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Shadow World Characters


Shadow World Characters

Shadow World Characters

Although I have had several articles published in the Guild Companion, I have also had one official piece of work for ICE. That is the Powers of Light & Darkness Addendum – RMFRP Stats This is a free download from the ICE Website. The Powers of Light & Darkness book was published with RM2 stats only and ICE needed someone to convert those stats to the newer RMSS/RMFRP system, and that ended up being me, with Terry Kevin Amthor doing the pagemaking.

In the course of doing those conversions, I developed a Frankenstien’s monster of a spreadsheet to help me do the conversions quicker. I took a couple of spreadsheets that I already had that listed the skills for RM2 and the skills in RMSS and fused them with Jonathan Dale’s Character Generation Spreadsheet.

The first page in the spreadsheet is the RM2/Spacemaster sheet. It is sorted with the Primary Skills first, then Secondary Skills for Rolemaster, then any Secondary skills for Spacemaster that did not exist in Rolemaster. It is then sorted by Skill name within those three categories. This is basically the same order that the skills were listed in the Powers of Light & Darkness book. There are several columns with various codes for categorizing the skills that aren’t really used for this project. The official abbreviations for the skill names are also listed. There are then some columns that map the RM2/SM2 skills to the new RMSS/RMFRP/SPAM skills.

I had to go through the list of skill names on my original sheet and make sure that they were spelled the same as in Jonathan’s sheet. Following all the columns with information on the skills is a set of columns with the names of the characters in the Powers book. With a great deal of help from my then girlfriend, now wife, I entered all of the values for the skills for all of the characters.

I got hold of a couple of variations of Jonathan’s sheet that had been updated for Shadow World, verified and corrected some of the information in them to create an accurate Shadow World sheet which I then added my RM2 Skill List sheet into. On the Stats page, I changed the Name field to be a dropdown box that allowed me to choose a character name from the RM2 Skill List page.

Then on the Skill page I added a couple of extra columns after Jonathan’s Total column. The first is an RM2 column which does a lookup on the Skill Name from Jonathan’s list and cross references that with the selected Character Name to display the value of the equivalent RM2 skill. Next I added a column with the abbreviations for the RMSS/RMFRP skills that were listed in the 4th Edition Shadow World Master Atlas. I then wrote an "Export to Text" macro that would produce a text file with the character stats in the same format that the Master Atlas had used, using the Abbreviations when available and the full skill names when the abbreviations were not available.

Ideally I would have liked to develop each character one level at a time, calculating DP’s and buying skills at each level, but I was on a short time frame, I think only a couple of weeks, as ICE wanted to have the conversions ready when the book came out (it was close, but a little late), and even excluding the last couple of chapters on Gods and Spirits, there were still around seventy five or so characters to convert, many of them fairly high level.

So, my approach was to look at the value of the skill from RM2, see what skills landed in the same categories in RMSS/RMFRP and see how close I could come to the same values without exceeding the maximum number of ranks allowed to be purchased per level, occasionally resorting to making some particularly high skills Everyman or Occupational.

It was a bit of a juggling act, as there were sometimes some RM2 skills that landed in the same RMSS/RMFRP categories, but some were low and some were high. So, I didn’t buy the category up too high if I didn’t need to, but often even buying a couple of ranks would end up giving a skill a higher value in RMSS/RMFRP than what it was in RM2. Spells were a completely other story, the spreadsheet doesn’t really handle them at all, I pretty much just did them all manually. There were also a few RM2 skills that mapped to multiple items in RMSS/RMFRP and a couple cases (Andraax for sure) where the stats in the Master Atlas were different than the stats in Powers of Light & Darkness. I did what I thought was best, but I’m sure I made some mistakes, and alot of things are up for interpretation, but one of the reasons I decided to post the sheets is so that others can customize the characters to their liking, and maybe will find the sheet useful in converting other characters. I’ve posted the final sheet, which should have all the corrections and changes done to date, The characters are listed in the order that they appear in Powers of Light & Darkness.

Recently added a new sheet, RM2toRMFRP_SW.xls which fixes some problems that I discovered in the original RM2toRMFRP.xls sheet.

RM2toRMFRP.xls

The final version of the spreadsheet

RM2toRMFRP_SW.xls

The updated final version of the spreadsheet

Characters.zip

All the spreadsheets in one zip file

Osaran.xls

Osaran, High Priest Dansart

Sebis.xls

Sebis, Priest Dansart

Thargondaak.xls

High Priest Thargondaak (aka "The Pale Man")

Yander.xls

Yander Vit, Priest Thargondaak

Daryen.xls

Daryen Choy, Priest Thargondaak

Aeryk.xls

Aeryk, High Priest Yarthraak

Korianas.xls

Korianas, Priest Yarhraak

Mira_Dom_Vurl.xls

Mira Dom Vurl

Nirel_Dom_Vurl.xls

Nirel Dom Vurl

Mira_Dom_Cor.xls

Mira Dom Cor

Nirel_Dom_Cor.xls

Nirel Dom Cor

Ritala_Wain.xls

Ritala Wain, Watching Sister

Mitaka_Vins.xls

Mitaka Vins, Elder sister

Sesna_Glimit.xls

Sesna Glimit, Initiate

Elia_Kimir.xls

Elia Kimir, Initiate

Heruar_Akaiden.xls

Heruar Akaiden, Viceroy

Atanaek_Akai-cren.xls

Atanaek Akai-cren, Captain

Drul_Churk.xls

Drul Churk

Sulthon_Ni’Shaangk.xls

Sulthon Ni’Shaang

UlyaShek.xls

Ulya Shek

Voriig_Kye2.xls

Voriig Kye

Oran_Jater2.xls

Oran Jatar

Kydak_Dum2.xls

Kydak Dum

Andraax2.xls

Andraax

VGlin2.xls

V’glin, A Duskwalker

Ondoval2.xls

Ondoval

XJemis2.xls

X’jemiis

Jenkyna2.xls

Jenkyna

Daenku2.xls

Daenku (Schrek)

ArulisKygariII_Zagul2.xls

Arulis Kygari II: Zagul

PhoeniisRhyn2.xls

Phoeniis Rhyn (Logalis)

DagLavan2.xls

Dag Lavan (A’kesh)

IanShiin2.xls

Iaen Shiin (Dari Holvir)

LyaxKhangII2.xls

Lyax Khang II (Oan Lyak)

KortHulum2.xls

Kort Hulum

Gorang2.xls

Gorang (The Hand)

VaagtKang2.xls

Vaag t’Kang

Wurlis2.xls

Wurliis

Klax.xls

Klax (The Blade)

Vomuk.xls

Vomuk

Gargarax.xls

Gargarax (The Voice)

Urkanian.xls

Urkanian (The Scribe)

Zajarian.xls

Zajarian

MogDurek.xls

Mog-durek

Y-Tarmen.xls

Y-tarmen (Seeker)

Turasoq.xls

Turasoq

Klyrunak.xls

Klyrunak

RavenQueen.xls

Raven Queen

Majarak.xls

Majarak (Brotherhood)

Selaris.xls

Selaris, a Jenaar

Tjen.xls

T’jen, a Kal-chag Gogu

Shenui.xls

Shenui a Va’tenn

StormWizard.xls

Storm Wizard

StormHearld.xls

Storm Heralds

Kirin.xls

Kirin T’thaan

Tvaar.xls

T’vaar Dekdarion

Randae2.xls

Randae Terisonen

Malim.xls

Malim Palax

Kedrik.xls

Kedrik Bularis

DreyLaachek.xls

Drey Laachek

Elor.xls

Elor Once Dark

SaenAlyster.xls

Saen Alyster

Vitor.xls

Vitor Bentaal

Vella.xls

Vella of Osterris

TigeDanell.xls

Tige Danell

Tsamilis.xls

T’samlis

UnirFlalkang.xls

Unir Falakang

Sumendar.xls

Sumendar

Arone.xls

Arone

TarEsiir.xls

Tar-Esiir

DurgenAlgeth.xls

Dugen Algeth

I eventually did a second similiar project when "CloudLords of Tanara" was redone as a new PDF. That particular adaption never actually got published, but here are the spreadsheets for the NPC’s from that module

Sten_Kirian.xls

Sten Kirian

Alaec_Kirian.xls

Alaec Kirian

Ker_Lorev.xls

Ker Lorev

Larek_Vada.xls

Larek Vada

Per_Szoran.xls

Per Szoran

Milare.xls

Milare

Toreg.xls

Toreg

Sirien.xls

Sirien

Lorant_Shirran.xls

Lorant Shirran

Taique_Olander.xls

Taique Olander

Adek_Vartan.xls

Adek Vartan

Trevor_Arain.xls

T’revor Arain

Chalissa.xls

Chalissa

TKeri_Lakir.xls

T’keri Lakir

Radi_Zirl.xls

Radi Zirl

Thelon.xls

Thelon

Rilena.xls

Rilena

Jaed.xls

Jaed

Tromel.xls

Tromel

Venoye.xls

Venoye

Javen.xls

Javan

Matheshe.xls

Mateshe

Shemere.xls

Shemere

Romuald.xls

Romuald

Tanselo.xls

Tanselo

The_Implementor.xls

The Implementor

Randae_Terisonen25.xls

Randae Terisonen (25th lvl)

Channi_Ysanda.xls

Channi Ysanda

 

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