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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
I'm Todd Stewart, that freelancer who habitually begs for planar content, aka that protean and daemon person who neither admits nor denies to actually being a glamorous neutral evil fiend.
A decade ago Paizo had me write Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Great Beyond exploring Pathfinder's cosmology and fleshing out its outsiders as something unique as it branched off as its own game. Since then, the cosmology has evolved and expanded, with such really cool additions as psychopomps, divs, and sakhils, the Book of the Damned series, and other resources.
Illustration by Marius Bota
For most of the past decade I've pleaded to see a planar hardcover for Pathfinder, and the begging finally paid off! As one of Pathfinder RPG Planar Adventures' freelancers I can't wait to see it released for you folks who've been asking for this for just as long as I have. So what do you have to look forward to? Here's a list of some of my favorite things in Planar Adventures:
Illustration by Gabriela Marchioro
- The original Great Beyond was a solo project for me, but Planar Adventures let me collaborate with some seriously talented folks and get their awesome ideas into play. For me, it's like jumping out of bed, running downstairs, and feverishly opening up Christmas gifts, beyond excited at what you might find and having it all be a wonderful surprise.
- Galisemni, the City of the Celestial and the Damned, originally showed up as only a name on the map of the Maelstrom, but for years it was the primary setting of my home Pathfinder campaign, and I'm incredibly excited to finally detail it. May the Watching Seven grant you favor, may the Lethe Wall not covet your name unless fate holds that in store, and whatever you do, don't get into a drinking contest with Il'setsya Wyrmtouched (ganzi arcanist, itinerant drunkard, pesh-connoisseur, and my PC when I played in Rise of the Runelords). This is my favorite location that I've ever created in any RPG supplement ever, and I'm proud to add it into the game and see what you folks do with it!
- Shadow Absalom was another planar city originally from The Great Beyond and it and the Shadow Plane get additional detail herein. What plots does the great wyrm Argrinyxia, the Shifting Lady of Ebon Scales, spin? What mysteries lurk within the gloom for your PCs to find? Do you dare explore a landscape twisted by Zon-Kuthon's own dreams and nightmares?
- The Negative Energy Plane is one of the most criminally underused planes, but here it shines, darkly so. Avoid the plane's native sceaduinar, the so-called raptors of the void, and take shelter from the Void's horrific natural hazards from the macabre (relative) safety of Malikar's Keep. Plumb the hungry, lightless depths for such legendary locations as Fallen Duromak, a Material planet swallowed and lost, or the enigmatic, manifest horror of Eternity's Doorstep that hideously feeds upon the undead. Planar Adventures provides reasons to visit each plane, flavor to inspire, and a myriad of locations to send PCs.
- Really cool NPCs: Ssila'meshnik the Colorless Lord (protean lord of fate, freedom, and paradox); a deific information for The Speakers of the Depths; Inusalia the meladaemon alchemist and her cross-planar pesh emporium who harvests the souls of repeat clients to sate her own addiction; Jacarkas the Collector, harbinger thrall of Trelmarixian and lord of Abaddon's slave city of Awaiting-Consumption; and many more!
This book was a joy and a privilege to work on and soon it will be in your hands! Enjoy, have fun, and don't blame me if proteans eat your PCs.
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