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Help name next year's Worldwound-themed Adventure Path!


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Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Howdy folks!

As many of you may have heard, next Gen Con, in 2013, at August, we'll be launching a new adventure path set in the Worldwound.

This adventure path will...

  • ...be one where you fight a lot of demons, and may or may not get to face off against a demon lord... or maybe even demon LORDS...
  • ...be a great opportunity for players to play GOOD guys... especially good aligned clerics and paladins and the like...
  • ...have strong themes of redemption...
  • ...strongly utilize elements from the upcoming Mythic Adventures rulebook, and will give you a chance as players to play mythic characters and a chance as GMs to run mythic villains...
  • ...and will have MUCH MUCH MORE!

What I'm NOT 100% happy with right now, though, is the Adventure Path's title—currently, we're calling it "The Demonblight Crusade." Not a terrible title, but I'd rather call it something else. I've got a few ideas bumping around in my head... but I figured we have a whole messageboard of brilliant, creative people... so why not use that as well!

So!

I'm looking for suggestions as to what to call this Adventure Path! Post your suggestions below! If something comes up that I like, I'll let folks know and lock the thread so things don't continue forever (we DO have to settle on a title sooner or later, after all!). But until then... suggest away!

For reference (and so folks don't propose Adventure Path titles that accidentally use constructions and elements from one of the specific adventures), here are the names of the six parts of the adventure path. These titles are solid—I'm not looking for new suggestions here, just for the name of the adventure path as a whole.

Spoiler:

  • PART ONE: The Worldwound Incursion
  • PART TWO: Sword of Valor
  • PART THREE: Demon's Heresy
  • PART FOUR: The Midnight Isles
  • PART FIVE: Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth
  • PART SIX: City of Locusts


"Cure for a Wounded World"

Cheliax

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My first thought is Worldwound Legacy. To imply either what the Worldwound left after opening or to imply what the PC's will leave the world at the end of the AP. or both.

Silver Crusade

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I personally like The Demonblight Crusades, just to throw it out there.

Shadow Lodge

A Light in the Darkness/Darklands
Gaze of the Abyss
Darkest Before Dawn
Unto the Breach

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Dark_Mistress wrote:
My first thought is Worldwound Legacy. To imply either what the Worldwound left after opening or to imply what the PC's will leave the world at the end of the AP. or both.

That's actually not a bad one... but it also repeats the word "Worldwound" from the first adventure. I'd really rather not repeat any words from the adventure titles.

Shadow Lodge

James Jacobs wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
My first thought is Worldwound Legacy. To imply either what the Worldwound left after opening or to imply what the PC's will leave the world at the end of the AP. or both.
That's actually not a bad one... but it also repeats the word "Worldwound" from the first adventure. I'd really rather not repeat any words from the adventure titles.

Fiendscar Legacy? Or too derivative?


Against the Demonblight.

Dusk for the Demonblight

Fighters & Fiends (okay, not really, but I thought it was twitch-of-the-lips worthy).

Dawn of Sarkoris

(Not a big fan of using "crusade" in the title, since these crusaders don't actually have a cross as part of their symbols.)


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Bleeding Earth/Land

Blighted Earth/Land or maybe Into The Blighted Land

Flesh + Blood (ok, kidding, but I love that movie - maybe make it into Blight And Blood or Flesh and Blight?)

Worldwound Redemption


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And another one I know won't be used (uses "Worldwound"), and sounds a bit like something else...

The Worldwound Redemption

Edit: *grumbles* Bloody dragon ninjas!


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I really like Orthos' Unto the Breach so far.

Cheliax

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James Jacobs wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
My first thought is Worldwound Legacy. To imply either what the Worldwound left after opening or to imply what the PC's will leave the world at the end of the AP. or both.
That's actually not a bad one... but it also repeats the word "Worldwound" from the first adventure. I'd really rather not repeat any words from the adventure titles.

Ok well you could go for Aroden's Legacy, since the worldwound is a result of his death. Though that might make people think of something other than demons.


Kajehase wrote:

And another one I know won't be used (uses "Worldwound"), and sounds a bit like something else...

The Worldwound Redemption

Edit: *grumbles* Bloody dragon ninjas!

You won't see us going away with your things!

Cheliax

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Or you could go with Deskari's Legacy. Depending how big of a role he plays. Yeah i like legacy :)


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The Wrath of Deskari

and on a similar theme: Wrath of the Righteous


Kajehase wrote:
Dawn of Sarkoris

Thernody/Lament for Sarkoris or maybe Farewell to Sarkoris.

Final Toll For Sarkoris!


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Requiem for a Fiend


Also, The Last Song Of Sarkoris

Swords Against The Blight (shame there is already sword in #2 part name)

To play with Legacy idea: Blighted Heritage


Deskari's Heir(s)

Inheritors Of The Blighted Land (or Heirs Of...)


Martyrs for Mendev
Demonscourge Crusade

Shadow Lodge

Key to the Bottomless Pit

Chapter 6 title really kind of begs for it.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion Subscriber

At The Abyss's Doorstep

(iconic D&D word "Abyss" - check, hits the demon vibe right away and communicates with anybody who's remotely into D&D - check, doesn't repeat adventure names - check, has an acronym that doesn't read "SS" - check)

alternatively, Beyond the Abyss's Doorstep (a hat tipped off to Chaosium and Beyond the Mountains of Madness).


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Knights Of The Barren Lands (actually a name of a Polish fantasy comic book from 1990).


Blades of the Martyrs

The Bleeding Hunger

Candle in the Storm

The Crucible Crusade

Damnation & Defiance

Defiant Light

Galorian's Scream!

Lancing the Boil

Perdition's Price

Silver Crusade

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Drejk wrote:
Knights Of The Barren Lands (actually a name of a Polish fantasy comic book from 1990).

Dear Paizo, in case anybody puts you to a court in Poland ... here's my card. Just call. ;-)


Gorbacz wrote:

At The Abyss's Doorstep

(iconic D&D name - check, hits the demon vibe right away and communicates with anybody who's remotely into D&D - check, doesn't repeat adventure names - check, has an acronym that doesn't read "SS" - check)

alternatively, Beyond the Abyss's Doorstep (a hat tipped off to Chaosium and Beyond the Mountains of Madness).

The second name would be better for a sequel. Or accessory book. Or mythic module coming after the AP.


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Demons And Wizards!


Siege of the demon lords


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"A Path to Redemption"


Gorbacz wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Knights Of The Barren Lands (actually a name of a Polish fantasy comic book from 1990).
Dear Paizo, in case anybody puts you to a court in Poland ... here's my card. Just call. ;-)

Are titles even copyrighted?

EDIT: Also, should not be the correct court placement based on the location of the defendant forcing Mr. Bochiński to sue Paizo in state of Washington?


Drejk wrote:
Demons And Wizards!

"Fiddler On The Green" should be obligatory part of that AP soundtrack...


Abyssal scars


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If quotations are ok: "Where angels fear to tread"


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James Jacobs wrote:


What I'm NOT 100% happy with right now, though, is the Adventure Path's title—currently, we're calling it "The Demonblight Crusade." Not a terrible title, but I'd rather call it something else. I've got a few ideas bumping around in my head... but I figured we have a whole messageboard of brilliant, creative people... so why not use that as well!

Titles are hard.

If it helps, I can probably tell you *why* you don't like 'The Demonblight Crusade' -- the stressed syllables in 'The DEmonblight CruSADE are too far apart, which makes it awkward to say aloud. You need to replace 'Crusade' with a word that has its stress on the first syllable. (Or lead with Crusade -- something like 'Crusade into Demonblight' though that doesn't quite scan right.)

If you go back and look at all your other AP titles, all the major words have first-syllable stress. That's not an accident.

Hopefully that's an insight that can help.

I'll also throw out Scars of the Demonblight as a possible title.

Shadow Lodge

Daehsquinn wrote:

If quotations are ok: "Where angels fear to tread"

That's one of my characters' personal quotes, I can't believe I didn't think of that.


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1. Legacy of Deskari / The Deskari Heritage
2. Shadows of Apocalypse
3. Remembering Drezen (the Worldwound version of "Remember the Alamo!")

-TimD


"Heralds of Mendev"

"The Demonplague Respite"

"The Fifth Crusade"


Grace no more

Sorrow and grace

Tears of the faithful


The Rift of Corruption

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

:)

Salt In The Wound
The Bleeding Earth
The Broken Earth
Charge of the Saviors
Entropy's Absolution
The Damned and the Defiant
The Break of Dawn (damn Twilight, let's take it back)
Purgatory's PLague
Perdition's Plague
Against The Abyss
A March Into Madness (eh, "March Madness" ruined this one)
A Charge Into Insanity
The Cry of Sarkoris
The Light and the Lost
Where Angels Dare

Spoiler:
Sarkoris Smashers?


pH unbalanced wrote:
If it helps, I can probably tell you *why* you don't like 'The Demonblight Crusade' -- the stressed syllables in 'The DEmonblight CruSADE are too far apart, which makes it awkward to say aloud.

I don't feel any awkwardness while speaking it aloud. Maybe because English is not my native language and stresses are mostly abstraction to me.

More ideas for the AP name.

It Came From Abyss

At the Abyssal Threshold

Damnation's Doors/Threshold


Wound of War

Shadow Lodge

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What Must Be Done

The Last Light of Hope

Heroes Rise

Crusaders Gambit

Sealing the Breach

Crucible of Heroes

Shadow Lodge

The Pit and the Purifiers

I'm sure there's a better two- or three-syllable P word that could be stuck on the end there, but it escapes me at the moment.


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Iomedae is a major influence on most of the crusaders in Mendev. Towards that end I suggest:

the Inheritor's Legacy

Last Act of the Inheritor

Or on the theme of redemption:

Faults of the Faithful

Grace of a Dead God

Psalms for the Wicked

Silver Crusade

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How about "The Demonic Tide"

Or "Tides of the Abyss"

or "Stemming the Demonic tide?"

Shadow Lodge

ElyasRavenwood wrote:

How about "The Demonic Tide"

Or "Tides of the Abyss"

or "Stemming the Demonic tide?"

Probably a bit too close to "Savage Tide"...


All the AP's are named around the anti-hero or trouble-making elements of the story. Would it not be an interesting idea to name the AP not after the villain or menacing scenario which plays the central role in the story, but to name the AP 'from the other side'? Thus sort-off describing the valorous and glorious acts to push back the demons incursion.

I don't consider myself eloquent enough to create great names, but for this reason I actually really liked 'The Demonblight Crusade'!

Andoran

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Worldwound Redemption


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Doom of Demons.

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