Specialized Skill — Intellect
The Craft skill is used to manufacture items. Each type of item manufacturing requires a different subskill (see below), but the mechanics of creating objects are as follows:
- Find the base price of the item in uV
- In order to make a function item, a character must work for a number of full days equal to the item's price in uV
- For every day of work, the character makes a Craft check of the item's DC.
- If the check succeeds, the character has gained a day of work
- For every 5 points the check is over the DC, the character gains a half day of work
- If the check fails by 10 or more, the work is ruined and the character must start over
Raw materials can generally be obtained for 1/3rd the item's uV.
When making Masterwork items, for every additional 50% of time is spent creating an item, the crafter can improve the quality of the item by one unit, as per the rules found here. Each unit also raises the DC of all parts of the item by 2.
If the character doesn't have proper access to tools or raw materials, the character takes at least a -4 on his Craft check. This penalty may be increased if the equipment or material seems very necessary, and the DM may rule that some craft checks are impossible without appropriate equipment (e.g. smithing checks without a forge or hammer). One can of course always attempt to create the tools needed, but this may be difficult or near-impossible.
The Craft skill can also be used for Repairs as well. For every point of damage that needs to be repaired, takes an hour of work. The repair DC of an item equals the item's creation DC + 1 for every 5 points of damage. A successful Craft check for repairs means that up to a day's worth of work has been completed. An item with 0 HP cannot be repaired; it is broken beyond use.
Items are repaired with the same craft skill as would be used to create them.
Failing a repair check by less than five simply means that no work is accomplished. Failing by more than five causes that much damage to be done to the item (i.e. failing by 6 causes 1 point of damage, etc.). If this drops the item's HP below 0, it is destroyed, as above.
If the character doesn't have proper access to tools or raw materials, the character takes at least a -4 on his repair check, same as above.
Divisions of Craft
You take a -4 penalty to craft checks in divisions that you have not specialized in.
|Alchemy||Concocting potions, mixing and refining chemicals|
|Carpentry||Wooden buildings and structures|
|Casting||Pots, Bells, Statues, pipes, etc.|
|Composition||Drawings, paintings, artistic designs|
|Fletching||Arrows and bolts (1)|
|Forgery||Fake insignias, fake legal documents|
|Gemcutting||Cutting precious stones for jewelry|
|Glassworking||Stained glass, blown glass|
|Leatherworking||Leather goods, clothing, saddles, sheathes|
|Machining *||Metal gears and machined metal parts|
|Pottery||Jars, pots, ceramic materials|
|Sailmaking||Sails, Tents, other heavy canvas products|
|Smithing||Swords, Crossbows, Armor|
|Stonework||Stone statues, carvings, and structures|
|Tailoring||Clothes, other fitted cloth/fabric products|
|Trapmaking||Pressure-plates, trip-wire mechanisms|
|Weaving||Cloth, fabric, textiles|
|Woodworking||Wooden spoons, sculptures, furniture|
* - Only used in Era IV
1 - Assuming an arrowhead is already to be had - otherwise also requires a smithing or, theoretically, stoneworking check
Two (or more) Check Crafting
Step three (see above) becomes:
3. For every day of work, the character makes a Craft check of the item's DC for both checks.
- If both checks succeed, the character has gained a day of work
- For every 5 points the checks are over the DC, the character gains a half day of work - this only applies if both checks beat it by the same amount of magnitude.
- If either check fails by 10 or more, the work is ruined and the character must start over
The checks may also be divvied up between people, so that each craftsman works on a different aspect. For example, on a spear, one craftsman might make the pole and another would fashion the head.
The creation of art always requires a Craft (composition) check - this is to design the piece. For paintings, pictures, drawings, and so forth, this is all that is required - the composition includes the actual drawing or painting.
For any other type of art, however, a second check is required for the actual creation of the object. A stone carving would be Craft (stonework) and a cast bronze statue would be Craft (casting).
Composition takes a normal amount of time (based on price) for drawings and paintings, but takes 1/2 time for designing for a future check (statues, carvings, etc.).
You can use a single very successful Craft (composition) check over and over, with only the secondary creation check having to be redone. Craft (composition) checks, however, have to be designed specifically for a secondary division of craft - I can't take plans for a Vase and use them for a Decorative Bench.
Unlike most crafting processes with two divisions of craft, each of these checks is made independently of each other - the composition is made first, and when that is finished the creation check is made.
A creation without a composition check has no artistic value and is merely functional.