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Pathfinder Adventure Path #52: Forest of Spirits (Jade Regent 4 of 6)

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Chapter 4: "Forest of Spirits"
by Richard Pett

After surviving one deadly wilderness, the heroes emerge into another—a land of ancient mysteries and sacred secrets known as the Forest of Spirits. But the forest knows how to defend itself from strangers, and its powerful and aloof guardians, the kami, brook no harm to their eldritch home. Those who would defy the spirits of the land have little hope of survival. Yet those who prove themselves friends to this mystical realm and its strange inhabitants stand to gain not just great allies, but also knowledge of a secret evil that has long festered in the forest’s heart and now poisons all of Tian Xia.

    This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path includes:
  • “Forest of Spirits,” a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 10th-level characters, by Richard Pett.
  • An investigation of the mysterious creatures known as kami, honored defenders of the land and nature, by Mike Shel.
  • Insights into the ways and deadly techniques of the ninja clans of Minkai, by Jesse Benner.
  • Deadly guardian geisha and a journey into one of Oda’s seedier gambling houses in the Pathfinder’s Journal, by Dave Gross.
  • Five new monsters, by Patrick Renie, Steve Russell, and Mike Welham.

Each monthly full-color softcover Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in-depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world’s oldest fantasy RPG.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-380-4

Forest of Spirits is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure Path and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (532 KB zip/PDF).

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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Announced for November!

The product image is a mockup, and will change prior to publication.

Cheliax

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Those are some really long pointy shoes.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

"Forest of spirits", got my attention, can't wait.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Aaaah, my favorite adventure writer is writing an JR adventure, all is fine with the world.


Nothing like a good fortress crawl in a far away land.

Contributor

Nothing like:)

Mnar


richard pett, greg a. vaughn, jason nelson and james jacobs as writers just in the first four books. bustin' out the big guns for this ap are we?. i am literally drooling in anticipation:)

Cheliax

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
captain yesterday wrote:
richard pett, greg a. vaughn, jason nelson and james jacobs as writers just in the first four books. bustin' out the big guns for this ap are we?. i am literally drooling in anticipation:)

James has stated elsewhere that all six Jade Regent authours will already have an AP credit to their name.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

And IIRC Lisa wrote somewhere that the new policy is that every AP author will be an experienced, tried and tested Pathfinder writer.

Which is a very good call, considering what happened with Serpent's Skull.

I am delighted in choice of authors for JR, crazy about "We Be Goblins!" as a prequel, tengu ninjas and hobgoblin Mongol riders, this one looks cool.


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Gorbacz wrote:

And IIRC Lisa wrote somewhere that the new policy is that every AP author will be an experienced, tried and tested Pathfinder writer.

Which is a very good call, considering what happened with Serpent's Skull.

I am delighted in choice of authors for JR, crazy about "We Be Goblins!" as a prequel, tengu ninjas and hobgoblin Mongol riders, this one looks cool.

What happened with Serpent's Skull? I haven't read that one yet, I got behind with Kingmaker and skipped ahead to Carrion Crown.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber
gbonehead wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:

And IIRC Lisa wrote somewhere that the new policy is that every AP author will be an experienced, tried and tested Pathfinder writer.

Which is a very good call, considering what happened with Serpent's Skull.

I am delighted in choice of authors for JR, crazy about "We Be Goblins!" as a prequel, tengu ninjas and hobgoblin Mongol riders, this one looks cool.

What happened with Serpent's Skull? I haven't read that one yet, I got behind with Kingmaker and skipped ahead to Carrion Crown.

City of Seven Spears happened. Check the reviews and threads, this is OT for this thread.


I really like seven spears. Not easy for a GM to play without some thoughts about the factions but a precious small sandbox if done right. It was better than serpent #2 and on par in quality with #1. serpent #4 was ok and #5-6 I didnt like much. (too linear and one plot hole too many)


Kami, hmmm. Ignorant cleric casts TURN UNDEAD!


Gorbacz wrote:
gbonehead wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:

And IIRC Lisa wrote somewhere that the new policy is that every AP author will be an experienced, tried and tested Pathfinder writer.

Which is a very good call, considering what happened with Serpent's Skull.

I am delighted in choice of authors for JR, crazy about "We Be Goblins!" as a prequel, tengu ninjas and hobgoblin Mongol riders, this one looks cool.

What happened with Serpent's Skull? I haven't read that one yet, I got behind with Kingmaker and skipped ahead to Carrion Crown.
City of Seven Spears happened. Check the reviews and threads, this is OT for this thread.

Gorbacz, I can't believe we are in agreement. This is a first! 3 and 4 were especially awful.


3.5 Loyalist wrote:
Kami, hmmm. Ignorant cleric casts TURN UNDEAD!

Yeah, I already know exactly which one of my players is totally going to be "THAT GUY".

Regardless, I know its going to be a while considering we haven't even got the first book in our hands, but I really can't wait till I get to play out this point of the story.


Same. And heading over as a paladin or cleric could make the game even more interesting. Not the arrogant I must convert everyone missionary, more a stranger in a strange land, that can turn undead.


Totally getting a Princess Mononoke feel from this. Can't wait!


Got permission from Wesley Schneider to blog about the work I am doing on some monsters for this product, I will start working on the posts after gencon, and will post them sometime in late Oct (when the book will come out).

Steven D. Russell

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber
Rite Publishing wrote:

Got permission from Wesley Schneider to blog about the work I am doing on some monsters for this product, I will start working on the posts after gencon, and will post them sometime in late Oct (when the book will come out).

Steven D. Russell

Rusell + Pett = winner combo. Great to see established 3PP authors writing AP stuff.


I was deeply honored to be sought out by Wes.

Steve


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Gorbacz wrote:
gbonehead wrote:

[..]

What happened with Serpent's Skull? I haven't read that one yet, I got behind with Kingmaker and skipped ahead to Carrion Crown.
City of Seven Spears happened. Check the reviews and threads, this is OT for this thread.

Highly debatable. There are different types of adventures out there, and being handed a huge and somewhat empty sandbox to some GMs is an opportunity to bring their own toys to the table. Adventures cut to the size leave sparse room for creativeness - and are in a bit of danger of being too railroady.

Personally, in Serpent's Skull, the low point of the path was pretty similar to the one in Council of Thieves - the party is expected to travel from point A to point B, with several pseudorandom encounters in between (i.e. pick any path, whatever path you choose you get to experience the same pseudorandom stuff). There is no exploring, just combat and travel.

Looking at Jade Regent, I'm pretty optimistic as it seems there are political and roleplaying challenges in store for PCs. I would not mind something totally out off the wall... something wild and weird (like armies battling in Kingmaker, or skinless vampires from Serpent Path). I've got a few worries about pirates coming after - this type of the story has been done to death in many games and movies, and even with naval combat and wide maps to arrange stalking convoys (which I'm pretty sure we're going to get rules for), it will be a bit hard to get out of stereotype of chasing treasure.

Regards,
Ruemere

PS. Congratz to Steve!


Thanks Ruemere


A question for whomever is writing the article on kami... how close to the kami of the Shinto faith is the article going to be? In Jade Regent, kami play a huge part of my characters backstory and, as someone who likes to work within the rules of the world, I don't really want to rework/retcon a whole lot of things if what I come up with makes totally... no sense at all in the established Pathfinder mythology. I don't really want to go into details here, but is it possible for someone to live with kami for nearly a decade and not be aware of it and do they have their own "realm" in Golarion's setup (like the kami version of the First World)?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

ThatEvilGuy wrote:
A question for whomever is writing the article on kami... how close to the kami of the Shinto faith is the article going to be? In Jade Regent, kami play a huge part of my characters backstory and, as someone who likes to work within the rules of the world, I don't really want to rework/retcon a whole lot of things if what I come up with makes totally... no sense at all in the established Pathfinder mythology. I don't really want to go into details here, but is it possible for someone to live with kami for nearly a decade and not be aware of it and do they have their own "realm" in Golarion's setup (like the kami version of the First World)?

Our kami are, to a certain extent, inspired by the real-world mythological kami, but they're not exactly aligned with that. In any case, it's absolutely possible for someone to live in the proximity of kami and not know it, since that's more or less what kami do. They hide.

The super short description of a kami's role in Golarion: they protect things like animals, plants, objects, and locations (this is the kami's "ward"), and can either dwell inside that ward (in which case they can observe the world around it but do little else) or they can manifest a physical body outside of their ward to defend it or otherwise interact with the world.

They do not have their own realm; they're native outsiders. The Material Plane is their realm.


James Jacobs wrote:

Our kami are, to a certain extent, inspired by the real-world mythological kami, but they're not exactly aligned with that. In any case, it's absolutely possible for someone to live in the proximity of kami and not know it, since that's more or less what kami do. They hide.

The super short description of a kami's role in Golarion: they protect things like animals, plants, objects, and locations (this is the kami's "ward"), and can either dwell inside that ward (in which case they can observe the world around it but do little else) or they can manifest a physical body outside of their ward to defend it or otherwise interact with the world.

They do not have their own realm; they're native outsiders. The Material Plane is their realm.

Thanks! I think I can work with this, though my question moreso was could they live with kami.Interacting with them on a daily basis, without knowing or just thinking that something was a lil' strange. Such as living in a "village out of place and time" inhabited by kami that were playing a role in a sense to accomplish some sort of destiny thing. I know it's kind a of vague question in that sense as I'm still banging out the details and am looking to do something that has a very heavy Japanese/Minkai mythological feel to it as I'm used to the whole Grim&Dark thing with my backstories.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

ThatEvilGuy wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

Our kami are, to a certain extent, inspired by the real-world mythological kami, but they're not exactly aligned with that. In any case, it's absolutely possible for someone to live in the proximity of kami and not know it, since that's more or less what kami do. They hide.

The super short description of a kami's role in Golarion: they protect things like animals, plants, objects, and locations (this is the kami's "ward"), and can either dwell inside that ward (in which case they can observe the world around it but do little else) or they can manifest a physical body outside of their ward to defend it or otherwise interact with the world.

They do not have their own realm; they're native outsiders. The Material Plane is their realm.

Thanks! I think I can work with this, though my question moreso was could they live with kami.Interacting with them on a daily basis, without knowing or just thinking that something was a lil' strange. Such as living in a "village out of place and time" inhabited by kami that were playing a role in a sense to accomplish some sort of destiny thing. I know it's kind a of vague question in that sense as I'm still banging out the details and am looking to do something that has a very heavy Japanese/Minkai mythological feel to it as I'm used to the whole Grim&Dark thing with my backstories.

You can look at it this way, then: The role of kami in Golarion is actually pretty similar to the role things like dryads or similar fey play—they're part of the world, but they don't normally interact with humanoids. And when they do, they can certainly pretend to be things other than what they actually are.


James Jacobs wrote:
You can look at it this way, then: The role of kami in Golarion is actually pretty similar to the role things like dryads or similar fey play—they're part of the world, but they don't normally interact with humanoids. And when they do, they can certainly pretend to be things other than what they actually are.

Thanks again! This I can definitely work with. I just had a vision of the kami in Golarion all looking like the frog people and giant walking radish (or something similarly blatantly obvious) for some reason from Spirited Away and wondering how my character was so dense as to not notice something weird was going on.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

ThatEvilGuy wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
You can look at it this way, then: The role of kami in Golarion is actually pretty similar to the role things like dryads or similar fey play—they're part of the world, but they don't normally interact with humanoids. And when they do, they can certainly pretend to be things other than what they actually are.
Thanks again! This I can definitely work with. I just had a vision of the kami in Golarion all looking like the frog people and giant walking radish (or something similarly blatantly obvious) for some reason from Spirited Away and wondering how my character was so dense as to not notice something weird was going on.

Don't get me wrong... things like frog people, walking radishes, or the spirits from Princess Mononoke are very much primary inspirations for our kami. A lot of them DO look pretty weird... in fact, most of them do. I misunderstood what you were actually asking, which now seems to me to be, "Do kami look like people?" The answer there is "usually not."


James Jacobs wrote:
Don't get me wrong... things like frog people, walking radishes, or the spirits from Princess Mononoke are very much primary inspirations for our kami. A lot of them DO look pretty weird... in fact, most of them do. I misunderstood what you were actually asking, which now seems to me to be, "Do kami look like people?" The answer there is "usually not."

I think, more appropriately, it would be "Can kami look like people." however my mind was on a slightly different tangent.

Well, from what you're saying (writing, whatever) at least one or two have a passing resemblance to humans, or humanoid creatures in general. I can actually use that to make the backstory slightly more fantastical (so, more akin to a very long term version of the Spirited Away movie). Well, way more fantastical in fact.


I am under an NDA, but I have permission from Wes to blog about these come late OCT early NOV.


Luckily for me we have to wrap up our Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign before this character comes into play so I have plenty of time for patience.

...Yes.

Contributor

Oo!

I must say, the artwork is...awesomely awesome for this one. Hope you'll like it as much as I do.

Huzzah!
Pett


I am totally jealous that you got to see the art!

Steve

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber

Well he is writing it.

That comes with special perks I imagine. Like coffee privileges and access to the Paizo hellhound every second Saturday.

Contributor

...and being able to borrow the paizo gas spore cheerleader troupe to work on my estate of a weekend - huzzah!


Rite Publishing wrote:

I am totally jealous that you got to see the art!

Steve

On the other hand, I hear he has to live near Derby. ;)

Contributor

...that subtropical paradise, where the palms tree's gentle song sings lullabies to the dusky maidens that waft through the sunset's boiling shadow...

Taldor

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Tales Subscriber
Richard Pett wrote:
...that subtropical paradise, where the palms tree's gentle song sings lullabies to the dusky maidens that waft through the sunset's boiling shadow...

Irefutably off his face.


Richard Pett wrote:
...that subtropical paradise, where the palms tree's gentle song sings lullabies to the dusky maidens that waft through the sunset's boiling shadow...

Funny... the people I met during a school exchange program had a rather different description of it.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber

Hey! Mrs Camelot is from Derby!


FallofCamelot wrote:
Hey! Mrs Camelot is from Derby!

And wisely got herself out of there?

...and I think I'll stop my involvement in this particular village feud now, seeing as I'm not really invested on either side.

But if you want to hear about the horrors of Vänersborg, feel free to look me up. ;)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber

Holy wow, the new cover looks amazing. That is an awesome looking oni! Could it be the

spoiler:
Jade Regent
himself?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Generic Villain wrote:

Holy wow, the new cover looks amazing. That is an awesome looking oni! Could it be the ** spoiler omitted ** himself?

The character on the cover is...

Spoiler:
...the Jade Regent, in full armor so that his/her/its species and gender remain a mystery. For now. And for folks who haven't read the AP's summary/background, I guess...


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Nice new cover art.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Very cool armor.


Amazing cover!


Lovely Cover art.


The PCs have to cross Hongal to reach the Forest of Spirits. I hope some of the action will take place in that country.

Contributor

:)


Richard Pett wrote:
:)

I take that as a yes. ;)

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