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5 Questions Every Sorcerer Should Be Able to Answer

Sorcerers can be a bit of a problematic topic, depending on what edition of the game you play. If I remember correctly, they came into existence because a sizable chunk of the Player’s Handbook was for wizards only so they created another class that used the exact same spell list. So there are some originalists that do not feel they should exist. I’m more of a modernist in that sense where I accept the class as they are and go from there.

The basic concept of the class itself is that you can just do magical abilities. No matter the reason why, you can just wave your hands, utter what would otherwise sound like nonsense and BOOM magic happens. Frankly it sounds like that if the magic didn’t happen, you’d be locked up for insanity. But here you are, making with the magic. So yeah!

If you want to play a sorcerer, here are five questions that will help you get into your character. See our 5 Questions for bards, clerics, druids, fighters, monks, paladins, rogues, and wizards here.

1) How Did Your Magic First Manifest?

One day you were an average person. The next you were making sparks shoot out of your fingers or you levitated something or you made someone suddenly agree with you. Wait a second, how do you know that that last one wasn’t just a really persuasive argument? Simple, you tried it again without waving your arms or putting that same amount of force to your voice and it didn’t work. It is only when you did that exact same sequence over and over again that you realized that you were making magic. The same is true with the other spells you cast. You tried to make fire happen without waving your hands or suddenly gain the ability of perceiving magical auras by speaking different words but they simply don’t happen.

This brings us to a first if several non-obvious truths about the sorcerer class: sorcerers have to work hard at their magic. Being a wizard requires years if study while sorcerers just make the magic happen so it is easy to think that being a sorcerer is easy. That’s simply not true. There is no guidebook to being a sorcerer. Wizards literally have a book that says this is how you make magic; sorcerers have to reinvent the wheel for every new spell they want to cast. That requires lots of work and patience.

2) When Was The Last Time You Lost Control of Your Magic?

Like I said, being a sorcerer just happens. You did something and unexpectedly magic just happens. So was anyone hurt when you did that? How about the second time that happened? Third? How many times were you told to keep your magical powers under control after you broke something without meaning to? In your anger did you burn someone without meaning to? Is this why you left home and became an adventurer, because you feel you are a danger to those you care about decided to not return until you could control your new-found powers better?

3) Did You Always Choose to Use Your Magical Abilities for Good?

Frankly, I hope the answer to this one is “No.” It is far more of an interesting answer to decide to choose good instead of always being good. Say you left home in a hurry because you had burned someone, not bringing much in the way if food or supplies. You are now a homeless person. So if you manage to outrun the stories about yourself, you’re going to be hungry. So you walk into a tavern and and charm your way into a free meal and a night’s rest from the tavern owner. So when the tavern owner comes to their senses and brings their spouse comes to collect what you owe, you try again and fail and get run out of another town. Sooner or later (maybe after spending a few nights in jail for your actions, maybe after you saw someone in need and you helped and someone looked upon you favorably for the first time since you developed your powers), you realize that you have to clean up your act and can use your abilities to earn your keep instead of stealing it from others.

This brings us to the next non-obvious truth about sorcerers: it’s easy to go bad. Instead of choosing to clean up your act, suppose you always decided to stay selfish. Sure you did the occasional good deed so you could tell yourself you’re a good person, but much of the time you are motivated by your own wants and desires, ignoring the pain you cause others. That way is easier, even quicker. That is a seductive thought, one that your sorcerer should be able to understand, no matter which way they choose.

4) What Spell Is Inside of You That You Can’t Seem to Cast?

Much like Rincewind with a powerful spell inside of him that doesn’t want to come out, you should also have a powerful spell inside of you that doesn’t want to come out yet. You know it is inside of you, but you can’t seem to get it to come out yet. Maybe you don’t even have a name for it yet, but you can feel it inside if you, deep in your soul. Do you hold it back until you can control it? Perhaps you try to bring it out, but it simply will not come out yet. Is it asleep inside if you and you are not sure you want to wake it yet? This is why I like to make my sorcerers with a theme. You know you have a raging inferno inside if you and you try to tap into it and instead you only get burning hands. You try again and you get scorching ray. Then fireball and so in until you can fully tap into that power deep inside if you that you know is there.

This brings us to our last non-obvious truth about sorcerers: it should be confusing as hell. Why does flapping my arms and saying nonsense make magic happen when it doesn’t for someone else? Why can I now call forth this one spell when I couldn’t yesterday? How come I could make this magic spell before but I simply can’t now? There should be very little about your abilities that actually makes sense. That would make some seek stability. Which brings us to our last question:

5) What Do Your Fellow Adventurers Offer You?

Why are you with this group of adventurers instead some other group? The simple answer is that they offer you something that others cannot: stability and acceptance. Your powers can be viewed as weird or downright scary by those that do not understand them. For you to stay with your fellow adventurers, they must have accepted you for who you are. Maybe they express that acceptance while teasing you, but they will stand by your side if anyone is mean or attacks you. This group may very well be the most stable relationships you have had since you developed your powers. So the question then becomes, what will you do to defend them when they need you?

Greyrend, our signature sorcerer, left her clan of lycanthropes and other skinwalkers when she was only 12. She could only manifest her magical powers when she was angry and she did not have much control of her powers at first, making her an outcast. She tried to live among humans in her human form, but growing up among wolf-people didn’t imbue her with the greatest amount of social skills. While she can unleash destructive power, she prefers to focus on ways to enhance her natural fighting abilities and to adjust the minds of those that oppose her, making it feel like she has some acceptance, even if it is only for a little while. Since joining up with her fellow adventurers, she has had to change other people’s minds far less. They are helping her interact with others when she is less than socially graceful and teaching her how to get along better with others.

Greyrend is featured on the cover of the adventure Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Download this adventure today and check out all our Pathfinder, D&D 5e,13th Age, and Traveller titles today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: Pyroclastic Wight

I know it has been a while since we posted a monster on Wednesday. So we are making up for it by scheduling a number of Wednesday monsters and having them ready to go for a while.

For this week’s monster we bring you one from our adventure Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion. This undead horror is known as a pyroclastic wight. Formed when a creature is killed instantly by the wave of lava and volcanic
ash accompanying a volcanic eruption. Its body is vaporized instantly, but when the spirit cannot
accept the unexpected snuffing of their life, the creature returns as a pyroclastic wight. Its rage at the
unfairness of a death they didn’t even have time to mentally reconcile causes them to form a body out
of the cooling lava and ash, then seek to spread its excruciating death to as many others as it can. Download The Chaosfires Incursion today at the JBE Shop.

Pyroclastic Wight

This humanoid is made of a jagged volcanic rock exterior. Multiple cracks cover its form, leaking a
glowing orange light. Its eyes are blazing white hot fires—it is almost painful to gaze upon it.

Pyroclastic Wight CR 8

XP 4,800
NE Medium undead (fire)
Init +4; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +22
Aura pyroclastic aura (20 ft., DC 20)


Defenses


AC 22, touch 14, flat-footed 18 (+4 Dex, +8 natural)
hp 102 (12d8+48)
Fort +10, Ref +8, Will +9
Defensive Abilities undead traits; Immune fire
Weaknesses slowed by cold


Offense


Speed 35 ft.
Melee 2 slams +13 (1d6+3 plus 2d6 fire)
Ranged lava bomb +13 (6d6)
Special Attacks lava bomb, tephra
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th; concentration +16)
3/day—ash storm UM, volcanic storm UM (DC 18)


Statistics


Str 16, Dex 18, Con —, Int 9, Wis 13, Cha 19
Base Atk +9; CMB +12; CMD 26
Feats Blind-Fight, Fleet, Improved Natural Armor, Great Fortitude, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Focus (slam)
Skills Escape Artist +16, Intimidate +19, Perception +22
Languages Common


Ecology


Environment any (near volcanic activity)
Organization solitary, pair, or eruption (3-12)
Treasure standard


Special Abilities


Lava Bomb (Su) A pyroclastic wight can reach into its body and hurl a lava ball as a standard action. The attack has a range of 100 feet with
no range increment. A lava bomb counts as a grenade-like weapon, splattering all creatures within 20 feet of the target with lava and dealing them half damage. A missed attack lands in a random square within 10 feet of the target, splattering all creatures within the splash range for half damage. Any creature damaged by a lava bomb takes half damage the following round.
Pyroclastic Aura (Su) A pyroclastic wight emits a 20-foot aura of volcanic heat and ash. All creatures in the aura take 2d6 fire damage and must make a DC 20 Fortitude save each round or be blinded by red hot ash for 1 round. Furthermore, the aura erodes fire resistance. For every point of damage the pyroclastic aura does to a creature, their fire resistance is reduced by that amount for one hour. Any creature killed by the pyroclastic aura is turned into ash. A round later, the ash crumbles,
leaving nothing behind. Creatures immune to fire are not affected by the aura.
Slowed by Cold (Ex) A pyroclastic wight doesn’t take damage from cold. Instead, cold damage slows or turns a pyroclastic wight into hardened
obsidian. For every 10 cold damage taken, a wight turns into an obsidian statue for one round, gaining 10 hardness and becoming unable
to move or take actions. While transformed into obsidian, further cold damage has no effect. In
the round following this transformation, or if the cold damage dealt is less than 10, a pyroclastic wight is slowed.
Tephra (Su) As a move action, a pyroclastic wight can expel molten material from its body in a
30-foot radius. This rapidly cools but covers the surrounding terrain in an uncomfortably hot and jagged rocky layer of tephra. This counts as difficult terrain covered in caltrops. Each 5-foot square has hardness 6 and 20 hit points.

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Adventure Review Roundup Part 1

So I wondered this morning when the last time I had a review roundup. Oh it was only May 2017!!! Oops. Well Let me do a new review roundup. There have been enough that I will have to do them in small groups or else it will take me many more months before this one gets done. Today we are going to start off with adventures, and even then we have enough that we have to split them into multiple posts. Quick FYI, all my summaries are spoiler-free. I can’t make that same claim about the reviews themselves that we link to.

Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet

First up, we have the Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet. Endzeitgeist gave this adventure “5 stars + seal of approval – and this qualifies as a candidate for my Top Ten of 2017” So what did he say?

Gauntlets are hard to make and cater to a specific demographic. And they often suck hardcore. … A good gauntlet is a bit like the extreme-sport version of dungeoneering: It remains constantly challenging for PC and player; it is lethal – but it needs to remain fair. It needs to alternate the way in which it challenges the PCs and players without getting boring…and in a published adventure, it also should tell a decent story, remain plausible. …

[The Gilded Gauntlet] manages just that. This is one of the hardest dungeon-complexes I have ever had the pleasure to run…

This is a module that requires both brains and brawn to solve and it will challenge even groups that usually waltz through published modules. In short: This is glorious.

Download Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion

Next up we have another review by Endzeitgeist, this time for the Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion adventure. This one got rated 4.5 Stars. Why did it earn such high praise?

Joel Flank’s “Chaosfire Incursion” is a module that starts off with a great bang: The first act is cool and makes clear that the stakes are high … Once the PCs have found the apparatus, things become amazing, though: The idea is glorious…

This [adventure] sports some seriously nice scenes: The monsters are often modified in unique ways; the module is challenging and the final boss appropriately brutal. Moreover, we a) don’t get many modules in the high-level range and b), the artifacts that can be gained … can make for absolutely fantastic ways to transition the PCs from regular adventuring to the wonders of the planes.

Download Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider

Now for the three-in-a-row reviews from Endzeitgeist and back to back adventures written by Joel Flank, we share with you the review of Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider. He gives this one a solid 3.5 rating!

Joel Flank’s “Along Came a Spider” is a solid critter-theme module; the foes employed are pretty deadly for first level characters, making this a challenging, but fair module, particularly if the PCs don’t try to murder-hobo everything. I absolutely love the BBEG of this module and how it can be used as a great recurring villain that could theoretically carry a whole campaign

Download Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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JBE Adventure Price Reduction

After hearing your feedback and much consideration, we have decided to reduce the price of our adventures from $10 to $6.95. This means that these exceptional adventures that you have been wanting are now permanently reduced by more than 30%. Specifically, this affects:

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface
Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet
Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion
Deadly Delves: Nine Lives for Petane

Fifth Edition
Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin

Swords and Wizardry
Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin

Grab these adventures today to enhance your world and your game.

I hope you enjoy these adventures as much as we enjoy bringing them to you.

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Pathfinder: The Chaosfire Incursion

Don’t Get Burned in the Volcano of Chaos

The legendary volcano Mount Ymawaah suddenly appears near the city of Carnassat, unleashing a wave of fiery creatures on its citizens. Even worse, the volcano shows signs of erupting soon and destroying everything nearby. Only brave adventurers can discover who sent this destructive mountain to the city, learn this creature’s enigmatic purpose, and stop it before this city comes to ruin and destruction!

The Chaosfire Incursion is an exciting adventure module in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves series and is compatible with the best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This adventure is designed to challenge four to five 11th-level PCs like no other content has to date. Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • 7 New and Variant Monsters and a New Trap for your Pathfinder campaign
  • Three Full-Color Maps, each depicting a different level in the underground labyrinth of this otherworldly volcano
  • 2 New Magic Items
  • Details on the City of Carnassat a great jumping off point for your own adventures
  • Enough content to get your group of 11th-level PCs all the way to 12th level

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

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Pathfinder: Monsters of the Volcano

As we have said before, we at Jon Brazer Enterprises are putting our efforts into adventures these days. One we have coming out this month for Pathfinder is called Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion. This takes a group of 11th level characters into the heart of a volcano from another plane. Your characters will be battling all kinds of new and classic monsters throughout your descent into the a fiery hell.

Today we just thought we would show off some of the new artwork by Brian Brinlee featured in this adventure as well as the cover image by Beatrice Pelagatti. We hope you are as excited for this adventure as we are.

Download Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion today at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the OpenGamingStore, and Paizo.

Download all of our Deadly Delve Adventures for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the OpenGamingStore, and Paizo.com.