The Narrator will tell you when your hero advances in level. When this happens, do the following:
- Decide which role to increase by a level. If you choose a new role, refer to the "Mixed-Role Heroes" section, below.
- Note any increases to combat bonus, saving throws, skill ranks and power ranks.
- Pick a new feat for your hero from among the feats available for the new role level.
- If your hero's new total level is divisible by six (6th, 12th, or 18th), increase one of your hero's ability scores by 1.
Heroes may acquire other roles as they progress in level, becoming mixed-role heroes. The traits from a hero's different roles combine, so a mixed role hero has versatility at the expense of focus.
As a general rule, the traits of a mixed-role hero are the sum of the traits of each of the hero's roles, as follows:
Level: Total level is a character's total number of levels in all roles. For example, a hero who is a 2nd-level warrior and 1st-level adept has a total level of 3rd. Total level is used to determine a hero's benefits on the Level-Dependent Benefits table.
Role level is a hero's level in a particular role. For a hero whose levels are all in the same role, total level and role level are the same thing. Role level is used to determine the hero's benefits from each particular role.
Combat Bonus: Add the combat bonuses for each role together to get the hero's total combat bonus.
Saving Throws: Add the save bonuses for each role together. Remember the first-level bonus you received for your initial character level. Note that if you take levels in both Expert and Generalist, they must share the same "Good" save.
Power Ranks: If a hero takes ranks in both the adept and generalist roles, they determine their total power rank by adding the ranks from each role together, and then subtracting 2. So a character with 5 levels of adept (8 ranks) and 5 levels of generalist (5 ranks), has total power ranks of 11 ((8+5)-2).
Skills: If you add a level in a new role for your hero, you may gain the number of ranks that role allows per level.
Feats: A mixed-role hero gains one feat per level like everyone else. The role acquired at each level determines the feat list you choose from. For example, if you add a level of adept to your hero, you choose the hero's feat for that level from the adept's list of available feats (General and Adept).