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I'm so happy for you. Congrats!
Which begs the question, how much of that do you already have written Todd?
Well it doesn't matter unless it's in print, that's the simple answer. It's Paizo's world and they have the ultimate say on the secrets of things.
However if Paizo wanted to revisit the topic in the future and put me on it (which I'd gleefully agree to), yeah I know places I'd go, and the seeds are already in print for where I would.
Ask yourself, just what sort of person would a mortal have to be in order to then die and have their soul weighed down with the stuff of that much metaphysical horror, hunger, and self-loathing such that on their own they seeded the genesis of Abaddon and a race of fiends in their image?
What sort of tale could the mortal-that-would-become-the-Oinodaemon tell?
So yeah, that would be a pretty rocking topic to see expanded upon and yet still leave enough intentionally mystery there for DMs to expand upon on their own. :D
Generic Villain wrote:
It's intentionally ambiguous such that any of the three is possible, and even a combination of them, or none. Is one more likely given all the information? Yes, but there's enough fog of history that it's not absolutely certain.
PIXIE DUST wrote:
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'."
James Jacobs wrote:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
I've made my players cry. Not their characters, but the players. Do you really want me to write part of an AP?
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. ;)
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.
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.
Played through this one at GenCon.
Happily used the line [Indiana Jones] "These artifacts belong in a museum!" [/Indiana Jones]
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. :)
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.
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
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.
I'm certainly looking forward to reading, critiquing, and where requested providing feedback on stories submitted to the contest. :)
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'!
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.
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. :)
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. :)
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 :)
"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.