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I had a weird thought. It ties several disparate concepts together which I have failed to properly elucidate here, but must somehow convey… for consistency.

Characters as ability scores.

An adventuring party is a character, and the PCs are its scores.

So. Meta. What does that even mean?

Imagine the six-sided die, around which so many mechanics in D&D and d20 System derivatives are based. The d6 is idealized, and used to represent a variety of different circumstances. A lot of the math is based on the d6 even when it isn’t apparent — the 85% probability of success prevalent in many games is 5/6.

4e let ability scores other than Strength be used for attack rolls, and that was a big deal. Wizards used Intelligence for Arcane attacks, Clerics used Wisdom for Divine attacks, and so forth. The system had its bugs, such as Wisdom being almost unilaterally favored leading to some kooky imbalances.

The point is that it’s clear any ability score can underscore a character’s powers — and in some ways aligning them with the system’s magic improves the integrity of both the ability scores and the magic system.

It’s an intermediary step between alignment and ability scores.

A cosmic stepping stone, if you will.

Well, if we take the 4-6 characters as the average party size — which I think was a “thing” with 3e/4e and I don’t know how far back it goes, I’ve heard tell that 1e/2e parties were bigger — and bear in mind that any one of those 4-6 characters could be the “lead” in a given encounter, not unlike an ability score a la 4e…

…Then a PC is an ability score of an adventuring party.

I don’t know how it might all tie together, but part of the reach here is to tie the lowliest bits of the system to the highest concept stuff at the top. How to make “more” than the sum of the PCs. How to ultimately get 7 from 6.

Edit: It looked like I was starting another sentence and stopped writing. I didn’t. I write some bits out of order, and often abandon thoughts halfway through a paragraph, or sometimes after a few words. I just forgot to delete one.

It’s gone now.