Aptitude Talent

Talent measures the degree of potential powers related to it, based on an Aptitude score denoting how many measures (quantifiable potential) they possess and their Outlook in employing associated capabilities. Those with measures are called “Practitioners“, and have specific labels associated with them: Follower (Divine), Adaptate (Kinetic), Magus (Occult), and Actualizer (Psychic). Outlook indicates the emphasis the character will use on addressing issues/problem solving and accumulating power that rely on the aptitude. A character seeking to unlock, develop, and make best use of aptitude capabilities should almost always have the Meditation feature.

Dormant Talent

Measures of Potential: 0 + Has only a Well Reservoir of Energy

Only characters with a greater than dormant aptitude can actively develop their powers.

Dormant Perspective:

Undeveloped Talent – Basic/Proficient

Measures of Potential: 1 (5 Essence Total)

Undeveloped Perspective:

Active Talent – Accomplished

Measures of Potential: 2 (5+4 = 9 Essence Total)

Active Perspective:

Developed Talent – Exceptional

Measures of Potential: 3 (5+4+3 = 12 Essence Total)

Developed Perspective:

Apex Talent – Masterful

Measures of Potential: 4 (5+4+3+2 = 14 Essence Total)

Potency Conduit: Each Aptitude has a means of enhancing a vital principle of powers related to it. It typically changes the dynamic of effort and effect. This typically manifests as an effect triggered by fuel from an Energy Pool. These ‘conduit’ related capabilities are [outside of time].

Apex Perspective:

Natural Talent

Measures of Potential: 4 [Apex] @ time of Character Inception.

If the character starts as a Natural Talent and has their permanent Aptitude drained somehow, they are still considered a Natural Talent.


Aptitude Thematic Adjustments

Aptitude can cause an effect (spell, feature, or power) to have its potency adjusted because of the association with the knowledge, skill, and/or insight gained from a particular pathway of development. Usually this potency adjustment is applied to such effects that are noted as Emblematic in the source of the development pathway. The potency will often rely in a Focus; Those adjustments imparted by Institutional study and binding will have their limits adjusted by the symbols’ bond and Good Standing with the Institution. The maximum positive adjustment is limited to the related aptitude of the effect.


Incarna d20™ Aptitude Thematic Adjustments Details/Mechanics

This content is part of the i20™ Variant for the d20 System™.

Example: Occult Order of the Golden Hand

Potency Measurement: Total Damage, Spell Save DC, and Spell Attack to spells not of greater level than their Occult Aptitude without their orders’ Mystic Focus Point [emblem/symbol]. The positive adjustment cannot be greater than the Occult Aptitude of the practitioner.

  • Thematic Emphasis: Divination [+2], Earth [+1]
    > Increased potency on related Emblematic spells and powers: All ‘detect’ spells and spells affecting, conjuring, evincing, shaping, or damaging with ‘earth’ or ‘stone’.
  • Thematic Frailty: Fire [-2]
    > Reduced potency on related Emblematic spells and powers: Any effect affecting, conjuring, evincing, shaping, or doing damage with ‘heat’, ‘flame’ or ‘fire’.

iCore Aptitude Thematic Adjustments Details/Mechanics

Example: Occult Order of the Golden Hand