Tracking

If you know what you're looking for, you can find and follow the trail of pretty much anything. Finding or following a trail is generally done with the Survival skill, and the DC is determined by the surface the tracks are on as well as the circumstances of those leaving the tracks.

Base DC: Determined by trail.

Success: You locate the trail and may follow it at your regular pace if you like. You need to make an additional check after 5 miles or when the DC increases by 5 points. If you exceed the DC by 5 or more, you locate the trail and may follow it at a hustle if you like. You need to make an additional check after 10 miles or when the DC increases by 5 points. It's pretty clear to you where they're headed. If you exceed the DC by 10, you locate the trail and may follow it flat out if you like. You need to make an additional check after 20 miles or when the DC increases by 5 points. The trail may as well be painted neon it's so obvious to you.

Failure: You locate the trail and may follow it no faster than half your base rate. You need to make an additional check after 2 miles or when the DC increases by 5 points. If you fail the check by more than 5 points, you fail to locate a trail at all. You can retry after 1 hour (outdoors) or 10 minutes (indoors) of searching. If you don't feel like searching, you can of course go anywhere you like at whatever pace you feel appropriate.

Surface Base DC Example
Pliable Surface 5 Any surface (fresh snow, thick dust, wet mud) that holds deep, clear impressions of footprints.
Supple Surface 10 Any surface soft enough to yield to pressure, but firmer than wet mud or fresh snow, in which a creature leaves frequent but shallow footprints.
Giving Surface 15 Most normal outdoor surfaces (such as lawns, fields, woods, and the like) or exceptionally soft or dirty indoor surfaces (thick rugs and very dirty or dusty floors). The creature might leave some traces (broken branches or tufts of hair), but it leaves only occasional or partial footprints
Trackless Surface 20 Any surface that doesn’t hold footprints at all, such as bare rock or an indoor floor. Most streambeds fall into this category, since any footprints left behind are obscured or washed away. The creature leaves only traces (scuff marks or displaced pebbles).
Condition DC Modifier
Every three creatures in the group being tracked -1
Every 24 hours since the trail was made +2
Every hour of rain since the trail was made +2
Fresh snow fall since the trail was made +10
Overcast or moonless night +6
Moonlight +3
Fog or precipitation +3
Tracked party hides trail (and moves at half speed +5
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