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Silver Crusade

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Is it a sign of weakness that just reading the synopsis of a scary story is enough to freak me out (looking at the suggested reading at the back of Horror Adventures I got curious about some works I'd never heard of before and looked up Pontypool and MY GOD did I regret it!)?

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James Sutter wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

In City of Strangers you mention that Elias Sayer of The Strapping Lad (and the Tallow Boys) holds egalitarian views on the profession of sex work, that Rosaline "Madame Rose" Merithane does not share.

What, exactly, ARE those views? What are they arguing over?

I'm sure I knew at the time, but I actually don't remember! Perhaps he's more into having his staff be happy and empowered and calling the shots—it would certainly make sense, since his workers are also espionage experts.

Sorry I can't be of more use. :)

I guess I'll just have to improvise, then. It makes sense given you also stated that what may cause the problem to boil over is that Madame Rose is sending people to bully streetwalkers for protection money...

Thank you, for the wild and crazyness of Kaer Maga, by the way. I'm getting a few friends geared up to do a more laid-back slice-of-life kinda roleplay set there, and they're really excited!

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Any opinions on Sid Meier's Civilization series?

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Do all Golarion unicorns have straight horns or are some of them curved?

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I can live with that. It's not like I'll have access to or the money for smart armor until much later anyway.

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So I take the Empathy feat at first level, right? Why does everyone make it seem like it's such a big deal that makes or breaks things?

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And another update! As far as I can tell, Zoisa's actual crunch is finished. I'll now begin writing her description, personality and backstory.

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Dragonchess Player wrote:
Medium focusing on the Hierophant spirit? Either the reanimated medium (very appropriate for an android channeling a "past life") or the relic channeler archetypes could fit. Because the hierophant spirit grants divine spells, not psychic spells, the android can still cast the spells granted by Divine Surge.

Oooh, I like it! I LIKE it! Even a vanilla medium could work in a similar way to the Shattered Psyche oracle curse, connecting with multiple past lives! This way I get just the right amount of connection to the divine without necessarily being penalized for possibly converting to another religion later on!

So! What do I need to know to make an effective Android Medium? I know heavy armor won't be an issue as psychic spells aren't going to suffer from it, and I'd start with medium armor, so it's just a single feat to get heavy (yes, the Guardian spirit also grants it, but from what I've read Guardian sucks).

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
When an android undergoes "renewal" is it essentially like reincarnation the way samsarans do it, the same soul reincarnating over and over? Or is it like a new soul occupies the android's body and the old soul passes to Pharasma's judgment?
It's a new soul.

So, bearing that in mind, would the idea of an android medium who connects with and draws power from his/her body's previous souls be a viable character concept, kind of like...

Iron Gods SPOILERS!:
...Casandalee's "Shattered Psyche" oracle curse?

Or do android souls not work the way they work for human mediums?

Silver Crusade

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When an android undergoes "renewal" is it essentially like reincarnation the way samsarans do it, the same soul reincarnating over and over? Or is it like a new soul occupies the android's body and the old soul passes to Pharasma's judgment?

Silver Crusade

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Anyone else have ideas or suggestions? The only one present that has a connection to the divine is the Holy Gun Paladin, and they're penalized in heavy armor....

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Does bustin' make you feel good?

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Papa-DRB wrote:

DM Default,

I have not used the Background Skills option before and have a question.

Can I use "regular" skill points, including favored class bonus skill point, to pick up background skills?

For instance with the character that I am submitting (Mahk the Scythe), his background would need four (4) background skills, handle animal (max), knowledge (geography) (max), linguistics (gnoll) 1 rank only, and profession (soldier) 1 rank only.

So can I spend my two background skills on them plus two of my regular skill points on the other two?

-- david

I'm not the GM, but yes, you can spend your regular skill ranks on background skills if you wish. You'll just have fewer ranks for your Adventuring skills that level.

Silver Crusade

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DM Default, what is your opinion on the Sorcerer of Sleep archetype from Pathfinder's Black Markets companion? My idea specifically is to combine it with levels of Unchained Rogue to eventually become an Arcane Trickster around 8th level if accepted.

Silver Crusade

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I'm interested! Just have to get a character set up...

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From what I understand, according to PFS rules an id rager Bloodrager only gains the abilities/powers granted by an emotional focus the way a phantom does, and not the basic abilities that come from just being a phantom like ability score increases and whatnot. I presume this means that the id rager this does not receive a phantom's slam attacks. So what happens when an ability granted by an emotional focus improves or alters a slam attack, like Zeal's Ruthless Combatant ability? Does the ability instead apply to unarmed strikes? Weapon attacks?

Silver Crusade

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Doesn't the Holy Gun give up heavy armor for its benefits?

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After my last idea for an Iron Gods PC was thoroughly shot to pieces in this thread here, I decided it might be a good idea to start from scratch and try to build a character from the ground up. What I want is to make a character that explores the narrative themes and ideas the Iron Gods Adventure Path discusses: Religion and Science combining to make something more powerful, magic vs. tech, nature vs. artificiality, what constitutes life, what does it mean to have a soul, etc.

Obviously an android PC is one of the best ways to explore these concepts in detail, as they have nature vs. artificiality and what is life and souls baked right into their basis. Plus, there's a lot of androids in this AP to compare and contrast with the PC, much like how there are a lot of tieflings in Council of Thieves for a tiefling PC to compare and contrast with.

There are some things I wanna do with this android PC specifically:

  • I want the character to be Lawful Good. When I first got the itch to play this AP, I thought, "What if my character had a personality like Optimus Prime? That'd be awesome!" Plus the whole "freedom is the right of all sentient beings" sentiment is one that resonates well with an android in conflict with the oppressive Technic League.
  • I want to be able to use heavy armor without giving up anything majorly significant. When I saw the entry for smart armor in the Technology Guide I practically drooled. It gives kind of a "Transformers" or "Iron Man" feel that blends well with the Lawful Good alignment I mentioned above.
  • I want to be able to explore the concept of faith with this character, why they believe what they believe. Most people when designing a pious character for Iron Gods go with Brigh, but Brigh's true Neutral alignment doesn't exactly gel with the Lawful Good alignment I envision for the character. Iomedae seems like the best choice, given her faith has a presence in Numeria and matches the character's alignment perfectly, but her faith has very little to do with Numeria's struggles or the plot of Iron Gods. Plus, there's the possibility that I might convert to Casandalee's worship at the end, helping kickstart a church for her, which sort of feels like turning on the belief of whatever god got the PC through the campaign at the last minute, which feels like a cheap move, narratively...
  • In addition to the faith angle, I want to explore technology with the character as well, essentially encapsulating the story's primary idea of "Science and Faith combining to make something greater than the sum of their parts." I'm not sure if there's a way to do that, character-wise, as it feels like a lot of technology is just grafting items on, and I'm not sure how best to do that in a coherent manner. My initial idea had been to use psi-tech, but I've learned that it's not a good idea, due to the android's lack of emotions making psychic magic a poor career choice.
So...I'm wondering just WHAT to play for this character. Lawful Good and heavy armor really feels like a paladin, but there's no real technological aspect to a paladin...So I'm looking to the Advice forum for what it does best.

Silver Crusade

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Is it possible for a character to travel from Jinin in the Dragon Empires to Riddleport in Varisia WITHOUT gaining character levels along the way (essentially remaining a first level character until they arrive and their actual adventures begin)?

Would you consider a crane more along the lines of a familiar or an animal companion?

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All I can think of is that such a character must automatically be named Gleep Wurp.

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Could one use a heavy mace as a cane?

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Claxon wrote:

Mithral kikko armor is the answer.

Has an ACP of 0 so you don't even need proficiency.

It's like a mithral breastplate with the Armor Expert trait, except you don't need the trait.

I'm very tempted, but what I really want is to look like these kisho ninja here. It looks like the only way to do that would be to eat the penalties and forget I have evasion (which I know by instinct is a BAD IDEA), right?

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Are ninjas penalized in any way, shape, form or fashion by wearing medium armor? I'd like to play one and wear a do-maru but all signs point to it not being able to be made out of mithral.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Monkeygod wrote:

James,

Inner Sea Gods, and Inner Sea Faiths are two of the best RPG books I've ever read, and I'm not even done with ISF(On Hanspur). So thank you for your role, however big or small, in creating a pair of my favorite books!!

I see that you're also working on Paths of the Righteous, which in my opinion is awesome, and has me really excited for it. If its even half as good as the above books, it will be a cherished, favorite as well.

Question,

Would you like to see similar books for other regions faiths eventually? Perhaps not one like Paths of the Righteous, but maybe something more like Inner Sea Faiths, but for say Dragon Empires, or Casmaron?

Cool! Hope you enjoy Paths of the Righteous!

And absolutely I would LOVE to see more prestige class books in the Player Companion line. Something like Paths of the Green (prestige classes associated with nature deities, the Green Faith, the Eldest, and the like); or Paths of the Wicked (prestige classes for evil faiths); or Paths of the Crusader (prestige classes based on war faiths or mercenary groups or national armies); or Paths of the Forgotten (prestige classes based on obscure organizations and forgotten faiths); or Paths of the Hidden (prestige classes based on secret societies) or so on. I'd love to see it expand beyond just being themed to religions, but there's hundreds of other faiths that can each still support their own prestige classes for sure.

As for a book like Inner Sea Faiths expanding out into other realms... that's less likely, since despite a vocal minority on these boards, our numbers show us that when we travel too far from the familiar, sales dip. It's more likely that you'll see us continue to periodically include stuff beyond the Inner Sea in books but not devote entire books to regions beyond—like how there's information about the Crown of the World or Shenmen in the upcoming "Horror Realms," or how the upcoming Qadira book touches upon Kelesh and Casmaron.

OHMYGOSH I WOULD PAY SO MUCH MONEY FOR THESE BOOKS!

Ahem...okay, calm down Z, calm down.

Anyway, as the texts seem to state that a do-maru is primarily leather with metal for the vital parts, does that mean making it with Mithral wouldn't be a good idea, as there isn't enough metal components to make a noticeable difference in weight?

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I like Action Economist's idea: Sacred Fist Warpriest with two levels of Master of Many Styles Monk and then going into Evangelist. I shouldn't lose too much in the way of spells and I guess I'll just have to coin-toss or something on a monk sword...

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What is a do-maru set of armor made from? Metal? Leather? Ultimate Equipment isn't exactly clear on the subject...
It's a real thing from the real world. Head over to Wikipedia and search for "do-maru" for the scoop. Or just click.

Okay...from what it says the answer's essentially "Both."

So if you wanna make one using special materials, do you make it out of special metals (like mithral) or special leathers (like darkleaf cloth), since it obviously can't be made out of both?

Also on an unrelated note: what fiends would a House Thrune-aligned Blackfire Adept make pacts with besides the obvious devils? Asuras, even though they seem more Vudran? Kytons, whose schtick was that they were too much even for Hell to contain? I suspect that, while there's no Blood War, House Thrune would probably frown on one of their agents using demons or daemons to do their dirty work...

Silver Crusade

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Or I could beg my GM for a Blade of the Sword-Saint...then I wouldn't even NEED Ascetic Style, right?

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This makes me a furious little cinnamon bun. Temple swords look goofy to me and seven-branched swords don't work in real life. >_<

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Really?

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What is a do-maru set of armor made from? Metal? Leather? Ultimate Equipment isn't exactly clear on the subject...

Silver Crusade

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To use Iomedae's favored weapon of course!

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In my rather uneducated opinion (hence the purpose of this thread), the ranseur feels like the closest equivalent to the spetum, at least in terms of generic shape, or possibly the tiger fork.

Despite the title, got a bit of an armor question this time:

Behold, Total War: Shogun 2's Kisho Ninja.

If I were to play a ninja like these fellows, how would I go about matching their armor? My best guess is the do-maru, but I'm not sure if that has metal components to make out of mithral (considering ninja need to wear light armor for some of their class abilities, if I remember correctly).

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Crystal Frasier wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Not really a question, but I just read the transcripts of the summaries for Ironfang Invasion you provided and I just have one thing to say:** spoiler omitted **

THANK YOU, CRYSTAL! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! *runs around flailing arms in excitement*
It isn't really that thing

Really? Cuz it LOOKS like that thing. I mean it in the sense of unifying and leading an army, not in the sense of lording over people...Either way I remain totally excited for it and thus I stand by my exuberant gratitude!

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What would be the major differences in builds if I was going to

A. Unchained Monk with Cleric Variant Multiclass

B. Sacred Fist with two-level dip into Master of Many Styles

Would I be able to master both Ascetic and Crane styles? Would I possibly be able to fit the Evangelist prestige class in either? How well would I be able to grapple? I'm looking to build a character who deflects and redirects attacks back at his opponents, sort of like how Aikido works.

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Not really a question, but I just read the transcripts of the summaries for Ironfang Invasion you provided and I just have one thing to say:

Potential Ironfang Invasion SPOILERS!:
Starting from humble beginnings? Building a rag-tag army from diverse backgrounds against an overwhelmingly powerful invading force? Supplementing that army by courting the fey?! AN INTRODUCTORY ADVENTURE WRITTEN BY THE GREAT AMBER SCOTT?! HOLY CRAP THIS IS THE KING ARTHUR ROLEPLAYING WARGAME STYLE CAMPAIGN I'VE ALWAYS WANTED!

THANK YOU, CRYSTAL! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! *runs around flailing arms in excitement*

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After reading the summaries, I have only one thought:

Starting from humble beginnings? Building a rag-tag army from diverse backgrounds against an overwhelmingly powerful invading force? Supplementing that army by courting the fey?! HOLY CRAP THIS IS THE KING ARTHUR ROLEPLAYING WARGAME STYLE CAMPAIGN I'VE ALWAYS WANTED!

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Excellent! I have plans for a Frozen Shadow Ninja, the last of his clan (after they were broken by Ameiko Kaijitsu's friends in Jade Regent, desperately looking for his place in the world. I'll start writing him tonight! XD

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What do you do when you can't decide between two functionally similar classes?

I'm stuck trying to pick between playing an Unchained Monk/Cleric multiclass or a Sacred Fist Warpriest.

Silver Crusade

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I dunno...that's a lot of feats to give up, especially if I'm looking to master both Ascetic Style and Crane Style...

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I'm STILL in the process of designing a character and am trying to decide whether to make him a Sacred Fist Warpriest or an Unchained Monk dipping into Cleric (likely with the Crusader archetype).

The goal is Crusader's Flurry and later the Ascetic Style feats either way, but I'm not sure which way to go. Monk gets me more skills and feats to play with, while Sacred Fist gets to actually use its spells, since a dip will only get me orisons and one or two trifling spells.

What does the Advice board advise? Are there aspects to either class that I'm not aware of, being a perpetual novice at this sort of thing?

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Have you ever played a character who, over the course of their adventures, ended up doing things or acting in ways you didn't imagine them doing/acting when you initially created them (like, say, initially planned as an amoral burglar out for themselves, but instead ends up doing Robin-Hood style stuff because you realized you liked that better)?

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DID YOU KNOW BOOTS GO ON FEET?

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Benjamin Medrano wrote:
The only hardcover rewrite I would buy would be Second Darkness. One, to get the insanely bad version of elves out of the wild, and in the hopes of getting a decent drow.

While not the ONLY one I would buy, I second the motion. Only makes sense to go in order.

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Rob McCreary wrote:
No, I was speaking about Arael being a cleric of Iomedae and being leader of the Children of Westcrown. The question of whether or not the Children are a rebellion, and what that means for lawful PCs, is something that players and GMs will have to work out together. Groups have different play styles and different takes on alignment, so rather than make blanket statements that *must* apply to every group, I'd rather leave it in the hands of those players and GMs.

Ah, I see! Thanks for clarifying! :)

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AND AMBER SCOTT'S WRITING THE OPENING! Aw man this is gonna be EPIC! :D

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That's sort of a plan B...or A, the whole point of this is to deal with me being indecisive as to whether I want to play an Unchained Monk/Evangelist and use monk-based weapons, or Sacred Fist Warpriest and make the longsword of Iomedae INTO a monk weapon...it's just that...well, I don't get as many skill points, so I won't be able to do as much monk stuff like Acrobatics and Diplomacy and stuff...

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I'm debating whether to use it and Ascetic Style, or the katana and BEG my GM for a Blade of the Sword-Saint at some point.

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Do you think the seven-branched sword is a cool/dignified monk weapon or a goofy/tacky monk weapon, especially considering the real-world original likely was ceremonial rather than a combat-functional weapon as its branches were super delicate?

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Still working on a monk build I've had on the back burner for a year or two, and I find myself thinking "Is the seven-branched sword cool or dorky?" (Especially considering the singular weapon from which it's based is too delicate to be a truly combat-worthy weapon and was most likely ceremonial.)

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Something else to consider is the "lawful vs. good" angle and how she deals with it. She comes from an exceedingly lawful background, but maybe she's encountered a situation where she knew the LAWFUL thing wasn't the RIGHT thing, and when forced into that situation, had to trust her instincts, and realizing Iomedae smiled on her for having the courage to make that decision.

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