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I meant good-aligned; there's no shortage of demons who are all about lust (even not counting Nocticula anymore), but it seems unpopular among good-aligned figures.

Shelyn? Really? She's the goddess of love and art, and it says in her description in Faiths of Purity: "Followers of Shelyn endeavor to make themselves beautiful, though not necessarily arousing--lust is the purview of Calistria, and while Shelyn's no prude, she knows the difference between true love and mere carnal attraction." That looks pretty inherently dependent on love to me. Am I missing something?

Then Desna.


Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?

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Reksew_Trebla wrote:
Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?

Hmmm... that's a tough call. Probably Godzilla, though.


Mr. James Jacobs,

How do you and the company feel about novel writers adding large towns and cities to the map?

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Mr. James Jacobs,

How do you and the company feel about novel writers adding large towns and cities to the map?

When we hire an author to write a novel set in Golarion, they do so to our spec—they submit an outline and it gets approved by us from the start. Whether or not a novelist gets to add a large town or city to the map depends on whether or not we want them to do so, or if we'd rather them set their tale in an established location.


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Reksew_Trebla wrote:
Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?
Hmmm... that's a tough call. Probably Godzilla, though.

How do you feel about that Marvel Comics run of Godzilla that crossed over with, well, Marvel Comics?

Pic for reference.

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Reksew_Trebla wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Reksew_Trebla wrote:
Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?
Hmmm... that's a tough call. Probably Godzilla, though.

How do you feel about that Marvel Comics run of Godzilla that crossed over with, well, Marvel Comics?

Pic for reference.

It's the only Marvel comic I regularly bought as a kid. Favorite Marvel comic ever. I know it'll probably never happen but I would LOVE to see Godzilla show up in a Marvel movie. Would not love the reverse though.

EDIT: Aaaah... the good old days of 35 cent comic books.


Second Darkness and Return of the Runelords didn't tell me when several key figures in Riddleport were born. That saddens me, because I really wished to know Clegg Zincher, Gaston Cromarcky, and Elias Tammerhawk's birth year. So I ask you. How old are they now? Do they have a wife or children?

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Second Darkness and Return of the Runelords didn't tell me when several key figures in Riddleport were born. That saddens me, because I really wished to know Clegg Zincher, Gaston Cromarcky, and Elias Tammerhawk's birth year. So I ask you. How old are they now? Do they have a wife or children?

Unrevealed. We can't list every bit of information about a character. There's not enough room. So we focus on providing the information about them that directly applies to their story line, and in most cases, their birthdays and extended families aren't important to the stories, and thus make logical elements to not include in a larger work.

This does mean that the GM gets a lot of leeway on deciding answers for those questions as they become necessary for play in their game.

I've put zero thought into when Clegg, Gaston, and Elias were born. Clegg has no spouse or children, I know that for sure, since we've done a bit more about him in "Runeplague," but the other two? That's left to the GM to decide at this point.


Mr. James Jacobs,

To supplement a lack of healing magic Rahadoum favors bards and alchemists. Do they also conjure and bind outsiders with healing abilities and forces to heal?

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Mr. James Jacobs,

To supplement a lack of healing magic Rahadoum favors bards and alchemists. Do they also conjure and bind outsiders with healing abilities and forces to heal?

Some might, yes, but it's generally easier to just do the healing yourself I think.


Goblins can eat nearly anything. They don't hesitate eating food waste thrown by humans. So can I assume that goblins can eat spoiled or rotting food and drink without ill effect?

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Aenigma wrote:
Goblins can eat nearly anything. They don't hesitate eating food waste thrown by humans. So can I assume that goblins can eat spoiled or rotting food and drink without ill effect?

Yes, but not to the extent that it gives them a saving throw bonus against disease. If you wanted to represent it in game, I'd say that goblins eating garbage would not have to save, but a PC who took part in the feast (including a goblin PC) would have to save against whatever effect, be it nausea or full on illness, the GM wanted to include.


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Goblins can eat nearly anything. They don't hesitate eating food waste thrown by humans. So can I assume that goblins can eat spoiled or rotting food and drink without ill effect?
Yes, but not to the extent that it gives them a saving throw bonus against disease. If you wanted to represent it in game, I'd say that goblins eating garbage would not have to save, but a PC who took part in the feast (including a goblin PC) would have to save against whatever effect, be it nausea or full on illness, the GM wanted to include.

Sigh. I was totally about to think goblins are immune to stomach problems or other similar diseases and thus can eat any rotten food as they wish, right before I found out your comment saying they would not receive any saving throw bonus against disease. Anyway, I have a new question. You said even a goblin PC would have to save against illness when eating goblin food. Does that mean all the other goblins suffer from similar illness when they eat, but because of being goblins, they eat those food anyway?


Are there any cults worshipping the Kaiju?

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Reksew_Trebla wrote:
Are there any cults worshipping the Kaiju?

Certainly. They don't have clerics though.

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Aenigma wrote:
Anyway, I have a new question. You said even a goblin PC would have to save against illness when eating goblin food. Does that mean all the other goblins suffer from similar illness when they eat, but because of being goblins, they eat those food anyway?

Some do, some don't. Depends on the tribe and their living conditions. Again, there's no specific rules saying that goblins are any better at resisting disease in particular. Not every bit of fun flavor needs rules to support it.


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Reksew_Trebla wrote:
Are there any cults worshipping the Kaiju?
Certainly. They don't have clerics though.

Where would the biggest such cult be located?

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Reksew_Trebla wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Reksew_Trebla wrote:
Are there any cults worshipping the Kaiju?
Certainly. They don't have clerics though.
Where would the biggest such cult be located?

Somewhere in the Valashmai Jungle, I suspect. Or maybe one of the more remote isles of Minata.

That's not to say that a big cult might show up anywhere else some day since I kinda like the idea of a kaiju cult...


James Jacobs wrote:
Aenigma wrote:
Anyway, I have a new question. You said even a goblin PC would have to save against illness when eating goblin food. Does that mean all the other goblins suffer from similar illness when they eat, but because of being goblins, they eat those food anyway?
Some do, some don't. Depends on the tribe and their living conditions. Again, there's no specific rules saying that goblins are any better at resisting disease in particular. Not every bit of fun flavor needs rules to support it.

Don't Goblins have Alternate racial traits for the food thing?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Aenigma wrote:
Anyway, I have a new question. You said even a goblin PC would have to save against illness when eating goblin food. Does that mean all the other goblins suffer from similar illness when they eat, but because of being goblins, they eat those food anyway?
Some do, some don't. Depends on the tribe and their living conditions. Again, there's no specific rules saying that goblins are any better at resisting disease in particular. Not every bit of fun flavor needs rules to support it.
Don't Goblins have Alternate racial traits for the food thing?

They might. I don't have all of the alternate racial traits memorized, but yeah, that's a great place to drop in some mechanics for a tribe of goblins that is able to eat trash without getting sick.


Where’s the biggest concentration of vigilantes located?

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Reksew_Trebla wrote:
Where’s the biggest concentration of vigilantes located?

There's not, really. They're kinda all over the place, and tend to be loners.


James Jacobs wrote:
Reksew_Trebla wrote:
Where’s the biggest concentration of vigilantes located?
There's not, really. They're kinda all over the place, and tend to be loners.

Aw, no Super Friends?


what's your favorite Adventure Path James?

And will we ever know what happened to Aroden?

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Reksew_Trebla wrote:
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Reksew_Trebla wrote:
Where’s the biggest concentration of vigilantes located?
There's not, really. They're kinda all over the place, and tend to be loners.
Aw, no Super Friends?

Nope. Different genre.

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Patrick Newcarry wrote:

what's your favorite Adventure Path James?

And will we ever know what happened to Aroden?

I don't have a favorite Adventure Path. I like them all!

And the point of Aroden's death being a mystery is that it's mysterious. Explaining it would only disappoint folks.

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A Charnel God is created from a divine spark of a deceased deity who ket a violent end. When Ydersius was beheaded, is it possible that his violent injury created a Charnel God from it?


How should I pronounce the names of the red dragons in Giantslayer: Baelgoroth, Akazerath, Naximarra, Glarataxus, Aashaq, and Daralathyxl?

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Aenigma wrote:
How should I pronounce the names of the red dragons in Giantslayer: Baelgoroth, Akazerath, Naximarra, Glarataxus, Aashaq, and Daralathyxl?

I didn't really make up any of those names, but when it comes to nonsense-word names, the best way to pronounce them is the way they sound good on YOUR tongue without sounding like jokes. I don't mind showing how I pronounce obscure words, but I'd rather not start down a rabbit hole where I end up typing pronunciations for every single made-up word in our setting. This thread deserves more interesting and diverse questions than that, yeah? Furthermore... the more obscure you get with names, the less chance there'll be anything approaching an "official" standardization. Ask me these names again in a few months and I can guarantee I"ll have forgotten how I answered the question here and I'll more than likely give you different pronunciation guides.

That all said, today I'd pronounce those names as follows:

BALE-gor-oth

ah-KAZ-er-rath

nax-ih-MARE-ah

glar-ah-TAX-us

ah-SHAK

dar-ah-LATH-ix-el

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A Charnel God is created from a divine spark of a deceased deity who ket a violent end. When Ydersius was beheaded, is it possible that his violent injury created a Charnel God from it?

No, because even though Ydersius was beheaded, he wasn't actually killed.


Alaznist, Belimarius, Karzoug, and Sorshen have runewells: the Eye of Fury, the Eye of Jealousy, the Eye of Avarice, and the Eye of Desire, respectively. Other three runelords failed to create their own runewells. Then if Krune, Xanderghul, and Zutha created their own runewells, what would be the name of those runewells?


How do you feel about catfolk?

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How do you feel about catfolk?

I like them.

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Aenigma wrote:
Alaznist, Belimarius, Karzoug, and Sorshen have runewells: the Eye of Fury, the Eye of Jealousy, the Eye of Avarice, and the Eye of Desire, respectively. Other three runelords failed to create their own runewells. Then if Krune, Xanderghul, and Zutha created their own runewells, what would be the name of those runewells?

The runewells are the portals into these demiplanes—they are not synonymous with those demiplanes though.

THAT SAID...

Krune's would be the Eye of Lassitude.

Xanderghul's would be the Eye of Arrogance.

Zutha's would be the Eye of Voracity.


Can a runelord use former runelord's runewell and demiplane, or does the runewell simply become inaccessible and vanish once the former runelord dies and thus the new runelord must create a new one? I ask this because I'm not sure about this: did Alaznist and Karzoug create the Eye of Fury and the Eye of Avarice, or did they simply inherit former runelords' runewells?

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Can a runelord use former runelord's runewell and demiplane, or does the runewell simply become inaccessible and vanish once the former runelord dies and thus the new runelord must create a new one? I ask this because I'm not sure about this: did Alaznist and Karzoug create the Eye of Fury and the Eye of Avarice, or did they simply inherit former runelords' runewells?

There's no such thing as a "former runelord's runewell" really, since the only ones who ever created them were Xanderghul (although he never really used it for much), Sorshen, Alaznist, and Karzoug (and sort of Belimarius, but hers was kinda broken). None of the other runelords ever became powerful enough to create runewells. In theory, though, yes, a runelord could have inherited a prior runelord's runewell.


What is your favorite type of animal? What about fictional animal?

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What is your favorite type of animal? What about fictional animal?

Favorite animal is a tie between housecat and alligator lizard.

Favorite fictional animal is probably Godzilla... does he count?


I am depressed because it seems no Thassilonian city appears in Return of the Runelords. Is Xin-Shalast the only remaining Thassilonian city, and other seven cities(the capitals of other six realms, and the city of Xin) were devastated so much that almost nothing left?

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Aenigma wrote:
I am depressed because it seems no Thassilonian city appears in Return of the Runelords. Is Xin-Shalast the only remaining Thassilonian city, and other seven cities(the capitals of other six realms, and the city of Xin) were devastated so much that almost nothing left?

You might want to wait for the entire adventure path to be out before you make that declaration.

Spoiler:
Xin-Edasseril is a major location in the 5th adventure.


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Aenigma wrote:
I am depressed because it seems no Thassilonian city appears in Return of the Runelords. Is Xin-Shalast the only remaining Thassilonian city, and other seven cities(the capitals of other six realms, and the city of Xin) were devastated so much that almost nothing left?

You might want to wait for the entire adventure path to be out before you make that declaration.

** spoiler omitted **

Sigh. I completely forgot about the time-locked city. I must ask more precisely this time. Excluding the two cities, no Thassilonian city survived Earthfall? I mean, were the capitals of other five realms and the city of Xin devastated so much that almost no trace of them left? I ask this I really want to see Xin-Cyrusian and Xin-Eurythnia someday.

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Aenigma wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Aenigma wrote:
I am depressed because it seems no Thassilonian city appears in Return of the Runelords. Is Xin-Shalast the only remaining Thassilonian city, and other seven cities(the capitals of other six realms, and the city of Xin) were devastated so much that almost nothing left?

You might want to wait for the entire adventure path to be out before you make that declaration.

** spoiler omitted **

Sigh. I completely forgot about the time-locked city. I must ask more precisely this time. Excluding the two cities, no Thassilonian city survived Earthfall? I mean, were the capitals of other five realms and the city of Xin devastated so much that almost no trace of them left? I ask this I really want to see Xin-Cyrusian and Xin-Eurythnia someday.

There's plenty of ruins of Xin-Bakrakhan on Hollow Mountain but they're very overgrown. The second adventure in Return of the Runelords has a few encounters set in ruined buildings in that site. Xin-Cyrusian also survived and is in ruins up along the Varisia/Linnorm King border, and we might or might not do more with that some day, but with the exception of a few old ruins in Korvosa, Xin-Eurythnia is pretty much gone.


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On Earth, and on Kethira (a game setting that is not Golarion :-) languages have families. For instance, the Romance languages are all related, as are the Celtic languages and the Germanic languages. Also, there is an evolution, e.g. Ancient Greek to Modern Greek. How are the languages of Golarion, particularly Avistan, related? I would expect that Varisian is descended from Azlanti via Thassalonian, but what of other language relationships?


If Karzoug defeated the adventurers and successfully conquered Varisia, what would he have done? I mean, would he have awakened other six runelords and ruled New Thassilon together with them? Or would he have murdered them before they regain power?


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How important is family to the inhabitants of Golarion, particularly Avistan? Are there clan structures?

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Ed Reppert wrote:
On Earth, and on Kethira (a game setting that is not Golarion :-) languages have families. For instance, the Romance languages are all related, as are the Celtic languages and the Germanic languages. Also, there is an evolution, e.g. Ancient Greek to Modern Greek. How are the languages of Golarion, particularly Avistan, related? I would expect that Varisian is descended from Azlanti via Thassalonian, but what of other language relationships?

There are relationships, but those relationships are more implied than spelled out; the history of a language is something we kept in mind when coming up with them but not something that we wanted to spend some of our time describing in text in print because those words are better spent on other subjects more directly related to presenting exciting adventuring content.

For example, the common language and Thassilonian both descend from Azlanti. Drow comes from Elven. Varisian is NOT descended from Azlanti or Thassilonian, since it's its own thing and was already spoken before Thassilon came along. There's more, but without all of the books on hand I don't have them all memorized. You can go ahead and puzzle them out based on how nations rose from the ashes of previous ones, and it's not something we're likely to ever "officially" explore in print in any significant way.

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Aenigma wrote:
If Karzoug defeated the adventurers and successfully conquered Varisia, what would he have done? I mean, would he have awakened other six runelords and ruled New Thassilon together with them? Or would he have murdered them before they regain power?

Turned the land into a new place under his rule, thus creating a brand new campaign setting very different than the one we published. He would have killed the other six runelords though. He wouldn't want the competition.

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How important is family to the inhabitants of Golarion, particularly Avistan? Are there clan structures?

It varies widely from culture to culture. That's like asking "how important is family to the inhabitants of Earth?" As a general rule it's important, but in different ways.


Hi James,

I'm gonna start running Return of the Runelords in a week, and my last player has finally picked his character concept: a Chaotic Good cleric of Yog-Sothoth, as suggested by the Player's Guide.

I'm cool with his choice, but I know even less about Yog-Sothoth's cult than I know about Yog-Sothoth himself (itself? theirself?), which isn't a lot. Where can I find more information about Yog-Sothoth's cult and its customs without diving deep into Lovecraftian lore, which—to be perfectly honest—is a thing I do not particularly enjoy?

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