Athletics gets a stat modifier from strength.
Eladrin get a +2 bonus to History.
My question; do stat/racial bonuses only get aplied if the character is trained in that skill, or is it universal?
For if it is universal, unless you have no stat bonuses to speak of, you should have at least a '1' in the skill, trained or not, instead of a '0'.
If I have an Eladrin wizard who is not trained in History, does he still get the +2 due to his race?
If my character has a +2 strength modifier, does it set an untrained Athletics at 2?
Or are they both 0, due to not having training?
Please forgive me if I'm asking the same question more than once. I do know that the understanding of the question depends on the proper wording, which is why I ask one so oftem in varying ways, just to make sure who I'm asking understands my meaning.