Age of Heroes
This skill encompasses many outdoor activities, such as following basic tracks, guiding your fellows across a flat and barren desert or hunting game for the evening meal. Also useful for avoiding the dangers of nature, such as a crocodile waiting in the reeds or shifting sands near an innocent looking oasis.
You can keep yourself and others safe and fed in the wild. The table below gives the DCs for various tasks that require Survival checks. Survival does not allow you to follow difficult tracks unless you have the Track feat; see the Restriction section below.
Varies. A single Survival check may represent activity over the course of hours or a full day. A Survival check made to find tracks is at least a full-round action and it may take even longer.
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Varies. For gaining along in the wild or for gaining the Fortitude save bonus noted in the table above, you make a Survival check once every 24 hours. The result of that check applies until the next check is made. To avoid gaining lost or avoid natural hazards, you make a Survival check whenever the situation calls for one. Retries to avoid gaining lost in a specific situation or to avoid a specific natural hazard are not allowed. For finding tracks, you can retry a failed check after one hour, if outdoors or 10 minutes if indoors, of searching.
While anyone can use Survival to find tracks (regardless of the DC) or to follow tracks when the DC for the task is 10 or lower, only a character with the Track feat can use Survival to follow tracks when the task has a higher DC.
If you have five or more ranks in Survival, you can automatically determine where true north lies in relation to yourself. If you have the Self-Sufficient feat, you gain a +2 bonus on Survival checks.
If you have five or more ranks in Survival, you gain a +2 bonus on Knowledge (nature) checks. If you have five or more ranks in Knowledge (nature), you gain a +2 bonus on Survival checks in natural environments such as aquatic, desert, forest, hill, marsh, mountains and plains. 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 Search, you gain a +2 bonus on Survival checks to find or follow tracks.