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Focus Beta

In the chaos and confusion of battle it is highly beneficial to maintain Focus. This can give a significant advantage to a combatant and allow feats of martial skill that few can compete with. Focus based skills are divided into four categories: unarmed, kicks, armed and ranged attacks, plus an additional sub-category for self-defensive skills (which are passive skills which take place during the enemy turn). Depending on the type of Focus class they have access to these skills in varying proportions. As Focus classes refine their skills and gain experience they increase the likelihood of successfully executing their vast array of skills.


Focus Resource

The amount of Focus your character has is measured by the Focus resource.  This is tracked on the character sheet, with the maximum amount calculated based on the following formula:


Maximum Focus is recalculated after each level up and any time a permanent increase to Resolve is attained (i.e. though stat training, enchants, etc…).  Focus skills do not “cost” Focus or reduce Focus in any way. However, anytime a Focus class takes damage from any source they lose 1 Focus. This can reduce Focus to zero, but while this does not prevent the use of Focus skills, just the likelihood of positive results.

Focus Dice

Focus can be thought of as a gamble mechanic. Unlike most other Primary Skill mechanics you never “run-out” of the required resource to use it. In order to remain balanced it therefore has the potential for both positive or negative outcomes, above and beyond a regular attack. This is accomplished by using the Focus Dice, which provides an indication of how well a particular Focus skill is executed. The Focus Dice is a D20, rolled at the same time as your Hit Dice, any time a Focus-based attack or skill is used. The number rolled is added to your current Focus to determine your Focus score. Depending on the value of the Focus Score there are four possible results which, should your attack hit, dictate how successfully the Focus skill is executed.

30+) Perfect Execution: Often maximum damage and/or other accelerated effects
20+) Good (standard) Execution: Typically regular damage with standard effects
10+) Fair Execution: Typically regular damage with no effects or very limited effects
<10) Poor Execution: Typically minimum damage only or complete failure of the skill

Regardless of the Focus score, the follow effects apply on the natural roll on the D20 Focus dice:

Rolling a natural 20 is ALWAYS a Perfect Execution

Rolling less than the Skill rank used is ALWAYS a Poor Execution (i.e. a rank 3 skill is always Poor on a 3 or less)

Regaining Focus

The lower a characters focus becomes, as a result of taking damage, the more difficult it is to favorably execute skills. This makes it important to regain Focus whenever possible.  The simplest way to do this by using the Meditation skill. This is a basic Focus skill available to all Focus classes, and the only one that does not require a Focus dice roll.

  • If using Meditation in combat, it counts as an action and causes you to be Vulnerable until the start of your next turn. If by the start of your next turn you do not take any damage, 1d12 Focus is restored.
  • If using Meditation outside of combat, and maintained for at least a half rest, Focus is restored to its maximum amount.

Learning New Focus Skills

To learn new Focus Skills you msut spend Focus Skill Points. Each Focus Skill Point awards a single rank in a given Focus Skill.

Characters gain two skill points per level up to and including level 10, then one skill point per level after that. You cannot spend more than one point per level in a single specific skill (i.e. Each Focus Skill can only gain 1 rank each time you level up). Skill Points awarded from a Title-up are an exception to this and may be applied to gain more than 1 rank at a time.

Characters cannot learn a previously unknown skill (i.e. Rank 1) unless taught by an Expertise Trainer that knows the corresponding skill (there may be a cost associated with this). If the Focus user has Expertise Trainer level 3, may self-teach new skills. If assigning a point to existing skill (i.e. advancing from Rank 1 to Rank 2), no trainer is required.

There is a maximum number of points that can be spent in each Discipline, depending on the class:

Focus Disciplines

Focus skills are divided up between five different disciplines that vary in their application. Armed and Ranged Focus Disciplines require a weapon, are use the action phase of your turn, while Fist and Kick Focus Disciplines can be used as either an instant or an action, or even as both. Defensive skills are not used in the characters turns at all, and can be used in response to damaging attacks. A complete list of Focus Skills can be found the Focus Skills page.


Considered an ‘unarmed’ attack. Can be used as an instant or action but must have at least one free hand. If wielding a main hand weapon, an offhand fist attack can be used as a follow up to the main hand attack as part of a single action (offhand must be empty). If both hands are empty, can perform two fist attacks as part of a single action (one main hand, one off hand). Can be used in combination with a kick as part of the same attack action (i.e. main hand fist + off hand kick or vice-versa)

Fist attacks do 1/2 damage against any target with 30 or more Armor (not AC). This rule applies even if using a Fist (Mounted) Weapons in conjunction with fist attacks.


Considered an ‘unarmed’ attack. Can be used as an instant or as a replacement for either a main hand  or off hand attack (but not both). Kicks can be used while armed, however if a kick is used as either a main hand or off hand attack it replaces the use of the weapon equipped in that slot. Alternately, can be used in combination with a fist attack as part of the same attack action (i.e. main hand kick + off hand fist or vice-versa). For Focus classes footwear is as much a potential weapon as any blade or bludgeon, as such Focus classes may use weapon based enchants and craftings on foot armor pieces to enhance their Focus Kick attacks.

Kick attacks do 1/2 damage against any target with 60 or more Armor (not AC). This rule applies regardless of Craftings or Enchants made to foot armor.


May only be used while armed. Counts as an action and if scoring effects, they apply to the main hand only. If not wielding a weapon or shield in the off hand, can be combined with an fist focus attack as part of a single action.


Ranged Focus Skills count as an action and may only be used with ranged or thrown weapons.


A mixture of passive skills that are always in effect and skills that can be activated during the enemies turn, no focus dice rolled, some skills count as an instant on the next turn (aka an Out of Turn Instant or OT Instant).

Action Combos

Examples of Valid Action Combos, where MH = Main Hand equivalent, and OH = Off Hand equivalent:

  • MH weapon/cast + OH kick
  • MH kick + OH weapon
  • MH fist + OH kick
  • MH kick + OH fist
  • MH fist + OH fist
  • MH weapon/cast + OH fist
  • MH fist + OH weapon