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Empowered Occult Places

Posted on July 29, 2021 in Aptitude

Empowered Places are places that were formed using one of the energy pools (Mana Pool in this case) and/or a powerful [su_permalink id="6811"]Occult[/su_permalink] Principal or Agent. Places that leverage Occult Engagement are referred to by practitioners as Awakened. Empowered occult places, occult institutions (having their own Tenets), and occult individuals often share a Binding using Sigilry. Associated items most often use a Bond of Attunement.

Leveraging: Tapping into the power of these Empowered places imbued with Occult energy requires a measure of Occult Aptitude and/or Mana Pool.

Prestige in relation to places.


Incarna Core

Common Occult Empowered Places

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Aptitude Talent

Posted on July 15, 2021 in Aptitude

Talent measures the degree of potential powers related to it, based on an Aptitude score denoting how many measures of they possess. Those with measures are called “Practitioners“, and have specific labels associated with them: Follower (Divine), Adaptate (Kinetic), Magus (Occult), and Actualizer (Psychic).

Dormant Talent

Measures of Potential: 0

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

Dormant Perspective:

Undeveloped Talent – Basic/Proficient

Measures of Potential: 1

Undeveloped Perspective:

Active Talent – Accomplished

Measures of Potential: 2

Active Perspective:

Developed Talent – Exceptional

Measures of Potential: 3

Developed Perspective:

Apex Talent – Masterful

Measures of Potential: 4

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 Incarna d20 Variant changes are 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 [dominion +2], Earth [prowess +1]
    > Increased potency on related Emblematic spells and powers: All ‘detect’ spells and spells affecting, conjuring, evincing, or shaping earth or stone.
  • Thematic Frailty: Fire [ineptitude -2]
    > Reduced potency on related Emblematic spells and powers: Any effect affecting, conjuring, or evincing, or shaping ‘flame’ or ‘fire’.

iCore Aptitude Thematic Adjustments Details/Mechanics

Example: Occult Order of the Golden Hand

Void Aptitude

Posted on July 14, 2021 in Aptitude


Void Engagement: Having Void Aptitude and/or void capability (powers, traits, features using void [Negation] energy) ties its possessor to The Void – the deepest powers of negation, of anti-being, the null of annihilation. It is fundamentally the power of negating every anima energy of creation to alter or sunder The Pattern. An entity possessing this quality is inimical to every aspect of life – its possessor is bound to the deepest powers of negation, anti-being, and the null of annihilation. Characters generally do not possess the ability to take this on as a primary path of character development. A permanent change in the score of this Aptitude triggers an Actuated Awareness.

Void Aptitude provides a means of harvesting Essence to feed upon, and the Gleaning mechanism, though instead of releasing energy back to the Aether, it removes it from existence entirely, consigning it to the void.

D20 Void Mechanics

Incarna Core Void Mechanics

Divine Aptitude: Bonds of spirit and insight into synergy of the cosmos.
Kinetic Aptitude: The rigors of health and mind-over-body.
Occult Aptitude: Command of arcane powers and entities.
Psychic Aptitude: The will as a representation of reality.