Jacob, thanks for noting that. I’ve spotted a few little bits like that after many passes and I’ll revise the document when I set it up for print.
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As a bolded term, it refers to the "NPC Bonuses" table in the back of the document. Consider it either that bonus applied to the player character, or that player character having a reliable NPC connection with the bonus.
Thanks for the kind words! Useability was my primary goal. Keep it fast and simple.
The Doomsayer is quite narrative. It's up to the discretion of the table and the context. The intent is to lean into the self-fulfilling prophecy concept and especially when used alongside elaborate plans or dire intimidation.
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