Character Growth

One of the first questions that many new players ask is “How do I level-up my character?” This becomes even more curious to the new player when the new player realizes that the character sheet does not have a spot for levels or experience points. That is because Legends of Nor'Ova does not use an experience based system. Instead, character growth and progression is tied to acquiring skills as well as the gaining of character points which can be exchanged for either stat points or skill points.

The idea behind this is simple, simply hacking to death hordes of foes will not necessarily increase your character's understanding and ability. It doesn't matter how many enemies your character has slain if your character has learned nothing from it. Growth requires learning new skills and improving ones self. To better illustrate this idea, Legends of Nor'Ova uses a two-part system for character growth and progression: Stat Points and Skill Points.

  • Stat Points are points that you can immediately put into any stat of your choosing, as long as that stat has not already reached its racial maximum. You can only obtain stat points by exchanging character points.

  • Skill Points are points that you use to obtain new skills and spells, and upgrade skills and spells. You get skill points for mastering tier levels. You can also exchange character points for skill points. Your GM may also reward skill points for showing real use of skill to overcome obstacles.

 

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1. Character Points

Character points are points that can be exchanged for either skill points or stat points. You earn character points by the way you role play, in and out of battle. Largely this is determined by your GM, and can reflect the enemies you've slain just as well as the things you did with your character. Character points are best given at the end of the game night session, though the GM could decide to give them at any time.

Character Point Conversion Rates

  • Stat Points: It takes 5 character points to equal 1 stat point.
  • Skill Points: 1 character point equals 1 skill point.
  • You CAN trade back 1 Stat Point for 5 Character Points or 1 Skill Point for 1 Character Point.

In order to use character points, you have to exchange them for stat points or skill points. Here's how to do so:

  • Stat Points: It takes 5 character points to equal 1 stat point.
  • Skill Points: 1 character point equals 1 skill point.

It is up to you on how to use your character points.

 

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2. The Importance of Acquiring Skills

You've may have noticed that some stats, such as Aim and Perceive, are greatly handicapped. Aim for example will not break 50% on its on. This is where skills come in. Skills do more than just give you new ways to handle situations or defeat enemies. Some of them also give bonuses to your derived stats. Without these skills, your character's potential will be quiet limited.

Lets take Aim for example. If all you do is hack and slash and never work on skills, your character's Aim will be lucky to reach 50%, and that is assuming your character's Mental stat can reach 100. If you want a better than 50% chance to aim, ever, then you will need skills to improve that aim, and the more of them you acquire, the better your character's aim will be.

You could apply this with just about any of your character's derived stats. Want to be a warrior with a melee power greater than 100? You need skills. Want flawless perception? You need skills. The point is that in order to really grow your character you need to acquire skills.

More on how to use skills and upgrade skills will be found in the Skills System Rules page.

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3. Character Growth with Professions

Your character's profession can also affect your character's growth. Your character's profession can give you more actions, and can change the costs to acquire new skills and spells. Furthermore, your character's profession can help you to improve your success rate with skills and even provide a way to make your skills even better. Therefore it is very important to also look at your character's Profession when dealing with character growth.

 

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4. Sacrificing Skills

Lets say you created this xodian character, but you don't care about the Mind Speak ability. You never really plan to use it and really you'd rather have the skill points instead of that skill. You can trade in that skill for skill points. You can trade in any skill for skill points, as long as that skill isn't a prerequisite for another skill that you wish to keep. Before you can trade in any skill for skill points that is a prerequisite for another skill that you have, you must first get rid of the skill that requires it.

The amount of skill points you can receive for trading in skill points depends upon the skill or spell's tier level. To determine how many skill points you can get, simply refer to the following table.

Tier Level Skill Points Refunded
1 20 skill points  (add 10 skill points for each upgrade and 10 for mastered skills)
2 70 skill points (add 10 skill points for each upgrade and 10 for mastered skills)
3 120 skill points (add 10 skill points for each upgrade and 10 for mastered skills)
4 170 skill points (add 10 skill points for each upgrade and 10 for mastered skills)
5 220 skill points (add 10 skill points for each upgrade and 10 for mastered skills)
6 270 skill points (add 10 skill points for each upgrade and 10 for mastered skills)

 

While the refund of skill points will be less than what you might have spent to get the skill, this is at least a way to get back skill points if you decide that skill just isn't what you want for your character.

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