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Darl Quethos

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RPG Superstar 2014 Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 863 posts (866 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 8 Pathfinder Society characters.


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icehawk333 wrote:
*gets his wooden stakes with little red flags tied to them.*

Where is Buffy Summers when you need her to put those stakes to good use?

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The spam is now making its way down to the PFS forums.

Just be alert and keep flagging.

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I flagged three more.

Let's not respond to the threads with the spmm, just flag them. I just list it as copyright violation.

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I flagged two threads before coming to this forum and then found a third one to flag here.

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I look forward to getting this book soon.

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I just flagged a spammer.

It is a shame that we can't see some legal action.

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nighttree wrote:
Very nicely said William Ronald.

Thanks. I came across a story about a caller to an Indianapolis radio station who said that he was a restaurant owner and already has discriminated against LGBT people.

Let me quote from the story and the caller.

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“I grew up Christian, and I believe in man and woman, Adam and Even not Adam and Steve,” he went on. “If a couple comes into my restaurant and makes other people leave my place of business, then I’m losing more money from the people leaving than coming in.”

He told the radio hosts that he has already turned away people who seemed gay to him, but he made up a reason rather than tell them the truth.

“I have discriminated.I have said something was broken in the kitchen and said I couldn’t serve them,” Ryan said. “I told them that the fan was broken and they left.”

I have gamed with Christian gamers, Jewish gamerss, Wiccan gamers, Hispanic gamers, African American gamers, Asian gamers, and people from many parts of the political spectrum. I have participated in play by post games with people in different countries. My rule at the gaming table and in my broader life is to treat everyone with respect, even if I disagree with them on some issues. (it is possible to lose my respect, but I try to begin with respect.) One of my problem with this law is that it seems to make people feel unwelcome and second-class citizens.

In the case of the man claiming to be a restaurant owner, I must ask would he be willing to put up with a surgeon who would not operate on him because he disagreed with his religious or political views? I believe that the only way my rights can be guaranteed in a free society is to guarantee the rights of others. We can, and I believe should be, the mutual guarantors of each others rights and dignity. Ultimately, I believe what unites us as human beings is more powerful and important than what divides us.

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As a gamer and a resident of Northwest Indiana (which I have joked should see about seceding to Illinois), I oppose the law.

A friend of mine passed last year at age 93. He was a World War II veteran and was a millionaire by his mid-30s. Yet there were places not open to him because he was also a Jew. I would face the same discrimination if such laws and standards were still in place.

The market is useful for many things, but it did not solve the lack of civil rights for many Americans. As someone who has faced the occasional bigoted comment, I can't justify a law that seems to cloak the wish to discriminate against others based on one's beliefs. Morally, I cannot let others be discriminated against as part of my religious and ethical beliefs. There are still some people in this country who will seek to deny others the same rights and dignity they ask for themselves by justifying such behavior through their faith, or with other reasons. (Fortunately, it seems that bigotry is in decline.)

Sadly, I have seen this thread degenerate into people throwing stereotypes at each other. I would hope that we can avoid such posts because I believe that this thread should remain open.

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One factor that would limit the ability to kill Runelords (and keep the list to a manageable level) is that magic can do things that a Roman emperor would have sold his soul to do. Divinations and magic generally will help put down plots.

I am thinking somewhere between twenty and thirty-six runelords could work. Those are manageable numbers for a project.

Perhaps one factor also to consider is that sometimes a Runelord might consider it in his interest to stop a rival to another runelord. (Sometimes the devil might be the one you want to deal with as you are focusing on someone else. Note that this is not to be mistaken for altruism, merely self interest.)

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This really looks like it will help new players. As a PFS GM, I know that new players can become frustrated or overwhelmed with options.

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On Thursday, at Lightspeed Hobbies in Portage, Indiana, I ran "The Temple of Empyreal Enlightement" to run my 60th session as a Pathfinder Society GM. My players had a great time, as did I.

I would like to thank Bob Jonquet, Brian Mooney and everyone I have played with in PFS. It has been a lot of work, but a lot of fun!

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Gabriele, I do no believe in special rules. However, I think that GMs and players can be respectful of others and welcoming. This has worked well in my local PFS group, I believe. We have several women gamers in our group.

There was a good discussion two years ago in the Save vs. Sexism: Interview with Jessica Price thread (I was busy at the time and wished that I had participated more.)

Perhaps the most important thing that we can do at the gaming table is to welcome others as we try to have fun.

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Check your e-mail!

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In a campaign that I played in for many years, we had two drow characters created before Drizzt ever came out. As they lived underground, they decided to worship an Earth goddess. Fleeing their homeland, they joined up with a group of rogues and others to take over a trade city and began trading with their relatives. The characters were neutral, with some good tendencies for one character. (The older character was lawful neutral to an extreme degree.)

I tend to hate "all evil" for mortal races. I can understand mostly evil or good for cultural reasons, especially in a world with active deities.

A drow character on Golarion, regardless of alignment, should expect to face considerable prejudice. However, if a player and GM wants to work on a story on how someone overcomes their background and defines himself or herself, more power to them. Sometimes, playing against type can be fun.

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Sean, I like many of your ideas and have enjoyed your work for many years. (Your Scarlet Brotherhood supplement for Greyhawk made that group a favorite villain of mine.)

I do feel that splitting the base did not help TSR. Let me share this link Acquiring TSR in which Ryan Dancey.

Either moving onto the full PFRPG or finding another system seems better than splitting an existing customer base. No game can satisfy everyone, so my advice is to find something that fits your needs.

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Having read some of the Pathfinder novels, here are some ideas.

Ruins: There are ruins in Kyonin, dating back to before Earthfall. The party may be asked to investigate.

Elven border party: An elven border patrol has to rusn to a crisis, and asks the PCs for some help. (Ideally, the leader can be someone that they encountered before or is connected to someone that they have worked with before.) As for the threat, how about a group of Razmiran cultists who have uncovered an artifact tied to the Old Ones and are now about to try to modify an elf gate to let something from the Dark Tapestry in to Golarion. Or have the cultists trying to infiltrate Kyonin.

From the depths: Something is causing some elven farmers or horse ranchers to disappear, and the party is tasked to get to the bottom of it. Enemies could be drow, aboleth or other horrors.

King Xeros Gambit. See the Pathfinder Wiki entry on King Xeros of Old Azlant, which is featured in a PFS adventure. An uncovered carving shows that the ship visited Kyonin and a diviner has determined that it will appear again soon in Kyonin -- near the border with Treerazer's turf. The party must get to the ship before some of Treerazer's agents do and try to rescue a helpful NPC -- who can hep advance the plot.

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Nicely done! Also, there are also some efforts to bring civilization to Belkzen, including among orc leaders. The Pathfinder Wiki article on the Hold of Belkzen is a good place to start for information as well

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Well, for my highest level character in PFS, Ellestron Makkarios, I took a Welsh first name and a Gaulish last name.

Amanar Bakare is a Thuvian ranger. His first name is Berber (Tamazight) for the constellation Orion and his last name is Egyptioan.

Cael Ardan, a refugee from Ramziran who would like to see Ramzir's head and body on a pike, has his name drawn from Celtic sources.

Kelannon, an elven rogue, has a name that is vaguely Celtic.

Tevieil Ellyllion is derived from a Hebrew word for world and Ellyllion, Middle Welsh for "Of the Elves"

Alarun Rachlav is a mixture of Norse and Slavic names for a Varisian/Ulfen witch.

Feel free to use a lot of different sources, and remember that people do move about on Golarion or from beyond. (Hey, at least we don't have many names like Mayor Charles Oliver O'Kane from Ravens Bluff in the Forgotten Realms. I thought that I could find that one in the Chicago phone book. ;) )

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On a few occasions, I have seen parties in trouble claim that they are the Aspis Consortium.

In general, identifying themselves as Pathfinders in places known for tyrannical governments or superstitious societies seldom does any good. Mind you, I would expect the Pathfinder Society to get some good PR out of season five.

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The changes sound interesting. I would like to see more about archetypes. Is there an archetype that replaces the animal companion with something else? (If I played a hunter, I would likely go with a companion. However, it never hurts to have options.)

Also, Mark, can you maybe comment on the hunter's role? I can see hunters working well with druids and rangers, but perhaps being more focused on eliminating enemies. (Maybe a motto of the Green Faith is "Send a druid to teach and restore, a ranger to guide and defend, and a hunter to kill?")

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Mikaze wrote:

Anyone else notice that Lissa's avatar switched to the goddess of cleansing flame around the time this swarm started demanding her attention?

Clearly another Paizo employee needs to switch to an Asmodeus avatar and construct some sort of quarantined area to confine this spammer.

The reenactment of the Godwar has already started! It has to be finished properly!

Seriously though, many thanks for doing this and condolences on having to put up with it.

Yes, and as some of the spammers seem to be posting about what may be taken as breeding, surely we are seeing the followers of Rovagug here.

Seriously, I know that this is hard work. I have a friend in Phoenix who did a radio show and worked hard to keep his board free of spam one weekend while he was out. It is not easy.

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I enjoyed this, as Osirion is one of my favorite places on Golarion. The Risen Guard is also a fascinating concept -- and we see the issue of class playing a part in Osirion.

Mind you, my PFS characters would have something to say about the remark about Pathfinders. ;) I am looking forward to the next installment in the series.

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I enjoyed the story and I like the characterization a lot.

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I really like this, as I can see the gods of Ancient Egypt in the Pathfinder Universe exerting an influence on Golarion, as a certain Old One has done. I had hoped to also see Khnum, the Nile god, as a god of waters, but maybe he can be saved as a local deity for an area near Osirion as he was adopted from Nubia as I recall.

Will any of this be Pathfinder Society legal?

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Best wishes to Sean and Jodi in their new lives. Sean, you have done a lot of gaming and created many products that I have enjoyed over the years. Thank you for your hard work and I look forward to seeing what you create in the future.

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W E Ray wrote:

Give Paizo a few more years -- it's all still pretty new (compared to FR).

That being said, the Pathfinder Chronicles are a pretty reasonable equivalent to Realms Lore.

If you're a Pathfinder then you probably hope to publish your own journal in the Pathfinder Chronicles, meaning there's lots of Pathfinder Chronicles out there to read. Cooler than Elminster's drivel or the silly Vollo's Guides since the Chronicles are written by adventurers (mostly actual PCs).

Add to this the fact that the adventures cover a number of scenarios, and the heroes can range from the morally ambiguous to the truly heroic.

One thing that I like about Golarion is that the focus is largely on the PCs in adventures. There may be a few heroes out in the world, but most are pretty busy. (Some do have interesting back stories. I think that any Pathfinder would love to spend a few hours chatting with Old Mage Jatembe if he is still around.)

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Louis, my deepest condolences to you, your family and your friends on this tragic news. May Carla's memory be for a blessing and a source of strength and comfort for you in the days ahead.

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Right now, there is little that I can do. However. I urge our community to help out.

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Mikaze wrote:
Matt Thomason wrote:
Not sure about that Paladin not being a good Pathfinder, I'm not even sure they're a good Paladin ;)
Emphasis on the last sentence. Damn.

I think that it is time for a talk with the player, as this paladin seems to be heading for a fall -- and willing to jeopardize his or her party as well.

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In the past few days, there were times when the site was unable to load. However, I know that moving to a new ISP is not easy.

The Paizo Blog is taking a very long time to load.

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Don't forget morlocks in the ruins, as well as golems and other constructs. Perhaps the Pathfinder Society module King Xeros of Old Azlant might be useful for some ideas and stats.

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What Irnk says is true. Also, I doubt Lissala has those links to the Serpentfolk.

Help me out with the Old Mage, where is the reference to him being born post Earthfall. I can't nail it down.

Thanks :)

There is very little on Jatembe, but most of it can be found on this article at PathfinderWiki.

Somehow, I would like to think of Old Mage Jatembe as still alive, trying to make a difference. (Having a powerful figure behind the scenes does not diminish heroic player characters. Perhaps Jatembe is working at some important task that consumes his time and is hoping to one day find a successor.)

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doc the grey wrote:
What I always wonder is why other powerful outsiders don't try the starstone? I mean it seems like something Beelzebub might pull in an effort to match Asmodeus in power, considering it grants you a 5th domain and full divinity.

With rare exceptions, as I recall on the canon on Absalom and the Star Stone, those who fail the Test of the Starstone perish. Also, Beelzebub may worry about the price of success as much as failure -- who will he have as an ally? Is Asmodeus so powerful that Beelzebub will have to flee? Or would he worry that Asmodeus is letting him take the test to lure him to his destruction. (Paranoia is perhaps justified in Hell, but it is also a permanent state of mind for its inhabitants. Everyone in Hell IS scheming.)

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For the character concept, I would recommend Calistria who has no love for Asmodeus, particularly the misogyny in his cult. (I am not sure what version of the mythology of Golarion is correct in regards to Asmodeus and Sarenrae.)

However, I think that the worst enemy that Asmodeus has is Rovagug. There can be no compromise with Rovagug.

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I see that the elohim are mentioned as a race. Am I correct in presuming that they may be inspired/connected to the Elohim race in the Chonicles of Thomas Covenant as opposed to a more religious approach?

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Well, for inspirational reading, I would suggest Ursula K. LeGuin's
"The Word for World Is Forest" which reminds me a lot of the themes that we are talking bout Castrovel. The planet may have a consciousness, and manifest that in various ways. (Hmm, if the planet is a conscious and is self aware, is there a chance that Castrovel itself could count as a deity of sorts?)

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James Jacobs wrote:
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Since when did Skyrim corner the market on anthropomorphic cats? 0_o
They haven't... but finding a unique look for Pathfinder for races is part of what we try to do. You can tell a Pathfinder elf, gnome, or goblin, for example, apart from other fantasy settings. That's valuable to us.

Identity is very important for a company. I do appreciate the fact that I can tell a Pathfinder product by its art alone.

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Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
Don't forget Aleister Crowley.

Perhaps tied to Asmodeus or someone that Asmodeus does not want snooping around Golarion.

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There could be enough racial diversity for several different subspecies. On Earth, we had modern humans, Neanderthals, the Denisovans and the "hobbit" species existing at the same time for thousands of years.

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Odraude wrote:
As a note, angels in the Bestiary range across all the good alignments. Therefore, they do not have to be the epitome of lawful stupid and could redeem a fallen brethren.

Also, a lawful good angel should be anything but lawful stupid as angels are intelligent beings who in most cases have lived for hundreds if not thousands of years. Depending on the deity or philosophy that an angel follows, redemption could be an option for confronting fiends. Realistically, the redemption of a fallen angel should be a rare event. (I am personally opposed to lawful stupid, awful neutral, chaotic crazy and any other absurd takes on alignment.)

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gamer-printer wrote:

The title of the thread and the OP's post cover two different issues. So to answer in the order presented.

Is murder evil? Yes, always.

But, is killing of sentient life, in the name of good, bla-bla-bla... No, not necessarily, it can be evil, but not always. Killing and murder are two different things.

I think your thread title will definitely cause problems in this discussion since, it's not regarding the same subject as the OP.

The sixth commandment of the Bible is different based on which version you're reading. In the King James version it's thou shalt not kill. However in the original Greek version (the first written version) it's thou shalt not do murder.

If you can't use the proper definition of the word of concern or even the right word, you can never get a clear answer.

While your argument is good, you do have a fundamental error. The Torah was originally written in Hebrew, not Greek. (The Greeks translated the Torah and other Jewish writings, but not always accurately.) Thus the commandment that is often mistranslated as "You shall not kill" actually uses the Hebrew word retzach, perhaps best translated into English as murder. The word retzach is not used for war.

I would argue that a paladin charging a foe, such as a priest of Rovagug, is not retzach, but rather someone acting in a war. There is a great difference, in Jewish theology, in murder and in fighting a war where self defense and attacking a foe are considered legitimate. There is a difference between the murder of an innocent person and fighting a legitimate foe.

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We all make mistakes, and I think that we should be reasonable with honest mistakes.

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Joana wrote:

But that's the question posed by the thread: not "Is the Pathfinder Society unlikeable to the people of Golarion?" but "Is the Pathfinder Society unlikeable to you as a player?"

I'm simply answering yes, it does repulse me as a player, and I don't want my PCs to have to support it. Historically, women and minorities were discriminated against; it would certainly be okay for modern players not to like a "realistic and historically accurate" in-world organization that admitted only white males to its ranks and to object to multiple storylines in APs and modules that involved helping such an organization or held up membership in it as a desirable goal for PCs.

While I think the hazing thing is something that should be changed, as it has caused a lot of grief, the Pathfinder Society is known for having male and female members of many races and cultures. As such, it is more open than most of the old boys clubs of old. In one game, I could easily see someone play a tiefling character, a halfling, a human of any number of ethnic groups in Golarion, a half orc, an elf and a dwarf.

I think that the society usually comes across as a neutral self-interested organization that does a lot of exploration. If more of the focus was on its paralleling the Royal Society and less as an old boys club, it might help ease some concerns. (One could argue that such bad treatment of incoming recruits is one of the reason for some factions, such as the Shadow Lodge, keeping an eye on the organization.)

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Orthos wrote:

Why am I not surprised to see Daigle post a picture of a giant mantis? ;)

Likewise, eagerly looking forward to Rasputin and Baba Yaga.

There are many takes on Rasputin, from portraying him to a sinister influence on a court to someone who favored the people. Considering other aspects of the historical Rasputin, such as the reputed number of his descendants, I wonder if he will follow Calistria?

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Kevin Andrew Murphy wrote:
Note to self: "Let them eat crow" is now racially insensitive and Hannibal Lechter-esque....

Using the phrase finger licking good probably is not a good idea either.

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2007 was a trying time for Paizo. However, I think by being true to themselves and their customers, Paizo ultimately prospered.

I would like Lisa Stevens to make sure that some business professors get to see these articles as they show good case studies in how to overcome challenges. I guess this shows that in business, as in life, character counts.

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Well, you could perhaps have a minor noble of Taldor eliminating those who deems as undesirables but using a disguise. Think Jack the Ripper. Throw in some magic, and also imagine that the villain is trying to blame someone else to throw off the authorities and harm a rival. (Sometimes destroying a person and his reputation is worse than killing him.)

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I imagine that a kangaroo animal companion would allow the halfling druid in the pouch, assuming the dimensions were right. However, I am not sure that the kangaroo would understand to use the tower shield.

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Let me give you the link for the convention.
ArticCon, February 18, 2012 in Valparaiso, IN

Here is a link to the Pathfinder Society Games. (I am running two sessions): ArctiCon Pathfinder Society Games

So, if you are interested please come on out. We are having some judges coming from as far away as Indianapolis to run events.

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This was a fascinating read, and I enjoyed learning more about the early days of Paizo. Here is to the next ten years!

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