Pathfinder Player Companion: Divine Anthology (PFRPG)

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Your Prayers Are Answered!

Those who devote their lives to the gods receive potent gifts from their patrons. Pathfinder Player Companion: Divine Anthology presents many of these powers, both sacred and profane, along with the holy books in which they're found. The secrets revealed in these pages are not limited to those who can cast divine magic, though—faith in the appropriate religion is the only requirement for using many of the revelations and ancient techniques hidden away in the prayer books detailed within.

Inside this book, you'll find:

  • Several new magic items, traits, feats, and spells, including a new category of magic: meditative spells.
  • A wealth of new options for characters from arcanists to bards and from clerics to paladins, including the mysteries of apocryphal subdomains and new paladin oaths.
  • New archetypes, new fighting styles, and additional information about a wide range of faiths and religions.

This Pathfinder Player Companion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder Campaign Setting, but can easily be incorporated into any fantasy world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-894-6

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Really good one

*****

This book has a lot of great Traits, Archetypes, Domains, and to my surprise, Paladin Codes. Solid flavor and structure throughout, so even if you ditch the mechanics in the book, it can give great ideas.

Addition: combine the Medicine Sub-Domain (presented in this book) with Heal Skill Unlock Feat and the Battlefield Surgeon Trait, tons o fun.


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It just doesn't live up to the Arcane Anthology. From premise to fluff to crunch I think that the authors just really missed the point. Almost the entire book revolves around what to me feels like a very lackluster in-setting manual with a heavy snowflaky sort of backstory. I didn't really check, but I'm pretty sure that the setting material used here is mainly something just made up rather than using existing material.

I was hoping more for either A.) some sort of Divine/religious themed artifacts or tomes or B.) maybe something like the religious teachings of the Godclaw, combining a few deity's tenets together. I don't know, I was hoping for a Divine version of Arcane Anthology, and this is nothing like it. While it does have some good stuff in it, I also feel like there is way too much that should have been put in other books, like the Paladin Codes, especially when the Patron's are not even otherwise touched on in any meaningful way. Perhaps I had my hopes up too much, but this one just doesn't really do much for me.


Great Addition to Religious Classes

****( )

Full disclosure, I purchase all Pathfinder books relating to the gods or religions as a matter of habit, and I'm a bit predisposed to like them.

When this book was first announced on the blog, the description led me to the impression this book would have actual quotes and excerpts from the holy books of the Inner Sea region, perhaps on interstitial pages. This is decidedly not the case, and while I was initially crestfallen this book really turned things around on my first read-through.

GMs interested in building a realistic world through inclusion of unique treasures will find a lot to love in the early sections of the book, which detail noteworthy theological texts outside the standard holy books (some of which are quite rare, or circulate in different editions with different uses). Plenty of related magic items are found there that would also make good crafting quests or unique gifts from servitor's of one's god.

Overall the flavor of the book, and the detail it adds to the setting, is tantalizing; so many new offshoots of major religions are introduced, as well as new points of contention among major sects. These 32 pages have made me want to play followers of deities I previously found uninteresting, thanks primarily to the apocryphal subdomains that help clerics specialize in a certain tradition of worship that might set them apart from the crowd.

Which leads me to my favorite thing about this book... NEW PALADIN CODES FOR EMPYREAL LORDS! I was over the moon about this, Chronicle of the Righteous is a top-5 book for me and this really compliments it in a great way. Dwarven gods and gods of the Dragon Empires also feature here in smaller share. In less than 5 pages the Paizo staff has here considerably opened up options for paladins, including some long-overdue codes (e.g., Ragathiel's). Additional details on who might become a paldin for these deities and how will help give players good backstory ideas.

The two best additions to the game in this book are the sheer number and variety of traits (many of which could be used quite creatively by players), and the new archetypes related to the obedience feats. Ever since Paizo introduced boons and obediences I've always been on the lookout for new ways to use them other than prestiging, and this book delivers on that. If you're looking to snag some boons without prestiging, you need this book!

Now, for the downsides. Pharasma does not feature in this book, so those looking to find new options for her worshippers will be dissapointed. However, given the number of empyreal lords and lesser deities featured, I think it's to be expected one of the main pantheon wasn't going to make the cut, and Pharasma has plenty of mechanical support already. Secondly, meditative spells (while interesting) are somewhat limited in their utility, and probably won't become a universal feature in people's games in the short term. I like these spells, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't buy the book just for them.

Overall, not what I expected, but still a real treat! This book is crammed full of great tools and inspiration, and makes a great addition to the Pathfinder line.


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Grand Lodge

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Hmm. A light reading should be grand, as knowledge of the battlefield is always praised by Gorum!

Dark Archive

Not enough info for me to be excited.


Hopefully we get at least a few tomes of blasphemous evil along with the material aimed at the good and neutral divine casters here. {i]Arcane Anthology[/i] was great but I would've liked at least one little fiendish grimoire in it.

But I do expect that this will be great.

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Eric Hinkle wrote:

Hopefully we get at least a few tomes of blasphemous evil along with the material aimed at the good and neutral divine casters here. {i]Arcane Anthology[/i] was great but I would've liked at least one little fiendish grimoire in it.

But I do expect that this will be great.

Hey now, Arcane Anthology had the tome of a Runelord! That's pretty wicked. :D


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Runelords are good.

The tomes of Abraxas are better. ;)


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Not sure about this one.


*is sure he'll like it since it might give insights into stuff that magic*


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Figured this was coming at some point. Interesting. Would like to see/read more...

Dark Archive

I'm gonna cry...

Wishlist...

Please have channel energy options for other classes - (Bard Channel archetype, a Sorc Bloodline to gain a domain,

"support material for player characters of any class" -- feat to gain domain powers

Feats to make class powers either move, free or attack actions

Spells that require consumption of a domain,mystery or inquisition powers

More divine fighting - great axe was left out , divine fighting options for attack spells

Feats to help balance out curses before PFS retirement

Sovereign Court

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Souphin wrote:

I'm gonna cry...

Wishlist...

Please have channel energy options for other classes - (Bard Channel archetype...

Wish granted. ^_^

Souphin wrote:

More divine fighting - great axe was left out

Would this be for Rovagug, then? That's the only deity off the top of my head that favors the greataxe...


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More Divine Ranger Fighting Styles would be appreciated.

Dark Archive

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Kalindlara wrote:

Would this be for Rovagug, then? That's the only deity off the top of my head that favors the greataxe...

I'm partial because I have a Cleric of Angradd but I notice the starknife is not on this and it is pretty heavy in Pathfider lore.

Oh yeah and Guided Hand for Charisma

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Anyone else hoping for Occult Anthology in a few months?


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Alexander MacLeod wrote:
Anyone else hoping for Occult Anthology in a few months?

Yes please. The sooner the better.


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Occult Anthology would be nice, but like others have mentioned, more divine fighting styles WOULD be nice. :) *looks at his cleric of Shelyn*


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Occult Anthology would be nice, but like others have mentioned, more divine fighting styles WOULD be nice. :) *looks at his cleric of Shelyn*

Yeah my Zealot of Milani in Hell's Rebels wouldn't mind a good reason to use a morning star.


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Alexander MacLeod wrote:
Anyone else hoping for Occult Anthology in a few months?

Or psychic anthology or something similar, yeah. Not as many divine classes that I like as arcane and psychic classes, but I'll still be interested in seeing what this includes for oracles.


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Love the idea! This will see instant use in-game.


This sounds like it will be a great addition to my campaign. I love playing clerics.

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I am definitely interested in seeing how this one turns out!


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*Peeks head around* Wait, is it true? No Silver Surfer comment about 1/2 BAB Cleric archetypes!?

I'm sure we'll hear from him soon, ;)


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This sounds cool, I've always been interested in the specific dogma and day to day practices of Golarion religions.

Dark Archive

Xethik wrote:

*Peeks head around* Wait, is it true? No Silver Surfer comment about 1/2 BAB Cleric archetypes!?

I'm sure we'll hear from him soon, ;) [/QUOTE

I figure that would be an archetype of a class that is already 1/4 bab like a wizard or sorcerer but this class will get to cast off the cleric list and ma get a domain or mystery

I have so many hopes for this book....
trait : Treat BAB as character level when taking feats that target your deity's favored weapon


Bah. Silver Surfer has nothing on Galactus. ;)


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I tend to play martial classes but I often make religion a significant part of my character, so I am really hopeful this book has some fun options for non casters with a heavy religious theme. I'm looking forward to this one!

Dark Archive

littlediegito wrote:
I tend to play martial classes but I often make religion a significant part of my character,

For that I can see many alignment based feats since alignments are a game mechanic that link to many deities


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Here's hoping for more Warpriest material, I really like the class but for some reason it always gets dumped on.


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Xethik wrote:

*Peeks head around* Wait, is it true? No Silver Surfer comment about 1/2 BAB Cleric archetypes!?

I'm sure we'll hear from him soon, ;)

I'll be happy to make the comment in the mean time.

Could we get a proper "Priestly" caster cleric that doesn't get worse at spellcasting? The Cloistered Cleric and Cardinal are a bit of a disappointment, and the Ecclesitheurge has so much more it could trade in.


Can I hope for the divine word of the dragon god, Apsu?

Grand Lodge

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Divine Magus?

SM


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StarMartyr365 wrote:

Divine Magus?

SM

Wouldn't that be a Warpriest?


We gonna get a section on The Book of Joy? Please?


Brew Bird wrote:


Could we get a proper "Priestly" caster cleric that doesn't get worse at spellcasting? The Cloistered Cleric and Cardinal are a bit of a disappointment,

Yup would be very good... although in fairness what you're after really does need a new class to do it justice...D6 vs D8 and all that!

Brew Bird wrote:
Ecclesitheurge has so much more it could trade in.

Agreed... although I think it was more that the trades it did make weren't right... it fell short.


This looks interesting.


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Really hoping to see something like Unsanctioned Knowledge for a Cleric; picking up a few arcane spells or druid/ranger choices could really flesh out a lot of play styles without requiring dips.

Would also be nice to see a similar feat for non-casters which gave a small select-able spell list for the purposes of UMD/spell completion items, maybe including a cantrip; not necessarily a divine thing though, so probably not happening in this book?


*wonders if the Necronomicon will show up in this...*

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Updated with final cover image and description!

Dark Archive

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Meditative spells, eh? I'm into that - maybe a lesser form of occult rituals?


Ooo! I like the cover! *reads the description* Oo!!! Paladin options!! :D

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
*wonders if the Necronomicon will show up in this...*

That's hardly something a player should get to read about.

It also sounds like a great subject for a support article for an adventure path focused on Lovecraftian themes. Hmm! :-P


Mister Jacobs,

Yeah I realize that NOW. But I wasn't sure if there would be something about it later on before I saw the rest of the of 2016 releases.


Looking good! New fighting styles looks interesting. Also additional information about various faiths will be gravy!information about


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New secrets not limited to those who cast divine spells?! Thank you!

Wait?! What?! Really?! You. Specifically. Named. Options. For. Bards.

*blink, blink*

AAAAAHHHHHHHH! I WANT IT NOW!

My Bard loves those unfortunately exclusively divine spells such as Searing Light and Daybreak Arrow. If only he could find a way to truly cast those (rather than use scrolls/wands/staves/weapon properties)...Spell Kenning would be great, but no that is only a Skald-thing (I think you already know my opposition to that!). So, here is hoping those Bard options in this are lots of fun!


I just want more paladin stuff. New paladin oaths are a great way to start.

*is glad Four is happy*


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Thomas Seitz wrote:

I just want more paladin stuff. New paladin oaths are a great way to start.

*is glad Four is happy*

Yes, I am.

That is one reason I like Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. The Bard gets both divine and arcane magic Once won the scenario with Holy Light (along with the Toad Ally) spell card and it felt so natural, like a bard should be able to do just that! Hope the options allow something like this.


Four,

I generally never bother giving Holy Light to Lem. Most of the time it's Lead Blades, Strength, Cure, Eloquence, and Find Traps.

Dark Archive

This is the 2nd Player Companion in a row that has such a vague description that i am zero interested...


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I have great faith in the Companion line's general excellence (especially the Anthology line). ^_^


I agree with Isabelle, anthology is pretty awesome, and I think this one will be great too.

If nothing else I need more paladin stuff. :)

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