7.6 SPECIALTIES and INTERESTS
During a lifetime, a child of clay
becomes proficient at only a handful of things.
There is simply not enough time between birth and
death to learn it all.
But the skills they possess through their
occupation, as hobbies, or simply as God given talents,
are the areas they have spent considerable time
is these niches that give humans a unique place in their
society and the world in general.
And in some cases it is these special qualities
that allow these husks of flesh to sometimes soar in
greatness beyond the angels.
The acquiring of such talent is
embodied in the idea of specialties and interest.
Specialties are those talents that are the main
focus of a characters life.
They often, but not always, revolve around a
Interests, on the other hand, are hobbies the
character has taken up over the course of life.
Both Specialties and Interest are not defined as
single skills. Rather
they are a host of skills bundled up into one common
can be described in one or two words.
If the concept seems vague or if the storyteller
needs some clarification, sample skills can be included
in parentheses after the interest or specialty.
Specialties represent those aspects
of existence a mortal creature truly excels at.
As a result, anytime a character makes a roll
involving this area, he receives a +3 bonus.
Interests, while not representing the same level
of proficiency, still offer characters and advantage.
Rolls made within these realms of interest are
given a +1 bonus.
Beginning characters may choose one
specialty and up to three interests.
The storyteller may increase or decrease these
numbers depending upon the demands of his story.
What follows are some sample specialties and interests
--Medicine (surgery, pharmacology, diagnosis, medical instrumentation, some degree of medical history, and medical contacts)
--Ocean (marine life, oceanography, history of the sea, and some sailing)
--football (both playing and statistical knowledge)
--Religion (Christian ceremony, world religions, biblical studies, and a smattering of Latin)