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What it says on the tin. Are all 18-21 year olds as skilled as a beginning characters are? Or are PCs 'special' somehow?

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The starting characters are the sort of people who end up being able to survive a life of adventure. The rules are not designed to create a typical resident of Dragon Pass.

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4 minutes ago, Tywyll said:

What it says on the tin. Are all 18-21 year olds as skilled as a beginning characters are? Or are PCs 'special' somehow?

Special is probably over-stating it, but the way I see it is they are among the best that their generation has produced, the most dedicated and adventurous. So no, not all are as skilled, but not for any special reason.

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Use Runequest 2 for normal dudes. In YGMV the reason rune magic is no longer 1 for non rune priest use at least in my minds eye is that as the barrier between realms thinned and the heroes wars kick off the gods are less stingy with their spells since the universe is at risk.  The big change occurs with the resurrection of Oranth and Ernalda.

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On 4/13/2019 at 3:09 AM, Tywyll said:

Or are PCs 'special' somehow?

Afraid so.

They ride the short chariots.

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Interesting. I would really love a whole bunch of 'normal' folk stats, maybe ranged from normal to elite (like the old Vikings and Ninja set). 

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10 minutes ago, Tywyll said:

I would really love a whole bunch of 'normal' folk stats

Quite a few in the RQ Adventures book, whether the folk in Apple Lane, the Varmandi herders, or the stead folk attacked by the dragon.

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On 4/13/2019 at 3:09 AM, Tywyll said:

What it says on the tin. Are all 18-21 year olds as skilled as a beginning characters are? Or are PCs 'special' somehow?

One beginning character dived into a pool of POT 20 acid to get a crystal.  He was special.  Another walked into a cave full of trolls.  Everyone thought he was special too.

Lots of beginning characters are special.

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Joking aside, I do think starting RQG characters are a cut above your average Gloranthan, even your average veteran. They're on the cusp of noteworthiness, if not quite greatness. They've caught the eyes of the big movers-and-shakers. They promising.

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Depends on your rolled stats... 

My Orlanthi/Humakti with 18 STR, CON, and SIZ, and 16 DEX is special for sure 😊

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2 hours ago, gochie said:

Depends on your rolled stats... 

My Orlanthi/Humakti with 18 STR, CON, and SIZ, and 16 DEX is special for sure 😊

True, but I see you're avoiding mentioning his INT stat 😋

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3 hours ago, Pentallion said:

One beginning character dived into a pool of POT 20 acid to get a crystal.  He was special.  Another walked into a cave full of trolls.  Everyone thought he was special too.

 

On our world we have an award for such "special" individuals: the Darwin Award!

3 hours ago, RHW said:

Joking aside, I do think starting RQG characters are a cut above your average Gloranthan, even your average veteran. They're on the cusp of noteworthiness, if not quite greatness. They've caught the eyes of the big movers-and-shakers. They promising.

Or as I was calling them last year after rolling a couple... near superheroes. A wee exaggeration but... they are not granddad's adventures.

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Just now, PhilHibbs said:

A friend of mine rolled up a duck the other day, and more than half the dice were sixes.

A duck you say?

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Back to the original question... if they survive the first adventure, and the next, and the next, and so on, and become Rune Lords and go on hero quests and become demigods, then yes they were special. If they got killed by a 01 critical in the first scenario (I'm looking at you, Vasana in my game), then clearly they were not special.

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