Legerdemain is an active skill involving distraction, deception, and dexterity. With it you can trick people in combat, lighten pockets, poison drinks, conceal weapons on your person, and perform other feats of misdirection. Those with advanced skill in Legerdemain can throw their voices, make large objects or people seemingly vanish, and even swipe attended objects without the target noticing.
|Concealed item is 4 or more size categories smaller than you||Coin||+5|
|Concealed item is 3 size categories smaller than you||Dagger||+0|
|Concealed item is 2 size categories smaller than you||Shortsword||-5|
|Concealed item is 1 size category smaller than you||Longsword||-10|
|Concealed item is the same size category as you||Greatsword||-15|
|Concealed item will be easily retrievable||Hiding a dagger to retrieve as a standard weapon draw||-5|
|Shifting a concealed item within your space||—||+0|
|Shifting a concealed item within your natural reach||—||-2|
|Shifting a concealed item within half your base move range||—||-5|
|Shifting a concealed item within your base move range||—||-10|
|Shifting a concealed item within twice your base move range||—||-15|
|Shifting a concealed item within four times your base move range||—||-20|
|Rushing a 1 round or full-round action to a standard action||-3|
|Rushing a standard action to a move action||-2|
|Rushing a move action to a swift action||-3|
|* All rushing modifiers are cumulative. For example, rushing a 1 round action to a move action is a -5.|
A bit of misdirection can get a foe to drop their guard for a moment. You can feint in combat, and if successful gain an opening for a potentially more damaging strike. Your weapon is considered a concealed item for the purposes of a feint, and your check is modified as indicated in the table above. See the revised combat rules for more information.
Conceal Object (Rushable)
Hiding contraband on yourself so you can walk it through a checkpoint or carry it into a peace treaty is a time-honored tradition, as is concealing contraband in furniture or other objects so that it is missed during a search. You have a bit of knowledge in both of these areas. As a full-round action, you can hide an object on your person or elsewhere. Your check result, modified by circumstances as in the table above and the size of the item, sets the DC for someone to find the hidden object while searching. You can also hide an object on any other willing or helpless target or in an object, but the adjustments to your check for item size are made against their size. Objects concealed on your or another body are found with a Notice check, while objects concealed in an object are found with an Uncover Secrets check.
Retrieving an hidden object is a full-round action unless the object was placed to be easily retrievable, in which case it can be retrieved with whatever action you would need to draw a weapon. Retrievable items are of course easier for someone else to notice.
Base DC: None. Can be rushed.
Check Result: Your check result is used as the base Perception DC for someone to notice or find the object you are attempting to hide. Modify your check result with the above table.
Sometimes, you just don’t want people to notice exactly what it is that you’re doing. You can actually hide small actions while under scrutiny so that no one is the wiser. In general, you can adjust your work so that it is not noticed by observers’ senses of sight or touch. You could hide that you were picking a lock from someone watching you or hide that you had a dagger in an inappropriate place until you felt like pointing the threat out. There are limitations, of course. You can not conceal actions on an object that someone else is holding and paying attention to, so you could not conceal an attempt to steal a sword pointed at you. There are lots of other example uses for this ability, however, and you can find them in the sidebar.
Using this ability increases the length of time the action you are attempting to hide would normally take, as you must wait for proper timing and direct their attention in just the right way. A swift or immediate action would become a standard action, a move or standard action would become a full-round action, a full-round action would become a 1 round action, and any action longer than 1 round would simply double in length. Aside from this increase, however, this ability requires no action of its own; the check is simply made in addition to the action taking place.
The result of this check is added to the base DC for a witness to notice the attempt with a Notice check. Your check is modified by the size of the object you are attempting to hide your action on as well as if you attempt to rush the hiding, as indicated in the table above. Your check result has no impact on the success or failure of the action that you are trying to hide, and onlookers can spot both failed attempts and successful ones. Most attempts will be successful, if only because most onlookers will use passive perception and your active check should generally exceed theirs. Repeated attempts are likely to draw suspicion, however, as the delay is more noticeable than the hidden action. Additionally, some extremely perceptive individuals might see through even your best tricks without trying. Care should be exercised with this ability if you don’t intend to get caught at it.
Note: Some sensory blocking is just not covered here. You can hide a call for help with a well timed cough, but that’s just a timing concern. You can hide a smell with a stronger one, but that’s just a matter of being prepared. And while attempting to hide the taste of a poison with a stronger taste might require you to conceal the addition with this skill ability, the actual covering of the taste has little to do with your skill. These sorts of sensory experience concealment are not the sorts of things that require training and experience, and are not covered by this skill as a result.
Base DC: None.
Check Result: Your check result is added to the base Perception DC for someone to notice the action you are attempting to hide. Modify your check result with the above table.
Instead of concealing that you’re taking something from another person, you can hide that you’re planting incriminating evidence on them instead. You can attempt to conceal an object on an unwilling, non-helpless, and unaware target. Planting something on a person is resolved as a pickpocket attempt, and otherwise functions as a use of Conceal Action.
Sometimes it’s nice to be able to talk without letting people know where you are. You can throw your voice so that it appears to come from someone or somewhere other than yourself. This ability has limits, your voice can not come out of thin air with this ability; you must pick an object to act as a source. This is a standard action, and you must succeed on a Legerdemain check with a DC of 10 + the distance (in feet) from you to the object you wish your voice to come from. If you remain stationary and do not change targets, you do not need to make any further checks. If you move or wish to send your voice from a different place, you must make a new check.
A successful check does not mean that no one can trace you back to the source. A successful Perception check against your check result +5 allows a listener to hear through your trick and locate the source of your voice.
Base DC: 10 + distance to object. Can be rushed.
Check Result: A successful check also sets the DC, your result +5, to hear through your ruse.
Shifting small unattended items around doesn’t do it for you anymore. You’ve moved on to bigger and better things. You suffer penalties for attempting to conceal items or actions on items as if they were 1 size category smaller than they actually are. This can be useful for quickly shifting a friend out of sight of the guards or looting greatswords from barbarian chieftains, among other things. Hiding objects this large after the move may prove problematic, but as long as you can move them out of sight or just convince people that you’re not doing it there shouldn’t be any issues.
Possibly more useful, however, is that you can also conceal actions taken on objects that are being wielded and actively paid attention to by someone else. You can swap someone’s short sword with a rubber chicken mid-fight or exchange their potion of cure serious wounds with a nasty poison, if you want. You suffer a -5 penalty to your check when attempting to work on these objects, but your check result does not impact the success or failure of your action. Such an attempt would be resolved as either a disarm or a pickpocketing attempt, depending on the current hostility level. This otherwise follows all the rules of Conceal Action.
Tremorsense, blindsense, blindsight, and scent are strong enough as to be almost cheating. Luckily, you can cheat right back. Your concealed actions and objects show poorly against these senses, at least for a time. Concealed objects that are touching you also show poorly against these senses. When a concealed object is no longer touching you, because it was shifted or dropped, it continues to show poorly for 5 rounds.
You’ve had a lot of practice making people not see the things you’re doing, and it would show if you ever let anyone notice. There aren’t a lot of things that you find difficult to work with. You suffer penalties for attempting to conceal items or actions on items as if they were 2 size categories smaller than they actually are. You no longer suffer a penalty when you attempt to conceal an action on an object that is being wielded and actively watched.