We are wrapping up our campaign and the GM is going to run another game, which has us all talking about what our new characters will be. After both my character and his cohort took single level dips into the class, I wanted to create a pure Oracle. Human for the rediculous favored class option, with the Deaf/Tongues dual curse and Battle mystery to utilize the Surprising Charge + Silence counterspell combo. Also, silent swordswomen are really frigging cool.
1) I'll probably be using the Combat Maneuver revelation from 7th level on. I had been thinking about the Dirty Trick maneuver for its versatility and the fact that it will probably never go stale. But if you're using a CMB a lot, you'll really want a weapon that grants a bonus to it, and a weapon that grants a bonus to Dirty Trick doesn't exist. Then of course, there's the Improved Crit and final revelation to consider when choosing a weapon... So. What combat maneuver and weapon should I choose?
2) I'll be taking Eldritch Heritage for the Arcane bloodline, for the automatic quicken spells and the 3 Wizard spells to be added to the spell list. The first ability you get from that chain is Arcane Bond. I know that, in a vacuum, getting the familiar is almost always the right way to go, but since I'll always be using one weapon, the ability to bypass Craft Magic Arms and Armor could be huge... Is there reason enough to actually get an arcane bond instead of a familiar?
I'm restricted to the PRD (not d20pfsrd). Finding Haleen would have been a wonderful option for the character, but alas...