Talent Slots

Echelon is a classless system, in that characters can take talents according to their character concept without having to limit themselves to particular progression paths (classes).  At each level they gain benefits and talent slots (which are used to purchase specific abilities) as outlined in the table below.

Level Tier Tier Die Talent Slots Available Cornerstone
/Capstone
B X V H C P L E
1 Basic d2 1  —  — cornerstone
2 Basic d2 3  —
3 Basic d2 5  —  —
4 Basic d2 6  — capstone
5 Expert d4 5 1  — cornerstone
6 Expert d4 4 3  —
7 Expert d4 3 5  —
8 Expert d4 2 6  — capstone
9 Veteran d6 2 5 1 cornerstone
10 Veteran d6 2 4 3  —
11 Veteran d6 2 3 5
12 Veteran d6 2 2 6 capstone
13 Heroic d8 2 2 5 1 cornerstone
14 Heroic d8 2 2 4 3
15 Heroic d8 2 2 3 5
16 Heroic d8 2 2 2 6 capstone
17 Champion d10 2 2 2 5 1 cornerstone
18 Champion d10 2 2 2 3 3
19 Champion d10 2 2 2 2 5
20 Champion d10 2 2 2 2 6 capstone
21 Paragon d12 2 2 2 2 5 1 cornerstone
22 Paragon d12 2 2 2 2 4 3
23 Paragon d12 2 2 2 2 3 5
24 Paragon d12 2 2 2 2 2 6 capstone
25 Legendary d20 2 2 2 2 2 5 1 cornerstone
26 Legendary d20 2 2 2 2 2 4 3
27 Legendary d20 2 2 2 2 2 3 5
28 Legendary d20 2 2 2 2 2 2 6 capstone

Cornerstone and Capstone Talents

The cornerstone and capstone benefits can vary by game being built.  Currently I envision them capturing “what you are” and “what you do with it”.  For instance, if a character has ‘warrior’ as the cornerstone (which brings certain benefits) the character might have ‘knight’ or ‘gladiator’ or ‘weapon master’ (which have different benefits) as the capstone.  The other talents are used for specific abilities held by the character and might affect what capstones are available.

For instance, ‘devil’ might be a cornerstone talent.  It has at each tier the abilities and powers common to devils (lower-tier devils are less powerful than higher-tier devils, and carry different common effects).  In addition to any effects inherently provided by the talent, a creature with this talent might now be eligible for other talents that non-devils are not.  Given the correct selection of other talents, the devil might be eligible for the ‘succubus’, ‘devilish arcanist’, or ‘officer of the Host’ capstone (seducer, temptation-of-knowledge, general of the army of hell).

Cornerstone and capstone talents work much like other talents.  A character might keep a certain cornerstone as high as possible (warrior, say) by upgrading and backfilling every time he is eligible to do so, while another might build up to a certain tier then expand into another area (such as a devil that develops to a certain point ‘as a devil’ before branching into arcane studies at a higher tier).

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