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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Why is everyone so curious about bestiality all of a sudden?
Maybe they got ahold of a demon mother's mask in a campaign and want to make new centaur-like races. Are any creatures in/on Golarion able to trace their creation back to that magic item? If so, which ones?

A fair amount of them, most likely, but we generally don't nail down creation myth stuff like that in print.

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

I will be making a Cthulhu themed comedy video for a school project this semester. When it is done would you be interested in a link?

Sure!

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Jhason Bulman.

I don't see the problem.

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GM 8574 wrote:
Hobgoblin Shogun wrote:
That said, I still want a good line of thinking for redeeming Meyanda. The Book says its possible. And I think killing her would be wasting a HUGE opportunity. But the Book also says she's a fanatic. Soooooo, I'm stuck.
Been trying to think about this as well. What's giving me hope for the possibility is the phrase, "In time" in her description. The challenge is knowing how much time will pass over the course of the AP. Thoughts on this?

There is no actual "timer" to this AP. As much time as you want to pass can pass. If the redemption of Meyanda is something your players are into... then by all means, take the time to play it out! :-)

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Kieviel wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Guy St-Amant wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James in the Baphomet article in Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, it mentions that Baphomet was born out of a vile act of the Demon Queen. Is that Lamashtu or someone else? Also is it safe to assume that act was something similar to Pasiphaë and the Bull?
Lamashtu is the Demon Queen. That's one of her titles, along with Mother of Monsters and a few others.
Any hint on what the vile act was?
It started at non-consensual gore-laced bestiality and got a lot worse from there.
Is bestiality evil on Golarion?
Usually.

Usually? if that is the case. then when is it not evil?

When there's consent.

Magical Beasts? (link between Sphinx and Maftet?)

Animal Companion / Familiar?

Why is everyone so curious about bestiality all of a sudden?
Where does that question rate on the scale of "things I never thought I would say" scale?

Lower than you'd think.

That said... if you and the beast are consenting partners, it's not evil. Consent can be gained via speak with animals, or by awakening the animal or otherwise granting the animal the ability to talk and reason and make informed decisions about its situation and relationships.

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John Kretzer wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Why is everyone so curious about bestiality all of a sudden?

I hate to point this out but this breaking the rules of your own thread. We are suppose to ask you questions. Not you asking them. Unless of course you answer your own question. ;)

To a question that does not revolve around bestiality...

1) Besides Riddleport and The Shackles where can one find major temples of Calistria?

2) It said in her entry that you will sometimes find multple temples to Calistria in the same city most of the time acting as rivals. Any example of this?

3) Do elf worshipers of Calistria get along with non-elf worshipers of her in general?

4) Are we ever going to see anything that will allow a cleric of Calistria get a large wasp as a familair like those sometimes depicted in the short stories?

I'm not breaking any rules. I can answer questions with questions.

1) All over; she's one of the core 20 deities. Flipping through Inner Sea World Guide, she's listed as a major religion in Absalom, Galt, Kyonin, Nex, the River Kingdoms, the Shackles, Taldor, and Varisia, so in those locations she'd definitely have major temples.

2) I'm sure this happens in Absalom and in Kyonin, but no examples in print come to mind immediately.

3) Yes.

4) Maybe.

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Guy St-Amant wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James in the Baphomet article in Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, it mentions that Baphomet was born out of a vile act of the Demon Queen. Is that Lamashtu or someone else? Also is it safe to assume that act was something similar to Pasiphaë and the Bull?
Lamashtu is the Demon Queen. That's one of her titles, along with Mother of Monsters and a few others.
Any hint on what the vile act was?
It started at non-consensual gore-laced bestiality and got a lot worse from there.
Is bestiality evil on Golarion?
Usually.

Usually? if that is the case. then when is it not evil?

When there's consent.

Magical Beasts? (link between Sphinx and Maftet?)

Animal Companion / Familiar?

Why is everyone so curious about bestiality all of a sudden?

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As with all polymorph spells, plant shape spells out the exact abilities that are granted when you assume a plant form. The name of this particular ability, "Rot," is not on any of the lists of granted powers for plant shape, and thus you would not gain that ability if you plant shape into a violet fungus. It IS a poison effect, but it does not follow the standard rules for poison, and as such is not grandfathered in by the "poison" ability plant shape grants.

Unless your GM says otherwise, of course!

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Ninjaxenomorph wrote:
But Remove Radioactivity isn't ON the Wizard list, at least as listed on the PRD; so, when it says "If the spell chosen isn't one that's normally on his class spell list, he adds it to his class spell list at the level a wizard casts the spell," a Wizard/Technomancer CAN'T add it by the RAW, as there is no level he could normally cast it at.

Ah! I see. Well... it gets added at the level it lives at, which in this case is either 4th level (for remove radioactivity) or 8th level (for the greater version).

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Taco Man wrote:
Would it make sense for an oracle to worship a deity with domains unrelated to their powers? For instance, an Oracle of Bones, disgusted by their 'gifts', worshiping a deity of life? An Oracle of War, devoted to a deity of peace, viewing himself as a necessary evil?

It wouldn't make sense, no, but that's a niche that oracles serve well in. Heretics, more or less

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Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:

Most of the robots we've seen have very clear functions, except for Gearsmen. On top of that, they seem to have a very different visual aesthetic than the other Androffan robots, with a distinctly lower-tech look.

What purpose did they serve aboard the Divinity? Will their slightly-off appearance be a plot point?

It's not a plot point, really. Their purpose was basically as security/enforcers. They're one step down on the humanity scale, if you will, from the mannequin robot, which is itself one step down from the android. But yeah; they're basically the bouncers and security force and the beat cops of the ship, built to be human shaped because that makes the most sense for their position and job, but kind of old-fashioned looking as a sort of affectation. Think of it almost as a uniform.

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Analysis wrote:

1. For the spirits that the Shaman class associates with; are those always "minor" nature/ancestral/whatever spirits, or could they also be facets of existing demigods or deities? In other words, could there in Golarion exist (say) a pantheon-worshipping Shaman who relates to Sarenrae as their primary spirit (Flame), but with Iomedae as their wandering spirit (Battle)? And if so, would this be a workable way besides the Oracle to represent a cleric-like character that pays homage to multiple related gods?

2. Should we expect more Shaman spirits anytime soon?

P.S.

Spells to call/summon/bind Mythos creatures would be so fun! I hope you will release them sometime soon! :)

D.S.

1) A shaman would worship Sarenrae, and her spirits would be Sarenrae themed... like a dove or a mote of sunlight or something like that. An oracle can worship a deity as well, and should pick a mystery that doesn't feel out of place for that deity.

2) Not a lot, but at least a few here and there.

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Alleran wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
Why do you like Hypatia?
Lots of reasons, but primarily because she's a woman scientist/philosopher from an era where those roles are traditionally remembered as being male-dominated.
I think there's a special or movie coming out on her soon.
One's already out, in fact. Great movie!

That took too many liberties with its source material for my taste. Of course, I dislike a lot of Hollywood-produced "historical" movies for that exact reason, so I'm not necessarily the best judge.

As a query on Divine Source, some of the domains the character grants can be dependent on their alignment, but if they're neutral they don't need to. If, for example, you have a True Neutral character they might have Magic and Artifice, but a Neutral Good individual granting the domains could only have one of those, and the other would be the Good domain.

1) If that True Neutral character shifts alignment to Good, or the Neutral Good character shifts alignment to True Neutral, how do the domains they grant change? Would the TN/NG character be forced to switch a domain? Or would they be required to pick the Good domain next time they took Divine Source?

2) How would this be shown in-universe? Is it that what the person can grant or use is an outgrowth of their beliefs/interests in a way that they don't necessarily get to choose?

I'd hardly call a Spanish movie a "Hollywood-produced" movie, but fair enough.

1) Previously selected domains should shift as needed to match the new alignment.

2) It would probably cause a schism in their church.

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

If you were to associate each of the 5 stages of grief with a particular color, what would they be?

Denial= yellow

Anger =red

Bargaining = purple

Depression = blue

Acceptance = green

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Ninjaxenomorph wrote:
Question: The Technomancer's Technic Spell Mastery can be taken for Remove Radioactivity and its Greater version, the only non-wizard spell on the list. Can a wizard select that spell to use?

Yes. That's the point of the ability, to a certain extent, although it's more awesome for non-wizards, obviously, since they have fewer spells that are already on their list in the book.

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LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
Why do you like Hypatia?
Lots of reasons, but primarily because she's a woman scientist/philosopher from an era where those roles are traditionally remembered as being male-dominated.
I think there's a special or movie coming out on her soon.

One's already out, in fact. Great movie!

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Alexander Augunas wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
How awesome is this short film? (Its about 10 minutes long.)
Dunno. I'll watch it later. I should be finishing development of this adventure anyway... ;-)
Did you ever get a chance to watch this short video? I forgot about following up with you about it until I went hunting through my favorites.

Nope... never got a chance...

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xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James in the Baphomet article in Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, it mentions that Baphomet was born out of a vile act of the Demon Queen. Is that Lamashtu or someone else? Also is it safe to assume that act was something similar to Pasiphaë and the Bull?
Lamashtu is the Demon Queen. That's one of her titles, along with Mother of Monsters and a few others.
Any hint on what the vile act was?
It started at non-consensual gore-laced bestiality and got a lot worse from there.
Is bestiality evil on Golarion?
Usually.

Usually? if that is the case. then when is it not evil?

When there's consent.

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leo1925 wrote:

Thank you James for answering.

To be fair the only other insatance in the rule that a creature has hardness is an animated object.

There was an unfortunate bit of erroneous text in the 1st printing of the Core Rulebook that confused things. That bit of text is gone now.

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Jaçinto wrote:

1 Just a thought I had. The rules say no dirty trick can be permanent but what if a players throws glass or acid into an enemy's eyes? I'm thinking that is one of the times a GM would have to make a call for balance versus logic? Not saying there is anything wrong with balance but just thinking about things.

2 My friends know I am a Call of Cthulhu and Paranoia GM and what that entails and what is in those games. When said players complain that the monsters in CoC are too hard to kill, am I justified in giving them a little smack on the head for still expecting the D&D style encounters?

3 Have you played Splatterhouse? Mainly the 2010 game as it uses more story to really tie the games into the Cthulhu mythos. If so, what would you think of a sort of artefact based on the mask in the game?

4 Not trying to criticize the work of anyone at Paizo on this one but I am just curious due to not understanding. In a certain adventure path, not going to say which one, we had to fight a Colour out of Space and it actually felt pretty weak compared to how it felt in the short story. Was it toned down for balance so it wouldn't totally rock the party or do I just not understand the colour?

5 I had a look in the bestiary much later on at the colour and I noticed all their types and abilities. Wouldn't their touch ability make more sense if anything touched them rather than them having to actively attack or would that just be too much balance wise?

6 Probably heard this one before but how come pretty much none of the Mythos creatures are summon-able or accessible through spells like planar binding? My guess is because the team would have to re-write the spells every time a new creature came out but would it make sense to have a fair number of them set up through planar binding or gate spells since they are not of this realm and the books had a fair bit of ritual summoning in it?

7 I hope none of this is taken as offence to anyone's writing styles as I understand there is a reason for everything even if I don't get it.

8 Have you played the early CoC computer games Shadow of the Comet and Prisoner of Ice? If so, how do you think they compared to CoC: Dark Corners?

9 Do you think the $120 million budget and PG-13 rating are going to make Del Torro's Mountain of Madness come off as a lame big hollywood horror movie or do you think he can still probably pull it off?

1) Permanently blinding someone with acid to the eyes is not a dirty trick. That's a specific act not really covered by the rules but I would say it's the same as using a sharp stick to poke out someone's eyes. If you need rules for it... use the coup de grace rules and if the victim fails, he's not dead but just blinded. If you use Dirty Trick, it's only temporary, regardless of the weapon you use.

2) If they don't understand the differences between games, then they'll just need to make new characters more often.

3) Haven't played it.

4) Turns out, in the short story, the protagonists aren't high level fantasy characters. Also turns out, forcing PCs in Pathfinder to fight monsters that they can't kill and will destroy them with ease isn't fun. If it bothers you that monsters in a Lovecraft story don't interact with the story the same way when they appear in Pathfinder, then rename them in Pathfinder to remove any connotations. Call the colour out of space something like a "hue stealer" or a "vaporgaunt" or whatever instead.

5) Not to me (since I was the designer for that creature in the first place), but feel free to make that change if you wish in your games.

6) Because the spells that would conjure them are and should be different spells entirely. Just because we haven't published those spells yet doesn't mean they don't exist.

7) No offense taken.

8) Yes. I loved Shadow of the Comet, was very disappointed by Prisoner of Ice, and felt Dark Corners was superior to both in every possible way.

9) I think he can pull it off, as long as he gets actors and writers to do the thing justice.

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AlgaeNymph wrote:

1. What did we do that was so awful compared to humans elsewhere?

2. Oh, and about what time did the gods leave earth?

3. What relation do gods who're judges of the dead have with Pharasma?

4. When high-level adventurers die, do they become petitioners or are they fast tracked into outsiders of a similar power level? If not, then why?

5. Anyone who shares Arshea’s alignment (neutral good) will likely end up in Nirvana…where petitioners turn into animals. Given Arshea’s interests (freedom, physical beauty, and sexuality) wouldn’t this be awkward?

6. Given how innocent souls ending up in the lower planes is a problem (what with night hags, astradaemons, cacodaemons, succubi, and human sacrifice, and so on), How is Cthulhu supposed to be horrific compared to that? Sure, he scares people to death, causes massive property damage, and likely ends civilizations, but then the victims are on their way to a better place in the Great Beyond.

7. Why’s the wendigo have such a high Int score? Specifically, what’s a jumped-up cannibalism spirit need with all those skills?

8. Why in-setting (we all know the out-of-setting reason) aren't there any male nymphs? Fey Revisited never explained that.

1) History and current events are full of examples. I'm kind of a pessimist when it comes to my opinion on people as a society, though. Individually, I think most humans are good people but when they form groups... mob-mentality and the manipulations of a powerful few tend to be bad. In my opinion.

2) In the real world, who can say? On earth in the game, they never actually left... they're just not worshiped much.

3) They are servitors and/or rivals and/or allies.

4) Level has nothing to do with that fast track. Fate and destiny do, as does the presence of certain artifacts or conditions at the time of death. Often those go hand in hand with being high level, though.

5) No.

6) What's horrific to one person isn't to another. There are also shades of horror. No one said Cthulhu is supposed to be more or less horrific than having your soul tormented forever in hell or the like. Which is worse is up to the individual to decide.

7) It's a lot more than a "jumped-up cannibalism spirit" for one thing... that's why it's so smart and wise and charismatic. It's beyond humanity in a lot of ways as far as brainpower and intellect is concerned. It's not our fault that the only way we inferior mortal beings can begin to understand it is merely as a thing that makes us eat each other. That's like an ant not understanding a scientist talking about calculus and thinking that the scientist is ridiculous. It's not the scientist's fault the ant lacks the brainpower to understand more intelligent creatures.

8) Because nymphs are manifestations of femininity, just as satyrs are manifestations of masculinity.

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SAMAS wrote:

Once again, thanks for taking the time to answer all these questions. Unfortunately, the only reward I have is more questions:

What happens to the soul of a sacrifical victim? What about an animal sacrifice (Is that where we get Celestial animals for Summon Monster spells)?

Depends on the nature of the sacrifice. It could just go on to the final resting place as per normal... or if it's a particularly vile sacrifice with certain types of power, it might be sent on to be tormented or abused or otherwise consumed or perverted or destroyed. In this way, sacrifice causes disruptions to the flow of souls similarly to how undead or trap the soul or other things do.

As for animals, they'd likely just go on to the outer planes as per normal if sacrificed.

Summon monsters don't actauly summon existing real creatures from other planes; they create temporary versions that exist only as long as the spell duration lasts; that's the difference between a summon spell and a calling spell.

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xavier c wrote:
Why do you like Hypatia?

Lots of reasons, but primarily because she's a woman scientist/philosopher from an era where those roles are traditionally remembered as being male-dominated.

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xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James in the Baphomet article in Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, it mentions that Baphomet was born out of a vile act of the Demon Queen. Is that Lamashtu or someone else? Also is it safe to assume that act was something similar to Pasiphaë and the Bull?
Lamashtu is the Demon Queen. That's one of her titles, along with Mother of Monsters and a few others.
Any hint on what the vile act was?
It started at non-consensual gore-laced bestiality and got a lot worse from there.
Is bestiality evil on Golarion?

Usually.

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Redneckdevil wrote:
Hey james, since u like bards, i was wondering if u had played the chanter class yet in the PoE beta and if u liked it? So far its the most OP class imo lol

Nope.

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Justin Franklin wrote:
does this look like Adam?

Ha! No. He's a bit shorter.

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Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James in the Baphomet article in Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, it mentions that Baphomet was born out of a vile act of the Demon Queen. Is that Lamashtu or someone else? Also is it safe to assume that act was something similar to Pasiphaë and the Bull?
Lamashtu is the Demon Queen. That's one of her titles, along with Mother of Monsters and a few others.
Any hint on what the vile act was?

It started at non-consensual gore-laced bestiality and got a lot worse from there.

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LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Coridan wrote:
Curious to your thoughts on this.

I admire Lovecraft for a LOT of reasons. Racism is not one of those reasons.

I admire Joshi for a LOT of reasons. His ego is not one of those reasons.

There's room in the world for admirers of Lovecraft AND Butler, and room for busts of both of them.

In my opinion, Lovecraft is a better and more influential and more important writer than Butler, and as such, it makes more sense that his bust would be one that would symbolize an award to me. It's not a "Diversity" award or a "Forward Thinking" award or an "Admirable Personality" award, and therefore if it's to be replaced, it should be replaced by someone else who equals or exceeds Lovecraft's influence on "World Fantasy." In my opinion, that is not Butler. But then again, in my opinion, that replacement doesn't exist.

I had not realized that Lovecraft had lived that long into the 20th century. Would your opinion change if it can be showed that Lovecraft was not only racist above the norms of his culture, but that he was an admirer of Hitler and his politics?

I will give him some due that for probably not being aware of the human oven aspect, but many Nazi views were quite apparent at the time.

I could think of one person that might be suitable to replace him, Ursula K. LeGuin or Ray Bradbury, whose stories are as much, if not more fantasy than sci-fi.

I know quite a lot about Lovecraft's history and opinions and politics, and as such my opinion of him is informed by my knowledge of his opinion of Hitler. And remember... he did not live long enough to see Hitler become notorious for what he did in WWII... and there is already plenty of evidence in Lovecraft's letters to indicate that as he grew older, he was indeed starting to become more moderate in his views and racisim and less of an admirer of Hitler. The holocaust itself was still in the future on the day Lovecraft died, in any event. How the aftermath of WWII and everything else would or could of changed his world views is unknown, and although I could discuss those theoreticals for hours... this isn't the thread to do that.

Put another way... Lovecraft is my favorite author, not my favorite historical figure or my favorite politician or even my favorite person. (Those three positions are currently occupied by Hypatia.)

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xavier c wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
xavier c wrote:

1)Where does the Church of Sarenrae get it's money from?

2)Where does the Church of Iomedae get it's money from?

3)Where does the Church of Shelyn get it's money from?

All the same for ALL religions. From donations, tithes, and taking in money from adventurers and others who pay for spellcasting or buy magic items.
Can the Church own land? like farmland and mines?

Depends on the laws of the land or the church. In most cases, yes.

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Jaçinto wrote:

Are you aware of the upcoming Lovecraftian film The Dreamlands?

It is being made by the same person that mad the film The Colour. Here is the trailer if you want to have a look. http://www.the-dreamlands.com/

After watching the trailer, if you do watch it, what is your opinion on it?

If you have played the game Call of Cthulhu Dark Corners of the Earth, do you think that was Delta Green that was the real organization behind those NPCs that claimed to be from a government agency?

Why does my dog always run into the room and stare at me whenever I silently read a Lovecraft story?

Yes. I'm eager to see it.

I played Dark Corners, yes. And no, I think that the FBI was the real organization behind those NPCs, since that game is HEAVILY based on "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and the Chaosium adventure "Escape from Innsmouth." In which the g-men were FBI.

Because Lovecraft was a cat person, not a dog person?

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Haldelar Baxter wrote:

How would you adjudicate using Divine Source for those spells that normally have costly material components ?

Artifice (Subdomain Construct) - 7th Limited Wish
Community - 9th Miracle
Luck - Miracle

Same for Legendary Item with the Spellcasting option for spells that normally have costly material components.

Make them still require the components. Easiest solution that still preserves game balance and preserves the rules as intended.

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Coridan wrote:
Curious to your thoughts on this.

I admire Lovecraft for a LOT of reasons. Racism is not one of those reasons.

I admire Joshi for a LOT of reasons. His ego is not one of those reasons.

There's room in the world for admirers of Lovecraft AND Butler, and room for busts of both of them.

In my opinion, Lovecraft is a better and more influential and more important writer than Butler, and as such, it makes more sense that his bust would be one that would symbolize an award to me. It's not a "Diversity" award or a "Forward Thinking" award or an "Admirable Personality" award, and therefore if it's to be replaced, it should be replaced by someone else who equals or exceeds Lovecraft's influence on "World Fantasy." In my opinion, that is not Butler. But then again, in my opinion, that replacement doesn't exist.

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ulgulanoth wrote:
James how would Sarenrae/Iomedae/Shelyn/Asmodeus/Norgorber/Abadar/Irori/Urgathoa/Zon-Kuthon react if a mortal showed up in they're realm requesting an audience?

That depends on the deity, the mortal, the request, and too many more variables to summarize. This is the type of thing that needs to be custom built as an encounter to serve whatever story purpose is desired.

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Haladir wrote:

Hi, James.

I was just thumbing through my copy of Seven Days to the Grave looking for an NPC or encounter or two to steal for my homebrew Korvosa campaign. I noticed the art at the start of the Bestiary section (p.78) included a nosferatu killing a man. In the background, a red-haired human woman who's dressed exactly like Imrijka aims a crossbow at the vampire.

Should I assume that's a depiction of another inquisitor of Pharasma? If so, did that artwork influence Imrijka's character design? Or, was the typical garb of the order already established at that point (early 2008)?

Thanks!

That artwork did indeed influence Imrijka's character design.

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xavier c wrote:

1)Where does the Church of Sarenrae get it's money from?

2)Where does the Church of Iomedae get it's money from?

3)Where does the Church of Shelyn get it's money from?

All the same for ALL religions. From donations, tithes, and taking in money from adventurers and others who pay for spellcasting or buy magic items.

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xavier c wrote:
Are there any short elves on Golarion? or is it just tall ones?

Just tall ones.

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Justin Franklin wrote:
James in the Baphomet article in Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, it mentions that Baphomet was born out of a vile act of the Demon Queen. Is that Lamashtu or someone else? Also is it safe to assume that act was something similar to Pasiphaë and the Bull?

Lamashtu is the Demon Queen. That's one of her titles, along with Mother of Monsters and a few others.

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Robert Brookes wrote:
xavier c wrote:
what are the two deity articles in Hell's Rebels?
Asmodeus and Aroden, if I recall correctly.

THere's an Aroden article, written by Erik. It is not one of the 2 deity articles; it's format will likely be different.

We already did Asmodeus.

The two deity articles have not, to my knowledge, been revealed for Hell's Rebels.

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Uncle Teddy wrote:

Hi James,

As a cheesehead I was pleasantly surprised to see one of our cryptids in Bestiary 3. Who do I need to thank for the inclusion of this creature?

Many thanks for all your hard work.

I believe that would be me... I've certainly wanted to put the hodag into the game for a long time, but more as a scholar of cryptozoology and monsters than as a native of the hodag's stomping grounds.

I say "I believe that would be me" because it's tough to keep track at Paizo of who's ideas were what, since a lot of ideas get tossed about, and since a lot of us have very similar tastes (for the hodag, it came from either myself, Wes, Adam, or Erik... but I'm 98% sure it was from me...).

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theheadkase wrote:

Hi James!

What real life language do you think I could base modern Osiriani on? Would it be akin to Egyptian or something like Farsi?

Egyptian.

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xavier c wrote:
what are the two deity articles in Hell's Rebels?

Wait a few months and ask again. Not ready to spoil that much about Hell's Rebels yet.

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The knowledge that it's a

Spoiler:
human ship
doesn't really spoil anything of significance in Iron Gods' plot really. That discovery is more or less well known in Numeria, where a lot of people have seen ...
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technological items, like armor or weapons, or the shape of furniture or halls or the like in various ruins, that more or less blatantly suggest if not obviously prove that the people who ran the ship were human... or at the very least, human shaped.

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I'll have a little bit more to talk about Androffa in the last Iron Gods, but until then, these questions will need to remain unanswered.

I can say this though...

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Androffa as it existed when Divinity launched well over 9,000 years ago is NOT the same as Androffa as it currently exists today opposite modern Golarion.

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Hardness does not turn a creature into an object when a creature has hardness.

As a result, energy damage and ranged damage and ALL damage treats a creature with hardness as a creature, not an object. Energy attacks and ranged attacks are not halved when they damage a creature with hardness.

ONLY OBJECTS halve energy damage and ranged attacks... and that's a quality of an object being an object, not hardness. An object without hardness doesn't lose the ability to halve damage from energy and ranged attacks, by the way. This quality is entirely separate from hardness (and that's why it and hardness are detailed in entirely separate paragraphs on pages 173–174 of the core rulebook).

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equinoxmaster wrote:

how many gnomes does it take to build a sunrod

(like the old "how many _____ does it take to screw in a lightbulb)

Zero. They've got better things to do with their time and they can see in the dark anyway. Let the silly humans build the sunrods!

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hargoyle wrote:

Hello Mr Jacobs,

I've a question about Ring of Revelation. Can an Oracle use a Revelation from another Mystery through UMD and this ring? In your earlier answer (quoted below) this is not addressed.

James Jacobs wrote:
Dan Luckett wrote:

James,

Over at the PFS section there is some confusion on how the
UMD Skill works in regards to emulating a class. The question was targeted at Ring of Revelation. The argument is can a non-oracle utilize the ring to gain temporary access to a revelation with a sufficient roll of UMD?

Some argue that no, you have to be an Oracle, and if you're not UMD won't help you.

Others say that UMD circumvents those standard preventions.

Use Magic Device will let you trick an item into thinking you're a different class... but it does not grant the POWERS of that class. The way the ring of revelation is worded pretty much means you HAVE to be an Oracle (aka you have to meet minimum level requirements in class abilities granted by the oracle class, since the powers granted directly affect that ability rather than grant you NEW abilities). Furthermore, the ring specifically says that it has no effect if worn by a non-oracle.

SO. Best case scenario, you could Use Magic Device to trick the ring into activating, but if you don't actually have class levels in oracle, the ring will do nothing more than take up a ring slot for you.

Nope.

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Marcus Robert Hosler wrote:
I just notice that the "Extra martial flexibility" feat can only be taken once. Is this intentional? What's the chance of an extra use feat coming out for this ability that I could pick multiple times? Cause honestly, I'd rather it add 1-2 more uses than 3 and only be taken once.

I have to believe it's intentional, but you'd need to ask that question on the rules forums to be sure. That kind of flexibility is really the brawler's thing... if you want it more than once, take brawler levels.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

1) Pretty much just the coloration of the fur. No real significant game statistic differences.

2) I wouldn't... I'm not familiar enough with that AP to do that. That's a Rob question.

3) Well... depends on the region, I guess. Pretty much any magical beast or animal is likely to have some predators though.

4) She wants to be a demon lord, and Deskari is the best option available to her to use as a method of gaining that power she needs. If she happened to be imprisoned elsewhere in the world, she might use a different demon, but you go with the demon lord you have, not the one you want. What made her a monster was, pretty much, the abuse that she suffered as an arcane spellcaster in Sarkoris, and then beyond that as a prisoner in Threshold. She was already a bad seed before that, but the treatment of arcane spellcasters by Sarkoris's elite was pretty bad in and of itself. In a way, Sarkoris made Areelu and she gave them exactly the reward the land deserved by opening the worldwound.

5) Of course there are.

1) Okay, how's that coloration different? What colors give the firepelt its name?

2) Where can I get ahold of him?

3) Okay, thanks.

4) So if I played a character with the goal of restoring Sarkoris she'd be all "You think I'm a monster? You should have seen what they did to me! It didn't deserve to survive, and I'd sooner die than let you resurrect their cruelty!" Like that?

5) What are the likeliest non-spellcasting classes they'd go for?

BONUS! 6) A monk's ki is what enables their fists to gain properties like overcoming DR/Adamantine and whatnot. Since Brawlers don't have ki, what grants them similar abilities?

1) They're black with red fiery stripes down the back. We illustrated one in Rise of the Runelords along with its goblin buddy.

2) He's got an "Ask Rob" thread around here somewhere, or you could just post it as its own question, or email him, or PM him... but he's in Hawaii for another week or so.

4) Perhaps. More likely she'd just try to turn you into an enslaved minion or just kill you.

5) Whatever their stat mods edge them towards.

6) Practice with fighting.

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Taco Man wrote:
How are the odds of the Kasatha getting some nice First-Party love in the future? Some Favored Class options, Racial Feats, n' maybe a Racial Archetype or two relating to their dexterity and extra arm-manship? https://warosu.org/data/tg/img/0337/63/1406714239469.png

People of the Stars has a little bit for them, but beyond that, not much planned.

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Nargemn wrote:

Out of curiosity, when asked questions do you prefer them in list format or just more like a letter? I've seen you answer both types without any apparent discrimination but I'd prefer to ask things in a way that's easier/better for you!

1) Would you allow androids to qualify for the Pass For Human feat from the APG? Obviously being from the APG it was made long before Iron Gods had even been mentioned.

http://www.d20pfsrd.com/feats/general-feats/pass-for-human

2) As there's now a direct connection between ancient Osirion and Egypt (or Kemet) due to the gods of ancient Osirion moving on to Kemet to bring their worship there as mentioned in the Mummy's Mask AP, I was curious if any other earth analogue areas have similar influence from gods who at one point 'moved on' to earth, such as the Ulfen? Due to their similarities to earth's Scandinavian cultures, would it be likely they at one point in the past paid homage to Thor, Odin, Freya, etc?

3) Speaking of gods interacting with Earth, did any of the 'core 20' gods ever have centers of worship on earth? I know Asmodeus and Lamashtu have been mentioned before since their names are lifted straight from real world mythology, but how about gods such as Torag or Sarenrae?

4) Would the 'core 20' gods be considered more powerful than other full gods listed in Inner Sea Gods, such as the gods of the dwarven pantheon, Kurgess, or Milani, for example? Or are the core 20 simply the more well known gods?

List formats if you have more than one question are preferred, but I'll answer both formats.

1) Yes.

2) Unlikely.

3) Asmodeus and Lamashtu are the only of the core 20 that have links to Earth.

4) As a general rule, yes, they're more powerful, but not always and not everywhere. We also specifically don't quantify power with deities other than showing some to grant 5 domains and some to only grant 4.

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