You understand the people and systems that make civilization run, and you know the historical events that make societies what they are today. Further, you can use that knowledge to navigate the complex Physical, societal, and economic workings of settlements.



  • Recall Knowledge
    Recall Knowledge

    Description To remember useful information on a topic, you can attempt to Recall Knowledge. You might know basic information about something without needing to attempt a check, but Recall Knowledge requires you to stop and think for a moment so you can recollect more specific facts and apply them. You might even need to spend time investigating first. For instance, to use Medicine to learn the cause of death, you might need to conduct a forensic examination before attempting to Recall Knowledge.
    Applications The following skills can be used to Recall Knowledge, getting information about the listed topics. In some cases, you can get the GM’s permission to use a different but related skill, usually against a higher DC than normal. Some topics might appear on multiple lists, but the skills could give different information. For example, Arcana might tell you about the magical defenses of a golem, whereas Crafting could tell you about its sturdy resistance to physical attacks.
    • Arcana: Arcane theories, magical traditions, creatures of arcane significance, and arcane planes.
    • Crafting: Alchemical reactions and creatures, item value, engineering, unusual materials, and constructs.
    • Lore: The subject of the Lore skill’s subcategory.
    • Medicine: Diseases, poisons, wounds, and forensics.
    • Nature: The environment, flora, geography, weather, creatures of natural origin, and natural planes.
    • Occultism: Ancient mysteries, obscure philosophy, creatures of occult significance, and esoteric planes.
    • Religion: Divine agents, divine planes, theology, obscure myths, and creatures of religious significance.
    • Society: Local history, key personalities, legal institutions, societal structure, and humanoid culture.
    The GM might allow checks to Recall Knowledge using other skills. For example, you might assess the skill of an acrobat using Acrobatics. If you’re using a physical skill (like in this example), the GM will most likely have you use a mental ability score—typically Intelligence— instead of the skill’s normal physical ability score. Degrees of Performance
    • Critical Success You recall the knowledge accurately and gain additional information or context.
    • Success You recall the knowledge accurately or gain a useful clue about your current situation.
    • Critical Failure You recall incorrect information or gain an erroneous or misleading clue.
    - about local history, important personalities, legal institutions, societal structure, and humanoid cultures. The GM might allow Society to apply to other creatures that are major elements of society in your region, such as the draconic nobility in a kingdom of humans ruled by dragons.
  • Subsist

    Description You try to provide food and shelter for yourself, and possibly others as well.
    Applications The GM determines the DC based on the nature of the place where you’re trying to Subsist. You might need a minimum proficiency rank to Subsist in particularly strange environments.   Unlike most downtime activities, you can Subsist after 8 hours or less of exploration, but if you do, you take a –5 penalty. Critical Success Success Failure Critical Failure Degrees of Performance
    • Critical Success You either provide a subsistence living for yourself and one additional creature, or you improve your own food and shelter, granting yourself a comfortable living.
    • Success You find enough food and shelter with basic protection from the elements to provide you a subsistence living.
    • FailureYou’re exposed to the elements and don’t get enough food, becoming fatigued until you attain sufficient food and shelter.
    • Critical Failure You attract trouble, eat something you shouldn’t, or otherwise worsen your situation. You take a –2 circumstance penalty to checks to Subsist for 1 week. You don’t find any food at all; if you don’t have any stored up, you’re in danger of starving or dying of thirst if you continue failing.
    - in a settlement by finding shelter, scrounging, or begging for food.


  • Decipher Writing
    Decipher Writing

    Description You attempt to decipher complicated writing or literature on an obscure topic.
    Applications 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. Degrees of Performance
    • 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.
    - that’s a coded message, text written in an incomplete or archaic form, or in some cases, text in a language you don’t know.
  • Create Forgery
    Create Forgery

    Requirements You must have the proper writing material to create a forgery.
    Description You create a forged document, usually over the course of a day or a week.
    Applications When you Create a Forgery, the GM rolls a secret DC 20 Society check. If you succeed, the forgery is of good enough quality that passive observers can’t notice the fake. Only those who carefully examine the document and attempt a Perception or Society check against your Society DC can do so.   If the document’s handwriting doesn’t need to be specific to a person, you need only to have seen a similar document before, and you gain up to a +4 circumstance bonus to your check, as well as to your DC (the GM determines the bonus).   To forge a specific person’s handwriting, you need a sample of that person’s handwriting.   If your check result was below 20, the forgery has some obvious signs of being fake, so the GM compares your result to each passive observer’s Perception DC or Society DC, whichever is higher. Once the GM rolls your check for a document, that same result is used against all passive observers’ DCs no matter how many creatures passively observe that document. An observer who was fooled on a passive glance can still choose to closely scrutinize the documents on the lookout for a forgery, using different techniques and analysis methods beyond the surface elements you successfully forged with your original check. In that case, the observer can attempt a Perception or Society check against your Society DC (if they succeed, they know your document is a forgery). Degrees of Performance
    • Success The observer does not detect the forgery..
    • FailureThe observer knows your document is a forgery.
    - You create a forged document, usually over the course of a day or a week.
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  • Courtly Graces Courtly Graces
    Courtly Graces - General Feat 1

    Requirements trained in Society
    Description You were raised among the nobility or have learned proper etiquette and bearing, allowing you to present yourself as a noble and play games of influence and politics. You can use Society to Make an Impression on a noble, as well as with Impersonate to pretend to be a noble if you aren’t one. If you want to impersonate a specific noble, you still need to use Deception to Impersonate normally, and to Lie when necessary.
    • Make an Impression
      Make an Impression

      Description With at least 1 minute of conversation, during which you engage in charismatic overtures, flattery, and other acts of goodwill, you seek to make a good impression on someone to make them temporarily agreeable.
      Applications At the end of the conversation, attempt a Diplomacy check against the Will DC of one target, modified by any circumstances the GM sees fit. Good impressions (or bad impressions, on a critical failure) last for only the current social interaction unless the GM decides otherwise. Degrees of Performance
      • Critical Success The target’s attitude toward you improves by two steps.
      • Success The target’s attitude toward you improves by one step.
      • Critical Failure The target’s attitude toward you decreases by one step.

      Changing Attitudes

      Your influence on NPCs is measured with a set of attitudes that reflect how they view your character.
      • Helpful Willing to help you and responds favorably to your requests.
      • Friendly Has a good attitude toward you, but won’t necessarily stick their neck out to help you.
      • Indifferent Doesn’t care about you either way. (Most NPCs start out indifferent.)
      • Unfriendly Dislikes you and doesn’t want to help you.
      • Hostile- Actively works against you—and might attack you just because of their dislike.
      No one can ever change the attitude of a player character with these skills. You can roleplay interactions with player characters, and even use Diplomacy results if the player wants a mechanical sense of how convincing or charming a character is, but players make the ultimate decisions about how their characters respond.
    • Impersonate

      Description You create a disguise to pass yourself off as someone or something you are not. Assembling a convincing disguise takes 10 minutes and requires a disguise kit, but a simpler, quicker disguise might do the job if you’re not trying to imitate a specific individual, at the GM’s discretion.
      Applications In most cases, creatures have a chance to detect your deception only if they use the Seek action to attempt Perception checks against your Deception DC. If you attempt to directly interact with someone while disguised, the GM rolls a secret Deception check for you against that creature’s Perception DC instead. If you’re disguised as a specific individual, the GM might give creatures you interact with a circumstance bonus based on how well they know the person you’re imitating, or the GM might roll a secret Deception check even if you aren’t directly interacting with others. Degrees of Performance
      • Success You trick the creature into thinking you’re the person you’re disguised as. You might have to attempt a new check if your behavior changes.
      • FailureThe creature can tell you’re not who you claim to be.
      • Critical FailureThe creature can tell you’re not who you claim to be, and it recognizes you if it would know you without a disguise.
  • Eye for Numbers Eye for Numbers
    Eye For Numbers - General Feat 1

    Requirements trained in Society
    Description You’ve learned to subitize, quickly estimating the number of items in a group with relative accuracy at only a glance.
    Applications   You immediately learn the number of visually similar items in a group you can see (such as coins, books, or people), rounded to the first digit in the total number.   For example, you could look at a case of potion vials and learn that it held about 30 vials, but you wouldn’t know that it was exactly 33 vials, how many different types of potions there were, or how many of which type. Similarly, you could look at a pile of 2,805 coins and know that there were about 3,000 coins in all.   You can use this ability only on items that can typically be counted, so you can’t use it on grains of sand or stars in the sky, for example.   In addition, when you attempt to Decipher Writing that is primarily numerical or mathematical, you gain a +2 circumstance bonus to your check.

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You understand the people and systems that make civilization run, and you know the historical events that make societies what they are today. Further, you can use that knowledge to navigate the complex physical, societal, and economic workings of settlements.
Untrained: Recall Knowledge, Subsist Trained: Decipher Writing, Create Forgery
Pathfinder 2e, Intelligence, Skill


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