|Rick Kunz Webstore Coordinator|
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While I'm sure that dramatic changes are going to be handled as power shifts and new regions, or maybe a new deity or even the vanishing of the starstone itself... Aroden could be revived or something around this. I don't think it will change the entire landscape or how magic works or the core nations, and perhaps not major concepts as well.
It would be epic if Aroden was revived for a final clash against the Tyrant. Well, I at least hope the Starstone can grant us a new Ascended - hopefully not in the form of a new god of undeath...
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TAR-BAPHON MUST DIE!
my guess is that things will certainly not be the same after that. I Imagine that there will be a somewhat bittersweet element to the ending since it seems the shards needed to help use the radient fire are imbeded in your souls, rendering you unstuck from death to a degree. using them will likely result in your characters becoming mortal again. that being said, i look forward to ridding the world of the Whispering tyrant. Once and for all hopefully. But evil never truely sleeps forever, and i am sure some other undead lichlord will try to follow in his boney footsteps. hopefully not to the same degree of success.
More seriously, this looks like an intriguing continuation of the setting changes put in motion by Return of the Runelords.
I'm also wondering if the AP could end with Aroden's return, but this time as a deity of death (not necessarily an evil one). Maybe Pharasma's has been hiding him all along, teaching Aroden part of her portfolio.
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Finally we get an adventure path in Absalom! I hope this means we'll get a proper canonical write-up on the Starstone.
Just to manage expectations here... this Adventure Path comes CLOSE to Absalom, but doesn't go into the city itself.
Absalom is a huge city with LOTS of potential, and it's not something we're going to avoid doing adventure path content with and in forever. But it's not going to be fully explored and you won't get a lot of new info on the Starstone in this adventure. The climax has other things to focus on that'll be more clear once the adventure path is out.
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It's not the first time "Dramatic Changes" in a story line or setting happen to foreshadow a new edition. Monte Cook states how in "Ptolus" he foreshadowed the move to a new edition by having another moon in the sky. When the moon finally revealed itself, the PCs were reborn in the new edition. I thought that was darn clever.
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Considering that the entire Pathfinder campaign setting is predicated on Aroden's death, and it's been stated by developers numerous times that they'll probably never reveal how he died - no, Aroden isn't coming back. It would be also be a deus ex machina-sized cop out.
I'm just bummed that some of Golarion's biggest baddies have been killed off lately. Hopefully we get some new ones in 2nd edition.