I feel like I’m pulling a White Wolf.
Let me back up: Shattered Vistas has a stat called Gusto. It’s had it since the original design, when I had a more traditional initiative mechanic and decided I wanted it to be based on how active your character was, not on any physical attribute. In one of those rounds of changes where I went from nine stats to six, it got kept as the Spiritual active stat, although it didn’t quite fit there.
They say if a design is problematic, kill what you love about it the most. That’s probably an overstatement in most parts, but Gusto was holding me back, because I wanted it to be in the game, but it didn’t really fit. So the name is gone.
Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out what the hell I should call the active/passive spiritual stats. Something invovling ‘essence’ ‘spirit’ ‘anima’ etc. is fine, although bland and nondescriptive, and arbitrary.
Going with the whole Eastern-Sanskrit-Hindi-Buddhist trappings of the cosmology, I turn to Hindi for words for soul, and as it happens, they have a couple. So I get Jiva for the active soul, and Atman for the passive part. They work, but I wonder if they’ll just be confusing and feel out of place. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up changing them again.