March 12, 2015 at 7:01 pm #729
I’m wondering about this Chaos Touched business. Evidently the PCs are all imbued with some kind of magic power. What does this look like? Are they just stronger, smarter, better than normal people? Do they all have black fire roiling out of their eyes? Do dogs bark uncontrollably when a Touched is near? Will I be able to make a warrior character who relies on skill, steel, and sinew, or will all PCs be flying around invoking unholy super powers, shooting lasers from their mouths and changing the weather with a dirty look? How does this all relate to spellcasting? Are all wizards Chaos Touched, or is magic just another skill in this world? In short, what is the deal?March 12, 2015 at 10:28 pm #732
The Chaos Touched have the potential to be stronger, faster, etc. than ordinary folk (avg humans have 0 stats and tend to max out around 4-5, while Touched can range up to 18). They master weapons and spells far faster. And they have Abilities which are beyond normal folk.
Notable abilities would include turning invisible, leaping high, being able to pass through closed doors, being resistant to knockback, harming undead (final list depends on final balancing of the game). Some are subtle, some are flashy. Race/Class/Specialty determines the combination of abilities, though the characters can gain additional ones during play.
So a Touched walking down the street looks ordinary (for a healthy, dangerous person in the employ of the Emperor), though should he leap to a rooftop and send a cloud of arrows into a ravening horde, people may suspect.
As to magic, there are several avenues to casting within the world. Slow ritual magic is uncommon, but known. The Imperial Houses have methods to create what are known as Holy Orders of Knights, who may have restricted spellcasting (single element, single themes). But for fast, flexible casting of spells powered by raw chaos, only the Touched do that. Monsters and spirits may have spell-like abilities, such as the Fell Drake’s poison cloud in the video, but not a wide range of spells.
Again, I’ll be working on a few posts or vlogs to expand on this during the KS campaign. Thanks for your interest.March 12, 2015 at 10:59 pm #733
So a Touched walking down the street looks ordinary, though should he leap to a rooftop and send a cloud of arrows into a ravening horde, people may suspect.
Got it! This is some of the wuxia type inspiration I’ve been hearing about. Sounds great; I can completely buy into this. Thanks!
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