Advanced Traits

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4C characters are defined by a set of distinct Traits. Each character has two types of Traits: Primary and Secondary. Primary Traits are defined by Rank Values (see p. 00), Secondary Traits are defined by either Rank Value or a numerical score (see individual Secondary Traits for details).

Primary Traits

4C features a total of seven Primary Traits:

Melee

This Primary Trait is the measure of a character’s expertise in melee combat. When kicking, punching, stabbing, or otherwise fighting in close quarters, this Trait determines the success or failure of the attack.

Coordination

This Primary Trait is the measure of a character’s physical proficiency. When shooting, throwing, dodging, balancing, or otherwise employing physical nimbleness, this Trait determines the success or failure of the action.

Brawn

This Primary Trait is the measure of a character’s physical power. When lifting heavy objects, determining damage with melee or thrown attacks, throwing an object a certain distance, or otherwise engaged in activities relying on physical power, this Trait determines the success or failure of the action.

Fortitude

This Primary Trait is the measure of a character’s physical stamina and robustness. When attempting to hold breath, resist sickness, overcome toxins, ignore fatigue, keep from dying, or otherwise engaged in physically strenuous tasks, this Trait determines the success or failure of the action.

Intellect

This Primary Trait is a measure of the character’s intelligence. When attempting to invent, solve a problem, learn, or otherwise use smarts, this Trait determines the success or failure of the action.

Awareness

This Primary Trait is a measure of the character’s intuition. When attempting to sense danger, spot something, recognize a hunch, or otherwise work on instinct rather than analyzing a situation, this Trait determines the success or failure of the action.

Willpower

This Primary Trait is a measure of the character’s mental strength. When dealing with psychic abilities, magic powers, issues of willpower, or otherwise using powers of the mind, this Trait determines the success or failure of the action.

Determining Primary Trait Rank Values

Roll d% once on the following table for each Primary Trait to determine its Rank Value:

Dice Roll Rank Value
00-04 1
05-09 3
10-19 6
20-39 10
40-59 20
60-79 30
80-95 40
96-99 50

Secondary Traits

4C characters have four Secondary Traits:

Damage

This Secondary Trait is a measure of the physical punishment a character can suffer before dying. This Secondary Trait uses a numerical score (not Rank Value) that is decreased as the character takes damage. This Secondary Trait, as well as damage and healing, is addressed on p. 00.
This Secondary Trait’s starting value is calculated by adding up the Rank Values of the character’s first four Primary Traits (Melee, Coordination, Brawn, and Fortitude).

Fortune

This Secondary Trait is a measure of the character’s ability to use luck, training, and/or experience to influence the present. This Secondary Trait uses a numerical score (not Rank Value) and points may be spent from it to affect die rolls and improve the Rank Values of Primary Traits; for a complete discussion on this see p. 00.
This Secondary Trait’s starting value is calculated by adding together the Rank Values of the character’s last three Primary Traits (Intellect, Awareness, and Willpower).

Lifestyle

This Trait is a measure of the character’s wealth and ability to procure needed items and services; this Trait and its usage are covered on p. 00.
To calculate the Rank Value for this Secondary Trait roll once on Table 1.

Repute

This Secondary Trait is a measure of how well the character is known; the greater the score the more popular the character. This Secondary Trait uses a numerical score (not Rank Value); how this Trait influences the game is covered on p. 00.
To calculate this Secondary Trait’s value roll d% and divide the result by 3 (round up).

Rank Values

Rank Values are the numerical representation of Traits and power levels in 4C. Rank Values range from 0 to 1000. Most characters will have Rank Values in the 1-50 range with exceptionally powerful characters having Rank Values of 51 or greater. Although no character may have a Rank Value of 0, characters may be reduced to the rank of 0 in special situations (see p. 00). Here is a comparison of the different Rank Values:

Rank Value Range Description
0 Incapable
1-2 Minimum human
3-5 Below-average human
6-9 Average human
10-19 Above-average human
20-29 Exceptional human
30-39 Maximum human limit
40-49 Low superhuman
50-74 Superhuman
75-99 High superhuman
100-149 Lord of superhumans
150-249 Lesser cosmic
250-499 Moderate cosmic
500-999 Independent cosmic
1000-1499 Lesser god
1500-2499 Greater god
2500-4999 High god
5000+ Beyond comprehension

Optional Rule: Rank Names

Although not necessary, Gamemasters may wish to assign names to the various Rank Value ranges as a means of adding additional flavor. The following is a list of suggested Rank Names.

Rank Value Range Rank Name
0 Useless, Nothing
1-2 Doddering, Feeble, Weak
3-5 Inferior, Poor, Shabby
6-9 Average, Mundane, Typical
10-19 Accomplished, Competent, Good
20-29 Excellent, Exceptional, Skillful
30-39 Extraordinary, Remarkable, Super
40-49 Fantastic, Incredible, Wonderful
50-74 Amazing, Astounding, Legendary
75-99 Colossal, Monstrous, Monumental
100-149 Astonishing, Marvelous, Unearthly
150-249 Sigma 1
250-999 Sigma 2
500-999 Sigma 3
1000-1499 Magnitude A
1500-2499 Magniture B
2500-4999 Magnitude C
5000+ Beyond