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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 754 posts (2,422 including aliases). No reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 14 aliases.


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StrangePackage wrote:
Lloyd- very neat! Thanks for sharing that.

Glad I could be of assistance. I recommend the song Turn Loose the Mermaids for Pharasma's worshippers.


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Sure.

Mother Moon:

Alrighty, where to begin?

The Nomen centaurs for the plains south-east of Rostland in Brevoy have been resisting Taldan colonization for a long time. They used to range from Lake Reykal on south, but that land was claimed by a Taldan army of expansion. As a plains people with a history of resisting outside colonization, I looked to cultures with similar histories for ideas. A lot of this is really more culture I guess, but the two are really intertwined for the Nomen.

Since Desna is worshiped as a moon goddess here not a star goddess, her scared weapon is chakram, which represents both full and new moons. Also, centaurs have darkvison, so dark nights are the preferred time for fighting/raiding. Depending on who you ask, a new moon is Desna turning her face away, accepting that violence is necessary, but unable to watch. Others say it is her putting on a mask, the better to raid her enemies. Either way, it is forbidden to settle disputes during this time. Full moon is preferred, as Desna's gaze is fully on the world and it is easier to receive guidance.

Light and dark play a major role in how Desna is seen. She varies between peaceful and contemplative, and aggressive and decisive, but this variability follows a pattern. The phase of the moon shows her mood, and which things are more likely to succeed. This relates to her luck aspect. Actions opposed to her current nature have bad luck, while actions in line with her current phase have good luck. Luck here is less a factor of chance than timing. So, her chaotic aspect is moderated/regulated but still very critical. Erastil is always old Deadeye, but Desna may be is sometimes light and sometimes dark.

This relates to gender roles in the tribe. Among the Nomen, female births greatly outnumber male births. As a result, women act as warriors and other dangerous roles while men take more support roles, the kind that general;y provide stability. So, women look to Desna, who changes with the moon, and take a variety of roles and change them, while men look to Erastil, taking fewer roles and sticking to them. Desna's importance is more a function of women being a majority of the population than anything.

Interestingly, lightning is seen are her weapon. Drawing on the Newroz celebration, Desna became so upset by the actions of Taldans that she could no longer bear to stand by and compressed her love, wisdom, and other 'light' aspects of herself and hurled them down. When it struck the earth, it became the righteous flame of a mother and swept the Taldan army away. It was destructive, but the flame ultimately stemmed from love and goodness, and so the grass grew back thicker than ever that spring. The centaurs celebrate this by setting fire to the grasslands before the spring growth.

Gutenburg is a source I used.


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Here! Here!

Sajan/Seoni, beefcake/cheesecake. The point is people, it's all cake and cake is delicious.


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"Fleshing out the Faith" is a continuation of the ideas explored in the best-selling "Faith in the Flesh".


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Jessica Price wrote:
Lloyd Jackson wrote:

This is probably really silly, but I would love, as in actually pay money, to get my hands on a tome of constructed languages of the pathfinder multiverse.

Anyone willing to help me bribe/steal/hire the guy who created the languages for Game of Thrones?

Don't know him, but David Salo is a fellow Badger. :-)

Thanks Jessice. You're right though, Salo's a good one. David J. Peterson is who I was thinking of.

Something you might be interested in Dothraki TEDtalk Podcast


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I draw a lot of inspiration from the music I listen too.

For Sarenrae, I draw on Arabic and Islamic sources, particularly poetry, prayers, and rituals.

Desna is interesting because in 'my' golarion her most fleshed out aspect is as Mother Moon as worshiped by the centaurs of north-eastern Avistan. For that, Native American legends, particularly from the great plains. Also Kurdish traditions.


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Generic Villain wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

It's actually not too difficult. Diamonds are hard, but not strong, and shatter/crush fairly easily. They are also freaking amazing conductors. Their level is over 9000!


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Everybody, you stay away from my Seoni! Back away or I will unleash my miniature giant space hamster!


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This is probably really silly, but I would love, as in actually pay money, to get my hands on a tome of constructed languages of the pathfinder multiverse.

Anyone willing to help me bribe/steal/hire the guy who created the languages for Game of Thrones?


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The Strix are native to Arcadia?!


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Lincoln Hills wrote:
K177Y C47 wrote:
...(more than a few times it is mentioned they would pretty much end even the gods).
Unsurprising, really. Even Rovagug, terrible as he is, is a provincial little destroyer-god trapped on a backward planet lost in the backwaters of a drab little galaxy in an out-of-the-way dimension. Not that his tendency to shred reality isn't cute in its own self-absorbed little way. He may even be allowed to stick around as somebody's house-pet.

Yes. Please continue to spread such foolish ideas. It will make the Rough Beast's ascension that much easier. For he is god of the qlippoth, and lord of the deep abyss.

For myself, I like the way they are presented. It makes for a good counterpoint to the planar beings that generally top the CR scale. I've never been a fan of inevitable doom, you are less than worms, etc. First, I don't think it's true. Second, it isn't enjoyable for me.


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Mikaze wrote:
Quote:
an exploration of the mysterious alien empire known as the Dominion of the Black
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How did you do that?!


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Wish they could send us a bit of that in the western US.


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Notice that none of these iconics of questionable morality are women, I claim sexism! *Thread derail in three... two... one...*

Damiel I don't know much about. From what I've read of Alain, he seems very Neutral in a Gorum sort of way. "Why do I fight? To fight!"


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Because rage doesn't really fit with the orderly legions of hell.


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Reynard de' Bonaire wrote:

Humans are Xenophobic and speciest in the extreme. If its not a human (or sometimes an elf or a dwarf) they treat them as vermin to be exterminated or a potential corpse to be looted.

-Reynard, kitsune swashbuckler.

To be fair, seeing someone suddenly go furry for the first time scares the s*#* out of us. Second time around, you're lookin' mighty foxy...

Longshanks move so slooow! I had my first litter when I was five. Longshanks at five, still shorter than me. By the time they litter, I'm grey and dead! And so boooring. I watched the red-hair one. Everyday he gets up and hits the metal with the hammer. Every. Single. Day. Who has time for that?! Ooo, shiny! -Dirk, goblin gunslinger.


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I think they're adorable.


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Hoga, I'm interested. Would you allow adepts access to the witch's hexes, perhaps through feats or instead of spells?

Gilthanis, what is this Woodbridge game?


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I summon... inevitable!

That just sounds weird. Though to be fair that sounds just as weird as summoning protean.


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Ordo could work.


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There the Erinyes that was bound to Queen Ileosa


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Do have to admit the title is catchy. Like Springtime for Hitler. We should make a children's book by that name.


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Adding my two bits here. Kobold's got the right of it. Let's see if there is a official ruling on the thing, if so great, if not, great and use your own interpretation at your table. Some of the logic here is really weird. Using a morning star as a duelist? *Runs away to get icecream with the Cleaver*


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I do wish to see Overlord Lisa wielding the Gauntlet of Doom.


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Axial wrote:
Wait, Jessica...you mean to tell me you don't actually have long green hair!? 0_o

I was devastated too.


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@Gilthanis, my understanding is that combat would be fairly minimal aspect of the game. I'm down.


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I know the feeling. Really got into PbP last year, both grandparents died. 0_0

Thank you for the offer though. Anyone else feel up to it? I'd volunteer, but I'm just starting a game of my own and don't dare start two new games.


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Me too. A week or two delay would be much better than giving up altogether though.


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You can use pathfinder society characters, but need to make sure if the DM is running a PFS game. They'll have more information on what to do.

Uke, your best option is to look through the threads and start applying to those that seem interesting. If you have a question, just ask.


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Dragon78 wrote:
I want to live in a world were sexy woman are good, and violence is actually bad.

Conan says, why not both? Good violence and good women?


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Tacticslion wrote:
I was... really confused about Jask from Serpent's Skull for the same reason, actually. STR 9, middle-aged, and ripped like a beast. I mean his torn clothes actually kind of look like they tore because they dare try contain the manliness of him. Awesome character, though.

Not gonna lie, if being 'thin-framed' makes me look like that, please sign me up.

Also, You cannot contain my manliness!

*edit, will do Lord Snow.


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Going to have a belly-dancing friend of mine weight in on this later, she knows a lot more about A&P than I likely ever will. For now, interesting discussion. I appreciate not being the only one who ropes their friends and family into things like this. "Why am I standing like this?" "Because someone on the internet said something and I need to prove them wrong!" "..." "I also want to see if it is possible."


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It doesn't appear that he has posted on other aliases since then either. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and say something came up. I've had that happen before.

Is there anyone here who would be interested/comfortable in taking over?


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Babaji, is that you?


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Thanks for the reminder. The 1d10 to the side was my reroll. Getting a 10 from a 1, a good omen?


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Also, Asmodeus is the lord of hell. The whole thing. This is the go-to destination for every LE, or contract bound, soul in the planes, including every world of the material plane. If he's noticed the wound at all, it's probably just to make sure it isn't a risk to Rovagug's prison. Otherwise, he doesn't care. He's got minions to take care of these problems.

As for the minions, it's quite probable the patron(s) behind Cheliax are concerned. The hellknights are an active part of the crusades, and some material on the fate of the Grey Maidens indicates the church of Asmodeus continually trains and sends crusaders north.


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For those high enough to cast the wall spells, definitely.


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... and candlestick maker. ^_^


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5d10 + 50 ⇒ (6, 3, 9, 2, 1) + 50 = 711d10 ⇒ 10 80gp

Hedel Crunch:

Hedel
Female Half-orc Expert 3
N Medium Humanoid (Human/Orc)
Init +0, Senses: Scent, Darkvision
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DEFENSE
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AC 10, touch 10, flat-footed 10
hp 27
Fort +4, Ref +1, Will +4
CMD 13
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OFFENSE
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Spd 30
Melee: Greataxe +3; 1d12 + 1, Bite -2/+3; 1d4 + 1
Ranged: Javalin +2; 1d6 + 1
CMB +3
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STATISTICS
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Str 13, Dex 10, Con 16, Int 12, Wis 14, Cha 10

Feats: Keen Scent; Prodigy
Traits: Tusked, Harvester
Racial Traits: Bestial(+2 perception), Shaman's Apprentice(Endurance)
Skills:
Craft(Trap) +5, 1
Craft(Carpenter) +5, 1
Knowledge(Nature) +5, 1
Heal +6, 1
Swim +5, 1
Survival +6, 1
Perception +10, 3
Diplomacy +5, 2
Sense Motive +7, 2
Perform(Chant) +5, 2
Profession(Baker) +10, 3
Profession(Miller) +10, 3
Profession(Butcher) +6, 1
Profession(Trapper) +7, 1
Profession(Farmer) +6, 1

Languages: Common, Orc, Giant
SQ: Scent, Darkvision
Diety: Erastil

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Equipment
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Artisan's tools(Miller, Baker, Butcher/Trapper)
Greataxe
Mule
Kits(Cooking, Fishing, Rangers)
3x Bear Trap
Cart
3x Pig
3x Goat
Many chickens
3gp

Hedel Fluff:

In the dim light, the woman looks like the archtypical butcher or baker in children's stories or plays. Tall, big framed, and with the special kind of fleshyness that comes from a life of continuous work and plentiful food. The smell of baking bread wafts from the open doorway, accompanied by an old working chant. As you approach the singing stops and deep, for a woman's, voice greets you.

As she turns to face you, the jolly baker transforms into a monster from the same stories. Skin the color of pond-scum, jutting tusks, and twitching, pointed ears. Backlit by the open oven, you half expect to see a naughty child in her paws, ready to be saved, or cooked if the storyteller is feeling grim. With a grin to chill the blood, she slowly asks, Would you like a meat pie?

Hedel is the sixth of ten children, though only by a by a few moments. She just as easily could have been number five. Contrary to what you hear, plenty of half-orcs come from happy, or at least normally unhappy, unions, often between half-orcs. This was this case with her family.

Two half-orcs met and, like what happens to most of us, decided that they rather enjoyed one another's company and enjoyed it enough to not kill each other or the squalling brats when they inevitably came along. Being in a small town that, like many, followed Erastil and put great stock in such things as 'commitment' and 'tradition' the two got married. More children came, and more children, and some how a few more snuck in, which Hedel's father is firmly, or at least loudly, convinced that someone simply dropped off and forget to return for, surely he wasn't responsible for all of these. To which her mother would reply that yes he was and had he forgotten how it came about. Ah well then, perhaps you could remind me how its done, and, inevitably, soon after another child would sneak, or rather come lustily wailing, into the house.

And no, they are all, well most of them anyway, alive and doing well. Stop assuming that everyone's families had to have died or that their home life was terrible. Hedel's was quite good and if you visit her home you'll see that they are still doing well and are well liked by their neighbors. Few things cement a family's place in an Erastilite community like a dozen healthy children, though having someone willing to take all the night guard duties doesn't hurt. That's what her father is by the way, the night watchmen. Her mother raises children.

In a family with so many, the choice bits were usually taken before Hedel or her twin could get them. Either the older ones had grabbed them first, or they were being saved for the younger ones. Pondering on how to correct this injustice, Hedel was struck by the realization that the person making the food was always there first. Being first meant getting the best bits. So, making food would mean getting the favorite pieces, and probably extra pieces too. The rest, as they say, is history.

Hedel is the miller/baker of Bastrop, something that she takes great pride in. Having finished an apprenticeship to the baker in her hometown, Hedel heard about the growing hamlet's lack of a baker and decided to try making a place for herself there.

The mill, as with many other things, was a result of necessity. Bread requires flour after all. A small dam provides power to the stones, as well as making a fine pond for fishing or swimming.


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Definitely not a place you want to fall overboard.


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I may have missed it, but how does the companion work? Does it progress like a druid or ranger's companion, or more like a familiar?

Biggest potential problem I see is balance. You've increased the skill points. What balances that? Several of Kami's Blessings give a primary class ability, ranger's combat style, in place of a secondary ability, paladin's spellcasting. Take a look at some of the ranger or paladin archtypes that replace spellcasting with something else and see if what you are giving is proportional.

I do like that you added a requirement to the code that is restive, no mind-tweaking. I think you'll have some snarls in regards to using force to oppose but not dictate.


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Excellent stuff. Thank you for sharing.


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Mikaze wrote:


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What do you think of Outsea in the River Kingdoms? Seems like that would right up your alley. They have friendly Chuuls, and the culture is certainly unique. Hail Danglosa! (Just in case)

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Out of curiosity, what do folks generally prefer when this more monstrous form of interspecies romance occurs in their game? A Love Redeems type backstory? A Villainous Love type backstory? Or do you use it to highlight the oddness/multiculturalism/depravity of a given city/region - after all, one would expect to see this kind of thing a lot more in, say, Sigil than in a random village.

For me it's really a case-by-case basis. I do like a nice mix though. Having only one type is less fun. That's for story purposes. Personally, as in in my head which do I just prefer, I like 'normal' romance I guess. No villiany romance ala vampire shows. No love redeems like Beauty and the Beast. I like mine to be more How I Met Your Mother. It's a long story, with plenty of weird bits, but without too much angst.


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Glad you popped in James.


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Liz Courts wrote:
On a more selfish note, the idea of having to set up bundles for all of our products frankly terrifies me, as that's a manual process.

+1!

Having been this person myself, yes. A thousand times yes.
Boss's boss: "Couldn't you just..."
Me: *Cringe and whimper* "Have mercy."


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Rovagug is like honeybadger, but with more tentacles.


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This is really cool, and makes the world a little brighter. Thank you for sharing this with us, and thank you Paizo for putting this where we can see it.


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I'd say a lot of it is down to having more alchemists and bards, but particularly alchemists, than most. The have a excellent university for wizards and are pretty adept at using arcane magic for engineering projects.

The biggest thing Rahadoum has in it's favor is organization. This is a very efficiently organized society with a strong military and an educated, involved populace, assuming you aren't a slave of course. Nationalism is a big deal there. It's one of the few true modern nation-states in the Inner Sea region, and that makes it a tough nut to crack.


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I recommend Faiths of Purity and AP#20(House of the Beast) for information on her. These have a lot of very nice material. The common book of the faithful is

The Birth of Light and Truth:
The one book common to all churches of Sarenrae is The Birth of Light and Truth. This text is unusual because it includes stories from times before Sarenrae was a true goddess, describing the creatures she faced and including a long list of names of fiends and horrors she destroyed long before mortals learned writing. The rest of the book is more practical than historical, explaining the beliefs of the church, offering advice on dealing with sin and temptation, and many parables of evil creatures seeing the light of the Dawnflower and turning to good, productive lives thereafter. The book also contains simple folk remedies for common illnesses and injuries, as well as helpful hints for dealing with common supernatural or monstrous evils, such as that vampires are vulnerable to garlic. Most copies contain extra pages for the owner to record uplifting stories he experiences or hears in order to repeat them to others, and any copy containing a firsthand anecdote from a great priest or paladin is especially prized as a family or church heirloom. It is customary for a hero of the church who performs some great deed for a person or temple to write a brief account in or at least sign a local’s copy of Light and Truth (as it is commonly known) as a memento and historical record.

Our only quote from it is, "Let the healing light of the sun burn out the darkness within you. Let your inner light be a guide for others, and a searing flame against unrepentant evil."

If you're looking for inspiration, Sarenrae's faith draws heavily from Islam, so look around for quotes or mannerisms that seem appropriate. Also, as Islam is heavily influenced by Arabic language and culture, Sarenrae's church is influenced by Kelish language and culture. Depending on his training or background, it might be common for him to use Kelish phrases, rather than translating them.

Some other potentially useful tidbits: Priests usually pray at dawn, midday and sunset. A quick prayer/utterance/saying is said when the sun breaks through cloud cover or exiting a door facing the sun.

The only two official aphorisms are The dawn brings new light. and For the Sun and the Fury! The second is a battlecry, no surprise. The second means each new day is an opprotunites. A fresh start. It can be used in both really grim situations, or as welcome to blessings.

Something that may be of interest, in some lands, I imagine this being particularly common in the Kelish Empire, various Empyreal Lords are worshipped as saints.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Lloyd Jackson wrote:

True. All the other diety-level Qlippoth beings are dead...

Actually, that might NOT be entirely 100% true...

James, the kytons would be proud of you. Any more tidbits you'd like to torture us with, or will you leave us hanging for a while.

Ross Byers wrote:


It was explained somewhere that Dagon and some other demigod level qlippoth became demon lords by absorbing mortal souls.

IIRC, it was also explained that some Qlippoth lords actually shun mortal worshippers for this reason: if too many mortals come to them after death, they will cease to be qlippoth and become demons.
The same could be true of qlippoth that are deities rather than demigods. They're just unknown by us piddly mortals on the material plane, because they don't want to be contaminated by mortal souls.
Which could mean two things:
1) Rovagug accepts worship by mortals because he doesn't actually care about the feud between qlippoth and demons, and just wants to eat the universe, which he can do just as well either way.

2) Rovagug doesn't accept worship, but since he's bound within Golarion (metaphysically or physically), he can't help but hear mortals on this particular world and vice versa.

I wasn't counting Dagon and the others, as they now seem to be fully integrated into the new regime.

I must have missed the part about them becoming demons unwillingly/accidentally. Is it in the article? I'd thought it was more a case of them accepting/choosing the new powers and toys souls and demon-hood provide.

For your ideas, I've thought of him more like the second. It's not that he does, or doesn't, desire worship, but mortals attuned to him can tap into the power he generates, kind of like Groetus. The Thognoroks fit this. They aren't servitors in the regular sense, and I don't think his clerics are priests in the regular sense.

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