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Another intersting questin that will probably come up in my game:
Is Line of sight (through a closed window for example) enough to summon the eidolon to a place or is line of effect needed?
My players will come up on a cave where the back part is collapsed but they can look through tiny spaces in the rubble to the other side. Could the summoner dismiss her eidolon and re-summon it on the other side for scouting purposes?
Masterwork trident would get +1 to hit, but if it's a +1 masterwork trident, which your wording seems to imply, it would actually have a +1 enhancement bonus which applies to damage and to hit, but replaces the +1 to hit from the basic masterwork (every item with magical enhancements needs to be masterwork before)
Mastwerork armor gets -1 armor check penalty to a minimum of 0, yes.
A magical piece of armor gets an enhancement bonus to AC only, but since it needs to be masterwork before, it also has a -1 check penalty.
You should pay special attention to the SLAs of all the creatures, maybe even write up a list of alll of them, because your summon monster effectively becomes a HUGE goldmine for ulitity spells from outsiders.
A list of what you get out of only the cr2 cratures:
This is INSANE for a single spell and it gets even worse on higher CRs.
On top of that you get to summon undead and constructs, who have situationally extremely useful immunities.
Beware of save or suck spells like hold person or even dominate, in such a small party they make a huge difference, because 1 failed save halves the power of the party.
What is your problem with leadership? If you play it like any sane GM should and build the cohort yourself, it's just a permanent hireling that does not have to be paid with actual party funds...
Another thing: Whatever powers you give to the artifact, make them addicting. Players tend to metagame dangerous temptations and turn their characters into the most strongwilled, levelheaded types, who would never fall prey to them. After they use the powers, just use the addiction rules for drugs, so the character has actually fight the impulse to use it again and again in increasingly trivial situations.
If you are going with the sword or something similar, you could use an idea that i have wanted to use for a long time:
The sword (or other weapon) has been forged from the iron in the blood of a thousand righteous heroes/innocent children/virgins/whatever you want.
Somehow I just find the idea of a badguy burning away everything but the iron in the blood and collecting it to forge a blade very fitting for an evil artifact.
Edit: a friend just told me that apparently lord vetinari from the discworld series wields a blade that is said to be made in this fashion. Don't know if I read the book at some point or if I came up with it on my own, but beware, if one of your players is a Discworld nerd, he might accuse you of stealing the idea.
That is not a Pseudo-Nerf, it makes Composite Bows nearly completely useless. After a certein level, NOBODY will give up their additional attacks, just for the measly +4 or something damage on their one hit...
I know, archery can be powerful, sometimes seeming overpowered. But that is only if the GM uses no cover and no obstacles and no wind wall and no sight inhibiting conditions like fog and none of the other multiple ways to make an archers life hell.
With your Rules, archery would pretty much suck...
I have a houserule that every magical weapon, shield or armor has some kind of "focus" (a gem, a bone, a holy symbol) in which the actual magic resides.
This solves the problem of believability, lets the players keep their "ancient familiy heirloom sword TM" and even gives them the option of switching a focus between weapons if they have a lot of time to prepare for a fight and know about a certain DR or somwthing but also carries the risk that they botch the roll and are completely bereft of their magical weapon for a day.
Also it adds cool details to the weapons, because every Focus is unique and you might end up with a fighter in shiny armor who has a focus made from a human fingerbone attached to his weapon, because he took it from a goblin chieftain.
Since when is being able to voluntarily fail saves a houserule? If I don't jump to the side, when the big boulder falls, i get hit and if i don't resist the mind control, it succeds. It can get a little hard to explain with Fort saves, but as far as I know you can voluntarily fail a save, at least as long as you know you have to make it, the same way that you can voluntarily miss on an attack...
Are you sure it becomes DR5 /cold iron and silver?
I would have said it becomes DR5/cold iron and DR5/Silver, meaning:
DR0 against a weapon that is both,
Since you all seem to agree, could you point me to the relevant rules text?
Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll run the ideas for modifications by the players.
I think it should be reduced in price compared to a con belt, because it doesn't affect fort saves, but increased since it wouldn't take up a magic item slot. What do you think about letting those two cancel each other out and give them the modification for the price of a con belt? (+1hp/hd for 4k, +2 for 16k.)
Since my party lacked a proper Tank, I gave them an NPC construct with the lifespark subtype (he and his awakening are tied into the story of the campaign) and it worked quite well, they started teaching him about the world, about his newly found emotions and the magus started giving him melee training which resulted in the construct gaining levels of fighter. This started at level 4, now they have reached level 8 and have grown very attached to their metal friend. The problem is, without a CON score, his HP are advancing very slowly, a problem I hadn't considered in the beginning. Even with generously rounded 6 hp for each fighter level, the PCs are overtaking him one by one and there have been some very tight situations for him on the frontlines.
They are willing to spend a considerable amount of money on their friend, so I would like to give them the option of actually succeeding.
How could this be done RAW and if there's no way, which houserules would you propose?
tl;dr: Need a way to raise the HP of a lifespark construct with fighter levels.
That is mainly, because truly considering the implications of magic on everyday life leads to the tippyverse and most people don't want to play in that world.
Other than that, check adventures and regional books for flavourful magical items for everyday use. (The taldor book has some great luxury items for the bearded of oppara)
Sadly it's very high level, but with scrolls, Spellbane could work. Set the contingency and spellbane to Mages disjunction and you're good to go. Sadly, since Spellbane is to high level for you, it requires the expense of 3825 gp every (CL of the contingency) days, since that is the cost of the Spellbane scroll
Yea, you are right. It's actually weaker than the vampire template. I Just took a quick look at it without comparing them and thought "put this on a pair of goblins and they'll slaughter an APL approppriate party, that can't be right." But it's the same with them vampire template, it's just very powerful.
Just shows again how using templates is not an exact science but rather an artform.
The missing CL on the scorching ray is still a thing 'though.
Depends on how the GM rules carrying. I usually handwave it, as long as it doesn't get absurd, but 10 suits of armor would fall into that category...
Rules wise, there is nothing against it 'though.
(It's funny how bags of holding and the like have weight and space limitations, but a high str character can RAW carry an elephant on his back...)
Some things come to mind.
First: One cubic foot of material is not much to encase the feet of the giant with. The resulting construction would probably be pretty thin, considering how big the feet of the giant probably are. The ginat should be easily able to sunder the "shackles" in one round. Or he could just remain stationary if that is not a problem for him. The player essentially used up a 5th level slot for a one target, one round (assuming sunder) entangle with no save. That seems by no means overpowered to me.
Second: The spell allows the player to fabricate an item, but how does he attach it to the ground below? The Item must be physically seperated from everything else, otherwise it would not be an item but a part of the bigger structure.
Third: Nowhere in the text of fabricate does it say that he can choose to move the location of the final product relative to the position of the raw materials. Therefor one could argue that the stone shackles are created where the stone was beforehand, UNDER the feet of the giant, not around them.
Fourth: The Spell has no SR or save, because it's not used on creatures or magic items. The giant isn't hit by the spell but by it's consequnces. Arguing that the giant doesn't get a save based on the fabricate spell is like arguing that you don't get to avoid a stone dropped on your head via mage hand because the spell doesn't have SR or a save.
Somebody on these boards made an posted a melee and a ranged orc troop before. I copied them for later use, but sadly forgot who made them, so sorry for not being able to give due credit.
You can just use multiple of those until the CR is high enough.
I get that you're saying that, I understood that from your first post. But I still don't see which rules you're using as a basis. You read the description and decide that it's a new limb that replaces normal reach, but it does not say so in any part of the description of the Tanglevine Power.
As far as I see it, it can be interpreted in both ways and RAW determining which interpretation is right, is yet to be presented.
Also, I don't know where you get the idea that a reach weapon doubles your reach and therefor gives you 20 reach if you have 10 natural reach. Afaik reach weapons add a flat 5ft (or whatever they are granting, whip for example)to the normal reach of a character.
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