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Character Themes

A character theme represents a Focus for your character, which may be a result of your background, upbringing, training, or mystic destiny. You select a character theme at 1st level, gaining special benefits that reflect major aspects of that theme at 1st, 6th, 12th, and 18th levels. All abilities are Extraordinary abilities unless otherwise noted. With your GM’s permission, you can even create your own theme that fits your character concept perfectly!

Ace Pilot +1 Dex

Thanks to steady hands and nerves of steel, you are skilled at operating starships and other vehicles.

You are most comfortable at the controls of a vehicle, whether it’s a starship racing through the inky void of space or a ground vehicle zooming between trees, around boulders, and across dusty badlands. You might be a member of an elite military force, the recipient of intense courses of training. Alternatively, you might be a total amateur with innate skills that make you a much-admired hotshot.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You are obsessed with starships and vehicles, and have committed to memory almost every related tidbit of knowledge you’ve ever come across. Reduce the DC of Culture checks to recall knowledge about starship and vehicle Models and parts as well as famous hotshot pilots by 5. Piloting is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to your Piloting checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Dexterity at character creation.

Lone Wolf (6th)

You know at least a little bit about handling every role on a starship, and you can sub in for certain tasks in a pinch. Whenever you need to attempt a skill check either during starship combat or to directly repair or otherwise maintain your starship, you can treat half your ranks in Piloting as your ranks in the appropriate skill for the check, if that would be better (since you effectively have ranks in the related skill, you are considered trained in the skill for the purposes of this check).

Need For Speed (12th)

Speeding in a vehicle gives you a heady rush, and you can easily handle operating vehicles at high velocities that might send lesser pilots spinning out of control. Reduce any penalties to Piloting checks you make when on a vehicle by 1. When you take the double maneuver action during a vehicle chase, reduce the penalty for each action by 1. Whenever a Piloting check has a penalty for failing by 5 or more, you take that penalty only if you fail by 10 or more.

Master Pilot (18th)

Your piloting accomplishments invigorate you, giving you renewed purpose and zeal. Up to twice per day, when you defeat a significant foe in starship combat as a pilot or succeed in a vehicle chase (meaning that you’ve either escaped a pursuer or caught or defeated your opponent), you recover 1 Resolve Point.

Biotechnician +1 Int

You are a biotech researcher or avid user of such tech, constantly seeking out or developing new biotechnologies and combining existing augmentations with advancements in other fields. You might be a member of the Augmented, a researcher in one of Bretheda’s cutting-edge biotech corporations, a spellcasting genetomancer blending biotechnology with magic, or even a voluntary test subject for new augmentations. Either way, you have taken a strong hand in your own evolution.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You have a sharp mind for the intricacies of biotech augmentations and keep up-to-date on current research in the field, whether because you work to develop such technology or because you are the beneficiary of biotech augmentations — or, most likely, both. Reduce the DC of Life Science checks to identify biotech augmentations and to recall knowledge about famous biotech corporations and researchers by 5. Medicine is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to your Medicine checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Intelligence at character creation.

Industry Connections (6th)

You’ve forged and maintained a number of connections with significant players in the biotech industry, scoring yourself favors and preferred treatment. As long as you are able to contact your connections in the industry, you gain a 10% discount off the typical list price for biotech augmentations installed in you.

Test Subject (12th)

Thanks to your enthusiasm for biotech gear and constant tinkering with your DNA, you can adopt experimental, cutting-edge augmentations in your body beyond what most people can support. You can install one additional piece of biotech augmentation than a typical member of your race. For example, a human could have both a dragon gland and a wildwise implant even though they both occupy the throat system.

Adaptive Biotech (18th)

You have learned to leverage your biotech augmentations in ways their creators hardly envisioned. Up to twice per day as a standard action, you can deactivate a piece of biotech implanted in your body (except for a prosthetic limb), rendering it inert until your next 8-hour rest, to regain 1 Resolve Point. An inert piece of biotech doesn’t grant its usual benefits (for instance, an inert venom spur can’t be used to attack), and you can shut down a single biotech implant only once per day.

Bounty Hunter +1 Con

Almost nothing will stop you from tracking down your quarries and returning them dead or alive.

You track people down for money. It is a dangerous profession, as most of your targets understandably don’t wish to be caught. You wouldn’t have it any other way. You might have a code of ethics, never taking jobs that, say, target children or members of your own race. You might hunt down only escaped criminals. or you might be completely amoral, taking any job that comes along—for the right price.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

Your mind is a cold steel trap when it comes to scraps of information about the creatures you’re tracking down. Choose a specific sentient creature that you can identify by name, alias, or specific identity to be your mark. Reduce the DC of Culture or Profession (bounty hunter) checks to recall knowledge about your mark, as well as to recall knowledge about law-enforcement individuals and practices, by 5. If you choose a mark that is known only by an alias or secret identity, this ability helps you learn facts only about the identity you know about, not any other unknown identities. Once you defeat your mark, as an action that takes 1 minute, you can study dossiers and database information about another individual to be your new mark. You can instead abandon your mark for a new one without defeating it, but if you do so, you take a –2 penalty to all skill checks for 1 week. Survival is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Survival checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Constitution at character creation.

Swift Hunter (6th)

You know just how to ask around about your marks to gain information and insight in a hurry. You can use Diplomacy to gather information about a specific individual in half the normal time, and you reduce the penalty for following tracks using Survival while moving at full speed to 0.

Relentless (12th)

You never seem to get tired, even when working longer and harder than everyone else in pursuit of your mark; some of your targets might even refer to you as a tireless ghost or an all-seeing hunter. You can walk or be otherwise active for 12 hours instead of 8 before needing to attempt Constitution checks for a forced march, and you can hustle for 2 hours a day during overland travel instead of 1 hour. Reduce the penalty for following tracks using Survival while moving at double speed to –10.

Master Hunter (18th)

Your relentless pursuit of your mark steels your determination and can renew your inner reserves of strength. Once per day while in pursuit of your mark, you can review current information about your mark for 10 minutes to regain 1 Resolve Point; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points. Additionally, once per day when you defeat your mark, you regain 1 Resolve Point.

Corporate Agent +1 Cha

Corporations control much of the modern world, from the food each person eats to the weapons a soldier deploys on the field of battle. You are an agent of one such corporation, which relies on your negotiation, deal-making, and your natural cunning to advance its agendas. Whether you are making proposals to agents of other corporations to split the mining rights for a valuable asteroid or establishing your corporation’s presence on a newly discovered world, you are the company’s eyes, ears, and hands.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You are deeply connected to the world of corporate culture, and know all the movers and shakers. When attempting a Profession or Culture check to recall knowledge about corporations and their executives, reduce the DC by 5. Diplomacy is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Diplomacy checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Charisma at character creation.

Networking (6th)

If your corporate database doesn’t have a piece of information you are searching for, you probably know someone who does. It takes you only 10 minutes to attempt a Diplomacy check to gather information, as long as you have connection to a local infosphere or a quick way to communicate with contacts in a settlement that is at least technologically average. Additionally if you have access to a local infosphere, you can take 20 on a skill check to recall knowledge in half the normal time (typically 1 minute).

Strong-Arm Tactics (12th)

When you throw the name of your company around, you can usually get what you want, though acting in such a way never wins you any friends. When you successfully use Intimidate to bully a creature, its change in attitude lasts three times as long. At the GM’s discretion, this ability might not work on creatures that haven’t heard of your corporation.

Seal the Deal (18th)

Nothing is more thrilling to you than engaging in spirited discussion to pursue your employer’s interests. It is why you were hired, and it’s why you venture out into the wider cosmos. Up to twice per day, after you spend at least 10 minutes bargaining and negotiating (this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points) or using an infosphere to research details relevant to a deal that is significantly advantageous to your company, you regain 1 Resolve Point.

Cultist +1 Con

You served as a hooded, faceless adherent to a religion or organization that remains hidden from public view—usually because its aims are illegal or immoral. Although your time in a cult is most likely behind you—or, at least, that’s what you insist whenever the subject arises—you remain keenly aware of signs of cult activity and inured to physical hardship by exposure to mind-expanding substances combined with sleepless nights of unending ritual.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You cataloged the symbols, members, and indoctrination techniques of the cult you joined, and you can generalize these to hidden cults of any kind. Reduce the DC of Culture and Mysticism checks to recall knowledge about hidden cults and secretive religions, including knowledge about their beliefs, hierarchy, and symbols, by 5. Reduce the DC of Diplomacy checks to gather information about hidden cults and their enigmatic members (usually considered obscure or secret knowledge or mysterious or obscure individuals) by 5. Disguise is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Disguise checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Constitution at character creation.

Cult Infiltrator (6th)

Once you have discovered a hidden cult, you can quickly learn to slip into the mindset of its members and pretend to be one of them. If you spend 10 minutes conversing with a member of a hidden cult and succeed at a DC 25 Culture check, typical followers of that cult have a starting attitude of indifferent toward you. You also gain a +2 bonus to Bluff, Diplomacy, and Intimidate checks against such followers.

Exceptional Endurance (12th)

Your exposure to drugs and poisons during your time with the cult has left you inured to their effects. Once per day, you can re-roll a Fortitude saving throw to resist the effects of a disease, drug, or poison. You must decide to use this ability after rolling but before learning the outcome of your first roll.

Memories of Devotion (18th)

Reflecting on your experience within or against the galaxy’s cults provides you with inner reserves of strength. Up to twice per day, you can deliberate about your time as a cultist—either by speaking to another person or by recording private audio logs—for 10 minutes recover 1 Resolve Point; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points.

Cyberborn +1 Int

You’ve had some form of cybernetic augmentation since you were very young, and you see further augmentation as a path to self-improvement. You might be a verthani from the Augmented caste, a steelskin orc seeking to distinguish yourself from mainstream society, or anyone else inspired by the possibilities technology offers. Either way, you strive to master your current cybernetics and seek to further upgrade yourself whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You enthusiastically study the field of cybernetics and seek to keep abreast of new applications and experimental technologies. Reduce the DCs of Engineering checks to identify cybernetic augmentations and of Life Science checks to recall knowledge about cybernetic augmentation techniques, as well as corporations and other research facilities involved in the production of and experimentation with cybernetic augmentations, by 5. Computers is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Computers checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Intelligence at character creation.

Networking (6th)

Your constant experimentation has blurred the lines between your body and your augmentations. Once per day as a full action, you can overclock one of your cybernetic augmentations to regain a number of Stamina Points equal to the augmentation’s item level; you must have a cybernetic augmentation installed in your body to use this ability.

Strong-Arm Tactics (12th)

You understand the potential vulnerabilities of cybernetics and have tinkered extensively with your own to make them more resilient. The DC to hack your cybernetic augmentations via magic or technological means increases by 5, thanks to the devious security countermeasures you have added to them. Additionally, your cybernetic augmentations grant you electricity resistance 5; this resistance stacks with one other source of energy resistance.

Seal the Deal (18th)

You feel energized whenever you demonstrate the improved capabilities of your cybernetically enhanced body. Up to twice per day, when you have succeeded at a significant task in a way that crucially relied upon abilities granted by your cybernetics (GM’s discretion), you can spend 10 minutes testing and performing system maintenance on those augmentations to regain 1 Resolve Point; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points.

Death-Touched +1 Con

You have been affected by the energies of death and negative energy. You are not undead, but you have an affinity for the dead and undead that is inexplicable to most living creatures. You may have suffered an attack from an undead creature when very young, or you may have been exposed to strange radiation, dimensional rifts, or magic that caused a weak but permanent link between you and the Negative Energy Plane. You survived this formative experience, but not without some change.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

Thanks to your experiences with the undead and the growing power of the grave within your form, you have an instinctive understanding and recognition of negative energy and undead. You can use Perception, rather than Mysticism, to recall knowledge about undead and negative energy effects when you first observe them. Perception is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Perception checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Constitution at character creation.

Dread Vitality (6th)

You draw dark strength from the spark of negative energy within you, and you gain a fraction of the resistances that undead creatures have. You gain a +1 bonus to saving throws against disease, exhaustion, fatigue, mind-affecting effects, paralysis, poison, sleep effects, and stunning.

Inured to the grave (12th)

Your body, always somewhat cool to the touch despite how much warm clothing you wear, becomes resistant even to extreme cold. You gain cold resistance equal to your level. If you already have greater cold resistance from some other source,  that cold resistance instead increases by an amount equal to half your level.

Life Eater (18th)

If you are close to a sapient creature when its life is snuffed out, you can draw part of the released energy into your deathinfused body, fueling your vitality. The first time each day when a living creature with an Intelligence score of 3 or more dies within 10 feet of you, you regain 1 Resolve Point. You need not be the one to deal the killing blow. Additionally, anytime you are unconscious and a living creature with an Intelligence score of 3 or more dies in a space adjacent to you, as a reaction you can spend the appropriate number of Resolve Points to stabilize or, if you are already stable, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to stay in the fight.

Dragonblood +1 Cha

You can feel draconic magic pulsing through your veins, and the guttural roar of dragons invigorates you. Whether you’re from an area with deep ties to dragons or have simply spent your life studying the magnificent beasts, you understand how dragons’ categorization (metallic or chromatic and specific colors) affects their moods, outlooks, and even ultimate goals. You can harness the power of dragons, and you sing the creatures’ praises wherever you go.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You have a voracious appetite for lore about dragons and never forget a detail, whether it’s about draconic culture, traditions, and abilities, or the personal information of the system’s oldest dragons. When you attempt a Culture or Mysticism check to recall knowledge about dragons’ ways, their abilities, or the names and general personal details about dragons that are adults or older, reduce the DC by 5. Culture is a class skill for you, but if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Culture checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Charisma at character creation.

Dragon Mien (6th)

You can harness the terrifying reputation of dragons to strike fear into the hearts of those you oppose. You’ve read or seen so much of dragons’ tactics that you can mimic them with surprising accuracy and effectiveness. When you successfully use Intimidate to bully a creature, its change in attitude lasts for an additional 10 minutes. When you successfully use Intimidate to demoralize an opponent, it is shaken for 1 additional round.

Dragon Skin (12th)

You have conditioned your skin to withstand the inherent power that dragons hold inside them, and you are more inured to elemental damage as a result. The first time each day you would take energy damage, you gain energy resistance 5 against that type of damage for that attack and for 1 hour afterward or until you rest to regain Stamina Points, whichever comes first. This energy resistance stacks with only one other type of energy resistance you have from another source.

Dragon Hoard (18th)

You have a deep understanding of dragons’ motivations, natural prowess, and ancient cultures, and you have taken on a dragon’s love of material possessions. Up to twice per day, you can spend 10 minutes cataloging and examining your wealth — such as inquiring into your bank account or polishing your most expensive weapon—to recover 1 Resolve Point; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points.

Dream Prophet +1 Wis

You were drawn to Liavara by the Dreamers’ songs, which awoke in you a resonance with these enlightened beings. Now you see the world around you in a new light, and you have a transcendent, innate understanding of the mystical power suffusing the universe. You don’t command this energy; the most you can do is accept it and absorb it—and when you become utterly in sync with those psychic reverberations encapsulated in the Dreamers’ songs, you gain oracular glimpses of things yet to come.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

Your perceptions of the psychic energies permeating reality provide you insight into various magical and mystical phenomena, especially those produced by creatures that can cast spells. Reduce the DCs of Mysticism checks to identify spells as they are being cast and to recall knowledge about arcane symbols and magic traditions by 5. Mysticism is always a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Mysticism checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Wisdom at character creation.

Flash of Prescience (6th)

When you fully open yourself to the psychic resonance around you, especially in the split second when your life is on the line, time seems to come to a halt. In these fleeting moments, you can sense the reverberations of actions that you have not yet taken, and guide your course accordingly. Once per day as a standard action, you can cast augury as a spell-like ability, though you can see only 1 minute into the future. This functions in all other ways as augury.

Dreams of the Future (12th)

Your dreams often contain vague visions of your immediate future, and they allow you to gain a bit of an edge in certain situations when these dreams rush to the forefront of your consciousness without warning. Each day after you wake from an 8-hour rest, choose ability checks, saving throws, or skill checks; twice per day, you can re-roll a roll of the type you chose for that day.

Reverie (18th)

Up to twice per day after using your dreams of the future ability, if your re-roll is unsuccessful, you can spend some time reflecting on the fleeting and sometimes unreliable nature of dreams and prophecy. You can spend 10 minutes in deep meditation on this topic to regain 1 Resolve Point; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points.

Gladiator +1 Con

You are a veteran of the public blood sport industry—a survivor of countless battles to earn a shiny credstick of winnings, the adulation of your fans, or both. You might be a veteran of Akiton’s fighting pits, a student of the ritualized styles of Triaxus’s battleflowers, or the sort of masochist who can’t help but return to Eox’s Halls of the Living. You’re likely to die before your habits do, though, as you find few things more exciting than the rush of battle and the pounding cheers of a thousand fans.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

Your experience in the arenas has exposed you to countless warrior cultures, and you both recognize strange martial arts and know how to impress others with your own unique style. Reduce the DC of Culture checks to recall knowledge about entertainment combat, fighting styles, and gladiatorial traditions by 5. Intimidate is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Intimidate checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Constitution at character creation.

Famous Fighter (6th)

You have developed a considerable fandom that loves you for your arena prowess. You’re famous enough that others require only a DC 15 Culture check to recognize your name and a DC 25 Culture check to recognize you out of context from your appearance alone. Because you’re famous for your brutal stage presence, you can spend twice the normal amount of time when using Intimidate to bully a creature whose attitude is indifferent or better. If you do and succeed at the check, when the effect wears off, the creature’s attitude toward you is worsened only to indifferent, not unfriendly. At the GM’s discretion, a die-hard fan’s attitude might be worsened to friendly instead, or you might be able to use this ability against an unfriendly target.

Part of the Outfit (12th)

Your name is synonymous with your gladiatorial persona and outfit. As long as your gear is in good condition, you don’t take any circumstantial penalties for wearing light armor or heavy armor in social situations (such as wearing golemforged plate to a formal event). You can use Intimidate or Profession (gladiator; Charisma) to “hide” up to two smaller weapons (such as a small arm or one-handed melee weapon with light bulk) or one larger melee weapon on your body, though you do not conceal the weapon so much as convince others to accept your carrying it without any objections. You can draw these weapons as normal; you do not need to spend a standard action as you would to draw a hidden weapon. Otherwise, this functions as the hide object task of Sleight of Hand. At the GM’s discretion, areas with especially high security may not allow you to carry weapons at all, no matter your reputation.

Crowd Favorite (18th)

The first time each day you deal the finishing blow (reduce a creature to 0 Hit Points) to a significant enemy in front of an audience (consisting of at least one bystander or ticket-holding fan, but not another enemy), you regain 1 Resolve Point. If the audience contains 20 or more creatures, you instead regain 2 Resolve Points.

Icon +1 Cha

You are a popular and respected celebrity within the bounds of colonized space.

Thanks to interstellar transmissions and Hyperspace travel, the galaxy is smaller than ever, and this connectivity has facilitated your ascension to celebrity status. You might be a famous performer or a celebrated scientist, but either way, you are often recognized. Your reason for traveling to unknown worlds might be to further spread your acclaim or to escape the limelight.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

Choose a Profession skill. You are hooked deeply into the culture of your iconic profession. When attempting a Profession or Culture check to recall knowledge about other icons of your profession or details about your profession’s cultural aspects, increase the DC by 5. You gain a +1 bonus to checks with your chosen Profession skill. Culture also becomes a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Culture checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Charisma at character creation.

Celebrity (6th)

You are famous enough that pretty much everyone has either heard of you or can quickly find information about you (it’s a DC 10 Culture check to recognize your name and a DC 20 Culture check for someone to recognize you out of context from your appearance alone). Among those who follow your iconic profession, you’ve built up both fans and detractors due to your celebrity. If you’re looking for a generic person like “a doctor who can treat this disease,” you can almost always find one who’s a fan and whose attitude starts as friendly or helpful to you; this takes 2d4 hours. At the GM’s discretion, fans might give you services (although not goods) for a discount or even for free.

Megacelebrity (12th)

Your reputation grows to the point that your name is ubiquitous. The DC of Culture checks to recognize you is reduced to 5 (or 10 to recognize you out of context from your appearance alone) and it takes only 1d4 hours to find a fan who meets a generic description. In addition, fans give you a 10% discount on purchased goods.

Master Icon (18th)

Up to twice per day, you can interact with the public about your profession (usually during a performance, such as a concert, but sometimes in a press conference afterward if your profession requires no audience) for a total of at least 10 minutes to recover 1 Resolve Point.

Mercenary +1 Str

You are a well-trained soldier of fortune who works well with your companions in battle.

Whether you take jobs that match your ethical beliefs or you fight for anyone who can afford your services, you are a hired gun. You might take pride in your past accomplishments, proudly displaying trophies of your kills, or you might be laden with guilt over being the sole survivor of a mission gone terribly wrong. You most likely work with other mercenaries and are familiar with the methodologies of military actions all across the galaxy.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You are knowledgeable about the military, from rival mercenary groups to standard military procedures to planetary armed forces, and you can draw upon this fount of information to aid your adventurous pursuits. Reduce the DC of Culture checks and Profession (mercenary) checks to recall knowledge about hierarchies, practices, personnel, and so on in the military by 5. Athletics is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Athletics checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Strength at character creation.

Grunt (6th)

You’re used to long marches while carrying heavy equipment and can hoist most machinery with ease. Treat your Strength as 1 higher for the purpose of determining your bulk limit.

Squad Leader (12th)

You are extremely skilled at coordinating with your squad, both because of your Tactical efficiency and because of the respect that you command. If you are able to attempt the check in question, you automatically succeed at a skill check to aid another when assisting a squad member or other longtime ally (such as a fellow PC).

Commander (18th)

You pull determination from your victories with your squad, no matter how bloody. After participating in at least three combats in a day in which you defeat distinct groups of significant foes, you recover 1 Resolve Point. After participating in six such combats in a day, you recover a second Resolve Point.

Outlaw +1 Dex

Whether you are guilty or not, you are a wanted criminal in a city, on a planet, or even throughout the galaxy.

Due to the sins of your past or your current unlawful behavior, you are a wanted individual somewhere. You might not even be guilty and are striving to clear your good name. or you might fully admit to being a criminal but believe the laws you break are unjust. Whatever the case, boarding a starship headed to deep space might be just the thing you need until the heat dies down—or until you’re dragged off to prison.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You are well connected to shadowy secrets and back-alley deals, and you both know about key players and have handy skills of your own. Reduce the DC of Culture checks to recall knowledge about the criminal underworld by 5. Sleight of Hand is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Sleight of Hand checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Dexterity at character creation.

Legal Corruption (6th)

Your underworld contacts have serious pull with the corporations and the authorities and can get you out of just about any legal trouble—as long as you’re willing to pay the right price. Depending on the severity of the crime, this can be anywhere between 500 credits × your character level and 10,000 credits × your character level.

Black Market Connections (12th)

You have contacts who can move goods of all manner discreetly and quietly just about anywhere to nearly any destination you can imagine. You can sell goods in any city for their usual price, even if the goods are illegal or too luxurious for the locals to afford. Additionally, for 10% more than the usual price, you can purchase goods to be delivered to a remote drop-off point (possibly near an adventure location) in the same Solar system as a familiar city. The delivery always takes at least as long as the journey between the city and the drop-off point—and usually longer.

Master Outlaw (18th)

Organizing shady plans is one of your specialties, and doing so is like a sweet shot of adrenaline. Up to twice per day, after you spend at least 10 minutes to plan a significant heist, caper, or other crime (this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points) and successfully complete at least one action toward enacting that plan, you regain 1 Resolve Point.

Priest +1 Wis

Your unshakable devotion to a philosophy or religion forms the core of your personality.

You are a member of an organized religion or similar association. Your belief, whether it has been a part of you since childhood or it came to you later in life, is an integral part of your character. You might travel the stars proselytizing your deity, or your church might have sent you out on a specific holy (or unholy) mission. No matter what obstacles life puts in your way, you always have the conviction of your beliefs to fall back on.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

Choose a deity or a philosophy whose alignment is within one step (on either the good-evil axis or the law-chaos axis) of your own. Reduce the DC of Culture and Mysticism checks to recall knowledge about religious traditions, religious symbols, and famous religious leaders by 5. Mysticism becomes a class skill for you, though if it’s a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Mysticism checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Wisdom at character creation.

Mantle of the Clergy (6th)

You have reached a rank of authority in your religion. Typical lay followers of your religion have a starting attitude of helpful toward you and will often provide you with simple assistance on request due to some combination of adoration, respect, or fear (depending on your religion), and even other clergy must give your opinions due consideration in matters of disagreement. You gain a +2 bonus to Diplomacy and Intimidate checks against lay followers and lower-ranking clergy.

Divine Boon (12th)

Your deity grants you mystic power. Choose one 1st-level mystic spell with some connection to your deity’s portfolio (subject to the GM’s approval). If you have levels in the mystic class, you gain 1 additional 1st-level Spell per day and add the chosen Spell to your list of mystic spells known. Otherwise, you can use the chosen Spell once per day as a Spell-Like ability.

True Communion (18th)

Up to twice per day, after performing a significant action strongly aligned with your faith’s dogma (at the GM’s discretion), you can spend 10 minutes in deep meditation or prayer to regain 1 Resolve Point; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points.

Roboticist +1 Int

You are fascinated by the internal workings of machines, whether they’re intelligent constructs or technological equipment. You might be someone who enjoys tinkering in a garage, or you might be a worker at a factory that specializes in building robots or weaponry. You’re likely interested in exploring and figuring out the innovations of other organizations and species on distant worlds. Regardless of your specific motivation, there’s always a gadget that needs tinkering with.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You’re obsessed with the intricacies of constructs and how automated machines function. You can easily identify what a machine’s function is and have an easier time attempting to access the internal programming of mechanized life-forms. Reduce the DC of Engineering checks to identify creatures and technology by 5. Computers is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from a class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Computers checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Intelligence at character creation

Crafting Savant (6th)

You’ve mastered the art of putting together technological armor and weapons from a variety of components. While equipment you construct certainly has your flair, it’s also clear that you can accomplish great feats of construction. When calculating the number of ranks you have in a skill necessary to construct a technological (not magic or hybrid) item, increase that number by 1. This allows you to construct technological equipment of up to your character level +1.

Technical Knack (12th)

You’ve developed a unique talent for efficiently repairing constructs and starships, whether effecting emergency repairs on a drone or keeping robotic allies in the fight. Once per day, you can cast make whole, but you can target only construct creatures or damaged technological (not hybrid or magical) items. When repairing a starship, you reduce the time spent to 2 hours of work instead of 5.

Master Roboticist (18th)

There are few pieces of technology that you’re unfamiliar with, so you are sure to take time to examine those unique discoveries you happen upon. Up to twice per day, after you spend at least 10 minutes studying a previously undiscovered piece of technology with an item level within 5 levels of your character level or the wreckage of a significant enemy technological construct, you regain 1 Resolve Point; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points.

Scholar +1 Int

As an academic, you have a broad knowledge base and a thirst to expand it.

You are an erudite intellectual, pitting your brain against problems and puzzles that others would find daunting. You might be an instructor of a specific topic at a large university or a dabbler in a number of fields of study. You could be exploring the galaxy in search of ancient artifacts or new scientific phenomena. Whatever your motivation, you are sure that the answers you seek are out there.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You are an expert in one particular field of study, and your passion for the subject shows. Choose either Life Science or Physical Science and then choose a field of specialization. If you pick Life Science, you can specialize in bioEngineering, biology, botany, ecology, genetics, xenobiology, zoology, or another field of biological science. If you pick Physical Science, you can specialize in astronomy, chemistry, climatology, geography, geology, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or another field of physical science. The DC of skill checks to recall knowledge about your specialty is reduced by 5. Your chosen skill is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to checks with your chosen skill. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Intelligence at character creation.

Tip of the Tongue (6th)

Sometimes, after pausing to collect your thoughts, you realize that you know the answer to a particularly challenging question. Once per day, you can reroll any skill check to recall knowledge. You must decide to use this ability after rolling but before learning the information from your first roll. You must take the second result, even if it is worse.

Research Maven (12th)

You can research much faster than most other people, allowing you to collate information from databases, libraries, and other sources in one-quarter the normal time; with this ability, you can typically take 20 to recall knowledge in 5 rounds.

Master Scholar (18th)

To you, learning and absorbing knowledge related to your field of expertise is as refreshing as drinking from a cool spring in the middle of a desert planet. Up to twice per day, when in a situation where information from your specialty field could be useful (at the GM’s discretion), you can spend 10 minutes in deep contemplation and research of your specialty field and recover 1 Resolve Point, in addition to using recall knowledge for the information you seek; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points.

Solar Disciple +1 Wis

The sun is the source of all life in the system, and though you may not worship it directly, you seek to honor this precious gift. From a distance, the sun is a serenely glowing light, but in actuality, it is a churning mass of plasma that reaches temperatures of millions of degrees. By meditating on this contradiction, you attempt to achieve inner peace and greater self-control.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You’ve read extensively about the physics of the sun and its associated planes and the best theories about how they interact to produce the solar environment. You’ve also made a study of every sun-based religion of the Pact Worlds, from the Church of the Dawnflower down to the most primitive sun cult. Reduce the DC of Physical Science checks to recall knowledge about scientific questions concerning the sun and light by 5. Reduce the DC of Mysticism checks to recall knowledge about sun-focused religions, the Elemental Plane of Fire, and the Positive Energy Plane by 5. Perception is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Perception checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Wisdom at character creation.

Mental Gravity (6th)

Though nothing is truly constant in the universe, stars are one of the few celestial bodies whose positioning within their systems rarely changes. Like the sun’s ineffable mass, you will not be moved from your proper mental space. You gain a +1 bonus to Will saving throws against compulsion effects.

Heat Transfer (12th)

You have learned to thrive in the heat of the sun, and when you are burned, you can funnel some of that fiery energy into your own spells and weapons. Whenever you take fire damage, you can increase the amount of fire damage you deal as part of an attack or spell made before the end of your next turn by an amount equal to one-quarter the damage you just took (rounded down, minimum 1).

Sun Meditation (18th)

After much practice and the occasional painful sunburn, your meditation regime has reached the peak of its potency. The light of the sun recharges you, much like it does a solar-powered battery. Up to twice per day, you can spend 10 minutes meditating while in the direct light of a sun to regain 1 Resolve Point; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points.

Spacefarer +1 Con

You live your life among the stars, seeking new worlds to explore and yearning for the next adventure.

Your longing to journey among the stars can’t be sated. You yearn for the adventure of stepping onto a distant world and exploring its secrets. You tend to greet every new opportunity with bravery and fortitude, confident that your multitude of skills will pull you through. Perhaps you simply find joy in the act of traveling with your companions, or perhaps you are just out to line your pockets with all sorts of alien loot!

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You are obsessed with distant worlds, and you always mentally catalog everything you learn about new and strange places so you can recall it when you need it most. Additionally, you use your knowledge of biology and topology to inure yourself to alien hazards. Reduce the DC of Physical Science checks to recall knowledge about strange new worlds or features of space by 5. Physical Science is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Physical Science checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Constitution at character creation.

Eager Dabbler (6th)

In your journeys, you’ve picked up quite a few Tricks about all sorts of things, even if you haven’t formally studied them, and you can often use this logic and intuition to your advantage. You gain a +2 bonus to skill checks if you don’t have any ranks in that skill. This ability does not allow you to attempt checks for trained-only skills.

Jack of All Trades (12th)

You can do just about anything if you put your mind to it, and you never let lack of formal instruction stand between you and a task that needs handling. You can use all skills untrained, even if you could not normally do so, and when you roll a natural 20 while attempting a skill check for a skill in which you don’t have ranks, your bonus from eager dabbler increases to +4.

Master Explorer (18th)

Scientifically noting the even tiniest details about a new place—including everything from apparent colors and incline grades to barometric, seismic, and other delicate readings—is absolutely invigorating to you. Up to twice per day while on an unexplored planet, you can spend 10 minutes exploring, mapping, and documenting a new geographical feature to recover 1 Resolve Point; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points.

Space Pirate +1 Dex

You are a free-ranging corsair within the wild and unpredictable fringes of galactic civilization and live by your own code, or a code shared with other like-minded individuals. You tend to view personal property as a laughable concept, unless it is your gear. You might be a freebooter on your own ship, a member of a space-bound gang of raiders, or even a member of the Free Captains of the Diaspora. Alternatively, you might be a new recruit to the piratical lifestyle, just learning the ropes under a more seasoned crew.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You have a distinct advantage over others when operating in the shadows of society. Reduce the DC of Culture checks to recall knowledge about black market locations, known smugglers, and notorious space pirates by 5. Bluff is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to your Bluff checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Dexterity at character creation.

Smuggler (6th)

You know how and when to move illicit goods and how to get in and out of tight situations that might spell doom for a less seasoned smuggler. Once per day when you attempt a Stealth check to hide, you can roll twice and take the higher result. Additionally, whenever someone attempts a Perception check to search your body for objects you have hidden on your person using the hide object task of the Sleight of Hand skill, the searcher receives only a +2 bonus to the check, instead of a +4 bonus.

Sword and Pistol (12th)

You are well trained in a traditional piratical fighting style dating as far back as the antiquated ages before the Gap. When you are wielding at least one one-handed melee weapon and at least one small arm, you can make two attacks against the same target with one of each type of weapon as a standard action. Each attack takes the same –4 penalty as a full attack action.

Besmara’s Blessing (18th)

The pirate goddess Besmara blesses your thieving and marauding ways, even if you don’t worship her directly. Up to twice per day, when you successfully ambush and defeat a significant foe or group of foes in tactical combat or starship combat in order to take any goods and valuables they are transporting (or simply have in their possession), you recover 1 Resolve Point.

Tempered Pilgrim +1 Cha

In their adolescence, kasathas undertake a yearlong walkabout known as the Tempering, in which they are encouraged to experience other cultures. You have examined this practice (or perhaps undergone it yourself) and have concluded that a year is not enough time to learn from the countless other civilizations. In any case, you don’t need to be a kasatha to consider yourself a student of the universe. Many tempered pilgrims are also followers of the philosophy of the Cycle.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You have read and studied much in your eagerness to learn about and experience new cultures, and you often know about them before you encounter them. Reduce the DC of Culture checks to recall knowledge about a culture’s customs and related topics by 5. In addition, whenever you take a rank in Culture, you learn to speak and read two new languages instead of one. Culture is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Culture checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Charisma at character creation.

Compelling Influence (6th)

You understand a variety of social cues and are quick to take advantage of them when you interact with others. When you exceed the DC of a Diplomacy check to improve a creature’s attitude by 5 or more, you need to spend only 1 extra minute interacting with the creature to improve its attitude by one additional category. In addition, you worsen a creature’s attitude only if you fail the Diplomacy check to improve its attitude by 10 or more.

Breadth of Knowledge (12th)

In your many travels, you have accumulated a wide base of knowledge about all manner of subjects. You can always take 10 on skill checks to recall knowledge, no matter the circumstances. In addition, once per day when attempting a skill check with a skill you have no ranks in, you can roll twice and take the better result.

Diverse Experiences (18th)

The Tempering is about learning something of your own culture by experiencing others. Up to twice per day, when you participate in an established cultural tradition that takes at least 10 minutes and is significantly different from a tradition of your own culture, you can reflect on those differences to recover 1 Resolve Point. What constitutes a cultural tradition is subject to the GM’s discretion, but it usually involves a formal or festive ceremony such as a dance, a feast, a parade, or even ritual meditation.

Wild Warden +1 Wis

You believe that the trappings of civilization have made others soft, so you eschew them to live in the wilds, such as the jungles of Castrovel. You don’t necessarily avoid technology, as it can help you survive in some of the harsher, more extreme environments, but you tend to adorn your equipment with furs and leaves. This might make you seem like a backwards primitive to some people, but you know that nature—in all its forms—will be around long after all societies have collapsed and turned to dust.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

In the course of your explorations of various biomes, you have studied all manner of flora and fauna. Reduce the DC to identify creatures of the animal, plant, and vermin types using Life Sciences by 5. Survival is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Survival checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Wisdom at character creation

Protector of the Wild (6th)

You harm creatures of the wilderness only when necessary for survival, preferring to simply knock them unconscious whenever possible. When you use a weapon that deals lethal damage to deal nonlethal damage to a creature of the animal, plant, or vermin type that you have identified with a successful Life Sciences check, you don’t take the standard –4 penalty to your attack rolls. In addition, if you are dealing nonlethal damage in this way and score a critical hit, you can choose not to impose any of your weapon’s critical hit effects. Finally, you can use Life Science to provide first aid (as per the Medicine task) to creatures of the animal, plant, and vermin types.

Master Forager (12th)

Thanks to your survival skills, you can find materials to sustain and bolster your allies while guiding and feeding them by foraging in a wild environment. When you succeed at a Survival check to live off the land, you and the creatures you provide food and water for as a result of the skill check regain an additional number of Hit Points equal to your Wisdom modifier when you next recover Hit Points with a full night’s rest (which must be no more than 24 hours after you succeed at your check).

Commune with Nature (18th)

Being out in the natural world revitalizes your spirits, reminding you why you enjoy the lifestyle you lead. Up to twice per day in a natural setting (such as a jungle or even an arctic tundra), you can spend 10 minutes meditating or simply considering the world around you to recover 1 Resolve Point; this doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points.

Xenoarchaeologist +1 Int

You are driven to explore the ruins of bygone civilizations, whether they are millennia old or recently collapsed. You might seek to explore the interior of Apostae or travel the galaxy to discover lost settlements, and your motives might be purely academic or simply profiteering. You often employ modern technology to aid in your explorations, but you are no stranger to unusual and ancient machinery, sometimes using them in the field when in a pinch.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You have trained yourself to have few presuppositions about the foreign devices you uncover. Reduce the DC to identify rare, ancient, or alien tech by 5. Engineering is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Engineering checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Intelligence at character creation.

Tip of the Tongue (6th)

You often encounter ancient, exotic traps and security devices, varying from mechanical defenses to magical wards. You have honed your senses to pick out warning signs of traps of any kind. When you come within 10 feet of a trap, you can immediately attempt a Perception check to notice the trap, which should be rolled in secret by the GM.

Research Maven (12th)

Your notable exposure to ancient and foreign writing systems allows you to gain the general meaning of new languages with ease, even if you have never been exposed to the language previously. You can attempt a Culture check to decipher writing of up to 250 words of text as a move action, and you have no chance of entirely misconstruing its meaning. Additionally, as long as you have any computer equipment (including just a comm unit), you are assumed to have the necessary data set to take 20 on Culture checks to decipher writing, which you can do even if you are not trained in the Computers skill. It normally takes you 20 minutes to take 20 on text up to 250 words.

Master Scholar (18th)

Up to twice per day, when you document a new artifact from an ancient or unknown culture, you regain 1 Resolve Point. When you discover an item on an unexplored planet, this process usually takes 10 minutes at most (and doesn’t count as resting to regain Stamina Points), but even on known planets, you might be able to find new artifacts in 1d4 hours (or less) in old ruins or remote sections of cities with long histories or a high degree of trade with foreign cultures.

Xenoseeker +1 Cha

You strive to make contact with alien life-forms.

The thought of meeting alien life-forms excites you. The more different their appearances and customs are from yours, the better! You either believe they have much to teach you or you want to prove you are better than them. of course, the only way to accomplish your goal is to travel.

Theme Knowledge (1st)

You are trained to seek out, identify, and interact with alien life-forms. Reduce the DC to identify a rare creature using Life Science by 5. Life Science is a class skill for you, though if it is a class skill from the class you take at 1st level, you instead gain a +1 bonus to Life Science checks. In addition, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to Charisma at character creation.

Quick Pidgin (6th)

If you don’t share a language with creatures you encounter, you and the creatures can spend 10 minutes attempting to converse (if they are willing), after which you attempt a DC 25 Culture check. If you succeed, you formulate a simple pidgin language that allows basic communication. You can use the pidgin language with those specific creatures only, but you gain a +2 bonus to Culture checks to create a pidgin language with similar creatures that speak the same language.

First Contact (12th)

You know how to make a good first impression on new races and assuage their fears of the unknown. When meeting a creature that has never seen your race or any of the races of your traveling companions, if it would normally be unfriendly to unknown races, treat it as indifferent instead. This has no effect if the creature would be hostile, indifferent, friendly, or helpful.

Brilliant Discovery (18th)

Up to twice per day, when you discover and document a new species of flora or fauna, you recover 1 RP. On an unexplored planet where every species is new, this process usually takes 10 minutes at most (and doesn’t count as rest to regain SP, but even on known planets, you might be able to find a new species in 1d4 hours (or fewer) in a remote biome or one with a high variety of wildlife.

Themeless

You don’t fit neatly into any of the above categories, or you see yourself as a blank slate. See below for more information.

If you decide that none of the themes above fit your particular character concept, you can choose not to have a theme. You then gain the following benefits at the listed levels. A themeless character is considerably less powerful than a character with a theme, so choose this option with care.

General Knowledge (1st)

You gain a class skill of your choice when you create a themeless character. Also, you gain an ability adjustment of +1 to any ability score you choose.

Certainty (6th)

Once per day before you roll a skill check, you can gain a +2 bonus to that skill for that check.

Extensive Studies (12th)

Choose a skill that is a class skill for you. Once per day, you can reroll one such skill check before learning the results of the roll. You must take the second result, even if it is worse.

Steely Determination (18th)

Increase your pool of Resolve Points by 1.