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Yaseinu wrote:
Quick question, would you say cannibalism is an evil act or a chaotic evil act?

If done for survival, or on a body who, when alive, was willing to offer itself up for it, it's neither.

If done for the cruelty of it or to inspire terror or if the eater takes sadistic pleasure in the act or does so specifically to cause terror in others, then it's evil.

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bananahell wrote:
Is the Eye of Abendego directly linked to Aroden's death, or was it coincidental that it occurred at the same time?

Unrevealed.

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Rysky wrote:
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j b 200 wrote:
Do you have a notebook (or several) somewhere where you have a bunch of story lines or fleshing out story hooks that just haven't made it into print yet?

yup

Notebooks and text files—physical and digital notes.

Do you have a preference for which you use for what?

Whatever is easier to use at the time the idea comes to me.


Hi there.

Can an Ocean's Echo Oracle, using a Banner of the Ancient Kings, with enough use magic device bonus get the benefit of the last paragraph of (BotAK)?

Even though the (BotAK) says "A bard who carries..." it buffs only the Bardic Performance Inspire Courage, wich the Ocean's Echo Oracle does have with her class feature Inspiring Song(EX).

Using UMD would provide her the ability to get Bardic Performance Inspire Courage as a 'true' Bard ? And that would sinergize with her own Inspire Courage from the Ocean's Echo Oracle ?

Thanks in advance.

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Negao wrote:

Hi there.

Can an Ocean's Echo Oracle, using a Banner of the Ancient Kings, with enough use magic device bonus get the benefit of the last paragraph of (BotAK)?

Even though the (BotAK) says "A bard who carries..." it buffs only the Bardic Performance Inspire Courage, wich the Ocean's Echo Oracle does have with her class feature Inspiring Song(EX).

Using UMD would provide her the ability to get Bardic Performance Inspire Courage as a 'true' Bard ? And that would sinergize with her own Inspire Courage from the Ocean's Echo Oracle ?

Thanks in advance.

Your GM will need to decide this. I don't answer rules questions here, and I'm not comfortable answering questions for players like this since that implies that my answers supersede those of a player's GM.


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Negao wrote:

Hi there.

Can an Ocean's Echo Oracle, using a Banner of the Ancient Kings, with enough use magic device bonus get the benefit of the last paragraph of (BotAK)?

Even though the (BotAK) says "A bard who carries..." it buffs only the Bardic Performance Inspire Courage, wich the Ocean's Echo Oracle does have with her class feature Inspiring Song(EX).

Using UMD would provide her the ability to get Bardic Performance Inspire Courage as a 'true' Bard ? And that would sinergize with her own Inspire Courage from the Ocean's Echo Oracle ?

Thanks in advance.

Your GM will need to decide this. I don't answer rules questions here, and I'm not comfortable answering questions for players like this since that implies that my answers supersede those of a player's GM.

I understand, i will talk with my GM, but where else i can find rule clarification about this question ?

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Negao wrote:
I understand, i will talk with my GM, but where else i can find rule clarification about this question ?

You can certainly ask for feedback from other gamers elsewhere on this forum. If you're asking about a specific rule in a specific book, that question might already be answered in that book's product page forum.

The GM for a particular group remains the best place to get quick answers for any one particular group though.


Return of the Runelords spoiler:
Are Sorshen and Xanderghul the most evil among the runelords? And are Belimarius and Krune the least evil among the runelords? Well, maybe Sorshen is not, because she is redeemed now. But I have always thought that she is beyond redemption and I have thought about this question since long before the publication of Return of the Runelords, so I will ask anyway.


Do you have any advice for giving critical and important, but relatively harsh, feedback to your GM who also happens to be good friend?

I have no desire to stop playing with him or to damage a friendship so any advice or personal experience would be appreciated.

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Aenigma wrote:
Spoiler:
Are Sorshen and Xanderghul the most evil among the runelords? And are Belimarius and Krune the least evil among the runelords? Well, maybe Sorshen is not, because she is redeemed now. But I have always thought that she is beyond redemption and I have thought about this question since long before the publication of Return of the Runelords, so I will ask anyway.

These are things that will be revealed during the course of the Return of the Runelords Adventure Path. I don't want to spoil all of the surprises at once. It's also complicated by the fact that these characters are very long lived, which means their magnitude of evil can shift.

BUT.

Spoiler:
Using the modern day as a snapshot, Alaznist is the most evil of them and Sorshen is the least evil of them.

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Pharasmin wrote:

Do you have any advice for giving critical and important, but relatively harsh, feedback to your GM who also happens to be good friend?

I have no desire to stop playing with him or to damage a friendship so any advice or personal experience would be appreciated.

By framing your feedback that way. Don't just spring the feedback on them out of the blue, let them know that you've got critical and perhaps harsh feedback, but don't be accusatory.

Rather than say "You don't know how to run the game because you don't know the rules," try something like, "I've noticed that you struggle with some of the rules—can I help you with resolving rules issues during play?"

Don't be insulting.

Think of how it would feel to have what you need to say said to you, and then try to phrase it in a way that wouldn't hurt yourself.

Or maybe offer to run the next game yourself? Give the GM friend a chance to play instead of run the game?

Be respectful and calm and do the discussion in private, don't confront the friend with an audience. It's not an intervention.


Return of the Runelords spoiler:
Sorshen was Xin's devoted disciple before she turned on him. But now she is redeemed. So I wonder, what would happen if Shattered Star happened much more recently? Would Sorshen regret her treason and feel sorry for Xin? Would she teleport to the city of Xin to apologize? And would Xin realize her repentance and magnanimously forgive her? Or she and he would distrust and hate, and thus try to slay each other?


Have you had a chance yet to play a Starfinder campaign and if so what character did you play?


Mr. James Jacobs,

In regards to Sorshen returning with the other runelords; What is Sorshen's reaction to a high level PC is

Shattered Star Spoiler:
a clone
?

More specifically what if that person is also a demigod?

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Aenigma wrote:

Spoiler:
Sorshen was Xin's devoted disciple before she turned on him. But now she is redeemed. So I wonder, what would happen if Shattered Star happened much more recently? Would Sorshen regret her treason and feel sorry for Xin? Would she teleport to the city of Xin to apologize? And would Xin realize her repentance and magnanimously forgive her? Or she and he would distrust and hate, and thus try to slay each other?

Unlikely.

Spoiler:
Sorshen is no longer chaotic evil, but she's not all sunshine and rainbows. If anything, she's more opposed to Xin's philosophies from an alignment standpoint now than before. Xin was lawful neutral, and you don't have to be evil to stand against him. They would remain enemies, in other words.

Return of the Runelords spoiler:
Corstela really likes and trusts her cambion friend Kantulin. But does Kantulin like and trust her as well? It is stated that he continues to manipulate and influence her so that her alignment shifts to chaotic evil. A friend would never manipulate his friend to become evil. But since he is a demon, maybe he is showing his friendship by manipulating her to become evil. Thus I really have no idea.

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Some Kind of Chymist wrote:
Have you had a chance yet to play a Starfinder campaign and if so what character did you play?

I'm playing in a weekly Dead Suns campaign, and I'm playing a quirky goth-punk lashunta envoy who's still trying to figure out the best way to take part in combat without resorting to sniper rifles.

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

In regards to Sorshen returning with the other runelords; What is Sorshen's reaction to a high level PC is ** spoiler omitted **?

More specifically what if that person is also a demigod?

Amusement.

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Aenigma wrote:

Spoiler:
Corstela really likes and trusts her cambion friend Kantulin. But does Kantulin like and trust her as well? It is stated that he continues to manipulate and influence her so that her alignment shifts to chaotic evil. A friend would never manipulate his friend to become evil. But since he is a demon, maybe he is showing his friendship by manipulating her to become evil. Thus I really have no idea.

Spoiler:
No; Kantulin is using Corstela and hopes to corrupt her so when she dies her soul goes to the Abyss. He is not her friend at all. And the fact that Corstela likes and trusts him points to the fact that he's done a good job so far in corrupting and influencing and manipulating her.

How can the runelords live for such a long time? Even Xin grew old and feeble, and his body became crippled by age. They had no access to the sun orchid elixir, and most of them were not mythic or undead. I don't think they had access to some kind of arcane ritual that prolongs one's lifespan, because if such ritual existed, Xin would have used it instead of crafting a clockwork reliquary.

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Aenigma wrote:
How can the runelords live for such a long time? Even Xin grew old and feeble, and his body became crippled by age. They had no access to the sun orchid elixir, and most of them were not mythic or undead. I don't think they had access to some kind of arcane ritual that prolongs one's lifespan, because if such ritual existed, Xin would have used it instead of crafting a clockwork reliquary.

Magic.

Each of them had their own solution for achieving immortality. In Karzoug's case, as detailed on page 364, he gained immortality by using secrets from allies in Leng and other Thassilonian "secrets." Each other runelord had their own solution, as detailed in many cases throughout the rest of "Return of the Runelords."

But they're not PCs. As NPCs, they get to have custom-built story-based reasons like this to explain their immortality.


The Seven Swords of Sin were crafted to serve the runelords of Thassilon. With no lords to serve, the weapons lie dormant as well. Then what would happen if the runelords are redeemed? I mean, the runelords are the living incarnations of the seven deadly sins. Thus, if they are not evil anymore, the swords would not regard them as the legitimate runelords, because the swords are the Swords of Sin, not the Swords of Virtue. Am I right?

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Aenigma wrote:
The Seven Swords of Sin were crafted to serve the runelords of Thassilon. With no lords to serve, the weapons lie dormant as well. Then what would happen if the runelords are redeemed? I mean, the runelords are the living incarnations of the seven deadly sins. Thus, if they are not evil anymore, the swords would not regard them as the legitimate runelords, because the swords are the Swords of Sin, not the Swords of Virtue. Am I right?

All of these questions are ones that are addressed during the course of Return of the Runelords. Rather than, over the course of weeks, one question at a time, I'm going to have to ask you to hold off on Runelord questions for the next 5 months. Once the Runelords adventures are all out, most if not all of these questions will have answers for you, and if at that point there are still unanswered ones, feel free to ask them then.

Sorry to ask you to wait, but I'm not relishing the idea of turning this thread into a one-question-at-a-time reprint of products that aren't even out yet. Hope you understand.


Have you seen the end of Castle Rock yet? If so, what is a big question you're left with?


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Sigh. Sorry. I will wait until the last book of Return of the Runelords is out. There is one last question. Although it is about Thassilon, I think it has nothing to do with Return of the Runelords. According to Seven Swords of Sin, the powerful seductress Tirana has stolen the seven mighty blades tied to the deadly sins. But it seems that one or several Swords of Sins will make an appearance in Return of the Runelords. I'm not sure. So the swords stolen by Tirana somehow found their way back to the ancient dungeons where they were originally kept?

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MageHunter wrote:
Have you seen the end of Castle Rock yet? If so, what is a big question you're left with?

I have, and my biggest question is:

"How long do we need to wait for the season focusing on Jackie Torrance?"

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Aenigma wrote:
Sigh. Sorry. I will wait until the last book of Return of the Runelords is out. There is one last question. Although it is about Thassilon, I think it has nothing to do with Return of the Runelords. According to Seven Swords of Sin, the powerful seductress Tirana has stolen the seven mighty blades tied to the deadly sins. But it seems that one or several Swords of Sins will make an appearance in Return of the Runelords. I'm not sure. So the swords stolen by Tirana somehow found their way back to the ancient dungeons where they were originally kept?

The adventure "Seven Swords of Sin" isn't really fully canon. It was one of the first adventures we published, and was more of an experiment than anything else. It's most important legacy is the creation of the swords of sin and Kaer Maga, but the rest is altered; everything we've done since has more or less assumed that only the sword of lust was involved in that adventure's plot, NOT all seven of them.

Easier still to just ignore the whole adventure though.


Any advice for running a campaign for children and do you think there are any AP's that are easier to convert to be more child appropriate?
(Children are ~9 to ~ 13 for reference and children of one of my older siblings).


In Pathfinder: Goblins! #5, hobgoblins used goblins as suicide bombers. Are goblins and orcs normally very eager to be a suicide bombers, because they like fire very much? Or they aren't, and only when a powerful overlords like a goblin chieftain, a hobgoblin, or a dragon orders them to do so they would be compelled to become a suicide bomber?


Hi James,

I'm gonna start running Return of the Runelords in a couple of weeks, and one of my players has expressed interest in playing a paladin of Iomedae, who is the child of the Iomedaean cleric he played in Rise. Which is all fine and dandy, except that...

Major Return of the Runelords spoilers:
... I am given to understand that the PCs will travel back to a period that precedes Iomedae's birth, not to mention her apotheosis. Will this cause complications that I should warn the would-be-Iomedaean about before we start?

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Some Kind of Chymist wrote:

Any advice for running a campaign for children and do you think there are any AP's that are easier to convert to be more child appropriate?

(Children are ~9 to ~ 13 for reference and children of one of my older siblings).

While I haven't run games for children in YEARS, I ran PLENTY of them when I was that age, for my younger sisters. As long as the kids are into gaming, that's the first major step!

Beyond that, I'd suggest chatting with folks over on the Pathfinder Organized Play side of things, particularly with Linda Zayas-Palmer, since she's done a lot with running the game for kids at conventions and elsewhere.

(Personally, I've a skewed take on what is "child appropriate" since my grandmother had me reading Stephen King and Clive Barker at age 10 or thereabouts...)

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Aenigma wrote:
In Pathfinder: Goblins! #5, hobgoblins used goblins as suicide bombers. Are goblins and orcs normally very eager to be a suicide bombers, because they like fire very much? Or they aren't, and only when a powerful overlords like a goblin chieftain, a hobgoblin, or a dragon orders them to do so they would be compelled to become a suicide bomber?

No they're not normally eager to do this.

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Blissful Lightning wrote:

Hi James,

I'm gonna start running Return of the Runelords in a couple of weeks, and one of my players has expressed interest in playing a paladin of Iomedae, who is the child of the Iomedaean cleric he played in Rise. Which is all fine and dandy, except that...

Spoiler:
... I am given to understand that the PCs will travel back to a period that precedes Iomedae's birth, not to mention her apotheosis. Will this cause complications that I should warn the would-be-Iomedaean about before we start?

The adventure that deals with that element talks a bit about it, but the short version is:

Spoiler:
...Gods are more powerful than time travel, and while Iomedae isn't around yet in ancient Thassilon, if a worshiper of her goes back in time, she CAN still grant spells and answer commune spells and the like for that worshiper.


I really like Pathfinder: Goblins! series. But no more books are published after #5. Is the series completed? If so, why? It didn't sell well? I really wish Paizo restart this series.

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Aenigma wrote:
I really like Pathfinder: Goblins! series. But no more books are published after #5. Is the series completed? If so, why? It didn't sell well? I really wish Paizo restart this series.

It was always intended to be a five-part series. And it's a licensed product—we aren't the ones who decide those things, really. The comic book scene is a very different and strange beast that follows a lot of different trends and rules and traditions.

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What is an effective technique for engaging players to a setting? What's important in a setting to create adventures/stories? Is it conflict? Characters?

I'm writing a setting for an RPG, but I always have the thought creeping in my mind that it won't be a place that GMs and players would want to have campaigns and adventures in. Especially when I've read a few non-Pathfinder RPGs with settings that made me go "Well, that's really neat, but why would I run an adventure here?" And I never could figure out why I felt this way.


How aware is Geb (The necromancer ghost, not his namesake nation) of his current status? Is he even aware he's undead? Does he know he's a ghost specifically? Does he know what will put his spirit to rest?

(Hopefully that counts as 'one question.)


Will the Old Light finally be detailed and mapped in Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast? It is the one last remaining Hellstorm Flume. I wonder what's in it.

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Cyrad wrote:

What is an effective technique for engaging players to a setting? What's important in a setting to create adventures/stories? Is it conflict? Characters?

I'm writing a setting for an RPG, but I always have the thought creeping in my mind that it won't be a place that GMs and players would want to have campaigns and adventures in. Especially when I've read a few non-Pathfinder RPGs with settings that made me go "Well, that's really neat, but why would I run an adventure here?" And I never could figure out why I felt this way.

If the GM is passionate and excited about the setting, that generally transfers to the players. But beyond that, there needs to be conflict and adventure opportunities. A setting where everything is happy, or where there's lots of good guy NPCs, isn't a great one to do adventures in.

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Trigger Loaded wrote:

How aware is Geb (The necromancer ghost, not his namesake nation) of his current status? Is he even aware he's undead? Does he know he's a ghost specifically? Does he know what will put his spirit to rest?

(Hopefully that counts as 'one question.)

He knows he's a ghost, and isn't particularly interested in being put to rest.

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Aenigma wrote:
Will the Old Light finally be detailed and mapped in Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast? It is the one last remaining Hellstorm Flume. I wonder what's in it.

Yes. There's a fair amount of information about the Old Light in that book, including a map of the levels below it and descriptions of what dwells within, but it's not detailed out in a room-by-room way like in an adventure.


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Is the Cyphergate involved in the plot for Return of the Runelords?

I had a one shot game I put together and I put it in Riddleport because it seems like a really interesting place wit tlots going on, but it seems like there hasn't been an adventure set there since Second Darkness (and book 1 to boot).


Mr. James Jacobs,

Do Brigh and Yog-Sothoth ever come into conflict?

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

Do Brigh and Yog-Sothoth ever come into conflict?

Not really.

Brigh knows better than to attract Yog-Sothoth's attention, and Yog-Sothoth doesn't really notice her as a result.

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j b 200 wrote:

Is the Cyphergate involved in the plot for Return of the Runelords?

I had a one shot game I put together and I put it in Riddleport because it seems like a really interesting place wit tlots going on, but it seems like there hasn't been an adventure set there since Second Darkness (and book 1 to boot).

It is. More than once.


James Jacobs wrote:
Trigger Loaded wrote:

How aware is Geb (The necromancer ghost, not his namesake nation) of his current status? Is he even aware he's undead? Does he know he's a ghost specifically? Does he know what will put his spirit to rest?

(Hopefully that counts as 'one question.)

He knows he's a ghost, and isn't particularly interested in being put to rest.

Caught what was going to be my followup question. Interesting, so Geb is at least content, if not pleased with his undead form, and doesn't want to be dispelled.

Still got a handful of questions with Geb, but as per your request, I'll limit to one at a time:

Ignoring his desires, would putting Geb to rest only require that he be given conclusive evidence what happened to Nex? Or would it require either Geb or Nex to ultimately 'win' their battle?

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Trigger Loaded wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Trigger Loaded wrote:

How aware is Geb (The necromancer ghost, not his namesake nation) of his current status? Is he even aware he's undead? Does he know he's a ghost specifically? Does he know what will put his spirit to rest?

(Hopefully that counts as 'one question.)

He knows he's a ghost, and isn't particularly interested in being put to rest.

Caught what was going to be my followup question. Interesting, so Geb is at least content, if not pleased with his undead form, and doesn't want to be dispelled.

Still got a handful of questions with Geb, but as per your request, I'll limit to one at a time:

Ignoring his desires, would putting Geb to rest only require that he be given conclusive evidence what happened to Nex? Or would it require either Geb or Nex to ultimately 'win' their battle?

As one of the most powerful ghosts in the setting, putting Geb to rest should be very very difficult, and in and of itself should constitute a significant quest and adventure. And it'd probably NOT be something tied to Nex, but something far more difficult and secret to figure out.


Mr. James Jacobs,

If Brigh and Yog-Sothoth did come into conflict (Even if briefly) and say that being a being was born from that clash, in your estimation would the being's creature type be aberration or outsider? Or perhaps one with traits of the other?

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

If Brigh and Yog-Sothoth did come into conflict (Even if briefly) and say that being a being was born from that clash, in your estimation would the being's creature type be aberration or outsider? Or perhaps one with traits of the other?

Probably an extraplanar aberration. A mythic version of Wilbur Whatley.

Grand Lodge

To James Jacobs,

Don’t know if this question has been asked before or not, but it’s something that came up in our group right before we agreed to do our first adventure path together. We know that each AP is written for four characters with 15 point buy stats, but what about hp? What does it compensate for? If the PCs only have 1/2 hp per HD (after 1st) like an NPC with base class levels, is that survivable?

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