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The Dragon Needn't Be a True Dragon As Aaron's answer indicates, dragons that have appropriate CRs for the party will be at most Medium. Although that means the dragon could be, potentially, the size of a professional wrestler, for a dragon that's sort of... unimpressive. I suggest the following. Use a creature that could be mistaken for a dragon Were ...


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I don't know if the V:tM players are familiar with D&D/PF, but if they're not, it would be a bit annoying for them to have to learn the rules, and it would put them at a disadvantage (enjoyment-wise) by the other players. What I think would be best for a one-shot game aimed more at creating nostalgia and memories is to use a system that none of the ...


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Yes they do: Elf Blood: Half-elves count as both elves and humans for any effect related to race. -PRD Half-Elf Racial Traits


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Yes, as that's what the rule says you can do. If you are having trouble visualizing it, "steam" might help. You can freely have e.g. flaming and frost enchantments on the same sword - there's no "they cancel each other out" rules anywhere. If you allow it, you figure out how to justify/skin it, but combinations of "opposed" energies are completely ...


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In Pathfinder, you take actions on your turn. Normally, everyone gets a turn in each round. So in a one-on-one situation, you will take a turn, and your opponent will take a turn, and both together make up a single round. You will get ten turns before the spell expires, one in each round. You’d get the same ten turns in the ten-man brawl; everyone gets one ...


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3.5 The defintiion of "living" according to the WOTC website D&D glossary and Monster Manual III's glossary on page 215. Living Any creature with a Constitution score is a living creature. Constructs and undead are not living creatures. Pathfinder (With thanks to Louis Huppenbauer) There is something similar under the entry for Constitution: ...


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I'm going to support @BBlake on this one by pointing out that this is theoretically a problem for basically any type of elemental interacting with the normal universe. What happens if I summon an Ice Elemental into a sauna? What happens if I summon a Mud Elemental on top of a sand pit? What happens if I summon a Lightning Elemental into an armoury? What ...


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The easiest way would be to scry on your target. Simple cast a scrying spell, and you can see the area immediately around the subject. Since you can see the area, it counts as "studied carefully" for the purposes of Teleport, which makes it pretty easy to get there. Since you're familiar with them, they get a -5 to the will save, assuming they don't want ...


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Profession(Cook, butcher or similar) or survival would be useful to identify the normal kinds of wild meat game (for survival) or the most usual types of meat used in cooking (for the professions), or to determine that a certain kind of meat is not one of the usual types, but not necesarily be able to identify it. Honestly, unless the characters had ...


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The motives and actions you've described are not presciptively tied to any alignment; alignment is fuzzy enough that he can be justified as having any alignment you wish to choose for him. Both fame and fortune are unaligned motivations, that is, not really solidly towards any particular alignment, including True Neutral or any other kind of Neutral. Fame ...


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Put the dragon in a bad situation The dragon doesn't need to be able to lose in a fair fight if it doesn't get a fair fight. There are a few ways circumstances could conspire to give the PCs a significant edge: Have the dragon already be fighting something else when the players show up (something it would be able to defeat if not for the players' ...


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Diplomacy have a built-in limit: You cannot use Diplomacy against a creature that does not understand you or has an Intelligence of 3 or less. So, you can use it on Ooze, Brain - it has Int, telepathy 100ft and language. But it is exceptional ooze, no longer mindless. For Plants, you can try Awaken them, and then use this skill as normal. Certain ...


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The fire elemental Burn ability specifically states that: A fire elemental deals fire damage in addition to damage dealt on a successful hit in melee. and that Creatures that hit a burning creature with natural weapons or unarmed attacks take fire damage as though hit by the burning creature and must make a Reflex save to avoid catching on ...


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There is a Wyrmling Blue Dragon that is only a CR 5 encounter that might suit what you are after more than redesigning a creature, though that is a very young, Small sized dragon that might not fit the backstory. If you need to design a monster that is meant to be a weaker/younger version of a monster you can also use templates such as the Young Template to ...


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You Just Nerf Them Adventures do this all the time. Take the creature you want and then weaken it. This can be via templates like Young or Drunk as @Aaron suggests. It can also be done simply by wounding it or messing it up. Take as an example the feared Crag Linnorm. Well, in the Jade Regent AP there was this variant "wounded" crag linnorm with missing ...


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One key to making this work is getting everyone to accept that it's experimental, just a one-time thing, and there will be hiccups. The players and GM need to work as a team to make the game run, so set aside DM vs. PC antagonism if anyone is used to playing in that style. If your game wasn't going to involve system-driven combat encounters, I'd suggest ...


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For the purpose of ASF (a "limitation") medium mithral armor is considered light Armor proficiency (Light/Medium/Heavy) Benefit: When you wear [type] armor, the armor check penalty for that armor applies only to Dexterity- and Strength-based skill checks. Normal: A character who is wearing armor with which he is not proficient applies its armor ...


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Snowball does NOT deal [cold, water] damage. It is a [cold, water] spell that deals cold damage. [cold, water] is its descriptor, cold is its damage type (from the text). If you use your bloodline arcana, it would not deal [fire, water] damage. [fire, water] is a descriptor, not a damage type. It would simply deal fire instead of cold, but the spell's ...


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Perception seems to fit the bill. It's a DC 5 check to determine whether food you're about to eat is spoiled; at higher DCs, one should be able to tell whether the meat they're eating is actually pig or lamb or…something else less salubrious. Plus, it's tied to Wisdom and the senses, both of which would be in use here.


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While there's nothing that specifically calls out the Summoner's Eidolon ritual, I'm going to use the rules for casting time: A spell that takes 1 minute to cast comes into effect just before your turn 1 minute later (and for each of those 10 rounds, you are casting a spell as a full-round action, just as noted above for 1-round casting times). These ...


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Thinking of this as a one-off interdimensional travel lead me to think about a (remarkably equivalent) conceit being the center of Harry Potter and the Natural 20. In short, it tells the hilariously funny fiction of a genre-aware 3.5 wizard dropping into Hogwarts and steadfastly maintains the truth behind each universe. The imported little Munchkin, Milo, ...


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Any means one in this case. Once per round as a move action, you can direct the wall of lava to erupt. This causes a plume of lava to fire at any target within 60 feet of either side of the wall, but reduces the wall's overall size by 1d4 5-foot square sections. You must make a ranged touch attack to hit the target, which takes 10d6 points of fire damage ...


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By RAW, only leveling. Base Attack Bonus is a class feature, and it changes when you gain a level in some class. Though there are prestige classes that advance spellcasting AND base attack bonus simultaneously, for example Eldritch Knight. Take a look around, there should be more of them, at least in 3.5 there were. You also might want to adapt Battle ...


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Natural weapons operate under different rules than do manufactured weapons, which are covered in the Universal Monster Rules and in the Combat Rules. The short version is, you get to attack once with each natural weapon, regardless of how many iterative attacks you have from high BAB. So if your BAB was +6/+1, you would get to attack once with each claw, ...


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Option 1 is the correct answer here Ability checks always add up d20 + ability modifier + situational modifiers, as long as this is greater or equal to the DC then you succeed at the task. This applies to all ability checks for all ability scores. In terms of a natural 20, this is entirely up to your DM from what I can find. For the group that I DM I allow ...


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Yes, all items implicitly allow saves for effects that mimic spells with saves. Aura faint enchantment; CL 3rd Slot ring; Price 10,800 gp; Weight — Description A ring of animal friendship always bears some sort of animal-like design in its craftsmanship. On command, this ring affects an animal as if the wearer had cast charm animal, ...


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That is a lot of questions, actually. Fly PFSRD on the matter: You generally need only make a Fly check when you are attempting a complex maneuver. Without making a check, a flying creature can remain flying at the end of its turn so long as it moves a distance greater than half its speed. The complex maneuver table there lists the actions possible ...


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Given that pig and baboon heart and muscle can be, and in fact was, successfully transplanted into humans, and they resume their work (see Xenotransplantation), I do not believe that anything short of magic or epic-level skill check could be used to distinguish so small pig ham piece from equally small human ham piece. Pigs are used in xenotransplant ...


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You use the item’s caster level. The only exception to this is for staves, which you use your stats if they are higher.


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Per the challenging the frame meta, I will endeavor to answer this question straight, first. But I want it to be clear that I think the best approach to alignment isn’t to “make it work” but to throw it out altogether. If you insist on having alignment, however, the best approach I have seen, that allows for internal consistency and ...



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