This section presents various rules adjustments and updates recommended for running a Skies of Escarnum game.
The rules here are strictly functional in nature, intended as “fixes” to areas of the rules we find inadequate. They aren’t meant to tweak the feel or flavour of the core D&D4e game, but rather to balance or streamline play game in the absence of further official 4e development. If your group has also found that the rule in question seems unfair, inadequate or unnecessarily complicated, you may find these useful even for non-Escarnum games.
Last Official version: Rules Compendium (p225)
Creatures which are immune to poison damage are not immune to the non-damaging effects of powers with the poison keyword. However, they are immune to all effects of poisons described as items (for example, alchemical substances).
When poison is applied to a weapon or projectile, a creature which is immune to poison damage is immune to all effects conferred by that poison. Effects which are not conferred by the poison (such as the hit/effect line of a power used to deliver the poison) are not affected by the immunity.
For all monsters and player heritage options with the trait “Male Only” or “Female Only”, delete this trait. Players are always free to assign their character any gender, or none.
These adjustments are tweaks to make 4e even better suited to the sort of romantic combat stories we seek to tell in Escarnum. Unlike the patches, these aren’t strictly in the name of balance or tidiness; they are actively trying to change the feel of the game, if only in small ways.
In general, these variants will skew the game away from survival and toward spectacle. If your group wants to smash through walls or jump up cliffs without magic getting involved, these variants will probably suit you nicely. On the other hand, if your favourite gameplay revolves around things that would trouble real-world adventurers—like travel, ammunition, supplies, weather, and day-to-day expenses—then you would be better served by not adopting these rules.