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The Proficiency System is a comprehensive system that regulates character skill and talent in a fair and somewhat balanced manner. This system ideally prevents overpowered Characters who are good at everything, which leads to better character design. It is inspired by D&D, but we have tweaked it and adjusted it in a way that you are not required to understand D&D in order to use it. It just might be somewhat familiar if you have played D&D before. If you need further explanation on this system after reading the full page, or if you need help distributing your Proficiency Points, you can always do this on your Character Application during review. If you need more immediate help, or if you would like for it to be explained in a more personal manner, you can ask for help on our Discord (RP Community Discord). Here, a Staff Member can help you through the “Ticket? DM Me!” bot, or another player can assist you in the Player Help Channel.

Proficiency Basics

The Proficiency System has three parts: Proficiencies, Point-Buy, and Physical Stat. Every Character has Proficiency Points. Proficiency Points are a pool of points that the player can divide across different Proficiencies that make their Character proficient in an in-game or in-roleplay activity, such as fencing, or hiking. They can also be spent on Point-Buy mechanics, which give more specific features, like Sorcery, the ability to smith certain metals, knowledge of a language, or a history of attendance at a prestigious academy. Physical Stat is based on the Proficiencies a player takes, and defines how strong their Character is.

Proficiency vs Physical Stat

It might be appealing to look at Combat Proficiencies and think, “if I max one out, no one will be able to defeat me.” This is not strictly true, as Proficiency only indicates knowledge retention and technique usage. Equally important are Physical Stat, mood, setting, and circumstances. A high-Proficiency Character might have low Physical Stat, or be old, frail, or of a lithe Race, making each strike they land proportionally weaker. Combat is never consistent. Warriors have good days, and bad days. Sometimes they are sore, or the sun is in their eyes, or cannot focus due to their emotional state. Momentary factors make combat different, meaning all players should be flexible about their combat roleplay, and not cite exact Proficiency numbers to auto-defeat each other. Our Lore Staff advises the use of the /dice plugin to resolve impasses, because random chance is fair. We strongly discourage mid-combat Proficiency or Physical Stat citation to insist on victory, unless there is such a large gap that there should be no contest.

Proficiencies

Every Character, no matter their Race, age, or creed, has the same amount of Proficiency Points to spend: 50 Skill Points that they can allocate into any Proficiency Category, being Core, Special Training, and Hobby (see table below). They also have 10 Hobby Points that they can only allocate into the Hobby Proficiency Category. It is not mandatory to spend all Proficiency Points. We even suggest keeping some marked as Unspent Points on your Character Application, keeping them free for the experience of learning new skills in roleplay. You can always spend them later. Remember that Point-Buy mechanics also cost Proficiency, usually 3 per ability.

Proficiencies List

Proficiency Category

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Core Group Proficiencies (Each of these Proficiencies has a 20 point investment limit)
Melee Combat Category Fist Combat, Fan Combat, Sword Combat, Greatsword Combat, Rapier Combat, Dagger Combat, One-hand Blunt Combat, Two-hand Blunt Combat, Axe Combat, Greataxe Combat, Stave Combat, Glaive Combat, Spear Combat, Bardiche Combat, Warlash Combat
Ranged Combat Category Light Ranged Combat, Heavy Ranged Combat, Utility Ranged Combat, Puretek Combat, Caster Ranged Combat
Special Combat Category Shielding Combat, Bola Combat
Proficiency Category

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Special Training Proficiencies (Each of these Proficiencies has a 10 point investment limit)
Special Training Category Strength Training, Perception Training, Bodycare Training, Medical Training
Proficiency Category

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Hobby Group Proficiencies (Each of these Proficiencies has a 15 point investment limit)
Visual Art Category Drawing Art, Painting Art, Body Art
Craft Art Category Sculpting Art, Pottery Art, Wooden Art, Glass Art, Gardening Art, Construction Art
Threads Art Category Needlework Art, Fabric Art, Leatherwork Art, Fineweave Art
Performance Art Category Writing Art, Theatre Art, Dancing Art, Circus Art
Musical Art Category Instrument Art, Composition Art, Vocal Art
Culinary Art Category Cooking Art, Brewing Art, Winemaking Art, Baking Art, Mixology Art
Nature Art Category Sailing Art, Hunting Art, Horticulture Art, Husbandry Art

Racial Boosts

Cultural practice and history give certain Races and Subraces a tradition of excelling in certain skills. To illustrate this, Racial Boosts exist. Each Character can choose one boost from the three available to their Race or Subrace (see table below). As long as a Character has invested 10 Proficiency Points into their boosted Proficiency (5, if it is a Special Training Proficiency), they can add 5 more for free. This Racial Boost cannot exceed the normal limit for each Proficiency. For example, as a Core Proficiency, Fist Combat has a limit of 20. If a player with a Race that has a boost in Fist Combat invests 18 points, their +5 boost becomes a +2 boost, as it cannot exceed the total maximum of 20.

Race Racial Boost Choice Physical Stat Limit Min Height Max Height Avg Height
Stateland Ailor

Rapier Combat, Perception Training, Sword Combat, Writing Art, Brewing Art 30 5'1" 6'1" 5'9"
Hinterland Ailor

Hunting Art, Fabric Art, Horticulture Art, Instrument Art, Stave Combat 30 5'4" 6'6" 6'0"
Fineland Ailor

Theatre Art, Dancing Art, Medical Training, Mixology Art, Bodycare Training 30 5'1" 6'1" 5'9"
Warmland Ailor

Horticulture Art, Dagger Combat, Cooking Art, Husbandry Art, Gardening Art 30 5'1" 6'1" 5'9"
Wildland Ailor

Strength Training, Axe Combat, Sword Combat, Hunting Art, Fabric Art 30 5'2" 6'3" 5'10"
Common Sihai Writing Art, Medical Training, or Needlework Art 20 5'0" 6'3" 5'6"
War Sihai Fan Combat, Sword Combat, or Shielding Combat 30
Frivolous Sihai Baking Art, Brewing Art, or Cooking Art 15
Greater Sihai Drawing Art, Writing Art, or Composition Art 15
New Sihai Fineweave Art, Fist Combat, or Bodycare Training 25
Half Sihai Sword Combat, Needlework Art, or Instrument Art 25
Scripters Qadir Writing Art, Perception Training, or Fineweave Art 25 5'4" 6'4" 5'8"
Nationals Qadir Glaive Combat, Dagger Combat, or Medical Training 30
Finders Qadir Construction Art, Hunting Art, or Horticulture Art 25
Songaskia Body Art, Spear Combat, or Shielding Combat 35 6'0" 6'8" 6'4"
Aldor Dwarf Instrument Art, Theatre Art, or Perception Training 30 4'2" 4'11" 4'9"
Ruin-Khuur Dwarf Perception Training, Sculpting Art, or One-hand Blunt Combat 30
Dredger Dwarf Sailing Art, Needlework Art, or Hunting Art 30
Saendr Dwarf Leatherwork Art, Glass Art, or Construction Art 20
Greborrin Dwarf Shielding Combat, Fist Combat, or Strength Training 30
Half Dwarf Strength Training, Construction Art, or Brewing Art 30 4'2" 5'2" 4'9"
Teledden Altalar Writing Art, Winemaking Art, or Theatre Art 20 5'8" 6'10" 6'3"
Fin'ullen Altalar Bodycare Training, Sailing Art, or Strength Training 30 5'8" 6'4" 6'1"
Suvial Altalar Cooking Art, Fabric Art, or Perception Training 20 5'8" 6'6" 6'2"
Lesarra Altalar Perception Training, Writing Art, or Gardening Art 15 5'8" 6'7" 6'2"
Solvaan Altalar Gardening Art, Winemaking Art, or Medical Training 30 5'8" 6'5" 6'2"
Minoor Altalar Gardening Art, Pottery Art, or Horticulture Art 25 5'10" 6'8" 6'4"
Half Altalar Perception Training, Body Art, or Baking Art 30 5'6" 6'4" 6'0"
Avanthar Bola Combat, Husbandry Art, or Hunting Art 35 5'8" 6'6" 6'3"
Cielothar Baking Art, Horticulture Art, or Husbandry Art 15 5'2" 6'4" 6'0"
Half Cielothar Gardening Art, Dancing Art, or Husbandry Art 20
Moon Vault Isldar Spear Combat, Perception Training, or Vocal Art 25 5'8" 6'8" 6'1"
Crystal Spire Isldar Vocal Art, Pottery Art, or Fineweave Art 15
Shiva's Cavern Isldar Sculpting Art, Instrument Art, or Glass Art 25
Voltalar Isldar Fist Combat, Husbandry Art, or Leatherwork Art 30
Half Isldar Spear Combat, Glass Art , or Fabric Art 25 5'5" 6'5" 6'0"
Saivalthar Kathar Writing Art, Theatre Art, or Rapier Combat 15 5'8" 6'10" 6'2"
Zolathar Kathar Medical Training, Fabric Art, or Dagger Combat 20 5'8" 6'8" 6'1"
Shenathar Kathar Dagger Combat, Dancing Art, or Mixology Art 25 5'8" 6'6" 6'0"
Oscithar Kathar Fineweave Art, Bodycare Training, or Winemaking Art 25 5'8" 6'8" 6'1"
Bakrathar Kathar Fist Combat, Hunting Art, or Strength Training 40 5'8" 6'9" 6'2"
Wolathar Kathar Stave Combat, Husbandry Art, or Hunting Art 25 5'8" 6'6" 6'0"
Wylathar Kathar Horticulture Art, Wooden Art, or Stave Combat 15 5'1" 5'8" 5'5"
Solstithar Kathar Instrument Art, Mixology Art, or Dancing Art 20 5'9" 6'6" 6'1"
Half Kathar Bodycare Training, Theatre Art, Mixology Art 25 5'5" 6'4" 6'0"
Yanar Gardening Art, Horticulture Art, or Stave Combat 25 5'0" 6'5" 5'6"
El-Maraya Glass Art, Instrument Art, or Warlash Combat 25 5'5" 6'2" 6'0"
Ka-Maraya Medical Training, Writing Art, or Winemaking Art 30
Haat-Maraya Fist Combat, Leatherwork Art, or Theatre Art 25
Als-Allar Theatre Art, Glass Art, or Medical Training 15 5'3" 6'0" 5'5"
Maz-Allar Fist Combat, Strength Training, or Hunting Art 25 5'5" 6'0" 5'9"
Izu-Allar Writing Art, Gardening Art, or Brewing Art 15 5'0" 6'0" 5'2"
Cro-Allar Fist Combat, Theatre Art, or Husbandry Art 30 6'0" 7'0" 6'8"
Mai-Allar Hunting Art, Spear Combat, or Vocal Art 30 5'0" 6'8" 6'0"
Url Fist Combat, Hunting Art, or Body Art 45 6'5" 7'0" 6'6"
Slizzar Theatre Art, Painting Art, or Perception Training 15 5'0" 6'3" 5'9"
Eronidas Bodycare Training, Fist Combat, or Shielding Combat 60 5'5" 7'0" 6'0"
Rakhet Asha Strength Training, Fist Combat or Hunting Art 40 5'2" 6'10" 6'0"
Senef Asha Glaive Combat, Bodycare Training, or Perception Training 35
Merew Asha Writing Art, Hunting Art, or Husbandry Art 25
Nefer Asha Dancing Art, Instrument Art, or Vocal Art 15
Feka Asha Theatre Art, Body Art, or Baking Art 20

Point-Buy

There are additional systems which exist outside the Proficiency page, by which a Character can get additional Abilities if the player spends points on them. Sorcery, a form of Magic with listed spells to pick from, Arcanology, the precise and hyper-specialized study of the Arcane, and Metallurgy, the ability to work different metals, just to name a few. If you want your Character to be a Sorcerer, Arcanologist, or Metallurgist, read the relevant pages and find the costs for the Abilities on each page. Then, just invest in them like any other Proficiency. You can find all relevant Point-Buy Ability systems linked below.

  • Sorcery exists for Characters who have Magical Spells.
  • Arcanology exists for scholars who look into the Magical and Mythical.
  • Metallurgy exists for those who work with metals, alloys and other forge materials.
  • Linguistics exists for those who wish to speak more languages.
  • Roguery exists for Characters who have developed additional skills as Rogues.
  • Engineering exists for Characters who want to invest in Technology and Engineering tech.
  • Alchemy exists for Characters who want to mix potions and concoctions for a variety of effects.
Note: Some Special Permissions may cost Point-Buy. This isn't relevant to explain on this page, and is more a matter for discussion between player and staff after a Special Permission has been granted.

Physical Stat

You might have already seen the Physical Stat Limits in the Racial Boosts table above. Each race has a different Physical Stat Limit that dictates the highest they can go with Physical Stat (though some Abilities may go over). Physical Stat is not an instant win button due to strength, and it is less important than Proficiency Point investments, but it helps determine what your Character's lift ability and hit strength. Physical Stat is calculated from assigned Proficiency Points, so you should finish your Point allocation before calculating yours. Physical Stat calculations are rounded up. Returns from Physical Stat drop off as Physical Stat grows higher to represent reaching the peak of human form, until 30 Physical Stat is passed, after which numbers begin to represent the unique strength of the Eronidas, Url, or certain Afflicted. Below is a useful measurement list, however this is in no way an absolute list, more-so just a guideline.

  • Having 0-5 Physical Stat is considered fairly weak.
  • Having 6-10 Physical Stat is considered unathletic but decent.
  • Having 11-14 Physical Stat is considered completely average.
  • Having 15-19 Physical Stat is considered slightly above average.
  • Having 20-24 Physical Stat is considered the first bracket with intense strength training.
  • Having 25-29 Physical Stat is considered strong with more sustained strength than 20-24.
  • Having 30-34 Physical Stat is considered strong with more both burst and sustained strength.
  • Having 35-39 Physical Stat is considered to be capable of lifting multiple people.
  • Having 40-45 Physical Stat is considered to be capable of lifting large objects.
  • Anything beyond 45 Physical Stat is to be reasonably imagined as being very strong, but not inhuman.

Physical Stat Calculation

Physical Stat is calculated from your finalized Proficiencies. Each Proficiency listed below contributes a certain number to the total of Physical Stat. In order to find your Physical Stat, multiply any of the Proficiencies your character has below by the number on the left column, and then add everything together. Add any potential Racial Ability boosts to Physical Stat, and then you have your final Physical Stat.

Physical Stat Multiplier Affected Proficiencies
Investment x 0.5 Light Ranged Combat, Utility Ranged Combat, Wooden Art, Sculpting Art, Gardening Art, Theatre Art, Dancing Art, Circus Art, Sailing Art, Horticulture Art, Bodycare Training, Metallurgy (from Point-Buy)
Investment x 1 Any Melee Combat Category, Heavy Ranged Combat, Any Special Combat Category (except Bola Combat), Strength Training

Progression Talents

Progression Talents are an entirely optional sub-system of Proficiency. Rather than spending Proficiencies to acquire skills, Characters simply pick a few Talents, and these translate to skill into the Progression System. It is important to note that Progression Talents are only valid for Forum written Progressions. They do not confer any advantage or use in Roleplay, and also do not cost any Proficiency Points, the system is just introduced here to make it easier to find. Progression Talents can optionally be included into the Character Application at the bottom, though newer players and players disinterested in the written Forum Progressions are encouraged to just skip this part until they are ready for it, or want to make use of it.

  • Progression Talents to read more about Progression Talents, what they do, and how to put them on your Application.

Using Wiki info In-Character

There is no such thing as Knowledge Proficiency, or buying Knowledge with Proficiency Points. Instead, your character knows or has Knowledge of whatever you can remember off the wiki. You should try not to quote directly from the Wiki, and instead make your own spin on whatever words you're translating to roleplay. There are some pages however that are not common knowledge and that should never be transcribed to roleplay. Good examples of this are Abilities and Ability mechanics. Your Character may never look at an Ability and say "That is a Vampire!". Your Character may never point at an Ability and say "That is an Alais Ability, it has this counter!". Additionally, histories that are implied hidden (like the History of Vampirism) should not be known by Characters unless they have heard or read about it during Events. There is a rough list of generally "safe" topics that any of your Characters can know as long as you remember the content of the Wiki page, or have read about it: History, Cultures, Races (not including Racial Abilities), People, Organizations, Literature, mundane Afflictions, Recreation, Geography, Cities, Consumables, and Technology. Subjects such as Flora (Gardening & Horticulture Proficiency), Fauna (Hunting & Husbandry Proficiency) and Alchemy. Subjects such as Magic, non-Mundane Afflictions, Artifacts are really touchy, and your Character should only know things about them if they have heard them from Event Characters or during Events or Progressions. If you aren't sure whether a subject is okay to know for your Character, send in a ticket to the Roleplay Community Discord. Esoterical theories that have not yet been proven in canon Lore (such as the theory of the Void Dimension and Exist Dimension and practically anything about Seraph History) are free-game, since that kind of information is subjective anyway. All Progressions on the Forums are common knowledge, unless there is a specific warning stating that the information is OOC information not to be taken IC. Remember that for all the information that your Character can know, the lore of history is written from the perspective of Ailor and Altalar scholars. This means that history can sometimes actually be wrong, contain red-herrings, or be out of context. You should not be surprised if during an event, a part of history is suddenly proven wrong, or expanded upon to expand the context.

  • In order to recognize Vampires, a Character must witness them doing very obvious Vampire things, like having red eyes or drinking blood.
  • In order to recognize Cahal, a Character must witness them doing very obvious Cahal things, such as Soul Draining, having a beastly head, or transforming.