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Crystalhue Holiday and Pathfinder Online

Monday, December 17, 2012

Just in time for Christmas, we have a new holiday boon! Developer Adam Daigle was so excited when he detailed Evoking Day last month that I was able to rope... err... convince him to write a second holiday post for Pathfinder Society. This time, Adam took the original work regarding Crystalhue, written by Crystal Frasier in Wayfinder #2, and expanded on it. The holiday of Crystalhue is also mentioned on page 249 of Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide. You will find a special Pathfinder Society Chronicle sheet you can download and apply to a Pathfinder Society character during the date ranges noted on the sheet.


Illustration by Eva Widermann

During the day, in towns where the holiday of Crystalhue is celebrated, locals hang crystal prisms and glass baubles throughout town in order to spread light and scatter rainbows in the streets. As townsfolk prepare for the evening festivities, artisans and musicians ply their trades, hoping for a coin or two while they sell their crafts and play tunes for the people while they browse. Throughout the day, the locals exchange small gifts, typically handmade, as tokens of appreciation or as peace offerings to those they feel they wronged during the year.

To reflect artistic depictions of their patron goddess, women dye colored streaks in their hair. Young girls will commonly have half a dozen different colored locks, while older married women usually only have one or two. Men wear colorful patchwork coats they call melaros that they keep their whole lives, adding new patches or scraps of scavenged cloth every year.

As night falls, the community gathers every available lantern and candle, bringing them out onto porches or lining the streets with their communal light. The town square hosts a large feast around a bonfire complete with roasted meats, stewed vegetables, roasted root vegetables, and winter squashes—all seasoned with plenty of fragrant spices. Around these bonfires, the clergy of Shelyn perform marriage ceremonies, where the whole community gathers to witness and affirm the bonds of love. During the ceremonies, teenagers pursue their budding romances, giving trinkets and other symbols of their affection to the ones who caught their eye throughout the year.

One of the stranger traditions among the faithful of Shelyn is the Zonzon doll. A child chosen to be the “sibling” passes this strange little doll, made from scraps of leather and cloth and sewn with red thread, among neighbors. The townsfolk give it symbolic gifts and whisper apologies to those they’ve wronged during the year or share with the doll happy memories in order to represent Shelyn’s kindness and mercy to her now-lost brother Zon-Kuthon. The “sibling” child brings the doll to everyone in town during the festival, making sure everyone has had the chance to pay his or her dues and make peace. As the celebration winds down, the doll is cast into the wilderness or set afloat to drift down a river in the hope that it will find its way to the Midnight Lord and relate his sister’s kindness, mercy, and goodwill in the face of the dark place he now resides.

Also this past week, a Pathfinder Society boon was added to the $5 sponsorship level of the Pathfinder Online Kickstarter. The emerald elixir, stolen from a bizarre pool in the Emerald Spire dungeon, has now been made available for Pathfinders. When used at an official Pathfinder Society game table, drinking the elixir grants your hero the advanced simple template for the duration of the scenario. Alternately, the elixir can be spiked with experimental agents to trigger a beneficial permanent mutation randomly determined on a huge chart included on the certificate. If more than one player activates an emerald elixir at the same table, all drinkers can choose their preferred mutation from the list rather than roll randomly.

There will not be another Pathfinder Society blog post until January 7, 2013, so I want to take this time to wish all of you a happy holidays. I hope everyone has a great time visiting family, giving gifts, and hopefully enjoying some Pathfinder Society with the new holiday boon. We’ll see you in 2013!

Click here to download the Crystalhue 4712 Boon! — 117 KB (zip/PDF)—This Boon is no longer available as of 1/9/13.

Mike Brock
Pathfinder Society Campaign Coordinator

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Regarding the holiday boon, I find the idea of actually keeping one of these Zonzon dolls to be incredibly creepy.

Which is, of course, awesome. Well done. :D

Andoran *****

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Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

For those who want to know before they download the Boon, it is good from December 17, 2012 and January 7, 2012.

Edit: Those are the exact words from the boon.... It is only good from today until the past! I hope you all have Time Machines..;)

Paizo Employee ** Developer

This will be corrected. Thanks for pointing it out, Dragnmoon.

Paizo Employee Digital Products Assistant

Dragnmoon wrote:

For those who want to know before they download the Boon, it is good from December 17, 2012 and January 7, 2012.

Edit: Those are the exact words from the boon.... It is only good from today until the past! I hope you all have Time Machines..;)

This has been corrected.

Grand Lodge ** RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Huh. The picture changed. I wonder why?

Paizo Employee ** Developer

Jiggy wrote:
Huh. The picture changed. I wonder why?

The original image was a 3-year-old holiday card image from this blog. Since Crystalhue is a Shelynite holiday, we replaced it with a piece of art that hasn't yet been featured on the blog that is also more topical.

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I approve of this update.

Silver Crusade *** Venture-Lieutenant, Texas—Pasadena

Interesting boon for the winter holidays.

Grand Lodge *

If I have one problem with the boon, it is that Cooks, Bakers and Brewers can't get the bonus... no Crystalhue Pudding or Spiced Cider?

Yes I realize it would be problem with specifying only certain Professions in the boon. ;)

Taldor *

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Great boon! Thanks Mike!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Still think Crystalhue's Zonzon dolls are the perfect combination of creepy and heartwarming.

Can't help but imagine the possibilities that would come with a Kuthonite finding one. Or one finding a Kuthonite...

Silver Crusade

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I could just imagine Laori finding one at the edge of a river. Picking it up and suddenly bursting into tears.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I could just imagine Laori finding one at the edge of a river. Picking it up and suddenly bursting into tears.

dammit I really need to finish that thread...

Shadow Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Washington—Eastern Washington aka WalterGM

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The doll boon is easily one of the most adorable things I've ever seen in PFS.

The fangirl in me just wants to SQUEE!!

Taldor Contributor

Mikaze wrote:

Still think Crystalhue's Zonzon dolls are the perfect combination of creepy and heartwarming.

Can't help but imagine the possibilities that would come with a Kuthonite finding one. Or one finding a Kuthonite...

I second the awesomeness of Zonzon dolls.

I also think the art of Shelyn is cool, in as much as she's clearly a zaftig woman.

Grand Lodge ****

Zonzon dolls are amazing. What a cool tradition!

Really curious to read this list of emerald spire permanent mutations too.

Grand Lodge *****

That Zonzon doll is perfect for a certain someone.

Qadira ****

Hooray new Boon!

Andoran

So, these holiday boons say that they can be assigned to a character during a certain date range, but that they can be used anytime thereafter. Am I correct in assuming that you need to actually play in a Pathfinder Society Scenario during the printed date range (and have a GM sign off on it) in order to get the boon?

Taldor ***

"Oh sorry! Didn't mean to insult your mom! Here, have this doll. Now we're even."

Silly boons.

Andoran

Deussu wrote:

"Oh sorry! Didn't mean to insult your mom! Here, have this doll. Now we're even."

Silly boons.

Heh, my favorite chronicle sheet has a rare blossom that I can buy and give to anyone from the Land of the Linnorm Kings in order to help improve their opinion of me. I can't help imagining a raging viking berserker getting stopped in his tracks as I timidly hold out a flower. :P

Andoran *

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

This was very neat. A nice holiday to focus on with a ton of neat flavor.

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Georgia—Atlanta aka CRobledo

Gnoll Bard wrote:
So, these holiday boons say that they can be assigned to a character during a certain date range, but that they can be used anytime thereafter. Am I correct in assuming that you need to actually play in a Pathfinder Society Scenario during the printed date range (and have a GM sign off on it) in order to get the boon?

all these are correct

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I have a question. Our local Tuesday night PFS game is tonight, and, with the holidays and other things, it's the only time I'm going to be able to play within the designated timeframe.

However, it looks like we're going to have enough people to seat two tables and I'm the backup GM in that case. If that happens, is okay if I have the other GM sign off on this boon Chronicle with the character I plan to assign my GM credit to?

Paizo Employee ***** Pathfinder Society Campaign Coordinator

Christopher Rowe wrote:

I have a question. Our local Tuesday night PFS game is tonight, and, with the holidays and other things, it's the only time I'm going to be able to play within the designated timeframe.

However, it looks like we're going to have enough people to seat two tables and I'm the backup GM in that case. If that happens, is okay if I have the other GM sign off on this boon Chronicle with the character I plan to assign my GM credit to?

Yes

Grand Lodge *

I do love Eva Widermann's art work.

Andoran *****

Christopher Rowe wrote:

I have a question. Our local Tuesday night PFS game is tonight, and, with the holidays and other things, it's the only time I'm going to be able to play within the designated timeframe.

However, it looks like we're going to have enough people to seat two tables and I'm the backup GM in that case. If that happens, is okay if I have the other GM sign off on this boon Chronicle with the character I plan to assign my GM credit to?

Normally I sign my own holiday boons when I GM. If there is a rule against it, I am unaware of it. Besides, if you can sign your own GM chronicles, you should be able to sign your own holiday boon, right? :)

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If I'm GMing, I sign my own. If I'm not, I have someone else do it.

Andoran ***

Can I apply these to multiple characters if I have multiple games during the time period?

Also, is the even info the same as the event being run?

Andoran ***

Duedor wrote:

Can I apply these to multiple characters if I have multiple games during the time period?

Also, is the even info the same as the event being run?

No, you can only get one Holiday boon, total. It can be applied to any of your PCs, even a different one than you played r assigned GM credit to.

And, yes, the event information would be that for the event at which you played or GMed.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Los Angeles (Inland Empire)

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I printed the info from the blog on the back of the chronicles, I think that helped a lot.

Grand Lodge *

Patrick Harris @ SD wrote:
If I'm GMing, I sign my own. If I'm not, I have someone else do it.

Unless they smell like earwax.

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Brian Darnell wrote:
I printed the info from the blog on the back of the chronicles, I think that helped a lot.

That is a really good idea.

Robert Canton wrote:
Unless they smell like earwax.

Man's gotta have limits.

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Printing the holiday description from the blog on the back of the chronicles is a brilliant idea! Thanks, Brian. I will be doing that from now on.

Shadow Lodge

So, of course, I missed yjr boon date, and now I can't download it. But I was wondering, what was the description of what the boon does?
As Inigo Montoya said, "I simply MUST know."

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