This morning I posted what is likely to be the core of the combat talents (Martial Training) and some examples of what supporting talents might look like.
There were some questions about how the individual talents work, particularly with regard to improving over time.
Unless otherwise indicated, at each tier a talent does everything it did at lower tiers, plus something new or more. Sometimes the new ability is described in terms of a lower-tier ability, sometimes it is net new and does not.
For instance, Martial Training improves your Martial Training bonus by +1 per tier. If you have it at Master tier you get a +3 bonus, if you have it at Champion tier you get a +4 bonus. If you previously had this talent at the Master Tier the +4 bonus replaces the +3 bonus and the Master slot previously used is available for reuse to gain a different talent or upgrade another one that is Heroic or lower.
If a talent has specific benefits at each tier, the benefits accrue. They don’t stack, per se, because there may be no numeric benefit. For instance, the Ride talent below has nothing that can stack, but you gain the benefits of each tier at or below the tier of the slot used to take the talent.
|Basic||+5 competence to Ride checks, you are considered a trained rider.|
|Heroic||When riding, difficult terrain (anything that reduces movement to half) is no longer impeding – you can charge through the forest or across broken ground if you need to.|
|Master||When riding you need only a nominal surface to ride on (you can ride across the top of an area full of brambles or on water or quicksand).|
|Champion||When riding you are no longer limited to the ground, and can ride across open air or into the sky.|
|Legendary||When riding you can travel between planes, as the plane shift spell.|
If you have Master Ride you can easily ride across broken ground, through the forest, or across the lake – literally – as you will. If you later upgrade the talent to Champion you can ride into the air, and still ride on water or across broken ground without impediment. In all cases you get a +5 competence bonus to Ride checks.