Pathfinder Player Companion: Arcane Anthology (PFRPG)

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If knowledge is power, then the eldritch secrets presented in Pathfinder Player Companion: Arcane Anthology represent significant sources of potential might! From magus and wizard spellbooks to alchemist formula books to mystical options for bards, bloodragers, sorcerers, and witches, this volume presents tomes of spells and uncanny knowledge written and recorded by Golarion's mightiest arcane casters. In addition to new spells and secrets of spell preparation found in spellbooks such as the collected Analects of Aroden, the Wisdom of Jatembe, and the Runes of Wealth, this Player Companion also includes archetypes, feats, and character options for PCs of nearly every character class. Inside this book, you'll find:

  • Rules for copying preparation rituals into new spellbooks, and ways for every spellcaster to use such rituals through prayer books and meditation books.
  • Archetypes for spellcasting traditions inspired by the fallen god Aroden, the legendary Old-Mage Jatembe, and a nearly forgotten runelord of greed.
  • Dozens of spells, ranging from handy low-level options such as expeditious construction and heckle to the powerful 9th-level mass Last Azlanti's defending sword.
  • New traits and character options, including alchemist discoveries known as anointings that transmute the inherent properties of any weapon or suit of armor.
  • New feats, including some inspired by the Ten Magic Warriors of Mwangi legend that allow characters to bond with ritual masks to hide their names and identities and enhance their spells' power.

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.

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Nice concept, meh execution

3/5

I like that they tried to give some meat to the idea of books of magic qua books, but didn't think any of the actual results were amazing. GMs can probably get some use out of the premade spell books to spice up treasure they give the party, if that's what you want. I found the spells pretty mediocre to bad. Some (e.g. Celestial Healing) have rightly been aggressively mocked throughout the forums. A couple of the archetypes are interesting ideas, but as usual for the large majority of Paizo archetypes they aren't actually worth taking.

I will, however, offer some moderate praise for the Runes of Wealth section. I did enjoy that one.

If you're looking for a good magic supplement and are budget constrained, try the Magic Tactics Toolbox instead.


Loved it!

5/5

Plenty of goodies for bards--and that is my admitted bias--including an archetype reminiscent of the Arcane Archer but with a style all its own. There is also a Masterpiece than partially satisfies the frustrating lack of Spell Kenning for Bards.
Force Sword may be the spell you were looking for if you did not want to spend money on the ghost touch property. I love it--and because of the above mentioned Masterpiece, Bards can use it!
That's not even the tip of the ice berg. If you are fan of the arcane, you should have plenty of reasons to pick this up.
If you're looking for anything Occult, this isn't the place--Arcane Anthology is very aptly named.


Eh...

2/5

So, I was kind of hoping that this would be something *other* than just another bunch of spells. Yeah, a lot of them are cool (and if you're just looking for a bunch of spells, more power to ya'), but frankly, there's nothing all that special here.

Maybe I'm being a buzzkill, but the fluff was lacking, and I'd been hoping it would've focused on alternate casting, magical traditions, or (long shot I know) maybe some content for the Occult classes (specifically, the seriously lacking Kineticist). Again, while for the price, the spells weren't horrible, but after stuff like the Weapon Master's Handbook, and the Ranged/Melee/Dirty Trick handbooks, this is seriously weak-sauce.


Slick rules content matched with tightly-themed fluff

5/5

I feel that the more recent Player Companions have been hit or miss. Arcane Anthology is one of the hits.

Most of the new spells are ones I want to use. I dig the new rules for copying preparation rituals--they're not too overpowered and generally well-balanced for the cost, plus they lend much-needed flavor to what would otherwise just be a list of spells. The new prayer and meditation book rules also give options for more scholarly-minded casters who are members of classes that don't traditionally use spellbooks.

I especially like the Magaambya content--all of it. The new bloodrager and arcanist archetypes are on point.

All in all, a good marriage of rules content with interesting setting information, perfectly bundled.


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What are the new archetypes? What are the new spell books being shown?

Dark Archive

Any thing at first glance look like it would be banned from Pathfinder Society games?

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I have my PDF if there any any questions.

-Skeld

Grand Lodge

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There are quite a few spells (Paladin spells in bold).

Thomas Seitz wrote:
how many wiz/sor spells there and maybe list them. Or maybe just the paladin spells, if there any.

Spoiler:

Aroden's magic army
Aroden's spellsword
banishing blade
create armaments
expeditious construction
force sword
grand destiny
guardian monument, lesser
guardian monument, greater
human potential
human potential, mass
Last Azlanti's defending sword
Last Azlanti's defending sword, mass
linked legacy
splinter spell resistance
winged sword
celestial healing
celestial healing, greater
cyclic reincarnation
Jatembe's ire
mask from divination
planar inquiry
artificer's curse
deft digits
dissolution
emblem of greed
fools' gold
full pouch
legendary proportions
liquefy
open arms
rags to riches
runes of ruin
tears of wine
transmute golem
find fault
foretell failure
perfect placement
heckle
stage fright
tough crowd

-Skeld


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The Description wrote:


New feats, including some inspired by the Ten Magic Warriors of Mwangi legend that allow characters to bond with ritual masks to hide their names and identities and enhance their spells' power.

Golarion's Taken?

Grand Lodge

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zergtitan wrote:
What are the new archetypes?

Spoiler:

Arrowsong Minstrel
Augur
Child of Acavna and Amaznen
Deep Marshall
Eldritch Scoundrel
Enlightened Bloodrager
Magaambyan initiate
Puppetmaster
Rhetorician
Stone Warder
Sword Binder

zergtitan wrote:
What are the new spell books being shown?

Spoiler:

Some are a series of spellbooks and some are single volumes.

Analects of Aroden (series)
Wisdom of Jatembe (series)
Runes of Wealth (series)
Cold Irony (single)
The Wookbook of Lokoris Sorini (single)
Tome of Stone Wards (single)
Arrowsong's Sorrow (single)

-Skeld

Grand Lodge

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DragoDorn wrote:
Any thing at first glance look like it would be banned from Pathfinder Society games?

I don't PFS, so I don't have a good feel for what may or may not be included. Sorry!

-Skeld


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Skeld wrote:

There are quite a few spells (Paladin spells in bold).

Thomas Seitz wrote:
how many wiz/sor spells there and maybe list them. Or maybe just the paladin spells, if there any.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Please tell me if celestial healing is a good infernal healing.

Grand Lodge

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Kryzbyn wrote:
The Description wrote:


New feats, including some inspired by the Ten Magic Warriors of Mwangi legend that allow characters to bond with ritual masks to hide their names and identities and enhance their spells' power.
Golarion's Taken?

There are some feats that a descriptively connected to the Ten Warriors.

Spoiler:

Extra Spontaneous Spell Mastery
Mask Focus
Masked by Fear
Masked Intent
Nameless One
Ritual Mask

-Skeld

Grand Lodge

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Azouth wrote:
Skeld wrote:

There are quite a few spells (Paladin spells in bold).

Thomas Seitz wrote:
how many wiz/sor spells there and maybe list them. Or maybe just the paladin spells, if there any.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Please tell me if celestial healing is a good infernal healing.

It's "celestial," so good. I don't think that should be a spoiler.

Edit: Sorry, I misread your question. There's no mention of "infernal" in the spell, so I'm guessing the answer is no.

-Skeld


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Skeld wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
What are the new archetypes?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

What are the classes for each of the Archetypes?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Skeld wrote:
Azouth wrote:
Skeld wrote:

There are quite a few spells (Paladin spells in bold).

Thomas Seitz wrote:
how many wiz/sor spells there and maybe list them. Or maybe just the paladin spells, if there any.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Please tell me if celestial healing is a good infernal healing.

It's "celestial," so good. I don't think that should be a spoiler.

Edit: Sorry, I misread your question. There's no mention of "infernal" in the spell, so I'm guessing the answer is no.

-Skeld

There is a spell infernal healing, is the celestial healing a good version of that spell.


Assuming there are new bloodrager bloodlines, would someone care to give their names?

Grand Lodge

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zergtitan wrote:
Skeld wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
What are the new archetypes?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

What are the classes for each of the Archetypes?

Spoiler:

Arrowsong Minstrel (Bard)
Augur (Skald)
Child of Acavna and Amaznen (Fighter)
Deep Marshall (Magus)
Eldritch Scoundrel (Rogue)
Enlightened Bloodrager (Bloodrager)
Magaambyan initiate (Arcanist)
Puppetmaster (Magus)
Rhetorician (Witch)
Stone Warder (Socerer)
Sword Binder (Wizard)

-Skeld

Grand Lodge

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Azouth wrote:
Skeld wrote:
Azouth wrote:
Skeld wrote:

There are quite a few spells (Paladin spells in bold).

Thomas Seitz wrote:
how many wiz/sor spells there and maybe list them. Or maybe just the paladin spells, if there any.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Please tell me if celestial healing is a good infernal healing.

It's "celestial," so good. I don't think that should be a spoiler.

Edit: Sorry, I misread your question. There's no mention of "infernal" in the spell, so I'm guessing the answer is no.

-Skeld

There is a spell infernal healing, is the celestial healing a good version of that spell.

They are similar, but they aren't exact mirrors of each other.

-Skeld

Grand Lodge

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Redblade8 wrote:
Assuming there are new bloodrager bloodlines, would someone care to give their names?

I haven't seen any new bloodlines.

-Skeld


Thank you for those update Skeld!

Have a spoiler question for you:

Spoiler:
Could I get a little more detail on Aroden's spellsword?

Grand Lodge

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Thank you for those update Skeld!

Have a spoiler question for you:

** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
It's a level 3 Sor/Wiz Transmutation that allows the caster to put a rod/staff inside a melee weapon such that they count a wielding both the weapon and the rod/staff.

It's nifty.

-Skeld


Are there any new arcanist exploits? And if so, what are they?


Wow, what I really wanna ask is a short line description of each spell but that'll take time. I'll just ask about the ones I really am curious about.

Azlanti's Defending Sword
Mask from Divination
Splinter Spell Resistance
Transmute Golem


Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

While I wait for my own copy to ship and wish I could afford to be a subscriber, could you give a little information about the enlightened bloodrager and the stone warder?

Grand Lodge

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Jaxom Dragonheart wrote:
Are there any new arcanist exploits? And if so, what are they?

Yes.

Spoiler:

Arcane Discovery
Philanthropic Magic
Primal Magic

-Skeld

Grand Lodge

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Barachiel Shina wrote:

Wow, what I really wanna ask is a short line description of each spell but that'll take time. I'll just ask about the ones I really am curious about.

[Last] Azlanti's Defending Sword
Mask from Divination
Splinter Spell Resistance
Transmute Golem

Whew, yeah, that would take a while.

Spoiler:

[Last] Azlanti's Defending Sword - sort of a mage's sword that stays near the caster and defends them from attacks
Mask from Divination - a nicer form of nondetection
Splinter Spell Resistance - allows a weapon to damage an opponent's SR, basically
Transmute Golem - in a nutshell, it turns one type of golem into another (there are conditions)

-Skeld


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Skeld wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
Skeld wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
What are the new archetypes?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

What are the classes for each of the Archetypes?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

could you tell me more about....

Spoiler:
Child of Acavna and Amaznen & Magaambyan initiate

Grand Lodge

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Luthorne wrote:
While I wait for my own copy to ship and wish I could afford to be a subscriber, could you give a little information about the enlightened bloodrager and the stone warder?

Sure.

Spoiler:

Enlightened Bloodrager - They get some expanded casting and the ability to suppress some of the penalties associated with raging, but sacrifice some bloodline powers.

Stone Warder - They are limited to earth/rock-type bloodlines, but gain additional power from the earth and can cast their spells into runes that other creatures can trigger to gain effect.

-Skeld

Grand Lodge

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zergtitan wrote:
Skeld wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
Skeld wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
What are the new archetypes?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

What are the classes for each of the Archetypes?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

could you tell me more about....

** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:

This is sort of an ancient combat style of the Azlanti, passed down by Aroden, that combines martial combat and basic spellcasting. It grants Fighters some spellcasting, but it does it in an unusual way. I don't want to give too much away.

-Skeld


Could you tell more about the Magaambyan Initiate? What do they give up and what do they gain?


Would any PDF owners care to give a bit of information on the Eldritch Scoundrel?


Hi, Skeld. Would you mind sharing a synopsis sentence or two on the Arrowsong Minstrel and Puppetmaster archetypes?


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Brew Bird wrote:
Would any PDF owners care to give a bit of information on the Eldritch Scoundrel?

Trades half its rogue talents, half its sneak attack progression, and armor proficiency for pretty decent spellcasting and a ____ pool substitute. I think I've found my new Dex-based melee chassis...


technarken wrote:
Brew Bird wrote:
Would any PDF owners care to give a bit of information on the Eldritch Scoundrel?
Trades half its rogue talents, half its sneak attack progression, and armor proficiency for pretty decent spellcasting and a ____ pool substitute. I think I've found my new Dex-based melee chassis...

Is that Vancian spellcasting or a different style?


technarken wrote:
Brew Bird wrote:
Would any PDF owners care to give a bit of information on the Eldritch Scoundrel?
Trades half its rogue talents, half its sneak attack progression, and armor proficiency for pretty decent spellcasting and a ____ pool substitute. I think I've found my new Dex-based melee chassis...

An arcane rogue? Well, I'm DEFINITELY getting this book now.

What's the Rhetorician like? A social Witch?


Arachnofiend wrote:
technarken wrote:
Brew Bird wrote:
Would any PDF owners care to give a bit of information on the Eldritch Scoundrel?
Trades half its rogue talents, half its sneak attack progression, and armor proficiency for pretty decent spellcasting and a ____ pool substitute. I think I've found my new Dex-based melee chassis...
Is that Vancian spellcasting or a different style?

Eeee!

Does the spell list include any Touch or Ray spells?


About Aroden's spellsword... which is the duration? Depending on this the spell is interesting or not.

It says something about making it permanent with permamency?


Arrowsong Minstrel?! Now REALLY I cannot wait to get my PDF/book. Here's hoping that archetype is compatible with Sound Striker (which loses Inspire Competence and Suggestion).

Dark Archive

Can anyone with the PDF please share the traits listed in the book?


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber
Skeld wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:
The Description wrote:


New feats, including some inspired by the Ten Magic Warriors of Mwangi legend that allow characters to bond with ritual masks to hide their names and identities and enhance their spells' power.
Golarion's Taken?

There are some feats that a descriptively connected to the Ten Warriors.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

The Lady would be proud!

I'm gonna have to pick this up, now. Thanks a lot, Paizo.


cavernshark wrote:
Hi, Skeld. Would you mind sharing a synopsis sentence or two on the Arrowsong Minstrel and Puppetmaster archetypes?

I second this as well!


...

Spoiler:
Cyclic Reincarnation? I have a Rakshasa-themed character, so I'm really curious about this one!


Mask from Divination is a nicer form of Nondetection you say? I am curious, what exactly does it do in comparison?


Sigh. For the last 3 hours, all that we have are questions and no answers.
If only they would get to my Subscription... Then I could share some answers! Sigh.


Maybe your subscription got send to the Astral plane by mistake 4shadow.

Shadow Lodge

Azouth wrote:
Skeld wrote:
Azouth wrote:
Skeld wrote:

There are quite a few spells (Paladin spells in bold).

Thomas Seitz wrote:
how many wiz/sor spells there and maybe list them. Or maybe just the paladin spells, if there any.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Please tell me if celestial healing is a good infernal healing.

It's "celestial," so good. I don't think that should be a spoiler.

Edit: Sorry, I misread your question. There's no mention of "infernal" in the spell, so I'm guessing the answer is no.

-Skeld

There is a spell infernal healing, is the celestial healing a good version of that spell.

Unfortunately no. Barring a typo on paizos part Celestial Healing is Infernal Healing but only lasts 1 round/2 levels but lacks the suppression by good and silver items.


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doc the grey wrote:
Azouth wrote:
Skeld wrote:
Azouth wrote:
Skeld wrote:

There are quite a few spells (Paladin spells in bold).

Thomas Seitz wrote:
how many wiz/sor spells there and maybe list them. Or maybe just the paladin spells, if there any.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Please tell me if celestial healing is a good infernal healing.

It's "celestial," so good. I don't think that should be a spoiler.

Edit: Sorry, I misread your question. There's no mention of "infernal" in the spell, so I'm guessing the answer is no.

-Skeld

There is a spell infernal healing, is the celestial healing a good version of that spell.
Unfortunately no. Barring a typo on paizos part Celestial Healing is Infernal Healing but only lasts 1 round/2 levels but lacks the suppression by good and silver items.

That makes it sound next to useless.

Shadow Lodge

Azouth wrote:
doc the grey wrote:
Azouth wrote:
Skeld wrote:
Azouth wrote:
Skeld wrote:

There are quite a few spells (Paladin spells in bold).

Thomas Seitz wrote:
how many wiz/sor spells there and maybe list them. Or maybe just the paladin spells, if there any.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Please tell me if celestial healing is a good infernal healing.

It's "celestial," so good. I don't think that should be a spoiler.

Edit: Sorry, I misread your question. There's no mention of "infernal" in the spell, so I'm guessing the answer is no.

-Skeld

There is a spell infernal healing, is the celestial healing a good version of that spell.
Unfortunately no. Barring a typo on paizos part Celestial Healing is Infernal Healing but only lasts 1 round/2 levels but lacks the suppression by good and silver items.
That makes it sound next to useless.

Yeah pretty much. A shame too since thematically it's really cool to finally get that good healing option and using holy water or the blood of a celestial is really cool.


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Arrowsong Minstrel: rather Arcane Archer-ish, just like it sounds. Gives up a number of Bardic abilities for casting Sorc/Wiz spells and Precise Shot. Also some spellstrike...it is really cool. Not compatible with Sound Striker, as I had hoped, but really cool.

Guess what I got?


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What does Cyclic Reincarnation do?


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And I believe my wish for Bards to get Spell Kenning has been granted. There is a Masterpiece for that, basically.

One Happy Bard here!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Just got mine, still reading it but found a typo.

LAST AZLANTI’S DEFENDING SWORD, MASS:
Effects up to one sword per 3 levels
... can create one sword per 5 caster levels.


What does Mask from Divination do?

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