Hey James, I hope you are doing well. Just a few of questions for you.
1. Is there a Polynesian themed area on Golarion?
2. The book The First World, Realm of the Fey showed the secret history of the Gnomes. How long did you guys know that's what it was for the Gnomes origin?
2a. Do you guys and gals at Paizo have most of these secrets already mapped out or do you leave them open to be figured out when you want to release them in book form?
3. In certain Dungeon and Dragons settings, Gods are personifications of their domains. Before, you mentioned that Nethys isn't a personification of magic. Are there any gods that are personifications of their domains?
3a. And if so would you be willing to mentions some Gods who might be?
In the book Mythic Realms on page 12 it says that the dead goddess Acavna's "soul attempted to free itself and journey to the Boneyard for Pharasma's judgment." Which means gods have souls and are judged by Pharasma.
Take that with all of these quotes form Garrett,
Garrett Guillotte wrote:
And Aroden had a soul and was judged by Pharasma.
Getting back to the main question at hand,in the book Hell Unleashed under the article about the Book of the Damned pg 19. It mentions that one of the greatest secrets gods don't want mortals to know is the fate of dead deities. I believe that's all that has ever been mentioned about that.
Hope that helps.
Hey James I hope you had a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a Happy Birthday!
1. I am the GM and one of my players who is playing a paladin is starting to roleplay more chaotic good. Do you have any advice for how I should handle that? And what would do if you were in my situation?
1a. What would happen to that paladins powers if he did go full chaotic good?
2. So according to a Vatican Study, the most common sin among men is lust and the most common sin among women is pride. Here is a source on the BBC news site if you want to look into it a little deeper. If this study is true, why might you think that when depicting a humanized version of the sin, it's almost always to have lust as a woman and pride as a man?
3. In you opinion what do you think the scariest place on Golarion is?
Hey James, I am happy to see your back! I both value and respect your opinion and advice, so I would be sad to see your thread die.
I recently learned a little bit about Elder Things, and I was hoping you might be able to answer some questions about them for me.
1. At least one version of the cthulhu mythos says that Elder Things created humanity. Does that hold true for the Pathfinder Setting?
2. Were they a partial inspiration for the idea of having the Aboleth experiment on humans?
3. From my understanding they, according to the mythos, fought Star-Spawn of Cthuluh as well as Cthuluh himself on Earth eons ago. Would they be allied with Yog-Sothoth and his crew or maybe the Domion of the Black in the Pathfinder Setting? If not, do they even have allies?
4. Have they made an appearance in any adventures yet? If not, do any live on Golarion?
Hey James a few questions for you.
1. Do Runewells hurt the souls that pass through them?
2. If you were going to combine the magical craft to make golems and the technology to make robots, would you make it a new kind of construct? (Not asking for stats)
3. What would you say the primary differences between Yog-Sothoth and Azathoth would be?
A few question about the new Curse of the Crimson Throne book.:
First and foremost I just want to say that the new Curse of the Crimson Throne book is very fun to read so far and it is making me excited to run it.
4. Do you know of any good soundtracks and songs that you might recommend for it?
5. Does the Everdawn Pool get destroyed at the end of the adventure when someone plunges Serithtial into it?
6. In the book Artifacts and Legends it says that when Kazavon is brought back using all or his Relics he will end up as a Ravener. So should you throw on that template on those stats for Kazavon making him a CR 27 creature?
7. If your players were going to use the redeemed corruption forge from Wrath of the Righteous on all of the Relics of Kazavon. Would you have Kazavon become good because of it?
8. Do you think using the redeemed corruption forge on intelligent items and artifacts is an evil thing to do?
There is a couple paragraphs in the hardcover book Inner Sea Races about Arcadians. And in the book Mythical Monsters Revisited under the Couatl section there is a brief mention of Arcadia as well which seems to suggest an Aztec like society.
In truth though I recommend just being a bit patient for the cultures you want, because it's not a matter of if Paizo will get around to introducing them, but more of a matter of when they will get around to introducing them. In fact knowing Paizo, they probably already have a bunch of stuff worked out for Arcadia and its cultures and they just haven't put it in any books yet.
And as for Iconics, who knows maybe Paizo will do something like they did for Ninja and Samurai where they took classes and changed them around a bit to make new Iconics.
So this is this question is gonna take a bit of explaining and it's a little scary, so bare with me. So it's thought that our roughly 14 billion year old universe is in fact quite young. With the knowledge that we live in a universe that is ever expanding at a increased rate, (based on the current scientific model of the universe) there are some things we can project to happen. The first is that over the course of 200 billion years we wont be able to see light from distant galaxies any more. Over 100 trillion years the last stars will go out and no new stars will form. In the next 10^40 years matter will decay and become energy. And finally over the next 10^100 years even black holes will evaporate and it's thought that the universe will finally be done.
So my question is this, do you like the idea that this is the long term plan of the Great Old Ones and Elder Gods? That they are the one responsible for the for an ever expanding universe so they might bring it to its end?
Or if not, do you think that being responsible for an increasingly expanding universe might be beyond even their power?
I apologize if this question might have made you feel small. It can be a little intimidating to learn about this stuff sometimes.
Finally as a more light question. Do you watch the show South Park, and if so what did you think about the last season?
1. Does Orcus have the same degrees of influence and prestige in the Abyss like he does in other dungeons and dragons settings, and did he invent liches as well?
2. Do gods have a set biological sex and form like mortals do or can they choose what they want their bodies and shapes to be like?
3. How would you describe Rovagug's relationship with the elder gods and great old ones? Positive, negative, or neutral?
4. What happened to the sword Aroden forged, Azlant Diamond?
5. Does the common tongue sound like a European language (meaning the basic vowels and consonants similar in all European languages)? Would the names of the NPC's be a good indicator of what Common might sound like?
1. Hey James, what are some of your favorite classic dungeons and dragons adventures that you didn't have a hand in making?
2. Would you ever consider doing an adventure path that revolves around rescuing a princess from an evil dragon or some other dastardly evil?
3. If no, would ever consider playing around with that classic formula? Ex. Saving a dragon from an evil princess or saving a princes from an evil dragon.
James Jacobs wrote:
Geb is a super villain who's wife is more successful and active then he is. She's so great that she could be on the Council of Thirteen. He's also completely obsessed with his arch nemesis Nex. So much so that he can never move on until he knows Nex is dead. With all that in mind, do you think Geb is the closest Golarion equivalent for The Monarch?
1. If there was going to be a Guild of Calamitous Intent(Venture Bros.) on Golarion, who would you have as some(not all) of the members of it's Council of Thirteen?
2. I have seen some of the templates from the Advanced Bestiary appear in some books and adventures (Like Metal Clad and Blood Knight), are all of the templates of that book a part of the setting or is it only a few?
3. In most if not all fantasy settings, technological development seems to progress at a snails pace. If you were to look at that fact in a deeper sense then, "That's just the way the story teller decided to build the setting." What's your opinion on what the cause of that might be?
4. Being as unbiased as possible, who do you think would win in a war between the Reapers(Mass Effect) and the Dominion of the Black?
Or he could have seen both those things happen but maybe he doesn't understand whats happening. For example, technically we see atoms but until they were discovered we didn't know they were there. You can see everything happen but you might not understand whats happening.
Out of curiosity I wanted to know the more specific gender roles of Holomog, a matriarchal nation on Golarion. So I looked up the roles of women and men in such societies. I found that there are similarities between some matriarchies but they can vary quite a bit from one another. I was hoping if anybody could help me speculate on what some of those gender roles might be.
Here's what I have so far from the one article of Anuli from the book Distant Shores:
Positions of power seem to be predominately held by women. In fact almost every single named person in the article save one were women. But that one was the minister of Farms and Beasts. That means that men can hold power but it's rare, or there might be certain jobs/roles that's considered to be a mans job. I think it might be the first case because there apparently was once a man who had a chance to become the Omwa. (The leader of the country.) It's decided through a magic ritual, but he was killed by it. That means a man could achieve, in a societal sense, the ultimate position of power in the country. If its that case it could also mean that woman might be on average seen as being more responsible, competent or even disposable then men.
In the book there was a side bar on Families in Holomog which I am going to copy and paste here. (And hope I don't get in trouble with a moderator for that.)
Distant Shores Pg. 21 wrote:
Most of Holomog’s population is divided up into clans 12 to 200 strong, made of the eldest mother—called the house mother—and her siblings and descendants by both blood and adoption. Personal property is treasured but generally humble, while the clan as a whole owns land, businesses, ships, legacies, and other major properties. The house mother’s sisters and daughters advise her and manage individual concerns, while other family members develop their own trades, often traveling or having children before the politics, careers, or clan affairs become too demanding. Holomog has no tradition of marriage. Individuals belong to their mother’s clan unless adopted into another family in the wake of tragedy or as reward for performing a great service. Romances are generally short and passionate—lasting only a few months or years—before lovers part ways amicably, and even the longest liaisons rarely see anyone adopted into a new clan. Men help raise their nieces and nephews, and while all Holoma know the identities of their mothers, it’s rare for Holoma to know their biological fathers or, if they do, to spend nearly as much time with them as with their uncles.
On a side not I just want to take a moment to praise the author of this article, who I believe was Crystal Frasier, for doing such a great job identifying how actual matriarchies work instead of just making them gender-swap patriarchies. Good Work!
I don't know if women and men are both allowed to go to school or even if they are allowed to take the same disciplines. For example women might be allowed to go to school to become fighters, wizards and whatnot while men might only allowed to learn a trade like fishing or farming. If that's the case, it might also mean that men might not be allowed to go to war and that's seen as women's work.
Another culturally significant role is the religious one. Can either gender be the heads of faith in Holomog society? There are two female clerics mentioned in Distant Shores, which might be fair to say that women are a significant part of the main clergy. The one male however is a Druid. Which means that men are allowed to take active roles in religion. However it's hard to say if either gender takes a more significant role in religious services.
I'm also curious about how mating rituals work. For example in one matriarchy on our own planet, when selecting a mate, women will be a little shy and coy. While in another matriarchy, (The Garo people) if a woman had a arranged marriage to/found a husband, the groom is expected to run away from her until she captures him and brings him back to her village. This goes back and forth until the man accepts the proposal or the woman gives up. It also not hard to imagine the women of Holomog being more aggressive in regards to pursuing a romantic partner as well.
Sexuality would be interesting to know too. Although Paizo likes to typically be inclusive with all kinds of sexuality's in their setting. Which is a good thing. So Holomog probably has no negative views of homosexuality and other kinds of atypical by north american standards of sexuality.
Here is a link to a website that's a Q.A about a guy who live in a Matriarchal society for a time to help.
Also, if anybody knows if the culture of Holomog is based on an actual society, could they please post it?
I would also like to add that you can out how strong some gods are by the number of domains they have. Most have 5 domains but some gods like Brigh and Gyronna only have 4 domains. Meaning they would most likely be weaker then other gods.
If you are a woman I would say Holomog. If your a man it seems like you have less value (if that is the right word) then women do in that country. Either way though you would have quite a bit of culture shock to deal with.
A few questions James,
1. I know Zura was once an Azlanti queen and that she basically created vampires and I know that Sorshen has some magics that seem to absorb the blood of people for herself. My question is did Sorshen and Zura interact at all with each other and if so what was their relationship like?
2. If Nocticula were to become a goddess would the one Drow family that values her as their patron still continue to do so, (viewing her as being superior now to all other Demon Lords due to her ascension) or would they turn their backs on her?
3. Have you seen the documentary The Mask You Live In? If so what did you think about it? If not I would really recommend it for you. It talks about the problems of our society in regards for letting men express themselves emotionally.
It also kinda makes him a hipster.
You could also use volcanic vents for heat and to cook things as well.
So I got a few questions with the last couple being somewhat silly but I am genuinely curious about the answers to them so bare with me.
1. Where on Golarion could you by an airship like the ones mentioned in Ultimate Combat?
Now the silly questions.
2. If The Inner Sea World Guide were to end up in the Inner Sea, how much would it be worth in gold pieces to the right buyer? (Keep in mind that it does have the locations of certain mysterious places like Xin-Shalast on maps in the book.)
3.Out of all the books you guys have published, which one do you think would be worth the most in the Inner Sea and how much do you think it would be worth?
I know you didn't author the book Distant Shores but maybe you can answer this question. What did you, as a company learn from it in regards to the other continent's and countries that people would be interested in being developed, and can we hope to see anything developed about those continent's and countries in the near future? (I understand that you can't reveal anything big on the forum so you can be as vague as you like for the last part of the question.)
Also what was you favorite place that was talked about in the book? (I just want to note that mine was Aelyosos.)
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
I dunno, I think Dr Styx has a point. In some countries like say Nirmathas, you probably wouldn't find clothes like that. But in other countries with a lot of magic like Nex or countries where the nobility go out of their way to show off their wealth like Taldor, it would be perfectly believable that they might incorporate magic, however minor, into their outfits.
Minor illusion or transmutation magic to make colors swirl and change across their outfits, or maybe the outfit changes based on the mood their in. Like a jewelry, it could just be another thing to flaunt wealth.
If you were going to give batman an alignment, what would it be?
If you were going to give Thane Krios (badass assassin from mass effect 2 and 3) an alignment as well what would it be?
Does Thane's personality and moral philosophy mesh well with the Red Mantis assassins and Achaekek's faith?
Hey James is there a head of creative team (like a creative director or lead designer like role) for Starfinder? If so who is it?
Do you know if Casandalee is they A.I god they talked about that gifted access to a hyperspace dimension?
On a different topic, if a person were to use the butt end of say an axe or spear as an improvised weapon do you think they should get the weapons enhancement bonus to their attack and damage rolls on top of whatever penalties they take?
Jessica Price wrote:
Hags give birth to males? Doesn't that mean that there is potential for male hags? That is interesting.
James Jacobs wrote:
How powerful would you imagine him to be? Below CR 20, nascent demon lord, or demon lord?
Hey James, seeings as the Venture Bros. was the last animated series you've seen, I am gonna bet you watched the last season of it. So...
1. What did you think of the last season?
2. What do you think of the series as a whole?
And just in case you haven't seen it yet. Here is a link to the prologue of the sixth season.
If you want a more classic magical girl you could just play warlock instead. Just switch their main spellcasting ability from intelligence to charisma and have them cast spells like a bard but still using the wizard sorcerer spell list. You can even have a familiar too.
Hey James, on page 20 in the book inner sea faiths there is a picture of a green dragon with an orangey red beard under the Apsu section. I have seen the picture used for both Apsu and the Nirvana Dragon. I would assume that because it's the latest book that the picture must be for Apsu, but he is described in the book as looking like a silver dragon, and he has another picture in that book where he does look like a silver dragon. So I was just wondering is that Apsu, the Nirvana Dragon, or someone else?