Your companion is a ooze or another type of slime. Size Small Melee
pseudopod, Damage 1d6 acid Str +3, Dex +1, Con +4, Int -4, Wis -2, Cha -2 Hit Points 8 Skill Athletics Senses motion sense 40 feet, no vision Speed 30 feet Support Benefit Your ooze grabs the target preventing it from fully reacting to your strikes. Until the start of your next turn, your Strikes that damage creatures your ooze threatens give the flat-footed condition to the target until the end of your current turn (until the start of your next turn on a critical success) . Advanced Maneuver envelop
Requirements The animal companion’s last action was a successful pseudopod Strike.
The ooze grabs the target and the target takes acid damage equal to your level automatically until the target escapes the grab.
TL; DR– Almost the best text book it could be. 86%
Basics– Welcome to the Age of Lost Omens and Golarion! Pathfinder Lost Omens: Legends is the current standing of the world of Golarion and its people. It updates the setting from Pathfinder 1st ed. to Pathfinder 2nd ed., gives a good overview of the major areas of the Inner Sea, and provides some player options to help players get some mechanical links to the areas of their game. Let’s look at the pieces of this book.
Mechanics or Crunch-This book has some solid mechanics, but I’d still like a bit more. What is really surprising is this book has archetypes for each region’s specific known combat enthusiast. Think of having a Special Forces archetype if you were to do a write up on the US. That is surprising and enjoyable. Also there are backgrounds for each area. Both of those are VERY welcome in the equivalent of a fantasy high school geography book that only the GM might spend a lot of time reading through. I would like a bit more though. Give me some ancestry feats that all the people from an area might get. It doesn’t matter if you are an orc, dwarf, or human, if you come from the cold place of ice and snow, odds are you picked up some cold tolerance! Even some more general feats would be good additions to this book. What is here is some solid mechanics that you don’t often see in these books, but I would just like a bit more to really drive home that players need this book. 4.5/5
Theme or Fluff– This is another solid area of this book, but the book needs a bit more to fully round it out. This book is both too short and too long. If you read this from cover to cover you will not enjoy it as much as if you just wanted to read about one area quickly. You wouldn’t read all of wikipedia in one day, but you would drop in to read quickly on an area if you are studying as an example. This honestly is a fantasy high school geography book as you will get 10-20 pages on an area. That is a good introduction, but the book needs a bit more like who are the gods and more world building. Those things are mentioned, but I feel I need more on them. As a Pathfinder 1st ed. player, I know a lot of that world stuff, but for a new player, they will have to do outside research on who some of the key players are. I learned a few things that maybe I missed before, and I can see where Paizo is setting up the next 10 years worth of adventure paths in the mix, but I felt like I needed a bit more content to better understand the world if I was an outsider. 4.5/5
Execution– PDF? Yes. Hyperlinked? NO! If you buy a college textbook today or even a highschool text on an ipad, it is hyperlinked. This is getting crazy as this is an over 100 page civics book and I have to scroll around and find random bits I want to read more on. What is here is good. If you read in chunks, it reads well enough and is enjoyable. If you marathon the book in one sitting, then it’s not as much fun as it does feel too long and too short. Long for its got LOTS of information, but short because I feel like I need some explanation on a few of the players. The art is good and you get a few headshots of major movers and shakers in the world ,so you can drop them in your game. The layout is nice in general with enough breaks to make the reader not go crazy staring in a textbook. I just need a few more additions to really make this an amazing book 4/5
Summary– I have compared this book to a textbook often, and it is a well done textbook. If you needed to learn what most people in an area would know about the region, this would be a great resource to give the players. Also, if you like me haven’t read every splatbook or adventure path put out by Paizo in the last 10 years, then this is a good way to get deep into the world quickly. Now, there is room for improvement. I need a bit more on the world. Gods play an incredible role in the setting, and I feel like they don’t get enough exploration in this book. I also love what’s here mechanically, but I want more. So, all players, not just who decide to make a hellknight, can lay claim to a heritage from Cheliax. Also, PAIZO LEARN TO HYPERLINK! Let me click around your book with ease please. Most textbooks do it now, and your world textbook needs to as well! This is a good world book with a few key flaws that keep it from being great. 86%
Heard about the skinwalker ranch and how they feared the blue sphere the most. It made them feel full of anxiety. SPELL IDEA!
Sphere of Anxiety Spell 2
Traditions arcane, occult Bloodline fey Deities Bes, Kofusachi, The Lantern King Cast
somatic, verbal Range 30 feet; Area 1 5-foot square Saving Throw Will; Duration sustained
You create a blue sphere of light in a square within range that saps the targets will to live and do anything. The sphere must be supported by a solid surface, such as a stone floor. All creatures within 30 feet of the sphere must attempt a Will saving. If a target leave the area, it is no longer affected by the spell. If it reenters the area, it may need to make another saving throw again. On subsequent rounds, the first time you Sustain this Spell each round, you can leave the sphere in its square or roll it to another square within range
Critical Success The target is unaffected. If they leave and come back, they will not be affected by the spell again until you cast the spell again. Success The target becomes clumsy 1, enfeebled 1, or stupefied 1 for one round ( your choice). After the condition ends, they can stay in the area and not be affected again by the spell. If they leave and come back, they will not be affected by the spell again until you cast the spell again. Failure The target becomes clumsy 1, enfeebled 1, or stupefied 1 (your choice) until they leave the spell. Critical Failure The target becomes clumsy 1, enfeebled 1, and stupefied 1 until they leave the spell.
No bag of tricks in Pathfinder 2e? What is this!? Time to get to work.
Bag of Tricks Item 4+
Conjuration Extradimensional Magical Usage held in 2 hands; Bulk 1
This small sack appears empty. Anyone reaching into the bag feels a small, fuzzy ball. If the ball is removed and tossed up to 20 feet away, it turns into an animal. The animal serves the character who drew it from the bag for 10 minutes (or until slain or ordered back into the bag), at which point it disappears. As an action, a character can give the creature two actions as per the animal companion rules. Each of the four kinds of bags of tricks produces a different set of animals. Use the following tables to determine what animals can be drawn out of each.
Animals produced are always random, and only one may exist at a time. Up to 10 animals can be drawn from the bag each week, but no more than two per day.
You know how to help people unwind. If you play this song while you and up to seven other people rest for a full 24 hours and you do not perform any strenuous action, cast any spells, nor perform any action that requires a skill check, you and your audience gain a +1 status bonus to all attacks and skill checks for 24 hours or until you gain the wounded condition.
Thoughts? What do people think about being bolstered on the first day of a journey?
General Skill Prerequisites trained in a chosen skill
You have learned how to focus under pressure by taking a breath. When you gain this feat, choose a skills you are trained in. When you make a skill check using the chosen skill that only requiring one action, you can instead take two actions instead. If you do, you gain a circumstance bonus to the check depending on your proficiency.
You have learned how to focus under pressure by taking a breath. When you gain this feat, choose a number of skills equal to your intelligence modifier. Perform skill check from one of the skill chosen that only requiring one action. You gain a bonus to the check depending on your proficiency.
You’ve learned to pull yourself using your enemy as your spring board. When you use the Hook and Swing feat, you can choose to jump equal to your move horizontally or move vertically equal to half your movement speed. If you do not end your turn out of the air, you fall as normal.
Basics– OVER THE WALL! Black Powder Rebellion – Firearms and Historical Campaigns is a third party book focusing on using historical settings and guns in Pathfinder 2nd Ed games. The book introduces guns from all across the history of firearms, history and settings information for players and GMs, and even character options to take any character and make it a gun toting hero.
Mechanics or Crunch– The goal of this book is to add guns and world history settings to Pathfinder, do so without magic being the major focus, and then give the players options to build characters in that world. And in that, it succeeds completely. There are LOTS of guns in this book with only one fake gun that I know of. That’s some dedication to realism across multiple time points in history. Character options are also solid crunch as archetypes are put to good use in this book allowing any class to pick up a gun and go to war. Solid crunch for any group that wants to add guns to their sessions as both a GM and a player. 5/5
Theme or Fluff– How much history do you know? I might not have majored in history in college, but I love to learn it. I also grew up teaching hunter safety in the US. There are gun things I learned from this book from across history that I have not heard yet! That is some solid dedication to the gun and world history. From old school single shot guns, to samurai with guns on horseback, to trench warfare, if you want some historical guns in your PF2 game and the story behind them, this is the accessory for you and your friends. 5/5
Execution– PDF? YEP! Hyperlinked? YES! This is a solid book that is well written, well laid out, and reads easily. It wasn’t a slog even though this is a history book. Heck, this book even hyperlinks out to other media to help you LEARN more. That’s good use of the medium! My complaints are, as always, pictures. A few more would make this read a bit easier to read in the text chunkier areas. Also, this book digs DEEP on some firearm types. I would like a few more pictures, so i know what the gun looks like. That said, for the price of less than seven bucks, this is a solid book and a good effort by the team. 4.75/5
Summary-Want some guns in PF2? Want to play historical games in PF2? This is the book you need. Solid options, solid themes, and solid equipment all make a solid book. I always want more pictures, but that is the ONLY complaint I have for this one. Another great book at a good price for this team. 98%