- You can not put more than -2 into any given attribute
- You can not put more than +3 into a given attribute unless allowed by the specific setting.
Example: A Character with a base Observation attribute of 3 has to distribute points between social, physical and mental subsets. The player has resided to be a paranormal investigator that functional poorly in society. Our Social attribute could be set to 0 but perhaps we should go with a -1 instead; Aspergers' perhaps. Our player wants a solid skill to observe the physical and spiritual. For Physical we place the 1 point we got for the -1 decrease to social; giving us +1. Our final 3 points go to mental observation. We now have to look over the physical, mental and social sets to decide if we wish to place our 1 point bonus for each subset into observation. Probably not for social, but yes for physical and mental. Physical is no problem as it sums to only +2 and is legal. We would need to ask Game Master approval for the +4 in mental observation.
Adding a new attribute subset can also happen when the Game Master so chooses. The addition of an Insanity or force subsets into a game that previously did not include such rules could be an example of this.
The player always has the option of moving a stat from an existing subset to the new subset. This allows the character to say this is what I was really meaning when I assigned the value before. Perhaps you only had a mental subset and later add a magic subset. The original subset is placed to zero, but is assumed to have a deficit that must be be paid off through experience awards. Please note consider attribute subset bonus values when applying these numbers; they must remain in their original subset. You are free to apply your bonus from the new subset to the value you carried over. Again the Game Master must approve values of +4 and above.
Should the player not carry over attribute values, they can apply negative and positives values as was described when creating base attributes. Again applying the subset bonus when they are finished.