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James Jacobs wrote:
Azure_Zero wrote:

Though you might like the link.

If you have Windows 7 or heaven forbid Vista, you can get a widget that connects to this link.

And yah here 4.1 is very rare and you'll feel it, Ah the Good old Canadian Shield

I've actually not been on a windows machine for several years now. Macs are so much nicer! :-)

Truer words have never been spoken ;)


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Ok James, we know that WotC owns the Maure IP, which is fine, and they are free to use (or not use) it as they so desire - so be it.

However, would it be incorrect to assume that you are aware of some snippits of lore from within the story that started to evolve the more that Maure was detailed? And if so, is there anyway you could drop some hints as to what was going on, as far as you knew, in order to prevent a small group of us from developing permanent psychoses?

Reggie

Dark Archive

Which part of Golarion generated the greatest interest in players and game masters?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
ANebulousMistress wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Jeff de luna wrote:
ANebulousMistress wrote:

I meant the Vancouver one. I wouldn't even get out of bed for anything less than a 6.

Glad Seattle (and Paizo) is still standing. Still waiting for that Big One you guys are supposed to get. Though that might be a bad thing to wait for given a 9.0 would essentially wipe Seattle off the map.

Actually, it's the impending eruption of Mount Ranier that should have Seattle worried...
Be it volcano or earthquake, beleive me... we're worried. But at the same point... that type of disaster isn't something that it makes much sense to get TOO worried about. If it happens, it happens.
Right between an active volcano and an active subduction zone. Good place for a city or best place?

This sort of geology is generally what creates a good proportion of port towns. BTW it's the subduction zone which makes the volcano. If could be worse, if you're Japanese your entire country sits on the Ring of Fire.


Why do people build cities in places that will inevitably cause the city's destruction?


JMD031 wrote:
Why do people build cities in places that will inevitably cause the city's destruction?

Because we can't build cities of adamantium yet and people insist on living somewhere?


Lathiira wrote:
JMD031 wrote:
Why do people build cities in places that will inevitably cause the city's destruction?
Because we can't build cities of adamantium yet and people insist on living somewhere?

And you can't all live in Scandinavia.


Lathiira wrote:
JMD031 wrote:
Why do people build cities in places that will inevitably cause the city's destruction?
Because we can't build cities of adamantium yet and people insist on living somewhere?

Volcanoes and flood plains have all the fertile ground? Subduction trenches have all the good fishing? Desert sh*tholes have all the unclaimed land?

There are stupider reasons, sure. There's a legal battle within walking distance of me between a guy who want solar panels so he can have electricity and everyone else who claims they have a legal right to a pretty view that solar panel guy is infringing on. And then there'll be a rainstorm and all their houses will fall into the ocean.

::hears thunder:: Oh, look. It's raining.

Wow, so between an active volcano and an active trench is the best place to put a city. If you know how (and when) to run fast and don't mind trading prosperity for having to rebuild now and then.

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Reggie wrote:

Ok James, we know that WotC owns the Maure IP, which is fine, and they are free to use (or not use) it as they so desire - so be it.

However, would it be incorrect to assume that you are aware of some snippits of lore from within the story that started to evolve the more that Maure was detailed? And if so, is there anyway you could drop some hints as to what was going on, as far as you knew, in order to prevent a small group of us from developing permanent psychoses?

Reggie

I actually know a fair amount of the Maure lore that never saw print—Rob Kuntz knows even more, of course.

Whether or not he wants to reveal those secrets is up to him. I won't be doing so, though. I'm just not comfortable publicly expanding Wizards of the Coast's intellectual properties, I guess.

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nightflier wrote:
Which part of Golarion generated the greatest interest in players and game masters?

Seems like "Golarion" is the answer sometimes.

Shadow Lodge

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Hi James,

In the "Can a Paladin be a Hellknight?" thread you mentioned Dexter Morgan as Lawful good with some form on insanity/ multiple personality disorder.

How do you feel about a character with multiple personalities and separate classes for the personalities?


Kieviel wrote:

Hi James,

In the "Can a Paladin be a Hellknight?" thread you mentioned Dexter Morgan as Lawful good with some form on insanity/ multiple personality disorder.

How do you feel about a character with multiple personalities and separate classes for the personalities?

Ooo, and separate alignments for each personality? Might this be an explanation for gestalt?


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What Golarion god would you compare to Athena?


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James Jacobs wrote:
Reggie wrote:

Ok James, we know that WotC owns the Maure IP, which is fine, and they are free to use (or not use) it as they so desire - so be it.

However, would it be incorrect to assume that you are aware of some snippits of lore from within the story that started to evolve the more that Maure was detailed? And if so, is there anyway you could drop some hints as to what was going on, as far as you knew, in order to prevent a small group of us from developing permanent psychoses?

Reggie

I actually know a fair amount of the Maure lore that never saw print—Rob Kuntz knows even more, of course.

Whether or not he wants to reveal those secrets is up to him. I won't be doing so, though. I'm just not comfortable publicly expanding Wizards of the Coast's intellectual properties, I guess.

Fair enough - thanks for the prompt response.

Reggie


Kieviel wrote:

Hi James,

In the "Can a Paladin be a Hellknight?" thread you mentioned Dexter Morgan as Lawful good with some form on insanity/ multiple personality disorder.

How do you feel about a character with multiple personalities and separate classes for the personalities?

Also, due to your reply in this thread I have to ask, are you a masochist? Because for someone who does not like to stir up internet drama and/or deal with it personally that seems to be exactly what that post was meant to do. :P <--Please not the smilie at the end of the last sentence to denote that I am not being serious with this question.

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Kieviel wrote:

Hi James,

In the "Can a Paladin be a Hellknight?" thread you mentioned Dexter Morgan as Lawful good with some form on insanity/ multiple personality disorder.

How do you feel about a character with multiple personalities and separate classes for the personalities?

That's sort of how I designed that insanity to work. Not entirely... but sort of. I think it's actually a really cool idea though.

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Justin Franklin wrote:
What Golarion god would you compare to Athena?

Hmmm... probably Sarenrae.

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JMD031 wrote:
Kieviel wrote:

Hi James,

In the "Can a Paladin be a Hellknight?" thread you mentioned Dexter Morgan as Lawful good with some form on insanity/ multiple personality disorder.

How do you feel about a character with multiple personalities and separate classes for the personalities?

Also, due to your reply in this thread I have to ask, are you a masochist? Because for someone who does not like to stir up internet drama and/or deal with it personally that seems to be exactly what that post was meant to do. :P <--Please not the smilie at the end of the last sentence to denote that I am not being serious with this question.

I'd only be a masochist if I went back to that Hellknight thread to wallow in the mayhem I created, though. Since I don't plan to, that'd probably just make me a psychopath or a maniac or a sadist or something, I guess.


James Jacobs wrote:
JMD031 wrote:
Kieviel wrote:

Hi James,

In the "Can a Paladin be a Hellknight?" thread you mentioned Dexter Morgan as Lawful good with some form on insanity/ multiple personality disorder.

How do you feel about a character with multiple personalities and separate classes for the personalities?

Also, due to your reply in this thread I have to ask, are you a masochist? Because for someone who does not like to stir up internet drama and/or deal with it personally that seems to be exactly what that post was meant to do. :P <--Please not the smilie at the end of the last sentence to denote that I am not being serious with this question.
I'd only be a masochist if I went back to that Hellknight thread to wallow in the mayhem I created, though. Since I don't plan to, that'd probably just make me a psychopath or a maniac or a sadist or something, I guess.

You heard it hear folks. James Jacobs is CE.


JMD031 wrote:
You heard it hear folks. James Jacobs is CE.

You read the Book of the Damned on demons, right?

How is this news? I mean, really, with detect thoughts at will I knew that ages ago. ;)


ANebulousMistress wrote:
JMD031 wrote:
You heard it hear folks. James Jacobs is CE.

You read the Book of the Damned on demons, right?

How is this news? I mean, really, with detect thoughts at will I knew that ages ago. ;)

I made no mention of news, simply pointing out the facts for those people who are a bit slow on the intake.


Hey James Jacobs.

You know the art of Vesorianna on the cover of Carrion Crown 1? Who drew her? Was it a company decision to make her smoking hot, was it the artist's or did it just happen?


James Jacobs wrote:
NuclearPotato wrote:

In order of most likely to appear in an AP to least likely, please rank these countries:

Absalom
Andoran
Irrisen
Osirion
Taldor

Thank you in advance.

Since I know the next 6 or so APs, and since folks KNOW I know that... I can't rank these without setting up false expectations or spoiling things we're not quite ready to reveal. So I won't.

Okay, fair enough. Let me ask this then: In the introduction to "The Brinewell Legacy," you gave tips on playing Jade Regent before Rise of the Runelords. Your advise for this can be summed up with the phrase "Just put a different family in there instead of the Kaijitsu's." My question: In the upcoming Rise of the Runelords hardcover, will there be an alternative family in place of the Kaijitsu's available for such an event? Or, will we just have to make our own family up in that case?


Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Is there a monster that can be male that has the lower body of a snake and the upper body of a man? I know of the lamia matriarch, but is there say a lamia patriarch?


Justin Franklin wrote:
Is there a monster that can be male that has the lower body of a snake and the upper body of a man? I know of the lamia matriarch, but is there say a lamia patriarch?

Yes. Greek Giants were depicted in this way, as was Dracon, founder-king of Athens.

So was Geryon in Dante... Sometimes Naga are depicted as half-human as well, and they come in both genders.

None of these have been seen in PF stats, however... unless James can recall one?

Lamia are another fun misogynistic concept from Greece, like Harpies, the Medusa, and the Sphinx. Making them all female is pretty appropriate and authentic.

Dark Archive

why is it that the more i look at the iconics the more they seem to be archtypes rather than the standard version? Merisiel being a knife master, Valeros a two-weapon fighter, Amiri a titan mauler, Seoni a tatto sorcerer...

Liberty's Edge

Does Brilliant Energy have any special effect positive or negative to someone using the Iron Body spell?


It's strange that Walkena hasn't shown up as on official lesser deity anywhere (that I'm aware of). Do we have any domains for Walkena as of yet, or...?


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Jeff de luna wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
Is there a monster that can be male that has the lower body of a snake and the upper body of a man? I know of the lamia matriarch, but is there say a lamia patriarch?

Yes. Greek Giants were depicted in this way, as was Dracon, founder-king of Athens.

So was Geryon in Dante... Sometimes Naga are depicted as half-human as well, and they come in both genders.

None of these have been seen in PF stats, however... unless James can recall one?

Lamia are another fun misogynistic concept from Greece, like Harpies, the Medusa, and the Sphinx. Making them all female is pretty appropriate and authentic.

Yea I meant a PF monster, but thanks for all of the great info as usual. I thought the founder-king of Athens was Cecrops?

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ANebulousMistress wrote:

Hey James Jacobs.

You know the art of Vesorianna on the cover of Carrion Crown 1? Who drew her? Was it a company decision to make her smoking hot, was it the artist's or did it just happen?

I don't remember the name of the artist, but if I had a copy handy, I would look on the credits page for whoever we listed as the cover artist for that volume. :-)

I suspect the art order went something like; "This is a female human ghost; she was a young woman when she died, and she should look sad and distraught." The rest more or less came from the artist.

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NuclearPotato wrote:
Let me ask this then: In the introduction to "The Brinewell Legacy," you gave tips on playing Jade Regent before Rise of the Runelords. Your advise for this can be summed up with the phrase "Just put a different family in there instead of the Kaijitsu's." My question: In the upcoming Rise of the Runelords hardcover, will there be an alternative family in place of the Kaijitsu's available for such an event? Or, will we just have to make our own family up in that case?

The role of the Kaijitsu family in the Rise of the Runelords hardcover won't change.

If you play Jade Regent before Rise of the Runelords, the GM will probably need to change the names of some of the Kaijitsus, but the GM will have that information from the introduction to "Brinewall Legacy."

I really doubt we'll spend any time at all in the Rise of the Runelords hardcover doing any Jade Regent forshadowing over and above what we did in the original version of "Brinewall Legacy." Which is actually a fair amount.

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Justin Franklin wrote:
Is there a monster that can be male that has the lower body of a snake and the upper body of a man? I know of the lamia matriarch, but is there say a lamia patriarch?

There are plenty from mythology. In Pathfinder, at this point, there's not really much in that way as far as options, though. Yet.

You could, in theory, make a male lamia... but in Golarion canon I'm pretty sure all the lamia matriarchs are women. There's not really any such thing in canon as a lamia "patriarch."

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ulgulanoth wrote:
why is it that the more i look at the iconics the more they seem to be archtypes rather than the standard version? Merisiel being a knife master, Valeros a two-weapon fighter, Amiri a titan mauler, Seoni a tatto sorcerer...

Because even before we invented archetypes... that's the way folks played the game. At least, that's the way I play the game—if I made up three different rogues, they'd be three different characters. You don't need archetypes to make one rogue all about throwing knives, one all about diplomacy, and one all about traps. Archetypes, in a way, are a method of rewarding roleplaying choices when you look at it that way.

Furthermore... when we designed our archetypes, we DID consciously decide to build archetypes that would allow folks to play characters similar to our iconics... so you CAN play a crossbow wielding ranger or a giant sword wielding barbarian or a knife-tossing rogue.

In this case of "which came first?" the art came first, the archetypes quite a bit later.

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Coridan wrote:
Does Brilliant Energy have any special effect positive or negative to someone using the Iron Body spell?

ALL brilliant energy does is ignore shield and armor bonuses. Since iron body doesn't give you an armor or shield bonus... brilliant energy weapons gain no special advantage over the spell.

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Forbiddenlightbulb wrote:
It's strange that Walkena hasn't shown up as on official lesser deity anywhere (that I'm aware of). Do we have any domains for Walkena as of yet, or...?

That's becasue Walkena isn't actually a deity. He may be worshiped as a god-king, but that doesn't mean he is an actual god.

Some day we might do more with Walkena... but so far, we haven't. Until then, exact details beyond what we've said so far will remain murky.


How much has been written (not necessarily published) about the rune goddess Lissala? Is she dead? Dormant? Ignoring Golarion in a prolonged fugue of disgust over Thassilon's perversion of her gifts?

What would it take for Golarion to gain her favor once again?


Justin Franklin wrote:
Jeff de luna wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
Is there a monster that can be male that has the lower body of a snake and the upper body of a man? I know of the lamia matriarch, but is there say a lamia patriarch?

Yes. Greek Giants were depicted in this way, as was Dracon, founder-king of Athens.

So was Geryon in Dante... Sometimes Naga are depicted as half-human as well, and they come in both genders.

None of these have been seen in PF stats, however... unless James can recall one?

Lamia are another fun misogynistic concept from Greece, like Harpies, the Medusa, and the Sphinx. Making them all female is pretty appropriate and authentic.

Yea I meant a PF monster, but thanks for all of the great info as usual. I thought the founder-king of Athens was Cecrops?

Yep. You're right. Cecrops was the snake-tailed one. Dracon came to mind because of the name, no doubt (Draco is also used for part-serpent monsters as well). Actually, the founder is usually given as Cecrops, though Erichthonius is also associated with the founding and also described as half-snake.


Any chance we'll see some more teasers for the Linnorm Kings book before October rolls around?

I'm sure I'm not the only prospective Wayfinder contributor who wouldn't mind seeing a nugget or two (like, say, a map of the region with details not on the Big Damn Poster one if there is such a thing).

And just in case the above sounds a tad entitled, I'm cool with not getting anything, but you can't get things if you don't let people know you'd like them*, so I figured asking wouldn't do any harm.

*Well, unless you can pay for the thing yourself, obviously - but that doesn't really apply in this case. ;)


Do the NPCs in Jade Regent such as Ameiko gain levels throughout the adventure path?


Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Jeff de luna wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
Jeff de luna wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
Is there a monster that can be male that has the lower body of a snake and the upper body of a man? I know of the lamia matriarch, but is there say a lamia patriarch?

Yes. Greek Giants were depicted in this way, as was Dracon, founder-king of Athens.

So was Geryon in Dante... Sometimes Naga are depicted as half-human as well, and they come in both genders.

None of these have been seen in PF stats, however... unless James can recall one?

Lamia are another fun misogynistic concept from Greece, like Harpies, the Medusa, and the Sphinx. Making them all female is pretty appropriate and authentic.

Yea I meant a PF monster, but thanks for all of the great info as usual. I thought the founder-king of Athens was Cecrops?
Yep. You're right. Cecrops was the snake-tailed one. Dracon came to mind because of the name, no doubt (Draco is also used for part-serpent monsters as well). Actually, the founder is usually given as Cecrops, though Erichthonius is also associated with the founding and also described as half-snake.

And now I have a couple more people to go research.:)


Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Do the serpentfolk have any influence in Casmaron?


In a game that I'm working on the PCs will be in a land ruled by a militant theocracy to Dahak that regularly holds public executions. The players stepping in on the behalf of those wrongly punished will be a main focus of the campaign. I want the rescue scenes to be truly memorable. Originally I was going to have the executions take place via a bronze bull to showcase the cruelty of the villains and provide ample time for heroic savings to take place. However, I'm thinking of fantasying up the device a bit. Any suggestions on what you think might a better creature as a replacement for a bull to be sculpted? My first thought was bronze dragon, just be a bit facetious and play off of both bronze and the creation of dragons, but I'm wondering if that would be over the top and out of place as humor.


Ringtail wrote:
In a game that I'm working on the PCs will be in a land ruled by a militant theocracy to Dahak that regularly holds public executions. The players stepping in on the behalf of those wrongly punished will be a main focus of the campaign. I want the rescue scenes to be truly memorable. Originally I was going to have the executions take place via a bronze bull to showcase the cruelty of the villains and provide ample time for heroic savings to take place. However, I'm thinking of fantasying up the device a bit. Any suggestions on what you think might a better creature as a replacement for a bull to be sculpted? My first thought was bronze dragon, just be a bit facetious and play off of both bronze and the creation of dragons, but I'm wondering if that would be over the top and out of place as humor.

Interesting. Are you aware that Dahak (under his Persian name - Zahhak) was in fact transformed into an evil tyrant in the Shahnameh (since evil gods couldn't exist in Islam - they became usurpers and tyrants of the distant past). See here. Zahhak's name means the "yellow dragon." Yellow = a different chromatic species? The Azi - including one called the Zahhak - also based on this myth - appear in Legacy of Fire - see here. Vritra in India, the drought dragon, is derived from the same myth. The whole dragons controlling/hoarding water - deliberately or not - seems to be vaguely referenced in good ol' Dark Sun as well...

Scarab Sages

James,

How long would the fight between Rovagug and Chuck Norris last? How much would be left of Rovagug afterwards?


Jeff de luna wrote:
Interesting. Are you aware that...

I actually knew none of that. Thank you, sir, you've given me much material to work with.

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ANebulousMistress wrote:

How much has been written (not necessarily published) about the rune goddess Lissala? Is she dead? Dormant? Ignoring Golarion in a prolonged fugue of disgust over Thassilon's perversion of her gifts?

What would it take for Golarion to gain her favor once again?

Not a lot. Bits here and there in Adventure Paths (particularly Pathifnder #1 and #10). A chunk about her in the Inner Sea World Guide. A little bit, I believe, in Gods and Magic.

But beyond that... not much. She's not a deity we've really focused on.

Yet.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Kajehase wrote:

Any chance we'll see some more teasers for the Linnorm Kings book before October rolls around?

I'm sure I'm not the only prospective Wayfinder contributor who wouldn't mind seeing a nugget or two (like, say, a map of the region with details not on the Big Damn Poster one if there is such a thing).

And just in case the above sounds a tad entitled, I'm cool with not getting anything, but you can't get things if you don't let people know you'd like them*, so I figured asking wouldn't do any harm.

*Well, unless you can pay for the thing yourself, obviously - but that doesn't really apply in this case. ;)

There's certainly a chance.

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The Guardian Beyond Beyond wrote:
Do the NPCs in Jade Regent such as Ameiko gain levels throughout the adventure path?

They do... but unless you as the GM decide to do so otherwise, they don't actually start gaining levels until the PCs surpass the NPC levels. We want the PCs to be the high level ones. As such, the advice for leveling up the NPCs doesn't appear until part 3 of Jade Regent, when the PCs finally gain the lead in that race!

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Justin Franklin wrote:
Do the serpentfolk have any influence in Casmaron?

If I had to guess, I'd say "About as much as they do in Avistan and Garund."

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Ringtail wrote:
In a game that I'm working on the PCs will be in a land ruled by a militant theocracy to Dahak that regularly holds public executions. The players stepping in on the behalf of those wrongly punished will be a main focus of the campaign. I want the rescue scenes to be truly memorable. Originally I was going to have the executions take place via a bronze bull to showcase the cruelty of the villains and provide ample time for heroic savings to take place. However, I'm thinking of fantasying up the device a bit. Any suggestions on what you think might a better creature as a replacement for a bull to be sculpted? My first thought was bronze dragon, just be a bit facetious and play off of both bronze and the creation of dragons, but I'm wondering if that would be over the top and out of place as humor.

Well... since our version of Dahak is a dragon... it seems obvious that you'd want to replace that bronze bull with a bronze dragon, and perhaps set it up so that its mouth belches fire and smoke when it's doing its thing.

It should also be animated, of course.

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