Pathfinder Lost Omens World Guide

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This comprehensive 136-page hardcover overview of the world of Pathfinder provides everything you need to know for a lifetime of adventure in the Age of Lost Omens! The god of prophecy is dead, leaving heroes just like you to carve their own destinies out of an uncertain future! The Lost Omens World Guide is your key to understanding the big picture and your hero's role within it! A gorgeous two-sided giant poster map of the Pathfinder world provides a beautiful accompaniment to a gazetteer featuring 10 geographically and thematically contiguous regions that combine to create a fantasy world packed with diverse and deadly possibilities! Each region also includes suggested character backgrounds and archetypes to more deeply root your character in their surroundings. Designed for both players and Game Masters, this indispensable guidebook is your first look at the future of the Pathfinder world!

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Gwaihir Scout wrote:
It took Aroden a few centuries to stop directly interfering. Even after that, the last thing we need is an enormously more powerful Whispering Way.

Indeed. Furthermore and unless I am mistaken, the gods don't interfere because of a pact they collectively made, something to which a newly minted god would not be a party by default.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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The gods don't interfere because they know that doing so starts up a divine arms race, and because their direct intervention tends to remove the purpose of free will. There isn't really a "written down divine pact" that they have to follow. It's largely a self-imposed ban on direct interaction; page 70 of Planar Adventures covers the topic in more detail.

Another way to look at it... if the gods intervened to both cause and solve every problem in the setting... there'd be nothing for player characters to do.

A setting where the gods meddle with mortals all the time can make for a fun story—Clash of the Titans (and going back to its inspiration, Greek Mythology and the like) comes to mind. But it's not that fun to play a game where the GM gets to decide everything that happens by just having the gods show up to make those things happen.

And so we try to limit the "Gods meddling with the story" to things in the distant past when we can, which places their direct influence out of the way of invalidating player agency in the game itself.

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So Tar Baphon becoming a god is feared even by Paizo ;-P

Dark Archive

So we know that the four northwestern realms of the Land of the Linnorm Kings, Irissen, the Realm of the Mammoth Lords & Varisia (with an added "New Thassilon" now encompassing most of the Ironbound Archipelago in the Steaming Sea) are now called the "SAGA LANDS" and are one of ten regions in the book.

What could the other regions be?

-The "RUINED LANDS":
The Worldwound, Mendev, Belkzen, Ustalav & Lastwall.

-The "RIVER LANDS":
Numeria, Brevoy, Razmiran & the River Kingdom.

-The "OCEAN LANDS":
Ruins of Azlant, Hermea, Mediogalti Island & The Shackles.

-The "DESERT LANDS":
Rahadoum, Thuvia, Osirion & Qadira.

And so on.

Will there be a yearly hardcover detailing one of these regions?

Dark Archive

I think its less terrain thing and more geopolitical thing. Like inner sea region could be one. Lake encarthan another, that sort of stuff.

Liberty's Edge

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My roommate suggested that "the Empires of Humanity" made a lot of sense to cover Taldor, Cheliax, and the various splinter nations that have spun off from those two.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Will there be a yearly hardcover detailing one of these regions?

While we are certainly more likely to do a book on an entire region than a single nation within one, we don't have plans for any yearly books at this time, mostly because our schedule doesn't go past 2020, so it's unclear what's going to become a recurring thing and what's just on the schedule. A lot of that will likely depend on how well the format and existing books are received which we won't know until later this year.

On a side note, currently all books in this product line are going to be hardcovers, so unless that changes, a hardcover release won't be anything out of the ordinary after August.

Dark Archive

Mark Moreland wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

Will there be a yearly hardcover detailing one of these regions?

While we are certainly more likely to do a book on an entire region than a single nation within one, we don't have plans for any yearly books at this time, mostly because our schedule doesn't go past 2020, so it's unclear what's going to become a recurring thing and what's just on the schedule. A lot of that will likely depend on how well the format and existing books are received which we won't know until later this year.

On a side note, currently all books in this product line are going to be hardcovers, so unless that changes, a hardcover release won't be anything out of the ordinary after August.

Thanks, Mark.

I was under the impression, that you plan to publish about 3 hardcovers a year, like Starfinder does.
One Bestiary, one regional book and one rulebook with new class options.

In addition to the Adventure Paths of course (#150 in january 2020) & the flip-mats and accessories.

Will there still be a map folio for the "Age of Ashes" AP? Because there are none for Starfinder.
I know that i want a map of Isger! ;-)
I imagine that pawn sets are still forthcoming, as they are for Starfinder?


Marco Massoudi wrote:


Thanks, Mark.

I was under the impression, that you plan to publish about 3 hardcovers a year, like Starfinder does.
One Bestiary, one regional book and one rulebook with new class options.

PF2, unlike Starfinder, has two hardcover lines. I'd be surprised not to see a lot more releases than that. 2-3 a year in the Pathfinder Rulebook line, and at least that many in the Pathfinder World Guide line.


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Erik Mona said (on the twitch, I think) that it wasn't set in stone but that this line was likely to be around quarterly.


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James Jacobs wrote:
We WILL finally have a detailed global map though, which I'm very excited and relieved about! :P

Will you guys be releasing a separately purchasable copy of the double-sided map for those of us who want to display both sides on our walls? I expect the answer is yes, but wasn't sure, as possible lack of sales of the previous PF1E world map might preclude a new PF2E one.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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We don't announce unannounced products on the boards here—keep an eye on our front page, our twitch/youtube videos, and convention appearances for product announcements.

Alternately, let us know on the boards what sorts of products you're interested in—that not only lets us see what folks are eager for, but if an idea gains a lot of traction with a lot of other folks asking for it or excited for it, that's good to know too.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Shivok wrote:
Of all the new books this is the one I am most excited about. I am curious to see what AP's have made it to canon ...

I can answer that now: All of them. :P

Not that all of them will have resolutions wide-ranging or notable enough to be mentioned in this book though... some APs are pretty low key from a historical point if the PCs win (which is going to be the assumption for all of them, I suspect... I'm not too fond of hard-coding into the campaign something that says YOUR PLAYER CHARCTERS ARE FAILURES by assuming one of the Adventure Paths is a canonically regarded a failure...).

But the book's still being worked on so I can't give full details yet.

“Reign of Winter Spoilers”:
Good! I’m looking forward to my bard being the canon Regent Lord of Irrisen while he helps prepare Anastasia for her new role as Irrisen’s first benevolent Witch Queen. ;P

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Never subscribed before, but I'm thinking about it for 2e. Which one would I use to start with this book?


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The Fifth Wanderer wrote:
Never subscribed before, but I'm thinking about it for 2e. Which one would I use to start with this book?

After "Druma: Profit and Prophecy" ships in June, the options for starting the Campaign Setting subscription should be that book and the Lost Omens World Guide. I am not sure when they will be renaming that subscription, but it shouldn't affect what you get when you subscribe.


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The Fifth Wanderer wrote:
Never subscribed before, but I'm thinking about it for 2e. Which one would I use to start with this book?

This one (it’s the best!)

Dark Archive

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Lost Omens?

I like it! Long live Lost Omens!

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