Pathfinder Player Companion: Agents of Evil (PFRPG)

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It's Good to Be Bad

Not every protagonist is a hero! Author Thurston Hillman brings you all the twisted tools you need to carry out nefarious deeds in Pathfinder Player Companion: Agents of Evil. Delve deep into discussions of what it means to undertake evil tasks, both for truly selfish characters and for those hard-eyed heroes willing to get their hands dirty in pursuit of the greater good. Explore new character options for PCs not squeamish about what patrons, gods, or other sources of power they serve, and gear up with a smorgasboard of sinister magic items, forbidden equipment, and spells that will make paladins think twice about working with you!

Adventure isn't just for goody-goodies anymore. Inside this book, you'll find:

  • New background options, story feats, and character traits to help you flesh out your villainous past. Were you the product of a hard life, or just born rotten to the core?
  • Details on who worships the evil gods of the Inner Sea, and a brief review of their nonevil cults, including the appeaser cleric archetype, who channels nefarious powers to unaligned ends.
  • New archetypes to emphasize moral compromise and sinister influences, such as the insinuator antipaladin, who serves no cause but his own glory.
  • General and specific tactics for battling the forces of good, from self-righteous paladins to holier-than-thou angels.
  • New spells, magic items, magic weapons, feats, and poisons to help give your morally compromised adventurers the edge over their foes!

This Pathfinder Player Companion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be incorporated into any fantasy world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-801-4

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5 stars because...

5/5

This book finally introduces an enchantment you can put on your armor to cause alignment detecting divination magic to read whatever alignment you want to broadcast. THIS IS HUGE!

Before this, ways of disguising alignment were obvious, due to will saves, or the fact they made you always broadcast Neutral Neutral. NO MORE! Now your bad guys can broadcast any alignment, my favorite so far being Neutral Good, as its just so dang believable.


Being an AGENT of evil

3/5

What this book is: a list of options for characters who plan on working with an evil source. An agent, of evil, if you will.
What this book is not: a guidebook for evil characters. Pick of Champions of Corruption if that's what you need.

Agents of Evil is a great book for those looking to engage an evil, or at least morally ambiguous, campaign but aren't ready to go full mustache twirling, baby eating, "hail Asmodeus!" monster. It comes with a plethora of story feats that play off of the fall of morality, some class options for clerics and summoners that let non-evil ones work better with the wicked, and a few other goodies that fit right into settings like Skull and Shackles and Reign of Winter.

That said, if you want your character to fully embrace darkness... well, this book isn't that. For an AP like Way of the Wicked, where the PCs are supposed to be fully in the dark side of the alignment axis, this book's "slightly darker than gray" themes won't satisfy you. Champions of Corruption will serve you better.

The reason for the three star review isn't the part of the moral spectrum it chooses to cover, it's about the multiple directions this book tried to go and the fact it really didn't satisfy any of those directions.
I cannot call it a rules book (like I would the Weapon Master's Handbook); there are chapters that are only one quarter mechanics or rules.
I cannot call it a fluff book (like I would Champions of Balance); no given concept is given extensive extensive coverage. A given idea (such as dealing with evil as a method of survival) is given merely a paragraph, rather than a column or page.
I cannot call it a lore book (as I would the Books of the Damned or Numeria: Land of Fallen Stars); while Golarion specifics are mentioned, there's just so much that this book tried to cover that no given topic was given its due.
In the end, the book just feel confused.

Final verdict; just like its subject matter, it's not a BAD book, but it's not a particularly GOOD one either. If you are on the fence, I suggest borrowing a copy before you commit to it.


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I would humbly ask that the worshipers of Lao Shu Po, the Tien rat goddess, get access to Riding Rats from the Monster Codex as companions and/or mounts. She is the favorite goddess of the Wayangs, and they get nothing to show for it.


... And it would be nice if some variation of said Riding Rats would be available for summoning, as per the "Expanded Summoning for Priests" table on page 30 of the Moster Summoner's Handbook. A summoning focused Herald Caller Cleric would be better able to thrive with the decreased Wisdom the Wayangs suffer from than most clerics would.


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I don't run or play in evil games, but I will still support Paizo and those that do by not cancelling my subscription while this season of deviltry is running. =)


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I hope there's is a Red Mantis Slayer Archetype.

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Swashbucklersdc wrote:
I don't run or play in evil games, but I will still support Paizo and those that do by not cancelling my subscription while this season of deviltry is running. =)

Also, I love books like this one for my NPCs. The brighter the PCs' light, the darker their shadow.

Community & Digital Content Director

Updated with final cover image and description!


That lillend is in trouble! Fear not fair maiden and fellow performer! Fourshadow to the rescue!

(Guys, I could use some help here....)

Paizo Employee Contributor—Canadian Maplecakes

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Fourshadow wrote:

That lillend is in trouble! Fear not fair maiden and fellow performer! Fourshadow to the rescue!

(Guys, I could use some help here....)

Actually, that lillend burned down an orphanage. No jokes.

Seriously... a whole orphanage.

Liberty's Edge Assistant Developer

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Thurston Hillman wrote:
Fourshadow wrote:

That lillend is in trouble! Fear not fair maiden and fellow performer! Fourshadow to the rescue!

(Guys, I could use some help here....)

Actually, that lillend burned down an orphanage. No jokes.

Seriously... a whole orphanage.

That orphanage had been abandoned for thirty years and was filled with attic whisperers!


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Crystal Frasier wrote:
Thurston Hillman wrote:
Fourshadow wrote:

That lillend is in trouble! Fear not fair maiden and fellow performer! Fourshadow to the rescue!

(Guys, I could use some help here....)

Actually, that lillend burned down an orphanage. No jokes.

Seriously... a whole orphanage.

That orphanage had been abandoned for thirty years and was filled with attic whisperers!

Polite, civil-minded attic whisperers who help little old ladies cross the street, and who volunteer at the local animal shelter!

Liberty's Edge Assistant Developer

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QuidEst wrote:
Crystal Frasier wrote:
Thurston Hillman wrote:


Actually, that lillend burned down an orphanage. No jokes.

Seriously... a whole orphanage.

That orphanage had been abandoned for thirty years and was filled with attic whisperers!
Polite, civil-minded attic whisperers who help little old ladies cross the street, and who volunteer at the local animal shelter!

They were helping little old ladies across the street and INTO the animal shelter, and keeping them in cages!


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Crystal Frasier wrote:
QuidEst wrote:
Crystal Frasier wrote:
Thurston Hillman wrote:


Actually, that lillend burned down an orphanage. No jokes.

Seriously... a whole orphanage.

That orphanage had been abandoned for thirty years and was filled with attic whisperers!
Polite, civil-minded attic whisperers who help little old ladies cross the street, and who volunteer at the local animal shelter!
They were helping little old ladies across the street and INTO the animal shelter, and keeping them in cages!

As properly deputized agents of the law, arresting the little old ladies for running an illegal smuggling operation!


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Wonder what one lillend could have done to piss off the Ivory Templars, Red Mantis, and Church of Razmir.


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Generic Villain wrote:
Wonder what one lillend could have done to piss off the Ivory Templars, Red Mantis, and Church of Razmir.

Maybe they don't appreciate beauty in person or melody?

Silver Crusade

while I don't allow evil at my table, this sounds very fun and useful for bad guys and tragic backgrounds of good guys (evil parents)

Dark Archive

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Generic Villain wrote:
Wonder what one lillend could have done to piss off the Ivory Templars, Red Mantis, and Church of Razmir.

Maybe she told one to many 'A Mantis, A templar and a ramzmiren walk into a bar' Jokes

Dark Archive

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The appeaser cleric sounds enticing. I find the idea of the product being more for amoral PC's rather than dyed-inthe wool evil people.


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DeciusNero wrote:
The appeaser cleric sounds enticing. I find the idea of the product being more for amoral PC's rather than dyed-inthe wool evil people.

C'mon guys, Zon-kuthon's not... like, completely bad. I mean he's the god of darkness - have you ever tried sleeping in a bright room? Totally messes up your circadian rhythms. And yes, Rovagug might want to destroy all creation, but he can't (yet), so cut him some slack. Plus he grants the weather domain, and who doesn't like weather?


Generic Villain wrote:
Wonder what one lillend could have done to piss off the Ivory Templars, Red Mantis, and Church of Razmir.

Thanks for pointing out the Templar. I assumed he was a Hellknight until I saw your post and realized the similarities to the Templar art from WoTR. Though why this Templar has a weaaboo sword is beyond me.


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Codanous wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
It can't hurt to talk about what you'd *like* to see in this book. :)

I am not sure if you guys will do archetypes but an Archetype for the Antipaladin that is Lawful Evil would be nice. Been waiting for that for years now.

A Hellfire Metamagic feat perhaps. Like half fire/half unholy energy or something.

I am trying to think because I'll be wanting more options come time Hells Vengeance comes out.

It's easier for me to wrap my head around the lawful version than the chaotic one. The code is kind of rigid, which is against the whole concept of a chaotic character to begin with.


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Axial wrote:


Thanks for pointing out the Templar. I assumed he was a Hellknight until I saw your post and realized the similarities to the Templar art from WoTR. Though why this Templar has a weaaboo sword is beyond me.

It doesn't look like a katana to me - though it's hard to judge, the blade looks pretty European-straight. Then again the lack of a cross guard is unusual, especially considering the lillend's sword in all its cross guarded glory.

The Templar is a Minkaian? Sword is loot? Stylistic choice by the author? Who knows.


Okay, and who are the Ivory Templars? I thought that was a Hellknight in the cover art.

Dark Archive

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They're the demon lord Baphomet's servants; they build/enact cults/conspiracies and seek to subvert nations to his cause. They show up in Wrath of the Righteous as an opposing group.


Lord Gadigan wrote:
They're the demon lord Baphomet's servants; they build/enact cults/conspiracies and seek to subvert nations to his cause. They show up in Wrath of the Righteous as an opposing group.

Thanks for straightening that out.


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Eric Hinkle wrote:
Lord Gadigan wrote:
They're the demon lord Baphomet's servants; they build/enact cults/conspiracies and seek to subvert nations to his cause. They show up in Wrath of the Righteous as an opposing group.
Thanks for straightening that out.

It's tough to tell because his back's turned, but if you look closely you can see his helmet is in the shape of a bull. Or in other words, he's doing minotaur cosplay. Also Baphomet's favored weapon is the glaive.


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Lord Gadigan wrote:
They're the demon lord Baphomet's servants; they build/enact cults/conspiracies and seek to subvert nations to his cause. They show up in Wrath of the Righteous as an opposing group.

Which is weird, because if they're supposed to be infiltration cultists, then they shouldn't be clanking around in minotaur-shaped full-plate, should they? Unless the armored antipaladins are the Templar's equivalent of a SWAT team/death squad.


One more question, which Paizo book were the Templars of the Ivory Labyrinth covered in?

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
One more question, which Paizo book were the Templars of the Ivory Labyrinth covered in?

The art we're identifying this Templar with is found on page 26 of Demon's Heresy and page 70 of Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, both part of the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path.

Axial wrote:
Lord Gadigan wrote:
They're the demon lord Baphomet's servants; they build/enact cults/conspiracies and seek to subvert nations to his cause. They show up in Wrath of the Righteous as an opposing group.
Which is weird, because if they're supposed to be infiltration cultists, then they shouldn't be clanking around in minotaur-shaped full-plate, should they? Unless the armored antipaladins are the Templar's equivalent of a SWAT team/death squad.

They are indeed the "killer" subset of the Templars. These types are encountered deep in demon-controlled territory, while others handle the infiltration and misinformation.

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I Don't mind this book at all. personally i love the idea of an anti-paladin that is just in it for the glory rather than necessarily any long term evil plan. It makes the Anti-paladin working with the PCs more of a morally ambiguous ally character than a back-stab or heel turn waiting to happen.

That and the best Evil characters do good deeds for morally ambiguous aims. Like aiding a Village and training a child to avenge their killed family, for the purposes of creating a bastion to continue evil actions, or steer the child into becoming an anti-paladin or evil character himself.

If the Evil lord asks the heroes to look into a matter that concerns the deaths of several civilians or innocents not under the lords orders, the heroes CANNOT AVOID WORKING FOR THE VILLAIN HERE! Because if they help, they are helping the evil lord. If they ignore it, then INNOCENT CIVILIANS WILL DIE, AND THE HEROES ARE PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE(which equals evil points).


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On the chain of what could be cool in this type of book...
Maybe an "evil" race or two, like "young" Minotaurs, or some discussion on Half-fiends, allowing variations of the template (I don't think EVERY half fiend should have the same abilities)? "I'm not evil, I'm just bred that way..."

Spiritualists that are "soul binders", their phantasms are actually souls that they've stolen. They hold them for a while, force them to do their will, then the magic fades, the phantasm flees (attacks), and the soul binder is off to hunt down another soul slave.

A "demon binder", fleshing out summoners who enslave devils and demons as their eidelons.

Monk "demon wrestlers" - Monks/brawlers that specialize in wearing spiked armor and grappling (there's actually a martial art about this). It's a style that's supposed to be based off of how real demons and devils wrestle. It also specializes in doing "Dirty Tricks" while fighting.

Maybe some Mythic love, with some "evil" path abilities... instead of "Crusader", "Tyrant" (followers, but you have to occasionally put down rebellions)?

Infernal Mentors? Maybe bonuses to having an evil outsider teach you something... with a cost?

There's just a few ideas.


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Pretty sure by the time they've updated with final cover image and description, it's too late to really add new stuff...

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Luthorne wrote:
Pretty sure by the time they've updated with final cover image and description, it's too late to really add new stuff...

That's generally true. However, I still appreciate this kind of feedback, since I can extrapolate it forward to books that I'm outlining now.


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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Luthorne wrote:
Pretty sure by the time they've updated with final cover image and description, it's too late to really add new stuff...
That's generally true. However, I still appreciate this kind of feedback, since I can extrapolate it forward to books that I'm outlining now.

Fair enough!


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Yeah, I have no illusions that my suggestions would make it actually INTO this book, but if there's ever a chance in the future for a similar "Book of Eeeeevil", maybe some of the ideas could show up there.


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Discussions on half fiends probably wouldn't be appropriate because templates tend to be more GM territory but the monk idea sounds interesting.

I do wonder if witches are discussed at all in this book. After all, witches have patrons many of which can be forces of evil. Not to mention witch spells can be quite debilitating, I shudder to think what their evil spells are like.

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Speaking of witches, I'd like to see something like the damnation feats from champions of corruption, but for witch patrons. Maybe in the Arcane Anthology instead of this book.


Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
...I still appreciate this kind of feedback, since I can extrapolate it forward to books that I'm outlining now.

I really hope the author consulted Dragon Magazine #312 for ideas.

The article "THIEVES OF WILL" in particular is something I've used, copied and suggested more times I can remember, aspiring Agents of (Pathfinder) Evil need it for sure!


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Here's hoping the Blackfire Adepts step it up around here...

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Geezer wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
...I still appreciate this kind of feedback, since I can extrapolate it forward to books that I'm outlining now.

I really hope the author consulted Dragon Magazine #312 for ideas.

The article "THIEVES OF WILL" in particular is something I've used, copied and suggested more times I can remember, aspiring Agents of (Pathfinder) Evil need it for sure!

I... I genuinely can't tell if you know I wrote that article and are giving me a nod and a wink, or if this is just spectacularly coincidental.


Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
I... I genuinely can't tell if you know I wrote that article and are giving me a nod and a wink, or if this is just spectacularly coincidental.

It's longtime I keep saying ENCHANTMENT, and not necromancy, is *THE* arcane school you need if you want to help give your morally compromised adventurers the edge over their foes (and their victims, most especially), and I'm fairly sure your article is the only one sharing my opinion in the long history of Dragon Magazine.

The fact you are here too collecting feedback for more evilness is just spectacularly coincidental, of course.

Dark Archive

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That orphanage had been abandoned for thirty years and was filled with attic whisperers!

Youuuuuu caaaaalled?!

(Seriously it's been nine years waiting with this avatar for somebody to give me an opening for that line.)

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... I seriously had to do a double-take to realize the Red Mantis guy wasn't Deadpool.

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Orthos wrote:
... I seriously had to do a double-take to realize the Red Mantis guy wasn't Deadpool.

To be fair, it could be Deadpool in there.

Dark Archive

Any way to stop those pesky paladins from potentially peregrinating through my proper proceedings parents paradisical play parallel to my punctual plans.


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Will this new antipaladin archetype remove/change its current code? It sounds like it from the product description but it would be great if we could know for sure.


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This is looking more interesting than I had originally thought.

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An anti-paladin that does not necessarily follow the path of evil, but really only seeks their own self betterment, even if it costs his allies a bit. They seem kind of like the person that sees the crazy dark blood ritual to summon a demon in progress, but waits for it to finish so they can challenge the big evil demon to a fight and kill it for their own personal glory. These glory hell-hounds seem like the insinuator anti-paladin, someone that is more than just a evil puppet of the dark gods, but still prone to dark turns for the sake of glory.

That sounds like someone that draws aggro to make a bigger kill box for their abilities. I hope that's how it goes, because it could add an interesting dynamic to the party of evil(or the morally ambiguous). Someone who is so confident in their skills, they literally challenge the whole world to a fight with every intention of actually standing at the top of the corpse pile.

Liberty's Edge

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Background options. Because not every path to evil is going to be the same. expect harsh life as a slave, raised by a cult, orphaned by heroes, or simply those born with the mark of evil firmly etched into their very soul from birth to make their appearances.

Also the fact that they have details on non-evil cults for evil gods enables more lore based justification for those that want to play the servants of evil gods that really are not in the categories of Actual evil. It also opens the flood gates for the actual heroes own moral quandaries when they actually recognize the big jackal headed statue of the 'loving mother goddess' of the very helpful cult that has been helping them for some time.

Because i don't think that they would take being told that their goddess is the corrupted black demon broodmother of the twisted spawn that slaughter and ravage the innocent, and a blight that must be eradicated from the very face of existence itself very well. In fact that might just be enough to get them to try and kill the offending party with all the force of a zealous fanatical angry mob.

And why shouldn't they. she treats the deformed well, condones free mass orgies every Thursday and Saturday, and you get a sweet falchion and jackal mask for special occasions and personal protection. To call her all those horrible things is surely blasphemy and must be met with divine retribution.


Wait, does that mean that the Insinuator Antipaladin is not actually evil?


Axial wrote:
Wait, does that mean that the Insinuator Antipaladin is not actually evil?

The book doesn't come out for another month and a half. If it's not stated up in the product description, it's probably just speculation.

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