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Does melee weapon special abilities, still work on a weapon when it is used as a range weapon? And vice versa?
Example weapons, daggers, throwing axes, etc.

Clarification; this is about weapon special abilities, not enchantment bonues. The term weapon enchantment is for +1 to +5 bonus on weapons.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Secane wrote:

Thank you for your answers. They have been is really helpful.

I discussed with the catfolk player and we agree to go with catfolks being more common, around level of gnomes. Unusual, but not unheard of.
It would make it easier for her to equip her character, without spending most of her gp on a hat of disguise.

Just 1 more quick question; How common are catfolks in Tian Xia? That was where we assumed they were from originally. (Mainly due to the large number of animal-humanoids races from that region.)

Catfolk are very uncommon in Tian-xia. The cat people there are likely more akin to much more humanoid with a few cat features (ears, tail and that's about it) if there are any at all, and they're more tied in to the spirit world a la kami or kitsune. In short, they'd be an entirely different race.

Thanks for this info! It really helped a lot!

So in terms of appearance, the Catfolk of Tian-xia would look a lot more like the cat girls/guys portrayed in anime or manga?

I had a chat with my player and once she realizes she can play a cat girl looking catfolk, she went straight for it. It really does fit her character concept better, especially now that she does not need to actively hid her appearance.

From a roleplay perspective, I find the ideal of human looking animal races really fits with the theme of animals that can change into humans found in many chinese legends and myths. Like the story of Madame White Snake.

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Does anyone have any further advice on this?

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I might just take away the rider effect. Mainly cos it makes coming up with the other elemental types difficult. (I would have to pick a proper rider effect for each elemental type.)

I'm still undecided on the extra range. Why is scorching ray such a short ranged spell? It just don't make sense...

Does anyone has any other ideals on how to improve/balance this spell?

Val'bryn2 wrote:
I don't really see any differences between this and Scorching Ray, and, just FYI, Lina's Flare Arrow was based off of the D&D Flame Arrow, which got split into Flame Arrow and Scorching Ray.

I just looked it up. Never knew it used to be a combined spell in the earlier editions of D&D.

Why was it ever split in the first place?

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What should I take out to drop this to a lv 3 spell? Cos, I know druids have flame strike as a lv 4 spell and I don't want this to crowd the same spell level.
1) Reduce the max arrows to 4 and capped at lv 15? (lv 3 spell)
2) Take out the punch through objects?
3) The catch-on-fire rider?

I decided to keep the affected by Spell Resistance, as no Spell Resistance spells are kinda unbalance at higher levels. (When you start facing demons, devils and other outsiders with SR.)

The neverwinter nights 2 version of the spell is also affected by Spell Resistance. The catch-on-fire rider is suppose represent the effects of conjugated fire.

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Sorry, quick update. Added a catch on fire, rider effect.

Trying to make the fire have more substance, since it's a Conjuration spell.

Well the main ideal is to give my non-evocation focus caster players an additional option to deal damage. Mainly the druid, cleric, etc.

It also serves to give the wizard, an alternative to scorching ray, which requires a range touch and the wizard isn't too good with that.
Hence a costlier, but auto hitting version of scorching ray.

Oops! It should be the same number as scorching ray. Edited.

Number of arrows gain is the same as scorching ray, with the max number of arrows upped to a max of 5 at lv 19

Each arrow's save has to be rolled separately, giving more chance for the catch on fire rider effect to stick.

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I'm thinking of making a custom spell as a reward for my players.
The inspiration is base off Lina Inverse's Flare Arrow, but mechanically is would be similar to Neverwinter Night's version of Flame Arrow.

It is basically scorching ray as a save or suck type spell.

Need some advise if it is balanced, in the right school and if the spell level is right.
If it works, I could apply it to other elemental types.

Custom spell wrote:

Flare Arrow

School Conjuration [fire]; Level sorcerer/wizard 3, druid 3 (May add other schools)

Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, M (Flint)

Range medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Target one or more target/s, no more than 10 feet away from each other
Duration instantaneous
Saving Throw Reflex half; Spell Resistance yes

The spell creates a flaming arrow in your square, plus one additional arrow for every four caster levels beyond 3rd (to a maximum of five arrows at 19th level), which hurl themselves toward one or more targets that are no more than 10 feet away from each other. Each arrow deals 4d6 points of fire damage and causes the target to catch on fire. The save for each arrow is rolled separately. On a successful save, the target avoids catching on fire and halves the damage.

The flaming arrows can sets fire to combustibles and damages objects it hits. It can melt metals with low melting points, such as lead, gold, copper, silver, and bronze. If the damage caused by an arrow to an interposing barrier shatters or breaks through it, the subsequent arrows may continue beyond the barrier to the target if the area permits; otherwise it stops at the barrier just as any other spell effect does.

The arrows may be fired at the same or different targets, but all arrows must be aimed at targets within 10 feet of each other and fired simultaneously.

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Thank you for your answers. They have been is really helpful.

I discussed with the catfolk player and we agree to go with catfolks being more common, around level of gnomes. Unusual, but not unheard of.
It would make it easier for her to equip her character, without spending most of her gp on a hat of disguise.

Just 1 more quick question; How common are catfolks in Tian Xia? That was where we assumed they were from originally. (Mainly due to the large number of animal-humanoids races from that region.)

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1) Where are the Catfolks on Golarion mainly from?
2) Or are Catfolks on Golarion a cosmopolitan race?
3) How would people around the inner sea react to seeing a catfolk for the first time? (specifically around the Lastwall and the Hold of Belkzen region.)

Asking as a GM, as I have a player playing a catfolk in an upcoming game set near Lastwall and the Hold of Belkzen. I'm seeking advice on how to roleplay the npcs reactions to unusual races like the catfolk.

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Nope, didn't like the evil boons.

They make you feel like you are being punished for playing good characters.

I had good PCs reject them for roleplay and felt being cheated for doing so.

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Added a feat as an example to my original post.

So for the purpose of the Two-Handed Thrower feat. Would a large-sized dagger or other light weapon with a range, counts as a one-handed weapon? or just a light weapon that is large in size?

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Are large-sized light weapons, counted as one-handed weapons?

Example, is a large-sized dagger counted as a one-handed weapon for the purpose of feats, etc?

Example feat wrote:

Two-Handed Thrower (Combat)
Source - Ultimate Combat
You hurl weapons with both hands and with great force, sometimes using a whirling technique to send your weapon flying through the air at tremendous speeds.

Prerequisites: Str 15.

Benefit: Whenever you use two hands to throw a one-handed or two-handed weapon, you gain a bonus on damage rolls equal to 1-1/2 times your Strength bonus. Using two hands to throw any weapon requires only a standard action for you. If you also have the Quick Draw feat, you can throw two-handed weapons at your full normal rate of attacks.

Normal: You add your Strength bonus on thrown weapon damage, regardless of available hands. Throwing a two-handed weapon is a full-round action.

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Create Mr. Pitt wrote:
They are fine. Some of the higher level conjuration damage spells tend to have have spell resistance, for instance acidic spray, but ultimately conjuration has so much going on that deal damage is usually going to be inefficient. I think these spells are fine.

But won't it make evocation spells kinda pointless at higher levels?

Asking this specifically as I have an evocation school wizard in my game and I realize that he might end up pulling all these feats into beating SR and have conjuration damage spells just trivialize his efforts.

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I'm contemplating allowing damage dealing Conjuration spells into my home game. But I'm unsure if the are balanced/suited for pathfinder.

Conjuration spells that deal damage's main selling point is that spell resistance don't work on them. Allowing them to harm normally spell immune targets like Golems.

Their drawback is that they are usually 1 spell level higher, are single target only, require a ranged touch attack to hit or have slower/lower damage progression.


Arc of Lightning
Spell level : Druid: 4, Sorcerer/Wizard: 5
School : Conjuration
Descriptor(s) : Electricity
Components : Verbal and Somatic
Range : Short
Target/Area : Special
Duration : Instantaneous
Save : Reflex 1/2
Spell resistance : No
This bolt targets two creatures and deals 1d6 points of electricity damage per caster level (maximum 15d6) to both creatures and to anything in the line between them.

Or like the orb series:

Orb of Fire, Lesser
Spell Information
Spell level : Innate level: ?, Sorcerer/Wizard: 1
School : Conjuration
Descriptor(s) : Fire
Components : Verbal and Somatic
Range : Close
Target/Area : Single
Duration : Instantaneous
Save : None
Spell resistance : No
An orb of fire about 2 inches across shoots from your palm at its target dealing 1d8 points of fire damage. You must succeed on ranged touch attack to hit your target. For every two caster levels beyond 1st, your orb deals an additional 1d8 points of damage: 2d8 at 3rd level, 3d8 at 5th level, 4d8 at 7th level, and the maximum of 5d8 at 9th level or higher.

And its bigger brother:

Orb of Fire
Spell Information
Spell level : Innate level: 4, Sorcerer/Wizard: 4
School : Conjuration
Descriptor(s) : fire
Components : Verbal and Somatic
Range : close
Target/Area : single
Duration : Instantaneous
Save : Fortitude partial
Spell resistance : no
An orb of fire about 3 inches across shoots from your palm at its target dealing 1D6 points of fire damage per caster level (maximum 15D6). You must succeed on ranged touch attack to hit your target. A creature struck by the orb take damage and becomes dazed for 1 round. A successful fortitude save negates the dazed effect, but does not reduce damage.

And finally Snowball, the pathfinder edition conjuration damage spell:

Source People of the North pg. 26
School conjuration (creation) [cold, water]; Level arcanist 1, druid 1, hunter 1, magus 1, sorcerer/wizard 1, summoner 1, summoner (unchained) 1, witch 1
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Components V, S
Range: close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect: one ball of ice and snow
Duration: instantaneous
Saving Throw: Fortitude partial (see text); Spell Resistance: no
You conjure a ball of packed ice and snow that you can throw at a single target as a ranged touch attack. On a successful hit, the snowball deals 1d6 points of cold damage per caster level (maximum 5d6), and the target must make a successful Fortitude saving throw or be staggered for 1 round.

Damage dealing conjuration spells have been adapted to pathfinder in the paizo sources before like Snowball from People of the North, but there were complaints of snowball being OP and its other elemental counterparts have yet to be seen.

So would the above spells be considered balanced for a lv 7 party using Pathfinder rules?
Or does the lack of SR makes them too imba?

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Some questions on how does a character's memories and personality affects their alignment and soul;

1) What happens to a character's alignment if they lost all their memories?

2) Do they become a neutral alignment?

3) What if they develop a new personality that behaves different from before they lost their memories? (Example, good person --> Lost Memories ---> Became bad person?)

4) Do such characters in (3) develop separated souls for each personality? (Kinda like androids?)

5) What happens if a character who lost their memories and have developed a new personality, regains their lost memories?

6) How does Pharasma judge such characters?
Does she only count the personality at the point of their deaths? Or take into account their entire history, including the things they don't remember doing?

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Does anyone know?

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I'm just necroing this thread as the topic is similar to my question.

How does Gloves of Dueling works when it comes to the effects granted by Advanced Weapon Training?

*Advanced Weapon Training could be taken as early as lv 5 via the Advanced Weapon Training feat.

Weapon Master's Handbook wrote:

Advanced Weapon Training:

Highly skilled and experienced fighters can gain
advanced weapon training, learning techniques and
applications of the weapon training class feature that
give them special benefits in exchange for specializing in
a smaller number of fighter weapon groups. Beginning
at 9th level, instead of selecting an additional fighter
weapon group, a fighter can choose an advanced
weapon training option for one fighter weapon group
that he previously selected with the weapon training
class feature. The fighter’s weapon training bonus still
increases for weapons from all fighter weapon groups he
previously selected with weapon training. Some advance
weapon training options can be selected only if the
fighter meets the option’s prerequisites.

Advanced weapon training options function only when
the fighter is wielding a weapon from the associated
group, unless otherwise noted, and use his weapon
training bonus for the associated weapon group
. Any
bonuses on attack rolls and damage rolls granted by
advanced weapon training apply only on attack rolls and
damage rolls from weapons in the associated group. A
fighter with an archetype that replaces weapon training
cannot select advanced weapon training options.

Ultimate Equipment & APG wrote:

Gloves of Dueling

Source Ultimate Equipment pg. 236
Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot hands; Price 15,000 gp; Weight —
These supple gloves grant the wearer a +4 bonus to her CMD against disarm attacks, attempts to sunder her wielded weapons, and effects that cause her to lose her grip on her weapons (such as grease). The wearer doesn’t drop held weapons when panicked or stunned. If the wearer has the weapon training class feature and is using an appropriate weapon, her weapon training bonus increases by +2.

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I understand that many of the nations in Golarion are influenced by real life countries in their design.

Is Hermea loosely based on real-life Singapore?
Both are a small island nation
Both have their current governments started by a founding leader. (Mengkare/Mr Lee Kuan Yew)
Hermea's flag depicts a gold dragon in an elongated, almost asian dragon design, and singapore's largest ethnic group happens to be Chinese.
Both have or had eugenics policies.
Both are seeking immigrants with talents.

Life in Hermea is also described as peaceful, comfortable, and progressive, the envy of the world, which kinda mirror's Singapore reputation for being safe and with a very high quality of life measurement.

Additionally, is Hermea's Glorious Endeavor a caricature of Singapore's eugenics policies of the past?
Like the Graduate Mothers Scheme? Where "the government also encouraged Singapore men to choose highly educated women as wives, establishing the Social Development Unit (SDU) that year to promote socialising among men and women graduates"

For Hermea, "the government oversees the (often lengthy) courtship process, in order to better manage the breeding program."

There are of course a large number of differences between the two, just wondering of the coincidences.

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I would rule it is either or.

"damage dealt or damage healed"

Just like you have to choose to target living OR undead when you channel energy, you would have to pick 1 or the other to add the bonus to when you level.

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I think that as a GM you have the right to decide on fringe cases like this one.

As for "Does one need to target the center of an area of effect in order to dispel it?"

I will say no, you don't have to target the center.
Otherwise, based on that logic, dispel shouldn't work on spell that emanate from a target either, unless you can literally have a line of effect to the "center" of the target.

As for the 2nd question... base on the Unhallow Spell discription, the "stored spell" would only "effect applies to all creatures, creatures that share your faith or alignment, or creatures that adhere to another faith or alignment"

Since the dispell magic spell is not a creature, it cannot be the target of an Unhallow Spell's stored spell.

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SOME weapons are kinda like armor... they would also be a no go for druids... like the Dwarven Boulder helmet!

Helmet, dwarven boulder
Source Advanced Race Guide
Damage 1d3 (small), 1d4 (medium); Critical x2; Range —; Type B; Special
This heavy, reinforced helmet can be used to make melee attacks. The wearer may also use the helmet when attempting bull rush maneuvers, granting a +2 circumstance bonus on the check, but after completing the maneuver (whether successful or not), the wearer is staggered until the end of his next turn. In addition, the helmet grants a +2 circumstance bonus to the wearer's AC against critical hit confirmation rolls. A dwarven boulder helmet adds 20% to the wearer's arcane spell failure chance. It occupies the head slot and is made of metal, not stone, meaning that it can be crafted from unusual materials as a metal weapon. A dwarven boulder helmet can be enchanted as a weapon (not as armor, despite providing some protection).

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Some more info on the NPC alchemist?

What level are they? And how many?

Bombs don't deal too much damage. So unless there is an overwhelming number of alchemist npcs... it should not be too hard.

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GM: Hi everyone! Thanks for coming together for this small "horror" campaign of ours.

Now I know you have many questions, so let's get started!

First things first, YES! The Book of Erotic Fantasy is legal and we will be using everything from it.

Now, on to roleplay questions...

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Mix in alchemist for some explosions?

There are some alchemical discoveries for bombs that appear like your throwing missiles around?

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Alchemical Weapon (Su): At 2nd level, a grenadier can infuse a weapon or piece of ammunition with a single harmful alchemical liquid or powder, such as alchemist’s fire or sneezing powder, as a move action. This action consumes the alchemical item, but transfers its effect to the weapon in question. The alchemical item takes full effect on the next creature struck by the weapon, but does not splash, spread, or otherwise affect additional targets. Any extra damage added is treated like bonus dice of damage, and is not doubled on a critical hit. The alchemical treatment causes no harm to the weapon treated, and wears off 1 minute after application if no blow is struck. At 6th level, a grenadier can use her alchemical weapon ability as a swift action. At 15th level, this ability becomes a free action. This ability replaces poison resistance.

When you hit level 6, you could move to draw and swift to infuse.

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ALL archers (fighters, rangers, slayers, zen archers, etc) are POWERFUL damage dealers.

It really is more about what you want out of your archer.

Fighters - More consistent damage output, just pure damage
1) More consistent to hits (due to weapon training)
2) Higher static damage (due to weapon training)
3) Tons of feats
4) Overall more armor (thanks to armor training)
5) Not afraid to wear heavier armor
6) You are always at max possible strength, aka no need to spend time on buffing etc. You are always ready to start shooting
7) less overall skills
8) Able to handle most foes with the right feats

Ranger - More than just damage
1) Earlier access to some feats via combat styles (Improved Precise Shot,etc)
2) Good against specific enemy types
3) Spells! + buffing
4) Tons of skills
5) Tons of out of combat and in combat class features (tracking, etc)
6) More self-dependent (able to spell heal of of combat, etc)
7) May need to spend time buffing for more damage (gravity bow, etc)
8) Spells are unfortunately limited in supply.

Slayer - Ranger with no spells, but more damage output
1) Earlier access to some feats via combat styles (Improved Precise Shot, etc)
2) Able to study aka add damage to any enemy
3) Sneak attack = more damage
4) Tons of skills
5) Slayer Talents!
6) Plenty of out of combat and combat class features
7) No spells when compared to the ranger
8) Able to handle most foes. Just like a fighter

Zen Archer (Monk) - A LOT of arrows in the air!
1) More arrows when full-round (flurry) attacking
2) Lots of archery feats given for free!
3) Nice monk class features
4) Nice amount of skills
5) Less static damage per shot, but lots of arrows
6) Abundant Step(!)
7) Able to pull off shots other classes can't
8) Good saves
9) Ki is a powerful, but also limited resource

As you can see archery comes in every flavor. There are very few cons, it REALLY is just what YOU want!

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Thanks, I will look into that. The new weapon master handbook added a ton of new things.... So I really got to have a good look now

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Nargemn wrote:
This is just preference... But I really enjoy pairing Ulfen Guard with the Viking archetype for fighters. At 8th level (5 viking/3 Ulfen Guard) by choosing the Formal Training dedication you count as an 8th level fighter for feat qualifications, and your rage stacks with Viking's. Not only all of that but the flavor fits really well too.

I did seriously consider going with a pure viking. But I realised that viking takes away weapon training, which is required for the Ricochet Toss feat. Which us the linchpin of an axe thrower build.

Without Ricochet Toss, I would have to invest in half a dozen axes atleast

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My focus is on making the ulfen guard pc work.

I know there are many other ways to build this character without ulfen guard, but my character is member of the sovereign court. Hence ulfen guard.

Btw, won't full plate with high Str work as well as a dex build?

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Secret Wizard wrote:
Are you set on having the PrC? 'Cause you could make this work well with pure Fighter or Barb.

Well... I'm looking at Ulfen Guard for both flavor and character reasons. Also gives making this character an effective one a certain kinda of challenge.

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I'm thinking of making an Axe-thrower Ulfen Guard character for PFS.

The Ulfen Guard PC seems like a mix of Fighter and Barbarian...
So how could I make this character ideal work? How much of each class or even other classes like bloodrager, slayer, etc should I have?

Should I also focus on STR and get a Belt of Mighty Hurling (Lesser) for throwing axes?

The basic ideal is kinda like a Thor like character that uses axes. Start early level as melee axe build and move on to focusing on throwing one weapon via Ricochet Toss feat.

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Is your game a homebrew?

Cos if it is you can always ask your gm for options like a permanent gravity bow effect on a bow, etc.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Secane wrote:

2) CAN Hellknights that are Lawful-Good go to hell in their afterlife, if they really want to? (Assuming they really believe the in the clause.)

2) If they "WANT" to, then they're not lawful good.

1) What if someone who is truly LG or at the very least truly, totally Good, wants to go to hell for the sake of another? An example reason being the person they love most and who does love them in return is going to/in hell and they want to join them.

2) How does hell or the good planes for that matter handle such cases?


3) I read in one of the Pathfinder Tales of angels called the Redeemed(?), who are former devils turn angels. Aka they are the opposite of fallen angels.
Are such beings individually unique? Each having their own looks, stats, abilities?
And therefore don't conform to any of the known celestial angel/races types?

4) Which core deities are the most likely to have or gain an addiction to korean love dramas?

5) Which iconic characters are the most likely to have or gain an addiction to korean love dramas?

6) What inner sea nation has the most "soft power"? As defined as the ability to shape the preferences of others through appeal and attraction.

7) What would you do if you found out that a product that you made was culturally insensitive?

8) Are the humans of Golarion originally from another planet/world/plane? Or or are the humans of Golarion and other planets in the solar system the result of parallel evolution on their own planets?

9) With so many other non-human races to be racist against, how racist are the human races of Golarion to each other?

10) How do anti-paladins of Calistria handle the fact that that their goddess's home is on a goodly plane?

11) Do Flumphs have their own deities?

12) Are there fairy godmothers in the Golarion multiverse?
12a) Do they exist/operate on Golarion?

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Will there be a easy to find link to the Campaign Clarifications Document? Like the additional resources link or have it appear in the downloads section?

Blog posts can become hard to find or backtrace after some time.

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If a PC wants to make someone (NPCs, etc) else feel "uncomfortable" or disgusted, which social skill or skill/s should be used?

An example, a PC causes a distraction by wolf-whistling, catcalling or giving "hungry eyes" at some NPCs.

Which social skill or skill/s should be used in this situation? Assuming that the PC is NOT ACTING and actually having the hots for the NPCs.

Some thoughts on this...
● I was thinking a performance skill like acting, but then I realise that the target of the PC's catcalling might actually feel even MORE "uncomfortable" or disgusted if the PC is actually being genuine in their actions.
● Bluff kinda usually works, but the PC is not bluffing here.
● Diplomacy seems counter to what is going on...
● and Intimidate, might work?
● But what if the target ENJOYS that catcalling?
● It rotates back to Diplomacy?
● And what if the Intimidate fails and cause the target to get angry?
● Then it becomes a "success" cos you failed a skill check, but succeeded in your intention of making a target "uncomfortable"? (+ Angry)
● AND then there is dirty tricks, but those are melee only and you don't need to be in melee to give "hungry eyes" to a target from across the room?

I'm confuse....

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Ravingdork wrote:
I've not read any Dragonlance books, so I have no idea what Raistlin was capable of. I'm not entirely certain he's read them either.

Well... he pretty much just wiped out all the gods of the world single handedly. You know, the simple everyday stuff that solo, OP, physically sick spellcasters do. :P

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So older era Dragonlance? Before they learned how to use wild magic?

If that is the case... remind the GM that wizard magic would therefore be High Sorcery?

Among the wizards, it is only Raistlin Majere who has a health issue which affected his magic. Which is mainly cos he is effectively walking around with a curse on him for being too overpowered.

Most High Sorcery spellcasters have no such issues. Especially more so for the Wizards of High Sorcery. The strength of their powers are more closely tied to the moons that give them their power.

So what the GM should be doing is:
1) Checking what is the alignment of the party's casters and

2) Assign the proper color robe (white, red or black) to them based on the caster's alignment.

3) THEN the GM has to come up with a way to track the Moons' (Solinari, Lunitari and Nuitari) rise and wane.

4) And finally come up with the appropriate buffs and debuffs on the appropriate spell schools and robe colors, depending on which moons are on the rise and which ones are on the wane.

IF the GM wants to give fatigue for spellcasting, then the GM better make sure that each spellcaster is a Raistlin Majere in the making.
Remind him what ONE Raistlin Majere can do and did.

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This post should be in the rule questions section.

That said, you are correct.

Wands are Spell Trigger items that he can use as long as the spell is on his spell list.

Scrolls are Spell Completion items and he would need to use UMD to activate them.

"An alchemist can utilize spell-trigger items if the spell appears on his formuale list, but not spell-completion items (unless he uses Use Magic Device to do so)."

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CRB, pg550 wrote:
Creating magic armor has a special prerequisite: The creator’s caster level must be at least three times the enhancement bonus of the armor.

So.... the Make whole (normal version) spell, would not be able to repair a +4 armor/weapon?

Since the required, double the Caster level, is a CL 24? Which is not attainable for most lv 1 to 20 PCs?

The Make Whole, Greater from the Technology Guide would had to be used instead?

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Summon spells usually just takes up more time in a game.

That said, there are some newer feats that really make calculating the actual stats of summon monsters a real chore.

I'm looking at you Versatile Summon Monster/Summon Nature’s Ally!

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So most magical items, and magical weapon and armor qualities have a caster level listed.
This is important for saves and repairing or making whole destroyed magical items.

Make whole wrote:
Make whole can fix destroyed magic items (at 0 hit points or less), and restores the magic properties of the item if your caster level is at least twice that of the item.

But what is the caster level for magical weapons and armor that are just a flat +1 to +5?

Examples, +2 longsword or +5 full plate?

Is it just a caster level 5, no matter the number of the "+X"? As per the requirement for the Craft Magic Arms and Armor feat?

Or is there another way to calculate the caster level these items?

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Just some questions that popped up while discussing character creation (for Golarion)

1) Do Hellknights that are Lawful-Good go to hell in their afterlife?

2) CAN Hellknights that are Lawful-Good go to hell in their afterlife, if they really want to? (Assuming they really believe the in the clause.)

3) Can souls change alignment? and...

3a) If so, do they get "resorted" to their proper alignment afterlife plane?

4) (Asking for a friend) Are there really Goblin Paladins in Golarion? Like the in Paizo artwork?

4a) If so, which deities are these goblin paladins likely to worship?

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Just an update.

The party ultimately convinced the paladin to step in as ruler "for now".

I prepared for every outcome, but they decided that 6k is not something they want to drop on a familiar.

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Btw, I saw from an earlier post that today is your birthday. So Happy Birthday!

And thanks for answering all of our questions!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Secane wrote:
5) Is there anything the Dominion of the Black actually fears? Magical Ponies? Magical Caring Bears? Their Mother-in-Laws? Competing organizations that mass produce whatever the Dominion of the Black is selling, in a china factory like way? (The last is a stereotype)
5) Yes. They fear other things in the Dark Tapestry, such as the Lovecraft elements. They also fear some powerful enemies on various worlds who have risen up against them. They fear Desna.

Wait... a min...

1) Why would the Dominion of the Black fear Desna?

2) Is Desna an early "Iron God"?

Iron Gods:
Aka a Machine AI turned into a god over many years and with worship? (Like one of the possible endings of the Iron Gods AP?)

3) If so, does this explains why Desna is usually present in the material world and not the outer planes? Cos she started as a material being? Maybe as a giant spaceship's AI?

4) In Chronicle of the Righteous, Black Butterfly's entry states that "Legend tells that at the dawn of creation, Desna placed the stars in the sky."

Does this meant to mean that Desna mapped out the universe (as a spaceship), actually created the stars (more like a world maker) or in a mythical sense(aka it's just a saying)?

5) Is something like a yah-thelgaad or Chyzaedu Paladin even possible?

6) How does Flumphs protect worlds or fight against the Dominion of the Black or similar Lovecraft elements?

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Well there are alignment issues if you don't include a line like "and creatures of an elemental subtype that matches a domain granted by the deity (if any)"

An off my head example are the CE Demon Lords, Flauros and Kostchtchie, which have the Fire domain and Ice subdomain respectively.
If the wording is just "must have an alignment within 1 step of the deity's alignment", then Herald Callers of these 2 deities would not be able to summon Fire and Ice elementals at all. Which would defeat their purpose as Herald Callers.

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Dasrak wrote:

Why is everyone getting held up on proficiencies? A masterwork light shield has no non-proficiency penalty, and if you take the armor expert trait neither does mithral breastplate. This is a very minor tradeoff that's basically not worth talking about. How this even merits more than a brief mention compared to losing a domain is beyond me. That's huge, easily worth more than the effective three bonus feats you're getting. However, that pales in comparison to the archetype's biggest downside, which perplexingly no one has talked about: it sharply reduces your options for summoning.

With Herald Caller you can only summon monsters appropriate for your deity. This is limited to the specific list of expanded monsters on page 30 of the Summoner's Handbook, and monsters that match at least one of the alignment or elemental subtypes of your deity. Has anyone even bothered to look at how restrictive that is!? We're talking maybe 1-2 monster options per spell level, if you pick a good deity choice with a favorable alignment and elemental subtype. Pick poorly and you'll have a smattering of dead levels with literally no legal options for summoning. If your GM offers an expanded list with lots of monsters with alignment subtypes that could really flesh out this archetype, but without an expanded list there are so few options here that the archetype is utterly irredeemable.

So I'd have to disagree with everyone posting above, this archetype is a trap that guts your list of legal choices for summon monsters. Bite the bullet and take the feats instead, and use either preferred spell or greater spell specialization if you really want spontaneous conversion.

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Divine Heralds (Su): A herald caller can use summon monster spells only to summon creatures particularly appropriate to her deity. This includes all creatures listed as summon monster options for priests of her deity (see Expanded Summoning for Priests on page 30), creatures whose alignment matches at least one aspect of her deity’s alignment, and creatures of an elemental subtype that matches a domain granted by the deity (if any). When summoning a creature that is normally summoned with the celestial or fiendish template, a herald caller of a chaotic deity can instead summon it with the entropic template, and a herald caller of a lawful deity can instead summon it with the resolute template (see pages 292–293 of Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 2 for more information on these simple templates).

Because of these summoned monsters’ strong ties to the herald caller’s deity, the herald caller also gains specific benefits with creatures she summons with summon monster spells gained from her cleric spell list. The herald caller and her summoned monsters can understand each other’s spoken words as if they shared a common language (though this doesn’t give summoned monsters the ability to speak if they normally lack it). Whenever the herald caller uses channel energy to heal, she can include all of her summoned monsters, even if they are out of her normal channel energy radius or of a creature type that would not normally be affected. If she channels energy to deal damage, she can exclude any of her summoned monsters that would normally be affected.

This is not anywhere near as restrictive as you described.

The Herald Caller's Divine Heralds (Su), does not restrict you to alignment subtypes like the Sacred Summons feat. This means ALL ANIMALS that follow your alignment can be summoned.

In addition, if you pick any deity with Neutral as part of their alignment like Neutral Good, you can readily summon neutral monsters like Elementals. Cos as stated above, as long as a summoned monster's alignment t matches at least one aspect of your deity’s alignment, you can summon it.

For most clerics on the good to evil or law to chaos scale, you already can't cast alignment opposite spells anyway, so there really isn't that much to lose.

The only cleric summoner that loses out a little are pure neutral cleric, which might find themselves unable to summon monsters from the 4 corners of the alignment grid, LG, CG, LE and CE.

Overall, you lose very little summon choices. After all clerics are already alignment tied when it come to alignment type spells.

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Dekalinder wrote:
Is there any reason why the lyrakaen has to lie/disguise to rule? I mean, why would anyone have a problem with a servant of Desna being in charge?

This is what the party said they were planning to do.

As far as GMing is concern, there may be political and unfortunately racial reasons for a Lyrakien azata to take over.

1) She isn't on the current or past government. She is effectively a stranger to everyone. (Which the party may or may not want to disguise her further into someone specific; like the past ruler.)

2) Lyrakien azatas are tiny... which makes it like... Think the story Peter Pan... would the lost boys follow Tinkerbell instead of Peter Pan?

3) The charter for founding a new country is given to them by a human nation (which is also their main trading partner)

4) Their nation has a human majority and most of those are simple country folk from the river kingdoms.

Yes, it IS kinda racist, but I got to keep it real. Their kingdom is not founded in Heaven.

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Be careful with over thinking into how player actions interact with the game system.

Otherwise you may end up with crazy ruling, like having to to make a player or yourself roll saving throws for every single item that is caught in a fireball/fire. God help you if they say they drop a bag of glass marbles on the floor and into the fire.

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