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Inside Pathfinder #100

Friday, December 18, 2015


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Last week, James gave a run down on the path to Pathfinder #100 in this blog. Now I'm here to talk a bit about the contents of this special volume—Pathfinder Adventure Path #100: A Song of Silver.

First off, since James wrote the adventure for this volume, we needed someone to develop it and I was the man for the job. Normally we don't sub in another developer for an adventure in an Adventure Path in order to maintain continuity, but when the developer running the Adventure Path is the adventure's author it makes it easy for someone to step in. I'm pretty sure James knew the story he wanted to tell, and he was readily on hand for any questions I had.

The next cool thing about this volume of Pathfinder—at least for me—was that I had the chance to get the publisher to write an article for me. He's a busy man, but I managed to convince Erik Mona to pen the Aroden article. It's a good thing too. If he didn't agree we wouldn't have run the article, because as Aroden's creator, Erik was the only man for the job.

The biggest new addition to this volume is the Friends and Foes section where we present an NPC inspired by every Adventure Path we've done so far—from Rise of the Runelords to Giantslayer. These NPCs provide a GM with a new character to introduce to their campaigns, and the write up gives plenty of suggestions for the NPC's role in other Adventure Paths than the one they are primarily associated with. Best yet, I made sure to get some of your favorite Adventure Path writers to create these NPCs. It was a lot of fun wrangling all these authors to present this special retrospective. Be sure to check out the introduction to see who wrote which character.





Illustrations by Dave Allsop, Eric Belisle, and Dmitry Burmak

Finally, since James indulged himself and put one of his characters into the adventure, I decided to do something similar and nab half of the bestiary for myself (James did the other two monsters). At this past PaizoCon, I ran a game that featured a monster that I designed especially for the adventure. I also was on a panel with artist Jason Engle and the art team where we talked about monster design while Jason sketched up a new critter based on the conversation. When we were done with the panel I was shocked by how much what he drew looked like the monster I designed for my adventure, and I knew what I had to do. I talked with Sarah Robinson, and we ended up getting Jason to turn the sketch into final art so that we could use the art for my monster that I suddenly planned to inject into this volume. And that's how the telgrodradt ended up in Pathfinder Adventure Path #100.


Illustration by Jason Engle

I've only been on staff since the first part of Skull & Shackles, but I've been a fan (and charter subscriber) since "Burnt Offerings." Getting to Pathfinder #100 has been a long and fun road, and it's a great accomplishment for any monthly publication. I'm proud to be on the team that gets these books into your hands every month. Here's to the next 100 (and much, much more)!

Adam Daigle
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I take it neither Irabeth Tirabade, Sheila Heidmarch, Rasputin, or Karzoug, are featured in the "Friends and Foes" section with stats?

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Nope. They already had their day in the sun in print.


Is Amaya (the human on the left) related to the Kaijitsu's? The name seems familiar.

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Blackfingers wrote:
Is Amaya (the human on the left) related to the Kaijitsu's? The name seems familiar.

That is indeed Ameiko's half-sister.

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I thought that critter looked familiar. It's really cool that it made it into book 100!


Adam Daigle wrote:
Nope. They already had their day in the sun in print.

So then the NPC's featured in the "Friends or Foes" section are brand new then (but still related to the other adventure paths)?

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Berselius wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Nope. They already had their day in the sun in print.
So then the NPC's featured in the "Friends or Foes" section are brand new then (but still related to the other adventure paths)?

For the most part, yes. There are a couple that were mentioned before, but never given stats (or more than a sentence or two about them). Amaya is a prime example of this.

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Anything extra for players in #100?

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DragoDorn wrote:
Anything extra for players in #100?

Other than getting to play in a fun adventure? Not really. The Adventure Paths, like any module or adventure, have traditionally always been GM-facing. Sure there's always a cool article about an aspect of Golarion, be it a deity article, an article about an organization, or a gazetteer about a place a PC could be from, but even most of those are more for GMs than players.

If I had to name one thing outside of the adventure that players would be excited about, it'd be a new item that we added to one of the NPCs in the "Friends and Foes" section of this book, but even then you'd probably need a GM to seed it into an adventure for you because they're pretty dang rare.

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Adam Daigle wrote:
If I had to name one thing outside of the adventure that players would be excited about, it'd be a new item that we added to one of the NPCs in the "Friends and Foes" section of this book, but even then you'd probably need a GM to seed it into an adventure for you because they're pretty dang rare.

And yet, fabulously affordable. If you can find one, of course. ^_^

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Great issue, but I was disappointed, that we still didn't get to know what happened to Aroden!

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I do find it somewhat interesting that Amaya isn't a bard, since that's the class that The Bastards of Erebus describes her as best suited for. Of course, that never quite matched up with her reserved and shy nature.

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Dryder wrote:
Great issue, but I was disappointed, that we still didn't get to know what happened to Aroden!

Maybe in #101.

Keep the dream alive.

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And when issue 200 happens, I will still be saying:"But Wes said, that in issue #101 we would get to know..." :)

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He said "Maybe in #101."

He didn't say "Maybe in Pathfinder #101."

Always an out.

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I, also, didn't say Pathfinder #200. :)

Thinking about it for a minute - that doesn't make me feel any better though...

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Kalindlara wrote:
I do find it somewhat interesting that Amaya isn't a bard, since that's the class that The Bastards of Erebus describes her as best suited for. Of course, that never quite matched up with her reserved and shy nature.

Whaddaya talk? At least in my copy Amaya's a Bard with the Detective archetype.


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I was under the impression that while the fine folks at Paizo do know and have a concrete answer for what happened to Aroden, they're never going to spill the beans...

Which I'm more than okay with.

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Cole Deschain wrote:

I was under the impression that while the fine folks at Paizo do know and have a concrete answer for what happened to Aroden, they're never going to spill the beans...

Which I'm more than okay with.

In the end, that would be sad. I remember that article in the last Dragon Mag, where some D&D mysteries were revealed. In the end, nobody really did care anymore about them... Fun to read, yes, but didn't matter anymore.

I really would love to hear Arodens secret story, while I am still playing on Golarion...

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zimmerwald1915 wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
I do find it somewhat interesting that Amaya isn't a bard, since that's the class that The Bastards of Erebus describes her as best suited for. Of course, that never quite matched up with her reserved and shy nature.
Whaddaya talk? At least in my copy Amaya's a Bard with the Detective archetype.

What madness is this? You're right! I somehow mixed her up with the Carrion Crown NPC and someone else from Hell's Rebels. This is why a good night's sleep is very important.

Thank you for the correction. ^_^


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I love that flamboyant Tengu. A cool mix of swashbuckly-ness and samurai flair.


Dryder wrote:
Cole Deschain wrote:

I was under the impression that while the fine folks at Paizo do know and have a concrete answer for what happened to Aroden, they're never going to spill the beans...

Which I'm more than okay with.

In the end, that would be sad. I remember that article in the last Dragon Mag, where some D&D mysteries were revealed. In the end, nobody really did care anymore about them... Fun to read, yes, but didn't matter anymore.

I really would love to hear Arodens secret story, while I am still playing on Golarion...

I agree. Mysteries are only interesting when they're solvable; otherwise; players never get invested in them.

There are still so many regions of the Inner Sea, despite multiple campaign book releases, that are little more than a blurb description in my head. And 'Distant Shore' really drove home that, even after all of this time, I don't know enough about most of Golarion to use it. I mean, I use it for the AP's but that's it. Too many holes in the setting (on my end) to use it for anything else.


That picture kind of looks like Irabeth Tirabade and Sheila Heidmarch are playing chicken fight with Rasputin and Karzoug.


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So, having read the Aroden article word for word...

I am totally going to make some sort of magus or fighter who worships Aroden's memory, while admitting with a smile that he's dead and not coming back.

"His example can still inspire us to greatness. He had a good run before the end. Better than most."

Silver Crusade

Dryder wrote:
Cole Deschain wrote:

I was under the impression that while the fine folks at Paizo do know and have a concrete answer for what happened to Aroden, they're never going to spill the beans...

Which I'm more than okay with.

In the end, that would be sad. I remember that article in the last Dragon Mag, where some D&D mysteries were revealed. In the end, nobody really did care anymore about them... Fun to read, yes, but didn't matter anymore.

Any chance they revealed what happened to the Eberron kingdom Cyre?

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Alex McGuire wrote:
Dryder wrote:
Cole Deschain wrote:

I was under the impression that while the fine folks at Paizo do know and have a concrete answer for what happened to Aroden, they're never going to spill the beans...

Which I'm more than okay with.

In the end, that would be sad. I remember that article in the last Dragon Mag, where some D&D mysteries were revealed. In the end, nobody really did care anymore about them... Fun to read, yes, but didn't matter anymore.
Any chance they revealed what happened to the Eberron kingdom Cyre?

Nope. It's one of the questions, but...

Keith Baker wrote:

As a mystery, it can spawn an infinite number of adventures. [...] As soon as there IS an answer, the tides of war can rise again.

So to me, the question is far more important than the answer; it's the mystery of the Mourning that drives the game.


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Alex McGuire wrote:
Dryder wrote:
Cole Deschain wrote:

I was under the impression that while the fine folks at Paizo do know and have a concrete answer for what happened to Aroden, they're never going to spill the beans...

Which I'm more than okay with.

In the end, that would be sad. I remember that article in the last Dragon Mag, where some D&D mysteries were revealed. In the end, nobody really did care anymore about them... Fun to read, yes, but didn't matter anymore.
Any chance they revealed what happened to the Eberron kingdom Cyre?

See above.

I dunno if even Baker has a clear answer.

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