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How big would the kingdom of a group of PCs get before it could be legitimately called an empire? Let's use the Kingmaker kingdom as an example. Assuming it encompasses the entirety of The Stolen Lands and has annexed Pitax, how much more territory would the PCs have to claim in order for the GM to decide it has grown beyond being a kingdom to become Golarion's newest empire?

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Would you rather have a sword made of pants or a pants made of sword?

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Misroi wrote:
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xavier c wrote:
Does Golarion have it's own version of the Kama Sutra?
Yes. I suspect that the church of Calistria has one in particular. And no... there are no plans for us to publish much about these books anytime soon.
Any chance the Calistrian church's text would be called The Book of Erotic Fantasies?

It's called The Book of Joy.

And a question for James, since I'm feeling better after that majorly depressive one:

The general rule regarding half-human or human-blooded races intermingling is that any children between them will be human the majority of the time, but that the non-human traits may resurface in future generations, so a family of humans for example might have a half-orc child because one of the parents had a half-orc grandparent or something, is that correct?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I feel frustrated with my life at the moment. I feel like I'm stuck in a rut that's draining the enjoyment of everything from me, leaving me only stress and exhaustion. And the things I used to do for fun just don't feel fun anymore, because I'm either too tired to do them or afraid to invest time in them because I have to be at work in x amount of hours. I feel so hollow and empty, but I feel like I can't talk about it because I'm already too lazy and entitled and alone. What's wrong with me? What should I do?

ooof... Sorry to hear that! :-(

I am not a therapist, but it sounds like you're suffering from depression. My suggestion would be to seek out a therapist to talk about things and see if indeed you're suffering from depression. Taking time off from work to unwind and spend time with friends/family might help if that's an option.

That's the thing. I've spoken to my therapist and he's not sure it's clinical depression, just me being exhausted from how much work I've been doing. And taking time off from work wouldn't help because family's part of the problem. If I take time off from work, my mother would just fill that time with house cleaning stuff. She's one of those "I'm NOT going to just let you sit around the house! I already work my ass off to provide you free room and board and drive you to your jobs! Show some gratitude, lazybones!" kinds of people.

How do you reason with someone like that?!

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I feel frustrated with my life at the moment. I feel like I'm stuck in a rut that's draining the enjoyment of everything from me, leaving me only stress and exhaustion. And the things I used to do for fun just don't feel fun anymore, because I'm either too tired to do them or afraid to invest time in them because I have to be at work in x amount of hours. I feel so hollow and empty, but I feel like I can't talk about it because I'm already too lazy and entitled and alone. What's wrong with me? What should I do?

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Wub-a-dub-a-dub-is that true?

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So what are good ways to build a Hellspawn Tiefling Sacred Fist Warpriest who takes the Crusader's Flurry feat for the longsword?

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I haven't even started playing the character yet. I want to have a levelling plan in place before writing up the sheet.

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Alex Smith 908 wrote:
Would there be anyone with the political motivation to declare themselves a runelord and found "New Thassilon" similar to Peter the Great calling St Petersburg "new Rome" or the Holy Roman Empire declaring itself "new Rome"?

Sorta like how both Taldor AND Cheliax claim to be the true heirs of Azlant? ;)

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I'd rather not dip if I can help it. Dipping means I lose the capstone stuff at 20th level.

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I'm working on building a character for the Council of Thieves Adventure Path based on the following concept:

A young tiefling fled north from his birthplace in Westcrown and discovered the Children of the Upper Reach, who saw the potential for goodness in him, inducted him into the faith of Iomedae, and taught him melekatha. Now he seeks to return to Westcrown, both to teach his style to others and to bring justice to his home.

For those unfamiliar with the lore, melekatha is a soft martial art style consisting of dodges, holds and strikes designed to turn the energy of the attackers back against themselves, specifically created to combat the hamatulatsu style popularized by Isger's Sisters of the Golden Erinyes.

For this character, I was initially looking at the Flowing Monk archetype from Ultimate Combat, as its abilities reflect melekatha's basic principles very well, but with the release of the Advanced Class Guide's Warpriest, more specifically its Sacred Fist archetype, those waters have been muddied quite a bit.

Each offers different pros and cons:

Flowing Monk:
Pros:

Redirection and other abilities provide a good depiction of what melekatha's supposed to look like.

Monks have more skill points than warpriests, meaning that I'm more capable of navigating some of the more skill-focused portions of Council of Thieves.

Monks can gain the full benefits of the monk's robe magic item.

Cons:

Monks don't get Diplomacy, which is the end-all-be-all skill of roleplaying in my opinion (Perception's important too, yes, but it's conversations that advance the story, which you need Diplomacy for...or maybe I've been playing too many BioWare games).

When fighting with weapons, you can only use monk-specific ones, unless you decide to multiclass into Cleric or another class to qualify for the Crusader's Flurry feat. I'd like to use the longsword, as it's Iomedae's sacred weapon, but at the same time that'd mean I wouldn't get my monk capstone abilities.

Monks are MAD. MAD is generally tough to finagle.


Sacred Fist:
Pros:

Spellcasting. Spellcasting is always good.

You get Diplomacy AND Perception as class skills!

Having both Flurry of Blows and Channel Energy in one class means you don't have to multiclass to take Crusader's Flurry.

It allows me to better represent the religious aspect of the character, as the Children of the Upper Reach are dedicated to Iomedae.

Cons:

Perform is not a class skill. While this can be mitigated by traits, not as many traits offer Perform as a class skill as opposed to Diplomacy.

You lose access to a lot of the Warpriest's more unique features, like Focus Weapon and Sacred Weapon.

I'll have to depend a lot more on feats to replicate melekatha, most notably the Crane Style feat tree. While I do get those for free, it'll likely rely on other feats to be effective.

Still MAD, almost exactly in the same way as the monk.

Given the consensus of the answers I've received when asking if Sacred Fists gain the same benefits from a monk's robe as actual monks seems to be no, I'm left only with my ability scores and class features to increase my AC, so I'll lag behind a similarly built monk with said magic item.

So I'm torn between these two ways of creating what's essentially the same character, and I can't decide. What would be the easier path to take, and how would I best build such a character either way? Any advice you could give I'd greatly appreciate. Thank you! :)

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Do the Knights of Ozem have any official crest or heraldry of their own, or do they just use Iomedae's holy symbol, since her history's deeply intertwined with the order's?
They do. Although I don't think we've illustrated it. We've illustrated plenty of the knights though.

What IS that crest, exactly? The Lastwall flag? The Chalice of Ozem from WotR? The illustrations of Knights of Ozem I've seen just use Iomedae's holy symbol on their shields.

What sounds cooler for a name, Caelus or Pelaios?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Are dhampir capable of having children with humans? Would the Life-Dominant Soul feat (which allows a dhampir to be partially healed by positive energy rather than completely harmed by it) have any effect on a dhampir's potential to procreate? If they can have kids, would it be safe to assume the resulting child would be human with some dhampir-ish looks?

Yes.

No.

Yes.

Huh. And here I thought dhampir were sterile. Thanks for proving me wrong, James! This opens up tons of new roleplaying opportunities! :D

Do the Knights of Ozem have any official crest or heraldry of their own, or do they just use Iomedae's holy symbol, since her history's deeply intertwined with the order's?

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Are dhampir capable of having children with humans? Would the Life-Dominant Soul feat (which allows a dhampir to be partially healed by positive energy rather than completely harmed by it) have any effect on a dhampir's potential to procreate? If they can have kids, would it be safe to assume the resulting child would be human with some dhampir-ish looks?

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Vigil. Nowhere on Golarion will you come closer to matching Camelot!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Who'd win in a fight, Sera from Dragon Age Inquisition or your very own Merisiel? :P

They wouldn't fight at all.

They'd team up and share roof cookies!

D'awwwww! :D

How much does it take for a tabletop experience to truly scare you?

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Who'd win in a fight, Sera from Dragon Age Inquisition or your very own Merisiel? :P

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What does "Mahoia Bonaven" mean? People on the old D&D boards used to chant it for some reason.

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How much caffiene is too much caffiene?

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Seconded.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

That's awesome, but not quite what I was looking for. I'm interested more in sad romances where the lovers end up dying in each other's arms and whatnot. Stuff Naderi would get all misty-eyed over, you know?

On an unrelated note, would an earthbreaker be the best way to simulate a maul in-game, or would that diminish its uniqueness as a Shoanti specialty?

Ah; then no, we haven't made up any of those yet that I know of.

And I thought the maul WAS in the game; hmm. Maybe not. Yeah, that'd work then.

Alright, guess I get to make them up, then! :P

From the PRD I'm looking at, there's the piston maul, which is a gnome invention, and the Maul of the Titans, which is a Large-sized magical warhammer. That's why I asked. Thanks!

Liking Dragon Age: Inquisition so far?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

What would you say are the most famous tragedies in Golarion's literature? Who are their "Tristan and Isoldes," "Romeo and Juliets" or "Anakin and Padmés?"

I'm looking to play a bard who references such star-crossed couples in song.

"The Conception Exception" is probably the most famous of them; it ended up getting its author being the first confirmed Red Mantis victim, in fact.
What IS "The Conception Exception" anyway? A play? A poem? A political manifesto? I'm wondering just HOW it pissed someone off so much that they went to the Red Mantis.
"The Conception Exception" is a play with a LOT of allegory/satire/snark written into it. We haven't revealed much more about it yet, other than that it's author was a halfling who had some VERY cutting and snarky and justified opinions about humanity and, in particular, Aroden.

That's awesome, but not quite what I was looking for. I'm interested more in sad romances where the lovers end up dying in each other's arms and whatnot. Stuff Naderi would get all misty-eyed over, you know?

On an unrelated note, would an earthbreaker be the best way to simulate a maul in-game, or would that diminish its uniqueness as a Shoanti specialty?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

What would you say are the most famous tragedies in Golarion's literature? Who are their "Tristan and Isoldes," "Romeo and Juliets" or "Anakin and Padmés?"

I'm looking to play a bard who references such star-crossed couples in song.

"The Conception Exception" is probably the most famous of them; it ended up getting its author being the first confirmed Red Mantis victim, in fact.

What IS "The Conception Exception" anyway? A play? A poem? A political manifesto? I'm wondering just HOW it pissed someone off so much that they went to the Red Mantis.

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What would you say are the most famous tragedies in Golarion's literature? Who are their "Tristan and Isoldes," "Romeo and Juliets" or "Anakin and Padmés?"

I'm looking to play a bard who references such star-crossed couples in song.

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What color IS the dragon god Apsu exactly? He's not platinum to avoid stepping on TWORPG's toes, right?

In your opinion as a GM, should a Sacred Fist warpriest be able to benefit from a monk's robe as if they were a monk? The wording is vague and the rules questions forum can't seem to come to a consensus.

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This feels like a real Catch-22.

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Does a Sacred Fist Warpriest benefit from a Monk's Robe as if they had actual levels in Monk? Or do they just get the benefits of a level 5 monk like everyone else does?

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Speaking of Dragon Age, there's something I don't understand. I have a plan for each character in place, and I know what to do as I play through one after another, but I don't feel the motivation to start my MASTER PLAYTHROUGH! What the hell is wrong with me?! I've waited years for this game to come out and now it feels like even booting up the game isn't worth the time!

On another note, why do people who deny the moon landing believe that? If they were proven right at the end of the day, what would happen? What would it prove if they were indeed correct that the moon landings were staged as part of a propaganda campaign? Denial of other kinds of events and the promotion of similar theories generally seems to have a political goal in mind, but what political goal would benefit from denying the moon landings? I don't get it.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Who's your Dragon Age Inquisitor sand who are you having them romance?

I'm playing a female elf dual-wielding rogue. I'm barely started with the game yet*, but my plan is at this point to hook up with Sera. Whom I've not yet met, so that's a complication at the moment.

*Which means let's keep spoilers about the plot of the game out of this thread, please!

Understood, SIR! *salutes*

I thought as much. Sera's your kind of character. Easily CG. :)

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Who's your Dragon Age Inquisitor sand who are you having them romance?

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James Jacobs wrote:

2) It's the GM's job to make sure that the PCs align to any adventure. For Adventure Paths, we provide the Players' Guides specifically to aid the GM in that job; a player can read one of those guides and know everything they need to know about how to create an appropriate character for the AP. A lot of the time, the suggestions in a player's guide are specifically given to set up a PC that would match an element of the adventure down the road we don't want to blatantly reveal to the player. Rather than say "Your character should be one who wants to kill the red dragon Garglebomb," we'll say "Legends speak of a powerful red dragon named Garglebomb who once dwelt in the mountains near town," so that the information is there without outright saying Garglebomb is gonna be a foe you face in the AP. So... by using the Player's Guide as advice, you'll be able to create a PC that fits the AP's themes, and then the GM takes it from there.

What you're trying to do by reading the entire AP and building the perfect PC for it is actually NOT building a PC. You're trying to build a perfect NPC to fit into the established story, rather than a character meant to follow the themes but to take the story in a new direction or to FINISH the story.

Perhaps the problem is that you'd rather be the GM?

5) The simple act of creating a PC and playing even in one encounter "violates canon," in that you introduce something we didn't create and interact with the world in ways we couldn't predict. Again... it really is starting to sound like, from all the questions you've been asking over the past several months, that you actually want to be GMing a game rather than being a player.

2) People have asked me that in the past, but every time I've tried to GM (mostly because the other people haven't wanted to GM) I've failed. I feel like I can't juggle that many different personalities for NPCs and give them all the detail they deserve, the math gets frustratingly time-consuming and every time there's a combat, I freeze up and just handwave it because I can't keep it all straight and moving forward. Plus, I have a selfish desire to grandstand as the big hero. If I were to GM, there'd be too much temptation to have a GMPC, because as I said, I can't trust other players to address the narrative ideas and themes, so I'd want to play something myself so they ARE addressed. It's why I want to have ready-made characters: The sooner I get in, the sooner I can play the character I want to play so I can address the themes I want to, rather than filling a role no one else wants to play and watching in frustration while other players ignore the narrative and the story ends up feeling disjointed and shallow.

5) But as I've said, I've TRIED to be a GM, and I suck at it because I'm too lazy, selfish and disorganized. :(

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1) Thank you. I just wasn't sure because the pictures were profiles and didn't give a real indication of how thick they were.

2) I can't learn by playing if I don't have an opportunity to play in the first place. What I'm trying to do (and this is the reason I keep asking you about an APs narrative themes and stuff) is create first level PCs for each Adventure Path with plans prepared for how they'll level, that align as closely as possible to the narrative of the AP and established canon, so that as soon as someone proposes a play-by-post of an AP here on the boards I can post a character ready to go and maximize my chances of getting selected for the game, instead of scrambling to write something quickly and then finding someone else has posted a similar concept that's better than mine, or the recruitment thread gets so many applicants that when I invariably bring up the rear my entry's more likely to be ignored. I also want to ensure that the narrative stuff in an AP is addressed by at least one character, otherwise it feels like the narrative is cheapened. I'm in a Serpent's Skull game on a different board and I'm going nuts because all the other characters feel so disconnected and random. For me, the game is fun when the story that is crafted as a result is good, and I feel like I can't trust other players to do that so I have to do it myself.

4) Thanks.

5) Again, I don't want to violate canon. What if a book that contains the official symbol is released while playing and I've been saying it's something else?

6) Thanks.

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Which APs would you say you're most knowledgeable of in terms of the themes and narrative ideas they portray and explore? Like, I know James Jacobs is the one to go to for any of the Varisian-based APs as well as Serpent's Skull and Wrath of the Righteous, and Wes is best to ask about Carrion Crown.

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James Jacobs wrote:

1) Thinner means that it's not as wide. The blade is not "bendy," just narrower than the scimitar. Narrower than a falchion is probably a better comparasion.

2) And I'm not answering because I'm hesitant to give away all of an NPC's complex backstory in a post to a player of that campaign. Ask your GM for advice; he or she is the one who gets to decide how much of that information you get for free and how much you have to earn in play.

4) Yes, they're allowed, as long as they meet the prerequisites.

5) They do but we haven't described it yet.

6) Ummmm... it sounds like your only criteria is "I don't want to use something I've used before." Roll on the random weapon chart of your choice until you roll a weapon you haven't used before if that's the only criteria. I can't build your character for you. Well... I COULD... but I won't. For time management reasons.

1) Okay. Just to clarify, the width you're referring to is from edge-to-edge, rather than the blade's "thickness" for lack of a better term, right? Just want to make sure I'm on the same page you are.

2) I understand. I confess to being metagamey here, I already own all the Second Darkness books, and am trying to re-read them to figure out the best stuff to use. It's less a matter of not knowing the story and more trying to interpret said story. It's less "what's her backstory" and more "what themes does she as a character represent." I suppose it kind of sounds silly to treat an AP like I'm writing an academic paper on it, doesn't it?

4) Okay, thanks. I suppose he could always say "I haven't betrayed the Swordpact. I just think it's way too narrowly focused on what activities are and are not acceptable to be practical."

5) Okay. I'll just have to be vague when mentioning it then until an official picture's available or something.

6) "Nothing I haven't used before AND nothing too cliche," actually. For instance, it seems cliche for an elf character in a campaign about elves to use a bow. It just seems...unoriginal, cookie-cutter. Know what I mean?

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James Jacobs wrote:

1) Page 27 of Ultimate Equipment.

2) This sounds like a request for plot spoiling/player advice that would be better for a character to learn while investigating her background in the course of the adventure path. Let your GM know you want to prepare such a speech so your GM can make sure to give your character plenty of options to make those discoveries that you can then later capitalize upon.

3) Yes, they allow it.

4) Yes. In fact, there's a LOT of swordlords who have abandoned their ties and have left the region to spread the teaching illegally throughout the Inner Sea region. The swordlords are BASICALLY a western version of the samurai, and those who turn their backs on tradition are basically western versions of ronin.

1) Okay. That answers part of my question, but I'm still confused about something. When it says it's "thinner" than a scimitar, does that mean the blade is kind of bendy like a rapier, or that the blade itself is narrower than the average scimitar, but still behaves very similarly to one?

2) I asked on the AP's official section, but the question seems to have been ignored. I'm just wondering because I was planning on basically creating my PC to be a foil of Allevrah.

3) Okay, thank you!

4) Would such "ronin" swordlords still be allowed to take the prestige class? I'm interested in creating a character whose view is "The Swordlords are great duelists, but as an army and as leaders they're terrible, more concerned with themselves and their honor than getting the things a nation must do done. That's why they lost to Choral the Conqueror, and why they'll never overthrow the Surtovas unless they're willing to change." When the Kingmaker AP starts, he sees an opportunity to stand as an example to the other swordlords, that there's honor not just in how many duels you win, but also in being a skilled administrator, general and diplomat...basically like Charlemagne (who I'm ripping off shamelessly for the chassis of the concept). My point is, would he still be allowed to take the Aldori Swordlord prestige class, or would that be barred to him as no swordlord would accept him as one of their own? I know Kingmaker doesn't really involve the swordlords beyond their schemes being the catalyst for the PCs presence in the Stolen Lands, but I'm looking to build a solid narrative and character for it all the same.

5) Do the Swordlords of the Swordpact have an official symbol or crest? If so, what does it look like?

6) I'm struggling to come up with a weapon choice for that elven character I mentioned. I don't want to use something I've used before (polearms, two-handed weapons, swords) but at the same time using a ranged weapon just seems too obvious and stereotypical. What should I do?

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Thank you for the answers! Here's some more questions!

1) What would be a good visual reference for the elven curve blade? Most of the stuff I've seen looks like a giant rapier, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

2) If I were to attempt to prepare a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to try and shame Allevrah Azrinae (the villainess of Second Darkness), what would the best salient points to address beyond simply saying "You're pathetic!" which is basically the gist of such a speech anyway? What are some flaws or psychological scars my PC could pick at to REALLY piss her off and make the climactic confrontation more dramatic. I'm a sucker for heroes making speeches about how they've come to realize just how pitiful and weak the villain really is, and I'm hoping to play a character that uses this as a battle strategy, deconstructing his enemies until they get so upset they either make a mistake or give up entirely.

3) Do the Aldori Swordlords allow people descended from the ruling Issian houses into the Swordpact if they're willing to give up their names and family ties as their traditions demand, or would they likely reject or even kill such an applicant for such impudence?

4) On that note, would a Swordlord who diverts some of his/her energy to things like administrative pursuits and trying to educate themselves as having divided loyalties? I get the impression from them that mastery of the sword and a burning passion to punish the Issians for their crimes against Rostland must be the sole focus of their efforts, and if you have other commitments, whether that be to your faith, being a good leader or simply to a hobby, you're bringing dishonor to the Swordpact.

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If I were to attempt to prepare a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to try and shame Allevrah Azrinae, what would the best salient points to address beyond simply saying "You're pathetic!" which is basically the gist of such a speech anyway? What are some flaws or psychological scars my PC could pick at to REALLY piss her off and make the climactic confrontation more dramatic. I'm a sucker for heroes making speeches about how they've come to realize just how pitiful and weak the villain really is, and I'm hoping to play a character that uses this as a battle strategy, deconstructing his enemies until they get so upset they either make a mistake or give up entirely.

Thank you for any advice on advance! :)

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Also, I have a sinking suspicion that a friend of mine is kinda racist. What should I do? I'm in a Play by Post with him here and I don't want it to die because we argued...

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Pas des problemes! Glad to have ya back!

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Do you know any good ways to take characters with a similar trait and make them play out differently? If there's one thing that's really making character writing hard for me, it's the old "their races and classes may be different, but all these people act and behave the same way!" problem. I really want to diversify the characters I play so I'm basically not playing each AP as the same personality or attitude, and I've probably asked some variant of this question to you in the past, but it's a big creative roadblock for me.

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Well, you should check it out. You can find it on the web, most likely. Excellent voice acting and delightful frights, that remind me very much of The First World, especially The Beast.

"No, there is only me, there is only my way, there is only the forest, and there is only surrender."

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As a known horror fan, did you catch Over The Garden Wall on Cartoon Network recently?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What's the general opinion in elven culture about eating meat? Do they prefer a vegetarian lifestyle, like some caricatures depict them, or are there elves just as obsessed with bacon as the Internet seems to be? Do elves practice large scale agriculture, and if so, what's their preferred staple food crop?

Elves are omnivores. I'd probably say that, over all, dwarves lean toward more meat and elves lean toward more vegetarian, but they're not so off the baseline that they're notably different than humans on average.

No one on Golarion is as obsessed with bacon as the Internet.

Elves don't really do large-scale agriculture, because they don't have the large-scale populations humans do to require that. They're also much better at living in sync with their environments than humans are.

How do elven cities grow enough food to feed everyone, then? It seems like if they're not big on agriculture they'd never move past nomadic hunter-gatherer type societies.

That's always something that's bothered me about elven cities in fiction. Sure, you can get a lot of food from nature and stuff, but there's thing like winter storage, animal migration, local disasters and scarcities. If elves were nomads that would be a non-issue, since if food became a problem in one area, they can simply go somewhere else. People living in cities can't really do that, and so they depend on farming and animal husbandry to compensate. If elves have a large enough population to have achingly beautiful metropolises in the trees, and a standing army to maintain a constant war with Treerazer, where are the fields and farms to sustain them?

Come to think of it that's a problem with almost ALL races in fantasy literature. Humans and the odd halfling or two are the only ones you ever see doing any actual farm work!

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What's the general opinion in elven culture about eating meat? Do they prefer a vegetarian lifestyle, like some caricatures depict them, or are there elves just as obsessed with bacon as the Internet seems to be? Do elves practice large scale agriculture, and if so, what's their preferred staple food crop?

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Nicos wrote:
What would be in an hypothetical "fashion, art and architecture of golarion" book?

Presumably hypothetical fashion, art and architecture. :P

What's the best place to ask questions in the vein of "how do I roleplay this character concept" without pestering you in this thread?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
But how does such a character start out? I thought part of Second Darkness' plot revolved around the fact that the characters are outside help recruited by the elves, rather than working FOR the elves right from the start.

Just starts out as an elf, just like in any other campaign. Elf is a core race; you don't need to do much extra work to justify the choice in-world for ANY adventure path, including Second Darkness. The fact that the player knows it's an elf-themed AP doesn't matter.

There are PLENTY of elves who aren't part of the secret societies (lantern bearers or Winter Council) working against the drow. In fact, MOST elves aren't part of those societies. Just play an elf who doesn't start out as a member of one of those secret societies and you're fine. Forlorn elves, in particular, are a strong choice, since they don't even have ties to elven society at all.

In fact, I suspect that given all other equal options, the lantern bearers would rather hire elves to help them than any other race of adventurer they find in Riddleport.

What are some good starting points or examples for the kind of mindset you get as a forlorn elf? I know Merisiel is one, but she's unique.

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But how does such a character start out? I thought part of Second Darkness' plot revolved around the fact that the characters are outside help recruited by the elves, rather than working FOR the elves right from the start.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
That makes sense. What's a non-core race that'd fit thematically with Second Darkness?

Aasimar or tiefling, I suppose. They don't really have much ties to the storyline (although with the demon stuff later on, a tiefling's a better choice than the aasimar, I suppose), but both are established races that live in Varisia, and that's a region that certainly would draw outcasts like this.

Honestly, the best race to play in Second Darkness if you want to mesh with the storyline would be elf.

Doesn't that run the risk of being metagamey or spoileriffic? Elves are kind of in on the conspiracy...

Spoiler:
...to keep the fact that the drow exist and that an evil-enough elf can spontaneously transform into one a secret from the other peoples of Golarion.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Nicos wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Why are kobolds so awesome?
Because they look adorable when they wear hooded cloaks.
Yay! What AP do you think a kobold PC would fit into best?

None.

Kobolds aren't really good choices for PCs, and are particularly not good choices for any of our Adventure Paths, which assume that the races played by PCs are those accepted by society as not monsters.

Not actually played the AP, but what about skull and shachles?

Nope. Beyond the fact that kobolds are poor choices as PCs, and beyond the fact that in the Shackles, kobolds would be considered dangerous pests and troublemakers that need to be put down... the Shackles just doesn't have a lot of kobolds living there in the first place. That's not a region where kobolds are normally found.

If you want to play a non-core race in Skull & Shackles, the best choice thematically would be tengu.

That makes sense. What's a non-core race that'd fit thematically with Second Darkness?

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