Pathfinder Chronicles: Dark Markets—A Guide to Katapesh (OGL)

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Pathfinder Chronicles: Dark Markets—A Guide to Katapesh (OGL)
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The bustling bazaars of Absalom offer countless delights, but even they do not sell everything. Only in the peerless markets of mysterious Katapesh can one find anything for sale, from the lost diamonds of a fallen empire to a clutch of slaves freshly captured off the Inner Sea coast. This exotic desert locale serves as the backdrop of the Pathfinder Adventure Path Legacy of Fire, and this informative, lushly illustrated full-color 64-page guide presents everything players and Game Masters need to know to bring the dark markets of Katapesh to terrible life.

By Stephen S. Greer and Amber E. Scott

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-166-4

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The Guide to Katapesh will be a useful addition to my Legacy of Fire Campaign. Overall I thought it was well written with solid information. I would have liked to see a large fold out map similar to the Guide to Korvosa. Many of the levels for the characters in the city seem low, but that is a minor inconvenience and I can be easily fixed. I just thought it odd for a city of 200,000 plus that all the character levels presented were 10 or lower. Obviously not all of levels of characters were given like the PactMasters.


Solid but lacking appeal

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This is yet another solid resource in the Chronicle range. This book is well bound and set out with quite a bit of text. It has all the details needed to run Katapesh as a campaign or adventure setting.

For what ever reason, this book did not appeal to me like previous guide books. It seemed to be very clinical and had a lot of information as opposed to image grabbing materials. I would recommend this book to GMs running adventures in and around Katapesh.




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Scarab Sages

A couple of things I really like about this product were:

1) Background of the Pactmasters, the power behind Almah in LoF

2) The detail of the Church of Abadar. (did anyone else love the flavor of how this church is so integrated with the city trade of Katapesh?) I cant wait to have them show up in Kelmarane when one of my PC's sets up shop with his own business. :D

3) Pesh Trade

This product has really helped me plan some great stuff for AP#21 Price of the Jackal while the PC's are in Katapesh.

Having promised my players I would have them lvl 17 prior to entering AP#24, I must say this product has really helped me. And I look forward to utilizing the drug trade in my campaign. With the PC's I have, the drug trade will bring a nice element to the campaign.

The Exchange

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Now that LoF is complete and we have the RPG book in hand, my gaming group is starting to roll up characters for an Arabian-flavored campaign, and I spent the weekend studying Dark Markets in detail. (My PCs are going to start out in Katapesh.) So far so good, it seems to hold up pretty well.

I have to say the thing that really confused me for a while was Okemo -- IE, wheretheheckisit? I looked at the map on the inside front, read and reread the description...finally I went over to look at the Inner Sea Reigon poster-map in my office, and realized it was ON AN ISLAND OFF THE MAP. Grrrr. Suddenly all the little mentions of slaver ships sailing to Okema made much more sense.


Overall, the guide book is very informative and detailed enough to make want to play in this type of setting. I was fortunate the other day and bought all 6 issues of LOF in mint condition for 45 dollars - I do think the price of this guide was a little pricey... Don't they ever have a sale on Pathfinder products?

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All of our 64-page books are the same price? Why do you feel that their price is expensive? I'm just curious.

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Dimitrios wrote:
Overall, the guide book is very informative and detailed enough to make want to play in this type of setting. I was fortunate the other day and bought all 6 issues of LOF in mint condition for 45 dollars - I do think the price of this guide was a little pricey... Don't they ever have a sale on Pathfinder products?

Comparing your purchase of six volumes to the purchase of this single volume isn't using a good point of reference since you got an excellent deal on your LoF books. They were significantly discounted from their list price.

The Exchange

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I think I found another gremlin-induced mistake in the text.

p. 31, "The Golden Scarab": "This grand building sits in the shadows of the Dockside Giant."

Unfortunately the Dockside Giant is about 8000 ft away, at the bottom of the palisade, in another district entirely.

I'm guessing the Scarab was originally written as being in Dockside and then got moved to Dawn Gate without the text being updated.


I absolutely LOVE this book! It was much easier for me to read than the guide to Absalom for some reason. Not as dry, or something. I read it cover to cover. It's the next port of call, so to speak, for my campaign, and I really enjoyed reading it. I'm using the info from this in conjunction with LoF Part 4. Can't wait!

The Exchange

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Denim N Leather wrote:
I absolutely LOVE this book! It was much easier for me to read than the guide to Absalom for some reason. Not as dry, or something. I read it cover to cover. It's the next port of call, so to speak, for my campaign, and I really enjoyed reading it. I'm using the info from this in conjunction with LoF Part 4. Can't wait!

I've been looking over Richard Pett's article on Katapesh from Pathfinder #21, and I'm having trouble with it -- it looks like he didn't have the official city map or district list (from Dark Markets) when he was coming up with locations, or the mapmakers didn't have his list -- several of the places he describes (the Great Plaza, the Grand Tannery, the Roof Market) should be visible on the map but aren't.

Scarab Sages

Denim N Leather wrote:
I absolutely LOVE this book! It was much easier for me to read than the guide to Absalom for some reason. Not as dry, or something. I read it cover to cover. It's the next port of call, so to speak, for my campaign, and I really enjoyed reading it. I'm using the info from this in conjunction with LoF Part 4. Can't wait!

I am not of the opinion that this book was better than absolom, but it was very good. This helped in creating character story arc's for my Legacy of Fire campaign.

A must for creating a deep rich environment for an campaign using Katapesh as its main port of call.

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