Characteristics

CHARACTERISTICS

Characteristics represent a character’s raw potential and natural physical and mental gifts, such as his strength, agility, intelligence, and skill with melee and ranged weaponry. Characteristics operate on a scale of 1 to 100, and the higher the Characteristic is, the more raw talent the character has in that particular area. There are 10 different Characteristics in BLACK CRUSADE, and each represents a different area of mental or physical attributes. Each is listed briefly here, with its common abbreviation. (Willpower, for example, is often abbreviated as “WP” in game text.)

WEAPON SKILL (WS)
Weapon Skill measures a character’s competence in hand-to-hand fighting, whether using fists, knives, or chainswords.

BALLISTIC SKILL (BS)
Ballistic Skill reflects a character’s accuracy with ranged weapons, whether bolters, lasguns, missile launchers or even throwing knives.

STRENGTH (S)
Strength represents how physically strong a character is.

TOUGHNESS (T)
Toughness defi nes how easily a character can shrug off injury as well as how easily he can resist toxins, poisonous environments, disease, and other physical ailments.

AGILITY (AG)
Agility measure’s a character’s quickness, reflexes, and poise.

INTELLIGENCE (INT)
Intelligence is a measurement of a character’s acumen, reason, and general knowledge.

PERCEPTION (PER)
Perception describes how aware a character is of his surroundings and the acuteness of his senses.

WILLPOWER (WP)
Willpower demonstrates a character’s mental strength and resilience; his strength and toughness of mind. It is his ability to withstand the horrors of war, the terrors of the unknown, and
in the case of some individuals—the potency of psychic powers.

FELLOWSHIP (FEL)
Fellowship is a character’s ability to interact with others, his ability to charm, command, or deceive.

INFAMY (INF)
Infamy is a measure of a character’s reputation and presence, as well as how favored he is by the Ruinous Powers. Infamy is a unique Characteristic, discussed in more detail later.

CHARACTERISTICS AND CHARACTERISTIC BONUSES

Each Characteristic is a number between 1 and 99, with higher numbers better than lower numbers. In addition, each Characteristic has a Characteristic Bonus, a number equal to the tens digit of the Characteristic. For example, a character with a Strength of 42 would have a Strength Bonus of 4. Characteristic Bonuses are used in a wide variety of situations.

Characteristics

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