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Qadira: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Friday, January 6, 2017

Very soon, dear readers, copies of Qadira: Jewel of the East will be in your hands (or available to be in your hands, if you're not a subscriber), so this seems like an excellent time to list off my ten favorite things about Qadira and/or this book. Behold:

1. The "Adventuring In Qadira" section: These 24 pages of mysteries, perils, ancient secrets, and general weirdness give glimpses of locations like the razor-edged obsidian labyrinth of the Lady of the Burnt Lands; Ihalar, a massive underground city; Ushumgal, a banking center probably run by bronze dragons; the deadly ruins of Qumarin, from which explorers emerge blinded, their faces branded with wheels of wings, eyes, and fire; and the Tower of Winds, set among a sea of colorful grasses haunted by strange beings who ask visitors a single question to which there is no correct answer. There's also a lot more detail about sites we've mentioned before, like the harpy-haunted ruins of Al-Bashir, the military training grounds of Omash, and the twisted gnoll settlement of Shadun.

2. My favorite piece of art ever: Look at this gloriousness. It's the adventurer equivalent of having your cat sleeping on your keyboard when you need to get work done. The poor lady just wants to figure out where these tracks go, and her lion animal companion is demanding that she play with him NOW.


Illustration by Lance Red

3. John Compton's patronage system: In Qadira, getting ahead is all about who you know and what they can do for you. John has put together a brilliant system for navigating the currents of Qadiran society, gaining access to the elite, and benefitting from your connections.

4. Keleshite ethnicities: Did you think "Keleshite" described a single culture or people? If you did, that's understandable—that's what most people from Avistan think, too. But the Padishah Empire of Kelesh is home to many different peoples and cultures, making "Keleshite" more of an umbrella term, like "Avistani" or "Tian," than a specific ethnicity like "Ulfen" or "Shoanti." Learn about the six major cultures that formed the Empire, as well as close to a dozen ethnic minorities common in Qadira. There are also details about how non-humans and different classes fit into Qadiran society, from tieflings pretending to be emberkin aasimars to Paraheen dwarf weaponsmiths, and Taldan brawlers to the pyrokineticists of the Imperial Forces.

5. This other piece of art, which is also my favorite piece of art ever: It's a CYCLOPS WITH A MIGRAINE. I empathize so much, buddy.


Illustration by Eric Kenji

6. Horses! If you like playing mounted characters, especially if you like playing mounted characters who ride horses, you're going to want this book. From new tricks for your horse animal companion, to genie-touched horses with elemental powers, to information on the horse-breeding tribes of Al-Zabrit and their unique cavalier order, this book is packed with goodies for riders.

7. The clothes: There are so many well-dressed people in these pages. Look at this magnificently attired guy. Even his horse is dapper as hell.


Illustration by Anson Tan

8. Creepy desert fey: I'm not going to spoil it, but it's about time we had one of these.

9. Sunsinger skalds: I know, you hear "skald" and you think "Viking bard," right? Well, everything's different in the desert, and skalds there channel the powers of fire and sunlight in service of the goddess Sarenrae. Oh, and there's also a solar sorcerer bloodline. Qadira has a lot of people who are ON FIRE: both in the sense of being badass, and also literally on fire.

10. Kelish: While working out names for places and people in Qadira, I put together a phonology document to ensure consistency (and to help me figure out ways to suggest layers of history with names that didn't follow those conventions). That document turned into a lexicon, and eventually into a reference grammar for the Kelish language. I could geek out about it for 10,000 more words or so, but instead, I'll just note that it drops the copula in the present tense, has a triconsonantal root system (like Arabic, Hebrew, etc.), and lacks grammatical gender (like Turkish).

Bonus: Introduction to Kelish

Kelish started out as a trade language: early Keleshite merchants realized that their tongue, now known as Old Keleshite, was proving an impediment to spreading their influence, due to sounds non-native speakers found difficult and grammatical features they found baffling. So they created a simplified and more regular form of the language, with phonology more similar to that of common tongues outside of Casmaron and with more regular grammar. Old Keleshite is still used in religious ceremonies and among some of the more isolated desert tribes, but these days, almost everyone in Kelesh speaks Kelish as their native tongue.

Like many Semitic languages, Kelish is written using an abjad rather than an alphabet (which is to say it's written using only consonants). Many consonants have both a "soft" and a "hard" version (e.g. a single consonant can be pronounced either as b or as v depending on context). The transliterations below are simplified and may not reflect the way the word would be spelled in Kelish script.

Kelish pronunciation: Kelish has six vowel sounds, five of which (a, e, i, o, u, which are pronounced similarly to Romance language vowels) have long and short versions. The sixth is found in unstressed syllables and can be either pronounced as a schwa sound or left silent. It has a few consonants that differ from their English pronunciations. The kh sound is pronounced like the ch in the German pronunciation of Bach, or the Scottish loch. The r sound is trilled, as in Spanish or Italian, but also exists in a "softened" version (usually transliterated rh or gh), which is pronounced like the French r. An apostrophe (') indicates a glottal stop.

Stress generally falls on the final syllable of the word. Stress on non-final syllables is indicated in the transliterations below with a doubled consonant after the lengthened vowel. (adirah is pronounced ah-dee-RAH, but aninnu is pronounced ah-NEE-nu.)

Greetings

Hello
adirah
(ah-dee-RAH)

Goodbye
baraqqti bshlim (lit. "go in peace")
(ba-RAHK-tee bsh-LEEM)

Poems/Prayers/Idioms

Dawn will come.
lehibwa'ah fishereqel
(leh-hee-bwah-AH fee-sheh-reh-KEL)

Sunlight banishes lies.
li'ekhrabah mutzeirnil et drejem (lee-ehkh-rah-BAH moo-tzeh-ee-MEEL eht dray-JEM)

We are not strangers, for our hearts are old friends.
aninnu la reyevem, qaru qelebeiniannu ekhum qidumum
(ah-NEEN-oo lah reh-yay-VEHM, kah-ROO keh-lay-bay-ee-nee-AH-noo eh-KHOOM kee-doo-MOOM)

Hold my wine and watch this!
bashaddti et yenananni w ri'oyeti et eleh
(bah-SHAD-tee eht yey-na-NAHN-ee wuh reeh-oh-yeh-TEE eht eh-LAY)

Useful Phrases for People Who Annoy You

Be quiet. I haven't had my coffee yet.
batallti. la halli lishqai et kahvenni udina
(bah-TAHL-tee. lah HAH-lee leesh-kie (like "die") oo-dee-NAH)

No horse will carry you.
ianu shisah illi lihi'enubshadah et atah
(ee-ah-NOO shee-SAH EE-lee lee-HEEH-eh-noob-shah-DAH eht ah-TAH)

May you fall in love with a genie.
deyah akhalkhallti et jani'ah
(day-YAH ah-khal-KHAL-tee eht jah-neeh-AH)

I hope you've enjoyed this peek at Qadira: Jewel of the East. Stay tuned for more previews, including a glimpse of the patronage system!

Jessica Price
Project Manager

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Contributor—Canadian Maplecakes

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... HORSES! :D

Sovereign Court

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Jessica, you are a jewel. I love this introduction to Kelish!

I'll have to work a few of these in to my day-to-day vocabulary...


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This is lovely! I just wish I'd known about some of it while writing REDACTED. ^_^

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KingOfAnything wrote:

Jessica, you are a jewel. I love this introduction to Kelish!

I'll have to work a few of these in to my day-to-day...

Why thank you! And yay! :-)

We'll see how this goes over. If people like it, I do have an 80-page reference grammar and a 1000-word lexicon, so, y'know, there could be more in future previews. :-)

Silver Crusade

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Silly Westerners. You don't know a trilled 'r' until a Slav pronounces loudly 'RABARBAR'.


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cooool language business...

is there any funky money as well? like, copper/silver/gold/crystallized genie tears? solidarii to the drachm?


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The language part may be the one I'm most pleased with.

I'm always expecting some good crunch and/or setting info, but phrases and things to really bring out the cultural differences of NPCs is something I -love- having access to.


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Very happily waiting for this one. :) Thanks for the preview!

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Doesn't matter how big, kitty is still kitty :3

Can't wait for this, Jessica ^w^

Silver Crusade

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Progression of interest in this book from beginning of the post to the end:

Beginning: Oh, that's cool! More info on Qadira!

...Keleshite ethnicities: 'Noice!

Sunsinger Skald: Hey now, that sounds like my cup o' tea!

Intro to Kelish: WANT!


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The information in the blog post and the desert-themed images might come in useful for the Mummy's Mask Adventure Guide. Thanks Paizo!

Contributor

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I think I need to grab, like, all of these kellish phrases for my cleric of Sarenrae....

Project Manager

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ohako wrote:

cooool language business...

is there any funky money as well? like, copper/silver/gold/crystallized genie tears? solidarii to the drachm?

Nope, but that's a great idea for if I ever get to do more with Qadira. :-)

The Exchange

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SLAMS FIST ON TABLE

Now this is the kind of worldbuilding content I come here for!

Liberty's Edge

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My first character for PFS was/is a Keleshite Druid of Sarenrae Horseman. I greatly look forward to reading this book and expanding on my own understanding of the character. I am especially looking forward to researching what ethnicity will be most appropriate.

Dark Archive

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Okay we now need "hold my wine and watch this" translated into other languages!

Scarab Sages

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Awesome. I'd buy a book of nothing but languages... Seriously.

Liberty's Edge

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As a linguist, I'm looking forward to seeing the language section.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

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The cyclops is fantastic. I bet he has been trying to make sense of these autostereograms for hours...


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New Dwarven culture? Hmmm....


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"Languages of the Inner Sea" has been high on my unrealistic wish list for a long time. I'm ecstatic to see some conlanging going on.

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Samy wrote:
As a linguist, I'm looking forward to seeing the language section.

Alas, it got cut, which is one of the reasons it's in this blog entry.


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Someone needs to give that Cyclops one eye-buprofen tablet.

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Gisher wrote:
Someone needs to give that Cyclops one eye-buprofen tablet.

*groan*


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Nice, too bad I can't get it right now because of them releasing that map _ folio at the same time.


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Dragon78 wrote:
Nice, too bad I can't get it right now because of them releasing that map _ folio at the same time.

As a subscriber, it's no drama to opt-out of one book when a double month rolls around. Customer Service can sort it out for you in a jiffy.

So you can receive this as a subscriber without the map folio, if you wanted to.

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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Jessica Price wrote:
Gisher wrote:
Someone needs to give that Cyclops one eye-buprofen tablet.
*groan*

This does not help its headache.


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CONLANGING!!!!!!!! HORSES.


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Never mind, it was fixed awhile ago and i didn't know about it.


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Wow! The language stuff is fantastic. Love it!


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I admit, I was going to pass on this, as Qadira didn't really interest me as much as other areas of Golarion. But this preview hits the world building and anthropology passions in me, so I'm going to have to pick it up now!

The Exchange

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Great top 10. I'm looking forward to buying and adding this one to my active collection of material


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Wish I could favorite the original blog entry . . . .

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Gisher wrote:
Someone needs to give that Cyclops one eye-buprofen tablet.

G@+~!*nit Gisher.


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Love it. I think the pronunciation for "I haven't had my coffee yet" is missing a couple of words, though. Unless they're silent? >.>

Looking forward to getting the book!


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Glorious.

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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
Okay we now need "hold my wine and watch this" translated into other languages!

Might be a problem with Dwarven, they use the same word for "water", "wine" and "piss".


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What! No genie-touched camels?


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Rysky wrote:
Gisher wrote:
Someone needs to give that Cyclops one eye-buprofen tablet.
G~!!&@nit Gisher.

Don't hate appreciate.

:)

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Delightful wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Gisher wrote:
Someone needs to give that Cyclops one eye-buprofen tablet.
G~!!&@nit Gisher.

Don't hate appreciate.

:)

Oh, I do ^w^

Project Manager

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shadram wrote:

Love it. I think the pronunciation for "I haven't had my coffee yet" is missing a couple of words, though. Unless they're silent? >.>

Looking forward to getting the book!

D'oh! Yes, you're right. :-)

Here:

Be quiet. I haven't had my coffee yet.
batallti. la halli lishqai et kahvenni udina
(bah-TAHL-tee. lah HAH-lee leesh-kie (like "die") eht kah-VEHN-ee oo-dee-NAH)


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Rysky wrote:
Delightful wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Gisher wrote:
Someone needs to give that Cyclops one eye-buprofen tablet.
G~!!&@nit Gisher.

Don't hate appreciate.

:)

Oh, I do ^w^

Exactly!

It's not as if Gisher was PUN-ishing you or anything.

Silver Crusade

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Delightful wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Delightful wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Gisher wrote:
Someone needs to give that Cyclops one eye-buprofen tablet.
G~!!&@nit Gisher.

Don't hate appreciate.

:)

Oh, I do ^w^

Exactly!

It's not as if Gisher was PUN-ishing you or anything.

-_-


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That cyclops looks like me come finals...


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As language geek, I appreciate the Introduction to Kelish. Awesome!


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Okay, I was not interested until "ON FIRE!" While I did not appreciate the movie/book reference (ugh! Cannot stand them.), I do like the potential of Sunlight/Fire bardic performance and Solar Sorcerer Bloodline.


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What movie/book reference?

Project Manager

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Dragon78 wrote:
What movie/book reference?

I assume he means the title of the blog post, which is a ref to The Sound of Music.

He's going to haaaaaaate it when my next blog post is titled "How do you solve a problem like Qadira?" }:-)


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Jessica Price wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
What movie/book reference?

I assume me means the title of the blog post, which is a ref to The Sound of Music.

He's going to haaaaaaate it when my next blog post is titled "How do you solve a problem like Qadira?" }:-)

"How Do You Catch Volnagur and Pin It Down?"


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Seven maidens for seven monsters;)

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