S Phase 2

THE FLOW OF COMBAT

THE START OF BATTLE:

Generate everyone's starting initiative by rolling 1d6 + the total WGT of all equipped gear. (Monster don't have weights exactly, but they do have initiative rolls listed which work the same way.)
Arrange the turn markers according to the initiative rolls, with the highest rolls on the BOTTOM of the initiative list, and the smallest rolls on the TOP. In the case of ties, characters with smaller weights/init bonuses go first, and if still a tie, PCs before monsters, and if still a tie, then however the GM feels like. Lighter characters generally act sooner in each round.
After turn order is decided, the actual numbers used to determine initiative become irrelevant and you don't need to remember them - in play, only relative positions of the initiative markers matter.
Pick a row to sit in! If you don't have a Firearm or any Spells, you probably want to be in the front row so you can actually hit things. If you have one or both of those, you probably want to be in the back, where it's harder to get hit. The flow of battle is measured in "rounds". You can think of one round as the time it takes for everyone to perform one action. Once initiative has been generated, the turn markers have been arranged (prompting the discarding of the freshly-generated initiative), and all combatants are in their rows, you're now ready to begin round one!

TURN ORDER:

If the round has just begun, then the first turn goes to the character on top of the turn marker list.
They take their turn! After they're done, the character below them on the list takes their turn. Repeat until everyone has taken a turn.
After everyone has taken their turn, the round is over and a new round begins. At this time, remove all momentum from the table, trigger all effects that are activated at the start of the next round, and remove all statuses that expire at the end of the current round.

ROWS:

As alluded to earlier, in SEED there are multiple rows that combat takes place in - a front row and a back row for players, and a front row and back row for enemies, arranged like so:
- ENEMY BACK ROW
- ENEMY FRONT ROW
- PLAYER FRONT ROW
- PLAYER BACK ROW

When a player or enemy is in the back row, they cannot target or be targeted by melee attacks, making it a safe place for spell casters and firearm users to sit, generally speaking.

Characters and monsters that focus on melee damage, or defending their allies and tank damage, on the other hand will want to be in the front row in order to hit targets, and protect their allies.

If there are ever no targets in the front row for either side, their enemies can target them with melee attacks.

TAKING A TURN:

At the start of your turn for each round, increase your Drive Gauge by +2.

If your Drive Gauge is full, empty it immediately (unless you're a Maxwellian, whose passive gives them the option to save them) and OVERDRIVE.
Pick one of your overdrive abilities! Use it! Then, take a normal action from your usual action pool.

CHOOSE AN ACTION:

BASIC ATTACK - Perform a very basic attack with one of your equipped weapons, or with your fist. A basic attack has no MP cost, counts as a [T]echnique, has 80CoS, and generates momentum based on to the equipped weapon (either Pin, Rush, or Launch).
ABILITY - Use an ability you know! Abilities will either be marked as either a "Technique" or a "Spell". We'll cover this in a little more detail below. Most abilities have an MP cost that is deducted from your character's MP. If you don't have enough MP to pay the cost, you can't use it. You can't use [OD] or [D] abilities as your normal action, either!
DEFEND - Reduce incoming damage by -5 until your next turn. Reload a firearm (refill its Ammo capacity back to max!) if you have one. Quicken 1 as well, if you want. It's optional!
ITEM - Use a single item from one of your inventory slots! Characters can't hold very many items at once, but they generally have fairly potent effects to make up for it.
REPOSITION - When you Reposition, drop your turn marker to the bottom of the initiative list, and if desired, move into the opposite row. This doesn't count at taking your action though - you now act later on in the round. Use Reposition to set up combos, switch rows, wait for stuff to happen, et-cetera. Don't Reposition more than once in a round. Do note that when you reposition, you'll be acting later in all future rounds as well - initiative order never resets mid battle!

ABILITY TYPES:

Techniques: Techniques use your character's weapon as part of the attack! You can choose any weapon the character has equipped to use with each Technique you use on a case by case basis. If you want to use a Firearm, though, you need 1 Ammo (which is consumed with each firearm attack made) in order to attack. Any other weapon property from a weapon will apply to the technique, as well. Abilities listed on your class's page that are marked with a [T] before its ability name are Techniques. Generally speaking, when you use a Technique, you need to be in your front row, and your target must be in the enemy's front row as well, unless using a firearm.

When you attack with a Technique, roll d100. If the result is equal to the CoS or below it, you hit and deal damage! If you roll above the CoS, you miss and deal no damage. If you roll 0 or lower (often through luck expenditure), you deal a critical hit! Critical Hits add +4 damage to the attack, and allow you to roll an additional damage die, as well.
If a technique allows you to hit multiple targets at once with it, roll to hit/crit/miss with it separately for each enemy.

Techniques usually deal physical damage. If your ability specifies that it deals a different type of damage, use that instead.

Basic Attacks are special Techniques with no MP cost, available to anyone with a weapon.

Spells: Spells are any attack made by your character without the use of a weapon. Instead, when you cast a Spell, you can select one of your equipped Implements, each of which give various bonuses when casting. Abilities listed on your class's page that are marked with a [S] before its ability name are Spells. When you use a Spell, you can target anyone you want, regardless of rows (unless the spell lists specific targeting restrictions, of course).

When you cast a spell, roll d100. If the result is equal to the CoS or below it, you hit! If it rolls above above the CoS, it misses. If the roll is 25 or lower, you score a Burst! When a spell Bursts, add +3 potency to it (if it has a potency), and reduce its cost by -1MP.
Even if a Spell allows you to target multiple actors at once with it, you still only roll to hit/burst/miss with it a single time, then apply that result for to targets.

Spells usually deal elemental (Fire, Water, Air, Earth) damage. If your ability specifies that it deals a different type of damage, use that instead.

Dazed Actions: A Dazed Action is a special action that may only be used when Dazed. A character is considered Dazed when they have had their current HP reduced to 0HP. While Dazed actions are not typically very powerful, they do prevent characters that have been 'defeated' from become completely removed from the action. Dazed actions are marked with a [D] before their names, and while they generally are not spells or techniques, a few of them are.

Overdrives: An Overdrive is a special ability that can only be used on rounds where the character starts a turn with a full Drive Gauge. Using an Overdrive is typically non-optional - as soon as the gauge is filled, you fire one off from your list of overdrive options - but use of an Overdrive does not prevent you from taking your normal turn during that round. They're free, bonus actions! And typically fairly powerful to boot. You inherit one Overdrive from your character's race, and learn other options from their class. Overdrive abilities are marked with [OD] before their names, and are typically, but not always, also techniques or spells as well.

If you're in a situation where you really don't want to use your Overdrive just yet, you can put it off by exactly one round by defending. You have to use it on your next turn, though, or reduce your drive to 0!

MOMENTUM AND COMBOS:

All abilities have a type of Momentum associated with them. There are 9 kinds: Launch, Pin, Rush, Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Supreme and Recovery. Launch, Pin and Rush are usually attached to physical damage abilities, Fire, Water, Air and Earth with their elemental attacks, Supreme with powerful supreme attacks, and Recovery with defensive maneuvers and healing effects.

When you use an ability, make a note of the momentum type it generates, and let the rest of the party know, as available momentum can be used for combos within the round. Each time a person uses a specific type of momentum to perform a combo, remove that momentum - it's been expended. At the end of the round, remove any unused momentum, as well. There is no limit to the amount of momentum you can generate besides what your characters are capable of!

Note that even if your ability misses, its momentum still gets generated, and your allies can still use it to perform combos!

Momentum+: Sometimes an ability will generate Momentum with a + and a number attached to it. When momentum with a bonus is used to power a combo, the ability in question gains potency equal to the bonus listed on the momentum. If you have other effects that grant multiple increases to the momentum generated by an ability on a single turn, add them all together before creating the momentum.

Additionally, PCs and Monsters use separate momentum pools.

Combos: Most abilities list two different types of momentum you can combo with. If someone else has used an ability earlier in the round which generates that kind of momentum, you can choose to cash it in (and remove it from play) and receive that combo's bonus effects.
If your ability has multiple momentum types available to combo off of, choose a single one to consume and benefit from. You can also choose to forgo comboing, if you wish to save the ability to combo with it for later in the fight, or even if you want to let someone else after you use that kind of momentum. Combos are optional!
Each ability can only be comboed with once per battle, regardless of how many momentum options they have with it. Try and use your entire ability kit to get the most out of them!

PASSIVE ABILITIES:

Passive abilities different from other abilities in that you do not select them to use on your character's turn. Instead, these are special effects that your character is constantly benefiting from at all times! Passive abilities cover a wide range of effects, from offensive, to defensive, or even support. Pay close attention to what they do when you learn one, and keep them in mind anytime your character is engaged in battle. You inherit one passive ability from your character's race, and learn other options from their class. Passive abilities are marked with [P] before their names.

QUICK ABILITIES:

Quick Abilities denote special abilities that can be used before a character takes a turn each round. The usage of a Quick ability does not prevent the character from taking a normal turn - instead think of them as bonus actions, like Overdrives, except usable even when you Overdrive! A character can only use a single quick ability once per round - in the event that the character takes a Reposition action, they may opt to use their quick action later on in the round, right before they take their normal turn, rather than immediately before they reposition.

Each Quick Ability can only be used a single time per battle. Make sure to spend them wisely, when you need them! Quick abilities are learned from a character's class, and can be granted by equipped accessories as well. Quick abilities are marked with a [Q] before their names, and while the overwhelming vast majority of them are not techniques or spells, there are a handful of them that are.

POTENCY AND ABILITY DICE

Potency is a sort of catch all term, that refers to how much damage or HP restoration an abilities does, in the form of a dice roll + a static value. When something grants an ability extra potency, increase the static by that amount. Occasionally an effect will tell you to roll additional dice - when it does so, simply roll the die in question that many more times, and add the values all together.

Rarely, something might tell you to increase the size of a die roll (typically from attributes or implements). When this happens, you roll once die size category larger. Die sizes go in the following order:
1d6 -> 1d8 -> 1d10 -> 1d12.

TRUE STRIKE / HEAL

Sometimes abilities will have effects that tell you to True Strike or True Heal a target. A True Strike will always its its target - you don't even roll to hit! On the flip side, True Strikes will never benefit from weapon or implement properties, nor from Criticals or Bursts. True Strike is used when the ability in question deals damage, and True Heal when it restores HP. True Strikes still have a damage type, and follow all the normal rules for those. Additionally, they are effected by status effects.

DAMAGE TYPES, ARMOR, ELEMENTAL WEAKNESS AND RESISTANCES:

In SEED, there are six distinct types of damage, groups into two separate categories.

KINETIC DAMAGE can be either PHYSICAL or SUPREME, and though they share the types of statuses that affect them, they function fairly differently.
Physical damage is affected by Armor! If a target has Armor and is hit by physical damage, it reduces the amount of damage taken from the attack by the armor value.
Supreme damage on the other hand, can only be reduced by status effects. Not only that, but it even destroys any Barriers or Bubbles the defending target might have on them, before applying damage! It also ignores any other damage reduction, be it granted by the Defend action, Armor, or Shields! Supreme damage excels at cutting through enemy defenses and delivering unmodified damage.

ELEMENTAL DAMAGE can be either FIRE, AIR, WATER, or EARTH, and all function basically the same way.
While elemental damage isn't effected by Armor, it is affected by target weaknesses and resistances.
Characters and Monsters alike each have a weakness to a single element, and a resistance to another element.
When a target is Weak to an element, they take +5 damage from the attack.
When a target Resists an element, they take -5 damage from the attack.

Note that any time an attack is made, it will always deal a minimum of 1 point of damage, regardless of any armor, resistances, barriers, bubbles, or other methods of reducing damage a target might possess.

BARRIERS AND BUBBLES:

Two similar but different things, which reduce damage taken from direct attacks (but not from supreme, or statuses). You can only benefit from a single barrier and a single bubble at any given time - keep the best of each if someone tries to give you a second. Damage reduction stacks with armor in the case of physical damage, and is calculated after weaknesses and resistances in the case of elemental damage.
When something grants your character a Barrier, you gain damage reduction against physical and elemental damage until either the end of the round, or the end of your next turn, whichever is longer.
When something grants your character a Bubble, you gain damage reduction against physical and elemental damage for a single hit; after you're hit and the Bubble reduces damage taken, it pops, vanishing.

DASH / RETREAT

If a move tells you to Dash, move into the front row while using it! If you're already in the front when you use it, well, you're already there so nothing happens.
If a move tells you to Retreat, move into the back row while using it, instead!

QUICKEN / SLOW

Sometimes an ability will say to quicken an ally or slow an enemy. When an ability quickens or slows a target, it doesn't have to be that exact value - it can be from no spaces or any number of spaces up to a maximum of the value from the ability, chosen by the user of the ability. When a targets turn marker is changed in the initiative order, it remains that way for the rest of the battle. Remember that precise initiative values get discarded at the start of the battle!
If you Quicken or Slow multiple targets with the same actions, move the ones higher up in the initiative order first, then work your way down.
When you Quicken a target, you move its initiative marker up in the initiative list that many spaces, leap-frogging over other actor markers, and allows them to act sooner in future rounds.
When you Slow a target, you do the opposite, dropping the initiative marked that many space down the list, and making them later in the the round and future rounds!

DRIVE SUPPRESSION

When an ability says it suppresses drive, it means that it directly removes that many points from the target's Overdrive Gauge.

DISPEL / CLEANSE

When an ability tells you to dispel or cleanse a status, it means to remove a status effect. If it says to dispel a status effect, it means to remove a good/positive one, typically from an enemy. If it says to cleanse a status effect, it means to remove a bad/negative one, typically from an ally. On rare occasions an ability might simply say to remove a status - if it does, you're free to treat it as either a cleanse or dispel effect as suits your needs.

REFRESH

Occasionally you might run into an effect that says it "Refreshes" one of your abilities. When an ability is refreshed, you regain the use of it! Typically this applies to an ability ability with a combo that has already been used, but it might also allow you to reuse a previously spent quick. When it tells you to refresh something, it'll list the specific ability in question to refresh.

WHAT IS LP FOR?

You spend LP to modify dice rolls! 1d100 CoS (Chance of Success) rolls specifically. Anytime you use an ability and think the result could be just a little bit better, spend 1LP, and increase or decrease the value by +/-10 as you see fit. You can spend as many LP as you have to enact bigger changes. You can spend LP to adjust the rolls of abilities which target your character, too! Spend your luck.

LP can also be used to modify skill check results in a slightly different manner, covered in more detail on the skill page. It might have other uses as well, but if it does it'll be clearly marked!

STATUS EFFECTS:

There's a wealth of status effects in SEED, both positive and negative, each with specific effects. As there are quite a few of them and they'll need to be referenced often, they're listed on their own page.

S Statuses

STATUS PROTECTION

Sometimes an ability of piece of gear might give you Status Protection. When you have protection from a particular status and are inflicted with it, you can less its effects in one or two ways when it's applied. First, you can degrade its power from II levels to normal levels. Alternatively, you may choose to shorten its duration from Long to Short. Only pick one of these options when inflicted by the status, not both! You can choose either option each time it's applied, however.

THE END OF A BATTLE:

The battle ends when all monsters, or all PCs, have been Dazed. Generally speaking, the players want to be on the winning end of a fight.

When you successfully complete a fight, EXP are awarded based on the enemies defeated. Sometimes they might even drop gold or items, but this is uncommon.

Certain attributes, equipment or abilities may grant characters HP or MP recovery upon winning a battle, make sure to do so when rewards are given.

If a player ends a battle while Dazed, they remove it and recover with 1HP. Depending on circumstances, they may also take on a CONDITION. If this happens, the GM will let you know.


CHARACTER CREATION:

S Character Creation

S Classes

S3 Ace S3 Golemologist S3 Maverick S3 Ironclad S3 Agent S3 Mystic S3 Warlock
S3 Stigma Blade S3 Sage S3 Magus S3 Elementalist S3 Weapon Master S3 Gear-head S3 Shifter

S Races

S Traits

S Skills

S Equipment

S3 Expeditions - Rules for resting and travel.

PROGRESSION

Insert EXP table here, and a note about learning new abilities and skill points with levels. Note that Level 1, 2 and 3 should probably happen about x3 as fast as other levels.

Level Total XP XP To Next Level
0 0 - Just Generated 20
1 20 25
2 45 30
3 75 75
4 150 75
5 225 100
6 325 100
7 425 100
8 525 100
9 625 75
10 700 100
11 800 100
12 900 100
13 1000

ABILITY SLOTS

Even though a character will learn more than five abilities over the course of their carrier, they can only have FIVE 'active abilities' slotted at any given time. Overdrives, Dazed actions, Passives and Quick abilities don't count against this total - only the normal Techniques and Spells do.

Whenever you perform a Full Rest, you can change out which active abilities you have slotted from the abilities you have learned.

CONDITIONS

Conditions are sort of like Super Statuses that persist over time and between battles. Not all of them have effects related to combat, either!

S Conditions

SETTLEMENTS

towns! They have things inside them

INNS

Full Rest Here, probably 20G a pop.

SHRINES

talk about shrine and recharging CHARMS and MAGICAL GEAR charges. It's cheap but you gotta do it! Charm 3G probably, other gear 2G per charge I think.

STORES

come in a few flavors. don't always have all three

GENERAL STORE

sell basic equipment, and normal goods&tools

MAGIC SHOP

sell basic / low end magical gear, and PREMIUM goods&tools

BLACK MARKET

sells whatever random stuff the GM wants, plus CONTRABAND

ENCHANTERS

go here to identify magical gear. probably cheap, 15G
Also go here to TRANSFER MAGIC GEAR PROPERTIES from one item to another (weapon to weapon, implement to implement, armor to armor, shield to shield). 40G per transfer!

Magic Loot:

This… probably has its own page!

Magic equipment will be expanded and formalized. We might even wanna make, like, a full on list of them, all D&D like! Sort of like we were semi planning on doing with relics in S1 before we panda flopped.

Note that when its found, it's ~unknown~, and needs to IDENTIFIED before you can benefit from the magic. You can do this by going to an enchanter in down and getting it identified, using a revealer, or performing a Lore or Experimentation check. Takes 2 successes to figure it out. On a single success with experimentation, figure it out but drain all the charges. on a single success with lore, get The Wrong Effect since you remembered wrong, until its used the first time, then the Actual Effect happens and is remembered.

Magic Weapons and Implements have abilities that affect techniques and spells.
Magic Shields have abilities that activate when blocking.
Magic Armor has always-on bonuses, including status protection.
Magic Accessories tend to grant Quick actions.
Magic Charms tend to grant passive effects, but need to be recharged at a shrine every time you rest.

MONSTERS

kill em all

S MDG (monster design guide)

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