【1】、How does the 【Thistle Arrow】 in 【Adventurer's Armory】 actually works. According to the text, it will "deal damage as a bleed effect for 1d6 rounds after a hit". But it doesn't describe the actual damage of this "bleed effect". So I wonder how should I deal with it.
Someone believe that this "bleed damage" is equal to the damage of the range attack (which means bleed damage = weapon damage + damage from other sources - DR(if couldn't passed) - hardness (if couldn't ignore)). And it wouldn't deal the normal damage in the attacker's round. Instead, the target will take the bleed damage at the beginning of its turn.
But I couldn't find any evidence to support or deny this opinion. Thus I wonder the design purpose of this equipmet and suggestions from you.
I am not Mark, but the thistle arrow was reprinted/updated to PfRPG in Adventurer's Armory from the old, out-of-print 3.5 Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting book, where it read like this:Thistle Arrow wrote:These arrows are a specialty of the Ekujae shamans, who craft the arrowheads out of the thistles of a toxic plant that most creatures find highly caustic. They deal normal damage but then become embedded in the wound and deal an additional 1 point of damage each round for 1d6 rounds from their irritating sap. Creatures immune to poison are immune to this extra damage. A creature can remove an embedded thistle arrow as a move action without provoking attacks of opportunity, but doing so deals an additional 1d3 points of damage as the thorny barbs are pulled free. A DC 12 Heal check (made as a standard action) can pull free a thistle arrow's head without dealing any additional damage. A single thistle arrow costs 1 gp.
Knowing the original text might help you make a ruling on the PfRPG version.
I have already read that text. But according to the Adventurer's Armory, it says "This book updates several items from the Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting to the Pathfinder RPG rules.Items not listed may be used without conversion." Which means the effect of this equipment has already been changed to some extent. However it doesn't provide a clear statement (not as clear as the old version) about how it works. Thus I want to know the design purpose of these special arrows.