Read my full review on Of Dice and Pen. Bastards of Golarion is a rather better book than I was expecting, even if it does at times seem unsure of its focus. It contains a lot of advice and suggestions for creating characters who are either half-human characters or outcasts from society in some way or another. The emphasis of the book is very much on the background information, and this pleased me a great deal. Disappointing Shasazar — Feb 26, , pm A disappointing book that tries to do too much.
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It appears to be in the style of the race books, like Dwarves of Golarion and Kobolds of Golarion , but the race s covered is not entirely clear. The interior of the book makes it clear that its intended focus is on outcasts of all kinds from any race, not just half-blood races, but even there, it wavers from this intent a little by spending some time discussing half-elves and half-orcs who are not outcasts. It leads me to think that book needs a better title. Title confusion aside, Bastards of Golarion is a rather better book than I was expecting, even if it does at times seem unsure of its focus.
It contains a lot of advice and suggestions for creating characters who are either half-human characters or outcasts from society in some way or another. The emphasis of the book is very much on the background information, and this pleased me a great deal. The book opens with a look at half-elves and discusses the typical differences between a half-elf raised amongst humans and one raised amongst elves. It then provides specific information on five different half-elf heritages—half-elves born of the different ethnic groups of elves, such as the drow, ekujae, and Mordant Spire elves.
It then follows this with a two-page description of the city of Erages. Located in Kyonin, Erages began as a place where the Kyonin elves sent unwanted half-breed children, but over the years, it has become a refuge for half-elves from all over the world, a place where they can live their own lives amongst kindred spirits.
There are several new traits in the section on half-elves and a new magus archetype the greensting slayer, which originates in Erages. The next section of the book does the same for half-orcs that the first did for half-elves, including heritages and a look at the town of Averaka in the Linnorm Kingdoms.
This town was founded as a haven for half-orcs. The section again contains several new traits and a new bard archetype the Averaka arbiter These two sections take up the first half of the book.
The four themes include the celebrity, the illegitimate, the outcast, and the unfortunate. Various sidebars also provide a smattering of new feats, a new bard masterpiece performance, and two new drugs. Every Player Companion book since Varisia, Birthplace of Legends has contained a two-page centre spread. This spread is usually artwork-heavy, but has been of a variety of kinds of things, such as regional maps or diagrams. Bastards of Golarion is one such volume.
The centre spread in this book contains a new feat specific to changelings, dhampirs, fetchlings, and gillmen the feat has separate effects for each race, so might as well be four feats , along with a large piece of art showing a representative of each of the four races. The amount of text would cover less than a single column on a standard page, and the art Well, the art accomplishes nothing. It just shows four people, each standing in a dramatic pose.
The art tells us nothing about the races it is portraying as most of them just look like humans standing in dramatic poses. An example of some useful artwork appears on the inside front cover, which contains a map of the Inner Sea region, highlighting the areas where various half-human races are most common. On the whole, I like Bastards of Golarion. Nonetheless, for players who do want outcast characters, this will be a useful book.
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