How can I go about having my Half-Orc character have red skin?


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Grand Lodge

As the title says...I want to have a red skinned Half-Orc.

I have thought of a few possible ways to accomplish this...

First...it's just a cosmetic mutation and has no effect on game play. Easiest way.

Second...Full body tattoos, either via the Sacred Tattoo alternate racial trait, or paying gold for tattoos (figure max tattoo price, 20gp from APG or Ultimate Equipment). Almost as easy as the first option, maybe cost a few gold.

Third option...some sort of magic. Could be complicated, and I primarily play PFS, so permanent magic effects are basically a no go.

Other options? I am open to suggestions.

Thanks


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Prestidigitation can change the colour of things.
Easy!

Grand Lodge

Prestidigitation only lasts for an hour at a time though, I am looking for a more permanent solution.


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Just add it to your characters backstory that he almost died of red ache when he was little, several times, as a result his skin stayed red.


Maybe hat of disguise or similar can do it?

Grand Lodge

I kinda like the Red Ache thing...its got my mind working on some fun backstory elements, like an infestation of giant ticks in the area he grew up in.

Probably going to have to get with my local GMs and talk over my options.


Might just be a symptom of a great curse at play...

Edit: Oops, PFS... that really does limit options severely to nothing but pure fluff options.


this is a mainly fluff area but there can be in game effects from "reskinning". As there are stylistic and thematic impacts it may hit harder in a home game.

If the GM and player agree that there are going to be no mechanical effects then it's a done deal as it then doesn't matter (PFS).

So talk to your GM.


Search the Boards for the yellow tengu thread and see if they ever had a resolution.


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You played with your mom/dad's rod of wonder and it accidentally went off and turned you red. (Red isn't in the list of colors it can change you to, but not all rods of wonder have to be the same)


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Ethnicity.

Skin condition.

Perpetually bashful.


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Or your half-orc character could just spend too much time out in the sun.

I can personally confirm that that method works for lighter skinned humans, so why wouldn't it work for half-orcs?

Grand Lodge

The local VL said they have no problem with it, so my red half-orc is a go :)


"Human" half came from Akiton, and you take more after the human half.

(Akitonians are actually red, but are otherwise mechanically identical to humans.)

Grand Lodge

Oh...looked up the Yellow Terngu thread...Bob Jonquet was absolutely fine with it, so long as the player wasn't trying to gain a mechanical advantage with it.

Dark Archive

It doesn't materially change the game in any way, so it is a go (PFS anyway). You can be hairy, furry, clean skinned, red, blue, purple, or a normal skin color. It will not affect how people react to you (as a half-orc). So it doesn't matter to Society Play. Just like I can have a cat familiar and it doesn't matter if it is a black, tabby, or cream color. It is still a cat familiar.

They say "no re-skinning" in the guide, but as explained on many a thread what is meant by this is that you can't re-skin a cat into a dragon form (and get a flying cat). You can have a hairless cat who wears little dragon wings on a vest you made for them if you want to dress your cat up as a dragon. Two completely different things. One does not materially impact the game (a dragon outfit for your cat) and one does (an actual dragon cat). You can't have a dragon familiar.


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Well, you can have a Drake familiar with the rules out of Legacy of Dragons, so you kind of CAN have a dragon familiar. . .

Grand Lodge

I believe there is a way to get a psuedodragon familiar as well.

Sovereign Court

There is a particular scenario that allows you some small mutations for PFS. I would recommend GMing so you can choose the mutation and not leave it up to the GM.

Scenario in question - NO LOOKY:
8-22 Wrath of the Fleshwarped Queen, Protoflesh Mutation boon

When I ran it, one of the players ended up with an extra finger on each hand, and my GM credit ended up with (cosmetically) solid gold eyes.

maouse33 wrote:
They say "no re-skinning" in the guide, but as explained on many a thread what is meant by this is that you can't re-skin a cat into a dragon form (and get a flying cat). You can have a hairless cat who wears little dragon wings on a vest you made for them if you want to dress your cat up as a dragon.

One of my other characters has a hawk familiar from a domain. However, it is painted like a parrot because he's a pirate and treats it like a parrot (though its obviously not). I mean, he can talk to it, so he doesn't understand why no one else can understand the "parrot."


Full body tattoo.

Non-magical, readily available, does not wash off.

Dark Archive

Glad you were allowed the red skin. Maybe red is the half-orc "albino" color.


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Dajur wrote:
Glad you were allowed the red skin. Maybe red is the half-orc "albino" color.

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Isn't white the "albino color" for everything that has albinism? Deer do not have their own "albino color", nor do crocodiles, nor do, in fact, trees. Did you perhaps mean to say "Glad you were allowed the red skin. Maybe there is a congenital disorder that half-orcs can have that causes them to have red skin, a congenital disorder that I, for reasons unknown, conflate with albinism."? Because that would make more sense.

Grand Lodge

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There is a condition similar to albinism that makes things yellow instead called xanthochroism.

The one that causes unusual red pigmentation is called Erythrism.

Melanism is the opposite of albinism.

There///that is a thing you know now :)

Dark Archive

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Asmodeus' Advocate wrote:
Dajur wrote:
Glad you were allowed the red skin. Maybe red is the half-orc "albino" color.

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Isn't white the "albino color" for everything that has albinism? Deer do not have their own "albino color", nor do crocodiles, nor do, in fact, trees. Did you perhaps mean to say "Glad you were allowed the red skin. Maybe there is a congenital disorder that half-orcs can have that causes them to have red skin, a congenital disorder that I, for reasons unknown, conflate with albinism."? Because that would make more sense.

You are looking way to far into what I said.


Actually tattoos are allowed in PFS. Using the rules of pricing for tattoos, my halfling paid 110g to have his entire body tattoo'd green, and this is a society legal character. So yea... thats an easy way.

Dark Archive

Asmodeus' Advocate wrote:
Dajur wrote:
Glad you were allowed the red skin. Maybe red is the half-orc "albino" color.

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Isn't white the "albino color" for everything that has albinism? Deer do not have their own "albino color", nor do crocodiles, nor do, in fact, trees. Did you perhaps mean to say "Glad you were allowed the red skin. Maybe there is a congenital disorder that half-orcs can have that causes them to have red skin, a congenital disorder that I, for reasons unknown, conflate with albinism."? Because that would make more sense.

Full body rosacea. Bad sunburn. Dropped in a dye vat as a kid. Covered in fresh blood. Body tattoo. All kinds of ways to be red. lol.

And my point about the dragon familiar is that you may be able to have a cat or a dragon type familiar, but you can't have a cat who gets "re-skinned" into having dragon type stats, nor vice versa, no dragon familiars who (stat block wise) look like a cat. With polymorph/illusion of course they can cosmetically look like whatever you want. In PFS anyway.


I've seen red, grey, green, and white orcs in all sorts of rpg. I've also need very red humans, along with brown, white, beige, pink, and blue humans. I turn into a red one when in the sun for more than 2 minutes.

Red skin orc has child with blue human = purple half orc.

Now part of your back story must how you cured your blues.

You seek out for the love of your life in hopes of finding such a being, when you stumble across a neutral good female gnome barbarian/bard with hot pink hair. She wields a great axe which she occasionally plays heavy metal from. But for the most part is used to decapitate her foes in mighty combat! A truly spectacular feat that makes your loins swell with joy.

The music ain't half bad either.

You are now a red skinned half orc.

This may not be society legal but it's a hell of a lot more interesting.
Reasoning for musical interest is because mother was a bard (typical of blue humans) and most men date their mothers.
Reasoning for bloodlust killing ... you're an orc and want to grow up to just like your daddy!


You overdosed on demon blood and it changed your skin color.


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Fell in a vat of playing card dye during a heist that was interrupted by a vigilante dressed as a bat...


have your orc parent not drink the fel demon blood

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