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The question is a bit inaccurate: the monster entry for strix lists the example strix as Neutral. So, in this case, Paizo seems to agree with the question asker. That said, the remainder of my answer assumes that the entry did make them Evil, since plenty of creatures are marked Evil for similar reasons. Don’t try too hard to make alignment make ...


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For an analogy, Gnomes have a long time enmity with humanoid reptilian, possibly due past aggression, and have developed tactics to fight against them more efficiently. Are gnomes evil due to that? Not every lizard man out there is evil, but some of them are, and gnomes may have very good reasons to act paranoid and aggressive when lizard men are around. ...


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No Dragonborn, the race, get no resists by default. That is not to say that they get no resists however. If a dragonborn takes the: Argentum Alliance paragon path, they get cold damage added to their breath weapon, and resist cold, Storm dragon paragon path(requiring lightning as a breath weapon) gets resist thunder and lightning, Wyrmtouched Amulet: ...


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No, you cannot augment the bonus human at-will power at all. From the glossary definition of Augmentable: When a racial trait lets an adventurer choose an extra at-will attack power and the adventurer chooses an augmentable at-will attack power, the power loses both the augmentable keyword and its augmentations. I wouldn't recommend making a house ...


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First, we need to look at the rules for cover: Cover (-2 Penalty to Attack Rolls): The target is around a corner or protected by terrain. For example, the target might be in the same square as a small tree, obscured by a small pillar or a large piece of furniture, or behind a low wall. And creatures and cover: Creatures and Cover: When you make a ...


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There are many races/classes with a combat bonus against a specific race due to enmity. Why should the Strix be viewed as necessarily evil because their chosen race is human? In a little more depth - if a Strix hates humans, will attack any he sees, and hurt them as badly as possible before finally killing them, then that's probably evil. If, however, ...


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Absolutely Not This is one of the biggest and most common sources of problems in 3.5. There are a huge number of feats, most of them very weak, whose existence implies that the only way to have that background is to take the feat. Nonsense! and there’s no such rule, either. You take the feat if you want the mechanical benefit, end of story.


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There seems to be a conflict here. The WOTC online compendium Psion entry gives a different ruling: When a racial trait grants you an at-will attack power of your choice and you choose an augmentable at-will attack power, the power loses its augmentations. However, the power does not lose the augmentable keyword. This means the power is ...


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Okay, so this question seems like it has two closely-related parts: do the rules require the feat in question to benefit from the background trait, and should they? Is it Required? No. This one's simple. At no point do the rules state or imply a requirement. The feat option is different from the background option, and the conceptual redundancy between the ...


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As Kryan says, the alignment system was really made for dungeon crawls and doesn't stand up under scrutiny. But to answer your question, I would say No, that isn't enough. Imagine a Strix who truly hates humans, but has adopted a religion with some version of "Love thy neighbor as yourself." He might hate humans, but remembers his religion and constantly ...


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RAW, it means that you add Bluff or Diplomacy -your choice- to your class skills (check the corresponding box), and gain a +2 (to write in the Misc. Mod column of your sheet) to the skill. If both are already class skills, well, that's something the trait won't bring you. You still get the +2 though. Since it is considered a class skill, you also get the ...


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Bonuses of Different Types Stack So Racial and Feat and Item bonuses all stack with one another. Thus, in the first case, you do get +4 to AC, as well as +2 to Fort/Ref/Will. And in the second case, yes, the bonus does stack with the Tusk Shield. As for the Tusk Shield, yes, it means for Opportunity Attacks. As long as you are in the process of charging, ...


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Can a Shardmind use these components? Requirement: You must have the living construct racial trait to use this item. If this is the only requirement, and there's no references to "You must be a Warforged" in the item's stat block, then yes, you can equip those items. Shardminds have the Living Construct racial trait. Can they be made from crystal, and ...


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If your DM plays by the rule, then the rules are on your side. Actually even if she/he would argue that Warforged components are for Warforged only, I would say that crafting Sharmind components (basically a crystal version of warforged components) is totally possible by the rules. So if you play RAW then yes, it's totally ok.


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I would say yes. According to the compendium rules for determining cover DDI, an enemy can provide cover for another enemy against you. If one or two of those lines are blocked by an obstacle or an enemy, the target has cover. Ergo, your allies can provide you cover against your enemies.


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The racial trait from Strix is called Hatred, but it's explained as a militaristic training to fight against Humans who consistently try to invade their lands, this training translates into a racial bonus on attack rolls. An what makes humans so special that disliking them makes you I here try evil? A Strix could just as easily own an all-Halfling orphanage, ...


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It's not what you think that makes you evil, its how you act. If they actively try to hurt humans, they are evil. If they think about hurting humans but do not act unless provoked or have good reason, they are not. That said, alignment can be a very subjective topic and will probably vary from group to group. Have you checked with your GM/Players about ...


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The Spellscale’s racial abilities are another consideration for your choice of feats, but they do not, themselves, make other metamagic feats pointless. Metamagic is kind of awkward in 3.5. Most metamagic feats, including all of those that the Spellscale can get, cost more than they’re usually worth: they might occasionally be worthwhile ...


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Let me share my thoughts on this quandry regarding allies and cover. The DM is ultimately the deciding factor regardless of your rules interpretation, but: *Regarding the original question going from general to specific: Cover in general can apply to any kind of attack, but cover from creatures applies only in the instance of ranged attacks, and to no ...


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After just seeing a reference to Cunning Sneak in the Rogue class description [ddi], I think they can ... Cunning Sneak You don’t take a penalty to Stealth checks for moving more than 2 squares, and you take a –5 penalty instead of a -10 penalty to Stealth checks for running. If you end your movement at least 3 squares away from your starting ...


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I believe the default assumption in DnD is that allies never grant cover for the purposes of stealth, even when the wording is "any" cover. I base my RAI interpretation on the Assassin class, which has a class feature that's worded something like, from memory, "Allies grant cover to you for the purposes of stealth." It feels like it would step on the class ...



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