|Paizo Pathfinder® Paizo Games|
|About Paizo Messageboards News Paizo Blog Help/FAQ|
A bit late to this party I know, but I'm going to dissent and say I'd like Zarina to stay dead.
In reading the end of the book I was caught up in the imagry, while at the same time reading 'game mechanics' into it. Zarina's fight was awesome, as was her sacrifice.
It's hard to describe, but somehow her survival would seem to... lessen it for me.
Now I'd love to see her in prequels, but I'm in the 'she's dead, Jim.' camp.
From my experience with my winter witch, Venture Captain Ksenia, I'll warn you you'll face two big weaknesses at low levels.
Constructs and undead (and swarms, but they're a pain to everyone)
your only real area effect spells are flurry of snowballs (level 2) and mind affecting things like euphoric cloud. In addition most of your damaging spells are cold based, and a lot of your effects, including a good chunk of hexes, are mind affecting. You lose burning hands, for example. If you have the strength/gold, tote around alchemist's fire. First spell I took at 5th level was lightning bolt and it was blessed. UMD can be good, I recommend Darchive for faction just for that. ;-)
13th level was awesome for Ksenia though. Witch 5/Winter Witch 8 meant that cold was getting through anything and with the numbing chill hex, dex damage was good.
Two from my personal history.
Dancing lights, followed by a good bluff roll. Created a glowing ball over each of the thug's heads, "Drop your weapons, or I let the flames explode and consume you all."
Message on a certain famous skull carrying goblin, to play the ghost of her brother. "Ekkie... Ekkie.... trust the longshanks... help them..."
That would make <redacted> like Gear from Static Shock, and the memories kind of mesh with his nu52 power and being put on the JLA to counter Barry.
Aside, I wonder if tech has advanced to allow a live action Static Shock to be viable. (Loved that cartoon)
Like I said upthread, bestow curse is my go to for choice. sure vampiric touch will hurt, and bestow curse is an all or nothing, but 50% chance to take no action in a turn is a godsend for being grappled. Every round you've a flat 50% chance to get out of the grapple for free, since it's a standard to maintain a grapple. :-)
Between that and being able to hex while grappled...
Plus... Not everyone who has something to hide is a spy.
Think about the following scenarios:
Guy getting past guard
All three could trigger hunches without being a spy
It is an assist, not spy-be-gone.
I always assumed that about the silken ceremonial armor, just wasn't sure since it's described as consisting "of several layers of cloth and an outer layer of silk intricately woven with gold brocade designs and covered with metal studs."
Basically it costs 10 times as much to not look like a WWE wrestler. ;-)
Perfectly legal, though Silken Ceremonial Armor LOOKS more arcane casty armor.
I always picture the haramaki as looking like a WWE title belt. My witch has silken ceremonial storing armor with bestow curse in it. Nothing ruins a 'grapple the caster moment' than a 50% chance to take no action.
Aside I know the haramaki can be made of adamantine, can the silken armor?
I'm waiting for someone to list the differences between the Indiana RFRA and the Federal versions or the 19 other state laws that have people's knickers twisted.
Since the end of the world didn't happen 20 years ago, when those evil homophobic Democrats passed and signed it, I doubt it will happen in Indiana now.
Plus she'd look good in the costume. ;-)
Anything written by Kyle Baird
Waking Rune when run by a GM with lots of source material for spell emulation.
Palid Plague can be dangers, and Among the Living/Among the Dead can be very swingy.
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
This is the logical progression of a man who left his wife and child to chase his 'true love'. Scott's been an ass since then.
As to 'reprogramming sentinels for dummies' remember, the Avengers books are a bit ahead of the X-books, due to a time skip. It looks like Scott has a mutant homeland/reservation so reprogramming sentinels is easy as cake for Forge, Cypher (even before the silly 'talk to anything' power), Warlock, Danger, maybe Madison Jefferies, Hijack, Kitty for that matter... and that's not counting any MacGuffin mutants that came along in the interim.
Freehold DM wrote:
WEDGE ANTILLES FOR LIFE! LONG LIVE ROGUE SQUADRON!
One of my favorite EU "Wedge is awesome" moments is when Coran is dogfighting him and using the Force to try to evade him.
Essentially he sees arrows showing every possible route he can take and not get killed, and the arrows get smaller... and smaller...
And he's like "And he's doing this on pure skill, no Force sensitivity at all."
Michael Brock wrote:
Oh no, not at all.
You asked Fomsie why he was sad. I was telling you why I was. And it's "Darn, one less special I can throw into the mix" not, "Those dang 5 stars get something I don't."
Please don't assume the worst possible interpretation of what is written in a reply.
Ross Byers wrote:
Not 'abandoned' so much as conquored. (plus, a sword shaped ship named Damocles, that's too good to pass up. I wonder if Agent Brand is in the shared zone?
Charon's Little Helper wrote:
"A Lie?""An... error."
Me: From a Marvel Superheroes campaign.
Bad guy is ranting about the disaster that ruined his life and cursed him with his powers.
"So you didn't intend to be the irradiated skeleton guy?"
"Ok, tell you what, I'll fix it."
At this point the GM and bad guy go 'what?'
"I've the gateway power. I can go back in time, and warn you not to turn on the machine. Write me out a co-ownership of your tech business, I'll leave my secretary here, and go fix it."
"Look, you don't want to be a bad guy, I don't want you to irradiate the city, I live here. Win Win."
Thus was the Dr. Doom wannabe turned into an ally.
So they fight and kill him, bring his body through the portal and raise him gaining a powerful ally. *sigh*
Not sure about 5 books in. Thunderbolts made it through their first issue w/o the reveal, 2nd if you count their hulk appearance (and that he slipped up and called Meteorite Moonstone.)
Freehold DM wrote:
First Justice League episode I saw was the part 2 of the Aquaman story. When he goes "I believe this is mine," and walks away leaving Ocean Master to die, I went "Superfriends, we are not."
*shrug* I've no PCs impacted by the ruling, but it makes sense.
As to the Tiefling/Aasimar thing...
The furor over the grandfathering window always amused me. I've two of each in limbo, plus my three active planetouched (assimar archeologist, tiefling archeologist and tiefling inquisitor). The four 'spares' are sitting there, not for power, but for when I've an idea for another character that being planetouched fits. So far, nothing has 'sang to me' that it needs a planetouched background. Closest I've had is a slayer or inquisitor grimspawn of Pharasma who also has the soul eating trait from the DArchive.
"I'm just the guy who arranges the meeting between the Lady and the pentient." *casts deathknell on the guy he just dropped*
"What the hell was that for?"
Though the idea of a pit spawn bard, who takes spell focus enchantment and specializes in those kind of spells, is funny. "I can't help it I'm good at making friends and seducing people... succubus blood."
Edit: I am sad that it closes the rogue/arcane strike trick. (minor magic/major magic, not racial SLAs) since they could use the damage bump and a pure rogue has little use for swift actions.
John John wrote:
Funny, the people who agree with him include the Paizo staff.
Inner Sea Gods wrote:
For higher level characters, remember that these armors can be upgraded like any other magic item by adding “plus equivalent” or “gp value” abilities, then paying the difference between the original item’s price and the price of the item when upgraded with the additional special abilities. Likewise, variants of these armors may exist using different types of armor, such as Deadeye leather, which is made from leather armor instead of studded leather. The full rules for customizing magic armor and shields can be found in Chapter 15 of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook.
And believe me, I wish such upgrading was possible in PFS. I've a GM credit baby with a Sidhidron Medalion that I'd love to upgrade.
Common sense, isn't. :-)
You do get me wondering about the MCU though. Rumors point to Steve dying in Civil War, and Bucky/Winter Soldier picking up the shield.
Don Cheadle is 50 himself, RDjr is 50 this year. Sebastian Stan is 32, Anthony Mackie is 34. So Rhodey = Taking up the armor runs into the same aging concerns as Tony, short of recasting.
So, how will the movies affect the comics if we get 6 movies of Bucky (or Sam) as Cap?* Could the MCU do what the comics have never been able to do for long, put someone else in the title and make it stick? If we don't get Rhodey taking up the Iron Man-tle, do we get a new character in the movieverse? And does he jump to the comics like Phil Colson did?
Unless we see the Mind Gem used to bring 'Bucky Back' like the cosmic cube did in the comics, I'd like to see 'Captain America 4' be Sam and Natasha saving Bucky and bringing him back. Essentially it would be the reverse of the comic timeline, with Sam being Falcap, and then honoring Steve's request and bringing Bucky to be Cap.
Oh I firmly agree. Dick was successful as Nightwing, and he could be Batman, but he was successful as Nightwing. I want Sam-as-Falcon to be as successful, Rhodey-as-War Machine, John-as-Steel etc. Sam-as-Cap may be successful, but it feels like he's still in Steve's shadow.
(I've said in the past that Steel should be DC's Iron Man, successful businessman and power armor user. Superman can be his inspiration, like how people are inspired irl by the comics as kids, or many scientists cite Star Trek as what 'got them into' science. But a John Henry enterprises that builds robotics and light exoskeletions to help people, and he builds the Steel armor to be a hero would rock.)
Of course, with Secret Wars, we might have a universe where Tony, Thor, and Steve are out of the picture, and a new Iron Man, Thora, and Falcap are the 'default'.
I doubt they'd go that way either, and it would need some rebooting.
(getting off topic, so I'll spoiler it)
My Avengers, for example, would need Tony and Thor out of the way, and would keep Steve old doing the Bruce Wayne to Sam's Terry McGuenniss (I've seen some people call the current book "Capman Beyond.") It also would have a rebooted Hank and Janet, since current Janet is way different than her EMH counterpart. Earth's Mightiest Heroes Hank also is different, since he's more of a 'treat and cure the bad guy' character than current Hank. I'd actually kill/remove Tony for at least 5 years, so Rhodey could really be his own Iron Man/War Machine.
I'd also remove/merge 616 Hank and Jan, and then destory/seal off the EMH universe, so EMH Hank and Jan aren't always trying to 'get home' and 'settle in.' In fact, it could be a story point if EMH Hank and Jan are from 20-30 years ago, they could take the 'man out of time' aspect that Cap always had for storytelling aspects.
Rhodey (and his own book) would be an interesting challenge. I mean he should be able to do basic repairs of his armor, but he's no Tony Stark. He'd have a supporting cast in his own book, I'd not want Tony to be his armorer, rather have a mechanic, and distance himself from Stark Industries (being run by Pepper, who would be a recurring character) for liability reasons. Maybe Parker Industries could tie in? One reason I like Rhodey is that he can't just 'invent a gadget to save the day' He uses his skills as a soldier and a professional and his armor when written correctly.
Hmm, another team book just came to mind.
The Professionals. Pepper Potts, Jen Walters, Dwayne Tayor (Bring him back from the dead) a rebooted Warren Worthington and Peter Parker in a book of corporate espionage and challenges. Essentially rotate through the roster and tell stories of business in the super hero world.
In fact, I'd love to see a 'Spider-men' book, with Married Peter Parker and Parker Industries. Have Peter taking Miles Morales under his wing. It would have the dual hooks of Peter mentoring someone with different powers than himself, and trying to balance his 'great power' as Spider-man, as well as the 'great responsibility' of what Parker Industries can do (and being a family man).
Hmm, if you use the terregen bomb from the current storyline, and have Parker industries make it worse somehow, it means that Hank and Peter can be trying to make a 'cure' for Terragenesis, which would put them in direct conflict with Medusa and Blackbolt.
Medusa: "They're inhumans, it's who they are!"
Hmm lots of comments
My two c-bills.
Depends on how it merges. Spiderverse is interesting to me, since it appears they really went all out on all the Spider man realities, from the newspaper comic, to the 60's cartoon, to the current cartoon (and then the cartoon was supposed to have an episode tying in, but I dropped cable, so I don't know.)
What I'd like to see spin out of itr.
An Avengers (With She-Thor, Falcap and Rhodey as the 'big three' Avengers EMH Wasp and Hank)
Then a number of alternate books.
Spiderman and wife.
Spider Gwen (would be interesting to see how you could go in a different direction)
X-factor forever (Seriously, if you can find this mini-series, read it.)
etc. Self encapsulated books that could cross over.
But then again, the marvel comics I read are X-factor (sob) and Spiderman 2099.
(Aside, if PAD could handle it, I'd love to see an 'Avengers-Factor' Where he does for C-list Avengers what he's done for c-list mutants.)
Re: DC. Dick becoming Batman was well done, and it was one of the saddest bits of the reboot how they destroyed him. I liked the vibe towards the end that Damian was Dick's Robin, but Tim was Bruce's Robin.
And I loved Steph-Batgirl.
(Aside the second, I'd loved to have seen a book with Steph, Wendy, Rose and other 'children of villians' as an Outsiders kind of team. We could include Conner in that list as well)
I really was exposed to DC through the DCAU, so John is 'my' Green Lantern too. :-)
Season 0, Mists of Mwangi
Season 1, The Devil We Know series.
Season 2 Strangely enough, I've not played many of them. The Bloodcove disguise is one I did play, and enjoyed it.
Season 3 Quest for Perfection*
Season 4 Nightmarch, The Disappeared** Fortress of the Nail***
Season 5 The Stolen Heir (for making Andoran players squirm) The Confirmation (My Janeira has a Kathy Bates/Misery crush on Kreighton Shane), Library of the Lion.
Season 6 So far Valley of the Veiled FLame.
And now the footnotes.
Pt 2 led to way to many innuendo jokes about the party's junk. I played the Magnificent Seven theme during the briefing for pt 3. (Then felt old that no one caught it.) And the A-Team theme during the 'defending the village' bit.
I do modify the mission briefing a bit. "Good morning Pathfinders. This is Zarta Draleen, the Paracountess. The Cheliaxian embassy now denies she ever existed. Your mission, should you choose to accept it...
And end it with, "if discovered, the Ten will disavow all knowledge of your team." Complete with the music playing in the background.
I then cue up the plot when the party tackles the cypher. Just the first 50 or so seconds though.
When I played it, I was playing my Tiefling inquisitor/Lawyer. So I got to present the evidence. We still believed that prestidigitation did the soft music bit from 3.5, so I walked to present the evidence to This. Again, a clear gap in age between who got it and who didn't.
It's on Hulu+, I've been rewatching.
Nice to know I remembered correctly they flushed two redshirts out of the airlock in one episode.
From The Green Market
NPC guard "You can't bring that lion in here!"
Me: (playing my sczarni aasimar bard) "It needs to come in, it's her service lion, he comforts her when she has panic attacks." (Rolls 41 bluff)
Me: "So they're extorting you for money? I know a few relatives in the family who I could likely get to protect you, for a lesser fee."
PC: "Did you just offer to have her pay your family protection rather than them?"
Me: "It's just business."