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TL;DR: Charisma is often connected to appearance, but has no inherent association with any physical qualities--and definitely does not imply comeliness. The repeated references to Charisma as a physical attractiveness score are incomplete shorthand, referencing the most common use of Charisma for player characters. Since you're focusing on 3.5-like systems, ...


No "Physical Score" is a term actually used by the rules. See the aging rules: With age, a character's physical ability scores decrease and his mental ability scores increase. Charisma is a mental score in this definition, as shown in the table where it goes up along with Intelligence and Wisdom. Now, it's clear from your quote that Charisma can ...

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