April 4, 2006 at 11:04 am #1954VEST ParadoxParticipant
To ease confusion on just what this skill provides and how it functions, I added a short list of similar languages and some more details as to how this skill works. Please see the Grouped Languages to know which ones you can use the Linguistics skill on, and see the NOTE: section for further details.
Generation Cost: 1 point per level
Experience Point Cost: Low
Roll System: NA
Description: Some characters may speak multiple languages. Everyone begins with at least the ability to speak their native language. For every level you have in this skill you can speak another language. The first time a new language is taken you speak with a strong accent, if you take the same language a second time you speak with a faint accent (Frenchx2), and the third time the same language is taken you speak the language like a native (Frenchx3). Linguistics also give the character the ability to understand similar languages to the ones they know with a roll of 2d6+Awareness+Linguistics vs a TN 24. They do not understand the language as if they have studied it, but they can pick out a few words and get a very general understanding of what the person is trying to get across to them. This can only be used for simple topics, someone speaking about physics or medicine in a foreign language cannot be understood in general.
Language Groupings for Similar Languages:
Romance Languages: English, French, Italian, Latin, Portugese, Romanian, Spanish
Germanic Languages: German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Prussian
Slavic Languages: Russian, Ukranian, Polish, Yugoslavia, Chekloslavakian
Asiatic Languages: Madarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese
Native Languages: Most Native American, Samoan, Innuit, African, Siberian Languages.
Non-Related: Sign Languages
Note: You cannot speak any language with any complex topics that you Do Not have a point in. So unless you have at least one skill in French, even if you make your Linguistics roll to understand French and have a similar language like Spanish, you still cannot speak anything more than basic rudimentary concepts. The Linguistics roll will also not allow you to understand languages outside of your related group. So you cannot for instance, use your knowledge in German to understand Romanian or your knowledge in Sign Language to understand Japanese.
Level 8 : Novice Linguist – You have studied enough languages that you can make a roll to understand a similar language with a TN of 20 instead of 24.
Level 12 : Expert Linguist – You are an Expert Linguist, you can understand and communicate in almost any language. You can understand what people are saying to you with much better clarity. Any language can be understood with a Liguistics roll vs TN 20 instead of just similar languages.
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