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Appraisal is a Lore skill with applications in a wide variety of systems. It can tell you the value, weight, and other qualities of items; the stats of your weapons and armor; the skills of your opponent; the mana capacity of cambrinth items; and more.


APPRAISE will give you an assessment of something's abilities. COMPARE will give you a relative assessment of two items' attributes.

Appraisal, at least for comparing creatures, is based on base skills rather than factoring Agility. However, it does take your current STANCE settings into account.

When comparing armor, it will give an assessment of the armor's overall maneuvering and stealth hindrance, as well as how hindering it is with everything your are currently wearing after factoring in the relevant armor skill.

Appraisal can also give you an idea of how well you can swim or climb something, and can even provide a bonus to the swim or climb contest on a particularly good appraisal success.

You will begin to see (at first very inaccurate) damage and protection appraisals at precisely 50 ranks.

You can appraise cambrinth items to determine their capacity. Appraisal is the primary factor, but arcana also contributes to the accuracy. As with weight, holding the cambrinth makes it easier to appraise its capacity.

Traders get a bonus to Appraisal.


Item Appraisal

There are many ways to train this skill. The first way is to appraise items. The quickest way to learn is to appraise something very valuable that has many parts, like a full gem pouch, a really nice bundle, weapons, or armor. If you can't do this, the next best option is to appraise all of your inventory, the more valuable, the better.

Creature Appraisal

The second way to learn is to appraise critters. One can appraise a beast multiple times without regard for a delay between appraisals to quickly learn the ability. Besides being a good way to gain appraisal experience, this is a good habit to develop: It's useful to know in advance how a critter's skill compares to yours.
A normal or QUICK appraise will gauge how much vitality and fatigue a critter currently has, how your stats compare to theirs, and an overall comparison of your offense and defense to theirs.
Appraising CAREFUL will also tell you how the critter will train by brawling, parrying, evading, blocking, beguile with tactics, and targeting. If you are holding a, it will also tell you how will it will train, and if you were to throw it, how it would teach thrown.

Barrier Appraisal

The third way, possibly of greatest use to new adventurers, is to appraise swimming locations. In a room where a swimming contest is necessary to exit, you can appraise water or direction. It's not clear how well this trains, as a new character can learn very little in the Crossing sewers but very well in the Arthe Dale swimming hole. It may be dependent on water depth and current. You can also appraise climbing barriers, but this seems to teach little or nothing at lower ranks. Successfully appraising a swim or a climb may give you a bonus ("You think you have determined the best route to take") to climbing or swimming the appraised barrier.

  • It's worth noting that climbing barriers can be more difficult than the appraisal lets on.

Item Creation

The fourth way to learn is through the creation process of several items. Usually when you are creating an item you will gain a little appraisal as well when you determine the quality of the item. For example, when braiding grass/vines, you will learn appraisal. Every time you braid you are automatically appraising the item to see the quality of the item. Another example is Moon Mage sigil scrolls, every time you read a scroll you appraise the quality of the scroll. This way is good for learning appraisal while also learning other skills. (In the case of Moon Mage sigil scrolls, you will learn appraisal faster than you will learn astrology or scholarship, but possibly might have a limit. I have tested with 267 in astrology, 241 in appraisal, and 324 in scholarhsip, I am locking appraisal first, then astrology, then scholarship).

Fine Art Appraisal

Adventurers have the ability to analyze one-of-a-kind stationary artifacts and receive more details than just your standard LOOK. Currently, the Raven's Court is the only place with this type of appraisal available. One must STUDY a piece in order to learn. STUDYing will teach appraisal and scholarship. There are a few levels of success. Everyone should be able to learn no matter what information they see. Naturally, with the highest level of success, the most information will be displayed. Bards and Traders have a bonus, so they should effectively be able to learn better and see more information earlier on.

Item weight detection

3.0 changed detecting numerical weights in stones to not occur until higher ranks. For a non-trader, expect not to begin to get numerical weight return on appraisals for any item until 170 ranks at minimum. As you increase in skill, weight detection will become more common and more accurate. At 400 ranks you receive a fairly accurate weight estimate most of the time. At 500 ranks, expect perfect weight results every time with the standard 8 second roundtime. As an aside, at 500 ranks, quick appraisals continue to be clumsy regarding weight, but will be exact in all other regards, probably the equivalent of a standard appraisal at 250-300 ranks.


The accuracy of your appraisal depends primarily upon the number of ranks that you have in appraisal. (Traders have a bonus.)

When appraising weapons or armor, the number of ranks that you have in that weapon or armor type affects the accuracy, at least for non-Traders. For example, if you were appraising a claymore, you find it easier to appraise if you had 200 ranks in twohanded edged weapons than if you had only 50 ranks.

Only when "you are certain" about some property can you be sure that your appraisal is an accurate assessment. Otherwise, the more confident you are about the accuracy, the closer your assessment is to the truth.

Accuracy Levels (from best to worst)

  • are/feel certain that
  • are/feel confident that
  • think that
  • believe that
  • are pretty sure that
  • think it is likely that
  • estimate that
  • guess that
  • wonder if

Appraisal Values


Order Damage Min Value Max Value
0 no 0 0
1 dismal 1 5
2 poor 5 10
3 low 10 15
4 somewhat fair 15 20
5 fair 20 25
6 somewhat moderate 25 30
7 moderate 30 35
8 somewhat heavy 35 40
9 heavy 40 45
10 very heavy 45 50
11 great 50 55
12 very great 55 60
13 severe 60 65
14 very severe 65 70
15 extreme 70 75
16 very extreme 75 ??
17 mighty
18 very mighty
19 bone-crushing
20 very bone-crushing
21 devastating
22 very devastating
23 overwhelming
24 annihilating
25 obliterating
26 catastrophic
Order Balance/Power/FOI Min Value Max Value
0 not
1 terribly
2 dismally
3 poorly
4 inadequately
5 fairly
6 decently
7 reasonably
8 soundly
9 well
10 very well
11 extremely well
12 exellently
13 superbly
14 incredibly
15 amazingly
16 unbelievably
17 perfectly

The numerical values for damage were derived from Copernicus' Storebought Guide. Copernicus derived the weapon values through an intensive process of comparing storebought weapons with forged weapons having known values of damage, balance, and power. Some information is still missing or incomplete.

Brawling Gear Damage Min Value Max Value
no 0 0
a little ? ?
some ? ?
quite a bit ? ?
a lot ? ?

There are two types of brawling damage.

  • If the damage stat does not end in "increase," it replaces the standard stat-based damage and uses the brawling weapon scale.
  • If the damage stat ends in "increase," the weapon adds a percentage-based bonus to the standard stat-based damage and uses the same scale as standard weapons. According to GM Kodius, this model is being phased out, because these weapons "don't seem to do much of anything."

Armor & Shield


The hindrance system is slated for rewrite with armor changes. The rank values are those required to work maneuvering hindrance down to the lowest level.

Note: Though they use the same adjectives and order, a trivially hindering piece of armor does not hinder the same as a trivially hindering shield. The armor has more hindrance.

  • 4/15/09 - Minimally hindered is now within the range of Insignificant. Unhindered truly means unhindered by your armor.
Base Item Hindrance
Order Hindrance
0 no
1 insignificant
2 trivial
3 light
4 minor
5 fair
6 mild
7 moderate
8 noticeable
9 high
10 significant
11 great
12 extreme
13 debilitating
14 overwhelming
15 insane
Skill Hindrance
Order Hindrance
0 unhindered
1 barely hindered
2 minimally hindered
3 insignificantly hindered
4 lightly hindered
5 fairly hindered
6 somewhat hindered
7 moderately hindered
8 rather hindered
9 very hindered
10 highly hindered
11 greatly hindered
12 extremely hindered
13 overwhelmingly hindered
14 insanely hindered

Armor Protection and Absorption

Order Protection
1 poor
2 low
3 fair
4 moderate
5 good
6 very good
7 high
8 very high
9 great
10 very great
11 extreme
12 exceptional
13 incredible
14 amazing
15 unbelievable
Order Absorbance
1 very poor
2 poor
3 low
4 somewhat fair
5 fair
6 moderate
7 good
8 very good
9 high
10 very high
11 great
12 very great
13 extreme
14 exceptional
15 incredible
16 outstanding
17 amazing
18 unbelievable

Shield Protection

There are two tiers of armor perception, requiring skill to get more detailed information. Paladins always receive the more specific scale.

The message "Your experience with shields allows a better appraisal of the protection capabilities." means you have received the more detailed appraisal.

Tier I Tier II
? none
? extremely terrible
? terrible
? dismal
? very poor
? poor
? rather low
? low
? fair
? better than fair
? moderate
? moderately good
? good
? very good
Tier I Tier II
? high
? very high
? great
? very great
? exceptional
? very exceptional
? impressive
? very impressive
? amazing
? incredible
? tremendous
? unbelievable
? god-like

Equipment Construction and Condition

  1. extremely weak and easily damaged
  2. very delicate and easily damaged
  3. quite fragile and easily damaged
  4. rather flimsy and easily damaged
  5. particularly weak against damage
  6. somewhat unsound against damage
  7. appreciably susceptible to damage
  8. marginally vulnerable to damage
  9. of average construction
  10. a bit safeguarded against damage
  11. rather reinforced against damage
  12. quite guarded against damage
  13. highly protected against damage
  14. very strong against damage
  15. extremely resistant to damage
  16. unusually resilient to damage
  17. nearly impervious to damage
  18. practically invulnerable to damage

Condition Min Health Max Health
in pristine condition 98% 100%
practically in mint condition 90% 97%
in good condition 80% 89%
rather scuffed up 70% 79%
some minor scratches 60% 69%
a few dents and dings 50% 59%
several unsightly notches 40% 49%
heavily scratched and notched 30% 39%
badly damaged 20% 29%
battered and practically destroyed 0% 19%


  • Can start appraising creatures with 10 ranks of Appraisal.
  • In order from low threat to high threat


Difficulty Difference
completely beneath
wipe the floor with
tear to shreds
you'd kill quickly
very easy
well beneath
relatively easy
definitely less skilled
less skilled
slightly less skilled
worthy Perfectly at range ??
something in your skill range
rather difficult
quite difficult
very difficult
truly skilled
well above
couldn't hope to hurt
master that's well beyond
mythical being


Strength Min Difference Max Difference Agility / Reflex Min Difference Max Difference
Great deal less ? -30
Significantly -29 -25
Quite a bit less -24 -20
Definitely less -19 -15
Rather less -14 ?
Somewhat less -10 -6
Not quite -5 -1
About as 0 0
A little more 1 5
Somewhat more 6 10
Definitely more 11 15
Quite a bit more 16 20
Significantly more 21 25
Great deal more 30 ?


  • healthy
  • slightly battered
  • battered
  • beat up
  • very beat up
  • extremely beat up
  • bad shape
  • very bad shape
  • extremely bad shape
  • death's door

Health Injury
Dead ?

"Minor Wound" with bleeding injury "Major Wound" occurred with badly bleeding injury.



Capacity Verbal Description
4-20 very lttle mana
30-50 a little mana
<108 a moderate amount of mana


  1. exceptionally well, but you probably won't be landing many blows.
  2. very well
  3. rather well
  4. acceptably
  5. somewhat poorly
  6. quite badly

Climbing and Swimming

Scripts and Settings

  • See 'n Say Appraisal (script): Genie script that appraises any weapon, shield, or armor and then echoes the appraisal in IC and OOC ways
  • See 'n Say Comparison (script): Genie script that compares any weapon, shield, or armor and then echoes the comparison in an IC way.
  • Numerical Appraisal Subs: Genie subs that add a numerical description to the verbal appraisal output for damage, balance/suitability, protection, hindrance, construction, and condition.

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