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Athletics (Str)

Athletics allows you to perform deeds of physical prowess. When you use the Escape basic action, you can use your Athletics modifier instead of your unarmed attack modifier.

Climb

Move

You move up, down, or across an incline. Unless it’s particularly easy, you must attempt an Athletics check. The GM determines the DC based on the nature of the incline and environmental circumstances. You’re flat-footed unless you have a climb Speed.

  • Critical Success You move up, across, or safely down the incline for 5 feet plus 5 feet per 20 feet of your land Speed (a total of 10 feet for most PCs).
  • Success You move up, across, or safely down the incline for 5 feet per 20 feet of your land Speed (a total of 5 feet for most PCs, minimum 5 feet if your Speed is below 20 feet).
  • Critical Failure You fall. If you began the climb on stable ground, you fall and land prone.
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Sample Athletics Tasks

  • Untrained ladder, steep slope, low-branched tree
  • Trained rigging, rope, typical tree
  • Expert wall with small handholds and footholds
  • Master ceiling with handholds and footholds, rock wall
  • Legendary smooth surface

This table provides a quick reference for how far you can move with a Climb or Swim action.

Climb Distance Swim Distance Speed Success Critical Success Critical
5–15 feet 5 5 5 10
20–35 feet 5 10 10 15
40–55 feet 10 15 15 20
60–65 feet 15 20 20 25

Force Open

Attack

Using your body, a lever, or some other tool, you attempt to forcefully open a door, window, container or heavy gate.

With a high enough result, you can even smash through walls.

Without a crowbar, prying something open takes a –2 item penalty to the Athletics check to Force Open.

  • Critical Success You open the door, window, container, or gate and can avoid damaging it in the process.
  • Success You break the door, window, container, or gate open, and the door, window, container, or gate gains the broken condition. If it’s especially sturdy, the GM might have it take damage but not be broken.
  • Critical Failure Your attempt jams the door, window, container, or gate shut, imposing a –2 circumstance penalty on future attempts to Force it Open.
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Sample Force Open Tasks

  • Untrained fabric, flimsy glass
  • Trained ice, sturdy glass
  • Expert flimsy wooden door, wooden portcullis Master sturdy wooden door, iron portcullis, metal bar
  • Legendary stone or iron door

Grapple

Attack

You attempt to grab an opponent with your free hand.

Attempt an Athletics check against their Fortitude DC.

You can also Grapple to keep your hold on a creature you already grabbed.

  • Critical Success Your opponent is restrained until the end of your next turn unless you move or your opponent Escapes.
  • Success Your opponent is grabbed until the end of your next turn unless you move or your opponent Escapes.
  • Failure You fail to grab your opponent. If you already had the opponent grabbed or restrained using a Grapple, those conditions on that creature end.
  • Critical Failure If you already had the opponent grabbed or restrained, it breaks free. Your target can either grab you, as if it succeeded at using the Grapple action against you, or force you to fall and land prone.
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High Jump

You Stride, then make a vertical Leap and attempt a DC 30

Athletics check to increase the height of your jump. If you didn’t Stride at least 10 feet, you automatically fail your check.

This DC might be increased or decreased due to the situation, as determined by the GM.

  • Critical Success Increase the maximum vertical distance to 8 feet, or increase the maximum vertical distance to 5 feet and maximum horizontal distance to 10 feet.
  • Success Increase the maximum vertical distance to 5 feet.
  • Failure You Leap normally.
  • Critical Failure You don’t Leap at all, and instead you fall prone in your space.
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Leap

The Leap basic action is used for High Jump and Long Jump. Leap lets you take a careful, short jump. You can Leap up to 10 feet horizontally if your Speed is at least 15 feet, or up to 15 feet horizontally if your Speed is at least 30 feet. You land in the space where your Leap ends (meaning you can typically clear a 5-foot gap if your Speed is between 15 feet and 30 feet, or a 10-foot gap if your Speed is 30 feet or more). If you make a vertical Leap, you can move up to 3 feet vertically and 5 feet horizontally onto an elevated surface.


Long Jump

You Stride, then make a horizontal Leap and attempt an Athletics check to increase the length of your jump. The DC of the Athletics check is equal to the total distance in feet you’re attempting to move during your Leap (so you’d need to succeed at a DC 20 check to Leap 20 feet). You can’t Leap farther than your Speed.

If you didn’t Stride at least 10 feet, or if you attempt to jump in a different direction than your Stride, you automatically fail your check. This DC might be increased or decreased due to the situation, as determined by the GM.

  • Success Increase the maximum horizontal distance you Leap to the desired distance.
  • Failure You Leap normally.
  • Critical Failure You Leap normally, but then fall and land prone.
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Shove

Attack

Requirements You have at least one hand free. The target can’t be more than one size larger than you.

You push an opponent away from you. Attempt an Athletics check against your opponent’s Fortitude DC.

  • Critical Success You push your opponent up to 10 feet away from you. You can Stride after it, but you must move the same distance and in the same direction.
  • Success You push your opponent back 5 feet. You can Stride after it, but you must move the same distance and in the same direction.
  • Critical Failure You lose your balance, fall, and land prone.
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Forced Movement

The Shove action can force a creature to move. When an effect forces you to move, or if you start falling, the distance you move is defined by the effect that moved you, not by your Speed. Because you’re not acting to move, this doesn’t trigger reactions triggered by movement.


Swim

Move

You propel yourself through water. In most calm water, you succeed at the action without needing to attempt a check. If you must breathe air and you’re submerged in water, you must hold your breath each round. If you fail to hold your breath, you begin to drown. If the water you are swimming in is turbulent or otherwise dangerous, you might have to attempt an Athletics check to Swim.

If you end your turn in water and haven’t succeeded at a Swim action that turn, you sink 10 feet or get moved by the current, as determined by the GM. However, if your last action on your turn was to enter the water, you don’t sink or move with the current that turn.

  • Critical Success You move through the water 10 feet, plus 5 feet per 20 feet of your land Speed (a total of 15 feet for most PCs).
  • Success You move through the water 5 feet, plus 5 feet per 20 feet of your land Speed (a total of 10 feet for most PCs).
  • Critical Failure You make no progress, and if you’re holding your breath, you lose 1 round of air.
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Sample Swim Tasks

  • Untrained lake or other still water
  • Trained flowing water, like a river
  • Expert swiftly flowing river
  • Master stormy sea
  • Legendary maelstrom, waterfall

Trip

Attack

You try to knock an opponent to the ground. Attempt an Athletics check against the target’s Reflex DC.

  • Critical Success The target falls and lands prone and takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage.
  • Success The target falls and lands prone.
  • Critical Failure You lose your balance and fall and land prone.
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Falling

When you fall more than 5 feet, you take falling damage when you land, which is bludgeoning damage equal to half the distance you fell. If you take any damage from a fall, you’re knocked prone when you land.

If you fall into water, snow, or another soft substance, calculate the damage from the fall as though your fall were 20 feet shorter. The reduction can’t be greater than the depth of the water (so when falling into water that is only 10 feet deep, you treat the fall as 10 feet shorter).

You can Grab an Edge as a reaction to reduce or eliminate the damage from some falls.


Athletics Trained Actions

Disarm

Attack

You try to knock something out of an opponent’s grasp.

Attempt an Athletics check against the opponent’s Reflex DC.

  • Critical Success You knock the item out of the opponent’s grasp. It falls to the ground in the opponent’s space.
  • Success You weaken your opponent’s grasp on the item. Until the start of that creature’s turn, attempts to Disarm the opponent of that item gain a +2 circumstance bonus, and the target takes a –2 circumstance penalty to attacks with the item or other checks requiring a firm grasp on the item.
  • Critical Failure You lose your balance and become flat-footed until the start of your next turn.
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