I am sure this has been discussed before, but my searches didn't turn anything up. I apologize (profusely) in advance for the following question, but I am beginning my ramp-up to running EP, and I need some clarification.
In at least 2 sections of the book it states that (presuming the correct trait and/or morph) the attribute maximum is 40. However, in one section it seems to say that 40 is a hard cap and nothing may modify or raise it higher than that, while in another it appears to say that 40 is the most that it can be bought up to, and then it can be raised with morph bonuses and/or implants/bioware.
So my question is: which is it? Is 40 a hard, impassable cap, representing the farthest end of transhuman development, or is it a soft "natural" cap, which can be improved by proper selection of biology and technology coupled with (trans)human ingenuity? I would like to go "by the book" on this, and not have to make a house rule.
Could someone please help the poor, powerfully confused flat with the defective ecto?