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What do you think is the most terrifying part of "tulpa" monsters (monsters that either propagate or grow more powerful by increased awareness and knowledge about them, such as Xhamen-Dor)?

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The Doomkitten wrote:
What do you think is the most terrifying part of "tulpa" monsters (monsters that either propagate or grow more powerful by increased awareness and knowledge about them, such as Xhamen-Dor)?

The fact that knowledge in this case is dangerous, and ignorance is a blessing.


Xhamen-Dor spreads his influence when someone learns his name and intent. I know this because you wrote an article about it. Are you in fact a Xhamen-Dor cultist?

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Hill Giant wrote:
Xhamen-Dor spreads his influence when someone learns his name and intent. I know this because you wrote an article about it. Are you in fact a Xhamen-Dor cultist?

Nah. I invented him. If anything, Xhamen-Dor is a cultist of ME.

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Since we're in that area atm, did you also like the Insight mechanic from Bloodborne?

Would that be a good model for a more In-depth Xhamen-Dor infection?

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Rysky wrote:

Since we're in that area atm, did you also like the Insight mechanic from Bloodborne?

Would that be a good model for a more In-depth Xhamen-Dor infection?

I never really did a thing at all with Insight in Bloodborne. It doesn't feel "Xamen-dor" to me.

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Sorry about all "its up to gm" questions ^_^; I have really hard time making decisions when I'm 50-50. Though in this case I'm now leaning towards to not having Torch annexed because it would indeed be very distracting from AP... Plus would mean I'd have to be more careful with exp

So umm, two more questions I forgot: Are runeforged components items consumed when crafting runeforged weapon or can they be reused for crafting purposes?

And if they are consumed, did I understand right that Delvahine will only trade for one of her "toys" and then players would need to figure alternate way to get more of them? I'd assume they could help her get out of Runeforge as payment, but I just want to check if she would be okay with trading more of her toys to pcs for loot or pleasure.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:

Since we're in that area atm, did you also like the Insight mechanic from Bloodborne?

Would that be a good model for a more In-depth Xhamen-Dor infection?

I never really did a thing at all with Insight in Bloodborne. It doesn't feel "Xamen-dor" to me.

Ah, Okies.

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CorvusMask wrote:

Sorry about all "its up to gm" questions ^_^; I have really hard time making decisions when I'm 50-50. Though in this case I'm now leaning towards to not having Torch annexed because it would indeed be very distracting from AP... Plus would mean I'd have to be more careful with exp

So umm, two more questions I forgot: Are runeforged components items consumed when crafting runeforged weapon or can they be reused for crafting purposes?

And if they are consumed, did I understand right that Delvahine will only trade for one of her "toys" and then players would need to figure alternate way to get more of them? I'd assume they could help her get out of Runeforge as payment, but I just want to check if she would be okay with trading more of her toys to pcs for loot or pleasure.

When you're 50-50, it's EASY to make decisions. If both are equally good options, which assumes each one is equally difficult/easy to do... roll a die or flip a coin.

Runeforged components are not consumed during crafting.

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James Jacobs wrote:
When you're 50-50, it's EASY to make decisions. If both are equally good options, which assumes each one is equally difficult/easy to do... roll a die or flip a coin.

I have low self esteem so I second guess myself a lot, so making decisions where I like both choices but am not sure about which is "better" is really difficult for me :'D

So uh, quick question speaking of my unsureness: So party defeated Athroxis and party fighter got the Mark of Wrath. They are kinda questioning me for "Wait, there isn't downside for this? REALLY? It doesn't make you evil? Are you being coy?" so umm, just to check I understand it right and there is nothing saying there is bad side for having Mark of Wrath? I mean, as far as I know, it just marks you as highlady/lord and gives you small buffs, but it doesn't make character more wrathful or anything or let runelords control you or anything?

BTW, text says Delvahine is only character in iron cages who wouldn't die upon leaving the wing, so does that mean alu-demons do age and can die from old age?

But yeah, thanks again and sorry that these questions are really dumb x-x;

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CorvusMask wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
When you're 50-50, it's EASY to make decisions. If both are equally good options, which assumes each one is equally difficult/easy to do... roll a die or flip a coin.

I have low self esteem so I second guess myself a lot, so making decisions where I like both choices but am not sure about which is "better" is really difficult for me :'D

So uh, quick question speaking of my unsureness: So party defeated Athroxis and party fighter got the Mark of Wrath. They are kinda questioning me for "Wait, there isn't downside for this? REALLY? It doesn't make you evil? Are you being coy?" so umm, just to check I understand it right and there is nothing saying there is bad side for having Mark of Wrath? I mean, as far as I know, it just marks you as highlady/lord and gives you small buffs, but it doesn't make character more wrathful or anything or let runelords control you or anything?

BTW, text says Delvahine is only character in iron cages who wouldn't die upon leaving the wing, so does that mean alu-demons do age and can die from old age?

But yeah, thanks again and sorry that these questions are really dumb x-x;

It certainly marks them with the sin of wrath, which may color the perceptions of some who look at it and understand the meaning of the rune, but no, it doesn't make you evil.

This is an example of something I love doing in games I run—rewards to a character that aren't something they expect, aren't magic items, and aren't things they could have just gotten for themselves by buying something or taking a class level. These kind of rewards are memorable and fun and exciting and do a great job at keeping the players interested in the potential for what else might be out there awaiting discovery.

Yes, alu-demons do age and can die from it. This is a result of them being half-human.

And again... they're not dumb questions. Don't worry about it! :-D


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If Arueshalae develops a relationship with a PC in Wrath of the Righteous and they have a child would that child be a half-fiend? Or by the blessing of Desna turn out as Half- Celestial, aasimar, or Half-fiend with evil spell-like abilities traded out for their good counterparts as they were for Arueshalae herself? Just wondering how you would judge this in a "continuing campaign" I'm the DM and I'm leaning towards the 3rd option.

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Jareth Elirae wrote:
If Arueshalae develops a relationship with a PC in Wrath of the Righteous and they have a child would that child be a half-fiend? Or by the blessing of Desna turn out as Half- Celestial, aasimar, or Half-fiend with evil spell-like abilities traded out for their good counterparts as they were for Arueshalae herself? Just wondering how you would judge this in a "continuing campaign" I'm the DM and I'm leaning towards the 3rd option.

Uncharted territory. Up to the GM.

I would have the child be a non-evil half-succubus if it were my campaign.

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Does the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye recruit from noble kids at Lepidstadt University, or does the University's emphasis on the sciences result in a mindset nonconducive to the Order's mysticism?


James,

Would wizards from Thassilon and Azlanti accept near-humans as apprentices? Creatures like aasimar and tieflings for exemple?

Actually, would they train any non-human in their arcane traditions?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Does the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye recruit from noble kids at Lepidstadt University, or does the University's emphasis on the sciences result in a mindset nonconducive to the Order's mysticism?

I'm not super familiar off the top of my head with them, but I suspect they recruit new members from all over when appropriate.

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Ral' Yareth wrote:

James,

Would wizards from Thassilon and Azlanti accept near-humans as apprentices? Creatures like aasimar and tieflings for exemple?

Actually, would they train any non-human in their arcane traditions?

They did.


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Something I noticed: there is no given price for a barrel of pickles. How're we supposed to know the value of what the goblins stole otherwise? How much is a pickle barrel?

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AlgaeNymph wrote:
Something I noticed: there is no given price for a barrel of pickles. How're we supposed to know the value of what the goblins stole otherwise? How much is a pickle barrel?

The more time we spend giving prices to things like pickle barrels, the less time we have building actual books and products to play and be inspired by.

AKA: The lack of pickle prices is your GM's fault!

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I think I remember reading somewhere that officially, "early" firearms like the musket and blunderbuss exist on Golarion, but "advanced" firearms like the rifle and shotgun haven't been invented yet. Is this accurate, or am I misremembering things?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I think I remember reading somewhere that officially, "early" firearms like the musket and blunderbuss exist on Golarion, but "advanced" firearms like the rifle and shotgun haven't been invented yet. Is this accurate, or am I misremembering things?

Correct.

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I know it's a few days too late, but how much ground could a groundhog hog if a groundhog could hog ground ?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I know it's a few days too late, but how much ground could a groundhog hog if a groundhog could hog ground ?

Depends on how many hungry hillbillies are after him.

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I see. Does a vampire's vulnerability to sunlight affect only exposed skin (meaning that covering themselves in heavy robes or full plate armor allows them to venture out in the day) or would they still burn even though the sun can't reach their skin?


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Rysky wrote:
It is mentioned that Nocticula and Socothbenoth are siblings, were they siblings when they were mortals or did it occur after they became demons? And now would the second happen? Larvae Litters?
They were not siblings before they became demons. As to how this happened... they were both born from the same mother. We have not revealed who that mother was yet... but chances are VERY GOOD that it was Lamashtu.

Hi James

Given that Nurgal is also alleged to be a half brother of Socothbenoth, would i be correct to assume his mother is Lamashtu, in which case he is presumably also a half brother of Nocticula?


Have you ever noticed that Sorshen has an elemental motif, namely water?

• Her dungeons so far (Sunken Queen, Lady's Light) are filled with, and surrounded by, water.

• The point of reference for the megadungeon she's dormant in is Korvosa's waterline (100' below, to be exact).

• Speaking of that wretched hive, Korvosa's staple industry is fishing.

• Sorshen's empowered by blood magic, which I haven't seen associated with anything but water.

Was this elemental association intentional, or a coincidence as a result of Eurythnia being flooded? Would you be interested in expanding on it (e.g., elemental creatures in the Sorshen AP)?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I see. Does a vampire's vulnerability to sunlight affect only exposed skin (meaning that covering themselves in heavy robes or full plate armor allows them to venture out in the day) or would they still burn even though the sun can't reach their skin?

As written, skin exposure doesn't really play a factor. GM's choice I guess.

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Timothy Ferdinand wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
It is mentioned that Nocticula and Socothbenoth are siblings, were they siblings when they were mortals or did it occur after they became demons? And now would the second happen? Larvae Litters?
They were not siblings before they became demons. As to how this happened... they were both born from the same mother. We have not revealed who that mother was yet... but chances are VERY GOOD that it was Lamashtu.

Hi James

Given that Nurgal is also alleged to be a half brother of Socothbenoth, would i be correct to assume his mother is Lamashtu, in which case he is presumably also a half brother of Nocticula?

Maybe, maybe not. Demon lord lineage is complicated and doesn't have to follow biology.

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AlgaeNymph wrote:

Have you ever noticed that Sorshen has an elemental motif, namely water?

• Her dungeons so far (Sunken Queen, Lady's Light) are filled with, and surrounded by, water.

• The point of reference for the megadungeon she's dormant in is Korvosa's waterline (100' below, to be exact).

• Speaking of that wretched hive, Korvosa's staple industry is fishing.

• Sorshen's empowered by blood magic, which I haven't seen associated with anything but water.

Was this elemental association intentional, or a coincidence as a result of Eurythnia being flooded? Would you be interested in expanding on it (e.g., elemental creatures in the Sorshen AP)?

It's coincidental. None of the runelords are intentionally elemental themed.


Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I know it's a few days too late, but how much ground could a groundhog hog if a groundhog could hog ground ?

European or African?

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I know it's a few days too late, but how much ground could a groundhog hog if a groundhog could hog ground ?
European or African?

Irrelevant since neither can fly.


Edit: This has been answered before it seems! They do age slower. Apologies!

I've no idea if this has been asked before but it's a curiosity of mine when it comes to the various races. Do the age categories at which the different races are considered adult/middle-aged/old/venerable scale to that of humans, or do most races age the same as humans physically but are only considered adults socially later?

For example, if you have an elf that is 50 years old, are they the physical equivalent of a 7-10 year old human, or do they physically age to a certain point (say 20?) and mature mentally until they are an adult at 110?

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Saberlain wrote:

Edit: This has been answered before it seems! They do age slower. Apologies!

I've no idea if this has been asked before but it's a curiosity of mine when it comes to the various races. Do the age categories at which the different races are considered adult/middle-aged/old/venerable scale to that of humans, or do most races age the same as humans physically but are only considered adults socially later?

For example, if you have an elf that is 50 years old, are they the physical equivalent of a 7-10 year old human, or do they physically age to a certain point (say 20?) and mature mentally until they are an adult at 110?

That's not really something we've covered; it's mostly left to the GM to call.

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Good day Mr. Jacobs. Did you enjoy your snow day yesterday?


James Jacobs wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I know it's a few days too late, but how much ground could a groundhog hog if a groundhog could hog ground ?
European or African?
Irrelevant since neither can fly.

Does bouncing count?

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Alayern wrote:
Good day Mr. Jacobs. Did you enjoy your snow day yesterday?

Yes.

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I know it's a few days too late, but how much ground could a groundhog hog if a groundhog could hog ground ?
European or African?
Irrelevant since neither can fly.
Does bouncing count?

no


James Jacobs wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I know it's a few days too late, but how much ground could a groundhog hog if a groundhog could hog ground ?
European or African?
Irrelevant since neither can fly.
Does bouncing count?
no

Did you know that one of things that you can get for your Toy collection in WOW was a puntable Marmot?


James Jacobs wrote:
Hill Giant wrote:
Xhamen-Dor spreads his influence when someone learns his name and intent. I know this because you wrote an article about it. Are you in fact a Xhamen-Dor cultist?
Nah. I invented him. If anything, Xhamen-Dor is a cultist of ME.

Anything we should know about your special rites? Your holy (or unholy) days?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Alayern wrote:
Good day Mr. Jacobs. Did you enjoy your snow day yesterday?
Yes.

Did Shimmy?

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
I know it's a few days too late, but how much ground could a groundhog hog if a groundhog could hog ground ?
European or African?
Irrelevant since neither can fly.
Does bouncing count?
no
Did you know that one of things that you can get for your Toy collection in WOW was a puntable Marmot?

yes

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Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Alayern wrote:
Good day Mr. Jacobs. Did you enjoy your snow day yesterday?
Yes.
Did Shimmy?

She was intrigued by clumps of snow falling from the trees right outside my window once I opened it, but that's pretty much the extent of her interaction with the snow. She's not an outdoor cat.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Alayern wrote:
Good day Mr. Jacobs. Did you enjoy your snow day yesterday?
Yes.
Did Shimmy?
She was intrigued by clumps of snow falling from the trees right outside my window once I opened it, but that's pretty much the extent of her interaction with the snow. She's not an outdoor cat.

Hehe. Mine will run and jump into it... and then immediately regret it and run back to the door :3

Glad to hear you're doing okay.


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Ifusaso wrote:

I feel like this should be sent to be FAQ'd or errata'd.

What's the intended function of Monk/Brawler's Dwarf Favored Class Bonus:

"Reduce the Hardness of any object made of clay, stone, or metal by 1 whenever the object is struck by the monk's unarmed strike (minimum of 0)."?

Does this
- Reduce the hardness for the unarmed strike but not other things?
- Permanently/Instantly reduce the Hardness once?
- Permanently/Instantly reduce the Hardness each time an object is stuck?
- Something else?

If the damage is permanent/instant, is it reversible?

If you feel it should be FAQed, please post the ques/tion in an appropriate rules forum. Posting here won't get it FAQed at all.

Sorry! Completely missed the off-topic tag the first time I loaded this thread.

Alternate question: Who the better duelist? Inigo Montoya or Will Turner?

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Ifusaso wrote:
Who the better duelist? Inigo Montoya or Will Turner?

Will Turner, but only because I think that "The Princess Bride" is lame.


James Jacobs wrote:
Ifusaso wrote:
Who the better duelist? Inigo Montoya or Will Turner?
Will Turner, but only because I think that "The Princess Bride" is lame.

Not to put you on the spot, but could you explain your reasons for thinking so?

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Hitdice wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Ifusaso wrote:
Who the better duelist? Inigo Montoya or Will Turner?
Will Turner, but only because I think that "The Princess Bride" is lame.
Not to put you on the spot, but could you explain your reasons for thinking so?

Because I dislike fantasy movies that don't seem to trust the viewer with enough suspension of disbelief to accept a movie unless it's presented in a meta-sort of way as a story-within-a-story that anchors the viewer to the real world. I dislike "The Never-Ending Story" for the same reason. And because it's too whimsical for my tastes on top of that. It feels more like a comedy with a sense of humor that I just don't get or appreciate than a fantasy movie. And because the first time I saw it, the first point where I was actually starting to get into the movie was when the screaming eels attack, but then the movie robs me of that scene by cutting away to Fred's bedroom. Lame. Once you interrupt the painfully-slow-to-build interest in that way, I start wishing I was watching something else.


Thanks for the speedy answer; for what it's worth, the book does present it in that meta-sort of way, but that just means I love the movie so much because I remember the book every time I watch it.

And, because I feel obliged to post a question, have you watched the FX series Atlanta, and if so, what is your opinion of it?

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Hitdice wrote:

Thanks for the speedy answer; for what it's worth, the book does present it in that meta-sort of way, but that just means I love the movie so much because I remember the book every time I watch it.

And, because I feel obliged to post a question, have you watched the FX series Atlanta, and if so, what is your opinion of it?

I haven't watched it.

And yeah, I understand that my dislike of "The Princess Bride" is unusual among gamers (at least vocally so). My preferences for fantasy is darker, grittier stuff with more monsters (be they human monsters or literal monsters). Not everything has to be equally liked by everyone, but I try not to be a jerk about it and take pains to not say something like "this movie is terrible" and instead say things like "I think this movie is terrible."

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