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Contributor. Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Society Member. 1,964 posts (2,106 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 6 aliases.


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PIXIE DUST wrote:

Oh and for those who are saying "it is not learned it is genetic! Biologists have a theroy showing it!" while that may be true it is not entirely true...

It is ALSO a learned trait as well... There are numerous physchological tests that show a person can LEARN to become homosexual.

Please by all means, provide citations from peer reviewed sources in the scientific literature. But you're making a claim that flies in the face of the current scientific consensus built upon decades of research in humans and even other species.

On human sexuality, to quote Swaab (2004), "nor is there scientific support for the idea that homosexuality has a psychoanalytical or other psychological or social learning explanations, or that it would be a 'lifestyle choice'."

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James Jacobs wrote:

3) The size of the book. It should be a lot bigger than the last one.

That's what I said the first time around! :D

Would be totally cool to eventually see an expanded look at the planes, building off of the material that has been added in since then, and incorporating some of the adjustments/soft retcons to that earliest material.

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Kvantum wrote:
The Tibet analogue is Zi Ha, the homeland of the Samsarans. I'd link you over to the PathfinderWiki page on it, but sadly right now it's just a stub. We haven't really gotten a lot of info on it beyond the Dragon Empires Gazetteer and Primer.

Zi Ha draws more from Bhutan from inspiration.

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Tirisfal wrote:

Yeah, I still won't eat there until after they stop contributing to my erasure from "their" society. I appreciate that not every franchise owner agrees with CFA HQ, but I won't help them as a company donate to those charities.

I'm not offended if anyone chooses to eat there despite that though; I understand that WalMart causes trouble, too, but I still shop there 'cause it's there.

I do my best to avoid them because of that. I likewise avoid Ben and Jerry's because of their anti-science stance regarding biotech, infuriates me as a scientist even if they make tasty stuff. Not been there in at least a decade.

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Mikaze wrote:

YES. It was also a shining example of how to make an RPG source book useful and entertaining to read. It didn't so much spark the imagination as it exploded it and kept throwing firecrackers into the conflagration.

I've been using U:FoS as a model for the relationships between NPCs in the planar campaign I'm running out of Galisemni in the Maelstrom.

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It was an amazing book, one of the best RPG supplements of all time IMO. I was about a week late in asking about the original painting for the cover, otherwise I'd have it on my wall.

The book type only works if you have a tightly focused central city for a campaign though. Golarion has a lot of potential cities, but could such a book be done to tie in to an AP centered on one of them? It would be cool.

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I remember Aya from 'Heart of the Jungle', and this is a really awesome portrait of her.

I was hoping that we'd eventually see some artwork of her so that we'd finally get to see some planetouched with human ancestry from multiple ethnic groups and skin tones. :D

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Celestial Healer wrote:
I wonder if it will happen like that, or if instead they will figure out how to replace the DNA in a donor egg with DNA from a sperm cell and vice versa.

Both have their advantages/disadvantages.

Personally I'd go with using one of my own somatic cells as a base so that the resulting ova would carry my own mtDNA versus that of the donor (not that it really makes a difference in the end).

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Drejk wrote:


So, when two lesbians have a professional use DNA drawn from cell of one woman into egg of her lesbian lover letting them have a child of their own and be biological parents they can get married? Sorry gays, you need to wait to the moment when we will be able to coax your stem cells into forming an egg and later trigger your body into forming a placenta...

We've produced sperm and ova from adult somatic cells in mice, and while as I recall the work by Katsuhiko Hayashi produced sperm from male mice and ova from female mice, it's possible to do the reverse. We haven't to my knowledge (and this isn't my sub-field) done this in humans. Yet.

Artificial wombs will happen as well to aid those without one or those with other issues precluding their carrying a child to term.

It'll happen. And I will smile when it does because it will help people and because it's just freaking cool.

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Mikaze wrote:

Might as well dip into my own well. Tiefling paladin WotR PC portraits:

Liath Samathran by Anoki

Liath by The Orator

Liath again by Frenearden

That's pretty awesome :)

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carborundum wrote:
Todd Stewart wrote:
An outer planar AP as a giant love-letter to Planescape. :D
With daemons, and you write some/ all of it :-)

I've made my players cry. Not their characters, but the players. Do you really want me to write part of an AP?

*cackle* >:D

I've actually never written a published module, let alone an AP. I'm certainly up to that challenge at some point in the future, absolutely, but on some level I question how my own playstyle would translate to that needed for an AP. I'd need to seriously work on pacing, encounter design, etc for it to not cause madness, bleeding walls, and the distant echoes of screaming baby animals at the Paizo offices; something like that. ;)

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Set wrote:


A Rule 63 Alhazra, named Alhazred, who is all scraggly-beared, Einstein-haired and wild-eyed and very much the spitting image of a certain 'mad Arab.'

I could totally go with this. :D

There would have to be artwork in the style of 'Undead Revisited' (where the iconics were being killed by the monster in each chapter) except for him it would just have him being devoured alive by invisible monsters in a public market.

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An AP with Nidal, fetchlings, the plane of Shadow, and Shadow Absalom.

An outer planar AP as a giant love-letter to Planescape. :D

AP in Nex/Geb.

AP in Casmaron.

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Necromancer wrote:


Yes, please. That said, it would probably gain more traction if the iconic were described as intersex vs. hermaphrodite (unless we're talking about aberrations, outsiders, tieflings, etc.).

Hermaphrodite as a term has some baggage.

While it has been used in print to describe for instance tieflings that are actually hermaphriditic, or species like proteans that can be when the mood strikes them to be so... the term has been mis-used in the real world enough as a slur against intersex persons.

As such I've been convinced by several folks to actually avoid using the term in the future if possible, and I intend to respect their request.

Now intersex isn't biologically accurate if the person or creature has both male and female organs (like some proteans for instance), but because of the real world baggage for the technical term, I'll personally be using a different word (dual gendered, bi-gendered, etc) in the future.

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Fiction submitted.

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nighttree wrote:
Damn...I was hoping for domains and such...:(

James last week or so was asked if several entities including the Godmind were capable of granting divine spells. The answer was "probably" for the Godmind.

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nighttree wrote:
Can anyone direct me to good sources of information ? All I have found so far are the mentions in the Axiomite entry...

The Axis section in The Great Beyond, and the axiomite writeup in the same book. Not a ton published yet. It deserves more love :)

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Played through this one at GenCon.

Happily used the line [Indiana Jones] "These artifacts belong in a museum!" [/Indiana Jones]

Spoiler:
So wanted to burn the place down (a swarm and no AoE spells among the entire party is unpleasant, and so is having no one being able to natively cast remove disease). Seriously enjoyed the scenario nonetheless. :)

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Loving this :)

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I'm intrigued. Please tell me more. :D

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Crystal Frasier wrote:

I have missed you, Mikaze!

I'll jump on this welcome wagon as well. Welcome back :)

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Necromancer wrote:


I've been hearing this ever since that one House episode, but that's not how it works. The eggs begin with a single X chromosome and the sperm provides the second chromosome (the other half which is either X or Y) needed to begin development.

Generally speaking the default pathway for embryological development is female, but it's a large abstraction, albeit a convenient one. It's more subtle and complex than that. Things start out as neither male nor female with some common embryological structures that differentiate early on to female or male structures. I like to posit the situation as males being suppressed females and females being suppressed males.

There are male specific genes present on the X chromosome which are suppressed in most women for instance. The SRY gene on the Y chromosome is responsible for suppressing numerous female specific genes and activating male specific ones, stopping female development pathways and pushing male ones forward. For instance in the absence of SRY you can have a genetically XY fetus develop as a female.

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Got some fiction in the works.

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I'm actually running into this same problem as well.

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Players end up in possession of a soul gem containing the essence of an ancient and mad imentesh protean of the long-dead Chorus of Malignant Symmetry. The players also knew a friendly (if completely unreliable) NPC that has some manner of connection with the (possibly protean built) city of Galisemni in the Maelstrom, and seemingly on good terms with the protean lord Ssila'meshnik.

So they approach the NPC while she's in the middle of boozing herself into oblivion, just because it seemed like a good game plan for that day. They give her the gem. She listens to it, whispers back to it a bit. She shrugs, pauses a moment, and then proceeds to swallow it.

Ramifications to come later. :D

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Zhangar wrote:

I'll add that Heaven's entry in The Great Beyond states that Heaven tries to keep families together. IIRC, you could actually find families going back many, many generations.

Between the The Great Beyondand Wes's article, I'm under the impression that very few types of petitioners - maybe only the Abyss's? - immediately lose their mortal memories.

More frequently, as millennia pass, the memories of mortal life simply fade into the background. Especially if there's nothing around to reinforce it.

Further, actually transitioning from petitioner to exemplar (angel, devil, protean, psychopomp, etc.) wipes the slate clean - the soul sheds its mortal baggage.

With the occasional spectacular exception. Like Nightripper.

Fwiw, many daemons tend to have scattered, disjointed recollections of their mortality. The knowledge that yes, they were once mortals, causes no small amount of self-loathing, rage, and delusional justification on their part.

Trelmarixian the Horseman of Famine is a special case in that he retains a perfect memory of his entire mortal existence, with the singular exception of the moments just prior to his death by self-inflicted starvation.

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This was beautiful.

Wes you rock, and for everyone else with Paizo, let me say that you're all awesome people and you should continue to feel awesome. :)

This was genuinely touching and it made me smile all morning.

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Axial wrote:
Product Description wrote:
Erum-Hel, the mythic Lord of Mohrgs, who plots to put an end to the crusader goddess Iomedae.
Haha, seriously? Good luck with that, buddy.

You go tell him that >:)

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So after some brainstorming between TanithT and I, we're going to be collaborating on a 1500 word piece of fiction to submit.

I do believe that Lamashtu's Flower was mentioned. >:)

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Zuxius wrote:

We have news!

Todd Stewart has climbed aboard as one of our judges. Todd has consistently moved on to the Sutter Round time and time again in our contest and we've published his stories in all our Anthologies. He decided this year that he felt the call to give something back to all the contestants and judges from previous years.

We are very proud to have a planar expert on board!

There will be more news to come...

I'm certainly looking forward to reading, critiquing, and where requested providing feedback on stories submitted to the contest. :)

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Not only is this book evidence of my rapid descent into whimsical madness, it's also really cool, and on sale for $1 it's a steal. :D

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This looks really awesome and I'll be devouring this when I have the chance to do so today (when I'm not grilling* or blowing things up to celebrate 'Murica). :D

*catagory 2 hurricane permitting

Also, a huge congratulatory thanks to the editors, proofreaders, contributing authors and artists, and everyone else that worked on this. And a personal thank you and shout out to Tanyaporn Sangsnit for some amazing artwork for my story '14 Neth - Xaos Night'!

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Entryhazard wrote:
Isn't there some Axiomite demigod?

That would be the Axiomite Godmind. Its exact nature as a divinity or not hasn't been specified in print.

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People are already submitting things? Wow!

*pondering many ideas but also pondering available time*

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Dread Knight wrote:
The argument is that it is a Neutral force because it is a Neutral Force going to the Positive Energy Plane can kill you just as much as going to the Negative...

This, I'm very intresded in, Pathfinder citation please.

However, it would not prove my main point wrong.

Unprotected exposure to both the Positive and Negative energy planes is lethal. Neither plane has an alignment trait. Neither type of energy is linked to Good or Evil.

Citation: write ups of both planes in 'The Inner Sea World Guide' and 'The Great Beyond'.

What's evil is certain applications of negative energy, its effect on the position-energy empowered soul, and arguably the disruption of the natural flow of souls, etc. Fire isn't evil, but burning down an orphanage full of innocents is. Water isn't evil, but drowning your best friend is. Neither fire or water are aligned elements, but their applications can be twisted towards good or evil ends. Same thing with positive and negative energy, but negative energy is vastly more easily able to turn to evil uses because the vast majority of creatures are empowered by positive energy-based souls.

Many undead are evil not because of what energy empowers them, but by the intent of their creators, the particular way in which negative energy is applied, or if they aren't evil initially, the long-term prognosis as a result of the interaction between a soul and negative energy isn't normally promising to not eventually slide towards evil. James has written a lot on this topic in various threads.

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Congrats on joining the Paizo team Mark! :)

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Based on body/soul duality (or lack thereof for outsiders), they're excluded from being liches.

As for the 3.5 libris mortis lichfiend, I think it fails on the same grounds of not making sense for the creatures it's talking about.

But that's just me, not an official ruling.

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*enjoying listening to the speculation*

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One problem that I often see is a difference in -how- the genders are presented as sexualized.

Females are often sexualized as objects of desire much more often than as sexually aggressive and wanting -you- rather than the other way around. Males on the other hand often get the opposite as aggressive, dangerous sexual creatures that generally are more often male power fantasies than something appealing to heterosexual women (or gay males).

What I'd like to see is an incubus depicted as an object of desire, alluring and there to tempt you, pushing you to make the move, to want them rather than the other way around. Males are rarely depicted in this capacity.

Taking a page from my partner, I created a male (though capable of shifting gender at will) sorcerer who also works as a high priced escort *cough*rent boy*cough* in my current campaign that by various means ended up sweeping their character off of his feet and leading him around like a love-sick puppy. Nothing good will come of this given that the manipulative dandy is an erodaemon descended tiefling that worships Trelmarixian, but the character does turn the standard dynamic of how RPGs portray males as sexual (when they do at all) on its head.

More variety in how males, females, and every other option is depicted and presented as sexual (when it makes sense in context to present them that way) would be awesome. Things are improving -a lot- compared to even just ten years ago, and Paizo has been really working on this, which is awesome. :)

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I like to think that with the exception of those few ascended mortals who became gods, the majority of gods don't have a specific true form. As such, their depiction in art, statues, and altars (as well as manifestations to their worshipers) reflects the local ethnicity (or even species). As such you have Abadar depicted as Taldane, or Tien, etc and likewise I could easily see Pharasma depicted to suit the local population mix.

That said, it would be very cool to have some more artwork of gods depict a wider range of ethnic groups where it would make sense to see that. :)

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Lord Snow wrote:
So I had the exciting chance to do exactly as the thread title describes, and the results are here. It was quite an interesting interview, and even though it was meant to interest new readers, I found myself learning some awesome facts about his books that I didn't use to know. So it could be a good read both for those who are not familiar at all with Wilson's work, and for those who are but don't know much of the behind the scenes stuff.

You are so damn lucky. Wilson's fiction is amazing and I need to go read that interview now :)

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KSF wrote:
Medicare lifts the ban on gender transition-related surgeries.

Spectacular news!

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Mark Moreland wrote:
This book will be more similar in its scope to Artifacts & Legends than to Magical Marketplace or Ultimate Equipment.

Artifacts & Legends was awesome. Rock on.

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Bob_Loblaw wrote:


It's the far right wing religious fanatics who are fighting the hardest against it. Most conservatives I know are all for it. I'm not limiting myself to just locals either. I'm talking about from all walks of life across the nation. There are a few of my friends who are against it but most are for it.

"The Right" is as fragmented and fractured as it comes, with at least in the US, the Republican party being this Frankenstein's monster'esque amalgam of social/religious conservatives and on the other side economic conservatives and libertarians that could care less what you do in bed so long as it's consensual.

A considerable chunk of the right wing in my experience is wholly on board with marriage equality, doubly so among younger voters who care about jobs and the economy and not about who you sleep with.

The country is changing with regards to marriage equality, and this is a good thing.

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Paris Crenshaw wrote:


As for your friendly neighborhood AEiC, Tim has been gracious enough to give me time to work on another Paizo freelance project. It's the first time I've worked on this type of thing for Paizo. I shouldn't say exactly what it is, yet, but it should be released at PaizoCon, and it's a great opportunity for me. I'm very grateful to our fearless leader for holding the reins during this phase of Wayfinder production.

Congrats! :)

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Liegence wrote:
So how does an Astradaemon attack on a soul in the river play out? Do they ever go after particular souls or are they just random assaults? If daemons are actively hunting down the PC's as antagonists what's the chance of this occurring on death and how could it be detected/prevented?

This hasn't been handled in depth yet in print, so until such time as it is, here's how I would handle it:

They're hungry, and any attack they'll be balancing out an urge to simply snatch up the closest and easiest soul to ensnare and devour, versus diving in and going for the metaphysically fattest, choicest soul.

Most of the astradaemon packs owe loyalty to one of the Four, with a smaller number created by one of the Harbingers and delivering souls to them after a period of hunting. Most of them are pretty mechanical in their thinking, so using them as soul-assassins is going to be rarer than using them as random wolf packs or swarming sharks. But if you somehow fall afoul of a Harbinger or gods forbid one of the Four, they might do just that and hunt down your soul in-transit to Pharasma's domain should you die.

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1) Tiefling
2) Tiefling
3) Tiefling
4) Tiefling
5) Tiefling

Notice a trend here? :D

I also like fetchlings, aasimar, ifrit, oread, slyph, undine, and of course xaolings.

There's still a trend going on here as well. *chuckle*

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doc the grey wrote:


Honestly I think it was just an accident. The Daemons were always to me sick and dispassionately interested in anything that could maybe help them in their goals.

Musing here on my part, but this is culled from printed material in BotD 3 and elsewhere:

Rising out of their own hatred for mortals, some of them are utterly obsessed over mortal souls. Among the current Four, Trelmarixian has an almost religious obsession with soul experimentation. Part death camp scientist, part religious fanatic, equal parts nightmarish gourmand.

The specifics of the daemonic creation of demons wasn't spelled out (it's one of those things that should have wiggle room I think), but it could be implied that Lyutheria the Parasite Queen had a hand in the process, potentially along with her then student/lover/snack Trelmarixian. There's a bit in an early Kobold Quarterly that touches on their callous, rampant, and frankly reckless experimentation, with the suggestion that failed experiments (whatever they would see as a failure isn't explained) are simply dumped into the Abyss or the Maelstrom 'like the ones before'.

Again, while it isn't solidly stated one way or the other, I would suggest that you could reasonably point a finger at the current Horseman of Famine and his very-much-eaten-by-him predecessor (who is suggested to have been potentially the oldest Horseman except for Charon who is original).

As for if the first nascent demons were intentionally or carelessly dumped into the Abyss and subsequently blew up there is unknown. If it was intentional, the experiment exceeded far beyond their wildest dreams and indeed every expectation of control on their part. But in the long run, might they even care if it ticks the countdown clock to Oblivion a notch closer to midnight?

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Ross Byers wrote:
Slight change of subject: Why was Asmodeus's sacred animal a viper? He doesn't normally evoke a lot of snake imagery. Frankly, I was expecting it to be a goat.

My guess is the whole 'serpent in the Garden' motif.

It's older and at least in my opinion less cliche than the Eliphas Levi derived goat motif (which is already poached by Baphomet the demon lord who pretty much gets his entire appearance from Levi's illustration of the Baphomet).

I rather like that they went with the viper. :)

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Kudaku wrote:
doc the grey wrote:
awesome stuff about Folca.

I also love how his subdomains are Daemon, Deception, Exploration, and Lust. That is not a recipe for a good evening.

The only way Fulca could be more scary was if he was also the Daemonic Harbinger for clowns.

And you just doomed my players to an encounter with them now. And they've already gone to creepytown with some of the asuras, meladaemons, and things they don't yet have names for. Time to jolt it up a notch because Trelmarixian and Tegresin werent disturbing enough. :D

Also I didn't create Fulca. But I am in inspired awe of whoever added him into BotD3

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