Righteous Indignation

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I know that many of you are anticipating Chronicle of the Righteous, which introduces the forces of good and covers over 50 empyreal lords, mystery cults, and celestial beasts. While you'll have to wait until late May for the full book, Wes has agreed to share a preview of what's to come with Chronicle of the Righteous's cover boy, Ragathiel, General of Vengeance. Enjoy!

Ragathiel, General of Vengeance

LG angel empyreal lord of chivalry, duty, and vengeance

Cult

Holy Symbol Bastard sword crossed with a crimson wing
Temples Battlefields, castles, fortresses, headquarters of knightly orders, war rooms
Worshipers The avowed, knights, soldiers, the wronged
Minions Aasimar paladins, blink dogs, kirin
Obedience Slay a proven wrongdoer in Ragathiel's name. It is not enough for the sacrifice to have an evil heart or evil intentions; the sacrifice must have committed evil or unlawful deeds. Gain a +4 sacred bonus on saving throws against spells and effects cast by evil creatures.

Boons

Virtuous Combat (Sp) bless weapon 3/day, litany of righteousnessUC 2/day, or magic vestment 1/day
Retribution (Su) You gain a sacred bonus equal to half your HD on damage rolls made with slashing weapons against the last creature to have physically wounded you within the last 24 hours.
Pure Soul (Sp) You can cast holy aura on yourself once per day. In addition to the effects of the spell, you gain DR 10/ good and cold iron and you treat any weapon in hand as a +5 holy weapon for the duration of the effect.


Illustration by Eva Widermann

Ragathiel, child of the archdevil Dispater and a goddess of fire, stands on the front line of the war between Heaven and Hell. He carves through legions of fiends and drives back lesser evils with the mere presence of his awful majesty.

Ragathiel is a tower of glorious might. He stands almost 20 feet tall, and five lofty burning wings stretch from his back. The General of Vengeance once had six wings, but one was severed, torn from his body by Dispater himself.

Ragathiel's tainted heritage has left him with a wrathful heart, and the angel struggles constantly to master his baser impulses in service to the light. For thousands of years he strove to prove himself to the angelic choirs of Heaven. In the Maelstrom he wrestled for 16 years with a monstrous evil serpent whose scales wept acidic blood until he was able to choke the life out of it. He led an entire army against one of the iron fortresses of Avernus and burned the castle to the ground with holy fire, single-handedly maiming Infernal Duke Deumus in the process. Finally the other empyreal lords agreed to admit Ragathiel into their ranks, and now they appear to trust the angel completely—though that trust took centuries to develop.

Ragathiel takes an active role in the battle against Hell's fiendish legions. He shines at the head of his army, a figure of golden light cleaving through the ranks of devils that face him. Soldiers of all kinds, but particularly knights, pay homage to Ragathiel and pray for his virtue and wrathful strength in battle. Those who have taken vows, especially those of duty or vengeance, hold Ragathiel as their ideal, and his agents sometimes assist those who have been grievously wronged and now seek righteous vengeance.

The lower slopes of Heaven are home to Ragathiel's Fortress, a magnificent steel structure designed to withstand a thousand-year siege if need be.

Cassidy
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Grand Lodge

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Dang.

Silver Crusade

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Woop! Love how this explains where Ragathiel's darker aspects are coming from. But now this just makes me even more curious about what his childhood must have been like!

Funny detail: That holy symbol is the one worn by the aasimar from Blood of Angels/Champions of Purity. So the "iconic" aasimar worships a Supertiefling. :D

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

That is awesome. Now it's a competition between Shelyn and Ragatheil for my next divine character.

Grand Lodge

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I'm eager for the book to understand how the boons/obediences work?


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Galnörag wrote:
I'm eager for the book to understand how the boons/obediences work?

I imagine they work the same as those presented in Lords of Chaos.

Scarab Sages

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No Ultimate Campaign Preview?

Editor-in-Chief

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Mikaze wrote:
Funny detail: That holy symbol is the one worn by the aasimar from Blood of Angels/Champions of Purity. So the "iconic" aasimar worships a Supertiefling. :D

Almost like we planned it that way. ;)

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archmagi1 wrote:
No Ultimate Campaign Preview?

Patience.

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Cassidy wrote:
Wes has agreed to share a preview of what's to come with Chronicle of the Righteous's cover boy, Ragathiel, General of Vengeance. Enjoy!

Thanks for sharing Wes!

The Exchange

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Looks cool Cassidy. Is the Holy Symbol going to be added to the Community Use graphics? Not sure when that was last updated...

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Chernobyl wrote:

Looks cool Cassidy. Is the Holy Symbol going to be added to the Community Use graphics? Not sure when that was last updated...

Down the road eventually perhaps, once we've decided we've hit critical mass for an appropriately worthy update.

Liberty's Edge

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"In the Maelstrom he wrestled for 16 years with a monstrous evil serpent whose scales wept acidic blood until he was able to choke the life out of it."

And this is why Ragathiel is the biggest bad a@* is Golarion!

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Mike Silva wrote:

"In the Maelstrom he wrestled for 16 years with a monstrous evil serpent whose scales wept acidic blood until he was able to choke the life out of it."

And this is why Ragathiel is the biggest bad a@* is Golarion!

Yeah, this is mythic.

And if it's not mythic, it is whatever comes after.

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Jim Groves wrote:
Mike Silva wrote:

"In the Maelstrom he wrestled for 16 years with a monstrous evil serpent whose scales wept acidic blood until he was able to choke the life out of it."

And this is why Ragathiel is the biggest bad a@* is Golarion!

Yeah, this is mythic.

And if it's not mythic, it is whatever comes after.

You mean to say its legend, wait for it ...

Contributor

Jim Groves wrote:
Mike Silva wrote:

"In the Maelstrom he wrestled for 16 years with a monstrous evil serpent whose scales wept acidic blood until he was able to choke the life out of it."

And this is why Ragathiel is the biggest bad a@* is Golarion!

Yeah, this is mythic.

And if it's not mythic, it is whatever comes after.

Fighter 12/Paladin 8/Mythic Tier 10/Sacred Tier 2


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Doesn't the obedience need to be done every day? Damn, that's a lot of evil-doer slaying.

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Mike Silva wrote:

"In the Maelstrom he wrestled for 16 years with a monstrous evil serpent whose scales wept acidic blood until he was able to choke the life out of it."

And this is why Ragathiel is the biggest bad a@* is Golarion!

Well, when you've got to impress your dad...

Silver Crusade

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Sure for the first five minutes or so it's a heroic struggle, but after that it's mostly 16 years of sitting.

Ragathiel: "You dead yet?"
Monstrous Evil Acidic Serpent: "Nope."
Ragathiel: *sigh* "I should have brought a book."

Grand Lodge

Awesome character, but I can't help but feel it was a wasted opportunity to have the art of him fighting unarmed Succubi. He'd be taking on a Pit Fiend with Antipaladin levels and nothing else.

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I'm so excited to see this in print. Very cool hearing all your comments. :)

Silver Crusade

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For a PFS Gnome whose parents were followers of Aroden, who grew up rather "unhappy" and yet still wanting to serve the light, Ragathiel was the perfect choice. Can't wait for this so I can flesh the character's story out even more!

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KestlerGunner wrote:
Awesome character, but I can't help but feel it was a wasted opportunity to have the art of him fighting unarmed Succubi. He'd be taking on a Pit Fiend with Antipaladin levels and nothing else.

Imagine they're mythic succubi, you'll be much more satisfied. ;)

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KestlerGunner wrote:
Awesome character, but I can't help but feel it was a wasted opportunity to have the art of him fighting unarmed Succubi. He'd be taking on a Pit Fiend with Antipaladin levels and nothing else.

I agree! I mean why unarmed Succubi? Maybe he's venting his Mommy Issues for falling for a douche like Dispater.

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KestlerGunner wrote:
Awesome character, but I can't help but feel it was a wasted opportunity to have the art of him fighting unarmed Succubi. He'd be taking on a Pit Fiend with Antipaladin levels and nothing else.

He's not fighting them. This is what divine bachelor parties look like.

Grand Lodge

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Aren't succubi strippers against celestial law?


Finally! A better option than Iomedae who bores me insensible!

Dark Archive

What's the opposite of a vampire?

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Aren't succubi strippers against celestial law?

They're not strippers, they're exotic entertainers.


I am so looking forward to this book.

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donato wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
Aren't succubi strippers against celestial law?
They're not strippers, they're exotic entertainers.

Do they work at Dante's Inferno Room http://youtu.be/2U4a_Pyw47Q

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Anorak wrote:
donato wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
Aren't succubi strippers against celestial law?
They're not strippers, they're exotic entertainers.
Do they work at Dante's Inferno Room http://youtu.be/2U4a_Pyw47Q

Of course not. The entertainers there are no good. Nocticula's has all the quality entertainers for all your omnipotent needs.

Dark Archive

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Thanks for the share! REALLY looking forward to this now.
Good to see that the celestial lords go after archfiends instead of always turning to mortals!

Silver Crusade

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Funny detail: That holy symbol is the one worn by the aasimar from Blood of Angels/Champions of Purity. So the "iconic" aasimar worships a Supertiefling. :D
Almost like we planned it that way. ;)

carefully studies the images for further signs of conspiracy

!

Wait a second, Thais, Cayden Cailean's herals, also originally had six wings and lost one escaping from Asmodeus' clutches. What symmetry does this suggest...

keeping an eye out for any five-armed mariliths in Demons Revisited

also making a tinfoil hat

Lantern Lodge

Wonder if Obedience will turn up in PFS...


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In the Maelstrom he wrestled for 16 years with a monstrous evil serpent whose scales wept acidic blood until he was able to choke the life out of it.

Over 84 million rounds of combat. That's not mythic. That's just tedious. Ugh, and grapple checks, too.

All joking aside... Very cool!


Obedience, boons... does this mean there's an "angeliac" prestige class?


Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
Obedience, boons... does this mean there's an "angeliac" prestige class?

There should be.


Lilith wrote:
Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
Obedience, boons... does this mean there's an "angeliac" prestige class?
There should be.

(goes and looks at the actual product page like a sensible person) Mystery cultist, so there is.

(I like "angeliac" better. ^.^ )

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Angellic wouldn't work, since the class has to appeal to worshipers of empyreal lords who are azatas, archons, and agathions, not just the ones who are angels.


True, true.

Celestiac? :)

Silver Crusade

Celestian?

Whatever the case, I'm really eager to see the mystery cultist. :)


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Oooooo, Mystery Cultist? No more shall GMs be required to convert and reflavor the Demoniac, Soul Drinker, and Diabolist! This has officially piqued my interest.


Mikaze wrote:

Woop! Love how this explains where Ragathiel's darker aspects are coming from. But now this just makes me even more curious about what his childhood must have been like!

Funny detail: That holy symbol is the one worn by the aasimar from Blood of Angels/Champions of Purity. So the "iconic" aasimar worships a Supertiefling. :D

Double win?

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Mikaze wrote:
Celestian?

Can't use that name. ;)

Dark Archive

Are we going to get books for neutral and evil as well or is this one a stand alone as it were?


Bucky O'Hare and the crew of the Righteous Indignation.

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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:

Are we going to get books for neutral and evil as well or is this one a stand alone as it were?

Would folks LIKE books for neutral and evil? ;-)


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I'd take those AND books for Law and Chaos.


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To be totally honest, I am somewhat against bringing out such a book for evil characters, especially since I fear that the writers would take a look at the classic Star Wars quote from Yoda and write a bunch of overpowered abilities in there.

It is already hard enough to keep player wanting to play good characters without having a book which mechanically incentivices them to want to play evil characters even more. Given how APs are written ( generally for good characters ), I'd think that Paizo would want to avoid that, too.

Totally fine with the other alignments, though.


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We already have THREE Evil books. We need more Good and Neutral books, not more Evil!

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