Pathfinder Player Companion: Faiths of Purity (PFRPG)

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True heroes know that evil is not an abstraction, nor a concept to be debated. Rather, it is a relentless adversary, a dark tide that seeks always to roll over the world, turning the hearts of gentle souls with its claws and whispers. Against this onslaught stand a proud and pious few: those priests and soldiers who dedicate themselves in body and soul to the forces of light, ready to lay down their lives in defense of the innocent. Aided by the powers of their gods, these stalwart champions use sword and spell, faith and ferocity to protect all that they hold dear. For they know that if they do not—who will?

Faiths of Purity presents a player-friendly overview of the good-aligned religions of the Pathfinder campaign setting, along with new rules and information to help players customize pious characters in both flavor and mechanics.

    Inside this book, you'll find:
  • Information on each of the major good-aligned gods and his or her corresponding religion, including what's expected of adventurers of various classes, ways for the faithful to identify each other, taboos, devotions and ceremonies, church hierarchies, holy texts, religious holidays, and more
  • New traits to help represent and cement a character's background in the church
  • New feats and combat tricks for all holy warriors
  • New god-specific spells for a wide variety of spellcasting classes
  • Paladin codes for sacred warriors of each major god, as well as new organizations and knightly orders
  • Details on good-aligned minor deities, racial gods, empyreal lords, and more!
    Faiths of Purity includes key information on:
  • Cayden Cailean, god of freedom, ale, wine and bravery
  • Desna, goddess of dreams, stars, travelers and luck
  • Erastil, god of farming, hunting, trade and family
  • Iomedae, goddess of valor, rulership, justice and honor
  • Sarenrae, goddess of the sun, redemption, honesty and healing
  • Shelyn, goddess of beauty, art, love and music
  • Torag, god of the forge, protection and strategy

Written by Colin McComb

Each bimonthly 32-page Pathfinder Companion contains several player-focused articles exploring the volume’s theme as well as short articles with innovative new rules for social, magic, religious, and combat-focused characters, as well as traits to better anchor the player to the campaign.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-314-9

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5/5

An excellent resource for those who want to play as part of Golarion, instead of just in Golarion. The details on each deity for both worshippers and believers were concise and well-written, though specifically, this is more a book for laypeople as opposed to a details-for-clerics kind of work. In the same way that most Golarion setting books make me want to run an adventure in that setting, this book made me want to role-play.

The divine classes weren't left in the cold, however; I really enjoyed and appreciated the paladin codes. They seem like they could alleviate a great many alignment arguements, in addition to making a tangible difference in the way paladins from different deities would be played.


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5/5

One of the best pathfinder companion to date. The highly need information about the pantheons is highly over due. Not just the cleric info but the general worshiper info was great but my favorite section is the paladin codes, really brings them to life.


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Dark Archive

Looks like I will have to get two copies of this, one for myself and one for the guy playing a Paladin of Sarenrae in my campaign.


It's too late to influence product content, but I am hoping there is some data on the Knights of Ozem! I have a PC interested in one for Carrion Crown.


DM Wellard wrote:
I for one will be very disappointed if they are just a rehash of stuff I already have...these are going to be make or break books for me on this subscription

+1. I love the articles in the AP's but I would have no need to buy three new books if they just reposted stuff. I seriously doubt they will do simple cut and pastes. I can understand reprinting some of the information, but I also want more information. I am very interested to see the Paladin codes presented!

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GM Hands of Fate wrote:
DM Wellard wrote:
I for one will be very disappointed if they are just a rehash of stuff I already have...these are going to be make or break books for me on this subscription
+1. I love the articles in the AP's but I would have no need to buy three new books if they just reposted stuff. I seriously doubt they will do simple cut and pastes. I can understand reprinting some of the information, but I also want more information. I am very interested to see the Paladin codes presented!

I am pleased to report that this is almost-all-new stuff. I did reference source material in writing this and had to cover some domains and portfolios to make it accessible for players, but the text is all new.

The Knights of Ozem get a couple of paragraphs - it's not a hugely indepth exploration, but combined with the information on Iomedae's faithful, it should be enough for you to understand and create their organization more fully.

Dark Archive

I know it's too late to influence this product but I hope they have something that allows you to apply "touch of law" to your self and use it that same turn.

just throwing it out there


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

I assume by now this is the final cover art. Looking pretty good, can't wait to check this out.

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deinol wrote:
I assume by now this is the final cover art. Looking pretty good, can't wait to check this out.

Kyra and some bug revisiting the Gods & Magic cover, with Sarenrae & Rovagug? That's a neat shout-out sort of deal.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Vic Wertz wrote:
Cover image and description have been updated to reflect the finished product.

(That was February 1.)


Special request: I want to see a "we shipping your Faiths of Purity to you currently" message in my inbox tomorrow. Thanks :)


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Vic Wertz wrote:

Cover image and description have been updated to reflect the finished product.

(That was February 1.)

I swear I had Ctrl-F'd for Vic on Page 2 before I asked that question. I must have been sleepy.

Still, looking forward to this release. The Faiths set are the companions I am most interested in. Until Goblins comes out. ;)


I can't wait for this one, I love Desna, Sarenrae, and Shelyn.

Silver Crusade

VERY curious about what's going to be offered on the barbarian and monk side of things.

Dragon78 wrote:
I can't wait for this one, I love Desna, Sarenrae, and Shelyn.

Sounds like you might want to head over to the Rule34 thread... ;)


Oh excellent :) got "we'll be shipping in a week" message from Paizo!


Are there any prestige classes in it?Need some Undeadbashing ones for Carrion Crown

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mightyjules wrote:
Are there any prestige classes in it?Need some Undeadbashing ones for Carrion Crown

Nope no PrC's, just stuff about the gods, spells, feats and paladin codes.

Silver Crusade

Dark_Mistress wrote:
mightyjules wrote:
Are there any prestige classes in it?Need some Undeadbashing ones for Carrion Crown
Nope no PrC's, just stuff about the gods, spells, feats and paladin codes.

Wait, so someone has the book!

Any stuff/feats for super-good barbarian types? :)

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Mikaze wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
mightyjules wrote:
Are there any prestige classes in it?Need some Undeadbashing ones for Carrion Crown
Nope no PrC's, just stuff about the gods, spells, feats and paladin codes.

Wait, so someone has the book!

Any stuff/feats for super-good barbarian types? :)

Drunken Brawler might work good for a Barbarian. If they drink and get drunk they have a -2 ref save, but gain temp hp and a +2 to fort and will saves. But once the temp hp are exhusted you lose the save bonuses but the penalty stays for a hour.

Silver Crusade

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
mightyjules wrote:
Are there any prestige classes in it?Need some Undeadbashing ones for Carrion Crown
Nope no PrC's, just stuff about the gods, spells, feats and paladin codes.

Wait, so someone has the book!

Any stuff/feats for super-good barbarian types? :)

Drunken Brawler might work good for a Barbarian. If they drink and get drunk they have a -2 ref save, but gain temp hp and a +2 to fort and will saves. But once the temp hp are exhusted you lose the save bonuses but the penalty stays for a hour.

Thanks! Doesn't really mesh with any of the barb concepts I've got, but there's another for whom this would be a perfect fit. :)

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Really loving this one.

And those priests of Torag sure do love their rings... :P

p16 "...but you can spot one of the devoted by the rings on his fingers, in his beard, on his fingers..."


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

The Eye of the Father trait for Torag says (emphasis mine):

Faiths of Purity wrote:
You have an innate sense of what is right and wrong in the works you craft, based on your years studying with the church fathers at their forges. You gain +1 trait bonus to a Craft skill of your choice, and Perform is always a class skill for you.

I think this should probably say "and Craft is always a class skill for you", right?

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

Zaister wrote:
I think this should probably say "and Craft is always a class skill for you", right?

Correct. This was an unfortunate copy/paste error that was overlooked in development and editing.

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buzzby wrote:

Really loving this one.

And those priests of Torag sure do love their rings... :P

p16 "...but you can spot one of the devoted by the rings on his fingers, in his beard, on his fingers..."

You don't want to know where the other rings are. Just... just trust me on this one.

Silver Crusade

And suddenly I feel driven to drink.

Anything to make the images go away.


Ordered this book. Sarenrae is my go to replacement for my former Lathanderite characters. There's something about playing a worshipper of the Sun God/Goddesses that appeals to me. So beautiful, so pure, so bright with the light of goodness. My beautiful, blonde Aasimar priestess of the Sun will live again.


Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

THIS is how religion books should be done. The material focuses less on the deities and more on those who follow it. Right on the money! This is what players/DMs need to make the religion come alive. Kudos.

The other faith books couldn't come quick enough for me!!


Elorebaen wrote:

THIS is how religion books should be done. The material focuses less on the deities and more on those who follow it. Right on the money! This is what players/DMs need to make the religion come alive. Kudos.

The other faith books couldn't come quick enough for me!!

Waiting...for...email...must...push...refresh...

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

I remove a post and a reply to it. PG-13, folks.

Dark Archive

Just one question...
Are their any archetypes in this book?

Silver Crusade

Souphin wrote:

Just one question...

Are their any archetypes in this book?

Nope. Only crunch in the book are feats, spells, and traits.

It did make me realize I need to roleplay my priest of Torag a little more aggressively.


Anything in the book for monks followers of a deity (especially Shelyn) by chance ? (can't wait for the 20th.. :o )


What about paladins of Arshea?


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I was curious: why no references at all to APG classes? I was interested in seeing what gods commonly had inquisitors and oracles as part of the clergy and/or as followers.

Also, exactly how common are paladins of Cayden, anyways? They get a spell, so they apparently exist...


Elorebaen wrote:

THIS is how religion books should be done. The material focuses less on the deities and more on those who follow it. Right on the money! This is what players/DMs need to make the religion come alive. Kudos.

The other faith books couldn't come quick enough for me!!

Yeah, taunt those of us who have to wait for it!

Seriously, everything I'm hearing about this book just makes me want it more. It sounds like it's an amazing addition to Golarion.


Wow, this book delivered! Still reading it through from cover to cover (about 70% through) but a stellar entry thus far.

One quibble, however, yet it's not a true criticism. The book does a very good job of "why be a follower of X". Given the pantheistic nature of Golarion, however, should this be considered the norm? In other words, do most inhabitants of Golarion pick a single patron diety like a cleric does? If so, how much or how little are the other "main gods/goddesses" given their due?

That's the only thing missing from this but I'm not sure this product should/would be the place to answer that.


I may have missed this, but where will Pharasma's followers be treated?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
I may have missed this, but where will Pharasma's followers be treated?

Faiths of Balance, the Neutral deity book?

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
I may have missed this, but where will Pharasma's followers be treated?

The books are broken up by the gods' alignments. Pharasma is N, thus her followers will be covered in Faiths of Balance.


Can we get a breakdown on the crunch please?
How many new traits, feats, spells, etc. and samples?

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
ZenithTN wrote:

Can we get a breakdown on the crunch please?

How many new traits, feats, spells, etc. and samples?

2 traits per major god and 1 trait for most of the minor gods, usually 1 spell and 1 feat per major god (a few have 2 spells or 2 feats), but the book is really flavor-focused, not crunchy rules bits. It's more how to roleplay a follower of the various gods, not how to best min-max a character that supposedly follows one.


Kvantum wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
I may have missed this, but where will Pharasma's followers be treated?
The books are broken up by the gods' alignments. Pharasma is N, thus her followers will be covered in Faiths of Balance.

Faiths of Balance! Thanks, G & K.


coyote6 wrote:

I was curious: why no references at all to APG classes? I was interested in seeing what gods commonly had inquisitors and oracles as part of the clergy and/or as followers.

Also, exactly how common are paladins of Cayden, anyways? They get a spell, so they apparently exist...

Actually, there are references to some of the classes from the APG. Usually for Oracles and Inquisitors.

There are no paladins of Cayden though. Chaotic Good, free to live life to the fullest under no ones rules not really matching up with Lawful Good, honour and obedience to a higher power.

The only gods with Paladins are the Lawful Good gods (Erastil, Iomedae, and Torag) and the Neutral Good Gods (Sarenrae and Shelyn). Some of the minor gods mentioned do have Paladins, but none of the Chaotic Good ones. You just can't serve a god that dedicated to personal freedom while keeping to a Lawful alignment.

Personally, I'm really enjoying the Paladin codes for the different Gods. Especially Torag. My wife and I did a double take when we read about showing no mercy to "your people's" enemies and scattering their families, especially when compared to Shelyn and Sarenrae

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I really like this book. This is what the Player Companion line should be all about!

Also, it has more information and a trait related to Milani, and anything that has Milani in it wins the day for me. My fave Pathfinder deity, hands down.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Society Subscriber

So, when do we get the evil version of this book?

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Chris Ballard wrote:
So, when do we get the evil version of this book?

Officially? *shrugs* "Faiths of Corruption" hasn't even been announced as existing as a real product, let alone one with a release date.

Unofficially? The guess is it will be released sometime after GenCon, likely this year but maybe in the early part of 2012.


Kvantum wrote:
ZenithTN wrote:

Can we get a breakdown on the crunch please?

How many new traits, feats, spells, etc. and samples?
2 traits per major god and 1 trait for most of the minor gods, usually 1 spell and 1 feat per major god (a few have 2 spells or 2 feats), but the book is really flavor-focused, not crunchy rules bits.

Perceived snarkiness omitted.

Thank you for the official reply. I shall not grace paizo with revenue for this product, as it does not appeal to me.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
ZenithTN wrote:
Kvantum wrote:
ZenithTN wrote:

Can we get a breakdown on the crunch please?

How many new traits, feats, spells, etc. and samples?
2 traits per major god and 1 trait for most of the minor gods, usually 1 spell and 1 feat per major god (a few have 2 spells or 2 feats), but the book is really flavor-focused, not crunchy rules bits.

Perceived snarkiness omitted.

Thank you for the official reply. I shall not grace paizo with revenue for this product, as it does not appeal to me.

Well, you're missing one hell of a cool book then :)


No, I'm greatly enjoying $11 + S&H.

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ZenithTN wrote:

Can we get a breakdown on the crunch please?

How many new traits, feats, spells, etc. and samples?

Traits = 24

Feats = 12
Spells: 8 (bard 5, cleric 8, druid 2, inquisitor 3,Ranger 2, paladin 4)

I paid < $9 for the 36 page pdf and if you look at it compared to the $30+ for the 190+ "complete" books we use to get before this is not a bad deal. I had really expected more but I never really bought a Player Companion before and as I read it I find it to be more like paizo's version of Dragon Magazine, especially since toward the end of the actual magazine life span 7.99 was close to the cover price. You can wait for the "ultimate divine" (speculation) if you want more because I myself was expecting Prestige classes, archetypes, lots of feats >24, lots of spells >24. Mechanics aside it does offer alot, (repeat: alot) of flavor to the major good But just imagine it as an entire issue of Dragon dedicated to the good dieties and if you put it that way it really does deliver.
I would of added some other simple things, like a chart of the dieties in the book, their domains, and favored weapon, like in the Corebook but just of the ones in this book also mentioning the minor ones to, like Torag's siblings that are not in the core rulebook

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