Pathfinder Tales: Misery's Mirror ePub

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by Liane Merciel

The Shadowcallers of Nidal are some of the most feared spellcasters on Golarion, known for their remorseless cruelty and ruthlessness. When the newly minted Shadowcaller Isiem agrees to accompany his estranged friend Ascaros on a journey to investiage his aunt's death and reclaim her possessions, he finds himself face to face with a powerful artifact of great interested to the pairs' academy, the infamous Dusk Hall of Pangolais. Face with age-old curses, betrayal from within Zon-Kuthon's dread ranks, and worse, Isiem may soon regret trading the known dangers of the Dusk Hall for the unknowns of Nisroch.

From acclaimed author Liane Merciel comes a dark tale of loss and treachery set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder campaign setting.

This story originally appeared as part of Paizo's free weekly webfiction series, and is available for free at

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Deliciously Dark--Just Like Nidal



Misery's Mirror is a four-part series of free web fiction available here (or as a one-dollar e-book here). It's a satisfying tale that features the protagonist of author Liane Merciel's Pathfinder novel Nightglass and introduces a character crucial to her second novel, Nightblade. It's a dark and occasionally opaque story that fits the setting perfectly, and the ending is very satisfying. I'd definitely recommend it for fans of Nidal or Merciel's work.


Set during Isiem's days as a student in the Dusk Hall of Pangolais, Misery's Mirror introduces a fellow student named Ascaros. When Ascaros is sent to retrieve a shadow-summoning nightglass from a deceased aunt's estate in Nisroch, he asks Isiem to come along. When they arrive, they realise the aunt had been killed by an archmage, and then discover a shae imprisoned in a midnight mirror (a magical device prominently featured in the excellent Pathfinder module of the same name). The story provides some more great flavour to Nidal, but most importantly, explains a lot about Ascaros and his relationship with Isiem, which helps prepare the reader for Nightblade. All in all, good stuff!


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