Best Sinkholes Ever


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Scarab Sages 1/5

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We all have that favorite thing, our own personal 'bauble' on our characters. Whether it's a favorite weapon, instrument, or even a simple wondrous item, everyone has a signature item.

Some of us invest a tad too much in our signature items.

Take me, for example. I sunk about...10k, give or take, as well as 5 PP into a homunculus familiar that's basically a disarm/steal/trip bot that flies above the fray, harrying foes with his whip. The 5 PP was to retrain him out of Lightning Reflexes into Whip Prof, I sunk 4k to give him an extra HD (and Agile Maneuvers), and I spent a pretty penny to give him vanish as a 1/day SLA. Perhaps I'll give him a breath weapon later on.

Now, I have a friend who dreams big. And by 'dream big', I mean he has his sights set on an enormous purchase: an airship. I didn't believe it was PFS-legal at first, but...I was proven wrong. though I doubt it was intentional that vehicles could be bough, it turns out they can, airships among them. 50k is the price tag - that's a LOT of Fame needed. To top it all off, he's a Vow of Poverty Monk! The airship will be his only possession!

But enough about my exploits. What are your adorable money pits?

Shadow Lodge

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Not nearly at that level, but I have a Level 5 Aasimar Celestial Sorcerer (soon to be Mystery Cultist) who sunk her life savings to date into an Everflowing Aspergillium. Way too much to spend given that if she ever has to use it, it means the fight is already lost.

But it's HOLY

This same character will only have feats that are Aasimar race feats + Summon Good Monster.

Because HOLY

Silver Crusade

My inquisitor is quite attached to his bow. It's only a +3 adaptive composite longbow that might soon be getting the holy weapon property, but he turns it into a freaking howitzer, what with Bane and judgements, Deadly Aim, Rapid Shot. He's even named it, although he won't tell me what its name is...

3/5

You know, that's funny. I can't think of anything. I guess I usually try to spread it around. :\

5/5

My duelist has spent his entire career upgrading his sword...it's the same one he bought at level one, but now it's +5 and impervious...hoping to add dueling during EoT to become epic ;)

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Captain, California—Sacramento aka FLite

My barbarian sank way too many feats and a level dip into getting an improved familiar. It was totally worth it, but it is an incredible resource hog, especially now that I am getting to the point where I need to start buying it equipment. (That and it's kind of hilarious having a familiar who has more HP than the party wizard...)

Sovereign Court 5/5 ⦵⦵

My Wizard has invested far, far too much gold into his spellbooks. All told, he's spent 6,925 gp scribing spells and another 12,500 gp on a blessed book. Not counting cantrips, he knows 191 spells, which he's had to scribe into 5 different books.

Scarab Sages

My magus recently purchased a Crown of Conquest because he became a prince and he needed the appropriate regalia for his new title.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Wisconsin—Madison aka Totenpfuhl

My ranger has a +2 Adaptive Seeking Darkwood Composite Longbow. He's still thinking of upgrading it somehow. Maybe just another +1, I'm not sure.

Silver Crusade 5/5

While my sword is a fine tool, it follows the will of the Inheritor and is not truly my own. My armor is where I shine through not as a Paladin of Iomedae, but as Valeria Wintrish, Knight of the Nail. It is my bastion against the terrors of this world and beyond, as I serve as a bastion for goodly folk against the depredations found within the untamed wilds. The devilish designs of my armor match those of the rest of my order in striking fear into the hearts of criminals, but it also echoes my own fiendish malformities. By the same token, its mithril shines bright in the darkness and reveals the goodness that can be found in the least likely of places. My armor is truly an outward expression of my own soul.

Valeria has a set of +2 mithril Hellknight plate that is her pride and joy. Worth the expense? Mechanically, probably not. Badass and fitting for the character? Totally. In that same vein, next up on the menu is a silver floating halo to boost her already astronomical saving throw bonuses even higher.

Silver Crusade

Yeah, I'm debating if mithral full plate is ever worth it. That's a lot of cash. My battle oracle is only level 5 now, so no way is he saving up that much to buy it any time soon. Maybe around level 7 or 8. Given that there are boots that cost half that much to give the same +10 speed boost, it just doesn't seem worth the 9k to get it mithral.

Thinking about it, I don't have any really expensive items that don't make sense as normal equipment on any of my characters. Of course, most of my PFS PCs are low level.

I have a friend who spent the 4k for a Flask of Endless Sake on one of his characters, though. The most use he's ever gotten out of it is for circumstance bonuses on bluff/diplomacy. But pure casters that don't need weapons and armor tend to have more disposable cash.

Sovereign Court

Sean Ennis wrote:
My magus recently purchased a Crown of Conquest because he became a prince and he needed the appropriate regalia for his new title.

As a player who has a Bard with 'Prince' in his name, I am most intrigued if you are allowed to tell me how that came about? :)

As to the OP question, I don't have many high level characters (highest currently is level 4; I don't play often, and I have new-character-itis, so it makes it hard for me to get to high level). However, I could foresee that same Bard getting the Crown of Conquest, a Rod of Lordly Might, and spending PP for servants (Chronicler, Herald, and/or Seneschal) and his own Coastal Island. :D

Sovereign Court

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I like my jar of leeches. Though it truly is a pain to lug around with my 10 Strength :)


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The first time my level 11 at the time Cleric used her morningstar was to coup de grace a monster. Since she got her weapon dirty she had to buy another one. A gold one.


all of my wife's characters, no matter what they are in theme, race or concept, always carry a pickle extractor in their gear
...

:(

Scarab Sages 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵

I feel cheap, but flutters Collar of obedience has mostly been good for laughs putting it on fighters that haven't gotten a cloak of resistance yet. Anything I wild empathy to take along with me is already too big for it

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Agent, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

The only thing I think I have done this on is my 4th level Dwarf Barbarian dumping all of his cash on a +1 Adamantine Dwarven Longhammer. He named it "Diplomacy."

My Bard keeps thinking about picking up a particular feline related intelligent shield, even though he can't use it. And some of my characters do keep eyeing that Mithral Waffle Iron from the UE.


I play a dwarf first, a jeweler second a Pathfinder third (somewhere after that is a class). I have spent 375 on non-magical rings and several thousand on magical ones. PP bought me two shops to sell them in as well. I carry extra emerald rings around and hand them out like business cards. Since I 'made' them they are all masterwork, and bare my mark.

Yeah, I am aware PFS rules mean the 'PC's gift' comes back to me at the end of the scenario. NPCs get to keep them though. :)

EDIT: FWIW I dinnae think armor and weapons count as sinkholes.
EDIT EDIT: unless your Tollbill's bard or something. :)


My character's tea set has a market price of about 38,000gp. Considering that her ladies' fan is valued at about 18,000gp and the dress she adventures in at about 16,000gp, this sort of thing is not unusual.

-Matt

Scarab Sages

Entilzha wrote:
Sean Ennis wrote:
My magus recently purchased a Crown of Conquest because he became a prince and he needed the appropriate regalia for his new title.

As a player who has a Bard with 'Prince' in his name, I am most intrigued if you are allowed to tell me how that came about? :)

Spoilers...:
Nope, no spoilers here. Move along, nothing to see. Gotta discover it for yourself. ;P
Shadow Lodge

I wish I was able to burn my money on flavourful-but-not-great-mechanically items.

Grand Lodge

Fromper wrote:
But pure casters that don't need weapons and armour tend to have more disposable cash.

No we don't, you are right that we don't spend our money on armour or weapons, so we spend it all on Raise dead and Restorations...

...

...

...Or maybe thats just me...

...

...Oh...

Sczarni 3/5

I spent all my PP on 1st lvl wands. (lvl 8 now) Gotta catch' em all! :D

Silver Crusade 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Camp Hill aka Big Joe

I have a dwarf fighter who is obsessed with his +1 Cold Iron Dwarven Long Hammer. He is currently aiming to add the Impact ability to it for a mere 16,000 gp after which he plans to increase the enhancement bonus a few times.

Dark Archive

I spent 39 Prestige Points and upwards of 15k on leaving my faction. Something I knew I was doing from around level 2.

My Paladin wound up routinely sabotaging his own faction missions just to thwart Zarta Dralneen. *Spoiler* was just too much, even for him.

Spoiler:
Eyes of the Ten

Shadow Lodge 4/5

My Seeker spent around 18 PP to change his faction after his nemesis(a certain Jacquo) was no more and then outfitted a ship with 10 more PP.

Let's just say that I'm slowly starting to consider the Andoren prestige awards. Finally have the PP for a resurrection after EotT I-IV.

Another character of has a habit of buying a memento or, when there's no price available, otherwise acquiring a keepsake representing each mission he has completed.

Mementos, recognize any?:
(copied straight from inventory so no determiners here) Allosaurus' teeth vambraces, ancient Azlanti coin with a fish motif, Abyss-tainted wasp(dead, in a jar), book on meteorology ("The man behind the rain"), broken ship's oar, broken Ulfen pint, compass, crowbar(halfling-sized), diary of Mistress Bourtze, etching of a primitive witch cult pictogram, black norgorberite masque, Gebbite conscription forms, husky dog tail token, infernal cast-iron key, lucky amber bauble, mi-go head in formaldehyde, Mr Baker (ghoul's head), silver light hammer, Lissalan torture device, knotted rope, smashed Jistkan phylactery(golem manual index), skeleton key, some silver spurs, unholy symbol of Abraxas

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Wisconsin—Madison aka Totenpfuhl

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Muser wrote:


Another character of has a habit of buying a memento or, when there's no price available, otherwise acquiring a keepsake representing each mission he has completed.

I was shocked not to find

memento:
a miniature book of fairy erotica

Sovereign Court

Sean Ennis wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Man, you're just being mean.

Good thing I prepared Explosive Runes today *KABOOM!* ;)

Silver Crusade

Well, if we're going to talk about free momentos, my barbarian has kept the head of every dragon he's ever killed. At level 14, he's up to 4 of them. He had them stuffed and mounted on the walls of his home in Absalom.

Purely fluff, since I have no idea how much that would cost, and they have no mechanical impact on anything.


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Damn! i was honestly expecting to see people posting pictures of kick ass Sinkholes, oh well:)

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Agent, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

Totenpfuhl wrote:
Muser wrote:


Another character of has a habit of buying a memento or, when there's no price available, otherwise acquiring a keepsake representing each mission he has completed.

I was shocked not to find

** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Pointless! At that size, the staple completely covers up all the good parts of the centerfold.
Shadow Lodge 4/5

Vittorio's(that's the memento-hoarder and he carries his collection everywhere, especially the pickled, somewhat necrotically animate heads) faction mate is a dwarven rogue whose penchant for psychoactive mushrooms and liking of faction leader pornography are infamous.

Yes, these people represent the Society. Yes, they keep sending them on diplomatic missions requiring finesse and tact. No, Temel Passad's wine cellar stood no chance.

2/5

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As the player of the aforementioned dwarf rogue who has mushrooms growing in his hair and beard and ale in one of the pockets of his handy haversack with a hose with which he can drink directly from it, I also have two other characters who collect odd things.

The first is an elf arcane trickster who has an abstract painting by a cultist of Groetus, a cute rat caught by a fellow druid party member, the bed of the boss of Lissalan cultists, masterwork sketch of Drandle Dreng and a wooden bust of his own face. All found from various scenarios.

The other is an elf alchemist who's mortally afraid of gods and who collects empty CLW wands. Ey has six of them at level 12.

Sovereign Court

Entilzha wrote:
As to the OP question, I don't have many high level characters (highest currently is level 4; I don't play often, and I have new-character-itis, so it makes it hard for me to get to high level). However, I could foresee that same Bard getting the Crown of Conquest, a Rod of Lordly Might, and spending PP for servants (Chronicler, Herald, and/or Seneschal) and his own Coastal Island. :D

Just as an update, my Bard has now spent 1 PP on his Herald, Al'Akbar (bonus points if you know where that name comes from!). Now just need to save up some PP for that Coastal Island...

And also must think of how to have my Herald properly introduce my Bard...

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Agent, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

Entilzha wrote:
Entilzha wrote:
As to the OP question, I don't have many high level characters (highest currently is level 4; I don't play often, and I have new-character-itis, so it makes it hard for me to get to high level). However, I could foresee that same Bard getting the Crown of Conquest, a Rod of Lordly Might, and spending PP for servants (Chronicler, Herald, and/or Seneschal) and his own Coastal Island. :D

Just as an update, my Bard has now spent 1 PP on his Herald, Al'Akbar (bonus points if you know where that name comes from!). Now just need to save up some PP for that Coastal Island...

And also must think of how to have my Herald properly introduce my Bard...

Seems to me he would introduce you by emphasizing your sense of dignity, duty, faithfulness, and guardianship.

5/5

My cleric of Nethys is very proud of her martial skills, in addition to the usual magic, and has just managed the purchase of Adamantine Full Plate at L.7. Still scraping up for the +1.

My cleric of Gozreh slowly built up to a Trident of Warning, even though he fights with his fists.

Silver Crusade 2/5 RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 aka cartmanbeck

UllarWarlord wrote:

We all have that favorite thing, our own personal 'bauble' on our characters. Whether it's a favorite weapon, instrument, or even a simple wondrous item, everyone has a signature item.

Some of us invest a tad too much in our signature items.

Take me, for example. I sunk about...10k, give or take, as well as 5 PP into a homunculus familiar that's basically a disarm/steal/trip bot that flies above the fray, harrying foes with his whip. The 5 PP was to retrain him out of Lightning Reflexes into Whip Prof, I sunk 4k to give him an extra HD (and Agile Maneuvers), and I spent a pretty penny to give him vanish as a 1/day SLA. Perhaps I'll give him a breath weapon later on.

Now, I have a friend who dreams big. And by 'dream big', I mean he has his sights set on an enormous purchase: an airship. I didn't believe it was PFS-legal at first, but...I was proven wrong. though I doubt it was intentional that vehicles could be bough, it turns out they can, airships among them. 50k is the price tag - that's a LOT of Fame needed. To top it all off, he's a Vow of Poverty Monk! The airship will be his only possession!

But enough about my exploits. What are your adorable money pits?

How has no one asked yet in this thread HOW to get the airship? Is it in a specific book? Or do you combine a bunch of stuff??

Sczarni

Pretty much all of my characters have sleeves of many garments. They're cheap though, so it's not a real sinkhole.

Kyras (my Ninja) has the Shard of Greed from playing Shattered Star in PFS mode. Ever since, he's carried a larger and larger collection of jewels on him. Currently he's sporting 7500 gold in Jewelry.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Northwest aka WalterGM

It's just in Ultimate Combat, cartmanbeck.


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trollbill wrote:
The only thing I think I have done this on is my 4th level Dwarf Barbarian dumping all of his cash on a +1 Adamantine Dwarven Longhammer. He named it "Diplomacy."

My Dwarven Fighter/Barbarian (Seeker now) named his large waraxe "Prosperity". He thinks it's funny when prosperity rains down upon his enemies. It's now a +4 Courageous Furious Large Dwarven Waraxe. Maybe my favorite money sink so far.

Another (almost Seeker level!) character of mine has spent his money on such items as a +6 headband, a regular rod of Persistent spell, and the cost of "reacquiring" a familiar (or two). Seems they don't last long under his command.

Grand Lodge

I have a couple of characters that spent a decent amount of resources on flavorful, but not overly useful things.

My 14th level cleric acquired a pathfinder lodge. It is his plan to use the 10 prestige allotment of followers each scenarios to have 10 different heralds all announcing him as something different. Either that or buy a palanquin and have 2 porters carry him everywhere.

My other character (my big, dumb fighter) spent 15 prestige and some gold in retraining so that he could have a dog (nature soul, animal ally, and boon companion feats). He did this after he befriended a guard dog in a scenario. He is now has a dog animal companion. His dog even died once and I didn't change it to a more "effective" animal because I played it as his brothers just got him a new dog and told him that Puppy was just sick.

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