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Souls At War wrote:
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I've put a LOT of my homebrew into the setting. Enough that publishing what remains in my homebrew that hasn't been ported over to Paizo as a stand-alone fantasy setting is no longer viable, alas.
Even elsewhere on Golarion and/or elsewhere in the universe?

Yes.


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Aenigma wrote:
According to page 78 of Secrets of Roderic's Cove, the secret of transmuting lead into gold was discovered by transmuters in Shalast in -6196 AR. Was this spell(or ritual?) introduced or detailed in another book? I don't remember I saw one in Rise of the Runelords.
It's detailed in the Core Rulebook: check out the Phislosopher's Stone entry in the artifacts section.

Does that mean the Philosopher's Stones were first invented by the transmuters in Shalast, and all the Philosopher's Stones around today are the legacies of Thassilon? I ask this because I thought mortals cannot make an artifact. Maybe runelords can, but surely normal transmuters in Shalast cannot, I guess.

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Aenigma wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Aenigma wrote:
According to page 78 of Secrets of Roderic's Cove, the secret of transmuting lead into gold was discovered by transmuters in Shalast in -6196 AR. Was this spell(or ritual?) introduced or detailed in another book? I don't remember I saw one in Rise of the Runelords.
It's detailed in the Core Rulebook: check out the Phislosopher's Stone entry in the artifacts section.
Does that mean the Philosopher's Stones were first invented by the transmuters in Shalast, and all the Philosopher's Stones around today are the legacies of Thassilon? I ask this because I thought mortals cannot make an artifact. Maybe runelords can, but surely normal transmuters in Shalast cannot, I guess.

There are no rules for creating artifacts in the way there are rules for creating magic items—no feats that PCs can take, no agency for a player to build one. But that's very different than "no mortal can create them." The method by which an artifact can be created is hand-crafted each time by the designer/GM. Certainly the act of creating an artifact is a legendary and amazing and impressive one, one whose very accomplishment is enough to make the creator into someone legendary and of historical note if they weren't already.


I see. Then can I assume that all the remaining Philosopher's Stones today are originally made by the transmuters in Shalast, and not by some divine beings?

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Aenigma wrote:
I see. Then can I assume that all the remaining Philosopher's Stones today are originally made by the transmuters in Shalast, and not by some divine beings?

The original ones, yes. It's possible that others have created more Philosopher's Stones since then, or that the Thassilonians discovered the "recipie" to make them from something/somewhere else.


What kind of outsiders (except petitioners) inhabit Ahkanefti, Nethys's domain?


What happens if someone of demigod levels of raw power, such as a Kaiju, completes the Trial of the Starstone? Do they have the general raw power level of a deity, or are they just a really, really powerful demigod? Or do they stay the same general level of power, but can now grant spells to worshippers? Or maybe something else?


While we're on the topic of Philosopher's Stones and Shalast: Haagenti is said to have gifted the Thassilonian rulers the knowledge of the Philospher's Stone's construction. Was this specifically the active Runelord of Greed, and if so, which?

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Adjoint wrote:
What kind of outsiders (except petitioners) inhabit Ahkanefti, Nethys's domain?

Dunno off the top of my head. We've not done anything with his domain really yet. Probably some proteans at least.

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bananahell wrote:
While we're on the topic of Philosopher's Stones and Shalast: Haagenti is said to have gifted the Thassilonian rulers the knowledge of the Philospher's Stone's construction. Was this specifically the active Runelord of Greed, and if so, which?

Unrevealed.

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Reksew_Trebla wrote:
What happens if someone of demigod levels of raw power, such as a Kaiju, completes the Trial of the Starstone? Do they have the general raw power level of a deity, or are they just a really, really powerful demigod? Or do they stay the same general level of power, but can now grant spells to worshippers? Or maybe something else?

Whatever the GM wants, but I personally feel that a creature with animal intelligence lacks the self-identity and drive and passion to pursue a test of this magnitude. They just wanna do animal... or kaiju... stuff.

But power doesn't matter for the Test either. In theory, a 1st level commoner with a 1 point buy could take and pass the test and become a god.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Reksew_Trebla wrote:
What happens if someone of demigod levels of raw power, such as a Kaiju, completes the Trial of the Starstone? Do they have the general raw power level of a deity, or are they just a really, really powerful demigod? Or do they stay the same general level of power, but can now grant spells to worshippers? Or maybe something else?

Whatever the GM wants, but I personally feel that a creature with animal intelligence lacks the self-identity and drive and passion to pursue a test of this magnitude. They just wanna do animal... or kaiju... stuff.

But power doesn't matter for the Test either. In theory, a 1st level commoner with a 1 point buy could take and pass the test and become a god.

Patron god of the underdogs?

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Souls At War wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Reksew_Trebla wrote:
What happens if someone of demigod levels of raw power, such as a Kaiju, completes the Trial of the Starstone? Do they have the general raw power level of a deity, or are they just a really, really powerful demigod? Or do they stay the same general level of power, but can now grant spells to worshippers? Or maybe something else?

Whatever the GM wants, but I personally feel that a creature with animal intelligence lacks the self-identity and drive and passion to pursue a test of this magnitude. They just wanna do animal... or kaiju... stuff.

But power doesn't matter for the Test either. In theory, a 1st level commoner with a 1 point buy could take and pass the test and become a god.

Patron god of the underdogs?

Patron god of hard mode.


James Jacobs wrote:
Souls At War wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Reksew_Trebla wrote:
What happens if someone of demigod levels of raw power, such as a Kaiju, completes the Trial of the Starstone? Do they have the general raw power level of a deity, or are they just a really, really powerful demigod? Or do they stay the same general level of power, but can now grant spells to worshippers? Or maybe something else?

Whatever the GM wants, but I personally feel that a creature with animal intelligence lacks the self-identity and drive and passion to pursue a test of this magnitude. They just wanna do animal... or kaiju... stuff.

But power doesn't matter for the Test either. In theory, a 1st level commoner with a 1 point buy could take and pass the test and become a god.

Patron god of the underdogs?
Patron god of hard mode.

... Close enough.

on a range from 0 (not at all) to 10, how silly would the pun "patron dog of the undergods" have been?

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Souls At War wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Souls At War wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Reksew_Trebla wrote:
What happens if someone of demigod levels of raw power, such as a Kaiju, completes the Trial of the Starstone? Do they have the general raw power level of a deity, or are they just a really, really powerful demigod? Or do they stay the same general level of power, but can now grant spells to worshippers? Or maybe something else?

Whatever the GM wants, but I personally feel that a creature with animal intelligence lacks the self-identity and drive and passion to pursue a test of this magnitude. They just wanna do animal... or kaiju... stuff.

But power doesn't matter for the Test either. In theory, a 1st level commoner with a 1 point buy could take and pass the test and become a god.

Patron god of the underdogs?
Patron god of hard mode.

... Close enough.

on a range from 0 (not at all) to 10, how silly would the pun "patron dog of the undergods" have been?

10

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So has Lissala's actions managed to create new types of Asura?


All runelords and their close associates were specialist wizards. I wonder, were other arcane casters like universalist wizards, sorcerers, and witches treated poorly or even persecuted in Thassilon? If a sorcerer becomes powerful, famous, and ambitious enough, can he become the new runelord after slaying the old one?


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Adjoint wrote:
What kind of outsiders (except petitioners) inhabit Ahkanefti, Nethys's domain?
Dunno off the top of my head. We've not done anything with his domain really yet. Probably some proteans at least.

Would Aeons be fitting? He has the Aeon subdomain, and a dual nature similar to them.

Huh. I just wondered if Nethys' insanity came from seeing "the condition of all" that drives Aeons?

And since this reminds me of another vaguely related question:
Ion stones are getting called Aeon Stones in PF2, but I haven't seen an in-game explanation for this. Was it the old Azlanti name for them that had shifted over time, and with the resurgence of old knowledge, their old name came back? Are they related to Aeons? Some else entirely?
(I assume the out-of-game reason was to make it different from D&D?)

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CorvusMask wrote:
So has Lissala's actions managed to create new types of Asura?

No.

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Aenigma wrote:
All runelords and their close associates were specialist wizards. I wonder, were other arcane casters like universalist wizards, sorcerers, and witches treated poorly or even persecuted in Thassilon? If a sorcerer becomes powerful, famous, and ambitious enough, can he become the new runelord after slaying the old one?

They weren't well respected in Thassilon. All of the runelords were specialist wizards, and "slaying the old runelord" isn't even a guarentee that a specialist wizard got the seat.

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Rajnish Umbra, Shadow Caller wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Adjoint wrote:
What kind of outsiders (except petitioners) inhabit Ahkanefti, Nethys's domain?
Dunno off the top of my head. We've not done anything with his domain really yet. Probably some proteans at least.

Would Aeons be fitting? He has the Aeon subdomain, and a dual nature similar to them.

Huh. I just wondered if Nethys' insanity came from seeing "the condition of all" that drives Aeons?

And since this reminds me of another vaguely related question:
Ion stones are getting called Aeon Stones in PF2, but I haven't seen an in-game explanation for this. Was it the old Azlanti name for them that had shifted over time, and with the resurgence of old knowledge, their old name came back? Are they related to Aeons? Some else entirely?
(I assume the out-of-game reason was to make it different from D&D?)

I'd kinda rather Nethys have his own caste of minions in his realm. Deific realms are a subject, for wahtever reason, that we barely ever said anything about. Combine that with the fact that for most of our Bestiaries we adopted a world-neutral position and we've actually done a very poor job, I think, of supplying several of the core deities with minions that match their personality, alignment, and realm.

Aeons are sufficiently unusual and unique and tied to their own themes that they don't really make great fits for Nethys, in any event.


The Azlanti Star Empire in Starfinder uses aeon stones. At first I thought these are different from ioun stones. But I found out in Pathfinder Second Edition ioun stones are called aeon stones instead. So, can I assume that the aeon stones in Starfinder and the ioun stones in Pathfinder are one and the same?

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Aenigma wrote:
The Azlanti Star Empire in Starfinder uses aeon stones. At first I thought these are different from ioun stones. But I found out in Pathfinder Second Edition ioun stones are called aeon stones instead. So, can I assume that the aeon stones in Starfinder and the ioun stones in Pathfinder are one and the same?

Yes.


Why did Paizo change ioun stones into aeon stones? I know their pronunciations are similar but ioun and aeon are entirely different words. If you change eon into aeon, I can understand that, because aeon is the archaic form of eon. But ioun and aeon are not related in the slightest. So, can you tell me why?

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Aenigma wrote:
Why did Paizo change ioun stones into aeon stones? I know their pronunciations are similar but ioun and aeon are entirely different words. If you change eon into aeon, I can understand that, because aeon is the archaic form of eon. But ioun and aeon are not related in the slightest. So, can you tell me why?

Because making them aeon stones ties them better into our setting in ways we're not entirely ready to reveal more of yet, but also because this shifts them away from Wizards of the Coast's intellectual property. With what we've done with them regarding Azlant and wayfinders, we've already given ioun stones flavor quite different from D&D's flavor, so naming them something different made sense.

Ioun has no meaning in Pathfinder. Aeon does.


Hmm. Interesting. I actually think this is a good change. But I have to ask this. Does aeon stones have something to do with the outsider aeons? There must be some relation, unless Azlanti would not have name them aeon stones.


Mr. Jacobs,

With Pathfinder Kingmaker now a game on retails, perhaps 3D games/simulations won't be inevitable.

Suppose, with that angle, a company eventually makes a 3D version of a city from Golarion. Which city would you say you'd like most to walk around in?

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Aenigma wrote:
Hmm. Interesting. I actually think this is a good change. But I have to ask this. Does aeon stones have something to do with the outsider aeons? There must be some relation, unless Azlanti would not have name them aeon stones.

Stay tuned! We'll reveal something about that eventually. We might have already, in Starfinder. Or maybe in an upcoming book...

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The Fiend Fantastic wrote:

Mr. Jacobs,

With Pathfinder Kingmaker now a game on retails, perhaps 3D games/simulations won't be inevitable.

Suppose, with that angle, a company eventually makes a 3D version of a city from Golarion. Which city would you say you'd like most to walk around in?

Sandpoint.


Mr. Jacobs wrote:


The Fiend Fantastic wrote:

Mr. Jacobs,

With Pathfinder Kingmaker now a game on retails, perhaps 3D games/simulations won't be inevitable.

Suppose, with that angle, a company eventually makes a 3D version of a city from Golarion. Which city would you say you'd like most to walk around in?

Sandpoint.

Even at the point of the goblin attack? :)

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The Fiend Fantastic wrote:
Mr. Jacobs wrote:


The Fiend Fantastic wrote:

Mr. Jacobs,

With Pathfinder Kingmaker now a game on retails, perhaps 3D games/simulations won't be inevitable.

Suppose, with that angle, a company eventually makes a 3D version of a city from Golarion. Which city would you say you'd like most to walk around in?

Sandpoint.

Even at the point of the goblin attack? :)

Yes.

Silver Crusade

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What would you say is the most misunderstood thing about Desna?

What would you say is the most misunderstood thing about Pharasma?

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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

What would you say is the most misunderstood thing about Desna?

What would you say is the most misunderstood thing about Pharasma?

One question per post please.

Desna: That she has only one planar realm.

Pharasma: That she's anyone's friend.

Grand Lodge

Does an incorporeal touch from a ghost negate displacement's 50% miss chance, or is the ghost still fooled by the illusion due to their lack of life sense?

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kevin_video wrote:
Does an incorporeal touch from a ghost negate displacement's 50% miss chance, or is the ghost still fooled by the illusion due to their lack of life sense?

They're different things, being incorporeal and being displaced. Being one does not grant immunity to the other. So yes, the ghost is fooled by displacement.

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James Jacobs wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

What would you say is the most misunderstood thing about Desna?

What would you say is the most misunderstood thing about Pharasma?

One question per post please.

Desna: That she has only one planar realm.

Pharasma: That she's anyone's friend.

Has anyone tried to be her friend?

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Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

What would you say is the most misunderstood thing about Desna?

What would you say is the most misunderstood thing about Pharasma?

One question per post please.

Desna: That she has only one planar realm.

Pharasma: That she's anyone's friend.

Has anyone tried to be her friend?

Yes. They all eventually end up dying and not always liking where she sends them.


Is Sorshen's hair black or a very dark purple?

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Delightful wrote:
Is Sorshen's hair black or a very dark purple?

Black.


Dear James Jacobs,

If you had to pick a theme song for various fiendish demi-gods, which one would you choose for the sakhil versus kyton?

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Dear James Jacobs,

If you had to pick a theme song for various fiendish demi-gods, which one would you choose for the sakhil versus kyton?

The theme to Hellraiser.


Mr. James Jacobs,

The Deity Article for Hastur says that Hastur is or might be incubating and moving towards becoming an outer god. If this does occur would Hastur get a fourth purview or just stick with the three? If Hastur does get another purview, what would it be?

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The NPC wrote:

Mr. James Jacobs,

The Deity Article for Hastur says that Hastur is or might be incubating and moving towards becoming an outer god. If this does occur would Hastur get a fourth purview or just stick with the three? If Hastur does get another purview, what would it be?

Not sure what you mean by "purview." His areas of concern wouldn't change, but he would grant 1 more domain and 2 more subdomains.


Hi James,

Now that Planar Adventures has officially nailed some definitions down, I have a question regarding the Iron Gods Adventure Path:

Major Iron Gods Spoilers:
Was Unity a quasi deity or a demigod?

(Asking mainly because the Godmind which the heroes visit at the Path's end could conceivably be considered a planar realm, and quasi deities don't have those.)

Dark Archive

Hi James

Would you say Nex is more or less powerful than Sorshen and Xanderghul in their prime?


Hi James.

If you obtained the Scepter of Ages, learned how to properly use it for time travel, and made a good aligned ally of 20th level (or equivalent CR if a monster) who will help you change one thing in the past on Golarion, what would that be?

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Atrocious wrote:

Hi James

Would you say Nex is more or less powerful than Sorshen and Xanderghul in their prime?

Less powerful.

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Blissful Lightning wrote:

Hi James,

Now that Planar Adventures has officially nailed some definitions down, I have a question regarding the Iron Gods Adventure Path:
** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Unity was a quasi-deity. The Godmind is not a deific realm, just a realm.
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Reksew_Trebla wrote:

Hi James.

If you obtained the Scepter of Ages, learned how to properly use it for time travel, and made a good aligned ally of 20th level (or equivalent CR if a monster) who will help you change one thing in the past on Golarion, what would that be?

Nothing. Turns out that when you help create a setting, you get to decide what sorts of things you want to be in it the first time around and there's no real urge to go back and change things. Unless what you want to change is an element a co-worker or freelancer introduced that you're not fond of, in which case it's not classy at all and actually pretty lame for someone like me, the creative director, to publicly say "I'd change this person's creation" since that sounds, to me, the same as saying a co-worker or freelancer's imagination has failed.

So. I'd change nothing.


If you could gain any 1 spell from Pathfinder, except Limited Wish, Wish, and Miracle, as a spell-like ability usable once per day at caster level 20, what would it be and why?

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