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Aysle Preview #3 – Perks

Aysle Preview #3 – Perks

Today we’re going to take a quick, short look at some of the Perks detailed in the Aysle Sourcebook. Please remember that the Perks previewed below are still in development, so may change in the final product.

We’re going to skip Magic Perks in this preview since we already discussed those last week.


In addition to the Runemaker Perk, which allows dwarves to imbue items with arcane power by inscribing runes into them, Dwarves who have taken the Forsaken Perk from the Torg Eternity Corebook can also take Godsbane, and finally Godscourge:


New Darkness Perks include Born to Darkness, which allows a character to take up to six Darkness Perks instead of three before falling to Darkness, but beware! It is possible for a character to be tempted to take the quick and easy path and be “gifted” with a Darkness Perk without choosing to! Other Darkness Perks include Necromancer, which provides access to the Necromancy spell list, Shadow Assassin, which upgrades the Shadow Step Perk, and Blood Magic:


In addition to allowing elf spellcasters to get even more spells via the Elven Magic Perk, an upgrade to the White Wolf Perk, and elves can embark down a new Perk Tree that eventually leads to becoming a drake rider!

But first, the elf must bond with a baby drake, which follows the usual animal companion rules:


Additional Light Perks include Aura of Light, which literally allows the hero to glow, and reduce Darkness vision penalties, and Multi-Target penalties when intimidating, and Beacon of Light, which grants the character’s benefits from her Light Perks to nearby allies.


Those who do not embrace Light or Darkness can take Outsider Perks. Many Vikings follow this path, including the skalds:

Prowess and Social

We cap this preview off with the Prowess Perks, which highlight the martial abilities of knights and archers, and the Heirloom Social Perk, which grants the Storm Knight a magic item!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this preview, head on over to our forums!

Beta Clearance Primers

By popular demand, here are the Beta Clearance Primers for Torg Eternity, which provide additional Perks, resources, and a summary of the large scale events of the rest of the first year of the Possibility Wars.

Note that these are still previews, and the contents may yet be updated.

Beta Clearance GM’s Primer

Beta Clearance Player’s Primer

Aysle Preview #2 – Magic

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Out of all the cosms that invaded Core Earth, Aysle is by far the most magical.  Magic pervades the reality, and there are many ways in which this manifests. Although the magic system in Torg Eternity was substantially streamlined, some of the elements of the original magic system are coming back, just as specific elements of Aysle’s arcane traditions.

Just a reminder, the Aysle Sourcebook is still in development and playtesting, so the previews shown are provisional and may change in the final product.

Arcane Knowledges

Fans of Original Torg will remember arcane knowledges, and they’re back in Torg Eternity. Arcane knowledges are 22 fields of discovery that are divided into four categories: Essences (the primal forces of magic including Life, Death, Time and True Knowledge, Mixed Forces (combinations of the Essences including Darkness, Inanimate Forces, Light, Living Forces, and Magic), Kindred (living beings including Folk, Entity, Elemental and others), and Elements (physical substances such as Air, Earth, Fire, Metal, etc.).

The arcane knowledges mostly manifest themselves through the spell lists a character can select spells from.

Specialist and Generalist Mages

In Aysle, wizards can either learn spells of all types, or specialize in one field. Generalists have access to the Aysle Mage list from Torg Eternity which now includes all of the spells in the Aysle sourcebook, except those in the Necromancy list.

Specialists get one more spell that generalists do, but at the cost of only selecting those from a certain list, like Elemental Magic:

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Those who wish to specialize in a field choose a Magic Perk, one of Elemental Magic, Essence Magic, Kindred Magic, or Principle Magic. Accessing the Necromancy list is done in a similar fashion, but is instead a Darkness Perk, with all that entails.

Magic Perks

The Aysle Sourcebook adds some other new Magic Perks including learning more spells through ownership of a spellbook, the crafting of a homunculus, making one of your spells a trademark spell, or using your magic skill to dodge ranged attacks.

Furthermore, advanced Aylish spellcasters can take the Esoteric Spell Perk, which allows them to pick a spell from any list, even those from other cosms:

Aysle Spells

Naturally the Aysle Sourcebook comes with plenty of new spells, some of them quite advanced that may require Beta Clearance or even a less powerful version of that spell, like heighten backlash:

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But what’s this “Disfavored” condition?  This is a new condition introduced in the Aysle Sourcebook that essentially is the balance to “Favored”. The two counter themselves out, but if the Disfavored condition is in effect, the victim loses their first roll again, whether that comes from an Up condition, rolling a 10 or 20, or spending a Possibility.  Longtime fans will recognize this as essentially the Original Torg Stymied condition.


Finally, Aysle’s Magic Axiom is high enough that nearly anyone is capable of casting at least simple spells, called cantrips.  Anyone who has the proper magic skill can cast them without needing a Perk, even those from other realities (and they can do so without contradiction). Cantrips can still be cast by Aysle spellcasters outside of the realm, but with the normal contradiction check. These still cause backlash if they fail, but there is no extra effect from Good or Outstanding results.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this preview, head on over to our forums!

Aysle Preview #1 – One Year Later

Now we move our focus to Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the nations of Scandinavia, where the reality of the fantastic realm of Aysle holds sway.


Torg Eternity – Fires of Ra Preview #2

And here’s a second full-page preview for the upcoming Fires of Ra adventure!


Torg Eternity – Fires of Ra Preview #1

This week, we’re doing a couple previews of the Fires of Ra adventure book, which is featured in the Nile Empire Kickstarter.

We’ll let the preview speak for itself, although be warned – there are definitely a few spoilers in this one…


Nile Empire Kickstarter Preview

Are you prepared to face the challenges of the Nile Empire?


Nile Empire Preview #14 – The Fires of Ra


This week we take a look at the Nile Empire adventure the Fires of Ra.

In this adventure, SOMEONE DIES!


Designer Diary: The Nile Empire Part 2 (Magic and Faith)

This week we take a look at some of the decisions made and principles used when designing the magic and religion of the Nile Empire:


Designer Diary: The Nile Empire Part 1 (World Laws and Pulp Powers)

“All of the cosms are going to be tweaked in some way, some a bit, some a lot.  But not the Nile Empire. It’s perfect.”

That’s an imperfect paraphrase of what I told a Torg fan at GenCon 2015 after we had announced the coming of Torg Eternity the month previous, and it’s completely, utterly, 100% true.
Well…not so much. I said that in something of a tongue-in-cheek manner, but the Nile Empire was arguably the most popular of the original Torg cosms, which meant that we had to be especially careful in updating it. (more…)