Age of Heroes
Forgery lets you prepare forged written documents, including appropriate seals or counterfeit items. It was a powerful – if treacherous – weapon in ancient times. During the Trojan War, a letter found in a soldier’s tent, reading ‘The gold that I have sent you is the reward for betraying your comrades’, resulted in his execution. You must have the Literacy feat in order to use the Forgery skill.
Forgery requires writing materials appropriate to the document being forged, enough light or sufficient visual acuity to see the details of your writing, wax for seals, if appropriate and time. To forge a document on which the handwriting is not specific to a person, such as military orders, a governmental decree, a ransom demand or the like, you need only to have seen a similar document before to gain a +8 bonus on your check. To forge a person’s individual seal or mark, you need a copy of it and you gain a +4 bonus on the check. To forge a longer document written in the hand of some particular person, a large sample of that person’s handwriting is needed. The Forgery check is made secretly, so that you’re not sure how good your forgery is. As with Disguise, you do not even need to make a check until someone examines the work. Your Forgery check is opposed by the Forgery check of the person who examines the document to check its authenticity. The examiner gains modifiers on their check if any of the conditions on the table below exist. A document that contradicts procedure orders, previous knowledge or one that requires sacrifice on the part of the reader can increase that character’s suspicion and thus create favorable circumstances for the checker’s opposing Forgery check.
Forging a very short and simple document takes about one minute. A longer or more complex document takes 1d4 minutes per page.
- Try Again:
Usually, no. A retry is never possible after a particular reader detects a particular forgery. But the document created by the forger might still fool someone else. The result of a Forgery check for a particular document must be used for every instance of a different reader examining the document. No reader can attempt to detect a particular forgery more than once; if that one opposed check goes in favor of the forger, then the reader cannot try using his own skill again, even if he is suspicious about the document.
If you have the Deceitful feat, you gain a +2 bonus on Forgery checks.
Forgery is language-dependent; thus, to forge documents and detect forgeries, you must be able to read and write the language in