04.71 Strength Skills

04.71 Strength Skills

Acrobatics

Specializations: Jumping, Leaps, Tumbles, Balance, High wire, Trapeze work.

This is a skill in performing feats of jumping, gymnastics, and extraordinary balance, as well as jumping and breaking falls. It is also useful for running obstacle courses or doing courtly promenade.

Using acrobatics can also improve many of a character’s climbing and running attempts. See Each skill for the Synergy notes.

Instead of adding a modifier to the running or swimming difficulty for particularly challenging obstacle courses, the gamemaster may have the hero make an acrobatics roll in addition to a running or swimming roll.

Acrobatics can make a character appear more intimidating. The player may add one-half of the difference (rounded up) between the difficulty and the successful acrobatics roll to her intimidation attempt. The intimidating attempt may be made on the same turn as the acrobatics roll or on the next round.

During a fall, acrobatics may be used to reduce bodily harm. If the character has not already used his turn for the round, he may rely on acrobatics in an attempt to land properly. The character generates an acrobatics total. For every five points over the base difficulty number of 10, the hero reduces the damage total by one point, in addition to a base reduction of one point. The damage total, however, cannot be lower than zero.

ManeuverDifficulty
Somersault; pirouetteEasy
Handspring; cartwheel; handstandModerate
Swing over a obstacleModerate
Round-off; backflipDifficult
Vaulting over an obstacleDifficult
Bouncing off a surface to reach a specific destinationVery Difficult
Walking up a wall*Heroic

*The character may “walk” a maximum of her Move in one round; she must have a flat surface to stop on at the end of her turn or she falls and takes damage from the fall.  Some conditions that might effect the skill check are how flat the surfaces are, how much landing space the person has, and the type of terrain the character is making the attempt on.

Note: Characters may combine one or more maneuvers in the same action. In this case, use the difficulty of the most challenging maneuver, subtract 3 to the roll for each additional maneuver (up to five additional maneuvers), and include modifiers as if the complex stunt was one maneuver.

Skill Use: Balance – This skill use helps a character maintain her balance whether on a tightrope or being tripped by an opponent in combat.

Athletics

Specializations: Climbing, Running, Lifting, Throwing

Skill Use: Climbing – Climbing is the skill to scale various surfaces.  Difficulties for this skill are included in the “Movement” chapter. Note that taking care in climbing and carrying 50% or more of the character’s body weight slows the character down by two meters or more per round.  Conditions that affect the roll may be taking care in climbing, degree of angle in the climb, whether the character is prepared to climb, and how much they are carrying.

Skill Synergy Acrobatic Climbing: Prerequisite: Acrobatics 3+. With one’s skill in Acrobatics, the character can climb a little better. 

Action Difficulty
Scale surface with many hand and footholdsModerate
Scale surface with few hand and footholdsDifficult
Scale surface with no hand or footholdsHeroic
Stop a fallLegendary

Skill Use: Scaling – Climbing human-made structures requires a set of skills similar to but not exactly like that needed for rock climbing. The scaling skill use of Climbing covers everything from pyramids to skyscrapers.

  • Skill Synergy – Skilled Scaling: (Prerequisite: Craft/Repair – Construction 3+) – With one’s skill in construction and design, the character can scale a man-made structure a little better. 
  • Skill Synergy Skilled Scaling: (Prerequisite: Scholar – Construction 3+) – With one’s skill in construction and design, the character can scale a man-made structure a little better. 

Skill Use: Lifting – This use of Athletics is for Moving or lifting heavy objects, as well as representing the ability to inflict additional damage with strengthpowered weapons.

At the gamemaster’s discretion, a player may make a lifting check when his character first picks up an object. (Generally, if the object’s weight would give it a difficulty equal to or greater than one-half of the character’s lifting, rounded up, or the object is being lifted hastily or under stress, the gamemaster should require a lifting roll.)

For each round the object is carried, the character makes another check to see if he can continue to carry the object. If he fails the roll, he is too exhausted and must put the object down. If the character is doing anything else at the time (other than walking slowly or talking), continuing to carry the object counts as a multi-action.

Abridged Lifting Table

WeightDifficulty
1 kgEasy
10 kgEasy
50 kgEasy
100 kgModerate
120 kgModerate
200 kgDifficult
250 kgDifficult
500 kgVery Difficult
750 kgHeroic
1,000 kg (1 ton)Legendary
1,100-2,000 kgLegendary
2,500-10,000 kgLegendary +2
15,000-100,000 kgLegendary +3

The gamemaster may further subdivide the lifting chart if desired to include the weights for the difficulties not listed here.  Lifting Fatigue Modifier are generally from the amount of time spent lifting.

Time SkillModifier to Roll
1-6 rounds0
7 rounds to 3 minutes-5
3-10 minutes-10
10-30 minutes-15
30-60 minutes-20

Note: After the first hour, the character must make a check once per hour at the same difficulty as one hour. If the character fails the roll, then he must rest for twice as long as he was lifting the weight.

Skill Use: Running – Moving quickly on the ground while avoiding obstacles and keeping from stumbling. Difficulties for these skills are included under Movement.

  • Skill Synergy Acrobatic Running: Prerequisite: Acrobatics 3+. With one’s skill in Acrobatics, the character can run in rough terrain better. 

Skill Use: Swimming – Moving and surviving in a liquid medium. Difficulties for these skills are included under Movement.

Skill Use: Throwing – Throwing is the ability to hit a target accurately with a thrown item, including grenades, stones, javelins, bottles, and knives. Also used for catching thrown items. A character’s ability to grab projectiles out of the air is enhanced by the throwing skill. The difficulty of catching an object is typically the thrower’s throwing roll. If the thrower wants the catcher to get the object, and thus takes care to throw well, reduce the thrower’s skill total by 1 success. For Combat difficulties for this skill, see Combat.

Fighting

Specializations: Brawling, Martial Arts, or Fighting Style

This is a competence in unarmed combat.

Skill Knack: Blind-fighting Prerequisites: Search 3 – A character may make a Search Moderate roll as a free action before each attack (Results Points may be used as bonuses to the attack). This character then can operate or battle in dark or otherwise reduced-sight conditions (blizzards, blindfolded, etc). Character in combat normally suffer a -4D or -12 to the combat difficulty during full darkness conditions. (See Combat for more information.) The character must make a blind-fighting check (using Search) roll every round to continue to enjoy the skill’s effect.

Melee Weapons

Specializations: Specific weapons

Wielding and attacking with handtohand weapons.

Skill Knack: Blind-fighting Prerequisites: Search 3 – A character may make a Search Moderate roll as a free action before each attack (Results Points may be used as bonuses to the attack). This character then can operate or battle in dark or otherwise reduced-sight conditions (blizzards, blindfolded, etc). Character in combat normally suffer a -4D or -12 to the combat difficulty during full darkness conditions. (See Combat for more information.) The character must make a blind-fighting check (using Search) roll every round to continue to enjoy the skill’s effect.

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