The Rod of Seven Parts
Rather than giving you scads of different skill points to agonize over, 13th Age gives you a few points to put into your character backgrounds. Backgrounds provide you a bonus to any roll that they would pertain to. Sometimes this is pretty straight forward: If you need to run from some guards, your past as a Dirty Street Rat will come in handy. On the other hand, if you were the Grand Librarian for the Seeker’s Guild, we have to decide what that means… adding not only to your character, but also to the world.