Disguise Question

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Disguise Question

Postby BeronTheGrey » Sat Aug 28, 2004 8:02 pm

I'm working on a B5 adventure for my local gaming club, and there's an NPC in it who's a Centauri disguised as a human. The NPC is female, and has the Vax Toromo trait. My question is, does she get the +5 bonus for "minor changes only" given that all she's doing is disguising those features not covered by clothing so she looks like a generic human?

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Postby mthomason » Sat Aug 28, 2004 8:34 pm

I'd say yes, as long as she's keeping her.. erm.. anatomical differences covered :)
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Postby BeronTheGrey » Sat Aug 28, 2004 8:44 pm

mthomason wrote:I'd say yes, as long as she's keeping her.. erm.. anatomical differences covered :)
Well, that goes without saying. :oops:

Of course, a Human disguising themselves as a Centauri would likely find it more difficult. Especially if they're male.

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Postby mthomason » Sat Aug 28, 2004 8:47 pm

BeronTheGrey wrote:Of course, a Human disguising themselves as a Centauri would likely find it more difficult. Especially if they're male.
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I'd imagine the giant squid appendages would start to smell a little "off" after a while :D
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Postby PottsBr » Mon Aug 30, 2004 3:04 pm

At least while clothed, Centauri and human female look almost eactly alike. The Centauri wears a wig, the human shaves her head. A close examination might pick out differences in the teeth, but the Centauri females are much more similar than the males.

The biggest problem is going to be more social. Gestures and expressions will be different, and of course they speak different languages and will have to cover up any accent. Spies in WWII were often tripped up because of their lack of knowledge of everyday things for the enemy. German spies would get caught because they didn't know who was pitching for the Yankees that season, and American spies would be caught in Europe because they kept switching utensils between their hands or turning their plate while eating. In this case, that will be an even bigger problem.

So, physically, I think your NPC will be perfectly safe unless she must undergo any medical treatment or the person she's interacting with is well versed in anatomy (Dr. Franklin would probably pick her out pretty quickly). She may also be in trouble if she has to share a bathroom or something like that. Her big problem is going to be mimicking human behavior. Here she will have no better chance than any other non-human character.
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Postby BeronTheGrey » Tue Aug 31, 2004 8:36 pm

PottsBr wrote:At least while clothed, Centauri and human female look almost eactly alike. The Centauri wears a wig, the human shaves her head. A close examination might pick out differences in the teeth, but the Centauri females are much more similar than the males.

The biggest problem is going to be more social. Gestures and expressions will be different, and of course they speak different languages and will have to cover up any accent. Spies in WWII were often tripped up because of their lack of knowledge of everyday things for the enemy. German spies would get caught because they didn't know who was pitching for the Yankees that season, and American spies would be caught in Europe because they kept switching utensils between their hands or turning their plate while eating. In this case, that will be an even bigger problem.

So, physically, I think your NPC will be perfectly safe unless she must undergo any medical treatment or the person she's interacting with is well versed in anatomy (Dr. Franklin would probably pick her out pretty quickly). She may also be in trouble if she has to share a bathroom or something like that. Her big problem is going to be mimicking human behavior. Here she will have no better chance than any other non-human character.
Well, you could say that that's what the bluff skill's for . . . and the Alien Empathy [Human] feat. Hmm. I wonder what the DC would be? Presumably it's a Bluff check opposed by a Sense Motive check, at a bonus given the difficulty of posing as someone from another species. I'd probably allow a synergy bonus to the Bluff check for 5 ranks in something like Knowledge [Human Culture].

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