Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [golarion]

Golarion is the official setting in Paizo's Pathfinder system. Most of Paizo's campaign materials and adventures are set there.

20
votes
3answers
8k views

Why does no Half-Dwarf Race exist?

We have Half-Elves, Half-Orcs, and (I hope I remember it right) in the Kaer Maga Handbook they even mention that mixing halflings and humans often ends up in handicapped children. But I have never ...
18
votes
1answer
3k views

What percentage of the population is magical in Pathfinder's world of Golarion?

This is kind of a variant of this medieval + magical question. However, I'm looking for any specific rules regarding the basic math around spells and the availability of magic users. Pathfinder's ...
17
votes
5answers
2k views

What's the likely law enforcement response to my PCs in Nidal?

This question is fairly specific to the shadow-haunted, torture-porn, evil Cenobite god worshiping country of Nidal in Paizo's world of Golarion, but could also apply to other "lawful evil nations" ...
15
votes
4answers
9k views

What races can gnomes interbreed with?

I know that Tieflings and Aasimar can mate and have offspring with Gnomes. I know that most races native to Golarion (human, elf, dwarf, etc.) can't. Purely for flavor, I'm creating a Gnome academic ...
13
votes
4answers
1k views

How do common townspeople identify and react to unusual creatures?

It is clear that most people in Golarion can identify an elf or a dwarf on sight, but what about more unusual creatures such as a drow or succubus? Do normal townspeople identify them on sight? If not,...
12
votes
5answers
19k views

What is the motivation for a druid to go adventuring

My friends and I are about to start a Pathfinder campaign and I am going to be playing my first druid character. I really like the character class but I don't understand why a druid would leave his/...
12
votes
3answers
648 views

What is a spell?

Many systems and settings specify what a spell consists of, where its power comes from, and what forms it takes from inception to casting. Earthdawn's weaving and spell matrices in particular come to ...
12
votes
2answers
3k views

What role do deities play for non-Divine classes?

The title kind of explains it. What role does deity worship/interaction play for non-cleric/paladin types? Do deities ever grant boons to non-cleric/paladins that are still devout in worship?
12
votes
3answers
2k views

How does Miracle work when a caster is his own deity?

The spell miracle is a classic. What interests me about it is this: You state what you would like to have happen and request that your deity (or the power you pray to for spells) intercede. In the ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

How is it determined which souls end up in Hell, the Abyss or Abaddon?

In Pathfinder, evil souls may end up in Hell, the Abyss or Abaddon, where various unpleasant fates await them, but how is it determined which plane an evil soul ends up in? I know Pharasma judges the ...
11
votes
3answers
2k views

Can a creature in Golarion revere multiple deities?

In the Golorian setting can a creature meet prerequisites for feats and requirements for prestige classes and traits that mandate the patronage or worship of different deities? Specifically, can a ...
10
votes
3answers
1k views

What setting changes need to be addressed in order to convert Golarion to the E6 variant system?

For those who are confused what E6 is, please go here: E6: The Game Inside D&D I will be running an E6 game in Golarion in a few weeks. Two main assumptions I have made in the E6 version I am ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

How to play undead Gebbites

Let us take the nation of Geb. People there let themselves get killed to convert to an undead creature for political reasons. Let us further say I want to play such a character. How does this change ...
9
votes
2answers
933 views

Is there a Wild Hunt in Pathfinder?

I am not sure if I am delusional, but I seem to recall reading about a Pathfinder version of The Wild Hunt. It wasn't explicitly called that, but something else, so I haven't been able to find it by ...
9
votes
3answers
2k views

What is the natural lifespan of an animal companion?

Specifically, for those animal companions that have real life counterparts (wolves, camels, whatever) is the expected lifespan meant to be the same? In the case of a wolf, google tells me that wolves ...
8
votes
3answers
332 views

Can Angels fall in Golarion?

I'm wondering as angels are strictly good beings. Can they fall in the Golarion setting? And if so what happens with them?
8
votes
1answer
333 views

Where did the dwarves start their sky quest?

I know that Torag told the dwarves, who were then living in the Darklands, to go up to the surface; this is described in a lot of sources. But I could not found yet at what layer of the Darklands they ...
8
votes
1answer
227 views

How is magical ink made in Golarion?

To add a spell to his spellbook, a wizard has to pay a fee depending on the level of the spell. I remember seeing somewhere that this is because of the need to use magical ink though I am not certain ...
7
votes
1answer
4k views

Is a Hellknight honor bound to challenge a Paladin to a duel?

I'm looking to run the Emerald Spire Superdungeon soon and thinking about the initial location of Fort Inevitable. The town is controlled by a Lawful Evil group of the Hellknights. As a result, I ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

Ways to fast-travel across Golarion?

I'm planning to have the characters of my campaign visit various countries all over Golarion for the sake of variety of locations and themes. That said, how could I achieve this within the boundaries ...
7
votes
1answer
131 views

What is the English name of the “Hohe Wächter” faction in Taldor?

We are going to start the Reign of Winter Adventure Path next week and our GM said we are part of a faction (or guild?). Since we are playing in German he told us the faction is “Hohe Wächter”, which ...
6
votes
3answers
483 views

Is a Sarenrae Paladin who threatens and coerces teammates into following a code of honor, in violation of that code of honor? [closed]

Our party is going through a Kingmaker-type campaign and is currently made of: One splendid half-orc, ex Gladiator, CN and pretty friendly Two twins tieflings, a CN Rogue-Sorcerer and a CN Rogue-Bard,...
6
votes
2answers
834 views

Natural phenomena caused by Aroden’s death

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?
6
votes
4answers
361 views

How can I encourage (and help) players to play, and roleplay, clerics?

Every time my group starts a new campaign or adventure with new characters, the caveat is that they must try and play something new and different. None of them have played a cleric, ever. The ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

Where are all of the wizard colleges in Golarion?

I am planning on creating a wizard character for the Wrath of the Righteous campaign but haven't been able to find any information on where exactly someone would go in the world to study being a ...
6
votes
3answers
931 views

Can someone leave the Hellknights and keep their prestige class?

I don't see anything listed in either the Hellknight Commander's or Enforcer's description that says they lose abilities if they are no longer allied with the Hellknights in general, so I'd like to ...
6
votes
1answer
407 views

More Pathfinder Kaiju

I was wondering if anyone knew if there were more kaiju that have been fully detailed (statted out and given background write ups) aside from Agmazar, Agyra, Bezraunis and Mogaru that are from ...
5
votes
4answers
972 views

Why are Shoanti so similar to Native Americans given that Varisia is a northern nation?

If I look at a map of Golarion next to a map of Earth, it seems Varisia has the same latitudes as Canada/Russia. How is it then that the Shoanti are similar to Native Americans and live in a desert? ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Which books are most important to learning the setting, not the rules?

I'm an experienced Pathfinder player and GM, but other than a single attempt at play-by-post Rise of the Runelords, I've never actually run anything set in Golarion and not played much more. I want ...
5
votes
1answer
135 views

How can magic be harvested in Golarion?

In the Inner Sea World Guide in the Mana Wastes section is written that the Calikang leave the desert to harvest magic. The reason is to set the magic free when returning to the Mana Wastes to the ...
5
votes
1answer
373 views

What is the scale of the Celwynvian map in Pathfinder #15

Pathfinder #15 includes details of a ruined forest city, Celwynvian, but no scale is provided for either map. The inferred size is quite large as the order of battle laid out has a scope that belies ...
5
votes
1answer
189 views

What does a jungle giant village look like?

I'm a ranger with a backstory around a jungle giant killing my mother which sets me off from learning druidic things (from my mother) to dedicating my life to tracking and killing this giant. The ...
5
votes
1answer
111 views

Which was the first sky citadel?

I remember that I have read somewhere that there was one citadel that was marked as the first one but I do not remember where I have read that. I checked some wiki entries and the book Dwarves of ...
4
votes
1answer
4k views

Can a paladin of Iomedae simply kill every evil creatures he encounters?

A paladin gains some of his powers from his deity and he loses them if he does not act within the code of his deity. What would happen if a paladin of Iomedae just kills every evil creature he detects ...
4
votes
2answers
275 views

Which Pathfinder books aren't Golarion specific?

Paizo has published a large number of sourcebooks for Pathfinder. But it's hard to tell which ones are tied to their world of Golarion as opposed to being more general game aids. Aside from the ...
4
votes
2answers
505 views

What are the ramifications of an arcane caster becoming a divine caster?

In a campaign I'm in, I'm playing as an Eldritch Scion Magus who believes that he's a paladin of the dead god Aroden. My GM and I have been discussing everything that would happen once Aroden is ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

How to find an NPC spellcaster to cast Raise Dead on a person?

TL:DR Where can I find a spellcaster to cast Raise Dead? Where's the nearest large city to Sandpoint in Golarion? Any other avenues to bring someone back from the dead? My group is running through ...
4
votes
1answer
139 views

Why does Pharasma allow the Monastery of Veil to exist?

Disclaimer: This question might present some spoilers regarding Ustalav and the Monastery of the Veil. If you're a player about to play a campaign including those elements and don't want to ...
4
votes
2answers
165 views

What is the relationship between Moroi Vampires and Dhampir offspring in the lore?

A rather interesting plot hook has presented itself, and has made me curious as to the relationship between Dhampir and their respective vampiric parent. I have looked into some of the basic ...
4
votes
1answer
836 views

How are templates acquired?

In Golarion how does a creature become an advanced creature? It says under Monster Advancement that "monsters" can acquire templates, but it doesn't say how. Is this completely GM terretory, or are ...
4
votes
3answers
205 views

Which Golarion features are important to Curse of the Crimson Throne?

I'm trying to convert this Adventure Path to a different setting, namely the Forgotten Realms, possibly in the mapped areas (Faerun). In doing so; I need to know which features of the Golarion ...
4
votes
2answers
199 views

Can a god not appear and interfere on Golarion?

Is there any source that says that a god can not directly appear on Golarion? We were talking about some bad guys in the Golarion history and I was wondering, why e.g. Torag did not just appear and ...
4
votes
1answer
374 views

Is slavery legal in Magnimar?

Can a person legally keep slaves in Magnimar and Varisia as a whole? Any official references would be greatly appreciated.
4
votes
1answer
177 views

What is the relationship between Pathfinder Society and Aspis Consortium?

I am working on a self-written campaign that sticks tight to the original campaign setting of Golarion (including offical PFS Adventures). Since my party are field agents of the Pathfinder Society ...
4
votes
1answer
119 views

What information is available on the Lamashan holiday of Allbirth?

I'm looking for information on the Lamashan holiday of Allbirth. I've searched high and low but I was unable to find anything that describes it. Since it takes place at the end of Lamashan, my ...
3
votes
2answers
146 views

How long do magic items retain their magic?

Bit of context: we're looking for the ruins of a long-lost fortress and have explored a few ideas, to speed up the research. One thing leading to another, we deduced the place had to have some strong ...
3
votes
2answers
458 views

What are Ketephys' subdomains?

Is it written anywhere in an official source what Ketephys' subdomains are? Google only responds with a single wiki and about 20 different people quoting that wiki, but not listing a source. I'm ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

What races would the drow be using as slaves?

I'm running the Second Darkness Adventure Path under Pathfinder rules. I have had to make many changes in the 3rd book to have a more balanced game, partly because my party size is 8 people. I own ...
3
votes
2answers
444 views

How can the Relationship of Golarion Inhabitants to Deities be described?

While playing in Golarion I realized that most of the other PCs created their stories in a way that they distrust or even hate deities. As a paladin this is quite hard and I started asking myself how ...
3
votes
1answer
186 views

Are Purgatory and The Boneyard the same?

In the early setting books and articles about the Golarion setting and its Great Beyond, such as the Inner Sea World Guide or The Great Beyond, one of the outer planes was called The Boneyeard, where ...