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Character Stats

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Character stats are a measure of the physical, mental, and emotional attributes of your character. Most character stats have both an Active Use and a Passive Use. Active Uses typically result in Stat Test or Stat Roll-offs, while Passive Uses generally modify other elements of your character or are used to calculate resources for various class mechanics. There are ten main character stats, however movement can in some ways also be considered a character stat, and is therefore included here. Character stats are a number between 0 and 20, and cannot naturally exceed 20.

Character Stats


Strength (STR) is a relative measurement of physical strength in relation to the size of the character or creature. As a relative measurement, its important to note that a human with strength 20 is not equally as strong as Dragon with Strength 20.
Active Use: lifting, carrying, or moving heavy objects; physically over-powering or restraining a target; physical intimidation of a target; smashing/breaking physical objects; etc…
Passive Use: Melee physical damage modifier, range for thrown weapons, backpack carrying capacity, Vigor class resource

StrengthCombat Modifier
20+3 melee/thrown physical damage
18-19+2 melee/thrown physical damage
15-17+1 melee/thrown physical damage
8-14no modifier
4-7-1 melee/thrown physical damage
1-3-2 melee/thrown physical damage


Agility (AGIL) is a broad measurement of a variety of physical attributes such as fine motor skills, dexterity, coordination, balance, and hand-eye coordination.
Active Use: climbing up or down difficult terrain; jumping over large gaps; squeezing through a tight space in a hurry; careful placement of a an object to avoid triggering an alarm or trap; complex physical actions such as rolling behind cover and picking up a weapon at the same time; etc…
Passive Use: Physical Melee hit rating, physical melee critical hit rating, Stealth resource

Combat ModifierFormula
Physical melee hit ratingAgility-10 = +/- to hit
Physical melee crit ratingAgility/3 = Melee Crit %


Stamina (STAM) is a stat that encompasses physical attributes such as endurance, fortitude, mass (also relative to size), health, toughness, and hardiness.
Active Use: using your size to block or impede someone’s movements; resistance to succumbing to illness (i.e. puking after eating rotten food); running past the point of exhaustion; etc…
Passive Use: Flat portion of HP per level (see Class Codex for details on Level ups), used to Calculate Elemental & Natural Resistance (see Resistance section); Fury class resource


Intellect (INT) is a measure of a variety of mental attributes pertaining to knowledge, reasoning, and IQ; often thought of as book smarts. Intelligence relies upon careful preparation and diligent studies undertaken outside of high pressure environments or situations (i.e. combat), though this does not mean that the knowledge gained can not be of use in these situations.
Active Use: Knowing an adversary’s weaknesses as a result of having studied a textbook on their anatomy; interpreting the crude language and gesturing of a primitive race; solving a difficult riddle or puzzle; predicting the liekly target of a group of rampaging Ogres; etc…
Passive Use: Spirit hit rating; Spirit critical hit/success rating; used to calculate Arcane & Mental Resistance (see Resistance section); Modifiers to Spirit class resource

Combat ModifierFormula
Spirit power hit ratingIntellect-10 = +/- to hit
Spirit power crit ratingIntellect/3 = Spirit Crit %
IntellectSpirit class resource modifier
19-20+3 Spirit per level
16-18+2 Spirit per level
11-15+1 Spirit per level
7-10no modifier
0-6-1 Spirit per level


Wisdom (WIS) is a measure of a variety of mental attributes pertaining to judgement, discernment, intuition, wit, and common sense; often thought of as street smarts. Wisdom relies upon experience gained successes in the field or from learning from past mistakes, allowing for snap decision making in the heat of battle or under other high pressure situations.
Active Use: Deciding to switch targets when it becomes apparent that you lack the ability to hit a heavily armored target with a small blade; learning the true intentions of an organization whose actions contradict their supposed purpose; trusting the instinctual “feeling” that a demonic presence is at work; etc…
Passive Use: Faith hit rating; Faith critical hit/success rating; used to calculate Natural, Demonic, and Mental Resistances (see Resistance section); Modifiers to Faith class mechanic

Combat ModifierFormula
Faith power hit ratingFaith-10 = +/- to hit
Faith power crit ratingFaith/3 = Faith Crit %


Avoidance (AVD) is a measure of the natural or trained reflex to avoid incoming attacks, damage, or other negative consequences. It also encompasses the ability for a character to avoid detection or to make itself less noticeable to a potential enemy. As such it is extremely useful for Stealth classes, or even a fragile back rank healer.
Active Use: avoiding slower moving projectiles such as falling rocks or a net trap; falling back out of harms way after an explosion goes off; attempting to remain unnoticed in a crowd of people, etc…
Passive Use: used to calculate Dodge (a Defense ), increases resistance to most projectile based Spirit/Faith powers


Perception (PER) is a measure of the ability to physically regard, understand, interpret, or become aware of something, through the senses. It encompasses a variety of senses such as sight, hearing, smell, and even other more extraordinary sense such as a bats sonar capabilities.
Active Use: Detecting hidden/stealthed targets; searching for a small object on the battlefield (such as when retrieving arrows after combat); advanced warning of an enemy presence to prevent an ambush; etc…
Passive Use: Physical ranged/thrown hit rating, physical ranged/thrown critical hit rating

Combat ModifierFormula
Physical ranged/thrown hit ratingPerception-10 = +/- to hit
Physical ranged/thrown crit ratingPerception/3 = Ranged Crit %


Resolve (RES) is a relative measure of attributes pertaining to willpower, discipline, command, and resilience in the face of psychological stress or trauma, and a generally willingness to fight on even against insurmountable odds.
Active Use: Resistance to naturally occurring sources of fear or terror; attempting to push through the pain of a broken limb to continue marching; standing and fighting against an Orcish Warband when all your allies are unconscious/wounded; etc…
Passive Use: used to resist Focus loss when taking damage (see Focus class mechanic); used to calculate Holy and Demonic Resistances (see Resistance section)


Initiative (INIT) is a measure of the ability to assess a situation to quickly act, react, or take charge, often before others. Though it can be a trained or learned attribute, it is most often an instinctual reflex. Initiative can also be thought of as the speed at which the brain processes incoming information and causes the body to react.
Active Use: Establishing Turn Order at the beginning of a battle; Overcoming an opponents Ward-off; snap out of turn reactions to select opponent skills/abilities; determining a quick reaction to an unexpected event
Passive Use: Movement modifiers; modifiers to Riding Skill;

InitiativeMovement Modifier
18-20+1 Movement
4-17no modifier
1-3-1 Movement


Charm is a measure of a variety of attributes that can include physical appearance but also things such as people skills, charisma, and non-threatening powers of persuasion.
Active Use: sweet talking a guard into allowing you to pass; trying to get a merchant to lower the price of their goods; attempting to give a rousing speech to encourage local peasants to take up arms with you in defense of their village; etc…
Passive Use: modifiers to a variety of Secondary Skills such as Haggler


Movement (MOVE) is not a true character stat as it is never used to take a Stat Test to Stat Roll-off, nor is it rolled for during Character Creation. However it used to determine how many in-game inches you can move during the movement phase of combat. The base movement stat is always 4, modified by race.


Character stats are also used to calculate Resistance to a variety of damage types, as follows:

Resistance TypeCalculated FromCommon Uses
Arcane ResistanceIntellect x2 + Racial ModifierResisting Arcane magic
Elemental ResistanceStamina x2 + Racial ModifierResisting Elemental magic or environmental effects (fire, heat, cold, wind, etc…)
Natural ResistanceStamina + Wisdom + Racial ModifierResisting Natural magic or natural effects (illness, toxins, poison, alchohol, etc…)
Holy ResistanceResolve x2 + Racial ModifierResisting Holy or other divine powers
Demonic ResistanceWisdom + Resolve + Racial ModifierResisting Demonic powers or possession
Mental ResistanceIntellect + Wisdom + Racial ModifierResisting Psionic powers or mental attacks

Defense Stats

Defense stats are typically calculated values based on Character Stats, Armor, and associated modifiers. Defense is mostly used in relation to physical damage, however it can in some situations also effect other damage types as well as impacting combat modifiers.

Defense StatDescription & Common UsesFormula
ACArmor Class: main defense stat rolled against by opponents attacking you with physical damage= Armor + Dodge
ArmorContributes to ACSUM of all Armor Values on equipped armor
DodgeContributes to AC and can be rolled against like a Character Stat when a GM wishes to modify Avoidance for Stiff armor. Aadded to Resistance for most LoS projectile-like Spirit/faith powers= Avoidance – Stiff
NoisyNoisy armor disturbs or conflicts with some class mechanics. -1 to hit & -1 crit (per piece) with Focus, Spirit, Faith. Reduces Stealth by 3 per piece & moving while hidden increases your chances of detection (+1 Advantage to opponents Perception per piece). Stacks if layeringSUM of all Noisy modifiers on equipped armor
StiffStiff armor reduces Agility & Avoidance and any associated bonuses (-1 each per piece). Stacks if layering.SUM of all Stiff modifiers on equipped armor
Double LayersTop Layer armor over Base Layer OR Mid Layer over Base Layer only (Top over Mid not allowed). Reduces chance to hit and crit with physical attacks (-1 per slot where a double layer exists)SUM of all Double Layers on equipped armor
Triple Layers Top Layer armor with Mid Layer over Base Layer. Reduces movement & chance to hit and crit with physical attacks (-0.5 move & -2 hit/crit% per slot where a triple layer exists). Stacks with penalties from Double Layer. Dwarves are exempt from the movement penalty due to their “Implacable” racial passiveSUM of all Triple Layers on equipped armor

Stat Tests

Stat Tests can be considered the Active Use of Character Stats to overcome environmental obstacles, problem solve, or push forward narrative actions. When any kind of stat test is required (i.e. roll vs “stat”) you must roll equal to or less than the stat, on a D20, to be successful. Note that a roll of 20 is always a fail even when the stat is equal to a natural 20 (or higher than 20 through buffs/enchants/etc). In some cases stat tests may involve several consecutive rolls or averaging two or more stats into one roll.

All stat tests are forced at the discretion of the GM as required by the task at hand. However as a guideline, stat tests should only be used if the task is difficult enough to warrant a chance of failure and/or where failure would result in a tangible consequence.

Example: walking through a field with even and level ground would rarely if ever require an Agility test, but climbing up a weathered rope ladder would likely require an Agility test, as the chance of a misstep is possible, and doing so could cause fall damage.

Likewise if a task is completely inappropriate or effectively impossible, the GM may decide that even a successful stat test would not make it possible.

Example: a human could not under any normal circumstances run though the thick stone walls of a castle, though it may be amusing to see them try (and take collision damage)… therefore a successful Strength test would have no effective use and could simply be skipped by the GM 

When stat tests are required in combat they are generally treated as instants, especially if they require some sort of physical action (i.e. a strength test to shove past a barrel that’s blocking a hallway while on the way to attack someone).

Stat Roll-Off

When two individuals are competing against each other to achieve an Active Use of one of their Character Stats, a separate type of stat test called a stat roll-off may be required. A good example of the difference would be a single individual attempting to lift a large rock would require a Strength stat test where as two individuals competing in an arm wrestle would require a Strength stat roll-off. In some instances a stat roll-off might involve each individual using a different stat such as when attempting to tame certain animals.

Regardless of which stats are involved when a stat roll off is required, each of the individuals rolls a D12 and adds that to the stat in question. The individual with the higher number wins the roll-off. In the event of a tie it is considered a stalemate, which could necessitate another roll depending on the situation. All stat roll-offs are subject to the discretion of the GM as required by the activity at hand. When stat roll-offs are required in combat they are generally treated as instants for the individual that started the process requiring the roll-off, especially if they require some sort of physical action (i.e. a strength roll-off to wrestle past an enemy that is blocking a hallway while on the way to attack someone else).

Some Examples of Possible Stat Roll-Off Scenarios

StatsPossible Scenario
Strength vs Strengtharm wrestle, wrestling match, actively attempting to prevent someone form getting by you
Strength vs Staminatrying to forcibly move someone that refuses to move
Charm vs Wisdomtrying to sweet talk a noblewoman into leaving the bar with you so that you can rob her blind in the back alley
Stamina vs Staminaa long distance foot race between two individuals with equal movement stats
Intellect vs Intellecta battle of wits, a riddle contest (though something like this could also just be facilitated through role playing elements set out by the GM)
Agility vs Perceptiona non stealthy trying to sneak past a guard while his back is turned
Initiative vs Initiativea test of reflexes (such as with a Ward-off)
various vs Resolveintimidation and/or persuasion