Planes: Anything but Plain

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Having finished hacking away at the random encounter tables for the GameMastery Guide some time ago, I was recently set to work doing the same kind of thing for the Bestiary II. This time, however, instead of providing GMs with random encounters based on a plane's alignment, I got to make a separate table for each individual plane in the Great Beyond, Golarion's cosmos.

This is pretty exciting, because not only do these new tables utilize all the new monsters in the Bestiary II, but they also provide GMs with a plethora of inspiration, whether your PCs be traveling through the ever-shifting realm of the Maelstrom or ascending the soaring Great Spire in the Boneyard.

As if having stores of creatures to fill entire planes with isn't sweet enough, the GameMastery Guide includes an entire section dedicated to the planes, detailing the specific traits and characteristics of each plane, as well as the dangers that may await adventurers. As an example for what kind of cool details you can find in the GMG, below is art for Ymeri, the Queen of the Inferno.

Illustration by Christopher Burdett

At any rate, I've been staring at these books and their tables and creatures and stuff for weeks now, and I'm still excited about them; that means all y'all on the outside have no idea what kind of awesomeness you're in for.

Patrick Renie
Editorial Intern

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Tags: Christopher Burdett Elementals Game Mastering The Great Beyond Monsters Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

Awesome post, Intern! It had art. It had teases of things to come, It made me want two hardcover books that are still months away. You are a master marketer. Can you outdo yourself next time?


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Does she have stats or is she divine being enough that she doesn't need any?

Silver Crusade

Hot damn!

It's like a marilith and Godzilla ran towards each other really fast, jumped in the air, collided, and this is what landed.

Badass. Has me wondering about what may be representing the other elements...

Dark Archive

Good blog post Patrick.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Finally, Ymeri. Now, Miska the Wolf-Spider and some obyri...qlippoths swarming around. Who needs Shadowdoomstalker Demon Skirmisher Solos, when you can have some solid good old-school demoniac fun ?

Silver Crusade

so thats who the awesome monster in PF23 is. Ymeri, queen of the inferno.
I mean I remember Ymeri from the AP and I saw the artwork on pg4, but I guess my stupid butt didn't connect the two. "sigh"
the artwork on the next page of Mersiel loading up on gold while the rest of the party fights monsters is priceless. Paizo artwork never ceases to be awesome.


I take it she's a demonlord then?


*eats this up, as I'm wont to do*

Dark Archive

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seekerofshadowlight wrote:
I take it she's a demonlord then?

Elemental Lord. Along the lines of Imix, Olhydra, Yan-C-Bin, and Ogremoch from 1e/2e/3e D&D. Or maybe more Kossuth, Grumbar, Istishia, and Akadi, but still, Elemental Lord, not demon.


Now this, this is Good Blog.


This post had you so excited, O Great Intern, you actually time-travelled from our past (March 21st) to bring us this news!

I kid, I kid!

I love your updates, and this one was radness personified.


Bad ass! Now that's what an Elemental Lord should look like!

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I don't know if I can wait 9 months though! My RttToEE players are clamoring for an elemental adventure to find the power gems (having already destroyed the Silvery Orb) so they can destroy its more powerful brethren. But high-level planar adventures are not easy to come by; random encounter tables would provide some great inspiration!

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Zaister wrote:
Does she have stats or is she divine being enough that she doesn't need any?

She's got no stats in the book, but she's on par in power with a demon lord. She's pretty much just in the book to give some illustration heft to the section on the planes.

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Marcus Ewert wrote:

travelled from our past (March 21st) to bring us this news!

I fixed...I mean, I have no idea what you're talking about.


Ross Byers wrote:
Marcus Ewert wrote:

travelled from our past (March 21st) to bring us this news!

I fixed...I mean, I have no idea what you're talking about.

I liked my spec-fic (time-traveling) theory better. Sigh.

But- in all seriousness, Ymeri is awesome!
Here's hoping we can see some other Elemental Lords, as referenced above.
Given that I am a sucker for all things planar...


Now that would be the worst random encounter your DM ever rolled ;-)


And this is the smokin' babe (-did you see that pun?) that someone [I don't want to spoil whom nor can I remember dude's name] had the hots for ((did you see THAT pun?)) in Legacy of Fire, no?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Well, her half-plate bikini is certainly 200H if not more...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Marcus Ewert wrote:
And this is the smokin' babe (-did you see that pun?) that someone [I don't want to spoil whom nor can I remember dude's name] had the hots for ((did you see THAT pun?)) in Legacy of Fire, no?

Correct! She's a hottie! Can ya blame him?

Silver Crusade

James Jacobs wrote:


Correct! She's a hottie! Can ya blame him?

Re-examines Ymeri's artwork

Hmm...

Considers the anatomy and implications

NOT SURE IF WANT

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