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I am aware Shadowrun 4e says none of the Technomancer's Persona's attributes may exceed their Resonance attribute, but what of its "Other Ratings"? Are Biofeedback Filter and Matrix Initiative limited by Resonance too? Because my Technomancer's Matrix Initiative was calculated as 11, which is considerably more than my 5 Resonance. Do I get to keep that higher number or not?

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You get the higher number, but not always that high.

The Living Persona Table defines the ratings for a technomancer’s living persona. None of the attributes of this persona may exceed a technomancer’s Resonance rating.

The Matrix Initiative is listed under "Other Ratings" in this table, and, therefore, is not limited by Resonance. However, remember that your Matrix Initiative is Intuition + Response + 1 (hotsim), where Response is limited by your Resonance.

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But the book says Matrix Initiative is (Intuition x 2) + 1 for hot sim... – Cobalt Jul 22 '13 at 17:14
You surely remember that technomancer's living persona Response is equal to his Intuition, right? – Jeor Mattan Jul 22 '13 at 17:30
Yes, and my Technomancer's Intuition is 5. – Cobalt Jul 22 '13 at 21:04
Therefore, technomancer's Matrix Initiative is indeed Intuition + Intuition + 1 (hotsim), where the first summand is actually your Response and therefore is limited by Resonance. – Jeor Mattan Jul 23 '13 at 11:48
and my Resonance is 5, too. – Cobalt Jul 23 '13 at 12:43

The Resonance measures how well your character is attuned to the Matrix, and it limits not only the personna attributes (firewall, response, system and signal) but also the complex forms you use.

So your Matrix Initiative is indeed Intuition + Response (which is the minimum value between Intuition and Resonance) + 1 (because technomancers always operate is hotsim), and this value will exceed the Resonance of almost anyone. Don't forget that, unlike hackers, technomancers may run as many complex forms as they like without affecting their Response.

And for the Biofeedback Filter Complex Form you receive automatically from being a Technomancer (at a rating equal to your Charisma), it is, as any other Complex Form, limited by your Resonance. So your Biofeedback Filter Complex Form rating is equal to the minimum value between Resonance and Charisma.

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I thought you couldn't take Biofeedback as a complex form because that was tied to your Charisma... – Cobalt Jul 25 '13 at 12:52
@Cobalt Biofeedback IS a Complex Form, but one that you receive automatically at character creation – Cristol.GdM Jul 25 '13 at 13:57
@Cobalt I edited my answer to clarify this. – Trajan Jul 25 '13 at 17:18

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