Curious as to how this is supposed to work in game, assuming party meets hostile animals. Obviously, if the animals get initiative or the party attacks, combat ensures. But what if the Druid gets initiative and immediately starts using wild empathy.
Do the animals just sit there for the whole minute while the druid does his thing?
Do the animals attack for the 10 rounds it takes for the druid to finish? This would make wild empathy almost useless.
If successful, the animals go from hostile to unfriendly. Can the druid continue and get them to go to indifferent, then friendly, then helpful?
If unsuccessful, can the druid try again?
If the animals win initiative and attack, and the druid goes next, can he start up wild empathy? Do the animals keep attacking, or do they stop?
Since it takes 10 rounds (1 minute), can the other PCs have an action prepared to attack if the empathy check fails? Is initiative re-rolled?