Places of Power: Penitent's Rest (PFRPG) PDF

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

Far from civilisation, the Shrine of Alikandara Lat—better known as Penitent's Rest—draws the wicked and woeful from all over the world. Founded in memory of a fallen paladin, the one-time hero of her age, the shrine is a refuge for those in search of atonement for their misdeeds. The caretakers, having overcome their own sordid pasts, now watch over an ever-changing group of pilgrims who make their way to Alikandara Lat's cenotaph. Many hope the ghost of the ex-paladin will make an appearance to help them expurgate their sins. Others, though, have less genuine reasons for their journeys... and the fiend who centuries ago seduced the paladin into evil isn't necessarily done with her.

Places of Power are short, richly detailed supplements that each present a flavoursome locale such as a remote temple, borderland fort or reclusive wizard's demesne. Ready to be plugged into almost any home campaign, each installment can be used as a waystop on the road to adventure, the home of a powerful NPC or even as a mini-adventure site in its own right.

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This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

Penitent's Rest, also known as Alikandra Lat, is a remote wilderness temple, named after a paladin seduced to the side of evil, who journeyed to this far-away place to atone for her sins. To this day, the temple is the goal of repentant pilgrims seeking redemption - and it is said, as mentioned in the lore provided, if the PCs do their research, that the paladin's spirit still shows herself to those praying at her cenotaph, sometimes possessing willing supplicants for quests of utmost importance.

This would btw. be one of the 6 events provided and, as often, whispers and rumors are provided. As a pilgrimage site, it only makes sense that there is a fluctuating array of people coming through, with a total of 11 penitents coming with fluffy write-ups - and each one can act as both dressing and as a further adventure hook. It should also be noted that the pdf sports brief notes on the daily life at this place, as well as full stats of aforementioned ex-paladin ghost alongside extended NPC-info: I.e. with appearance, distinguishing features, mannerisms, etc. A detailed account of her fall has similarly been provided for the GM's convenience.


Editing and formatting are generally top-notch, I noticed no significant hiccups. Layout adheres to RSP's elegant 2-column b/w-standard and the pdf features some nice b/w-artworks. The pdf comes in two iterations, one optimized for screen-use and one made for the printer - kudos there! The cartography by Simon Butler and Dyson Logos is very good. I think by joining Raging Swan Press' patreon, you can actually get the high-res map for the evocative place, but I am not 100% sure. The map provided in the pdf is cool, but sports keyed rooms.

Jacob W. Michaels' Penitent's Rest is a nice place of sanctuary you can easily drop in just about any wilderness environment; it makes for a nice, easily inserted location with some solid options for crafting further adventures from. At the same time, the location, while easily inserted in just about any context, also, by virtue of its more general theme, doesn't make for a strong anchor; it's more a place to pass through or to catch one's breath in the deadly wilds and does that job well. Still, personally, I didn't get that much out of the place - I can and literally have made such a location myself before.

My final verdict will clock in at 3.5 stars - experienced GMs may wish to round down, while time-starved GMs should round up. In the end, I believe a unique angle could have helped the location and provide a proper unique selling know, loci, unique enchantments, the like. Hence, my final verdict will round down.

Endzeitgeist out.

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Is now available at the Paizo store! And you can grab a free sample here. I hope you enjoy it and that Penitent's Rest finds a place in your campaign.

This one was a lot of fun; hope everyone likes it.

Reviewed first on, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.

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Thanks for the review, Endz. Sorry this one didn't grab you as much.

You can't win them all! Keep it up!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

Endzeitgeist wrote:
You can't win them all! Keep it up!

I had up until now! :p

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