Rolling for Social Combat
Social combat involves beating your adversary in a game of wits, whether that means you're trying to convince a cruel king for leniency or seduce a prospective lover. Social combat is only necessary if the strength of the roleplay is in question, or the GM is unsure what might happen.
- Opponent determines social defense.
- GM determines the windows (the length of time between tries) and the clock (the number of successes necessary to win over your opponent).
- Roll for social combat.
- Increase or decrease the clock.
Your opponent makes an attribute check, adding the Influence skill. (If there is more than one opponent, make this check against their leader.) Choose an attribute that makes sense for their personality: Mighty if they’re forceful or authoritative, Deft if they’re clever or wise, or Smart if they’re magical or rational. This becomes their social defense and is always the number you are trying to beat.
Windows & Successes
The GM will then determine the number of successes you need to change their mind—called the clock—and the necessary window of time between tries. If you're trying to win over a romantic partner, 1d6 might suffice for successes, and the window might be "weeks." If you're trying to best someone in an argument, 3 successes might suffice and the window might be rounds.
Try Your Hand
When the window opens, describe an action you take or the gist of an argument you make. Resolve it vs. their social score with an attribute check that makes the most sense. If lifting a 500 pound weight over your head will impress your lover, that's an Athletics check, for example. Failure sets back the clock, while success moves it forward.