I : CHARACTER OPTIONS
In addition to their attributes and class abilities,
characters may be given background talentsto reflect their upbringing and prior experience.Background talents add an extra touch of life to acharacter’s personal history as well as an elementof diversity to the composition of any adventuringgroup, since two characters with the same classmay have very different background talents.Since they represent a character’s education andpre-adventuring life, background talents can only bechosen at character creation. With the exception ofNymphs (see below), each character receives
background talents, which must be chosen by theplayer according to the character’s class :
Choose two talents among Armorer,Beastmaster, Equestrian, Healer, Mountaineer andWrestler.
Choose two talents among Armorer,Beastmaster, Equestrian, Mountaineer, Woodsmanand Wrestler.
Choose two talents among Bowyer,Healer, Musician, Orator and Wrestler.
Choose two talents among Orator(any), Scholar (any), Armorer (fire), Healer (earth orwater), Mountaineer (earth) and Sailor (water or air).
Choose two talents among Beastmaster,Bowyer, Healer, Mountaineer and Woodsman.
All Lyrists automatically have the Musicianand Orator talents.
Choose two among Equestrian, Musician,Orator, Sailor, Scholar, Tactician and Wrestler.
All Nymphs have the Musician talent butno other talent, since they never received anythingresembling an education or apprenticeship. This iscounterbalanced by their affinity with their naturalmilieu (see
). Also remember thatNymphs never get old, so please stop complaining.
A Priest’s choice of talents varies accordingto his deity. Choose two talents among Armorer(Hephaestus), Beastmaster (Artemis), Bowyer(Apollo, Artemis), Healer (Apollo, Hermes and allGoddesses), Musician (Apollo and all Goddesses),Navigator (Poseidon), Orator (all deities), Scholar(Apollo, Zeus, Athena) and Tactician (Ares, Athena).
Many Centaurs have the Musician background talent
All Sorcerers automatically have theScholar talent, plus a second talent chosen amongActor, Healer, Musician and Orator.
Choose two talents among Armorer,Equestrian, Healer, Musician, Orator, Sailor,Tactician and Wrestler.
Choose two talents among Acrobat, Actor,Healer, Musician and Orator.
Example of Talent Selection
Remember our old friend
Pyros the Spearman
?As a trained professional soldier from the Land ofthe Three Cities, Pyros has a very broad choice forhis two background talents. His player selects theTactician and Wrestler talents, making Pyros adecidedly athletic and martial fellow.As a further illustration of how background talentsmay help define a character’s education and priorexperience, we shall also determine the talents ofPyros’ companions of adventure, as shown on p 5of the
Lythia the Huntress
is a strong-willed, self-reliantforester, making Woodsman a mandatory choice.Lythia’s player selects Healing as a second talent,making her a very valuable asset for the party.
Faros the Noble
is a heroic (but somewhatoverconfident) Noble from the city of Thena. Hisplayer selects the Orator and Tactician talents toreflect Faros’ typical aristocratic education.
Xenon the Elementalist
likes to play the part ofthe mysterious and charismatic magician : theOrator and Scholar talents seem natural choicesfor such a character.