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MageHunter wrote:
Claxon wrote:

There aren't spells that force you to convert to a different religion as far as I know.

The most useful thing is going to be talking to them and slowly converting them the old fashioned way.

"Hello, do you have a moment to talk about the glory of Gorum?"

"Basically you just kick ass, and you get rewarded in the afterlife for it."

"By getting to kick EVEN MORE ass!"

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Almost everyone's familiar with the most common trick mimics will employ to tempt prey, disguising themselves as treasure chests to entice greedy adventurers. My question is, can mimics disguise themselves as living things, whether as a harmless animal or a damsel in distress to lull adventurers into a false sense of security, or are they limited to inanimate objects? Also WHY HAVEN'T THEY TAKEN OVER GOLARION YET?! I imagine the PC races would quickly fall in the face of a worldwide furniture uprising...XD

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It's certainly worth looking into! Does it come in human?

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That's part of it, certainly, but there's also the fact that for the types of people I'm interested in emulating, they would have done many things (meaning they had skill points) in things that aren't directly suited to adventuring: things like hunting and falconry, poetry and calligraphy, dancing and painting. And in the end, I feel like even if I played a high skill-point class like the Investigator or Bard, there STILL wouldn't be enough skill points to go around AND still have skills that are actually relevant to adventuring like the big four Knowledges (Arcana, Dungeoneering, Nature and Religion) and the all-important Perception.

I feel like I'm stuck between deciding whether to be AUTHENTIC or USEFUL.

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Is the Aldori Swordlord prestige class necessary to command the respect of Restov's Swordlords? Or could a potential "Swordlord King/Queen" still get them to rally behind them by having the right feats (namely Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Aldori dueling sword), and likely Weapon Focus and Weapon Finesse)?

How would they view an Aldori duelist who has magical gifts, such as one who was a bard or inquisitor?

I'm basically wondering if I can get away with something like that, or if to truly get the FULL SWORDLORD EXPERIENCE I should stay locked into Fighter/Aldori Swordlord and nothing beyond that...

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First of all, thank you all for helping me see some things from a different perspective. Daw, you're very right that King Arthur wasn't necessarily good at EVERYTHING, and had a lot of help from people who were much more skilled and specialized at things than he was. I think to clarify: I don't want to be THE BEST at everything. I just want to be competent enough that I can actually contribute to the party rather than being basically a third wheel who's constantly overshadowed by the more specialized party members. For example, I don't want to run into situations like:

Kingmaker SPOILERS!:
"Let ME do the joust, I've got more ranks in Ride than you!"

"Let ME do the log-chopping competition, I've got higher strength than you!"

"Let ME do the lying competition, I've got ranks in ALL the social skills (Bluff, Diplomacy, Intimidate and Sense Motive). You only have ranks in Diplomacy and Sense Motive."

"Let ME do the archery competition, I have Weapon Focus (Longbow) and Precise Shot."

"But...but what do I do, then?!"

Or worse:

"Sorry, PCs. You can't compete in the joust for this tournament. None of you have ranks in Ride!"

"Oh, your party's mostly casters? Sorry! You can't compete in enough events to qualify to win!"


I suppose part of it's a sort of "If you want something done right you've got to do it yourself" mentality on my part. When I'm making a character, I don't know what the other players might make, so I don't know if there'll be quests or XP we'll miss out on or plot-relevant items we won't be able to use (like, say, a LN intelligent weapon in a party made up primarily of CG characters or something) because our characters don't meet the prerequisites. Or plot elements that are left unexplored because none of the players picked up on it and thus a less-cohesive narrative emerges.

So it's less about being better than everyone else as much as it is about NOT being superfluous. I can have the most well-crafted backstory of all time and I'd still not get into PbPs if I can't fill a niche the party's lacking.

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What if you go into a prestige class that doesn't have a caster progression, like Aldori Swordlord? That's the concept I'm angling for, but most of the classes that have been suggested have some degree of casting as part of what makes them work, and Aldori Swordlord seems designed exclusively for Fighters, expecting you to focus on DEX sword fighting and intimidation and that's it!

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I think Atarlost is referring specifically to the usage of weapons in this instance. It's like Musashi Miyamoto said in his famous Book of Five Rings:

"You should not have a favorite weapon. To become overfamiliar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well...It is bad for commanders...to have likes and dislikes."

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I don't actually HAVE a GM at this point. When I design characters I do it to prepare for the POSSIBILITY that a recruitment thread might show up here so I can just post the character within the first page or so, thus making it more likely that I'll get to play the kind of character I WANT to play instead of the character the party NEEDS to be at least do something, and so I'm not scrambling to meet a deadline and thus making a lower-quality character. Thus I try to design characters so ANY potential GM might recruit them, so I don't have a stable full of hundreds of abandoned aliases representing characters I wrote up on the spur of the moment and can't change the names of anymore due to having more than ten posts and no longer viable because they were written for a specific recruitment that they didn't get picked for.

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I agree that generalists being as good as specialists doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I'm talking more about not having enough to grant basic proficiency in them. My own favorite class, the paladin, is one of the worst offenders. They can be persuasive (Diplomacy and Sense Motive), skilled horse-riders (Handle Animal and Ride) or pious (Heal and Knowledge (religion)), but they can't do ALL of these things because they only get two skill ranks each level, they're too dependent on other abilities to boost their Intelligence to cover them all, and a paladin is ultimately expected to at least be able to DO all these things. And heaven forbid you put points in a cross-class skill like Intimidate to qualify for a prestige class or something!

It'd be like if a knight could woo ladies but didn't know how to ride a horse! He'd be a laughingstock!

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One type of character I always want to play is the cultured warlord type of character, like King Arthur, Charlemagne, and any number of Roman emperors or Japanese daimyo. A character who is not only capable on the field of battle, but also a supreme scholar and statesman during peacetime. The problem I feel is, even with classes like the cavalier, it feels like it's near impossible to build this kind of a character due to (as far as I can tell) a tendency for the game to reward players who specialize in a particular field, and stick to it for their entire career.

Fighters tend to get the most payoff from picking a single weapon to utilize for their entire career, but the types of people I want to play usually relied on different weapons for differing situations. For instance, contrary to popular belief, a samurai was expected to drill in spear-fighting, archery, sword-fighting, horse-riding and train with guns. Plus, fighters tend not to get enough skill ranks to devote time to things like poetry, economics and statecraft. Likewise, classes that DO get a lot of skills tend to be the type to AVOID close-quarters scrapes, like bards or spellcasters, and they lack the feats to make using many different weapons possible. Plus, the skills associated with such characters focus on practical knowledge related to immediate adventuring, like "what can that monster do?" Or "what kind of defenses might we expect in this crypt?" Rather than "how should I plan my capital city?" Or "how should I keep the economy flowing with peasants leaving their farms to pursue careers as artisans in the urban centers?" Or "how do I reduce crime in a fair and just way?" And furthermore, being adept in either area doesn't lend itself to managing the tactics of an army, which the devs have repeatedly stated isn't something Pathfinder does well to begin with.

I'm at a loss. It just feels like, even if I play the class best geared for this, the cavalier, I'll be stuck because I won't be as good at fighting as the player that picks one weapon and uses it near-exclusively, nor will I be as good at founding a nation as someone who's dedicated all their skill-points to an intrigue-heavy playstyle. In summation, I wanna play in a campaign like Kingmaker, but have no clue how to build the kind of character who can flip between actual physical combat and skill-based politicking and simulating and Total-War strategizing! What should I do?!

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Spontaneous human combustion: Is it passion? Is it heartburn? Is it the wrath of God?

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Perhaps your cackle is a singular laugh of confidence as you wallop the enemy.

"HAH! Take THAT!"

Just my thoughts.

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Hey, was it intentional that Paralictor Gonville Chard of the Order of the Rack (who stars in both Council of Thieves and Hell's Vengeance) appears to be named after Lieutenants John CHARD and GONVILLE Bromhead, the British commanders at at the infamous Battle of Rorke's Drift?

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Boar swords are specifically made to stab an oncoming boar to check its momentum and prevent the boar from travelling down the blade to gore you. That slot near the tip is for lugs similar to those of a boar spear. That's what makes it "braceable."

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James Jacobs wrote:
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What would be the best weapon to simulate a boar sword like this one? My gut instinct says "estoc," since their basic construction is essentially the same (a hand-and-a-half sized sword with a thin blade designed exclusively for thrusting attacks), but estocs can't be braced against a charge, which is the boar sword's primary function (to stab an oncoming boar and prevent its momentum from allowing it to gore you, similar to the boar SPEAR that already exists in Pathfinder). What do you think?
Dunno, the link doesn't work for me.

How 'bout now?

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What would be the best weapon to simulate a boar sword like this one? My gut instinct says "estoc," since their basic construction is essentially the same (a hand-and-a-half sized sword with a thin blade designed exclusively for thrusting attacks), but estocs can't be braced against a charge, which is the boar sword's primary function (to stab an oncoming boar and prevent its momentum from allowing it to gore you, similar to the boar SPEAR that already exists in Pathfinder). What do you think?

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Another sword comparison!

Would the estoc be the best way to emulate the boar sword depicted here? It's basically the same construction, but it lacks the ability to brace the way a boat sword is supposed to in real life. I suppose I could reflavor the game's boat spear, since it's similar in both nomenclature and function, but as a simple weapon it feels kind of "too easy to learn" compared to the exotic estoc.

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This...this is almost ALL of what I want! More info on this area, and info on how to make your own mercenary bands! I'll be able to REALLY recreate the Black Company in Golarion!!! AT LAST! AT LONG LAST!!! THANK YOU AMBER SCOTT!!!

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Jade Regent SPOILERS!:
Assuming Ameiko succeeds in taking Minkai's throne at the end of the campaign, what does her foreign policy become like? I don't believe she'd be the type to try and expand the empire's borders. She seems like a real "live and let live so long as you're not hurting anybody" kinda person.

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Speaking of shapeshifting kitsune, is there a way for them to be in a "hybrid" form with human face and features but fox ears and tails? Or is it exclusively a dichotomy between "single human form" and "actual fox-faced form?" I've a player who wants to do this, not really for the purpose of powers or stuff but because she thinks it'll make her character look cute. I'm tempted to say it's fine, but I was wondering what your opinion as a GM was.

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I am most interested! I've always wanted to have a "campaign" like this! One question, though: would you be adapting non-Golarion modules to Golarion or Golarion modules to your own non-Golarion setting? The answer'll likely influence the character I come up with.

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Strange Aeons SPOILERS!:
Do you worry that, with the increased scrutiny on him in this AP, Count Hasterton Lowls will be nicknamed Hasterton LOLZ or LULZ by immature players? You know, like LOLth? :P

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Strange Aeons SPOILERS!:
Do you worry that, with the increased scrutiny on him in this AP, Count Hasterton Lowls will be nicknamed Hasterton LOLZ or LULZ by immature players? You know, like LOLth? :P

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James Jacobs wrote:
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What's the deal with "The Hearse Song?!" It starts out with "Don't you ever laugh as the hearse goes by..."

I ask you: what kind of jerkface laughs at a random stranger's funeral procession?! "Ha ha, someone died!" M'DUUDE WTF?!

Have you seen the internet? People laughing at a hearse seems tame.

Touché.

Does it feel like there are more jerkfaces out there than ever before, or is it just that the jerkfaces were always there, but just feel more comfortable being jerkfaces in public? (Desna, I so HOPE it's the latter!)

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What's the deal with "The Hearse Song?!" It starts out with "Don't you ever laugh as the hearse goes by..."

I ask you: what kind of jerkface laughs at a random stranger's funeral procession?! "Ha ha, someone died!" M'DUUDE WTF?!

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Can a noble use an anchor for a coat of arms or symbol if they're from a land-locked nation without looking weird?

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Jessica Price wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Jessica Price wrote:
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Qadira forever?
Kelesh forever. Qadira is her fiery, belligerent, often misguided daughter. :-)

Okay, thank you for the correction! KELESH FOREVER!

Does Qadira (and by extension Kelesh) have yatagans and khandars or is it pretty much all scimitars all the way?

Kelesh has a lot of different weapons. It's an empire, and the term "Keleshite" is analogous to "Tian" or "Avistani," not "Andoren" or even "Varisian." Kelesh is huge, and there are a ton of different cultures there. They're also an empire that has shifted from military conquest to economic conquest, so trade rules all, which means you're going to see weapons there from pretty much every continent on Golarion, different planes, and possibly different planets.

The scimitar is the iconic Keleshite weapon because it's the favored weapon of their state deity, and because it's the favored weapon of the Althameri tribespeople who became the imperial family and the nobility. Though fashions and culture throughout the empire are diverse and change a lot, there's a certain amount of status associated with Althameri culture, so people who aren't of Althameri descent often adopt Althameri customs/dress styles/etc.

Aw, gee now I can't wait for your Qadira book EVEN MORE! Even if it's just a taste, Kelesh sounds AWESOME!

How DID Sarenrae become the Keleshite state deity, anyhow? How are other, non-Sarenite religions regarded?

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Jessica Price wrote:
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Qadira forever?
Kelesh forever. Qadira is her fiery, belligerent, often misguided daughter. :-)

Okay, thank you for the correction! KELESH FOREVER!

Does Qadira (and by extension Kelesh) have yatagans and khandars or is it pretty much all scimitars all the way?

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Qadira forever?

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Doesn't the gnome speak with animals ability only work on badgers and other burrowing critters?

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James Jacobs wrote:
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Is that partly because the gods of Golarion seem more like "professionals working together in an office, each doing their own jobs but needing to put up with each other's quirks and rules" rather than "an extended family who hate each other for various petty slights and insults but can't get back at each other because the head honcho forbids it?"

Something I've been wondering about the Mordant Spire elves: Why are they so obsessed with protecting the history and culture of AZLANT, a HUMAN empire? True, Azlant had powerful magic and stuff, but don't elves normally have a lot more high magic and better stuff in their culture? It kind of feels like the Mordant Spire elves glorify humans over their own people. Why is that?

No, it's just because the plot of a "Trojan War" AP doesn't really appeal to me, in no small part due to the fact that without robust mass combat rules it'd be disappointing.

As for the Mordant Spire elves... part of their theme is "They're mysterious." If only we had an Azlant-themed AP coming in a year, perhaps some of those elements might be explored.

So I have to wait a year before I can see if a Mordant Spire half-elf PC would break too much canon in Serpent's Skull?

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I was under the impression that Serpent's Skull had been out so long that it's plot was familiar to anyone still posting on this particular sub forum and thus no longer required spoiler tags.

I'm wondering if there are gaps in my knowledge of the Mordant Spire's culture that would prevent such a concept from working. Obviously a character with an ulterior motive to kill everyone else to prevent such knowledge from spreading would suck, so if that's what a Mordant Spire character would do according to canon, I'd want to play something else.

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That's how I design all my AP characters. Not so I can metagame but so the character fits well with the themes and narrative ideas the AP is exploring.

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Is that partly because the gods of Golarion seem more like "professionals working together in an office, each doing their own jobs but needing to put up with each other's quirks and rules" rather than "an extended family who hate each other for various petty slights and insults but can't get back at each other because the head honcho forbids it?"

Something I've been wondering about the Mordant Spire elves: Why are they so obsessed with protecting the history and culture of AZLANT, a HUMAN empire? True, Azlant had powerful magic and stuff, but don't elves normally have a lot more high magic and better stuff in their culture? It kind of feels like the Mordant Spire elves glorify humans over their own people. Why is that?

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I've got an idea for a backstory for a character for Serpent's Skull and I was wondering if it'd work well with it:

The idea is that the character is a Spireborn Half-Elf, the child of a Mordant Spire Elf and a human, taken back to the spire and raised among the mysterious elves who guard Azlant's ruins. Why does he get aboard the Jenivere? Because his elders have sent him to travel to the Mwangi Expanse to examine the Azlanti ruins there, and make contact with the Ekujae. The shipwreck on Smuggler's Shiv only cements his desire to explore the Adventure Path's mysteries further and prevent the knowledge and magic of Saventh-Yi from falling into the wrong hands, exploring not only the magic the Azlanti left behind, but also what magics the Mwangi humans added to it in the years that followed.

Does this work for a Serpent's Skull character? My understanding is that there are those among them looking to change their xenophobic ways and share Azlanti knowledge with the deserving, like the Pathfinder Society, whom they apparantly send envoys to to negotiate what Azlanti ruins and artifacts the Society may have access to, and it'd be an interesting way to sort of juxtapose things, his Elven side representing the Azlant features of the campaign, while his human side could represent some of the more Mwangi side of things, as he seeks to understand the magic of the likes of Old Mage Jatembe and how it differs from the ancient Azlanti powers.

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Oh, I'm going for greatsword with this one. That's why I'm not just making the character a magus, as that class depends on using one-handed weapons. As far as power goes, my understanding is the wizard is so powerful just from its basics alone, that losing things like arcane school and its extra spells doesn't prevent it from doing its job well, just from being THE VERY BEST LIKE NO ONE EVER WAS...and I'm always willing to do that for a flavorful character.

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Another question about the Amnesia that I'm wondering about: Did the amnesia reduce PCs levels to 1st? Part of me wonders if it'd be more interesting to learn you were skilled in something kind of the way Quaid (Ahnold) learned about Hauser (also Ahnold) in the good Total Recall, rather than having been first level the whole time, in which case, what have you accomplished in your past, REALLY?

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Does the sort of non-aggression thing the gods have going extends to their faithful too, or are the gods comfortable with "one-upping" each other via mortal champions and proxies?

Would we ever see a "Trojan War" style scenario where the gods basically used all their favorite mortals and sent them to years of death and misery as a means of hashing out grudges they had against each other that they were forbidden from fighting over personally by Zeus? Or do the gods just not have the personalities/relationship dynamics that would result in that kind of scenario?

Also, is it possible for a character to be "insane" without having a Chaotic alignment?

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I'm looking to make me an Eldritch Knight by combining wizard with the Trapper Ranger to qualify for the prestige class. I was looking at the new Sword Binder archetype in Arcane Anthology and thought it might be quite flavorful for the character (Sword Binders follow a tradition Aroden laid down, and the character has a deep interest in Azlanti history and magic).

The question is, is it any good? I know that strictly speaking picking a school is technically a stronger choice then being a Universalist, which is what Sword Binder seems to lock the character into, but other than that, it looks like it only costs a feat, and that doesn't seem so bad, though I'll likely miss out on the 10th level benefit if I plan on taking all 10 levels of Eldritch Knight when the time comes.

So...will being a Sword Binder hamper me much? It seems that it doesn't affect the core of the wizard class so much, which has always been the spells.

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If you've got a character concept that you could play in multiple APs with a few minor cosmetic adjustments, how do you pick which AP gets that character and which ones you should design a new concept for so the idea doesn't become redundant across APs that you're playing?
I have no idea what you're asking

I wanna play an AP as a Wizard/Ranger/Eldritch Knight, but the thing is that that idea could work in so many different APs that I feel like I have to pick ONE AP to play it in, and then start from scratch so I'm not playing a Wizard/Ranger/Eldritch Knight in EVERY AP, since that'd be poor roleplaying form playing essentially the same character each time with a slightly different face.

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Is there any enchantment that can cause a weapon to switch between having reach and not having reach? I've got a player who wants a custom enchantment to his quarterstaff to basically turn it into the Ruyi Jingu Bang, and I'm not sure if there's a precedent for such a weapon in the books or not.

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Does this mean I'm developing a reputation around here? :(

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Do Issians ever become Aldori Swordlords, giving up their names and family ties to join the Swordpact, or are they pretty strictly "ROSTLANDERS ONLY!" due to the longstanding grudges between Brevoy's two parent-kingdoms?

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Everyone knows the lance is the ultimate weapon in mounted melee combat, due to its ability to deal double damage on a charge and that it can be wielded in a single hand while mounted.

Is it possible to wield other two-handed weapons, like spears, glaives or other polearms, from horseback, even though they lack the qualities that make the lance the king of weapons for cavalry characters? Up until now I was under the impression that you simply COULDN'T world such weapons while mounted, that it was either a lance or any one-handed weapon of you wanted to play a mounted character of any kind. But lately I've seen some examples of cavalry who didn't use the "couched-under-arm" lance most people are familiar with from medieval Europe, like the Russian sovnya, the Greek/Late Roman kontos and the Japanese yari and naginata. Can you play something like this in Pathfinder, even if functionally the lance is superior for the above-mentioned reasons?

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You'd think that but no, the player in question just likes cracking the system by building his characters so they just DON'T fail saves and stuff. For him there's nothing more fun than shrugging off injuries and status effects and laughing at them.

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Naw, she just wants to look cute. I guess I'll allow it. Catfolk have variations among families and clans too, don't they? Perhaps kitsune are the same way...

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I've a player interested in playing a kitsune character and taking the Magical Tail feat a few times. But there's a catch. The catch is that she wants the tails to be visible all the time, even when she assumes human form. She also wants to keep her fox ears in human form too, to better resemble an anime character.

Based on what I can tell from RAW, a kitsune either appears as a full-on fox-person, or a complete human (or a complete fox if they have the right feat), rather than a sort of 2/3 human, 1/3 fox mix that has a human face with fox ears and tails.

What kind of judgment call should I make as a GM? She's stated bluntly that if it doesn't work that way, she'll just play a different race like catfolk or something, so she's not DEEPLY invested in it, but the whole point is to have fun, right?

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Do people even accept Asmodeus in other nations? I was under the impression that (apart from Korvosa, a former Chelish colony) other nations despise the Asmodean "church" and it's forced to operate as small secretive cults to avoid the government or overly zealous adventurers purging them on principle, and that a purge of Iomedae's church in Asmodean-controlled Cheliax would be a sort of "turnabout is fair play" moment.

I suppose I should be grateful that the ending is the way it is, since it doesn't mess with Westcrown too much so that it feels like whatever work achieved in Council of Thieves is undone, but at the same time it feels like they're letting everyone off easy, especially after the events of Hell's Rebels reveal that Ravounel's rebellion and secession was all part of Hell's plan to give Cheliax a kick in the pants because they were getting soft and needed to increase the stamping of the boot on the human face, to borrow a metaphor from Orwell.

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