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Anyone have any creative or out of the box uses for all the "hands" spells.
I will be running a boss fight soon where one of the enemy casters has all those spells.

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Surprised there wasn't a thread for this volume yet.
Has anyone ran this all the way through? How did your group like it?

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It's been asked before, but where is the titular Cradle of Quartz?

There's a nice map on the inside cover but it's missing this location.

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Has anyone run into a player taking the Godless Healing/Mortal Healing feat chain?
I have a player who is a Summoner with the Divine spell list, but has these feats which I didn't really look at the flavor too close until our last session.

Would it even be possible to get any advantage from Mortal healing if you cast Divine spells?

Mortal Healing says you must follow the laws of Mortality, and the laws of Mortality says for its Anathema: solicit or receive divine or religious aid. And casting divine spells seems to break this rule.

Any thoughts?

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I understand that in the main structure, the stairs down in area A12 were hidden well, and that the entrance under the dock may have been hard to spot.
But the building on the little island to the north has unhidden stairs down(A21), and on level-b also has unhidden stairs down (B5) (in addition to the hidden stairs in B2).
Did the Roseguard just never bother to explore the other building? Even though they built a town here, wouldn't someone be curious at some point to find out what was in that structure?

Anyway, just wondering if I missed an explanation.

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Is there any artwork for Ambrost Mugland ?
Also I was trying to find out his ancestry, and from the players guide, he may be a halfling, but in the actual AP I found no info on this.

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I have a player who use a Summoner, and i was trying to understand how they get spells.

As I understand it, at level 4 the summoner should have 3-1st level spells known and 2-2nd level spells. Giving the maximum of 5 spells.

At level-5 it says you add 2 level-3 spells, (bringing you to 7 spells known) BUT that you lose your lowest level of spell slots and 2 spells form the repertoire. So i assume the 2 you lose would be 1st level spells. So now that leaves me with 2-3rd, 2-2nd and 1 useless 1st level spell known. What are you supposed to do with the spells of levels you can't cast anymore?

Do you have to have a useless spell until level 6 where it says you can swap spells then?

Hopefully this makes sense, I am sure there's a thread a couldn't find or maybe a better explanation in the book someone could point me to.

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It's been a fun ride. Please cancel all my subscriptions. Our group seems to want to stick to PF1.

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Hello please cancel my "Adventure Path" and "Lost Omens" subscriptions.
After reviewing the first 3 books of AoE, I don't think it will be a good fit for my group, and I have no interest in the Pathfinder Society.

Please keep my "Adventure" and "Rulebook" subscription ACTIVE.

thanks! (hopefully this can be handled before october stuff goes out.)

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Where can I find more info on the city of Holy Xatambra? It sounds like a very dangerous place and I wonder if the PCs should be able to walk freely there without being hassled by demons? The sidebar is a little sparse on info.

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Does standing next to a BLINDED character and stabbing them make you HIDDEN or UNOBSERVED from them?

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Has there been an errata for Bestiary-1 yet?

I noticed the ghost special ability "frightful moan" uses 2-actions on page 166. While the 2 stat blocks on page 167 both have frightful moan as a 1-action ability.

So one of these must be wrong? Or are these 2 SPECIFIC ghosts an exception to the general rule of a 2-action frightful moan?

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I am subscribed to enough product lines to get the free pfs scenarios, and have not got my February releases yet. Whats up?

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It says if you successfully overcharge a wand, it becomes broken.
The broken condition talks about HP and BT, but I don't see where those stats are listed for wands.
Is there a spell that fixes magic items? Mending only seems to work on non-magical.
Anyhow I am confused on how to fix wands, and I am sure it's hidden away somewhere in the book, but I cannot find it.

On a related note, if the wand is "destroyed" does this mean it is gone for good, or is there a specific game definition of "destroyed" that means something different?

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I am usually fairly rules savvy, but am having a problem wrapping my head around how to use Counterspell.

I guess the main thing is when interpreting the degrees of success, How do I determine what my "effect's counteract level" is? Nowhere that i see does it spell out what MY counteract level is, I only see how to determine the counteract level of the target effect.

Is it 1 since the counterspell reaction is a level 1 feat?

Do I use the level of the spell or spell slot that I am expending to try to counterspell? (if so where does it say this?)

Do I use my character level?

Along the same lines, If i use Dispell Magic to counteract it seems my counteract level would always be 2, since it's a 2nd level spell. And thus would only ever be able to dispell up to 5th level spells on a crit success?

It seems like this new mechanic could have used an example or 2, but I know they only had so much space.

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Hi , I have subs to the required 4 product lines to get free PFS scenarios. I don't appear to have access to the ones that just dropped. Obviously I don't need them right this minute or anything, but just bringing it up in case something needs to poked on my account.

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I am just starting to wrap my head around the different notations for heightening spells. Sometimes there is a + followed by a number, and sometimes there is a specific level listed.

So for the shield spell they list improvements for heightening for 3rd,5th,7th, 9th level.
Is there any reason they couldn't just use: "Heightened (+2) The shield's hardness increases by 5"
Seems like it would have saved space. Or am I missing a reason to list out specific levels for heightening in this case?

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Is it possible to ONLY have a "striking" rune on a weapon without having a "potency" rune?
Every example of a magic weapon I found always seems to have a +1 or some number along with it. But as far as I can tell, I don't see a requirement to have the potency rune.

The same question would also apply to Armor having ONLY a "resilient" rune without a potency rune.

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Can anyone explain why the Barbarian feat Sudden Charge has BOTH Open and Flourish as traits?

I can't figure out what Flourish adds that isn't already covered by Open. Is this just general future-proofing or is there something I am missing?

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I know there are discounts on PF1 stuff, but every starfinder and PF2 product is also showing a discounted sale price. Maybe I'm wrong but are you guys really selling everything at a discount, even before it's released? If not, you should fix this, because people will expect you to honor the prices displayed on your site.

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The word Incredible sounds really cool and i thought well it must be better than plain old improved initiative from PF1, until you see you get a measly +1 to init, which seems like a cruel joke. I realize that every +1 is way more precious in PF2, but really, bumping it to +2 or have it scale with level to some extent surely wouldn't break the math?

Maybe just keep it as called improved initiative, and expectations won't be dashed by the name.

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Please cancel all my subs (I don't want any february items):
PF Modules hardly come out at all

I can't get my group to try Star-finder.

I have no Interest in the new AP.

I will probably re-sub when the next AP starts up in 6 months.


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I was reading the sample vehicle chase on page 287. The enemies were riding on basic-enercycles (with 7hp and hardness 5).
In the example, the PCs do 2 damage(with an unknown d4 based weapon) and then 5 damage (with a tactical semi-auto pistol) to the enercycle, and then it is declared wrecked.
But shouldn't hardness-5 have made it so both attacks essentially deal zero damage?
The vehicle hardness rule on page 228 says 'any damage a vehicle takes is reduced by its hardness'.

So what am I missing? Can someone point me to a rule I missed somewhere that allowed the PCs to seemingly bypass hardness in the example?

The examples of play can be crucial to understanding some of the rules and how they behave in-play, and it would be a shame if there are errors in these.

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Does the ability to treat BAB=Level happen at level 1? or at level 3?

The first sentence is clear that you get profiencies right away at level 1.

The second sentence is clear that you get specialization at 3rd.

It is unclear to me whether the next sentence is also abilities that come online at 3rd level. Or if they are active from the beginning.

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For the Saboteur mechanic, why do they suggest to take skill focus as feats for Computers and Engineering? Skill focus gives insight bonus.

You already get increasing insight bonuses to those skills via the "bypass" class feature.

And once you hit level-9 those skill focus feats become useless.

Did they really intend for both of those bonuses to be "insight"?

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Really looking forward to this event. See you saturday!

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I am a bit confused about calculating the Escape-Artist or Strength check for an Entangling Infusion.

Entangling Infusion:
Your kinetic blast surrounds your foes in elemental matter. Whenever a blast with this infusion deals damage to a foe, that foe becomes entangled for 1 minute. The foe can remove this condition as a standard action with a successful Escape Artist or Strength check (with the same DC as for saves against your kinetic blast) or by dealing an amount of damage to the entangling matter equal to double your kineticist level (the matter has hardness 0). If the foe was already entangled by this infusion and fails its save against a second instance of this infusion, the increased amount of elemental matter fuses to the ground, causing the foe to be rooted in place as though anchored to an immobile object.

I don't see anywhere under the "kinetic blast" feature that references a save. In fact I thought that kinetic blasts do not have saves at all.

The "wild talents" class feature says : "Unless otherwise noted, the DC for a saving throw against a wild talent is equal to 10 + the wild talent's effective spell level + the kineticist's Constitution modifier"

So would the wording in entangling-infusion override this since it is "otherwise noted"?

In the "infusions" class feature it says: "The DC for a save against an infusion is based on the associated kinetic blast's effective spell level, not the level of the infusion."

So even though infusions are also wild-talents I guess they do not follow the convention laid out in the 'wild-talent' section?

So if I am a level 10 kineticist with a 22 constitution, what would be the DC against my entangling infusion (and I guess also the DC to remove the entangled condition)?

Is it 10+5+6=21 ?

Another question or advice. Since it says in the 'infusion" section: " If a target succeeds and a successful save negates the infusion's effects, the entire kinetic blast is negated"., Are these infusions even worth taking? I mean you have to roll to hit AND spend 2 burn and it all can go to waste if they make their save. Seems like a big gamble.

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Just looking for a way to take advantage of the Skalds raging song. If it is not considered a (Sp) then it wouldn't require concentration.

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The spell is as follows (bolding mine):

School enchantment (compulsion) [mind-affecting]; Level mesmerist 3, psychic 3
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V
Range 30 ft.
Area 30-ft.-radius spread centered on you
Duration 1 round
Saving Throw Will negates; Spell Resistance yes
You emit a pulsating mental blast that stuns all creatures in range of your psychic shriek for 1 round.

What is psychic shriek? And what is its range?

Is it possible that the spell was originally called psychic shriek in development, but the name changed, but they forgot to change the spell description?

Anyone know?

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Big fan of Pirate Loot. Can't wait to see the new game!

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Wish I could get in on this. Alas my flight won't be landing until friday afternoon. I wonder if any other SotDL games are offered?

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What is undercommon? And what similarities, if any, does it have with regular old common?

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Is there anyway possible to actually get an infusion talent (besides level-1 talents) at the level you qualify for it?

It seems at class level-4, I qualify for level 2 infusions, but can't actually select one until level 5.

And for level-3 infusion talents (which requires class level-6), you can't actually get one until level 9, at which point you'd probably select a level-4 talent anyhow.

I see that if you pick your original element as your expanded element, you can get a level-3 talent at class level-7, but that really hampers the versatility and flavor of having 2 elements.

Even the feat, Extra Wild Talent, (which require you to be level 6, but you don't get feats at level 6, so really you'd be level 7) has a restriction of talents being 2 levels lower than your highest. So youd have to be level 10 (really level-11 since you dont get feats at 10) in order to get a level-3 talent.

I must be missing something obvious, because I am confused at how this class is constructed. You should be able to actually acquire and actually use the features of your class WHEN you qualify to use those features, right?

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Mutagen wrote:

Mutagen (Su): At 1st level, an alchemist discovers how to create a mutagen that he can imbibe in order to heighten his physical prowess at the cost of his personality. It takes 1 hour to brew a dose of mutagen, and once brewed, it remains potent until used. An alchemist can only maintain one dose of mutagen at a time—if he brews a second dose, any existing mutagen becomes inert. As with an extract or bomb, a mutagen that is not in an alchemist's possession becomes inert until an alchemist picks it up again.

When an alchemist brews a mutagen, he selects one physical ability score—either Strength, Dexterity, or Constitution. It's a standard action to drink a mutagen. Upon being imbibed, the mutagen causes the alchemist to grow bulkier and more bestial, granting him a +2 natural armor bonus and a +4 alchemical bonus to the selected ability score for 10 minutes per alchemist level. In addition, while the mutagen is in effect, the alchemist takes a –2 penalty to one of his mental ability scores. If the mutagen enhances his Strength, it applies a penalty to his Intelligence. If it enhances his Dexterity, it applies a penalty to his Wisdom. If it enhances his Constitution, it applies a penalty to his Charisma.

A non-alchemist who drinks a mutagen must make a Fortitude save (DC 10 + 1/2 the alchemist's level + the alchemist's Intelligence modifier) or become nauseated for 1 hour—a non-alchemist can never gain the benefit of a mutagen, but an alchemist can gain the effects of another alchemist's mutagen if he drinks it. (Although if the other alchemist creates a different mutagen, the effects of the “stolen” mutagen immediately cease.) The effects of a mutagen do not stack. Whenever an alchemist drinks a mutagen, the effects of any previous mutagen immediately end.

So my question is do I need any sort of specific equipment to create mutagens? Mainly, I envision being on an all-day dungeon crawl, and my first mutagens expires, so I want to make a new one. I get it takes 1-hour to brew, but do I need any specific equipment to lug around (portable alchemist lab?) to brew this on-the-go?

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The wail ability of the banshee is:


Wail (Su) Once per minute, a banshee may wail as a full-round action. The wail lasts until the beginning of her next turn. All creatures within 40 feet of the banshee when she begins her wail, as well as all creatures that end their turn within that radius, must make a DC 23 Fortitude save. (This save is only required once per wail.) Creatures under the effects of a fear effect take a –4 penalty on this save. Creatures that make their save are sickened for 1d6 rounds. Those that fail take 140 points of damage (as if affected by a CL 14 wail of the banshee). If a wailing banshee is damaged during a wail, she must make a Will save (DC 15 + damage taken) to maintain the wail; otherwise it ends. This is a sonic death effect. Banshee wails are supernaturally powerful, and penetrate the effect of any spell of 3rd level or lower that creates silence. The save DC is Charisma-based.

The spell Wail of the Banshee is:

Wail of the Banshee:

School necromancy [death, sonic]; Level sorcerer/wizard 9
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V
Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target one living creature/level within a 40-ft.-radius spread
Duration instantaneous
Saving Throw Fortitude negates; Spell Resistance yes
When you cast this spell, you emit a terrible, soul-chilling scream that possibly kills creatures that hear it (except for yourself). The spell affects up to one creature per caster level, inflicting 10 points of damage per caster level. Creatures closest to the point of origin are affected first.

The Wail ability specifically refers to the spell, AND the spell only does 1 packet of damage (it only affects multiple creatures if there is damage "left-over" after it kills the closest creature).

So does the creature ability apply full-damage to EACH creature or does it only affect more than 1 creature if there is damage "left-over" like the spell?

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would be awesome if the newer order could go with my subscription order ...if not please change order 3793839 to be shipped right away instead of sidecart.


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I noticed some of the good mind-effecting psychic spells are divination and necromancy (mind-thrust I-V, psychic-crush I-V). If there was a spell-focus like feat that just focused on mind-effecting instead of a specific school, that'd be cool.

Anyone know of one?

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This feat appears to be worded to be way more powerful than intended.

I believe the intention is only to double the bonus damage granted by 'studied target'. But as worded it appears to double the ENTIRE bonus to damage (including things like strength, magic properties etc).

The text of the feat is as follows:
Benefit: Select a creature type from the Ranger Favored
Enemies table (Core Rule-book 64). When you designate a
creature of this type as your studied target and hit it with
a melee or ranged weapon attack, your bonus on damage
rolls against it is doubled.

What does everyone else think?

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could you please make sure the 2 items in my sidecart go with this order so that I am not paying $6 shipping on a $16 purchase?
If not then please delay shipping everything until next month.

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I'm supposed to be running this in a few weeks and am really having a hard time wrapping my mind around this module.
I realize as GM that I can change anything I want to better fit my game, but I also feel that these modules should be able to be run as written, and I am having problems figuring out a way to run this that makes sense.

For Chapter 1:
First, I don't get why Branda & Verus wouldn't just go to visit Dern themselves. I mean one of their best friends is in an invalids home, and they send some strangers to check on him? They certainly seem willing to hop on horses into the dangerous forest, so I see no reason for them to send strangers to Hopes Hollow.

Second, the Hopes Hollow portion seems hard to run, the whole situation seems pretty unrealistic. I mean if my parent was in the home, and I wasn't allowed to visit, I would go to the authorities right away and have them check it out.

For Chapter2:
A lot of the quests for the forest don't really give out their reward unless the PCs report back to the town, but since it seems that the PCs should be focused on rescuing the NPCs, I cant see them delaying just to get some extra gold.

As far as the forest itself, it seems to be about 30x50 miles, or 1500 square miles, which is huge. And again as long as the Pcs are on the path, they wont stray 2+ miles into the woods to scour 100s of square miles to maybe find some unusual creatures.

And, if they take the road along the river, they basically miss out on the majority of the encounters to be proper level when they get to the house.

Honestly most of the chapter 2 quests would be great for exploration on the way back from the House, instead of the way there.

In J5, the calibans supposedly use their 'unsettling scream' to warn other camps and the house itself. But on the map, all the camps and House are around 7-10 miles apart, and their scream isn't that loud.

I think if they included a few different small maps for these encounters, that would've been great.

Chapter 3:
To be honest I haven't read all through this yet. It seems to be pretty cool. My only complaint is that the end-boss is fairly ho-hum. Most Paizo bad guys have some sort of class-levels added, or something unique, but this one is just straight out of the book. I wish the stat-block had a 'tactics' section like most paizo products seem to have.

anyhow, I am looking for some advice on how run this as written while keeping it all making sense.
I suppose I will end up having to do quite a bit of alterations on the first 2 chapters, which is disappointing. But I'll take advice on that front as well.

I just finished running Dragons Demand, and have run Fangwood Keep, and am currently running book-4 of Runelords, and all those products have been quite excellent and easy to run. This is the first module that has me struggling. Maybe this type of module just isn't my cup of tea, or I need more GM seasoning to pull this one off.

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