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You as a PC could always still gather together a bunch of cavaliers of the same order to found an organization. Especially in something like Kingmaker.
Conveniently enough, I just wrote down the membership and basic tenets of the knightly order I founded in our Kingmaker game. They are the ruling family's personal guard, but can be fielded as a cavalry unit in battle. I am also working up the faction stats for our military academy, which is dedicated to cavalry tactics. Ultimate Campaign has been a huge blessing for this stuff, but I'd like to get the Faction guide too.
I've run some partial transparency before. Psionics and Magic do not affect each other but certain creature types had a built in psionic resistance. If a creature had SR, the creature also had PR equal to half the SR + a racial bonus. The racial bonus was different based on the creature time. For example dragons and aberrations might have a +8 racial bonus to PR but a magical creature might only have a +4. The idea was that alien minds are far harder to affect than humanoid minds. I had little problem maintaining psionic vs magic. Most of the creatures were in the magic sphere but I threw in some psionic monsters to make my player's psychic warrior feel special.
Psionics in my game was rare. Psions were seen as godless monsters by the public, but secretly the world governments employed psions as bodyguards, seers, or to construct psionic defenses.
On the flip side, I played a Paladin of Irori before there was Champion of Irori and Paladin of Irori. Kind of an interesting concept, but definitely fits the hero role. Defend civilization from the fringes and be an inspiration for others to reach their own enlightenment.
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Interesting question. I think I'd consider the 100 years war to be a similar situation. Then again England wasn't even a nation state at that point. Maybe the Galtans just take things slow and easy?
I'm a 13th level TWF paladin/fighter, so keeping track of the various attacks can get confusing. I use either a spare sheet of paper in my notebook or the gaming mat to keep track of buffs and such. I keep my sheet organized so that anyone can see where my temporary bonuses come from. It ends up looking like this (as an example):
Holy Avenger +26/21/16 (TWF 24/19/14)
2d6+13 +2d6 Holy
+1 Spiked Shield +24/19/114 (TWF 22/17/12)
And then from there I make changes based on the buffs I get or the target. I might make a separate one based on the smite evil target too because paladins at that level with TWF roll a crapton of dice.
Two examples for the pack animal thing. First, my first PFS character is a wizard named Rashepses. He has a donkey named Yubastird (say it out loud) that carries all of his things. Yubastird also works as good cover for my cowardly wizard. 15GP for a pack animal to carry all of your things is well worth the price. If you are small, it also works as a mount.
Second, in our Kingmaker campaign, a few of the party members pooled our money at first level to buy a cart and horse. We traveled all over the Stolen Lands in this thing. It helped us carry some 1200lbs of Tuskgutter back to Oleg's trading post for one hell of a party. Plus we had bacon! So instead of living out of our packs, we enjoyed the comfort of hot meals every night. It took twice as long to explore but was well worth it I think.
He's a manipulative bastard. His fixation on his daughter remembering him doesn't go a long way towards balancing out his wholesale slaughter of other people and keeping their heads in fish tanks.
I just found it interesting. He's already a complete jerk for wanting to kill off other survivors, but I thought it was kind of humanizing when he immediately crawled over to cradle his daughter. Even with a piece of glass shoved in his eye his first thought was his daughter.
I had considered that, Neil. But I think the Governor has it planned with Merle all along. This is actually part of the comics. Instead of Merle it was Martinez. Martinez escaped with Rick, Michonne, and Glenn. He got them to trust him and then he sneaked off to go tell the Governor where this place is at. (Hint: he never makes it because Rick chases after him and runs him down with a car.)
That was some fine acting by David Morrissey in the last episode. The Governor's first thought after Andrea found him was to rush over to his daughter. All of his experiments were to see if his daughter could remember him. He's a sympathetic character and not the inhuman monster he is in the comics, at least he is in regards to his daughter. However Merle is a sick son of a b#!%$. I predict that the whole final scene of the last episode was a setup by Merle and the Governor to get Daryl to trust Merle and lead them to the prison. Saw it coming.
You'd think that given that a prison is designed such that there aren't an excess number of access points, that it would be relatively easy for the group to locate all of these and seal off all but a few and then proceed to clear out section by section. They do control the entire exterior perimeter right?
No they do not control the perimeter. They control one yard. They never got around to clearing the entire exterior, which is why they were attacked and overrun so easily. Sure they cleared one cell block but they had no idea where exits were or where likely rooms were. (Hint: there's probably a loading dock and a motor pool somewhere.)
Mine is a Paladin of Irori. I thought it was a pretty cool concept. He's basically an exemplar and a proselytizer. I unknowingly modeled him after the Champion of Irori prestige class before that even came out. He shows people what they can aspire to while also attempting to bring some order and good to the world.
He is the son of one of the priests at the temple of Irori in Absalom. This doesn't really grant him a lot of privileges because the two never really saw eye-to-eye. His father is a traditional follower of Irori, but my paladin is very outgoing and doesn't mind the occasional drink or smoke. He has taken up drinking tea and playing chess with our Tian cleric on the long sailing voyages.
He is the party's rock. He's kind of the de facto party leader because the group knows he'll always try to do the right thing. Nobody in the group does anything outright evil, but he also doesn't preach to them. He explained up front that his code was his, not theirs.
If anything, hurricanes just wouldn't hit Avistan. They would form off the coast of Garund, but they would be mostly Southern hemisphere hurricanes because the Eye of Abendego would kill any storm that might form before it got too big. Storms would probably also form off the western coast of Tian Xia and drift west towards Vudra. This is all assuming that the weather patterns and ocean currents are similar to Earth. If not, hey anything can happen. Anything can happen anyways if Gozreh decides he doesn't like your seaside village.
I'm interested. I currently have Carrion Crown, Skull and Shackles, Rise of the Runelords, and Kingmaker. I'm most familiar with Carrion Crown and Kingmaker but it sounds like you guys are interested in Skull and Shackles. I have so little time for games in person this semester with school 3 nights a week. That's why I'm looking more at PbP games.
...What kind of exotic beers and cheeses?
Make a video of him then. Make him a youtube sensation in the same way that Rebecca Black and the "Leave Britney Alone" guy are sensations.