Pathfinder Tales: Hell or High Water ePub

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by Ari Marmell

When a trail runs cold and a lizardfolk benefactor from her past comes asking a favor, the Mwangi hunter Ameyanda has little choice but to join her cause with his. The lizardfolk, a powerful druid named Seyusth, needs a skilled tracker to help him locate a band of savage humans who ambushed a lizardfolk hunting patrol. But there's more to their bargain than a simple hunt—for the raiders are the White Leech tribe of the Sodden Lands, whose cannibalism and necromancy are legendary even in the jungles of the Mwangi Expanse.

From acclaimed author Ari Marmell comes a tale of blood, courage, and deception set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

This story originally appeared as part of Paizo's free weekly webfiction series, and is available for free at

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The Mwangi Expanse Ain't for the Faint-Hearted



One of the things that Paizo does a nice job with in its Pathfinder Tales fiction is tell stories with characters and settings very different than generic fantasy. Hell or High Water, a four-part series of free web fiction (available here) is a good example. Set in the jungles and swamps of the Mwangi Expanse, the story involves characters very different than traditional adventurers. It's a dark and sometimes gruesome story with great atmosphere and some exciting action scenes. Definitely one to read if you want a break from the norm.


Hell or High Water has two main characters: a tribal warrior of the Imjaka Mwangi named Ameyanda and a lizardman named Seyusth. Because Ameyanda owes Seyusth a life debt, she reluctantly accompanies him into the foreboding Sodden Lands in search of another lizardman who has been kidnapped by a cult named the White Leech. There are some really cool moments in the story, like Seyusth turning into a giant crocodile, or an about-to-be-captured Ameyanda embedding a giant crocodile tooth in her flesh so she could later pull it out to sever her bonds (she's a resourceful hero)! It's a very grisly story in bits (the cult is all about flesh-eating, undead, etc.), but I wasn't turned off. The artwork accompanying the story is better than most. I think the only thing that brought the story down for me was that I was a bit confused about the plot (especially Seyusth's relationship with his cousin Issick and the whole backstory there), but that could be because I read each part spaced out by a couple of days. Anyway, on the whole this is a solid story, high recommended for fans of the Mwangi Expanse or lizardmen.

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