|Bob Jonquet Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight|
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I thought we were supposed to run as written. That strikes me as a possibly reasonable house rule that has absolutely NO place in Society play.
Depends a lot on the situation. I was not suggesting a poor roll to identify a lich is gonna get you, "its a dragon!" At the same time, roll poorly against a skeletal champion and you might get, "it looks like a skeleton" or botch a roll vs a bebilith, you might get, "it looks like a huge spider, but there's something unusual about it that you cannot put your finger on." Those are perfectly reasonable descriptions and not the same as "its a [redacted]."
The fact that I cannot recall any GMs doing this means this is all hypothetical anyway. I've flubbed a check to identify creatures before and the GM simply said I had no idea what it was. That a d6 was being used as a pawn didn't help visualization and prevented any guessing based on its appearance whatsoever. If I see a skeletal creature, I am may not determine its an actual skeleton or some more powerful variant, but if it has any damage reduction, its a good bet its overcome with bludgeoning (at least). That's a reasonable assumption.