Stalking and Hiding

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Stalking and Hiding is the primary skill considered with the stealth system. It is also a factor in the success of Rogue Gambits Stealth.

Ranks and Training Costs

Type Square Semi Pure
Profession Rogue Warrior Monk Bard Paladin Ranger Cleric Empath Savant Sorcerer Wizard
Max Ranks Per Level 3 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 - 1 1
Training point Cost 1/1 3/2 3/2 3/2 4/4 2/1 5/4 5/4 - 5/4 5/4

Mechanics

Race Stalking and Hiding Bonus
Human moderate bonus in town
Giantman moderate penalty everywhere
Half-elf slight bonus everywhere
Sylvankind large bonus in forests
Dwarf large bonus in mountain caves
moderate bonus outdoors in the mountains
Halfling moderate bonus everywhere
Forest Gnome large bonus in forests
Burghal Gnome moderate bonus in town

To enter stealth, use the HIDE verb. To track a specific target while being hidden, use the STALK verb. To move to another room while remaining hidden, use the SNEAK verb.

Success factors

Success in hiding and remaining hidden is determined by hidden rolls. Stalking and Hiding skill bonus adds directly to the roll result. For example, a character with 50 skill ranks gains a bonus of 150 to each roll. There are also potentially large bonuses based on the hider's profession and race. For example, at level 100, a rogue with 100 skill ranks can hide much better than a warrior with 200 skill ranks. Rogues and rangers are the only professions for whom hiding is typically useful in combat.

Discipline is involved for both hiding and staying hidden. Agility is also factored into staying hidden, but not the initial hide attempt.

Characters or creatures can attempt to SEARCH for someone who is hidden. There is a bonus based on the searcher's Perception. For player characters, searching incurs some minor roundtime and does not reveal the hider even on a success unless the searcher uses the POINT verb afterwards; for creatures, a successful search incurs no roundtime, reveals instantly, and they can attack immediately after revealing a hidden character. Generally, wild animals and the undead have very high perception and are much more difficult to stay hidden from.

Ambush and sniping

Melee combatants can attack from stealth with the AMBUSH verb, receiving a stance pushdown and critical weighting if trained in the Ambush skill. Using the ATTACK verb from stealth automatically uses ambushing mechanics. Ambushing reveals the attacker, so to reuse this ability it is necessary to hide again afterwards. The Silent Strike combat maneuver available to rogues allows them to attack while remaining hidden, and with additional training they may also use the Cutthroat and Subdue maneuvers in such a manner.

Two-handed polearms cannot be used to ambush from hiding.

When using ranged weapons, using the FIRE verb from stealth (also known as sniping) will make an automatic hiding check. If successful, the attacker will stay hidden after the attack.

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