There was talk of potentially doing Travel Guides for other continents if the first one sold well, and it gets exponentially easier for the team to do further Tian APs with the setting actually written - I’d expect both of those before something like a “Lost Omens: Minkai” deep dive.
I'd buy the f~+% out of that book though
The Starfinder side of things has never done much for me, but the Field Test's compatibility has gotten me to peek over the line... and I really like what I see! The Soldier feels like what I'd wanted the Gunslinger to be, while having an identity distinct from both that and the Fighter that I really enjoy. Folks often underestimate the challenge of making a mechanically-straightforward martial interesting, but I think they've done exactly that!
Alkenstar and Numeria are calling to you.
Evan Tarlton wrote:
Excuse you?! The hell you mean?!
Where was this?!
So Centaur, Minotaurs and Merfolk are "returning" Ancestries. Curious to see what different cultures we might see hinted at in the Sideblurbs.
Outside of the obvious like, Absalom and Iblydos for the former two, Iobarian for Centaur, and the Inner Sea and Fever Sea groups for Merfolk.
Athamaru, Fishfolk that largely reside in Xidao, so will likely make an appearance of some kind first in the Tian Xia book.
Awakened Animals are becoming playable and that has me the most curious as to what that is going to end up being like overall. Because the Badger that is the "iconic" for them has a much more humanoid visage than I assume something like a Horse or the like could take.
And then finally, Surki, Insect People, kinda resemble Mole Crickets or Cicadas. Live underground and only rarely come to the surface in a mass exodus. Recent emergence was caused by the sealing of the Worldwound.
Centaurs and Minotaurs finally joining the playable field is nice, but now I have to wonder, what are they bringing for the other 4 ancestries?
There feels like a trend of familiar faces, like Gnolls/Grippli in the Mwangi Expanse book, and Vanara/Nagaji in the Kingdoms book, other familiar faces coming in the Tian Xia book, but then they also threw out some REALLY wacky folk to play like the utterly alien Conrasu, and the dwarf psychic beetle-rhinos.
So *what* odd folk are they gonna be adding here hmm...
Benjamin Tait wrote:
So those of you who got the new book, what Silver Raven adjacent NPCs are in this lovely book?
Silver Raven Spoilers:
Laria Longroad, and Rexus Victocorra are mentioned, the Fallow Siblings, and Lady Docur as well. The Sapphire Butterfly and Shensen get pages of their own.ALSO THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SKIP AHEAD, POSSIBLE GLORIOUS RECLAMATION SURVIVORS HELLO????
Well one of the biggest current Firebrand factions is out of Numeria, called the Fire's Finest, they are wandering around Avistan in an Annihilator Robot after their leader worked in Kevoth Kul's court for a bit. There are two other chapters, the Circuit Breakers who are hunting Technic Leaguers, and the Techno Drifters, Cavaliers on Robot Horses
Many Segadans do not want the Firebrands in their city and want them gone, while others, mainly youths have been joining up with them to delve into the Interior, but that is really it about Segada.
It’s literally a throw away line, honestly, but I know this was one of the “Possibilities” in the Hell’s Vengeance AP, where one lore section was all about reactions to the Glorious Reclamation.
The Old Cheliax Map made it seem like they still had it, but apparently not.
I would not call what happened in Cheliax “reform.”
Also apparently they lost Khari….and
May lose Ostenso to Andoran.
Also as I stated before,
Katapesh is on the verge of civil war if not flat out Balkanizing after what happened with the dissolution of the Slave Trade. Social Change *may* be on the way as it is Freedfolk and the Interior natives vs. the Guilds vs the Pactmasters, but I think the real winner is gonna end up being the Aboleth.
Not all Firebrands are tied to Vidrian. In fact most of the ones mentioned have very little connection to Vidrian outside it being acknowledged that the Salt Breakers and Silver Raven’s began the movement.
One of the biggest factions are from Numeria.
It’s a very loose, shifting alliance with new factions joining as is their whim.
No mention of Okeno, thought Andoran is allied with the Firebrands by and large.
Katapesh is on the verge of Civil War, following a series of events that did include the emancipation of the slave population, but shit definitely ain't hunky-dory. The rebels have named themselves Firebrands, the Pactmasters are buffering their guards with Gnolls, the local Guilds seek a coup and the entire time the False Hashim is likely still plotting
Abrogail, ended True Slavery in Cheliax...by tricking the newly free into signing a binding contract that demands obligatory military service, outlaw retributions against Slave-Owners in any sense, and saddles the newly freed with life-long monetary debt to the Crown. Not all of its clauses have been ferreted out, and while the Firebrands are trying to get the workout, things aren't exactly falling into place easily, and many unaligned lawyers in the country have been recognizing how predatory the Act actually is and may actually be able to pull one over on the Thrunes
The Expanse, Old Cheliax, The Shackles, Galt and Katapesh get larger sections detailing current activities
But the thing about Cheliax that caught my eye initially and then gets expounded upon us in the History sidebars.
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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!
I know this is probably only for this AP, but the entry on the Lake of Mists and Veils, PEAK in my opinion. I loved the detailing of not just local life, but Cryptids claimed to exist in the area, I would love to see more stuff like that in other APs keep the Occult/Mystery stuff flowing even in snippets.
I want Lost Omens to stay Lore, it specifically what I read them for.
Be...be real nice if we could uh...go South though, to a place that rhymes with Boon, maybe??
But since the Dark Omens book keeps getting brought up, I didn't care for it very much at all, as it was nothing like what I expected. I wanted more info about the Occult not just rules and scenarios. Like I wanted lore about Cryptids...and that wasn't really there are all. I know it was a rule book, but I would hate to see the Lost Omens books end up looking like that in any fashion.
I’d love that but if it comes out before Southern Garund, I’m rioting.
David knott 242 wrote:
Aren't Maftet's smaller more humanoid Sphinx?
So something stood out to me about the Nuar entry, well two things really.
It states that they have no ancestral gods/mythic figures, yet in Galactic Magic there is a Nuar Goddess named Isvith, who may have ascended through the Starstone, and her portfolio is central to the Nuar way of life. So...I imagine that got missed by accident?
Also are Minotaurs still around? They get mentioned a lot in the entry and I am not certain if that means they are still kicking somewhere or are the Nuar is all that remains of that ancestry.
My copy went out so I got my copy, and I have to say, loving the art in this book.
I find it interesting that they focus heavily on the larger cities in the bigger nations and give them their own subsections. Bhopan is an intriguing-looking place from a cursory glance, and the Gods in this book are WILD looking. I love the Kashrishi, and how varied the Nagaji are in appearance, making the Lamia, Sneeple, and Yuan-ti fans proud.