Where did Golarion go?


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And yes, I know we aren’t getting a canon answer. I want theories!


Rovagug began to break free so Torag forced all of Golariom into Jandelay, where now the three of them are all hel in stasis.


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It had to do with a HUGE party that Cayden Cailean. It was going fine, but after the fourth succubus joined into grappling a paladin, it all just went crazy.


It became somehow secluded from the rest of the universe just in time to be used for an Urban Fantasy system?


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Got trashed in calden caydens bachelor party. The gods swore they'd never ever let anyone remember what happened . Torag is STILL drunk.


Away?

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TV Tropes has hypothesized that Starfinder takes place in a timeline where the Strange Aeons PCs failed to stop Xhamen-Dor from consuming Golarion, and now it orbits Carcosa as another moon, with the Gap being caused by you-know-who-in-Yellow.


After Golarion came into modern times, political deception and rewriting of history and reality got so bad that reality itself shattered, so that causality no longer functioned properly, and the time stream fractured into innumerable anastomosing rivulets. The only way to fix this was to send Golarion past an event horizon, thereby allowing reality to repair itself, although only after the passage of a long gap in causality.


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Instead of just waiting around for something to happen to Rovagug's seal, the gods all got together to solve the problem for good. Once the races of Golarion reached a level of development and capability to be able to live among the stars, or when they saw that the planet or seal was reaching a critical level of instability, they triggered their long term plan and shunted the whole planet into the First Vault, where it lies fused with its perfect twin, incapable of ever changing again.


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We ate Golarion
And spat the Starstone out
Such a rich and tasty world
Hope it doesn’t give us gout.


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Oh like you didn't get 34 seaons out of "Dude where's my planet" the Calden and Torag buddy comedy... (JJ abrams still owes us an ending!)


It's still exactly where it was, just someone cast a planetary-scaled mythic spell to make it invisible and incorporeal.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Oh like you didn't get 34 seaons out of "Dude where's my planet" the Calden and Torag buddy comedy... (JJ abrams still owes us an ending!)

How dare you sully the brilliant work of Mr. Abrams! Once the Academy finalizes his inevitable awards, he's a shoe-in to be ascended to divinity as a the demigod patron of Lens Flares!


Rovagag got loose, unmade spacetime in an observational well for a few centuries, the gods basically had to re make the universe with last thursdayism and bring people into being ex nilo with a lifetime of fake memories.

God looking over a character sheet "I'm starting to worry this background is too tragic when it's a real person..."


Some idiot wizard opened simultaneous adjacent portals to the planes of positive and negative energy in an attempt to make a new power source and everything blew up spectacularly.

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It disappeared into a massive "Plot Hole" so that Paizo wouldn't have to try to fill up thousands of years of Golarian history between Pathfinder era and Starfinder era.

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She's into the Lootbag of Holding of the One True Murderhobo.


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I am inclined to go with an event collapse associated with an edition change and some strange probability combinations. Here goes:

Back in the Age of Lost Omens, the universe of Golarion began fracturing into different worlds as different PC parties in mutually incompatible campaigns started roaming the setting. There was a partial collapse into something close to a single world when Pathfinder 2nd edition advanced the setting a few years, and the process was repeated with each subsequent edition.

Still, there was a period of several thousand years between the final edition of Pathfinder and the first edition of Starfinder, and at that point all of the different Pathfinder campaigns had diverged to the point of being irreconcilable.

And during the entire time period of the Golarion setting, the world of Golarion itself faced total destruction several times. Usually a party of heroes saved the world, but occasionally they failed. By the time we reach the starting point of the Starfinder setting, the probability of Golarion still existing had dropped to well below 50%, but no single version of its destruction had more than a 1% chance of occurring.

So the event collapse that created the Starfinder setting required that Golarion still exist (the most likely outcome from the point of view of anyone on Golarion) but not be present in its original solar system (the most likely outcome from the point of view of anyone NOT on Golarion), and that required a complete lack of any coherent explanation of what happened since well before the last event collapse (aka the Gap).


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Potential joke answers for when your character is asked "Where do you think Golarion is?":

"The same place my interest in this conversation went."

"Well I can tell you that it's definitely not at *specific coordinates to a very dangerous planet*."

"I'm going to be honest with you. Everybody knows where Golarion is. We just haven't told you because we don't think your cool enough for it."

"Why don't you see? The real Golarion was the friends we made along the way."


The real Golarion was inside you all along!

Golarion's like, a state of mind, a way of being, man.

Golarion's at your parents' house, serving your mom a nice fish sandwich.

Actually, Golarion was just a metaphor for the atrocities committed in Vietnam.

Turns out Golarion is actually a planet sized sasquatch. Its still there, but you can only see it if it wants you to see it.

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GOLARION WAS HIS SLED!!!


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It's still there.

They just painted it pink and slapped up a cheap Somebody Else's Problem field around it.


The Gap and planet-moving are meant to hide Golarion from someone. And that someone is still around and will do something apocalyptic if they ever find the planet, which is why the gods won't say what happened.

The Starstone either refused to leave when the planet was taken, or it powered the device that did the teleport. Since the passwords to access the Starstone were lost, there's no way to tell if there is a planet teleporter still attached to it.

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