Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Lost Cities of Golarion (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Lost Cities of Golarion (PFRPG)
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Golarion is an old world, and even its oldest civilizations stand atop the ruins of more ancient nations, long lost to the ravages of time. Each of the six cities presented in this book offers enough new challenges and treasures to support an entire campaign of any level. Take your game into the great unknown and make history at your table!

    Lost cities in this 64-page book include:
  • Ilvarandin, a teeming metropolis hidden deep in the treacherous Darklands, ruled by sinister creatures who supply the surface with a strange drug, through which they plan to enslave the entire world’s dreams
  • Kho, the crashed flying city of the ancient Shory, whose still-sputtering magical engines lure explorers to the verdant Mwangi Expanse—and into the clutches of its resident marids, plague-bearing daemons, and winged ape-men
  • Storasta, the once-verdant jewel of Sarkorian civilization now enveloped by the Worldwound, where the corrupted forces of nature battle the hordes of the Abyss for control
  • The Sun Temple Colony, where humanity struggles against a twisted godling and a fire-spewing orbital lens in an attempt to establish civilization on the ruined continent of Azlant
  • Tumen, the ancient Osirian cliff-city, where cultists, golems, and desert elementals guard the greatest works of long-forgotten pharaohs
  • Xin-Shalast, City of Greed, in which gold-paved streets and crumbling mountainside monoliths lead to ultimate wealth and the strange otherworld of the Plateau of Leng

Lost Cities of Golarion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy game setting.

by Tim Hitchcock, Michael Kortes, and Jason Nelson

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-272-2

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Awesome

5/5

All of the six lost cities described in this book (except perhaps xin shalast, already covered in previous books) could have been the object of an entire adventure path. The sun temple colony is one of my favorite, and tumen brings us some additionnal lore on the 4 pharaohs of ascension. I also liked the ingenious work done on existing monster with new twists (fire shoggoth, plague bearing aurochs...) and the crystal creature template.
For each city, the "campaign" part is really useful, describing the challenge awaiting adventurers at low, medium and high level. This part also bring us some answers to a critical question, in my opinion : why would the PCs go to a lost city, which is most of the time in the middle of nowhere...
All in all, this book is useful, and brings a lot of ideas for every campaign. Congratulations to all the authors.


An Excellent Book

5/5

I run 2 regular games, one in riddleport and its sort of a pirates/explorers game, and the Kingmaker Adventure Path. The lost Sungod Temple and World wound areas were almost instantly useful. I see lots of potential for the other lost citys as well. Had two seperate groups play in and love this book.


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Dark_Mistress wrote:
Or maybe do a Chronicles book about the Thassilonian empire. Some bits about the history, magic, culture, cites etc and then information about whats left. That would be a cool book.

That would be very cool. One of the more interesting books fir 3.5 Forgotten Realms was the Lost Empires of Faerun

A similar book would not only be fun but a very good foundation for Golarion IMHO

Dark Archive

Fear not, friends! I have some embarassing pictures of the Mona (Thanks, Wes! ;)) and I will blackmail him to publish the book, if need be! :P


Is this book only 64 pages long?

At first blush, doesn't sound like justice/detail will be done... :/

Scarab Sages

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I am really looking forward to this. I have decided that the Chronicles line is my favorite of the products done by Paizo.


Shem wrote:
I am really looking forward to this. I have decided that the Chronicles line is my favorite of the products done by Paizo.

I agree. Its my favorite line

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

If by doing justice you mean each article will be a complete adventure/AP synopsis for each city, then maybe not.

However, each will have enough info that you should be able to create and run your own adventures in and around the city with a lot of cool and useful ideas, then I think you should have a lot to look forward to.


What city is on the cover?


Jason Nelson wrote:
If by doing justice you mean each article will be a complete adventure/AP synopsis for each city, then maybe not.

Uh... no?

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Knoq Nixoy wrote:
What city is on the cover?

The cover shown is just a mock-up using existing art from another product.


This one looks like yet another tome I'll have to purchase when the time comes. I've always loved lost cities/archaeology-style adventures, and more info on Xin-Shalast in particular can only be good.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

Adam Daigle wrote:
Wolfgang, are you gonna rock out Kho?

That would be Yr. Obdt. Srvt. me actually, and the turnover is IN! I was happy with how it came out and we shall see how it all comes out in the end but I think it should be pretty cool.


lavi wrote:
Wouldn't Xin-Cyrusian be the "proudest" ruin of Old Thassilon? ;)

Maybe Xin-Shalast was so greedy it took both awards for greediest and proudest city?

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James Jacobs wrote:
It's VERY LIKELY that the section on Ilvarandin will be HEAVILY INFLUENCED by what I'm doing in my office "Shadow Under Sandpoint" campaign... I've had plans for Ilvarandin's iconic monster in Pathfinder for years.

James do you think your current campaign will ever see the light of day in an AP?

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BenS wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:


Or maybe do a Chronicles book about the Thassilonian empire. Some bits about the history, magic, culture, cites etc and then information about whats left. That would be a cool book.
A great idea! I'd buy it in a second! :)
That's a fantastic idea for a Chronicles book!

I would love to see a hardcover book like the Inner Sea Campaign Book of the Thassilonian Empire or a book on the world in the period before the cataclysm.

Also, I vote to have more information on Xin-Shalast rather than another city. I would actually love a whole Guide to Xin-Shalast.

Thanks for the awesome work you are doing for us.


This looks like fun to me. And I was a patron on Sunken Empires, money well spent as far as I'm concerned.

Dark Archive

If this keeps up I have get another bookcase. Seriously!!! My bookcase is currently full, and you keep making stuff...... *starts weeping*

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Shem wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
It's VERY LIKELY that the section on Ilvarandin will be HEAVILY INFLUENCED by what I'm doing in my office "Shadow Under Sandpoint" campaign... I've had plans for Ilvarandin's iconic monster in Pathfinder for years.
James do you think your current campaign will ever see the light of day in an AP?

It might. After all, Curse of the Crimson Throne and Serpent's Skull were both sort of based on campaigns I've run for my group in the past.

Scarab Sages

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That's what I'm saying...


My gaming group is approaching Runeforge in our RotRL campaign, which means that the final chapter is close at hand for us...and I really want to have this book at hand to expand on Xin-Shalast for them.

I fear asking this question, but is the new January release date fairly solid now, or could it still slip to February?

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"Bringing Big D**n Justice to the Bad Guys Since 1369 DR"

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The Dalesman wrote:
I fear asking this question, but is the new January release date fairly solid now, or could it still slip to February?

It's shipped to the printer, so the release date now is relatively solid... barring unseen delays that sometimes happen (Chinese New Year, customs snags, sunken ships, kaiju, etc.).


James Jacobs wrote:
The Dalesman wrote:
I fear asking this question, but is the new January release date fairly solid now, or could it still slip to February?
It's shipped to the printer, so the release date now is relatively solid... barring unseen delays that sometimes happen (Chinese New Year, customs snags, sunken ships, kaiju, etc.).

Those meddlesome kaiju.... :)

Thanks, James!

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Cover has been updated to the final image. If you do not see a giant scorpion, please refresh your browser.

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Ross Byers wrote:
Cover has been updated to the final image. If you do not see a giant scorpion, please refresh your browser.

Should that giant scorpion I see be crawling up my leg?...

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

I have a pre-release copy of this sitting on my desk, and hoo boy does it look great!


Erik Mona wrote:

I have a pre-release copy of this sitting on my desk, and hoo boy does it look great!

Preview blog! Preview blog!

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Next from From Shore to Sea, my chapter on the Sun Temple Colony here is my favorite piece I've done to date for Paizo, and I can't wait to see the finished product! Every single one of these cities was were intriguing, and the book has lots of great playgrounds for GM to build on. Awesome!

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Erik Mona wrote:

I have a pre-release copy of this sitting on my desk, and hoo boy does it look great!

It does indeed look shiny. :D

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Liz Courts wrote:
It does indeed look shiny. :D

Fluorescent lights do that. ;)

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
It does indeed look shiny. :D
Fluorescent lights do that. ;)

I thought it was because of Hypnotoad... :P

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6

Hoping folks enjoy my take on Ilvarandin (with indispensible assistance from Mr. Jacobs' extensive notes). One of the projects I'm happiest with.

Dark Archive

Hoh, very nice cover!

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Liz Courts wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
It does indeed look shiny. :D
Fluorescent lights do that. ;)
I thought it was because of Hypnotoad... :P

All glory to the Hypnotoad.

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Wow. I get the impression that every one of these will be useful in my campaign, and I'm not even running a Golarion campaign.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Ross Byers wrote:
Cover has been updated to the final image. If you do not see a giant scorpion, please refresh your browser.

The product description has now been updated as well.

Dark Archive

Paizo is publishing too many quality products -- my treasure hoard (robbed from the weak and the poor) will soon be exhausted!

My loyal imps! Time to raid the Dungeon of the Mad Jacobs! Do not bother with copper or silver pieces -- bring back only gold, platinum and jewelry!

Dark Archive

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Hmm, slightly inconvenient in its timing, in that I just finished my Rise of the Runelords campaign in November and could have used the extra material on Xin-Shalast then.

Then again, one of the party members is staying in town and has great plans for it, perhaps becoming the new Runelord of Greed to replace the one they killed... There is potential for interesting follow-up games.


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NiTessine wrote:

Hmm, slightly inconvenient in its timing, in that I just finished my Rise of the Runelords campaign in November and could have used the extra material on Xin-Shalast then.

Then again, one of the party members is staying in town and has great plans for it, perhaps becoming the new Runelord of Greed to replace the one they killed... There is potential for interesting follow-up games.

Then you're very much in luck, because...

Spoiler:
The article on Xin-Shalast assumes Karzoug has been defeated. It's now a free-for-all, with various factions attempting to claim their share of riches and power.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Just digging into this. Is the Ilvarandin poem a nod to Samuel Taylor Coolridge?

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

The drug-induced ode to a mythical lost city certainly has hints of "Kublai Khan." James Jacobs wrote that as part of his Shadows Under Sandpoint campaign, so I'm sure he can offer more insight.


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The Chronicles line is rapidly becoming my favorite subscription - it is so consistently amazing. I haven't yet got the hardcopy, but couldn't wait and looked over the PDF. Each time you bring out a new one of these, it supplants the last one as my favorite Paizo book ever. Every page I scanned was packed with inspiration and sparked all kinds of ideas (that I'll never have time to implement, of course). A heartfelt congratulations to everyone who worked on it.

There was vague mention previously as I recall (though I don't remember the outcome). Let me please request a map folio for this as per Cities of Golarion - it would be a terrific complement.

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Matthew Morris wrote:
Just digging into this. Is the Ilvarandin poem a nod to Samuel Taylor Coolridge?

The poem is actually soemthing I wrote for my "Shadows Under Sandpoint" campaing, which deals a LOT with Ilvarandin, the midnight milk, and an invasion of the intellect devourers of that sleepy coastal town. The PCs found a copy of the poem in a book on their first adventure; the poem was HEAVILY annotated with adventure hooks and intriguing concepts by a mysterious NPC, and it's been a great way to get the PCs into the whole plotline.

As for its actual inspiration, there's not really just one source, but Samuel Taylor Coolridge's "Kubla Khan" was definitely the major source of inspiration for me in writing the poem. William Butler Yeats, Shakespeare, and Lovecraft also had a bit of influence on it though.


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James Jacobs wrote:
The poem is actually soemthing I wrote for my "Shadows Under Sandpoint" campaing, which deals a LOT with Ilvarandin, the midnight milk, and an invasion of the intellect devourers of that sleepy coastal town.

Sheesh, poor Sandpoint! Haven't they been through enough?

Dark Archive

Jam412 wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
The poem is actually soemthing I wrote for my "Shadows Under Sandpoint" campaing, which deals a LOT with Ilvarandin, the midnight milk, and an invasion of the intellect devourers of that sleepy coastal town.
Sheesh, poor Sandpoint! Haven't they been through enough?

Nope from what James has said, "Jade Regent", the next AP after "Carrion Crown" starts in poor Sandpoint.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
Just digging into this. Is the Ilvarandin poem a nod to Samuel Taylor Coolridge?

The poem is actually soemthing I wrote for my "Shadows Under Sandpoint" campaing, which deals a LOT with Ilvarandin, the midnight milk, and an invasion of the intellect devourers of that sleepy coastal town. The PCs found a copy of the poem in a book on their first adventure; the poem was HEAVILY annotated with adventure hooks and intriguing concepts by a mysterious NPC, and it's been a great way to get the PCs into the whole plotline.

As for its actual inspiration, there's not really just one source, but Samuel Taylor Coolridge's "Kubla Khan" was definitely the major source of inspiration for me in writing the poem. William Butler Yeats, Shakespeare, and Lovecraft also had a bit of influence on it though.

Thank you. Coolridge is one of my favourite poets


Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sorry, ex-English major.

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Matthew Morris wrote:
Just digging into this.

+1. I just finished reading through the PDF. Very inspiring! Xin-Shalast and Ilvaradin are my favorites.

James Jacobs wrote:


The poem is actually soemthing I wrote for my "Shadows Under Sandpoint" campaing, which deals a LOT with Ilvarandin, the midnight milk, and an invasion of the intellect devourers of that sleepy coastal town. The PCs found a copy of the poem in a book on their first adventure; the poem was HEAVILY annotated with adventure hooks and intriguing concepts by a mysterious NPC, and it's been a great way to get the PCs into the whole plotline.
As for its actual inspiration, there's not really just one source, but Samuel Taylor Coolridge's "Kubla Khan" was definitely the major source of inspiration for me in writing the poem. William Butler Yeats, Shakespeare, and Lovecraft also had a bit of influence on it though.

The poem also reminds me of Cassilda's Song from The King in Yellow, that talks about the lost city of Carcosa. Good stuff!

Slight threadjack: James, do you have any plans for publishing your Shadows Under Sandpoint campaign?

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BenS wrote:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Coolridge wrote several memorable potato chip jingles for Frito-Lay; they honored him by naming a potato chip flavor after him. Don't they teach history in English school?

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BenS wrote:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sorry, ex-English major.

Sorry Ben, I'll blame fatigue, and that Coolridge snuck past Chrome's spellcheck.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Tom Qadim wrote:
Slight threadjack: James, do you have any plans for publishing your Shadows Under Sandpoint campaign?

The section on Ilvarandin covers a fair portion of it already. It'd be cool, some day, to do an AP out of Shadows Under Sandpoint, though, but the earliest we'd be able to do that AP would probably be 2014, and since we're going back to Sandpoint this August, I'd probably want to wait a little longer than that. We'll see!

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Matthew Morris wrote:
BenS wrote:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sorry, ex-English major.

Sorry Ben, I'll blame fatigue, and that Coolridge snuck past Chrome's spellcheck.

Damnation! You tricked me into misspelling his name too! (cries into pillow until he falls asleep from exhaustion).

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