Adjustments
Adventuring Gear
View all assistive items.
Assistive Items
View all types of contracts.
Contracts (4)
Cursed Items
View all types of customizations.
Customizations (5)
Intelligent Items
View all types of services.
Services (6)
View all types of shields.
Shields (3)
Siege Weapons
Spellhearts
View all types of wands.
Wands (3)
View all types of worn items.
Worn Items (5)

Actions | Activities


Decipher Writing

ConcentrateExplorationSecret
Source Core Rulebook pg. 234 2.0
You attempt to decipher complicated writing or literature on an obscure topic. This usually takes 1 minute per page of text, but might take longer (typically an hour per page for decrypting ciphers or the like). The text must be in a language you can read, though the GM might allow you to attempt to decipher text written in an unfamiliar language using Society instead.

The DC is determined by the GM based on the state or complexity of the document. The GM might have you roll one check for a short text or a check for each section of a larger text.

Critical Success You understand the true meaning of the text.
Success You understand the true meaning of the text. If it was a coded document, you know the general meaning but might not have a word-for-word translation.
Failure You can’t understand the text and take a –2 circumstance penalty to further checks to decipher it.
Critical Failure You believe you understand the text on that page, but you have in fact misconstrued its message.

Sample Decipher Writing Tasks

Trained entry-level philosophy treatise
Expert complex code, such as a cipher
Master spymaster’s code or advanced research notes
Legendary esoteric planar text written in metaphor by an ancient celestial