Abilities

Abilities measure a character’s raw talent at broad swaths of activity. They’re untrained and instinctive, and they tend to move around in play. If you want to be good at something, and for that to be bedrock to how your character is, construct an identity that does it.

FITNESS
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Helplessness
{Upbeat}
Resistance to drugs, poisons, and disease
Be in good shape
Run, swim, climb a fence with alacrity
Play sports
Hike through the woods
climb a steep wall
drag a friend out of a wrecked ambulance
shake off hangovers, and out-golfing your snotty coworkers.
DODGE
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Helplessness
{Downbeat}
Avoid the punches, slaps, and projectiles
Avoid a falling piano
Avoid oncoming motorcycle
Try to avoid someone In combat
Your Dodge < Enemy Attack: –10% enemy attack roll
Your Dodge >= Enemy Attack: –20% enemy attack roll
Dodge Identity = Your Obsession: Always –20%
STATUS
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Isolation
{Upbeat}
Reputation within your community
Money (Possibly)
Acting like you belong
Have people who vouch for you.
Know people
Defer suspicion
Get special treatment
PURSUIT
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Isolation
{Downbeat}
Running away from people
Running after people
Follow a trail, climb/dodge/navigate obstacles
Keeping a car under control.
KNOWLEDGE
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Self
{Upbeat}
Know a general fact taught in Community college/Highschool
Remember something you heard before
Do a task not requiring specialized training
Filter out bias from facts
Anything that isn’t covered by another ability might be rolled with Knowledge…
… Or may require a special Identity
LIE
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Self
{Downbeat}
Convince someone what you say is true
NOTICE
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Unnatural
{Upbeat}
Pay attention to the world around you
Spot something out of place
Notice something is off or does not seem right
Catch someone in a Lie
SECRECY
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Unnatural
{Downbeat}
Hide yourself/objects from others
Know things that it’s probably better that you didn’t know
CONNECT
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Violence
{Upbeat}
Emotionally connect with someone
Avoid coming across as a dangerous creep
Earnest discussion without manipulation{Lie}/posturing{Status}
Be real and get real.
STRUGGLE
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Violence
{Downbeat}
Throw a punch
Wrestle someone to the ground
Break a clinch
Put someone in a stranglehold
Handle yourself in a brawl
Make attacks with your body & basic/simple weapons
Does not indicate training

Abilities

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