Korovia - The Free License Fantasy World
|Chapter Five: Feats & Skills
Korovia has many ancient cities and towns that now lie in ruins. Archeology does not give the PC knowledge about the history of such places, but rather an insight into how they built things and how they lived. It is really more like Anthropology (the study of different cultures) except Archeology is about ancient cultures. When using this skill a PC with 5 or more ranks in Ancient History (or Elvish History, depending on the setting) gains a +2 synergy bonus to their Archeology check (and vice versa). The Archeology check can be used for many things when exploring ancient buildings or catacombs.
After making a successful check a PC can gain a +2 synergy bonus to search for and disable ancient traps, appraise ancient items, decipher writing, make a forgery, making a map (see Mapmaking below), make related knowledge checks, and even use ancient magical devices. Archeology is really best used in combination with other skills. In some cases the Archeology check can be substituted for a different skill that the PC doesn’t have.
This skill can be best used in a library to gather information about a particular archeological site. Provided the PC can find information on the topic, they should be able to get an idea of what kind of architecture the place will have, what kinds of traps or monsters it might have and maybe even maps of the site and ways to avoid its dangers.
The PC can create detailed and accurate maps of landscapes, buildings and underground labyrinths (often from memory). They can even make topographical maps. A PC with 5 or more ranks in a Craft skill that involves drawing gains a +2 synergy bonus. A PC with 5 or more ranks in Geography also gains a synergy bonus. These synergy bonuses stack.
Maps can be quite valuable (if they’re rare locations and useful) and thus when using this skill the PC should refer to the Craft skill to see how much their maps are worth. A simple map has a DC of 12 or less. A detailed (and accurate) map has a DC of 15. When appraising a map, a PC with 5 or more ranks in mapmaking gains a +2 synergy bonus to determine a map’s value. Mapmakers often also draw images of the landscape, which in combination with a map can be quite valuable so that a person can get “the lay of the land”.
Chapter 1: The History of Korovia
Chapter 2: Towns, Cities & Guilds
Chapter 3: Cosmology & Gods
Chapter 4: Races & Classes
Chapter 5: Feats & Skills
Chapter 6: NPCs & Plots
Chapter 7: Spells Chapter 8: Monsters Chapter 9: Treasure & Special Items Chapter 10: House Rules Chapter 11: Maps