Spot Skill

Spot (Wis)
Use this skill to notice opponents waiting in ambush, to see a Scoundrel lurking in the shadows, or to discern a wampa hiding in a snowbank by making a quick scan of your surroundings.

Check: The Spot skill is used primarily to detect characters or creatures that are hiding. Typically, Spot is opposed by the Hide check of the character trying not to be seen. Sometimes a creature isn’t intentionally hiding but is still difficult to see, so a successful Spot check is necessary to notice it.

Spot is also used to detect someone in disguise (see the Disguise skill), or to notice an incongriuity or a clue that can be seen at a glance.

The GM may call for a Spot check by a character who is in a position to notice something. You can also make a Spot check voluntarily if you want to try to notice something in your vicinity.

The GM may make the Spot check in secret so that you don’t know whether not noticing anything means that nothing is there or that you rolled low.

A successful Spot check when there isn’t anything to notice results in you noticing nothing.

Your Spot check is modified by a -1 penalty for every 4 meters of distance between you and the creature or object you are trying to discern. The check carriers a further -5 penalty if you are in the midst of activity (a combat scene, a crowded street, a bustling cantina, and so forth).

Retry: You can make a Spot check every time you have the opportunity to notice something in a reactive manner. As a full-round action, you may attempt to notice something that you failed (or believe you failed) to notice previously.

Special: You can take 10 or take 20 when making a Spot check. Taking 20 means you spend 2 minutes attempting to notice something that may or may not be there to notice.

A character with the Alertness feat gest a +2 aptitude bonus on Spot checks.

A character with the Shadow feat gest a +2 aptitude bonus on Spot checks.

Time: A Spot check is either a reaction (if called for by the GM) or a full-round action (if you actively take the time to try to notice something).

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