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'''Effective character levels (ECLs)''' are a way to compensate for the traits of the more powerful [[race]]s. The average [[drow]], for example, has a several powerful abilities that make them more powerful than [[human]]s. To compensate for this, [[PnP]] use the concept of an ECL.
   
Effective Character Levels, or ECLs, are a way to compensate for the traits of the more powerful races. The average drow, for example, has a whole bunch of fun abilities that make them far more powerful than the average human. To compensate for this, some systems use the concept of an ECL.
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If drow have an ECL of +2, that would mean that they’re two levels lower than other races at the same amount of XP. For example, a human with 11000 XP would normally be level 5; a drow with 11000 XP is level 3. ECLs “lag” your character behind by a certain number of levels, to compensate for your more powerful racial capabilities.
   
If Drows have an ECL of +2, that would mean that they’re two levels lower than other races at the same amount of XP. For example, a human with 11000 XP would normally be level 5; a drow with 11000 XP is level 3. ECLs “lag” your character behind by a certain number of levels, to compensate for your more powerful racial capabilities.
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[[BioWare]] did not implement ECL in NWN, but many [[module]]s have [[script]]ed various systems to handle [[subrace]]s.
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Effective character levels (ECLs) are a way to compensate for the traits of the more powerful races. The average drow, for example, has a several powerful abilities that make them more powerful than humans. To compensate for this, PnP use the concept of an ECL.

If drow have an ECL of +2, that would mean that they’re two levels lower than other races at the same amount of XP. For example, a human with 11000 XP would normally be level 5; a drow with 11000 XP is level 3. ECLs “lag” your character behind by a certain number of levels, to compensate for your more powerful racial capabilities.

BioWare did not implement ECL in NWN, but many modules have scripted various systems to handle subraces.

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