ZWEIHÄNDER’s Core Mechanic

In a grim & perilous campaign world, characters will find themselves enthralled in intense action scenes, the machinations of socialites and their lessers, lethal back-alley knife fights, adrenaline-pumped chase scenes and horrific confrontations with aberrant creatures. Combined with raw abilities, your character is able to overcome various challenges by calling upon specific aptitudes. Learnt proficiencies that allow you to tackle tasks, resting upon the foundation of raw ability. Your skills represent a specific command over situations your character has either grown accustomed to or exhibits a natural command over. And naturally, all challenges have their own measure of risk. The threat of failure is a constant reminder that no character, no matter how far along in age or experience, is immortal or able to conquer challenges without consideration of their environment.

THE CORE MECHANIC
Whenever you try to perform a task or action which has a dramatic or direct effect in the gaming world, your Gamemaster will ask you to make a Skill Test (sometimes simply called a “Test”) to determine whether you succeed or fail. Additionally, Skill Tests can render Critical Successes (incurring an additional positive effect) or a Critical Failure (incurring an additional negative effect). On the other hand, there may be some tasks that are outside the realm of possibility. The Gamemaster will determine if some tasks are too difficult for you to succeed at…

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