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Silver Crusade

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

Yeah, I was going for Forlorn with the character. Thanks for the advice!

Are there elven enclaves in Taldor?

Elves absolutely live in Taldor. Some live among humans. There are probably a few villages here or there of predominantly elven population, although nothing that significant. They don't call them "enclaves" though.

Taldor seems, at least on first glance, to be relatively stable, in the sense that villages aren't wiped off the map every other week due to things like war or monster activity. Are there instances where stuff like this happens? I tend to get the impression that the big nations of the Inner Sea, like Taldor, Cheliax, Andoran, Qadira and Osirion are "peaceful" in the sense that the kinds of tragic backstories like villages burned to the ground by marauding armies of insane cultists generally don't happen.

I'm trying to figure out why the elf I'm working on would be orphaned and thus become Forlorn, yesee.

Also, what happens to Ulfen who fail the Ulfen Guard? Are they executed because given their close proximity to the emperor it's kinda like treason, or would they just be fired?

All of the Inner Sea is relatively stable, but you can have bandits or monsters or the plague or whatever swoop in and destroy small villages or towns anywhere therein. That can happen pretty much anywhere. It's what happened to Kyra, for example. Galt's probably the best nation for you to have this happen in, I suppose, and it's right next to Taldor. But it can absolutely happen anywhere in the Inner Sea.

Failed Ulfen Guards... dunno. Haven't really put much personal thought into them at all. I suppose they'd be exiled and/or shunned at best. WHY they failed would influence their fate.

AND Galt is right between Kyonin and Taldor! That's perfect!

I'll work on the Ulfen Guard thing myself, I guess. I want the failed guard to survive for this story, after all!

It's all starting to come together! Thanks James! :D

And now to ask a question that DOESN'T have to do with this train of thought:

Who's cooler, Visigoths or Ostrogoths?

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Friend of the Dork wrote:
The easiest is to treat it as any other metal armor, and simply adjust down the armor category, and apply modifiers to acp and max dex.

That's the catch, though. With the other armors, it's generally assumed they're all made of steel. Lamellar is the first armor, as far as I know, where the material it's made from makes it effectively a different kind of armor. If you make lamellar out of a special material, which version do you use as the "base," so to speak?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Yeah, I was going for Forlorn with the character. Thanks for the advice!

Are there elven enclaves in Taldor?

Elves absolutely live in Taldor. Some live among humans. There are probably a few villages here or there of predominantly elven population, although nothing that significant. They don't call them "enclaves" though.

Taldor seems, at least on first glance, to be relatively stable, in the sense that villages aren't wiped off the map every other week due to things like war or monster activity. Are there instances where stuff like this happens? I tend to get the impression that the big nations of the Inner Sea, like Taldor, Cheliax, Andoran, Qadira and Osirion are "peaceful" in the sense that the kinds of tragic backstories like villages burned to the ground by marauding armies of insane cultists generally don't happen.

I'm trying to figure out why the elf I'm working on would be orphaned and thus become Forlorn, yesee.

Also, what happens to Ulfen who fail the Ulfen Guard? Are they executed because given their close proximity to the emperor it's kinda like treason, or would they just be fired?

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

I think my last question might have gotten lost in the recent shuffle (it happens *shrug*) so I'd like to repeat it here:

As the elfxpert on the site, in your opinion, would an elf (especially a Forlorn) be creepy if they fell in love with a human they'd known since the human was born, basically?

If the elf fell in love after the human was all grown up, no.

I was thinking more along the lines of teenagers (the elf in question is basically an elf "teenager" at this point, like he was only 20 years old or something when the human was born).
Adults involved in romantic relationships with underage people is creepy in my opinion. Not sure what more there is to say on the subject, other than get in a big argument about what is and isn't "underage."
Honestly, there's no real adults in this scenario. Both the elf and human would be considered "teens." It's that the elven definition of "teenager" is a lot older than the definition of it for a human. I guess part of its just that elf adolescence seems very hard for me to comprehend. Can you offer any insight into that?

In a case like this... it's biological and physical maturity that matters. Ignore ages. They're irrelevant when you're no longer talking just about humans.

As for insight into how an elf's adolescence is the span of a human lifetime? It tends to mess them up if they spend time with humans. Hence the Forlorn. Your scenario is probably the number one cause of elves becoming Forlorn.

Yeah, I was going for Forlorn with the character. Thanks for the advice!

Are there elven enclaves in Taldor?

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

I think my last question might have gotten lost in the recent shuffle (it happens *shrug*) so I'd like to repeat it here:

As the elfxpert on the site, in your opinion, would an elf (especially a Forlorn) be creepy if they fell in love with a human they'd known since the human was born, basically?

If the elf fell in love after the human was all grown up, no.

I was thinking more along the lines of teenagers (the elf in question is basically an elf "teenager" at this point, like he was only 20 years old or something when the human was born).
Adults involved in romantic relationships with underage people is creepy in my opinion. Not sure what more there is to say on the subject, other than get in a big argument about what is and isn't "underage."

Honestly, there's no real adults in this scenario. Both the elf and human would be considered "teens." It's that the elven definition of "teenager" is a lot older than the definition of it for a human. I guess part of its just that elf adolescence seems very hard for me to comprehend. Can you offer any insight into that?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

I think my last question might have gotten lost in the recent shuffle (it happens *shrug*) so I'd like to repeat it here:

As the elfxpert on the site, in your opinion, would an elf (especially a Forlorn) be creepy if they fell in love with a human they'd known since the human was born, basically?

If the elf fell in love after the human was all grown up, no.

I was thinking more along the lines of teenagers (the elf in question is basically an elf "teenager" at this point, like he was only 20 years old or something when the human was born).

Silver Crusade

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I think my last question might have gotten lost in the recent shuffle (it happens *shrug*) so I'd like to repeat it here:

As the elfxpert on the site, in your opinion, would an elf (especially a Forlorn) be creepy if they fell in love with a human they'd known since the human was born, basically?

Silver Crusade

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As the elfxpert on the site, in your opinion, would an elf (especially a Forlorn) be creepy if they fell in love with a human they'd known since the human was born, basically?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

I'm trying to figure out what beastie would best represent the creature in this symbol here.

Drakes in Pathfinder have wings, and linnorms only have two legs. What does that make a four-legged wingless dragon thing?

Looks like an Imperial Dragon to me.

Would people in the Lands of the Linnorm Kingdoms know what an Imperial Dragon looks like? I was interested in using it as the battle standard of an Ulfen mercenary company, you see...

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I'm trying to figure out what beastie would best represent the creature in this symbol here.

Drakes in Pathfinder have wings, and linnorms only have two legs. What does that make a four-legged wingless dragon thing?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Okay, what's cuter: pseudodragons or faerie dragons?
Pseudodragons.
And why's that?
Because I think pseudodragons are cuter than faerie dragons. Personal opinons don't need facts to back them up.

Ah. Nevermind then. I agree with you, though. Pseudodragons rock!

Which class from the ACG is cooler to you, the skald or the warpriest?

I've not seen a skald in play yet, but I've a warpriest in my Temple of Elemental Evil game... and it seems a bit powerful for me.

Now... power does not equal coolness in my book. And I like the iconic skald a lot more than the iconic warpriest. So... I guess I'll flip a coin... AH! Swashbuckler it is!

...How many Shoanti swashbucklers are there out there?

Also, question regarding relative ages. If a dwarf were in their twenties (I assume that's basically the dwarven equivalent of a teenager) when he/she got saddled with an abandoned elf baby to raise, would they live to see their adopted elven kid reach adulthood, over a century later?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Okay, what's cuter: pseudodragons or faerie dragons?
Pseudodragons.
And why's that?
Because I think pseudodragons are cuter than faerie dragons. Personal opinons don't need facts to back them up.

Ah. Nevermind then. I agree with you, though. Pseudodragons rock!

Which class from the ACG is cooler to you, the skald or the warpriest?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Okay, what's cuter: pseudodragons or faerie dragons?
Pseudodragons.

And why's that?

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Okay, what's cuter: pseudodragons or faerie dragons?

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What's a good way to write 110+ years of backstory for a character of one of the longer-lived races, like elves or dhampir? The basic implication is that each of these characters is old enough to remember a time when Aroden was still alive. How do you write a compelling backstory with so much ground to cover, especially if the majority of that time is spent among humans and dwarves?

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Thanks for the info on familiars, James! It's really helpful. :)

And now for a question:

Can Golarion halflings grow beards? I've seen at least one bearded halfling illustrated in the NPC Codex, and there IS a precedent for them in Tolkien (the Stoor subgroup, specifically), but I'm curious as to whether that's intentional on Paizo's part or if it's just something that's slipped past editors into the book, especially since I know you don't care for Tolkien that much.

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Zhangar wrote:
@ Zousha: Int 6, like all the other animal/vermin familiars. Check the familiar rules.

Oh, I know, but what does that MEAN in terms of roleplay? How do you roleplay an Int of 6? Can they speak complete sentences or do they act more like "Master, hungry" or "This thing magic?"

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If a familiar is capable of speaking one of its master's languages at first level (like a raven or thrush, for example), is it capable of saying complete sentences and and communicating complex thoughts in that language, or is it imitating phrases without understanding them, much like how such birds do in the real world? Just how smart IS a bird familiar at first level anyhow?

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How did griffins appear on Golarion? Are they "natural" magical beasts that have always been around or are they the product of a crazy wizard's hybridization experiments, like the owlbear?

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Are there griffins who combine features of other birds of prey and/or big cats? For some reason I think a griffin with a falcon head would be pretty cute.

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LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

There IS an official trait from Reign of Winter's Player's Guide that implies it's possible, Failed Winter Witch Apprentice. It implies that the character didn't complete their training or join Irrisen's politics, but that certainly doesn't stop them once Reign of Winter begins, since getting involved in Irrisen's politics is kind of important to it. Would YOU allow it as a GM?

I absolutely would. That's the whole point of the traits, after all, to encourage players to make characters who are more appropriate for the campaign.
I believe the intent of the question was in using the trait in a campaign that had nothing to do with Reign of Winter.

No no, I meant it in the context of Reign of Winter. The other APs don't really seem to have a way to fit a Winter Witch into their narrative, as far as I can tell from what I've read.

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Here's a question for you as a Dragon Age fan.

Is it possible these days to play someone who's awesome with a crossbow without drawing comparisons to Varric Tethras?

I just feel like the minute a character becomes popular, I can't make something that functions in a similar way without inadvertently mimicking them (this is why I asked the Winter Witch question earlier).

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Reign of Winter has at least one trait relating to a PC being or becoming a Winter Witch (Failed Winter Witch Apprentice), so that indicates that despite the Winter Witches being villains in Reign of Winter and much of its narrative hinging on Baba Yaga and their relationship with them, that doesn't preclude player Winter Witches, as opposed to other APs (such as with drow not working well as PCs in Second Darkness).

Though Reign of Winter came first, the Disney film, Frozen, was released in theaters that same year, and it has taken the world (and the internet) by storm. Regardless of my opinion of the film or anyone else's, a very Winter-Witch-like character is now a prominent figure in the public imagination.

So...would playing a Winter Witch in Reign of Winter now be a roleplaying faux-pas like playing a Drizzt Do'Urden clone? Playing a Winter Witch feels pretty cool (no pun intended), and the traits imply that having one in Reign of Winter is okay, but I'm concerned if I created such a character now, I'd be accused of playing an Elsa rip-off.

What are your thoughts?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

I know Rob is more the person to ask about Reign of Winter, but I'm looking more for your opinion as a GM than as a developer.

Reign of Winter has at least one trait relating to a PC being or becoming a Winter Witch, so that indicates that despite the Winter Witches being villains in Reign of Winter and much of its narrative hinging on Baba Yaga and their relationship with them, that doesn't preclude player Winter Witches, as opposed to other APs (such as with drow not working well as PCs in Second Darkness).

Though Reign of Winter came first, the Disney film, Frozen, was released in theaters that same year, and it has taken the world (and the internet) by storm. Regardless of your opinion of the film or mine, a very Winter-Witch-like character is now a prominent figure in the public imagination.

So...would playing a Winter Witch in Reign of Winter now be a roleplaying faux-pas like playing a Drizzt Do'Urden clone? Playing a Winter Witch feels pretty cool, and the traits imply that having one in Reign of Winter is okay, but I'm concerned if I created such a character now, I'd be accused of playing an Elsa rip-off.

What are your thoughts?

I know Frozen's popular, but I've not actually seen the movie so it doesn't really influence my decisions in that way.

I think that playing a Winter Witch in that campaign would be tricky and weird, and that you'd have to get the GM's approval before that. But, if such approval were granted, and you wanted to play the character, go for it!

If the group you end up playing with ends up not being able to get over that fact and keep accusing you of playing an Elsa rip-off... that group probably shouldn't be playing Reign of Winter anyway since they can't tell the difference between two similar but different stories.

There IS an official trait from Reign of Winter's Player's Guide that implies it's possible, Failed Winter Witch Apprentice. It implies that the character didn't complete their training or join Irrisen's politics, but that certainly doesn't stop them once Reign of Winter begins, since getting involved in Irrisen's politics is kind of important to it. Would YOU allow it as a GM?

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I know Rob is more the person to ask about Reign of Winter, but I'm looking more for your opinion as a GM than as a developer.

Reign of Winter has at least one trait relating to a PC being or becoming a Winter Witch, so that indicates that despite the Winter Witches being villains in Reign of Winter and much of its narrative hinging on Baba Yaga and their relationship with them, that doesn't preclude player Winter Witches, as opposed to other APs (such as with drow not working well as PCs in Second Darkness).

Though Reign of Winter came first, the Disney film, Frozen, was released in theaters that same year, and it has taken the world (and the internet) by storm. Regardless of your opinion of the film or mine, a very Winter-Witch-like character is now a prominent figure in the public imagination.

So...would playing a Winter Witch in Reign of Winter now be a roleplaying faux-pas like playing a Drizzt Do'Urden clone? Playing a Winter Witch feels pretty cool, and the traits imply that having one in Reign of Winter is okay, but I'm concerned if I created such a character now, I'd be accused of playing an Elsa rip-off.

What are your thoughts?

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How was your stint as Baba Yaga's White Rider? How'd you, Valeros and Imrijka get out of your century of service to her early?

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As the brains behind Reign of Winter, how would you respond to players making silly references to the movie Frozen? I have it on authority from Adam Daigle that Baba Yaga would likely smack any PC who burst into song about "letting Irissen go." :P

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38. The Burden of Greed: Upon removing any treasure from the room bearing this curse, the victim begins growing fatter with each step they take until their weight has approximately tripled by the time they reach the dungeon's exit. Weight gained from the curse cannot be lost through any amount of diet or exercise until the treasure is returned to the room or the curse is broken by a more powerful caster. Subjects who attempt to "cheat" the curse by teleporting out of the dungeon get a nasty surprise upon arrival, instantly ballooning to six times their initial weight (effectively doubling the effect of the curse).

39. A Permanent Mask of Mud: This sticky, purple green-brown mask of mud cannot be washed off, no matter how much soap is used. The mask soils the victim's hair as well, to the point where it almost seems black regardless of its original color. People who see the victim are automatically repulsed by his/her filthy appearance.

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So...has anyone had players or GMs make Frozen references in the campaign? If so, were they punished?

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If a pack of Reign of Winter PCs who want freedom for Irrisen ask Baba Yaga to "let it go," would Baba Yaga smack them with her besom for the stupid Frozen reference, or would she just roll her eyes? :P

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I just read the Familiar Folio, and I must say, it is all kinds of awesome! So much cuteness! I wanna play SO many familiar having characters now! Thank you! :)

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Why are people so quick to assume the worst about various Golarion characters, like how Iomedae now seems to be considered Evil after the events of Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, or followers of Ragathiel are serial killers (though I think I might have had a hand in that one, I asked Wes how to best accommodate Ragathiel's obedience requiring one to kill an evildoer every day, to which Patrick Renie gave a VERY satisfactory answer that SHOULD have nipped that misconception in the bud)?

It just seems like people rag on the setting's "good guys" as the worst evildoers of all.

My guess? The not-so-proud but long tradition of GMs (and adventures) tricking players by having NPCs the PCs thought were allies betray them. It only takes once to make a player suspect all NPCs, and a lot of GMs (and adventures) pull this stunt far more than once.

Yeah but the complaints that they appear "evil" seem to be less about how the GMs handle them, and more about how they're written in the books. And it seems limited to these boards specifically. Why is that? I don't get it. I thought people here LIKED what you guys create. I certainly do.

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Why are people so quick to assume the worst about various Golarion characters, like how Iomedae now seems to be considered Evil after the events of Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, or followers of Ragathiel are serial killers (though I think I might have had a hand in that one, I asked Wes how to best accommodate Ragathiel's obedience requiring one to kill an evildoer every day, to which Patrick Renie gave a VERY satisfactory answer that SHOULD have nipped that misconception in the bud)?

It just seems like people rag on the setting's "good guys" as the worst evildoers of all.

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James Jacobs wrote:
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Have you encountered the Demands of the Qun quest in Dragon Age: Inquisition (Iron Bull's personal quest)?
I've finished the game, so yup, I finished that quest as well.

What did you decide in that quest?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What's the hardest ethical decision you've ever had to make in a game as a player? What did you ultimately decide and why?

Spoilered, due to possible NFSW or trigger warning stuff...

** spoiler omitted **

Ooh...that's...that's hard all right. Wow. Your decision makes sense, though.

Have you encountered the Demands of the Qun quest in Dragon Age: Inquisition (Iron Bull's personal quest)?

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What's the hardest ethical decision you've ever had to make in a game as a player? What did you ultimately decide and why?

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Are there ways a person may take the Lore Warden archetype or Student of War prestige class without getting involved with the Pathfinders? The books these are in will give the impression that the training that produces these kinds of adventurers is almost exclusively a monopoly of the Society.

Those are indeed Pathfinder prestige classes and archetypes. Prestige classes and archetypes are, in my opinion, enhanced by tying them to organizations or in-world things like this. That DOES put limitations on who can access them, but that, in my opinion, is a good thing, since it gives those things much more weight and gives the character who takes them a lot more personality and story.

Of course, your GM is free to waive those elements as he/she wishes.

But as written, you have to be a Pathfinder to get them, yes.

I agree, though that means the concept I had in mind won't quite work. Second Darkness doesn't really have a strong Pathfinder presence.

Speaking of which, if my math is right, Second Darkness' events take place chronologically AFTER Koriah Azmeren's big reveal of the drow in Volume 44 of the Pathfinder Chronicles and Kyonin's failed bribery attempt to cover it up, by at least a year (Volume 44 being released in 4707 AR, and Second Darkness beginning in 4708 AR, if the trend of APs beginning in the Golarion year that corresponds to their real-world publishing date holds true). How, as a GM, do you maintain the surprise and mystery surrounding the drow that's crucial to Second Darkness' plot if an exposé on their existence and culture has already been circulating for at least a year?

And also, would a half-elf have the same emotional and thematic connection a Forlorn full-blooded elf might have to Second Darkness' plot? Or would their humanness dilute that connection?

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136. A crazy barbarian is determined to prove to the world that he is "DUNGEONPROOOOOF! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!" by smashing through any walls and doors he comes across, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.

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Are there ways a person may take the Lore Warden archetype or Student of War prestige class without getting involved with the Pathfinders? The books these are in will give the impression that the training that produces these kinds of adventurers is almost exclusively a monopoly of the Society.

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331. Brother bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime. His sister had another one, she paid it for a lime. She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up. Brother punched his sister for taking his coconut.

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Froth Maw wrote:

If you've ever seen Gangs of New York, Bill the Butcher flew into crazy battle rages all the time but was still a super effective leader. You could just play it as "I'm a crazy, axe swinging lunatic, follow me if you want to make it out of this battle alive."

In combat situations, or situations that might result in combat, being the best at fighting makes you a pretty good candidate for group leader, especially since most "intellectual" characters in tabletop groups just overcomplicate problems that can be solved with anger and axes.

I'm looking to be honorable too, though. Shoanti, remember?

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Alexander Augunas wrote:

The destined bloodline for bloodragers offers Leadership as a bloodline feat.

Make of that what you will.

Oh, yeah, that's his bloodline. He's Shoanti-blooded, and the Advanced Class Origins book mentions that Destined-blooded bloodragers are common among the clans. :D

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I'm looking to create a character who acts as a leader type, who inspires others and tries to help them be better, and to that end, I've been looking for tips on how to write (and by extension roleplay) such characters.

One of the best things I've found is this article I found on Springhole: On Writing & Roleplaying Characters Who Are Good Leader Material.

The catch is that the class I plan on using is the Bloodrager, which is a fun class to play, but its style seems to clash with some of the qualities the article details, namely "keeping a cool head when things get tense."

The article claims that keeping calm helps one think clearly and rationally and is essential to managing a crisis or problem. Bloodragers, however, are most effective when they cast their calm aside, when they give in to their emotions and become empowered by their anger. And in a Pathfinder adventure, a lot of problems tend to be solved via combat.

How exactly does someone roleplay a character with good leadership skills when the source of their adventuring strength comes from doing something that is NOT good leadership skills? More broadly, what's a good way to roleplay the level of anger implicit in a barbarian or bloodrager character without having the character just degenerate into a screaming lunatic with a giant sword?

I'm used to playing characters who don't lose their tempers when the going gets tough, so playing a raging character like this is new territory for me. Any and all advice would be appreciated. If more detail to the specifics of the character is needed, please let me know. Thank you! :)

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Do you have any strategies for reading a book when you feel like you don't have the energy to read?
I don't read in those situations. I go do something else.

And if those situations extend to the entirety of your life?

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Do you have any strategies for reading a book when you feel like you don't have the energy to read?

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The Golux wrote:
leo1925 wrote:
The Golux wrote:
Rogues, alchemists, and investigators especially would be inclined to worship him non-maliciously, but note also that they aren't divine casters, so it doesn't matter if the god they venerate is a step or two off on the alignment chart.
Not exactly, while it's true that a character can say or even believe that serves that deity, he's either to everyone else and/or lying to himself. That's because if you are two steps away from the deity's alignment then you pretty much disagree with all of it's tenets and overall philosophy. In addition there is the issue of patronage, you can't really expect a deity whose alignment is so different than your own to help/guide/take your soul to his afterlife and without a deity's patronage you never know what may happen to your soul.
I won't say that all of the people I indicated would go to Norgorber's realm in the afterlife, most of them probably wouldn't. That said, I will point to the Iconic Alchemist, who is a Chaotic Neutral worshipper of Norgorber, as an official example.

I think at least one developer's gone on record saying that Damiel may worship Norgorber but he's not a very GOOD worshiper of Norgorber. Just because you're not a bad person and pay lip service to an evil deity doesn't automatically make the deity not evil.

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Especially in Italy. :P

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UnArcaneElection wrote:
I'm not not the OP, but I'm going to answer anyway, because I also have an axe in the fire (or is that supposed to be an iron to grind?). (@Archpaladin Zousha: Sorry for not putting the same disclaimer in my previous message -- it seemed important for me to be able to answer it too, just as much as for the OP, since your message brought up important points that I need to make sure I have covered if I am going to pull this off. Glad you think this might actually work. Here are some more questions I need to answer even though I am not the OP.)

Happy to help. I've a soft spot for characters like these, though mine are more along the lines of civilized members of tribal human societies. ;)

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I could use your help here -- where does this fit on the time line relative to Second Darkness?

According to the wiki, Volume 44 was published in 4707 AR. Going by Paizo's habit of setting APs in the Golarion year linked to the real world year they're published in, that'd mean Second Darkness (published in 2008) starts in 4708, approximately a year after Volume 44's release. However, I hasten to add that just because the volume's been out doesn't mean its contents are common knowledge. Most of the people who read the Chronicles are either Pathfinders themselves, or nobles and rich types who can afford a copy, which are probably rare in a pirate hub like Riddleport.

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Will we ever see gun monks like the Ikko-Ikki used against Oda Nobunaga in the Sengoku Jidai in Pathfinder? Combining ki with grit could be interesting...

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Korvosa, bright and ostentatious? We have VERY different views of that city then. It looked to me, at least in the illustrations from CotCT that it was always gloomy and rainy there, sort of like a medievalized London out of a Dickens novel, choked with squalor and misery. I'm confused.
That's because I misspoke. Blame it on having just driven 16 hours in a day with a carsick cat yesterday...

Awww, poor kitty! :(

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