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Old 10-27-2016, 11:44 PM   #3
David Johnston2
Join Date: Dec 2007
Default Re: Tech Level and Technique (Alchemy+)

Originally Posted by Alden_Loveshade View Post
A difference of opinion came up in game play about Alchemy, but it could involve any Skill that has both Techniques and a TL.

By the Book

Using Techniques (B 230) says "Unless noted otherwise, all general modifiers to a skill - level (p. 168),and so forth - apply to its techniques, as do any special critical success or failure results."

Double Defaults and Techniques (B 232) says, "A skill cannot default to another skill known only by default (see Double Defaults, p. 173). However, techniques are not skills. If two techniques are based on the same underlying skill, one can default to the other, even if you only know the intermediate technique at default."

While Alchemy has a TL level, TL is not mentioned for Elixirs (Techniques).


An Alchemist with Alchemy Skill 16 (TL 3) knows Regeneration (Technique) at Alchemy-1 or 15. He tries using a TL 4 lab, and is at -5 to Alchemy because of the TL difference, and thus is at -6 (-5 for TL difference and -1 for Technique level) for Regeneration. While using a TL 4 lab, his level is 11 for Alchemy (TL 4) and 10 for Regeneration.

But let's say he studies and gets TL 4 Alchemy at the same level he had it at TL 3, so he now has Alchemy Skill 16 (TL 4). He does nothing to increase Regeneration.


If the Alchemist now uses a TL 4 lab, does he make a Regeneration Elixir at 15 (based on his Alchemy Skill 16 (TL 4) -1 (Technique)) or 10 (based on his Alchemy Skill 16 (TL 3) - 5 (TL difference) -1 (Technique))?

I'm assuming the answer to that would apply to any Skill with both a Tech Level and a Technique.
I would say he makes his elixir at 15. It's not like TL 3 and TL 4 versions of the same skill are totally separate things. The difference is that he now knows how to use all the stuff in the TL 4 lab and so it no longer penalizes him to try to use the same equipment.
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