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RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 7,954 posts (9,498 including aliases). 10 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 14 aliases.


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Qadira

Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

"Very well, then," says Senator Croy, "best be about averting this situation then. We'll be better off if no one ends up bleeding all over the promenade."

Meanwhile, down below, the redfaced old Senator finishes an official declaration demanding satisfaction. His younger counterpart gives a sly grin. "Excellent. I choose blades. Are you armed, or shall I have my aide scrounge up a spare for you?"

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Auric stares at the monstrosity for a moment and recoils, shaking his head as if attempting to remove a bad taste or smell.

Detect evil:
Auric detects an aura of moderate evil from the thing.

Qadira

Stick with the "not until the third date" rule and you should be fine.

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3 Goblins:

Goblins are a "class level" monster, so they're treasure is determined by the NPC wealth charts. Since these are probably the example goblins listed in the Bestiary, use the wealth level for level 1 warriors. So the gear they have listed in the stat block (weapons and armor) plus 80 gp of stuff for each goblin (40 gp worth of limited use items--alchemist's fire, for example--and 40 gp worth of mundane gear and/or treasure.)

1 Bugbear:

Also listed as NPC gear, though they don't rely on class levels, so the same thing as the goblins: weapons and armor listed, plus gear at the value of a level 3 NPC from the chart in the Core Rulebook.

1 Assassin Vine:

Treasure listing is "incidental" which means the monster doesn't care about treasure. It may have none, or there might be some stuff lying around from past victims. It's entirely up to the GM here, but you wouldn't want wealth past what you'd normally find for an encounter of this level. So you could maybe have the skeletal remains from a former victim wearing a still-intact chain shirt, with a masterwork shortsword lying nearby.

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Oooo, waffles!

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They're deposited in a special bin, marked with an 'R.'

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Is the LRGG email stable again?

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Ah. Wasn't sure. I still have my original with all the copyright-offending goodness in it.

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Since there's no reference to Islam anywhere in the material, I'm guessing that won't be a problem.

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The name comes from Martin's Dying of the Light. The name is the same, but the races were vastly different. Apparently Martin didn't find out until much later. Luckily, there were no repercussions (unlike the Deities & Demigods book, where it was reprinted without the material from Moorcock, Leiber, and the Cthulhu mythos.)

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My dog woke me in the wee hours from a sound sleep, so she could go out and take care of business. I stumbled out of the bedroom, down the hall to where it separates into the kitchen and living room. I was going to turn into the kitchen, following the dog to the back door, when I saw someone standing in the living room, silhouetted by the light from the cable box.

I stopped cold. I could have sworn there was a young girl, about the size of a four year old, standing in the dark of my living room, staring at me, quiet and preternaturally still. The hair went up on the back of my neck. I blinked and rubbed my eyes, and she was still standing there, not four feet from me. After a long moment, I slowly reached out, leaned forward, and tapped a finger where her forehead would be.

Hard plastic. It was the upright vacuum cleaner I'd neglected to put away after vacuuming the living room. Once I touched it, it no longer held any resemblance of a girl. I collapsed into a fit of hysterical giggles and then went to let my impatient dog out.

Poe's hypnagogic state in action.

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An "official" ruling might fly in Pathfinder Society (assuming all the mechanics involved here are PFS legal), but at any other table the GM's rule is law. There's no golden ticket.

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Richard Pett wrote:

Heh heh, the mummy article is too vile to see the light of day, it must not make it.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

What is it with you and curses? It's like you're not happy without a good curse.

"This is cursed! That is cursed!"

Pfft. :P

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To clarify the OP:

If a third party publisher puts out a campaign setting, should the standard fantasy races (dwarves, elves, etc.) be a part of the campaign setting?

For example, Midgard uses most of the standard races found in the Core Rulebook. However, NeoExodus does not. It has its own races, whose mechanics can be found in the setting material.

So to elaborate on the question, would you as a potential buyer be more inclined to buy a setting that has inclusions for the standard races (not necessarily new/different mechanics, but saying "yes, elves exist here, living in these areas and...") or would you be willing to go for a setting where their inclusion isn't explicitly mentioned in the setting book?

Qadira

Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

[ooc]Knowledge(dungeoneering) would be the skill for this. Detect magic doesn't give you anything on the creature itself, as it isn't technically magical.

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Wow, screaming towards $80k and three great stretch goals. If you're looking for a little taste of Selket, Queen of Scorpions, then here you go:

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Among the nomadic desert folk, Selket's name is both feared and revered. Her cult is strong among the people who lead their lives in that sun-scorched land. She protects the faithful from the dangers of the desert and helps them take their places in the afterlife. Her name means "She who closes the throat," a possible reference to the venom of the scorpion that is her sacred creature. However, her name can also mean "She who opens the throat," reflecting her aspect as a goddess of healing, as well as one who meets the dead in the afterlife and revives them once more to take their place in service to the gods. Civilization, however, has all but forsaken her. Her city--the City of Scorpions--lies ruined and forgotten in the burning wastes. Her devoted servants work towards the day when she once again takes her rightful place in the hearts and minds of those that live in the great cities and the fertile lands around them. Those that refuse Selket's protection will feel her sting.

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Bear in mind that at the beginning of the campaign, you'll be imprisoned and awaiting execution. You won't have access to your animal companion right off the bat. In order to have your full range of character abilities, your GM will have to ensure your wolf is penned up somewhere in the prison (which begs the question of why they just didn't kill it) or you'll have to pick one up later in the first adventure.

If anyone else in your group is looking for PC ideas or one ready to run, I suggest grabbing a copy of Adventure Path Iconics: Path of the Wicked it has several nice options.

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Sebastian wrote:

*cough* kender *cough*

Still takes a back seat to a race of hygiene deficient, mentally handicapped dwarves.

I blame Dragonlance for most of the current hostility against all short races.

Qadira

Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

"That might be acceptable, if you can convince them. I wouldn't mind seeing Graff put Von Kessel down temporarily. We just can't afford to be killing one another over minor grievances."

Qadira

Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

The attacks do seem to be having an effect, but the creature's sheer size and mass make it difficult to take down. The cavalry do not directly engage, but entice the creature to move and stay within the range of the siege engines. The fact that there is no magic being used in the combat might hint at the creature's defenses, or worse, perhaps indicate that their spellcasters were lost in the initial confrontation. It does not seem to be undead, but instead a gelatinous mass that has somehow incorporated parts of those it has devoured into itself.

Auric's eyes note quite a bit of mess on the ground. Gathering up some shouldn't be difficult.

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I'm ballparking my finished entry at about 1500 words minimum, 1750 on the high end, and it will be about as complete as the ones found in the ARG.

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Also speaking of art, I'd really like to see a larger version of those pieces of cover art that were in the recent update.

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1. List all Klingon weapons.
2. Rename them and give them stats.
3. Add them to the list of orc weapons.
4. Profit.

You can laugh, but when my half-orc gunslinger opens up with that orc disruptor, I'll be the one laughing last.

Qadira

Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

From the top of the ridge, you can see that most of the dwarves have taken up a defensive position above the box canyon. Meanwhile, a small contingent of mounted soldiers harry their opponent, keeping it occupied while those above pelt it with flaming missiles from a pair of ballistae.

Their enemy is something out of nightmare. It is a slime-covered, undulating horror composed of limbs, heads, eyes and mouths. Not all of its component parts appear to be of the same species. Dwarf and human parts attach to others that seem to have come from horses, mules, and other animals.

Qadira

Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

"A novel idea, Kon-Tao," replies Croy, "but while Graff is of the Protectorate, Von Kessel is from Caneus. He'll never agree to a duel of pistols. It will likely be blades."

Master Parisos:
While there seems to be little historical information you can call upon to dissuade to people from having a duel, there does seem to be precedent to speak out against such a wasteful display during a time when the Imperial Alliance has enemies arrayed against it and is already in a state of entropy. Further weakening it does no member party any good.

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A sorcerer is an arcane caster. For purposes of your bloodline power (which is your familiar,)you are considered to be a sorcerer two levels lower than your class level.

This isn't an official ruling, but it is a fair interpretation of the rules.

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Only three weeks left on this Kickstarter! If you own Obsidian Apocalypse, you'll want this adventure path ready to roll. If you're a fan of settings like Dark Sun, Ravenloft, or a fan of survival horror style settings, this should definitely be on your list.

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Throatwarbler mangrove.

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My players had the ship come on them as they were tied to another ship they'd attacked and boarded. When they got a good look at what was coming [spoiler=I had the Dominator make landfall on Bonewrack Isle, only to be overtaken by Plugg and Scourge and their growing crew of ghouls.[/spoiler] they cut the lines and got the heck out of there, running full sail with the wind to put as much distance as possible between the ships. Eventually they sighted a storm and sailed straight into it, preferring the risk of the storm to what was behind them.

Later, they decided they had to get rid of them, so they brokered a deal with two other Free Captains to lay a trap for the ship. It was a fierce battle, but they put an end to the threat (luckily before anyone could realize that threat was all their fault in the first place.)

Qadira

I think Clara's soon to get into another heated argument with Pink, who is turning out to be the rebound boyfriend. He told her not to lie to him, and then that's what she does before running off with the Doctor again. This won't end well. (Then again, the actress has already said she's gone after this year's Christmas episode, so...)

Edit: I'm also starting to make comparisons between this situation and Ten/Rose/Mickey. Granted, it looks like they're making this less about the Doctor and more about Clara not wanting to give up the excitement...which is how it started with Rose in the first place.

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Thanks to those who dropped me suggestions and advice. And thanks to John Ling for getting in touch and putting me to work. :)

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Only 2 more backers needed to unlock the poster map! Mappy, mappy goodness!!!

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No one cares about Balance. It no longer exists. They rolled that skill and Jump into Acrobatics.

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Nocte ex Mortis wrote:
So... what happens when you have a half-dragon half-fiend grappling the succubus?

Wait, is that a half-dragon fiend, or a half-fiend dragon?

Actually, never mind. I don't care. Let's get back to the succubus.

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Charlie Bell wrote:

You know, I never noticed until this thread that the languages listed for Ustalav were Common, Varisian, and Skald. Common (Taldane) and Varisian both make sense, since most civilized Ustalavs are ethnically Varisian and there is a sizeable ethnic Taldan population left over from the Shining Crusade.

You'd think instead of Skald it would be Hallit. There isn't anything in Ustalav's history that would lead you to believe that it was ever settled by Ulfen, but its original natives before the Varisian migration were Kellids, some of whom survive in Ustalav's backwaters. I wonder if Skald for Hallit is an error in ISWG.

I've wondered that myself, considering no Ulfen territories border Ustalav, but Numeria does.

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Got a monster in the works (and it's not undead either.) We'll see what else rises from the bubbling black pools at the back of my brain. (Aside from completely unnecessary alliteration.)

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Paris Crenshaw wrote:
Bunnyboy wrote:

I guess this would be good place for the idea I had once. Too bad that I'm not writer not fluent in English, but I can give it away for anyone.

Fallen dryad tree, made into weapon, angry undead spirit included.

Do you have contact with someone who is fluent in both English and your native language? Perhaps you can work together. We do allow articles with more than one author.

Wasn't there a monster in this year's RPG Superstar that riffed on this theme? That could be a place to start.

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Already have a submission for Little Red Goblin in the works. Had to miss the last call for Creighton because of impending deadlines. Thank you for the advice though. I'm open to editing, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

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That's just fowl.

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I noticed. You weren't the subject of that particular post, rest assured.

Serpentfolk are underpowered, because they aren't yuan-ti.

Qadira

Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Go ahead and use that for my action in the following round. Just wanted to get it on the board.

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Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

"I've made certain that the discovery of the breach on the grounds and who helped resolve the problem is common knowledge. By all means, please feel free to step in. I'm afraid Graff is all too fond of dueling, and Von Kessel is too much of a hothead not to be baited."

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Those people who can't read and comprehend the rules of a game are underpowered, because their "X is underpowered" phrases don't match up with the last letter of the previous example, and are wrong.

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Hey folks,

I'm looking to expand my freelance workload. I've been writing professionally for the last two years. Click on my name and check my profile for a comprehensive list of my publication history. If you have any small to mid-size projects you need a writer on, shoot me a pm and we can exchange email addresses and discuss them. If you're looking for new pieces to publish, I have a few elevator pitches lined up for things I'm working on in my spare time. By-the-word rates are negotiable, and I'm currently looking to build up a base of residual income, so profit percentage is also an option.

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The Shackles are iffy. There are halfling pirates that work to free slaves.

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Less than $500 to go to unlock the Doomspeakers. Looks like it's time for a pitch.

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Among the worst evils in the multiverse are demons, and those depraved mortals that worship them. Darkest of all among the demons' mortal worshipers are the antipaladins, the antitheses of life, hope, and good. Then there are the Doomspeakers, antipaladin champions of demon princes that are inducted into the profane secrets of The Book of Nine Dooms, a corrupt and unholy tome that teaches them to focus their hatred in new ways, opening them to the practice of magic that devours a portion of its caster, fueling the great misery and destruction wrought upon the antipaladins' foes. The followers of this entropic order seek nothing less than the destruction and dissolution of all order and light in the world.

In addition to a slew of plot hooks to introduce this cult as enemies for your PCs (generic plot hooks for your own campaigns as well as detailed information on the Doomspeakers in Midgard), there are stats for key members of the cult, new magic items, and a new doom to add to the ones from Deep Magic.

Qadira

Male Human(ish) Level 3 RPG Monkey

Go ahead and do any healing you want. If you're looking at preparatory spells, figure about a 10 minute walk to get to the actual site of combat.

Oh, and I completely forgot to mention that the two gnomes parted ways with you once you decided to leave the crater. They want to stay and collect what they can. They invite you to see them when you stop back this way, or look them up in their village at a later date, so they can properly thank you for your assistance.

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Choon wrote:
Duskblade wrote:

Ya know, for all the ladies out there, I'm surprised no one has come up with the inverse of this discussion...

Incubus in a grapple!

I think it was discussed at some length mid way through the thread (so far). It has come up.

Plus, an incubus isn't for all the ladies. Some would prefer the succubus.

Edit: Ninja'd.

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Bardess, here's feedback on your giant butterfly.

hp =
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Atk =
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The basic statistics are pretty much spot-on down the line for a monster of this CR. There's a discrepancy between the damage bonus on the claw attacks and the creature's Str score (+2 dmg on claws, +3 mod for a 16 Str). Not sure I'd have given it such a high Dex either. Butterflies don't have the speed (reflected in the movement rate here, which is good) and agility of a lot of other flying insects. Charisma likewise is questionable. Granted, it is beautiful, but it is also mindless. Cha is not often the highest stat on something of the vermin type. I would have given it the scent ability, given that's the main way butterflies find food.

As for its pheromone ability, it's an effective defense, but not anything that you'd expect in a regular (albeit giant) butterfly. The colors of a butterfly/moth are their usual defense against predators. Some are also poisonous. Inflicting poison on a creature that attacks it with a bite attack would be a great way to emulate that natural ability. Likewise, butterflies don't have claws.

But Shadowborn, you say, this is Pathfinder. There are all sorts of strange and arcane things in this game. Yes, that's true. However, every giant insect in the game has abilities that are common to its smaller cousins. When you go beyond that, you're essentially making a magical beast, which I think would have been the way to go here. Make it a servant of Desna, give it cool abilities above and beyond that of a normal butterfly/moth. I think one of the reasons butterflies and moths haven't been done before is because they have no natural means of offense. When they have been done, they've been turned into something else with a butterfly/moth form (the gloomwing, for example.) While a butterfly familiar/animal companion is a cool flavor thing for the game, I think it's too niche as an entry.

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You're misreading the sentence. The magus "gains two new spells of any spell level or levels that he can cast...".

"Level or levels" isn't indicating you have a choice of spells of any level. It indicates that the spells you choose can be of the same level or different levels (a 1st and a 3rd, for instance,) so long as they are spells the magus can cast, meaning of the appropriate level.

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