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Pathfinder Companion: Elves of Golarion (OGL)

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Pathfinder Companion: Elves of Golarion (OGL)

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Elves have been a part of the world for as long as anyone can remember. Caretakers of the natural world, warriors against the tide of savagery, and scholars of the deepest secrets of magic, elves are among Golarion’s most mystical and mysterious races. This book presents the definitive word on how elves live, fight, worship, and relate with other races. The information contained herein presents a wealth of information about the elven race, with new rules, details on making elven characters, and an extensive exploration of their society, history, and goals as a people. Even if you aren’t playing an elf, this booklet contains new spells, magic items, and character options perfect for any character.

    Inside this Pathfinder Companion, you’ll find:
  • Details on the elven people of Golarion—where they live, their arts and magic, their pantheon of deities, and more!
  • An exploration of the beautiful—yet sometimes deadly—elven nation of Kyonin, the heart and soul of the Fair Ones on Golarion, including details on Queen Telandia herself
  • More Character Traits specifically designed to enhance and expand a new elf character’s history and background
  • Alchemical archery and new magic arrows, sacred pacts with elven gods, a plethora of magical meals, and the brightness seeker prestige class

Pathfinder Companion is an invaluable resource for players and Game Masters. Each 32-page bimonthly installment explores a major theme in the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, with expanded regional gazetteers, new player character options, and organizational overviews to help players flesh out their character backgrounds and to provide players and Game Masters with new sources for campaign intrigue.

Written by Jeff Quick and Hal Maclean

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-143-5

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Andoran

When it mentions an elven pantheon, is it referring to gods other than those found in the Campaign Setting?

Also, will Pathfinder have different subraces of elves? (in a similar way that Oerth has Grey, High, etc, and Faerun has Star, Moon, Sun, etc). Obviously, a drow subrace exists, so besides that.

Paizo Employee Developer

Hassan al-Sabah wrote:

When it mentions an elven pantheon, is it referring to gods other than those found in the Campaign Setting?

Also, will Pathfinder have different subraces of elves? (in a similar way that Oerth has Grey, High, etc, and Faerun has Star, Moon, Sun, etc). Obviously, a drow subrace exists, so besides that.

James has mentioned in the chat that the Mordant Spire elves are grey elves. I don't know if we'll see other variants, but if they're in Golarion, this book'll outline 'em.

Andoran

Perhaps James or someone else could clarify: will there be subraces of elves specific to Golarion (and will they be introduced in this book?) For instance, are the elves of Mordant Spire like gray elves (mechanically and conceptually -like how FR Sun elf is like unto a Gray) or are they Gray Elves(crunch and flavor-wise)?

A similar question could be asked relative to the aquatic elves around Azlanti ruins.

*Also, I'm still very curious about an elven pantheon and how that works with the hitherto stated devotion to beings like Desna and the Savored Sting.

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16, Contributor

yoda8myhead wrote:
Hassan al-Sabah wrote:
When it mentions an elven pantheon, is it referring to gods other than those found in the Campaign Setting?

That was part of the stuff Jeff wrote so I can't say too much about it but I do recall reading a discussion of the elven pantheon in his draft.


Will this be sold in a print edition, or just as a PDF?

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Will this be sold in a print edition, or just as a PDF?

Both


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Will this be sold in a print edition, or just as a PDF?
Both

Thanks again!


Wait wait wait...
Is this a PDF or a printed version ? It is listed in the downloads, but mentions the shipping delay.

/confused 8(

Paizo Employee Developer

Seldriss wrote:

Wait wait wait...

Is this a PDF or a printed version ? It is listed in the downloads, but mentions the shipping delay.

/confused 8(

Now you've confused me. Where are you seeing something about a delay? These already got shipped to a lot of subscribers.


yoda8myhead wrote:
Now you've confused me. Where are you seeing something about a delay? These already got shipped to a lot of subscribers.

Confusion is my middle name ;)

I meant the description of the book was mentioning the shipping time, something like "this product usually ships from our warehouse in 2 or 3 days", or something like that.
Funny thing is that i don't see that line anymore now.

/double confused (Feeblemind ?)


OK triple confused now...
Let me explain : When i go in the store Download page, in Paizo/Pathfinder Companion section, i see Elves of Golarion.
But when i add it to my cart, i then see Elves of Golarion Print Edition, with the shipping line (Usually ships from our warehouse within 3 to 6 business days) and the shipping & handling fee ($4.03)...

/headache

Cheliax

The PDF isn't yet available for purchase to non-subscribers. IIRC, it will be on November 12.


golem101 wrote:
The PDF isn't yet available for purchase to non-subscribers. IIRC, it will be on November 12.

Ooooo

All right. So my confusion is due to the fact that although the product appears in the Download section, it is not available as a PDF yet, and thus appears as the print version...
Thank you.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Seldriss wrote:
golem101 wrote:
The PDF isn't yet available for purchase to non-subscribers. IIRC, it will be on November 12.

Ooooo

All right. So my confusion is due to the fact that although the product appears in the Download section, it is not available as a PDF yet, and thus appears as the print version...
Thank you.

Sorry—we've been tweaking some display stuff, and it looks that that particular circumstance needs some more tweaking.

Contributor

Hal Maclean wrote:
yoda8myhead wrote:
Hassan al-Sabah wrote:
When it mentions an elven pantheon, is it referring to gods other than those found in the Campaign Setting?
That was part of the stuff Jeff wrote so I can't say too much about it but I do recall reading a discussion of the elven pantheon in his draft.

Hal, you've probably seen it more recently than I have!

There's definitely an elven pantheon in the book, and we also address how/why Desna fits into the whole shebang.

It can be complex, but in general, elves are far more comfortable with ambiguity than humans are. =)

Jeff

Andoran

It says at the top this is the Print Edition (which grants access to PDF as well.)

Taldor

Read most of the .pdf yesterday. I likee, although I'm not sure about the traits in that they appear to put elves, on first reading, in a rather better position than the other races. Or maybe they're swapped in for a feat; I didn't read it all that closely yet (I don't like doing a first thorough read on a .pdf, although I always scan through quickly if I get the pdf first (which as a subscriber, I now do, most excellently).

Paizo Employee Developer

Bagpuss wrote:
Read most of the .pdf yesterday. I likee, although I'm not sure about the traits in that they appear to put elves, on first reading, in a rather better position than the other races. Or maybe they're swapped in for a feat; I didn't read it all that closely yet (I don't like doing a first thorough read on a .pdf, although I always scan through quickly if I get the pdf first (which as a subscriber, I now do, most excellently).

Traits are generally provided to PCs at the start of an adventure path in place of a bonus feat (details of which are in the Second Darkness companion) or gained by taking the Additional Traits feat, which grants two traits. Once other racial books have been released, I imagine we'll see equally powered traits that anyone can take, but for now, if you want to take a racial trait, you'd better be playing an elf.

Taldor

yoda8myhead wrote:


Traits are generally provided to PCs at the start of an adventure path in place of a bonus feat (details of which are in the Second Darkness companion) or gained by taking the Additional Traits feat, which grants two traits. Once other racial books have been released, I imagine we'll see equally powered traits that anyone can take, but for now, if you want to take a racial trait, you'd better be playing an elf.

Yeah, although the assumption is that you'll give everyone a bonus feat, but then (as mentioned in the Second Darkness companion) that's been a feature since RotRL; the bonus feat would have to be restricted to those regional feats, of course (again, as is the case in RotRL).

However and my main concern (the elves vs the rest thing), are there new racial books on the horizon? Will we get a lot more regional feats (there's one per nation at the moment in the Campaign Guide, if I recall).

Paizo Employee Developer

Bagpuss wrote:
However and my main concern (the elves vs the rest thing), are there new racial books on the horizon? Will we get a lot more regional feats (there's one per nation at the moment in the Campaign Guide, if I recall).

They've said other places that their moving away from bonus feats and using the trait system from now on, at least for PCs, as it adds a bit more customization. James said in a chat that they would be doing other race books eventually, but whether a book is racial or regional in nature, most player-oriented supplements should contain more traits, some of which might be racial (if it's a dwarf oriented campaign, or gnome-heavy region) even if it's not exclusively a racial book.

Taldor

yoda8myhead wrote:
They've said other places that their moving away from bonus feats and using the trait system from now on, at least for PCs, as it adds a bit more customization. James said in a chat that they would be doing other race books eventually, but whether a book is racial or regional in nature, most player-oriented supplements should contain more traits, some of which might be racial (if it's a dwarf oriented campaign, or gnome-heavy region) even if it's not exclusively a racial book.

Oh, OK, so we should see something like that in the Osirion book that's upcoming? That'll be cool.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Winterwalker wrote:
It says at the top this is the Print Edition (which grants access to PDF as well.)

Subscribers get free PDFs when their subscription copy of the print edition ships—that's the big subscriber perk. Non-subscribers do not get the PDF for free with purchase of the print edition.

Osirion

Vic Wertz wrote:
Winterwalker wrote:
It says at the top this is the Print Edition (which grants access to PDF as well.)
Subscribers get free PDFs when their subscription copy of the print edition ships—that's the big subscriber perk. Non-subscribers do not get the PDF for free with purchase of the print edition.

When do subscribers get their PDFs? I been looking for the PDF for this book and the Gods book since Tuesday.

Paizo Employee Developer

grifter7 wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Winterwalker wrote:
It says at the top this is the Print Edition (which grants access to PDF as well.)
Subscribers get free PDFs when their subscription copy of the print edition ships—that's the big subscriber perk. Non-subscribers do not get the PDF for free with purchase of the print edition.
When do subscribers get their PDFs? I been looking for the PDF for this book and the Gods book since Tuesday.

Once you recieve the email that they have shipped (or are going to ship), the 2nd email in the process, you can download the pdfs from your "My Downloads" page at the top of any Paizo.com page. If you got that email and the pdf's aren't there, you might need to post in the Customer Service forum or call or email Cosmo/Alison for assistance.

Osirion

yoda8myhead wrote:
grifter7 wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Winterwalker wrote:
It says at the top this is the Print Edition (which grants access to PDF as well.)
Subscribers get free PDFs when their subscription copy of the print edition ships—that's the big subscriber perk. Non-subscribers do not get the PDF for free with purchase of the print edition.
When do subscribers get their PDFs? I been looking for the PDF for this book and the Gods book since Tuesday.
Once you recieve the email that they have shipped (or are going to ship), the 2nd email in the process, you can download the pdfs from your "My Downloads" page at the top of any Paizo.com page. If you got that email and the pdf's aren't there, you might need to post in the Customer Service forum or call or email Cosmo/Alison for assistance.

Thank you for the answers. Ughh I got to wait till I get a email. At least my order is not pending now like i was Tuesday.

Cheliax Contributor

Eric Hinkle wrote:
Will this be sold in a print edition, or just as a PDF?

Print and PDF both, Mr. Hinkle.

Cheliax Contributor

Sorry for the double answering post. My Browser was doing the funky chicken and decided not to display all of the replies and posts.


Jacob Burgess wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Will this be sold in a print edition, or just as a PDF?
Print and PDF both, Mr. Hinkle.

Thanks. Is the listed price of $9.99 for the PDF or the print version?


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

It is for the print version.

Osirion

so a quick question. I am subscribed to the Second Darkness AP. Does this come with the subscription like the Second Darkness Patfinder Companion?

Cheliax

Nope, this is part of the Companion subscription line, which is a separate thingie.

Osirion

thanks for the heads up golem101. better order it!


Lanx wrote:
It is for the print version.

And a very hearty thank you to you as well, sir.

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Love the cover art. Looks as if Merisiel PrC'd to Shadow Dancer


Eric Hinkle wrote:
Will this be sold in a print edition, or just as a PDF?

Id like to know too. I want to order a print edition myself :).

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Sunderstone wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Will this be sold in a print edition, or just as a PDF?
Id like to know too. I want to order a print edition myself :).

You're looking at the print edition. The PDF will be available for sale to non-subscribers after the product's retail release date, November 12.

Andoran

:D

i admit i suscribed mostly tog et this 2 books (gods and magic included) physically and being able to read the PDFs while i wait for them :)

yes i am impatient, and i want them now...

err.. actually i am reading them now :D

both are beautiful, art is excellent and the narrative is simply gorgeous, can hardly wait to have them physically on my claws :D


Vic Wertz wrote:
You're looking at the print edition. The PDF will be available for sale to non-subscribers after the product's retail release date, November 12.

ty will order it now. :)

edit* decided to subscribe to Companion too. :)

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

So, if I subscribe to the Pathfinder Companion line, this will be the first one I get, right? It won't skip ahead to Osirion?

Taldor

Demiurge 1138 wrote:
So, if I subscribe to the Pathfinder Companion line, this will be the first one I get, right? It won't skip ahead to Osirion?

When I subscribed I got to pick either the current issue of the sub in question or the next one. But presumably you can't wait too long (I guess?).


I've read the Elves of Golarion pretty closely and I have to say I'm pretty disappointed. Art not withstanding, I'm not buying a coffee table picture book; I’m buying a book to add to my Pathfinder resources for elves.

On the second note I was doubly disappointed. I was disappointed in the lack of crunchy bits, and when there were crunchy bits I was disappointed to see they were still printing material that used the 3.5 rule set.

This is the first book that I've ever bought from Piazo that I wouldn't recommend to friends to buy. (Ok, the second, the Map Folio for Rise of the Runelords just isn't worth the cost either.) I was really hoping for a book that would completely flesh out elves for the Golarion setting and give Elves something special... This book completely fails on those two points.

Sorry, but as a BIG Piazo fan I'm really disappointed in this book.

JC

Andoran

Jeff the description of the book says it was still 3.5 so i don't understand why are you dissapointed...

i have read onlyaprt of the book but i am already in love with it, not only for the art but for the background... what Paizo sells you mostly is a good story... the rulesbooks, you don't need many... but great stories are far and between...

but the deep of the elves left me in love with them, their views in honor, in how they see the world, their search for perfection... etc... all of those are wonderful

i still need more to read... but the little crunch i receive is good... what i need to translate to pathfinder i do, the rest mostly can be used as given.

Taldor

I like the book. I am just irritated about the lodestone arrow, which apparently is attracted toward 'metal'.

Jeff, they're sticking with 3.5 until PFRPG is published next Summer or so.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Jeff Cosby wrote:
I was disappointed in the lack of crunchy bits, and when there were crunchy bits I was disappointed to see they were still printing material that used the 3.5 rule set.

The Pathfinder RPG is currently in beta, and very much in flux; we don't feel it's ready for use with published products yet. We'll be using 3.5 for all of our products until August 2009, when the finished Pathfinder RPG is released.

The Pathfinder Companions are intended to be a mix of flavor and crunch. You and I may well have different definitions of what constitutes crunch, but in this 32-page book, you've got 2 pages of traits, 2 pages of combat items, 2 pages of divine pacts, 2 pages of magical foods, and a 2-page prestige class. That's almost a third of the book, and that's not even counting sidebars like the items derived from the flora of Kyonin or the Queen's magic circlet.

To be frank, if this mix isn't right for you, Pathfinder Companion may not be right for you. (I'm not saying that to be snarky—I'd just hate for you to have ongoing expectations that aren't usually going to be fulfilled.)

Taldor

Hi! did Elaine Cunningham contribute to this book?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I think the book was ok, but I think that may have been the size of the book (seems really thin when you compare it to other Pathfinder (not including the adv path books). That said, I think the info inside was very informative. Hated seeing reprinted stuff in it thou, but I like the traits section + other the other stuff that that Vic mentioned.

I will say thou, if I do start dropping subscriptions, I think Companion will be the first on my list to be dropped, hopefully Osirion will change that thought of thinking.

RM


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Hi! did Elaine Cunningham contribute to this book?

I did not see her name in the credits, and I did just check specifically for that name.

Jeff Cosby wrote:
Sorry, but as a BIG Piazo fan I'm really disappointed in this book.

I'd have to concur.

I guess it is because I have grown accustomed to the products (apparently) being made just the way I like them, when the rare product falls short of expectations - it really falls short.

I have no complaints about the book. But I feel... ... Shorted, somehow.


this volume seems to be having a hard time making it to the flgs. =/

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16, Contributor

Jeff Cosby wrote:


On the second note I was doubly disappointed. I was disappointed in the lack of crunchy bits, and when there were crunchy bits I was disappointed to see they were still printing material that used the 3.5 rule set.

The crunchy bits came from me for the most part so sorry if they didn't work for you. Think you could expand a little on what your expectations were for the book before you started reading? Maybe that might help for future projects.

I had to use the 3.5 rule set since Pathfinder is still getting road tested on these boards.

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16, Contributor

Bagpuss wrote:

I like the book. I am just irritated about the lodestone arrow, which apparently is attracted toward 'metal'.

Glad you liked to book!

"attracted to metal..." D'oh! Good catch. :)

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