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Jareth Elirae wrote:

For both the oracle and the shaman who take the Heavens as their mystery the 20th level power includes "if you are killed you come back as a star child that matures over 7 days". What exactly is a "star child" it does not appear in any Beastiary and it seems to be specifically chosen wording without much explanation?

A star child is a 20th level character who took the Heavens mystery. That's pretty much it. It's basically just a bit of flavor, and something of a semi-2001 easter egg.

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CorvusMask wrote:

Curse of the Crimson Throne question...

Spoiler:
So another question about Ileosa's infernal contract, this time about devil bounded to her:

"IN ADDENNUM shall the erinyes heretic ZANZINARIA"

I'm mainly curious at that "erinyes heretic" part, like does that mean Zanzinaria is heretic to devils or is heretic sort of a title or rank for devils or erinyes?

(also, when devil bounded creature dies, does anything happen to devil they were bounded to?)

If you ask questions about an Adventure Path like this, it's generally best to spoiler the question.

Spoiler:
Zanzinaria got in trouble in some way, likely to do with being a heretic, and that's why she got used as "fuel" for the devil bonded template for the queen. What exactly she did is left to the GM's discretion.

When a devil bonded creature dies, what happens to the devil also varies; usually they'd just go back to being normal devils back in Hell though.

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


James,

Thank you very much for answering my question. Have another one that just cropped up.

May I ask that the answer to CorvusMask's second question be put behind a spoiler, as I'm currently in a Hell's Rebels campaign where that might be an important plot-point?

That's not a Hell's Rebels question, but a Curse of the Crimson Throne question, and yeah, he probably should have put that in a spoiler.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
here's a cute animated gif of a lizard licking his eye.
Speaking of which, do lizardfolk lick their eyes like that or do they have actual eyelids that can blink?

They don't. They've got eyelids.

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Rysky wrote:

I just got my backer PDF of the Cthulhu Mythos and i'm loving it!

I especially like the inclusion of the Mythos Ghouls which brings me to my question, if I include both them and the paralyzing Pathfinder Ghouls in a game what would you suggest I refer to the two creatures as so as to not confuse my players?

Use both. If the players are confused, that's fine, because it's good for the game to be, at times, somewhat unclear about what you're facing. Mythos ghouls and undead ghouls look pretty different, so as long as you're consistent in describing them, it'll be fine.

Dark Archive

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Reasoning for Hell's Rebels...:

On the chronicle sheet for In Hell's Bright Shadow AP #97, there's a Boon titled 'Devil-Bound Slayer': You killed the devil-bound warrior known as Nox. This may impact future adventures.

That being said also in an intermittent Crimson Throne, so thank you for putting that behind a screen.

Do you follow the NFL at all, and if so, what team do you loathe?

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Uh, sorry, gonna practice asking AP related questions in spoilers now:
Out of curiosity, what does being heretic to devils mean? I don't think devils are particularly religious, so that makes me curious

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


** spoiler omitted **

That being said also in an intermittent Crimson Throne, so thank you for putting that behind a screen.

Do you follow the NFL at all, and if so, what team do you loathe?

I don't follow the NFL really. When I do, I tend to get into the Seahawks (cause of Seattle) or the 49rs (cause of my Dad being a fan of them), but lately I've been MUCH more into basketball, with the Golden State Warriors being my favorite team.

I don't have teams I loathe. Life's too short to loathe sports teams.


I've searched everywhere.

what is the golarion equivalent to ecstasy if there even is one?

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CorvusMask wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

By being either not lawful enough or not evil enough.

Silver Crusade

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James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:

I just got my backer PDF of the Cthulhu Mythos and i'm loving it!

I especially like the inclusion of the Mythos Ghouls which brings me to my question, if I include both them and the paralyzing Pathfinder Ghouls in a game what would you suggest I refer to the two creatures as so as to not confuse my players?

Use both. If the players are confused, that's fine, because it's good for the game to be, at times, somewhat unclear about what you're facing. Mythos ghouls and undead ghouls look pretty different, so as long as you're consistent in describing them, it'll be fine.

Hmm, okies!


So reading the following excerpt from Blood of Fiends, regarding common locations for asura-blooded tieflings, got me wondering...

"Faultspawn are most common in Vudra, though following the death of Aroden a sizable number of asuras have made destructive pilgrimages to those sites where he dallied with the occasional mortal or that most clearly mark his fall."

...are there any notable descendants of Aroden? Specifically I have to wonder if it may have been why he sponsored so many demigods, like it would be pretty cool if he was actually Iomedae's father or something.

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Kaladin_Stormblessed wrote:
...are there any notable descendants of Aroden?

Nope. (Not everyone is interested in having kids, and that extends to divinities as well.)

Silver Crusade

James, has Pazio ever considered tieing together the 5 yearly hard back with a novel to kind of fictionally demonstrate what's going on in the Hardback. example if a new class or race is introduced in One of the Ultimate lines a novel has elements of the new class or race in it. I really like the iconic stories just expand them more and include them in a novel released around the same time. I miss the novel line as it has been cut back in the numbers that are released each year.

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Lou Diamond wrote:
James, has Pazio ever considered tieing together the 5 yearly hard back with a novel to kind of fictionally demonstrate what's going on in the Hardback. example if a new class or race is introduced in One of the Ultimate lines a novel has elements of the new class or race in it. I really like the iconic stories just expand them more and include them in a novel released around the same time. I miss the novel line as it has been cut back in the numbers that are released each year.

Not really, no.


Mr. James Jacobs,

Stepping into the Way Back Machine of memory here. What would you say is the color of Silthilar blood from the Lords of Madness?

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

Stepping into the Way Back Machine of memory here. What would you say is the color of Silthilar blood from the Lords of Madness?

Not sure they even have blood. They're weirdos. Let's go with clear, like water.


James Jacobs wrote:
The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

Stepping into the Way Back Machine of memory here. What would you say is the color of Silthilar blood from the Lords of Madness?

Not sure they even have blood. They're weirdos. Let's go with clear, like water.

Interesting. I like it.


How large was the Whispering Tyrant's empire at its greatest extent? I'm guessing it stretched south to Nirmathas and west across the Storval Plateau?


Mr. Jacobs. I'm sure that this has been asked of you before, but honestly I don't think you can fault me for not wanting to dig through 1399 pages for the response. My question is. Will Paizo ever correct some of the inaccuracies regarding weapon weights and other misc things or will that simply be allowed to remain in favor of other projects?

I ask this because weapons like the Khopesh which in reality was a very light weapon weighing in at roughly 2 pounds is listed as 8 pounds, and historically one handed weapons like the Falchion are listed as Two handed.

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Ianesta wrote:
How large was the Whispering Tyrant's empire at its greatest extent? I'm guessing it stretched south to Nirmathas and west across the Storval Plateau?

Not that big. We haven't actually ever set the size in stone as far as I'm aware of. Maybe some day we will.

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Kellerak wrote:

Mr. Jacobs. I'm sure that this has been asked of you before, but honestly I don't think you can fault me for not wanting to dig through 1399 pages for the response. My question is. Will Paizo ever correct some of the inaccuracies regarding weapon weights and other misc things or will that simply be allowed to remain in favor of other projects?

I ask this because weapons like the Khopesh which in reality was a very light weapon weighing in at roughly 2 pounds is listed as 8 pounds, and historically one handed weapons like the Falchion are listed as Two handed.

Those values are things we inherited from the previous rules, and weren't on our radar to go in and research and correct at the time we were creating Pathfinder—we had bigger fish to fry, frankly. Pathfinder is not meant to be a completely accurate representation of real-world history, after all.

And in a game where what we call a "falchion" is not actually the same thing as a real-world falchion, I'm not too worried about weapon weights exactly matching up to real-world analogs. Feel free to change them in your game if it's too big of a disconnect or messes too much with verisimilitude for you; changing the weights shouldn't really impact any other aspect of game play as far as I can imagine.

Silver Crusade

HI James, I have got a question on Strange Aeons AP, In the book Cassiidilla is in, she was the ruler of Alar the city the King of Yellow destroyed after a fashion. Is Cassiidilla still alive in some other dimension/Plane?

Can Blackblades communicate with people that are not their weilders. I know that they have Telepathy with their weilder and can understand a number of languages but it is unclear if they can speak or use telepathy to communicate with others.

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Lou Diamond wrote:

HI James, I have got a question on Strange Aeons AP, In the book Cassiidilla is in, she was the ruler of Alar the city the King of Yellow destroyed after a fashion. Is Cassiidilla still alive in some other dimension/Plane?

Can Blackblades communicate with people that are not their weilders. I know that they have Telepathy with their weilder and can understand a number of languages but it is unclear if they can speak or use telepathy to communicate with others.

This is two questions, not one. Please limit your posts to one question at a time in the future.

Cassilda's role in Strange Aeons is pretty detailed in that AP. Check the final volume for more details; she's on the cover.

Haven't put any thought at all into blackblades, to the extent that I don't really know what you're talking about.


hey James, reread Dungeon 139 today and noticed Sasserine has a ruined bridge over the entrance of its harbour. This in turn reminded me of Magnimar and to some extent Riddleport.

I'm curious about the continued ruined bridge motif for a port city as opposed to a huge Bronze Rhodes type statue like GRR Martin used in Bravos.

Do you have a particular thing for bridges as opposed to statues?

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Yes, because the best urban landmark is the Golden Gate Bridge.

(That said, Wes was the one who created the Irespan. Sasserine is all me though.)


Hi!

The pathfinder system is inspirated by the 3,5 version of D&D.

I know and understand that this game is very difficult to unchain from the previous version mantaining the retro-compatibility.

Is there the will by you and Paizo to create in the future a new set of rules that will prefer the innovation and the symplification of the game with the same care you spended to renouvate the previous version of D&D 3,5?


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James Jacobs wrote:
Lou Diamond wrote:

HI James, I have got a question on Strange Aeons AP, In the book Cassiidilla is in, she was the ruler of Alar the city the King of Yellow destroyed after a fashion. Is Cassiidilla still alive in some other dimension/Plane?

Can Blackblades communicate with people that are not their weilders. I know that they have Telepathy with their weilder and can understand a number of languages but it is unclear if they can speak or use telepathy to communicate with others.

This is two questions, not one. Please limit your posts to one question at a time in the future.

Cassilda's role in Strange Aeons is pretty detailed in that AP. Check the final volume for more details; she's on the cover.

Haven't put any thought at all into blackblades, to the extent that I don't really know what you're talking about.

Having played Bladebound Magus extensively, Every GM I have ever had has not allowed the blade to speak to anyone else. It's telepathic link is to the owner just as it alludes to in the description.

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Pad Shiro wrote:

Hi!

The pathfinder system is inspirated by the 3,5 version of D&D.

I know and understand that this game is very difficult to unchain from the previous version mantaining the retro-compatibility.

Is there the will by you and Paizo to create in the future a new set of rules that will prefer the innovation and the symplification of the game with the same care you spended to renouvate the previous version of D&D 3,5?

Check out Starfinder.

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Kellerak wrote:
Having played Bladebound Magus extensively, Every GM I have ever had has not allowed the blade to speak to anyone else. It's telepathic link is to the owner just as it alludes to in the description.

Please don't start discussions—I need folks to keep their posts to this thread limited strictly to questions to me so things remain manageable by me. If you want to give someone feedback like this, start a new thread or send them a PM.


James Jacobs wrote:
Pad Shiro wrote:

Hi!

The pathfinder system is inspirated by the 3,5 version of D&D.

I know and understand that this game is very difficult to unchain from the previous version mantaining the retro-compatibility.

Is there the will by you and Paizo to create in the future a new set of rules that will prefer the innovation and the symplification of the game with the same care you spended to renouvate the previous version of D&D 3,5?

Check out Starfinder.

When does we'll see that with sword without laser & dragons that don't take the shuttle to fly?

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Pad Shiro wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Pad Shiro wrote:

Hi!

The pathfinder system is inspirated by the 3,5 version of D&D.

I know and understand that this game is very difficult to unchain from the previous version mantaining the retro-compatibility.

Is there the will by you and Paizo to create in the future a new set of rules that will prefer the innovation and the symplification of the game with the same care you spended to renouvate the previous version of D&D 3,5?

Check out Starfinder.
When does we'll see that with sword without laser & dragons that don't take the shuttle to fly?

Not now, that's for sure!


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Dear Mister Jacobs,

With regards to Return of the Runelords, are all of them returning or just the ones that haven't been killed in the past 10+ years?

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Dear Mister Jacobs,

With regards to Return of the Runelords, are all of them returning or just the ones that haven't been killed in the past 10+ years?

They'll all have at least a LITTLE bit of screentime. In theory. Plus some more that no one yet knows about.


James Jacobs wrote:
Pad Shiro wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Pad Shiro wrote:

Hi!

The pathfinder system is inspirated by the 3,5 version of D&D.

I know and understand that this game is very difficult to unchain from the previous version mantaining the retro-compatibility.

Is there the will by you and Paizo to create in the future a new set of rules that will prefer the innovation and the symplification of the game with the same care you spended to renouvate the previous version of D&D 3,5?

Check out Starfinder.
When does we'll see that with sword without laser & dragons that don't take the shuttle to fly?
Not now, that's for sure!

There will be Pathfinder 2.0 or only a new parallel set of rules?

Silver Crusade

In Tian Xia, the pantheon includes Shelyn as one of the major deities but it does not include Zon-Kuthon. So how Tian Shelyn priests regard the myths in Shelyn's religion that include her brother? Do they ignore those myths completely or talk about Zon-Kuthon as much as other priests of Shelyn do?

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Pad Shiro wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Pad Shiro wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Pad Shiro wrote:

Hi!

The pathfinder system is inspirated by the 3,5 version of D&D.

I know and understand that this game is very difficult to unchain from the previous version mantaining the retro-compatibility.

Is there the will by you and Paizo to create in the future a new set of rules that will prefer the innovation and the symplification of the game with the same care you spended to renouvate the previous version of D&D 3,5?

Check out Starfinder.
When does we'll see that with sword without laser & dragons that don't take the shuttle to fly?
Not now, that's for sure!
There will be Pathfinder 2.0 or only a new parallel set of rules?

Not now, that's for sure!

But that said, I don't answer questions about things that don't exist yet. Please keep your questions about Paizo products to currently announced or released products so that folks don't get confused.

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Karth of the Mammoth Tribes wrote:
In Tian Xia, the pantheon includes Shelyn as one of the major deities but it does not include Zon-Kuthon. So how Tian Shelyn priests regard the myths in Shelyn's religion that include her brother? Do they ignore those myths completely or talk about Zon-Kuthon as much as other priests of Shelyn do?

They don't. That's not part of the mythology or faith or scripture when someone from Tian-Xia worships Shelyn. Zon-Kuthon doesn't really play any role at all in the Dragon Empires pantheon whatsoever.

Put another way, Shelyn is about MUCH more than her brother's relationship, and she is not solely defined by Zon-Kuthon.


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I read several pages of the Return of the Runelords discussion last night, and then proceeded to have a dream about them.

I find both the concept of the Runelords/sins/virtues, as well as Thassilon being a nation founded by/on them utterly fascinating and incredibly unique, so kudos there.

My question, how did you(or whoever else) come up with said awesome concepts?


In regards to the awesome Void Dragons from Bestiary 4, how does their Suffocating Breath power work?

"Instead of dealing cold damage, a very young or older void dragon can breathe a cone-shaped suffocation effect. An air-dependent creature that fails its Fortitude save suffocates for a number of rounds equal to the dragon’s age category. The save DC is Constitution-based."

Does it immediately set them to suffocating per the environmental rules (Unconscious @0hp, -1hp and dying, dead), does it just make them hold their breath, or does it allow multiple saves a la the Suffocation spell?

It seems like the first option is a good recipe if you hate your players and want a TPK, the second is only useful for flavor since darn near any PC can hold their breath 12 rounds, and the third is balanced but still nasty, but also not at all supported by the ability description as written.

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Monkeygod wrote:

I read several pages of the Return of the Runelords discussion last night, and then proceeded to have a dream about them.

I find both the concept of the Runelords/sins/virtues, as well as Thassilon being a nation founded by/on them utterly fascinating and incredibly unique, so kudos there.

My question, how did you(or whoever else) come up with said awesome concepts?

It was mostly me, with help from Wes. And inspiration from a wide range of other stories I've read or watched over the years, plus elements drawn from my homebrew setting.

In other words, I did this by immersing myself in the horror and fantasy genre for decades so that when it came time to come up with a group of bad guys for Pathfinder, I had a lifetime of experience and practice in coming up with new content in the genre.

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Zair wrote:

In regards to the awesome Void Dragons from Bestiary 4, how does their Suffocating Breath power work?

"Instead of dealing cold damage, a very young or older void dragon can breathe a cone-shaped suffocation effect. An air-dependent creature that fails its Fortitude save suffocates for a number of rounds equal to the dragon’s age category. The save DC is Constitution-based."

Does it immediately set them to suffocating per the environmental rules (Unconscious @0hp, -1hp and dying, dead), does it just make them hold their breath, or does it allow multiple saves a la the Suffocation spell?

It seems like the first option is a good recipe if you hate your players and want a TPK, the second is only useful for flavor since darn near any PC can hold their breath 12 rounds, and the third is balanced but still nasty, but also not at all supported by the ability description as written.

Rules questions should be ask in the product thread or rules forums, so that folks can FAQ them and so that the design team can see them.


Are there any happy accidents that got built into the pathfinder setting? As in mistakes that you liked and kept because you liked them.

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LonelyLavosier wrote:
Are there any happy accidents that got built into the pathfinder setting? As in mistakes that you liked and kept because you liked them.

Yup, but I generally don't reveal them as mistakes to the public. :P

Silver Crusade

Hi James, I have got a design question on the Shifter. If the shifter is supposed to be a martial the class the it should have IMO Simple and martial weapons. As it is a shifting class that does not have a class special ability to have its armor and weapons mere with it when it changes form. Then IMO it should have Simple and martial weapons and not have medium armor. The Shifter has the Monk Wisdom bonus to AC that is another reason for it not to have Medium armor as it would loose that bonus if he wore medium armor.

I hope this does not violate the one question rule I am really more interusted in the first part weapons and armor the second part is more of an observation on my part.

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