While Intellect covers reasoning, Awareness describes common sense and intuition, what some might call “wisdom.” A character with a high Intellect and a low Awareness may be an “absentminded professor” type, smart but not always aware of what’s going on. On the other hand, a not so bright (low Intellect) character may have great deal of common sense (high Awareness).
Your Awareness modifier applies to:
- Will defense, for resisting attacks on your mind.
- Insight and Perception skill checks.
- Awareness checks to resolve matters of intuition when a specific skill doesn’t apply.
- Debilitated Intellect, Awareness, or Presence
means the hero is unaware and remains so until restored to at least a –5 rank in the ability
Anything with no Awareness is completely unaware and also has no Presence. It is an inanimate object, not a creature. Objects are immune to mental effects and interaction skills, and have no defenses apart from Toughness (and Fortitude, if they are alive).
Mutants & Masterminds Hero’s Handbook, Copyright 2011, Green Ronin Publishing; Author Steve Kenson. Chapter-3 Abilities, Pg 54-59
D20Hero SRD Ability Article- http://www.d20herosrd.com/3-abilities