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Hail and well met, fellow travelers! The name is Mikhail Rekun, and I wrote the Human Ancestries section of this book.
First, credit where it's due, Eleanor and Luis did yeoman work putting this book together, and Mark did a great deal to convert my early-system musings into actual rules.
Overall, I'd say this was the most difficult project I've ever undertaken for Paizo, before or since. On the mechanical side, the PF2 system was still being finalized when I was writing all those feats, which made for some interesting times (I want to say that heritages became a thing about halfway through my writing, though my memory may be deceiving me). On the setting side, well... summarizing an entire world's worth of ethnic groups was never going to be easy. Still, I'm rather pleased with the final product.
A couple of miscellaneous notes:
- As mentioned earlier, the Dragon Spit and Dragon Prince feats are in my notes as 'Anime Hair' feats, since they give you a perfectly reasonable, rules-legal explanation for why you are wandering around with anime protagonist coloration. Dragons! Is there anything they can't do?
- The working title for Keeping Up Appearances was 'Stiff Upper Lip', and I still wonder if I should've named it that instead. For the record, the Taldans are my favorite ethnicity. So delightfully snooty.
- I'm rather proud of the origin stories I have for the half-orcs. In gaming, there's a marked tendency to portray half-orcs as the children of rape, with all the unfortunate implications involved. I made a point to sidestep that, and instead give them a certain mythic background. I'll also admit to being amused at the idea of Pharasma just throwing her hands in the air and sending a bunch of souls back, even though this is a folk legend and probably did not happen.
Anyway, that's all from me for now. Hope you lot like the book!