Campaign of the Month: September 2013
Step: Rank + CHA
A character with the Streetwise skill knows the ins and outs of urban environments, particularly the seedier side of cities. Streetwise is used like the Etiquette skill for scenarios where the character tries to fit into criminal or street subculture, but modifiers to the Difficulty Number are not applied as frequently. Additionally, Streetwise allows a character to gain the trust of other characters living apart from society who would otherwise not speak to him (and thus not allow an Etiquette Test). The character makes a Streetwise Test against the highest Social Defense among a target group, +1 per additional character. If successful, the targets are convinced that the character is a local street element and not sent by the authorities or otherwise out to disrupt their trade. They will now interact with the character, but are not necessarily friendly.
Streetwise can also act as a Knowledge skill when trying to find information typically available to local underground characters, such as the location of black markets. The character does not have any knowledge, but can emulate a Knowledge skill by asking around, dropping a few silvers into the right palms. This follows the rules for Making Knowledge Tests (p. 89).