Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Qadira, Jewel of the East (PFRPG)

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Glories of the Dawn

Sprawling along the eastern shore of the Inner Sea lies Qadira, one of the mightiest nations of the region. Itself merely the westernmost tip of the vast Padishah Empire of Kelesh, Qadira has long stood as a bastion of culture and faith for humanity. Great dangers and wondrous opportunities for adventure await within this storied land—those who visit Qadira are well-advised to prepare for their journey!

Inside this book, you'll find:

  • Comprehensive information about the history of the mighty nation of Qadira, its people, their customs, and their faiths.
  • A first look at many elements of the Padishah Empire of Kelesh, including new societies, new faiths, and new organizations from that ancient region.
  • A full map of the nation of Qadira that covers both its civilized regions and its wilderness, revealing never-before-detailed jungles, strange new sites in which to adventure, and the full expanse of the land's beautiful but deadly deserts.
  • A detailed and robust system for finding patrons and working with Qadira's movers and shakers among the nobility and powerful merchant families.
  • Several new monsters, including genie-touched horses, along with a wide range of new player options for characters from Qadira, including archetypes, feats, magic, traits, and much more!

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Qadira, Jewel of the East is intended for use with the Pathfinder campaign setting, but can be easily adapted to any fantasy world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-912-7

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Fantastic!

5/5

I love this book! The world and lore are my favorite part of Pathfinder, and Qadira has always been one of my favorite parts of the setting. This book does a great job, and gives me so much that I can use to flesh out my Qadiran characters. Please keep these types of books coming I would love to see something similar to this that deals with Vudra!


Excellent book!

5/5

As a lover of geography courses, this book hits all the right notes. Qadira comes across as a real place, with concise but well thought out emphasis put on the factors (cultural/economic/geographic/etc) that make a nation and its peoples what they are. There are also frequent and interesting glimpses of Kelesh and Casmaron, with particular emphasis on how Qadira's status as an Inner Sea nation affects its relationship to the greater empire. Amongst all of this excellent information lie plenty of adventure hooks and rules options to help Qadira come alive during a game. The ashiftah battle witch is a simply written but super flavorful archetype (for real check it out), and the genie-touched horses are a clear fit. The patronage system adds some structure to help you convey what for a GM could be a very important but difficult to navigate aspect of Qadiran culture.

Basically, this book really adds to the Inner Sea and Golarion as a whole. You should buy it!


Perfect Campaign Setting

5/5

This product benefits greatly from having a single author instead of being a patchwork quilt with multiple contributors. It's not a boring, "here's a timeline, gazetteer of places, some organizations, then a bestiary" kind of rote by the numbers standard thing. It gives us a lot of flavor stuff, from relationships with other nations, customs, new crunch like patronage subsystems and witch archetypes. In many ways, Qadira reminds me of the old 1e Forgotten Realms box set in that it really gets down to the brass tacks of what life is like in the environment and makes it come alive for me. Jessica Price does a great job here and this product is a very strong argument for more single-author Campaign Setting books.


Great Campaign Book

5/5

This a great book that brought Qadira alive for me. I especially loved the patronage system and the witch stuff.


Okay book

3/5

The book has some nice fluff to it and expands what little we know of the Keleshite empire and its people, but that's pretty much all the good parts. I was hoping for some good settlement descriptions and notable personalities, city maps and such. The map is needs work and was changed from a previous map of Qadira (new mountains, river, and a forest!).

Now all this could be due to the fact that the Keleshite Empire and Casmaron have not been fleshed out yet. But I see book this as a lost opportunity to do exactly that. Create an anchor for us to go into that continent.

My biggest issue with this is the populations. They're HUGE in comparison to the Avistani nations. You could add up all of Cheliax, Andoran and Taldor and not come up with those numbers. This from a country that is mainly desert. Like how would Zimar ever harass the Qadiran ships when there is a city almost 5 times its size on the opposite banks of the Jalrune river.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Enough with the tea discussio - give us "Teahouses of Golarion" already! ;-)

I keep trying to stealth-add "Cocktails of Golarion" to the schedule, but people keep taking it off. :( Maybe I'd have better luck with Teahouses.

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Jessica Price wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Enough with the tea discussio - give us "Teahouses of Golarion" already! ;-)
I keep trying to stealth-add "Cocktails of Golarion" to the schedule, but people keep taking it off. :( Maybe I'd have better luck with Teahouses.

As popular as "you all meet in a tavern/tea house/lounge" is I'm surprised it hasn't happened already.

Liberty's Edge

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I guess that's better than you all meet in a "dance hall".


Sammy,

We tried the dance hall thing in Inner Sea Temples. No one took the bait.

Silver Crusade

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*grumble* G+#++~n dance halls *grumble*

Yes! There will dancing! HORIZONTALLY!


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Thank you Rysky. :)

Silver Crusade

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You're welcome Blaine ^w^


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Is it too early to rekindle the hype for this book?

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Jessica Price wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Enough with the tea discussio - give us "Teahouses of Golarion" already! ;-)
I keep trying to stealth-add "Cocktails of Golarion" to the schedule, but people keep taking it off. :( Maybe I'd have better luck with Teahouses.

"Confections of the Inner Sea" has a nice ring to it....

FOOD ALCHEMY!


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I once wrote backstories for a party of adventurers whose primary goal was food alchemy. I would buy "Confections of the Inner Sea" in a heartbeat.


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Scrying agencies of the Inner Seasmight be something. There could be an andoran one with a rule 41.

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Jessica Price wrote:
Dhenn wrote:

I cant wait for this one, though count me as another voice sad we're not getting ten pages on the spice trade.

Jessica, would you have book recommendations for people interested in learning more about the real world cultures that provided inspiration for parts of this book? I know next to nothing about the Scythians, and have only really encountered early Persian history as it related to Greek and Roman history, for example. I've been trying to read more about events, regions, and cultures that haven't been featured in my formal history courses, and this is definitely one of those areas.

I most certainly do! :-)

This one is great -- comes at it from the "were the Amazons of legend Scythians/Sarmatians?" angle.

And this one.

It took me long enough, but holiday travel meant the Adrienne Mayor book finally escaped from my "things I'll get around to reading eventually" shelf. I'm loving everything about it, especially how it manages to bounce back and forth between looking at classical histories/myths and modern archaeology. Just wanted to say thanks for the recommendation!

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Zarukir wrote:
Is it too early to rekindle the hype for this book?

NEVAR!

Liberty's Edge

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Can I start a subscription with this item without being forced to take the Strange Aeons map folio too? Right now the Campaign Setting subscription says start with both items. If I can subscribe with just one, what is the best process to do so?

Project Manager

That's a great question for the Customer Service forum! :-)


Very excited for this book! Is there anything about the elemental kin races in this book and their place in Qadira?

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Yup.

Silver Crusade

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Will there be anything involving Gnolls?

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There is, in fact, a significant amount about gnolls, especially in the ruined city of Shadun.

Silver Crusade

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SQUUUUUUEEEEEEE! YAY, FLUFFIES!

Thank you, Jessica!

*hugs*

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They're more snarly than fluffy, tho. :-)

Silver Crusade

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Jessica Price wrote:
They're more snarly than fluffy, tho. :-)

They still fluffy and Gnolly and I love them.

Dark Archive

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Jessica Price wrote:
There is, in fact, a significant amount about gnolls, especially in the ruined city of Shadun.

OH YES

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I have a copy of the printer proof on my desk right now and it has, on p. 32, my favorite piece of art ever in a PF book.


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Jessica Price wrote:
I have a copy of the printer proof on my desk right now and it has, on p. 32, my favorite piece of art ever in a PF book.

What a tease she is...

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4 people marked this as a favorite.

*eyelash bat*

Dark Archive

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This being updated to final cover soon?

Project Manager

Hmm, should be. I'll check in on that.


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Can wait for this one to ship! :D And can't wait for the Taldor book at some point in the future.


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I agree with both Jessica and Rysky, there's no reason you can't have snarly AND fluffy gnolls!


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Jessica Price wrote:
There is, in fact, a significant amount about gnolls, especially in the ruined city of Shadun.

Yay for any canon information about gnolls!

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Samy wrote:
Can I start a subscription with this item without being forced to take the Strange Aeons map folio too? Right now the Campaign Setting subscription says start with both items. If I can subscribe with just one, what is the best process to do so?

Hello Samy,

The short answer is you can start a subscription beginning with Qadira. Once you have done that let us know that you don't want the Map Folio and we can set your subscription to end with Qadira, or cancel the Map Folio if the order has already been generated.

Dark Archive

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Why do I get a feeling that Rysky would love one specific NPC in Strange Aeons part 4? :D

I mean, I dunno if she is fluffy, but description wise I wouldn't be surprised

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CorvusMask wrote:

Why do I get a feeling that Rysky would love one specific NPC in Strange Aeons part 4? :D

I mean, I dunno if she is fluffy, but description wise I wouldn't be surprised

!!!

(Just got my shipping notice last night, trying I downloaded them now but internet is being a dick >_<)


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Will this contain a map of Katheer? Or a good enough description from which one could draw a map? I want to run an urban campaign set there and that would help significantly.


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I can't express how excited and anxious I am for this book. The main campaign I've been running has been in Qadira and although we've recently dipped into Taldor the plan is to return to Qadira to finish the campaign (the PCs are 15th).

I researched everything on Qadira once I knew the campaign was going to be focused there. Looked at every adventure, setting, core book and society scenarios to get the most out of the region. We just finished up Feast of Dust, which was a great module.

So I'm curious to know what the new Qadira map will look like. Will it be updated with all of the locations added to the region through PFS scenarios and modules such as the aforementioned Feast o Dust? You should see my maps. I printed out the maps from the folio and old setting book and scribbled everything I've located all over them. It's crazy the amount of adventure sites and places of interest in Qadira.

I also understand that Katheer is being redesigned/reimagined. Can't wait.

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Robert Cameron wrote:
Will this contain a map of Katheer? Or a good enough description from which one could draw a map? I want to run an urban campaign set there and that would help significantly.

Yes, there's a map of Katheer. Bear in mind that Katheer is one of the largest cities in the Inner Sea region, so it's not like, say, the Wati map in Mummy's Mask that shows every individual building. It's more like those medieval city maps that show neighborhoods/districts.


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Is it the same one from the players companion. :-)

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The Black Arrow wrote:

I can't express how excited and anxious I am for this book. The main campaign I've been running has been in Qadira and although we've recently dipped into Taldor the plan is to return to Qadira to finish the campaign (the PCs are 15th).

I researched everything on Qadira once I knew the campaign was going to be focused there. Looked at every adventure, setting, core book and society scenarios to get the most out of the region. We just finished up Feast of Dust, which was a great module.

So I'm curious to know what the new Qadira map will look like. Will it be updated with all of the locations added to the region through PFS scenarios and modules such as the aforementioned Feast o Dust? You should see my maps. I printed out the maps from the folio and old setting book and scribbled everything I've located all over them. It's crazy the amount of adventure sites and places of interest in Qadira.

I also understand that Katheer is being redesigned/reimagined. Can't wait.

I think I got all of them. :-) The map's pretty crowded at this point.

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Diego Valdez wrote:
The short answer is you can start a subscription beginning with Qadira. Once you have done that let us know that you don't want the Map Folio and we can set your subscription to end with Qadira

Thanks Diego! I'll do that on the custserv forum. Thank you much for your help!


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Jessica Price wrote:
Robert Cameron wrote:
Will this contain a map of Katheer? Or a good enough description from which one could draw a map? I want to run an urban campaign set there and that would help significantly.
Yes, there's a map of Katheer. Bear in mind that Katheer is one of the largest cities in the Inner Sea region, so it's not like, say, the Wati map in Mummy's Mask that shows every individual building. It's more like those medieval city maps that show neighborhoods/districts.

That is perfect for what I intended. I wouldn't want all the gaps filled, just a proper layout and some pre-set hooks

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Updated with final cover image and description!


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Oooh pretty! Thanks!

Dark Archive

Sajan & Kyra vs. Divs in the desert - looks great!


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Genie touched horses?!

Silver Crusade

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Wow, Kyra is COMPLETELY out of f*$+s to give.

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She'd better be... those aghash divs will be coming for her first, no matter how shirtless Sajan gets.


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Kyra is definitely the iconic I'd choose to keep next to me in a fight (sorry Lem). Most badass cleric ever.


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Now all we need is an Adventure Path that takes place in Qadira so I can play my geniekin paladin who purposely does everything he can to annoy all the different types of divs (wears a red cloak, has bells on his scabbard, having a ridiculously high CHA, etc...).

It is good thing paladins saves are so high. because he is going to need them.


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But seriously, it is always nice to see a new setting book. Can the one after Aquatic Adventures be about Vudra?

*gives fiendish puppy eyes*

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