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I liked the guide but I felt as though you underrated the Undead Lord archetype.
When you brought up the trade offs, you never mentioned the 8th level ability Unlife Healer, which essentially gives you free Empowered healing for undead, and free Maximized and Empowered undead healing at 16th level.
Also, your suggestion of having a custom Staff of Command Undead won't work out as you intended. Because the spell isn't one that you are capable of casting (unless you took the Inevitable domain), you would never be able to recharge it. The solution is to add a spell to the staff the you can cast in addition, such as Animate Dead. For example, if Command Undead was single-charged, and Animate Dead was triple-charged, the cost would be 6400gp.
d20pfsrd wrote wrote:
Staves hold a maximum of 10 charges. Each spell cast from a staff consumes one or more charges. When a staff runs out of charges, it cannot be used until it is recharged. Each morning, when a spellcaster prepares spells or regains spell slots, he can also imbue one staff with a portion of his power so long as one or more of the spells cast by the staff is on his spell list and he is capable of casting at least one of the spells. Imbuing a staff with this power restores one charge to the staff, but the caster must forgo one prepared spell or spell slot of a level equal to the highest-level spell cast by the staff. For example, a 9th-level wizard with a staff of fire could imbue the staff with one charge per day by using up one of his 4th-level spells. A staff cannot gain more than one charge per day and a caster cannot imbue more than one staff per day.
This probably explains why every PFS party is composed of nothing but Wizards...
I kind of feel that Dragon Disciple is a bit of a trap option for someone taking a number of Sorcerer levels, and that it works better with one level of Sorcerer, and then a full base attack class (especially Paladin).
Frankly, I think the most effective Draconic Sorcerers tend to skip Dragon Disciple and just advance Sorcerer. And they probably take Tattooed Sorcerer so they can trade out the claws and breath weapon. That prevents them from making the mistake of closing to melee range (even with a longspear), or breath weapon range, frankly.
Take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
An experienced Wizard player in the same party as a sorcerer [of equal experience] has to try very hard not to overshadow said sorcerer [such as perhaps collaborating with the sorcerer player in advance and selecting Prohibited Schools of magic that align with the Sorcerer's intended magical focus.]
If I'm understanding this correctly, then I disagree with it. If you believe that Sorcerers need to have an "intended magic focus" then it's likely that you're picking their spells poorly (and therefore handicapping them). A Sorcerer needs a bunch of spells that are likely to prove useful. They don't require a theme, although they can benefit from spells that synergize well together (mechanically, not thematically).
With proper preparation, a Wizard can have the perfect spell at his fingertips. With no preparation whatsoever, a Sorcerer can have a spell that will do quite nicely, and cast it half a dozen or more times.
I think that a Charisma of 1 may be indicative of a player who needs a new GM. Seriously, are you going to enjoy roleplaying an ooze? And, if not, why did he make it happen? Seems like he's playing with his food to me.
To those who suggested roleplaying like a zombie, they have a Cha of 10, an Ant Swarm has a Cha of 2. Then there's you.
How about taking a level of Oracle with the Lore, Nature, or Lunar Mystery? Now you can hose your armor class (and, depending on your choice, your CMD or Reflex save). Plus, you'll never have to worry about any pesky spells with your Charisma of 1.
Two levels of Paladin will let you add your Cha mod to your saves (although, if you took Lore or Lunar Oracle, you should know that you won't be able to add it twice to your Reflex save, more's the pity). Who knows? You might just roll a natural 20 from time to time, and successfully save.
I don't know about you, but your GM is now having a grand old time. And isn't that what's important?
I was fiddling around with a bit of theory crafting in the past week or so, and I've been focused on Necromancy as of late. Here's what I came up with:
Start with a Half-Elf Oracle, and choose to spontaneously cast Inflict spells. Take the Ancient Lorekeeper and Black-Blooded Oracle archetypes.
Ancient Lorekeeper replaces your bonus spells with spells of your choice from the Sorcerer/Wizard list (although you cast them as one level higher). Now, your character doesn't channel, but he does spontaneously cast Inflict spells, which he can use to heal himself thanks to the Black-Blooded Oracle archetype.
You can pick up some additional Necromancy spells from Ancient Lorekeeper, such as Touch of Fatigue, Chill Touch, Spectral Hand, Vampiric Touch, and Enervation. Spectral Hand lets you deliver touch spells from Medium range (without a Rod of Reach, but by all means pick one of those up as a backup). Now you're delivering Chill Touch, Vampiric Touch, Inflict Spells, Bestow Curse, and Poison from more than 100 feet away.
Black-Blooded Oracle gives access to Dark Resilience, which allows for a limited number of re-rolls of failed saves vs. poison, paralyzation, disease, death effects, energy drain, and ability drain, all with a +4 circumstance bonus. It can also grant Darkvision, if you like. It also grants us cold resistance, and eventual immunity.
Lunar Mystery gives us access to Prophetic Armor (Cha to AC and Reflex saves, instead of Dex). We'll probably want to pick up the Noble Scion of War feat at first level, to give us Cha to Initiative, too.
Other nice revelations include Primal Companion, which is really fun for a necromancer. Now when our critter dies, we can keep him around as a Bloody Skeleton, and then go get a new one.
Once we get access to Mass Inflict spells, the revelation Touch of the Moon is awesome, adding a confusion effect with a scaling DC against anyone damaged by our Inflict spells.
I basically love necromantic characters, but I'm not a fan of walking into the midst of a bunch of brutish bad guys with a Death/Undead Cleric and channeling for damage (mainly because I hate it when a dozen or so not-quite-dead guys decide to return the favor). This build lets me play something that has more of a Sorcerer feel to it while getting access to the cleric list, and I get to display the bravery that comes from being safely out of reach.
Also, as a Half-Elf, it gets a leg up on the Eldritch Heritage feat chain, and it get's a FCB of Extra Spells Known.
Anyone have any other Oracle concepts that make use of Ancient Lorekeeper?
Also, you might be able to manage it by taking the Daivrat prestige class (from Pathfinder Companion: Qadira, Gateway to the East).
At 2nd level, they get the Spell-Fetch ability, which can get you spells from other classes. You would lose a caster level, though. Also, you'd need to be a 5th level Daivrat before you could nab Emergency Force Sphere, and you'd cast it as a 6th level spell (two levels higher).
It's possible with the Dreamed Secrets feat from the Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods book.
When you sleep you gain secrets from beyond the stars, but such power comes with a price.
Prerequisite(s): Ability to cast divine spells, caster level 7th, worshiper of a Great Old One or Outer God.
Benefit(s): With each night's rest, you can choose two spells from the wizard spell list, both of which must be at least 1 wizard spell level lower than the highest level divine spell you can cast. If you are a spontaneous caster, these spells are added to your spells known for 24 hours. If you prepare spells, you can prepare these spells any time you do so in the next 24 hours. Each time you attempt to cast one of the wizard spells you have chosen, you must succeed at a DC 20 Will save or take 1d2 points of Wisdom damage and fail to cast the spell, though you do not lose the spell.
You'd need access to 5th level Cleric spells, and you'd need to worship the right god(s).
No, Extra Channeling does not grant 2 more channels to each type of channeling. See page 159 Sidebar of the Advanced Class Guide entitled "Feats that grant extra uses". Essentially, it gives you two extra uses that you can spend on any type of channeling that you wish.
Yes, Channel from Life Spirit and Rebuke Spirits from Spirit Warden archetype both get their own pool of channels, and if you have Extra Channeling you can apply it where you need it each day (but it only gives you two extra channels, not two per type).
No, Channel and Rebuke Spirits don't stack for damage. You can use Channel to heal or to harm undead as a Cleric of your Shaman level (1+Cha mod times per day), and you can use Rebuke Spirits to harm undead as a Cleric of your Shaman level (3+Cha mod times per day). The damage doesn't stack.
I've always read that to be choose any two skills that are Int, Wis, or Cha-based. So, Intimidate and Knowledge (Nature) would be fine. There's no mention that the two skills need to be based off of the same attribute.
If you critical, you don't roll your damage, so...
If you do 1d12+15(x3) with your great axe (for example), that would be also be an additional 1d12 damage on a Vital Strike.
So you would deal (12+15) x 3 = 81 + 12 (for Vital Strike) = 93 points of damage.
At least that's how I'd read it.
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Agreed; time travel makes me face-plant, no matter the film or show.
I'd make an exception for the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", that featured the DS9 crew crossing over with the original series "Trouble With Tribbles". That was a hoot.
I'd also like to point out that if it wasn't for Star Trek, there'd never been a Galaxy Quest...
Abraham spalding wrote:
In a lot of earlier encounters, though, the Flight hex will make it easier to Cackle to extend Misfortune while continuing to stay out of reach of your target.
So long as your DM is treating the NPCs as his Player Characters, you and your party are going to get trounced.
You said these NPCs are important to the campaign and the story. The problem is that no one should be more integral to the campaign and story than the Player Characters.
It seems as though the DM has relegated the PCs to the status of bit players.
That's true, but a casting of wind wall or fickle winds will probably help you there better than a couple of points of AC.
Having said that, I would invest in some items that would raise your AC. A Belt of Incredible Dexterity will also increase your attack rolls with ranged touch spells, and your initiative. A Ring of Protection will raise your Touch AC and your CMD. And any increase to AC may help your mirror image spell survive being taken down by lower level minions.
The combination of "free" silent casting, Silence, and Surprising Charge is what originally inspired me to make a deaf oracle. It makes him extremely good at stopping spellcasters.
I agree totally with this.
I also think this character would benefit from the Step Up line of feats, even though you'll often be operating with reach, thanks to Enlarge Person or Righteous Might.
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
You must be within 1 step of your deity's alignment. Being Neutral Good, the only options for Sarenites are Lawful Good, Neutral Good, and Chaotic Good.
Wouldn't Neutral also be an option? It's one step from Neutral Good.
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Neutral people still wouldn't commit or endorse acts like torture and encouraging the killing of innocents for religious reasons. These Sarenites are trying to start a war between Qadira and Taldor, believing Qadira will win and install a Sarenite theocracy in a nation that had the impudence to ban the worship of their goddess. That seems evil in my book. You wouldn't be bound for an evil plane of existence when you die if it weren't.
Yeah. I never said they would. I'm pretty sure I just said that it was an option you didn't list.
Matthew Morris wrote:
It's not a matter of not seeing the connections. It's a matter of refusing (rightly, I think) to give equal weight to both wrongs.
Any stigma or discrimination suffered by people as a result of their being left-handed is wrong.
Discrimination suffered by people as a result of their gender identity is also wrong, and has resulted in murder being committed against transgendered people.
They're both wrong. Until there are a bunch of people being beaten to death for being left-handed, though, they're not equal.
Wrong. Not equal.
"Slapping someone in the face is wrong."
That's the problem with giving equal weight to every connection.
Did you have a bad experience with a magically reduced bow as a child or something? Seems like you're taking this awfully personally...
I think he's upset that Jason Bulmahn promised a clarification on this in January of 2011, and never did it.
Jason Bulmahn wrote:
I am going to go back into this the next time we reprint and tweak it. I think Reduce Person will probably get the same clause, making it not quite as bad versus ranged weapon users.
Also, I don't think you're response is helpful.
Enlarge and Reduce have NO effect on ranged weapons, because the missile instantly reverts to normal size on leaving the bow.
Unfortunately, the text from reduce person would appear to contradict that.
Logically, though, it would make sense if the mechanic with enlarge person and reduce person exactly coincided.
Adamantine Dragon wrote:
I've been wondering where to put my gunslinger/steampunk nation... I guess the answer is to put it on the southern continent and then I can address any final accusations that my world is racist by virtue of its geology...
So you're saying that the South is full of gun nuts?!?
Sorry...I couldn't resist.
I'd like to see an occasional module that's actually done like Part 6.5 of an Adventure Path.
Basically, take an Adventure Path, and write a module that's designed to be run after the completion of Book 6, but can also be run on it's own.
By tying it into an existing Adventure Path, it may help increase sales, and it may fit in better with a higher level campaign that's spent most of a year running through an Adventure Path in that particular setting.
I actually would have liked to see fewer battle scenes, and more dialogue. I liked the scenes with Lois, and the Kents, and Jor-El, and Zod. I wanted to see more of them interacting without someone being punched through six buildings.
Also, there's a bit where Supes is driving Zod's face into the side of a building during a fight, and you're seeing the window panes shatter against his face. All I could think was--Why? Whatever would you expect that to accomplish? A little glass isn't going to hurt him...
Still a good movie, although it felt a little dark for a Superman movie. Batman should brood. Superman, not so much...
Grand Magus wrote:
Why didn't the kid yell, "Don't shoot me!" and then run away as fast as he could??
Excellent point. Hey, if someone shoots me, and I don't even have the self-respect to evade the bullet, I probably had it coming. And if I start to say, "Don't shoot me!", but I get shot mid-sentence, well, I must not have been trying hard enough.
Andrew R wrote:
hoods are the new masks because they can be worn more freely, and some people actually wear them for warmth so the criminals have an excuse. But look at modern criminals and count the hoods, they really are the uniform of a criminal, too damn bad they are also popular with others for different reasons.
This is a good point. I feel a whole lot safer knowing there are Neighborhood Watch Dudes out there braving the mean streets everyday, and ready to shoot every hooded person they see, before they can do me harm...