Here's a thought, how about dinosaurs? You could probably even find archetypes or prestige classes that allow them to ride huge dinosaurs while still having other dinosaurs for minions.
What about slaves? Perhaps the orcs can cut good deals with otherworldly denizens like slave traders from leng to secure obedient (they've been driven insane to the point that their life goal is obediance to their masters above all else) mysterious slaves. You could even use this as an excuse to drop in extremely exotic creatures as slaves. One day elves are fending off human slaves and the next it's a moon child (I think that's what it's called). If some of these creatures don't make sense as slaves, then perhaps they'd instead be powerful otherworldly allies; You could insert how orcs have been in contact throughout their past with nightmarishly insane offworlders.
Since elves live in forests, they can plant things that would cause them many issues (for example the musk plant that creates musk creepers), they could also be the ones who created vegepygmies in your world and then set them on the dwarves. There's even the plant that hangs people. For very high CR, there's even the colossal CR20+ floating plant thing in one of the bestiaries.
You could also make them adept with diseases instead of any form of troops.
The Qlippoth wears Prada (In this scenario, main character's name is Prada :P....actually, original title would also work :P)
Hell hath no fury like a reptile scorned
I'm personally hoping the paizo staff and forum members aren't in the next bestiary :P
I can do without running for my life from an epic level cosmo :P
The Dark Wight Rises?
People I don't get:
Folks who're watching something on TV, reading a book or are just in general so out of it that they have no idea what the heck you're saying because they're on planet 'huh?'. How can ANYTHING preoccupy you to the point you have no idea what's going on around you? I mean, I get if you're being attacked by a crazy axe murderer perhaps taking your laptop off the charger so it doesn't overcharge wouldn't occur to you, but for God's sake when the movie/show isn't even in an exciting part (two characters would just be chatting, no mind boggling revelations or anything), you can take two seconds to reply to a question.
Again, they're not preoccupied with anything exciting happening, like an exciting football game or fight scene, just some mind numbing material.
I broke an idea to a guy once, check two posts down for a suggestion from 'halfling barbarian' for a better form of this idea.
In all fairness (and sadly in my experience) some folks have a superiority complex and base their racism on that (these racists aren't the violent KKK type guys, they instead feel their own race is superior either by achievements in their culture in comparison to others or even ridiculously, it can simply be a matter of coming from a wealthier country. For example, now I'm not American and don't know how wealthy Americans think, but from my own experiences with people who think like this, the wealthy probably see Mexicans as being better suited to manual labor than doing any job that requires an education or critical thinking (I'm basing this example on words I read in an article from a Mexican guy who was saying of how rich folk saw his people)). Of course, perhaps this is less a racist attitude and more an ignorant and close-minded one.
Thanks :) (we don't get national geographic, so I think he'll have to give mortal a miss :P)
@Bluddwolf, oh I don't have to try and sell him on PFO, he's already upset with me that I didn't inform him of the kickstarter when it started since he'll now miss the first months of release :P, he's ALREADY frothing at the mouth for PFO from everything I told him :P (well, not literally, I'd be very worried if he was literally frothing at the mouth :P). I'm just trying to find him something to tide him over until it releases.
I remember an item called the Rod of Eternity. It suspended the aging process.... For as long as you held it.
Thanks for the tip guys, following the link to another thread, I found out about something called life is feudal (although...the name of the game is a pun...? I like puns, but as for the name of a video game, I mean come on) which actually has me interested, I think my brother would be really excited about it. I'll check up on the others (although, just a quick question, is there any nudity or sexual content in them? I know there's a whole thing where 'you're fine with him watching violence but against nudity and sexual content?!', but different strokes or something like that) and recommend he check them out.
Here's the thing, my little brother is interested in an MMO that would let you pretty much do what PFO is promising: own territory, be a king/general/some form of leader (if he's lucky enough to get that far) where you can also invade other players' lands and such. I think one such possibility was shadowbane but the emulator for it isn't working properly for him....if there's anyone even playing.
I recommended EVE for him, but he couldn't stand the gameplay that he didn't understand (there were a lot of features that excited him, but the gameplay just wasn't his style).
I guess what he's probably looking for is an MMO that revolves around player created content. He's still ticked off that I didn't tell him about the PFO kickstarter :P (in my defense, I had no idea this was the type of games he was interested in).
I remember an item called the Rod of Eternity. It suspended the aging process.... For as long as you held it.
By that, do you mean that the rest all turned traitor (like Saruman) or in general stopped caring/failed? Rhadagast (from the movie) didn't seem like a bad sort and certainly seemed involved in the current activities.
Actually...the version of the hobbit that I read didn't include Rhadagast OR any mention of a necromancer.... >.>'
Flight of dragons really made me feel the spirit of fantasy :)
I would say when I think knight, cavalier or paladin, I think this guy :D
Actually, is there any chance I can get tracking numbers? The logistics company I deal with have some really awful new policies which worry me.
Awesome bizarre scene I saw in a movie (just to add to the thread):
So this cop arrests the main character and sticks him in an interrogation room and then steps out leaving a stern man behind in the room. The main character gets a call from someone who is SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD, who tells him to just walk out and see if he can pick up his dead body along with him. Aside from the guy saying no, he says he can't because there's another cop in the room with him, guy on the phone says no there's not and tells him to look in the mirror. When the main character does he notices there's no reflection, the guy on the phone tells him the guy in the room isn't real, at least in the traditional sense.
-So he can't hurt me, right?
-Oh, I'm pretty sure he can.
He turns around only to start being choked by the guy. Main character punches him on the face and the guy's mustache starts peeling off, and starts fluttering away. It comes back and bites the main character. Main character pulls at the guy's arm and it comes off, he (main character) starts screaming until the arm curls around his neck and starts choking him. Yup, insanity aplenty....I'm going to use this as soon as I can :P
That reminds me of when Muhammad Ali psyched out an opponent of his that he knew he couldn't beat conventionally (forgot his name, a big (VERY big) tough dude), so that the guy wailed on him with everything he had. Muhammad Ali eventually won but he looked like he nearly died by the end of it.
Truth is, I think even if you threw lethal weapons into the mix, you could still end up with a fight that took a while to conclude (provided both were equally adept). In fact, there IS a feat that simulates what Kolokotroni is talking about EXACTLY: It's called 'death or glory', have both combatants use this exact tactic on their turns and combine it with vital strike and combat will end EXTREMELY fast (if you remember that a round is 6 seconds).
EDIT: Given Kolo's last post (I take a long time to hit that reply button), I'm going to add that my previous point is for when surprise ISN'T a part of the equation. In real life, everyone gets a sneak attack dice when they get the element of surprise and a weapon.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
So THAT explains....
I read this note on wikipedia (I think it was wikipedia) that there was a guy Bruce Lee fought (for some reason). A spectator said that in a span of 15 seconds, he punched the guy at least 15 times and kicked him twice, he said he thought the guy died.
Gandalfs not a wizard... hes an Angel/Lesser God pretending to be a wizard.
Suuuure, and Boromir was too pure to be corrupted by the ring and just wanted to polish it badly.
And the hobbits of the shire were just a large group of midgets who thought 'the village' was an excellent inspiration for how to build a community and just did away with the monster thing and decided to go along with the whole being their own race thing when the first person to spot the community said "Oh, you must be the race we'll start calling hobbits!"
And Gollum was a University professor at Oxford with a PhD in Psychology who was just running an experiment he should've stopped conducting while he had sufficient results instead of extending it beyond the budget he was assigned so that for quite a while he couldn't even afford food and lodgings.
And legolas was a guy.
Perhaps the orcs built the kingdom under the mountain (erebor?) and chose a dwarven motif out of their love for their favorite character in world of warcraft, Magni Bloodhoof, that the dwarves thought 'hey, let's get a bunch of saps to risk their lives to help us get that kingdom for us, they'll buy anything! Let's get the elves in on it too!'
(....I don't think it's necessary but, just in case, jk)
She probably puts a baseball bat straight to the ground, sticks her forehead on the end and rotates around it a hundred times then sees where the night takes her.
That or everytime her body pushes the fun switch she forgets to write it down. It can be hard to keep track you know, you have to remember what makes you sad, what makes you relaxed, they're not all apparent you know. I remember a certain someone had to write down several times that all work and no play made him a dull boy.
THIS actually reminded me of something that supposedly happened in real life to a soldier in WWII, which admittedly DOESN'T disprove Kolokotroni (that's not the goal anyway, it's simply that what he said reminded me of this) but is simply an exception to the rule.
There was a guy who's a senator in the US now who served in WWII, he got shot twice, pulled a pin on a grenade to throw into a machinegun nest only to have that arm shot/blown off, to pick the grenade out of that severed hand of his and then throw it into the nest with his other hand (actually, much coolness ensued with this guy, this is the VERY short version of that awesome tale (my condolences to the guy though, I know that no one would want to go through this), I'm sure someone here would immediately know who I'm talking about).
I don't get people who resort to insults when they run out of proper ways to defending their claim. As someone who's been to two debate contests (one which I won, and another where our team got second place), I usually end up disappointed when the people I debate with online ALWAYS resort to fallacies by the end, whether it be strawmen, shifts of the goalpost or ad hominem. Then again, it might just be the fact that I'm trying to debate on good DM policy on the internet that is the real problem.
If we never tried to see arguments from different viewpoints we'd never expand our knowledge and understanding of others....NERD!
Just kidding, I actually also agree with this. I sadly notice that when I try to have a proper discussion/debate with folks, they pretty much take it personally and get defensive....even over tastes in movies, one guy I knew resorted to insults when I told him I didn't like the avengers movie. Another guy I knew actually based pretty much every argument/discussion/debate in his life AT FIRST with 'well you never know' and then when I finally thought he'd moved past it, he replaced it with 'maybe'.
Smooth movements, definitely smooth moments. I remember a scene from the new spider-man movie where he gets shot...well, you THINK he gets shot, he bends back so smoothly and so perfectly timed. I think the scene was where the a cop tries to shoot him (or was it a robber?).
There was another scene from a Nicholas Cage movie, the one where he could see two minutes into the future. He's trying to decide how to get a girl's attention and one of his attempts at dealing with her ex-boyfriend involved him sliding past and around the guy's attacks.
I also like 'immovable object' meets 'seemingly unstoppable force', like a scene from a movie I saw recently where a woman standing in the middle of the street (I use the term 'woman' lightly, she's a powerful and ancient vampire) gets struck by a taxi and while she doesn't even FLINCH, the taxi just flies over her (I wish they hadn't done it in slow motion, some scenes need the brutality of normal speed. Slow motion makes it more elegant, less BOOM 'what the hell just happened?!'). I think I've seen something like this in a few other movies but my memory isn't all that good.
I don't get why people keep pressuring me to get a bed frame. I can sleep just fine on my mattress on the floor; what practical purpose is served by spending a couple hundred dollars just to raise my mattress three feet off the ground?
This! A thousand times this!
Ah...he was talking about TTRPG (I keep reply window open for long periods :P), in THAT case, I hate modern, progressive stuff. Give me the taste and feel of the old stuff anyday (I've never actually played 1e/2e, but the handbook for swords and wizardry promises so much).
Mythic Evil Lincoln wrote:
It's a shame that some of the good stuff is the old stuff....and BECAUSE it's the old stuff, no one/few will touch it (planescape/fallout 1 & 2 anyone?).
Gotta tell ya, self-worth doesn't taste as good with salsa.
Ironically I'm actually on a diet (supplemented of course with exercise) right now and just made myself hungrier.... >.>
I really would like nachos with chunky salsa right now.
I don't get why people can't spell my last name right. It's written on millions of cereal boxes across the country, but it's still rare for people to get it right the first time.
Your name's weetabix?!
Wait, is it Crunch? If you have the appropriate qualifications, I don't mind calling you Captain.
Is it me or did the model's neck look a little long by the end of it? I half expected it to extend twice more it's original length and for her to flick a snake tongue at me.
I don't know if this'll sound insensitive but considering what countries are at the top of the countries by obesity list, I think it's fair enough to say that inner beauty is the new sexy or looks are beginning to matter a lot less than they used to. I think we're safe. Myself? I'm opening a bag of chips in celebration already.
Things I don't get:
-Fancy decor: No thank you, I got utilitarian creature comforts. I don't need fancy pots, pieces of art, weird colors on my walls or 'artifacts'. Closest I'll get to this is my minis, which I still keep hidden and out of sight in a cupboard. When I get in my room, my eyes drag me to my TV to which my consoles and my PC are connected to, everything else is white noise...made noisier if it stands out.
-People letting hypocrisy get to them: I'm a hypocrite, get over it. Some of the people you'll meet in life? Also hypocrites, get over it. I remember a buddy of mine of who watched a movie that was anti-drugs where the main actor was a guy who does heavy drugs, he just couldn't let it go...entirely. It bugs you? Guess what, the hypocrites (myself included) don't care....actually it's kind of entertaining to watch you squirm (Icyshadow mentioned hypocrisy, I just want to make it clear I don't mean this message for him or anyone else in this thread, this is just literally I something I just don't get).
-People who hate peoples (not people, peoples) they've never met: I've never met a guy from China, you've only spotted some uncouth Chinese guys from a distance, you're seriously making a judgement on a race of people of whom you've seen less than 0.01% of?
-Why people don't de-claw cats they intend on keeping entirely within the house.
-People who keep cats entirely within the house.
-People who keep cats.
Caster changes into an allosaurus, allosaurus proceeds to grapple similarly or perhaps one size larger creature.
Gnome monk successfully puts the the tip of a colossal dragon's claw in a chokehold, dragon is now on the ground unable to move and at the mercy of those around it. And who says size doesn't matter? (Sadly, the PRD apparently...)
Yup, casters are held to a double standard.
Pretty much this.
The dragon would have to be a tad smaller than the colossal one, but at level 15, the smaller the dragon gets, the easier it would get for your group to kill it...so yeah. Pretty much this.
As for the DM's plans getting thrown in a blender....yeah, never show the primary villain's face to the PCs, ESPECIALLY if they're at a level where they've got many and varied resources.
Admittedly if RAW is the primary concern, then it doesn't matter. Demilichdom is pretty much when the lich starts to lose his sense of self and deteriorates (the phylactery also crumbles to dust. The demilich becomes harder to keep dead, but his phylactery is certainly gone). Awakened demiliches are when the self returns.
I remember back in 3e having a monk character who, while trying to sit quietly in the bar of the guild he was working for, was accosted (read struck) by a stronger member. My monk was level 1 and the thug was at about level 3, he hooks his knee under a stool and smashes it into the (rogue?/fighter?)'s face for (if my memory serves me right) about 12 damage. The DM is shocked and tells me I hit him for a little more than half his health.
If we're not placing a level cap restriction, couldn't he do ANY of the above (polymorph into an elf, magic jar + yada yada yada, so on and so forth) and then train as a monk or a druid? (seriously, even though the ageless thing is fitting, when was the last game you played where your character had a chance of dying of old age? I'm seriously hoping that ageless feature isn't taking up the space of a useful feature) He could be a level 20 wizard who then joined a monastery/pagan-stery (stone henge-stery?) and now, after so many years, he is now a level 35 guy who can live forever. Actually, how does Pharasma handle news that Bruce Lee and Getafix won't be dropping by? I get that level 15 monks and druids are a rarity, but since it still happens....
As for the whole 'they can still be killed', well, so can a lich.
Also? Lichdom isn't all sunshine and roses, well...actually it is, they just can't enjoy it (I read something to that effect in one of the books), but demi-lichdom? THAT'S the catch (I'm actually not sure...that IS a bad thing, right?), then again, that just means they STILL got to live a lot longer than if they'd just died.
I'm not sure if that's a good idea, I think they'd be better served with a falcata. They should consider perusing some of the threads here on the forum (just in case this annoys anyone, I am just kidding....unless you can direct me to where I can PM them).
I think it's probably been mentioned in this thread (seven pages long, not sure I'm ever going to read it all), but evil casters are smart enough to postpone death (although not smart enough to let sleeping dogs lie once they turn lich apparently), good casters on the other hand...well it's all about what your goals are. An evil caster wants to go on living, a good caster (I would imagine) would be more interested in continuing to help others. My guess?
His remains in the world would instead be that perhaps his familiar inherits his power and continues to do good in his stead once he passes on. Evil casters can only ever rely on themselves to uphold their evil (unless they have minions who love them enough to want to make sure their masters become liches successfully), good casters on the other hand can probably trust that whatever goodly deity of magic will allow the fellow to continue to do good in at least such a manner. I would say a good caster who has an arcane bond instead of a familiar can instead leave behind an item that grants power to whoever is goodly who manages to get their hands on it.
Neutral casters? Now THERE'S the mystery, although I have no clue for that more out of not knowing what a neutral fellow's goals would be. My best guess is that perhaps a neutral god of magic would ensure that the man's family is taken care of once he passes on, if he has no family, then perhaps makes sure that while the fellow might not move on into heaven, he at least makes it into a neutral realm rather than an evil one.
Hi, I just got my hands on this order but I noticed the year of the demon messenger bag was not in the box. It says on the list of contents that the bag was included, but it's not.
I want to be a halfling wizard with a great maul... and want to know what feats would make it more fun, stop telling me to play a @$##ing summoner
How about magus?
EDIT: I'm just kidding by the way :P
Dotting for interest.
I think a character from penny arcade said it best: "You only feel this way because you don't care about it, imagine if they released a movie about cthulhu where every time he ate a civilization he said 'you've been cthulhu'd!'" <----EDIT: I also just wanted to clarify, I'm just kidding here and referencing a funny thing I read that this quote reminded me of.
Heheh, although in that regard I have to admit, people are highly against deviating from throwbacks. In my homebrew, dwarves seperated into two clans, one that left the mountains and grew to the size of the normal races (the guys didn't have a problem with this, they like heavy metal so this was all fine and dandy) and one that stayed behind and eventually got corrupted to the point that all their hair fell out and their skin turned pale which was immediately met by 'they don't have beards? Then they're not dwarves!' and much complaining then ensued which only ended when I told them that they're dwarven by blood. They really can't get over the idea that these dwarves don't have beard AND that they no longer make use of metal (they can still craft wondrous things out of metal, but they religiously feed all or most of the metal they can get their hands on to delvers (I think that's what they're called)).
Here's something I don't understand, why do you put a point in linguistics to learn a whole language while weapon proficiency is a feat? Weapon proficiency (specific weapon) being a feat is an expensive tax I that I can understand (I really don't have a problem with it being a feat, it just means I need to make sure I really want that feat), but shouldn't linguist in that case ALSO be a feat? (no complaints here, just something I'm curious about)
I would DEFINITELY say either the magus or the alchemist and simply because while the fighter can fire a powerful shot with vital strike (actually, does vital strike work for ranged attacks?), you'll be able to get a lot of variety and exciting choices from the magus or the alchemist whenever you want it.
Actually, I still remember one quest from dungeons and dragons online that I honestly felt was brimming with this. There's a kobold outside a sewer entrance who needs help to get rid of some wild dogs who've moved in and scared his family out and away from it. The catch? He understands that they're just in need of a home and asks that you don't kill them, just get them to leave without harming them. There was so much innocence in that character and just so much compassion and understanding in such a simple quest.
I remember from the dark sun book I read (first prism pentad book), a character finally releases his slave (who loved his master but betrayed him because he wanted his freedom), understanding his pain of being a slave and while it's cliched (and expected, knowing the character, he wasn't just going to strike him down or even punish him really) it was still a moment I liked in the book.
The first codex alera book didn't have much mercy or compassion (there were moments of it), but that's only because the main characters didn't take any lives in the book (even a few villains were moved/hurt by some of the violence they'd caused or at least accepted that a loss had occurred rather than 'lol, another one bites the dust!'). The main characters were also painted in such a -human- light, which made me realize that in a lot of other fantasy novels I'd read, the characters are usually stoic in the face of violence or unmoved by even the very first sight of true evil (Isana's very human reaction to some of her first conflicts with Kord and his awful kid Bittan were something I'd never seen in other novels. Jim Butcher truly is an amazing author).
@Stiehls, Damn, I actually thought Malazan book of the fallen was a series of standalone books or at least a series of several trilogies/series rather than one long story.
Jessica Price wrote:
Thanks, I'm actually looking for mercy specifically rather than books without violence (these series sound a lot like what I'm looking for). I actually DO like violence in my novels (and pretty much any other medium of story-telling, visceral or non-gruesome), it's just that I like characters who understand the value of life (which is easier to do in a world where there's no such thing as 'evil races'). Werthead hit the nail on the head, I'm not looking for pointless violence, compassion and mercy are primarily what I'm hoping to find.<----EDIT: In retrospect, when I typed this it might sound like a note I'm making for Jessica, but the truth is I mean this in general for the books I'm looking up from the recommendations. I'll try and find the books recommended, though as to recommendations like the foreigner series, it sounds interesting but I still like quite a bit of violence in my novels (just not characters killing for the fun of it (which eventually drizzt began to feel like)). Malazan (from the comments), sounds like it's saturated with violence while at the same time compassion and mercy being important and recurring themes.
@Ptolmaeus, I'm assuming you're talking about the discworld stuff. I'd heard about it but decided against getting into the series because it seems more focused on comedy (also, I actually watched the hogfather in movie form, not bad but a little long. I DID like that death was actually a compassionate character who didn't like people dying).
I had considered the wheel of time series but decided against it when I realized I'd be in there for 15 books (and probably still rising). I might try giving it a shot one day though (my buddy told me the magic system was extremely well thought out and designed). If I DO decide to try it out, should I read the prequel first or head to the first book instead?