Choosing skills for a "little old lady" witch.


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I'm making an elf witch for PFS play, and I started with a concept of Mary Poppins. After adding in some Dolores Umbridge and Nanny Ogg, I've ended up with the nicest little old elf lady you've ever met. She just can't believe that the nice young man (such a shame about that scar on his face) would really hurt her, put that big knife away before you hurt yourself. Once she's ticked off, though, out comes the Evil Eye and the cackling.

So she's high INT, low WIS, decent CHA, and I need to pick skills. I have 6, plus a 7th from favored class if I need it. Fly, Knowledges arcana & nature, Spellcraft, and Perception are no-brainers. The question is how to use the charisma. UMD is nice, but how useful is it with the witch's great spell list? I could work with either Diplomacy (nice old lady) or Intimidate (scary old lady); Diplomacy requiring a trait to get as a class skill, and Intimidate I'm not sure how useful it is. Then again, the nice old lady schtick is going to become an act eventually, so Bluff could work well. Maybe I could combine it with Disguise for some fun. (Why isn't Disguise a class skill for witches?)

Any ideas?

Grand Lodge

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Have you brought this character into the venerable age category?


Intimidate and Bluff. If you think about it, the 'little old lady' would give off a 'weird vibe' that creeps people out and makes them do what she says. In reality, she's intimidating people, but bluffing them into thinking she's just a nice lady.

If that doesn't fly, Diplomacy and Intimidate would have to be the way to go. You might also go Heal for a 'grandmother kisses boo-boos' effect, but also the 'best torturer is a doctor' route. If you know how to heal the body, you know how to destroy it as well. I think you should really aim for a kind of bipolar personality.

Brownie points if you can work in the line "I'm always angry".

Grand Lodge

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Are pretending to be old?


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blackbloodtroll wrote:
Have you brought this character into the venerable age category?

I'd love to, but I was under the impressions that this wasn't allowed for PFS. Can't wait for Threefold Aspect.

Grand Lodge

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If you cannot play characters of higher age categories, disguise is a must. A disguise kit is a must as well.


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Sorry, I thought we talking about the adjustment in stats. As far as I know, you can just say your character is any reasonable age.

Grand Lodge

My understanding is you can play old characters, you just don't get the stat adjustments for being old.

Grand Lodge

ninja'd

I'm pretty sure you're correct, Gwaihir Scout.

Grand Lodge

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Unfortunately, for a number of spells, feats, and skills, you must actually be old, to be old. This would include age bonuses and penalties.

I am sorry I am being a buzzkill. Perhaps someone has info on being in a higher age category in PFS.


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Nanny Ogg would a priceless character to draw upon for inspiration. She may be "long in the tooth", but she has plenty of spunk in her yet- no reason why you can't play your witch off the same way.

My witch has Profession(Matchmaker) and is always looking for ways to bring couples together. I could see a Nanny Ogg type character having that skill.

Survival might be a skill she might have... if she is a rural witch.

Grand Lodge

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Actually, I just checked. You can be of any age, but receive no bonuses. Unfortunately, it says nothing about penalties.


Geez, now I can't stop thinking about a Nanny Ogg character for PFS... she would be awesome! Crashing people's parties and drinking all their brandy... helping herself to their stash of expensive Taldor cigars... instructing that poor Zarta girl on how to keep a man's heart for good ("In a jar is what I always say...").

Grand Lodge

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As far as I can tell, you would need to be 174 years or younger, lest you suffer penalties.


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I checked the Guide, version 4.1. "Characters can
be of any age, but do not alter their ability scores as a result
of this roleplaying choice."

So no bonuses or penalties.

Whiskey Jack wrote:
Geez, now I can't stop thinking about a Nanny Ogg character for PFS... she would be awesome! Crashing people's parties and drinking all their brandy... helping herself to their stash of expensive Taldor cigars... instructing that poor Zarta girl on how to keep a man's heart for good ("In a jar is what I always say...").

I don't think you'd be able to get away with being related to half the NPCs, though. :P

At this stage, I'm leaning towards Bluff and Intimidate. Heal and Survival would be appropriate for the character, but I don't have infinite skill points, so I'll stick with the low WIS. I'm only taking Perception because it's so important and elves get a bonus to it.

Grand Lodge

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PFS is weird.

Sczarni

You can be of any age in PFS. Penaltys or bonuses dont ever apply. It's there to make people more free on their roleplaying perspective.

On topic, there is Disguise Hex if you consider Disguise. With kit also you can have high bonuses from lv1.


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Malag wrote:
On topic, there is Disguise Hex if you consider Disguise. With kit also you can have high bonuses from lv1.

I hadn't looked at the hex list recently and forgot about this one, so thanks. I've got Evil Eye and Cackle, level 2 gets Misfortune, probably getting Slumber via Extra Hex at 3, so it won't be before 4 until I get this.

Looks like Bluff and Disguise, then. I think this fits my playstyle better than Intimidate, especially since I already have Evil Eye.

Sczarni

I can't agree more. Little old lady disguised and bluffing guards into doing something for her. With those 2 skills you can cover lot of social ground. Wish I had built my witch like that from start... sigh.


http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LittleOldLadyInvestigates

"Policemen asking questions are being policemen, but little old ladies asking questions are just being little old ladies."
— Miss Marple

Maybe add a bit of Sense Motive in there as well?

May not need a very high WIS mod for it, because really, who would lie to the sweet, little old lady?

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