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Paladinosaur wrote:

James,

Have you seen Fantastic Beasts and where to find them? Are you a Harry Potter fan?

I haven't seen it. There's a slight chance I'll see it this weekend, but it's probably gonna be a Netflix thing for me.

I'm not really a Harry Potter fan at all.

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CBDunkerson wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
CBDunkerson wrote:
Yep, the Advanced Bestiary and Tome of Horrors get used in APs and for stat blocks in other places so much that they could nearly be considered part of the 'Pathfinder canon'. Can't think of any other 'third party' material which has been used as extensively by Paizo.
Book of Fiends and Tome of Horrors both come to mind as books we've used more than Advanced Bestiary.

*blink*

<runs off to store section to find out what-the-heck 'Book of Fiends' is>

It's an older Green Ronin book that expanded on demons, devils, and daemons. While we use a few of the monsters in there now and then, the main thing that we use from it is the qlippoth. We've expanded on the type of qlippoth, but several of those in Bestiary 2 were first published in Book of Fiends.

Written by one Erik Mona, in fact.

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Voyd211 wrote:

How big is an average great red wyrm? More specifically...

-How long is it, from nose to tail?
-How tall is it at the shoulder?
-What's its wingspan?
-If I were to scale it up to a monster with the same space as Mogaru (which I have), how much would these increase?

Also, about that deity I mentioned yesterday... I had him as basically the ultimate bad cop. He can't be considered lawful, because he doesn't follow rules if they get in the way of enforcement. He can't be considered good because of his brutality. Nevertheless, his end goal is a utopia; Gray (CE god of ruthlessness, smoke, time travel and vigilante justice) wants a world where thugs like him are no longer needed.

Any additional thoughts on Gray?

It's smaller than a kaiju. Probably about 100 feet long or so from nose to tail. Wingspan about the same.

The way you presented the deity made it look like you were running roughshod over the alignment system and that's a huge pet peeve of mine.

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CBDunkerson wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
We've used templates from that book from the beginning and continue to do so to this day.
Yep, the Advanced Bestiary and Tome of Horrors get used in APs and for stat blocks in other places so much that they could nearly be considered part of the 'Pathfinder canon'. Can't think of any other 'third party' material which has been used as extensively by Paizo.

Book of Fiends and Tome of Horrors both come to mind as books we've used more than Advanced Bestiary.

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Delightful wrote:

1. Have you seen Doctor Strange? if you have did you like it?

2. What's your favorite superhero film of this year?
3. What's your opinion of the Ghost in the Shell film that's coming out?

1) I saw it and enjoyed it.

2) They're all about the same to me. None I've seen this year stands out particularly more than any of the others.

3) Scarlett Johansson is one of my favorite actresses, but since I've never seen the original anime the movie is based on (and thus have no nostalgia for it) and since the fact that this is another example of "whitewashing" in cinema, I'm not all that interested in the movie. If the reviews are outstanding I'll see it in the theater, maybe, but otherwise if I see it it'll be via Netflix or the like.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Not interested in the Advanced Bestiary, I do not buy third party products.

Then you're locking yourself out of content you would enjoy that we will never provide for you because it's not something we're interested in creating.

In any case, books like the Advanced Bestiary are good enough for me to use in products we publish at Paizo, so I don't know what else I can say to convince folks that, yes indeed, you CAN buy and enjoy books from other publishers.

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Belltrap wrote:
If, say, years after some grand adventure path, an older paladin wanted to retire to farm the countryside rather than continue his work as a paladin by training the next generation or seeking out some last adventure to give his life to, has he turned his back on his calling? Do you think he would fall?

If a paladin manages to retain his/her paladinhood over the course of decades and manages to reach old age and chooses to retire, then he/she gets to retire. They have not turned their back on their calling, and do not fall from grace.

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MMCJawa wrote:

Hi James,

1) Have you seen the trailer for the upcoming Mummy movie? If so what do you think?

2) What in general is your feeling about the proposed "Universal Movie Monster" Universe they are trying to put together, starting with The Mummy?

3)I know you at least watched one season of Penny Dreadful. Did you ever finish it? If so what did you think?

1) Cautiously optimistic. I've enjoyed pretty much all of Tom Cruise's movies over the last decade or so, and the visuals and themes of the trailer look pretty neat... but the way Universal has handled their latest classic monster movies (Dracula and Frankenstein) have been pretty lame and/or sanitized.

2) Also cautiously optimistic. If they do so while maintaining a gritty and dark and creepy and horrific theme, then it could be pretty fun. If they fall into camp and sanitized mass-market tepid horror, then meh.

3) I've only seen season 1 of Penny Dreadful, and it was a mixed bag for me. The good (Eva Green and Eva Green adjacent plots) was outweighed by the bad (all the rest) for me, and I' don't really feel the need to watch seasons 2 or 3 when better shows are available for me to watch.

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AlgaeNymph wrote:
How would you go about making the alignment domains more flavorful?

By redesigning them from the ground up, perhaps by making the domains into planar-themed domains instead of alignment themed ones, so that a deity only picks one domain regardless.

Not something I'm gonna do here, though.

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Seannoss wrote:

Are the alignment domains a must have for deities when designing them? I know you have said that domains are more of an art and adding an odd domain/sub domain can add extra flavor and interest.

Could the omission of a domain do the same?

Yes. Alignment domains are required, and to date we've not deliberately omitted an alignment domain from any deity. And I see no reason to change that. Even in the case of a non-neutral demigod, where half their domains are alignment domains, you can still do a lot of fun flavor choices among the remaining two domain options.

What you do in your game is up to you, of course.

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Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Have you played Salt and Sanctuary?
Yup.
How far have you gotten? What do you think of it?

I don't remember. I bought it, played for a week or two, then stopped playing when Dark Souls III came out. The game was fun and moody but too derivative of dark souls to be memorable or keep my attention.

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Voyd211 wrote:

I've mentioned that I'm making my own setting, and I have a few questions relating to gods.

One: What do I do with the devils? All of my core deities except one are characters from other worlds I've created. The problem: Asmodeus thus doesn't exist.

Two: What do you think of a chaotic evil deity who includes vigilante justice as one of his areas of concern? He works toward lawful and good goals... But it's his methods that make him CE. He is outright brutal, gleefully ignores laws as he enforces them, and believes firmly in paying evil unto evil. He's thus the enemy of basically every other evil god.

One: Whatever you want. Frankly, I think that using content created by others, be it other game designers or real-world cultures is a great way to save time in world creation. If you want devils in your game, the easiest solution is to use the ones that already exist in Pathfinder. If you specifically do not want Asmodeus in your game, feel free to use all the Asmodeus lore we've created but apply it to some new name. One of the best parts about using existing lore is that your players have a better chance of already being familair with it, and thus they don't have to go through the familiarization process and know instantly what's going on. It's easier to get a group nervous or excited by saying, "The trees are knocked aside as a tyrannosaurus emerges to attack" than it is by saying "The trees are knocked aside as a nivlivokor emerges to attack."

Two: Bad idea. A deity that works toward lawful and good goals is lawful good, and undermining alignments like that erodes the value they create in the game. If you're going to go against alignments like that, better to just ditch alignment entirely from your game.

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Rysky wrote:
Have you played Salt and Sanctuary?

Yup.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
MageHunter wrote:

Have you read HG Wells? If so favorite book?

I like the Island of Dr. Moreau. A bit disturbing and horrific, but all for the more fun.

I have indeed red HG Wells. "The Time Machine" is my favorite. It's why Pathfinder has morlocks in the game.
Have you read Robert Silverberg's sequel novel to the same?

Nope.

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The Beardinator wrote:
Why no love for Apsu? An Apsu cleric prestige class would have been nice.

Because I wanted to focus on deities who had more significant humanoid worshiping traditions than Apsu, who is relatively only rarely worshiped by humanoids.

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Brother Fen wrote:

Hi James!

Thanks for reopening your thread. My question concerns Kyonin. I am working on a long term plot where one of my elven PCs wants to eventually establish a Pathfinder lodge in Greengold. Do you have any suggestions as to the sorts of deeds and/or political maneuvers he would have to make in order to make this a reality?

Once the PC contacts the leaders of Greengold to get permission to do so, make it contingent on completing a quest for the government of Greengold. You don't have to make the quest an entire adventure, but instead take the next adventure you have planned and have Greengold's leaders contact the PC with their quest—to rescue an ally or retrieve an item or do something else associated with the actual adventure the PCs are going on.

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Voyd211 wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Voyd211 wrote:
Anyway, would you say that half-dragons of furry and feathery creatures would stay fluffy? I... Kinda want to see a semi-cute floofy durgon.
I would not. Fluffy dragons are, in my opinion, goofy and off-model.
That's kind of a shame. There is one really good design for a fluffy dragon that I know of: Flammie, from Secret of Mana.

Let's keep posts to questions; I'm not interested in turning this into "Debate James Jacobs on opinion-based answers here!" If you ask me my opinion on a question, you'll get my opinion. Feel free to ask me follow up questions based on my answer if you wish.

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Kilrex wrote:
James, would you mind stopping by the Amazon Go store and then tell me about the experience?

If I find myself downtown someday with a need to go to the grocery store, I might. Or if I've got friends and family in town I might just to share a weirdo Seattle experience. But until then, I'm perfectly happy shopping at Whole Foods and interacting with cashiers when I need to pay, since that process has been vetted for a LONG TIME to make sure that there's no security risks.

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Voyd211 wrote:
Anyway, would you say that half-dragons of furry and feathery creatures would stay fluffy? I... Kinda want to see a semi-cute floofy durgon.

I would not. Fluffy dragons are, in my opinion, goofy and off-model.

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Alayern wrote:

Pardon moi, et bonne journée, monsieur Jacobs, what is your favorite aspect of Pathfinder "crunch" to design? Weapons, monsters, classes etc.

Related: Do you still get those "Ah ha!" epiphany style moments when you're doing design work? That moment where things click oh-so-satisfyingly?

Monsters. No contest.

And yes, I do get ah-ha moments, both when designing rules and when writing adventures/world content.

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My take: Commoners and all of the NPC classes can range in level, and absolutely do. Just check any of our adventures pretty much for plenty of examples.

That said, they almost NEVER go above 5th level. When they do, it's for unique and unusual and specific story reasons. For example, I made a shopkeeper in Burnt Offerings a 7th level commoner to catch players off guard for assuming that he'd be a pushover in a fist-fight, but also to model the fact that he's got an uncommon drive to be a grocer, but not enough drive to be anything MORE than a grocer.

NPC classes above 10th level are INCREDIBLY rare. I think we may have published a few of them at that level in some of the hardcover rulebooks (GameMastery Guide and NPC Codex), but I can't think of a single one we've published in print. Once your'e above 10th level, you're a mover and a shaker and have better options to pick to fulfill your destiny than NPC classes.

Obviously, that mindset might be different in other campaigns or homebrew worlds, which is why, even though we have no plans to use the rules for above 10th level NPC class characters much at all (if ever) they're in there for anyone else who wants to use them.

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Dragon78 wrote:
It doesn't have to be a binary division of all/most fey, it could be used in one small area of the first world or even on earth. Heck having 4 templates related to each season would be interesting.

It's not gonna change, though. Not only did we want to avoid the binary setup that Jessica pointed out, but frankly, the whole seelie/unseelie fey stuff is cliched when it comes to fey. Just as we wanted to avoid the crutch of prophecy in Pathfinder and Golarion, we wanted to do something new and interesting with fey. The First World is our solution.

If you're looking for stuff like this that we're not interested in doing there are plenty of 3rd party publishers that take up those threads. In particular, check out Advanced Bestiary—it's FILLED with templates, including ones like you mention. In fact, the seasonal templates are in that book at my suggestion—back when Matt Sernett was writing the book he and I brainstormed ideas and the seasonal template was one of mine.

Matt was working at Paizo at the time. The redone version was developed by Owen, who works at Paizo now. We've used templates from that book from the beginning and continue to do so to this day. The book's got as strong a gamer pedigree as it possibly could have, in my opinion, and it has another advantage over Bestiary 6 in that it's available Right Now.

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

James,

It wasn't meant to be political. I merely meant like "A book that didn't come out that you'd hope might" or maybe "A movie that didn't do it for." But okay!

Might have wanted to clarify that in the original question then.

As for regrets, not really interested in airing regrets here for personal reasons. Needless to say I have plenty every year.

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AlgaeNymph wrote:

Regarding Bestiary 6, any news on the empyreal lords therein?

Also, is "empyreal lords" capitalized? It feels like it should be, but it isn't in the Paizo works I've seen.

It's not capitalized; if it were, we would capitalize it in our books. It's in the same category as archdevil, demon lord, and the like.

In any event, not interested in Bestiary 6 spoilers here at this time. The book's going to the printer in a few weeks, though, so maybe then I'll say something here or there...

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Dear James Jacobs,

With the end of 2016 fast approaching and the holidays almost upon us, is there any thing you wished that didn't happen in 2016 that had happened?

What about any regrets for 2016?

Yes, but I don't talk politics here.

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MageHunter wrote:

Have you read HG Wells? If so favorite book?

I like the Island of Dr. Moreau. A bit disturbing and horrific, but all for the more fun.

I have indeed red HG Wells. "The Time Machine" is my favorite. It's why Pathfinder has morlocks in the game.

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MMCJawa wrote:

Hi James,

I have a question on Bestiary 6, which I know your heavily involved with the development of. How similar is the development of this bestiary to past bestiaries? Are you mostly the person in charging of picking the selection? Is your workload on the creature design higher the normal, or does that just pertain to the demigod level critters?

Really looking forward to the book!

This is the first Bestiary that's only had one person developing it. While we did have a brainstorm with several folks calling out what monsters would be cool inclusions, I had pretty much final say on what exact creatures ended up in the book, which is also the first time this has happened for a Bestiary.

I helped develop a large chunk of Bestiary 1, 2, and 3 and a much smaller portion of 4. I had no development duties for 5.

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captain yesterday wrote:
Will there be WereDinosaurs in Bestiary 6. As seen originally in The Divinity Drive.

No. I'm actually of the opinion that we don't NEED new pages for were-creatures, because everything you need to create were-animals is in the template. We don't spend time in bestiaries statting up new liches or vampires—that's something for a book like Monster Codex. Same goes for things like the were-deinonychus, which you'll note was NOT presented as a new monster in Divinity Drive's bestiary. Because it's not necessary.

What we DO include in Bestiary 6 are rules for a similar creature, the entothrope, which is like a lycanthrope but combines humanoids with vermin. It's pretty similar (and comes with three examples) but just as there are some significant differences between animals and vermin, so is the case for entothropes and lycanthropes.

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AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:
Doctor Strange, Hellboy, or John Constantine?

Of the three, I liked the Hellboy movies the best.

I've not read any of the comics.

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Cole Deschain wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
That said, the idea of ANY genre of film set in the Star Wars universe is intriguing to me. Same goes for any shared world.
Even a romcom? ;)

Now and then I like romcoms.

The top five romcoms that come to mind that I enjoyed would be:

There's Something About Mary
High Fidelity
Much Ado About Nothing
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Chasing Amy

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Cole Deschain wrote:
Does the idea of a true horror film set in the Star Wars universe appeal to you?

Yes. I'm pretty sure that's what my list of dream-team Star Wars movie directors pretty much implied, though. :P

That said, the idea of ANY genre of film set in the Star Wars universe is intriguing to me. Same goes for any shared world.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Excited to see Rogue One?

In that I purchased my ticket already, yes, but that's more a factor of convenience since if I didn't do so early, I wouldn't have been able to get a fancy seat at iPic and would have then had to wait until after my vacation to see it in mid January and by that point all you internet chuckleheads would have spoiled the entire movie for me. :-P

And the fact that the advance word says it's more "adult" and less "for kids" is intriguing. I love love LOVE the fact that they're branching out into a universe like Marvel and doing more than just the core stories and giving an increasingly wide range of folks the opportunity to do stories in the Star Wars universe. Because that means that maybe, some day, we'll see an R-rated Star Wars movie directed by someone like David Cronenberg, David Twohy, John Carpenter, James Wan, Ty West, etc.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Not really; they don't need to. They have a pretty excellent slave gathering mechanism already, and surface slaves are less useful for life underground, and they're not all that into coming up to the surface in the first place even to get slaves.

That makes sense, thank you for the clarification.

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I have, in that Paths of the Righteous was my idea, I outlined it, I assigned it, and I developed the book.

Excellent, that makes my next question easier:

In previous questions on this thread I asked about the appropriateness of a Thassilonian Specialist wizard in Varisia-based APs like Rise of the Runelords and Shattered Star. To paraphrase your answer to that question, it wouldn't be a good fit for Rise of the Runelords as the events of that AP are really what kick off the Thassilonmania that leads to the traditions of Thassilonian spellcasting being rediscovered, but they do work well in Shattered Star, since there's been enough time between the two for Thassilonian spellcasting to catch on.

** spoiler omitted **

Yes.

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Charles Scholz wrote:

Wasn't there a redeemed succubus in the Wrath of the Righteous AP?

Yes, and she was a custom built character. No template involved.

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Voyd211 wrote:
How would you stat out the Yamata no Orochi? In my setting, he's a CR 30 unique mythic hydra, tied to my god of disaster.

Looks like an 8 headed hydra to me. As for what CR and role, it'd depend entirely on my preference at the time, but I'd probably not go with it as a CR 30 creature, since that role in my head is best limited to kaiju and demigods.

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kevin_video wrote:

Hey James,

Having recently played through Crypt of the Everflame for the first time (yeah, I know, my players and I are way behind the times), my group and I were introduced to the concept of nonlethal traps. Looking up trap design, I don't see how much making it nonlethal affects the CR. So my question is, how much does doing nonlethal damage drop the CR by? -1? -2?

If a trap does not harm or inconvenience the PCs in any way, then it shouldn't have a CR at all.

Otherwise, I wouldn't reduce CR at all.

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Voyd211 wrote:

Are you familiar with the amalgam creature template?

If so, how do you think it would interact with mythic ranks?

I'm familiar with it. It's a cute idea, but frankly, I prefer to make an entirely new monster from scratch if I'm doing that much work adjusting things.

Mythic anything needs to be handled with care by a GM experienced with how the rules work.

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AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:

1.I recently re-read the Occult Bestiary looking for information, I'm trying to run an Aboleth Campaign, and the page on Omnipaths, it calls Aboleths, Veiled masters, and Omnipaths 'Othagu'. In future printings of Bestiaries are these creatures going to have the Othagu Subtype?

2.what's your preference, Qlippoth or Protean?

3.Do the Great Old Ones get Heralds, or are they to be Considered Heralds of some greater calamity?

4.why don't Oozes get more love? they seem so lonely being the type with the least Species variants.

5.(I admit, this one is just for giggles) How is a Raven like a Writing desk?

6.Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?

7.favorite Pulp Fiction Authors? (top 10?)

1) That is, unfortunately, a typo. We first revealed the overall racial name of the aboleths and their kind years before in "Occult Mysteries" back in 2014. The racial name is "alghollthu" and it's not a subtype.

2) Qlippoth, no contest.

3) They do not.

4) There's lots of ooze love in Bestiary 6. One of the reasons they don't get more love is that they're a pretty narrowly-defined type that doesn't have a lot of obvious creative room to explore. AKA: You need to be more creative and imaginative than usual to come up with a new ooze, and that's been something of a challenge before. One of my goals for Bestiary 6 was to face that head on, and come up with several new and interesting oozes. I'm pretty proud of what I came up with and how my freelancers designed them.

5) Edgar Allen Poe is famous for using both.

6) Yes.

7) Lovecraft is my favorite author of ANYTHING. If I were to list my top ten pulp authors, they would be:

H. P. Lovecraft
Clark Ashton Smith
Robert E. Howard
Robert Bloch
Frank Belknap Long
Ray Bradbury
Henry Kuttner
Fritz Leiber
C. L. Moore
Leigh Brackett

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Do drow ever turn up in Okenko, whether as customers or as slaves for sale?

Have you taken a look at the new Paths of the Righteous Player Companion that you fine folks at Paizo just released yet? I had a question about including one of the prestige classes in it into an AP that was written before it was created.

Not really; they don't need to. They have a pretty excellent slave gathering mechanism already, and surface slaves are less useful for life underground, and they're not all that into coming up to the surface in the first place even to get slaves.

I have, in that Paths of the Righteous was my idea, I outlined it, I assigned it, and I developed the book.

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Delightful wrote:

1. Are the Gods physically tied (and vice versa)to the virtues, themes, and things they represent? For instance, if Sarenrae died would Golarion's Sun be somewhat weakened until someone replaced her? If so, did this kind of thing happen when Aroden died?

2. Kind of related to the first question, if a Chaotic Evil Goddess like Lamashtu stealing the domain of Beasts from Curchanus somehow made it so the relationship between man and animals was more distrustful, would a Good-aligned claiming the domain of Undeath from Urgathoa somehow make undeath somewhat less immediately Neutral Evil?

3. Is Desna the oldest of the main 20 gods? Is this one of those questions that you just can't answer at this point in time?

4. Is war defined as Chaotic Neutral in Pathfinder? Or does it just so happen that the God who claims to hold the domain of War happens to be Chaotic Neutral?

5. Please tell there's an entire planet of Caydenites where beer just comes out of public water foundations, where hangovers don't exist, and where economic policies are decided through games of beer pong. It's almost Christmas and official acknowledgement of this existing in Pathfinder would likely be the best present I'm going to get this year.

1) Nope.

2) Nope.

3) Nope; she's not the oldest, but she's certainly quite old.

4) War is defined as a clash between two nations. It can involve any alignment; reasons for going to war vary with alignment, but war itself is not an alignment.

5) OK. Happy Holidays. There is indeed a beer planet out there.

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

Do grippli not last long in Galt?

Goofy question is goofy.

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Inner Sea World Guide remains the most accurate portrayal of Geb. I should have toned back the "everyone is undead" elements in Crabfield Isle as it applies to Geb as a whole, I suppose... the intent was mostly that Crabfield Isle itself is a place where more folks are undead than not.

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Plausible Pseudonym wrote:

James,

I've seen two stat blocks recently that I think you worked on featuring wizards using Defending daggers to boost their AC. (Someone towards the end of the new Curse of the Crimson Throne and Abdul Alharezed in Strange Aeons 3).

Did you know there's PDT FAQ stating that Defending weapon bonuses only work when the weapon is used to attack, so you can't hold it for passive defense bonuses while casting? I used to think Defending or Guardian daggers held by spellcasters were great investments once you had some money to spend on a weapon, but not after learning about this FAQ.

If I knew that, then obviously I wouldn't have listed their defending bonus in their stats now, would I? But know what? They're NPCs, and that boost to their Armor Class helps them be better threats for their CRs so that they can fill their role as expected. Building NPCs as fights is VERY tough because the rules for building characters like that do NOT interface well with the expectations for CR and power level you need out of combat encounters.

So if you want to be a rules stickler and say they don't get that bonus to their AC all the time, I'd suggest removing that quality entirely from the weapon and instead giving them an ad-hoc AC bonus of the same amount and explain it as destiny or luck or whatever hand-wavium reason works for you. Or maybe they just CAN use the defense bonus on their own because they know a trick that the PCs don't.

NPCs do not have to follow the rules for characters, in other words. My suggestion would be to ignore the FAQ ruling for those NPCs entirely.

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Hello James,

Ready for the Holidays?

Not just on Golarion, but the game multiverse, of the 7 Archon Stewards of Heaven, who has the most to least number of Paladins, Holy Orders and Militant Crusading Knights?

Could you rank who is the most to least powerful, of Ragathiel, Sandalphon, Jegudiel, Andoletta, Uriel, Melak Taus, Salaphiel, in personal might as well as influence? Similar to the Runelords you have done before.

Is there a Solar that watches over Golarion's Sun?

I am not ready yet.

Unrevealed, mostly because cases of "who has the most?" are pretty much pointless to nail down when you want to keep future options open.

I cannot. I could do this with the Runelords because I created them and have known in my head who was toughest from least to greatest from the start. In the case of Empyreal lords, no one person has that insight. Including me. I only recognize a few of the names you list, in fact; the others are gibberish to me so I'd have to look them up. And even then, I've not put any thought into their relative power levels.

Unrevealed, but if there were, he/she/it would be subordinate to Sarenrae in that regard.

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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Who's older: The Elder Gods, or the Eldest?

There are no Elder Gods in Pathfinder; that's a part of the extended Mythos we don't use.

If you meant to say "Outer Gods" (AKA folks like Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth, etc.), then the Outer Gods are MUCH older than the Eldest.

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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
Speaking of templates, I just thought of a question about the product and bestiaries in general. Mr Jacobs, is there an estimated number or percentage of template entries in a bestiary?

Not really. The number of templates that end up in a bestiary is more or less arbitrary.

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Steelfiredragon wrote:

how would you go about doing a half-nymph for a pc race?

as on top of an elf who got hit with it by an eldest?

I would use the race builder rules (if I got permission from my GM to build a race like this if I was the player), or I would ask the GM to build one for me. If I were the GM.

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Nargemn wrote:

Hello James,

How do followers of gods in the Pathfinder setting reconcile their reverence for a single deity over the multitudes of other deities that exist? Ostensibly most devout folk in Golarion practice Henotheism (the belief in and worship of a single god while accepting the existence or possible existence of other deities) or Monolatrism (the belief in the existence of many gods but with the consistent worship of only one deity).

How does this work in practice? Would a typical cleric, devoted to their god, understand that a different cleric dedicated to a separate deity has found their place or calling in that faith? Would one view the other as misguided, placing their specific deity's teachings above all else, and viewing that deities' as the only 'true' path in life, making them the 'one true god'? Some time ago in the thread I recall you clarifying that someone as devout as a cleric would not pray to other gods, even among situations not directly under their deities' purview (the example given was, I believe, would a cleric of a different deity offer praise or prayer to Gozreh on a sea-crossing likely to be fraught with storms).

Obviously this would differ greatly among the various faiths, particularly between clergies which pay homage to gods of alignments on opposite ends of the spectrum. I imagine evil deities would encourage their status as the 'one true god', while good ones would be more open to have their clergy accept other good gods as perfectly acceptable figures of worship.

If I could give a specific example of what I'm asking, let's say Kyra and Seelah were travelling together in an adventuring party. Would Kyra view Seelah as misguided, and vice-versa for Seelah viewing Kyra? Would they be likely to proselytize their faith to each other, hoping for conversion? Would they consider each other's deity "real"? Ignoring the specific tenets of the faiths of Sarenrae and Iomedae and just going on the idea that they're both good deities, how might this sort of thing play out?...

The same way we do in this world, by having a "favorite" of anything, be it a favorite movie, a favorite food, a favorite author, a favorite politician, a favorite religion, or whatever.

It's possible for someone to have a favorite something and not automatically think that other people who don't share that opinion are wrong or misguided or the like.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Eldred the Grey wrote:

Almighty dinosaur James a moment of your time. I am semi mashing pathfinder and the realms and was bringing over Helm, Mask, Tymora, Mystra, Shandukal and Bhaal which of the Pathfinder gods would compliment them. I know Pharasma and Calistra but cant decied on who else. Any suggestions.

Thanks

EtG

Eilistraee is the best Forgotten Realms deity. If you don't bring her over to Golarion, then there's no point at bringing over ANY Realms deities. :-P
Wouldn't most of the ex-Living City players argue for Mystra, who they dubed "The Lady of Certs", instead? In House cleaning when given the choice of one of three dieties to aid, she was chosen vastly over Tyr and Sune.

Doesn't matter at all. They didn't ask an "ex-Living City player." They asked me, and I have never played Living City. So that's irrelevant to the discussion.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What kind of weapon would be best used to mimic the Dragonslayer Swordspear (i.e. a weapon with a greatsword-sized blade fixed to a spear-like haft)? Or would this be one of those moments where the best solution would be "use the Weapon Master's Handbook's weapon creation rules to make your own and run it by your GM?"

Glavie should work fine.

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