Where Is Occult?

Traditionally, the Storytelling System has a Mental Skill called Occult, which covers knowledge of occultism, metaphysics, and the like. In the World of Darkness, it can be quite useful for gleaning some truth about the supernatural. But in the wizarding world, the kinds of things one would "know" from Occult would usually be dead wrong, or highly misleading. It didn't seem fair to ask players to spend valuable Experience on a useless Skill. So, Occult was replaced with Gramarye. As for those blig characters with occult "knowledge", it is now just one of those things one needn't have a Skill for, like movie trivia or being really good at video games.

Youth Skills

Children are still growing, and as such, their capacity for learning and mastery is not as great as that of adults. Child and teen characters (i.e. characters who are still in school) cannot exceed three dots in any Skill unless they purchase the appropriate Prodigy Merit.

Skill Specialties

Skills tend to be rather broad in scope. Specialties allow you to focus on the narrower fields that your character is particularly good at. When a roll involves a Specialty that you possess for the Skill you are using, you gain a +1 modifier to the roll. There is no set list of Specialties; you can invent your own, but they should be fairly specific in scope.

Mental Skills (-3 unskilled)

Education in the arts and humanities (e.g. English, history, economics, law, etc.).
Operating computers. Can program at 3 or more.
Creating works of physical art or construction, from paintings to car engines.
Knowledge of the wizarding world.
Examining evidence, answering riddles, actively searching for clues, etc.
Treating injuries and illness. This is a blig skill, and does not cover magical healing. Wizards have historically considers blig doctors to be "butchers", although modern advances in medical science have begun to alter this perception.
Understanding political systems and bureaucracies.
Physical and natural sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology, physics). Wizards may also apply this to herbology and other magical sciences. Magical healers use Science to diagnose magical ailments.

New Mental Skill: Gramarye

The wizarding world, while existing right alongside the world Muggles know, is a vast and unique place. Even those born to it aren’t always familiar with its intricacies. Gramarye (pronounced: GRAM-uh-ree) presents knowledge of the customs, places, and history of the wizarding world.
Possessed by: Wizards, wizard-born, sanctioned bligs
Specialties: History of Magic, Wizard Culture, Specific Region/Country (e.g. United States, England, France, Romania)

Physical Skills (-1 unskilled)

Physical training, sports activities, and throwing weapons. Also used for riding animals, brooms, etc. (Riding or Flying Specialty required).
Unarmed combat, from street-fighting to martial arts.
Operating land and sea craft (aircraft require Piloting Specialty).
Identify, operate, and maintain most types of firearms.
Criminal activities like bypassing security systems, picking pockets, and concealing contraband.
Moving silently, keeping to the shadows, blending into a crowd, and other methods of avoiding notice.
Foraging for food, navigating the wilderness, and otherwise living off the land.
Fighting with close range weapons (i.e. clubs, swords, chairs, etc.).

Social Skills (-1 unskilled)

Animal Ken
Understanding and training animals. Wizards may also apply this to magical beasts (dragons require a Dragonology Specialty).
Reading and interpreting emotions.
The art of communication: journalism, poetry, creative writing, acting, music, dance, etc.
Influencing others through fear.
Inspiring or changing minds through logic, charm, or sheer fast-talking.
Gregariousness, sensitivity, etiquette, and custom. Used for interaction in social settings, such as bars, dinners, or parties.
Understanding and taking advantages of the culture and resources of the urban streets and underworld.
The art of deception.
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