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Since backgrounds are smaller in scope than themes, I figured I'd start up a thread for which theme abilities folks would like to see make a return appearance in SF2, whether as skill feats, archetype abilities, or something else.
For my own part, there are two that stick out in my mind. While there are plenty more themes I liked, I'm talking about the theme abilities that are interesting enough to take a theme for, even if I don't expect the ability to be used.
- Icon's ability to drastically lower the DC to recall knowledge about you. It's already a bit weird that it's harder to know about somebody the higher level they are, but that's just a side-effect. Icon making it so that anybody untrained can still recognize your name, or eventually recognize your face, is very fun for establishing just how famous you are. Is it actually useful to have everyone recognize you? Probably the opposite in a lot of ways, but still fun.
- Xenoseeker's ability to quickly set up a shared language with an individual who doesn't speak anything you do is a lot of fun for characters. Maybe a master Society skill feat? Or a trained one that decreases in time from a week to a day to ten minutes to a single minute at legendary. This is one of those things that you're unlikely to ever actually need, because GMs don't generally like running a bunch of failed communication, but sometimes it's about what a character can do.