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

5/5

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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Todd Stewart wrote:
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.

Thanks for the reply and I will integrate both as you said.

I love the concept and goals of the daemons. I am a evil GM and my player hate me.


Todd Stewart wrote:
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.

Actually IMHO given that the daemons from the Book of Fiends are focused on human sin, they might work better as demons in Golarion's cosmology.

Silver Crusade

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
Todd Stewart wrote:
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.

Actually IMHO given that the daemons from the Book of Fiends are focused on human sin, they might work better as demons in Golarion's cosmology.

Golarion daemons are more tied to the method of death - Hydrodaemons come from souls who die by drowning, Derghodaemons come from souls who got eaten alive by itsy bitsy little crawly things...

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So I wonder if anyone out there has tried to make actual rules for Abaddon, as in this:

The Great Beyond wrote:
(Szuriel's domain) More so than any other region of Abaddon, Szuriel’s realm is openly hostile simply as a result of environmental conditions. Surrounded by uncounted miles of blasted wasteland, the land littered with broken pumice, basalt, and the bones of the dead, anyone moving causes the air to rapidly fill with a localized cloud of fine volcanic glass. Initially any inhalation causes only a simple nagging irritation, but exposure for more than an hour gradually causes internal bleeding and countless tiny ruptures in the lungs, resulting in the affected victims literally drowning in their own bodily fluids and adding another set of bones to the Angel of Desolation’s vast domain.

I'm still playing with ideas, but this is my current thinking:

"This dust is fine and clingly, like fine dust, but more deadly. After an hour of exposure, anyone breathing will start taking 1d2 Con damage every 10 minutes from internal bleeding (A DC 15 Fortitude save negates, but there is a cumulative -1 penalty). Once Constitution damage has been taken, the victim must make suffocation checks every minute; any failure results in beginning to suffocate.

Actions other than simple movement (such as running, combat, etc.) cause the dust to flare up. This causes an immediate Fortitude save vs. Con damage, and once per round checks for suffocation for the duration of the activity and for 2d6 rounds afterwards."

Anyone else ever dealt with this?

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Product description and cover updated. Pay your tolls to the Ferryman!

Dark Archive

Wicked cover.


I gues we need a gold coin to take this boattrip.

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Dragon78 wrote:
I gues we need a gold coin to take this boattrip.

Two. You need two...'cause you have to get back some how, and he don't give no free rides.

Shadow Lodge

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Oooooooooh, souldrinker! O_O

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Lazaro wrote:
Oooooooooh, souldrinker! O_O

>:)

Also, it's a pretty sweet cover isn't it?

Shadow Lodge

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The cover rocks indeed! Then again anything with Charon/thanadaemons is awesome in my book!


It's probably a bit late to ask this but: will we see a daemon bloodline for sorcerers in this book?


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Eric Hinkle wrote:
It's probably a bit late to ask this but: will we see a daemon bloodline for sorcerers in this book?

I kinda doubt it, but I really hope so. As of now though, there have only been two sorcerer bloodlines (pestilence and orc) featured outside of a rules book.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Liz Courts wrote:
Product description and cover updated. Pay your tolls to the Ferryman!

Don't pay the ferryman. Don't even fix a price. Don't pay the ferryman... until he gets you to the other side.


Was waiting for the Chris Deburg reference...glad it wasn't me.


I am excited about this book. I always loved yugoloths and I am glad Paizo has done work with them instead of ignoring them. October feels so far away! :(


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Vic Wertz wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Product description and cover updated. Pay your tolls to the Ferryman!
Don't pay the ferryman. Don't even fix a price. Don't pay the ferryman... until he gets you to the other side.

Just throw your sorrows overboard.

Frog God Games

Liz Courts wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I gues we need a gold coin to take this boattrip.
Two. You need two...'cause you have to get back some how, and he don't give no free rides.

How convenient that I also have these two eyes that need weighing down.

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Calypstar wrote:
October feels so far away! :(

Oh oh! Let's spill the beans in the blog now that we're a month or so out from the book. (or if you want to go old school: Let's help them tumble to the dark of it!)

Dark Archive

Todd Stewart wrote:
Oh oh! Let's spill the beans in the blog now that we're a month or so out from the book. (or if you want to go old school: Let's help them tumble to the dark of it!)

From your lips to James Jacobs ears.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Waaah, November?

*sniff*


Gorbacz wrote:

Waaah, November?

*sniff*

*Evil*

Yummy yummy tears.

*waves the manuscript around in a game of fiendish keep away*

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Tegresin the Laughing Fiend wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:

Waaah, November?

*sniff*

*Evil*

You...

you...

OVERWROTE?

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Gorbacz wrote:
Tegresin the Laughing Fiend wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:

Waaah, November?

*sniff*

*Evil*

You...

you...

OVERWROTE?

Not this time. Not for a long while.

It's already moved along to the going to the printer stage IIRC.

Edit: Of course, the release date being moved back means I'll probably have to wait longer to see the final pdf. Waaah.


Hmm, now I totally want to do an evil daemon-blood tiefling wizard/souldrinker. >:3

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I've got the pdf. It's awesome. You guys will like. :D

Dark Archive

Tease much?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Todd Stewart wrote:
I've got the pdf. It's awesome. You guys will like. :D

GIEB!

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

Todd Stewart wrote:
I've got the pdf. It's awesome. You guys will like. :D

I hope so. I have some Horsemen and their avatars to design, you know.

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gbonehead wrote:
Todd Stewart wrote:
I've got the pdf. It's awesome. You guys will like. :D
I hope so. I have some Horsemen and their avatars to design, you know.

*squee* :D

Dark Archive

Todd, I am trying to keep my old school 1st Edition Daemon power structure intact while still using it with Golarion; as such, I still have Anthraxus the Decayed as the Oinodeamon and Master of the Wasting Tower of Khin-Oin.

How would you incorporate the Four Horsemen in that worldview, besides giving him the titular Fifth Horseman guise that is sometimes bandied about?

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Todd, I am trying to keep my old school 1st Edition Daemon power structure intact while still using it with Golarion; as such, I still have Anthraxus the Decayed as the Oinodeamon and Master of the Wasting Tower of Khin-Oin.

How would you incorporate the Four Horsemen in that worldview, besides giving him the titular Fifth Horseman guise that is sometimes bandied about?

Going with a sort of mixed 1st/2nd power structure for the 'loths, overlaying the Golarion Horsemen of the Apocalypse, it would probably work best with Anthraxus as a so-called 5th Horseman, with the Four as unique 'loths in positions of power below him such as Bubonix in Carceri, Helekanalaith in Gehenna, etc.

There's a big giant glaring caveat regarding the whole 5th Horseman thing comparing the daemons to the 'loths, but more on that in BotD 3 (the whole Bound Prince mythology mentioned in 'The Great Beyond' and elsewhere).


Wow, can't way to have this. Have to wait for the PDF though, frustrating as that is...


Any idea of the release date on this? Mid-late November as usual?

I want my souldrinker prestige class. >.>

Dark Archive

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Ashram wrote:
I want my souldrinker prestige class. >.>

I be thirsty.


I just read the Nightstalker entry in Undead Revisited the other day, which was also written by Todd Stweart.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!

and if BoD3 is even half as good as that entry, this is going to be an utterly amazing book that will devour all our souls :)


Monkeygod wrote:

I just read the Nightstalker entry in Undead Revisited the other day, which was also written by Todd Stweart.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!

and if BoD3 is even half as good as that entry, this is going to be an utterly amazing book that will devour all our souls :)

Might I recommend Todd's magnum opus for Paizo: The Great Beyond. In the off-chance you don't own it already, you should treat yourself to one of my all-time favorite Paizo books.

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Monkeygod wrote:

I just read the Nightstalker entry in Undead Revisited the other day, which was also written by Todd Stweart.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!

and if BoD3 is even half as good as that entry, this is going to be an utterly amazing book that will devour all our souls :)

I'd glad that you liked that one. I actually think I had more fun with the Devourer entry in that book, but it was a blast to work on both.

And in reply to both you and BenS, I'm actually more proud of how BotD3 came out than TGB (been wanting to do a book like this one for a long, long time). I can't say anything much though till it's actually released. :)


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Society Subscriber
Ashram wrote:

Any idea of the release date on this? Mid-late November as usual?

I want my souldrinker prestige class. >.>

To subscribers the book will ship next week. So, yes, mid-late November sounds good.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Lanx wrote:
Ashram wrote:

Any idea of the release date on this? Mid-late November as usual?

I want my souldrinker prestige class. >.>

To subscribers the book will ship next week. So, yes, mid-late November sounds good.

That stupid notice drives me nuts. "We're about to ship your books. You're about to get to read your awesome PDFs. Have fun checking your email every few hours for the next week, mwahahaha!"

I'd say I can't wait for this, Todd, but Paizo has ensured that I will be doing just that very thing. Waiting. :)


I downloaded the book last night and read it in one sitting. Thank you to Paizo and Todd! I'm a big fan of daemons, and I've been waiting for Todd to write a book like this since I read his Baernoloth stories on ENworld several years ago. I really can't say enough good things about this book. Thanks!

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:D

I've been wanting to write a book like this for years, and now it's out, and I'm pleased as punch.

I can also talk about it now, so without reservation let me say the following: Please please please tell me what you think about it! Let me know what you like, what you don't like, what you want to know more about.

Talk about the book and let me know what to chatter about, because I've been holding out for a while and finally this warding circle has grown weak, so to speak. ;)

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Never give a fiend what he wants! Quick! Someone cast dismissal or banishment! Just make sure you hold up a picture of Sean K. Reynolds if you cast the latter. It should increase the DC to resist the effect.


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Neil Spicer wrote:
Never give a fiend what he wants! Quick! Someone cast dismissal or banishment! Just make sure you hold up a picture of Sean K. Reynolds if you cast the latter. It should increase the DC to resist the effect.

Ok!

casts dismissal on Neil Spicer.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

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Dragons are not extraplanar creatures.


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Neil Spicer wrote:

::promptly swats Justin Franklin::

Dragons are not extraplanar creatures.

They can be. ;)


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Thanks to tests tomorrow, I've only had a chance to skim through the PDF, but I have to say, nice job. I love finally seeing some attention being given to fiends beyond the standard demons and devils. It's nice to see how their nihilistic culture works, with the emphasis given to how they do constantly experiment and create new life, but with the ultimate goal of destroying it.

Some specific notes:

Spoiler:

*In the Texts section, I almost laughed when I saw The Withered Footsteps of the Dire Shepherd as the oldest known text on daemons and other soul-eaters (and I did note that not one mention was made of what the Dire Shepherd is).
*No daemons specifically linked to predation?
*Wait, the preferred sacrifice to a sangudaemon is an intelligent creature being fed to a vampire in the daemon's presence? I thought sangudaemons hated vampires with a passion?
*Vorasha the Ophidian? I really need to read Story Hour 2 (I was holding off until Story Hour 1 was done, but that might be a few years).

Anyway, great job. We can only hope that there is an Abaddon adventure module in your future (or a trilogy, we haven't had one of those in a while).

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Bluescale wrote:

Thanks to tests tomorrow, I've only had a chance to skim through the PDF, but I have to say, nice job. I love finally seeing some attention being given to fiends beyond the standard demons and devils. It's nice to see how their nihilistic culture works, with the emphasis given to how they do constantly experiment and create new life, but with the ultimate goal of destroying it.

Some specific notes:
** spoiler omitted **

Anyway, great job. We can only hope that there is an Abaddon adventure module in your future (or a trilogy, we haven't had one of those in a while).

More response to your comments later, but if you notice a familiar name or two in there, don't necessarily assume it's an easter egg. For instance, while Trelmarixian and Vorasha are inspired by creatures in my home game/storyhour, outside of name and general appearance, they diverge rather remarkably from the originals in a number of ways (the PF Trelmarixian is a much deeper character, different personality etc).

That one daemon associated book, there are perhaps some suggestions to read into there, but not absolutely one interpretation. It might be expanded upon in the future though with new stuff, or a few loose threads that got lost between manuscript and final version.

The sangudaemon thing, I'll have to go back and look at the original draft and see what I put there for sacrifices, since the vampire antipathy was there originally. Something might have gotten changed through the whole process, and if so a clarification is in order. :)

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Before I start auditing today, wanted to let you know that I've this PDF open and am reading it while listening to calls. First PDF even before Death's Heretic.


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Kain Darkwind wrote:

That stupid notice drives me nuts. "We're about to ship your books. You're about to get to read your awesome PDFs. Have fun checking your email every few hours for the next week, mwahahaha!"

I'd say I can't wait for this, Todd, but Paizo has ensured that I will be doing just that very thing. Waiting. :)

Such a quick turnover rate this time!

Usually, pdfs serve as artwork/bestiary galleries for me, and I wait to read them in book form. Couldn't do that with this one. Couldn't even skip ahead. Mowed through the whole thing. AWESOME.

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