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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the Queen's Raven wrote:
I don't know if it has been said before, though I am sure it has, I would love to see novelization of Rise of the Rune Lords. Or any other adventure path. But RotRL would definitley have to be the first.

If I've understood things correctly, you should keep your eyes peeled for the Big Finish audio dramas.

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the Queen's Raven wrote:
I don't know if it has been said before, though I am sure it has, I would love to see novelization of Rise of the Rune Lords. Or any other adventure path. But RotRL would definitley have to be the first.

Have you seen the Rise of the Runelords audio dramas we're about to release from Big Finish...?

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Scooped by Kajehase!


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By a margin even Tom Rex would be proud of! :p

Grand Lodge

I went over to Big Finish, and they're scheduled to begin releases this month (woot!). I was wondering if they would be available through the Paizo site or just the Big Finish site?

I've been waiting for these for months, and I'm super excited! Can't wait to listen to them (although I did expect them to be longer than 60 minutes each).

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Kajehase wrote:
By a margin even Tom Rex would be proud of! :p

Oh man, you get 100 bonus points for remembering Tom Rex. :D


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How could anyone forget me? That's FREE BONUS POINTS basically!


Geb/Nex
Galt (or more Taldor)
The Darklands
The Mordant Spire

An Alchemist's Tale

Grand Lodge

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I would love to see a sherlockian steampunk mystery set in Alkenstar. Because of the uncertainty of magic, they wouldn't be able to just use divination magic to uncover the mystery, so they'd have to actually do detective work in a whodunit fashion, maybe exploring more of the local politics and steam tech in the process. It might be a good way to bring in an Investigator as a main character. With its proximity to Geb, perhaps a female Dhamphir Investigator? If not Dhamphir, then I'd love to see a female dwarf be a main character.


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Radovan is dead dead, but somehow escapes the afterlife. Pharasma makes Salim go find him. Varian finds that the only way to make Radovan not dead dead is to reunite him with his big knife. The Winter Witches have the knife (Long Story). So: Varian hires an adventuring party to go get it. The party includes: Elyana, Gad, Krunzle, Alaeron, and Luma. To get to Irrisen, the party has to take a ship that has a Naga Navigator. While they are waiting at the inn for the ship, they meet a halfling named Tantaerra, and a Goth kid named Isiem. Kagur wants to go with them as well, but they don't let her because a mammoth on a pirate ship would be just ludicrous. Later we find out that Rodrick is also looking for the big knife because (get this!) the big knife is actually intelligent AND Hyrm's long lost son. Hijinks ensue.
Also, somebody from that new dagger book shows up, but I haven't read that one yet, so could be anybody.

Or I like books about clerics and gods, where the gods are characters, A Cayden book would be cool, but I digress.


Sprain Ogre wrote:

I went over to Big Finish, and they're scheduled to begin releases this month (woot!). I was wondering if they would be available through the Paizo site or just the Big Finish site?

I've been waiting for these for months, and I'm super excited! Can't wait to listen to them (although I did expect them to be longer than 60 minutes each).

The press release stated that they will be available for subscription from both Big Finish and from Paizo. I was really hoping to buy these, but we got a surprise baby last week, so finances have been crunched.

Surprise Baby?:
We are foster parents, so we cast a quickened version of Summon Infant.

Back on topic, I'd like to see more...
I'd like to see a novel by Amber E. Scott. A little birdie (who, incidently knows direction) told me that she would be interested in writing a novel. The same little birdie told me that she is writing the fiction for The Mummy's Mask AP.

I just reread The Seventh Execution (great story!), and I think that she could pull off a novel. Let's give her a chance!!

Also, I'd love to see another Robin D. Laws book: The continued adventures of Hendregan!

Off topic:
I was really hoping that he would turn up in The Treasure of Far Thallai since pirates sometimes visit volcanic islands. Alas, it was not so.

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Irish Wet Dog wrote:

Radovan is dead dead, but somehow escapes the afterlife. Pharasma makes Salim go find him. Varian finds that the only way to make Radovan not dead dead is to reunite him with his big knife. The Winter Witches have the knife (Long Story). So: Varian hires an adventuring party to go get it. The party includes: Elyana, Gad, Krunzle, Alaeron, and Luma. To get to Irrisen, the party has to take a ship that has a Naga Navigator. While they are waiting at the inn for the ship, they meet a halfling named Tantaerra, and a Goth kid named Isiem. Kagur wants to go with them as well, but they don't let her because a mammoth on a pirate ship would be just ludicrous. Later we find out that Rodrick is also looking for the big knife because (get this!) the big knife is actually intelligent AND Hyrm's long lost son. Hijinks ensue.

Also, somebody from that new dagger book shows up, but I haven't read that one yet, so could be anybody.

Or I like books about clerics and gods, where the gods are characters, A Cayden book would be cool, but I digress.

HA! This is hilarious, and I would totally read that fanfic. :D

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Itchy wrote:
Sprain Ogre wrote:

The press release stated that they will be available for subscription from both Big Finish and from Paizo. I was really hoping to buy these, but we got a surprise baby last week, so finances have been crunched.

** spoiler omitted **

Thank you good sir! I don't know how I missed that. And congratulations! I'm doing some pre-graduation pro bono work in the the legal end of foster placements and adoptions, so my hat is off to you for opening your home like that. I've seen some of what a labyrinth that process can be.

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James Sutter wrote:
Irish Wet Dog wrote:

Radovan is dead dead, but somehow escapes the afterlife. Pharasma makes Salim go find him. Varian finds that the only way to make Radovan not dead dead is to reunite him with his big knife. The Winter Witches have the knife (Long Story). So: Varian hires an adventuring party to go get it. The party includes: Elyana, Gad, Krunzle, Alaeron, and Luma. To get to Irrisen, the party has to take a ship that has a Naga Navigator. While they are waiting at the inn for the ship, they meet a halfling named Tantaerra, and a Goth kid named Isiem. Kagur wants to go with them as well, but they don't let her because a mammoth on a pirate ship would be just ludicrous. Later we find out that Rodrick is also looking for the big knife because (get this!) the big knife is actually intelligent AND Hyrm's long lost son. Hijinks ensue.

Also, somebody from that new dagger book shows up, but I haven't read that one yet, so could be anybody.

Or I like books about clerics and gods, where the gods are characters, A Cayden book would be cool, but I digress.

HA! This is hilarious, and I would totally read that fanfic. :D

That's kind of awesome. It WOULD be cool to do some kind of crossover some time. I wonder how many authors and characters we could work in without it feeling forced or tripping over each other?

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Nate Z wrote:
I'd be really interested in seeing stories that focus on more of the non-conventional races.

I hope you've read Pirate's Honor... ;-)


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Ryu_Hitome wrote:
I would love to see a sherlockian steampunk mystery set in Alkenstar. Because of the uncertainty of magic, they wouldn't be able to just use divination magic to uncover the mystery, so they'd have to actually do detective work in a whodunit fashion, maybe exploring more of the local politics and steam tech in the process. It might be a good way to bring in an Investigator as a main character. With its proximity to Geb, perhaps a female Dhamphir Investigator? If not Dhamphir, then I'd love to see a female dwarf be a main character.

I would read the hell out of that.

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Ryu_Hitome wrote:
...perhaps a female Dhamphir Investigator? If not Dhamphir, then I'd love to see a female dwarf be a main character.

As it happens, you're going to get everything you want. Keep an eye on 2015. :D


Dave Gross wrote:

So you think he's a sorcerer? ;)

Oh you little devil you...

Ok, I'm impressed. Now I can't wait for more!!

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Prince of Wolves, Varian was a Wizard with a couple Aristocrat levels to let him sword things.

Master of Devils, added a monk level, started his trend toward Magus.

Queen of Thorns, Magus/Eldritch Knight.

King of Chaos, I'm pretty sure he became an Arcanist.

Not that that proves what he'll be next book. And it continues Dave's trend of predicting classes that don't exist yet: Azra was a Mute Oracle before oracles, and Varian has been a Magus and Arcanist before their respective playtests.


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a novel with an android protoganist.

a novel about how a ghoran lives and survives in nex

a book with a protagonist intentionally trying to be heroic, as opposed to be paid, or obligation to a god or organization, or out for vengence. (ophral was a good start, but she was really only 1/3 of the king of chaos)

more books by ellen guon, time pratt and james strutter.


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There have been some incredible one-line or one-paragraph entries in various games about: VERY OLD events that still have impact on today's world, EPIC-level artifacts that perhaps even the gods still fear might be found, even incredible powerful / lucky (Cayden) / fated people.

I would love to read what actually happened -- what was it like to live during the day when the World Wound first opened up (and how), or to actually live the life of Cayden up to his moment of godhood (and beyond - how did the other gods receive him), or events as seen through the eyes of the gods when the gods themselves have done battle, or when the Stone actually fell from the sky.

It would be insightful to read about how some EPIC-level artifacts came into this world - who created it, why did he/she feel the need to bring such incredible even overwhelming power into the world, what was the painful or epic process/adventure required to create it, what was it used for, was it used for its intended purpose or stolen before and perhaps misused or even lost, has it appeared through history, does it have guardians - who and why and how.

How were the Gates supposed to work - what were they designed to do, how did they get lost or shattered, who created them.

That would be fascinating to read about, to put some depth into the wonder of these incredible events, things and people beyond just the paragraphs we see now in various games. Make us believe in EPIC.


Ross Byers wrote:

Prince of Wolves, Varian was a Wizard with a couple Aristocrat levels to let him sword things.

Master of Devils, added a monk level, started his trend toward Magus.

Queen of Thorns, Magus/Eldritch Knight.

King of Chaos, I'm pretty sure he became an Arcanist.

Not that that proves what he'll be next book. And it continues Dave's trend of predicting classes that don't exist yet: Azra was a Mute Oracle before oracles, and Varian has been a Magus and Arcanist before their respective playtests.

Don't forget he has been a member of the Pathfinders for years too... probably has levels in that "Pathfinder Chronicler" Prestige Class as well.


I'd like some more Hellknight stuff. They're frequently used as antagonists, but they were used very effectively in Noble Sacrifice as a protagonist!


I think we also need to see a series of books about a mortal becoming a god. (We know it is possible in Golarion)

Nothing cheesy or vague, but a solid character driven story.

This would add a potential (at least) minor god to the game as well...

It would be some work to pull off, but if they do it right, it would be a crown jewel of the Paizo Pathfinder fiction book series.

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Kairos Dawnfury wrote:
I'd like some more Hellknight stuff. They're frequently used as antagonists, but they were used very effectively in Noble Sacrifice as a protagonist!

Granted. :D


Details!? Did I miss something? Is something coming up?

TAKE MY MONEY!

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Kairos Dawnfury wrote:

Details!? Did I miss something? Is something coming up?

TAKE MY MONEY!

Nothing announced yet. Just sayin'. :)


Is Paizo trained in being Cryptic, or is it a side effect of associating with Mr. Jacobs and his Elder Gods?


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I'd like to see more of Radovan and Varian. I've always wanted Dave to do a prequel novel that shows how they first met. Some other ideas that I had are:

Radovan and Varian travel to the Mwangi Expanse to capture a former member of the Pathfinder society that has gone insane and unified several local tribes as his/her own personal army. Heart of Darkness Pathfinder style.

Radovan and Varian have a Raiders of the Lost Ark style adventure through Osirian.

As for any non Radovan and Varian related material. I'd really like to see a lovecraft heavy gothic horror novel. Possibly set in Carrion Hill.

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I've always wondered how the alternate racial traits came to be and how these have become just common enough to be considered a trait. In a pinch, a character reveals a facet unexpected which changes the dynamic of the encounter.

Personally I try to pick one for my PCs to see how it plays out.

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Dan Abnett


Here are a few ideas for the Pathfinder Tales Wish List, and many echo previous comments:

• A story in Taldor (have not read "Dagger of Trust")
• A story in Andoran
• Hellknight as main character
• Red Mantis as main character
• Dwarf main character (but not comic relief like too many stories/movies) - maybe exploring the Darklands
• Halfling main character (but not comic relief rogue/thief like too many stories/movies) - maybe a Paladin or good Cleric to really be different
• Story in Varisia with goblins as main villains (areas from RotRL could be revisited)
• Varian and Radovan in a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" type story set in Osirion, Katapesh, and/or Mwangi Expanse
• Novelization of Adventure Paths - It would be great to see the author's take on a party going on the set story line. This was done with classic D&D adventures, and I personally enjoyed reading those stories with the similarities and differences from when I played those adventures.


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After rereading Fingers of Death-No, Doom!, I think that it would be a lot of fun to have a Darvin and Fife Novel by Lucien Soulban. Dagger of Trust showed that you can have some silliness in a Pathfinder Tales novel and still have it be good. I think that following Darvin and Fife on a 300 - 400 page romp would be a lot of fun!

The Exchange

The traits in Pathfinder indicate a certain subset of skills reinforced in society/culture somehow. I'd like to see some of these personified to provide a little depth.


A story from a the perspective of a Red Mantis assassin

Luma from Blood of the City deserves a second novel

something in the Shackles, its such a diverse location, doesn't have to involve the Free Captains. Could be about slavery.

Pezzack, great write up in Towns of the Inner Sea

a classic Darklands adventure

Abbadon

Thuvia, the Elixir

the idea of a 'classic stories' line exploring the Inner Sea's past is super

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Thuvia and the Elixir shows up fairly prominently in "Death's Heretic" by James L. Sutter.

Dark Archive

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Enlight_Bystand wrote:
On the point of Radovan & Jeggare, I'd like them to actualy get home - It'd be really good to see them returning to Cheliaxian society. Plus I'd love a full novel Urban investigation story from them at their original point of Fantasy Sherlokc & Holmes...

Given today's AP announcement, and the tendency for R&J novels to come around gencon, I'm now thinking the chance of this coming around has just jumped...

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Stats for murderballs?

Silver Crusade

More from Howard Andrew Jones! A sequel to Stalking the Beast would be great! More novels tied to Adventure Paths - I really enjoyed King of Chaos. How about a contest, where the winner's favorite pc makes a guest appearance in a novel?

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PAZ42 wrote:
More from Howard Andrew Jones! A sequel to Stalking the Beast would be great! More novels tied to Adventure Paths - I really enjoyed King of Chaos. How about a contest, where the winner's favorite pc makes a guest appearance in a novel?

Fear not -- I'm just about finished with the second of two new Pathfinder novels right now, and James and I have quietly consulted about another...

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Two things come to mind:

As I'm currently reading Arabian Nights and prepping for a Legacy of Fire game, I'd like to read a novel akin to that.

Also, a Mwangi jungle exploration novel.

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evillmonkey wrote:

Two things come to mind:

As I'm currently reading Arabian Nights and prepping for a Legacy of Fire game, I'd like to read a novel akin to that.

Also, a Mwangi jungle exploration novel.

A Mwangi jungle exploration novel is right around the bend, and I'm looking forward to it almost as much as you probably are.

I'm not aware of any Arabian style novels in the pipeline, although you'll see touches in the novels of James Sutter. Allow me to suggest a few books just outside of Pathfinder Tales for Arabian Nights action: My other series, starting with The Desert of Souls and continuing on with The Bones of the Old Ones and The Waters of Eternity, and Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon.

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Howard Andrew Jones wrote:


A Mwangi jungle exploration novel is right around the bend, and I'm looking forward to it almost as much as you probably are.

I'm not aware of any Arabian style novels in the pipeline, although you'll see touches in the novels of James Sutter. Allow me to suggest a few books just outside of Pathfinder Tales for Arabian Nights action: My other series, starting with The Desert of Souls and continuing on with The Bones of the Old Ones and The Waters of Eternity, and Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon.

Excellent! Thank you for the reply, I'll have to add those suggestions to my reading list. I've read Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed, that was a nice collection of short stories.

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evillmonkey wrote:


Excellent! Thank you for the reply, I'll have to add those suggestions to my reading list. I've read Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed, that was a nice collection of short stories.

My pleasure! I aim to please.

Incidentally, there's a great memoir by an advisor to Saladin -- not my writer friend, but the one who fought Richard the Lionhearted -- titled An Arab Syrian Gentleman at the Time of the Crusades. Don't let the title fool you. It's pretty incredible and full of all kinds of great anecdotes and adventures that this fellow had in the 10th century, from fighting Crusaders, to hanging out with his Templar friends, to hunting lions and all kinds of things.

I posted a few excerpts on my site a couple of years back so people could sample the awesomeness of this little masterpiece:

http://www.howardandrewjones.com/writing/358


More Varian and Radovan, it has been too long.... If i counted correctly we have gone 8 books without them (counting the three books announced for the future), never again there have been so much books between their books (i think 5 books was the larger number).

I can understand holding out their next adventure in order to have them have an adventure after they return to Cheliax and release that in July-August in order to tie with Hell's rebels, i really do understand it (if that's the reason for the lack of books with their adventures) but i really hate waiting.

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Studies indicate that the most effective means of speeding the arrival of another Radovan & the count novel are heavy doses of five-star reviews for the preceding volumes on Amazon, Goodreads, and right here.

It's scientific.

Silver Crusade

I'd like some more of Orlin and Norret written by Kevin Andrew Murphy!

Silver Crusade

or even something around the Spire of Nex outside Absolom

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Dave Gross wrote:

Studies indicate that the most effective means of speeding the arrival of another Radovan & the count novel are heavy doses of five-star reviews for the preceding volumes on Amazon, Goodreads, and right here.

It's scientific.

It is known.


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The wheel weaves as the wheel wills.

...wait, wrong book!

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