Initiative determines the order of turns during combat.
When combat begins, every participating combatant rolls D4 + Dexterity Modifier to determine their position in the initiative order. The participant with the highest roll goes first and the particpant with the lowest roll goes last. If two participants roll the same Initiative result, the one with a higher Dexterity Score goes first.
Surprised is a special Condition that overrides the Initiative roll made by a Creature for the first round of combat. When one side of a combat encounter is unaware of the other side, they may be Surprised. A Surprised creature cannot take any Actions or Reactions for one combat round. Characters with the Alert feat cannot be Surprised.
Surprise can be achieved when initiating combat by attacking an unaware enemy while Hidden.
- Some creatures, even when Surprised themselves, may call out to nearby allies to prevent them from being Surprised.
- Certain combat encounters are rigged to always Surprise either the player's party or the enemy party when the proper conditions are met. For example: