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Heart: the City Beneath

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It uses an expanded and updated version of the Resistance system, the mechanics that power Spire, to help you tell stories of desperation, hubris and adventure in the City Beneath. Once per session, roll Compel + Cursed to summon the personification of an ongoing minor Blood, Mind, or Echo fallout and remove it. If the roll is less or equal to the total stress the character has, they suffer a Fallout, minor on a roll of 6 or less, major otherwise. And when Arold's teeth had been adequately scattered across the street's gutterkin, Ysalda walked into her bar and dealt with her problems the way she always had.

There's only nine of them, and given that characters will generally start with only a few (at least one, could be up to three or four at absolute most), you end up pretty specialised. Drow are the same as in Spire - monochromatic elves who blister at the touch of the sun and worship a triple Goddess of the Moon. Decades later, it has become a moss-covered forest of gently swaying necks — over a hundred of them — with its body buried beneath. Resurrective Immortality: The Zenith ability 'Perfect Resurrection' allows a Witch to inflict this on their target, at the cost of the Witch's own life.Players and NPCs will sometimes also possess a Protection value (for PCs this is tied to a single track). The former is generally easier to deal with, and the effects aren't too dehabilitating; many don't have any real mechanical effect.

Plus there's huge story potential in many of the fallout effects, and some Minor Fallout explicitly leads to specific Major and Critical Fallout.In addition to this, the GM might hand out unique or single-purpose gear that won't directly inflict stress. If seeking this trinket is what it takes to have support for their own purposes, Sucks-Down-Teeth will take it. Whereas in Spire most PCs would be Drow as a matter of course, Heart broadens the options to allow for Human, Gnoll or even Aelfir as player characters - when you're making your way through a nightmarish semi-sentient hell-dungeon, race and skin colour become decidedly secondary considerations.

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