[HUMOUR] Define intelligence and wisdom (was: Re: Fighting UFAI)

From: Joel Pitt (joel.pitt@gmail.com)
Date: Thu Jul 14 2005 - 20:22:00 MDT

J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
> Russell Wallace wrote:
>>Yes, wisdom requires intelligence, but intelligence does not
>>necessarily require wisdom.
> Define "wisdom". How does it differ from intelligence?

Anyone who has played DnD knows that! ;D

Intelligence determines how well your character learns and reasons.
Intelligence is important for wizards because it affects how many spells
they can cast, how hard their spells are to resist, and how powerful
their spells can be. It’s also important for any character who wants to
have a strong assortment of skills.

You apply your character’s Intelligence modifier to:
• The number of languages your character knows at the start of the game.
• The number of skill points gained each level.
• Alchemy, Appraise, Craft, Decipher Script, Disable Device, Forgery,
Knowledge, Read Lips, Scry, Search, and Spellcraft checks. These are the
skills that have Intelligence as their key ability.

Animals have Intelligence scores of 1 or 2. Creatures of human-like
intelligence have scores of at least 3.

Wisdom describes a character’s willpower, common sense, perception, and
intuition. While Intelligence represents one’s ability to analyze
information, Wisdom is more related to being in tune with and aware of
one’s surroundings.

An "absentminded professor" has low Wisdom and high Intelligence. A
simpleton (low Intelligence) might still have great insight (high
Wisdom). Wisdom is the most important ability for clerics and druids,
and is also important for paladins and rangers. If you want your
character to have keen senses, put a high score in Wisdom.

You apply your character’s Wisdom modifier to:
• Will saving throws (for negating charm person and other spells).
• Heal, Innuendo, Intuit Direction, Listen, Profession, Sense Motive,
Spot, and Wilderness Lore checks. These are the skills that have Wisdom
as their key ability.
Every creature has a Wisdom score.



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