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The Sage’s Answers, Part 9

The weekend has come and brought with it ten more answers.

Just to remind everyone, here we’ll be answering questions players and GMs have asked about The Witcher TRPG with the goal of turning them into an errata and updating the book down the line.

Cody Pondsmith, our line developer, will be answering five to ten questions each time we post. We’re going to shoot for either every weekday or every other weekday, schedules allowing, and when there’s going to be longer breaks, we’ll try our best to let you know in advance. We’ll be posting each The Sage’s Answers on our blog, our Facebook, and on the r/WitcherTRPG subreddit. On our blog, I’ll be tagging each entry with “sagesanswers” to make them easy to find.

We will be off until Monday but, for now, to the answers!


Дмитрий Скирт asks…

I want to know if there are any rules for traveling? How fast do you travel?

Cody answers…

Hey, Дмитрий Скирта! We don’t really have any rules for travel. Travel in Witcher tends to be a little hard to factor because the map doesn’t really have a widely agreed scale. We hear about how long it takes characters to get places but it’s a little vague. I tried a few times to figure out how big the Continent is and it was fairly rough. It becomes especially hard because so much of the continent is mountainous or swampy, making for rough travel. We may break this down in a further supplement and add travel rules but it’s a bit too granular for me to work out here. What I would say is: It takes Geralt one week to travel from Vizima (in Temeria) to Kaer Morhen, traveling at top speed. So, you could use that as a rough guideline.


Дмитрий Скирт asks…

Can you stop the bleeding in rush of combat, or do you need to do this during the rest?

Cody answers…

You can stop bleeding in the middle of combat by taking an action to make the required First Aid check.


Дмитрий Скирт asks…

Are the spells heals up to your REC or can they overheal it? Can you use healing spells in combat?

Cody answers…

You can use healing spells in combat but they cannot heal you past your total number of Health Points. If your REC is lower than the healing value of a spell cast on you, you still heal the total value of the spell.


Дмитрий Скирт asks…

What happens if you do not eat for a few days?

Cody answers…

There technically isn’t a system for Starvation. What I would say is: for each day the players go without food have them make an Endurance roll at a gradually raising DC (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, and so on). If they succeed they subtract 2 from their Stamina and Stun values. If they fail, they subtract 2 from Stamina, Stun, and Health as well as taking a Cumulative -1 to stats (Going no lower than 1). This damage cannot be healed by any form of Healing. If they get a meal it means they don’t have to make the Endurance save for the day. We may write rules for starvation and other environmental effects in later supplements but for the time being this is just my quick thoughts on a basic starvation system.


Дмитрий Скирт asks…

The description of Yrden says: “Anything that steps into that circle takes a negative to SPD and REF” – does the caster affected by it? Does other witcher affected by it? 

Cody answers…

Anything other than the caster is affected by the Yrden circle. So, while the caster would not be slowed, any allies (including Witchers) who entered the circle would be slowed just like the enemies.


Дмитрий Скирт asks…

Magic Trap says “The trap will make one attack against the closest target each round” so, it may attack caster and his allies?

Cody answers…

By target I mean targets designated by the Caster. The Magic Trap attacks the closest enemy within the range of the trap. We’ll make a note about that.


Thomas G asks…

What is the Bounty used for on the Bestiary stats? Coin? Experience? Is this a Cyberpunk thing? Cannot find it in index what you are supposed to do with it? Any thoughts?

Cody answers…

Hey, Thomas! The Bounty in the Bestiary is the amount of Crowns you would receive for slaying the monster. That is, of course, assuming the local government is willing to pay it. It’s meant to show literally the bounty on the monster’s head. We’ll make a note about it!


HeckotheGecko asks…

How many creatures (and of what size) can fit into a 2m square? And if someone has a speed of 9, does that mean they can only move 4 squares? Is there a point to having an odd numbered SPD?

Cody answers…

Hey HeckotheGecko! If they are squeezing in you could probably fit 3 to 6 creatures into a 2m square (dependent on the creature’s size). But this is not fighting range. The only times two creatures occupy the same square during combat is if they are grappling or if they are huddling together. Speed as a stat was designed to work without a grid. On a square grid I would round the number of squares up. So, the person with a SPD of 9 would move 5 squares.


YodaOVGs asks…

While this answers why the character in the example rolls a D6, and that’s helpful to know, it doesn’t answer if the “Roll” column of the critical table is meant to be rolled using 2D6 while not aiming. So, if I score a crit on someone without aiming, 2d6 are rolled? Are they rolled after the 1d6 for Body part is rolled?

Cody answers…

Hey YodaOVGs! When you score a critical wound you roll the location as part of the critical hit. So, you would roll to hit, score your critical and then, instead of rolling for location of the Damage Location table, you would roll 2d6 for a critical effect on the appropriate Criticals Table and that determines what location your attack hits. We’ll be clarifying this in the update.


Gera Krisztian asks…

The difference between Human perception and Resist coercion. Basicly both counters social skills, so despite that they are different skills, they have the same effect, or i misunderstand something? With HP you read somebody emotions and realise that they lie/try to seduce you, and with RC, you resist temptation? Different method, same ending. 

Cody answers…

Hey Gera! Resist Coercion is used to counteract: Persuasion, Seduction, and Leadership.

 Human Perception is used to counteract Deceit.

You can be aware someone is trying to persuade you and still be persuaded. Human Perceptions primary use is to learn things about a person such as: how they feel about you, whether they are frightened, if they hate someone.


With that, we rest for the weekend!

Keep your swords sharp!

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