Attributes quantify creatures’ ability to impact the world around them in a basic way.
Characters have three kinds of attributes: Combat Attributes, Social Attributes, and Motivations.
Combat attributes affect what your character can do in combat. Social attributes affect what your character can do outside of combat. Motivations affect how your character feels about the world, and how other characters may perceive them.
Over time, a character may increase their combat and social attributes. They may also adjust their motivations, by making important decisions.
🔧 Attributes start at 1, and can be increased up to 5. Motivations are on a scale from -4 to +5, and always add up to 0. Whenever a motivation is increased, another motivation is decreased.
The quantity of attribute points for any one attribute, or of a character as a whole, is referred to as strength.
For example, if you have two creatures, one with 6 Agility and one with 5 Agility, you might say that the first creature has stronger Agility.
Similarly, if a character has 3 Vitality, 2 Agility, 1 Resolve, and 2 Prowess, we could say that they have 9 “combat attribute strength” in total.
📖 Each attribute is unique and independent – for example, a character may increase Vitality without increasing Physique and vice versa. This helps a player and a DM understand at a glance how powerful a character is specific situations.
Each point of Vitality improves an instinct called Dodge. Dodge gives you Defence dice equal to your Vitality.
Vitality also decreases your chance of being effected by Fight or Flight due to Injury.
If you have high Vitality, you may rely more on physical strength, adrenaline, and durability to succeed in combat.
Resolve helps you block attacks, and generally offers a secondary layer of defence in combat.
If you have high Resolve, you may rely more on determination, patience, and careful tactics in combat.
Agility represents your tempo and balance in combat.
Agility grants you attack dice for combat encounters. This allows you to attack more frequently and greatly increases your chance to hit.
If you have high Agility, you may rely more on your speed and dexterity in combat.
Prowess represents your talent and technique in combat.
Prowess can adjust the number on your attack dice to make 10s in combat encounters, which assists your chance of hitting a target.
Prowess often improves your damage, making it more likely that you will deal injuries to strong opponents.
If you have high Prowess, you may rely more on expertise and preparation in combat.
Physique represents your overall physical health and conditioning. It helps you perform challenging feats of strength or acrobatics.
Physique also improves your ability to weather Fatigue, as well as helping you resist sickness and disease.
If you have high Physique, you may be exceptionally strong and fit.
Insight represents your perceptiveness and mental integrity. You are more likely to sense important things about the world around you, and to know when someone is lying.
Insight also helps you and others around you recover from adverse mental effects.
If you have high Insight, you may be more wise, sensitive, and emotionally intelligent.
Passion represents your personal drive, devotion, enthusiasm, and strength of feeling.
Passion grants you attempt dice for social encounters. This allows you to talk and lie more frequently, as well as helping you try again after a failure.
If you have high Passion, you may be unusually intense and charming.
Genius represents your analytical intelligence, problem-solving ability, and inventiveness.
Genius increases your chance of succeeding when performing challenging mental tasks.
If you have high Genius, you may be exceptionally smart and creative.
Universalism means you make choices that you value the world, universe, or environment over individuals or groups, including yourself.
If you are highly Universalism-motivated, you may be particularly tolerant or understanding of others.
Respect means that you make choices which particularly value social groups, authority figures, or important close relationships such as your family and friends.
If you are highly Respect-motivated, you may value restraint, commitment, and tradition.
Independence means you are inclined to be highly autonomous and enjoy exploring new experiences and sensations.
If you are highly Independence-motivated, you may value autonomy, freedom, excitement, and sensuality.
Achievement means that you are inclined to demonstrate your competence or expertise, and may lead you to accolades and status.
If you are highly Achievement-motivated, you may value success, approval, self-respect, and power.