Aside from being an absolutely stellar game that riffs on the current chest-high-wall burly action hero cover shooter Vanquish is a very fun word to use. It's also one of the most common words you can encounter in any sort of heroic fiction where our brave young hero rallies his resolve and vanquishes the villain. So let's make Vanquish into a game mechanic. And since I've been having fun playing around with Intrepid Dice, let's base it around that.
Here's a quick primer on Intrepid Dice. You have a seventh stat named your Intrepid score. It is determined randomly (d6 + level) at the start of every adventure. You can use your intrepid score to add dice to any roll you're making (recall that we're talking 3d6 in place of a d20, and regardless of the number of dice you end up rolling you can only keep 3) as well as a host of other fun tricks you'll find in the link above. Kevin of KORPG has swayed me from using levels as a carrot for players so the Intrepid Score is how I've been trying to resolve my conflict in a level-less D&D.
Now then, on to Vanquish. We can treat it as a class feature, perhaps for our Underdog class or we can treat like other Intrepid abilities, useable by anyone. I can see it going well either way. Here's how it works:
Whenever you would deal any Wounds you deal additional Wounds equal to the number of Intrepid Dice you spent during any step resolving your attack.
So what does this mean? It means the more you invest into an attack, the more spunk, boldness and trust in luck you place in that attack, for each die you personally invest from your intrepid hero's pool of dice you are more likely to strike down your villain and smite him where he stands. It's the perfect move for any last ditch move and hero very nearly beaten, one last chance before its lights out. Due to the nature of Intrepid Dice (they don't refresh until the start of another adventure) it is very difficult to abuse. It can be used as an Alpha strike but is quite the costly gambit.
So there you have it. Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for what I should do for X. I'm completely blanking on what to do for that. As always, thanks for reading!