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James Jacobs wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

In a post-Second Darkness Golarion, how do you feel about redeemed drow as PCs? Not necessarily "I was always good" Drizzt-types, but perhaps those brought to the light more organically.

I kind of want to play one in Jade Regent as Shalelu's "little sister", especially given her role in preventing the Second Darkness. :)

Since my favorite all-time character, who I put into Shackled City and then again put her into Golarion and who I'm giving a semi-starring role in Hell's Rebels and who'll have a big presence in the 100th volume of Pathfinder and who I name pretty much ALL of my video game characters after is in fact a redeemed drow PC (she got reincarnated into an aquatic half-elf about 2/3 the way through her original adventuring career), and since Eilistraee is hands-down my absolute favorite Forgotten Realms deity...

... my take on redeemed drow PCs is that they're super awesome.

So you name all of your characters Ileosa then? :P (I kid, I kid)

Have you ever run into the "Oh gosh, another Drizz't clone" mentality when anyone wants to play a redeemed drow?

How have you handled it if you have?

Was Shalelu (I think that's her name?) created before or after everyone's favorite ranger?

If she was created after, was she inspired by him at all?

Silver Crusade

Haladir wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Spook205 wrote:
3.) If there were infestations of Giant Polyps on Golarian, where would they be?
3) Giant polyps? I assume giant versions of the primitive tiny water-borne creatures, and not the things that grow inside of people. I suspect the best place for them would be in any soggy area... the Sodden Lands come immediately to mind.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Spook205 meant "Flying Polyps"...

Correct! Since Mr. Jacobs references them in answer to my next question I assumed that he was making a point of answering my question as asked though just in case. The error for this one is mine.

Course now I've got an idea for mobile swarms of malicious polyps.

More crazy questions though.

1.) Does Pharsma's mandate for adjudicating the dead extend only to golarian? Are there species or people outside of her mandate? For example, does she get involved when Osiris is weighing hearts?

2.) You mentioned that the forces of evil can send other people's souls to other destinations, this seems a contribution to the theory that Core Pathfinder is a bit on the cosmic horror side of things. How does Asmodeus justify such actions? Lawful being that he is, the innocent are not his lawful prey.

3.) A corollary to 2. If evil cultists, devil worshipers etc, have this capacity, doesn't it intrinsically balance things towards the forces of evil?

4.) If Good's only recourse is to storm The Abyss/Hell to presumably liberate these souls stolen from their reward, and Hell/The Abyss remain fully capable of storming Heaven right back, doesn't this denigrate the gods to just nation-states writ large contending over a living natural resource?

5.) Similarly, why don't the qippolth just attack say the positive to stave off soul development and starve their opponents out? Do they fear eradication in response, even though they're naturally spawned from the (presumably) infinite Abyss.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Haladir wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Spook205 wrote:
3.) If there were infestations of Giant Polyps on Golarian, where would they be?
3) Giant polyps? I assume giant versions of the primitive tiny water-borne creatures, and not the things that grow inside of people. I suspect the best place for them would be in any soggy area... the Sodden Lands come immediately to mind.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Spook205 meant "Flying Polyps"...

Maybe. In which case, my answer would be "In some lost desert realm."

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Tels wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

In a post-Second Darkness Golarion, how do you feel about redeemed drow as PCs? Not necessarily "I was always good" Drizzt-types, but perhaps those brought to the light more organically.

I kind of want to play one in Jade Regent as Shalelu's "little sister", especially given her role in preventing the Second Darkness. :)

Since my favorite all-time character, who I put into Shackled City and then again put her into Golarion and who I'm giving a semi-starring role in Hell's Rebels and who'll have a big presence in the 100th volume of Pathfinder and who I name pretty much ALL of my video game characters after is in fact a redeemed drow PC (she got reincarnated into an aquatic half-elf about 2/3 the way through her original adventuring career), and since Eilistraee is hands-down my absolute favorite Forgotten Realms deity...

... my take on redeemed drow PCs is that they're super awesome.

So you name all of your characters Ileosa then? :P (I kid, I kid)

Have you ever run into the "Oh gosh, another Drizz't clone" mentality when anyone wants to play a redeemed drow?

How have you handled it if you have?

Was Shalelu (I think that's her name?) created before or after everyone's favorite ranger?

If she was created after, was she inspired by him at all?

Ha. No. Ileosa IS from my homebrew game, but she was never a PC. She was always an evil queen NPC.

I've never run into that mentality personally. Mostly because I've never had someone try to play a "Driz'zt clone."

Shalelu was created for Burnt Offerings; she wasn't a PC or NPC before that, although I suspect HAD I at some point made a ranger, she would have been like Shalelu.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Spook205 wrote:

1.) Does Pharsma's mandate for adjudicating the dead extend only to golarian? Are there species or people outside of her mandate? For example, does she get involved when Osiris is weighing hearts?

2.) You mentioned that the forces of evil can send other people's souls to other destinations, this seems a contribution to the theory that Core Pathfinder is a bit on the cosmic horror side of things. How does Asmodeus justify such actions? Lawful being that he is, the innocent are not his lawful prey.

3.) A corollary to 2. If evil cultists, devil worshipers etc, have this capacity, doesn't it intrinsically balance things towards the forces of evil?

4.) If Good's only recourse is to storm The Abyss/Hell to presumably liberate these souls stolen from their reward, and Hell/The Abyss remain fully capable of storming Heaven right back, doesn't this denigrate the gods to just nation-states writ large contending over a living natural resource?

5.) Similarly, why don't the qippolth just attack say the positive to stave off soul development and starve their opponents out? Do they fear eradication in response, even though they're naturally spawned from the (presumably) infinite Abyss.

1) Nope. She judges all the dead in the Great Beyond. Osiris more or less works for her.

2) Lawful does not mean "I won't attempt to capture and torment my enemies." In fact, that's where the evil side of things kicks in. Lawful does not mean "blind adherence to all law everywhere." Otherwise Paladins would not be able to exist.

3) It does, which is why it's important for good guys to not slack.

4) It's sort of an arms-race and a cold war, with both sides choosing their battles.

5) Because the qlippoth lack the numbers to pull that off; they know that if they tried something like this, pretty much all of the Great Beyond would rally against them.

Sovereign Court

James Jacobs wrote:
Darius Darrenbar wrote:

James quick question,

I'm presently running Skull and Shackles with my online group and a few of the players have expressed an interest in defecting to Cheliax once they've avenged themselves on Barnabas Harrigan. The group is pretty new to the game but they have some knowledge about the setting in general so they are familiar with the history between Cheliax and the Shackles but aren't aware of Harrigan's role in the campaign other than he's responsible for their present situation and is probably the final boss in the campaign. Their plan is to kill him off and then discreetly inform the Chelish navy what they know about the strengths and weakness of the Shackles, which given when they'll finally face Harrigan could be quite a bit.

How drastically would it affect the campaign if the PC's decide to throw in their lot with Druvalia Thrune and what is the most likely outcome they could expect from Cheliax provided the invasion is successful.

I would work to present Cheliax as bad guys; it'll take a LONG time before the group gets revenge on Barnabas, and in that time, you (and the adventure itself) should have plenty of time to show the players how bad Cheliax is, and that can set up for some really fun character arcs after the PCs who were pro-Cheliax turned anti-Cheliax.

That said, your plan wouldn't alter the game much at all, other than to change the nature of the first part of the last adventure. The PCs would still need to do the bulk of the last adventure even if they end up working for Cheliax; they just are doing it for different reasons than for themselves.

For the most part they see it as they were drugged and press ganged against their will in an area where that sort of behavior (and worse) is apparently acceptable, so by that logic any country invading to try and end piracy in the Shackles and bring some sense of order and stability can’t be all that bad. Doesn’t help we started watching Black Sails on Showtime not too long ago so you might have an general idea how they’re handling going about the situation.

So if Cheliax were to succeed what is their overall plan for the Shackles exactly? I don’t think it was really ever established just what they intended for the territory in question outside of it being a stepping stone to reclaiming Sargava and ending piracy in the area. What would be the likely outcome? For that matter what could be in store for Druvalia outside of increasing her rank and standing within House Thrune? Given the pact she and her uncle made how likely is it that Geryon would gain any religious influence within the newly conquered Shackles?
Also what rewards (or punishment) could the PC’s expect for their service to the crown if any?


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Hello Mr. Jacobs!

How are you today?

I was reading past posts on this thread and noticed that you said Queen Ileosa was an evil NPC from your home game. I was curious to know what she did in your home game. Also, which Ileosa was worse? Pathfinder's version or your homebrewed version?

Hope you have a good rest of the week!

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

James Jacobs wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
4) Speaking of tv show competitions, why are they and reality tv still going strong? D: When will people stop watching that stuff?..
4) Turns out, the world's big enough for all sorts of different tastes and interests. My advice? Focus on the TV shows you like and ignore the ones you don't. That's how I deal with things like Duck Dynasty or Dr. Who.

Are you saying you focus on Duck Dynasty and ignore Dr. Who? I know before you said you don't watch Dr. Who, but you have never revealed your love of Duck Dynasty before!

What does your cat do that freaks you out the most?

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