Tian Xia: Coming 2023–2024!

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

Hi everyone, James here with some news! Starting this fall, Pathfinder will be turning the globe a bit as we head to a region we know a lot of you have been waiting for. Eleanor, James Jacobs, and I—not to mention the rest of the team and a stellar list of authors—are proud to announce the setting of the next few Pathfinder projects coming down the road: Tian Xia! Starting at the end of this year and continuing into 2024, we’ll be diving into this region like never before to bring you adventures, stories, and character options inspired by this land, so let’s take a look at what’s coming up!

an overland map of Tian Xia

See Tian Xia in this stunning map by Damien Mammoliti

Season of Ghosts Adventure Path

First, the narrative team will kick things off with the Season of Ghosts Adventure Path in October of 2023! This horror-themed campaign is set in the haunted land of Shenmen and begins just after the small town of Willowshore celebrates the Season of Ghosts—a local festival to appease Shenmen’s many evil ghosts and spirits and ensure safety for the coming year. Yet this year, something’s gone wrong, and the PCs wake to find their hometown of Willowshore has fallen under a sinister curse and been invaded by monsters. In the months to come, the heroes must help the people of Willowshore prepare for winter while working to discover the cause of the curse that’s cut them all off from the rest of the world. Is it the work of a fiend? The machinations of vengeful spirits? Or is it something much, much worse?

a light in a dark forest surrounded by spirits

A previous glimpse into Shenmen from Book of the Dead by Damien Mammoliti


Season of Ghosts will take your PCs from 1st to 12th level over the following volumes!

  • The Summer that Never Was, by Sen H.H.S.
  • Let the Leaves Fall, by Joan Hong, with additional articles by Tan Shao Han and Grady Wang
  • With No Breath to Cry, by Dan Cascone & Eleanor Ferron, with additional articles by Jeremy Blum, Dana Ebert, Joshua Kim, and Michelle Y. Kim
  • To Bloom below the Web, by Liane Merciel, with additional articles by Jeremy Blum, Joshua Kim, and Michelle Y. Kim

You might notice that this is our first four-part adventure path, for a very good reason! Each of this Adventure Path’s volumes take place over the course of a different season, starting with the rainy summer and ending in the spring. With each season’s passing, the stakes the heroes face escalate, and the revelations in store will shock the townsfolk of Willowshore to the core! Will your group of adventures be able to save their hometown from a mysterious supernatural horror, or will your hometown simply become the next of Shenmen’s haunted ruins?


Lost Omens Tian Xia

Then, in 2024, prepare for not one but two Lost Omens books from the rules and lore team!

dragons and dragon boats race down the rivers of Xa Hoi

Dragons and dragon boats race down the rivers of Xa Hoi! Art by Ekaterina Gordeeva.

The Lost Omens Tian Xia World Guide covers the many diverse nations and cultures that inhabit Tian Xia. Snippets of Tian Xia’s lore and history have come to Avistan via merchants and immigrants, but this book will present a look at the whole picture, from the elemental hegemony and yaoguai wars that shaped the landscape in ancient times to the return of Hao Jin in the modern era. Learn the secrets behind the undying emperor of Yixing, whose return is still awaited in Po Li. Offer a small prayer to the local kami, anito, or kaiju. See if you find satisfaction in the service of the Empress of Heaven, Shizuru, or in the explosive rivalry between the dancing gods Mugura and Nrithu.

In an age ruled by heroes unfettered by prophecy, change is sweeping across the continent. Some of you might have helped Ameiko Kaijitsu depose the Jade Regent and ascend to the throne of Minkai—now witness the new Ondori era under her rule. Step into the nation of Bachuan, now that a Po Li oracle has convinced it to ease its restrictions and open its borders; Hao Jin’s tapestry people now live here too, descendants of a past once thought lost for good. Amanandar, a nation now as Tian in heritage as it is Taldan, has declared its independence with the blessings of Queen Eutropia and renamed itself as Linvarre—visitors from Avistan may delight in its Grogrisant lion dances or pick up a few words of its national language of Taltien. Journey the perilous Valashmai Jungle and find your way upon the Valash Raj, flourishing among the ruins shattered by giant beasts and monsters. The World Guide will lead you through these nations and more before giving GMs a bestiary containing the continent’s monsters, from the ferocious, four-horned aoyin to the aristocrat-eating yeongno.

Art by Ekaterina Gordeeva : A hundred spirits walk the forests of Minkai as night draws near.

Art by Ekaterina Gordeeva : A hundred spirits walk the forests of Minkai as night draws near.

After finding a nation or city that sparks your interest in the World Guide, it’s only natural to want to make a character from there! The The Lost Omens Tian Xia Character Guide will introduce new rules options to bring your characters to life! The book will contain six brand-new ancestries and numerous backgrounds to provide the seeds for new PCs. You’ll also find expanded heritages and feats for existing ancestries that might be more common in Tian Xia than in other areas, like the peachchild leshy heritage, which might have come from a fruit that floated down a river, or the bakuwa lizardfolk heritage, possibly responsible for eclipses over Minata when they eat the moon! The book also contains numerous character options to flesh out Tian adventurers, whether that’s skill feats to prepare elemental Tian medicine or a new magus hybrid study that lets you leap weightlessly through the air with your cultivated magic, before your sword strikes home.

We thought we’d give a tiny sneak peek into three of the new ancestries coming in the Character Guide, shall we:

A blue skinned, white haired humanoid figure wearing a dark blue dress with beaded jewelry and vail

Samsaran art by Paulo Magalhães

Samsarans have reincarnated many times, and they will do so many times more. This ancestry dwells in enclaves, though often a samsaran will journey to learn more about the world in pursuit of their goal of enlightenment. Samsarans can call upon the memories of their past selves to aid them in skill checks—perhaps recalling a life as a painter as they observe a piece of art—and they can even share some of their powerful life essence with an ally to heal them! Samsarans are great for characters with deep knowledge and experience but who always seek to learn new things.

 Wayang, a grey skinned humanoid being wearing bracelets and anklets, holding a knife in one hand

Wayang art by Alexander Nanitchkov

Next we have wayangs, a diasporic people who have sailed from the Shadow Plane to the oceans and forests of Tian Xia. Wayangs value freedom and knowledge, often organizing their societies in overlapping circles around wise teachers or artisans. Unsurprisingly, wayangs have abilities that let them harness their shadows, often through specific dances, and more magically inclined wayangs might gain a unique dreaming heirloom with occult powers. Wayangs are great for artistic or expressive characters, or ones who want to use their magical powers to liberate others.

Tanuki, a bipedal racoon-like being dressed in tan shorts and a white cape

Tanuki art by Sammy Khalid

The last ancestry we’ll be previewing today is a new one! Scurrying underfoot, tanuki are a fun-loving people who are determined to get the most out of life before their luck runs out! Tanuki can shapeshift into a variety of forms, whether that’s turning into a teapot to hide in a room or turning into a priest to get a bit of extra respect. Tanuki also use illusions to play tricks on others or get a laugh, and they enjoy drumming on their bellies under the full moon. Tanuki are a great ancestry for players who want to play underdogs or just have fun!

Lastly, we couldn’t have put these books together without an amazing team of writers! The Lost Omens Tian Xia books are brought to you by Eren Ahn, Jeremy Blum, Alyx Bui, James Case, Banana Chan, Connie Chang, Rick Chia, Hiromi Cota, Hans Chun, Theta Chun, Dana Ebert, Basheer Ghouse, John Godek III, Joan Hong, Sen H.H.S., Michelle Jones, Joshua Kim, Daniel Kwan, Dash Kwiatkowski, Jacky Leung, Jesse J. Leung, Monte Lin, Jessie “Aki” Lo, Adam Ma, Liane Merciel, Ashley Moni, Kevin Thien Vu Long Nguyen, Collette Quach, Andrew Quon, Kyra Arsenault Rivera, Christopher Rondeau, Joaquin Kyle "Makapatag" Saavedra, Shahreena Shahrani, Kienna Shaw, Philip Shen, Tan Shao Han, Mari Tokuda, Ruvaid Virk, Viditya Voleti, Grady Wang, Emma Yasui, and Jay Zhang.

a mockup of the hardcover Lost Omens Tian Xia Character Guidea mockup of the hardcover Lost Omens Tian Xia World Guide

We hope that you’re as excited to check out these lands and tales as we are! We’ll have updates and information coming in the upcoming weeks and months, so stay tuned and subscribe to the Lost Omens and Adventure Path lines to ensure you catch updates as we make our way to Tian Xia!

James Case
Senior Designer

Eleanor Ferron
Senior Designer

James Jacobs
Narrative Creative Director

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This looks great! Looking forward to the releases

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RACCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONS never playing another ancestry ever again after this book comes out


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keftiu wrote:
YuriP wrote:

Great News!!! We finally have something from Tian Xia.

But there aren't anything about classes (with exception from Magus Hybrid Study) and many players call for oriental themed classes like Samurai, Ninja and even Onmyoji, Wu Shi, Musa, Fangshi and Mudang.

There's some prevision for such more cultural related classes? (I also miss this for Garunde region I think maybe there classes related to such culture too) Because we already have many region and cultural related ancestries but the classes are all generic.

Lost Omens books are never gonna be the place you find a new class.

Why do those concepts need standalone classes? What is a full Samurai providing to the game that a Fighter from Minkai in full O-Yoroi with a katana isn't?

The PF2 classes are all pretty broad, archetypal identities: you can find Rogues and Sorcerers and Psychics in all sorts of cultures, on every continent. Making new ones that are tightly-bound to specific geography is a losing bet.

Lost Omens books often have Archetypes though. That would probably be a good compromise between your viewpoints.


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What a long way we have gone since 2007, second page of the thread and yet no "great, again anime wuxia stuff, what about some classic fantasy?" nonsense.


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Obviously a lot of the fan love goes to the familiar Japanese elements, but I'm stoked to see the continent's south get some love. Dtang Ma, Nagajor, and Xa Hoi are all super cool, but just haven't been written about all that much.

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I am ready for this ^^ and personally I am happy that Paizo explores the idea of APs that are not just multiples of 3


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Lantern-friend is my friend and I shall protect them.


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One of the things that I'm most interested in when it comes to the book is finding out what the Tian-Yae's deal is! They were mentioned offhand in the original Character Guide, but the only detail they provided was that they were Tian descended from Yjae. No word as to whether or not they were what the people of Yjae became or a local ethnic group in Shaguang. Paizo would be remiss to not answer that!


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Also: That is a beautiful map.


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Is it Grand Princess Eutropia as said in Legends, or Queen Eutropia? I think that's the first time we see her referred to as the latter!


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Spamotron wrote:
Lost Omens books often have Archetypes though. That would probably be a good compromise between your viewpoints.

Or class paths! Like, "ninja" really does seem like "obvious rogue class path" to me.

Admittedly, rogue class paths are a bit on the thin side. Possibly a class path and a selection of feats?

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PossibleCabbage wrote:
Will a 4-part AP be rounded out by 2 more 4-part APs or with one 2-part AP?

The next one after that AP is book #200...

So... A special anniversary. I fully expect something WEIRD and INTERESTING!


so tanuki will use belly instead of

very good choice


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Like a one-part AP, flex.


Elfteiroh wrote:
PossibleCabbage wrote:
Will a 4-part AP be rounded out by 2 more 4-part APs or with one 2-part AP?

The next one after that AP is book #200...

So... A special anniversary. I fully expect something WEIRD and INTERESTING!

We've been informed that for #200 they're planning on hitting the nostalgia button about has hard as they can. As far as I know, that's *all* we've been told on the subject. all other vague predictions that I'm aware of that might have applied (other than general excitement and enthusiasm) have now been accounted for in other products.

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Now you've given me something to really look forward to. Besides the Inner Sea region, that's the one Golarian region I really care about and I can't wait to see what you'll come up with to expand on what we already know about it.


WHOA! So much exciting stuff here. All the more reason for Fists of the Ruby Phoenix to get the Premium Foundry Module treatment!


Finally Tian Xia focus and Kitsune' rival.

At least Minkai part has update.


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Elfteiroh wrote:
PossibleCabbage wrote:
Will a 4-part AP be rounded out by 2 more 4-part APs or with one 2-part AP?

The next one after that AP is book #200...

So... A special anniversary. I fully expect something WEIRD and INTERESTING!

We have been promised nostalgia. In this context, that can only mean Ameiko. To this I say YES! Also, not to start speculating too early, but if Season of Ghosts ends at 12, then 13 would be a good level to take a personal job from the Empress of Minkai. Assuming a 2 pt AP, of course, but they've never done that either and it might be neat.


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Inchoroi wrote:
Only new thing I'd really want is a ranged Magus class archetype that fights with Prayer Strips that are thrown. Or even just a Magus feat for it.

My group has always referred to this as killer post-it notes.


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Honestly I'll be happy for anything on the Imperial Dragon style Kobolds


Oh Happy Day. I did not catch it in the announcement but is there a month with the Players Guide and World Guide will be released in 2024?


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When dreams come true and are even better! Hoping it has the same cultural real feel as the mwangi expanse.


Very excited! Six new ancestries! Tanuki, samsaran, wayang! All look amazing! Wonder what the other three ancestries are..

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My party will be completing the Jade Regent Adventure Path in April! In my campaign canon's ending will be in Gozran 4713.

Assuming my PCs win, I am excited to find out about what Minkai looks like a decade after Ameiko takes the throne!


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Four-part AP? I might be hoping in vain, but I'd really like it if that means the next AP is 8 parts 1-20. Trying to squeeze 20 levels of adventuring into 6 installments is something of a problem, and letting things breathe a little more would be a good idea.


Oh man, I'm super excited for this!


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Will part four be Liane Merciel's first adventure?


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Any clue what that shiny metal orb crashed into the map is? Central-south, right before Valashmai really begins to fan out.

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manaleaking wrote:
I am super excited by this lineup of authors! YOU DID IT JAMES JACOBS YOU CRAZY SON OF A GUN!!!

While I was the lead developer for the 1st edition Dragon Empires book, this time around I'm focusing on only the Adventure Path, Season of Ghosts. Eleanor and Luis and James Case and other folks on the Rules and Lore team are the ones you should be applauding for getting these two books going in the first place. I just came along after that to help out with an Adventure Path.


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keftiu wrote:
Any clue what that shiny metal orb crashed into the map is? Central-south, right before Valashmai really begins to fan out.

Oh wow, it looks to be as big as (bigger?) a city. Definitely wasn't there before I don't think. Perhaps it's somehow related to the upcoming plane of metal from Rage of Elements?

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keftiu wrote:

TWO BOOKS!! TWO BOOKS!!!!!

This is *insanely* exciting. I can’t wait - thank you, Paizo!

AND AN AP! IN SHENMEN!

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PossibleCabbage wrote:
Will a 4-part AP be rounded out by 2 more 4-part APs or with one 2-part AP?

We'll talk about what's coming next in the Adventure Path line, starting with volume #200, a few months from now. This thread's not the place or time to reveal that information yet.

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Evan Tarlton wrote:
Elfteiroh wrote:
PossibleCabbage wrote:
Will a 4-part AP be rounded out by 2 more 4-part APs or with one 2-part AP?

The next one after that AP is book #200...

So... A special anniversary. I fully expect something WEIRD and INTERESTING!
We have been promised nostalgia. In this context, that can only mean Ameiko. To this I say YES! Also, not to start speculating too early, but if Season of Ghosts ends at 12, then 13 would be a good level to take a personal job from the Empress of Minkai. Assuming a 2 pt AP, of course, but they've never done that either and it might be neat.

From the office of expectation management, what starts with Pathfinder #200 is not set in Tian Xia, and would not work well as a sequel to Season of Ghosts.

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Fumarole wrote:
Will part four be Liane Merciel's first adventure?

Yup! I'm super excited by that; what she's sent in so far is pretty amazing!

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keftiu wrote:
Any clue what that shiny metal orb crashed into the map is? Central-south, right before Valashmai really begins to fan out.

Pathfinder Society players know. ;)

(It's not metal.)

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Tanuki! New skill feats! An AP that diverges from the 3/6 system!

This is awesome news in every way. Very excited to see the other three ancestries eventually. Have my eye on wayang for now…


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James Jacobs wrote:
Evan Tarlton wrote:
Elfteiroh wrote:
PossibleCabbage wrote:
Will a 4-part AP be rounded out by 2 more 4-part APs or with one 2-part AP?

The next one after that AP is book #200...

So... A special anniversary. I fully expect something WEIRD and INTERESTING!
We have been promised nostalgia. In this context, that can only mean Ameiko. To this I say YES! Also, not to start speculating too early, but if Season of Ghosts ends at 12, then 13 would be a good level to take a personal job from the Empress of Minkai. Assuming a 2 pt AP, of course, but they've never done that either and it might be neat.
From the office of expectation management, what starts with Pathfinder #200 is not set in Tian Xia, and would not work well as a sequel to Season of Ghosts.

This was my leading theory, so I appreciate you preemptively shutting down those rumors even though it was what I was most hoping for. Excited to find out in a few months what #200 will bring us!


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What's the deal with Shenmen that makes everyone so excited about the AP being set there?


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It's called "the cursed land of spiders and ghosts" which imo pretty much sells itself.


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Zaister wrote:
What's the deal with Shenmen that makes everyone so excited about the AP being set there?

Shenmen is the “horror land” of Tian Xia, the way Ustalav serves for in the Inner Sea; rather than a specific Asian nation (the way Minkai draws on Japan, or Xa Hoi draws on Vietnam), it acts as a stage for all sorts of spooky stuff through those cultural lenses. Jorogumo, evil spider-folk taken from Japanese myth, rule the cursed land. Ghosts are everywhere, haunting desecrated temples and broken palaces.

For folks whose idea of a good time is playing a career exorcist or driving a blade through the gut of a jiang-shi, it’s pretty exciting stuff.


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Ah OK, thanks. Too bad horror is my least favorite subgenre of fantasy RPG, paired with Tian Xia, this AP really isn't for me. Ah, well.

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Oh yes! Yes, yes, yes! I so wanted this before 2nd Edition even released!

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manaleaking wrote:
Is it Grand Princess Eutropia as said in Legends, or Queen Eutropia? I think that's the first time we see her referred to as the latter!

Grand Princess would be the correct title for empress of Taldor


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Zaister wrote:
Ah OK, thanks. Too bad horror is my least favorite subgenre of fantasy RPG, paired with Tian Xia, this AP really isn't for me. Ah, well.

Happy to help!

I hope you can tide yourself over with “globe-trotting Fantasy Tarot adventure” and “dwarven history and Darklands delving” before then. The shift to shorter APs really eases the pain of them doing one that doesn’t hit for you - the fifteen straight months of Kortos content a while back was rough for me.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Fumarole wrote:
Will part four be Liane Merciel's first adventure?
Yup! I'm super excited by that; what she's sent in so far is pretty amazing!

I am absolutely STOKED to see what Liane Merciel has in store for us.

It is exciting to discover that she's a contributor to Pathfinder 2e!

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sidenote, is it just me or is Minkai less big in the map? :D Which would be good because in original it looked like size of Avistan when compared to


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keftiu wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Ah OK, thanks. Too bad horror is my least favorite subgenre of fantasy RPG, paired with Tian Xia, this AP really isn't for me. Ah, well.

Happy to help!

I hope you can tide yourself over with “globe-trotting Fantasy Tarot adventure” and “dwarven history and Darklands delving” before then. The shift to shorter APs really eases the pain of them doing one that doesn’t hit for you - the fifteen straight months of Kortos content a while back was rough for me.

Yeah, I'll get over it. My current campaigns will most likely not even finish before The Tian Xia AP is through. Stolen Fate does sound interesting, yes, but I could well do without the dwarf stuff.


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Credit to RiverMesa for the spot - there’s a bunch of scalyfolk in the boats on the World Guide! I see Kobolds, Nagaji… and a few I don’t recognize, which may be a new Ancestry.

James Case says the inspiration is Vietnamese, which would track with dragon-friendly Xa Hoi… I love the idea of it having such a distinct Ancestry palette!


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I'm hoping for something super obscure that I'm not expecting to see--I'd love to get another undead archetype or two from these books.

Edit: Also I forgot to mention how excited I am for all of this stuff! So here I go.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!! !!

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