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Time to play madlibs for who or what the redacteds are! Open the spoiler at your own risk.

Spoiler:

1. Grand Lodge
2. Decemvirate
3. Eponymous mask that is being worn
4. Hostile takeover
5. Eylysia
6. Decemvirate member
7. Eylysia
8. Gnome Pathfinder Chronicler
9. #6-10 The Wounded Wisp
10. #10-16 What the Helms Hide
11. Grandmaster Torch
12. Grandmaster Torch

13. Eylysia
14. Decemvirate member
15. Lack of record keeping by humanoid resources
16. Pathfinder
17. Death
18. Red Mantis Assassins
19. Mediogalti Island
20. Red Mantis Assassins
21. Red Mantis Assassins
22. Valashmai
23. Pathfinder Society's

NOTE: I have not actually read the scenario. These are merely guesses, but they may or may not be accurate.

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You all know that Europe released songs other than the Final Countdown, right? The whole Prisoners in Paradise album is amazing. That should get its on scenario, or maybe a 32-page module.

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Mine is in honor of the film The Dirt, the film adaptation of Motley Crue's biography, recently being released on Netflix. While I certainly don't approve of the actions in the Girls, Girls, Girls B-side power ballad You're All I Need, I can't deny my appreciation for the art form known as lyrical dissonance.

The title is reminiscent of soap opera star Jack Wagner's soft rock hit All I Need, as Crue bassist and chief songwriter Nixxi Sixx suspected his girlfriend of cheating on him with Wagner. Meanwhile, Sixx was cheating on her with twenty other women, but the hypocrisy failed to register in his drug-addled mind. Vince Neil's soaring upbeat vocals stood in sharp contrast to the tragic tale of the murder of a lover so that the heartbroken narrator could keep her all to himself.

Sixx showcased his dark humor most prominently in the verse-ending line, "But we finally made the news," evoking nostalgia of a time in which securing a headline could be considered relationship goals, long before the era of tweets and hashtags. While this tune would possibly be barred from mainstream airwaves in the modern climate, You're All I Need will remain in the hearts of classic headbangers as one of the all-time great ballads. (OK, maybe not. Home Sweet Home is a far more popular example of a slow pretty song from the leather-and-umlaut clad bad boys.)

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People like him love being the center of attention. Dropping him without fanfare and moving on seems like the best-case scenario in this situation.

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Knight Magenta wrote:
I would like it if we just dropped deity alignment and used anathemas to control which clerics can worship whom. I think anathemas are much more clear role-play hooks then alignment, especially since no two people can agree on what Chaos and Law are.

I second this idea. Concrete rules are better guides for behavior than alignments, which can be subjective. My characters who worship Gorum tend to act lawful good, despite being chaotic neutral on paper, and I’ve never been warned that I was close to violating Gorum’s tenets.

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The first season 10 scenarios were released on the 2nd of August (or Arodus) so that date is the start.

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Name: Ernesto Seppatuuli, the Zircon Sage
Alignment: Neutral Good
Race: Sylph
Class: Magus 10
Description: This sylph is usually seen wearing a mithral breastplate emblazoned with a rainbow-tailed songbird or bright pink Tian dress robes. His glowing scimitar, forged from a mysterious jet-black metal, occasionally borrows his voice, often speaking more to the point than its long-winded (pun intended) bearer.

Ernesto is a celebrated chronicler of the Pathfinder Society, frequently completing missions related to elemental balance or extraplanar exploration in addition to his duties with the Scarab Sages. He spends his quieter days crafting exquisite musical instruments, a practice that creates at least as many problems as it solves when utilized during adventures. Wishing to set himself apart from the typical shocking-grasp-happy magus, Ernesto styles himself as a "mageknight" questing in the service of Shelyn; his blade companion appears to share such aims when it decides to speak.

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Does the toilet still work?

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Spinal Tap quotes will be the new Monty Python quotes.

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Friday the 13th is perfect timing for this entry.

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The only gender mechanics that I have seen in the CRB are height and weight, which may simply be holdovers from the world’s oldest roleplaying game. I do not recall any PFS scenarios that take height or weight into account. So you should be fine to go ahead and make a character who is intersex, genderfluid, etc.

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I predict that any "action" will ultimately be determined by how many people vote with their wallets on Paizo delving deeply into mature themes.

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Modify Memory may be more likely to be used to make a child think something horrific happened, rather than cover it up.

Veil sounds as though it is more likely to make the caster, or another creature or object, appear more terrifying to the child.

Unnatural Lust.... yeah, I'll give you that one. Even if intended for another use, it has overtly sexual connotations. A variant "Unnatural Gluttony" or something may be more appropriate.

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Plus I'm pretty sure Folca is supposed to be an embodiment of folk horror stories meant to frighten children into behaving, like Krampus.

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Yeah, they're obviously supposed to be the villains. If players go off the deep end in performing evil actions, that's on them. Paizo shouldn't have to censor material for the vast majority of gamers just to prevent what might happen with a few fringe elements.

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Imrizade Blakros found the Gate of Beyond 28 years before the scenario, which is half of 56. Does that matter somehow?

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Here's one that will ring true for Starfinder characters:

"The first rule of space travel kids is always check out distress beacons. Nine out of ten times it's a ship full of dead aliens and a bunch of free s**t! One out of ten times it's a deadly trap, but... I'm ready to roll those dice!"
-Rick Sanchez, Rick and Morty

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First Blakros Matrimony/Hellknight's Feast quest in Starfinder?

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The Masked Ferret wrote:
The Stardust Plague sounds like a whole set of adventures...

They should be Exo-Guardians reputation missions called the Ziggy's Stardust series.

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When one of my players lost all of his stamina points and started taking hit point damage, he responded, "You made me bleed my actual blood!" That alone is worth having stamina points for me.

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Alexander Augunas wrote:

I feel like the name of this thread is misleading.

Starfinder takes place X,000 years in the future from Pathfinder. Creatures change and evolve over time, even if it's slowly and fueled by scientific discovery / social norms changing rather than genetic progression or change.

If anything, this thread should be called The Lashunta Progression.

I have heard it described not as a retcon but rather more development on a species that was rare in Pathfinder but has come into the spotlight in Starfinder. Few people on Golarion knew about lashuntas, and even fewer knew what "korasha" or "damaya" meant. Who knows if future Pathfinder material featuring lashuntas will have the new details.

For mechanical reasons I am a fan of the new stats, as I am loving the Strength and Charisma for my solarian.

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Is this the first running gag of the Starfinder forums?

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John Lynch 106 wrote:
IonutRO wrote:
John Carter of Mars is Canon in the Starfinder universe so I'd say that the red humans are the Skum to the red martian's Deep Ones.
Source?

In the Pathfinder comics the iconic heroes travel to the Worldscape, which contains characters from Red Sonja and John Carter of Mars. All of these are Dynamite Comics publications, and I'm still holding out for the heroes to meet KISS.

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They should have an addendum to the Additional Resources that states that any feature described as invented or commonly used by the Pathfinder Society should be legal for organized play.

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Several times I've heard people say they joined the Grand Lodge because "it's the I-don't-care faction." While I think it was meant to be the faction for people who want to focus solely on being Pathfinders, others seem to gravitate to the Lodge if they have little patience for investigation or intrigue and just want to hit things.

Hence I propose the Beatstick Bros faction (note: ladies are bros too; I want alliteration): home for field agents who cannot be bothered to write down important names and events, who barely speak anything other than Common (and even then, not very fluently), and whose first stop after being paid is the alehouse or the weapons shop. Their skillset is invaluable for defeating the horrific beasts that stand between their more bookish compatriots and the success conditions, but if a key person or macguffin gets caught in the crossfire, that's just the cost of doing business. So draw your +5 keen greatswords and sound the mantra of the BB's: "I attack!"

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Serisan wrote:
Gotta be careful with the wording there. Some folks got some heat for Make Taldor Great Again jokes during and after the banquet.

As much as I like the factions coming back into prominence, my greatest concern is that the in-game events will mirror real-world politics. In that case, I may need a liver transplant before the season finishes.

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RocMeAsmodeus wrote:
Wait, Queen Abrogail Thrune is supposed to be a villain? I've been way off the mark in my interpretation of her.
Well, she's a hardcore devil Nazi, so if that doesn't scream "villain" to you, I don't know what to tell you.

My interpretation was that she inherited a lot of problems from her family (the whole selling of souls to Hell thing) and does her best to stay strong despite being trapped in her current role. As in, she has to stay with her family tradition of working with devils because they are in too deep to back out of the deal.

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Shisumo wrote:
"I aim to misbehave." - Navasi

I was also reminded of Firefly; robbing the medship sounded similar to the Train Job.

Also there are hovercycles? I want one!

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Troodos wrote:
What pronouns do hosts use?I feel like that's important for both role play and not confusing players.

I would imagine that the hosts use pronouns unique to their cultural language.

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I'm not a Democrat, I'm an Outright Libertarian.... but this is a very interesting thread to read.
Libertarian usually means "republican in denial" these days...

On the other hand, my right-wing associates think I'm a democrat.

It's like being a half-elf: looking like an elf to a human, and looking like a human to an elf.

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An independent magesmith researched these ancient Azlanti patterns and figured out how to manufacture these devices on his own. He has to sell them under another name, because wayfinder is trademarked.

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In other news, water is wet. Except when it's dry.

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Paths of the Righteous and Blood of the Beast are amazing. I recommend that people who are on the fence about getting them go for it. For now though, we can play our evil characters to get it out of our systems before we have to play good in order to qualify for the new prestige classes.

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The scenarios in Season 4 that follow the season metaplot have "Year of the Risen Rune" and the Sihedron on their covers.

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I have two minis, one with a dress and another with armor. However, I have gotten into fights while wearing the dress.

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Shevar Besnik is my new favorite Venture-Captain.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

He brought trump and hillary together...

can we vote for HIM?

Becker 2016: Make America Say Nice Things Again.

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"I don't like to read things that people write about me. I'd rather read what kids have to say about me because it's not their profession to do that." - David Bowie

"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things." - Ray Bradbury

"A man who has made no enemies is probably not a very good man." - Antonin Scalia

"Safe sex, safe music, safe clothing, safe hair spray, safe ozone layer. Too late! Everything that's been achieved in the history of mankind has been achieved by not being safe." - Lemmy Kilmister

"The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do." - John McAfee

"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable." - Donald Trump

"Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." - Douglas Adams

"Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence." - Jim Morrison

"If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library." - Frank Zappa

One more from the Man of the Year:

"Songs don't have to be about going out on Saturday night and having a good rink-up and driving home and crashing cars. A lot of what I've done is about alienation... about where you fit in society." - David Bowie

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Pathfinders can worship Asmodeus and even be in favor of slavery, though the Decemvirate is allowed to declare that slave ownership for Pathfinders is illegal, for whatever reason they choose, because they can do whatever they want. Maybe all the Liberty's Edge people persuaded them or something. After all, who doesn't love a guy who sends you on missions to assassinate anyone who knows about his affairs with married women?

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The GM in this instance has made a terrible call, I think. The Pathfinders are supposed to record information so that they and others can use it to their advantage, and your character learned about a monster "on-screen" from another Pathfinder. Good on you for not flipping the table and calling the guy SOB or GDMF.

(This issue is a berserk button for me; can you tell?)

As for fighters at high levels not knowing about monsters, although they might not be able to make the Knowledge roll ("book learnin'") they can still record observations about how hard a monster hits, what damage works or doesn't work well against it, its magical abilities, etc. that the fighter observes while fighting said monster. The fighters are Pathfinders, so they are totally doing that, right?

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If Tamrin Credence rebuilds Fort Clearwater, is it a Credence Clearwater Revival?

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"Is this action evil?" thread: everyone take a shot!

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
"What is it?!"

It's it.

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I like alchemy and secrets, so Norgorber.

I mean Iomedae. Totally not the other one.

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Scenario #7-11 is a Tier 7-11!

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Fireday night, and I need some loot

My griffon mount and some striding boots

Cast the spell grease, draw my bow to shoot

What I need is a Horn of Valhalla to toot for those

Ghouls, ghouls, ghouls

Long tongues and bloodshot eyes

Ghouls, ghouls, ghouls

Popping out the graves, what a big surprise

Ghouls, ghouls, ghouls

Risen bodies of adventuring guys

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The Amiri costume makes me want to forget to stat a new level 1 character so I can play Amiri the pre-gen.

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UndeadMitch wrote:
Hey, we can all argue about what spell should get banned next or we can all make horrible jokes and puns about ironskin. I think we all know the appropriate course of action.

I left my husband because he can no longer satisfy me after he encountered that rust monster while under the effects of Ironskin.

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spectrevk wrote:
the enemy was a member of the Aspis Consortium

NOT killing a member of the Aspis Consortium is an evil act.

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Performers and portrayers.

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