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Skill and Attributes:

The measure of a character's abilities are broken into Attributes (which correpsond to the eight trigrams of the I Ching) and Skills (which correspond to the hexagrams of the I Ching). Skills are further broken down into five Classes, which correspond to the Five Elements.

Attributes are ranked from 1 to 3, and characters have 16 points to distribute between the eight of them.

Skills are ranked from 0 to 4, and characters have 32 points to distribute between them. Furthermore, each skill is modified by two attributes.

Finally, classes are ranked between zero and two, and characters have two points to distribute between them. A point in a skill class modifies ALL skills in that class.

Thus, the total of a skill check comes down to: (Total)=(Skill Rank)+(Class Rank)+(First Attribute)+(Second Attribute).

Core Attributes: Trigrams
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Vigor

Kun – ::: (earth)

Vigor is the measure of strength, speed, and athleticism. Used for movement, evasion, and melee damage. Important for warriors and physically focused characters.

Associated Skills: Hand to Hand, Melee, Athletics, Acrobatics, Evasion. (5)

Vitality

Gen - |:| (mountain)

Vitality is the measure of endurance, health, and how overall alive a character is. Particularly important for many mystical skills.
Associated Skills: Athletics, Fortitude, Survival, Internal Alchemy, Breath. (5)

Finesse:

Qian - |||(heaven)

Whereas Vigor is a measure of physical prowess, Finesse is a measure of physical grace; balance, coordination, fine motor skills, and so on. Useful for many stealth and technical skills.

Associated Skills: Hand to Hand, Melee, Sharpshooting, Explosives, Stealth, Security, Sleight of Hand, Acrobatics, Piloting, Craftsmanship. (10)

Perception

Dui - :|| (lake)

Perception is the both the accuity of the physical senses, as well as a measure of a character's overall mindfulness.

Associated Skills: Sharpshooting, Explosives, Initiative, Stealth, Awareness, Animal Handling, Empathy, Internal Alchemy, Divination, Mentalism. (10)

Valor

Zhen - ::| (thunder)

Valor is a measure of courage, willpower, and spiritual strength. Used for combat skills, maintaining composure, and resisting damage.

Associated Skills: Evasion, Initiative, Fortitude, Animal Handling, Piloting, Bravado, Sorcery, Fortune. (8)

Cunning

Li |:| (fire)

Cunning is the measure of a character's natural intelligence. Used for many technical and social skills.

Associated Skills: Security, Awareness, Survival, Deception, Streetwise, Engineering, Medicine, Alchemistry, Sorcery. (9)

Grace

Xun - ||: (wind)

Grace is a measure of charisma and ability to work with people. Key for social skills.

Associated Skills: Diplomacy, Deception, Empathy, Linguistics, Streetwise, Scholarship, Shamanism, Mentalism. (8)

Wisdom:

Kan - :|: (water)

Whereas cunning represents innate intelligence, wisdom represents education, maturity, and enlightenment. Key for technical and magical skills.

Associated Skills: Diplomacy, Linguistics, Scholarship, Craftsmanship, Medicine, Engineering, Alchemistry, Shamanism, Breath, Fortune. (10)

Main Table: The Skills

Martial Skills

Metal

Subtle Skills

Wood

Civil Skills

Earth

Technical Skills

Fire

Mystical Skills

Water

Hand to Hand

(Vig+Vit)

Stealth:

(Fin+Cun)

Persuasion

(Wis+Gra)

Craftsmanship

(Wis+Fin)

Internal Alchemy

(Vit+Pe)

Melee

(Vig+Fin)

Sleight of Hand

(Fin+Gra)

Deception

(Cun+Gra)

Engineering

(Cun+Wis)

Shamanism

(Wis+Gra)

Sharpshooting

(Pe+Fin)

Athletics

(Vig+Vit)

Bravado

(Val+Gra):

Alchemistry

(Wis+Pe):

Mentalism

(Gra+Pe)

Explosives:

(Pe+Val)

Acrobatics:

(Vig+Fin)

Composure

(Pe+Gra)

Medicine

(Wis+Fin)

Sorcery

(Val+Cun)

Reflex

(Vig+Pe)

Awareness

(Pe+Cun)

Law

(Wis+Gra)

Piloting

(Pe+Val)

Geomancy

(Pe+Wis)

Fortitude

(Val+Vit)

Survival

(Cun+Vit)

Streetwise

(Cun+Gra)

Scholarship

(Wis+Cun)

Breath

(Vit+Wis)

Resources

(Cun+Gra)

Fortune

(Val+Wis)

Martial Skills: The Way of the Warrior Edit

The term wuxia literally translates as "martial chivalry", and as such, martial skills are key. Even those characters who focus primarily on Subtle and Civil skills are advised to have some martial training, as violence is an inexorable part of the jianghu. In general, one is advised to have at least a few points in Evasion, Fortitude, and one weapon skill.

Hand to Hand: Vigor+Finesse

This is your skill with boxing, wrestling, and unarmed combat. Hand to Hand specialists eschew external armaments in favor of honing their own body into a weapon. Though not quite as damaging as swords and guns, a Hand to Hand expert is never unarmed, and are capable of a wide versatility of combat maneuvers. Hand to Hand checks may be used to attack, parry, or execute a variety of grappling maneuvers.

Attacking: Hand to Hand attacks deal damage equal to (Vigor)+(Hand to Hand skill ranks)+(boxing style)+(misc). Hand to Hand attacks may include everything from punching and kicking to throwing and grappling maneuvers to slamming someone's head into a wall.

Parrying: When attacked in close quarters combat, either by armed or unarmed foes, you may use your Hand to Hand skill in place of Evasion to defend.

Pinning: In place of dealing damage, you may use your skills to hold a foe in place, either pinned to the ground or standing. Make an opposed hand to hand check as an attack action; if you succeed, your foe is pinned. While pinned, the only actions the target may take are trying to break free, via a hand to hand check on their own round.

Additionally, pinned targets are all but incapable of dodging, and subtract your Hand to Hand skill from their Evasion pool. As such, pins are ideally suited to combination stunts.

Throwing: Rather than dealing damage, a combatant may choose to hurl his opponent to the ground. Generally speaking, this is done to make use of the environment in some way; tossing foes off over balconies, out of windows, and so on. Trip attempts are made via the Hand to Hand (or in some special cases, Melee) skill. If the attackers goal is only to deal damage rather than to reposition his foe (ie, hip tossing someone through a dinner table, or suplexing them onto their neck), resolve as a normal hand to hand attack, and assume the defender recovers his feet.

Disarming: In place of doing damage, you may strip the weapon from your foes hands. Make an opposed Hand to Hand check against an adjacent armed target; if successful, their weapon is either hurled to the ground or ends in your hands.

Additional advanced grappling maneuvers may learned via certain Talents.

Melee: Vigor+Finesse

Hexagram:

This is your skill with all manner of close combat weapons. It is used when attacking with a weapon, and can be used for Defense in close quarters combat. Requires strength and agility.

Melee weapons have primary attributes: a damage value and a finesse value. The finesse value is added to all Melee rolls made when using that weapon, and the damage value is added to damage rolls.

Melee can be used to attack and defend in close quarters combat. Additional maneuvers may learned via Talents.

Attacking: Attack value is calculated at Melee Total+Weapon Attack Value. 

Parrying: In close quarters combat, you may use your melee skill (adjusted by weapon finesse) in place of Reflex to defend.

Sharpshooting: Finesse+Perception

The use of ranged weapons. Requires a steady hand and a sharp eye. Sharpshooting is used for bows, crossbows, firearms, and thrown impact weapons, such as throwing knives.

Attacking: Sharpshooting is used to make attacks with ranged weapons in combat. Sharpshooting attacks are generally opposed by the target's Evasion value.

Explosives: Perception+Valor

The setting of demolitions and the use of explosives in combat. This covers everything from laying explosives to throwing grenades and firing rockets. Requires a good sense of timing and a steady nerve.

Attacking: The Explosives skill is used for attacking with hand grenades, rocket launchers, flamethrowers, and similar high-tech weaponry.

Setting: The Explosives skill is also used for the setting of explosives for the setting of ordinance as either a trap or for demolition purposes.

Reflex: Vigor+Perception

This is the measure of how quickly you react to incoming danger in combat. Requires physical speed and keen senses.

Iniatiative: During combat, opposing characters roll Reflex to determine who acts first.

Dodging: Whenever physically attacked, either in close combat or at range, you may make a Reflex check to dodge the blow.

Fortitude: Vitality+Valor

Fortitude determines your ability to resist poisons and similar affects, as well how much damage you can take. Requires physical and spiritual toughness. Fortitude is given a bonus by armor.

Maximum wound total: Fortitude determines the maximum number of wounds a character can take before being disabled. If a character's wound penalty excedes their Fortitude total, they are dead, unconcious, or otherwise unable to fight.

Resisting damage: Whenever physically damaged, roll Fortitude to determine it's affects on you. See combat rules under mechanics for more details.

Resisting poison: When poisoned or drugged, roll Fortitude to determine whether or not you are affected.

Subtle Skills: The Way of the Rogue Edit

Subtle skills are the province of hunters, spies, thieves, assassins, detectives, and anyone else who works in the shadows. Many of them deal with stealth and movement.

Stealth: Finesse+Cunning

Moving unnoticed. Requires quick thinking and a light touch.

Hide: A character can hide himself in his environment. Armor penalties do not apply when hiding and remaining still. Another character can detect a hiding one via an opposed Stealth vs Awareness roll.

Move Unnoticed: A character can move unnoticed at half his normal speed. Armor penalties apply while sneaking and moving.

Sleight of Hand: Finesse+Grace

Tricks of manual dexterity and thievery, including pickpocketing and escapology. Requires a manual dexterity and charm.

Pickpocketing: You can make an opposed Sleight of Hand vs Awareness check to steal a target's keys, jewelry, money pouch, or otherwise possessions. On a failed check, the target notices the theft before the item is stolen. This skill may be used in reverse, to plant small items on another person (such as incriminating evidence or small explosives) without their notice.

Burglary: When attempting to pick a lock or break into an area unnoticed, roll Sleight of Hand, opposed by the Engineering of the architect of the facility.

Escapology: You may make a Sleight of Hand check to escape from ropes, manacles, or other bindings. Similarly, when tying up an opponent, use Sleight of Hand to set the difficulty of escaping the bindings.

Conceal: Sleight of Hand checks are made to conceal weapons and other items while being searched. Chinese clothing tends to be loose and voluminous, making such deception easy. Whenever being searched or checked for weapons, make an opposed Sleight of Hand versus Awareness check.

Acrobatics: Vigor+FinesseThe ability to move in unorthodox ways, including jumping, climbing, tumbling, and moving on precarious surfaces. Requires strength and balance. All acrobatics checks are affected by armor penalty.

Horizontal Jump: Leaping great distances is part and parcel of the Wuxia genre. For determining a character's standing long jump, distance is equal to twice the acrobatics total.

Vertical Jump: For determining a character's standing vertical jump, distance is equal to half the acrobatics total.

Climbing: Characters may quickly move up the sides of walls, grabbing onto handholds and jumping off of footholds. A character can climb two feet per success of an acrobatics check in one round. Typically, one story of a building is about ten feet. This applies for both vertical movement (scaling the side of a building) and horizontal movement (climbing alongside the rails of an airship).

Falling: A character normally takes one point of damage for every ten feet he falls; every success on his acrobatics check lets him negate on point of this.

Athletics: Vigor+Vitality

Hexagram: 15

The ability to run, swim, and lift heavy objects. Requires physical strength and endurance.

Running: When engaged in a foot chase, make an opposed Athletics check to gain ground or lose ground on your target. If chasing a mounted foe, you will need two successes for every one of those theirs to succeed.

Lifting: Athletics checks are made to lift exceptionally heavy objects; for every success on an athletics check, a character can lift fifty pounds for a single round. This does not include lifting and tossing foes in the midst of combat; that falls under the purview of Hand to Hand.

Carrying: When carrying heavy loads and running, subtract five feet from your movement total for every twenty-five pounds. A typical person weighs approximately one hundred and fifty pounds; thus, a character running while carrying an injured comrade suffers a -6 penalty to his speed.

Swimming: A character can move through water at a rate of Athletics Total x3 in feet.

Diving: A character can hold his breath underwater (or elsewhere) for thirty seconds for every success on an athletics check.

Awareness: Perception+Cunning

The ability to notice small things in your surroundings. Requires a sharp mind and keen senses.

Awareness checks are typically made in reaction to other subtle skills, such as Stealth and Sleight of Hand.

Survival: Vitality+Cunning

The ability to survive and operate in the wilderness. Requires toughness and a good instincts.

Tracking: The survival skill can be used to track another individual through wilderness, examining footprints and broken twigs to identify the path they took. Make an opposed survival check; if the tracker is successful, they find the trail of their target. Tracking checks generally cannot be made in cities, where trails are immediately ruined by other pedestrians.

Staying Alive: When lost in the wilderness, A successful survival check allows one to scrounge for food, water, and shelter for one day. Properly provisioned travelers do not need to make survival checks for moving through the wilderness.

Animal Handling: Survival covers your ability to interact with animals, both wild and domestic. It can be used a social skill when interacting with animals (such as trying to calm a wild dog) or as a movement skill when riding them (such as riding a horse).

Civil Skills: The Way of the Gentleman Edit

Civil skills deal with social knowledge and interaction with others. Diplomacy, Bravado, and Deception are you're three core civil skills, and it is recommended that characters have at least a few points in one of them.

Persuasion: Grace+Wisdom

The ability to convince one another through passion, charm, and reason. Requires social grace and intelligence.

Convince: Diplomacy is used to plead one's case before a third party. If the player and an NPC (or two players) are both attempting to convince someone of something (say, the hero and the villain trying to win over the hearts of a crowd, or convince a magistrate of their own innocence and the other's guilt), opposed diplomacy checks are made.

Charm: Diplomacy is used make alles or defuse hostilities, via appeals to reason, emotion, or simple bribery. When charming an NPC, the Narrator should set a difficulty based on the base antipathy of the NPC and how convicing the player is their tactics for charming the NPC.

Antipathy Example Difficulty
None A person on the street 2
low a prison guard 4
moderate a hired assassin 6
high a mortal enemy 8

Charming an NPC may take multiple attempts to fully convince the target. For example, a hero trying to convince an assassin to turn against their own employer may require one check to convince the assassin to hear them out, then a second to gain their trust, then a third to sow distrust with the employer, and so on.

Negotiate: When negotiating or bartering – whether it be over the price of a sword or the ransom of a hostage - the player can make a Diplomacy check to improve their price. In such cases, the two bartering parties make opposed Diplomacy checks; if the player is successful, the Narrator should adjust the demands accordingly.

Bravado: Grace+Valor

The ability to bully, bluster, and intimidate, and to face the like. Requires a strong spirit and charisma.

Intimidate: Bravado is used to bully and frighten others. Intimidation checks are opposed by the target's Bravado or Composure.

Goad: Bravado can also be used to lure foes into a fight. Goading checks are opposed by Composure.

Inspire: Bravado checks can be used to inspire fellows into action with stirring words. Inspiration checks are opposed by a target number set by the narrator.

Bluster: Bravado checks can be made to resist other Bravado checks.

Deception: Grace+Cunning

The ability to lie and deceive. Takes charm and cunning.

Bluff: Deception checks are made to convincingly tell falsehoods. Bluff checks are opposed by Compsure or Deception.

Disguise: Deception checks are made to assume another identity – both the physical act of changing one's appearance and the affectation of their demeanor. Opposed by Empathy.

Composure: Perception+Grace

The ability to understand others. Requires keen observation and an understanding of people.

Empathy: Empathy checks can be made upon meeting new people to get a read on them; a basic explanation of their values, their personality, and so on. The extant of information revealed by the narrator is tied to the number of successes scored on the Empathy check.

Social Defense: Empathy is used to see through deception and maintain composure against diplomacy and bravado.

Streetwise: Cunning+Grace

The knowledge of a city's streets, both figuratively and literally. Takes a level head and people skills.

Navigation: Streetwise is used to find one's way around the big city; finding back alley short cuts, the closest butcher shop, and so on.

Rumors: Streetwise is used to collect information on local rumors. Such checks are usually made for exposition purposes, to introduce new information to the players.

Reputation: Upon meeting someone in the underworld, one can make a streetwise check to see if they know them by reputation. The The extant of information revealed by the narrator is tied to the number of successes scored on the Streetwise check.

Contacts:.

Law: Wisdom+Grace

The ability to navigate law, politics, and bureaucracy. Takes education and social grace.

Law: Knowledge of laws and how it relates to the players actions.

Bureaucracy: The ability to navigate bureaucracies and find officials or departments the heroes may need.

Reputation: Upon meeting an important personage, one can make a Law check to see if they know them by reputation. The The extant of information revealed by the narrator is tied to the number of successes scored on the Scholarship check.

Technological Skills: The Way of the Inventor Edit

The Two Kingdoms are the technological and industrial centers of the world, and as such, technology plays a key role in the lives of many. It is not uncommon for inventors, scientists, and craftsman to end up in the jianghu.

Most technical skills revolve around the character's relationship to his equipment, allowing him to procure equipment at lower costs and higher qualities.

Engineering: Wisdom+Cunning

The ability to understand and create machinery. Requires education and and a sharp mind.

Item Creation: The primary purpose o the Engineering skill is to create high-tech mechanical and electrical equipment in one's own workshop, including firearms and vehicles. A character who is making his own equipment subtracts (Engineering Total x5)% of an item's price to create it rather than buy it. Thus, a character with a total of 10 coins in Engineering would pay 50% to build an autocycle rather purchase one.

Craftsmanship: Wisdom+Finesse

Traditional crafts, such as blacksmithy, sewing, and leatherworking. Used for creating weapons and armor. Requires knowledge and hand-eye coordination.

Item Creation: The primary purpose o the Craftsmanship skill is to create basic equipment in one's own workshop, including weapons and armor. A character who is making his own equipment subtracts (Craftsmanship Total x5)% of an item's price to create it rather than buy it. Thus, a character with a total of 10 coins in Engineering would pay 50% to build a suit of heavy armor rather purchase one.

Alchemistry: Wisdom+Cunning

Your understanding of chemical substances and science in general. The ability to create exposives, corrosives, adhesives, and other dangerous chemicals. Requires Requires education and and a sharp mind.

Item Creation: The primary purpose of the Alchemistry skill is to create alchemical items in one's own workshop, including incendiaries and explosives. A character who is making his own equipment subtracts (Alchemistry Total x5)% of an item's price to create it rather than buy it. Thus, a character with a total of 10 coins in Alchemistry would pay 50% to make a hand grenade rather purchase one.

Medicine: Wisdom+Perception

The ability to heal the wounds of others. Takes a steady hand and a wide body of knowledge.

Item Creation: One of the primary purposes of the Medicine skill is to create pharmaceutical items in one's own workshop, including drugs and poisons. A character who is making his own equipment subtracts (Medicine Total x5)% of an item's price to create it rather than buy it. Thus, a character with a total of 10 coins in Alchemistry would pay 50% to make a neurotoxin rather purchase one.

First Aid: Medicine checks can be used to treat injuries, temporarily getting allies back into fighting shape. The difficulty of treating an injury is equal to the damage of the blow that inflicted it; thus, a character who was “wounded” via 5 coins of damage can be treated with 5 successes on a Medicine check. Treating an injury temporarily reduces it by one order of magnitude; disabled becomes wounded, wounded becomes bloodied, bloodied is ignored.

However, the next time the treated character takes damage, their wounds will reopen, and they will suffer the relevant penalties once more.

Piloting: Perception+Valor

This is your skill at operating machinery of all kinds. Requires accute senses and nerves of steel. Piloting checks are not necessary for basic commuting, but rather whenever trying to do something risky in a vehicle - making a crash landing in an airship, jumping an autocycle off a ramp, and so on.

Chase: A successful opposed Animal Handling vs Animal Handling/Piloting check allows one to either gain ground in a chase or mounted combat. See mounted combat in Mechanics.

Scholarship: Wisdom+Cunning

Knowledge of the sciences and  humanities, and the ability to win an argument about them. Requires both knowledge and natural intelligence.

Academia: Scholarship covers any realm of knowledge in academia  – art, history, philosophy, literature, religion, astronomy, mathematics, and so on. Technical expertise – such as chemistry and engineering – is not covered by this skill.

Languages: For every total point in Scholarship that a character has, they speak one language and can read one script. Thus, a character with six points may be able to read two scripts (say, Chinese and Mongolian), and speak four languages (such as Chinese, Mongolian, Manchu, and Tibetan)

Resources: Grace+Cunning

Your material wealth and equipment. For each total point of resources, your character has five taels of silver to purchase equipment; the rest is considered the character's savings. Tends to favor the charming and the resourceful.

Note that resources does not necessarily represent a character's wealth or lifestyle. A wandering mercenary may have high resources - in the forms of his various armaments and equipments - but live in relative poverty as he travels from town to town.

Conversely, a wealthy official may lead a lavish lifestyle, but have very little in the way of resources, as he has spends most of his money on maintaining said lavish lifestyle.

Mystical Skills: The Way of the Adept Edit

Mystical skills involve the various esoteric and spiritual traditions of China, used to affect seemingly supernatural results. They vary from speaking to the heavens and laying down curses to unlocking the potential of the body and mind.

Mystical skills are deeply tied to religion; most mystics are going to be shamans, Buddhist monks, Taoist adepts, or otherwise religious ascetics.

Generally speaking, to make use of any mystical skill, a character must have both skill points and related talents. Whereas technology can confer and advantage to anyone, mysticism requires much of it's devotees to be of utility.

Internal Alchemy: Vitality+Perception

Your ability to bypass your own bodily limitations and control your internal processes. Requires intense physical conditioning and attunement to one's own self.

Internal Alchemy functions by calibrating the yin, the yang, and the Five Elements within one's own to affect internal changes, allowing for superhuman physical feats. Of all the mystical skills, Internal Alchemy is by far the most widely practiced in the Jianghu,being part of many a warrior's basic training. Via an Internal Alchemy check, one can control breathing, heart rate, blood circulation, body temperature, and other physical processes,

Purge Poison: By spending a point of a Breath and meditating for a full round, one can make an Internal Alchemy check to purge drugs and poisons from their system. The difficulty is set by the Medicine skill of the poisoner. 

Still the Breath: One can suspend the heartbeat, respiration, and all vital functions, placing the Alchemist into a death-like trance. While in said trance, any observer must make a Awareness check opposed by the character's Internal Alchemy check to notice that they are even alive.

Mentalism: Grace+Perception

The ability to control the mind and the minds of others. Takes composure and spiritual awareness.

Whereas Internal Alchemy focuses on the unlocking the potential of the body, Mentalism unlocks the potential of the mind. Similarly, just Internal Alchemy talents augment many physical skills, Mentalism talents augment mental and social skills, expanding awareness and bridging the gaps between one mind and another.

Mentalism is rare, and most commonly practiced amongst Buddhist ascetics, who develop mental powers through rigorous mediation.

Shamanism: Wisdom+Grace

The ability to commune with the world of ghosts and spirits. Requires enlightenment and grace.

Whereas Mentalism deals with the mind, Shamanism deals with the soul. Shamans interact directly with gods and spirits, calling on them for favor and and wisdom. Shamanism can be seen as the white magic to sorcery's black, though the lines are not always clear, especially when Shamans interact with demons and evil spirits. Shamans tend to be increasingly marginalized as society progresses, though the Islamic and Christian societies outside of China tend to give their clerics much more social status.

Exorcism: You can dispel curses and drive out spirits. Spend a point of Breath, and make a Shamanism check. In the case of curses, anyone suffering from a lingering effect Sorcery talent (such as Evil Eye, Contagion, or Sealing the Senses) can be reversed if the Shamanism check exceeds a Sorcery check made by the Sorcerer. Certain talents for other skills (such as Possession) may also be affected by this talent. This ability can also be used to banish evil spirits. When confronted with a demon, ghost, vampire, or otherwise spiritual entity, the shaman may spend a point of Breath to make an Exorcism check against it, opposed by the spirit's fortitude. Spirits possessing mortals are driven out if they fail; demons and undead take damage as per normal, with the Exorcism check counting as the damage roll. 

Call the Spirits: You may consult with divine entities for advice, including celestial bureaucrats, local deities, weather gods, and even demons. The manifestation of the spirit may can take many forms; it may speak to the Shaman through fever dreams, speak to him through another's body (or through his own voice), or even appear directly before him. Said spirits may confer knowledge and information that only they possess, but do not have to; they must be dealt with just the same as human contacts.

Speak with the Dead: You can summon the ghosts of the dead to speak with. The ghosts may appear before you while invisible to others, speak through their own dead body, or may speak directly through your own mouth. The difficulty of summoning the spirit depends on it's age, according to the following table:

Time since death

Successes Needed

One Day

2

One Month

3

One Year

4

One Hundred Years

6

Over a Hundred Years

8

Sorcery: Cunning+Valor

Black magic. Requires willpower and a devious mind.

Whereas Internal Alchemy harmonizes the energies in one's own body to augment it, Sorcery disrupts the energies in another's body to do harm. The sorcery skill refers to witchcraft, necromancy, and black magic. Due to it's inherently malicious nature, sorcery is the rarest and most taboo of mystical skills, and ancient societies often passed laws against it's practice. Sorcery is more tied to folk religion than any organized practice, and sorcerers tend to be on the far margins of society.

Evil Eye: The Sorcerer can place ill luck upon a target. Roll Sorcery against the target's Fortitude or Composure (whichever is higher). For every success over the target's, the target suffers a -1 penalty to all throws for the remainder of the scene. If the sorcerer prepares an effigy of the target (such as a painting or a doll) and spends two points of Breath, the affect is permanent. In such cases, The curse can be removed by destroying the effigy, by killing the sorcerer, or via the Exorcism talent.

Counter Magic: When affected by a curse from another sorcerer, you may spend a point of Breath roll Sorcery instead of Fortitude to defend; if successful, then you are able to redirect the curse, either back onto the caster or onto a third party, who then makes a Fortitude roll.

Occcult: Without talents, the Sorcery skill can be used as a knowledge of the occult – the behaviors of spirits and demons, folklore, and so on and so forth.

Geomancy: Wisdom+Perception

The magic of nature. Requires enlightenment and attunement to the natural world.

Geomancers harmonize the energies in their own bodies with the energies of the natural world – the earth, the sky, the sea. By balancing the yin and the yang within the five elements, geomancers can affect incredible feats, controlling the weather and forces of nature.

Geomancy is deeply tied to Daoism and Daoist understandings of the world. Chinese folklore has a long tradition of Daoist adepts who could control the weather, ride on clouds, and other feats of Geomancy.

Controlling the Weather: Through elaborate rituals, you can summon or drive away rain, wind, and snow. Spend a point of Breath, make a Geomancy check, and compare against the table below:

Weather

Successes Needed

Fog

2

Rain

3

High Winds 3

Heatwave

3

Snow

4

Hail

5

Thunderstorm

6

Blizzard

7

Hurricane

8

It takes a full round to change the weather. The weather affects the entire municipal area that the geomancer occupies. If two characters are both trying to take control of the weather, they roll opposed geomancy checks.

Breath: Vitality+Wisdom

Breath is the measure of a character's internal energy reserves. Requires a healthy body a healthy mind.

Breath functions differently from other skills; one does not roll Breath checks. Instead, a character has a pool of points equal to their total Breath. Every time they use a mystical talent - and certain non mystical talents - they must spend a point of Breath. Additionally, Breath has several uses in combat:

Fight through the Pain: By spending a point of Breath, a character may ignore their injuries for one round, allowing them to ignore any wound penalties. Note that this refers to a single character round, not a full round of combat - thus, if a player spends a point of Breath to ignore their penalties while attacking, they would still incur those penalties when defending on an enemy's round (unless they spent another point of Breath to ignore their wounds on that round as well).

Regather Strength: A character who has been stunned via a failed Fortitude roll may spend a point of Breath act on their round anyway.

Pull Through: A character who has been disabled via a critically failed Fortitude roll may spend a point of Breath to hold themselves together, reducing the effects of the failed roll from disabling to stunning. Note that a character may -not- spend two points of Breath to Pull Through and Regather Strength in the same round. Also note that a character who has been disabled via accumulated wounds cannot Pull Through.

Fortune: Wisdom+Valor

How much fate seems to like you. Favors the bold and the wise.

Fortune points regenerate each session, and one may be spent to reroll any skill check. One one spends a point of Fortune for a re-roll, they may choose either heads *or* tails to count as successes. As such, the character is guaranteed at least a 50% rate of success. Fortune regenerates between play sessions.


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