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GROWING IN THE FORCE

Raine

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The Force is an energy field created by all living beings. As Jedi, some of you are blessed with the gift of swimming in the Force in your every moment -- breathing it, tasting it, riding its currents to your unique destinies. For the Jedi, the universe is never cold and directionless. The Force gives the Jedi purpose, and compels them to share their gifts with others. As eternally luminous beings, Jedi are in a constant state of growth - their minds and bodies honing their abilities as they apply their knowledge (old and new) to facilitate their own progress. In Star Wars Odyssey, such progress is derived by several means - all of them tied directly into the Jedi's current rank, wisdom and experience. While it sounds logical and relatively simple being said, the reality of applying these factors in a live RP/sim situation may be somewhat abstruse, bordering on frustrating. To that end, I have penned down a few guidelines for Game Masters (and Players), to follow. These are by no means "written in stone", but they give a solid idea of when a Development Point could be earned by a Jedi:


INITIATE (1-10 DP):
- A logical attempt to use a Force power at an Initiate level.
- A logical attempt to use an UNTRAINED Force power at an Initiate level (2 DP), without CP or FP boosts. Description/Reasoning dependent. Details, FTW!
NOTE: Just do it. Fail or pass, if you are at least trying to use the Force in a situation where use of the Force is helpful or applicable, you will earn a DP for doing so.

PADAWAN (20-60 DP):
- A logical attempt to use a known Force power in a creative way. Description will matter here - as will the reasoning - the devil is in the details!
- Using UNTRAINED Force Powers at Padawan level, but without using Fate Points to boost the roll result (aka, the higher the risk - the higher the reward). Must meet or beat the activation roll for the DP to apply (check individual Power's description to determine the DC required.)

PADAWAN (60-80 DP):
- A logical attempt to use the Force in a creative way and meeting a DC of 21 or above (for known Force Powers), or a DC of 16 (for untrained Force Powers). UNTRAINED Force Power use must not be buffed with Fate Points, unless another character's life is at stake (HP of -6 or greater). This applies to Force Powers at Padawan Level.
- Using UNTRAINED Force Powers at Knight level, but without using Fate Points to boost the roll result: 1 DP for successful activation roll (depends on the power), and 2 DP for rolling at least 1 DC level above the activation DC. Must be logical AND creative. Description and reasoning will apply. HGM must approve 2 DP award, pending presiding GMs request.

KNIGHT (80-150 DP):
- Following one's path ideals in an exemplary fashion, even if it becomes a detriment to self (i.e, selflessly giving up an intimate relationship in favor of serving the greater whole).
- A logical attempt to use the Force in a creative way and meeting a DC of 31 or above (for known Force Powers), or a DC of 25 (for untrained Force Powers). UNTRAINED Force Power use must not be buffed with Fate Points, unless another character's life is at stake (HP of -8 or greater). This applies to Force Powers at Knight Level.
- Using UNTRAINED Force Powers at Master level, but without using Fate Points to boost the roll result: 1 DP for successful activation roll (check description of said Force Power), and 2 DP for rolling at least 1 DC level above the activation DC. Must be logical AND creative. Description and reasoning will apply. HGM must approve 2 DP award, pending presiding GMs request.

KNIGHT (150-220 DP):
- Performing actions that can be construed as morally *HEROIC* or *EVIL* with the Force (such as sacrificing self to defend a weaker character, to protect him or her, from dying).
- At this point in time, you are considered a Veteran Jedi Knight. You are expected to follow your path's ideals in an exemplary fashion, and to demonstrate a temperance in your use of the Force, unless it is truly necessary. In your wisdom, you are creative and logical with your restrained Force use - and your demonstration of such is beyond exemplary. You surprise your compatriots at every turn, applying singular insight and clairvoyance to every action you take - be it Force amplified - or not.
- A logical attempt to use the Force in a creative way and meeting a DC of 41 (Legendary) or above (for Known Force powers), or a DC of 35 (Epic) or above (for untrained Force Powers). UNTRAINED Force Power use must not be buffed with Fate Points, unless another character's life is at stake (HP of -10). This applies to Force Powers at Knight Level.
- Using UNTRAINED Force Powers at Master level, but without using Fate Points or CP to boost the roll result: 1 DP for rolling at least 1 DC level above the activation DC. Must be logical AND creative. Description and reasoning will apply. HGM must approve 2 DP award, pending presiding GMs request.

MASTER (220 DP & UP):
- Using UNTRAINED Force Powers at Master level, but without using Fate Points or CP to boost the roll result: 1 DP for rolling at least 2 DC levels above the activation DC. Must be logical AND creative. Description and reasoning will apply. HGM must approve 2 DP award, pending presiding GMs request.



Final Note:
Now, I do realize that this is a LOT to take in and it may make things even more confusing for GMs and Players than they already are - but it is important to realize that it will not be your rolls alone that will determine whether your characters earn Development Points, or not - the judgment rests solely within the purview of the presiding GM. The visual you paint for the Game Master of how, when, where and why you choose to employ a particular Force Power is just as important as the roll that accompanies it - if not more so. Granted, if you feel that you have done all of the above in sim and you still feel that the GM has somehow overlooked your efforts - you are encouraged to approach that GM in private and petition your case. Good luck with your Jedi advancement ...

... and May the Force be with You, Always.
 
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