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Check for Surprise

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A character who is not aware of an incoming attack in the first round of Combat must Check for Surprise to see if he is caught off-guard. This is only done before the first round of combat and only if the character was not expecting the attack.


Checking for surprise is done by making a [Reflex]] roll against a target number determined by how off-guard the character was caught. Failure indicates that half of the combatants Combat Pool is lost for this first round of combat (this penalty is applied in the first Refresh Combat Pool phase). Further combat pool refreshes happen normally with no penalty.


Situation Target Number
Aware of opponent but not expecting an attack 7
Unaware of opponent but attentive to surroundings 9
Unaware of opponent and inattentive to surroundings 10