Academia lore skill ?


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What information does "academia" provide?

Scarab Sages

Depends on what you hope to get and what your DM feels. Personally I would say: knowing scholarly works, knowing certain schools, knowing how to traverse higher educational schools, maybe knowing certain names of famous teachers. Those are just some of the stuff I can think,off hand


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I imagine it's essentially knowledge on the basic operation of academic institutions and practices, among other things. A great skill for anyone working as a dean or professor.


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Famous teachers/scholars/sages, places of learning, the basic structure of classes and teaching, famous books, methods of research, library use, ect. IMO you could use it as sort of a 'Gather Information' if you have access to a library, school or a group of teachers/scholars/sages/students [you know what to ask or look for].


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Knowing that the living zombie-like creatures shuffling around in the city mean it's currently exam time at the mage academy.


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Also which deans are totally bogus and which dorm heads you can rely on to let you have a good time.

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A good roll tells you that a PhD is a trap option.

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Perhaps also the best way to USE a library, particularly a research library.


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In scholarly environments, you can use it to subsist in place of society rolls by attending events and meetings with free food.


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Instead of using it to earn an income, a character with Lore Academia lore can make a check each day to earn a smug sense of superiority over the rest of their party members.

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QuidEst wrote:
In scholarly environments, you can use it to subsist in place of society rolls by attending events and meetings with free food.

On a critical success, you got in without a paper to a conference with three days of full accomodation and all inclusive food and drink on a tropical island.

Been there, done that.


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Weird flex, but ok.


As a data point one of the PFS adventures available so far specifically references in the skill in relation to examining a notebook found at a university.

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Pirate Rob wrote:
As a data point one of the PFS adventures available so far specifically references in the skill in relation to examining a notebook found at a university.

Based on prior experience in Starfinder, I think adventure authors will be looking a lot at the list of example lores in the core book to determine which ones to ask for.

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One downside of Academia Lore is that you must publish papers to journals and conferences or write books on a regular basis or you receive the Doomed condition. Further ignoring your writing will cause subsequent Doomed conditions which stack with each other. If the number of Doomed conditions you have from this reaches 4, you instantly die.


You need to be at least trained in Academia lore to know what a Provost is and how their job relates to your job.

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PossibleCabbage wrote:
You need to be at least trained in Academia lore to know what a Provost is and how their job relates to your job.

I think that's actually Expert. I'm Trained in Academia Lore and I can't answer that question.


You need to be at least trained in Academia lore to know what a Provost is and how their job relates to your job.
I think that's actually Expert. I'm Trained in Academia Lore and I can't answer that question.

"LOL"


orphias wrote:

You need to be at least trained in Academia lore to know what a Provost is and how their job relates to your job.

I think that's actually Expert. I'm Trained in Academia Lore and I can't answer that question.

"LOL"

For me, that'd be untrained. I've never gone out of my way to learn about the inner working of Academia but I know a Provost is in the Vice position: like Vice principal, vice president or pro vice chancellor. Your second in command. Now some larger places divide provost from vice president and in that case they are in charge of the 'nuts and bolts' side of things: budgets, personnel problems, ect. The business of running a school.

You can pick up all kinds of tidbits of info when someone is complaining about their job: friend used to work as a Director of Student Life. ;)


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graystone wrote:
For me, that'd be untrained. I've never gone out of my way to learn about the inner working of Academia but I know a Provost is in the Vice position: like Vice principal, vice president or pro vice chancellor. Your second in command. Now some larger places divide provost from vice president and in that case they are in charge of the 'nuts and bolts' side of things: budgets, personnel problems, ect. The business of running a school.

You think this sort of thing, until you put half a decade into academia and you never witness (or hear about) this person doing anything except giving a few speeches.

What you say is also not strictly accurate, since the provost is the chief academic officer, who is responsible for budgeting (including hiring and firing). So while the president of the university can fire the provost, if the president wants to fire you, a lowly adjunct faculty, they have to go through the provost.

So every hard-bitten academic wonders what it is that the provost actually does on a day-to-day basis, but knows not to delve too deeply.


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graystone wrote:
You can pick up all kinds of tidbits of info when someone is complaining about their job: friend used to work as a Director of Student Life. ;)

Sounds like you have Bardic Lore to me. But then again, compared to a fantasy setting everyone nowadays has Bardic Lore.

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