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CREDITS PATHFINDER 1ST EDITION: LEAD DESIGNER: Jason Bulmahn DESIGN CONSULTANT: Monte Cook ADDITIONAL DESIGN: James Jacobs, Sean K Reynolds, and F. Wesley Schneider ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS: Tim Connors, Elizabeth Courts, Adam Daigle, David A. Eitelbach, Greg

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POWERS169

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6 Activation ���������������������������������������������������� 171

Trappings ���������������������������������������������������� 170

The Inner Sea Region�������������������������������������� 8 Common Knowledge�������������������������������������� 9 What’s New for Savage Worlds Players ������ 13

CHARACTERS15 Making Characters���������������������������������������� 16 Character creation summary ���������������������� 19 Ancestries ������������������������������������������������������ 20 Hindrances ���������������������������������������������������� 25 Traits �������������������������������������������������������������� 33 Edges�������������������������������������������������������������� 40 Deities & Domains���������������������������������������� 50 Bloodlines������������������������������������������������������ 66 Advancement������������������������������������������������ 92 Hindrance Summaries���������������������������������� 94 Trait Summaries�������������������������������������������� 96 Edge Summaries�������������������������������������������� 97

Power Modifiers������������������������������������������ 172 Cantrips�������������������������������������������������������� 173 Arcane Devices�������������������������������������������� 174 Powers���������������������������������������������������������� 175 Power Summaries �������������������������������������� 202

MAGIC ITEMS

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Using Magic Items�������������������������������������� 205 Crafting Magic Items���������������������������������� 207 Enchantments���������������������������������������������� 208 Magic Items�������������������������������������������������� 210

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Gathering The Party������������������������������������ 232 Campaign Types ���������������������������������������� 233 Enemies & Encounters�������������������������������� 234 Running The Game ������������������������������������ 235

GEAR105 BESTIARY239 Armor������������������������������������������������������������ 110 Personal Weapons �������������������������������������� 112 Special Weapons������������������������������������������ 114 Vehicles �������������������������������������������������������� 116

RULES119 Combat �������������������������������������������������������� 124 Healing �������������������������������������������������������� 130 Situational Rules������������������������������������������ 131

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Allies ������������������������������������������������������������ 145 Creative Combat������������������������������������������ 147 Downtime���������������������������������������������������� 148 Dramatic tasks �������������������������������������������� 150 Fear���������������������������������������������������������������� 152 Hazards�������������������������������������������������������� 153 Interludes ���������������������������������������������������� 159 Mass battles�������������������������������������������������� 160 Networking�������������������������������������������������� 162 Quick encounters���������������������������������������� 163 The Planes���������������������������������������������������� 165 Social Conflict���������������������������������������������� 166 Travel������������������������������������������������������������ 167

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ince it debuted in 2003, Savage Worlds HOW SAVAGE WORLDS PLAYS has accommodated any setting you can If you’re new to Savage Worlds, you should imagine—from gritty police procedurals know you can play it any way you like. You and special ops thrillers to dungeon crawls, and your friends can sit around and play out space opera, supers, and horror. most of the tale through talk, roleplaying, Our various settings have explored and a few die rolls. Or tell a deep story that’s supernatural terror and the challenges of mostly narrative interaction. final exams in East Texas University™. We’ve You can also break out your favorite wandered the moors of Europe and the miniatures and have a massive, tactical, savannas of Africa with Solomon Kane™. knock-down, drag-out fight. We’ve galloped across the haunted High You and your friends can play however Plains of Deadlands: The Weird West™, and the you’re most comfortable, or do what most of irradiated wastes of Deadlands: Hell on Earth™. us do and mix it up as appropriate. Run the We’ve delved the deepest dungeons, blasted tale in a “theater of the mind” until the big to The Last Parsec™ of known space and fight breaks out, then move to the battle map beyond, battled across the bloody fields of the and let the dice fly. Weird Wars™, and slugged it out with super Sub-systems like Quick Encounters, Mass villains over cities both real and imagined. Battles, Social Conflicts, and Dramatic Tasks, Like most gamers, we’re fans of many books, as well as accessories like the Chase Deck will movies, and game worlds and systems. One help the group collectively tell an epic tale of of those is Paizo's amazing world of Golarion, mystery and adventure regardless of your and especially their legendary Adventure preferred play style. ® Paths for Pathfinder . You can even adventure with faraway Pathfinder for Savage Worlds (Savage Pathfinder friends by using one of several “virtual tablefor short) is a complete rulebook that lets you top” programs, many of which are fully play in the fantastic world of Golarion. You supported by Pinnacle and our partners. can run your own adventures, buy Paizo’s Now go round up a group of friends to official books and convert them on your own, explore the magical world of Golarion. or pick up one of the Adventure Paths and You all have an incredible — and savage — adventures we convert for you, starting with adventure ahead! the fan-favorite epic Rise of the Runelords.

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his chapter gives an overview of roleplaying games and the Pathfinder fantasy world of Golarion. If you're an experienced Savage Worlds player, skip ahead to page 8. If not, welcome to a new adventure!

WHAT YOU NEED TO PLAY Here’s what you need to begin your journey:

DICE

Pathfinder for Savage Worlds uses traditional gaming dice: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 20-sided. You also need a special “Wild Die,” a d6 of a different color explained in Chapter Three. A “roleplaying game” is one in which a Dice are available from your favorite local group of players take on the roles of various gaming store or online directly from Pinnacle. characters and attempt to complete quests, We abbreviate the different dice as d4, d6, d8, tell a story, or overcome obstacles set before them by a “Game Master,” or “GM.” The d10, d12, and d20. If you see something like GM might create all this straight from her 2d6 + 1 , that means to roll two six-sided dice, imagination or use one of our published add the two together, then add 1 to the total. adventures. Most of the time, the players and GM simply THE ACTION DECK narrate their characters' actions and roll Savage Pathfinder uses a standard deck of some dice to determine the outcome. This playing cards with the Jokers left in. Cards book describes that process — how to create are used for initiative in combat and to help characters, battle monsters, and complete keep things moving fast and furious. quests through collective story telling and Look for official Pathfinder for Savage Worlds interpretation of various die rolls. and Savage Worlds Action Decks! If you’re new to this whole thing, we recommend watching some “actual play” A SAVAGE SETTING videos on the internet to get a feel for it. You and your friends will explore the And if you're new to all this, we think wonders of Golarion, the main world of you’ll love exploring the incredible world of the Pathfinder campaign setting. Your roleplaying games! characters are part of the Pathfinder Society, an organization of adventurers who travel the world to experience and document the fantastic geography, magic, and inhabitants of the "Lost Omens" campaign setting.

WHAT’S A ROLEPLAYING GAME?

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Tokens of some sort represent “Bennies” (American slang for “benefits”). These can be used to reroll dice, prevent damage, and much more, all described on page 121.

MINIATURES (OPTIONAL) If you like to use miniatures in your games, Paizo has a massive range of metal and plastic models — including some that are even prepainted—available at your favorite local game store or their website. Paizo also makes an amazing range of full-color cardboard pawns detailing most every important character and monster in their world.

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BENNIES

PUBLISHED ADVENTURES Pinnacle is converting Paizo's original, first edition adventures for Pathfinder, starting with Hollow's Last Hope™, available with the Savage Pathfinder Game Master's Screen.

ADVENTURE PATHS Our other Savage Settings often include “Plot Point Campaigns,” a grand backstory to the campaign world and a set of adventures called "Savage Tales" that eventually resolve the main plot. In Pathfinder for Savage Worlds, we're converting Paizo's legendary Adventure Paths. The first, Rise of the Runelords™, offers an epic six-book saga that takes a party of heroes from Novice to Legendary Rank.

OTHER ACCESSORIES Besides the core book and Adventure Paths, we offer a Deluxe Core Boxed Set with Action Cards, a Chase Deck, Game Master's Screen, Power Point & Ammo Counters, dice, custom Bennies and more. We also created a Pathfinder for Savage Worlds companion that includes more information on the world of Golarion, new Prestige Edges, and much more. Look for it at you favorite store or online at www.peginc.com.

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ust over a century ago, a cataclysmic event shook the world of Golarion. The god of humanity died. His name was Aroden, and he not only lifted humanity out of the ashes and terror of the Age of Darkness (an age that followed the meteoric cataclysm known as Earthfall), but founded the greatest city in the world — Absalom. He eventually left the world to join the divine host after setting humanity on course for a great destiny. Prophecies said that when humanity was ready to ascend back to the pinnacle it once held in the ancient times would return to the world to usher in a new Age of Glory. But instead of returning at the appointed time, Aroden, the god of humanity, died. His death marked the beginning of a new age. The previous ages had names to inspire and bolster the spirit — the Age of Destiny, the Age of Enthronement. But this new age is not a time of plenty. It is the Age of Lost Omens, for if a god cannot fulfill his own prophecy, what chance have any others of coming true? Aroden’s death scarred Golarion with storms and madness. To the north, the world split open and the festering armies of the Abyss spilled out through a tear in reality known today as the Worldwound. To the south, the idyllic gulf of Abendego was consumed by a perpetual hurricane whose winds and waves drowned nations. And in the heartland of the Inner Sea region, where Aroden had been prophesied to return, civil war erupted and thousands died before the diabolic House of Thrune seized power. The Age of Lost Omens has now entered its second century, and in the 11 decades since Aroden’s death, the world has become a darker place. A place where ancient, sinful wizards known as runelords threaten to waken from 10,000 years of slumber. A place where nations are ruled by criminals or devil worshipers or worse. A place where oncegreat empires now wallow in self-indulgent paranoia or bloody, endless revolutions. A place where nothing is foretold, and anything can happen. A place in need of heroes like never before —the Inner Sea of Golarion.

THE INNER SEA REGION The Inner Sea region is the trading and cultural hub of two mighty continents — Avistan and Garund. At the heart of the Inner Sea’s warm waters stands Absalom, the City at the Center of the World. Founded by the living god Aroden, this ancient island city-state has survived nearly five millennia to thrive as a haven of merchants and scoundrels. In the west, the Inner Sea passes through the narrow Arch of Aroden, a tenaciously contested strait named for the monolithic, ruined stone bridge connecting the two continents at their closest point. To the east, the Inner Sea opens into the vast Obari Ocean. The two continents that frame the Inner Sea are very different from one another. Avistan, to the north, is the seat of oncemighty empires like Cheliax and Taldor, and site of the ruins of Lost Thassilon in the frontier realm of Varisia. South lie the secrets of Garund, a sprawling continent of arid deserts and fecund jungles, where the mighty pharaohs of Osirion emerged from the Age of Darkness to chart a new destiny for humanity. Most civilization centers on the Inner Sea, with barbarism and savagery taking hold where the sea’s refining influence wanes. Exceptions exist, of course, and the scattered lights of civilization stand out in the dark wildernesses and savage frontiers far to the north in Avistan and well to the south in Garund. Likewise, dark, wild areas exist within otherwise civilized lands close to the Inner Sea. Mercenaries and would-be heroes seek fortune and glory throughout the Inner Sea region, uncovering lost treasures, pacifying terrible dangers, and finding ignoble deaths in every unclaimed wilderness, kingdom, and empire of Avistan and Garund. North of Avistan stretches the Crown of the World, a frozen landmass that links the continent with Tian-Xia. Where the two meet, hardy barbarism tends to dominate. Even in northern kingdoms that strive for advancements in civilization, such as the Lands of the Linnorm Kings and Realm of the Mammoth Lords, the use and knowledge of arcane magic remains relatively unknown and certainly mistrusted. Even Mendev, a

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relatively advanced nation filled with pious (and not-so-pious) crusaders, tends to shy away from arcane magic. Magic becomes more common in the southern nations of Avistan, particularly From the barbaric tribes of the Realm of the the devil-binding empire of Cheliax and its Mammoth Lords to the undead slave castes former colonies and vassal states. The ruling of Geb, the pioneers and natives of Varisia to caste of shadow-haunted Nidal is suffused the revolutionaries and reactionaries of Galt, with forbidden magical forces, while the elves the lands of the Inner Sea teem with variety of Kyonin practice alien rites that date back and diversity. millennia. On Avistan’s rocky northwestern shore, the Varisian frontier boasts the mostly TIME intact ruins and lost magics of ancient Although many calendars exist among the Thassilon—a 10,000-year-gone empire ruled peoples of the Inner Sea, the one in widest by sad*stic wizard-kings known as runelords. use employs Absalom Reckoning (ar) for all Use of magic and the appearance of of its dates. This reckoning system is based the fantastic and bizarre are much more on the founding of Absalom (which occurred commonplace on the southern continent on 1 Abadius, 1 ar), and because of Absalom’s of Garund. In the deserts of Osirion stand expansive influence, the city’s calendar has countless monuments to nearly forgotten achieved great popularity throughout the pharaohs, godlike beings who raised their region. In Absalom Reckoning, the day of the people from barbarism to imperial heights. month is always given first, followed by the Along the eastern coast lie the remnants of name or number of the month, with the year Nex and Geb, two kingdoms created to serve coming last. rival wizard-kings in the distant past. Today, Golarion spins on its axis roughly once every Geb relies on animated corpses to harvest 24 hours. A week consists of 7 days, with 52 food for its living inhabitants, while the weeks per year. A year has 12 months, each courts of Nex boast the most advanced and of which corresponds to a popular deity and least understood schools of arcane learning (roughly) to a single cycle of Golarion’s sole on the planet. moon. In order to most accurately reflect reality, many calendars across Golarion add Between these former enemies stretches a in leap days. In the Absalom Reckoning, the magic-dead tract of desert known as the Mana leap day is tacked on to the end of Calistril Wastes, within which exists a city-state reliant and occurs on every year divisible by 8. Thus, on technology and advanced engineering in a the current year (4711) is not a leap year, but world dependent on the supernatural. 4704 was and 4712 will be. Deep in the heart of Garund, across the Shattered Range mountains, ancient ruins of DAYS OF THE WEEK unknown origin rise out of wild, uncivilized DAY TASK jungles. Scattered throughout the mountains Moonday Work, religion (night) surrounding the vast jungles of the Mwangi Expanse lie the ruins of once-miraculous Toilday Work flying cities of the Shory, long since crashed Wealday Work into the rocky slopes where they now rest. Oathday Work, pacts signed, oaths sworn Each of these fantastic locales makes a fitting backdrop for thrilling adventures. The world Fireday Work, market day of Golarion and its myriad secrets stand ready Starday Work for you and your players to explore. Rest, religion

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COINAGE The spread of trade throughout the Inner Sea Region has seen the standardization of exchange rates for coinage as well, and as such, the buying power of a gold coin remains relatively standardized. Names for coins can vary from region to region, and while ultimately the name a tradesman uses for his coins matters little in light of their value or quantity, in some circles a fierce sort of national pride exists in the claiming of such names. Sample names for coins from five areas of the Inner Sea region are provided below, but by and large, all coins are normally just referred to as “pieces.”

Governments, laws, customs, traditions, and cultures vary wildly from nation to nation in the Inner Sea region. Yet there are many relatively constant constructs as regards society in the Inner Sea region, as outlined below. Humanocentric: While numerous races and creatures exist in the Inner Sea region, humans largely dominate the realm. The use of the term “humanity” includes near-human, civilized races such as elves and gnomes under the overall category. Savage races, such as orcs, goblins, and gnolls, however, generally fall outside of what the Inner Sea region qualifies as “society.” City and Rural Life: The vast majority of humanity in the Inner Sea region dwells in urban centers—cities, towns, and villages. A certain element of stereotyping and profiling exists between city dwellers and country dwellers, and conflicts between the two are not unheard of. Yet in truth, both lifestyles are inexorably dependant on each other. Rural populations often dwell in dangerously close proximity to monsterhaunted wildernesses and need protection from their urban neighbors, while urban populations rely on their rural kin for necessities like food and other resources. This dichotomy plays out often between the faiths of Erastil and Abadar — two religions about essentially the same thing but with drastically, obstinately different methods of presenting themselves.

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Mana Wastes), stem from eras and nations that for various reasons learned to fear magic, or hail from areas where strange advanced intrusions from unknown technological realms have made their presence known.

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

A wide range of climate bands exist in the Inner Sea region, from blisteringly hot in the deserts of Garund to freezing cold and snowy at the border with the Crown of the World. In general, weather patterns in Avistan and Garund flow from west to east, sweeping cold rains across Varisia, Nidal, northwestern Cheliax, and the Mwangi Expanse. The rain shadow created by the Mindspin Mountains is partially offset by the rainbirthing waters of Lake Encarthan. South TECHNOLOGY of the Menador and Five Kings Mountains, The world of Golarion has passed through the chill of the north gives way to the warm countless eras of strange discovery, of waters of the Inner Sea, allowing for extended technology both high and low, from primitive growing seasons and larger populations. to futuristic. With the dawning and closing The deserts of northern Garund speak to the of each age, the tool-working peoples of this relatively arid conditions north of the Barrier magic-infused place have again and again Wall. South of those imposing mountains, pushed back the mists of ignorance and though, heavy rains create the rainforests savagery with shimmering wonders great and jungles of the Mwangi Expanse. Off the and small. western shore of Garund churns the centuryAs each successive disaster, uprising, and old hurricane, the Eye of Abendego, which cataclysm washes over the world, the secrets contributes to the production of driving rains of earlier ages are lost and new discoveries are across western and central Garund. These made. As the peoples of the Inner Sea enter endless rains, in fact, flooded a section of the the second century of the Age of Lost Omens, coast, creating the storm-soaked devastation the world stands once again upon a great of the Sodden Lands. East of the Shattered precipice—new magics, mechanical practices, Range, the dominant weather flow brings arcane theories, and alchemical procedures warm rains from the Obari Ocean, allowing become more common and more accessible for the lush grasslands over most of eastern to clever minds with each passing day. Garund. Only the destructive influence of lifeYet in a world where wizards can conjure stripping magic prevents Nex from growing fire out of nothing, clerics can raise the dead, abundant crops like Geb. bards can shatter buildings with songs, and While most of the Inner Sea region alchemists can transform themselves into experiences weather typical for its climate, monsters, what chance has technology to several aberrant weather conditions manifest compete? The widespread use of magic in the in various areas around the Inner Sea. Some world has stunted the advance of technology of these bizarre phenomena are relatively more than any other factor, relegating those localized, and draw only curious locals or who seek to find new ways of doing things passing experts. Other unusual weather to the role of crackpot and eccentric more events affect wide swaths of territory and are often than not. known (and often feared) even thousands of Technological advances in the Inner Sea, as miles away. a result, tend to be limited to areas where magic isn’t as common (such as the volatile

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Magic: The common citizens of the Inner Sea region, be they farmers or traders or city guards, know about magic. It’s likely they’ve seen magic spells in action, and have even been the beneficiary of healing magic or other minor effects at some point in their lives. Yet magic is not so universal a part of life for most of the Inner Sea’s citizens that they’ve come to rely on it. It’s seen most often as an extravagance or a reward used by the wealthy, or in a worstcase scenario as yet another tool a despot or monster might use to oppress honest folk. Magic is thus a source of wonder and awe and of fear, but since it’s not a fundamental part of most folks’ everyday lives, it’s also often misunderstood.

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Veteran Savage Worlds players will notice several rule changes for Savage Pathfinder designed to capture the feel of Golarion and the major tropes of the d20-based system it uses. Savage Pathfinder is not a direct conversion—you won’t find a chart that says exactly what a 5 Hit Die monster should have in Savage Worlds rules. We use that as a base, but then attempt to capture the spirit of a monster, ability, spell, or trope in a way that makes sense and is exciting and fun in Savage Worlds. You also won’t find our usual Setting Rules section in this book. Those choices are baked in where they fit naturally. The “Four Wound Cap” rule, for example, is built right into the rules for damage and wounds. Here are a few other key differences you might notice. It's not an exhaustive list, but will help long-time Savage Worlds players note a few of the most important changes. „ SKILLS: Research has been folded into Academics. „ EDGES: Some Edges, like Berserk, are gone, as they're part of exclusive Class Edge abilities —the barbarian's Rage in this case. Others have been merged to better fit Pathfinder. Two Weapon Fighting, for example, includes both ranged and melee attacks, consolidating the Two-Gun-Kid and Two-Fisted Edges from the Savage Worlds Adventure Edition. „ CLASS EDGES: Pathfinder for Savage Worlds includes a new category of Edges designed to capture the feel of the original game’s character classes. Taking them opens up a “tree” of other Class Edges you can take that get progressively more powerful as you advance. They start on page 43. All player characters get a Class Edge for free (or a Background or Professional Edge if you prefer). This encourages most players to play the iconic heroes of the Pathfinder world, but still allows you the freedom to customize your own character as we usually do in Savage Worlds. „ ARCANE BACKGROUNDS: Besides the standard Magic and Miracles (listed under Background Edges, page 40), some Class Edges have their own specialized Arcane Background with its own set of abilities and spell lists. „ WEAPONS: Great weapons have Armor Piercing values, and the Sweep Edge now requires two-handed weapons (page 75). The statistics for large shields changed slightly, and all shields only protect against half the foes who attack you on a single Action Card—watch out for goblins creeping up on your flank! See page 111. „ COMBAT: We added a new option called Desperate Attack (page 133) that gives characters and creatures a better chance to hit at the expense of damage. „ ENEMIES: Enemy Wild Cards now get their full complement of Bennies. Creatures have been tailored to match those in the world of Golarion and might be slightly different here than in other settings. You can always use either version in your other games, and the Pathfinder for Savage Worlds Bestiary should be a useful addition to any Savage Worlds campaign! „ POWERS: A few powers work slightly differently in the world of Golarion, or are set at a different Rank to acquire. There are also a few new powers and lots of new modifiers to reflect the wide variety of spells available in Pathfinder. Spending Bennies for Power Points works a little differently, too (page 121). This encourages parties to rest to recharge their abilities, a trope of both Golarion's magical reality and the Pathfinder magic system.

Getting Started

WHAT’S NEW FOR SAVAGE WORLDS PLAYERS

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our journey into the world of Golarion begins with selecting or creating a hero. If you want to jump right in and play a pregenerated character, turn to page 43. You’ll find representatives of all 11 core character concepts presented there. Each is based on the original Pathfinder “classes” and are ready-to-play immediately. They come complete with languages, starting gear, and even a track of suggested Advances. Grab a character sheet from our website and copy over their statistics, or customize whatever you’re comfortable with to make them your own. We also make a range of DRUID pregenerated, “Archetypes” presented in handy card format. You’ll find these on our website in both print and PDF. They’re great to hand out at the game table for a new group so they can see the diversity of character types available and choose one that interests them. They also provide inspiration for creating your own custom character, which is described in detail on the pages that follow.

SAVAGE PATHFINDER

MAKING CHARACTERS

STARTING WITH EXPERIENCED CHARACTERS

If the Game Master wants to start a game with more experienced characters, or you're making a replacement for a fallen hero, you Start making your own custom adventurer should still make a Novice starting profile by downloading a Savage Pathfinder character and Advance it from there. This ensures sheet from our website at www.peginc.com characters are balanced just as if they had and follow the steps below. gained experience normally. Additional goods, equipment, or other assets must be determined by the Game Master. As Begin your adventure by thinking about the a quick rule of thumb, Seasoned heroes have kind of character you want to play. Do you 10,000 gold pieces worth of goods and magic want to try a wily wizard, a burly barbarian, items, Veteran characters get 40,000, Heroic a tricksy rogue, or some original idea you’ve 150,000, and Legendary 500,000. come up with yourself? The Savage Worlds rules allow you to create most anything. For the world of Savage Pathfinder, take a This core rule book comes with seven close look at the Class Edges starting on recommended ancestries to use when page 44. These special abilities form the creating player characters. See pages 20 foundation of the typical player character through 24 for details about each. types found in Golarion. Keep these in mind as you follow the rest of these steps so you can build toward those if you want to play a traditional Pathfinder-style hero. Hindrances are flaws, drawbacks, or dark secrets drawn from a character’s backstory. They provide up to four additional “character points” you can use to enhance your hero “Ranks” reflect a character’s competence and during character creation. experience. They provide balance between Taking Hindrances not only helps you define players and grant access to more powerful abilities as one “Advances.” A character and roleplay your hero, but also allows you begins at Novice Rank and works upward to increase his attribute or skill points, take from there. Advances are given out after one Edges, or have additional gold to buy better or more game sessions. The GM has more adventuring gear. detailed information on page 91. A Major Hindrance is worth 2 character points, and a Minor is worth 1. A hero could Only player characters use Ranks — Game thus take two Major Hindrances, four Minor, Master-controlled characters and creatures or any combination that adds up to 4 character don’t (we’ll tell you more about this later). points. (You can take more Hindrances if you want but the maximum benefit is 4 points!) RANK For 2 Hindrance points you can: ADVANCES RANK • Raise an attribute one die type, or 0–3 Novice • Choose an Edge 4–7 Seasoned For 1 Hindrance point you can: 8–11 Veteran • Gain another skill point, or • Start play with 600 gold pieces. 12–15 Heroic

CONCEPT

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Each die type costs 1 point (starting at d4) as long as the skill is equal to or less than the Characters are defined by attributes and skills, attribute it’s linked to (listed beside the skill collectively called “Traits.” Attributes and in parentheses, in the list starting on page skills are ranked by die types, typically from 33). If you exceed the linked attribute, the d4 to d12, with d6 being the average for adult cost becomes 2 points per die type. Skill Limit: Skills may not be increased humans. Higher is better! Attributes typically govern how fast your above d12 during character creation unless skills can increase, and are used for passive the character’s ancestry starts with the skill effects such as resisting spells or recovering at d6. If the skill starts with a d6, increase her maximum to d12 + 1 . Elves (page 21) start from injuries. with a d6 in Notice, for example, which means their Notice skill may be increased to d12 + 1 .

TRAITS

Every character starts with a d4 in each DERIVED STATISTICS of five attributes: Agility, Smarts, Spirit, Strength, and Vigor (discussed in more detail Your character sheet contains a few other statistics you need to fill in, described below. on page 33). Pace is how fast your character moves in You then have 5 character points to increase tactical situations like combat. Standard Pace your attributes. Raising a d4 to a d6, for is 6, which means six tabletop inches per example, costs 1 point. game round. Each inch is two yards (6 feet) Attribute Limit: No attribute may be raised in the real world. Movement is explained in above a d12 unless an ancestral ability or Edge detail on page 125. says otherwise. Each increase beyond a d12 Parry is equal to 2 plus half your character’s adds a +1 modifier. Increasing a d12 Strength Fighting die type (a total of 2 if a character two steps or “die types,” for example, gives doesn’t have Fighting), plus any bonuses for your hero a Strength score of d12 + 2 . shields or certain weapons. This is the Target Number (TN) to hit your hero in hand-toSKILLS hand combat. Skills are learned abilities such as firing For Fighting skills higher than d12, such as weapons, hand-to-hand combat, scientific d12 + 1 , add half the fixed modifier, rounded knowledge, professional aptitudes, and so on. down. For instance, Fighting d12 + 1 grants Skills in Savage Pathfinder are very broad to a Parry of 8, while Fighting d12 + 2 results in keep the action simple and straightforward. a Parry of 9. The Shooting skill, for example, covers all Size: A hero’s default Size is 0 unless altered types of bows and crossbows. The Athletics by ancestral abilities, Edges, or Hindrances. It skill covers thrown weapons, as well as cannot be less than −1 or more than +3. grappling, swimming, and climbing. Detailed Toughness is your hero’s damage thres­ customization comes in the form of Edges hold. Damage rolls that equal or exceed (see below). this number cause harm (explained later in Core Skills: Five skills are marked with a Chapter Three). red star in the list that begins on page 33: Athletics, Common Knowledge, Notice, Toughness is 2 plus half your hero’s Vigor, Persuasion, and Stealth. These are “innate” plus Armor (use the armor worn on his abilities most adult adventurers have. Unless torso — see page 110). Vigor over a d12 is an ancestral ability, Edge, or Hindrance says calculated just like Parry, above. otherwise, your character starts with a d4 in each of these five core skills. Buying Skills: After core skills are assigned, you have 12 additional character points to raise core skills or buy and raise new skills as you see fit.

Characters

ATTRIBUTES

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EDGES Attributes and skills are a character’s basic statistics, but what really makes individuals different are their Edges. In Pathfinder for Savage Worlds, every character starts with a Class Edge for free. (If a player doesn’t want to take a Class Edge, she may take a free Background or Professional Edge she qualifies for instead.) Characters get additional Edges by taking Hindrances, from racial abilities (such as Humans’ Adaptability), or Advances once play begins. A comprehensive list of Edges for use in Savage Pathfinder starts on page 40.

Or just start playing and fill in these details as they become important and you walk around in her shoes a bit. You might also want to talk to the other players. Maybe your characters know each other right from the start. Or you might collectively decide to optimize your group a bit and ensure you’ve got a good assortment of skills and abilities. If so, make sure you’re playing what you want to play. There’s no point in being the party’s healer if that’s not a role you care to play.

DEITIES AND ALIGNMENT

The conflict between Good and Evil is a core theme of any Savage Pathfinder game. Typically, heroes fight for Good, but not always. Some character concepts require choosing a deity or “Domain” that governs powers and Player characters have 300 gold pieces certain abilities. Likewise, the player’s choice (or “gp”) to purchase any of the weapons, of Hindrances can involve a Deity or a cause, armor, and adventuring gear presented in such as Vow or Code of Honor. Chapter Two. DEITIES OF THE This might represent everything the PATHFINDER CHRONICLES character owns or it may represent only DEITY AL DOMAINS “adventuring” gear, with the hero’s more mundane belongings stored at a home or Erastil Good Good, Nature elsewhere.

GEAR

BACKGROUND Finish your new hero by filling in any additional history or background you see fit. Ask yourself why she’s where she is and what her goals are. Where does she live? Does she have any close friends or family who might be relevant to the game? Why did she join the Pathfinders?

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Good, Protection

Torag

Good

Good, Protection

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Good

Good, Nature

Shelyn

Good

Good, Nature, Protection

Desna

Good

Good, Protection

Cayden Cailean

Good

Good, War

Abadar

Neutral

Knowledge

Irori

Neutral

Knowledge

Gozreh

Neutral

Nature

Pharasma

Neutral

Death

Nethys

Neutral

Trickery

Gorum

Neutral

War

Calistria

Neutral

Trickery

Asmodeus

Evil

Evil, Death

Zon-Kuthon

Evil

Evil

Urgathoa

Evil

Evil, Death

Norgorber

Evil

Evil, War

Lamashtu

Evil

Evil, Trickery

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Evil, War

CHARACTER CREATION SUMMARY CONCEPT

ANCESTRY • Choose your character’s ancestry (see page 20) and apply any special abilities it grants.

HINDRANCES • Choose up to 4 points of Hindrances (Major Hindrances are worth 2, Minor are worth 1). • For 2 Hindrance points you can raise an attribute one die type, or choose an Edge. • For 1 Hindrance point you can gain another skill point, or gain 600gp in additional starting funds.

Characters

• Start with a general idea of what you want to play. Review the classes and the Iconic Path character profiles for ideas.

ATTRIBUTES • Attributes start at d4. You have 5 points to distribute among them. Each step costs 1 point. • Attributes may not be raised beyond d12 unless the hero’s ancestry or class states otherwise.

SKILLS • Athletics, Common Knowledge, Notice, Persuasion, and Stealth are core skills and start at d4 for free. Any given skill might be increased because of ancestry. • You have 12 points to put into these or any other skills. Each die type costs 1 point up to and equal to the linked attribute; then 2 points per die type after that. • Choose a number of starting Languages equal to half your character’s Smarts die type. A Smarts of d6, for example, gives you three starting languages. Typical choices are listed with each ancestry.

DERIVED STATISTICS • Standard Pace is 6 and may be adjusted by ancestral abilities, Edges, or Hindrances. • Parry is 2 plus half of Fighting. • Toughness is 2 plus half of Vigor, plus any Armor. Track the amount of armor in parentheses like this — Toughness: 11 (2). This means 2 points of the total 11 Toughness comes from Armor. An Armor Piercing (AP) attack could bypass those 2 points but not the other 9.

EDGES • All characters get a Class Edge for free (or a Background or Professional Edge if desired). • Use any leftover Hindrance points to take Edges if you like. • Each Edge costs 2 Hindrance points.

GEAR • Purchase up to 300 gp worth of equipment.

BACKGROUND • Unless the Game Master says otherwise, your character’s basic Alignment is Good for purposes of certain Edges, abilities, and powers. Beyond that, who is she? Where does she come from? Does she have any family? Does she worship any of Golarion’s major deities?

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ANCESTRIES Savage Pathfinder includes seven recommended ancestries for use in character creation, along with abilities that reflect the most common or iconic virtues and drawbacks of each. Note that the following descriptions allude to a lot of rules we haven’t explained yet. Just skim them for now and come back once you have a grasp on the rest of the game.

DWARVES Dwarves are a stern and hardy folk, ensconced in cities carved from the hearts of mountains. A proud, warlike people, dwarves remain determined to repel the depredations of their ancestral enemies. They tolerate “frail” peoples, (elves, gnomes and halflings) while they often bond with humans, whose industrious nature comes closest to dwarven ideals. Short and stocky, dwarves stand a foot or two shorter than most humans. Male and female dwarves pride themselves on the length of their hair. Men often decorate their beards with clasps and intricate braids. A clean shaven male dwarf is a sure sign of madness. Languages: Common and Dwarven. „ DARKVISION: Dwarven eyes are accustomed to the dark of the underearth. Dwarves ignore

penalties for Illumination up to 10” (20 yards).

Dwarves add +1 when resisting poison. They also add +1 when resisting or recovering from powers or abilities that state they work like a power.

„ HARDY:

„ REDUCED PACE: Decrease their „

Pace by 1 and their running die one die type.

STONECUNNING: Dwarves grow up in halls and caverns of worked

stone, and get a Notice roll at +2 as a free action within 10 feet of unusual stonework such as traps and hidden doors. Success means they know something is off, and a raise gives them more specific information such as how to trigger the trap or open the door. „ TOUGH: Stout and tough, Dwarves start with a d6 in Vigor instead of a d4. This increases maximum Vigor to d12 + 1. Their Strength is considered one die type higher for armor and worn gear (not weapons).

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ELVES The long-lived elves are children of the natural world, superficially similar to fey creatures and yet distinct in important ways. Elves value their privacy and traditions. Although they are often slow to make friends, once an outsider is accepted as a comrade, such alliances can last for generations. Elves distrust half-orcs and display a fascination with humans, while remaining mostly indifferent to other peoples. Elves are tall, thin souls with pointed ears and deep-set eyes of various colors. Whether they hail from the deep forests or hidden valleys, elves are born more graceful than humans, though somewhat slighter. Elves are known for their patience and affinity for magic. Languages: Common and Elven. Elves are graceful and agile. They start with a d6 in Agility instead of a d4. This increases maximum Agility to d12 + 1.

„ AGILE:

„ ELVEN MAGIC: Elves have an inherent connection to arcane energies.

Enemy arcane rolls targeting them suffer a −2 penalty.

Elves are highly intelligent and long-lived. They start with a d6 in Smarts instead of a d4. This increases maximum Smarts to d12 + 1.

„ INTELLIGENCE:

„ LOW LIGHT VISION: Elven eyes amplify light. Others often claim they

can see stars in the elves’ eyes. They ignore penalties for Dim and Dark Illumination.

Elves start with a d6 in Notice instead of a d4. This increases their maximum Notice to d12 + 1.

„ KEEN SENSES:

Slight of build and less robust than others, elves suffer −2 to Vigor checks.

„ SLENDER:

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GNOMES Gnomes trace their lineage back to the mysterious realm of the fey, a place where colors are brighter, the wildlands wilder, and emotions more primal. Unknown forces drove the gnomes from that realm long ago, forcing them to seek refuge in this world. Despite this, the gnomes have never completely abandoned their fey roots. They are often regarded by other peoples as strange and unpredictable; as a result, gnomes sometimes have difficultly interacting with others even though they bear no particular animosity to anyone. Gnomes are small; they rarely exceed three feet tall. Their hair tends towards vibrant colors from the fiery orange of autumn leaves to the deep purple of wildflowers. Their facial features vary, although many have large mouths and eyes. Whimsical people, gnomes are known as tricksters who prefer action to inaction. Languages: Common, Gnome, and Sylvan. „ GNOME MAGIC: Gnomes can cast cantrips (see page 173) as if they knew each of the following

powers: light, sound, telekinesis, and beast friend using their Smarts (or arcane skill if they have one). They have 1 Power Point for activating these cantrips, regained as usual (see page 171). Gnomes with an Arcane Background add their bonus Power Point to their pool but must still learn the spells if they wish to cast them normally.

„ LOW

LIGHT VISION: Gnome eyes amplify light. They ignore penalties for Dim and Dark

Illumination.

SENSES: Gnomes start with a d6 in Notice instead of a d4. This increases their maximum Notice to d12 + 1.

„ KEEN

„ OBSESSIVE: Gnomes start

with a d4 in any one Smarts-related skill.

„ REDUCED PACE: Decrease the character’s Pace by 1 and reduce their running die

by one die type.

„ SIZE −1: Averaging roughly three and a half feet tall, gnomes reduce their Size and Toughness by 1. „ TOUGH: Gnomes are surprisingly hardy despite their size and strength.

They start with a d6 in Vigor instead of a d4. This increases maximum Vigor to d12 + 1.

HALF-ELVES Half-elves gain the grace of their namesakes, but none of their elegant frailty. Many are well-adjusted progeny of loving unions between a human and an elf, but some are shunned by one side of the family or the other. Others may even be mistreated. Hence, a halfelf understands loneliness, and knows that identity is less a product of ancestry than of life experience. As such, half-elves are often open to friendships and alliances with others, and less likely to rely on first impressions. Their lifespans are closer to their human lineage than those of their elven kin. They exhibit physical characteristics from both their parents, such as pointed ears and human eyes, usually with a pleasing overall effect. Languages: Common and Elven. „ ADAPTABILITY: Half-elves start with a d6 in any one Attribute instead

of a d4. This does not increases the attribute maximum.

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„ ELVEN MAGIC: Elves have an inherent connection to arcane energies. Enemy arcane skill rolls

that target them directly suffer a −2 penalty.

„ LOW LIGHT VISION: Half-elven eyes amplify light. They ignore penalties for Dim and Dark

Illumination.

SENSES: Half-elves start with a d6 in Notice instead of a d4. This increases their maximum Notice to d12 + 1.

„ KEEN

HALF-ORCS Half-orcs exhibit characteristics of their orc forebears as well as the other branch of their family tree (usually human). They are rarely the result of loving unions, a fact which causes others to distrust and even fear them. Half-orcs are sometimes accepted by orcish communities, but are usually shunned by most others, including humans, elves, and dwarves, because of longstanding enmity with their ancestors. Some half-orcs choose to live among non-orcish peoples, turning their backs on their belligerent roots and looking to redeem themselves. Many are heroic souls trying to prove themselves. Half-orcs stand between six and seven feet tall, with powerful builds. Their features are harsh and angular, like that of orcs. Their natural life-span is the same as humans, though it is rare when one dies of old age. Languages: Common and Orc.

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(MINOR): Having a foot in both the human and elven societies, half-elves are never quite comfortable in either. They subtract 2 from Persuasion rolls with all but others of their kind.

„ OUTSIDER

Half-orcs ignore penalties for Illumination up to 10” (20 yards).

„ DARKVISION:

By their very nature, half-orcs inspire fear and awe. They start with a d4 in Intimidation. This increases maximum Intimidation to d12 + 1.

„ INTIMIDATING:

„ OUTSIDER (MINOR): Most cultures are suspicious of half-orcs,

and orcish societies distrust their human sides. They subtract 2 from all Persuasion rolls, and are often resented or belittled by others.

„ ORC FEROCITY:

+1 Toughness.

Half-orcs are as tough as old boots. They gain

Half-orcs possess some of the might of their orcish ancestry. They start with a d6 in Strength instead of a d4. This increases maximum Strength to d12 + 1.

„ STRONG:

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HALFLINGS Halflings are small, nimble people with fuzzy brown or black hair on their heads and feet. Their cheerful optimism (or wily cunning) gives them a “never say die” attitude that makes them more than a match for creatures twice their size. Halflings see no reason to invite trouble and tend to live in their own close-knit communities far off the beaten path. They possess a strong sense of humor, curiosity, and bravado—qualities which lead some halflings to lives of adventure. Halflings rise to a humble height of three feet. They prefer to walk barefoot, leading to the bottoms of their feet being roughly calloused. Languages: Common and Halfling. Halflings are graceful and agile. They start with a d6 in Agility instead of a d4. This increases maximum Agility to d12 + 1.

„ AGILE:

„ KEEN SENSES: Keen senses allow halflings to catch details others might miss. They start with

a d6 in Notice instead of a d4. This increases maximum Notice to d12 + 1.

„ LUCKY: Halflings have a knack for surviving. They gain the Lucky Edge. Even halfling Extras

gain this ability!

„ REDUCED PACE:

type.

Decrease the character’s Pace by 1 and reduce the running die by one die

„ SIZE −1: Halflings

average about three feet tall, reducing their Size and Toughness by 1.

Naturally graceful, halflings start with a d6 in Athletics instead of a d4. This increases maximum Athletics to d12 + 1.

„ SURE-FOOTED:

HUMANS Humans possess exceptional drive and ambition. They demonstrate a great capacity to endure hardships, as well as a penchant for expanding their territories. Humanity is often characterized by its tumultuousness and diversity; cultures range from small, nomadic tribes to peaceful agrarian villages and vast cosmopolitan (even decadent) cities and kingdoms. Known for adaptability, humans may tend towards violence and war, while also showing the ability for kindness, forgiveness, and cooperation with other peoples. The physical characteristics of humans are as varied as the world’s climes. From dark-skinned tribesmen of the southern continents to the pale and barbaric raiders of the northern lands, humans possess a wide variety of skin colors, body types, and facial features. Languages: Common. „ ADAPTABILITY: Humans start with a free Edge and a d6

in any one Attribute instead of a d4. The latter does not increase the attribute limit.

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HINDRANCES

BAD EYES (MINOR OR MAJOR)

ALL THUMBS (MINOR) Due to upbringing, lack of exposure, or pure bad luck, some individuals are “all thumbs” when it comes to mechanical or technological devices. All Thumbs inflicts a −2 penalty when using mechanical or electrical devices. If the hero rolls a Critical Failure while using such a device (and it doesn’t already have a built-in effect), it’s broken. If the GM feels it’s appropriate, it can be fixed with a Repair roll and 1d6 hours of work.

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Your hero’s eyes aren’t what they used to be. The character suffers a −1 penalty to any Trait roll dependent on vision at a distance greater Hindrances are character flaws and physical than 5" (10 yards), or −2 as a Major Hindrance. handicaps that occasionally make life a little If eyeglasses are available, they negate the tougher for your hero. penalty when worn. If lost or broken during Some Hindrances have mechanical effects. a combat (generally a 50% chance when he’s Others are more subjective “roleplaying” Wounded, falls, or suffers some other trauma), Hindrances that help you understand the character is Distracted (and Vulnerable and roleplay your character. They should if a Major Hindrance) until the end of his occasionally cause the hero to act in ways next turn. that aren’t necessarily smart, efficient, or in the best interests of the party or the overall BAD LUCK (MAJOR) goal. That’s what roleplaying games are all about, and the GM may reward you Your hero is a little less lucky than most, with a Benny when your Hindrances cause getting one less Benny per game session than normal. A character cannot have both Bad significant trouble! Luck and the Luck Edge.

BIG MOUTH (MINOR) Loose lips sink ships, the saying goes. This hero’s mouth could drown an armada. These blabbermouths can’t keep a secret very well. They reveals plans and give away things best kept among friends, usually at the worst possible times.

BLIND (MAJOR)

The individual is completely without sight, and suffers a −6 to all physical tasks that require vision (GM’s call). On the plus side, Blind characters gain their choice of a free ANEMIC (MINOR) Anemic characters are particularly susceptible Edge to compensate for this particularly to sickness, disease, environmental effects, difficult Hindrance. and some poisons. They subtract 2 from Vigor rolls made to resist poison, disease, BLOODTHIRSTY (MAJOR) and Fatigue from environmental hazards Your hero never takes prisoners unless under (see page 153). the direct supervision of a superior. This cold-blooded ruthlessness causes enemies to respond in kind, which often costs vital ARROGANT (MAJOR) Arrogant heroes don’t think they are the best— information, creates constant enemies, and they know it. Whether it’s swordsmanship, may get the hero (and companions) in trouble oration or painting, these characters flaunt with superiors or the authorities. their prowess every chance they get. Winning isn’t enough for this champion. She wants to dominate opponents and prove there’s no one better. Arrogant individuals look for the greatest threat in battle, taking on lesser minions only because they’re in the way.

CAN’T SWIM (MINOR) On Golarian, people who weren’t raised around a temperate body of water aren't likely to know how to swim. Those with this Hindrance suffer a −2 penalty to the Athletics skill when swimming, and each

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CAUTIOUS (MINOR) These planners personify restraint and carefulness. They never make rash decisions, preferring to plot things out in detail long before any action is taken.

CLUELESS (MAJOR) Clueless heroes don’t pay much attention to the world around them and can’t seem to find a haystack in a small pile of needles. The character suffers a −1 penalty to Common Know­ledge and Notice rolls.

CLUMSY (MAJOR)

CURIOUS (MAJOR) It killed the cat, and it might kill your hero as well. Curious characters stick their nose in other's business in and always want to know what’s behind a potential mystery or secret.

DEATH WISH (MINOR) Having a death wish doesn’t mean an adventurer is suicidal — he might just think his life is worth less than some noble but clearly deadly goal. Those with a Death Wish don’t throw their lives away for no reason, but when there’s a chance to complete a goal they do anything — and take any risk—to achieve it.

DELUSIONAL (MINOR OR MAJOR)

Your hero believes something considered quite strange by most others. Minor Delusions are harmless or the character generally keeps it to himself (the magistrate puts sleeping powder in the water supply, dogs can talk, CODE OF HONOR (MAJOR) we’re all just characters in some bizarre Honor is very important to your character. game, etc.). She keeps her word, doesn’t abuse or kill With a Major Delusion, the hero expresses prisoners, and generally tries to treat others opinions on the situation frequently and it with due respect. She may have a prescribed can occasionally lead to danger (all potions code of conduct in line with the mores of a are deadly, armor gives me hives, zombies particular deity, cause, or social order are my friends).

Your hero is uncoordinated and often stumbles over her own feet. Subtract 2 from Athletics and Stealth rolls.

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GREEDY (MINOR OR MAJOR)

A vow is a commitment to others — driven characters want something for themselves. It may be to protect the realm, prove you’re the best knucklebones player in the kingdom, or the best equestrian on Golarion. The Minor version shapes the character and influences decisions but either happens rarely or is fairly harmless. As a Major Hindrance it’s an overriding desire that comes up frequently or causes peril for the hero and companions.

A miser measures worth in material possessions or wealth. If a Minor Hindrance, the character argues bitterly for more than a fair share of any loot or reward the party might come across. As a Major Hindrance, he fights over anything that seems unfair, and may even kill for it.

HABIT (MINOR OR MAJOR)

Your warrior has an annoying or dangerous compulsion. A Minor Habit irritates ELDERLY (MAJOR) companions but isn’t dangerous. Maybe the Your adventurer is getting on in years. Reduce character picks her nose, can’t stop fiddling Pace by 1 and subtract 1 from running rolls with some item, says “ummm” in the middle (minimum 1). Elderly characters also suffer a of every sentence, or chews food with her −1 penalty to Agility, Strength, and Vigor rolls, mouth open. but not their linked skills. A Major Habit is a physical or mental On the plus side, the wisdom of years grants addiction of some sort that is debilitating the hero 5 extra skill points which may be or possibly even deadly. This includes drug use, chronic drinking, or even a penchant for used for any skills linked to Smarts. gambling with money stolen from allies. An addict who doesn’t get his fix must ENEMY (MINOR OR MAJOR) make a Vigor roll every 24 hours he goes Someone out there hates the character without or take a level of Fatigue and wants him ruined, locked away, (see page 134). or dead. The value of the Hindrance Once every 24 hours, a depends on how powerful the Healing roll with some sort enemy is and how often of appropriate medicine they might show up. A removes one level of Minor Enemy might Fatigue for four hours. be a lone warrior out After that the Fatigue for vengeance returns and can only or a betrayed be recovered with the brotherhood addicting substance. that’s deadly but appears rarely. A Major Enemy might HARD OF HEARING represent powerful (MINOR OR MAJOR) authorities, a band of ruffians, As a Minor Hindrance, or a single very powerful and characters who've lost some relentless rival. of their hearing subtract 4 If the enemy is one day from Notice rolls made where defeated, the GM should hearing is involved. A Major gradually work in a Hindrance means the character replacement, or the hero may is deaf. She cannot hear and buy off the Hindrance by automatically fail all Notice sacrificing an Advance. rolls that depend on being able

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DRIVEN (MINOR OR MAJOR)

to detect sound.

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HEROIC (MAJOR)

LOYAL (MINOR)

This noble soul never says no to a person in This stalwart defender risks her life for friends need. She doesn’t have to be happy about it, without hesitation. Some Loyal heroes may but will always come to the rescue of those not act very nice, but are the first to come to who can’t help themselves. She's the first one their friends’ rescue when they’re threatened. to run into a burning building, usually agrees to hunt monsters for little or no pay, and is MEAN (MINOR) generally a pushover for a sob story. This curmudgeon is ill-tempered and disagreeable. He has trouble doing anything HESITANT (MINOR) kind for anyone else, must be paid for Your hero hesitates in stressful situations. services, and doesn’t accept awards or favors Draw two Action Cards in combat and act graciously. Besides the obvious roleplaying on the lowest. If you draw a Joker, use it issues, Mean characters subtract 1 from normally and ignore the Hindrance for the Persuasion rolls. round (hence this being a Minor Hindrance, it actually increases your chances of MILD MANNERED (MINOR) drawing a Joker!) Your milquetoast just isn’t threatening. Maybe Hesitant characters cannot take the Quick or the hero is a little doughy around the middle, Level Headed Edges. has a kind face, or a soft voice. Whatever the issue, the character subtracts 2 when making ILLITERATE (MINOR) Intimidation rolls. Your hero can't read. Perhaps he can sign his name or make his mark or recognize a single MUTE (MAJOR) common word, but little else. He also knows Due to trauma or birth, your character has lost very little math. He can probably figure the ability to speak. She can write messages 2 + 2 = 4, but multiplication and the like are to others when needed, use sign language, or beyond the pale. some combination of visual communication, Illiterate characters can’t read or write in any but can't form or pronounce words. language, by the way, no matter how many Vision-based communication may require a they actually speak. Notice roll to perceive correctly (illumination and similar penalties apply).

IMPULSIVE (MAJOR)

These daredevils almost always leap before OBESE (MINOR) they look. They rarely think things through Those who carry their weight well have the before taking action, avoid complicated plans, Brawny Edge. Those who don’t might be and are at the head of any charge. Obese. A character cannot be both Brawny and Obese, and this Hindrance can’t increase JEALOUS (MINOR OR MAJOR) your Size above +3. Insecurity leads to envy of others’ accomplish­ An Obese hero’s Size (and therefore ments or belongings. Such individuals Toughness) increase by +1. Reduce Pace by complain, pout, and claim credit for other’s 1, and decrease the running die one die type accomplishments. (minimum d4). Strength is considered one As a Minor Hindrance, the character’s die type less (minimum d4) for armor and jealousy is focused on one particular worn gear (not weapons). The hero may also subject (such as an “unrivaled” skill or a have difficulty finding armor or clothing romantic interest), or comes up rarely. As a that fits or entering confined spaces — GM's Major Hindrance, the character is jealous of call, but tight dungeon corridors, twisting anyone and everyone that outshines them. caverns, and the like are all likely to cause the He consistently bad-mouths rivals, tries to hero problems. upstage them, or actively plots to discredit anyone who threatens his ego.

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OBLIGATION (MINOR OR MAJOR) Your hero has a responsibility he attend to on a regular basis. He might have a job, volunteer at the local temple, take care of friends or family, and so on The Obligation consumes about 20 hours most weeks, or 40+ for the Major version. Exactly what that entails should be discussed between the player and the Game Master.

ONE ARM (MAJOR)

Outsiders subtract 2 from Persuasion rolls made to influence those who aren’t their own kind. The Major version means most locals are Unfriendly and bullies are likely to pick fights with her.

OVERCONFIDENT (MAJOR) There’s nothing out there your hero can’t defeat. At least that’s what she thinks. He believes he can do most anything and never want to retreat from a challenge. He's not suicidal, but certainly takes on more than common sense dictates.

By birth or battle, your hero has lost an arm. Fortunately, the other arm is (now) the “good” one. Tasks that require two hands, such as PACIFIST (MINOR OR MAJOR) some Athletics rolls (GM’s call) or using a Your hero absolutely despises violence. two-handed weapon, suffer a −4 penalty. Minor pacifism means the hero fights only when given no other choice and never ONE EYE (MAJOR) allows the killing of prisoners or other This character lost an eye and has trouble defenseless victims. with depth perception. Subtract 2 from any Major Pacifists won’t fight living characters Trait roll dependent on vision and more than under any circ*mstances. They may defend 5″ (10 yards) distant. themselves, but won’t do anything to permanently harm sapient, living beings. OUTSIDER (MINOR OR MAJOR) They may use nonlethal methods (see page For reasons having little or nothing to do 138), but only in self-defense or the defense with the character’s actions or behavior, of others. she isn’t accepted in many societies on Note that undeniably evil creatures, undead, Golarian. Locals are likely to raise prices on demons and the like are fair game even for the individual, ignore pleas for help, and Major Pacifists. generally treat her poorly.

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PHOBIA (MINOR OR MAJOR)

SECRET (MINOR OR MAJOR)

Phobias are overwhelming and irrational Your hero keeps a secret to protect himself fears that plague a hero’s psyche. or others. As a Minor Hindrance, the secret Whenever a character is in the presence of is troublesome or embarrassing but not the phobia (GM’s call, but generally sight), life-threatening. subtract 1 from all Trait rolls for a Minor The Major version would cause severe Hindrance and 2 for a Major. problems if discovered. If it ever becomes Phobias shouldn’t be too obvious; everyone public knowledge, he should trade this should be afraid of vampires, for example, so Hindrance for Enemy, Shamed, Wanted, or it’s not a phobia, it’s common sense. Instead, another appropriate Hindrance approved the phobia usually centers on some random by the GM. element the mind associates with the event. SHAMED (MINOR OR MAJOR) Remember, phobias are irrational fears. Something haunts your adventurer. Maybe POVERTY (MINOR) the hero failed to keep a Vow. Maybe the character was defeated in an It’s said fools and their money are honorable fight and ordered the soon parted. Your hero is one of death of the foe anyway for some them. The character starts with greater principle. Maybe the hero half the usual starting funds isn’t actually cowardly but once and just can’t seem to hang ran from a battle and left on to funds acquired after others to die. play begins. In general, the character halves the total As a Minor Hindrance, the funds every game week. shameful circ*mstances aren’t generally known — it just haunts him. He might QUIRK (MINOR) go out of his way, against This individual has all reason, not to repeat some minor foible that is the mistake. Or he might usually humorous but can give in to the same set of occasionally cause real trouble. circ*mstances and hate A swashbuckler may always try himself for it. to slash a mark on foes, a dwarf As a Major Hindrance, may brag constantly about the ill deed is welldwarven culture, or known — or at least known a snobby débutante among those the hero cares about. might not eat, drink, or The other player characters socialize with the lower class, should be told the tale as for example. soon as possible (preferably at character creation). If not, RUTHLESS (MINOR it should be revealed by OR MAJOR) nonplayer characters at some These fanatics will do most point, and occasionally used anything to accomplish their against the hero. goals. As a Major Hindrance, Ruthless characters are SLOW (MINOR OR MAJOR) willing to harm anyone who A disability or past injury has gets in the way. As a Minor hindered this adventurer's Hindrance, these heroes stop mobility. As a Minor short of true harm to anyone Hindrance, reduce Pace by 1 except those who directly and the running die one step (if oppose them.

SMALL (MINOR)

subtract 2 when resisting Taunt attacks. As a Major, subtract 4.

TONGUE-TIED (MAJOR) Your adventurer flubs cool lines (or thinks of them afterwards!), goes off on tangents when trying to talk someone into something, and generally miscommunicates most everything they say. The hero suffers a −1 penalty to Intimidation, Performance, Persuasion, and Taunt rolls that involve speech.

UGLY (MINOR OR MAJOR)

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already d4, reduce to d4 − 1 ). As a Major Hindrance, reduce the running die a step, reduce Pace by 2, and subtract 2 from Athletics rolls and rolls to resist Athletics (such as Tests or Grappling). Slow characters may not take the FleetFooted Edge. Prosthesis: A character with the Minor version of this Hindrance may have a prosthesis. If the prosthesis is lost, he suffers the effects of the Major version of Slow. Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are available in more enlightened areas of Golarion. Slow heroes may start with a manual wheelchair at no cost (100 gp to replace thereafter). Wheelchairs require reasonably smooth ground to operate on and have a Pace equal to half the user's Athletics die (max of 3, he cannot run).

Attractive people get all the breaks. This unfortunate individual isn’t one of them. The character subtracts 1 from Persuasion rolls, or 2 if taken as a Major Hindrance.

VENGEFUL (MINOR OR MAJOR)

Payback is…well…bad news for someone, This adventurer is very skinny, very short, and this adventurer is going to get it. or both. Size (see page 140) is reduced by 1, As a Minor Hindrance, the hero usually seeks which reduces Toughness as well. vengeance legally. The method varies by A player character's Size can’t be reduced situation. Some plot and scheme for months below −1, but the Toughness penalty remains. while others demand immediate results. A Small halfling, for example, remains Size −1 Those with the Major version of this and loses a point of Toughness. Hindrance won’t let anything prevent them from a reckoning. This doesn’t mean STUBBORN (MINOR) they immediately resort to violence, but Stubborn individuals always want their way their actions always escalate until total and and never admit they’re wrong. Even when complete satisfaction is achieved. it’s painfully obvious they’ve made a mistake they try to justify it with half-truths and VOW (MINOR OR MAJOR) rationalizations. The character has sworn an oath to someone

SUSPICIOUS (MINOR OR MAJOR) Your character is suspicious of everyone. As a Minor Hindrance, this paranoia causes frequent trust issues. Suspicious characters might demand full payment before doing a task, want every agreement in writing, or believe even friends are out to get them. As a Major Hindrance, Support rolls to aid the distrustful individual are made at −2.

THIN SKINNED (MINOR OR MAJOR)

or something they believe in. The danger in fulfilling the Vow and how often it might occur determines the level of the Hindrance. A Minor Vow might be to serve an order with a broad mandate that rarely conflicts with the party’s goals. A Major Vow makes long-term and frequent demands on the servant’s time and results in great risks to his life.

WANTED (MINOR OR MAJOR)

Your hero has committed some crime and will Personal attacks really get under this be arrested if discovered by the authorities. individual’s skin. As a Minor Hindrance, The level of the Hindrance depends on how serious the crime was and how active the

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10 skill points instead of 12. The youth may also have legal restrictions depending on any local customs (can’t drink alcohol, can’t carry a weapon, and so on). On the plus side, youths draw one extra Benny at the beginning of each game session (this stacks with other Edges such Luck or Great Luck). Most Young characters should also take the YELLOW (MAJOR) Small Hindrance, but it’s not mandatory. Not everyone has ice water in their veins. As a Major Hindrance, the character is Very Your hero is squeamish at the sight of blood Young (8 to 11 years old), getting only 3 points and gore and terrified of coming to harm. for attributes and 10 for skills, along with the Subtract 2 from Fear checks as well as rolls to Small Hindrance. Very Young heroes draw resist Intimidation. two extra Bennies at the start of each session.

YOUNG (MINOR OR MAJOR) The hero is 12–15 years old (in human years— adjust this for other ancestries). He only has 4 points to adjust attributes instead of 5, and

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TRAITS

USING ATTRIBUTES

SKILLS

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Attributes are used to: • Determine how fast skills increase during Advancement (page 91). Characters are defined by their “Traits,” • Limit access to Edges (page 40), including attributes and skills ranked by die types. A Class Edges d6 is average for humans, while higher die • Derive secondary statistics such as Tough­ types reflect much greater ability. ness or melee damage. Attributes are primarily passive or innate • Resisting powers or social attacks such as abilities used for resisting effects like fear Taunt or Intimidation; Evading area effect or supernatural attacks. Skills are used to attacks. actively do things or affect others. Exceptions occur, but these are the foundational differences between the two concepts. Heroes have 12 points to buy skills during character creation. A skill that’s below the linked attribute (noted in parentheses beside the skill name) is cheaper to increase Attributes don’t directly affect skill rolls. than one that’s at or above it. See page 16 Savage Pathfinder treats learned knowledge for Character Creation and page 91 for and training as the most relevant and direct Advancement. factors. A high attribute allows one to increase Core skills are marked with a red star, and a skill faster and opens up options to Edges start at d4 for player characters (see page 17). that greatly differentiate two characters with Characters can attempt skills they don’t the same skill. have but it’s more difficult. See Unskilled Every character starts with a d4 in each of Attempts on page 121. five attributes: Agility is a measure of a character’s nimble­ ACADEMICS (SMARTS) ness, dexterity, and general coordination. Academics reflects knowledge of the liberal Smarts measures raw intelligence, mental arts, social sciences, literature, history, acuity, and how fast a heroine thinks on her archaeology, religion, and similar fields. If feet. It’s used to resist certain types of mental an explorer wants to remember when the and social attacks. Imperial Calendar began or cite a line from Azvadeva Pujila, this is the skill to have. Spirit is self-confidence, backbone, and willpower. It’s used to resist social and supernatural attacks as well as fear. ATHLETICS (AGILITY) Strength is physical power and fitness. It’s Athletics combines an individual’s coordin­ also used as the basis of a warrior’s damage in ation with learned skills such as climbing, hand-to-hand combat, and to determine how jumping, balancing, biking, wrestling, skiing, much he can wear or carry. swimming, throwing, or catching. Characters Vigor represents an individual’s endurance, who rely on physical power more than resistance to disease, poison, or toxins, and coordination can take the Brute Edge (page how much physical damage heroes can take 41) to link this skill to Strength instead before they can’t go on. It is most often used of Agility. to resist Fatigue effects, and as the basis for BATTLE (SMARTS) the derived stat of Toughness. Battle is an individual’s command of strategy and tactics. It can be used for general military knowledge and is critical when commanding troops in Mass Battles (see page 160).

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BOATING (AGILITY) Characters with this skill can handle most any common waterborne boat or ship. They also know how to handle common tasks associated with their vessel such as tying knots, rigging sails, or following currents.

 COMMON KNOWLEDGE (SMARTS)

Characters roll Common Knowledge to know people, places, and things of their locale, including etiquette, geography, culture, current events, contacts, and customs.

DRIVING (AGILITY) Although rare on Golarion, Driving allows a hero to control any powered ground vehicle. Self-powered transports use Athletics, while beast-drawn conveyances use Riding. Driving rolls are typically only needed in dangerous or stressful conditions, such as chases or when navigating dangerous roads or attempting to race through crowded city streets.

FAITH (SPIRIT) Clerics and druids use Faith as the arcane skill required for their Arcane Backgrounds, described on pages 48 and 52.

FIGHTING (AGILITY) Fighting covers all hand-to-hand (melee) attacks, whether it’s with fists, axes, swords, or martial arts. It reflects skill as well as raw power, savagery, and fearlessness.

GAMBLING (SMARTS) Gambling is common in taverns, roadside inns, the barracks of most armies, or the below decks of ships at sea. To simulate an hour of gambling without having to roll for every single toss of the dice or hand of cards, have everyone agree on the stakes, such as 10 gold coins, etc. Everyone in the game then makes a Gambling roll. The lowest total pays the highest total the difference times the stake. The next lowest pays the second highest the difference times the stake, and so on. If there’s an odd man left in the middle, he breaks even.

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Example: A rogue rolls highest with a 10 and the bard rolls lowest with a 4. The difference is 6, so the bard pays 6 × the stake of 10, or 60 gp. Cheating: A character who cheats adds +2 to his roll. The GM may raise or lower this modifier depending on the particulars of the game or the method of cheating. If a cheater rolls a Critical Failure, however, she's caught. The consequences depend on the circ*mstances and who noticed, but are usually unpleasant!

HEALING (SMARTS) Healing has multiple uses, from treating Wounds to diagnosing diseases and analyzing certain kinds of forensic evidence. See page 130 for rules on mending and treating Wounds, and pages 154 and 157 for treatment of disease or poison. Healing can also be used to analyze evidence that relates to anatomical trauma, including cause of death and approximate time, a general angle of attack, and similar matters. Success provides basic information and a raise increases the details uncovered.

INTIMIDATION (SPIRIT) Intimidation is the art of frightening an opponent so that he backs down, reveals information, or flees. Intimidation is an opposed roll resisted by the opponent’s Spirit. In combat, this is a Test (see page 141). Out of combat, a successful roll means the foe backs down for the most part, reveals some information, or slinks away when the opportunity presents itself. A raise might mean the target backs down for the remainder of the scene, spills all the beans, or runs away as fast as possible. In or out of combat, a Critical Failure on the roll means the target is immune to this character’s Intimidation attempts for the remainder of this encounter! Networking: Intimidation can also be used as a “macro” skill to simulate several hours of working the streets. See Networking on page 162 to see how to crack some heads for favors or information.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

LANGUAGE (SMARTS)

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SKILL

ABILITY

d4

The character can read, write, and speak common words and phrases.

d6

The speaker can carry on a prolonged but occasionally halting conversation.

d8

The character can speak fluently.

d10

The hero can mimic other dialects within the language.

d12

The speaker can masterfully recite important literary or oral works.

COMMON GOLARION LANGUAGES LANGUAGE

TYPICAL SPEAKERS

Abyssal

Demons and evil outsiders.

Aklo

Inhuman or otherworldly monsters; evil Fey.

Aquan

Aquatic creatures.

Notice is a hero’s general awareness and alertness. It’s used to sense sights, sounds, tastes, and smells, spot clues, detect ambushes, spot hidden weapons on a foe, or tell if a rival is lying, frightened, happy, etc. Success conveys basic information — the character hears movement in the forest, smells distant smoke, or senses someone isn’t being completely truthful. A raise grants more detail, such as the direction of a sound or odor or what topic a person is avoiding or lying about.

Auran

Flying creatures.

Celestial

Angels and good outsiders.

Common

Humans and hero races.

Draconic

Dragons and reptilian humanoids.

Druidic

Druids.

Dwarven

Dwarves

Elven

Elves and half-elves.

Giant

Cyclops, Giants, Ogres, and Trolls.

Gnome

Gnomes.

OCCULT (SMARTS)

Goblin

Bugbears, Goblins, and Hobgoblins.

Gnoll

Gnolls.

Halfling

Halflings.

Ignan

Fire-based creatures.

Infernal

Devils and evil outsiders.

Orc

Orcs and half-orcs.

Sylvan

Centaurs, Fey, plant creatures, and unicorns.

Terran

Earth-based creatures.

Undercommon

Drow, duegar, morlocks, and svirfneblin

Occult reflects knowledge and experience of magical and supernatural events, processes, items, and creatures. It can be used to decipher glyphs, recall information about Golarion's monsters, recall cures for supernatural maladies like lycanthropy or vampirism, and so on. Finding information in a library, a wizard’s lair, or in an old dusty tome uses the Academics skill. If the investigator’s Occult skill is higher, she may use that instead. See Academics on page 33.

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On Golarion, most individuals speak several different languages. Characters get half their Smarts die in different languages at d6 at character creation, plus their native language(s) at d8 (see Language Proficiency table on the right). The most common Golarion languages are listed on the table at right. Treat each language as a separate skill when Advancing. Limited: Use whichever skill is lowest when performing an action that requires speech and knowledge of a foreign language. Academics, Intimidation (if verbal), Persuasion, Taunt, etc., are all limited by the character’s Language skill. This limitation never applies to a character’s native tongue, however.

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PERFORMANCE (SPIRIT) A good entertainer can lift spirits, rally a crowd to action, or simply earn a few coins from the locals. Specifics depend on the situation, setting, and how well the character is known in the area. Performance covers singing, acting, playing an instrument, or similar tasks that require an audience to appreciate. It is also the arcane skill used by bards.

REACTIONS The GM can use the table below to roll or choose a character or group’s initial attitude.

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INITIAL REACTION

2

Hostile: The target is openly hostile. He may attack if possible, or other­wise betray, report on, or hinder the party at the first opportunity. He doesn’t help without an over­whelming reward or threat of some kind.

3

Unfriendly: The character isn’t interested in helping unless he has little choice and/or is offered a substantial payment or reward.

4–5

Uncooperative: The target isn’t interested in getting involved unless there’s a significant advantage to himself.

6–8

Neutral: The character has no particular attitude toward the group. He expects fair payment for any sort of favor or information.

9–10

Cooperative: The character is gener­ally sympathetic. He helps if he can for a small fee, favor, or kindness.

11

Friendly: The individual goes out of his way for the hero. He likely does simple tasks for very little, and is willing to do more dangerous tasks for fair pay or other favors.

12

Helpful: The target is anxious to help the hero and probably does so for little or no reward.

Raising Funds: The amount of money a character can raise by performing is extremely subjective, but as a general rule a successful performance earns 50 gp × the character's Rank (Novice 1, Seasoned 2, 3 for Veteran, 4 for Heroic, and 5 for Legendary). A raise doubles the amount earned. If the performer has built up a solid reputation in the area or the venue is particularly large, the GM should increase the base gp value appropriately. Deception: Performance can be used instead of Persuasion if the character is attempting to deceive, bluff, or disguise herself and the GM agrees it makes sense in the context of the situation.

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Persuasion is the ability to convince others to do what you want through reason, cajoling, deception, rewards, or other friendly means. Persuasion isn’t mind control. It can change someone’s attitude but not their goals. A bandit may let you keep a sentimental piece of jewelry with a good Persuasion roll but still takes all your other goods. When used to Support allies (page 140) it’s an unopposed roll. If the target is resistant, it’s an opposed roll vs. the target’s Spirit. The GM should modify the roll as appropriate based on roleplaying, any pertinent Edges or Hindrances that affect the conversation, and the circ*mstances. Reaction Level: How much a person is willing to cooperate depends largely on their attitude toward whoever’s talking to them. The Game Master can decide how nonplayer characters feel based on the setting, or roll on the Reaction Table (see sidebar) when having no preconceived notions. Success improves the target’s attitude one level and a raise improves it two. Further increases aren’t generally possible in the same encounter—it takes individuals a little time to adjust their biases. Failure means the target won’t change his mind this encounter or until the situation changes in some important way. A Critical Failure also reduces the target’s attitude two levels.

RIDING (AGILITY) Riding allows a hero to mount, control, and ride any beast or beast-drawn vehicle. This includes horses, camels, dragons, wagons, chariots, and the like. See the rules for Mounted Combat on page 137.

SCIENCE (SMARTS)

Those with this skill have studied various disciplines from architecture to Although rare on Golarion, Piloting allows natural sciences to engineering and other a character to maneuver any kind of airship. “hard” sciences. A being with the innate ability to fly (having A successful roll reveals basic information wings, for example) uses Athletics instead. about a topic, and a raise grants more details.

PILOTING (AGILITY)

REPAIR (SMARTS) Repair is the ability to take apart and/or fix mechanical gadgets, vehicles, weapons, and other simple devices. It also covers the use of demolitions and explosives. How long a Repair roll takes is up to the GM and the complexity of the task. Success means the item is functional. A raise on the Repair roll halves the time required. Tools: Characters suffer a minor penalty (−1 to −2) to their roll if they don’t have access to basic tools, or a major penalty (−3 to −4) if the device requires specialized equipment.

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Only one roll should generally be allowed per interaction unless new information is revealed, a substantial reward is offered, etc. Networking: Characters can also use Persuasion as a “macro skill,” simulating a few hours or an evening’s time hobnobbing and socializing to gain favors or information. See Networking on page 162.

SHOOTING (AGILITY) Shooting covers all attempts to hit a target with a ranged weapon such as a bow or crossbow (thrown weapons use Athletics, page 33). See Chapter Three for details on ranged combat.

SPELLCASTING (SMARTS) Sorcerers and wizards use Spellcasting as their arcane skill when casting spells. See Chapter Five for more information on magical powers.

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target’s Notice, whether the guard is actively looking for trouble or not. If successful, the attacker is considered on Hold (page 136) and the victim is Vulnerable (page 134) to him (but not others) until the attacker’s turn ends (not the defender’s in this case). With a raise, the attacker has The Drop (page 134 instead. Before the attacker strikes, the defender and any other beings on his side must check for Surprise (see page 141). The attacker may come off Hold and resolve his strike; then the rest of the round progresses normally.

Stealth is the ability to hide and move quietly. A simple success on a Stealth roll means the character avoids detection if enemies aren’t particularly alert. If the character fails the roll, the enemy realizes something is amiss and begins actively searching for whatever roused them. Once foes are alerted and active, Stealth is opposed by Notice (a group roll if there are many foes, see page 121). The GM should apply any circ*mstantial penalties to Notice rolls for darkness, cover, Movement: In combat, characters roll noise, distractions, and any difference in the Stealth each turn as a free action at the end of target’s Scale (just like when attacking, see their move or any action the GM thinks might Scale on page 140). Sneaking through dry draw attention. leaves might subtract 2 from the Stealth roll, Out of combat, the distance moved depends for example, while spotting someone in the dark uses the Illumination penalty listed on entirely on the situation. The GM might want page 136 (−4). Don’t apply the same modifier a roll every minute if the group is sneaking to both rolls, however. If Stealth is at −2 for the around the perimeter of a defensive position, leaves, don’t give Notice a +2 for them as well. or every few miles if they’re trying to quietly Attacking from Stealth: Sneaking up walk through a dark forest without alerting close enough to make a melee attack always the creatures that live there. requires an opposed Stealth roll versus the

SURVIVAL (SMARTS)

TAUNT (SMARTS)

COMPREHENSIVE MODIFIERS Rather than a long list of specific bonuses and penalties to skill rolls such as Stealth, Survival, Thievery, etc, Savage Pathfinder leaves any modifiers to the GM. This approach allows her to look at the entire situation and assign a bonus or penalty as the situation requires, usually from +4 to −4. She can consider all the factors more generally, especially those that overlap, like dual penalties for rain or darkness that both limit visibility and therefore shouldn’t stack, and assign an overall modifier without having to consult a table in the middle of a tense scene. As a general guideline, +/–1 is a very minor penalty and +/–2 is a typical advantageous or disadvantageous circ*mstance. A modifier of −3/–4 means the task is very difficult, and extremely unlikely to do well (a raise result), while +3 /+4 all but guarantees success and makes a raise very likely.

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Survival allows a character to find food, water, or shelter in hostile environments. It can also be used to navigate wilderness environments, figure out which plants are good to eat and which aren’t, and so on. A successful Survival roll provides enough food and water for one person for one day; or five people with a raise. More detailed information on Hunger and Thirst can be found under Hazards on page 157. Tracking: Survival can also be used to detect and follow tracks. Each roll generally covers following the tracks for one mile, but the GM should adjust this as needed for specific circ*mstances. A character moves at half Pace and cannot run while tracking a foe. The Game Master should assign a bonus or penalty based on the target, environment, and time. Tracking a large group that recently passed through a snow-covered area might grant a bonus of +4, while following a single person over rocks and streams after more than a day incurs a −4 penalty.

Taunt attacks a person’s pride through ridicule, cruel jests, or oneupmanship. Taunt is an opposed roll resisted by the opponent’s Smarts. In combat, this is a Test (see page 141). Out of combat, success means the defender backs down, slinks away, or starts a fight. A raise might leave the victim cowed for the remainder of the encounter, cause them to storm out in tears, or even make a reckless attack. A Critical Failure on the Taunt means the target is immune to this character’s Taunts for the remainder of the encounter.

success opens or disables the device, and a raise does it in less time, without tripping alarms, or whatever else the GM feels is appropriate. Sleight of hand, hiding or planting an item, or picking a pocket require a simple success. If foes are actively watching the character, Thievery is opposed by Notice. The Game Master should assign penalties for particularly difficult circ*mstances. Picking a heavy padlock might have a −4 penalty, while hiding a dagger in bulky winter clothing might grant a + bonus. Failure typically means the character is spotted or it takes too THIEVERY (AGILITY) Lockpicking, safecracking, picking pockets, much time (after which the character can try sleight of hand, setting and disabling again). A Critical Failure typically sets off the traps, and similar acts of misdirection, trap, alerts the victim, or jams the device so sabotage, subterfuge, and manipulation are that it must be opened or interacted with in a different way. called Thievery. If used to pick a lock, crack a safe, disable a trap, or perform a simple unopposed action,

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EDGES On the following pages are dozens of Edges for Savage Pathfinder. Edges are grouped by type to help during character creation, and you’ll find a handy summary of each on page 95. Unless an Edge specifically says otherwise, it may only be selected once. REQUIREMENTS: Below each Edge is the minimum Rank (see page 16) required to take it along with any other prerequisites such as attributes, skills, or other Edges.

BACKGROUND EDGES These Edges are typically advantages a character is born with, learns from prolonged and extensive training, or gains after exposure to certain events. Players can choose these Edges after character creation with a little rationalization. An individual might choose the Attractive Edge, for example, by cleaning himself up, getting a makeover, and generally paying more attention to physical appearance. Characters might also be able to gain an Arcane Background by finding and studying a spellbook or training with another arcane type in their party during downtime between adventures.

ALERTNESS REQUIREMENTS:Novice Not much gets by this hero. Very observant and perceptive, she adds +2 to Notice rolls to hear, see, or otherwise sense the world around them.

AMBIDEXTROUS REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+ Your warrior is equally deft with both hands. She ignores the Off-Hand penalty (see page 138). If holding a weapon in each hand, she may stack Parry bonuses (if any) from both weapons.

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ARCANE BACKGROUND (MAGIC OR MIRACLES) REQUIREMENTS: Novice Exposure to strange energies, studies at a magical school, or gifts from divine or spiritual entities sometimes grant champions their own powers and abilities. If you want to play a bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, or wizard based on the original Pathfinder game system's character classes, see the Class Edges beginning on page 43. If you want to make your own custom mage or priest, use the rules here: Arcane Background (Magic): Mages use Spellcasting as their arcane skill, and have Armor Interference (Any) (see page 64). On taking this Edge, you get Spellcasting at d4, three starting powers, and 10 Power Points. A mage’s available powers are: Arcane protection, banish, barrier, beast friend, blast, blind, bolt, boost/lower Trait, burrow, burst, confusion, conjure item, curse, damage field, darksight, deflection, detect/conceal arcana, disguise, dispel, divination, drain Power Points, elemental manipulation, empathy, entangle, environmental protection, farsight, fear, fly, growth/shrink, havoc, illusion, intangibility, invisibility, light/darkness, locate, mind link, mind reading, mind wipe, object reading, planar travel, protection, puppet, relief, scrying, shape change, sloth/speed, slumber, smite, sound/silence, speak language, stun, summon ally, telekinesis, teleport, timestop, wall walker, warrior’s gift, wish, zombie. Arcane Background (Miracles): Priests use Faith as their arcane skill and must choose a Domain (see page 50). When they take this Edge, they get Faith at d4, 10 Power Points, any three powers listed under their Domain, and are subject to that Domain’s Sins (page 50).

ARCANE RESISTANCE REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+ Magic and the supernatural hold little sway with this individual. Whether by nature, heritage, or training the character is particularly resistant to magic, psionics, weird science, and other supernatural energies. Arcane skills targeting the hero suffer a −2 penalty and magical damage is reduced by 2 as well. This includes magical bonuses

granted to weapons, such as the smite power or the Damaging enchantment (page 211).

IMPROVED ARCANE RESISTANCE

ARISTOCRAT REQUIREMENTS: Novice This individual was born into privilege or came into it later in life. She may or may not have money (the Rich or Filthy Rich Edge),but she still walks in the elite social circles ofthe world. Aristocrats add +2 to Persuasion when Networking (see page 162) with the local elite, captains of industry, nobles, or other aristocrats. They also add +2 to Common Knowledge rolls made to know the etiquette of the upper class, recognize family trees or heraldry, or recall gossip concerning others of their station.

ATTRACTIVE REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Vigor d6+ It’s no secret people are more willing to help those they find physically attractive. Your character adds +1 to Performance and Persuasion rolls if the target is attracted to his general type (gender, sex, species, etc.).

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Strength d6+, Vigor d6+ Your bruiser is very large or very fit. Her Size increases by +1 (and therefore Toughness by 1) and she treats her Strength as one die type higher when determining Encumbrance (page 106) and Minimum Strength to use armor, weapons, and equipment without a penalty (page 106). Brawny can’t increase a character’s Size above +3, and it has no effect on Armor Interference or Armor Restriction.

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REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Arcane Resistance As above, but the penalty to the arcane skill roll and damage are increased to 4.

BRAWNY

BRUTE REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Strength d6+, Vigor d6+ Brutes focus on core strength and fitness over coordination and flexibility. They treat Athletics as linked to Strength instead of Agility for purposes of Advancement. The character may also resist Athletics Tests with Strength if he chooses. Finally, Brutes increase the Short Range of any thrown item by +1.

VERY ATTRACTIVE REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Attractive Your hero is drop-dead gorgeous. He increases his Performance and Persuasion bonus to +2.

BRAVE REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d6+ Those with this Edge have learned to master their fear, or have dealt with so many horrors they’ve become jaded. These valiant explorers add +2 to Fear checks and subtract 2 from Fear Table results (see page 152).

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Double that for the adjusted Medium Range, and double again for Long Range. If a thrown item’s Range is 3/6/12, for example, a Brute’s Range is 4/8/16.

CHARISMATIC REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+ Your hero is likable for some reason. She may be trustworthy or kind, or might just exude confidence and goodwill. You get one free reroll on Persuasion rolls.

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performances, or other duties without causing trouble for herself.

FAMOUS REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Fame Your hero is truly famous. She’s well-known in a large circle such as a city, kingdom, or a popular traveling road show. She makes 5× the normal fee when performing and adds +2 to Persuasion rolls when influencing friendly individuals who know who she is. The price is higher for the truly Famous, too, with more demands on her time, obligations, rivals, scandals, and an inability to operate in crowds without being recognized.

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+ Elan means energy or spirit. Those who have it rise to the occasion when the going gets toughest. When you spend a Benny to reroll a Trait, add +2 to the total. The bonus applies only when rerolling. It doesn’t apply to damage rolls (since they’re not Trait rolls), nor does it apply to Soak rolls unless you’re using another Benny to reroll the Vigor check.

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Vigor d8+ Those with this blessing add +2 to Vigor rolls for natural healing, and check every three days instead of five (see Healing, page 130).

FAME

FLEET-FOOTED

REQUIREMENTS: Novice Your character is a minor celebrity of some sort. She might be a popular bard in a small fiefdom, a warrior who saved the town, or a beloved wizard who entertains children. She makes double the normal fee when performing for pay (see Performance, page 35). She can also use her celebrity to add +1 to Persuasion rolls if a target is friendly and knows who she is (a Common Knowledge roll modified by how likely the individual is to know the celebrity). The downside of Fame is that the individual is often recognized, others frequently want something from her, she may be followed by fans or admirers, or she may not be able to shirk obligations,

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d6+ The hero’s Pace is increased by +2 and his running die increases one step (from d6 to d8, for example).

FAST HEALER

LINGUIST REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Smarts d6+ This world-traveler has an ear for languages. Characters know a number of languages equal to half their Smarts die type automatically. Those taking this Edge know a number of languages equal to her Smarts die type instead. See the Language Proficiency table on page 35 for common choices.

LUCK REQUIREMENTS: Novice The adventurer seems to be blessed by fate, karma, the gods, or whatever external forces he believes in (or believe in him!).

He draws one extra Benny at the beginning of each game session, allowing him to succeed at important tasks more often than most, and survive incredible dangers.

GREAT LUCK

QUICK REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+ Quick characters have lightning-fast reflexes and a cool head. Whenever you are dealt an Action Card of Five or lower, you may discard it and draw again until you get a card higher than Five. Characters with both the Level Headed and Quick Edges first draw their additional card and choose which to take. If that card is a Five or less, the Quick Edge may be used to draw a replacement until it’s Six or higher.

RICH REQUIREMENTS: Novice Whether the individual was born with a silver spoon in his mouth or earned it through hard work, he’s got more money than most. Rich heroes start with 900 gold pieces instead of the usual 300. The hero also receives 1,000 gp per week, perhaps from family holdings, a profitable business, or an inheritance. Whether he can get to it or not is another matter. It might simply build up in an account, or more likely, as a collection of assets such as a manor or estate. Of course that kind of wealth usually comes with obligations to spend it, pay taxes, or take care of retainers, employees, caretakers, and grounds.

FILTHY RICH REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Rich This fortunate individual is inordinately wealthy. He starts with 1,500 gp and has a weekly income of 5,000 gp. Responsibilities increase dramatically as well, as such wealth requires a staff to manage the business, advisors, or a sizable retinue to take care of day-to-day matters, personal affairs, and other needs.

Every player character in Savage Pathfinder gets a Class Edge for free (or a Background or Professional Edge if you prefer not to have a Class Edge). This helps your adventurer capture the feel of the original Pathfinder system’s character classes. Class Edges also serve as the foundation for other higher Rank Class Edges and exciting new Prestige Edges (see page 79). They should usually only be taken at character creation though, as most reflect years of training and specialization. You can take them later, or “multi-class” if you like, but you should work with your GM to figure out how your character suddenly acquires such impressive abilities later in her career. You’ll find eleven core Class Edges and Advanced Edges for each Rank on the following page spreads. Look for additional Class Edges in future books.

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REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Luck The player draws two extra Bennies instead of one at the start of each session.

CLASS EDGES

MULTI-CLASSING Characters in Savage Pathfinder can take more than one Class Edge, but only one per Rank. If a character takes a new Arcane Background, she gets a d4 in its arcane skill if she doesn’t already have it, and the new powers. If she already has an Arcane Background, she doesn’t get new Power Points, she must share her existing pool with all her Arcane Backgrounds. Otherwise, she also gets the Power Points listed for the class. Power Edges (see page 77) apply to all a character’s applicable powers, but Class Edge abilities apply only to spells provided by that class.

ICONIC CHARACTERS Following each Class Edge and all the information you need to use it is an example “Iconic” character. These named individuals feature in Pathfinder’s lore, and you might find them in Paizo’s fiction, games, and other outlets. The Iconics serve as examples of their class for your game, but can also be played, and have a full set of recommended Advances you can use if you want to walk in these legends’ shoes.

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BARBARIAN BARBARIAN REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Strength d6+, Vigor d6+ For some, there is only rage. In the ways of their people, in the fury of their passion, in the howl of battle, these brutal souls swear by the creed of conflict. Battle possessed, these savage warriors disdain the life of the professional guard or soldier. They seek to fight for the sake of the act itself. Known as barbarians, these warmongers know little of tactics, preparation, or the rules of warfare. For them, only the moment exists. They embrace the possibility that the next battle might hold their death. Within the barbarian’s heart beats the primal spirit of struggle. Those who face their rage, beware. RESTRICTION (Medium): A barbarian’s fighting style requires great freedom of movement. They subtract 4 from Agility and Agility-based skill rolls when wearing heavy armor or using a heavy shield. „ FAST: Barbarians are fast and durable runners. They increase their base Pace by +2. This doesn’t affect their running die, but does stack with Edges like Fleet-Footed or ancestral modifiers. „ RAGE: Barbarians can call upon inner reserves of strength and ferocity in desperate circ*mstances. As a limited free action, a barbarian may “rage” voluntarily. If she’s Shaken or Wounded, she must make a Smarts roll or rage whether she wants to or not. Rage lasts five rounds. After the barbarian’s fifth turn raging, she takes a level of Fatigue that can only be recovered with an hour’s rest (generally no walking, riding, etc). An Exhausted barbarian who rages is Incapacitated afterward. See page 134 for more on Fatigue. „ ARMOR

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While raging, a barbarian gains the following abilities: • Fury: Her Strength increases a die type and every melee attack must be a Wild Attack (see page 143). She can’t use any skill or ability that requires more than a few seconds of concentration (GM’s call). • Enraged: She ignores two levels of Wound and Fatigue penalties (this stacks with any other abilities that reduce those penalties). • Reckless Abandon: If a barbarian rolls a Critical Failure on a Fighting check while raging, she hits a random target within range of her attack (not the intended target), friend or foe. If there are no applicable targets, she injures herself and suffers Bumps & Bruises (see page 153).

POWERFUL BLOW REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Barbarian The barbarians’ savage Wild Attacks cause +4 damage instead of +2. See Wild Attacks on page 143.

INTIMIDATING GLARE REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Barbarian The fearsome and baleful gaze of the wild barbarian unsettles all but the stoutest souls. When the barbarian’s Action Card is a Jack or higher, she may make an Intimidation roll as a limited free action. She also ignores the usual advice on Repetition (see page 142). She may issue threats and insults if she wants, but her terrible glare is often enough to send shivers down her foes' spines.

STRENGTH SURGE REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Barbarian The barbarian’s rage knows no bounds! Her Strength increases two die types when raging instead of just one. This can exceed the character’s ancestral limit.

P AMIRI (NOVICE, ICONIC PATH BARBARIAN)

ANCESTRY: Human (Adaptable) ATTRIBUTES Agility d8 Smarts d4 Spirit d6 Strength d10 Vigor d8

DERIVED Parry: 6 Toughness: 8 (2) Pace: 8 Bennies: 3

HINDRANCES: Bloodthirsty, Death Wish, Poverty EDGES: Barbarian, Brute LANGUAGES: Common d8, Halfling d6, Goblin d6

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Fiery of heart and fierce in battle, Amiri demands respect. Those who offend the barbarian soon learn the wrath of her blood rage. She wields an over-sized bastard sword, her mostprized possession, won from a frost giant years ago. Other than this, Amiri shows no interest in material belongings. She spends freely whenever chance provides, embracing life in the moment and expecting a noble death with the dawn of every day.

SKILLS: Athletics d6, Common Knowledge d4, Fighting d8, Intimidation d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d4, Riding d4, Shooting d6, Stealth d4, Survival d6 GEAR: Bastard Sword (Str+d8, AP 1), short bow (Range 12/24/48, Damage 2d6, AP 1), 20 arrows, handaxe (Str+d6), studded leather tunic and leggings (+2), adventurer’s kit.

ADVANCEMENT 1 – Trademark Weapon (Bastard Sword) 2 – Sweep 3 – Vigor d10 S – Powerful Blow 5 – Fighting d10 6 – Menacing 7 – Counterattack V – Intimidating Glare 9 – Trademark Weapon (Imp) 10 – Sweep (Imp) 11 – Giant Killer H – Strength Surge 13 – Counterattack (Imp) 14 – Fighting d12 15 – No Mercy L – Vigor d12 17 – Tough as Nails 18 – Tougher than Nails 19 – Weapon Master 20 – Master of Arms

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BARD BARD

INSPIRE HEROICS

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d6, Performance d4+ The bards of Golarion bring epic tales of heroism and tragedy to the people. Many are renowned far and wide for their talents, but few realize how crucial they are to parties of brave adventurers. They bolster their allies in dire circ*mstances, beguile their enemies, and often battle evil with a sword in one hand and a lute in the other. Bards cast spells by singing, reciting poetry, or reciting epic tales. They are usually erudite individuals, traveling the land to learn bawdy songs, great histories, and epic legends. Allies must be able to hear the bard to benefit from his various abilities. BACKGROUND (Bard): Bards use Performance as their arcane skill and start with a d4 on taking this Edge. They have 3 starting powers and 10 Power Points. Available Powers: Arcane protection, banish, beast friend, boost/lower Trait, confusion, detect/conceal arcana, conjure item, dispel, divination, drain Power Points, empathy, fear, healing, mind link, mind reading, object reading, puppet, relief, sloth/speed, slumber, song of contempt, sound/silence, speak language, stun, warrior’s gift.

„ ARCANE

INTERFERENCE (Light): Bulky armor interferes with a bard’s grace and dexterity. They subtract 4 from their Performance rolls when wearing medium or heavy armor, or using medium or heavy shields.

„ ARMOR

Bards may use Performance as Taunt to Test a foe. They may also ignore the Repetition advice given under Tests (see page 141), as long as they recite different verses, stanzas, lyrics, etc. Bards may also substitute Performance for Taunt to meet Edge Requirements.

„ SHARP

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REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Bard Bards inspire their comrades with epic tales of valor and bravery. Once during any combat encounter (GM’s call), the bard can spend a Benny to gain five Inspiration tokens. This is a free action. For the remainder of the encounter, the bard may give these tokens to anyone within a Range of Smarts except himself. This may be done at any time (as long as the bard is conscious). The recipient must use the token immediately—it cannot be saved. Each Inspiration token allows a character to reroll a Trait or damage roll. A Trait or damage roll may only benefit from a single Inspiration Token, even if there are multiple bards present. Further rerolls require spending a Benny or a special ability. Inspiration tokens aren’t Bennies, don’t trigger Edges that use Bennies (such as Elan), and can’t be used as such in any other way such as drawing new Action Cards or Soaking Wounds.

COUNTERSONG REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Bard The bard and all allies within 5” (10 yards) get a free reroll when opposing enemy spell effects or attempting to recover from them. This includes rolls to recover from any magical effect as blind, lower Trait, or stun. Countersong doesn’t help targets resist or recover from natural effects.

DIRGE OF DOOM REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Bard This baleful song builds dread in the bard’s foes. At his discretion, any enemy who spends a Benny to Soak or reroll a Trait or damage roll within 10” (20 yards) and line of sight of the bard subtracts 2 from the final total.

P LEM (NOVICE, ICONIC PATH BARD) Lem possesses a delightful sense of humor, along with a boundless optimism, despite his childhood as a slave in Cheliax. Constantly humming tunes from lore or of his own invention, the impulsive halfling is quick to intervene whenever he witnesses cruelty. ANCESTRY: Halfling (Agile, Keen Senses, Reduced Pace, Size −1, Sure-Footed) DERIVED Parry: 5 Toughness: 6 (2) Pace: 5 (d4) Bennies: 4

HINDRANCES: Armor Interference (Minor), Impulsive, Mild Mannered, Quirk (Hums) EDGES: Bard, Charismatic, Luck LANGUAGES: Common d8, Dwarven d6, Elven d6, Gnome d6, Halfling d8

Characters

ATTRIBUTES Agility d8 Smarts d6 Spirit d8 Strength d4 Vigor d6

SKILLS: Academics d6, Athletics d6, Common Knowledge d4, Fighting d6, Notice d6, Occult d6, Performance d8, Persuasion d6, Stealth d6, Thievery d6 POWERS: Boost / lower Trait, confusion, empathy. GEAR: Dagger (Str+d4), sling (Range 4/8/16, Damage Str+d4, RoF 1, uses Athletics, 20 stones, entertainer’s outfit, soft leather tunic and leggings (+2), adventurer’s kit, flute.

ADVANCEMENT 1 – Spirit d10 2 – Performance d10, Fighting d8 3 – Athletics d8, Persuasion d8 S – Inspire Heroics 5 – Power Points (15 total) 6 – New Powers: Relief, slumber 7 – Rabble-Rouser V – Countersong 9 – Humiliate 10 – New Powers: Sound/silence, puppet 11 – Smarts d8 H – Dirge of Doom 13 – Performance d12, Persuasion d10 14 – Power Points (20 total) 15 – New Powers: Drain Power Points, warrior’s gift L – Strength d6 17 – Channeling 18 – Sidekick 19 – Professional (Performance d12 + 1 ) 20 – Expert (Performance d12 + 2)

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CLERIC CLERIC

DESTROY UNDEAD

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d6+, Vow (Major—serve their deity or domain) In faith and the miracles of the divine, many find a greater purpose. Called to serve powers beyond most mortal understanding, all priests provide for the spiritual needs of their people. More than mere preachers, clerics serve as emissaries of their gods. These ecclesiastics vow to spread the tenets, knowledge, and truth of their faith. While clerics of different faiths may share similar abilities, they prove as different from one another as the divinities they serve. Some offer healing and redemption, others judge law and truth, and still others spread conflict and corruption. BACKGROUND (Cleric): On taking this Edge, a clerics gets her arcane skill, Faith, at d4 and 10 Power Points. She starts with the healing power and two others chosen from her Domain (see page 50).

„ ARCANE

„ CHANNEL

ENERGY: Clerics can cast the

healing power at a Range of Spirit rather than Touch. Their healing power also has the Additional Recipients Power Modifier, allowing them to heal nearby allies at the cost of one extra Power Point each. When a character commits a sin (listed in each Domain), she suffers the following consequences: Minor sins give the character −2 to her Faith rolls for one week. Major sins rob her of all arcane powers for a week. Mortal sins cause the character to be forsaken until she completes some great act of atonement (GM’s call).

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REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Cleric As an action, the cleric spends 2 Power Points to channel positive energy in a Medium Blast Template centered on herself. Every undead creature within the template must make a Spirit roll or take a Wound (this may be Soaked as usual).

FAVORED POWERS (CLERIC) REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Cleric The cleric has great familiarity with some of her core powers and can cast them quickly and easily. Once per turn, she may ignore up to two points of any penalties (MultiAction, Wounds, Fatigue, etc.) when casting healing, smite, protection. This Edge doesn’t give her those powers— they must be taken separately.

DIVINE MASTERY REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Cleric Deities reward their clerics with additional power and energy to power their miracles. A cleric who takes this Edge gains access to all her powers’ Epic Power Modifiers (see page 175).

P KYRA (NOVICE, ICONIC PATH CLERIC) Kyra’s vow to Sarenrae guides her path. With each new day, the cleric renews her oath to fight evil, heal the sick, and protect the innocent. Kyra takes great pride in her faith, her divine powers, and her prowess with a scimitar—all in service to her goddess. ANCESTRY: Human (Adaptable) DERIVED Parry: 5 Toughness: 7 (2) Pace: 6 Bennies: 3

HINDRANCES: Heroic, Vow (Major—serve Sarenrae) EDGES: Cleric (Good), Healer LANGUAGES: Common d8, Elven d6, Gnome d6, Halfling d6

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ATTRIBUTES Agility d6 Smarts d8 Spirit d8 Strength d6 Vigor d6

SKILLS: Athletics d4, Common Knowledge d6, Faith d8, Fighting d6, Healing d6, Intimidation d6, Notice d6, Occult d6, Persuasion d6, Stealth d4 POWERS: Healing, protection, smite GEAR: Scimitar (Str+d6), sling (Range 4/8/16, Damage Str+d4, RoF 1, AP —), 20 stones, cleric’s vestments, leather tunic and leggings (+2), adventurer’s kit, healer’s kit, silver holy symbol, spell component pouch, holy water.

ADVANCEMENT 1 – New Powers: Boost/lower Trait, sanctuary 2 – New Powers: Dispel, relief 3 – Healing d8, Occult d8 S—Destroy Undead 5 – Power Points (15 total) 6 – Channeling 7 – Spirit d10 V—Favored Powers (Cleric) 9 – Faith d10, Persuasion d8 10 – Holy Warrior 11 – Fighting d8 H—Divine Mastery 13 – New Powers: Divination, warrior’s gift 14 – Vigor d8 15 – Power Points (20 total) L—New Powers: Resurrection, teleport 17 – Rapid Recharge 18 – Spirit d12 19 – Faith d12, Persuasion d10 20 – Tough as Nails

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DEITIES & DOMAINS Domains are spheres of divine power, often represented by Golarion’s deities. Some mortals worship the Domain itself, such as druids who pledge themselves to Nature. Others worship deities that represent their beliefs, such as paladins who follow Sarenrae because she represents Goodness and Protection.

SINS Those who wish to draw energy from divine sources must uphold that Domain’s principles. If they fail to do so their abilities may be penalized or denied. When a character commits one of the sins listed with her Domain, she suffers the following consequences: „ MINOR: The sinner subtracts 2 from her Faith rolls for one week. „ MAJOR: The blasphemer loses access to her arcane powers for a week. „ MORTAL: The heretic is forsaken. She cannot activate her powers until she completes some great act of atonement. This is the GM’s call, but is usually sincere regret or sorrow and the completion of a quest commensurate with the transgression.

DOMAINS DEATH „ ASPECTS: Birth,

death, fate, prophecy. „ DEITIES: Asmodeus, Urgathoa, Pharasma. „ AVAILABLE POWERS: Arcane protection, banish, barrier, blast, blind, bolt, boost/ lower Trait, burrow, burst, confusion, curse, damage field, darksight, deflection, detect/ conceal arcana, disguise, dispel, divination, drain Power Points, farsight, fear, havoc, intangibility, light/darkness, object reading, protection, resurrection, sanctuary, sloth/speed, slumber, smite, sound/silence, stun, summon ally, warrior’s gift, zombie.

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(Minor) Granting mercy to a foe, healing non-believers, failing to pray at a graveyard; (Major) celebrating life and liberty; (Mortal) willfully preventing birth or death.

„ SINS:

EVIL „ ASPECTS: Death, destruction, hate, violence

Asmodeus, Zon-Kuthon, Urgathoa, Norgorber, Lamashtu, Rovagug „ AVAILABLE POWERS: Arcane protection, banish, barrier, blast, blind, bolt, boost/lower Trait, burst, confusion, curse, damage field, darksight, deflection, detect/conceal arcana, disguise, dispel, divination, drain Power Points, entangle, fear, havoc, intangibility, light/ darkness, object reading, planar travel, puppet, protection, resurrection, sanctuary, sloth/speed, slumber, smite, sound/silence, stun, summon ally, teleport, warrior’s gift, zombie. „ DEITIES:

(Minor ) Granting mercy to a foe, helping believers of good; (Major) performing altruistic deeds, eschewing violence; (Mortal) saving the life of an enemy.

„ SINS:

GOOD „ ASPECTS: Healing,

love, mercy, peace. „ DEITIES: Erastil, Iomedae, Torag, Sarenrae, Shelyn, Desna, Cayden Cailean. „ AVAILABLE POWERS: Arcane protection, banish, barrier, beast friend, boost/lower Trait, bolt, confusion, conjure item, darksight, deflection, detect/conceal arcana, disguise, dispel, divination, empathy, entangle, environmental protection, farsight, growth/ shrink, healing, light/ darkness, object reading, protection, relief, resurrection, sanctuary, sloth/ speed, slumber, smite, sound/silence, speak language, stun, summon ally, warrior’s gift, teleport. „ SINS: (Minor) harming a living being when other options are available, refusing to heal a decent person in need, promoting violence through word, deed, or inaction; (Major ) murder, causing sickness or disease; (Mortal) willfully taking the life of a defenseless creature.

KNOWLEDGE

(Minor) allowing knowledge to be destroyed or concealed, refusing to teach someone, not correcting an inaccuracy of importance; (Major) willfully concealing important knowledge, refusing to teach an illiterate person to read and write; (Mortal) willfully destroying important knowledge.

„ SINS:

NATURE „ ASPECTS: Preserve Nature, animals, plants,

weather, seas, sun „ DEITIES: Erastil, Sarenrae, Shelyn, Gozreh, Nethys „ AVAILABLE POWERS: Arcane protection, barrier, beast friend, bolt, burrow, conjure item, damage field, darksight, detect/conceal arcana, disguise, dispel, divination, elemental manipulation, entangle, environmental protection, farsight, fear, fly, growth/shrink, havoc, healing, light/darkness, locate, protection, relief, sanctuary, sloth/speed, smite, sound/silence, stun, summon ally, wall walker. „ SINS: (Minor ) gluttony, allowing mistreatment of animals or plants; (Major) hunting for sport or cruelty, torturing animals, polluting water or earth; (Mortal) willfully burning a forest, destroying crops, or despoiling other natural areas.

PROTECTION „ ASPECTS: Protection,

caregiving, shelter

„ DEITIES: Iomedae, Torag

POWERS: Arcane protection, banish, barrier, beast friend, boost/lower Trait, conjure item, darksight, deflection, detect/ conceal arcana, disguise, dispel, divination, empathy, entangle, environmental protection,

„ AVAILABLE

TRICKERY „ ASPECTS: Chance, luck,

secrets, stealth

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Knowledge, literacy, history, revealing secrets „ DEITIES: Torag, Abadar, Irori „ AVAILABLE POWERS: Arcane protection, banish, barrier, blind, boost/lower Trait, confusion, darksight, deflection, detect/conceal arcana, disguise, dispel, divination, farsight, fear, havoc, healing, light/darkness, locate, mind link, mind reading, mind wipe, object reading, planar travel, protection, sanctuary, scrying, slumber, sound/silence, speak language, stun, summon ally, telekinesis, teleport. „ ASPECTS:

farsight, fly, growth/shrink, healing, illusion, intangibility, invisibility, light/darkness, protection, mind link, relief, resurrection, sanctuary, sloth/speed, slumber, smite, sound/ silence, speak language, stun, summon ally, warrior’s gift, teleport. „ SINS: (Minor) allowing the innocent to be mistreated, denying food or shelter to the needy; (Major) abusing the innocent, breaking covenants; (Mortal) willfully refusing to protect the innocent.

„ DEITIES: Calistria,

Nethys, Shelyn, Desna „ AVAILABLE POWERS: Arcane protection, barrier, blind, boost/lower Trait, confusion, darksight, deflection, detect/conceal arcana, disguise, dispel, drain Power Points, empathy, growth/shrink, havoc, illusion, intangibility, invisibility, light/darkness, mind reading, object reading, puppet, protection, sanctuary, sloth/ speed, slumber, sound/silence, speak language, stun, wall walker, telekinesis, teleport, timestop, wish. „ SINS: (Minor) getting caught in a ruse, being honest; (Major) revealing secrets of the faith, eschewing chance; (Mortal) betraying the trust of another cleric of the faith.

WAR „ ASPECTS: Battle, bravery,

victory „ DEITIES: Norgorber, Rovagug, Cayden Cailean, Gorum „ AVAILABLE POWERS: Arcane protection, barrier, blast, blind, bolt, boost/lower Trait, burst, confusion, curse, damage field, drain Power Points, deflection, dispel, divination, entangle, environmental protection, fear, fly, growth/shrink, havoc, light/darkness, locate, protection, relief, sanctuary, sloth/speed, smite, stun, summon ally, timestop, warrior’s gift. „ SINS: (Minor) showing mercy to an enemy, being beaten in combat by a superior foe; (Major) defeated by an equal or inferior opponent, being beaten in combat without good reason; (Mortal) surrendering without a fight.

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„ WILDERNESS STRIDE: Druids pass through

rough terrain such as dense forest, rocky REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d6+, hills, or desert sands with ease. They ignore Survival d6+ movement penalties for Difficult Ground Within the purity of the elements and the (see page 126). order of the wilds lingers a power beyond the marvels of civilization. Furtive yet undeniable, NATURE BOND these primal magics are guarded by servants The bonds druids form with nature are deep of philosophical balance known as druids. and powerful. Choose one of these abilities: Allies to beasts and manipulators of nature, Attuned: The druid gets one free reroll these protectors of the wild strive to shield anytime she fails a Faith roll to activate a spell. their lands from all who would threaten them. Beast Master: Any time a druid takes Rewarded for their devotion with incredible powers, druids gain unparalleled shape- the Beast Master Edge, her companion shifting abilities, the companionship of automatically starts as a Wild Card. mighty beasts, and the power to call upon nature’s wrath. The mightiest temper powers WILD SHAPE akin to storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Druid with wisdom long forgotten by civilization. The druid gains the shape change spell, if she „ ARCANE BACKGROUND (Druid): A druid doesn’t already have it. The Duration is one gets her arcane skill, Faith, at d4 and 10 hour for her, and she casts as if she were Power Points on taking this Edge. She has one Rank higher than her actual Rank on 3 starting powers and 10 Power Points. the Shape Change table (page 194). Available Powers: Druids choose spells listed under the Nature Domain (page 51). FAVORED POWERS (DRUID) „ ARMOR INTERFERENCE (Light): Bulky REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Druid armor interferes with a druid’s ability to The cleric has great familiarity with some of sense and commune with nature. They her core powers and can cast them quickly subtract 4 from their Faith rolls when and easily. Once per turn, she may ignore wearing medium or heavy armor, or using up to two points of any penalties (Multimedium or heavy shields. Action, Wounds, Fatigue, etc.) when „ NATURE BOND: A druid may attune herself casting entangle, smite, protection. to nature or a special animal companion. This Edge doesn’t give her those powers— See Nature Bond, below. they must be taken separately. „ NATURE SENSE: Druids commune with nature and its spirits. Survival is linked to DIVINE MASTERY Spirit rather than Smarts. REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Druid „ SINS: When a character commits a sin (listed Nature rewards its defenders with under the Nature Domain on page 51), additional power and energy to power she suffers the following consequences: their miracles. A druid who takes this Edge Minor sins give the character −2 to her gains access to all her powers’ Epic Power Faith rolls for one week. Major sins rob Modifiers (see page 175). her of all arcane powers for a week. Mortal sins cause the character to be forsaken until she completes some great act of atonement (GM’s call).

P LINI (NOVICE, ICONIC PATH DRUID) Lini has a way with wild creatures, especially big cats. The gnome prefers the company of her snow leopard, Droogami, to other humanoids, although she gets along well enough with people she trusts. Curious and quirky, she collects sticks from every forest she visits. ANCESTRY: Gnome (Gnome Magic, Keen Senses, Low Light Vision, Reduced Pace, Scrappy, Size −1) DERIVED Parry: 5 Toughness: 5 (1) Pace: 5 (d4) Bennies: 3

HINDRANCES: All Thumbs, Quirk (Collects sticks), Vow (Major—defend the wild places) EDGES: Druid, Beast Master (Droogami the Snow Leopard, see page 247), New Powers LANGUAGES: Common d8, Druidic d6, Elven d6, Gnome d8, Sylvan d8, Terran d6

Characters

ATTRIBUTES Agility d6 Smarts d8 Spirit d8 Strength d4 Vigor d6

SKILLS: Athletics d6, Common Knowledge d6, Faith d8, Fighting d6, Healing d6, Intimidation d4, Notice d6, Persuasion d4, Riding d6, Stealth d6, Survival d8 POWERS: Beast friend, elemental manipulation, entangle, environmental protection, protection. GEAR: Sickle (Str+d4), sling (Range 4/8/16, Damage Str+d4, uses Athletics), traveler’s outfit, cloth armor (+1), 20 stones, adventurer’s kit, spell component pouch, thunderstone.

ADVANCEMENT 1 – Woodsman 2 – Intimidation d6, Notice d8 3 – New Powers: Healing, smite S—Wild Shape (Grants shape change power) 5 – New Powers: Barrier, damage field 6 – Spirit d10 7 – Power Points (15 Total) V—Favored Powers (Druid) 9 – Faith d10, Persuasion d6 10 – Survival d10 11 – Beast Master (increase Droogami’s Fighting) H—Divine Mastery 13 – Strength d6 14 – Beast Master (increase Droogami’s Strength) 15 – Power Points (20 total) L—Faith d12 17 – New Powers: Fly, resurrection 18 – Beast Master (increase Droogami’s Vigor) 19 – Rapid Recharge 20 – Professional (Faith d12 + 1)

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FIGHTER FIGHTER REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Strength d6+, Fighting d6+ Some take up arms for glory, wealth, or revenge. Others do battle to prove themselves, to protect others, or because they know nothing else. Still others learn the ways of weaponcraft to hone their bodies in battle and prove their mettle in the forge of war. Lords of the battlefield, fighters are a disparate lot. Some train with many weapons; some prefer just one. Whatever their tactics, fighters excel at combat. They protect their own and defeat their enemies, rarely shying away from battle. They often lead the charge, a role they relish even if they don’t insist on it. These skilled warriors turn hunks of metal into arms capable of taming kingdoms, slaughtering monsters, and rousing the hearts of armies. Woe to those who dare stand against them. „ MARTIAL FLEXIBILITY: Once per encounter,

as a free action, a fighter can choose to gain the benefits of a single Combat Edge. He must meet all of the Edge’s Requirements, and the benefits of the chosen Edge end when the encounter ends.

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DEADLY BLOW REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Fighter The fighter adds +1 to the damage of all successful Athletics (throwing), Fighting, or Shooting rolls.

MARTIAL FLEXIBILITY (IMPROVED) REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Fighter The fighter gains the benefits of two Combat Edges per encounter (subject to the usual restrictions of Martial Flexibility).

MARTIAL PROWESS REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Fighter The fighter gets a free reroll on any failed Fighting roll.

P VALEROS (NOVICE, ICONIC PATH FIGHTER)

ATTRIBUTES Agility d8 Smarts d6 Spirit d6 Strength d8 Vigor d6

DERIVED Parry: 6 Toughness: 8 (3) Pace: 6 Bennies: 3

HINDRANCES: Impulsive, Loyal, Vengeful (Minor) EDGES: Ambidextrous, Brawny, Fighter LANGUAGES: Common d8, Elven d6, Sylvan d6

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Valeros takes an easy-come, easy-go approach to life, wealth, and relationships. Nevertheless, he remains fiercely loyal to his adventuring companions, even if he acts on impulse in battle. The burly warrior prefers to fight with a sword in each hand, although his proficiency with a bow proves a boon when hunting and engaging in ranged combat. ANCESTRY: Human (Adaptable)

SKILLS: Athletics d6, Common Knowledge d4, Fighting d8, Intimidation d6, Notice d4, Persuasion d4, Riding d4, Shooting d8, Stealth d6, Survival d4 GEAR: Longsword (Str+d8), short sword (Str+d6), short bow (Range 12/24/48, Damage 2d6), 20 arrows, explorer’s outfit, scale mail shirt and leggings (+3), adventurer’s kit.

ADVANCEMENT 1 – Vigor d8 2 – Nerves of Steel 3 – Two-Weapon Fighting S – Deadly Blow 5 – Agility d10 6 – Notice d6, Riding d6 7 – Fighting d10, Shooting d10 V – Martial Flexibility (Imp) 9 – Strength d10 10 – Combat Reflexes 11 – Block H – Martial Prowess 13 – Fighting d12 14 – Vigor d10 15 – Athletics d8, Riding d8 L – Vigor d12 17 – Tough as Nails 18 – Weapon Master 19 – Master of Arms 20 – Tougher than Nails

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MONK MONK REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d6+, Spirit d6+, Fighting d6+ For the truly exemplary, martial skill transcends the battlefield — it is a lifestyle, a doctrine, a state of mind. Such warriorartists search out methods of battle beyond swords and shields, finding weapons within themselves as lethal as any blade. These monks (so called since they adhere to ancient philosophies and strict martial disciplines) elevate their bodies to become weapons of war. Monks tread a path of discipline and balance­— in mind, breath, and body. Those who possess the willpower and the perseverance to endure the trials of this path discover within themselves not what they are, but what they can become. RESTRICTION (Any): Monks must be completely unhindered to perform their complex maneuvers. They subtract 4 from Agility and Agility-based skill rolls when wearing light, medium, or heavy armor, or using light, medium, or heavy shields. „ STUNNING FIST: When a monk hits a target with an Unarmed Strike and scores a raise, he may make the foe Distracted or Vulnerable. This occurs even if the victim takes no damage or Soaks it (the states are applied after the victim attempts to Soak). „ UNARMED STRIKE: Monks cause Str+d4 damage with their hands, feet, or other Natural Weapons (if inhuman and have such appendages, see page 138). If the monk already has a Strength damage die from Claws (available to some ancestries), or the Brawler Edge, increase the damage a die type for each. Monks with this ability always count as armed. Some use regular weapons in their off-hand, but abilities that refer to their Unarmed Strike apply only to unarmed attacks as defined above. „ ARMOR

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MYSTIC POWERS (MONK) REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Monk The monk can invoke the following "ki" powers: boost Trait (Agility, Athletics, Fighting, and Stealth only), protection, smite, and speed. All are self only, but the monk gains no benefit from the Limitation (see page 170). The monk has 5 dedicated Power Points that recharge normally (see page 171). He automatically activates the power with success for its regular cost, or with a raise for an additional Power Point. He may use applicable Power Modifiers if desired. See Chapter 5 for more information on specific spells. Mystic Powers doesn’t grant access to Edges that require an Arcane Background. If the monk also has an Arcane Background, none of its Edges, abilities, or Power Points can be used with Mystic Powers (and vice-versa).

GREAT KI REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Monk, Mystic Powers (Monk) The monk further nurtures and refines his ki. He adds the following spells to his Mystic Powers Edge: Boost Trait (Strength), deflection, speed, wall walker, warrior's gift.

WHOLENESS OF BODY REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Monk The monk may make a single natural healing roll (see page 130) per day by meditating for ten minutes. Wounds are still subject to the “Golden Hour,” so most monks do this immediately after any battle in which they’ve been injured.

P SAJAN (NOVICE, ICONIC PATH MONK)

ATTRIBUTES Agility d8 Smarts d6 Spirit d8 Strength d6 Vigor d8

DERIVED Parry: 6 Toughness: 5 Pace: 8 (d8) Bennies: 3

HINDRANCES: Heroic, Loyal, Vow (Minor) EDGES: Fleet-Footed, Monk LANGUAGES: Common d8, Elven d6, Giant d6, Goblin d6

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Sajan’s vow to find his twin sister, Sajini, drives his will to survive. He remains patient and loyal in his quest, searching for clues to her whereabouts with each passing day. Sajan exhibits discipline and perseverance in all things, but especially in the rigors of his martial training. The monk always helps those in need, even if it puts him in harm’s way. ANCESTRY: Human (Adaptable)

SKILLS: Athletics d8, Common Knowledge d4, Fighting d8, Healing d4, Intimidation d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d4, Riding d4, Stealth d8 GEAR: Temple sword (treat as short sword, Str+d6), shurikens ×6 (Range 3/6/12, Damage Str+d4), caltrops, monk’s outfit, adventurer’s kit.

ADVANCEMENT 1 – Strength d8 2 – Brawler 3 – First Strike S—Mystic Powers (Monk) 5 – Agility d10 6 – Frenzy 7 – Block V—Great Ki 9 – Spirit d10 10 – Iron Jaw 11 – Fighting d10, Athletics d10 H—Wholeness of Body 13 – Nerves of Steel 14 – Common Bond 15 – Combat Reflexes L—Fighting d12 17 – Counterattack 18 – Weapon Master 19 – Master of Arms 20 – Tough as Nails

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PALADIN PALADIN REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Strength d6+, Spirit d6+, Vow (Minor—serve their deity or order) Through a worthy few shines the power of the divine. Called paladins, these noble souls dedicate their swords and lives to the battle against evil. Knights, crusaders, and lawbringers, paladins seek not just to spread righteous justice but to embody the teachings of the virtuous deities they serve. In pursuit of their lofty goals, they adhere to ironclad laws of morality and discipline. As a reward for their service, these holy champions are blessed with boons to aid them in their quests. They gain abilities to battle evil opponents, heal allies, and inspire the faithful. Their conviction leads them into conflict with the very souls they would save. Paladins weather endless challenges of faith and temptation. They risk their lives to do right and ensure justice. „ AURA OF COURAGE: As

long as the paladin is conscious, all allies within 10” (20 yards) add +1 to their Fear tests. „ CODE OF HONOR: All good paladins have the Code of Honor Hindrance. They strive to keep their word, won’t kill or abuse prisoners, and generally uphold the highest standards of etiquette and manners. This is in addition to their other Hindrances. „ DETECT EVIL: As an action, the Paladin can concentrate on any one object or individual within Smarts range to determine whether it’s Evil in nature. See page 18 for Deities and Alignment. „ SMITE EVIL: As a free action, a paladin can choose an enemy. If that enemy is evil, she gets a free reroll on any failed Athletics (throwing), Fighting, or Shooting rolls against that target for the remainder of the encounter. She may use this ability once per Rank per encounter.

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MYSTIC POWERS (PALADIN) REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Paladin The paladin can invoke the following miracles: boost Trait (Fighting, Strength, and Vigor only), healing, relief, and smite. Boost Trait and smite are self only, but the paladin gains no benefit from the Limitation (see page 170). The paladin has 5 dedicated Power Points that recharge normally (see page 171). She automatically activates the power with success for its regular cost, or with a raise for an additional Power Point. See Chapter 5 for more information on specific spells. Mystic Powers doesn’t grant access to Edges that require an Arcane Background. If the paladin also has an Arcane Background, none of its Edges, abilities, or Power Points can be used with Mystic Powers (and vice-versa).

MERCY REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Paladin As an action, a paladin can grant “Mercy” to any character within a Range equal to her Spirit. Mercy can automatically remove one of the following states: Distracted, Vulnerable, or Shaken.

MOUNT REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Paladin The hero gains a light or heavy horse (trained in combat), or similar sized mount of Size 3 or less. The creature is a Wild Card and has the Loyal Hindrance (to its master only). When its master Advances, it may increase any one of its Traits (no more than once per Trait) or gain an Edge suitable for its type (GM's call); it must meet the Requirements as usual. If the mount perishes, the champion gains another in some way anytime after her next Advance.

P SEELAH (NOVICE, ICONIC PATH PALADIN)

ATTRIBUTES Agility d6 Smarts d6 Spirit d8 Strength d8 Vigor d8

DERIVED Parry: 8 (2) Toughness: 9 (3) Pace: 6 Bennies: 3

HINDRANCES: Code of Honor, Thin Skinned (Minor), Vow (Major—Serve Iomedae) EDGES: Paladin, Champion LANGUAGES: Celestial d6, Common d8, Dwarven d6, Elven d6

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A faithful follower of Iomedae the Inheritor, Seelah honors her goddess every day. Sworn to a strict code, she strives to act with honor and ensure justice at all times. Seelah practices personal cleanliness and dedicates herself to rooting out evil on Golarion. Her vow to bring evildoers and scofflaws to justice guides her decision-making. ANCESTRY: Human (Adaptable)

SKILLS: Athletics d6, Common Knowledge d4, Fighting d8, Intimidation d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d4, Riding d6, Shooting d6, Stealth d4 GEAR: Longsword (Str+d8), short bow (Range 12/24/48, Damage 2d6), 20 arrows, explorer’s outfit, chain mail shirt and leggings (+3), medium shield (+2 Parry, −2 Cover), adventurer’s kit, holy symbol, holy water.

ADVANCEMENT 1 – Intimidation d8, Occult d4 2 – Healing d4, Occult d6 3 – Command S—Mystic Powers (Paladin) 5 – Vigor d10 6 – Natural Leader 7 – First Strike V—Mercy 9 – Fervor 10 – Counterattack 11 – Strength d10 H—Mount 13 – Vigor d12 14 – Fighting d10 15 – Beast Bond L—Fighting d12 17 – Tough as Nails 18 – Tougher Than Nails 19 – Weapon Master 20 – Followers

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RANGER RANGER REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Shooting d6+, Survival d6+ For those who relish the thrill of the hunt, there are only predators and prey. From scouts, to trackers, or bounty hunters, all rangers share the predator’s perspective. They value skill with weapons. They excel at stalking even the most elusive game. They train relentlessly to defeat a wide range of quarries. Knowledgeable, patient, and skilled hunters, rangers pursue man, beast, and monster alike. While some track dangerous creatures to protect the frontier, others pursue more cunning game — even fugitives — into and through the dangerous wilds. RESTRICTION (Medium): Rangers are agile and mobile fighters and scouts. They subtract 4 from Agility and Agilitybased skill rolls when wearing heavy armor or using a heavy shield. „ FAVORED ENEMY: Rangers study their foes, learning their ways, how to find them, and how to defeat them. Choose a type of enemy from the list on page 244. The ranger gets one free reroll when failing to track (Survival) or attack (Athletics, Fighting, Shooting) that type of being. „ FAVORED TERRAIN: Choose a terrain type (Arctic, Desert, Forest, Jungle, Plains, Hills/ Mountains, Rivers/Seas, Swamp, Urban, or Underground). The ranger draws an additional Action Card for initiative when in his Favored Terrain. „ WILDERNESS STRIDE: Rangers pass through rough terrain such as dense forest, rocky hills, or desert sands with ease. They ignore movement penalties for Difficult Ground (see page 126). „ ARMOR

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QUARRY REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Ranger The ranger's expertise expands to include additional enemies and terrain. Choose an additional enemy and terrain type for your Favored Enemy and Favored Terrain abilities. This Edge may be taken once per Rank.

MYSTIC POWERS (RANGER) REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Ranger The ranger can cast the following spells: beast friend, boost Trait (Athletics, Fighting, and Shooting only), entangle, and warrior’s gift. Boost Trait and warrior’s gift are self only, but the ranger gains no benefit from the Limitation (see page 170). The woodsman has 5 dedicated Power Points that recharge normally (see page 171). He automatically activates the power with success for its regular cost, or with a raise for an additional Power Point. See Chapter 5 for more information on specific spells. Mystic Powers doesn’t grant access to Edges requiring an Arcane Background. If the ranger also has an Arcane Background, none of its Edges, abilities, or Power Points can be used with Mystic Powers (and vice-versa).

MASTER HUNTER REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Ranger Rangers have now become deadly enemies of their chosen prey. They add an additional d6 damage when making a successful Athletics (throwing), Fighting, or Shooting attack against their Favored Enemy.

P HARSK (NOVICE, ICONIC PATH RANGER)

ATTRIBUTES Agility d8 Smarts d6 Spirit d6 Strength d6 Vigor d8

DERIVED Parry: 5 Toughness: 8 (2) Pace: 5 (d4) Bennies: 3

HINDRANCES: Habit (Minor—Tea), Suspicious (Minor), Thin Skinned (Minor), Vow (Minor) EDGES: Ranger (Favored Enemy—Humanoid, Favored Terrain—Forests), Woodsman LANGUAGES: Common d8, Dwarven d8, Goblin d6, Sylvan d6, Terran d6

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An uncommon dwarf, Harsk enjoys the open plains and verdant forests more than claustrophobic tunnels. He prefers the taste of tea to ale. Few things make him happier than crouching in a tree stand with his crossbow. Harsk carries his brother’s axe, a reminder of his vow to protect the wilds from the likes of the giants who killed Sigur 20 years ago. ANCESTRY: Dwarf (Ancestral Enemy, Darkvision, Reduced Pace, Stonecunning, Tough)

SKILLS: Athletics d6, Common Knowledge d4, Fighting d6, Healing d4, Notice d6, Persuasion d4, Shooting d8, Stealth d6, Survival d8 GEAR: Sigur’s battleaxe (Str+d6), heavy crossbow (Range 15/30/60, Damage 2d8, AP 2, Reload 2), 20 bolts, handaxe (Str+d6), studded leather tunic and leggings (+2), camouflage outfit, adventurer’s kit, teapot, pouch (tea leaves).

ADVANCEMENT 1 – Rapid Reload 2 – Trademark Weapon (Heavy Crossbow) 3 – Intimidation d4, Fighting d8 S—Quarry 5 – Marksman 6 – Rapid Shot 7 – Agility d10 V—Mystic Powers (Ranger) 9 – Shooting d10, Stealth d8 10 – Giant Killer 11 – Extraction H—Master Hunter 13 – Dodge 14 – Dodge (Imp) 15 – Nerves of Steel L—Agility d12 17 – Shooting d12, Intimidation d6 18 – Professional (Shooting d12 + 1 ) 19 – Expert (Shooting d12 + 2 ) 20 – Master (Shooting)

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ROGUE ROGUE

TRAP SENSE

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d6+, Thievery d6+ Life is an endless adventure for those who live by their wits. Ever just one step ahead of danger, rogues bank on their cunning, skill, and charm to bend fate to their favor. Never knowing what to expect, they tend to prepare for everything. Out of necessity, they become adept manipulators, agile acrobats, or shadowy stalkers. They are thieves and gamblers, fast talkers and diplomats, bandits and bounty hunters, or explorers and investigators. Although many rogues favor the opportunities of towns and cities, some embrace life on the road. They wander from place to place, meeting exotic people and facing fantastic danger in pursuit of endless riches. In the end, all rogues desire to shape their fates and live life on their own terms. „ ARMOR

RESTRICTION (Light): Rogues are

nimble and deadly acrobats. Bulky armor interferes with their abilities, so they subtract 4 from Agility and Agility-based skill rolls when wearing medium or heavy armor, or using medium or heavy shields. „ SNEAK ATTACK: Rogues add an additional d6 to their damage when they have the Drop on their victim, or the victim is Vulnerable. This applies to Athletics (throwing), Fighting, or Shooting attacks.

REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Rogue Rogues are adept at spotting and defeating all but the most clever snares and traps. They get a Notice roll anytime a detectable trap is about to be sprung within 5” (10 yards). They must have line of sight to the trap and can’t be Shaken or Stunned. This works generally like Danger Sense but applies only to mechanical and magical traps. Traps are fully described on page 158. If the trap is detected and may be Evaded, the rogue and anyone she warns ignores 2 points of Evasion penalties to do so. If the trap can’t normally be Evaded, anyone warned may Evade at the usual −2 penalty. Disarming Traps: Rogues with Trap Sense ignore up 2 points of Thievery penalties when attempting to disarm traps.

UNCANNY REFLEXES REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Rogue The rogue has an uncanny ability to avoid area attacks and effects. She ignores the usual −2 Agility penalty when making Evasion attempts (see page 134). She also gets a regular Evasion attempt against area effect attacks or effects that don’t usually allow it (at the usual −2 penalty) such as burst or blast, or even confusion or similar spells cast with the Area Effect modifier.

OPPORTUNIST REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Rogue When a target Withdraws from Melee with the rogue (see page 143), she gets a free attack even if the foe has Extraction or Improved Extraction. If the foe doesn’t have either of those Edges, he counts as Vulnerable to her for the free attack.

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ATTRIBUTES Agility d8 Smarts d8 Spirit d6 Strength d6 Vigor d6 (−1)

DERIVED Parry: 6 Toughness: 6 (2) Pace: 6 Bennies: 2

HINDRANCES: Armor Restriction (Minor), Bad Luck, Enemy (Minor), Shamed (Minor) EDGES: Acrobat, Rogue, Thief LANGUAGES: Common d8, Elven d8, Giant d6, Goblin d6, Sylvan d6

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The elves have a name for orphans raised by humans — the Forlorn. Although Merisiel never learned the entire truth about her parents, she knows enough to bear the shame of her circ*mstances. Life lessons learned, including prison time in more than one city, Merisiel now lives every moment to the fullest. ANCESTRY: Elf (Agile, Ancestral Enemy, Elven Magic, Keen Senses, Low Light Vision, Slender)

SKILLS: Athletics d8, Common Knowledge d4, Fighting d8, Notice d6, Persuasion d6, Stealth d8, Taunt d6, Thievery d6 GEAR: Rapier (Str+d4, Parry +1), 6× throwing knives (Range 3/6/12, Damage Str+d4), 2× daggers (Str+d4), traveler’s outfit, soft leather jacket and leggings (+2), thieves’ tools, tanglefoot bag.

ADVANCEMENT 1 – Quick 2 – Agility d10 3 – Taunt d8, Thievery d8 S—Trap Sense 5 – Extraction 6 – Athletics d10, Common Knowledge d6 7 – Feint V—Uncanny Reflexes 9 – Fighting d10, Thievery d10 10 – Combat Acrobat 11 – Counterattack H—Opportunist 13 – Agility d12 14 – Humiliate 15 – Athletics d12, Fighting d12 L—Weapon Master 17 – Master of Arms 18 – Professional (Athletics d12 + 1 ) 19 – Expert (Athletics d12 + 2 ) 20 – Master (Athletics)

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SORCERER REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Smarts d6+, Spirit d6+ Scions of innately magical bloodlines, the spawn of monsters, pawns of fate and destiny, or simply flukes of fickle magic, sorcerers look within themselves for arcane prowess. As they draw forth powers few mortals can imagine, these magic-touched souls learn how to harness their birthright and coax forth ever greater arcane feats. While some seek to control their abilities through meditation and discipline, others give in to their magic, letting it rule their lives—often with explosive results. Sorcerers live and breathe that which other spellcasters devote their lives to mastering. For them magic is more than a boon or a field of study; it is life itself. „ ARCANE

BACKGROUND (Sorcerer): A

character who takes this Edge gets a d4 in Spellcasting (their arcane skill), 10 Power Points, and two starting powers. Available Powers: Arcane protection, banish, barrier, beast friend, blast, blind, bolt, boost/lower Trait, burrow, burst, confusion, conjure item, curse, damage field, darksight, deflection, detect/conceal arcana, disguise, dispel, divination, drain Power Points, elemental manipulation, empathy, entangle, environmental protection, farsight, fear, fly, growth/shrink, havoc, illusion, intangibility, invisibility, light/darkness, locate, mind link, mind reading, mind wipe, object reading, planar travel, protection, puppet, relief, scrying, shape change, sloth/speed, slumber, smite, sound/ silence, speak language, stun, summon ally, telekinesis, teleport, timestop, wall walker, warrior’s gift, wish, zombie. INTERFERENCE (Cloth): Sorcery requires rapid, intricate, and unhindered somatic movements. Sorcerers subtract 4 from their Spellcasting rolls when wearing light, medium, or heavy armor, or using light, medium, or heavy shields.

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The sorcerer must choose a bloodline (see page 66). Beneath each Bloodline description is also the additional special ability one gains when taking the Advanced Bloodline Edge (see page below).

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SORCERER

FAVORED POWERS (SORCERER) REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Sorcerer The sorcerer has great familiarity with certain powers and can cast them quickly and easily. Once per turn, she may ignore up to two points of any penalties (MultiAction, Wounds, Fatigue, etc.) when casting bolt, deflection, dispel. This Edge doesn’t give her those powers— they must be taken separately.

ARCANE MASTERY REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Sorcerer True understanding of magical energy comes with practice and experience. Those who take this Edge gain access to all their powers’ Epic Power Modifiers (see the Powers Chapter).

ADVANCED BLOODLINE REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Sorcerer You gain the additional ability listed for your Bloodline (see page 66).

P SEONI (NOVICE, ICONIC PATH SORCERER)

ATTRIBUTES Agility d6 Smarts d8 Spirit d8 Strength d4 Vigor d6

DERIVED Parry: 4 Toughness: 6 (1) Pace: 6 Bennies: 4

HINDRANCES: Curious, Hesitant, Loyal EDGES: Calculating, Luck, New Powers, Sorcerer (Arcane Bloodline, Familiar—lizard) LANGUAGES: Common d8, Draconic d6, Elven d6, Goblin d6, Sylvan d6

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Born into a nomadic tribe known as the Varisians, Seoni manifests the natural magic of her bloodline. Driven by dreams to learn more about her magical heritage, she travels Golarian seeking arcane knowledge and power. Seoni has an Arcane Bloodline, and chose a familiar for her Arcane Bond ability. Her pet is a small, blue-tailed skink called Dragon. ANCESTRY: Human (Adaptable)

SKILLS: Athletics d6, Common Knowledge d6, Fighting d4, Notice d6, Occult d6, Persuasion d4, Riding d4, Spellcasting d8, Stealth d4, Survival d4, Taunt d6 POWERS: Bolt, deflection, detect/conceal arcana, dispel GEAR: Staff (Str+d4), dagger (Str+d4), mage’s outfit (+1), spell component pouch, alchemist’s fire, antitoxin.

ADVANCEMENT 1 – New Powers: Boost/lower Trait, burst 2 – Fighting d6, Occult d8 3 – Power Points (15 total) S—Favored Powers (Sorcerer) 5 – Smarts d10 6 – Spellcasting d10, Occult d10 7 – New Powers: Blast, sloth/speed V—Arcane Mastery 9 – Great Luck 10 – New Powers: Invisibility, teleport 11 – Power Points (20 total) H—Advanced Bloodline 13 – Spellcasting d12 14 – New Powers: Puppet, mind reading 15 – Power Points (25 total) L—Professional (Spellcasting d12 + 1) 17 – Expert (Spellcasting d12 + 2) 18 – New Powers: timestop, wish 19 – Power Surge 20 – Master (Spellcasting)

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BLOODLINES Below are the bloodlines available to sorcerers. Many grant various forms of environmental resistance—you'll find those rules on page 241.

ABERRANT A bizarre and alien legacy taints the sorcerer’s blood. Her strange form increases her Toughness by +1. Bolt, blast, and burst spells must be cast with the Lingering Damage Power Modifier (page 172), but cost the sorcerer only 1 additional Power Point instead of 2. Finally, her long limbs give her Reach +1, which can be used for purposes of determining a spell’s Range or origin.  ADVANCED FORM: The character is never Surprised and is immune to the Drop unless Bound. Her alien form grants her another point of Toughness.

ABYSSAL Generations ago, a demon corrupted the hero’s heritage. She has environmental resistance to electricity, +1 Toughness, and sharp claws that cause Str+d4, AP 2 damage.  ADVANCED FORM: The abyssal can conjure demons to aid her. The cost for summon ally is reduced by 2 (to a minimum of 1), and the entities summoned cause Fear. She also gains environmental resistance to cold, fire, and electricity.

ARCANE The sorcerer forms a magical bond with a creature or an object. Use the rules for the wizard’s Arcane Bond found on page 68.  ADVANCED FORM: The sorcerer’s connection to magic is incredibly strong. She gets a free reroll on any Spellcasting roll.

CELESTIAL A celestial ancestor or divine intervention of some sort blessed this hero’s bloodline. Her bolt, blast, and burst spells cause +2 damage to evil creatures (this stacks with Champion). She also gains environmental resistance to cold and acid.

Advanced Form: The celestial can extend angel-like wings as a free action. This grants her Flight at Pace 12.

INFERNAL

DRACONIC

UNDEAD

DESTINED

There’s a dragon lurking somewhere in the family tree. Its scion gains claws (Str+d4), and scaly skin (Armor +1).  ADVANCED FORM: The sorcerer’s claws are now AP 2 and he gains environmental resistance common to her ancestry (acid for black, fire for red, etc.).

ELEMENTAL The mage’s family was touched by a powerful elemental force. Choose one of the elements listed below. Your hero gains environmental resistance to that element and one of the following abilities: • Air: Flight, Pace 6. • Earth: Burrowing Pace 6 (page 178). • Fire: +2 damage to damaging Powers with a fire Trapping. • Water: Enemies are automatically Hindered (per the modifier) when affected by your powers.  ADVANCED FORM: Once per encounter, you can unleash an elemental blast as an action. This causes 3d6 damage, uses the Cone Template, and may be Evaded.

The taint of the grave runs through the character’s ancestry. She gains environmental resistance to cold and increases her Toughness by +1. Advanced Form: The sorcerer is truly undead. She gains the full Undead ability and the Outsider (Major) and Ugly (Major) Hindrance. The heroine might actually be attractive but she’s still disturbing to the living!

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The character is destined for great things. She gains one additional Benny per session.  ADVANCED FORM: The hero starts with two extra Bennies per session.

A relative made a deal with dark forces in the distant past. The character gains environmental resistance to fire +4, immunity to poison, and adds +1 to the damage of any attack powers with a fire Trapping. Advanced Form: The infernal grows giant bat wings. This is a free action and grants her Flight at Pace 12.

FEY The capricious nature of the fey runs in this sorcerer’s family. She ignores Difficult Terrain in the wilderness and has the “laughing touch.” If she successfully touches a target with her hands (see Touch Attacks, page 142), the target is Distracted.  ADVANCED FORM: Victims of a fey’s spell with a lingering effect, such as blind, lower Trait, stun, and the like, subtract 2 from any roll made to recover.

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WIZARD WIZARD

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Smarts d6+, Academics d6+ Beyond the veil of the mundane hide the secrets of absolute power. Legends, mysteries, and wonders of arcane realms call to those with the ambition—and the intellect—to rise above the common folk to grasp true might. Such is the path of the wizard. „ SPELLBOOKS: Wizards must keep and These shrewd magic-users research, collect, maintain spellbooks. These are far more and covet esoteric knowledge. Some choose than academic tomes—they are a source of to become a master of a particular field of mystical power and energy. See Spellbooks magical study. Others embrace versatility, on page 70. reveling in the unbounded wonders of all magic. In either case, wizards prove a cunning ARCANE BOND and potent lot, capable of smiting their foes, Wizards immerse themselves in the study empowering their allies, and shaping the of eldritch lore and arcane theories. During world to their every desire. these long hours they form a bond with „ ARCANE BACKGROUND (Wizard): A hero a dependable item or friendly creature who takes this Edge gets a d4 in Spellcasting (a “familiar”). Choose one of the following (their arcane skill), 10 Power Points, and options for your wizard: three starting powers. „ BONDED OBJECT: The spellcaster possesses Available Powers: Arcane protection, an amulet, ring, staff, wand, or weapon banish, barrier, beast friend, blast, blind, bolt, that adds +1 to all his Spellcasting totals boost/lower Trait, burrow, burst, confusion, when worn or in hand. If the object is lost conjure item, curse, damage field, darksight, or destroyed, the mage can replace it with a deflection, detect/conceal arcana, disguise, new object worth at least 500 gp. dispel, divination, drain Power Points, elemental manipulation, empathy, entangle, „ FAMILIAR: The mage has a magical pet. See the sidebar on page 71. environmental protection, farsight, fear, fly, growth/shrink, havoc, illusion, intangibility, invisibility, light/darkness, locate, mind link, mind reading, mind wipe, object reading, planar travel, protection, puppet, relief, scrying, shape change, sloth/speed, slumber, smite, sound/ silence, speak language, stun, summon ally, telekinesis, teleport, timestop, wall walker, warrior’s gift, wish, zombie. BOND: Wizards form an intense magical bond with an object or creature. See Arcane Bond, below.

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INTERFERENCE (Cloth): Like sorcerers, wizards must gesticulate in precise patterns. They subtract 4 from their Spellcasting rolls when wearing light, medium, or heavy armor, or using light, medium, or heavy shields. „ SCHOOL: The wizard may specialize in an Arcane School of Magic or be a Universalist. See Schools, below. „ ARMOR

P EZREN (NOVICE, ICONIC PATH WIZARD) Ezren finds solace in his arcane studies, which he pursues in the field rather than dusty libraries. The elderly wizard travels far and wide to research and discover new magics, partly as a way to put the shame of his father’s heresy behind him. ANCESTRY: Human (Adaptable) DERIVED Parry: 4 Toughness: 5 (1) Pace: 5 (d6 − 1 ) Bennies: 3

HINDRANCES: Elderly, Shamed (Major—Father’s Heresy) EDGES: Wizard (Bonded Object—Cane, School— Universalist), Jack of All Trades LANGUAGES: Abyssal d6, Common d8, Dwarven d6, Elven d6, Giant d6, Thassilonian d6

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ATTRIBUTES Agility d6 (−1) Smarts d10 Spirit d8 Strength d4 (−1) Vigor d6 (−1)

SKILLS: Academics d8, Athletics d4, Common Knowledge d8, Fighting d4, Notice d6, Occult d8, Persuasion d6, Riding d6, Shooting d6, Spellcasting d10, Stealth d6 POWERS: Bolt, deflection, detect/conceal arcana GEAR: Cane (Str+d4), dagger (Str+d4), light crossbow (Range 10/20/40, Damage 2d6, AP 2), 20 bolts, mage’s outfit (+1), spell component pouch, spellbook, ink pen, ink, parchment.

ADVANCEMENT 1 – New Powers: Dispel, conjure item 2 – New Powers: Light/darknesss, summon ally 3 – Power Points (15 total) S—Favored Powers (Wizard) 5 – Channeling 6 – New Powers: Confusion, sloth/speed 7 – Adaptable Caster V—Arcane Mastery 9 – New Powers: Invisibility, teleport 10 – Concentration 11 – Power Points (20 total) H—Eldritch Inspiration 13 – New Powers: Banish, growth/shrink 14 – New Powers: Planar travel, time stop 15 – Spellcasting d12 L—Professional (Spellcasting d12 + 1) 17 – New Powers: Fly, wish 18 – Expert (Spellcasting d12 + 2) 19 – Power Points (22 total) 20 – Master (Spellcasting)

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SCHOOLS A wizard’s intense studies lead him down two paths — a “universalist” who dabbles in all the various “schools” of magic, or a “specialist” who focuses on two schools at the expense of some other. Specialists designate one favored school and two opposition schools from the list below. They gain one free reroll when casting spells from their favored school, but spells cast from their opposition school cost one additional Power Point and suffer a −2 Spellcasting penalty. Opposition spells are marked with an asterisk in a character’s power lists, like this: banish*. Universalists have no favored or opposed schools, and thus gain none of the advantages or disadvantages of specialists. Here are the various spells and the powers that belong to each. The abjurer uses magic against itself, specializing in defensive magic. Arcane protection, banish, damage field, dispel, deflection, protection, sanctuary.

„ ABJURATION:

„ CONJURATION:

Conjurers focus on spells to summon magical servants or bend reality to their will. Barrier, burrow, conjure item, healing, planar binding, planar travel, relief, resurrection, summon ally, teleport, warrior’s gift.

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Diviners are masters of remote viewing and prophesies; they use their spells to explore the world. Detect/ conceal arcana, divination, locate, mind link, mind reading, object reading, scrying, speak language. „ ENCHANTMENT: The enchanter uses magic to manipulate the minds and perceptions of opponents. Beast friend, confusion, empathy, mind wipe, puppet, slumber. „ EVOCATION: Evokers revel in the raw power of magic; they use spells to create and destroy with equal ease. Blast, bolt, burst, havoc, light/darkness, stun. „ ILLUSION: Illusionists use magic to produce confounding sights, sounds and even smells to baffle and vex their opponents. Disguise, illusion, invisibility, sound/silence. „ NECROMANCY: The dread necromancer commands undead and uses the foul power of unlife against enemies. Blind, curse, drain Power Points, fear, lower Trait, zombie. „ TRANSMUTATION: Transmuters use magic to change themselves and the world around them. Boost Trait, darksight, elemental manipulation, entangle, environmental protection, farsight, fly, growth/shrink, intangibility, shape change, sloth/speed, smite, telekinesis, time stop, wall walker. „ DIVINATION:

SPELLBOOKS Wizard spells are strange, complex things that fade quickly from the minds of even the most accomplished casters. For this reason, each wizard maintains a spellbook with the spells he’s translated and acquired. He studies them daily, transcribing their mystical patterns onto his mind. The link to the book is far more than rote memorization — it is an arcane bond with the power and patterns within. If a wizard doesn’t have access to his spellbook, he may continue to cast normally until the next sunset or sunrise (whichever comes first). After that, the magical imprint on his mind fades and he can no longer cast them.

Wizards may only have one spellbook at a time. The moment they begin transcribing their spells to a new volume, the new tome becomes his spellbook instead.

FAVORED POWERS (WIZARD)

ARCANE MASTERY REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Wizard True understanding of magical energy comes with practice and experience. Wizards who take this Edge gain access to all their powers’ Epic Power Modifiers (see the Powers Chapter).

ELDRITCH INSPIRATION REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, Wizard Wizards constantly store esoteric information in their spellbooks. Assuming he has it on his person, the wizard can spend a Benny to cast any power of his Rank or lower, at a −2 penalty. The power may be maintained normally but afterwards is forgotten (the wizard doesn’t add it to his list of powers).

“Familiars” are small creatures (Size −2 or −3) that serve as a loyal pets and magical companions to certain kinds of spellcasters. Familiars are loyal to their masters but aren’t slaves. They are typical but very smart versions of their species and can occasionally be distracted by their own inherent instincts. For example, a cat might interrupt its task to chase a mouse or take a brief nap, and a dog will almost certainly bark when a stranger approaches. A familiar is a Wild Card with respect to Wounds and rolling a Wild Die with its Trait rolls. It doesn’t get Bennies, but the mage can spend his own on its behalf. The familiar can understand its master’s speech and vice-versa (others hear only the creature’s natural sounds), though concepts are limited to what a member of its species might understand. The familiar has 5 Power Points of its own. It cannot cast spells, but the mage can draw on them as if they were his own. They recharge separately and at the same rate as the mage’s. The bond between the familiar and the mage makes it immune to the beast friend power. If a familiar dies, the hero is automatically Stunned (no matter how far away he is). He can summon another after 10 days and can change the type if she chooses. Familiars don’t advance, but instead gain one of the advantages below for each of its master’s Ranks (including Novice) and for every fourth advance the hero gains past Legendary. • The owner may use the familiar’s senses as if they were her own, with a maximum range of 10 miles. She is Distracted and Vulnerable while doing so. • The mage can increase one of the familiar’s Traits one die type (no more than once per Trait). • The familiar gains an Edge. It must make sense for the familiar’s species (GM’s call) and meet the Requirements as usual.

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REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Wizard The wizard has great familiarity with certain powers and can cast them quickly and easily. Once per turn, he may ignore up to two points of any penalties (Multi-Action, Wounds, Fatigue, etc.) when casting arcane protection, deflection, dispel. This Edge doesn’t give him those powers— they must be taken separately.

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COMBAT EDGES These Edges are designed to help your hero dish out terrible damage—or survive it —in the bloody battles of Savage Worlds.

BLOCK REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Fighting d8+ Through hard-fought experience your hero has learned to defend himself in vicious hand-to-hand combat. His Parry increases by +1 and any Gang Up bonus against him is reduced by one.

IMPROVED BLOCK REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Block The hero’s Parry bonus is now +2 and the Gang Up bonus against him is reduced by 2.

BRAWLER REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Strength d8+, Vigor d8+ His fists hit like hammers or his talons cut like scythes. His body feels like it’s made of stone. Brawlers increase their Toughness by 1 and roll Strength +d4 when hitting with their fists or feet (or claws if they have them). If they already have a damage die from Claws (page 240), the monk’s Unarmed Strike ability, etc., increase the damage die type by one instead. The Brawler Edge doesn’t make the char­ acter’s fists Natural Weapons (page 138).

BRUISER REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Brawler The fighter increases his Toughness an additional +1, and the damage caused with his fists or claws another die type.

CALCULATING

COMBAT REFLEXES REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned Your warrior recovers quickly from shock and trauma. He adds +2 when rolling to recover from being Shaken or Stunned.

COUNTERATTACK REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Fighting d8+ Fighters with this Edge deal instant punishment for an enemy’s mistakes. Once per round (if not Shaken or Stunned), the character receives a Free Attack (page 135) against one failed Fighting attack against him. The counterattack takes place immediately (before other hits against the hero on the same Action Card, if any).

IMPROVED COUNTERATTACK REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Counterattack As above but the hero gets a Free Attack against up to three failed attacks each turn.

DEAD SHOT REQUIREMENTS: Wild Card, Novice, Athletics or Shooting d8+ When your Action Card is a Joker, double the total damage of your first successful Athletics (throwing) or Shooting roll this round.

DODGE REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Agility d8+ The hero can anticipate attacks or move erratically under fire. Unless the victim of a surprise attack is taken completely unaware, Dodge subtracts 2 from all ranged attacks made against him. Dodge does not stack with actual cover.

EXTRACTION

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+ REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Smarts d8+ When a character withdraws from melee, A few seconds to study a foe’s actions gives adjacent attackers get a free Fighting attack your hero a major advantage. When his against him (see Withdrawing from Melee Action Card is a Five or less, he ignores up to on page 143). This is a very dangerous 2 points of penalties on one action that turn, proposition for most, but not your wily which can include Multi-Action, cover, Range, champion. When moving away from adjacent and even Wound penalties. foes, one of them (player’s choice), doesn’t get his free Fighting attack.

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REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Extraction Up to three foes’ (player’s choice) don’t get attacks when your warrior moves out of melee with them.

REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Fighting d8+ A character with Frenzy rolls a second Fighting die with any one of his Fighting attacks for the turn. The extra die may be allocated to the same or different targets as he sees fit. Resolve each separately.

FEINT REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Fighting d8+ When performing a Test (page 141) with the Fighting skill, you can choose to make the foe resist with Smarts instead of Agility.

FIRST STRIKE REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+ Once per round, as long as he’s not Shaken or Stunned, the hero gets a free Fighting attack against a foe immediately after he moves into Reach. (See Free Attacks on page 135).

IMPROVED FRENZY REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Frenzy The fighter rolls an extra Fighting die with up to two Fighting attacks in the same turn. Example: A fighter attacks a giant scorpion. He has Improved Frenzy and decides to attack three times (a Multi-Action at the usual penalty). He rolls the Fighting skill with an extra die for his first and second attack. The fighter doesn’t get the extra die on the third Fighting roll.

IMPROVED FIRST STRIKE

GIANT KILLER

REQUIREMENTS: Heroic, First Strike As above but the hero may attack up to three foes each round.

REQUIREMENTS: Veteran The bigger they are, the harder they are to kill. At least for most. Your hero knows how to find the weak points in the most massive of foes. He adds +1d6 damage when attacking creatures who are three or more Sizes larger than himself (see Size, page 140). A human (Size 0) gets the bonus against a creature of Size 3 or greater.

FORMATION FIGHTER REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Fighting d8+ The character has trained to fight alongside others, overwhelming their common foe with synchronized strikes and blows. She adds +2 to the Gang Up bonus instead of +1. The maximum Gang Up bonus is still +4 no matter how many Formation Fighters stand together.

FREE RUNNER REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+, Athletics d6+ The character is skilled and fearless when it comes to running, jumping, swinging, or scampering up walls and obstacles, through crowded city streets, or even swinging through the rigging of a ship. While on foot, she moves at her full Pace in such circ*mstances and adds +2 to Athletics rolls made to climb or negotiate obstacles as long as there are hand- or footholds she can bound on, bounce off, or swing from.

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IMPROVED EXTRACTION

HARD TO KILL REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+ This adventurer has more lives than a herd of cats. He may ignore his Wound penalties when making Vigor rolls to avoid Bleeding Out (see page 128).

HARDER TO KILL REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Hard to Kill If your Pathfinder is ever “killed,” roll a die. On an odd result, he’s dead as usual. On an even roll, he’s Incapacitated but somehow escapes death. He may be captured, stripped of all his belongings, or mistakenly left for dead, but he somehow survives.

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IMPROVISATIONAL FIGHTER

MIGHTY BLOW

REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Smarts d6+ Heroes often find themselves fighting with pieces of equipment or furnishings not designed for combat. A brawler with this Edge has a knack for using such improvised weapons. He ignores the usual −2 penalty when wielding them. See page 136 for details on Improvised Weapons.

REQUIREMENTS: Wild Card, Novice, Fighting d8+ If your Action Card is a Joker, double the damage of your first successful Fighting attack this round.

IRON JAW REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Vigor d8+ The hero can shrug off even extreme blows. He adds +2 to Soak rolls and Vigor rolls to avoid Knockout Blows (see page 134).

KILLER INSTINCT REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned This hero hates losing. He gets a free reroll in any opposed Test he initiates.

LEVEL HEADED

NERVES OF STEEL REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Vigor d8+ Your hero has learned to fight on through the most intense pain. He may ignore 1 point of Wound penalties.

IMPROVED NERVES OF STEEL REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Nerves of Steel The hero ignores two points of Wound penalties.

NO MERCY REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned When this killer spends a Benny to reroll damage, he adds +2 to his final total.

REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Smarts d8+ Fighters who can keep their cool when every­ RAPID RELOAD one else is running for cover make deadly REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Shooting d6+ combatants. A hero with this Edge draws The warrior reduces the Reload value of a an additional Action Card in combat and ranged weapon by 1. See Reload on page chooses which to use. 139. This is most often taken for archers using crossbows with a Reload of 1 or 2. IMPROVED LEVEL HEADED Weapons with Reload 1 may be reloaded as a REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Level free action with this Edge. Headed A character with this Edge may use Rapid As above but the hero draws two additional Shot with a weapon if its Reload value has cards and chooses which to keep. been reduced to a free action.

MARKSMAN

RAPID SHOT

REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Athletics d8+ REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Shooting d6+ or Shooting d8+ The shooter is practiced at taking quick and The hero is a natural with ranged weapons. If accurate shots. When she’s armed with a she doesn’t move in a turn and fires no more weapon that can be Reloaded as a free action, than a Rate of Fire of 1 as her first action, and has enough arrows to do so, she may she may add +1 to an Athletics (throwing) increase her weapon’s Rate of Fire by 1 for or Shooting roll, or ignore up to 2 points of any one of her Shooting attacks that turn. penalties from Called Shots, Cover, Range, Rapid Shot may be used with Rapid Reload. Scale, or Speed. This is a lesser version of the Aim maneuver and does not stack with it. Marksman doesn’t apply to additional attacks after the first in a turn, including those fired with the Rapid Shot Edge or similar abilities.

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TRADEMARK WEAPON

REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Rapid Shot The shooter may now increase her weapon’s Rate of Fire by 1 twice in the same turn (via a Multi-Action). Improved Rapid Shot can be used with Rapid Reload.

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, skill with chosen weapon of d8+ The hero knows one unique weapon (Excalibur, Old Betsy, Sting) like the back of his hand. When using it, he adds +1 to his Athletics (throwing), Fighting, or Shooting rolls, and +1 to Parry when readied (even if it’s a ranged weapon). A fighter can take this Edge multiple times, applying it to a different weapon each time. If a Trademark Weapon is lost, he can replace it but the benefits don’t kick in for a few days (however long the GM feels is dramatically appropriate).

STEADY HANDS REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+ Firing from the back of a horse or moving platform is tricky business, but your adventurer has figured it out. She ignores the Unstable Platform penalty (see page 143). This also helps when running, reducing the usual penalty from −2 to −1 (see Movement, page 125).

SWEEP REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Strength d8+, Fighting d8+ Sweep allows a character to make a single Fighting attack with a two-handed weapon and apply it against all targets in his Reach at a −2 penalty (friends and foes alike). Resolve damage separately for each enemy that’s hit. A character or creature may only perform a Sweep once per turn. Sweep may not be combined with Frenzy in the same action. Note: Some creatures have the Sweep Edge even though they don't have two-handed weapons. In their case they their size, lanky limbs, or other advantages allow them to make Sweep attacks.

IMPROVED SWEEP REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Sweep As above but the whirlwind of death may ignore the −2 penalty.

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IMPROVED RAPID SHOT

IMPROVED TRADEMARK WEAPON REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Trademark Weapon As above but the bonuses when using the weapon increase to +2.

TWO-WEAPON FIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+ If a character battles with a weapon in each hand, the hero can attack with the “good hand” on one action and the other hand in a later action. The second attack doesn’t inflict a MultiAction penalty. The Off-Hand penalty still applies unless he’s Ambidextrous, however (page 95). The character can choose to make a Fighting attack with each hand, a throwing (Athletics) attack with each hand, or one of each, depending on the readied weapons. Example: A fighter wields a longsword in one hand and a dagger in the other. He has TwoWeapon Fighting so he rolls Fighting on one action with the sword, and then makes a second Fighting roll—or a throwing roll (Athletics)— with the dagger, with no Multi-Action penalty to either.

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LEADERSHIP EDGES Leadership Edges grant bonuses to allies, making them more effective, reliable, or durable. Unless an Edge says otherwise, it only affects allied Extras. Wild Cards only benefit if the leader has the Natural Leader Edge. Leadership Edges aren’t cumulative with the same Edge from other leaders. Characters may benefit from different Leadership Edges by the same or different leaders, however. Command Range: Allies must be within 5″ (10 yards) and be able to see and hear their leader to benefit from her abilities. This is called her “Command Range.”

COMMAND

COMMAND PRESENCE REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Command A booming voice, effective commands, natural charisma, or simple training results in a much more effective combat element. A hero with this Edge has a Command Range of 10″ (20 yards).

FERVOR REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Spirit d8+, Command A simple phrase uttered by a great leader can sometimes have momentous results. A commander with this ability can inspire his troops to bloody fervor. Extras in range add +1 to their Fighting damage rolls.

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Smarts d6+ HOLD THE LINE! Command is the basic ability to give clear instructions and support to allies in the thick REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Smarts d8+, of battle. Extras in Command Range add +1 Command to their Spirit or Vigor rolls when attempting Hold the Line strengthens the will of any to recover from being Shaken or Stunned, Extras under the hero’s command, adding +1 to their Toughness. respectively.

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INSPIRE

POWER EDGES

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REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Command Power Edges are the key to unlocking the true Exceptional leaders inspire those around potential of those with Arcane Backgrounds. them to great feats of valor and determination. They can mean the difference between an Once per turn, as an action, the hero may roll apprentice with a few abilities and a master his Battle skill to Support one type of Trait roll, of magic or divine energies! and apply it to all allied Extras in Command Range. A leader could Support all Shooting ADAPTABLE CASTER attacks in range, for example. Bonuses from this Edge can't stack REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Spellcasting d8+ with others. The character’s intense study of countless tomes, scrolls, religions, cultures, allows her NATURAL LEADER to alter the form of her magic. REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Spirit d8+, An Adaptable Caster can spend one extra Command Power Point when activating a power to alter This leader has proven herself time and time its Trapping. Burning hands (burst) might again, gaining the respect of all those who manifest as a cone of cold, for example. This fight by her side. can have important consequences if a foe has Any Leadership Edge that says it applies a particular resistance or weakness to the only to Extras now applies to Wild Cards spell’s usual Trapping! (including the player characters) as well. The Edge doesn’t affect powers cast with other Arcane Backgrounds, magic items, TACTICIAN or skills. REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Smarts d8+, Command, Battle d6+ ARCANE CONDUIT The commander has a natural grasp of small REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Spirit d8+, unit tactics and can take advantage of rapidly Arcane Background (Any) changing situations. When spending a Benny to recover Power A Tactician is dealt an extra Action Card Points, the hero recovers +2 Power Points. each round of combat — kept separate from See page 121 for information on spending his own cards. At the start of the round, he Bennies for Power Points. may discard it or give it to any one allied Extra in Command Range. The player or GM ARTIFICER controlling the receiving character can decide whether to accept and replace her current REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Background (Any) Action Card, or discard it. Those who tangle with supernatural forces Surprise: Tacticians don’t get their extra sometimes find ways to imbue powers into card if Surprised, but they can give it to an items. They may turn an ordinary blade into ally who’s Surprised if they like! a magic sword, grant powerful potions to their friends, or even bless holy relics with MASTER TACTICIAN divine grace. REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Tactician Artificers can create Arcane Devices and The Tactician now gets a total of two extra give them to their allies. See page 174. Where Action Cards to distribute each round. possible, the device reflects the forger’s background. A bard’s Arcane Devices are works of art, such as a singing sword, a magical instrument, an epic poem, etc.

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CHANNELING REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Background (Any) When the character gets a raise on her arcane skill roll (or roll to activate or use an arcane device), she reduces its Power Point cost by 1. This can take it to 0.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Background (Any) Through training and focus, the caster is extremely efficient in channeling arcane forces. The base Duration of any non-Instant power is doubled. This includes maintaining powers as well.

HOLY/UNHOLY WARRIOR

any powers of his Rank or lower normally available to his particular Arcane Background. A character can add a new Trapping on a power she already has instead of gaining a new one. She might add an ice Trapping to her existing fire bolt, for example, so she could switch between ice and fire Trappings freely.

POWER POINTS REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Arcane Background (Any) Wizards, sorcercers, and other arcane types always want more power. This Edge grants them an additional 5 Power Points. Power Points may be selected more than once, but only once per Rank. It may be taken as often as desired at Legendary Rank, but each grants only 2 additional points.

REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane POWER SURGE Background (Miracles), Faith d6+ REQUIREMENTS: Wild Card, Novice, Believers face grave dangers in service to Arcane Background (Any), arcane skill d8+ their divine patrons. To survive such hard­ The character recovers 10 Power Points when ships, the forces of good (or evil) grant his Action Card is a Joker. This may not miracles and the ability to turn their favor exceed his usual limit. into supernatural protection. After rolling, the chosen may add +1 to the RAPID RECHARGE total of a Soak roll for each Power Point spent, REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Spirit d6+, to a max­imum of +4. Arcane Background (Any) The character regains her Power Points NEW POWERS after only four hours of rest instead of eight REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Arcane (see page 171). Background (Any) An arcane character may learn two new IMPROVED RAPID RECHARGE powers by choosing this Edge (which may be REQUIREMENTS: Veteran, Rapid taken multiple times). He may choose from Recharge The hero recovers her Power Points with only two hours of rest.

SOUL DRAIN REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Background (Any), arcane skill d10+ Once per day, Soul Drain allows a character to take a level of Fatigue to recover up to five Power Points as a limited free action. Or she can take two levels of Fatigue (Exhaustion) to recover up to 10 Power Points. She cannot render herself Incap­acitated in this way.

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Prestige Edges build on other Edges, classes, and skills to provide unique talents possessed by a rare few. A character may only begin a Prestige Edge "track" once per Rank (just like Class Edges).

ARCANE ARCHER REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Background (Any), Shooting d8+ An arcane archer uses magical energies to amplify his arrows or bolts. He may automatically grant one "quality" into any arrow he fires (designated per shot). The first two qualities an archer learns are: Enhance: The archer's arrow adds +1 to Shooting and damage. Trapping: The arrow has an environmental Trapping such as fire, cold, darkness, etc.

ARCANE ARCHER II REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Archer The archer gains two new qualities: Phase Arrow: Once per encounter, the archer may fire an arrow directly through any non-magical barriers, ignoring penalties for Cover or Concealment. Hail of Arrows: Once per encounter, the archer may enchant an arrow so it splits into many when fired, raining down in a Large Blast Template. Everyone inside the template is subject to the attack roll — roll damage separately.

ARCANE ARCHER III REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Archer II The archer gains two new qualities: Imbue: The archer can imbue any area effect power into an arrow, "casting" the spell with Shooting and using his bow's Range in place of the power's Range. The spell's area of effect is centered where the arrow lands, even if it must normally be centered on the caster. If the arrow misses, the spell fails. Imbued spells can't be Shorted or use the Range modifier.

Death Arrow: Once per day, the archer can fire a fearsome arrow thrumming with deadly energy. A target Shaken or Wounded by the arrow must make a Vigor roll or die! Death arrows have no effect on constructs or undead.

ARCANE TRICKSTER REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Background (Any), Sneak Attack ability, Thievery d8+ These prodigious thieves blend subtle aspects of the arcane with the cunning of sleight of hand and misdirection. Ranged Ledgerdemain: The trickster can use his Thievery at a Range of 5” (10 yards) or less at a −2 penalty. Any object manipulated at range must weigh less than 5 pounds. Impromptu Attack: Once per encounter, the trickster may use her Sneak Attack ability even if a foe isn’t Vulnerable or subject to the Drop.

ARCANE TRICKSTER II REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Trickster Invisible Thief: Once per day, as a free action, the character may cast invisibility for a base cost of 1 Power Point. No arcane skill roll is required, and it's cast as if with a raise. The trickster may use other Power Modifiers or maintain the spell with her own Power Points as usual.

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This Edge doesn't grant the trickster the invisibility spell; she must have it on her own.

ARCANE TRICKSTER III REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Trickster II Surprise Spells: The trickster’s attack spells benefit from her Sneak Attack ability.

ASSASSIN REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Sneak Attack ability Those with this Edge are adept at infiltration and cold, efficient murder, infiltration. They consider themselves artisans, and their medium is death. Death Attack: If the assassin strikes a living victim with the Drop and causes at least one Wound (after any Soaking), the foe must make a Vigor roll or die. If the assassin Incapacitates or slays a victim he had the Drop on, the victim drops quietly and without a sound. It may even be a few moments before those nearby notice the situation, depending on the circ*mstances.

ASSASSIN II REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Assassin Hide in Plain Sight: The assassin may magically hide in plain sight. Treat this as invisibility (−4), as long as the assassin doesn’t move or make noise.

Resistance to Poison: The assassin adds +4 to rolls made to resist poison.

ASSASSIN III REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Assassin II Angel of Death: The slayer gains the mystical ability to charge her attack with lethal death energy. If she chooses to do so, a victim slain by her hand crumbles to dust and cannot be resurrected. She may do this no more than once per day. Swift Death: Once per day, an assassin gains the Drop over a foe of her choice, even if the target is completely aware of her presence.

DRAGON DISCIPLE REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Background (any), Occult d6+ Spellcasters who embrace their draconic heritage and learn to channel their abilities become fearsome warriors. They possess not only the repertoire of an accomplished sorcerer, but also the ability to unleash the furious power of dragons upon their foes. Breath Attack: Once per encounter, the dragon disciple may use an action to make a breath attack in a Cone Template. The attack causes 3d6 damage and may be Evaded. The attack has one of the following effects, based on the type of dragon the character descends from: fire (victims may catch fire, page 156), acid (lingering damage, see page 172), electricity (+2 damage to those in metal armor), or cold (victims are Hindered, see page 172).

DRAGON DISCIPLE II REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Dragon Disciple Wings: The dragon disciple’s body becomes more scaly, his eyes more feral, and he may even grow small horns. Eventually, scaly wings sprout from his back, granting him Flight (Pace 8).

DRAGON DISCIPLE III REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Dragon Disciple II

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DUELIST

ELDRITCH KNIGHT II

REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Agility d8+, Fighting d8+ Duelists represent the pinnacle of elegant swordplay, parrying blows and countering their opponent’s actions with expert ripostes. Surgical Strike: The duelist makes a surgical strike with a one-handed piercing weapon with a Min Str of d6 or less, adding +2 to her damage total. Parry: If the duelist hasn’t acted this turn, she may declare the Defend maneuver after an opponent declares a Fighting attack against her but before he rolls. She discards her current Action Card and her Parry bonus is +6 instead of +4 that turn.

REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Eldritch Knight II Eldritch Strike: The knight can spend a Power Point after making an attack to increase its total by +2.

DUELIST II REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Duelist Crippling Strike: A foe Shaken or Wounded by the duelist reduces his Pace by 2 until healed. No foe is subject to more than one crippling strike, and can’t be reduced below a Pace of 1.

DUELIST III REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Duelist II Deflect Arrows: The duelist can now deflect arrows, bolts, and thrown weapons.

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The disciple’s transformation is now Enemies subtract 2 from Athletics complete — this permanently changes her (throwing) or Shooting rolls to hit him. This Type to Dragon. stacks with Dodge and similar abilities, and is ignored if the duelist is surprised, Bound, Dragon Form: Twice per day the dragon unaware of the attack, or can’t generally disciple may take the form of a dragon parry the projectiles. of her bloodline. This makes her Size 3, Strength d12, and Vigor d10. She has Armor 4, and her Bite/Claw attack is Str+d6, AP 2. ELDRITCH KNIGHT Her wings grow to accommodate her form. REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Arcane Background (any), Fighting d8+ If she doesn't already have it, her dragon form also grants her environmental Elite warriors who train in both the martial resistance common to her draconic heritage and arcane arts learn how to take extra (electricity for blue, fire for red, etc.) advantage of their prowess in both. These Her clothing, gear, and magic items meld versatile heroes, the Eldritch Knights, are into her form and provide no benefits. usually characters who studied both the She can remain in this form for up to five martial and arcane arts. minutes, and extend the Duration another Eldritch Recharge: Anytime the knight gets five minutes by taking a level of Fatigue. a raise on a damaging attack roll (Athletics She may still speak and cast spells in (throwing), Fighting, Shooting, or arcane skill, he regains a Power Point. dragon form.

ELDRITCH KNIGHT III REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Eldritch Knight II Eldritch Strike (Imp): The knight can spend a Power Point after making a successful attack to increase its damage by +2.

LOREMASTER REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Smarts d8+, Academics or Common Knowledge or Occult d8+ A gatherer of secrets and arcane lore, this character values the acquisition of intellectual might above all else. Often obsessed by the written word, the loremaster believes knowledge is power. Lore: She gets a free reroll when making Academics, Common Knowledge, Occult, or Science rolls.

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LOREMASTER II REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Loremaster The loremaster gains special insight into those she’s traveled and adventured with. Secret: With the Game Master’s consent, she may take one ability from any core Class Edge she doesn’t already have. She might take the druid’s Wilderness Stride ability, for example, the rogue’s Sneak Attack, or a cleric’s ability to Channel Energy. This doesn’t confer any other Traits, Edges, or rules required to use the ability.

LOREMASTER III REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Loremaster II Greater Lore: The loremaster learns two new powers from any of those available in the campaign. This may not be useful if a power depends on mechanics the loremaster can’t make use of, but she can still learn the spell if she likes.

MYSTIC THEURGE REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, two Arcane Backgrounds with two different arcane skills Mystic theurges place no boundaries on their magical abilities, whether they stem from the arcane or divine. Combined Spells: Much like the Frenzy Edge, a theurge can cast two spells as one action, once per turn. The theurge must use two different arcane skills, declare her spells and all Power Modifiers as usual, then roll a die for each (the Wild Die can replace either). If the arcane skills have the same die type use different colored dice so you know which is which). The cost of both spells must be paid separately, and effects from Critical Failure apply normally but don’t stack.

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Example: A theurge casts bolt with Spellcasting (d8) and healing with Faith (d10). She rolls a d8, a d10, and her Wild die, which may take the place of either skill die. She casts both spells, spends the usual number of Power Points, and may use any Power Modifiers she wishes for each.

MYSTIC THEURGE II REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Mystic Theurge Spell Synergy: When the theurge uses her Combined Spells ability she reduces the cost of each spell by one Power Point (to a minimum of 1).

MYSTIC THEURGE III REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Mystic Theurge II Spell Synthesis: When the theurge uses her Combined Spells ability she adds +1 to both totals.

PATHFINDER CHRONICLER REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Survival d6+, Common Knowledge or Occult d8+ Brave explorers and seekers of lost or forgotten knowledge, these heroes are quintessential adventurers. They travel the world searching for esoteric truths, magical and mundane relics, and unexplored vistas. Pa t h f i n d i n g : The pathfinder increases the party’s speed by 10% when navigating to known or mapped locations. See Travel on page 167. She also knows which paths are safest and where to exercise additional caution. If the Game Master is drawing for encounters and gets the Enemies result (see page 167), the chronicler may make a Smarts roll at −2 to discard that card and replace it with the next card in the deck.

PATHFINDER CHRONICLER II

PATHFINDER CHRONICLER III REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Pathfinder Chronicler II Call Down the Legends: Once per game week, the chronicler can magically summon five “shades” of great Golarion heroes who have gone before. The shades assume mortal form, have the profiles in the sidebar at right, and last for one hour.

SHADOWDANCER REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Performance d6+ Stealth d8+, Thievery d6+ Some characters prefer the shadows, embracing the advantages of darkness to become artists of deception and surprise. Greater Darkvision: Strong connection to the plane of shadows allows the hero to see perfectly in any illumination up to 10" (20 yards), including magical darkness and ignoring all penalties resulting from it.

SHADOWDANCER II REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Shadowdancer Shadow Cloak: Darkness envelops and protects its champion. She gets one free Soak attempt at −2 whenever she's Wounded in Dim or Dark Illumination. This does not count as spending a Benny for purposes of Edges such as Elan.

SHADOWDANCER III REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Shadowdancer II Shadow Force: The darkness allows the user to tap into its incredible power. The Shadowdancer can channel shadow force to automatically cast: bolt, blast, illusion, summon ally, or teleport. All of these have a Shadow Trapping.

SHADES The shades appear as silent, somewhat formless heroes of Golarion — elves, dwarves, humans, and others. They cannot be mistaken for living beings except in the most obscured conditions. They appear from darkness and vanish into it when their time on the mortal realm expires. They are physical while here, and have only a fraction of their true self’s abilities. Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d4, Spirit d6, Strength d8, Vigor d8 Skills: Athletics d6, Fighting d8, Intimidation d6, Notice d4, Stealth d6 Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 7 (2) Hindrances: — Edges: — Gear: Leather armor (+2), long sword (Str+d8). Special Abilities: „ Construct: +2 to recover from being Shaken; don’t breathe; immune to poison and disease. „ Fearless: Immune to Fear and Intimidation.

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REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Pathfinder Chronicler Epic Tales: The chronicler recites a moving and evocative tale. Once per session, while the party is resting, every Wild Card ally who hears the tale gains a Benny.

Bolt and blast still require line of sight, but otherwise automatically hit as long as any part of the target is visible and in Range. The shadowdancer cannot make Called Shots with them, however. The Shadowdancer has 5 dedicated Power Points for these powers that recharge normally. She automatically activates the power with success for its regular cost, or with a raise for an additional Power Point. She may use applicable Power Modifiers if desired. See Chapter 5 for more information on specific spells. Shadow Force doesn’t grant access to Edges that require an Arcane Background. If the Shadowdancer also has an Arcane Background, none of its Edges, abilities, or Power Points can be used with Spell Training (and vice-versa).

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PROFESSIONAL EDGES Professional Edges reflect years of practice or experience in a particular trade, activity, or craft. In some cases they may also represent special blessings from higher powers as well. Players may purchase Professional Edges after character creation, perhaps roleplaying the achievement by practicing the affected trade during downtime or in between adventures. Stacking: Bonuses to the same Trait from different Professional Edges do not stack — apply only the highest.

ACE

The Edge grants the hero one free reroll on all Riding rolls and increases her mount’s Pace by 2 and its running die one step.

FIX IT REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Repair d8+ The hero is a natural with mechanical contraptions. She adds +2 to Repair rolls, and with a raise, halves the time normally required to fix something. This means if a particular Repair job says a raise repairs it in half the time, a Fix It can finish the job in onequarter the time with a raise.

INVESTIGATOR

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Smarts d8+, Academics d8+ REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+ Aces are pilots and drivers who have a special Investigators spend a great deal of time in affinity with their vehicle. They ignore two vast libraries researching ancient legends, points of penalties to any Boating, Driving, working the streets, or deducing Golarion’s or Piloting roll, and may spend Bennies to greatest mysteries. They add +2 to Academics Soak damage for any vehicle they control or Notice rolls made to sift through or command, using the appropriate Boating, information, sift through stacks of papers, Driving, or Piloting skill instead of Vigor. look through shelves of books for something of note, or spy obscured items from piles of Each success and raise negates a Wound. junk or debris.

ACROBAT REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+, Athletics d8+ The Acrobat gets one free reroll on Athletics totals that involve balance, tumbling, or grappling. It doesn’t affect rolls to interrupt actions, climb, swim, or throw.

COMBAT ACROBAT REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Acrobat The tumbler leaps quickly about so that attacks against her are made at −1 as long as she’s aware of the attack, can reasonably move about, and isn’t suffering any Encumbrance or Minimum Strength penalties.

BORN IN THE SADDLE REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+, Riding d6+ Whether it’s on the back of fast horse or other more exotic mount, this hero feels more at home in the saddle than on her own two feet.

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JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Smarts d10+ Through advanced schooling, book-learning, or just amazing intuitive perception, your hero has a talent for picking up skills on the fly. There’s little she can’t figure out given a little time and a dash of luck. The character makes a Smarts roll as an action after observing or studying some subject. She gains a d4 in the relevant skill with success, or d6 with a raise. She may try again after an hour of study, trial and effort, or immersion if she fails or wants to try for a raise. This lasts until the character attempts to learn a different subject, whether she’s successful or not.

SCHOLAR REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Smarts d8+ Learned professors, devoted students, and amateur enthusiasts spend great amounts of time and energy studying particular subjects. They become experts in these fields,

and rarely fail to answer questions in their particular area of expertise. Pick any one of the following skills: Academics, Battle, Occult, Science, or a Smarts-based “knowledge”-type skill allowed in your game, and add +2 to the total whenever they’re used. This Edge may be taken more than once if applied to different skills.

REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Common Knowledge d6+, Performance d8+ Troubadours travel the world, learning culture, etiquette, history, and above all, legends. They add +2 to Common Knowledge rolls and may use Performance in place of Battle for Leadership Edges or Edges that require Battle.

SOLDIER

WOODSMAN REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d6+, Survival d8+ Woodsmen are rangers, scouts, and hunters who are more at home in the wilderness than urban areas. They are skilled trackers and scouts, and know how to live off the land for months at a time. Woodsmen add +2 to Survival and Stealth rolls made in the wild (not towns, ruins, or underground).

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REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Strength d6+, Vigor d6+ Professional soldiers get used to carrying heavy loads and enduring harsh conditions. After a few days getting used to their gear (GM’s call), they treat their Strength as one die type higher when determining Encumbrance (page 106) and Minimum Strength to use armor, weapons, and equipment without a penalty (page 83). (This stacks with the Brawny Edge.) They also get a free reroll on Vigor rolls made to survive environmental hazards (see Hazards, page 153). This Edge has no effect on Armor Interference or Armor Restriction.

TROUBADOUR

THIEF REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Agility d8+, Stealth d6+, Thievery d6+ Thieves specialize in deceit, treachery, and acrobatics. They can be invaluable where traps must be detected, walls must be climbed, and locks must be picked. Thieves know how to use the slimmeest protrusions on walls and window ledges to climb the tallest of buildings, scampering through streets and back alleys like cats. They add +1 to Athletics rolls made to climb in urban areas. Thieves also know how to use the dark areas between the streetlights of cities to conceal their movements, and add +1 to Stealth rolls when in an urban environment. Finally, these rogues are—not surprisingly— adept at Thievery itself, adding +1 to those rolls in all circ*mstances.

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SOCIAL EDGES Getting people to do what you want is a critical skill, whether by coercion or charm.

BOLSTER REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+ Belittling or humiliating an enemy can boost your ally’s spirits. When this character successfully Tests a foe, he may also remove the Distracted or Vulnerable state (page 133) from one of his allies.

COMMON BOND REQUIREMENTS: Wild Card, Novice, Spirit d8+ Selfless heroes and determined leaders know their greatest strength often comes from their companions, and are willing to give some of their own fortune, fate, or luck to support them. A character with this Edge may freely give her Bennies to any other character she can communicate with. The player should explain what form this takes, from a quick shout of encouragement to a welcome pat on the back.

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HUMILIATE REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Taunt d8+ Those with a cruel wit can destroy a rival’s ego in a single remark or well-timed gesture. Your hero gets a free reroll on Taunt Tests.

MENACING REQUIREMENTS: Novice, any one of Bloodthirsty, Mean, Ruthless, or Ugly Being a brutish lout isn’t always a drawback if you know how to use it. Menacing allows a character to put her bad looks or worse attitude to good use. The goon adds +2 to her Intimidation rolls.

PROVOKE REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Taunt d6+ Clever characters can manipulate their foes, drawing enemy focus on themselves to protect their allies. Once per turn, when your hero uses Taunt for a Test and gets a raise (see Test, page 141), she may Provoke the foe. In addition to all the usual effects of the success and raise, the enemy suffers a −2 penalty to affect any other target besides the one who provoked her. This stacks with Distracted but not further instances of Provoke. Provoke lasts until a Joker is drawn, someone else Provokes the target, or the encounter ends. Provoke may be combined with Rabble Rouser (see below).

REQUIREMENTS: Novice Your heroine is connected to people or organizations who can help her when the chips are down. It might be the city guard, a guild, a wealthy noblewoman, or even other adventurers. RABBLE-ROUSER Connections may be taken more than once, REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Spirit d8+ selecting a new faction or contact each time. Once per session, and assuming she can get in This instigator knows how to rile up several touch with them, the heroine can call on her enemies at once. Once per turn, a character with this Edge can make a social Test with friends for a favor. Intimidation or Taunt against all enemies in The favor depends on the nature of the a Medium Blast Template. The targets must contact (GM’s call), but might include a loan, be able to see and hear the hero clearly. Each gear, a few allied fighters, transportation, defender resists and is affected by the Test information, or even a professional with separately. critical skills the party doesn’t have, like a tracker or scholar.

RELIABLE

REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+ People know they can depend on your hero when they need assistance. He gets a free reroll on any Support roll.

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RETORT

STREETWISE REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Smarts d6+ Streetwise characters know how to find the local black market, fence stolen goods, avoid the local law (or criminal element!), lay low when the heat’s on, obtain illegal weapons, find out which “boss” is hiring muscle, or similar shady activities. Streetwise characters add +2 to Intimidation or Persuasion rolls made to Network (see page 162) with shady or cri­minal elements. They also add +2 to Common Knowledge rolls per­taining to the types of disreputable activities listed above.

WORK THE CROWD REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Work the Room As Work the Room but the hero now can Support another on up to two of her Support actions.

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REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Taunt d6+ This verbal duelist can turn the slings and arrows of social combat right back at the unwitting fools who hurled them. If a character with Retort gets a raise when resisting an Intimidation or Taunt Test, the foe is Distracted.

Room to roll an additional skill die when Supporting with Persuasion or Performance. The additional die Supports any other ally who can see or hear your hero, and applies to their next action, whatever it may be.

STRONG WILLED REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+ Self-confidence is p o we r f u l a r m o r against those who attempt to attack this individual’s will. He adds +2 to his total when resisting Tests with Smarts or Spirit.

IRON WILL REQUIREMENTS: Seasoned, Brave, Strong Willed The hero now adds his Strong Willed bonus to resist powers and negate their effects. Iron Will doesn’t stack with Brave, nor does it apply to subse­quent rolls resulting from powers such as being Shaken by a damaging power, fear, or the like.

WORK THE ROOM REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+ Your hero’s words don’t just inspire those they’re directed at—they often inspire others as well. Once per turn, you can use Work the

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WEIRD EDGES Weird Edges are slightly supernatural in origin. These are usually appropriate in a Pathfinder for Savage Worlds game, but check with your GM before taking them.

BEAST BOND REQUIREMENTS: Novice Some individuals have an extra­ordinary bond with their animal companions. These characters may spend their own Bennies for any animals under their control, including mounts, pets, familiars, and so on.

BEAST MASTER REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+ Animals take to your hero quickly and easily. They won’t attack him unless he attacks them first or they’re enraged for some reason. The Beast Master’s “animal magnetism” is so great he’s attracted a loyal animal of some sort as well. This is typically an animal of Size 0 or smaller, subject to the GM’s approval. The beast is an Extra and doesn’t Advance in Rank or abilities. If a pet is dismissed or killed, the hero gains a replacement in 1d4 days. More Powerful Companions: Beast Master may be taken more than once. Choose one of the effects below each time it’s chosen: • Gain an additional pet. • Increase one of the pet’s Traits one die type (only one Trait per pet). • Increase the maximum Size pet you may have by +1, to a maximum of 3. • Make one pet a Wild Card. (The hero must be of Heroic Rank).

CHAMPION REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+, Fighting d6+ Champions are holy (or unholy) men and women chosen to fight for a particular deity or religion. Most are pious souls ready and willing to lay down their lives for a greater cause, but some may have been born into the role and follow their path with some reluctance. Champions fight the forces of darkness (or good), adding +2 damage when attacking supernaturally evil (or good if they’re evil) creatures. The bonus applies to area effect damage, ranged attacks, powers, etc. The GM must decide which foes this bonus applies to, but generally it’s any evil (or good!) creature born of magic or with any supernatural abilities.

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DANGER SENSE

SCAVENGER

REQUIREMENTS: Novice REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Luck Your hero can sense when something bad is Once per encounter the hero may find, about to happen. When rolling for Surprise “suddenly remember,” or dig up some much(page 141), he adds +2 to his Notice roll to act needed piece of equipment, a quiver half-full in the first round. With a raise, he starts the of arrows, or some other useful device. encounter on Hold. The Game Master decides what constitutes In other situations not covered by the an encounter, and has the final word on what Surprise rules (a sniper shot, pit trap, can and can’t be found. poisoned drink, etc.), Danger Sense gives him a Notice roll at −2 (or +2 if a Notice roll is usually allowed) to detect the hazard and take appropriate action. If this was an attack and the hero makes his Notice roll, the foe doesn’t get The Drop against him.

HEALER REQUIREMENTS: Novice, Spirit d8+ A hero with this Edge gets a free reroll on all Healing rolls, whether natural or magical in nature.

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The hero gains a Novice Rank sidekick. The sidekick is a Wild Card, starts each session with two Bennies, may Advance, and has abilities that complement his mentor. The FOLLOWERS player character controls his sidekick just like REQUIREMENTS: Wild Card, Legendary any other ally, though he may occasionally Each time this Edge is chosen, five followers cause trouble by getting captured, running come to fight by the hero’s side. If any are lost, into danger when he’s not supposed to, and others eventually take their place (how long so on. The player should be prepared for this is up to the GM and the circ*mstances). Edge to occasionally become a Hindrance! Followers must be cared for and generally If the sidekick dies, he isn’t replaced unless want a share of whatever loot, treasure, or the hero chooses this Edge again. Fortunately, other rewards the hero acquires. Otherwise, heroes may always spend Bennies for their they are completely dedicated to their task. sidekicks as if they had the Common Bond They won’t throw their lives away but are Edge. Sidekicks must actually take that Edge willing to risk them repeatedly in his service. to do the same for their mentors. Use the Soldier profile found on page 146 for the followers. A hero may outfit her allies TOUGH AS NAILS as she sees fit. Use the Allies rules on page REQUIREMENTS: Legendary, Vigor d8+ 145 to give them distinctive personal­ities Your character keeps going when others if desired. fall. She can take four Wounds before she’s Incapacitated (her maximum Wound penalty PROFESSIONAL is still −3). REQUIREMENTS: Legendary, maximum die type possible in affected Trait TOUGHER THAN NAILS The character is an expert at a particular skill REQUIREMENTS: Legendary, Tough as or attribute (his choice). This increases the Nails, Vigor d12+ Trait and its limit one step (a d12 + 1 becomes The hero can take up to five Wounds before a d12 + 2 , for example). This Edge may be she’s Incapacitated! Her maximum Wound selected once per Trait. penalty is still −3.

LEGENDARY EDGES

EXPERT REQUIREMENTS: Legendary, Professional in affected Trait As the Professional Edge, increasing the Trait and its limit one additional step.

MASTER REQUIREMENTS: Wild Card, Legendary, Expert in affected Trait The character’s Wild Die increases to a d10 when rolling the selected Expert Trait.

SIDEKICK REQUIREMENTS: Wild Card, Legendary A character who triumphs over evil time and time again becomes an inspiration to others. Eventually, one of these young crusaders may attempt to join the hero’s epic quests.

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WEAPON MASTER REQUIREMENTS: Legendary, Fighting d12+ The warrior increases his Parry by +1 and the bonus damage die for Fighting rolls is a d8 instead of a d6 (see Bonus Damage, page 127). He must be armed to gain these benefits, but this includes claws or other abilities that count as weapons.

MASTER OF ARMS REQUIREMENTS: Legendary, Weapon Master Increase the hero’s Parry an additional +1 and his Fighting bonus damage die is now a d10.

ADVANCEMENT

Increase one attribute one die type. This option may be taken only once per Rank. Legendary characters may raise an attribute no more than every fourth Advance, up to the ancestral or class maximum. „ SKILLS: Increase a skill that is equal to or greater than its linked attribute one die type; OR increase two skills that are lower than their linked attributes by one die type each (including new skills the character didn’t have before at d4). „ EDGE: Gain a new Edge. Note that you should have a story-based reason to take a Background or Class Edge. You can’t become a barbarian overnight, after all. Gaining these Edges should usually take years or some dramatic change in the character’s life, and should only be done with the Game Master’s permission. Class Edges are also limited to one per Rank. „ BUY OFF A HINDRANCE: Permanently remove a Minor Hindrance, or reduce a Major Hindrance to a Minor (if possible). The player and GM should work out how and when this happens. Perhaps the shocking death of an ally triggers a change in attitude, the hero puts real effort into improving harmful behavior, or seeks professional help during Downtime. „ ATTRIBUTE:

How fast characters Advance in Savage Pathfinder depends on the campaign. „ OFFICIAL ADVENTURE PATHS: These epic tales tell the Game Master when to give the party an Advance. They typically start at Novice Rank and end at Legendary+, spreading improvements along as the story advances to different stages. „ SHORT CAMPAIGNS: If you’re running a campaign of your own creation and expect it to last 10 sessions or less, we recommend giving characters an Advance after each session. „ LONG CAMPAIGNS: Grant an Advance after every two or three sessions for a long campaign, slowing it down to every four or five sessions once the heroes hit Heroic Rank. „ MILESTONE CAMPAIGNS: Grant an Advance after certain objectives are met in the campaign. You can grant Advances a bit more often in the early stages, slowing things down in the middle and later chapters.

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One of the many great aspects of roleplaying games is advancing your character, watching her grow from a Novice adventurer to a Legendary hero. Advances are granted by the Game Master at the end of some game "sessions" (about 4–5 hours of play). An Advance lets a character make one of the adjustments listed below. Remember that no Trait may be raised above its maximum (usually d12 unless modified by an ancestral ability, Edge, etc).

ADVANCEMENT PACE

ALLIES & ADVANCEMENT Followers and other allies who stay with the party for extended periods can improve their abilities as well. If the party advances and the Game Master feels the allies have played a significant role in the story, they Advance as well. This gives player characters a group of loyal retainers and hirelings to interact with and deepens immersion. You’ll find an Ally Sheet on our website the group can fill in and use to keep up with their retainers' profile, gear, history, and other notes.

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HINDRANCE SUMMARIES All Thumbs (Minor): –2 to use mechanical or electrical devices. Anemic (Minor): –2 Vigor when resisting Fatigue. Arrogant (Major): Likes to dominate his opponent, challenge the most powerful foe in combat. Bad Eyes (Minor/Major): –1 to all Trait rolls dependent on vision, or –2 as a Major Hindrance. Eyewear negates penalty but have a 50% chance of breaking when the hero suffers trauma. Bad Luck (Major): The characters starts with one less Benny per session. Big Mouth (Minor): Unable to keep secrets and constantly gives away private information. Blind (Major): –6 to all tasks that require vision (but choice of a free Edge to offset). Bloodthirsty (Major): Never takes prisoners. Can’t Swim (Minor): –2 to swimming (Athletics) rolls; Each inch moved in water costs 3” of Pace. Cautious (Minor): The character plans extensively and/or is overly careful. Clueless (Major): –1 to Common Knowledge and Notice rolls. Clumsy (Major): –2 to Athletics and Stealth rolls. Code of Honor (Major): The character keeps his word and acts like a gentleman. Curious (Major): The character wants to know about everything. Death Wish (Minor): The hero wants to die after or while completing some epic task. Delusional (Minor/Major): The individual believes something strange that causes him occasional or frequent trouble. Driven (Minor/Major): The hero’s actions are driven by some important goal or belief. Elderly (Major): –1 to Pace, running, Agility, Strength, and Vigor. Hero gets 5 extra skill points. Enemy (Minor/Major): The character has a recurring nemesis. Greedy (Minor/Major): The individual is obsessed with wealth and material possessions. Habit (Minor/Major): Addicted to something, suffers Fatigue if deprived. Hard of Hearing (Minor/Major): –4 to Notice sounds; automatic failure if completely deaf. Heroic (Major): The character always helps those in need. Hesitant (Minor): Draw two Action Cards and take the lowest (except Jokers, which may be kept). Illiterate (Minor): The character cannot read or write. Impulsive (Major): The hero leaps before he looks. Jealous (Minor/Major): The individual covets what others have. Loyal (Minor): The hero is loyal to his friends and allies. Mean (Minor): –1 to Persuasion rolls. Mild Mannered (Minor): –2 to Intimidation rolls. Mute (Major): The hero cannot speak. Obese (Minor): Size +1, Pace –1 and running die of d4. Treat Str as one die type lower for Min Str. Obligation (Minor/Major): The character has a weekly obligation of 20 (Minor) to 40 (Major) hours. One Arm (Major): –4 to tasks (such as Athletics) that require two hands. One Eye (Major): –2 to actions at 5″ (10 yards) or more distance. Outsider (Minor/Major): The character doesn’t fit in to the local environment and subtracts 2 from Persuasion rolls. As a Major Hindrance she has no legal rights or other serious consequences. Overconfident (Major): The hero believes she can do anything.

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Pacifist (Minor/Major): Fights only in self-defense as a Minor Hindrance, won’t fight at all as Major. Phobia (Minor/Major): The character is afraid of something, and subtracts –1/–2 from all Trait rolls in its presence. Poverty (Minor): Half starting funds and the character is always broke. Quirk (Minor): The individual has some minor but persistent foible that often annoys others. Ruthless (Minor/Major): The character does what it takes to get her way. Shamed (Minor/Major): The individual is haunted by some tragic event from her past. Slow (Minor/Major): Pace –1, reduce running die one step. As Major, Pace –2, –2 to Athletics and rolls to resist Athletics. Neither may take the Fleet-Footed Edge. Small (Minor): Size and Toughness are reduced by 1. Size cannot be reduced below –1. Stubborn (Minor): The character wants his way and rarely admits his mistakes. Suspicious (Minor/Major): The individual is paranoid. As a Major Hindrance, allies subtract 2 when rolling to Support him.

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Secret (Minor/Major): The hero has a dark secret of some kind.

Thin Skinned (Minor/Major): The character is particularly susceptible to personal attacks. As a Minor Hindrance, he subtracts two when resisting Taunt attacks. As a Major, he subtracts four. Tongue-Tied (Major): The character often misspeaks or can’t get her words out. –1 to Intimidation, Persuasion, and Taunt rolls. Ugly (Minor/Major): The character is physically unattractive and subtracts 1 or 2 from Persuasion rolls. Vengeful (Minor/Major): The adventurer seeks payback for slights against her. As a Major Hindrance, she’ll cause physical harm to get it. Vow (Minor/Major): The individual has pledged himself to some cause. Wanted (Minor/Major): The character is wanted by the authorities. Yellow (Major): –2 to Fear checks and resisting Intimidation. Young (Minor/Major): Minor has 4 attribute points and 10 skill points, extra Benny per session. Major has 3 attribute points, 10 skill points, and two extra Bennies per session.

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TRAIT SUMMARIES ATTRIBUTES

Agility: Nimbleness, dexterity, and overall physical coordination of muscles and reflexes. Smarts: Raw intellect, perception, and ability to sort and make use of complex information. Spirit: Inner strength and willpower. Strength: Raw muscle power. Vigor: Endurance, health, and constitution. SKILLS

Academics (Smarts): Knowledge or ability to research written or recorded information.

 Athletics (Agility): Overall athletic coordination and ability. Climbing, jumping, balancing, wrestling, skiing, swimming, throwing, or catching. Battle (Smarts): Strategy, tactics, and understanding military operations. A key skill in Mass Battles. Boating (Agility): Ability to sail or pilot a boat, ship, or other watercraft.

 Common Knowledge (Smarts): General knowledge of a character’s world.

Driving (Agility): The ability to control, steer, and operate ground vehicles. Faith (Spirit): The arcane skill for Arcane Background (Miracles). Fighting (Agility): Skill and utter ferocity in armed and unarmed combat. Gambling (Smarts): Skill and familiarity with games of chance.

Healing (Smarts): The ability to treat and heal Wounds and diseases, and decipher forensic evidence. Intimidation (Spirit): A character’s ability to threaten others into doing what she wants. Language (Smarts): Knowledge and fluency in a particular language.

 Notice (Smarts): General awareness and perception.

Occult (Smarts): Knowledge of supernatural events, creatures, history, items, and ways. Performance (Spirit): Singing, dancing, acting, or other forms of public expression.

 Persuasion (Spirit): The ability to convince others to do what you want.

Piloting (Agility): Skill with maneuvering vehicles that operate in three dimensions, such as airships. Repair (Smarts): The ability to fix mechanical and electrical gadgets. Riding (Agility): A character’s skill in mounting, controlling, and riding a tamed beast. Science (Smarts): Knowledge of scientific fields such as biology, chemistry, geology, engineering, etc. Shooting (Agility): Precision with any type of ranged weapon. Spellcasting (Smarts): The arcane skill for Arcane Background (Magic).

 Stealth (Agility): The ability to sneak and hide.

Survival (Smarts): How to find food, water, or shelter, and tracking. Taunt (Smarts): Insulting or belittling another. Almost always done as a Test (page 141). Thievery (Agility): Sleight of hand, pickpocketing, lockpicking, and other typically shady feats.

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EDGE SUMMARIES BACKGROUND EDGES Alertness Ambidextrous

REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

N

+2 to Notice rolls.

N, A d8

Ignore –2 penalty when making Trait rolls with off-hand.

Arcane Background (Magic / Miracles)

N

The character can cast spells or invoke miracles. This is the more "generic" version of Arcane Background. See the various Class Edges for more specialized takes.

Arcane Resistance

N, Sp d8

Arcane skills targeting the hero suffer a −2 penalty (even if cast by allies!); magical damage is reduced by 2.

N, Arcane Resistance

As Arcane Resistance except penalty is increased to −4 and magical damage is reduced by 4.

Improved Arcane Resistance Aristocrat

N

Attractive

N, V d6

+1 to Performance and Persuasion rolls.

N, Attractive

+2 to Performance and Persuasion rolls.

Very Attractive Brave Brawny

Brute

N, Sp d6

+2 to Common Knowledge and networking with upper class.

+2 to Fear checks and –2 to rolls on the Fear Table.

N, St d6, V d6

Size (and therefore Toughness) +1. Treat Strength as one die type higher for Encumbrance and Minimum Strength to use weapons, armor, or equipment.

N, St d6, V d6

Link Athletics to Strength instead of Agility (including resistance). Short Range of any thrown item increased by +1. Double that for the adjusted Medium Range, and double again for Long Range.

Charismatic

N, Sp d8

Free reroll when using Persuasion.

Elan

N, Sp d8

+2 when spending a Benny to reroll a Trait roll.

Fame

N

+1 Persuasion rolls when recognized (Common Knowledge), double usual fee for Performance.

Famous

S, Fame

+2 Persuasion when recognized, 5× or more usual fee for Performance.

Fast Healer

N, V d8

+2 Vigor when rolling for natural healing; check every 3 days.

N, A d6

Pace +2, increase running die one step.

Fleet-Footed Linguist Luck Great Luck Quick Rich Filthy Rich

N, Sm d6 N

Characters

EDGE

Character has d6 in languages equal to half her Smarts die. +1 Benny at the start of each session.

N, Luck

+2 Bennies at the start of each session.

N, A d8

The hero may discard and redraw Action Cards of 5 or lower.

N

Character starts with 900 gp and a weekly allowance of 1,000 gp.

N, Rich

The character starts with 1,500 gp and a weekly allowance of 5,000 gp.

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Barbarian

N, St d6+, V d6

Armor Restriction (Med), Fast (Pace +1), Rage (see text)

Powerful Blow

S, Barbarian

Wild Attacks cause +4 damage instead of +2.

Intimidating Glare

V, Barbarian

The barbarian may make an Intimidation roll as a free action when dealt a Jack or better in combat.

Strength Surge

H, Barbarian

The hero’s Strength increases two die types when raging.

Bard

N, Sp d6, Perform. d4

Arcane Background (Bard), Armor Interference (Light), Sharp Tongued (may user Performance for Taunt).

Inspire Heroics

S, Bard

Once per encounter, the bard gets five Inspiration tokens he can give to his allies for rerolls.

Countersong

V, Bard

Allies within 5” get a free reroll when resisting or recovering from enemy spell effects.

Dirge of Doom

H, Bard

Enemy Wild Cards within 10” subtract 2 from their totals when spending a Benny.

N, Sp d6, Vow (Major)

Arcane Background (Cleric), Channel Energy (may heal at Range of Spirit), Sins.

Destroy Undead

S, Cleric

Spend 2 Power Points to create a wave of energy in a Medium Blast Template. All undead within must make a Spirit roll or take a Wound.

Favored Powers (Cleric)

V, Cleric

Once per turn, the cleric may ignore up to two points of any penalties when casting boost/lower Trait, smite, or protection.

Divine Mastery

H, Cleric

The cleric may now use Epic Power Modifiers.

Cleric

N, Sp d6, Survival d6

Arcane Background (Druid), Armor Interference (Light), Nature Bond, Nature Sense, Sins.

Wild Shape

S, Druid

The druid gains shape change. Duration is one hour and she casts as if one Rank higher than usual.

Favored Powers

S, Druid

Once per turn, the druid may ignore up to two points of any penalties when casting entangle, smite, or protection.

Divine Mastery

S, Druid

The druid may now use Epic Power Modifiers.

Druid

Fighter

N, St d6, Fighting d6

Martial Flexibility (may take a Combat Edge once per encounter).

Deadly Blow

S, Fighter

The fighter adds +1 to all his damaging attacks.

Improved Martial Flexibility

V, Fighter

The fighter may now choose two Combat Edges per encounter.

H, Fighter

The fighter gets a free reroll on any failed Fighting roll.

Martial Prowess Monk

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REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

N, A d6, Sp d6, Fighting d6

Armor Restriction (Any), Stunning Fist, Unarmed Strike

Mystic Powers (Monk)

S, Monk

The monk has 5 dedicated Power Points he can use to cast boost Trait (Agility, Athletics, Fighting, or Stealth), protection, smite, and speed. All are self only.

Divine Mastery

V, Monk

The monk's Mystic Powers now includes Boost Trait (Strength), deflection, speed, wall walker, warrior's gift.

Wholeness of Body

H, Monk

The monk may make a natural healing roll by meditating for one hour.

Aura of Courage (+1 to Fear tests within 10"), Code of Honor, Detect Evil, Smite Evil (free reroll on failed attack rolls against a single chosen evil enemy per encounter).

Mystic Powers (Paladin)

S, Paladin

The paladin has 5 dedicated Power Points she can use to cast boost Trait (Fighting, Strength, Vigor), healing, relief, smite. All but healing and relief are self only.

Mercy

V, Paladin

The paladin can remove Distracted, Vulnerable, or Shaken statuses to an ally within Range of Spirit.

Mount

H, Paladin

The hero gains a loyal horse with increased Smarts, Strength, and the Resilience ability.

Ranger

N, Shooting d6, Survival d6

Armor Restriction (Medium), Favored Enemy, Favored Terrain, Wilderness Stride.

Mystic Powers (Ranger)

S, Ranger

The ranger has 5 dedicated Power Points he can use to cast boost Trait (Athletics, Fighting, Shooting), entangle, warrior's gift. All but entangle are self only.

Quarry

V, Ranger

The ranger adds +d6 damage against their Favored Enemy.

Hunting Companion

H, Ranger

The ranger gains a Resilient animal companion that benefits from his Favored Enemy, Favored Terrain, and Quarry abilities.

Rogue

N, A d6, Thievery d8

Armor Restriction (Light), Sneak Attack

Trap Sense

S, Rogue

The rogue gets a chance to detect traps before springing them. She also ignores up to two points of penalties when disarming them with Thievery.

Uncanny Reflexes

V, Rogue

The rogue ignores the usual –2 Agility penalty to Evasion attempts, and may attempt to Evade any area effect that doesn't usually allow it.

Opportunist

H, Rogue

The rogue gets a free attack against a foe who Withdraws from Melee, even if they have Extraction. If they don't have Extraction, they count as Vulnerable to her.

N, Smarts d6, Spirit d6

Arcane Background (Sorcerer), Armor Interference (Any), Bloodline.

Favored Powers (Sorcerer)

S, Sorcerer

Once per turn, the sorcerer may ignore up to two points of any penalties when casting bolt, deflection, or dispel.

Arcane Mastery

V, Sorcerer

The sorcerer may now use Epic Power Modifiers.

Advanced Bloodline

H, Sorcerer

The sorcerer gains his bloodline's advanced ability.

Sorcerer

N, Sm d6, Academics d6

Arcane Background (Wizard), Arcane Bond (bond with an item for +1 Spellcasting or gain a familiar), Armor Interference (Any), School, Spellbooks.

Favored Powers (Wizard)

S, Wizard

Once per turn, the wizard may ignore up to two points of any penalties when casting arcane protection, deflection, dispel.

Arcane Mastery

V, Wizard

The wizard may now use Epic Power Modifiers.

Eldritch Inspiration

H, Wizard

The wizard can spend a Benny to cast any power of his Rank or lower at a –2 penalty.

Wizard

Characters

N, St d6, Sp d6, Vow (Minor)

Paladin

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Block Improved Block Brawler

S, Fighting d8

+1 Parry, ignore 1 point of Gang Up bonus.

V, Block

+2 Parry, ignore 2 points of Gang Up bonus.

N, St d8, V d8

Toughness +1, add d4 to damage from fists; or increase it a die type if combined with Martial Artist, Claws, or similar abilities.

Bruiser

S, Brawler

Increase unarmed Strength damage a die type and Toughness another +1.

Calculating

N, Sm d8

Ignore up to 2 points of penalties on one action with an Action Card of Five or less.

Combat Reflexes Counterattack Improved Counterattack Dead Shot Dodge Improved Dodge Extraction Improved Extraction Feint

S S, Fighting d8

+2 Spirit to recover from being Shaken or Stunned. Free attack against one foe per round who failed a Fighting roll.

V, Counterattack As Counterattack, but against three failed attacks per turn. WC, N, Athletics First successful Athletics (throwing) or Shooting roll, double or Shooting d8 damage from when dealt a Joker. S, A d8

−2 to be hit by ranged attacks.

S, Dodge

+2 to Evasion totals.

N, A d8

One adjacent foe doesn’t get a free attack when you withdraw from close combat.

S, Extraction

Three adjacent foes don’t get free attacks when you withdraw from combat.

N, Fighting d8

You may choose to make foe resist with Smarts instead of Agility during a Fighting Test.

N, A d8

Free Fighting attack once per round when foe moves within Reach.

Improved First Strike

H, First Strike

Free Fighting attack against up to three foes when they move within Reach.

Formation Fighter

N, Fighting d8

+2 Gang Up bonus per ally instead of +1; maximum +4

First Strike

Free Runner Frenzy

N, A d8 S, Fighting d8

Improved Frenzy

V, Frenzy

Giant Killer

V

Hard to Kill

N, Sp d8

Ignore Difficult Ground and add +2 to Athletics in foot chases and Athletics (climbing). Roll a second Fighting die with one melee attack per turn. Roll a second Fighting die with up to two melee attacks per turn. +1d6 damage vs. creatures three Sizes larger or more. Ignore Wound penalties when making Vigor rolls to avoid Bleeding Out.

Harder to Kill

V, Hard to Kill

Roll a die if the character perishes. Even if he’s Incapacitated, he survives somehow.

Improvisational Fighter

S, Sm d6

Ignore –2 penalty when attacking with improvised weapons.

Iron Jaw

N, V d8

+2 to Soak and Vigor rolls to avoid Knockout Blows.

Killer Instinct

S

The hero gets a free reroll in any opposed Test he initiates.

Level Headed

S, Sm d8

Draw an additional Action Card each round in combat and choose which one to use.

Improved Level Headed

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S, Level Headed

Draw two additional Action Cards each round in combat and choose which one to use.

Marksman Mighty Blow Nerves of Steel

Ignore up to 2 points of penalties from Range, Cover, Called Shot, Scale, or Speed; or add +1 to first Athletics (throwing) or Shooting roll. Character may not move or fire greater than RoF 1.

WC, N, Fighting d8

On first successful Fighting roll, double damage when dealt a Joker.

N, V d8

Ignore one level of Wound penalties.

N, Nerves of Steel

Ignore up to two levels of Wound penalties.

No Mercy

S

Rapid Shot

S, Shooting d6

Increase RoF by 1 for one Shooting attack per turn.

Improved Rapid Shot

V, Rapid Shot

Increase RoF by 1 for up to two Shooting attacks per turn.

Steady Hands

N, A d8

Sweep Improved Sweep Trademark Weapon Imp. Trademark Weapon Two-Weapon Fighting

+2 damage when spending a Benny to reroll damage.

N, St d8, Fighting d8 V, Sweep N, d8 in related skill S, Trademark Weapon N, A d8

Ignore Unstable Platform penalty; reduce running penalty to –1.

Characters

Improved Nerves of Steel

S, Athletics or Shooting d8

Fighting roll at –2 to hit all targets in weapon’s Reach, no more than once per turn. As above, but ignore the –2 penalty. +1 to Athletics (throwing), Fighting, or Shooting total with a specific weapon; +1 Parry while weapon is readied. The attack and Parry bonus increases to +2. Make one extra Fighting or Athletics roll with a second melee or throwing weapon in off-hand at no Multi-Action penalty.

LEADERSHIP EDGES

(COMMAND RANGE IS 5” OR 10 YARDS) EDGE

Command Command Presence

REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

N, Sm d6 S, Command

+1 to Extras’ Shaken or Stunned recovery rolls in Command Range. Increase Command Range to 10″ (20 yards)

Fervor

V, Sp d8, Command

Extras in range add +1 to their Fighting damage rolls.

Hold the Line

S, Sm d8, Command

+1 to Extras’ Toughness in Command Range.

Inspire

S, Command

Once per turn, the hero may roll his Battle skill to Support one type of Trait roll, and apply it to everyone in Command Range

Natural Leader

S, Sp d8, Command

Leadership Edges now apply to Wild Cards.

Tactician

S, Sm d8, Command, Battle d6

Draw an extra Action Card each turn that may be assigned to any allied Extra in Command Range.

V, Tactician

Draw and distribute two extra Action Cards instead of one.

Master Tactician

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POWER EDGES

(“AB” IS ARCANE BACKGROUND) EDGE

Adaptable Caster

REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

S, AB (Any), Arcane Skill d6

Spend 1 extra Power Point to change a spell’s Trapping.

Artificer

S, AB

Allows user to create Arcane Devices.

Channeling

S, AB

Reduce Power Point cost by 1 with a raise on the activation roll.

Concentration

S, AB

Double Duration of non-Instant powers.

Holy/Unholy Warrior New Powers

S, AB (Miracles), Add +1 to +4 to Soak rolls for each Power Point spent. Faith d6 N, AB

Your character knows two new powers.

Power Points

N, AB

Gain 5 additional Power Points, no more than once per Rank.

Power Surge

WC, N, AB, arcane skill d8

Rapid Recharge Improved Rapid Recharge Soul Drain

Recover 10 Power Points when dealt a Joker in combat.

S, Sp d6, AB

Recover 10 Power Points per hour.

V, Rapid Recharge

Recover 20 Power Points per hour.

S, AB, arcane skill d10

Recover 5 Power Points for a level of Fatigue.

PRESTIGE EDGES Arcane Archer

Enhance arrows for +1 Shooting or damage, or Imbue arrows with a Trapping of some kind.

Arcane Archer II

S, AA

Empower an arrow to pass through physical barriers, or split it into a Hail of Arrows that covers an LBT.

Arcane Archer III

S, AA II

Death Arrow: –4 to hit; victim must make a Vigor roll or die.

Arcane Trickster

S, AB (Any), Sneak Attack, Thievery d8

Ranged Ledgerdemain: Can use Thievery at Range of 5" at –2 penalty; Impromptu Attack: Once per encounter, trickster may use Sneak Attack without Drop or Vulnerable.

Arcane Trickster II

S, AT

Invisible Thief: Once per day, automatically cast invisibility for 1 Power Point and an automatic raise (no roll).

Arcane Trickster III

S, AT II

Surprise Spells: The trickster's spells benefit from Sneak Att.

S, Sneak Attack

Death Attack: If assassin attacks with the Drop and causes at least one Wound, the victim must make Vigor roll or die.

Assassin II

S, Assassin

Hide in Plain Sight: –4 to be seen if assassin doesn't move. Resistance to Poison: +4 to resist poison.

Assassin III

S, Assassin II

Angel of Death: The assassin may crumble a slain victim to dust, preventing resurrection. Swift Death: Once per day, the killer gains the Drop on a foe of her choice.

Dragon Disciple

S, AB (Any), Occult d6

Breath Attack: 3d6 damage plus Trapping effects, Cone Template, once per encounter.

Dragon Disciple II

S, DD

Dragon Disciple III

S, DD II

Dragon Form: Twice per day the dragon disciple may take the form of a dragon of her bloodline.

S, Sneak Attack

Surgical Strike: +2 damage with certain weapons. Parry: Duelist may Defend if she hasn't acted yet for Parry bonus +6.

Assassin

Duelist Duelist II

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S, AB (Any), Shooting d8

S, Duelist

Wings: The character grows wings for Flight (Pace 8).

Crippling Strike: Reduce foe's Pace by 2 until healed.

Duelist III

S, Duelist II

Deflect Arrows: –2 to be hit with physical ranged attacks.

Eldritch Knight

S, AB (Any), Fighting d8

Eldritch Recharge: Regain a Power Point with raise on an attack or arcane skill.

Eldritch Knight II

S, EK

Eldritch Strike: Spend 1 or 2 Power Points to increase attack total a like amount.

Eldritch Knight III

S, EK II

Imp. Eldritch Strike: Spend 1 or 2 Power Points to increase damage total a like amount.

S, Sm d8, See text

Lore: Free reroll on Academics, Common Knowledge, Occult, or Science.

Loremaster

S, DD

Secret: Gain an ability from any core Class Edge.

Loremaster III

S, DD

Greater Lore: Gain any 2 new powers available in the campaign.

S, Sneak Attack

Combined Spells: Cast two spells at once, rolling an arcane skill for each along with the Wild Die.

Mystic Theurge II

S, DD

Spell Synergy: Reduce cost of each spell when using Combined Spells ability.

Mystic Theurge III

S, DD

Spell Synthesis: Add +1 to each spell total when using Combined Spells ability.

S, Sneak Attack

Pathfinding: Increase travel speed by 10%, possibly avoid Enemy encounters.

Pathfinder Chronicler II

S, DD

Epic Tales: Tell a tale to grant the party a Benny while resting.

Pathfinder Chronicler III

S, DD

Call Down the Legends: Summon 5 Shades for one hour.

Mystic Theurge

Pathfinder Chronicler

Shadowdancer

S, Sneak Attack

Characters

Loremaster II

Greater Darkvision: See in pitch or magical darkness.

Shadowdancer II

S, DD

Shadow Cloak: Free Soak at –2 when in Dim or Dark light.

Shadowdancer III

S, DD

Shadow Force: 5 dedicated Power Points to cast bolt, blast, illusion, summon ally, or teleport.

PROFESSIONAL EDGES EDGE

Ace Acrobat Combat Acrobat

REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

N, A d8 N, A d8, Athletics d8 S, Acrobat

Character may spend Bennies to Soak damage for his vehicle and ignores up to 2 points of penalties. Free reroll on acrobatic Athletics attempts. −1 to hit with ranged and melee attacks.

Expert Rider

N, Agility d8, Riding d6

Gain one free reroll on all Riding rolls and increase the mount’s Pace by 2 and its running die one step.

Investigator

N, Sm d8, Academics d8

+2 to certain types of Academics and Notice rolls.

Jack-of-all-Trades

N, Sm d10

Gain d4 in a skill (or d6 with a raise) until replaced.

McGyver

N, Sm d6, Repair d6, Notice d8

Quickly create improvised devices from scraps.

Mr. Fix It

N, Repair d8

+2 to Repair rolls, half the time required with a raise.

Scholar

N, Smarts d8

+2 to any one “knowledge” skill.

Soldier

N, S d6, V d6

Strength is one die type higher for Encumbrance and Min Str. Reroll Vigor rolls when resisting environmental Hazards.

Thief

N, A d8, Stealthd6, Thievery d6

+1 Thievery, Athletics rolls made to climb, Stealth in urban environments.

Troubadour

S, Common Knowledge d6, Performance d8

Woodsman

N, Sp d6, Survival d8

Add +2 to Common Knowledge rolls; may use Performance in place of Battle for Leadership Edges or Edges that require Battle +2 to Survival and Stealth in the wilds.

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SOCIAL EDGES EDGE

Bolster Common Bond Connections

REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

N, Sp d8 WC, N, Sp d8 N

May remove Distracted or Vulnerable state after a Test. The hero may freely give her Bennies to others. Contacts provide aid or other favors once per session.

Humiliate

N, Taunt d8

Free reroll when making Taunt rolls.

Menacing

N, See Text

+2 to Intimidation.

Provoke

N, Taunt d6

May “provoke” foes with a raise on a Taunt roll. See text.

Rabble-Rouser

S, Spirit d8

Once per turn, affect all foes in a Medium Blast Template with an Intimidation or Taunt Test.

Reliable Retort

N, Sp d8 N, Taunt d6

Free reroll when making Support rolls. A raise when resisting a Taunt or Intimidation attack makes the foe Distracted.

Streetwise

N, Sm d6

+2 to Common Knowledge and criminal networking.

Strong Willed

N, Sp d8

+2 to resist Smarts or Spirit-based Tests.

Iron Will Work the Room

S, Brave, Strong Willed N, Sp d8

The bonus now applies to resisting and recovery from powers. Once per turn, roll a second die when Supporting via Performance or Persuasion and apply result to additional ally.

Work the Crowd S, Work the Room As above, but up to twice per turn.

WEIRD EDGES EDGE

Beast Bond Beast Master Champion Chi Danger Sense

REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

N N, Sp d8 N, Sp d8, Fighting d6 V, Martial Warrior

The hero may spend Bennies for animals under her control. Animals like your hero and he has a pet of some sort. See text. +2 damage vs. supernaturally evil creatures. Once per combat, reroll failed attack, make enemy reroll successful attack, or add +d6 to unarmed Fighting attack.

N

Notice roll at +2 to sense ambushes or similar events.

Healer

N, Sp d8

One free reroll on Healing rolls, magical or otherwise.

Mount

S, Riding d6

Gain a Smart, Loyal, and Resilient horse-sized mount.

Scavenger

N, Luck

May find a needed item once per encounter.

LEGENDARY EDGES EDGE

Followers Professional

WC, L

The hero has five followers.

L, Max Trait

The character’s Trait and its limit increases one step.

Expert

L, Professional in Trait

The character’s Trait and its limit increases one step.

Master

WC, L, Expert in Trait

The character’s Wild Die is a d10 with a chosen Trait.

Sidekick Tough as Nails

WC, L

The character gains a Wild Card sidekick.

L, V d8

The hero can take four Wounds before being Incapacitated.

Tougher than Nails

L, Tough as Nails, V d12

The hero can take five Wounds before being Incapacitated.

Weapon Master

L, Fighting d12

Parry increases by +1 and Fighting bonus damage die is d8.

L, Weapon Master

Parry increases another +1 and Fighting bonus damage die is d10.

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CHAPTER TWO

GEAR T

his section contains rules and equipment. Read the notes below before you go to the outfitters to understand what various keywords mean.

GEAR NOTES ARMOR

This is the amount of Armor provided by the equipment, listed in parentheses beside the wearer’s total Toughness. Unless an attacker Characters are assumed to have clothes and states otherwise, hits are always directed at other personal items. If the GM allows it, the victim’s torso. adventurers may also have a home with other Worn armor doesn't stack with other worn supplies and necessities. armor, but does stacks with natural armor The starting funds (300 gp) are for (such as scaly skin) at its full value. “adventuring gear” in addition to such personal items. The costs listed on the ARMOR PIERCING (AP) following pages represent standards; in the marketplace or the bazaar, all costs are The weapon or projectile ignores this many negotiable. Character gear lists don’t need to points of Armor value. A weapon with an AP include anything beyond “adventuring gear.”. value of 4, for instance, ignores 4 points of Armor. Excess AP is lost. Use the lists and prices in this book as a baseline for your game when looking for DAMAGE equipment that isn't listed here. Damage is listed in terms of dice. Projectile Some items are extremely difficult to price weapons have fixed damage (such as 2d6). because they're created by decree or necessity, Melee weapons have damage based on the such as engineers and soldiers in a siege wielder’s Strength die plus another die, as building catapults and trebuchets. Their listed under individual weapon entries. A prices reflect an estimate of the time and dagger, for instance, inflicts Str+d4 damage. resources needed to create them.

COSTS

HEAVY WEAPON (HW) The weapon can affect vehicles or other devices with Heavy Armor (see page 116).

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MINIMUM STRENGTH

RATE OF FIRE

Certain items have a “Minimum Strength” required to use without penalty. Note that some items list a d4 since it is possible to have a Strength lower than d4. „ ARMOR/SHIELDS/WORN GEAR: Each die type differ­ence between the character’s Strength and the item’s Minimum Strength inflicts a −1 penalty to Pace (minimum of 1), Agility, and Agility-related skill rolls. This is cumulative for those weak but determined adventurers who wear or use multiple items too heavy for their build.

This is the number of shots that may be fired by this weapon in a single action. See Rate of Fire on page 127 for further details.

WEAPONS: A thrown or melee weapon’s damage die is limited by the user’s Strength die. If a scrawny kid (Strength d4) picks up a long sword (Str+d8), he rolls d4 + d4 damage instead of d4 + d8. Also, if the user’s Strength is less than its Minimum Strength, he doesn’t benefit from any of the weapon’s positive abilities such as Reach or Parry bonuses. He still retains any penalties, however. „ RANGED WEAPONS: The user suffers a −1 attack penalty for each die step difference between his Strength and the weapon’s minimum. „ MELEE/THROWN

PARRY The weapon adds the bonus to the character’s Parry score. If a character wields a weapon in each hand, penalties to Parry stack but bonuses do not (unless she has the Ambidextrous Edge). This also applies to carrying two shields at once (use the best Parry bonus).

RANGE This lists the weapon’s Short, Medium, and Long Range. Extreme Range is up to 4 × i ts Long Range. See Ranged Attacks on page 126 for Shooting or Athletics (throwing) modifiers and more details. Ranges are listed in inches so you can use a ruler to move, shoot, and fight on the tabletop with miniatures. If you’re not using miniatures, each inch equals two yards (6 feet). Weapon ranges are “effective” ranges for the table-top.

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REACH Weapons with “Reach” allow their user to make Fighting attacks at the listed range. A Reach of 1, for example, allows a character to strike a target 1″ (2 yards) distant. Weapons without a Reach value can only strike targets at arm’s length (adjacent). Reach can be very important when fighting from horseback and against mounted foes (see page 137).

RELOAD A character can ready and fire a bow every action — see Reloading on page 139. Heavy crossbows and black powder muskets are slower to reload. The number after the Reload keyword is how many actions of reloading it takes before a weapon can be fired again.

TWO HANDS A two-handed weapon can be used with one hand at a −4 penalty. The hero counts full Strength for damage but loses all other advantages such as Reach or Parry bonuses. Two-handed weapons are normally required to make use of the Sweep Edge.

ENCUMBRANCE Most of the time you don’t need to worry about how much weight a character is carrying. If it becomes important to track, use the Encumbrance Levels table. If a character carries more than the listed weight, he’s Encumbered. Encumbered characters subtract 2 from Pace (minimum 1), running rolls, Agility and all linked skills, and Vigor rolls made to resist Fatigue (see page 134). At three times the lifted weight or more, he can move at a Pace of 1 for a number of rounds equal to his Vigor. Every round thereafter he must succeed at a Vigor roll or take a level of Fatigue.

The maximum weight a character can lift or carry is four times the listed weight. Bulky Items: Carrying a bulky, awkward, or unbalanced item, such as a large box, treasure chest, a person, and so on, may make a character Encumbered despite its actual weight (GM’s call).

ENCUMBRANCE STRENGTH

CAN FREELY CARRY UP TO…

d4

20 lbs

d6

40 lbs 60 lbs 80 lbs

d12

100 lbs

Each +1

+20 lbs

CURRENCY Pathfinder for Savage Worlds uses a gold standard for trade across Golarion. In general, commerce relies on four precious metals, coined throughout the continents. Some traders accept common gemstones when bargaining. Naturally, trade also occurs via bartering, although most characters (and merchants!) prefer coins when buying or selling wares. Costs default to gold pieces (gp) on Gear tables unless otherwise noted.

COINS & EXCHANGE VALUE COIN

CP

SP

GP

PP

Copper (cp)

1

1/10

1/100

1/1,000

Silver (sp)

10

1

1/10

1/100

Gold (gp)

100

10

1

1/10

1,000

100

10

1

Platinum (pp)

SPECIAL MATERIALS Weapons and armor are often created with special materials found on Golarion. These materials improve combat effectiveness or have effects against creatures with resistances and weaknesses. Special materials don’t stack, only the best quality applies in any situation. Anything made from the following materials is considered masterwork (see page 108).

Gear

d8 d10

Mined from rocks that fell from the heavens, adamantine adds +1 AP to any melee weapon or ranged weapon ammunition made of its metal. This stacks with the bonus from masterwork items. Adamantine weapons cost an additional 3,000 gp. Adamantine armor is harder to pierce than that made from other materials. It ignores up to 2 points of AP. Armor made from this material costs an extra 3,000 gp per point of armor bonus. „ DARKWOOD: This rare wood is much lighter than normal. Items carved from it weigh half as much as typical equivalents and cost 10 gp per pound more than usual. Darkwood items increase Hardness (or Toughness if the hull of a vehicle) by 1. „ DRAGONHIDE: Armorers can fashion their products with the hides of dragons when such wonders become available. The age of the dragon determines the bonus for dragonhide items (+1 to +4, GM’s call). The armor isn't considered metal, and provides environmental resistance for attacks the dragon was immune to. For example blue dragonhide gives resistance to electricity. Dragonhide costs 100 times its armor bonus. „ IRON, COLD: Mined from the deepest depths of Golarion, cold iron is the weakness of certain demons and fey creatures. Weapons forged with cold iron increase Hardness by 2 and cost twice as much as normal. „ MITHRAL: A rare metal on Golarion, mithral is forged like steel but weighs much less. Mithral reduces the Minimum Strength of weapons, armor, and shields one die type (this stacks with the bonus from masterwork). Weapons and shields made primarily of mithral (GM's call) cost 100 times normal, while armor costs 10 times normal per piece. Mithral weapons count as silver for purposes of creatures with a silver Weakness. „ SILVER, ALCHEMICAL: A complex process involving metallurgy and alchemy can bond silver to a steel weapon. This allows them to affect creatures with a Weakness to silver, such as lycanthropes. They cost ten times normal price. „ ADAMANTINE:

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MASTERWORK Masterwork items are finely crafted versions of normal gear made by top artisans. Weapons of masterwork quality are +1 AP. Masterwork melee and ranged weapons add 300 gp to the cost. Masterwork arrows, bolts, or other ammunition subtract 1 point of Range penalty at Long or Extreme Range, and cost six additional gold pieces per unit. Masterwork ammunition loses its bonus after use even if recovered. Armor and shields of masterwork quality reduce the Minimum Strength requirement by one die type, to a minimum of d4. Shields cost an extra 300 gp, while armor costs an extra 150 gp per piece. You can’t usually upgrade existing armor, weapons, or shields to masterwork quality — they must be crafted to high standards from the beginning. The availability of masterwork items — whether for sale in the marketplace or commissioned — depends on the size of the settlement and is up to the GM. Such items typically take twice as long to create if commissioned.

WEAPON SIZE Weapons wielded by some creatures may be larger or smaller than those listed here. A Giant’s battleaxe, for example, is larger than a human’s, while a kobold’s longsword is smaller. The GM can increase or decrease the Minimum Strength and weight as logically needed, but other statistics (Range, damage, etc.) remain as listed.

COMMON GEAR ITEM  

COST

WEIGHT

  ADVENTURING GEAR   

Backpack (empty)

2

2

Bedroll

1 sp

5

Blanket

5 sp

3

Block and Tackle

5

5

Bottle, glass (empty)

2

1

Caltrops 1 2 Notes: One batch covers a Small Blast Template, two a Medium, and three a Large. Counts as Difficult Ground; anyone moving through the area must make an Athletics roll or be Shaken. A Critical Failure causes a Wound to the feet (–2 Pace until healed). Candle (one hour, 2″ radius)

1 cp

Canvas (sq. yd.)

1 sp

1

Case, map or scroll

1

1/2

Chain

30

2

Chalk

1c

Chest (small, empty)

25

2

Crowbar

2

5

1 cp

20

Firewood (per day) Fishhook

20

3

Fishing net (24 sq. ft)

4

5

3 cp

1

Flask or Jug, ceramic (empty) Flint and Steel

1

1

Grappling Hook

2

4

Hourglass

25

1

Inkpen (quill)

1 sp

Lamp, small (3” radius)

1 sp

1

12

3

Lantern, hooded (6” radius)

7

2

Manacles

15

2

2 cp

1

Lantern, bullseye (10” cone)

Mug/Tankard, ceramic Mirror, small steel

10

1/2

1 sp

1

Pole, 12 foot

5 cp

8

Pot, iron

8 sp

4

Pouch, belt

1

Rope, hemp (10″/20 yards)

1

10

Rope, silk (10″/20 yards)

10

5

1 sp

Oil (for lantern; one pint) Paper Parchment

Sack (empty)

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ITEM  

COST

WEIGHT

  ADVENTURING GEAR (CONTINUED)   

Sealing Wax, stick Sewing needle Shovel

ITEM  

COST

WEIGHT

2 sp

 LODGING  

1

1

Inn, poor (per day)

5 sp

Inn, common (per day)

5 sp

2

8

Inn, good (per day

2 gp

Stabling (per day)

5 sp

Soap

5 sp

1

Spike (piton)

1 sp

1/2

2 sp

8

4 cp

1

  FOOD & DRINK   

10

20

Torch (one hour, 4″ radius)

5

1

Ale, mug

Vial, small

1

Banquet (per person)

10

2 cp

1/2

1 sp

1/2

Waterskin (weight is filled)

1

4

Bread, loaf

Whistle, ceramic

1

Cheese, hunk

2 cp

1

Dried fruit, bag

5 sp

1/2

    ALCHEMICAL ITEMS    See page 115 for alchemical and minor enchanted items such as holy water, thunderstones, tanglefoot bags and the like.

Feed, animal (per day)

5 cp

2–10

Meal, poor (per day)

1 sp

Meal, common (per day)

3 sp

Meal, good (per day)

5 sp

5 sp

1

Whetstone

  ANIMALS & TACK   

Bit and Bridle

2

1

Trail Rations (per day)

Dog, guard

25

Wine, gallon

2 sp

8

4 cp

1

Donkey or mule

8

Wine, mug

Horse, light (page 248)

75

Adventurer’s kit 50 Notes: contents are GM’s call.

10

Artisan’s tools

5

5

Climber’s kit

80

10

Disguise kit

50

8

5 sp

2

Horse, heavy (page 248 )

300

Pony, light (page 248)

30

Pony, heavy (page 248)

45

Saddle, war (free reroll on Riding roll to stay in saddle)

20

30

Saddle, riding

10

25

Hammer

4

8

Healer’s kit

Saddlebags (empty)  

 CLOTHING  

  TOOLS & KITS   

50

1

Holy Symbol, wood

1 sp

Artisan’s outfit

1

4

Holy Symbol, silver

25

1

Cleric’s vestments

5

6

Magnifying glass

100

Camouflage outfit

10

8

Musical instrument

5

3

Pick, miner’s

3

10

Cold weather outfit

8

7

Courtier’s outfit

30

6

Scale, merchant’s

2

1

Entertainer’s outfit

3

4

Sledge

1

10

5

2

Explorer’s outfit

10

8

Spell component pouch

Mage’s outfit

5

6

Spyglass (Notice +2 at range)

1,000

1

Merchant’s outfit

1

4

Spellbook, wizard (blank)

15

3

Thieves’ tools (–2 Thievery without them)

30

1

Monk’s outfit

5

2

Noble’s outfit

75

10

Peasant’s outfit

1 sp

2

Royal outfit

100

15

Scholar’s outfit

5

6

Traveler’s outfit

1

5

Gear

Tent, canvas (2 person)

Ale, gallon

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ARMOR Armor is written in parentheses next to a character’s Toughness, like this: 11 (2). This means 2 points of the character’s 11 Toughness comes from Armor. An Armor Piercing attack can bypass those 2 points but not the other 9. Note that greaves (leg guards) and vambraces (arm guards) are listed as pairs. Halve the weight and cost if a character wears only half the set (Minimum Strength doesn’t change).

ARMOR ITEM

ARMOR

MIN STR.

WEIGHT

COST

   CLOTH _  Cloth “armor” doesn’t count against any Class Edge Armor Restrictions.

Tunic (torso, arms)

+1

d4

9

10

Robes (torso, arms, legs)

+1

d4

8

15

Leggings (legs)

+1

d4

5

10

Cap (head)

+1

d4

1

5

  Leather armor

 LIGHT  

Tunic or Jacket (torso, arms)

+2

d6

11

20

Leggings (legs)

+2

d6

8

20

+2

d6

1

10

Cap (head)   Chain mail

 MEDIUM  

Shirt (torso, arms)

+3

d8

22

100

Leggings (legs)

+3

d8

10

100

Chain Hood or Helm (head)

+3

d8

3

50

  Plate mail

 HEAVY  

Corselet (torso)

+4

d10

30

500

Vambraces (arms)

+4

d10

10

250

Greaves (legs)

+4

d10

10

500

Heavy Helm (head)

+4

d10

4

250

Heavy Helm, Enclosed (head) Notes: –1 to vision-based Notice rolls.

+4

d10

8

300

10

50

 EXTRAS  

Armor Spikes — Notes: +1 damage when Crushing while Grappling.

Gauntlet, locked — — 5 8 Notes: +1 to Strength roll against Disarm. (Chains and braces, requires an action to fasten/release.)   Horse armor

110

 BARDING  

Leather

+2

d8

50

300

Chain

+3

d10

110

500

Plate

+4

d12

130

5000

SHIELDS Shields add to a character’s Parry as long as the defender is aware of the attack. Light shields add +1, and medium and large shields add +2. Facing in melee can usually be ignored since a defender can turn to face individual opponents throughout the combat round. If she's attacked by multiple creatures on the same Action Card, however, the shield protects against half the attackers (rounded up; defender's call which ones). Ignore that if the shield bearer has a superior position, such as flanked by allies with no foes behind them, blocking a doorway, corner, or narrow hallway, and so on. If using miniatures, remember that they're static but characters in the game world aren't. Cover subtracts from ranged attacks from the front and shielded side (attacks from the rear or unprotected side ignore cover). Unless stated otherwise, shields are Hardness 10. While worn, shields can be used to bash for Str+d4 damage. PARRY

COVER

MIN STR.

WEIGHT

COST

Light

+1

d6

4

5

Medium

+2

−2

d8

8

9

+2

−4

d10

12

20

5

20

Heavy (–1 Pace)  

 EXTRAS  

Shield spikes Notes: +1 damage when attacking with the shield.

Gear

TYPE

SMALL SHIELD

LEATHER JACKET

STUDDED LEATHER

CHAIN SHIRT

MEDIUM SHIELD

DRAGON SCALE PLATE MAIL LARGE SHIELD

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PERSONAL WEAPONS RANGED WEAPONS TYPE

RANGE

DAMAGE

AP

ROF

MIN STR.

WEIGHT

COST

Axe, Hand

3/6/12

Str+d6

1

d6

3

6

Bolas 3/6/12 Str+d4 — 1 d4 Notes: A target hit with a raise is Entangled (see page 132). Bolas are Hardness 8.

2

5

Blowgun

3/6/12

d4−2

1

d4

1

2

Bow, Short

12/24/48

2d6

1

d6

2

30

Bow, Long

15/30/60

2d6

1

1

d8

3

75

Bow, Composite

12/24/48

Str+d6

1

1

d6

3

100

2d4

1

d4

2

20

Crossbow, Hand Repeating 5/10/20 2d4 — Notes: Reload 1 for a case of 5 bolts, or 1 for a single bolt.

1

d4

3

160

Crossbow, Light 10/20/40 Notes: Reload 1. Hand-drawn.

2

1

d6

5

35

Crossbow, Light Repeating 10/20/40 2d6 2 Notes: Reload 1 for a case of 5 bolts, or 1 for a single bolt.

1

d6

8

280

Crossbow, Heavy 15/30/60 2d8 Notes: Requires a windlass to load. Reload 2.

2

1

d6

8

50

Crossbow, Heavy Repeating 15/30/60 2d8 2 Notes: Reload 2 for a case of 5 bolts, or 2 for a single bolt.

1

d8

12

400

Dagger/Knife

Crossbow, Hand 5/10/20 Notes: A one-handed, pistol-like crossbow.

Long Bow

2d6

3/6/12

Str+d4

1

d4

1

2

15/30/60

2d6

1

1

d8

3

75

Net (Weighted) 3/6/12 — — 1 d4 8 20 Notes: A successful hit means the target is Entangled (see page 132). The net is Hardness 10. Short Spear/Javelin

4/8/16

Str+d6

1

d6

3

1

Shuriken

3/6/12

Str+d4

1

d4

1

Sling (Athletics (throwing))

4/8/16

Str+d4

1

d4

1

Spear

3/6/12

Str+d6

1

d6

6

2

Starknife

3/6/12

Str+d4

1

d4

3

28

Trident

3/6/12

Str+d6

1

d6

4

15

RANGED WEAPONS AMMUNITION AMMUNITION

COST

WEIGHT

NOTES

1 gp/20 arrows

3 lbs/20 arrows

Arrows for all types of bows

Bolts (crossbows)

1 gp/10 bolts

1 lb/10 bolts

Darts (blowgun)

5 sp/10 darts

Sling stones

1 sp/10 stones

1 lbs/20

Arrows

112

Bolts for all types of crossbows. A "case" of five can be purchased for repeating crossbows for +10 gp, weighing 1 lb. Darts for use with a blowgun only Polished stones

MELEE WEAPONS TYPE

DAMAGE

MIN STR.

WEIGHT

COST

NOTES

Axe, Hand

Str+d6

d6

3

6

­—

Axe, Battle

Str+d8

d8

6

10

­—

Axe, Great

Str+d10

d10

12

20

AP 3, Parry –1, Two Hands

Club, Light

Str+d4

d4

2

1

Club, Heavy

Str+d6

d6

5

2

Dagger/Knife

Str+d4

d4

1

2

Str+d6

d6

5

8

Ignores shield bonus

Str+d8

d8

10

15

Ignores shield bonus

Falchion

Str+d8

d8

8

75

AP 1, may be used Two Hand (if so, it may Sweep and causes +1 damage)

Glaive

Str+d8

d8

10

8

AP 1, Reach 1, Two Hands

Guisarme

Str+d8

d8

12

9

AP 1, Reach 1, Two Hands

Halberd

Str+d8

d8

12

10

AP 1, Reach 1, Two Hands

Katana

Str+d6+1

d6

3

50

Two Hands

Lance

Str+d8

d8

10

10

AP 2 when charging, Reach 2, only usable in mounted combat

Mace, Light

Str+d6

d6

4

5

Mace, Heavy

Str+d8

d8

8

12

AP 1

Morningstar

Str+d6

d6

6

8

Maul

Str+d10

d10

10

12

AP 2, Two Hands, +2 damage to break objects (page 132)

Pike

Str+d8

d8

18

20

AP 1 when set, Reach 2, Two Hands

Rapier

Str+d4

d4

2

20

Parry +1

Ranseur

Str+d6

d6

12

10

Reach 1

Sap

Str+d4

d4

1

2

Nonlethal damage (page 138)

Scimitar

Str+d6

d6

4

15

Scythe

Str+d6

d6

10

18

Spear, Long

Str_d6

d6

9

5

Reach 2, Two Hands

Spear, Short

Str+d4

d4

3

1

One-handed

Spear

Str+d6

d6

6

2

Reach 1. Parry +1 if used Two Hands

Spiked Chain

Str+d6

d6

6

8

AP 1, ignores shield bonus, Two Hands

Staff/Quarterstaff

Str+d4

d4

4

10

Parry +1, Reach 1, Two Hands

Starknife

Str+d4

d4

3

28

Sword, Bastard

Str+d8

d8

6

35

AP 1, may be used Two Hand (if so, it may Sweep and causes +1 damage)

Sword, Great

Str+d10

d10

8

50

AP 2, Two Hands

Sword, Long

Str+d8

d8

4

15

Sword, Short

Str+d6

d6

2

10

Trident

Str+d6

d6

4

15

Reach 1

Warhammer

Str+d6

d6

5

12

Spiked, AP 1

Gear

Flail Flail, Heavy

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SPECIAL WEAPONS CANNONS Cannons are used to destroy city walls or break up large troop formations. They are rare on Golarion, but do exist. Each cannon requires a crew of four to aim and load. The leader of the weapon’s crew makes the Shooting roll. Bombard: Assuming they have a rough idea of their target’s location, bombards may fire at targets they cannot see by lobbing projectiles over intervening terrain or obstacles. Bombarding suffers a −4 penalty in addition to all other modifiers, and doubles deviation when the Shooting roll is failed (see Area Effect Attacks, page 131). Reduce the penalty to −2 with precise coordinates (such as from a skilled spotter). On Golarion, cannons only fire solid shot ammunition. ƒ Solid Shot: Heavy balls of iron, lead, or stone designed to batter walls or plow through packed ranks of troops. To fire, the leader of the crew makes a Shooting roll as usual. If successful, roll a die. If even, it bounces to another victim behind and within 6” of the first and hits him as well. Continue in this way until the die roll is odd. TYPE

RANGE

DAMAGE

AP

ROF

BLAST

WEIGHT

COST

Solid Shot 50/100/200 3d6+1 4 1 MBT — Notes: Heavy Weapon, Reload 8. Two crew members may reload at the same time.

SIEGE ENGINES Catapults and trebuchets are mechanical devices that hurl large stones at enemy defenses or ranks of troops. They normally require a crew of eight to load the projectile, crank down the lever that propels it, then sight and aim it. Firing can be done by a single person, but loading the projectile takes at least four. A ballista is a mechanical engine designed to fire a massive crossbow bolt. One person can fire the device (Shooting). One person can reload, although it’s faster with two people. A ram is a movable scaffold with a heavy wooden pole suspended by rope or chains. A crew of at least two is needed to swing the ram pole to batter another object. Up to eight people can swing the ram, with the leader making the attack roll and others providing Support. A siege tower is a massive wooden tower on wheels, designed for scaling walls. Moving the structure requires at least a crew of eight, who can push the device at Pace 1 from within the tower on the ground (double that if 16 individuals push the tower, and triple it if 24 push). Those within have complete cover and solid wooden walls until the ramp drops, usually at the highest level. Some siege towers may have arrow slits on the higher levels as well, allowing archers to fire as they approach the enemy walls. TYPE

RANGE

DAMAGE

AP

ROF

BLAST

WEIGHT

COST

Ballista 15/30/60 3d6 4 Special — — 500 Notes: Heavy Weapon, Reload time is 5 minutes for a solo operator, or 2 minutes with a crew of 2. Catapult 24/48/96 3d6 4 Special MBT Notes: Heavy Weapon, Reload time is every 5 minutes with a crew of 4.

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800

Ram — 3d6 — — — Notes: Not a ranged weapon, used to batter objects. See Breaking Things, page 132.

1,000

Siege Tower — — — — — Notes: Not a ranged weapon, used to scale walls; shooters can fire from upper floors.

2,000

Trebuchet 30/60/120 3d8 4 Special MBT Notes: Heavy Weapon, Reload time is every 5 minutes with a crew of 4.

1,000

ALCHEMICAL ITEMS The following items may be found in most towns with an alchemist's shop. TYPE

RANGE

DAMAGE

AP

ROF

BLAST

WEIGHT

COST

Acid flask 3/6/12 2d4 — 1 SBT 1 10 Notes: Thrown like a grenade. Those within the template take 2d4 damage when hit and 2d4–2 damage at the start of their next turn unless the acid is washed off somehow. Alchemist’s Fire 3/6/12 2d4 — 1 SBT 1 20 Notes: A sticky, flammable liquid that ignites on impact. Heavy Weapon. Those within the template take 2d4 damage when hit and 2d4–2 damage at the start of their next turn unless dowsed with water. Target might catch Fire (see page 156). Antitoxin, vial — — — Notes: Grants a +4 bonus to resist poison for one hour.

1/2

110

Holy Water 3/6/12 2d4 — 1 SBT — 10K Notes: Holy water can be thrown in a flask or splashed on an adjacent creature. Undead and certain evil creatures (GM's call) within the template take 2d4 damage when hit and 2d4–2 damage at the start of their next turn unless.

Gear

Everburning torch — — — — — 1 Notes: A "torch" permanently enchanted with light. It does not burn and emits no heat.

50

Smokestick 3/6/12 — — 1 MBT 1 110 Notes: An alchemically treated stick that creates thick smoke (Dark illumination) in a Medium Blast Template for one minute. Dissipates in strong wind in one round. Sunrod — 1d6 — — — 2 1 Notes: A gold-tipped iron rod that provides normal light in a 30 foot radius for six hours. It increases illumination one level for another 30' beyond that. It emits no heat, and counts as sunlight. Tanglefoot bag 1/2/4 — — 1 — 4 50 Notes: A Size 3 or smaller victim hit by this small sack of sticky materials is Distracted for five rounds and must make an Athletics roll or be stuck to the ground (Entangled) as well. Thunderstone 3/6/12 — — 1 MBT 1 30 Notes: An enchanted rock that explodes with a deafening boom when struck against a hard surface. Anyone in the template must make a Vigor roll or be Shaken as well as deafened for one hour. Tindertwig — — — — — 1/10 1 Notes: A thin stick that alights with flame when struck against a hard surface. It allows torches and other flammable substances to be lit in a single action.

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VEHICLES On the opposite page are a number of sample vehicles (conveyances) for land, air, and water on Golarion. „ SIZE: The Size and Scale of the vehicle relative to a human (see Scale on page 140 and the Size Table on page 245). Handling: The vehicle’s respons­ive­ness and maneuverability is added or subtracted from all its operator’s maneuvering rolls (Boating, Driving, or Piloting). This typically ranges from −4 for particularly slow or sluggish vehicles to +4 for those that can turn on a dime. „ TOP SPEED: Top Speed is expressed in miles per hour (MPH) for easy comparison to the real world. To convert miles per hour to Pace, multiply MPH by 1.5. „ TOUGHNESS: The vehicle’s base durability, including Armor in parentheses. Use these as guides when creating your own. Vehicles can normally take three Wounds before they’re Wrecked (see below), but Large Vehicles can take one additional Wound, Huge vehicles two, and Gargantuan three. „ PASSENGERS: The number of crew plus any additional passengers it can transport. A notation of “2 + 8,” for example, means it requires a crew of two and can carry up to eight additional passengers. A vehicle without enough crew may not be able to operate all its weapons or other devices.

Ships and the like that require multiple crew to work their sales lose 10% Top Speed and subtract 1 from Handling if under crewed. The GM can multiply these effects if the vehicle is drastically undermanned, or it might simply be effectively immobile. „ COST: The typical price of the vehicle in Golarion. This will vary widely depending on the type of vehicle, the environment, its condition, and other market factors.

VEHICLE NOTES Heavy Armor: Only weapons marked as Heavy Weapons can hurt this vehicle, regard­ less of the damage roll. This keeps a lucky bow shot from destroying a longship, for example. Vehicles with Heavy Armor halve damage they take from colliding with other obstacles (including vehicles) that don’t have Heavy Armor. Weapons: Vehicles with weapons note their location for narrative play or when using miniatures on the tabletop. Here are the most common: „ FIXED: The vehicle’s weapon fires only in the listed direction (typically front or rear in a 45° arc). „ SWIVEL MOUNT: The weapon is mounted on a post or platform that can turn and fire in a 180° arc in the listed direction. „ TURRET: The weapon is in a turret and can freely fire in a 360° arc.

VEHICLE DAMAGE A vehicles can take three Wounds before it’s wrecked. Each Wound subtracts 10% of its Top Speed and reduces Handling by −1. If a fast-moving (GM’s call) vehicle such as a coach or wagon wrecks, all the passengers inside take 3d6 damage. Anyone riding on the outside of a coach or wagon when it wrecks takes 4d6 damage. Double the damage if the device was flying at significant altitude (at least a few hundred feet).

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VEHICLES GROUND VEHICLES VEHICLE

SIZE

HANDLING

TOP SPEED (MPH)

TOUGHNESS

CREW

Carriage 3 −2 16 6 1+3 Notes: Pulled by one Horse, see page 248. Pace on the tabletop is 12 and it may run.

COST

100

Cart 1 −2 8 5 1 15 Notes: Pulled by one Horse or Mule, see page 249. Pace on the tabletop is 8 and it may run. 20

Wagon, light 4 −1 20 8 2+4 Notes: Pulled by two horses, see page 248. Pace on the tabletop is 12 and it may run.

35

Wagon, heavy 6 −2 16 12 4+8 Notes: Pulled by four horses, see page 248. Pace on the tabletop is 12 and it may run.

100

Gear

Sled 4 0 8 8 2+4 Notes: Wagon on runners for snow and ice travel. Pulled by two or more beasts

AIRSHIPS VEHICLE

SIZE

HANDLING

TOP SPEED (MPH)

TOUGHNESS

CREW

COST

Airship (dirigible) 8 (Huge) −2 10 4 1+9 50,000 Notes: Quite rare on Golarion. This exotic vessel is a sailing ship connected by heavy chains to a massive balloon which holds it aloft. Alchemical Dragon 11 (Huge) 0 12 14 (2) 10+50 100,000 Notes: Extremely rare on Golarion. Warship shaped as dragon with magical/alchemical engines. Glider 4 (Large) Notes: A raft with a sail.

−4

5

6

1

TOUGHNESS

500

WATERCRAFT VEHICLE

SIZE

TOP SPEED (MPH)

CREW

COST

Galley 13 (Gar) −1 20 20 (4) 20+80 Notes: Heavy Armor. Has both oars and sails. Weapons: Catapult (Fixed Front).

30,000

Keelboat 10 (Huge) 0 8 16 (4) Notes: Heavy Armor. Has oars and a single mast with square sail.

12+80

3,000

Longship 10 (Huge) −2 10 Notes: Heavy Armor. Has numerous oars, no sails.

16 (4)

20+80

10,000

Rowboat

5

8 (1)

1+3

50

Sailing Ship 10 (Huge) −1 15 Notes: Heavy Armor. Has two masts and square sails.

14 (2)

5+9

10,000

Sailing Sloop 8 (Huge) −2 Notes: Has two masts and square sails.

12 (2)

20+80

25,000

20+80

25,000

HANDLING

−2

25

Warship (Galleon) 14 (Gar) −2 9 20 (4) Notes: Heavy Armor. Weapons: 16× to 46× Cannon (Fixed Left and Right).

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avage Pathfinder provides a simple framework for your tales of adventure and glory. In this chapter we show you how to make basic skill and attribute checks — and make your combats Fast, Furious, and Fun!

WILD CARDS & EXTRAS Your hero (a player character), and unique allies, villains, and monsters are collectively called “Wild Cards.” These beings have a better chance at doing things, are a little tougher to put down, and are generally more detailed than common guards, minions, or lackeys—collectively called “Extras.” Wild Cards are noted with a design of some sort before their name, like this:

P GOBLIN WARCHANTER In Pathfinder for Savage Worlds the Wild Card symbol is this distinctive dragon head. Player characters are always Wild Cards. The Game Master to decide which of her nonplayer characters and monsters are Wild Cards. The sergeant of the City Watch probably isn’t a Wild Card, but Sergeant Grimlock of the City Watch may be. Skytch the Dragon is also a Wild Card, though his three young wyrms aren’t. Wild Cards are those who have stepped up to do more than most. They dare, aspire, and risk it all to be a hero—or a villain!

They have two special abilities in the game: • Wild Cards can take three Wounds before they’re Incapacitated. • Wild Cards roll a Wild Die (usually a d6) along with their skill or attribute die when making Triatrolls and take the highest of the two as their total (see The Wild Die on the next page).

TRAIT ROLLS To make a skill or attribute “check” or “roll,” simply roll the die assigned to it. If the result is a 4 or better (the “Target Number” or TN), the action is successful. For example, if a character’s Strength is a d6, he rolls a sixsided die. On a 4 or better, he’s successful. Modifiers: Circ*mstances modify the die roll, such as shooting at something far away or finding a well-hidden clue. Some things, such as ranged attacks, have standard modifiers. It’s up to the GM to determine any modifiers for more subjective tasks, such as spotting an ambush or eavesdropping on a conversation through a door. In general, an easy task, such as finding tracks in the mud, is made at +2. A difficult task, such as finding tracks by torchlight, is made at −2. A very difficult task, such as finding tracks in a rainstorm, is made at −4. Multiple Dice: When a character rolls multiple dice, such as when firing two arrows with the Rapid Shot Edge, check each die separately.

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THE WILD DIE

OPPOSED ROLLS

Extras roll a single die when making a Trait roll. Wild Cards roll an extra d6 and take the highest of their Trait die or the “Wild Die.” Both of these dice can Ace (see below). One Wild Die Per Action: When Wild Cards roll multiple dice for a single action, they roll only one Wild Die. It may replace a Trait die or be ignored— it never adds another action or attack to the roll.

Sometimes rolls are “opposed” by an opponent. The attacker gets a Trait total, then the defender attempts to beat it. The exact skills or attributes used in a contest are specified in each circ*mstance, or the GM can decide what makes the most sense. If two characters try to pull something from each other’s hands, for example, they make opposed Strength rolls. Sneaking up on someone is a Stealth roll opposed by Notice (which is detailed in the Stealth skill description). The acting character in an opposed roll always makes the Trait total first (including spending any Bennies, see page 121), and must get at least a basic success (TN 4) or he fails. The defender rolls next and must meet or exceed the first character’s result or the attacker wins. The winner also uses the opponent’s total for purposes of determining raise effects.

Example: A fighter has the Frenzy Edge (page 73). He rolls an extra Fighting die when making a melee attack along with a Wild Die. Only two of his dice can cause hits since the Wild Die can only replace a die, not add another attack.

ACES All Trait and damage rolls in Savage Pathfinder are open-ended. That means that when you roll the highest number possible on a die (a 6 on a d6, an 8 on a d8, and so on), you get to roll that die again and add it to the total. This is called an “Ace.” Any modifiers to the die roll should be tacked on after adding up an Aced roll. Example: A rogue attempts to leap a dangerous ice chasm. She’s a Wild Card with a d8 in Athletics, so she rolls a d8 and a d6 and takes the highest result. In this case, both dice Ace (8 on the d8 and 6 on the d6). She rolls the d8 again and gets a 4 for a total of 12 on the d8. She rolls the d6 again and gets another 6, followed by a 2—that’s a total of 14 on the Wild Die. The wily rogue leaps the chasm with ease!

RAISES Sometimes it’s important to know just how successful a Trait roll was. Every 4 points over the Target Number is called a “raise.” If your hero needs a 4 to shoot an opponent and rolls an 11, he hits with a raise. Figure raises after adjusting for any modifiers. A raise always provides an additional effect of some sort, such as bonus damage when attacking or a benefit determined by the GM for other rolls.

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CRITICAL FAILURES A Critical Failure occurs when a Wild Card rolls a 1 on both the skill die and Wild Die of a Trait roll. The attempt automatically fails and something bad happens — a weapon is dropped or gets stuck, the attack hits a friend, the vehicle crashes, spells misfire (see ­Backlash, page 171), and so on. Critical Failures cannot be rerolled by any means, even with Bennies (see the next page). Extras and Critical Failures: If an Extra rolls a 1 on a Trait check and it’s important to know if it’s a Critical Failure, such as when casting a spell, roll a d6. On a 1, it’s a Critical Failure. Otherwise it’s just a normal failure. Multiple Dice: Some abilities allow char­ acters to roll multiple Trait dice, such as the Frenzy Edge or firing a weapon with a Rate of Fire higher than 1. A Critical Failure with multiple dice occurs when more than half the die results are a natural 1. If the character is a Wild Card, the Wild Die must be a 1 as well. Example: A fighter with the Frenzy Edge (page 73) rolls two Fighting dice and one Wild Die. If two or more of the dice come up 1s, including the Wild Die, it’s a Critical Failure.

UNSKILLED ATTEMPTS If a character doesn’t have a skill for an action he’s attempting, he rolls a d4 for his skill die (and a Wild Die if a Wild Card) and subtracts 2 from the total. The GM may decide certain tasks cannot be attempted unskilled, such as repairing a steam engine or piloting an airship.

REROLL

GROUP ROLLS When the GM wants to make a Trait roll for a group of Extras with like Traits, roll one Trait die as usual along with a Wild Die and treat this as the group’s result. This gives a decent average without making rolls for every individual. Example: A group of soldiers attempts to pass by an enemy encampment. The GM rolls their Stealth die (a d6) and a Wild Die and takes the best of the two as the soldiers’ total.

BENNIES Every now and then, dice rolls may not work in your favor. That’s why Savage Pathfinder gives players a little control over their hero’s fate.

PLAYER CHARACTER BENNIES Players start each game session with three “Bennies” (American slang for “benefits”), represented by poker chips, gaming stones, the official Bennies we make for all of our games, or other tokens that signify a little bit of good luck or fate. Bennies are discarded at the end of each session — use them or lose them!

GAME MASTER BENNIES Game Masters start each session with a pool of one Benny per player character. These may be used by any of her characters (including non-Wild Cards!). The GM’s Wild Cards also have Bennies of their own. They can use these or any of the Bennies in the common pool as the GM wishes. „ JOKER’S WILD: Anytime the villains draw a Joker, put one Benny in their general pool and give another to each enemy Wild Card.

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Some Edges or abilities allow a character to reroll Traits (as long as they’re not a Critical Failure). To do so, roll all the dice again and get a new total. You may keep any set you like unless you roll a Critical Failure. This ends all rerolls immediately and becomes the result of the attempt — that’s the risk one takes in pushing the limits! Multiple rerolls may be granted from different Edges, Bennies, or other abilities.

Combat: If a session ends in the middle of combat or other dramatic event, wait until it’s resolved in the next session before giving out new Bennies. GM Rewards: Bennies are earned during the game in two ways: „ AWARDS: The Game Master should occa­ sionally reward players for clever actions, roleplaying their character (especially any Hindrances), or great feats of heroism. She can also award players a Benny for telling a great story in character, delivering a fantastic line that makes everyone laugh, or creating an emotional moment. „ JOKER’S WILD: When a player character draws a Joker during combat, all player characters receive a Benny! If the players get both Jokers everyone gets two Bennies!

USING BENNIES Bennies may be spent at any appropriate time and don’t incur any sort of penalty. They may only be used for your own character. Here are the ways players can use Bennies. „ REROLL A TRAIT: Bennies grant a hero a reroll on any Trait (see Rerolls, above). „ RECOVER FROM SHAKEN: This is instant and may be done at any time, even interrupting another’s actions if desired. See Shaken on page 127. „ RECOVER POWER POINTS: A character with an Arcane Background, Mystic Powers, or any other ability that grants Power Points can spend a Benny as a free action to recover 1d4 Power Points.

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ROLLS: Bennies can be used to prevent Wounds or recover from being Shaken. See Soak Rolls on page 129 for more information. „ DRAW A NEW ACTION CARD: When the game is in rounds, a character can spend a Benny to get a new Action Card (see page 124). This occurs after all cards are dealt and Edges or Hindrances like Quick, Level Headed, or Hesitant are resolved. Then players or the GM may spend Bennies for an additional card as many times as they like and take their choice of all their draws. Edges like Quick or Level Headed do not apply to these additional cards drawn with Bennies. This continues until everyone (including the GM) passes. Then the round begins and no further cards may be drawn. „ REROLL DAMAGE: You may spend a Benny to reroll damage. Include any additional dice you may have gained for a raise on the attack roll. „ SOAK

„ INFLUENCE THE STORY: This one is entirely

up to the Game Master, who may allow a character to spend a Benny to find an additional clue if you’re stuck, come up with some mundane but needed item, or push a nonplayer character into being a bit more agreeable.

Example: The party is adrift on a stormtossed sea. None of the characters purchased navigational equipment, but Harsk the ranger had been aiding their doomed captain through the previous encounters. Harsk's player asks the Game Master if he might have been given his own compass and maps while aiding the captain, and might still have them in his bag. The GM agrees—for a Benny. Harsk suddenly remembers the tools in his pack and turns the boat toward shore.

AWARDING BENNIES It takes a few games to figure out how many Bennies you should award players during a session. In general, we recommend you be fairly free with them, especially early in the game. If someone makes everyone laugh (and isn’t distracting the flow of the game), toss the player a Benny. When players roleplay a Hindrance, reward them. When someone does something clever or heroic or imaginative, acknowledge it with a Benny. Some GMs worry the game will become too easy if Bennies are too common, but we find the opposite is true. When Bennies are plentiful, players often spend them on trivial things that are important to them. Maybe the rogue really wants to pick the lock on a chest. There’s nothing particularly valuable inside and the player probably knows it, but the character is the rogue and wants to prove it to the rest of the party. When Bennies are scarce, however, players tend to save them for injuries, death, or taking out the big bads. That’s fine, but takes away from the fun and heroics that got them to this point. Savage Pathfinder is about big action and players should be encouraged to take chances. The “currency” of these chances are those Bennies. Veteran Savage Worlds GMs might also notice Bennies tend to flow fairly fast early on in a session. The group is settling in, laughing, and are rewarded for roleplaying their Hindrances the first time or two. In the mid-to-late game, Bennies tend to be spent faster than they’re gained. That’s a fantastic pace. It gives the heroes opportunities to do big things in the early and mid-game then forces some critical resource management for the final showdown. If you find yourself being stingy, go the other way the next time you run and see how it affects your group. Then you’ll know what’s right for you and your friends.

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CONVICTION Conviction is a special award granted when a character experiences a great and meaningful victory; or a painful and catastrophic misfortune. Either drives the hero to increase her efforts, giving her inner strength she can draw on in the most desperate situations. Like Bennies, players should receive a physical token of some sort to note their Conviction. The tokens can be spent at any time to add a d6 to all the character’s Trait and damage totals until the beginning of her next turn. This die can Ace, and its result is added to the final total. Conviction tokens don't stack, but the bonus may be maintained from round to round by spending a Benny at the start of the character's turn. Once Conviction lapses, however, the effect ends. Conviction tokens aren’t Bennies and can’t be used as such. They are kept between sessions, however, and a hero can have more than one token at a time. Refresh: A hero may also spend Conviction to trigger or refresh abilities that are usually only usable once per session, day, encounter, and so on, even if they’ve already been used.

EXAMPLE: TRAGEDY & TRIUMPH Seelah the paladin of Iomedae and her companions signed on to escort a caravan from Turtleback Ferry to Sandpoint. Over the course of the journey, they made friends with the caravaners. Seelah became particularly close with a young girl she thought of as a daughter, Julia. Then tragedy struck. A savage and brutal band of ogres descended from the hills and attacked the caravan. Seelah and her friends tore into the ogres with savage ferocity, but when the dust settled, Julia was found dead. Given her close relationship with the girl, the Game Master decides Seelah's player gains Conviction. The paladin burns with rage at the murderous ogres and chastises herself for failing to protect her friend. Later on, the party corners the ogres' chief in his hilltop fortress. Seelah personally defeats the brute in single combat and avenges Julia's death. The Game Master decides the paladin's triumph is also worthy of Conviction.

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The GM can deal cards face up or face down as she sees fit. She might also deal the players’ cards face up and the villains face down to increase the players’ tension and uncertainty! At the start of each round: Whether they’re the burning plains of the Cinderlands or the cursed battlefield of the • Deal each Wild Card a single Action Card Plain of Ten Thousand Swords — these are (plus any extra cards for Edges). Allies Savage Worlds and they are often violent. under a player’s control act on his Action Card. The rest of this chapter tells you how great • Groups of nonplayer characters and heroes and terrible monsters battle in Savage creatures, such as all zombies, all wolves, Pathfinder. The combat rules are designed for and so on, should share an Action Card so use with miniatures or pawns by default, but they act together. This breaks each group it's easy to use these concepts when you're up a bit for dramatic purposes and game playing without them. balance and keeps things easy for the Game Distance: Because the game assumes you Master to manage. are using terrain or a battlemat and standard Shuffle: Shuffle the deck after any round in 28mm miniatures, movement and weapon which a Joker was dealt. ranges are listed in inches. To translate that to regular distance, one inch is equal to Large Groups: In very large groups or timetwo yards. sensitive games, the Game Master can deal If you’re using miniatures and need to a single card per side (heroes and villains). accommodate a larger battlefield, simply set On the heroes’ turn, simply start at one end each inch as five or 10 yards, for example, of the group and work quickly around. This and adjust movement rates and the like speeds things up dramatically if that’s more important than varying initiative order. If appropriately. one or more characters have Level Headed Time: When a fight breaks out, game time or Quick, let that apply to the draw (but breaks down into rounds of about six seconds only once). each. Ten rounds equals one minute. „ ROUND: A “round” is an entire countdown THE COUNTDOWN of Action Cards, from the Ace to the Deuce Once the cards are dealt, the Game Master (Two). starts the round by counting down from Ace „ TURN: A character’s “turn” occurs when his down to Two, with each group resolving its Action Card comes up in the countdown. A actions when its card comes up. hero with the Six of Diamonds, for example, Ties: Ties are resolved by suit order: Spades takes his turn when that card comes up in are first, then Hearts ♥, Diamonds ♦, and ♠ the round. Clubs ♣. That’s reverse alphabetical order as „ ACTION: A single attack, skill use, etc. See used in many common card games. page 124 for a more complete description. Characters may perform multiple actions „ JOKERS: Characters (or groups) with a Joker act whenever they want in the round, on their turn (see Multi-Actions on page even interrupting another’s action. They 138). also add +2 to all Trait and damage rolls this round!

COMBAT

ACTION CARDS (INITIATIVE)

The action in Savage Pathfinder is fast and furious. To help the Game Master keep track of who goes in what order and add a little randomness to the game, we use a single deck of playing cards with both Jokers left in to determine everyone’s initiative order. We call these “Action Cards.”

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ACTIONS Characters perform “actions” when their Action Card comes up each round. A character can move (see Movement, below) and perform one regular action at any point in her movement, attacking, casting a spell, and so on, without penalty.

Characters can choose from a multitude LIMITED FREE ACTIONS of actions on their turn. Common actions include Supporting allies, Testing foes, A “limited” free action is one a character or using a power, or attacking with Fighting or creature may perform only once on her turn. Shooting. See Multi-Actions on page 138 to For example, the barbarian's Intimidating Glare allows her to make an Intimidation Test perform more than one action per turn. as a limited free action (see page 44). More complex actions like lighting a torch or digging through a backpack for a small item might require more than a round to complete (GM's call). Characters can move a number of tabletop inches equal to their Pace each turn, and may FREE ACTIONS freely set their facing as they do so. Speaking a short sentence or two, moving Each inch of movement spent climbing, up to the character’s Pace, falling prone, or crawling, or swimming uses 2″ of Pace. dropping an item are all free actions. A hero Running: A hero can “run” as a free action can generally perform several free actions once per turn, increasing her Pace for the on her turn simultaneously (speaking and round by her running die (a d6 by default) at dropping an item while walking, for example). the cost of a −2 penalty to all other actions that The GM decides how much is too much. turn. Running dice never Ace. (The running Some free actions occur automatically at the die is random to account for nuances of terrain beginning of a character’s turn and may only not depicted on the tabletop and for the “risk be tried once, such as recovering from being to reward” decision players must make.) Shaken or Stunned. Out of combat situations, a character Free actions that are “reactions,” such can move twice the sum of her full Pace + as resisting opposed rolls or powers, are maximum running die for a number of unlimited and occur each time the situation minutes equal to half her Vigor die type. Thus presents itself. a Fleet-Footed character with Vigor d6 can sprint at a Pace of 32 for three minutes.

MOVEMENT

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Difficult Ground: Each inch a hero walks or „ PRONE: A character may fall prone as a free runs over rough terrain such as thick forest, action during her turn. She may crawl while up or down a steep incline, slippery ice, etc., prone (see Movement, above). Standing is count as 2″ of her Pace. Crawling is unaffected a free action but reduces total Pace for the by Difficult Ground. turn by 2. Hazards: If the GM feels movement is hazardous for some reason — climbing under duress, swimming a fast-moving river, walking a tightrope — she can require The basics of fast, furious combat are an Athletics roll to move. Success means she discussed below. Many additional options continues on normally. With a Critical Failure and situations are covered under Situational the character takes Fatigue from Bumps & Rules, starting on page 131. Bruises (page 153), falls if climbing or in a precarious position (Falling, page 156), or MELEE ATTACKS drowns if swimming (Drowning, page 155). The Target Number to hit an opponent is equal to his Parry (2 plus half his Fighting die OTHER MOVEMENT ISSUES type; 2 if he has no Fighting skill). „ JUMPING: Characters can jump 1″ (two yards) horizontally, or 0.5″ vertically as a RANGED ATTACKS free action. Double these numbers if the The Shooting skill covers everything from hero can run at least 2″ (four yards) prior to bows to crossbows and even some magic the jump. If the hero chooses, she may make items that shoot projectiles. Throwing knives, an Athletics roll as an action to increase her spears, and other thrown projectiles uses the horizontal distance by 1″ (2″ with a raise), Athletics skill. or half that vertically. Jumping does not All ranged weapons have a Range statistic allow a character to exceed her total Pace written like this: 5/10/20, or Short/Medium/ for the turn. Long Range.

ATTACKS

RANGE PENALTIES RANGE

MODIFIER

Short

Medium

−2

Long

−4

Extreme (see notes)

−8

DAMAGE

Well-placed attacks are more likely to hit vital areas and do more damage. If your hero gets a raise on his attack roll (regardless of how many raises), he adds +1d6 to the final total. Bonus dice can also Ace! Bonus damage applies to all attacks, including spells and area effect weapons.

APPLYING DAMAGE If the damage roll is less than the target’s Toughness, the victim is beaten up a bit but there’s no game effect. If the damage is equal to or greater than his Toughness, he’s Shaken. Each raise on the damage roll also inflicts a Wound: „ SUCCESS: The character is Shaken. If he was already Shaken and the second result is from physical damage of some kind (not a Test that results in Shaken, for example), he remains Shaken and takes a Wound. „ RAISE: The character suffers a Wound for every raise on the damage roll, and is Shaken.

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The base Target Number to hit something at Short Range is 4. Firing at longer ranges inflicts the penalties listed below. Extreme Range: Extreme Range is up to 4× a weapon’s Long Range. Firing at such a great distance requires the Aim option (page 131). When used in this way, Aim doesn’t reduce any penalties—it simply allows the character to fire at Extreme Range. Characters may not throw weapons at Extreme Range. Rate of Fire: Rate of Fire is how many shots (Shooting dice) a ranged weapon can fire in one action. A longbow with a RoF of 1, for example, can fire one shot per action. For weapons with a Rate of Fire 2 or more, declare how many shots you are firing. Then roll that number of Shooting dice and assign them in whatever order you like to the chosen targets. Wild Cards roll their Shooting dice plus a single Wild Die, which can replace any one Shooting die if desired.

BONUS DAMAGE

DAMAGE EFFECTS Damage can result in three effects: Shaken, Wounds, and Incapacitation.

SHAKEN

Shaken characters are nicked, bruised, or After a successful melee or ranged hit, the otherwise rattled. They may only take free attacker rolls damage. Ranged weapons do actions, such as moving (including running). fixed damage as listed in the Gear section. At the start of their turn, Shaken characters Most bows, for example, cause 2d6 damage. must attempt to recover from being Shaken Hand weapons cause damage equal to the by making a Spirit roll. This is a free action. attacker’s Strength die plus a second die, „ FAILURE: The character remains Shaken. which depends on the weapon. A barbarian She can only perform free actions. with a d12 Strength and a long sword (d8 „ SUCCESS: The character is no longer Shaken damage) rolls d12 + d 8 damage. and may act normally. Even though Strength is used to determine Bennies: A player may spend a Benny at any melee damage, this isn’t a Trait roll so Wild time to remove her Shaken status (even when Cards don’t add a Wild Die to the roll. it’s not her turn). All damage rolls can Ace. Unarmed Damage: An unarmed combatant WOUNDS rolls only his Strength die unless he has an Every raise on the damage roll inflicts a Edge like Brawler (page 72) that grants him Wound. Extras are Incapacitated if they take a a damage die. single Wound (and aren’t Resilient, see page

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243). They’re dead, injured, or otherwise out of the fight. Wild Cards can take three Wounds and still function (more with certain Edges or abilities). Further damage doesn’t cause additional Wounds but Incapacitates them instead. Wound Penalties: Each Wound a character suffers causes a −1 cumulative penalty to his Pace (minimum of 1″) and all Trait rolls—up to a maximum penalty of −3. Timing: Characters sometimes take multi­ple hits on the same Action Card. Resolve each damage roll separately before moving on to the next (including any Soak rolls).

WOUND CAP

INCAPACITATION Incapacitated characters may not perform actions but are still dealt Action Cards for the remainder of the encounter in case they recover or must roll for other effects such as Bleeding Out (below). Edges or Hindrances that affect card draws, such as Quick, Level Headed, or Hesitant are ignored when the hero is Incapacitated. If Incapacitated by damage or injury, he must make an immediate Vigor roll: „ CRITICAL FAILURE: The character dies. „ FAILURE: Roll on the Injury Table. The Injury is permanent and the character is Bleeding Out, see below.

„ SUCCESS: Roll on the Injury Table. The In Savage Pathfinder, characters can never Injury goes away when all Wounds are suffer more than four Wounds in a single hit healed. and therefore never have to Soak more than „ RAISE: Roll on the Injury Table. The Injury four wounds either. This rule keeps combat goes away in 24 hours, or when all Wounds dangerous but reduces the chances of heroes are healed (whichever is sooner). (and villains!) dying from a single lucky blow. It can still happen, but it is far more rare. Characters cannot take actions and might be unconscious (GM’s call). The victim makes a Ignore the cap for catastrophic damage Vigor roll each day thereafter and is no longer such as falls from great heights, extreme Incapacitated (or unconscious) if successful. environments such as lava, and so on. They may also heal Wounds during this time Large Creatures: The Wound Cap still (see Natural Healing on page 130). applies to large or Resilient creatures with Bleeding Out: The injured character is dying more than three Wounds. A Huge dragon and must make a Vigor roll at the start of his that can take five Wounds before being turn. Failure means he perishes. With success Incapacitated, for example, can’t take more he survives but must roll again next turn (or than four from a single attack, so it can’t every minute if not in combat). With a raise, be killed with a single attack even if it he stabilizes and no further rolls are required. fails to Soak. Other characters may stop a victim’s bleeding by making a Healing roll (the skill or

INJURY TABLE 2D6

2

Unmentionables: If the injury is permanent, reproduction is out of the question without miracle surgery or magic. There is no other effect from this result.

3–4

Arm: The victim can no longer use his left or right arm (rolled randomly if not targeted).

5–9

Guts: The damage is to the victim's core. Roll 1d6: 1–2 Broken: Agility reduced a die type (minimum d4). 3–4 Battered: Vigor reduced a die type (minimum d4). 5–6 Busted: Strength reduced a die type (minimum d4).

10–11

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Leg: Gain the Slow Hindrance (Minor), or Major if already Slow or injured in either leg. Head: A grievous injury to the head. Roll 1d6: 1–3 Hideous Scar: Your hero now has the Ugly (Major) Hindrance. 4–5 Blinded: An eye is damaged. Gain the One Eye Hindrance (or the Blind Hindrance if he only had one good eye). 6 Brain Damage: Massive trauma to the head. Smarts reduced one die type (min d4).

MORE ON SHAKEN Figuring out how Shaken and Wounds work together takes a little getting used to, but is worth it for the game play it provides. In essence, it means Shaking an Extra twice usually takes it off the table. It gets a bit more complicated with Wild Cards or creatures that can take more than one Wound, so here’s a table that might help.

EXAMPLES:

• A character takes a Wound. She’s also Shaken. • A character is Shaken, then takes a Wound. She has one Wound and remains Shaken. • A character is already Shaken, then Shaken again (without a Wound). She now has one Wound and remains Shaken. • A character has two Wounds and is Shaken. She takes another Wound, so she has three Wounds and remains Shaken. VICTIM IS UNSHAKEN

VICTIM IS ALREADY SHAKEN

Success (0–3 points of damage over Toughness)

Shaken

1 Wound and remains Shaken

1 Raise (4–7 points of damage over Toughness)

1 Wound and Shaken

1 Wound and remains Shaken

2 Raises (8–11 points of damage over Toughness)

2 Wounds and Shaken

2 Wounds and remains Shaken

3 Raises (12–15 points of damage over Toughness)

3 Wounds and Shaken

3 Wounds and remains Shaken

the spell). This is an action, and if successful the patient is stabilized. The healing power can also stabilize Wounds, as can a successful “natural” healing roll by a being with regeneration of some sort. Incapacitation from Fatigue: See page 134.

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DAMAGE

Shaken: A character can spend a Benny to immediately eliminate a Shaken condition. This is instant and can be done at any time.

SOAK ROLLS After rolling damage but before applying Wounds, a character may spend a Benny to make a “Soak” roll. This is a Vigor check, with each success and raise reducing the number of Wounds suffered from that attack by one. If the character Soaks all of the Wounds from an attack, he removes his Shaken condition too (even from a previous source). Don’t count the Wound modifiers he’s about to suffer when making this roll — that hasn’t happened yet. Characters can’t Soak more than once per attack, but may spend Bennies as usual to reroll the Vigor check if they aren’t satisfied with the results.

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HEALING The Healing skill is used to remove Wounds. Each attempt requires 10 minutes per wound level of the patient. Subtract 1 from Healing rolls without a basic First Aid kit or similar supplies. A success removes one Wound, and a raise removes two. Failure means no Wounds are removed. A Critical Failure increases the victim’s Wound level by one. The Golden Hour: A character may only attempt to heal Wounds on a patient once within the hour they were sustained. Failing the roll means the healer isn’t able to treat those particular injuries. A different character may attempt a Healing roll on the same patient, however. Once the Wounds are over an hour old, only natural healing or the healing power (using greater healing) can heal Wounds.

THE GOLDEN HOUR Patients who survive their initial trauma have about an hour to survive most life-threatening injuries. If they receive medical attention during that time, they can generally be saved. The longer the wait, however, the more likely the Wounds are to be fatal. In Savage Pathfinder, we extend this concept to healing in general. Besides reflecting the real-world concept, it also provides good game balance and drama as the party has to decide whether to press on despite their injuries.

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Bleeding Out: The Healing skill can also be used to stabilize someone who’s Bleeding Out (page 128). Each attempt is an action, and if successful the victim is stabilized. Incapacitation: Healing at least one Wound on an Incapacitated patient removes that state (and restores consciousness if he was knocked out).

NATURAL HEALING Wounded characters make a Vigor roll every five days. Success recovers one Wound, and a raise recovers two. A Critical Failure increases the victim’s Wound level by one — either from infection, blood loss, or aggravating the injuries. If this causes Incapacitation, don’t use the usual rules for taking damage. Instead, the victim lapses in and out of consciousness and makes a Vigor roll every 12 hours. If the roll is failed, he expires. Success means he must roll again 12 hours later. With a raise he stabilizes and wakes. Allies may also attempt to stabilize the hero as explained under Bleeding Out, above. Support: Don’t forget to use Support when your party has been beaten up a bit. Characters with Healing, Survival, or other skills can make Support rolls to help allies make their Vigor rolls to heal!

AFTERMATH & EXTRAS If it’s important to know what happens to Extras who were Incapacitated during a fight, make a Vigor roll for each. Those who succeed survive and must be cared for, taken prisoner, or released. This can present interesting challenges for your heroes in the aftermath of savage combat!

SITUATIONAL RULES The core rules for Pathfinder for Savage Worlds are very simple—roll a skill die (and a Wild Die if a Wild Card). If the result is 4 or higher after all modifiers, you’re successful. In the following section are some of the more elaborate maneuvers characters can attempt.

AIM

To attack with a blast template, the player places it on the tabletop (or describes where he wants it to land) and rolls Shooting, or Athletics for thrown weapons and breath attacks. If the attack fails and there’s a chance the miss might hit someone else, see Deviation, below. If the roll is successful, any target even partially beneath the template is affected, regardless of any attack penalties to hit such as the Dodge Edge. If the effect causes damage, roll for each victim separately. Attacks that hit with a raise cause bonus damage as usual.

AREA EFFECT ATTACKS Spell effects, breath weapons, and other attacks that cover a large area are “area effect attacks.” The most common are Small, Medium, and Large Blast Templates, and the Cone and Stream Templates. There are copies you can print out on our website. Area effect weapons target a location rather than individuals and so ignore defensive bonuses for targets covered by the template, such as the Dodge Edge or speed penalties. Cone and Stream templates are placed with one end (usually the narrow end for the cone template) emanating from the attacker and fired with the Shooting skill (or Athletics for breath weapons and other natural attacks). A basic success means those beneath the template are hit. Failure means the attack didn’t occur for some reason—the creature failed to belch up noxious gas, the flamethrower malfunctioned, etc.

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Shooting rolls assume a character is moving about, dodging attacks, and keeping an eye DEVIATION on the chaos around her. If she focuses her Most of the time, the GM can ignore a missed attention and aims, she can make a much area effect attack. If it's important to know where a missed blast lands, thrown items more accurate shot. If a character spends her entire turn Aiming deviate 1d6″. Fired projectiles deviate 2d6". a ranged weapon at a particular target or Multiply by 2 if the attack was made at spot (GM's call) and takes no other actions, Medium Range, 3 if Long, and 4 for Extreme. Next roll a d12 and read it like a clock on her next turn she may ignore up to 4 points facing to determine the direction the missile of Range, Cover, Called Shot, Scale, or Speed deviates. A weapon can never deviate more penalties; or add +2 to her roll. Her attack than half the distance to the original target must be used on the first action of her next (that keeps it from going behind the thrower). turn or the bonus is lost. The shooter must be relatively stationary to Aim. She can’t walk, run, ride a horse, or be constantly jostled.

TEMPLATES WITHOUT MINIATURES

Use the measurements below when you need to figure out how many enemies a template might affect and you aren't using miniatures. The Targets Affected column shows the GM how many enemies are hit in narrative situations, modifying the result if the targets are spread out (like trained assassins) or bunched up (like mindless zombies). TEMPLATE

DIAMETER

TARGETS AFFECTED

Small

4 yards

2

Medium

8 yards

3

Large

12 yards

4

Cone

18-yard-long cone

3

Stream

24 × 2 yard line

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COVER & AREA EFFECT ATTACKS Solid obstacles like trees or brick walls protect against area effect attacks if they’re between the center of the blast and a fictim and the GM thinks they’d offer protection. Reduce the damage by the amount listed on the Cover Bonus table under Cover & Obstacles, page 133.

BOUND & ENTANGLED Grappling and powers like entangle cause characters to be Bound and Entangled. Here’s what each of those states means and how to break free from them. Characters are either Bound or Entangled —effects don't stack. „ ENTANGLED: The victim can’t move and is Distracted as long as he remains Entangled. „ BOUND: The victim may not move, is Distracted and Vulnerable as long as he remains Bound, and cannot make physical actions other than trying to break free. Breaking free is an action. With success, an Entangled hero is free of one particular entanglement or grappler. A Bound character improves to Entangled with a success; with a raise, he’s free. See below for more details: Breaking Free from a Foe: Use the Grappling rules (page 135) in reverse to break free — the victim initiates an opposed Athletics roll with whoever’s holding him (either may roll Strength at −2 instead to maintain or break free of the hold). If the victim’s successful, she improves her status one level, or two with a raise. A Shaken grappler maintains her hold. Stunned grapplers let go immediately. Breaking Free from a Device: Escaping a web, net, or the entangle power is a Strength −2 roll or Athletics roll (victim’s choice) minus any penalties noted for the entanglement. The sticky web of a giant spider, for example, might note that escape attempts are made at −2 or more. This is an action, and success works just like breaking free from a foe (explained above). Characters and allies may also destroy the entanglement (see Breaking Things, page 132). Webs, ropes, nets, and the like are generally Hardness 4 and must be cut with an edged weapon.

BREAKING THINGS Occasionally a character may want to break a solid object, such as a weapon, lock, or door. Use the wielder’s Parry if held, or 2 if it’s motionless. If a damage roll equals or exceeds the object’s Hardness, it’s broken, bent, shattered, or otherwise ruined. The GM decides the exact effect. Most anything can be broken given enough time and effort, so use this system only when attempting to break things in a hurry (such as during combat rounds).

OBJECT HARDNESS HARDNESS

OBJECT

4

Rope

6

Bow

8

Polearm or bow, thin wooden door or wall

10

Shield*, longsword, thick wooden door or wall

12

Iron lock, manacles, shackles

*A character must specifically state he’s trying to break a shield to do so—don’t check every time the shield-bearer is hit. No Bonus Damage or Aces: Attacks against solid objects don’t get bonus damage from raises, and damage rolls don’t Ace. Unlike a person or complex device like a computer or a vehicle, an attack can’t hit a “vital” area on a lock or a door and thus do more damage. Damage Types: Certain types of attacks can’t break certain types of objects. A club can’t cut a rope, for example. Use common sense when determining whether or not a particular type of weapon can destroy an object.

CALLED SHOTS Targeting a particular part of the body is a Called Shot. The modifier to the attack roll depends on the Scale of the target itself (not the creature it’s part of). Use the Scale Modifiers table on page 140 to determine any bonus or penalty for the target’s Scale. These modifiers are already listed in parentheses below for Normal scale creatures, along with any specific game effects:

„ HAND

(−4): Target may be Disarmed, see

page 133.

COVER & OBSTACLES Melee and ranged attacks suffer a penalty when attempting to hit a target behind Cover. Penalties only apply to the targeted area — a skeleton standing behind a kneehigh wall doesn't get Light Cover, but he does if a quarter of his body is protected by a door frame.

COVER PENALTIES PENALTY

COVER

−2

Light Cover: A quarter of the target is obscured.

−4

Medium Cover: Half the target is obscured, or target is prone.

−6

Heavy Cover: Three-quarters of the target is obscured.

−8

Near Total Cover: The target is hidden or barely visible.

DEFEND A character can choose to focus all her energy and skill into defense against melee attacks with the Defend maneuver. This increases her Parry by +4 and takes her entire turn — she cannot perform Multi-Actions. She may move normally but may not run. The bonus lasts until the beginning of her next turn.

DESPERATE ATTACK Determined to land a blow, the warrior unleashes a frantic attack, focusing on hitting his target at the expense of damage. He adds +2 or +4 to any Fighting roll and subtracts a like amount from damage if he hits. This can be determined per attack (before rolling), and can't be combined with Wild Attack.

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OR VITALS (−4): Hitting the head or vital organs of living creatures adds +4 damage to the attacker’s total. The penalty is −5 if attempting to target the face of someone wearing an open-faced helmet (thus bypassing the helmet’s Armor). „ ITEM (?): Use the dimensions on the Scale table for items. Targeting something the size of a dagger, for example, is −4. „ LIMBS (−2): Hitting a limb has no additional special effect since it’s already accounted for by Wound and Pace penalties (see Wounds, page 127). „ UNARMORED AREA (?): The attack targets the unprotected area of a target otherwise covered in Armor. The penalty depends on the Scale of the area. The eye slit of a helmet is Tiny (−6), for example, while the flesh beneath the missing scale of a Huge dragon might be Very Small (−4). „ HEAD

When this happens, add an Armor bonus equal to half the obstacle's Hardness to the target beyond (round up if necessary). If the obstacle is a person or creature, subtract its Toughness from the attack instead.

DISARM A character can try to make an opponent drop a weapon or other object by making an attack against the limb or hand (see Called Shots on page 132). If the attack hits a weapon, the attacker rolls damage normally for an item (no raise effect or Aces, see Breaking Things, page 132). The defender must make a Strength roll equal to the damage or drop the item. If an attack against a target's hand or limb Shakes or Wounds him, he must make a Strength roll at −2 if it hit his limb or −4 if it hit his hand. Failure means he drops whatever item is in that hand.

DISTRACTED & VULNERABLE

Characters may be Distracted or made Vulnerable by special abilities, Tests, or Sometimes characters have sufficient powers. These states last until the end of the power to attack their foes through obstacles. character’s next turn unless otherwise noted. (See Breaking Things to actually destroy If a hero becomes Distracted or Vulnerable intervening obstacles.) during her current turn, it lasts until the end of her next turn. Like effects don't stack.

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The hero subtracts 2 from all Trait rolls until the end of his next turn. „ VULNERABLE: Actions and attacks against the target are made at +2 until the end of his next turn. This doesn’t stack with The Drop (see below). „ DISTRACTED:

THE DROP Sometimes an attacker is able to catch a foe off-guard and gets “The Drop” on him. The GM decides when this is in effect — usually it’s when the victim is bound or completely unaware of an attack. The Drop usually happens up close but the GM can also allow it in other situations as she sees fit (a sniper attacking an unaware and stationary target). The Drop adds +4 to a character’s attack and damage rolls against that target for one action. Knockout Blow: If a character takes enough damage to be Shaken or worse from an attacker with The Drop on him, he must make a Vigor roll (at −2 if the attack was to the head) or be knocked unconscious. KO’ed characters stay that way for about half an hour or until the GM decides it’s dramatically appropriate to wake up. Note that Knockout Blows come from any kind of damage, not just blows to the head!

EVASION

effective. Fatigue stacks until the victim is Incapacitated. „ FATIGUED: The victim subtracts 1 from all Trait rolls. If he takes another level of Fatigue, he’s Exhausted. „ EXHAUSTED: The victim subtracts 2 from all Trait rolls. If he takes another level of Fatigue, he’s Incapacitated. „ INCAPACITATED: The victim cannot perform actions and may be unconscious (GM’s call).

RECOVERY Unless otherwise specified by the source, Fatigue and Exhaustion improve one level per hour. Characters Incapacitated from Fatigue are helpless and may be unconscious (GM’s call) for 2d6 hours. If treatment is possible (food, water, etc.; depending on the source of Fatigue), and a Healing roll is made, the character improves to Exhausted. Mixed Fatigue: If a hero suffers Fatigue from different sources with different recovery times, remove one level when the effect with the shortest duration expires, then another level when the longest expires.

HAZARDS Fatigue from hunger, thirst, etc., sometimes has different recovery conditions. See Hazards, starting on page 153.

Some attacks are slow or require the user to “telegraph” their delivery, like flamethrowers or dragon’s breath. Such attacks state they may be Evaded. If an attack doesn’t say it can A completely helpless victim may be be Evaded, it can’t— victims are simply hit if dispatched with a lethal weapon of some sort as an action. This is automatic unless the the attack is successful and take damage. GM decides there’s a special situation, such If an attack can be Evaded and the character as a particularly tough or naturally armored is aware of it, he makes an Agility roll at −2. victim, a chance for escape, and so on. Those who are successful manage to avoid The killer must usually dispatch his the attack and take no damage. If this was an foe up close and personal, but the GM area effect attack, the GM should place the may occasionally let Finishing Moves be figure to the side or rear of the template as performed at range if the situation warrants. makes sense in the situation.

FINISHING MOVE

FATIGUE

FIRING INTO MELEE

Some hazards, stress, powers, or circum­ Occasionally, heroes have to fire into the stances may cause Fatigue instead of damage. middle of hand-to-hand fights. The trouble This represents mental stress or minor but is that even though we might see figures lingering injuries that make a person less standing perfectly still on the tabletop, in

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attacker adjacent to both. This means troops in opposing lines, such as a medieval formation where each man has three adjacent foes and two adjacent allies, don’t get the bonus unless actually flanked.

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“reality,” they’re circling each other, wrestling back and forth, and moving erratically. For that reason, firing into a tangle of people, such as a melee, is quite dangerous. Use the Innocent Bystander rules when this occurs (see page 137).

GRAPPLING

Grappling is an opposed roll between the Some Edges, such as Counterattack and First attacker and defender’s Athletics. If the Strike, or options such as Withdrawing from attacker wins, the foe is Entangled. With a Melee, allow a character to make a free attack. raise, he’s Bound. (Success on a foe who was Free attacks are a single attack unaltered already Entangled makes him Bound.) Bound by other Edges or combat options. This is & Entangled are explained on page 132. usually a Fighting or grappling attack, but If a foe is Bound, the grappler is also could include Shooting if the attacker is Vulnerable while maintaining his hold. armed with a hand crossbow, wand, or small The Gang Up bonus applies when grappling device (GM's call, see Ranged Weapons in a defender, but other maneuvers don’t unless Melee, page 139). the Game Master rules otherwise in a specific situation. Size Matters: If there’s a difference in Scale between the attacker and defender, the Ganging up allows attackers to flank, exploit grappler subtracts the difference from his openings, and generally harass a foe. Each total (the defender doesn't get a bonus or additional adjacent ally (who isn’t Stunned) penalty for Scale difference). adds +1 to all the attackers’ Fighting rolls, Creatures may not generally grapple a foe up to a maximum of +4. If three hobgoblins more than two Sizes larger than themselves attack a single hero, for example, each of the unless they have exceptional reach or three goblins add+2 to their Fighting rolls. Strength for their Size (GM’s call). Each of the defender's adjacent allies cancels out one point of Gang Up bonus from an

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Example: A dragon (Huge +4) tries to pin a humanoid thief (Normal). The difference between Huge and Normal Scales is 4, so the dragon must subtract 4 from its Athletics roll. The rogue doesn't get a bonus or penalty. Crush: A grappler may harm someone he’s Entangled or Bound by making an opposed Strength roll as an action on his turn. With success, his attack does his Strength in damage (gaining bonus damage for a raise as normal).

HOLD A hero may choose to delay her turn by going on “Hold.” This allows her to resolve her actions later in the round if she wishes, and lasts until it’s used. If a character is on Hold when a new round begins, she’s not dealt a new Action Card but can go at any point in the round she chooses. (Discard her current card and mark her as “On Hold” with a counter of some sort.) Shaken and Stunned: If a character is Shaken or Stunned while on Hold, she immediately loses her Hold status and her turn for the round. (Shaken or Stunned characters can’t go on Hold either.) Interrupting Actions: If a character on Hold wants to interrupt an action (including a rival who was also on Hold), she and the opponent make opposed Athletics rolls. Whoever rolls highest goes first. In the rare case of a tie, the actions are simultaneous. If the character interrupting fails, she loses her Hold status but gets a turn after the foe finishes his. She may take whatever actions she wishes when her turn comes up — she’s not locked into whatever she was trying to do when she failed to interrupt.

ILLUMINATION Darkness conceals details and makes it more difficult to detect objects and targets. Subtract the Illumination Penalties (see the Illumination Penalties table below) from active Trait rolls affected by Illumination, such as attacks, arcane skill and Notice rolls, etc.

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It’s up to the Game Master exactly what Trait rolls are affected, but here are a few examples of rolls that should not be penalized: • Resisting powers • Resisting grappling attempts • Recovering from a negative status, such as being Shaken or Stunned • Verbal Support rolls • Verbal Tests • A friendly, cooperative, adjacent character in Pitch Darkness where touch and communication overcome lack of sight Note that foes may get bonuses for attacking a target that can’t see them (see Attacking from Stealth, page 38).

ILLUMINATION PENALTIES PENALTY LIGHTING

−2

Dim: Twilight, light fog, night with a full moon. Visibility is generally limited to 25" (50 yards).

−4

Dark: Typical night conditions with some ambient light from stars, a clouded or partial moon, a few flickering torches in a large space, etc. Targets aren’t visible outside of 10″.

−6

Pitch Darkness: Complete and total darkness (or the target is hidden or invisible). Powers that require sight may not be possible.

IMPROVISED WEAPONS Heroes often fight with objects that aren’t intended for use as weapons. Torches, vases, chairs, tankards, bottles, tools, and other mundane items are frequently pressed into service in combat. Characters with improvised weapons count as armed but subtract 2 from attack rolls. Range, damage and Minimum Strength are determined by type: „ LIGHT: Beer stein, fist-sized rock, dagger pommel (as a club). Range 3/6/12, Damage Str+d4, Min Str d4. „ MEDIUM: Hammer, pick, wooden chair. Range 2/4/8, Damage Str+d6, Min. Str d6. „ HEAVY: Head-size rock, sack of stones, log. Range 1/2/4, Damage Str+d8, Min. Str d8. The GM should adjust the damage and other factors as makes sense for the particular item.

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INNOCENT BYSTANDERS

MOUNTED COMBAT

When an attacker misses a Shooting or Athletics (throwing) roll, it may sometimes be important to see if any other targets in the line of fire were hit. The GM should only use this rule when it’s dramatically appropriate—not for every missed shot in a hail of arrows. Each skill die that’s a 1 hits a random victim adjacent to or directly in the line of fire to the original target. A Wild Card must miss with his Wild Die for a RoF 1 weapon to hit an Innocent Bystander— wild dice never hit innocent bystanders. This sometimes means it's easier to hit an adjacent victim than the original target. That may not be entirely realistic, but is simple, dramatic, and requires some care in tight tactical situations. „ ROF 2 + : Although rare on Golarion, weapons with a rate of Fire or 2 or more, or that fire in a spread, are much more likely to hit others. Each skill die that rolls a 1 or a 2 hits a bystander.

Characters fighting from horseback (or other beasts) have certain advantages and disadvantages in combat, as described below. Mounts aren’t dealt Action Cards—they act with their riders. Animals may attack during their rider’s action if desired. Horsemanship: Characters who wish to fight from horseback must use the lowest of their Fighting or Riding skills. This also applies to other more extraordinary mounts. Falling: If a character is Shaken, Stunned, or Wounded while mounted, or his mount is Incapacitated, he must make a Riding roll. If he fails, he falls. If the mount was running, the rider suffers 2d4 damage (2d6 with a Critical Failure). Increase the damage by an additional die or two if the mount is particularly fast, flies, or the rider falls in particularly rough or dangerous terrain. Missed Ranged Attacks: Mounts and riders are affected by the Innocent Bystander rules. If a shot intended at a rider rolls a 1, it hits the mount instead. Wounded Mounts: When an animal is Shaken or Wounded, it rears or bucks. A rider must make a Riding roll to stay mounted, or falls as above.

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their prey, see Grappling, page 135). This is a Fighting attack at a +2 bonus (which stacks with Vulnerable if the target is Bound or Vulnerable from some other source). „ CLAWS: Add +2 to Athletics (climbing) rolls on any rough or soft surface (not sheer steel, glass, etc.). „ HORNS: Add +4 damage from a successful attack with a creature's horns if it runs and moves at least 5″(10 yards).

A rider on a charging mount adds +4 to his damage roll with a successful Fighting attack. To be considered charging, the rider must have moved at least 5″ (10 yards) or more in a relatively straight line toward his foe. Setting Weapons: A weapon with a Reach of 1 or greater can be “set” against a cavalry attack. To do so, the attacker must be on Hold and win an opposed Athletics roll to interrupt as usual. Whoever has the most Reach adds +2 to his roll. The winner attacks first. If successful, he A character who wants to beat someone adds the +4 charge bonus to his damage up without killing them can choose to do (whether he’s the rider or not). nonlethal damage. This requires the attacker use only his fists or a blunt weapon of some sort. Edged weapons may be used if they have a flat side, but this subtracts −1 from the Characters can perform up to three actions on attacker’s Fighting rolls. their turn. Each additional action beyond the Nonlethal damage causes Wounds as usual, first inflicts a −2 penalty to all actions. Taking but if a character is rendered Incapacitated he two actions, for example, incurs a −2 penalty cannot Bleed out. to both, and three actions is a −4 penalty.

NONLETHAL DAMAGE

MULTI-ACTIONS

Wild Cards get their Wild Die on each action as usual. All actions must be declared at the start Characters are assumed to be right-handed of the turn and before any dice are rolled. unless the player decides otherwise. Actions Penalties remain even if a later action doesn’t that require precise eye-hand coordination, happen (usually because it was dependent on such as Fighting or Shooting, suffer a −2 an earlier success). penalty when done solely with the off-hand. Movement and Multiple Actions: A chara­ Off-hand weapons don’t add their Parry cter may her actions at different points of her bonus unless the hero is Ambidextrous movement as she wishes. (page 40). Free Actions: Multi-Action penalties do not apply to free actions.

OFF-HAND ATTACKS

PRONE

NATURAL WEAPONS Creatures with natural weapons such as fangs, claws, or horns may attack with them using their Fighting skill. Damage is stated for character ancestries and beasts in their various descriptions. Creatures with natural weapons are always considered armed. This means they aren’t Unarmed Defenders and foes fighting with Two Weapons gain no advantage against them (see page 143). Here are a few additional notes for each type of attack: „ BITE: The creature may bite a target it’s grappled (most attackers can only crush

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Ranged attacks suffer a −4 penalty to hit prone characters from a range of 3″ (6 yards) or greater (this does not stack with Cover) and subtract four points of damage from Area Effect attacks. If a prone defender is caught in melee, his Parry is reduced by 2 and he must subtract 2 from his Fighting rolls. Standing costs a character 2″ of movement.

PUSH Sometimes characters may want to push a foe in hopes of knocking him out of position, prone, or even into a deadly hazard.

RANGED WEAPONS IN MELEE Heroes may fire ranged weapons when engaged in melee with a few caveats: • The attacker may only use a power or a onehanded ranged weapon (such as a thrown dagger) when in melee. He may not fire two-handed weapons such as a bow. The TN is the defender’s Parry instead of Short Range as he struggles back and forth, etc.

• If attacking a non-adjacent target with a ranged attack while in melee, the attacker instantly becomes Vulnerable.

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Pushing a foe is an opposed roll of Strength. If the attacker is successful he pushes the foe back 1″ (two yards), or twice that with a raise. A character who’s successfully Pushed must make an Athletics roll (at −2 if the attacker got a raise) or be knocked prone. Running: If the attacker runs at least 2″ (four yards) before the Push, he adds +2 to his total. Size Matters: Double the distance pushed if the attacker’s Scale is larger than the foe’s. Creatures may not generally Push a foe more than two Sizes larger then themselves unless they have exceptional Strength for their Size (GM’s call). Skill: The attacker or defender may roll Athletics instead of Strength if they choose. Shields: Attackers and defenders add their shield’s Parry bonus to their Strength (or Athletics) rolls when pushing.

READYING WEAPONS Characters may “ready” up to two items per turn as a free action. Readying means drawing, holstering, or otherwise moving an item into or out of an easy-to-reach location. Each additional item readied is an action, as is recovering an item from a difficult location like an ankle sheath, off the floor after being disarmed, or other exten­uating circ*mstances.

RELOADING Nocking an arrow or loading a sling is a free action, but reloading any ranged weapon requires two hands (thrown weapons are readied, see above). Some weapons, like heavy crossbows, are slower to reload. They require a number of actions to reload, listed as “Reload X” in their description. Example: Our ranger fires a heavy crossbow (Reload 2) as part of a Multi-Action, using his other two actions that turn to reload. Since this is three actions, his Shooting roll is made at −4. On his next turn, he's ready to fire again.

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Running & Reloading: Running and loading requires an Agility roll (at the usual −2 penalty for running). Failure means no progress toward reloading was made that action.

SIZE & SCALE Characters and creatures have a Size ranging from −4 for very small beings up to Size 20 and higher for massive behemoths. Specific creature Sizes are listed in their statistics, and explained on the Size Table on page 245. The Size Table lists seven different “Scales,” from Tiny to Gargantuan, and the Scale Modifier that goes with each. When creatures of different Scales attack each other, the smaller creature adds the difference between its Scale and its target to its attacks. A Tiny fairy (−6 Scale modifier), for example, adds +10 to attack a Huge dragon (+4). The larger creature subtracts the difference from its attacks. A Very Small eagle (−4) subtracts 2 from its Fighting totals when attacking a Tiny fairy (−6).

SCALE MODIFIERS MODIFIER

SCALE & EXAMPLES

−6

Tiny: Armor joint, baseball, mouse

−4

Very Small: Human hand or head, basketball, house cat

−2

Small: Human limb, bobcat

Normal: Human, bull, horse

+2

Large: Hippo, most vehicles

+4

Huge: Dragon, whale

+6

Gargantuan: Building, kaiju, ship

CALLED SHOTS & TARGET SIZE Use the Scale of the target when making Called Shots against creatures, not their Scale. If an archer wants to shoot the eye of a mature dragon, for example, use the Scale of the eye, not the dragon. Hitting certain vital areas have extra effects listed under Called Shots (page 132).

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STUNNED Creature abilities, the stun power, electrical hazards, or other shocks to the brain or nervous system make a character essentially helpless until they manage to shake it off. Restart the process if a stunned character is stunned again.

STUNNED CHARACTERS • Are Distracted (this is removed at the end of a victim’s next turn as usual) • Are Vulnerable (this remains until a victim recover from being Stunned) • Fall prone (or to their knees, GM’s call) • Can’t move or take any actions • Don’t count toward the Gang Up bonus Recovery: At the start of a Stunned char­ acter’s turn, he makes a Vigor roll as a free action. Success means he’s no longer Stunned but remains Vulnerable until the end of his next turn. With a raise, his Vulnerable state goes away at the end of this turn.

SUPPORT Sometimes characters may want to cooperate or help an ally with a task. If so, and the GM decides it’s possible, supporting characters roll the relevant skill (on their action if the game is in rounds) and declare which of their ally’s skills they’re attempting to Support. Success grants the ally +1 to one skill total this round, and a raise adds +2. A Critical Failure on the support roll subtracts 2 from the lead’s total —sometimes extra hands just get in the way! Remove all Support bonuses at the end of the recipient’s turn, whether he used them or not (perhaps by taking an action different than the one he was Supported for). The maximum bonus from all Support rolls is +4. Strength checks are an exception and have no maximum bonus since more muscle can always manage more mass. Players and GMs should be creative when making Support rolls. An adventurer with Survival, for example, might make a roll to find useful herbs for an ally attempting a Healing check, or a character with Academics

might recall historical information helpful to a wizard doing research on an ancient relic. General encouragement (a Persuasion roll) such as “You can do it!” or “Check your six!” are perfectly acceptable, but at the GM’s discretion lose effectiveness if repeated. Example: The heroes mount up for a day’s ride. Spooked by a pack of wolves, the horses bolt. The cleric, having no Riding skill, finds herself in danger of losing control of the mount. The paladin shouts “Hold the reins loosely!” She rolls Riding and gets a raise. The cleric adds +2 to the unskllled Riding roll to control her horse.

SURPRISE

SUPPORT VS. TEST

Combat often starts before everyone involved is prepared. An ambush, a sudden doublecross, or a trap might all give one side in a fight an advantage. When this happens, the ambushers are automatically on Hold. Deal them in as usual anyway in case one of them gets a Joker. The victims of the attack make a Notice The Support option (page 140) allows roll. Those who make it are dealt in as usual. a character to help out her allies. Test is Those who fail get no Action Card and can’t the opposite — it lets him make things act in the first round of combat. more difficult for his foes! Tests include See the Stealth skill if someone attempts a embarrassing an opponent, throwing sand in sneak attack before the round begins.

TEST

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The Support option can be used against an opponent narratively, but the only effect it can have is as detailed above. If a character wants to “trip up” an ogre to help a friend make a Fighting roll against it, for example, she can add +1 or +2 to his roll, but she doesn’t actually trip the ogre. It’s not made prone, Distracted, Vulnerable, or Shaken as it might if she had used the Test option (page 141). The advantage for a player in making a Support roll over a Test is to help an ally and avoid a more difficult opposed roll for the Test (even though narratively it might seem like it should be an opposed roll).

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his eyes, staring him down with a steely gaze, or anything else a clever player can think of to rattle his enemy and put him off-balance. To perform a Test, the player describes the action and works with the GM to determine the most appropriate skill to roll for it. Tests are resisted instinctively, so the “attacker’s” skill roll is opposed by the attribute it’s linked to. Tripping someone is an Athletics roll versus Agility since that’s what Athletics is linked to. Taunt is linked to Smarts, so verbally humiliating someone is resisted by that attribute. Fighting, when used as a Test instead of an actual attack, isn’t compared to Parry —it’s opposed by Agility.

DUNGEONEERING When heroes delve into dungeons — or ruins or even buildings — combat can get cramped. In Pathfinder for Savage Worlds, creative use of these Situational Rules give the characters options during combat. Instead of just waiting for your turn to get through a door and attack, for example, your hero can attempt other actions to make an impact with teamwork. „ SUPPORT: Coordinate your actions and use Support to ensure success. For example, the paladin tries to Push past an ogre blocking the entrance to the villain’s chamber, hoping to create space for the fighter. The rogue rolls Support using Taunt (“Is that all you got?”) to assist with the paladin’s Push attempt. „ TEST: Coordinate tactics to make it harder for enemies to fight back. In the Push example above, the sorcerer—who wants to save Power Points for attacks on the villain—can Test the ogre with Taunt. Knowing it speaks Giant, she shouts insults in that tongue. If she succeeds on the opposed roll, she makes the ogre Distracted, which helps the paladin win the opposed Push.

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If the attacker wins the opposed roll, he can choose to make his foe Distracted or ­Vulnerable (see page 133). If he wins with a raise, the target is also Shaken, and there may be other subjective effects as the GM allows, such as a tripped foe being knocked prone. Modifiers: The GM must determine which modifiers apply to a Test. Shooting, for example, should include Range, Cover, Illumination, etc. A hero with a bonus to his Parry does not add it to his Agility when challenged with a Fighting roll, however, because the defender resists with Agility — not his Parry. Take the details into consideration as well — using a shameful secret to hit a rival’s ego where it hurts, for example, might be worth a +2 bonus to the attacker. Repetition: Using the same or similar action repeatedly quickly grows less effective, so the GM shouldn't allow players to use the same tactics, insults, or threats more than once an encounter. Additional Dice: If characters have addi­ tional dice for a Test, such as when using a weapon with a high Rate of Fire, he may roll all the dice but takes only the highest as his Test total. He doesn’t get multiple results and he can’t spread them out to other targets.

TOUCH ATTACK A character who simply wants to touch a foe (usually to deliver a magical effect of some kind) may add +2 to his Fighting roll.

TWO WEAPONS A character armed with two melee weapons adds +1 to his Fighting rolls if his foe has a single weapon or is unarmed, and has no shield. It adds no bonus against creatures with Natural Weapons (page 138). Wielding two small ranged weapons offers no special advantage other than additional ammunition or narrative embellishments. Those wanting to specialize further can take the Two-Weapon Fighting Edge (page 75).

UNARMED DEFENDER It’s difficult to parry a blade with one’s bare hands. An attacker armed with a melee weapon adds +2 to his Fighting attacks if his foe has no weapon or shield. (This doesn’t stack with the Drop.)

UNSTABLE PLATFORM A character attempting to fire or throw a ranged weapon from the back of a horse or other mount, a moving vehicle, or other “unstable platform” subtracts 2 from his Athletics (throwing) or Shooting totals.

VEHICLES

WILD ATTACK Sometimes a desperate character may want to throw caution to the wind and attack with everything he’s got.

WITHDRAWING FROM MELEE Whenever a character retreats from melee, all adjacent non-Shaken and non-Stunned opponents get an immediate Free Attack (see Free Attacks, page 135). Example: Our druid is surrounded by three bandits. She must get to a wounded sorcerer. She takes the Defend option (increasing her Parry by +4) and backs away from the bandits. All three of her opponents get a Free Attack, at +3 for Ganging Up. Fortunately, the druid’s Parry bonus fends them off and she makes her way to her injured friend.

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Attacking from or on vehicles such as ships, carriages, or airships works as usual — see Vehicles on page 117 for more details.

A Wild Attack adds +2 to the character’s Fighting or thrown weapon attacks and resulting damage rolls for the turn, but he is Vulnerable until the end of his next turn (not this one). Wild Attacks can be used with multiple attacks, such as from Multi-Actions or the Frenzy and Sweep Edges. It can't be combined with a Desperate Attack.

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he following chapter contains tools the Game Master can use for all the special situations that often come up in a game, such as: „ ALLIES: Managing Extras under the player character’s control. „ DOWNTIME: A way to determine the benefits of character activity between adventures. „ DRAMATIC TASKS: Add tension and drama to situations like crossing a vast chasm. „ FEAR: The effects of overwhelming terror. „ HAZARDS: The effects of scorching heat, bitter cold, poison, and more. „ INTERLUDES: Narrative storytelling for long trips or to reveal bits about the player characters’ backstories. „ MASS BATTLES: Desperate last stands against incredible odds between armies. „ NETWORKING: Gathering information (the nice way or the not-so-nice way). „ THE PLANES: Information about other Planes of existence. „ QUICK ENCOUNTERS: A fast and easy way to resolve fights, heists, or capers when pressed for time. „ SOCIAL CONFLICT: Run a court trial, plead for aid, or convince a crowd. „ TRAVEL: Figure out how long it takes for the party to cross tracts of Golarion.

ALLIES Allies play a big part in Savage Pathfinder games. They serve as troops under your hero’s command in war, loyal retainers serving strongholds, or fellow fighters in glorious rebellions against oppression. When to Use These Rules: Use these rules to help keep track of the party’s followers and give them a little extra personality to play off of as well. The Basics: Players create, control, and track their own followers and nonplayer character allies.

USING ALLIES Keeping up with allies in Savage Pathfinder is simple. Just download the Ally Sheet from our website and fill in the blanks. Allied Extras are divided up among all the players to control. This is a very important part of Savage Pathfinder because our adventures often feature allied bands of skilled hirelings, fellow grunts, or loyal retainers, and the game is designed to handle them quickly and easily. It’s also designed for the players to control them—not the Game Master. It doesn’t matter whether the characters control the allies, only that the players do. This keeps everyone involved in the action even if

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his hero is out of the fight, and makes running ALLIES & ADVANCEMENT large combats much easier and more fun for everyone. Of course the GM can always take Allies can improve their abilities as well. See charge of Extras when the need arises, but Advancement on page 91. with good roleplayers this is rarely necessary.

AMMO

ALLIED PERSONALITIES You can add a little flavor to your allies by rolling on the Allied Personalities table. Jot down the keyword on the Ally Sheet so you and your Game Master have a little insight into each particular ally’s character. Consider these general impressions with no particular game effect. They help both the player and GM decide just how an ally might react in a given situation. If a party of adventurers tasks a retainer with keeping watch, it's helpful to know which ones are Observant and which ones are Lazy!

ALLIED PERSONALTIES D20

PERSONALITY

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Treacherous

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Crude

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Cruel

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Agile

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Old

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Observant

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Happy

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Clueless

5

Experience

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Mysterious

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Gung-Ho

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Creative

Keeping track of ammunition for all your allies can be difficult. Here’s an easy and dramatic way to handle this problem. The ammo level of each group of allied Extras starts at Very High, High (the usual level), Low, or Out, as determined by the GM. After each fight, the ammo automatically drops a level. This makes for dramatic situations and realistic logistical problems while eliminating the bookkeeping. The GM can always decide otherwise, of course. Perhaps the troops are told to fight with hand weapons instead of their bows and crossbows, or they don’t get to fire off more than a couple of shots before the fight is over.

TYPICAL ALLIES Here are a few typical archetypes you might use for your Savage Pathfinder game. Fill in any additional skills or Edges as you see fit. A group of rangers, for example, should have the Survival skill, while cavalrymen should have Riding. Add appropriate gear for the situation as well.

7

Lazy

17

Artistic

8

Sneaky

18

Fearless

9

Bright

19

Cowardly

SOLDIER

10

Young

20

Heroic

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d4, Spirit d6, Strength d6, Vigor d6 Skills: Athletics d6, Common Knowledge d6, Fighting d6, Intimidation d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d6, Shooting d6, Stealth d4 Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 5 Hindrances: — Edges: Soldier

EXPERIENCED SOLDIER Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d8, Vigor d8 Skills: Athletics d6, Common Knowledge d6, Fighting d8, Intimidation d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d6, Shooting d8, Stealth d6 Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughness: 6 Hindrances: — Edges: Soldier and any two combat Edges.

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CREATIVE COMBAT Creative Combat is an optional rule a Game Master may allow to give Tests more varied results. It’s especially useful if a group prefers a slightly more pulpy or swashbuckling feel. When to Use These Rules: Use these rules when you want Tests to have a little more variety. The Basics: Roll on the table when a character Tests a foe with a raise.

TESTS OF METTLE

Example: Merisiel battles an ogre on the edge of a cliff. She feints the clumsy brute and gets a raise. The GM rolls on the Creative Combat table and gets a Setback. She decides the ogre has to make an Agility roll or fall off the cliff. Merisiel makes the creature Distracted so it has a greater chance of failure!

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RESULT

2

Second Wind: The foe hesitates, giving your hero time to catch her breath. She may remove a level of Fatigue or a Wound (her choice). If she has neither, the enemy is Shaken and she receives a Benny.

3

Inspiration: Fate favors the bold. The clever hero receives a Benny.

4–5

Double Whammy: The target is both Distracted and Vulnerable.

6–8

Shaken: The foe is Shaken.

9–10

Setback: The target suffers a setback of some sort. She might fall off a ledge, lose the confidence of her minions (who then desert her), take a rash but foolish action, or simply lose her next turn as she attempts to recover from whatever situation she finds herself in.

11

Insight: The hero gains insight into the target’s nature. Once during this encounter, she may add +d6 to any Trait roll made to directly attack, affect, or damage the same foe.

12

Seize the Moment: After the hero resolves this turn, she immediately gets an entire additional turn. This includes movement as well! She may use the turn to go on Hold if she wishes.

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Creative Combat occurs only when the game is in rounds. A regular success on a Test (see page 141) works as usual. If a character succeeds with a raise, she can decide if she wants to take the Shaken result or roll on the Creative Combat table. She can decide if she wants to make her foe Distracted or Vulnerable after she rolls on the table.

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DOWNTIME

Adventurers often have time between their epic quests. Some might spend it practicing EARN their sword fighting techniques or enchanting The hero earns currency in some way. magic items. Others may pray to their gods, Perhaps he takes on odd jobs, kills rats in the try to earn a few coins in town, spend time local tavern, or even "procures" it from the local thieves' guild! with their friends, or aid locals in need. The hero must make a relevant skill roll to When to Use These Rules: When the party earn her reward — Thievery for scoundrels, has at least a week between adventures. The Basics: Each player chooses one of the Fighting for Mercenaries, Performance for entertainers, etc. Use an appropriate attribute activities below and gains its benefits. for more mundane jobs. A Critical Failure means the character doesn't make any money and embarrasses When the Game Master decides there’s herself somehow. If the job was dangerous, Downtime of at least a week, you can choose she also takes d4 Wounds. Failure means she one of the following activities. Each provides doesn't make any money and takes Fatigue a benefit of some sort, from financial rewards from Bumps & Bruises (page 153). to limited but valuable skill bonuses. Narrate Success earns her 100 gp if she's Novice rank, what your hero is doing then follow the 200 gp if Seasoned, 300 gp if Veteran, 400 gp instructions under each activity. for Heroic, and 500 gp if she’s Legendary. Double the reward with a raise. Unless an option says otherwise, its effect may only be gained once regardless of how ENCHANT long the downtime lasts. A character with the Artificer Edge can spend CAROUSE her time at a workshop creating magic items. Carousing characters spend their time See page 209 for details. socializing with friends, making new ones, or cementing relationships with their contacts. TRAIN This usually involves considerable cost and An adventurer can practice a specific time spent at local restaurants and taverns. skill or attribute to temporarily increase During her Downtime, the character spends its effectiveness. A character might train 50gp in food, drink, and entertainment. Fighting by sparring with a swordmaster, Double that for each Rank thereafter: 100 gp Persuasion by public speaking, Occult by for Seasoned, 200 gp for Veteran, 400 gp for studying forbidden tomes, Strength or Vigor with vigorous exercise, and so on. Heroic, and 800 gp if she’s Legendary). The character must possess at least d4 in In exchange, she gains a local favor she can call in at any time. The greater her Rank and any skill chosen for training. Afterwards, she her overall standing in the community (GM’s gets one free reroll when failing that skill or attribute for one entire encounter. This stacks call), the greater the favor. with any other rerolls she may have from other sources. CENTER The player chooses when to activate her The hero focuses on whatever brings her rerolls as a free action. happiness. That might include quality time with friends, a solitary hunt through If she Trains again, the previous focus is lost. a secluded forest, riding a favorite horse, painting, reading, writing, performing, dancing, or courting a romantic interest.

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Whatever the activity, the goal is inner peace and happiness. Taking a week to enjoy the fruits of one’s labors grants the character Conviction.

REST Those who have suffered grievous Wounds might need to do so during Downtime to recover their health. Use the Natural Healing rules on page 130 during the week. Any healers in the group can provide Support, as can other allies or hired professionals such as priests at a temple, or physicians in a nobleman’s employ. Characters may choose to rest even if they have no Wounds. The provides the same benefits as Centering, with the hero doing nothing but resting mind and body to recover from the stress of adventuring.

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RESEARCH A character can spend her Downtime developing or learning new powers. This doesn’t permanently give her a power, but allows her to use any spell or miracle from her Available Powers list and of her Rank or lower for one entire encounter. The character may also temporarily change the Trapping of a power she already has for one encounter—turning a fireball into an ice blast, for example. The spell is cast at a −2 penalty, but is otherwise treated just like one of the caster’s regular powers. This can be particularly useful if the mage or priest must prepare to face a threat with a particular weakness. Finally, Research can also be used to reveal deep information about a particular subject. No Trait roll is required. The GM decides just how much the investigator can learn in a week given the topic, the location, and resources at hand.

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DRAMATIC TASKS

MULTI-PERSON TASKS

If more than one person can attempt the task at once, such as crewing a ship, the GM must set the number of rounds and tokens required for victory herself. Here are some guidelines. Heroes often find themselves in tense and Assume each player will average one success dangerous situations such as disabling a per turn. Use that as a guideline if you want complex trap, climbing a rock face while the task to be “fair,” and set the number of under fire from archers, or rescuing people rounds from three to five as appropriate. A from a burning building or sinking ship party of five given three rounds to save a with a definite — and sometimes deadly — galleon in a storm, for example, needs to time limit. accumulate 15 Task Tokens in three rounds. This system simulates these events and helps Increase or decrease the number of tokens to the Game Master insert some drama into make it more or less challenging. what would otherwise be simple skill rolls. If the number of tokens achieved is a When to Use These Rules: Dramatic measure of success rather than a straight Tasks are great for tense actions that must win/fail condition, such as rescuing victims be performed in a hurry or have disastrous from a fire or hauling up bags of gold from a effects if failed. collapsing mineshaft, simply set the possible The Basics: The heroes make skill rolls to number of tokens that may be gathered in the accumulate “Task Tokens” and resolve the time allowed. Each token gathered represents event before time runs out. a person saved, a bag recovered, etc. It’s up to you whether it’s possible to save them all (using the guide above) or not. Let the party choose how many will attempt The GM starts by figuring out what the task the task, especially if there’s something else is, how long the party has to complete it, and going on at the same time. Deciding how how many tokens they need for success. many heroes will break into the jail to rescue a friend while the others fight off the corrupt SINGLE PERSON TASKS city guard allows them to choose their tactics. Use these guidelines when only a single character can attempt the task each turn (others can Support): „ CHALLENGING: Collect four Task Tokens in Characters are dealt Action Cards as usual three rounds. Examples: Disable a trap in during a Dramatic Task. Those attempting the dark, pick a lock before a guard returns, the task make relevant skill checks and get disengage a moving horse-team from its a Task Token for each success and raise. Failure means no progress and a Critical wagon. Failure reduces progress by one (if any has „ DIFFICULT: Collect six Task Tokens in four rounds. Examples: Disable a trap in the been made). The skills that can be used to accumulate middle of combat, cast a ritual, sail a craft tokens depends on the situation. They might to shore during a storm. be defined, such as Thievery to disable a trap, „ COMPLEX: Collect eight Task Tokens in five or they might be open — a heroic paladin rounds. Examples: Disable a particularly might use Athletics to carry people from a complicated and/or dangerous trap, Pick a burning building while a mage uses telekinesis very difficult lock or series of locks before (Spellcasting) to do the same. a patrol returns, cast a large and powerful

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ritual, repair a complicated machine with multiple moving parts.

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EXAMPLE: DRAGON FIRE!

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The GM can break tasks down into steps if she likes, each of which might require An evil red dragon roams the countryside, different skills. If disabling a difficult trap in burning farms and villages throughout the dark, for example, the heroes might first the land. Seelah the paladin and Harsk the have to get two tokens to get the feel for their ranger watch in horror as the dragon breathes surroundings using Notice, then three more fire down on their favorite tavern. The pair tokens using Thievery to cut all three trip rush to aid the choking and gasping patrons attempting to flee the burning building. wires in the correct order. The Game Master decides rescuing the Requiring multiple skills throughout the survivors is a three-round, Multi-Person task makes it more difficult since raises from Dramatic Task. There are 10 patrons. Each one type of skill check don’t carry over to the success saves one of them from the inferno. other. In the trap example above, for example, On the first round, Seelah and Harsk roll the first step requires two Notice successes. Additional successes don’t carry over to the Athletics to run into the tavern and drag someone out. Both get a raise, so that's four Thievery rolls needed afterward. citizens saved! The next round, Harsk gets a Complication. COMPLICATIONS The GM decides he becomes trapped in one If a character’s Action Card is a Club, some­ of the back rooms and must make a Fighting thing has gone wrong. Attempts to resolve roll at −2. If he fails, it takes him too long to the task (or Support it!) are made at an escape and he won't be able to save any more additional −2. patrons. Harsk draws his brother's trusty Worse, if a roll is failed during a Compl­ication, battleaxe and hacks his way free. He decides the Dramatic Task fails—the trap springs, the to go with it and narrates using his Fighting to lock jams, a victim cannot be saved, and so on. hack open a hole in the wall for the survivors. The character may choose not to attempt a roll He's successful, and Seelah gets a raise this on a turn he has a Complication—it just costs turn with Persuasion — yelling at the locals him precious time. to help throw water on the fire. That's seven Support: Characters assisting (via Support) total patrons saved. also suffer the Complication penalty, and an On the third round, Seelah gets a additional −2 if their Action Card is a Club! Complication and fails — she's choking on Critical Failure on their part just subtracts smoke and can't help. Fortunately, after from the lead’s roll as usual, however, it spending a few Bennies, Harsk manages doesn’t cause the entire task to fail. to get two raises and pull the last patrons from the fire.

DEATH TRAPS

Think carefully before designing Dramatic Tasks that might wipe out the entire party if failed. The threat of catastrophe should be very real but you don’t want a couple of bad die rolls to end the entire game. Instead of total disaster, maybe the party has a moment to dive clear before the trap triggers. They don’t perish, but later awake in the care of a local healer or are captured and find themselves about to experience a new type of adventure.

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FEAR

BECOMING JADED

After encountering a particular type of creature, the character doesn’t have to make Fear checks every time he sees another in Cold dread seizes the heroine as she enters that particular scenario. If the party clears the lost tomb. A dragon emerges from out an asylum full of spectral inmates, for the cave, belching smoke and fire at the example, they should only have to roll the adventurers who threaten its hoard. An first time they encounter them—not in every investigator stumbles upon a scene of grisly, room. The Game Master might require a ritualistic carnage. roll if the heroes encounter such horrors These rules reflect the horror of these terrible in a particularly different or frightening situation, however. situations upon your heroes’ psyches. When to Use These Rules: When a creature FEAR TABLE has the Fear Special Ability, or the Game D20* EFFECT Master decides a situation is particularly Adrenaline Surge: The hero’s “fight” disturbing. 1–3 response takes over. He acts as if he The Basics: Characters make a Spirit roll had a Joker this action! when confronted by creatures or situations Distracted: The hero is Distracted 4–6 that cause Fear. until the end of his next turn.

FEAR CHECKS The heroes make a Fear check (a Spirit roll as a free action) when they first spot a creature with the Fear ability. Success means a character manages to overcome the situation and carry on. A failed Fear check means the unfortunate soul faces the consequences below, depending on whether the source of fear was grotesque or terrifying in nature: „ NAUSEA: If the scene was grotesque or horrific, such as a grisly discovery or learning a secret “Man Was Not Meant to Know,” the character is Shaken and Fatigued from the mental strain. Critical Failure means the victim must roll on the Fear Table as well. „ TERROR: A terrifying trigger, such as a monstrous creature or unknowable evil, is much more intense. Extras are typically Panicked. Wild Cards must roll on the Fear Table (at +2 with a Critical Failure on the Fear check). Roll a d20 and add the monster’s Fear penalty, if any, to the roll (a −2 adds +2 to the roll, for example).

7–9 10–12

Vulnerable: The target is Vulnerable until the end of his next turn. Shaken: The character is Shaken.

13

The Mark of Fear: The hero is Stunned and suffers some cosmetic physical alteration — a white streak forms in his hair, his eyes twitch constantly, or some other minor physical alteration manifests.

14–15

Frightened: The character gains the Hesitant Hindrance for the remainder of the encounter. If he already has it, he’s Panicked instead.

16–17

Panicked: The character immediately moves his full Pace plus running die away from the danger and is Shaken.

18–19

Minor Phobia: The character gains a Minor Phobia Hindrance somehow associated with the trauma.

20–21

Major Phobia: The character gains the Major Phobia Hindrance.

22+

Heart Attack: The hero is so over­ whelmed with fear that his heart stutters. He must make an immediate Vigor roll at –2. If successful, he’s Stunned. If he fails, he’s Incapacitated and dies in 2d6 rounds. In the latter case, a Healing roll at –4 saves his life, but he remains Incapacitated. He may be treated normally thereafter.

*Add the creature’s Fear penalty as a positive number to this roll.

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Characters moving through injurious terrain make an Athletics roll. Those who fail gain a level of Fatigue. Recovery: Fatigue levels from Bumps & Bruises improve one level every 24 hours Heat, cold, hunger, thirst, lack of sleep, instead of every hour (see Fatigue, page 134). and other hazards can wear down even A character may use the Healing skill to the hardiest of heroes, sending them into a treat the injuries. Success relieves one level downward spiral that can lead to death if they of Fatigue from Bumps & Bruises and a raise can’t improve their situation. relieves two. Each healer may attempt this roll When to Use These Rules: When you want only once unless the GM decides a change in to emphasize the dramatic and dangerous circ*mstances warrants another opportunity nature of extreme environments or lack of (finding medical supplies, for example). resources.

HAZARDS

Other Hazards listed in this section, such as falling, poison, disease, and the like, generally come up in response to a creature or situation. Climbing uses the Athletics skill, and the The Basics: Each Hazard is different, but basics are covered under Movement on page most are an attribute check made periodically 125. When the game is in rounds, each inch against some dangerous effect. Failure climbed takes 2″ of Pace. tends to cause Fatigue (page 134). Use the No roll is usually needed to ascend ladders standard rules modified by any changes or trees with sturdy limbs unless the GM noted in this section. feels there’s a good reason (being chased, injured, etc.). Under stress (such as during combat rounds), the climber must roll Athletics to make Stumbling down a slope or running through progress. Success means he moves normally, a cavern in the dark might cause numerous failure means he doesn’t make any progress cuts, scrapes, and bumps. that round, and a Critical Failure indicates a fall! If secured by a rope or other restraint, he

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falls half the length of the restraint and suffers Fatigue from Bumps & Bruises (see above). If unsecured, see the Falling rules on page 156. Modifiers: The GM should assign a bonus (+2) if the surface has numerous hand- and footholds or the climber has good equipment. Assign a penalty (−1 to −4) for smooth surfaces, lack of equipment, bad weather, etc.

Death: Incapacitated victims die after 2d6 hours instead of waking Exhausted. Recovery: Victims can recover Fatigue only after they receive adequate warmth and shelter.

DISEASE

Diseases cover a wide range of maladies, from long-term debilitating illnesses to those which Break lengthy ascents like climbing mountain might cause immediate spasms or death. Diseases can be contracted through sides into three roughly even sections. various vectors, such as an airborne source, Assume any falls occur at the “top” of ingestion, or the touch or bite of a creature each section. that causes a Wound or Shaken result. In any The GM might also consider using the of these situations, the victim must make an ­Dramatic Task system (page 150) if the immediate Vigor roll to avoid infection. surface must be ascended in a certain amount To handle such a diverse range of diseases, of time—such as before weather hits, guards we’ve broken them down into three major return, etc. categories. If you’re trying to model a specific disease, adjust the rules presented here to better reflect its symptoms. Trudging through deep snow for hours on Recovery: Diseases can be cured by the end, facing biting winds, or falling in ice water healing power with the Neutralize Poison can wear down and kill even a hearty warrior. or Disease modifier, or with specific A character must make a Vigor roll after four medications — whether or not those are hours spent in weather below freezing (32° F); available depends on the game (GM’s call). at −2 if the temperature is below 0° F. Failure The symptoms can often be treated by means the hero incurs a Fatigue level. common medicines, however. With a success­ Roll only once per day if a character has ful Healing roll, a physician, priest, herbalist, appropriate cold weather gear (heavy furs etc., can prescribe or create a treatment. She and the like), or once every five days if well- may attempt to do so once per day. provisioned with shelter, food, and other resources.

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Chronic

At the start of every game session, the character makes a Vigor roll. Failure means he’s Exhausted from spasms, coughing fits, or similar issues for that session. A Critical Failure means he will expire before the end of the session. The GM is encouraged to let heroes go out in a blaze of glory if possible. Success means the victim is Fatigued for the game session, and a raise means he gets a second wind and suffers no ill effects.

Debilitating

Flus, viruses, stomach bugs and the like have various specific symptoms but generally result in the character being Fatigued for 2d6 days.

Lethal

Fast-acting diseases might be found in the darkest depths of forgotten dungeons or in specific locations on Golarion. Upon contracting the disease, the hero is Fatigued. At the start of each turn thereafter, he must make a Vigor roll or suffer a Wound! (Some diseases may call for a Vigor roll more slowly, such as once per hour or once per day.) A successful Healing roll stops the effects only if the proper medicine is on hand to stop the disease.

DROWNING

Death: Incapacitated characters perish in a number of rounds equal to their Vigor die. If someone can get to the victim before then, he can be resuscitated with a Healing roll at −2.

ELECTRICITY

Swimming is covered under Movement on page 125. In still water, each inch of On Golarion, characters may encounter movement on the tabletop takes 2″ of Pace. natural or magical sources of electricity. Swimming up or down stream should modify Contact with a high voltage electrical source this as the Game Master sees fit. (GM’s call) causes 3d6 damage. Increase the Under hazardous conditions, swimmers damage by +1d6 if the victim is standing must roll Athletics to move. Failure means in deep water or driving rain, and +2 if the she makes no progress that round, and a victim wears mostly metal armor (chainmail, Critical Failure causes a level of Fatigue. With platemail). success she moves normally. Armor: Armor doesn’t protect from electrical If it becomes important to know, characters damage unless it’s specifically designed to do can hold their breath for a number of rounds so (e.g., a rubberized suit). equal to 2 plus their Vigor die, or half that if they weren’t prepared for being submerged and didn’t have time to get a good breath. Add +2 to swimming rolls if a character has something that floats to hold on to. Armor: Subtract 1 for each point of worn armor, not counting any magical bonuses. Swimming in chainmail, for example, subtracts 3 from a character's Athletics (swimming) rolls.

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Each application of the treatment (balms, poultices, elixirs, etc.) reduces Fatigue by one level for four hours.

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FALLING Falling damage is 1d6 for every full 10 feet (or d6 + 1 per 2" on the tabletop), to a maximum of 10d6 + 1 0. Snow: Particularly soft ground, such as very deep snow, acts as a cushion. Every foot of soft snow reduces damage 1 point. Water: A successful Athletics roll halves damage into reasonably deep water at heights of 10″ (20 yards) or less. A raise negates the damage entirely. Those who fall into water from heights greater than 20 yards take damage as if they’d hit solid earth.

SMOKE INHALATION Fires in confined areas produce deadly smoke. Each person within must make a Vigor roll every round. If the roll is failed, the character gains a level of Fatigue. A wet cloth or similar precaution adds +2 to the roll. Death: A person Incapacitated from smoke inhalation dies in a number of minutes equal to his Vigor. If someone can get to the victim before then, he can be resuscitated by removing him from the hazard and succeeding on a Healing roll at −2.

HIGH ALTITUDE

FIRE

Traversing landscapes at high elevations can cause Fatigue — and potentially worse — to If a flammable target is hit by fire (GM’s call), those who aren’t used to it. roll 1d6. On a 6, the target catches fire and When traveling at altitudes roughly a mile immediately takes the damage listed below. high or higher, a character must make a Vigor Very flammable targets catch fire on a 4–6. roll every four hours. Failure means the hero Volatile targets, such as a person dowsed in incurs a Fatigue level. The roll is at −2 for pitch, catch fire on a 2–6. elevation greater than 10,000 feet, and −4 Fire continues to cause damage at the (maximum) for higher than 15,000 feet. beginning of the victim’s turns. Roll a d6 At the GM’s discretion, characters who are immediately after it does so. On a 6, it grows already acclimated to these elevations don’t in intensity to whatever maximum the GM need to roll. feels is appropriate (usually 3d6 for organic Death: Incapacitated victims die after beings). On a 1, the fire drops a level, or burns 2d6 hours. out if reduced below 1d6 damage. Recovery: Victims one level of Fatigue per A character may also make an Athletics roll hour after resting for at least two full hours. to put out a fire on himself, others, or a flame the size of a Medium Blast Template. This is an action, plus any modifiers for intensity, tools, the flammability of the target, etc. Heat over 90° Fahrenheit can cause heat exhaustion and heatstroke. FIRE DAMAGE A character must make a Vigor roll after DAMAGE DESCRIPTION four hours spent in weather above 90° F; at 1d6 Spot contact, steam −2 if the temperature is above 110° F. Failure 2d6 Bonfire, burning room means the hero incurs a Fatigue level. 3d6 Fireball Roll only once per day if a character has plenty of water, or once every five days if 5d6 Lava well-provisioned with shelter, food, and Armor: Armor protects normally unless the other resources. attack or hazard’s description says otherwise. Heatstroke: A Critical Failure when resisting A hero hit with a fireball is still better off if he heat indicates heatstroke! The hero must has a breastplate than not, for example. make a second Vigor roll or perish. Flaming Weapons: Flame doesn’t cause Recovery: A victim must cool down some­ extra damage but may set the target on fire if how to recover Fatigue. This usually means the target is flammable or volatile (as above). water, shade, air conditioning, etc.

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HUNGER Average-size humans need about 1,500 calories of reasonably nutritious food per day to avoid the effects of hunger. If sufficient sustenance isn’t available, a character begins to suffer and die. After 24 hours without enough food, the victim must make a Vigor roll. Failure means he gains a Fatigue level. See the Survival skill, page 39, when a character wants to hunt or scrounge for food from the local environment. Death: An Incapacitated character dies from hunger 3d6 hours later. Recovery: The victim must have at least a half day’s food to recover.

The bane of adventurers across all of Golarion can be delivered by the smallest of foes—poison! When an adventurer is poisoned, he must make an immediate Vigor roll minus the Strength of the poison (if listed). Failure causes the effects listed below: „ KNOCKOUT: The victim is knocked out (Incapacitated and unconscious) for 2d6 hours (twice that with a Critical Failure). „ LETHAL: The victim is Stunned, takes a Wound (two with a Critical Failure), and perishes in 2d6 rounds. „ MILD: The victim suffers Fatigue, or Exhaustion with a Critical Failure. This cannot cause Incapacitation. „ PARALYZING: The victim is Stunned and cannot attempt to recover for d4 + 1 rounds (double that with a Critical Failure). These are basic and simplified poison effects that can be altered as needed to suit specific creatures or hazards. A particularly deadly venomous snake, for example, might still cause Exhaustion to those who resist its effects, or Fatigue with a raise.

SLEEP Most people need a minimum of six hours’ sleep out of every 24. A character who goes without must make a Vigor roll every 24 hours thereafter or suffer Fatigue. Tea or similar stimulants add +1 to the roll.

THIRST An average-sized human requires two quarts of water a day. This requirement is doubled in very dry conditions (such as the desert) or areas of great heat and high humidity (the jungle) as the character perspires constantly and begins to dehydrate. If enough water isn’t available, the hero begins to suffer from dehydration. A day after he can’t get enough water, he must make a Vigor roll every eight hours (every four hours in a very hot or humid environment). Failure incurs a level of Fatigue. See the Survival skill on page 39 when a character wants to search for water from the local environment. Recovery: Characters recover Fatigue levels normally after receiving sufficient water. Death: An individual Incapacitated by thirst perishes after 2d6 hours.

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Treatment: A character may make a Healing roll minus the strength of the poison (if any modifier is listed) to stop its effects. If successful, the victim’s life is saved and the poison no longer has any ill effects — paralyzed victims can move and those rendered unconscious wake. Each character may only attempt one Healing roll per incident to cure the poison, but another character with Healing may try as well.

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TRAPS & HAUNTS Traps are mechanical or magical in nature, usually constructed to protect treasures or stop intruders. They range from simple camouflaged pits to poisoned darts and triggered magical burst effects. Haunts function like traps, but are specific supernatural phenomena connected to restless shades or other spirits. These areas react violently to the presence of the living, usually triggering some kind of effect when the area is entered or some item of personal import or is touched or approached. Here's how to read each trap or haunt's description: Type: Mechanical, Magical, Haunt Notice Check: Yes or No, with any modifier to a Notice roll to detect the presence of a trap before it’s triggered. Thievery Check: Yes or No, with any modifiers to the Thievery die roll needed to succeed in disabling a trap.

Effects: How the trap springs or the haunt manifests, their game effects, and whether or not it can reset. Wounds: Haunts also have a Wound listing. If the source of a haunt is affected by healing before it triggers, the haunt is disabled. It must then wait until it resets, as if it had activated.

INTERLUDES Interludes give players a way to get to know their own characters, reveal their backstories, or even add to the lore of the world you’re all building together. When to Use These Rules: The GM might call for an Interlude when the party gathers around the campfire, travel across Golarion, or socialize at the local tavern. The Basics: Players tell a story from their character’s point of view and are rewarded with a Benny.

INTERLUDES SPADES

Downtime: The character spends time alone in quiet contemplation. What does she do? Backstory: A great victory or personal triumph. Trek: A difficult obstacle the group negotiated along the way. HEARTS

Downtime: The hero practices a skill. What is it? Backstory: A tale of the hero’s greatest love — lost, found, present, or waiting on her back home. Trek: The party met along the way —merchants, fellow travelers, a renowned bard or hero, etc. Who were they and what happened? DIAMONDS

Downtime: The character studies or works on an object of some sort. What is it?

When you want to give your players a moment to catch their breath and get into character, allow those who want to take part to draw a card from the Action Deck. The suit of the card gives each player three choices: Downtime, Backstory, or Trek. If a player draws a Joker give everyone a Benny and let them choose the suit and category! „ DOWNTIME: What the hero does when left alone. A priest might quietly read a holy text while a warrior constantly sharpens his blades. „ BACKSTORY: A tale of the character’s past, told through her voice and narration. „ TREK: The story of an obstacle or challenge the party encountered on the trip.

Backstory: Something your hero wants or already has. It might be a material possession, recognition, a political goal, or even a trip he wishes to take to some amazing destination. Trek: How the group found something that helped them along the way, such as an oasis, minor treasure, food or water, friendly locals, etc. CLUBS

Downtime: Your hero broods or is angry about something. What is it, and how does she misbehave? Backstory: A tale of misfortune from your hero’s past, perhaps revealing something of his Hindrances or a dark secret. Trek: A hardship the party overcame on their trip: the tragic death of a favored Extra, spoiled or lost supplies, a mechanical breakdown, abysmal weather, and so on.

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MASS BATTLES Many adventures feature heroes traveling about the land, gathering allies to thwart some inevitable foe or ravaging horde. They build coalitions, train armies, discover powerful artifacts, and finally stand against the enemy in desperate and glorious battle. The rules presented here allow the Game Master to handle a small warband holding a fort against an undead horde, a siege against a walled city, or even full divisions of troops fighting across a massive battlefield. The process is abstract, but it provides a narrative base for heroes to plan, get involved, and take part in the carnage! When to Use These Rules: Use the Mass Battle rules when you need to resolve a large conflict that can go either way, and also allow the player characters to have a role in its outcome. The culmination of these tales is not always a foregone conclusion, and failure can be just as interesting as victory! The Basics: Each side has a number of “Force Tokens” equal to its relative strength and size. Commanders roll their Battle skill each turn. The winner reduces his rival’s force until one side or the other breaks.

BATTLE At the start of each round, the player characters discuss and decide on their plan. Then the attackers make an opposed Battle roll against the defender. Add the modifiers below as appropriate to each roll.

BATTLE MODIFIERS MODIFIER

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+1 per point of advantage

Force Bonus: The side with the most Force Tokens adds +1 for each point of difference. If the larger army has 10 tokens and the smaller one has 7, for example, the commander of the more powerful army adds +3.

+1 to +4

Tactical Advantage: Grant a +1 to +4 bonus for any special cir­ c*mstances that might help that army, such fortifications, weather, terrain, or other conditions not otherwise factored into the army’s strength.

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Battle Plan: Add +1 to +4 if one side has a particularly effective or clever plan over the other.

RESULTS

The winner of the opposed roll consults the Battle Results. Casualties are generally distributed evenly throughout the army or however the GM feels is most appropriate for the narrative. Time: A standard battle round is two hours To start, give the larger or more powerful army 10 Force Tokens. Give the opposing of hard fighting. The Game Master should army a proportional number of tokens. If one change this as suits her needs or the story. A army has 10,000 warriors, for example, and more reserved fight might have four- or even the other has 7,000, give the smaller army eight-hour rounds, while a siege might be a seven tokens. These represent the troops, battle round per day. ships, and other assets in each side’s army. BATTLE RESULTS Adjust the ratio as makes sense to account MODIFIER RESULT for special or elite troops, better equipment, and so on. If one army is half as powerful as Draw: Both sides lose one Force Tie Token. another, for example, give one side 10 Force Tokens and the other five. Get close enough Marginal Victory: The victor loses Success one Force Token, the defeated to give a reasonable approximation of relative loses two. strength. The dice and the players’ actions will handle the rest. Victory: The defeated army loses

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BATTLE EFFECTS

MORALE After an army loses one or more Force Tokens, its leader makes a Spirit check modified by these circ*mstances:

2D6

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Terrorize: The fighter’s fury terrorizes her foes. The enemy commander subtracts 2 from his Spirit roll if forced to test morale this round.

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Valor: The warrior’s Support adds +2 to the commander’s Battle roll as usual.

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Slaughter: The foe reels at the champ­ ion’s onslaught. Subtract 2 from the enemy commander’s Battle total.

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An Army of One: Tales will be told and songs sung of the warrior’s epic feats this day. The enemy army loses a Force Token immediately (this doesn’t subtract from his Battle roll but does cause a morale check even if he wins).

CIRc*msTANCE

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Each Force Token lost so far.

+2

The army is made up mostly of undead or other fearless troops.

+2

The army is within fortifications or prepared positions.

+2

The army cannot retreat or will be killed if it does.

Success means the leader cajoles the army to fight on. The battle continues another round (or as the attacker sees fit). Failure means the commander loses control of his force. The army is defeated but conducts an orderly retreat. Critical Failure means they flee the field in a reckless rout. They may be scattered temporarily or permanently, ridden down by the enemy, or captured as the GM decides.

AFTERMATH When one side routs, retreats, or runs out of Force Tokens, the battle ends. If it’s important to determine the fate of named Extras or other nonplayer characters, use the Aftermath & Extras rules on page 130.

CHARACTERS IN MASS BATTLES Player characters can dramatically affect the results of the battle. Before their commander makes a Battle roll, players who want to enter the fray describe what they’re doing and make a Support roll with whatever skill they feel is most appropriate. (Don’t forget that enemy champions can add to the rival commander’s Battle roll as well!) Each hero’s success grants the commander +1 to his Battle roll but the warrior takes Fatigue from Bumps & Bruises for the effort. With a raise, the character emerges unharmed and rolls on the Battle Effects table; the player may choose to use the result rolled or give the commander the usual +2 bonus instead.

Failure means the warrior fought bravely. He takes a Wound but doesn’t add to the commander’s Battle roll. A Critical Failure means the character rolls on the Battle Effects table but also suffers d4 + 1 Wounds! The Game Master and players should work together to describe each character’s glorious scenes of bravery and carnage once the results are determined.

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Inspire: The warrior battles valiantly, inspiring the troops and urging them to fight on despite their injuries. Her side immediately recovers one Force Token.

MORALE MODIFIERS MODIFIER

RESULT

If it’s important to track, each round a hero enters the fray and uses Shooting or an arcane skill the character expends some ammunition or Power Points. Arcane types and archers use 2d6 Power Points or arrows per round of Mass Battle. The GM should alter these numbers based on the character's chosen tactics, the length of each battle round, weapon types, or how long she thinks the hero has to recover or rearm between rounds.

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NETWORKING

INTIMIDATION (THE NOT-SO-NICE WAY)

Intimidation can also be used to gather information, call in favors, or make demands, but it’s a little less savory. Pathfinders often need to find information Each attempt to “work the streets” takes or asking for favors. You can roleplay these several hours of threats and general encounters out, or you can allow them to use unpleasantness, rousting the local populace their skills in a “macro” sense—summing up for whatever the hero needs. hours of effort with a single roll. Success grants the character most of what Persuasion is the nice way of interacting she wants, though her victims might decide with one’s contacts. The flip side of the coin is to get some payback later on. A raise means Intimidation. Either can get the job done but she gets more info, gets it faster, or her victims in slightly different ways, as shown below. are too scared or otherwise preoccupied to When to Use These Rules: When the player plot revenge. characters want to ask around town for favors Failure means the bully doesn’t get anything or information. useful. A Critical Failure means she ends the The Basics: Characters use Persuasion or evening with a fat lip, black eye, or broken Intimidation to gather favors or information. nose (see Bumps & Bruises, page 153). She can work her contacts again the next day, but they’re more likely to be waiting for her PERSUASION (THE NICE WAY) this time! Characters use Persuasion to socialize within Busting Heads: The bruiser can improve their various social circles for information or favors. When used in this way, Persuasion her odds by getting more violent or extreme isn’t a single exchange but several hours of than usual. This alienates her contacts networking, hobnobbing, carousing, drinks, for a week but grants her a reroll on the gifts, bribes, or entertaining. This might Intimidation check. represent time roaming a marketplace, a This raises the stakes as well. A simple series of meetings with important people, or failure means the evening ends with Bumps an evening of food and drink. & Bruises (page 153). A Critical Failure bears Success grants most of what the character more serious consequences. The GM might wants, though it may take a while, cost some break the action down to an actual encounter money, or require a favor in return. A raise (which might be an ambush!). The hero might either gets more of whatever he was looking run afoul of the law, come back with two levels of Fatigue from Bumps & Bruises, or for, or at a lower cost. Failure means the hero’s efforts are in vain. her questions might trigger a deadly reaction A Critical Failure means he’s cut off from that from a more powerful enemy! particular group for a while (up to the GM but typically about a week). Money Talks: You can catch more flies Amiri the barbarian needs to locate a town with honey than vinegar, the saying goes. A official held for ransom by nefarious bandits. character with a little lucre to spread around Her Intimidation is better than her Persuasion, gets a reroll on her networking attempt, and she has the Menacing Edge, which adds spending money on better bribes, gifts, or +2 to Intimidation rolls. Time is tight so she wining and dining her contacts. decides to bust some heads. That gives her a The amount required is up to the GM, the reroll as well. With the bonus and reroll she location, and the nature of the contact(s) she gets a success and a raise. The barbarian finds interacts with. As a rule of thumb, use the the bandit hideout and learns how many expenses listed under Carousing (page 148) goons guard the official. and modify as appropriate from there.

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ENCOUNTER TYPES No Action Cards are dealt in a Quick Encounter. Instead, the GM describes the scene, and then the players agree on a general plan and what their characters will do to resolve the situation. Once all the players state their intent, they pick the skill that best represents their actions during the encounter and roll. Here are some common examples: „ COMBAT: Fighting, Shooting, arcane skill. „ CRISIS: Athletics, Persuasion (to calm bystanders), Repair. „ HEIST: Notice, Persuasion, Stealth, Thievery. „ MISSION: Battle, Boating, Fighting, Persuasion, Shooting, Stealth. „ TREK: Common Knowledge, Notice, Survival. Modifiers: The GM should assign modifiers based on the situation. If the heroes greatly outnumber their opposition, pursue much slower prey, have prior experience with the obstacles in their path, or special equipment to deal with hazards, the roll might be made at +1 to +4. Very difficult encounters, such as powerful foes (relative to the party), faster prey, or extreme conditions inflict a −1 to −4 penalty.

Players can go in whatever order they want in a Quick Encounter. This might be important if some of their actions are dependent on someone else’s. In a heist, for example, the group might depend on a smooth-talker to gather information about the target’s security before the thief attempts to break in. Similarly, a battle commander might need to send a scout across enemy lines before sending in a team to sabotage the enemy’s war engine. Resolve these kinds of actions in the order that makes sense, and allow those who come after to change their own plans as the situation changes. If a critical task is failed, the GM must decide if it stops the encounter or simply complicates it (perhaps inflicting a penalty to everyone else’s roll). In the heist example above, for example, maybe the charmer gets the information but tips off someone who adds extra sentries, inflicting a −2 penalty to Stealth or Thievery rolls. Likewise, the scout might find the war engine’s location but the enemy moves the device shortly thereafter, adding the need for additional reconnaissance for the team of saboteurs. These kinds of complications might also mean resolving the encounter in multiple stages instead of one roll as the heroes must react to the changing circ*mstances (see Staged Encounters, below).

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STAGED ENCOUNTERS Quick Encounters are typically a single die roll followed by some narration between the GM and the players. But some encounters might need additional rounds to better reflect the results or any new information or events that come to light. If the heist to break into a wizard’s tower and steal a powerful occult artifact goes badly, for example, the next stage might become a crisis when the tower suddenly bursts into supernatural flames. That might then lead to a combat encounter as an artifact in the wizard’s study breaks and releases an angry djinn! The beauty of staged encounters is their ability to handle complex problems when the

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constraints of time or larger narrative require a speedy resolution.

ENCOUNTER RESULTS Once each player has determined her skill and any modifiers, she rolls the dice and works with the Game Master to narrate the details based on the total, the situation, and the other players’ actions.

DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS If a character fails his roll in a dangerous situation he takes a Wound (or d4 Wounds with a Critical Failure). If he’s the driver of a vehicle, it takes a Wound (or d4 with a Critical Failure). Wounds may be Soaked as usual. Success means the hero emerges with only Bumps & Bruises (page 153), and a raise means he escapes unscathed.

NONLETHAL ENCOUNTERS If the encounter isn’t physically dangerous, failure means the hero doesn’t contribute to the party’s overall success somehow. Critical Failure means she suffers social stigma, loses or breaks a piece of vital equipment, is positively identified, or gets the wrong information. This likely means moving on to a second stage of the encounter as she deals with the fallout of her errors.

SUCCESS & FAILURE In general, narration and individual actions determine the success or failure of an encounter. If the smooth-talker can’t learn the habits of the sentries, for example, and the GM decides this fact shuts down the operation rather than complicating it, the encounter fails. In other words, let the story tell the tale. In a more dynamic situation such as combat, assume the group “wins” if there are at least as many total successes (one for each success and raise) as there are player characters. They get the information, drive off their foes, complete the mission, or avert (or escape) the crisis. Support rolls don’t count as successes. If there are fewer successes than player characters, they fail. Specifics are up to the Game Master, but this might mean the party has to fall back or retreat from their foes,

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their prey escapes, they don’t get the object or information they sought, they survive the crisis but can’t save most of the bystanders, and so on. If they can try again, the GM should “reset” the encounter with the new narrative so the group has to come up with a new plan. And of course, their foes are likely on to them now!

AMMO & POWER POINTS Use the rules for Ammo & Power Points under Mass Battles (page 160) for combat encounters if desired. Otherwise the player and GM can just decide what resources were consumed in the encounter.

EXAMPLE: NIGHT ON THE PROWL Our heroes must break into a nobleman’s library, steal an ancient book, and stop an evil conspiracy that threatens all of Golarion. The group decides to play out the break-in as a Quick Encounter. The rogue plans to use Thievery to break into the museum, take the manuscript, then escape out the back. The bard Supports her with a diversionary recital in the town square. The GM decides the rogue’s Thievery roll is at −2 to get into the library. The bard gets a success with his Performance to Support. He adds +1 to his friend’s roll. The rogue manages a single success, but since there are two player characters and the rules say they need at least as many successes as there are characters, they fail. The GM says three of the nobleman’s guards are alerted by the pair’s actions. The heroes can continue if they want, but the encounter is now more difficult (−2). The GM also says it’s now a Dangerous Encounter as the guards are armed and nervous. With the fate of Golarion at stake, the party agrees to press on. The rogue now uses Stealth to avoid the guards. The bard disguises himself and knocks on the door, pretending to be lost! The GM tells the bard to use Performance for this Support roll. He rolls a 21!. Both characters are successful, so the ancient manuscript is secured!

THE PLANES

MATERIAL PLANE The default plane for play in Pathfinder for Savage Worlds, the Material Plane operates under the same set of natural laws as our real world. The size and scope of it depends on the GM’s campaign, although the world of Golarion remains the focus of Savage Pathfinder.

TRANSITIVE PLANES These planes overlap and interact with other planes, especially the Material. Transitive planes are accessed by powers and special abilities, allowing for travel to other planes of reality. These are the most common:

ASTRAL PLANE This silvery void connects the Material and Inner Planes to the outer Planes. A traveler in the Astral Plane sees it as a vast and empty void dotted with motes of physical reality intersecting with countless overlapping planes.

SHADOW PLANE Best described as a warped “reflection” of the Material Plane, the Shadow Plane is a grim, colorless “duplicate” of the real world. It is infused with negative energies and serves as home for creatures such as undead shades. Planar travelers use the Shadow to cross vast distances across the Material.

INNER PLANES The Inner Planes contain the building blocks of reality. Each Inner Plane is made up of a single type of energy or element, with inhabitant of the same type.

ELEMENTAL PLANES Air, Earth, Fire, Water — each of these elements command their own planes, with classic Elemental creatures and other strange beings such as genies and mephits.

ENERGY PLANES The energies of the Positive and Negative energy planes infuse reality on the Material world. The former provides the spark of life, while the latter harbors the taint of undeath. In general, all characters who use powers draw energy from these planes as well.

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While the world of Golarion exists on the Material Plane, there are many other realms in other dimensions of reality known as the planes of existence. Scholars and sages call these, collectively, the Great Beyond. When to Use These Rules: Reference these summaries of the five general types of planes when characters travel to other planes or encounter creatures from the Great Beyond. The Basics: Each plane is effectively its own universe with its own natural laws. Rare linking points allow travel between the planes. Some powers also allow — or prohibit — travel between the planes.

by creatures in the natural world. Strange creatures dwell here; they can sometimes influence the real world in mysterious and terrifying ways, such as a ghost haunting a graveyard.

OUTER PLANES Beyond the mortal world, these planes are the various realms of the gods and the final resting places of the dead from the Material Plane. Characters with arcane powers often contact beings from these planes for advice, guidance, and summoned allies.

ETHEREAL PLANE

DEMIPLANES

The Ethereal Plane overlaps with both the Material and the Shadow Plane. A traveler experiences the Material world as if the world were an insubstantial ghost. He can move through solid objects without being seen

These are extra-dimensional spaces that function like planes but have measurable size and limited access. Items such as a bag of holding and portable hole access these strange places.

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Occult. A particularly brilliant argument or impassioned roleplaying might add +1 to +4. An insult or faux pas inflicts a similar penalty. Hindrances should also be considered. Convincing a jury that an Outsider (Major) is Not every conflict is won by the blade. innocent of a crime, for example, might inflict Successful oratory can topple nations. a −2 penalty. When to Use These Rules: Most social exchanges are a simple skill roll resisted by RESULTS the appropriate Trait, such as Intimidation or At the end of the third round, the speaker Persuasion vs. Spirit. For longer interactions, looks up her total Influence Tokens on the such as the back and forth of a long argument, Social Conflict Results table below. negotiation, or a legal proceeding, the Trials: Run trials and similar conflicts from following system adds some drama and the accuser’s point of view since they must structure to each side’s discussion. (The GM usually prove the accused’s guilt. If the player might use a Dramatic Task instead if the characters are the defenders, they oppose argument must be won in a hurry!) the prosecution and must keep them from The Basics: Characters make arguments gaining Influence Tokens with the judge back and forth over three rounds, roll their (baron, king, warlord, etc.). appropriate skills, then consult the Conflict Accusers in a trial must get at least three Results table (below) to see how well they’ve tokens to convict. Lesser or greater results influenced their audience. indicate the degree of punishment based on local customs and laws.

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CONFLICT ROUNDS

The conflict is broken down into three rounds of conversation, each focusing on a particular point (or a few highly connected points). During each round, the player roleplays her character’s argument and makes a Persuasion roll opposed by the Spirit of whoever she’s trying to convince. If a rival argues against her, the roll is opposed by his Persuasion instead. Each success and raise by the petitioner grants her an “Influence Token” (rivals don’t gain tokens, they just oppose the petitioner and keep her from gaining them). Modifiers: Persuasion rolls should be modi­ fied by the situation as the GM sees fit. A hero trying to convince a wizard of a fact within his field rolls the lowest of his Persuasion or

EXAMPLE: TO ARMS! The cleric must convince a baron to send troops to the defense of a neighboring fiefdom. The barony has warred with his neighbor for generations so the GM decides that’s a −4 penalty to the Persuasion roll. Worse, she’s opposed by his slimy wizard, who argues against the idea every round (he opposes her Persuasion rolls). The cleric gets lucky the first round and gets a success and raise. That’s two Influence Tokens. She fails on the second, but gets one more in the third, for a total of three tokens. The baron agrees but requires payment in land from his neighbor in return for sending part of his army to his rival’s defense.

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Pleas are denied and negotiations fail. Discussions may reopen if new information is presented or favors are performed. In a trial, the defendant is acquitted.

1–3

The target isn’t truly convinced, but provides the minimum amount of support possible. In a trial, the defendant receives the minimum penalty.

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The arbiter is reasonably convinced or willing to help. He grants the aid requested, more or less, but only under certain conditions or in exchange for payment, tasks, favors, etc. The prosecution is successful with typical sentencing in a trial.

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The target is eager to help or agree. He gives more than expected in a negotiation or provides more support than requested. A defendant is convicted with the maximum penalty.

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TRAVEL

TRAVEL TIMES The rates below assume reasonable terrain and weather. Difficult conditions can drastically decrease progress (or increase it in the case of sailing with strong winds).

AVERAGE TRAVEL TIMES TRANSPORT

MILES/8 HOUR DAY

Foot

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Horse

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Cart (one beast)

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Carriage

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Wagon (per beast)

30

Rowboat

24

Sailing Ship*

30

Steam Ship*

40

Airship (Dirigible)

80

Glider

60

*Sailing ships are greatly affected by currents and winds. Strong winds or currents in the right direction allow them to travel about 60 miles per day. Poor winds or going against the current reduce them to 20 miles per day or less.

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Many epic tales feature trips across great expanses. A party may sail the Inner Sea or ride across the frontier of Varisia or navigate every district in Absalom. Below are some guidelines to help you figure out how long these journeys take and what dramatic events might happen along the way. When to Use These Rules: If it doesn’t matter how long the trip takes, skip all this. Narrate the journey, maybe do an Interlude (page 159), and get to the next scene. If you need to know how long the trip takes, or want to insert an obstacle or encounter of some sort, use the information below as a guideline. The Basics: The mode of travel determines how many miles the group makes per day.

If an area is dangerous or lawless, draw a card from the Action Deck once per day (or even two or three times a day in particularly dangerous areas). A face card or higher represents an encounter, and the card suit can be used to determine the type. Draw twice more if the card is a Joker and combine the results—such as Enemies and an Obstacle, or Strangers and Treasure. Game Masters are highly encouraged to customize encounters based on their setting. „ SPADES—ENEMIES: Monsters, enemies, or hostile beasts bar the way. Perhaps they lie in ambush if it’s a popular path, waiting for the next band of unwary travelers. „ HEARTS — STRANGERS: The group comes upon neutral or friendly nonplayer charac­ ters such as merchants, lost travelers, a guide, or even other adventurers. „ DIAMONDS — TREASURE: Somewhere along the way is something of value — a caravan eager for trade or a forgotten ruin with treasure—and guardians to protect it! „ CLUBS — OBSTACLE: The heroes encounter an obstacle of some kind and must figure out how to circumvent it. Some examples are a flooded river, a decaying rope bridge, a dangerous whirlpool, etc. The obstacle might be defended by creatures or enemies as well.

EXAMPLE: CINDERLANDS Our heroes are traveling across the frontier of Varisia, traversing the burning plains of the Cinderlands. The GM draws a Jack of Clubs and decides the area is currently in the throes of an emberstorm—a dangerous black blizzard of dust and ash. This slows progress to a crawl for hours and makes the characters roll for Fatigue from heat and the relentless dusty winds (see the Hazards section, page 153). The GM draws again later that day and gets a Queen of Spades. From an unseen burrow under the charred ground, an ankheg surfaces, hungry for fresh prey.

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agic is everywhere in Savage Pathfinder. DETECT MAGIC Whether it’s hidden occult lore In the magically-charged world of Golarion, practiced by dark cultists, the righteous any character with an Arcane Background can rituals of clerics, or the potent spells of sense magical or divine auras within 5” (10 sorcerers and wizards, these rules handle it yards), unless they are magically concealed. all in one simple system. This is an action. We call all of these effects “powers.” They Detecting magic at a greater range or gaining work the same from game to game, but the specific information requires the detect arcana particular use, modifiers, and Trappings give spell, which can also be used to reveal items the same core powers endless variations. or beings protected by conceal magic. See Characters gain access to magical powers by detect/conceal arcana on page 181. taking an Arcane Background, either Magic or Miracles (page 40) or one of the more specialized Class Edges. Each type of Arcane Background has the following entries, listed in its description, and may have additional abilities or drawbacks as well. If a character takes a new Arcane „ ARCANE SKILL: This is the skill you roll to Background, she gets a d4 in its arcane activate your powers. Buy it just like any skill if she doesn’t already have it other skill. and any new powers it grants. If she „ STARTING POWERS: This is the number of already has an Arcane Background, powers a hero starts with when she takes she doesn’t get new Power Points, she an Arcane Background. Additional powers must share her existing pool with all may be learned with the New Powers Edge her Arcane Backgrounds. Otherwise, (page 78). she also gets the Power Points listed for the class. „ POWER POINTS: The number of Power Points the character starts with. A hero Power Edges apply to all a character’s increases Power Points by taking the Power applicable powers, but Class Edge Points Edge (page 78). abilities apply only to spells provided by that class. „ AVAILABLE POWERS: The list of powers characters with that Arcane Background may take.

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TRAPPINGS Trappings allow the core powers presented in this chapter to have many different appearances. They don't usually have a game effect of their own, but are important for atmosphere and theme. One character might fire magical missiles of glowing white energy while another hurls deadly icicles. Both use the bolt power and share the same mechanics, but they look and "feel" different. Trappings do matter when an obstacle or opponent has a particular strength or weakness. If an ice troll suffers +4 damage from fire- or heat-based attacks, for example, a blast a player describes as a fireball counts as a fire attack and does +4 damage. Once described, a power’s Trappings don’t change without the Adaptable Caster Edge, page 77, or an Advance—see below. A character can alter the power’s effects as she wishes using Power Modifiers (see page 172).

SYNERGY Sometimes logic dictates a power’s Trapping should have some additional effect. Zapping someone with a lightning bolt while they’re standing in water should cause additional damage, for example. When this occurs, the GM can decide there’s synergy that either increases or decreases the effect or damage (GM’s call) by +2 or −2. Oppositional forces, such as fire and ice or light and darkness, don’t have synergy against one another (though such effects are sometimes accounted for in some creatures’ Special Abilities). If a fire blast hits ice armor (protection), for example, there’s no additional effect because they cancel each other out.

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ADDING & CHANGING TRAPPINGS A character can learn two new powers when he takes the New Powers Edge (page 78). He may instead add Trappings to his powers in place of one or two of the new powers. A hero who takes the New Powers Edge, for example, could choose one new power and add an ice Trapping to her bolt. The GM may also allow a player to change the trapping of existing power when she gains an Advance. This should reflect a major change in the character in some way as determined by the player and GM.

LIMITATIONS Sometimes a power’s Trapping imposes a limitation on the power. This gives the power focus at the expense of versatility. The Limitation is permanent and always in effect unless changed with an Advance as noted below. Each limitation placed upon the power reduces its total Power Point cost by one (to a minimum of 1). If this would normally reduce the cost to 0, you gain a +1 bonus (+2 maximum) to the arcane skill total instead. The power’s Range is reduced to Touch (and its usual Range is greater). „ PERSONAL: The power’s Range becomes Self and has a Range of Touch. This includes an item if the power is normally cast on an object (such as smite). „ ASPECT: The character can only access one aspect of a power (that has more than one choice), such as sloth/speed or boost/lower Trait. „ RANGE:

ACTIVATION A character activates a power by picking a target within Range and making an arcane skill roll. Failure means the power doesn’t activate. Success means the power activates and consumes all the Power Points allocated to it, even if it misses the target (such as with bolt), or the defender resists. A raise has additional effects noted in the particular power description. Backlash: A Critical Failure when activating a power is called Backlash. It causes a level of Fatigue and all currently active powers instantly terminate.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS A character must be able to see his target and cannot be Bound (see page 132) or silenced.

MAINTAINING POWERS

POWERS AS MULTI-ACTIONS Each power activated is its own action, and the same or dif­ferent powers may be cast multiple times as a Multi-Action (see page 138). A wizard might start combat by invoking protection and deflection, for example, or a priest might attempt to banish a spirit while invoking smite on his mace.

SHORTING A character may cast a power with fewer Power Points than required (whether she has them or not) by increasing the difficulty of her arcane skill roll. For every Power Point a character shorts, she suffers a −1 penalty to the roll. Casting a 3-point healing with 0 Power Points, for example, inflicts a −3 penalty. Shorting is risky. If a character fails a shorted arcane skill roll, it’s consid­ered a Critical Failure!

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When a power ends, the caster can spend one Power Point to extend it by its base Duration. If a power’s Duration is five rounds, for example, it can be maintained for another five rounds for 1 Power Point. Maintenance is per target but ignores other Power Modifiers, so renewing boost Trait on three allies costs 3 Power Points and extends the effect of each another five rounds. Unless a power says otherwise, the caster can terminate it as a free action.

At the end of the rest, the character regains all of his Power Points. An arcane hero can also spend a Benny to regain 1d4 of her Power Points. This is a free action.

RECHARGING Recharging magical energy on Golarion requires true rest. Resting at least eight hours recovers all a character’s Power Points. Rest means sitting, eating, tending wounds, sleeping, and avoiding any strenuous activity for a full eight hours. Walking or riding a horse isn’t restful, but riding in a cushioned carriage might be. A few interruptions don’t stop a character from resting — a few hours standing watch, a relatively brief danger or fight, and so on (GM’s call).

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POWER MODIFIERS Power Modifiers allow characters to customize their abilities, adding a special effect that better reflects their power’s Trapping. Power Modifiers are selected when a power is activated and may be freely changed each time. An icy bolt might cause Armor Piercing damage in one attack and Lingering Damage in the next. The common modifiers listed on this page can be used with any power a character is using (unless otherwise prevented from modifying the power). Some powers also list additional specific Power Modifiers that can be used with that power. Casters must declare which modifiers they’re using before rolling their arcane skill. The number in parentheses is the price in additional Power Points it costs to add the effect. A Power Modifier may only be applied once per casting. Power Modifiers last for the Duration of the spell, or until the end of the target’s next turn in the case of Instant powers. Epic Powers: Some Power Modifiers are marked with a red star. These are Epic Powers requiring the Arcane or Divine Mastery Edges (see the individual Class Edges).

centered on the target, and lasts until the power expires. It subtracts 2 from her Stealth totals and negates 1 point of Illumination penalties for those attacking the glowing character. Shroud dims and slightly obscures the target so that attacks against her suffer a −1 penalty and she adds +1 to her Stealth rolls.

HEAVY WEAPON (+2) The caster pours his energy into the attack, creating a focused blast. The attack counts as a Heavy Weapon.

HINDER/HURRY (+1) The target is slowed in some way, perhaps due to intense cold, a slippery surface, or even binding matter or energy. His base Pace is reduced by 2 until the power expires. A caster can Hurry the recipient instead. He might get increased energy, sure footing, or more powerful muscles. His Pace is increased by 2. Effects of either modifier aren’t cumulative.

LINGERING DAMAGE (+2)

The target is hit by fire, intense cold, acid, gnawing insects, or some other Trapping that continues to cause damage after the initial attack. On the victim’s next turn, he suffers the power’s base damage minus one die type (for one additional turn only). If hit with a 2d6 bolt, for example, the victim takes ARMOR PIERCING (+1 TO +3) The attack is focused to defeat armor or seeks 2d4 damage at the start of his next turn. If the out a foe’s exposed areas. Each Power Point base damage is already a d4 die type, subtract spent grants the power AP 2 (see page 105), 2 from the total instead. to a max­imum of AP 6.

RANGE (+1/+2)

FATIGUE (+2) Powers that drain or tax an opponent can cause Fatigue. The modifier may be attached to any power that can cause damage or is resisted by the target. If she’s affected by the power in any way, she also suffers Fatigue. This cannot cause Incapacitation, however.

GLOW/SHROUD (+1) Glow gives off light of an appro­priate color for its Trapping (or caster’s choice). This creates soft light in a Small Blast Template

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Double the power’s listed Range for 1 Power Point, or triple it for +2. This modifier may not be used on powers with a Range of Touch or the Cone Template.

SELECTIVE (+1) With intense focus, the caster can choose not to affect any or all individual targets within a power’s area of effect (picking all enemies instead of allies in a blast, for example).

CANTRIPS A mage sets a broom to sweeping his floor. A priest lights a candle with the grace of her god. A bard tells an animated story in the night air, illuminated with the dancing cinders of a campfire. Such minor orisons (prayers) or lesser magicks are collectively called “cantrips.” In Pathfinder for Savage Worlds, any character with an Arcane Background can cast cantrips.

ACTIVATION A character may cast a cantrip by spending one Power Point and making an arcane skill roll. This is an action, and the effect must be based on one of the character’s existing powers. A sorcerer could use bolt with a fire Trapping to light a campfire, for example. A druid could use entangle to make vines dance to entertain a group of children. A wizard can use sound to ring a bell calling a servant to his study.

Success means the desired effect occurs. A raise refunds the spent Power Point and has an additional narrative impact of some kind — the candle glows brightly, the vines dance in perfect synchronicity, or the bell rings loud and pure. Failure spends the Power Point without effect. A Critical Failure causes an embarrassment or minor mishap of some sort—an animated broom carelessly knocks a jar of ink onto the floor, a conjured flame lights a book on fire, or the power makes an embarrassing sound or smell. A successful cantrip’s Duration is the same as the power it’s based on and may be maintained as usual. The GM has the final say on what a cantrip can do, but the effect must not replace a power or cause damage (at least directly). It can be used to Test or Support, or grant a +1 bonus on a subsequent roll in the same encounter. For example, if the bard uses a cantrip to impress the children of Sandpoint, the GM might give him +1 to a Persuasion roll later on if he talks to their parents or someone else who witnessed the kindness.

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ARCANE DEVICES

A character with the Artificer Edge can focus powers into devices for herself or others. The advantage is that they can be given to and used by allies. The trade-off is that devices take a little preparation to create and can be lost or destroyed. In Pathfinder for Savage Worlds, arcane devices are usually sacred, enchanted, or otherwise magically powered objects in line with the creator’s Arcane Background. For A powerful vizier makes an invisibility cloak example, a cleric with Artificer may create a and gives it to one of his spies. He has 20 silver talisman with the relief power, while a Power Points and puts 5 of them into the druid may make a wooden amulet with the cloak, reducing his remaining pool to 15. beast friend power. When the spy wants to turn invisible, she rolls Note: Arcane devices are relatively the vizier’s Spellcasting skill. This costs 1 less temporary items crafters can create with Power Point than usual because of the cloak’s their powers and the Artificer Edge. Limitation—it must be worn to activate so it More permanent magic items are created has a Range of Touch. differently, with additional requirements for The vizier also gives the spy the bolt power ample undisturbed time and resources. See in the form of a wand and invests it with Chapter Six for full details. 10 Power Points. The spy rolls Shooting to activate the wand. CREATION The spy suffers Fatigue if she rolls a Critical Creating a device takes one hour per power Failure activating either device. that can be activated through it. The player Once the cloak or wand is out of energy, must list which powers are in the device and the vizier can recover the Power Points he then allocate Power Points to it. The device invested in it normally. can only use the powers and Power Points Meanwhile, Ezren the wizard makes an “oil allocated to it. of sharpness” for Valeros the fighter. When Power Points invested in an arcane device rubbed on a sword it activates the smite are lost to the inventor until they’re used or power. Ezren invests four Power Points into recovered with Tinkering, see below (they it. The pair soon find themselves in battle don’t recharge). with the undead. Valeros rubs the oil on the Power Modifiers: A user may spend a blade and rolls the Ezren's Spellcasting. The device’s Power Points as desired, including roll fails, which drains the oil of one Power enabling any applicable Power Modifiers. Point. Next turn, Valeros tries again, getting Arcane devices may not be Shorted a raise and granting the sword +4 damage. (see page 171). Smite normally costs 2 Power Points but Limitations: Arcane devices may benefit Ezren's Trapping has the Range Limitation so it only costs 1 point for each application from Limitations (see page 170). (see Trappings, page 170). Activation: The creator uses his arcane skill as

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usual. Others use whatever skill is associated with the device’s form—bows use Shooting, knives use Athletics (throwing), and so on. If there is no other obvious skill, such as for a potion or worn item, the character rolls the inventor’s arcane skill as if it were his own

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(he does not benefit from any of the creator’s Edges or other abilities, however). Failure to activate the device costs one of the device's Power Point, and a Critical Failure causes the user Fatigue. Tinkering: A creator can reassign up to five Power Points per action between an arcane device and her own pool. She must be in physical contact with the item to do so. Characters should lend out their devices very carefully!

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Rank: Novice Power Points: 1 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Abjuration Trappings: Concentration, a dull glow around the protected character, a fetish. Success with arcane protection means hostile powers suffer a −2 penalty (−4 with a raise) to affect this character. If the power causes harm, damage is also reduced a like amount. Arcane protection stacks with Arcane Resistance should the recipient have both! MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each.  GREATER ARCANE PROTECTION (+2): Hostile powers suffer a −4 penalty (−6 with a raise).

BANISH Rank: Veteran Power Points: 3 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Abjuration Trappings: Holy items, arcane symbols, handful of salt. Banish sends entities from other planes back to their native dimensions. This includes ghosts, demons, elementals, and similar beings (at the GM’s discretion). Banishing a being is an opposed roll of the caster’s arcane skill versus the target’s Spirit. Success means the target is Shaken, and each raise causes a Wound. If this Incapacitates the target it returns to its native plane of existence. Banished entities may return when the Game Master feels it’s appropriate, or even a few rounds later if the being has the ability to travel between planes on its own!

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On the following pages are a number of powers available in Savage Pathfinder. Each power has the following statistics: Rank: The Rank a character must be to learn the power. Power Points: The cost to activate the power in Power Points. Range: The maximum distance between the caster and the power’s effect. Range is often expressed as Smarts or some multiple thereof. If so, read Smarts as inches on the tabletop (twice that in yards). A Smarts of d10, for example, means the power can be cast up to 10″ (20 yards) away. Unless the power says otherwise, Range has no effect after the power is activated. An ally who has been granted invisibility, for example, may then move beyond the caster’s Smarts with no ill effect. Duration: How long the power lasts in rounds (unless otherwise noted). Powers expire at the end of the character’s turn X rounds later, where X is the Duration listed. Count the round the power activated. If the cleric activates boost Trait (Duration 5) on the second round of combat, for example, it remains in place until the end of her turn on the sixth round. Powers may be maintained for their base Duration for 1 Power Point per individual. Unless it says otherwise, the caster can ter­ minate a power she’s activated as a free action. She must terminate the entire power — she can’t leave it on for some and off for others. School: The Arcane School of magic associated with this power (see page 70). Trappings: These are descriptive ideas and suggestions for how the power might look or manifest for different characters. Modifiers: The specific Power Modifiers (see page 172) a caster can use when activating the power. Those with the “red star” bullets are Epic Powers. These are unlocked with Arcane and Divine Mastery Class Edges.

ARCANE PROTECTION

MODIFIERS  AREA EFFECT (+1/+2/+3): The power

affects everything in a Small, Medium, or Large Blast Template.

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BARRIER

BEAST FRIEND

Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Conjuration Trappings: Fire, ice, thorns, force, bones, energy. Barrier creates a straight wall 5″ (10 yards) long and 1″ (two yards) tall, of immobile material that conforms to the surface it’s cast upon. Double the length with a raise. Thickness varies depending on what the wall is made of, but is usually a few inches. The wall is Hardness 8, and may be destroyed as any other object (see Breaking Things on page 132). Each Wound destroys a 1" (2 yard) square section of wall (piercing weapons can't damage the barrier). When the spell expires or the wall is broken it crumbles to dust or dissipates. Trap­pings are never left behind.

Rank: Novice Power Points: Special Range: Smarts Duration: 10 minutes School: Enchantment Trappings: The caster concentrates and gestures with his hands. This spell allows an individual to speak with and guide the actions of nature’s beasts. The cost to cast is equal to the sum of their Size (minimum 1 per creature; see the creatures in Chapter Six for examples). Controlling five wolves (Size −1) costs 5 points, for example. Controlling a rhino (Size 5) also costs 5 points. Success means the creatures obey simple commands, like a well-trained dog. They attack foes and endanger their lives for their master. A raise on the arcane skill roll means the beasts are more obedient. They won’t kill themselves but overcome their natural fears (fire, fearful creatures, et.) to follow their orders. Swarms can also be con­t rolled. Small Swarms cost 1 point, Medium Swarms cost 2, and Large Swarms cost 3. Beast friend works only on natural creatures with animal intelligence, not humanoids, and has no effect on conjured, magical, or otherwise “unnatural” animals.

MODIFIERS „ DAMAGE (+1): The barrier causes 2d4

damage to anyone who contacts it.  DEADLY (+2): The barrier causes 2d6 damage. „ TOUGH (+1): The wall is Hardness 10. „ SHAPED (+1): The barrier forms a circle, square, or rectangle. It can't have a roof or floor, and can't Bind or Entangle anything within (use the entangle power for that). „ SIZE (+1): The length and height of the barrier doubles.

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MODIFIERS  BESTIARIUM (+2): The caster may affect

magical and mythical beasts with animal intelligence.

(+1): The base Duration increases to 30 minutes. „ MIND RIDER(+1): The caster can com­mun­­­ icate and sense through any of the beasts he currently has befriended. „ DURATION

BLAST Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 3 Range: Smarts ×2 Duration: Instant School: Evocation Trappings: Balls of fire, ice, light, darkness, colored bolts, swarm of insects. Blast launches a ball of explosive energy or matter. The area of effect is a Medium Blast Template. Every target within suffers 2d6 damage, or 3d6 with a raise (see Area Effect Attacks, page 131). MODIFIERS „ AREA EFFECT (+0/+1): The caster can focus

BLIND Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Necromancy Trappings: Bright flash of light, sand in eyes, confusion. Those affected by this malicious power suffer blurred vision or near-complete ­blindness with a raise. Success means the victim suffers a −2 penalty to all actions that involve sight, or −4 with a raise. The victim automatically tries to shake off the effect with a Vigor roll as a free action at the end of his following turns. Success removes 2 points of penalties, and a raise removes the effect entirely. MODIFIERS „ AREA OF EFFECT (+2/+3): For +2 points the

Players are encouraged to note their powers’ Trappings and what the character might call them. A druid in Savage Pathfinder might think of his spells like this: • Bolt (Splinters —shards of wood) • Boost/lower Trait (Blessing/Curse of Gaia—slight healthy or sickly green glow) • Entangle (Entangle—grasping vines rise from the earth) • Protection (Bark skin — skin turns vaguely bark-like) A sorcerer might record her spells as: • Bolt (Magic missile — shards of energy) • Boost/lower Trait (Enhance/ Diminish—lavender or deep purple glow) • Entangle (Bind—ethereal ropes) • Protection (Mage Armor — ethereal energy shield)

Template. For +3 points the area of effect is increased to a Large Blast Template. (+1): The Vigor roll to shake off the effect is made at −2.

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the blast to a Small Blast Template for no extra cost, or a Large Blast Template for +1. „ DAMAGE (+2): The blast causes 3d6 damage (4d6 with a raise).  GREATER BLAST (+3): The blast causes 4d6 Heavy Damage (5d6 with a raise).

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BOLT Rank: Novice Power Points: 1 Range: Smarts ×2 Duration: Instant School: Evocation Trappings: Fire, ice, light, darkness, colored bolts, a stream of insects. Bolt sends damaging bursts of energy, streaks of holy light, or shards of matter toward one’s foes. There are no Range penalties, but the arcane skill roll is affected by Cover, Illumination, and all other usual penalties. The damage of the bolt is 2d6, or 3d6 with a raise.

power affects everyone in a Medium Blast

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MODIFIERS „ DAMAGE (+2): The bolt causes 3d6 damage

(4d6 with a raise).  DISINTEGRATE (+2): If the bolt Incapacitates a creature, it immediately dies and its body disintegrates. If the target is an object, everything in a Small Blast Template disintegrates.  GREATER BOLT (+4): The bolt causes 4d6 Heavy Damage (5d6 with a raise).  RATE OF FIRE (+2): The bolt attack is made at Rate of Fire 2.

BOOST/LOWER TRAIT Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 (boost); Instant (lower) School: Transmutation / Necromancy Trappings: Physical change, glowing aura, potions. This power allows a character to increase or decrease a target’s Trait (attribute or skill). Boosting an ally’s Trait increases the selected Trait one die type, or two with a raise. Lowering an enemy’s Trait has a Duration of Instant and lowers the selected attribute or skill a die type with success, or two with a raise (to a minimum of d4). A victim automatically tries to shake off the effect with a Spirit roll as a free action at the end of his following turns. Success improves the effect one die type, and a raise removes the effect entirely. Additional castings don’t stack on a single Trait (take the highest), but may affect different Traits. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each.  GREATER BOOST/LOWER TRAIT (+2): With success, the selected Trait gains a free reroll once per round, or once per action with a raise. For lower Trait the target applies a −2 penalty to the affected Trait’s rolls. „ STRONG (+1): Lower Trait only. The Spirit roll to shake off the effect is made at −2.

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BURROW Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Conjuration Trappings: Dissolving into the earth and appearing elsewhere, a body of sand. Burrow allows the recipient to meld into raw earth. He can remain underground if he wants or burrow through the ground at half his normal Pace (or full Pace with a raise). He may not run. A burrowing character may attempt to surprise a foe by making an opposed Stealth versus Notice roll. If the burrower wins, the target is Vulnerable to him only. With a raise, the burrower gets the Drop. Targets on Hold may attempt to interrupt the attack before it occurs. Burrowers can’t usually surprise a foe once their presence is known, but can still burrow for protection and mobility. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each. „ POWER (+1): The caster can burrow through stone, concrete, or similar substances. (Some substances, like plastic, glass, solid lead, etc., might be resistant at the GM’s discretion.)

BURST Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Cone Template Duration: Instant School: Evocation Trappings: A shower of flames, light, or other matter or energy. Burst produces a large fan of energy that bathes its targets in red-hot fire, a cone of cold, or other damaging matter or energy. Success creates a Cone Template starting at the caster and extending outward (see Area Effect Attacks, page 131). Everything within suffers 2d6 damage (or 3d6 with a raise).

MODIFIERS „ DAMAGE (+2): The burst causes 3d6

CONFUSION Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Enchantment Trappings: Hypnotic lights, brief illusions, loud noises. Confusion confounds all targets in a Medium Blast Template, making them either Distracted or Vulnerable, or both with a raise. The same effect applies to all those affected. These states are removed at the end of the victims’ next turn as usual. MODIFIERS „ AREA OF EFFECT (+0/+1): The caster can

focus the confusion to a Small Blast Template for no extra cost, or a Large Blast Template for +1.  GREATER CONFUSION (+2): On a success, targets are Shaken in addition to being

CONJURE ITEM Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 per pound Range: Smarts Duration: One hour School: Conjuration Trappings: Light that forms the item’s silhouette, reaching into a magic bag, shaping dirt or clay into the item, pulling the item from a drawing or painting. The caster can create an object weighing up to one pound for every 2 Power Points spent. The item must be a simple, mundane object made of a common material (GM’s call) such as a 10-foot pole, blanket, shield, etc. A raise on the arcane skill roll produces an more durable version of the conjured item. Conjured items appear in the hands of the caster or on the ground nearby. Once the Duration expires, the item fades from reality. This can cause issues, for example, if the conjured item holds a door open or was given as a gift.

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damage, or 4d6 with a raise.  GREATER BURST (+4): The burst causes 4d6 Heavy Damage (5d6 with a raise).

Distracted or Vulnerable (or both with a raise). Confusion is a non-damaging effect and cannot cause a Wound on an already Shaken target.

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MODIFIERS „ COMPLETE (+1): The object is a complete

set, such as a chess set or a quiver of arrows. The set must fit under the weight limit. „ CREATE FOOD AND WATER (Special): Instead of an object, every 1 Power Points creates enough food and water to sustain a Size 0 humanoid for one day. The nourishing food is permanent (doesn’t disappear after you eat it), although it decays and becomes inedible after 24 hours if not consumed. The water is just like clean rainwater and does not spoil. „ DURABLE (+1 per pound): The object’s Duration becomes “permanent” until dispelled. The Power Points are “invested” and unavailable until it’s destroyed, dispelled, or dismissed by the caster. The conjurer may dismiss the object at any time, regardless of sight, distance, or other factors. His Power Points then begin recharging normally.

CURSE Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 5 Range: Touch Duration: Instant School: Necromancy Trappings: Effigy, ritualistic words, touch. Some practitioners of the arcane arts heal their allies. Others inflict sickness upon their enemies. To use this particularly nasty spell, the caster makes an arcane skill roll opposed by the victim’s Spirit roll. Failure means the victim suffers a level of Fatigue immediately and at sunset each day thereafter (further castings of curse have no additional effect). Once the accursed becomes Incapacitated, he makes a Vigor roll each day to avoid death. Breaking the Curse: The curse can be lifted by the original caster at will, and ends automatically if she’s slain. Dispel also removes a curse (at −2), though each individual may only try once — if failed it’s beyond her abilities. MODIFIERS  TURN TO STONE (+5): The accursed suffers

a level of Fatigue each round instead of each day. When Incapacitated, the victim turns to stone and is considered an object.

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DAMAGE FIELD Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 4 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Abjuration Trappings: Fiery aura, spikes, electrical field. Damage field creates a dangerous aura around the recipient that harms foes foolish enough to get too close. At the end of the affected character’s turn, all adjacent beings (including allies!) automatically take 2d4 damage. MODIFIERS „ AREA EFFECT (+2): The caster may extend

the damage field into a Medium Blast Template centered on herself, the caster is immune to her own damage field. „ DAMAGE (+2): The damage field causes 2d6 damage.  GREATER DAMAGE FIELD (+4): The damage field causes 3d6 Heavy Damage. „ MOBILE (+2): Mobile works only with the Area of Effect modifier. It allows the caster to detach the damage field from himself and move it up to his Smarts die type each round as a limited free action.

DARKSIGHT Rank: Novice Power Points: 1 Range: Smarts Duration: One hour School: Transmutation Trappings: Glowing eyes, dilated pupils, sonic sight. Darksight allows a hero to see in the dark. With success, he ignores up to 4 points of illumination penalties. With a raise, he ignores up to six points and can see in pitch darkness. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each.  GREATER DARKSIGHT (+2): The recipient’s senses extend so far into the infrared and ultraviolet spectrums that he ignores all Illumination penalties and 4 points of penalties from invisible creatures.

DEFLECTION Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Abjuration Trappings: Mystical shield, gust of wind, phantom servant that intercepts missiles. Deflection powers work in a variety of ways. Some manifestations actually deflect incoming attacks, others blur the target’s form or produce illusionary effects. The end result is always the same, however — to misdirect incoming melee or missile attacks from the recipient of the power. With success, foes must subtract 2 from either melee or ranged attacks (caster’s choice). With a raise, the penalty applies to both. An attacker who uses a ranged weapon in melee against the recipient suffers the penalty either way. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each.

MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one viewer for detect, or item for conceal, for 1 additional Power Point each. „ ALIGNMENT SENSE (+1): The caster can sense the presence and exact location of supernatural good or evil within range. Detect arcana activated with Alignment Sense no longer requires line of sight to locate creatures. „ AREA OF EFFECT (+1/+2): Conceal only. The power affects everything in a sphere the size of a Medium Blast Template for +1 points, or a Large Blast Template for +2. „ IDENTIFY (+1): The caster can identify a magic item’s powers and how they work. „ STRONG (+1): Conceal only. Detection rolls to see through the concealment are made at −2. This stacks with the additional penalty for casting with a raise.

Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 (detect); one hour (conceal) School: Divination Trappings: Waving hands, whispered words. Detect arcana allows the recipient of the power to see and detect all supernatural persons, objects, or effects in sight for five rounds. This includes invisible foes, enchantments on people or items, weird science devices, and so on. With a raise, the caster knows the type of DISGUISE Rank: Seasoned enchantment as well. When used on a supernatural creature, the Power Points: 2 caster learns its active powers and arcane Range: Smarts abilities. With a raise, he knows Weaknesses Duration: 10 minutes common to that creature type. This doesn’t School: Illusion reveal Weaknesses of unique individuals, Trappings: Malleable features, illusionary appearance, hair of new form. if any. Those must usually be discovered Disguise allows the target to assume the through research or trial and error. Invisible Creatures: Detect arcana also appearance of another person of the same allows a character to ignore up to 4 points Size and shape, including clothing. It does not confer any abilities, however.

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DETECT/CONCEAL ARCANA

of penalties when attacking foes hidden by magical darkness, invisibility, or similar abilities (or all penalties with a raise). Conceal arcana obscures one being or item of Normal Scale or smaller from the detect magic ability for one hour (see Detect Magic on page 169 and the Size Table page 245). For larger creatures, increase the cost by the Scale Modifier (+2 PPs for Large, +4 PPs for Huge, or +6 PPs for Gargantuan). With a success, attempts to detect arcana on the being or item suffer a –2 penalty or –4 with a raise. If detect arcana fails, the character cannot see through the ruse with this casting and is not aware it is concealed unless presented with obvious evidence of such (for example, the attack of an invisible foe).

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Those who have reason to question the imposter’s identity make a Notice roll at −2 to see through the disguise (−4 with a raise on the casting roll). This is a free action. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each. „ SIZE (+1): The recipient may assume the shape of someone up to two Sizes larger or smaller than themselves.

DISPEL

„ AREA EFFECT (+1/+2/+3): The effect covers

an area: +2 Power Points uses a Small Blast Template, +4 points uses Medium, or +6 uses Large. The caster makes one arcane skill roll, then each affected target makes an arcane skill roll to oppose it. This affects all powers in the target area unless the caster also uses the Selective Power Modifier. „ MULTIPLE POWERS (+1): If successful, the caster dispels all the target’s currently activated powers. „ POWER (+1): For +1 Power Points, the caster can target a magical item rather than an individual or a power. This is a standard arcane skill roll, not an opposed roll, at −2 penalty (−4 for artifacts, GM’s call). If successful, all the item’s magical abilities are negated for one round, or two with a raise.

Rank: Novice Power Points: 1 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Abjuration Trappings: Waving hands, whispered words. DIVINATION Dispel allows a hero to negate enemy powers. Rank: Seasoned It has no effect on permanent enchantments Power Points: 5 or natural abilities such as a dragon’s Range: Self breath or a banshee’s scream. Dispel affects Duration: A brief conversation of about five arcane devices normally (see Arcane minutes. Devices, page 174). School: Divination Dispel can be used on a power already in Trappings: Seances, prayers, demonic effect or to counter an enemy power as it’s interrogation. being used. The latter requires the countering Divination allows the caster to contact other­ mage to be on Hold and interrupt his worldly beings to gain information. foe’s action. Preparing the spell takes one uninterrupted In either case, dispelling an opponent’s power minute of prayer, coaxing or otherwise is an opposed roll of arcane skills. A target communing with a spirit or deity. Once with innate powers (see page 242) uses Spirit that’s done, the caster makes her arcane skill as its arcane skill. roll. Success means the entity answers the If the dispelling character wins, the targeted character’s questions to the best of its ability. power ends immediately (or fails if it was A raise means the spirit is more helpful, countered with the usual results of failure). knowledgeable, or direct than usual (whether With a raise, the recipient of the dispelled it wants to be or not). power is also Distracted. Answers are typically vague or symbolic MODIFIERS rather than direct — they provide clues and  ANTI-MAGIC FIELD (+4): Instead of affecting guidance rather than spoilers that ruin a a power at Range, this modifier creates a mystery or adventure. Medium Blast Template centered on the The type of entity contacted determines how caster with a Duration of 5. Magic items, it communicates. Spirits in the netherworld effects, and powers have no effect within tend to know only those things pertinent to the field. Summoned creatures that enter their life and death —and they may not even the field must make a Spirit roll each round know the identity of their killer if the person or take a Wound. Anti-Magic Field can't be was masked or unseen. combined with any other modifiers.

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Likewise, nature spirits know only about their local environs, demons know only about the affairs they’re directly involved in, and so on. The Game Master must decide what the entity knows based on its background, origin, and personality. Once a spirit has been conversed with it may not be contacted again for 24 hours. The Game Master may extend this to a community of spirits in a single place, such as water spirits in a babbling brook or nameless spirits in a mass grave. Sacred Ground: Contacting a spirit on ground sacred to it (a deep forest for fey creatures, a temple for deities, a volcano for fire elementals or infernals, etc.) adds +2 to the roll. MODIFIERS  POWER (+3): This modifier works only

DRAIN POWER POINTS

MODIFIERS „ POWER (+2): The caster drains 2d6 Power

Points with success.

ELEMENTAL MANIPULATION Rank: Novice Power Points: 1 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Transmutation Trappings: A few simple gestures. This power grants basic control over the four traditional elements: air, earth, fire, and water (the elements may vary for other cultures). Here are some ideas for what each element can do. Each use is an action. Push someone (Str d6 or d8 with a raise), blow out a torch, fan a flame, cool someone down (reroll a Fatigue roll in oppressive heat). „ EARTH: Move a square foot of earth (half that in stone) each round, cover tracks, hurl rocks at a target in Range for 2d4 damage. „ FIRE: Conjure flame about the size of a torch, hurl a small blast of fire at someone (2d4 damage), spread existing flame (see Fire on page 188). „ WATER: Conjure a quart of water (not “inside” objects or people), purify a gallon of water per casting, Push someone with a water spout (d6 Str or d8 with a raise). „ AIR:

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on ground sacred to the entity the caster is attempting to contact—a deep forest for fey creatures, a temple for deities, a volcano for fire elementals or infernals, etc. The being may even manifest or appear in some form with a raise. The entity not only answer the petitioner's questions but also offers unsolicited advice. Exactly what and how it's delivered depends on the entity. Woodland creatures may warn the caster about a dangerous area of the forest. A demon might gloat that a greater threat lies ahead, accidentally tipping some other entity's hand in a later encounter.

Success drains 1d6 of the rival’s Power Points (if any, and the die doesn’t Ace). With a raise, the caster adds the points to her own. This may take her above her usual maximum! They last until used, and must be the first spent when casting. Drain Power Points can also be used on an arcane device (the creator still resists with her arcane skill whether she wields it or not). The device can’t lose more Power Points than it has.

Rank: Veteran Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Necromancy Trappings: Prayer, whispers, gestures. Powerful mages, priests, and other arcanists can use this ability to drain magical energy MODIFIERS from their foes. With a raise they can even  POWER (+2): The volume of air, earth, fire, leech the stolen energy for themselves. or water affected is tripled. The power is opposed by the target’s Spirit,  WEATHER (+5): The caster can summon or and the caster suffers a −2 penalty to her roll if dispel storms, bring a cooling rain, scorch the target has a different Arcane Background the earth with a heatwave, or even bring than her own. snow to the hottest climes.

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The caster can bring or disperse rain, snow, sun, and wind in about a five-mile radius. The severity depends on the local environment—a harsh desert might receive gentle rain while a rain forest gets a driving downpour. The effects take 10 minutes to create and last an hour.

EMPATHY Rank: Novice Power Points: 1 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Enchantment Trappings: Concentration, a sympathetic smile, exchanging a pleasantry. A successful arcane skill vs Spirit roll gives the caster insight into a target's basic emotions. This grants him a +1 bonus (+2 with a raise) to all Intimidation, Persuasion, Performance, or Taunt rolls against the target for the Duration of the power. Empathy works on animals, adding +1 (+2 with a raise) to Riding or other rolls to interact with the creature.

MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each. „ CHARM (+2): If the target is Uncooperative or Neutral, a successful casting makes him Cooperative, or Friendly with a raise. The spell is instantly broken if the caster or her allies attack the victim or her allies. „ DURATION (+1): Duration is measured in minutes instead of rounds. If the character Critically Fails any of the affected skill rolls against the target, the effect terminates immediately.  TRUTH (+2): The caster knows if the target believes he's telling the truth or not.

ENTANGLE Rank: Novice Power Points: 2  Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Transmutation Trappings: Glue bomb, vines, handcuffs, webs. Entangle allows the caster to restrain a target with ice, bands of energy, or other vine-like

Trappings (Hardness 8). If successful, the target is Entangled. With a raise, he’s Bound. Victims may try to break free on their turn as detailed under Bound & Entangled on page 132. MODIFIERS „ AREA OF EFFECT (+2/+3): For +2 points the

power affects everyone in a Medium Blast Template. For +3 points the area of effect is increased to a Large Blast Template. „ DAMAGE (+2): Entangled targets take 2d4 damage at the end of their turn.  DEADLY (+4): Entangled targets take 2d6 damage at the end of their turn. „ TOUGH (+1): The entangling material is particularly resilient. Increase its Hardness to 10.

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MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each. „ ENVIRONMENTAL RESISTANCE (+1): The power now offers environmental resistance, reducing damage from one energy source (fire, cold, electricity, etc.) by 4 (6 with a raise).

Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Transmutation Trappings: Invisibly marked targets, guiding winds, eagle eyes. Farsight allows the recipient to see in detail over great distances. She can read lips or fine print up to a mile distant. With a raise, she also halves Range penalties for Shooting, Athletics (throwing), or other abilities affected by Range. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each.  GREATER FARSIGHT (+2): Allows the recipient to ignore all Range penalties, and a raise doubles sight range.

FEAR Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Necromancy Trappings: Gestures, eldritch energy, cold chills. This power causes overwhelming dread and horror. The affected make a Fear roll. Extras who fail are Panicked and Wild Cards roll on the Fear Table. If the power is cast with a raise, the Fear roll is at −2 and Wild Cards add +2 to Fear Table results.

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Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: One hour School: Transmutation Trappings: A mark on the forehead, potions, gills. Adventurers sometimes travel beneath the waves, through planes of fire, or other hazardous environments. This power protects them from crushing depths, scathing heat, intense cold, and even radiation. Environmental protection allows the target to breathe, speak, and move at his normal Pace in an otherwise fatal environment. It protects him from intense heat, cold, radiation, pressure, and lack of oxygen. A raise increases the Duration to eight hours.

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MODIFIERS „ AREA OF EFFECT (+2/+3): For +2 points the

power affects everyone in a Medium Blast Template. For +3 points the area of effect is increased to a Large Blast Template.  GREATER FEAR (+2): Fear rolls are made at−2, or −4 if cast with a raise.

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FLY

HAVOC

Rank: Veteran Power Points: 3 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Transmutation Trappings: Gusty winds, wings, broomsticks. Fly allows a character to soar at Pace 12, or twice that with a raise (he may not run).

Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Evocation Trappings: Whirlwind, chaotic poltergeists, repulsion field. This ability creates chaos and mischief for all those within its area of effect, hurling debris and rivals in all directions. With success, the caster places a Medium Blast Template anywhere within Range, or a Cone Template emanating from the caster (see Area Effect Attacks, page 190). Anyone touched by the template is Distracted and must then make a Strength roll (at −2 if the caster got a raise). Those who fail are hurled 2d6″ — directly away from the caster if using the Cone Template or directly away from the center if using a Blast Template (the caster chooses for those in the dead center). Victims who strike a hard object (such as a wall) take 2d4 damage (nonlethal unless it’s a spiked wall or other more dangerous hazard). Airborne Targets: Flying or airborne targets suffer an additional −2 to their Strength rolls as they have no ground to brace themselves on.

MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+2): The power

may affect more than one target for 2 additional Power Points each.

FLIGHT (+5): The base flying Pace increases to 24 (60 MPH), or 48 (120 MPH) with a raise.

„ SWIFT

GROWTH/SHRINK Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 2 per point of Size change Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Transmutation Trappings: Gestures, words of power, potions. Growth increases the recipient’s Size by 1 for every 2 Power Points spent. Each increase in Size grants the target a one-step increase to Strength and 1 point of Toughness (see page 190 for more on Size.) This does not increase Wounds regardless of change to Scale. Shrink reduces the Size of the subject one step for every 2 Power Points spent to a maximum of Size −2 (approximately the size of a cat). Each step reduced decreases Strength one die type (minimum of d4) and Toughness by 1 (minimum of 2). For unwilling targets, the caster’s arcane skill roll is opposed by Spirit. MODIFIERS  DURATION (+2): The power’s Duration is

measured in minutes instead of rounds.  POWER (+2): The target of shrink may retain her normal Strength and Toughness while small.

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MODIFIERS „ AREA EFFECT (+1): Havoc affects a Large

Blast Template.  GREATER HAVOC (+2): Targets are knocked back a total of 3d6” and take 2d6 damage if they strike a hard object.

HEALING Rank: Novice Power Points: 3 Range: Touch Duration: Instant School: Conjuration Trappings: Laying on hands, touching the victim with a holy symbol, prayer. Healing removes Wounds less than an hour old. A success removes one Wound, and a raise removes two. The power may be cast additional times to remove additional Wounds within that hour and as long as the healer has enough Power Points.

MODIFIERS „ GREATER HEALING (+10): Greater healing

can restore any Wound, including those more than an hour old. „ CRIPPLING INJURIES (+20): The power can heal a permanent Crippling Injury (see Incapacitation, page 128). This requires an hour of preparation and only one casting is permitted per injury. If it fails, this caster cannot heal that particular injury (but someone else may try). If successful, the subject is Exhausted for 24 hours.  MASS HEALING (+2/+3): For +2 Power Points, healing affects all allies within a Medium Blast Template centered on the caster (or a Large Blast Template for +3). „ NEUTRALIZE POISON OR DISEASE (+1): A successful healing roll negates any poison or disease. If the poison or disease has a bonus or penalty associated with it, the modifier applies to the arcane skill roll as well.

ILLUSION Rank: Novice Power Points: 3 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Illusion Trappings: Magical spells, holograms, “ethereal materializers.” One of the greatest powers is the ability to create something from nothing — even if it’s not real! Illusion can be used to z, but it is silent, intangible, and incapable of affecting the real world. For example, illusionary weapons pass through foes, one cannot sit in an illusionary chair, and an illusionary dog has no audible bark. Those who contact an illusion or doubt it’s real make a Smarts roll as a free action (at −2 if the power was activated with a raise). If successful, that individual is no longer subject to this casting. The GM should make group rolls for Extras as they point out the illusion’s inconsistencies to each other.

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For Extras, the GM must first determine if the ally is still alive (see Aftermath, page 161). If so, a successful arcane skill roll returns the ally to action (Shaken if it matters.)

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The volume of the illusion must fit within a sphere the size of a Medium Blast Template (4″ or eight yards in diameter). MODIFIERS „ AREA EFFECT (+1): The illusion’s area of

effect is increased to the size of a Large Blast Template.  DEADLY ILLUSION (+3): The illusion may attack or otherwise cause harm. Once per turn, the caster may use an action to “attack” an individual. This is an opposed roll of the caster’s arcane skill versus the target’s Smarts (at −2 if the power was activated with a raise). If the caster wins, the target is Shaken (this cannot cause Incapacitation). With a raise, the target suffers a Wound (this can cause Incapacitation). The caster may attack additional foes as Multi-Actions. She may not use other combat maneuvers, such as Called Shots or Wild Attacks (though it may look that way!)  DURATION: The Duration is measured in minutes. „ MOBILITY (+1/+2): For +1 Power Point, the illusion can move (and fly) at a Pace of 12, or 24 for +2 Power Points. This is a limited free action. „ SOUND (+1): The power generates sound appropriate to the illusion. Illusionary allies may talk, illusionary crows caw, and so on. It may not mask or mute existing sound, however. „ STRONG (+2): Smarts rolls to disbelieve the illusion are made at −2.

INTANGIBILITY Rank: Veteran Power Points: 5 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Transmutation Trappings: Ghost form, body of shadow, gaseous transformation. With a successful arcane skill roll, whoever receives this power becomes incorporeal. He is unable to affect the physical world, and it cannot affect him. He can travel through walls, and non-magical weapons pass straight through him. Any items carried at the time of casting are also incorporeal.

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While incorporeal, the character may affect other incorporeal beings (including himself), and he is still susceptible to supernatural attacks, including powers and enchanted items. With a raise on the activation roll, reduce the damage from supernatural attacks by 4. The being becomes corporeal when the power ends, but if within someone or something he’s shunted to the nearest open space and Stunned. If cast on an unwilling target, the victim resists with Spirit. If affected, he shakes off the effect with a Spirit roll as a free action at the end of his following turns. MODIFIERS  ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+3): The power

may affect more than one target for 2 additional Power Points each.  DURATION (+3): Duration is measured in minutes instead of rounds.

INVISIBILITY Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 5 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Illusion Trappings: Powder, potion, iridescent lights. With a success, the character and his personal items are transparent except for a vague blur or outline. Any action taken against him that requires sight is made at −4, or −6 with a raise. The same penalty applies to Notice rolls to detect the unseen presence. Reduce the penalty by 2 if the invisible character’s position is given away, such as moving in water, hit with mud or another substance that reveals her form, outside in the rain, etc. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+3): The power

may affect more than one target for 3 additional Power Points each.  DURATION (+2): Duration is measured in minutes instead of rounds. If the character attempts a damage-causing attack or targets an willing character with a power, the effect terminates immediately.

LIGHT/DARKNESS Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: 10 minutes School: Evocation Trappings: Illusionary torch, sunlight, darkness, thick fogs. Light creates bright illumin­ation in a Large Blast Template. With a raise, the light can be focused into a 5″ (10 yard) beam as well. Darkness blocks illumin­ation in an area the size of a Large Blast Template, making the area Dark, or Pitch Dark with a raise (see Illumination on page 136). If light and darkness overlap, they create a patch of Dim light (−2). MODIFIERS  AREA EFFECT (+2): The light expands to

LOCATE Rank: Novice Power Points: 3 Range: Self Duration: 10 minutes School: Divination Trappings: A floating crystal over a map, message in the clouds, a ray of light. Often it’s almost, if not literally, impossible to find something via mundane means. Locate allows the caster to find these hidden things. When casters use this power, they choose an object, creature, or location. If the caster has never seen the target, the roll is at −2. A success gives a sense of the general direction and distance of the target. A raise also gives

MODIFIERS „ FIND THE PATH (+1): In addition to the

direction and distance to a person, place, or thing, the caster also has a supernatural sense of the best or fastest way to navigate to the target’s general area.

MIND LINK Rank: Novice Power Points: 1 Range: Smarts Duration: 30 minutes School: Divination Trappings: Headpieces, talismans of Tao or other gods, crystals. Mind link creates a telepathic connection between two individuals (which does not necessarily have to include the caster). The link accommodates only willing subjects and communication — thoughts that aren’t consciously transmitted aren’t relayed. Once activated, the Range between all linked minds is one mile, or five with a raise. If any of the linked chara­cters suffers a Wound, all others must make a Smarts roll or be Shaken (this cannot cause a Wound). The speed of communi­cation is that of normal speech, but with a raise members may communicate up to 30 seconds or so of speech on a single combat turn.

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the caster’s Smarts in radius, with a Range of Smarts ×2. The light is sunlight and has the same effect on certain creatures (such as vampires) as natural sunlight.  TRUE DARKNESS (+2): The darkness blocks Infravison, Low Light Vision, and Darkvision. It has no effect on magical sight such as detect arcana. „ MOBILE (+1): The caster can move the template at a Pace equal to his arcane skill die type as a limited free action each round. He can also attach it to an inanimate object when first cast if desired. It cannot be cast on a living being.

an impression of the target (e.g., the creature is asleep, the object is in a strongbox, the secret door is behind a bookshelf). Running Water: On Golarion, running water blocks locate if it’s in the path between the caster and the target.

MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect additional individuals for 1 additional Power Point each.  BROADCAST (+2): The caster can broadcast a short telepathic message to every sentient mind within Smarts ×4 radius (Smarts ×8 with a raise). The caster can only broadcast, she doesn’t receive their responses.  LONG DISTANCE LINK (+3): Casters can connect with any mind they're familiar with on the same plane of existence, regardless of distance.

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MIND READING Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Divination Trappings: Psionic invasion, soulsight. Mind reading is an opposed roll versus the target’s Smarts. Success allows the character to gain one truthful answer from the subject. The target is aware of the mental intrusion unless the mind reader gets a raise. The GM may apply modifiers based on the subject’s mental Hindrances or current state of mind. MODIFIERS  MIND WALK (+2): The caster has greater

access to the target’s mind and memories, unlocking an entire scene or chain of related memories (GM’s call).

MIND WIPE Rank: Veteran Power Points: 3 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Enchantment Trappings: A noxious drink, parasites, touching the target’s temples. Mind wipe removes a target’s memories, a terrible violation in most civilized societies. The power is opposed by a victim’s Smarts and requires a full minute of mental struggle. The victim must be conscious during this time, so if not restrained he can simply move out of Range. If successful, the victim forgets a single event (up to about 30 minutes of time). A raise removes a complex memory of several hours. If the defender wins, the caster cannot affect him with mind wipe for 24 hours. (Others may reattempt the power, however.) The memory remains missing, but strong evidence that challenges its “logic” allows a Smarts roll at −2 to remember fragments determined by the GM. MODIFIERS „ EDIT (+1): Instead of wiping the memory,

the caster edits it as she sees fit. CAST (+2): The caster can wipe a memory as an action.

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 GREATER MIND WIPE (+2): The effect completely removes a single event, person, place, thing, etc., from the victim’s memory.

OBJECT READING Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 2 Range: Touch Duration: Special School: Divination Trappings: Touching the object, glowing hands Object reading is the ability to get visions of the past from an object. With a successful casting, she gains a vague impression of whatever information she’s looking for, from the object’s creation forward. A raise grants her more specific information. If the caster uses object reading on a bloody knife to investigate a murder, for example, success might tell her the wielder was a human and that the attack happened at night. With a raise, she might get a glimpse of the killer’s face or some other clue that to reveal his identity. MODIFIERS  PROJECTION (+2): The caster may broadcast

the vision, projecting it out into a space the size of a small room. Anyone present may see and hear the events and examine the projection from all angles.

PLANAR BINDING Rank: Veteran Power Points: 8 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant Trappings: A summoning circle, an enchanted, iron casket, magical chains. Planar binding allows a caster to summon and contain a creature from another plane to a trap of some sort, such as a binding circle, pentagram, mystic circle, etc. The trap is created with chalk, salt, paint, glyphs and wards, or other materials prior to the power's activation, and takes ten minutes of time to prepare. Once the trap is prepared, the summoner states what type of extra-planar creature she wishes to bind. She must know about the creature somehow, perhaps by previous

a sacrifice, or some other "devil's bargain" proportional to the service required. A good or noble creature might aid the summoner without reward if the cause is just, or might require she perform some task for her followers or sphere of influence. Entities never agree to services they can't perform or that will clearly result in their destruction. Once the creature agrees to the terms, it must carry them out to the best of its ability. The caster does not have to live up to any promises she set — though entities might seek revenge if deceived or their kind are summoned too often. Casters must be wary of this, especially if the beings have a way back to the prime material plane! Breaking Free: If no agreement is made after 24 hours, the caster must renew the mystic bonds by making another opposed roll of her arcane skill versus the creature's Spirit. This continues every 24 hours until an agreement is reached or the creature breaks free. The entity can't use any other power or ability to escape.

PLANAR TRAVEL Rank: Veteran Power Points: 5 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Conjuration Trappings: Cosmic hole in space, circle of magic runes. Planar Travel allows the caster to open a gateway to another plane (see page 165). If successful, the gate opens to a point somewhere within 2d10 miles of the intended location. With a raise, the gateway opens exactly where the mage intends. If the caster doesn’t know exactly where he wants to go, he can research locations within that plane to target a specific city, geographic location, etc. Failure means he arrives at

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encounter, access to strange books and scrolls, or an Occult roll with a bonus or penalty set by the Game Master depending on the creature. The summoner can even summon a specific entity if she knows its proper name. Casting is an opposed roll between the summoner's arcane skill and the entity's Spirit. If the entity wins, the spell fails and the entity knows who attempted to bind it. If the caster rolls a Critical Failure, the creature may appear if it chooses to and is unbound — it may do as it wishes and its abilities allow. If the caster wins, the creature is summoned into the trap and magically bound there until it agrees to perform a service for the caster or breaks free (see below). The Power Points used to bind the target are invested and unavailable until the creature breaks free or is released. The summoner may free the entity as a free action anytime she chooses, regardless of sight, distance, or other factors. When she does so, she decides if it remains on her plane or returns to whichever plane it was summoned from. Bargaining: Casters summon creatures to task them with a "service" of some sort, such as taking part in a difficult battle, acting as a bodyguard, or performing some task the caster can't or doesn't want to perform herself. The negotiation can usually be handled through roleplaying (and perhaps a Persuasion or Intimidation roll). Cunning creatures require more incentive. An evil being might ask for time to wander the earth and wreak havoc,

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a completely random location on that plane. Success puts him in the general vicinity, and a raise puts him closer to the desired locale. This is in addition to the accuracy of the arcane skill roll. MODIFIERS  EXTRA-DIMENSIONAL SPACE (+1):

Instead of traveling to a known plane, the recipient travels to a pocket dimension where he’s conjured a magical shelter or similar structure with basic necessities, food, and water for up to five people. The structure remains afterward, so the mage and his companions may return to it as desired.  TRANSPORT FOE (+1): The caster sends an unwilling target to another plane or extra-dimensional space. The being resists the casting with a Spirit roll, at −2 if the caster made his arcane skill roll with a raise. If failed, he’s transported to another plane of the caster’s choice for five rounds before returning (or as close as possible if the space is occupied).

PROTECTION Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Abjuration Trappings: A mystical glow, bark skin, mage armor, ethereal armor. Protection creates a field of energy or armor around a character, giving him 2 points of Armor. With a raise, the bonus is applied to Toughness instead (and therefore immune to Armor Piercing modifiers). Whether the protection is visible or not depends on the Trapping — this is entirely up to the caster. Protection stacks with all other armor, natural or worn. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect additional targets at a cost of 1 Power Point each.

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PUPPET Rank: Veteran Power Points: 3 Range: Smarts School: Enchantment Duration: 5 Trappings: Glowing eyes, trance-like state, a swinging pocket watch, voodoo dolls. Puppet is an opposed roll of the character’s arcane skill versus the target’s Spirit. With success, the victim obeys commands that don’t directly harm himself or those he cares about. This includes inaction, as well, so a controlled character won't just stand idly by or leave the area if he knows his friends are in danger. With a raise, the target will harm himself or others (including by inaction), but gets a Spirit roll as a free action. If successful, he doesn’t carry out that particular command but remains a puppet. With a raise, he breaks the controller’s hold and the power ends. Commands are general, such as “attack that person” or “open that door.” The controller doesn’t get to dictate how many actions the victim uses in a turn, whether or not he uses his Sweep Edge, etc. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+2): The caster

may affect others at the cost of 2 Power Points each. „ STRONG (+2): Spirit rolls to resist commands are made at −2. If the caster uses mind link on the target, she may extend her control of him to any distance, even out of her sight.

RELIEF Rank: Novice Power Points: 1 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant/One Hour School: Conjuration Trappings: Prayer, glowing hands, sparkling spirals of magic, a cool breeze. Relief allows the caster to recover from a negative condition or the effects of Fatigue. Recover: The caster removes one of the following negative conditions: Shaken, Distracted, or Vulnerable. A raise on the

RESURRECTION Rank: Heroic Power Points: 20 Range: Touch Duration: Instant School: Conjuration Trappings: Elaborate ceremonies, rare plants, magical amulets, divine intervention Perhaps the greatest power of all is the ability to bring someone back from the dead. It can restore lost loves, bring solace to the grieving, and topple kingdoms. Returning the dead to life requires a reason­ ably complete corpse no more than a year old. The caster then prays, meditates, chants, or otherwise concentrates on mending the body and pulling the spirit back to it for four hours.

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arcane skill roll removes two conditions. Once done, the healer makes a casting roll at If affecting more than one target (via the −4. If successful, the victim returns to life with Additional Recipients modifier), the caster three Wounds and is Exhausted. With a raise, may choose which condition(s) to remove she returns merely Exhausted. for each ally. MODIFIERS Relief can’t remove negative conditions  GREATER RESURRECTION (+10): The caused by ongoing effects (Bound or boundaries of life and death no longer Entangled, Stunned, etc.) unless the source matter. A caster can restore the dead to life of the effect is removed. regardless of how long the target was dead Numb: Reduces the recipient’s total and even without a corpse. To resurrect the penalties from Wounds and Fatigue by dead in this fashion requires a twelve-hour one with success, or two with a raise. An ritual and leaves the caster Exhausted. Exhausted (−2) hero with three Wounds (−3), „ POWER (+5): The hero can raise a spirit for example, reduces her total −5 penalty to −4 dead up to a decade for +5 Power Points. with success, and −3 with a raise. This effect lasts one hour. It doesn’t actually SANCTUARY remove the Wounds or the Fatigue, it just Rank: Novice allows the recipient to ignore the penalties. If Power Points: 2 the target would be Incapacitated by Wounds Range: Touch or Fatigue, she’s still Incapacitated as usual. Duration: 5 School: Enchantment MODIFIERS Trappings: Words of power, holy symbol, „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power glowing light may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each. Any evil creature attempting a damaging  RESTORATION (+3): The caster can restore attack that targets or affects the recipient must one die type from an energy draining effect make a Spirit roll (at −2 if cast with a raise). If with a success, two with a raise. See Energy the roll fails, the creature loses that action. Drain on page 240. If the caster (or any allies affected by the Area Effect modifier) attempt to harm anyone (evil „ STUNNED (+1): If using the Recover option, the caster may also affect the Stunned or otherwise), sanctuary terminates instantly. condition. This completely removes the MODIFIERS effects of being Stunned. „ AREA EFFECT (+2/+3): For +2 points the power affects all allies within a Medium Blast Template centered on the recipient. For +3 points the area of effect is increased to a Large Blast Template.  STRONG (+1): Spirit rolls by the creature are made at −2 (−4 with a raise).

SCRYING Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 3 Range: Self Duration: 5 School: Divination Trappings: Images on a reflected surface, glowing eyes, a crystal ball. Scrying allows the caster to secretly spy on a distant target. Preparing the spell takes one uninterrupted minute while the caster

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focuses on a target item, creature, or location. Weapons and other personal effects are This makes her Vulnerable and unable to take assumed into the animal’s form and reappear any other actions. If she's Shaken or Stunned when the power ends, but other objects during this time, the spell fails. are dropped. If the caster has never seen the target herself, While transformed, the character retains his she makes her arcane skill roll at −2. Scrying own Smarts, Spirit, Hindrances, Edges, and on a target in a different plane of existence linked skills (though he may not be able to use also imposes a −2 penalty. some or all of them depending on the form— Scrying is opposed by the subject's Spirit. If GM’s call). He gains the animal’s Agility, the target wins, he knows he's being spied Strength, Vigor, and linked skills and cannot on. If the caster wins, he can see and hear the use devices that require humanoid form. He target and the area around it but cannot move has no capacity for speech and cannot activate his perspective. With a raise, he can shift powers, though he may continue to maintain perspective and follow the target at a Pace 24. powers previously activated. A creature’s natural and innate abilities are A scrying "eye" may be seen with detect arcana conferred, but others aren’t (GM's call). A (but not detect magic). It may also be dispelled dragon can fly and breathe fire, for example, (at –2 if suspected but not revealed). so a character who shape changes into one may MODIFIERS do so as well. Shape change would not grant „ GROUP SIGHT (+1): The caster may share her a dragon's spellcasting ability, however. her perception with allies within a Range of Size: The caster does not inherit extra Smarts for the power’s Duration. Wounds when transforming into creatures of Large or Huge Scale (page 140).

SHAPE CHANGE

Rank: Novice Power Points: Special Range: Self Duration: 5 School: Transmutation Trappings: “Morphing,” talismans, tattoos. Many cultures have legends of shamans or wizards who take on the shape of animals. This power does just that, allowing the caster to take the form of any animal (including fantastic creatures such as dragons and hippogriffs, but not humanoids, undead, etc). What a character can change into depends on his Rank:

SHAPE CHANGE COST

RANK

SIZE

3

Novice

Size –4 to Size –1

5

Seasoned

Size 0

8

Veteran

Size 1 to 2

11

Heroic

Size 3 to 4

15

Legendary

Size 5 to 10

With a raise on the roll, the caster may choose to transform into a hardier version of its type — increasing Strength and Vigor by one die type each.

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MODIFIERS „ DURATION (+1): The power’s Duration is

measured in minutes instead of rounds. (+2/+3): The power may affect others at a Range of Touch for +2 or Smarts for +3 (the Range Modifier may increase this further). Unwilling targets resist with an opposed Spirit roll and if transformed, may make another Spirit roll at the end of each of their turns to shake off the effect (at –2 with a raise). Otherwise, the power lasts for the normal Duration.

„ TRANSFORM

SLOTH/SPEED Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant (sloth); 5 (speed) School: Transmutation Trappings: Slowing time, blurred motion, a slippery patch of oil or ice. Sloth lessens celerity and coordination. It halves the target’s total movement each round (round up). With a raise, movement is also an action. The target automatically attempts to shake off the effects of sloth at the end of each of his next turns by making a Spirit roll.

Speed doubles the target’s movement (basic Pace and running). With a raise the character also ignores the −2 running penalty.

The power may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each. „ AREA EFFECT (+2/+3): Sloth only. For +2 points the power affects everyone in a Medium Blast Template. For +3 points the area of effect is increased to a Large Blast Template. (+2): Speed only. The character’s total Multi-Action penalty each turn is reduced by 2 (she can do two actions at no penalty or three at −2 each). „ GREATER SPEED (+2): Speed only. The recipient’s running die isn't rolled — she gains the maximum result possible. „ STRONG (+1): Sloth only. The Spirit roll to shake off sloth’s effects is made at −2.

„ QUICKNESS

Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: One hour School: Enchantment Trappings: A lullaby, blowing powder or sand at targets. Those who favor stealth or want to avoid harming their foes are drawn to this spell, which puts its victims into a deep and restful sleep. Anyone affected by slumber must make a Spirit roll (at −2 if the caster got a raise on her arcane skill roll). Those who fail fall asleep for the Duration of the spell. Very loud noises or attempts to physically wake a sleeper (by shaking him, for example), grant another Spirit roll.

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MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): Speed only.

SLUMBER

MODIFIERS „ AREA OF EFFECT (+2/+3): For +2 points the

power affects everyone in a Medium Blast Template. For +3 points the area of effect is increased to a Large Blast Template.

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SMITE Rank: Novice Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Transmutation Trappings: A colored glow, runes, sigils, crackling energy, barbs grow from the blade. This power is cast on a weapon of some sort. If it’s a ranged weapon, it affects one entire magazine, 20 bolts, shells, or arrows, or one full “load” of ammunition (the GM determines the exact quantity for unusual weapons). While the power is in effect, the weapon’s damage is increased by +2, or +4 with a raise. Limitations: In the case of smite with a Personal Limitation (see page 170), “Self” refers to the specific weapon instead. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each.  GREATER SMITE (+2): The weapon’s damage is increased by +4, or +6 (Heavy Damage) with a raise.

SOUND/SILENCE

MODIFIERS  GREATER SOUND/SILENCE (+1): The

Smarts roll made to resist a Test (or Targeted modifier) is made at −2. „ MOBILE (+1): The caster can move the area of effect up to his arcane skill die type each round. „ TARGETED (+0): Instead of casting silence in an area of effect, the caster may instead target individuals in Range for 1 Power Point each. Unwilling targets resist with Spirit (at −2 if the caster gets a raise).

SPEAK LANGUAGE Rank: Novice Power Points: 1 Range: Smarts Duration: 10 minutes School: Divination Trappings: Words, pictures, hand motions. This power allows a character to speak, read, and write a sapient language other than his own. A raise on the arcane skill roll allows the user to appropriately use and understand slang and dialect as well. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each.  GREATER SPEAK LANGUAGE (+2): The caster can speak, read, and write all sapient languages at once.  MASS UNDERSTANDING (+5): The caster causes characters within Smarts ×2 of him to understand one another, regardless of language.

Rank: Novice Power Points: 1 Range: Smarts ×5 (sound); Smarts (silence) Duration: Instant (sound); 5 (silence) School: Illusion Trappings: Magical effects, a brief ripple in the air, a bell or chime that starts or stops ringing. Sound mimics any known sound or voice, STUN emanating from a point of origin within Rank: Novice Range at a volume up to the sound of a loud Power Points: 2 shout. If used as a Test, the defender opposes Range: Smarts the casting roll with Smarts. Duration: Instant Silence does the opposite, muting all sound School: Evocation up to a loud shout within a Large Blast Trappings: Bolts of energy, stun bombs, sonic booms, burst of blinding light. Template. This subtracts 4 from Notice rolls made by those inside the area of effect, as Stun shocks a target with concussive force, well as anyone trying to hear sounds made sound, light, magical energy, or the like. from within. A raise completely mutes all sound inside the template (note that sound is usually required to cast spells).

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A successful casting means the victim must make a Vigor roll (at −2 with a raise on the arcane skill roll) or be Stunned (see 140). MODIFIERS „ AREA OF EFFECT (+1/+2): For +2 points the

power affects everyone in a Medium Blast Template. For +3 points the area of effect is increased to a Large Blast Template.

SUMMON ALLY

Attributes: Agility d4, Smarts d4, Spirit d4, Strength d4, Vigor d4 Skills: Athletics d4, Fighting d4, Notice d4, Shooting d4, Stealth d6 Pace: 4; Parry: 4; Toughness: 4 Special Abilities: „ Claw: Str+d4. „ Construct: +2 to recover from being Shaken; ignore 1 point of Wound penalties; doesn’t breathe, immune to poison and disease. „ Fearless: Immune to fear and Intimidation.

BODYGUARD Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d4, Spirit d6, Strength d6, Vigor d6 Skills: Athletics d6, Fighting d6, Intimidation d6, Notice d4, Shooting d4, Stealth d4 Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 7 (2) Edges: First Strike Gear: Melee attack (Str+d6). Special Abilities: „ Armor +2: Hardened skin. „ Construct: See Attendant. „ Fearless: Immune to fear and Intimidation.

MIRROR SELF The ally is a clone of the caster except: it’s an Extra; it has the same number of current Power Points as the caster after subtracting for this casting; it cannot use the summon ally power; its skills (but not attributes) are one die type less (minimum d4) than the original; it has identical mundane equipment (no magical qualities, disappears when the power expires); has the Construct and Fearless abilities.

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Rank: Novice Power Points: 2+ Range: Smarts Duration: 5 School: Conjuration Trappings: Clay figure that grows into a servant, a tattoo that comes to life. This power allows the character to summon a magical servant from nothing. The ally typically takes the form of a basic humanoid of the appropriate Size but can appear differently based on the caster’s Trappings. It materializes anywhere in Range, and with a raise on the arcane skill roll, it’s Resilient as well. The ally acts on its creator’s Action Card and follows her commands to the best of its ability. It has no personality, creativity, or emotions. When the power ends or the ally is Incapacitated, it fades into nothingness, leaving no trace behind. The type of servant that can be sum­moned depends on the caster’s Rank. With the GM’s approval, the player may swap abilities. If a hero wants an attendant in the form of a wolf, for example, the caster might exchange the Shooting skill for Survival so that the “animal” can track its foes.

ATTENDANT

SENTINEL

SUMMON ALLY RANK

COST

SERVANT

Novice

2

Attendant

Seasoned

4

Bodyguard

Veteran

6

Mirror Self*

Heroic

8

Sentinel

*Mirror Self costs +2 power points per Rank above Veteran to a maximum of 10 PPs at Legendary.

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d8, Strength d12+2, Vigor d10 Skills: Athletics d6, Fighting d10, Intimidation d10, Notice d8 Pace: 6; Parry: 7; Toughness: 13 (4) Edges: Arcane Resistance, Sweep (Imp). Gear: Melee attack (Str+d8). Special Abilities: „ Armor +4: Stone skin. „ Construct: See Attendant. „ Fearless: Immune to fear and Intimidation. „ Size 2: Sentinels are 8’ tall and very dense.

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MODIFIERS  ADDITIONAL ALLIES (Varies): Additional

TELEPORT

allies of the same type may be summoned at the same time for half the Power Points cost of the original summons (total cost including modifiers, rounded up). „ BITE/CLAW (+1): The ally can bite or claw at Str+d6. „ COMBAT EDGE (+1): The ally has a Combat Edge (it must meet the Requirements as usual). You may take this modifier up to three times per ally. „ FLIGHT (+2): The ally can fly at Pace 12. „ INCREASED TRAIT (+1): The caster can increase a Trait one die type for one Power Point. She may do this for as many Traits as she likes, but only once per Trait. „ MIND RIDER (+1): The caster can commun­ icate and sense through the ally.

Rank: Seasoned Power Points: 2 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Conjuration Trappings: A cloud of smoke, “phasing” out, change into a bolt of lightning. Teleport allows a character to disappear and instantly reappear up to 12″ (24 yards) distant, or double that with a raise. Teleporting to an unseen location incurs a −2 penalty on the arcane skill roll. Opponents adjacent to a character who teleports away don’t get a free attack (see Withdrawing from Melee, page 143). If casting teleport on willing subjects, the caster decides where they move to, not the targets.

TELEKINESIS

MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

Rank: Seasoned may affect more than one target for 1 Power Points: 5 additional Power Point each. Range: Smarts ×2  G R E AT E R T E L E P O RT ( + 5 ) : Wi t h Duration: 5 concentration, the character can teleport School: Transmutation much farther. The caster must concentrate on Trappings: A wave of the hand, magic wand, her destination for at least one round, taking steely gaze. no other actions. This makes her Vulnerable; Telekinesis is the ability to move objects or if Shaken or Stunned, the spell fails. creatures (including oneself) with arcane will. For one round of concentration, the It has a Strength of d10, or d12 with a raise. character can teleport up to 100 miles. For Unwilling opponents resist the caster’s two rounds, she can travel 1000 miles, and arcane skill with an opposed Spirit roll when with three rounds, she can go anywhere on targeted and at the start of each of their turns Golarian. A Critical Failure transports the afterward until they’re released. They can be recipient to a random location (GM’s call) moved up to the caster’s Smarts per turn in on the same plane of existence. any direction, and can be bashed into walls,  GATE (+5): Instead of teleporting, the ceilings, or other obstacles for Str+d6 damage. caster opens a temporary portal connecting Dropped creatures suffer falling dam­ her current location and the destination. age as usual. Creatures and objects can travel through Telekinetic Tools: A caster can wield tools this gate from either side for the Duration (including weapons) with telekinesis as an of the power. action. Use the caster’s relevant skill when „ TELEPORT FOE (+2): Foes may be targeted attacking in this way (not his arcane skill). by a Touch attack (page 142). This is an action, which must be the second part of MODIFIERS a Multi-Action if the attack is successful.  POWER (+3): The Strength of telekinesis is The foe resists the casting with an opposed d12, or d12 + 2 with a raise. Objects weighing Spirit roll against the arcane skill total and 1,000 pounds or more automatically deal is sent up to 12″ away with success and 24″ Heavy Damage when used as weapons. with a raise. Foes may not be teleported into solid objects.

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TIMESTOP Rank: Heroic Power Points: 8 Range: Smarts Duration: Instant School: Transmutation Trappings: A glowing hourglass, floating ice particles, blurring. Time is a constant for most, but not this chronomancer. The spell slows time for all but the caster, granting her a new turn immediately after she finishes this one. With a raise, she gets up to four actions on the turn instead of three.

recipient) must have the same Rank or higher as the Edge’s Requirements. With a raise, the recipient gains the Improved version of the Edge (if there is one, and even if he doesn’t meet the Rank Requirement). MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS (+1): The power

may affect more than one target for 1 additional Power Point each.  POWER (+4): The recipient gains two Combat Edges at once.

WISH

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Rank: Legendary Power Points: 20 WALL WALKER Range: Smarts Duration: Instant Rank: Novice School: Universal Power Points: 2 Trappings: A jinn from a bottle, clicked Range: Smarts heels, an incantation, a monkey’s paw. Duration: 5 School: Transmutation Wish allows a character to bend reality to his Trappings: Spider-like visage, prickly hairs will. It is taxing to alter reality, however, so on hands and feet. the caster must permanently sacrifice 3 of Wall walker allows the recipient to walk on his own Power Points (after the spell is cast). vertical or horizontal surfaces. With success, A raise on the arcane skill roll eliminates she moves at half her normal Pace. With a this cost. raise, she may move at full Pace and even run. A caster may wish for any one of the following effects per casting, chosen If forced to make an Athletics before the roll is made: roll to climb or hang on to a surface, she adds +4 to the total. „ ACTIVATE A POWER: Wish casts any other available MODIFIERS power, including modifiers, „ ADDITIONAL RECIPIENTS available in the (+1): The caster may affect campaign with a raise. others at the cost of 1 Power If the spell is opposed, Point each. the target rolls with a −2 penalty on top of any WARRIOR’S GIFT other modifiers. If the Rank: Seasoned Power Points required Power Points: 4 to activate the power and Range: Smarts modifiers are greater than Duration: 5 the cost of wish, the caster School: Conjuration must pay the difference. Trappings: Gestures, „ INTERCESSION: The prayer, whispered words, caster wishes for some form concentration. of aid, which typically appears With a successful arcane after a short period of time. skill roll, the recip­ient A party trapped in a collapsed gains the benefits of a dungeon might wish for escape single Combat Edge only to be rescued by a party of chosen by the caster. dwarven miners. A spellcaster The caster (not the

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could wish to know the true name of a powerful demon and be contacted the next day by a traitorous subordinate of the creature. „ GAIN AN EDGE: The caster can gain (or grant another) a permanent Edge. The recipient must meet the Edge’s Requirements and can never gain more than one Edge from a wish. „ WEALTH: The spellcaster wishes for up to 10,000 gp worth of goods, including anything from transportation to supplies to magic items. Such goods generally sell for a quarter of their value. The wealth doesn’t appear from nothing but rather comes to the caster via events contrived by the GM. „ TRAVEL BACK THROUGH TIME: The caster travels back in time for a short period: one minute outside of combat or back to the start of the current round in combat. Everything that happened in that period is reversed except for the caster's Power Points, Bennies, and Wounds. The GM should do her best to remember all other actors' state of things from the start of the round, but warping time is imperfect so don't worry about getting everything exactly right.

Once reversed, only the caster remembers the alternate sequence of events, and that period of time cannot be altered again. „ SEE THE FUTURE: The caster peers into the near or far future. A look into the near future grants her three Conviction tokens that must be used by the caster or anyone she's currently in contact with (mental, verbal, in sight, etc.) within the next five rounds. At the end of the fifth round, any remaining tokens are discarded. A look into the far future allows the caster to ask the Game Master one question about the future and receive as accurate an answer as possible. Actions by the spellcaster can change the future, however, so this may only be the most likely path or a warning of future dangers. „ RAISE A TRAIT: Wish can permanently increase a Trait one die type. This increases the Trait’s limit by one die type as well. A recipient may never have more than one Trait raised by a wish. „ RESTORE FATE: The hero and all Wild Cards in Range may refill their Bennies to their usual starting maximum. „ SPECIAL: The character may change relatively minor aspects of herself, others, or the world around her (if the subject of the wish doesn’t want to be affected, it’s resisted

with a Spirit roll at −2). This shouldn’t cause any far-reaching changes to the world or history, shouldn’t be covered by one of the abilities above, and is completely at the whim of the Game Master. A caster can change her gender, ancestry, languages, etc., but these changes do not alter time and are thus not retroactive. Wish can improve someone’s mood (and their attitude on the Reaction Table, if appropriate), but it can’t permanently affect free will. It can’t force a change of heart or make someone harm themselves.

ZOMBIE

The being has the physical skills it had in life, but its Smarts, Spirit, and related skills are reset to d4. A raise on the casting roll increases any one of their Traits one die type (caster’s choice). See page 250 for the standard profile of a human zombie. Corpses aren’t summoned by this ability, so there must actually be a supply of bodies in Range (GM’s call). An undead Incapacitated by damage can’t be raised with this power again. MODIFIERS „ ADDITIONAL ZOMBIES (+1): A larger horde

can be raised in a single casting by paying an additional 1 Power Point for each extra zombie raised. „ ARMED (+1 per Zombie): The dead rise with a weapon common to their background or environment. Choose one: • Hand Weapon: Str+d6. • Ranged Weapon: Range 12/24/48, Damage 2d6.

Animals and other creatures can also be raised with this foul ability! The cost is 2 for a creature of Size −1 or −2, 3 for Size 0, and 1 for a Small Swarm, 2 for a Medium Swarm, or 3 for a Large Swarm. Larger creatures cost 3 + Size in Power Points. For example, an undead grizzly (Size 2) costs 5 Power Points to raise. Magical or supernatural Special Abilities aren’t conferred to the undead form, but those inherent to the creature are, such as Improved Frenzy, Reach, a swarm’s attack, etc. Additional zombie creatures cost half their base cost if raised at once, instead of the +1 listed for Additional Zombies (round up, minimum of 1).

„ ARMOR (+1 per Zombie): The horrors crawl

from their grave wearing 2 points of Armor. This might be old chain mail, rusting plate, rotting leather, etc. „ MIND RIDER (+1/+3): The caster can commun­icate and sense through one of the undead he’s conjured. If it’s destroyed, he may jump to any of the others currently under his control. For 3 points, Mind Rider affects all the zombies created in this summoning.

Powers

Rank: Veteran Power Points: 3 (See sidebar for large creatures) Range: Smarts Duration: One hour School: Necromancy Trappings: Carving symbols on corpses, throwing bones, graveyards, “leather” books. Zombie grants animation and basic intelli­ gence to the remains of a once-living being. The summoned horror is obedient but literalminded in its duties. It isn’t telepathic, and must be controlled by voice.

ZOMBIE CREATURES

(0): The zombie is given unlife until Incapacitated by Wounds. The Power Points used to raise it are “invested” and unavailable until it’s destroyed. The necromancer may terminate his creations’ unlife at any time, regardless of sight, distance, or other factors. His Power Points then begin recharging normally. Permanent zombies remain animated even if their creator is slain! „ SKELETAL (+1 per Zombie): The corpse sloughs off the anchor of dead flesh and rises as a skeleton. This increases its Agility, Athletics, Fighting, and Shooting dice by one die type each. „ PERMANENT

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POWER SUMMARIES POWERS RANK

POWER POINTS

RANGE

Arcane Protection

N

1

Sm

5

Enemy casters subtract 2 (4 with a raise) when targeting this character; reduces damage a like amount.

Banish

V

3

Sm

I

Opposed roll vs Spirit to banish entities.

Barrier

S

2

Sm

5

Creates 5″ (10 yards) long, 1″ (2 yards) tall, Hardness 10 barrier.

Beast Friend

N

S

Sm

Blast

S

3

Sm×2

I

2d6 damage in Medium Blast Template.

Blind

N

2

Sm

I

Inflicts –2/–4 penalty to victims.

Bolt

N

1

Sm×2

I

2d6 ranged attack.

Boost/Lower Trait

N

2

Sm

5/I

Burrow

N

2

Sm

5

Target tunnels through the earth.

Burst

N

2

Cone

I

Cone-shaped attack for 2d6 damage.

Confusion

N

1

Sm

S

Makes target Distracted and Vulnerable.

Conjure Item

N

2

Sm

1h

Conjures object, one lb. per 2 Power Points.

Curse

S

5

T

I

Inflict a curse on opponent.

Damage Field

S

4

Sm

5

Creates aura that causes 2d4 damage.

Darksight

N

1

Sm

1h

Ignore up to 4 points of illumination penalties, or 6 with a raise.

Deflection

N

3

Sm

5

−2/–4 to attack recipient.

Detect/Conceal Arcana

N

2

Sm

S

Detects magic for Duration 5 or conceals it for one hour.

Disguise

S

2

Sm

Dispel

S

1

Sm

I

Divination

S

5

Self

5m

Drain Power Points

V

2

Sm

I

Drains d6 Power Points from enemy with successful opposed roll of arcane skills.

Elemental Manipulation

N

1

Sm

5

Allows minor manipulation of basic elements.

Empathy

N

1

Sm

5

Opposed roll vs Spirit to add +2 to social attacks for the Duration of the power.

Entangle

N

2

Sm

I

Bind or Entangle foes.

Environmental Protection

N

2

Sm

1H

Farsight

S

2

Sm

5

See detail at great distance; halves Range penalties with a raise.

Fear

N

2

Sm

I

Causes Fear check.

Fly

V

3

Sm

5

Target flies at Pace 12.

Growth/Shrink

S

S

Sm

5

Increases or decreases Size.

Havoc

N

2

Sm

I

Targets in MBT or Cone are Distracted and may be hurled.

Healing

N

2

T

I

Restores Wounds less than an hour old.

POWER

DUR SUMMARY

10m Controls animals.

Increases or decreases a skill or attribute.

10m Target looks like someone else. Negates magical effects. Caster asks questions of entities.

Protect target from hazardous environments.

POWER

RANK

POWER POINTS

RANGE

Illusion

N

3

Sm

5

Create a visual scene or replica of most anything the caster can imagine

Intangibility

H

5

Sm

5

Target becomes incorporeal.

Invisibility

S

5

Sm

5

Target is invisible (–4/–6 to affect).

Light/Darkness

N

2

Sm

10m Creates or dispels illumination.

Locate

N

3

Self

10m Finds an object.

Mind Link

N

1

Sm

30m Mental link within one mile (5 with raise).

Mind Reading

N

2

Sm

I

Opposed roll vs Smarts to read mind.

Mind Wipe

V

3

Sm

I

Removes and alters memories.

Object Reading

S

2

T

S

Reveals last five years of an object’s history (100 years with a raise).

Planar Binding

V

8

Sm

I

Summon and bind a creature from another plane.

Planar Travel

V

5

Sm

I

Allows travel to other planes of existence.

Protection

N

1

Sm

5

Grants Armor +2/+4.

Puppet

V

3

Sm

5

Opposed roll vs Spirit to control target.

Relief

N

1

Sm

I

Removes Fatigue, Shaken; & Stun with raise.

Resurrection

H

30

T

I

Brings the dead back to life.

Sanctuary

N

2

T

5

Foes must make a Spirit roll to attack.

Shape Change

N

Special

Self

5

Caster takes on the form of various beings.

Sloth/Speed

S

2

Sm

I/5

Increases or decreases movement.

Slumber

S

2

Sm

1H

Puts victims to sleep.

Smite

N

2

Sm

5

Sound/Silence

N

1

Sm×5/ Sm

I/5

Speak Language

N

1

Sm

Stun

N

2

Sm

I

Target is Stunned.

Summon Ally

N

Special

Sm

5

Conjures an ally of various sorts.

Telekinesis

S

5

Sm×2

5

Moves items with Strength of d10 (d12 with a raise).

Teleport

S

2

Sm

I

Character teleports up to 12″ distant.

Wall Walker

N

2

Sm

5

Character can walk on walls at half Pace (full Pace with raise).

Warrior’s Gift

S

4

Sm

5

Grant target a Combat Edge.

Wish

L

20

Sm

I

Choose one of several reality-altering events.

Zombie

V

3

Sm

1H

DUR SUMMARY

Create or mute sound.

10m Caster can speak and understand languages.

Powers

Increase a weapon’s damage by +2/+4.

Raises and controls the undead.

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his section contains descriptions, prices, and abilities for magic items found on Golarion. Some are rare, possibly one-ofa-kind relics sought after by great heroes and nefarious evils. Others are relatively common items sold in city markets, found in monster lairs, or wielded by enemies. Such magical treasures are a boon to all Pathfinders as they quest across the wild lands of Golarion.

USING MAGIC ITEMS Each type of item on the following pages tells you how it’s used, but there are a few common rules between them: „ ACTIVE POWERS ARE ACTIONS: An item that requires a Trait roll is an action unless it says otherwise. Critical Failure means the user takes Fatigue (and loses a charge if the item has them). „ EDGES AND ABILITIES: If an item grants an Edge or Monstrous Ability and the wielder already has that Edge, it grants the improved version (if there is one). „ MINOR & MAJOR POWERS: Some items grant minor or major powers using the powers listed in Chapter Five. A minor power automatically activates with the effect of a standard success, and a major power activates with the effect of a raise

(no Trait roll is made). Unless the item says otherwise, this is an action and the effect lasts for the power’s full Duration and cannot be maintained. „ STACKING: If two sources would increase a Trait, use only the highest modifier (effects don’t stack). Increases to a Trait from a magic item’s effects don’t count for determining Trait Advancements. They do affect secondary statistics like Parry or Toughness, however.

ENEMIES WITH MAGIC ITEMS Enemy characters and monsters equipped with enchanted and magical items have the bonuses conferred by those items built into their profiles. So an evil knight wearing plate armor enchanted with the Aegis enchantment, for example, might have a Toughness of 12(5), where the plate armor's bonus of +4 has already been increased by the Aegis enchantment's +1.

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PURCHASING MAGIC ITEMS Most towns have an apothecary shop with a few potions for sale, a few local merchants reselling magical items, or even individuals looking to sell of devices they no longer need. When the adventurers want to buy magic items, roll on the table below to see what's available that week (or month if it's a particularly isolated or low-magic area). The table has three entries: Potions & Scrolls: Half the items are potions and half are scrolls, rounding in favor of potions. Roll randomly from the tables on the following pages. Healing: This tells you how many potions of minor healing, ubiquitous across Golarion, are available from various vendors. This is in addition to any healing offered by local clerics or healers (prices for a cleric's services are equivalent to potions of healing). Other Items: This tells you how many other magical treasures may be found or purchased in the settlement. If the result is positive, roll on the Other Item table to determine the category, then roll on the appropriate subtable. If the category is a Wondrous Item, the GM chooses which item is available.

MAGIC ITEMS AVAILABILITY POTIONS & SCROLLS*

TYPE

HEALING POTIONS

OTHER ITEMS*

Village

d6−2

1d4

d4−2

Town

d6−1

1d4+1

d6−2

City

d6

1d6

d6−1

Large City

d6+1

1d6+1

d6

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TYPE

1–3

Armor

4–7

Shields

8–11

Weapons

12–13

Rings

14–15

Rods

16

Staves

17–18

Wands

19–20

Wondrous Items

Exactly where the items are available is up to the Game Master. Common or relatively inexpensive items might be for sale at a shop on main straight. Rare or expensive items might require finding an elusive seller or completing some task in addition to the cost in gold.

EXOTIC ITEMS A hero might seek out a specific magic item rather than waiting for it to appear at random. In that case, the character can either commission the item with a down payment (usually half its total cost in gold pieces), or perform a task or quest of some sort. At the Game Master's discretion, finding someone to make or sell such items might be an adventure on its own, or a Networking roll with a penalty determined by the item and the size of the settlement.

EXAMPLE: SHOPPING IN SANDPOINT The party is about to set off on a quest to defeat an orc warlord. They decide to stock up on potions and other magical items before entering the warlord's domain. The adventurers are in a town, so the GM rolls on the Potions & Scrolls column and determines there are three potions and two scrolls. She rolls randomly on the potions and scrolls tables to see which specific brews are available. Next she rolls for Healing Potions and gets a total of 3. The party scoops up all of them. Then she rolls on the Other Items column and gets a 2. She rolls a d20 twice and gets a ring and a rod. The Ring table gives her a ring of minor protection. She decides it's for sale at a secondhand merchant shop in town. The Rods table results in a rod of rulership. That's a fairly rare item, so the GM tells the group it's owned by a retired mage who will only sell it for a favor. They travel to the mage, who agrees to sell the rod at half value if the party will chase away a dangerous group of bugbears that have moved into her favorite herb-gathering spot.

AVAILABLE ARMOR & WEAPONS D12 ITEM

AVAILABLE SCROLLS D20

COST

POWER

Bolt

1

Weapon with a (1) enchantment

1

50 gp

2

Armor with a (1) enchantment

2

100 gp Lower Trait (specify Trait)

3

Shield with a (1) enchantment

3

300 gp Blast

4

Weapon with a (2) enchantment

4

100 gp Smite

5

Armor with a (2) enchantment

5

200 gp Sloth

6

Shield with a (2) enchantment

6

150 gp Deflection

7

Weapon with a total of (3) enchantments

7

500 gp Invisibility

8

Armor with a total of (3) enchantments

8

250 gp Fear (Large Burst Template)

9

Shield with a total of (3) enchantments

9

400 gp Growth Size +2 steps

10

Unique armor or shield

10

200 gp Illusion with Sound

11

Unique weapon

11

100 gp Dispel

12

Roll again, the item is made of a special material

12

200 gp Teleport

13

100 gp Bolt, AP 2

14

100 gp Detect arcana

15

150 gp Healing

AVAILABLE POTIONS COST

POWER

1

300 gp

Major healing

2

100 gp

Minor boost Trait (specify Trait)

16

200 gp Blind

3

50 gp

Minor protection

17

200 gp Stun Medium Blast Template

4

200 gp

Minor speed

18

450 gp Zombie

5

150 gp

Restoration

19

300 gp Sloth with Strong

6

50 gp

Minor arcane protection

20

100 gp Slumber

7

50 gp

Minor empathy

8

400 gp

Minor growth Size +2

9

50 gp

Minor relief

10

750 gp

Minor intangibility

11

400 gp

Minor speed with Quickness

12

600 gp

Minor damage field with Damage

13

200 gp

Major wall walker

14

100 gp

Major protection

15

450 gp

Minor fly

16

50 gp

Minor darksight

17

650 gp

Minor healing with Greater

18

100 gp

Environmental protection

19

50 gp

Neutralize Poison or Disease

20

300 gp

Major healing

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1

Ring of minor protection

2

Ring of sustenance

3

Ring of feather fall

4

Ring of the ram

5

Ring of water walking

6

Ring of the skillful

7

Ring of major protection

8

Ring of spell storing

9

Ring of energy resistance

10

Ring of invisibility

1

150 gp

Healing

2

100 gp

Boost Trait (specify Trait)

3

200 gp

Disguise

4

200 gp

Slumber

5

50 gp

Speak language

6

100 gp

Detect arcana

7

200 gp

Entangle MBT

8

200 gp

Shrink Size –1 step

9

500 gp

Invisibility

10

100 gp

Bolt AP 2

11

400 gp

Quickness speed

ITEM

12

150 gp

Deflection

1

Immovable rod

13

100 gp

Wall walker

2

Rod of the python

14

50 gp

Protection

3

Rod of wonder

4

Staff of charming

15

450 gp

Fly

5

Staff of healing

16

450 gp

Banish

6

Rod of minor metamagic

17

100 gp

Dispel

7

Rod of negation

18

300 gp

Lower Trait (specify Trait) with Strong

8

Staff of abjuration, evocation, or necromancy

19

500 gp

Blast with Damage

20

100 gp

Havoc

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CRAFTING MAGIC ITEMS

Potions, scrolls, and wands have no additional cost, but other permanent items should be exceptional examples of their type, and cost 50% more than usual. Characters with the Artificer Edge can imbue Requirements: The artificer must have any their powers into arcane devices for later use or give them to their allies (see Arcane powers and materials listed in the item’s Craft Devices page 174). This ties up their own entry. Materials are precious gems, metals, Power Points, however, and such creations powders, oils, or other rare components represented by the listed gold value listed are temporary. (typically half the item’s value if purchased With enough time and resources, however, from others). an artificer can create more permanent items Workshop: A simple workshop allows of wonder, and best of all he doesn’t have to a crafter to work on a single item at a time. tie up his own Power Points in the process! A standard workshop allows him to work on two, and a grand workshop allows the THE CRAFTING PROCESS creation of up to three items at a time. After each week spent Crafting, the artificer makes an Occult roll for each item he’s working on. A success makes 500 gp worth of progress toward its completion, and a raise Ezren the wizard wants to craft slippers of makes 1,000 gp progress. spider climbing for Merisiel the rogue. He If the roll is failed, no progress is made on has access to a standard workshop and can that item but the crafter may try again the create two things at once, so he decides to following week. A Critical Failure destroys make a potion of healing at the same time. the item and all the materials required to The slippers have a Craft cost of 2,400. The create it!. potion’s crafting cost is 150. Ezren has wall „ AMMUNITION: Arrows, sling stones, bolts, or walker (a requirement for the slippers) and other types of ammunition are enchanted gathers 2,550 gp worth of other materials. in batches of 12 at a time. If it can be After a week’s work, he rolls and gets a recovered, each projectile has a 50% chance success. That’s 500 gp worth of progress of remaining intact once fired. toward their creation. Now he rolls for the potion of healing. He’s successful, and since its cost is less than 500 gp, it’s finished and ready to use. A character can create any of the items Ezren continues on the slippers the listed in this book if she has the Artificer next week and gets a raise on his roll. Edge (page 77), Downtime (page 148), That’s a total of 1,500 gp progress. the item to be enchanted, access to a The third and fourth weeks he workshop, and any spells gets another success, giving him and materials listed in another 1,000 gp worth of progress. the item’s Craft entry. The slippers are finished and he The Item: Only items of gifts them to his friend — who quality craftsmanship are he warns only to use for typically given permanent the good of the enchantments. Armor, Pathfinder Society! shields, weapons, and other permanent items must be of masterwork quality (page 108).

EXAMPLE: EZREN'S GIFT

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ENCHANTMENTS Masterwork armor, shields, and weapons can be enchanted with the qualities listed below. Each item can hold five points worth of enchantments. The number of points a particular quality takes is listed in parentheses after its name. Note: An item cannot be enchanted with the same quality more than once. Named Items: The named magic armor, shields, and weapons named in the rest of this chapter can’t have additional enchantments.

ARMOR & SHIELD QUALITIES AEGIS (1): Armor only. Increases the protective bonus of the armor by +1. Cost: 3,000 gp. Craft: Protection. ANIMATED (3): Shield only. Once per encounter, an animated shield can be loosed to defend its wielder. For the next three rounds, it hovers near its owner, following him if he moves and granting its Parry and cover bonus as usual without needing to be held. Its type still applies for purposes of Armor Interference or Restriction. Cost: 10,000 gp. Craft: Fly. ARROW DEFLECTION (1): Shield only. Ranged attacks against the bearer suffer an additional −1 penalty, regardless of the attacker's position (front, rear, etc). Cost: 3,000 gp. Craft: Deflection. DEFLECTING (1): Shield only. Increase the shield’s Parry bonus increased by +1. Cost: 4,000 gp. Craft: Deflection. ENERGY RESISTANCE (1): Armor or shield. Grants environmental resistance against a single energy type, determined at creation, to a piece of armor or a shield. Damage from that source is reduced by 4 when the armor is worn, and the hero adds +4 when resisting any effect tied to that element.

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A leather jerkin of energy resistance (Cold), for example, helps its wearer avoid Fatigue from exposure (see Hazards on page 153) and damage from any attack with a Trapping of cold, ice, frost, etc. Cost: 2,000 gp. Craft: Environmental protection. ETHEREALNESS (2): Armor only. On command, the wearer of this armor becomes ethereal, gaining minor intangibility. The character can remain ethereal for as long as desired, but once he returns to normal, he cannotuse this ability again for 24 hours. Cost: 49,000 gp. Craft: Intangibility. FORTIFICATION (2): Armor only. Fortified armor is more likely to turn away a lethal blow. The wearer gains a free reroll on Soak rolls. Cost: 5,000 gp. Craft: Boost Trait. GLAMERED (0): Armor only. Upon command, a piece of glamered armor changes shape and appearance to assume the form of a normal piece of clothing. The armor retains all of its properties when it is so disguised. Cost: 900 gp. Craft: Illusion. REFLECTING (4): Shield only. The shield’s surface is completely reflective. Once per day, the wielder can reflect any power that affects her by making a Spirit roll (at −2 if the casting roll got a raise). If successful the caster suffers the full effects of the power as if he had been the original target. Cost: 16,000 gp. Craft: Dispel. SPELL RESISTANCE (4): Armor only. The wearer gains the benefits of minor arcane protection. Cost: 16,000 gp. Craft: Arcane protection.

WEAPON QUALITIES ACCURATE (1): The weapon grants the user +1 in the skill required to use it (Fighting, Shooting, or Athletics). Cost: 4,000 gp. Craft: Boost trait. BANE (1): When used against a specific type of creature (dwarf, goblin, elemental, etc), a bane weapon has +2 AP and its damage die increases one type. Cost: 3,000 gp. Craft: Smite. BRUTAL (2): The weapon causes Heavy Damage. Cost: 5,000 gp. Craft: Smite. DANCING (4): Melee weapon only. The wielder can command the weapon to dance once per encounter as a free action. It animates immediately, attacking as a character for up to five rounds. It uses its master’s Action Card and attack skill, and rolls two of its normal damage dice for damage. The weapon can fly at Pace 10 and counts as an ally for the Gang Up bonus.

MIGHTY CLEAVING (2): Two-handed melee weapon only. The user gains the Sweep Edge. Cost: 10,000 gp. Craft:—. RETURNING (1): Thrown weapons only. The weapon returns to its user’s hand at the end of her turn. Cost: 3,000 gp. Craft: —. SPEED (3): If a melee weapon, the user gains the Frenzy Edge. A ranged weapon increases its Rate of Fire by 1, or reduces its Reload time by one action. User’s choice for weapons that can be used either way. Cost: 16,000 gp. Craft: Speed. THROWING (1): Melee weapon only. The weapon can be thrown using Athletics (throwing). Its Range is 4/8/16. Cost: 3,000 gp. Craft: Boost Trait. VICIOUS (2): Melee weapon only. If the wielder hits with a raise, he must make a Vigor roll or be Shaken, but his damage increases by +4 (in addition to any bonus damage).

Cost: 20,000 gp. Craft: Fly.

Cost: 5,000 gp. Craft: Smite.

DAMAGING (1): The weapon’s damage increases by +1.

VORPAL (5): Blades only. A vorpal weapon ignores penalties for Called Shots to the head. Anyone Incapacitated by it is decapitated!

Cost: 3,000 gp. Craft: Smite.

Cost: 2,000 gp. Craft: Farsight. ELEMENTAL (1): The weapon causes damage with an energy Trapping—acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic (chosen by creator).

Cost: 50,000 gp. Craft: Smite.

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DISTANCE (1): Ranged weapons only. Decrease any Range penalties by one when using this weapon.

Cost: 2,000 gp. Craft: Damaging power with the appropriate energy Trapping. KEEN (1): The weapon is exceptionally sharp, giving it Armor Piercing +2. Cost: 3,000 gp. Cost: By slot. Craft: Bolt. LIGHT (1): The weapon casts light in a Medium Blast Template. The user activates the illumination with her will as a free action. Cost: 2,000 gp. Craft: Light.

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HELM OF COMPREHEND LANGUAGES This cloth helmet grants its wearer the ability to understand the spoken words of any creature, read text in any language, and comprehend any magical writing.

Each magic item lists its name and effects and the following additional entries. Cost: 5,200 gp. Weight: 3 lbs. Craft: Speak language, 2,600 gp. Cost is how much artificers or merchants charge for the item, if they have them or are willing to sell them at all. Heroes without HELM OF TELEPORTATION storefronts, contacts, and previous customers A character wearing this cloth helm may can usually sell items for half this value. teleport (major) with the Greater Teleport Weight is how much the item weighs. Power Modifier three times per day. Craft lists the requirements an individual Cost: 73,500 gp. Weight: 3 lbs. with the Artificer Edge needs to make the item, Craft: Teleport, 36,750 gp. along with any additional costs in gold or other resources. Each point of enhancement LION SHIELD takes a week of Downtime (page 148). The face of this large steel shield (Deflecting) is fashioned as a roaring lion’s head. Three times per day as a limited free action, the Among the most useful and prized of lion’s head can be commanded to bite. It magic items are magical armor, shields, attacks with the wielder’s Fighting and causes 2d8, AP 2 damage. and weapons.

ARMOR, SHIELDS, & WEAPONS

ARMOR AND SHIELDS Armor must be worn and a shield must be in hand to benefit from any special abilities. Masterworks: Magic armor and shields are masterwork items, reducing their Min Str one die type.

BANDED MAIL OF LUCK Ten 100-gp gems adorn this banded plate mail corselet (Aegis). Once per encounter, the wearer may force a foe to reroll a successful attack roll made against him. The attacker may still benefit from any additional rerolls. Cost: 18,900 gp. Weight: 35 lbs. Craft: Good aligned, 9,650 gp.

CELESTIAL ARMOR This bright silver or gold chainmail (Aegis) is finely crafted and lightweight. It can be worn under normal clothing. Once per day its wearer gains the benefits of the minor fly power with a Duration of five minutes. Cost: 22,400 gp. Weight: 20 lbs. Craft: Fly, good aligned, 11,350 gp.

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Cost: 9,170 gp. Weight: 15 lbs. Craft: Summon ally, 4,670 gp.

RHINO HIDE This enchanted (Aegis) thick leather jacket is made of rhino hide. In addition to its enhanced armor, the wearer adds +4 damage to one successful Fighting attack in a turn in which he runs at least 5” (10 yards). Cost: 5,165 gp. Weight: 25 lbs. Craft: Boost Trait, 2,600 gp.

WEAPONS Weapons must be carried (either in a scabbard or in the hand) to grant their benefits. Masterworks: All magical weapons are masterwork items, increasing their AP by 1.

ASSASSIN’S DAGGER The wielder adds +2 to damage rolls when successfully attacking a Vulnerable opponent or one he’s gotten the Drop on. Cost: 10,302 gp. Weight: 1lbs. Craft: Darkness, 5,302 gp.

FLAME TONGUE The wielder of this longsword can cause it to burst into flame as a free action. When it does so, it causes +1 damage and can cast a flaming bolt, AP 2, once per day (using Shooting as the casting roll). Cost: 20,715 gp. Weight: 4 lb. Craft: Bolt, 40,515 gp.

HOLY AVENGER This iron longsword (Str+d10, AP 2) adds +1 to its user’s Fighting rolls (+2 if wielded by a paladin). A paladin also gains the Arcane Resistance Edge, and may cast dispel using Spirit as an action three times per encounter.

The oathbow may only have one sworn enemy at a time. Once the wielder swears to slay a target, he cannot make a new oath until the target is slain or seven days have passed. Cost: 25,600 gp; Weight: 3lbs. Craft: Elf; 13,100 gp.

SLEEP ARROW This enchanted arrow (Damaging) is painted white with white fletching. It deals nonlethal damage and anyone hit with it must resist the effects of slumber, using the attack roll as the casting roll. Cost: 132 gp; Weight: 1/10 lb. Craft: Slumber; 70 gp.

SWORD OF THE PLANES

(GM’s call.) The user should never know how many are left, and once used, the wishes are gone forever. (See wish on page 199.)

POTIONS

The sword’s magical qualities change depending on its current plane of existence, JAVELIN OF LIGHTING or if used against a creature from that plane. This javelin becomes a 3d6 lightning bolt Use whichever bonus is greater if two when thrown and has a Range of 30/60/120, conditions apply. using the attack roll as the casting roll. It's Outsiders: Against an Outsider, the bearer consumed in the attack. also gets a free reroll on damage. Cost: 1,500 gp; Weight: 2 lb. „ MATERIAL: +1 Fighting, Str+d8, AP 1. Craft: Bolt; 750 gp. „ ELEMENTAL: +2 Fighting, Str+d8, AP 1. „ ASTRAL/ETHEREAL/OTHERS: +2 Fighting, LUCK BLADE Str+d10, AP 2. This plain-looking short sword grants the Cost: 22,315 gp; Weight: 4 lb. wielder the Luck Edge. Some luck blades may contain d4 − 1 wishes! Craft: Planar travel; 11,315 gp.

Potions are alchemical concoctions enchanted Cost: 22,060 gp (0 wishes), 62,360 (1 wish), with arcane energies. Drinking the potion 102,660 gp (2 wishes),142,960 gp (3 wishes); (an action) activates the power contained Weight: 2 lb. within immediately. Each potion can only Craft: Wish; 11,185 gp (0 wishes), 43,835 contain one power, and each potion contains (1 wish), 76,485 gp (2 wishes),109,135gp only one dose. (3 wishes). An individual can only benefit from one potion per round. If given more than one, roll OATHBOW randomly to see which one takes effect—all This elvencraft composite longbow (+1 others are wasted. Shooting) whispers “Swift defeat to my A potion can be administered to an enemies” in Elven when pulled. Once per day, Incapacitated or unconscious person (as the archer can swear aloud to slay a specific an action). target (in Elvish). The bow responds “Death Cost: The cost of a minor potion is equal to its to those who have wronged me!” Attacks power’s Rank × the number of Power Points with the bow cause +d6 damage and the user it uses; then multiply that total by 50 gp. A gets a free reroll on his Shooting roll.

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Cost: 120,630 gp. Weight: 4lbs. Craft: Good aligned; 60,630 gp.

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major potion doubles the final result (For example, a potion of minor healing without any modifiers is Novice (1) × 3 power point × 50 gp = 150 gp).

RINGS Rings bestow magical powers on their wearers. Most activate immediately and continually when worn. A few must be activated by will or spoken word, and might have a limited number of charges. If the latter, the details are described in their individual entries. Putting a ring on a finger is a limited free action if it’s handy (GM’s call). A character can only wear two magic rings at once—donning a third has no effect.

RING OF COUNTERSPELLS An empty ring of counterspells can have a single power (including modifiers) cast on it. If anyone casts this power on the wearer, the casting fails and the ring is once again empty. Cost: 4,000 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Dispel; 2,000 gp.

RING OF FEATHER FALLING The wearer treats any fall as if it were no more than two yards in height. Cost: 2,200 gp; Weight: —. Craft: 1,100 gp.

RING OF INVISIBILITY The wearer gains major invisibility with the Duration modifier. The wearer can take the ring off and put it back on (an action) to reactivate the power. Cost: 20,000 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Invisibility; 10,000 gp.

RING OF PROTECTION This ring offers continual magical defense in the form of minor or major protection. Note that this doesn’t stack with the protection spell. Cost: 4,000 gp (Minor), 8,000 (Major); Weight: —. Craft: Protection; 2,000 gp (Minor ), 8,000 (Major).

RING OF SUSTENANCE

After a full week of being worn, this ring provides its wearer with life-sustaining This mithral band grants environmental nourishment. It also refreshes the body and resistance against a single energy type, mind, so its wearer need only sleep two hours determined at creation (GM’s call if found). per day to gain the benefit of eight hours. Cost: 6,000 gp; Weight: —. If the ring is removed, the owner must wear Craft: Environmental protection; 3,000 gp. it for another week to re-attune it to himself.

RING OF ENERGY RESISTANCE

RING OF EVASION This ring grants the wearer a free reroll on Evasion rolls. Cost: 25,000; Weight: —. Craft: 12,500 gp.

Cost: 2,500 gp; Weight: —. Craft: 1,250 gp.

RING OF THE RAM As an action, the wearer can command the ring to manifest a barely discernible ram-like force to batter foes. The force strikes a single target, dealing 1d6 damage per charge, up to a maximum of 3 charges per use. This has a range of 10” (20 yards). Anyone struck by the ram is knocked back 2d6” (creatures of Size 3 or more are immune to the latter effect). A newly created ring has 25 charges. When all the charges are expended, the ring becomes a nonmagical item. Cost: 8,600 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Bolt, boost Trait; 4,300 gp.

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RING OF REGENERATION When worn, the wearer may attempt a natural healing check once per round. This can even regrow limbs or organs if they’ve been severed or lost. The ring has no effect on Wounds taken before it was worn.

RODS & STAVES Often the mark of a great wizard, a rod or staff is an item of great magical power.

RODS

Rods are around three foot long, scepter-like devices, usually made of iron or other metal. Cost: 90,000 gp; Weight: —. They have unique magical powers and don’t Craft: 45,000 gp. usually have charges. A user must hold the rod to use its abilities. RING OF THE SKILLFUL Wood or metal rods cause Str+d6 damage if The ring grants a +1 bonus to a single non- wielded as weapons. combat (including Athletics), non-arcane skill, chosen at creation. IMMOVABLE ROD Cost: 10,000 gp; Weight: —. Craft: 5,000 gp.

This rod looks like a flat iron bar with a small button on one end. When the button is pushed (a free action), the rod does not move from where it is, even if staying in place RING OF SPELL STORING defies gravity. The owner can lift or place the This ring can have a single power cast upon it rod wherever he wishes, push the button, at a time. As an action, the wearer can release and let go. the spell held within, cast with an arcane skill An immovable rod can support up to 8,000 of d12 (as if cast by a Wild Card). The spell’s Duration cannot be extended or maintained, pounds before falling to the ground. If a creature pushes against an immovable rod, it but it can be recast. must make a Strength check at −4 to move the Cost: 18,000 gp; Weight: —. rod up to 2” (4 yards) in a single round. Craft: 9,000 gp. Cost: 5,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: 2,500 gp. RING OF TELEKINESIS This ring grants the wearer minor telekinesis.

ROD OF ABSORPTION

This rod absorbs spells or spell-like abilities into itself. The magic absorbed must be a single-target spell directed at either the RING OF THREE WISHES character holding the rod or her gear. The This ring is set with three rubies. Each ruby rod then nullifies the spell’s effect and stores stores a wish. When a wish is used, that ruby however many Power Points were actually crumbles to dust. When all wishes are used, used to cast it (so absorbing a power shorted the ring is no longer magical. for all its Power Points has no benefit). Absorption requires no action on the part of Cost: 120,000 gp; Weight: —. the user, and she can use stored Power Points Craft: Wish; 97,500 gp. as she wishes thereafter A rod of absorption absorbs a maximum of RING OF WATER WALKING 50 Power Points. The rod cannot be recharged Often made of coral or bluish metal decorated by other means. with wave motifs, this ring allows the The wielder always knows the rod’s wearer to walk across any liquid as if it were remaining absorbing potential and current firm ground. amount of stored energy. Cost: 15,000 gp; Weight: —. Cost: 50,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: 7,500 gp. Craft: Dispel; 25,000 gp.

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Cost: 75,000 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Telekinesis; 37,500 gp.

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ROD OF METAMAGIC The wielder of this rod can reduce the cost of Power Modifiers on a spell he casts by 1. This can be done once per day with a minor enchantment or three times per day if major. Cost: 35,000 gp (minor), 75,500 (major); Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: 17,500 gp (minor), 37,750 gp (major).

ROD OF THE PYTHON

a 200 yard radius. When held, the user gains +4 to all Intimidation and Persuasion rolls, as well as the Command and Natural Leader Edges. The user can activate the rod at will, but it functions for a total of only 500 minutes of usage before it crumbles to dust. Cost: 60,000 gp; Weight: 8 lbs. Craft: Puppet; 32,500 gp.

ROD OF WONDER

One end of this rod curls and twists back on itself like a crook, and is often tipped with a A rod of wonder is a strange and unpredictable snake or serpentine head. The rod is four feet device that randomly generates any number long and causes Str+d6 + 1 damage in combat. of weird effects each time it is used. Activating the rod is an action. If the user throws the rod to the ground (an Typical powers of the rod are listed on action), it transforms into a constrictor snake the Rod of Wonder Activation table below. and may act immediately. The python obeys Unless noted otherwise, the Duration for any all commands of the owner, and returns to of the effects is 5. rod form whenever the wielder desires, or Use this device only in the most dire whenever it moves further than 20” (40 yards) circ*mstances — it’s as likely to empower a from the owner. If the “snake” is slain, it returns to rod form foe as to vanquish him! and cannot be activated again for three days. Cost: 12,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. A rod of the python only functions if the Craft: Confusion; 6,000 gp. possessor is good. Cost: 13,000 gp; Weight: 10 lbs. Craft: Beast friend; 6,500 gp.

STAVES

A staff (plural: staves) is a long shaft of wood, bone, metal, or even glass that stores several spells, including any Power Modifiers. ROD OF NEGATION A character wielding a staff can cast any A rod of negation prevents most magic items of its listed spells as an action. The skill or from functioning for 5 rounds. The ray is cast Attribute needed to activate the staff is listed with a Shooting roll or arcane skill roll (user’s in parentheses after its description (user’s choice). The roll ignores all external penalties choice). Failure to cast the power use a single (the item’s size, cover, Range, Illumination, charge. A Critical Failure also causes Fatigue etc.) but the target device must be visible. to the wielder. The rod can also negate an enemy item’s Staves cause Str+d4 damage, Parry +1, Reach instantaneous effects. To do so, the rod wielder must be on Hold and successfully 1, when used with two hands. interrupt the foe. If so, the rival power is Charges: A staff has 10 charges when created, automatically negated. which is also its maximum. Each spell cast from the device consumes the listed number The rod can function three times per day. of charges. It regains one charge every sunrise. Cost: 37,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: Dispel; 18,500 gp.

STAFF OF ABJURATION

ROD OF RULERSHIP Usually crafted as a royal scepter of great material worth and fine craftsmanship, this rod grants the user the ability to command and coordinate up to 100 creatures within

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These staves are usually carved from the heartwood of an ancient oak or other large tree. (Smarts or Spellcasting) • Dispel (1 charge) • Banish (2 charges) • Arcane protection (1 charge)

• Damage field (2 charges) It uses Smarts or Spellcasting for activation. Cost: 82,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: All listed powers; 41,000 gp.

STAFF OF CHARMING The ornate staves are made of twisting wood ornately shaped and carved. (Smarts or Spellcasting) • Empathy (1 charge) • Puppet (3 charges) Cost: 17,600 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: All listed powers; 8,800 gp.

STAFF OF DEFENSE The staff of defense is a simple-looking polished wooden staff that throbs with power when held in a defensive stance. (Smarts or Faith) • Environmental protection (2 charge) • Deflection (3 charges) • Protection (1 charge) • Protection with Toughness (2 charges) Cost: 62,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: All listed powers; 31,000 gp.

STAFF OF EVOCATION Typically made of smooth hickory or yew. (Smarts or Spellcasting)

ROD OF WONDER ACTIVATION TABLE WONDEROUS EFFECT

1

Minor slow on target.

2

Growth on target.

3

600 butterflies pour forth and flutter around for two rounds, blinding everyone within 5” (10 yards).

4

The rod deludes the wielder for one round into believing it functions as indicated by a second die roll.

5

The wielder’s Size is reduced by two for one day.

6

Heavy rain falls for 1 round in 10” (20 yard) radius, centered on the wielder

7

The wielder gains major invisibility. The effect vanishes if he takes an action that causes damage to others.

8

Leaves grow from the target’s limbs, lasting 24 hours.

9

The wielder or a random target turns blue, green, or purple. Permanently.

10

A magical explosion detonates in a Small Blast Template for 3d6 damage, centered on whatever the user targeted.

11

Grass grows in 160-square-ft. area centered on the target of the rod. Foliage that already existed in the area grows to 10 times normal size.

12

A patch of darkness in a Large Blast Template appears over the target.

13

The wielder learns the target’s surface thoughts (as with mind reading) for 1d4 rounds. This can’t be resisted.

14

Dancing lights surround the target, negating any Illumination penalties.

15

The target becomes Ethereal (see page 241).

16

A 3d6 lightning bolt strikes the target!

17

The rod summons forth a wild animal. Roll 1d6: 1–2 bear, 3–4 lion, 5–6 cat (or any other animal of the GM's choice, including those in the Savage Pathfinder Bestiary).

18

Shimmering colors dance and play over a 40-ft square area directly in front of the rod. Any creature within is blinded. Those affected get a free action to shake off the effects with a Vigor roll at –2 at the start of their turn.

19

1d4x10 gems shoot forward in a stream. 5d4 gems hit the target, Distracting him.

20

The target turns to stone (or flesh if stone already), unless it makes a Vigor roll at –2.

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• Bolt with AP 2 (magic missile; 1 charge) • Blast LBT (fireball; 2 charges) • Barrier (wall of force; 2 charge) • Bolt with two additional targets (chain lightning; 5 charges) Cost: 82,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: All listed powers; 41,000 gp

STAFF OF LIFE A staff of life is made of thick polished oak shod in gold and decorated with sinuous runes. (Spirit or Faith) • Healing, Greater (2 charges) • Resurrection (5 charges) Cost: 109,400 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: All listed powers; 79,700 gp.

STAFF OF HEALING A white ash staff decorated with inlaid silver runes. (Spirit or Faith) • Healing (1 charge) • Relief (2 charges) • Relief with Restoration (3 charge) • Healing, Neutralize Poison and Disease (1 charges) Cost: 29,600 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: All listed powers; 14,800 gp.

STAFF OF NECROMANCY This staff is made from ebony or other dark wood and carved with images of bones and skulls mingled with strange spidery runes. (Smarts or Spellcasting) • Fear (1 charge) • Drain Power Points (2 charges) • Lower Strength (2 charge) • Zombie with Permanent (3 charges) Cost: 82,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: All listed powers; 41,000 gp.

STAFF OF POWER The staff of power is a very potent magic item with offensive and defensive abilities (using Smarts or Spellcasting) • Light (continual flame; 1 charge) • Blast (fireball; 1 charge) • Levitate for one minute (1 charge) • Bolt with Damage (lightning bolt; 3 charges) • Bolt (magic missile; 1 charge)

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• Lower Strength (2 charges) • Burst (cone of cold; 2 charges) • Arcane protection (1 charge) • Barrier (12-ft-diameter spherical wall of force around the caster only; 2 charges) Additional Abilities: A staff of power is +1 Fighting and causes Str+d6 + 1 . If a charge is expended after a successful hit (a free action made before rolling damage), the user adds +d6 to his damage. Retributive Strike: A staff of power can be broken as an intentional and retributive strike. This takes an action but no roll is necessary. All charges currently in the staff are instantly released in a 6” (12 yard) spread. Every being in a Large Blast Template takes Xd6 damage, where X is the number of charges left in the staff. This can be Evaded, but those who evade still take half damage. The character breaking the staff rolls a d6. On a 4 + , he’s safely shunted to another plane of existence (and must then find his own way back). On a 1–3, the staff’s incredible energy disintegrates him. Cost: 235,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: All listed powers; 117,500 gp. 50 gp × 2 = 200 gp)

SCROLLS Scrolls contain magical words, runes, and glyphs a user can activate by reading them aloud. Each scroll has one power scrawled onto it, including possible Power Modifiers if listed in its description. A character must have the scroll in hand and may not read more than one scroll per turn. Reading a scroll is an action and requires a Smarts or arcane skill roll (caster’s choice). If the roll is successful, the power activates and the scroll fades. A reader may try again if the rolls fails, but a Critical Failure means the scroll crumbles to dust without activating the power. Cost: The cost of a scroll is equal to its power’s Rank × the number of Power Points it uses; then multiply that total by 50 gp. A scroll of bolt with AP 2, for example, is Novice (1) × 2 Power Points, times 50 gp = 100 gp.

WANDS

Cost: 120,000 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Planar travel; 60,000 gp.

A wand is a thin baton that casts a single power, including any Power Modifiers, each BAG OF HOLDING time it's activated. To activate a wand, a This common-looking cloth sack is about 2’ character must point it in the direction of the by 4’ in size, but inside it opens into a vast target or area, and make a Smarts or arcane nondimensional space. Whatever is put into skill roll (her choice) as an action. A failure the bag, it weighs a fixed amount. This weight, uses a single charge. A Critical Failure also and the limits in weight and volume of the causes Fatigue to the wielder. bag’s contents, depend on the bag’s type, as Wands are small and may be used in melee, shown on the table below. while grappling, or other tight circ*mstances. If overloaded, the bag of holding and all of Charges: A wand has 25 charges when its contents are destroyed and lost, forever. created, and cannot recharge. Each use Likewise, if the bag is ruptured, it and all its consumes a number of charges equal to the contents are destroyed. The bag’s owner can sense the volume used, making it possible Power Point cost of the power. to manage the space without accidentally Cost: The cost of a wand is equal to the cost destroying it or its contents. per charge (on the table below) multiplied by Storing or retrieving an item from the bag the number of charges. A wand of dispel, for requires an action. Lifeforms put into the example, costs (100 × 25) 2,500 gp. bag can live for 10 minutes before being Incapacitated (see page 128).

WONDROUS ITEMS

This is a catch-all category for anything that doesn’t fall into the other groups. Anyone can use a wondrous item, and unless otherwise stated, activating a wondrous item is an action.

AMULET OF NATURAL ARMOR

WEIGHT MAX WEIGHT MAX VOLUME

Minor 25 lbs

500 lbs.

70 cubic ft.

Major 50 lb

1,500 lbs.

250 cubic ft.

Cost: 5,000 gp (minor), 10,000 (major); Weight: Special. Craft: 2,500 gp (minor), 5,000 gp (major).

BAG OF TRICKS

This small sack appears empty, but anyone reaching into it feels a small fuzzy ball. When Cost: 18,000 gp (minor), 32,000 (major); removed and thrown, the ball turns into an Weight: —. animal that serves the user for 10 minutes, it's Craft: Boost Trait; 10,000 gp (minor ), slain, or dispelled. 18,000 (major). ROLL D6

GREY BAG

TAN BAG

AMULET OF THE PLANES

1

Bat

Dog/Wolf

Anyone looking closely at this black circular amulet sees a dark, moving, swirl of colors. The wearer can use the amulet to cast major planar travel once per day, but it is a difficult item to master. The user makes a Smarts −2 roll to make the amulet take her to the plane (and the specific location on that plane) she wants. If she fails, roll a die. Odd, the amulet transports her and all those who have linked hands with her to a random location on that plane. Even, it takes her to a random plane (see page 165).

2

Rat

Horse

3

Bird of Prey

Cat, large

4

Cat, small

Auroch

5

Snake, Constrictor Bear

6

Dog / Wolf

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This amulet, usually crafted from bone or beast scales, toughens the wearer’s body and flesh. The wearer gains a bonus to Soak rolls. The bonus is +1 (minor) or +2 (major).

BAG

Rhinoceros

The bag can be used once per day, and the chosen animal is random. See the Bestiary for available statistics. Cost: 3,400 gp (grey), 16,000 gp (tan); Weight: —.

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Craft: Beast Friend; 1,700 gp (grey), 8,000gp (tan).

BELT OF DWARVENKIND This belt gives the wearer +2 to Persuasion and Intimidation checks when dealing with dwarves, +1 with gnomes and halflings, and −1 with anyone else. The wearer can also understand, speak, and read Dwarven. If the wearer is not a dwarf, he gains darkvision 10”. Cost: 14,900 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Dwarf, speak language; 7,450 gp.

BELT OF PHYSICAL MIGHT

Cost: 16,000 gp (minor) or 36,000 (major); Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Boost Trait; 8,000 gp (minor ), 18,000 (major).

BELT OF PHYSICAL PERFECTION This golden buckle depicts a fearsome animal. Two of the following attributes are increased one die type (minor) or two (major): Agility, Strength, or Vigor, as long as it’s worn. These attributes are chosen at creation or rolled randomly if found. Cost: 40,000 gp (minor) or 90,000 (major); Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Boost Trait; 20,000 gp (minor ), 45,000 (major).

The golden buckle of this belt depicts a fearsome animal. The wearer’s Agility, BOOTS OF ELVENKIND Strength, or Vigor is increased one die type (minor) or two die types (major), as long as These soft boots grants the wearer a free reroll it’s worn. The attribute is chosen at creation on all Stealth checks. or rolled randomly if found. Cost: 5,500 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Elf, invisibility; 2,750 gp.

EXTRA-DIMENSIONAL SPACES Some powers and magic items use extra-dimensional spaces. The bag of holding, the handy haversack, and portable hole are the most notable. These items create a space that doesn’t exist in any dimension, and so they don’t function inside another extra-dimensional space. For example, the contents of a bag of holding taken into an Extra-dimensional Space with planar travel become inaccessible until the bag leaves the space. The bag of holding and the portable hole have special considerations. If a bag of holding is put into a portable hole, a rift to the Astral Plans opens: both items and their contents are sucked into the void and lost forever. If a portable hole is placed into a bag of holding, a gate to the Astral Plane opens. Both items are destroyed, while all creatures in a four yard radius are drawn to the plane.

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BOOTS OF LEVITATION These soft leather boots are incredibly light and comfortable, with thin soles reinforced by strips of tough hide that provide an unexpected amount of support and protection. On command, they grant the wearer minor fly, but only move up or down! Cost: 7,500 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Fly; 3,750 gp.

BOOTS OF SPEED Three times per day the wearer can click her heels together (a free action) to gain the benefits of minor speed with the Quickness modifier. Cost: 12,000 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Speed; 6,000 gp.

BOOTS, WINGED On command, these ordinary looking boots sprout wings from the heels to grant the wearer the minor fly power. He can fly three per times day for up to five minutes per flight. Cost: 16,000 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Fly; 8,000 gp.

BOOTS OF STRIDING AND SPRINGING

CAPE OF THE MOUNTEBANK

These boots increase the wearer’s Pace by 2, and add +2 to Athletics (jumping) rolls.

On command, this bright red and gold cape allows the wearer to use minor teleport once per day. When he disappears, he leaves behind a cloud of smoke, appearing in a similar fashion at his destination.

Cost: 5,500 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Speed; 2,750 gp.

BOTTLE OF AIR When taken to any airless environment, this corked glass bottle retains air within. Anyone who holds it can breathe from it as an action. Cost: 7,250 gp; Weight: 2 lbs. Craft: 3,625 gp.

BRACELET OF FRIENDS This silver bracelet has four charms. The owner may designate one person known to him to be keyed to each charm. When a charm is grasped and the name of the keyed individual is spoken, that person is called to the spot (an action) along with his gear (this fails if the target is on a different plane). The target knows who is calling, and the bracelet of friends only functions on willing travelers. Once a charm is activated, it disappears. Charms separated from the bracelet are worthless. Cost: 19,000 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Teleport; 9,500 gp.

These wrist or arm guards surround the wearer with an invisible but tangible field of force. They grant an armor bonus of +2 (minor) or +4 (major), which does not stack with worn armor (use the highest value).

CARPET OF FLYING This beautiful and intricate rug is able to fly through the air as if affected by a fly spell of unlimited duration. The size, carrying capacity, and speed of the different carpets are shown on the table below. Each carpet has its own command word that activates it. If the device is within voice range, the command word activates it, whether the speaker is on the rug or not. The carpet is then controlled by spoken directions and the Piloting skill. A flying carpet can carry up to double its capacity, but doing so reduces it to Pace 6. SIZE

DIMENSIONS

CAPACITY

PACE

Small

5 ft. by 5 ft.

200 lbs.

Pace 7

Large

10 ft. by 10 ft.

800 lbs.

Pace 7

Cost: 20,000 gp (small), 60,000 gp (large); Weight: 8 lbs (small) or 15 lbs (large). Craft: Fly; 10,000 gp (small), 30,000 (large).

CHIME OF OPENING

A chime of opening is a foot long hollow mithral tube. It can be pointed at a container, door, or gate and struck, sending forth Cost: 4,000 gp (minor), 16,000 (major); magical vibrations that cause locks, lids, doors, valves, and portals to open. The device Weight: 1. Craft: Protection; 8,000 gp (minor ), functions against normal bars, shackles, chains, bolts, and so on, but only opens one 18,000 (major). form of lock at a time. A chime of opening also automatically CANDLE OF TRUTH dispels powers locking these portals. A chime This white tallow candle burns for no more than can be used a total of 10 times before it cracks one hour. When alight, it creates a zone of truth and becomes useless. in a Medium Blast Template. Anyone within must tell the truth unless they pass a Spirit check Cost: 6,000 gp; Weight: 1 lb. at −4. If the candle is snuffed before the hour Craft: 3,000 gp. ends, the effect is canceled and the candle ruined.

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BRACERS OF ARMOR

Cost: 10,800 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Teleport; 5,400 gp.

Cost: 2,500 gp; Weight: 1/2 lb. Craft: 1,250 gp.

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CLOAK OF DISPLACEMENT

DIMENSIONAL SHACKLES

A cloak of displacement appears as a normal cloak, but when worn, its magical properties distort and warp light waves. This grants her major deflection.

These shackles have golden runes traced across their cold iron links. Any creature bound within them cannot use planar travel or any ability that allows them to leave their current plane of existence. They fit any Small to Large creature.

Cost: 50,000 gp; Weight: 1lb. Craft: Invisibility; 25,000 gp.

CLOAK OF ELVENKIND This dark green, cloak grants the wearer a free reroll on all Stealth checks when the hood is drawn over the user’s head. Cost: 2,500 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Elf, invisibility; 1,250 gp.

CLOAK OF ETHEREALNESS This silvery gray cloak absorbs light. On command, the cloak makes the wearer ethereal (per the intangibility power). The effect may be dismissed as a limited free action. It works for no more than 10 minutes per day, and the Duration must be expended in one minute increments. Cost: 55,000 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Intangibility; 27,500 gp.

DECANTER OF ENDLESS WATER Remove the stopper from this ordinary-looking flask and speak a command word to generate fresh or salt water. Separate command words determine the type of water as well as the volume and velocity. • “Stream” pours out one gallon per round. • “Fountain” produces a five foot long stream at 5 gallons per round. • “Geyser” produces a 20 foot long, one foot wide stream at 30 gallons per round. The geyser effect can be used to Push a foe of Size 2 or less. This requires no attack roll, but both the wielder of the decanter and the target must make a Strength roll at −2 or be knocked prone and pushed back 1d6”. (This has no effect on creatures of Size 4 or larger.) The command must be spoken to stop it. Cost: 9,000 gp; Weight: 2 lbs. Craft: 4,500 gp.

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Cost: 28,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: 14,000 gp.

DUST OF APPEARANCE This fine metallic powder is stored in small silk packets or stoppered ceramic tubes. When the user scatters the dust into the air, it coats everything in a Medium Blast Template. Invisible creatures become visible, stealth checks made by affected creatures are made at −4, and all illusions within are dispelled. A packet or tube of dust provides one use. Cost: 1,800 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Detect arcana; 900 gp.

DUST OF DISAPPEARANCE This dust looks like dust of appearance and is typically stored in the same manner. Sprinkling it on a creature or object causes it to become invisible, even to those with magical detection abilities such as detect arcana. Only dust of appearance counters dust of disappearance. Dust of disappearance lasts 2d6 rounds, rolled by the Game Master—the user never knows when the Duration will expire! Cost: 3,500 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Invisibility and 1,750 gp.

EFFICIENT QUIVER This quiver has three distinct portions, each with a nondimensional space allowing it to store far more than would normally be possible. The first and smallest one can contain up to 60 arrow-sized objects. The second, slightly longer compartment holds up to 18 javelin sized objects. The third

and longest portion of the case contains as many as six bow sized objects (spears, staves, or the like). The quiver can quickly produce any stored item the wearer desires as a limited free action. Cost: 1,800 gp; Weight: 2 lbs. Craft: Shrink; 900 gp.

ELIXIR OF FIRE BREATH This strange bubbling elixir bestows the ability to spit gouts of flame. The user can breathe fire up to three times after drinking the elixir, dealing 3d6 fire damage in a Cone Template. This can be Evaded. Unused blasts dissipate one hour after the liquid is consumed. Cost: 1,100 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Burst; 550 gp.

EYES OF THE EAGLE These spectacles are made of special crystal lenses and fit over the wearer’s eyes. They grant a free reroll on Notice checks based on sight. Both lenses must be worn for the magic item to take effect.

however, be used to lessen existing winds, creating an area of relative calm or lighter winds (but wave size in a storm is not affected). The fan can be used for up to eight hours. It does not function on land. Swan Boat: Forms a swan-like boat capable of moving on water at Pace 12. It can carry eight horses and gear, 32 Medium characters, or any equivalent combination. The boat lasts for one day. Tree: Causes a great oak to spring into being (5-foot-diameter trunk, 60-foot height, 40-foot top diameter). This is an instantaneous effect. Whip: Transforms into a huge leather whip! It wields itself and attack just like a dancing weapon (see page 211). It has Fighting d8 and causes 2d4 nonlethal damage. The whip lasts no longer than one hour. Cost: 50 gp (anchor), 300 gp (bird), 200 gp (fan), 450 gp (swan boat), 400 gp (tree), 500 gp (whip); Weight: —. Craft: Conjure item; 25 gp (anchor), 150 gp (bird), 100 gp (fan), 225 gp (swan boat), 200 gp (tree), 250 gp (whip).

FIGURINE OF WONDROUS POWER

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Each of the several kinds of figurines of wondrous power is a miniature statuette Cost: 2,500 gp; Weight: —. of a creature an inch or so high (with one Craft: Farsight; 1,250 gp. exception). When the figurine is tossed down and the correct command word spoken, it FEATHER TOKEN becomes a living creature. The creature obeys Each of these items is a small feather that has and serves its owner, and unless otherwise a power to suit a special need. The kinds of stated, understands Common but does tokens are described below, and each one is not speak. usable only once. If a figurine is broken or destroyed in its A feather token has no specific features to statuette form, it is forever ruined. If slain in identify it unless its magic aura is viewed — animal form, the figurine simply reverts to a even tokens with identical powers can vary statuette that can be used again at a later time. wildly in appearance. Below are the most common figurines: Anchor: Creates an anchor that moors a craft Bronze Griffon: A bronze griffon acts in in water, even a rushing river, so as to render all ways like a normal griffon under the it immobile for up to one day. command of its possessor. The item can be Bird: Creates a bird that can deliver a small used twice per week for up to six hours per written message unerringly to a designated use. When that time has passed, or when the target. The token lasts as long as it takes to command word is spoken, the griffon once carry the message. again becomes a tiny statuette. Fan: Forms a huge flapping fan, causing a Ebony Fly: An ebony fly is the size of a breeze of sufficient strength to propel a ship pony and has the profile of a pegasus, but (about 25 mph). The wind is not cumulative no Fighting skill or natural weapons. It can with existing wind speed. The token can, be used three times per week for up to 12

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hours per use. When 12 hours have passed or when the command word is spoken, it again becomes a tiny statuette. Golden Lions: These figurines come in pairs and become normal adult male lions (or revert to statuettes) when the command word is spoken. They can be used once per day for up to one hour. If slain, the lions cannot be brought back for one full week. Ivory Goats: These figurines come in threes. Each goat looks slightly different from the others, and each has a different function: „ THE GOAT OF TRAVELING: A speedy and enduring mount equal to that of a heavy horse in every way except appearance. The goat can travel for a maximum of one day each week — continuously or in any combination of periods totaling 24 hours. At this point, or when the command word is uttered, it returns to its statuette form for no less than one day before it can again be used. „ THE GOAT OF TRAVAIL: This statuette becomes an enormous creature with the statistics of a nightmare (see the Bestiary, or use the profile for the Heavy Horse in this book if it isn't available), with the addition of a pair of large, wicked horns (Str+d6). It can be called to life only once per month for up to 12 hours at a time. „ THE GOAT OF TERROR: The proper command word causes this statuette to become a destrier-like mount with the statistics of a horned horse (Str+d8 + 2, may gore) nd the Fear −2 special ability. It can be used once every two weeks for up to three hours per use. Marble Elephant: This is the largest of the figurines, about the size of a human hand. Upon utterance of the command word, it grows to the size and specifications of a true elephant. The statuette can be used four times per month for up to 24 hours at a time. Obsidian Steed: Only careful inspection reveals this small, black, lump of stone vaguely resembles some form of quadruped. On command, it becomes a fantastic mount. Treat it as a heavy horse with the following innate powers, usable once per round at will: fly, planar travel, and intangibility. The statuette can be used once per week for one

continuous period of up to 24 hours. Note that when an obsidian steed becomes ethereal or plane shifts, its rider and his gear follow suit. Onyx Dog: This statuette changes into a creature with the same properties as a dog endowed with Smarts d6. It can communicate in Common and has exceptional olfactory and visual abilities that grant it +1 to Notice checks, darkvision 10”, and the ability to see invisible creatures. An onyx dog can be used once per week for up to six hours. It obeys only its owner. Serpentine Owl: This figurine becomes a normal-sized horned owl. The transformation can take place once per day, with a maximum duration of eight continuous hours. The owl communicates with its owner by telepathic means, informing her of all it sees and hears. Silver Raven: This silver figurine turns into a raven on command (but retains its metallic consistency). It obeys the commands of its owner, including delivering written messages, but it has no ability to speak or communicate telepathically. It can maintain its nonfigurine status for only 24 hours per week, but the duration need not be continuous. Cost: 10,000 gp (bronze griffon), 10,000 gp (ebony fly), 16,500 gp (golden lions), 21,000 gp (ivory goats), 17,000 gp (marble elephant), 28,500 gp (obsidian steed), 15,500 gp (onyx dog), 9,100 gp (serpentine owl), 3,800 gp (silver raven); Weight: 1 lb. Craft: 5,000 gp (bronze griffon), 5,000 gp (ebony fly), 8,250 gp (golden lions), 10,500 gp (ivory goats), 8,500 gp (marble elephant), 14,250 gp (obsidian steed), 7,750 gp (onyx dog), 4,550 gp (serpentine owl), 1,900 gp (silver raven).

GAUNTLET OF RUST This single metal gauntlet looks rusted and pitted but is actually quite powerful. Once per day, it can cause a non-magical object (or a three-foot radius of the object) made of iron or iron alloy to crumble into rust. It also completely protects the wearer and her gear from rust (magical or otherwise), including the attack of a rust monster. Cost: 11,500 gp; Weight: 2 lbs. Craft: Bolt; 5,750 gp.

GLOVES OF STORING On command, one item held in a hand wearing the glove disappears. The item can weigh no more than 20 pounds and must be able to be held in one hand. While stored, the item has negligible weight. With a snap of the gloved fingers, the item reappears. A glove can only store one item at a time, and storing or retrieving it is a free action. Cost: 10,000 gp (one glove); Weight: —. Craft: Shrink; 5,000 gp.

GLOVES OF SWIMMING AND CLIMBING These supple leather gloves grant +2 to all Athletics (climbing, swimming) checks. Cost: 6,250 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Boost Trait; 3,125 gp.

GOGGLES OF NIGHT The lenses of these goggles are made of dark opaque, crystal. The wearer can see through them regardless and gains darkvision up to 10” (20 yards). Cost: 12,000 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Darksight; 6,000 gp.

HAND OF GLORY

wearer to manipulate objects of up to 5 lbs within 5” (10 yards). Cost: 900 gp; Weight: 2 lbs. Craft: 450 gp.

HANDY HAVERSACK This backpack is constructed of finely tanned, worn leather with brass hardware and buckles. It has one main compartment and two side pouches. Similar to a bag of holding, all three pouches access an extradimensional space. The main compartment holds up to eight cubic feet in volume or 80 pounds of material. The side pouches hold two cubic feet or 20 pounds of weight. Regardless of how of much is carried in the haversack, it always weighs five pounds. The bearer can reach into the compartments or pouches for a specific item and find it on top and available as a limited free action. Cost: 2,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: Growth/shrink; 1,000 gp.

HARP OF CHARMING

This mummified human hand hangs by a leather cord around a character’s neck (taking up space as a magic necklace). If a magic ring is placed on one of the fingers of the hand, the wearer benefits from it as if wearing it herself, and it does not count against her tworing limit. The hand can wear only one ring at a time. Even without a ring, the hand allows its wearer to use minor light and minor detect arcana each once per day.

Cost: 1,800; Weight: –. Craft: Disguise; 900 gp.

Cost: 8,000 gp; Weight: 2 lbs. Craft: Invisibility, light, zombie; 4,000 gp.

HEADBAND OF MENTAL PROWESS

HAND OF THE MAGE This mummified elf hand hangs by a golden chain around the character’s neck (taking up space as a magic necklace). It allows the

Cost: 7,500 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: Puppet; 3,750 gp.

HAT OF DISGUISE

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Every 10 minutes played, the player of this beautiful and ornate harp may make a Performance roll to cast the puppet power. If any Performance roll fails, no one in the audience can be affected the harp for 24 hours.

This normal-looking felt hat grants the wearer minor disguise three times per day.

A yellow gem is set in the center of this simple copper headband, much like a third eye. It increases the wearer’s Smarts or Spirit one die type (minor) or two die types (major), chosen at creation, or rolled randomly if found.

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Cost: 16,000 gp (minor) or 36,000 (major); Weight: 1. Craft: Boost Trait; 8,000 gp (minor ), 18,000 (major).

HEADBAND OF MENTAL SUPERIORITY Numerous small white gemstones decorate this ornate headband. It increases the wearer’s Smarts and Spirit increased one die type (minor) or two die types (major), chosen at creation, or rolled randomly if found. Cost: 40,000 gp (minor), 90,000 (major); Weight: 1. Craft: Boost Trait; 20,000 gp (minor) or 45,000 (major).

HORSESHOES OF SPEED When affixed to an animal’s hooves, these horseshoes increase the animal’s base Pace by . All four shoes must be worn by the same animal to be effective. Cost: 3,000 gp; Weight: 12 lbs. Craft: Speed; 1,500 gp.

IOUN STONES These crystalline stones float in the air within three feet of their owner when activated. The powers of each stone vary depending on their color and shape (see the table below).

A stone's effect is permanent while it's active. If grasped or netted to separate it from its owner, its power is negated until restored. Cost: Varies; Weight: —. Craft: Half market price.

MANUAL OF ATTRIBUTE INCREASE Reading this arcane treatise permanently increases an attribute (chosen at creation) one die type. It takes a full week of Downtime to read the manual and reap its rewards. Once read, the book’s magical writing fades. A single character may only ever increase one attribute via a manual of attribute increase. Cost: 82,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: Wish; 41,000 gp.

NECKLACE OF FIREBALLS This item appears to be a string of beads, usually tied together like a necklace. The wearer understands its true form, however, a gold chain with a number of gold spheres of two different sizes. The necklace holds three of each size sphere when created. When detached and thrown (an action), the small spheres explode with blast in a Small Blast Template. The large spheres explode with blast in a Large Blast Template. The sphere is consumed when used.

IOUN STONES COLOR

SHAPE

EFFECTS

MARKET PRICE

Clear

Spindle

Sustains creature without food or water.

4,000 gp

Deep red

Sphere

Increase Agility one die type.

20,000 gp

Sphere

Increase Spirit one die type.

20,000 gp

Incandescent blue Pale blue

Rhomboid Increase Strength one die type.

20,000 gp

Pink

Rhomboid Increase Vigor one die type.

20,000 gp

Scarlet and blue Dark blue

Increase Smarts one die type.

20,000 gp 12,000 gp

Iridescent

Spindle

Sustains creature without air.

18,000 gp

Pale lavender

Ellipsoid

Absorbs 15 Power Points of spell (as a rod of absorption, see page 215).

30,000 gp

Pearly white

Spindle

Allows a Natural Healing roll once per day.

80,000 gp

Pale green

Prism

+1 to skill rolls.

120,000 gp

Vibrant purple

Prism

Contains 10 Power Points; recharges 1 per hour.

36,000 gp

Absorbs 30 power points of spells (as a rod of absorption, see page 215).

60,000 gp

Lavender and green

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Sphere

Rhomboid Alertness (per the Edge).

Ellipsoid

The sphere’s power are determined at creation (minor or major blast). The necklace is Hardness 10. If it's ever shattered by a magical fire attack, all remaining beads detonate at once! Resolve each blast separately. Cost: 2,700 gp (minor), 5,400 (major); Weight: 1. Craft: Burst; 1,350 gp (minor ), 2,700 (major).

PERIAPT OF HEALTH The wearer of this necklace, a blue gem on a silver chain, is immune to disease, including supernatural diseases. Cost: 7,500 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Healing; 3,750 gp.

PERIAPT OF PROOF AGAINST POISON This necklace features a brilliant-cut black gem on a delicate silver chain. The wearer is immune to poison, though poisons active when the periapt is first donned still run their course. Cost: 27,000 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Healing;13,500 gp.

PEARL OF POWER

PORTABLE HOLE A portable hole is a circle of cloth spun from the webs of a phase spider interwoven with strands of ether and beams of starlight, resulting in a portable, extradimensional space. The portable hole is two yards in diameter when unfolded, but the user can fold it to become as small as a pocket handkerchief. When fully opened, it accesses an extradimensional hole four yards deep. This hole can be picked up from inside or out by simply taking hold of the edges of the cloth and folding it up. Either way, the entrance disappears, but anything inside the hole remains, traveling with the item. It contains enough air for one Size 0 creature for 10 minutes. Cost: 20,000 gp; Weight: – lb. Craft: Planar Travel; 10,000 gp.

ROBE OF BLENDING Once per day, this simple wool robe grants its wearer major disguise with the Size modifier. The user also gains the ability to speak and understand the basic racial languages of the chosen form. Cost: 8,400 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Disguise, speak language; 4,200 gp.

ROBE OF BONE

When worn by a character who can cast the zombie power, she sees small, undead figures embroidered in this robe's otherwise Cost: 16,000 gp (Novice), 36,000 gp (Sea- unremarkable fabric. The wearer can detach soned), or 64,000 (Veteran); Weight: –. one figure per round, tossing it to the ground Craft: Creator must be able to cast a spell so that it rises into an actual undead creature. of that level; 8,000 gp (Novice), 18,000 gp The robe doesn’t grant control of the being, (Seasoned) or 32,000 (Veteran). but the wearer may spend one Power Point per creature to do so (no roll is required). PEARL OF THE SIRENS A newly created robe of bones has The beautiful pearl (value of at least 1,000 gp) two embroidered figures of each of the enables its possessor to breathe in water as if following undead: she were in clean, fresh air. Her swim Pace is • Human skeleton 9 and she can cast spells and act underwater • Wolf skeleton without hindrance. • Heavy horse skeleton • Goblin zombie Cost: 15,300 gp; Weight: —.

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Average in size and luster, this pearl allows the bearer to recast any one power they’ve already cast that day (including any Power Modifiers). The user must still make a skill roll to cast the power, but pays no Power Points. The pearl only allows powers of the determined Rank or lower to be recast.

Craft: Environmental protection; 8,150 gp.

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• Human zombie • Ogre zombie Cost: 2,400 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Zombie; 1,200 gp.

ROBE OF SCINTILLATING COLORS On command, this colorful robe illuminates a 5” (10 yard) radius centered on the wearer. Up to ten times per day, the user can speak the command word (an action) to cast a minor stun on a single target up to 10” (20 yards) distant. The wearer of this robe benefits from minor deflection (ranged). Cost: 27,000 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Stun; 4,200 gp.

ROBE OF USEFUL ITEMS A character who dons this simple robe notes it’s adorned with small cloth patches of various shapes. Only the wearer can see these patches, recognize them for what items they become, and detach them. One patch can be detached each round. Doing so causes it to become an actual item as indicated below. A newly created robe of useful items always has two each of the following patches: • Dagger • Bullseye lantern (full and lit) • Mirror (a polished 2×4-foot steel mirror) • Pole (10-foot length) • Hempen rope (50-foot coil) • Sack In addition, the robe has several other patches. Roll 4d4 for the number of other patches and then roll for each on the table below to determine its nature.

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Bag of 100 gold pieces

2

Door, iron (up to 10 ft. wide and 10 ft. high and barred on one side — must be placed upright, attaches and hinges itself)

3

Gems, 10 (100 gp value each)

4

Ladder, wooden (24 ft. long)

5

Mule (with saddle bags)

6

Pit, open (12 ft. by 12 ft. by 12 ft.)

7

Potion of major healing

8

Rowboat (12 ft. long)

9

Minor scroll of one randomly determined spell

10

War dogs, pair (treat as dogs)

11

Window (2 ft. by 4 ft., up to 2 ft. deep)

12

Portable ram

Cost: 7,000 gp; Weight: 1 lb. Craft: Conjure item; 3,500 gp.

ROPE OF CLIMBING This strange, magical 20-yard rope is no thicker than a wand but strong enough to support 3,000 lbs. When held and commanded, it snakes its way forward, fastening itself securely wherever the user wants at Pace 3. It can unfasten and return upon command as well. The rope may also negate situational penalties to Athletics (climbing) rolls where its magical properties can benefit the user (GM’s call). Cost: 3,000 gp; Weight: 3 lbs. Craft: 1,500 gp.

ROPE OF ENTANGLEMENT This 10-yard long coil of rope looks completely ordinary. On command, however, it lashes out to half its length to entangle a victim. The rope grants its user the entangle power, and is cast with Athletics (throwing). The rope is destroyed if severed. Cost: 21,000 gp; Weight: 5 lbs. Craft: Entangle and 10,500 gp.

SCARAB, GOLEMBANE This beetle-shaped pin enables its wearer to detect any golem within 10” (20 yards), although he must concentrate in order for the detection to take place (an action). It enables its possessor to ignore up to 4 points of any golem’s Armor when attacking with weapons, unarmed attacks, or natural weapons. Cost: 2,500 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Detect arcana; 1,250 gp.

SCARAB OF PROTECTION

SUSTAINING SPOON

This device is a silver medallion in the shape of a beetle. If it is held for one round, an inscription appears on its surface letting the holder know it’s a protective device. When worn, it can absorb up 12 Energy Drain attacks (page 240). After that it turns to powder and is destroyed.

If this unremarkable utensil is placed in an empty container, the vessel fills with thick, pasty gruel. Although the gruel tastes like warm, wet cardboard, it is highly nourishing and contains everything necessary to sustain any herbivorous, omnivorous, or carnivorous creature. The spoon can produce sufficient gruel each day to feed up to four humans.

Cost: 38,000 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Arcane protection; 19,000 gp.

SLIPPERS OF SPIDER CLIMBING

Cost: 5,400 gp; Weight: —. Craft: Conjure item; 2,700 gp.

UNIVERSAL SOLVENT

While worn, a pair of these slippers grants the wearer the minor wall walker power. Severely slippery surfaces — icy, oiled, or greased surfaces—make these slippers useless.

This substance dissolves sovereign glue, tanglefoot bags, and any other adhesive. Applying the solvent is an action.

Cost: 4,800 gp; Weight: 1/2 lb. Craft: Wall walker; 2,400 gp.

Cost: 50 gp; Weight: —. Craft: 25 gp.

SOVEREIGN GLUE

WINGS OF FLYING

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This pale amber substance is thick and A pair of these wings might appear to be viscous. Because of its particular powers, it nothing more than a plain cloak of old, black can be contained only in a flask whose inside cloth; or they could be as elegant as a long cape of blue feathers. On command (an has been coated with a special salve. action), the cloak turns into a pair of bat or When found, a flask holds anywhere from 1 bird wings, allowing the wearer to fly at Pace to 7 ounces of the stuff (1d8 − 1 , minimum 1). 12. The wings also grant +2 to Athletics rolls One ounce covers one square foot of surface, while flying. bonding virtually any two substances together in a permanent union. It takes one Cost: 54,000 gp; Weight: 2 lbs. round to set. If the objects are pulled apart (a Craft: Fly 27,000 gp. free action) before that time has elapsed, that application of the glue loses its stickiness and is worthless. If the glue is allowed to set, attempting to separate the two bonded objects has no effect, except when universal solvent (see below) is applied to the bond. Sovereign glue is dissolved by universal solvent. Cost: 2,400 gp; Weight: —. Craft: 1,200 gp.

STONE OF GOOD LUCK (LUCKSTONE) The owner of a luckstone gains the Luck Edge while it’s in their possession. Cost: 20,000 gp; Weight: —. Craft: 10,000 gp.

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group of heroes embarks upon an epic quest. Terrible monsters and bitter rivals oppose them. The elements are against them. Mysteries must be solved, artifacts found, innocents saved. It’s your privilege as Game Master to bring all these fantastic elements to life, challenging your players with adventure beyond their wildest imaginations and providing a framework to find out if they succeed or fail in their ultimate goal. This is the fun of being a Game Master — creating, managing, and presenting an entire world of excitement and adventure to your friends and peers. It can be one of the most satisfying entertainment experiences in existence and Savage Worlds is designed to help you ruthlessly wring every tension-filled moment and gut-busting laugh from it. So now you’ve read the Pathfinder for Savage Worlds rules and probably have more ideas than you know what to do with. But before you dive in, let’s take a moment to talk about the art of being a good Game Master, leading your group, creating worlds, and putting together memorable and exciting adventures.

Everything else in this book, from all the combat options to Interludes and monstrous abilities can be ignored until you need them. A great way to familiarize yourself with the basics is to run a simple fight on your own first. Put a fighter and three goblins on the table in front of you and have at it. Your only goal is to get a feel for rolling the dice, figuring totals from Aces and modifiers, rolling and applying damage, and Soaking Wounds. Once you’ve got the hang of that, you’re ready to run your first game. Don’t worry if you and your friends have to look a lot of things up the first few times. And don’t be afraid not to look things up and just wing it if you’re in the middle of a good story and want to move on. The vast majority of the experience is just you and your friends talking and making some skill rolls. All those extra bits are there when you want or need them to help make a decision.

LEARNING THE RULES Don’t be intimidated by all the rules of the game. They’re meant to handle most everything under Golarion’s brilliant sun, but all you need to start is how to resolve Trait rolls and basic combat.

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GATHERING THE PARTY Once you’ve found a group of friends to play with and settled on a game night, it’s time to figure out why their characters get together. There are two common ways to handle this.

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Fortunately, there’s an easy fix: let the player figure it out. Be honest and tell him this is what you need to get things started. Maybe the witch hunter is simply between leads, has joined the party because he suspects some greater evil is behind their quest, or simply needs to earn gold to buy better arms and equipment for a coming confrontation. Or maybe he just can't refuse to help those in need. This approach not only helps get things moving but empowers the player and might give your campaign a new and interesting subplot!

Most adventures start with a mysterious character offering a reward for adventurers to complete some quest. Perhaps they’re hired in a smoky tavern, summoned by a minor noble, or called on by the Pathfinder Society. FORMER ACQUAINTANCES Thrown together by fate or circ*mstance, the You can also start a campaign with all the characters already knowing each other. This heroes must then learn to work as a team. works great for getting the game moving, There’s a problem that sometimes arises from and is very appropriate for Savage Pathfinder this approach. Say you’re running your own where the player characters are members campaign on Golarion and the mission is to of the Pathfinder Society. They know what deliver a message to a distant city. But one of their friends can do and their basic Edges and the characters in your group is a witch hunter. Hindrances. His player is all excited about making such a This is also a great way to kick off a unique character, but you need him (and the convention game where your group only has others) to be a courier for now and accept the a few hours to play. assignment to kick off your campaign.

CAMPAIGN TYPES Different groups like different types of games. Some like lots of combat, others want to explore the world, and some are into deep roleplaying and storytelling. Most people like a good mix. Here are some pointers on each.

HACK AND SLASH A hack and slash game features lots of combat. With Savage Pathfinder, you can throw a whole horde at your heroes and give them a few staunch allies or henchmen to help as well! The best part is that players who just want to delve into dungeons to slay the forces of evil and gather loot can do that. More tacticallyminded players can load up on Leadership Edges and direct the actions of hirelings and allies. Players who like to think on their feet can use the Support and Test rules to defeat foes without ever making a single attack. Some disparage hack and slash campaigns these days, but there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good tactical combat either —and there can be epic roleplaying even in the middle of massive fights.

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ROLEPLAYING Perhaps the trickiest type of campaign to run is one that involves deep roleplaying. It’s easy to handle rules-wise — there likely won’t be much die rolling. The tricky part is knowing when to push the team into a new situation or event and when to just let them talk to each other or your nonplayer characters. Being able to create characters and creatures on the fly helps tremendously here. You can jot down a few notes about a character’s most important Edges, Hindrances, or skills and move on. That way you can concentrate on giving your Extras more personality and worry less about calculating their Parry or Toughness—at least until they get into a fight! Giving everyone time to get into character and express themselves is a massive part of the roleplaying game experience—just make sure there's some sort of quest or overarching goal to drive them.

MYSTERIES The rich lore and detailed backstories of Pathfinder's Adventure Paths provide many opportunities to solve mysteries. These are rich in roleplaying and puzzle-solving and can be the most rewarding for players. Just make sure all the clues are available one way or another, and break up the investigations and research with an occasional event or action that lets everyone shine. Sifting through ancient books for information isn't usually the forte of barbarians and fighters, after all.

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Wandering through lost cities, finding forgotten treasures, or reclaiming fallen civilizations is exciting for explorer-types. The Great Unknown lurks behind every pile of toppled columns on Golarion, and incredible treasures await those brave enough to take them from their mysterious guardians. The trouble with exploration games is that they’re often difficult for you, the Game Master, to create. All those incredible surprises, fearsome beasts, and awesome treasures have to be created, of course. Fortunately, Savage Pathfinder makes it easy to quickly create just about any creature, magic item, or other surprise you can dream up. One important tip here. The players don’t have access to your creatures’ statistics unless you show them. If you describe mysterious creatures of different shapes and sizes, they

won’t know they’re all basically the same stats with just cosmetic or descriptive differences. It’s hard to describe wonders in a game and keep them exciting. Ancient vases, strange pictograms, and archaeological sites set a great tone for exploration-style games but unless they convey meaning or occasionally provide some sort of game effect players can get bored quickly. It’s hard for most to stay excited about detailed descriptions of Thassilonian urns. Give them an occasional urn with a hidden bag of gold coins, or better yet an ancient wine that miraculously relieves Fatigue, and they’ll be much more interested in sifting through the wreckage of some fallen empire.

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ENEMIES & ENCOUNTERS Creating exciting encounters is the heart of most adventures in Savage Pathfinder! Our heroes must explore deep caverns, delve into tombs infested with blasphemous undead, battle bandits in dark forests, and more. Designing fast, furious, fun encounters is more art than science, but this section offers some advice you can use to get started.

DESIGNING ENEMIES The rules for character creation and advancement are there to provide balance for player characters. They aren’t designed for nonplayer characters and monsters. We recommend the latter abide by their Edge’s Prerequisites in general, but otherwise they should have whatever Traits and abilities the GM feels are appropriate. Spend your time and energy on the plot of the game or how best to entertain your group rather than adding up character points.

DESIGNING ENCOUNTERS Savage Worlds doesn’t use challenge ratings for combat encounters. Terrain, Acing damage, and the infinite number of interactions of Edges, weapons, armor, and powers are just too variable for a concrete formula.

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We know this makes it difficult for new Game Masters to know how many villains or monsters is a good challenge for the party, so here’s some general advice. Start by comparing the enemy’s skills, damage output, and special abilities to the player characters, then look at the table below to get an idea how many enemies should make a decent encounter for your heroes: ENEMY’S RELATIVE STRENGTH

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Wild Card leader plus three to four Extras per hero.

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Wild Card leader plus two Extras per player character.

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Wild Card leader, one Extra per hero plus an additional one for every two heroes.

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Wild Card leader plus one Extra per player character.

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Three to five Extras or one or two powerful Wild Cards.

• Assume a Wild Card enemy is worth about three Extras of the same type. • Think about a creature’s strengths and weaknesses, and vice-versa. Flying foes with ranged attacks will make short work of a party overly focused on melee. A

coven of evil mages won’t have much luck against heavily magic resistant heroes. Let the party’s advantages shine sometimes— they built for that. If they attack the same type creatures again, though, they’re likely to have learned from other’s mistakes! • If a creature’s Toughness is higher than the maximum damage (ignoring raises and Aces) of more than half the party, and assuming its damage is a significant threat, it’s likely to be a very dangerous threat. You might want to make sure there’s a “trick” to the encounter, the monster has a weakness to certain types of attacks, can be defeated by the environment somehow, or it can be distracted long enough to achieve the party's goals. • Even relatively weaker creatures such as zombies or goblins can be terrifying in Savage Worlds when attacking in a horde given the Gang Up bonus and Acing dice!

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and fiction often experience terrible setbacks. How they pick themselves up and carry on after is what truly defines them. Pathfinder for Savage Worlds has been designed from the ground up to make the job of the Game Master as easy as possible. The designers want to let you put your efforts into making incredible and exciting memories with your friends. That means you can concentrate on creating intricate plots, tricky puzzles, and interesting characters. You might have to track a few Wild Card villains’ Wounds, but other than that there are just a few core statuses to keep up with. Take advantage of these things to give yourself a break and run a game like you never have before. If you want to spend a lot of time on your campaign, make some cool props, work on your plots and subplots, and give your monsters a few memorable Special Abilities (and maybe even playtest them by yourself to make sure they work how you want).

AWARDING BENNIES Bennies are the true economy of Pathfinder for Savage Worlds. They allow you to reward creative players for their actions, entertaining the group, and playing in character. New Savage Worlds Game Masters often forget to award them or are afraid Bennies will make things too easy for the party. They won’t. When players have lots of Bennies, they tend to spend them on what’s important to their character rather than just hoarding them to stay alive. If Bennies are scarce, they’ll definitely do the latter. Too, the game’s balance is built around their constant flow. Remember that rerolls guarantee nothing. A player might spend five Bennies on a simple Notice roll and still fail. It’s not likely, but it’s definitely possible. So when do you award them? Anytime a player does something clever, finds an important clue, or roleplays his Hindrances or background.

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Most encounters in Pathfinder for Savage Worlds should be reasonably balanced for the expected power level of the group, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes it’s just as interesting for the players to evaluate a situation and realize they probably can’t win — at least not by charging in swords drawn. This is desirable on occasion as it encourages the group to think, talk, plan, and come up with clever solutions to the most challenging situations. Game Masters should never be afraid to let the opposition flex their muscles. These are savage worlds, after all, and triumphing against these foes should be a major accomplishment—not a given. If a fight is going poorly, look for ways to reward the heroes with Bennies. That will help them get better Action Cards, make vital Trait or damage rolls, and Soak Wounds. If the party still fails, don’t be afraid to let them! Failure doesn’t have to mean death. They might need to retreat and regroup, or they might be captured and healed (even the “dead” heroes). Maybe the captives must now escape a horrible dungeon, battle in an arena for their captors’ amusem*nt, or perform some other task to earn their freedom. Remember that the greatest heroes of film

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If a Loyal character jeopardizes his life (or the quest!) to save his comrade, he definitely deserves a Benny for his efforts. If a Slow hero tells the others to go on while he stays back to fight the pack of wolves at their heels because he knows he’s slowing down the rest of the group, reward him for it! It also never hurts to reward a player for a great line or side-splitting in-game joke; or even better when she pulls off a serious and dramatic moment. Once a player has been rewarded, you can stop or slow down rewarding the same behavior. A running joke shouldn’t grant a Benny every time it’s mentioned, for example. Risking real danger for the Heroic Hindrance in different encounters or events, however, should result in multiple rewards. Players who are low on Bennies should also remember to try something different or clever rather than just making their usual attacks. Ham it up for the group and help tell a memorable story and the GM should reward them. Bennies usually flow at the start of the adventure as players roleplay and get used to the game. They slow down later once those traits have been rewarded a few times already. By the climax, Bennies might be fairly scarce, both in the players’ stacks and as rewards. Then they have to rely on Jokers or those really big moments for rewards — jumping on the dragon’s back, leaping through a stained glass window, a particularly good Taunt against the villain, and so on.

IMMERSION Let’s talk about how to run an engaging and immersive game. Start with the novelist’s trick —show don’t tell. If the people in a town are friendly, have a smiling merchant offer a small piece of fruit to the newcomers, welcoming them to his village. If the town is plagued by insidious terrors, depict its citizens as standoffish, unfriendly, and suspicious. Don’t talk in terms of numbers and rules when describing enemies and monsters, especially at the beginning of an encounter. A “large, lanky, green-skinned creature with

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drool dripping from its fangs and beady black eyes” is much more frightening than “a troll.” That’s not to say you should never tell the players what Edges your villains have. Players might also get tense knowing the master swordsman has Improved Frenzy and Improved Block, or the horror lurking in the fetid green pool gets four tentacle actions.

INTERPRET THE DIE ROLLS Savage Pathfinder frequently features wild and unpredictable die rolls. When this happens, go with it! If a hero has to jump from a runaway wagon as it careens out of control and makes an amazing Athletics roll, describe how he leaps into the air, tucks and rolls on the ground, and comes up on his feet with perfect balance. Similarly, don’t be afraid to throw some bad luck at him when he gets a really poor roll. Maybe while using the Chase rules a player sleds down a mountain to escape a rampaging yeti and rolls snake eyes! Describe how he tumbles, rolling and tumbling through the cold, wet snow as the beast bounds after his fallen prey. Your players will love the extra embellish­ ment. They’ll feel powerful and cool when the dice are nice, and danger and excitement when the dice betray them, especially if you take a moment to make the setback interesting. That’s what makes a Critical Failure on a Fighting attack, for example, go from feeling like a lost turn to a memorable part of the story.

notice some of your players are left out or looking a little bored, prod the group to see what they want to next. If they seem lost, ask someone to recount the clues or situation as they understand it and help them fill in the gaps. This is often enough to spark an idea or lead they want to follow up on. Finally, don’t be afraid to contrive an encounter that gives the group a new path to follow. Maybe the team is attacked by their rivals and in the aftermath are able to gather a new clue from the survivors.

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Just as important as keeping the plot moving forward is making sure combats are fast and furious. As you count down the Action Cards, make each player tell you what his character is doing fairly quickly. If he needs a moment, put his character on Hold and move on to the next player. If you feel the scene should be particularly dramatic and a player doesn’t announce his character’s intentions quickly enough, start counting down… “What do you do? 5, 4, 3…!” That will get all the players’ blood pumping and reinforce the notion that their characters are in a dangerous situation that requires quick decisions and big heroics. Most of the time, rush things along. Make them feel the urgency of combat. Make them a little nervous. Make them realize things are desperate and that the next die roll better be a good one. That’s not to say there aren’t times when you want to give a player a moment to think— particularly if they have a big plan or need to A good Game Master must pay attention to look up something really important, like the the pace of the game. Sometimes your friends details of a power or a special rule. will want to take their time roleplaying You might also occasionally give the entire their characters, interacting with the world, group a moment. If a terrible foe shows or even just joking out of character and up after a few rounds of combat, a quick enjoying the social aspect of the game. If this bathroom break gives everyone a moment goes on too long, however, they may need a to soak in the fact that things just got more little prodding. challenging. This can be especially true in open "Read the room" the moment and play adventures such as a murder mystery that up the drama befitting your scenario, the require the players to figure out where their environment, and the party’s mood, and characters go and what they should do. let them plan and strategize a bit if it makes If most or all of the group is roleplaying, sense or will benefit the game. smiling, and having a good time — leave them alone. Let them set the tempo. If you

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his selection of creatures and monsters details the special abilities possessed by the monsters your heroes must fight. Also included are some commonly occurring beasts of Golarion. You'll find dozens more exotic and dangerous fearsome foes in the Pathfinder for Savage Worlds Bestiary.

SPECIAL ABILITIES ALL-AROUND VISION A few creatures possess the remarkable ability to see in all directions, usually because of unique physical features. Creatures with All-Around Vision ignore one point of Gang Up bonuses, add +2 to Notice rolls made to resist attacks from Stealth, and cannot be the target of a Sneak Attack.

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AQUATIC The creature is native to the water. It is a natural swimmer and cannot drown. Its Pace in water is specified after the Aquatic ability.

ARMOR A creature’s Armor is written in parentheses next to its total Toughness, and already added in. Thick, leathery hide generally offers 2 points of Armor. Creatures like a stegosaurus generally have 4 or more points of protection. Supernatural creatures may have much higher Armor values. A living statue, for example, might have 8 points of Armor or more.

BASH Larger creatures often use their bodies or body parts to pummel their opponents during combat. See the creature’s statistics for any special effects.

Many humanoids have universal features common to their ancestry. These include special abilities, Edges, and Hindrances. BITE Goblins have Darkvision, Size −1, and Greedy See Natural Weapons, page 242. (Major), for example. Some non-humanoids and other creature types may also have a BLINDSENSE universal set of features — such as archons, A creature with this ability can perceive its demons, and devils — when there are environment using non-visual senses. This different versions within a creature category. includes a keen sense of smell, echolocation, Instead of listing each of these features or sensing vibrations in the ground or even separately, they are listed together in one in the air. These creatures ignore invisibility, bullet in the creature’s stat block, such as illusion, and all Illumination penalties. “Ancestry (Goblin)” or “Archons.”

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BREATH WEAPONS

CLAWS

Most dragons and other “fire breathers” use a Cone Template for their attacks (see Area Effect attacks on page 131). A few specific creatures, such as blue and black dragons, use the Stream Template. All breath attacks may be Evaded (see Evasion on page 134). Unless the creature’s description says otherwise, breath attacks take the creature’s entire turn — they can’t perform MultiActions in the same round they make a breath attack.

See Natural Weapons, page 242.

BURROW

CONSTRUCT Golems and other animated objects are collectively called “constructs.” Some are sentient beings while others are mere automatons following the will of their masters. Whatever their origin or material, constructs have several inherent advantages over creatures of flesh and blood. Constructs add +2 when attempting to recover from being Shaken, ignore 1 point of Wound penalties, don’t breathe or eat and are immune to disease and poison, don’t Bleed Out, and Wounds are removed with Repair instead of Healing with no “Golden Hour.”

From massive worms to sand-dwelling humanoids, many creatures are able to burrow beneath the earth and move within it. Burrowers can tunnel underground and DARKVISION reappear elsewhere for devastating surprise Some creatures on Golarion possess the attacks against their foes. The distance a extraordinary ability to see without a light creature can burrow on its turn is written source. Creatures with this ability ignore immediately after its Burrow ability. penalties for Illumination up to 10″ (20 yards). A burrowing creature may tunnel on its action, and may erupt from the ground at any ENERGY DRAIN point within its burrowing Pace in the same With a successful touch or attack, a victim turn. It cannot be attacked while beneath the must make a resistance roll (usually with earth unless the attacker has some special Vigor) or lose a die type in the targeted means of detecting it and penetrating the attribute. intervening dirt. If the attack would reduce an attribute below Burrowing creatures erupt from beneath d4, the victim is Incapacitated until healed or their opponents and may take them by he recovers a lost die type (see below). If the surprise. If the target was unaware of the targeted attribute was Vigor, he must make a burrower’s presence, the creature makes Vigor roll at the end of his next turn or perish. an opposed Stealth roll versus the victim’s Recovery: Unless slain, a victim recovers Notice. If the burrower wins, the target one die type every 24 hours, or if given respite is Vulnerable to it only. With a raise, the with the Restoration modifier. burrower gets the Drop. Targets on Hold may attempt to interrupt the attack before it occurs. ELEMENTAL Burrowers can’t usually surprise a foe once their presence is known, but can still burrow Air, earth, fire, and water form the basis of the elemental realms, wherein dwell strange, for protection and mobility. unfathomable creatures. Elementals have bodies of pure earth, water, CLASS ABILITIES air, or fire and are immune to damage, effects, When a creature has a Class Edge, the specific or Trappings that match their native element. features of the Edge are listed in a single They also ignore additional damage from bullet. A goblin warchanter, for example, has Called Shots, ignore one point of Wound the Bard Class Edge, with all its features listed penalties, don’t breathe or eat, are immune in a single bullet labeled “Class Abilities to disease and poison, and can only be healed (Bard).” via magic or natural healing.

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESISTANCE

FLIGHT

The creature is resistant (but not immune) to a particular type of energy or matter such as cold, heat, electricity, cold iron, etc. Damage from that source is reduced by 4, and the being adds +4 to resist matching Hazards or powers with a similar Trapping.

The creature can fly at the listed Pace. It uses its Athletics to maneuver in chases or other situations. If a creature’s Pace is at least 24 and it's flying, attackers subtract 1 when making attacks against it. If it’s Pace is 48 or higher, attackers subtract 2.

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The creature is susceptible to a particular GARGANTUAN type of energy or matter, such as cold, heat, Gargantuan creatures are those that are at electricity, cold iron, etc. least Size 12 or higher. They have Heavy The creature takes +4 damage from that Armor, can take three additional Wounds, source, and subtracts 4 when resisting and their attacks count as Heavy Weapons. Hazards or powers with a similar Trapping. Stomp: A Gargantuan creature may stomp by using an area effect template (the size of the template is determined by the GM ETHEREAL Ghosts, shadows, will-o’-wisps, and similar based on the monster’s “footprint”). The intangible creatures have no form in the attack ignores Scale modifiers and is an physical world (or can turn it on and off at opposed Athletics vs Agility roll (defenders will). They can pass through physical objects, roll individually). Those who can’t get out of cannot be harmed by non-magical attacks, the way are stomped for damage equal to the and cannot even be seen unless they desire to monster’s Strength damage. be. Ethereal creatures are affected by magical HARDY items, weapons, and supernatural powers. Unless its description says otherwise, Very tough or determined creatures do not ethereal creatures can throw objects, wield fall from lesser injuries, no matter how many weapons, or even push terrified heroes down they suffer. A decisive blow is needed to put one of these tenacious creatures down. long, dark stairs. If the beast is Shaken, another Shaken result doesn’t cause a Wound. FEAR Particularly frightening monsters cause Fear checks to all who see them. Some truly terrifying monsters may inflict penalties on Fear checks as well. A creature with Fear −2, for instance, causes those who see it to make their Fear checks at −2. See the Fear rules on page 152 for effects.

HORNS See Natural Weapons, page 242.

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Creatures born in fire aren’t affected by heat, and a horror made of pure lightning won’t suffer from a bolt attack with an electrical FEARLESS Trapping. Immunities are to specific types of Mindless creatures, such as some undead, attacks, such as fire, cold, electricity, and so constructs, and the like, don’t suffer from on. Such creatures don’t have Invulnerability the weaknesses of the mortal mind. Fearless (see below), they just ignore damage and Stun creatures are immune to Fear effects and results from the specific attack types named. Intimidation. They may still be Taunted, however (usually because it draws their INFECTION attention rather than causing emotional A vampire’s bite, a horrid spider-like creature distress). that injects eggs into its victim’s skin, or the scratches of certain vermin might all cause Infection.

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A character Shaken or Wounded by a creature with Infection must make a Vigor roll. Modifiers to the roll are listed in the creature’s description, as are the effects of failure.

INNATE ABILITIES Various creatures on Golarion have innate abilities. These are usually magical abilities with "spell-like" effects or powers. Unless otherwise noted, activating an Innate ability is an action and doesn't require a roll. A minor ability "casts" the listed power with basic success, and a major ability casts as if with a raise. If an ability requires a Trait roll instead, it's listed after the power (and Critical Failure causes Fatigue). Those that don't require a Trait roll are simply described as minor or major, like so: „ Innate

puppet.

Abilities: Invisibility (Spirit), minor

Duration: Unless a creature's description lists a particular Duration, Innate Abilities may be maintained indefinitely, but terminate instantly if the creature is Incapacitated or Stunned.

INVULNERABILITY Invulnerable creatures ignore damage as listed in their description. Unless otherwise specified, they can be Shaken or Stunned but not Wounded by other forms of damage. An ancient dark god given life by misguided cultists, for example, might only be vulnerable to relics of a rival deity.

LOW LIGHT VISION Low Light Vision ignores penalties for Dim and Dark Illumination (but not Pitch Darkness).

MINDLESS This creature is immune to puppet, Intimidation, Taunt, and any attempts to manipulate it with any abilities that Tests its Smarts.

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NATURAL WEAPONS Creatures with natural weapons such as fangs, claws, or horns may attack with any or all of them using their Fighting skill. Damage is stated for character races and beasts in their various descriptions. Creatures with natural weapons are always considered armed. This means they aren’t Unarmed Defenders and foes fighting with Two Weapons gain no advantage against them. Here are additional notes for each type of attack: „ BITE: The creature may bite a target it has grappled (most attackers can only crush their prey, see Grappling, page 135). +2 to Athletics (climbing) rolls on any rough or soft surface (not sheer steel, glass, etc.). „ HORNS: Add +4 damage at the end of one Fighting action in which it runs, moves at least 5″(10 yards), and successfully hits with its horns. „ CLAWS:

NIGHT VISION Some creatures thrive in the darkest depths of the night—or in underground caverns and dungeons. Creatures with night vision ignore all Illumination penalties.

PACK TACTICS This creature applies its Gang Up bonus to damage rolls as well as the usual bonus to Fighting.

PARALYSIS Paralyzing poisons are covered under Poison, below. Other creatures might paralyze their victims with magic, electricity, or other sources. Victims Shaken or Wounded by a paralyzing effect are Stunned but can't attempt to recover for d4 + 1 rounds (or longer if otherwise specified).

POISON Snakes, spiders, and other creatures inject poisonous venom via bite or scratch. To do so, the thing must cause at least a Shaken result to the victim, who then makes a Vigor roll modified by the strength of the poison (listed in parentheses after the creature’s Poison

ability). Effects of failure are described in more detail in the Hazards section (page 153).

POUNCE Predators often pounce on their prey to best bring their mass and claws to bear. If a creature with pounce makes a Wild Attack, it adds +4 to its damage instead of +2 to one successful Fighting attack.

REGENERATION Hydras, trolls, vampires, and other legendary creatures can Regenerate their injuries. Regeneration comes in two types: Fast and Slow. „ FAST: Wounded creatures make a Vigor roll every round—even after they’ve been Incapacitated. Success heals one Wound (or removes Incapacitated status), and a raise heals an additional Wound. Wounds caused by some types of damage, listed in the creature’s description, do not regenerate but may still heal naturally. Trolls cannot regenerate Wounds caused by flame, for example. „ SLOW: The creature makes a natural healing roll once per day.

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or Very Resilient. The abilities exist to bring select Extras a little closer to the heroes and villains who lead them.

SIZE Size grants a bonus to Toughness (or penalty for small creatures) and is a guide to the typical Strength of creatures in that general range. Size is generally based on mass, but exceptions exist for extremely large but weak creatures, small but strong beings, etc. Scale Modifiers are explained under Size & Scale on page 140. Additional Wounds: Large creatures can take an additional Wound, Huge can take two, and Gargantuan three. The maximum Wound penalty is always three. This stacks with Resilient/Very Resilient (see above). Such creatures typically have Reach equal to the additional Wounds granted by Size.

STUN A creature with this ability often has an electrical attack, mild toxin, mind lash, or similar trapping. When it successfully hits a character (even if it causes no damage), she must make a Vigor roll minus any listed penalties or be Stunned (page 140).

SWALLOW WHOLE

Some creatures have especially vicious claws or weapons. Victims Shaken or Wounded by a rending attack are bleeding and must make a Vigor roll as a free action at the beginning of their next turn. Failure causes one Wound and the victim must make another Vigor roll next turn. Success means the victim doesn't suffer a Wound, but must make a Vigor roll again next turn. A raise stops the bleeding and no further rolls are required from that attack. A successful Healing roll also stops the bleeding.

The creature has learned how to deal with pesky creatures smaller than itself. It ignores up 4 points of Scale penalties when attacking with certain abilities listed in its description (and only those specific abilities).

RESILIENT/VERY RESILIENT

TENTACLES

Some creatures, such as ogres or dire versions of common animals on Golarion, are tough to put down. Resilient Extras can take one Wound before they’re Incapacitated, Very Resilient Extras can take two. Wild Cards can’t be Resilient

The creature has a number of “tentacle actions” specified in its description (usually 2 or 4) it may use once per turn. All of a creature's tentacle actions count as one of its three potential actions for the turn, and must stem from the tentacle in some way — usually a Fighting, Shooting, or grappling attack (GM’s

Certain massive creatures with gigantic maws can swallow their prey whole. This usually requires a successful bite attack. See the creature’s description for details and how prey might escape this dire fate!

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call). A giant octopus with four tentacle actions, of one Wound per attack no matter how many for example, could make four attacks as one Wounds would normally be caused (after action and still have two actions left over. Soak rolls are made). Certain Weaknesses If the creature is a Wild Card, it rolls its Wild or magic items ignore this ability, as does an attacker acting on a Joker. Die with each tentacle action as usual. If the being performs other actions on its turn, such as Taunting or casting a spell, these WALL WALKER and the tentacle actions are affected by the A wall walker’s movement rate when walking on walls is its standard Pace. It may run as Multi-Action penalty as usual. Grappling rolls made with tentacles get usual when walking on walls unless the a +2 bonus, and its crushing attack causes specific creature’s text says otherwise. the creature’s Strength in damage unless WEAKNESS otherwise listed. Severing a tentacle is a Called Shot. If Some creatures can only be hurt by certain damage exceeds the creature’s Toughness, substances, are debilitated by sunlight or the limb is severed and the monster is Shaken. holy symbols, or might perish immediately if affected by some holy relic, rare object, or If it was already Shaken, it takes a Wound. magical item. A Weakness not covered by Environmental Weakness (page 241) is TRAMPLE listed here along with the specific rules and Elephants, rhinoceroses, and other large conditions required to trigger it. creatures can trample smaller victims under foot when moving at least 5″ (10 yards) in a straight line. This usually applies only when the opponents are at least two sizes smaller. This Bestiary categorizes creatures within See the creature's description for any special Thirteen distinct Types. These categories are conditions or effects. referenced in other Savage Pathfinder rules. The creature makes a single attack at −2 and „ ABERRATION: Rare creatures with bizarre applies it to all victims in its movement path. anatomy, strange abilities, or other alien Those it tramples may make an attack on it characteristics. after if passes if desired (see Withdrawing from Melee on page 143), unless it has „ ANIMAL: Any living vertebrate creature with no magical abilities and no innate Extraction or a similar ability. language or culture. Smarts is relative to the animal world, as indicated by the (A) as UNDEAD a reminder of “animal intelligence.” Zombies, skeletons, and similar physical „ CONSTRUCT: An artificially created object horrors are particularly difficult to destroy. or creature. In most cases, undead creatures are Evil, but „ DRAGON: The family of legendary magical there are exceptions. Below are the benefits of reptilian creatures, usually winged. being such an abomination. • Add +2 to Toughness and Spirit rolls to „ FEY: Supernatural creatures, usually humanoid in appearance, with connections recover from being Shaken, ignore addi­ to nature or some other fantastical realm. tional damage from Called Shots, ignore 1 point of Wound penalties, don’t breathe „ HUMANOID: Biped creatures, with a or eat and are immune to disease and human-like head, torso and limbs. poison, don’t Bleed Out, ignore penalties Humanoids usually possess language and for Illumination up to 10″, and can only be form cultures. healed with magical healing. „ MAGICAL BEAST: Similar to Animals, creatures of this type possess some kind of UNSTOPPABLE magical or supernatural ability. The creature has strong will, magical „ MONSTROUS HUMANOID: Similar to protections, or great mass. It takes a maximum Humanoids, these creatures have some

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SIZE TABLE Use the examples below to estimate the Size of creatures and vehicles not included in the Bestiary. Mass is usually enough to determine its Size and Toughness bonus, but account for overall dimensions as makes sense. Tiny creatures have a Strength score of 1. They can’t make a Strength roll (and therefore can’t Ace or get bonus damage). They can damage creatures with a Toughness of 1, but can only harm Small or larger beings if they swarm together (see Swarms in the Bestiary). SIZE / TOUGHNESS BONUS

TYPICAL STRENGTH RANGE

SCALE MODIFIER

TYPICAL HEIGHT / LENGTH UP TO…

MASS UP TO…

EXAMPLE CREATURES

 TINY  

−4

1

−6

6″

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FAQs

Is Savage Worlds easy? ›

I have to give Savage Worlds an enthusiastic thumbs up. Easy enough for beginners to understand, it also does an excellent job of lightening the GMs load. It captures the feel of pulpy danger in a simple, easy to use package that's fun to play.

What is Pathfinder for Savage Worlds? ›

Dozens of Savage Worlds to explore! Now we're taking our explorers into the land of Golarion, starting with the Pathfinder for Savage Worlds core rulebook. This 256-page, hardback book gives you all-new Class Edges, new powers and power options, gear specific to the world of Golarion, magic items, and more.

Does Savage Worlds have classes? ›

It has no classes but uses attributes, skills, and edges/hindrances instead.

Is Savage Worlds balanced? ›

Balance Encounters (But Not Really)

Savage Worlds plays more like old school D&D than the modern D&D and Pathfinder games where encounter balance is a consideration. Exploding dice and bennies create big swings in encounters.

What are the core skills in Savage Worlds? ›

Core Skills (Athletics (Agility), Common Knowledge (Smarts), Notice (Smarts), Persuasion (Spirit), Stealth (Agility)) start at a d4. Putting a single point into a Skill raises its die type to a d4.

Why is Pathfinder better than D&D? ›

Is D&D Better Than Pathfinder? No, while both games are similar, they offer different ways of playing. Neither is better, though one will certainly fit your playstyle more. Dungeons & Dragons has simpler, more streamlined rules, while Pathfinder is slightly more complex but allows for greater flexibility.

What books do I need to play Savage Worlds? ›

Reality Blurs
  • Runepunk (2007; hardcover)
  • Ravaged Earth: The World of High-Powered Pulp (2008; softcover, regular and deluxe (color) editions)
  • Runepunk: Darksummer Nights (2009; softcover)
  • Runepunk: Steam & Shadow (2009; PDF)
  • Agents of Oblivion: Player's Guide (2009; PDF)
  • Realms of Cthulhu (2009; hardcover)

Is Savage Worlds an Ogl? ›

Creators retain the rights to their published products. Savage Worlds has never been an “open” license, and Pinnacle does not want to assume ownership for the creativity and hard work of contributing members of the SWAG community.

Do you level up in Savage Worlds? ›

Savage Worlds advances

Core SWADE has a simple structure for advancement: every so often, the character earns an advance. Each advance can be spend on a few things, such as improving traits or new Edges. Every three advances, the character also improves their rank, which unlocks new Edges and other abilities.

Is Savage Worlds tactical? ›

These vary in quality, but they give a lot of variety in the sorts of games you can run with the system. Broadly speaking, Savage Worlds does well with pulpy, action-based games. It's more on the crunchy, tactical side of things.

What is toughness in Savage Worlds? ›

Toughness is your hero's damage threshold. Anything over this causes him to be rattled or worse. Toughness is 2 plus half your hero's Vigor, plus Armor (use the armor worn on his torso).

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