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    Default Re: Reading Rainbow [Feats for Crossroads Setting]

    So, just for the purposes of consolidation, here's what we've got for reading-and-writing feats so far.

    Literacy Feats
    In the Crossroads: The New World setting, literacy is based on historic levels, so the average character is not literate. Rather than being based on class, literacy is based on one or more of a series of feats.

    Writing is a form of communication, and as such, skills related to verbal communication also apply to the written word. A literate character can use writing to perform Diplomacy, Bluffs, or Intimidation via written letters, graffiti, smoke signals, or any other non-verbal non-bodily form of communication.

    While not all literacy feats have Cultures as prerequisites, all of them do require the ability to speak the language being written, at the "Novice" level of proficiency or higher.

    Cahokian Education [General]
    Prerequisites: any "Cahokian League" culture
    Benefit: You can read and write the Cahokian syllabary and gain [some kind of bonus we haven't decided on yet].

    Calmecac Education [General]
    Prerequisites: Mexica culture
    Benefit: You were given the benefit of a formal education in a calmecac, one of the Aztec Empire’s state-run religious schools. You can read and write Aztec logograms. In addition, you gain the benefit of the Skill Focus feat on all Knowledge (Religion) checks regarding Mexica beliefs, religious practices, and deities.

    Chinese Education [General]
    Prerequisites: any "Han" culture
    Benefit: You were given the benefit of a formal education in one of the Imperial Universities of Fúsāng, or in the Middle Kingdom proper. You can read and write Chinese logograms. In addition, you gain the benefit of the Skill Focus feat for a single Knowledge skill.

    European Education [General]
    Prerequisites: any "European" culture
    Benefit: You were given the benefit of a formal European education. You can read and write the Roman alphabet. In addition, you add one Knowledge skill of your choice to your class skills and gain one European language at the "conversational" level.
    Special: Taking this feat a second time grants you the ability to read and write the Greek alphabet.

    Lettered [General]
    Prerequisites: Intelligence 10
    Benefit: You either taught yourself to read or learned from a friend, because of this you have a strong understanding of the value of writing. You can read and write one alphabet used by any language in which you are fluent. You gain a +2 bonus to written uses of conversational skills (Bluff, Diplomacy, and Intimidate) in your selected language. When reading in your selected language, you gain a +2 bonus to Sense Motive checks against the writer.
    Special: You may take these feat multiple times, choosing a different alphabet each time. The additional bonuses do not stack.

    Mayan Education [General]
    Prerequisites: Mayan culture
    Benefit: You were educated in B'alam or one of the other Mayan-speaking states. As a result, you can read and write Mayan glyphs and gain [some kind of bonus we haven't decided on yet].

    Runereader [General]
    Prerequisites: any "Tuniitaq" culture
    Benefit: You were given the benefit of a formal apprenticeship under a Runescribe, and hence you can read and write runes. Because of this arcane tutelage you are highly-attuned to the vibrations of the future, and gain a bonus equal to your class level on scrying and divination checks.
    Last edited by SuperDave; 2014-05-08 at 10:49 PM.
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