The Text "bless the check by the deity" appears on some of the new Core characters. I was curious if it was just flavor text or if the deity had an affect? Normally Paizo tries to shorten as much as possible so I thought I would ask here about the two places I have seen it.
"You may avenge by discarding a blessing; during the encounter, your checks are blessed by the deity Sarenrae."
On your non-combat check at an Urban location, add 1d4. (□ You may additionally recharge a card to bless the check by the deity Shelyn.)
I suppose the "by Deity X" means that the check gets the X trait.
Yup. That's in the Core rulebook on page 12, "Rules: Bless" section:
If a power blesses by a deity, or if a card used to bless has the Deity trait, add the deity’s name as a trait to the check. For example, if a check is “blessed by Sarenrae” or is blessed by a card that has the trait “Deity: Sarenrae,” add the Sarenrae trait to the check.
|Keith Richmond Lone Shark Games|
While we didn't explore that particular game space that much yet, it's fairly likely that at some point we'll want to make having or not having a deity on your check makes a real difference.
I love this. It adds so much flavor. I can see somebody like Kyra having a power like "When your check is blessed by the deity Sarenrae, add an extra die."
Or Ezren: "When your check is blessed by a deity, subtract 1 from the result"