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    Re-post from the previous thread.

    Q 1

    Can the Talontar Blightlord PrC's 10th lvl ability to become a plant (Unapproachable East 34) be used with the Arcane Hierophant PrC's 6th lvl ability to deliver spells from plants (Races of the Wild 108)?

    Blightlord's text says "her type changes to 'plant'", and Hierophant's text says "conduit between yourself and a natural, nonanimated plant (but not creatures of the plant type)". I'm not sure about how the differences between type: plant, type: creature (plant subtype), and type: plant (but really a creature) work from the wording of the two classes.

    Q 2

    If Blightlord's class ability doesn't work, is there another way to play a plant character that Hierophant will work with? (template, class, wildshape, something?)

    Q 3

    Can the spell Phoenix Fire (BoED) be cast by a character with the Ardent Dilettante's 10th level ability to not lose a level when dying (PlH 55)?
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    Q 4
    When using the evasive reflexes or sidestep feats while mounted, can your mount take the 5' steps?

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    Q 5

    Can the Greater Acid Assault Crystal inflict a -1 AC penalty on a hit even if the target has acid resistance 6 or higher?
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    A 4 No.

    Only the creature who has a feat can use it. If your mount had one of these feats and qualified for its benefit, that mount could take a 5' step.

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    Q 6

    I take a Ranger Substitution Level 2, swapping out combat style for something else, meaning I don't get to choose Two-Weapon Fighting or Rapid Shot. When I reach level 6 I take a normal Ranger Level. Do I get a choice between Improved Two-Weapon Fighting and Manyshot or Two-Weapon Fighting or Rapid Shot? In other words, does the first stage of Combat Style now start at level 6 or can I skip on to the next one?
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    A 6 partial

    The only substitution levels I know of that trade Combat Style are the Fangshield levels from CV. If you have different ones, tell us
    They also tell you what you can get at level 6.

    Generally, once you choose your combat style, you have to take all of the Feats in there.
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    Q 6 Context

    I was referring to the Moon-Warded Ranger in Dragon Magazine #340, where one can swap the first stage of Combat Style for Wisdom to AC. It is silent about what you take at level 6 if you don't take its susbtitute level.
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    Q7. Thunderlance is a weapon like spell. It has variable range 0 to 20ft. Does it threaten all squares in reach or just those at maximum range?

    This based off of the Spell Compendium version of the spell.

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    A7 You threaten all creatures up to and including those 20' away.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spell Compendium, page 220
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    Does the feat Pain Mastery from Savage Species grant you its bonus for every 50 hp you loss, regardless of the attacks? or does it have to come from a single attack?
    Does the strength bonuses stack?

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    A8
    You gain the bonus(es) for every 50 damage you take, even in smaller bits.
    The bonuses stack, since they are unnamed and worded as to increase your base strenght (rather than giving an actual bonus to it).

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    A 6

    Substitution levels like Moon-Warded Ranger replace the normal levels in a class whenever you select one. Other class levels are available normally, but you must follow the RAW.
    Improved Combat Style (Ex)

    At 6th level, a ranger’s aptitude in his chosen combat style (archery or two-weapon combat) improves. If he selected archery at 2nd level, he is treated as having the Manyshot feat, even if he does not have the normal prerequisites for that feat.

    If the ranger selected two-weapon combat at 2nd level, he is treated as having the Improved Two-Weapon Fighting feat, even if he does not have the normal prerequisites for that feat.
    Because these benefits are conditional, if you did not select a Combat Style at level 2 you would receive no benefit from Improved Combat Style at level 6, or from Combat Style Mastery at level 11. That means you would be better off choosing the additional Moon-Warded Ranger substitution levels instead.

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    Q 1

    Can the Talontar Blightlord PrC's 10th lvl ability to become a plant (Unapproachable East 34) be used with the Arcane Hierophant PrC's 6th lvl ability to deliver spells from plants (Races of the Wild 108)?

    Blightlord's text says "her type changes to 'plant'", and Hierophant's text says "conduit between yourself and a natural, nonanimated plant (but not creatures of the plant type)". I'm not sure about how the differences between type: plant, type: creature (plant subtype), and type: plant (but really a creature) work from the wording of the two classes.

    Q 2

    If Blightlord's class ability doesn't work, is there another way to play a plant character that Hierophant will work with? (template, class, wildshape, something?)
    A 1

    You are a bit confused. The categories "type: plant, type: creature (plant subtype), and type: plant (but really a creature)" are not accurate. More specifically, they seem to all be describing the same thing: a Plant-type creature. Read more about creature types here.

    So to answer your question, if the Hierophant ability says that it works with "a natural, nonanimated plant (but not creatures of the plant type)," what it really means is that it works only with plants that are part of the scenery.

    A 2

    There is no way to play a plant character without playing a creature of the Plant type. Maybe you can have a character wear a normal plant and use that?
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    Q 9

    If I'm facing a beholder with antimagic eye opened and somehow I stun it, does it close its eye or is it still opened?
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    If they eye was open when the beheolder got stunned, it remains open.
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    Q 10: I know of a variant for barbarian's rage ability. I cannot find the name or the source, but I know it auto kicked in when the barbarian reached 10% of their total hp and then it would not stop until they are dead or they are healed over that 10% again.
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    Are there any rules or guidelines that cover establishing the cost of a custom crafted item?

    A player in my campaign has requested a custom case be built, and he wants to know the price of the item. He has listed what type of wood, leather, metal, and quality of lock he would like used.

    PHB says to have the DM make up a price, but I was hoping that there were at least some published guidelines... like maybe the cost of raw materials as a starting point.
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    A 10

    You're probably thinking of Berserker Strength (Player's Handbook II, page 33). You gain a rage that activates every time your HP drop to below 5x your Barbarian level.

    A 11 No.

    As a general principle, the cost of labor greatly outweighs the cost of materials in most custom items. And as the book says, this is up to each individual DM to decide.
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    Can a character make an attack of opportunity in the surprise round if they're surprised? In this specific case, a character failed a sense motive check, and as such isn't getting to act in the surprise round, but they're getting bull rushed over the railing of a boat, and I'm not sure if the character gets an Attack of Opportunity or not- Wait, he's not armed, so no, he doesn't (So, I don't need the answer to this question to get on with the game). That being said, would he be able to do so if he had his weapon out? Google seems to indicate that he wouldn't be able to in Pathfinder, but I couldn't find a definitive answer for 3.5.
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    A 12 No.

    You cannot take Attacks of Opportunity if you are flat-footed (which you are if you are surprised).
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    Thanks. Another question on surprise rounds

    Q 13: Can you take a swift action and a standard/move action in a Surprise round? Also, can you take an immediate action once you are no longer flat footed in the surprise round?
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    A 12 Addendum

    If your character has the Combat Reflexes feat, then he can make attacks of opportunity while flat-footed. Otherwise, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squark View Post
    Thanks. Another question on surprise rounds

    Q 13: Can you take a swift action and a standard/move action in a Surprise round? Also, can you take an immediate action once you are no longer flat footed in the surprise round?
    A 13

    I assume that you mean: Can I take these actions while I am surprised? In this case, no, you can't.

    When you're surprised, you're flat-footed and generally can't move or act. You can't even take a free action (unless your DM allows it). The only exception I know is making an attack of opportunity if you have the Combat Reflexes feat. However, as soon as you move or act on your own initiative count (that is, as soon as your first turn begins), you're no longer flat-footed.

    But what if you mean: Can I take these actions while one or more enemies are surprised? In this case, yes, you can.

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    Q 13 clarification:
    Sorry if I wasn't clear here: During the surprise round, each aware combatant gets to take 1 standard action (which they can turn into a move action). Since a swift action is neither of these, does this mean someone can't take a swift action during the surprise round?
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    A13 You can make a swift action during the surprise round:

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    The Surprise Round

    If some but not all of the combatants are aware of their opponents, a surprise round happens before regular rounds begin. Any combatants aware of the opponents can act in the surprise round, so they roll for initiative. In initiative order (highest to lowest), combatants who started the battle aware of their opponents each take a standard action during the surprise round. You can also take free actions during the surprise round. If no one or everyone is surprised, no surprise round occurs.
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