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Literacy for awareness?

Post by Degren Brightforge on Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:53 pm

I'm looking over the rulebook about spellcasting, and I' being told I need Literacy to learn it but I don't see anything about it at all. I see it being a req. for book mage (of course), but not for normal casting. Normally, I'd go with what the book says, but this isnt the first time I've heard this. So, I ask the great AD in the sky to clarify.
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Re: Literacy for awareness?

Post by Horns on Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:45 pm

Were I to hazard a guess, I would say in older versions of the rule set Literacy was a prerequisite for Awareness, and that prerequisite was removed at some point, but that some of the text of the rulebook wasn't changed accordingly (Namely, the Elf racial section, although I have a vague memory of seeing it somewhere else, too).

Whether it's a prerequisite or not as far as our game is concerned is up to the AD, though, so that doesn't really mean anything.

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Re: Literacy for awareness?

Post by Volkihere Malacalo on Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:05 pm

Each spell costs double XP but you do not need it

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Re: Literacy for awareness?

Post by AD on Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:34 am

I have always played you need Literacy for Awareness. I can't make a call on this as I am away from my rulebook but please remember that we are sticking with an older rulebook. When I get to my rulebook, I'll double check. This is just a heads up.

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Re: Literacy for awareness?

Post by Torvallis! on Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:25 pm

Useful references for epoch 2013.1 rulebook:

Page 8 lists awareness on the skill chart with no prerequisites to learning, as does page 48 on the magic skills chart

Page 19:
"Elves
Advantages
• May learn Spells, Tiers of Power, Enchanter and
Awareness without a teacher and do not require
literacy as a prerequisite."


Page 50, where awareness is defined, says nothing about literacy

Page 26 lists a book mage as needing both awareness and literacy, which seems odd but is also easily explainable either way.

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Re: Literacy for awareness?

Post by Malva on Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:49 pm

Volk is right; spells all have "L" in the teachy-letter code meaning that "Skill costs double without literacy", and awareness and tiers of power do not have "L" in the teachy-letter code.
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