Jaracove wrote:Slimcreeper wrote:The Test Knowledge is the Question, isn't it? and the Research Knowledge is the Answer.
And sometimes you can come across the answer (research) before you find out what the question (test knowledge) is
Which threw me for a while
Playing around with the order of things, I just realized that you could technically get the Test Knowledge before ever getting the Item.
In order for SOMEONE to do an Item History check they need to possess the Item. But that person doesn't have to be you. What if Person A 1,000 years ago did it and wrote down the Test Knowledge? You, our intrepid hero, find this scrap of paper and go hunting for the Magic Item. Along the way you discover the Key Knowledge that answers the question posed by the Test Knowledge. And later still you finally find the Magical Item.
The last step of weaving the Thread is really the only one you can't move without some rule-bending "it's magic!" hand-waving.