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They can still vocalize, just only in their own language. As for ability scores, I can see -2 Dex, +2 Con and +2 Wisdom (Slow and deliberate, very tough, and Wisdom for the 'praying' joke). And you are right, extra hands aren't too bad, especially if the claws can't wield weapons or do somatic components. Would get a bit fiddly with the RP, but wouldn't be too bad.

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I would either drop the extra legs, have them as technically quadrupeds, or have the arms unusuble as arms, like the Trox with their grasping appendages.

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So looking at the Technology Guide's rules for cybertech, we decided that it would be easier if grafts took those rules and expanded on it. For example, cybertech is one such category.

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I should probably introduce myself, since I just dropped in before. Hi, I'm Ninjaxenomorph, a (past and future) player in Silus's campaign. We chat a lot over Skype about games and stuff; he is currently a player in my Star Wars game.

Silus and I were discussing the subject of grafts, and how to implement them. We agreed they would work out as magic items, but were stumped past that. We both figured a 'slotless slots' system, like magic tattoos have, would work, but that would not by itself adequately limit the graft system; we agreed there should be a penalty of some sort, but disagreed on the implementation. While individual grafts having a small, conditional downside ('The Right' above making the graftee take additional damage from silver, or a pet project of mine, a secondary heart, take additional bleed damage upon bleeding), something as significant as depleting hit points seemed counter-productive to me, if it was intended to be appealing to players.

I roughed out a simple system outline mostly pilfered from Shadowrun and Star Wars. I came up with an arbitrary number of 15 Essence, from the number of magic item slots on a creature. Every graft would cost several points, and it is more expensive if you are a caster; depending on how many spell levels your class gets, 4, 6, or 9, grafts would cost +1, +2, or +3 Essence more. If that was passed (easy, because individual grafts would be expensive) THEN you start to take horrifying consequences like will save penalties, type changing to Abberation, partial loss of spellcasting, etc.

Several more ideas, this time related to spells:

1) Spells that resurrect the dead interfere with grafts. Basic ones will destroy biological grafts (resetting a person's Essence if they have no mechanical grafts), and spells that regenerate interfere with mechanical grafts.

2) Restoration does the same thing, and Remove Disease/Neutralize Poison has a chance of getting rid of them. Can be done as a way of 'fixing' yourself.

3) If someone wants to KEEP their grafts, there is a spell, Preserve Grafts, likely 2nd level Necromancy, for at least the cleric and alchemist lists. This spell is often used for black market graft/organ harvesting.

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Goth Guru wrote:
Silus wrote:

Well the Abomination grafts are pretty much the ones that don't really fall into other categories. Fish tails, gills, spider legs, etc.

As for support, you pretty much hit the nail on the head. Buffing, debuffing, healing, skill bonuses, etc.

Spiderlegs, that would make a good mutation.

Hmmm, I guess we do need to actually create more exact rules for how drow get a drider job done...

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James Jacobs wrote:
Ninjaxenomorph wrote:

Some firearm rule questions, since I can't seem to find a straight answer on the forums.

1) Advanced firearms! All of them can be loaded to full capacity as a move action. The text on metal cartridges is just saying where the tech came from, not stating that they work like alchemical cartridges and the reduce the loading time, right?

2) It's not called out specifically in the Rapid Reload text, but would Rapid Reload (any Advanced Firearm) reduce the loading time to a swift/free action?

Both great questions for the rules boards for an FAQ tagging.

Funny, almost like the question was tagged long before this...

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Some firearm rule questions, since I can't seem to find a straight answer on the forums.

1) Advanced firearms! All of them can be loaded to full capacity as a move action. The text on metal cartridges is just saying where the tech came from, not stating that they work like alchemical cartridges and the reduce the loading time, right?

2) It's not called out specifically in the Rapid Reload text, but would Rapid Reload (any Advanced Firearm) reduce the loading time to a swift/free action?

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Yes, it is getting updated, I have editing access now. I added a nifty little section on languages I am rather proud of:

Languages of the
Barrier World

The amount of communication that was prevalent before the Barrier was created means that there are few regional languages, and that most racial languages are similar all over the world. Some explorers were surprised to travel to other continents, across vast oceans to find that the locals spoke virtually the same language as them. Despite this, the multitude of civilized races ensure that many languages thrive.

Common: Also known as “The Queen’s Common”, since it appears to have originated in the lands under the control of the Queen as an evolution of the most common language spoken before the Barrier overturned civilization.

Elven: Spoken by Elves and Drow, the different dialects are very similar due to elves not changing it over their long lifespans. The tone of voice is important, as some words have subtle differences depending on how they are pronounced.

Dwarven: Possessing many words to describe machinery and engineering concepts, Dwarven is the language of choice for those wishing to create complex blueprints.

Halfling: While at first this would appear to be a distant dialect of Common, a true understanding of the language shows that this tongue predates modern Common, and even High Lycan.

Gnome/Gnomish: As an evolution of Halfling and Dwarven, Gnome is spoken much more quickly than either of its parent languages, at a much more cantering pace.

Orc: A guttural language, being spoken by anyone without tusks ensures a speech impediment. It also utilizes some elements of a sign language.

Gnoll: Disparagingly known as ‘Yip-Yip’ to prejudiced humanoids, this language sounds difficult to emulate, mostly consisting of yips, barks, and growls, it is actually very easy to replicate and understand. It has two primary dialects, spoken by wild gnolls and domestic gnolls.

Undercommon: While the most prominent speakers of Undercommon are the Drow, any groups that live primarily underground speak Undercommon instead of normal Common. It seems to be a mix of the drow dialect of Elven and Common, with elements from Dwarven. Has many words to describe different types of caves; spelunkers prefer to write their maps in Undercommon.

Harpy: The tongue of the Harpies is one of the most difficult languages for non-harpies to speak, relying on pitch, tone, and body language. It is very sing-song in composition. Non-harpies get a -2 penalty to Linguistics to understand Harpy.

Centaur: Distantly related to Halfling, this language seems to have a lot more modern concepts than other languages.

Sylvan: Primarily spoken by druids and gnomes, this language is common anywhere nature is prominent. The most prominent area where it is in use is in Calastiss.

High Lycan: Primarily used by the upper class among the Principality, High Lycan is actually a very near to Common that was spoken before the Barrier, but with several animalistic elements added. Creatures that speak Common get a +4 bonus to Linguistics to understand High Lycan, and vice versa.

Laquetan: Considered a dead language in most of the world, many pre-barrier documents pertaining to arcane research matter is written in Laquetan. The only region that it is still spoken is the Mana Blight, as well as by arcane casters. Laquetan replaces Draconic in the Wizard’s Bonus Languages class ability.

Oh yes, and wild gnolls are a thing now.

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Well, here is a brand spankin' new race me and Silus worked on: Domestic Gnolls.

Domestic Gnoll Characters (10 RP)

+2 Dex, +2 Wis, -2 Str: Domestic gnolls are nimble and observant, but are not physically imposing.

Small: Domestic gnolls are Small creatures and gain a +1 size bonus to AC, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, a -1 penalty to their CMD and combat maneuver checks, and a +4 size bonus to their stealth checks.

Normal Speed: Domestic gnolls are quick for their size, have a base speed of 30 feet.

Low-Light Vision: Domestic gnolls can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.

Cornered Fury: Domestic gnolls may primarily urban, but they will fight to protect their homes. Domestic Gnolls at half hit points or fewer and has no conscious allies within 30 feet, they gain a +2 bonus on melee attack rolls and to Armor Class.

Lucky: Domestic gnolls tend to be unnaturally fortunate. They gain a +1 racial bonus to all saving throws.

Domesticated: Domestic gnolls recieve a +2 racial bonus on a Craft or Profession skill of their choice.

Urban: Domestic gnolls recieve a +2 racial bonus on Diplomacy checks made to gather information and Sense Motive checks made to get a hunch about a social situation.

Languages: Domestic gnolls begin play speaking Common and Gnoll. Domestic gnolls with high intelligence scores can learn any language barring secret languages.

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I have a 6th level samurai, aiming for Mammoth Rider for his 10th level. I built him to have as much fun as possible with him, so he is a two-weapon fighter. I plan to make the mount a Large Dire Tiger (so, big cat companion), essentially a gigantic sabretooth tiger. While I can see the benefits of a Mounted Fury build, after seeing what mine will look like, I don't think I could make one without the full animal companion.

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Huh, I thought Mithral was explicitly immune to rust. I must have been getting it confused with silversheen.

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As is mithral. Ironwood too, I guess.

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Actually, I am playing a Cryptbreaker/Chirugeon in PFS now. He's going pretty well, and is awesome at trap stuff.

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Malachi Silverclaw wrote:
Ninjaxenomorph wrote:
Malachi Silverclaw wrote:
Ninjaxenomorph wrote:
Also, there are things out there that sunder armor, and adamantine full plate is much more resistant. And immune to rust monsters.
Why is adamantine immune to rust monsters?
According to the Clockwork dragon description it is.

Linky?

Rust Monster wrote:
Rust (Su) A rust monster's antennae are a primary touch attack that causes any metal object they touch to swiftly rust and corrode. The object touched takes half its maximum hp in damage and gains the broken condition—a second hit destroys the item. A rust monster never provokes attacks of opportunity by attempting to strike a weapon with its antennae. Against creatures made of metal, a rust monster's antennae deal 3d6+5 points of damage. An attended object, any magic object, or a metal creature can attempt a DC 15 Reflex save to negate this effect. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Adamantine wrote:

Adamantine: Mined from rocks that fell from the heavens, this ultrahard metal adds to the quality of a weapon or suit of armor. Weapons fashioned from adamantine have a natural ability to bypass hardness when sundering weapons or attacking objects, ignoring hardness less than 20 (see Additional Rules). Armor made from adamantine grants its wearer damage reduction of 1/— if it's light armor, 2/— if it's medium armor, and 3/— if it's heavy armor. Adamantine is so costly that weapons and armor made from it are always of masterwork quality; the masterwork cost is included in the prices given below. Thus, adamantine weapons and ammunition have a +1 enhancement bonus on attack rolls, and the armor check penalty of adamantine armor is lessened by 1 compared to ordinary armor of its type. Items without metal parts cannot be made from adamantine. An arrow could be made of adamantine, but a quarterstaff could not.

Weapons and armor normally made of steel that are made of adamantine have one-third more hit points than normal.

...

One of the clockwork dragon variants, with rust breath, has this: "These clockwork dragons are made of ironwood, adamantine, and other resistant materials immune to rusting of any form." Doesn't mention mithral because another of the variants is wholly made from mithral. The whole thing is probably just an oversight, though.

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Malachi Silverclaw wrote:
Ninjaxenomorph wrote:
Also, there are things out there that sunder armor, and adamantine full plate is much more resistant. And immune to rust monsters.
Why is adamantine immune to rust monsters?

According to the Clockwork dragon description it is.

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Also, there are things out there that sunder armor, and adamantine full plate is much more resistant. And immune to rust monsters.

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I looked at that, and I don't like that it gives up Inspire Courage. Actually, Deadman is right, he doesn't really need an archetype. I have it so that, if he needs forces beyond what he already commands, he just waits a few days for the Drakainia to spawn him a decent-sized army. I want his tactics to be around fighting with his minions, using the mythic abilities that let non-mythic creatures count as mythic, and let them use his surge (which can be upped to 2d8), and other stuff to make them better. He's the type of character I can use as a recurring villain, since he has an excuse to show up anywhere, command any level of forces, and its VERY hard to kill him, since I won't be giving out artifacts for a while.

For his immortality, I was thinking about the Legendary Item string of abilities. More expensive, but more rewarding than just taking one path ability. Since the Legendary Item ability gives all of those at once, and gives him a concentrated weakness.

I'm not picturing this guy as an overlord. He's more of a normal guy, working with monsters for inscrutable reasons. He's more of a crime boss in overall look and feel, but much, MUCH more competent.

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Well, it is an Urgathoan feat. I have one question though, I thought drinking potions was a standard action? It says its a move action to drink stuff, which I don't believe extracts can be drunk as, so the feat would not apply.

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There might be an archetype that makes my concept work a little better.

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I had an idea for one of the ultimate villains in my campaign, since I have decided to take it Mythic. He is part of the Council, a shadowy group that enforces the order of the world, along with a Drakainia, and an Arcane Nightmare Lord Taniniver. So, to contrast these monstrous foes, I came up with the third member: a human bard. Level 20 Mythic tier 10, but a human bard.

So, here's what I have for him: mostly focuses on minions and making others fight for him. Relies on illusions to maintain multiple identities, each of which has a lot of people behind it. Also the item crafter for the group (somehow getting the Crafting Mastery ability), and relies on my favorite method of crafting multiple abilities into a single item. He's Neutral Evil, his Perform of choice would be Oratory (relying on Lingering Performance, barking quick orders), and in single combat has Arcane Strike (mythic version), the Deadly Dodge mythic ability, and exploitation of minions. Asides from that, he needs to be immortal.

So can you guys give me some clearer ideas for this Bard? I have some foggy ideas for mythic stuff (Marshall/Trickster dual path), but none for his archetype.

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Your tiefling can be a special/horrifying as you want it to be. It's fine to pick and choose those, since they don't have any in-game effect, and are in fact supported. It chart explicitly states that it can be used without rolling and that they have no mechanical affects.

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Well, after a long waiting period, I have new art of Taraclus, no longer simply a magus, but MYSTIC THEURGE!

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Imbicatus wrote:
Ninjaxenomorph wrote:

I was just looking at the Kirin Style feat chain. Expensive, both in skills, feats, and swift actions, but... DAMN. Could be worth it.

It's really, really not. You could be using those swift actions for so much better things: pool strike, weapon enchantment, quickened spells, even arcane strike is better than the garbage that is Kirin style.

With the exception of Arcane Strike, which I don't like taking, all of those use resources. Once you have the feats, Kirin style is free. Not governed by your arcane pool. Also, I'm talking for my SAD Kensai, whose intelligence is their primary stat, meaning there is a minimum +5 modifier at 1st level.

Also, Spell Combat is a full attack action.

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It was brought up in the Kensai guide thread: Elemental Body DOES allow you to cast spells, and wield weapons, since elementals can take the form of a humanoid, and they can speak.

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I was just looking at the Kirin Style feat chain. Expensive, both in skills, feats, and swift actions, but... DAMN. Could be worth it.

Oh, and one thing I would add to the guide is that using Weapon Wand to put a wand of True Strike leaves your extra hand free, as long as you can spend a round to power up.

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Just play a ninja; a high-level ninja gets pretty much what the Assassin has already.

Wow. An alien ninja was ninja'd about ninjas.

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I am planning a Clone Master alchemist who is basically a pimp; he provides permanent simulacrums depending on the clients tastes. Lesser ones are samples.

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One of my gaming friends wants to run a Ponyfinder campaign; if I join that, my character will be a Unicorn Kensai.

Now. You may be laughing. I'm not really a fan of they show, but this character is practically SAD.

Ponyfinder Unicorns can take a feat that allows them to telekinetically wield a one handed weapon, using their Int as a replacement for Str.

Yeah.

Pump Intelligence to an insane degree, and have an average Dex and Con. That leaves Str for dumping. Are there any traits that let Intelligence stand in for skills?

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Forgoing monk levels kinda takes the bite out of stacking Vows, which I really wanted him to do. On the other hand, Master of Many Styles got a little more attractive now that I have noticed Snapping Turtle Clutch, though it could be pulled off without just as easily, the only problem being actually getting the feats (Dragon Style, snapping Turtle Style, Greater Grapple, Dragon Ferocity, and Snapping Turtle Clutch).

One question: for archetypes that give up FoB, do they retain the ability to spend Ki to gain an additional attack on a full attack?

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I don't know, but I was thinking 6-8.

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I wanted Slag to keep FoB, and the grapple to be a secondary thing he can do. And I definitely wanted to stay unarmed; when the PCs first encounter him, he is with them in a slave pit, and the wardens think he has been broken. He hasn't. I was not going to focus much on AC, since his wisdom will not be particularly high, but I won't leave it at a penalty. I'm not really looking at gear, since he is naked when first met. The Ally NPCs are more built for flavor with a nice mechanical trick, like a Wishcrafter buffing the party. I am just clueless how to build a decent monk, but the Trox offers an interesting opportunity.

Also, Trox don't have body hair. I'm not even sure they are mammals.

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You mention Monkey Goblins from ISWG, but not Lashunta. Specifically, male Lashunta.

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I've been working on an NPC ally for an upcoming campaign. He is a LG Trox slave; the Trox were an example of the more advanced builds with the Advanced Race Guide, but were included as an official race with Bestiary 4.

Some racial stuff for those who don't have access to either of those: Trox are Monstrous Humanoids, are Large (with 10 feet of natural reach), and have the Frenzy and Grabbing Appendages racial traits, in addition to a burrow speed. Their racial modifiers are +6 strength, and -2 to all mental stats. Frenzy is a 1/day lesser form of barbarian rage, and Grabbing Appendages give them Improved Grapple as a bonus feat, and allows them to maintain a grapple while using their other limbs.

As for his actual monk levels, that is what I was having trouble with. I know he has vows of Silence, Truth, and possibly Chains. Since he already has a pretty good advantage grappling, I was not looking at the Tetori archetype. I also want him to utilize Dragon Style; the extra damage is very attractive, as are the stunning fist options. I want something that lets him actually be effective at dealing damage during grappling.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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I like Asmodeus as the Big Man in Hell.

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I would go for Samurai. They get a reduction to the penalty for ranged attacks while mounted.

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Well, a non-custom item with those stat boosts is impossible. I would disallow it, because existing items only boost one type of stat at a time. He would have to get a Headband of Vast Intelligence +6, and a Belt of Physical Prowess+2 (keyed to Dex and Con). This thread was about stacking custom items: For example, a cleric with a Wisdom-boosting headband crafting in a Phylactery of Channeling.

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What if instead of the channel, the priest got a scaling SLA for cure/inflict like the Sommoner has for Summon Monster?

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That's... Pretty much exactly what we were looking for! Hmm. If we want to make the Warpriest a good healer, we could give it a scaling SLA cure/inflict, similar to the Summoner.

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So, Bloodrage is a supernatural ability, while it's greater abilities are extraordinary. Does it become Ex, or does it not matter, and stays Su?

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Rerednaw, they have a d10 hit die now.

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Adjule wrote:

Well, so far the bloodrager bloodlines do not qualify for the items and feats and other such things, that mention sorcerer bloodlines, it would seem. I believe I remember reading SKR say a tiefling's "Fiendish Sorcery" ability would not function for a tiefling bloodrager. So, that would mean a Robe of Arcane Heritage, Dragon Disciple, etc would not work in tandem with a bloodrager. My understanding would be a bloodrager could be of any bloodline (arcane, for example, as everyone has latched onto that), and take the Dragon Disciple prestige class, and would then obtain the Draconic Sorcerer Bloodline, and his bloodrager bloodline would not advance as he advanced in Dragon Disciple.

And the bloodrager's limited spell selection could also be increased by the feat "Expanded Arcana", giving them more spells known.

I don't know which way I lean concerning the interaction between the sorcerer and bloodrager bloodlines. Making them interchangeable (dragon disciple advances the draconic bloodrager bloodline, a bloodrager can use the robe, etc) would give the bloodrager some decent options. Making them seperate (an abyssal bloodrager taking the Eldritch Heritage (abyssal) feat, etc) could make for some interesting characters, but also would need certain things that apply to the bloodrager and can't affect the sorcerer.

Where did he say that? I just know he closed my topic specifically asking about Fiendish Sorcery.

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I was excited for the Warpriest class. I like the idea of a VERY martial divine caster. I just think the class features could interact with each other more, like a pool mechanic that Channel, Sacred Armor and Sacred Weapon pull from, in addition to a limited ability to buff during combat.

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You know, there aren't THAT much blast spells on the magus list. Some are control spells, a bunch of decent buff spells (I can think of 1 I always cast per level, at least), and some control (Bladed Dash, Force Hook Charge)

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Yes.

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Thanks, Raidou! Did you put that in the Playtest forum?

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I was hoping to like it, I think its a cool concept. Just needs a lot of work.

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Neo2151 wrote:

You're doing that thing where you assume "unarmed strike = always fists."

But we know from plenty of posts on the topic that this is not the case.

If I Brilliant Energy my unarmed strike, am I effectively immune to attacks from manufactured weapons now?

Yeah, no way this works for Irori.

"What... What are you doing?"

"I AM NOW A LIGHTSABER ELEMENTAL."

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Either that or add Returning/Throwing to the list of abilities.

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Another idea to make Sacred Weapon more versatile: it works with any weapon you have the feat Weapon Focus on. Makes it easier to have a Warpriest of a god with a less-than-desirable favored weapon, but encourages using the favored weapon.

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Has anyone suggested something like Magus Arcana, where they can choose abilities? Like they could choose a familiar, have something like the Concentration arcana, improve/expand their blood focus, stuff like that.

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