Per the rules, though, it shouldn't function for anyone else at all:
A wizard can add additional magic abilities to his bonded object as if he has the required item creation feats and if he meets the level prerequisites of the feat. For example, a wizard with a bonded dagger must be at least 5th level to add magic abilities to the dagger (see the Craft Magic Arms and Armor feat in Feats). If the bonded object is a wand, it loses its wand abilities when its last charge is consumed, but it is not destroyed and it retains all of its bonded object properties and can be used to craft a new wand. The magic properties of a bonded object, including any magic abilities added to the object, only function for the wizard who owns it. If a bonded object's owner dies, or the item is replaced, the object reverts to being an ordinary masterwork item of the appropriate type.
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So, when generating an NPC wizard with Arcane Bond, would an enhanced arcane bonded item count against the NPCs Wealth By Level?
Considering that the arcane bond doesn't/won't work for anyone other than the NPC in question (ie, no loot for PCs), and Wealth By Level seems to be for the purposes of limiting PC wealth in the long run by not giving too much out at any one encounter (at least that seems to be RAI to me), I wouldn't think an enhanced arcane bonded item (for example, an arcane bonded ring of spell turning) would count towards the NPC's WBL.
What do the rest of you think?
Lord Snow wrote:
Given that Kingmaker is one of the best selling Paizo APs, it's a safe wager to say that we WILL see another kingmaker-style AP where the PCs build a kingdom and maybe even use hex exploration.
Given the Kingmaker rules just got a revision/expansion in Ultimate Campaigns, I wouldn't be surprised if we see something incorporating them (perhaps as a sidebar and not the main event) sooner rather than later.
Captain Marsh wrote:
- Has anyone generated hex maps that scale any parts of Varisia to a kingmaker-size/kingdom-building format?
There is a poster, hewhocaves, at The Piazza who is using the mapping tools another poster, Thorfinn Tait created for mapping in the Mystara/Known World style, to map out Golarion. Hewhocaves is currently working on the Kingmaker region at a 12 mi/hex scale, and I'm not sure what his current progress is beyond that.
Or, in previous editions, You Only Live As Many Times As You Pass A Resurrection Survival Check And Still Have Points Of Constitution. (YOLAMTAYPARSCASHPOC?)
Bargaining is probably one that will take a little for me to wrap my head around.
OOOOH! Tell more!
Just a brief overview, doesn't have to be specific. I just wasn't aware there were going to be any subsystems on bargaining in this book, and that appeals mightily to me.
(Not that I wasn't going to get it anyway.)
I was excited yesterday when my subscription showed that payment would be authorized today, anticipating it would then be shipping soon, but I just noticed today that the payment is now showing it will now not be authorized until next month, and will ship at the end of the month (along with Rasputin Must Die!). Did this get pushed back?
What do we know of the origins of Dwarves? Are Dwarves found on other planets or planes?
Heh. I just had this image of the dwarves of Golarion appearing on other worlds as their ancestors tunneled through the various Darklands Vaults and unknowingly stumbled upon Vaultkeeper portals to other planets.
Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
...Yog-Sothoth dragons, Shub-Niggurath dragons, Nyarlathotep dragons, and Azathoth dragons?
I wasn't thinking of anything quite that derivative/literal for Outer Dragons, but just the notion that these might be the Dark Tapestry equivalent of "normal" dragons.
And it also reminded me of the Draedens, of Frank Mentzer's Gold Box Immortals set for D&D, which were said to be related to dragons.
Jason Nelson wrote:
Mahaha was a monster I proposed for the AP Bestiary when I was writing The Hungry Storm for Jade Regent but it got bounced in favor of other concepts. We will see if it shows up in B4.
Is it any relation to the bombastic Muahaha? Or the less impressive Meh?
Holy poop! This is awesome.
I see Formians on the list, and recall that they were mentioned as inhabitants of Castrovel. Does this mean we might see some other Distant Worlds/extraterrestrial monsters in Bestiary 4?
Also, I absolutely loved the creatures of different mythologies that popped up in B3; any chance we might see some more of this in B4? (Particularly Native American- north and south- mythologies?)
Given the hints that southern Garund will be somewhat "highly magical," I'm really curious to know what/if their relationship with the Azlanti might have been like. Whether they had large civilizations in contact (rivalry?) with them, or whether such civilizations developed post-Starfall.
I liked the version in the mini comic that came with the original toys.
I, too, greatly preferred the original post-apocalyptic/dystopian He-Man Universe of the first couple of mini-comics over the fantasy/superhero/kid's version pastiche that came later.
Coyote Toledo wrote:
In my mind I've been calling Pharasma 'Skeleton Woman' and otherwise leaving her alone, short of putting in a Skeletonway society, maybe even a Dance.
A good fit for Pharasma might be to combine her a bit with the Hopi god Masauwu, or that concept. (Again, tying into the pre-existing Golarion term sipapu in the Mammoth Lands, itself a Hopi term).
What if the humans of Arcadia actually emerged from the Underdark onto the continent of Arcadia in the distant past? Perhaps they came originally from the Inner Sea area (or even Tian-Xia) but were driven underground for some reason (Starfall?) and eventually emerged back onto the surface on the opposite side of the world? Not unlike the RW crossing of the Bering Straits, but via a different (fantastic) route?
It isn't just Hopi mythology that deals with the people coming originally from the Underworld, but Mesoamerican and other North and South American mythologies as well (such as the Inca and Aztec).
Speaking of other Native American creatures/myths to add to Arcadia, I've long wanted to create Kachinas as a monster group (like such groups as Kami, Archons, etc, etc.)
They'd be either Fey or Outsiders, but other than that, there is such a wide swath of them to base various creatures on. The Ogre Kachinas, Guardian Kachinas, Runner Kachinas, etc.
Also, while on the topic (and I'm just now catching up with the thread and see some great ideas from Gnoll Bard), while researching the Inca for that previously mentioned Oltec Gaz earlier, I did run across an article on a possible Nazca Hot Air Balloon.
Again, stuff like this may be sketchy as far as having any real solid RW evidence to support it, but it fits pretty well into a fantasy world, IMO, so I don't feel too bad mining it for ideas, even if I remain a skeptic as far as history goes. :)
Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
Frankly, I don't want pre-Columbian at this point. I want radically changed and unfamiliar post-Columbian.
I would like to see this, myself (and have attempted to do similar with another campaign setting), although I think there is certainly room for both. After all, even in our own pre-Columbian Americas, we had several large scale empires with populations rivaling- even surpassing- some European cities at the time, as well as smaller tribal groupings.
I think the catfolk would be very fitting as a major race in Arcadia, particularly since great cats (and cat-headed people) are such a major iconic image in many Native American culture (particularly the jaguar).
The syrinx idea, of course, should be developed, but I would also like to see some other bird people, perhaps some raven people (again, as the raven/crow is a recurring character in North American Native American mythology).
I've always found it interesting that the concept (and name) of the sipapu was used among the kellid peoples of the Mammoth Lands (as another name for the Earthnavel) as sipapu is the Hopi term that was symbolic of the hole in the Earth that the ancestors of the first people came through to the surface world. Perhaps there could be a tie-in between Arcadia and the Inner Sea that way, or at least a tie-in to Arcadia's own Underdark.