The Tax Man Cometh!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hold fast adventurers! You may have earned your bounties chasing down bandits, or by slaying ferocious predators threatening farmers, but those roads you travel upon and the cities you spend your gold in require upkeep. Open up your money purses and remember—this is for the good of us all! It's time for a bit of lighthearted tax season fun!

Taxfest

On the 15th day of the month of Gozran, Abadaran priests accompany local tax collectors to ensure a fair and respectful collection of monies owed, as well as to ensure no foul play occurs on either side. The church does not believe in free handouts (indeed, going so far as to charge for healing services and scrolls), but on Taxfest, Abadarans put on a lavish feast to as many people as they can fit in their halls. In addition to the free meal, Taxfest provides a means for common folk to discuss directly with civic leaders on how best to spend the newly collected tax funds.

But while the celebrations take place, other members of the church are hard at work in the vaults and accounting offices of cities and nations everywhere.

Accountomancers

For some members of the Abadaran clergy, the truth held in Abadar's holy book, The Order of Numbers is more important than the rest of faith's trappings. Less often clerics, oracles, or paladins, in truth these "accountomancers" (as they refer to themselves) are folk who have mastered the intricacies of mathematics and numbers to further Abadar's purpose in Golarion. Residing in the banks and temples of Abadar, accountomancers ensure that proper procedures from The Order of Numbers are adhered to, and carry a ring of golden keys to indicate their rank. The most senior members of the order are addressed as Watcher, and bear a single large, unadorned gold key. Arbiter inevitables are the preferred familiar of accountomancers, as their flight allows the arbiter to assist accountomancers in the high shelves and expansive vaults, or any creature capable of climbing (like monkeys) or flying (like ravens).


Illustration by Crystal Frasier

Upon the completion of their personal copies of The Order of Numbers, accountomancers usually keep to the church of Abadar, administering to the collection and allocation of city taxes, assisting inquisitors who seek out tax evaders, or offering assistance on business practices and employment to gain Abadar's favor. The best accountomancers are sought out by archbankers and merchant guildmasters to review the financial health of city and guild, and these different divisions work closely together to support accuracy, completeness, compliance, justness, and order in their cities.

Taxfest is the holiest day for accountomancers, for while the cities of Golarion are deep in celebration, they busily record all of the past year's data in The Eternal Ledger. A holy book for accountomancers, the Ledger is held in a new city each year, with accountomancers making the journey to the host city to take part in the Ritual of Transference. The rite copies the entries in The Eternal Ledger to a copy held in the First Vault, and the city's accountomancers enjoy the prestige—and magical bonuses to many of their skills—granted by the holy tome.

Known Powers

Over the centuries of their existence, accountomancers have developed unique skills that have use far outside their dusty basements and dim offices.

Massari Method

School divination; Level cleric/oracle 1, inquisitor 1, sorcerer/wizard 1
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, F (miniature abacus)
Range 30 ft.
Target see text
Duration 1 round/level

Developed by a pair of accountomancers dedicated to rooting out corrupt city officials in 4027 A.R., this spell was repurposed into combat applications when they had to chase down the offenders. When casting this spell, designate an ally within 30 feet. When you and your ally flank the same target, you gain an additional +2 insight bonus on melee attacks.

New Major Hex

In Triplicate (Su): As a full-round action, a witch can demand a target within 60 feet repeat its previous actions, or suffer the consequence. If the target fails a Will save, it must repeat the same actions that it did in the round previous, in the same order, against the same target (if applicable), for three rounds. If the target cannot repeat its actions, it suffers the effects of the misfortune hex for that round, but if it does manage to repeat three rounds, it gains the effect of the fortune hex for one round. If repeating an action would be suicidal or obviously harmful, the target may make a new Will save. You must have the fortune or misfortune hex in order to take this hex. This is an enchantment (compulsion) effect, and if a creature succeeds on their saving throw against this effect, it is immune for 24 hours. Cackle cannot extend the duration of this hex.

Fallen Accountomancers

Oaths taken by these Abadaran elite are not taken lightly, and oathbreakers viewed with a curious mix of derision, horror, and grudging admiration. Fraudulent and dishonest acts performed by an accountomancer while performing their duties are punished harshly, and immediately. Depending upon the crimes committed, stories tell of inevitables hunting down fallen members and permanently branding them, cutting them off from the source of their powers, or being cursed with poverty and ill fortune. Such axiomatic brands, often in the shape of a blackened and broken key of Abadar, are permanent, and even Katapesh merchants hesitate before dealing with one of these marked individuals.

Noted Abadarans

Archbanker Darb Tuttle (Guide to Korvosa), Black Olan (Pathfinder Adventure Path #8: "Seven Days to the Grave"), Howell Backus Talbot III (NPC Guide, Wayfinder #3), Jostlin Ferqyr (Guide to Absalom), Poss (Pathfinder Adventure Path #8: "Seven Days to the Grave").

Read more about the Master of the First Vault in Inner Sea Gods, and let us know what else you want to read about in the world of Golarion!

Liz Courts
Community Manager

Special thanks to our Counter of Magic Beans, Ashley Kaprielian!

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Cackle cannot extend the duration of this hex.

However, you can apply for an extension by mailing a waxen image of your familiar to your plane's Department of Mystic Energy Reclamation office.

Liberty's Edge

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Never trust a goblin with an abacus.


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I hear that gremlins are the eternal nemeses of accountomancers.

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Blessed Taxfest to you all!

My references:

Accountant

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Cthulhudrew wrote:
I hear that gremlins are the eternal nemeses of accountomancers.

It's true. It's why our mogwais are kept under close watch.


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That is an impressive Tax Goblin. *golf clap to Crystal*
Was that made just for this article?

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How do I favorite a blog post?

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

That goblin is adorable! It's a shame she's gonna die in flames.

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Also, the Tax Goblin is super adorable.

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Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Welcome back Crystal. We have missed you and your goblins.
The first one is so nice, you are going to have a hard time topping him.

Silver Crusade

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Happy Taxfest, and yeah that goblin is amazing... I might even go so far to say, that we can allow that one into the Pathfinder Society (should feel right at home among us freaks of nature/nurture) .

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xobmaps wrote:

That is an impressive Tax Goblin. *golf clap to Crystal*

Was that made just for this article?

She was!


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As a Tax Officer in real life, I now have a burning desire to build a Accountomancer for a campaign. Suggestions for class/alignment? I'd like to think I'm lawful good, but I know a lot of people would disagree about Accountomancers :P

Also, echoing everyone else: that goblin is super adorbs.


I hope that isn't a jar of pickled Halfling toes.

Vice President of Finance

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Scribbles methodically in The Eternal Ledger.

Community Manager

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NerdOfTheYear wrote:

As a Tax Officer in real life, I now have a burning desire to build a Accountomancer for a campaign. Suggestions for class/alignment? I'd like to think I'm lawful good, but I know a lot of people would disagree about Accountomancers :P

Also, echoing everyone else: that goblin is super adorbs.

I view accountomancers as a very strong lawful neutral.


I don't remember a Poss in Seven Days to the Grave? There IS Ishani Dhatri, though.

Heh, there's gold coins in the pickle brine.

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Zhangar wrote:
I don't remember a Poss in Seven Days to the Grave? There IS Ishani Dhatri, though.

Poss and Black Olan were listed in the Abadar article in that volume. I didn't list Dhatri, as he didn't quite fit the criteria for the Noted list.

Silver Crusade

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NerdOfTheYear wrote:

As a Tax Officer in real life, I now have a burning desire to build a Accountomancer for a campaign. Suggestions for class/alignment? I'd like to think I'm lawful good, but I know a lot of people would disagree about Accountomancers :P

Also, echoing everyone else: that goblin is super adorbs.

The Law domain power should be your friend there, random numbers seem like a bad addition to accounting.

Public perception might actually change a bit - even the recent Last Week Tonight episode with John Oliver tried to show that the american IRS isn't evil, just under financed and in dire need of reform.

Last Week Tonight

Of course IRL I have spend more than 10 years of my life in business schools and I am a trained insurance salesman (or if you like funny German words Versicherungskaufman) and while I no longer pratice.... the evil of that particular profession is pretty much permanent. ^^

My profile pic was apparently well chosen^^.

Liberty's Edge

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Hooray for Taxes!

::Ducks::

I am officially in love with the idea of Accountomancers, and with them developing a massive numerical conspiracy with the Axiomites to develop formulae that provide just taxation and accurate actuarial tables. This is a campaign that is waiting to be written... and will continue to wait, as about four people on planet Earth would play it.

Heretically, if you need some quick taxes on the fly, I must reference you to a random table, but I hear that guy's going places.

All hail the Master of the First Vault.


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DrrrrrrBEEP!! Records indicate Alain is the only known Abadaran iconic.

The Ruby Prince is an Abadaran, as was the Ruby Phoenix, Hao Jin. Does Abadar have a thing for rubies?


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This is hands down the best thing ever to come out of the paizo blog.

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PFW1-K1 wrote:

DrrrrrrBEEP!! Records indicate Alain is the only known Abadaran iconic.

The Ruby Prince is an Abadaran, as was the Ruby Phoenix, Hao Jin. Does Abadar have a thing for rubies?

I know Asmodeus does... >.>


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Amazeballs! Just finished my seventh filing season since leaving school. My Abadarian inquisitor and I celebrate wholeheartedly.

Still, an accountomancer archetype really should have been part of Inner Sea Gods...


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Ashley Kaprielian wrote:
Cthulhudrew wrote:
I hear that gremlins are the eternal nemeses of accountomancers.
It's true. It's why our mogwais are kept under close watch.

Feh. Those fuzz balls barely qualify. Where are the Pugwampi plushies?!?! Now is the perfect time of year to hold all accounting systems hostage you know...

>:D


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Howell Talbot III wrote:

Blessed Taxfest to you all!

** spoiler omitted **

Been on any interesting cruises recently? Either of you (Jim or Thurston)?

Reggie...

(Really showing his age)


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Liz Courts wrote:
NerdOfTheYear wrote:

As a Tax Officer in real life, I now have a burning desire to build a Accountomancer for a campaign. Suggestions for class/alignment? I'd like to think I'm lawful good, but I know a lot of people would disagree about Accountomancers :P

Also, echoing everyone else: that goblin is super adorbs.

I view accountomancers as a very strong lawful neutral.

As an auditor, I would say that lawful is quite apt, however, we are very prone to "evil" tendencies. We may not announce it, but we take guilty pleasure in finding things that lead to qualifying opinions.


Master Pugwampi wrote:
Feh. Those fuzz balls barely qualify. Where are the Pugwampi plushies?!?! Now is the perfect time of year to hold all accounting systems hostage you know...

I second the motion for Pugwampi plushies!


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NerdOfTheYear wrote:

As a Tax Officer in real life, I now have a burning desire to build a Accountomancer for a campaign. Suggestions for class/alignment? I'd like to think I'm lawful good, but I know a lot of people would disagree about Accountomancers :P

Also, echoing everyone else: that goblin is super adorbs.

LN or LE Inquisitor of Abadar (Infiltrator Archetype)

Domains: (There seem to be a few that would work)
Conversion Inquisition (Get those deadbeats to be upstanding citizens who always pay their taxes early!)

Heresy Inquisition (Tax Havens?!?! NOT IN MY GOLARION!)

Inevitable (Death & Taxes)

Law (Maybe also pick up Profession: Barrister and go tax lawyer)

Order Inquisition (You always count EVERY LAST COIN)

Recovery Inquisition (Audit & Repossess)

Reformation Inquisition (Root out the corrupt tax collectors who skim off the top!)

Software Developer

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B-b-but... Why does the key have a keyhole in it.


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NerdOfTheYear wrote:

As a Tax Officer in real life, I now have a burning desire to build a Accountomancer for a campaign. Suggestions for class/alignment? I'd like to think I'm lawful good, but I know a lot of people would disagree about Accountomancers :P

Also, echoing everyone else: that goblin is super adorbs.

You need to somehow fit Bewildering Koan in there...


Julie Iaccarino wrote:
B-b-but... Why does the key have a keyhole in it.

Since it is the Key and the Gate.

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David Neilson wrote:
Julie Iaccarino wrote:
B-b-but... Why does the key have a keyhole in it.
Since it is the Key and the Gate.

You're thinking of Yog-Sothoth. Common mistake.

Sovereign Court

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Reggie wrote:
Howell Talbot III wrote:

Blessed Taxfest to you all!

** spoiler omitted **

Been on any interesting cruises recently? Either of you (Jim or Thurston)?

Reggie...

(Really showing his age)

No cruises, but my patrol assignment through Sandpoint WAS only supposed to take 3 hours....

Accountant

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Master Pugwampi wrote:
Ashley Kaprielian wrote:
Cthulhudrew wrote:
I hear that gremlins are the eternal nemeses of accountomancers.
It's true. It's why our mogwais are kept under close watch.

Feh. Those fuzz balls barely qualify. Where are the Pugwampi plushies?!?! Now is the perfect time of year to hold all accounting systems hostage you know...

>:D

That sounds like a really good way to get a visit from Lawgiver. Do not want. Being branded by an axiom is bad enough, I wouldn't want to meet the Gavel of Abadar face to face.

On a side note: I think you underestimate the craftiness of Orange Bunny.

Exhibit 1
Exhibit 2
Exhibits 3 and 3.5

Orange Bunny is not allowed at home because my husband does not trust him. This is not an unreasonable feeling.


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Julie Iaccarino wrote:
B-b-but... Why does the key have a keyhole in it.

Clearly, it is the Key of Infinite Regressions.

Lantern Lodge

So...are these PFS Legal? [/tounge-in-cheek]

Though "In Triplicate" is wesome enough to build towards. Ab'dar worshipping Time Shaman maybe?

Silver Crusade

Jayson MF Kip wrote:

So...are these PFS Legal? [/tounge-in-cheek]

Though "In Triplicate" is wesome enough to build towards. Ab'dar worshipping Time Shaman maybe?

We just have to ask in the PFS board, they have sanctioned material from the blogs before^^

... I just want to yell "In Triplicate!" the next time and enemy does something really stupid ^^

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