OK, so the PCs have found some permanent magic items. They have Detected Magic on them, so they know that they are magical. But how can they determine the nature of the items? There is a powerful wizard in the town, so they are going to see him, but how does he do it? (in game terms) Any ideas for an "Identify" spell?
Power Source: any
This spell allows the caster to learn the nature of a permanently enchanted item. The spell roll must exceed the challenge rank of the enchanted item.
I have let my PCs roll the arcanum tree as a spell to identify magic(This spell is known by all people that have arcanum in my game). The better they roll the more they know (above the base arcanum of the creator)unless the creator of the item tried to conceal its powers. In that case the detecting character must beat the creators roll when the item was made.
EX: NPC---Bob the Builder
Arcanum d6>Mystic d6>Enchantment d6 creates a bracer of strength. He rolls 6,4,1 on the creation roll. The bracer will have 18 charges and will give a +11 on any feat of strength related roll. The PC (Arcanum d8> Mystic d6)finds this on Bob's long dead body. He casts detect magic and finds that it is a magical item and that it is a mystic source item. He then cast Identify with an 8 + 2 =10. 10-6 =4. The 4 is minimal knowledge so he finds out that the item has something to do w/augmenting strength and maybe that it is a permanent object. If the long dead caster had tried to conceal the object's power, then the PC would need to beat his original roll of 11 to get any information.