Shadow of the Raven Research

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Research Mechanics

  • Research happens in 8 hour increments, with one roll per increment, its Difficulty based on the topic being researched.
  • Research Rolls are made using either Read/Write, Charm or Command
    • Character with the Appropriate Academic Knowledge gain +10 to the roll.
    • Characters without an appropriate Academic Knowledge check take a -20 to the roll.
    • Characters with Search Trained gained +10 to the Research Roll.
  • Research Assistant: Istvan can act as a Research Assitant for one character. He grants the following benefits
    • The PC's may ignore the penalty for lacking an Academic Knowledge skill.
  • Duplicate Topics: If you unlock a topic that you had alread unlocked, you gain 2 free shifts in that topic.
  • Unsupervised Research
    • Each Concealment or Disguise check grants 4 hours of Unsupervised research.
    • Multiple Failed checks may result in the characters expulsion from the House of Wisdom.
    • Research Checks may be made the Search or Read/Write.
  • Research Fatigue: A character may only engage in a number of Hours of Research equal to the lower of 1/4 their Toughness or Will Power. For each hour of research past that they must make Willpower check to stay focused.
    • Fatigue (Level 1):Receive a -10 penalty to all checks.
    • Fatigue (Level 2):Receive a -20 penalty to all checks.
    • Fatigue (Level 3):Research increments take 25% longer due to distraction, nodding off, etc.
    • Fatigue (Level 4):Research increments take 50% longer.
    • Fatigue (Level 5):Research increments are doubled.