Whatcha Want, Fiction Fans?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pathfinder Tales has been going strong for a couple of years now, and I'm happy to say that I'm still just as excited about it as when it first launched. We've gone from werewolves in Ustalav to the Outer Planes, an evil magical academy in Nidal to the high seas. In the months to come, we've got vikings and barbarians, bardic super-spies, soul-stealing in Kaer Maga, and more.

Yet we're still just scratching the surface. Which is why I want to know: What do you want to see from Pathfinder Tales? Is there a certain class or race you want to read about? Do you have a favorite nation we haven't been to yet—or one you can't wait to visit again? Are there certain types of stories you're pining for? Here at Paizo Fiction Headquarters, we're always trying to figure out what people will be most interested in—which means that our jobs are way easier if you tell us.

So sound off, fiction-lovers: What do you want to see more of from the Pathfinder Tales line?

James L. Sutter
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Brian Darnell wrote:
A story Kuthite devout priest who tries to be a good person in his own way would be amazing.

It would, and it was! You basically just described Liane Merciel's Nightglass. ;)


I'd like to see a story about an enigmatic Hermean Exile who makes a dangerous journey back to the island of his birth in order to expose a deadly secret.

Also, Mengkare's stat block replaces the product placement normally found in the back of the book. His alignment is included.

:p

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i would really love to see something set in nex...

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Brian Darnell wrote:

  • Darklands like I mentioned above but LOTs of darklands and no drow or minor drow. Dwarf main characters exploring Nar-Voth, Sekamina, and Orv with lots of reveals about the vault

Have you read Called to Darkness?


Give us something set in the Darklands, how about Far Parathra or one of the Duegar or Dark Folk cities. Perhaps adventurers escorting surface ambassadors or merchants. So much potential :o)

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Memento Mortis wrote:


Also, Mengkare's stat block replaces the product placement normally found in the back of the book. His alignment is included. :p

*takes off Memento Mortis's mask to reveal true identity*

ME: James Jacobs!

JACOBS: And I would have gotten away with it, too, if not for you meddling kids!

*high-fives Scooby and gets back in the Mystery Machine*

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Dungeon crawl. A straight up loot the tomb/ruin story. I think it would help ground how being a resident of Golarion views treasure hunting as a legitimate occupation. Maybe a bit of Aspis or Pathfinder rivalry in the mix.

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James Sutter wrote:
Memento Mortis wrote:


Also, Mengkare's stat block replaces the product placement normally found in the back of the book. His alignment is included. :p

*takes off Memento Mortis's mask to reveal true identity*

ME: James Jacobs!

JACOBS: And I would have gotten away with it, too, if not for you meddling kids!

*high-fives Scooby and gets back in the Mystery Machine*

I'm gonna need more rope.


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I'd like to see some Cheliax court-intrigue.
Something set in Absalom
A "western" in Varisia.

Also, something I've never really seen work well in longer form than a short story or a few chapters of a longer novel is a dungeon-delve style story. So please stay away from that.

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I've been giving more thought as to what sort of story structures are missing from the Pathfinder Tales line. Note - I haven't read all the books, so this isn't entirely informed. From what I can see a lot of the stories tend to follow a similar adventure-like structure: there's either a mystery to uncover, a bad guy to thwart, a magic item to recover/destroy, etc. And if the writer's good, they'll weave together a number of these into obstacles facing their characters, all tying together in a lovely combination of fireworks at the climax.

I think what makes Inheritance stand out is that it's a character-based tale wrapped in the guise of an adventure. It's not the demons that need dealing with, but the emotional trauma of a broken family - to phrase it a little over-dramatically.

Now, I love me some adventure, but I think there's some cool elements that can be explored in the Pathfinder setting. For example, the Kingmaker AP has the PCs ending up ruling their own kingdom. In a similar vein, how about a novel where the protagonist has to struggle with the weight and responsibilities of rulership, or the difficult decisions of military command. There's plenty of conflict in Golarion, would be interesting to see that explored in more nation-vs-nation detail.

Just something to consider.


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And finally, while I know this isn't the story usually told in Sword & Sorcery fiction, I'd like a novel where the protagonist doesn't fight anything or anyone throughout the whole story, but wins by simply being that good at talking his/her way out or in of things (or persons).


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And hmm... I don't think we've seen a good, fun trickster protagonist since Winter Witch. (I know, Gad and company are definitely tricksters - but I wouldn't call them fun.)


I'd like to read something dealing with the iconics in novel format. Comics are great and all but can't get them electronically. Or can I? I might be missing something.

I'm sure I'm in minority, but more stuff dealing with with Tian-Xia classes/characters would be nice. Probably with fish-out-of-water storylines. Master of Devils/Husk/Jade Regent AP brought up some great locales that I'd like to see explored more in the novels.

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KEREN AND ZAE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'm a pretty big fan of Golarion's various faiths and religions and mythology.
More Clerics, paladins, oracles, inquisitors, or especially devout non-divine spell casters as characters would be cool. Or more stories that center around religious conflicts.

Hell and devils, lots of devils please.
Actually, all of Pathfinder's outter planes stuff is pretty great and I'd gladly read more

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Khonger wrote:


Hell and devils, lots of devils please.
Actually, all of Pathfinder's outter planes stuff is pretty great and I'd gladly read more

If you like the planes and devils, I recommend checking out The Redemption Engine when it hits in April. :)

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Protoman wrote:
I'd like to read something dealing with the iconics in novel format. Comics are great and all but can't get them electronically. Or can I? I might be missing something.

Dynamite distributes its comics digitally exclusively through Comixology.


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How about a Hell Knight as a hero!

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Something else...

Aspis fiction with the Pathfinders as the 'bad guys'.

Silver Crusade

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Something set in Thassilon would be cool.

A story heavily involving or about Petitioners would great.

Daemons and The Fourss Horsemen. I would buy this in a heartbeat.


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I'll second Ryan Costello's idea (how aasimars and/or tieflings view normal races), the Darklands requests, and also, Hellknights and something set in Galt (not sure if any of these have been done before, as I haven't read all of them yet).


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I would like to see something that picks up and develops the lore of one of the deities who are dead, missing, or obscure.

Not Aroden. He's plenty well developed. I'm thinking:

- Curchanus (dead). Any last tattered remnants of his legacy lingering in some forgotten corner of the world?

- Count Ranalc (missing). What HAS he been up to these last few millennia?

- Lissala (obscure, maybe dead). Is she truly gone? Hanging on in some diminished form? Morphed into a different deity? If she is really gone, maybe she left some nasty surprises somewhere?

Silver Crusade

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SHOANTI HERO/INE

Also, maybe noirish Kaer Maga mystery?

Also Keren and Zae.

And more Isiem!


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A male aasimar paladin of Iomedae who was orphaned at a young age and raised by a kind dwarven couple of semi-retired adventurers (the father a Fighter [Foehammer] and the mother a Cleric [Merciful Healer] of Bolka) in the Five Kings Mountains.

A love story between two unlikely undead hunters (a blonde haired, longsword/whip dual-wielding, ulfen woman Inquisitor [Vampire Hunter] of Iomedae and the other a handsome, sword-wielding, arcane slinging, dhampir Magus).

An exotic and sensual female, cerulean-furred, neutral good, Kitsune Sorcerer (Tattooed Sorcerer [Boreal Bloodline]) named Kurisutaru born in the Tian-Xia nation of Hongal in the city of Ordu-Aganhei who made her way into the Inner Sea by traveling the Path of Aganhei and is seeking adventure.

An female samsaran cleric of Qi Zhong who traveled to the Inner Sea seeking remnants any surviving members of his friends and comrades from one of her past lives.

A bo-staff wielding vanaras monk who worships Sun Wukong and seeks fame, fortune, and adventure (along with plenty of good drink) in Tian-Xia.

A honorable Nagaji samurai who seeks to give his dead wife and children justice by slaying the hobgoblin warlord who killed them.

A cleric of Cayden Cailean who seeks to help his comrades rescue a half-elven damsel in distress from being sacrificed by a desperate community to a red dragon.

A male Oread paladin of Torag who seeks to reclaim a lost treasure for the faith.

A female sylph wizard [elemental school: air] leading an expedition into one of the legendary sky citadels.

A female half-erinyes/half-human seeking to escape the Daughters of Eiseth and the clergy of Asmodeus in order to forge her own destiny and discover who she is and what she wants.

A male Ifrit Inquisitor of Iomedae discovering just how corrupt and amoral the Burners of Hulran are in the Worldwound.

A female undine oracle (Mystery: Waves) who makes a living in a costal community rescuing sailors stricken on the rocks and helping fishermen.

A love story between a human cavalier (order of the dragon) and Thais (aka the accidental herald of Cayden Cailean).

A adventure/romance between an male aasimar paladin and a female half-elf sacred prostitute of Calistria.

Silver Crusade

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I would read the hell out of a novel about how WotR's half-orc paladin's parents met, or a parallel to that background elsewhere.

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theRedBear wrote:
How about a Hell Knight as a hero!

:x


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Taking a slightly different tack with it... This might work better as a web fiction, but I'd love to see someone 'transcribe' an Ailson Kindler novel or short story. I'd be curious to see what sort of fiction is actually popular in Golarion.

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I'd like some more fiction about Blackjack.

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I liked how King of Chaos was a tie in for Wrath of the Righteous, and that it gave a good immersive view of the AP without really stealing any of it's plot. I'd like to see more novels do this, especially with some of the more non-standard APs to help players and GMs for those campaigns get a feel for the tone of the campaign/region.

I also would love to have the novel line be able to explore areas of Golarion that aren't yet covered in the RPG line, and could therefore be used as a litmus test for the popularity for these other regions to spur the RPG line in directions that Paizo thinks could be more risky. I'd especially like to see Arcadia and Southern Garund covered this way, as well as Casmaron. Also, psychic magic would be great to have in a novel to test the waters for including a system for it in the RPG.

Similarly, the fiction line could be used to re-visit areas that have been covered, but aren't likely to get more RPG coverage in the future, like the Crown of the World, etc.

Silver Crusade

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I'd like to see a Young Adult novel set in the Acadmae.

I'd like to see a Cleric handled as a Cleric, for some reason writers are allergic to divine magic in their stories. (I know the reason, because it's hard to imperil characters who can get healed up soon after). I still think a full on Cleric of Shelyn would be a fantastic romantic lead for a novel (male or female).

More halflings, those guys really need fleshing out.

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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I'd like to see a Young Adult novel set in the Acadmae.

Harry Potter And The Pact Of Damnation

And yeah, i would go for a Shelynite cleric lead character. Ooh, or a Lymnieris cleric for extra fantastic culture-ness.


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my name as the next author.


More dwarves. Gnome and halfling protagonists wouldn't hurt, either.

Exploring the solar system would be nice.

I agree with the call for bad guy protagonists. I just re-read "Plague of Shadows" and thought that Arcil was a much more interesting character than the rest.


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I'd like to see the further adventures of Eando Kline.


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Hmm... speaking personally, what I really enjoy is an unusual take on the standard ideas that we see in games. For example, I recently made a vengeful ghost NPC... bucketload of curse skills, emotion-affecting magic, and other things designed to cause torment for whoever she's currently haunting. However, this character isn't an evil problem for heroes to defeat - in fact, innocent people have absolutely nothing to worry about, because the spirit's goal is to make evildoers suffer. Not just die courtesy of sword or spell, but find themselves shunned, scorned, and ultimately broken by the weight of their sins. Great heroes in particular might find themselves the object of the spirit's protection (whether they like it or not).

I guess what I'm trying to say is... throw a bunch of ideas together. Pick a favorite or two from the pile, then start asking how you can do something with that idea in a way people probably wouldn't expect to see. You can explore a lot of interesting themes and ideas when characters are able to confront something that's not always black-and-white.


DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

I'd like to see a Young Adult novel set in the Acadmae.

I think there is some ground to mine here. Nightglass covers some of this territory (students in a magic school), but in a different context.

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Still holding my breath for an actual print version of the online short stories,as well as compiled and collected versions of the stories in the APs. I just like to carry a book around to read while my wife shops and short stroies are the best for that. And books do not run out of power or need wifi. (I play pen and paper table top for a reason) Other than that, I would like to see some historical tales, I love that kind of stuff. They tend to make the world a little more rounded and flesh things out. I love dimensional travel, I know Salim already did that and I hope to see more, but what about all those gates? Where do they go? Definently want to see more of the other planets

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MythicFox wrote:
Taking a slightly different tack with it... This might work better as a web fiction, but I'd love to see someone 'transcribe' an Ailson Kindler novel or short story. I'd be curious to see what sort of fiction is actually popular in Golarion.

That is a really neat idea. I like that one a lot.

On a similar note, one thing I think would be funny would be re-education fables in Galt, a la Aesop with morals as approved by today's revolutionary in the Reign of Terror. And then each of the four chapters would just be revised/censored versions of the original story with the moral suitably tweaked to suit the whims of the power of the day.

I will never do this project because I've got no plans to write about Galt in any capacity ever, but I think it'd be a fun experimental piece.

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A few ideas:

The same event in the war between Nex and Geb written in two books from each point of view

A straight Aroden story, it can include lots of gillmen, I loved that glimpse in Liars Blade

A history dealing with the Rovagug incident

Rakshasa tomfoolery in Vudra

Fleshing out some more of the Kelish empire, that part that always falls off the East side of maps. There are supposed to be tons of nations and peoples there... lets read about some of them!

A history on the dervish wars

That whole area West of Azlant could use some fleshing out

I enjoyed the Pirate's Honor run ins with the slavers... something developing the slavers a bit

Not sure how to keep spoilers out of things, but I would like to see some of the past seasons' PFS metaplots pulled together

A novel about the Thassalonians and their fascination with giant bridges

Is it too much to get a peek at some more Decemverate? I know from panels that the devs want to leave this alone in adventures/campaign settings etc, but maybe a tease in some more novels

I would love to read about the hunt for a linnorm in the quest to become a king

What is the Dev's/your viewpoint on the quasi trilogy way of handling blocks of time and groups of peoples that Dragonlance did? I enjoyed that format... maybe I am in the minority but it gave some cohesiveness across arcs, sort of like what we are enjoying with the Radovan et al line. Dragons of... , Heroes, Classics, ... Nations, Chronicles.


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Troy Taylor wrote:

Korvosa seems like an ideal locale for a sweeping swashbuckling tale.

I think we need a female adventuring pair as a counterweight to Rad and Varian.

I love this idea. :D

Me, too. Their names are Azra and Malena, and they've been waiting patiently in my idea folder since I turned in Prince of Wolves. I would love to revisit them one day, but the stars have not yet aligned.

One day...

I thought the two of them don't get along.
Exactly.

When Dave was little someone took a baseball bat to him, shouting all the while: "Conflict! Conflict! My boy, you can't have a story without conflict!"


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I would love to see a story where the main character is a summoner personally, haven't really seen many of them outside of King of Chaos and Faithful Servants. For that matter I'd really like to see a Numerian magus to see how they differ from the more traditional magi, think that witches and gunslingers could both use a little more exposure too for that matter. Going off prestige classes I'd really love to see something with the Red Mantis Assassins and Hellknights.

Personally I would enjoy seeing something take place in Numeria, probably one of the most interesting nations that hasn't really been delved into. Same goes for the Mwangi Expanse, another place that gets mentioned pretty regularly but never really explored in any of the novels. Would be fun to see how things work in Andoran, got that distinctive 13 colonies feel to it that could be fun from what I've read.

As far as races go, where to begin? Aasimar, androids, dwarves, kitsune, and, perhaps most importantly, kobolds. Actually haven't seen anything dealing with Cayden Cailean or his ilk so I'd really like to see that change in the near future, just seems like he hasn't been very active compared to all the other good aligned deities which is a real shame since he has always struck me as being one of the most interesting gods.

While I always love the traditional fantasy stuff I've discovered over the past few years that I've really got a thing for the noir genre thanks to a culmination of comics, movies, games, and novels.

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Kris Vanhoyland wrote:
I'll second Ryan Costello's idea (how aasimars and/or tieflings view normal races), the Darklands requests, and also, Hellknights and something set in Galt (not sure if any of these have been done before, as I haven't read all of them yet).

Plague of Shadows spends some considerable time in Galt, and there are some Galtans in the connected web story Walkers from the Crypt.

Sovereign Court

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I'd really like to see novels set in Golarion's past.


Kasatha and Trox! really want to see how they fit in to the setting


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I think novels would be a nice way to develop Hermea without needing to actually stat up a full adventure involving it.

The Exchange

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I love to see;
Elder cults
dragons
A tale of Cayden (before godhood)
Galt pro-slavery revolutionaries vs some eagle knights
A teleportation mishap
good vs good 'holy war'
children of Rovagug
more dragons
hold of belzken city romp
Sargagava or Mwangi expedition
Mountain of Wrath Dungeon crawl
some dragons would be awesome
s'more Sequels to already printed PFT books


I'd personally love more Numeria.

A tale based on the themes of Lirgen would be interesting too. Lots of material there.

But books set in times other than the current would be interesting as well.


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And Distant Worlds!

As far as classes go...alchemists.

Maybe Norret can run free? Him and his oracle/synthesist (forget which) brother could be pretty interesting, and well, no one can say those stories haven't been very well received.

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Cheapy wrote:

As far as classes go...alchemists.

Maybe Norret can run free? Him and his oracle/synthesist (forget which) brother could be pretty interesting, and well, no one can say those stories haven't been very well received.

Verces!

WUBWUB


...dang Mikaze is fast. Caught me in the middle of editing where I was moving the distant worlds suggestion to the 1st post.

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