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It's called 'The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse', it just hasn't been updated from the original 3.5 publication to the Pathfinder ruleset formally. But the fluff still describes all of the planes in overview, with later books like the BotD series going into specifics on their area of focus. :)
Also, it should be noted that until very recently, the law required anyone who juridically transitioned should be sterilized (even if there where no medical issues with them getting kids) and any saved eggs/sperm be destroyed
That's an absolute abomination. What was the medical or ethical rationale used to even vaguely attempt to rationalize that? That's horrific. :(
Tarinia Faynrik wrote:
While Lissa and Crystal both gave some pretty comprehensive answers to your question, I'll chip in what I can.
Each of our experiences is going to be unique on some level. The best way that I can relate from my perspective is that it's on some level like phantom limb syndrome in that it feels like portions of my body are missing and things that shouldn't be there are. Looking in a mirror is often jarring and I try to avoid it if at all possible, even if by most standards -and most importantly my spouse's standards- I'd be considered an attractive male.
It's a combination of that gnawing physical perception of things being -off- and then the social perceptions and reactions from other people that likewise register as being wrong. For me at least I very much could care less about other people's perceptions of me, clothing, etc versus just having a body that didn't feel like a costume with a broken zipper so it can't be removed.
Let them know that you want such a book and it might happen. :)
Paizo also knows the extent to which I'd go to contribute to such a book, including no longer bugging the hell out of them at GenCon for that, and buying them all pizza, among others. :D
Marroar Gellantara wrote:
The way I see the transgender experience is that such people have a gender that requires a different physical expression than the intelligible gender sphere our western thought wants to place them in at birth. This way gender is still something core about a person that we should allow them to express, but it does not depend on genders being essentially different. It would also explain why not all transgender individuals require genital surgery or even hormones.
It's becoming increasingly clear from the scientific literature that internal gender identity is neurologically hard coded into brain structure during early fetal development, but due to certain events (likely included an interplay of genes and maternal hormone exposure) specific regions of the brain are masculinized/feminized on a sliding scale, allowing for a very diverse degree of potential internal gender identities, some of which may lead a person to desire to ultimately transition and some of which do not, with a ton of variation thereof.
We're still figuring out everything that's going on, but it's fascinating. It also arguably IMO makes non-emperical theories of gender somewhat irrelevant.
And in Not-Good-News, Republican Congressmen ask Labor Dept. to withdraw the LGBT Protections the Dept. recently set forth.
They're asking for a 60 day public comment period during which the labor dept ruling would not be in effect. I strongly suspect that the two members of Congress behind this may be surprised at how much flak they're going to get from a good chunk of their own party over this. It's rapidly becoming an issue of civil rights that's supporting by people across the political spectrum. This is a good thing. Those railing against equality for LGBT folks are an old and dying breed on both the Left and Right.
James Jacobs wrote:
The feat wasn't written with a weight limit in place, which I'd leave more to DM adjudication than not, as it's less about weight than it is about fine control which the tail lacks in comparison to a full hand. Hold, pick up, and stow objects but not wield weapons, shields, use spell components, etc (though in my home campaign I could personally be persuaded to allow the tail to perform somatic components of spells).
I'm not specifically familiar with this having been accomplished already, but it's conceptually feasible to insert human bone marrow into immunocompromised pigs of some variety and then harvest the resulting blood with appropriate filtration. It seems an engineering problem than anything else.
The problem I would raise on a safety level would be the presence of porcine endogenous retrovirus, which makes any level of xenotransplantation involving porcine origin cells problematic, even if in the case of harvesting RBCs that lack a nucleus.
But beyond that, I suspect that most of the outrage over you know, helping people, was from the 'It isn't natural' anti-biotech fringe minority of the extreme left. Similar outrage from that camp in recent years over human/animal chimeras in research and creating human embryos using genetic material from a third person to cure various diseases caused by mitochondrial dysfunction in the potential child's two primary parents. Sigh. But I'm going on a rant. I'll stop.
I hope that you enjoy it :)
It was intentionally written with as many hooks as possible that don't rely on any particular set of rules to be useful. The monsters that it does have in the back have since all been updated to Pathfinder rules (in Bestiary 2). And if it helps, it was very much inspired by what came before in terms of the planes from AD&D/Planescape, though obviously it's a different IP. Much respect and appreciation for that though.
Ideally IMO an expanded planar source book (hardcover even?) written formally in the Pathfinder rule-set would be great. Would be great to see at some point, but I have no insight into if that's on the horizon or not.
Hmm? Tegresin is just Tegresin. I'm not aware of the name being the same as anything from RL (Ravenloft I assume?). Other than perhaps making him in attitude about as much of a yugoloth as you can find in Pathfinder which has no yugoloths, there wasn't anything more on him as a nod to anything else (more details on him and his demiplane appear in 'Classic Treasures Revisited' in the Well of Many Worlds section.
Just a few lines in 'The Great Beyond'.
James Jacobs wrote:
That's... really really cool. :D
Also this is one of the reasons why Paizo is awesome. Because the Creative Director will show up on the forum and post behind the scenes details about what inspired material that showed up in the game.
I really wish that I could have played in that home campaign of yours James. I also wish that I lived in Washington so I could run for some of you folks (yes, I made my home group cry out of character, I need to spread that kind of DM love around). ;)
The Doomkitten wrote:
It isn't always easy to come to firm grips with that sort of self-realization either one way or the other. I know that I struggled with it for a long time and completely suppressed it for many years.
Not everyone has the same experience here with this. For some people it's easy to answer that question, for others, not so much. I'm not sure if I would have been able to eventually come to terms with my own self-identity if not for my partner talking it out with me and making me realize what I'd been suppressing for so long out of social norms being what they are.
Learn about things, listen to other folks and talk to them and piece it out for yourself. The self-discovery is worthwhile, regardless of the answer that you ultimately give for yourself. Many folks have been down this road before, and know that you're not alone in that. :)
IIRC, there's a female urdefhan illustrated in one of the last sections of Book of the Damned 3, where it briefly discusses urdefhans and other creations of the 4 Horsemen.
James Jacobs wrote:
And they're awesome. :D
So awesome that I've referenced them in at least two products that I worked on. :)
Now I'm going to go feel really cool because someone thought that I came up with one of your concepts.
Jonathon Vining wrote:
There's that allusion as well - that what we know of as the Abyss is potentially just a tangent zone to another reality that's even worse than the Abyss. The Abyss and the Maelstrom are both the only truly infinite of the Outer Sphere planes.
I have very long hair. In fact I have the longest hair at my company. I don't think that having long (well kept) hair has been an issue at interviews, but I do suspect that it -would- be an issue if I didn't have the resume and prior work experience and publications that I have.
Having long hair, piercings, tattoos I suspect is less of an issue once you're already -in- a professional field, but I don't doubt for a second that for entry level jobs yes, it would impact things negatively.
Common cosmology yes. Pharasma judges all souls.
Of course there are suggestions that the infinite depths of the Maelstrom touch upon other realities altogether (with the other planes of the Great Beyond being just one local island of stability, one bubble of foam, one shallow point in the Cerulean Void).
Jessica Price wrote:
Couldn't have been said better.
I've seen a much more diverse pool of players now than I saw when I first started playing RPGs, and I think the industry as a whole -and Paizo as a shining star therein- have made some some real strides in diversifying their audience and in providing games that increasingly reflect that diversity. With that being done, the applicant pool for industry positions will itself become more diverse, and that's a good thing.
A very good friend of mine in college introduced me to RPGs in the first place, and she pushed me to stop writing for myself and submit stuff to Dragon and Dungeon. She's damn talented herself and I pushed her to do the same, but when Dragon magazine stopped being printed she thought that her chances of getting published in the same route that I'd taken to get into the industry died. So I prompted her to enter RPG Superstar, and she did. She didn't make it far, but the opportunity did spur her to continue trying various creative pursuits and she's now doing stuff with Eclipse Phase that's rocking.
Push creative and talented people from every background and group to apply for open positions, take open calls, and talent will rise to the top. :)
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.