Edges

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Below is a list of Edges common to most settings. You’ll find more Edges in official Savage Worlds setting books as well. The Edges are grouped by type to help during character creation. Unless an Edge specifically says otherwise, it may only be selected once.
►Requirements: Below each Edge are any skills and Rank required to take it. A Novice character can’t buy a Legendary Edge, for instance. A character may always purchase an Edge of a Rank lower than his.
►Improved Edges: Some Edges have improved effects if you purchase additional “levels” in them, such as Attractive and Very Attractive, or Rich and Filthy Rich. To buy an Improved Edge, you must have all previous versions of an Edge. You must choose Rich before buying Filthy Rich, for example.

Background Edges

These Edges are hereditary and background advantages or learned responses that develop in a character after prolonged training or exposure to certain events.

Players can choose these Edges after character creation but the Game Master might require a little more rationalization. An individual might choose the Attractive Edge, for example, by cleaning herself up, getting a makeover, and generally paying more attention to her looks. Characters might be able to gain the Arcane Background Edge as well, should they find a book of forbidden knowledge or train under another arcane type in their party.

Alertness
Requirements:
Novice
Not much gets by your hero. He’s very observant and perceptive, and adds +2 to his Notice rolls to hear, see, or otherwise sense the world around him.

Ambidextrous
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+
Your hero is as deft with his left hand as he is with his right. Characters normally suffer a –2 penalty when performing physical tasks with the off-hand (characters are assumed to be right-handed). With this Edge, your warrior ignores the –2 penalty for using his off-hand (see page 75).

Attractive
Requirements:
Novice, Vigor d6+
It’s no secret that beautiful people have an easier time getting their way in life. This Edge grants your beautiful or handsome character +2 to Charisma.

Very Attractive
Requirements:
Novice, Attractive
Your hero is drop-dead gorgeous. His Charisma is increased to +4.

Berserk
Requirements:
Novice
Immediately after suffering a wound (including a Shaken result from physical damage), your hero must make a Smarts roll or go Berserk.

While Berserk, his Parry is reduced by 2 but he adds +2 to all Fighting, Strength, melee damage rolls, and Toughness. The warrior ignores all wound modifiers while Berserk, but cannot use any skills, Edges, or maneuvers that require concentration, including Shooting and Taunt, but not Intimidation.

Berserkers attack with reckless abandon. Anytime his Fighting die is a 1 (regardless of his Wild Die), he hits a random adjacent target (not the original target). The attack may hit friend as well as foe. If there are no other adjacent targets, the blow simply misses.

The Berserker may end his rage by doing nothing (not even moving) for one full action and making a Smarts roll at –2.

Brave
Requirements:
Novice, Spirit d6+
Those with this Edge have learned to master their fear. Or perhaps are so jaded or emotionally distant they’ve just lost their normal “fight or flight” responses. Either way, your hero adds +2 to Fear tests. If the character is in a setting that uses Guts as a Setting Rule, it adds to that as well.

Brawny
Requirements:
Novice, Strength and Vigor d6+
Your bruiser is very large or perhaps just very fit. His bulk resists damage better than most and adds +1 to hia Toughness. In addition, the character can carry more than most proportional to his Strength. He can carry 8 times his Strength in pounds without penalty instead of the usual 5 times his Strength.

Cylon
Requirements:
Novice
The brass tried to keep this a secret, but the rumor-mill started working overtime. The Cylons look like us now. Somehow in the last forty years, the Cylons “evolved.” They look completely human – flesh, blood, sweat, and tears. We don’t know if they really feel or not, but they can be awfully convincing. Don’t be fooled – these “skinjobs” caused the death of billions of people.
Medically, Cylons are nearly impossible to distinguish from real people. Rumor is there’s some sort of special test that can identify them, but it’s very time-consuming and requires rare resources. A medical exam sure as hell ain’t gonna do it.

A variety of skinjob types exist. Each type looks the same and there many copies of each type. Problem is no one knows how many types there are. More frightening, some might be “sleeper” agents that have been programmed to believe they are human. The Cylons have a plan, though the gods know what it may actually be.

For the most part, the skinjobs seem normal but, when push comes to shove, they can exhibit amazing feats of strength, speed, or stamina. They seem immune or at least highly resistant to most diseases and some forms of radiation. Good news for us is that they bruise and bleed just like a regular person – and they have a weakness for certain types of radiation that are harmless to actual humans.

Perhaps the worse news: now there’s rumors that when they die, their minds are downloaded into a new body. That makes them effectively immortal. No matter how many times you kill them, they come back good as new.

Probably could fill a library with all that we don’t know about the new Cylons. For now, know that if you shoot them enough, they stop working. That’s good enough for a start.

Fast Healer
Requirements:
Novice, Vigor d8+
Some individuals just seem to heal faster than others. Those with this blessing add +2 to Vigor rolls when checking for natural healing. See page 78 for complete rules on Healing.

Fleet-Footed
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d6+
The hero’s Pace is increased by +2 and he rolls a d10 instead of a d6 when running.

Linguist
Requirements:
Novice, Smarts d6+
The character has an ear for languages and a rare talent for recognizing similarities between them. A character with this Edge starts with a number of languages equal to his Smarts die, and can make a Smarts roll at –2 to make herself understood in any language or dialect she has heard spoken for at least a week.

Luck
Requirements:
Novice
The adventurer seems to be blessed by fate, karma, the gods, or whatever external forces he believes in (or believe in him!) He draws one extra Benny at the beginning of each game session, allowing him to succeed at important tasks more often than most, and survive incredible dangers.

Great Luck
Requirements:
Novice, Luck
The player draws two extra Bennies instead of one at the start of each session.

Noble
Requirements:
Novice
Those born of noble blood have many perks in life, but often have just as many responsibilities. Nobles have high status in their societies, are entitled to special treatment from their foes, gain +2 Charisma, and also have the Rich Edge. This gives the hero several Edges for the price of one, but the responsibilities more than offset the additional perks. Nobles often have troops under their control, as well as land, a family home, and other assets. All of this must be determined by the GM, and balanced by the grave responsibilities the character faces.

As an example, a character in a fantasy campaign might have a company of swordsmen, a small keep, and even a magical sword he inherited from his father. But he also has an entire region to manage, criminals to judge, justice to mete out, and a jealous neighbor who covets his lands and constantly plots against him at court.

Pack Rat
Requirements:
Novice
You have a hoard. It might not be cash, but it is a “treasure” of some kind. Could be artifacts from the Twelve Colonies, luxuries, or vital supplies. Whatever it is, others want it. Add +2 to any roll in which you are willing and able to part with some of your supplies to get what you want—negotiations, bartering, bribery, and other situations may apply. In a refugee fleet, you are pretty damn useful. Barter is king—many people may insist on something in trade for information, and money won’t always be accepted in a post-holocaust economy.

Your stockpiles are limited and replenish slowly. You may only use this edge once per session

Improved Pack Rat
Requirements:
Pack Rat
As above but you may use the edge three times per session.

Photographic Memory
Requirements:
Smarts d8+
Your hero can recall everything you have seen, read or experienced directly. If you forget some detail you may spend a benny to have the GM remind you.

Quick
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+
Quick characters have lightning-fast reflexes and a cool head. Whenever you are dealt a 5 or lower in combat, you may discard and draw again until you get a card higher than 5. Characters with both the Level Headed and Quick Edges draw their additional card and take the best as usual. If that card is a Five or less, the Quick Edge may be used to draw a replacement until it’s Six or higher.

Rich
Requirements:
Novice
Whether the individual was born with a silver spoon in his mouth or earned it through hard work, he’s got more money than most. Rich heroes start with three times the normal starting funds for the setting. If a regular income is appropriate for this setting, the hero receives the modern day equivalent of a $150,000 annual salary.

Filthy Rich
Requirements:
Novice, Rich or Noble
This character is very wealthy. He has five times the starting funds for the setting and, if appropriate, a yearly income of around $500,000.

Wealthier characters should have a very complete background as well. This needs to be worked out with the GM, and comes with many more assets as well as onerous responsibilities.
 
h4. Combat Edges

 These Edges are designed to help your hero dish out terrible damage—or survive it—in the bloody battles of Savage Worlds.

Block
Requirements:
Seasoned, Fighting d8+
Warriors who engage in frequent hand-to-hand combat are far more skilled in personal defense than most others. They’ve learned not only how to attack, but how to block their opponent’s blows as well. A fighter with this Edge adds +1 to his Parry.

Improved Block
Requirements:
Veteran, Block
As above, but the hero adds +2 to his Parry.

Brawler
Requirements:
Novice, Str d8+
Frequent fights with his bare hands have given this thug a powerful punch. When he hits a foe with a successful bare-handed Fighting roll, he adds +2 to his damage.

Bruiser
Requirements:
Seasoned, Brawler
When the bruiser gets a raise on his bare-handed Fighting attack, he rolls a d8 instead of a d6.

Combat Reflexes
Requirements:
Seasoned
Your adventurer recovers quickly from shock and trauma. He adds 2 to his Spirit roll when attempting to recover from being Shaken.
 
Counterattack
Requirements:
Seasoned, Fighting d8

Fighters with this Edge know how to respond instantly to an enemy’s mistakes. Once per round (if not Shaken), the character receives one free Fighting attack against one adjacent foe who failed a Fighting attack against him. This attack is made at –2, and the Counterattack must be a normal attack (no Disarm, Wild Attack, or other maneuvers), and may not be combined with Frenzy or Sweep. It may be used with the Defend maneuver, but not Full Defense.

Improved Counterattack
Requirements:
Veteran, Counterattack
As above but the character may ignore the –2 penalty.

Dog Fighter 
Requirements:
Novice, Pilot d8+
You know just where the weaknesses are on a fighter. Any successful hit while dog fighting another fighter adds +2 to the damage roll.

Improved Dog Fighter
Requirements:
Veteran, Dog Fighter
When a dog fighter gets a raise in any attack while dog fighting with another fighter he rolls d8 instead of d6.

Dodge
Requirements:
Seasoned, Agility d8+
Some crafty types know how to get out of harm’s way. This Edge allows them to use cover, movement, and concealment to make them harder to hit. Unless they are the victim of a surprise attack and taken completely unaware, attackers must subtract 1 from their ranged attack rolls when targeting them (even in close combat).

Characters who attempt to evade area effect attacks may add +1 to their Agility roll as well (when allowed).

Improved Dodge
Requirements:
Veteran, Dodge
As above but attackers subtract 2 from their attack rolls, and the character adds +2 to evade area effect weapons when allowed.

Elan
Requirements:
Novice, Spirit d8+
When this spirited hero puts his heart into something it tends to pay off in big ways. When you spend a Benny on a Trait roll (including Soak rolls), add +2 to the final total.

Evade
Requirements:
Seasoned, Piloting d8+
While piloting a vehicle the pilot adds +1 to his TN to be hit. Also adds +1 for countering target acquisition from missiles.
 
Improved Evade
Requirements:
Veteran, Evade
As above except the bonuses are +2

Extraction
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+
When a character normally withdraws from a melee, his attacker gets a free attack before he does so—a very dangerous proposition for most. Your hero is adept at retreating from an engagement.

Make an Agility roll. If successful, one opponent doesn’t get a free attack anytime you disengage (see page 76).

Improved Extraction
Requirements:
Novice, Extraction
As above but if you succeed with a raise all opponents currently in melee with the character lose their free attack as your warrior withdraws.

First Strike
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+
Once per turn the hero (if not Shaken) gets a free Fighting attack against a single foe who moves adjacent to him. This automatically interrupts the opponent’s action and does not cost the hero his action if he is on Hold or has not yet acted this round.

Improved First Strike
Requirements:
Heroic, First Strike
As above but the hero may make one free attack against each and every foe who moves adjacent to him.

Florentine
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+, Fighting d8+
A character trained to fight “Florentine” is a master at wielding two weapons at once. He adds +1 to his Fighting rolls versus an opponent with a single weapon and no shield.

In addition, opponents subtract 1 from any “gang up” bonuses they would normally get against the fighter as his two flashing blades parry their blows.

Frenzy
Requirements:
Seasoned, Fighting d10+
Frenzied fighters make fast and furious melee attacks, sacrificing finesse for raw speed. This allows them to make an extra Fighting attack per round at a –2 penalty to all Fighting rolls. This attack must be taken at the same time as another Fighting attack though it may target any two foes adjacent to the hero (Wild Cards roll two Fighting dice and one Wild Die).

The –2 penalty is subtracted from all attacks.

A character armed with two weapons still only makes one extra attack.

Improved Frenzy
Requirements:
Veteran, Frenzy
As above but the character may ignore the –2 Frenzy penalty.

Giant Killer
Requirements:
Veteran
The bigger they are, the harder they are to kill. At least for most. But your hero knows how to find the weak points in massive creatures.

Your hero does +1d6 damage when attacking creatures three sizes or more larger than himself. An ogre (Size +3) with this ability, for example, gains the bonus only against creatures of Size +6 or greater. A human Giant Killer (Size 0), can claim the bonus against the ogre, however.

Hard to Kill
Requirements:
Wild Card, Novice, Spirit d8+
This adventurer has more lives than a truckload of cats. When forced to make Vigor rolls due to Incapacitation, he may ignore his wound modifiers. This only applies to Vigor rolls called for to resist Incapacitation or death (see page 68). He still suffers from wound modifiers for other Trait rolls normally.

Harder to Kill
Requirements:
Veteran, Hard to Kill
Your hero is tougher to kill than Rasputin. If he is ever “killed,” roll a die. On an odd result, he’s dead as usual. On an even roll, he’s Incapacitated but somehow escapes death. He may be captured, stripped of all his belongings, or mistakenly left for dead, but he somehow survives.

Improvisational Fighter
Requirements:
Seasoned, Smarts d6+
Heroes often find themselves fighting with pieces of equipment or furnishings not designed for combat. A character with this Edge has a knack for using such improvised weapons, and does not suffer the usual –1 penalty to attack and Parry when wielding them. See page 73 for details.

Killer Instinct
Requirements:
Heroic
This hero hates losing. If he ties on an opposed roll of any sort, he wins. In addition, if his skill die on an opposed skill roll is a 1, he can reroll it (but must keep the second result, even if it’s another 1).

Level Headed
Requirements:
Seasoned, Smarts d8+
Fighters who can keep their cool when everyone else is running for cover are deadly customers in combat.

A hero with this Edge draws an additional Action Card in combat and acts on the best of the draw.

Improved Level Headed
Requirements:
Seasoned, Level Headed
As above but the hero draws 3 cards.

Marksman
Requirements:
Seasoned
The hero excels at taking controlled, measured shots. If he does not move in a turn, he may fire as if he took the Aim maneuver. Marksman may never be used with a Rate of Fire greater than 1.

Marksman works with both Shooting and Throwing.

Martial Artist
Requirements:
Novice, Fighting d6+
This character is highly trained in hand-to-hand fighting. He is never considered unarmed in combat and so is never subject to the Unarmed Defender rule (page 76). With a successful unarmed attack, he adds +d4 to his Strength roll (as if he were using a small weapon).

Improved Martial Artist
Requirements:
Veteran, Martial Arts, Fighting d10+
The character now adds +d6 to his bare-handed damage.

Nerves of Steel
Requirements:
Wild Card, Novice, Vigor d8+
Your hero has learned to fight on through the most intense pain. He may ignore 1 point of wound penalties.

Improved Nerves of Steel
Requirements:
Novice, Nerves of Steel
The hero ignores 2 points of wound penalties.

No Mercy
Requirements:
Seasoned
The character may spend a Benny to reroll any one damage roll, including those made for area effect attacks.

Quick Draw
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+
This Edge allows a hero to draw a weapon as a free action (and thus ignore the usual –2 multi-action penalty if he chooses to fire as well). If the character must make an Agility roll to draw a weapon (see page 66), he adds +2 to the roll.

Rock and Roll!
Requirements:
Seasoned, Shooting d8+
Some veteran shooters learn to compensate for the recoil of fully automatic weapons. If a character with this Edge does not move, he may ignore the recoil penalty for firing a weapon on full automatic.

Steady Hands
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+
Your hero ignores the “unstable platform” penalty for firing from the backs of animals or while riding in moving vehicles. In addition, when performing actions while Running (see page 65), his penalty is –1 instead of –2.

Sweep
Requirements:
Novice, Strength d8+, Fighting d8+
Sweep allows a character to make a single Fighting attack and apply it against all currently adjacent targets at a –2 penalty (friends and foes alike—be careful). Resolve each damage roll separately. The attack is applied immediately when rolled and only affects targets adjacent at that time.

A character may not use Sweep in the same round she uses Frenzy, nor may she Sweep more than once per round, or with a second weapon held in another hand. In effect, the hero may only perform Sweep once per action unless she somehow gets two entire actions (perhaps under the effects of a spell or power, for example).

Improved Sweep
Requirements:
Veteran, Sweep
As above but the hero may ignore the –2 penalty.

Trademark Weapon
Requirements:
Novice, Fighting or Shooting of d10+
The hero knows one unique weapon (Excalibur, Old Betsy, Sting) like the back of his hand. When using that weapon, he adds +1 to his Fighting, Shooting, or Throwing rolls. A hero can take this Edge multiple times, applying it to a different weapon each time. If a Trademark Weapon is lost, the hero can replace it, but the benefit of the Edge doesn’t kick in for two game weeks.

Improved Trademark Weapon
Requirements:
Veteran, Trademark Weapon
As above but the bonus when using the weapon increases to +2.

Two-Fisted
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+
A Two-Fisted hero isn’t ambidextrous—he’s simply learned to fight with two weapons (or both fists) at once. When attacking with a weapon in each hand, he rolls each attack separately but ignores the multi-action penalty (see page 66).

Leadership Edges

Leadership Edges grant bonuses to subordinates, making them more effective, reliable, or durable. These Edges apply only to a number of subordinates within 5” (the “command
radius”), and are not cumulative with the same Edge from other leaders. Subordinates may benefit from different Leadership Edges by the same or different leaders.

Command
Requirements:
Novice, Smarts d6+
Command is the ability to give clear instructions to surrounding allies and enforce your hero’s will upon them. This makes your character’s compatriots more willing to fight on despite their wounds, and so adds +1 to their Spirit rolls to recover from being Shaken.

Command Presence
Requirements:
Novice, Command
A booming voice, effective commands, natural charisma, or simple training results in a much more effective combat element. At the center of that element is the officer in command. A hero with this Edge has a “command radius” of 10” instead of the usual 5”.

Fervor
Requirements:
Veteran, Command, Spirit d8+
A simple phrase uttered by a great leader can sometimes have momentous results. A leader with this ability can inspire his men to bloody fervor by yelling a motto, slogan, or other inspirational words. Those in the command radius add +1 to their Fighting damage rolls.

Hold the Line!
Requirements:
Seasoned, Command, Smarts d8+
This Edge strengthens the will of the men under the hero’s command. The troops add +1 to their Toughness.

Inspire
Requirements:
Seasoned, Command
Leaders with exceptional reputations and experience in battle inspire the soldiers around them. They add +2 to Spirit rolls when recovering from being Shaken (this includes the original +1 bonus for the Command Edge).

Leader of Men
Requirements:
Veteran, Command
Command comes easy to this commander. Those under his command work like a well-oiled machine when he’s in charge. Allies under the leader’s command roll a d10 as the Wild
Die instead of a d6 when making group rolls.

Natural Leader
Requirements:
Novice, Command, Spirit d8+
This Edge signifies a special link between a leader and his men. With it, he may share his Bennies with any troops under his command.

NCO (NCO, Marine)
Requirements:
Novice, Smarts d6+
Noncommissioned officers (sergeants) get to order subordinates around, but are also the ones held responsible for the success or failure of their men and their mission. They know the thrill of watching a plan come together, and the agony of watching one fall apart.

In Battlestar Galactica, the Rank Edge allows NCOs to command others, but this is a double-edged sword that grants few benefits. To compensate, characters who purchase this Edge get an additional benefit as well. (Non-player characters and those who achieve the rank during play do not get these additional abilities.)

NCOs are the backbone of their units, and must be tougher, stronger, and more resilient than those they lead. Noncoms with the Rank (NCO) Edge add +2 to their base Toughness to reflect their hard-bitten nature.

The character’s military rank is the lowest for an NCO in his particular service branch (a petty officer 2nd class in the colonial navy, for example).

Officer (Officer, Marine)
Requirements:
Novice, Smarts d6+
Regular officers (lieutenants and higher) get to order subordinates around, but are also the ones held responsible for the success or failure of their men and their mission. They know the thrill of watching a plan come together, and the agony of watching one fall apart.

In Battlestar Galactica, the Rank Edge allows officers to command others, but this is a double-edged sword that grants few benefits. To compensate, characters who purchase this Edge get an additional benefit as well. (Non-player characters and those who achieve the rank during play do not get these additional abilities.)

Officers are there to inspire and lead, and should definitely concentrate on Leadership Edges as they advance. To help them get there, officers gain an additional benny per game session, and may always spend that benny on those under their command. (An officer with the Common Bond Edge can grant a benny to anyone—not just those under his command.)

Tactician
Requirements:
Seasoned, Command, Wild Card, Smarts d8+, Knowledge (Battle) d6+
The leader has a natural grasp of small unit tactics and can frequently take advantage of a rapidly changing situation.

At the beginning of a fight and before any Action Cards are dealt, the hero makes a Knowledge (Battle) roll. For each success and raise he receives one Action Card. These are kept separate from his regular Action Cards and are not placed back into the deck until used or the combat ends (including Jokers!). At the start of any round, the hero may give one or more of these extra cards to his allies, whether Extras or Wild Cards, who then use it as their Action Card for the round in place of the one dealt them. This allows Extras to operate independently of Wild Card characters for one round if they receive their own card.

Only one character per encounter may use this Edge.

Professional Edges

Professional Edges are very special abilities that reflect many years of practicing a particular trade.

These Edges help you create a character who is far more competent in his chosen field than most others. If you want to make a very effective Mad Scientist, for example, you could combine the Arcane Background (Weird Science) with the Gadgeteer and Mr. Fix It Edges.

Professional Edges represent many years of training so their Requirements are quite high. Players may purchase Professional Edges after character creation, but should usually lead up to it story-wise by practicing the affected trade during down-time or in between adventures. The time spent acquiring one of these abilities is subjective and up to the Game Master, but makes the game much more believable if a little narrative time is spent training.
►Stacking: Bonuses to the same Trait from different Professional Edges do not stack. If you make a hero with both the Woodsman and the Thief Edges, for example, he gains +2 to his Stealth skill, not +4.

Ace
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+
Aces are special pilots and drivers who feel more comfortable behind the wheel, throttle, or flight stick than on their own two feet.

Aces add +2 to Boating, Driving, and Piloting rolls. In addition, they may also spend Bennies to make Soak rolls for any vehicle or vessel they control. This is a Boating, Driving, or Piloting roll at –2 (cancelling their usual +2). Each success and raise negates a wound and any critical hit that would have resulted from it.

Ace of Aces
Requirements:
Veteran, Ace
As Ace except ignore the -2 penalty to soak rolls.

Acrobat
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+, Strength d6+
Those who have formal training in the acrobatic arts or are naturally agile may take this Edge. It adds +2 to all Agility rolls made to perform acrobatic maneuvers (including Trick maneuvers), and also adds +1 to a character’s Parry as long as he has no encumbrance penalty.

Assassin
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+, Climbing d6+, Fighting d6+, Stealth d8+
Assassins are trained killers who know how to kill with deadly precision — if they can properly approach their prey. Assassins add +2 to any damage roll where they strike a foe unawares
(even with ranged attacks).

Cool under Fire
Requirements:
Novice, Spirit d8+
You got mental grit. You keep your wits about you in all situations, reacting calmly and carefully even in the most desperate straits. Add +2 to any roll to avoid being frightened, intimidated, or otherwise unbalanced mentally. This Trait also aids you in resisting torture or coercion.

Improved Cool Under Fire
Requirements:
Veteran, Cool Under Fire
As Cool under fire, but the character may spend a benny to gain one automatic success and raise with this roll.

Damage Control
Requirements:
Veteran, Repair d8+
If the character is in command of damage control he can make a repair roll after the ship takes a critical hit. For each success and raise the effect of the critical is postponed one round by overriding safeties, using secondary systems etc.

Additionally, deckhand rolls for firefighting are made without penalty.

Investigator
Requirements:
Novice, Smarts d8+, Investigation d8+, Streetwise d8+
Investigators have spent a great deal of time researching ancient legends, working
the streets, or deducing devilish mysteries. Some of these heroes are actual Private Investigators for hire while others may be sleuthing mages in a fantasy world or perhaps inquisitive college professors stumbling upon Things Man Was Not Meant to Know in the dark of night. Investigators add +2 to Investigation and Streetwise rolls, as well as Notice rolls made to search through evidence.

Jack-of-All-Trades
Requirements:
Novice, Smarts d10+
Through advanced schooling, booklearning, computer-enhanced skill programs, or just amazing intuitive perception, your hero has a talent for picking up skills on the fly. There is little he can’t figure out given a little time and a dash of luck.

Any time he makes an unskilled roll for a Smarts-based skill, he may do so at d4 instead of the usual d4–2.

Mathematician
Requirements:
Novice, Smarts d8+
You have a head for numbers. Not great during a firefight, but damned nice to have around when making FTL jumps. When making a roll to program computers, plot a jump, or otherwise do something that requires math, add +2 to the roll. With a raise, he halves the time normally required.

Improved Mathematician
Requirements:
Veteran, Mathematician
You have a head for numbers. Not great during a firefight, but damned nice to have around when making FTL jumps. When making a roll to program computers, plot a jump, or otherwise do something that requires math, add +2 to the roll. With a raise, he halves the time normally required.

Spending a Benny on a reroll grants an additional +2 to the roll.

McGyver
Requirements:
Novice, Smarts d6+, Repair d6+, Notice d8+
This character can improvise something when the need for a tool arises. He suffers no negative penalties on Trait rolls for lack of equipment in most situations.

In addition, given a few simple tools, props, or devices, he can generally rig devices to help escape from death-traps, weapons to match some bizarre need, or otherwise create something that’s needed when such a thing isn’t actually present. The extent of this is completely up to the Game Master, but creativity should be rewarded, particularly in dire situations where few other answers are possible.

Mr. Fix It
Requirements:
Novice, Smarts d8+, Repair d8+
The inventor adds +2 to Repair rolls. With a raise, he halves the time normally required to fix something. This means that if a particular Repair job already states that a raise repairs it
in half the time, a Mr. Fix It could finish the job in one-quarter the time with a raise.

Improved Mr. Fix it
Requirements:
Veteran, Mr. Fix It
The inventor adds +2 to his Repair rolls. With a raise, he halves the time normally required to fix something. This means that if a particular Repair job already states that a raise repairs it in half the time, a Mr. Fix It could finish the job in one-quarter the time with a raise.

Spending a Benny on a reroll adds an additional +2 to the roll.

Scholar
Requirements:
Novice, d8+ in affected skill
Learned professors, devoted students, and amateur enthusiasts spend months of their lives studying particular subjects. They become experts in these fields, and rarely fail to answer questions in their particular area of expertise.

Pick any two Knowledge skills the Scholar has a d8 or better in. Add +2 to your total whenever these skills are used.

Those who study military history have a natural edge when commanding troops in Mass Battles (see page 92)—a +2 to a Knowledge (Battle) roll can mean the difference between a rousing victory and a crushing defeat.

Thief
Requirements:
Novice, Agility d8+, Climbing d6+, Lockpicking d6+, Stealth d8+
Thieves specialize in deceit, treachery, and acrobatics. They can be invaluable where traps must be detected, walls must be climbed, and locks must be picked.

Thieves add +2 to Climbing, Security, and Stealth rolls, as well as Notice or Repair rolls that relate to traps and similar devices.

The bonus to Stealth does not apply when the character is in a wilderness environment—only in urban areas.

Woodsman
Requirements:
Novice, Spirit d6+, Survival d8+, Tracking d8+
Woodsmen are rangers, scouts, and hunters who are more at home in the wilderness than in urban areas. They are skilled trackers and scouts, and know how to live off the land for months at a time. Woodsmen gain +2 to Tracking, Survival, and Stealth rolls made in the wilderness (not towns, ruins, or underground).

Social Edges

Getting people to do what you want is a critical skill in most any setting. These Edges help your hero do just that.

Charismatic
Requirements:
Novice, Spirit d8+
Your hero has learned how to work with others, even those who might be somewhat opposed to him or his efforts. This adds +2 to his Charisma.

Common Bond
Requirements:
Wild Card, Novice, Spirit d8+
This Edge signifies a special link between close companions—such as a typical party. It doesn’t matter whether or not the characters get along perfectly or not, they’ve just formed a close and common bond during their epic adventures.

A character with this Edge may freely give his Bennies to any other Wild Card he can communicate with. This represents the character giving his verbal or spiritual support to the ally.

The player should say what his character is doing to give the support. The gesture could be as complex as a rousing speech, or as simple as a knowing nod.

Connections
Requirements:
Novice
Whether it’s to the Feds, the cops, the Mob, or some big corporation, your heroine knows someone on the inside—someone who is willing to lend her a hand on occasion (usually
once per game session).

This Edge may be taken more than once, but each time must be applied to a different organization. The GM should also ensure the organization is limited to a single, unique
organization. A hero may, for instance, have Connections (US Army), but he shouldn’t have a blanket Connections (Military).

To use a character’s Connections requires that she first get in touch with one of her contacts. This requires a Streetwise roll. Failure means the particular contact wasn’t available,
their cell phone wasn’t on, or they were otherwise tied up. Once in contact, the hero must make a Persuasion roll. The GM should feel free to modify both the Persuasion roll and
any results based on the circumstances
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A failure indicates the heroine’s contacts just couldn’t come through this time, or perhaps just weren’t persuaded that their help was really necessary.

On a success, the contact might share information, but won’t do anything too risky to help. On a raise, the contact is willing to leak sensitive information, but stops short of outright betrayal.

Two or more raises means the heroine has pushed the right buttons and can count on serious help. The Connection will risk serious consequences for the heroine, and if she needs financial assistance, may provide more than he’s comfortable with. If the heroine asks for muscle, the contact delivers either one expert (a safe-cracker, wheel-man, security expert, etc.) or five average fighter-types for the contact’s particular organization (a mob boss sends five thugs, the Army sends five infantrymen, etc.).

Faith
Requirements:
Novice, Spirit d8+
You believe in yourself, a greater power, or the Gods. This faith can carry you, and perhaps others, through dark places. Whenever dealing with people who share or admire your faith, add 2 to your charisma for any persuasion rolls (unless you have personally offended them or given them reason to distrust your sincerity).
 
Greater Faith
Requirements:
Veteran, Fairth
Your faith grants you mental resilience. Once per session, you may add +2 to a spirit Roll.
 
Strong Willed
Requirements:
Novice, Intimidation d6
, Taunt d6+
Characters with strong willpower use their voice, steely stares, or quick wits to unnerve their opponents. Strong Willed adds +2 to a character’s Intimidation and Taunt rolls, as well as his Spirit and Smarts rolls when resisting Test of Wills attacks.

Weird Edges

Weird Edges are slightly supernatural and only appropriate in games with those elements.

Danger Sense
Requirements:
Novice
Your hero can sense when something bad is about to happen. Anytime he’s about to be the victim of a surprise attack, ambush, or other nasty surprise, he gets a Notice roll at –2 just before the attack or event occurs. If successful, the character knows something is about to happen and may take appropriate action against it. This means the hero is on Hold for the first round of a combat. Should the hero fail his roll, he still follows the normal Surprise rules, if applicable (see page 65).

Healer
Requirements:
Novice, Spirit d8+
A hero with this Edge adds +2 to all Healing rolls (including natural healing rolls for his own wounds), whether natural or magical in nature. Up to five companions traveling with a Healer add the bonus to their natural healing rolls as well.

Liquid Courage
Requirements:
Novice, Vigor d8+
Your hero processes alcohol far differently than most. The round after consuming a stiff drink (at least 8 ounces of hard liquor or equivalent), the character’s Vigor increases by one die type (increasing Toughness as well). The hard drinker can also ignore one level of wound modifiers (which stacks with other abilities that do the same).

The effect lasts for one hour after it begins. If the drunkard seeks inebriation he suffers –2 to Smarts and Agility-based rolls for as long as he continues to drink and the next 1d6 hours thereafter.

Scavenger
Requirements:
Novice, Luck
Once per session the hero may “suddenly remember” that he has a much-needed piece of equipment on his person. The item must be capable of being stored in the hero’s pocket or
bag (assuming he has one), and the Game Master has the final word on what can be found.

Wild Card Edges

The following Edges work only when the character is dealt a Joker during combat. The Edge’s effects are in addition to the usual effects of being dealt a Joker.

Dead Shot
Requirements:
Wild Card, Seasoned, Shooting/Throwing d10+
The character doubles his total damage when making a successful Shooting or Throwing attack this round.

Mighty Blow
Requirements:
Wild Card, Seasoned, Fighting d10+
The character doubles his total damage when making a successful Fighting attack this round.

Legendary Edges

Most Legendary Edges are very specific to their campaign world—such as gaining a stronghold or divine favor—but a few fit most anywhere, as shown below.

Advanced Mathematician
Requirements:
Wild Card, Legendary, Improved Mathematics
You have a head for numbers. Not great during a firefight, but damned nice to have around when making FTL jumps. When making a roll to program computers, plot a jump, or otherwise do something that requires math, add +2 to the roll. With a raise, he halves the time normally required.

Spending a Benny on a reroll grants an additional +2 to the roll. For a total of +4

Halve the time for any complex action that Mathematics benefits. Which means if you get a rise you do it in ¼ the time.

Advanced Mr. Fix It
Requirements:
Wild Card, Legendary, Improved Mathematics
The inventor adds +2 to his Repair rolls. With a raise, he halves the time normally required to fix something. This means that if a particular Repair job already states that a raise repairs it in half the time, a Mr. Fix It could finish the job in one-quarter the time with a raise.

Spending a Benny on a reroll adds an additional +2 to the roll.

Halve the time for any complex action that Mathematics benefits. Which means if you get a rise you do it in ¼ the time.

Followers
Requirements:
Wild Card, Legendary
Heroes often acquire dedicated warbands, “merry men,” or others who voluntarily follow the hero on his adventures. Each time this Edge is chosen, five followers join the hero’s band. Casualties are not automatically replaced, so a hero may need to choose this Edge again on occasion to replenish his losses. The followers must have some way to eat and earn income, and generally want a piece of whatever loot, treasure, or other rewards the hero acquires. Otherwise, they are completely dedicated to their idol and risk their lives for
him under any normal conditions. They won’t knowingly throw their lives away except under very special circumstances.

The GM determines the followers’ statistics, but in general, use the Soldier statistics presented on page 81. Followers generally come with only basic equipment depending on their particular setting (warriors in fantasy come with at least leather armor and short swords, for example). The hero must purchase any additional equipment for his Followers himself.

Martial Arts Master
Requirements:
Legendary, Improved Martial Arts, Fighting d12+
The warrior is deadly with his hands. He adds +2 to his bare-handed damage every time he takes this Edge, up to a maximum of five times for a total damage bonus of +10.

Professional
Requirements:
Legendary, d12 in affected Trait
The character is an expert at a particular skill or attribute (his choice). That Trait becomes d12+1. This Edge may be selected more than once, but it may never be applied to the
same skill or attribute twice.

Expert
Requirements:
Legendary, Professional in affected Trait
As above, but the Trait increases to d12+2.

Master
Requirements:
Wild Card, Legendary, Expert in affected Trait
The character’s Wild Die increases to a d10 when rolling a particular Trait of his choice. This Edge may be chosen multiple times, though it only affects a particular Trait once.

Sidekick
Requirements:
Wild Card, Legendary
A character who triumphs over evil time and time again becomes an inspiration to others. Eventually, one of these young crusaders may attempt to join the hero in his epic quests.

The hero gains a Novice Rank sidekick. The sidekick is a Wild Card, gains experience as usual, and has abilities that complement or mimic his hero’s.

The player character should control his sidekick just like any other ally. Of course, the sidekick may occasionally cause trouble (by getting captured, running into danger when he’s not supposed to, etc.). The player should be prepared for his “Edge” to occasionally become a “Hindrance.” If the sidekick dies, he isn’t replaced unless the hero chooses this Edge again.

Superior Faith
Requirements:
Wild Card, Legendary, Greater Faith
You may be a leader among the faithful. The benefits of such a position are left to your GM. An Oracle of the Lords of Kobol is respected by most Colonials, but whether this occasions followers or grants influence is the GM’s call.

Tough as Nails
Requirements:
Legendary
Your hero is a grizzled veteran. Increase his Toughness by +1.

Improved Tough as Nails
Requirements:
Legendary, Tough as Nails
Increase your hero’s Toughness by another +1.

Weapon Master
Requirements:
Legendary, Fighting d12
Increase your hero’s Parry by +1.

Master of Arms
Requirements:
Legendary, Weapon Master
Increase your hero’s Parry by another +1.

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