I have a question towards kingdom building and more specific the Ultimate Rulership supplement by Legendary Games.
In my group we considered a switch from the Ultimate Campaign ruleset to the more balanced approach in Ultimate Rulership but - more than two years in the game - noticed a rather huge gap between the old and new stats of the kingdom which appears to prevent further its developement. E.g. the stability value dropped too far to give us a fair chance of making the respective checks. This raises several questions:
- has anyone here ever managed such a transistion and can share his or her expieriences?
Thank you :)
I would appreciate some help on a level 9 fractured mind spiritualist build. The character is based on Senua from Hellblade: Senuas Sacrifice. I want her to fight in melee as well as the class allows while her phantom should be a melee tag team mate of hers. I even considered the pahntom blade archetype but as the character already appeared in my campaign and had her phantom fought some sirens offscreen it will probably be hard to back up.
Du you have any kind of recommandation? I'd be really glad on how to effectivly build such a character :)
Thanks in advance,
I am looking for a secondary role for an oracle of life. I do not want to go full caster with the halfling (its an NPC) so I'm looking for ideas on how to make him a nice melee combatant. So for now I have warsighted as an archtypes that serves well but I need some help on how to go on from there. Slashing Grace? Piranha Strike? Something else?
I'd appreciate anything you can come up with :)
Two other great spells to throw in:
Aqueous Orb - great for dazing as you can shape the area, you can use it for several rounds and it doesn't allow SR. Also there are probably less enemies immun to nonlethal than to fire.
Ice Spears - similar to battering blast, no force effect but no attack roll needed. Also it scales faster and has some minor control options added in. Also doesn't allow SR.
I'm trying to build a cyclops skeleton with the kineticist class (about 8-9 levels). As he's an undead I'd have to pick the Overwhelming Soul archetype - which fits pretty good if you ask me and I guess void would be the apropriate element.
But now I'm a little stuck. I'm completely inexperienced when it comes to the kineticist and I need to consider archetype, template, base creature and the class itself including good picks of infusions.
Maybe someone could help me so I get a correct statblock for a somewhat powerful monster. I'd really apreciate your help!
Thanks in advance,
PS: "Creatures with class levels receive +4, +4, +2, +2, +0, and –2 adjustments to their ability scores" - this is the only thing I can do to improve the cyclops rather poor dex and cha values, right?
I am playing a campaign based on kingmaker right now, but I'm not going to use books 4 to 6 (as I don't like the plots). The PC are level 9 and have to deal with strange murders in their capital as well as political entanglements these days as the House Orlowski seems to have suspicious plans.
What happened so far and what is different to the plot in the books - not obligatory for answering my questions:
Just a rough-grained summary: Restov was ruled by Jomani Surtowa, mayor of the city and loyal to the king Noleski. In times of riots (as aldori swordlords wanted to reclaim power in Restov) his position was questioned he sent out adventurers to the greenbelt in order to stabilize his power by taming the wilderness in the south.
The players then played the first book, killing the staglord and eventually establishing their first city right on the ruins of his fortress - Narlgaard. Few days before the coronation he dies to a Wright - Turalyn Baldor the Stillborn.
They then start building up their nation, make friends with werewolf mercenaries and find themselves in a planar adventure that after betrayal leads them to the fellnight realm (based on the respective module), rescuing Roswen the awakened goldfish witch and shutting off the arcane engines that connects the demiplane to the narlmarshes (I used the "Fangwood Keep" instead of the one found there in the second book of the AP.
Right after that Noleski Surtowa, king of brevoy, marries Elana Lebeda and announces that Restov shall again be ruled by the aldori swordlords - which costs Jomani Surtowa, sponsor of the PC, his job.
Meanwhile Raifs, the father of the staglord and Hragulka started to gather allies in order to defeat those humans penetrating their world. More threads arise within their boarders, riots of mine workers caused by some mysterious stranger, a bonedevil assaulting their high priest and killing dozens of guards and conflicts within the high council. Another PC dies in the very same tomb Turalyn did a year earlier. Far deeper in old catacombs of ancient cyclops. This is also where the PC defeat a normous costruct guardian who protected a long forgotten grave. An undead cyclops then rises from this very tomb and flees as fast as he can. He will later awake Vordakai, the lich king of cyclops.
This is the point where my questions below will connect.
A lot of stuff happens. An army of trolls appears right in the center of Narlgaard, their capital, and destroy a huge part of the town as well as hundrets of citizens. They can fight back the attack but the damage is great and the trolls appear to have some kind of great magic in their support. Suspicious. The players then notice that the trolls gave up their bond to Raifs, killed him and most of their allies. When the PCs enter a new but empty stronghold of Hragulkas troops they find a cave leading to a valley where they find an entrance to old caves - "The Rift" (You can goolge for the "rift" and the "warrens" maps, which I combined - they belong to the most amaging dungeon maps I ever used!) where they not only find Hragulka and his fellow trolls but also the entrance to a newborn underground keep of duergars. The battles are long and tough but finally the PCs manage to kill the high circle of the enclave - three powerful duergar spellcasters and recover an artifact foliant of droskar.
Back in their capital the recession kicks in. The damage is terrible but slowly the young nation starts to recover.
This is where my game is right now the next event will be a marriage between a PC (elven wizard) and Mina Lodowka, princess of House Lodowka.
What I want to do is make Vordakai a far more fleshed out villain than he is in the actual book. His tactics are so poor as written that I wouldn't want to waste and sacrifice a freaking lich for a little dungeoncrawl.
Thats why I thought about what he would do from the moment he is woken up by his champion that the PC released in the ancient cyclops tomb.
He has this crazy powerful artifact in his head which he wants to make best use of:
Oculus of Abaddon
Darkvision to a range of 120 feet (constant)
The oculus of Abaddon is powerfully neutral evil and possesses a limited and hateful intellect of its own. while not capable of communicating directly with its owner, it refuses to activate its powers for any user who is not neutral evil.
But first he needs information - the most important good for him in the early and even more so in the later stages of his rise. Luckily his Aculus allows him to scy a lot and use his familiar for scouting the neighbourhood. He spots Varnhold, he spots the realms of my PC and he spots Brevoy as well as Mivon. A lot has changed within the past thousands of years. Together with his champion he wakes up all other cyclops buried in this very tomb (for which I use a slightly recolored map of Snurres Hall of the Fire Giant King) - enough to do some mining at least. He uses spells and undead workers to produce salt and jewelery - he needs money to accomplish further goals he set up. So while his minions are mining he scries and scries and scries. His raven travelling through the surrounding countries, listenig to important nobles, lords and ladies. He gets to know secrets, for example that the Orlowskis plan to attack the Lands of House Lodowka (an elven wizard PC is just about to marry the princess of House Lodowka) so thats a good point to start. He visits Lord Orlowski in human form (he uses Greater Magic Aura and a greater Hat of Disguise to appear as humen without magic properties) and convinces him that he wants to buy weapons for wars in the south so he makes him a great offer. He will fund the war against the Lodowkas if the Orlowskis provide more weapons he can transport to the south.
For Vordakai this is perfect as he wants to use the war in the north as distraction and also profits from weapons for his own units.
Right after the deal is made he uses his artifact for the first time. He charms the population of Varnburg in order to take their (rather empty) treasueries and to have more workers for his plans. There is a lot of stuff he needs to prepare.
At this point I might need your help. He now has a couple of undeads, a lot of information and ~200 citizens from varnhold he turns into undead (maybe one or two intelligent ones as he needs help organizing his upcoming rulership). He also started to contact other evil enteties around to find some allies or vassels.
A year later when the war between Orlowskis and Lodowkas has probably started - according to his plans - he wants to use the Oculus of Abaddon for a second time. But now he's aiming for Restov.
I did some calculations on the distribution of CR among the citizens and the formula I thought looks plausible was an exponential function, proportional to EXP(-[HD of citizen]/1,25) which resulted in ~19.900 of the 20.000 inhabitants being charmed without getting a save. That sounds like a lot but I wanted to have a rather steep distribution. Most of the remaining citizens won't make their save so that I guess 20-30 of them being able to resist the artifact.
Now what? He has almost 20.000 humanoids under his control for 20 days. What does he do? Does he move them to his "base"? Will he kill them to raise them as undead? That seems hard to handle. He wont be able to feed so many people at all so he probably needs to kill them. That's a truely scary scenario. What does he do with those that resisted the charm? What will those who resisted the charm do anyway? Some might be able to use spells to stop several of the charmed... but I'm not sure how to think that through. What's going to happen afterwards? Would it be smart to even use the artifact? He could take every single coin from that city - not too bad. Could he use the structures? Should he leave the city abandoned? Can he still conceal whats going on? How does he move those people? Just have them walk two hundred miles?
And what would he need to tho in the previous year in order to prepare for that event?
This is how far I am right now. I also want him to get some help from Abaddon as his artifact is closely tied to this plane. He will get some Divs and Daemons to lead his armies because why not. He will also get an army of Urdefhans as I feel like this would suit him really good and is plausible.
I'm open to any kind of idea or critique - the more detailed the better. I want his plans to suit a highly intelligent ancient wizard with great knowledge and power so it should make sense all through and result in a subtly rising threat establishing in the very east of my PCs nation.
Thank you so much in advance,
I gave it a try to make her a unique outsider:
Dancer of the Boreal Valley, CR 13
What do you think?
I am a little confused by the saves of some demons I checked. While I can rebuild the saves e.g. of a Succubus easily I am kind of struggeling with some of the higher CR demons.
Could you let me know what I am missing? There are actually more examples where I have no idea how to get the written saves so I feel like there is something I don't understand.
I want to create the Dancer of the Boreal Valley, a Dark Souls 3 boss in Pathfinder.
Now this is the framework I had in mind:
I now want the creature suit into the pathfinder lore. What kind of outsider could it be?
Thank you in advance!
I need some idea on how to get a small army of duergars and trolls could surprise attack a nearby town.
Aloha fellow adicts,
I want to add classlevels to the following creature:
I want those classlevels to suit the style of the monster without adding completely new aspects. Do you have recommandations?
Right now I have in mind either some martial class w/o spells or an occult class...
Thanks in advance,
Yes lemeres, anti devil mechanics are secondary!
Thanks so far for the suggestions, blackfire adept is really great but actually I'd prefer something less evil. Paladin and Inquisitor are no options sadly as we already have those classes in our party.
The anti devil character will be run by one player whose character is kept hostage in Dis and therefore needs an appropriate replacement.
Right now the devil impostor summoner is my favorite, even though I'd prefer a divine caster.
Dazing aqueous orb is pretty sweet:
At a speed of 30ft it covers a huge area of daze effect that can be shaped as needed. No SR, only few enemies are immune to nonlethal and you also have high potential to suck in some creatures which will likely be stuck in the orb the whole time. It can be pulled off qiet early and find great use in persistent spell as well.
Hard to find a better control spell at this level.
Dazing aqueous orb is pretty sweet:
Ata speed of 30ft it covers a huge area of daze effect that can be shaped as needed. No SR, only few enemies are immune to nonlethal and you also have high potential to suck in some creatures which will likely be stuck in the orb the whole time. It can be pulled off qiet early and find great use in persistent spell as well.
Hard to find a better control spell at this level.
Another thing to consider:
Those housrules come along with deep cuts in the simulation dimension of the game. Now you have entities in your gaming world that use another set of rules not accessible by PCs. Thats weird. If you're players are all up for gameism thats not a problem but for those who also want to part of a consistent gsme world this bears problems: Enemies don't only have other abilities, they also use a different framework of action economy.
I want to generate an intense atmosphere of danger in the next session of my current campaign.
Do you have recommandations on how to design such a scenario? I'd really appreciate every single idea you can contribute :)
I have a question towards designing an upcoming encounter. Last session the following happened:
Now that they know what's up against them they want to prepare for the fight and also plan to ask a local priest for help and maybe even shelter as they know he's rather powerful (he's actually cleric level 11 but they don't expect that).
I really want this to be a memorable fight. It would be great if the players didn't get to know about the priests intentions but in case they manage to find out it's fine. What do you think should the cleric do? What should the devil do? And how do I make this encounter more interesting than "6 players vs 1 bbeg" promises?
Thanks in advance,
Sir Thugsalot wrote:
Actually I didnt want to stuff words in your mouth you didn't say - I just made a wrong assumption and as I considered it as unimportant for the core of the conversation, so I didnt really bother. I'm sorry if this offended you - on the internet this extensional blur of natural language can produce even more misunderstandings so my apologies for the inconvenience. Next time you could just let people know about this as one usually expects constructive participation and therefore respective interpretation on both sides.
I was wrong about mentioning the damage you claimed to do included critical hits, it was just an assumption that followed your statement about "perfect conditions" that wasn't more than a more or less educated guess.
Sir Thugsalot wrote:
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I already explained in detail where I see problems. You didn't reply to this at all but picked one statement (the one about perfect conditions) and added some intransparent proposition which didn't even face my argument (calling out there are conditions where this build makes mediocre damage whithout mentioning what these conditions are. Sure, I didn't make that clear as well but the DPR calculations for regular attacks with and without sneak attack are pretty straight forward and show your build is just not sufficient in this area). My point that made you "stomp" was just that it just doesn't matter on which conditions you deal your damage as my argument above does not depend on what those conditions are.
Now my main point was the ratio of efficiency and spotlight it takes to perform and why I think contributing in a significant way will be close to impossible.
If you can tell me why these concerns are meaningless I'll definitely will admit I was wrong - but at this point I am not at all convinced.
Sir Thugsalot wrote:
This does not interfere with anything I said. And if what you understand as perfect conditions (critting every single hit what in my mind is not to be considered a "condition") is applied to other builds at this level, 120 points of damage are fairly poor.
@Sir Thugsalot: I'm sorry but what you're trying to point out here is a playstyle that is just badly inefficient. This kind of rogueing takes up alot of spotlight and effort for almost no result. Its outperformed by every other concept which also doesn't take up so much spotlight.
The damage you deal - even under perfect conditions is not relevant at level 11, not at all. Of course it's there and it's more than the group could dish out without the rogue but it has to be compared to actual alternatives and there every other regular build will contribute so much more it is reasonable to ask if this rogue is a functional PC.
More than that as I mentioned it takes up a lot of spotlight. Your advice to exploit darkness is terrible teamworkwise and will also get you killed easily. If you still want to do it it will take up time at the table.
If you don't have all those conditions you will contribute even less. He is not doing "enough" damage.
And next: How does a rogue anticipates an ambush of invisible enemies? Because why on golarion should someone at CR 3+ not be invisible when ambushing? Its cheap, its reliable and it's something your rogue wont be able to deal with. You yourself have no means to deal with any kind of advanced ambush tactics. None at all. One detection spell and you're done. One bad stealth roll and you're done. You have no mobility, no ability to escape, fly, turn invisible, nova the encounter, call for help - nothing. A single spell that hampers your movement will take you out then.
Of course there may be games where your GM and your party members will provide conditions where you can enjoy such characters. But this should definitly not be taken for granted.