Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The First World, Realm of the Fey (PFRPG)

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Explore the First World, the legendary realm of the fey, where reality reinvents itself and strange creatures peddle stranger wares to the unwary. Learn about the godlike Eldest who rule this plane, and how to navigate their fairy courts. Delve for legendary treasures in locations too weird for mortal lands, study the lost origin of gnomes, and bargain with ageless adversaries in a realm where death is seen as a game. Whatever you do, don't blink—because nothing in the First World stays the same for long.

Inside this book, you'll find:

  • Detailed information on all the Eldest, including overviews of their strongholds and magical boons for their worshipers.
  • Dozens of bizarre fey adventure locations, from the legendary Witchmarket to the Chittering Tabernacle, with secret histories, maps of prominent cities, and more.
  • The new feysworn prestige class, allowing you to harness the power of the fairy lords.
  • New spells and magic items to help you survive the First World, as well as rules for spellcasting in the fey realm and bending the landscape itself to your will.
  • Six new fey monsters, including the skull-headed escorite and the technology-trashing bulabar, plus a new First World template and suggestions to help you create unique fey foes on the fly.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The First World, Realm of the Fey is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-909-7

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Not worth the cost

2/5

For the little you get it is simply not worth the cost. There is a lot of skimming over, but not a lot of detail for my taste. Playable fey races would have been nice.


If you only buy one Pathfinder product this year...

5/5

...buy this one twice and give the extra to someone you really like.

This campaign setting guide does a fantastic job of describing the paradoxes of the First World. The descriptions of the Eldest manage to flesh them out as deities, while at the same time maintaining their maddening ambiguities and mystery. The locale descriptions are the same way--an "M.C. Escher meets Hieronymous Bosch" treasure trove of wild verbal imagery.

I've always liked the fey in Pathfinder, and this book only made me love them more.

And the artwork... wow, the artwork. Just. Wow. I wish there were poster prints available of some of the images inside.

Consider this a five woot! review.


Creativity in Spades

5/5

There's stuff in here that while reading it, I'd often look away and wonder how they managed to think up something so creative. This type of high fantasy world is wonderful and there's so much contained on the relatively small amount of pages on here. I've never written a review on anything on this site, but this compelled me to do so.

The only problem is getting the players there without seeming like I'm shoe-horning it in just because I wanna play around in the First World :P


So much awesome

5/5

The flavor in this book just oozes. It's really good. REALLY GOOD.

How the Fey Realm came to be, how it operates, locations, demigods that 'run the place', and a reason why gnomes left back in the day.

This is the first Campaign Setting book that I had trouble putting down when reading, it was so engrossing.

5 stars. Awesome.


Buy this now

5/5

Everything about this book is great. The high level background on the First World (time, magic, fey immortality, history) is comprehensive and surprisingly detailed given the limited space they had to work with. The section on the Eldest is fascinating and sets them apart from your ordinary demigods, plus the fey obedience boons are generally very strong, inventive, and thematic. The gazetteer of First World locations provides dozens of great ideas to develop your own adventure locations, and the Bestiary adds several interesting and creative new critters to serve as allies or adversaries.


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Marco, I think you would be better off PMing Mr. Sutter and/or asking in his "Ask James Sutter" question section if you want an answer anytime soon.

Creative Director, Starfinder Team

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Kalindlara wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

I didn't take James to be requesting people not answer general questions about the book's contents (I think it's fine to say something like "there's two archetypes and a bunch of feats for rogues").

I think the point was more not to go into too many of the gory details (like not: "Here's a cut and paste of all the feats a rogue might be interested in").

This is my understanding as well. So when I get my copy, I might say "the angelfire apostle is good if you like Sarenrae's themes and want more channeling/greater versatility when channeling*"... but not a bulleted list of what it grants and replaces. (Things were getting kind of ridiculous there for a while.)

*Just an example; I don't actually know what it does yet.

It's an admittedly fuzzy line, but this seems like a great example of talking about the book without laying out every detail. Thanks!

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Questions about acceptable sharing of information from a product are better addressed to the Website Feedback forum. Ultimately, it is a fuzzy line, and thus everyone benefits from more clarity around what is and isn't acceptable or even preferred. Rather than rehash this in every product thread where someone requests readers to not spill all the details in a book, let's discuss it on its own thread. Moving the discussion elsewhere has been requested above; please honor this request.


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Mark Moreland wrote:
Questions about acceptable sharing of information from a product are better addressed to the Website Feedback forum. Ultimately, it is a fuzzy line, and thus everyone benefits from more clarity around what is and isn't acceptable or even preferred. Rather than rehash this in every product thread where someone requests readers to not spill all the details in a book, let's discuss it on its own thread. Moving the discussion elsewhere has been requested above; please honor this request.

As I saw this discussion on multiple threads and no thread for it yet in Website Feedback, I went ahead and created one here.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

I've started to flesh out the new Eldest mentioned in this book on page 37 (Apholine the Flame, Enchar the Sign, and Oleron the Cancer) and stumbled over a question:
Under Oleron, the text mentions the "Great Consumption". However, I couldn't find any reference to that event, neither in this book nor otherwise. Does anybody know more? Does it refer to the "Great Abandonment"?

Creative Director, Starfinder Team

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Amanuensis wrote:

I've started to flesh out the new Eldest mentioned in this book on page 37 (Apholine the Flame, Enchar the Sign, and Oleron the Cancer) and stumbled over a question:

Under Oleron, the text mentions the "Great Consumption". However, I couldn't find any reference to that event, neither in this book nor otherwise. Does anybody know more? Does it refer to the "Great Abandonment"?

Nope, that's foreshadowing for something else I've written that hasn't seen print yet. :D

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James Sutter wrote:
Nope, that's foreshadowing for something else I've written that hasn't seen print yet. :D

When I saw an ad for that, I was like "How are they doing this!?"

Then I saw your name in the credits. ^_^


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Amanuensis wrote:
Under Oleron, the text mentions the "Great Consumption". However, I couldn't find any reference to that event, neither in this book nor otherwise. Does anybody know more? Does it refer to the "Great Abandonment"?

The Great Consumption was an era of drunken debauchery that followed the prior era during which the fey of the First World experimented with prohibition.

There was much rejoicing.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

James Sutter wrote:
Amanuensis wrote:

I've started to flesh out the new Eldest mentioned in this book on page 37 (Apholine the Flame, Enchar the Sign, and Oleron the Cancer) and stumbled over a question:

Under Oleron, the text mentions the "Great Consumption". However, I couldn't find any reference to that event, neither in this book nor otherwise. Does anybody know more? Does it refer to the "Great Abandonment"?
Nope, that's foreshadowing for something else I've written that hasn't seen print yet. :D

Cool, thanks!

Another question: Apholine disappeared to dwell in the sun's blazing glory, yet the First World doesn't have a real sun. Are these things in some way related? My working theory being, of course, that the First Sun is around somewhere...


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Kalindlara wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
Nope, that's foreshadowing for something else I've written that hasn't seen print yet. :D

When I saw an ad for that, I was like "How are they doing this!?"

Then I saw your name in the credits. ^_^

Ooo! OOOO! I had read a draft of a couple chapters from [REDACTED] a couple weeks ago, and so I understand that reference.

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

The spell charm fey is as charm person except it targets fey. Shouldn't it be in the (charm) subschool (like charm person) instead of the (compulsion) subschool?


So what's the scoop on the reptilian merihza race? Stats? Background?


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JoeT wrote:
So what's the scoop on the reptilian merihza race? Stats? Background?

There is none. This was one of several races/monsters mentioned in passing in the overview of the First World text without providing any further details. It's up to a GM to further develop their culture, background, and stats if they want to build on that adventure seed.

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