drift has a nontrivial impact on effective
If you're too far out of alignment you'll have trouble
or performing the other higher-level actions which bring you the most
and which make your character unique.
This can be quite mystifying.
If you're frustrated that you've just burned 40
and haven't yet advanced your
Skill even though your
is quite high — have a look at your drift.
Too far in either direction and you're stuffed.