I am looking to join a campaign soon, and have already partially worked out my character. The only divine character I have played (ever) is a level 2 inquisitor in PFS. For this campaign, the character I have made is a halfling oracle, with the Spellscarred mystery from Inner Sea Magic and the Clouded Vision curse.
While I don't have his stats on hand, it was a 20-point buy, and I ended up with a 19 charisma, with no stat penalties save an 8 strength. Having never played a full divine caster, I am not sure of what feats or spells to take. I want him to be the party face, while in combat he focuses on suppressing and controlling magic, which his Mystery gives him quite a good list of spells. Eventually he will be taking Still/Silent Spell and Leadership, but what to start out with is a mystery to me. The only limits on the campaign rules are that most summoning effects don't work, but that might change at a higher level.
I have several questions about holy symbols. In Pathfinder Society, I am considering multi-classing with my magus to cleric of Sarenrae, somewhat for fluff, and I want to differentiate him from my other magus.
Could I get a weapon cord for a holy symbol, so I can drop it easily to cast arcane spells? Its not unrealistic, and would be within RAW if holy symbols can count as weapons.
Second, for flavor purposes, it it possible to get a gold holy symbol? The magus in question is a tiefling, descended from a devil, and even though silver does not hurt him, I like to have him avoid it. And wood is just so boring.
Last year, I ran Black Fang's Keep for some friends.. This year, I am doing a follow-up, with a lot of different players. So far, my lineup is:
If the rogue returns, my brother will not play, which is a Good Thing. I am also advancing everyone to third level, so everyone gets fun feats to play with, and new spells. I am running an original plot, roughly as follows:
That night, both the elf and the half-elf are gone. There are drunken men everywhere, the most prominent a huge tiefling fighter. While he appears very drunk, he is the partner of Kaelborn,and was told to watch the rooms upstairs. However, he decided to enjoy himself, but is still watching out. The PCs need to distract him, and break into the room and stealthy wand.
The next morning, Sunigail meets them and they head off to the Serpentfolk temple. They are ambushed by the former thralls of Sasheeriz, the orcs. At this point, I start dropping hints that the elf Sunigail is actually Sasheeriz in disguise, and that he is using them to subjugate the temple defenses and use for sacrifice. The half-elf and tiefling are actually investigators looking into the murder if the real Sunigail.
When they reach the temple, there are two encounters: a big trap which isolates party members and drops snakes, and the boss. While the party is separated, Sasheeriz gets away to the main chamber, where he uses to sword stowed there by the orcs to initiate a ceremony, something to do with Ydersius. He is joined by more snakes and an animated statue or two. Before the party storms in, the investigators show up, and try to explain what they know. If the PCs do not kill them or something else happens, the two join in the final battle, as a rogue-2 and fighter-2. After that they return to civilization and hear a rumor of Black Fang, or something to that line of effect.
You all have any advice before I dive into this?
(I'll try to keep this less spoiler-y by not mentioning the scenario)
At the game this afternoon, I was told by an attendee of Gencon that the Bladebound archetype nearly went the way of the Synthesist. May I ask why it was considered for banning, and why it was ultimately decided that it would be kept? Also, if there was anyone defending the archetype, I should like to thank them!
I could not find another topic like this on the forums, so I decided to make one myself! I feel so special.
Whether or not you drew it yourself, got it as a gift, or bribed it out of someone else (call it 'commissioned' if you want) with promises of doughnuts and car rides, link to the relevant pictures here, if you want to! If you feel a little wordy, you can type a bit about the characters and the art too.
Anyway, I commissioned three pieces from a friend of all nine of my characters, spread across the three. The first done was Devil Children, my two tiefling characters, who were Infernal before it was cool. Asta is a Winter Witch, and Taraclus is a Dervish Magus.
Looking forward to seeing your characters immortalized in ink!... Well, pixels, but you get my point.
In the entry for the Crypt Breaker archetype in Inner Sea Magic, it says that Alkahest bombs, when attacking non-undead or constructs, do 1d4 damage plus more for every two levels, and that this is FORCE damage. Is this correct, or a misprint?
Also, how do types of bombs that reduce damage dice work? Do they just use d6s vs undead/constructs and d3s vs anything else?
I am thinking up a campaign set in the Darklands, with Darklands races such as Drow, Duergar, pretty much any race with darkvision. I know Half-Drow don't exist in Golarion, but I would allow them too. Anyway, I wanted to know if there was anything that people would recommend for me about the Darklands that Paizo has made besides:
Into The Darklands
The idea is that the PCs would start out entering a Drow city that has grown decadent(I was thinking Far Parathra from what I saw on PFWiki), and the Queen (title pending) wants them to help her clean it up, by eliminating heretical houses, protecting the city from outside threats, etc. The PCs would eventually get the chance to take over the city themselves, if they wish.
It has come up in several games I have been in now, and I have to ask the other players and GMs. Humans are not infallible. GMs are, most of the time, human, and make an oversight with the rules, and a player doesn't. I feel is important for a player to point something out if this happens, even if it means something bad will happen as a consequence. For example:
Among The Gods:
When we were fighting the Rhemoraz, our GM forgot about the heat rule. I pointed it out after the battle, and my character's +1 Dwarven Waraxe was melted, and an eidolon was popped.
Quest For Perfection III:
The GM said the Axe Beak was a Magical Beast, meaning I could not use my witch's Charm hex. Also, he would not listen to my explanation of the Charm hex, treating it as if I had cast Charm Person.
Do you think it is right to correct the GM, even when it hurts you?
We know that the Bladebound archetype for Magus is legal. I, however, have a question regarding any 'conflict' that might come up. For example, my character's Black Blade is NG. If the wielder was dominated by a Demon, I think it would go "Nope, stop the crazy train, I'm in charge now." and try to exert dominance.
Could this be used to undo harmful mind-affecting affects, such as fear or domination?
I am planning to havea Darklands campaign, and the Drow section of the ARG was very helpful. I do however have one question about the gecko and bat: if taken as a mount, what shouldI do? Apply the Giant template at first level, then limit the changes at 7th level?and for the gecko, I can't find AC stats for it, just monster stats. Are there any out there, or would I have to homebrew some up?
I came up with an idea for a Darklands campaign after watching the Spoony One's recounting of his Thieve's World campaign.
One problem I can foresee is is balancing the party between the darklands races they could play as, and balancing CR.
The CR problem could easily be fixed given experience, but I am not sure what to do with the race problem. I would not allow any creatures with racial HD.
All I can think would be strictly necessary for a race in the Darklands would be Darkvision, even 60ft would be useful. These are the races that I can think of that are suitable, based in rough order of their power level:
I am only operating on Bestiary I what I remember from the PRD, so I don't know if there are any other races in the later books that would work. For balancing, I am don't like the 'one level behind' way, so I was thinking of limiting the number of traits when they are created. For example, Half-orc and below would get three, while Duergar and above would get one. Either that or a feat for the less powerful races.
Don't get me wrong, I love the magus, it's my favorite class because I like playing magic knights. However, Magi (and most of their archetypes) seem very geared towards PCs.
However, I wondered why there would be an NPC who has a RP reason, and not just a mechanical reason to be a magus. All of the additional base classes can easily be played by an NPC: cavalier is a courtly knight (or at least someone on a horse), Summoners I have seen done really well with their eidolons, Oracles can have nice srories attachec to their powers, Witches are always fun, Alchemists are crazy scientists, ninjas are ninjas, samurai are samurai, and gunslingers shoot stuff and act tough, and inquisitors are never expected.
But what reason does that magus have not to be an Eldritch Knight, besides being better at fighting?
Does anyone have any idea how I would implement this?
I have a section of a campaign planned where the PCs are shrunk/forced into doll bodies or something. Could I just scale everything else up (boring), or 'divide' up squares into 4 (effectively making medium and small 'large') and give the players templates?
I get this from a recent PFS scenario where my LN dwarven fighter, a devout Gorumite from day 1 (and my first character... ever) was teamed up with a cleric/fighter of Gorum, who was CN. I mentioned that my character was a LN Gorumite, and he just said that doesn't work.
I think it works because, in my fighter's background, he was a soldier, naturally worshipping the god that might help him the most. But, he is an honor-bound soldier, loyal to a fault to his employers, who hold his contract (Qadira/Pathfinders). Would you say this works?
Is the templated zombie created by the Akata's disease (Bestiary 2) a zombie, or aberration, because of the baby akata inside it? I did not see a special rule, but the Yellow Musk Creeper (?) in Bestiary 1 has a similar ability, and explicitly states the zombie is Plant, not Undead. I just wanted to know what anyone else would think.
Do you have any moments in your Society career that you remember fondly, but feel a little guilty?
My dwarven fighter, LN worshipper of Gorum, was playing the Haunting of Hinojai...
there was a Cleric/Fighter of Gorum (1 level dip) who liked to channel through his sword. when we were fighting the Skeletons, we were all in the room, with him in front of the door. I asked him, "Why don't you move aside, priest, and let me take the hits." (I like to think my dwarf has optimized his AC). The next round, the cleric was instantly killed. After 'I asked you to move...' was said, the only thing keeping me from stepping on the body in the place I had asked for was that the Skeletal Champion had moved up. The eidolon killed him the next round, but still...
I feel guilty that I smile when I remember this, because a character died. Should I be? To be fair, this character had mostly been from GM credit.
I am building another character, a Varisian inquisitor for the goddess of illusions, for myself, and I have several issues:
How to build him so he has an excuse to use bladed scarf (free proficiency)and repeating crossbow. Dump STR?
What domain/inqusition? Sivanah's are Knowledge, Madness, Magic, Rune, and Trickery
I want to build him so he never fails a will save against illusions. Ever.
I figure Iron Will and Weapon finesse at 1st level, with Faction and Religion traits.
I am thinking of ideas for an 'alternative' campaign I want to run and one of the ideas is for a rival party, built like this:
Krallik- Human Alchemist (Ragechemist) X/Barbarian X
Berixia- Tiefling Witch 1/Gunslinger (Pistolero) X
Zemfiastel- Gnome Oracle (Dark Tapestry) X
Illeander- Human Magus X
Any suggestions? I am thinking the first encounter would be when the party is around level 9, but I would like to keep it flexible.
I am thinking in the long run here. I eventually want to run a PF campaign set on an alternate plane, with an emphasis on classes and tropes one would not normally present in standard fantasy, such as gunslingers, synthesist summoners, spellslingers, and alchemists. So far I have three things I know for certain:
1) The plane is mostly desert-ish/mountainy, with a lot of airship travel, for an Old-West (kinda) feel. One problem: where are the raw materials coming from? I imagine magic/town mines can take care of some of it, but a lot of wood needs to be coming from somewhere. However, new things are occassionally teleporting to the plane (though teleportation off the plane is nigh impossible), including small populations now and again.
2) What classes would work? The ones I mentioned above work, but I was thinking some tradionalist martial classes, like a fighter or barbarian would work too. Any other classes which might work?
3) I think I might have the PCs operate out of a central location at first, getting new and better bases as they gain fame and resources. How can I convince players to move to a new residence without seeming too obvious? I was thinking at first they have a maid who nags that all their stuff takes up too much space, but does anyone have any better ideas?
Can we get some submissions for watered-down versions of Monsters such as Lizardfolk, serpentfolk, drow, etc?
Benign Serpentfolk: While their kin hate Humans and the other races for stealing their magic, some have chosen to live with the new races.
Advanced Humanoid (Reptilian) 0 RP
I just whipped that up quickly, using what abilities seemed appropriate for them given their Bestiary entry. Any comments/ideas?
I have had some difficulty understanding the alignment restrictions for the Improved Familiar feat. I understand that some require a specific alignment (such as Arbiter Ineivitable), but the way I read it is that the spellcaster could be one step away on EACH AXIS. That means, as a LN caster I could take a Pseudodragon familiar,right?
I have had some difficulty understanding the alignment restrictions for the Improved Familiar feat. I understand that some require a specific alignment, but the way I read it is that the spellcaster could be one step away on EACH AXIS. That means, as a LN caster I could take a Pseudodragon familiar,righ?
I have been familiarizing myself with the Summoner rules, and came up with the idea for a character's eidolon to start out looking like a Moa, but eventually turn into a Large bird-creature swinging electrical attacks all about while I ride it.
But, as it turns out, there does not seem to be a way to build such an eidolon. Could anyone please prove me wrong?
I have been toying around with a couple character concepts and backstories, with varying levels of creative liberty. My primary idea is a Magus who hails from a small kingdom nestled in some mountain range, where the primary military force is made up of such martial casters. He is adventuring to fulfill a rite to join them. However, the city is greatly divided amongst the nobility and upper crust, and the lower parts of society, and he has great disdain for the common and ignorant. I was thinking my GM might have a problem with all this. My second idea is more conventional, but might be a bit unbelievable: A half-orc Druid (Saurian Shaman) who was born in Deep Tolguth, forged a bond with a young Tyrannosaurus, and both of them fought their way up to the surface together, where the half-orc met more experienced druids who taught him properly and pointed him in the right direction. My third is more common and practical: a cleric of Gorum who fought along troops in various armies.
My point is, how much creative liberty can I take with a character's backstory and the setting before fellow players and GMs get annoyed with me?
I have been trying to find a Pathfinder home game recently (played PFS for about a month and a half), and was wondering how important it is to have several character ideas ready, if for example the Magus is not allowed by the GM or the group has no dedicated healer. Or any healer. Also, how would you prioritize the classes when joinging an existing group? As in, Bard as opposed to Cavalier, or Witch as opposed to Alchemist.
I am asking what weapons people like to have their characters carry as back-up, or an extra weapon to overcome DR. I am not asking what you think is best; only what other weapons you carry, ranged included.
My PFS Dwarven Fighter carries some throwing axes and a silver warhammer, for extra dwarfiness.
I would like some clarification on an illustration in the Core Rulebook. One of my favorite chapter openings (Equipment chapter, p. 138-139) features two badass-looking monsters, which I presume from the accompanying text and common sense to be giants.
But what the hell kind of giant are they? Are they in Bestiary 2? I ask because reading the PRD entry on giants, the closest to their appearance is Fire Giants, and even then its a stretch. Any answers?