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You can use this skill to persuade others to agree with your arguments, to resolve differences, and to gather valuable information from people.

This skill is also used to negotiate conflicts by using the proper etiquette and manners suitable to the problem.


You can change the initial attitudes of nonplayer creatures with a successful check. Te DC of this check depends on the chracter's starting attitude toward you, adjusted by its Charisma modifier. If you succeed, the creature's attitude toward you is improved by one step. For every 5 by which your check result exceeds the DC, the creature's attitude toward you increased by one additional step. A chracter's attitude cannot be shifted more than two steps up in this way, although the GM can override this rule in some situations. If you fail the check by 4 or less, the chracter's attitude toward you is unchanged. If you fail by 5 or more, the chracter's attitude toward you is decreased by one step.

You cannot use Diplomacy against a creature that does not understand you or hase an Intelligence of 3 or less. Diplomacy is generally ineffective in combat and against chracters that intend to harm you or your allies in the immediate future. Any attitude shift caused through Diplomacy generally lasts for 1d4 hours but can last much longer or shorter depending upon the situation (GM discretion).

Starting Attitude Diplomacy DC
Hostile 25 + creature's Cha modifier
Unfriendly 20 + creature's Cha modifier
Indifferent 15 + creature's Cha modifier
Friendly 10 + creature's Cha modifier
Helpful 0 + creature's Cha modifier

If a creature's attitude toward you is at least indifferent, you can make requests of the creature. This is an additional Diplomacy check, using the creature's current attitude to determine the base DC, with one of the following modifiers. Once a creature's attitude has shifted to helpful, the creature gives in to most requests without a check, unless the request is against its nature or put it in serious peril. Some requests automatically fail if the request goes against the creature's values or its nature, subject to GM discretion.

Request Diplomacy DC Modifier
Give simple advice or directions -5
Give dettailed advice +0
Give simple aid +0
Reveal an unimportant secret +5
Give lengthy or complicated aid +5
Give dangerous aid +10
Reveal an important secret +10 or more
Give aid that could result in punishment +15 or more
Additional requests +5 per request

Gather Information

You can also use Diplmacy to agther information about a specific topic or individual. To do this you must spend at least 1d4 hours canvassing people at local taverns, markets, and gethering places. The DC of this check depends on the obscurity of the information sought, but for most commonly known facts or rumors it is 10. For obscure or secret knowledge, the DC might increase to 20 or higher. The GM might rule that some topics are simply unknown to common folk.


Usinf Diploomacy to influence a creature's attitude takes 1 minute of continuous interaction. Makin a request of the creature takes 1 or more rounds of interaction, dpending upon the complexity of the request. Using Diplomacy to gather information takes 1d4 hours of work searching for rumors and informants.

Try Again

You cannot use Diplomacy to influence a given creature's attitude more than once in a 24-hour period. If a request is refused, the result does not change with additional checks, although other requests might be made. You can retry Diplomacy checks to gather information


If you have the Persuasive feat, you gain a bonus on Diplomacy checks (see Feats).