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What is it about Batman that makes you think he's chaotic good instead of neutral good?


You look more cheerful now. What's the good news?


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How do you feel about the Kickstarter for the new edition of Blue Rose?


Suppose someone summons a succubus (or succubi) for sex, can keep her for longer than a few minutes (conjurer 20, timeless demiplane, something else), and nobody else is around for her to hurt. What then?

Personally, I'd prefer an astral deva.

Oh, another question. Suppose a good-aligned caster summoned a good-aligned outsider for sex (and, as above, isn't restricted to a few minutes). How likely would the outsider consent?


Odd that I didn't notice it; I think it's because it blends in with all the reds and browns. However, the upper-left of a web page is a good place to put something you want noticed. Good job, Paizo. :)


Two things I noticed here:

First, Andoran has access to a 17th level wizard (Felandriel Morgethai, p.7-8). Besides the obvious benefits, it's good to know a high-level character can integrate into society.

Second, Talmandor has been statted up (p.62-63). I like the abilities, very befitting a CR 23 celestial, though I find the lowish Int (19) worrisome. I'd personally bump it up to 23-25 (making it comparable to solars and elohim, also CR 23), giving 54-81 points to spread on the low skills, and bumping up the Int skills by 2-3 besides.


Will Hell's Vengeance be about undoing what the PCs in Council of Thieves did?


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James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
James, what's your opinion of motivational speakers?
Some are good, some are bad, and they have their place. I might not need their services today, but who knows what tomorrow might bring?

1. What would you think of one who charged $690 and up for a group seminar where he puts people through Hell, and asks you to pay for more seminars?

2. What's the difference between a Szuriel worshiper massacring everybody, and a Rovagug worshiper doing the same?

3. What skills as a fiction writer would hurt me as an adventure writer?


James, what's your opinion of motivational speakers?


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James Jacobs wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
There's LOTS of ways for folks to extend their lives though.
James what form of immortality would you rather come true?
I'm not sure nature would work well with ANY of them, save perhaps digital immortality, so that one.

What do you mean by nature not working well with most of them? Do you mean not physically possible, or something else?


Since the Annunaki are in Pathfinder now, does that answer the question of what planet humans evolved on, or how they came to Golarion?

Do you know the backstory of the Annunaki?


Something I've been wondering. Who do halflings in Pathfinder have hairy feet while the ones in 3e didn't?


Regarding the conclusion of Iron Gods...:
1. If Casandalee were to choose which memory facets were used in her divine ascension, what would they be? Given her interests, I'm guessing Creativity (Charm), Ingenuity (Artifice), Logic (Knowledge), and Psyche (Repose).

2. Also, what would she want her areas of concern be? I'm guessing androids, emotions, and past lives.


James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:

1. You: Precisely the exact nymph angle you mention. She IS the main bad gal of the entire AP, and even though the PCs may not realize it, she's got machinations (very subtle ones) spread throughout all six adventures.

And that’s the problem, they’re very subtle. She’s like one of those Final Fantasy villains you know nothing about until the very last dungeon, meaning she feels forced than as part of the story. So how would you recumbent amping up the nymph angle?

1) Why do you have to? First, Kingmaker is built the way it is because the customers asked for it. After several adventure paths (ALL of them, in fact) that had themes of "The big bad end boss is looming from day one... oh no you all better race to defeat him/her/it" people were asking for one that didn't have that big of a looming threat. They were also calling for a sandbox. Sandboxes work best when you can explore at your own pace, and if there's a big looming threat the party feels rushed and doesn't get to enjoy the slower pace of a sandbox. If you bolster the nymph's presence in Kingmaker, you run the risk of the players feeling rushed or even resenting a lot of the sandbox elements because they're not part of the "plot." The fact that there's not an obvious villain for much of Kingmaker is one of the campaign's charms and unique facets, in my opinion. For alert and observant players, she's there to pick up on, and by the end players SHOULD be going "OH! So that's what was up with the dead unicorn/strange fey/etc."

A while ago, you said to amp up the nymph angle if I want Kingmaker to mesh well with Arshean themes. So, does your advice still stand? If so, how could I do it without ruining the sandbox elements of the AP?

Also, I didn’t know that the final boss’ absence was a feature rather than a bug. It makes sense now.


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I may be late to this thread, but I won't let that stop me from passing on Patch's suggestions. :)


James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:

I was thinking of asking you what the central themes would be for an adventure path heavily featuring Arshea, but I suspect you'd answer "check the areas of concern," right?

So, which already published adventure path meshes best with themes of beauty, freedom, and sexuality?

In fact, indeed... check the areas of concern.

Kingmaker might work for those themes, particularly if you amp up the nymph angle. And there's also some themes of that coming up in Hell's Rebels. Arshea would be a pretty spot-on deity to worship in that AP, particularly for the freedom aspect.

1. What nymph angle?: ** spoiler omitted **

2. Speaking of Nymphs, how come, in-setting, they’re all female?

3. Will there be a write-up for Arshea win Hell’s Rebels? Pleasepleaseplease?

4. Would Legacy of Fire be an AP that works well with Arshea?

1) Precisely the exact nymph angle you mention. She IS the main bad gal of the entire AP, and even though the PCs may not realize it, she's got machinations (very subtle ones) spread throughout all six adventures.

2) Because of decades of tradition in the game, and because the actual mythological inspiration is of a female spirit.

3) No. She's an appropriate figure to worship in the AP, but no more so than dozens of other options. Furthermore, the 2 deities we chose for the AP have a lot better reason to be the two we chose than her. And no... I'm not ready to reveal who those two deities are. Yet.

4) Why not?

(From way back here, because I got sidetracked, and sick, for a week.

1. You: Precisely the exact nymph angle you mention. She IS the main bad gal of the entire AP, and even though the PCs may not realize it, she's got machinations (very subtle ones) spread throughout all six adventures.

And that’s the problem, they’re very subtle. She’s like one of those Final Fantasy villains you know nothing about until the very last dungeon, meaning she feels forced than as part of the story. So how would you recumbent amping up the nymph angle?

2. You: Because of decades of tradition in the game, and because the actual mythological inspiration is of a female spirit.

No, I already know the real-world reasons, that’s why I tried to word my question so you’d give me a different answer. You always default to the real-world reasons. Why is that?

So, hoping I phrase my question carefully enough this time, if there were to be another sourcebook on fey (purely hypothetical, I’m not asking for one), what would be the reason given for nymph’s monogenderism?

3. You: Why [wouldn’t Legacy of Fire work well with Arshea]?

No reason why not, quite the opposite in fact given that Arshea would seem quite appropriate to an Arabian Nights setting (and an AP where sensuality is encouraged, and romance is the main plot driver anyway). Why’d you think I thought otherwise?


James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:

I was thinking of asking you what the central themes would be for an adventure path heavily featuring Arshea, but I suspect you'd answer "check the areas of concern," right?

So, which already published adventure path meshes best with themes of beauty, freedom, and sexuality?

In fact, indeed... check the areas of concern.

Kingmaker might work for those themes, particularly if you amp up the nymph angle. And there's also some themes of that coming up in Hell's Rebels. Arshea would be a pretty spot-on deity to worship in that AP, particularly for the freedom aspect.

1. What nymph angle?:
There’s Nyrissa, but she’s way in the background until part 6, and most of that is adventuring in Wonderland gone heavy metal.

2. Speaking of Nymphs, how come, in-setting, they’re all female?

3. Will there be a write-up for Arshea win Hell’s Rebels? Pleasepleaseplease?

4. Would Legacy of Fire be an AP that works well with Arshea?


I was thinking of asking you what the central themes would be for an adventure path heavily featuring Arshea, but I suspect you'd answer "check the areas of concern," right?

So, which already published adventure path meshes best with themes of beauty, freedom, and sexuality?


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Lesse...

Shelyn and Arshea team up, as does Calistria and Nocticula. Eiseth, forever alone, is defeated.

Now it's the righteous vs. the chaotics, but the latter have the favor of James Jacobs so they win.

Now it's Calistria vs. Nocticula...but, once again, it's the latter who has the favor of the creative director, and Nocticula was looking for a spot in the Big 20 anyway...


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James Jacobs wrote:
Friendlyfish wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


4) Dunno. At this point I'm not too keen on doing another mythic PC Adventure Path at all though.
This was disappointing to hear, I must admit. I really enjoyed the rule set and that style of play. May we know the reasons behind why you would not wish to do another mythic PC Adventure Path?

Because I was unsatisfied with how Mythic works when combined with high-level play. It simply didn't get playtested enough at the higher levels, and as such it ended up getting a fair amount of bad reviews and complaints, with such frequency (even if they may have been from a vocal minority) that I really feel bad about how it turned out and don't have much interest in disappointing people in that way anytime soon.

AKA: No plans due to customer feedback.

Ouch. :(

How would you fix Mythic?

Without PCs getting Mythic powers, how would there be an adventure path involving either of the most powerful Runelords?


James Jacobs wrote:
The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

What are your thoughts on transhumanism in fiction and reality?

It's very interesting. I particularly enjoy the horror genre version of it (AKA "body horror").

It's also very interesting in reality as well!

Aren't you worried that the horror genre version of it will give people the wrong idea, souring public sentiment toward transhumanism and stalling (or preventing) its development?


Timitius, you'll be on the lookout if anyone cribs anything from The Daily Bestiary without proper credit, yes?


816. Transsexuals have personality traits beyond "trans" and "sexual."
817. Even Arsheans have personality traits beyond "trans" and "sexual."


Mikaze wrote:
Snorter wrote:
If anyone can turn around a race of bishonen qlippoth, it is he!

Not quite a qlippoth, but I do have an angel that should nail that aesthetic that may be appropriate for this one. :)

(they'll definitely be the type that have to lead with "Fear not!" when dealing with most humanoids)

Which reminds me...

Timitius, just how monstrous would a monster have to be? Would a seducer angel not be monstrous enough?


Asmodeus: The Overlord of Many Names.


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Ragathiel's notorious obedience is discussed here.

As for where an empyreal lord would be worshiped, Chronicle of the Righteous lists several locations in p.42-43. Ragathiel would be among the "rampant" mystery cults (p.43); the locations given there include: Augustana (Andoran), Nerosyan (Mendev), Vellumis(Lastwall), and Zimar (Taldor).


Rhetorical question (since this thread operates on Jeopardy! rules), but is your birthday really January 9th? Me too. :) Happy birthday! How's it feel to have one of this thread's regular's share a birthday with you? I'm hopefully better company than a certain dead president, an evil wizard/schoolteacher, and the Devil Doctor of Chiron.

I would've wished you one earlier, but I was spending the rest of the day playing Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.


(I'm an interested amateur rather than a practitioner, so I may be wrong.)

My best guess is that they'd consider themselves forced to be a boddisatva. How the immortal'd specifically deal with that depends on what kind of Buddhist s/he is.


524. The Arshean Family

As the title suggests, this is a book about raising a family according to Arshean beliefs. The advice is organized by topic and phrased in a practical, matter-of-fact manner. Notable topics include childhood sexuality, dietary practices, discerning potential sex partners from sex predators, disease prevention, inheritance, jealousy, outercourse, and parenting arrangements.


An interesting and potentially useful document. :) Will this be updated to be in line with Ultimate Campaign?


Merisiel Sillvari wrote:
A lot of the folks who CAN detect evil tend to have agendas of their own, and often say there's evil when there's not just to get the rest of us to act in a specific way.

Have you been having problems with Seelah, or paladins in general?


Are you familiar with the series Berserk? Given how you like dark fantasy, you might be interested.


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Gaberlunzie wrote:

Being a cross-dresser does not necessarily mean you want to be sexualized, though.

(and yeah, it's a pretty bad generalization of dividing into cross-dressing people and transsexual people, seems to completely ignore transgender people that have a need to be recognized as their gender(s) but don't feel a need to alter their bodies)

I agree, and thank you for pointing this out. While simplifications (such as those I presented) can ease understanding, they can also distort perceptions.


KSF wrote:
I also think dividing trans people into crossdressers and transsexuals is an oversimplification.

I agree for the reasons you cited, and the study even admits to its own simplification (p.90, p.6 in pdf). I'd also like to apologize for getting the page number wrong in my last citation (it's p.8 in the pdf).

To clarify what I meant when I said that the article lead me to think that Arsheans are more likely to be crossdressers than transsexuals, crossdressers like to be the other gender while transsexuals have to be the other gender. Regarding transfolk in Golarion, the point I was trying to make is that I suspect a lot of people involved in sex transition just want to get on with their lives without being sexualized. Of course, this is assuming that 1) the meme of Sexualization = Objectification is an issue in Golarion like it is in Earth, and 2) that Arsheans will hard-sell the sexy to transfolk.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Gabrielle wrote:

Here's a question I haven't seen addressed, though I may not have been looking in the right places: Is "transgender" an in-character word?

That is, would a resident of Golarion say "I am trans" or is that too modern/anachronistic? Is there a word/expression that's more setting-appropriate?

I think it was Mikaze or AlgaeNymph or Crystal Frasier who came up with the in-setting term "Arshean."

Wow, I barely interact here and I'm already known enough to be cited! :) (Even if I didn't coin the term.)

Gaberlunzie wrote:

My only issue with overly connecting trans people with Arshea is that Arshea has a large focus, if not the main, on being sexually active and outgoing and "physical beauty." This leaves little room for all trans people who don't particularly care for sex or put a heavy focus on physical beauty.

I get why many trans people would worship Arshea, but lines like this:

"Arshea's most devout followers endeavor to achieve sexual release daily (either solo or with partners), praise the beauty of the partners and self, and pray to Arshea while naked."

...seem like it would really shoe-horn a lot of trans people into conforming to a very sexually outgoing and explicit lifestyle, thus reproducing the view that trans people are "perverts"*.

Trans people are as varied as people in general, and since their only unifying experience is being trans (and of how the world reacts to that), tying them very strongly to a specific faith that includes a lot of other connotations seems off at best.

*(not that being sexually outgoing is being "perverted" and not that being "perverted" is necessarily bad, but there is a cultural connection)

Whole post quoted for truth. Tying into this is some of my research on transfolk, focusing on their information needs. One of my primary sources, Targeting the Information Needs of Transgender Individuals, groups transfolk into two types, crossdressers and transsexuals. According to the data, crossdressers focus on appearance while transsexuals focus on transitioning. Also telling is that "Of the respondents having no additional transgender information needs [in the context of current rather than past needs], all were transsexuals. About 40% of all postoperative transsexuals had no continuing transgender information needs." (p.92, p.9 in pdf)

In short, I'd think that Arsheans are much more likely to be crossdressers than transsexuals.


James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
How would an Arshean nation establish itself in the Stolen Lands region? The area strikes me as...backwoodsy.
Like any other nation. Start small, build from there. There's not really anything in Arshea's personality that pushes toward urban or rural, in my opinion.
I meant "backwoodsy" the way Merisiel does when describing people. How would Arsheans establish themselves with the locals of the Stolen Lands region?
By building a society with open sexuality, fluid gender roles, lots of freedom, and lots of emphasis on beauty.

And how would the adventurers be able to sell that to the hillbillys living in the Stolen Lands?


James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
How would an Arshean nation establish itself in the Stolen Lands region? The area strikes me as...backwoodsy.
Like any other nation. Start small, build from there. There's not really anything in Arshea's personality that pushes toward urban or rural, in my opinion.

I meant "backwoodsy" the way Merisiel does when describing people. How would Arsheans establish themselves with the locals of the Stolen Lands region?


James Jacobs wrote:
So, for [a nation based around] Arshea, it would be a neutral good nation where personal freedom is the number one thing of importance. Beauty would be important as well, with a possible unfortunate side effect of having ugly people be second-class citizens, depending on how kindly the nation was or wasn't feeling. Gender roles wouldn't exist, and there'd be no real taboos about sex or sexuality. I imagine it would be a VERY nice place to live. Unless you were ugly, in which case it'd be lonely and depressing.

1. Which gets me thinking, how would an Arshean nation establish itself in the Stolen Lands region? The area strikes me as...backwoodsy.

2. Also, how would I incorporate Arshea into the story of the region organically, without that tacked-on "foreign adventurers bring it from elsewhere" feel?


James Jacobs wrote:
KaiserBruno wrote:
A nation whose primary gods are Pharasma, Desna, Nocticula, Abraxas, and Gorum. Both demon lords are worshipped openly. Exactly what kind of society would come out of that religious interplay?
One that's got civil war going on all the time. AKA a nation in turmoil where the religions of Desna and those of Nocticula and Abraxas would be at constant war. Gorum's faith would work to keep that war going forever, which means they'd probably side with Desna in order to make sure that the war is dragged out by making the two sides more evenly matched. Pharasma's faith would watch from the sidelines. It wouldn't be a happy place to live.

Quoted because it inspired the following question:

What would a nation with Arshea as the patron deity be like? :3


James Jacobs wrote:
He would not have Eagle Knight worshipers, but he and his church would not seek out or pursue a war/assault against the Eagle Knights. Neither would the Eagle Knights wage war on his followers. They're both good aligned outfits, after all. They'd argue and clash and likely seek non-violent methods to convince the other side that they're wrong (debates, subterfuge, politics, etc.) but that's as far as that would go. BOTH of them have bigger enemies to worry about than bickering with each other.

Are you sure that Olheon, who's female last I checked, would oppose a fledgling democracy when her own worshipers include elected officials?


Mark, would you be a good person to ask about empyreal lords?


Count me in as another vote for Arshea, assuming it's not too late to do so for what James is doing.


Is figured this title would get your attention.

Now I like this class and don't see any problems with this in an occult campaign, but I don't see how it thematically fits either. What makes the kineticist occult-themed? Encouragement of non-standard problem-solving relative to the genre?

Then again, Cthulhu was killed by ramming a boat into him...


Wouldn't sonic be a better energy type for aerokineticist? Sound's basically air* vibration, after all.

Also, how is the kineticist particularly occult?

*Yes, I know sound transmits through other mediums, but I've never seen a sonic attack come up from the ground.


Yeah, I should've posted this a few days ago when the Cracked article mentioning this came out, but I didn't think it would do any good.

Technically, however, a slim chance of doing good is better than no chance due to doing nothing. So post it I shall.

Besides feasible ideas for what to do about bad cops (no hopeless-helpless cynicism, please), I'm curious about how the situation is for folks outside of the USA. Better? Worse? About the same? Bad, but in a different way?

Goblin Squad Member

Pretty much what I'm asking in the title. Also, is there a way to talk to any of the NPCs? I might be able to figure out the game for myself if I have some sort of guidance.


James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
What I mean to say is how can you conceive of a pleasant place to live that still has so many problems to solve? That's what adventure hooks are, right? Problems needing solving?
You're asking "How can you justify a nice place to live as having so many conflicts and problems infesting it—doesn't that make the place dangerous to live?"

Yep, and I want to know how to apply it in general rather than in particular. How can I do that?


James Jacobs wrote:
AlgaeNymph wrote:
When you were designing Sandpoint, how did you make it both a pleasant place to live while still having lots of adventure hooks?
Practice, I guess. I've been designing adventure locations for decades. Plus, by drawing upon my memories of my home town, Point Arena, drew upon the real for the "pleasant place to live" and the way the terrain and architecture and locations triggered my imagination as for possible adventure sites. Being an imaginative kid growing up in a small rural town, you come up with a LOT of "what if a monster lived there" ideas.

What I mean to say is how can you conceive of a pleasant place to live that still has so many problems to solve? That's what adventure hooks are, right? Problems needing solving?


When you were designing Sandpoint, how did you make it both a pleasant place to live while still having lots of adventure hooks?


James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
Who are the friendly lawful good gods?
Erastil is probably the friendliest of the lawful good gods.

You sure about that? Lymnieris can be a lot friendlier.

Speaking of em, what do you think of this fanart?

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