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

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Grim Fairy Tales

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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That's because it's ambiguous. Just like Aroden's...

*coughs*

They're probably off having beers at the 'Bar With No Name' and desperately trying to keep a low profile so that lush Cayden doesn't show up...


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Pyromancer999 wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Pyromancer999 wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Well since the shadow plane is influenced by the negative energy plane and the first world seems to be influenced by the positive energy plane then I wouldn't be surprised about that. Plus there beings in the shadow plane that may be enemies of fey, or used to live in the first world, or are just a negative influence.
Where is this said? Because if that's the case, I just got a little more credibility for my theory as to why Count Ranalc was banished.
Count wasn't banished. He voted to leave. :p ;)
It's been a while since I've had a copy of the specific book to look at, but remember it saying that he was exiled to the Plane of Shadow by the other Eldest.

Guys, it's a Brexit joke.

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Pyromancer999 wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Pyromancer999 wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Well since the shadow plane is influenced by the negative energy plane and the first world seems to be influenced by the positive energy plane then I wouldn't be surprised about that. Plus there beings in the shadow plane that may be enemies of fey, or used to live in the first world, or are just a negative influence.
Where is this said? Because if that's the case, I just got a little more credibility for my theory as to why Count Ranalc was banished.
Count wasn't banished. He voted to leave. :p ;)
It's been a while since I've had a copy of the specific book to look at, but remember it saying that he was exiled to the Plane of Shadow by the other Eldest.

The Pathfinder Wiki page on Count Ranalc (linked) says pretty much the same thing that's in the Inner Sea World Guide.


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I can't wait to read about those secret histories.


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Plausible Pseudonym wrote:
Pyromancer999 wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Pyromancer999 wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Well since the shadow plane is influenced by the negative energy plane and the first world seems to be influenced by the positive energy plane then I wouldn't be surprised about that. Plus there beings in the shadow plane that may be enemies of fey, or used to live in the first world, or are just a negative influence.
Where is this said? Because if that's the case, I just got a little more credibility for my theory as to why Count Ranalc was banished.
Count wasn't banished. He voted to leave. :p ;)
It's been a while since I've had a copy of the specific book to look at, but remember it saying that he was exiled to the Plane of Shadow by the other Eldest.
Guys, it's a Brexit joke.

That's right! :) You get 5,000 XP, Plaus.

Creative Director, Starfinder Team

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Wow, with all the Starfinder hubbub, I somehow missed that this had been announced!

One thing that isn't mentioned in the solicitation is that I wrote this whole book—been working on it on and off for probably two years now. Can't wait for you all to see it. :)

Silver Crusade

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James Sutter wrote:

Wow, with all the Starfinder hubbub, I somehow missed that this had been announced!

One thing that isn't mentioned in the solicitation is that I wrote this whole book—been working on it on and off for probably two years now. Can't wait for you all to see it. :)

Hmm, I wonder what that will...

*has Shyka flashbacks*

*shudder*

Silver Crusade

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Oh! Oh! Oh! Will there be a lot of info on Ragadahn? Will there be art of him???????


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Rysky wrote:
Oh! Oh! Oh! Will there be a lot of info on Ragadahn? Will there be art of him???????

I would TOTALLY be all over that. :) In the fan sort of way, not in the other way that people interpret. :p ;)


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I hope for more info on Shyka(s)!
Can't wait!


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Will there be art for all of the Eldest?

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I believe art of Ragadahn already exists; see page 69 of Pathfinder Adventure Path #36: Sound of a Thousand Screams. ^_^


I must have missed that Kal...


Kalindlara wrote:
I believe art of Ragadahn already exists; see page 69 of Pathfinder Adventure Path #36: Sound of a Thousand Screams. ^_^

I discovered him while I was searching linnorm arts. Water Linnorm, google it, it's the first image. That is probably him, given his majestic appearance.

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It's not explicitly labeled as such, but in the context of the Eldest, it's hard to assume this could be anyone else. ^_^


Pyromancer999 wrote:
It's been a while since I've had a copy of the specific book to look at, but remember it saying that he was exiled to the Plane of Shadow by the other Eldest.

I was under the impression for some reason (can't recall the source) that he was suspected to have been imprisoned by Nex.


James Sutter wrote:
One thing that isn't mentioned in the solicitation is that I wrote this whole book—been working on it on and off for probably two years now. Can't wait for you all to see it. :)

Was anything in this book influenced by the suggestions made a long, long time ago in this thread? :D

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Cthulhudrew wrote:
Pyromancer999 wrote:
It's been a while since I've had a copy of the specific book to look at, but remember it saying that he was exiled to the Plane of Shadow by the other Eldest.
I was under the impression for some reason (can't recall the source) that he was suspected to have been imprisoned by Nex.

It's from Sound of a Thousand Screams. ^_^

Sound of a Thousand Screams wrote:
Ranalc’s disappearance (some say murder) dates almost exactly to the siege of Absalom by the archwizard Nex, a longtime foe of the fey lord, and Hobard himself suggests that the shadowy creatures Nex used to raid the city may have some connection to the missing Eldest.


i just thought in highlighting this question made by Dragon78 and others. Will there be art for all of the Eldest?

Taking this opportunity, I would like to know if there are any characters based on Oberon and Titania in Pathfinder setting?


I've never really looked into the First World before, but I have to say that this discussion is raising my interest level.

Silver Crusade

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Kalindlara wrote:
I believe art of Ragadahn already exists; see page 69 of Pathfinder Adventure Path #36: Sound of a Thousand Screams. ^_^

OOOOOO I had forgotten about that! Thankies Kali!

*glomps*


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I would love some fey characters based on Titania and Oberon.


This book would have been great if it came out within a year from Kingmaker's release but at least we are finally getting something for the First World.

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Dragon78 wrote:
This book would have been great if it came out within a year from Kingmaker's release but at least we are finally getting something for the First World.

A book's greatness is not dependent on its date of release but on the contents of its pages.


Magdh and Shyka......I can't wait :)


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Mark Moreland wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
This book would have been great if it came out within a year from Kingmaker's release but at least we are finally getting something for the First World.
A book's greatness is not dependent on its date of release but on the contents of its pages.

A Sutter book is never late, nor is it early. It arrives precisely when it means to. :)


Eddie Lizzard wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
This book would have been great if it came out within a year from Kingmaker's release but at least we are finally getting something for the First World.
A book's greatness is not dependent on its date of release but on the contents of its pages.
A Sutter book is never late, nor is it early. It arrives precisely when it means to. :)

Careful! Gandalf and Tolkien will come after you for copy-enfringement!


Yes, but timing can effect how much money it will make;)


Timing is only important in dating. I think.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Timing is only important in dating. I think.

And hand grenades.


Well that too Quid.

Anyways I do hope we get more artwork for the Eldest. It would be nice.

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James Sutter wrote:


One thing that isn't mentioned in the solicitation is that I wrote this whole book—been working on it on and off for probably two years now. Can't wait for you all to see it. :)

I cannot state how badly I want to see what you wrote for this book. :)


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November does seem so far away.


Only because GenCon is almost around the corner...


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I am very interested in the feysworn PRC.

Liberty's Edge

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James Sutter wrote:

Wow, with all the Starfinder hubbub, I somehow missed that this had been announced!

One thing that isn't mentioned in the solicitation is that I wrote this whole book—been working on it on and off for probably two years now. Can't wait for you all to see it. :)

FAIRIES ... IN ... SPACE !!!


Fae in space? What we need to give them stars ow?!

*is more interested in seeing the artwork but the words should be pretty awesome along with the mechanics*


Well space themed fey would interesting such as ones themed on the sun, moon, stars, space/void, comets, nebula, alien planets, cosmic rays, radiation, asteroids/meteors, gravity, darkmatter, etc. would be interesting.


dragon,

You make a reasonable point. However not sure I can get behind it right now.


Well, supposedly the First World is the blueprint/beta test for the Prime Material. Golarion and other planets that support humanoid life would just be a very small part of it. There'd be a lot* more to it.

Edit 1: Maybe the First World's outer space is filled with quintessence/aether/Spelljammer-y phlogiston?

Edit 2: * Alot of fey would be neat.


Who knows Ambrosia. We'll see.


The first world doesn't have outer space or planets it just a vast ever changing wilderness with some "islands" of stability usually controlled by powerful fey.

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Dragon78 wrote:
The first world doesn't have outer space or planets it just a vast ever changing wilderness with some "islands" of stability usually controlled by powerful fey.

It doesn't?

... or does it?


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Again, who knows Rysky? :)


Not the traditional sense of what we know to be outer space in our universe.


*Kirk's voice* Space...the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starfinder Enterprise. It's continuing mission, to find more loot, to see out new monsters to kill and get XP. To boldly go where only few have gone and the rest run screaming away from their GM.


If it was like the ST:TOS show, Kirk would be hooking up with the fey-of-the-week and be spawning new half-fey & fey-touched beings all across the First World.


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And what's wrong with that, Guy with avatar of the fictional person I don't like very much?

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"I'm tired of all the motherlovin feys on this motherlovin plane!"

This is one I'll be looking forward to as a Christmas present maybe.


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You know, when the Eldest send us their Gnomes they don't send their best. They're murderhobos or they just want free health care for their bleaching. Gnomes love me. No one has employed as many Gnomes as I have.

We will build a wall between us and the First World, and it will be the best wall ever built. I am the greatest wallbuilder ever in the history of the worlds. We will build a wall, and we will make the Eldest pay for it!

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