TALENT AND SKILL THESAURUS

SURVIVAL SKILLS



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HELPFUL TIP:

When planning a cast member's talents and skills, think about how genetics, personality traits (both positive attributes and flaws), past experiences, environment, and the character's roles (within a family, a community, and society) all factor into what strengths may form. These special qualities should tie into the story, not only to make the character interesting but also to help him achieve his goal.
DEFINITION:
Utilizing techniques to sustain life in any type of environment

DESCRIPTION:
It takes skill, intuition, and knowledge to be able to survive in less-than-ideal circumstances with few resources. When disaster happens, often there is no warning and little time to prepare, so a character with this skill will understand how to use what is available to provide necessities like food, water, and shelter. People skilled in survival can obtain fresh water, forage for food, build a shelter, and defend themselves until help arrives. The willingness to protect oneself (be it fight or flight) is a necessity.

BENEFICIAL STRENGTHS OR ABILITIES:
Clarity of mind
Control over one's emotions
The ability to prioritize
Being able to read a map
Being skilled at hunting and setting traps
Being able to start a fire without matches
Wield a knife both for protection and to make tools one may need
Being able to find or build a  shelter
Knowing how to find water and filter it (in both urban and rural environments)
A working knowledge of local flora and fauna and how it can be used (food, medicine, protection)
Tracking and scouting, as well as the ability to identify potential threats in advance
Physical strength, good cardio, and strong endurance

POSITIVE TRAITS SUITED FOR THIS SKILL OR TALENT:

NEGATIVE TRAITS SUITED FOR THIS SKILL OR TALENT:
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REQUIRED RESOURCES AND TRAINING:
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ASSOCIATED STEREOTYPES AND PERCEPTIONS:
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SCENARIOS WHERE THIS SKILL MIGHT BE USEFUL:
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