OGC:Specific Info (3.5e Gather Information Skill Use)

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Gather Information [Cha]

Gather Information can be used both for revealing specific information and in urban tracking.

Specific Info


At its core Gather Information represents the ability to guide a conversation — to get people to talk about the things you want to hear, without realizing that they are being led by the nose. In addition to its general use — picking up rumors and local gossip — Gather Information can also be used to trick an individual into revealing specific information.

Check: Make a skill check opposed by the target’s Sense Motive check. The target receives a +10 to her Sense Motive check if she is actively suspicious of you; at the GM’s discretion, she may receive an additional bonus based on racial hostilities, religious differences, or similar issues. Finally, she receives a bonus based on the importance of the information you are trying to obtain:

Import Example Bonus
Trivial What's your name? +0
Significant When’s the guard’s shift-change? +5
Secret Where is the safe hidden? +10
Top Secret What’s the combination? +20

If your Gather Information check is successful, your victim won’t even realize that she let the information slip; you keep the conversation moving seamlessly. If you miss a check by five or more points, your target realizes that you are digging for information and may become hostile or suspicious.

Retry: You can retry a failed roll, but you take a cumulative –5 penalty on each subsequent attempt, as the target begins to get suspicious; this penalty continues to accumulate even if you decide to search for a different piece of information. You cannot take 20 when you attempt to direct a conversation.

Special: This is not intended to take the place of roleplaying conversations with NPCs. In general, a GM will require you to roleplay at least part of the conversation. Depending on how you handle the situation, this may provide you with a bonus or penalty to your skill check. A particularly suave lead-in to your question might get you anywhere up to a +5 bonus, while a ham-handed or blunt query may give you a –5 penalty. Finally, characters with 5 or more ranks of Diplomacy receive a +2 synergy bonus to a Gather Information check to reveal specific information.



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Crime and Punishment
Classes Bounty Hunter (3.5e Class)God's Eye (3.5e Prestige Class)Inquisitor (3.5e Prestige Class)Investigator (3.5e Class)Justice (3.5e NPC Class)Lawkeeper (3.5e Prestige Class)Magehunter (3.5e Prestige Class)Spellbane (3.5e Prestige Class)
Skills Basic Local Info (3.5e Knowledge (Local) Skill Use)Decipher Sentinel Stone or Mark of Justice (3.5e Knowledge (Arcana or Religion) Skill Use)Determine Legality (3.5e Knowledge (Law) Skill Use)Forensic Pathology (3.5e Heal Skill Use)Hide Your Trail (3.5e Survival Skill Use)Specific Info (3.5e Gather Information Skill Use)Spot Sense Motive or Spell Use (3.5e Sense Motive Skill Use)Throw Off Pursuit (3.5e Diplomacy Skill Use)Torture (3.5e Heal Skill Use)Torture (3.5e Intimidate Skill Use)Urban Tracking (3.5e Gather Information Skill Use)
Feats Bondsman (3.5e Feat)Careful Listener (3.5e Feat)Group Tactics (3.5e Feat)Hard to Fool (3.5e Feat)Indomitable (3.5e Feat)Net Master (3.5e Feat)Slippery Tongue (3.5e Feat)Spellsense (3.5e Feat)Suppress Spell Energy (3.5e Feat)Twist the Knife (3.5e Feat)
Equipment Ball and Chain (3.5e Equipment)Flareshot (3.5e Equipment)Flashstone (3.5e Equipment)Investigator's Kit (3.5e Equipment)Iron Hands (3.5e Equipment)Leather Gag (3.5e Equipment)Mithral Net (3.5e Equipment)Mithral Rope (3.5e Equipment)Mother's Milk (3.5e Equipment)Poppy's Kiss (3.5e Equipment)Silk Net (3.5e Equipment)Strolga (3.5e Equipment)Thundershot (3.5e Equipment)Torturer's Lab (3.5e Equipment)Truth Serum (3.5e Equipment)
Magic Items Blood Drinking (3.5e Equipment)Bottled Spirits (3.5e Equipment)Circle of Thought (3.5e Equipment)Clinging (3.5e Equipment)Cloak of Shadows (3.5e Equipment)Collar of Dreamless Sleep (3.5e Equipment)Collar of Pain (3.5e Equipment)Collar of Pain Control Ring (3.5e Equipment)Death Coins (3.5e Equipment)Enchanted Manacles (3.5e Equipment)Figurine of Wondrous Power, Bloodhound (3.5e Equipment)Gloves of Subtle Casting (3.5e Equipment)Honor's Seat (3.5e Equipment)Key Talisman (3.5e Equipment)Mana Manacles (3.5e Equipment)Manacles of Ghostly Binding (3.5e Equipment)Manacles of Maintenance (3.5e Equipment)Mantle of the Inquisitor (3.5e Equipment)Message Stones (3.5e Equipment)Monocle of Aura Comparison (3.5e Equipment)Orb of Dimensional Stability (3.5e Equipment)Orb of Silence (3.5e Equipment)Phantom Blade (3.5e Equipment)Portable Cell (3.5e Equipment)Powder of Power (3.5e Equipment)Ring of Truth (3.5e Equipment)Robe of Deception (3.5e Equipment)Rod of Containment (3.5e Equipment)Sentinel Stone, Greater (3.5e Equipment)Sentinel Stone (3.5e Equipment)Silent Passenger (3.5e Equipment)Sleeper Net (3.5e Equipment)Spectacles of Speculation (3.5e Equipment)Spellbane's Bolt, Greater (3.5e Equipment)Spellbane's Bolt (3.5e Equipment)Stone of Wit (3.5e Equipment)Tentacle Rope (3.5e Equipment)Thought Disruption (3.5e Equipment)Trackless Boots (3.5e Equipment)
Spells Agony (3.5e Spell)Anathema (3.5e Spell)Animate Net (3.5e Spell)Aural Disruption (3.5e Spell)Ban (3.5e Spell)Blood Spilled Anew (3.5e Spell)Bumble (3.5e Spell)Cloak of Silence (3.5e Spell)Cloud the Guilty Mind (3.5e Spell)Detect Bloodtraces (3.5e Spell)Detect Heretic (3.5e Spell)Detect Magical Residue (3.5e Spell)Detect Mystical Streams (3.5e Spell)Direct Conversation (3.5e Spell)Endure Pain (3.5e Spell)Excommunicate (3.5e Spell)Final Vision (3.5e Spell)Follow the Bloody Trail (3.5e Spell)Form Bloodstone (3.5e Spell)Garble (3.5e Spell)Greater Mark of Justice (3.5e Spell)Hinder (3.5e Spell)Indelible Mark (3.5e Spell)Induced Illiteracy (3.5e Spell)Light of Truth (3.5e Spell)Malediction (3.5e Spell)Mystic Opposition (3.5e Spell)Mystical Manacles (3.5e Spell)Mystical Void (3.5e Spell)Opposing Currents (3.5e Spell)Painful Truth (3.5e Spell)Pins and Needles (3.5e Spell)Read the Guilty Face (3.5e Spell)Scatterbrain (3.5e Spell)Scourge (3.5e Spell)See the Face (3.5e Spell)Sever from the Source (3.5e Spell)Sleep of the Unjust (3.5e Spell)Steal the Painful Memory (3.5e Spell)Testimony of the Broken Window (3.5e Spell)
Divinity Justice (3.5e Cleric Domain)Silver Book (3.5e Deity)
Variant Rules Judicial Curses (3.5e Variant Rule)Legal System (3.5e Variant Rule)Magical Nets (3.5e Variant Rule)Restraints (3.5e Variant Rule)
Creatures, Templates and NPCs Bloodhound (3.5e Creature)Magehound (3.5e Creature)
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