Monday, July 31, 2017

So You Rolled A 3: Wisdom

Oblivious by Michael Wood

Wisdom represents your man's powers of observation, his intuition, and the sum total of the knowledge he as gained through passive observation of people, places and things.  Generally, someone is wiser when they are older than when they are younger, but they might not have been too wise to start with!  So what can you say about a character who has a Wisdom of 3?

This was a hard one for me.  I suppose the first thing you might say is that the person is quite myopic. If you can't see details, then it would be very hard to spot traps, describe monsters, or even recognize and differentiate between acquaintances.  Reading runes and "reading" peoples' emotions and so forth becomes much harder.

You might instead say that the person is an ADHD case who can't concentrate enough to provess what he's seeing and hearing.  Remembering names and faces becomes nearly impossible. Concentrating on searching for a trap or, for instance, counting a large number of objects is very difficult.  The person is always mentally far away even if he's right there with you trying to have a conversation.

You could also say perhaps the person is "on the spectrum" and gets super-focused on whatever he's interested in at that moment to the exclusion of all other details.

But I'm really more interested in what you think a 3 in Wisdom might mean. I'm sure I'm missing something obvious; what do you think it is?


  1. I think you're right. I like the ADHD angle, because it's different and personal.

    Another aspect of Wisdom has always been willpower. Someone with a very low Wisdom is going to be easily swayed by the most charismatic person in the room. This person will spend money on things they don't need, just because the advertising was compelling.

    This person is likely to be short-tempered and easily frustrated, walking away when things get hard.

    1. Oh! Sure! "Offensive" force of personality, if you will, is covered by Charisma. You could use Wisdom as "Defensive" force of personality. That makes sense. Good!

  2. How about this: the lower your WIS, the worse decisions you make?

  3. High and low Wisdom is hard for most people to define, as it is a grossly underrated trait.

    To me, someone with low Wisdom would have a narrow, black & white outlook on life. Such a person would lack critical thinking and remain hidebound to his believes to the point of being bigoted towards anything or anyone that defies his narrow worldview. To put it in another way...

    “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life!” — Muhammad Ali

  4. After rolling that around in my brain for a while, there is a lot of overlap between our idea and. Thank you for coming and for making such a thoughtful comment!