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Okay, that makes a bit more sense, but still a strange word to use considering the context.


Warped Savant wrote:
There's nails sticking through every available surface of the doghouse (except the floor). That way the prisoner can't lean against the interior walls (making it difficult to get any sleep) and can't climb onto the roof to get away from the dogs.

I Understand that, but the definition for “festooned” is to be adorned with ribbons or garlands.


Turn of the Torrent wrote:
The scaffold consists of a 30-foot-square wooden platform, at the center of which has been placed a small wooden doghouse-shaped structure, the walls and roof of which have been festooned with nails.

Could someone clarify what is meant when the adventure says “festooned”? I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what this means.


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Just a thought: Will there be a survey specifically for spells? Because I saw that spells have yet to be address in a survey and I know of a few people who have some significant opinions with regards to that topic.


I am the friend! I am here! Just found out that my Inquisitor of Ragathiel just barely hit 10, so I can't bring my Silver Crusade (and I'm upset!) so my options are a 9 warpriest/sentinal of Calistria (Dark Archives), a 5 magus who's still recovering from a TPK in the Gloomspire (Exchange), a 9 necromancer (Dark Archive), and an 8 negative-energy cleric of Sun Wukong (Sovereign Court) (I'm planning on playing the cleric in an IRL scenario on October 6th, so I'm mostly mentioning him here for thoroughness and honesty).


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Player: Trey
Character: Ja’ali
#: 229573-7
Faction: Silver Crusade
Progression: Normal
Day Job: Profession (Sailor): 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (4) + 6 = 10


Depending on whether or not you traded out Trapfinding I would personally go with the investigator. Oh, by the way, Matt, if I do play as my Summoner I will be spending 2 PP to buy a wand of lesser Rejuvenate Eidolon.


So I myself am thinking about playing as my Storm Caller archetype Summoner who has a genie eidolon. Very basic stuff: The eidolon is a beatstick and the Summoner stays in the back trying to hit things with a crossbow and helping the eidolon when needed.


Yes, you are fine to do that.


Of course, that may well just be me trying to convert real-world ideologies to the Inner Sea, which could very well be a mistake.


Hahaha! I may have to use that for the Poisoned Quill.

That said, I can see where you’re coming from; I personally always saw Tiarise as being a lesbian in the (at least what I believe to be) uber-conservative Cheliax (after all, the Order of the Rack’s main purpose is to maintain the status quo). I always thought that the one “feminine” woman that Barzillai was not uncomfortable around was his borderline-incestuous view of his sister.


Pnakotus Detsujin wrote:
KingTreyIII wrote:

Full disclosure: I am not GMing this YET, but being the meticulous man that I am I wanted to make sure everything was perfect (or as close as possible) for my group of players who are really excited to play this AP. This brings me to this point: properly roleplaying and presenting Barzillai. Barzillai’s flaws in this book give a great framework for his personality and what makes him tick.

And then you get to the one that made me raise my eyebrow and go “huh?”: Gynophobia. Throughout reading Hell’s Rebels I got a good image of Barzillai in my head as a guy willing to use anything and everything to achieve his goal, but when I saw that he was apparently gynophobic, I was wholeheartedly confused.

This long route finally brings me to my actual question that might require some psychoanalysis: In what way has Barzillai Thrune’s actions indicated that he was gynophobic?

By my analysis, Barzillai's got a problem regarding is ability to express any kind of physical desire, from enjoying chocolate to ask anybody to pet him over the head. And for that, since he's never got to "control/govern" over a country (being only a "para"-count), he sees fit to correct everybody by enforcing them his viewpoint and psychosis.

Regarding B's gynophobia, i think one of his proclamation is directly directed towards the banning of fine dresses, and indirectly towards (i believe) female vanity. If you look at Barzillai's entourage of women (which are, basically, all his main minions) none of them shows the typical characteristics of a woman (or, to say better, THE woman that Barzillai's despised). To oversimplify: no one of Barzillai's top 4 human female collaborators presents herself as overtly feminine - which i believe would be the the trigger of his antisocial behavior: none of them wear a dress, or show any kind of vanity or femininity. Each of them is an "efficient collaborator" which Barzillai got in check as an "useful subordinate". Zella would be, in this case, as exception, thought by...

Interesting way of putting it, and I largely have to agree, but two points of clarification: 1) who are you referring to as “THE woman Barzillai despises”? I’m assuming the Queen, but you know what they say about assumptions. 2) What about Tiarise? She’s quite possibly the most feminine of Barzillai’s major allies in addition to being one of the catalysts of the campaign as a whole.


Full disclosure: I am not GMing this YET, but being the meticulous man that I am I wanted to make sure everything was perfect (or as close as possible) for my group of players who are really excited to play this AP.

This brings me to this point: properly roleplaying and presenting Barzillai. Barzillai’s flaws in this book give a great framework for his personality and what makes him tick.

Cruelty: the man is a master of torture and would kill 300 people in cold blood for his way.
Contempt: that’s Asmodeans in general; that the lesser beings are not worth your time.
Obsession: Barzillai plans things down to meticulous detail and will not stop until he gets his way.
Sadism: I mean, that was obvious from day one.
Impetuousness: an interesting detail that makes Barzillai human; he occasionally acts on impulse but is so headstrong that he won’t take back his word.
Self-loathing: another interesting detail because it almost shows that Barzillai hates himself almost to the point of self destruction; after all, pride is an Asmodean’s favorite word.
Doubt: the core of his actions. That he fears that he will be forgotten, which is the catalyst for the campaign as a whole.

And then you get to the one that made me raise my eyebrow and go “huh?”: Gynophobia. Throughout reading Hell’s Rebels I got a good image of Barzillai in my head as a guy willing to use anything and everything to achieve his goal, but when I saw that he was apparently gynophobic, I was wholeheartedly confused. His personal bodyguard (Nox) is a woman, the person who gave him the Book of the Damned idea (Tiarise) is a woman, even one of his trump cards, a mighty dragon willing to do his bidding, is a woman. A misogynist I could potentially see him as, but a gynophobe? Not really.

This long route finally brings me to my actual question that might require some psychoanalysis: In what way has Barzillai Thrune’s actions indicated that he was gynophobic?


LtSmokin wrote:
KingTreyIII wrote:

Okay, can someone make sense of Jamirah's tactics for me?

1) "Once in melee combat, she uses her
Stand Still feat to prevent opponents from getting within
her longspear’s reach." Does this mean that she tries to keep the beatsticks from getting adjacent to her by keeping them in her spear's threatened squares? If so, then...
2) How? From Stand Still: "When a foe provokes an attack of opportunity due to moving through your adjacent squares..." She can only use it with adjacent squares, WHICH SHE DOESN'T THREATEN!

FYI this is my first time GMing an ongoing AP, campaign, or whatever, and I'm running it for people who are very experienced with the game (a 5 star in PFS and a 2 star who's also a VA), so I'm looking over tactics and combats entire books in advance.

I'm in a very similar situation as you, 1st time GM and very experienced group.

From what I've been able to gather is the character was designed with 3.5e 'Stand Still' in mind; which contains different wording of:
"Benefit: When a foe’s movement out of a square you threaten grants you an attack of opportunity, you can give up that attack and instead attempt to stop your foe in his tracks."

I think I might just give her the 3.5e feat and when the inevitable 'that's now how that works' happens I'll explain I wanted to keep the core of the character.

If you want to keep things within the rules of PF only, I'd suggest looking at a different feat instead, since 'Stand Still' won't trigger as often as the character build was intending, IMO.

Yeah, that's what I did, since I also found the exact same situation for an enemy in Hell's Rebels. I've informed my players about that interpretation of the rules (far in advance so that they don't know when it will happen) so that it won't come as a complete surprise to them.


Okay, can someone make sense of Jamirah's tactics for me?

1) "Once in melee combat, she uses her
Stand Still feat to prevent opponents from getting within
her longspear’s reach." Does this mean that she tries to keep the beatsticks from getting adjacent to her by keeping them in her spear's threatened squares? If so, then...
2) How? From Stand Still: "When a foe provokes an attack of opportunity due to moving through your adjacent squares..." She can only use it with adjacent squares, WHICH SHE DOESN'T THREATEN!

FYI this is my first time GMing an ongoing AP, campaign, or whatever, and I'm running it for people who are very experienced with the game (a 5 star in PFS and a 2 star who's also a VA), so I'm looking over tactics and combats entire books in advance.

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(Wow! This is really long! But, whatever, let's just roll with it.)
I was introduced to Pathfinder by a group of friends who ended up being murder hobos who didn't know the rules (Exactly meeting AC was a miss, immediate actions not using up your next swift action, etc.), thankfully I'm done with that group.
I decided, at the last few hours of the Salt Lake Comic Con a year ago, that I would see if there was any Pathfinder stuff going on, and that is when I ran into the Society. There was not an available Guild Guide, but I was able to make my character just by knowing that there was a 20 point-buy and so I built my first character (it was a 20 Wis. core monk; when I found out about the free retraining before second level, I jumped right on it). I played The Confirmation and I found myself feeling that it was appropriate. I played with a guy playing a sylph magus, his wife, and a new player that really did not seem to care (the fighter decided to jump the river. The FIGHTER!). I had to leave early because the rest of my family was leaving and they were my ride.
Flash-forward six months and I still had the Society and how cool it was on my mind, so I decided to try to find them at that next convention. I ran into the sylph magus player, who turned out to be a VA (I think a VL), as well as the Venture-Captain's wife, and they officially introduced me to the game.
I had only really gone once a week, but when my anxiety started kicking into overdrive, an addiction (that shall remain nameless) started to develop, and a favorite game of mine went off the deep end, there was suddenly a void in my life that I felt that PFS could fill. I finally stood up against my dread and decided to do it more.
So here I am, a 1-star GM who is currently also running Mummy's Mask in campaign mode and proudly have a level 9 (going on 10) half-elf empiricist investigator that I plan on taking through Eyes of the Ten, and I've only been playing for a little over a year. I am a proud player of the game and I sport my faction pins almost everywhere that I go. I will admit that I do sometimes look at the chronicle sheet of a scenario beforehand (so I'm curious, sue me), I am still a proud player of the game and have met many people who have become more than just friends that I play with; they've become my family.
Thank you. Thank you guys in the Wasatch Front Pathfinder Society for letting me feel included in a world that never seemed to care. And thank you, Paizo, for allowing me to be a Pathfinder and to find a place where I never thought there'd be.


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So, in the Hammer Fist entry of the Armor Storm Soldier Style, it says that "You treat any unarmed attack you make while wearing heavy or powered armor as being made with a battleglove with an item level equal to or lower than your soldier level..." I know that unarmed strike damage is normally 1d3, but this statement makes me think that that isn't the case here. Does this mean that at level 1, a soldier with this style is treated as wielding a cestus battleglove (item level 1) and deals 1d4 plus stuff, increasing to a powered battleglove's (item level 10) 2d8 damage at level 10, and so on?

And while on the subject, it later says that "These unarmed attacks don’t benefit from other abilities that apply specifically to unarmed attacks (such as the Improved Unarmed Strike feat)." Does this mean that the soldier doesn't get the enhanced damage that they would get from wearing a specific suit of powered armor? If so, then it would be pretty counterintuitive for them to get the proficiency for free and not be able to use that part of it.


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I'll be jumping between three books, so bear with me.
The First Mother's Fang gets a constrictor snake as a mount instead of the regular choices. The cavalier's Mount class feature says that "the mount is always considered combat trained," with being "combat trained" giving the mount a package of six tricks. BUT the core rule book states that "if a package includes more than three tricks, the animal must have an Intelligence score of 2." However, the riding constrictor has an Intelligence of 1, which brings me to my question: Does the riding constrictor get the "combat trained" tricks as bonus tricks, or is its Intelligence treated as 2 for this purpose or what? This is for a Pathfinder Society character if that makes a difference.