Even if you took Possibilities out of the game entirely, the "player characters" would still have an advantage over the villains. Because of the Destiny Deck. There is nothing about the Destiny Deck that states it can only be used by reality-rated player characters. Now, it turns out that in Torg Eternity, that's what the situation is because reality-rated characters do exist...but it doesn't have to be.
McClain may have been hording Adrenaline and Second Wind cards. With Rallies and excellent use of Approved Actions, he might have pulled that rescue off without possibilities, Hero's, or Dramas. But Achilles shrugging off damage so obviously and carelessly that somebody decided he must have been dipped in the Styx to make him invulnerable...That, I believe, required Soaking.
Maybe David just rolled 3 20s and a 12 to get his Glory in play and topped his Outstanding hit with a couple of Coupe De Grace cards. I find it easier to swallow Hero, Drama, Posibility, to get the Glory and Trademark Weapon with 1 Coupe De Grace.
Merlin was not likely the Wizard the stories make out, partly because none of them agree on what kind of wizard he was. Still, he is much more readily explained as someone who can manipulate reality considering the lack of other mystic abilities in the area.
For every legend, the case can be made that luck and cards made all the difference, and I accept that this is the direction Eternity leans; just as I accept that the Spell Creation Worksheet from Pixaud's is gone forever.
I just want one of the explanations to Core Earth having Reality Perks to be that it has always had Reality Rated people from time to time. Explain it as Milesian reality conflicting with Dannan reality, the Greek clashing with the Persian, or alien realities visiting, in UFOs or previous invasion attempts that accomplished nothing beyond creating 1 or 2 Posibility rated people...I don't care how it is justified. I don't care if it is codified as not more than 7 people in the history of Core Earth or that it's impossible for a PC to have had the Reality skill before their reality was involved in This invasion. It's just the way that every attempt at justifying pre-invasion Core Earth Possibility-rated individuals has been shut down on these forums that is a sore point to me.
TorgHacker wrote:. There is more to this than meets the eye.
2. Question your assumptions.
1. You have never failed to deliver on that before
2. I tried and my assumptions asserted their Miranda rights. Now I have to wait until their attorneys show up.