Village Backdrop: Cahill Abbey (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM's Resource by Jacob W. Michael

Cahill Abbey was for much of its history a village of no special significance, a small community home to several dozen families who made a good living from the fertile woods and soil around them. But now a mysterious prophecy has brought the king's men to the village, determined to find and protect a promised saviour. Transformed by their arrival, the village struggles to hold on to its former way of life, unaware an old, long-forgotten evil stirs in the bowels of the ruined abbey that gave the village its name.

Village Backdrops are short, richly detailed supplements that each present a single village ready to insert into almost any home campaign. Perfect for use as a waystop on the road to adventure, as an adventure site themselves or as a PC's home, Village Backdrop present the details so the busy GM can focus on crafting exciting, compelling adventures.

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This installment of RSP's Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look at the settlement

The eponymous abbey of this village may have been long-since abandoned, but the village that sprung up to support it sure as heck still exists and it sports a lavishly rendered map that depicts a sleepy, nice little place...though one that sports something that does not feel idyllic at all: The numerous tents you can see on the map are there for a reason: You see, the village sports a significant array of soldier's of the realm - for the king's soothsayer has prophesied that the savior of the kingdom (perhaps your PC?) will come through this place - thus, the tranquil, peaceful town obviously needs guarding...which, paradoxically, makes it significantly less tranquil and peaceful...and indeed, the influx of people may actually result in terrible evil being unleashed...

Ain't it a b*** how those damn prophecies tend to have means to ensure that they come true, how they perpetuate themselves? Of course, as always, this pdf does sport the trademark attention to detail you expect by now from Raging Swan press' acclaimed series: This means you'll see nomenclature, sample events, rumors, a full village-statblock and more detailed information on key locations here. Beyond that, we get two sample statblocks (one for a 4th level fighter and one for a multiclass rogue/shadowdancer) as well as information on the evil rising and the prophecy - taking a cue from the best of supplements in the series, both remain their vagueness and modularity to allows for precise, DM-specific customization.


Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP's smooth, printer-friendly two-column standard and the pdf comes with full bookmarks as well as a gorgeous map, of which you can, as always, download high-res jpegs if you join RSP's patreon. The pdf comes in two versions, with one being optimized for screen-use and one to be printed out.

Jacob W. Michaels' Cahill Abbey is a concept so obvious, I quite frankly am astonished it has not been covered before in the series: The "friendly" state of occupation, where "good" people have come to ensure the safety of the local populace - you can read some scathing commentary into this pdf, should you elect to choose so, or just take it as is. The addition of a smart example for the trope of the self-fulfilling prophecy adds yet another facet to a versatile, well-written settlement well worth 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Is now available at the Paizo store! (Hooray)

You can grab a free sample here. I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks, Creighton!

Reviewed first on, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and's shop.

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

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Thanks very much for the review, Endzeitgeist! Much appreciated and I'm delighted you enjoyed the book!

It's a great little settlement indeed! :D

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Thanks, Endz!

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