Pathfinder Tales: Lord of Penance ePub

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By Richard Lee Byers

For Sefu and his gillman companion Olhas, life is rarely easy—that's only to be expected when you're a soldier in the Wave Riders, Absalom's elite navy. Yet when Sefu's sister is brainwashed by one of the would-be gods of the Ascendant Court, it's time for the pair to show that blood runs thicker than water. Whether or not the cult leader is actually on his way to becoming a god, it's up to Sefu and Olhas to rescue the girl from the cult's abusive clutches—whether she wants to be rescued or not.

From fan-favorite author Richard Lee Byers comes a rollicking adventure of fiends and friendship set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

This story originally appeared as part of Paizo's free weekly webfiction series, and is available for free at

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Solid, Fun Tale



Lord of Penance is a four-part Pathfinder short story available as free web fiction or as an ePub download here. Set in the Puddles District of Absalom, it's a grittier tale--there's no epic quests or dragons here. But the story is really well done and enjoyable. It's hard to say much more without spoilers, but I'd recommend it.


The main characters in Lord of Penance are Sefu, a Wave Rider of Absalom, and his best friend, a gillman named Olhas. Sefu's sister has fallen in with a stereotypical cult, and has started worshipping a would-be new god named Domitian, "The Lord of Penance", by engaging in begging and prostitution. When Sefu tries to pull his sister away from the cult, it's seen as a veritable kidnapping and bystanders intervene--a nice twist. Sefu and Olhas confront Domitian, and the story has an excellent depiction of how charm magic (and resistance) "feels" in an in-universe sense. Sufficie it to say, the cover art is a major spoiler. Overall though, it's a solid, fun tale.


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