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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EVERYONE GET HYPE!!!


13 people marked this as a favorite.

I HAVE GOTTEN HYPE!!!


30 people marked this as a favorite.

TWO BOOKS!! TWO BOOKS!!!!!

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


5 people marked this as a favorite.

I don't think I could possibly be happier. We're eating good in 2023-2024!

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Tanuki look cool AF. Hype!

Grand Lodge

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Nice!


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LFG!!! EMPRESS AMEIKO IS BACK BAYBEEEEEE!!


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"a new magus hybrid study that lets you leap weightlessly through the air with your cultivated magic, before your sword strikes home."

AAHVOUAVHVOUDBAVIHDBVOUNEVLINEIBILA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH


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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

This news is so good. My hopes were firmly set on Tian Xia and everything in this announcement is giving me everything I could have wanted.

Paizo Employee Senior Designer

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Nobody is ready for what's in these. Get HYPED!


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Tanuki! Updates on Ameiko! I AM HYPE!

Scarab Sages

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OMG!! I am super excited!! Ninja and Samurai? Here's hoping but I love the preview ancestries! Thank you!

I AM HYPING!!


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AHHH THIS IS AWESOME


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I can stop banging the drum now!

Gotta say, that list of authors for the AP looks very interesting, I'll be very interested in this for sure

Are the world guide and chracter guide actually going to have entirely different spines, or is that a preview image snafu?
World Guide missing the Lost Omens text like Grand Bazaar would be funny too.

Grand Lodge

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*screaming*


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This is everything I could have wanted, tbh. I'm VERY intrigued by the format for this AP too - stop making so many things I want to run! It sounds amazing! And those books are absolutely instabuys!


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This is more than I had even hoped for. Extremely excited to see these.


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ALL MY HYPE!!!!!


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James Case wrote:
Nobody is ready for what's in these. Get HYPED!

I can't wait to live an interesting life as a Tanuki!!!


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Very hyped!

2024-2025 Arcadia? Casmaron?? Southern Garund??? Sarusan???? Crown of the World!?!?!

Dark Archive

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Any chance that we could get extra scoop on new minkai information? x'D I'm in book 5 of jade regent running it in 2e homebrew


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Is the World guide going to be big (a la Impossible lands) or smaller (a la Inner Sea World Guide?)


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I already want to play a samsaran, they seem so awesome


We getting slide casting back? Lol


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Chandlore wrote:
This is more than I had even hoped for. Extremely excited to see these.

Hell yeah! Its going to be a fun year!


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So hype, i want to see Mongol cavalry and samourai archetype, and a big campaign where i can play Tsukiyo paladin <3 Thank you Paizo


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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 Garund 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.


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Excited about Tanuki, but I want to know, are you going to fix up Kitsune? As it stands there are a ton of issues with it that prevent them from functioning as proper shapeshifting fox people, especially if you want to go for more of the magic fox rather than human with tail character.

Most of those issues were fixed in the Kitsune of Golarion Infinite product but that can't be used in Society and it is kinda embarrassing that the quintessential shapeshifting tricksters shapeshifting is represented by choosing to either be a human or an incredibly mechanically flawed approximation of a fox through pest form.


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Ah, super excited for this! Playable tanuki sounds like a blast, and I'm looking forward to the attention some existing ancestries will get alongside it! Plus, a giant book of lore covering the continent, and a stylish spooky AP!? I'll need to break out my family of kitsune chefs!


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I was expecting one book, but two?! Is it my birthday?


Awesome.


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

The Exchange

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This looks fantastic. Super hyped to see Samsarans back in the mix, and the Tanuki looks great! And I can't wait to see what Ameiko's done with the place.


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All aboard the hype train! Also: get ready for the tanuki jokes. If you know, you know.

Second Seekers (Jadnura)

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But it's so long to wait!


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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.


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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Playable Tanuki, Kaiju worship, Lore Updates! I'm gonna be eating well!

Also this gives me hope...hope that one day I will see Southern Garund, and my fabled Droon!

Contributor

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These all sound amazing and what an awesome group of authors!

Grand Lodge

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This looks AMAZING! I have a feeling my husband is going to make sure this is our group's next AP. We were thinking about Strength of Thousands next, but this just jumped to the very top of the queue!


Oh wow! This was a bit sooner than i was expecting it, but i'm not unhappy!

Grand Archive

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Huzzah!
Oh I'm so happy!
I recognize many names in these lists of authors that I love! And many I don't recognize and will hav ethe opportunity to discover! :3


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THIS IS A TANUKI APPRECIATION POST!!

My wish have been granted by the Celestial Dragon!

Hyped beyond all measure. Tian Xia is my favorite region. I cannot wait to further explore it!


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DID I HEAR SOMEONE CALLING FOR HYPE!?! I GOT HYPE!!!


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Tattling on myself as a big nerd by saying that the coolest bit of all this for me is the reveal of a 'Taltien' language being born out of Taldor's unplanned colonial venture. That's *awesome.*


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*dons the Tanooki suit*

Hey, don't judge me.

*smears peanut butter and then lychee jam all over himself*

Everyone has their kinks.

*grabs the jug of rice vodka*

We're gonna have GOOD TIME

*hops aboard the hype train*


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


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keftiu wrote:

TWO BOOKS!! TWO BOOKS!!!!!

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

I TOO AM HYPE. I KEEP THROWING MY WALLET AT MY SCREEN BUT ITS NOT WORKING.

Also, was there a preorder date for the Lost Omens books that I missed? I'm preordering the AP now.

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Interesting... I'm really looking forward to the character options!


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

Maybe neither and we're just continually one month "off" from what we would be if it was another 3 or 6-part AP?


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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.

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