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Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Illustration by Fabio Gorla

It's no secret that demons are pretty much my favorite monsters in the game. When we were brainstorming ideas for regions to include in Golarion, the concept of a realm where the demons had invaded and now ruled was near the top of the list. In fact, we ended up with two regions where the demons are in charge—the smaller of the two being Tanglebriar in southern Kyonin (a region more or less transplanted directly from my homebrew world), and the much larger Worldwound itself. Whereas Tanglebriar was basically the work of one nascent demon lord, and as such was relatively limited in the scope of its area, the Worldwound was the work of a full-on demon lord, Deskari, and the resulting demon blight is correspondingly much more massive.

We've tinkered here and there with the Worldwound over the past few years, but with the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path, we're finally diving into the deep end of the demon-haunted pool. Which means the time is finally write to head on into old Sarkoris and explore it. Aptly titled The Worldwound, this 64 page Campaign Setting book aims to do exactly that. Of course, it covers the entire demonblighted region—even though Wrath of the Righteous remains pretty tightly focused along the northeastern border, The Worldwound has a lot more secrets to reveal.

There's plenty of new demons and monsters lurking in the Worldwound, as well as in the pages of this book, as evidenced by the creepy monster pictures that grace this post, but even the plants in this realm want to kill you. Take, for example, the following excerpt from the book's chapter about Adventures in the Worldwound:

Leechweed (CR 3 hazard): These plants cluster thickly in the muddy marshes of the western Worldwound, typically growing in a 5-foot-square patch. A single plant is slightly smaller than a human hand, and consists of a mass of dark green leaves from which a single feeding stalk extends. The tip of this stalk contains a small, lancet-like protrusion that can pierce flesh with ease. Spotting a patch of leechweed before blundering into it requires a DC 17 Knowledge (nature) or DC 22 Perception check. A living creature that comes into contact with a patch of leechweed swiftly learns the source of the plant's name, as dozens of feeding stalks suddenly stab and slash at any bits of exposed flesh. As soon as a creature is in contact with leechweed, the plant attempts an attack against it with a +9 bonus. The attacks continue at the end of each of the creature's turns if it doesn't move away from the plant. On a hit, the plant deals 1d4 points of damage and 1d6 points of bleed damage. Fire kills leechweed, as does holy damage or any magical effect that specifically harms plants (such as blight).


Illustrations by Jorge Fares and Damien Mammoliti

That, in a nutshell, is the Worldwound for you—a place where even the grass wants to kill you.

James Jacobs
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Neat! Will we be learning some of the secrets of the Worldwound in the new AP?

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donato wrote:
Neat! Will be learning some of the secrets of the Worldwound in the new AP?

Indeed. You'll be learning a LOT of the Worldwound's secrets in the new AP. And in this book as well!

Shadow Lodge

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Okay I don't know who decided to make the caterpillar from the American Godzilla cartoon but take my money.

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James Jacobs wrote:
donato wrote:
Neat! Will we be learning some of the secrets of the Worldwound in the new AP?
Indeed. You'll be learning a LOT of the Worldwound's secrets in the new AP. And in this book as well!

So, what kind of secrets are we talking about? ;)

Liberty's Edge

"the time is finally write"

doh! I think you meant to rightly write right, right?


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I'm really excited for this one! Ever since Lost Kingdoms Sarkoris really been a fascination for me.


That...is one BUTT UGLY...utterly DISGUSTING looking demon.

Shadow Lodge

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Berselius wrote:
That...is one BUTT UGLY...utterly DISGUSTING looking demon.

The one on the right?

If so I can agree, the thing kind of looks like Kabriri's diarrhea.

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Totally awesome!

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I can neither confirm nor deny that any of the demons in this book have anything to do with Kabriri's diarrhea.

But I wouldn't bet against it. :)


The Gibrileth Demon reminds me of the weird floaty thingies in the Worldwound illustration in the 3.5 Campaign Setting book.

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I want to know if the thing on the left is a construct, demon, or some kind of demon made trap.

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doc the grey wrote:
I want to know if the thing on the left is a construct, demon, or some kind of demon made trap.

Yes.

Seriously though, readers of The Worldwound Gambit will certainly recognize this thing.

Sczarni

Aw, man, that Gibrileth Demon is naaaaasty!

And yes! I recognize that awesome trap-thing!


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Adam Daigle wrote:
doc the grey wrote:
I want to know if the thing on the left is a construct, demon, or some kind of demon made trap.

Yes.

Seriously though, readers of The Worldwound Gambit will certainly recognize this thing.

I thought that's what that was!

Silver Crusade

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Adam Daigle wrote:

Seriously though, readers of The Worldwound Gambit will certainly recognize this thing.

Yeah...yeah, I recognize it. Bloody awful thing....and I can't wait to hit my players with a few.


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doc the grey wrote:
Berselius wrote:
That...is one BUTT UGLY...utterly DISGUSTING looking demon.

The one on the right?

If so I can agree, the thing kind of looks like Kabriri's diarrhea.

don't you mean the one on the write ;0>

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Today's lesson: If you're asked to rite a blog post, don't save it until the last minute so you can make sure that, if there's no time for an actual edit pass, you get all your words write.

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Berselius wrote:
That...is one BUTT UGLY...utterly DISGUSTING looking demon.

That which has a face can be punched. ...in the face...

...I'd probably want some Purel on hand afterwards though, because damn.

edit-Clicked on the Urannag. Holy @#$%.

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Mikaze wrote:
Berselius wrote:
That...is one BUTT UGLY...utterly DISGUSTING looking demon.

That which has a face can be punched. ...in the face...

...I'd probably want some Purel on hand afterwards though, because damn.

edit-Clicked on the Urannag. Holy @#$%.

Is it bad that I looked at the Urannag and my only thought was "Hmm so Golarion has suicide booths too."?


...I'm not sure I want to know what sin the gibrileth personifies. My gut instinct is that it's one humans haven't discovered and/or are not actually capable of understanding, let alone committing. (Like, a Palainian's refusal to dexitrobope.)


More Tiefling options please?


Less tieflings please en a LOT more of those awesome demon drawings and designs!!


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Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
...I'm not sure I want to know what sin the gibrileth personifies. My gut instinct is that it's one humans haven't discovered and/or are not actually capable of understanding, let alone committing. (Like, a Palainian's refusal to dexitrobope.)

I think it's overuse of d10s.

Silver Crusade

James Jacobs wrote:
Today's lesson: If you're asked to rite a blog post, don't save it until the last minute so you can make sure that, if there's no time for an actual edit pass, you get all your words write.

Just for fun, here's another way this could have turned out! For example, had you been writing in a British accent it might have become: "The time is roight for..."


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That, in a nutshell, is the Worldwound for you—a place where even the grass wants to kill you.

So it's a crossover with Ultima. ;-)

(Search for "Spoony Ultima Grass" to see a bunch of videos about the battles with the ancient deadly foe.)

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Not one but two biologists worked on this book. Oh the section from which Leechweed appears... Your collective PCs are in trouble.

>:)

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gets it blessed for good measure

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POSTING AS A FAN NOT A FREELANCER:

I am curious to see how they handle the Corpse Wranglers and the Field of Thrones (Lost Kingdoms, pg 48).

When I was reading Lost Kingdoms while doing research for Wrath of the Righteous (Chapter 3), that was one of the most captivating descriptions of old Sarkoris, for me.

And I felt it threw a little spice in the "non-evil undead" conversations, because it was an instance of the undead in the "prey" role rather than the "predatory" role. Of course, as a good freelancer, I stand with Management in that undead are evil- but I found that section of the Old Sarkoris article particularly fascinating.

Gibrileth look like decent corpse-wranglers, floatin' along with their whips.

Speculation only!

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Alice in Worldwound wouldn't have lasted five chapters.

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Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
...I'm not sure I want to know what sin the gibrileth personifies. My gut instinct is that it's one humans haven't discovered and/or are not actually capable of understanding, let alone committing. (Like, a Palainian's refusal to dexitrobope.)

Then don't click the spoiler!

Spoiler:
The gibrileth rises from the souls of those who used disease as a weapon, or who intentionally spread deadly diseases in the hope of mass murder.

Other demons in this book rose from the following sins:

1) Vandalism of fine art
2) Those who engineer or aid in the development of disasters, particularly famines or droughts
3) Warmongers/war profiteers
4) Cruelty to animals
5) Someone who tempted other mortals into performing sinful acts
6) Brainwashers/mind-controllers who use these methods to force/trick innocents into violence

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Spoiler:

7) Being intolerant of the cultures of others
8) Being Swedish


Sincubus wrote:
Less tieflings please en a LOT more of those awesome demon drawings and designs!!

Pft more tiefling options please. Forget this guy. Nice to basically try and subvert someone else's post like that pal.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
...I'm not sure I want to know what sin the gibrileth personifies. My gut instinct is that it's one humans haven't discovered and/or are not actually capable of understanding, let alone committing. (Like, a Palainian's refusal to dexitrobope.)

Then don't click the spoiler!

** spoiler omitted **

I like the idea of #2 and can't wait to see it.


Scott Henry wrote:
Sincubus wrote:
Less tieflings please en a LOT more of those awesome demon drawings and designs!!
Pft more tiefling options please. Forget this guy. Nice to basically try and subvert someone else's post like that pal.

Didnt' tieflings get more than enough love in another book already? If my memory served me well they did, even with kyton varieties and what more.

So I hope to see more raw demon material and less half-stuff.


Reckless wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Fix that last one. I heard that the *Spoilers* are the real Evil!

Spoilers:
Finnish


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Reckless wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Good one. :D

Spoiler:
Though I think we've been pretty mellow since we took that kicking at Poltava. ;)


Sincubus wrote:
Scott Henry wrote:
Sincubus wrote:
Less tieflings please en a LOT more of those awesome demon drawings and designs!!
Pft more tiefling options please. Forget this guy. Nice to basically try and subvert someone else's post like that pal.

Didnt' tieflings get more than enough love in another book already? If my memory served me well they did, even with kyton varieties and what more.

So I hope to see more raw demon material and less half-stuff.

Tieflings did get some love in Blood of Fiends, yes, but that doesn't mean that a gamer can't wish for more. "More than enough" is very much a subjective term. What you consider "more than enough" might barely have scratched the surface for other gamers.

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