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Apocrisiariuses and the truth have a funny sort of relationship. Their text goes on to say that while they cannot give voice to a lie, they can remain silent on the truth, should it suit their inscrutable motives. Somehow, speaking a lie is not allowed, but allowing a lie of omission is perfectly fine.

For example, let's say Icehawk wants to know which person in this thread killed the OP. Sure, it can't falsely accuse anyone of the murder. So asking it to say "Snowblind killed the OP" will result in silence if that statement is false. It is under no obligation, however, to answer "Snowblind killed the OP" if that statement is true.

So, yes, given time, you could list out the million and one theories on how Aroden died to one of these kytons, and eventually, maybe, if you're lucky, you'll ask it to repeat the statement aloud that is the truth on that particular mystery. The canny kyton, however, will probably remain silent, content in knowing that it could speak the answer, but doesn't have to. Congratulations - you're ten thousand years older, and are no closer to discovering the truth than when you started.

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On top of this, Trump is either now or shortly will start receiving Top Secret classified information. If this idea does not frighten you, then you need to think harder about the ramifications.

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Once they have Tsuto's journal, there are really only two dangling plot threads: head off to Thistletop where Nualia is doing something nefarious, or head into the ruins beneath Sandpoint. Obviously, as a GM, you want them to do the latter, so there are two tricks you can pull to subtly guide them that direction that come to mind immediately.

1. NPCs. My players were forthcoming on any info they found with the important people in Sandpoint. If Kendra gets her hands on the diary, I figured she'd want to know what the Hell is going on under her city, and would pony up some cash to have the party explore it. If your PCs have placed their trust in any of the NPCs, I'd recommend having them offer to have the party look into the ruins before they leave.

2. Knowledge checks. You could call for the party to make some Knowledge (planes) checks. Assuming someone beats a DC 10, they know a quasit is a lesser demon of some sort, which might encourage them to figure out why a demon is hiding beneath Sandpoint. If they get higher, then give them more info about quasits.

If they decide to go to Thistletop after these suggestions, then that's their decision. They'll be a bit underleveled and underequipped, but it was their decision to go there.

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Alundrell wrote:

Hi James

If a succubus lured someone willingly into an "act of passion" that takes longer than one round how often would her energy drain trigger? Would it be once per round or would it only be once because allthough lasting several round it's technically only one "act of passion"

I prefer my acts of passion to last longer than six seconds.

Have you played Welcome to the Game?

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What is Cevil "Redwing" Charms' book Eidolon about? I'm getting close to starting up the final chapter of Rise of the Runelords, and the book gets mentioned in it. I suspect it's a gazetteer about Varisia written by that Pathfinder after his travels across it, but the only references I've found to it are in the original Runelords Player's Guide, and the intro to Spires of Xin-Shalast. I also suspect it goes into Thassilonian ruins that he explored during his travels to some length, which would explain why Brodert Quink has a copy.

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Or both, actually.

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They're both tied in my head for "best horror movie where nobody makes stupid plot-demanded decisions, and yet loads of people die horribly."

Broadly speaking, what do you think you might make for your first Starfinder character? I'm not trying to trap you into revealing SFinder stuff - especially since so much is probably in flux at the moment - so just "this is what I would make for a space fantasy game" would be fine. :)

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Too bad, as well. Nottinstory's stalwart defender, Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Film, was ready to assist them.

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My life has been rather busy this week, and I don't anticipate being able to finish my character by tomorrow. Seeing how you have a six person table already, I'll bow out in the interest of letting you guys get started.

Have fun exploring the Third Imperium of Humaniti!

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If the website I found is to be believed, the Romanji would be ika.

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It's rough, but doable. I know my party of adventurers were hurting after they finished exploring the wreck, but they survived.

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Misroi wrote:

Making one right now, in fact!

[dice=Roll 1]1d6+1d4+2
[dice=Roll 2]1d6+1d4+2
[dice=Roll 3]1d6+1d4+2
[dice=Roll 4]1d6+1d4+2
[dice=Roll 5]1d6+1d4+2
[dice=Roll 6]1d6+1d4+2
[dice=Roll 7]1d6+1d4+2

OK, not bad. 10, 10, 11, 8, 9, 7. I can work with that. And because I like the randomness...

[dice=Str]1d6
[dice=Dex]1d5
[dice=End]1d4
[dice=Int]1d3
[dice=Edu]1d2

DOH! Timed out.

OK, taking Athletics, Carouse, Survival, and Vacc Suit at 0 for my 4 BG skills.

I'm going to have to build the rest of him once I head home, and have access to my books.

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Making one right now, in fact!

Roll 1: 1d6 + 1d4 + 2 ⇒ (6) + (2) + 2 = 10
Roll 2: 1d6 + 1d4 + 2 ⇒ (5) + (3) + 2 = 10
Roll 3: 1d6 + 1d4 + 2 ⇒ (6) + (3) + 2 = 11
Roll 4: 1d6 + 1d4 + 2 ⇒ (4) + (2) + 2 = 8
Roll 5: 1d6 + 1d4 + 2 ⇒ (5) + (2) + 2 = 9
Roll 6: 1d6 + 1d4 + 2 ⇒ (4) + (1) + 2 = 7
Roll 7: 1d6 + 1d4 + 2 ⇒ (1) + (1) + 2 = 4

OK, not bad. 10, 10, 11, 8, 9, 7. I can work with that. And because I like the randomness...

Str: 1d6 ⇒ 1
Dex: 1d5 ⇒ 4
End: 1d4 ⇒ 4
Int: 1d3 ⇒ 1
Edu: 1d2 ⇒ 1

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I'm definitely interested, though I likely won't have time to roll up my character until next week.

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Katara Twinkletoes wrote:

I have a never used knifemaster Rogue that I made for another game. Started with average gold for class too.

Where does Carrion Crown take place?

Carrion Crown takes place wholly within the nation of Ustalav, the "Gothic horror" nation of Golarion. As Dragoncat's original post suggests, at some point in the past, your character crossed paths with Professor Lorrimor and had amicable dealings - so much so, that you have been asked to attend his funeral in the hamlet of Ravengro. As you might expect, things will escalate from there.

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I feel you, man. I had a wild Pidgey in my room, which isn't nearly as bad, and I saved everyone at a friend's place from a wild Eevee. The Zubat that swooped out at me leaving my apartment this morning, though - that one was the worst.

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Well, part of the problem there is that there aren't any listed spellbooks in the adventure itself. As a result, the spellbook contents are left to the DM to write up. I personally hate trying to figure out the value of a spellbook. It's a tedious task, but not a difficult one, since it's all based upon how many spells of each level are in the book.

Fortunately, someone agreed with me, and made up a calculator! You can find it here. All you have to do is enter the number of spells per level, and it calculates the rest. Easy-peasy!

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I suspect that Aklo will get more mileage than usual in this AP.

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I was about to mention that, Midnight. Also, while the dottari man the towers in increasing numbers as the situation in Kintargo grows more tense, the River Talons maintain a covert presence on the bridge as well. They start out in Thrune's pocket, but they can be swayed to eventually turn on the authorities.

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Agreed, Wyrd. Lovecraft's views on race are abhorrent, even more so than the alien creatures he imagined. However, the contributions he made to weird fiction cannot be understated. It's like throwing out the contributions Shakespeare made to English literature due to the sexist problems of The Taming of the Shrew, or the uncomfortable parallels between colonialism and The Tempest. Are those subjects present in the text? Absolutely. Does that mean there's nothing there worth reading? Of course not.

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Also, why are you assuming that Golarion's disappearance has anything to do with The Gap, or vice versa? Correlation does not imply causation.

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I doubt she knows the specifics - Karzoug is the Runelord of Greed, after all, so he probably keeps the secrets of the runewell close to his chest. She knows that the greed in the souls of creatures bearing the Sihedron when they die will have that pulled from them en route to the Boneyard. Her lord has given her a commandment, and that's probably enough for her. Really, anything more than "Sihedron on a body directs the soul to Karzoug" is probably a stretch. She might know that the soul isn't actually held in the runewell, but I could see her not knowing that, mostly because it's not important to her.

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Right now, FFG has only announced plans for the card game, which I think releases at GenCon 2017. No word yet on a possible 5th Edition from them.

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See, now I want someone to make Jeeves & Wooster for Hell's Vengeance.

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I have a feeling that you're close to the mark on why the PCs have amnesia at the start of the adventure, Greylurker.

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Torbyne wrote:
robertness wrote:

Where did Absalom Station come from? Well, since you're old enough to ask I should give you an honest answer. How should I put this?

*ahem* When a daddy space station and a mommy space station love each other very much...

Wha?! LIES! What about the galactic stork?!

That's not what I thought the Great Bird of the Galaxy was.

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Name: Setashiel

Class/Level: Female Elf Warpriest (Kroina) 14

Adventure: Sins of the Saviors

Catalyst: Azaven

Story: Kinda boring story, really. Conflict was provoked by the party, and Azaven won initiative. He targeted Setashiel with his finger of death, she failed her save, took 140 points of damage, and promptly died.

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That moment right there is exactly why I wrote them, mousmous.

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He has a Intelligence of 36. Any metagaming you do is covered by the fact that he's more prepared than Batman.

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Hell's Rebels: A concerned member of Thrune's government takes over a city, subjects it to martial law, and undergoes a ritual to tie him permanently to the land to root out the most insidious horror that threatens Cheliax: mint.

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On a scale of 1-10, how awkward was the reunion between you and Shensen when you, Kyra, and the rest of the Hell's Rebels team rescued Shensen? If I recall from this thread, there was some history there.

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Then again, Alternity was never designed to be a competing product with D&D2E. It was designed as a playtest for 3E. Similarly, I believe that the Star Wars Saga Edition game was designed as a playtest for 4E rules. As a result, I'm suspecting that Starfinder might end up being the precursor to a second edition of Pathfinder, but we're a few years away from that happening by my estimation.

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I think the other thing to do is to have Belor confide in the party about the goblins. The town guard were able to repulse the goblins, but they took some casualties. He's worried that if more goblins come back, then they could get overrun. I would have him head to Magnimar basically immediately to put the new heroes in charge. He'll ask them to remain in town and remain visible, so the townsfolk don't worry that they're unprotected while he's away.

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Davia D wrote:
Fingers crossed on Flumphs.

Sorry, Davia, I already asked Daigle about this one - he confirmed then that there were no plans on including flumphs. Not saying that they're won't be, as plans can change, but I think we're out of luck.

Which is a shame, given their new role in Pathfinder. They would have been ideal for this AP.

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The only issue with that is the timing, RuyanVe. Black Magga lives in the Storval Depths, which is on the Plateau. Those waters are kept back by Skull's Crossing, and when the ogres break one of them open, the river floods, as does Turtleback Ferry. Black Magga gets washed down river then.

So, as written, Black Magga is upland when the Paradise sinks. Your story would need to address that discrepancy.

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Thank you for sharing, Kornetto. I'm don't have kids - Hell, I'm not even married - but the grief that you feel is felt through your words, and I can't even imagine what your friends - his parents - are going through. You have my condolences.

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Whoa, whoa, whoa...are you blaming Alan Moore for the LXG film? Because he wasn't involved with that beyond writing the comic the film was based on. He didn't write the script, he wasn't brought in for consulting, he didn't even see the film as far as I know. This is like saying Mary Shelley is responsible for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Rebirth Spoiler:

I suppose that's one interpretation. Dr. Manhattan's speech certainly implied that he was going to create a new universe, and I thought the implication is that that universe was ours. I suppose you could read it as "Doctor Manhattan Created The DC Universe," but I feel that the original work loses a lot of its poignancy if Doc just wanted to make a universe based on Republic serials.

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Gluttony was larger, but had roughly the same amount of encounters, just spread over a maze. Mazes aren't fun, so they simplified that area. The only new area was Sloth, which is 100% new to the AE AP.

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Also, Daisy finally gets the codename her comic counterpart has.

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No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow.

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Yeah, I suppose that could work. However, in order for sneak attack to hit, the opponent would need to be unarmed. The vast majority of enemies are armed, and those that aren't have either natural attacks or Improved Unarmed Strike, meaning they don't count as unarmed. I fail to see how he could consistently get sneak attack off with this maneuver.

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Exactly. It was the only time that overt racism was invoked in that season. All of the other instances of racism in the second season were showcasing how institutionalized it was, even in as liberal a place as California in the 1950s.

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Which one is Captain Whatsisface? The one who became part of the Atlas Club?

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So, I guess the first question we all have to answer is - Allied or Central Powers? Also, if this is 1914, America is yet to declare war on anyone, and won't for another three years.

List of countries.

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Tangent: I suppose you could do that, but I think the idea is that the Virtues and Sins are intertwined in a way more complex that simple "positive/negative." The Virtues of Rule were corrupted by the Runelords to become the Deadly Sins, but echoes of their original power still reverberate within Runeforge. (Also, I would have a problem telling a player 'sorry, you actually love people more than you lust after them, so you get penalized here, clearly you should have slept around more.' I like that the gnome rogue who wooed an NPC and asked her to marry him has the same benefits/penalties as the elven warrior who ended up hooking up with several NPCs for the night, even before I infected her with Carcosan Cooties. But hey, your game, your decisions.)

Shadowkras: I think it depends on the intent behind your murders, just as it depends upon the Gorumite's battle actions. Assuming your Skinsaw cultist isn't being particularly wrathful in the murders, isn't eating the bodies (gluttony), isn't robbing them blind (greed), isn't leaving behind a calling card (pride), isn't targeting them for past slights (envy), isn't involving sexual depravity in any way (lust), or just waiting for someone to come into a trap that you've laid for them (sloth), then no, your murders are not earning you sin points. Similarly, I can probably construct a non-Sinful Gorumite. Again, if the player is arguing that he's aligned with a different Sin than you've tracked, then I'd probably listen to him, and change things so that they're consistent as the player suggets.

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I'll just say that gunslingers get more love in this path than most, though the payoff is a slow burn.

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I agree with Basillicum - don't make Ironbriar corrupt. I ran a courtroom scene with Justice Ironbriar, where the PCs had to convict Lyrie of involvement with Nualia. I described Sheriff Hemlock as relieved that Ironbriar was the presiding justice - many of the others are known to be corrupt, but he has a reputation as "harsh, but fair." The adventure I crafted, ostensibly, was "gather information about Lyrie's character in Magnimar," and the more info they gained, the more guilty she looked. Earn enough Guilt points, and he convicted her, sentencing her to the Hells. They did, so away she went.

Or so they thought. The Guilt points were really Awareness points, and the more they gathered, the more Ironbriar realized he could use her in the Great Work he and his cultists were performing. So, when they went to the Seven's Sawmill, and encountered her, they were incredibly surprised to find her there. It made a lot more sense when they fought the Skinsaw leader and unmasked him to find Ironbriar underneath.

So, yeah, definitely consider making him a trusted person in Magnimar's government. There's enough bastards there already, so I don't see any reason to add another.

I'd be careful about adding Dawn of the Scarlet Sun between Books 1 and 2. It's a rough adventure, especially at that level. I added it in when they visit Magnimar in Book 2, since the party is about the right level at that point. The final encounter has a LOT of TPK stories, so you might be ending the campaign sooner than you'd like!

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Isn't this just an argument about semantics? I mean, the Thassilonian Sin of Lust is the corrupted Thassilonian Virtue of Love. Runeforge doesn't care if you're aligned with the Sin or the Virtue, only that you're aligned with one or the other, so your Arshean would have bonuses in the Lust wing and penalties in the Gluttony and Greed wings, plus any other bonus or penalties you deem fit due to alignment to that Sin/Virtue.

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Actually, I thought they did a better job of making Tony's decisions much truer to the character in the film. Tony's character is "I'm the smartest guy in the room, so all of my beliefs are right." That's still on display here, but he gets a much worse portrayal in the comics than in the film.

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What is the unforgivable sin for you that Tony commits? Trying to bring Bucky to justice? For the first 2/3 of the film, Tony (like most people) believes that Bucky intentionally killed several people at the UN, including the King of Wakanda. Given the current political climate, Tony has to salvage the situation, and bringing Bucky in is the only way to preserve the peace. Yes, Steve is right in defending Bucky, but all he has to go on is "Bucky would never do that." There's no mind control at the moment. Bucky is completely innocent of this crime. It's all a ploy by Zemo to get in contact with Bucky.

So now we come to the final big revelation of the movie: James Buchanan Barnes is the person responsible for the death of Howard Stark and...um, Mrs. Stark. (Can't recall her name right now. Maybe it's Martha?) Worse, Steve knew. (Somehow. This is my biggest complaint about this final scene - we have no idea how Steve knew that Bucky killed Tony's parents.) Yes, Bucky was not in control of his faculties during those actions. But Tony clearly has unresolved trauma from his parents' deaths, hence that scene at MIT early on in Act 1 of the film. So when Zemo plays the video on that fateful December night, it's not the guy who built Ultron, or flew a nuke into the Chitauri warfleet, or built a metal suit in the Middle East, or even chaired Stark Industries. It's the Tony Stark from December 17, 1991. Young, teenaged, emotionally unbalanced Tony Stark. This man murdered his parents. He doesn't care whether he was in control or not. The revenge is all he wants.

So, yeah, that's not good, but at least the motivation makes sense. Let's look at how the comic portrays Tony. Like everything in the comic, he starts off with a very solid argument - "powered people are incredibly dangerous, so we need to know who is out there for national security." The problem is that Tony immediately goes off the deep end in arranging for this security. Thor is dead? No problem, just clone a Thor and have him as your personal Asgardian zombie. Not sure where to hold the superheroes who refuse to register? No problem, just have your good buddy Reed help design a Supermax prison in the Negative Zone. Due process got you down? No problem, just ignore it. You have to ignore a great deal of character development to have Tony resolve things the way that he does in the comics.

TL;DR: If you think MCU!Tony was worse than comics!Tony, then I think you may need to refresh your memory on how they handled comics!Tony.

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