Joshua Burnett
▶ Silent Legions
2018-01-12T02:09:12.231Z

How would you handle mythos tomes that aren't actually grimoires (books that describe the horrible truth of the universe, but don't contain any spells)?

1) Add a bonus to your Occult or Research skills when using the tome to research mythos lore.

2) It's just flavor with no mechanical effect. At most it's the thing that allows you to use the Occult skill when investigating the mythos in the first place.

Option 1 is my first impulse, but even a simple +1 goes a long way in Sine Nomine skill checks.

Option 2 is the good story-gamey answer, but I dunno, it feels kind of lacking.
("You find a rare hand-written copy of the Yarko Manuscript from AD1047. No, it doesn't actually help your rolls.")

Maybe a non-spell tome holds a number of disposable expertise points to use for research only? After you've used them all, you've essentially learned all you can from the book?

Kevin Crawford
2018-01-12T02:09:12.231Z

I'd just do option 1, but restrict it to the actual topic of the book rather than all occult rolls.

Joshua Burnett
2018-01-12T02:09:12.231Z

+Kevin Crawford That seems like it would be the simplest, most effective solution. Thanks!

Michael Blank
2018-01-12T02:09:12.231Z

Don't forget they can also be a container for a big bag of plot hooks as well.