In Dungeons and Dragons, my character is a Bard Elf. I have the Bard Starting Package, which includes four starting skills (I can only choose 4 due to modifiers) But after "Knowledge", in parentheses it says "any". Context:

Knowledge (any) Rank 4 Ability Int

Does "any" mean I can choose any kind of knowledge from the skill descriptions, or that I already know all of the knowledge sets? I'm new to D&D so the book I am using may be a bit old and I am still learning.

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    \$\begingroup\$ You could greatly improve the question by specifying the D&D edition. It should be found in the small print near the front cover. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ernir
    Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 7:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is the same in 3.0 and 3.5, so it doesn't really matter. Tagging with both for now. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 15:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ It means your bard is omniscient and probably has at least 1 divine ranks :P \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 12:17

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On page 30 of the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook, the bard starting package lists:

Knowledge (any one) | Rank 4 | Ability Int

(my emphasis)

Knowledge ("any" or "any one") is sometimes used as a shorthand for the ability to select any of the game's Knowledge skills (listed under the skills section in the book and -- if you're playing D&D 3.5 -- listed here). Contrast it with the Druid, who can select Knowledge (nature) but not any of the other Knowledge skills.

If a bard has six skills to choose, she can have from zero to all six of them be knowledge skills. For example a bard with six skills to choose might choose Knowledge (arcana), Knowlege (religion), and Knowledge (local), leaving three additional skills to select.

Note also that by default in D&D 3.0 and 3.5 one puts four ranks in whatever skills they choose at 1st level, which is why you see "Ranks 4" next to each skill in the starting package.


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