Pathfinder Chronicles: Gods & Magic (OGL)

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Creators of life, forgers of worlds, and rulers of reality—these are the gods and goddesses of the world. They have existed for eons. The countless worlds of the Great Beyond are their playgrounds and battlefields. Yet for all their vast power, it is not the gods of Golarion who shape nations and write history—this task falls instead to their greatest creations: the mortal races of the world. It is through their priests and paladins, their clerics and cultists that the gods make their will known in this world, be it for good or ill.

In Gods and Magic, you will learn not only of the core twenty deities of the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, but of a multitude of other deities whose flocks, while smaller and more isolated, have just as much potential for greatness. Yet this book isn’t just for clerics—religion and faith are important factors in the lives of many, be they stalwart paladins, brave rangers, mysterious druids, or dedicated monks. Even those whose talents lie beyond the divine, such as the scholarly wizard or the god-fearing barbarian, find that faith has its advantages.

    Within this 64-page book you will find:
  • Detailed descriptions of the core twenty deities of the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, complete with symbols and full illustrations
  • Details on over 40 additional deities, including the gods of dwarves and elves, gnomes and halflings, giants and dragons, and more
  • Over 20 new spells associated with the most powerful religions, yet usable by both arcane and divine spellcasters
  • Dozens of new magic items keyed to the world’s religions, ranging from minor trinkets to powerful artifacts

Written by Sean K Reynolds

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-139-8

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Almost perfect

5/5

Almost perfect guide to the Gods of Golarion. Personally Cayden Cailean is going to show up as a religion in all my campaigns, Golarion or non-Golarion-best God since Discworld's!
One Boo-Pharasma's "anti-abortion" views. Unless there are no such things as miscarriages on Golarion (that would apparently be caused by Pharasma), they make no sense whatsoever.


Deus ex Machina

5/5

This is a fun and very well done supplement for the Pathfinder Roleplaying game. It is mostly world specific, designed to be used for the world of Golarion.

The book/supplement is very well laid out. First we have a totally spiffy and handy chart of the Deities, with Domains, favorites weapon, and etc. This is almost worth the price of admission all by itself. This includes the lesser known deities, too, which is nice.

Each of the better known deities is given a nice spread, with a fantastic illustration of that deity. There a even score of these. Plenty of roleplaying info is given here, with backgrounds, philosophies, and everything you need or want. It even explains why Shelyn is packing a glaive.

There's also some cool magic items and spells as bonus materials.

The price is a tad steep, but for what you get, I think it's well worth it. Mind you, I admit this could be a "one copy per table" purchase, every player doesn't need his very own copy.


Portuguese - Br

4/5

Para jogadores do Pathfinder RPG este é um livro meio ultrapassado embora ainda seja a fonte com melhor custo beneficio sobre informações sobre os deuses de Golarion. Agora que os 20 artigos sobre os deuses serão completados com a quinta aventura de Skulls and Shackles, talvez seja feita uma nova compilação voltada para o Pathfinder RPG. Mas mesmo assim a parte sobre os deuses é muito boa e serve como ótima referencia sobre este novo panteão que embora não tenha uma tradição ou reconhecimento como os dos deuses de Forgotten Realms ou Dragonlance, são muito bem projetados e executados para se tornarem futuros clássicos e merecem uma chance.


This book is an absolute must-have

5/5

I have to be honest, I completely love this book. Without this book, picking deities basically consists of running your finger down the list of gods in the cleric's list, and finding someone who matches your alignment or vague ideals. At best, without this book, you could pick up the Campaign Setting book for $50. Not only does this book save you money, it adds an incredible amount of depth to the character creation process.

For the people who prefer the table approach, the inside cover offers a tabled list of 61 deities, both major and minor. They are laid out in the comprehensive setup we are all used to in the Core Rulebook. There being so many of them, they are really crammed in there, but the text is decently sized and easy to read.

The book itself starts off with a very brief explanation of how the deities got where they are now, and a small setup of the mythology. It also explains how one can become a god, for later reference.

Immediately, on page 4, the author goes into information about the 20 major deities. Rather than a few paragraphs, the book offers two full pages of text, first describing the deity and how they rose to power, then the temples and devotees likely to associate with that particular entity. Festivals, dress, and customs are detailed as well. Included is a fully detailed and beautifully drawn representation of the god or goddess, in their favored form. For each entry, a bonus spell is added for people capable of divine casting.

I cannot overstate how spectacular this section is. Admittedly, I am a deity-heavy player and GM. This book adds a vast wealth of information for both players and GMs, ready for implementation as soon as one opens the book.

The major gods are followed by several pages of minor gods, in case the 20 core are not enough. Many people prefer not to pick the most popular choices, and make a more elaborate and unique character, and this offers choices on doing exactly that. As noted by the author, these are mostly the same as presented in the Pathfinder Campaign Setting book, and only reprinted here for reference in a less expensive book.

After this is a section about magical items, some of which are fairly interesting. An example item is the Robe of the Master of Masters, which changes color according to the will of the wearer. It grants bonuses to Perform (dance), and has a built-in switch which grants Haste for 1 round. It also allows for some minor healing. This sections presents 38 new magical items in total. It also presents 4 artifact items.

What this book is short on, is clearly stated rules. I only add this part because this is almost purely a roleplay book. Many people (read: power gamers) would consider this a "fluff" book, with nothing but a bunch of monotonous writing about all that roleplaying nonsense. For anyone serious about making a character with personality, this book is incredibly essential.

All said, only the back half of the final page is unusable, as it is an advertisement for another book. Typical books cram ads in at the back, but this one forgoes that. Starting from the inside cover, even before the first page, nearly every inch of this book is useful.

This book should be considered mandatory for PFS play, or for anyone who takes their character's spiritual beliefs seriously. I can't imagine making any divine character, or even a pious martial character, without the use of this book. For the $17.99, this book is absolutely worth every penny. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with Gods and Magic.


Near perfect

4/5

As was written by others before me, the material itself matches Paizos usual high standards and is without a doubt useful to anyone playing in Golarion.
What stops me from rating 5 stars is two things:
The whole book feels a bit like it is just a bit of a overview on the pantheon and I felt left with a a need for more indepth information (which is often provided in the APs). So, if you use this book just to give new players a glimpse of the pantheon to decide which deity to attach your cleric to, that works, but not much more.

What actually bugs me more is the unusual high rate of mistakes. On the first 2 pages alone there are three mistakes and that is not anything I am used to from Paizo.


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Shadow Lodge

Dark_Mistress wrote:


Well in the PFCS each god has roughly half a page about them. In this book each god has 2 full pages about them or 4 times as much information. Plus this books talks about minor gods not in the PFCS.

Excellent ... thanks for the feedback!


Considering purchasing this, but not sure if it has what I'm looking for.

Does this supplement (or any, for that matter) introduce a Moon God/ess and Domain? If not, does Paizo intend to introduce it in any of their upcoming supplements?

I'm bringing in a Cohort (courtesy of Leadership) in a few sessions that's a cleric of the Moon Goddess (using a homebrew list of Gods). If a Moon Domain exists, or will soon, I'd love to get a look at it...

Thanks.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Desna's probably as close as you're going to get to a traditional Moon Goddess on Golarion, but there's no specific Moon domain. Yet.

DESNA, THE SONG OF THE SPHERES
Goddess of dreams, stars, travelers, and luck
Alignment CG
Domains Chaos, Good, Liberation, Luck, Protection
Favored Weapon Starknife
Centers of Worship Kyonin, Lands of the Linnorm Kings, Nidal, Numeria, River Kingdoms, Ustalav, Varisia
Nationality: Varisian

Her symbol is a blue butterfly with a moon, a sun, and two stars on its wings. She's more focused on the night sky as a whole, but the general effect is pretty much the same.

The only other moon-related human deity of any note for Golarion is Groetus, the God of the End-Times. Did you ever play Legend of Zelda-Majora's Mask for the N64? Basically, the evil moon that ends the world by crashing into it.

And then there's Haggakal and Haggakal, the ogre brother and sister gods. (Ogres aren't that smart, or creative, so they use the same name for them both.) Suffice it to say if you know anything about how Golarion ogres tend to behave, you really want to avoid worshiping them.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Rulebook Subscriber

Just a rules question about the magic items, many of them are keyed as: "worshipers also get x spell 1/day." When it says worshipers, does it mean any lay worshiper, or divine casters (clerics & paladins)?

Contributor

Galnörag wrote:
Just a rules question about the magic items, many of them are keyed as: "worshipers also get x spell 1/day." When it says worshipers, does it mean any lay worshiper, or divine casters (clerics & paladins)?

It actually says "patron," meaning "patron deity." Any character can have a patron deity; in a world of many gods, your patron deity is "your" deity, the primary one one you pray to and whose beliefs you espouse. You can believe in and even worship other gods, but your patron is your primary.

You don't have to be a divine spellcaster to have a patron deity. Seoni's patron is Pharasma, Valeros's patron is Cayden Cailean.

To finally answer your question, the magic item's additional powers work for *any* person who has that deity as their patron, not just divine casters. :)

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

I just noticed, my summary of the gods portfolios in my PDF says Cayden is the god of 'Treedom'

"They can take our leaves, but they'll never take our TREEDOMMMMMM!"

Dark Archive

Matthew Morris wrote:

I just noticed, my summary of the gods portfolios in my PDF says Cayden is the god of 'Treedom'

"They can take our leaves, but they'll never take our TREEDOMMMMMM!"

Sounds like Mairkurion... let's blame him for this! ;)


I have a simple question that I am hoping for an answer to.

Are gods of the orc pantheon included in this product?

I am hoping they will be in the orc supplement coming out later this year but I am also hoping they might be in this particular product. :)

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game, Rulebook Subscriber
The Thing from Beyond the Edge wrote:

I have a simple question that I am hoping for an answer to.

Are gods of the orc pantheon included in this product?

I am hoping they will be in the orc supplement coming out later this year but I am also hoping they might be in this particular product. :)

The philosophy is that there is more or less a single pantheon for everyone with a few individual demi-gods and more obscure gods being worshipped here and there. Orcs would mostly worship Gorum and perhaps Rovagug, I am guessing.


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Society Subscriber

There are gods of different races in this volume (gnome, dwarfs, goblins, dragons, giants), but, sadly, no orc gods. I think these gods will be covered in the upcoming Pathfinder Companion Orcs of Golarion.

And, yes, Rovagug is a most likely candidate for an orc god.

Paizo Employee Creative Director, Starfinder

There is definitely some info on the gods the orcs worship coming in Orcs of Golarion.


Thanks for the info, guys. I will definiely be getting the orcs companion.

I guess there is not too much chance of you guys deciding to bump it up to next month is there? ;) J/K

I still like the looks of the G&M book and might get it in the near future anyway.

But, thanks again.


Does this work provide info on the Test of the Starstone?


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Society Subscriber

No, it does not. It is mentioned when talking about spezific gods which became so by passing the test, but it does not go into detail about their tests. Even the Absalom volume does not give any details about this test. It is up to the GM to fill the gaps if he really want to allow his players to become gods.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Lanx wrote:
No, it does not. It is mentioned when talking about spezific gods which became so by passing the test, but it does not go into detail about their tests. Even the Absalom volume does not give any details about this test. It is up to the GM to fill the gaps if he really want to allow his players to become gods.

See this post from James Jacobs if you'd like to know why we haven't published the mechanics of the test.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Ugg, I just had my first Paizo product fall apart, a bunch of pages fell out of this book. Just ordered a replacement.


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Dragnmoon wrote:
Ugg, I just had my first Paizo product fall apart, a bunch of pages fell out of this book. Just ordered a replacement.

Something's up with the binding on this book. We had a bunch of pages fall out of the first one, ordered a replacement, and now the same pages are starting to fall out of the second one. :(

Dark Archive

Yeah, this is the only book I've had start to fall apart, but it's possibly also the Chronicles book I've had open the most, since I play a ton of Clerics.

No big deal, really. I've got plenty of books on my shelves that are held together by multiple layers of scotch tape. :)

Grand Lodge

Gully13 wrote:

I'm looking at picking up some old books ... but have the PF Campaign Setting. How much of this is now covered in the CS?

Thanks!

If I recall correctly the CS has half a page entry on each of the deities. G&M has multiple pages for each (4 I believe). Currently the only thing with more info for any deities is the articles in the APs.

Dark Archive

Andrew Betts wrote:
Gully13 wrote:

I'm looking at picking up some old books ... but have the PF Campaign Setting. How much of this is now covered in the CS?

Thanks!

If I recall correctly the CS has half a page entry on each of the deities. G&M has multiple pages for each (4 I believe). Currently the only thing with more info for any deities is the articles in the APs.

Hahaha that has to win for longest response time EVAR !!

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Joana wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
Ugg, I just had my first Paizo product fall apart, a bunch of pages fell out of this book. Just ordered a replacement.
Something's up with the binding on this book. We had a bunch of pages fall out of the first one, ordered a replacement, and now the same pages are starting to fall out of the second one. :(

Which pages? Mine was 51 - 62.


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Dragnmoon wrote:
Joana wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
Ugg, I just had my first Paizo product fall apart, a bunch of pages fell out of this book. Just ordered a replacement.
Something's up with the binding on this book. We had a bunch of pages fall out of the first one, ordered a replacement, and now the same pages are starting to fall out of the second one. :(
Which pages? Mine was 51 - 62.

Same pages here.

Grand Lodge

baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Andrew Betts wrote:
Gully13 wrote:

I'm looking at picking up some old books ... but have the PF Campaign Setting. How much of this is now covered in the CS?

Thanks!

If I recall correctly the CS has half a page entry on each of the deities. G&M has multiple pages for each (4 I believe). Currently the only thing with more info for any deities is the articles in the APs.
Hahaha that has to win for longest response time EVAR !!

Odd, I didn't look at the time, but I was looking at what the page was saying was the newest post when I posted that, there was some weird segmentation in the boards, I saw the G&M thread up there twice after I posted.


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Yeah, for some reason, there's also this thread. Dragnmoon's post was in both, and they were side-by-side earlier today.

Dark Archive

Joana wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
Joana wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
Ugg, I just had my first Paizo product fall apart, a bunch of pages fell out of this book. Just ordered a replacement.
Something's up with the binding on this book. We had a bunch of pages fall out of the first one, ordered a replacement, and now the same pages are starting to fall out of the second one. :(
Which pages? Mine was 51 - 62.
Same pages here.

5-15 *and* 51-62 for me. Neat, I'd never have thought the same pages would be affected.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Yeah, I'm really careful with my books, but mine just did the same thing - and it's pages 51-62, like as you mentioned.

Is there any word on if there's a new printing of this without this issue? Or if there are any care suggestions on how to avoid having this happen?


Jess Door wrote:

Yeah, I'm really careful with my books, but mine just did the same thing - and it's pages 51-62, like as you mentioned.

Is there any word on if there's a new printing of this without this issue? Or if there are any care suggestions on how to avoid having this happen?

I just found this thread. I'm sorry to break it to you folks, but I'm afraid you have all clearly failed your saves and are now suffering from what is known as the Reynoldian Curse. In some regions, it is known as "SKRath's Failing". I first encountered this blight shortly after cracking open my hardcover, Ghostwalk. Once my eyesight returned a week or so later, I was able to finish reading the book.

The curse effect different material in different ways. Obviously, a sourcebook like this results in disolving pages. A minor campaign setting ends up in temporary blindness (Will DC 15).

My advice is to have Remove Curse cast on your purchase. Also prior to reading any material written by Sean; cast Bless, Prayer, or any other like magics. Remember, this must happen before reading it. Simply possessing the item will not trigger the curse. The evil is in the actually written words.

Good luck & may Caiden bless your spirits.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Jess Door wrote:

Yeah, I'm really careful with my books, but mine just did the same thing - and it's pages 51-62, like as you mentioned.

Is there any word on if there's a new printing of this without this issue? Or if there are any care suggestions on how to avoid having this happen?

There was only ever one printing. (Odd that it's taken so long for this to happen.)

Those of you with this problem, does it look like the glue in that part of the binding has dried out?


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Heh. Just got out our old copy to check, and 3-14 fell out as well.

The first set of pages fell out quite a while ago. We bought our original copy from Paizo 29 November 2008 and ordered a replacement copy from Amazon 10 August 2009, so the first set of pages had already fallen out by then.

The pages come out all in one big section still together internally (i.e., like a booklet rather than in separate loose sheets). You can kind of feel the glue on the inside edges -- don't know if looks dried out??

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
Jess Door wrote:

Yeah, I'm really careful with my books, but mine just did the same thing - and it's pages 51-62, like as you mentioned.

Is there any word on if there's a new printing of this without this issue? Or if there are any care suggestions on how to avoid having this happen?

There was only ever one printing. (Odd that it's taken so long for this to happen.)

Those of you with this problem, does it look like the glue in that part of the binding has dried out?

It looks to me that there is barely any clue on the pages that fell out..

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dragnmoon wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Those of you with this problem, does it look like the glue in that part of the binding has dried out?
It looks to me that there is barely any clue on the pages that fell out..

Customer Service had one to show me that was reported as a problem shortly after the books was released (so it's not just a product of aging here).

What's weird is that books are prepared in 16-page signatures—that's four 8.5" x 22" sheets folded in half—and usually when you see problems like this, it's that an entire signature has come loose. In this case, the outer sheets of the signatures are staying connected to one another, but the three inner sheets of the first and/or last signature are separating from that outer sheet.

As far as our QC process goes, there's not much for us to do—that printer was our main printer for a long time, and their other books don't seem to have had this issue; more to the point, we've also switched printers for the majority of our books.

Since the pages come out cleanly, the industrious among you might find it's easy enough to repair yourself with a little glue along the spine of the group of pages that came loose; those of you who'd rather not do that can drop a note to customer service, and we'll get you set up with replacements.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
Since the pages come out cleanly, the industrious among you might find it's easy enough to repair yourself with a little glue along the spine of the group of pages that came loose; those of you who'd rather not do that can drop a note to customer service, and we'll get you set up with replacements.

I already Ordered a replacement to ship to me with my next Subscriber shipment, I have had it long enough and gotten enough use out of it that I have no issues with buying a new one.


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

I've also experienced this issue with G&M, but that's the only Paizo-book I have where any physical problems aren't my fault - which can be compared with my Wheel of Time novels where all the Tor ones started to break loose from the spine within a year of being purchased. So I'm guessing this is not something Paizo should lose sleep over (do golems sleep?).


Has there been a second edition of this? I got my copy a few days back now, not purchased through Paizo, and it has an unusual amount of errors in it, spelling, grammar, logic. Is that "supposed" to be that way or did I just get handed a bad and early print run?

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

liondriel wrote:
Has there been a second edition of this? I got my copy a few days back now, not purchased through Paizo, and it has an unusual amount of errors in it, spelling, grammar, logic. Is that "supposed" to be that way or did I just get handed a bad and early print run?

I can't imagine there's ever been a reprint of this one, but if there has, you'd find the printing on the title page.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

gbonehead wrote:
liondriel wrote:
Has there been a second edition of this? I got my copy a few days back now, not purchased through Paizo, and it has an unusual amount of errors in it, spelling, grammar, logic. Is that "supposed" to be that way or did I just get handed a bad and early print run?
I can't imagine there's ever been a reprint of this one, but if there has, you'd find the printing on the title page.

This has never been reprinted.


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
liondriel wrote:
it has an unusual amount of errors in it, spelling, grammar, logic.

I'm curious what logic errors you found in the book. I haven't looked at it in a while, but I remember enjoying the book.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

There's an issue with the PDF too. It works fine with Adobe, but using PDF Complete the text vanishes from pretty much every other page in the document, which is strange, because PDF Complete hasn't had any issues with your other PDFs.

Liberty's Edge

I just bought this and the PDF is definitely a little wonky. Page 2 (Front Inside Cover) has extremely messed up formatting with the background image being incomplete. I'm using Nitro Pro 8 as my PDF reader, but it doesn't seem have be a problem with other Paizo PDFs.

Digital Products Assistant

In reference to the above errors: it's likely an artifact from the original export. I'll take a look and see if we can get it re-exported and working properly. When the PDF is updated, an email will be sent automatically indicating that it has been corrected.

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