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James Jacobs wrote:
Darius Darrenbar wrote:


How well do you think Thri-Kreen (or Mantisfolk in general) would fit into Golarion? I got this bizarre idea for introducing them as fleshwarped Red Mantis Assassins among other things but barring that what would be a good way to introduce them as a normal race?

They, like pretty much all the classic D&D monsters we can't touch, would fit in quite well. I'm not gonna go into where I think they'd fit though. That's up to you folks to decide for your home games as you see fit.

I gave their cousins the tohr-kreen an empire on Castrovel close to the formians and said the thri-kreen are exiles living on Golarion and Akiton.

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I could see this book being of considerable use to space-based adventures, especially concerning Verces and Eox. I'd also like to combine it with Dreamscarred's psionics rules for adventures on Castrovel or Akiton.

Hi. I'm a little embarrassed to be posting this here because asking for help is hard for me to do, but the guys on PathfinderWiki urged me to, so here goes.

My name is Will Staples. I'm a PFRPG player and have posted on these boards on and off for the last few years. Before that, I was active on the Dicefreaks messageboards since around 2005-ish. I run a gaming blog, The Creature Chronicle, where I convert monsters from D&D 3E to Pathfinder.

I'm in a bit of trouble. Due to an inability to pay property taxes in 2010 and 2011, my city foreclosed on my family's home and will evict us on February 28th if we can't pay. The property taxes alone are over $6,000, and that's not counting legal fees and other costs. We haven't been able to get a straight answer yet on the exact amount that we owe.

We've lived in this house for 22 years and the thought of being kicked out is unbearable. I, my mother, my sister, her fiancee, and their 1-year-old son with congenital health defects would be cast adrift with nowhere to go.

With that in mind, a friend of mine suggested I set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe. This is it right here. Another friend of mine runs a fairly popular blog and thanks to her help we were able to raise about $2,500 in the first day, but after that, unsurprisingly, the interest dropped off and donations started drying up.

And that brings me here. Mark Mooreland and Alex Greenshields at PFWiki suggested I "raise the gamer goodwill signal" on the Paizo boards. I don't know if there's anything anyone can do to help. I'm not demanding anything. But if you could donate anything - even just your daily coffee budget - to our cause, I'd be in your debt. If you need an incentive, a comic book writer/artist friend of mine is offering his original graphic novel, Damnation, for £2.50 ($4.11 USD), with proceeds going to our collection drive.

If you can't afford that, just share it on Facebook or Twitter. The more people who see this, the closer we get to saving our home of 20+ years. In the meantime, we're seeking legal advice and whatever eviction protection we can find.

Will / Filby

I note the Worldwound's expanse ends right at Tanglebriar in Kyonin. I wonder how Treerazer would get involved.

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I've been waiting for this a long time :)

I hope there are more "...of Golarion" books featuring "savage" races, though, like hobgoblins or whatnot.

I'm hoping for some of the creatures that have received mentions but no stats, like...

Akyrak (Pathfinder 10: A History of Ashes, pg. 64)
Drake, caustic (Pathfinder 4: Fortress of the Stone Giants, pg. 71)
Drake, lightning (Pathfinder 4: Fortress of the Stone Giants, pg. 71)
Drake, thunder (Pathfinder 4: Fortress of the Stone Giants, pg. 71)
Dream wolf (Guide to Darkmoon Vale, pg. 3)
Elemental, time (The Great Beyond, pg. 50)
Formian, wasp (The Great Beyond, pg. 30)
Ixion worm (Princes of Darkness, pg. 13)
Keld piskie (D0: Hollow's Last Hope. pg. 5)
Kyton, oitos (Princes of Darkness, pg. 24)
Loa spirits (W2: River into Darkness, pg. 18)
Silkgoyle (Guide to the River Kingdoms, pg. 33)
Skullwasp (Elves of Golarion, pg. 18)
Wisagatkak (Princes of Darkness, pg. 18)

Other types of gigas besides the Hell gigas and Abyss gigas (Nirvana and Maelstrom have received passing mentions).

Any of the groupings of dragons mentioned in Pathfinder 4: Fortress of the Stone Giants, pgs. 70-71:

Abomination dragons: Hoarfrost, rot, ruin, rust, suffocation
Humour dragons: Choleric, melancholy, phlegmatic, sanguine
Mineral dragons: Coal, pyrite, silicon, sulfur
Thaumaturgic dragons: Abjuration, conjuration, divination, enchantment, evocation, illusion, necromancy, transmutation
Miscellaneous types: Gray, sin, virtue

Any number of alien races and creatures mentioned in Distant Worlds.

The elemental lords (Ayrzul, Hshurha, Kelizandri, and Ymeri)

Furthermore, now that mythic rules have arrived, it would be awesome to Pathfinderize some creatures from the 3.0 Epic Level Handbook, especially the abominations.

@Calas Dermain: IANJJ, but catfolk can be found in southern Garund (i.e., south of the Mwangi Expanse) and the Valashmai Jungle of Tian Xia.

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So, uh... anyone else super stoked to read about the gods of ancient Osirion?

My favorite option is the cavalier archetype from Animal Archive. Can't remember the name, just that I thought the houndmaster was an excellent idea ever since it came up in one of the RPG Superstar contest and was thrilled to see it in print.

I noticed that in addition to the undead and necromancy, Orcus is also the demon lord of wrath. How is that expressed by him and his cult, aside from being very very angry?

Who came up with Usaro and the Gorilla King, and were they consciously inspired by Gorilla City and Gorilla Grodd from DC Comics?

EDIT: Nevermind, looked up the answer myself. Sorry.

Are Kurgess and Ghlaunder still considered demigods, or have they been bumped up to full deity status like Achaekek?

Do any Neutral Evil or Lawful Neutral druids worship Asmodeus in his aspect as a fire god?

Can you tell us anything about Typhon? What he was like, how he looked, what his portfolio was, how he differed from Barbatos in ruling Avernus?

If Malcanthet existed in the Pathfinder cosmology, how would you differentiate her from Nocticula?

Are "ghoul" and "ghul" pronounced differently?

I'm thinking of converting kuo-toa to PF rules because I like their special abilities, but their campaign role seems to have been taken over by the skum, which I also like for their Lovecraft influence. Can you think of any reason to include both races in a campaign?

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Wait, woah, woah.

Zon-Kuthon is the kytons' "prisoner"?

I'd be fascinated to learn more of this!

James Jacobs wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
James, could we ever hope to see an Elementals Revisited book?

I suppose that's possible.

Were I to greenlight this book today, I'd probably do 10 chapters as follows:

Air Elementals
Fire Elementals
Earth Elementals
Water Elementals
Invisibile Stalkers


There's actually not a lot of elementals out there. I'd be tempted to expand it to include salamanders and xorn but those aren't elementals.

And I'm not sure 16 pages on the 4 elementals is the best choice either, since those creatures are kinda simple and samey...

In the end, the subject COULD work, but I can think of many others I'd rather do first...

Maybe group all the "true" elementals together like gremlins in "Fey Revisited" or hags in "Classic Horrors Revisited", and expand the book to Inner Planar creatures in general? Like:

Invisible Stalkers

Or some similar lineup.

Is there room in Pathfinder for adventures dealing with alternate timelines? Like an alternate version of Golarion where the Worldwound has spread even further, or where Taldor never lost control of Cheliax, etc.

Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
In your mind, is it possible for some catfolk to have manes or stripes like big cats? Or are the cats they're related to strictly house cats?

If you need a lion-like humanoid and your GM is lenient about homebrewed material, I came up with "greater catfolk" race stats inspired by Mystara's rakastas you might be able to use.

Why aren't hags grouped together in the Pathfinder Bestiary?

I liked in 2E how green dragons had a poison breath weapon, and I'm trying to think of how to handle that in Pathfinder. Do you think 1 point of Constitution damage per age category, requiring a Ref save for half, is too much/appropriate?

In the anime The Twelve Kingdoms, children aren't born, they grow as fruits on magical trees and are picked by their parents when they're ripe. It's not canon, but I'd like to imagine samsarans being born the same way.

Anyway, James: Have you heard of these hive-dwelling shrimp? It makes me want to create an aquatic formian variant, like the flying wasp-formians mentioned in The Great Beyond.

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Will we see desert elves? Ouat dwarves? I'm really curious about non-human options in this book.

I'm thinking of placing some Dark Sun monsters on Akiton (natives riding kanks and erdlus, etc.). Is that a good fit do you think?

Also, how much vegetation is there on Akiton? Are there scrub forests like on Athas, or is it 100% plains/desert?

The Gibrileth Demon reminds me of the weird floaty thingies in the Worldwound illustration in the 3.5 Campaign Setting book.

Is there likely to be another book on outsiders in the vein of Book of the Damned and Chronicle of the Righteous next year?

James Jacobs wrote:
2) There are volcanoes in the Five Kings Mountains (Droskar's Crag is the tallest and most active). There are also volcanoes in the Kodar Mountains, in the Shackles, and in the Barrier Wall of Garund. There are more, but those are the primary volcanic sites that come to mind.

Also the Hellrung Mountains in the Crown of the World, just off the map to the north.

Can lycanthropes still speak and cast spells in animal form?

A couple of Lovecraftian questions:

Among what people/creatures did the Aklo language originate?

And did the serpentfolk empire have significant contact with Leng?

Happy belated birthday!

If a lizardfolk becomes a werewolf, does it still have reptilian features in hybrid form?

Re: Ratfolk on Castrovel: Distant Worlds says that there are some Ysoki ratfolk from Akiton who came to Castrovel through the interplanetary portal network.

Gregg Helmberger wrote:
What's a cool place in Golarion that most players there don't know about but should?

I think Molthune has a lot of potential (extremely rigid but not evil, monstrous humanoids accepted in the military, complex politics both within and with Nirmathas, lots of uncharted wilderness) but very little time in the spotlight.

I'm guessing Pham Duc Quan (sovreign) and Daralathyxl (red) may be represented.

Germaine to my previous question: are the classic/public domain pantheon of Greek titans (Cronus, Rhea, Oceanus, etc.) known in Golarion, or do they have their own set of titan demigods?

Also, who came up with the setting fluff for the demondands in Bestiary 3, tying them to the titans?

And are we likely to see stats for any more gigas (like the Abyss gigas, etc.) in the foreseeable future?

Are there any titan demigods who can grant spells?

Isn't Desna associated with the Dark Tapestry?

So if elves work for Santa, does that mean that dark elves work for Dark Santa?

James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:
To be fair the "goofy" cosmologies that you sometimes see in Spelljammer, like the idea of a flat world held by elephants sitting on a turtle were serious thoughts in a pre-scientific time. Spelljammer had your classic solar systems as well. And a little bit of self-mockery is a healthy thing. Paizo's goblins are full of it.

I'm more referring to the fact that there were a lot of design choices made by the authors of the setting that seemed to indicate they didn't take the game seriously and saw it only as a venue for jokes and comedy. Giant Space Hamsters, for example. Or beholders named Luigi.

I don't really think self-mockery is a healthy thing... I think humility is, but that's different than self-mockery. I wouldn't say that our goblins are a form of self-mockery at all... if they were, we would have made them obviously caricatures of gamer stereotypes. Which they are not.

From what I've heard it was less self-mockery and more mockery of Lorraine Williams's demands for new settings. Which is still pretty unhealthy.

How well do you think Yhidothrus works as a substitute for Kyuss if one were to run "Age of Worms" in Golarion?

James Jacobs wrote:
Oozi McOoze wrote:
Anything in the works for an Osirion based, pyramid tromping adventure path.

I dunno.

Would folks like an adventure path like that?

I for one really enjoyed Jade Regent's focus on non-European fantasy, so for my part, it would be a resounding "Yes".

Four questions about "Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss":

1) Aside from their differing backstories, how would you sum up the difference in role and character between 3E's obyriths and PF's qlippoth?

2) What was behind the decision to make Pazuzu an obyrith, given his history as a tanar'ri?

3) If Pale Night existed in Pathfinder's cosmology, would you make her a demon, a qlippoth, a qlippoth-turned-demon (like Dagon), or something else entirely?

4) I know obyriths were based on Green Ronin's qlippoth, but what was the inspiration/creative process behind the loumaras, and would you make them demons or a separate fiendish race in Pathfinder?

Why are the demons in the Bestiaries listed under their more evocative "Abyssal" names (babau, kalavakus, etc.) but the devils are listed under mundane English names (barbed devil, contract devil, etc.)?

Would the Shory people be considered Mwangi, Garundi, or a separate ethnic group?

RtrnofdMax wrote:
In the Pathfinder world, is there a god for good Drow like Elistraee in FR?

I'm pretty sure good drow are a once-in-a-millennium thing on Golarion, so no god in particular would cater to them.

That said, if I were a good drow, I'd probably just worship Calistria, the "rightful" deity of the elves.

Jeff Erwin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Mikaze wrote:

1. Why are planetars green bald giants? I'm not knocking it, as they've long been my favorite of main angel types partially because of their unique look, but I've always wondered about the "why" behind it...

2. After reading a particularly frustrating horror story elsewhere, have to ask this:

Garudas are not genocidal absolutists in their prejudice against nagas, right?

I've always assumed not, given that they're Good-aligned celestials and there's the possibility of variance in evil nagas, not to mention the presence of neutral and good nagas. But one unfortunate nagaji player apparently had a terrible time of it recently due to the opposite interpretation and there hasn't been anything to give any nuance to that aspect of garudas(though garuda-kin aasimar have gotten an anti-naga trait).

3. If not, how would you portray the prejudice garudas hold when they're dealing with good/neutral nagas?

4. Were Xin and Xanderghul related somehow, beyond the similar appearance and names that start with X?

1) Because that's kind of how they've always been portrayed in the game.

2) Garudas are not. They're good aligned. Good aligned things are not genocidal.

3) A garuda would be impatient and standoffish and smug and arrogant toward a non-neutral naga.

4) They're not related. As you'll see in Pathfinder #66, they also don't really look all that alike... Xin is much older looking than Xanderghul.

I'm going to comment a little here...

Planetars are a type of Deva/Angel. The terminology of Deva as synonymous with Angel seems to be borrowed in D&D from theosophy, which was profoundly influenced by Blavatsky's interest in Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism; and the representation of Devas as bald and green skinned seems to be adapted from a Westernized depiction of the Devas (Hindu Gods) in Buddhist (specifically Tantric or Tibetan) art.
Garudas are raptor spirits; they eat and kill snakes (Nagas) because eagles and other...

I'd like to add to this that in their first appearance in D&D, Planetars were not classified as Angels, just good spirits. Gary Gygax was adamant about not explicitly including Angels in D&D while he was in charge. When 2E rolled around, Planetars, Solars, and Devas were grouped together as "Aasimons" (hence Aasimars), and it wasn't until 3.5 that Aasimons were officially changed to Angels.

smashthedean wrote:
1) Is there a region that Catfolk are somewhat more common in or native to?

In addition to Southern Garund, as Mr. Jacobs noted, the Dragon Empires Gazetteer also mentions that some catfolk live in the Valashmai Jungle of southern Tian Xia.

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