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andreww wrote:
Isn't it 50gp per pp, so 250gp?

It's 10 gp x character level x days taken, plus (in PFS) 1 PP per day.

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Murdock Mudeater wrote:

Order of Eclipse from distant shores is listed in the additional resources as a PFS legal cavalier order (despite referring to the PC as a samurai).

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Edicts: The samurai cannot create light where it is not necessary—anything that can be done in darkness should be. The samurai must belong to a military organization (within Kaoling this is likely to be a warband commanded by a senior samurai, who in turn answers to Warlord Tsung-cha Kavangaki or one of the Council of Nine). The samurai must enforce his place within this order and societies that recognize its authority, obeying those senior to him without question and demanding total obedience from those beneath him. The samurai must take every opportunity to extinguish the lights of his foes.

Will the "Pathfinder Society" function as a "military organization" for the purposes of this order?

I know it isn't really a military organization, but does seem like it would fit for PFS play better like that.

Since the later scenarios in Season 5, yes, I'd say so.

It looks like a case of variation. A GM should consider carefully, though, before ruling that a legal character option has no way to work in the campaign.

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Your Hit Dice (singular: a hit die) are the dice that you roll when creating a character (or creature) or gaining a class level to determine how many Hit Points you have when uninjured (your health pool, or how many hits you can take before you collapse). If you roll four dice to determine your hit points, you have four Hit Dice. If you have these hit points due to what kind of creature you are, rather than by class levels, the dice used to generate them are Racial Hit Dice. Most player character races don't have racial hit dice.

Samasboy has explained some ways that you use this number.

Statistics for a class are summarised in a table in the class description, typically called Table X-YY: Classname. A class level gives you a Base Attack Bonus (BAB - part of the number you add to your die roll to make an attack), Base Saving Throw Bonuses (Fort, Ref and Will - part of the numbers you add to die rolls that you make to reduce the effect of some harmful attacks such as spells and poisons), a Hit Die (as above - what type of die you add to your hit points for each level in the class), required Alignment (the character's moral and ethical beliefs), Class Skills, Weapon and Armour Proficiency and finally, other Class Features that vary by the class.

If you have more than one class, or have both monster hit dice and class levels, for many of these class statistics you simply add the numbers together. Some specific class features have different rules for how they interact with the same feature from other sources.

As mentioned, monsters' Hit Dice function in many ways like class levels and give them the same kinds of bonuses. You won't need to work these out unless you're using a character race that starts with monster-style hit dice or creating your own custom monsters as a Gamemaster. If your class gives you a companion creature, the rules for the class should include almost all the information you need for the creature's statistics.

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Ricardo Bolas wrote:
I'm less interested in the faq, my friend and I both agree that it's not intended to gain a strength penalty to damage, and more the title as a general rule.

I avoid questions about general rules. They tend to lead to long arguments and dubious conclusions.

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Kraschong wrote:
Thank you, one guide mentions selfmade flour/chalk bombs for detect invisible things so I through that some improvements like a alchemist bomb with some glue(sticky bomb) can be made.

Don't get me started on guides. There's a rule for this item (powder bag) in the APG. For the Core campaign, the invisibility spell mentions that physical conditions can allow detection of an invisible creature.

I don't want to give the impression that nothing exists in PFS without a written rule - I certainly don't run games or characters that way - but if such a rule exists, particularly if it's in the CRB or a long-standing source, you won't get around it more cheaply just by argument.

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The FAQ says they don't add your Strength bonus because they're magical effects similar to scorching ray. Unless the description of mystic bolts says that they add your Strength modifier - positive or negative - they don't, for the reason stated.

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I have some questions about this device. Does it light if struck by a metal object, or if you fall onto/against metal? Have you declared to each GM that you carry these items ready for use and thus exposed to possible mishaps?

You can use the alchemical items or magical means that already exist for this purpose. A tindertwig requires a standard action and two hands. Spark is a zero-level spell that takes a standard action and can be cast as verbal only. A sunrod requires a standard action but doesn't provide flame, which you may prefer. You can light objects with a flaming weapon (if your GM really needs proof, refer him to its prerequisite spell effects) with an action type not clearly specified. If you want more benefit than that, I'd expect a significant cost for a mechanical striker, or magic that specifically has this effect.

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Correct, only the deities listed on page 43 of the CRB. As per standard PFS (RPG Guild Guide page 10), a cleric, paladin or any character who receives mechanical benefit from worshipping a deity must have a legal deity and must be within one step of alignment of the deity.

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If your armour currently isn't masterwork or you want it made from a special material, you have to buy those new (or possibly use magic for the first), but that doesn't apply to your example.

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Martin Weil wrote:

Nah, it just means that she typoed Nicolas's name. Or, maybe, that he typoed it when making his Paizo account, lo those many years ago.

He was before my PFS time, I joined when Josh Frost was the OPC...

Before mine too (good Lord the man has been on this site a long time) but I'm fairly confident the relevant posts should be in his correct name.

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Starglim wrote:
Bakutaku wrote:
MY question is If I reduced the 5th chronicle sheet do I get access to the boon.
I believe you get the boon when you reach the tier of the scenario or module, which you should note on the chronicle.

The tier of the module, I should say, or the subtier played for a scenario. I would think, but am not sure it's explicit, that a GM credit scenario chronicle reduced to apply to a 1st level character would have to be taken at the lowest subtier.

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thaX wrote:
I think it is assumed that the newer source is used.

That's up to your GM. In PFS you can choose to use any source you own that is legal for the campaign.

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Reyterra wrote:
But were I to get the negative levels, they would simply carry into the next session until I removed them or would I HAVE to get rid of them before the end of the session? What if, like I mentioned before, I lacked the prestige or funds? Would that be the only acceptable reason to carry them over?

Negative levels and conditions that have no mechanical effect (such as gender changes) specifically can carry over to the next scenario, and the next. You don't have to justify it.

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Kevin Willis wrote:
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According to PFS human characters gain Common and the language tied to their ethnicity for free. I know Azlanti are not allowed. Chelaxians and Taldans do not have a language listed (aside Common - both in the Inner Sea Guide and the PFS guide. Do they not get one? If they do which one(s) are their ethnicity-tied languages they gain for free?
Their racial language (along with Andorans, Absalomites, and a few others) is Taldane - which is so widespread it is just referred to as "common."

To be pedantic, the OP rightly asked about the Chelaxian and Taldan ethnicities, whose language is known as "Common". Andorans are mostly Chelaxian and Taldan by ethnicity. Many Absalomites are of Garundi ancestry so could (if the player chooses) take Osiriani as an ethnic language. Any ethnicity can occur in any nation - a Tian (-Min) brought up in Varisia, as a well-known example.

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You should download and read the PFS Roleplaying Guild Guide, previously known as the Guide to Organised Play. Chapter 2 gives rules for Character Creation.

Changeling is not a permitted race without a boon certificate that allows you to play one and those for changelings are rare (not an exact game term).

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I'll say, though, that nothing in the rules requires a character to own any equipment, so conceivably he could make all his purchases with gold on the most recent Chronicle at his current Fame score.

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James Anderson wrote:
Martin Weil wrote:

The more important thing on this, besides abiding correctly by the limited 1/2 PP purchases; is making sure your PC is fully legal at each level, so build them level-by-level for things besides the gold purchases, otherwise you may need to add costs for retraining, as well, for feats with requirements..

I agree with this, but I've had someone try to tell me otherwise. Can you cite it from somewhere specific?

There's the often useful text

CRB page 30 wrote:
When adding new levels of an existing class or adding levels of a new class (see Multiclassing, below), make sure to take the following steps in order. First, select your new class level .. Finally, add new skills and feats. For more information on when you gain new feats and ability score increases, see Table 3–1.

You must add feats at the levels when Table 3-1 says you gain them and you must qualify for a feat when you select it (page 112). Someone would have to show where PFS GM credit modifies these rules of the game. It's unlikely that it does, since

RPG Guild Guide page 21 wrote:
If you have multiple Chronicle sheets from pregenerated characters, they are applied to your character’s Chronicle sheet stack in the order played when your character reaches the appropriate level

and

RPG Guild Guide page 39 wrote:

A GM may assign credit for running an adventure in any of the same ways a player can, and must follow the same

rules as a player when applying credit to a character .. You must apply Chronicle sheets in the order they are received.

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omegatiger121 wrote:

Okay.

Is the following disguise skill of the kitsune I'm currently constructing correct: 7 (17 as human) = 3 Cha + 1 rank + 3 trained (13 as human, trained)?

+17 as human = +3 CHA, +1 rank, +3 trained, +10 racial. The distinction probably doesn't matter unless you have some effect that modifies your bonus for a class skill or your racial bonuses.

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omegatiger121 wrote:
Okay. Thanks. Are they considered open-game content? If not, I'll have to think of my own subcultures or house rule a substitution because I'm using a homebrew campaign setting.

The Pathfinder campaign setting is not open content. If you bought the books, you can of course use any part of them in your home game.

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omegatiger121 wrote:
Does the kitsune's +10 racial bonus on checks to appear human become +13 once she takes a rank in disguise if it's a class skill for her?

+14, adding her Charisma bonus and any other bonuses she has to Disguise checks, if I understand the question rightly. If she doesn't have a rank in Disguise, it's +10 plus her Charisma.

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Martin Weil wrote:


Just pointing out, there there are some of us with potentially more than just one PC who can use some boon...
My -38 is created, but not defined, 5 are Core, the other 32 are Standard, with levels from 1 to 16, and it is possible that more than one of my PCs might find item X useful, while it is equally possible that I didn't play one of those PCs through that scenario/module/AP segment...
.. I suspect in a situation where there's 'more than one mouth to feed' that it'd come down to a player choice of which one to do the 'item transfer'/'gear requistion'/'swag swap' from and to.

If the ability to transfer an item costs the giver PP, which has recent precedent, the question becomes simple. Give it to two other PCs, you pay twice.

This would make it more difficult for lower levels to feed value up to middle levels, which I think has troubling implications and is not a bad thing to discourage.

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Joanna Gore wrote:
But where is Lauterbury?

He made it up when he bought his title from the Taldan Crown.

Alternatively, not "where", but "who".

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briank2112 wrote:

Ok, I'm prepping this for a Con, and I'm a little confused as to...

** spoiler omitted **

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The southern secret door leads to the stairs to the surface lodge (which is mapped in Siege of the Diamond City) but is concealed from within the library. The eastern secret door leads to A2.
briank2112 wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

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A2 is just wandering for several hundred feet through a big partly-ruined space. You should emphasise that it's much bigger than the surface lodge and extends under the streets above. There should be no need for a tactical map.

For A3, note in Part 2 that 25% of the maze walls are real. Just determine which 10' north-south and east-west sections and 15' diagonals in the first, third or fourth map tile are actually there, then draw the altar in the central 10' x 10' square.

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Martin Weil wrote:
There was a lot of wailing on the boards when the restriction was originally pointed out to people who had missed it, but, at that time, no one thought that text you insist means something it doesn't meant what you insist it means. People were just asking for an errata to fix the problem, not claiming it didn't exist.

I beg to differ. I've thought and written since I saw the book that this interpretation causes a more serious problem of its own.

If all of these traits are both gnome race traits and traits of another category, then a gnome can't take two traits from Gnomes of Golarion, nor can she take one alongside a gnome race trait from another source, such as Animal Friend. This restriction on gnomes is not mentioned in the sourcebook for gnomes and I don't think it was intended.

We need either a consistent interpretation or a rule change, that allows these traits to work properly for their primary purpose (gnome options) and also assists their secondary purpose (options for other characters with Adopted).

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Goth Guru wrote:

I'm gonna use my money to buy PDFs. Do you know of any very useful if someone is looking for characters for a PFS, PBP adventure?

I'm looking for something about Golorion with maps, region based bonuses, and such.

An atomic wasteland might be Golorion adjacent. Maybe a permanent gate with mutants living near it.

The Inner Sea World Guide will be your starting point.

The Inner Sea Primer and Cities of Golarion give various regional bonuses, then you could get into areas that interest you.

For elements of an atomic wasteland with mutants, you might look at Numeria (which has a sourcebook and relates to the Technology Guide) and the Mana Wastes (which I don't think does yet). More distant connections might include the Worldwound (sourcebook of the same name) and other planets (Distant Worlds and People of the Stars).

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I agree with your advisers. +2 ability score for both the feat and skill points is a hard trade to justify.

You could consider a dip into Cavalier, giving you 4 + INT skill points and a mount - I'm not sure if you were planning to arrange that as a character ability, but it will almost certainly involve feats - or another of the classes with full BAB and 4 + INT skill points. I was going to say Ranger, but even Brawler could have some interesting synergies.

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A sleeping creature can't take a standard action, or most other kinds. It can make Perception checks at a penalty, which prompt it to wake up (stop sleeping and become awake, prone, not wielding any items and most likely flat-footed, on its initiative) if it perceives something unusual or dangerous.

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1. B
2. I think A, since the spell description says it stops when it contacts a creature. edit: This is different from how a natural swarm would behave. The next round it could move as per 1.

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Tempest_Knight wrote:
I would expect the duration of the check to be a YMMV issue...

How so?

Use Magic Device wrote:
If you are using the check to emulate an alignment .. you need to make the relevant Use Magic Device check once per hour.

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Starglim wrote:
Da Brain wrote:
Nefreet wrote:

Yes, obviously if Linguistics is tied to the Headband, you would acquire the associated number of languages.

Those are not "bonus languages", which is what this discussion is about.

Ok, here's a corner case for you.

5th lvl PC with 5 ranks in linguistics puts on a head band of INT that gives Linguistics ... Does it give the same set of 5 languages? Or not?

I assumed so for a headband that granted Linguistics, so I wrote out the languages it granted when I bought it .. The ranks in a skill granted by a headband don't stack with the ranks the character has naturally. If that skill is Linguistics and goes on a 3rd level character who has 2 learned ranks, he gains 1 rank in Linguistics and therefore gains one language.

Apologies, I see I've misread the question and replied in a contradictory fashion. No, a 5th level PC with 5 ranks in Linguistics would not gain any extra languages (unless any headband that increases Intelligence grants them). But a 5th level PC with no ranks in Linguistics would gain 5 languages, that are always the same set, fixed when the headband was created.

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Stephen Ross wrote:
As we are in PFS it comes down to GP. I'd suggest a minor(1-5%) GP cost per scenario for things with lingering effects. It's just a generic way to handle the disassociation and problems alignment items may cause if not on a host or user with synergy.

I haven't seen this work well. I would confidently expect some players to ignore the cost, while I'd be bothered by it and probably avoid the boon. Seeing the example in

Spoiler:
Deepmarket Deception

I questioned whether it would ever pay off unless used very heavily.

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"The Urge to Evolve" in Kobold Quarterly #23 is also legal for PFS, tier 3-7 and otherwise similar to "Ambush in Absalom". I'm not sure if it was ever converted to a free download.

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In this case a temporary negative level that never becomes (I think it should read) a permanent negative level shouldn't kill a 1st level character by itself. That doesn't seem intended or fun. I might describe a pretty unpleasant experience, mechanically similar to being nauseated (experiencing physical distress) and apply the other effects of the negative level if they matter at the time.

It's also been suggested that the item can suppress this effect if it chooses.

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Nefreet wrote:
Inner Sea World Guide is probably your best bet for selection.

That's the starting point. The Dragon Empires Primer, People of the North and the Bestiaries could expand your choices.

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Yes, quite a few, though most are not as strong as the spoiler.

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On one occasion in Season 4, the character was Neutral, might do worse things to gain magical might and due to events of the session, was inducted into the cult for a time. Several others I've refused.

I think the balance point is right when a minority of players at a typical table might want the boon - it has visible drawbacks, but is not so icky or harmful that almost everyone will reject it out of hand.

Seemed to work:

Cultist's Kiss: Brand of Endurance
Emerald Spire: Boon of Abraxas

Too evil:

Refuge of Time: Ioun stone
Feast of Sigils: Sigil wafer

Not attractive:

Wardens of the Reborn Forge: Transformation of Haagenti

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It's not a permanent bonus. For the generic ISWG Pathfinder Chronicle, you read the Chronicle for 1d4 rounds to get the benefit. For the specific volumes in the Primer, you read the Chronicle for an hour to get its benefits for 24 hours, or you can skim it for a minute and make an Intelligence check to get half the bonus.

Like other equipment, you can lend them to other characters at the table, though two characters couldn't read a volume at the same time.

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That's fine, if someone can make the check and everyone stays in character. Neither NPC party is wearing insignia, so they will have to figure out how to tell which group to claim to be Aspis to.

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Bakutaku wrote:
MY question is If I reduced the 5th chronicle sheet do I get access to the boon.

I believe you get the boon when you reach the tier of the scenario or module, which you should note on the chronicle.

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Whether you can rebuild the character and whether it qualifies for a chronicle are unconnected.

You add chronicles to the character (character number, if that's clearer) one by one in the order that you played or GM'd the applicable games, as soon as the character is high enough level to qualify. edit: Before the character receives any adventure chronicle that potentially could grant XP, it is new. When it has 0 to 2.5 XP it is 1st level. When it has 3 to 5.5 XP it is 2nd level and can't receive any chronicles that are available only to 1st level characters, and so on. It doesn't matter for this purpose whether you ever played the character.

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JackalofSpades wrote:
Are classes handled the same way? Core only until you get a boon.

I can't think of any classes that require a boon, but there are a number of archetypes (class variants, first introduced in the Advanced Players Guide) with this requirement.

As Nefreet mentioned, for books that you own other than the Core Rulebook, consult Additional Resources for what is and is not usable from that source.

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He's Chaotic, tired, but also annoyed. He'd definitely kill Janira (reducing the chance of full Prestige apart from anything else), might do the same to others who hurt or aggravated him significantly and might take items that are visible and clearly valuable, but wouldn't necessarily methodically finish off the wounded.

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ShadowDax wrote:
I see what you all are saying, the mount has to die.

Eh? Should the paladin's mount die, the paladin may not summon another mount for 30 days (or, in PFS, until the next adventure). If the mount doesn't die, it functions as a druid's animal companion. If a druid releases her companion from service, she may gain a new one by performing a ceremony requiring 24 uninterrupted hours of prayer. 6th printing, pages 63 and 50. The same (not incidentally for me) applies to a cavalier.

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ShadowDax wrote:
I surmise I would have to send my non-animal companion away if I wish to summon my actual animal companion to go with the FAQ rule of having only one combat animal.

You choose your combat animal at the start of each scenario. You could summon your mount, but it couldn't engage in combat if the purchased animal had been doing so before.

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Rigby Bendele wrote:
Imbicatus wrote:
Well, you could have one half price if you used a wayfinder as an arcane bond item.
Normally not an option (arcane bond is limited to amulet, ring, staff, wand, or weapon) but you can take the Pathfinder's Focus trait from the PFS Primer to be allowed to do so.

That would actually be a really tempting option, if only I hadn't spent 12,000 gp last level on the bonded item I already have.

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You could also apply two module credits on slow play to create a level 2 character. This would give you 3 XP and the same amount of gold and prestige as one module chronicle at normal speed, but more item access and boons, if those are attractive.

I think there's no advantage applying one module credit on slow play and one on normal speed to get to level 2 with 4.5 XP, since you'd lose out on Prestige, with the possible exception of Emerald Spire Land Rush shenanigans.

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Muser wrote:
mmm, ebon wayfinder for 9000 gp...

My character's buying that very item and would much prefer to get some change to spend on a few other helpful things, but it's still not happening.

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The same legal sources for the Core campaign apply, relevantly, the Core Rulebook, plus the standard wayfinder (because it's in the RPG Guild Guide), plus specific items granted by a chronicle sheet.

edit: The Pathfinder Society Field Guide and Pathfinder Society Primer are not sources for Core.

Paying with Prestige doesn't change the legal resources for the campaign.

The boon from The Confirmation that benefits wayfinder enhancements has no effect in Core, with the possible exception of access to such a vanity from another chronicle.

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Only the wayfinder detailed on page 299 of the ISWG, reprinted for convenience on page 27 of the RPG Guild Guide, is always available or gets a discount.

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Both alchemist's fire (if you hit the swarm's touch AC, which is rather high) and burning webs should have done full damage + 50% to the swarm.

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