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If you were given the option what species would you be?


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Personally, I'm leaning toward elf. Though Construct is also appealing.

Now if I can truly cheese it out I'd want to be a Paragon Leshay from the 3.5 Epic manual.

What about you?

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Human.


Shadowborn wrote:
Human.

not me.

Shadow Lodge Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Samsaran. Strix would be my second choice.


Dwarf or Gnome. Probably Gnome...love the Old World connection and their whimsical ways.


Orthos wrote:
Samsaran. Strix would be my second choice.

Samasaran for me as well. strix would be fun but the reincarnation cycle would be fun.

Shadow Lodge Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Xerxes Black wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Samsaran. Strix would be my second choice.
Samasaran for me as well. strix would be fun but the reincarnation cycle would be fun.

Yep, endless reincarnation or flight.


Endless reincarnation would be fun. I'd make a fortune in life insurance "fraud."**

** Is it really fraud if you actually die?

Shadow Lodge Dedicated Voter 2014

Green dragon.

Hellooooo thousand year lifespan.


BigNorseWolf wrote:

Green dragon.

Hellooooo thousand year lifespan.

Ohh. I'd go with silver dragon who can turn into a humanoid.


Dwarf or halfling most likely

Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Honestly... I'd stay human.

Liberty's Edge

Dragon. Some kind of dragon or catfolk. I love dragons so could easily see myself as one.


Kinder. Just cause, I pretty much am one already. Just need to get shorter. :)

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Doppelganger.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Considering how strongly I already identify with elven lore, I think an elvish version of myself would, in many ways, be a more faithful representation of who I am than a human one... At least all my friends call me 'Elf' regardless. ;)


I'd go with Silver Dragon too. I like the cold.


The Tarrasque.

Silver Crusade Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Too many possibilities.

Snap decision: Djinni

Actually-thought-out decision: Gotta think it. AND keep my head out of the gutter.


Doppelganger, for all the benefits of being a shapeshifter.

Samsaran is the other option, as long as I retain my memories.


Human. Totally human.
Elf as a distant second due to lifespan.

My girlfriend, on the other hand, would pick elf. no question.

The Exchange

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A lot of options. Half-orc, Dragon, Elf... But honestly, for me there is only one choice. Natural Werewolf.

Dedicated Voter 2013

An immortal ooze with Rogue levels ...

Liberty's Edge

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Yar!

Mikaze wrote:
... keep my head out of the gutter.

... you just spent an hour scouring the Bestiaries for monsters with tentacles... weren't you! :O

My first though was Dwarf, simply because I can see myself as one. LONG LIVE THE BEARD! (and good ale). As for desire.... that is tough. If monstrous races are on the table, probably Silver Dragon: long life, inherent physical and magical powers, flight, ability to change shape... all good things!

~P


Not restricted to PF, I would go with the Nightbane from Palladium Books.

From PF, probably a Half Metallic Dragon Elf of some sort; hard to say though.


"Seeing as I already kind of think of myself a giant among men, an unsung god of timeless vision and perspicacy, I'd have to say a Titan...but only because the question leaves out the gods themselves".

Seriously, though: if we're fantasizing freely, why pick something you already can be?
It's like answering the good ol' "what superpower would you pick?" with "the power of mediocre songwriting" or "the power of high-school-level math".

Sovereign Court

Catfolk Were Tiger

Silver Crusade Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

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What's the best shapeshifter. I'll be that.

Grand Lodge

Tiefling, I've liked them since second edition (well except for 4e interpretation). Still I do love the horns, I wish I had horns.

Does that make me weird?


A transhuman me.

I'd want some implants and psycho-surgery to remove some of the more annoying congantive bias(though I will allow my self the belief that my dice are indeed trying to kill me), my depression and some of the less useful human emotions.

Probably keep two or three humanoid Biomorphs, optimised for various extreme sports and socialising. If Uplifts are available, I'll take a neo-avian too.

Once that is sorted, I can get back to some of my old hobbies. I haven't scuba dived in a decade, and I miss it. Same for surfing and serious mountain biking. Send my bodies around the world with a delta thread getting them there. Once their in place, ego cast my alpha into that morph, experience a new city, a new wave, a new dive or whatever else there is, then onto the next morph, the next experience.

Shadow Lodge Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Icyshadow wrote:
Samsaran is the other option, as long as I retain my memories.

From their description I believe they do, though they tend to be somewhat foggy. Meditation and practice can overcome that though, hence why you have things like the prayer wheel.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Oh. Heck, if you can keep all those memories, Samsaran sounds pretty good, too.

Shadow Lodge Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Yup. From their description, Samsarans are basically a weak version of Time Lord.


Vanara for me.
Growing up, people called me Monkey Jo and Banana Jo-Jo.

What? I liked bananas and I was always up a tree.


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Celestial: Truth, Justice, and immortality. Plus that teleporting stuff would be awesome. Also, I can still make babies, with lots of things apparently.

Lich: 'What are you doing? This is madness!' 'Madness? This. Is. Science!'
Seriously. Being an immortal spellcaster that can reform your body an infinite number of times would be so useful for research purposes, as would not having to stop to eat, sleep, etc.

Those two might not count, being things you turn into, so I present a fully mortal choice: Doppleganger. They told me I could be anything, so I became Hugh Jackman!


Probably a Silver Dragon, that way I'd get the dragon awesomeness while being able to assume a human form whenever I need to get on a computer or interact with people.

Kitsune is another good option since they're shapeshifters as well, but the issue with them is that they probably need to work harder to unlock their abilities (Fox Shape and Magical Tail feats). Then again, being a kitsune would probably be easier to hide than being a dragon.


Hmmm, either a skindancer from Wayfinder #7 or that tigress Rakshasa-spawn pictured in Blood of Fiends.


Yeah Silver Dragon... or one of those old Gemstone Dragons that have psionic powers.


Seriously, super long life span, natural flight, can walk on clouds, shapeshift into human form and cast spells.

Plus, you're totally comfortable sleeping on a pile of money.


Is overdeity a valid choice?

I would be such an irresponsible elder god.


Lloyd Jackson wrote:

Celestial: Truth, Justice, and immortality. Plus that teleporting stuff would be awesome. Also, I can still make babies, with lots of things apparently.

Lich: 'What are you doing? This is madness!' 'Madness? This. Is. Science!'
Seriously. Being an immortal spellcaster that can reform your body an infinite number of times would be so useful for research purposes, as would not having to stop to eat, sleep, etc.

Those two might not count, being things you turn into, so I present a fully mortal choice: Doppleganger. They told me I could be anything, so I became Hugh Jackman!

Heheh, your way of describing the Lich is exactly how the Human Necromancer in my game plans to play out when he does become a Lich.


Hmmmm... A Pleroma? Nah, too weird. Phasm (yeah, I know nobody used it due to a sucky picture in the MM) is a good choice, when doppleganger just feels limited. Illithid elder brain would be cool, but maybe a bit limited considering you stay in your pool... hmmm. There is always paragon LeShay, but that is boring and obvious. A Greater Titan, from the Dragon article could be a good idea, but it intrudes on divine territory a bit much. A psionic gray ooze? A kaiju carrion crawler of legend? The main advantage of being a beholder is always getting your way. At least, always feeling you got your way. Plus, you get to indulge in racist bastardy thoughts regarding the defilement of your species that the abominations calling themselves beholders bring!!!

Nah. I would go with cervidal. Those horns are too too sexy.


Weakly godlike intelligence, in a Matryoshka brain around one of Sol's neighbours maybe. Though I don't know I would be comfortable giving up that much of my humanity.

Silver Crusade Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Okay, you know the Undines as visualized by the first example in their chapter in the ARG? The more alien loooking one. I could live with that kind of look. As long as it's easy to maintain dryness when handling certain materials or objects...

Shae are another interesting possibility. Really cool aesthetic, though the typical environment is pretty colorless.

And then there's the planetars... And lilendi. Though things get really confusing about their sexual dimorphism if you're using their Planescape flavor, IIRC.

Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Hmmm, either a skindancer from Wayfinder #7

Okay, that's mighty tempting too. Cool base appearance, and awesome day-to-day range. "Y'know, I feel like a half-elf today. A Vudrani one." :)


I doubt a matryoshka brain would be called a "species" by any reasonable definition of the word. =)


Mikaze wrote:

Okay, you know the Undines as visualized by the first example in their chapter in the ARG? The more alien loooking one. I could live with that kind of look. As long as it's easy to maintain dryness when handling certain materials or objects...

Shae are another interesting possibility. Really cool aesthetic, though the typical environment is pretty colorless.

And then there's the planetars... And lilendi. Though things get really confusing about their sexual dimorphism if you're using their Planescape flavor, IIRC.

Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Hmmm, either a skindancer from Wayfinder #7
Okay, that's mighty tempting too. Cool base appearance, and awesome day-to-day range. "Y'know, I feel like a half-elf today. A Vudrani one." :)

What kind of sexual dimorphism we talking?

The kind that spiders have, or something else entirely?

Silver Crusade Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
Pirate wrote:

Yar!

Mikaze wrote:
... keep my head out of the gutter.

... you just spent an hour scouring the Bestiaries for monsters with tentacles... weren't you! :O

Nah, just have to take a few levels of Aberrant-bloodline Sorcerer for those!

Cecaelia are a really cool option, but I wouldn't want my entire life to be confined to water.

Zoveri too, for the same reasons, but they tend to have cooler looking heads. :)

Silver Crusade Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
Icyshadow wrote:

What kind of sexual dimorphism we talking?

The spider kind, or something else entirely?

In Planescape, again IIRC, lilendi could come with female OR male humanoid torsos, but all of them were biologically female. They also reproduced parthenogenically, so it wouldn't be at all unusual to see to pregnant lilend guy. They typically identified their gender according to the appearance of their torsos, but I'm not sure their outlooks on such matters would be an exact mindset match to RL cisgendered women and transgendered men. I don't think that aspect was ever explored further beyond their creature entry, but that should certainly have an effect on how their societies are shaped.

To the best of my knowledge, all of that flavor along with the stuff about the Silent Hour was never touched upon again from 3.0 onwards.


...well, that sounds awkward.

Then again, I've heard of weirder stuff.

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