Appendix A: The Houses of the Nexus
House Avalon, aka "Questers": The house of traditional fantasy characters, Avalon caters to all Avatars who represent generic swords & sorcery. When these Avatars wander, they always fit right into the proper mold necessary in one of the infinite fantasy oriented worlds, and excel in whatever role they choose. In the Nexus, the Questers are always seeking to improve their knowledge of the arcane, and always trying to gain a greater knowledge of the ways of magic and magical Items.
First Tier Skill: Resistance to Illusion (Y+). An Avatar with this Skill gains a +10 bonus to his MIND Stat for the disbelief of any Illusion or Projection in his sensory range.
Second Tier Skill: Recruit Living Familiar. An Avatar with this Skill will be able to recruit any sort of living familiar of any size and shape the Avatar wishes (subject to common sense), which will follow the Avatar around and can enter a combat along with the Avatar (as an independent entity under the Avatar's control). The familiar will have the following Stats (Level in each calculation refers to the owning Avatar's Level): OR (5*Level), DR (10*Level), MIND 0, LIFE (20*Level), IN 0, and uses a standard A-10 Action Deck for all draws. When the familiar is recruited, the owning Avatar must specify the exact Attribute of its attack (choosing from R, any one Elemental Attribute, or K), and whether the attack is Long Range or Short Range (it cannot be both). Note that the familiar does not need to be replaced with the advent of a new Level; if the owning Avatar so chooses, he can simply have the familiar grow. If the familiar is killed, the Avatar who owns him may invoke this Skill again no less than 24 hours from the death of the familiar. The familiar can be resurrected using the same 4 minute rule which is applied to Avatars, but the familiar cannot be otherwise affected by "alternate death" Powers. The familiar can not perform any Action outside of the visual range of the Avatar. If the Avatar dies, the familiar may either run away alive (with no penalty or hindrance) or it can stand by him to defend his body, and may continue to fight to the death if necessary, under the direction of the dead Avatar's player. A familiar cannot be called during Combat.
Third Tier Skill: Enhanced Magic Item Form Creation I. An Avatar with this Skill is able to create an Item which has 12 IU of usability. The Avatar can only work on one Item at a time, and it takes 1 week of real time per IU (maximum of 12 weeks) to finish the Item. The created Item may be enchanted with 1 EM of effect per IU not used in any other attribute of the Item.
Fourth Tier Skill: Immunity to Illusion (Y). An Avatar with this Skill will always successfully disbelieve any Illusion or Projection in his sensory range.
Fifth Tier Skill: Enhanced Magic Item Form Creation II. An Avatar with this Skill is able to create an Item which has 24 IU of usability. The Avatar can only work on one Item at a time, and it takes 2 weeks of real time for the first 2 IU plus 1 week per additional 2 IU (maximum of 13 weeks) to finish the Item. The created Item may be enchanted with 1 EM of effect per IU not used in any other attribute of the Item.
Choosing House Avalon
Of all of the Houses in the Nexus, this is the most specialized in terms of Genre. It is mostly populated by Fantasy Genre Avatars and has its own political structure. Members of House Avalon tend to work together to quest for special Items and to create magical Items which are coveted (and can be used by) other Houses. Choose this House if you would like to be a part of a cohesive family with heritage steeped in traditional fantasy.
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