A descriptor is an adjective that describes a character in Torment: Tides of Numenera. A character is defined by a descriptor, a focus and a class. Each descriptor comes with its own set of advantages and drawbacks.

Descriptors are not restricted by class: it is perfectly acceptable to have a graceful glaive or a rugged nano for example, even if those descriptors don't seem optimal for the class.

Descriptor Description Characteristics
Cautious You are careful and meticulous, always aware of your surroundings. +1 Perception, +1 Stealth, -1 Initiative
Charming You are a smooth-talker and a charmer, able to convince others to see things your way. +1 Persuasion, +1 Deception, -15% Willpower, -1 Intellect Pool
Clever You are quick-witted and a good judge of others. You can fool people but are rarely fooled yourself. You're not great at retaining trivial knowledge, however. +2 Intellect Pool, +1 Deception, +15% Willpower, -1 Lore: Machinery, -1 Lore: Mystical
Graceful You are quick, lithe, and dexterous, able to move with grace and beauty. +2 Speed Pool, +1 Quick Fingers, -1 Smashing
Intelligent You have a sharp memory and can grasp concepts that others struggle with... though you have a tendency toward discretion. +2 Intellect Pool, +1 Anamnesis
Learned You are studious and know a great deal of information about many things. You have few social graces, however. +1 Intellect Pool, +1 Love: Natural, +1 Lore: Machinery, +1 Healing, -1 Persuasion, -1 Deception
Mechanical You have a gift with machines and the technology of the ancients. You're not as good with people, though. +1 Lore: Machinery, +1 Concentration, -1 Deception
Mystical You have a gift with the numenera, especially the stranger powers of the ancients. You're not as good with people, though. +1 Lore: Mystical, +1 Cypher Use, -1 Intimidation
Observant You pay attention to the smallest details, noticing clues that others often miss. +1 Perception, +1 Concentration, -1 Running
Rugged You love nature and pitting your wits against the elements. You are tough, as befits a life in the wild. People and machines are something of a mystery, though. +1 Endurance, +1 Lore: Natural, +2 Resistance, -1 Lore: Machinery, -1 Deception
Slick You're a fast talker and a fast thinker. You're not the toughest around, but you can usually manipulate situations such that you don't need to be. +1 Persuasion, +1 Quick Fingers, -1 Endurance
Stealthy You're sneaky and slippery, both in actions and words. You gain advantage through stealth, rather than speed. +1 Light Weapons, +1 Stealth, +1 Deception, -1 Initiative, -1 Running
Strong You are physically powerful and have a presence to match. You aren't extremely deft or clever, though. +3 Might Pool, +1 Intimidation, +1 Endurance, -1 Quick Fingers, -2 Intellect Pool
Strong-Willed You are willful, headstrong, and independent. You know that self-confidence is more important than facts. +15% Willpower, +1 Concentration, +1 Intimidation, -1 Lore: Machinery, -1 Perception
Swift Your top speed is unmatched. You may not be the most dexterous, but you're *fast*. +2 Speed Pool, +1 Running, -1 Stealth
Tough You can take a lot of punishment, shrugging off blows that would down most people. +1 Armor, +1 Resistance, +1 Endurance, -15% Evasion
Wrathful You are quick to anger and have the power to back that anger up. +1 Heavy Weapons, +1 Intimidation, +1 Smashing, -1 Concentration, -1 Stealth
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