A lean tiefling in a white suit slides through the door, locking it behind him. The hurried steps of several persons are heard beyond the door.
"Ahh, I inquired with the local lodge and I heard you were .. leaving town. I happen to be very much interested in the mission you are on, you are leaving town soon I guess... In any event, my name is Francisco de la Scaramanga the um... well somewhat of a man with a golden gun. I do hope we can leave soon, or I can meet you outside of town?"
A white suited Tiefling saunters into the hall. He taps a fine grey tobacco into a cigarette then rolls it out delicately. Removing a silver box of tindertwigs he lights the cigarette and breathes in the toxic fume. A shoulder holster flashes the tell tale buldge of a pistol, that you would guess is gold plated.
Sorry I missed the required reading. My own venue was to translate from infernal to Taldane for an insurrectionist's would be revolution. My Andoran friends oh yes Liberty's Edge now...my colleagues did not possess the required skills in diplomacy. They being a pair of inquisitors and I a humble rogue (ninja).
Scaramanga's infernal heritage denotes his estrangement from his Taldan family. He does however bear a title to a keep in Fangwood.
I usually keep to core races, unless I find someone worth keeping in a scenario. But no one has batted an eye when (not me) I ran across a guy with an Allu herald at a game.
I obviously reprimanded my halfling porter for his lack of exoticness. Next game he wore fake horns, fake wings, and a fake tail.
The beautiful, graceful, and unbiased? Chelaxian graces us with her presence. It is not often that I may socialize due to the tragedy of my lineage.
(Scaramanga while dressed in the gentile nature of the aristocracy, also bears a set of eyes seen mostly in the infernal planes.)
I agree on your assessment that courtesy is a form of stealth. However, I have found some obstinance in the "former" followers of Andoran. I can more easily deal with a ghoul, than one who's hunger for an ideal overtakes his mind.
Thats fine Oz, I have dozens of signatures on my version of the accords. Its an informal agreement of course, purely for the risk takers and societal adventurers. It's also fun at parties.
As a matter of coincidence during the wake at Fangwood for one of my brothers and his chosen followers, sad really I do warn them of the dangers of Fangwood. Sigh. Anyway during the wake someone asked me about the muddy fields issue. As if one of station would duel on a sodden field with no consideration to apparrel. I set the matter straight of course, the fellow may have been a little simple but he took right away and signed up after I shot him between the eyes, non leathelly of course...how can one learn if they are dead. SPLENDID Party! Wish you could have been there.
The white dressed Tiefling smiles, revealing incredibly white teeth.
I am down to 5..no 4 siblings after their last foray into the Fangwood. There should be signs preventing such accidents. Dreadful.
I also spent a pleasent evening on the outskirts of Quadira...translating infernal to Taldane for a member of Liberty's Edge. Such excitable people, running about knocking this or that over...very amusing.
Sorry I can't join in on the random little skirmishes, my hope is laid on something larger will be available for my specific skillset.
I made a Gunglinger/Mysterious Stranger 1, Ninja X
Different Talents than your version
Nothing says lovin like "where did all your buffs go?"
Note: A. main weapon is lucky merciful +x pistol
B. backup is pepperbox loaded with ghost salt (3 barrels) and 3 barrels of whatever I need at the time (adamantine, cold Iron, silver). I'll eventually make this one reliable +1.
Sorry I'm not with you on skills I prefer 10/level or more if I can work it.
Just an update, the original version is a blast at the local gathering, I have half a dozen signatures from Sovereign Court members. I refuse to allow other factions to sign, but the Andorans have a distinct facial expression after reading it. I dare say it causes them to gain a new color...I call it Liberty's Red.
Yes yes my prose is not legal, non binding, scandalous, and ever so amusing for me. Which after all is the main intent of it.
8th in line to the Barony of Scaramanga
Scaramanga, perception 26, roll 11
That's why my version had a writ for banditry. You just need a legal document to commit crimes, good ole Taldor...I mean Sovereign Court.
Everything I do is purely legal honest and truthful just like the wind driven paladin holding a babe in one arm and a longsword in the other.
Bluff 31, roll 12 - (and if you believe that one, I've got a beautiful bridge to sell you in Egorian.)
Oh certainly, its a rough draft of course feel free to amend as needed.
Preamble: We the privileged, in order to from a more civilized Golarion. Establish justice by affirmign indentured slavery. Provide for our own defense, promote the nobility's welfare and hence demand prosperity to ourselves and our posterity, and thereby establish this constitution of the Sovereign Court of Golarion.
Article 1 - The commons, those nobles wretches who fill our purses with coin, shall have the right to serve their betters. Anyone not smiling and cheering during a noble procession is subject to the lash.
Article 2 - The nobility, gifted by the divine and affirmed by the gods with certain unalienable rights notably property, servants, good wine, and fine horses. It is the right and duty of the local nobility to protect the populace when convenient, and sort out any banditry unapproved by themselves.
Article 3 - The merchants, the riff raff that they are shall pay taxes to their local lieges, based on a formula constructed by same.
Article 4 - The sovereign court does not abide lawlessness, piracy, or poor fashion sense. Unless a writ is granted prior.
Article 5 - The sovereign court hereby deems all powers not covered by this document to be held in trust to the local nobles, who may by their affirmation grant limited powers upon others. That trust is of course temporary (see article 6)
Article 6 - To guarantee the role of interstate trade, any power deemed necessary by a simple majority of the nobility will be rendered to the sovereign court.
Article 7 - The sovereign court does not openly endorse any religion, although it perfectly within the realms of Articles 5 and 6 to do so at leisure.
Article 8 - To ensure the fairness and truthfulness of the commons when in court, all commoners giving testimony will do so under duress and torture.
Article 9 - The right to yield in combat is available solely to those nobles on either sides. It must be adhered to strictly, unless an accident happens.
Article 10 - The right to a trial by combat is given only to those landed nobles accused of a crime. The realm shall choose a champion, the noble may choose a champion if the field is muddy.
Scaramanga - I for one am glad that sordid affair in Mendev and Sarkosis is over. I went through a half dozen good pairs of boots and my wallet strained under the cost of properly outfitting my regiment in the field (51 field uniforms, 51 dress uniforms, and 10 dinner jackets for my valued officers. I almost had to roast my porter as the field rations were such a poor state of affairs.
Knick Knak - I am glad you didn't boss.
Scaramanga - Sacrifices must be made, luckily we won quickly and we need not have you for dinner. Righto on to the next endeavor!
M. Scaramanga - As a landholder and noble of Nimrathas it makes me shine to separate myself from the clutching foppery of my Taldan kin. Im sure they are still aghast at my will bequeathing my estate to my manservant.
Knick - Yes when you die good lord its all mine.
M. S. - keep sending the assassins dear lad, I do enjoy the practice.
Rogue - ninja gunslinger using extra darkness sla for humanoids. The "man" with a golden gun.
My group spent time discussing the current state of affairs for an hour with "the box" Then as negotiations failed we resorted to showing first hand the life and its glory. We did enact certain provisions and a pledge of honor to hold our claim. I myself dueled him twice, first laying him out in a single round with my pistol. Then rehealing him and dueling via sword which I still nearly killed him, but taking a dive is not the least of the crimes I will commit for the Decemvirate and for Taldor.
Doug Miles wrote:
The Ghost of Dorian Grey seems more at peace now.
Francisco de la Scaramanga & his "faithful" follower Knick Knack
I think in a sense its is a mistake to make consider a ninja a non rogue, as the ninja is just another archetype of Rogue.
I've noted the objection to ranged Ninja Gunslinger as a non ranged Rogue with a sense of mirth as much of the "better than Rogues" examples are often archetypes of bards, alchemists, rangers, inquisitors, etc.
Yet the source of these half breeds is the developer's blending of rogues with another class to have a skilled (perhaps stealthy) improvement over the Fighter, Cleric, or Wizard. Or perhaps they agree with you, the Rogue needs a boost...easy enough play the mixed bag.
Then I see the tired old "fix" full bab, spells, max skills, feat every level, etc. It clearly shows where that train is headed. If you have no limits, have everyone play the "deity class" and the game becomes dull.
I do agree with several earlier statement that when power gaming you can find easier routes to power via other sources. I don't disagree with that statement. But as a Rogue enthusiast (yes a form of deviancy) I just don't go over the cliff.
My question is what is the minimum damage a character should do to be optimal for the group. I've asked it before without answer. I think it yields where your direction of thought lies. My own answer is 25% of the typical opposition hps at your CR.
Anyway - happy hunting..I've a half dozen relatives in line for the family title...so much to do, so little blackpowder.
To Mystically Inclined - Gunglingers are generally about getting criticals. As long as I hit, I do all the damage I intend. Criticals are simply gravy. At level 4 i'm gunning 3 shots (primary, Ki shot, Rapid Shot) if I hit (flat foot touch) = d8 +1 + 2d6, avg 11.5x3=36.
The old saw is - rogues can't hit, ranged rogues can't ever make more than 1 sneak attack. I've not experienced these two myself as of yet. But when you move into levels 13 to 17 more things have true seeing and can prevent invis. Then I'll have more trouble. Luckily with PFS I really don't have to worry much past 12. I've already promoted one guy to 18, one to 12, one to 13. The balance of my characters are not likely to move up past 12....unless I DM
To the OP - Stick a level of gunslinger on the ninja. Target level 11 greater invis self while going for flat footed touch. Double tap for Sap adept / Sap master with a merciful pistol. It takes a while to get there, but anything worthwhile takes investment. Full round attacks without any 3rd party buff all sneak attach.
a. if you can't hit a flat footed touch, just go wizard and stop rolling d20's.
So far out of the scenarios I've played with this rogue (in PFS) now level 4
You mentioned survivability.
I will disagree that Rogues are weak and useless. But as I've been informed, I'm simply a Rogue Enthusiast- a type of deviant....and yet another title that I embrace wholeheartedly.
Ducking behind a barrel as some running ruffians rush rapidly a route. A white clad figure turns oddly towards you. He looks slightly infernal and obviously Taldan by the crown on his lapel.
Um, I see you're crusading. I too share that Mendevian spirit to be far from here. Pray is there gunpowerder about? I've run low this weekend shooting...rats....and you can never be too careful at night.
Is this Tabbard free? Looks nice and fits comfortably. Not too many cuts in the fabric.
Dear me, What a dirty little place you have here. Frogs and whatnot... I guess the decore could grow on me...literally.
My name today is Scaramanga, my history is somewhat infernal. My methods direct. I daresay there are a few bodies in the river which belonged to me. Weighted down of course, its so inconvenient when old friends pop up unexpectedly.
Pathfindering came easily, you see my family disapproves of me. I'm 16th in line for dear ole dad's former title. He got me by dallying with some Erinyes. Mom wasn't the kindest of parents, but who "in hell" is.
I hear "dad" lost his title in a hunting accident...you see he fell of his horse into some arrows. Not mine of course, I never had the knack for bows. My preference is an ivory handled 45 caliber Longtooth pistol. Easy on the eyes, a might loud on the discharge...but the effects are most pleasing to the eyes.
One day I may go looking for his title, but for now Absolom is a good haven. I may even buy a hat of disguise and head up to Mendev. Its probably safer than Razmir is for me today. I thought River boat gambling was in fashion, but evidently I was wrong.
Digitalelf;Your premise is flawed. You cannot retroactively change existing weapons without seizure. Seizure is where the control crowd wants to go but can't immediately accomplish. So they rely on incremental means. Don't worry the control crowd will eventually win in time. Personal liberty is on its way out.