Ok… I thought Master Negotiator was specifically used in combat situations. In reading the book it seems as if it worked best on one opponent in combat. As a GM I have used this talent many times over much to the chagrin of the PCs. However last night in combat I got the shock of my life.
Apparently the GM wanted to enforce a -10 penalty to my role in combat because the opponent was hostile! Now I’ve never seen or heard of that before! I understand if I’m trying to change the attitude of the opponent, but not use Master Negotiator! And on top of that he receives a +5 to his Defense if he’s at a higher level? So effectively I’m taking a -15 hit right off the top? Is this right?
Have you guys seen or heard of this before? I mean for crying out loud the Adept Negotiator talent says right there in the text “Make a Persuasion check; if the result equals or exceeds the target’s Will Defense,” it doesn’t say anything about applying a modifier to the check based on the target’s attitude toward you, as with the Change Attitude application of the skill. Nor does it say anything about this in the errata.
I mean my character isn’t a fighter and all I have to work with is Mind Affecting Effects. If it’s a strait up fight I’m screwed. If the ruling is as the GM states… I’m even more screwed. So… anyone care to toss me their two cents?