Well, Pathfinders, we did it. We’ve made it to the final preview blog of the forthcoming Pathfinder Battles: City of Lost Omens set of prepainted plastic miniatures from our friends at WizKids. As each of our previews thus far have featured a theme, I couldn’t resist finishing out the series with a look at some of the monstrous inhabitants of the Isle of Kortos who can challenge parties venturing beyond Absalom’s impenetrable walls.
Three major groups of mythological creatures make their homes on the planes and mountains of the Isle of Kortos, so it seemed only fitting to ensure they were each represented in this set. First among them are the centaurs, who are not as openly hostile as the other two but who nevertheless keep a wide berth between themselves and the humanoids of Absalom. Taking advantage of our final “weapon swap” slot in the set, the Centaur Outrider, comes in both sword- and spear-wielding varieties, each taking up one of the Large uncommon rarity spots in the set.
Next are the minotaurs, brought to the Isle of Kortos by the legendary general, Voradni Voon, in the 23 AR when he started the first siege on the newly founded Absalom. While Voon doesn’t appear in this set (though now that I’ve mentioned it, I’m sure Erik will mandate that he appear in a future release), we nevertheless couldn’t do the Starstone Isle without at least one. This is far from the first minotaur we’ve included in Pathfinder Battles sets, but is the first since the release of Pathfinder Second Edition. The Minotaur is a Large uncommon figure.
Last among the creatures historically said to live among the Kortos Mounts are the sinister harpies, whose songs mean death to any who venture too close to their aeries. The Pathfinder Bestiary presented a male harpy as its featured illustration, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to represent that for the first time in glorious plastic. The Harpy is a Medium common figure. We also requested WizKids make us a “tropical” version of the same figure, with darker skin and more colorful plumage. To my knowledge, we’ve never explicitly said that harpies living in the jungle or on the rocky shores of tropical islands don’t take after the local humanoid and avian populations in their coloration, so why not? These variant harpies will be released as a promotional figure at a future date that is yet to be determined.
Not all threats on the Isle of Kortos have their own societies like the centaurs, minotaurs, and harpies do. Some are just mindless beasts created in ages past from the corpses of soldiers felled in failed sieges upon the City at the Center of the World. One such menace is the Zombie Brute, a Large uncommon figure. This gross guy features perhaps my favorite take on zombies in any medium because it has apparently ripped its arm out of its socket and now wields the appendage as a club.
The next two figures are decidedly less person-shaped. One is a staple of fantasy gaming since the turn of the millennia, and the other is a new creation in Pathfinder Second Editon. Here is the Chu’ulothi, a Large uncommon figure, perfect for challenging parties sailing the seas or exploring the coastline of the Starstone Isle, and the Krooth, also a Large uncommon offering, also known as a crocodile eater. Since none of the players at your table are playing crocodile characters, they’ll be fine, I’m sure.
Okay, I’ll admit it. I couldn’t quite find a fit in these themed blogs for every figure in the set. Four figures and one piece of dungeon dressing just didn’t make sense anywhere else. So here they are, to round out our previews of the set. First is the Glimmerling, an urban fey creature that looks an awful lot like a street urchin. He’s a Small common. Next is the Knight of the Aeon Star, a Medium uncommon figure. Note her crystalline sword. That’s a replica of the sword Aroden wielded. Maybe we’ll do an adventure featuring that soon! If you look closely at the cover of said adventure, you’ll note a statue of a famous (not to mention dead) founder of the city. Now you can include this statue in your games, especially that forthcoming adventure I mentioned before.
Our last two figures are among the most impressive in the set, both Medium rare offerings. Behold the Naiad Queen and Balisse Angel. While not likely enemies to a band of good-intentioned adventurers, neither is a creature you particularly want to cross.
And that wraps up our figure-by-figure look at Pathfinder Battles: City of Lost Omens, coming later this month! Next week, we’ll jump right into our very first look at the debut figures in the Starfinder Battles line, launching in July! Until then, Pathfinders, stay safe, roll high, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.
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