I’m currently working on pulling together ideas for an Advanced Torchbearer Hack with rules for levels 6-10. Part of that effort is migrating some ideas from BW proper into the game. This post will cover 1.5 of them, specifically, Deeds Points and Shade Shifting (full rules to come for this later).
Earning Deeds Points
There are two ways to earn Deeds points in Torchbearer: taking actions that make accomplishing your goal impossible or winning a conflict of considerable challenge.
An action that makes accomplishing your goals impossible is exactly what it sounds like, with a catch. With two catches, actually: it has to be intentional and it has to hurt. Unforeseen consequences due to your actions and goals that don’t negatively impact your life if they don’t get accomplished cannot be rewarded a Deeds point. The player must be aware of their sacrifice and it must make their life difficult.
A Deeds point is also earned when you win a challenging conflict. What’s challenging, and what does “win” mean? It means winning a kill conflict against a Might 6 or greater creature without compromise. This is a group award for exceptional teamwork.
Spending Deeds Points
There are two ways to spend Deeds points: Wisdom of the Ages and Shrugging It Off.
Wisdom of the Ages
A player who spends a Deeds point on Wisdom of the Ages may shade shift a skill related to one of their wises for a single roll (assume all skills are black by default; rules for shade shifting are forthcoming). The player must cite how their past experience has prepared the for this, either their success or failures. Wisdom of the Ages is invoked before the dice are rolled.
Shrugging It Off
Before a player rolls the dice, they may spend a Deeds point to Shrug It Off. Doing so allows them to ignore the effects of their conditions for one roll.
Edit: Just a clarification, this is a new take on Deeds points specifically tailored to the challenges players face in Torchbearer. Tapping your Nature and Deeper Understanding function fairly close to Deeds in BW, which is why I took a new approach.