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Kairos Dawnfury wrote:

I started watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix and love the devious Rumpelstiltskin, offering magic, but always informing them that "All magic comes with a price!".

Is there a notable single being on Golarion who operates appearing to people offering deals in exchange for first borns or vague favors?

Not one, but several. Many of the archdevils do this, as does Nocticula and Pazuzu and a few other demon lords. We toy a little bit with this theme in the backstory of Council of Thieves as well.


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That's... weird.

The post I mentioned didn't have... THAT at all. I mentioned undines instead, maybe that's what did it...

Nope, this avi's a kobold. Weird.

EDIT: Waaaait a second...

"Poor man's merfolk"

Was that the problem?

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Kairos Dawnfury wrote:
You mentioned before your plot twist cards that you give out to your players when they gain a level. I love hero points, but I really like the once a level big help verses the small everyday little boosts. Are these cards generic and you think up something on the spot, or do they draw out of a deck or something?

Each card has a single theme, such as "Something Remembered" or "A Sudden Pain" or whatever, and then they each have several suggested ideas to spark creativity. The more creative and detailed a player gets in describing how he uses the card, the more likely I am to let the use work better.


YES, YES IT IS. IT COUNTED A BLOODY ACCIDENTAL THING

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Matt Thomason wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
I know folks who are deathly afraid of spiders. I'm not one of them. I'm quite afraid of clowns, but I know folks who love clowns. Same goes here. I find the idea of nothing mattering to be pretty terrifying, since to a certain extent, I believe that the idea that what we do DOES matter is what drives us to excel. If nothing mattered, then my favorite artists and authors wouldn't have produced anything to entertain and inspire me, for example, and I wouldn't be working at Paizo as a result.
What are your feelings about a Drider in clown makeup?

Clown makeup is so overwhelmingly horrifying that it masks all underlying elements. As in... once you put clown makeup on something, it ceases being whatever it was before ENTIRELY and is now purely and wholly clown.

Gross.

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Voyd211 wrote:
YES, YES IT IS. IT COUNTED A BLOODY ACCIDENTAL THING

Nothing is an accident when it comes to that! The inner blue critters dwell in us all, and seek ever to make their baleful azure appearances known!

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Matt Thomason wrote:
As pretty much the first real campaign world I had any experience of, I'm a big Mystara fan too. My favorite module was Test of the Warlords - where the players get the chance to set up a barony in Norwold. Did that module influence Kingmaker at all, as I feel the latter is very close to the style I'd like to see it done in if it was written today.

Nope; that's an adventure I never really got into. I'd pretty much moved on completely to AD&D by the point that one came out.

Kingmaker's biggest RPG influence was probably "Keep on the Borderlands." It was equally, if not more influenced by video games like Civilization.

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Paladinosaur wrote:
James, the Veiled Master's description in the INB says they manipulated many of Azlant's nations. Wasn't Azlant a unified empire?

Azlant was an empire, yes. By "nations" it means the continent of Azlant itself, but also its holdings elsewhere in the world.


If you choke a samsaran, what color does she turn?


*How would you recommend role-playing a Cleric of a Great Old One or Outer God beyond just generic insanity and evil? What does a cultist of Hastur actually DO, just get people to read the King in Yellow and hope for the best?

*How is it that Hastur doesn't have Madness as a domain?

*Since Yog-Sothoth is CN, and clerics can be within one step of their deities' alignment, does that mean I can play a Chaotic Good cleric of Yog-Sothoth?

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Can Rakshasas have the heads of any animals or are there only certain ones that appear?


Axial wrote:

*How would you recommend role-playing a Cleric of a Great Old One or Outer God beyond just generic insanity and evil? What does a cultist of Hastur actually DO, just get people to read the King in Yellow and hope for the best?

*How is it that Hastur doesn't have Madness as a domain?

*Since Yog-Sothoth is CN, and clerics can be within one step of their deities' alignment, does that mean I can play a Chaotic Good cleric of Yog-Sothoth?

One of the characters I play in Society is a gnome summoner who worships Azathoth. He's Chaotic Neutral.

And I meant TRUE CN, not "CE and using CN as an excuse." However, he's not crazy in the least. No, the crazy one is his eidolon, Hollow. He has a habit of eating everything he can find (within limits; bystanders are a no-no, enemies are fair game), is a raging drunk at times, and really only listens to the summoner.

According to the GM's I've played with, Nix and Hollow are VERY fun characters to have around, as far as roleplay is concerned.

Oh, and by the way, question for JJ. What do you think of people that use Chaotic Neutral as an excuse for their character doing evil things? I tried to avoid that with Nix and Hollow, making them less "insane" and more "unpredictable."

INDESTRUCTIBLE MASTER OF EDIT: Are there any evil deities with objections to undead?

I'M ONE WITH THE EDITOR INSIDE: Are there any planes-traveling mortals who have come into direct contact with a god? Or is this a Captain Obvious question with an equally obvious answer?


I'm thinking about using a Rumplestiltskin-esque mythic outsider as the figure handing out plot cards in a dream sequence. I was thinking of using a devil or demon with bigger plans that the PCs don't nessecarily need to find out, but I'm thinking maybe a chaotic being who isn't evil may be better. Can you recommend an outsider type?

Or do you think tying the cards to an in game event could be detrimental?

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Voyd211 wrote:
If you choke a samsaran, what color does she turn?

Darker blue. And you're a bad person for wondering!!!

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Axial wrote:

*How would you recommend role-playing a Cleric of a Great Old One or Outer God beyond just generic insanity and evil? What does a cultist of Hastur actually DO, just get people to read the King in Yellow and hope for the best?

*How is it that Hastur doesn't have Madness as a domain?

*Since Yog-Sothoth is CN, and clerics can be within one step of their deities' alignment, does that mean I can play a Chaotic Good cleric of Yog-Sothoth?

I wouldn't. Worshipers of the Great Old Ones and Outer Gods work best as NPC villains in my opinion. The only way I could conceive of a PC worshiper of one would be to be a chaotic neutral character who's more about using that lore granted for personal gain. Cultists of Hastur generally try to spread his influence and the Yellow Sign, increasing discord and mayhem as they do so.

Hastur only gets 4 domains, 2 of which have to be Chaos and Evil. In theory one could give Madness to ALL of the Great Old Ones, but that's dull and repetitive. Of the 2 open slots, Rune and Void just make more sense.

By the rules, yes... but that would be something you should get the OK from by your GM, since it should be VERY rare. A CG cleric of Yog-Sothoth would likely be someone who uses that for personal power, or to become better at portals and magical travel while keeping in mind that the force that grants you the power is one that would crush you as soon as notice you. You'd be like a person who builds a geothermal power plant on the rim of an active volcano so you could tap into the lava for power, knowing full well that the volcano doesn't care if you do that but also that the volcano might blow up at any moment and destroy you.

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Rysky wrote:
Can Rakshasas have the heads of any animals or are there only certain ones that appear?

They can have any animal head... but in print, you won't see that. We'll be usually picking animals that make sense (given that they're from Indian mythology, you wont' often see one with, say, a walrus head or a bear head), and won't be picking animals that look silly or too cute.

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Kairos Dawnfury wrote:

I'm thinking about using a Rumplestiltskin-esque mythic outsider as the figure handing out plot cards in a dream sequence. I was thinking of using a devil or demon with bigger plans that the PCs don't nessecarily need to find out, but I'm thinking maybe a chaotic being who isn't evil may be better. Can you recommend an outsider type?

Or do you think tying the cards to an in game event could be detrimental?

Glabrezu or Succubus, using magic to appear as something else. Both of those demons have some pretty powerful temptation powers.


Page 145 of the ISWG has a picture of a Technic League Captain wielding a green glowing version of what appears to be a bastard sword.

Is his some sort of magical weapon, a technological weapon, a combination of both?

Is there a specific name for such a weapon such as force sword or power sword or something else?

Not looking for game mechanics to associate with it (although I most certainly wouldn't complain) but rather looking for the associated fluff.

Thanks again in advance.

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Voyd211 wrote:

Oh, and by the way, question for JJ. What do you think of people that use Chaotic Neutral as an excuse for their character doing evil things? I tried to avoid that with Nix and Hollow, making them less "insane" and more "unpredictable."

INDESTRUCTIBLE MASTER OF EDIT: Are there any evil deities with objections to undead?

I'M ONE WITH THE EDITOR INSIDE: Are there any planes-traveling mortals who have come into direct contact with a god? Or is this a Captain Obvious question with an equally obvious answer?

I think that people who use chaotic neutral as an excuse to do evil things are misunderstanding what the word "neutral" means and are actually playing a chaotic evil character. Actions in game are what determines a player character's alignment, not something you write on a character sheet.

I suspect there are! None pop into my mind immediately though.

Yes. Plenty! The gods are out there, and you can meet them. And anyone who plays Wrath of the Righteous will see their characters joining those ranks.

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The Thing from Beyond the Edge wrote:

Page 145 of the ISWG has a picture of a Technic League Captain wielding a green glowing version of what appears to be a bastard sword.

Is his some sort of magical weapon, a technological weapon, a combination of both?

Is there a specific name for such a weapon such as force sword or power sword or something else?

Not looking for game mechanics to associate with it (although I most certainly wouldn't complain) but rather looking for the associated fluff.

Thanks again in advance.

It's a technological weapon.

It's not something the stats or name of which we've yet revealed.

Silver Crusade

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James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Can Rakshasas have the heads of any animals or are there only certain ones that appear?
They can have any animal head... but in print, you won't see that. We'll be usually picking animals that make sense (given that they're from Indian mythology, you wont' often see one with, say, a walrus head or a bear head), and won't be picking animals that look silly or too cute.

Mmkay.

What about a Saurian head?


1) If a caster was hit by a noqual bullet and the bullet was stuck inside the caster, what would the caster need to roll under to cast spell?

2) With the possibilities of Gunslingers becoming Demigods, is there/will there be a Gun related Domain?


Are there godlings related to any of the core deities roaming around?


Do you have any interest in watching the Carrie remake? If you do have you seen it yet and did you like it?


James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Can Rakshasas have the heads of any animals or are there only certain ones that appear?
They can have any animal head... but in print, you won't see that. We'll be usually picking animals that make sense (given that they're from Indian mythology, you wont' often see one with, say, a walrus head or a bear head), and won't be picking animals that look silly or too cute.

Would they use such heads if they wanted to be an annoying, facetious prick?

:P

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James Jacobs wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
Which musical instruments are used to play schmaltzy romantic music on Golarion, anyway? Or is there a world in the multiverse that's mercifully free of the stuff?
Musicians are talented at finding ways to use all sorts of instruments to do this. There are a few, like the drum and the bagpipe, that resist this fate, of course.

My brother takes issue with this statement. He plays romantic stuff on his bagpipes all the time. :P

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Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Can Rakshasas have the heads of any animals or are there only certain ones that appear?
They can have any animal head... but in print, you won't see that. We'll be usually picking animals that make sense (given that they're from Indian mythology, you wont' often see one with, say, a walrus head or a bear head), and won't be picking animals that look silly or too cute.

Mmkay.

What about a Saurian head?

Nope. Not on theme.

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Belle Mythix wrote:

1) If a caster was hit by a noqual bullet and the bullet was stuck inside the caster, what would the caster need to roll under to cast spell?

2) With the possibilities of Gunslingers becoming Demigods, is there/will there be a Gun related Domain?

1) Nope. Bullets are not armor.

2) We're unlikely to ever create new domains for Pathfinder. New subdomains are a different matter... We'll see!

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Voyd211 wrote:
Are there godlings related to any of the core deities roaming around?

I'm sure there are!

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Dragon78 wrote:
Do you have any interest in watching the Carrie remake? If you do have you seen it yet and did you like it?

I do, but I haven't seen it yet. Might not get a chance to see it until DVD/Netflix/Whatevers.


How scared would you be of a Rovan godling?

I'd be running as fast as my gangly legs could carry me in the opposite direction.


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If you were to stat out the Four Horsemen, what CRs would you have them all at? Would Charon be the highest at CR 30?


James Jacobs wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
Which musical instruments are used to play schmaltzy romantic music on Golarion, anyway? Or is there a world in the multiverse that's mercifully free of the stuff?
Musicians are talented at finding ways to use all sorts of instruments to do this. There are a few, like the drum and the bagpipe, that resist this fate, of course.

Dang. So what kinds of instruments would catfolk play, given the claws instead of fingernails, and the nomadic lifestyle?

Also, is catnip (Nepeta cataria) available on Golarion, and in which hemisphere? On Earth, it's pretty hardy stuff (zones up at least to 4b), and self-seeding. I used to collect and dry it for my cat, so I got to be pretty familiar with its preferred soil, growing habits, etc.

And, much as I hate to disagree with you, I very much prefer the version of catfolk as presented in the ARG. The B3 illustration looks like a very flexible elf with some extra prosthetics and a fancy paint job. Whereas: this has always been much more what I've imagined (I know it's a sci-fi illustration; it's still the best version of catfolk I've found).

The Exchange

James Jacobs wrote:


2) We're unlikely to ever create new domains for Pathfinder.

Interesting... why is that? I like the design philosophy of "keeping a small number of core option but making sure these core options are very wide with a lot of variance", but the same does not apply to classes, races, bloodlines, etc.

So why limit specifically new domains?

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Lord Snow wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


2) We're unlikely to ever create new domains for Pathfinder.

Interesting... why is that? I like the design philosophy of "keeping a small number of core option but making sure these core options are very wide with a lot of variance", but the same does not apply to classes, races, bloodlines, etc.

So why limit specifically new domains?

IANJJ but it is generally accepted that D&D 3.5 over produced 2 things during the course of its lifetime - classes and domains (one always needs more spells and magic items). There are a few that don't have good equivalents (my DM wants a Commerce domain), but overall the current Domains and Subdomains list does cover a bunch of overhead concepts... D&D 3.5 just had WAY too many domains (often times surrounding the same topic... there were like 3 different Undead related domains) and so I imagine that Paizo is trying to be very careful on how many domains are in the game. As to the original question dealing with guns - a Gun related subdomain could easily fit underneath the Artifice and/or War domain and thus there wouldn't need to be a whole new domain related to guns.

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Voyd211 wrote:

How scared would you be of a Rovan godling?

I'd be running as fast as my gangly legs could carry me in the opposite direction.

I'm not sure what a "Rovan godling" is... do you mean a "son or daughter of Rovagug?" If so... then yeah. That'd be bad news.

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Lord Snow wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


2) We're unlikely to ever create new domains for Pathfinder.

Interesting... why is that? I like the design philosophy of "keeping a small number of core option but making sure these core options are very wide with a lot of variance", but the same does not apply to classes, races, bloodlines, etc.

So why limit specifically new domains?

It's because we don't have a good way to get them into the game without introducing new deities, which isn't something we are keen to do a lot of, and it's because we would then start to agonize about why current deities don't have the new domains.

Classes, races, bloodlines, and the like don't depend on in-world flavor. Domains do.

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Odraude wrote:
If you were to stat out the Four Horsemen, what CRs would you have them all at? Would Charon be the highest at CR 30?

Dunno. I'm not familiar enough with them and haven't thought about that yet.

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SnowJade wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
SnowJade wrote:
Which musical instruments are used to play schmaltzy romantic music on Golarion, anyway? Or is there a world in the multiverse that's mercifully free of the stuff?
Musicians are talented at finding ways to use all sorts of instruments to do this. There are a few, like the drum and the bagpipe, that resist this fate, of course.

Dang. So what kinds of instruments would catfolk play, given the claws instead of fingernails, and the nomadic lifestyle?

Also, is catnip (Nepeta cataria) available on Golarion, and in which hemisphere? On Earth, it's pretty hardy stuff (zones up at least to 4b), and self-seeding. I used to collect and dry it for my cat, so I got to be pretty familiar with its preferred soil, growing habits, etc.

And, much as I hate to disagree with you, I very much prefer the version of catfolk as presented in the ARG. The B3 illustration looks like a very flexible elf with some extra prosthetics and a fancy paint job. Whereas: this has always been much more what I've imagined (I know it's a sci-fi illustration; it's still the best version of catfolk I've found).

Dunno about catfolk instruments. Haven't thought about that at all. I'd say the same type anyone else does, though.

Catnip exists on Golarion.

And that's the great thing about art! No one has to like the same thing!


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Voyd211 wrote:
Axial wrote:

*How would you recommend role-playing a Cleric of a Great Old One or Outer God beyond just generic insanity and evil? What does a cultist of Hastur actually DO, just get people to read the King in Yellow and hope for the best?

*How is it that Hastur doesn't have Madness as a domain?

*Since Yog-Sothoth is CN, and clerics can be within one step of their deities' alignment, does that mean I can play a Chaotic Good cleric of Yog-Sothoth?

One of the characters I play in Society is a gnome summoner who worships Azathoth. He's Chaotic Neutral.

And I meant TRUE CN, not "CE and using CN as an excuse." However, he's not crazy in the least. No, the crazy one is his eidolon, Hollow. He has a habit of eating everything he can find (within limits; bystanders are a no-no, enemies are fair game), is a raging drunk at times, and really only listens to the summoner.

According to the GM's I've played with, Nix and Hollow are VERY fun characters to have around, as far as roleplay is concerned.

Oh, and by the way, question for JJ. What do you think of people that use Chaotic Neutral as an excuse for their character doing evil things? I tried to avoid that with Nix and Hollow, making them less "insane" and more "unpredictable."

INDESTRUCTIBLE MASTER OF EDIT: Are there any evil deities with objections to undead?

I'M ONE WITH THE EDITOR INSIDE: Are there any planes-traveling mortals who have come into direct contact with a god? Or is this a Captain Obvious question with an equally obvious answer?

Charon seems to HATE undead as a rule but actively uses them to spread death and misery in the world as per Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Belle Mythix wrote:

1) If a caster was hit by a noqual bullet and the bullet was stuck inside the caster, what would the caster need to roll under to cast spell?

2) With the possibilities of Gunslingers becoming Demigods, is there/will there be a Gun related Domain?

1) Nope. Bullets are not armor.

2) We're unlikely to ever create new domains for Pathfinder. New subdomains are a different matter... We'll see!

How about an explosion subdomain for fire with

Spoiler:
EXPLOSIVE RUNES!!!!!
Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Kairos Dawnfury wrote:

I'm thinking about using a Rumplestiltskin-esque mythic outsider as the figure handing out plot cards in a dream sequence. I was thinking of using a devil or demon with bigger plans that the PCs don't nessecarily need to find out, but I'm thinking maybe a chaotic being who isn't evil may be better. Can you recommend an outsider type?

Or do you think tying the cards to an in game event could be detrimental?

Glabrezu or Succubus, using magic to appear as something else. Both of those demons have some pretty powerful temptation powers.

Poor overlooked Incubus.


how do Agathions/Angels/Archons and Azatas view mortals


can mythical characters have (divine/outsider) minions and servants


does the Incubus ever go after males (sexually)


Coridan wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Kairos Dawnfury wrote:

I'm thinking about using a Rumplestiltskin-esque mythic outsider as the figure handing out plot cards in a dream sequence. I was thinking of using a devil or demon with bigger plans that the PCs don't nessecarily need to find out, but I'm thinking maybe a chaotic being who isn't evil may be better. Can you recommend an outsider type?

Or do you think tying the cards to an in game event could be detrimental?

Glabrezu or Succubus, using magic to appear as something else. Both of those demons have some pretty powerful temptation powers.
Poor overlooked Incubus.

Nobody likes men.


James Jacobs wrote:
Voyd211 wrote:

How scared would you be of a Rovan godling?

I'd be running as fast as my gangly legs could carry me in the opposite direction.

I'm not sure what a "Rovan godling" is... do you mean a "son or daughter of Rovagug?" If so... then yeah. That'd be bad news.

Yes, that is exactly what I meant.


Coridan wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Kairos Dawnfury wrote:

I'm thinking about using a Rumplestiltskin-esque mythic outsider as the figure handing out plot cards in a dream sequence. I was thinking of using a devil or demon with bigger plans that the PCs don't nessecarily need to find out, but I'm thinking maybe a chaotic being who isn't evil may be better. Can you recommend an outsider type?

Or do you think tying the cards to an in game event could be detrimental?

Glabrezu or Succubus, using magic to appear as something else. Both of those demons have some pretty powerful temptation powers.
Poor overlooked Incubus.

Incubus are not a theme I need represented in my games. Especially when we play at my friend's house who has a 2 year old. Glabrezu is fantastic for what I have planned, thank you so much for the suggestion, Mr. Jacobs.


Hello James, I had no luck regarding this question in Curse of the Crimson Throne forum, so I thought I'd ask here.

In Escape from Old Korvosa, there are three painting by a painter influenced by Kazavon. Their description is very detailed, but the AP doesn't explain what exactly do they represent and whether it has something to do with the backstory or the rest of the AP.

Quote:

The first depicts a full portrait of a thin humanoid wearing shadows as he stands framed by a dolmen of great size. The figure’s brilliant blue eyes are the only true points of color in the piece, and they seem to almost glow with anger.

The second picture depicts a rugged mountain range above a desert under a brilliant blue sky. In the foreground, a quartet of Vudran tusked camels ridden by N’darr tribesmen race across dunes that, upon closer examination, consist of tiny skulls.

The final portrait is perhaps the most disturbing, for it depicts a handsome man in the process of peeling away the flesh of his arms as if he were taking off a pair of gloves - underneath, his arms are muscular and covered with glittering blue scales. The man’s expression is one of delight, yet his eyes are empty pits of blackness. Half seen in the shadows beyond him are what can only be thousands of humans impaled on towering wooden poles erected in the shadow of an indistinct shape looming on the horizon - perhaps a castle, maybe a mountain, but likely something more.

The third one is obviously Kazavon, and the indistinct shape is Scarwall, I assume.

But if the third one is Kazavon, is that him in the first one also? Why is it of importance that he is thin? And what's with the dolmen?

I'm assuming the second one doesn't have anything to do with CotCT, but am I wrong?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Voyd211 wrote:
If you choke a samsaran, what color does she turn?
Darker blue. And you're a bad person for wondering!!!

Are they blue-blooded? Or is it their skin alone?

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