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I would also like to cancel my subscription to Pathfinder Adventure Path. If I can I would like to just change it to Pathfinder Player Companion.

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Order #4265714 was a mistake. Please cancel this order.

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Okay, giving it the benefit of doubt, I gave the scenario a run through and it was not a disappointment. I took a few liberties in the execution, but the players seemed to like the end result.

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The adventure gets off to a rocky start. I tried to give the players an actual interrogation with the border patrol rather than trying to bombard them with guilt of racial heritage (wtf is that?). Dunno how you are supposed to get players to Bluff. After that non-combat and clue hunt, the players were itching for combat and had yet to attract any attention. As such, they maintained the element of surprise against the midboss. He and his cronies were dispatched quickly. The one thing that kept their interest was the unique descriptions of the plane of air. Visual aids helped in the clue hunt. A few printouts of plane touched races that I found on a google search to give the pcs a face to talk to.
In the final battle, the party was severely lacking in range, and seemed to be reluctant to try to utilize the directional gravity. The boss has invisibility, so I changed the tactics a bit and had him sneak up on the fighter with a whirlwind and then drop him over the edge. Forced to fall into the deep end, the players saw how simple it was to swim and the fight evolved into three dimensional combat that lasted quite a while. Much longer than part two where the combat lasted about 2 rounds.

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Question regarding chronicle. Trying to keep it spoiler free, but I guess I'll just cover up just to be safe.

Kronikle ErrOR:
Regarding the chronicle I noticed something. Omitting spoilers, the line of the chronicle reads: "You may check the box that precedes this boon when purchasing the (spoiler thing) to reduce the item’s cost by to 16,000 gp (this does not stack with other discounts)."

Obviously, I see the "by to" was a typo. The item is either reduced BY 16,000 gp (making is 4,000 gp which is a steal) or TO 16,000 gp (making it 16,000 gp, which is still a pretty good discount). Just wanted to get confirmation on this.

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Corneleus Idaho wrote:

There is far to little Lem in this thread!

** spoiler omitted **...

I totally Forgot to site my sources.:

Antagonize- Ultimate Magic
Court Bard ArchetypeAdvanced Player's Guide
Taunt- Advanced Player's Guide
Grim Optimism- Pathfinder Player Companion: Quests & Campaigns
Craven- Advanced Race Guide
Human Shadow- Inner Sea Races

Also, I realize Evil Lem would be much better suited as a Lawful Evil character with the "Good Slip" trait instead of "Erratic Malfactor" based on the backstory. I would have fixed this a couple weeks ago, but it's been a busy month.

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Mangenorn wrote:
Well, turns out my build doesn't work for the lack of hit dice, a vampire needs 5.

Vampire Spawn can be just as evil and brooding.

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Iconic Zaged wrote:
Lamontius wrote:
Iconic Zaged forgives you
Don't put words in my mouth.

God, I love this community!

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Yeah. Unless you mix in some npc class levels.

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There is far to little Lem in this thread!

LEM THE COWARD:

LEM CR 4
XP 1,200
Halfling bard (court bard) 4
CE small humanoid (halfling)
Init +6; Senses Perception +5
----- Defense -----
AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 15 (+4 armor, +3 Dex, +1 size)
hp 31 (4d8+8)
Fort +3, Ref +7, Will +4, +4 vs. bardic performance, language-dependent, and sonic; -2 vs. fear
----- Offense -----
Speed 20 ft.
Melee +1 halfling slingstaff +4 (1d6)
Ranged +1 halfling slingstaff +8 (1d6/x3)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks bardic performance 14 rounds/day (countersong, distraction, fascinate, mockery -2, satire -1)
Bard Spells (CL 4th; concentration +8)
2nd (2/day) — invisibility, reckless infatuation (DC 16)
1st (4/day) — lesser confusion (DC 15), hideous laughter (DC 15), cause fear (DC15), ventriloquism
0 (at will) — dancing lights, detect magic, ghost sound (DC 14), lullaby, mage hand, summon instrument
----- Tactics -----
Before Combat Lem tries to avoid combat whenever possible preferring to subtly manipulate his attackers. If battle is inevidable, Lem casts invisibility and hides behind the nearest human ally. Even if no humans are present in the party, Lem is never far from an Aristocrat or Warrior guard that he has swayed with reckless infatuation 2-4 days before hand.
During Combat Lem begins his bardic performance, using satire to debuff his enemies. He uses ventriloquism to antagonize his enemies, forcing them to attack empty squares, objects, or even other enemies. Afterwards he confounds his foes with hideous laughter and lesser confusion. He will Taunt creatures immune to his language dependant effects and cast cause fear before firing his slingstaff from the cover of his human shield.
Morale If reduced to 10 hp or fewer, or if there are no other human allies present, Lem will flee casting invisibility again and cause fear on himself to boost his speed in his escape.
----- Statistics -----
Str 8, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 18
Base Atk +3; CMB +1; CMD 14
Feats Antagonize, Taunt
Skills Acrobatics +10, Climb +4, Diplomacy +10, Knowledge (history, local, and nobility) +6, Perception +5, Perform (comedy and winds) +10, Sense Motive +7, Stealth +14
Languages Common, Halfling
SQ heraldic expertise +2*, versatile performance (comedy)
Combat Gear wand of cure light wounds (20 charges), scroll of beguiling gift, Other Gear +1 parade armor,+1/+1 halfling slingstaff, 20 bullets, oil of taggit (DC 15; onset 1 minute, effect: unconscious 1d3 hours), bard's kit (backpack, bedroll, belt pouch, common flute, flint and steel, ink, inkpen, iron pot, journal, mess kit, mirror, rope, soap, torches (10), trail rations (5 days), and waterskin), 24 gp
----- Special Abilities -----
Antagonize Lemcan make Diplomacy and Bluff checks to make creatures respond to him with hostility. No matter which skill he uses, antagonizing a creature takes a standard action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity, and has a DC equal to 10 + the target’s Hit Dice + the target’s Wisdom modifier. Lem cannot make this check against a creature that does not understand him or has an Intelligence score of 3 or lower. Before he makes these checks, he may make a Sense Motive check (DC 20) as a swift action to gain an insight bonus on these Diplomacy or Intimidate checks equal to Lem’s Charisma bonus until the end of his next turn. The benefits he gains for this check depend on the skill he uses. This is a mind-affecting effect.
Diplomacy Lem flusters his enemy. For the next minute, the target takes a –2 penalty on all attacks rolls made against creatures other than Lem and has a 10% spell failure chance on all spells that do not target Lem or that have him within their area of effect.
Bluff The creature flies into a rage. On its next turn, the target must attempt to make a melee attack against Lem, make a ranged attack against Lem, target Lem with a spell, or include Lem in the area of a spell. The effect ends if the creature is prevented from attacking Lem or attempting to do so would harm it (for example, if you are on the other side of a chasm or a wall of fire). If it cannot attack Lem on its turn, Lem may make the check again as an immediate action to extend the effect for 1 round (but cannot extend it thereafter). The effect ends as soon as the creature attacks you.
Once Lem has targeted a creature with this ability, he cannot target it again for 1 day.
Bardic Performance Lem can start a performance as a standard action and maintain it each round as a free action. He can perform for a total of 20 rounds in a day, and can have only one performance in effect at a time. This ability is described on page 35 of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook.
Countersong Lem makes a Perform (winds) skill check. Any creature within 30 feet (including Lem) that is affected by a sonic or language-dependent magical attack can use the result in place of his saving throw. If already under the effect of such an attack, he gains a new saving throw against it each round, but must use the Perform check result.
Distraction This works like countersong, but uses a Perform (comedy) check and works against illusion (pattern) or illusion (figment) magical attacks.
Fascinate Each creature within 90 feet that can see, hear, and pay attention to Lem attempts a Will save (DC 16). If it fails, the creature sits quietly and observes the performance as long as it lasts, taking a –4 penalty on skill checks made as reactions, including Perception checks. A potential threat gives the creature a new saving throw, and an obvious threat automatically ends the fascination.
Satire (Su)Lem can use performance to undermine the confidence of enemies who hear it, causing them to take a –1 penalty on attack and damage rolls (minimum 1) and a –1 penalty on saves against fear and charm effects as long as Lem continues performing. Satire is a language-dependent, mind-affecting ability that uses audible components.
Mockery (Su) Lem can subtly ridicule and defame a specific individual. Lem selects one target who can hear his performance. That individual takes a –2 penalty on Charisma checks and Charisma-related skill checks as long as Lem continues performing. Mockery is a language-dependent, mind-affecting ability that relies on audible components.
Craven Lem gains a +1 bonus on initiative checks and a +1 bonus on attack rolls when flanking. He takes a –2 penalty on saves against fear effects and gains no benefit from morale bonuses on such saves. When affected by a fear effect, his base speed increases by 10 feet and he gains a +1 dodge bonus to Armor Class.
Erratic Malefactor Lem's unpredictability and volatile temperament gives him an advantage over his foes. He gains a +2 trait bonus on initiative checks. In addition, he is willing to work with others, and has learned to use his allies’ strengths to reinforce his own skills and abilities. Once per day, as long as an ally is within 10 feet of Lem, he can reroll a single attack roll or skill check before success or failure is known. He must take the results of the second roll, even if it is worse.
Grim Optimism As a standard action, Lem can joke about a troublesome situation to lighten the load of dealing with it for himself and others. Lem and all allies within 30 feet who can hear him gain a +2 morale bonus on saving throws against fear and pain effects for 1d4 rounds. A character cannot benefit from this effect more than once in 24 hours.
Human Shadow Lem can use Stealth to hide behind creatures at least one size category larger than themselves, without any other source of concealment or cover. As long as Lem is within 30 feet of a human, they gain a +2 racial bonus on Sleight of Hand checks and Stealth checks.
Taunt Lem can demoralize opponents using Bluff rather than Intimidate and takes no skill check penalty for being smaller than his target.
Versatile Performance Lem can use his bonus for Perform (comedy) in place of his normal bonus when making Bluff or Intimidate checks. If the target is from Cheliax, Lem receives a +2 circumstance bonus to the Intimidate check.
Halflings tend to take a positive approach to life. Even in the bleakest parts of the world, a slaveborn halfling may find solace in the fact that at least he had a roof over his head. There are some who would find their relentless optimism downright annoying. In the devil-riddled kingdom of Cheliax, one such sadistic noble looked upon the cheery disposition of a Halfling child named Lem and saw a challenge. He would break Lem's spirit.

And for no reason other than my own creative intrigue of this concept
Backstory
For the greater part of his childhood, Lem was treated as a whipping boy to this spoiled scion. He was humiliated and beaten on a daily basis. The other slaves were informed to treat him as a house pet and ignore any attempt at communicating with the halfling. Spending most of his time on display in a birdcage, Lem's only source of enjoyment was mocking the other slaves and passers-by until they wandered away or shook his cage in frustration.
As he grew, Lem grew bolder. Lem began to openly antagonize his master, prompting many a lesson at the end of a whip. Many of the slaves were of his kin and took pity on him. One night, he was left an auspicious message in his food bowl. The slaves had learned that they were to be used in a sacrifice to a devil to seal a trade agreement and were planning to revolt. Lem knew this was his chance. He immediately informed his master of the plans of his kin. The other slaves were shocked at Lem's betrayal, but the master could not have been more pleased with himself. The blatant disregard for his own people proved that in spite of the callous insults he slung at his master, Lem was completely dependent on him. As a reward, Lem was spared the ritual sacrifice that his kin suffered. Thereafter, the time in the ownership of that master was brief before another dept forced him to be sold off.
Lem's unyielding mouth is his greatest asset and he has learned to hone it to keep in good standing with his human masters. He has steadily grown a reputation as the "Slip of Quips" for his insult comedy style, awarding him a positive reputation among the nobile circles of Cheliax. Though, Lem does well to keep his distance from other halflings. Rumor spreads fast among his kin and they are not quick forgive such cowardice.

Notes I made this under the assumption Halfling slingstaff counts as a double weapon. If not, Lem also has a ring of protection +1

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Loving this! I'm quite excited to stretch my writing muscles for character backstory. Is there a word limit? I'll try to keep it brief.

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That was well worth the wait. Very well done, Iammers. I will definitely be using these two when my players reach this encounter. (Just have to study up on the mesmerist.)

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The one thing I am hoping to accomplish with this battle is the big reveal. This is the big bad before the big bad. I want as much time for monologue-ing during the course of the combat as possible. Enough time to drop big reveals that have been building since the party left Taldor and I can't pass up the chance to role play the Mad Monk until the PCs wipe the floor with him.

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Misroi: Gave him a magic breastplate. Wanted to add some steampunk-esq tech to make him a little more Hellboy Rasputin inspired, but the mechanics would have to be invented for it to work the way I wanted, unless I pulled out some third party rules, which I believe was also against the rulesof the contest.

Brandon:

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Funny you would say that. My group will be time hopping inthe hut when the AP is completed in order to tie in the Witchwar Legacy module.

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My favorite part about this contest is it doesn't have to end with redesigning Rasputin. My party is just starting The Frozen Stars. That leaves me a couple months to rewrite everything in the next book to Occult Adventures. What else would you change to fit the theme?

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Bryce Kineman wrote:

Yes I went crazy with the Implements. I regret nothing but the fact it probably distracted me from inputting the information correctly. If it costs me the contest then so be it, Its something I wanted done right(in my opinion) and by god I had fun doing it.

So what if it's wordy? Post it anyway. That's what Psychometry is for, reading into the history of artifacts that no bards wrote songs about. Everything leaves a psychic impression. You took the time to write it, you might as well show off your stuff.

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Brother Fen wrote:
I haven't player or GM'd Reign of Winter yet. Where is he getting...

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Unholy Aura generated from the "World Engine" that he is at the center of.
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Rycaut wrote:

My other comment is I've seen a LOT of builds that suggest that Rasputin's tactics will involve 4-5+ spells that he will cast before engaging with the players (not cast in advance but tactics he would use in the first rounds of combat). At least at every high level table I've seen few to any BBEG's last that many rounds. I think I'd prefer builds that use a combination of long duration buffs he always has active and specific tactics in the early parts of the combat (or spells he casts before combat via having scryed on the party or otherwise having advance warning - say a means of linking with allies etc). Followed by how he manages the action economy - either swift action spells, allies or other methods (being Mythic for example). Even against Level 14-15 PCs I doubt that spells like invisibility will be significant problems for the PCs (anti-lfe shell on the other hand can be an issue as could be the Unholy Aura).

(though for Antilife shell if your PC's have many Native Outsiders the Antilife shell won't be much of a barrier - as far as i know it...

If you have read the Adventure Path...

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Rasputin is guarded by 3 Nosferatu Anti Paladins, a Crucified Ghost, and every window in the building is a stain glass golem. He has plenty of time to see the PCs and start buffing as they enter the abbey. With the tight layout, I'm surprised he doesn't attack while the party is fighting the Nosferatu. He is literally in close range.
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Okay, last revision. I promise.

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Grigori Rasputin CR 17
XP 102,400
LE Medium Middle-Age Humanoid (Human) Occultist 18
Init +0; Senses true seeing, aura sight, low-light vision, darkvision 60 ft, Perception +25
Aura unholy aura (DC 22)
----- Defense -----
AC 32, touch 18, flat-footed 32 (10 base, +10 armor, +4 deflection, +4 insight, +4 natural armor)
hp 201 (18d8+108);
Fort +20, Ref +11, Will +17; +4 vs death effects, domination, min-affecting effects, and possession
Defensive Abilities stitched soul; danger sight Immune electricity SR 25 vs good spells
----- Offense -----
Speed 20 ft., fly 60ft. (perfect maneuverability)
Melee masterwork dagger +13/8/3 (1d4-1), touch attack +12
Ranged mwk Nagant M1895 +14/9/4 (1d8 / x4), ranged touch attack +13
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks energy ray (30 ft line, 9d6+5 element, DC 27), energy blast (20 ft radius, 11d6+5 element DC 27), mind fear, psychic curse, glorious presence, cloud mind, forced alliance,
Occultist Spells Known (CL 18th; concentration +30)
6th (4/day)—contingency, charm monster (mass) (DC 23), disintegrate (DC 23), forbiddance (DC 23), heal, scrying (greater) (DC 23), temporary resurrection
5th (5/day)— dispel magic (greater) (DC 22), suffocate, suggestion (mass) (DC 22), telekinesis, teleport, true seeing, wall of force
4th (7/day)— cure critical wounds, death ward, freedom of movement, ice storm (DC 21), mind probe (DC 21), mind wipe (DC 21), planar adaption
3rd (7/day)— arcane sight, bestow curse (DC 20), lightning bolt (DC 20), cure serious wounds, magic vestment, protection from energy, suggestion (DC 20)
2nd (7/day)—aversion (DC 20), apport object, bullet shield, chill metal (DC 20), locate object, spectral hand, sound burst (DC 20)
1st (7/day)—charm person (DC 19), cure light wounds, murderous command (DC 19), hex ward, negate aroma, sculpt corpse, shocking grasp
Cantrips (at will)—bleed (DC 18) , dancing lights, daze (DC 18), detect magic, purify food and drink, resistance, stabilize
----- Tactics -----
Before Combat Once every two weeks, Rasputin casts a contingency (temporary resurrection on himself. In the event that his body is dead for more than an hour, temporary resurrection is cast upon his body. Inside the Twice Tenth Presbytery Rasputin (Area H6) enjoys the benefits of the World Engine’s unholy aura and insight bonus to AC. A magic circle against law is drawn on the floor as an added precaution. Rasputin then activates Mind Over Gravity, and casts freedom of movement, death ward, and true seeing
During Combat When his enemies are advancing on him, Rasputin casts spectral hand and wall of force in order to cast touch spells from behind the safety of his barrier. Rasputin stalls for time by taunting the party. Rasputin attempts to hinder opponents with suggestion (mass) urging the party to give up this pointless search for his mother and return to Golarion and turn foes against each other with murderous command. While continuing to mock the party with details of his nefarious plans, he casts arcane sight to identify any powerful buffs ahead of time. Through his spectral hand, Raspuin casts dispel magic (greater) targeting creatures with buffs and magic items. He casts bestow curse againsts foes he finds most threatening followed by icestorm. If Rasputin's initial defenses are circumvented he activates his Globe of Negation. He then unleashes energy blast focus ability (favoring electricity, but switching up the element if the party appears resistant) while using his Danger Sense ability to avoid damage as much as possible. If forced to focus on the most dangerous party member, he casts targeting spells like suffocate or mind wipe for casters. If wounded, Rasputin casts quickened cure spells while continuing to target enemies with offensive spells.
Morale On the precipice of claiming his mother’s mythic power, Rasputin relies on his stitched soul to preserve his life, and fights to the death again and again until slain permanently. Once a week he casts Contingency: Temporary Resurrection which activates when Rasputin has remained dead for one hour, leaving him one day to obtain a proper resurrection from his followers before dying. Afterwards he goes into hiding to plot his revenge. Do I smell a Mythic Adventures sequel?
----- Statistics -----
Str 9, Dex 11, Con 19, Int 26, Wis 14, Cha 17
Base Atk +13; CMB +12; CMD 23
Feats Combat Casting, Craft Magical Arms and Armor, Diehard, Extra Mental Focus [3], Great Fortitude, Implement Focus (Necromancy), Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Quicken Spell
Skills Appraise +27, Bluff +21*, Diplomacy +24, Disable Device +22, Fly +22, Knowledge (arcana) 29, Knowledge (engineering) +29, Knowledge (history) +29, Knowledge (planes) +29, Knowledge (religion) +29, Linguistics +16, Perception +25, Sense Motive +23, Spellcraft +29, Survival +20*, and Use Magic Device +24.
Languages Russian, Church Slavic, Latin, English, German, French, Ioborian, Common, Infernal, Celestial, Draconic
SQ necromantic focus, stitched soul, sudden insight, third eye, legacy weapon, mind over gravity
Gear mwk dagger, mwk Nagant M1895 revolver with 21 metal cartridges, +4 breastplate, amulet of natural armor +4, belt of mental prowess +4 (Int, Wis), ring of protection +4, belt of physical perfection +2, hand mirror, prayer ropes, rosary, crucifix, bible, masterwork dagger
----- Special Abilities -----
Stitched Soul(Su) Rasputin’s Soul is stitched to his body with the threads of fate, and he clings tenaciously to life. He gains Diehard as a bonus feat. In addition, when first reduced to a number of negative hitpoints equal to or greater than his constitution score, Rasputin dies, but he springs back to life 1d4 rounds later as if the target of a resurrection spell. If killed a second time, the Mad Monk agains comes back to life 1d6 rounds later, as if the target of raise dead spell (upon returning, he loses 50% of his remaining unused spell slots as if they had been used to cast spells). Only after Rasputin is slain a third timedo his soul’s stitches finally unravel from his corpse, releasing his malignant spirit into the ether.
Implements (Su) Each of Rasputin’s implements has a special historical or personal significance.
Abjuration Implement- “Crucifix”: Focus- 5: This simple wooden cross was formerly the property of a paladin who carried it as his holy symbol during the crusades. After returning, the man founded a church in France before falling ill and bequeathing it to his successor. The crucifix was later gifted to the royale family. After some time collecting dust, Rasputin convinced the Tsar to give him the artifact.
Conjuration Implement- “Hand Mirror” Focus- 1: After his apparent final death, Rasputin arose from the grave to the witness of only the grave keeper who had been performing his nightly rounds. After quickly dispatching the oaf, Rasputin used the sculpt corpse spell to alter his appearance and left the decoy in his grave. It was this corpse that was later exhumed and set ablaze on a funeral pyre leaving none the wiser, save for Rasputin’s half-sister, Elvanna. The Queen of Irrisen thought her dear half-brother would be the perfect lure for her trap. This mirror was specially crafted with the Irriseni Mirror Sight Spell. Enhanced with the queen’s magic, it is capable of sending visual and auditory messages both ways to the sister mirror (possessed by Elvanna) and works regardless of distance or plane. The mirror can be used to contact Queen Elvanna by holding the mirror and invoking her name.
Divination Implement- “Bible” Focus- 7: Like many members of the faith, Rasputin turns to the holy scripture for guidance and comfort. The text is written in the Latin language. Rasputin reads to his children every night. See? He’s not a total ass hat.
Enchantment Implement- Rosary Focus-1: This rosary was recovered from a convent that burned to the ground in St Petersburg. Though there are none alive who witnessed the event and the cause of the fire was never truly determined, the history of this item can be determined through Prognostication. Succeeding at an Appraise check DC 25 or more paints the gruesome tale of a nun swayed by dark forces. A strong demonic influence was wrought upon this woman that slowly drove her insane. Her final act of desperation was to seal the evil within as she burned everyone alive including herself.
Evocation Implement- “Right Hand of the Mad Monk” Focus- 10: Rasputin experimented with new emerging technologies and was fascinated by the potential destructive properties of Tesla’s inventions. Rasputin theorized the possibility of miniaturizing the destructive forces of the World Engine for military use. Though the gauntlet appears daunting, the technology was never fully developed. It is just as effective as a focus for evocation.
Necromancy Implement- “Rasputin's Favorite Toy” Focus-5: One of Rasputin’s most noted artifacts was an item exhumed from his own flesh during a particularly intimate assembly which left the mad monk dead once again. The assailant absconded with the implement into the underground where it was kept as a center piece for her cult and revered as a fertility charm. The implement was recovered not long after the monk was resurrected. It took some time before the cult realized that had been worshipping a sea cucumber. Rasputin’s implement is charged with a necromantic focus, which is particularly potent being that it is a piece of his own flesh. He is very protective of his toy and keeps it on him at all times. He cries when they take it away.
Transmutation Implement- “Prayer Ropes” Focus- 3: This cord is a common accessory of the clergy that is worn over the shoulders. Several of these ropes were made in the same fashion for other monks in Rasputin’s order. Though they appear identical, close examination reveals the material of Rasputin’s is clearly superior.

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Turin the Mad wrote:


This contest has stated previously "no new mechanics", which I believe includes no new magic items.

Makes sense. I'm having too much trouble fixing the steampunk arm anyway. Going to just scrap that. Still, it would be nice if Greg had a nice occult item to replace the Cassock of the Black Monk.

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A Logical Metamagic Rod would work. Emotion effects really seem to be taking off and since Rasputin was probably very capable of swaying emotions, it would make sense if he would take precautions to keep his own emotions in check.

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Nope. Still don't think it's correct...

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My calculations were a bit off. Here is the corrected version of Rasputin, Occultist

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Grigori Rasputin CR 17
XP 102,400
LE Medium Middle-Age Humanoid (Human) Occultist 18
Init +2; Senses true seeing, aura sight, low-light vision, darkvision 60 ft, Perception +25
Aura unholy aura (DC 22)
----- Defense -----
AC 32, touch 22, flat-footed 32 (10 base, +10 armor, +4 luck (touch only), +4 deflection, +4 insight, +4 natural armor)
hp 201 (18d8+108);
Fort +20, Ref +11, Will +17; +4 vs death effects, domination, min-affecting effects, and possession
Defensive Abilities stitched soul; danger sight Immune electricity SR 25 vs good spells
----- Offense -----
Speed 20 ft., fly 60ft. (perfect maneuverability)
Melee masterwork dagger +13/8/3 (1d4-1), touch attack +12
Ranged mwk Nagant M1895 +14/9/4 (1d8 / x4), ranged touch attack +13
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks energy ray (30 ft line, 9d6+5 element, DC 27), energy blast (20 ft radius, 11d6+5 element DC 27), mind fear, psychic curse, glorious presence, cloud mind, forced alliance,
Occultist Spells Known (CL 18th; concentration +30)
6th (4/day)—contingency, charm monster (mass) (DC 23), disintegrate (DC 23), forbiddance (DC 23), heal, scrying (greater) (DC 23), temporary resurrection
5th (5/day)— dispel magic (greater) (DC 22), suffocate, suggestion (mass) (DC 22), telekinesis, teleport, true seeing, wall of force
4th (7/day)— cure critical wounds, death ward, freedom of movement, ice storm (DC 21), mind probe (DC 21), mind wipe (DC 21), planar adaption
3rd (7/day)— arcane sight, bestow curse (DC 20), lightning bolt (DC 20), cure serious wounds, magic vestment, protection from energy, suggestion (DC 20)
2nd (7/day)—aversion (DC 20), apport object, bullet shield, chill metal (DC 20), locate object, spectral hand, sound burst (DC 20)
1st (7/day)—charm person (DC 19), cure light wounds, murderous command (DC 19), hex ward, negate aroma, sculpt corpse, shocking grasp
Cantrips (at will)—bleed (DC 18) , dancing lights, daze (DC 18), detect magic, purify food and drink, resistance, stabilize
----- Tactics -----
Before Combat Once every two weeks, Rasputin casts a contingency (temporary resurrection on himself. In the event that his body is dead for more than an hour, temporary resurrection is cast upon his body. Inside the Twice Tenth Presbytery Rasputin (Area H6) enjoys the benefits of the World Engine’s unholy aura and insight bonus to AC. A magic circle against law is drawn on the floor as an added precaution. Rasputin then activates Mind Barrier and Mind Over Gravity, and casts freedom of movement, death ward, protection from energy (electricity) and true seeing
During Combat When his enemies are advancing on him, Rasputin casts spectral hand and wall of force in order to cast touch spells from behind the safety of his barrier. Rasputin stalls for time by taunting the party. Rasputin attempts to hinder opponents with suggestion (mass) urging the party to give up this pointless search for his mother and return to Golarion and turn foes against each other with murderous command. While continuing to mock the party with details of his nefarious plans, he casts arcane sight to identify any powerful buffs ahead of time. Through his spectral hand, Raspuin casts dispel magic (greater) targeting creatures with buffs and magic items. He casts bestow curse followed by icestorm. He activates his Globe of Negation if it looks like the enemy is close to breaking through the wall of force. When the shield goes down he will use his energy blast focus ability (favoring electricity, but switching up the element if the party appears resistant) and while using his Danger Sense ability to avoid damage as much as possible. If Rasputin’s glove runs out of power, he will cast lightningbolt targeting himself, to recharge the battery. If forced to focus on the most dangerous party member, he casts targeting spells like suffocate or mind wipe for casters. If wounded, Rasputin casts quickened cure spells while continuing to target enemies with offensive spells.
Morale On the precipice of claiming his mother’s mythic power, Rasputin relies on his stitched soul to preserve his life, and fights to the death again and again until slain permanently. Once a week he casts Contingency: Temporary Resurrection which activates when Rasputin has remained dead for one hour, leaving him one day to obtain a proper resurrection from his followers before dying. Afterwards he goes into hiding to plot his revenge. Do I smell a Mythic Adventures sequel?
----- Statistics -----
Str 9, Dex 11, Con 19, Int 26, Wis 14, Cha 17
Base Atk +13; CMB +12; CMD 23
Feats Combat Casting, Craft Magical Arms and Armor, Diehard, Extra Mental Focus [3], Great Fortitude, Implement Focus (Necromancy), Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Quicken Spell
Skills Appraise +27, Bluff +21*, Diplomacy +24, Disable Device +22, Fly +22, Knowledge (arcana) 29, Knowledge (engineering) +29, Knowledge (history) +29, Knowledge (planes) +29, Knowledge (religion) +29, Linguistics +16, Perception +25, Sense Motive +23, Spellcraft +29, Survival +20*, and Use Magic Device +24.
Languages Russian, Church Slavic, Latin, English, German, French, Ioborian, Common, Infernal, Celestial, Draconic
SQ necromantic focus, stitched soul, sudden insight, third eye, legacy weapon, mind over gravity
Gear mwk dagger, mek Nagant M1895 revolver with 21 metal cartridges, belt of mental prowess +4 (Int, Wis), Right Hand of the Mad Monk (see below), belt of physical perfection +2, hand mirror, prayer ropes, rosary, crucifix, bible, masterwork dagger, amulet of natural armor +4
----- Special Abilities -----
Stitched Soul(Su) Rasputin’s Soul is stitched to his body with the threads of fate, and he clings tenaciously to life. He gains Diehard as a bonus feat. In addition, when first reduced to a number of negative hitpoints equal to or greater than his constitution score, Rasputin dies, but he springs back to life 1d4 rounds later as if the target of a resurrection spell. If killed a second time, the Mad Monk agains comes back to life 1d6 rounds later, as if the target of raise dead spell (upon returning, he loses 50% of his remaining unused spell slots as if they had been used to cast spells). Only after Rasputin is slain a third timedo his soul’s stitches finally unravel from his corpse, releasing his malignant spirit into the ether.
Implements (Su) Each of Rasputin’s implements has a special historical or personal significance.
Abjuration Implement- “Crucifix”: Focus- 5: This simple wooden cross was formerly the property of a paladin who carried it as his holy symbol during the crusades. After returning, the man founded a church in France before falling ill and bequeathing it to his successor. The crucifix was later gifted to the royale family. After some time collecting dust, Rasputin convinced the Tsar to give him the artifact.
Conjuration Implement- “Hand Mirror” Focus- 1: After his apparent final death, Rasputin arose from the grave to the witness of only the grave keeper who had been performing his nightly rounds. After quickly dispatching the oaf, Rasputin used the sculpt corpse spell to alter his appearance and left the decoy in his grave. It was this corpse that was later exhumed and set ablaze on a funeral pyre leaving none the wiser, save for Rasputin’s half-sister, Elvanna. The Queen of Irrisen thought her dear half-brother would be the perfect lure for her trap. This mirror was specially crafted with the Irriseni Mirror Sight Spell. Enhanced with the queen’s magic, it is capable of sending visual and auditory messages both ways to the sister mirror (possessed by Elvanna) and works regardless of distance or plane. The mirror can be used to contact Queen Elvanna by holding the mirror and invoking her name.
Divination Implement- “Bible” Focus- 7: Like many members of the faith, Rasputin turns to the holy scripture for guidance and comfort. The text is written in the Latin language. Rasputin reads to his children every night. See? He’s not a total ass hat.
Enchantment Implement- Rosary Focus-1: This rosary was recovered from a convent that burned to the ground in St Petersburg. Though there are none alive who witnessed the event and the cause of the fire was never truly determined, the history of this item can be determined through Prognostication. Succeeding at an Appraise check DC 25 or more paints the gruesome tale of a nun swayed by dark forces. A strong demonic influence was wrought upon this woman that slowly drove her insane. Her final act of desperation was to seal the evil within as she burned everyone alive including herself.
Evocation Implement- “Right Hand of the Mad Monk” Focus- 10: Rasputin experimented with new emerging technologies and was fascinated by the potential destructive properties of Tesla’s inventions. Rasputin theorized the possibility of miniaturizing the destructive forces of the World Engine for military use. Though this cumbersome device is composed of a +4 breastplate that functions as a housing for a large battery wired to an oversized gauntlet. When active, the large coils protruding from the back of the breastplate pulsate with arched electricity generating a magnetic field that grants the wearer +4 luck bonus to the wearer's touch AC. The device depletes one charge per hour.
The Right Hand of the Black Monk was designed to regulate the flow of electrical energy through the body and can convert 10 points of electricity damage directed at the user, converting it into one charge. Excess electrical damage is taken normally. If an Occultist uses this device as his evocation implement, he can spend a charge instead of a point of mental focus to fire an energy ray (electricity only). He also counts as having the Implement Focus (evocation) feat. The Right Hand of the Black Monk only functions if both components are worn together, taking up both the glove and armor item slots. Rasputin’s Glove can hold 5 charges. Price: 76,350 gp. Requirements: Craft Magical Arms and Armor, protection from energy, and Energy Ray Focus Power, Cost: 38,175 gp
Necromancy Implement- “Rasputin's Favorite Toy” Focus-5: One of Rasputin’s most noted artifacts was an item exhumed from his own flesh during a particularly intimate assembly which left the mad monk dead once again. The assailant absconded with the implement into the underground where it was kept as a center piece for her cult and revered as a fertility charm. The implement was recovered not long after the monk was resurrected. It took some time before the cult realized that had been worshipping a sea cucumber. Rasputin’s implement is charged with a necromantic focus, which is particularly potent being that it is a piece of his own flesh. He is very protective of his toy and keeps it on him at all times. He cries when they take it away.
Transmutation Implement- “Prayer Ropes” Focus- 3: This cord is a common accessory of the clergy that is worn over the shoulders. Several of these ropes were made in the same fashion for other monks in Rasputin’s order. Though they appear identical, close examination reveals the material of Rasputin’s is clearly superior.

Build Notes
Running it: I am currently running this Adventure Path all the way through. I’ve changed much of the content already to reflect some odd choices the party has made. I intend of expanding on the Occult Classes through the rest of Rasputin Must Die.
Anastasia: When I started the game, one of the party members decided to make a character based on Anastasia. At first I thought it was a bad idea since the character appeared in a later in the adventure. Then I thought, how weird would it be if Rasputin used an Occult Ritual to separate Anastasia into two girls to repress her memory. The whimsical bard/oracle was then transported to Taldor, Golarion, while the timid girl is kept in Russia, closely guarded by Alexei.
The Brothers Three I intend on replacing with three Aero Kinetiscists. The back story behind that involves two soldiers and a street rat that were all exposed to the energies of the World Engine and developed kinetic abilities. I think Rasputin would have more of a direct sway over his minions, using Mass Suggestion and Mass Charm Monster to influence them. The brothers three probably still are there, but they would serve a different purpose than as Rasputin’s personal body guards.

build notes:
Rasputin’s Steampunk arm was an idea I had to replace the Cassock of the Mad Black. Though I’m fairly certain the game mechanics for it are sound, I’m not sure if the science that inspired it is correct. I’m a cartoonist, not a physicist. I tried to keep it as useful to the Occultist as the Cassock was to the Oracle. My party will find little use for it, as they have no Occultist in the party.

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Cuuniyevo wrote:
Corneleus Idaho wrote:
Okay, so the ** spoiler omitted ** comes from what bonuses?

** spoiler omitted **

On that subject though, I noticed that in my haste to finally post my build (after 4am @_@), I made some typos in my entry's AC. I had been playing around with the idea of having natural armor thrown in there (as well as alternate sources and different amounts of Dex), and forgot to clean it up before posting.

** spoiler omitted **

Right... the 10 base. This is what I get for posting at 3 am.

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Okay, so the

Spoiler:
32 AC
comes from what bonuses?

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Been working on this for over a week now. Probably riddled with errors as I am exhausted and it's 2:30 in the morning. Oh well, let me know what you think?

Spoiler:

Grigori Rasputin CR 17
XP 102,400
LE Medium Middle-Age Humanoid (Human) Occultist 18
Init +2; Senses true seeing, aura sight, low-light vision, darkvision 60 ft, Perception +25
Aura unholy aura (DC 22)
----- Defense -----
AC 23, touch 19, flat-footed 22 (+10 armor, +1 dex,+4 deflection, +4 insight, +4 natural armor )
hp 183 (18d8+90);
Fort +20, Ref +12, Will +18; +4 vs death effects, domination, min-affecting effects, and possession
Defensive Abilities stitched soul; danger sight Immune electricity SR 25 vs good spells
----- Offense -----
Speed 20 ft., fly 60ft. (perfect maneuverability)
Melee masterwork dagger +13/8/3 (1d4), touch attack +12
Ranged mwk Nagant M1895 +15/10/5 (1d8 / x4), ranged touch attack +14
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks energy ray (30 ft line, 9d6 element, DC 27), energy blast (20 ft radius, 11d6 element DC 27), mind fear, psychic curse, glorious presence, cloud mind, forced alliance,
Occultist Spells Known (CL 18th; concentration +30)
6th (4/day)—contingency, charm monster (mass) (DC 23), disintegrate (DC 23), forbiddance (DC 23), heal, scrying (greater) (DC 23), temporary resurrection
5th (5/day)— dispel magic (greater) (DC 22), suffocate, suggestion (mass) (DC 22), telekinesis, teleport, true seeing, wall of force
4th (7/day)— cure critical wounds, death ward, freedom of movement, ice storm (DC 21), mind probe (DC 21), mind wipe (DC 21), planar adaption
3rd (7/day)— arcane sight, bestow curse (DC 20), lightning bolt (DC 20), cure serious wounds, magic vestment, protection from energy, suggestion (DC 20)
2nd (7/day)—aversion (DC 20), apport object, bullet shield, chill metal (DC 20), locate object, spectral hand, sound burst (DC 20)
1st (7/day)—charm person (DC 19), cure light wounds, murderous command (DC 19), hex ward, negate aroma, sculpt corpse, shocking grasp
Cantrips (at will)—bleed (DC 18) , dancing lights, daze (DC 18), detect magic, purify food and drink, resistance, stabilize
----- Tactics -----
Before Combat Once every two weeks, Rasputin casts a contingency (temporary resurrection on himself. In the event that his body is dead for more than an hour, temporary resurrection is cast upon his body. Inside the Twice Tenth Presbytery Rasputin (Area H6) enjoys the benefits of the World Engine’s unholy aura and insight bonus to AC. A magic circle against law is drawn on the floor as an added precaution. Rasputin then activates Mind Barrier and Mind Over Gravity, and casts freedom of movement, death ward, protection from energy (electricity) and true seeing
During Combat When his enemies are advancing on him, Rasputin casts spectral hand and wall of force in order to cast touch spells from behind the safety of his barrier. Rasputin stalls for time by taunting the party. Rasputin attempts to hinder opponents with suggestion (mass) urging the party to give up this pointless search for his mother and return to Golarion and turn foes against each other with murderous command. While continuing to mock the party with details of his nefarious plans, he casts arcane sight to identify any powerful buffs ahead of time. Through his spectral hand, Raspuin casts dispel magic (greater) targeting creatures with buffs and magic items. He casts bestow curse followed by icestorm. He activates his Globe of Negation if it looks like the enemy is close to breaking through the wall of force. When the shield goes down he will use his energy blast focus ability (favoring electricity, but switching up the element if the party appears resistant) and while using his Danger Sense ability to avoid damage as much as possible. If Rasputin’s glove runs out of power, he will cast lightningbolt targeting himself, to recharge the battery. If forced to focus on the most dangerous party member, he casts targeting spells like suffocate or mind wipe for casters. If wounded, Rasputin casts quickened cure spells while continuing to target enemies with offensive spells.
Morale On the precipice of claiming his mother’s mythic power, Rasputin relies on his stitched soul to preserve his life, and fights to the death again and again until slain permanently. Once a week he casts Contingency: Temporary Resurrection which activates when Rasputin has remained dead for one hour, leaving him one day to obtain a proper resurrection from his followers before dying. Afterwards he goes into hiding to plot his revenge. Do I smell a Mythic Adventures sequel?
----- Statistics -----
Str 9, Dex 13, Con 19, Int 27, Wis 13, Cha 18
Base Atk +13; CMB +12; CMD 23
Feats Combat Casting, Craft Magical Arms and Armor, Diehard, Extra Mental Focus [3], Great Fortitude, Implement Focus (Necromancy), Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Quicken Spell
Skills Appraise +27, Diplomacy +25, Disable Device +22, Fly +22, Knowledge (arcana) 29, Knowledge (engineering) +29, Knowledge (history) +29, Knowledge (planes) +29, Knowledge (religion) +29, Linguistics +16, Perception +25, Sense Motive +22, Spellcraft +29, and Use Magic Device +25.
Languages Russian, Church Slavic, Latin, English, German, French, Ioborian, Common, Infernal, Celestial, Draconic
SQ necromantic focus, stitched soul, sudden insight, third eye
Gear belt of mental prowess (Int, Cha) +4, Rasputin’s Glove (see below), legacy weapon, mind over gravity, belt of physical prowess +2 (dex, con), hand mirror, prayer ropes (+2 dex from focus), rosary, crucifix, bible, masterwork dagger
----- Special Abilities -----
Stitched Soul(Su) Rasputin’s Soul is stitched to his body with the threads of fate, and he clings tenaciously to life. He gains Diehard as a bonus feat. In addition, when first reduced to a number of negative hitpoints equal to or greater than his constitution score, Rasputin dies, but he springs back to life 1d4 rounds later as if the target of a resurrection spell. If killed a second time, the Mad Monk agains comes back to life 1d6 rounds later, as if the target of raise dead spell (upon returning, he loses 50% of his remaining unused spell slots as if they had been used to cast spells). Only after Rasputin is slain a third timedo his soul’s stitches finally unravel from his corpse, releasing his malignant spirit into the ether.
Implements (Su) Each of Rasputin’s implements has a special historical or personal significance.
Abjuration Implement- “Crucifix”: Focus- 5: This simple wooden cross was formerly the property of a paladin who carried it as his holy symbol during the crusades. After returning, the man founded a church in France before falling ill and bequeathing it to his successor. The crucifix was later gifted to the royale family. After some time collecting dust, Rasputin convinced the Tsar to give him the artifact. The item also fuctions as an amulet of natural armor +4.
Conjuration Implement- “Hand Mirror” Focus- 1: After his apparent final death, Rasputin arose from the grave to the witness of only the grave keeper who had been performing his nightly rounds. After quickly dispatching the oaf, Rasputin used the sculpt corpse spell to alter his appearance and left the decoy in his grave. It was this corpse that was later exhumed and set ablaze on a funeral pyre leaving none the wiser, save for Rasputin’s half-sister, Elvanna. The Queen of Irrisen thought her dear half-brother would be the perfect lure for her trap. This mirror was specially crafted with the Irriseni Mirror Sight Spell. Enhanced with the queen’s magic, it is capable of sending visual and auditory messages both ways to the sister mirror (possessed by Elvanna) and works regardless of distance or plane. The mirror can be used to contact Queen Elvanna by holding the mirror and invoking her name.
Divination Implement- “Bible” Focus- 7: Like many members of the faith, Rasputin turns to the holy scripture for guidance and comfort. The text is written in the Latin language. Rasputin reads to his children every night. See? He’s not a total ass hat.
Enchantment Implement- "Rosary" Focus-1: This rosary was recovered from a convent that burned to the ground in St Petersburg. Though there are none alive who witnessed the event and the cause of the fire was never truly determined, the history of this item can be determined through Prognostication. Succeeding at an Appraise check DC 25 or more paints the gruesome tale of a nun swayed by dark forces. A strong demonic influence was wrought upon this woman that slowly drove her insane. Her final act of desperation was to seal the evil within as she burned everyone alive including herself.
Evocation Implement- “Right Hand of the Mad Monk” Focus- 10: Rasputin experimented with new emerging technologies and was fascinated by the potential destructive properties of Tesla’s inventions. Rasputin theorized the possibility of miniaturizing the destructive forces of the World Engine for military use. Though this cumbersome device is composed of a +4 breastplate that functions as a housing for a large battery wired to an oversized gauntlet. When active, the large coils protruding from the back of the breastplate pulsate with arched electricity generating a magnetic field that grants the wearer +4 deflection bonus to AC. The device depletes one charge per hour.
The Right Hand of the Black Monk was designed to regulate the flow of electrical energy through the body and can convert 20 points of electricity damage directed at the user, converting it into one charge. Excess electrical damage is taken normally. If an Occultist uses this device as his evocation implement, he can spend a charge instead of a point of mental focus to fire an energy ray (electricity only). He also counts as having the Implement Focus (evocation) feat. The Right Hand of the Black Monk only functions if both components are worn together, taking up both the glove and armor item slots. Rasputin’s Glove can hold 5 charges.
Necromancy Implement- “Rasputin's Favorite Toy” Focus-5: One of Rasputin’s most noted artifacts was an item exhumed from his own flesh during a particularly intimate assembly which left the mad monk dead once again. The assailant absconded with the implement into the underground where it was kept as a center piece for her cult and revered as a fertility charm. The implement was recovered not long after the monk was resurrected. It took some time before the cult realized that had been worshipping a sea cucumber. Rasputin’s implement is charged with a necromantic focus, which is particularly potent being that it is a piece of his own flesh. He is very protective of his toy and keeps it on him at all times. He cries when they take it away.
Transmutation Implement- “Prayer Ropes” Focus- 3: This cord is a common accessory of the clergy that is worn over the shoulders. Several of these ropes were made in the same fashion for other monks in Rasputin’s order. Though they appear identical, close examination reveals the material of Rasputin’s is clearly superior.

Build Notes
Running it: I am currently running this Adventure Path all the way through. I’ve changed much of the content already to reflect some odd choices the party has made. I intend of expanding on the Occult Classes through the rest of Rasputin Must Die.
Anastasia: When I started the game, one of the party members decided to make a character based on Anastasia. At first I thought it was a bad idea since the character appeared in a later in the adventure. Then I thought, how weird would it be if Rasputin used an Occult Ritual to separate Anastasia into two girls to repress her memory. The whimsical bard/oracle was then transported to Taldor, Golarion, while the timid girl is kept in Russia, closely guarded by Alexei.
The Brothers Three I intend on replacing with three Aero Kinetiscists. The back story behind that involves two soldiers and a street rat that were exposed to the energies of the World Engine and developed kinetic abilities. The Brothers 3 will still be used, but I believe Nosferatu would sleep during the day and feed at night.

problems I ran into: I think there was a great deal I was missing as far as the original build’s AC and CMD. I can’t account for +6 bonus. I assume it has something to do with an Oracle class feature that I read wrong, but it would help if I knew how I could replicate that for my build.
Rasputin’s Steampunk arm was an idea I had to replace the Cassock of the Mad Black. Though I’m fairly certain the game mechanics for it are sound, I’m not sure if the science that inspired it is correct. I’m a cartoonist, not a physicist. I tried to keep it as useful to the Occultist as the Cassock was to the Oracle. My party will find little use for it, as they have no Occultist in the party.

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M1k31 wrote:
I'm surprised no "occultist"(or even partial occultist) builds have appeared yet... I mean he is using rare items that could be used as implements.

I have been thinking the same thing. Still working out the kinks. Occultist is a difficult class to wrap your head around.

Also, I'm not sure where the original Rasputin is getting his excess of stat bonuses from.

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You know, after I posted that, I thought the same thing about Joker. He's such a complex character that I forget sometimes that he does sometimes put makeup over his bleached skin to publicly discredit batman or puts on a second mask to blend in with his minions.

I think I'm expecting the vigilante's cause to be a requirement in the same way a Paladin code or a Cavalier's edict restricts his actions. It could even be as simple as the edicts of the ronin, choosing 3 rules that he follows.
1. Protect the innocent.
2. Be the night.
3. Never fire a firearm.

or contrariwise

1. Death is always funny
2. Make the funny last as long as possible
3. It's not about the money, it's about sending a message.

These are bad examples, I'm just thinking on the fly, here.

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What I like:
I'm loving that the social identity has been expanded upon in the update. It has potential for some more elements. The social identity should be more than just the guy that spreads rumors. Gaining companions through this that give minor boons. Say, a butler that runs your house or a junior sidekick that is there in a pinch to provide just the right clues, but provides little in the way of combat assistance. Even having Leadership after 7th level would make sense, though I never allow the feat in any of my games due to the tendency for players to abuse it.
The familiar has a secret identity. You can't imagine how much awesome this is. I want to make 50 warlock characters, each with a different animal, just so I can repaint all of my miniatures with tiny little Robin masks.

What it is missing:
The dual identity is a little too obvious. Sure, the vigilante has ways of hiding his identity, but to what end? Would he be incarcerated? Would his loved ones be put at risk? Does anyone even care that he is a normal socialite under that mask? He doesn't even risk losing his abilities if he runs down the street screaming his secret identity.
As a whole, I look at this class and I just see the Batman type. I don't see the Joker. For every character class in the game, it is easy to imagine the polar opposite.

The Vigilante Specializations are flavorful and each is unique. But like the Shaman, it would benefit from a few "universal talents". Having a Mount would be universally beneficial. Archetypical characters like the Lone ranger or Ghost Rider always had a trusty mount that provides transport and combat assistance. For that matter, the Vigilate could benefit from gaining a vehicle of some sort. Either a chariot or a magically propelled cart of some kind. The vehicle mechanism is so under used and would give the Skilled Driver and Expert Driver feats some use.

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Concept-wise, the class was intriguing. I've always wanted a class that was more general in its abilities than the classic roles. Something that would fit an adventurer like Link from Legend of Zelda or Mario Jumpman Mario. So a single class that fills all four classic rp roles is an interesting turn and I wanted to explore its potential.

I tried to think of an existing hero that would fit the archetype of the vigilante (other than the obvious) and my affinity for Nintendo characters brought me to Captain Falcon of the series F-Zero. So I gave it a shot. Granted, my original concept for him was a monk/rogue so it wasn't too hard to adjust his feats to fit the new class choice. Below is his stat block. Let me know what you think.

Captain Falcon
Vigilante 8
CG/NG Medium humanoid (human)
Init +3; Senses Perception +2
DEFENSE
AC 18, touch 13, flat-footed 15 (+3 Dex, +5 armor)
hp 67 (8d8+24)
Fort +4, Ref +9, Will +8; ¬
OFFENSE
Speed 40 ft.
Melee Unarmed +11/6 (1d4 +7)
Ranged Revolver +12/7 (1d8/ x4)
Ammo= 24, Cap= 6, Miss=1
Special Attacks Falcon Punch (2/day) +1d6 fire damage
Stunning Fist (2/day) DC 16
STATISTICS
Str 16, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 14
Base Atk +8; CMB +11 (+13 grapple) CMD 24 (26 vs grapple)
Feats Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Firearms), Gunsmithing, Dragon Style, Improved Grapple, Improved Unarmed Strike, Weapon Focus: Unarmed, Weapon Specialization: Unarmed, Dragon Ferocity, Falcon Punch, Stunning Fist
Skills Acrobatics +15 (+20 Jump), Climb +14, Bluff +14, Intimidate +14, Know (Engeneering) +8, Ride +14, Sense Motive +13, Stealth +14
Traits Reckless, Dirty Fighter
SQ Dual Identity, Social Graces, Vigilante Specialization, Loyal Aid, Startling Appearance
Combat Gear Belt of Physical Might +2 (Str, Dex), Boots of Striding and Sprinting, Stalking Armor, mwk revolver

*Edit: Falcon Punch is, naturally, Elemental Fist as gained through the Dragon Style feat tree.

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*joining in on the spitballing*

Drunken Discipline: Replenishes phrenic points by drinking, powers revolve around confusion and sharing penalties for intoxication with opponents (contact drunk?). Maybe some temporary strength enhancements at the cost of wisdom. Potential to link Cayden Caylene followers in with that.

Discipline of Empty Mind: Protections from mind affecting spells and abilities. Increasing concentration checks. Possibly eliminating the need to make concentration checks.

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Before I even clicked the link, I said to myself "He is probably holding and/or looking at a skull..."

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I have one experience playing with a kineticist. It is probably the most thought out class and most original concept. I've heard varying opinions about how the class is similar to Benders from the Avatar cartoon series and also Warlocks from the new D&D versions (being a primary blaster type), then there is Liz Sherman from Hellboy, as well as a few other logical lines of similarity. From these I can conclude that this is a class that appeals to a wide variety of players. It is capable of filling multiple roles. Even the drawbacks help to enhance the playability of the class. A fire bender facing down a red dragon would certainly have to fall back on his other talents (if any) or rely on his teammates.

The issue of role filling may be the limitation. If the Kinetiscist were similar to a bender, then a hydrokinetic would have an option to learn some healing abilities. When it comes down to it, most living creatures are composed of mostly water. If a hydrokinetic is powerful enough, he should be able to control living creatures in the same way a cleric can control undead. Maybe that's a little too far out of the scope of what the class should be capable of, but it's something to consider.

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Just finished participating “The Confirmation” where we were testing out a few of the classes for Occult Adventures. The party consisted of Human Psychic (my character), Human Pyro-Kinetiscist, Human Warpriest , Half-Elf Hunter, and Nagaji Mesmerist
For most of the party, this was the first time they have played in this scenario. Here is what I observed.
For the most part, I was unsuccessful in utilizing any class abilities of the Psychic. Making detect thoughts a 1st level spell for the psychic made it a little harder to use effectively. You learn the spell earlier, but it also lowers the DC of the spell by 1. I had focused my class on spell casting and I was completely unsuccessful in casting any spell successfully. Opponents either overcame the Will save or they were simply immune to the effect of the spell.
I chose the Lore discipline because my character was a sort of “psychic detective” utilizing the Amateur Investigator feat from Advanced Class Guide. This was a good choice with my high intelligence score, since Knowledge and Linguistics checks where very limited due to my lack of skill ranks given by the class and the extra boost of inspiration allowed me to push the check just enough to decipher the ancient texts.
The Mnemonic Cache was less useful than anticipated. Much to my chagrin, the rest of the party didn’t find it the least bit interesting that I could disarm exploding ruins with my mind. If I could disarm all traps with my mind, I’m sure it would be much more impressive. As it stands, the ability acts more like a vanity than a utility.
Illuminating Answers should not be given until 3rd level when you are able to cast augury and have a phrenic pool to replenish.
The one time my character was able to shine was when it was time to role play, which had nothing to do with the class. For most battles, I was sitting on the sidelines and trying in vain to cast spells.
I think the psychic has the potential to be a leader role character if he wasn’t just a rehashed sorcerer.
What does the psychic really need?
1. Telepathy! Regardless if she can read minds (poorly), if she can’t speak to someone without words, she is not a psychic. First level, that should be a given. Even if it is limited to a range of 30 ft, and it increases as she levels. She should be able to communicate with a creature that she shares a language with or perhaps if he forms a psychic bond with them? Maybe he has a psychic aura or something that gives him some kind of bonus to mind-affecting spells and abilities.
2. Teamwork abilities. If the psychic did possess the aforementioned “psychic aura” she should be able to grant buffs to her teammates within that field or share her teamwork feats she possesses like a Cavalier. It would fill a hole that is missing in spell casters. Maybe I’m wrong, are there any primary spell casting classes that receive and share teamwork feats?
There has to be something with the class that makes him feel like a psychic.
Standing next to a Kinetiscist that cleared the field with unlimited fire damage and a mesmerist that continually buffed him to accomplish the kinetiscist ends, the Psychic served no purpose other than to decipher the runes in the cave and this was accomplished only with the assistance of the Amateur Investigator feat. If I were to remake this character, he would be a straight Investigator.

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Logan Bonner wrote:
xevious573 wrote:
Spell-Like Abilities can't be counterspelled as far I know. What about Psychic spells?
Psychic spells are spells.

I always compared counter spelling to equivalent transfer of kinetic energy. If two forces of the same power collide, their output is 0. (that's an over simplification, but my Bachelor of Science is in Cartooning, not physics.)

Psychic magic seems more like a power transformer. The key spell for the psychic, "detect thoughts" has the built in description of causing damage if the target's intelligence is 10 points higher. So it's like plugging your scanner into the wrong AC adapter. Electrical blowout= psychic feedback.

Something else I'm curious about is how incorporeal undead affect psychics. I understand that is more in the spiritualist and medium's ally, but there are so many stories of psychics who are sensitive to EMP emissions and other ghostly presence indicators.

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RJGrady wrote:
Robert Carter 58 wrote:


Going back to ye old D&D Clerics and Wizards are/were differentiated by their spells. You can do the same here with the Psychic. But you have to create the spells for it, not having the psychic summon Black Tentacles? That's a wizard thing.

That's totally a psychic thing.

AAAAKIIIIIRAAAA!!!!!!!

Don't forget Elfen Leid. Definitely some psychic hudoo goin on there.

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Mabtik wrote:
Somehow I always forget that they're immune to single target things. Probably because I'm used to thinking of them as a single entity for initiative, hit points, etc. >.<
Swarms... are weird. With psychic inception, the mesmerist can affect *some* of them, but only if they have a hive mind and an Intelligence score. So in most cases, the mesmerist will just need to trick someone into giving him an alchemist fire. :)

Sure, the alchemist fire is all well and good if I want dead bees. But what if I want honey?

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How can one use psychic magic and abilities to affect a swarm? There is really very little that can affect a swarm of creatures which by nature is kind of like a psychic network (more literally if it possesses hive mind). Could mesmerist be adapted so her charms can affect swarms? Perhaps a Mesmerist Trick or one of her Bold Stare affects?

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The hive mentality seems to be psychic by its nature. I think its only fitting that psychics or mesmerists should have some way to control swarms or even create a hive mentality among allies so they can be treated as a troup. And likewise, a hivemind psychic might have the ability to share teamwork feats.

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Yeah, I'm still searching for a creature swarm that has an intelligence of 3 or higher. So far the only creature I can find with hive mind is a Formian. It's funny, I was researching this last week when I was trying to make an occult adventures character whose profession was a bee keeper. Still trying to figure that out. So far the vermin hunter archetype is the only one that has any real affect on swarms that aren't summoned.

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Yes, so the snake swarm has intelligence, but doesn't possess the hive mind ability.

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The psychic definitely needs all of the detect spells. He at least needs detect lies. I was expecting to see magic jar on the list, but I'd also like to see a spell that acts the same way, but instead of trapping one mind it targets two minds and switches them. Is there a spell like that? Mind Swap? Freaky Friday? Parasitic Soul (Lv9) has some psychic flare to it, too.

One thing I have considered is that the inherent strength of the psychic (the casting through thought and emotion) is also an inherent weakness to emotion spells and effects, which up until now were pretty useless. Do morale affects count as emotion affects? That would mean a psychic couldn't cast if under the effect of a bardic performance. And does demoralizing count as a fear effect? Can I intimidate a psychic to take away its casting for a round?

@Cronge: The spell "Mind Thrust" targets one creature. Swarms can't be targeted as one creature. Even if you can affect creature immune to mind-affecting, there are thousands of creatures in that swarm. That's why you always keep a vial of alchemist fire on you.

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Having to focus in two mental stats makes it difficult to fill a wide range of party roles. Starting off character creation, there aren't any core races that would naturally fit as talented psychics. A Peri-Blooded Aasimar gets +2 Int and Cha, which would give them an advantage in Abomination Discipline and Pain disciple, though I would sooner see them as a Pyrokineticist. The very nature of the disciplines is contrary to anything that a good aligned outsider would follow.
Contrariwise, Samsarans get +2 to Int and Wis, making them excellent candidates for Tranquility and Lore and fit the role perfectly. They could likely have psychic connections with their past lives.
Lashunta are a race unique to the Inner Sea. The females get +2 Int and Cha (unlike the males of the race). The fact that they have detect thoughts as spell-like ability suggests that they might have invented the psychic disciplines. (I'm unfamiliar with the nature of this race, so I'm only speculating)
All these options are pretty rare, though. PFS play is not an option for any of these races without a boon.
A human psychic could potentially have natural talent for casting spells OR using discipline. Specializing would require a great about of sacrifice in physical stats and the third mental stat.

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Point taken, Dragon78. I guess Bard will always be the king of knowledge.

With this class, I'm picturing a character like Shawn Spencer (except with REAL psychic powers instead of inspired theatrics.)
There are also some real world parallels you can stretch out. 3rd level psychic spell "kill goat" targets only goats and goat must make a will save or die (this was something the American government attempted during the cold war. Supposedly it worked in one trial.)
Also the forth Indiana Jones movie was had that Russian Psychic as a villain.

I'm trying to think of more examples in literature and movies that included occult character concepts. Harry Huddini, Sigmund Freud, even the great Tolkien himself were dabblers in the occult myseries. It was a different age of understanding. Light flowed through the aether at varying speeds. Phrenologist could discern a criminal personality by feeling the bumps on your head.

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And thanks for pointing that out. I didn't realize it was focused on two mental stats. I guess that makes sense. Still could use some more skill ranks to get a decent loremaster out of the class.

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Ooh! Archetype idea! Psychic Investigator that is able to use inspiration points to further enhance his phrenic abilities.

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I find it odd that the Lore Discipline is based around Wis. Building a character for the playtest, this is the class I was most drawn to and the concept I was envisioning was heavy on Knowledge skills. With only 2+int ranks per level, I find myself lacking in capability to do so.
Is there a reason why this discipline is not Int based?
Other than Will saves, I can't find any other benefit for dumping ability score into wisdom.

Mnemonic Cache sounds like an invaluable asset for society play. It doesn't seem to require you to spend time reading the documents and you can recall it with perfect clarity. I can name more than a few ways that would come in handy.
-Memorize spells from a wizard's spell book (each spell takes up one page per level, so any spell up to level 9 still gives you room for a level 1 spell. There's no need to understand it if you can reproduce the script onto paper or psychically transfer the image into the mind of a friendly wizard who can cast it.)
-The entire dungeon map (yes, you only saw it for a second before the goblin set it on fire as goblins often do, but now the party has a dungeon map at its beckon call. )
-Memorize it now, translate it late. Eliminate the need to understand ancient writing when recovering info for the society.
-Super covert information gathering. If you are captured, they had better have another more powerful mind reader on their team, because you destroyed any physical evidence before starting the mission.
I believe the psychic should have a way to enhance this ability so he can memorize volumes of text. Or contingency situations so if he has memorized documents implementing a powerful authority the information is released at the event of the psychic's death. I could go on, seriously.

Mind Palace: all I can say is someone's got a Benedict Cumberbatch man-crush, so this playtest character will likely be cross-classing into Investigator.

Since this is a general discussion thread, I will also mention that the other three disciplines are amazing and I can't wait to see what else come out of the woodwork.

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It would seem to be the over all understanding that this is possible, though I am still not convinced. The Extra Hex feat grants you one additional hex. The Channel Energy class feature of the Hexchanneler is not a hex, it is selected in place of a hex. Rules as written, it does not seem to work the way people are assuming it does.

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The consummate investigator fails his Knowledge (Geography) and Perception checks respectively. I would throw those dice out the window.

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Paizo is west coast, my friend. Sleep it off. It'll be there in the morning.

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I built a Half-Orc Swashbuckler to playtest in my group's game. I was most excited about this class because the Princess Bride Wesley type is my favorite kind of hero.
Things I loved
1. Climbing up the chains, swinging across the room, and nailing the kyton with a critical hit (on a natural 15 of all things). Yes, the Derring-do dice exploded on the skill check. Yes, I felt awesome!
2. I just need one weapon at all times. I don't have to mess with four or five. In general I had no problem as a front liner, but on those occasions when I couldn't make it to the front I had a side arm prepped to fire. I know this class wasn't meant for firearms, but a single shot does give some style.
3. I am recharging pinache faster then I thought I would. Which means I'm using the class feature more to make double damage on precise strike.

Things I feel could be improved,
1. Charmed life has to be declared before the save is made. It's a limited ability that's easy to forget and it's something the paladin gets all the time. It might work better as one free re-roll or add cha to all saves.
2. The class forces you to take Combat Reflexes to make Parry useful. It's practically required for this class, so why isn't it a built in feature?
3. Kip-up was an awesome addition to the deeds the swashbuckler can do. What about when the hero clicks the sword into his hand that is sitting at his feet. "As long as the Swashbuckler has 1 point of pinache, if there is an unattended object of tiny or diminutive size (such as a light weapon) in her square, she can kipp it up into her hand without provoking an attack of opportunity. If she spends one 1 of panache, she may do this as part of her movement or as an swift action to kip the weapon to one target within 10 feet. The target must be able to see and hear the swashbuckler to catch the object." I don't know, the wording needs work. That's just something I wanted to do as a swashbuckler.

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