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Use: Unskilled use penalized. Macro skill.
Sample limitations: Acting, singing, storytelling, public
speaking, stand-up comedy, improvisational theater, live-action
Sample specializations: Specific field within a limitation (singing
opera, interpretive reading, dramatic acting, comedic acting, etc.)
Axiom: Social 3
This skill gives its user the ability to perform a work of “art”,
which is broadly defined as anything spoken, sung or otherwise
communicated that is designed to invoke some kind of response in
the audience. For example, a public speaker may want to convince
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people to support a certain political or moral position, a comedian
wants her audience to laugh or a singer may want to lift people’s
spirits with an upbeat song. See the artist skill for guidelines on how
to determine the effects of a character’s performance.
In some situations a performer will be interpreting someone else’s
work of “art”, such as an actor performing from a script written by
someone else. In cases like this, two skill values are generated. The
first skill value is for the piece of art being performed; the second
is for the performance itself.
The skill check for the piece of art will be an artist skill check
based on the skill value of whoever created the artwork. The second
skill check will be the performance art skill check of the performer.
The lower of the two values is then used to gauge any reactions or
effects of the overall performance. The individual totals can also
be used to determine any reactions to the individual components
of the performance.
Example: Chuck Harris is the star of the schlock TV show
Rex Able, Freelance Fighter. Chuck is a pretty good actor and has
performance art(acting) 14. However, the scriptwriters for the
show are a bunch of hacks who have artist(scriptwriting) 10. For
the latest episode, Chuck generated a skill value of 15 while the
scripters turned in a stinker with a skill value of 8.
To determine how well the episode is perceived overall, the
gamemaster decides to treat it as a charm attempt. Since the
scripters have the lower skill value, that value is used for the
episode. Comparing the action value of 8 to the average viewer’s
Mind attribute of 8, only the loyal followers of the show are going
to like the episode because the script is so bad. On the other hand,
Chuck’s performance is good enough that when treated as a charm
attempt even people who don’t like the show have to admit that he
did a good job.
Performance art, especially storytelling, plays an important role
in Core Earth’s chances of defeating the High Lords and winning
the Possibility Wars. Details can be found in Chapter Eight.