|1||Royal Blade bare minimum. Average to just below average for the normal citizen of Amber. A Royal Blade would need a special reason to have a stat like this.|
|2||Royal Blade average. Better than the average citizen of Amber. Nothing special about your capabilities here, particularly, but nothing too embarrassing, either.|
|3||Royal Blade good. Much better than the average citizen of Amber.|
|4||Royal Blade great. Even among the shining stars of the Royal Blades, you stand out in this stat.|
Suppose Porthos is fighting a skilled man in a small shack when D'Artagnon happens upon them. There are three basic choices possible here:
Valentine is trying to rescue the young heir to the throne. But on the way she is confronted by the notorious Black Duke, and they duel. Alas, the Duke is too skillful for her, and he stabs her. By all rights she should die here. But she invokes a Heroic Sacrifice, spending two Swash points, and against all odds she keeps on her feet, and strikes the startled Duke a mortal blow. Then she races on through the castle, defeating a couple of generic guards quickly, and grabbing the baby with the purple pimpernel. Fighting her way out, she delivers the heir into the arms of the queen -- and mission complete, dies in her lover's arms. No surprise there -- the surprise is how she managed to carry on so long with such terrible wounds.
Cyrano and D'Artagnon are having a impromptu poetry competition at the local tavern. Poetry is clearly covered under Wit; Cyrano's Wit is 4, D'Artagnon's is 3. Furthermore, of course, Cyrano has a reputation as a poet, being the author of a number of plays and poems; let's say it's a reputation of 1, so now it is Cyrano 5, D'Artagnon 3. A clear victory for Cyrano -- unless D'Artagnon is willing to burn some Swash points. One point will bring it to 5 to 4, doing him no good at all. Two Swash points will make it a tie, 5 to 5. Cyrano still wins, because he has reputation specific to the field of competition, but it is a very close thing. If D'Artagnon goes whole hog and throws in three Swash points, then he actually wins the contest. Though this assumes Cyrano does not start spending Swash points himself, in which case the contest can spiral out of control!
|Example: Suppose we have two generic things
(Wit 1, Endurance 2, Physique 2, Combat 2) ambushing Cyrano (Wit 4,
Endurance 2, Physique 2, Combat 3, Reputation +1 with a sword) in a
tavern. He has no sword handy, they suddenly surround him,
drawn. Because Cyrano is unarmed and they are armed, he will
at a -1 penalty in Combat until he manages to arm himself.
First round: Sizing up the situation, Cyrano's effective Combat is 2, and theirs (combined) is 3. He has something to worry about here. He attempts to take advantage of the crowded tavern to put chairs between him and his foes; he outmatches them 4 to 2 in Wit, and wins handily, giving himself a +1 bonus which he will apply to Combat -- they have trouble getting close enough to hit him.
He grabs a handy pitcher of beer and attempts to throw it, pitcher and all, into the face of one of the thugs. This is a contest of Physique, and he is tied with the thug, 2 to 2, so Cyrano burns a Swash point to give himself a one point edge, succeeding in connecting with the thug's mug, dealing a major wound in the process.
The +1 and -1 to Cyrano's Combat cancel out, leaving him with his base Combat of 3, which is tied with their combined Combat. Cyrano could spend a swash point here to win, but he cooses not to, and the Combat phase of the round ends in a draw.
Second round: Again, Cyrano's effective Combat is 2, theirs 3. He decides to try to dash across the room and vault over the bat. This is a contest of Wit. (Vaulting would be controlled by Physique, but it isn't a contest against them.) He spends a Swash point -- before he looks! -- so that the bar owner has hidden a handy sword behind the bar for self-defense. Cyrano takes it, and he can use it in the next round of combat.
Because he has taken a major move this round, he cannot initiate a contest of Physique. Without the additional combat bonus gained from in the previous round's Positional Wit contest, Cyrano loses the Combat phase in this round, and is wounded, presumably as he is running towards the bar.
Third round: With a sword in his hand, Cyrano's effective Combat is 4, while theirs is still 3. He tries to maneuver them into an awkward corner, another contest of Wit he easily wins, giving himself a +1 bonus to Physique. Grabbing another handy tankard with his left hand, he wins the contest of Physique (2 + 1 vs 2) and smashes it over the head of the one he injured before, dealing the second major injury and knocking him unconscious. Meanwhile in Combat, Cyrano spends a point of Swash to win 5 to 3, and because it is a 2-point victory, he can disarm the thug who is still standing. Panicked, the thug flees into the night.
|Example: Consider the above example
again, but without Swash points. Cyrano will win every
Wit -- he can get himself a +1 on one of the other contests, move the
battle around, or even run away unscathed if he wants.
is a 1-to-1 comparison, so he is tied with either of his opponents, and
can win if he applies the +1 here. In Combat, he is down 3 to
so he needs the +1 to tie.
The end result is that if nothing else changes, he can either inflict damage usage Physique and take a wound in Combat, or he can tie in both Physique and Combat. The first approach will lead to him going down; the second is a perpetual draw.
If he can figure out how to get a sword, that will all change... other than that, the best he can do is run away.
|Dun Mórdha||Heart's Ease||High Queen Minerva||Thari||yes||yes|
|Tambudze||Tambudze||Queen Beatrice||Thari (*)||no||yes|
|Cheng Ho||(no capitol)||(Chinese)||yes||no|