Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Rule of Fear (PFRPG)

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A Cursed Land

For thousands of years, the Immortal Principality of Ustalav has labored beneath the legacy of its dark past. Within the shelter of its mist-shrouded hills and decaying, decadent cities, things that have no right to live stalk the night, and superstitious residents lock their doors tight against the howls and scratchings that summon them forth. Vampires, werewolves, undead monstrosities, and stranger things make their homes here, and even those fools who ignore such threats tremble at the thought of the Whispering Tyrant, the nation’s former conqueror, who even now shifts restlessly beneath his prison-tower of Gallowspire. Though most of Ustalav’s citizens are ordinary men and women, canny urban merchants, or fallen nobles coasting on their last shreds of wealth and reputation, no one here dares peer too far into the shadows, for fear of what might be looking back.

Rule of Fear provides a comprehensive overview of the nation of Ustalav, a realm of urban intrigue and gothic horror, and the setting of Pathfinder Adventure Path’s Carrion Crown Adventure Path.

    Inside this 64-page book, you’ll find:
  • A complete overview of 13 adventure-packed counties, from the ghost-haunted wastelands of Virlych to the bustling ports of Caliphas, including detailed descriptions of significant locations, notable personages, and the rulers of each region
  • In-depth gazetteers of seven major cities, including key locations, city stat blocks, and local rumors to draw your players into the action
  • Six conspiracies and secret societies, and how they fit into Ustalav’s baroque government
  • Eleven terrifying adventure locations, plus details on their masters, inhabitants, and supernatural hauntings
  • Information on local superstitions, secrets about notable families (and the unspeakable curses they bear), tips for running classic horror-themed campaigns, and more!

Rule of Fear is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be incorporated into any fantasy game setting.

by F. Wesley Schneider

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-301-9

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Change the Game, and introduce Horror.

5/5

The Rule of Fear is the "Ravenloft" of Golarion. Change the game up and scare the pants off your players: Check out my full review: Rule of Fear


Good Content, Needs Editing

3/5

This is a handy resource for GMs looking to add a little meat to Ustalav. At its best, the author delivers focused information that is both informative and entertaining. However, at times, this 64-pager begs for editorial intervention. Many of the sentences are long, sweeping, and verbose. I found parts overindulgent and just plain labor intensive to read. Regardless, there is certainly value between the covers and I recommend it to anyone interested in Ustalav.


Good Info, Poor Format

3/5

Really good information in this book, and a must have for those interested in all things Pathfinder, but overall the format is not up to the standards that Pathfinder has previously been known for. Lots of typos and inconsistencies, and the separate chapter for the cities apart from the counties chapter makes for a lot of flipping back and forth that would have been better suited to an entry for each county that included the city that pertained to it.


Great...but where is Kavapesta...?

4/5

This is an outstanding book. The art, the NPC detail, the writing...all top notch. My only complaint begins on page 10. Under the Kavapesta heading it gives no information other than the fact that the write up on this city--the LARGEST in Amaan--will be detailed in chapter 10. I looked...many times...and I could not find it. Did I just miss it? Or is this one of the mysteries of an already haunted land? This is the only reason the product gets 4 stars instead of 5.


Astonishing

5/5

This is RPG writing at its best.

This book is jam-packed with so many ideas it's bewildering at times. There are adventure hooks in every paragraph that will make any DM stop and think 'I have to use that' and every player reading this book will want to adventure in Ustalav.

Production values are of course first class, with beautiful art direction, maps and evocative images rounding out the package.

Congratulations to all involved and especially to Wesley Schneider, for raising the bar once again. First class.


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Paizo Employee Creative Director, Starfinder

Beek Gwenders of Croodle wrote:

"Ghasterhall

The Palace of Travesties
Master: Gier (LE male demilich)"
Excuse me, where are demiliches statted? Are they in the bestiaries?

At this point, the demilich is statted up in Tome of Horrors III.

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Beek Gwenders of Croodle wrote:

"Ghasterhall

The Palace of Travesties
Master: Gier (LE male demilich)"
Excuse me, where are demiliches statted? Are they in the bestiaries?

For now, there's not a Pathfinder version of the demilich stat block. The one we prefer is found in the Tome of Horrors, but there's a CR 29 version in the Epic Level book as well.

Chances of us doing a Pathfinder RPG stat block for a demilich by the end of this year are 100% though!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Chances of us doing a Pathfinder RPG stat block for a demilich by the end of this year are 100% though!

Got me kinda excited for a moment there before I realized the ToH III one was wayyyyy less powerful than the ELH one :)

Silver Crusade

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gbonehead wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Chances of us doing a Pathfinder RPG stat block for a demilich by the end of this year are 100% though!
Got me kinda excited for a moment there before I realized the ToH III one was wayyyyy less powerful than the ELH one :)

The ToH III one is one of the most dangerous encounters in the entire

Spoiler:
Curse of the Crimson Throne AP
, so I would count my blessings before dismissing it as "weak" :)

It shipped today!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!


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Kettlebriar wrote:
It shipped today!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!

Yep, as did mine. Along with my Faiths of Purity. :)


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Awesome book! Man, I wish all of the region books were this detailed.


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All in all, this is the best region book Paizo has done yet. I hope they follow this formula from now on. That said, I noticed some inconsistencies...

Spoiler:

-Conte Tiriac is noted as being an aristocrat 3/fighter 15, but later, in the Haunts section, he's statted as an aristocrat 3/fighter 11. There's also a vampiric aristocrat 3/ranger 15 in Caliphas, so maybe the author got those levels mixed up?
-Carrion Hill's entry says it will be looked at more closely in chapter 4, but it never is.
-Under Ghasterhall, there's no mention made of Lucimar the Lich-Wolf. In the Factions Guide he's noted as being one of the leaders of the Whispering Way whose base is Ghasterhall. Maybe he's just a servant of the more powerful demilich?
-Under the Conspiracies section, the Whispering Way is noted as being CE, when it has always been NE up until now. I'm assuming it's still NE - especially since Tar-Baphon himself is apparently LE.


Am I the only one who wishes these types of books were name in a format like:

Ustalav: Rule of Fear

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Uninvited Ghost wrote:

Am I the only one who wishes these types of books were name in a format like:

Ustalav: Rule of Fear

Many bookstore buyers don't like seeing words they don't know in book titles. It makes them order fewer copies. So we generally (but not always) try to avoid that.


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Vic Wertz wrote:
Uninvited Ghost wrote:

Am I the only one who wishes these types of books were name in a format like:

Ustalav: Rule of Fear

Many bookstore buyers don't like seeing words they don't know in book titles. It makes them order fewer copies. So we generally (but not always) try to avoid that.

I certainly understand that, but it would be nice to get nation names somewhere on the cover for books like these.

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Generic Villain wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Addressing each of these to clear up any wonkiness:

Tiriac's Classes: Go with what's printed on page 29. I'm not seeing the vampire aristocrat 3/ranger 15 you mentioned in Caliphas. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong Caliphas section. What's the dude's name?

More on Carrion Hill: Ran out of room to discuss more creepy places I suppose. Folks looking for more information on Carrion Hill can learn more about it in Pathfinder Module: Carrion Hill.

Where's Lucimar?: This is not a mistake. Just wait for Pathfinder Adventure Path #48: Shadows of Gallowspire. };)

Whispering Way Alignment: While I could see an argument for regional branches of fractious organizations having distinct goals and thus alignments, purists might want to see an "N" instead of a "C" when they look at the alignment on that page.

Scarab Sages

I just wanted to say: awesome book! I'm still reading through it, but I love it so far. My one question:

Do the people of Ustalav ever feel the need to drink heavily? If I had to live there, it'd certainly be a consideration.


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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:

Tiriac's Classes: Go with what's printed on page 29. I'm not seeing the vampire aristocrat 3/ranger 15 you mentioned in Caliphas. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong Caliphas section. What's the dude's name?

Thanks for clearing things up Wes.

On page 40, under the "Notable NPCs" of Caliphas, there's a Luvick Siervage (LE male vampire aristocrat 2/fighter 15). Then there's Ristomaur Tiriac (LE male human vampire aristocrat 3/ranger 15) on page 29, vs. Ristomaur Tiriac (LE male human vampire aristocrat 3/ fighter 11) on page 59. Not a big deal really, just something I noticed - I figure if GMs are going to use Tiriac, they'll make him whatever level they want.

As for Lucimar, I had this suspicion we'd hear from him again. I originally thought the idea of a wereworg lich was dopey, but the guy's sort of grown on me since.

Scarab Sages

Having seen this and waiting for it to drop through my letter box I've been flicking through Complete guide to Vampires, Lich, werewolf, wererat, Classic Monsters Revisited and all my AD&D ravenloft stuff....I'm throwing anything in to throw the players off so they don't fall into the 'Oh, it's a vampire/werewolf/ghost/undead/minion' frame of mind.

Silver Crusade

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AntediluvianXIII wrote:
Having seen this and waiting for it to drop through my letter box I've been flicking thought Complete guide to Vampires, Lich, werewolf, wererat, Classic Monsters Revisited and all my AD&D ravenloft stuff....I'm throwing anything in to throw the players off so they don't fall into the 'Oh, it's a vampire/werewolf/ghost/undead/minion' frame of mind.

Undead Revisited is just around the corner, that might help as well.

Scarab Sages

Gorbacz wrote:


Undead Revisited is just around the corner, that might help as well.

SWEEEEEEET! *slakes thirst on nearest peasant girl*

Dark Archive

Since Wes is clearing up the confusion on Conte Tiriac's Level, I suppose I'll drop in and also ask about Alison Kindler. She's a Bard 6 / Pathfinder Chronicler 4 on page 13 and a Bard 9 / Pathfinder Chronicler 4 on page 38. Which of these is correct?

While I'm asking questions, on page 42 there's a character named Innkeeper Mishea Lessina. She's a cleric, but it doesn't list a deity for her. She's running an inn / tavern and is Chaotic Good, so I'd assume her deity was Cayden Cailean, but on the same page are mentioned secondhand tales of "festive Desnan elders" and "winemakers dedicated to Cayden Cailean", as well as a monastary that no one knows the true deity of. Is her deity Cayden Cailean, Desna, or supposed to be left a mystery?

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Aside from small issues like the level confusion on these NPCs, this has been an excellent book; I would go so far as to say it's one of Paizo's best setting guidebooks in recent memory. I hope to see more like it in the future.


On page 10 in the Amaans section it states that there is supposed to be a section for Katapesta in chapter 3, but looking in chapter 3, and everywhere else in the book, i dont see a section for Kavapesta. Is this a typo, or is my copy just missing the section detailing Kavapesta?

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Generic Villain wrote:
On page 40, under the "Notable NPCs" of Caliphas, there's a Luvick Siervage (LE male vampire aristocrat 2/fighter 15). Then there's Ristomaur Tiriac (LE male human vampire aristocrat 3/ranger 15) on page 29, vs. Ristomaur Tiriac (LE male human vampire aristocrat 3/ fighter 11) on page 59. Not a big deal really, just something I noticed - I figure if GMs are going to use Tiriac, they'll make him whatever level they want.

Totally. But yeah, go with whats in the write-up of Tiriac as legit.

Generic Villain wrote:
As for Lucimar, I had this suspicion we'd hear from him again. I originally thought the idea of a wereworg lich was dopey, but the guy's sort of grown on me since.

Not me!

Lucimar: "You want me to square off against a bunch of high-level PCs?"
Me: "No, Mr. Lichwolf... I expect you to die"

Tune into PF #48 for the resolution to all that.

Generic Villain wrote:
Thanks for clearing things up Wes.

No prob!

Contributor

Lord Gadigan wrote:
Alison Kindler: She's a Bard 6 / Pathfinder Chronicler 4 on page 13 and a Bard 9 / Pathfinder Chronicler 4 on page 38. Which of these is correct?

In this case - and 9 out of 10 times in any product where you see this sort of incongruity - I'd go with the section that focuses on the individual and not the peripheral mention. Though I reserve the right to change that decision if I ever stat her up.

Lord Gadigan wrote:
While I'm asking questions, on page 42 there's a character named Innkeeper Mishea Lessina. She's a cleric, but it doesn't list a deity for her. She's running an inn / tavern and is Chaotic Good, so I'd assume her deity was Cayden Cailean, but on the same page are mentioned secondhand tales of "festive Desnan elders" and "winemakers dedicated to Cayden Cailean", as well as a monastary that no one knows the true deity of. Is her deity Cayden Cailean, Desna, or supposed to be left a mystery?

I'd go with Desna, though, again, I reserve the right to change that if she ever gets stated up down the line. Desna's just a better fit with the Varisian dominance of the region and Archerhome's former affiliation.

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Alephtau wrote:
On page 10 in the Amaans section it states that there is supposed to be a section for Katapesta in chapter 3, but looking in chapter 3, and everywhere else in the book, i dont see a section for Kavapesta. Is this a typo, or is my copy just missing the section detailing Kavapesta?

Quite the opposite. Kavapesta is ONLY in my version of the book. One of the towns I wrote up had to die to fit within the book's 64 pages and that was the one, though sadly that mention apparently survived. Fortunately, much of the information on the city found its way into the timeline and the description of Bishop Ulametria and the Pharasmin Penitence. And before people ask to see the handful of idea drained locations I had written for this, no, I'm not sharing.

So nah. :P

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Since we're all throwing in here, let me do the same. Ahem:

"Dear inconsistent sirs, I see that the spelling of Ustalav's ruling family changes with some regularity between 'Odranti' and 'Ordranti.'

"Additionally, between this book, the Inner Sea World Guide, and an un-released product, there is an additional inconsistency in the spelling of the town and castle Corvischior. Is it 'Corvischior' or 'Corvischoir?'

"As adhering to canon is central to my pride as a GM, it is imperative you resolve this matter immediately. Thank you"

Huh... that is kind of liberating.

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
"Dear inconsistent sirs, I see that the spelling of Ustalav's ruling family changes with some regularity between 'Odranti' and 'Ordranti.'

While I'm not super excited about your tone, I'll go ahead an answer your questions because I'm a frickin' prince.

Short story: Ordranti. Longer story: Ordranti is probably most pervasive, appears in the header with the prince's name, and appears in the Inner Sea World Guide. That said, I think at one point I meant to rectify having the name "Ordranti" and the place "Odranto" by losing the superfluous "r." Didn't quite carry through on that one apparently. So, lets go with Ordranti since its out there and is in all the headers and call it done.

F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
"Additionally, between this book, the Inner Sea World Guide, and an un-released product, there is an additional inconsistency in the spelling of the town and castle Corvischior. Is it 'Corvischior' or 'Corvischoir?'

The name was always supposed to be "Corvischoir," but apparently I can't spell "choir" and didn't realize that when the whole name - being a made-up word - got underlined by my spellchecker. So, in the campaign setting, Rule of Fear, and everyplace else - but one unreleased place - it's been Corvischior. That said, when I noticed this "mispelling," I corrected it in the product I saw it in, not realizing how pervasive it was. So now, in 9 out of 10 places, the town and castle are called Corvischior, and lets got with that as the canon spelling. But whenever I run a game set there, the locals will adhere to a confusingly quaint custom of pronouncing their community's name as "Corvischoir."

Hope this helps... jerk.


Awesome, thanks for the response, would really like to see the Kavapesta entry that did not make it in, but i understand that some things must be cut. Just glad to know that i didnt get a copy with missing content.

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:

Since we're all throwing in here, let me do the same. Ahem:

"Dear inconsistent sirs, I see that the spelling of Ustalav's ruling family changes with some regularity between 'Odranti' and 'Ordranti.'

"Additionally, between this book, the Inner Sea World Guide, and an un-released product, there is an additional inconsistency in the spelling of the town and castle Corvischior. Is it 'Corvischior' or 'Corvischoir?'

"As adhering to canon is central to my pride as a GM, it is imperative you resolve this matter immediately. Thank you"

Huh... that is kind of liberating.

Woah. Nerdraging your own book! BRILLIANT!

Contributor

F. Wesley Schneider wrote:


Lucimar: "You want me to square off against a bunch of high-level PCs?"
Me: "No, Mr. Lichwolf... I expect you to die"

Tune into PF #48 for the resolution to all that.

Lucimar may be expected to die...but he doesn't do so easily. Stay tuned, true believers!!!

Contributor

Brandon Hodge wrote:
Lucimar may be expected to die...but he doesn't do so easily. Stay tuned, true believers!!!

I JUST finished editing that section. You're not kidding! Delightfully messed up stuff!

Dark Archive

Thank you very much for the responses, Wes! The information / clarification is greatly appreciated.

Scarab Sages

James Jacobs wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:

Since we're all throwing in here, let me do the same. Ahem:

"Dear inconsistent sirs, I see that the spelling of Ustalav's ruling family changes with some regularity between 'Odranti' and 'Ordranti.'

"Additionally, between this book, the Inner Sea World Guide, and an un-released product, there is an additional inconsistency in the spelling of the town and castle Corvischior. Is it 'Corvischior' or 'Corvischoir?'

"As adhering to canon is central to my pride as a GM, it is imperative you resolve this matter immediately. Thank you"

Huh... that is kind of liberating.

Woah. Nerdraging your own book! BRILLIANT!

Just don't make him hungry. You wouldn't like him when he's....hungry.

Contributor

F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Brandon Hodge wrote:
Lucimar may be expected to die...but he doesn't do so easily. Stay tuned, true believers!!!
I JUST finished editing that section. You're not kidding! Delightfully messed up stuff!

Well, yeah -turns out Lucimar isn't one to sit idly by and wait for PCs to gang-bang him. He's a wolf, and wolves HUNT! ;-)


Brandon Hodge wrote:
Lucimar isn't one to sit idly by and wait for PCs to gang-bang him.

My eyes! My eyes! That image was too much for me!

I like Corvischoir too so will use that (because I don't know how to pronounce Corvischior).

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Wolf Munroe wrote:
I like Corvischoir too so will use that (because I don't know how to pronounce Corvischior).

That was what brought it to my attention, when Sutter asked me a question about 'Corvish-she-or.' To which I was like, "WTF? 'Corvis Choir,' dummy." And then he pointed it out, and was like "Learn to spell, dummy." And I was like "Awwwwwww. Sad day."

And then Vic found the last 10 posts of this thread and e-mailed the link to everyone in the company under the title "I think Wes might need a Vaction."

True facts.


Brandon Hodge wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:


Lucimar: "You want me to square off against a bunch of high-level PCs?"
Me: "No, Mr. Lichwolf... I expect you to die"

Tune into PF #48 for the resolution to all that.

Lucimar may be expected to die...but he doesn't do so easily. Stay tuned, true believers!!!

Just the news that we'll get a statblock and writeup for Lucimar the Lichwarg has sold me on PF #48. It's always good to see some more anthropomorphic wolves in PFRPG.

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Sadly, the closest you'll get to a vacation is that email, Wes.

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Some spoilers here, but nothing that isn't on the back of the AP.

Are there two Beasts of Lepidstadt? The description of the two of them seem very different between the timeline in Rule of Fear and content of Trial of the Beast.

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BobROE wrote:
Are there two Beasts of Lepidstadt? The description of the two of them seem very different between the timeline in Rule of Fear and content of Trial of the Beast.

No.

If you're referring to the bit about Dr. Moritz in the timeline, that's the public story of what went down and how the Beast was created. Those in the know (or GMs who read on) will find there's more beyond that story.

Silver Crusade

I'm still waiting on the all-clear from our GM for the related AP, but I just wanted to say I really want to read this book so hard. And the thread.


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
That was what brought it to my attention, when Sutter asked me a question about 'Corvish-she-or.' To which I was like, "WTF? 'Corvis Choir,' dummy." And then he pointed it out, and was like "Learn to spell, dummy." And I was like "Awwwwwww. Sad day."

Seriously, just ret-con the spelling. No one will think any less of you.

Well, beyond those that already think less of you, but haters will be haters.

And no vacation until all of Carrion Crown is sent to the printers! Sorry!


About halfway done reading this, and as much as i love the information in the book, and as much as i love Pathfinder, i do have one problem with this book, and its mainly a format thing. I personally dont like that the section on the counties does not include the city that is pertinent to it. To me it is kind of cumbersome to have to flip ahead to another chapter to read about a city that is in the county that i am currently reading about. A minor thing, but kind of irritating. Just my own personal opinion that the cities should have been included in the county descriptions instead of being in a "cities" chapter.

Other than that i would say that i am enjoying the read, and am glad to get more info on Ustalav, since i was always wanting more than the too short descriptions we have got heretofore.

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:


No.

If you're referring to the bit about Dr. Moritz in the timeline, that's the public story of what went down and how the Beast was created. Those in the know (or GMs who read on) will find there's more beyond that story.

That is what I was refering to, and that makes sense.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

F. Wesley Schneider wrote:

And then Vic found the last 10 posts of this thread and e-mailed the link to everyone in the company under the title "I think Wes might need a Vaction."

True facts.

Except that I spelled "vacation" properly. Which I take as further evidence of the correctness of my premise.

Contributor

I thought that was part of the joke, Vic!

Contributor

Yup. That cinches it. My time off request form will be completed by week's end. I'm already planning a lovely trip to bed until noon, followed by not reading or writing anything, and maybe a trip to Mass Effect 2.


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I have two questions related to the Lovecraft connection in this book. While I'd definitely like to hear the author's thoughts, anyone can chime in, as I don't think there's a single "right" answer in either case.

Q1: What were the influences for the Versex city of Thrushmoor? Two other Versex communities have obvious Lovecraft influences: Illmarsh is clearly inspired by Innsmouth, while Carrion Hill calls to mind the labyrinthine cities featured in stories like "The Music of Eric Zahnn." Thrushmoor kind of reminds me of the quaint New England town where things appear normal on the surface - until you dig a little deeper. I'm not sure though. (I ask this because, as a GM, I'd love to set a campaign in Versex, and I'd like to know where to look for more inspiration).

Q2: What happened to the anicent Kellids of Ustalav? Based on what I can piece together, Ustalav was originally ruled by primitive people who worshiped the Great Old Ones. However, there seem to be hints that, at some point, they realized the folley of propitiating such awful things, and found some more friendly deities (maybe - I'm not sure on this). Despite being scattered by the Varisians, I figure pockets of Kellids had to survive. What did they do? I know some interbred with Varisians (the swamp people of Sinaria for example), but what of the rest of them? And do they continue worshiping their dark gods?

As a side note, I think the Kellids would make a perfect backdrop for a Pathfinder version of "The Rats in the Walls," wherein a PC slowly learns that his/her ancestors were cannibals who enslaved - and fed on - subhuman Kellids.

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got mine today, and I'm quite disappointed that instead of getting the entire book, they bound pages 1-48, then instead of pages 49-whatever they put duplicates of pages 1-16 in the back. :( hopefully customer service will take care of this.

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Lord Thorin wrote:
got mine today, and I'm quite disappointed that instead of getting the entire book, they bound pages 1-48, then instead of pages 49-whatever they put duplicates of pages 1-16 in the back. :( hopefully customer service will take care of this.

I'm sure they will, assuming that this isn't how you let them know :)

Jeez, I better look at mine.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Lord Thorin wrote:
got mine today, and I'm quite disappointed that instead of getting the entire book, they bound pages 1-48, then instead of pages 49-whatever they put duplicates of pages 1-16 in the back. :( hopefully customer service will take care of this.

That's a printer error—let customer service know either via these boards, email, or a phone call and they'll get you a replacement sent ASAP.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Generic Villain wrote:

Q1: What were the influences for the Versex city of Thrushmoor? Two other Versex communities have obvious Lovecraft influences: Illmarsh is clearly inspired by Innsmouth, while Carrion Hill calls to mind the labyrinthine cities featured in stories like "The Music of Eric Zahnn." Thrushmoor kind of reminds me of the quaint New England town where things appear normal on the surface - until you dig a little deeper. I'm not sure though. (I ask this because, as a GM, I'd love to set a campaign in Versex, and I'd like to know where to look for more inspiration).

Q2: What happened to the anicent Kellids of Ustalav? Based on what I can piece together, Ustalav was originally ruled by primitive people who worshiped the Great Old Ones. However, there seem to be hints that, at some point, they realized the folley of propitiating such awful things, and found some more friendly deities (maybe - I'm not sure on this). Despite being scattered by the Varisians, I figure pockets of Kellids had to survive. What did they do? I know some interbred with Varisians (the swamp people of Sinaria for example), but what of the rest of them? And do they continue worshiping their dark gods?

As a side note, I think the Kellids would make a perfect backdrop for a Pathfinder version of "The Rats in the Walls," wherein a PC slowly learns that his/her ancestors were cannibals who enslaved - and fed on - subhuman Kellids.

I'm not the author, but I did help a little bit with the Lovecraft influences in Ustalav.

Thrushmoor is more or less meant to be a stand-in for Arkham.

The ancient Kellids mostly movied into areas like the Realm of the Mammoth Loards, Numeria, and Sarkoris (which is now the Worldwound), where in time they became the modern Kellids. There are indeed still isolated pockets of them in Ustalav, and some of them DO still worship the Great Old Ones.


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James Jacobs wrote:


Thrushmoor is more or less meant to be a stand-in for Arkham.

The ancient Kellids mostly movied into areas like the Realm of the Mammoth Loards, Numeria, and Sarkoris (which is now the Worldwound), where in time they became the modern Kellids. There are indeed still isolated pockets of them in Ustalav, and some of them DO still worship the Great Old Ones.

Cool, thanks for the reply James. I figured Rozenport was Ustalav's Arkham, given that it's home to the suspiciously named "Sincomakti School of Sciences," but I s'pose there's room for two homage-towns.

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