Below are skill description along with example specialties.

Physical Skills

Physical skilles often represent personal experience and training.

Athletics – sports and movement
  Specialties – Acrobatics, Climbing, Kayaking, Sprinting, Swimming, Throwing
Brawl – unarmed combat
  Specialties – Blocking, Boxing, Dirty Tricks, Grappling, Martial Arts, Throws
Control – operating vehicles and mounts under rough conditions
  Specialties – Horseback, Ships, Wagons
Marksmanship – identifying, using, and maintaining firearms and bows.
  Specialties – Bow, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Sniping, Trick Shot
Larceny – picking locks, burglary, bypassing security, sleight of hand, etc
  Specialties – Concealing Stolen Goods, Lockpicking, Pickpocketing, Safecracking
Stealth – moving silently and unnoticed
  Specialties – Camouflage, Crowds, Moving in Darkness, Moving in Woods
Survival – enduring harsh environments
  Specialties – Foraging, Navigation, Meteorology, Shelter
Weaponry – identifying, using, and maintaining non-firearm weapons
  Specialties – Improvised Weapons, Knives, Swords

Social Skills

Social Skills often represent practiced and honed natural knack.

Animal Ken – understanding animal minds and behaviors
  Specialties – Animal Needs, Imminent Attack, Specific Kind of Animal, Training
Empathy – observing emotions and understanding viewpoints
  Specialties – Emotion, Lies, Motives, Personalities
Etiquette – proper decorum and manners
  Specialties – Tribal Customs, Letter Writing, Addressing Individuals Above Your Station
Expression – art of communication and entertainment
  Specialties – Dance, Drama, Musical Instrument, Painting, Speeches
Intimidation – coercing via force and threat
  Specialties – Bluster, Physical Threats, Stare-Downs, Torture, Veiled Threats
Intuition – understanding subtleties and predicting events
  Specialties – Gambling, Detecting Subtext, Ambushes
Persuasion – convincing others and inspiring their emotions
  Specialties – Fast-Talking, Inspiring Troops, Motivational Speeches, Sales Pitches, Seduction
Subterfuge – deceiving others and noticing it
  Specialties – Con Jobs, Hiding Emotions, Lying, Misdirection, Spotting Lies

Mental Skills

Mental Skills often represent knowledge from formal education.

Academics – knowledge in Arts and Humanities
  Specialties – Anthropology, Art, English, History, Law, Religion, Research
Craft – constructing, crafting, and repairing objects
  Specialties – Automobiles, Aircraft, Forging, Jury-Rigging, Sculpting, Sewing
Investigation – solving riddles and finding evidence
  Specialties – Artifacts, Crime Scenes, Cryptography, Dreams, Puzzles, Riddles
Medicine – physiology, anatomy, and medical treatments
  Specialties – Emergency Care, Pathology, Pharmaceuticals, Surgery
Occult – lore about the supernatural
  Specialties – Cultural Beliefs, Ghosts, Magic, Monsters, Superstitions
Politics – political processes and bureaucratic maneuvers
  Specialties – Bribery, Elections, Federal, Local, State, Scandals
Science – physical and natural sciences
  Specialties – Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Metallurgy, Physics
Warfare – troop deployment, movement and engagement
  Specialties – special maneuvers, counter-espionage, siege


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