A friend and I are standing around smithing. He's at 87, and I'm now at 95. I've been gaining skill at a phenomenal rate... him, not so much. In the time we've been here (roughly three hours) i've gone from 90.1 to 95... he's gone from 85 to 87. He's been making gorgets at a success rate of around 55%, I'm making circlets at a success rate of 62% or so. We've both eaten a 110 scroll. The only thing I can think is that possibly my talisman is affecting my gain rates... I'm wearing a Blacksmithing exceptional bonus of 17% - no other bonuses. Could this be affecting my skill gain THAT much? Or at all? What on earth could cause me to gain skill at nearly three times the rate he is, when he's almost a full ten points lower than me?