You Have Found a Shop

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oh, what pretty little thing have we here? What pretty-pretty have you brought me today? Nice. Good weight. Very rare. In fact, a bit too rare. Is this stolen?

Oh, what am I saying? You're an adventurer—of course it's stolen. But that's fine! That's fine. Not a lot of clean hands Red Silk Route, are there? I can find you a nice price, so long as you didn't kill whoever it belonged to. You kill someone over a pretty little bauble, and the first thing their friends look for is the bauble itself. Follow the money and you—

Oh dear. Is that blood? Well, you're complicating my life by the moment, aren't you? I can't sell this here.

Wait, wait! Where are you going?! I said I could sell your pretty-pretty here, not that I couldn't sell it. Goodness, but are all adventurers so defeatist? The sign on the door does say "All wares bought and sold," after all. I wouldn't want you to think I'm a crook. I have friends on many foreign shores who love their pretty things. I have just the ship and captain to slip it out of town—both are very quiet and very well-formed. We could smuggle you out along with it, perhaps? I understand how you sellsword types love your violent ends, but perhaps you'd like to postpone yours a bit. We'll find you a whole new life in some other greasy underbelly, and get you back to stabbing and stealing as soon as you like.

Check through this little guidebook I have, Black Markets. A bit literal, I know, but I think we can all agree that allusions went the way of Ghol-Gan.

Not even a pretty smile for that one? Abadar's bronzed knickers, you lot are humorless when you're being hunted for murder. Well regardless, we've got a few treats for you in here: Pick out the black market of your choice from around the Inner Sea where you can land on your feet, and if you don't see anything you like, well you can always start you own my discerning little sack of contraband. All the rules are right there.


Illustrations by Ian Perks, Kiri Østergaard, and Vicky Yarova.

Not sure you're cut out for crime? The bloodstains on your boots speak otherwise. I mean, we're all cut out for a little petty larceny, but you certainly have no qualms cutting out what's owed you. But if you'd rather look into a new line of work, the guide offers a few helpful hints, like the pesh-addled sorcerer of sleep; get your jollies and give them out for free. You'll be the absolute life of the party. Or push your own brands of magical death by becoming an Eldritch Poisoner; pairs well with the selection of magical necrotoxins I'm selling these days— and for you, pretty one, I'll offer a lovely bulk discount.

Wherever you're going, you'll need a few tricks like those anyway. I can stock you up on personal, portable traps—you do seem like the paranoid sort. Or a few polished-up cursed relics you can sell as genuine magic. Seven Hells, I've a man out back who will stich ghouls' guts into you for enough coin. Whatever it takes to finish this deal and get you out of my shop, before disrespectable sorts come looking for the bauble you've brought me. Check the book, pretty-pretty, tell me what you need, and let's get your new life started.

Crystal Frasier
Assistant Developer

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Tags: Ian Perks Kiri Østergaard Pathfinder Player Companion Vicky Yarova

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I already own this book. I already LOVE this book. But that whole spiel made me wish I could buy it again! Bravo! :D


Abadar's bronzed knickers? Perfect, just perfect!


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Very interesting...

And can Crystal keep doing previews?

Sovereign Court

What an amazing preview!


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Any idea if any of this book will be PFS legal?


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Randomness: the corpse in the middle is the same guy as the brawler npc from the core rulebook!


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LOL, you make a wonderful "The Great Tyrant" Crystal. Now all we need is red haired female Kellid Barbarian (Savage Technologist) to play as Barbarella. ;) :D


I reiterate the above sentiments: awesome preview! Sounds like the type of shop my character would frequent.

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Berselius wrote:
LOL, you make a wonderful "The Great Tyrant" Crystal. Now all we need is red haired female Kellid Barbarian (Savage Technologist) to play as Barbarella. ;) :D

This comment literally just made my week!


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Valantrix1 wrote:
Abadar's bronzed knickers? Perfect, just perfect!

That's one! Now to find the golden pantaloons and the silver pantaloons...

Shadow Lodge

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Do Paizo fix mistakes in blog posts? If so:


  • "Not a lot of clean hands Red Silk Route ..." appears to be missing a couple of words ('along the', perhaps?)
  • Similarly, "I said I could sell your pretty-pretty ..." should probably be "I said I couldn't sell ..."
  • (Nit-picking) "You can always start your own my discerning little ..." needs a comma after "own"

That aside, though, I loved the preview!


Very interested in the bulk discounts for poisons. I hope there's the crunch to back it up.


Crystal Frasier wrote:
Berselius wrote:
LOL, you make a wonderful "The Great Tyrant" Crystal. Now all we need is red haired female Kellid Barbarian (Savage Technologist) to play as Barbarella. ;) :D
This comment literally just made my week!

(wonders if Crystal is now going around Paizo headquarters grabbing the chins of every female employee and saying, "your very pretty pretty pretty")

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