Ability Score Used: Intelligence Usable Untrained? No Armor Check Penalty Applies? No
You are educated in a field of study and can answer both simple and complex questions. Like the Perform and Profession skills, Knowledge actually encompasses a number of different specialties. You could have several Knowledge skills, each with its own ranks.
Some of the knowledge skills are linked to a particular bailiwick skill. In these cases, ranks in the bailiwick skill grant an equal number of free ranks in the associated knowledge skill. Note that a character can never have more ranks in a skill than their character level.
You cannot make an untrained Knowledge check with a DC higher than 10. If you have access to a library that covers a specific skill, this limit is removed. The time to make checks using a library, however, increases to 1d4 hours. Particularly complete libraries might even grant a research bonus on Knowledge checks pertaining to topics that they cover.
The table below describes all knowledge skills in Epic Path. Some GM's may elect to invent additional knowledge skills specific to their campaign world. While this is fine and can add some interesting color to a campaign, GM's are advised to limit it to one or two new skills only, since increasing the total number of available skills can create issues with certain classes (particularly bards).
Table: Knowledge Skills
Skill Assoc. Bailiwick Lore Checks Description Knowledge (Arcana) Spellcraft Monsters: Constructs, Dragons, Magical Beasts The study of ancient mysteries, magic traditions, arcane symbols, constructs, dragons and magical beasts Knowledge (Deep History) - The study of pre-histories of the ancient world and civilizations long past. Knowledge (Dungeoneering) - Monsters: Aberrations, Oozes The study of spelunking, caves, dungeons, aberrations and oozes. Knowledge (Engineering) Warfare Bogeys: Subaquatic, Subterranean The study of buildings, aqueducts, bridges, fortifications and sieges. Knowledge (Geography) - Bogeys: Ground, Aerial The study of lands, terrain, climate, people and astronomy. Knowledge (History) - The study of wars, colonies, migrations, founding of cities and cultural origins. Knowledge (Local) Spycraft Monsters: Humanoids, Proteans The study of legends, personalities, inhabitants, laws, customs, traditions and humanoids. Knowledge (Logic) Reason Bogeys: Aether The study of deduction, induction, puzzles, riddles and conundrums. Knowledge (Nature) Naturalism Monsters: Animals, Fey, Giants, Monstrous Humanoids, Plants, Vermin The study of the natural world, animals, seasons and cycles, weather and the fey. Knowledge (Nobility) - Bogeys: Naval The study of lineages, heraldry, personalities, royalty and etiquette. Knowledge (Planes) - Monsters: Elementals, Demons, Devils, Outsiders The study of the Inner and Outer Planes, the Astral and Ethereal Planes, outsiders and planar magic. Knowledge (Religion) Divinity Monsters: Undead The study of gods and goddesses, ecclesiastic tradition, holy symbols and the undead.
Monster Lore Checks
Characters can use certain knowledge skills to identify monsters and recall details about their special powers or vulnerabilities. In general, the DC of such a check is double the monster's CR. A successful check allows them to remember a little bit of useful information about that monster. GM's should either read, or allow the character to read, the introductory text of the monster's bestiary entry. If a player instead beats a DC of 15 + double the monster's CR, their character knows quite a lot about the monster in question, and GM's should allow that player to look over the monster's bestiary entry in its entirety.
Basic Monster Lore: DC = double the monster's CR Complete Monster Lore: DC = 15 + double the monster's CR
Warfare can also be used to identify information about a monster's CR, in addition to its offensive, defensive and tactics sections.
Reason may be used to determine the 'programming' of a mindless creature.
Knowledge Skill Creature Type Arcana Constructs, dragons, magical beasts Dungeoneering Aberrations, oozes Local Humanoids, proteans Nature Animals, fey, giants, monstrous humanoids, plants, vermin Planes Elementals, Demons, Devils, Outsiders Religion Undead
Bogey Lore Checks
If the optional Vehicle Combat rules are being used, player characters can use certain knowledge skills to identify enemy bogeys (NPC-controlled vehicles) and recall details about their special powers or vulnerabilities. As with monster lore checks, the DC of this check is double the bogey's CR. A successful check allows them to remember a little bit of useful information about that bogey. GM's should either read, or allow the character to read, the introductory text of the bogey's fleet entry. If a player instead beats a DC of 15 + double the bogey's CR, their character knows quite a lot about the bogey in question, and GM's should allow that player to look over the bogey's fleet entry in its entirety.
Basic Bogey Lore: DC = double the bogey's CR Complete Bogey Lore: DC = 15 + double the bogey's CR