The Storm Has a Name
Use: Unskilled use penalized. Macro skill.
Sample specializations: Different language groups.
Axiom: Social 3
Linguistics allows a character to figure out foreign languages and codes of communication. It does not provide a level of communication similar to that of the language skill, nor does it represent fluency or an ability to speak the unknown language. Rather, it is the ability to draw connections from possibly related language types and also intuits meaning and intent from body language and inflection.
The difficulty of a linguistics check is based mostly on the relationship of the unknown language to any languages the linguist knows. The following chart provides some guidelines:
|Different dialect of known language||3|
|Language is derived a common source (e.g., Understanding Spanish if you understand French)||10|
|Completely foreign language (e.g., Chinese to English)||13|
|Alien language (e.G., Language from another cosm)||22*|
*Note that many of the cosms in the possibility wars have languages similar to languages in core earth, in which case one of the other relationships should be used instead of this one.
The success level of the linguistics skill check will tell how much is understood. Minimal success means that only basic concepts are communicated. A superior or better success allows the linguist to completely understand what is being said. Communicating back to the other person will depend on their linguistics skill though!