Introducing Pathfinder Chronicles™—Paizo's New Campaign Setting
Curse of the Crimson Throne to be the title of the second Pathfinder Adventure Path™.
Paizo Publishing announced today that the title of its new campaign setting is Pathfinder Chronicles. Paizo also confirmed that the GameMastery™ Modules line of fantasy adventures and the Pathfinder™ Adventure Path books would be set in the Pathfinder Chronicles setting. All books released in that setting are published under the Open Gaming License and are compatible with the world's most popular fantasy roleplaying game.
In the world of the Pathfinder Chronicles, the triumphs of heroes and the workings of villains are recorded in a constantly evolving codex of tales spanning centuries. For much of written history, world events followed charted routes. Oracles and seers mapped out the future in the stars above, and their prophecies always gave a reliable view of the ages to come.
Until a god died a century ago. No one saw that coming, and now, the old prophecies are failing. Oracles go mad and seers desperately try to account for the loss of the future. While some cry out that the world is at an end, they've been doing so for 100 years now. And the world's still here. It's just unclear where things are going. The future of Golarion, the world of the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, is open and ready to receive the triumphs and failures of a new generation of heroes.
"Pathfinder's Adventure Paths as well as the GameMastery Modules are set in the world of Golarion, yet they also mesh perfectly with the core game experience," said James Jacobs, author of Pathfinder #1: "Burnt Offerings" and the Editor-in-Chief of Pathfinder. "Most groups already have a favorite campaign world, and by building our adventures on classic themes, it should be a simple matter to adapt any Pathfinder Adventure Path or GameMastery Module to a campaign setting of your choice."
Paizo Publishing also announced today that the title of the second Pathfinder Adventure Path will be Curse of the Crimson Throne. The first installment of Curse of the Crimson Throne will appear this February in Pathfinder #7 and will run through Pathfinder #12 in July 2008.
Pathfinder #7 kicks off the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path this February with an adventure titled "Edge of Anarchy" by Nicolas Logue (author of Pathfinder #3: "The Hook Mountain Massacre" and GameMastery Module D1: Crown of the Kobold King). The King has died, and the city of Korvosa is in chaos: riots, banditry, monsters, and mayhem are turning the normally safe streets of the city into a war zone. Desperate to regain control, Queen Ileosa seeks heroes to aid her before the largest city in all Varisia consumes itself from within. This volume of Pathfinder includes a gazetteer of the city of Korvosa, designed to supplement the player-oriented Pathfinder Chronicles Guide to Korvosa, along with a presentation on the mystical culture of the land's indigenous Varisians and several new monsters designed for use in urban environs.
In March, Pathfinder #8 continues Curse of the Crimson Throne with "Seven Days to the Grave," an adventure written by F. Wesley Schneider (author of the Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide). The civil unrest in Korvosa has been dealt with, only to be replaced by a far more deadly and insidious threat: horrific disease that leaves its dead deformed and faceless sweeps through the streets of Korvosa, death borne on the wind and steeped in the stones. Mass graves crowd the outer walls and plague doctors stalk the streets in a desperate attempt to prevent the sickness from spreading, yet is there something more to the plague than meets the eye? This volume of Pathfinder contains supplementary rules for handling large-scale urban disasters such as plagues and famines, and also presents a detailed exploration of Abadar, the god of cities and wealth. Several new monsters associated with sickness and disease round out the bestiary.
Pathfinder #9 approaches the halfway mark of Curse of the Crimson Throne in April with a Richard Pett (author of Pathfinder #2: "The Skinsaw Murders") adventure titled "Escape from Old Korvosa." Old Korvosa is under quarantine, a sprawling slum contained by roadblocks and guard posts manned by remorseless Hellknights and sinister plague doctors. While the rest of Korvosa stifles under an increasingly brutal martial law, the quarantined streets of Old Korvosa descend into true bedlam. Yet the one man who may hold the truth behind the perils that have brought Korvosa to its knees is lost inside the quarantine zone. Can he be rescued from the clutches of a new menace rising in the festering pits of Old Korvosa, and what secrets does he know that could justify the bounties for his death? This volume of Pathfinder presents an in-depth exploration of the rakshasas of the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting and reveals details on Golarion's most sinister network of assassins, the Red Mantis.
Other first quarter 2008 Paizo Publishing releases include:
Pathfinder Chronicles Gazetteer
Pathfinder Chronicles Map Folio: Rise of the Runelords
GameMastery Module U2: Hangman's Noose
GameMastery Critical Fumble Deck
Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to Korvosa
GameMastery Module J3: Crucible of Chaos
GameMastery Item Cards: Adventure Gear 2
Pathfinder Chronicles: Classic Monsters Revisited
GameMastery Module W2: River into Darkness
GameMastery Module D3: The Demon Within
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