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Dotting...

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I'm going to do the "Take Two 14s" and roll the other four.

The Character I have in mind is an Angelkin Aasimar Bard(Arcane Duelist).

And trusting to fate, here we go:

3d6 ⇒ (2, 6, 3) = 11
3d6 ⇒ (2, 5, 6) = 13
3d6 ⇒ (6, 2, 3) = 11
3d6 ⇒ (4, 1, 2) = 7

Ouch. That 7 hurts... really bad. Could be worse, though.

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Dotting, for interest.

Also, a question: Is the "Faithful Combat" option for Rangers from the Inner Sea Combat book on the table? It basically gives you different combat style feat options based on you deity's favored weapon (i.e. Cayden Cailean and rapiers).

I really want to build an Urban Ranger who worships Calistria and works as a vigilante. While taking a specific interest in exacting vengeance from those who commit crimes against sex workers, romantic partners, lovers etc., in general, her goal is revenge against the entire diabolic regime in Westcrown. The "Faithful Combat" option would give the character access to a wealth of whip-related feats for combat purposes, and that visual would be extremely important to framing the character's identity.

Her campaign-dependent trait would almost certainly Westcrown Firebrand.

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@Spooky GM: Sounds good! Thanks for accommodating me on the idea! :D

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Hello! This is a character I submitted to another Carrion Crown PBP, but that recruitment thread seems to be dying on the vine and I'm starting to really like what I've got going for Maryska here.

I haven't gotten a chance to work out all the angles yet (just came up with her last night), but I think she'd be a good fit since I oriented her pretty heavily towards RP.

Here's my initial rough pass at her background:

background:

Maryska Lysenko, Human Inquisitor of Pharasma (Infiltrator)

When Maryska was six she watched, unblinking, as a pack of ghouls ate her family.

Her father was an Ustalavian trader of very modest success, and her mother a Varisian nomad. They met on the road and fell for each other; It helped that his profession suited her cultural wanderlust. Maryska was born a year later, and the couple was formally wed not long after.

Maryska's early life was happy, if constantly in flux. They did not have much, but Maryska saw most of Ustalav and some of the other nations surrounding Lake Encarthan before everything changed. At an early age Maryska demonstrated a sharp wit: her parents could never get anything by her and she was rarely surprised. But whatever woman would have been made by a happy life on the road died at the age of six. No one is certain how Maryska survived the attack, not even herself.

A kind soul found the girl wandering the road listlessly the day after the attack, and she ended up in the care of an orphanage ran by the church of Pharasma. While traumatized beyond most's ability to grasp, Maryska's wit and quick read of people remained and she realized adults gave her more space when they felt she was "doing better", so that was who she became. It was the first of many masks she would wear in her life.

In addition to the orphanage's mandatory religious studies she also had frequent sessions with Professor Lorrimor, who had taken interest both in her first-hand encounter with ghouls and her mental state. She refused to speak with him at first, but repeated sessions with the kind man, and his insightful observations that she was "acting" when forced to deal with people eventually wore through some of her barriers. To this day, he is the closest thing to a friend she has ever had and the only person to have ever met the wounded, kind-hearted woman beneath her litany of facades.

She did eventually find genuine comfort in Pharasma's teachings. It's focus on the cyclical nature of life and death and abhorrence of undead held unsurprising appeal for Maryska. She applied to the clergy, but once her grim, uncompromising demeanor and skill at both reading people and telling them what they want to hear became apparent the church decided she would be of best service in a more pragmatic role: Internal Affairs.

As an Inquisitor of Pharasma her primary role is to ferret out heretics and splinter cults within the faith. She spends her free time, such as it is, hunting down and destroying undead and practitioners of the necromantic arts. She is very good at her job.

Maryska is an excellent infiltrator and hunter, possesses wide range of knowledge in many subjects, and is quite good at solving most of the problems one encounters on the road in a dangerous line of work. On the other hand, she is terminally self-reliant and slow to trust others. She most appreciates the company of those who prove themselves both useful and pragmatic. She has less than zero tolerance for undead, and will do everything in her power to destroy any she encounters. She will cooperate with those who engage in necromancy only if there is absolutely no other way to accomplish her goals, and she may still stab them in the throat afterwords.

When undercover or dealing with common folk she often passes herself off as a rogue or cleric, depending on the situation, and will construct personalities for herself as needed. Those operating closely enough with her to know her true profession and identity are met with her final and strongest mask: the uncompromising, emotionless agent of vengeance.

And here is my rough idea of how she would function, crunch-wise:

crunch:

Face, skill monkey, skirmisher, secondary spellcaster.

Face by way of Infiltrator archetype and Heresy Inquisition providing Wisdom-based bonuses to Bluff, Diplomacy and Intimidate.

Skill Monkey, knowledge focused, by way of typical Inquisitor spell list.

Skirmisher, spellcaster by way of typical Inquisitor class abilities: teamwork feats, bane, judgement etc. Emphasis on versatility between ranged and melee.

Let me know if you think she'd be a good fit and I'll fill in all the other details.

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A little late to notice this one, but dotting until I'm off work and I can submit something...

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Character Idea, background, broad strokes:

Maryska Lysenko, Human Inquisitor of Pharasma(Infiltrator, Heresy Inquisition)

background:

When Maryska was six she watched, unblinking, as a pack of ghouls ate her family.

Her father was an Ustalavian trader of very modest success, and her mother a Varisian nomad. They met on the road and fell for each other; It helped that his profession suited her cultural wanderlust. Maryska was born a year later, and the couple was formally wed not long after.

Maryska's early life was happy, if constantly in flux. They did not have much, but Maryska saw most of Ustalav and some of the other nations surrounding Lake Encarthan before everything changed. At an early age Maryska demonstrated a sharp wit: her parents could never get anything by her and she was rarely surprised. But whatever woman would have been made by a happy life on the road died at the age of six. No one is certain how Maryska survived the attack, not even herself.

A kind soul found the girl wandering the road listlessly the day after the attack, and she ended up in the care of an orphanage ran by the church of Pharasma. While traumatized beyond most's ability to grasp, Maryska's wit and quick read of people remained and she realized adults gave her more space when they felt she was "doing better", so that was who she became. It was the first of many masks she would wear in her life.

In addition to the orphanage's mandatory religious studies she also had frequent sessions with Professor Lorrimor, who had taken interest both in her first-hand encounter with ghouls and her mental state. She refused to speak with him at first, but repeated sessions with the kind man, and his insightful observations that she was "acting" when forced to deal with people eventually wore through some of her barriers. To this day, he is the closest thing to a friend she has ever had and the only person to have ever met the wounded, kind-hearted woman beneath her litany of facades.

She did eventually find genuine comfort in Pharasma's teachings. It's focus on the cyclical nature of life and death and abhorrence of undead held unsurprising appeal for Maryska. She applied to the clergy, but once her grim, uncompromising demeanor and skill at both reading people and telling them what they want to hear became apparent the church decided she would be of best service in a more pragmatic role: Internal Affairs.

As an Inquisitor of Pharasma her primary role is to ferret out heretics and splinter cults within the faith. She spends her free time, such as it is, hunting down and destroying undead and practitioners of the necromantic arts. She is very good at her job.

Maryska is an excellent infiltrator and hunter, possesses wide range of knowledge in many subjects, and is quite good at solving most of the problems one encounters on the road in a dangerous line of work. On the other hand, she is terminally self-reliant and slow to trust others. She most appreciates the company of those who prove themselves both useful and pragmatic. She has less than zero tolerance for undead, and will do everything in her power to destroy any she encounters. She will cooperate with those who engage in necromancy only if there is absolutely no other way to accomplish her goals, and she may still stab them in the throat afterwords.

When undercover or dealing with common folk she often passes herself off as a rogue or cleric, depending on the situation, and will construct personalities for herself as needed. Those operating closely enough with her to know her true profession and identity are met with her final and strongest mask: the uncompromising, emotionless agent of vengeance.

crunch:

Face, skill monkey, skirmisher, secondary spellcaster.

Face by way of Infiltrator archetype and Heresy Inquisition providing Wisdom-based bonuses to Bluff, Diplomacy and Intimidate.

Skill Monkey, knowledge focused, by way of typical Inquisitor spell list.

Skirmisher, spellcaster by way of typical Inquisitor class abilities: teamwork feats, bane, judgement etc. Emphasis on versatility between ranged and melee.

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Fire415 wrote:

Heya Orranis,

Sorry to hear that, truly a critical miss. Thanks for replying back though, we actually have two players jump in on the slots as soon as we posted it on Meetup. Will keep you in the loop if anything opens up on a Sunday. Hope that might work out better for you. Cheers!

Fridays are my only real "free" day, but I appreciate the consideration!

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Fire415 wrote:

Heya Orannis,

If you haven't played through Rise of the Runelords, there is a new group starting Saturday, Nov. 29th at 12noon-6pm in Berkeley, CA. Currently have a DM/GM and four other players with various gaming experience. Looking to add a few more to the mix if you're game.

Ahhhhh, I would desperately love to join in on that.

Unfortunately, my Saturdays aren't free. Argh. Endless sadface.

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Checking in to bump again.

Hope somebody's out there. The East Bay can't be totally void of Pathfinder goings on, can it?

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Orannis wrote:

Making the rolls, then seeing what I can come up with after tooling around a bit...

4d6 11
4d6 18
4d6 18
4d6 8
4d6 8
4d6 10
4d6 14

Holy freaking hell... Looks like I'm going to be *heavily* specialized, whatever I do...

So, stat spread is:

18, 18, 14, 11, 10, 8

I generally like characters that can wear many hats, but something hyper-focused might be nice for a change.

I think I'm going to make a Human Slayer(Vanguard). Tried to make it as a mercenary, but something went south... Got a bunch of people killed... something like that.

Probably wanna focus on reach weapons (Glaive?) just to do something interesting.

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Making the rolls, then seeing what I can come up with after tooling around a bit...

4d6 ⇒ (3, 3, 1, 5) = 12 11
4d6 ⇒ (6, 3, 6, 6) = 21 18
4d6 ⇒ (6, 3, 6, 6) = 21 18
4d6 ⇒ (4, 1, 2, 2) = 9 8
4d6 ⇒ (2, 2, 1, 4) = 9 8
4d6 ⇒ (1, 2, 2, 6) = 11 10
4d6 ⇒ (2, 6, 2, 6) = 16 14

Holy freaking hell... Looks like I'm going to be *heavily* specialized, whatever I do...

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For Captain America, Brawler (Shield Champion) gets 80% of the job done on it's own. The only thing left to fill out is his leadership/tactician/inspirational roll.

Cavalier seems the obvious way to go, but none of the various archetypes on it quite fit. Daring Champion is a possibility, but has all the "one handed fencing" nonsense that bring literally zero to the concept. Emissary is another "almost": it doesn't ditch the mount, which is the one thing about the Cavalier that pretty much has to go.

Skald/Bard also provide "leadership" elements, but all the magic junk screws things up.

Fighter (Tactician) might be the only way to really capture it, but it looses out on the Banner ability, which I thought would be perfect for using Cap's shield as a symbol of inspiration.

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This is tickling the Chrono Trigger fan in me.

Writing up a Bronze Age Wild Child Brawler right now...

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Yikes. Is the East Bay situation that bleak?

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Oh oh oh, this sounds excellent. I've got a Halfling Emissary Cavalier I'll be posting later today/early tomorrow! (It is shipment day at work, so how soon I'll have free time is a *~mystery~*)

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Dotting. This sounds interesting.

Oh, and a question: You said all core, plus featured races as well as PRCs and Archetypes from APG, UM and UC. What about the base classes from those books? I assume it's implied they are allowed, but it sounds a bit like they are not. Just looking for clarification.

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Dotting for interest.

I've got an Android Arcanist (Blade Adept) going into Eldritch Knight with plenty of pathos that I really want to run in an Iron Gods game.

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Dotting for interest.

Heavily considering a Sylph Arcanist(Blade Adept) + [Some Kind of Martial] into Eldritch Knight. Focusing on combat mobility and battlefield control.

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Bump bump bump

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Really jonesing for some Pathfinder in my life. Wold *vastly* prefer to play, but I am accomplished DM if necessary (hence why I never get to play).

This is just putting some feelers out because I'm still settling into my new place, but anyone with interest should speak up.

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I've got a Half-Orc Shield Champion Brawler I'm chomping at the bit to play.

My setting-neutral personality/background is that she's a freedom-fighter type that is inclined to distrust large, heavily organized groups with specific agendas, even when that group's goals or ethics align with hers.

Taking a rough pass at plugging that into the setting, I'm thinking that perhaps her parents were forced to give her up due to commitments to the Harpers and spent her young life in an orphanage as a result. While she bears some personal animosity towards the Harpers as a result, she takes much greater issue with their tendency for "ends justify the means" approach to world-saving.

If this sounds like someone you'd want in the campaign, I can have the crunch up later tonight or tomorrow.

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No wiggle room on Ultimate Magic? I've been itching to play a Magus for ages.

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Am I the only person completely in love with the Captain Ameri... Err... "Shield Champion" archetype?

It may not be "the best" possible option, but it's a fun gimmick and near as I can tell from my first skim through the Brawler archetypes it lets you do that gimmick well enough.

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N Human Inquisitor of Pharasma

CG Sylph Fighter, emphasis on mobility and reach weapons

CG Half-Orc Inquisitor of Mystra

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Dotting for interest.

I have a Sylph mobile fighter idea I've been wanting to play quite badly. I've got a rough background for her but it needs a lot of fleshing out. I've got a busy day, but I'll try and have something up by tonight.

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I'm going to post my rough concept first and see if it floats your boat at all, since gun-using characters can be a divisive topic sometimes.

(Note: this is going to get MUCH more detailed, this is just a skeleton of an outline)

Messidia Jochalt is the child of a moderately powerful wizard from Nex and a marksman from Alkenstar's military. She became enamored with her parents opposing professions at a young age and spent much of her formative years blending the two into a singular practice. When she came of age, she and a dear childhood friend decided to strike out on their own to find fortune. They settled in Korvosa. Unfortunately, it was not long before her friend developed an addiction to shiver. After many months of trying to persuade her friend to go clean, he overdosed and did not survive. Messidia traced the source of the drug back to Gaedren and she intends to get revenge.

Messidia would be a musket-weilding Spellslinger wizard with a one-level dip into Musket Master gunslinger at level 2. Her opposition schools will be Enchantment, Divination, Illusion and Abjuration making her primarily a blaster loosing her spells through her musket. She is going to be either a Tiefling or a Half-Elf, I have not decided yet.

If you like the idea, I will post the full build later this evening.

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Definitely interested! I've heard nothing but good things about Crimson Throne!

If you decide to allow Sylphs, I've got a (decidedly non-optimized but fun) Fighter I've wanted to use in something for a little while. If not, that's no problem, you've given us plenty of options to play with so far.

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Augh!

I am sorely tempted to submit a character to this, especially as I actually live in San Francisco, but I haven't played M&M since 1st edition...

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Saxikath wrote:

Um, I don't think everyone will be in the final party; garabbott said it would be 4-5 people.

Speaking of who'll make it into the party, I just read your background and it turns out you and I had some similar thoughts going on when writing up our PCs, haha. Given similar-ish backgrounds, perhaps Jannet and Elspeth could be pals? I mean, she's not exactly fun to be around, but Elspeth has to have at least a *couple* friends...

(Assuming, of course, that I get selected to join. Being the most recent submission, I'd understand if grabbott already had his heart set on 4 or 5 of you.)

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I submit:

Elspeth Luren, Female Half-Elf Urban Barbarian

Leading with the fluff, which I'm more interested in anyways. Spent a good couple hours on all this. There's a big 'ol chunk of "secret stuff" to her past and parents that I would be happy to send to you in a PM if you are interested, Garabbott.

Description&Personality:

Elspeth Luren is a tall half-elven woman of 25. While her expression is often dour, she possesses a dry sense of humor and amongst her few friends she often shows affection with sarcastic but good-natured jabs.

If her olive skin and thick, straight dark hair were not enough to indicate her Shoanti heritage, then the distinct Shoanti facial tattoo serves to make it unmistakable. Despite her obvious ancestry, she has had little interaction with the Shoanti in her life, in fact going to great lengths to avoid them or hide her face in their presence. If asked about her tattoo she often becomes uncomfortable, if someone aware of its nature and significance inquires she becomes angry and defensive.

Backstory:

Elspeth was raised in Biston by Old Lady Luren, a widow and retired priestess of Abadar in her eighth decade.

25 years ago Elspeth’s father appeared at Old Lady Luren’s door. An elven man with an ashen face and hollow eyes, he held a squealing baby not a day old and by its size clearly born premature. Despite this, they baby was a healthy pink and full of vigor. After a moment’s hesitation, she invited them in. The elven man offered little information and would not give his name, but when he requested the child be given a home neither Luren’s heart or faith could refuse. The man stayed with them for three days, instructing Luren on what to tell the child of her parents:

Her mother was a Shoanti warrior, her father an elven mage. Both had died shortly after her birth. That was all. On the third day, before he left, he inscribed a tattoo on the babe’s face. Years later Lurue learned it was the tribal tattoo of the Shiikirri quah. The Hawk tribe.

Elspeth’s childhood was troubled. She suffered terrible, inexplicable fits of anger and often claimed she saw ghosts or was being haunted. The skeleton of information Luren had to offer Elspeth of her parents was a constant thorny spot between them and the progenitor of many fights in Elspeth’s adolescence but, despite this, the two loved each other as true mother and child.

Luren passed when Elspeth was 17. In her will she left Elspeth her small home in the Lakeside district and bequeathed her name to Elspeth as a surname. She also used her connections in the local church of Abadar to get Elspeth accepted into the small but growing militia, hoping that martial training would help her control her anger problems as well as provide an occasional outlet for her violent urges. This proved mostly successful. While she is not a particularly devout follower of Abadar, she finds the church and the militia provides a certain element of purpose and control that has eluded her most of her life.

Under the surface though, she remains deeply troubled. Elspeth is known to visit the Stomping Squat roughly once a month and drink to excess, desperately chasing what she once described to a curious patron as “the sweet oblivion of that fifteenth ale”. During these monthly indulgences it is not uncommon for Elspeth, near to incoherent with drink, to begin ranting of the spirits that have harried her since childhood…

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Always a DM, never a player.

As much as I love running my dedicated group of PC's through my latest dastardly narrative, lately I have been itching to sit on the other side of the table.

My preference would be a Pathfinder group, but I have experience in (and books to share!) many other tabletop RPGs.

Also, while I'm only interested in being a player I don't at all mind "backup DMing" and helping with the boring stuff (running numbers, checking rules, keeping track of initiative, etc.). I did that for the DM of a group I played in a couple years ago and it really helped move things along.

ALSO: Groups in the East Bay are a possibility as well, as long as you are near-ish BART access.

Hope to hear from some of you Bay Area dice-chuckers!

(Seriously guys, I'm drowning under something like thirty character ideas and only coming up with more. Help!)

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Blave wrote:
Also, I just noticed that Cavaliers and Samurais don't get a single Knowledge skill as class skill. They get out-knowledge by EVERY other class in the game. That's just sad.

That's not *entirely* true, as I'm pretty sure every single Order grants at least one Knowledge skill as a class skill.

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Robb Smith wrote:

Inquisitor: Terrible. More MAD than Monk. This is a class that just doesn't know what it wants to do.

The two Inquisitors I've taken to mid levels would beg to differ.

Inquisitors make me feel like freaking Batman. I *always* have something for the situation at hand (combat or otherwise) and whatever I'm fighting, I can hurt it.

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I found the "likes" a lot easier to come up with than the "dislikes". In fact, narrowing "likes" down to ten took a bit of work.

Like ("Love" is a bit strong):

1. The availability, earnestness, and dedication of the Paizo staff.
2. Skill consolodation.
3. Emphasis on modularity in classes (i.e. Bloodlines, Cavalier Orders)
4. Vast improvements to martial classes over 3.5
5. Everything they have done with my favorite class since 2nd Ed., the Bard.
6. The Inquisitor, the only class I've ever loved almost as much as the Bard.
7. The Golarion setting. Particularly the much greater emphasis on diversity (of all kinds) than I typically find in tabletop RPG settings.
8. The effort the designers make to cater to a wide variety of playstyles and aesthetic prefrences.
9. Archetypes.
10. The way Wayne Reynolds draws monsters.

Dislike ("Hate" is a bit strong):

1. Even with my deep lack of concern for precise balance and mechanical optimization, the Rogue still needs some help outside of the hands of a veteran player.
2. The fact that, even though I love the Summoner and have no compuctions against it in the games I run, something about it still feels "off" to me.
3. The lack of support for a "Free-Hand" fighting style. I like the little bit we've got, but it has by far the least support of any classic fighting style.
4. Vital Strike's lack of interaction with other feats. This is the only extreme contention I've ever had with a Pathfinder ruling, so I can't complain too much. It just irks me like crazy.
5. The nerfing of the Spiked Chain. Yes, I am a Spiked Chain fanboy. No, I am not proud. I go to a support group. The road to recovery is long.
6. That "Elves of Golarion" is the only race guide not written under Pathfinder rules.
7. That, as far as I know, there is no non-campaign specific trait that grants Acrobatics as a class skill. This is one of the very few mechanical things that has gotten in the way of a few "off the beaten path" character ideas I've had.
8. While I think Paizo has done a *lot* to mitigate it, the game *does* still start to fall apart once characters hit 17th or so.
9. The way Wayne Reynolds draws people. (Here come the slings and arrows.)
10. That katanas, RAW, can't cut a mountain in half.

That last dislike isn't true, at all, but it's the best thing I can think of to try and draw fire off of the fact that I really don't like the way WR draws people.

But it's futile, isn't it? Oh well, just find a nice stake to burn me on. I prefer cedar, but birch will do in a pinch.

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Dotting.

No suggestions yet, need to put on my thinking cap...

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Mort the Cleverly Named wrote:

Well, the last adventure starts at level 14, so level 16 is a safe bet.

You shouldn't expect any adventure path to get you to level 20. Of the Pathfinder APs, we currently have two capping at 17, a 15, and a 13. Pushing to 20 would likely take at least another volume, if not two. People have asked for APs that got all the way to 20, but there are a variety of impediments to the idea. Right now, the "Continuing the Campaign" articles are the best you can hope for.

Wait, doesn't Kingmaker end at 18? I'm probably wrong, and I don't have the books with me at the moment, but I coulda' sworn...

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Number one favorite is Milani, no question.

Pharasma, Shelyn, Shizuru, and Groetus are also quite high on my list.

Cayden and Irori get high marks for "Coolest ways of becoming a deity".

Honestly, Golarion has probably the most consistently fascinating and well thought out deities of any published setting I've ever read. As an "armchair expert" on mythology I've gotta say: Not only do the Paizo folks *really* know their stuff and do their homework, but the play around with all the parts and reassemble them with a superlative amount of creativity and ingenuity.

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Bard, Inquisitor, Magus... In that order, depending on my mood.

That said, I love all characters that get their hands dirty effectively. As long as I think of an interesting/fun gimmick that doesn't bore me you'll see me playing everything from polearm fighters to Dex-based, dual-wielding clerics.

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I've made so many characters at this point that now the way I mostly manage to enjoy myself is to find a few interesting-sounding mechanics and see what I can do with them.

For a possible upcoming Carrion Crown game, I decided I wanted to give Channel Smite a try (I rarely play Clerics, when it comes to Divine casters Inquisitors are much more my style) and decided that I also liked taking that a step further and trying to build around Guided Hand.

For those without UC: Lets you use Wis. for attack bonus on deity's favored weapon.

To add an extra layer of nuttiness (and feat dependancy, har) I also decided I wanted to be an archer. I passed on Erastil because, while I find him quite intriguing from a world-building standpoint, I have no interest in *playing* a borderline misogynistic traditionalist. After some poking around on the Pathfinder Wiki I found the Empyreal Lord Shinashakti: CG, Shortbow for favored weapon, and a couple of fun domains. Sold.

Finally, the mechanics! (And what I'd like a little help on).

I'm going human, and I'm going to use the Crusader Archetype (One Domain, One less spell per day/level/tasty bonus feat selection in return) and taking Focus: Shortbow for my 1st-level Crusader bonus feat.

Here's my conundrum: I'm going for a minimal Dex of 13 to qualify for Deadly Aim later. Being Human I have two feats... Do I use them to go Channel Smite + Guided Hand to get Wis. on attack at level 1, or do I go Point Blank Shot + Precise Shot to not take that nasty "firing into melee" penalty?

Either way, the two not chosen would be picked up at level 3 and 5 repectively. But which is best to start out with?

And, please, none of the answers that tell my why this is suboptimal and I should just play "X" instead. This is what I want to do, I'd just like some outside perspective on this starting feats business.

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rat_ bastard wrote:

So far I am Buff Monkey/Changer of Reality.

Prot Evil on the tanking ranger and bless for everybody combined with touch of luck and guidance when I have burned everything else.

I keep a Grease up my sleeve to change the battlefield when the bad guys make their charge and I have the bonded object give me whatever circumstantial spell that I need to be awesome when we need that spell you would normally not have.

Its looking like I'll be grabbing crafting feats at 3rd and 5th because I need them for the character and the party made some noise in the direction of Gee it would be great to have this item and the nearest magic item mart is in another country.

So its:
3rd Wiz 2 craft misc shiny
4th Wiz 3 Intelligence
5th Clr 2 Craft arms and Armor
6th clr 3
7th MYT 1 Minions!
8th MYT 2 Wis
9th MYT 3 Freedom to choose whatever feat makes me feel shiney inside.

I don't know what the general consensus about it's usefulness is, but I rather like the feat Theurgy from Ultimate Magic. It gives you a little bit of versatility with all those spells you'll have ready to go each day. I find it's best for the option that boosts your caster level for Divine magic. Drop a low-level Wizard spell and get an extra caster level's worth of effectiveness out of one of the "always useful" low level Cleric buffs, like Shield of Faith, Entropic Shield, or Align Weapon.

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Kryzbyn wrote:

Devil box

See also: succubus.

:P

*facepalm heard 'round the world*

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Set wrote:

Aroden's death is indeed such a mystery, and, IIRC, James Jacobs has stated that he doesn't intend for the truth surrounding it to ever be revealed.

Other mysteries may or may not ever be dealt with, as the setting is developed, such as the nature of the Four Pharoahs of Ascencion and their connection to the Dark Tapestry (and the 'countdown'), or what exactly happened to Old Mage Jatembe and his Ten Magic Warriors, or where Nex wandered off to, or whether the Black Sovereign of Numeria is machine or man (and the techno-mages control the machine-men, or the other way around...).

Has anything more ever been said about that ominous inscription on the sphere that sits at the center of the Negative Energy Plane? I actually got a chill down my spine the first time I read that. It's probably my single favorite piece of mysterious "What the %$#&?" lore in any campaign setting ever.

Whichever one of you fellows at Paizo thought that up, let my buy you a beer sometime. I insist.

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I'm going to echo the above sentiment: it's not really overpowering, but it's also not really necessary. I find that just a straight Gunslinger/Spellslinger/Eldritch Knight is both the best application of Spellslinger and one of the best applications of EK, especially if you go Musket Master for your Gunslinger level.

But, it's important to have fun, and if you want the Gunslinger tricks it shouldn't be a problem. Except for maybe Targeting.

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Crysknife wrote:

Strange spell for level 3. The con damage hurts and one-full round is a lot, but the benefits are really great: 5d4 at level 10 means that maximized it does 20 point of int damage, and you can maximize it easily with a lesser rod.

Even if the target passes the save it will take 10 point of int damage, which are more than enough to drop most powerful foes or render a wizard/witch foe useless.
Not sure how often I would use it if I had it, but seems too powerful for it's level.

Thanks for your input! I was kinda hoping this thread would get a bit more attention.

As I said, it is supposed to be too powerful for it's level (special goodie and all). The idea was "powerful effect at personal risk". My question is weather or not it is *too* "too powerful for it's level".

I felt the Con. damage, full round action, Will save, *and* being subject to SR would help reign it in a bit, but I could be wrong. I'd like to hear from more people.

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My Kingmaker game is pretty much by-the-book with the exception of tossing the players a 20-Point-Buy bone and allowing one player a non-standard race choice. However, I really like "personal sidequests" for PCs and often include them in my homebrew campaigns.

Since Kingmaker is so sandbox-y, I figure it would be fairly easy to throw in a little side quest for each of my players with some sort of goodie at the end that's somewhat stronger than what they'd have at that level. Two I've got figured out: The halfling druid is going to get the "Fey Creature" template applied to her giant frog companion and the human cavalier is getting a custom feat that'll provide some nice buffs to make him a better king. I'm stuck on the gnome ranger and tiefling witch.

For the witch, I decided some custom spells at spell levels 3, 5, 7, and 9 a bit more powerful than they should be could work. Since her family is a big part of her character and has been fleshed out a lot, I think some sort of inherited "blood magic" would have the proper flavor. Each spell would be quite great for the level, but would require hefty personal risk to make use of.

Thing is, designing spells is a pain in the umber hulk.

This is what I've got for the first spell, at spell level 3. Please, let me know what you think and offer any suggestions you think are worthwhile. *Constructive* criticism is appreciated, and any clevel thoughts on flavor are also welcome.

Mind Crush:

3rd-Level spell
School: Transmutation (mind-affecting)
Casting Time: One Full-Round Action
Components: V,S,M (a significant amount of the caster's own blood, freshly shed)
Range: Close (25ft + 5ft/2 levels)
Target: 1 creature + 1 additional creature/5 levels, no two of which may be more than 5ft. apart.
Duration: Instantaneous
Save: Will for half
Spell Resistance: Yes

When you cas this spell you must wound yourself deeply, inflicting 1d6 points of Constitution damage to yourself per creature targeted by the spell. Targeted creatures take 1d4 Intelligence damage/2 levels, to a maximum of 5d4 at level 10. A successful Will save halves this damage.

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Abraham spalding wrote:
LazarX wrote:
The rules for mithral predate that of the magus. It's still medium armor in form and proficiency/ so the arcane spell failure still applies.
Um... you are wrong. Mithral counts as medium armor only for proficiency -- in every other way it is light armor. Which means that for the purposes of if it is light armor for ASF for a bard or magus it is.

Ninja'd by Abraham!

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LazarX wrote:
Mort the Cleverly Named wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Even if you get the proficiencies you're still subject to arcane spell failure since the armor types aren't being covered by your magus class features.
That is why I said Mithral. It counts, in every way but proficiency, as light armor. Thus, no spell failure. The armor check penalty is also so low that it isn't the end of the world to not bother with it at all.
The rules for mithral predate that of the magus. It's still medium armor in form and proficiency/ so the arcane spell failure still applies. Again an arcanist is not going to win the AC race, there are quite a few magus spells that deny or greatly reduce opportunities to be struck at. That's where your focus should like, or combat maneuvers to disable your enemies which generally is the strength of the staff magus who can combine heavily CMB flavored combat with spell combat.

No. Mithral breastplate is still medium for proficiency, but for nothing else. Staff Magus ignores spell failure for light armor. Ignoring spell failure has nothing to do with proficiency.

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I don't know if you care for multiclassing, but I really like doing a two or three level dip into Monk of The Sacred Mountain when it comes to the Staff Magus. You get a natural armor bonus, some bonus feats, Toughness for free, Unarmed Strike, and you can flurry with your quarterstaff. Additionally, since Stunning Fist will do little for you, you could slap Monk of the Four Winds on there too to get some elemental damage in a pinch.

Also, everything Mort (hey Mort!) said about wands/staves is excellent advice. On that subject, taking Craft Staff at higher levels is a very, very good idea.

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I tried many different systems in order to homebrew an A:TLA game and I found that Savage Worlds did the best job of it by a far margin.

That said, I like what you're going for with these builds, and the water one seems like it would be pretty fun.

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