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Silver Crusade

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What should I do if I get the desire to play as a spooky, scary skeleton in an AP? Which one would be most conducive to a skeleton PC?

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James Jacobs wrote:
I've glanced at the 5th edition rules, and I like them a LOT LOT LOT more than 4th edition. I'm eager to try the game out, but the fact that they include all the classic options for race and class in the Player's Handbook AND openly talk about Greyhawk is pretty huge. If they made succubi back into demons... I'll be even more delighted.

Well, judging from the preview of the MM I've seen: I've got good news and bad news. The GOOD news is Succubi are no longer devils. The BAD news is they're not demons again either. They get their own entry in the MM all to themselves (To me it looks kind of like how you took the chain devil and used it as the basis for a new type of outsiders entirely, the kytons, but since the MM hasn't come out yet, I don't know details).

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Who would be the best person to ask about Kellid naming conventions? There seems to be drastic differences between the names of Mammoth Lord Kellids, Numerian Kellids and Sarkorian Kellids.
That's by design. They're all Kellids, but they're from different regions. Different regions = different naming conventions.
So who or where would I ask if I wanted some help trying to make a name that "sounds Kellid" out of an existing name?
Set's advice about looking at "Conan" names is a great suggestion.

And good advice it was! Thank you both! :)

Did you ever watch the old BBC versions of the Chronicles of Narnia? That had some AMAZING music!

I don't know if this is inappropriate to ask, and you don't have to answer if you don't want to, but do you have any opinions on the latest rendition of the World's Oldest Roleplaying game?

Why does the Brawler from the new ACG get proficiency with the handaxe and short sword when they can't use them with their flurry class feature?

What are some good horror works that hinge off a trope I can't really encapsulate in a single statement? Basically it's the idea of being in a place that's a crude facsimile of something in the real world, sort of like Jonathan Wojcik's Awful Hospital webcomic, which depicts a place that LOOKS like a hospital, but it's filthy and dilapidated, labels are crudely painted and spelled incorrectly, the practicioners make disastrous mistakes and if this is pointed out to them, don't seem to comprehend and claim that the mistake IS proper medical procedure, and you should know that, and the garbage has fish skeletons in it not because someone eats fish there, but because that's what they think people EXPECT to find in the garbage. Like the people running it have seen hospitals on TV or in the media, but don't know how they actually work and create this nightmarish "Wonderland-version" that the protagonist becomes trapped in and is the only sane person in it?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Who would be the best person to ask about Kellid naming conventions? There seems to be drastic differences between the names of Mammoth Lord Kellids, Numerian Kellids and Sarkorian Kellids.
That's by design. They're all Kellids, but they're from different regions. Different regions = different naming conventions.

So who or where would I ask if I wanted some help trying to make a name that "sounds Kellid" out of an existing name?

Silver Crusade

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Who would be the best person to ask about Kellid naming conventions? There seems to be drastic differences between the names of Mammoth Lord Kellids, Numerian Kellids and Sarkorian Kellids.

Silver Crusade

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That's just it, the books that mention them (Lost Kingdoms, Inner Sea NPC Guide and Inner Sea Gods) don't offer descriptions. Just the name.

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Merisiel Sillvari wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Roll-a-bowl-a-ball-a-penny-a-pitch?

Ummmmm...

You people are weird on that side of reality.

But I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts! See? There they are a-standing in a row. Big ones! Small ones! Some as big as yer-'ead!

Silver Crusade

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Roll-a-bowl-a-ball-a-penny-a-pitch?

Silver Crusade

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I thought divine grace wasn't till 3rd level?

Silver Crusade

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Shouldn't you consider at least enough paladin levels for Divine Grace? That's one of the major reasons to multiclass into paladin, isn't it?

Silver Crusade

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But there ISN'T a GM! I'm trying to write a background to impress GMs running the AP and persuade them to accept me.

Silver Crusade

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Oh, for pity's sake, functionability is to be taken for granted! Like you said, this is Mythic. It'll be relatively easy to do that.

Silver Crusade

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Yes, but this isn't ABOUT mythic stats or whatnot. This is about storyline and canonicity!

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Here's the thing: I like the paladin. It's in my username. The problem is that given what's been said by James Jacobs, for example, Sarkoris was not a nation where paladins were found. It was all druids and barbarians and summoners and whatnot. It's not about stats or crunch or anything like that. This is solely based on flavor or fluff.

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For the longest time I've been struggling to come up with a character concept for Wrath of the Righteous, but I have a lot of hangups and confusions that frustrate me to no end, and so I turn to the forums for help.

At the most basic level, I want to play a paladin-style character of Sarkorian descent, whose desire to defeat the Worldwound is as much a burning desire for revenge as it is a holy calling. The best source of information on Sarkoris is definitely its article in Lost Kingdoms, but a brief primer can be found from F. Wesley Schneider, as Sarkoris is largely his brainchild.

Wes' blog post exploring Sarkoris' origins and literary inspirations

As I said I've a lot of entangled questions that I'm trying to distill into the best possible character.

One of the big reasons I latched on to Sarkoris as an origin for this character is because I've had an itch to play a "historical Arthurian" character for over a year now, and Sarkoris is stated by several developers to have a culture that most closely resembles the British Isles during the 5th or 6th centuries. It's be pretty badass to unite the remnants of the Sarkorian clans and lead them to take back their homeland as a High Clanliege. However, there's something of a dichotomy that bugs me. If I wanted to play a basic Arthurian character, I could simply play as from Mendev itself, as knights in shining armor a big thing there, or from Lastwall, which is almost like the most commonly imagined interpretation of Camelot.

However, it feels like in Wrath of the Righteous paladin characters are pushed towards looking more like from the 15th century, as the Armor of the Pious is illustrated to look like a suit of Gothic plate, which is fine for Malory, but not for a Mabinogion or Monmouth inspired Arthurian figure. And then there's the fact that Iomedae is a big player in this story, but Sarkorians would likely view Iomedae as an interloper, a god of foreigners who regard their traditions and beliefs as heretical blasphemies. Other deities, however, don't have swords as their favored weapons, so Radiance, the Holy Avenger gifted to paladin players via the GM transforms into something like a longbow (Erastil) or hammer (Torag). By rules, also, paladins can't venerate the Green Faith, which was the closest thing Sarkoris had to a common religion that could act as a unifying force.

I'm also not sure what mythic path to take in the events of the campaign too because there's a lot of assumptions that go with them.

Marshal seems the most obvious as it's based on being a heroic war leader, but the content tied to it seems to assume the player is descended from foreign crusaders, as it's set in a crypt likely carved by monotheist priests rather than a Kellid burial cairn. Hierophant requires the paladin character to be the direct child of a deity, so if they want this and still remain true to Sarkorian traditions, they have to pick a single deity that doesn't have swords as a favored weapon like Erastil or Torag, since the trait assumes you venerate a single deity to the exclusion of all others. Champion requires the character be subjected to a demonic rite. While potentially dramatic turning one's corruption against its instigators, it doesn't really tie in to Sarkoris that well. Guardian has this issue too. While it's ostensibly well tied to Sarkoris, as you deal with a Sarkorian clan in that quest, but it also assumes the PC has demon blood.

The other paths really don't work with a paladin type.

Do I make the character a god myself? Claim he's descended from a God Caller Summoner's eidolon? Do I decide to discard the paladin class despite the fact that WotR is practically MADE for this class and even has gear specifically tailor made to incentivize people to play them, as the new Warpriest, Shaman, Bloodrager and Skald classes have piqued my interest, along with the Bard, Barbarian and various prestige classes like Holy Vindicator and Dragon Disciple. I have no clue what to do! Help!

Silver Crusade

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An Exploration of the Sarenrae/Cult of the Dawnflower and Taldor/Qadira conflict. Whether through diplomacy or war, it's been a long time in the coming.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

1) Even when it's a specific "family" of eidolons like these Dragoneagles? Or are you saying that even within that grouping there's differences, so no two "dawn-feathered children" were identical?

2) Okay, so how does it work on Golarion specifically ?

3) I see. Neato!

4) I thought making armor and weapons was Torag's schtick.

5) Forgot you don't have to be good to venerate him. Thanks!

6) So would, say, Uzumaki's ending have been better if the protagonists actually had a chance to escape the town?

1) You can certainly have a family of similar shaped eidolons, but that's as much random chance as it is anything else.

2) You need to give me more than that. I just answered a few dozen questions; please restate the original question so I have context.

4) There's often overlap between deities. And you asked for an example of how Gorum worshipers might not be the standard warmongers, so that was an example of such overlap.

6) No. You misunderstand. The menace in Uzumaki didn't stop caring or go away on its own. It remained there at the end.

1) Interesting...most interesting.

2) Are shamans on Golarion always schooled in their practices and traditions, or are there people who are just naturally sensitive to spirits that essentially teach themselves how to be a shaman, similar to how sorcerers work?

4) Ah, I see. Does that mean that most people on Golarion are sorta polytheistic, offering prayers to whatever god influences what they're doing right now unless they're actual clerics or just really really like one deity?

6) Sorry about that. Thanks for clarifying. That's more what I was trying to say: that the protagonists can't escape the entity and it essentially "wins."

Silver Crusade

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1) Even when it's a specific "family" of eidolons like these Dragoneagles? Or are you saying that even within that grouping there's differences, so no two "dawn-feathered children" were identical?

2) Okay, so how does it work on Golarion specifically ?

3) I see. Neato!

4) I thought making armor and weapons was Torag's schtick.

5) Forgot you don't have to be good to venerate him. Thanks!

6) So would, say, Uzumaki's ending have been better if the protagonists actually had a chance to escape the town?

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In the words of M. Bison: "YES! YES!!!"

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I just wish I had a way to play a brawler with a short sword and shield like a Roman gladiator or something. But if short swords don't work with flurry, what's the point?

Silver Crusade

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It's different with wizards and sorcerers. Their proficiencies don't INTERFERE with their class features. They're not expected to be in the thick of melee. Brawlers are, and if they use a weapon that negates their flurry ability, then they're negating their core fighting style.

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Jeff Merola wrote:
And how does that make them useless? I mean, the monk has proficiency with a lot of weapons they can't flurry with by default.

Really? I thought monks were only proficient with "monk" weapons.

Would anyone PLAY a brawler with a short sword if this problem wasn't fixed? It just seems like handicapping yourself if you do at this point. Why would you deliberately ignore a core class feature like that?

Silver Crusade

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In the Advanced Class Guide, the Brawler recieves proficiency with all simple weapons, close fighter weapons...and the handaxe and short sword.

Yet in Brawler's Flurry, it states that only unarmed strikes, close fighter weapons and monk weapons qualify to be used during it, none of which include the handaxe and short sword.

Long story short, why even have these proficiencies in there if they don't work with the other class features at all? This was something I asked about back during the playtest and it looks like the problem still hasn't been fixed.

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Starting off, I just got my copy of Fires of Creation, and I must say it's a real tour-de-force. I was initially skeptical of Iron Gods and Numeria in general, but now I'm absolutely hooked and can't wait to see the rest of it! You guyz are awesomesausages!

Now that I've got that out of the way, on to questions:

1) What do you imagine the Sarkorian "deity" summoned by the god-callers of Clan Neverhome, Sturovenen the Dragoneagle and his dawn-feathered children, look like? Fluffy dragons? Scaly eagles? Coatls? Archaeopteryxes?

2) I know the new shaman class is at its base a hybrid of oracle and witch, but do people become shamans "randomly" like oracles, or do you HAVE to learn how to be a shaman like a cleric would? I get the idea that oracles are spontaneously produced, and an oracle may never know who gave him/her this power and why, but witches DO seek to learn and make a pact with an otherworldly entity to draw their power. So where do shamans fall on that continuum?

3) Since Shamans technically get familiars through their spirit animal features, will they be able to get Improved Familiars too? I think a shaman with a badass-adorable little pseudodragon would be REALLY AWESOME!

4) Is there a way to play someone who worships Gorum besides "BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOOOOODDDDD!!!" Because Gorum's all-fighting-all-the-time, I find it hard to imagine Gorumites as anything but axe-crazy.

5) On that note, who would be a good deity to write on the sheet of a LN mercenary: someone who follows contracts and sticks with them, and prefers orderly formations of soldiers and tactics, but whose business is war and conflict? Abadar's views value peace and stability more, and Asmodeus, while a patron of contracts, seems too mystical.

6) What would you say is the scarier of two horror setups: Where the horrific events occuring are a response to some covered up or repressed truth and forcing people to confront it is what makes it stop, or where there's just no real reason for the horrific thing to have happened and its victims were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the thing either wins or simply loses interest and disappears?

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What, in your mind, would the Sarkorian "deity" Sturovenen the Dragoneagle and his "dawn-feathered" children summoned by the Neverhome god-callers look like?

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In the new book, People of the Stars, there's a new Magic trait that opens up new possibilities:

Outer Dragon Blood:
The blood of outer dragons courses through your veins, and you’ve inherited a portion of their magic. You gain Draconic as a bonus language. In addition, if you are a sorcerer with the draconic bloodline, you can select one of the outer dragon types for your bloodline powers; this affects your resistances and the type of energy damage dealt by a number of your abilities.

How does this trait interact with PC's who have draconic ties but aren't specifically sorcerers of the Draconic bloodline, such as characters who take the Eldritch Heritage feats or levels in the Dragon Disciple prestige class without using sorcerer as the qualifying class (instead using another spontaneous arcane caster like bard or summoner)?

Could such characters utilize the trait for the bloodline powers granted by the feats/class, or are such characters basically barred from taking this particular trait, because the text specifically stipulates that it benefits sorcerers?

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Just because he has animal motifs doesn't mean he's inherently connected to agathions. Take a closer look at his ethos and practices and they paint a very different picture. And be aware that he essentially has a CG opposite number in the form of the Empyreal Lord Cernunnos.

And in addition, the stag-headed archer may be the best known image of him but it's basically his little-used "war form" so to speak. He prefers to appear as a grizzled member of the race of whoever's observing him. The only reason the elk-head is so prominent is because it's something people of ALL races can recognize.

Silver Crusade

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In your career as a successful adventuress, you've likely met a lot of monarchs or heads of state. Which did you think was the most reasonable or likable?

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Does the Mythic upgrade to Eldritch Heritage make taking Improved and Greater Eldritch Heritage at later levels unnecessary?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Can summoners have children with their eidolons? If so, would it be possible for someone born of such a bloodline develop sorcerer powers?

Yes, they can.

Unless the GM isn't comfortable with that in their game, of course.

Would the bloodline be a single, consistent one (like Impossible or Arcane, seemingly the most likely ones), or would the bloodline depend on the eidolon (like an eidolon shaped like a dragon granting Draconic or a fish-shaped one granting Aquatic, for example)?
Could be any bloodline, but it should somehow thematically match the eidolon. ANd since (for better or worse) eidolons can pretty much be ANYTHING... so can the bloodline associated with it.

I see. Very interesting...

Do Blackfire Adepts fight among themselves when Lawful ones who summon devils encounter Chaotic ones who summon demons? Or is it more along the lines of "We're all Blackfire Adepts here. Who cares who summons what? Let's team up and use both!"

Does the Mythic upgrade to Eldritch Heritage make taking Improved and Greater Eldritch Heritage at later levels unnecessary?

Silver Crusade

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Can summoners have children with their eidolons? If so, would it be possible for someone born of such a bloodline develop sorcerer powers?

Yes, they can.

Unless the GM isn't comfortable with that in their game, of course.

Would the bloodline be a single, consistent one (like Impossible or Arcane, seemingly the most likely ones), or would the bloodline depend on the eidolon (like an eidolon shaped like a dragon granting Draconic or a fish-shaped one granting Aquatic, for example)?

Silver Crusade

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Can summoners have children with their eidolons? If so, would it be possible for someone born of such a bloodline develop sorcerer powers?

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I don't HAVE a GM yet. I want to make a character that'll impress any potential GMs planning on recruiting players on the forums for a play-by-post, thus maximizing my chances of being one of the lucky four-to-six people selected out of 30 or more other people who express interest. It's completely different from having a dedicated, singular GM. That's why its so stressful. I have no idea if I'll be selected, or how they'll run things or any of it. The only things I have are the text from the books themselves. I get so much anxiety and I feel so uninspired that I can't settle on a concept.

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A ratfolk Gunslinger (Experimental Gunsmith) who tinkers and messes with technology, looking for any scrap he can find to repair and sell. And if it isn't scrap yet...he's not averse to MAKING it scrap so he can sell it then. He gets away with it because of the hood of his brown robes obscures his face...apart from his glowing, beady little eyes..."UTINNI!"

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725) They burned down my business and shanghai-ed me so the guards wouldn't be alerted and to fill a vacant spot in their party! And despite my inexperience I STILL seem to be the most competent member of these nutters...

726) Because I am DUNGEONPROOOOOF! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

1) Do you mean the cycle of nature is NOT an LG concept? Think there might have been a typo there. In either case, darnit, there aren't any paladin treehuggers?

2) So what do I do? If I take the armor, I sacrifice the image I intended for the character. I wanted the character to look less like this and more like this. But if I don't take it, I'm not playing the AP as written, and thus wrecking the narrative simply because I don't like the pictures in the books.

1) No typo at all. Nature is not good, nor lawful, nor chaotic, nor evil. It's neutral. At least, by the definition in the game going back 4 decades. That's why animals are neutral. Why druids are neutral. It's the way the game works. Paladins are not neutral.

2) What you do is up to you, and the choice you make helps to define your character's personality. Paladins are about making hard choices. If the job wasn't hard, and didn't require those hard choices, everyone would be a paladin.

1)Yeah, but in your previous response you said "The "cycle of nature" is a lawful good concept," and then that it was a neutral one. What's where I got confused.

2) Even in terms of fashion? I don't even know WHAT the character's personality should be. I feel if I want to get into an AP play-by-post, I have to tailor the character specifically to fit in the AP perfectly or else the GM won't accept me. It's like an audition!

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Now to give a somewhat appropriate answer, one of the dishes I've made in the last month that I'm most proud of was an aloo bhindi curry I made recently. I've never really done much with Indian food, especially making everything from scratch. It turned out pretty tasty (and a bit spicier than I anticipated).
Was that the curry that you posted on Twitter? That one did look good, and I'm not really a fan of Indian cuisine.
I don't think I posted a pic. Curry doesn't tend to photograph well.
What are you talkin' about? Of course he does!
:) That's another Curry altogether.

THERE IS ONLY ONE CURRY!

On an unrelated note, in your opinion, would the Sarkorian "deity" Sturnovenen the Dragoneagle and his dawn-feathered children look like?

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Now to give a somewhat appropriate answer, one of the dishes I've made in the last month that I'm most proud of was an aloo bhindi curry I made recently. I've never really done much with Indian food, especially making everything from scratch. It turned out pretty tasty (and a bit spicier than I anticipated).
Was that the curry that you posted on Twitter? That one did look good, and I'm not really a fan of Indian cuisine.
I don't think I posted a pic. Curry doesn't tend to photograph well.

What are you talkin' about? Of course he does!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

1) Can a paladin respect and honor the cycles of nature and gain power if they're still LG?

2) It isn't so much about it being suboptimal and more about it being ignoring the special item the campaign has specially singled you out for. In WotR, Radiance and Armor of the Pious are basically gifts to a paladin player from the GM. Doesn't ignoring them in favor of something else seem ungrateful? And it ignores the roleplaying hooks that come with them in favor of the character's fashion sense. By the time they reach the gear's former owner, who is she to them if they basically tossed her storied armor and sword to an NPC preferring to keep the weapons that were more aesthetically pleasing to them, but have no significance on the narrative? To an obsessive completionist like myself that's abomination. I feel like I'm forced to choose between the narrative of the AP and my own ideas and wants for the character.

3) Okay.

4) Makes sense. In this instance I'd say the wood is the special material, as it's the source of the shield's stopping power.

1) ALL a paladin needs to do to be a paladin is stay lawful good. The "cycle of nature" is a lawful good concept. It is, in fact, a neutral concept. That's why you don't have paladin/druids.

2) It does seem ungrateful, but some people are ungrateful. It's the way the world works. Beyond that... how your character reacts to tough questions like "Do I keep this armor or return it to its proper owner" are great ways to expand a character's personality. Tough questions like that are good for the game, and good for story development.

1) Do you mean the cycle of nature is NOT an LG concept? Think there might have been a typo there. In either case, darnit, there aren't any paladin treehuggers?

2) So what do I do? If I take the armor, I sacrifice the image I intended for the character. I wanted the character to look less like this and more like this. But if I don't take it, I'm not playing the AP as written, and thus wrecking the narrative simply because I don't like the pictures in the books.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

1. Can a paladin worship a "false deity" like the eidolon of a Sarkorian god caller if they're genuinely ignorant to the beings actual nature?

2. What do you say if you have a PC who ignores gear that's practically tailor-made for them in an AP because they want something different, like a paladin in WotR who decides they don't want the Radiance sword or Armor of the Pious?

"Eh, it really boosts my abilities and stuff, but I really don't wanna wear full plate. Clashes with my style, man. Scale Mail for life!"

"Yeah, I know, paladins are supposed to use holy avengers, but it shapeshifted into a quarterstaff because I worship Apsu, and proper knights don't wield quarterstaves! I'll take that much weaker sword over there!"

"Sure, a vorpal sword like Briar is cool and it IS essential to the campaign, but DAMN that sword's ugly! Besides, it's a CN intelligent item and I'm LG. We aren't compatible."

3. Can Sunblades be made of cold iron or mithral, or are they solid bars of light like lightsabers? And can brilliant energy weapons be made of similar materials?

4. How do you deal with an item that's made of both metal and wood, like a shield "of willow boards covered with a layer of finely beaten silver?" Does it count as a metal or wooden shield for the purposes of special materials?

1) As long as the paladin remains lawful good, I suppose so. How that paladin reacts if she finds out the deity she's been worshiping is not a real deity would likely force a tough decision. And I'd say that a paladin like this should dump stat Wisdom.

2) I generally am okay with players making non-optimal choices for their characters in play. AKA I don't say anything. Usually, the other players in the group say what needs said for me.

3) Brilliant energy weapons cannot be made of anything—they're made of brilliant energy, and that's that. Sunblades are solid, though, and can be made out of unusual materials.

4)...

1) Can a paladin respect and honor the cycles of nature and gain power if they're still LG?

2) It isn't so much about it being suboptimal and more about it being ignoring the special item the campaign has specially singled you out for. In WotR, Radiance and Armor of the Pious are basically gifts to a paladin player from the GM. Doesn't ignoring them in favor of something else seem ungrateful? And it ignores the roleplaying hooks that come with them in favor of the character's fashion sense. By the time they reach the gear's former owner, who is she to them if they basically tossed her storied armor and sword to an NPC preferring to keep the weapons that were more aesthetically pleasing to them, but have no significance on the narrative? To an obsessive completionist like myself that's abomination. I feel like I'm forced to choose between the narrative of the AP and my own ideas and wants for the character.

3) Okay.

4) Makes sense. In this instance I'd say the wood is the special material, as it's the source of the shield's stopping power.

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1. Can a paladin worship a "false deity" like the eidolon of a Sarkorian god caller if they're genuinely ignorant to the beings actual nature?

2. What do you say if you have a PC who ignores gear that's practically tailor-made for them in an AP because they want something different, like a paladin in WotR who decides they don't want the Radiance sword or Armor of the Pious?

"Eh, it really boosts my abilities and stuff, but I really don't wanna wear full plate. Clashes with my style, man. Scale Mail for life!"

"Yeah, I know, paladins are supposed to use holy avengers, but it shapeshifted into a quarterstaff because I worship Apsu, and proper knights don't wield quarterstaves! I'll take that much weaker sword over there!"

"Sure, a vorpal sword like Briar is cool and it IS essential to the campaign, but DAMN that sword's ugly! Besides, it's a CN intelligent item and I'm LG. We aren't compatible."

3. Can Sunblades be made of cold iron or mithral, or are they solid bars of light like lightsabers? And can brilliant energy weapons be made of similar materials?

4. How do you deal with an item that's made of both metal and wood, like a shield "of willow boards covered with a layer of finely beaten silver?" Does it count as a metal or wooden shield for the purposes of special materials?

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Cuchulainn wrote:
155.) Because someone wanted to re-enact the only worthwhile scene in the movie, Your Highness.

162. Someone brought up that DISGUSTING movie!

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What, in your opinion, would the Sarkorian "deity" Sturnovenen the Dragoneagle and his dawn-feathered children look like?

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It's evident from the Ornelos family crest that the fleur-de-lis is a heraldic symbol on Golarion. But since France doesn't exist on Golarion, what does the fleur-de-lis represent?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What would be the best way to represent an estoc/tuck sword in Pathfinder? And what nation would utilize these weapons (estoc was what the French called it, tuck was the English called it)?
Rapier. They'd be used all over.

Can you even USE a rapier with two hands?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Is it possible for tieflings to emerge through a means other than their bloodline? Like, a fiendish cult decides to use a ritual to infuse a person with fiendish power that transforms them into a tiefling as opposed to a full fiend much like the rituals in Rise of the Runelords or Wrath of the Righteous? Essentially, can a person BECOME a tiefling rather than being BORN as one?

Absolutely.

When you get right down to it... polymorph any object or reincarnate or wish or miracle could all, in theory, work to give someone a tiefling body.

I HAVE MY NEW WRATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS CHARACTER CONCEPT! Thank you, James! :D

What would be the best way to represent an estoc/tuck sword in Pathfinder? And what nation would utilize these weapons (estoc was what the French called it, tuck was the English called it)?

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KenderKin was created by a giant cosmic cow that licked him/her into shape.

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Is it possible for tieflings to emerge through a means other than their bloodline? Like, a fiendish cult decides to use a ritual to infuse a person with fiendish power that transforms them into a tiefling as opposed to a full fiend much like the rituals in Rise of the Runelords or Wrath of the Righteous? Essentially, can a person BECOME a tiefling rather than being BORN as one?

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How does that work with the trait in Wrath of the Righteous, though, where PCs with the Hierophant trait are basically ordinary mortals and their divine parentage is just the source of their mythic potential that gets activated in the first episode?

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Could a wereboar-kin skinwalker avoid superstitious mobs by claiming he's just an unusually pink half-orc and that his bestial transformations are some sort of barbarian totem power he uses in battle?

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