Campaign of the Month: September 2013
Step: Rank + PER
Using equal parts observation, logic, and divination magic, the adept examines physical evidence to determine the answers to questions relating to his investigation. For example, he might examine a bed to determine that its occupant had not slept well, or he might identify a weapon as being the object used to murder someone. The adept makes an Evidence Analysis Test against the Spell Defense of the person responsible for leaving the evidence. If successful, he learns the answer to one question about the object or place for each Result Level achieved. As a general rule, this talent only answers questions regarding “what” or “how” something happened to an object or place. In the previous example, the adept would make an Evidence Analysis Test against the Spell Defense of the person who had slept in the bed. On a Good Result, he could ask the gamemaster one or two “what” or “how” questions related to the bed. If the activity occurred within a day of the Evidence Analysis Test, the adept gains a general impression of when the event happened (morning, afternoon, or evening) with a successful Test Result. When using this talent to evaluate evidence that is more than a day old, add +1 to the Difficulty Number for each day after the first. Other than the increased Difficulty Number, there is no limit to the age of the evidence being analyzed. The gamemaster answers the questions posed to him. Evidence Analysis cannot help the adept answer the questions of “who” or “why”—the focus of the examination is on facts, not motive or intent.