A character's ranks in a skill is based on the number of skill points the character has invested in the skill. Some skills
can be used even if the character has no ranks in the skill; doing this is known as making an untrained skill check
The ability modifier
used in the skill check
is the modifier for the skill's key ability (the ability associated with the skill's use). The key ability of a skill is noted in its description.
Miscellaneous Modifiers: Miscellaneous modifiers
include bonuses provided by feats
and class features, and penalties such as the ones associated with the nonproficient use of armor, among others.
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