Need help for research to write up a campaign?


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Liberty's Edge

I intend to write up a homebrewed campaign that exists within Pathfinder's world, and I need help finding the right location to set the story. For the campaign idea, I need an area where, on two sides directly opposite of each other, across a large expanse of open ocean. The countries that oppose each other both need to be fairly advanced, enough that both countries could conceivably build something akin to a superweapon within 100 years, perhaps with one being built by mechanical means while the other is based in magic, they need to have fairly well-known figureheads, and they need to have enough reason to go to war with each other. I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer.


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An obvious large expanse of open ocean on Golarian with developed countries on both sides would be the Inner Sea between the continents of Avastian, Garund, and Casmaron. The Chelish Empire on the shores of Avastian is warlike; unfortunately, they seem to indulge only in land wars. The others have little history of war across the the Inner Sea. The Arclords of the island of Jalmeray once had a war with Vudra.

The oceans between the land masses of Avastion-Casmaron, Arcadia, and Tian Xia are so big that the peoples on them barely know about the others. That means no war.

One possibility is the Xidao Gulf between the peninsula of Minkai and the mainland of continental Tian Xia. Due to the Jade Regent adventure path, Minkaian government was recently freed from the corrupt Jade Regent and a secret oni conspiracy. That would make the oni-ruled nation of Chu Ye hostile to it. But the two nations are separated by a strait rather than the full width of the Xidao Gulf, so it would not be as good for ocean adventure.

South of Minkai is the Minata Archipelago. That group of islands has many different rulers, so it would not be difficult to find an island nation hostile to Minkai, except maybe had an evil alliance with the Jade Regent. The stretch of ocean between them looks like a good place for an ocean adventure. In addition, Minkai is fantasy Japan and Minata is fantasy Pacific Islands, so you could steal stories from Earth's World War II.

Liberty's Edge

I think that of those, the Inner Sea sounds like the best bet for the campaign I intend to write. If you could provide a link to a resource for a large map of that region and/or more information about the main developed nations there, I would greatly appreciate it.

Liberty's Edge

Main reason I need a map is because I intend to draw a new one and need reference to the original so as to figure out where relative to everything else the new continent I'm gonna place needs to be.


Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

There is a world map in the Core Rulebook.

If you're seriously interested in mapping Golarion, check out this thread
Mapping Golarion

And here's the resulting global map
Global Golarion

Use the interactive maps there to get a closer look


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Cheliax and Rahadoum face each other across the Inner Sea.

Cheliax is ruled by the devil-worshipping tyrants of the House of Thrune. Rahadoum is governed by atheist fascists under the Laws of Mortality. Cheliax has long held a foothold on the southern shore which has been a sore point between the two countries. They have no love for each other.

I think that checks all your boxes.


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Yakman wrote:

Cheliax and Rahadoum face each other across the Inner Sea.

Cheliax is ruled by the devil-worshipping tyrants of the House of Thrune. Rahadoum is governed by atheist fascists under the Laws of Mortality. Cheliax has long held a foothold on the southern shore which has been a sore point between the two countries. They have no love for each other.

I think that checks all your boxes.

Since when are the Rahadoumi fascists? Other than their ban on religion being enforced, they really don’t seem all that repressive, given that they’re famous for their universities.


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It could also be read that the Rahadoumi universities are as famous as they are given both their relative progressiveness and permissiveness with regards to the rest of Rahadoum.
(The text in the LOWG is quite neutral in its presentation of Rahadoum though, thereby allowing for a number of different takes on the nation. I do think that 'fascist' might be just a little extreme of a view. [An AP in the region to solidify which is the one Paizo wants to run with, but until then...])


There's multiple PFS scenarios in Rahadoum. Presumably they have information about how they function (is any religion a death sentence?), though I've not played any of them so they might not.

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