I'm thinking about playing an oracle in Pathfinder with the Child curse. He stopped aging at roughly 7 years old. He is now around 18-20 years old, still looks like a kid.
I think it would be fun to roleplay so I would fully encourage the DM to have NPC comment on the age difference even if it causes trouble (in fact, I almost want more trouble with regular NPCs, if only to justify his getting more leeway in using his apparent age to his advantage elsewhere).
Obviously proving his age so people will take him seriously is going to be a problem for him. I'm trying to think through how he handles this. Thus I have two questions.
How much will the regular population be open to accept that an apparent child could be older due to magic? I've never been clear on how much the common NPC ran into magic, or how common Oracles were. Is the concept almost as foreign to them as it would be for a child to come up to me and claim to be an adult with a perpetuity gland condition? or will the common presence of magic, and perhaps even knowledge of Oracles and curses, make people more open to accepting the concept? If he claims to be an Oracle will people have any idea what he is even talking about?
Are there methods that the oracle may use to try to 'prove' his age. I'm not looking for anything foolproof; in fact I wouldn't want foolproof since it takes away the challenge of the curse. However, what methods would a lower level oracle have available to at least suggest he may be older or should otherwise be taken seriously? What might he try even if it doesn't work very well just because he is grasping for any chance to be taken seriously by strangers? Before I realized dancing lights wasn't in pathfinder I thought there may be some things he could do with it as an orison to get attention; but none of the oracle orisons look like they have the same potential.
- If the oracle demonstrates that he can use magic how much of a difference will this be in getting others to take him seriously? Again, I don't know how frequent every day NPCs run into magic. Does seeing any magic make them more likely to accept magic curses? Do they have a concept of magic level, would they look at an orison and argue any child sorcerer could manage something that simple, but see a level 5 spell and figure that anyone that strong likely is older etc?
I don't know if it matters, but I'm thinking a life mystery (not sure it synergieses as well with child curse, but I'm not much of a munchkin). While not committed I'm thinking Aasimar for race but with Scion of Humanity trait so he still looks mostly human (I want him to look like a simple kid at first glance). Halo trait is something I was eying as an option similar to dancing lights orison, a "look, I'm special, maybe you should trust me about other unique stuff I claim" gimmick as well; not sure how well it would work (if it doesn't work at all, or works too well, I might want to avoid it).