This House has a much smaller presence than it used to. South of the Belt Line, Coursan is almost unrepresented. In the north near the Sealed Lands is where they are most commonly found, though they do show up frequently among the Free Marines. Their temples usually double as Forts, shelters and other buildings useful in such endeavours. Those so gifted are found in law keeping, military and business. What many do not realize is that the House isn’t focused on destruction, but rather on success and surviving conflict. It is they that ready a people against an enemy, against death and destruction. In ages past they organized defenses and developed strategies with great success. Their efforts secured the northern Free Lands. However, their sheer capacity for martial ability cannot be denied. They have finished many fights they did not start.
Granted Power: 1rd/SPIRIT they can grant +1 Hardness to any of their allies
- Magic Weapon: Weapon gains +1 bonus.
- Spiritual Weapon: Magical weapon attacks on its own.
- Magic Vestment: Armor or shield gains +1 enhancement per four levels.
- Divine Power: You gain attack bonus, +6 to Str, and 1 hp/level.
- Flame Strike: Smite foes with divine fire (1d6/level damage).
- Glyph of Warding, Greater: As glyph of warding, but up to 10d8 damage.
- Repulsion: Creatures can’t approach you.
- Power Word Stun: Stuns creature with 150 hp or less.
- Storm of Vengeance: Storm rains acid, lightning, and hail.
Sukan is one of the larger houses but smaller than the other three houses that deal with the primal elements. Despite open flames being dangerous on a planet with gas swells, it’s still a necessity. Their main function is in controlling fire. Many people view them as agents of change, similar to the Ahrumen. They often fill the ranks of fire brigades, service homes and businesses for heating and cooking, among many other roles. There is also the offensive side of their gifts. Many join the Free Marines or even the Dragoons to great effect.
Granted Power: They can heal burns! Once per day they can heal up to their amount of SPIRIT. Additionally any STRESS directly due to burns is removed!
- Burning Hands: 1d4/level fire damage (max 5d4).
- Produce Flame: 1d6 damage +1/ level, touch or thrown.
- Resist Energy*: Ignores 10 (or more) points of damage/attack from specified energy type.
- Wall of Fire: Deals 2d4 fire damage out to 10 ft. and 1d4 out to 20 ft. Passing through wall deals 2d6 damage +1/level.
- Fire Shield: Creatures attacking you take fire damage; you’re protected from heat or cold.
- Fire Seeds: Acorns and berries become grenades and bombs.
- Fire Storm: Deals 1d6/level fire damage.
- Incendiary Cloud: Cloud deals 4d6 fire damage/round.
- Meteor Swarm: Four exploding spheres each deal 6d6 fire damage.
By far the largest house, Keen are gifted with any talents useful in the gaseous environment. Dealing with the classical element of air, they are often involved with gas mining or with the persistent monitoring of gas swells and other storms. A great number of Keen Houses are found with the Eminar living below the vapor line. Possibly the most utilitarian of the Houses, they tend to be work oriented with much to keep them busy on a normal day. Above the vapor line, the houses do have the responsibility of monitoring gas swells in most cities and maintain the alarm system.
Granted Power: Keen can sense gas swells and storms of all fashions one minute before hand per point of WISDOM. In addition, all penalties due to storms are halved.
- Obscuring Mist: Fog surrounds you.
- Wind Wall: Deflects arrows, smaller creatures, and gases.
- Lightning Bolt: Electricity deals 1d6/level damage.
- Air Walk: Subject treads on air as if solid (climb at 45-degree angle).
- Control Winds: Change wind direction and speed.
- Chain Lightning: 1d6/level damage; 1 secondary bolt/level each deals half damage.
- Control Weather: Changes weather in local area.
- Whirlwind: Cyclone deals damage and can pick up creatures.
- Storm of Vengeance: Storm rains acid, lightning, and hail.
The House of Beyan, along with the other three houses that deal with the classical elements, are numerous compared to other houses and have more mundane purposes. The House of Beyan, while associated strongly with earth, more accurate deals with all physical materials. Another way to look at it is that they have affinity and understanding of things in the solid state. They are farmers, gardeners and arborists but also stone masons, machinists and architects. Eapon is a hard planet to live on, and people seek out Beyans to build their homes, establish their orchards and quarry precious metals. Their temples and churches are found in every setting and of every manner. More often than not, they are a form of regulatory authority and labor agency, particularly if an area lacks other forms of government. On a spiritual level they tend towards family-like atmospheres, supplementing and supporting existing communities rather than forming a core. They number second only to the House of Keen.
Granted Power: Beyan’s ignore terrain penalties to movement while on foot and once per game session can double the damage dealt to anything they sunder.
- Shillelagh: Cudgel or quarterstaff becomes +1 weapon and deals damage as if two sizes larger.
- Soften Earth and Stone: Turns stone to clay or dirt to sand or mud.
- Stone Shape: Sculpts stone into any shape.
- Spike Stones: Creatures in area take 1d8 damage, may be lowed.
- Wall of Stone: Creates a stone wall that can be shaped.
- Stoneskin: Ignore 10 points of damage per attack.
- Earthquake: Intense tremor shakes 80-ft.-radius.
- Repel Metal or Stone: Pushes away metal and stone.
- Iron Body: Your body becomes living iron.
The House of Arocon is concerned with the preservation of knowledge from the past age and cataloguing the present age. Unsurprising their temples and building often serve as a type of library, while many who are part of the House run actual libraries or deal in information. While some may view them as purely academic,there are a significant numbers who scour all the globe in search of lost knowledge or to discover new knowledge. As would be expected a large number of Wardens belong to the House of Arocon.
Granted Power: Autodidact: Once per game session the player may substitute their levels in the House for a bonus to ANY skill roll, even if they do not have ranks in a trained skill.
- Detect Secret Doors: Reveals hidden doors within 60 ft.
- Detect Thoughts: Allows “listening” to surface thoughts.
- Clairaudience/Clairvoyance: Hear or see at a distance for 1 min./level.
- Divination : Provides useful advice for specific proposed actions.
- True Seeing : Lets you see all things as they really are.
- Find the Path: Shows most direct way to a location.
- Legend Lore : Lets you learn tales about a person, place, or thing.
- Discern Location: Reveals exact location of creature or object.
- Foresight: “Sixth sense” warns of impending danger.
The House of Wren is one focused on reprieve. The world is hard and demanding and this House is here to bolster the weary. Their temples are most often hot springs, beautiful gardens or other environments that are often associated with rest and relaxation. Some temples are quiet and serene while others are loud and boisterous. While fun and games may be part of their mission, they are drawn to the downtrodden and grief stricken. One travels to the House of Holma to mend the flesh, but the House of Wren is where you go to mend the heart and mind.
Granted Power: Once per game session the character may temporarily relieve all stress penalties of everyone within 30ft for 5 minutes per point of SPIRIT
- Remove Fear: Suppresses fear or gives +4 on saves against fear for one subject + one per four levels.
- Restoration, Lesser: Dispels magical ability penalty or repairs 1d4 ability damage.
- Remove Curse: Frees object or person from curse.
- Restoration : Restores level and ability score drains.
- Atonement : Removes burden of misdeeds from subject.
- Break Enchantment: Frees subjects from enchantments, alterations, curses, and petrification.
- Restoration, Greater : As restoration, plus restores all levels and ability scores.
- Holy Aura: +4 to AC, +4 resistance, and SR 25 against evil spells.
- Refuge: Alters item to transport its possessor to you. (Given very rarely and only to those traveling to the sealed lands. Travel takes from a blink of an eye up to one week and can be by various means but all are dramatic but unstoppable)
The House of Holma is the branch tasked with healing. Despite what would be expected, Holma is one of the most highly criticized Houses. Naturally, their abilities are in high demand which has often made them the targets of extortion, kidnapping and bribery. Due to those realities they are secretive and mostly nomadic. Their own temples are unmarked, located in difficult to reach areas or out of sight in dark alleys. These serve as reprieves and safe houses for them. Everywhere they go they are in high demand if their GIFT is discovered. Instead, they work with the other Houses and travel to where they are needed for a few days before moving onto the next.
GM Note: Holma is intended to be a difficult House to play. If the PC’s identity is discovered they will be pursued. Sometimes the need is legitimate and sometimes it is born out of greed. The player should feel cautious any time they reveal their GIFT
Granted Power: Once per game session the character can use any talent they have without fuel or tokens.
- Cure Light Wounds: Cures 1d8 damage +1/level (max +5).
- Neutralize Poison: Immunizes subject against poison, detoxifies venom in or on subject.
- Cure Moderate Wounds: Cures 2d8 damage +1/level (max +10).
- Remove Blindness/Deafness: Cures normal or magical conditions.
- Cure Serious Wounds: Cures 3d8 damage +1/level (max +15).
- Remove Disease: Cures all diseases affecting subject.
- Cure Light Wounds, Mass: Cures 1d8 damage +1/level (max +25) for many creatures.
- Heal: Cures 10 points/level of damage, all diseases and mental conditions.
- Regenerate: Subject’s severed limbs grow back, cures 4d8 damage +1/level (max +35).
Guild member R.C. Brooks returns with more Lands in the Clouds, a home-brewed OGL setting and system.
The House of Ascen, or simply Ascen, is the sect devoted to that which is good. More specifically, good is that which edifies. It heals the soul. In the world they are often the shelter for those dealing with grief and loss. Mechanically they are the House that deals with SPIRIT damage and combating evil entities. The House of Holma may heal the body, but SPIRIT wounds are more dangerous and can fester.
Typical temples are humble buildings often in poor or otherwise troubled areas as that is where they are needed most. Almost all carry low level tokens.
Once per game session, a character of the House of Ascen may use his SPIRIT score as an attack, defense or damage reduction vs SPIRIT opponents/damage.
- Protection from Evil: +2 to AC and saves, counter mind control, hedge out elementals and outsiders.
- Aid: +1 on attack rolls, +1 on saves against fear, 1d8 temporary SPIRIT +1/level (max +10).
- Shelter (Magic Circle against Evil): As Protection from Evil, but 10-ft. radius and 10 min./level.
- Holy Smite: Damages and blinds evil creatures.
- Dispel Evil: +4 bonus against attacks by evil creatures.
- Heroes’ Feast: Food for one creature/level cures and grants combat bonuses.
- Holy Word: Kills, paralyzes, slows, or deafens non-good subjects.
- Holy Aura: +4 to AC, +4 resistance, and SR 25 against evil spells.
- Grace: Removes all STRESS points for any willing up to 1 character/lvl in the House.
In ages past, when the Harbingers made landfall at Cloudhead, they brought the GIFTS with them. Since that day, people in the solar system have discovered special abilities given to them. The GIFTS were to help the people thrive together and to fight against the evils which had implanted themselves into the solar system. People bearing similar GIFTS gathered together and formed what now are referred to as Houses. These Houses are not geographical distinctions, but rather talent distinctions. There are 12 Great Houses representing the most prominent GIFTS. There are unrepresented GIFTS, but they are exceedingly rare.
The Houses function like churches. The Houses are most like religious organizations and all share the same faith but pursue the tenets through the GIFTS they have. There are different sects within each House but they largely share the same principles and work towards the same goals. Read more
SPIRIT is a new stat in LitC. Spirit reflects a character’s growth and presence in the spirit world. SPIRIT works much like CONSTITUTION except it applies to SPIRIT damage, which adds STRESS to a character. SPIRIT attacks seek to break a character (see FLIPPED OUT under STRESS). At that point the character is susceptible to manipulation and/or compulsion. A functional spiritual entity may be content enough to drive a character away. Malevolences will often seek to possess or consume a compromised character. A character with a high SPIRIT score has a hardness versus SPIRIT damage according to their bonus.
Similarly a character adds a bonus to SPIRIT damage dealt to spiritual entities.
Losing SPIRIT can happen through inaction in adventures. A critical event that a character chooses to avoid, most often having moral or ethical implications, will cause a loss of 1 point of SPIRIT. Much like an alignment shift in other games, it should be made clear to the player that a loss of SPIRIT will occur if they choose inaction in an important moment.