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To start, Baba Yaga probably doesn’t concern herself too much with the affairs of Golarion outside of Irrisen and the few other places she’s dabbled in the past 1,400 years. She spent more time on Golarion in the past, but her recent returns have been fairly short affairs. That said, I’ll answer these questions as if Dear Grandmother actually gave a damn about Golarion and its unique concerns.
1. It’s probably interesting to her. It might even be why she first noticed the Cage.
1a. That’s entirely possible, but since she hasn’t ever really gotten involved with anything Rovagug-related, it’s probably not a big factor in that choice.
1b. She likely knows about aboleths and their involvement with Azlant, and I’m pretty sure that some aboleths know about Baba Yaga. She probably isn’t too worried about aboleths, mainly out of hubris. Orchestrating super-humans is probably the most interesting thing about aboleths to Baba Yaga, but she thinks their goals and past actions are poor approaches.
2. Spawn of Rovagug are dangerous and anyone nearby when one emerged would be wise to avoid them. She’s not threatened by them because she knows she doesn’t have to deal with them if she doesn’t want to.
2a. Permanently imprisoning them works just fine, as far as she’s concerned. It would be especially beneficial if you were the one that held the keys to that prison. I’m not sure if she knows a way to permanently kill them, however she’s certainly a candidate for someone with the ability to figure it out if she wanted to.
3. As someone who came from so little to where she is today, she’s likely interested in those aspects of Golarion. It might even be why she first noticed this world.
4. Aroden was a candle that burned too brightly too quickly. She probably has some manner of respect for him as a god of humanity. He also reminds her that even gods can die... and that she’s not a god.
5. Spellcasters do what spellcasters do. She’s all about testing limits and trying for the big things.
5a. Unsure if she’s interested. She probably at least knows it exists.
6. That all depends on the request and the act committed. She’d likely drive a hard bargain and put a twist on things if she could, especially if she felt like she was being taken with less respect than she expects.
7. She certainly knows that there are plenty of beings out there that pose a serious threat to her, and despite her hubris, Baba Yaga is wicked smart and has no plans to die anytime soon. She’s note eager to test those kind of limits. She’s built herself a pretty comfortable existence, and plans to keep it as long as she wants. She’s also very patient, and if she wanted something that would be dangerous to attain or wanted to defeat or test a power stronger than herself, she’s likely work a long and convoluted con to achieve it.
8. Hubris. She doesn’t need it.
9a. She visits hundreds of worlds. Some of those have stone age technology and others have space age technology. They’re all tools, but to her magic is the greatest tool.
If things go as planned, the Bestiary in each volume of Iron Gods will have at least one alien and at least one robot.The ones in this Bestiary are from Kasath, but aliens in future volumes are from various other places.
There's a bunch of Dominion of the Black stuff in Pathfinder #88.
Thanks guys! Didn't think this would be out before Gencon. Good to have something to tide me over until the actual adventure begins! Also, is the purple-haired lady on the cover the same one on the 1st adventure's cover?
I was worried that it wouldn't be out as early as it is, but things turned out for the best. Go Team AP!
And I appreciate that! :)
For an update: It's unlikely that the Player's Guide will be available for download when subscribers begin getting access to their PDFs (which is what has happened almost every time before now), but it looks like we're on track to have it available by the street date of the first volume of the AP.
... Its funny how your mind associates the poster avatar with the person. Even after meeting adam in person, i still associate him with the mantis...
My first ever handle online back in the early 90s was Mantis, and as soon as I turned 18 I got a mantis tattoo on my calf (that I drew myself). So, I actually associate with the mantis avatar more than my current flumph.
James Jacobs wrote:
I was thinking the same thing!
I considered stirring the pot a bit to see what else bubbled up, but I didn't want to be unnecessarily cruel. :)
David Neilson wrote:
I was actually more curious that they used "The Bull" since it is obviously a male gendered animal for a female iconic. Unlike if they had called say "The Avalanche", "The Dragon" or "The Destroyer"
I'm somewhat surprised it took this long for someone to bring that up. :)
Her final name hadn't been decided when I started working on this write up, and when I started I looked at her picture for a good while and my eyes were fixated on the bull on her left shoulder and "the Bull" jumped out at me as a boxer nickname. (I researched a ton of cool boxer nicknames in the process. I wanted something more grounded and less "epic" than something like Bonecrusher, Hurricane, or Thunder.)
After I finished writing the backstory and it was being edited, that part was flagged for the same gendered reason. I happened to like that it was not a gendered match and found it more interesting partially for that reason. I made my argument and it was accepted. Also, it's a nickname, and we all know you don't get to pick your own nickname. I figure Kess probably threw some side eye when she first heard it, but when people are cheering it at the top of their lungs (and paying to get into the arena to do so), you tend to let it slide. After a while, you get to like it. You gotta pick your battles.
On a more mundane level, bulls go with strength like, well, a spell that boosts your strength, so there's some continuity there. :)
Dark Psion wrote:
I now have an answer for this. A couple of people asked Wayne about the sticks on his Facebook page and he had this to say:
Wayne on Facebook wrote:
The sticks are marker posts - Used in ancient travelling arenas. These days we're used to boxing or wrestling spaces marked out with four corners but in the distant past arenas were often marked out with just two poles or a couple of stones. The ring was usually formed by spectators.The markers could denote each combatants' "Corner" or sometimes used in "Capture the Flag" bouts too. They can also be combined with the mat to make a hammock. ;) As you can see, they've been used a few times as they've needed repair. :)
People staying home and leading normal lives don't make good adventurers. :)
Craig Bonham 141 wrote:
What's with the bare midriff? I really liked that Paizo avoided the cheesecake reletively well but they seem to be backsliding into that sad old fantasy art habit.
The biggest difference is that some of those familiar foes are not steps to preventing an evil ancient wizard that once ruled the region 10,000 years ago from returning to the world in order to enslave as much of the region as he could. :)
I totally understand the initial connection, but I think some of that is that both Rise of the Runelords and Giantslayer are both coming from classic fantasy RPG backgrounds.
From the Office of Expectation Management:
I hope this means that this AP will have one new giant per AP volume in it's bestiaries:)
I considered that, but I really didn't want to water down the giant pool. I'm of the mind that we have quite enough giants, but that's not to say that there won't be a few new ones sprinkled through the bestiaries. I'm just picky about them.
Joshua Goudreau wrote:
Does anyone know if the panel seminar was recorded and uploaded to the interwebs? I really enjoyed watching the discussion from last year.
There were audio recording devices on every table that I was a panelist at (courtesy of Know Direction), so I imagine it's just a matter of time before those are uploaded for public consumption.
Sorry for the late update, but...
Congrats to Caeliat for her second consecutive win!
I had a blast running the game and want to give a ton of thanks to Charlie Bell for helping me out with the betting. I couldn't have made it run so smooth without him.
Everyone seemed to have a good time, so thanks to the eight awesome players who joined me early Friday morning to spill some green blood on everyone's favorite Black Rock!
Can't wait for next year!
I rather like the imagery in this one. The storm for the primal forces of air flowing in him, as well as being a very real manifestation of some strange issue he has with his mind. "Numb to fear" was another good choice of words. I like that unlike the other iconics, who seem to at least have started on their path to honing their skills, Crowe seems like he's just getting to finding his own path in life.
I ended it when he was still young, so I really should have added more information about how he is today. When writing it I was so stuck on the tone of the ending that I failed to bring it to present day.
We'll see how he grows into future adventures in other products. I know I've already ordered some art with him fighting monsters alongside other more well-known iconics.
Did you know that Crowe was based on Wayne Reynolds' own Shoanti barbarian character and background?
Totally true! When we were naming the new iconics, the first one we had in place was Crowe, named after Wayne's Shoanti barbarian that he's been playing for a while. I wasn't initially going to write up Crowe (I have another backstory for one of the others lined up), but the guy who was going to write it had something far more important flop onto his plate, so I took it on. I was basically told that he was cast out after a scene he doesn't remember involving a lot of dead horses. I'm sure that what I wrote isn't 100% true to his character's backstory, but he liked it, so that's good enough for me. :)
I apologize for firing off this off-topic tangent.
I've made it a goal to include at least one robot and one alien creature among the four to five monsters that appear in each volume. There are some fun creatures coming down the line in the months following the release of this Adventure Path volume.