Tales of Lost Omens: Be Kind to Strangers

Friday, July 10, 2020

Patross, the staff lead, was sneering again, and Ivy knew that would soon cause trouble for her. The waitress didn't even need to look to know what had offended the surly man. The two guests that sat by the dock-side windows—prime seats of the establishment, Patross would protest!—stood out enough from the regular crowd. It was an open question on what about them offended the most. The woman's clothing was too shabby, the man's clothing was too foreign. The woman was vicious and unpleasant. Truthfully, Ivy thought that Patross was most upset that the pair were both old, and the woman incredibly ugly.

He couldn't say anything about that, it would upset Taldan decorum. So Patross sneered and settled on, “Setting that filthy chicken on the table. As if she thought this place was a barn!”

As if other guests didn't bring their dogs into the tavern all the time, throwing their grimy leftover bones on the floor for the pets to chew on. Ivy would have rolled her eyes, if she didn't know what was coming next for her. She kept her gaze down on the floor and clutched her serving plate to her chest, willing herself to become invisible. If she could just slip under the man's notice, maybe he'd just complain and then leave it alone—

“Ivy!” Patross barked, and the poor waitress felt a cold shudder roll up her shoulders despite the fact she'd been expecting it. “Tell that woman to either take that louse-ridden bird out, or take herself out instead!”

Coward, Ivy thought.

She moved as slowly as possible, dragging each step with a sense of building dread, but with Patross' eyes on her she couldn't draw her walk out forever. The more that Ivy could see of the old woman, the more terrified Ivy became. Maybe it was simply because the old hag was so hideous—Ivy didn't like to think she was so shallow, but what else was there? She'd dealt with far less pleasant drunks nearly every shift. The woman's teeth glinted like iron, but Ivy had seen gaudier dentures before, some made of far less pleasant materials. The woman was glaring at Ivy long before the girl reached the table, sniffing as if she could suck the waitress in through her nose. The price of dragging it out as she had; that always made things worse!

“Well?” the old woman snapped, and Ivy fought down another deep shudder. “What is it, child? Did you burn your tongue off? Spit out what you want or leave me to my tea!”

Ivy swallowed deeply, glad that her serving plate could hide the sweat on her palms. “Madam...” she said, mind racing on what to say, before she settled on something potentially inoffensive. “Would you like me to care for your chicken, while you are here?”

The woman sniffed heavily again, this time thoughtfully. “Careful with your words, are you? Yes, take care of my chicken. If you're a good girl and treat it well, I'll give you a gift and let you go free.”

“Stop tormenting the young woman,” the elderly man chastised. Ivy had nearly forgotten he was there, too focused on his horrible companion. He had dark skin, not too unusual in Taldor—plenty of families from Mwangi had come to Taldor with the returning Armies of Exploration—but none of those people wore clothing like his. He continued, “Pay your grandmother no mind, Ivy. Nor your staff lead, for that matter.”

: Baba Yaga and Old Mage Jatembe meet for a meal while a strange chicken lays an even stranger egg.

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He must have overheard my name, Ivy thought, because she didn't like to think of any alternatives. She wasn't sure what to say now, so she said nothing.

“A shy little bit like that must be pushed, or she'll never amount to anything,” the 'grandmother' complained. “Look at her, shoved around by quarrelsome women and grubby men. She'd be better off as a ham on a plate.”

“Isn't that right?” she said, suddenly snapping her attention back to Ivy. “You'd leap at any chance to get out of here, wouldn't you, child? Even one as horrible as I?”

Ivy wanted to. Ivy wanted to escape this miserable, harassment-filled drudgery more than anything. But Ivy had been raised on old tales of careless fools, and had learned well in Taldor to be cautious of windfalls, and so she took a step back and gave a short shake of her head.

“Plenty of 'shy young bits' grow up without you to threaten them,” the man scoffed at his companion. “Or do you think you're so important?”

“Of course I'm important,” 'grandmother' cackled.

“Oh? Care to wager?” the man asked.

The pair glanced at Ivy again, something unspoken passing between them. The old woman shook her head, picking up her chicken under one arm. “A waste,” she grumbled, with no further explanation, and hustled out of the tavern door. Both Ivy and the old man watched her go.

“You're wise to avoid suspicious gifts, and wiser still not to look toward someone else to save you,” the man said, after a moment. “But will you be able to live with the curiosity of what would have happened, if you had said yes?”

“Well, I'll have to, sir,” Ivy said, slipping easily back into her pleasant server persona now that the woman was gone. “Thank you for your patronage.”

The old man nodded, or perhaps it was a small bow, before he picked up his leopard-headed staff, paid the bill, and left. Ivy blew out a sign of relief, glad the situation had resolved itself without a confrontation. Patross couldn't yell at her for failing now... at least, not much. The waitress moved to clean up the dishes on the table, noting the silver and glass tea mugs weren't anything she'd seen used at the Dancing Dolphin before. Moving one of the cups onto her tray, she noticed a brilliant red and gold egg sitting behind it. It looked the size of a regular hen's egg, but it glittered with real gold, and something strange and powerful hummed beneath Ivy's fingertips when she touched it.

This is not safe, Ivy thought to herself, for she was no fool. She looked out the window, but could see no sign of the old hag or her friend. Was this some kind of test? The smartest thing to do was leave the egg there, or perhaps give it to Patross and see what happened. But she thought back to the old man's words... will you be able to live with the curiosity of what would have happened, if you leave it be?

Ivy picked up the Fabergé egg, slipping it into the pocket of her waitress' apron...

To learn more about these mysterious patrons and just what kind of gifts they can offer, check out Lost Omens Legends when it releases on July 30th!

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Eleanor Ferron is a developer at Paizo, working primarily on the Pathfinder Lost Omens product line.

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The Tales of Lost Omens series of web-based flash fiction provides an exciting glimpse into Pathfinder’s Age of Lost Omens setting. Written by some of the most celebrated authors in tie-in gaming fiction, including Paizo’s Pathfinder Tales line of novels and short fiction, the Tales of Lost Omens series promises to explore the characters, deities, history, locations, and organizations of the Pathfinder setting with engaging stories to inspire Game Masters and players alike.

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Did...Jatembe (holy heck is he back) just beat Baba Yaga at a game of chicken?


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Opsylum wrote:
Did...Jatembe (holy heck is he back) just beat Baba Yaga at a game of chicken?

I think poor Ivy became the subject of a wager. And I'm not sure who won, or if the game is even over.

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I ship it.

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Also can we get the Fabergé laying chicken as a familiar?


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Right then, I’m nominating an Ivy/Jatembe/Baba Yaga/baby demon chicken road trip adventure for an inaugural Pathfinder Tales reboot. Let’s get Ivy out of her egg!


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The Fifth Wanderer wrote:
Opsylum wrote:
Did...Jatembe (holy heck is he back) just beat Baba Yaga at a game of chicken?
I think poor Ivy became the subject of a wager. And I'm not sure who won, or if the game is even over.

The only thing that I seem to understand is that Ivy will probably end up in some bad situation. I mean, more than having to talk to this perfectlty inoncent and kind grandmother

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Opsylum wrote:
Did...Jatembe (holy heck is he back) just beat Baba Yaga at a game of chicken?

Was he ever really gone? I'm sure Baba Yaga could tell you where he is if you're willing to go and find all of the feathers that blew away when she ate her last chicken. :)

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"Excuse me miss, our establishment is not zoned for poultry or residential real estate."

I would like to see more of the adventures of Ivy and her egg.

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... Ooooh! A fiction with my favorite character!!!
And Jatembe! And now I'm very curious about what will happen to Ivy... But I guess I'll have to live with it. >_>

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Elfteiroh wrote:

... Ooooh! A fiction with my favorite character!!!

And Jatembe! And now I'm very curious about what will happen to Ivy... But I guess I'll have to live with it. >_>

Depends on the surprise in her Fabrege egg.

I also love that she is the only character in the setting capable of possibly having an egg from the house of Fabrege.

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Lovely ^^ thank you for that blog entry ^^

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... That story will haunt me all day.
How could Eleanor write so much of what I like in stories in that ONE fiction? I'm all giddy!
I've read it twice already. And I should be working! xD

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I’m so excited for folks to finally see this book :D


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Not sure if this is the intent of the story at all but this seems like it could be a really cool origin story for a Witch.

The meeting, the two odd strangers, a curious conversation, a mysterious wager, an even stranger egg.

I can just imagine it 'hatching' in the night and Ivy waking up to some creature offering her adventure and magic if she just signs on the dotted line.


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There's a line from a song that comes to mind here. "This is a gift, it comes with a price/who is the lamb and who is the knife"

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Squiggit wrote:

Not sure if this is the intent of the story at all but this seems like it could be a really cool origin story for a Witch.

The meeting, the two odd strangers, a curious conversation, a mysterious wager, an even stranger egg.

I can just imagine it 'hatching' in the night and Ivy waking up to some creature offering her adventure and magic if she just signs on the dotted line.

.... and being the Anime obsessed person that I am... I am now stuck with the mental image of "Witches = Magical Girls"... *heads off to reserve a character.*

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i need to know more :)

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its interesting that loved the story with Jatembe knew ivy's name and called baba yagi her grandmother , while its customary for everyone to all her grandmother this feels more literal


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The thought of two of the most powerful magical practitioners on the face of Golarion having tea at some random Taldoran Alehouse is awesome to me.

Also Jatembe’s back...to he never actually left but where has he been all this time?

And how does he know Baba Yaga?

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I will note that the House of Fabergé is not a canonical Taldan noble family, but the old woman in the story may be well-traveled enough to have visited some other place where such a house exists.


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Mark Moreland wrote:
I will note that the House of Fabergé is not a canonical Taldan noble family, but the old woman in the story may be well-traveled enough to have visited some other place where such a house exists.

How ‘bout the old mage? :D

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Ah yes the good stuff. Jatembe and Baba Yaga. Thank you Eleanor!


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Kitsune Kune wrote:
Squiggit wrote:

Not sure if this is the intent of the story at all but this seems like it could be a really cool origin story for a Witch.

The meeting, the two odd strangers, a curious conversation, a mysterious wager, an even stranger egg.

I can just imagine it 'hatching' in the night and Ivy waking up to some creature offering her adventure and magic if she just signs on the dotted line.

.... and being the Anime obsessed person that I am... I am now stuck with the mental image of "Witches = Magical Girls"... *heads off to reserve a character.*

Just add Vigilante for some quick changing goodness.


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I'm not sure I love the implications of "the most powerful people in the multiverse are on good terms despite one of them being extremely good and the other extremely evil, just because there just aren't many people in their weight class."

I guess if you ignore their mortality, it has a "Book of Job" quality to it where they're wagering on this person's inherent goodness.

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Mark Moreland wrote:
I will note that the House of Fabergé is not a canonical Taldan noble family, but the old woman in the story may be well-traveled enough to have visited some other place where such a house exists.

Maybe her grandson swiped it, and she picked it up?

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Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
I will note that the House of Fabergé is not a canonical Taldan noble family, but the old woman in the story may be well-traveled enough to have visited some other place where such a house exists.
Maybe her grandson swiped it, and she picked it up?

Just because the old man in the story calls her "grandmother" doesn't mean she's necessarily got a grandson. You act like you know something about her that the story's narrator doesn't.


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PossibleCabbage wrote:

I'm not sure I love the implications of "the most powerful people in the multiverse are on good terms despite one of them being extremely good and the other extremely evil, just because there just aren't many people in their weight class."

I guess if you ignore their mortality, it has a "Book of Job" quality to it where they're wagering on this person's inherent goodness.

I'd bet that it's more like the relative non-interference pact the gods have about Golarion- to actually fight it out between them would bring more destruction to the world around them than is worth it.


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PossibleCabbage wrote:

I'm not sure I love the implications of "the most powerful people in the multiverse are on good terms despite one of them being extremely good and the other extremely evil, just because there just aren't many people in their weight class."

I guess if you ignore their mortality, it has a "Book of Job" quality to it where they're wagering on this person's inherent goodness.

Didn't exactly sound like they were on good terms, nor does Jatembe's face really read as someone enjoying their time very much.


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PossibleCabbage wrote:

I'm not sure I love the implications of "the most powerful people in the multiverse are on good terms despite one of them being extremely good and the other extremely evil, just because there just aren't many people in their weight class."

I guess if you ignore their mortality, it has a "Book of Job" quality to it where they're wagering on this person's inherent goodness.

I don't know that they're on good terms. Baba Yaga is willing to deal with people to get what she wants, and she's too powerful for anyone to realistically stop, so dealing with her is probably better than trying to fight her if you have the means to negotiate safely and threaten some of her interests, if not her person.


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Looking at the distinct shape of this chicken, I believe that the chicken may in fact be The Dancing Hut of Baba Yaga.
And as the hut is also her Familiar I belive she could command it to chang in to a chicken.

Also I love this story!!!!
And I really want to see what all boon are granted by Baba Yaga, I am hoping that she can be selected as a specific Witch's Patron.

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I'd like to just chill with Little Grandmother.


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As I recall part of Jatembe’s legend is that he dealt and made bargains with angels, devils, and demons as part of his rise, so dealing with evil as a path to good goals is a thing.

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I wouldn't presume to speak for all my co-contributors, but I'd like to think they're taking as much joy on the speculation from just this smidge of Lost Omens: Legends as I am. :D

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N'wah wrote:
I wouldn't presume to speak for all my co-contributors, but I'd like to think they're taking as much joy on the speculation from just this smidge of Lost Omens: Legends as I am. :D

:looking eyes emoji:


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I'm having the time of my life.

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This is seriously awesome, and I love the idea that it's a backstory for a Witch.

PossibleCabbage wrote:
I'm not sure I love the implications of "the most powerful people in the multiverse are on good terms despite one of them being extremely good and the other extremely evil, just because there just aren't many people in their weight class."

Jatembe is several levels/CR below Baba Yaga (in PF1, he was CR 24 to her CR 30), and she has a tendency to meddle. Given the power disparity, he certainly can't do anything permanent about her, so dealing with her is sometimes gonna be a necessary evil.


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Deadmanwalking wrote:

This is seriously awesome, and I love the idea that it's a backstory for a Witch.

PossibleCabbage wrote:
I'm not sure I love the implications of "the most powerful people in the multiverse are on good terms despite one of them being extremely good and the other extremely evil, just because there just aren't many people in their weight class."
Jatembe is several levels/CR below Baba Yaga (in PF1, he was CR 24 to her CR 30), and she has a tendency to meddle. Given the power disparity, he certainly can't do anything permanent about her, so dealing with her is sometimes gonna be a necessary evil.

It may be worth taking into account that that was Jatembe's CR before he disappeared. Now that he's back, he may have grown considerably stronger.

Granted, Baba Yaga's CR is literally standing toe-to-toe with Cthulhu's, so...

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PossibleCabbage wrote:

I'm not sure I love the implications of "the most powerful people in the multiverse are on good terms despite one of them being extremely good and the other extremely evil, just because there just aren't many people in their weight class."

I guess if you ignore their mortality, it has a "Book of Job" quality to it where they're wagering on this person's inherent goodness.

I see it more as a mix of professional courtesy as well as the strange camaradery that arises between millenia-old beings who were once human.


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I like it. There's a sort of old folklore vibe to this whole story, both the mysterious strangers who might be much more than they seem and the notion of these cosmic beings in opposition to each other having a complex relationship that isn't entirely inimical.

I love Pathfinder, but that feeling sometimes gets kind of lost in just how high fantasy the game often is, so it's cool to get that vibe from a story like this.

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Opsylum wrote:
It may be worth taking into account that that was Jatembe's CR before he disappeared. Now that he's back, he may have grown considerably stronger.

I mean, he certainly could've. On the other hand, he was already Wizard 20/Archmage 6, so I'm not sure he needs to have done so. Any growth beyond that is pretty speculative.

Opsylum wrote:
Granted, Baba Yaga's CR is literally standing toe-to-toe with Cthulhu's, so...

Also there's this. Even if he gained 4 Archmage Tiers and was now CR 26 and on par with Sorshen and the Whispering Tyrant, Baba Yaga would still have 4 CR on him.

Now all that is in PF1 terms, but the relative levels of power have almost certainly remained the same.


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Deadmanwalking wrote:
Opsylum wrote:
It may be worth taking into account that that was Jatembe's CR before he disappeared. Now that he's back, he may have grown considerably stronger.

I mean, he certainly could've. On the other hand, he was already Wizard 20/Archmage 6, so I'm not sure he needs to have done so. Any growth beyond that is pretty speculative.

Opsylum wrote:
Granted, Baba Yaga's CR is literally standing toe-to-toe with Cthulhu's, so...

Also there's this. Even if he gained 4 Archmage Tiers and was now CR 26 and on par with Sorshen and the Whispering Tyrant, Baba Yaga would still have 4 CR on him.

Now all that is in PF1 terms, but the relative levels of power have almost certainly remained the same.

Yeah. Jatembe always seemed more about cooperation and inspiring strength in others rather than being this omnipowerful-avatar-of-goodness guy. Hence the whole "and his ten magic warriors" thing. Which kind of seems to reflect Golarion's whole spin on the war between good and evil: evil is stronger individually, but good prevails against it when united into something bigger than the sum of its parts, like an adventuring party.

Which is actually a cooler concept than him being, like, "the only one Tar-Baphon ever feared," or the like. Wouldn't mean much sitting across from Baba Yaga with a CR30. A face-to-face with one of the most powerful villains in Golarion — knowing what she is and how much weaker you are — on the other hand, takes legendary guts.


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Mark Moreland wrote:
I will note that the House of Fabergé is not a canonical Taldan noble family, but the old woman in the story may be well-traveled enough to have visited some other place where such a house exists.

I'm glad you addressed this before I came in here to "Well, actually..." that bit of real-world intrusion into the story. (I would have nixed it in editing, but that's just me.)


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I think it also has to do with how cosmically lonely Baba Yaga and Jatembe probably are. Think about it: both of them have outlived everything that knew them in their youth, except for possibly some of the gods, both of them have seen more civilizations and races rise and fall than can possibly be healthy, their only real contemporaries are the handful of people like them, and beings like Cthulhu and Asmodeus.

It’s probably a poorly-kept secret between the true immortals that they enjoy each other’s company more than they let on.

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Birmy wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
I will note that the House of Fabergé is not a canonical Taldan noble family, but the old woman in the story may be well-traveled enough to have visited some other place where such a house exists.
I'm glad you addressed this before I came in here to "Well, actually..." that bit of real-world intrusion into the story. (I would have nixed it in editing, but that's just me.)

...

Spoilers for Reign of Winter:
Earth and thus Fabergé exist in the same universe as Golarion in Pathfinder, it’s where Baba Yaga is originally from.
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I've always thought of Old-Mage Jatembe as the kind of man who would - now that his glory days of spreading literacy back around Golarion, Ten Magic Warriors with him, are over - encourage small, subtle, yet much-needed acts of kindness and compassion across the many worlds of the Material Plane. Why not have lunch with Baba Yaga in some Taldan place, for old time's sake?

This makes me want to run an RPG in a different setting, and have Jatembe cameo to offer a clue or some advice when the PCs are in a pinch.

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Birmy wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
I will note that the House of Fabergé is not a canonical Taldan noble family, but the old woman in the story may be well-traveled enough to have visited some other place where such a house exists.
I'm glad you addressed this before I came in here to "Well, actually..." that bit of real-world intrusion into the story. (I would have nixed it in editing, but that's just me.)

Earth exists in the Pathfinder campaign setting, as revealed in at least two APs. Items from Earth have already found their way into the setting here and there.


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Opsylum wrote:
Right then, I’m nominating an Ivy/Jatembe/Baba Yaga/baby demon chicken road trip adventure for an inaugural Pathfinder Tales reboot. Let’s get Ivy out of her egg!

Oh heavens yes, please! Instabuy.

Then again, anything is good just please please please more Pathfinder Tales. There is nothing I can think of that would make the life of Eternal Quarantine more bearable. Can we get some new fiction? Pretty please with cherries and goblin-shaped sprinkles on top?


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DeciusNero wrote:
I'd like to just chill with Little Grandmother.

Be careful what you wish for . . . .

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Deadmanwalking wrote:

This is seriously awesome, and I love the idea that it's a backstory for a Witch.

PossibleCabbage wrote:
I'm not sure I love the implications of "the most powerful people in the multiverse are on good terms despite one of them being extremely good and the other extremely evil, just because there just aren't many people in their weight class."
Jatembe is several levels/CR below Baba Yaga (in PF1, he was CR 24 to her CR 30), and she has a tendency to meddle. Given the power disparity, he certainly can't do anything permanent about her, so dealing with her is sometimes gonna be a necessary evil.

It may be worth taking into account that that was Jatembe's CR before he disappeared. Now that he's back, he may have grown considerably stronger.

Granted, Baba Yaga's CR is literally standing toe-to-toe with Cthulhu's, so...

CR is already fuzzy after level 12. Especially when casters are involved, once you hit level 18+ it's kind of a wash.

Posting with this account intentionally. Ever see a CR 15 rogue take out a CR 22 Grim Reaper?


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Great story. Can't wait for the book. And it makes me miss the Pathfinder Tales even more.

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