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Where can I find a list of all the Dieties' heralds?


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If I made an >>Ask *(insert Iconic's name here)* ALL your Questions Here!<< topic, what are the chances it would get any answers?


Are there sumo wrestler on golarion?


Regardless of how they work mechanically, do you approve of using something like this power to:
a) fling a Dwarf holy warrior at the enemy and
b) bludgeon a hobgoblin officer to death with a stuffed owlbear?

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Ashenfall wrote:

James, I'm guessing you're referring to Kingmaker 6 of 6?

Looks pretty sweet.

Yup; that's the one.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Where can I find a list of all the Dieties' heralds?

Currently, they're all listed in Gods and Magic for each of the deity's entries, but we don't yet have an itemized list of them all in one spot all next to each other.

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Belle Mythix wrote:
If I made an >>Ask *(insert Iconic's name here)* ALL your Questions Here!<< topic, what are the chances it would get any answers?

Very, very slim, I'm afraid. Because not everyone at Paizo is as obsessive as I am about answering Merisiel questions.

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blackrose_angel wrote:
Are there sumo wrestler on golarion?

Yup.

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ShadowFighter88 wrote:

Regardless of how they work mechanically, do you approve of using something like this power to:

a) fling a Dwarf holy warrior at the enemy and
b) bludgeon a hobgoblin officer to death with a stuffed owlbear?

I would approve of it using the spell telekinesis so I suppose I approve of it via the use of similar effects!

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Dragon78 wrote:
Where can I find a list of all the Dieties' heralds?

Obviously not James, but... This might help.

Shadow Lodge

Sorry if this query has been asked before, but 15,900 posts is a lot to sort through.

EDITED: Just found out that we're not privy to details about Aroden's demise. (thanks Mr. Swagger) Neil sad :(

- Will there be an AP set in the Worldwound

- Will the Harbingers of Fate be making an appearance in any up-and-coming APs and/or modules. (Hurry! the last prophesy ends in 4714 AR!) :)


He said the details on Aroden's death will not be revealed.

James Jacobs wrote:
Aroden's death is one of several great mysteries of the setting that we have no plans to ever reveal more details about. It's not meant to be something that has an answer—it's meant to be one of the fundamental backbones of the campaign setting's themes. (Which is not to say WE don't know what happened to him, of course!)


James Jacobs wrote:
Belle Mythix wrote:
If I made an >>Ask *(insert Iconic's name here)* ALL your Questions Here!<< topic, what are the chances it would get any answers?
Very, very slim, I'm afraid. Because not everyone at Paizo is as obsessive as I am about answering Merisiel questions.

Follow up question:

Are there any character (iconic or not) that you would be as obsessive about answearing questions as the Merisial questions?

Grand Lodge

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Here's a question: What's the result of a successful fortitude save for this spell? Black Ray of Fleshparting One of the PC's has become quite attached to it and we had a discrepancy with it. He rolled a 19 to hit on a maximized version of the spell, and I ruled that if a save is made the crit is negated and it only does half damage. What's the official ruling?


Does Necropolis have a good chance of stripping Ostog of his title?

Are you doing much conversion from the Necromancer/3.5 version, or just pulling encounter/location ideas from it? I think I've got the old Mythus/DJ version somewhere, and was wondering if it was worth picking up a d20 version for some ready-to-play crunch.

Sovereign Court

Who came up with the Hidden Fortress quote in The Empty Throne?


James Jacobs wrote:
ShadowFighter88 wrote:

Regardless of how they work mechanically, do you approve of using something like this power to:

a) fling a Dwarf holy warrior at the enemy and
b) bludgeon a hobgoblin officer to death with a stuffed owlbear?
I would approve of it using the spell telekinesis so I suppose I approve of it via the use of similar effects!

Huh. Forgot there were spells that did that.

Have you ever been in a game where one PC has partaken of Involuntary Dynamic Entry? Namely where the poor little so-and-so gets hurled across the room to the nasty little so-and-so you want horrifically dismembered?

Any bad guys bludgeoned to death with unusual/creative objects?


Body Bludgeon lets barbarians do that *without* magic. Although arguably, they should be able to do it regardless.


Hi James,

to go from Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula (Port Angeles and beyond) would you recommend to take a ferry or drive around the south end of Pugget Sound ?


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James, I have a campaign, along with its own setting, that I'm building homebrew. I've never undertaken anything this large before, so I consulted the GMG. The GMG is quite clear (in multiple entries) about keeping it simple and not overdoing it. I have the broad strokes for the entire campaign, including quests and such, but to what detail should I plan this out? How do you do it with your own homebrew campaigns?


James, it there any chance of subsequent Bestiaries, AP monsters, or even Bestiary reprints changing the title of the "... as Characters" block to "...as Non-player Characters" ?

It is a frequent source of misunderstanding for players, which is understandable but tends to break games pretty badly (like when people think the drow noble was intended as a player race).


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James Jacobs wrote:
4) Some day, yes. In the form of a Casmaron gazetteer. Not anytime soon. Gotta recharge my continental gazetteer mojo for a lot longer before I feel up to doing another one of those...

So next year then, awesome!! Am I right?


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On the subject of a Casmaron gazetteer - might it not be easier to do it a tad slower and more spread out?
As in, one Iobaria book, one Empire of Kelesh book, one for Vudra, and one for Iblydos & Ninshabur.

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Neil Mansell wrote:

- Will there be an AP set in the Worldwound

- Will the Harbingers of Fate be making an appearance in any up-and-coming APs and/or modules. (Hurry! the last prophesy ends in 4714 AR!) :)

If I have my way, we will indeed some day, eventually, do a Worldwound AP.

And the Harbingers aren't quite ready for prime time... but it certainly IS interesting to note that their last prophecy ends in only a few years. Hmmm... we certainly couldn't have deliberately set that date so close in the future, could we? ;-P

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John Kretzer wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Belle Mythix wrote:
If I made an >>Ask *(insert Iconic's name here)* ALL your Questions Here!<< topic, what are the chances it would get any answers?
Very, very slim, I'm afraid. Because not everyone at Paizo is as obsessive as I am about answering Merisiel questions.

Follow up question:

Are there any character (iconic or not) that you would be as obsessive about answearing questions as the Merisial questions?

Nope. Merisiel is my favorite, and the amount of time I put into answering her questions would not allow me any time to answer others. She knows most of the other iconics, though, so she's willing to answer questions about THEM if you ask nicely. WARNING: She might lie.


Could you please try to convince somebody to make and frequent an Ask Alain thread? Please?

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Kovok wrote:
Here's a question: What's the result of a successful fortitude save for this spell? Black Ray of Fleshparting One of the PC's has become quite attached to it and we had a discrepancy with it. He rolled a 19 to hit on a maximized version of the spell, and I ruled that if a save is made the crit is negated and it only does half damage. What's the official ruling?

Well... first off, I wrote black ray of fleshparting over a decade ago, and at that point I wasn't quite as prepared to write the spell for Pathfinder's rules! :-)

There's a lot of stuff in there that's still 3.0 language and design philosophy, one of the major ones being that ray spells that require an attack roll generally do NOT allow saving throws to resist or reduce the damage, since that's putting TWO defenses against a spell and that tends to overly nerf things.

As it currently stands, a successful save says "Fortitude partial" but then the text doesn't say at all what that actaully means.

If I were to update the spell today, I'd remove the saving throw entirely. (I would probably also add a bleed effect to the spell, since that helps it keep up with fireball which is doing similar damage to a lot more than one target.) If you want to keep it, I suggest just saying "Fortitude half" and that's that—a save shouldn't negate a critical hit at all.

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Hirk MacGerbbert wrote:

Does Necropolis have a good chance of stripping Ostog of his title?

Are you doing much conversion from the Necromancer/3.5 version, or just pulling encounter/location ideas from it? I think I've got the old Mythus/DJ version somewhere, and was wondering if it was worth picking up a d20 version for some ready-to-play crunch.

If I were running it exactly as printed... I could probably guarantee that it'd kill off not just Ostog but the whole party. There's some fundamentally UNFAIR encounters in there. For example... a CR 23 encounter against a 10th level party.

I'm adjusting things to make it difficult but not flat-out impossible. And as such, Ostog has indeed had a few really close calls.

As for how much conversion I'm doing beyond rebuilding some encounters and converting the whole backstory to fit Golarion and fixing a few weird story inconsistencies, I'm pretty much rebuilding ALL of the stat blocks. The stat block rebuilding is the only part I do beforehand for the most part—I ad-lib the rest as I go, using the 3.5 Necromancer version of the adventure as a starting point.

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GeraintElberion wrote:
Who came up with the Hidden Fortress quote in The Empty Throne?

Wes is the one who's been placing those quotes... but it was probably Akira Kurosawa who came up with that particular quote originally. ;-P

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ShadowFighter88 wrote:

Huh. Forgot there were spells that did that.

Have you ever been in a game where one PC has partaken of Involuntary Dynamic Entry? Namely where the poor little so-and-so gets hurled across the room to the nasty little so-and-so you want horrifically dismembered?

Any bad guys bludgeoned to death with unusual/creative objects?

Yup; in fact, a LOT of the psionic powers are just reskinned spells. Which is reason number #23 why I wish that psionics were just treated as another form of magic. Saves a lot of work and clutter.

And: yes and yes.

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aeglos wrote:

Hi James,

to go from Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula (Port Angeles and beyond) would you recommend to take a ferry or drive around the south end of Pugget Sound ?

Depending on how you time it... the ferry is much faster. It can shave an hour or more off your travel time. I'd definately reccomend using the ferry... but at least once, you should drive around the south end of Puget Sound since that lets you drive over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge... which is pretty famous...

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Wildebob wrote:
James, I have a campaign, along with its own setting, that I'm building homebrew. I've never undertaken anything this large before, so I consulted the GMG. The GMG is quite clear (in multiple entries) about keeping it simple and not overdoing it. I have the broad strokes for the entire campaign, including quests and such, but to what detail should I plan this out? How do you do it with your own homebrew campaigns?

My method is pretty much the one laid out in the GMG. (In fact, I wrote large chunks of that section of the GMG.) Once you have the broad strokes, it's best to pick a starting town or city and start detailing that. Pick your favorite in-print city and use it as a model—you can even pick up whole buildings or city blocks if you want. Try to stay a few sessions ahead of the PCs and detail the parts of the world it looks like they'll be going to soon—and by periodically using pre-built adventures as the actual quests, you can get yourself lots of extra time to prepare for the next part of your campaign.

AND: Keep everything you create.

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Evil Lincoln wrote:

James, it there any chance of subsequent Bestiaries, AP monsters, or even Bestiary reprints changing the title of the "... as Characters" block to "...as Non-player Characters" ?

It is a frequent source of misunderstanding for players, which is understandable but tends to break games pretty badly (like when people think the drow noble was intended as a player race).

No.

Because those zero HD races CAN be used as PCs if the GM is okay with that. The point is, though, that it's the GM who has to approve that—it's not cool for a player to use a bestiary as a shopping list.

By saying "...as Characters" we keep things on an even level so that they can be used as PLAYER characters or NON-PLAYER characters.

While those races are NOT necessarily designed to be on an equal power level to humans (some are more powerful, some are less), that doesn't mean you can't have a blast playing a character of one of those races.

What players are misunderstanding is not that they could work as PCs, but that their GM's ruling is secondary to the fact that the options are in print in a book a player can read.

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Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
4) Some day, yes. In the form of a Casmaron gazetteer. Not anytime soon. Gotta recharge my continental gazetteer mojo for a lot longer before I feel up to doing another one of those...
So next year then, awesome!! Am I right?

It took about 4 years between the first Inner Sea Gazetteer and the next one (Dragon Empires Gazetteer), and even then, I'm not sure the mojo was completely recharged to 100%...

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Kajehase wrote:

On the subject of a Casmaron gazetteer - might it not be easier to do it a tad slower and more spread out?

As in, one Iobaria book, one Empire of Kelesh book, one for Vudra, and one for Iblydos & Ninshabur.

We've already done a gazetteer in Pathfinder #33 for Iobaria. So in a way, we've already started.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Kajehase wrote:

On the subject of a Casmaron gazetteer - might it not be easier to do it a tad slower and more spread out?

As in, one Iobaria book, one Empire of Kelesh book, one for Vudra, and one for Iblydos & Ninshabur.
We've already done a gazetteer in Pathfinder #33 for Iobaria. So in a way, we've already started.

Yeah, I meant a whole 64-page booklet, though.

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Kajehase wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Kajehase wrote:

On the subject of a Casmaron gazetteer - might it not be easier to do it a tad slower and more spread out?

As in, one Iobaria book, one Empire of Kelesh book, one for Vudra, and one for Iblydos & Ninshabur.
We've already done a gazetteer in Pathfinder #33 for Iobaria. So in a way, we've already started.
Yeah, I meant a whole 64-page booklet, though.

Problem with that, though, is that we don't want to diverge from the Inner Sea region very often... doing smaller 64 page books on just parts of Casmaron would spread things out FAR too much for my tastes.


James Jacobs wrote:
Neil Mansell wrote:

- Will there be an AP set in the Worldwound

If I have my way, we will indeed some day, eventually, do a Worldwound AP.

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That one could be divided in two AP; one for the good guys and one for the bad guys. (or 4 if you want to make one for "good monsters" and one for "evil monsters" as PC).

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Kajehase wrote:

On the subject of a Casmaron gazetteer - might it not be easier to do it a tad slower and more spread out?

As in, one Iobaria book, one Empire of Kelesh book, one for Vudra, and one for Iblydos & Ninshabur.
We've already done a gazetteer in Pathfinder #33 for Iobaria. So in a way, we've already started.
Yeah, I meant a whole 64-page booklet, though.
Problem with that, though, is that we don't want to diverge from the Inner Sea region very often... doing smaller 64 page books on just parts of Casmaron would spread things out FAR too much for my tastes.

We want more, more , more :D

Actually I think it would be nice to know a bit more about what is in the regions bordering the east side of the map.
Not necessarily a 64 page book, but enough material that we will have a shared background on what people would meet when they leave Galt or Taldor and go est.
From Beyond the Inner Sea I have some difficulty in figuring if east of Galt we find the Windswept wastes or some unnamed country.
You think that something like a 3-4 pager article with a large scale map would be feasible in the near future?

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Diego Rossi wrote:

You think that something like a 3-4 pager article with a large scale map would be feasible in the near future?

Nope; not enough pages. It'd need to be longer. Which would mean it'd need to be justifiable for the AP volume—Iobaria made sense for Pathfinder 33 since so much of that adventure was being influenced by Iobaria stuff.

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What are your feelings on the Leadership feat? Do you allow it in your home games? Why is there a feat to give you a cohort and followers, but no feat for gaining an animal companion or familiar?

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
What are your feelings on the Leadership feat? Do you allow it in your home games? Why is there a feat to give you a cohort and followers, but no feat for gaining an animal companion or familiar?

I quite like the Leadership feat. If I have more than 5 players, though, I generally do not allow it because it starts to clutter up the turn flow in combat.

There's no feat to gain an animal companion or a familiar because those are specifically major class abilities, and feats that farm out major class abilities are a no-no.


How safe are dwarven sky citadels in an earthquake?

Also are there tsunami's on Golarion and where would they occur?

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How about a feat that gave you an animal or vermin cohort? Better HD than a standard animal, but none of the abilities gained from being a familiar or companion.


James Jacobs wrote:
Kovok wrote:
Here's a question: What's the result of a successful fortitude save for this spell? Black Ray of Fleshparting One of the PC's has become quite attached to it and we had a discrepancy with it. He rolled a 19 to hit on a maximized version of the spell, and I ruled that if a save is made the crit is negated and it only does half damage. What's the official ruling?

Well... first off, I wrote black ray of fleshparting over a decade ago, and at that point I wasn't quite as prepared to write the spell for Pathfinder's rules! :-)

There's a lot of stuff in there that's still 3.0 language and design philosophy, one of the major ones being that ray spells that require an attack roll generally do NOT allow saving throws to resist or reduce the damage, since that's putting TWO defenses against a spell and that tends to overly nerf things.

As it currently stands, a successful save says "Fortitude partial" but then the text doesn't say at all what that actaully means.

If I were to update the spell today, I'd remove the saving throw entirely. (I would probably also add a bleed effect to the spell, since that helps it keep up with fireball which is doing similar damage to a lot more than one target.) If you want to keep it, I suggest just saying "Fortitude half" and that's that—a save shouldn't negate a critical hit at all.

Thanks for the input. I'll update the conversion accordingly.

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doctor_wu wrote:

How safe are dwarven sky citadels in an earthquake?

Also are there tsunami's on Golarion and where would they occur?

Only as safe as the stories we want to tell let them be...

And there are tsunamis along the west coast more often than elsewhere—mostly because there's lots of remaining instability in Azlant even 10,000 years later.

Jon Brazer Enterprises

Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
Any of these?
James Jacobs wrote:
Nope.

*Elan impression* Awwww....


James Jacobs wrote:
There's no feat to gain an animal companion or a familiar because those are specifically major class abilities, and feats that farm out major class abilities are a no-no.

Someone hasn't read the Eldritch Bloodline feats! If you pick Arcane, you get a familiar and you pick Sylvan you get an animal companion.

Granted, those are a two-feat investment minimum, but the point it that it can be done! :D

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
How about a feat that gave you an animal or vermin cohort? Better HD than a standard animal, but none of the abilities gained from being a familiar or companion.

Leadership already covers that, though. What your cohort is can be anything, up to GM approval.

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Golden-Esque wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
There's no feat to gain an animal companion or a familiar because those are specifically major class abilities, and feats that farm out major class abilities are a no-no.

Someone hasn't read the Eldritch Bloodline feats! If you pick Arcane, you get a familiar and you pick Sylvan you get an animal companion.

Granted, those are a two-feat investment minimum, but the point it that it can be done! :D

I haven't read them. And if I had, chances are good I would have pushed back to have them removed from the game because handing out class abilities as feats is, in my opinion, not good.

Just because it CAN be done doesn't mean it SHOULD be done.

A feat that, for example, grants you +1d6 sneak attack damage, would I hope be something we never publish.

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