Mind Reading (3.5e Variant Rule)

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Mind Reading (Cha)[edit]

You can read information from another creature’s mind.

Requirements: Telepathy feat

Check: Make a Mind Reading check, with the DC determined by the level of information you want to access. The target makes a Will saving throw. If the Will save is successful or the skill check fails, the attempt fails. If the saving throw fails and the skill check succeeds, you have access to the information. You can locate one piece of information per round as a standard action as long as you continue to concentrate.

Level of Access DC
Surface thoughts 10
Associations 15
Short-term memory 20
Long-term memory 25
Subconscious 30

Surface Thoughts: You can learn what the subject is thinking. A successful Bluff check against the target’s Sense Motive check causes the subject to think consciously about a particular piece of information you’re looking for, such as a password or name, allowing you to pick it from the subject’s surface thoughts.

Associations: You pick up emotional and informational associations with the subject’s surface thoughts. For example, if the subject is thinking about someone, you know how the subject feels about that person, what her relationship to the subject is, and why the subject is thinking about her.

Short-Term Memory: You can access the subject’s memories of the past week or so, picking up on recollections and associations from that time.

Long-Term Memory: You can access any of the subject’s conscious memories, although the information is only as accurate as the subject recalls.

Subconscious: You can access the subject’s subconscious. This gives you access to memories and information the subject may not consciously recall (due to trauma or simple forgetfulness). It also grants you insight into the subject’s psyche, such as her deep subconscious desires, fears, traumas, and so forth.

Retry: Attempting a deeper level of access requires a new skill check and grants the target a new Will save. You must also take additional strain.

Special: You can take 10 on Mind Reading checks, but you can’t take 20. You must be in mental contact with the subject.

Time: Mind Reading is a standard action. It lasts as long as you concentrate.

Strain: 4.

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