I’m having a bit of a debate with my DM about the intimidation skill. I’m currently playing a lv 2 paladin dragonborn and his intimidation skill comes in at 19.
+5 for my Charisma modifier
+1 for half level bonus
+2 for dragonborn Racial
+5 for training the skill
+4 Intimidation of the dragon feat
+2 from Champion of Bahamut for background option
Now first when I made the character I didn’t realize it was going to come out this high. I was a little surprised at the score myself. I made a lot of character choices based on how I was going to RP the character and his backstory I’ve written up.
Here’s the problem were having. My DM seems to feel that intimidation is just the brute force method check of you roar at someone to get your way and basically the brute force method always applies to it.
While I feel this is a valid way to interpret the skill and I don’t begrudge him for thinking this way. I have more of the mindset that’s less brute force most of the times. Granted If I want to be a big scary dragonborn I can pull this off nicely, but I feel it’s a valid argument that intimidation is more than just I scare you into doing what I want. I feel like it can just be an imposing presence, the way I move and hold myself, they look in my eyes. Something about my character is off putting to ones senses, they look at me and feel un at ease or are more wary because they feel I’m more dangerous then I appear to be. Or just simple when I give orders, people seemed inclined to carry them out if there simple enough rather than argue with me.
Maybe I’m being to much of a power gamer here and if so I plan on fixing this but it does bring up my other question. Is 19 a bit high for a lv 2 character? Hell if I took the + 3 intimidation skill focus instead of my multiclass feat on my character I could wind up with a +22 to intimidate at lv 2.
So I’m basically asking for a clarification if I’m abusing the to much rules and if I should just tone the skill down by removing maybe the +4 feat or suggestions from other players and DM’s on how to best handle this situation.