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Since you will be in dark dungeons a lot, I'd go with owl. You don't want to travel in the desert by day, it's cooler at night, so owl wins there too.
Initiative bonus familiar lacks the utility of a flying scout. And if you fail your perception check, you won't be going first, regardless of your initiative.
Specialize in Conjuration: Teleportation. This gives a swift action multi-use dimension door supernatural ability that you can use to get out of grapples, escape from jail cells, or just get out of combat reach so you can cast your spell without interruption. As a supernatural ability, it does not provoke attacks of opportunity, and can be used while you are grappled.
For opposed schools, take Abjuration and Necromancy.
Since you will be exploring the wilderness a lot, a familiar that can fly would help you with scouting and seeing whats up ahead. A hawk would be good for scouting during the day. But, I'd probably take an owl to watch over me at night when camping/sleeping outdoors.
Meh, put a potted plant in with 'em. That'll give 'em oxygen, for, like...a while...
When plants are not exposed to light, they convert their sugar reserves to energy, and when they do so they convert O2 into CO2.
So you would need some sort of continual light spell to supply the plants with light. Too bad Continual Light isn't a spell anymore.
The babies don't have an alignment yet, and if you allow them to be raised by humans, half of them will become evil. Unfortunately, you don't know which half will turn out to be evil.
The solution is to have the babies raised by wolves (or some other mammal animal other than humans, like bears, foxes, etc.) Then all the babies will grow up to be feral and have a neutral alignment, similar to wild animals. This way none of babies will become evil, and you didn't have to kill any of them.
Interesting thread. It makes me want to play a character whom attempts something like this.
The attitude improvement from diplomacy only lasts 1d4 hours, unless the GM rules otherwise, so Hypnotism is certainly an improvement.
It would work as a permanent 'love potion' as well. If your character is interested in things other than ruling the world.
People don't always play the way you want them to. Maybe it is about expectations on how the game should be played, or maybe it is about not wanting to be railroaded into doing something they don't want to do.
I'd suggest in character negotiations, such as, "If you help us in the tunnels, we will help you follow those tracks in the graveyard."
Not every player is a combat murder-hobo. Some players have characters that are either grossly sub-optimal, or spend the whole fight self buffing and moving into safe positions. Some players read a book or play on their phone, unless someone tells them to roll some dice. It sounds like it wasn't a TPK, so I don't see the problem with her being sub-optimal. If the GM is one to balance encounters, then they should take into account that her character is not an over-optimized DPS machine.
Considering she was hiding behind an illusionary wall, yet still got attacked by summoned monsters, you can't blame her for being paranoid.
Do you like spending time with this person? If so, work things out. If you just plain don't like her for some reason, than stop hanging out with her.
Magus have high DPR and good defense with spells like Mirror Image. With a pocket full of Pearls of Power, they can Intensified Shocking Grasp all day long. Zen archers are also pretty good at DPR and have good saves and CMD. Paladins smiting evil are very potent too. All 3 of these have good will saves.
A rogue or fighter is just going to suck in comparison, especially when a monster casts dominate, confusion, or some other save or suck spell requiring a Will save.
Let the players who now realize their characters are grossly inferior have the option of rebuilding their characters, or possibly playing new characters with equal wealth and experience.
Maybe your players would rather RPG My Little Ponies and talk about how pretty their characters are, rather than face a very minor challenge. They sound like a bunch of whinny care bears. Feel free to quote me on that.
I don't think you are going to be able to make these players happy. Let someone else GM, and roll up your own elite character.
Maybe the cohort falls in love and wants to take his money and settle down. Retire from the adventuring life. (The player should be allowed to retrain their leadership feat to something else.)
I wouldn't kill off his character or cohort, just because the other players are jealous.
If your group has a lot of players, you may want to restrict things like cohorts, animal companions, eidolons, and summoned monsters, as they take time from the other players.
A doppelganger conspiracy where important people are being replaced one by one.
Alternatively, important people are tricked into wearing 'brain slugs', so they fall under the collective mind. The brain slugs are hidden by hats or helmets, of course.
Gelatinous cubes find their way out of the dungeon and are eating everything in the local forest. Soil, trees, shrubs, fuzzy bunnies, all fall victim to their hunger. Given their new nearly unlimited food source, the gelatinous cubes are exponentially multiplying and growing out of control. Soon they will consume all organic matter, ending life as we know it. Alternatively, have just one gelatinous cube, but have it large enough to swallow an entire village, and it is still growing.
Hmm, I've gamed with someone for 10+ years who occasionally cheats on his rolls. I guess I never felt the need to kick him from the group. I wouldn't kick someone to the curb, if their only flaw is an occasional episode of cheating. As a GM, it is fairly easy to compensate to negate a single person's cheating.
Specify strict procedures for rolling dice. Like, the dice must be clearly readable, and all rolls must be witnessed by another. Make a dice rolling pen for the center of the table, and rolls only count if they are done in the pen. Define procedures for 'cocked' dice, and so on.
The population density of New York City is 26000 people per square mile, but this is using high rise apartments. If you figure apartment buildings are about 30 stories tall in NYC and you want your fantasy city to be about two stories tall, then change your population by a factor of (2/30) to be about 1700 people per square mile.
So a city with a population of 17000 would encompass about 10 square miles, or have a diameter of about 3.5 miles.
A "wealthy" city would have a lower population density, while a "poor" city would pack the people in. Higher population densities mean more disease, crime, and unrest.
If the caster is flying and has 6 mirror images, is Step Up going to be helpful?
If your goal is to defeat a caster as a martial character, I think you are better served by playing an archer. You can full attack the flying caster without needing to move, Step Up, or fly. The best way to stop a caster from casting a spell is to take away all of their hit points.
Well, if a particular fight is going really well for the players and the monsters don't stand a chance, you can just say that the players win, without tediously rolling it out.
Locations can add to the excitement, along with environmental factors. Say the bad guys ambush the group at a tavern, but before they rush in to attack, they light the building on fire. There would be panicking villagers and smoke and fire to contend with, in addition to the fight at hand.
A narrow bridge over a deep chasm is always fun. Have the big bad guy say 'None shall pass'.
For Aasimar, Ifrit, Sylph, Gnolls, and Elves, the favored class option for Oracles is "Add +1/2 to the oracle's level for the purpose of determining the effects of one revelation."
Apply this to the Oracle's revelation that grants an animal companion, and the animal companion's level can be 50% higher than the oracle's level.
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That is literally the worst idea in this thread.
Well, that may be. It is difficult to determine all the dynamics of the situation given the limited information, and to formulate the best solution that will work for these individuals. Ultimately, the original poster will decide what to do. This was just a suggestion, and sometimes I do make ludicrously bad suggestions, but then they can still be helpful because it causes one to think about what makes a good or bad solution.
And yes, Obscuring Mist for the win, but not everyone will think of that, be able to cast it, and win initiative.
To be fair, you did show them a big bag of candy, and then tell them they couldn't have any.
Let them create ludicrously optimized races with lots of points. Play it for a while and see how it goes. Set campaign on easy mode and let them stomp everything.
When you grow bored with this, design a powerful encounter that will kill all the characters, like 48 level 1 wizards all casting a single magic missile (that's 168 damage per round) as a CR 10 encounter. Have them all spread out in a large area, so melee guys can only kill one per round.
Then have a generous druid come by and cast reincarnate on each of them. Have them roll randomly for a mundane race that they come back as.
They could be scrying one of your associates, rather than you. They could scrying your ship, rather than you. Possibly you have a magical 'tracking locator' in your possession.
One of your associates could actually be the mystery character, or they are feeding the mystery character information.
The mystery character could be a figment of your imagination or the result of a cursed magic item.
It could be the avatar of a god that is making sure you uphold your obligations.
Instead of confiscating weapons and such, the city guard ask the adventurers to leave a 'damage deposit' with the authorities. It will be refunded when the group leaves town and have not gotten into trouble.
If the city suspects the adventurers of possible wrongdoing, a city guard of the same gender will be assigned to each adventurer. They will watch their assigned suspect the entire time they are in the city. Of course, the adventurers will have to pay a 'nominal fee' for this 'service'. If the adventurers evade their watchers, they will be considered to be criminals.
In the short term, 'no', I don't think a new edition is needed. But, I would like for Paizo to be looking to the future and keeping notes on things that would make for a better and more balanced game. I'd say, when Pathfinder reaches the 10 year mark, would be a good time for a Pathfinder 2E. I think 'Unchained' is a good measure to bridge the gap.
I'd suspect that P2E would share enough similarities with P1E so adventure paths and such, would not be obsolete, similar to how 3.0 and 3.5 adventures can be used in Pathfinder now.
Having a 'face' in the group isn't really a requirement for RotRL as far as I have seen (your experience may vary). It wouldn't hurt to have a 'face', but the adventure won't grind to a halt if someone fails a diplomacy check.
Wands of Cure Light Wounds or Infernal Healing can be used by the Witch, who does have some divine casting ability.
I'd recommend playing whatever class you feel like playing, without feeling the need to fill a particular 'role'.
Say a player makes a barbarian with rage and power attack and he carries a big two handed hammer. For that character his tool set consists of a big hammer. And to that character, every problem is going to look like a nail that needs to be pounded with his hammer.
I think you can use Pathfinder for what you want to do, but you are going to have to communicate your vision with your players so they can make versatile characters with more than one tool in their toolbox.
The Pathfinder system really focuses characters on combat. You build your character to maximize damage output or to control the combat. There isn't much to designing characters in regards to non-combat actions other than assigning a few meager skill points. Pathfinder is made for combat, and it is a fun system for that.
I think if you are going to do what you are thinking about (having a game not based on combat so much), you are going to need a different game system. The Fate system might work for what you envision.
Zen Archer mostly builds itself. Keep in mind the Rapid Shot and Multishot feats won't stack with their Flurry of Arrows.
You will want wisdom as your highest stat, as Zen Archers may use that instead of DEX for their archery attacks, and WIS adds to your Will save, AC, CMD, and Ki pool. After WIS, you want STR, CON, DEX. Both INT and CHA can be low or dumped.
Bonus feats you want:
At 9th level take Clustered Shots for your feat.
As a zen archer, you get a lot of free feats like Perfect Strike, Weapon Specialization, Weapon Focus, and Point Blank Master. So you can spend your feats from level 1,3,5,7 on whatever suits your fancy, and they don't need to be archery related.
Spending Ki will use up your swift action, so it won't work with Arcane Strike. The extra attack from Ki does stack with Haste.
Get an Adaptive Bow for +1000gp, as it will allow you to use the bow at full STR if you get a STR buff, and without a penalty if your STR gets drained.
Carry a backup bow, as Sunder or Disarm would ruin your day, otherwise. Also lots of arrows and quivers. And spare bow strings.
Monks also have the best saving throws in the game.
If your group lacks ranged attackers, than I'd say Stinking Cloud to shut down ranged opponents (although Obscuring Mist can do this too).
Don't take a second 'pit' spell. The level 2 Create Pit is sufficient.
Slow is great due to the selective targeting, and the Slow spell affects undead, while undead will be immune to the Fort save of the Stinking Cloud. If you are ambushed by a bunch of ghouls, Slow is the better spell.