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Do they automatically get a Perception check vs. its Deception, or do they have to explicitly say they're examining it? Or does the Mimic roll a Deception vs. their Perception DC, since its the one actively attempting something, i.e., fooling the PCs?
If they roll a Perception check vs. its Deception, does that count as their Initiative roll, or do they roll a Perception check to see if they're fooled and then another roll for Initiative?
Do they roll Perception for Initiative since the last thing they did before Encounter Mode was Seek, or do they still roll Stealth because they were using Avoid Notice as their exploration activity?
What does the Mimic use for Initiative: Stealth or Deception?
In general, if you're using a skill exploration activity (like, say, Borrow an Arcane Spell), do you use the specified skill for initiative, or do you use Perception unless the activity specifically says you use something else (like, say, Avoid Notice does)?
Let's say the PCs are in exploration mode in a dungeon, using the Avoid Notice activity. They enter a room with a mimic in it doing its Mimic Object thing.