Ley lines on Golarion?


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So I've been reading through Secrets of Magic, specifically the part in chapter 5 about ley lines, and was wondering if there's any kind of map in existence showing where ley lines on golarion are located? Even if its fan-made that would still be very useful.


Considering that roads are not fully drawn on even the individual nation maps, it seems unlikely. Or at least I assume that ley lines would require a similar density as roads or rivers to have any real presence in a game.

I know Carrion Crown book 6 brings up the confluence of ley lines in Virlych, but it doesn't specify where exactly they run


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“Wherever your campaign needs” is the answer, I expect.


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Honestly, I see Leylines as a plot device more than anything. Mapping them out would not really be useful.


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Albatoonoe wrote:
Honestly, I see Leylines as a plot device more than anything. Mapping them out would not really be useful.

At least, outside of the game. In game a map would be amazingly useful and is probably a plot device.

It's also important to remember that ley lines aren't static. They move and shift about, so a map would only be of temporary usefulness.
Some kind of arcane calculation engine that can predict exactly where they'll go or converge would be another good thing to have in-game, though.

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Varisians as magical nomads traveling to keep up with the ley lines.


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Connecting leylines is why book one of Reign of winter has 2 towns on opposite sides of Avistan be weirdly similar.


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There are 4 let lines references on a PFS 1e boon.

Boon text:

Grim Rictus: associated with darkness and Death magic, Accessable in nations bordering lake Encarthan
Janhelia's spine: associated with curse and fire magic, accessable in Osirion
The Runescarred Path: associated with language dependant and law magic, accessable in Varisia, located beneath the ruins of Xin-Haruka
Trail of Sun and shadow: associated with light and shadow magic, accessable in chaliax and nidal

Idk exactly how cannon this is, but I hope it helps.


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Nathan Monson wrote:

There are 4 let lines references on a PFS 1e boon.

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Idk exactly how cannon this is, but I hope it helps.

This is awesome, what book is it from?


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SOLDIER-1st wrote:


This is awesome, what book is it from?

As far as I am aware, it was not printed in a book; the text is from the Paizocon 2016 Boon #10 Ley line Access; which is why I'm unsure of how cannon it is.

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I agree, that ley lines would primarily serve as plot device and that you can handwave any rational background with a "hey, it's magic" argument. But having a general map would still be useful, because mid-level (9-12th) PC might research them to travel or teleport there to e.g conduct a ritual, research ancient specific magic, access a portal or forge a weapon.

I have a lot of nature and fey-associated ("the magic is in the land itself") classes in my Runelords campaign and going to map them out for Varisia, starting with the premise that the original Runelord capitals (Xin-Shalast) were built at intersecting ley lines. I will start with connecting those and see what other locations end up being on those connections, keeping in mind that the ley line doesn't have to be straight, but can curve.

Since ley lines tend to form at sites of significance, what are other location in Avistan (or beyond), which would lend themselves as having given rise to one? Huge battles the like crusade ones, come to mind for e.g. haunted ley lines. Hoping for a few other suggestions!


Anywhere a Runelord made their base of operations would be a great choice. Either placing their stronghold to take advantage of a ley line's power, or pumping out so much energy of their specific school that a ley line starts to form and pool.

Zutha's Cenotaph comes to mind, for example.

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Nathan Monson wrote:
SOLDIER-1st wrote:


This is awesome, what book is it from?
As far as I am aware, it was not printed in a book; the text is from the Paizocon 2016 Boon #10 Ley line Access; which is why I'm unsure of how cannon it is.

These are ley lines I invented—at least I think I wrote these, as they'd have been my job at the time and match my style—as part of that boon because First Edition ley lines required some information about their location to determine what benefits they provided. I aimed for a flavorful array, and I don't believe any of them have featured in other works. Use them in your campaigns if you like.


Do you have a link to the chronicle sheet or scenario or whatever that that boon comes from?

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Sibelius Eos Owm wrote:

Considering that roads are not fully drawn on even the individual nation maps, it seems unlikely. Or at least I assume that ley lines would require a similar density as roads or rivers to have any real presence in a game.

I know Carrion Crown book 6 brings up the confluence of ley lines in Virlych, but it doesn't specify where exactly they run

huh... the confluence of ley lines in Virlych is a major part of the plot in my Tyrant's Grasp campaign... and I never read Carrion Crown!

weird.

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