For anyone who has ever participated in one of those StoryBundle or HumbleBundle deals--where you pay what you want for books, graphic novels, or the like--there's a new scifi/fantasy one being run right now for two weeks only.
(Full disclosure: One of the books is a new release of mine, and I know quite a few of the other authors involved)
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Bonus points on the second one if it turns out they're all figments of your GMPC's imagination.
*You look up from behind the GM screen. All players have disappeared from around the table. The whole group and game was entirely in your head. Yet all the snacks have also been eaten. How is this possible?*
Any furture plans for Akina and Ondorum?
I would love to continue exploring their adventures if given the opportunity, and I definitely have a handful of ideas where they might wind up next. I doubt this is the last we'll see of them, but it depends on the publication schedule and author line-up they've already got in place for 2016-2017. Excited to see what other folks create as well!
Finally have the chance to pop in and respond a bit! Wow, awesome discussion you've got going on. It is excellent to see the compare-and-contrast of knowledge and experience you bring to the game and the world.
Let me try to tackle at least a few questions!
1) Of the underdark/Darklands races, what made you choose the dark folk? Was it something asked of you by Paizo staff, or entirely your own?
When researching for the novel, the dark folk caught my eye as a race that, while present, hadn't been explored in too much depth. It left me with a lot of room to explore and play around with Izthuri and her people, trying to find ways to make creatures that could come across as vile or distasteful in some contexts and making them more relatable.
2) Who or what inspired the Roper? (I have named him Garrulous in my head because I love him so much).
Oh, that was a scene I couldn't wait to write for the longest time. Again, as you point out, ropers themselves haven't really been given "personalities" or shown as much more than obstacles/monsters to be overcome. I wanted a way to really mess with Ondorum's perspective on reality, even if he's being enlightened by what would be considered an evil monster. (Love the name, Garrulous, by the way!)
3) Does Izthuri have any class levels, or is she just the dark stalker (caligni) creature? Might they reach class levels in the future, or does that run counter to your own stance?
She was brought into the story as just the dark stalker, yes. I'm certainly not against creatures gaining class levels, even if it's via a home-brew set of rules.
4) Did the npcs in the derro torture room survive? Did you have any ideas of what happened to them (half-finished or otherwise)? ... if yes, would you be willing to share?
I left their fate a bit ambiguous on purpose. Obviously a few perished or were well on their way to doing so. One or two might've wandered out of the warren, maybe even made it back to their original homes, on the surface or otherwise--but doubtful that their half-mad mutterings of small underground lunatics would be taken very seriously.
I recently started at Paizo as their newest editor, and it's great to be here! I appreciate the many warm welcomes, and wanted to make a little offer as a “thanks!”
Some of you may already know of my Pathfinder Tales novel, Forge of Ashes. Well, I've actually got another book out in the world: Enter the Janitor. It’s a more humorous urban fantasy about janitors and maids working for a supernatural sanitation company. Think elements of Ghostbusters, MiB, and Dresden Files tossed into the mix.
Anyways, it’s one of a dozen books in a Halloween/Monsters Storybundle this month. As a bundle author, I’ve got 10 codes that lets people download the whole bundle for free. So, for the next 10 people who express interest, I can send a redeem link and code your way.
Wish I had enough to share with everyone, but I wanted to at least make good use of these, and I figured you all were a safe bet. ;)
Again, great to be here and I look forward to getting to know folks better as things progress.
Onward and upward,
Dave Gross wrote:
I do play characters named Radovan and Jeggare on Warcraft, come to think of it.
Heh. I use character names from multiple stories I've written as game names, both in WoW and elsewhere. Seems like I've taken the time to think them up in the first place, might as well put them to good use!
Actually, I just remembered naming one of my WoW monks Ondorum at one point...
Hmm...Kingmaker could be a fun one, especially if it had Akina in more of her mercenary mode, potentially with Ondorum at her side wanting to help the situation, rather than take advantage of it. Seems like they'd brew up a little unintentional chaos in that AP setting.
I do love shared world projects! Might be tricky with the main characters, as you point out, but there's also some one-offs in the web fiction that could easily pop up here and there!
I haven't had a chance to play them yet, but I definitely make up character sheets for the main cast (rough ones, at least) so I can track things easier as I write.
However, I will admit that for some reason, in Pillars of Eternity, I felt compelled to create a female dwarven barbarian to lead the party. And her helmet has horns. Funny that.
Hey there! I had a desire to be an RPG writer. After selling a few stories to different markets, I read all the Pathfinder Tales that had been published so far. And then I wrote a story in the Pathfinder style (but not in the world). When I emailed James, I sent that story along with a few I'd already had published.
He liked it enough he asked me to rewrite it in a Golarion setting. And that became The Weeping Blade. That was the start, and it continued on to Forge of Ashes! That is my debut novel and I couldn't be prouder.
Thanks for giving a peek into your inspirations and processes, Gabrielle! Really enjoying the story thus far. I like your point on how it can be hard work to feel in control of everything about a story and yet try to give it a sense of unpredictability and free will for characters that spring fully from your imagination. Definitely have felt that struggle before.