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Silver Crusade

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And on a semi-related note, have you seen the latest "Manly Guys Doing Manly Things" comic? It's got velociraptors in it! Adorable fluffy little toothbird velociraptors!

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Why do some people in the world feel it's their responsibility or even duty to police the behavior of others? Why is how other people act so important to them?

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Is your parents' house DUNGEONPROOOOF?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Was the Five Kings Mountains inspired by Mount Rushmore?

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Aren't lupins a kind of flower?

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What would Nirmathas' naming conventions be like?

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Specifically, Empire of Devils mentions that the King Thornfiddle mentioned in the wiki article proclaims himself to be king of all gnomes of Golarion, and is a shameless toady to House Thrune.

The general impression one gets is that Brastlewark's gnomes do their thing and House Thrune keeps a wary eye on them since they're so close to the border, with an eager puppet in Thornfiddle that the general populace likely don't pay that much respect toward. I mean, calling yourself the king of your entire race is just plumb crazy, even for a gnome!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
This is another one of those "it's not normal, but then PCs aren't supposed to be normal" sort of things, isn't it?
PCs aren't supposed to be normal, but I'm not sure what you're asking about. A PC named Choral? That's up to you, not me.

Yes. That was exactly what I was asking.

How the heck did krogan wind up on Thedas? (I know they're an Easter Egg, I just think puzzling out the in-universe implications would be funny.)

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This is another one of those "it's not normal, but then PCs aren't supposed to be normal" sort of things, isn't it?

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Do people in Brevoy name kids Choral in honor of their founder, or is that sort of frowned upon given Choral's legacy as a brutal tyrant?

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Gonna bow out of this one. Just not feeling the magic right now. Have fun guys!

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Why does it feel like anytime I try to make a PC that I like it feels shoehorned when I put it into Golarion?

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But this isn't FOR a home game. It's for a character sheet to be prepared in advance in case any GM here on the forum happens to announce a recruitment for the Wrath of the Righteous adventure path play-by-post so I can post my sheet early on in the recruitment thread and thereby maximize my chances of being accepted and minimize the chance of someone else posting a superior character of the same class/concept. I have to make it as close to RAW as possible so ANY potential GM would accept it, especially since the character isn't an actual summoner, but an Elemental Ally Druid and thus needs the avian base form for their eidolon to have wings, as they don't get evolution points to spend to grow wings on a quadruped one.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Do the new eidolon forms in Cohorts and Companions (avian and tauric) work with eidolons of the UNCHAINED! variety? If so, how do you determine which subtypes get which base forms? I've got an idea for a phoenix-like fire elemental but don't know if elemental eidolons can use the avian base form yet.

I already asked on the rules board and the jury's still out. :(

I have no idea. I still haven't read the Unchained summoner really, and haven't looked in Cohorts and Companions other than to approve it on the day it went to the printer.

You might wanna ask Owen (he worked on Cohorts and Companions) or the rules team for this... or EVEN BETTER... talk to your GM about it to organize the type of character you want to play. Your GM trumps any rules rulings that might get posted here or printed in a book.

If you were doing this in my game, though... I'd still not look it up since I'm still not allowing summoners in my games.

How can a GM trump any rules if I don't HAVE a GM to run things by? I was making this character for my "portfolio" of ready-to-play-PCs-for-each-Adventure-Path-on-the-off-chance-someone-on-the- boards-announce-recruitment-for-a-play-by-post-of-one-s.

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Do the new eidolon forms in Cohorts and Companions (avian and tauric) work with eidolons of the UNCHAINED! variety? If so, how do you determine which subtypes get which base forms? I've got an idea for a phoenix-like fire elemental but don't know if elemental eidolons can use the avian base form yet.

I already asked on the rules board and the jury's still out. :(

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Didn't C&C come out AFTER they released UNCHAINED! though?

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O_o

I don't know whether that's awesome or ridiculous. Probably both.

What do you do if you can't figure out a character concept for something?

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What would you say is essential reading to sort of understand the Lovecraftian mindset outside of Lovecraft's own works?

I've heard it said that Lovecraft's main talent was his ability to make even mundane things seem scary because the guy was scared of almost EVERYTHING (from people of color to art nouveau to every animal that isn't a cat). Would you say that's an accurate assessment? Not trying to slander him or anything just wanna see where he was coming from with his writing...

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Are you excited for the progress the Blue Rose kickstarter's making? They just got Crystal's stretch goal unlocked! :)

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DM Jelani wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Hey, a question that may be silly:

Would it be possible for me to make a pagan Scotsman who was owned by a Danish or Norse warrior as a slave and has sided with them because he hates the Romans more?

Absolutely. You can even play a secretly Christian northman/woman. Or whatever else you come up with. As long as they would plausibly be fighting for the northern "side" (not that it's organized and monolithic or anything).

The Scots are also fighting the northmen for now, but they will feature more later on in the campaign.

Yay, I'll get right to work on that! :)

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I'm torn between create water and prestidigitation at this point. Both provide interesting options, but create water feels kind of metagamey...

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Hey, a question that may be silly:

Would it be possible for me to make a pagan Scotsman who was owned by a Danish or Norse warrior as a slave and has sided with them because he hates the Romans more?

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Ooh this is one of my all-time favorite historical periods! I'll get started on a character ASAP!

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I'm playing a tiefling with the Infernal Bastard trait. This trait replaces the tiefling's racial darkness spell-like ability with a 0-level spell as an at-will spell-like ability.

I'm not sure what to pick. This allows me to pick from every 0-level spell. They're not powerful, granted, especially since I'm playing a monk, but I'm thinking that some of them could be really cheesy. Guidance or resistance at-will? That'd effectively be a permanent +1! At-will create water could allow me to put out fires when I get higher levels! On the other hand, arcane mark would be flavorful but effectively useless.

What should I do?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Are dinosaurs found among the megafauna of the Realm of the Mammoth Lords, or are those exclusively mammal types like mammoths, ground sloths and dire wolves?

Would northern-dwelling folk be aware of what an archaeopteryx is like, or do those particular dinosaurs prefer warmer, more southerly climes?

They can be, but they're not all that common. They're mostly regulated to lost or narrow valleys, and have links to Deep Tolguth.

Northern-dwelling folk would likely not be aware of something like an archaeopteryx, but would recognize it as some sort of freaky toothbird.

Or perhaps...a Dragoneagle? ;)

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Are dinosaurs found among the megafauna of the Realm of the Mammoth Lords, or are those exclusively mammal types like mammoths, ground sloths and dire wolves?

Would northern-dwelling folk be aware of what an archaeopteryx is like, or do those particular dinosaurs prefer warmer, more southerly climes?

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Cohorts and Companions introduced two new base forms for eidolons: the avian and tauric base forms. In the UNCHAINED! version of the summoner class, eidolons can be limited to specific base forms based on their type. For example, a protean eidolon can only have the serpentine base form, whereas the agathion base form can be biped or quadruped. A demon or elemental eidolon could pick from all three of the original base forms (biped, quadruped or serpentine).

With these two new forms, who has what options? It's unclear as to which types of eidolons may take the avian or tauric forms. Can elemental eidolons be avian? Can angel eidolons be tauric, etc.? Some clarification on this would be incredibly helpful to aspiring summoner players. Thank you. :)

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What's one of the most unusual (in your opinion) places you've drawn inspiration for Golarion from?

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Are you excited for Mass Effect: Andromeda?

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Majorly interested! Beginning plans for a tiefling Monk!

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I've got a character I'm working on, and I want to give him a cool name.

This character is a Kellid. Here's what the setting books say about Kellid naming conventions:

"Kellid names often sound brusque and harsh, with guttural sounds and hard consonants. Usually consisting of no more than two syllables, Kellid names are brief by necessity. In the unforgiving and violent wastes of the North, the half-second it takes to bark a Kellid name can often mean the difference between survival and death. Kellids make little use of second names within their own communities, though renowned figures can earn descriptive titles befitting their deeds and accomplishments. Traditionally, Kellid children are unnamed until they survive their first winter" (People of the North, Page 6).

The catch is that I'm interested in using a name from Celtic mythology that sounds nothing like what's described above: Belenus, a Celtic god of light associated with the Beltane spring celebration.

What I want to do is take the name "Belenus" and Kellidize it, if you will, make it more harsh and quick to say, while still being somewhat recognizable as its root form.

Any suggestions?

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What, do you think, was the likeliest location of a real or historical Camelot? Cadbury? Viroconium (modern-day Wroxeter)? Camulodunum (modern-day Colchester)? Carleon on Usk?

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What IS Shadow Absalom?
The version of Absalom as it exists on the plane of Shadow.

Darnit is this more Organized Play stuff?! I always feel out of the loop because of all the stuff that goes on in those that people talk about and I'm like "Wait, what? When did this happen?!"

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What IS Shadow Absalom?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
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Hi James, would you have any conceptual problems with a magus that uses a 2 handed weapon as long as its class abilities were balanced?
Yeah. I really prefer magi to be one handed weapon and one handed spellcasters. There IS a "staff magus" that crept into print, but that's an exception to the rule as far as I'm concerned.

Not to mention staff magi get Quarterstaff Master as a bonus feat at first level, showing a clear intention for them to use their staves one-handed in conjunction with Spell Combat.

What kinds of trees do you find the most beautiful?

Redwoods. No contest.

And also, I'd prefer folks to keep this thread to questions for me. The "answer other folk's questions and then justify it by putting in a question for me" is bending the rules!!!! :P

Aw, but I thought I was clarifying! :P

Despite the presence of driders, drow on Golarion don't have any special bond with spiders, is that right?

Does that mean we could make PCs who have giant spider buddies that are actually good guys?

Are you familiar with The Burning Wheel? You can play as actual giant spiders in it!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Lou Diamond wrote:
Hi James, would you have any conceptual problems with a magus that uses a 2 handed weapon as long as its class abilities were balanced?
Yeah. I really prefer magi to be one handed weapon and one handed spellcasters. There IS a "staff magus" that crept into print, but that's an exception to the rule as far as I'm concerned.

Not to mention staff magi get Quarterstaff Master as a bonus feat at first level, showing a clear intention for them to use their staves one-handed in conjunction with Spell Combat.

What kinds of trees do you find the most beautiful?

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What areas of Golarion lore would you be considered best equipped to answer questions about, similar to how James Jacobs is the guy to talk to about Varisia and demons, while Wes Schneider is better to ask about Ustalav, Devils and lost Sarkoris?

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So...1d2? :P

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Crystal Frasier wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

Speaking of Empty Graves, I seem to recall that in an early version,

** spoiler omitted **

Can you give any details on what you had in mind? Anything at all. ^_^

Sure!

** spoiler omitted **

Mind if I add this to my Golarion headcanon? Also, thank you for Qasin! Nosoi are SO adorable! :)

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Are there any fortresses on Golarion that are famed for having never fallen to an enemy army, or having impenetrable walls? Sort of like the reputations held by places like the city of Troy, Krak de Chevaliers, and the Citadel of Bam.
Absalom, the city itself, has never fallen. That's probably the most famous one in the Inner Sea region.

Thanks! The character I'm building will eventually take levels in Stalwart Defender, and I wanted him to have a nickname signifying how he's a freakin' wall on the battlefield, nothing getting past him. :)

And while I'm on the subject of character names: What sounds better for a stormy-tempered druid, Laurelshield or Highbough? A high bough would be up close to the sky, and the Celts believed mistletoe was created when oak trees were struck by lightning, making both plants sacred (which, incidentally, is why druids in D&D and Pathfinder can use mistletoe as a holy symbol for casting purposes), but the laurel tree apparently protected against lightning, and wearing its leaves (like in a crown or wreath) convinced the gods to throw their bolts elsewhere.

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Are there any fortresses on Golarion that are famed for having never fallen to an enemy army, or having impenetrable walls? Sort of like the reputations held by places like the city of Troy, Krak de Chevaliers, and the Citadel of Bam.

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On the subject of the latest Witcher game:

Spoiler:
Do you prefer Yennefer's company, or Triss'?

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Since as you've said, Varisia is basically the West Coast, where on Golarion does that put Minnesota?

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How do threads become hidden? The threads for a game I'm in just became hidden all of a sudden, and now I can't find them in my campaigns!

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Now the game thread is hidden! What's going on?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Dr. Tesla Oppenhiemer Mengele wrote:

Herr Jacob* Jacobs,

For ze sake of metaphysical science, vhere do Fiendish Dinosaurs roam in ze Nine Hells?

Ja, I do not mean ze Abyss Herr Jacobs.

*Jacob is "James" in German, so in German your Jacob Jacobs.

Dinosaurs don't go to Hell. They go to Heaven.

Did they buy Whizzo Butter? It's absolutely indistinguishable from a dead crab!

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Nessus_9th wrote:
burying someone up to their head and slather honey on his face and wait for ants to eat it off

For those of you playing at home, this punishment was actually utilized by Oda Nobunaga during Japan's Sengoku Jidai period on a ninja who'd failed to assassinate him. Nobunaga made it worse by decapitating this ninja with a bamboo saw at the same time. That samurai was MEAN!

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Have you seen the blog "A Book of Creatures?" It's got some great stuff for the monster enthusiast in every tabletop player!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Did you know that Voltaire drank 50 to 70 cups of coffee A DAY in the five months he was writing Candide?
That sounds like an exaggeration.

Nope! Says it right here in this Cracked article (which may or may not be SFW, I'm not sure, just added a warning in case it is).

Do you think Mass Effect's...
** spoiler omitted **
...is superior from a storytelling perspective, that it fits with the series themes better?

It does fit the series theme. My preference are the other two endings though.

Why is that, if you don't mind my asking?

Spoiler:
The criticisms I was reading that got me thinking of this said that the Refusal ending is the truest to the Reapers' Lovecraftian inspiration, where they're so intensely powerful and huge that they CAN'T be beaten, and that even a nigh-godlike human like Shepard WILL be crushed like an ant by them, and that the non-refusal endings feel like cop-outs because they deflate Sovereign's pseudo-Lovecraftian speeches that "We are beyond your comprehension" and "You exist because we will it and will end because we demand it" to simply arrogant posturing. I dunno. I like the other endings better because they're not so depressing, but the storyteller in me says this criticism's got a point, that if they really wanted Mass Effect to feel truly Lovecraftian, there shouldn't have been ANY way to win against the Reapers.

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A person guilty of patricide shall be blindfolded, because they are unworthy of the light. They are led to a field outside the city, stripped of their things and beaten with rods. After this, they are sewn up in a sack along with a live snake, dog, ape and rooster, and the whole sack, criminal and animals and all, is thrown into the nearby river to be carried out to sea. (The ancient Romans actually did this!)

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