The skill includes all artistic ability from painting and dance to music and public speaking. The skill can be utilized in one of three ways: as a knowledge skill for information about arts, artists, and the artistic process; as a craft skill to create a work of art; or as a social skill to entertain.
In LoA, the skill had the trappings: Knowledge, Craft, Communication, Performance, Forgery.
Because Art behaves in three distinct ways its uses for Fate Core resemble the skills Craft, Lore and Rapport.
Much like the Academics skill, Art can be used as an Overcome action to provide information: in this case about something related to the arts.
Furthermore, it can be used to create or repair a work of art: writing, sculpture, music, painting. It could also be used to detect or forge a work of art.
Finally, Art can be used to charm, inspire, convince or deceive people thus establishing a connection or getting them to do what you want. Unlike Rapport, the target must have some interest in the art for the attempt to be successful.
Create an Advantage
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Art can be used to create an advantage by pointing out useful strengths/features, Signed by the Master, or a vulnerability to be exploited, Knockoff.
Like Academics or Lore, Art can be used to apply artistic knowledge to create an aspect as well. While attending a social function, hosted by Loren Gracchi, the patrician of Cymru, Asim comments on the Quality of the Fadhad sculpture which pleases his host.
Art isn't typically used to attack without a stunt.
The Art skill may be used to counter Create an Advantage actions.
While performing his national dance for the Gracchi's, Asim provokes the ire of a visiting Fadbad, Khaldun, who declares his work Derivative. He defends with his Art impressing the crowd and removing the aspect.
Art stunts are about creating art, shifting attitudes and using your reputation as an artist to affect the world beyond.
The Artist's Eye (Art)
The character is so skilled in observing the world around them they can identify traits about the artists just by their works. With this stunt, the character may use Art instead of Empathy to create or uncover aspects about the originator of a work of art without them being present.
The character is a master of an art form: painting, composition, singing, poetry, etc. They are recognized as a virtuoso in their art. When using the Art skill related to their specialty, the character gains +2 to the roll. This stunt may be taken multiple times. It applies to different art forms each time it is taken.
Moving Performance (Art) - requires Virtuoso
Whenever the character uses Art to create a scene aspect related to their specialty, the aspect remains after the scene has ended.
For example, Asim has greatly impressed his audience at the gathering with his dance. Using a Create an Advantage action, he gave them the aspect Duly Impressed. With this stunt, the aspect remains long after the performance. A month later when he seeks an audience with Loren Gracchi he may invoke the aspect if needed.
Actions by the character or others which counter this aspect may remove it.
Stage Presence (Art) - requires Virtuoso
The character's work cannot be ignored easily. They gain a +2 to Defend against Create an Advantage actions to damage their reputation or interrupt their performances.
Commissions (Art) - requires Virtuoso
The character's works and performances are highly sought after. Once per session, they may use Art instead of Resources to represent the gains of a previously successful commission.
Do You Know Who I Am? (Art) - requires Virtuoso
The character's reputation precedes them. In an area where this reputation means something, they may roll Art instead of Contacts. If there is no prior justification for this popularity, they character may spend a Fate point to create one.
Razor Tongue (Art)
The character has such a command of language they can use Art rather than Provoke to create exquisitely brutal insults.
Poison Words (Art)- requires Razor Tongue
The character's skill at satire is so great they may use their Art skill instead of Provoke to apply a negative emotion toward another character (who may or may not be present.)
Having been insulted by his Fadbad rival, Khaldun, Asim creates a song regarding his rival's flatulence. If successful, the audience now thinks Khaldun is a Joke.
All the World's a Stage (Art) - requires two other Art stunts
The character is a natural actor. They may use their Art skill instead of Deceit when convincing anyone they are someone else.