Pathfinder Companion: Elves of Golarion (OGL)

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Pathfinder Companion: Elves of Golarion (OGL)
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Elves have been a part of the world for as long as anyone can remember. Caretakers of the natural world, warriors against the tide of savagery, and scholars of the deepest secrets of magic, elves are among Golarion’s most mystical and mysterious races. This book presents the definitive word on how elves live, fight, worship, and relate with other races. The information contained herein presents a wealth of information about the elven race, with new rules, details on making elven characters, and an extensive exploration of their society, history, and goals as a people. Even if you aren’t playing an elf, this booklet contains new spells, magic items, and character options perfect for any character.

    Inside this Pathfinder Companion, you’ll find:
  • Details on the elven people of Golarion—where they live, their arts and magic, their pantheon of deities, and more!
  • An exploration of the beautiful—yet sometimes deadly—elven nation of Kyonin, the heart and soul of the Fair Ones on Golarion, including details on Queen Telandia herself
  • More Character Traits specifically designed to enhance and expand a new elf character’s history and background
  • Alchemical archery and new magic arrows, sacred pacts with elven gods, a plethora of magical meals, and the brightness seeker prestige class

Pathfinder Companion is an invaluable resource for players and Game Masters. Each 32-page bimonthly installment explores a major theme in the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, with expanded regional gazetteers, new player character options, and organizational overviews to help players flesh out their character backgrounds and to provide players and Game Masters with new sources for campaign intrigue.

Written by Jeff Quick and Hal Maclean

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-143-5

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3/5

The price was a little high, I thought. I realize it was illustrated, but I can buy a 300 pg Kindle book for the same price. I would have liked more detail, especially about elven death and culture. It would be nice to have a full book about the elves of Golarion, at the very least like AD&D Complete Book of Elves.


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5/5

This supplement is full of useful detail about Elves in the Golarion setting. It's important to my own campaign, for example, because of the player characters is an Elf and lives in Varisia. With this book, I am able to tell him about where his character comes from in Varisia.


4/5

@TheEqualizer:Look,I kinda've agree with you that it's not fair and a bit spotty on some parts,but I mean...dude.Are you seriously getting THAT uppity about this?

Anyways,I enjoy the alchemical arrows the most,and I love them for my ranger.I love all the companion books and all the details they give.Solid buy.


4/5

Well Okay I liked that it had more information on the elves that the original campaign setting and the personality and culture sections were well written.
If you like elves you might like the book,
my only complaint is that I did not really care for the brightness seeker prc.

overall I give the book a 4 stars our of 5.




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Please move any discussion that isn't specifically about this book to this thread here.


Heeeeey! I was talking about the book, specific parts from the book on their military organisation, their generalisation, on the culture of rare killing in duels. Jeez Liz.


I don't know... I thing one of the good things Paizo did about elves is end the proliferation of silly subraces. Now you just have elves and drow (and aquatic elves, but they are, by and large, normal elves that live underwater and use different weapons, not have different stats and racial traits). All other differences are cosmetic, which is fine by me.

But I have to say I miss the 2nd edition complete book of elves. That was a sourcebook about elves, with everything there was to know about them. I was expecting something more; the book did not really give me a sense of having learned more about the elves of Golarion.

And the magical food section... I mean. It's... Flavorful, but (again, to ME) it seemed like they were desperately trying to fill space. I would have preferred write-ups of other nations and places with important concentrations of elves.


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Estrosiath wrote:
And the magical food section... I mean. It's... Flavorful, but (again, to ME) it seemed like they were desperately trying to fill space. I would have preferred write-ups of other nations and places with important concentrations of elves.

And the magical food section was my favorite article in the whole book. I guess for me it was one of the more unique topics to touch on, that hasn't been covered a zillion times before in other RPG books.


deinol wrote:
Estrosiath wrote:
And the magical food section... I mean. It's... Flavorful, but (again, to ME) it seemed like they were desperately trying to fill space. I would have preferred write-ups of other nations and places with important concentrations of elves.
And the magical food section was my favorite article in the whole book. I guess for me it was one of the more unique topics to touch on, that hasn't been covered a zillion times before in other RPG books.

Oh, I agree that it was definitely original.

But I still would have preferred something about, say, the Mordant Spire Elves, the ex-capital now claimed by the drow, or proper write-ups for the three elven deities, which were given close to no space, which is a shame.


Estrosiath wrote:

I don't know... I thing one of the good things Paizo did about elves is end the proliferation of silly subraces. Now you just have elves and drow (and aquatic elves, but they are, by and large, normal elves that live underwater and use different weapons, not have different stats and racial traits). All other differences are cosmetic, which is fine by me.

But I have to say I miss the 2nd edition complete book of elves. That was a sourcebook about elves, with everything there was to know about them. I was expecting something more; the book did not really give me a sense of having learned more about the elves of Golarion.

And the magical food section... I mean. It's... Flavorful, but (again, to ME) it seemed like they were desperately trying to fill space. I would have preferred write-ups of other nations and places with important concentrations of elves.

And Mwangi wild elves. Still the sub-races persist.


3.5 Loyalist wrote:
And Mwangi wild elves. Still the sub-races persist.

But are they mechanically different, that's what matters to me.

I mean, we have more than half a dozen human subraces in Golarion that make total sense. Having a few cultural variants based on geography is fine — just as long as it doesn't become a different species statistically that exists solely for the purpose of people trying to jigger their stats into an optimal range.


What Lincoln said. I don't so much mind "sub-races" or other cultures, so much as I hated the fact that every single one of them had to have different stats and cater to one class. You could have the elven fighter who was a wild elf, the drow cleric, the star elf sorcerer, the high elf rogue and the gold elf wizard. It's like they wanted elves to always have the best stats modifiers for every class.

Don't get me wrong, I love elves. I'm a big fan. I just thought it was silly.

And Golarion's elves are great. They're not different on a genetic level, just a cultural one. Much better (imo).


Evil Lincoln wrote:
3.5 Loyalist wrote:
And Mwangi wild elves. Still the sub-races persist.

But are they mechanically different, that's what matters to me.

I mean, we have more than half a dozen human subraces in Golarion that make total sense. Having a few cultural variants based on geography is fine — just as long as it doesn't become a different species statistically that exists solely for the purpose of people trying to jigger their stats into an optimal range.

Gah! Yeah I've seen players try to do that so much. And this type will allow me to be a better ranger. I can start with a 22. As always the power-gaming is the problem.

Yeah more cultural work, less stat tailoring.


Will this book ever be reprinted?

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Seems doubtful since it was written under the 3.5 rules set. But an updated version would be cool!

Webstore Gninja Minion

We don't have plans to reprint or update this book at this time.


Ok. thanks. That's too bad.


its not costt effective imo to jsut reprint it, update it and amke an elven kingdoms of golarion, a 64 page spalt book of each elven stronghold goodness....

they're no known plans for taht either....

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