How can a mute character communicate with party?


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My wife wants to play a mute ranger in PFS. Is there any way for her to communicate with the random pathfinders that isn't a pain?


dri-erase board?
or flash cards?

Silver Crusade

Linguistics?

Buy "sign language" as a language. However, it probably means everyone else needs to buy it as well or make Intelligence checks.


Like this? Hand Gestures

But yeah, signs, hand gestures, maybe have premade signs for common things. Wait, that's what you do in real life, awe crap I got nothing.

Silver Crusade

How about blind rather than mute? You have the blind fight feat then!

Lantern Lodge

Try taking one level of Magus, then select Ghost Sound as one of your 0-level spells. You can cast Ghost Sound at will and use it to speak.

Sorceror and Wizard can do the same, but you'd have arcane spellcasting failure chances. The Magus can wear light armor, which also works for the Ranger.


Buy a Psudodragon.

They're intelligent, loyal if you treat them well, and telepathic. They can basically be a "translator".

Base it's personality off of someone suitably funny or annoying and have your game's most charismatic player sit next to your wife. She whispers things in that person's ear (or passes them notes) and then they get to put it in their own words.

Inspiration for personalities to base the Psudodragon's on:

Pinkie Pie

Snarf

Niddler

Wile E. Coyote

Eric Cartman

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would buying a psudodragon be PFS legal? If so, I think I will put that at the top of the list.


Chalk from the Core Rules. Chalkboard from the APG. The chalkboard is actually quite small about the size of a computer tablet.

Lantern Lodge

CalebTGordan wrote:
would buying a psudodragon be PFS legal? If so, I think I will put that at the top of the list.

PFS Additional Resources - "a pseudodragon is not legal for purchase unless you're a wizard with the Improved Familiar feat".

Also, as to the Magus idea, it may not work because now that i think about it I'm not sure you can technically cast spells with a vocal component if you're mute.

I think the chalk and board idea might be you're best bet... ):


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I play a deaf Oracle in PFS (who is also mute since she was born deaf and never learned to speak.) I have 1 rank in Linguistics to take Read Lips so I can understand what other people are saying, and I bring a small dry-erase board with me to every game to communicate with (in-game, it is a chalk board with chalk.) It is pretty awesome because it really forces you to role play the character; using things like psudodragons and Ghost Sound are all fine, but don't really immerse you in the character as much since you can still communicate "normally" with those means. To get the party's attention I wave my hand or tap on the table so they know I have something to say, and they wait while I write. It also helps that I play with my husband in most games and his character and my character have known each other a long time, so when he sees me writing, he can tell the group, "Hey guys, the Oracle has something to say."

Also, the chalk and chalkboard has come in handy more than once for other reasons in-game, like when the group needs to communicate with each other silently.


I just imagined the sound Chalk can make when writing at a "wrong" angel... Silent indeed :P


Think twice before you go with this concept. I had a player make a mute ranger once. Over the course of the first session:
•First he did pantomime in character. We all enjoyed this for a few minutes...
•then he took out pen and paper and said "my character writes this on a slate"...
•later he stopped actually writing it and said "My character writes the following," and said it out loud...
•finding even this frustrating, the player said "Everything I say I actually write down."
Next session he played a non-mute character.

I'm not saying it can't be done, but do give it some thought.


At will item of silent ghost sound?

Shadow Lodge

I heard in PFS, Pathfinder Sign Language is a free language, but I should not be trusted on that. I just take Sign language anyway; if it actually is a free language, I know Drow sign language.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
CalebTGordan wrote:
My wife wants to play a mute ranger in PFS. Is there any way for her to communicate with the random pathfinders that isn't a pain?

No there isn't. You both might take a language slot for sign, but for talking to anyone else you're still SOL. And trying to skin a "telepathy" dodge is a sure route to silent derision.

I've seen other players play mute characters, without exception they mainly served as shelters against the need to interact with others by players who were all but soloists in execution. I've played with mute characters before, and the experience ranged from teeth grinding to a strong desire to bang my head against a desk.

I'd strongly suggest that she consider some other hook to hang her character concept on.

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