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    Quote Originally Posted by Qik View Post
    Hmm - I'll have to check out the Great Chasm proposal - I think that was slightly before my time.

    In that case, DC, I feel like that's what we're already doing, no? HM's Horselords of the Pell, for instance, suggests a fluff that characters with certain abilities would gravitate towards. By creating fluff, we're already creating cultures which suggest certain tie-ins to the mechanics.

    I'm not trying to be snarky - I feel like we're already doing what you're suggesting (at least as I understand it), if in a disorderly and ad hoc way (which probably can't be helped).
    I suppose I just prefer more order than chaos in my RPG's, but I suppose a tad bit of chaos can't be helped
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    Again, I see your point, but in a collective setting like this, I think quasi-chaos is the best we can hope for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkason View Post
    Oddly enough, I think they may be one of my favorites of what I've read. I thought they might actually fit really well in Heth (land of plague and poison) and/or Rhat'matanis (a bit more eastern-themed, where they might have been bred by the sorcerer-priests). Of course, the latter may have to do with the fact that, as soon as I skimmed over them, I thought "darnit, Ru would have been a great Vishkanya."
    Figures.

    Your comment inspired me to return to them. Although there's something about the fluff that makes me cringe (that picture doesn't help...), I can see the upside. Their mechanics are quite possibly the first I've seen that make poison use really viable in PF without house rules of some sort. They're certainly on the unique end of the spectrum, which is a bonus. And the Subtle Appearance alternate racial trait provides them with a viable way to blend in.

    If they do get approved, I'd be cool with you recasting Ru as a human-looking Vishkanya. (For whatever that's worth. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qik View Post
    Your comment inspired me to return to them. Although there's something about the fluff that makes me cringe (that picture doesn't help...), I can see the upside.
    I've got some ideas percolating that would recast their fluff; been thinking on the 'created by sorcerer-priests' bit and the caste system in Rhat'matanis, and I think the combination might make them more interesting than the vague 'alien beauty' stuff. But, that's for after working out the pre-existing races.

    Speaking of those, went through our 4 non-core races for my final 'sticking point' bullets (the others are earlier in the thread, here). Here's what I came up with:

    * Long-Nose Form, Tengu Wings, and Tengu Raven Form (Tengu feats, pg 166-7): They don't seem overpowered from a crunch perspective, I suppose, but it does seem odd that a non-SLA race has so many SLA feats available. It may work with the LPF fluff, though, where Tengus were originally servants to a god (and thus they might conceivably retain a measure of otherworldly magic?).

    * Fiendish Vessel (Tiefling Archetype, pg 171): Probably goes without saying, but since the archetype requires a fiendish patron and exact alignment match, I think it should be out of bounds for PCs under the 'no evil characters' rule. Honestly, even if you could create a neutral fiend as your patron, I think the intent of the archetype is such that I'm not especially comfortable with it for PCs.

    * Strongtail (Merfolk Alt trait, pg 195): I think I've heard more than enough good argument against this trait. Losing speed in a little-used movement mode for increasing one you use all the time doesn't really seem like much of a trade-off outside of aquatic campaigns.
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    Out of the three of those, the one that bothers me the least is the Tengu. I also thought the introduction of SLAs seemed a bit unintegrated into the race as a whole, but I can live with that. Like you said, we can find ways to explain them within our own canon.

    From the remaining two, the Strongtail merfolk racial trait is the one the strikes me as the most problematic. I would be against including it into LPF. I suppose an extra 10' isn't catastrophically over-powered, as there are already ways around the merfolk's speed limitations, but I don't like the idea of making it that much easier for anyone.

    Fiendish Vessel - I see the problems with this, and imagine it will get excluded as well. It's kind of a shame, because, fluff extracted, it's an interesting archetype for a cleric - the whole free Improved Familiar is pretty awesome. But yes, the evil alignment/evil god-worshipping/evil fluff is a deal-breaker for LPF.

    In short: I'd say YES to the tengu without exception, and NO to the Fiendish Vessel and the Strongtail Merfolk trait.

    PS ~ Fiendish Vessel would make a great villain, though.

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    My thoughts, having not yet read or even seen the ARG:

    1. Merfolk already get a whopping natural armor bonus and ability bonuses with only the speed drawback. Frankly, I do not love any big bonus/big drawback race for PCs, because almost any big drawback can be easily worked around with a readily accessible combination of feats, traits, and class features, leaving only the big bonus for the charcater to enjoy. In this case, they're just taking away the big drawback from get-go.

    2. Dear sweet Jesus, please please please no catfolk. Please please please please please please please please please please no. Cat-headed races are dead, rotting, pustulent, festering, maggot-ridden horse carcasses that most fantasy-race creators cannot resist beating with the biggest hammer they can find. I beg you not to do this to LPF.

    3. I'm not totally opposed to regional variants of races. Not that I have any idea what this entails, but Daylily (and Cavernous Hode to a lesser extent) seem a bit different than the mainstream racial variants. But I can live with it either way.

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    I think regional variants could easily be handled with the racial alternate features; just do something similar to what they did in the ARG along those lines. The variants are basically a collection of suggested alternate features that combine to give a specific flavor.

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    I don't have any deep-seated hatred of catfolk, but I have to say that I also am not fond of them, either. Which is a shame, because I really like the mechanics offered for them in the ARG. But try as I might, I can't conceptualize them in a way which I think fits them into the setting (or any setting, really - they just seem forced).

    If people want to recommend traits and trait combinations associated with various cultures and locales, that would of course be fine. We've already done that at certain points, recommending things like classes and archetypes that would suit certain factions. I'm just against over-formalizing these sorts of things, and I don't think they're worth having major debates over (just my personal opinion, of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Systole View Post
    2. Dear sweet Jesus, please please please no catfolk. Please please please please please please please please please please no. Cat-headed races are dead, rotting, pustulent, festering, maggot-ridden horse carcasses that most fantasy-race creators cannot resist beating with the biggest hammer they can find. I beg you not to do this to LPF.
    Is it catfolk specifically that you hate so forcefully, or anthropomorphism in race creation in general? They aren't my favorites in the book, but I guess I've not encountered as much 'cat-headed love' as you have if it's the former.
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    I'm not entirely against anthros, but it has to be done well. For example, I happen to like to like tengu, because they're not simply humans with bird heads -- they're actually humanoid birds. Tengu are the exception to the general rule, however.
    Most of the time, anthro races amount to sticking a cat head on a human body and slapping a Dex bonus on the package. It's lazy race-making at best, and outright yiff at worst.

    I think catfolk could possibly be done well, but because of all the outright versions that are out there, the bar is set extremely high as far as I'm concerned.

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