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Anyone point out that in the Golarion books, the crunch is there in support of the fluff? We knew about Aldori Swordlords for a long time. We knew that in the world they are considered to be amongst the best swordsmen. We didn't know how. They could have all been level 16 fighters by fluff alone, but players want to BE Aldori Swordlords, not just read about them, so Paizo gave us a unique weapon, an archetype, some feats and traits to make a Swordlord mechanically different than just a high-level fighter.
Crunch in support of fluff. That's how Paizo does it. That's how America does it. And it seems to have worked out pretty well so far.
I used to read it. I do so less often now. I want to keep fiction, but want it revamped. Reading about Koriah's earlier adventures would have been better than a tale in Riddleport that has nothing to do with the Shattered Star. Cutting the fiction down to 5 installments and getting an in-world piece like Sixfold Trials of Larazod or Zudinger's Picnic every 6th volume would be swell, too.
Not in a Paizo AP, but in Red Hand of Doom (penned by James Jacobs) the defense of a city under siege is handled as "waves". That was a very satisfying night of gaming!
What do you think are the scariest / most disturbing evil outsider lords in published Paizo material?
The Dragons of Golarion article from waaaay back in Pathfinder #4 states that amongst metallics, the mother's traits prove dominant in mixed pairings. So a Gold father and a Copper mother produces a Copper hatchling. Amongst chromatics, the father's traits prove dominant. So a Red father will always produce Red hatchlings, regardless of it's "mate's" color.
Crossbreeding between metallic and chromatic dragons is always by force and results in an abomination dragon: hoarfrost, rot, ruin, rust or suffocation.
The spell can be used offensively, but it has limits.
It only affects 10 cu. feet + 1 per caster level. At fifth level, that's only 15 cu. feet. Say you try to make a cage, with 1 cu. inch bars set 6 inches apart. The enemy can still attack through the bars, or can attempt to break the bars (1 inch stone doesn't have too many HP and only 10 hardness), and it has no roof, so the enemy can just climb out).
You get 36 bars. You get 18 ft of fence, or 4-1/2 ft. of cage. Which isn't enough to catch a creature with 5' x 5' space. Since the spell only affects stone (hence the no SR or save) I'd say it can't force a creature to squeeze or otherwise directly harm the creature, which means you can only "catch" tiny creatures (who can just squeeze through the bars) until you hit 6th level and get enough bars to fully surround a 5 ft x 5 ft square.
As the character level's up, the spell becomes better (can form a higher and thicker bars or add a roof), but at higher levels the character probably has other even more deadly options.
If it has something to do with the words on the page, I don't mind reusing some art. Just don't do what WOTC did. I can't count the number of times they threw in that little black and white demon, dragon, or skull. It looked like they ran out of the art budget and fell back on clipart to keep the pages from turning into walls of text.
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My mistake, Apsu is the dragon god for good dragons. Dahak (The Endless Destruction), would be the dragon god for the evil dragons.
Actually, Apsu is god to both chromatic AND metallic dragons. Chromatics see him as an overbearing father, and don't so much worship as grudgingly admit him as their creator. Only the most degenerate chromatics worship Dahak, and they are outcasts among their own kind.
This is from Dragons Revisited, which is an older book with some stuff that probably isn't canon anymore, but in Golarion all dragons are part of a very large and highly dis-functional family. But they are still a family.
I'd go with Legacy of Fire. It's the only AP to date that feels like it could actually begin with "Once Upon A Time..."
It's like a Harryhausen Sinbad movie from start to finish, with very clear villains and good-aligned supporting cast. While there is violence (I mean, this IS a game about killing things and taking their stuff), there isn't any incest or gratuitous sex or gore.
It is 3.5, but that really isn't that big of a deal.
I agree. I'll have the Beast and the Aberrant Promethius duke it out off-screen before the PC's arrive. The Beast will have lost, but the Aberrant Promethius will have been weakened enough for the PC's to take.