oxybe wrote: »
Xi gets up and once more gets in that slab's grill. staring at the letters he mashes a combination to spell "W E L C O M E"
"THIS IS SILLY. WHY WOULD ONE WELCOME ANOTHER INTO A TOMB WITH SUCH A RIDICULOUS PUZZLE? WHO BUILDS THESE?"
As a general rule, your Wisdom serves as a measure of your general awareness of your surroundings, whether you notice creatures lurking in ambush, hear the stealthy tread of an approaching assassin, or catch the telltale whiff of troglodyte in the air.
Your Intelligence measures your ability to find something you’re looking for, whether it’s the faint outline of a secret door in a wall, the hollow sound of a hidden compartment in the bottom of a chest, clues to a murder, or the footsteps of an invisible creature in the dust.
Sherlock Holmes, renowned for his Intelligence, is the undisputed master of finding clues and determining their significance. Tarzan, on the other hand, who unfailingly hears the rustle of leaves or the snap of a twig, or sees a stalking tiger or lurking snake, relies on his Wisdom.
The line between using Wisdom or Intelligence gets a little blurry if you try to actively extend your senses in an effort to notice something around you. Making an effort to notice something sounds much like finding, but it still relies on Wisdom. If you stop and spend a moment to scan the surrounding trees, or press your ear to a door to hear what might lurk beyond, you’re still relying on Wisdom.
The Search skill, mostly relevant to finding, typically modifies an Intelligence check. The Listen and Spot skills, however, are all about noticing, and they typically modify Wisdom checks.