Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Book of the Damned—Volume 3: Horsemen of the Apocalypse (PFRPG)

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The End is Near!

Since the first spark of mortal life took form, the daemons have sought to extinguish it. Evil in its purest form, these terrors seek nothing less than the end of all existence. Led by the Four Horsemen—War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death—the armies of Abaddon work to corrupt, consume, and destroy everything around them. Perfect nihilists, the daemons seek only to be the last entities looking down on the dying cinders of the cosmos before they themselves are consumed, and only darkness remains.

Within this book, you’ll find:

  • Complete descriptions of the Four Horsemen and their armies of soul-devouring daemon servitors.
  • An overview of the wasteland realm of Abaddon, the private domains of its masters, and several other forsaken locations.
  • Rules for the daemon-worshiping souldrinker prestige class.
  • An introduction to the soul economy, and how captured souls are traded and used by fiends and mortals alike.
  • Secret histories of previous Horsemen.
  • New daemonic spells and magic items.
  • Overviews of the different castes of daemons, plus tips and tricks to aid in their summoning.
  • Statistics for eight new daemons ready to bring the horrors of the cosmos to players’ doorsteps.

Horsemen of the Apocalypse is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy game setting. While Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a standalone product, it also serves as a companion to Princes of Darkness: Book of the Damned, Vol. 1, which details the legions of Hell, and Lords of Chaos: Book of the Damned, Vol. 2, covering the hordes of the Abyss.

Written by Todd Stewart.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-373-6

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Chilling, Terrifying, and Inspiring

5/5

The Daemons are a tricky group to work into a campaign. Devils and Demons occupy more understandable types of Evil, but the Daemons are an entirely more sinister force.

This book does a great job exploring the Daemons, providing depth to their existence and plenty of opportunity for them to enter a campaign of 5th level and above.


5/5


Everyman Product Reviews: Book of the Damned

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Final Score & Thoughts
Crunch: 5/5 Stars
Flavor: 5/5 Stars
Texture: 4.5/5 Stars
Final Score: 14.5/5 Stars, or 4.75 Stars/5, rounded up for its flavor.

Individually, the three volumes of the Book of the Damned are amazing, excellent reads. The fact that the series managed to hold the same level of quality throughout several years of printing and a slew of authors is a testament to Paizo’s mastery over the evil realms. These planes are ripe for use in adventures of all sorts, and I am pleased to have such a thorough, encompassing guide on the topic. I would highly recommend all three volumes to any GM’s toolbox: they will meet your needs and exceed them a hundred times over.

For the full review, head to the Everyman Gaming blog.

(Note: This review is for all three volumes of the Book of the Damned combined. Not that it matters much; this score applies to all three books equally.)


Perfect.....

5/5

I found this book to be the favorite out of the Books of the Damned series. The Horseman, Abaddon and the Daemons are truly evil. No deals, no wants nothing but destruction. The book is well written, holds together nicely and provides enough information to base an entire campaign around the content. Well Done!!!!


The Most Chilling Outsiders Brought To Life

5/5

I did not think Paizo could top their book on Devils. I was wrong. Say hello to the most chilling outsiders you could ever hope not to meet.

Born of the spirits of nihilism, murder, misanthropy and self-loathing, Daemons seek one thing: the eventual annihilation of all life, until nothing remains but an empty universe, as dark, cold and empty as their souls. The writing is top-notch and more than a little stomach churning in a couple areas, as one is faced with a cavalcade of new Daemonic adversaries, each more horrendous and than the last, as well as their four psychopathic masters, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Abbadon is also described in-depth if ever a GM wants to run an adventure through the abode of the dark plane...although that is bordering on TPK territory right there.

I eventually want to run a few homebrews with a "Silent Hill" flavor to them. Daemons are the perfect outsider for the creepy psychological horror vibe, if ever I've seen one.

This is the darkest book of evil outsiders Paizo has released to date. Unlike Devils, there is no redeeming characteristics to the Daemon. At least Devils do not want to end all life. They just want to corrupt and reshape it. Even Demons are not as terrible as Daemons simply by virtue of the fact that they are generally poor planners who backstab and hobble one another's efforts for the sake of being contrary jerks. Daemons are another story entirely: Cold, logical beings whose only joy in life comes from the ending of others' lives. The scary thing is that they are just well-organized enough to pull it off.


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There's not a giant amount of stuff to cut out to hit word limits this time around, I've kept pretty tight to each section's word limit. But oh Oinodaemon, the temptation to keep elaborating upon certain sections... ;)

Dark Archive

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gbonehead wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
TODD, REMEMBER WHAT THE WORD COUNT IS AND MEANS. DO NOT MAKE ME PUNISH YOU FOR OVERWRITING. I'LL DRAW ON YOU AT GEN CON. AGAIN. THIS TIME I'LL GO FOR THE FACE.

Wait, what?

Isn't that what the web is for? All that beautiful stuff that couldn't fit in 64 pages?

A couple of pages over, sure, that could easily be done as a blog post or something, but when his turnaround for The Great Beyond would barely fit in 96 pages, that's a different matter.

Dark Archive

The Abyss and the Hells have been developed off and on for decades, and I have several editions worth of interesting lore for those settings.

Abaddon is shiny and new, and I'm eager to see what Todd has in mind.

I'm interested in seeing how he presents it as a playable resource. One could fairly easily rationalize serving an Archdevil, for the chance of power in the afterlife, or being corrupted into serving a Demon Lord, but serving a group of nihilistic entities centered around devouring souls, who don't offer the opportunity of 'promoting' worshippers into immortal outsiders? That's a harder sell.

I trust Todd to find a way to un-paint himself from this corner, but I'm eager to see what sort of dance moves he has to bust out to do so.


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Todd Stewart wrote:
There's not a giant amount of stuff to cut out to hit word limits this time around, I've kept pretty tight to each section's word limit. But oh Oinodaemon, the temptation to keep elaborating upon certain sections... ;)

And here I thought the process was selecting which of the hundreds of thousands of words already written by you to place inside the book. ;)

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Kvantum wrote:
A couple of pages over, sure, that could easily be done as a blog post or something, but when his turnaround for The Great Beyond would barely fit in 96 pages, that's a different matter.

You can always recycle material (or their concepts) that get cut for space limitations from earlier projects if it's applicable. ;)

Some stuff on daemon society (no elaboration yet) and one type of daemon (no elaboration again) gets a second go at it here.


GIEF!

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Todd Stewart wrote:
Kvantum wrote:
A couple of pages over, sure, that could easily be done as a blog post or something, but when his turnaround for The Great Beyond would barely fit in 96 pages, that's a different matter.
You can always recycle material (or their concepts) that get cut for space limitations from earlier projects if it's applicable. ;)

Yeah, but when your developer has to spend extra time cutting stuff to make it all fit, he gets slap-happy. As in, "happy to slap you." :)

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:


Yeah, but when your developer has to spend extra time cutting stuff to make it all fit, he gets slap-happy. As in, "happy to slap you." :)

I lost a week and a half for a funeral and travel to and from, so I've had less time to write all sorts of crazy stuff to get you slap-happy. ;)

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Gorbacz wrote:
Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod.

Dude. You remember who you're talking to right? This project is like the biggest "Yeah, of course we're doing that" product of the year. :P

Now's where we all start loading Stewart up with even more demands then the outline we gave him.

GO!

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

Yeah, we've pretty much known we would do a daemon book since, oh, since some time in the early 90s, probably. :)

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod.

Dude. You remember who you're talking to right? This project is like the biggest "Yeah, of course we're doing that" product of the year. :P

Now's where we all start loading Stewart up with even more demands then the outline we gave him.

GO!

Chibi Trelmarixian says bring it on!


Word counts and space limitations are for wusses. Todd has to make up for two full books on Demons and Devils and no Daemons.

Sides, his avatar is more badass than Sean's so I bet he could take him lol

Silver Crusade

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Erik Mona wrote:

Yeah, we've pretty much known we would do a daemon book since, oh, since some time in the early 90s, probably. :)

But you were teasing us! There was this Jacobs guy, who was saying "yeah, maybe, someday, if there is enough interest, we *might* do a book on daemons, or maybe a book on all NE outsider, I dunno".

That was cruel... so Neutral Evil cruel... No devilish gloating and stroking the beard, no demonic laughter and gnashing teeth, just cold, calculated annihilation.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Monkeygod wrote:
Word counts and space limitations are for wusses.

Turns out they're also for professional writers. :-P


Erik Mona wrote:

Yeah, we've pretty much known we would do a daemon book since, oh, since some time in the early 90s, probably. :)

Was that when you made the blood pact?

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

If by that you mean "was that when your name first appeared in a D&D product's credits, and was that product about demons and devils, and did you think daemons got the short end of the stick even then," then the answer is "yes."

Dark Archive

Sean K Reynolds wrote:

TODD, REMEMBER WHAT THE WORD COUNT IS AND MEANS. DO NOT MAKE ME PUNISH YOU FOR OVERWRITING. I'LL DRAW ON YOU AT GEN CON. AGAIN. THIS TIME I'LL GO FOR THE FACE.

** spoiler omitted **

This is why I fear paizocon. I'll show up and SKR will come round a corner and bam right in the kisser.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Jeremy Mcgillan wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:

TODD, REMEMBER WHAT THE WORD COUNT IS AND MEANS. DO NOT MAKE ME PUNISH YOU FOR OVERWRITING. I'LL DRAW ON YOU AT GEN CON. AGAIN. THIS TIME I'LL GO FOR THE FACE.

** spoiler omitted **

This is why I fear paizocon. I'll show up and SKR will come round a corner and bam right in the kisser.

Why would you punch Sean? ;)

Dark Archive

Adam Daigle wrote:
Jeremy Mcgillan wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:

TODD, REMEMBER WHAT THE WORD COUNT IS AND MEANS. DO NOT MAKE ME PUNISH YOU FOR OVERWRITING. I'LL DRAW ON YOU AT GEN CON. AGAIN. THIS TIME I'LL GO FOR THE FACE.

** spoiler omitted **

This is why I fear paizocon. I'll show up and SKR will come round a corner and bam right in the kisser.
Why would you punch Sean? ;)

Because he's on my facebook and knows my secrets...... *checks facebook* it also seems your on there too. Watch your back at paizocon :P

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Jeremy Mcgillan wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Jeremy Mcgillan wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:

TODD, REMEMBER WHAT THE WORD COUNT IS AND MEANS. DO NOT MAKE ME PUNISH YOU FOR OVERWRITING. I'LL DRAW ON YOU AT GEN CON. AGAIN. THIS TIME I'LL GO FOR THE FACE.

** spoiler omitted **

This is why I fear paizocon. I'll show up and SKR will come round a corner and bam right in the kisser.
Why would you punch Sean? ;)
Because he's on my facebook and knows my secrets...... *checks facebook* it also seems your on there too. Watch your back at paizocon :P

Hee. You used the words "facebook" and "secrets" in the same sentence!

Dark Archive

i like how the skeleton is going "that little wave, that's nothing, my boat is stonger that little wave!" (in a strong russian accent)

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

Yes, yes - ooohhhh YESSS!!!


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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Todd Stewart wrote:
Kvantum wrote:
A couple of pages over, sure, that could easily be done as a blog post or something, but when his turnaround for The Great Beyond would barely fit in 96 pages, that's a different matter.
You can always recycle material (or their concepts) that get cut for space limitations from earlier projects if it's applicable. ;)
Yeah, but when your developer has to spend extra time cutting stuff to make it all fit, he gets slap-happy. As in, "happy to slap you." :)

Sean, you know the simple solution to that is just to increase the number of pages from 64 to 96. I don't think any of us will complain.

:)


WOOT...looking foreword to this.
Next I hope they do a book on the Eldest ;)


That Old Guy wrote:
I am going to purchase these three titles, but I would so hugely prefer to have one unified hardback Book of the Damned.

I agree. As much as I like Paizo's products, they tend to really kill my wallet by sending out smaller booklets as opopsed to larger hardcover books. if you do the math, each one of these 64 page books rings at abouit 32 cents a page, where as the larger books (such as the Inner Sea World Guide and Ultimate Magic) run at about 16 cents a page... is there some reason why Paizo cannot just make larger books for its devoted fan base? Why did they have to make 6-7 books on the various races of Golarion instead of making one larger book called "Races of Golarion"? Same could be said about these three products, instead of three volumes of the book of the damned, why couldn't they just have one large one?

I know that Paizo is really good at listening to its fan base, that is why I have fully converted from WotC and their combat oriented system. So I hope that if enough of us speak about this subject, they might be more inclined to make their products cheaper via larger books at a slower rate of production...

In the end, I still love Paizo. Their world seems so much more personal and 'epic' than other company products. Again, this is probbaly because they are willing to listen to their fan base. Hopefully they remmeber this as they continue to be sucessful in the RPG table top gaming industry.

Looking forward to all the lore on the Daemons.

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Raymond Cundliffe wrote:
... is there some reason why Paizo cannot just make larger books for its devoted fan base?

The laws of physics.

We're pretty much at capacity right now. I'd even say beyond capacity. Increasing book sizes at this point is more or less not an option without shrinking the sizes of other books... or canceling books entirely.

And canceling books isn't really an option at all, since they're all on monthly or bimonthly subscription models.

Changing the book sizes would, in other words, require a relatively complicated rebuilding and reworking of how our publishing operation functions on all levels. Certainly, it's a lot less expensive (and thus a lot less risky) to make smaller books than larger books.

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Todd Stewart wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:


Yeah, but when your developer has to spend extra time cutting stuff to make it all fit, he gets slap-happy. As in, "happy to slap you." :)
I lost a week and a half for a funeral and travel to and from, so I've had less time to write all sorts of crazy stuff to get you slap-happy. ;)

Sorry to hear about the funeral, Todd.


EIGHT new daemons!? AWESOME!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Razz wrote:
EIGHT new daemons!? AWESOME!

Well, the daemons have some catching up to do, given their absence in Bestiary 1.

But I love how Paizo is going for a more-or-less equal devil/demon/daemon quota.


James Jacobs wrote:
Raymond Cundliffe wrote:
... is there some reason why Paizo cannot just make larger books for its devoted fan base?

The laws of physics.

We're pretty much at capacity right now. I'd even say beyond capacity. Increasing book sizes at this point is more or less not an option without shrinking the sizes of other books... or canceling books entirely.

And canceling books isn't really an option at all, since they're all on monthly or bimonthly subscription models.

Changing the book sizes would, in other words, require a relatively complicated rebuilding and reworking of how our publishing operation functions on all levels. Certainly, it's a lot less expensive (and thus a lot less risky) to make smaller books than larger books.

And this is why I enjoy Paizo so much: I make a suggestion, and a response is given. Thanks James Jacobs for enlightening me on the situation!


Todd Stewart wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod.

Dude. You remember who you're talking to right? This project is like the biggest "Yeah, of course we're doing that" product of the year. :P

Now's where we all start loading Stewart up with even more demands then the outline we gave him.

GO!

Chibi Trelmarixian says bring it on!

Chibi Trelmarixian is cute! Who's a cute widdle Horseman of Famine?

More seriously, my ongoing interest in the Kingmaker AO gives me one more reason to look forward to this, given that it's rather daemon-heavy in the middle two books. Hmm, maybe a subplot of a daemon cult and/or souldrinker going to the PC's kingdom to cause havoc...


I don't see the problem. Just use 5 pt. font size and that 96 pages becomes 64; it's like magic! :)

SJ

Liberty's Edge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber
Sir Jolt wrote:

I don't see the problem. Just use 5 pt. font size and that 96 pages becomes 64; it's like magic! :)

SJ

Nah...just make 2 books! :)

The guys have been dropping hints on this one for awhile, so it good to see this one finally get announced with Todd as the writer.


Some of the stuff that you've published in the past built on the foundation from Green Ronin's Book of Fiends. Are you turning back to that magnificent tome for more Golarion goodness?

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Beercifer wrote:
Some of the stuff that you've published in the past built on the foundation from Green Ronin's Book of Fiends. Are you turning back to that magnificent tome for more Golarion goodness?

While I read the first two Green Ronin fiend books, I've never actually read the third one. But generally speaking, unless something is already extant in prior Golarion lore, or is grounded in real world mythology, I didn't port anything from any other RPG source. That's iffy territory and I'll leave anything like that to the Paizo guys proper since they'd have to work out agreements with publishers/authors/etc.

Put another way, while I -adore- old 2e yugoloth stuff, there's not a bit of it in this book because of copyright/IP rules. I conspicuously tried to no retread any of the same territory that any given yugoloth did versus the various daemons, except when a given 'loth was already open content, or was itself based on a thing from real world mythology. And when there was any shared ground, expect twists.

That said, expect some obscure references to real world stuff, and a lot of entirely new stuff.


Todd Stewart wrote:
That said, expect some obscure references to real world stuff, and a lot of entirely new stuff.

Interestingly enough, I am doing an undergraduate paper on this very fact: that tabletop gaming applies a lot of intertextual theory to their cannons such as allusion and archetypes.

Is it possible I could get an interview of some type with you on this subject? I understand that you are very busy Mr. Stewart, but if you could even answer a couple questions through an email, that would help me immensely with my paper.


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
TODD, REMEMBER WHAT THE WORD COUNT IS AND MEANS. DO NOT MAKE ME PUNISH YOU FOR OVERWRITING. I'LL DRAW ON YOU AT GEN CON. AGAIN. THIS TIME I'LL GO FOR THE FACE.

{gasps} Noooooooooo! Not the horrid curse of.... Juggalo Face!

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Raymond Cundliffe wrote:
Todd Stewart wrote:
That said, expect some obscure references to real world stuff, and a lot of entirely new stuff.

Interestingly enough, I am doing an undergraduate paper on this very fact: that tabletop gaming applies a lot of intertextual theory to their cannons such as allusion and archetypes.

Is it possible I could get an interview of some type with you on this subject? I understand that you are very busy Mr. Stewart, but if you could even answer a couple questions through an email, that would help me immensely with my paper.

Not a problem at all. At a minimum though, it'll have to wait till I've finished the book this week. Also, I'll have to dance around any answers that talk about content prior to the book being released, but I'd be happy to chat over email. I think it's in my user info here.


woot im really looking forward to abusing this new source of pure evil


Todd Stewart wrote:


Not a problem at all. At a minimum though, it'll have to wait till I've finished the book this week. Also, I'll have to dance around any answers that talk about content prior to the book being released, but I'd be happy to chat over email. I think it's in my user info here.

Epic Fail: I cannot find your email. Could you give me a shout at Raymond.Cundliffe@gmail.com? Thank you again for your time!


Deamons want to cause utter destruction without rebirth. Sounds like pure evil to me! At least SOMETHING good came out of the Book of Revelations; Ideas for Paizo!


I do hope that the souldrinker PrC isn't just "You take a bit of someone's power for some minor benefits that are meh", and more like "At 10th level, you can rip someone's soul out if they fail a Will save".

Dark Archive

Will the diw also be in this book? Or will they be in a later book, maybe together with their friends, the asura?


Very excited for this one.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Jadeite wrote:
Will the diw also be in this book? Or will they be in a later book, maybe together with their friends, the asura?

The two previous books have had fluff mentions of other residents of the planes (kytons for devils, quillopths for Demons), so there might be something but probably not that much.

Silver Crusade

Is this product still slated for October? In the subscription, it shows it would ship alongside Lands of the Linnorm Kings.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Slipstream wrote:
Is this product still slated for October? In the subscription, it shows it would ship alongside Lands of the Linnorm Kings.

Yep... we got a bit behind; this is us catching back up.

(Assuming everything goes well in transit from the printer, anyway...)


Great i will by it.

I have a question , i have the book of fiends from Green Ronin, i want to know if the daemons in that book will be the same from this book?

From Brasil.

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kaymanklynman wrote:

Great i will by it.

I have a question , i have the book of fiends from Green Ronin, i want to know if the daemons in that book will be the same from this book?

From Brasil.

I haven't actually read the Green Ronin 'Book of Fiends', but even if I had, by virtue of that being another company's IP, the daemons in BotD3 are their own creatures entirely with a different thematic focus from what I know of the GR book.

However, there's nothing stopping you from integrating and weaving both types together in your own campaigns if you think they'd be cool together. :) There's plenty of space in the lower planes for all sorts of evil awesomeness.


kaymanklynman wrote:

Great i will by it.

I have a question , i have the book of fiends from Green Ronin, i want to know if the daemons in that book will be the same from this book?

From Brasil.

From Brasil also. Rare sight meeting other one around these boards.

What i miss more about Book of Fiends and from Planescape is the planar metaplot of the old Yugoloth breaking the rules of villany to make some evil where it really hurts.

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