Knowledge


Knowledge

(Int; Trained Only)


Like the Craft and Profession skills, Knowledge actually encompasses a number of unrelated skills. Knowledge represents a study of some body of lore, possibly an academic or even scientific discipline. Below are listed typical fields of study.


  • Agriculture
    (crops, farming, husbandry, soil, fertilizers, domesticated animals)
  • Architecture and Engineering
    (buildings, bridges, fortifications)
  • Art and Literature
    (epics, poetic works, heroic myths, statuary, culture)
  • Geography
    (lands, terrain, climate, people)
  • History
    (royalty, wars, colonies, migrations, founding of cities)
  • Local
    (legends, personalities, inhabitants, laws, customs, traditions)
  • Mysteries
    (initiatory cults, witchcraft activity, obscure beliefs, hidden history)
  • Nature
    (wild animals, monstrous creatures, plants, seasons and cycles, weather, vermin)
  • Nobility and Royalty
    (lineages, family trees, feuds, mottoes, personalities)
  • Philosophy
    (major philosophies, eternal verities, questions, paradoxes, the human condition)
  • Religion, Egyptian
    (the Egyptian Gods, the Duat, the rites and rituals)
  • Religion, Greek
    (the Olympians, other deities, mysterious cults, appropriate sacrifices, the underworld)
  • Tactics and Strategy
    (military command, military history, troop deployment) Check: Answering a question within your field of study has a DC of 10 for really easy questions, 15 for basic questions or 20 to 30 for really tough questions. In many cases, you can use this skill to identify monsters and their special powers or vulnerabilities. In general, the DC of such a check equals 10 + the monster’s HD. A successful check allows you to remember a bit of useful information about that monster. For every five points by which your check result exceeds the DC, you recall another piece of useful information.

  • Action:
    Usually none. In most cases, making a Knowledge check does not take an action. You simply know the answer or you do not.

  • Try Again:
    No. The check represents what you know and thinking about a topic a second time does not let you know something that you have never learned in the first place.

  • Synergy:
    If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (agriculture) and your deity is Demeter or Osiris, you gain a +2 bonus on Prayer checks. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (art and literature), you gain a +2 bonus on Rhetoric checks. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (mysteries), you gain a +2 bonus on Witchcraft and Hekau checks. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (architecture and engineering), you gain a +2 bonus on Search checks made to find secret doors or hidden compartments. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (geography), you gain a +2 bonus on Survival checks made to keep from gaining lost or to avoid natural hazards. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (history), you gain a +2 bonus on Lore checks, if you are a bard or sage. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (local), you gain a +2 bonus on Gather Information checks. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (nature), you gain a +2 bonus on Survival checks made in above-ground natural environments, such as aquatic, desert, forest, hill, marsh, mountains or plains. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (nobility and royalty), you gain a +2 bonus on Presence checks. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (philosophy), you gain a +2 bonus on Solve Conundrum checks. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (religion: Greek or Egyptian), you gain a +2 bonus on opposed Prayer checks when reducing another’s die roll result with Divine Points. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (tactics and strategy), you gain a +2 bonus on Initiative checks. If you have five or more ranks in Survival, you gain a +2 bonus on Knowledge (nature) checks.

  • Untrained:
    An untrained Knowledge check is simply an Intelligence check. Without actual training, you know only common knowledge (DC 10 or lower).








Knowledge

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