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Attributes represent the basic competencies that make up the core of a character- the physical and mental capabilities that lead them to succeed in one task or another. Every character begins play with all of their Attributes at 0, which represents their basic competency in most skills, with one Preferred Attribute which is slightly higher than normal. Characters may also take lower attributes as a flaw for extra points in the Perks and Flaws section of Character Creation, or spend experience points to increase their Attributes either during Character Creation or during play.

Please see our XP Progression in Character Creation for information on costs.

There are six Attributes in Age of Ashes:

Strength

Strength represents your physical prowess and your ability to lift yourself and heavy objects. 

Locked Skills: Wrestling, Heavy Weapons, Archery

Speed

Speed represents your ability to move quickly and nimbly. 

Locked Skills: Martial Arts, Legerdemain, Light Weapons, Firearms 

Fortitude

Your Fortitude is a mark of your stamina and your ability to resist pain, poisons, and illnesses.

Locked Skills: Escape Artist, Plague Doctor, Grit

Resolve

The Resolve attribute indicates your strength of mind and determination, as well as your ability to shake off negative mental effects.

Locked Skills: Commanding Presence, Discipline, Tempt

Faith

Faith is your ability to believe in something, whether that means a higher power or yourself, and your ability to share that strength of your ideals with others. Many cultists will call upon their Faith attribute to cast rituals. 

Locked Skills: Oratory Presence, Performance, Barber Surgeon, Occult

Intellect

Intellect represents your ability to take in information and process it. Mages call upon their Intellect as part of spellcasting. 

Locked Skills: Persuasion, Information Gathering, Academics

Skills that are locked by specific Attributes may be acquired through Character Generation during the background process, but otherwise may not be purchased without at least a single level in that Attribute.  Each level of an Attribute, both positive and negative, will have different affects on a character.  The maximum level that a character can achieve permanently is  level 2 in any Attribute, although level 3 can be obtained temporarily with specific in-game effects like spellcasting, rituals, or alchemical items.

Attribute

-2

-1

0

1

2

3

Strength Cannot lift anything above half a pound, including all weapons. Cannot use combat abilities or parry Cannot deal damage with a weapon unless it is a firearm. Cannot wear armor Normal Unlocks Wrestling, Heavy Weapons, Archery Once per day a character may perform a feat of strength. This includes carrying two bodies at once, lifting something that cannot normally be lifted, or breaking a lock Once per day you may use blackout with a grab boffer
Speed Can only move at a shuffle, cannot use combat defenses such as dodge or parry Cannot jump, run, or jog.  You must move slowly Normal Unlocks Martial Arts, Legerdemain, Light Weapons, Firearms Once per day you can refresh a dodge or call “Escape” if you manage to get 20 feet away from an attacker You gain the ability to call dodge on traps that are Area of Effect
Fortitude If you are downed you die instantly You cannot yell or exert yourself in any way and cannot rest Normal Unlocks Escape Artist, Plague Doctor, Grit

Once per day you may resist any disease or Rest while downed to immediately get back up. In so doing, you take the Battered and Bleed states.

You are thick-skinned an have an extra armor call you can use anywhere on your person
Resolve You are under a despair that cannot be rectified by anything in game You suffer the meek state and cannot use any social defenses Normal Unlocks Commanding Presence, Discipline, Tempt You may refresh a Discipline call once per day or completely surpress a single insanity once per day You are no longer affected by despair
Faith You cannot lose depravity or enter the prayer state You are affected by the Miserable state and cannot have or get hope. Normal Unlocks Oratory Presence, Performance, Barber Surgeon, and occult You can handle 7 depravity before being affected by insanities Once per day you may take an action that would normally lead to depravity without taking any sin
Intellect You cannot speak using prepositions and cannot understand abstract concepts, you are thus unable to use social offenses. You cannot see perception or quest tags. You are illiterate and cannot read in character, you are unable to summon the mental intellect necessary to cast spells. You cannot interact with schematics in any way. Normal Unlocks Persuasion, Information Gathering, Academics You possess common sense and once per day may ask either of the following out of character questions to staff: “Is there something I’m missing?” or “Should my character know something about this?” Once per day you may reverse engineer an item that has a schematic and get the schematic, although you destroy all the components of the item and turn them into slag

A negative 3 in most Attributes results in severe suffering or death.  These conditions include:

-3 Strength Cardiac Arrest & Death

-3 Speed – Muscle Failure & Paralysis

-3 Fortitude – Respiratory Failure & Death

-3 Resolve – Nervous Breakdown & New Crippling Phobia

-3 Intellect – Brain Aneurysm & Death

-3 Faith –  Psychotic Break & New Crippling Delusion

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