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 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. Transformation body parts will be randomly offered at chapter intervals or forcibly added if a hero gets maimed.
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.
A hero can have multiple themes as long as the themes do not conflict with each other (see Theme conflicts guide).
Incompatible themes may be coded, or include transformations that affect the same body part. For example a hero cannot be Sylvan and Crystalline, as the facial sylvan tattoo is incompatible with the gem eye. However, a hero could be Sylvan and Spell Touched, with a Sylvan tattoo and blue skin.
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
These two are not technically themes, but they are similar enough to bear mentioning:
|Starheart||One of (Goofball, Poet, Romantic) >= 60||(Passive) +20 Charisma
When Hero takes damage, they have a 30% chance to blind the attacker.
|All the Sweltering Stars|
|Improvised Fireball||Mystic-only||Once per mission, Hero interfuses with a clay pot full of volatile chemicals, and lobs it to create a huge fireball!||Fireball|
List of pet themes
All pets conflict with each other, except the Drauven Bird, which sits on the Hero's shoulder rather than on the ground.
|petBirdDrauven||Drauven Bird||Healer > 60||+5 Accuracy||Mark Prey||One Small Life|
|petCatBlack||Black Cat||---||The first enemy to enter adjacency each turn takes 2 shred or 1 damage||Shy Swipes||Shy and the Shadow|
|petCatShadow||Shadowcat||---||Shred 4 warding as a swift action once every other turn||Spiritchase||Shy and the Shadow|
|petCritter||Critter||One of (Greedy, Hothead, Leader, Loner, Snark) >= 80||+12 Accuracy||Trinket Hunter||Sneakthief|
|petCub||Hago Cub||((Charisma*Level)+(hunter*25)+(hook_Wildheart*10) >= 100||+10 Stunt Chance, +1 Bonus Damage, +10 Block||---||Early to Be Alone|
|petDuck||Duck||---||+7 Dodge, +7 Block||Alarming Quack||The Heirloom Spring|
|petFireChicken||Fire Chicken||One of (Goofball, Greedy, Snark) >= 60||Fire immunity. Light a fire on an adjacent tile once every three turns.||Covering Fire||Fire Eagles|
|petMeteor||Ogogen||---||40% chance to make a tile celestial when leaving it.||Starguide||Mooringlight|
|petPineCone||Pinecone||---||Hero can wall with trees.||---||Silver and Shadows|
|petRabbit||Golden Rabbit||One of (Bookish, Poet, Romantic) >= 60||+1 Bonus Damage||Protector||Avenger|
|petRat||Rat||Goofball >= 60||+5 Dodge||Erratic Movement||Curiosity and Cats|