Requires Nobility. High Nobility adds Spellcraft to the list of skills and improves the competence bonus to +2 instead of +1. The competence bonus for Knowledge (nobility/royalty) is improved even further, to +3 rather than +1.
Mainly NPC feat. Can only be taken by characters who come of high nobility and have gone through the early training to fit in the noble circles. The feat grants the character the ability to speak Common with a Noble accent as well as a competence bonus of +1 on skill rolls for Knowledge (religion,nobility/royalty an local) and Use Magic Device.
Metamagic feats that use Sparks or Twinkles rather than spell slots can be spontaneously added to spells during casting. Though this increase the casting time to a full round, as normal.
Any feat-based checks using Sparks or Twinkles is done as a standard action (unless otherwise stated) and is considered to be spellcasting for all extents and purposes.
If you encounter spell residue, you can attempt to absorb it. Any whole Twinkles absorbed becomes available to use for the next 24 hours. It’s a full-round action to use the feat, and you need to expend two Twinkles to use it. It’s possible to absorb multiple residues at the same time for better intake.
Make a Spellcraft check against DC15. Success means you absorb half the Twinkles available in a 15 feed diameter circle around you (or DC 20 for a specified set of magical debris). Every 5 points higher absorbs half of what is left over (result of +5 absorbs 3/4; +10 absorbs 7/8, etc) and every 5 points lower absorbs half as many points (result of -5 absorbs 1/4, etc), rounded down. The caster always gets at least 1 Twinkle if she succeeded on the check if there is at least one Twinkle available.
Spell Trickery is about fooling or thwarting other casters and has little or no impact on non-casters. The two methods a caster can choose between are by using strong ties in the magical wave (power) or using detailed work in order to manipulate spells (intrication). The two methods are opposite to one another and one is weak against the other, granting a +10 bonus to attempts made against trickeries made by the opposing method. A caster can also choose to specialize in both, making both powerful and intricate manipulations, making it much harder to see through.
When casting a spell (or when preparing one) the caster can weave the spell harder to detect by effectively tie up the magical aura created by the spell. Would-be investigators detect them as old spell residue (if they see it at all) instead of active spell auras. This feat also allows the caster to detect other casters’ spell trickery while using the spells Detect Magic or See Magic.
Whenever the trickery is used, the caster makes a Spellcraft roll. This becomes the DC to detect the residue at all. If detected, a caster without any Spell Trickery feat will see the spell as spellcast residue (though it’s possible she can determine it’s a real spell by normal Spellcraft means). Succeeding on the roll will outline a faint aura, and tell the investigator the amount of Twinkle residue the spell would have in the first Halflife Period if it was actually cast. Attempting to absorb the Twinkles will appear to work for the investigator (absorbing none), and the spell will become entirely invisible to her for 10 minutes (other investigators get +10 DC to detect the aura for the duration).
A caster with Spell trickery, however, might automatically detect that it’s a spell, or make separate attempts to determine if it may be a live spell if her roll is at least 5 greater than the DC. To determine which spell is hidden (without normal Spellcraft attempts), the DC is detect DC + 5 + spell level.
A spell can be hidden by a combination of both power and intrication. If so, use the highest roll which will then not have an “opposite method”.
If an investigating caster has both Spell Trickery (power) and (intrication), she can make a combination roll, using one dice for each method. The dice that has the opposing method to its target gets the normal +10 bonus, and the highest total roll is used. Should the hidden spell be double-weaved, use the highest result, but no bonus.
If used while making a magic trap, add 1/10 (round down) of the result to the trap DC.
This feat can be taken twice: Once for each specialization.
As described in Cityscape (p61) with a small change. It uses the normal spell slot and 1 Twinkle per spell level (level 0 spells count as 1) either at casting or preparation to make the visual effect of a spell invisible. All other sensors still apply, as does magical detection.
As described in Cityscape (p60). It uses a spell slot higher than the normal spell, but the spell looks like it’s originating from some other place than normal.
You tie in the magical knots so effectively that you leave less residue. To halve the amount of residue, spend one Spark during casting or preparation. This can be done multiple times as long as the caster has Sparks to use.