Age of Heroes
Whether it be an urn of dubious merit or a mysterious fleece of gold, you can use this skill to determine the quality of items that come into your possession. Check: You can make an informed appraisal of the value and quality of common or well known objects with a DC 12 Appraise check (see the Quality of Items table in the Equipment chapter). Failure means that you estimate the item’s quality at either 1d2 ranks lower or 1d2 ranks higher (roll randomly) than it actually is. The quality of an item is indicative of its likely trade value. You automatically know what the base value of a common item is. The quality rank of the item determines any modifier applied to the base value.
Note that a wholly forged item, such as a counterfeit coin, has no value. Success when appraising a forged item means that you not only estimate the true quality of the item, but also identify it as a deliberate forgery. The DC to identify a cleverly made forgery may be higher than 12 (see the Forgery skill for details). Appraising a rare or exotic item requires a successful check against DC 15, 20 or higher. If the check is successful, you estimate both the quality and the base value correctly; failure means you cannot estimate the item’s quality, as you cannot identify its base value.
A ground lens, a very hard item to come by, can give a +2 equipment bonus on Appraise checks involving any item that is small or highly detailed, such as a piece of ritual jewellery. A merchant’s scale can also give a +2 equipment bonus on Appraise checks involving any items that are valued by weight, including anything made of precious metals. These two bonuses stack.
- Action: Appraising an item takes 1 minute (ten consecutive full-round actions).
- Try Again: No. You cannot try again on the same object, regardless of success.
- Special: A character with the Diligent feat gains a +2 bonus on Appraise checks.
- Synergy: If you have five or more ranks in any Craft skill, you gain a +2 bonus on Appraise checks related to items made with that Craft skill.
- Untrained: For common items, failure on an untrained check means no estimate. For rare items, success means an estimate of 1d3 ranks more or less than actual quality.