The Pathfinder Society team recently introduced the Core Campaign, an additional way to participate in Pathfinder Society that makes it more approachable while also opening up hundreds of new ways to play for credit. As you may have seen last week, when Mike and I added the essential Inner Sea World Guide languages to the list of those a PC can learn in the Core Campaign, we're listening to your questions about this new option and providing essential clarifications. In addition to these blogs, I recommend checking out the Core Campaign forum.
Alahazra, Oloch, and Shardra cast a powerful spell from a non-Core source. Off-screen, Kyra weeps with envy.
Illustration by David Alvarez
This past week, Mike and I discussed exactly how we wanted to handle the process for learning non-Core spells in the Core Campaign. We had decided early on to allow wizards to scribe non-Core spells they come across, but as many of you pointed out, that leaves bards, clerics, druids, paladins, rangers, and sorcerers without any means of learning non-Core spells whatsoever. In a way this makes sense, but it's a rather unsatisfying, perverse kind of sense. Here's what we're going to do:
- Wizard PCs can scribe non-Core spells from spellbooks and scrolls during the scenario, but the opportunity ends when the scenario does. Record any such spells learned on the Chronicle sheet, and have the GM initial the note.
- If an NPC prepared spellcaster has a spellbook but no spells listed in it, he is assumed to have any spells he has prepared in the book.
- Even if he missed his opportunity during the scenario, a wizard PC can learn spells from any scroll that appears on a Chronicle sheet by purchasing it and scribing it as normal.
- Other PCs able to cast spells—spontaneously or from a divine spell list that does not depend on a spellbook—can learn spells they find in scroll form so long as they buy the scroll and expend it to add the spell to her list of legal spells; spontaneous spellcasters must still expend known spell slots in order to learn the spell. These PCs cannot learn non-Core spells from spellbooks.
Wizards have always been among the best at incorporating new spells into their repertoire, and this keeps them that way while also letting non-wizards learn spells from scrolls they purchase from their found Chronicle sheets.