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Old 01-03-2015, 01:45 AM
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Pathfinder Druid Arcane Hierophant?

Let me kick this off by just admitting that my familiarity with Pathfinder is subpar. However, I've come across a very interesting looking Pathfinder game so I'm going to give it a shot. One of the things I've noticed about the system is the lack of emphasis on PrCs while at the same time increasing the emphasis on ACFs and calling them archetypes. Archetypes seem to me like a hybrid of ACF and PrC, what with changing your class abilities and keystone abilities. In fact, multi classing seems to be more discouraged in general.

I'm interested in creating an educated, Naturalist scholar. The type who has spent more time learning about the natural order from books than hands on experience, though s/he spends as much time as possible in city parks and takes every opportunity to visit the countryside as s/he can. S/he'll even probably practice a pagan religion, though s/he would do so without having a deep and profound understanding of the ceremonies involved. A well meaning and sincere poser.

In 3.5 I would play an arcane heirophant and call it a day. In Pathfinder there doesn't seem to be an analog to my all time favorite PrC and I haven't found an archetype that emphasizes knowledge skills. I haven't been through them all as of yet, but it's not looking great.

Is there an arcane hierophant prc in Pathfinder? If so, where should I look for it? If not, could you suggest an archetype to fit a more scholarly druid? Should I instead play a wizard with an affinity for green leafy things? I could probably make standard wizard work, but I prefer the emphasis on the spiritual growth of the character as a druid.
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Have you had a look at the urban druid archetype (APG). At level one you can choose your nature bond to gain cleric knowledge domain. At level two you gain knowledge - history, local and nobility as class skills. You can use the skill focus feat to specialise in knowledge. Here is alink to my character Endhu so you can see the sort numbers the build gives you.

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I did see that one, thanks. It emphasizes the wrong knowledge skills, though. It seems more designed for a party face kind of druid. I think for this particular character the Wild Whisperer is more appropriate if not exactly what I'm looking for. Inspiration looks like an interesting mechanic for the free d6 to relevant skills.
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Wait. If I'm reading this correctly, the Wild Whisperer never advances beyond the most basic wild shape. Is that right?
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Yeah that's right.
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Well. Fail.
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To be honest, any PC who isn't familiar with nature hands on wouldn't be a druid.

Maybe a cloistered cleric worshiping a nature god, but definitely not a druid.
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Well. Fail.
To be fair, Wildshape was nerfed rather heavily. It doesn't really matter that much if you lose it because you're honestly not losing much.
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I guess not. I've been reading Treantmonk and discovering the nerfs as I go. You still get a few nice movement modes. It seems really counter intuitive, though, that an archetype that studies animals so in depth loses most of its animal mimicking and doesn't even get any companion buffs.

So I'm guessing no one's run across the hierophant then?
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