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Unlike a fighter who tends to fight by taking on a single opponent at a time, standing their ground and wearing them down; a skirmisher fights many at once, using their enemies as shields and sowing confusion so that their compatriots can mop up.
Many of the Skirmisher abilities require you to be “in motion”. What this means is that you are not focussing all of your attacks on a single target and are instead moving through combat selecting different targets as you go. On an OC note this restriction largely exists because it is not fun for monsters to have to fight an immortal & invulnerable player (even if this invulnerability only lasts 5 to 10 seconds), but it also looks ridiculous.
When a Skirmisher ability requires you to be “in motion” you:
Skirmishers have the ability to perform sudden bursts of activity, whether leaping to a new firing position or tumbling through the opponents lines in a whirl of blades. Once per encounter and while in motion you can choose to DODGE all weapon blows that strike you for the next five seconds. If any effect grants you a second use of this ability, you must leave ten clear seconds between usages.
Skirmishers can choose one Combat Path to add to their skill tree, the first skill is free but further skills in the Path must be bought as usual.
You may use a bow/crossbow, arrows from which do a DOUBLE by default and may not be DODGED (unless a skill states otherwise).
You gain 1 DODGE while holding a bow or crossbow, or while you are putting it away.
You may add THROUGH to your damage calls (do not combine effect calls) when using a bow or crossbow.
You may add STRIKEDOWN to your damage calls (do not combine effect calls) when using a bow or crossbow.
You may call TRIPLE with a bow or crossbow, which may be combined with effect calls.
Once per encounter you may call SHATTER after hitting a shield with an arrow or bolt.
You may add REND to your damage calls (do not combine effect calls) when using a bow or crossbow.
Once per encounter you may call MASS TRIPLE STRIKEDOWN in an arc (this is to represent your character firing an improbable number of arrows in a very short time, please do not attempt to physrep this). Once per adventure, you may instead call MASS REND.
All dagger calls may be used with thrown daggers in addition to their melee use, unless otherwise specified.
You may add THROUGH to your base damage with a dagger.
You gain one dodge while fighting with a dagger in either hand.
You may call DOUBLE THROUGH with daggers.
You may resist all SHATTERS and DISARMS called on any dagger you hold.
You gain Two REND calls while fighting with a dagger in either hand. If you fight with a melee dagger in each hand, you gain this effect for both.
You gain one REND call and one WEAKEN call per encounter while fighting with a dagger in either hand. If you fight with a melee dagger in each hands, you gain this effect for both.
You may call TRIPLE THROUGH with a dagger.
You are adept at applying alchemical paste to daggers for melee fighting. Once applied, you may choose which blow the alchemical paste’s effect is used on (without this skill, the effect applies on the next blow struck).
Each time you apply an alchemical paste to a dagger, you may use that effect TWICE.
You may fight with a weapon of any length you can use in either hand.
You gain a dodge while fighting with a Main Gauche.
You gain a dodge while fighting with a weapon in each hand.
While fighting with a Main Gauche or dagger in your off hand, you may call one DISARM per encounter.
You have +2 body hits
You gain +1 dodge while in light armour
You gain 1 additional armour hit from wearing light armour.
You have +1 dodge per encounter.
You may resist one STRIKEDOWN per encounter.
You have basic criminal talents, such as lockpicking or sneaking past a sleepy guard at night.
If you spend five seconds uninterrupted in close proximity to another person without them paying attention to you, you may tell a GM and you will have stolen something from their pockets.
You are exquisitely skilled at striking deadly blows on unprepared targets. If you strike a blow on someone from behind with a dagger without them noticing you before the blow struck, you may call BACKSTAB QUAD THROUGH.
You are skilled at disabling foes with a backstab. You may choose to call BACKSTAB QUAD REND when using a backstab.
You may now use your backstab calls with any bladed weapon up to 36”.
After backstabbing a target and while in motion, you may call DODGE against ALL blows that strike you for three seconds.
You are a skilled climber. The effects of this are at GM discretion, but it’s very useful for breaking and entering. Additionally, you may use any skill which requires an appropriate terrain in an urban environment.
You are skilled at stealthily ranging ahead of the party and getting into prime positions. Any time a combat starts that is not a sudden surprise to your party, you may choose to begin the encounter in cover away from the main party. Monsters will usually not notice you until you move or take an offensive action.
You are always ready to leap out on foes, and can ALWAYS use the flanking ability, even when the party is assailed by surprise.
You have a basic understanding of the channels of power, and can usually find out who you need to speak to to address an issue in a new area.
You’re good at spinning tales, which people tend to listen to. As long as full blown combat is not in progress, you can, once per encounter, say “Just hear me out” and follow it with up to thirty seconds of talking. If you do, intelligent creatures will always listen to the end before kicking anything off, giving you a chance to give your side of the story (or for your three mates to sneak up on them).
Once per encounter, you can say “Look behind you!” to a monster. If they are intelligent, they should stop where they are and look behind them for a few seconds, giving you either a chance to scarper or backstab them.
You are adept at putting together a disguise to cover your looks.
You have a large number of convincing disguises, and fabricated evidence to support who you are claiming to be at any time. You can put together a new disguise of this quality with a few hours work in any settlement.
You gain an additional use of your Agility class feature per encounter.
As long as you are travelling through relatively normal terrain (woods, plains, tracks, hills etc.), and somewhat more challenging ones (dense forests, mountains) you never receive any penalties for extended travel, and can keep party members happy for longer on the road. You will also find it easier to hunt, track, and otherwise function in these terrains. You gain a DODGE while in any of these terrains.
You can lead a trek through pretty much anywhere mundane, up to and including frozen tundra, searing deserts and the lip of a volcano that's rumbling ominously.
As long as you have a Survivalist skill sufficient to cover the terrain you’re travelling in, the whole party gains a dodge. For you, this is in ADDITION to the one you get from Survivalist.
As long as you have a Survivalist skill sufficient to cover the terrain you’re travelling in, gain one STRIKEDOWN per encounter.
As long as you are in terrain you have an appropriate survivalist skill for, your Agility class feature's duration increases to TEN seconds.