Skills and Paoru

Quick Guide

Bluff, Diplomacy, Sense Motive
Knowledge – Geography, History, Local, Nobility
Knowledge – Nature
Knowledge – Yokai
Knowledge – Arcana
Linguistics
Handle Animal & Ride
Spellcraft

Skill Synergy

Bluff, Diplomacy, Sense Motive

If you are attempting to use these skills, there are modifiers for how well you know their culture (knowledge: local). If you don’t know anything about their culture, it gives a -2 modifier to the player’s roll to bluff. This modifier also applies to Diplomacy rolls when attempting to alter someone’s feelings towards you. When trying to detect a lie, the -2 modifier applies if you don’t know anything about the liar’s culture.

If you have a rank in knowledge:local as it pertains the other person’s culture, add a +2 to the rolls.

Knowledge: Geography, History, Local, Nobility, Religion

For every 3 ranks, choose a specific area as defined by country boundaries or specific regions within that country. You can choose to know about the geography of the principalities while knowing about the history of the Lake districts of Tanah Baru or the local knowledge of Shiren Shi province in the empire.

Knowledge: Nature

Every 2 ranks, choose a specific facet of nature to know about. When attempting to glean information about something you haven’t studied, apply a -4 to the roll.

E.g. mammals, reptiles, marine life, monstrous species, plants, seasons, weather…

Knowledge: Yokai

This skill replaces Knowledge: Planes. Every 3 ranks, choose a specific type of yokai to study. When attempting to glean information about a yokai type you haven’t studied, apply a -4 to the roll

Types of Yokai: Tianshi (spirit), Wood, Fire, Stone, Metal, Water, Oni (void)

Knowledge: Arcana

For every 3 ranks in this skill, specify a facet of magical knowledge such as ancient mysteries, magical traditions, constructs…etc. Due to the difference between arcane and divine magic in this setting. Unless the GM approves it, an arcane caster has no real knowledge of divine spells or divine magic items. The same is true for a divine caster and arcane spells or arcane magic items.

Linguistics

Your character can only learn a language when placing ranks in linguistics. Every rank in linguistics gives you another language.

Spellcraft

For every 3 ranks in this skill, specify a particular form of magic, e.g. Shou Moshu, Mantiravati, mahotsukai, onmyoji, …etc. If you don’t know anything about the magic being used, then the roll is performed with a -15 modifier. Arcane casters are unable to apply this skill to divine casters and vice versa.

Skill Synergy

You can apply the bonuses for skill synergies if you qualify for them. You can find them here.

Skills and Paoru

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