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Other War Actions

Besides Making a Strike, there are other actions that can be performed during War. 

Manifest or Shift a Weapon 

  • Requires 1 Action Point

  • May Move, Rest, Perform Social Interactions with the same Action Points

It takes 1 Action Point to manifest a weapon. Once manifested, the weapon can be maintained indefinitely, unless the elohim becomes Defeated. To change from one weapon to another, such as from Sword to Bow, also takes 1 Action Point. 

Shifting the Fighting Style in which the current weapon is manifested, such as changing from a large two-handed Axe to an Axe and Shield requires 1 Action Point. When spending the 1 Action Point to remanifest a Spear (after having thrown it), you can choose to remanifest it in a different Style. 

There are some weapons that have limitations in how they can be manifested. Bows and Slings are ranged weapons and cannot be manifested in Melee styles. As an exception, Slings can be manifested with a shield, but this does not allow Melee Strike Maneuvers to be used with a Sling. 

Defensive Stance 

  • +3 Guard

  • Full Defensive Stance commits for the entire Cycle and gives +5 Guard

  • +3 to Perceive and vs. Perceive

  • +2 to all Social Composures

  • -2 to all Social Skills (can allow negative values)

  • All Movement distances are halved

  • Strikes take 1 more Action Point to perform

  • Can take Melee Strikes for another if within Melee Range of the Striker and the Defender with a successful Control Check vs. the Striker's Control

  • Can take Ranged Strikes for another if within Melee Range of the Defender and a 90º cone from the Defender toward the Striker

Defensive Stance is not a direct action. Instead, you can declare as your elohim begins their Activation that they will be in Defensive Stance until their next Activation. Defensive Stance increases their Guard by 3, requires an extra Action Point to perform Strikes, halves the distance covered when moving, adds +3 to the elohim's to Perceive and vs. Perceive, adds 2 to the elohim's Social Composures, and subtracts 2 from the elohim's Social Skills.

As an alternate option, an elohim can enter Defensive Stance at the beginning if their first Activation of the Cycle for the entire Cycle and will gain 5 Guard instead of 3. This is called Full Defensive Stance.

Charge and Launching Strike can be used while in Defensive Stance, but the extra distance is halved. The Warrior ability Martial Mobility allows up to 2” a Warrior Moves while in Defensive Stance each Segment not to be halved (and the 2" may be further increased by a Horse or Winds of Heaven).

Some effects can force the elohim to exit Defensive Stance. Becoming affected by certain Songs can force an elohim to behave as though in Defensive Stance, but prevent them from actually assuming Defensive Stance. Also, becoming Grappled, Bound, Exposed, suffering Falter:7, or suffering Falter:1 Cycle will all remove the elohim from Defensive Stance.

While in Defensive Stance an elohim may become the Target of incoming Strikes in place of another. In the case of Melee Strikes, the elohim must be within Melee Range of the Striker and the Defender and pass a Control Check compared to the Striker’s Control. In the case of Ranged Strikes, the elohim must be with in Melee Range of the Defender and the Strike must come from within a 90º cone from the elohim centered directly opposite the elohim they are defending. There are instances when the Ranged Striker is within Melee Range of the blocking elohim. When this is the case, the blocking elohim is able to be Struck by the Ranged Strike at less than the normal Range minimum. Also, in this case the Striker can also suffer Falter and Defensive Hits from the negative results.

Stand Ready 

  • May hold Action Points for use before next Activation

  • Must declare a use for any Action Points Readied

  • May declare up to 2 different possible uses for the same Action Points

  • Readied Action Points not used are considered Rested

Stand Ready is not really an Action. It simply allows an elohim to save Action Points for a later, specified use. When an elohim Stands Ready, they may then interrupt the game at any time to perform what they declared they were Standing Ready to do. The intended use for the Action Points being reserved must be declared at the time of Standing Ready. An elohim can declare up to two alternate uses for the Action Points being saved to Stand Ready with. 

Ready Action Points are replaced by Resting if they are not used before the elohim’s next Activation. If the elohim is caused to Falter before using Ready Action Points, the Falter will reduce the amount of Ready Action Points causing the elohim to forgo some of all the of their intended uses. If an elohim is attempting to interrupt another elohim’s Activation in progress, the interrupting elohim must succeed a Swiftness Check vs. the other elohim’s Swiftness or the interruption will occur after the current elohim’s Activation. 


  • Remove 1 Exertion for each 1 Action Point Rested.

  • May Move, Manifest/Shift Weapons, Perform Social Interactions with the same Action Points

Resting removes 1 Exertion for every 1 Action Point rested. Resting can be done along with a Social Interaction. Also, if an elohim Stands Ready to use Action Points and does not use those Action Points, those Action Points are considered to have been used to Rest.

Eating and Drinking 

  • Requires 3 Action Points

  • Falter:3 at the beginning of the following 2 Activations, but no more than 1 Cycle including the Activation where the eating/drinking took place

Eating or drinking requires 3 Action Points to complete. As an additional cost, the elohim will Falter:3 at the beginning of each of their next 2 Activations, but for no more than 1 Cycle including the Activation in which the 3 Action Points were spent to eat or drink. During this time, the elohim may not eat or drink again. Effects like Resolute Stability and Release Bondage do not reduce or counter this Falter, but Recovery does.

It is possible to help a Defeated elohim eat or drink. Doing so must be done inside Melee Range and Costs the assisting elohim 6 Action Points to accomplish which can be paid across multiple Activations. Only the receiving elohim Falters. 

Using an Item 

The specific details of using an Item are dependent on the Item. The Item giver should provide the details of use when the Item is given. Items that are weapons require one Action Point to sheath or sling and that same Action Point may also be used to draw a different weapon or manifest a different weapon. Also, Items not in use must be carried, tucked away, or set down, but do not simply disappear in the manner that manifested weapons do. 

Pushing Through 

  • Requires a successful (Might + Endurance)/2 Check vs. the pushed elohim's (Might + Endurance)/2

  • If Passed, the pushed elohim Falters equal to the any Passes in excess of Passing the Check

  • If Failed, the pushing elohim Falters equal to the number of Passes short of Passing the Check 

As stated earlier, Elohim occupy space in the spiritual realm and cannot simply pass through one another. Tier:1 Elohim take up 0.75” from their center. With each increase in Tier, the elohim takes up an additional 0.25" from their center, with Tier:4 elohim taking up 1.75" from their center. (Tier:0 Unclean Spirits only take up 0.5” from their center.) When an elohim is in Defensive Stance, the amount of space they take up is increased by 0.5” from center. If an elohim wishes to push through the space that another elohim is occupying, they must make a successful (Might + Endurance)/2 Check vs. the other elohim’s (Might + Endurance)/2. If successful, the other elohim is pushed aside. Natural Endurance is used for this calculation, not Current Endurance. 

When the Check is made, one of the elohim involved may Falter. The elohim Pushing will Falter:1 for each uncancelled Fail in the Check. If the Check is successful, the pushed elohim Falters an amount equal to the number of Passes in excess of the 3 needed to pass the Check. If attempting to Push Through while making a Strike, roll the Push Through Check before the Strike Roll. If the Push Through Check fails, the Strike will not be performed. 

Carrying Another 

  • Must have Might equal to or greater than carried elohim's Endurance

  • both have half Guard and all Movement distances are halved

  • with 40 more Might than carried elohim's natural Endurance, only -2 Guard

  • with 80 more Might than carried elohim's natural Endurance, no penalties

An elohim may carry other willing elohim, but must have at least as much Might as the maximum Endurance of the carried character. The carrying elohim has half Guard and can only travel half distance when Moving similar to being in Defensive Stance (which the elohim cannot assume while carrying others). If the elohim has at least 40 greater Might, the Guard penalty is lessened for the elohim to -2 Guard. If the elohim has at least 80 greater Might, the elohim suffers no reduction in Guard and may Move about freely while carrying the elohim with them.