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The only way I could see the Dorian / Angelique subplot being remotely relevant would be if Angelique is the other person in the 'indiscrete' pictures that Madame Kali is using to blackmail quirky museum language-guy. (Oh, how I suck at remembering names...)
It seems kind of a holding pattern for the Dorian character, who is otherwise not at all relevant this season (and really only existed last season to give us some insights into Miss Ives and Ethan).
IMO, the SciFi version was better (and that's the only time in the history of EVER that anyone is going to say *that*), but I have a soft spot for a lot of the classic scenes, like Pol's Gom'Jabbar (sp?) or Sting as Feyd (again, sp?). So many classic actors, and really strong performances, that, IMO, outmatched the sci-fi actors performances, even if the SciFi mini was better in just about every other way.
So many scenes from the Lynch version stick in my head, like 'My name is a killing word.' or 'Cut my son's bonds...' or 'He can face you with my blade in his hand.'
Evan Tarlton wrote:
Norgorber with his four aspects is great for this, because he's well-suited to rogues (Gray Master), alchemists (Blackfingers), bards (Reaper of Reputation) or barbarians (Father Skinsaw), as well as various other options like investigators or inquisitors.
The others feel more tightly focused, although it's always fun to break out of the clichés and do stuff like 'Ergoran Helltamer Druid of Asmodeus' or whatever.
This seems a terrible concept, but I guess it was only a matter of time. Role-playing in general seems to be so jaded and amoral these days, it was clear Paizo was going to cater for this eventually.
Kind of the opposite, really. During recent decades we had games in which people played vampires and ghosts and even demons (and not all of them from White Wolf, because there were non-WW games like Nephilim and In Nomine and Kult). And that's all history now (at least somewhat because White Wolf drove itself off a cliff). About the closest you can find on the shelves these days are tieflings being a core race in D&D.
Indeed, it's from Paizo that we finally got to see *good* equivalents to the demon lords, archdevils, etc. of the past, with the Empyreal Lords, and even got an entire book, Chronicles of the Righteous, dealing with them (and books like Champions of Virtue).
There've been, what, *fifteen* Adventure Paths (and dozens of stand alone adventures) in which a good party is the default assumption?
I hardly think a single Adventure Path in which an evil party is the default assumption is a portent of some sort of apocalypse-presaging decaying of moral standards with dogs and cats sleeping together that we need to wring our hands over and express terrible concern over, just as people have been predicting breathlessly since ancient Rome, when those ungrateful teenagers lounged around all day and didn't respect their elders like they did in the magical glory days that never existed except in the speakers imagination...
And it's hardly a shock that Paizo released the Champions of Purity and Faiths of Purity books a year before the Champions of Corruption and Faiths of Corruption books, indicating that they considered them more relevant to their audience, who are more likely to play good characters than evil ones. There's even some commentary in the Champions of Purity thread that it doesn't guarantee that there would even be a Champions of Corruption companion following up...
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
No, wait, see, my submission is genius. The problem is you didn't understand my submission.
Clearly my rejected submission was too beautiful for this world, so sublime that it can only be understood by advanced celestial beings!
There is the whole 'words I used were not words I meant' thing, 'though, where you find out after the fact that what was perfectly clear in your head turned into indecipherable gibberish in the translation to the written word...
And, like a joke, once you have to explain it, the magic is gone.
I have offered in the past to reply to those who did not make it in, and provide feedback as to why, if I am asked to by the author. The problem becomes that many who get that feedback.....well, they don't take it very well.
Bah, wimps! I've gotten rejected twelve times for a single issue!
And by Dragon magazine. And Super-Genius Games. I'm at least level 3 in Reject. It's all good. I write stuff to quiet the voices in my head so that I can sleep. :)
John Kretzer wrote:
Seven! Seven favorites! Ooh Ah Ah!
I think I'll have to submit some sort of Efreeti 'Sun Vizier' Archetype, just to make the mocking eternal.
Oh wait, submission guidelines forbid that. Silly guidelines! Cosmo!
you are essentially forced to ask another player to make her character in the style that YOU imagine, not the style that SHE imagined.
IMO, it's not just the one-time cost of a feat, but the every-single-combat 'cost' of having my actions influenced by the movement / action type required to activate that feat, not just for myself, but for the other person (or people) who also took it.
If I have an action that I very much want to perform, such as to dimension door / abundant step / shadow jump / whatever the heck out of this fight, because I'm at three hit points and feeling kind of vulnerable right now, like I need some me time and a good cry, I have to weigh that against how I'm basically going to screw the other people who took that feat and are counting on me sticking around so they can get their +X to Y or free AoO or extra Sneak Attack dice.
I'm totally the type who will hang around and take it for the team(work), and have a half dozen new characters raring to go for why Bob and his 3 hit points get shredded by one of the trolls three attacks, but I can see others, who get a little bit more invested in their characters and don't have a goal of playing seventy billion different characters, being less enamored of a feat choice that makes following the tactical choices set by everyone else (or, as often happens, by the first person to go, even if that persons choice was to charge, while Jane and Perry were still mid-buff-cycle) the optimal route in any given round. "Oh, but we have these coordinated charge teamwork feats, so we kind of have to charge *now* or we leave Leroy hanging!" "Can we let Leroy hang? Crap. I'm a Paladin. I probably can't, or at least shouldn't, let Leroy hang..."
This sounds like an excellent meat-grinder of a group, for dealing with singular large foes. Butterfly Sting with dual-wielded kukris (or some other high-threat option), paired with someone with a high-damage weapon, like a scythe or pick, can be brutal fun when the dice go your way.
Blackfingers and the Reaper of Reputations, respectively. ^_^
The Reaper of Reputations thinks killing people is for wimps. He likes to *destroy* them, instead, by poisoning their reputations with vile slander. End up on a list and unable to live within 300 ft. of a school because of a rumor that isn't even true? That's totally how the Reaper rolls.
Aroden seen getting his horse reshoed at a Quik-Smithy outside of Westcrown! Witness sketches on page 3! "He looked just like the God of Humanity statue in Corentyn! He even winked at me and put his finger to his lips!"
Aroden's profile also found on a grainery wall. "That moldy patch right there, doesn't that look just like his image on those commemorative coins they sold?"
Freehold DM wrote:
Ditto. Only it would be bad money.
Dirty. Evil. Sexy. Money.
Not every entity singing to itself in the void quailed and shuddered at the coming of the light when the stars first peeked through into the material plane.
While others wailed and fumed and rejected this new outrage, one at least gazed with wide wonder at the burning spectacle, curiosity overcoming the discomfort of this new sensation.
The oily darkness sloughed from her wings as she soared to embrace the twinkling fragile light of the stars, remained behind, clotted and coiling over countless immortal lifetimes, filled with resentment and unutterable longing, until it snared a newcomer to the outer dark, a naïve fledgling god named Dou-Bral, wrapping him in evil and fear and pain long since abandoned and forgotten by it's original source.
Dwarves in Golarion might be a tad more monolithic culturally than in some other settings, since there aren't a bunch of dwarven subgroups like 'hill dwarves' or 'gold dwarves' running around (excepting, of course, the Duergar), and dwarves generally have their own sub-pantheon of gods which are explicitly a family, with a husband-father, wife-mother and passle of children and uncles and whatnot.
'Traditional' marriages might be the rule, with the exception being that they are just that, traditional, a matter of binding different clans together and cementing alliances and producing heirs, but not necessarily anything at all to do with love (again, particularly among the duergar / followers of Droskar, who might regard a marriage as just another dreary chore / onerous duty they must perform half-heartedly, at best).
If this is the case (and this is just one view on how dwarven marital traditions might ape those of their racial gods, unlike elves, who have an assortment of elven and shared human gods, none of them seemingly related to one another, or sharing any marital ties), then it's entirely possible that behind-the-scenes sexual relationships outside of marriage could be tacitly accepted, with a nod and a wink, so long as nobody blabs and causes embarrassment to the spouse being 'cheated on,' by bringing up out loud what pretty much everybody knows it going on all over the place anyway.
It could even be *more* open than that, as in ancient times when a man could have one or more wives and three hundred or so official concubines, and so long as he didn't sire (or recognize...) any children by his concubines, the wife/wives basically put up with it, since their children wouldn't have to compete with any 'bastards' that showed up. This doesn't feel terribly 'Lawful Good' to me (less Torag, more Shelyn, and Calistria nods approvingly), and dwarves are pretty prideful folk, so I'm not sure it would be suitable for *most* Golarion dwarves. If the bisexual dwarf comes from a clan that has this sort of open relationship (marry to produce heirs, recognize only those heirs, sleep with whoever else you want, but don't be making babies with them!), then same sex relationships might even be encouraged, since they guarantee clean lines of succession and no bastards (since the spouses various same-sex partners won't be getting knocked up by them, barring some fantastical magical mishap...).
But that's probably 'too good to be true,' and it might be more likely, and more dramatic, if the dwarven PCs family expects her to settle down with a nice dwarven boy for the good of the family and start making the babies and furthering the bloodline and all that stuff, which could lead to siblings showing up occasionally to try and 'talk sense into her' or even hired representatives of dear old dad, ready to drag her home, as her 'walkabout' has gone on long enough, in his eyes, and it's time for her to woman up and do her 'duty' by her family. (Assuming dad isn't a complete ogre, he might have convinced himself that he's rescuing her from her non-dwarven adventuring companions, 'Who have clearly led her astray, and poisoned her mind with their Elf / Human / Halfling nonsense! Who wouldn't want to marry Sven, and seal our family to the RichDiamondMine Clan? I'd marry him myself if I could!')
That might be more palatable, if the disapproving family isn't completely draconian about it, just kind of confused, as they honestly haven't allowed themselves to accept (or even hear) that the PC doesn't *want* to come home and marry a boy-dwarf and have babies yet (if ever).
The nature of the 'evil dad trying to marry off his daughters' can be turned a bit around if it's the *mom* that's trying to arrange good marriages for her daughters, both for the good of the clan, or for political reasons (perhaps an alliance between the PC's clan and her betrothed's clan will help protect and expand the otherwise fragile peace? Perhaps it will create a ruthless unstoppable monopoly? Perhaps some from column A and some from column B, and revealing the seamier side of it to the rest of the family might turn them against it, since they were being sold a shiny future full of rainbows and puppies?), or just because that's what dwarf-moms do, scheme and plot to arrange the best matches for their girls, and at some point she'll whip out the shocking comment, 'Do you really think I wanted to marry your father? Selfish child! You belittle the sacrifice every woman in our family has had to make, going back to the dawn of time!'
It might be interesting if the homosexual angle of it was literally irrelevant to the family. They'd be just as upset if she went out adventuring and slept around with other boy-dwarfs, because the point is that she's supposed to stay home and marry WhatsHisName.
On the other hand, if your player actively wants to explore a situation where her actions are controversial, then handwaving it and having her family be all, 'Yeah, we've known since you were six and threw all your dollies away and started wearing armor and trying to grow a beard, sis.' could be kind of frustrating. A 'coming out' story where everyone is all 'meh, whatever' can be as disappointing in it's own way as one where there's shouting and doors being slammed. Once your sure what the player is looking for, then you can tailor the reaction from her family / culture / whatever to suit.
Golarion surely has plenty of room for any range of reactions, since even the dwarves aren't robots, and there are as likely to be some 'philes as some 'phobes.
Sembene is just the right kind of intriguing, and I think I prefer that he remain a bit mysterious, while we delve more deeply into Vanessa and Ethan's backstories.
Love the way 'Madame Kali' makes the devil's tongue sound. It really sounds like she is retching the words up, as if they are somehow painful / unpleasant / unhealthy somehow.
Eva Green remains the queen of crazyface. I sometimes worry the showrunners are going to that well a bit *too* much, as if they are headed the American Horror Story route of overusing Jessica Lange.
Ferdinand has grown on me. All the outrageous flirty comments to Ethan (An American! I am undone!) and jaded asides (The London Museum has the best collection of pornography in the world! Well, outside the Vatican...).
Still kind of put off by Victor Frankenstein's bug-eyed intensity. (Less so the intensity, more the bug eyes....) A perverse part of me wants next season to have something to do with evil fae, just to have his dismissive comments about witches, comparing them to fairies and sprites, bite him in his dismissive / man-of-science ass.
Malcolm seems less central this season, now that the 'must save Mina!' subplot is done. He's rapidly becoming 'the guy who owns the house Vanessa lives in, which she might inherit if something awful happens to him' which does not bode well for his long-term health, I fear.
Dorian continues to spin his wheels, existing mostly to provide a weekly dose of nudity / scandalous behavior. I'm not really feeling this character yet. There's 'languidly sensual' and 'in a ruhypnol coma' and I'm not feeling like he's doing a good job of doing the former bit. At least Caliban's subplot is tied to Victor and, through Brona/Lily, to Ethan, so it's not as wheel-spinny and (seemingly) irrelevant.
Brona/Lily has quite the insightful mind, and seems to be the one who has to point out to these adventurers in a land of absurd and monstrous supernatural things the absurd and monstrous mundanities they take for granted in their daily lives. I'm not sure I entirely love that, but it does make her more interesting.
"Crocodile" Mika Dundee wrote:
This vein of thought might inspire James Jacobs to consider a Sarusan AP sooner, rather than later! :)
I'd considered both of those, and they're valid points. Not sure those outweigh the fact that in many cases the sentence would be an inconvenience and not a life-changer.
Oh yeah, there's always gonna be the nutjob who comes out of it and says, 'Woo, all the people who hate me are dead! A whole new world in which to burn every bridge I come to, and nobody knows to never trust a word I say!' :)
In which case it becomes a medieval version of Demolition Man movie, and the ex-convict is in the Wesley Snipes role, unleashed into a future that is ill-prepared for a man of his viciousness.
It's still a decent punishment if the person 'stoned' had a family or friends or job or home, since all of those things would have changed by X number of years while they were doing time as a fancy coatrack.
"Hey, my sentence is over and I don't remember a thing! Woo! What do you mean that my wife has remarried, my kids are grown up and have kids of their own, my house is now a stable owned by the orphaned kid of my victim, and my father passed away and disinherited me and left the mill to my younger brother?"
"Yes. Your sentence is served. Welcome to being homeless in a city that's nothing like you remember. The crown requires that I give you these five silver pieces to help you get back on your feet..."
the David wrote:
While I have nothing against an adventurepath where you have to play evil characters, it has been suggested that you would play followers of Asmodeus in this one. You know, just like in Way of the Wicked. And I'm sure that Paizo can make something awesome out of this that makes all us fangirls squeal, (Like Occult Adventures) I just wished they would have chosen any deity but Asmodeus.
I don't know about *any* deity, since Lamashtu and Rovagug seem a bit over the top, but a Norgorber-centric AP could get super-political and intrigue-y, if it focused more on the Gray Master / Reaper of Reputation / Blackfingers angles and less on Father Skinsaw. That could be one heck of an urban / rogue-centric campaign, with plenty of room for other classes that fit hand-in-glove with Norgorbers interests, such as reputation-obsessed bards and toxin-crafting alchemists.
Urgathoa goes hand in hand with 'undead PCs,' and might go way too far for Paizo's comfort, and require some serious mechanical tinkering to make undead PCs that aren't applecart-upsetting.
Zon-Kuthon? Purging oneself of weakness to prepare for a great tribulation through self-mortification? "The world is pain, princess. Anybody who tells you different is selling something." I'm not totally into it, as the connections to body piercing, undead-loving druids, darkness and evil fey just haven't quite gelled for me yet. Still, seems more playable than CE followers of 'Guggie (break all the things!) or Lammy (have sex with all the things!).
My feeling is that it won't be in Cheliax at all, but in Andoran. That the vengeance is the destruction of the nation of freedom.
Ooh, that sounds pretty wicked!
Evil excuses to save a bunch of people;
29. Magical Statistics - Every person has potential to be useful to either you personally, or to the community. Maybe everyone won't become a wizard or cleric, or carry the necessary bloodline to become a sorcerer, but the more people exist, the greater number of those special people will exist, through sheer weight of probability, and the stronger your land will become. Breed peasants, breed! We need more magic workers, even if they are 'just' Adepts!
30. The Economic Pyramid needs a bunch of peons at the base to support the lucky few at the top. Some hatchet-faced scrub needs to get up and harvest the grain that some other pock-marked loser will make into flour that will eventually become this succulent pastry (through some process involving procurers and cooks and whatever that us noble folk could care less to learn about) I'm going to nibble at and then discard. If we let all our peons get killed and eaten, who the heck is going to lug the heated bathwater up the stairs for my morning scrub? Who is going to wash my robes? Cook my meals? Listen attentively and / or fearfully (captive audiences are the best audiences!) while I complain about declining standards of quality in wines they'll never get to taste?
31. Gratitude is not Optional. I saved your entire miserable town, what do you mean I have to pay for drinks at the tavern?
32. Everyone has Value. Night Hags and Cacodaemons pay top coin for souls, even if the soul was that of a Commoner 1. Letting someone else kill them is taking money straight out of your pocket. The bodies might also have some value, to a Gebbite. Waste is evil and disrespectful to the gods who gave us such bounty!
33. Can't sell 'em into slavery if you let them get killed.
34. Damn Statistics, Again. There are a finite number of horrible encounters you can have in an area, a finite number of high CR challenges or beasties or whatever. The more people there are around you, the greater chance of one of those terrible fates occurring to someone else, and not you. Avoid calling them your precious 'Arrow Catchers of Fate' in a language they might understand...
Are they, 'though? (Considered a 'good race?')
I vaguely remember back in 1st/2nd edition that Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes and Halflings had write-ups in the Monster Manuals, indicating their racial alignments, but I don't think the Bestiaries have any of the core PC races in them, so there really isn't a 'racial alignment' for Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes or Halflings, that I've noticed.
(In previous editions Dwarves, Halflings and Gnomes were all LG, IIRC, and Golarion Gnomes and Halflings, in particular, seem less inclined towards Lawful Good. More Chaotic something for Gnomes and Neutral something for Halflings, based on the lore.)
I suppose if I wanted to veer back towards previous editions, Elves could be more strongly associated with Desna, than Calistria. But I'm okay with a less good and more fickle and fey Elven standard. If Humans can be a core race without being a 'good race,' then I suppose it's fair for Elves, too.
Maybe we'll see hints of a non-human empire somewhere? Perhaps a reptilian realm in the Arcadian subtropics that human Arcadian kingdoms trade with, or wage war against...? (Just brainstorming some wishes :-D)
IIRC, Arcadia is supposed to be the stomping grounds of the Syrinx, an evil flying humanoid owl-people race. They could have a traditional country of their own, or, like Pazuzu, think of all these lands as under their dominion, even if the clumsy walkers down there have their own notions about states and nations.
But yeah, more non-human nations would be cool. The lizardfolk nation south of the Inner Sea map sounds promising.
Iblydos might be a good place to see a functioning Cyclops or Centaur nation. (Or Minotaur or Myrmidon ant-peeps, or whatever.) Although it might be less a case of 'nations' and more like a dozen city-states scattered across the lands and islands, as Giants Revisited, IIRC, suggests that there are *multiple* Cyclops civilizations in Iblydos.
Yeah, I just noticed that, many hours too late to edit my own reply, which ran with the 12. Eh. Maybe there were twelve magic warriors, but two of them got drummed out for being prats, and now history only remembers the other ten. :)
Something to add to the Conspiracies of Golarion thread, perhaps.
and also did 'The Couch of Silistra' by Janet E. Morris over the weekend, which was odd. I didn't really get it on the first read through.
Oh wow. My mom collected sci-fi/fantasy by female authors, so I grew up with a ton of Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Linda Bushyager, Patricia McKillip, Tanith Lee, etc. in the house (along with the usual Saberhagen and Niven and Zelazny), but that High Couch of Silistra stuff was pretty whack.
Watching Firefly, I had flashbacks to ten year old me wondering what the deal was with people glorifying prostitution, and I still kind of cringe at references to 'Whore Queens' or whatever (particularly when the people being referred to have literally *nothing* to do with prostitution, and seem to be getting called whores or harlots entirely because they are women).
And I'll match his 12 Magic Warriors against the Circle of Eight any day.
I like the notion that the 'Twelve Magic Warriors' might have been the first ever examples of what later became the Magus class (or some sort of Eldritch Knight hybrids, or Fighter or Wizard Archetypes that mixed the martial and the magical). Heck, even a Paladin works right out of the box as a 'Magic Warrior,' or an Arcane Archer.
Other sorts of 'Magic Warriors' from previous games could include the Abjurant Champion, Suel Arcanamach, various types of Death Knight, Bladesingers, Gish, etc.
Tying the legends of Jatembe to the founding of one of the settings base classes (the Magus) kind of gives the Old Mage a lasting impact not often seen (although others might see that as stealing it from elves, who could also be seen as the 'first Magi').
17. The Bathing Pools This squat onion-shaped dome is an airy hollow structure that looms over six separate enclosed pools, providing a modicum of privacy and protection from the direct light of the sun, and is surrounded by a dozen more shallow pools exposed to the open air and sun. Cantrip-level magic worked into the interior pools, keeps the water both purified and either warmed or cooled to different degrees, depending on the pool in question (one always steams, another is always quite cool, regardless of weather or local climate). The outer pools are kept purified by a dozen soft-spoken adepts that attend the pools, which are a holy shrine to devotees of a god of water to whom cleanliness and bathing are sacred rites.
There is no set fee, but tipping is encouraged, and the inner pools are often 'reserved' for 'generous regular patrons.' (I.e. someone paid for exclusive access.) Even for the paying patrons, showing up late means forfeiting your place.
A competing bath-house across town has begun to spread rumors, such as that the water-god judges those who use the pools and afflicts the unworthy with disease (or just bad smells), or that the attendants eavesdrop and sell information on patrons, or that the waters are tainted in some way and make the bathers susceptible to the magic of the attendants, or that the otherwise little-known local water god is in fact not a god at all, but some sort of demon or rakshasa, explaining the lack of actual clerics at this 'shrine'...
The one with Anne Francis and a pre-comedy Leslie Neilson, of course!
The one mentioned in Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Kirth Gersen wrote:
(3) On top of that -- and this was the real problem -- Taylor Kitsch has absolutely nowhere near the kind of larger-than-life screen charisma that propels an action-adventure movie franchise.
I also liked the movie, and would have liked it more if they'd gotten someone with some *charm* in the role. Carter was supposed to be a southern gentleman, among other things, and someone able to play that up, like McConaughey (sp?), might have been able to bring that across.
Kitsch seems fine in serious roles, like in Savages, but doesn't really work as a POV/lead character, IMO. Being (for the most part), the only Earth-human on-screen for much of the movie, it was essential that Carter be an approachable engaging sort of personality.
Pssh. Eleventy-bleem posts, 2037 favorites. That's like 11%. (If I chopped out the 5000+ in-character PBP posts, it's still only 16% ish.)
Cosmo is to blame that Paizofolk* have software tools that allow them to find out not only how many Favorites they have in total, but can separate out how many come from each other, and who has the most Favorites on a single post, and yet refuse to share such metrics with us peons!
*Paizofolk are like catfolk, but less catty (in most cases) and more Paizo-y.
Edit: Cosmo is also to blame that my math sucked worse than normal because I counted my 'Favorites' and not my 'Favorited By' numbers. Ugh.
Random Flash predictions (not spoilers, 'cause I'm totally making this up);
Harrison Wells will be not-dead and in charge of Star Labs next season. He will *not* be terribly like Eobard-pretending-to-be-Harrison, and will *not* think of Cisco as the son he never had, and be kind of a dick (wondering why his lowly intern thinks he can just randomly invite his friends Barry, etc. into this secure facility to hang out, use Star Labs resources on his own private experiments into speed suits and cold guns, etc.), leading to Cisco at one point muttering to himself, "I can't believe I'm saying this, but I kind of miss the evil guy who killed you and took your place right now..."
Mrs. Harrison Wells will also be not-dead, and provide an adult female presence on the show, which has something of a surplus of dead moms and absentee ex-wives and the like, leaving the two female roles to ladies in their early 20s. (Disney syndrome. Everyone has a dad. No one has a mom.) Mrs. Wells will not be terribly similar to Moira Queen, indicating that the writers know how to write more than one 'adult female' character.
Cisco will, naturally, remember the original events, Thawne-as-Wells, etc. Every now and then he might have to point things out to the others, of whom only Barry will (for different reasons) remember events from the previous seasons.
Unfortunately, Barry and Cisco being the ones who remember, will lead to more annoying secret keeping, as Joe, Iris, Caitlin, etc. won't necessarily have a clue what's going on behind the scenes...
Yeah, that bugged me, too. If somebody needed to hold the 'please explain to the normal person / non-science geek in the room the plot' ball, couldn't it have been someone who legitimately wouldn't have known, like Eddie, Iris or Joe?
Instead, Caitlin, one of the smartest people in the city, goes all Professional Physicist Barbie. "Gosh, math is hard! Someone with testicles needs to explain this to me, 'cause I'm just a girl!"
Also the Mwangi Expanse, like Chult in the Forgotten Realms, isn't much larger than a single Europe-analogue *country* in the Inner Seas region, compared to real world Africa vs. real world Europe.
Presumably, if/when we get a Southern Garund Gazetteer, detailing the nations south of Geb and Sargava, where the vast bulk of 'fantasy Africa' would lie, instead of a single jungle somewhat larger than the River Kingdoms (and more of a wild adventure location than any sort of actual 'country' like Cheliax or Taldor), there will be a much more representative focus on African-esque themes and deities and nations and cultures.
15. The House of Respite
D&D and Pathfinder don't give enough credit to Animals. Intelligence <=2 and Charisma in the single digits? Not if you've had a dog that was like part of the family, or met a dog who knew how to open doors and also knew how to make you feel REALLY BAD after you followed his owners' explicit orders not to let him into the guest room . . . .
In addition to dogs, cats, bulls, snakes, etc. even 'mindless' vermin in the real world have Intimidate ranks! (I've seen spiders chase people down a hall, for real, size penalty be hanged!)