Character Module Dark Skills
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How Skills Work
Skill Descriptions Skill Descriptions
Skill Feats
Advanced Options Creating Skills
Mini-Modules Mini Module: No Skills
Mini Module: Particulate Skills
Mini Module: Skill Challenges
Mini Module: Extended Skill Checks

This section describes the skills available to d20A characters, including their common uses and modifiers. Characters may be able to use skills for tasks other than those given here. The GM sets the DC and decides the results in those cases.

The format for skill descriptions is given here. Not all items apply for all skills. Items that do not apply are omitted from the skill’s description. However, if a use for a certain skill arises that is not covered in these rules, do not hesitate to add it for your own game: it’s often easier to hijack an existing skill for a new purpose than it is to create a totally new skill from scratch, especially when you have a player tapping his foot waiting to find out if he can defuse a bomb or not!

Note that if a GM chooses not to use the options for Extended Skill checks or Challenges in the game, those sections may be omitted.

NAME Key Ability

The skill name line contains the following information:

  • Skill Name: What the skill is called. GMs may feel free to change the names of some skills to better suit the style of their game.
  • Key Ability: The ability modifier applied to the skill check.

The skill name line is followed by a brief description of the skill and four other categories:

  • Check: How to make a check for the skill, what the results are, and the Difficulty Class.
  • Try Again: Conditions on retrying a check with the skill. If this section is omitted, the skill can be retried an unlimited number of times.
  • Action: The number of actions required to use the skill, how long it takes. As a general rule, if a skill takes a minute or longer to use, you can halve the time required by taking 2 penalties on the check.
  • Special: Any extra information about the skill or its use.
  • Extended: Certain skills might have applications as Extended Checks with more than one success required to accomplish a certain task.
  • Challenges: Skill Challenges available with this skill.