The Inevitable Guidebook Trait System

Echoes of Potential Trait Foundation System

Traits define the abilities or shortcomings of a character. Unlike traditional classes in an rpg, which typically limit characters to one or two compatible options, traits allow for a broader range of combinations. Each trait comes with its own unique set of prerequisites; some may even necessitate possessing other traits before they can be acquired, referred to as compound traits. Additionally, traits can interact with each other in various ways, such as synergies, resistances, or conditional effects, influencing the character's performance and capabilities.

Dissecting Your Power The Anatomy of Traits

To better understand how traits function within this system, here's a breakdown of their key components

Addressing Traditional Class Archetypes

The Trait Foundation System prioritizes flexibility, allowing you to craft unique characters unbound by traditional rigid class restrictions. However, certain trait combinations can strongly evoke the feel of traditional class archetypes. Here's how that works

Benefits of this Approach

The Origins of Power - Exploring Trait Sources

A trait source is the acquisition method needed in order for ownership of a trait to be valid. This provides insight into a trait's nature, whether it's inherent, learned, triggered, or bestowed. Here's a breakdown of common sources


Serve as essential elements shaping a character's foundation. They provide basic abilities or modifiers crucial for defining capabilities and actions.


Unlocked through acquiring a specific mix of Simple Traits, representing advanced skills or specializations. These offer more potent or distinctive effects, enhancing proficiency in specialized areas.


Rare and immensely powerful, propelling a character to unprecedented levels of strength. They may be linked to significant story progress, exceptional achievements, or hidden prerequisites, marking milestones of extraordinary accomplishment.


Offer substantial advantages at the cost of considerable drawbacks. Embracing these traits introduces a complex balance of risk and reward, enriching decision-making and adding layers to character development.


Special abilities that activate under certain conditions, such as specific combat scenarios, locations, or character actions. They encourage strategic thinking and adaptability, tailoring responses to diverse situations.


Connect a character to their heritage or significant past events. These can provide mechanical advantages, unlock unique story elements, or evolve with each generation, weaving history and legacy into the character's journey.


Shrouded in mystery, revealing themselves only when certain conditions are met or actions are performed. Their discovery adds an exciting element of surprise and exploration to character development.


Awarded for affiliation with particular factions or groups. They reinforce team identity and encourage alignment with group objectives, influencing character development through shared goals and values.

Forging Your Path - A Guide to Trait Prerequisites

Within the Trait Power System, Prerequisites are specific requirements a character must fulfill in order to gain or unlock a particular trait. These requirements can include possessing certain Simple Traits, belonging to a specific Species or Protoion, achieving a certain Trait Level, or fulfilling various narrative conditions.

Understanding Prerequisites & Restrictions

Types of Prerequisites in the Trait Power System




From Spark to Radiance - Mastering the Trait Level System

Think of your traits as having an internal dimmer switch. As you use and develop a trait, it grows brighter, unlocking its full potential. Here's how to visualize the levels of trait mastery

Archetypes and Influences Understanding Trait Backgrounds

Within the Trait Power System, traits possess a Background that broadly defines their focus and the types of abilities or roles they represent. This helps players understand a trait's core nature, guiding both character creation and how the trait might function within the game's mechanics.

Backgrounds and their associations

The Building Blocks of Your Character Understanding Trait Categories

A trait category is a thematic or mechanical classification of the trait. Understanding a trait's category offers hints about its function within the game and how it might interact with the world. Here's a breakdown of common categories

A Measure of Might The Trait Tier Ranking System

The Trait Power System utilizes a mineral-based ranking system to indicate a trait's rarity and overall power level. This system places limits on the number of high-tier traits a character can possess, ensuring balance and preventing characters from becoming overpowered.

Level 0 Organic

(Inherent origins, life forms, background) Traits at this level are fundamental and commonly found, often tied to species, basic abilities, or a character's background circumstances.

Level 1 Diamond

(Pinnacle power, extremely rare) Traits of this tier represent exceptional abilities or origins, granting significant power. They are highly sought after and difficult to obtain.

Level 2 Emerald

(Exceedingly potent, specialized) Emerald-tier traits signify mastery of specific skills or potent magical abilities. They are less common than lower tiers but still attainable by dedicated individuals.

Level 3 Sapphire

(Powerful, honed skills) Traits at this level reflect well-developed skills, talents, or magical specializations.

Level 4 Amethyst

(Well-developed abilities) Amethyst-tier traits indicate above-average capabilities or knowledge, often acquired through practice or study.

Level 5 Aquamarine

(Proficient skills) This tier represents solid skills and abilities a character has competently trained in.

Power Multiplied The Art of Trait Synergies

Within the Trait Power System, synergies are interactions between two or more traits, the environment, or even the traits of other characters, creating emergent effects and expanded possibilities that wouldn't exist in isolation. These synergies can enhance existing abilities, trigger entirely new ways to interact with the world, or offer unique storytelling opportunities.

Key Points About Synergies

Identifying Synergies

Core Synergy Types

Understanding Trait Conditions

Conditions are integral aspects of a trait that define the parameters under which it operates.  They can offer both advantages and limitations, influencing how a trait functions within the game's mechanics.

Types of Conditions

Conditions can be broadly categorized into three types:

State of Being Conditions:

These Conditions are tied to the character's inherent qualities, both physical and mental.


Clumsy: Limitations on physical actions due to coordination issues.

Altruist: Susceptibility to emotional strain when witnessing suffering.

Intuitive: Increased sensitivity to subtle cues or hidden information.

Resource-Based Conditions:

The trait requires specific resources, materials, or external conditions to function.


Mana Dependent: Spells or abilities consume a magical energy source.

Gear Reliant: Specific traits are tied to equipment and may have limitations if that gear is lost or damaged.

Fueled by Emotion: Certain abilities might require a specific emotional state to trigger or maintain.

Environmental Conditions:

The trait's effectiveness is influenced by the character's surroundings, location, or broader world circumstances.


Aeromancer: Power tied to wind and weather patterns.

Lunar Sensitivity: Trait is strengthened or weakened based on phases of the moon.

Hallowed Ground: Certain abilities function differently within consecrated areas.