I believe in 3.5, a greater barghest that consumed a person's fresh corpse had a 60% chance of destroying their soul. That would certainly be a good method for a professional assassin to ensure job completion. Given that they have a high intelligence themselves, your assassin could even BE the greater barghest.
Otherwise, killing the target, turning them into a zombie, stuffing them into some extradimensional object (bag of holding, portable hole, etc) and flinging them deep into some hostile plane would suffice for most purposes. The resources necessary to find and liberate the target would be prohibitive for almost any group. It also sets up an interesting adventure if the PCs should be hired to retrieve the VIP's corpse.
A cheaper alternative is a petrification effect. The target's not dead but not alive, can't be resurrected, arguably can't be scried on, and generally are just difficult to pin down. The resulting statue can then be given to a powerful outsides, mired in the Elemental Plane of Earth, or just hidden in plain sight. This works even better if the target already has a statue of themselves somewhere. Just swap the petrified body for the statue and walk away.
For real horror at the mind-blowing amount of wealth your character carries around, look at the wage for an average unskilled worker: 1 sp per day. At current US federal minimum wage, that's $58 per sp. So, that suit of full plate is about $870,000 and it only goes up from there.
Adventurers are the equivalent of rap stars driving gem-encrusted SUVs.
The most broken thing anyone could come up with was a Rogue 11 using a Wand that cost 16500gp to buy or 8250gp to make. That would do three 10d6 rays for 50 rounds. Or 330gp per round. That might last for an entire experience level.
How about a scroll of holy ice at 15th caster level? Sure, it costs 3,375 gp, but with 15 attacks at 7d6+1 (+2 if harmed by holy water), you could easily one-shot just about anything. That's approximately 472 damage, and you can divide it up to obliterate a cluster of enemies if need be or just wipe a BBEG off the map. Even DR 15 just drops the damage to 247, which is likely still fatal.
For bonus points, put it in a staff and have the party cleric recharge it. That's 30,000 gp, but it lets you liquify one powerful being per day for all eternity and requires a trivial UMD check to activate.
This is why the ruling is what it is.
Is it really the intention that at 9th level, an aquatic bloodline sorcerer can communicate telepathically with everything? Or is it limited to only aquatic creatures, as it seems to read? Blanket telepathy seems a little too strong for a bloodline ability, especially with everything else that ability grants you.
Aquatic Telepathy (Su): At 9th level, you gain telepathy (100 feet) and can communicate with creatures with a swim speed or the aquatic or water types regardless of intelligence. You may cast suggestion on such creatures a number of times per day equal to your Charisma modifier. This ability is telepathic and does not require audible or visual components. At 15th level, once per day you can telepathically call and request a service from an aquatic, water, or swimming creature as if using demand or greater planar ally.
Liz Courts wrote:
As a parent, how can I be sure my kids are eating a proper breakfast?
I would highly suggest tightening up your writing. 34k words per chapter is hard on a reader. Unless you're aspiring to be the next Stephen King or Tad Williams, short, concise writing is a must. Cut the grandiose descriptions, smooth out the dialog, and keep the action moving. Your future editor and readers thank you.
It saddens me that the metric here is "pages per dollar."
Is a map worth more or less than a page of text? If the page has a large image, does that increase or decrease its worth? If the text is riddled with errors and poor writing, should that change its value? What's the value of fiction vs a new class/archetype vs an adventure?
X pages of well-written prose with a clean layout and decent art is worth far more than X pages of grammar and spelling mistakes that looks half-assed and slapped together. Removing "quality" from the equation makes any discussion on the topic futile. If you're fine paying $10 for 1000 pages per month, I can crank out a LOT of Lorem Ipsem with stick figures. Sign up now, and I'll tell you where to send the checks.
If this is the real aim of your question, I would have hoped that a Third-Party Publisher wouldn't take such a cheap shot at a peer. Jealousy and bitterness does not draw customers.
I bought 2 of the full "Starter" sets, which gives you a good variety across all 4 metal types, and traditionally have 3-5 players at my table. The key part about using coins like these is to remember that they're a representation of the coins your character has, not the exact items. As such, they work very well for giving you a tactile sense of your character's wealth.
When I need to represent a large number of coins, I go with washers. You can get 1" steel washers at a hardware store for next to nothing. You're looking for 1/3 oz weight to get the standard coin weight. You can then put them in a leather/velvet/etc pouch for the players. After the roleplaying, you can give them the Campaign Coins to represent the value and take the prop back.
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James Sutter wrote:
Might I inquire as to whether or not you have cleaned your allotment of tableware?
At some point, all the gentle reminders and handholding are clearly being ignored or disregarded. Once people are disqualified for flagrantly ignoring the rules, then the next group will pay attention. Until then, it's all "I'm sorry" and "I didn't realize."
Suppose you hired a freelancer to write 2000 words on sahaguin with the instruction not to include anything about aquatic elves or aboleths, yet the turn in is 3500 words on how the aboleths turned aquatic elves into sahaguin. It's unlikely you'd work with that person again. Similarly, as Clark said, someone who can't keep their mouth shut shouldn't be trusted with secrets.
Can't follow rules, don't get work. Such a person is definitely not a Superstar.
The immediate impression that self-publishing gives is "my work isn't good enough that someone else was willing to represent it." In RPG Land, that's doubly damning because there's already an enormous quality divide between the Big Name Publishers (Paizo, White Wolf, et al) and the third-party publishers.
If you don't rate inclusion in a 3PP product, why would I waste my $3 on your PDF? Charging more than $5 is just hubris and setting yourself up to fail. Take a look at what other publishers offer, look at the quality of your art, layout, and writing, and price your product honestly. I bet it comes out right about $3.
If you honestly believe that your precious words are too good to "give up [your] precious rights" to see in the hands of customers, you're grossly overvaluing your product. A reputable 3PP will let you retain your rights and give you much-needed exposure to the community. It also helps legitimize your product in the eyes of gamers by marking you as least as good as your publisher.