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With the new language specifying clerics choose a SINGLE deity in the Remaster, will things like the Syncretism feat and pantheons no longer be supported going forward?

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Now that the Remaster has given the Warpriest a glow-up, I'm wondering what kind of Shield serves their needs best. My immediate instinct is the Staff-Storing Shield from Secrets of Magic, since both they and Druids can get the most out of it, while Sparkling Targe Magi can use the Fused Staff feat to plug a staff into their weapon, freeing them up to use whatever shield they want. But I'm wondering if I'm getting tunnel vision and if such a character might benefit more from one of the other kinds of shields.

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Where on Golarion do you think one might encounter the name "Gadeon?" (While it superficially resembles the name "Gideon" from Judges 6-8, it's actually the name of a king of Dumnonia, a kingdom that comprised modern-day Cornwall and the south-western part of modern England.) Does it sound more Taldan? Varisian? Elfy or Gnomish?

Would I be able to get away with naming a character this or do you think people may look at the potential nickname of "Gad" and assume he's referencing the con artist from Mendev who's the protagonist of the Pathfinder Tales novel The Worldwound Gambit and novellas The Ironroot Deception and Sweet Ichor? For that matter, does it sound too much like "Gandalf?" Am I overthinking again?

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I just stumbled across this quote from Ursula K. Le Guin's classic, The Lathe of Heaven, and I thought it was a great way to think about how someone who worships the Prismatic Ray may think, in its discussion of dreams (Desna), hope (Sarenrae) and emotion/imagination (Shelyn):

Ursula K. Le Guin wrote:
You don't speak of dreams as unreal. They exist. They leave a mark behind. Hope is a slighter, tougher thing even than trust... . In a good season one trusts life; in a bad season one only hopes, But they are of the same essence: they are the mind's indispensable relationship with other minds, with the world, and with time. Without trust, a man lives, but not a human life; without hope, he dies. When there is no relationship, where hands do not touch, emotion atrophies in void and intelligence goes sterile and obsessed. Between men the only link left is that of owner to slave, or murderer to victim. . . . It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion-. . . and hope.

I'll definitely be keeping this in mind if I roleplay a Prismatic Ray aligned character going forward! I don't really have a point here, but I thought it'd resonate...

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I'm interested in doing some light homebrew to update the shotel from its 1e incarnation to the modern Pathfinder, and am wondering just what collection of statistics and traits to put on it so it's balanced against other weapons.

While it is an "exotic weapon" by 1e's rules, I don't think that necessarily correlates to it being an Advanced weapon, since some of the weapons in that same category, like the katana, are now classified as Martial weapons. But mostly I'm hoping to make the shotel martial for accessibility reasons, because as it stands there's no good reason to take an Advanced sword unless you're a tengu, a Fighter, or a tengu Fighter.

The next question is the specific traits. Backstabber is likely essential, given the purpose OF the shotel was to reach around an opponent's shield to stab them on vulnerable spots like the kidneys or lungs. Most weapons with that trait are also some combination of Agile and or Finesse, like the Dogslicer or Fighting Fan, and accordingly do lower damage than the 1e shotel's 1d8, which I assume would push it over the line into Advanced weapon status. The Dogslicer does appear to be one of the closest equivalents to the shotel, along with the Lion Scythe. But the Lion Scythe unfortunately is a Knife class weapon, whereas the shotel is undeniably a type of Sword like the Dogslicer.

In addition, should Versatile S be considered as a trait? While the 1e stats only have the shotel do piercing damage, real-life shotels did have a cutting edge, usually on the inner curve of the blade, making it function a lot like the sickle it evolved from. But again, that may be overdoing it.

So I'm kind of lost as to how to gauge the number of stats to make the shotel balanced and I worry that to most accurately represent the weapon it'd HAVE to be advanced, meaning it'd be an inefficient weapon in the hands of a Rogue, a warpriest Cleric or a Magus. Any advice you homebrew gurus out there might have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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The text of the Syncretism feat specifies different benefits depending on which Cleric doctrine you follow.

Given if you multiclass via the Cleric Archetype, you don't actually pick a doctrine, where does that leave a character who picks Syncretism up via Basic Dogma (especially since the only prerequisites for Syncretism are "you follow a deity?" Would it make more sense to just say Syncretism can only be taken if Cleric is your character's initial class, or to homebrew some third option, like the feat suggests if the Cleric is neither Cloistered nor Warpriest but another secret third thing?

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Springing off this discussion on the impending destruction/disappearance of one of the Pact Worlds, I figured we could use a thread discussing the more positive side of this development: Thurston has also stated a new Pact World will replace the lost one, the first Pact World outside the Golarion system itself!

So, which planet do you think it'll be?

Personally, my mind immediately went to Pulonis, or "The Planet Formerly Known as Vesk-6." Given pahtras are joining the core ancestries in 2e, and the rumblings of a pahtran independence movement behind the scenes throughout 1e, especially during the Drift Crisis, it would not surprise me in the slightest if, much like Vidrian in Pathfinder, the pahtras finally overthrew their vesk overlords in the transition from one edition to the next and immediately reached out to the Pact Worlds as a means of solidifying their independence and preventing the Veskarium from retaliating.

I think it could create a lot of roleplaying potential, giving the Pact Worlds and the Veskarium new reasons to be glaring daggers at each other, the Veskarium needing to contend with the humiliation of such a loss as well as the fact that their primary rival is now right on their doorstep.

Granted, there's some holes in this speculation too: if a pahtra revolution were indeed successful, fast-tracking the newly independent planet into the Pact Worlds would be an unprecedented diplomatic move, and one the Veskarium might use as a casus belli to try and conquer the Pact Worlds again, especially since they likely wouldn't want another sovereign territory within their own star system, so for this to happen it'd probably require a much more pressing threat to keep the Veskarium from simply attempting to reconquer Pulonis while warning the Pact Worlds to stay out of the affair.

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I'm not sure if this should go in this forum as it's seeking roleplaying advice, or if it should be in the Lost Omens board because it's primarily a lore-based question with no real mechanical aspect. If its in the wrong place, please do not hesitate to motlve it, and I apologize for the inconvenience.

One of the most specific anathemas of the elven goddess Yuelral is "Never cut a gem for aesthetic purposes." I understand the intent of this commandment: as a goddess of nature as much as jewelry, Yuelral wants her faithful to emphasize a gem's natural beauty as opposed to beauty imposed by artifice.

But if I'm roleplaying a Yuelral worshipper who wants to hold to this anathema, does polishing a gem without actively faceting it count as cutting? Where do cabochons fall? Or are Yuelral-worshipping jewelers limited to exclusively rough gemstones?

What counts as "aesthetic purposes?" Does cutting them to specific sizes for varying purposes or fittings break this taboo? What about intaglio or cameo jewelry? Do the gems of dwarven clans (like the ones used in the pommels of their clan daggers) get special exemptions because they're required to be cut in specific ways to be identifiable as the clan in question (especially since there's a prominent temple to Yuelral IN the Five Kings Mountains, as we learned in the Highhelm book)?

I'm just trying to figure out how aesthetically my character's work should look when I describe it.

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It has just been announced that among other things, Paizo is going to be looking into newer forums to go along with updating their website and storefront.

This makes me incredibly worried about how the play-by-post games here would handle such a migration. It would be like coming into a movie right in the middle, especially if you can't cross-reference with the early part of the game as the older forums are left behind! What if some GMs decide it's not worth the trouble?! These forums are the primary way I engage with Pathfinder/Starfinder AT ALL because I don't have enough friends IRL interested in learning the systems and as the one with the most knowledge of it the role of GM would default to me, a thought that absolutely TERRIFIES me. Some of these games I've played in for literal YEARS, and there's dozens more that I've been in that petered out and died unceremoniously! I don't want to just cast all that aside and start from scratch!

How do I handle this? How much time do we have left? Mentally I'm running around screaming with my metaphorical arms flailing like a metaphorical Muppet...

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Can the Cavalier archetype work okay for Thaumaturges, or is Thaumaturge's action economy too fiddly to accommodate a mount?

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A friend of mine elsewhere on the web asked a couple of questions that kind of straddle the boundary between game advice and lore, so I thought I'd relay her questions here and see what answers you fine folks might have:

Is there anything in the rules/lore that say what would happen if a witch were to come into opposition with their patron? If a witch attacked their patron would they even be able to use their powers?

I don't think there's any explicit rules in this regard except that patrons don't grant or revoke power like a deity does, since they don't have edicts and anathemas to break. They are instructors, not masters. And a lot of this DOES depend on GM fiat to put the witch in a position of conflict with their patron in the first place, but I'm not sure what else to tell her. Thanks in advance for the help! :)

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Is there any specific rules regarding attaching shield spikes to meteor shields?

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Sparkling Targe magi aren't really meant to shield Bash, are they?

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I'm in the process of finally setting up that dwelf flame oracle I keep talking about here on these forums, and I'm hitting what may be the second to last snag: picking his final ability boost (the last one is finally deciding what his first name will be, his last name, "Oreflame" was decided a while ago).

He has all the Strength, Constitution, Wisdom and Charisma I can muster at character creation, and I'm debating whether to put the final free boost in Dexterity, allowing me to get the most out of splint mail later down the line, or Intelligence so I can speak Elven, reflecting the bilingual household he grew up in.

The actual MECHANICAL benefit to either choice is negligible, I know full plate is superior due to the Bulwark trait and thus encourages a base Dexterity of 10 if you qualify for heavy armor (which this character will after taking Champion Dedication at second level), but I like splint mail's AESTHETIC more. I had the idea of him making his own armor by taking an elven suit of chain and enhancing it with dwarven-styled plates to create a hybrid set that captures the aesthetic of his dwarven and elven Heritages at the same time.

What do you fine folks think? I understand this is splitting hairs at this point, but I still kind of don't trust my own sense of taste as to what's "good" for this character after major mechanics are dealt with...

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Does the name "Indrazil" sound like something suitably half-way between an elfy and a dwarfy name? Or does it sound too much like something like a drow or a fiend's name?

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I'm curious about how the different Magus hybrid studies interact with weapons that have the Two-Hand trait like the bastard sword or dwarven waraxe.

The draw of those weapons is the ability to switch between high damage and high defense as needed. But each hybrid study kind of boxes you in to a specific fighting style. If you're Inexorable Iron, you're never going to really use a shield, you're expecting to take more damage and recover from it instead of mitigating it via shield. If you're Sparkling Targe, your shield is equal to and perhaps more important than the weapon itself, so you're never going to want to lose its benefits by utilizing the Two-Hand trait. Ostensibly, the only hybrid study that CAN take advantage of it is Twisting Tree, where switching between different weapon styles is baked right into its features, allowing you to change your staff's traits on the fly.

Am I understanding this right? Is there a way a Magus could hypothetically switch-hit in this way, like say, Inexorable Iron with the Bastion Archetype? Sparkling Targe with Mauler Archetype? I'm curious because I really like versatility in my characters, so I kind of chafe at how tight Magus can be sometimes...Thanks in advance for your discussion! :)

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The question is in the thread title. I still struggle to actually realize characters in play because I get stuck in the character creation phase trying to figure out which things like Class or Archetype fulfill the RICH SYMBOLIC MEANING I've built for the character in my head while not being too clichéd or too like the iconics andI'mdoingitagainAAAAAGGH! D:

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If I was making a character with a kite shield (in the original Norman style rather than the heater-shaped shields often called "kite shields" in video games), what shield would I use to represent it?

2e no longer distinguishes between "light" and "heavy" shields. Given the relative size of a kite shield, I'm not sure if they'd count as "Wooden Shields" or "Tower Shields." I tend to associate tower shields with the pavise, but on the other hand, the new Fortress Shield from Treasure Vault may be a more accurate representation of it (even though you can't stand it up on its own to take cover behind it while reloading a crossbow).

What do you fine folks think? How do I accurately map historical shields onto 2e's rules?

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Does the name "Honeylyn" sound more like a gnome's name or a halfing's name?

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Now that I have my PDF of Treasure Vault, I had a question about the new Gauntlet Bow weapon: It has the free-hand trait, BUT specifically noted you can't reload it with the hand you're wielding it with. But hypothetically, if you had two gauntlet bows, one on each hand, could you use the free hands to reload the gauntlet bow on the opposite hand, or would they cancel each other out, meaning you couldn't reload either of them? I find the idea of dual-wielding gauntlet bows kind of cool, but I can easily see a GM saying, "That is what we in the business call 'sillysauce.'"

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My brain is failing me today, but I'm wondering: when it comes to weapons covered by an ancestry's familiarity feats, if the weapon is Martial, can a PC access that weapon if they have proficiency with martial weapons by default from their class, or do they need to take the familiarity feat to have access to those weapons period, regardless of class?

Like, can an elf fighter use an elven branched spear right out of the box, or do they still need to take Elven Weapon Familiarity?

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Just clarifying: the Nimble Shield Hand feat doesn't allow a Thaumaturge who takes the Bastion archetype to use their implement while using a shield, right? You're still supposed to have that hand completely free apart from the actual implement to activate it?

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I'm in the process of designing a character who is a dwarf-blooded half-elf. One thing I was looking for advice on in the thread here was filling out the personal pantheon he worships, primarily a blend of elf and dwarf deities.

The two deities I was dead set on are Yuelral and Torag, offering different perspectives on craftsmanship, since smithing is his big hobby. But a pantheon can't consist of just two deities!

Beyond those two, however, I'm kind of stuck. I don't want the pantheon to be too lopsided towards one ancestry or the other. Angradd feels like a natural pick, especially since he's being themed around fire, but then the other elven deities like Findeladlara or Ketephys don't quite gel with the character's themes.

Another wrinkle is that he has dark visions of the dragon god Dahak, to the point of possibly drawing divine power from him (depending on what class I finally choose for him), and I'm not sure if he needs to be included in the pantheon as a result, even though he is definitely opposed to Dahak's influence and machinations. Plus there's just the mundane concern of how many deities are in the pantheon, how many is too many?

What do you folks think? Thank you in advance for any suggestions you might have!

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I had a bit of a brain fart and I'm uncertain if I've leveled this character up to 2nd level and simply forgot to update the actual level number to 2 from 1, or if I completely forgot to level him at all and I've been playing through the scenarios I was in with an underleveled character.

Thanks in advance for the confirmation one way or another.

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The Elven Curve Blade is kind of in an odd position as a Finesse weapon that is two-handed.

Most classes that rely on Finesse weapons like the Swashbuckler, or at least work well with them like the Thaumaturge, have specific rules that incentivize sticking to one-handed ones like the Rapier and Shortsword, while others who use two-handers generally have enough Strength to not bother with Finesse weapons in the first place, like the Fighter, Champion and Barbarian.

So...what kind of character is the Elven Curve Blade FOR?

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How does the druidic prohibition against metal armor and shields interact with armors and shields that are primarily made of a non-metal but have metal components like the studs of a studded leather armor, the mail undershirt of an armored coat (both are classed as part of the Leather category) or a wooden shield with a metal shield boss or shield spikes?

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I've had a character idea for the Age of Ashes adventure path living rent-free in my head for literal years now and I'm still struggling to realize it. The basic thrust of it revolves around the Haunting Vision background, with the character himself being the eldest child of a dwarf and elf who fell in love and got married (asking the GM for permission if they'll allow me to put the Half-Elf heritage on a Dwarf, of course). He grew up with the terrifying visions Dahak sent and his parents helped him develop healthy coping strategies, including swordplay, smithing, and worship of both elven and dwarven gods like Yuelral and Torag, showing how fire can be creative instead of just destructive. The problem comes when selecting a class. I've got a bunch of different options that I feel could represent the concept, but none fit COMPLETELY well, and I'm stuck trying to figure out which one to go with:

Champion with Flames Mystery Oracle Dedication:
This one was closest to my original idea, which was basically trying to force the Flames Mystery Oracle into a more martial role that you can really only do with Battle Oracles. It's got tankiness, divine spellcasting, and as my username might suggest, I love paladins in general as a character concept. The problems are that since I'm starting from a Dwarf chassis, which means I'll need to use optional flaws to overcome the inherent CHA penalty and the background I've chosen doesn't help, so I'm left with a CHA that will probably be mediocre for the entirety of the campaign, and that Champions also don't receive a lot of skills, and I kind of wanted to do a bunch of different skills like Crafting to smith weapons and armor, being the party face and Nature to follow Yuelral's tenet of practicing herbalism. Plus, since it's not an Oracle at base, it kind of feels like putting the cart before the horse: the power of Yuelral and Torag first and Dahak giving power later, as opposed to how I'd conceived it, which was Yuelral and Torag helping him control the power Dahak forced on him.
Thaumaturge:
The big draw for this one is combining martial power with sheer versatility. Thaumaturges already start with a lot of skills that I want to use, and so other skills like Crafting and face skills become icing on the cake, and the Tome Implement makes it even better! This version would also thematically fit with the idea that he seeks out whatever help he can find for his issues from any mystical tradition he encounters. The two big issues with this one are again, the inherent CHA issues of my ancestry and background, and this time feeling like there's no real "oomph" behind the prophetic visions Dahak is sending him. He's not turning Dahak's power against him or anything.
Druid:
This character would start with the Stone Order and then take the Order Explorer feat to access the Flame Order too. This version works MUCH more efficiently with the ancestry and background I've selected, but on the other hand, it's not going to really do well in physical battle. Primal spellcasting's got a nice, versatile blend of offensive and protective magic too. It also dovetails nicely with Yuelral's focus on crystals and the general stonyness associated with the dwarven gods. I also just don't like the hide armor typically associated with druids (and barbarians). It always is depicted as pelts crudely stitched together and just generally presents an unrefined look, and this guy is a CRAFTSMAN, he'd want his armor and stuff to look NICE! I wish 2e had something like that bone lamellar armor there was in 1e...Plus, I'd been interested in making his little brother a happy-go-lucky druid/alchemist focused on responsible agriculture and brewing beers and meads that act as healing potions, so if I make this character a druid I'd have to reimagine the little brother character's entire concept.
Bard:
This version of the concept plays into the "music" of the forge, rhythmic hammer strikes, singing runic spells and chants, and the idea of "tuning" a forged sword so it rings with the right tone when it strikes and drilling notches and holes to lighten the blade and make it hum or whistle when it's swung, to create the proverbial "singing sword." Music was a big source of inspiration for this character, especially "I See Fire" from The Hobbit movies. But statistically it's not got a lot going for it: occult spellcasting doesn't really have a lot of "fire-themed" stuff the way Primal does or how Divine gets it from the Flames Oracle Mystery, and like the Druid version it's going to struggle in personal combat, even more so because it's limited to light armor while Druids get medium (even if they're limited to non-metal ones). And once again, it's dependent on CHA, which is a stat this particular ancestry and background combo struggles with.
So...I'm kind of at a loss. Each of them's got something going for them and each has stuff I don't like. So I'd like some second, third and maybe fourth opinions to help decide which version of this character becomes reality...if I can ever join an Age of Ashes game...Thank you in advance for your suggestions and advice. I wish this forum had a way to poll people so I could see which version is the most popular...

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I'm frustrated. I get a lot of cool ideas for gunslinging characters in Alkenstar, and almost every time I try to build them, I find that they require one thing to be remotely functional in 2e's action economy: the air repeater. Almost any optimization guide I see that involves firearms in the game somehow states that the air repeater is honestly the only gun worth considering because you can shoot multiple times before reloading.

That's all fine and dandy, I guess. I'd LIKE combination weapons to suck less, but I'm willing to pay extra for double runes on an air repeater with a bayonet. But if I'm playing such a character in Alkenstar, there's a problem: air repeaters are explicitly stated in the text to be exclusive to Arcadia. This means a character using them in Alkenstar somehow knows about Arcadia and has the likely massive amounts of money to import one and get it all the way across the world without getting lost or stolen on the way, or they're from Arcadia themselves, somehow know about Alkenstar, and have the likely massive amounts of money to travel all the way across the world for SOME reason, and then they have no ties to Alkenstar that would make them want to adventure there and get involved in its problems rather than just moving on to some other place. And either way, the ammunition air repeaters require simply wouldn't be manufactured there, so they'd have to spend even MORE money finding a means to produce it themselves to keep themselves armed throughout their adventuring career! For an AP like Outlaws of Alkenstar that assumes the characters are locals forced into poverty and desperation by scheming power-brokers in the city, this is obviously a non-starter.

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Something that's always bugged me in role-playing games from the olden days to Pathfinder 2e today has been hide armor.

It's almost always depicted as a motley assortment of pelts and tanned leather crudely stitched together. It makes me not wanna wear it if I'm playing a class that requires it like a druid, especially if that druid is something like an elf which is supposed to project a more sophisticated and graceful air.

It feels like any refined non-metal armors tend to be almost exclusively leather or studded leather, which can look downright artful!

Is there a way to get around this, a way I can describe my character's hide armor so it looks pretty with decorations and symmetry and stuff? I'd like to play druids more, but I get hung up on the "crudely-stitched-together-stinky-pelts" look that it seems like EVERY depiction of hide armor has!

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Something I've been wondering about personally since 2e came out is how many of us have taken advantage of the fact that many classes are now unshackled from alignment almost altogether, and how many continue adhering to alignments traditional to the class out of habit.

Druids no longer require a Neutral component to their alignment. Monks no longer have to be Lawful. Barbarians CAN be Lawful now. Even the Paladin has gained more flexibility by expanding into the Champion class with Paladin as just its Lawful Good variation. The only exception is Clerics, who arguably got MORE alignment restrictions now that deities have specific alignments they allow for their faithful (sorry, CG followers of Gorum)!

But just because the options are there doesn't necessarily mean people are using them, and old habits can die hard. Playing a Chaotic Good or Lawful Evil druid seems almost a little alien when the class has been defined even before Pathfinder existed as a protector of natural balance unconcerned with civilized morality. How does a Chaotic monk find enlightenment?

So I thought I'd ask: how have you interacted with these new options? Have you played any Lawful barbarians with their rage tempered and focused through discipline? Lawful Good druids enforcing harmonious order for all life to flourish? Or have you felt more comfortable roleplaying the classes with the alignments they've been traditionally associated with, even as they're no longer enforced? One way is not better than another, to be clear! Both are valid ways to roleplay. I'm just curious and thought it'd be interesting to discuss!

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My PDF copy of Interstellar Species just arrived and upon seeing naming conventions in each species entry this was the only appropriate response!

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Is there any way a character can get scimitars included under the "Simple Weapon" umbrella so they can use them as a Ruffian Rogue and still qualify for Sneak Attack, or is such a rogue out of luck?

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Are Garundi clans patrilineal or matrilineal? I'm not sure if it was ever explicitly stated in any of the existing text.

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Something I've noticed over the years is I seem to have a strong aversion to playing classes that get by on their wits and steel alone, like Fighters and Rogues. I've always struggled to find them interesting, especially since they don't really interact with the mystical or spiritual sides of the world played in. By the time a campaign reaches the end-game, a wizard and cleric will be discussing the complex magical doohickeys they need to realign to stop the BBEG, and the fighter's just standing around with a bored or confused look on their face.

I've always found more martial classes interesting if they've got some kind of "gimmick" like the Champion's god-given powers or the Magus' spells, and the recently released Thaumaturge is heavenly to me, where by contrast, Fighter and Rogue are classes I've only ever taken as supplements to other more magical classes so they're able to use swords and or to qualify for things like prestige classes in the olden days, and even then I've tried to avoid them in favor of more "gimmicky" classes that just seem inherently more interesting.

This, I feel, is a really bad habit to have for my roleplaying. The best roleplayers are the ones who can take any class and make an interesting character out of it, but I just feel like I'm going to spend any time out of combat or if there aren't any traps to disable standing around waiting while the interesting people are talking...how do I get over this?

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How would multiclassing into Thaumaturge from Oracle shake out? How about Oracle from Thaumaturge?

I'm still interested in the Oracle, one of my favorite classes from 1e, but I've learned the hard way that the days of the Oradin are long over, and that as a class in 2e, Oracle doesn't play that well with multiclassing...

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I'm doing some shopping for one of my PCs here, and I was wondering about picking up some spell gems. I've got around 2,051 credits to spend (the rest of the total on the sheet is earmarked for some other items).

What holes in my character's repertoire should I get spell gems to fill?

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If I'm playing a PC with a pistol, but only multiclassing into Gunslinger from another class, what KIND of pistol will serve me best if I can only have one? The dueling pistol? Double-barrell? Dragon?

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Pyronite is essentially dynamite by a different name, right?

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Just looking to confirm from my own research, the closest weapon in-game to approximate the haladie is the orc knuckle dagger?

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With the recent arrival of the latest round of books (especially Knights of Lastwall, which I'm still over the moon about!), I've found myself in a familiar, kind of frustrating situation: A while back I'd had some discussion with you fine folks here about making effective characters that branched off into a a discussion of meta-knowledge about APs for character creation, and honestly this feels like kind of the opposite issue. I'm getting a BUNCH of cool ideas for characters, but the APs that we currently have (for 2e) don't feel like good fits for them. And when recruitments for other, non-AP, games happen, I'm feeling like it's better to start from scratch with something tailored to the GM's proposal, rather than try to shoehorn something that might not fit thematically. So where does that leave me?

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I really gotta say, not only is the Book of the Dead great for the options it presents players and GMs alike, I absolutely adore how much it fleshes out (pun intended) Geb's personality beyond just his rivalry with Nex!

The moments where it's clear his personal biases are showing are perhaps some of the best in the book, whether it's his insistence that undeath is a natural and ideal state of being (and rationalizing it when it clearly wasn't his intention to end up that way, given his shock at becoming a ghost rather than expecting it), or his snide contempt for anyone who might have a conscience, whether that's living undead hunters or fellow undead who don't share his viewpoints like Walkena or Ordellia Whilwren.

There's something I find compelling about villains who stubbornly insist other people are just as bad or selfish as they are as a rationalization for their own selfishness. Even if it's a common villainous trait, I'm glad this is articulated in text now, as for the longest time Geb just kind of seemed like "Tar-Baphon-lite" because the only personality traits we knew for sure he had was he hated Nex so bad he came back as a ghost just to make sure Nex was dead, and that he was quite vindictive given his actions with Arazni, the Knights of Ozem and the Field of Maidens.

I'm excited for the Blood Lords AP now, as it almost feels like the tables have flipped, with Geb as the more interesting personality than The Whispering Tyrant! Great job to the writers who brought this character to unlife!

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I've got a Vesk character I've named "Kamlesh-Raydan." Just wondering how people should generally address him. This name together would be his given name, right? So someone just calling him "Mr. Raydan" wouldn't be correct because it's not actually his family name?

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Lately I've been trying to come up with ideas for things to play in 2e and each time I ask how to build it in the Advice board, I've gotten similar responses: that the character concept I'm thinking of isn't doable with 2e's options unless I do something completely different and "reflavor" it, usually because it's either too MAD or requires too much multiclassing or because of how casters and martials are balanced in this edition, and it's making me very frustrated.

You can multiclass into a caster class as a martial, but your casting will be a joke. You can multiclass into a martial as a caster, but then you'll be so useless with your weapon it might as well be for show. If you want to melee as a Druid, you HAVE to Wild Shape, even if you have a cool sword you want to use instead. You can play a gunslinging mage, but forget being able to use those cool gunblades, the action economy allows air repeaters and bayonets only! The only way to be EFFECTIVE means to play your class in the most straightforward way possible, the same boring ways everyone else has already played them, or else have to ask your GM if you can "reflavor," and that just feels like cheating to me. Like my concept is "too good for the rules everyone else is using," sneer sneer, and if I was treating the rules SERIOUSLY I'd stick to concepts that are actually workable within them.

I want to like this edition, but every time I come up with a new concept I run into this problem: whatever I want to play is something the rules aren't balanced to support, unless I want to water down the concept to its most generic form, or be satisfied with the cognitive dissonance of playing with a square peg in a square hole and insisting it's round in spite of all observable rules. It's making it hard to enjoy the process of character creation at all, which in turn prevents me from, you know ACTUALLY PLAYING THE GAME. What do I do?

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With Outlaws of Alkenstar upon us, I'm looking for advice on how best to play a Wizard With A Gun, using the Inexplicably Expelled background.

My instinct is to start with Way of the Spellshot Gunslinger, and then take either the Wizard or Magus multiclass archetype as soon as I'm able. I know it'll be a slow starter because Spellshot is as much an archetype as a Way, so I have to take 2 of its feats before I can take another dedication. I'm just wondering which would be the better multiclass: Wizard or Magus?

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I'm in the process of building a Venomthought Vesk Witchwarper with the Magic Academy Student archetype, specifically for The Threefold Conspiracy AP, and I need some advice on how to build her.

Her backstory was that she comes from a line of venomthoughts who had distinguished themselves in the Veskarium's military as Spell Sergeants and expected her to carry on that tradition, sending her to Karchizara Combat College to develop her magical potential. The potential was there...but the control was very much NOT. She was a mediocre student at best, but her actual spellcasting was disastrous, producing radically unexpected results that often did more harm than good (think Orko from He-Man, especially the new Revelations show from Netflix, or Schmendrick from The Last Unicorn), and attempting to make her control even stronger and more rigid often made things worse. The professional assessment from her instructors was that on the battlefield, her lack of control (or maybe more accurately, her magic's refusal to be controlled?) would be a liability, which translated to her family that she was an embarrassment. Faced with this, she decided to drop out and make her way to the Pact Worlds...where the AP proper begins! *cue X-Files theme*

So...what Theme fits best for this? What skills should I look into? I'm a little concerned because the number of ranks is kind of low, and given so many skills are required to be a face (Bluff, Culture, Diplomacy, Intimidate and Sense Motive), that doesn't leave much room for OTHER skills that may be needed to be a competent character (Athletics, Perception, Mysticism, etc.). What spells should I look into, especially with the release of Galactic Magic. Thank you in advance for the advice!

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I've had a character concept for the Age of Ashes AP stuck in my brain for at least a year now that I want to get out somehow, but I'm not sure HOW best to do it. Since 2e now allows half-elves whose other halfs can be ancestries BESIDES humans, I immediately glommed on to the idea of the child of a dwarf daddy and elf mommy who loved each other very much, especially since Age of Ashes' narrative explores both elven and dwarven cultures and histories, making the idea of a character between these two worlds getting in touch with both his heritages INCREDIBLY tempting!

The idea I had for a concept uses the Haunting Vision campaign background, drawing inspiration from the song I See Fire from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug's credits: this lad, the eldest son of a rare and loving union between a dwarf and an elf, started having horrible nightmares of fire and destruction growing up. He turned to his family's traditions of forging and magic, ways fire could be controlled and used for good, and eventually came to a syncretic view of Torag, the Father of Dwarves, and Yuelral, the elven goddess of gems, nature and magic, viewing them as two sides of the same coin. More recently his nightmares have gotten worse, and he's seen a specific place in them: the town of Breachill. Fearing for his family, his brothers and the people of this town, he's gone there to investigate and hopefully stop whatever conflagration is about to be unleashed!

The question is...I'm not sure what class to use for him that fits this narrative. Conceptually I had imagined something similar to 5e D&D's Forge Domain Cleric, combining fire-based divine magic with melee combat, but less "formally trained" per se, to accommodate the idea of worshiping a personalized Pantheon that includes Torag and Yuelral since I believe Clerics (and Champions) still need to select a singular deity. My immediate instinct was Flame Oracle, as well as the Crystal Keeper archetype that becomes available later in the AP, but I've been advised against that to a certain extent both because Flame Oracle is more of a blaster-caster when I'm looking for something more of the Gish persuasion, and because, as the title of the AP suggests, there's a LOT of fire-resistant enemies to deal with. Other ideas I've toyed with include Druid, specifically looking at Flame Order and Stone Order using the Order Explorer feat, as well as the Warrior Muse Bard, maybe doing things like using songs to time hammer rhythms while forging and "tuning" a forged sword to ring perfectly when it strikes an enemy, but then that's starting to get away from the fire-based theme.

I am very new to 2e, to say the least. My only character is a Champion (Paladin), who recently got converted from 1e and shortly died and got reincarnated after that, and there's a lot of rules I'm still learning as I go, and I'm also regularly watching Narrative Declaration's Rotgrind campaign, so I'd appreciate any advice on how to make this concept work. Thank you, in advance, for your suggestions and for reading through this long, rambly post. :)

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Does "Moraine" sound like a good name for a dwarf clan?

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Which is the better crit effect?

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