Both during and outside of War elohim will interact with one another. Elohim can also interact with humans. When these interactions are intended to evoke a specific response within the Target, they are considered Social Interactions. The results of Social Interactions are determined by making a Social Check roll. There may be some creative interactions that the Host will decide do not fall under the standard Social Interactions category. In those cases the Host may decide to use a different Check Roll or some other means of determining the outcome. Also, if there are several interchanges outside of combat, the Host may decide to sum up several interchanges into a single roll.
Initiating a Social Interaction takes 1 Action Point and can be done while Resting. When a character performs a Social Interaction the character’s Skill in the utilized motive is the base number of Adjustments. The Adjustments are then reduced by the Target’s Composure in that motive (or is increased if the Composure is a negative value). The Target can choose to forgo their Composure for a welcome, Ally, Social Interaction. As usual, total Adjustments that fall into negative values, allow an Enemy Target to make Adjustments to the Social Check Roll instead of the initiator.
Social Interactions are less effective when farther from the Target. Interactions from beyond 7” receive a 2 Adjustment penalty. Social Interactions outside 14” are totally up to Host discretion based on the context, but will usually produce little to no effect on gameplay.
Trying to affect multiple Targets with your interaction subtracts 1 Adjustment for each additional Target. The base Adjustments are figured using the Target that gives the Checking elohim the least Adjustments of all the included Targets.
Being Weakened puts Skills and Composures at half value.
Certain Disciplines and certain types of Bestial Fallen gain bonuses or penalties in Social Skills or Composures. Also, Items can sometimes provide a bonus or penalty. The total bonus applied from these categories added together cannot exceed 3.
Interpreting Die Results
9-12 is a Pass representing that the character was persuasive in some regard.
4-8 is a Neutral representing that the character was not persuasive in some regard.
1-3 is a Fail representing that the Target was unreceptive in some regard.
In regard to Epic Checks:
- If the natural roll contains two or more uncanceled 12s (not canceled by a 1), the roll is considered an Epic Check and natural 12s may not be adjusted down in an Epic roll.
- If the natural roll contains three or more uncanceled 12's, it is automatically a Passed Check, regardless of how Adjustments would affect the final outcome.
- If the natural roll contains two or more uncanceled 1s (not canceled by a 12), the roll is considered an Epic Check and natural 1s may not be Adjusted up in an Epic Failure.
- If the natural roll contains three or more 1s, it is automatically a Failed Check, regardless of how Adjustments would affect the final outcome.
There are no Factor Values for Social Checks. The difference between the initiator's Skill and the Target's Composure is the number Adjustments that will be made. Add or subtract any modifiers and then Adjustments can be applied.
Interpreting Social Check Results
Social Checks are overall Passed or Failed, but there are degrees within a Pass or Fail. The kind of result caused by a Social Interaction depends on the motive used and should be appropriate to that motive. The end reaction will be determined by the Host as based upon the situation and how the player has described the interaction. Results are judged as follows:
12 or more Passes = Epic Success evoking an extreme reaction
7-11 Passes = Superb Success evoking a strong reaction
3-6 Passes = Success evoking a reaction
2 or fewer Passes = Failure evoking no reaction
3 or more uncanceled Fails = Target gains 1 Buffer and is unmoved
Once you have gotten comfortable with the system, the goal is to be able to quickly determine what degree is achieved without manually adjusting each die if possible. This helps Social Checks to be resolved more quickly because they are usually made in roleplaying situations where longer interruptions can have a negatively impact.