Reaction (Attribute)

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Reaction (REA) is a physical attribute measuring your reflexes and physical response time. When you need to act under the pressure of some external threat, you use Reaction. Although a passive attribute, actions requiring swiftness or precise reflexes may use Reaction instead of the active attribute Agility.

Using Reaction

Not many skills are tied to Reaction, though it can replace Agility in circumstances when an action is in response to something else.


When avoiding attacks, you use Agility. This skill is tied to both Dodge and Parry which serve to negate attacks or limit their damage.


Initiative tests determine the acting order of characters in a round-based challenge. This test’s dice pool includes your full Reaction rating.

Opportunity Attacks

Sometimes enemies in a fight will do something that creates a vulnerability; an opening you can exploit with an attack. When making an opportunity attack, you use your Reaction attribute instead of the normal attribute associated with your weapon skill.


In most cases, piloting a vehicle doesn’t require a test unless you attempt a risky maneuver or must navigate through danger. You use Reaction when piloting any sort of vehicle or mount.

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Reaction (Attribute)

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