched Hero contains the coiled power of a storm Stormgaze, -5 Block, Static Shock, Jumpjolt, Chain Lightning, Thunder Stomp --- Distant Thunder Sea
tinyWings Teeny Wings Frankly, these are useless --- crow, hawk Dreams of Icarus ---
tree Elmsoul There's an ancient, Elmish soul inside Hero's heart +10 Recovery rate, +0.6 Armor, -0.8 Speed, Bash, Splinterskin (Full transformation) bear, wolf, crow, fire, skeleton Splinter Autumn
vine Botanical Hero's blood runs a little green +10 Recovery rate, +5 Dodge, -0.3 Speed, Thorn Lash, Entangle bear, wolf, tree, fire, skeleton The Strider Mythical
vultureAcolyte Vulture Acolyte Hero serves the Vulture Lord --- --- The Lonely Cost ---
wolf Wolftouched Hero accepted the blessing of the Wolf God -4 Block, +0.5 Speed, Wolf Bite, Wolf Claw, Frenzy bear, skeleton The Wolf Price Dire

List of Pets

All pets conflict with each other, except the Drauven Bird which sits on the Hero's shoulder rather than on the ground.

ID Name Image Blurb Effect Acquisition
petBirdDrauven Drauven Bird
DrauvenStormthroat bird.png
Hero healed the bird's injury and apparently earned some loyalty +5 Melee accuracy, +5 Range accuracy One Small Life
petCritter Critter
Hero had made friends with a critter +15 Melee Accuracy Sneakthief
petDuck Duck
This duck has decided that you are the love of its life, and nothing will convince it otherwise +7 Dodge, +7 Block The Heirloom Spring
petFireChicken Fire Chicken
Animal fireChicken.png
Hero has taken on a pet Fire Chicken Hero's Pet can light a fire on an adjacent tile, once every three turns. Fire Eagles
petPineCone Pinecone
Hero has taken on a pet pinecone-spirit-creature-thing Hero can wall with trees. Silver and Shadows
petRabbit Golden Rabbit
Animal RabbitAvenger.png
Hero is now bonded to a glowing rabbit +1 Bonus Damage Avenger
petRat Rat
Hero has taken on a pet Rat +5 Dodge Curiosity and Cats