Character from Earth (the planet not the plane)


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Which AP is easiest to work in a character from Earth?

My first thought is Strange Aeons, since the PCs are assumed to have been captured/enslaved by a denizen of Leng, who could feasibly have gotten someone from Earth.

Are there any others that particularly lend themselves to this idea?


Reign of Winter works too. Makes book 5 interesting. Getting them to Heldren is will take a bit of effort bit otherwise it would fit the theme.

Iron Gods seems thematic too.


I'm less talking about fitting the theme, and more about ease of justification. Strange Aeons has a built-in plausible way for someone from Earth to wind up on Golarion.

Reign of Winter would be interesting, but I just can't really think of an easy way to insert such a character.


SOLDIER-1st wrote:

I'm less talking about fitting the theme, and more about ease of justification. Strange Aeons has a built-in plausible way for someone from Earth to wind up on Golarion.

Reign of Winter would be interesting, but I just can't really think of an easy way to insert such a character.

I had an idea whereas the portal causing a drop in temperatures created a vortex that mixed that of Earth to Golarion. People can transition to the later once they get the Black Rider's powers. The villains there could be transported to Earth by mistake.

You could even increase the stakes saying both worlds will end in an internal winter if it isn't stopped.

Skull & Shackles has people pressganged, so all you would need is an anomaly that transports the PCs to Port Peril.


SOLDIER-1st wrote:

I'm less talking about fitting the theme, and more about ease of justification. Strange Aeons has a built-in plausible way for someone from Earth to wind up on Golarion.

Reign of Winter would be interesting, but I just can't really think of an easy way to insert such a character.

Justification really isn't that hard in any campaign, but in Reign of Winter there is both planet hopping and travel to earth specifically. So the PC ends up in Heldren because Baba Yaga or the dancing hut probably.

Iron Gods would be more some kind of weird technology malfunction that transports them.


Honestly, if you're okay with events that result in our poor Earthling ending up on Golarion occurring before the start of the AP, any of them. I highly recommend checking out these two Campaign Journals.

The backstory of Kyle O'Halloran in particular should be of use.

So long as you can contrive a reason the character ended up on Golarion, and the GM is willing to work with you, it could work with any AP.

Carrion Crown would be the hardest, since everyone is supposed to have known Professor Lorrimer, and it might be difficult to explain how you can be from another planet and his friend.


Phntm888 wrote:

Honestly, if you're okay with events that result in our poor Earthling ending up on Golarion occurring before the start of the AP, any of them. I highly recommend checking out these two Campaign Journals.

The backstory of Kyle O'Halloran in particular should be of use.

So long as you can contrive a reason the character ended up on Golarion, and the GM is willing to work with you, it could work with any AP.

Carrion Crown would be the hardest, since everyone is supposed to have known Professor Lorrimer, and it might be difficult to explain how you can be from another planet and his friend.

I have read both of those, great stuff. I'm mostly looking for an easy way to do it with events already in the story though, largely to prevent me from having to burden a GM with an excessive amount of extra work (and thus making it less likely to be accepted).


Is there a specific AP you're thinking of? Would you be joining partway through, or right at the start?


No, just trying to find all the ones that could work. And preferably right at the start.


So, no cross-space voyage on a Shantak or outsiders/divine beings saying that you are needed to save the fate of another planet?

That last one would actually work pretty well for an Oracle in Wrath of the Righteous. Even provides an explanation for how they get their powers, and is in keeping with the them of the AP.

Are you looking more for a way to work in a character who arrives from Earth right at the start of the AP? If that's the case, then Strange Aeons and Wrath of the Righteous are the only ones that could really work for. Iron Gods, maybe, if you want to make a scientist or soldier from Area 51 who was experimenting on alien tech when it transported them.

If you're willing to have the character have lived on Golarion for a couple years, then the event that transports the character to Golarion, giving them the chance to end up as a character in the AP, is limited only by your imagination.

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