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terror be thy friend

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<<Terror be thy friend: … The wearer gains the fear (1) trait against any foe engaged in melee with him>>

 

I have this awesome armor, and i'm just wondering how some of the mechanics work, specifically, at exactly what point in the engagement does my opponent have to make the fear check? My initial thought would be that before any enemy takes a melee swing at me for the first time in a combat, it has to roll willpower.  Is that it?  Do they ever have to roll it again?  What if I swing first and they try to counter attack, can they or do they have to roll willpower first?

 

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That Wolf Guy

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thatwolfguy said:

<<Terror be thy friend: … The wearer gains the fear (1) trait against any foe engaged in melee with him>>

 

I have this awesome armor, and i'm just wondering how some of the mechanics work, specifically, at exactly what point in the engagement does my opponent have to make the fear check? My initial thought would be that before any enemy takes a melee swing at me for the first time in a combat, it has to roll willpower.  Is that it?  Do they ever have to roll it again?  What if I swing first and they try to counter attack, can they or do they have to roll willpower first?

 

thanks,

That Wolf Guy

Engaged in melee = when melee combat between you starts, when one or the other makes a Charge or Half Move and attacks.

Once.

 

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And they only check it once. Although if they fail the test they could very well suffer throughout the combat. Note that hordes treat fear differently.

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The Fear takes effect when you become engaged in combat.

Meaning:

If your character runs up to and engages a target, whether or not your character attacks the target in that turn.
If an enemy runs up to your character and engages it, whether or not the enemy makes any attacks against your character that turn.

Engaging an enemy is as simple as getting a character adjacent to an enemy. Then you are engaged.
Adjacent meaning: close enough to smack 'im with a sword.

The Fear occurs immediatly and would occur before any attacks are made.

Following normal fear rules, once engaged with your character an enemy only takes the fear test once, even if the enemy disengages and then is re-engaged. If it passes the enemy is not going to be scared of you at any time in the combat, if failed you apply the shock table.

If your character increases his fear rating, even if an enemy succesfully passed a lower fear test. All enemies affected by the new, higher fear rating would have to take another test at the higher level.

Example, 3 enemies.
your character has terror be thy friend
1 was engaged and failed his fear test and shirked away from you.
2 was engaged and passed his fear test, nothing happens
3 was not engaged and did not take a fear test (because terror be they friend only works on engaged characters).

Your character uses some solo or squad mode ability and gains the Fear(1) trait. Fear traits stack, so your character now has normal Fear(1) and Fear(2) for any unit he engages. Following the above example:
1 is no longer engaged with your character so it does not take another fear test. It failed a Fear(1) test and will ignore any additional Fear(1) tests from the same source (but other Fear(1) sources can cause a new test).
2 is still engaged so he now has to take a Fear(2) test, since your character is now "more scary"
3 is still not engaged but must now take a Fear(1) test, since your character now has the normal Fear(1) aura due to its ability.

Had example #1 passed the Fear(1) test when engaged then disengaged before your character gained the additional fear he would be immune to any Fear(1) trait from any source. The character faced down something scary and only something "more scary" would affect it. If you fail a fear test though, you do not become immune to other fear traits of the same level (although multiples of identical Fear level enemies appearing at once would cause 1 test and the results applied to all visible enemies with that level of fear).

Another example is a blood angel with winged jump packs and terror be thy friend. He barges into a room, every enemy in the room has to take a Fear(1) test due to the Winged Jump Pack. He then engages an enemy who passed the Fear(1) test. This enemy must now take a Fear(2) test as terror be they friend stacks with the jump packs and the enemy is now facing a source of fear higher than the initial Fear(1), although the other enemies not engaged are still fine since terror be thy friend only works when engaged in melee.

Fear can be a little confusing until you get the knack of the mechanics, then its pretty simple.

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KommissarK said:

And they only check it once. Although if they fail the test they could very well suffer throughout the combat. Note that hordes treat fear differently.

we've been facing a lot of hordes, any insight you can offer would be appreciated (and help to see if we've been doing it right)

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 We've also been using Fear in a roleplaying function as well - essentially allowing the armour to growl a bit extra when one wants to intimidate someone, and so on. It works well and adds an extra layer of immersion.

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