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Organizations of the Adventurer's Guide

Thursday, May 4, 2017

So I just finished the final Bestiary 6 preview blog last week, so you know what that means! Yup… time to start doing preview blogs for the next hardcover down the line—the Adventurer's Guide!

As opposed to the hardcovers before (Bestiary 6) and after (Book of the Damned), the Adventurer's Guide is very much a product for players. The central idea of this book is to focus on several of the more famous (or infamous) organizations active in the Inner Sea region of Golarion. This book is not intended to present these organizations as things your characters can join (we've covered that topic before in numerous ways, after all) but instead to use these groups as themes for the presentation of new archetypes, prestige classes, magic items, spells, feats, and other player options for your characters to take. In effect, these groups serve as your characters' adventuring guides, in that once you become affiliated with them, they can guide your character into new specializations, talents, and powers.

We'll have more to say about the new options in the book later, of course. For now, though, I wanted to take the opportunity to reveal the full list of organizations that are featured in this volume. Some of them are long-standing groups in the setting we've done a lot with before, while others are relatively new. Many of them had their genesis in various Adventure Paths as well, and you can use the additional information in Adventurer's Guide either to bolster their associated Adventure Path in your game or to expand the organization's role beyond that Adventure Path. This does mean that Adventurer's Guide blurs the line between the traditionally "world-neutral" hardcover rulebooks and the setting books—but that's intentional, since this allows us to draw upon over a decade of lore and inspiration to give additional weight to all these new options for the game. And of course, if you're a GM, these options work just as well for you in building memorable new NPCs for your game as well!

In any event, the organizations covered in Adventurer's Guide are...

  • Al-Zabriti (Deep-Desert Traditionalists)
  • Aldori Swordlords (Masters of the Clash of Blades)
  • Aspis Consortium (Profiteering Syndicate)
  • Bellflower Network (Eradicators of Halfling Slavery)
  • Council of Thieves (Rulers of a Criminal Underworld)
  • Cyphermages (Inheritors of Ancient Arcane Traditions)
  • Eagle Knights (Vanguard of Liberty)
  • Gray Maidens (Remnants of a Tyrant's Reign)
  • Hellknights (Merciless Enforcers of the Law)
  • Houses of Perfection (Trio of Elite Mystical Monasteries inspired by the Elements)
  • Lantern Bearers (A Light Against the Coming Darkness)
  • Magaambya (Inheritors of an Ancient Academy of Arcane Learning)
  • Mammoth Lords (Beast-Riding Barbarian Tribes)
  • Pathfinder Society (Adventuring Scholars of Historical Lore)
  • Red Mantis (Notorious Cult of Deadly Assassins)
  • Rivethun (Animists Harnessing Personal Struggles for Spiritual Growth)
  • Silver Ravens (Rebels Against an Oppressive Regime)
  • Storm Kindlers (Storm-Seeking Devotees of Gozreh)

Each organization opens with an evocative half-page illustration to set the mood. I've only got room to show off three for now, though!

Rivethun Introduction
Illustration by William O'Brien

Red Mantis Introduction
Illustration by Willian Liu

Magaambya Introduction
Illustration by Florian Stitz

James Jacobs
Creative Director

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Very nice. The Silver Ravens being one of the organizations is a big surprise, though not an unpleasant one.

*sighs and adds this to the growing list of things that I want to get for my upcoming Hell's Rebels campaign*


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A Council of Thieves? How scandalous! ^_^


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Interesting. I think Al-Zabriti is the only group in the list that is totally new to me. Is it referenced somewhere that I missed, or is it new to everyone else as well?


the Cover image links to he B6 product page instead of Adventurer's Guide page or a larger image.


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I'm definitely looking forward to a few of these.

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Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye?


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I had been thinking of cancelling my subscription on this one, but this has made me change my mind.

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Given how disparate they are in actual nature, tone, and presentation in other material, I think it's rather odd that the summary thumbnails for the Cyphermages and the Magaambya are so similar...

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Magaambya: "They learn."

Cyphermages: "They study."

Technic League: "I'ma poke it with a stick!"


Hmph! Council of Thieves as Pr-class? Interesting!

Dominick,

It does not appear that the Order is one of the Pr-classes.

I do see a few reprints but not that many. Which is good!


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Rysky wrote:

Magaambya: "They learn."

Cyphermages: "They study."

Technic League: "I'ma poke it with a stick!"

Don't forget the explosions, Rysky.


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Go Swordlords!

Instead of Council of Thieves I would have loved for this to flesh out the Brotherhood of Silence (an Oppara based thieves guild said to have "branched out" all around the Inner Sea), but you can't have everything I guess...

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Also I love how the Magaambya and Rivethun are both giving a badass "Y'all done f$*~ed up" to their respective demon.


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Rogar Valertis wrote:

Go Swordlords!

Instead of Council of Thieves I would have loved for this to flesh out the Brotherhood of Silence (an Oppara based thieves guild said to have "branched out" all around the Inner Sea), but you can't have everything I guess...

Wait until you see the final result before getting too disappointed. ^_^


David knott 242 wrote:

I think Al-Zabriti is the only group in the list that is totally new to me. Is it referenced somewhere that I missed, or is it new to everyone else as well?

New to me as well. I'm hoping it's a Namzaruum reference. Would love to see more done with that particular facet of Golarion.


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More Magaambya is always a sure way to make me happy.


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Isabelle Lee wrote:
Rogar Valertis wrote:

Go Swordlords!

Instead of Council of Thieves I would have loved for this to flesh out the Brotherhood of Silence (an Oppara based thieves guild said to have "branched out" all around the Inner Sea), but you can't have everything I guess...

Wait until you see the final result before getting too disappointed. ^_^

Oh?

Are you the one responsible for the Council of Thieves? I'll look forward to check it out then!

This book actually has a few of my favourite organizations (Swordlords, Red Mantis and Gray Maidens) so I'm pratically sure to get it!


How much of the material in this book is going to be collated from previous sources, and of that material, how much of that is going to be tweaked?

Also, a Grey Maiden PRC would be fantastic!

Also very pleased to see more dwarven material, especially Rivethun!

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The Al-Zabriti are detailed in the recently released Qadira book. They're a horse-riding desert dwelling society that has aspects that will appeal to druids, clerics, horse riders, and the like.

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Sayt wrote:

How much of the material in this book is going to be collated from previous sources, and of that material, how much of that is going to be tweaked?

About 1/3 or so of the contents of the book are collated/updated from previous sources. About the same ratio as you see in a Bestiary.

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Shisumo wrote:
Given how disparate they are in actual nature, tone, and presentation in other material, I think it's rather odd that the summary thumbnails for the Cyphermages and the Magaambya are so similar...

That's a little bit of an accident—for all of those short summaries, I tried to come up with a 1 line description that summarized the group in a way that anyone could understand, particularly to contextualize these groups for players and GMs who aren't as familiar with what the thematic differences between "Cyphermage" and "Magaambya" are. That the ended up being similarly worded is coincidence, and since the descriptions are not listed in this format right next to each other in the book, but are in fact one line from an 8 page or longer section that describes the group in greater detail, I don't see it as being much of a problem at all in the book itself... or really something that anyone would notice in the first place.


James Jacobs wrote:


About 1/3 or so of the contents of the book are collated/updated from previous sources. About the same ratio as you see in a Bestiary.

Fantastic, thanks!

If you can say, what level of update are the older PRCS from the ISWG prestige classes are getting? Just editing tweaks, or has there been some adjustent in power level (be it up or down) to bring them closer in line to the PRCs in Paths of Prestige/the Righteous?


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Can't wait!


So, the organizations that aren't in it are as follows then (?):

Arclords of Nex
Blackfire Adepts
Gray Gardeners
Knights of Ozem
Prophet of Kalistrades
Pure Legion Enforcers
Razmiran Priests
Riftwardens
Shieldmarshals
Umbral Court Agents
Winter Witches

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Sayt wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


About 1/3 or so of the contents of the book are collated/updated from previous sources. About the same ratio as you see in a Bestiary.

Fantastic, thanks!

If you can say, what level of update are the older PRCS from the ISWG prestige classes are getting? Just editing tweaks, or has there been some adjustent in power level (be it up or down) to bring them closer in line to the PRCs in Paths of Prestige/the Righteous?

Typically editing tweaks and errata (for example, the red mantis assassins cast spells in armor like bards can), but for the most part I did my best to keep them the same as previous incarnations to minimize confusion and conflict with existing characters.

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Berselius wrote:

So, the organizations that aren't in it are as follows then (?):

Arclords of Nex
Blackfire Adepts
Gray Gardeners
Knights of Ozem
Prophet of Kalistrades
Pure Legion Enforcers
Razmiran Priests
Riftwardens
Shieldmarshals
Umbral Court Agents
Winter Witches

Plus a LOT more. I'm not sure where you're getting that particular list above from, but the book wasn't big enough to include every group in the Inner Sea Region... but neither does the existence of this book mean we can't do similar content for other groups in the future.

In compiling the organizations for the book, we tried to pick a range of groups that not only gave all of the classes and races representation, but also had a good range of in-world scope going on as well.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Berselius wrote:

So, the organizations that aren't in it are as follows then (?):

Arclords of Nex
Blackfire Adepts
Gray Gardeners
Knights of Ozem
Prophet of Kalistrades
Pure Legion Enforcers
Razmiran Priests
Riftwardens
Shieldmarshals
Umbral Court Agents
Winter Witches

Plus a LOT more. I'm not sure where you're getting that particular list above from

Paths of Prestige, I reckon.


Cole,

I think what Mister Jacobs meant was WHY that list and making it sound like it was an accusatory statement.

I'm sure you didn't mean to, but that's how it came out.


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Oh, not my list. Just an observation of the lineup invoked by Berselius.


I am all kinds of interested in the mammoth lords stuff


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I loved the addition of the Rivethun and how it has added a unique Golarion spin to Dwarven culture. That they get their own section in this book is fantastic!


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James Jacobs wrote:
Berselius wrote:

So, the organizations that aren't in it are as follows then (?):

Arclords of Nex
Blackfire Adepts
Gray Gardeners
Knights of Ozem
Prophet of Kalistrades
Pure Legion Enforcers
Razmiran Priests
Riftwardens
Shieldmarshals
Umbral Court Agents
Winter Witches

Plus a LOT more. I'm not sure where you're getting that particular list above from, but the book wasn't big enough to include every group in the Inner Sea Region... but neither does the existence of this book mean we can't do similar content for other groups in the future.

In compiling the organizations for the book, we tried to pick a range of groups that not only gave all of the classes and races representation, but also had a good range of in-world scope going on as well.

I believe if this book does well enough we might see an "Adventurer's Guide Volume 2". Maybe?


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Are the options limited by prerequisites that a PC be a "member in good standing" (or something of the type) with the organization? Otherwise, I'd be afraid that the flavour would be undermined by players grabbing one feat from the Red Mantis section, another from the Eagle Knight section, etc.


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I am looking forward to this, the lantern bearers will be neat


Silver Ravens as a faction?

That's great for anyone playing/running a Hell's Rebels game, but kind of strange since

spoiler:
By the time the AP starts, the Silver Ravens have been out of commission for hundreds of years and don't really exist until the PCs find their old notes/equipment in someone's basement and decide to re-establish themselves as the new Ravens.


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Does this mean that we'll get a legit way for a psychic magic user to become a Hellknight Signifer?


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How much of this book would contain spoilers for Adventure Paths? I'm looking at Council of Thieves in particular, since I'm playing that one currently. I really like the sound of this book, but would be wary if I accidentally spoil myself.


Iff wrote:
How much of this book would contain spoilers for Adventure Paths? I'm looking at Council of Thieves in particular, since I'm playing that one currently. I really like the sound of this book, but would be wary if I accidentally spoil myself.

A valid concern. You can always skip over that chapter for now. ^_^

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James Jacobs wrote:
The Al-Zabriti are detailed in the recently released Qadira book. They're a horse-riding desert dwelling society that has aspects that will appeal to druids, clerics, horse riders, and the like.

Ooooo, please tell me Jessica got to do some work on this then :3

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Jhaeman wrote:
Are the options limited by prerequisites that a PC be a "member in good standing" (or something of the type) with the organization? Otherwise, I'd be afraid that the flavour would be undermined by players grabbing one feat from the Red Mantis section, another from the Eagle Knight section, etc.

No. There are three options for using the book the GM can choose. Going off the top of my head, they are:

1) Anything goes. Ignore the flavor and treat the book as, sort of, an "Advanced Player's Guide 2" and let players pick things as they wish.

2) Affiliation. This is a new and simple system that requires a player to be affiliated with a group; this doesn't mean you join the group. You're just an adventurer the group values and supports. (This is the book's assumption, by the way.)

3) Membership. Use the book so that a character has to actually be a member of the group to be part of it.

There's more info in the book itself, of course, but how it's used will be, as with all rulebooks, up to the GM.

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Axial wrote:

Silver Ravens as a faction?

That's great for anyone playing/running a Hell's Rebels game, but kind of strange since

** spoiler omitted **

One of the things this book assumes is that many tables will choose to play games in post AP worlds.

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Iff wrote:
How much of this book would contain spoilers for Adventure Paths? I'm looking at Council of Thieves in particular, since I'm playing that one currently. I really like the sound of this book, but would be wary if I accidentally spoil myself.

A small amount. We try to keep the plot spoilers in there to a minimum, but there's a few. If you're worried about spoilers, simply avoid the sections that would be spoilers.

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Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
The Al-Zabriti are detailed in the recently released Qadira book. They're a horse-riding desert dwelling society that has aspects that will appeal to druids, clerics, horse riders, and the like.
Ooooo, please tell me Jessica got to do some work on this then :3

Jessica got to do some work on this.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
The Al-Zabriti are detailed in the recently released Qadira book. They're a horse-riding desert dwelling society that has aspects that will appeal to druids, clerics, horse riders, and the like.
Ooooo, please tell me Jessica got to do some work on this then :3
Jessica got to do some work on this.

Yay!

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So many nice things in this book!


Dominick wrote:
Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye?

They have an awesome write-up in Carrion Crown, Trial of the Beast, if you haven't already seen it.

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As a trans person, I am stoked to see the rivethun get a write up.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Jhaeman wrote:
Are the options limited by prerequisites that a PC be a "member in good standing" (or something of the type) with the organization? Otherwise, I'd be afraid that the flavour would be undermined by players grabbing one feat from the Red Mantis section, another from the Eagle Knight section, etc.

No. There are three options for using the book the GM can choose. Going off the top of my head, they are:

1) Anything goes. Ignore the flavor and treat the book as, sort of, an "Advanced Player's Guide 2" and let players pick things as they wish.

2) Affiliation. This is a new and simple system that requires a player to be affiliated with a group; this doesn't mean you join the group. You're just an adventurer the group values and supports. (This is the book's assumption, by the way.)

3) Membership. Use the book so that a character has to actually be a member of the group to be part of it.

There's more info in the book itself, of course, but how it's used will be, as with all rulebooks, up to the GM.

This seems like a magnificent way to handle it! :D

As an aside I absolutely LOVED the Advanced Player's Guide! If this is on par with that in terms of content and quality, then I am TOTALLY stoked to get my hands on this product!

James Jacobs wrote:
Iff wrote:
How much of this book would contain spoilers for Adventure Paths? I'm looking at Council of Thieves in particular, since I'm playing that one currently. I really like the sound of this book, but would be wary if I accidentally spoil myself.
A small amount. We try to keep the plot spoilers in there to a minimum, but there's a few. If you're worried about spoilers, simply avoid the sections that would be spoilers.

If they're less spoilery than the back covers of the adventure paths themselves (which every player and their grandmother seems to read in my experience) than I can't say I'm too concerned.


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Silver Ravens? Lantern Bearers? Eagle Knights? Mammoth Lords? Council of Thieves? Gray Maidens? Bellflower? Pathfinder? Whoa, sure am glad I subscribed!

Next week, correct?!

Is it next week yet?!


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James Jacobs wrote:
Plus a LOT more. I'm not sure where you're getting that particular list above from, but the book wasn't big enough to include every group in the Inner Sea Region... but neither does the existence of this book mean we can't do similar content for other groups in the future.

No problemo. I figured that not every major organization in Golarion would be made available. I look forward to the possibility for an Advanced Adventurer's Guide. :D

Cole Deschain wrote:
Paths of Prestige, I reckon.

Correct. I was just trying to confirm that other organizations that weren't in the blog post's description that did in fact appear in Paths of Prestige didn't appear. Info on products helps you want to buy them. ^_^

Thomas Seitz wrote:
Cole, I think what Mister Jacobs meant was WHY that list and making it sound like it was an accusatory statement. I'm sure you didn't mean to, but that's how it came out.

I DEFINITELY DID NOT MEAN OR INTEND TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE THAT. My apologies if it came across that way. :(

Cole Deschain wrote:
Oh, not my list. Just an observation of the lineup invoked by Berselius.

AGAIN, I DID NOT INTEND OR MEAN FOR ANYONE TO TAKE OFFENSE AT THAT QUESTION. I was simply trying to find out more info on the product. Please don't be mad. :(

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