What’s your favorite non-Absalom city in the world?


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Korvosa. One of the best PF1 sourcebooks of all time, imo. Granted the NPCs have changed substantially after CotCT's events.


Oppara and magnimar equally

I don't overly care for Absolam myself. Trade hub and a decent starting point to adventures within the inner sea area. and not much else.


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Magnimar - lots going on, good product and AP support for it, makes for a nice logical "next step" if you use Sandpoint as a beginning, etc.

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Alkenstar is a cool city, so long as you don't mind a steampunk-y Western theme town with guns and mutants.


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I mean, in my home game the party headed to the Darklands to Delvingulf, which had basically nothing written about it except it was on the shore of the Dying Sea, so I turned it into the drow equivalent of New Orleans, where the public water system dispersed soporific drugs made by the Alchemists Guild to keep the population happy instead of rebelling against the ruler.

For published cities, Osirion's capital Sothis has the giant shell of a defeated Spawn of Rovagug as a canopy over the palace, which is pretty nifty. Plus (maybe?) a crashed once-flying pyramid.

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Kaer Maga


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ulgulanoth wrote:
Kaer Maga

Seconded. Currently reading James Sutter's novel, The Redemption Engine, which is set there and elaborates on what Sutter already outlined on it in his sourcebook City of Strangers. While obviously Kaer Maga isn't the greatest place on Golarion (slavery's legal there, which SUCKS), it's wonderfully weird.

I'd honestly just love to play in a kinda slice-of-life urban campaign set there and never leaves it!

I also have a strong soft spot for Westcrown as well, which makes it hard for me to wanna play Hell's Vengeance since the final episode of that involves crushing it under your heel.


I would like to take the time to take this moment and go off topic.
anything bad ( like slavery) can make for some really good fiction.

now returning to that previous discussion...
move on, nothing more to see here.


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I like how the various cities tend to have some serious distinguishing features and local quirks, giving them all a unique feel. I'm rather fond of Lepidstadt, partly because my first real GMing experience (not counting the rather half-assed games I did as a kid) was an attempt at Carrion Crown some years ago that stopped after the second book (Players all said they were enjoying it, but I was stressing out and wasn't feeling good about it, I had a lot of other stuff going on at the time which contributed). Now years later, some of the players were asking me to give it a second shot, so I did. We're currently at the beginning of the final book and I'm enjoying myself much more than last time, although I certainly will appreciate a rest when it's done. (I've also called tentative dibs on running Tyrant's Grasp eventually). My prep for this involved a lot of focus on the first two books in particular, and so Lepidstadt really made an impression. I like the university town feel and the early-modern humanist feel to it (most of Ustalav feels more like 17th-19th centuries than medieval, but Lepidstadt especially).

Carrion Hill seems to have a lot of promise too (I ran the module named after the city as part of the AP). It's bigger than Lepidstadt, so gives more room to fit things in. The atmosphere is great for a horror game. It feels oppressively crowded, with a lot of decay and the remnants of the earlier cities beneath. We also found this great fan made side view of the city which really helps you understand the verticality of the city, which is referred to in the text a lot, but is hard to get form the maps (not that the maps are bad, they're rather good. But the format of a flat top-down map is hard to really get a feel for the towering mound that the city is described as). The city also has purple cockroach cement, so that's a plus.

Korvosa has the Imps and Pseudodragons, like gangs of dueling pigeons. And that's just awesome.

Kaer Maga doesn't just have quirks, it is a quirk. That's the city of weird. It's awesome.

Riddleport is a lot of fun. A chaotic hive of scum and villany with all of it's hooks for criminal plot-lines. And it's got the Cypher Guild and arch to add a magical angle on top of the criminal one. This could be a fun town for a street-level game dealing with the various criminal factions.

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I like Kaer Maga and Magnimar, of those already mentioned. Magnimar's monuments and empyreal mystery cults are super-cool. Kaer Maga is just insanely cool, with the naga and the 'twice-born' and the troll augurs!

Whitethrone is funky. A section of the city where Winter Wolves can walk as men? How cool is that!

But my hands-down favorite is Sothis. Our capital is made out of the corpse of a Spawn of Rovagug. Beat that, tourist. What's your's made of? Rocks? Wood? A vast ship fallen from the stars? Okay, that's neat, Numerian...


Korvosa, Kaer Maga, Magnimar. All nice cities with a good hinterland and lots of adventure support (without so much it becomes crippling).


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Kaer Maga!

It's almost Sigil-like in its weirdness, factions, & labyrinthian layout, but even more of a cage than the Cage itself!
\(^o^)/

Kaer Maga:
Also, while it lacks all the portals of Sigil, this hasn't stopped me from adding this little detail to the city... >:D

I also like Kasai (eastern Tian-Xia), Sothis (NE Garund), Kintargo (SW Avistan), & Anuli (eastern Southern Garund). <-- in no particular order

I guess that makes my top 5 cities... ;-)

Carry on!

--C.


Lepidstadt for me.


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I can't say the following are my favorite cities YET, because I haven't seen enough of them, but I am looking forward to seeing more about Almas and/or Augustana . . . of course, I am looking forward to seeing more about Andoran.

On the perverse side, I want to see more about Isarn, because I want to see more about Galt.


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UnArcaneElection wrote:

I can't say the following are my favorite cities YET, because I haven't seen enough of them, but I am looking forward to seeing more about Almas and/or Augustana . . . of course, I am looking forward to seeing more about Andoran.

On the perverse side, I want to see more about Isarn, because I want to see more about Galt.

I'm curious how many revolutions they've had in Galt since the Inner Sea World Guide was published.

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