Having finished hacking away at the random encounter tables for the GameMastery Guide some time ago, I was recently set to work doing the same kind of thing for the Bestiary II. This time, however, instead of providing GMs with random encounters based on a plane's alignment, I got to make a separate table for each individual plane in the Great Beyond, Golarion's cosmos.
This is pretty exciting, because not only do these new tables utilize all the new monsters in the Bestiary II, but they also provide GMs with a plethora of inspiration, whether your PCs be traveling through the ever-shifting realm of the Maelstrom or ascending the soaring Great Spire in the Boneyard.
As if having stores of creatures to fill entire planes with isn't sweet enough, the GameMastery Guide includes an entire section dedicated to the planes, detailing the specific traits and characteristics of each plane, as well as the dangers that may await adventurers. As an example for what kind of cool details you can find in the GMG, below is art for Ymeri, the Queen of the Inferno.
Illustration by Christopher Burdett
At any rate, I've been staring at these books and their tables and creatures and stuff for weeks now, and I'm still excited about them; that means all y'all on the outside have no idea what kind of awesomeness you're in for.
so thats who the awesome monster in PF23 is. Ymeri, queen of the inferno.
I mean I remember Ymeri from the AP and I saw the artwork on pg4, but I guess my stupid butt didn't connect the two. "sigh"
the artwork on the next page of Mersiel loading up on gold while the rest of the party fights monsters is priceless. Paizo artwork never ceases to be awesome.
I don't know if I can wait 9 months though! My RttToEE players are clamoring for an elemental adventure to find the power gems (having already destroyed the Silvery Orb) so they can destroy its more powerful brethren. But high-level planar adventures are not easy to come by; random encounter tables would provide some great inspiration!