Unlike many other settings, there is really only one type of magic in Star Wars, known throughout the Galaxy as The Force. While there are hundreds if not thousands of small Force Traditions, many of whom believe that something else is at work, either magic, ancestral spirits, fate, ect. It is largely accepted that all of these different belief systems simply misunderstand the true nature of the power that they wield, that they are misidentifying the Force. Now as the Jedi are the dominate Tradition, it is also possible that the Jedi are simply applying their narrow view on others. Supporting the Jedi view point, however, is the fact that it is generally believed that anyone with Force Sensitivity can learn any Force Based power with the right teacher. Regardless of its true nature, the term Force will be used throughout the rest of this material.
With that in mind, the Jedi see the Force as an energy field that is generated by, surrounds, penetrates and nurtures all living things. In Jedi Dogma, it is divided into two distinct but related energies. The Living Force is the Force generated by and connects all living things. The Cosmic Force draws its source energy from the Living Force and is the underlying energy that binds the galaxy together. It has been widely theorized that the Cosmic Force is responsible for regulating mass, gravity, electromagnetism and other fundamental forces in the physical sciences.
Beyond the two energies associated with the Force, it is widely held that the Force has two opposed aspects; the Light Side – associated with compassion, selflessness, knowledge and benevolence, and the Dark Side – associated with passion, aggression, fear and malevolence. It has been well documented that both of these aspects have occasionally displayed a sense of awareness and more importantly an agenda. In particular the Dark Side seems to engage more frequently with the physical than the Light Side, and the Dark Side, at first glance, appears to be easier to master, as Dark Side devotees have often spontaneously
- 1 Force Sensitivity
- 2 Force Powers at a Glance
- 3 Force Points
- 4 The Dark Side, Corruption Points and and Dark Force Points
- 5 The Jedi Arts
- 6 The Dark Arts
- 7 Obscure Arts
Once you have purchased the Force Sensitive Fate Benefit, you are now capable of sensing and potentially harnessing the Force. In addition to the effects of that Benefit, you also gain access to three new specialties and new Ability Uses.
There are three Force Specialties. When a Force Power uses these Specialties it will be clearly indicated by the Force Power's effect. The Specialties are:
- Awareness (Sense) - Applies when your ability to feel the Force is important
- Will (Control) - Applies when your ability to manage and control the Force flowing through you is important.
- Presence (Alter) - Applies when your ability to harness the Force to affect your environment is important.
New Ability Uses
Below are new uses of your Abilities because you are Force Sensitive
- Will(Control) - Commune with Force: You may Test Will (Control) against a Routine (6) Difficulty, to enter a meditative state, heightening your connection to the Force. For each Degree of Success you score, you may regain one (1) spent Force Point. You may only enter this state once per Scene, and requires 1 hour of meditation per Force Point recovered. In addition, while in this meditative state, you may convert one (1) Bonus Die granted form the Sense Specialty into a Test Die.
- Awareness (Sense) - Detect Disturbance: The Storyteller may call on you to Test Awareness (Sense) against a Routine (6) Difficulty. If you are successful, you feel a ripple in the Force. For Each Degree of Success after the first the Storyteller may give you a vague piece of information, but should refrain from outright telling you the source. (Designer Notes: Consider Kenobi following the Destruction of Alderaan in A New Hope. He says he felt a "a Great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices.... In terms of this mechanics Kenobi achieved three Degrees of Success on his Test, one allowed him to feel the disturbance, the second gave him a gage of its size, and the third gave him a vague indication of what happened, i.e. millions of people were suddenly killed)
- Instinctual Reflexes - Force Users are renowned throughout the Galaxy for their near superhuman reaction times. This increased reaction is because of an instinctual understanding of near future events through the Force. Any Character may add their Ranks in the Sense Specialty to their Agility (Quickness) Test Result, up to their Ranks in the Control Specialty, for the purpose of determining Initiative in Combat.
- Meditative Trance: - You are capable of slowing down your body and mind, falling into a near death like state. The character may make a Will (Control) Test against an Automatic (0) Difficulty. Each Degree of Success becomes a multiplier that increases the time period in between Resisting a Hazard (Poison, Disease, Suffocation, Starvation, ect). During this period, the Character may only make Reflexive Ability Tests. The Character remains somewhat aware of their surroundings, but suffers a -1D to all Awareness Tests per Degree of Success Rolled on the Will Test to activate this effect. The Character may choose to end this power at any point, but may not activate it again for the rest of the scene.
Force Powers at a Glance
Your ability to use the Force within the game system if governed by a series of Force Powers. There are three broad categories that Force Powers fall into; the Jedi Arts, the Dark Arts; and the Obscure Arts. Each Force Power will have several effects that it can be used for, depending on how much energy you put into the Power. Once you have gained access to a Power, usually by investing a Destiny Point in the Force Training Benefit, you have access to all of the effects listed under the Power. In general there are three categories of effects; Persistent, Sustained, and Manifestation.
Persistent Effects are always available to your character, however, they are not always 'on'. They still must be activated. They do not require the expenditure of a Force Point to activate however.
Sustained Effects are the more commonly seen Force Powers. They allow the User access to many incredible abilities, which often defy the natural laws. These powers require you to Spend a Force Point, which then gives you access to that Effect for the entire Scene. If a Power has multiple Sustained Effects, they must be spent for and activated separately.
Manifestation Effects are usually the most powerful effects a Force Power has. They require you to Spend a Force Point each time the effect is used.
Force Points represent your Characters raw strength with the Force. The more Force Points you have, they stronger you are. In truth they function in a similar fashion to Destiny Points, with the exception that they may only used when you are using the Force through Force Powers.
You may spend Force Points to do several things:
- Activate a Force Power effect, as described above.
- Convert one Bonus Die gained from the Control, Sense, or Alter Specialties into a Test Die
- Increase your Rank in the Control, Sense, or Alter Specialty by 1 for a Single Test.
You may spend as many Force Points at a time as you would like, however, there is a limit to how many you may spend safely each SCENE. Beyond this limit, channeling such raw power through your body and mind, erodes away that which keeps you anchored in the Physical Existence. This causes serious harm and can even lead to death (as the Force User sheds their Physical Body, becoming a being of pure light and energy before merging completely with the Force). To represent this, each time you Spend a Force Point above your Ranks in Will, you must make an Endurance (Fortitude) Test against a Challenging (9) Difficulty. If you fail you suffer an Injury and subsequent tests increase this Difficulty by one Step. If you critically fail you suffer a Wound instead, and all further failures inflicts Wounds.
If your character suffers a Fatal Wound in this fashion, they have shed their Physical Body. All Injury and Wound Penalties are discarded, and they may continue to spend any Force Points they they have left with out having to make the above tests. Once all of your Force Points are gone, you may then BURN your Force Points, allowing you to spend them again - and you must, at a minimum, Burn a Force Point in this Fashion once each Turn. When all of your Force Points have been burnt, your Character merges with the Force and is gone permanently.
Destiny and Force Points
There is a relation between Destiny and Force Points.
You may Spend a Destiny Point to immediately recover one (1) spent Force Point.
You may Burn a Destiny Point to immediately recover ALL of your spent Force Points.
The Dark Side, Corruption Points and and Dark Force Points
Gaining Corruption Points
Force Users must constantly contend with the temptation of the Dark Side. It calls to them, promising quick results and increased power. This temptation is represented in several ways.
- You may accept a Point of Corruption at anytime to regain a Spent Force Point.
- You may accept a Point of Corruption at anytime to gain access to a Dark Arts power for a single use, as if you had spent a Dark Force Point.
- You may accept a Point of Corruption at anytime to accept the a Dark Die result on your Roll.
- You must accept a Point of Corruption if you use a normal Force Point to fuel a Dark Arts Power.
- You must accapt a Point of Corruption whenever you Spend a Dark Force Point for any reason.
- You must accept a Point of Corruption whenever you act in accordance with your Character's Vice.
At the end of the Scene when you have gained a Point of Corruption, you must immediately make a Will(Dedication) Test. The Difficulty starts at 6 and increases by 1 step for each Point you have beyond the first. (9 at 2, 12 at 3, 15 at 4...).
If you fail this test you must convert one of your Force Points into a Dark Force Point, after which, your current number of Corruption Points is reduced by 1/2 your Ranks in the Will Ability. You may NEVER reduce your Corruption Points to below the number of Dark Force Points you possess.
- Dark Force Points: As Force Points represent strength of your connection to the Force, Dark Force Points represent the strength of that connection to the Dark Side. Dark Force Points can be used in any way that a normal Force Point would be used for, however it cannot be used to activate the Heal Self and Heal Another Force Powers. It may also be used to convert one Dark Die into a Test Die. Unlike Destiny or Force Points, Dark Force Points are never Burnt.
Some characters may choose to EMBRACE the Dark Side. This can happen whenever they gain a Corruption Point. At that time, they immediately convert a Force Point into a Dark Force Point and gain a second Point of Corruption.
Once a Character has gained Corruption Points, the dark side begins to subtly guide the character further into darkness. From that point forward, WHENEVER you roll ANY Test for your Character, you must also roll a number of Dice equal to your current total of Corruption Points. It is recommended that these dice be of a different color to distinguish them from your Ability/Specialty Dice and should be rolled with the Test. These Dice function just like Bonus Dice, however they do not count against your limit to the number of Bonus Dice that can be rolled. The Character may choose to use accept the Die Result of one or more of these Dice just as if they were Bonus Dice, but the Character gains a Point of Corruption for each Die used.
- It should be noted, however, that these Dice are not technically Bonus Dice, and therefore a character may not Spend or Burn Destiny to modify the function of these Dice.
Dark Side influence on Character Actions
Whenever the Character Spends a Dark Force Point or chooses to accept the result of a Dark Die, the character loses themself to the Dark Side's influence. In general, however, this is purely a cosmetic effect - the character lashes out in anger or in some way embraces their passions - and most often is an expression of the Characters Vice. The Storyteller may recommend the characters take certain actions on their next turn. If the player decides to do something else, they are allowed to make a Will(Dedication) Test against a Difficulty determined by the number of Corruption Points the character possesses. This difficulty starts at 6 for 1 Corruption Point, and increases by 3 for each point there after. If they pass this Test, they may act normally. If they fail, they act as the Storyteller has instructed. Players are encouraged to work with their Storyteller to determine which action is more appropriate for their character to take.
Removing Corruption Points
Corruption Points remain with your character for significant periods of time. Whenever you are awarded a Destiny Point as a reward, you immediately reduce the number of Corruption Points your character has by your Ranks in the Will Skill. Again, you may NEVER reduce your characters Corruption Point total below the number of Dark Force Points he has.
Falling to the Dark Side
Once a character has gained more Dark Force Points than their Ranks in the Will Ability, they are in danger of succumbing totally to the Dark Side. From that point forward, each time they gain a Point of Corruption, they must immediately make a Will(Dedication) Test against a Difficulty determined by their current number of Corruption Points (including the one they just earned). Again, this Difficulty is 6 at 1 Point, +3 for each Point there after. If they fail this Test, they Embrace the Dark Side as described above. They need not take a subsequent Test for the second Corruption Point gained by Embracing. They are, however, required to make the Test at the end of the Scene as normal. Once all of their Force Points have been replaced by Dark Force Points, the character has fallen to the Dark Side. The character immediately gains the Fallen to Darkness Drawback and the Dark Acolyte Benefit.
Once a Character has Fallen to Darkness, the Dark Side becomes a fickle master. You know only gain Corruption Points from accepting Dark Dice Results, and you only gain a number of Dark Dice up to 1/2 your Characters Ranks in the Presence Ability on tests. All additional Dark Dice are lost. Further you may not use Corruption to regain Spent Force Points or use Dark Arts Powers.
At this point, if becomes difficult for the Dark Sider to maintain high level of Corruption. At the end of each Story, regardless of gaining of Destiny Point or not, the Characters Corruption total drops back to its minimum level, the number of Dark Force Points they possess.
It is possible to redeem a character that has turned to the Dark Side, but it is increadibly rare and difficult. This stems from the fact that these Characters dont WANT to be saved. In their eyes, the Dark Side has provided them with increased skill and power. Most become arrogant and defiant, and are able to justify nearly any action - in the same way an addict can often justify their addiction.
In order to spark attonement, the Dark Jedi must witness an act of true selfnessless that corrisponds to their Virtue (this test usually involves a Character Burning a Destiny Point). If at the time the act occurs, their current number of Corruption Points is less than twice their Dark Force Points, the Dark Jedi must make an Awareness(Empathy) Test. The Difficulty of this test is 0, plus One Step per point of Corruption they have. If they succeed, they may immediately BURN a Destiny Point to convert a Dark Force Point, back into a Force Point on a one for one basis. All Corruption Points above the new Dark Force Point total are lost. It is acceptable for a Character to take multiple Drawbacks to gain more Destiny Points for this purpose.
If their current Corruption Point total exceeds twice their number of Dark Force Points, or they fail the Awareness Test, nothing happens and the Character remains consumed by the Dark Side.
The Jedi Arts
The Force can have a great influence on the weak minded. This Force Power can be used to affect the perceptions of individuals, cloud their thoughts, create distractions, and even subvert their will or dominate their minds. While the more subtle effects of this power are employed often by the Jedi, the more overt are questionable or outright forbidden.
Your ability to influence others allows you to cause an opponent to momentarily believe they heard a sound, saw something out of the corner of their eye, or felt someone tap them on the shoulder. Whatever the minor illusion, your target becomes momentarily distracted, granting you an advantage. Outside of combat this may grant you a Modifier equal to your Ranks in the Alter Specialty to a Test, such as Stealth or Deception, though it may also cause alert guards to sound the alarm or call for reinforcements.
At this level Affect Mind now clouds the thoughts of your target, making them easier to manipulate and less certain of their actions.
You may now use the Convince Technique as a Simple Intrigue regardless of the difference between your Presence and that of your target. You may add a Modifier equal to your Ranks in the Alter Specialty to your total. However, your Difficulty is now your opponents Passive Will Result instead of their Intrigue Defense.
Clever Jedi have harnessed Affect Mind to use in Combat. You may take the Distract Action during Combat, but you Substitute your Presence (Alter) in place of your Cunning.
You can call on the Force to render your opponent unconscious. Unlike other uses of Affect Mind, this requires Physical contact – you must touch your target to channel the Force into them and disrupt their minds control of their body. You may make a Standard Test using your Presence (Alter) against a Difficulty equal to your targets Passive Endurance Result. This functions like an Attack, but the Damage inflicted is equal to your Ranks in the Will Ability, and are increased by Degrees of Success as normal. Your opponent cannot use Injuries or Wounds to reduce this Damage, and this damage is not reduced by Armor Rating. During the Resolution Step, the victim of this power cannot be Killed or Maimed unless they also suffered damage from another source. Touching an unwilling opponent requires a Fighting (Brawling) Test against your opponents Combat Defense and this test counts as a Lesser Action.
At this level, Affect Mind can be used to strip the target of memories, or implant false memories within their mind. Each time you use this power it requires a Force Point to be spent. You may then roll Presence (Alter) against a Difficulty equal to your targets Passive Will Result. Each Degree of Success scored allows you to remove, alter or implant a memory. (As an example – you could use one of these Degrees of Success to change make your target remember that he spoke with a Stormtrooper instead of you, or that you didn’t speak to him at all – but were there, or that he spoke to someone but doesn’t remember who).
Powerful, Crazed or desperate Force Users have been known to be able to be capable of completely erasing a person’s mind, or subverting their will to the point that they become a near mindless servant – or even radically altering an individual’s personality into something completely different.
There some who have learned to call on the Force to shield them from harm.
Once learned, this power allows you to resist minor levels of harmful energy. Whenever you are exposed to an energy based Hazard (Radiation and Heat are common examples) you may add your Ranks in the Control Specialty as a Modifier to your Endurance (Resilience) Test.
There are several effects at this level.
You may call on the Force and wrap yourself in a protective shield. As a Lesser Action, you may Test Will (Alter Specialty Applies) against a Routine (6) Difficulty. Each Degree of Success grants you a point of AR, up to your Ranks in the Control Specialty. This effect last for a number of Turns equal to your Ranks in Presence.
A more active form of defense, this power allows you to attempt to absorb incoming energy damage and dissipate it harmlessly away. In place of a Dodge Action, you may instead Test Will (Control). This result becomes your Combat Defense against weapons with the Energy Quality.
With great will and concentration, you may erect an semi-solid barrier purely out of the Force. To activate this power you must spend a Force Point and as a Greater Action Test Will (Alter Specialty Applies) against a Challenging (9) Difficulty. The barrier counts as an Obstacle providing Cover for a number of Characters equal to the Degrees of Success, up to a maximum of your Ranks in the Control Specialty. While this power is in effect your character may take no action other than to maintain the power, and you may hold the Barrier active for a number of rounds equal to your Ranks in Will before it collapses and you must activate it again.
You may cloak yourself in the Force to hide your Force Sensitivity from others. Make a Standard Will (Control) Test against a Routine (6) Difficulty. Each Degree of Success increases the Difficulty for any Sense Force attempts against you by one step.
By using your skill in the Force to conceal yourself, you may go unnoticed by others. When testing the Stealth Ability, you may add your Ranks in the Control Specialty to your Ranks in the appropriate Specialty. These Bonus Dice that may exceed your normal Limits. This power has no effect on mechanical devices, or observers using technology.
This power can be called upon in Combat, granting the Jedi increased defense as their form blurs. Whenever you take a Move Action during your turn, you may add your Ranks in the Stealth Ability, up to your Ranks in the Alter Specialty, to your Combat Defense until the start of the next combat round.
Beyond simple Stealth, this power grants you the ability to avoid detection altogether. Cameras, Sensors, even Beasts will be unable to see or find you. On occasion this may even manifest as a form of invisibility. By spending a Force Point, you may make Stealth Test unopposed against a Difficulty set by the following:
Sentient Individuals – Routine (6)
Living Creatures – Challenging (9)
Technology – Formidable (12)
This power is similar to Heal Self, except that it may be used on others.
Using the Force, you may suppress the nerves and pain receptors of your patient. You may Test your Will (Alter Specialty Applies) against a Routine (6) Difficulty. Each Degree of Success removes the Penalty applied from one Injury or Wound. You remove the Penalties from Injuries first, then from Wounds. Keep track of how many Degrees of Success you achieve from the activation of this Power, as Injuries and Wound Penalties received by your patient after you activate this Effect are mitigated until the number of Penalties exceeds the Total Degrees achieved. This Effect may only be used once per scene.
There are several effects at this level.
You can call on the Force to identify Ailments or Hazards that are affecting a Character. When you take a Diagnosis Greater Action, you may choose to roll Awareness (Diagnosis Specialty still applies) instead of Healing, you increase your Ranks in Diagnosis by your Ranks in the Sense Specialty, and these additional Bonus Dice may exceed normal limits.
You are capable of using the Force to remove poisons and diseases from your patients system. Once they have been exposed to a Poison or Disease, you may make an Will (Sense Specialty Applies) Test adding your Ranks in the Control Specialty, as additional Bonus Dice that may exceed your normal limits, against a Challenging (9) Difficulty. Each Degree of Success reduces the Toxicity of Poisons or number of Days the Character is ill by one. You may only make a Detoxify attempt once each day.
Heal Another’s Injury:
You may call on the Force to allow your patient to recover from Injuries instantly. When you activate this power your patient may immediately make an Endurance (Fortitude) Test, increasing their Ranks in Fortitude by your Ranks in Alter Specialty, and these additional Bonus Dice may exceed their normal limits, as if they had waited the required time per the normal recovery rules. You may activate this Power once per Scene. Dark Side Points cannot be used to Activate this Power.
With increased effort and concentration, you may allow others to recover from severe injuries that would prove potentially fatal. You may Spend a Force Point to and invoke the Heal Another’s Injury effect above, except now they may recover from Wounds instead.
Tales speak of Force users that are able to bring the dead back to life, to wipe plague from an affected world…
Force Users are well known for their ability to recover from all but the most grievous of wounds.
Using the Force, you may suppress your nerves and pain receptors. You may Test your Will (Control) against a Routine (6) Difficulty. Each Degree of Success removes the Penalty applied from one Injury or Wound. You remove the Penalties from Injuries first, then from Wounds. Keep track of how many Degrees of Success you achieve from the activation of this Power, as Injuries and Wound Penalties received after you activate this Effect are mitigated until the number of Penalties exceeds the Total Degrees achieved. This Effect may only be used once per scene.
There are several effects at this level.
You are capable of using the Force to remove poisons and diseases from your system. Once you have been exposed to a Poison or Disease, you may make an Will (Fortitude Specialty Applies) Test, increasing your Ranks in Fortitude by your Ranks in the Control Specialty, and these additional Bonus Dice may exceed your normal limits, against a Challenging (9) Difficulty. Each Degree of Success reduces the Toxicity of Poisons or number of Days the Character is ill by one. You may only make a Detoxify attempt once each day.
You may call on the Force to recover from Injuries instantly. When you activate this power you may immediately make an Endurance (Fortitude) Test, increasing your Ranks in Fortitude by your Ranks in Control Specialty, and these additional Bonus Dice may exceed your normal limits, as if you had waited the required time per the normal recovery rules. You may activate this Power once per Scene. Dark Side Points cannot be used to Activate this Power.
With increased effort and concentration, you may recover from severe injuries that would prove potentially fatal to others. You may Spend a Force Point to and invoke the Heal Injury effect above, except now you may recover from Wounds instead.
Rumors circulate that extremely knowledgeable Force Users have achieved immortality…
This Force Power gives the Wielder the ability to enhance their perceptions beyond normal capability.
Instead of a Hidden Opponent Testing Stealth against your Passive Awareness, you may make a Reflexive Awareness (Sense) Test against a Challenging (9) Difficulty. If you succeed, your opponents are denied the +1D Due to Surprise. Unlike normal Persistent Powers, this Effect is always "on" and does not require you to activate it.
You may use the Force to augment your perceptions, noticing things that beyond your normal capability and drawing information from the ambient resonance of the Force.
When you make non-Force based Tests using Awareness (Notice) you may add your Ranks in the Sense Ability as additional Bonus Dice. These Dice may exceed the normal limits of Bonus Dice.
Your improved awareness of your opponents motions and movements grants you an advantage over them. Whenever you take the Aim Action, you gain a number of Bonus Dice equal to your Ranks in the Sense Specialty instead of 1B.
You may test Awareness (Sense) against a Challenging (9) Difficulty to gain information from an object. Each Degree of Success grants a piece of information as described below:
1 Degree: What the object/place was used for.
2 Degrees: If the owner was Force Sensitive and any Dark Side Points they had
3 Degrees: The owners Motivation was when they possessed/used the object
4 Degrees: The owners Vice and Virtue was when they possessed the object.
5 Degrees: The owners highest Ability when they used the object
Forces users have been known to be able to read the thoughts of others, and to speak directly to another's mind. When you take the Read Target Action during an Intrigue you may spend a Force Point to convert a number of Bonus Dice into Test Dice equal to your Ranks in the Sense Specialty. The Difficulty of this Test is your Targets passive Will instead of their passive Deception. This power may also be used to speak directly into a subjects mind. You Test your Presence (Sense Specialty Applies) against your targets Passive Will. Each Degree of Success allows you to communicate one image, word or concept to your target.
There are no known powers at this level.
Force Wielders can harness the power of the Force to push their bodies beyond normal capabilities
You have learned to harness the Force to supply you with additional reserves when you need them. When you take a “Catch Your Breath” Action during Combat you may add your Ranks in the Control Specialty to your result. In addition, you also remove 1 Point of Fatigue per Degree of Success rolled.
There are a several powers at this level you may call on.
You have learned to call on the Force to strengthen your body or quickening your reflexes. When you activate this Effect, choose an Athletics or Agility Specialty. You may your Rank in the selected Specialty by your Rank in Control Specialty, and Bonus Dice gained in this way may exceed your normal limits.
Your connection to the Force allows you to jump far greater distances than would normally be possible. When testing Athletics (Jump), you increase your Ranks in the Jump Specialty by your Ranks in the Control Specialty, which may exceed the normal limits. In addition, your Target Difficulty is always 0 and you increase the number of yards you leap per success by your Ranks in the Alter Specialty.
You have learned to call on the Force to hone your reactions in the cockpit. When you activate this Effect, choose a Piloting Specialty. You increase your Ranks in the chosen Specialty by your Rank in Control, and these dice may exceed your normal limits.
You can call on the Force to Guide your actions, making you capable of performing feats of accuracy that would otherwise be impossible. By Spending a Force Point, you may now add number of Bonus Dice from your Fighting or Marksmanship pool into Test Dice, equal to your Ranks in the Sense Specialty.
Even with their superb physical mastery, some Force users have been rumored to be capable of lifting tons with their bare hands, or to instantly move from one point in space to another…
Quiet often the first powers that are taught to a new student, this power enables you to open your feelings to the Force, to feel its influence, its pull.
Once purchased, this power grants you the ability to actively Sense the Force. You may make a Standard Test using your Awareness (Sense) against a Routine (6) Difficulty. Each Degree of Success grants you a piece of information, from within Close Range of your Character based on below:
1 Degree: Presence or Absence of Life
2 Degrees: Presence of Force Sensitives / Presence of Dark Side Points
3 Degrees: Comparative power level (Targets Force Points is Greater or Less than yours)
4 Degrees: Number of Force Benefits they possess
5 Degrees: Number of Force Powers they possess.
There are several sustained powers that you may call upon as the Force grants insight or guidance.
You may open yourself to the Force and use it to feel the emotional vibrations of others. When you make non-Force based Tests using Awareness (Empathy) you increase your Ranks in the Empathy Specialty by your Ranks in the Sense Ability and these Dice may exceed the normal limits of Bonus Dice.
With the Force guiding your actions, you become much more difficult to hit. When you take the Cautious Attack action, you add may add your Ranks in the Sense Specialty to your Combat Defense in addition to the usual +3.
When you make a Survival (Orientation) or Mechanics (Any Piloting) for the purpose of finding your way, you may increase your Ranks appropriate Specialty by your Ranks in the Sense Specialty, and these Bonus Dice may exceed your normal limits.
Through the Force you may sense and perceive far off places, the past or the future. Your connection to your target does play a significant roll in the difficulty of this. It is far easier to see a life long friend than it is a complete stranger. You may test Awareness (Sense) against a Difficulty determined by how far away your target is. In addition for each Step your Disposition is above Indifferent you gain a +1 Modifier to this roll. For each step below you suffer a -1 Modifier. This Power may also be used to attempt to peer into the Past or the Future, but doing so incurs a -1D Penalty. Each Degree of Success grants you one piece of information determined by the Storyteller. (Design Notes: I’m considering giving this power the ability to Generate a pool of bonus dice…)
Same Planet – Challenging (9)
Same System – Formidable (12)
Same Sector – Hard (15)
Across the Galaxy – Very Hard (18)
Throughout the ages, sages and seers of great power have peered into the Future and given prophecy that has shaped the destiny of billions.
The ability to move and control object through the Force is one of the most iconic and overt uses of the Force that one can manifest. Force traditions across the galaxy have used this ability as a means to test prospective students, as a means of security – with locking mechanisms that can only be opened through telekinetics, as a display of power and finally as a tool in combat. As much as this may be true, however, defying the natural laws and moving objects with the mind is strenuous and requires substantial concentration to move objects of any real size. This does not prevent the Force User from lifting objects with masses far beyond what any normal person could manage, Jedi and others have been known to move objects the size of small starships, just that the more massive the object, the slower the Force User can move it. This is the why the Jedi don’t go into conflict with Garbage Scows in tow, hurling tons of material at their opponents, they simple can’t mentally throw an object much larger than themselves with sufficient force to inflict injuries. There is also the question of morality. Dropping a building on someone, even your enemy, is tantamount to premeditated murder, something the Jedi abhor.
You can move small objects at will in your general vicinity with nothing but your mind. This allows you to use Ability Tests at Close Range (30 feet) away without actually touching them, but suffer a -1D to the Test. You may lift and manipulate 1lbs per Rank you possess in the Alter Specialty. Objects lifted in this fashion cannot be used as a weapon, as they are not propelled with enough force in inflict harm. In addition to the above effects, a Jedi may retrieve an object, usually their Lightsaber, from any point up to Close Range as a Lesser Action on their turn. This means that, in most situations, a disarmed Jedi only remains disarmed until the start of their next turn.
By spending a Force Point, you may call on the Force to lift and move objects of sizable mass for the remainder of the Scene. You test Presence (Alter) in place of your Athletics (Strength) when attempting to lift an object and you may do so at Close Range. The Difficulty is determined by the weight you are attempting to lift (See “Strength” p59 ASOIAF). Exercising control of these objects once lifted requires your undivided attention and thus counts as a Greater Action. In Combat, this power can be used in a number of different ways:
You may use this power to make the Knockdown Action against an opponent at Close Range. You roll Presence (Alter) instead of your Athletics. This Action may be combined with the Divided Attack Greater Action to attempt to Knockdown more than one opponent. (Designer Note: You asked about knocking groups to the ground. I actually plan on introducing Mob rules that treat a group of minor characters as a single individual) In addition, your target is knocked back 1yd per Degree of Success scored.
You may use this power to take the Disarm Action against an opponent at Close Range. As a Greater Action, Test Presence (Alter) against a Difficulty equal to your opponents Passive Athletics Result. If you score two or more degrees of success, you disarm your opponent. If your Awareness is 4 or more, you catch their weapon, otherwise the weapon lands 1D6 yards away.
The Force User can call on their Telekinetic skill to lift an opponent up and hold them with nothing more than their mind. As a Greater Action, you may attempt to grab an opponent at Close Range through the Force. Test Presence (Alter) against a Difficulty equal to your opponents Passive Athletics (Strength) Result. If you are successful, your opponent may not move and suffers a -5 to their Combat Defense. As a Lesser Action, your target may attempt to break your hold in an Actively Opposed Athletics (Strength) vs your Presence (Alter). At the Start of your subsequent turn, you may attempt to ‘Pin’ your opponent by lifting them into the air. This is a Greater Action, Testing your Presence (Alter) in active opposition to your Opponents Athletics (Strength). If you are successful, your target is now Helpless and all attacks made against him gain +1D. An opponent Pinned in this way can take no action other than to attempt to break the pin using the Opposed Test above. Force Users with the Telekinesis Power may substitute their Presence (Alter) for their Athletics (Strength) in all of these Tests.
You may use this power to hurl an object at an opponent. You may now make a Standard Attack against an Opponent at Close Range, Testing your Presence(Alter) against their Combat Defense adding a Modifier equal to your Ranks in the Thrown Specialty. The Damage of this attack is equal to you Ranks in the Will Ability, and may be increased by Degrees of Success normally. As it is an Attack, you may combine this with the Divided Attack Greater Action to hurl objects at multiple opponents.
While the ability to lift a few hundred pounds is impressive, it by no means is the limit of a Forces Users telekinetic ability. A Force Wielder may lift significant amounts of mass, dozens of tons for short periods, but it requires a great deal of concentration and can only be moved at ponderous speeds. Each time you employ this effect you must spend a Force Point. As a Greater Action, you Test Presence (Alter) in place of your Athletics (Strength) and may do so at Close Range, against a Challenging (9) Difficulty. Each Degree of Success allows you to lift your Ranks in the Alter Specialty in Tons. (Example – if your had Presence 4 (Alter 3B) – you would lift 3 tons per Degree of Success). Because of the sheer mass involved, the objects move at a very slow rate (no more than a foot or two each second) and thus, are useless as weapons. They can, however, be used as Boundaries and Obstacles, changing the shape of the battle field.
Ancient Stories and Legends tell of masters of telekinesis redirecting rivers, parting entire oceans, moving mountain ranges, or pulling Capital Ships out of orbit. If these stories are true, no living Jedi has been known to manifest them.
The Dark Arts
Dark Art powers call fully upon the Dark Side. Unlike other Force Powers, they do not have Persistent Effects, and must always be activated. This limitation, however, is normally considered insignificant by Dark Side Adepts, as Dark Arts powers are usually more visually impressive and overt, and are often capable of far greater effects... but at a cost. In general these powers will have only a single Sustained Effect, but multiple Manifested Effects.
This power allows the Dark Side user to twist and corrupt the environment around them.
This power allows the Dark Side User to consumer the Force from immediate environment, including living creatures, to restore their bodies and fuel their dark powers.
This power grants the Dark Side wielder the ability to utterly shatter and destroy the Living Force in the immediate area, inflicting great harm.
One of the Iconic Dark Side Powers, and easily one of the easiest to identify.
The Dark Side User can harness the chaotic and destructive nature of the Dark Side to generate of whirlwind of death.
This power allows the Dark Side Wielder to inflict pain on others and may choose to injure of kill them.
By harnessing the power of the Dark Side, the Force User can tap into a targets mind and fill them with debilitating fear.
By surrendering to their dark passions, the Force User can allow the Dark Side to take partial control of their bodies and turn them into living weapons.
An exceedingly rare ability that allows the Force User to harness the Cosmic Force to coordinate vast numbers of people across great distances.
Only a handful of Jedi in a given generation are known to be able to manifest this power on even the smallest scale, and only one in an galactic era is capable of mastering it's awesome effects. It is with this power that a single individual can turn the tide of an entire war in favor of their side, as the Force fortifies and guides, not only the Jedi, but even non Force Sensitives. Battle Meditation is a subtle power, increasing the effectiveness of others. More overt powers may win single battles, Battle Meditation can win wars. Battle Mediation requires total concentration and your character can do nothing else while in the meditative state.
With this level of effect, your character naturally boosts the effectiveness of their allies. When you make a Will(Coordination) you may add your Ranks in the Alter Specialty to your test as additional Bonus Dice that may exceed your normal limits.
You may extend your influence through the Force to large group. When you begin your meditation, Test Presence (Alter) against a Challenging (9) difficulty. If you are successful, you may grant a +1B to all tests to a number of other Characters or reduce the number of Bonus Dice an opponent may roll on any test by one (1). The number of characters affected is equal to your Ranks in the Control Specialty times the Degrees of Success scored on your Presence (Alter) Test. These Bonus Dice may exceed a characters normal limits. Example: Jonus the Jedi invokes Battle Meditation. He tests his Presence (Alter) and scores three Degrees of Success. He has 3 Ranks in Control, and therefore grants up to nine (9) characters +1B to all tests or reduce an enemies bonus dice by one. This effect remains active until the end of the Scene or until the Force User ends his meditation, which ever comes first.
In Warfare Scale Conflicts, the Force User instead extends these bonuses and penalties to Warfare Units.
At this level of mastery, the Force User may spend momentarily empower an ally with knowledge and abilities that the Force User himself possesses. While in your meditative state, you may spend a Force Point to give an ally the ability to substitute your Ranks in an Ability or Specialty in place of their own.
This power grants the Force User the ability to communicate with and exert control over non-sentient animals of all kinds.
For the purpose of this power, beasts are classified as animals that are not an intelligent species. Semi-intelligent creatures, such as rancors and wampa's can be affected by this power but all uses suffer a -1D penalty equal to the targets ranks in Cunning or have the effectiveness of the power reduced by the same.
Calling on your connection to all living things through the Force, you are able to understand what animals are feeling or thinking. This power effectively grants you a number of ranks in "Animal Language" equal to your Ranks in the Sense Specialty.
Will of the Alpha: When making Survival Checks to train or command an animal, you may add a number of bonus dice to your Survival (Animal Handling) test equal to your ranks in the Alter Specialty. In addition, you reduce any time required for such tests to a Standard Action.
Your connection to local wildlife instills you with their survival instincts. So long as there are non-sentient animals within Long Range, you may add your Ranks in the Sense Specialty to any Survival Test you are required to make.
At this level you may temporarily possess an animal. To use this power, you Test Presence (Alter) against the targets Passive Will. If you are successful, your physical body falls into state deep slumber, but your consciousness now resides within the animals body. You use the physical Abilities of the animal you have taken control over (Agility, Athletics, and Endurance). This effect lasts until the end of the scene (though may be extended by an additional Force Point expenditure but no roll is required).
Similar to Control Beasts, this power grants the Force User the ability to control plants.
This Power allows the Force User to call on powers that heighten or augment their body and mind and impart those effects on others for short durations.
One of the rarest, and least understood powers, this ability allows the Force User to distill channeled Force energies into a physical form, allowing others to absorb that energy or effect.
This power functions very similarly to Affect Mind, but allows the Force User to create realistic, convincing illusions to distract and confuse others.
With little more than a thought you can cloud the minds of others, convincing them you are someone else. This power fuctions in a similar fashion to Affect Mind, but in is responsive to anyone you looks at you. You gain a number of Bonus Dice equal to your Ranks in Alter to any Deception (Disguise) Tests you make. As usual these Dice may exceed your normal limit.
Through the Force you may implant false images into the minds of others who look upon you. Whenever you make use of the Blend In or Sleight of Hand Specialties may add your Ranks in Alter as additional Bonus Dice.
Calling on your mastery of this power you may create large scale illusions that can terrify or confuse your enemies. As a Greater Action, you may Test Presence(Alter) against the highest Passive Will of Targets in the Close Range. This power functions like the Maneuver Action, and each Success causes each opponent to Move 1 yard in the direction of the Force User's choice. Any opponent who moves yards than their Ranks in Awareness may not take a Greater Action on their turn. Due to the complexity of this power, the you may only take a single Lesser Action on their turn. The effect lasts for a number of Combat Turns equal to your Ranks in the Sense Specialty before the power must be activated again, but you must Test each round to determine the effect.
Quiet the Mind
Known to precious few, this power allows the Force Wielder to harness the Force to mitigate or eliminate mental instability in others.
Your mastery of this rare talent has required you to reach a deep level of inner tranquility. You may add your Ranks in the Control Specialty to your Composure.
By touching your target, you may reduce the effect of a Mental Drawback. To do so, Test Wll (Alter) against the Targets Passive Will. Each Degree of Success scored negates the effect of the Drawback for one Combat Round. This power may only be used on an Target once per scene.
Through the Force, you may draw the hostility out of an opponent, reducing their will to Fight. As a Greater Action, you may Test Presence (Sense) against the targets Intrigue Defense. For each Degree of Success scored, your target is denied the ability to take any Greater Action that would inflict Damage. This effects lasts for a number of Combat Turns equal to your Ranks in the Alter Specialty.
At this level of mastery, a successful use of Inner Peace now lasts for the Scene.
Considered by many to be a variant of Absorb Energy, this power allows the Force User to actively repel various kinds of electromagnetic energy and radiation.
This power allows the Force User to emit a massive burst of concussive force in all directions.
Like Force Alchemy, the power is extremely rare and many consider it an unnatural merging of Living Force and engineering. With this power, the Force User can harness the latent knowledge in the Cosmic Force to intuitively understand machines, and then channel the Living Force into them, constructing strange devices.
Persistent:: The Force speaks to you, guiding your workings when tinkering with mechanical devices. You may now make Mechanics tests to design and build technological devices instead of using the Knowledge Ability. When testing Mechanics in this way, your Ranks in the Sense Specialty apply.
Sustained: There are several effects at this level.
By calling on the Force you may now quickly assemble, repair or deconstruct devices. You may now make Tests to repair or construct devices as a Standard Test instead of a Extended Test, effectively allowing you to repair or construct devices in a few short moments instead of hours or days. In addition, any time you make a Mechanics (Repair) Test, you may add a number of Bonus Dice equal to your Ranks in Control. You still require the correct components for the device in question.
You may project your will through the Force to temporarily disable devices and weapons used against you. As a Greater Action, you may Test Will (Alter) against an opponent using a Weapon with the Energy Quality, at up to Close Range against a Challenging (9) Difficulty. For each Degree of Success, their device or weapon is disabled for 1 Combat Turn.
Your connection with the Force allows you to see new and creative ways of making devices function. You now make a Mechanics Test, the Sense specialty applies, to change how devices work. For each degree of success scored, you may select and change a Quality associated with a Weapon or Device. Each time you modify the same device in a scene, you incur a cumulative -1D Penalty to subsequent rolls.
Manifestation: At this level of ability, the Force User may channel the Force directly into a device. This has two effects, first you may power a device for a number of turns equal to your Ranks in the Alter specialty, regardless of its normal power source. Second, you may now make Mechanic (Repair) Tests to repair (but not construct) devices without any spare parts, as the components and materials simply heal and grow back together. When testing Mechanics in this way you may add your Ranks in the Control Specialty as addition Bonus Dice.