I know about the Worldwound and the Eye of Abendego. But is there anything else mentioned in the official books in terms of consequences of Aroden's death on the world?

  • \$\begingroup\$ On a scale of 1 to 10, how natural do you consider that "Prophecies will no longer come true"? \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Commented Sep 10, 2018 at 11:33

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Let me get some things out of the window first:

The developers have not confirmed whether or not the Worldwound or the Eye are connected directly to Aroden's death, as in "his death caused these disasters", even though that is implied by the Inner Sea World Guide's entry to the Eye:

The Eye appeared in 4606 AR in what was then known as the Abendego Gulf. Although the exact cause of its appearance is unknown, it came into being after three weeks of tempest following the death of Aroden, and remains as the greatest physical evidence of the event.

And the entry for the Worldwound:

Before the Age of Lost Omens on the site of the modern Worldwound was a powerful, yet barbaric, Kellid nation called Sarkoris. When Aroden died, it caused a very slight planar shift that knocked the whole of Golarion from its normal metaphysical alignment and slightly toward the fearful abyssal plane. This shift manifested itself in the northern reaches of Sarkoris, where their mystics and witches foresaw a time of chaos and a thinning of the borders between realities.

In fact, they have said exactly that this is one of Golarion's mysteries:

It's possible that even the developers don't actually know what happened to Aroden.

Actually... I do know what happened to him. Whether or not Aroden is connected to the Eye of Abendego, though... that's one of those mysteries we're deliberately leaving a mystery.

James Jacobs

(And he doesn't seem to be messing with us)

We do know, that several landscape-changing events happened right after his death, but we don't know if those were caused by his death, or were caused by something else taking advantage of the situation, like a certain imprisoned god trying to break free.

The region around the Eye is known for being filled with rovagug cultists, for instance. The boggard entry specifically mention how they shifted their worship to Rovagug after the Eye appeared. Also, Storm Giants travel to the eye of the Eye and return unharmed, for unknown reasons.

We also do know that the Worldwound was mentioned before the death of Aroden (in 4606 AR), in documents found during the Wrath of the Righteous campaign, by cultists of Deskari, which have been around since before Aroden became a god. The rumors here say that when Deskari's avatar walked the world, it was defeated and banished (and probably imprisoned) in the land of Sarkoris (now the Worldwound).

The spell keeping him there was probably broken with Aroden's death, and Deskari infected the world with his corruption, but this is merely speculation on my part.

Finally, there is evidence that some people figured out how Aroden died in the setting, the nobility of Lirgen. When they found out how or why he died, they all commited ritual suicide. It is also rumoured that Pharasma knows this mystery and is using it to keep Groetus in check.

We really don't know (yet)

With all that said, it is unknown which natural (and supernatural) events were caused directly by Aroden's death. There are dozens of events related to it, and since we don't know how he died, we cannot tell you what exactly is related to his death or not. But, you are welcome to join the conspiracy theorists (and I count myself among them) on paizo messageboards.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you tell me where you got that "It is also rumoured that Pharasma knows this mystery and is using it to keep Groetus in check." from? \$\endgroup\$
    – ruedi
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 11:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ruedi I was speaking from memory, but I believe its from Occult Mysteries. But again, pretty much everything in that book is official rumor and not official facts. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 11:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ The wiki merely hints at it, but won't go into detail. "The gods might know his true fate, particularly Pharasma, but if they do, they are not revealing it to mortals" There are only three major sources about Pharasma: The Inner Sea World Guide, Inner Sea Gods, and the novel Song of Silver. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 11:55

The Shatterfield

In the Heart of the Jungle splatbook a phenomenon known as the Shatterfield is briefly described, in the plains of the Mwangi Expanse south of Mzali. At the same time as the Eye of Abendego was forming, the region was subjected to repeated intense earthquakes which effectively destroyed all civilisation in the area, and (like the Eye) still has not settled, so it's a very dangerous place to travel and basically inhospitable to resettlement due to frequent earthquakes and general instability. It is believed to be another consequence of Aroden's death.

Looking through the Pathfinder wiki's timeline starting in 4606 AR when Aroden died and over the next few years, there were plenty of political consequences to Aroden's death, but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of "natural" phenomena relating to his demise besides that which we've already covered. The eruption of Mount Kuvetheir mentioned in 4607 AR a year later is temporally close enough that it might be related, but it also could be coincidental; given that Aroden's death and related events are all very much shrouded in mystery as ShadowKras's answer describes, it's impossible to be sure.

  • \$\begingroup\$ To complement your second paragraph, there is a volcano that erupted a year after his death, in Taldor, causing blast shadows to haunt that region. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Commented Sep 10, 2018 at 13:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ShadowKras I saw that one, but given that it happened a year later and there's no description that seems to tie it to the other events, it seems like it could simply be coincidental. \$\endgroup\$
    – Carcer
    Commented Sep 10, 2018 at 13:44

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