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I hope for a Arcadian iconic. People with native american blood (or native south american in my case) are still waiting a bit of representation.

Is Quinn etchinically Mwangi ? I guess we don't have a Mwangi iconic.

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Greetings Mr. James Jacobs,

Can a evil god fake a "paladin" ? Let's say Asmodeus wants to hurt Iomedae's name by faking her calling to a delusional human who believe he is a paladin. He start a cult, hunt his "evil" enemies and burn them to the stake, all in Iomedae's name but is only being a delusional villain in a power game by the gods. Let's say he creates a organization like scarlet crusade from WOW. Of course this wound not go on forever, but it would work in Golarion for a time ?

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Yeah, i pretty much designed it to let the party choose the bonus so when they don't need something they could just don't choose it.

My original mental draft had a large table of bonus and penalties for locations and spells, but i never gone in this direction without knowing if the geral idea was any good.

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Maybe they will get a spell that turn the disease into a spirit monster and then has to slay it to cure the disease.

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This was my first thought, but i am the overcomplicate type. Thanks for the polishing.

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New use for the Survival Skill:

Make Camp: It´s a DC 10 to make a usable camp for 8 hours for four medium creatures (a large creature counts as 2 mediums, and two small creatures counts as one medium). After 10 minutes of work, all people helping mount camp roll a survival check, the better one is the prime result and each other roll is considered a aid another attempt. Each time a check beats the DC 10 by 5, gives the Camp a resource point, the participants of the camp can use this points to buy camp vantages for the duration of the camp.
Unnatural enviroments or underground, gives a -5 penalty on this check, indoors or barren desert, gives a -10 penalty on this check.

Camp vantages:

- Bigger camp (cost 1, can be bought any number of times): Raises the number of creatures allowed in camp by 2.
- Protected Camp (cost , max 3 times): Gives +2 on fortitudes savings to overcome enviremental hazards by the campers.
- Safety Zone (cost 1, max 2 times): Gives +2 on percetion checks made by campers to perceive creatures approaching camp or to avoid being surprised inside camp.
- Tactical Camp (cost 1, max 1 time): Gives +2 to campers initiative to combats inside camp perimeter.
- Feeding Resources (cost 2, max 1 time): Campers don´t need to spend rations while camping and can refill waterskins.
- Camoflage Camp (cost 2, max 1 time): Gives +2 to all stealth checks of campers while in camp. All campers can take 10 on stealth checks while sleeping.
- Improvised Infirmary (cost 3, max one time): Doubles natural healing rate of all campers after a full-s night rest, gives +2 to healing checks made inside camp.

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The Shaman's familiar isn't a spirit animal ? I thought they didn't really have physical bodies.

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Ok, lets examine the same situation when it occurs in fiction:

The Care Bears do it all the time.

Willow had done that to Angelus in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Ok, he already shifted a lot before).

Neverending Story 2, to a fatal result.

So, all of them are evil ?

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Situation 1: Lets say a paladin is facing a evil wizard who had opened a portal to abyss. The only one who can close the portal is the evil wizard and he don't want to. Thousand would die if the portal is not closed, the paladin has a helm of oposite aligment in hand. Is evil to use it on the wizard saving the life of thousands ?

Situation 2: The Paladin has a twin brother that started to study necromancy. His parents are concerned that his brother turned evil. The paladin confirm it with detect evil and the oppurtune helm is in his hand. Is a good act for him to use on his beloved brother before he has the chance of doing an evil act and breaking the heart of his parents and himself ?

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I don´t think the diminished spells are balanced to be cast at will as 0 level spells. I would sugest that diminished 0 lv spells are spended as if they were regular spells.

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Question 1: It would be better if the Paladin ask first if the prisioner would want to be killed or to don the helm ?

Question 2: Why killing is not considered a offense of the freedom to live ? A paladin should not be killing anyway.

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How about a Dixie mini-setting inside Andoran ? Yay or nay ?

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I had thought that with ACG, mostra people would say that's enough. But i was wrong. These provedor that there still is a lot of good idéias yet to be implemented.

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Zhayne wrote:
Draco Bahamut wrote:

Philosopher: I started with OD&D and i still miss a cleric of law, neutrality or chaos. But many people ask for a godless clerical, it could be a philosopher who worship philosophies. It could be a archetype, but i really miss it.

Clerics can already do that.

Nota in Golarion. You cant be a clerical of Atheism, or Capitalism, or Taoism, or Zeitgeist.

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The APG is really close, and most people already have a good idea how the new class will be. But maybe some of you also have some character ideas that none of the current or imminent classes can bring to life. Só let's share it with the world.

Psionic monk: I am still waiting for psionic support, but what i miss more is a monk/caster hybrid. I would like more a psionic monk. But a divine monk would be cool.

Philosopher: I started with OD&D and i still miss a cleric of law, neutrality or chaos. But many people ask for a godless clerical, it could be a philosopher who worship philosophies. It could be a archetype, but i really miss it.

Rogue/Illusionist Hybrid: I know we have the arcane trickster, but people who could remember the Bluehand from Ad&d miss what the ninja really should be.

Magic item crafter: An alchemist is not an artificer. I still miss it.

Capoeirist (brawler/bard hybrid): Again it could be an archetype, but the character who mix dance with martial arts (and a bit of witchcraft or shamanism) would be fun.

Arcane NPC class: Now that we have retraining rules, it would be fun to have an apprentice class that could be retrained later for GMs who like to do before we became adventurers campaing.

These were mine, what could be more ?

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Bastards of Golarion has more races than Blood of the Elements and talks about most of them better than it.

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There is a runelord under Belkzen ?

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AP spoiler:
Maybe they are talking about Thassilonian mummies.

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Thank you very much. I really wanted this.

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I wanted that Paizo hasn´t called this book Blood of the Elements. If it was named Elemental Handbook i would liked it more, but as is it´s sort of misleading as the book isn´t really about the genie-kind. We only got a bit of background information about the races, some random rules material that are barelly into the theme and info about the elemental planes that while great woundn´t be my first choice to appear in this book.
Now i feel like we will never have the genie-kind book that i wished that this book was (i am really a elemental fan).
I know that it´s not Paizo´s fault as they should really be hardpressed by GEN CON lauch line, but i am really feeling disapointed right now.

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Good question.

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Especially all those influence scenarios. I would like to put the face card on the table and each influence opportunity i like to put the character mini close to the portrait of the character they are trrying to influentiate.

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Peet wrote:

Some people on this thread have listed various gods as having various ethnicities. I don't think this is really accurate.

Aroden, Iomedae, Norgorber, and Cayden Caylien all were once human and passed the test of the starstone to become immortal. So they have a definite ethnicity.

The older gods, though, like Pharasma, Sarenrae, Gozreh, etc. all predate humans. They are not and have never been human beings and if they choose to reveal themselves in human form they can do so in any form they like. So they should not be seen as having a specific ethnicity.

People of any given culture will probably portray these gods as people belonging to their culture. So to a Keleshite, Sarenrae will be envisioned as a Keleshite, whereas to a Mwangi Sarenrae will be portrayed as a Mwangi.

If you have a Mwangi or Garundi character he or she should feel free to revere any of these older gods in their "dark-skinned" aspect. They can even get into arguments with northern clerics about whether or not the god is actually black.

For the record, I think Sarenrae would make a very striking black goddess.

The problem is. The art show them all as european looking. Even Gozreh who is a elemental being have a european nose and lips. There is no art showing their "mwangi" or anything other aspects. So it's hard to see the black divinity in them.

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Dear Miss Meirisiel "The Stab" Silvari,

How would you feel if you had to go in a long adventure with Ezren, Balazar and Quinn ?

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Deadmanwalking wrote:
Draco Bahamut wrote:
Actually i quite like the idea of Gozreh being a african themed god. The way it make business it's very orisha-like. I will enforce this thinking in my campaing.

This is, in fact, canonical. I mean, he's listed as a Mwangi god.

Just for the record.

Okay. I was just saying that i have approved it. The only interesting thing missing is that the Orishas really like gifts and offerings. If Paizo do a Mwangi pantheon, they could take a lot of ideas from the Yoruba and make gods that don't overlap with existing gods and can be great companions for Gozreh. Like a Volcano god/godess, the trickster nature, the tides, the undersea, the smoke, resourcefullness etc...

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The Might and Magic series also have a setting where a fantasy world was built atop a sci-fi universe in disguise.

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I often forget the investigator class when i am listing the ACG new classes, with the stylish Quinn now it jumped to the top class i want to play.

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I have roleplayed since 1989 and i am very excited by this adventure path (Phantasy Star fan, i even have a niece named after Alis). I proudly keep my sub as i have loved every single book Paizo published until now.

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* please, substitute any word ordering by sorting in the previous post. I just perceive i used the wrong word (they are synonimous in portuguese).

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I know that it can be a bit asking too much, but can there be a easy way of ordering the web fiction by publishing order ? Some of the fiction are continuation of another one and i have unknowing read Bastard Sword by Tim Pratt out of order spoilering the first part A Tomb of Winter Plunder by reading as is ordered in the Web Fiction page.
Yeah, i have OCD.

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Actually i quite like the idea of Gozreh being a african themed god. The way it make business it's very orisha-like. I will enforce this thinking in my campaing.

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DrDeth wrote:
Arachnofiend wrote:
Alaryth wrote:
We always have played the other way; DM says difficulty, player rolls. :(
I think most people play that way; when this sort of rule comes up at my table our GM just lets us reroll if we fail the check. Prevents the agony of "NO I WANTED TO REROLL THAT".
Yes, I think the wording of "Before the results are revealed" needs to be gotten rid of across the board. Depending on a DM's style, this can easily make ALL of those completely worthless.

Wow. Excelent observation. I really never thought too deeply about that. When i GM i already do that, and most players have a very good idea of the DC anyway.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Draco Bahamut wrote:
This make me remember one question i made before, if everyone evolved from black people in Africa, why you never see black caveman images or in movies ?

If done wrongly it might imply that black people are less evolved.

Even if done correctly it would be accused of doing that.

Considering that many people believe that Adam and Eve were white, this could open a very large can of mutual accusations involving religion. So, even i only accuse them of playing safe with white-only cavemen, even when people really believed that black people were less evolved.

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sylvansteel wrote:

In Sargava The lost Colony it´s noted, that Mwawangi often depict the gods brought by the colonists as Mwangi, for example iomeda as a tribeswoman, and in Dragon empires Primer several of the main gods are said to be depicted as Tien.

Every culture has an own depiction of the gods, Gods of the inner Sea just shows how they are mainly depicted in central Avistan.

The problem of that is the art. Paizo can't afford to do all the gods for all ethnicities, so to have art for a black god, we would need a full black cultural god. As mister Mona said, opportunities were lost.

Erik Mona wrote:
To be perfectly honest there are not enough of them in the setting right now, and the ones that ought to have Garundi features ended up a goth woman with white hair, a fey-looking white dude with half a face, and a nature spirit with a pretty inhuman form.

Sorry, but both Gozreh forms are very caucasian. Because Yoruba pantheon is still worshiped in Brazil, i have seen a lot of elemental forms of the Orishas in art and african-looking elemental spirits are very different.

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CathalFM wrote:
thaX wrote:

Thank You...

I don't know why Paizo hasn't put a collection of all the Venture Captain's pics in a file for GM prep.

Have wondered this before myself, would love a picture resource of:

Venture Captains
Golarion/Absalom Maps (I found these myself)
Very Noteworthy figures (ie those who are at the centre of season long arcs, and probably the entire blackros family!)

More then that, i have wondered why Paizo never made a Face Deck with portraits from Pathfinder Society. We already have plenty of recurring NPCs that having handy card would be cool.

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thejeff wrote:

The only game I've actually been in or run where dark-skinned humans would have been a problem was one where humans were and always had been isolated to part of one smallish continent and thus were unlikely to have split into different races. Thinking about it now, if someone had asked about playing a dark-skinned character I should have told them that they all were of course. :)

Oh, I suppose the game with no humans would count too, technically.

This make me remember one question i made before, if everyone evolved from black people in Africa, why you never see black caveman images or in movies ? I would understand if it was because of fear of racism accusations of retrating black people as primitive. But even before when no one had this fear, black people were show as cavemen. As if they were created after cavemen times. Even in science fiction with devolutions rays firing everywhere, no non-white person was ever devolved into a cavemen.

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I have been asking this for a long time. Not only i miss black/african gods, but black/african outsiders creatures, like angels, archons, demons etc...

I know about red or golden skin, but skin colors means very little to etchinicity. Most human face creatures have european features. Not asking for a a complete revamp, just some celestial or gods appearing from time to time to prove they exist but just aren't appearing in Avistan.

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thejeff wrote:
However, if you want a more isolated start, with the players only learning about the rest of the world as their isolated characters do, it doesn't work so well.

It's not as if everyone know a lot about their ancestors homeland after some generations. You could have a small enclave of dark skinned people who aren't even aware why they have dark skin, and tell stories about a great aunt that travelled as a merchant and were told there was a land of the south with people who also have dark skin just as her had, but not even are sure if they come from there originally.

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Hey Miss Sillvari,

Have you ever meet one of those skinwalkers werebat-kins ? Would let one of them join your party or would preemptive stab him ?

Do you fear if someday someone would summon the bat animal lord against you ?

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Interesting as everything is a point of view. As a brazilian, i can only think how Jirelle can adventure without fainting from a heatstroke. All adventures seem overdressed for any climate i have been in my life (i never seen snow).
Another curious note is that Seoni dress is still scandalous even for our standards.

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I allways thought about feats that modified cantrips to raise their utility sometimes per day.

Like :
Slippery Frost
Requisits: Can cast Ray of Frost Cantrip, can cast 3rd level arcane spells.
Benefits: Three times per day, any square hit by a casting of ray of frost become slippery as per a casting of Grease by the same caster level that casted the original Ray of Frost.

Anything like that ?

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In my lodge we have some players who are deep dedicated healers and are proud of not letting others players spend their resources. When they are not around, someone plays Kyra.

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I want an AP where we help the new Iconic Jirelle in her fight against her mother and the Bloodcrow.

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In case someone want to do a parallel evil twin version of Golarion, how would that be ?

It would have the Worldheal, the spearhead of heaven to heal the world but there are a unhloy crusade of antipaladins to stop them ?

The House Thrune would be free thinkers revolutionaries that freed Cheliax ?
The 7 runelords of virtues are sleeping until the time they are needed to help the world ?
Irrisen would be the land of eternal summer ?
The evil elf invaders from another world are battling the good empyreal lord Treegrower ?
The peaceful orcs are slaved by the evil humans of Lastjail ?
The level headed people of Galt, have magical sickbeds that keep their nobles from dieing and going in the after life ?
Andoran is a place of republican tyranny and the fake democracy ?
Ustalav is the realm of the classic fairytales ? The civilized people of Numeria are being devolved by a spiritual mountain that raised from the ground ?

How would your evil Golarion be ?

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It´s one thing to say there is no elves in one setting, it´s another to say all humans are white. I would at least ask the GM why he created a setting with only his/her ethnicity. If there was a good reason (like Rokugan) i would accept it. If he/she only forgot to create dark-skinned people and for some reason he/she wouldn´t retcon because reasons, i would find it strange but i could accept it if i was the first dark-skinned person he/she meet in his/her life. But any other answer would make me think he/she is racist (or at least passive racist).

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If i knew i would live for over 1000 years, i would certainly take my time finishing college.

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knightnday wrote:

I'm not sure it is a problem. I've had a number of players with various skin colors at the table and haven't had a problem yet. I've had a few "where are these sort of people at" questions, and "why are these guys purple? What shade of purple? Do they like the lavender people?" questions.

I've yet to have a "why isn't <insert their real world ethnicity> in this city/land/world?" yet. I've perhaps been lucky to not run across players that were looking to be insulted, or that were able to roll with what was provided in the game.

I'm not really worried about some sort of message, myself. My hope is that anyone I'm playing with has been around enough sci-fi/fantasy to understand the hows and whys of game design, or is adult enough to ask me why X world is only populated by stark white people, or why there are no white people on Z world, and what the heck is up with the orange people on Y world.

It's perfectly possible to it not being a issue. I never ever thought about playing a black character in Rokugan. But if everytime there is no place for dark-skinned humans in everyone gameworld, some lessons could be learnt from that.

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Each of us can create his own world and populate it with any cultures you want or possible skin color you want. The problem is only the message you would pass to a possible black or other skin color real world person you call you invite to play with. They would be hurt ? You would care ? Or you would never invite a black player to your table ? This is the real problem.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:


Everyone makes gods in their own image*, even when they're real. Unless your god ascended from being a mortal, the god looks like whatever they want to look like. This has been an ingame thing on more than a few occasions, with garundi showing gods as garundi and ratfolk showing their gods as ratfolk.

Also the white people are closer to the ez pass to godhood of the starstone.

* I suppose this could also go for game designers.

Yeah yeah, but illustrations make a great deal about it. We already had a not-Africa themed adventure path and now we are going throught another, comparing Serpent's Skull to Mummy's Mask shows a lot of improvment, and the Egiptian pantheon helped a little. But i hope things will improve someday. This maybe would not be as important in the north hemisphere. But more African themed cultural symbols would be a huge deal selling the setting in Brazil.

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Alexander Dumas, writer of the Three Musketeers, was mixed race (his greatmother was black). I didn't even know that until reading about famous mixed race people. This made me wonder how much i knew about non-white writers and hero figures in fiction.

In Golarion, all my human characters are mixed race (almost all are at least half-Varisian, until Arcadians appear in print). I find strange pure-race people, but this must be a brazilian-thing.

I am very grateful for Seelah, Sanji, Kyra and the others, but all Golarion good deities and human looking celestial figure are white looking (ok, Sarenrae don't appear to be white and Irori don't is but have light skin). Where are the Mwangi or really dark-skinned gods ?

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I like it more when is brutal hard. Bring it on. i ll ask my GM to schedule it now.

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