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    DOMINION RULESHistorical and fantasy roleplaying system

    DR version 3.05(01)

    Dominion Rules is a simple yet comprehensive rules system for historical or fantasyroleplaying using the twelve-sided die. Features include a readily expandable gamemechanic, sophisticated combat rules, richly detailed rules for priestly characters, free-form and spell-based magic, and a modular game design that makes it easy to choosewhich rules apply in your gaming world and which do not.

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    Cover page art credit: Oksana Romanova

  • 8/6/2019 Dominion Wargame Rules


    DOMINION RULESHistorical and fantasy roleplaying system

    Version 3.05

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  • 8/6/2019 Dominion Wargame Rules



    ...................................................Introduction to Dominion Rules 0-1

    Chapter one

    Attributes and Composites...........................................................1-1

    Chapter twoSkills............................................................................................ 2-1

    Chapter three

    Advancement ...............................................................................3-1

    Chapter four

    Characters................................................................................... 4-1

    Chapter five

    Order of play............................................................................... 5-1

    Chapter six


    Chapter sevenCombat........................................................................................7-1

    Chapter eight

    Weapons and armour...................................................................8-1

    Chapter nine


    Chapter ten

    Witches and magic.................................................................... 10-1

    Chapter eleven

    Spellcasting............................................................................... 11-1

    Chapter twelve

    Spell descriptions.......................................................................12-1

    Chapter thirteen

    Creating new spells....................................................................13-1

    Chapter fourteen

    Beasts........................................................................................ 14-1

    Chapter fifteen

    Beast skills................................................................................. 15-1

    Chapter sixteen

    Beast descriptions......................................................................16-1

    Chapter seventeen

    Creating new beasts...................................................................17-1

    Appendix 1

    Dominion Rules Character Record ..............................................A-1

    Appendix 2

    Dominion Rules Licence..............................................................A-5

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    Dominion Rules (DR) is a rules system for

    historical or fantasy roleplaying. Thesekinds of roleplaying games take place inmediaeval or quasi-mediaeval settingssuch as the Sherwood Forest of RobinHood, King Arthurs Britain or the MiddleEarth of JRR Tolkiens novels. While DRwas created with these sorts of settings inmind, it can be readily adapted to othersettings. DR is designed to be easy to de-velop and expand.


    To play DR, you needthe following:

    These rules

    Some paper andpencils

    At least two, butpreferably three or

    more players, one of whom will serveas Games Master

    At least one twelve-sided die. It is bestto have one for every player.

    You can get a twelve-sided die from thelocal hobby shop or order one from gamesshops on the internet.


    DR uses some key terms you need to befamiliar with before reading on.

    Games Masters

    Roleplaying games usually have one refe-ree and several players. DR calls the refe-

    ree the Games Master, or GM. The GMs

    role is to guide players through their ad-ventures, describing the dominions, peo-ples and creatures they encounter and ap-plying the rules. One player will be theGM and the others will play characters inthe dominion.


    The personalities the players control in thegame are called player characters (PCs), orsimply characters. But the term charactermay also refer to characters controlled bythe GM; these are known more specificallyas Games Master characters (GMCs). InDR, most every rule that applies to PCsapplies to GMCs, too.

    Rules and Dominions

    DR makes a distinction between rules anddominions.

    The rules are simply the rules of the game,as described here.

    A dominion is the world your charactersinhabit. Its what is known in some RPGsas the campaign setting. GMs can createtheir own dominions or use dominionscreated by others.

    These rules do not describe any particulardominion. They are intended to apply toany dominion, unless your GM says oth-erwise. For example, if the dominion youare playing in is strictly historical, such asEurope during the Hundred Years War,your GM may tell you that the ordinary DRrules about witchcraft and priestcraft donot apply. In other dominions, the GM


    A twelve-sided die (d12)

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    may allow certain character races but notothers.

    Stats and Rolls

    DR makes an important distinction be-tween a stat and a roll. Stat is short for sta-tistic: a numerical figure used to measure acharacters ability in some way. A roll isthe number produced by rolling thetwelve-sided die.

    Usually in DR, characters must roll lessthan or equal to their Skill stat in order tosucceed at the task they are attempting.The result of the roll will then be used inplay. Sometimes, however, it is the stat

    rather than the roll that is important. Besure not to confuse stats with rolls.


    In DR, a roll of 12 on the twelve-sided dieis always a failure. Its the worst roll youcan get. Whatever you are trying to do,you fail when you roll a 12.


    Throughout these rules youll find illustra-tions of the various rules explained here.


    Here is an example of an example box.


    Many of the terms used in DR are written

    with the first letter capitalized. This is todistinguish between the technical DRsense of the word and its everyday mean-ing. For instance, the phrase, GuntherBlocked means Gunther used his BlockSkill somehow, while the phrase, Guntherblocked means he got in someones way

    somehow, but did not use his Block Skill.When you see a capitalized word whichdoes not normally take a capital, youllknow the word is used in its DR sense.


    DR measures sizes and distances in me-tres. If you are more familiar with imperialmeasurements, consult this table to makeconversions.

    Imperial to metric conversion table

    When you




    To find

    inches 25 millimetres

    inches 2.5 centimetres

    feet 30 centimetres

    feet 0.3 metres

    yards 90 centimetres

    yards 0.9 metres

    rods 5 metres

    miles 1.6 kilometres


    Dominion Rules was created in the late1990s by Dominion Games, which dis-tributed parts of the game for free and soldother parts online. The people behindDominion Games are now offering all ofDR to the public for free.

    Meanwhile, a cybersquatter has taken overo u r f o r m e r w e b s i t e ,, so DR isbeing distributed from a new site,

    To contact the creators, e-mail us [email protected].



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    Everyone is born with innate talents andqualities. Some people are particularlystrong. Others are notably intelligent. Stillothers just seem lucky. DR calls these in-nate traits Attributes. Attributes determinea characters starting-point for Skill devel-opment; they answer the question, Howeasy is it for my character to learn to donew things?

    The actions of Combat, Priestcraft and

    Witchcraft are central to the DR system.These actions are based on combinationsof Attributes called Composites. Alongwith explaining Attributes, this chapteralso explains Composites and the relatedconcept of Favourable Rounding.


    Every character in the DR system possessessix Attributes that define his or her basic

    qualities. They are: Vigour, Agility, Stamina,Intuition, Intellect, and Luck.

    For ordinary humanoids, these Attributesare measured on a scale that tends torange from 1 to 4. For non-humanoid crea-tures, the scale can be much larger: from 0to 12 or even beyond. These measure-ments are called Attribute stats. Players de-termine their characters Attribute statswhen they create their characters.

    A characters Attribute stat never changes:it cannot be raised or lowered.


    Characters in DR possess Skills that derivefrom their Attributes. Skills are simply

    things your character knows how to do.For instance, a characters ability to read isrepresented by his Literacy Skill, whichderives from his Intellect Attribute; a char-acters ability to swim is measured by herSwimming Skill, which derives from herVigour Attribute; and so on.

    Like Attributes, Skills are measured interms of stats. But unlike Attribute stats,Skill stats increase over time. This is known

    as Advancement. Also unlike Attributes,Skill stats have no maximum: they can beas high as you can make them. Note,however, that a roll of 12 on a twelve-sided die always failseven if your char-acters Skill stat is 18. See chapter two,Skills.

    When you create your character, her Skillstats start out equal to the Attribute statfrom which the Skills derive. You then im-

    prove your characters Skill stats with Ad-vancement Points.


    You have just created a new character with thefollowing Attribute stats:

    VIG: 2 AGI: 1 STA: 3 INTU: 3 INTE: 1LUCK: 2

    Until you improve your Skill stats with Ad-vancement Points, all your characters VigourSkills start at 2. All your characters Agility Skillsstart at 1. All Stamina Skills start at 3. And soon for all six Attributes.

    Though you can use Advancement Pointsto improve your characters Skill stats, hisAttribute stats will never change.

    Each Attribute is explained individually

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    below. Each Attributes related Skills aredescribed in chapter two, Skills.


    Vigour is a measure of a characters inher-ent physical ability. Vigour is an expressionof how big, strong, and powerful yourcharacter is naturally. Note, however, thateven characters that are naturally inclinedto be weak (those with a Vigour of 1) canadvance their Vigour Skills. It just takesthem longer.


    Agility is the measure of how dextrous andnimble a character is. Agility is an impor-tant quality for a good warrior, but is alsogreatly valued by spies, thieves, and othersneaks.


    Stamina is the measurement of a charac-ters fitness, endurance, and generalhealth. Of course, a sickly person can take

    measures to improve his health and fitness(by improving Stamina Skills), but theStamina Attribute stays the same, for healthis to some extent predetermined. For ex-ample, a very fit person may nonethelessbe prone to colds, or may fall victim to ahereditary disease. There are only a fewStamina Skills, but they are very importantto game play.


    The Intuition Attribute is the measure of acharacters intuition. Intuition is the abilityto perceive or know things without con-scious use of reasoning. It is in some waysthe opposite of the Intellect Attribute: it isthe power to know without reasoning,

    whereas Intellect is the power to know byreasoning. Religious impulses are closelytied to irrational ways of knowing. Intui-tion is therefore important for Priests.


    Intellect covers all facets of a charactersintelligence: reasoning, memory, wit, un-derstanding, perception, and so on. Thereis an endless number of possible IntellectSkills. Most anything that can be knowncan be made into an Intellect Skill.


    Some people are just lucky. Others seemcursed. The Luck Attribute is a measure ofhow kindly fate is inclined to treat a char-acter. There are no Luck Skills, for Luck isthe opposite of Skill. Yet even withoutSkills, Luck is an extremely useful Attrib-ute, for Luck governs Lucky Breaks.

    Lucky Breaks are a way for characters toget out of a jam. A Lucky Break gives yourcharacter a Lucky Break bonus in any Skill

    or Skills he makes a Skill roll for thatround. The amount of the Lucky Break bo-nus is equal to the characters Luck stat.Lucky Breaks can be lifesaversliterally!

    You cant just get a Lucky Break any timeyou like. To get one, you must have a spareAdvancement Point to spend on it. If youdont have an AP in reserve, you cannotget a Lucky Break. See chapter three, Ad-vancement.

    You can declare a Lucky Break at any timein a round; you do not have to declare itthe Strategy Stage (explained in chapterfive, Order of Play). But keep in mind thata Lucky Break only lasts for one round.That means that if you declare it in theResolution Stage (the last Stage of a



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    round), you will only get the benefit of itduring that Stage and until the end of theround. But if you declare it at the start ofthe Timing Stage (the first Stage of around), youll get Lucky Break bonuses to

    everything your character does in thatStage and the other three Stages of theround.


    Dame Beatrice Rideout failed her Strike roll thisround. And now she has been hit with a Strikeroll of 7! If she doesnt make a good WithstandInjury roll, shell be in big trouble. She decidesthis would be a good time to get a Lucky Break!

    Dame Beatrice (WithIn 8) spends 1 AP on herLucky Break. She has a Luck stat of 3, so she

    gets a +3 Lucky Break bonus. Now she can rolla 11 or less to Withstand the Strike: 8 [DameBeatrices WithIn] + 3 [Dame Beatrices LuckyBreak bonus] = 11. She rolls a 6: an excellentWithIn roll!

    Note two things: (1) Beatrice had 3 spare APsbefore the Lucky Break, but now has only 2; (2)Actions Beatrice took this round before declar-ing her Lucky Break do not get the benefit ofher +3 Lucky Break bonus. For example, Bea-trice still fails the Strike roll she attempted ear-lier in the round.

    A Lucky Break is not considered an action.So characters do not incur an Action Pen-alty for giving themselves a Lucky Break(on Action Penalties, see chapter two,Skills).


    Sir Derek Cape declares two Strikes this round.Thus, he incurs an Action Penalty of -1 for theduration of the round.

    Sir Dereks Strike is normally 10, but right nowits 7 because of a -3 Injury Penalty. So SirDerek needs to roll 6 or less to make hisStrikes: 10 [Sir Dereks Strike] - 3 [Injury Pen-alty] - 1 [Action Penalty] = 6. Sir Derek decidesto give himself a Lucky Break. He spends 1 APand adds his Luck stat (3) to all subsequentSkill rolls this round.

    Sir Derek now needs to roll 9 or less to Strikesuccessfully: 6 [Sir Dereks modified Strike; see

    above] + 3 [Lucky Break Bonus] = 9.

    Giving himself a Lucky Break did not increaseSir Dereks Action Penalty; Lucky Breaks arenot considered actions.

    It is possible to get double, triple, or evengreater Lucky Breaks by spending two ormore APs.


    Dame Beatrice is in a jam. She has 2 APs tospare. She decides to use them both to get adouble Lucky Break. Dame Beatrices Luck statis 3. By using 2 APs instead of one, she gets toadd 6 to all Skill rolls for the duration of theround: 3 [Beatrices Luck] x 2 [number of APsspent] = 6.

    Keep in mind, however, that no matterhow big your Lucky Break bonus is, a rollof 12 always fails.


    Composites are derived from a combina-tion, or composite, of two Attributes.There are three Composites: the CombatComposite, the Priestcraft Composite andthe Witchcraft Composite.

    The Combat Composite is a combinationof the Vigour and Agility Attributes. ThePriestcraft Composite is a combination ofthe Stamina and Intuition Attributes. TheWitchcraft Composite is a combination ofthe Intellect and Luck Attributes.

    This may sound confusing but its verysimple once you see it in action.


    Like Attributes, Composites have associ-ated Skills (called Composite Skills). TheCombat Composite produces CombatSkills, the Priestcraft Composite gives Pri-estcraft Skills, and the Witchcraft Compos-



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    ite is the basis for Witchcraft Skills.

    Composites serve as the starting-point forComposite Skill stats in the same way asAttributes do for normal Skill stats. When

    you create your character, her CompositeSkill stats start out equal to the Compositestat from which they derive. You then im-prove Composite Skill stats with Advance-ment Points, just like normal Skill stats. Justas you can never improve your Attributestats, you can also never improve yourComposite stats.


    You have created a new Priest character with a

    Priestcraft Composite of 3. So all your PriestsPriest Skill stats start out as 3. You can use Ad-vancement Points to improve those stats. Butyour characters Priestcraft Composite stat willnever change.


    The actions used in Combatrunning, jumping, lunging, swinging, aiming, andso ontest a characters strength and nim-bleness. In DR terms, Combat tests a char-

    acters Vigour and Agility. The Skills thatCombat requires cannot be said to be ex-clusively Vigour- or Agility-based. Rather, agood sword attack or a successful parry ofan opponents blow relies on both Attrib-utes. Thats why Combat Skills are notfounded solely on either the Vigour orAgility Attribute, but are based instead onthe Combat Composite.

    There are nine Combat Skills: Strike, Mis-

    sile Strike, Feint, Disarm, Brawling, Parry,Block, Dodge and Movement. They areexplained in chapter seven, Combat Skills.

    Every character needs to work out herCombat Composite. Unlike Priestcraft andWitchcraft, which only some charactersdabble in, all characters will need to know

    how to attack and defend themselves.



    The Priestcraft Composite combines theStamina and Intuition Attributes. A PriestsStamina is significant because Priestschannel divine energy through their bodieswhen using Priestcraft Skills. This can be awearisome experience for the body. It isalso wearisome on a Priests soul, which iswhy Intuition is the second part of the Pri-estcraft Composite: it serves here as ameasure of the Priests spiritual strength.

    There are eleven Priestcraft Skills. Theyare: Channel, Bless, Consecrate, Curse,Defile, Heal, Smite, Wrath, Prophesy, Res-urrect, and Work Miracle.

    Not all characters use Priestcraft Skills. In-deed, most characters do not. Unlessyoure planning to use Priestcraft Skills,there is no need for you to work out yourcharacters Priestcraft Composite.



    The two parts of the Witchcraft Compositeare Intellect and Luck. A Witchs Intellect issignificant because a Witchs grasp of thearcane knowledge that makes spellcastingpossible is very demanding on a Witchsmind, particularly his memory and abilityto learn. A Witchs Luck is important be-

    cause the supernatural powers invoked byWitches are often random and unpredict-able; a character with good fortune ismore likely to be successful in controllingthem.

    There are eight Witchcraft Skills. They are:Alchemy; Arcana; Conjuring; Enchant-



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    ment; Hex; Illusion; Sorcery; and Sum-moning.

    Like Priestcraft, most players do not needto work out their characters Witchcraft

    Composite. Only do so if you are creatinga spellcasting character.


    Composite stats are determined by takingthe average of the associated Attributestats. For instance, if your character has aVigour stat of 4 and an Agility stat of 2, herCombat Composite stat will be 3. But asoften as not, the average will not be a

    whole number (like 2) but a fraction ordecimal (like 2.5). For example, if yourcharacter has a Vigour stat of 4 and anAgility stat of 3, the average is 3.5. But youcant have a stat of 3.5, because you cantroll decimal numbers on a twelve-sideddie. So fractions in DR must always berounded up or down.

    The Favourable Rounding rule determineshow your character rounds fractions: either

    in her favour (which usually means up) oragainst her (which usually means down).Characters who enjoy Favourable Round-

    ing always round numbers in the way thatis most favourable to them. In the case ofComposite stats, for instance, characterswith Favourable Rounding round up. So acharacter with an average of 3.5 between

    her Vigour and Agility stats gets a CombatComposite of 4. Characters who do nothave Favourable Rounding always roundnumbers in the way that is least favourableto them. So, in the example above, 3.5would be rounded down to give a CombatComposite of 3.

    How, then, do characters get FavourableRounding? Whether or not a character en-

    joys Favourable Rounding is determined

    when you create your character. There areonly two ways to get it. First, your charac-ter can get Favourable Rounding by rollinga 1 on any of the Character Generation Ta-bles. Second, your character automaticallygets Favourable Rounding if you rollpoorly when determining your Attributestats. A poor roll is one which results in 5or less Attribute Points to divide betweenyour six Attributes.

    For more on Favourable Rounding andcharacter creation, see chapter four, Char-acters.



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    Credit: Oksana Romanova

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    Skills are what make your character spe-cial. Though there are some Skills all char-acters need to be proficient in, most are amatter of personalityyours and yourcharacters. DRs Skill rules are intention-ally open-ended: while many Skills are

    defined by the rules, others are left forplayers and GMs to create themselves.Characters in DR have the freedom to de-velop any Skill they put their minds to.



    Below youll find rules for using a varietyof Attribute-based Skills. In other chapters,youll find rules for Combat-, Priestcraft-and Witchcraft-based Skills. Altogether,this makes for a large number of Skills

    available to characters in DR.

    But there is no limit to the number of Skillscharacters can have, for any ability or tal-ent a player wants his character to special-ize in can become a Skill. Players andGMs are freeand encouragedto createnew Skills and new rules for using them.


    All Skills work in essentially the same way:by making a Skill roll on the twelve-sideddie.

    To make a Skill roll, simply roll the twelve-sided die. If the result you roll is less than

    or equal to your Skill stat, as modified by

    any applicable modifier, you succeed.Otherwise, you fail.


    Cedric wants to break a door down. He must

    use his Muscle Skill to do it. His Muscle stat is

    4. He rolls a 10. He fails to break down the



    Frequently in DR the chance of making asuccessful Skill roll is increased or de-creased by modifiers. Modifiers are tempo-rary bonuses and penalties to Skill stats,

    making Skill rolls easier or harder. Modifi-ers that make Skill rolls easier are calledbonuses. Modifiers that make Skill rollsharder are called penalties.


    Cedric wants to break a very flimsy old doordown. His Muscle stat is 4, but the GM gives

    him a +5 bonus because of the doors weak-

    ness. Cedric now need to roll 9 or less to suc-

    ceed. He rolls a 7: success!

    Common bonuses include Strike Bonuses,Armour Bonuses, Lucky Break Bonuses,Feint Bonuses, and Blessing Bonuses.Many other bonuses may also be found inthese rules, and your GM is free to createnew ones.

    Common penalties include Action Penal-ties, Defence Penalties, Injury Penalties,Stealth Penalties, Called Shot Penalties,

    Fervour Penalties and Difficulty Penaltiesof all sorts. This is not an exhaustive list of


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    penalties, and your GM may create newones as she sees fit.

    Certain modifiers can be either bonuses orpenalties, depending on the circum-

    stances. These modifiers are not called bo-nuses or penalties, but simply modifiers.

    When a penalty, or the combination ofseveral penalties, is greater than the penal-ized Skill stat, that Skill is impossible toperform.


    A ranger who has a Withstand Injury (or WithIn)

    stat of 5 falls 18 m and lands in a white-hot fire.

    Characters who attempt to Withstand Injuryfrom falls are subject to a -1 Falling Penalty for

    every 6 m they fall (see Hazard Injury in chap-ter six, Injury). Characters attempting to With-

    stand Injury from white-hot fire are subject to a

    -3 Difficulty Penalty.

    Altogether then, the rangers WithIn roll is at -6:

    -3 (Falling Penalty) + -3 (Difficulty Penalty). But

    the rangers WithIn is only 5. So it is impossible

    for the ranger to Withstand the Injury.


    Characters can attempt to do two or morethings at the same timethat is, they canmake more than one Skill roll per round.This is particularly desirable in Combat

    where, for example, a character may wantto Strike twice and Parry.

    For every Skill a character attempts to useat the same time beyond the first, all Skill

    stats used that round (except StaminaSkills; see below) are modified by -1. Thisis called the Action Penalty. It is one of themost important modifiers in the DR sys-tem. It is meant to reflect the difficulty of

    doing two or more things at the same time.

    When we say at the same time, we meanduring the same round of play. To knowwhat a round is, see the chapter five, Or-der Of Play.

    Timing rolls made for the purpose of de-termining a characters Timing Score for

    the round do not attract Action Penalties.See chapter five, Order of Play.


    Dame Beatrice (Strike 8 Dodge 5) wants to do

    two things this round: Strike the soldier who is

    attacking her and Dodge his attack. Since sheis using two Skills in one round (her Timing roll

    doesnt count), she suffers an Action Penalty of

    -1 to all Skill stats. So she must roll 4 or less toDodge successfully (5 [Dame Beatrices

    Dodge] - 1 [Action Penalty] = 4) and 7 or less to

    Strike successfully (8 [Dame Beatrices Strike] -

    1 [Action Penalty] = 7).

    There is an exception to the Action Penaltyrules for characters who use two weaponsat the same time. See Attacking with TwoWeapons in chapter seven, Combat.



    The GM may also assign an Action Penaltywhere a character attempts to do two or

    more things at the same time, one ofwhich is not a Skill. The GM must considerwhether the non-Skill action hinders theuse of the Skill. If so, she may assign anAction Penalty.


    Cedric wants to Parry his opponents attack

    while also untying the rope which binds his feet.

    Parry is a Combat Skill. Untying things is not a

    Skill; its just one of those things that everyone

    knows how to do. Yet the GM rules that Ce-

    drics attempt to untie the rope will get in the



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    way of his attempt to Parry his opponents at-

    tack. So the GM assigns an Action Penalty.

    The Action Penalty is only -1, because Cedric is

    only trying to do two things: Parry and untie therope.


    What happens when a character is forcedto attempt something he has never done,or knows nothing about? In such cases, wesay that the character has not honed theSkill he is attempting to use. The Skill statof an unhoned Skills is equal to the Attrib-ute stat most associated with that Skill. (If

    the associated Attribute stat is not given in

    these rules, the GM will determine it.)


    Cedric the Initiate has never learnt Croellic. He

    now is trying to read an inscription in that lan-

    guage. The GM informs him that if he had it,

    the Croellic Skill would be an Intellect Skill (likeall language Skills). So Cedric uses his Intellect

    stat (3) to try to read the book. He rolls a 5. He

    cannot read the book.


    Characters improve their Skill stats over

    time using Advancement Points (see chap-ter three, Advancement). There is no limiton how much characters may increasetheir Skill stats. Characters may even haveSkill stats of 12 and higher. But if a charac-ter has a Skill stat of 12, how can she everfail a Skill roll? And why bother raising a

    Skill stat past 12?

    First, a Skill roll of 12 always fails, no mat-ter how high your Skill stat. So even if yourSkill stat is 14, you need to make a Skillroll.


    Mbenke Ai-Aidar is the foremost heraldry expert

    in the Desert Kingdoms. He has an unmodified

    Heraldry stat of 16. But even he can make mis-


    Each time Mbenke uses his Heraldry Skill, hemust make a Heraldry roll. Usually he succeeds

    with ease. But if he rolls 12, he automatically

    fails. Nobodys perfect!

    Second, Skill stats are often subject topenalties. Thus, while a character mayhave an unmodified Skill stat of 12 orhigher, his modified Skill stat may often fallbelow 12. Very advanced characters will

    raise their Skill stats to 12 and higher to

    counteract the effects of penalties.


    Mbenke Ai-Aidar encounters a party of explor-

    ers from far beyond the Desert Kingdoms. They

    bear heraldic devices on their shields and arms

    of a sort that Mbenke has never seen but onlyread about in books.

    Mbenke attempts to identify the explorers and

    their homeland by a Heraldry roll. Due to the

    exotic origin of these arms, the GM imposes a

    Difficulty Penalty of -10. So Mbenkes Heraldrystat is 6: 16 [Mbenkes Heraldry stat] - 10 [Diffi-

    culty Penalty] = 6.


    What happens when a character fails aSkill roll? Can she try again, and keep try-ing until she succeeds? Or is she foreverincapable of doing the thing she has triedto do?

    It depends on the Skill. With many Skills,the character who has failed the first timemay try again.



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    Sir Derek Cape attempted to use his Strike Skill

    (a Combat Skill) in battle. But he failed his

    Strike roll. Does this mean he is incapable of

    ever Striking this opponent? Of course not! SirGavin just tries again next round. Hell get him


    For other Skills, however, failure is more-or-less permanent. The character who hasfailed cannot try again unless circum-

    stances somehow change.


    Dame Beatrice (Croellic 6) attempts to read a

    scroll written in Croellic. She fails her Skill roll,

    rolling an 8. She cannot try again. Otherwise,she could just keep trying until she succeeded.

    Later, Dame Beatrice comes across a diction-

    ary of Croellic. The dictionary gives her a +2

    bonus to her Croellic Skill. Circumstances have

    changed: she now has a new tool to help her

    decipher the scroll. So the GM lets her try

    again. She rolls a 5: success!

    Characters who have failed their Skill rollfor one of these more-or-less permanent

    failure Skills can try them again after im-proving their Skill stat with AdvancementPoints.


    The last time Otto tried to pick this lock, he

    couldnt do it: he failed his Skill roll. But that

    was some time ago, and Ottos Pick Locks stat

    is better now. So the GM lets him try again, us-

    ing his newly acquired talents.

    So how do you know if you can try againor not? To put it another way, how do youknow what the Failure Rules are for anyparticular Skill? If the Skill is describedhere, check its description. It will tell youthe Skills Failure Rules. If the Skill is oneyou or your GM created, ask your GM.


    There are as many Vigour Skills as playerscan dream up. A few Vigour Skills are

    given below. Players are encouraged to

    create more (see Creating New Skills, be-low).


    Description. Characters use the ClimbingSkill to scale walls, climb trees, pull them-selves up ropes, etc. All characters are ableto climb simple obstacles like ladders andtrees with many branches. The Climbing

    Skill is only necessary when the thing to

    be climbed is especially challenging, suchas a sheer wall or cliff face.

    Some obstacles can only be climbed usingclimbing tools like ropes and hooks. YourGM will tell you whether these tools areneeded, or if they offer any bonuses toyour Skill roll.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal toyour Skill stat, subject to any modifiers.

    Failure Rules. If you fail a Climbing roll,you fall from the thing you were climbing.Falls can cause Injury (see chapter six). Acharacter who falls is free to try the climbagain.


    Description. The Grip Skill measures thestrength of a characters grip. The stronger

    a characters Grip, the less likely it is thatthe character will accidentally drop or letgo of something. The GM will call on youto make a Grip roll whenever there is arisk that your character will drop or let goof something (for instance, when hanging

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    In Combat, the Grip Skill acts as a modifierto Disarm attacks. For details of how Gripworks in Combat, see the discussion of theDisarm Skill in chapter seven, Combat.

    Skill Roll Rules. When using Grip outsideof Combat, roll less than or equal to your

    Skill stat, subject to any modifiers. For de-tails of how Grip works in Combat, seechapter seven.

    Failure Rules. A failed Grip roll means youhave dropped or let go of the thing youwere gripping.


    Description. Muscle is a catch-all Skill

    used whenever a character needs to dosomething that requires nothing more thanpure muscle. Examples include breakingdown doors, bending bars, and crushingobjects.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal toyour Skill stat, subject to any modifiers.

    Failure Rules. You cannot try the Skillagain. You simply arent strong enough todo whatever you are trying to do.


    Description. The Swimming Skill repre-sents how adept a character is at bothkeeping himself afloat and moving throughwater. Every character will have some abil-ity to keep himself afloat (represented by

    the Vigour stat where the charactersSwimming Skill is Unhoned; see UnhonedSkills, above). But it takes practice to be-come a proficient swimmer.

    A successful Swimming roll will allow thecharacter to remain afloat and move up to

    a number of metres equal to her Swim-ming stat. Swimming resembles theMovement Skill in that a charactersSwimming roll may be modified by Injuryand Action Penalties, but the number of

    metres moved following a successful Swimroll is always equal to her Swim stat. Seethe discussion of Movement in chapterseven, Combat.


    A sailor is thrown overboard by a cannon blast.

    He suffers a -1 Injury Penalty.

    His Swimming stat is 6. This means he needs

    to roll 5 or less to Swim this round: 6 [Soldiers

    Swim] - 1 [Injury Penalty] = 5.He rolls a 3: success! With this successful roll,

    he is able to Swim 6 metres, i.e. the number of

    metres equal to his Swim stat. When the need

    arises, characters may choose to Sprint-Swim.

    This is resolved in the same manner as Sprint

    Movement, except that the Sprinting character

    uses her Swimming stat instead of her Move-

    ment stat. Note, however, that unlike theMovement Skill, the Swimming Skill always

    counts as an Action for Action Penalty pur-

    poses. See Sprint Movement in chapter seven,


    Where a characters modified Swimmingstat is less than 1 (as a result of Injury,rough water, or any other reason), it is im-possible for her to Swim and she sinks un-der water immediately.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal toyour Skill stat, subject to any modifiers.

    Failure Rules. When a character fails aSwimming roll, or cannot make one be-cause his modified Swimming stat is lessthan 1, he makes no headway for thatround and simply splashes about getting

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    his Swimming stat, he is pulled under wa-ter. He must then Hold his Breath whileunder water, or eventually die (see HoldBreath, below). The submerged charactercan get back to the waters surface with a

    successful Swimming roll.


    There are all sorts of possible Agility Skills,several of which are described below. Tocreate more, see Creating New Skills.


    Description. Horsemanship is a characters

    ability to ride, train and select horses andother mounts. Characters with strongHorsemanship stats can do more thansimply ride their mounts. They can trainthem to do useful things.

    There are many ways to use Horseman-ship. The most common way is a simpleSkill roll. The GM may call upon you to

    make a Horsemanship roll whenever

    something happens that requires adeptHorsemanship.

    A case in point is Bolting. A horse mayBolt (panic and run away) when fright-ened. A horse will always Bolt when In-

    jured in Combat. When a charactersmount Bolts, the character must make aHorsemanship roll. If she succeeds, she

    regains control of the horse before it runsaway. If she fails, the horse Bolts and fleeswhatever has Injured it. The horse willkeep running for five rounds or until therider makes a successful Horsemanshiproll. (The rider can only try once perround.)

    Characters who have Horsemanship statsof 5 or higher are allowed to spend theirAdvancement Points training their mounts,i.e. improving their mounts stats. But acharacter may not improve her mounts

    stats beyond her own Horsemanship stat.


    A rider uses a horse for a mount. The horsesunmodified Timing stat is 5. The riders Horse-

    manship stat is 6.

    The rider may spend 6 Advancement Points to

    raise the horses Timing from 5 to 6. But the

    rider may not raise the horses Timing to 7, be-

    cause 7 is higher than the riders Horseman-

    ship stat. Only once the rider has become a

    better Horseman may he improve his mountsTiming stat again.

    Finally, characters with Horsemanship stats

    of 7 or higher are automatically able topick out the best horse (i.e. the one withthe best skill stats). This is useful whenbuying or selecting a horse.

    This Skill is called Horsemanship, but it

    applies to any animal capable of beingtrained as a mount.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal to

    your Skill stat, subject to any modifiers. Orsee above.

    Failure Rules. See above, or consult yourGM.

    Pick Locks

    Description. With Pick Locks, characterscan use tools to open locked doors orother locked objects. Some sort of tool is

    needed to pick a lock.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal toyour Skill stat, subject to any modifiers.



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    Especially good lock-picking tools give abonus to your Pick Locks stat. Ordinarylock-picking tools give no bonus, but pre-vent a penalty. Improvised or otherwiseinappropriate tools will result in a penalty

    on your Pick Locks stat.

    Failure Rules. You cannot try the Skillagain. You are unable to pick this lock.

    Pick Pockets

    Description. This Skill measures a charac-ters aptitude for stealing from peoplespockets, or elsewhere on their person,without being caught.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal to

    your Skill stat, subject to any modifiers.

    Failure Rules. The person you are trying torob discovers you!


    Description. Stealth measures the charac-ters ability to move without being de-tected by others. This is a combination ofmoving silently, making use of available

    cover and knowing when to move andwhen to stay still.

    A character who makes a successfulStealth roll imposes a Stealth Penalty onthe Alertness stats of anyone within ear-shot, sight-range, etc. A character who failsher Stealth roll has the option of not mov-ing that roundeven though she declared

    movement in the Strategy Stage.


    A spy attempts to sneak past a nightwatchman

    at Raith Hall. His Movement stat is 8 and his

    Stealth stat is 7.

    He rolls his Stealth: a 10. Failure! He must de-

    cide immediately whether to risk it and move

    without the benefit of Stealth, or stay put and

    try again next round.

    He decides that hes in no hurry and would

    rather play it safe. So he doesnt move at allthis round, but simply rests motionless, trying

    not to attract anyones attention.

    Having made a successful Stealth roll, it isup to you to determine how Stealthy yourcharacter wants to be. The Stealth Penalty

    you choose to impose upon the Alertnessstats of people nearby will also apply toyour own Movement stat, thus slowing youdown to the same degree as it concealsyou. Its up to you to decide how Stealthyyou need to be, and how slow you can af-ford to be. You can never impose a StealthPenalty higher than your own Stealth roll.


    Next round, the spy tries again. This time hemakes a successful Stealth roll with a 5.

    Now it is up to him to decide how Stealthy he

    wants to be. He guesses that the nightwatch-

    man is probably a fairly Alert person. So he de-

    cides to play it safe and move very Stealth-

    ilyand therefore very slowly. He sets theStealth Penalty at 5.

    The nightwatchman now suffers a -5 Stealth

    Penalty to this Alertness for the duration of theround. But the spy also suffers a -5 Stealth

    Penalty: to his own Movement stat. Thus, the

    spy moves only 3 metres this round: 8 [Spys

    Movement stat] - 5 [Stealth Penalty] = 3.

    Skill Roll Rules. Declare your Stealth Skillin the Strategy Stage and the direction in

    which you intend to move. Roll less thanor equal to your Stealth stat in the Modifier

    Stage. Recall that if you fail your StealthSkill, you have the option of aborting yourmovement for that round.

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    Description. Timing is a general measure-ment of how quick a characters reflexesare. Timing is an especially important Agil-ity Skill, for it is used to determine the Or-

    der of Play (see chapter five).

    Apart from this special way of using Tim-

    ing, it can be used in any situation that re-quires rapid reactions. Your GM will tellyou when to make a Timing roll.

    Skill Roll Rules. To know how to use Timingto determine the order of play, see chapterfive, Order Of Play.

    To use Timing in other ways, roll less thanor equal to your Skill stat, subject to any


    Failure Rules. A failed Timing roll usuallymeans you were slower than someone orsomething. Your GM will explain the con-sequences of failing your Timing roll.


    There are only a few Stamina Skills, butthey are very important to game play.Stamina Skills are measures of a charac-ters fitness, endurance, and capacity towithstand deprivation.

    Stamina Skills are unlike all other Skills in

    one crucial way: Stamina Skills are neversubject to Injury Penalties or Action Penal-



    Raven the Unscrupulous is suffering from a -3

    Injury Penalty and a -1 Action Penalty. These

    penalties modify all Ravens Skill rollsexcept

    his Stamina Skillsby -4.

    Ravens Withstand Injury stat (a Stamina Skill),

    as modified by his armour, is 7. So if Raven is

    Injured this round, he will need to roll less than

    or equal 7not 3to Withstand the Injury.

    Three Stamina Skills are described below:Hold Breath, Withstand Injury, and With-stand Magic.

    Hold Breath

    Description. Anyone can hold his breath.The problem is that you can only do it solong before you have to breathe again ordie. The Hold Breath Skill measures howlong a character can go without air.

    All characters can go without breathing for

    a number of rounds equal to their HoldBreath stat without suffering any adverseconsequences. After that time, charactersmust make a successful Hold Breath rollevery round. For every round they fail,they suffer 1 Injury Point. Eventually thecharacter must breathe again or die.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal to

    your Skill stat, subject to any modifiers.

    Failure Rules. You take 1 Injury Point. (Seechapter six, Injury.)

    Withstand Injury

    Description. One of the most importantSkills in the DR system is Withstand Injury(WithIn for short). WithIn measures towhat extent a character can withstand or

    endure Injury of all sorts. By Injury ismeant any action or event that causesphysical harm, from falling off a cliff to be-ing attacked by an enemy to contracting adisease. Injury is fully explained in chaptersix, Injury.



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    Whenever a character is Injured, she mustmake a WithIn roll. If she rolls greater thanher WithIn stat, she fails to Withstand theInjury and takes the full amount of InjuryPoints caused by the Injury.

    If she rolls less than or equal to her WithIn

    stat, she Withstands the Injury and takesonly some of the Injury Points it caused:the difference between the number of In-

    jury Points caused by the Injury and thecharacters WithIn roll, subject to the rulethat it is impossible to completely With-stand Injury, no matter what a characterrolls. No Injury will ever do less than 1 In-

    jury Point.


    Sir Derek has Struck Otto with a roll of 4. So

    Otto must make a Withstand Injury roll. Ottosmodified WithIn is 6.

    If Otto rolls higher than 6, he fails his WithIn roll

    and takes 4 Injury Points.

    If Otto rolls between 1 and 6, he makes a suc-

    cessful WithIn roll. He then subtracts his WithIn

    roll from Sir Dereks Strike roll (4) and takes the

    difference in Injury Points.

    However, no Injury will ever do less than 1 In- jury Point. So even if Otto rolls a 4, 5 or 6, he

    will still take 1 Injury Point.

    Otto rolls a 1: success! So Otto takes only 3

    Injury Points from Sir Dereks Strike: 4 (Sir

    Dereks Strike roll) - 1 (Ottos WithIn roll) = 3.

    The WithIn rules given above apply unlessstated otherwise. For example, in these

    cases a successful WithIn roll means thatthe character completely avoids all Injury.An example is the WithIn roll made to de-

    termine whether a character contracts anIllness or Disease (see chapter six, Injury).

    Related to the WithIn Skill is a special statcalled the Injury stat. The Injury stat is not

    a Skill; it is simply a stat used to keep trackof how Injured a character is. An unInjuredcharacters Injury stat is equal to his un-modified WithIn stat. When a character isInjured, his Injury stat drops, but his

    WithIn stat remains the same. The Injurystat, and the related concepts of InjuryPoints and the Injury Penalty, are all ex-plained in chapter six, Injury.

    Characters can give themselves bonuses totheir WithIn stats by wearing armour. Notethat these bonuses apply to the charactersWithIn stat, not her Injury stat. A charac-ters Injury stat is never greater than her

    unmodified WithIn stat. For more on howarmour helps characters Withstand Injury,see chapter eight, Weapons and Armour.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal toyour Skill stat, subject to any modifiers(particularly modifiers generated by ar-mour).

    Failure Rules. A failed WithIn roll means

    you take full Injury Points from the Injury;

    see above. A successful WithIn roll meansyou take only some of the Injury Points,unless otherwise stated elsewhere in theserules; see above.

    Withstand Magic

    Description. Another important StaminaSkill is Withstand Magic (WithMag forshort). Characters use WithMag to resist

    the effects of Magic. The Magics source

    may be from Witch Spells, magically-endowed objects, or magical creatures.

    If the Magic at play causes Injury (such asSorcery Spells and the magic of somemagical creatures), use WithIn instead ofWithMag to resist the Injury.



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    In most cases, a person or creature againstwhom magic is used may make a WithMagroll and attempt to resist the Spells effects.There are some forms of Magic, however,that are impossible to resist.

    A person or creature exposed to Magic can

    always decline to make the roll if hedoesnt want to Withstand it (for instance,when the Magic benefits him somehow).

    The GM may ask a character to make aWithMag roll without explaining why. Thereason will be clear enough if, for exam-ple, the character is battling a Witch. But

    the character may not know that there is aWitch, or a magical creature, or someone

    using a magical item, in the area. If that isthe case, and the character makes a suc-cessful WithMag roll, hell know only thatsomeone or something tried to use magicupon him. If he wants to know who orwhy, hell have to find out for himself.

    For more on Withstand Magic and Spells,see the discussions of Resistance in chap-

    ter eleven, Spellcasting.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal toyour Skill stat, subject to any modifiers.

    Failure Rules. You are affected by themagic. The GM will tell you the magicseffect.


    Intuition Skills are not as obvious as Vigouror Agility Skills. For Intuition is abouthunches and gut feelings, rather thanlearnt abilities. Yet Intuition Skills do exist.A few are given below.

    Intuition can be faulty. Sometimes ourhunches and gut feelings turn out to bewrong. We dont find out, of course, untilits too late. Thats why GMs usually makesecret Intuition Skill rolls, hiding the result

    from the player using the Intuition Skill. Ifthe GM makes a successful Skill roll, hetells the player the truth. If he fails the roll,he tells the player that she has no intuitionabout the matter. But if the GM fails theroll with a 12, he secretly tells the playersomething wrong and misleading. So be-ware: you cant always trust your instincts!


    Description. This Skill measures a charac-ters innate ability to sense danger or otherirregularities in the world around him.

    When a character is confronted with a po-tential threat or oddity of which she is un-aware, the GM may allow her to make anAlertness roll. A successful roll means thecharacter is Alerted to the source of thedanger or abnormal circumstance. She

    may act immediately by using any Defen-sive Combat Skill or any non-Combat Skill.However, she may not respond with anOffensive Combat Skill until the nextround.

    Use of the Alertness Skill is involuntary.Therefore, it does not count as an actionfor the purpose of Action Penalties.

    Skill Roll Rules. Since Alertness is a sort of

    gut feeling or sixth sense, it works pas-sively. A character need not declare hisAlertness Skill to use it. Instead, the GMsimply tells the player to make an Alert-ness roll (or, if the GM really wants to bereally sneaky, she will make the roll se-cretly herself). The player or GM will at-



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    tempt to roll less than or equal to the char-acters Alertness stat, subject to any modi-fier the GM sees fit to impose.

    Failure Rules. A failed Alertness roll means

    simply that the character is not Alerted tothe danger or abnormality in question.

    There may be no consequence to this atall. Or it may cost the character his life!

    Direction Sense

    Description. Direction Sense is the abilityto tell north from south, east from west,and generally where you are without con-sulting a map, looking at the stars, or em-

    ploying other rational methods.

    To use Direction Sense, tell the GM that

    you want to use your intuition to deter-mine which way is which. He will makethe Skill roll secretly. She will either tellyou That way is north, etc. or he will tellyou that you cannot tell. But beware: if herolled a 12, he will tell you the wrong di-rection.

    Skill Roll Rules. Tell the GM your DirectionSense stat. He will then make a Skill roll,attempting to roll less than or equal toyour Skill stat (subject to any modifiers).

    Failure Rules. You cannot try the Skill againright away. You are unable to sense direc-tion at this time or in this place. The GMmay allow you to try again later. Or if you

    rolled 12, the GM will give you a mislead-

    ing response (see above).

    Lie Detection

    Description. Lie Detection is the ability tojudge whether a person is lying or tellingthe truth.

    To use Lie Detection, inform your GM thatyou think someone may be lying. He willthen make your Lie Detection roll secretly,and report back to you. He will tell youthat you think you are being lied to, or you

    think you are being told the truth, or youcannot tell. If the GM rolls a 12 he willdeceive you.

    Skill Roll Rules. Tell the GM your Lie De-tection stat. He will then make a Skill roll,attempting to roll less than or equal toyour Skill stat (subject to any modifiers).

    Failure Rules. You cannot try the Skill again

    about the same supposed lie. But you canattempt to detect other lies that you sus-pect that same person of telling. Or if yourolled 12, the GM will give you a mislead-ing response.

    Weather Sense

    Description. Weather Sense is the ability topredict the weather. Some people say theycan feel it in their bones.

    To use the Skill, tell your GM you want touse it. She will then make your WeatherSense roll secretly, and report back. Shewill either tell you what you think theweather will be, or say you cannot tell. Ifthe GM rolls a 12 she will deceive you.

    Skill Roll Rules. Tell the GM your WeatherSense stat. He will then make a Skill roll,

    attempting to roll less than or equal to

    your Skill stat (subject to any modifiers).

    Only weather coming in the near futurecan be predicted using Weather Sense. Atmost, characters can use Weather Sense todetermine weather coming in the next 48hours. For any attempt to use Weather



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    Sense to predict weather coming later thanin the next 12 hours, the GM will imposeDifficulty Penalties.

    Failure Rules. You cannot try the Skill again

    right away. You can try again in 3-6 hourstime, as determined by the GM. Or if you

    rolled 12, the GM will give you a mislead-ing response.


    There is an unlimited number of possibleIntellect Skills. Anything a character de-

    sires to put his mind to (and spend Ad-

    vancement Points on!), she can learn.Only a few Intellect Skills are includedhere. You are encouraged to make newone. Here are some examples of possibleIntellect Skills.

    Any language (other than a charactersnative tongue) can be learnt as an Intel-

    lect Skill.

    Social skills such as Etiquette, Dance,

    Song, and playing musical instrumentscan make a character more popularwith his fellowsin a kings court or acommon pub.

    Navigation and Astronomy are essen-tial for seafaring characters. Geographyis also useful.


    Description. Heraldry is the art of reading,interpreting, and creating heraldic devices.Heraldic devices include coats of arms,flags, and banners. Heraldry is especiallyuseful for soldiers in battle, who use theSkill to tell friend from foe.

    A successful Heraldry roll may reveal notonly the name of the person wearing thecolours, etc. but also his genealogy andplace of origin.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal toyour Skill stat, subject to any modifiers.

    More obscure coats of arms such as thosefrom faraway lands may attract a penalty.

    Failure Rules. You cannot try the Skillagain.


    Description. Literacy is the ability to read

    texts written in your native language. Anycharacter with a Literacy stat of 3 or more

    is considered Literate: he can read mosttexts in his mother tongue without makinga Literacy roll. The GM will only ask Liter-ate characters to make Literacy rolls if thetext they are trying to read is technical, ob-scure or otherwise difficult to understand.In such cases the GM may impose a Diffi-culty Penalty.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal toyour Skill stat, subject to any modifiers.This is usually unnecessary for Literatecharacters.

    Failure Rules. You cannot try the Skillagain. You are unable to read the text.

    Medical Lore

    Description. Medical Lore increases the

    rate at which Injured characters heal. TheSkill is explained in chapter six, Injury.

    Skill Roll Rules. See chapter six, Injury.

    Failure Rules. See chapter six, Injury.



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    Description. Characters skilled in Trackingcan follow the trail of creatures or charac-ters by reading the marks they leave inpassing.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal to

    your Skill stat, subject to any modifiers, forevery 1 km (1000 metres) of tracking.

    The GM may impose various bonuses andpenalties to take account of such factors asthe type of terrain, the amount of timesince the trail was made, weather effectsand the level of traffic in the area. The ex-

    act modifier is in the GMs discretion, buthere are some guidelines.

    Failure Rules. You cannot try to track againon this stretch of trail. You may try to pickup the trail again after having travelled 1km from your current location (assuming,of course, that you somehow remain onthe trail).


    There are no Luck Skills. But Luck is still avery useful Attribute, because it is the basisfor Lucky Breaks. See chapter one, Attrib-utes and Composites.


    Creating new Skills is easy. Start by comingup with the Skill you want to create. Lets

    take Juggling as our new Skill. Next, de-termine which Attribute the new Skill re-lates to. You should consult your GMabout this if youre not certain. Juggling is

    clearly an Agility Skill. Finally, write up abrief description of what the Skill does,

    how you roll it, and what happens if youfail your Skill roll. Thats it: a new Skill.

    JugglingDescription. Juggling allows characters tokeep a number of objects (such as balls,knives, or flaming torches) in the air con-tinuously. In the most simple form of jug-

    gling, the juggler uses three balls. Morecomplex forms involve many more ob-



    Guidelines for tracking modifiers

    Terrain type Modifier

    Soft (mud, snow, dirt) +2 to +4

    Normal (grass, forest floor) +1, 0 or -1

    Hard (stone, riverbed, indoors) -2 to -4

    Days passed since trail made Penalty

    Less than one day 0

    One day -1

    Two days -2

    Three days or more -3 to -12

    Weather since trail made Penalty

    Light snow -1

    Light rain -2

    Heavy snow -2 to -4

    Heavy rain -3 to -6

    Traffic since trail made Modifier

    None +2

    Slight (occasional animal or person) +1 to 0

    Regular (frequent animal or human-

    oid traffic)

    -1 to - 2

    Heavy (constant traffic, either in part

    or all of the trail)

    -2 to -6

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    jects, or objects that are much more diffi-cult to throw and catch.

    Skill Roll Rules. Roll less than or equal toyour Agility Skill stat, subject to any modi-

    fiers. You must repeat the roll once per

    round for every round you want to con-tinue juggling.

    Failure Rules. You drop one or more of theitems you attempted to juggle.



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    Characters develop physically and men-tally with the passage of time and expo-

    sure to new challenges and experiences.

    This is called Advancement. The Ad-

    vancement rules described here explain

    how players apply Advancement Points

    awarded by the Games Master to develop

    the knowledge, abilities and good fortune

    of their characters.


    The GM gives players Advancement Points

    (APs) as rewards for good play. Usually this

    is done at the end of the playing session,

    though GMs may give APs out at any time.

    (Players also get APs when creating new

    characters; see chapter four, Characters.)

    An ordinary session of play (meaning 3-5

    hours of fairly successful adventuring) will

    usually result in each character gaining 8-

    15 APs.

    In giving and receiving APs, GMs and

    players should remember that DR is de-

    signed so that Skill stats become harder to

    improve as they increase. For instance, it

    costs 4 APs to go from a Skill stat of 4 to a

    Skill stat of 5, but 9 APs to go from 9 to 10.GMs shouldnt give out more APs to char-

    acters with high stats just because advanc-

    ing such high stats is costly; its supposed

    to be hard to advance that high. Characters

    seeking to advance very high stats will just

    have to play more, play better, or be pa-tient.

    We said earlier that characters gain APs for

    good play. But what is good play? Ulti-

    mately that is a matter for the GM to de-

    cide. But here are a few examples of what

    players can do to earn APs from Games


    First, good play is inspired roleplaying. A

    player who really get into his charac-

    terthinking, speaking and acting like

    himdeserves to be recognized with APs.

    Second, good play involves heroic and

    selfless acts. Players who put their charac-

    ters life and limb on the line for the bene-

    fit of the party should be rewarded. (Note,

    however, the difference between courageand foolhardiness!)

    Third, good play means coming up with

    clever ideas. Bold and inventive schemes,

    solutions to difficult problems, and quick

    thinking should be rewarded by GMs.

    Finally, good play can also include things

    players do as background work in prepara-

    tion for adventures. Some players may not

    be great roleplayers, but may nonetheless

    contribute to game play in other ways.

    Such preparation can include: fleshing out

    their characters history, personality, weap-

    onry, etc.; knowing a lot about the rules or


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    their dominion; creating new Skills, Spells,

    or other DR-compatible rules; even paint-

    ing figurines or drawing pictures of the

    partys characters. Background work such

    as this enriches the game and should be

    rewarded with APs.

    So much for how to get APs. Once youhave them, what can you do with them?

    Players can spend APs in several ways. The

    most important ways to spend APs are on

    Skill improvement and Lucky Breaks. Start-

    ing characters use APs to equip themselves

    with armour and weapons. Your GM may

    allow more advanced characters to do this,

    too. APs are also used in other ways de-

    scribed below.


    The main way of spending Advancement

    Points is to improve your characters Skills.

    Remember the difference here between

    Skills and Attributes: Skills can be im-

    proved through time by using APs, but APs

    cannot be spent on Attributes because At-

    tributes never change.

    To improve a Skill, you must spend a

    number of APs equal to the current un-

    modified stat of the Skill you want to im-

    prove. Note that you use the unmodified

    stat to determine how many APs to spend.


    Raven the Unscrupulous (unmodified WithIn 4)

    wants to improve his WithIn stat to 5. This costs

    4 APs.

    Note that Raven wears leather armour, which

    gives him a +2 Armour Bonus to his WithIn stat.

    So Ravens modified WithIn before he spent

    the 4 APs was 6: 4 [Ravens unmodified WithIn]+ 2 [Armour Bonus] = 6. Now Ravens modified

    WithIn is 7: 5 [Ravens new unmodified WithIn]

    + 2 [Armour Bonus] = 7.



    Skill improvement table

    Current stat


    stat1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

    1 - - - - - - - - - - -

    2 1 - - - - - - - - - -

    3 3 2 - - - - - - - - -

    4 6 5 3 - - - - - - - -

    5 10 9 7 4 - - - - - - -

    6 15 14 12 9 5 - - - - - -

    7 21 20 18 15 11 6 - - - - -

    8 28 27 25 22 18 13 7 - - - -

    9 36 35 33 30 26 21 15 8 - - -

    10 45 44 42 39 35 30 24 17 9 - -

    11 55 54 52 49 45 40 34 27 19 10 -

    12 66 65 63 60 56 51 45 38 30 21 12

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    Ursula the Witch (Stealth 4) wants to improve

    her Stealth stat to 6. To raise it to 6, she must

    spend a total of 9 APs: 4 APs to go from Stealth

    4 to Stealth 5, and 5 APs to go from Stealth 5 to

    Stealth 6.

    As these examples demonstrate, its fairly

    easy to figure out how many APs are

    needed to make small improvements to

    Skill stats. Larger improvements, such as

    raising ones Dodge from 3 to 8, are a little

    more complicated. The Skill Improvement

    Table simplifies this process. To determine

    how many APs are needed to go from yourcurrent stat to your desired stat, simply

    match your current stat to your desired

    stat. As the table reveals, it is technically

    possible to raise a low stat quite a bit with

    relatively few APs. For instance, a stat of 1

    can be raised to 5 by spending 10 APs. But

    while this is technically possible, your GM

    may not allow it in every case.


    Titus Deepstriker (Horsemanship 3) didnt ride

    a horse, or any other mount, at any time during

    his last adventure. Titus player, Ted, now wants

    to use the 12 APs he gained in that adventure

    to increase Titus Horsemanship to 6.

    Some GMs may allow this. But Teds GM does

    not. She feels it doesnt make sense for Titus to

    go from Horsemanship 3 to Horsemanship 6

    without more experience or training in the Skill.

    So she allows Ted to improve Titus Horseman-

    ship to 4 only. He can increase it again after the

    next adventure.

    The Skill Improvement Table gives results

    for Skill stats between 1 and 11. Charac-

    ters are free, however, to advance their

    Skills to 12 and beyond. There is no limit

    to how high a character may advance a

    given Skill. A player may choose, for in-

    stance, to advance her characters Strike

    stat to 15. That way, the character wouldhave a good chance of hitting his target

    even with a -7 Strike Penalty. Keep in

    mind, however, that a roll of 12 always

    fails. Even if a characters modified Pick

    Locks stat is 14, a roll of 12 means he



    Another way characters can spend Ad-vancement Points is on Lucky Breaks. A

    character cannot get a Lucky Break unless

    he has at least 1 AP to spend on it. The AP

    is expended whether the Lucky Break is

    helpful to the character or not.

    Lucky Breaks are explained in chapter two,

    Attributes and Composites.


    New characters may use their starting Ad-

    vancement Points not only to improve

    their Skills but to acquire the weapons and

    armour they need to begin their careers.

    See chapter four, Characters.

    GMs may also permit established charac-

    ters to spend APs on weapons and armour.See chapter eight, Weapons and Armour.


    Other uses for APs are provided for else-

    where in these rules. For instance, charac-



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    ters can use APs to specialize in certain

    weapons: see Weapon Specialization in

    chapter eight, Weapons and Armour. Also,

    characters can use APs to improve their

    mounts. See Horsemanship in chapter two,




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    Credit: Oksana Romanova



    Characters are the heart of roleplaying.Each player designs a persona throughwhich to experience the fantasy worldgoverned by the Games Master. Creating acharacter is the one of the most imagina-tive parts of roleplaying. DR is designed toallow players to create characters any waythey want themunburdened by unneces-sary limitations to their abilities, powers orpersonalities.



    This chapter explains how to create a DRcharacter in six steps:

    Step One: Think about your character.

    Step Two: Roll on the Character Gen-eration Table.

    Step Three: Determine your charactersAttribute stats.

    Step Four: Determine your charactersComposite stats.

    Step Five: Determine your charactersstarting Advancement Points.

    Step Six: Apply your AdvancementPoints.

    Thats all it takes. You can create yourcharacter as you read along. But its best toread the rules over completely first.

    In each of the six steps, youll find an ex-ample box like the one below showingyou how to create a new character.


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    Teds new character

    Ted is new to Dominion Rules and wants tocreate a character. Hell do so by following thesix steps described in this chapter.



    To create a DR character, start by thinkingabout the sort of character you want toroleplay. The following questions may helpyou think about who you want yourcharacter to be.

    What is your characters background?

    Roleplaying worlds are often places wherehierarchies of class and power are clearlydefined: emperors, kings, aristocrats, andreligious authorities often rule over thecommon people. Where does your charac-ter fit in the scheme of things? Is he apeasant, landless and poor? Or a titledaristocrat? Also, consider your characterslife. Most players create characters that areat least young adults. Many are mucholder. What has your character been doing

    all these years? What country does shecome from, and what city or village?Where is her family, or does she have any?

    What sort of creature do you want to play?

    In Dominion Rules, players can makecharacters out of any creature, so long astheir GM does not object. In consultationwith their Games Master, players can evencreate entirely new creatures and races touse as PCs. You should start by thinkingabout what sort of creature you want toplay. Even if youre not exactly sure, youshould try to narrow it down. For instance,do you want to be humanoid, i.e. anupright-walking creature with two handsand feet, or do you want to be some sort of

    quadruped, or a flying creature, or evensome sort of sea creature?

    What kind of creature you play is likely tobe tied closely to what sort of dominion

    your GM intends to run. If your dominionis historical rather than fantasy, for in-stance, your character will have to be hu-man. Be sure to consult with your GM.

    What kind of personality do you want yourcharacter to have?

    Perhaps you want to play an honourablegentleman, loyal to his king and reverentof his god. Or perhaps you want a charac-ter who is skeptical of authority and lovesto push her luck. You may choose to play arecluse, full of idiosyncrasies and not toogood with people. An intellectual. An art-ist. A religious zealot. Whatever youchoose, be sure to decide upon the sort ofpersonality you would like to roleplay be-fore you determine your characters stats.

    What motivates your character?

    Chances are, your character will risk his

    life on a routine basis. Why does he do it?Is it love of money? The desire for glory? Toavenge a death, or right a wrong? Or isyour character simply a thug who likes tobeat on things? Perhaps your characterwould rather live a quiet life, but just cantkeep out of trouble. Knowing your charac-ters motivation will make it easier to makegood decisions at crucial points in thegame.


    Once you have thought about these ques-tions, you may want to consider someclassic RPG character styles. These are of-fered to you simply for guidance. You donthave to choose any of them. You are al-



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    ways free to create your own style, or tocreate a character with no clear style at all.But these styles may help you think aboutyour character.

    The SoldierThe Soldier style of character is one wholives for battle. Soldiers are professionalwarriors, expert in the arts of armour,weaponry and tactics. They will oftenchoose to master particular weapons suchas bows (an Archer), blades (a Swords-man), or siege engines (an Engineer).

    Soldiers specialize above all in CombatSkills. Besides these crucial Skills, they of-ten possess other Skills related to theirmain interest, such as Heraldry (useful fortelling friend from foe on the battlefield!),or Horsemanship.

    A typical variation on the Soldier style isthe Knight. Knights are the premier sol-diers, schooled not only in the basics ofsoldiering, but also in such skills as Eti-quette, History, Literacy, and Falconry.Most importantly, though, knights are ex-pert horsemen. Their horses are more than

    just mounts; they are weapons of war.Male knights are styled Sir. Femaleknights are styled Dame.

    The Crusader

    The Crusader style of character is a holywarrior, a character whose faith motivatesher every act. Crusaders attempt to spreadtheir religion by travelling to heathen

    lands, conquering their peoples, and es-tablishing churches and shrines to the TrueFaith (whatever that may be).

    Crusaders specialize in Combat Skills asSoldiers do, but may also dabble in Priest-craft. Since it is difficult to be both a pow-erful warrior and a powerful cleric,

    Crusader-style characters tend to special-ize in only a few basic Priestcraft Skills,such as Bless and Heal.

    The Priest

    The Priest style of character is one whodevotes his life entirely to the service of hisdeity. Priestcraft is, of course, the speciali-zation of Priest-style characters, and itsrigours are such that characters specializ-ing in Priestcraft rarely advance far in otherSkills.

    Some Priests focus on particular PriestcraftSkills. The Bless Skill tends to be the speci-ality of Clergy, whose ability makes themrevered by their flocks. More prized thanthese are Healers, the greatest of whomcan make the blind see and the crippledwalk again. Prophets are at once reveredand suspected by the common folk, andthus tend to be solitary types. But thosegreat Holy Men who master the Resurrec-tion and Work Miracle Skills are cele-brated throughout the ages.

    For more, see chapter nine, Priestcraft.

    The Monk/Nun

    The Monk or Nun style of character isabove all an intellectual. Monasteries andnunneries are places of devotion and wor-ship, but they are equally places of study,renowned for their libraries and learning.Monks and their monasteries are theguardians of knowledge.

    In spite of their outwardly religious ap-pearance, monks and nuns tend to special-ize more in worldly Skills than in Priest-craft. They can often read, write, and speakseveral languages. They are also knowl-edgeable in such fields as History, Litera-ture, Medical Lore, Geography, and Phi-losophy. Monks and Nuns also tend to



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    possess more practical Skills such as Ani-mal Husbandry, Farming, Wine-makingand Brewing. Due to their great learning,Monks and Nuns are valuable companionswhen adventuring in foreign lands.

    The Merchant Adventurer

    Merchant Adventurers live for wealth andthe power it can bring. The challenge ofmaking a profit inspires Merchant Adven-turers to travel the world in quest of new,untapped sources of wealth. These may begold, spices, natural resources, religiousartifacts or (amongst the worst kind ofMerchant Adventurer) slaves. In general,

    the Merchant Adventurer does not letmoral quibbling get between him and a bitof coin. Pirates, who can be seen as a sea-faring cross between Merchant Adventur-ers and Rogues (see below), are particu-larly notorious for their merciless tech-niques.

    Merchant Adventurers tend to specialize inCombat Skills above all else. But they alsoprize foreign languages and some findsuch Agility Skills as Pick Locks and PickPockets useful in the course of their finan-cial transactions.

    The Rogue

    Merchant Adventurers generally operatewithin the law. They may push at its edgesoccasionally, but for the most part they areconsidered law-abiding (and tax-paying)subjects of their princes, kings or emper-ors. Rogues are different. They are villainsfor hire (though some are self-employed!).Most Rogues are Thieves, be they high-waymen (who prey on travellers), burglars(who specialize in breaking into secureareas and stealing from them), or cut-purses (petty thieves who make their livingby stealing from unsuspecting victims incrowded places like streets and pubs).

    Spies are another type of Rogue. Spies arehired by the rich and powerful to keep aneye on their enemiesrival kings, mer-chants, or even priests. Spies who work forthe government are known as Diplomats

    or Ambassadors. The worst type of Roguesare Assassins, who have no qualms aboutkilling total strangers in return for a hand-some wage.

    Not all Rogues are evil, however. SomeThieves steal from the rich to give to thepoor. Some Spies hold high office in theservice of benevolent kings. You dont haveto be an ethical monster to be a Rogue,but it helps!

    Rogues value stealth very highly, and thusspecialize in Agility Skills. For the mostpart, Rogues would rather stab someone inthe back than fight face-to-face. Yet theyalso hone their Combat Skills.

    The Ranger

    Rangers are characters that adventure innature to preserve the countryside, main-tain trails, fend off marauding creatures, orguard borders. Foresters, the most com-mon sort of Ranger, are devoted to wood-land habitats. Mountaineers work inmountainous regions. Coastguards work atsea. Rangers are as varied as the environ-ments they inhabit.

    Rangers often become experts in particularspecies of animals, plants and other crea-tures. For instance, a Forester working topreserve borderlands from the onslaught ofhostile Goblin tribes may become an ex-pert in Goblin languages, fighting tech-niques and behaviour. Apart from theseSkills, Rangers tend to value Combat andAgility Skills.



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    The Fool

    The Fool style of character is one whotrusts in his Luck and little else. Fools areexperts in the art of survival and in such

    entertainments as Music, Poetry, and Ac-robatics. Yet they are rank amateurs at al-most everything else. Fools are thought tobe insane, and they often are. It is impos-sible to get a straight answer out of them.They prefer to rhyme and sing than tospeak sensibly, and they can be terriblecowards (though many, after frequent beat-ings by those who do not appreciate theirconstant insubordination, have quite goodCombat stats). Yet in spite of their many

    shortcomings, Fools are prized by kingsand emperors. They often possess secretabilities, and their sudden insights at un-expected times can be the difference be-tween life and death. A Fool will alwayssurprise you, for better or for worse.

    A glance at the character record of a Foolwill usually reveal a character with a veryhigh WithIn stat, a few high stats in suchtrivialities as Music and Dance, and hardly

    any other stats beyond 4. Look moreclosely, however, and you will see that theFool has 20 APs in reserve for LuckyBreaks! Some, too, may surprise you witha bit of Witchcraft! They are powerfulcompanionsif you can bear to be aroundthem.

    The Witch

    Witches go by many names: sorcerers,magicians, alchemists, wizards, warlocksand more. Call them what you will, theWitch style of character is powerful andchallenging. Witches devote themselves tothe study of Magic and the casting ofSpells. These Spells can be very powerful.But they are also dangerous, for Magic iselusive and untameable. Many Witches

    have died at their own hands casting aSpell that went horribly wrong.

    For more on the powers and dangers ofWitchcraft, see chapter ten, Witches and

    Magic.Other styles

    The styles described above are most suit-able for humanoid characters. If you play anon-humanoid, you may wish to create anew style that better suits your charactersform.

    But even if you do play a humanoid char-acter, you should not feel obliged to use

    one of these styles. The DR system is de-signed to allow players the freedom to bewhatever they want to be. If you want tocreate your own style, do so.

    Teds new character: step one

    Ted has now thought about his character. Hewants to play a hearty dwarven fighter. Hischaracter will fit generally within the Soldierstyle described above. But rather than being achivalrous and high-minded warrior, Ted wantsto play a character with a love of battle and a

    great sense of humour.

    So Ted decides to create a dwarven fighter. Henames his character Titus Deepstriker.

    Titus motto is, Life is short. That is certainlytrue for those who dare oppose him in battle!But he considers it to be just as true for himself.Titus believes that one must seize the day andlive ones life to the fullest. Titus seeks adven-ture and battle not to win eternal re-nownwhich is useless if youre not there toenjoy itbut simply to savour the moment.



    Once you have determined who yourcharacter is, you must make a roll on theCharacter Generation Table. This table give



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    perks to starting characters, while also re-flecting differences between commoncharacter races.

    As noted above, which races are availableto players will depend on the dominionyou play in. This is a question for the GM

    to decide. The Character Generation Tablesets out columns for four character racescommonly found in conventional fantasydominions: Human, Elven, Dwarven andHalfling. If your character is Human,Elven, Dwarven or Halfling, use the tablethat corresponds to his race.



    Character generation table

    Roll Human Elven Dwarven Halfling Humanoid Beast

    1 FavourableRounding






    2 Ambidexterity Ambidexterity Ambidexterity Ambidexterity Ambidexterity Gifted: +2 toany Attribute

    3 Gifted: +2 toany Attribute

    Agile: +2 toAgility Attribute

    Strong: +2 toVigour Attrib-ute

    Lucky: +2 toLuck Attribute

    Gifted: +2 toany Attribute

    Gifted: +1 toany Attribute

    4 Gifted: +1 toany Attribute

    Lucky: +2 toLuck Attribute

    Tough: +2 toStamina At-tribute

    Intelligent: +2to IntellectAttribute

    Talented:Starting stat of6 in any Skill

    Talented:Starting stat of6 in any Skill

    5 Talented:Starting stat of6 in any Skill

    Stealthy: Start-ing Stealth of 5

    Muscular:Starting Mus-cle of 5

    Intuitive: +2 toIntuition Attrib-ute

    Charmed:Starting With-stand Magic of6

    Talented:Starting stat of5 in any Skill

    6 Talented:Starting stat of5 in any Skill

    Alert: StartingAlertness of 5

    Keen: StartingDirectionSense of 5

    Stealthy: Start-ing Stealth of 5

    Tough: StartingWithstand Inju-ry of 6

    Charmed: +4to WithstandMagic

    7 Talented:Starting stat of4 in any Skill

    Swift: StartingMovement of 5

    Fit: StartingClimbing of 5

    Keen: StartingDirectionSense of 5

    Alert: StartingAlertness of 6

    Charmed: +3to WithstandMagic

    8 Tough: StartingWithstand Inju-ry of 5

    Charmed:Starting With-stand Magic of5

    Tough: StartingWithstand Inju-ry of 6

    Alert: StartingAlertness of 5

    Swift: StartingMovement of 5

    Tough: +4 toWithstand In-


    9 Tough: StartingWithstand Inju-ry of 4

    Charmed:Starting With-stand Magic of4

    Tough: StartingWithstand Inju-ry of 5

    Learned: Start-ing Literacy of5

    Quick: StartingTiming of 5

    Tough: +3 toWithstand In-


    10 Quick: StartingTiming of 5

    Quick: StartingTiming of 5

    Quick: StartingTiming of 5

    Perceptive:Starting LieDetection of 5

    Keen: StartingDirectionSense of 5

    Quick: +4 toTiming

    11 Quick: StartingTiming of 4

    Quick: StartingTiming of 4

    Quick: StartingTiming of 4

    Quick: StartingTiming of 5

    Stealthy: Start-ing Stealth of 5

    Quick: +3 toTiming

    12 Experienced:+10 Advance-ment Points

    Experienced:+10 Advance-ment Points

    Experienced:+10 Advance-ment Points

    Experienced:+10 Advance-ment Points

    Experienced:+10 Advance-ment Points

    Experienced:+15 Advance-ment Points

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    Also included is a generic Humanoid col-umn. A humanoid is a creature that basi-cally resembles humans in body-form, i.e.a creature that walks upright on two feet,has arms and hands and at least one head.

    If you character is nothing like a human-oid, but instead goes on all fours, or flies,or swims, or doesnt even have a body(like a ghost), use the Beast table and makeany adjustments your GM recommends.