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Silver Crusade

James who on the rules team should I write with an Idea that I have to correct what I see a poor game design in regards to armor and special materials. This idea I have is to correct a legacy issue from 3.x.
I think that materials like Mithril and adamantine should increase AC.


James Jacobs wrote:
FiddlersGreen wrote:

Are demon lords basically the evil versions of the empyreal lords?

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Unrelated question: How do possession-type spells (e.g. magic jar, possession, familiar melding etc) affect magic item usage & other spells?

Specifically:
1. If I'm wearing a headband of charisma, does the bonus from the headband transfer with my consciousness? If not, do I get the bonus if the possessed creature puts it on whilst I am in his head?

2. If I have a familiar, will the familiar's hp change to half of max hp of the body I am in, or my original body? If it's the latter and I am wearing a belt of great constitution, will the increased hp that my original body gets from the belt still apply when calculating my familiar's hp whilst I am in a borrowed body?

3. If I cast shield other on my familiar before casting familiar melding (which basically lets me possess my familiar similar to magic jar), would half the damage I take whilst in my familiar's body transfer to my own original body?

Yes... although kind of the other way around. Empyreal lords are the good versions of demon lords, since demon lords have been a part of the game's tradition for nearly 40 years, while Empyreal lords are something we just added to the game's tradition in Pathfinder.

1) The bonus won't transfer until you put the headband on your new head.

2) The familiar's hp are not affected.

3) Probably, although the way you worded that question is kinda confusing (which is probably a side effect of it being a confusing situation).

Thanks JJ. Really helps to get an understanding of just how powerful the empyreal lords actually are (I had thought them a little lower on the power scale before).

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What I meant in question 3 was this situation:

1. I cast shield other on my familiar. I now take half of the damage it takes.
2. I cast familiar melding. My consciousness is now in the familiar's body.

If my familiar's body is hit for 8 points of damage, the familiar's body will take 4 damage and my caster's body will take 4 points of damage, and nevermind the fact that my soul is possessing my familiar (and bad news if both bodies are caught in the same fireball).

Have I got that right? =)

Grand Lodge

Hey James. Which demigod/god in Golarion do you think is closest to Sheogorath from The Elder Scrolls?


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Hey James,

Do you like horror movie anthologies?

If so what are some of you favorites?

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Lou Diamond wrote:

James who on the rules team should I write with an Idea that I have to correct what I see a poor game design in regards to armor and special materials. This idea I have is to correct a legacy issue from 3.x.

I think that materials like Mithril and adamantine should increase AC.

You wouldn't, honestly. We're pretty pleased and happy with how those materials work, and making a change like having them increase armor class would, at this point, cause ripple effects through nearly a decade of adventures and cause unneeded confusion and pointless argument. No thanks.

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FiddlersGreen wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
FiddlersGreen wrote:

Are demon lords basically the evil versions of the empyreal lords?

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Unrelated question: How do possession-type spells (e.g. magic jar, possession, familiar melding etc) affect magic item usage & other spells?

Specifically:
1. If I'm wearing a headband of charisma, does the bonus from the headband transfer with my consciousness? If not, do I get the bonus if the possessed creature puts it on whilst I am in his head?

2. If I have a familiar, will the familiar's hp change to half of max hp of the body I am in, or my original body? If it's the latter and I am wearing a belt of great constitution, will the increased hp that my original body gets from the belt still apply when calculating my familiar's hp whilst I am in a borrowed body?

3. If I cast shield other on my familiar before casting familiar melding (which basically lets me possess my familiar similar to magic jar), would half the damage I take whilst in my familiar's body transfer to my own original body?

Yes... although kind of the other way around. Empyreal lords are the good versions of demon lords, since demon lords have been a part of the game's tradition for nearly 40 years, while Empyreal lords are something we just added to the game's tradition in Pathfinder.

1) The bonus won't transfer until you put the headband on your new head.

2) The familiar's hp are not affected.

3) Probably, although the way you worded that question is kinda confusing (which is probably a side effect of it being a confusing situation).

Thanks JJ. Really helps to get an understanding of just how powerful the empyreal lords actually are (I had thought them a little lower on the power scale before).

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What I meant in question 3 was this situation:

1. I cast shield other on my familiar. I now take half of the damage it takes.
2....

You're delving into a nitty-gritty level of rules clutter that is more appropriate to ask on the rules forum.

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Jurassic Pratt wrote:
Hey James. Which demigod/god in Golarion do you think is closest to Sheogorath from The Elder Scrolls?

Probably one of the Eldest.

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John Kretzer wrote:

Hey James,

Do you like horror movie anthologies?

If so what are some of you favorites?

I do. The top 6 that come to mind first are:

Creepshow
VHS
VHS 2
Southbound
Body Bags
Three... Extremes

Silver Crusade

James, do the locals resent the adventures because the adventures can buy healing and other divine spell casting services that the locals cannot?

I know if I were an adventuring Paladin before I left to go out and right the wrongs of the world I would make sure all my neighbors and local folks were hearty and hale and not in need of attention from my god. I suppose that the lower level clerics and Paladins would look after them in my absence. This might sound a bit egocentric but Paladin IMO always feel that their god loves them more than any one else even if they do not voice it.

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Lou Diamond wrote:

James, do the locals resent the adventures because the adventures can buy healing and other divine spell casting services that the locals cannot?

I know if I were an adventuring Paladin before I left to go out and right the wrongs of the world I would make sure all my neighbors and local folks were hearty and hale and not in need of attention from my god. I suppose that the lower level clerics and Paladins would look after them in my absence. This might sound a bit egocentric but Paladin IMO always feel that their god loves them more than any one else even if they do not voice it.

Depends entirely on the person. Some do. Some don't.


Before the Order of the Godclaw found it, where was Heart's Edge located?

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AlgaeNymph wrote:
Before the Order of the Godclaw found it, where was Heart's Edge located?

I have no idea, but if that information DOES exist, it's found in one of the Hell's Vengeance installments. And if someone does find the info there, please do NOT post here. No spoilers. I'm playing that AP.


Have you ever read through the game Eclipse Phase? If so, what did you think of the setting and the rules?


Almighty dinosaur James a moment of your time. I am semi mashing pathfinder and the realms and was bringing over Helm, Mask, Tymora, Mystra, Shandukal and Bhaal which of the Pathfinder gods would compliment them. I know Pharasma and Calistra but cant decied on who else. Any suggestions.

Thanks

EtG


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Hi James,

Did you create Avatarana Rakshasa from Occult Bestiary.

If yes, thank you. :-)


Do you have any favorite horror presenters particurlarly of a local stripe?

In New Jersey, for instance, we used to have Uncle Floyd, who originally operated out of UHF Channel 68, WBTB. Even had Patrick Troughton from the UK on his show once.

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Odraude wrote:
Have you ever read through the game Eclipse Phase? If so, what did you think of the setting and the rules?

I have not read it, but I'm familiar with it and have hung out with some of the folks who work on the game now and then at Gen Con in the past. I love the look of the books though!

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captain yesterday wrote:

Hi James,

Did you create Avatarana Rakshasa from Occult Bestiary.

If yes, thank you. :-)

I did not, but glad you're enjoying it.

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Eldred the Grey wrote:

Almighty dinosaur James a moment of your time. I am semi mashing pathfinder and the realms and was bringing over Helm, Mask, Tymora, Mystra, Shandukal and Bhaal which of the Pathfinder gods would compliment them. I know Pharasma and Calistra but cant decied on who else. Any suggestions.

Thanks

EtG

Eilistraee is the best Forgotten Realms deity. If you don't bring her over to Golarion, then there's no point at bringing over ANY Realms deities. :-P

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:

Do you have any favorite horror presenters particurlarly of a local stripe?

In New Jersey, for instance, we used to have Uncle Floyd, who originally operated out of UHF Channel 68, WBTB. Even had Patrick Troughton from the UK on his show once.

Bob Wilkins.


Cool she is one of my favoured deities and will fill the more culture focused goddess, and mask will probably be more CN than NE.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

What kind of weapon would be best used to mimic the Dragonslayer Swordspear (i.e. a weapon with a greatsword-sized blade fixed to a spear-like haft)? Or would this be one of those moments where the best solution would be "use the Weapon Master's Handbook's weapon creation rules to make your own and run it by your GM?"


James Jacobs wrote:
Eldred the Grey wrote:

Almighty dinosaur James a moment of your time. I am semi mashing pathfinder and the realms and was bringing over Helm, Mask, Tymora, Mystra, Shandukal and Bhaal which of the Pathfinder gods would compliment them. I know Pharasma and Calistra but cant decied on who else. Any suggestions.

Thanks

EtG

Eilistraee is the best Forgotten Realms deity. If you don't bring her over to Golarion, then there's no point at bringing over ANY Realms deities. :-P

Wouldn't most of the ex-Living City players argue for Mystra, who they dubed "The Lady of Certs", instead? In House cleaning when given the choice of one of three dieties to aid, she was chosen vastly over Tyr and Sune.


Hello James,

How do followers of gods in the Pathfinder setting reconcile their reverence for a single deity over the multitudes of other deities that exist? Ostensibly most devout folk in Golarion practice Henotheism (the belief in and worship of a single god while accepting the existence or possible existence of other deities) or Monolatrism (the belief in the existence of many gods but with the consistent worship of only one deity).

How does this work in practice? Would a typical cleric, devoted to their god, understand that a different cleric dedicated to a separate deity has found their place or calling in that faith? Would one view the other as misguided, placing their specific deity's teachings above all else, and viewing that deities' as the only 'true' path in life, making them the 'one true god'? Some time ago in the thread I recall you clarifying that someone as devout as a cleric would not pray to other gods, even among situations not directly under their deities' purview (the example given was, I believe, would a cleric of a different deity offer praise or prayer to Gozreh on a sea-crossing likely to be fraught with storms).

Obviously this would differ greatly among the various faiths, particularly between clergies which pay homage to gods of alignments on opposite ends of the spectrum. I imagine evil deities would encourage their status as the 'one true god', while good ones would be more open to have their clergy accept other good gods as perfectly acceptable figures of worship.

If I could give a specific example of what I'm asking, let's say Kyra and Seelah were travelling together in an adventuring party. Would Kyra view Seelah as misguided, and vice-versa for Seelah viewing Kyra? Would they be likely to proselytize their faith to each other, hoping for conversion? Would they consider each other's deity "real"? Ignoring the specific tenets of the faiths of Sarenrae and Iomedae and just going on the idea that they're both good deities, how might this sort of thing play out?

Again, I understand that things would differ greatly on a person to person basis, but I'd love to hear your take on the situation.


how would you go about doing a half-nymph for a pc race?

as on top of an elf who got hit with it by an eldest?


Steelfiredragon wrote:

how would you go about doing a half-nymph for a pc race?

as on top of an elf who got hit with it by an eldest?

should have mentioned said elf is a paladin who didnt know about she got it at the time

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What kind of weapon would be best used to mimic the Dragonslayer Swordspear (i.e. a weapon with a greatsword-sized blade fixed to a spear-like haft)? Or would this be one of those moments where the best solution would be "use the Weapon Master's Handbook's weapon creation rules to make your own and run it by your GM?"

Glavie should work fine.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Eldred the Grey wrote:

Almighty dinosaur James a moment of your time. I am semi mashing pathfinder and the realms and was bringing over Helm, Mask, Tymora, Mystra, Shandukal and Bhaal which of the Pathfinder gods would compliment them. I know Pharasma and Calistra but cant decied on who else. Any suggestions.

Thanks

EtG

Eilistraee is the best Forgotten Realms deity. If you don't bring her over to Golarion, then there's no point at bringing over ANY Realms deities. :-P
Wouldn't most of the ex-Living City players argue for Mystra, who they dubed "The Lady of Certs", instead? In House cleaning when given the choice of one of three dieties to aid, she was chosen vastly over Tyr and Sune.

Doesn't matter at all. They didn't ask an "ex-Living City player." They asked me, and I have never played Living City. So that's irrelevant to the discussion.

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Nargemn wrote:

Hello James,

How do followers of gods in the Pathfinder setting reconcile their reverence for a single deity over the multitudes of other deities that exist? Ostensibly most devout folk in Golarion practice Henotheism (the belief in and worship of a single god while accepting the existence or possible existence of other deities) or Monolatrism (the belief in the existence of many gods but with the consistent worship of only one deity).

How does this work in practice? Would a typical cleric, devoted to their god, understand that a different cleric dedicated to a separate deity has found their place or calling in that faith? Would one view the other as misguided, placing their specific deity's teachings above all else, and viewing that deities' as the only 'true' path in life, making them the 'one true god'? Some time ago in the thread I recall you clarifying that someone as devout as a cleric would not pray to other gods, even among situations not directly under their deities' purview (the example given was, I believe, would a cleric of a different deity offer praise or prayer to Gozreh on a sea-crossing likely to be fraught with storms).

Obviously this would differ greatly among the various faiths, particularly between clergies which pay homage to gods of alignments on opposite ends of the spectrum. I imagine evil deities would encourage their status as the 'one true god', while good ones would be more open to have their clergy accept other good gods as perfectly acceptable figures of worship.

If I could give a specific example of what I'm asking, let's say Kyra and Seelah were travelling together in an adventuring party. Would Kyra view Seelah as misguided, and vice-versa for Seelah viewing Kyra? Would they be likely to proselytize their faith to each other, hoping for conversion? Would they consider each other's deity "real"? Ignoring the specific tenets of the faiths of Sarenrae and Iomedae and just going on the idea that they're both good deities, how might this sort of thing play out?...

The same way we do in this world, by having a "favorite" of anything, be it a favorite movie, a favorite food, a favorite author, a favorite politician, a favorite religion, or whatever.

It's possible for someone to have a favorite something and not automatically think that other people who don't share that opinion are wrong or misguided or the like.

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Steelfiredragon wrote:

how would you go about doing a half-nymph for a pc race?

as on top of an elf who got hit with it by an eldest?

I would use the race builder rules (if I got permission from my GM to build a race like this if I was the player), or I would ask the GM to build one for me. If I were the GM.

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