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[NSFW][Lewd][Not for little children][Let's Read] Book of Erotic Fantasy

Crinos

Be inspired!
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My guess is that they the writers designed this sex rules book, but then one of them also had this really kewel overpowered PRC class they were working on, so they stuck it in because they were afraid they would never get another chance to publish it (Incidentally, did the Book of Erotic fantasy crew ever work on anything else?
 

Monsieur Meuble

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Seemingly, this book realized that some badly-intentioned players might use the Metaphysical Spellshaper in an unbalanced, unexpected way, and so, they decided that balance was needed to compensate, and so, we have an... underwhelming one. For now, we discover the Pierced Mystic.

There's an illustration, but it's just a close-up on one of those "female-presenting nipples" you have heard about on the Internet and whose vision will lead you to a live of corruption and debauchery. Plus, it's a pierced one, at that. So, it's either causing your spiritual doom, or just one big censorship sticker.

We also get a short fiction of Kadrax, supposedly a Pierced Mystic, currently piercing his foreskin in a mix of pain and orgasmic pleasure, which reminds him of his old teacher, a woman who had taught him all there is to know about piercing and how you have to do them not too quickly or it won't be good, and once the flashback is gone, he finishes a ritual that imbues his piercing with mystical power, making him erect and glowy, and thinking about how his teacher would be proud of him.
This was wholly unnecessary.

As the most vivacious among you may have already guessed, the Pierced Mystic has a mysticism related to piercings. Skin is a vessel of energy and power, and you can harness it through needles, rings and other stuff like that. A pierced mystic consider piercing a transcendental experience and body-decoration as a way to celebrate the body, the power and the individuality.
They tend to be sexy and charismatic, which can mean either respected or shocking depending on the attitude of the culture on piercings.

Oh, well, I guess there has to be something like that somewhere, and its carnal enough to be in this book. It's what it means that will make it or break it.

By the way, we are presented with some framed text to explain to us the most common locations to pierce one's body and the variations thereof, with a some interesting vocabulary, so you don' mistake a Prince Albert, an Apadravya and an Ampallang among male genital piercings, or between a triangle and a fourchette for the ladies. YES, there are quite a few more lines dedicated to the variations on this locations than for nose ones.

But back to the rules.
Requirements ? BAB +2, the Great Fortitude feat, 8 ranks in Profession (piercer), 4 in Heal, and the ability to cast divine or arcane spell. FUCK YOU PSIONIC !
Profession is a quasi-universal class skill, even wizards have a BAB+2 at lvl.5... you have to really want to get this PrC to qualify, but you can do so as at low level without filtering too much. It's easier for clerics, druids, paladins and rangers, but just because Heal is a class skill.

You get the HDs, skills, skill points and BAB of a wizard, but with strong fort' and Will', and continuation of gain of caster levels. No new proficiencies. 5 levels.

As for the features... the main one that you gain at lvl.1 is Imbue Piercing. You can do a ritual to have ONE piercing at a time that can be used to store a spell that you already know. It's essentially an extra-spell slot. Not overwhelming, but not entirely bad, isn't it ?
BUT ! you can't have your piercing just about anywhere ! The general pierced organ has to correspond to the body slot thematics of magic items, and there's table to associate specific body slots to even more specific piercing locations. For an easy example, a piercing imbued with a Fly spell, as a movement spell, associated to boots, would be pierced in the webbing between toes. For an uneasy example, Bull's Strenght, as a physical improvement spell, would be associated to a belt, as as such, a piercing to the penis or vagina. Or to a nipple piercing, if you consider it's more of a "shirt" slot...
And speaking of slots... what makes it really bad ? This piercing takes the appropriate magical item slot. You cannot have at the same time an Headband of Intellect and a piercing in the back of your neck that would allow an additional casting of Fireball.
On the other hand... at low levels, you're not entirely decked in magical items, so it can be more about looking at what slots is still free and you can attach a piercing of extra casting to it. And at higher levels... well, there's no limitation on the level of the spell stored in the piercing, so, an extra casting of Time Stop stored in a piercing in the webbing of the hand might be more worthy than a glove of storing.

At lvl.3, you can either have a second imbued piercing, or use the same piercing to cast the same spell twice. And an other piercing/use yet at lvl.5

At lvl.2, you can Pierce Other, so, you place an imbued piercing on someone else, giving them a spell that they can use as they wish a number of time equal to your level in Pierced Mystic. Seems cool, right ? Well, too bad, its working refers to Imbue With Spell Ability, so you can only put lvl.1-2 spells in it, and, gratuitously, once all the uses have been used, the target will NEVER be able to wield an other piercing in this piercing slot again. You have the fighter get a magical Queen Victoria for two castings of Bear Endurance, and then you explain that his junk is magically ruined for ever.

At lvl.4... Additional Body Slot means that your piercing doesn't count against your use of body slots for magic items, so, yes, you can have your gloves of storing and your piercing of time stop. So, in the end, it becomes correct, but you have to suffer a gimping rule for four levels.


Sooo... it's not really inspiring... not UNinspiring, a PrC about piercing and body-mod' can be cool, and might justify all those nipple chains in Pathfinder's art... Strangely, what might be my problem with it ? It's clearly intended as a wizard PrC. Why associate a practice about the exultation of the body to a class for whom the body is irrelevant, if not vestigial ?
... On the other hand, for a tantrist, a muscle-wizard who is already into charging carnal power into magical scarifications, that sounds awesome.

Oh, well, let's a have a view of piercings among the races, won't we ?

Dwarves visibly aren't into body mod', as far as you know, they are too conservative for that, after all... well, like soldiers, sailors and other people in the military, right ? That is, there is a very present subculture of body-mod' among some corporation, the military or the underworld, with a very "Sailor Jerry" code and symbolic... that you rarely see as it mostly contained to the parts of the body constantly covered in cloths. Also, it's not tattoos. Too... ephemeral for dwarves. They drive short painted nails into their skins to form patterns and mosaics and make themselves sculpted and more perfect.
As such, there are pierced mystics among clerics of Moradin, with true religious artwork on their chest and elsewhere to activate them.

Elves of most kind will try a variety of body modifications and piercings across their life, but they are too fickle, chaotic and, seriously, vain to keep their perfect bodies marred that way, and they will make them go away with a Lesser Regeneration or something like once they have grown tired of them. So, they practice piercing mysticism, but have a philosophical difference against the other races in that they don't see the whole thing with the appropriation of the body through permanent change.
Except for wood elves. In their druidic philosophy, piercings are serious business as they remind them that life is constant suffering that has to be balanced by the pleasure of murdering people or whatever they are into today. They pierce themselves with thorns and sticks and regularly change them when they stop hurting.
Drows are expert in self-piercing. Actually, they almost never pierce an other drow, because no drow will give an other drow access to their skin with a piercing weapon.

Gnomes rarely go into the whole piercing stuff, because it looks like it hurts and is unpleasant and what kind of person stab themselves like that for fun ? But those who make the jump are really enthusiast, even going completely overboard as they try to out-do their colleagues in the more creative, innovative and excessive ways to improve their body for fun and profit ! We are talking of mechanisms, pulleys and cranks...
Gnomes Pierced Mystics have done full series of experiments to see which spells can be associated to what kind of piercing on which locations. They have written whole tomes about it, although they lack datas about the higher levels (does Meteor Swarm cast better from an hand ring or from septum piercing ? ) and are reeeaaally interested on redoing them again with other species that might have different chakra nodes or something like that.

Halflings practice piercings and such about as much as humans cultures, and for the same variety of reasons, plus eventually an attempt to be obviously not cute.
Pierced mystics are not uncommon, but tend to keep their piercings on the down-low, like having a Charm Person prepared on a seemingly normal ear ring to seemingly be able to deescalate a situation without using magic, stuff like that. Or at least to keep their more outré piercing under clothes.

Centaurs are really, really into ONE sort of piercing : horseshoes. They have a whole culture about the length and form of the nails and their ending, the number used, the figures done when driving them... And they pretty much all do it. it's like jewellery and earrings. On the other hand, since they immediately visualize an horseshoe nail when you talk about piercings, for any other body part, their immediate answer is "EWW ! "

Doppelgangers who are into the usual shapeshifting lifestyle try as they might to not have to bear piercings because they might forget them from body to body and cause them to be discovered because they are lacking one or having one too many. "Honest" doppelgangers who want to live an open life as themself might actually be really into it as a thing that doesn't change when everything else is mutable about them.

Dryads just don't see the point of having nails driven into their wood. Plus, they lose it when they fuse with their tree, so...

Hill giants get piercings in the sense that other people and giants will put weapons into them and they will stay there.
Ogre mages have a whhoooole religious-BDSM thing with piercings and then ripping them for suffering and sins and stuff like that.
Some trolls in search of some control on their life will practice heavy piercings and implants to channel and, just, control their constantly regenerating, growing and tumoring body. Some actually find a level of clarity in those body modifications.

Gnolls don't do so much "piercings" as "stab themselves with pointy stuff because it's a good pain" and bask in the sensation. Should they take a bit of reflection about the practice, they will do some amazing stuff.

Goblins sometime have stuff stabbed into them and it stays lodged there. It happens a lot, actually.

Kobolds are PERFECT ! Modifying one's body is good for non-kobolds desperately trying to stop being what they are.

Lizardfolks easily practice piercings for purely aesthetic reasons ; they are made of leather, you have to do it really wrong to hurt a lizardfolk !

Merfolks and other aquatic people can see the interest and the point, are kinda jealous on what they see on sailors and will sometime try stuff with bits of shells... but hydrodynamic is an harsh mistress and it's quickly often too impractical and painful.

Minotaurs are divided on if septum rings are patronizing specism or an important cultural marker to reclaim. Anyway, they often have them, even if they have no idea how they came to be there.

Nymphs will look at you until you cry and ask for forgiveness if you ever imply that their look can be bettered by planting iron in them.

Orcs practice piercings and body-modification as a social marker, for the "I get stabbed with some much steel and I like it and proud of it ! " bragging right, although typically the real leader of a given clan will lose any piercings they might have had to show themselves as so badass that they AREN'T stabbed and pierced.

Most satyrs aren't into piercings for themselves, too painful and too ... committal to their taste, but really like them in their partners ! A few who are very into the Dionysiac lifestyle will get pierced everywhere, on the other hand...
 

JustinCognito

Crepuscular
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The other one of note is Lymnieris, the Auriorial tower, who is the Lawful Good Angel lord of prostitution, rites of passion and Virginity. He teaches that the transition from different stages in life is a sacred event, and protects Virgins being forced into marriage or being threatened with rape, as well as those who want to explore their sexuality but are constrained by law and tradition (Again in a lawful good not harming anyone way), he's also worshiped by lawful sex workers.

Both of these entities are described in the book Chronicles of the Righteous, and Arshea gets full stats in Bestiary 6 I believe.
I often joke to players, "Lymnieris is hard proof that your paladin fucks."

(Unless you took Vow of Chastity, in which case, I'm not throwing shade on you)
 
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