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

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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

*****

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.


*****


Everyman Product Reviews: Book of the Damned

*****

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.....

*****

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

*****

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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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Just announced! The cover is a mockup, and will change prior to publication.

Contributor

Woo-hoo!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod.

Paizo, thanks for listening to our continued pleas/inquiries/demands for a Daemon book by Todd Stewart.

No really, thank you. The NE fiends have for long been the ugly ducklings of the multivere, always behind the hip and trendy demons and devils. Here comes the payback.


Awesome. Was kinda hoping for the original version of the four horsemen, being Conquest, War, Famine, and Death, rather than the newer more common four. Still awesome to see more about them. And that Souldrinker reminds me of Neverwinter Nights 2.


I love you! I've been waiting for this book for a long time; ever since WotC's Fiendish Codex series stopped at two. And by Todd Stewart, too! You're spoiling me today ;)

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Yes!!!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Awesome maybe next we see the good, chaos, and law outsiders get some love.

Dark Archive

Hellz yeah or Abbadon yeah I have been toying around with a Daemon blooded Tiefling witch, this might be of some help.

Dark Archive

Very cool.


I thought (as I think many people did) that this book might be in the works. :)
I'm pretty stoked for it honestly. I just hope a 4th book is being planned for next year dealing with Rakshasas, Divs and Kytons (I'm sure there are probably others, but I can't think of them at the moment).

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Awesome.

Shadow Lodge

I think we all knew that this book had to be in the pipeline somewhere and that we all knew that Todd Stewart was surely destined to write it; but to see the proof of both is truly fantastic. Congratulations Paizo! Congratulations Todd! Now blow us away with it.

Best Regards
Herremann the Wise

Dark Archive

Daemonic WOOT !

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

By the Fifth Horseman... WANT

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Vic Wertz wrote:
Just announced! The cover is a mockup, and will change prior to publication.

Still, that's an awesome mock-up cover \m/.

Dark Archive Contributor

Sold!

Contributor

*GRIN*

I've been wanting to say something for a while now. And now I can, at least in-so-much-as yes indeed I'm working on a BotD III, actually been working on it for a bit now and closing in on the finish.

I truly hope to make it something that folks really enjoy, and up to the level that Wes and James set as the standard with BotD I and II. :)


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


*****YAY!!!!!*****

this is sooo epic. As a lover of all things Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I can not wait!!!!!

/epic, uber dance of awesometastic happiness and joy

Dark Archive

Hell Yeah!!!!!!!!
...................
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I mean Abaddon Yeah!!!!!


Todd Stewart wrote:

*GRIN*

I've been wanting to say something for a while now. And now I can, at least in-so-much-as yes indeed I'm working on a BotD III, actually been working on it for a bit now and closing in on the finish.

I truly hope to make it something that folks really enjoy, and up to the level that Wes and James set as the standard with BotD I and II. :)

let me down, and the clarion call of my Army of the Apocalypse shall sound and we shall lead the charge to drag you to Abbadon.

please, please, please, let this be awesome!!!


so you have foul evil(le and ne)
reeking of evil(some ne and all CE)

and now you have trully evil.....

how nice.


We eagerly await information detailing whatever border security you chaps have there.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32

(starts the wave)

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Todd, just don't overwrite this one by half. Otherwise, yeah, let me add to the chorus of "Abaddon Yeah!"


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules Subscriber

<- Pre-ordered!
.
.
.
Looking forward to seeing what Todd's been up to.


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Tales Subscriber

The title of this product really make me want to take up my "Let Anne Stokes do some Pathfinder covers" campaign again. She'd be perfect for something this metal.


This is really awesome. Who do I have to kiss for this?
Todd, it is great to hear that you is writing this. Even if the quality is just half as good as your previous Yugoloth material I will be happy.
I guess my players will have to wait a bit longer for the Daemon-part of the campaign.

By the way, is there a counterpart to the Ultroloth (as in being a schemer, etc.) in Golarion?

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Ooh! Eight new daemons!

Dark Archive

Joe Wells wrote:
(starts the wave)

WAVE

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Joe Wells wrote:
(starts the wave)
WAVE

*grabs a surfing board*

Dark Archive

Abaddon yeah!

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32

At last! And they picked the best guy to write it too :-)
Can't wait!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

On a side note, this means that Todd Stewart is the first freelancer to write two CS sourcebooks all by himself. Gratz Todd!


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Holy Moley!! First the Bestiary 2, now this!

This is perfectly timed for me. I've been foreshadowing qlippoth in my campaign, and 'pre-foreshadowing' the daemons - they're in there fiddling about for sure and now I can finalize the details. Oh, those poor agathions.

THIS will be awesome. And I'm sure my players will hate it :)

Scarab Sages

WWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!


Nice, my groups won't like that it's coming out, but hey, I like it!! And you could leave that cover, it's pretty cool!!

**WAVE**


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Way cool!!


Not to forget information on the supposed 5th horseman?


FINALLY!

After years of books on Devils and Demons (and don't get me wrong, I love 'em), we finally get a treatment on Daemons!


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Awesomeness!

Jon Brazer Enterprises

Shiny!


LoreKeeper wrote:
Not to forget information on the supposed 5th horseman?

Pass a few souls my way and I might tell you what I told Tabris when he wrote the notes which would later be compiled as the Book of the Damned. Or not. Or I might just lie at the most opportune moment. Wait and see. >:D


Vic Wertz wrote:
Just announced! The cover is a mockup, and will change prior to publication.

I'd say that cover looks plenty cool as it is. And the souldrinker PrC alone sold me on this book, let alone a whole book devoted to those fun-loving daemons.

And it'll be coming out for Halloween, no less.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

LoreKeeper wrote:
Not to forget information on the supposed 5th horseman?

He/She/It will be mentioned a little, but not much. We're focusing on the four Horsemen for the most part, since they're the ones who are currently active and since the mythology is about four of them, not five.


YES!!! I will be buying this.

Contributor

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:

;)

Dark Archive

SOLD... Love this series!!!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

I can't shake this mental image of Todd chained up like a mad dog snarling and straining at his shackles ready to leap upon and savage this project to the bone. And then...? Then someone releases the chain...

Go get'em, boy! :->


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
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?

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