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SENSE MOTIVE (WIS)

Check: A successful check lets you avoid being bluffed (see the Bluff skill). You can also use this skill to determine when ďsomething is upĒ (that is, something odd is going on) or to assess someoneís trustworthiness.

Task

Sense Motive DC

Hunch

20

Sense enchantment

25 or 15

Discern secret message

Varies

Hunch: This use of the skill involves making a gut assessment of the social situation. You can get the feeling from anotherís behavior that something is wrong, such as when youíre talking to an impostor. Alternatively, you can get the feeling that someone is trustworthy.

Sense Enchantment: You can tell that someoneís behavior is being influenced by an enchantment effect (by definition, a mind-affecting effect), even if that person isnít aware of it. The usual DC is 25, but if the target is dominated (see dominate person), the DC is only 15 because of the limited range of the targetís activities.

Discern Secret Message: You may use Sense Motive to detect that a hidden message is being transmitted via the Bluff skill. In this case, your Sense Motive check is opposed by the Bluff check of the character transmitting the message. For each piece of information relating to the message that you are missing, you take a Ė2 penalty on your Sense Motive check. If you succeed by 4 or less, you know that something hidden is being communicated, but you canít learn anything specific about its content. If you beat the DC by 5 or more, you intercept and understand the message. If you fail by 4 or less, you donít detect any hidden communication. If you fail by 5 or more, you infer some false information.

Action: Trying to gain information with Sense Motive generally takes at least 1 minute, and you could spend a whole evening trying to get a sense of the people around you.

Try Again: No, though you may make a Sense Motive check for each Bluff check made against you.

Special: A ranger gains a bonus on Sense Motive checks when using this skill against a favored enemy.

If you have the Negotiator feat, you get a +2 bonus on Sense Motive checks.

Synergy: If you have 5 or more ranks in Sense Motive, you get a +2 bonus on Diplomacy checks.


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