Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Nidal, Land of Shadows

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A Land Chained in Shadow

Ten thousand years ago, faced with extinction, the terrified leaders of Nidal heard whispers in their minds—promises of salvation for their nation if only they'd submit their people's bodies and souls to perpetual servitude. Those leaders' assent transformed them into conduits for Zon-Kuthon, the god of envy and pain, and has sealed Nidal's fate to this day.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Nidal, Land of Shadows draws back the curtain from one of Golarion's most wicked and mysterious theocracies. Within these pages, you'll find:

  • Detailed descriptions of Nidal's history, including its tragic fall into Zon-Kuthon's grasp.
  • An in-depth gazetteer of the entire nation, from settlements to more sinister features.
  • Malevolent adventure sites from the Castle of the Captive Sun to the Tower of Slant Shadows.
  • A bestiary of shadowy creatures, including the suffragan kyton, that lurk in Nidal and beyond.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Nidal, Land of Shadows is intended for use with the Pathfinder campaign setting, but it can be easily adapted to any fantasy world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-033-0

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At long last...

*****

... all the bits and pieces of information we've had coming out piecemeal over the years coalesce into a quite enjoyable write-up of Nidal, arguably the most screwed-up nation-state in Avistan.

The sense of just how oppressive the place is really comes across in the art and the writing, and the historical bits are quite well fleshed-out.

While not quite as outré as it maybe could have been, it's still pretty grim going in places. At the same time, you get a taste of what Nidal was before it knuckled under to a god of pain and darkness, and a sense of what the place has to offer.


A terrific description of one of the most evil countries

*****

Nidal is an intriguing nation and one of the most unique to Golarion, in my view.

This first part of the book does a brilliant job of portraying the thorough depravity of the place and what it’s like to live under the oppressive, slightly insane theocracy. The following chapter on adventure sites is full of adventure hooks and places/reasons to visit. The book finishes off with half a dozen well chosen, nidalese themed monsters.

I think it’s hard to portray a truly evil place without descending into parody and this book has avoided that trap with great skill. It was exquisitely written and a joy to read (albeit with the occasional shiver).

As with all good sourcebooks, I ended up with half a dozen campaign/adventure ideas rolling around in my head. That’s the point of these kinds of supplements and I can’t give it anything other than five stars.

More like this please!


At best, I am not impressed...

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I bought this book in the expectation of a little edgy goodness. It is a guidebook about Nidal for crying out loud. It even came with a "graphic content"-warning.

Well, that warning was overselling the content in the worst way. I expected a horror movie and I got the disney-fied all-ages version. I am so disappointed. This book has no spells, no magic items, no classes. In fact, no crunch at all. It is one big, sanitized National Geographic article. Yawn! I could have pieced the entire content together myself with a few hours of work from previous sources, with the possible exception of the city maps.

If it was possible to get a refund on the basis of "try again, buddy", I would.

Needless to say, this book is not recommended.


Seems like a cheerful place.

*****

This book does a great job of conveying what a country being run be Zon-Kuthon for millennia actually looks like and how the practicalities work out. Nidal really makes a lot more sense to me, and I'm a lot better equipped to run an adventure there after reading this. Check it out!


Beautiful and Horrific

*****

Long shrouded with secrecy and terror this books finally dives into the shadowy horror that is Nidal. And it is wonderful.

The overview of the various areas and the art along with it are awesome, and an absolute treat for GMs and players who have long had/wanted characters to be from this dreadful place.

Warning: this book contains VERY disturbing themes and certain pieces of art, being, ya'know, the country of misery and torture. And now that you've been warned, enjoy ^w^


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Announced for April! Image and description are provisional and subject to change prior to release.

Liberty's Edge

Yes!


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YES! FINALLY! ALL KUTHONITES, SELF-FLAGELLATE IN CELEBRATION... but since I'm more of Shelynite I think I'll just cook a steak instead....


That's surely is going to be an interesting book. Nations are always an interesting topic.


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This better not be april's fools in advance.


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shadowkras wrote:
This better not be april's fools in advance.

If that were true I would have to show THEM how to be a good Kuthonite...

Glad I don't have to, though =D

Disclaimer:
All Malefactor would actually do if it was an April Fool's joke would be to pout. Malefactor does use or condone the use of violence against people who make Pathfinder material. No Kuthonites were harmed in the making of that joke (something they are quite upset about). All rights reserved.

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Holy guacamole! Finally! Erik promised we'd get one eventually and it is finally happening!


Sweet. :)


Very good.

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Looking forward to this one.


Awesome! Really hyped for this one.

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SQQQQUUUUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Liberty's Edge

By the midnight lord! Finally!


Now this should be interesting.


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I am still super behind on the CS from a few years of limited budgets, but super psyched for this


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How cute.

Dark Archive

Finally a little light is shone upon the land of Nidal.

I hope the Campaign Setting line continues to bring us more of the missing avistani and garundi realms.

Here´s hoping to a "Varisia" book in 2018, in conjunction with the "RotR" AP.


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It will be interesting to get a closer look at Nidal, and to see how players can be convinced to send their characters there. Heck, why would anyone want to go to Nidal?

In-game, it must stink to be part of the Nidalese Tourism Board. "Come to hideous Nidal, and die horribly and painfully along with everyone else"?


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Oh man, Nidal was number 2 on my list of places I wanted the Campaign Setting books to visit. Now we just need our Realm of the Mammoth Lords book and I'm happy. Very excited about this book.

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Such sights* to show me...

*also, sites.


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Any word on authors? I hope there's some flavour stuff from Liane Merciel in there. Nidal has always been intriguing to me but she really brought it to horrific life with Isiem and his struggles in Nightglass.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Any word on authors? I hope there's some flavour stuff from Liane Merciel in there. Nidal has always been intriguing to me but she really brought it to horrific life with Isiem and his struggles in Nightglass.

I hope Liane got to work on this, I love her stuff ^w^


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Dot.

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FINALLY, THE ROCK HAS COME BACK TO PANGOLAIS...

Oh, mixed my hobbys up again. Still, Finally!

Not sure if it is because I'm such a fan of Shelyn, and, by extension, her relationship with her brother gone wrong, but Nidal held a special place in my heart since I first learned about it. Good to see that it finally (again :) )gets the love it deserves.

And full agreement with Steve about Liane Merciel and what she did with Nightglass. Easily one of my most favorite novels in the whole Pathfinder Tales line

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been waiting for this for YEARS!!!

Liberty's Edge

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I hope this will have enough context to help me better appreciate the Nidalese tidbits we got here and there

The current description does not make it that different from Ustalav or Irrisen though

Silver Crusade

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This book is relevant to my interests. Proceed.


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It is not relevant to my interests, but it's always nice to have another piece of the Inner Sea flensed out. :-)


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So, the land of the midnight lord is coming out of the shadows? Finally.

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Oh my midnight lord, YAY. I'm beyond excited for this!

Dark Archive

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Rysky wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
Any word on authors? I hope there's some flavour stuff from Liane Merciel in there. Nidal has always been intriguing to me but she really brought it to horrific life with Isiem and his struggles in Nightglass.
I hope Liane got to work on this, I love her stuff ^w^

Add me to the list who also loves her stuff and hopes she is one of the featured authors in this book.


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Great to see Nidal getting some love. Whether Liane's work or she herself contributes to the book, plenty of inspiration to be had!


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So after this what are the other areas of the Inner Sea left to cover in a campaign setting book?

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Dragon78 wrote:
So after this what are the other areas of the Inner Sea left to cover in a campaign setting book?

Tangent:
From west to east, north to south: the Realm of the Mammoth Lords, Mendev, Brevoy, Varisia, Lastwall, Razmiran, Druma, Kyonin, Five Kings Mountains, Galt, Isger, Rahadoum, Thuvia, Mediogalti Island, the Sodden Lands, Nex, the Mana Wastes, Geb, and Sargava.
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Kalindlara wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
So after this what are the other areas of the Inner Sea left to cover in a campaign setting book?
** spoiler omitted **

continuing tangent:
Oooo, Brevoy, Thuvia, and Geb would be nice.
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YOU FORGOT THE ARCHDUCHY OF RAVOUNEL!

On a more serious note, there's a lot to cover and frankly I'd be super happy to see Paizo publish 4 regional books + 2 thematic books per year.


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Squeeeeeeeeeee!


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4 regional campaign setting books a year would be cool. But I do miss those monster revisited/unleashed books:(

Does anyone know if the map folios will count against the 6 campaign setting books a year limit?


It seems like starting with Construct Builders Handbook, the campaign setting books are alternating between expanding rules/specific locations, and regional books. Not sure if it's just a coincidence or what, but it's interesting at least. I don't think the map folios are going to count towards the 6 a year limit, so that's good at least.

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Dragon78 wrote:
But I do miss those monster revisited/unleashed books

Yeah , me too. Unluckily, last time I brought this up I was told that those books weren't too popular. Which is a shame.


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I wonder how the Darklands revisited volume did sale wise? I enjoyed that book.


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Classic Monsters Revisited even got a reprint, from memory.

My impression is that the early ones were very popular but that as they moved further afield their popularity waned. (That's only based on forum chatter obviously, not any actual sales data).


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Other then Zon-Kuthon related stuff, what is in this area?

Dark Archive

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I'm gonna have to wear gloves to read this, 'cause I just know that the book is going to want to cut me...


Set,

You probably need something stronger than gloves.

But mostly I'm glad to see more regional stuff.


Can't wait to see all the art made for this book.


Hopes this one has a lot of creatures in the bestiary section, like some of the older books do.
I really miss getting ten creatures in a Campaign Setting


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I just wish that this would have hit while Wes was still around. It was my understanding that this was his area of the world with his love of Cenobites and Barker. Here is to hoping he makes a return as freelancer to put his mark on this. That being said, very much looking forward to it!


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Come to think about it I think it was Wes's area.

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I still want a Kyton specific book.

A book on Nidal is nice and all, but a companion book covering Kytons is like the peanut butter to this book's jelly. I am aware there will likely be a bestiary chock full o' kytons but it is not the same. It really isn't.

Other wants are more shadow magic: spells, wondrous items, artifacts, weapons, and armor.

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