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* They are Evil, Immortal beings and as such many have developed a sense of arrogance - how could finite, mortal Creatures withstand their might? Also recklessness derived from a sense of being eternal.
* They are made out of the Souls of damned beings, making them inherently geared towards tunnel-vision on inflicting pain, believing that everyone succumbs to temptation/domination with enough force; etc. Their judgement may also be skewed by hatred of the righteous, jealous of the freedom of choice that mortals have (since they are not mentally/physically defined by Racial Alignments).
* Fear of what will happen if they fail yet survive, (perhaps going "all out" is a success if they live or die, as long as they do not have to endure punishment from even higher echelons/Archdevils/Demon Lords/their Profane Deity). Especially if they are already down on their Evil Act and Soul Collection quotas for the quarter ...
* They are secretly dominated by someone higher on the hierarchy, being forced to act as potential fodder to gauge your Party's value - are you worth corrupting? Can you be manipulated? What pretty colour are your insides?
* Alternatively, they were Called via Spell or Occult Ritual, whereby they want to prove themselves useful so as to be repeatedly Called - giving them a chance to corrupt/turn on their conjurers, (you are merely a distraction to be quelled before getting onto their real task).
* Unknown initially to both them and you, they were formed from Souls of your vanquished enemies, set forth with an innate drive to hunt you down. The more enemies you kill - especially if your Party have a policy of "violence before questions" - leads onto you facing more dangerous foes, in a cycle left to the Party to break. (In this case, maybe your G.M. is trying to tell you something.)
* Your N.P.C. enemies have taken a leaf out of the P.C. handbook, possessing a Creature to use as an expendable meat-suit. Doubly so if they have a means to use the "host's" (Ex)/(Sp)/(Su) - you would never know.
* Through experience they anticipate someone Dispelling it, choosing not to "waste" their Standard Action, (fear of poor Action economy).
* The Bard's sexual magnetism is simply too strong ...

Also, some linked references :

Conjuration, Core Rulebook, p.209:
Each conjuration spell belongs to one of five subschools. Conjurations transport creatures from another plane of existence to your plane (calling); create objects or effects on the spot (creation); heal (healing); bring manifestations of objects, creatures, or forms of energy to you (summoning); or transport creatures or objects over great distances (teleportation). Creatures you conjure usually—but not always—obey your commands.

A creature or object brought into being or transported to your location by a conjuration spell cannot appear inside another creature or object, nor can it appear f loating in an empty space. It must arrive in an open location on a surface capable of supporting it.

The creature or object must appear within the spell’s range, but it does not have to remain within the range.

Calling: A calling spell transports a creature from another plane to the plane you are on. The spell grants the creature the one-time ability to return to its plane of origin, although the spell may limit the circumstances under which this is possible. Creatures who are called actually die when they are killed; they do not disappear and reform, as do those brought by a summoning spell (see below). The duration of a calling spell is instantaneous, which means that the called creature can’t be dispelled. Creation: A creation spell manipulates matter to create an object or creature in the place the spellcaster designates. If the spell has a duration other than instantaneous, magic holds the creation together, and when the spell ends, the conjured creature or object vanishes without a trace. If the spell has an instantaneous duration, the created object or creature is merely assembled through magic. It lasts indefinitely and does not depend on magic for its existence.

Healing: Certain divine conjurations heal creatures or even bring them back to life.

Summoning: A summoning spell instantly brings a creature or object to a place you designate. When the spell ends or is dispelled, a summoned creature is instantly sent back to where it came from, but a summoned object is not sent back unless the spell description specifically indicates this. A summoned creature also goes away if it is killed or if its hit points drop to 0 or lower, but it is not really dead. It takes 24 hours for the creature to reform, during which time it can’t be summoned again.

When the spell that summoned a creature ends and the creature disappears, all the spells it has cast expire. A summoned creature cannot use any innate summoning abilities it may have.

Teleportation: A teleportation spell transports one or more creatures or objects a great distance. The most powerful of these spells can cross planar boundaries. Unlike summoning spells, the transportation is (unless otherwise noted) one-way and not dispellable.

Teleportation is instantaneous travel through the Astral Plane. Anything that blocks astral travel also blocks teleportation.

Summon Monster I:
A summoned monster cannot summon or otherwise conjure another creature, nor can it use any teleportation or planar travel abilities. Creatures cannot be summoned into an environment that cannot support them. Creatures summoned using this spell cannot use spells or spell-like abilities that duplicate spells with expensive material components (such as wish).

Summon Nature's Ally I:
A summoned monster cannot summon or otherwise conjure another creature, nor can it use any teleportation or planar travel abilities. Creatures cannot be summoned into an environment that cannot support them. Creatures summoned using this spell cannot use spells or spell-like abilities that duplicate spells that have expensive material components (such as wish).

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Although not exactly the same, I have a couple of suggestions to approximate what you want :

* [3] Fearsome Duplicate {Halfling} - it creates a monstrous version of you that does not require Line of Effect or Line of Sight; you can use its senses, speak verbally, and has no real substance to interact with. You even remain aware of your real body's surroundings, (at Penalty). The downsides are that it is Range:Medium (100ft. + 10ft./C.L.) and that if Attacked the Spell ends. (If you want a "flicker out" Effect to show the P.C.s that the Enemy is not there, you can just re-Cast the Spell and carry on taunting them.)
* [2/3] Audiovisual Hallucination+ coupled with [1/2] Dark Whispers - set up the Dark Whispers so that you can hear each other, then Cast a (Silent?) Audiovisual Hallucination+; both Spells are Range:Long (400ft. + 40ft./C.L.). You can move the mouth of the image to match your speech as only the image is Concentration, so they do not interfere with each other. Unlike Fearsome Duplicate, it does not end if the image is Attacked. The downsides are that you have to maintain Line of Effect/Sight and you would get a distorted echo from the Dark Whisper Spell if you chose to generate more convincing speech via the image.

In both cases some sort of Divination (Scrying) Spell would be helpful to find the Targets first.

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Does it have to be that they are suddenly changed, or could it simply appear that way to them and have difficulties in accordance with such a perception? For example, their actual Alignment changes were a little more gradual due to the influence of someone looking to "save" them or a grand fall from power that forced them into relying on others. To protect their "saviour", they chose to block their memories of this period with multiple castings of Repress Memory. Having been setting up a new base of operations outside of their homelands, your group does not initially realize that more time has passed, nor that their memories have been altered, yet they slowly find clues as they progress in your scenario/short campaign.

Alternatively they could be forcibly affected by the aforementioned Helm of Opposite Alignment, then their assailant uses Repress Memory to protect their secret mission to convert powerful mortals to the side of Good ... If you want to arrange for them to inflict this alteration on themselves, the Helm is a Cursed byproduct of other Magic Items. Since you need to Succeed at a check to identify a Cursed Item, it is possible that the Helm appears to be an Hat of Disguise, Helm of Comprehend Language and Read Magic, or a Helm of Telepathy. Were they tricked? Were they powerful but awful at Crafting themselves? Was there a mass sale of sub-standard, minion supplied goods at the annual B.B.E.G. market?

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The rules can be found here, with copying Preparation Rituals into another Spellbook being covered under 'Transcribing Spellbook Preparation Rituals'. To benefit from a Preparation Ritual you need to have a Spellbook with it in and Prepare three non-Cantrip Spells from that Spellbook - this is a one-use boon that you can re-apply the next time that you Prepare Spells following the same process.

For copying a Preparation Ritual you are going to need :
* Scribe Scroll.
* Spellcraft with Skill Ranks equal to 2x the highest Spell in the Spellbook you are copying from.
* Your Caster Level equal to 2x the highest Spell in the Spellbook you are copying from.
* Scribe at least three Spells from the Spellbook being copied into your chosen Spellbook, with at least one being of the highest Spell Level in the Spellbook with the original Preparation Ritual.
* Prepare said three Spells and spend 8 hours on an unspecified ritual.
* Spend half the difference in Price between the original Spellbook with a Preparation Ritual compared to its standard counterpart.
* Attempt a Spellcraft check : D.C. = 10 + (2x highest Spell Level in the original Spellbook); if Successful, you add the Preparation Ritual to your chosen Spellbook.

Once a Preparation Ritual is in your Spellbook you ought to be able to select any three non-Cantrip Spells to Prepare from it, (as long as one is the highest Spell Level). Additionally, you can add other Preparation Rituals to the same Spellbook - if you have the space. Just note that you can only benefit from one Preparation Ritual at a time, no matter how many are in the book or what Spells you Prepare, (see 'Using Preparation Rituals').

There is no method that I have come across to transfer pages across Spellbooks, in fact ripping them out sound like effectively destroying them, (I have heard of people house-ruling using them as Scrolls). An easier (but costly) alternative is using a Blessed Book - instead of 100 pages it contains 1 000 pages. You will still have to Scribe the requisite Spells into it, however the Scribing costs are waived and you should be able to keep everything to one Spellbook.

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Claxon wrote:
Agodeshalf wrote:

For a humanoid creature, the new incarnation is determined using the table below. For non-humanoid creatures, a similar table of creatures of the same type should be created.

As an aasamar is a humanoid creature, you should be using the table listed in the spell. The entry here from pfsrd lists an alternate table that my GM used. Archives of Nethys lists only a core races table, and the table in the Inner Sea Races, basically has you roll on a smaller core race table and only if you roll high enough do you use a more complete table.

Humanoid is a specific creature type.

Aasimar are Outsider (Native) creature type.

Humanoid in this context does not mean a being possessing 2 arms, 2 legs, a head and bilaterally symmetry.

Look at humans, dwarfs, and elves. They're all humanoid with a specific subtype. Aasimar are Outsiders.

All that said, apparently there is a new table which supercedes the old table and removes the humanoid restriction.

Just to clarify, the newer Reincarnation method does not supercede the original one in the [4/5] Reincarnate Spell but rather offers an alternate option that the G.M. may want to use/allow :

Inner Sea Races, p.193 wrote:

The table of random races presented here expands on the one presented with the reincarnate spell in the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook. At the GM’s discretion, you may use the following optional table when rolling to determine what new body is generated when a reincarnate spell is cast. This Golarion-specific table excludes all races that possess racial Hit Dice, but also adds in new races that are relatively widespread and common in the region. Not all of the races presented in this book appear on the following table—androids, for example, are beyond the scope of a reincarnate spell to create (although dead androids and wyrwoods can themselves be reincarnated, they have no chance of coming back in the same type of body). Others, such as kasathas and other alien races, are not true natives of Golarion and thus lack the “spiritual weight” needed to be included in a table of reincarnation possibilities. Of course, a result of “GM’s choice” gives each GM the opportunity to break these assumptions about allowed incarnations as she sees fit.

When using these expanded tables, roll first on the Core Incarnations table. This table presents an array of familiar races. Move on to the Other Incarnations table only if directed to do so.

This variant can also be "broken" by the 'G.M. choice' result, (enabling them to choose any Creature as a valid reincarnation option), as well as altering the process of rolling - there are now two tables.

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Lelomenia wrote:

FAQ wrote: “Items as Spells: Does using a potion, scroll, staff, or wand count as "casting a spell" for purposes of feats and special abilities like Augment Summoning, Spell Focus, an evoker's ability to do extra damage with evocation spells, bloodline abilities, and so on?

No. Unless they specifically state otherwise, feats and abilities that modify spells you cast only affect actual spellcasting, not using magic items that emulate spellcasting or work like spellcasting.

posted September 2010”


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As you make your way through this book, you will see a number of abilities, feats, spells, magic items, and monsters refer to “mythic” versus “non-mythic” creatures and sources. For the purposes of the rules that follow, a creature is mythic if it has a mythic tier or mythic rank. Any mythic creature is considered a mythic source. The term “mythic source” can also apply to an attack, feat, spell, magic item, or other effect that originates from a mythic source.

Creatures are non-mythic if they don’t have any mythic ranks or tiers. Any non-mythic creature is a non-mythic source, as is any attack or effect originating from a non-mythic source.

So as others have mentioned, a "standard" (non-Mythic) Spell Cast by a Mythic Character does count as coming from a Mythic source.

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the nerve-eater of Zur-en-Aarh wrote:
Yqatuba wrote:
A thought about rot grubs: does it say anywhere what they mature into? That might be even scarier. On the other hand, it could just be fire beetles or something else relatively harmless.
I believe there's something somewhere to the effect that they mature into harmless orange beetles (and iirc don't do so if they have become giant rot grubs) but I'm not finding it now; it isn't in their Bestiary 3 entry anyway.

The Pathfinder Wiki references The Bastards of Erebus in stating that they mature into arachnids that die soon after maturing :

An adult rot grub is a skittering, yellow arachnid that lives for only a few hours, which is long enough to lay dozens of eggs on a host corpse. The rot grub young can spend weeks growing when they only have a dead corpse to devour, but can grow to adulthood when there is living tissue to feast upon.

They can become worse though - see Rot Grub Swarms and Giant Rot Grubs. Lovely. Please excuse me whilst I bleach my brain ...

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Does it have to be two True Dragons?

Off-the-cuff idea:
I can see the rare instance of Change Shape (Su) enabling the passing wooing of an Humanoid, resulting in a child that the Dragon is unaware of - only decades later to be tracked down by their Half-Dragon offspring. For the first time in centuries it is surprised but due to hubris feigns detachment, going along with this tiny Creature's "amusing nonsense" of insisting that they are going move into the lair, demanding to be taught Arcane knowledge, get "this mess sorted"; etc. The Dragon goes along with some of it out of the sheer novelty, possibly even a sense of responsibility in line with their Alignment, fully expecting to quickly become bored and kick their offspring out like any other unwanted interloper. This keeps being put off as their child is useful. Prideful. Powerful (for their age). Organized. Intelligent. Still skewed by the lesser morality of the short-lived Creatures, yet remarkably ... Draconic. Through the inertia that long-lived Creatures tend to fall into, this Half-Dragon offspring is passively allowed to evolve into their personal assistant and diplomat with the Humanoids in the area, even occasionally falling into a pattern of "organizing" their parent (with limited success). Additionally, as they are not a "true" Dragon, there is no challenge to the hierarchy/Dragon's sense of superiority.

At this point, instead of over-reaching by seeking a Dragon as a benefactor/ally, a Party has been given a possible intermediary closer to their Level. This Half-Dragon can act as quest-giver, rival, misconstrued "victim" in need of "rescue", temporary ally, sign-poster to secret/ancient treasures and yes, (*sigh*), even a potential love interest. You have a Sorcerer with the Draconic Bloodline who needs spurring onto becoming a Dragon Disciple? Here is your P.C.'s dream/prompt in action. Want to earn recognition so that you have opportunities to pit your wits against an ancient mind? Here is the starting point. Want to try slowly ingratiating yourself so as to rob a Dragon blind? Well, you can certainly try ... Players might be as engaged as the G.M. with developing this scenario - a way of transforming the Half-Dragon into a True Dragon might be discovered and now the Party have the choice on how to proceed, (or whether to at all), becoming the ones to potentially create this unusual circumstance of a True Dragon shared lair.

If a Player wants an end-game/epilogue where their P.C. becomes a Half-Dragon, this can contribute to the long-game set-up of earning that. It also further develops the amusing idea of a high-minded Dragon slowly picking up Half-Dragon "strays" and unwittingly becoming the benefactor of a Draconic hostel. xD

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UnArcaneElection wrote:
Decimus Drake wrote:
Non-divine healing options off the top of my head: witches, bards, wizard (arcane physician archetype), alchemists, kineticists, occultists, and using the heal skill with feats and the like. So I think they could cope just fine. Witches get a pass as their magic is arcane and they don't worship their patrons.

Also add Investigator, Magaambyan Initiate Arcanist(*), Magaambyan Arcanist (prestige class), Pathfinder Savant (prestige class), and Spell Sage Wizard(**).

(*)Technically also Unlettered Arcanist, but it's a rather poor archetype.

(**)After 1st level, synergy of Focused Spells and Spell Study actually makes this better than Arcane Physician (better at removing high DC bad conditions), as long as you don't need to be super-fast at healing, cast a lot of healing spells in 1 day, or cast Breath of Life.

Skalds draw from the Bard's Spell List too.

I would like to add a reminder that non-Divine, Healing Magic does not have to come from Spells. Witches are great for this with Hexes: [Common] Ameliorating (Su), [Common] Healing Hex (Su), Cook People (Su) {Evil}, [Major] Major Ameliorating (Su), [Major] Major Healing Hex (Su), [Major] Regenerative Sinew (Su), [Major] Witch's Bounty (Su), [Grand] Death Interrupted (Su), [Grand] Forced Reincarnation; [Grand] Life Giver. Additionally you have the [Common] Cauldron (Ex) plus [Major] Witch's Brew (Ex) combination, and the versatility of [Grand] Summon Spirit (Sp).

However, also note that other non-Divine Classes can get these : Magus(Hexcrafter) {Common/Major/Grand}, the non-Spellcasting Rogue(Sylvan Trickster {Common/Major/Grand}, along with the restricted Bard(Hoaxer) {Common - Healing Hex}.

Honourable mentions:
* Standard Samsarans come with Stabilze (Sp) 1/day. However, there is of course the Mystic Past Life (Su) Alternate Racial Trait ... Samsarans also have the Life’s Blood Racial Feat available to them.
* A small number of Aasimar may rise to healer positions, such as those with Variant Aasimar Abilities - #02 Stabilize (Sp) 3/day, #57 +2 Racial Bonus to Heal checks; #69 Remove Disease (Sp) 1/day.
* Changelings with the Hag Magic Alternate Racial Trait, (i.e., Detect Poison/Stabilize/Celestial Healing/Cure Light Wounds/Delay Disease/Diagnose Disease/Infernal Healing/Remove Sickness).

* Sorcerers with the Celestial Bloodline for the 1st Level Heavenly Fire (Sp) or sacrificing this Bloodline Power to gain a Bloodline Familiar with Heavenly Touch (Su).
* A Magus(Nature-Bonded) gains a small number of Druid Spells.
* Many non-Divine Classes gain some form of Magical Healing Spell, mostly frequently Celestial Healing/Celestial Healing (Greater)/Infernal Healing/Infernal Healing (Greater), (e.g., Summoner, Bloodrager, Vigilante{Magical Child}), standard Wizards; etc.).
* Rahadoum appears to be anti-religion and anti-deity- Shamans do not worship deities, their focus is on Spirits.

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Congratulations on discovering time-travel! I look forward to you installing a better time-line where our feline friends are in their rightful place as benevolent but firm overlords.

I can practically smell the Adventure Path. xD

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Ice Girl by Emilie Simon for her darker/snarkier side; Children of the Frost by Indica for her soft spot for children, lamenting their bad situations and hoping for better, ("the season of dark had gone"/"our season had come").

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10. Kill enemies but "raise" the strongest as possessed by a Demon/Devil. Convince the possessors that they can rise up to take control of the B.B.E.G.'s group and harvest many souls with your help - just as long as they direct attention away from your Party. Watch as the B.B.E.G. sends forces against random groups that have been falsely identified as threats whilst your group leads an almost entirely different adventure, occasionally "raising" an enemy body brought to them, (higher up the chain each time). Laugh as a week or so later you receive a thank you fruit basket from the possessing fiends following their sacrificial ritual of the major enemy's organization, now soon to return to the Abyss. Waltz in, having only put tangential effort into the endeavour, to fill the power vacuum. Round up the confused, formerly possessed stragglers, using Divination if necessary. Rule the area, cultivating honest (and compliant) people that will one day provide many "Good" souls to outweigh the "Evil" ones taken by the Abyss. Smile blankly at the G.M. as they realize that you have used accountancy based on a soul currency to derail the campaign. Smile more.

No, I would not do this ... but it does sound fun. That may say something about me. xD

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I second loyalty to the Party, even if it is via begrudging familiarity and subconscious liking.

Quick suggestions:
My suggestion is to remember that Evil Characters do not have to be awful to everyone, in fact they are often lovely to those they deem worthy of their interest/love/friendship/respect/rulership. Your Character can be nice to the Party, blase to others, charming when it gets you/the Party what you want, then calculatingly efficient in utterly destroying "the enemy". These would start off as other Evil Creatures, and with lower level sessions starting out with bands of "mooks", ego can trivialize their threat so your Character does not fully show their "Evil" side. As Combat gets tougher, the harsher side can come out but the Party will usually accept it if reigned in. Best bet is as things progress, speak to a Player/the G.M. to give social opportunities for one of the Party to act as your "foil" at these times, curtailing potentially disruptive paths. For example, it could be stopping any unnecessarily drawn out killings with your sighing pal saying to hurry up, your inefficiency is slowing them down, or that some of the things you do to N.P.C.s are upsetting to the Party - your friends -, so for their sake you avoid that. (Note that these should not be upsetting to the *Players*, anything that could make them uncomfortable should be discussed beforehand.)

Secondly, you can like N.P.C.s! Treat them with care, even! They are just your future minions of course, but you also want their respect/admiration and your actions now will have an impact later; considered action is merited at most times. Only if they cross you - or your Party - will you take very final action. Bonus points for interweaving the results of your Character's actions with other Players' intended Character development. Off the top of my head, you could have a Lawful-Evil colleague whose honour was slighted but due to a flaw, (e.g., cowardice), they do not address it. Your Character, while not caring about honour themselves, will not tolerate this affront to someone they care about ... so you take "action" to "resolve" the situation. Permanently, in needlessly painful ways. This then provides an opportunity for interaction between the two Party members and a hook for the other Player to slowly start tackling this flaw. (Again, speak with the other Player.)

In these instances you are behaving in an Evil manner but not always for yourself, nor is it detrimental to the stories that other Players want to tell. Chaotic actions - whether Evil or not -, can sometimes be (incorrectly) perceived to be a Player focusing solely on what they want out of the game, irrespective of others. Hence if this is a concept you are still getting a feel for, a more measured, transparent Evil seems easier for everyone to grasp. This then creates a starting point for the table to understand your Character's actions, letting you work on the moral ambiguity - you are doing things to protect those you care about. As a side-note, you do not have to kill to do Evil - you could steer away from that to focus on emotional pain and difficulty surviving, such as arranging for the burning down of a family's livelihood; etc. So are you guilty of Evil, or simply overestimating the "threat" to your loved ones? Do you hurt others because it is easy/you enjoy feeling superior, or do you spend time/resources/effort to accomplish what you deem to be necessary? Whilst your methods might be cruel and unyielding, will they ultimately provide the best results long-term? Are you Evil or efficient? Is it truly Evil or cathartic justice when you do unto them what they do unto others? Is remorselessly sacrificing one to save the many callous or a leader doing what is needed to protect everyone they can, when others are crushed under the weight of responsibility? Is tricking someone into picking who they want to save, only to save both so as to let them live knowing who was "discarded", sadistic or pointing out the hypocrisy of those criticising your methods? If you influence others and they later do Evil, how much of that is your fault compared to their own moral failings?

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As @DecimusDrake has stated, Oozes do not deal Damage to Creatures (or Objects) by default :


Traits: An ooze possesses the following traits (unless otherwise noted in a creature's entry).
Some oozes have the ability to deal acid damage to objects.

It really depends on the Race of Ooze, (even the Evil Animate Hair can be hilariously worn as an hairpiece without incurring Damage). So the Ooze can be carried by hand, on your shoulders, (on your head!), or in a bag - as long as there is air.

Your best bet for a Speed improvement is probably the Racer Animal Companion Archetype, (+10ft.).

Other options:

Unless this Ooze has an Intelligence of 3 somehow, it will presumably lose its Mindless Traits and have an Animal's Intelligence. If so, with Ability Score increases it can only take the Fleet Feat twice by Ch. 10-16 for Speed +10ft. As such, this is a poor option.

Feats: This is the total number of feats possessed by an animal companion. Animal companions should select their feats from those listed under Animal Feats. Animal companions can select other feats, although they are unable to utilize some feats (such as Martial Weapon Proficiency). Note that animal companions cannot select a feat with a requirement of base attack bonus +1 until they gain their second feat at 3 Hit Dice.

Animal Feats
Animal companions can select from the following feats: Acrobatic, Agile Maneuvers, Armor Proficiency, Heavy, Armor Proficiency, Light, Armor Proficiency, Medium, Athletic, Blind-Fight, Boon Companion, Combat Reflexes, Devotion against the Unnatural, Diehard, Disruptive Companion, Dodge, Endurance, Feral Grace, Ferocious Beast, Ferocious Feint, Great Fortitude, Greater Tenacious Hunter, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Initiative, Improved Intercept Blow, Improved Natural Armor, Improved Natural Attack, Improved Overrun, Intercept Blow, Intimidating Prowess, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Mobility, Power Attack, Reflexive Interception, Run, Share Feature, Skill Focus, Spring Attack, Stealthy, Tenacious Hunter, Toughness, Weapon Focus. Animal companions with an Intelligence of 3 or higher can select any feat they are physically capable of using. GMs might expand this list to include feats from other sources.

By far the best option that I could find is the Racer Animal Companion Archetype, which will grant the Ooze Speed +10ft. with no Armour and only a Light Load from the get-go :


Source Ultimate Wilderness pg. 188, Animal Archive pg. 21
Some companions have uncanny speed, providing their masters with swift transport.

Racer Feats: In addition to the standard feats available to animal companions, a racer can select Acrobatic Steps, Charge Through, Improved Lightning Reflexes, Lightning Stance, Nimble Moves, and Wind Stance.

Fast Movement (Ex): A racer’s speed is 10 feet greater than that of typical animals of its kind when it is wearing no armor and carrying a light load.

This replaces share spells.

Sprint (Ex): At 6th level, once per hour a racer can move at 10 times its normal speed when it makes a charge or uses the run action.

This replaces devotion.

The only downside is that it replaces Share Spells (Ex), which the Player might well want :

Share Spells (Ex): The druid may cast a spell with a target of “You” on her animal companion (as a spell with a range of touch) instead of on herself. A druid may cast spells on her animal companion even if the spells normally do not affect creatures of the companion's type (animal). Spells cast in this way must come from a class that grants an animal companion. This ability does not allow the animal to share abilities that are not spells, even if they function like spells.

As already mentioned by @LordKailas, the Spell [1] Floating Disk is probably your earliest option, although at 1 hour/C.L. it will end after 1 hour from a purchased Scroll/Wand.

Spell options for the Ooze itself seem to start at Spell Level 2, (Ch. Level 3 for a 9th Level Spellcaster) :
* [2] Harmless Form - you can use this to Polymorph the Ooze into an Animal with a better Speed, (e.g., Cat Speed 30ft., Hawk Fly 60ft. or Raven Fly 40ft.). It lasts for a set 8 hours and is Dismissable. (Personally I recommend this Spell once available as it grants lots of flexibility.)
* [3] Anthropomorphic Animal - with Share Spells (Ex) allowing you to Cast non-Animal Type Spells on your An. Companion, you can grant an Ooze-Humanoid hybrid form to utilize Magic Items, (e.g., [5 550gp] Boots of Striding and Springing for Speed +10ft.). It lasts for 1 hour/C.L., (min. 5 hours) but is not Dismissable. With the help of a C.L.11+ Spellcaster this Spell can later be made Permanent for 7 500gp (+ Spellcasting service).
* [3] Assume Appearance - with Share Spells (Ex) allowing Personal/You Spells, this can be an easier to manage solution ... if the idea of the Ooze taking the form of a dead person is not too off-putting.It lasts for 1 day/C.L., (min. 5 days), and is Dismissable.

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EDIT : It seems you have already found what you are looking for; however, since I did some digging of my own ...

Having not heard of this Character before so I am going by this for reference.

Could I suggest an Alraune with Wizard/Sorcerer Levels to replace some of its Racial Levels? A standard one would be CR13, (an Epic threat), so depending on your table you might want to shave a Character Level off for a Hard threat.

Unoffical image for reference.

* An Alraune has a high Strength Ability Score (24), matching up with Shiromori's Super Strength. It also comes with a 1/day Commune with Nature (Sp) to identify/track Targets, somewhat mimicking her Tracking ability. Her "no feet" image could be aligned with her legs ending in the flower, (which could be green to match the surroundings, giving the illusion of legs on grass?).
* Arcanist/Sorcerer/Wizard 7 provides access to the Spells [3] Burrow, (for a general 15ft. Burrow Speed at 1min./C.L.), and [4] Earth Glide, (for Combat), to mimic Shiromori's Burrowing ability. This enables her to remain in her standard form without having to Polymorph into an Elemental.
* For the assassin theme you mentioned, you have the option to go Vigilante(Warlock) 10 - this grants 3/4 B.A.B., access to [0-6] Spells from the Sorcerer/Wizard Spell List at Magus progression, (max. [4] at Warlock 10), and elemental Mystic Bolts (Su) (which can be Touch Attacks). With the few Vigilante Talents left you have options for Blind Spot (Ex), Chase Master (Ex), Combat Skill (Ex) (for Exotic Weapon Proficiency), Shadow's Speed (Ex) or Weapon Familiarity (Ex).
* Arcanist/Sorcerer/Wizard 7 also gives access to [1] Infernal Healing and [4] Infernal Healing (Greater) to imperfectly mimic Shiromori's regenerative capacity. To mimic this better you could ignore Wealth by Level to give her P.C. wealth, so that she can have a Ring of Regeneration for constant Fast Healing 1 and the ability to restore lost limbs.
* Grant the scissor Weapon the Growing (+1 Bonus) Weapon Special Ability; this allows it to increase by 1 Size Category 1/day. Alternatively, you can make the most of the Alraune's unusual form with the [+4 000gp] Resizing Weapon Special Ability. An Alraune is technically a Large Creature, despite having a more Medium-sized Humanoid portion - so it could be interpreted that once she becomes tired of drawing in her prey, she picks up her seemingly innocuous "pruning scissors", only for it to suddenly become a menacing Weapon. (A [16 000gp] Ring of Perfect Sizing is a more costly alternative.)
* Shiromori can either wear [30gp] Silken Ceremonial Armour or a [200gp] Silk Kimono. If you do not go the Ring of Regeneration route but still want to power her up in a thematic way, there is the [67 000gp] Otherwordly Kimono.
* The "scissors" could be shears - whilst I could not find a specific page for these, there are references in Bestiary entries for various statistics here, here and more mundanely here under the Offence/Melee section.

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For me :
* [1] Mending Spell -> [1] Lending Spell : for when you want to make money on interest whilst adventuring.
For all of you :
* Rogue Class -> Vogue Class : you know that you thought of it too. *Strikes a pose*

Honourable mentions:
* [5] Mind Probe Spell -> [5] Kind Probe Spell : for the Bard ...
* [6] Mislead Spell -> [6] Misread Spell : to give your enemies false information/protect your Spellbook.
* [2] Money Talks Power -> [2] Honey Talks Power : for when you want to freak out your friend's anthropomorphic Winnie the Pooh Character.
* Fighter Class -> Lighter Class : for Characters who enjoy Acrobatics but also pyrotechnics.
* Monk Class -> Mink Class : you may encroach slightly into Druid territory but you do it fabulously.
* Sorcerer Class -> Forcerer Class : for when you want a blasting Class but moreso.
* Diplomacy Skill -> Diplomace Skill : for when your Character's diplomatic encounters always seem to end up more spiky than you intended.
* Grab Edge Reaction -> Crab Edge Reaction : super useful in aquatic adventures!
* Tumble Through Action -> Rumble Through Action : for when the G.M. reminds the Party that they have not toileted in six sessions.
* Lie (Deception) -> Die (Deception) : for when the Bard wants to get really dramatic.
* Survive in the Wild (Survival) -> Survive in the Mild : for when your Character is no good with spicy dishes.

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I like my Liches unsettling but with the possibility of character development, (e.g., loneliness/comedy). How about a Witch [Patron:Enchantment or Trickery] (Seducer/Hex Channeler) w/Impundulu Improved Familiar?

Breakdown of gains:
* Enchantment -> allure/domination Spells.
* Trickery -> misdirection Spells + Time Stop.

Improved Familiar:Impundulu (Agility or Transformation)
* Agility -> speedy/freedom/Polymorph Spells.
* Transformation -> more powerful Polymorph Spells.
N.B.: Normally death would result in the Impundulu eating the Witch's soul - however, in the Lich's case, they can hide their Phylactery from them ...

(Archetype) Seducer
* Uses Cha instead of Int.
* If they maintain/restore their looks or are disguised by a Polymorph Spell, the Lich is great at seducing its enemies, to the point of 1/day Staggering/Stunning them. Otherwise they can use their improved Charm Hex to manipulate foes/get them to come closer for a traditional Lich Touch Attack.
* 1/day it can double its H.P. regained from resting for 8 hours - in leisure, no less. This also benefits others.

(Archetype) Hex Channeler
* Can Channel (Negative) Energy 3+CHA/day, starting at 1d6 and increasing by sacrificing Hex progression.

Breakdown of Archetype Stacking:
* Int > Cha -> Alters Spellcasting, Hex+ Features; etc.
* Alters Hex 1.
* Replace Hex 6.
* Replaces Hex 8.

Hex Channeler
* Replaces Hex 2.

This would be quite non-traditional since instead of Undead lackies, it turns its enemies into Charmed "friends" and Dominated "helpers" for a wider variety of abilities at its disposal, whilst buffing its physical abilities via its Improved Familiar. The living are also more likely to be able to provide the Lich with what it craves most - knowledge.

EDIT : If you want to add in Undead you can always take the Command Undead Feat to control those you come across, or put that Craft Wondrous Item Feat to good use for a Death's Head Talisman. Being a minimum of C.L. 11 (to be a Lich) also means they can take the Craft Staff Feat to make a custom Necromancy Staff over its aeons of Unlife.

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Perhaps she laughing makes him useful again?

* Transforms him into a piece of clothing - "Well he wanted to be close to me".
* Has him undergo excruciating procedures, such as mechanical arms to carry more of her things, (especially in a belittling "manservant" way) - "Come, come, ... whatever your name was".
* Transforms him into a piece of wood and has him Crafted into a Wand/Staff - "He'll only be useful as long as the transformation Spell lasts but that is more than can be said of him normally, ha, ha"; "You think that I am alone? No, someone is always with me. Can you guess?".
* Transforms him into a goldfish, (or axolotl!), then places him into an aquarium ball for her amusement - only for the P.C.s to later find the ball filled with aquatic/amphibious specimens ...
* Tricks him into making an ideal fawning/proposal position, then transforms him to stone - "This way he gets to do what he enjoys - forever -, and I get a pick me up".
* Frames him for a crime she commits or deliberately leaves him behind to take the fall - extra points if he does not believe that he has been betrayed, giving the P.C.s a chance to convince him.
* Inflicts some sort of insanity upon him, so that he cannot easily recall/communicate any of her secrets - "The poor boy, he really did lose his mind over me".
* "Where's xxxxxx? Oh, somewhere about. If we really are going to have a confrontation, at least don't be gauche about it. Let me finish my meal first, yes? I would not want to waste this delicious joint of meat." OvvO

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Just pointing out a copy/paste error for the next update:

Pathfinder (2e) Playtest Rulebook Multiclass Archetypes Update 1.0, p.2 wrote:


Prerequisites Basic Bard Spellcasting, master in Occultism
You gain a level 4 occult spell in your repertoire and a spell slot to cast it in the same way as your basic bard spellcasting. You become an expert in spell rolls and spell DCs for casting divine spells and in attacks you make with divine spells.
At 14th level, you gain a level 5 occult spell in your repertoire and a spell slot to cast it in the same way, and at 16th level, you gain a level 6 spell in your repertoire and a spell slot to cast it in the same way.
Pathfinder (2e) Playtest Rulebook Multiclass Archetypes Update 1.0, pp.2-3 wrote:


Prerequisites Expert Bard Spellcasting, legendary in Occultism
You gain a level 7 occult spell in your repertoire and a spell slot to cast it in the same way as your basic bard spellcasting. You become a master in spell rolls and spell DCs for casting divine spells and in attacks you make with divine spells.
At 20th level, you gain a level 8 occult spell in your repertoire and a spell slot to cast it in the same way.

I believe that the highlighted ought to say 'occult spells'.

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evilericuk wrote:

The description for darkvision states that the creature sees in black and white even in any light.

So does this mean that the creature is colour blind?

I think that you may have misread this somewhere, it specifically repeats that seeing in black and white relates to Darkness :

Pathfinder (2e) Playtest Rulebook, p.302 wrote:


A creature with darkvision can see perfectly well in areas of darkness and dim light, though such vision is in black and white only. Some forms of magical darkness, such as a 4th-level darkness spell, block darkvision. However, a creature with greater darkvision can see through even these forms of magical darkness.

Basically they see in black and white in Darkness, yet in colour for Bright Light (as it is never mentioned for Darkvision). The inconsistency is actually in Dim Light, where Ancestries place it in colour vision, whilst the Senses entry for Darkvision places it is black and white.


Pathfinder (2e) Playtest Rulebook, p.24 wrote:


You can see in darkness and dim light just as well as you can see in bright light, though your vision in darkness is in black and white.
Pathfinder (2e) Playtest Rulebook, p.29 wrote:


You can see in darkness and dim light just as well as you can see in bright light, though your vision in darkness is in black and white.
Pathfinder (2e) Playtest Rulebook, p.37 wrote:


Your orc blood is strong enough to grant you the keen vision of your orc forebears. You gain low-light vision, allowing you to see in dim light just as well as you can in bright light. If you have low-light vision (from the Half-Orc feat), you instead gain darkvision, allowing you to see in darkness and dim light just as well as you can in bright light. Your vision in darkness is in black and white.

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I am so pleased by this! (Especially chuffed for those who prefer the option of white text on a black background.)

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Congratulations on finally aligning the stars. :)

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Shaheer-El-Khatib wrote:

I never even doubted once that you are allowed to create background outside the ones provided. As long as it is 2 score increase, 1 skill feats and 1 lore.

They talk about how to not create "wrong lore skill" somewhere in the rules, something that would be useless if you were limitated by the written background.

I don't understand Why you are all so upset. I did customs background on the fly the first time a player went with a concept that wasn't here and it was easy. I didn't even though about it before seeing this topic.

Backgrounds are limited to the ones stated in the Playtest, (Paizo's set Playtest adventures reiterate to select these, or use the extra 6 stated as options in Doomsday Dawn). There is no mention that you can create custom Backgrounds in the Playtest, (there is a general pattern mentioned though), and you are instructed that the Backgrounds available to Players are on pp.38-39 :

Pathfinder (2e) Playtest, p.14 wrote:


Your character’s background might represent a special aptitude she’s been honing since her youth, detail her upbringing, or illuminate some other aspect of her life before she became an adventurer. The available character backgrounds are described beginning on page 38. Backgrounds typically provide benefits to your character in the form of two ability boosts (one that can be applied to either of two specific ability scores, and one that is free), training in a Lore skill, and a specific skill feat.

Again, there is no mention of custom Backgrounds on those pages; we are simply raising this so it stays as a Playtest limited situation, not one that carries over into the Core Rulebook. It is also worth mentioning something that is marring Player's enjoyment of the Playtest, limiting their motivation to play and therefore reducing their feedback.

The guidelines on creating Lore subcategories relates to gaining additional ones via the General/Skill Feat Additional Lore :

Pathfinder (2e) Playtest, p.162 wrote:


Prerequisites trained in Lore
The breadth of your knowledge has increased to encompass a new field. Choose an additional Lore skill subcategory. You become trained in it and it counts as a signature skill. At 3rd, 5th, and 13th levels, you gain an additional skill increase you can apply only to Lore. When you select this feat, you gain the skill increases immediately for all listed levels at or below your current level.
Special You can select this feat more than once, choosing a new subcategory of Lore each time and gaining the listed skill increases to that Lore.

There are probably other methods that I am missing too.

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Tentatively posting only because I have not seen any other opportunities to bring it up without a tirade of rancour : I despise Backgrounds, they are the no. 1 reason why I gave up on playtesting. Giving options to display/enhance my character concept is one thing, Ancestries/Classes still do this in PF2e (although in a seemingly diluted fashion). Excluding non-distruptive characters or forcing them to be changed to fit a narrow set of concepts is another. Paizo will certainly expand the choices but these will always be limited to what staff come up with, then culled down by space, time, relevance to current products, interest of the majority; etc. Please do not force character concepts to be limited in such a way. I would be much more on board with guidelines/rules for creating custom Backgrounds, with the ones Paizo creates acting as suggestions for newer Players who are trying to get through the process painlessly, then for others simply stifled by choice as the options expand. Staff still get to create "core" options and suggest their own flavour, without preventing Players from making characters that they actually want to play. Honestly, I would not play any of the current ones, even the ones somewhat similar to topics I would pick are far removed from choices I would enjoy.

Just to be clear, this is not about looking for the most awesome combination for mechanical benefit, nor it is about creating false justifications in-character for disruptive Player behaviour. Any characters I currently have would either not hit the suggested Backgrounds or if have the same topic, are vastly different (to the point of being the antithesis of the concept even under the same topic).

A more personal example:

Take my favourite character, Illya the Aasimar Witch. She was raised for most of her life in a community that basically venerated Aasimar's as Angels walking among them, with the church there being akin to a "Cult to the Aasimars" without going into actual cult mode, (more biased). Illya grew up despising Clerics, Celestials (with particular venom towards Angels), and Deities due to her seeing everyone as starting with equal inherent value, different opinions on behaviour, believing Aasimars to be self-deluded pawns, and so on. If looking at a basic Background keyword, she fits the Acolyte Background, yet her actual concept is the antithesis of what this stands for - the "knowledge" imparted on her was inaccurate, sometimes wildly so, to the point that adventuring provides her with an opportunity to unlearn such nonsense. It also requires that the Lore Skill relates to your chosen Deity - so I have to suddenly worship one. In fact, anyone who has this Background has to worship a specific Deity; no "borne of evil, raised by good, walking the middle line of not being drawn to either" orphan concepts, no jaded with the religious establishment and looking to find a new Deity to worship along your journey, no simply being thankful to the clergy of a pantheon for raising/teaching/protecting you ...

Also note that my True Neutral character has opinions but she also has standards. Illya may complain about tasks whilst doing them, yet she still does them to ensure that my concept is not hindering the Party/table. If something is in direct opposition to her interests, (such as convincing old worshippers to rejoin the fold of the "nice" N.P.C. Cleric the Party has come across), then Illya can state her disapproval, removing herself to do something else that benefits the game overall, or she can try to alter the situation with discussion amongst the Party. Playing a character should not be disruptive, however nor should it be reduced down to aligning only with mechanics for a step-by-step task-list playstyle - it might suit some, that is fine, but making the game this way excludes roleplay outside of a predetermined mindset. Just ... no.

T.L.D.R. : Please keep mechanics out of my character concept.

P.S.: Apologies for any mistakes that got through, health issues are prevalent at the moment. *sigh*

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Logan Bonner wrote:
There are quite a few we didn't include for space. I'm compiling the list of classic ones that seems like they ought to go back in, so I'll be checking in to see what folks have a soft spot for!

Ooo, if you are asking ... Here are a few that I would like to see return:

* (Seconding) Pathfinder Pouch -> useful for awkward, possibly dangerous manoeuvring with authorities. [Roleplay]
* Cloak of Treeform -> whilst not necessarily the most efficient item, it is thematic and is marked down as an indulgence that I want my current P.C. to obtain at some point. [Roleplay; Fun]
* Polymorphic Pouch -> a near necessity for those who utilize/enjoy form-changing, (e.g., Wild Shape, Dragon Form), especially if it is a key Class Feature. [Playstyle viability]
* Magic Tattoos -> these have always felt awkward to me, yet there are a few that I enjoy thematically and have/will try to make work in my current game. Perhaps an overhaul? (I adore my Witch's Intimidating attitude slowly building up to expanding options, being able to surprise enemies/Intimidate obstinate N.P.C.s with Strength increases via a Transmutation Spell, using a Weapon Tattoo to coalesce a gigantic Weapon from a shadowy design ...) [Roleplay; Fun; Playstyle]
* Ring of Curing -> it would need to be altered in-line with the new healing Spells to have progressive benefits, (i.e., increase with Heightening), but currently this helps my Party's non-Cleric Primary healer feel more dedicated and useful, instead of an unwanted substitute. [Playstyle viability; Effectiveness]
* Ring of Eloquence -> great as an early-mid. quest treasure find for when the G.M. wants to introduce Creatures that do not speak the Languages P.C.s understand, as a way for co-ordinating Combat whilst Polymorphed, or for enabling that sassy Familiar to communicate with the Party - perhaps even acting as a(n hilariously bad) translator for the Party! [Roleplay; Playstyle; Fun; G.M. utility]
* Corpse-Ferrying Bag -> purely thematic and a biased inclusion, [2] Gentle Repose and a Bag of Holding is much more effective. However, I do not see a few "fun" options as "trap" options, especially if it was made over the top ... ^.^ [Fun]
* Figurine of ... -> I admittedly find these a little awakward and have not dealt with more than one, but with rebalancing to the new game and a(n) Uncommon/Rare tag one of these could be an appealing reward to Party. [Fun; G.M. utility]

There are plenty more that I use/would like to use, yet they become more situational to my individual playstyle, or might be redundant with Rituals coming more to the fore, (despite being more fitting, such as a Cauldron of ...). Plus, the list would be really long. >.>

P.S.: Sorry if this is a little outside of what you are looking for/is too much of a tangent, not enough straight info.

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Jesauce wrote:
Ectar wrote:

This is really, really frustrating.

It's irksome that Amazon messed up orders via Paizo, but not orders via Amazon. Different departments, different issues.

Thanks for being a generally great company, Paizo.


It's not just Paizo pre-orders. I ordered from Amazon directly and just looked at my delivery. Mine won't be here until the 7th.

I live in England but pre-ordered through Amazon U.S. since it was going to be distributing them anyway, (and was slightly cheaper overall). The Playtest Rulebook and Flip-Mat only started the shipping process today, with an estimate of 14th August; the Doomsday Dawn Adventure Path has not been shipped yet and is estimated for 15th-22nd August. It really does look to be an issue with Amazon's own scheduling overall, not necessarily a prioritization of its customers over Paizo's - after all, why disregard a whole slew of orders from a company, endangering a further chunk of guaranteed sales by losing them as a seller/'customer'? I have been watching my orders like a hawk, the estimates that appeared for me a week ago were fairly telling that my items were going to be weeks late. Hence I will join in with saying that it is a shame for Paizo to be receiving the brunt of the negativity, (when I have an admittedly shaky feeling that someone at Amazon knew that there was an issue or simply did not do the necessary follow-up work). Has anyone had problems with other orders? Maybe it is wider than just Playtest orders.


lottol wrote:
I think it's affecting all paizo products on amazon my 1e core rulebook was supposed to come in today and I haven't even gotten an email that its been shipped.

Ask and you shall receive! xD

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blahpers wrote:
You are (actively forced) to be dead, too. This reeks of rationalization.

All that I was trying to do was explain my reasoning, I do not see the need to be so dismissive/rude. You disagree, okay, that happens. Secondly, anyone can just throw around that line - I could say that you still seeing them as Creatures "reeks of rationalization" for your viewpoint too. That is not how I want to participate in discussions, nor do I want to get into an argument - however, I will stand up for myself. Twice I have said that it is unlikely that everyone will agree, at no point did I say my interpretation was the only one. I even went as far as identifying contradictory examples in one of my responses, showing that both sides had a basis for their reasoning. You, on the other hand, chose to make judgements on my genuine viewpoint ...

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cuatroespada wrote:
yeah because otherwise sleeping bodies don't get to be creatures either because their participation is passive.

* You (actively) choose to sleep or are (actively forced) under an Effect, (hence participating).

* You can make Perception checks, they are simply with a Penalty.
* You still contribute to Party resources, (Spells/Skills), so others can make decisions based on your upcoming Actions/current Abilities.
* Your motivations and story-line are still actively on-going, (not on pause/at an end).
* You can keep everyone else awake with your snoring or move in your sleep, (even falling out of your bed/sleepwalk).
* You can be bitten by a radioactive spider, waking up with a giant sore and puss-like webbing oozing from your wrists. :p (As in, you are still an active Target for the enemy, scared villager coming to find/awaken you to ask for help ... or be bitten.)

It is not as if as soon as anyone stopped moving they are no longer Creatures - not at all what I said, nor what the PRD states. It is not about taking active Actions, it is about actively being part of the story/decisions. Additionally, unless I have missed something, sleeping Creatures or living "bodies", have souls and have sentience.

EDIT : I probably did not make myself clear by talking about a horse previously. xD I would say you can have an active participant Ally (living/sentient/Creature) and a non-participant dead Ally (an Object). Again, it does not look like people are going to agree on this.

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For showy whilst holding back on the bigger Spells to deal with the P.C. Party, I would fall back on the old staple of Disintegrate. A favourite would be Suffocation, counting down the Rounds until their little friend dies in front of them - unless the Party can get past the enemy smirking before them. If we go high-level then Suffocation, Mass is a terrifying Spell that can traumatize a Party as they scrabble to save themselves, let alone anyone else. Hold Monster, Mass is more for those B.B.E.G.s that like to gloat/monologue as they kill the Party's friends one by one.

My all time favourite displays of power are the insultingly low power - there is nothing better than the B.B.E.G. arranging it so that the P.C.s rush over to save a dying comrade, only for the amused antagonist to have readied Dispel Magic (for a Wand/Spellcasting), or worse neutralizing their Potion with a Cantrip, (Putrefy Food and Drink)!

For a Summoning-heavy Party strategy I prefer the use of Bite the Hand (Greater); with a flick of the wrist the antagonist turns their own allies against them, ruining their plans. Flee petty adventurers, flee ... if you can.

Rather than immediate death or explosions, you may note a running theme of overwhelming dominance over lives, plans and Magic in my preferred tactics. OvvO

For high-level, sheer power I would go with Wail of the Banshee and Implosion. To Attack a village/town under the P.C.s' protection, undermining the people's faith in them and pressuring the Party to take action before they are ready, Storm of Vengeance seems fun. (However, with my own particular tastes, instead of killing the favoured N.P.C., I might keep around a good book.)

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blahpers wrote:

1. RAW? Yes.

2. No. Poisoned is not a condition, though it may cause one or more conditions. There already exists a 3rd-level spell to do this, accept affliction.

GinoA wrote:
If you prefer a more strict-RAW answer to #1: once dead, the PC becomes an object (not an ally) and is no longer a valid target for the ability.

I am not the poster you were asking, but whilst you are waiting for their response :

* Deadman's Contingency - your corpse is a valid Target for Teleport Object.
* Akaruzug - whilst a 3.5 Monster, it comes from Curse of the Crimson Throne, which is valid for Organized Play. It's Soul Engine (Su) also refers to being able to use Teleport Object on a corpse.
* Restoration Dust - this works on corpses and its power is derived from the Make Whole Spell.
* Gentle Repose - this calls out a corpse as an Object in the Saving Throw and Spell Resistance sections, (corpses are the only valid Targets).
* Decompose Corpse - like Gentle Repose, this includes Object references in the Saving Throw/Spell Resistance section; it does also accept Corporeal Undead as Targets, but they are somewhat seen as "moving corpses". (Undead are only quasi-corpses, experiencing a different Effect than actual corpses, so they would not be Objects, leaving corpses as the only valid reference.)
* Preserve - again this Targets Objects, which it includes severed body parts and corpses in. Note that (presumably harvested) Plants are treated as Objects too, (although elsewhere I believe Plants are treated as living but Objects anyway?).
* Erase Impressions - it only Targets an Object, yet it references working on corpses.

This is not simply a mistaken text carry over/copy-and-paste of 3.5 Spells in the early set-up of Pathfinder :
Decompose Corpse - Ultimate Magic (2011).
Restoration Dust - Advanced Class Guide (2014).
Erase Impression - Occult Adventures (2015).
Preserve - Inner Sea Temples (2016).

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Perhaps the creator had a fascination with locating the mythical cities of the Cloud Giants and you are now beholden to take on that search for fame, fortune, and beanstalks?

Legends abound of magical cloud giant cities nestled in the very clouds themselves that float with the winds and circumnavigate the world. While most cloud giants recognize this as a fantasy, there are some who not only claim to have seen them but have dedicated the entirety of their long lives to finding them again.

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Does the kidnapper have to be Human? A Rougarou is repeatedly referenced as being like a Human but with a wolf head and body fur, perhaps they could be a variant? They tend to be protective of those they hold dear, live in seclusion and have a lawful mindset, which would explain the convoluted but meaningful steps taken in your description. The Bestiary 6 entry is a Ranger. For your concept : Favoured Enemy relating to the Race(s) of the ladies, Favoured Terrain to include Urban, Combat Style choices related to duelling (for "love"); Track/Swift Tracker/Quarry/Camouflage to stalk and kidnap. If you are open to expanding the reasoning to include the ladies themselves, perhaps they are secretly low-level Witches and the kidnapper is a Witchguard searching for a charge/ward. If their lovers prove themselves then the Rougarou recognizes them as a worthy protector, otherwise the kidnapper will take the role. Witches are generally more accepting of the unusual and would respect someone capable of breaking Curses, (all part of the romantic side to the kidnappings). Bonus points if his "house" is a cottage in a wood ...

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* Healer's Hands - this allows you to save your Spells and Wands out for out of combat healing. This has the possibility of performing treat Deadly Wounds during Combat if the injured Creature can move out of direct harm's way or you use a Hex/Major Hex/Grand Hex to create a reprieve.
* Toughness - Witches are flimsy Arcane types with d6 Hit Dice, so this boost can be a goodness send.
* Reach (Metamagic) Spell - if you are Combat avoidant then this will enable you to extend the Range of your Cure Spells from Touch, making the most of your low-mid. Spell Slots.
* Skill Focus(Heal) - the old go-to for non-magical healing and enables Healer's Hands to come into play earlier.
* Eldritch Heritage (Celestial) - if you do take Skill Focus(Heal), then this is an option, although not one that is really Feat worthy unless it fits with your background/theme. As well as boosting your Healer's Hands success rate, it also opens up the Celestial Bloodline, gaining Heavenly Fire (Sp) for 1d4 H.P. healing, (with limitations). I only mention it because your primary Ability Score is now Charisma as a Witch(Leyline Guardian), granting you more uses.

* Slumber (Su) - if you have a singular Target that is susceptible to Sleep Effects you can effectively stop a Combat mid-battle. This can either be by coup-de-grace, (preventing further damage to the Party), or by allowing you to heal others without worrying about attacks.
* Cauldron (Ex) - this enables you to make Potions from Witch 1, (bypassing the Caster Level 3 Prerequisite), plus early on the +4 Insight Bonus to Craft(Alchemy) helps.
* Scar (su) - if your Party members are okay with it, this scarring will allow you to use your Healing Hex from a greater Range.

Major Hexes
* Regenerative Sinew - I adore this one : by Witch 20 you gain Fast Healing 5 for 10 Rounds, (50 H.P.), or you can heal 4 Points of Ability Score Damage to two Ability Scores, or it can act as the Regenerate Spell ... It is very versatile, especially if you take Damage to your Spellcasting Ability Score.
* Restless Slumber (Su) - see Slumber, only it causes H.P. damage to the Target and they wake up with the Confused Condition, further aiding you.
* Witch's Bounty (Su) - this is more thematic as it really does not do a lot. However, if you have a lenient G.M. and do not want to use a Cantrip Slot for Stabilize, then you can always pop a Goodberry in someone's mouth.
* Witch's Brew (Ex) - enables you to pump out healing Potions faster.
* Witch's Charge (Su) - I would not recommend this unless you have a younger or vulnerable ward as part of your schtick.
* Major Ameliorating - it is thematic but personally I would not recommend this either, unless you are in a game where you often get opportunities to scope out your antagonists' abilities in advance.

Grand Hexes
* Death Interrupted (Su) - I know that you replace your Familiar with Ley Lines but taking the Familair Bond Feat makes this usually better than Life Giver (Su). You can save multiple Targets per day, (1/day each), and the process of restoring them to life does not reference Raise Dead/Resurrection/True Resurrection. They appear to be returned to life with limited H.P. but no Negative Levels!
* Curse of Nonviolence (Su) - not a healing Effect as such, again it is forcing the opponent not to harm you or your Party (until you can heal/all get ready). Situational to Combat style.
* Forced Reincarnation (Su) - technically it is a healing effect, yet this is much more for offence as it both kills and restores to life the Target, bestowing two Negative Levels and most likely changing their Race in the process ... *Evil grin* As a side-note, if you or your Party want a route to effective immortality, reincarnating as a Young Adult every few decades is a viable route.

Something to think about is how many Hexes/Major Hexes/Grand Hexes you want, as increasing the number of Hit Dice for your Channel Energy (Su) ability requires sacrificing (non-Extra Hex Feat) Hex "slots". If you use the Extra Hex Feat to gain them back you are then sacrificing Feats ... If you utilize Healer's Hands for multiple uses of Full-Round Treat Deadly Wounds per day, then the Heal Skill becomes much more important to you, as it provides mundane healing that reduces the burden of needing to advance your Channel Energy (Su).

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Wait ... does this mean that I can finally scream into the void directly like I have always dreamed of? *Starry eyes*

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Some may still be around but most have been quietly assassinated, leaving no trace and false verdicts of natural causes. This is now a world of their own making, a place where Legendary Heroes have created too much noise among those that seek silence ...

As such, confidantes turn to others that can help their idols - Goblins. Small and unpredictable, these "imaginative" thinkers are able to look at the world from a less complacent perspective. To ensure the safety of the remaining Heroes, a secret society has formed to focus on producing the perfect Goblin Adventurer. For only they are destined to save the world from the forces of Evil - Healing Wand crafters. These vile denizens of otherwise unimposing settlements proliferate Cursed Items, which Adventurers foolishly believe to be enabling them to have autonomy and Party variety. No, these fiendish Wands grant a little bit of Positive Energy in exchange for pieces of both the wielder and the Target's souls, shortening their lifespans to right after an A.P. finishes. Fortunately their new Goblin allies have been honing skills effective in combatting this subversive plague - torching local crafting guilds and Ye Grand Ol' Magic Shoppes, stocking up with supplies from apothecaries without rudely waking up the staff, and utilizing their mighty Alchemist Resonance to deal with this menace hands on. These "practice runs" and unusual tactics have often been misconstrued, yet the increasing threat now forces these brave warriors into the limelight. In this new world where Legends are unraveled, valiant Goblins strive to save kingmakers and nation-breakers alike.

So the next question is this : while they protect our world, who will step up to save them?

Just a bit of silly fun, no need to read much into it. ^.^

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AnimatedPaper wrote:
For all of the commentary that has been provided by others about previously revealed aspects of the game, for me nothing stands close to Character creation. A singly defined, enforced successful/skillful Character that has little reason to adventure, (unless that is the specific Background picked/they have a tragic, upending backstory TM), that can really only be useful following your own Character concept if the Ancestry/Background aligns with the Class is ... greatly off-putting.

Would you care to expand on this? I'm not sure I understand your position, but I am sure that you're speaking for more than yourself.

Are you saying that backgrounds, as they stand, miss the mark in actually explaining why you chose to adventure? Like I said, I don't think I understand you fully.

It is that they are too defining, too baked in with mechanics. My previous reply to @Cyouni hopefully clarifies things a bit. If not, in summary : I view these "pregen" Backgrounds as too limiting for Character concepts right from the get-go. I enjoy creating multi-faceted Characters, willingly taking "fluff" Traits that may or may not be particularly helpful. With the current setup I see my Character as having to pick only part of my concept, with a possibility of it even misrepresenting what part of the "fluff" I want. My take is this system is more geared towards picking a Primary (and possibly Secondary) Ability Score, with concepts sometimes losing out - it all depends on your concept.

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Cyouni wrote:

Honestly I would be much happier with this suggestion; if Backgrounds stay as is, I will definitely not be playing Pathfinder v2.0. For all of the commentary that has been provided by others about previously revealed aspects of the game, for me nothing stands close to Character creation. A singly defined, enforced successful/skillful Character that has little reason to adventure, (unless that is the specific Background picked/they have a tragic, upending backstory TM), that can really only be useful following your own Character concept if the Ancestry/Background aligns with the Class is ... greatly off-putting. I will take a look at the Playtest because I would like to contribute to the game, however since this modular design is all-encompassing, (leaving it unlikely to change), that is where my participation will end.* *Sigh*

So that this post is not wholly negative, I will say that I do appreciate...

You know that every single piece that's been shown has a floating stat component, right? So if you invest everything in your chosen stat (Wisdom, for example), then at worst it looks like you're looking at a 16 - Ancestry: Goblin for -2 Wis, negated by the floating +2, Background for a floating +2, Cleric for the standard +2, and the last +2 from 1st level.

So even a Goblin can be a decently respectable Cleric. They're never going to be the best, but they can be decent at it.

It is not about being the best at all, nor is it about being singularly focused - in fact, that is was I was worried about being tied down to. For example, I want my Character to have a blacksmithing family who have pushed me to have a "stable career" in the trade - it is a defined part of my Character, which I hope to reference throughout my adventuring. However, this is in relation to the Character hating blacksmithing, not really listening, "escaping" by going missing during the day and being awful at it when dragged over. They are a "dreamer" who wanted to be a performer or Monk - whilst they had some aptitude, (which is developed on-off adventuring), there are few opportunities to learn where they are. What gives them an opportunity to move away from the family trade, the reason for adventuring is the call of Arcane Magic, something that is a means to an end (but ditched relatively early).

Under this modular approach, if I want to have blacksmithing as a strong Background "fluff" that shows, (inherent to my Character concept), I *have* to be above average in the blacksmithing Ability Score and related Lore Skill. Otherwise, to get a useful Ability boost/Lore Skill to my actual Character concept, (say Dexterity/Theatrics), or to simply avoid these "beneficial" boosts to aspects actively countering my concept, I have to pick something else for my Background. My example is not great as there is likely to be a performance-type option for Background, yet what about concepts that are not covered by those in the Core Rulebook? Having to wait for add-ons to simply design the basic parts of my Character ... Also, now by choosing the acrobatic part of my character for the Background, I cannot show anything about my reluctant blacksmithing background - unless I switch to the "right" Heritage/give up my "floating" increase and just point to that Ability Score boost, (which is unwanted). With Traits I could mix and match to have my background fit my concepts; here I have to focus on one aspect and develop things later, or only use Ability Scores to reflect another. Perhaps I have a Trait that says I take longer to be affected by hot weather conditions, (time spent near the forge); this could be coupled with having Low-Light Vision not traditionally representative of my Heritage, (Dragon eyesight, later discovered to be part of my Arcane leanings), or a +1 Bonus to drawing attention, (my childhood spent entertaining peers with escapades). My blacksmithing concept is shown without it being too mechanically impactful, whilst my Arcane/acrobatics side can be subtle yet come to into its own in an adventuring setting. I can have nods to multiple aspects of my Background without having to pick one to be fairly defining at the start, nor have an aspect suddenly become relevant when I hit X Level and can take a Feat to start representing something that was already meant to be established from childhood.

Hopefully that makes some sense, (at least for a 2:30am+ post), ha, ha.

P.S.: Sorry for the long post to explain such a short point! Being concise is not always my thing ...

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blahpers wrote:
zza ni wrote:
do note that one can also decide to craft cursed magical items beside normal ones. they look like non cursed items until... so yea. if you think you should be on your guard make a note to check for this as well.
As far as I know, there are no rules for deliberately crafting cursed magic items. I suppose you could deliberately try to craft something with a DC 5 or more over your take 10 score, but you have no way to know what the result will actually be.

I believe that it was properly implemented in Black Markets :


Cursed Counterfeits

Source PPC:BM

Ancient bric-a-brac that appears to be a genuine artifact could be valueless junk held together by magic. More sinister, however, are deliberately cursed objects intended to visit vengeance upon their buyers or return some great wealth to their creators. Some items are crafted to function for a limited time, convincing a buyer of their authenticity. These twisted treasures are often sold for far less than their apparent worth by merchants claiming to need money quickly or who feign ignorance of their value.

By the time the curse manifests and the buyers realize they have been cheated, the seller is long gone.

Many cursed relics differentiate the item’s creator from its owner. Owner refers to the creature wearing or using the magic item, while creator refers to the original creature who crafted the magic item, or else the last creature to wear it and speak its command word (which is often kept secret from perspective buyers).

Intentionally Crafting Cursed Items

Intentionally crafting cursed items requires the same item creation feats and skill checks as does crafting a normal item of that type, but in addition to such requirements, intentionally cursed items require bestow curse or major curse as a spell prerequisites. Crafting cursed items is generally cheaper than creating fully functional items, depending on the type of curse involved, as detailed below. The table above indicates the price and spell prerequisites of some of the most common deliberately created cursed items.

Delusion: Cost is reduced by 90%.

Drawbacks and Requirements: Cost isn’t reduced for cosmetic drawbacks or requirements with no direct game effects. Cost may be reduced by 10% for minor drawbacks or requirements such as minimum skill ranks or worship of a specific deity; by 30% for harmful or costly drawbacks or requirements such as alignment change, ability damage, sacrificing wealth, or performing a quest to activate the item; or by 50% for severe drawbacks or requirements such as negative levels or sacrificing sentient creatures.

Intermittent Functioning: The cost of uncontrolled or unreliable items is reduced by 10%. The cost of dependent items, which function only in certain situations, is reduced by 30%.

Opposite Effect or Target: Cost is reduced by 50%.

Honestly, from the O.P.'s post it may be that the player intends to say that they are providing part of the money but are in fact producing Cursed Items at cheaper rates than their original counterparts ...

The C.R.B. stated the possibility but did not really expand upon it until Ultimate Equipment :
Core Rulebook wrote:
Cursed items are almost never made intentionally.
Ultimate Equipment wrote:

Specific Cursed Items

Perhaps the most dangerous and insidious of all cursed items are those whose intended functions are completely replaced by a curse. Yet even these items can have their uses, particularly as traps or weapons. The following are provided as specific examples of cursed items. Instead of prerequisites for construction, each cursed item is associated with one or more ordinary magic items whose creation might result in the cursed item. Cursed items can be sold, as if they were the item they appear to be, provided the curse is not known to the buyer.

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Bardarok wrote:
Joe M. wrote:
John John wrote:
It is known that 3 magic items will be necessary for high level play.
What's the source for this? "It is known" doesn't help me get up to speed here!

I think one of the developers said it but I can't seem to find it now. From what I remember the question was about eliminating the big six and the answer was that they basically reduced it to a "big three" instead.

I don't think I am crazy since the OP seems to have the same memory.

It was on the Know Direction Podcast that Bonner mentions necessary Magic items being reduced to three. At the time @CalebTGordan made a round-up thread here.

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From a quick look the Witch seems to be the most favourable ...

Common Hexes
* Beast of Ill-Omen (Su) : 'The witch imbues her familiar with strange magic, putting a minor curse upon the next enemy to see it.'
* Blight (Su) : 'The witch can curse an animal, plant creature, or plot of land, causing it to wither and die' + mechanic references to being a Curse.
* City Sight (Su) : 'The witch curses a target with the simple vision of urban mortals.'
* Cursed Wound (Su) : 'The witch can curse a living creature, preventing it from healing completely' + name + mechanically referred to as a Curse.
* Enemy Ground (Su) : 'The witch curses a target with clumsiness when in dangerous terrain.'
* Gift of Consumption (Su) : 'The witch curses a creature to share any effects that target her vitality' + mechanical reference to being a Curse.
* Greater Gift of Consumption (Su) : is simply an upgrade of Gift of Consumption (Su).
* Pollute Water (Su) : refers to functioning as Blight (Su), again referring to that as a Curse.
* Scar (Su) : 'This hex curses a single target touched with horrible scars of the witch’s choosing ...' + requires Remove Curse to remove.

Major Hexes
* Harrowing Curse (Su) : name + mechanically referred to as a Curse.
* Hoarfrost (Su) : ??? Remove Curse is one of three options, so this is not clear-cut.

Grand Hexes
* Curse of Nonviolence (Su) : 'The witch can curse a creature to prevent it from attacking innocents' + mechanical reference too cursing the Target.
* Death Curse (Su) : name.
* Dire Prophecy (Su) : mechanically references being a Curse.

This Spell search does not include all sources but it assigns the Witch Class 23 Spells with the Curse descriptor :
* Witch = 23.
* Sorcerer/Wizard = 17.
* Oracle = 16. [Normally you would expect this to be the same listr as the Cleric, yet Oracles get the exclusive Spell Oracle's Burden.]
* Cleric = 15.
* Inquisitor = 9.
* Druid = 6.
* Shaman = 5.
* Bard = 4.
* Antipaladin = 3.
* Bloodrager + Paladin = 2.
* Adept [NPC] = 1.
* Alchemist (Extracts) + Magus + Ranger + Summoner = 0.

As a point of note, none of this takes into account Archetypes or Domains. Additionally, I would say anyone who can take an Improved Familiar can get one with Curse Effects, (e.g., the Cat Sith's False Curse (Su)), along with anyone who can Summon/Call a suitable Creature with Curse Spells/(Sp)/(Su).

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I have read through every page so far, (my poor brain), and have made a deliberate choice not to respond to comments, (wisely, I believe). Suffice to say, I welcome this decision as I see roleplay opportunities in it rather than problems; please put me down in the pro-Goblin camp when trying to filter out the vitriol.

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Just as a note : Angels are not Lawful, they are Neutral-Good.

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Does it have to be an actual Artifact or can it simply be an ancient device/relic? In the case of the latter I have a wobbly idea that you could rip apart for useful bits ...

A Soulbound Doll was made eons ago to aid a "Vermin Master", or a Worm That Walks was made into one for an unknown purpose; either way they had enough Shaman Levels to Cast [6] Awaken. (Note that Soulbound Dolls have precedent for gaining Class Levels.) Either by the choice or defeat of the Soulbound Doll's Master, they were Permanently transmuted by [8] Polymorph Any Object into an immovable Construct, sealed off from the world, along with plenty of magical supplies too grotesque to spend long periods destroying.

Same kingdom (animal, vegetable, mineral) +5
Same class (mammals, fungi, metals, etc.) +2
Same or lower Intelligence +2
Total = 9
9+ = Permanent

Perhaps the Spell was not specific enough, maybe the Caster wanted it close enough to "stick", but the pillar/obelisk/what-have-you was essentially still a Construct, (now with sinister, low-level eminating symbols), and so was able to manifest its abilities as it did as a Soulbound Doll - with a serious setback. Its senses were gone, so it could not interact with anything beyond what touched it. Then one something did - a Vermin, a Creature it recognized as kin and part of its purpose. With various magical supplies strewn about it, the Soulbound Doll-come-Soulbound Obelisk had just enough viable Material Components to make the Vermin its Spirit(ual) Animal, acting as a Familiar (but being treated as an Outsider (Native) for normal Spells). Over time the bonded Vermin brought other Vermin to the Obelisk (on its instruction), along with going out into the surrounding area outside to attack passing people or simply accumulate materials; once collected, the Obelisk used the Share Spells Ability to Cast [6] Awaken on its Familiar, losing it but creating an Awakened Vermin that is relatively loyal to it, (as per the Spell description). Another Vermin is made into a Familiar and the process repeats, with the intelligent Vermin directing the unintelligent ones to achieve successful raids on settlements. These Intelligent Vermin could in turn become Wizards, Sorcerers or Witches, taking Animals in the surrounding area as Familiars; upon reaching Level 5 they can make their Familiar bipedal for 5 hours per day, (via [3] Anthropomorphic Animal), and if even one reaches Wizard 11 they could slowly make this Permanent for all of the "community's" Familiars utilizing the [5] Permanency Spell.

What your P.C.s originally perceive to be a society of Bipedal, relatively intelligent Animals with Vermin "pets" is slowly revealed to be a pseudo-"hive" community based on the hierarchy of Animals serving Vermin, who in turn worship their deity "The Awakening One", (the Soulbound Obelisk). By the time of your module the structure that sealed the Obelisk has succumbed to time, weathering and the concerted efforts of the Vermin drones, leaving it exposed/free in the forest. This provides ample time for the Vermin to have extensive underground tunnels around and leading to the "artifact", allowing them to Surprise Attack any P.C.s that figure out the nature of the Obelisk, rushing up towards the Construct intent on destroying it - only to have the tables turn.

This can also work with a Druid or Hunter Soulbound Doll>Obelisk, since they obtain Awaken as a [5] Spell, although the Vermin Companions would only benefit from Intelligence 2 at (effective) Druid 9, (minimum to Cast Awaken), to a maximum of Intelligence 4 at Druid 20.

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I may have reservations about some of this but it is good to have a breakdown to think over, thank you.

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Hythlodeus wrote:
Edit2: Also, rolled stats. Whatever you have in mind for character creation (and from the wording in the blog - that might be misleading - it doesn't look particularily enjoyable), please keep rolling stats an option

A designer has confirmed that rolling stat.s will be an optional rule in the Playtest Rulebook, which I am thankful for.

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Putting my hat in the ring for tentatively pessimistic. I am hoping that this turns out to be Pathfinder v.1.5 rather than v.2.0. - combining original rules with F.A.Q.s/Errata, condensing the text down to provide clarifications rather than cutting down options. Then "fixing" things that have not been clarified. This does not seem to be the way things are going but I am going to keep an eye out, this needs to be given a chance after all.

*Waits to see*

P.S.: Another website glitch - the 'How to format your text' button is not working.

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Does the Archmage have to know that they are a Soulbound Shell? Could they have wanted to fulfill their role for as long as possible, commissioning their own exsanguination to remain in post for an indeterminate amount of time? In that scenario the Archmage could have had Baleful Shadow Transmutation Cast on itself, (or learnt it prior to Soulbound Shell life), thereby convincing itself that it is the real thing when their motives are tested/minds are read; this opens up playing out the character development of an increasingly lonely, fractured personality each time the Spell wears off.

Onto the actual question : I am not very experienced but I like these kind of thought exercises, so here goes ... :p

Having [0]-[6] Spells gives a bit of scope; assuming that they have the same Ability Scores as the Bestiary example the Archmage can have Prepared :
[0]x4, [1]x6, [2]x5, [3]x5, [4]x4, [5]x4, [6]x2

[0] Acid Splash, Daze or Ray of Frost, Detect Magic, Read Magic
[1] Charm Person x2, Mage Armour, Protection from Evil, Ray of Enfeeblement, Shield
[2] Acid Arrow, Blindness/Deafness, False Life, Make Whole, Shackle
[3] Deep Slumber orTwilight Knife, Dispel Magic or Spellcrash (Lesser), Haste, Fly, Vampiric Touch
[4] Black Tentacles x2, Dimension Door, Summon Monster IV (Hound Archon)
[5] Acidic Spray, Cloudkill, Dominate Person, Feeblemind or Teleport
[6] Form of Dragon I or Fey Form II v. Banshee Blast or Globe of Invulnerability, Disintegrate

* Instead of Preparing Mage Hand or Prestidigitation, simply use Gloves, Apprentice’s Cheating; if ever challenged they can say that it grants greater versatility this way.
* Instead of Preparing Unseen Servant use a 25gp Scroll when leaving the office; one of the basics of Wizardry is Crafting Scrolls, so there ought to be many "practice" Scrolls made by students.
* Employ Spellcasting Services to combine See Invisibility with Permanency to make Glitterdust less necessary.
* Mirror Image is less necessary in a "safe" environment like the Archmage's own school grounds, so I would go for more preventative measures that place them in authority, such as Blindness/Deafness and Shackle. If you need to avoid Attacks, a Belt of Incredible Dexterity or Scrolls of Invisibility would likely be available.
* Lightning Bolt is difficult to line up more than one Opponent and Stinking Cloud may not live up to the grand perception of an Archmage. Vampiric Touch and Haste are good replacements, giving further options for gaining Temporary Hit Points, (always good for a Construct), whilst dealing a fair amount of Damage, and increasing Land Speed. Having Dispel Magic or Spellcrash (Lesser) is a necessity for showing off supremacy, whilst Deep Slumber and Twilight Knife offer a display of either a Non-Lethal or Lethal style.
* Fire Shield can be quite helpful, yet you do not want to allow Martials close enough to hit you, (hence Black Tentacles), and you have the Mage Armour/Shield combination already. Instead of taking Damage and hoping to do a little back, get out of there with Dimension Door. This also offers the Archmage a way of reaching sealed/panic rooms in an emergency.
* I find Shout to be an underwhelming Spell, preferring to give an Arcane Caster a Summoned "meat shield" that simultaneously aligns them with Lawful-Good in spectators' eyes.
* You can give up one Slot of Cloudkill for the more Targeted Acidic Spray, whilst Passwall is too situational to often use. Instead I offer the Non-lethal route again with Feeblemind and Teleport, both different ways of asserting magical prowess.
* It gets progressively harder to pick a small number of Spells, so with only [6] Spells I really struggled. Disintegrate is a standard, useful choice whereas Beast Shape IV gives up Spellcasting for physicality. As such, Form of Dragon I and Fey Form II are better choices, retaining the ability to Cast Spells and use Magic Items. However, you may prefer a defensive approach to look "untouchable", so I have also listed the alternatives Banshee Blast and Globe of Invulnerability. Additionally, you cannot mix Polymorph Spells, so you would need a Hat of Disguise or a Wand of X Polymorph Spell to renew the Human visage instead of Baleful Shadow Polymorph, (which prevents other Polymorph Effects).

This is by no means a perfect list, in fact it goes to show how unused I am to limited Spells. Can a Soulbound Shell benefit from a Ring of Wizardry I-IV? If so, that opens up more choices for you as it adds extra Spell Slots not necessarily restricted by Cemented Mind (Ex).

If you really want to cheese it up a little, go down the Permanency rabbit-hole, it means that you do not need to Prepare some on the list and gives constant benefits - as long as they are not Dispelled.

Good luck with this, I am interested to know what choices you make - my P.C. is interested in Simulacrums/Constructs, so I might nab your ideas! :)

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At least it looks somewhat fun, when I first saw it pop up on d20pfsrd.com I was able to think up something thematic to base a story-line of my own around. That being said, just because Paizo has a hand in it does not mean all such supplemental material is created equal. Additionally, the main line already has a Vampire Hunter in the form of the Inquisitor Archetype.

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Tools :
Captured Commoner 1.
Witch 15-17/Scrolls.
[8] False Resurrection; costs 10 000gp minus Scroll costs.
[8] Trap the Soul (preferably the Trigger Object version); costs 1 000gp minus Scroll costs.
[1] Beguiling Gift / [8] Sympathy; latter costs 1 500gp minus Scroll costs.; (optional : Trigger Object method).
[7] Soul Transfer / [9] Parasitic Soul; former costs 1 000gp minus Scroll costs / latter costs nothing but is 9th Level.
[8] Clone; costs 500gp + 1 000gp (optional) minus Scroll costs.

You do not need True Resurrection since you have body parts, (bones), as such Resurrection works too in this instance, (both work at 10 years/C.L.). However, these methods rely on Willing souls that have not moved on, which you have indicated is unlikely. So, what can you do? Use other souls. Firstly, find some low-level schmucks to capture with Trap the Soul; having a Witch on tap/in the Party is handy in this case since they can usually debuff the Targets to pretty much ensure success. Then use False Resurrection to raise the Dwarven bodies with Shadow Demons in possession, following this up with Soul Transfer/Parasitic Soul once the Demons have departed, leaving the bodies as living, (as stated by False Resurrection), to act as receptacles. You are not stated to be in control of the Shadow Demons so they will need to be … contained. Alternatively you can wait until the Demons leave the soulless bodies, using Gentle Repose as you take your time collecting souls. You will not get found out for the use of False Resurrection as it is is always identified as Resurrection, (Ruse Descriptor perk). If you do not care about diversity you can raise a male and a female, then whilst inhabited by a Shadow Demon or schmuck soul you can take “samples” for the Clone Spell, producing multiple bodies. This will slightly reduce overall costs compared to repeated use of False Resurrection, whilst still providing potential (limited) breeding stock for later.

Additionally, if Dwarves were wiped out less than 100 years ago, you could try your luck at raising any willing souls – try a combination of [2/3] Speak with Dead to gauge your chances with each near-full skeleton, then apply some Restoration Dust (2 000gp) to appropriate skeletons, finally followed by a [7/8] Resurrection Spell (10 000gp before Scroll Costs). Both Spells are available to a Witch, (3rd and 8th Levels respectively).

To conclude, my business rates are pretty competitive …

Disclaimer : I take no responsibility for any inaccuracies, instances of uprising, unintended demonic possession, deific retaliation, curses from beyond the grave or betrayal. All payments to be made upfront, with a 10% expenses fee for upkeep.

EDIT : @theDavid I am not sure why they changed the Simulacrum Spell from the 3.5 version but it has always been this way since the Pathfinder Core Rulebook came out. I have not played anything before Pathfinder so I do not really have much of an opinion, yet at least one staff member has acknowledged that it may cause problems when it comes to incorporeal Undead.

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