5.4 -- Character AgingAs the campaign moves through game time,
characters will have birthdays and actually grow older. This gives the benefit
of gaining an extra experience point for growing older, as a sort of birthday
present, and perhaps representing the gaining of a little wisdom that such
events will bring.
But eventually a character will grow old enough that he or she will begin to
feel the effects that aging can have. Such things vary, of course, but since
this is a game we need consistent rules to deal with these things.
I am willing to let most of this be character flavor, and only provide
in-game prodding where necessary. However, there are a few rules:
Death and Consciousness TestsStarting at age 40, DTs and CTs become a
little harder. The body doesn't deal as well with the stresses of injury. There
is a -1 penalty to each. This increases to -2 at 60, and -3 at 80. This is true
even if the character was created at a later age. There is no increased cost for
using Fudge Points to pass these tests.
Attribute LossThis is to represent the general slowing down that can
come with age. At 40 years old, the character loses one Attribute level, and
again every 5 years. This may be any Attribute except Rank. With the GM's
permission, you may lower two Skill levels in substitution for an Attribute