Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Planar Adventures

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From Heaven to Hell

There are worlds beyond the one we know: Planes of Fire and Water, Heaven and Hell, Dimensions of Dreams and Time. These are the realms of angels and demons, gods and goddesses—entire new realities where anything can happen!

Pathfinder RPG Planar Adventures expands the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and transports your characters and campaigns into uncanny new worlds rife with both perilous dangers and unimaginable rewards. In these infinite planes of reality, characters will test more than just their mettle against the daunting challenges that confront them—they'll test their very souls!

Pathfinder RPG Planar Adventures includes:

  • All-new archetypes, feats, magic items, and spells to give plane-hopping PCs a bounty of options during their travels.
  • A presentation of the 20 core deities of the Pathfinder RPG, including divine gifts they can grant their faithful.
  • An exploration of the major planes of existence and several strange demiplanes from the Pathfinder campaign setting.
  • Nearly two dozen new monsters, including three new races appropriate for use as player characters.
  • ... and much, much more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-044-6

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Planar Fun

3/5

A good solid book as far as campaign setting information goes. But they should have made the book edition neutral with as little or no gaming rules. So the book could have more room for campaign setting information especially the dimensions/demi-planes that got at best a page of information.


Solid Gold Awesome

5/5

My spouse and I haven't been so captured by a RPG book in ages - this was hours of fun just paging through, imagining so many different scenarios, uses, quirks, builds, stories, and fights.

For Campaigns, this is some awesomely rules for traversing the planes, in short or long form.

For GMs, fantastic monsters and plot hooks.

For PCs some really fantastic magic items and feats, many of them versatile and adaptable to many of the planes instead of being heavily tied to one.

An amazing finale for the Pathfinder line.


By the Divines!

5/5

I've been playing Pathfinder for about two years now, and this is the book that I've been looking forward to since I read about the planes and outsiders. The planes themselves are detailed enough ,to satisfy my thirst for info on them and to run a campaign on any of them, and leave enough room for any GM to play around with.

This book is a must have for any fan of the Great Beyond.


Wonderful, much needed book

5/5

I grabbed the PDF yesterday and read through the source immediately. This book is exactly what I wanted from it. Beautiful art, cool archetypes, flavorful feats, and wonderfully well-thought out lore. Really a delight of a text.


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Inquisitive Malefactor wrote:
Anyway, what does the Leviathan look like? I hear it has a gaze attack that is worse than death, care to extrapolate on that?

Spoiler:

It looks like a giant dire sperm whale with red highlights (the red are supposed to be eyes, i think, and it has lots of them).

The gaze attack are actually eye beams. Lots of them. they feeblemind, but there's more to it than just that.

-Skeld


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Inquisitive Malefactor wrote:
What is a Wisagatcak, anyway? Do you know how to pronounce it? What plane is it from? Does it like to create disasters?

Spoiler:

They're small spider things that hunt, use telepathic whispers, and eat flesh. i have no idea how to pronounce it. It's from Hell. No mention of disasters.

-Skeld


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Inquisitive Malefactor wrote:
Are etheroots intelligent? Are they actually NOT from the ethereal plane, and name is just there to confuse us? What do they look like?

Spoiler:

They are intelligent. They're found on the ethereal plane. They really just look like plants to me.

-Skeld


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Inquisitive Malefactor wrote:
Do Roselings have anything to do with Leshys? What can they turn into? Is it just me or are their a lot more shapeshifters in this bestiary section than usual?

Spoiler:

It doesn't look like they have anything to do with leshys.

You know, it says shapechanger, but there's no mention anywhere in the description of the stat block of any shapechanging ability. I wonder if that's an error?

-Skeld


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deuxhero wrote:
Is there a new polymorph spell among the spell options?

Spoiler:

I see one spell with the polymorph descriptor.

-Skeld


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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
Inquisitive Malefactor wrote:
What is an Irii, anyway? What does it's base form look like? Is there a lot of interspecies conflict seeing as half of them are Lawful and the other half Chaotic?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

In which plane do they live? Actually, if you have already read that much, from which plane do each of the creatures in the bestiary come?

Spoiler:

It says they're native to the Dimension of Time.

-Skeld


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Prince Setehrael wrote:
Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
Prince Setehrael wrote:
Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:

I have my copy if there are questions....

-Skeld

The Leviathan!!!

Yes.

-Skeld

Could you provide some details on Leviathan?

Spoiler:

It's badass and has a cool backstory. i don't want to spoil it more than that.

-Skeld


Dragon78 wrote:
Can anyone give info on those planar infused/infected feats?

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see anything about planar infused/infected feats. There are "conduit" feats. Is that what you're talking about, maybe?

-Skeld


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Sir_Andrew wrote:
what about archetypes? what are they called?

Spoiler:

Azatariel (Swashbuckler)
Chronicler of Worlds (Bard)
Dreamthief (Rogue)
Energist (Alchemist)
Gloomblade (Fighter)
Idealist (Cleric)
Pact Witch (Witch)
Planar Scout (Ranger)
Portal Seeker (Investigator)
Progenitor (Druid)
Soul Warden (Spiritualist)
Worldseeker (Wizard)

-Skeld


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Lemartes wrote:
Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
Inquisitive Malefactor wrote:
An overview of the unique miracles the core 20 grant would also be pretty cool.

By "unique miracles," are you referring to the divine gifts each deity can bestow?

** spoiler omitted **

There's more to (almost) all of these, but this is the jist of it.

-Skeld

Wait I see permanent bonuses so does that mean that the other gifts are not a one time thing? Thanks. :)

I think some are and some aren't. The entire discussion of those abilities is caveated "GM discretion" and those provided are provided as examples.

-Skeld


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Inquisitive Malefactor wrote:
A list of the spells would also be nice.

Spoiler:

Anywhere but here (magus 4, psychic 4, sorcerer/wizard 4, summoner 4, witch 4)
Arbatrament (cleric 7, inquisitor 6)
Andor's onslaught (cleric 4, inquisitor 4)
Bestow planar infusion I (cleric 1, inquisitor 1, magus 1, medium 1, occultist 1, psychic 1, sorcerer/wizard 1, summoner 1, witch 1)
Bestow planar infusion II (cleric 4, inquisitor 4, magus 4, medium 4, occultist 4, psychic 4, sorcerer/wizard 4, summoner 4, witch 4)
Bestow planar infusion III (7, psychic 7, sorcerer/wizard 7, witch 7)
Commune with plane (cleric 5, psychic 5, ranger 4, summoner 5, witch 5)
Counterbalancing aura (cleric 8)
Diminish resistance (bard 2, cleric 2, inquisitor 2, magus 2, mesmerist 2, psychic 2, sorcerer/wizard 2, witch 2)
Dispel balance (cleric 5, inquisitor 5)
Ether step (magus 5, sorcerer/wizard 6, summoner 5)
Hasten judgement (antipaladin 4, cleric 5, druid 5, inquisitor 4, sorcerer/wizard 6, spiritualist 4, witch 5)
Homeward bound (cleric 3, sorcerer/wizard 4)
Infuse self (alchemist 3, bard 3, bloodrager 3, magus 3, sorcerer/wizard 3)
Invoke deity (antipaladin 4, cleric 6, inquisitor 6, medium 4, occultist 6, paladin 4, ranger 4, witch 6)
Judgement undone (cleric 9, psychic 9, shaman 9)
Positive pulse (cleric 1, inquisitor 1, paladin 1, shaman 1, sorcerer/wizard 1, spiritualist 1, summoner 1, witch 1)
Positive pulse, greater (cleric 4, inquisitor 4, paladin 3, shaman 4, sorcerer/wizard 4, spiritualist 4, summoner 3, witch 4)
Quintessence mastery (cleric 8, sorcerer/wizard 8, witch 8)
Shadow invasion (magus 4, sorcerer/wizard 4, summoner 4)
Songbird (bard 1, cleric 1, mesmerist 1, paladin 1, psychic 1, sorcerer/wizard 1)
Soulseeker (cleric 8, medium 4, occultist 6, shaman 8, spiritualist 6, witch 8)
Speak with soul (antipaladin 4, cleric 6, medium 4, paladin 4, shaman 6, spiritualist 6)

-Skeld


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The Gold Sovereign wrote:

Is Jandelay one of the demiplanes described in the book? =O

Could someone actually share the names of the major planes and the demiplanes described in the book?

Spoiler:

Planes:
Abaddon
Abyss
Astral Plane
Axis
Boneyard
Elysium
Ethereal Plane
First World
Heaven
Hell
Maelstrom
Negative Energy Plane
Nirvana
Plane of Air
Plane of Earth
Plane of Fire
Plane of Water
Positive Energy Plane
Shadow Plane

Demiplanes/Dimensions:
Akashic Record
Cynosure
Dead Vault
Dimension of Dreams/Dreamlands
Dimension of Time
Hao Jin Tapestry
Harrowed Realm
Jandelay
Leng
Xibalba

-Skeld


Verzen wrote:
Anything for kineticist ?

I didn't see anything specifically for them.

-Skeld


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Wannabe Demon Lord wrote:
Would anyone be willing to describe the Boogeymonster?

Ok, I need to nip this one. I added that to the list as a joke. Sorry. :(

(Don't trust me too much.)

-Skeld


Very disappointed in the lack of new Aeons in this book. Least we got more Inevitables, but kinda hard to run a campaign involving all the Neutral Outsiders when there is such a lack of them. GYST Paizo!


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Wannabe Demon Lord wrote:
Sorry to double post, but I'm really curious now; the Wisagatcak is apparently named after a Cree culture hero and manitou similar to Nanabozho. What is it like as a monster and Lawful Evil? I'm honestly uncertain how I would go about interpreting a figure like that.

Ok, I read up on the Cree stuff you're talking about and my take on it is that the these two things have absolutely nothing to do with each other. There's no overlap between the Cree cultural entity you're talking about and the thing in the book.

Maybe the person that came up with it can comment on their inspiration, but I don't see any commonality here at all.

-Skeld


Inquisitive Malefactor wrote:
So, as far as I can remember, Empousai are (in greek mythology, in any rate) shapeshifting evil spirits who schtick is seducing, then eating young men. Seeing how in Pathfinder they are instead CN servants of Calistara, can we safely assume that they are only man-eaters in the figurative sense, rather than the literal?

I can't spek to the author's intent, but I also don't see the overlap between what's in the book and the mythological stuff you're referencing. They don't look the same to me.

-Skeld


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I didn't draw on any mythological sources for the empusa. ^_^


Could I get a list of the Archetypes in the book?


Interested in the Portal Seeker Investigator! Does it get anything juicy besides different skill bonuses?


KaveDweller1349 wrote:
Could I get a list of the Archetypes in the book?

It's up-thread.

-Skeld


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Secret Wizard wrote:
Interested in the Portal Seeker Investigator! Does it get anything juicy besides different skill bonuses?

Spoiler:

Yes, they get some nice portal-related stuff that replaced trapfinding and poison handling.

-Skeld


Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
KaveDweller1349 wrote:
Could I get a list of the Archetypes in the book?

It's up-thread.

-Skeld

Probably should have looked before I posted. Anyway, what does the Energist Alchemist get, are there any new Alchemist Discoveries?


I have to ask, does the spell Anywhere But Here do exactly what you'd think it would do?


What does the Bestow Planar Infusion line of spells do?


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Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
Sir_Andrew wrote:
what about archetypes? what are they called?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

What's the theme of these two archetypes?

Pact Witch
Chronicler of Worlds


Any chance you could give any information as to what the Worldseeker actually does?

Also as an aside, I'm really excited to get my hands on a copy of this for the lore.

Dark Archive

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Wannabe Demon Lord wrote:
Sorry to double post, but I'm really curious now; the Wisagatcak is apparently named after a Cree culture hero and manitou similar to Nanabozho. What is it like as a monster and Lawful Evil? I'm honestly uncertain how I would go about interpreting a figure like that.

The googling I got was that Wisakedjak is trickster deity that created flood that destroyed the old world .-. So maybe that sort of source was idea behind that?

That said, yeah, its always rather bad idea to do interpretation of native american mythology without consulting native americans on how to interpret them

Silver Crusade

Um yeah I’m perplexed/concerned about this as well. How do you go from Cree culture flood Hero to Hell Spiders?

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Rysky wrote:
Um yeah I’m perplexed/concerned about this as well. How do you go from Cree culture flood Hero to Hell Spiders?

While I didn't work on this monster, it appears to be based on something of that name introduced in BotD1. There was no overt link to Cree culture indicated in that book that I recall and I assume nobody knew the name was sourced from that real world source for the monster in Planar Adventures that elaborated on the BotD1 reference.

Dark Archive

Todd Stewart wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Um yeah I’m perplexed/concerned about this as well. How do you go from Cree culture flood Hero to Hell Spiders?
While I didn't work on this monster, it appears to be based on something of that name introduced in BotD1. There was no overt link to Cree culture indicated in that book that I recall and I assume nobody knew the name was sourced from that real world source for the monster in Planar Adventures that elaborated on the BotD1 reference.

Well that would explain it since Book of the Damned 1 is old one and lot of older books contain weird stuff ._. But still surprised whoever updated it for planar adventures didn't try googling it.

Either way, I'm not from USA, but I'm under impression that is really offensive thing to do to Native Americans <_<


Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
Sir_Andrew wrote:
what about archetypes? what are they called?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

cool! what does the Azatariel swashbuckler do? does it look good?


So what are the "conduit" feats and what do they do?

How many "conduit" feats are there and what planes are they connected to?


Dang, none of the cool demiplanes mentioned in The Great Beyond made it in:(


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Construct nerd that I am, I has hoping for something on the machine armoury Oh well.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Dang, none of the cool demiplanes mentioned in The Great Beyond made it in:(

Aww *blush*

They don't get full sections, but most of them are briefly mentioned.

Liberty's Edge

Oh, the Cleric and Swashbuckler archetypes look nice. Care do give us some details?


Any stuff for eidolons? (I’m a bit surprised there isn’t a Summoner archetype, but we have another planar content book next month.)

Also, thanks for the info!


Isabelle Lee wrote:
I didn't draw on any mythological sources for the empusa. ^_^

So it looks like there are two monsters in here with mythological names whose write-ups are different from their mythological origins. Any reason why? Was it a case of not knowing the origin of the name, or attaching a cool name from mythology to a monster that was just created, or something else?

Given how much Paizo tries to draw on real mythology, it seems odd to start changing that.


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Thanks Skeld! :)


Can I get a little more on the Duskwalkers...appearance, maybe some hints about racial abilities ?


I HAVE THE PDF!!!!!


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Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
Inquisitive Malefactor wrote:
If you wouldn't mind, perhaps a list of the monsters, their types, subtypes, and Challenge Ratings.

One of these is not in the book.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!

Dark Archive

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I have no questions at the moment, but I'd like to thank Skeld for the wonderful service they are providing to those of us trapped in linear time and not yet having a copy. :)


Would anyone be able to give a rough estimate on how much flavour/lore there is compared to the amount of mechanics?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Todd Stewart wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Um yeah I’m perplexed/concerned about this as well. How do you go from Cree culture flood Hero to Hell Spiders?
While I didn't work on this monster, it appears to be based on something of that name introduced in BotD1. There was no overt link to Cree culture indicated in that book that I recall and I assume nobody knew the name was sourced from that real world source for the monster in Planar Adventures that elaborated on the BotD1 reference.

Wes name dropped a lot of new monsters in Book of the Damned 1, but didn't provide stats for them. They were mentioned throughout the book, but on page 18, where he wrote about Cocytus, he mentions:

Book of the Damned 1: Princes of Darkness wrote:
...Wisagatcak—swift and spidery, six-limbed fiends–hide amid icy crags and ruins, whispering lies and despair into the ears of travelers.

That's all we'd ever done about them until Planar Adventures, and it's that single line of text that I drew upon when I assigned the monster for further development in the book.

It's likely that Wes, who did a lot of real-world mythology research for monsters, drew upon these myths, but he's not been an employee of Paizo for over a year now, and there was no other indication in the text that they were anything more than icy spider fiends. So no, other than the name being very similar or even the same depending on the source, the Planar Adventures Wisagatcak did not draw upon any real-world mythology or lore in its design.


Details on the Fighter archetype, and the Swashbuckler archetype, please?

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Bluescale wrote:
Isabelle Lee wrote:
I didn't draw on any mythological sources for the empusa. ^_^

So it looks like there are two monsters in here with mythological names whose write-ups are different from their mythological origins. Any reason why? Was it a case of not knowing the origin of the name, or attaching a cool name from mythology to a monster that was just created, or something else?

Given how much Paizo tries to draw on real mythology, it seems odd to start changing that.

While as I noted that the Wisagatcak is not drawn from mythology, the empusa was. The goal here was to add in a monster that would specifically serve as an agent for Calistria, since as a chaotic neutral deity, the current offerings (proteans, valkyries, chaos beasts) were not really on theme for her. The game already has MORE than enough variants on the succubus, and I wasn't interested in carrying that line forward from mythology. I did like the idea of them having one leg that wasn't human, though, and in combining that with the Calistiran element, that's why in development they ended up having one insect leg, to tie in with Calistria's wasp themes.

EDIT: And don't forget that the sirrush and Leviathan are both inspired by mythology!


This a release-at-midnight situation on the PDF, and if so, which time zone? Asking for a friend :-|


Paul McCarty wrote:
This a release-at-midnight situation on the PDF, and if so, which time zone? Asking for a friend :-|

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