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The Caryatid Columns have DR 5/- so the chances are good. The primary weapon will be broken. Yes they all have back up weapons, but facing a big boss CR 3 above party level with back up weapons looks like trouble.
I had not considered Suishen (The party had decided to present it to Ameiko, but are still carry it). You are right it does help with the initial fight and evens up the big boss fight a lot.
Has anyone had trouble with the Advanced Caryatid Columns
Anytime anyone hits them with a weapon, the weapon takes 3D6 Damage.
I can see them going in to face the Big Boss with broken weapons!!
My brother is playing this kind of character in my Jade regent Campaign. He is not multi-classing, and is doing fine. In a party with a summoner, inquisitor and Warpriest, the character is more than holding her own.
The Ranger dip does not do much harm but is not necessary (swap the con and dex as you suggested or lower str to 17. The dip does also give you some different class skill and track. These are ok but hardly earth shattering. That decision I think comes down to flavour and personal preference
I do not see that you need to change much.
Sea Wyverns Wake
Here There be Monsters
Tides of Dread
The whole bad people fighting worse people can be great fun
A few pointers
1. Try and have some party investment to the Jade Ravens. Doesn't matter if is Like/love/hate or rivalry. Just something.
2. I had the party come across mention of Vanthus during the journey just to keep the name in their minds
3. Like all campaigns, I personalised things to fit into the characters back stories (e.g. The basilist statues in adventure 3, one was a characters lost uncle. An evil necromancer, but she did not know that at the time
4 I liked Sasserine so added material between 2 and 3. Including investigating the plantation Vanthus was sent to.
It does depend on your role for Jhod in your campaign.
While it does Nerf him Adept works for 1, and is fine for 2
Ranger could work
Personally I would not worry about classes you do not like (he is only a NPC) and go with oracle.
Without more information It is difficult to advise alternatives.
Atarlost is correct that many people on these boards think a wand of CLW solves every problem. Parties can and do survive without a cleric/oracle. It is a decision for the players, but has implications they have to live (or die) with.
I am in two adventure paths without a cleric/oracle. On occasions this hurts (costs a lot of money) but we are surviving.
Many thanks for the ideas. Kama beads is an idea I would not have thought of. Mage's tattoo is worth looking at when a feat comes round.
My problem is whether to take teleport when I next level. Currently I will not be able to take the whole party. Hence the level increase does not need to be permanent.
I will have to balance the cost/benefits
The entrap ability:
Hethua: You know your party better then anyone. However this critter has DR 5 and 4 attacks. Against 4 x 1st or 2nd level characters Hethua looks to be a party killer
As others have said. There should be no problem. Fighter, wizard and Cleric are all solid/classic choices. There is more to the Skald then raging song. Many parties go without trap-finding. They will be without some skills and just need to co operate between themselves to cover the important skills.
I would stick to a AP with a strong story line and which avoids adding new rules/subsystems.
Not Kingmaker, Skull and Shackles, Wraith of the Righious or Iron Gods.
Just some person thoughts
Also second level is Acute Senses (UM)I find it great.
My party were travelling towards Ravenscraig while still 4th. So I made the journey more difficult by adding a Glacial Toad, the idea was to get them to 5th. It was doing ok, the oracle move within its reach to get into the right position to cast a spell. Unfortunately it criticalled the Oracle and killed her outright (rolled lousy hit point)
Kingmaker has lots of differences to "normal" APs. As others have mentioned. Another one is the amount of down time. It is great for a crafting character. Our party has a wizard who is always making something for someone.
I have a paladin and have not suffered a lack of things to smite. The mount is great as well.
Your party already has a martial charater and a cleric. So depending on builds should be ok in that area, but only has a part time arcane caster. I would look at that area. If you feel the need to add melee ability, possibly a magus or bard. If you don't like that idea, personally I would pick between Paladin and Oracle and not mix. Love paladns in Pathfinder
Basically, without a totally different build you simply need to SA more. Without party support your only real option is feint. To do this usefully you need improved feint, which needs Combat Expertise. So without re-training you are 2 feats away.
Other stuff can help around the edges, but your class is designed to get combat damage from SA.
Playing in Kingmaker I have a half Orc Rogue using a falchion. Highest stat is strength. Uses Improved feint. So far I have been the most consistent damage dealer. Has been a real glass cannon. It is often a race to see who fall over first (something I have lost on numerous occasions)
I like having the skill out of combat. While spells can replace skills they either have to be carried at the right time or resources (i.e. money) spent on scroll/wands/potions. Skills cost nothing.
Agreed with the OP further up. Two weapon fighting is a serious trap. But then it is for most classes apart from fighters.
I believe the idea that you always have something better to do in combat then healing is great in theory, not so true in practice. A selective channel at 3rd level can be healing 4D8+4 to allies. There are lots of occasions when a 3rd level cleric does not have anything more useful to do. This is equally true at other levels.
If your party has a good damage dealer, keeping him/her on her feet can be your best move. You may not be able to keep up with the opponents damage output, but it can still be the best option.
Looking at real life history then several thing become apparent (in no particular order):
I am running this kind of rogue in kingmaker. Half orc with a falchion. Took combat expertise and improved feign, weapon focus and dazzling display (using rogue talents to get some of them) He has been a very effective glass cannon. Deals horrible damage and/or falls over. Orc ferocity has saved him on at least one occasion. I did not spot the scout until afterwards or I probably would have taken that.
The character has been fun to play, which is always more important then what other people think of as sub optimal.
These things vary a lot. Nearly had a TPK at the end of book 3 of Kingmker. I think the DM pulled some punches or it would have been. Obviously I do not know for certain as I am a player.
Book 1 includes a journey of about 2.5 weeks. But not a lot of other time
Ok so I moved Kikonu to U13. The party climb the walls at U3, take the door and move to U8. Now they have a light source as they have characters who cannot see in the dark. Kikonu see the light go down the corridor. He waits for them to go further then follows.
The problem: The party are making a beeline for the crypt. They know that Ameiko's family secret is there. They have no idea what is causing her incapacitation, but based on no evidence feel the answer is in the crypt as well. They see no point in messing with the rest of the inhabitants of the castle. At this stage they are not really strong enough, being a level short.
The situation: The party is in T12 and have found the stairs down. So Kikonu steps out on the balcony U7 whirling "Dancing Wasp"
So Kikonu can generally act mad while the wasp is fighting. Then throw ray of enfeeblement/scourching rays about.
Any ideas about keeping them out of the cellars if Kikonu runs after a few rounds, and in the longer term, after they heal up.
I think the best way is show them the consequences of their actions
A rival team who perform better is a good idea.
Intimidate has a short time scale. Have intimidated NPC come after them/hire others to do likewise, in revenge for their bullying.
Swap in a few good aligned magic items.
Let the realise good characters/NPCs get price discounts at some shops etc
So my players are old and crafty. The party gets to Brimwall early afternoon, they go to the lighthouse, then the graveyard. They talk to Spivy (but do not see her) Spivy tells them about the “bird men” in the castle. So they hid in one of the buildings and observe the castle.
I roll to see if any dire corbys left to hunt to day (they hunt on alternate days) They hunted today. So dusk the hunters return. The party return to the caravan to rest and reassure everyone they are ok. They carry on observing the castle. When the next group of hunter leave they follow and kill them.
I do not agree with leo1925 about the reletive time taken to adapt a AP compared to running a npc. But these are personal opinons. You have four players, which is what the AP is designed for. Make minor changes, and let the chip fall. Maybe next time they will act like a team. If they cannot co-operate to create a party, will they act as a team in the AP?