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Pathfinder Player Companion: Orcs of Golarion (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Player Companion: Orcs of Golarion (PFRPG)
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Feel the blood spray and bones crunch as the bestial children of the Darklands come roaring across the landscape, leaving only carnage and lamentation in their wake! Orcs are some of the oldest enemies of civilization, their howling hordes beaten back time and again by the forces of light. Yet in addition to being depraved raiders, orcs are also a civilization unto themselves, with a war-torn history stretching back before the Age of Darkness. In Orcs of Golarion, learn everything you need to know about playing (or vanquishing) one of these savage warriors, as well as the outcast half-orc spawn who straddle the line between the worlds of order and chaos.

    This Pathfinder Player Companion includes:
  • Details on the orcs of Golarion—their brutish lifestyles, physical qualities, cultural norms and gender roles, governance of warbands, relationship with slavery, and more.
  • A history of the orc race, from their desperate flight during the dwarves’ legendary Quest for Sky to their dominance during the Age of Darkness and subsequent fall from power.
  • An overview of major orc tribes and settlements, such as the Empty Hand tribe in the fallen dwarven stronghold of Urgir and the maddened oracles of the Brimstone Haruspex.
  • Orc tribal magic, including the shamanistic worship of the mysterious Blood God and the arcane witch doctors who rule through fear and firepower.
  • Information on half-orcs and their unique roles in human and orc society.
  • New traits to customize orc and half-orc characters.
  • Orc warbeasts, banners and symbols, ritual scarring and tattoos, and more!

This player-friendly Pathfinder Player Companion works best with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or the 3.5 version of the world’s oldest fantasy roleplaying game. Although easily incorporated into any fantasy world, it is optimized for the Pathfinder campaign setting.

Each bimonthly 32-page Pathfinder Companion contains several player-focused articles exploring the volume’s theme as well as short articles with innovative new rules for social, magic, religious, and combat-focused characters, as well as traits to better anchor the player to the campaign.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-256-2

Note: This product is part of the Pathfinder Player Companion Subscription.

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Product Discussion (87)
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Ooohhhhhh!!! COOL!!! Me wants!

Cheliax

Nice! So we'll finally see the official player stats for the orc I'm assuming? Since the Bestiary version is suppose to be monsters mainly.

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

Absolutely!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Savage Species Companions, well played Paizo.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

dm4hire wrote:
Nice! So we'll finally see the official player stats for the orc I'm assuming? Since the Bestiary version is suppose to be monsters mainly.

Of course... the version in the Bestiary is very likely going to be the same as the player version. What this book'll do is give additional options for orc AND half-orc PCs, though.


Me want book all about goblins!

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

This is cool, but I must say i am a bit surprised to see this before a halfling book.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Meh! Adventurers never worried about attacking dungeons filled hordes of bloodthirsty halflings.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Aberzombie wrote:
Meh! Adventurers never worried about attacking dungeons filled hordes of bloodthirsty halflings.

Depends on the games you have played in. :)

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Meh! Adventurers never worried about attacking dungeons filled hordes of bloodthirsty halflings.
Depends on the games you have played in. :)

Maybe they can make that a part of a new adventure path.....:)


Aberzombie wrote:
Meh! Adventurers never worried about attacking dungeons filled hordes of bloodthirsty halflings.

Go look at the Book of Vile Darkness. Those Jerran halflings were evil little cannibalistic b*st*rds!

And more on topic, I really like this. I never wanted to play/use half-orcs before seeing Pathfinder's version.

Hmm, maybe we can hope for a 'Gnolls of Golarion' in the future?


Gorbacz wrote:
Savage Species Companions, well played Paizo.

+1

My hat's off to you, you wily ladies and gentlemen!


Dark_Mistress wrote:
This is cool, but I must say i am a bit surprised to see this before a halfling book.

Which brings to the question ... when are we going to see it? My first PC playing with PF rules AND in Golarion just happens to be one.


Brutally awesome!

Glad we're beating halflings to the press... as Gorum forbid we've suffered Gnomes getting there before us ;)

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Interesting, I can't wait to see this,

Well I'll have to...

Osirion

I'm wondering, will the Orc race be a playable race for the Pathfinder Society once the book is released?


Orcs before halfings? Shafted again!

*I am pumped about this book though, just so we're clear*


Tarrintino wrote:
I'm wondering, will the Orc race be a playable race for the Pathfinder Society once the book is released?

Not likely, no, but anything's possible.

FYI, ask these types of questions in the PFS forum and I'll be more likely to see them. ;-)

Cheliax

James Jacobs wrote:
dm4hire wrote:
Nice! So we'll finally see the official player stats for the orc I'm assuming? Since the Bestiary version is suppose to be monsters mainly.
Of course... the version in the Bestiary is very likely going to be the same as the player version. What this book'll do is give additional options for orc AND half-orc PCs, though.

Hey, that's all I wanted to know! Now I only need some extra GPs to afford it...*scampers off to rob a Taldorian dandy*


Is it just orcs or their "cousins" the Orogs as well?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

I've updated the product description. I'd love to show you the finished cover as well, 'cause it's about a bazillion times better than the mockup... but it contains spoilers for some announcements we'll be making in a couple of weeks, so you'll have to live with the mockup cover for a while longer yet.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
I've updated the product description. I'd love to show you the finished cover as well, 'cause it's about a bazillion times better than the mockup... but it contains spoilers for some announcements we'll be making in a couple of weeks, so you'll have to live with the mockup cover for a while longer yet.

*bleep* you, *bleeping* tease. :)


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
I've updated the product description. I'd love to show you the finished cover as well, 'cause it's about a bazillion times better than the mockup... but it contains spoilers for some announcements we'll be making in a couple of weeks, so you'll have to live with the mockup cover for a while longer yet.
*bleep* you, *bleeping* tease. :)

+1!!! Burn him at the steak! Medium rare!

~grins~

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Sharoth wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
I've updated the product description. I'd love to show you the finished cover as well, 'cause it's about a bazillion times better than the mockup... but it contains spoilers for some announcements we'll be making in a couple of weeks, so you'll have to live with the mockup cover for a while longer yet.
*bleep* you, *bleeping* tease. :)

+1!!! Burn him at the steak! Medium rare!

~grins~

No, that's too good for him. Smurf him, I say. Smurf the smurfing smurfer.


That just isn't right, Vic.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
I've updated the product description. I'd love to show you the finished cover as well, 'cause it's about a bazillion times better than the mockup... but it contains spoilers for some announcements we'll be making in a couple of weeks, so you'll have to live with the mockup cover for a while longer yet.
*bleep* you, *bleeping* tease. :)

That's not a tease.

This is a tease:
Image here.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

*shakes head* Wow Vic... that's just mean... just mean.


Vic Wertz wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
I've updated the product description. I'd love to show you the finished cover as well, 'cause it's about a bazillion times better than the mockup... but it contains spoilers for some announcements we'll be making in a couple of weeks, so you'll have to live with the mockup cover for a while longer yet.
*bleep* you, *bleeping* tease. :)

That's not a tease.

** spoiler omitted **

YOU MONSTER

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dark_Mistress wrote:
*shakes head* Wow Vic... that's just mean... just mean.

Oh. You're right... what was I thinking? I should mention that the cover art is by Tyler Walpole.

Shadow Lodge

Vic Wertz wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
I've updated the product description. I'd love to show you the finished cover as well, 'cause it's about a bazillion times better than the mockup... but it contains spoilers for some announcements we'll be making in a couple of weeks, so you'll have to live with the mockup cover for a while longer yet.
*bleep* you, *bleeping* tease. :)

That's not a tease.

** spoiler omitted **

You know what's really bugging me right now? I have no idea how you spoilered that partial picture and want to know!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dragonborn3 wrote:
You know what's really bugging me right now? I have no idea how you spoilered that partial picture and want to know!

I accessed the power of Ross, unavailable to mere mortals.

Taldor

Sharoth wrote:


+1!!! Burn him at the steak! Medium rare!

~grins~

Would that make it a STEAK Attack ?


Vic Wertz wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
I've updated the product description. I'd love to show you the finished cover as well, 'cause it's about a bazillion times better than the mockup... but it contains spoilers for some announcements we'll be making in a couple of weeks, so you'll have to live with the mockup cover for a while longer yet.
*bleep* you, *bleeping* tease. :)

That's not a tease.

** spoiler omitted **

Hmm... Orc leaping in to give a blue dragon/behir a big, lovvy hug... *gasp* You've decided to make the orcs the Pathfinder carebears!!!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
Kajehase wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
I've updated the product description. I'd love to show you the finished cover as well, 'cause it's about a bazillion times better than the mockup... but it contains spoilers for some announcements we'll be making in a couple of weeks, so you'll have to live with the mockup cover for a while longer yet.
*bleep* you, *bleeping* tease. :)

That's not a tease.

** spoiler omitted **

Hmm... Orc leaping in to give a blue dragon/behir a big, lovvy hug... *gasp* You've decided to make the orcs the Pathfinder carebears!!!

An orc paladin bravely defending innocent orc children from a menacing blue dragon.

I'm calling it, right there.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Given that the race books feature a fight vs. their traditional enemy, I'm going to say it's a warband overrunning some humans in Lastwall.

Cheliax

Looks to me like an orc fighter-type (barbarian?) charge-jumping a draconic enemy, possibly a killing blow after it's already been weakened and thrown to the ground by the combined efforts of the warband.


What we know for certain:

Something large and reptilian is going to be hurting on the cover.

The cover will be graced by a lovely, charming lady of orcish virtue inflicting much of that hurting.

DEM GAMS.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

This might be the craziest guess of the bunch, but how about this- There's an eighth, hitherto unannounced base class, developed in secrecy, in the APG- the blackguard. The cover of Orcs of Golarion sports a blackguard, which would explain a character in well-crafted black armor that can't be shown in full yet. The timing would be ideal, as Orcs is expected to ship at the same time as the APG.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
IconoclasticScream wrote:
This might be the craziest guess of the bunch, but how about this- There's an eighth, hitherto unannounced base class, developed in secrecy, in the APG- the blackguard. The cover of Orcs of Golarion sports a blackguard, which would explain a character in well-crafted black armor that can't be shown in full yet. The timing would be ideal, as Orcs is expected to ship at the same time as the APG.

Err... seventh. That will teach me to post within minutes of waking up.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

We've updated the product image to match the finished product.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
We've updated the product image to match the finished product.

Cool cover.


Great cover! Take that Behir!


vagrant-poet wrote:
Great cover! Take that Behir!

Take him where?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

NICE.

I really like that the artist kept with the race-example vs hostile creatures rather than orcs torching people and swording houses. Leaves room for heroic interpretation. :)


Sir Groklok Cobblerpuncher III wrote:


The cover will be graced by a lovely, charming lady of orcish virtue inflicting much of that hurting.

DEM GAMS.

Well this is awkward.


yoda8myhead wrote:
vagrant-poet wrote:
Great cover! Take that Behir!
Take him where?

...the uh, ballgame?


Where be the scro?


Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

I can't exactly say why but the mention of "witch-doctor" brought me back to "The Orcs of Thar" Gazetteer, the first D&D book I bought myself and an old reference in Dragon way back when.

I'll just have to dig it back up and check them both!

Cheliax

sorry, I haven't read through everything. Did they mention if there would be a feat or trait that would remove the Orc's light sensitivity?


Nice orc book. Gosh I love orc books. Already got a great many. Always ready for a great many +1.

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