Initial Paths

Spent way too much time today revising these. Here is an updated list with somewhat more fleshed-out abilities. Same concepts, but with some renaming and sort-of standardization. Also grouped by theme rather than relevant race/polity, the better to look at which archetypes are covered and which are missing.

Uncategorized

Way of Untamed Harmony

integration with wilderness, natural states of being; manage interface of people and nature
no strong following in any single polity, but esteemed in Okudan

Aspects

  • Affinity for Nature - values settings with natural elements
  • Affinity for Life - cherishes new life, growth, healing, preservation
  • Affinity for Death - accepts/embraces the role of death, willing to kill
  • Solitary Soul - aloof from others, independent, self-reliant

Abilities

  • Nourishing Touch - promote vitality, growth, fecundity
  • Entropic Touch - promote disease, frailty
  • Beast Communion
  • Green Communion

Way of Boundless Learning

commitment to knowledge, study, discovery
prevalent in Kothinar

Aspects

  • Inquiring Mind - questions, takes things apart, pursues details
  • Aspires to Dominion - values comprehension, command, control
  • Social Broker - busybody, matchmaker, gossip, human intelligence
  • Solitary Soul - loner, self-sufficient (mutually exclusive with Social Broker)

Abilities

  • Intuitive Deduction
  • Elemental Dissection - conceptually break item down into components
  • Memory Capture - memory snapshot
  • Echo of History - temporary restoration of item to prior condition

Sociopolitical

Way of Shared Being

community glue, facilitates social cohesion
common in Okudan

Aspects

  • Helping Hand - altruism, charity
  • One for All - cooperative, team player, self-sacrificing
  • Social Broker
  • Affinity for Life

Abilities

  • Personal Communion - sense and respond to needs, emotions
  • Silver Tongue
  • Mending Touch - heal physical injury
  • tbd

Way of Shadowed Whispers

information gathering, espionage, infiltration, thievery

Aspects

  • All for One - self-centered, greedy, ambitious, self-preserving
  • Social Broker
  • Affinity for Death
  • Affinity for Value - calculates, measures, focused on transactions and worth; may desire riches

Abilities

  • Silver Tongue
  • Perceive Exploit - sense social weakness, fears, opportunities
  • Obscuration - hide, make inconspicuous
  • Unbinding - opening, unlocking, unbinding

Artistic

Way of Living Beauty

art as communion with nature and natural things; beauty in ephemerality
prevalent in Vishaza

Aspects

  • Aspires to Beauty - values art, appearance, aesthetics
  • Affinity for Nature - values settings with natural elements
  • Long of Perspective - patient, willing to let plans mature, values persistence
  • tbd

Abilities

  • Nourishing Touch - promote vitality, growth, fecundity
  • Green Communion
  • Trait Manipulation - affect colors/features and inheritance to limited degree
  • Echo of Life - temporarily restore dead material to apparent life

Way of Enduring Craft

art in the form of stone, metal, glass, pottery; making things that last
prevalent in Vishaza and Rasumbel

Aspects

  • Aspires to Beauty
  • Long of Perspective
  • Solitary Soul
  • tbd

Abilities

  • Perceive Material - sense composition, flaws
  • Fixation - clean/prevent tarnish, rust, flaking, fading
  • Heat Resistance - cannot be burned
  • tbd

Combative

Way of Gracious Strength

balance philosophy/morals with lethal ability
prevalent in Kothinar

Aspects

  • Aspires to Strength - values strength, power, might, authority
  • Aspires to Wisdom - values ethics, morals, philosophy
  • Affinity for Life
  • Helping Hand

Abilities

  • Vital Surge - strength, self-healing boost
  • Sustaining Spirit - endure for a time w/o food, water
  • Serene Aura - project calm, peace, confidence, command
  • tbd

Way of Resolute Steel

safeguard and defend at any cost
prevalent in Okudan

Aspects

  • Aspires to Strength
  • Affinity for Death - willingness to kill, death as solution
  • One for All
  • Short of Perspective - impatient, takes initiative, immediate action

Abilities

  • Enduring Resilience - takes damage, keeps going
  • Agility Surge - unfold into rapid action
  • Perceive Threat
  • Menacing Aura

Way of Bloodied Might

strength, power, ambition, physical domination

Aspects

  • Aspires to Strength
  • Aspires to Dominion
  • All for One - selfish, greedy, ambitious, self-preserving
  • Affinity for Death - willingness to kill, death as solution

Abilities

  • Vital Surge
  • Perceive Frailty - sense physical weak points, advantages
  • Menacing Aura
  • tbd
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