Copyright Joe Mandala 1998

Source Material for Middle-Earth

Many of us use Rolemaster Standard System to play campaigns based in Middle-earth, and use the generic racial adolescence chart given in Rolemaster Standard Rules. I am fairly certain, however, that the vast majority of us are unhappy doing so. I wrote this chart to fill that gap - it is written for Middle-earth cultures and uses the RMSS format. It is loosely based on the MERP chart, but is more closely bound to cultural stereotypes as they appear in the source material. Future issues will provide more detailed cultural descriptions, as they will eventually appear in Races and Cultures: Middle-earth.

The charts are also available in XL97 format here, and PDF format here.

Arhunerim, Dunlending - Druadan (Wose)


Cultures

Arhunerim, Dunlending

Arhunerim, Hillman

Arhunerim, Saralainn Clansman

Common man, Rural

Common man, Urban

Druadan (Wose)

Armor - Light skill category

1

1

1

1

1

0

Soft Leather skill

0

0

0

1

1

0

Rigid Leather skill

1

1

1

1

0

0

Armor - Medium skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

Chain skill

0

0

0

0

0

0

Athletic - Brawn skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Athletic - Endurance skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Swimming skill

1

1

2

1

1

0

Athletic - Gymnastic skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Climbing skill

2

5

1

0

0

5

Awareness - Perceptions skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alerness skill

2

2

2

2

2

6

Awareness - Searching skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Body Development skill

3

3

2

2

1

2

Communications skill category

1

1

2

1

3

1

Language skills

8

4

10

8

10

2

Lore - General skill category

3

3

3

3

3

3

"Own" Region Lore skill

3

3

3

3

3

5

"Own" Culture Lore skill

3

3

3

3

3

3

Outdoor - Animal skill category

2

0

1

1

0

1

Riding skill (usually horses)

2

0

1

1

0

0

Outdoor - Environmental skill category

2

4

2

2

0

5

Power Awareness skill category

0

0

0

0

1

0

Science/Analytic - Basic skill category

0

0

0

0

1

0

Spells - Own Realm Open Lists

 

 

 

 

skill in one spell list

0

0

0

0

2

0

Subterfuge - Stealth skill category

1

2

1

1

0

3

Stalking skill

1

2

1

1

0

3

Hiding skill

1

2

1

1

0

3

Tech/Trade - General skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Urban skill category

0

0

0

0

5

0

Weapon - 1-H Conc. skill category

2

1

1

0

0

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

2

1

1

0

0

1

Weapon - 1-H Edged skill category

0

0

1

1

1

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

1

1

1

0

Weapon - 2-Handed skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

0

0

0

Weapon - Missile skill category

1

1

1

1

1

2

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

1

1

1

1

2

Weapon - Pole Arms skill category

1

2

1

1

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

2

1

1

0

0

Weapon - Thrown skill category

2

2

2

1

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

2

2

2

1

0

0

Hobby Ranks

12

12

12

12

12

10

Background Options

6

6

6

6

6

5



Dunadan, Arthedaini - Dwarf


Cultures

Dunadan, Arthedaini

Dunadan, Black Numenorean

Dunadan, Cardolani

Dunadan, Gondorian

Dunadan, Rhudaurian

Dunadan, Umbarean

Dwarf

Armor - Light skill category

1

0

2

1

2

2

1

Soft Leather skill

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rigid Leather skill

1

0

2

1

2

2

1

Armor - Medium skill category

2

2

2

3

1

0

3

Chain skill

2

2

2

3

1

0

3

Athletic - Brawn skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Athletic - Endurance skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Swimming skill

1

1

1

1

1

5

0

Athletic - Gymnastic skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Climbing skill

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Awareness - Perceptions skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alerness skill

2

2

2

2

2

2

4

Awareness - Searching skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Body Development skill

2

4

2

4

3

3

3

Communications skill category

3

2

2

2

2

1

1

Language skills

12

12

10

10

10

10

8

Lore - General skill category

4

3

3

2

3

3

3

"Own" Region Lore skill

3

3

3

2

3

3

3

"Own" Culture Lore skill

3

3

3

2

3

3

3

Outdoor - Animal skill category

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

Riding skill (usually horses)

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

Outdoor - Environmental skill category

1

1

1

1

2

1

2

Power Awareness skill category

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Science/Analytic - Basic skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Spells - Own Realm Open Lists

             

skill in one spell list

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Subterfuge - Stealth skill category

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

Stalking skill

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

Hiding skill

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

Tech/Trade - General skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Urban skill category

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

Weapon - 1-H Conc. skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Weapon - 1-H Edged skill category

1

2

2

3

2

2

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

2

2

3

2

2

0

Weapon - 2-Handed skill category

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

Weapon - Missile skill category

1

1

1

1

2

1

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

1

1

1

2

1

0

Weapon - Pole Arms skill category

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

Weapon - Thrown skill category

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Hobby Ranks

10

10

10

10

10

12

12

Background Options

4

4

5

4

4

5

5



Elf, Noldor - Eriadan, Dorwinadan


Cultures

Elf, Noldor

Elf, Silvan

Elf, Sindar

Eriadan, Beijabar

Eriadan, Cardolani N'man

Eriadan, Dorwinadan

Armor - Light skill category

0

0

0

1

2

1

Soft Leather skill

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rigid Leather skill

0

0

0

1

2

1

Armor - Medium skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

Chain skill

0

0

0

0

0

0

Athletic - Brawn skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Athletic - Endurance skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Swimming skill

2

3

2

1

1

1

Athletic - Gymnastic skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Climbing skill

0

2

1

1

0

0

Awareness - Perceptions skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alerness skill

6

6

6

2

2

2

Awareness - Searching skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Body Development skill

1

1

1

3

2

1

Communications skill category

4

2

3

1

1

3

Language skills

20

12

16

8

8

10

Lore - General skill category

3

3

3

3

3

3

"Own" Region Lore skill

3

3

3

3

3

3

"Own" Culture Lore skill

3

3

3

3

3

3

Outdoor - Animal skill category

1

1

1

3

1

1

Riding skill (usually horses)

1

1

1

3

1

0

Outdoor - Environmental skill category

3

5

4

3

2

1

Power Awareness skill category

2

1

1

0

0

0

Science/Analytic - Basic skill category

2

1

1

0

0

0

Spells - Own Realm Open Lists

           

skill in one spell list

4

2

3

0

0

0

Subterfuge - Stealth skill category

2

4

3

0

1

0

Stalking skill

2

4

3

0

1

0

Hiding skill

2

4

3

0

1

0

Tech/Trade - General skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Urban skill category

0

0

0

0

0

1

Weapon - 1-H Conc. skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

0

0

0

Weapon - 1-H Edged skill category

1

1

1

1

2

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

1

1

1

2

1

Weapon - 2-Handed skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

0

0

0

Weapon - Missile skill category

1

3

2

0

0

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

3

2

0

0

1

Weapon - Pole Arms skill category

0

0

0

1

1

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

1

1

1

Weapon - Thrown skill category

0

0

0

1

0

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

1

0

1

Hobby Ranks

6

10

8

12

12

12

Background Options

2

4

3

6

6

6



Eriadan, Eothraim (Rohir) - Eriadan-Dunadan mix


Cultures

Eriadan, Eothraim (Rohir)

Eriadan, Estaravi

Eriadan, Gramuz

Eriadan, Gwathlo Bargeman

Eriadan, Pinnath Ceren N'man

Eriadan, Riverman

Eriadan, Woodman

Eriadan-Dunadan mix

Armor - Light skill category

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Soft Leather skill

0

1

0

1

1

1

1

0

Rigid Leather skill

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

Armor - Medium skill category

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

Chain skill

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

Athletic - Brawn skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Athletic - Endurance skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Swimming skill

0

0

0

5

0

5

1

1

Athletic - Gymnastic skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Climbing skill

0

0

0

0

2

0

3

1

Awareness - Perceptions skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alerness skill

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Awareness - Searching skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Body Development skill

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Communications skill category

1

1

2

3

1

1

1

3

Language skills

8

6

8

10

8

10

4

12

Lore - General skill category

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

"Own" Region Lore skill

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

"Own" Culture Lore skill

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Outdoor - Animal skill category

8

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

Riding skill (usually horses)

8

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

Outdoor - Environmental skill category

1

1

1

2

1

2

5

1

Power Awareness skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Science/Analytic - Basic skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Spells - Own Realm Open Lists

               

skill in one spell list

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Subterfuge - Stealth skill category

0

1

0

0

1

1

4

0

Stalking skill

0

1

0

0

1

1

4

0

Hiding skill

0

1

0

0

1

1

4

0

Tech/Trade - General skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Urban skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Weapon - 1-H Conc. skill category

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Weapon - 1-H Edged skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Weapon - 2-Handed skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Weapon - Missile skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Weapon - Pole Arms skill category

2

0

1

0

1

0

1

2

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

2

0

1

0

1

0

1

2

Weapon - Thrown skill category

0

1

0

1

2

1

1

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

1

0

1

2

1

1

0

Hobby Ranks

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

Background Options

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

5



Haradrim, northern - Lossoth


Cultures

Haradrim, northern

Haradrim, southern

Hobbit, Fallohide

Hobbit, Harfoot

Hobbit, Stoor

Lossoth

Armor - Light skill category

1

1

0

1

0

1

Soft Leather skill

1

1

0

1

0

1

Rigid Leather skill

1

1

0

0

0

0

Armor - Medium skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

Chain skill

0

0

0

0

0

0

Athletic - Brawn skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Athletic - Endurance skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Swimming skill

0

1

0

0

1

1

Athletic - Gymnastic skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Climbing skill

0

0

2

1

1

0

Awareness - Perceptions skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alerness skill

2

2

8

8

8

5

Awareness - Searching skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Body Development skill

1

1

2

3

2

2

Communications skill category

2

2

1

1

1

1

Language skills

10

10

6

6

6

4

Lore - General skill category

3

3

2

2

2

3

"Own" Region Lore skill

3

3

3

3

3

3

"Own" Culture Lore skill

3

3

3

3

3

3

Outdoor - Animal skill category

1

1

0

0

0

1

Riding skill (usually horses)

1

1

0

0

0

0

Outdoor - Environmental skill category

4

2

1

2

2

5

Power Awareness skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

Science/Analytic - Basic skill category

1

1

0

0

0

0

Spells - Own Realm Open Lists

           

skill in one spell list

0

0

0

0

0

0

Subterfuge - Stealth skill category

1

0

5

4

5

2

Stalking skill

1

0

5

4

5

2

Hiding skill

1

0

5

4

5

2

Tech/Trade - General skill category

1

1

1

1

1

1

Urban skill category

0

1

0

0

0

0

Weapon - 1-H Conc. skill category

0

1

0

0

0

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

1

0

0

0

1

Weapon - 1-H Edged skill category

1

0

0

0

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

0

0

0

0

0

Weapon - 2-Handed skill category

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

0

0

0

Weapon - Missile skill category

1

1

2

2

2

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

1

2

2

2

1

Weapon - Pole Arms skill category

1

1

0

0

0

2

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

1

0

0

0

2

Weapon - Thrown skill category

0

0

2

2

2

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

2

2

2

1

Hobby Ranks

12

12

12

12

12

12

Background Options

6

6

5

5

5

6



Talatherim, Easterling - Umli


Cultures

Talatherim, Easterling

Talatherim, Variag

Talatherim, Wainrider

Umli

Armor - Light skill category

1

1

1

1

Soft Leather skill

0

0

1

0

Rigid Leather skill

0

1

1

1

Armor - Medium skill category

0

1

0

2

Chain skill

0

1

0

2

Athletic - Brawn skill category

1

1

1

1

Athletic - Endurance skill category

1

1

1

1

Swimming skill

0

0

0

0

Athletic - Gymnastic skill category

1

1

1

1

Climbing skill

0

0

0

1

Awareness - Perceptions skill category

0

0

0

0

Alerness skill

2

2

2

3

Awareness - Searching skill category

1

1

1

1

Body Development skill

2

2

1

3

Communications skill category

1

1

2

1

Language skills

4

8

10

4

Lore - General skill category

3

3

3

3

"Own" Region Lore skill

3

3

3

3

"Own" Culture Lore skill

3

3

3

3

Outdoor - Animal skill category

5

3

2

0

Riding skill (usually horses)

5

3

2

0

Outdoor - Environmental skill category

3

2

1

3

Power Awareness skill category

0

0

0

0

Science/Analytic - Basic skill category

0

0

0

1

Spells - Own Realm Open Lists

       

skill in one spell list

0

0

0

0

Subterfuge - Stealth skill category

0

1

0

1

Stalking skill

0

1

0

1

Hiding skill

0

1

0

1

Tech/Trade - General skill category

1

1

1

1

Urban skill category

0

0

0

0

Weapon - 1-H Conc. skill category

0

0

0

2

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

2

Weapon - 1-H Edged skill category

1

2

1

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

2

1

0

Weapon - 2-Handed skill category

0

0

0

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

0

0

0

0

Weapon - Missile skill category

2

2

1

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

2

2

1

1

Weapon - Pole Arms skill category

2

2

1

0

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

2

2

1

0

Weapon - Thrown skill category

1

0

0

1

1 Weapon based on Culture/Race

1

0

0

1

Hobby Ranks

12

12

12

12

Background Options

6

6

6

5