Arcanae

The Nineteen Arcana

Each character is different- in appearance, personality, habit, upbringing, memories; a person, when viewed as the sum of a whole, might appear to be part of a large archetype, but their natures are made up of a million intricate parts, and no two natures are identical.

To reflect this, at character creation, each character chooses three different Arcana. Each Arcana grants three different effects: a Characteristic Bonus, Persona Skills, and Persona Talents. These will be explained below.

Once all three of your Arcana have been chosen, designate one to be your Primary Arcana. This is the Arcana that best represents your PC's greatest attributes, although by no means does it represent all of your PC's personality. Your Primary Arcana should reflect your PC's personality, especially as viewed from an external source as first glance. Your PC should avoid reflecting the Arcana instead. Your other two Arcana are Secondary Arcana.

Mechanically, there are three major differences between a Primary Arcana and Secondary Arcana.
1. The Primary Arcana your PC chooses makes them a valid Social Link for said Arcana. If you pick the Magician Arcana as your Primary, for example, then other PCs may treat you as a Social Link of the Magician Arcana with all that entails.
2. The Primary Arcana grows in power as your Social Links become stronger and more varied. Although your Secondary Arcana may grow quicker in the short term, they are unable to pass Ninth Rank in power, whereas your Primary Arcana can proceed all the way to Tenth Rank.
3. The Primary Arcana give you all the bonuses associated with them when you select them from the list below. Secondary Arcana do not; more on that below.

Characteristic Bonuses

Characteristic Bonuses are simple. Upon selecting a specific Arcana, you automatically gain the listed amount to your base Characteristic Bonuses.

Primary Arcana selections give you all the Characteristic Bonuses listed; Secondary Arcana give you half. If you have a choice of two +5s, you choose one; if you have a choice of a +10, it becomes a +5 instead.

Example: William Redspring chooses Lovers as his Primary Arcana, boosting his Fellowship Score to 30. As his Secondaries he selects Justice and Fortune. From Justice he has a choice of either +5 Perception or +5 Intelligence; he chooses the +5 Intelligence, raising his Intelligence Score to 25. That leaves Fortune. Ordinarily, Fortune would allow him to add +10 to any Characteristic, but as it's a Secondary, he is only permitted to add +5 to any Characteristic instead. He puts it into Agility, granting him an Agility score of 25. So far his sheet looks like this.

Arcana Aptitudes

Every Arcana has two Aptitudes, which work just like they do in OW by determining the XP cost of talents, skills and advancements. On selecting a specific Arcana, you automatically gain all the Aptitudes offered by that Arcana.

Arcana Persona Aptitudes

Every Arcana has two Persona Aptitudes. Although each individual Persona comes with its own set of Aptitudes, the Persona Aptitudes are used for the purposes of creating the Custom Personas unique to each person.

Persona

Every Arcana has an associated list of Persona, each list numbering ten Personae. Each Persona entry has information about its elemental weaknesses and strengths, its preset talents, its Bonuses and its Wound Pool.

Persona List

Every Arcana has an associated list of Persona; ten Persona per Arcana, one for each grade. All are listed below for each Arcana, organised into the Persona List. Each entry in the Persona List lists that Persona's rank, name, their relationship with the four physical elements and the six magical elements (if any), and their array of characteristic bonuses. At the start of the game, you start with the Level 1 Persona of each of your Arcana.

Each Arcana uses a different Characteristic to calculate its Magic effectiveness; this will be listed at the top of the Persona List.

All Personae start with a 'kit' of talents natural for that Persona; these talents can be overwritten, as demonstrated in the Game Concepts section.

Furthermore, a Persona may have hidden abilities that require spending XP to reveal, marked in brackets on the Lists.

The Arcanae

I. Magician

II. Priestess

III. Empress

IV. Emperor

V. Hierophant

VI. Lovers

VII. Chariot

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Talents
+10 Str Cleave, Sonic Punch, Bash, Sukukaja
Persona List (Magic Characteristic: Willpower)

Primary Characteristics: Strength, WS, Toughness
Secondary Characteristics: BS, Willpower, Agility
Tertiary Characteristics: Intelligence, Perception, Fellowship

Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One Templar Resist Rending, Weak Elec Cleave, Evil Touch, (Fear Boost), (Gale Slash), (Blue Wall), (Resist Elec) +5 Strength
Two Nata Taishi Resists Fire, Weak Ice Bash, Rakunda, Dekunda, (Sonic P[unch), (Dodge Ice), (Resist Stun), (Soul Break) +10 Strength
Three Eligor Resists Impact, Dark, Weak Wind Poison Skewer, Agi, (Maragi), (Kill Rush), (Fire Boost), (Soul Break), (Resist Exhaust) +10 Strength, +5 WS
Four Ara Mitama Resists Impact, Rending, Weak Elec Black Spot, Rakunda, (Tarukaja), (Sharp Student), (Blue Wall), (Dodge Elec), (Mustard Bomb) +15 Strength, +5 WS, +5 Toughness, +5 Agility, +5 Willpower, +5 Perception
Five Red Rider Resists Rending, Explosive, Block Light, Weak Wind Power Slash, Rampage, Counter, (Dodge Wind), (Blade of Fury), (Dekaja), (Power Charge) +20 Strength, +5 WS, +5 Toughness, +5 Agility, +5 Willpower, +5 Perception
Six Triglav Resists Energy, Rending, Weak Elec Heat Wave, Counterstrike, (Marakukaja), (Mind Slice), (Endure Stun), (Blue Wall), (Power Charge) +20 Strength, +15 WS, +5 Toughness, +5 BS, +5 Agility, +5 Willpower, +5 Intelligence, +5 Perception
Seven Leonidas Block Impact, Block Explosion, Weak Rending Vile Assault, High Counter, (Gigantic Fist), (Seal Bomb), (Revolution), (Power Charge), (Polearm Master) +25 Strength, +15 WS, +5 Toughness, +5 BS, +5 Willpower, +5 Agility, +5 Intelligence, +5 Perception
Eight Thor Resist Impact, Absorb Elec, Weak Wind Ziodyne, Deathbound, High Counter, (Arms Master), (Maziodyne), (Null Boom), (Null Rending) +25 Str, +20 WS, +10 Toughness, +10 Willpower, +5 Agility, +5 Intelligence, +5 Perception, +5 Fellowship
Nine Atavaka Block Energy, Block Light, Weak Ice Mahamaon, Diarahan, Amrita, (Brave Blade), (Megidolaon), (Mind Charge), (Arms Master) +30 Str, +20 WS, +15 Toughness, +10 Willpower, +5 Agility, +5 Intelligence, +5 Perception, +5 Fellowship
Ten Futsunushi Block Rending, Block Impact, Weak Dark Primal Force, Power Charge, Matarukaja, (Apt Pupil), (Endure Stun), (Ali Dance), (Arms Master), (Firm Stance), (Heavy Blade Master) +35 Str, +20 WS, +15 Toughness, +10 Willpower, +10 BS, +10 Agility, +10 Intelligence, +5 Perception, +5 Fellowship

VIII. Justice

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Talents
+10 Perception Hama, Garu, Zio
Persona List (Magic Characteristic: Intelligence)

Primary Characteristics: Intelligence, Perception, Willpower
Secondary Characteristics: WS, Strength, Toughness
Tertiary Characteristics: Agility, Fellowship, BS

Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One Angel Resists Wind, Light, Weak Darkness Garu, Patra, (Hama), (Sukukaja), (Regenerate 1), (Hama Boost) +5 Intelligence
Two Archangel Block Light, Weak Darkness Hama, Double Fangs, Patra, (Media), (Muzzle Shot), (Sharp Student), (Survive Dark) +5 Intelligence, +5 Perception
Three Principality Block Light, Weak Dark Hama, Twin Shot, (Mahama), (Media), (Resist Confuse), (Survive Dark), (Tetraja) +5 Intelligence, +5 Perception, +5 Willpower
Four Power Resist Fire, Block Wind, Weak Elec, Weak Darkness Hama, Tentarafoo, Mahama, (Zionga), (Power Slash), (Hama Boost), (Survive Dark), (Endure Confuse) +10 Intelligence, +10 Perception, +5 Willpower, +5 WS, +5 Toughness, +5 Fellowship
Five Virtue
Six Dominion
Seven Ophanim
Eight Cherubim
Nine Seraphim
Ten Metatron

IX. Hermit

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+5 WP, +5 Perception Any Perception, Int or WP Poisma, Tarukaja, Makajam
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One Yomotsu Shikome
Two Ippon-Datara
Three Lamia
Four Mothman
Five Hitokoto-Nushi
Six Kurama Tengu
Seven Nidhoggr
Eight Nebiros
Nine Arahabaki
Ten Laozi

X. Fortune

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+10 Agility Any skill Garu, Rakukaja, Dodge Wind
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortuna]
Two Urd
Three Verthandi
Four [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skuld_%28Norn%29]
Five Pythia
Six Clotho
Seven Lachesis
Eight Atropos
Nine Ananta Shesha
Ten Norn

XI. Strength

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+10 WS or BS Any Strength or Toughness Cleave, Bash, Single Shot, Rakukaja
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One Kusi Mitama
Two Valkyrie
Three Titan
Four Rakshasa
Five White Rider
Six Oni
Seven Hanuman
Eight Kali
Nine Sigurd
Ten Pallas Athena

XII. Hanged Man

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+5 Toughness, +5 Agility Any Agility or Toughness Sukukaja, Rakukaja, Dekunda
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten

XIII. Death

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+10 WP Any Int Skill Mudo, Skewer, Cleave, Poisma
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten

XIV. Temperance

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+5 to any, +5 to any Any Skill Agi, Bufu, Dia, Cleave, Bash
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten

XV. Devil

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+5 to fel, +5 to Agi Any Fel or Agi skill Mudo, Enervation, Life Drain, Balzac
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten

XVI. Tower

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+10 Toughness Any Strength or Toughness skill Cleave, Bash, Skewer, Sonic Punch
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten

XVII. Star

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+5 to Perception, +5 to Fel Any Perception or Fel Agi, Trafuri, Dia, Rakunda
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten

XVIII. Moon

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+5 to WS, +5 to Agi Any Agi Cleave, Skewer, Skull Cracker
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten

XIX. Sun

Description
Bonuses
Characteristic Bonus Persona Skills Persona Talents
+5 to WS or BS, +5 to Perception Any Perception or Int Agi, Maragi, Hama
Persona List
Rank Name Elements (Im/Re/En/Ex/F/Ic/El/W/L/D) Preset Talents Characteristic Array
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten
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