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Odraude wrote:Not really sure what that has to do with the occult... did you mean to post that in Mikaze's thread?That it can spark thinking, discussions and changes. Maybe something in the Bestiary.
Which would be relevant to the Bestiary. This particular discussion is as not-relevant to Occult Adventures as whether or not Paizo is providing a slanted view of communist philosophies, or shortchanging atheism.
While I'm sure there's precedent for a class or system based around how monstrous (or merely unattractive) a character (female or male) can get, as a way of incentivizing or promoting unattractive / unsexy characters, perhaps based around creature grafts or body scarification or a slow progression into another creature type (such as a half-dragon or hag) or a character whose powers are dependent upon age category (encouraging playing of older characters, and not parties of hot young twenty-somethings), that, as I mentioned earlier about the Bloatmage, isn't really addressing the 'all X characters tend to be sexy,' so much as making an option for people to have 'fat superpowers' or 'ugly superpowers.' A class- or mechanic-based solution would hilariously miss the mark, IMO.
That said, such a mechanic / class option could be intriguing, and fit the more transformation-y/Jekyll & Hyde/Lovecraftian body horror aspects of the 'Occult' theme, and provide an excuse for some unsexy artwork (a woman halfway through a Dragon Disciple like transformation into an Aberration, via advancement of the Aberrant Bloodline Sorcerer features, frex).
But that still creates the muddled message that the only reason a female adventurer wouldn't be crazy hot, is if she gained super-powers from being ugly, which not only doesn't address the question of why all adventuring ladies have to be four-alarm babes (even if, like Feiya, that flies in the face of their backstory...), but actually kind of makes it worse by so egregiously missing the point.
Eh. It's late, and I'm cranky about the tone. I feel like someone just drove-by a bunch of threads and said 'Topic X! Discuss, my dancing minions, because I can't be bothered! Make my random proclamation topical for me!'