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  • Ability Scores

    Each character has six ability scores that represent his character’s most basic attributes. They are his raw talent and prowess. While a character rarely rolls a check using just an ability score, these scores, and the modifiers they create, affect nearly …

  • Strength

    Strength measures muscle and physical power. This ability is important for those who engage in hand-to-hand (or “melee”) combat, such as [[Spellblade | spellblades]], [[Paladin | paladins]], and some [[Ranger | rangers]]. Strength also sets the maximum …

  • Carrying Capacity

    Carrying capacity determines how much a character’s equipment slows him down. Encumbrance comes in two parts: encumbrance by armor and encumbrance by total weight. *Encumbrance by Armor:* A character’s armor determines his maximum Dexterity bonus to AC …

  • Dexterity

    Dexterity measures agility, reflexes, and balance. This ability is the most important one for rogues, but it’s also useful for characters who wear light or medium armor or no armor at all. This ability is vital for characters seeking to excel with ranged …

  • Constitution

    Constitution represents your character’s health and stamina. A Constitution bonus increases a character’s hit points, so the ability is important for all classes. Some creatures, such as undead and constructs, do not have a Constitution score. Their …

  • Intelligence

    Intelligence determines how well your character learns and reasons. This ability is important for spellcasters that utilize Blue Mana because it affects their spellcasting ability in many ways. Creatures of animal-level instinct have Intelligence scores …

  • Wisdom

    Wisdom describes a character’s willpower, awareness, and intuition. This ability is important for spellcasters that utilize Green and/or White Mana because it affects their spellcasting ability in many ways. If you want your character to have acute senses …

  • Charisma

    Charisma measures a character’s personal magnetism, and ability to lead. This ability is important for spellcasters that utilize Red and/or Black Mana because it affects their spellcasting ability in many ways. For undead creatures, Charisma is a measure …

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