The skill system in this game is an open one. Meaning there are no list of skills, abilities, or spells for a player to pick for their character to have. This also means there are character classes, jobs or roles that a player has to pick for their character to be. Instead a player gets to make up their own skills that reflect the various abilities and spells their character can do, and have the potential to come up with all sorts of various concepts.
There are no automated/built in racial/species abilities, or bonuses or random immunities, whatever a given player may imply. All of Vaxia/Sirian's abilities require a skill and the points put into it to give it strength, and must be rolled to have any effect. Also, this makes any "immunity" skill more like a resistance. Some species write ups may mention a species is known for certain abilities, this is only to give players an in setting reason to use a certain skill idea if they want.
Creating a skill makes use of the following:
- Pick three aspects/verbs
This is how we maintain a relative balance for our skills in the system. These aspects or verbs are abstract concepts that help determine how an ability done with the skill modifies the game world. In essence how the skill makes its impact, its mechanics.
- Pick a theme
A theme is used to connect the three aspects/verbs into a working skill. This is in part how a player builds up their character concept. The theme of a skill is its flavor, it is how the character is going to demonstrate the abilities they will be using. In essence it is how their abilities will manifest in the game to affect it according to the skill aspects.
- Write up the skill
Combining the theme and aspects write a general description of how the theme will connect the aspects. In short describe the intended abilities as determined by the aspects and themes.
Combat skills, which are skills that make use of a fighting style and/or weapons come with 2 aspects already built in: Damage and Avoid. Those cover any kind of attacks or defenses that comes in using those kinds of skills.
|Abstract Concept||General Category||Skill Aspect/Verb||Extra Notes|
|Create||Create||Summon||Create a temporary effect.|
|-||-||Craft||Customized permanent effect.|
|-||-||Persist||Make a temporary effect, permanent.|
|-||Repair||Repair||Damaged people or objects.|
|Read||Learn||Know||Pre-existing info, book learning.|
|-||-||Discover||Gain new info about things that are.|
|-||-||Predict||Gain new info about things that may be.|
|-||Use||Operate||Using a thing without changing it.|
|Update||Modify||Move||From point A to B.|
|-||-||Teleport||Skipping space between.|
|-||-||Change Shape||Such as volume, dimensions|
|-||-||Change Nature||Such as temperature, type. To convert.|
|-||Influence||Convince||People/Social skills. Persuade.|
|-||-||Bolster||Positive modifier or remove a negative one. Buff.|
|-||-||Weaken||Negative modifier or remove a positive one. Debuff.|
|-||Resist||Avoid||Prevent damage from occurring. Shields, defense, etc.|
|-||-||Endure||Prevent secondary effects of damage. Hardcore skills.|
|-||-||Conceal||Hide people, information or things.|
|-||-||Bypass||Avoid effect without negating it.|
|Destroy||Damage||Damage||Damage to people or objects|
When making a skill players only have to worry about the column that is Skill Aspect/Verbs.
The reason for the table as it is for our purposes with a game system it's worthwhile to go from the super super abstract to something more granular to apply those ideas to parts of the game system and setting. This will allow System to review the skill verb/aspects and determine if we need to make any kind of adjustments.
Learning how to make skills can take some time, practice and on occasion a little inspiration to get started.
Below we provide links to examples to help get an idea on how to craft your own skills and to give an idea springboard. If you have an idea for something but don't know how to write it, look here. If you're unfamiliar with a magic and want to be sure it's ok, it might be in here. This place is to get you started. The character itself is up to you.
But remember in the end:
These are skill examples
"Examples" here means "one possibility," "one version," "one way to word it." NEVER think these are the only versions of these skills. Every skill can be written differently, come from a different source, have a different focus or flavor. Just because you see fire magic on one person and metamagic on the other, doesn't mean some player out there can't make a skill that combines elements of both, and still fit the rules.
These examples are also not standards, or markers, and certainly not laws or rules by any stretch. Some are more rigid than others, but in the end the only thing that matters for a skill is: fitting the basic, founding rules for skills. If it does, it doesn't matter what else is out there. If it doesn't, it gets rejected, no matter what it claims to be like.
Vaxian Skill Examples