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7 New Ability Scores (plus character sheet!) (v.2.2)

Optional rules for Courage, Composure, Allure, Luck, Style, Piety, and Empathy

Secondary abilities further flesh out your character’s appearance and personality. Like the personality traits, ideals, bonds, and flaws that come from your character’s background, these abilities will help you bring your character to life in any roleplaying situation.

There are six secondary abilities (Courage, Sanity, Composure, Allure, Luck, and Style), and three tertiary abilities (Honor, Piety, and Empathy), which are alignment or class dependent. Their use in the game is described in this document. The DM can decide to add only one or a few of these abilities to the game.


  • 7 new Ability Scores
  • Honor and Sanity (adapted from the DMG)
  • A pdf character sheet that includes the 9 abilities, reknown, faction, and rewards.
  • Variant rules (No Alignment, Secondary Skills) 
  • Optional feats 


v2.0 : Added : Secondary Skills (Variant)

v.2.1 : Added : No Alignment (Variant) and Secondary Skills visual aid

v2.2 : Added : Racial Adjustments for Secondary Abilities

With the Secondary Skills variant rule, characters don't have secondary and tertiary abilities. Instead, these abilities are reinterpreted as 11 secondary skills that refer to different aspects of the six ability scores: Dexterity (Luck, Style); Constitution (Endurance); Intelligence (Composure, Etiquette); Wisdom (Courage, Piety, Sanity); Charisma (Empathy, Leadership, Seduction).

Full variant rules included in the document v.2.2

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