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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Castles of the Inner Sea (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Castles of the Inner Sea (PFRPG)
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Storming the Castle

Whether they are knights of chivalrous causes or nobles scheming nefarious designs, the movers and shakers of Golarion need strongholds to host their forces and to serve as a headquarters for launching their various plots and goals. Perhaps no strongholds are more suited to this challenge than the mortar-and-stone castles, keeps, and fortresses that dot the world, whether they are entrenched on grassy baileys or built into the sides of sheer mountain ranges.

Castles of the Inner Sea provides a thorough exploration of six different castles set throughout the Inner Sea region of the Pathfinder campaign setting. Detailed descriptions of the castles examine their histories as well as their most important features and structures, breathing life into fully realized maps of the castle grounds. Rundowns of castle denizens and stat blocks for key NPCs give players reasons to fear the dangers of these soaring fortifications, and a sample adventure location for each castle makes it easy for Game Masters to drop castle encounters into any game.

This book contains details on the following castles:

  • Castle Everstand: A borderland stronghold standing between the pastoral lands of vigilant Lastwall and the vicious orc hordes of Belkzen.
  • Castle Kronquist: A haunted Ustalavic fortress that is home to one of the Whispering Tyrant’s most dreaded vampire minions.
  • Citadel Vraid: A wicked castle founded as a gift to the Hellknights’ Order of the Nail and rumored to be cursed by ancient magic.
  • Highhelm: A cultural and trade capital of the dwarven empire that stands as a testament to the glorious achievements of this industrious race.
  • Icerift Castle: An unfinished keep, ruined by the frigid winds of the north and supposedly haunted, that plays home to monstrous arctic denizens.
  • Skyborne Keep: A floating cloud castle ruled by a malevolent storm giant, who uses it as a vessel to plunder various merchant ships and trade caravans.
Castles of the Inner Sea is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy game setting.

Written by Tim Hitchcock and Alyssa Faden.
Cover Art by Lars Grant-West.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-508-2

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Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Announced! Cover image is a mockup and will change.


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i only have a question, how is that great image just a mouckup ? u.u


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Between this, Kobolds of Golarion, Ultimate Campaign, Mythic Adventures and the upcoming APs.....

This game is getting even better.


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"Citadel Vriad"? Shouldn't that be Vraid?

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

yeah, Vriad seems like a Typo.

the Cloud Castle of the Storm King? we're finally getting more on that artifact? Yay!

And wasn't Everstand created by a Deck of Many things?

Still... No Castle Korvosa or Sech Nevali? I was looking forward to those two.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Fixed the typo! :)

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

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Nicos wrote:
i only have a question, how is that great image just a mouckup ? u.u

The picture is actually from Pathfinder Adventure Path #3, and is of Fort Rannick. Pretty sweet isn't it? :D


Liz Courts wrote:
Nicos wrote:
i only have a question, how is that great image just a mouckup ? u.u
The picture is actually from Pathfinder Adventure Path #3, and is of Fort Rannick. Pretty sweet isn't it? :D

Can't go wrong with Ben Wootten.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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Question: Are there more castles to be covered in this book that are not listed?

I am thinking of two favorites, but they're also the pet projects of James and Wes..

Spoiler:
Viperwall and Bastardhall

If it's not be, then that's okay, but a guy can hope!


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This one sounds like fun.


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Jim Groves wrote:

Question: Are there more castles to be covered in this book that are not listed?

Six is the magic number of these things. Six dungeons, six lost kingdoms, six cities, six lost cities. I think this is the first time that all six things were revealed right when the product was announced though.

Cheliax

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Jim Groves wrote:

Question: Are there more castles to be covered in this book that are not listed?

I am thinking of two favorites, but they're also the pet projects of James and Wes..

** spoiler omitted **

If it's not be, then that's okay, but a guy can hope!

If I were to guess, they're holding those two until the unholy combination of an AP in the area and the respective people are free to write a part...

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Enlight_Bystand wrote:


If I were to guess, they're holding those two until the unholy combination of an AP in the area and the respective people are free to write a part...

You are wise. But sometimes we mention things so that they know that we think they're cool and hope to see them some day. ;-)

Nothing inspires more than knowing people dig your stuff.

But all of these Castles look pretty damn awesome too.


Jim Groves wrote:
Enlight_Bystand wrote:


If I were to guess, they're holding those two until the unholy combination of an AP in the area and the respective people are free to write a part...

You are wise. But sometimes we mention things so that they know that we think they're cool and hope to see them some day. ;-)

Nothing inspires more than knowing people dig your stuff.

But all of these Castles look pretty damn awesome too.

Well, I'll admit that to me Kronquist sounds more like the grocery store owner in a story by Hjalmar Bergman or August Strindberg than the looming keep of some gothic horror story. Luckily that's not a problem for most customers, I bet. ;)

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

I love good castle maps...


I'd be getting this one just for Castle Everstand. It'll be interesting to see what a castle made (originally) by a draw from the Deck of Many Things looks like!

Between this, Ultimate Campaigns, and Quests & Campaigns, April is going to be such an expensive month for me next year.


CASTLES!!!
I love them, building them, wreaking them, and commanding them.
This plus the volumes on knights, backgrounds, and large army command rules will help me to create a pathfinder version of King Arthur and his knights.

Already I have,
Arthur: Cavalier
Lancelot: Cavalier
Merlin: Wizard or Sorcerer
Galahad: Paladin
Morgan le Fay: Witch
Mordred: Antipaladin

New ways: Aroden
Old ways: green faith


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Will there be any significant rules stuff in this? (Like a reprise/expansion of the fort rannick rules from RotRL). Or is that rather the sort of thing we can expect from ultimate campaigns?


Not a fan of any of the 'six things in 64' pages as nothing is complete or done full justice. leaves too much for the GM and players to come up with
Id rather there be 24 pages on 2 items each (24x2), with double page ideas for the other 4

found little to excite me in DoG, CoG etc. Purely my opinion, but thats what public forums are about


The Cloud Castle of the Storm King is one of the citadels mentioned? That sounds pretty awesome.


Highhelm? I'm in.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

I'm a bit surprised that we won't be seeing one the siege castles that surround Absalom and more than a bit bummed that the book doesn't contain one of the castles/keeps/forts holding one of the wardstones along the Mendev/Worldwound front.

Other than those two nitpicks (the first of which might be better suited in a ruins book), this promises to be a great book and I can't wait to add it my collection.

Cheliax

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Icyshadow wrote:
The Cloud Castle of the Storm King is one of the citadels mentioned? That sounds pretty awesome.

I think it's mostly an update of the one detailed in Dungeon 93's first-ever Epic level adventure, "The Storm Lord's Keep." Or at least that's what I've always got the impression, reading about it in Artifacts and Legends, and the other books where it gets mentioned.


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thenovalord wrote:

Not a fan of any of the 'six things in 64' pages as nothing is complete or done full justice. leaves too much for the GM and players to come up with

Id rather there be 24 pages on 2 items each (24x2), with double page ideas for the other 4

found little to excite me in DoG, CoG etc. Purely my opinion, but thats what public forums are about

I find value in the way they are now, but the idea of having one or two more fully fleshed out and the others sketchier would suit me better too. I really like all of these books, but often find myself disappointed that these eight or so pages will be all I'm likely to see from Paizo on some specific location.


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

I hope that development of the book is not too far yet (or that there are more castles not mentioned in the blurb): I'd love to see some eastern inspired fortresses too; a Garundi, and/or Vudran, and/or Tien.


Are we actually going to get stat blocks of SOME of the various NPC's of these fortresses?

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Would folks LIKE to see actual stat blocks of key NPCs in the setting?


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Not as much as an extra half page/full page of extra flavor material/setting information.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Would folks LIKE to see actual stat blocks of key NPCs in the setting?

Do I like scotch?

But maybe just for THE important NPC of the fortress.

Cheliax

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Not as much as an extra half page/full page of extra flavor material/setting information.

What Steve said.

Osirion

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I'd rather have a blueprint of the castle. The major NPC would be nice, but so long as I know if it's a (Warrior 5/Paladin 2) or a (Expert 15) I can probably stat out my own NPC. Flavorful stuff and overhead Views of the castles from the air? Complete with Sections labeled? Those are more interesting to me.


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Stratagemini wrote:
I'd rather have a blueprint of the castle. The major NPC would be nice, but so long as I know if it's a (Warrior 5/Paladin 2) or a (Expert 15) I can probably stat out my own NPC. Flavorful stuff and overhead Views of the castles from the air? Complete with Sections labeled? Those are more interesting to me.

I agree with this

Taldor

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No Bastardhall? *sadface*

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

mach1.9pants wrote:
Stratagemini wrote:
I'd rather have a blueprint of the castle. The major NPC would be nice, but so long as I know if it's a (Warrior 5/Paladin 2) or a (Expert 15) I can probably stat out my own NPC. Flavorful stuff and overhead Views of the castles from the air? Complete with Sections labeled? Those are more interesting to me.
I agree with this

Same here.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Would folks LIKE to see actual stat blocks of key NPCs in the setting?

Not in this book. Please keep the content squarely on the castles.


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As a fan of CG's Castles of Harn, I'm REALLY looking forward to this one.

One can never have too many castles. :) Citadel Vraid is icing on the cake.


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Highhelm? Awesome! Is James Jacobs and his unreasonable dwarf hatred on vacation?


James Jacobs wrote:
Would folks LIKE to see actual stat blocks of key NPCs in the setting?

I know I would, so yes.

Osirion

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HolmesandWatson wrote:
Highhelm? Awesome! Is James Jacobs and his unreasonable dwarf hatred on vacation?

It's not unreasonable. Dwarves are too short to be trusted.


Hmmm... What is an "overview map"?

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BPorter wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Would folks LIKE to see actual stat blocks of key NPCs in the setting?
Not in this book. Please keep the content squarely on the castles.

Indeed, telling us who inhabits the castles is useful, full stat blocks seems unnessary and a poor use of space in a book about "castles".

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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HolmesandWatson wrote:

Highhelm? Awesome! Is James Jacobs and his unreasonable dwarf hatred on vacation?

James's hatred of dwarves is far overblown by, of all things, the internet! (I know, it surprised me as well to learn that the internet can sometimes do this.) And said "hatred" pales in comparison to James's knowledge that the game is not just for him.

Cheliax

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James Jacobs wrote:
Would folks LIKE to see actual stat blocks of key NPCs in the setting?

Not really. I'd like better a larger/more detailed map or an in-depth list of knowledge associated to the place. Background info and lore are always appreciated.


Hmm..I'd go with that overblown thing if I didn't recall reading something on kobold quarterly's sight several months ago where you listed them as a pet peeve, along with overly loud players and players who surf the internet during games. I mean, what else can a dwarf-loving RPGer deduce???

Glad to see the market speaking.

Chakka shok! Chakka kor!
(Dennis L. McKiernan dwarvish)

As an owner of Judges Guild's Ravenscrag, great to see a book on castles in Pathfinder. Best of luck with it.


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James Jacobs wrote:
HolmesandWatson wrote:

Highhelm? Awesome! Is James Jacobs and his unreasonable dwarf hatred on vacation?

James's hatred of dwarves is far overblown by, of all things, the internet! (I know, it surprised me as well to learn that the internet can sometimes do this.) And said "hatred" pales in comparison to James's knowledge that the game is not just for him.

Whereas the internet has proven that JJ thinks he is royalty and now only refers to himself in the 3rd person ;-)

Cheliax

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HolmesandWatson wrote:

Hmm..I'd go with that overblown thing if I didn't recall reading something on kobold quarterly's sight several months ago where you listed them as a pet peeve, along with overly loud players and players who surf the internet during games. I mean, what else can a dwarf-loving RPGer deduce???

Glad to see the market speaking.

Chakka shok! Chakka kor!
(Dennis L. McKiernan dwarvish)

As an owner of Judges Guild's Ravenscrag, great to see a book on castles in Pathfinder. Best of luck with it.

There's a difference between them being something that isn't a particular favourite of his, and there being shock when something dwarf related is announced, with a presumption that it's only happened because James wasn't around whilst it was being designed.

Cheliax

Why is the NPC stat block being revisited? It was already decided. Should we next open the floor to reskinning or solicit the opinions of posters who do not play the game? If stat blocks excite developers and/or writers, provide a place in the Game Blog to post them as tie-ins with the release of products.


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I would love to see floorplans for some of these castles or, preferably, all of them.

Some time in the next year, I hope to take my players into Castle Galdyce (mentioned in Rule of Fear) and if there's a floorplan for Castle Kronquist, or another one that fits better, I'm likely to use as much of it as I can make fit with my castle plans.

Having floorplans for castles will help me determine a good scale and necessary components for my campaign's upcoming castle whether I copy one directly or not.

I think Bastardhall should get its own campaign book, and not just one Flip-Mat but at least two that can be placed side-by-side to make the castle. Or maybe I dream big, but I can't imagine a castle fitting on one Flip-Mat. Hmmm... BastardHall boxed set?

Shadow Lodge

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Will this have any rules or advice on building castles, sort of like a how to guide and overview of sections of castles and what not?


That's probably more likely in a Pathfinder RPG hardback book, maybe Ultimate Campaign or the like.

This book is probably going to focus pretty specifically on the 6 castles mentioned in its description. It's a 64 page book, so we can figure on 10 pages per castle, plus a title page, two page preface/intro, and an ad. That adds up to 64 pages by my count. This would be a similar format to the books Cities of Golarion, Lost Cities of Golarion, and Dungeons of Golarion, which each featured six locations.

So while I'm planning to use it for building castles if it has castle floorplans for the 6 covered castles, I assume I'll be going by example, not by instruction.

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