Characters (Heroes, Monsters) have Stats! Most of the Stats are stable properties of the character, but some are used to mark temporary conditions, such as injury. Not all stats operate on the same scale.
- 1 How Stats Work
- 2 Combat Relevant Stats
- 3 Campaign Relevant Stats
- 4 Personality Stats
- 5 Story Relevant Stats
- 6 Transient Stats
How Stats Work
Most stats you care about - Combat Stats, etc., Use whole numbers. Bonus Damage. Armor. That sort of thing. Lots of gear and some story outcomes, leveling up, history lines etc., will give you **fractional** stat boosts. So your character might not have a whole number there, they might have 4.5 speed, or something like that. We always round these numbers down.
Most stats are stable, set by the character's Aspects (which are often driven by their History) Some stats are specifically used to track temporary states, like Injury, Actions, Shield, Shred. You can expect these to be changed directly by events in game.
Combat Relevant Stats
How many squares you can move in one action.
Armor reduces incoming physical damage.
Warding represents damage reduction for magic and elemental attacks.
Base chance for you attack to stunt, which is an additional positive effect (something like crit in other games, but often a status effect instead of damage).
Physical Damage Bonus
Bonus damage for physical attacks, such as weapon attacks with melee or ranged weapons.
Used to calculate damage for Magic attacks. Because magic attacks are often AOE, this is not always added directly on, it depends on context.
Used to physically deflect attacks. Works uniformly against all attacks.
How many squares you can see. Usually 10, until you get really old maybe.
Some things might be hard to see unless you're right up close? Unclear if this is used at all.
Campaign Relevant Stats
How quickly your injuries heal. Younger and more hearty characters heal faster, old characters heal very slowly.
When are you going to hang up your boots, roughly?
Retirement age starts at 45 for a human and can be affected by:
- Upbringing (up to +30)
- Either reaching level 4 or being a legendary hero (+5)
- Being a Mystic (+20)
- Being a Hunter (+10)
- Certain story events (up to +1000)
Stats for Story Roles and Their Relationships: When one of these stats is called out as a role, it means that hero has the highest number for that stat in the present or affected party. If that stat is called out negatively (e.g. “Not Leader”) that character has the lowest number for the correlating stat.
The hook describes a facet of a character’s personality and especially as pertains to that character’s place in stories. Affects what characters might say, and what language is associated with them, as well as relationships with other characters.
It should be possible to call out Roles for party, or for the whole company in an event, if necessary.
"I've read about this"
Nose in a book, this character is involved with stories and science, and shuns needless action.
"I don't know, sounds dangerous..."
This character often quails when confronted with true horror, but will come through at unexpected times.
"Whoa, that reminds me of a funny story!"
This character tends to joke and make a fool of herself, especially when tensions are high.
"I'll just take that. And that. And that."
I want to keep this explanation all to myself. It's mine, all mine.
"That looks like it hurts. Can I help you with that?"
This character is naturally gifted and nursing and nurturing others, and tends to have an intuitive sense for people’s pain.
"Enough talk. Let's attack!"
This character is quick to anger, quick to action, and will often be impatient when asked to wait.
"All right everyone, let's stick to the plan."
This character tends to take the lead, either explicitly or implicitly, in situations that require a firm or decisive statement.
"I'd rather to do it myself."
This character is unafraid of loneliness, even embraces it. Often pulls in the direction of solitary action and survival.
"I see that! And taste it, hear it, feel it. Wonderful!"
This character sees things in a different way, alive to the sensory pleasures of the world and able to express her aliveness with some fluency.
"Love is what makes life worth living."
This character is a Casanova, or at least wishes he were, and will speak up in romantic matters and be influenced often by his attractions.
"I am so excited. That was sarcasm, by the way."
This character is witty and sarcastic, and often negative, but may be shockingly hopeful and romantic when it comes right down to it.
Story Relevant Stats
These are intended to range roughly from 1-100, and are to be used for event rolls in stories, things like that.
A measure of how favored this character is, by other people, or even just fate. Starts out higher in youth and declines with age.
A measure of how mentally tough, patient, prepared, and determined this character is. Goes up with age.
Subtracted from Health to give current health. Injury heals over time in the Overland Map, according to Recovery Rate.
How much of your armor has been temporarily negated. It is repaired at the end of the mission.
Temporary health that is added to your health bar, and used up first, before accruing injury
How many actions you have remaining this turn. Reset every turn.
Used to track promotions. Normal stuff. Note that the three hero classes have different experience curves.`