All the peoples of Britain honor eloquence. The British, like the Picts and the Irish, have an ancient bardic tradition. The Romans had their classical schools of rhetoric. Many rulers employ their own court poets and bards to commemorate their deeds.

  • Overcome: Any time you might try to talk your way out of a situation, you’ll likely use Speak on an overcome roll. Scheme usually does not play out in real time. If you specifically want to provoke or intimidate someone, verbally or otherwise, you might use Daunt instead, but when your effectiveness really lies in your ability to communicate your message clearly, you will use Speak.
  • Create an Advantage: You can create an advantage with Speak in any number of ways, with Fast Talking, a Sad Story, by moving people with your eloquence, or convincing them of your point of view.


When a warrior also possesses eloquence and skilled speech, he gains a reputation as a warrior-poet.

Words Like Knives: You can use Speak instead of Daunt on an attack roll.

Lasting Wounds: Requires Words Like Knives. When you cause someone to take a consequence in an attack using Speak you can pay a point of valor to increase the consequence slot by one, so a mild consequence becomes moderate or a moderate consequence becomes severe. When used on a severe consequence, the victim must take both a severe consequence and one other consequence or be taken out.

Silver Tongue: When you use Speak to make a public performance, gain a boost.

Encouraging Words: When you use Speak to create an advantage in a challenge and fail the GM cannot introduce a cost or problem because of that.

Performer: When you make a public performance by making a speech, reciting a poem, or delivering a sermon, roll Speak against a Fair (+2) opposition. If you succeed, you can place an aspect on the scene with two free invocations. If you succeed with style, you can also place a boost on one individual in the audience.

Warrior-Poet: You must have an aspect that identifies you as a bard or warrior-poet. When you make an overcome roll with Speak, take either the result of your roll or your skill in Speak, whichever is higher.

Praise Poet: Requires Warrior-Poet. When you perform a poem praising a powerful person, roll Speak against an opposition of your choosing. When you succeed, place an aspect on the scene with one free invocation for every two shifts of opposition you selected (e.g., performing a Legendary (+8) poem will give you an aspect with four free invocations).

Satirist: Requires Warrior-Poet. When you perform a satire about someone present, roll Speak against their active opposition using Endure. When you succeed, you learn one of their aspects and gain a free invocation on it, but you have the option to use this free invocation to compel them on that aspect without spending a point of valor.


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