Profession (Yog-Sothothery Philosopher)
Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos - Pathfinder
The following new Profession skill is gained normally with skill ranks, although those ranks have a downside unique among skills, representing the mental strain from contemplating such alien concepts. Characters who have Profession as a class skill can also choose the skill Profession (Yog-Sothothery philosopher). Unlike Knowledge skills, researching and understanding the forbidden knowledge and horrors of Yog-Sothothery is as much an act of willpower as it is a collection of facts and skills.

Profession (Yog-Sothothery Philosopher)

A character who spends ranks in Profession (Yog-Sothothery philosopher) can function as a scholar on the topic of the Cthulhu Mythos, using this skill in place of Knowledge checks or Spellcraft checks made to interpret, understand, identify, and learn about Mythos-related topics (including most matters covered in this part of the site). It can also be used in place of any skill used to cast rituals.

Gaining ranks in Profession (Yog-Sothothery philosopher) strains the minds of most mortals. You take a –1 penalty on saving throws against dread, insanity, and confusion if you have at least 1 rank. The penalty increases by 1 for every 5 ranks you have (for instance, 10 ranks gives you a -2 penalty, 15 ranks a -3 penalty, etc).

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