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I suggest you look at the AP Souls for Smugglers Shiv. It has several mechanics and situations that would be directly applicable to what you are planning. It may give you some good alternatives to killing off the NPC.

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It appears you can cast flare into a square you can not see in a fog cloud. Flare is a burst effect which only requires LOE. It seems like Flare should either target a single creature or have a burst of one square. The way it is written now it seems like you could only effect yourself, as you are a creature, there is no facing in Pathfinder, and if you wanted to affect another creature the spell would burst in front of more than a single creature.

PRD wrote:

FLARE

School evocation [light]; Level bard 0, druid 0, sorcerer/wizard 0
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V
Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect burst of light
Duration instantaneous
Saving Throw Fortitude negates; Spell Resistance yes
This cantrip creates a burst of light. If you cause the light to burst in front of a single creature, that creature is dazzled for 1 minute unless it makes a successful Fortitude save. Sightless creatures, as well as creatures already dazzled, are not affected by flare.

I think this spell should be a targeted spell, as it was made as a response to an old tactic of casting light in people's eyes. It was a valid target of the spell at the time with no defined rules, so many GMs made there own effects that went up to blindness.

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I have seen sources say that you do get experience from defeating summons if you do not face the summoner before he gets his spells back. It would be up to the GM to determine the amount of exp as summons have weaknesses that the base creatures do not. I do not remember if that was a 3.5 response or not.

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You'd think that people knowing how the laws of physics work in their universe would specifically remember to make the slits too small for that sort of thing.

I could also see them made specifically large enough to allow magic. Mages like improved cover too.

I think castles and ships used in Pathfinder tend to be severely flawed as they tend to be based on historic models with little thought of the perils faced in a high fantasy world. A thread discussing what features good castles would include, or how are all the ocean vessels not sunk by greedy aquatic creatures when most of the NPC ships in Skulls and Shackles can't defend the bottom of there ship could be fun.

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I imagine looking up from inside the pit that the areas near the walls would either be blurry due to light bending oddly through space, or that your mind would keep changing its interpretation of what it is seeing as it is not designed to interpret areas of twisted space.

If you draw a 4x4 square on paper with a 2x2 square in the middle you can represent t your pit and slopes areas pretty well. Now the effect of the pit is only the 2x2 square so when cast in a ten foot corridor you can bend your papper square into a U channel to fit( |_ _| ). Inside the pit I think you would be looking at the flat bottom of your paper, but it connects to the world through the U channel. As far as the walls go, while they look like they are falling away from the corridor, they are still safely intact behind your paper channel.

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While it may seem like a good idea to take improved sunder to destroy Black Blades that are controlling people, that has been the first step to falling into evil for paladins since 3.5s Blackguard prestige class.

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Madokar Valortouched said wrote:

Thing is, it wasn't a consensual fight. Both combatants had their eyes turn solid black, and when the fight was over, they had no recollection of the fight. The Black Blades were in complete control.

There is also no apparent way to communicate with the Blades if you are not their wielder. And even then it's iffy. At least, that's the way it's been going so far in the campaign.

And I agree. It isn't evil to let people do what they want. But both combatants were not in control of their actions. Both were Good aligned. So being compelled to kill each other is not what they would do under their own power. It wouldn't be what they wanted.

Unless your Magus has added some type of spell like modify memory to his spell list, I do not know of a way a standard Black Blade can erase memory of an event. This makes me think your GM modified Black Blades for his campaign.

I had assumed your Magus knew his Blade's purpose, since it was mentioned that you had fought other Black Blade users. Since he does not remember events when he is possessed, I think you should roleplay out a talk with the Magus about the dangers of the Black Blade, what your Paladin things he should do with it, and what you will do in the future if continues using the Black Blade and he attacks a good creature. After a talk like that all the responsibility rests on the Magus for future encounters.

While paladins tend not to be fonts of knowledge, yours has seen that the Blades can talk when in control of a body as they shouted "To the death!" and "There can be only one!". So it should be possible to communicate with them when they are in controll. At the start of an encounter with another Black Blade, you could threaten it with destruction if it doesn't let it's wielder answer two questions. 1. Do you know your Blade's purpose? 2. Knowing the purpose are you using the Blade voluntary? The GM has given you a nice visual cue if the Blade is in control. You may even arrange through the Magus to have his Blade give you the time to ask, it may get an ally and prevents you from becoming an enemy by agreeing to give you the time to ask.

So if you have the talk with the Magus and ask any user of a Blade you meet to answer the two questions, you will know if future fights are voluntary and have a plan for dealing with new Blades.

What your Paladin probably doesn't know and the GM may have changed is that a Black Blade can hear and see everything around it like a creature even if it can only talk to its wielder.

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The area of effect for Create Pit is 10'x10'. Create Pit distorts space, I do not have a problem with the idea that the wall next to the pit is somehow sloping into the pit more so then normal. The spell twists space. The structural integrity of the wall would be no more affected then the floor of a building.

You could use the spell to get through a wall as long as there was a 2.4" high 10' long gap (for line of effect) at floor level, and the floor was at the same level on both sides. This would not cause the wall to collapse as it does not change the existing gap at all.

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Just because two beings are fighting does not mean either are evil or even committing an evil act. You decided to interfere in a consensual fight and use lethal force. Both parties involved in the fight use an intelligent weapon which was in controll at the time of the fight, but each has some form of arrangement with their weapon. If the party's magus never wanted to be controlled by the Black Blade he did not have to spend so much effort making it powerful enough to control him.

Sounds to me like carrying a Black Blade in this campaign means you are signed up in a voluntary fight club. If someone doesn't like it they can just get rid of their Blade. I wouldn't feel obligated to support the magus is every fight with a Black Blade user in this campaign knowing the Blades all want the others destroyed. As a paladin I would try to convince the Magus' Blade that it can save killing good Blade users for last; that is kind of how it worked in the Highlander setting. I would also ask unknown Black Blade users if they knew what their Black Blade wanted before they encountered your Magus. You may be able to use diplomacy to postpone the fight if the new person wasn't aware of what using a Black Blade meant, for the Blade to find a new wielder.

I do not think it is evil to let people do what they want, so I do not think your paladin would have fallen for watching the fight and stabilizing the loser.

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You need line of effect going under the door to get your pit placed, so if the doors are roughly fitted with a large gap at the bottom (2.4") it should work. The large gap gives you the 1 sq.ft. needed for "line of effect".

Portcullis with openings smaller than a square foot are the same as a solid barrier to magic. I think many portcullis will have openings smaller than magic can pass through in order to provide a barrier to small creatures.

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The answer should be the same as the "Are they proficient with martial weapons?" Paizo developers have ruled that Outsiders with no racial HD only gain the proficiencies from their class, rather than the proficiencies of the Outsider type.

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It is very reasonable to let raise dead attach parts that are present even if they were not mortal wounds. If you do not allow raise dead to attach the parts, the caster would just use mending or make whole to repair the corpse before raising.

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Summoning an accuser devil to disrupt sleep seems less effective than nightmare as it only lasts 10 minutes per level can be hunted down or snuck away from, and is only 1 spell level lower nightmare. Also you can just sleep after the accuser goes away or sleep in a different plane (rope trick) than the devil.

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You forget that when you are swinging 160 pounds around willy-nilly you are being swung around by the bag weighing half or more of your weight willy-nilly too.

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It looks to me like casting nondection on your castle would stop scrying targeting the castle, but unless your castle is lead lined it does not stop scrying on the individuals in the castle.

Lead lined war rooms are something that should be fairly common to castles in the setting. I have encountered them in game play and seen players making castles install them.

Also note that unless you have a 20th level friend cast nondetection on you or are 15th level and cast it on yourself, a crystal ball can brute force it's way through your nondetection to see you. You would likely get an idea this is happening as you would have to make a will save every few rounds until you got a 1.

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These carry on threads are getting ridiculous. Next we will see a thread about how you need to make an acrobatics check when you make a reflex save in grease as reflex saves require you to dodge which is clearly movement. After that will be a thread on how you need to make an acrobatics check in grease if you breath or have a heartbeat (movement).

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Cannibals in the NPC Codex are neutral.

I had a friend who played a leather worker in PFS that made goblin skin backpacks. At Paizocon four employees wrote and signed on his cert that skinning dead humanoids is not an evil act.

This doesn't mean that wearing Elvin boots was always socially acceptable.

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There was a Paizo blog that added several weapons to the close group. Also pick up some wooden stakes for your brawler as they are close weapons that can be thrown.

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The items are slime.

Green slime is almost harder on a GM than players. Players have been automatically scraping green slime off in the first round for decades. Quite often the decision is at least a little from metagame knowlege.

As a GM you are supposed to have a creature react to what the creature knows, so when the PCs start bottling up the slime as grenade weapons or using touch of slime there is a very good chance that the NPC hit will not have the knowlege dungeneering needed to know how to get rid of green slime. When an opponent, that has not identified green slime, is hit with it in combat and suffers very little con damage on the first round, it likely would ignore the slime and possibly become unable to deal with it later.

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Be careful of the assumption you don't threaten in total defense. There was a long thread giving arguments for both threatening and not here.

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The setup doesn't work without the order to attack.

Is it unreasonabe for an opponent that has heard of the PCs to have hide from undead going if he chooses to encounter them. It seems like a good idea to target a cleric with aqueous orb as they have poor reflex saves and it stops the cleric from using verbal spells. So this situation could result as an accident of the NPCs preparations.

In gun control courses they train you to be aware of what is behind your target because while it isn't your intent to miss your target it is your choice to shoot and put bystanders behind your target at risk.

I do not know the characters or players, but a situation like this could make a memorable moment in the game. It is up to the players if they want it to affect their character and it is up to the GM to decide if any NPCs care.

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When not at a dungeon we kept my burning bloody skeleton in the bottom of a barbeque. The punk rock skald had one of his followers (groupies) constantly cooking sausages on it.

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It is also good to remember that most towns/cities do not look kindly on undead walking around.

I could see an interesting encounter with an opponent under the affect of the "hide from undead" spell who has innocent people behind him. After the necromancer commands the undead to attack, the undead charge past the opponent, that they can't sense, to start slaying the innocent people. The opponent then hinders the necromancer's ability to deliver his verbal commands, so he can't order the undead to stop.

I think this setup is interesting because the blame for any innocent death should rest on the necromancer's shoulders. Also the party may split their focus between the opponent and their own skeletons.

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Remember that "as if x size categories larger" do not stack.

Makes it hard for a PC monk to hit with gargantuan dice.

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You can have your animal defend you. Then it should follow you around and attack without orders.

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A paladin's or ranger's caster level is level-3.

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It would be hard to argue that a warpriest is not a priest, so they would at least get charm animal.

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I believe there was an awakened stallion in an AP who's goal was to get one of his kids awakened, so the herd would have good leadership in the future.

I do not think there were any other awakened horses in the herd, so no guidance there for awakened being inherited.

Kaladin - You think Narnia, I think Princess Mononoke. Stay out of the awakened animal woods.

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If he doesn't like any of those answers, look at monk of the empty hand and throw arrows. You do not get the stealth or shot on the run, but you can flurry ranged improvised weapons, still can increase range/damage, and can flurry in melee.

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Expeditious Excavation may be what you are looking for. It is amazing how much dirt you can move for a 750 gp wand.

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As a ninja get yourself and your mount stealth synergy and use the more restrictive of both of you having to roll. Now you are harder to see.

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If you scout out the encounter you may be able to use slight of hands and replace a visible potion on them with your mutagen.

I have had a monster demand food to let us pass, that time it was a bluff and fortitude. Who would have thought Otyughs could become nauseated.

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It is an old 3.5 rule that was removed. So now the horse should provide cover without being seen or hit.

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People like pointing out the wording in Bull Rush to show that movement generally provokes. I think Bull Rush is worded like it is to show a change from D&D 3.5 was intentional and not an unintended change from editing.

Here is the 3.5 Bull Rush text.

"First, you move into the defender’s space. Doing this provokes an attack of opportunity from each opponent that threatens you, including the defender. (If you have the Improved Bull Rush feat, you don’t provoke an attack of opportunity from the defender.) Any attack of opportunity made by anyone other than the defender against you during a bull rush has a 25% chance of accidentally targeting the defender instead, and any attack of opportunity by anyone other than you against the defender likewise has a 25% chance of accidentally targeting you. (When someone makes an attack of opportunity, make the attack roll and then roll to see whether the attack went astray.)"

For people switching from 3.5 to Pathfinder it seemed like there was an effort to remove cases where forced movement provoked.

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If you go by that interpretation, Raven Black, then people would provoke an AoO whether they save or not, as falling into the pit would still be moving out of a threatened square.

I believe forced movement does not provoke AoOs unless the forced movement says otherwise.

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If you go with the Decoy Ring it has a great secondary effect. It's last line is "Allies of the wearer always know her true location and can freely provide aid or assistance to her." This lets your party avoid hitting you with AOEs when you are invisible or being stealthy.

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If you are not set on Glitterdust you could use the rogue trick Fast Getaway with a Decoy Ring. This doesn't let you full attack, but does have several advantages. 1. You are often invisible from the middle of you turn until you attack at the start of your next turn. 2. You generate a ton of distracting targets. 3. There is no limit to the number of times you can do this in a day.

Summons can make great flanking buddies. When you are vanished you could UMD a summon out of a Wand. It would appear right before your actions so even a first level monster wouldn't die before your attacks. Problem is if your target moves further than a 5' step will take you.

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Claxon wrote:

Yeah, there are no +1 enhancements to a stat because they would be too cheap and provide greater value to those who leave stats at odd values during character creation.

I wouldn't let you do it.

On the other hand if they used one of the rolling methods for character generation you would be rewarding them for rolling better and having a higher stat. Don't odd rolled stats deserve some love.

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When I read about the oblivion shaft I thought it would be amazing if the next scenario of the series starts with Venture-Captain Benarry suggesting the Pathfinders drink from the Chalice of Undeath that appeared in You Only Die Twice. It would be a cool connection to past scenarios and show that the Pathfinders use the artifacts they find when it is appropriate.

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I enjoy seeing boons with mechanical benefits and consequences like several of the evil boons.

I have one character that has taken evil boons out of fourteen characters. He is a cleric of Besmara that always had death knell memorized to press gang souls for Besmara. He ended up with two season 4 boons.

Season 4 Boons:
I did not know what the mechanical effects would be before I acquired either boon and did not have to pay the cost at the end of the season as he hit 33 exp before the hidden dept was called in.

Ioun stone: I know someone at my table accidentally acquired the boon, may have been me was a long time ago. I do remember convincing half the rest of the table to take one after I had one. Hey it is free for you crazy good people, and Besmara will help cleanse you of evil if you slip too far. Of course I was evil when I was convincing the others.

Sigil Wafers: My cleric was happy to eat a Sigil Wafer as that was like press ganging a portion of their soul. The cleric of Nethys was happy acquiring knowlege. Several people told us not to do it, but we pointed out the chance of getting the right wafer to the right person was minuscule. We knew about the affects of the wafer, but the GM had not shared the destruction knowledge. We also did not realize that the wafers were distinct.

The most memorable boons I have run across have been mixed blessing Boons.

I remember a mysterious stranger that stopped the party when they were on their way to face demons during the Living City campaign. The guy said he hated demons and would be happy to do a favor to the party by giving them a fine demon slaying weapon for some future favor in return. The weapon was both evil outsider and chaotic outsider bane (and it stacked) unfortunately it wasn't mentioned that it also acted as a -5 weapon that teleported to your hand if faced with a devil. There were also several situations when parties had to made decisions on who to help in future scenarios and the stranger would show up forcing your character to vote one way.

There was a Living Greyhawk scenario in Zeif that had tougher than normal encounters that were designed to capture the party. If the party was captured they became research subjects and got a cert that as time went by you gained resistances, lost states, and died two years after you got the cert. I was really looking forward to the other scenarios in the series to discover a way to get rid of the parasitic alien baby replacing some of my major organs. If you made it though the series with the bad boon you were given the choice removing/killing the celestial being your body was corrupting and living, saving the celestial and having your character removed from play(dead), or getting blended with it (chance you were removed from play or you got a boon that gave you some powers from the half celestial template.

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After reading the posts I have figured out how I will rule in my games.

1. I will let the invisible party determine if the enemy can move through their square. As Snowblind states they can determine that the enemy is an ally and since they are the ones in control of the square I think it is their decision.

2. If the enemy ends their move in a square occupied by the invisible party they bounce back to the last/closest legal space and know they bumped off of someone. This makes sense to me as I have bumped into people in open areas that are not paying attention and just move in the same direction as me when I try to avoid them.

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I have read several bodyguard threads. What I have seen is that while the text does not let people decisively determine how the feat works, most people (based on a poll performed by liking one of two posts) thought it was acceptable to only be next to the ally. I also saw posts from a person claiming to have written the feat that said, they were picturing the person only being adjacent to the person being defended and were aiding by pushing them out of the way of incoming attacks.

As the feat stands right now talk to your GM before investing in the feat to see if he interprets the feat in a way you find it worth spending a feat on. If you are in organized play, every once in a while the feat will do basically nothing.

I once had a PFS judge rule that I could only use Bodyguard if the opponent provoked an AOO as AOOs are not an action so you don't get to spend them without being given them.

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For the original poster,

If you are adjacent to your target and use James Jacobs interpretation of Bodyguard, and your GM has a problem with you having a ranged weapon in your hands when you perform Bodyguard,you can use an unarmed strike, gauntlet, armor spikes, dwarven boulder helm or one of several other weapons which do not take up your hands. You could probably even say you are using the ranged weapon as an improvised club.

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On the other hand the normal text of bodyguard doesn't mention that you normally only have to be in position to make a melee attack on an opponent that is engaging a friend in melee combat. So using the normal sections referenced to determine what the benefit section changes would mean you wouldn't have to be adjacent to your ally.

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I went with Sovereign Court. I try to recruit king cobras and emperor penguins for the cause.

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So why does Life Bubble not let you breath freely when it is right in the spell description as its own distinct sentence?

From Life Bubble

You surround the touched creatures with a constant and moveable 1-inch shell of tolerable living conditions. This shell enables the subjects to breathe freely, even underwater or in a vacuum, as well as making them immune to harmful gases and vapors, including inhaled diseases and poisons and spells like cloudkill and stinking cloud.In addition, the shell protects subjects from extremes of temperature (per endure elements) as well as extremes of pressure.

Life bubble does not provide protection from negative or positive energy (such as found on the Negative and Positive Energy planes), the ability to see in conditions of poor visibility (such as in smoke or fog), nor the ability to move or act normally in conditions that impede movement (such as underwater).

It seems like the original question about chokehold and cave-ins is covered in the second paragraph that says Life bubble does not provide protection from ... conditions that impede movement.

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We ran an event to encourage people to GM based on all the scenarios that mention solo pathfinders that are sent into the field.

We selected two scenarios (Immortal Conundrum and Golemworks Incident) and sent half our player home with one and the other half home with the other to prepare them. The next week players with separate scenarios were paired and ran the scenario for a character 3-4 levels higher than tier.

I the event was a success. People enjoyed seeing their experienced Pathfinders lording their skills over weaker opponents, several people that hadn't GMed before mentioned that they liked getting some experience at it in a low pressure environment, and as organizers we could spot some people that we really wanted to get to GM. In the 1 on 1 setting the scenarios ran 1.5 to 2.5 hours so both parties could run in one normal session. Players did not receive any rewards as this is a non-sanctioned format, but were excited at the end of the night and traded stories of how they handed the various encounters.

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If you wild shape with an intelligent item, it should control your tail. Those things have a mind of their own.

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It is well documented that chaotic evil souls are rendered into evil stuff and used to make demons that have no trace of the people they were made of. Seems to me that I am doing those poor souls a favor by press ganking their souls for Besmara.

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