Places of Power: Dragonmarch Keep (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Mike Welham

A lonely edifice built atop a rocky crag at the edge of civilisation, Dragonmarch Keep guard over the borders of three formerly warring kingdoms. Men and women of noble birth from three kingdoms serve at the keep in a show of unity. They push back the raiders and marauders emerging from the wastelands and strength the bonds of friendship between the three kingdoms. While the keep’s walls provide formidable protection, the surrounding farms are open to attack, usually in retaliation for a recent foray by the garrison. Dragonmarch Keep is, thus, a place of great adventure and great danger. Here, those of stout heart willing to stand against the forces of evil and chaos are in high demand.

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 back cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

At the borders of three formerly warring nations, atop a craggy precipice at the edge of known civilization, there is a sturdy keep overlooking the surrounding landscape, a bulwark against raiders and the forces of darkness, steadfast clinging to civilization and providing solace for those nearby, a veritable keep in the borderlands, if you will, awaiting adventurers of stout hearts and valorous mien. This structure is dragonmarch keep, represented in a massive b/w-map that spans a whole page and covers nearby fields and countryside as well.

This rough land lives and stands by the virtue of noble scions that come to these far-away stretches of land to defend the borders, currently under the auspice of Countess Liana Van de Vore (comically misnamed "Can de Vore" once) - whose ancestor, as knowledgeable PCs with the required skills may know, has slain the red dragon Glitterfang at this very place.

The pdf does provide notes on notable folk and how the general populace here does dress, the local nomenclature, etc. The attention to detail we've come to expect from the series extends to the marketplace-section that presents minor magic for sale here and the local bar - which even comes with sample food and drink prices. As always, we do receive a table of 6 sample events and 6 sample whispers and rumours to add some local color and further adventuring options to the material presented herein.

A political dimension is also part of the location - as a cornerstone of a non-aggression treaty and potential point of interest for 3 kingdoms and the monstrous forces of the wastes, the locale features sufficient flavor...and a curse on a nearby farm is implied as well....all in all, plenty of adventuring potential here!


Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no serious glitches. Layout adheres to raging Swan Press' elegant two-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience. The pdf comes in two versions, one optimized for screen-use and one optimized to be printed out. The cartography by Maciej Zagorski is well-made and in b/w. Supporters of Raging Swan Press' patreon can get access to a player-friendly, key-less version of the map, at least to my knowledge.

Mike Welham's dragonmarch keep is a cool environment, though it is somewhat more conservative than most locations penned by him; this is not meant as criticism, mind you - it just means that this location is very easy to implement in one's games...and this, considering its borderlands-theme, is very much what the pdf sets out to do. I ultimately do like this location as a whole, but if you're looking for something novel, then this will perhaps not 100% deliver. This is an excellent, detailed and flavorful representation of the classic theme, but it lacks the one-step-beyond, the je-ne-sais-quoi, the twist, if you will, to catapult it to the realms of excellence. Hence, my final verdict will clock in at 4.5 stars, rounded up due to in dubio pro reo.

Endzeitgeist out.

Sovereign Court Raging Swan Press

Is now available at the Paizo store. You can grab a free sample, here! I hope you enjoy it!

A few typos in your description
"Dragonmarch Keep guard" from line 1 should be "Dragonmarch Keep guards"
"and strength the bonds" line 3 should be "and strengthen the bonds"

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

Oh, and after you fix those, flog the copy editor. ;)

Thanks for pointing those out, J4RH34D.

Mike Welham wrote:

Oh, and after you fix those, flog the copy editor. ;)

Thanks for pointing those out, J4RH34D.

A pleasure, surprised they haven't been fixed though

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

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

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Thank you very much for the review, Endzeitgeist!

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