[pnpgm] executioner skill

Murtha, Mark Mark.Murtha at dishnetwork.com
Thu Jul 21 22:57:28 CEST 2011


Hi Dave,

My opinion.  These are only my opinions and should in no way be construed as legally binding.  :-)

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Question:
Say the character has captured and bound a victim,and uses the skill to kill them with, say, a dagger.  Does the skill still apply?

Answer:
Yes.  Heading of the table:
Executioner Skill Effect
So, the Executioner is a secondary skill that impacts the primary skill.  (Maybe vice-versa, let's not debate that now.)  They work together.  Whatever weapon is used to execute with still applies.  (Oh, we can call this the combined skill rule - when 2 or more skills all work together.  Now what if you're also a Martial Artist?  Do those bonuses apply?  I'd say yes.  That is scary...)

Kinda like Assassin or Martial Arts skills and a weapon skill.  They work together.

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Question:
The executioner, if successful with his skill, would also get the EL*2 subtracted from the attack roll (he knows best how to control the victim and keep him from squirming?) AND the extra damage listed above.

Answer:
Yes.  Because the skills work together (or more accurately the character uses the skills together), you get them all.  Pretty darn deadly, huh!?

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Question:

How would you determine the dificulty level of the execution?  Other restrictions?


Answer:
This is more subjective, and situationally based.  I can argue it several ways, but really, it'll be the GM in the end.  Bring lots of snacks for him/her. :)  Why does it matter?  Not sure this has an effect on the rules.
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My answers are aimed more at the execution portion, not the torture portion of the skill.


That's my $0.015

Mark

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Subject: [pnpgm] executioner skill


All,



How do you think the executioner skill should be used?


Executioner
     An Executioner is skilled in killing bound or helpless targets AND in the effective use of torture. The damage plus applies when the target is unaware of the Executioner or unable to defend itself. The effect is as specified below.
Executioner Skill Effect
Type of Hit Scored

Damage Plus

Type of Hit Scored

Damage Plus

Normal or Shield *

EL/2 (RU)

Deadly Hit

EL* 2

Severe Hit

EL






*In this circumstance, any Shield Hit is a Normal Hit. When the skill is used against a defenseless or immobile target, the EL*2 is subtracted from the attack roll.

     Torture allows the Executioner to question prisoners. The Prisoner answers the question, with at least partial truth, if the Executioner rolls:
(EL*6)- Victim's Stamina/2) or less
The time to torture and ask one question is 1D6 tactical turns. The damage inflicted in doing so is 1D3 hit points. No Combat Experience is gained for damage scored in this way.
The Executioner is capable of telling when he is bringing his subject close to death. He may stop at any time. The chance the victim passes out is a percentage of his total hit points.
EXAMPLE - The torturer has inflicted 13 hits on a person who takes 20. There is a 65% chance the person passes out. The person will be unconscious 1/2 hour per hit point inflicted.
IMPORTANT - The chance the victim passes out is rolled after each damage inflicting session. The best members of this profession are also skilled as healers, herbalists and scholars of anatomy.





Say the character has captured and bound a victim,and uses the skill to kill them with, say, a dagger.  Does the skill still apply?  Or must he use an executioner's axe.  Keep in mind that under those circumstances, -20 is subtracted from the to-hit roll, as well as the damage class increasing by one (deadly becomes fatal, severe becomes Deadly, etc.).  Now, that -20 and the damage class thing happens for ANYONE attacking the victim.  The executioner, if successful with his skill, would also get the EL*2 subtracted from the attack roll (he knows best how to control the victim and keep him from squirming?) AND the extra damage listed above.



How would you determine the dificulty level of the execution?  Other restrictions?



Thanks
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