Is there any way to access Craft Staff in E6?


Prerequisites

Caster level 12th

This poses an obvious problem for most characters in E6: as 6th-level characters, they’re 6 caster levels short of meeting this prerequisite. There are a few bonuses to caster level out there, but most are specific to particular spells or types of spells, or limited-usage, in ways that prevent them from meeting this requirement.1 Off the top of my head, only the orange ioun stone provides a sufficiently consistent and blanket bonus to caster level that should work for feat prerequisites. Artificers get a +2 bonus to caster level for the purposes of actually crafting items, but this doesn’t appear to carry over to meeting item-creation feats’ prerequisites.

So, is there any way to meet this requirement? Leaving out any infinite or arbitrary loops, manipulate form in its entirety, or anything that breaks 6 HD assumption inherent in E6 (e.g. becoming a lycanthrope as a 6th-level character to get more HD to work with Practiced Spellcaster or something), that is. This is obviously cheesy but I’m trying to avoid “extreme” cheese. Outside assistance is frowned upon, but is valid if it’s assistance from another valid E6 character—assistance from monsters and other creatures is out. And I would like to actually have the feat, not merely get around it somehow, though it’s acceptable if actually using it requires some kind of set-up or special conditions (as long as those can be maintained for 8 hours of crafting).

Otherwise, all Wizards of the Coast-published 3.5e material, as well as all Dragon and Dungeon 3.5e material, is acceptable.

Any combination of race and class is allowed, again so long as it’s legal under the usual E6 rules (I presume some kind of 6th-level spellcaster is best, but if not then that’s fine). Any number of bonus feats can be assumed, again as usual for E6 rules.

  1. Probably.

Is it possible to craft a certificate signing chain that thwarts MITM corporate VPNs?

Some companies install corporate VPNs which also come with a root certificate installed on all employees’ machines. This allows for encrypted traffic to be decrypted by technology installed on the VPN. Some companies even have to do this to meet certain auditing and compliance requirements.

Is it possible for a website to set up a certificate signing chain in a way that if root cert that signed it is replaced by the corporate VPNs root cert, it would either fail to load the website, or prevent it from being overwritten by the root cert entirely in the first place?

Or, if there’s a root cert installed on a machine, is it impossible to prevent TLS intercepting by a MITM party?

Is it possible to craft a crystal similar to the Truedeath one, but for creatures with the Plant type?

Is it possible to craft a crystal similar to the Truedeath one, but for Plants?

Truedeath Crystal (Greater) and Demolition Crystal (Greater) are Weapond Augment Crystals (Magic Item Compendium, p.65-66) that let you deliver critical hits and sneak attacks respectively to Undeads and Constructs.

To craft a Truedeath Crystal the Consacrate (Player’s Handbook v.3.5, p. 212) spell is required and Disintegrate (Player’s Handbook v.3.5, p. 222) has to be used to create a Demolition Crystal.

First question:

1. Which spell could be selected as prerequisite to craft a sort of Vinestrike* Crystal?

*similar to the Vine Strike (Spell Compendium, p. 230) spell


The other thing is: Lesser crystals have “unique” abilities, while Least and Greater seem to be standardized.

DEMOLITION CRYSTAL

[…]

Least: A weapon with this crystal attached deals an extra 1d6 points of damage to constructs.

Lesser: As the least crystal, and the weapon is treated as adamantine for the purpose of overcoming the damage reduction of constructs.

Greater: As the lesser crystal, and the weapon can deliver sneak attacks and critical hits against constructs as if they were living creatures.

and

TRUEDEATH CRYSTAL

[…]

Least: A weapon with this crystal attached deals an extra 1d6 points of damage to undead.

Lesser: As the least crystal, and the weapon also functions as a ghost touch weapon (DMG 224).

Greater: As the lesser crystal, and the weapon can deliver sneak attacks and critical hits against undead as if they were living creatures.

so:

2. What kind of ability a lesser crystal could grant?

Can you craft magic items without specific abilities–and therefore, requirements/costs?

Ghostwalk’s glove of the master strategist is described as follows:

This black leather glove is decorated with purple silk thread. It acts as a glove of storing and allows the wearer to use a true strike effect once per day.

Caster Level: 6th; Prerequisites: Craft Wondrous Item, shrink item, true strike; Market Price: 3,600 gp; Weight: —.

Let’s say you don’t need the true strike ability. The glove doesn’t say that the true strike effect requires a command, so it seems safe to assume it’s use-activated. As a 1st level spell (CL 1st) with one use per day, magic item creation rules imply that this ability is worth 1 × 1 × 2000 / (5/1) = 400 gp.

As such, could you craft what’s essentially a glove of storing at CL 6th with only the Craft Wondrous Item feat, preparation of the shrink item spell, and 1,600 gp + 128 XP (half of the base price of 3,200 gp, plus XP costs)?

If so, what would happen if you gave the glove a requirement that the user have at least 1 rank in the Sleight of Hand skill? Is the 10% discount based on the “normal” cost of 1,800 gp (180 gp discount, seems unlikely) or the “intended” cost of 1,600 gp (160 gp discount, seems likely), or does doing so not apply a discount in this way (seems possible)?

What does it cost to craft a Hell-knight plate with “Easily Worked” steel?

I have problems calculating the costs for a Hell-knight plate which is crafted based upon the Pathfinder Unchained Rules and using a special raw material (Easily Worked steel).

A Hell-knight plate costs 2000 gp off the shelf, the weight is 50 pounds.

The Unchained Rules state, that you have to “acquire raw materials whose value is equal to 1/4 the cost of the item or items you wish to craft”, in this case 500 gp.

The price per pound for Easily Worked steel is given in the table “Special Raw Material Costs”: 8 gp for use as trade good, or 4 gp for use in crafting.

Following the line of reasoning provided in another answer on this platform regarding the use of special raw materials, one can apply the 4 gp/pound as price for the acquisition of the needed special raw material.

As the armor weighs 50 pounds, this would result in (special) raw material costs of 200 gp. But this is much less than the costs for “regular” raw material (500 gp). I would assume, that using higher quality raw material would result in higher costs.

What is the correct way to calculate the costs using “Easily Worked” steel?

What do I need to craft potions and oils?

I know that the Brew Potion feat can be used to make these items, but can I also use skills?

The Paizo Site states that potions can be crafted with the Brew Potion feat, Spellcraft skill, and Craft (Alchemy) skill.

Does this mean I can just have Craft (Alchemy) and not take the feat Brew Potion and still be able to make potions and oils? Or do I still need the feat?

How much would it cost to craft a wand of scorching ray?

I am planning to craft a wand of scorching ray for my imp familiar. Currently, I am a level 3 warlock//rogue. Since by the book this is not an item that exists, I wanted to get the accurate price for my DM.

Crafting wand: You can create a wand of any 4th-level or lower spell that you know. Crafting a wand takes one day for each 1,000 gp in its base price. The base price of a wand is its caster level × the spell level × 750 gp. To craft a wand, you must spend 1/25 of this base price in XP and use up raw materials costing one-half of this base price. A newly created wand has 50 charges.

and

Scorching ray (Sor/Wiz level 2): You blast your enemies with fiery rays. You may fire one ray, plus one additional ray for every four levels beyond 3rd (to a maximum of three rays at 11th level). Each ray requires a ranged touch attack to hit and deals 4d6 points of fire damage. The rays may be fired at the same or different targets, but all bolts must be aimed at targets within 30 feet of each other and fired simultaneously.

Following this, how do I calculate the price of wand of scorching ray for each variant (one ray, two rays, three rays)?

Is there a way for a PC to craft crossbow bolts?

In Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, p. 85, it lists the following as one of the things you can do with Woodcarver’s Tools:

Craft Arrows. As part of a short rest, you can craft up to five arrows. As part of a long rest, you can craft up to twenty. You must have enough wood on hand to produce them.

Are the any rules that allow that it is possible for a PC to craft crossbow bolts, similar to the above?