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Campaign Setting

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Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting
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Book - Sourcebook
Rule set
D&D 3.5
Gold ENnie – Best Setting (2009)
August 2008
For other meanings of "Pathfinder campaign setting", please see Pathfinder campaign setting (disambiguation).

Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting, a sourcebook by nearly forty of the world's most popular RPG game designers, was released in August 2008. The book won the gold ENnie Award for Best Setting in August 2009.

The Best of All Possible WorldsDiscover within this weighty, full-color tome the world of Golarion, home of the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting. A time of lost prophecies grips the world, bringing with it an unending maelstrom, a tear in the fabric of reality, a surge of diabolism, and the endless threat of war. Yet all is not lost, for these dark times provide ample opportunity for adventure and untold heroism.

Inside this exciting and informative tome you will find:

  • Detailed summaries of dozens of player character races (including entries for all of Golarion's human ethnic groups) and new options for standard classes like wizards, clerics, and rogues.
  • Concise examinations of nearly 40 crumbling empires, expansionistic kingdoms, and independent city-states centered around the Inner Sea.
  • Glimpses at the rest of the world beyond the continents of Avistan and Garund.
  • Meticulous examinations of the 20 common deities of Golarion, plus numerous additional lesser gods, archdevils, demon lords, and the angelic empyreal lords.
  • Chronicles of some of the most important organizations in the Inner Sea region and across the world.
  • Descriptions of lost empires, an overview of Golarion's history, a look at time and space, and a survey of the Inner Sea region's climate and bizarre weather phenomena.
  • A peek into the underground realm known as the Darklands.
  • Locations for Pathfinder Adventure Paths and Pathfinder Modules marked on a map for the first time, a pronunciation guide for some of Golarion's most challenging words, a rogue's gallery of useful NPCs, and random encounter tables, and a giant pull-out poster map of the Inner Sea region.
  • More than 40 feats, five new prestige classes, and an assortment of equipment and magic items.


Editor Mike McArtor assembled one of the most impressive author lists I've ever seen in my time as a game publisher, author, and player. From the dawn of tabletop gaming to the rising stars of today, this list has it covered. It's a privilege to see such an honor roll take on the development of a world I co-created.
  — Paizo's Publisher, Erik Mona

While no specific credits are given for the individual sections of the Campaign Setting, the following authors are credited for the book as a whole:

Stan! Erik Mona
Keith Baker Jason Eric Nelson
Wolfgang Baur Jeff Quick
Clinton J. Boomer    Sean K Reynolds
Jason Bulmahn David Schwartz
Joshua J. Frost Leandra Christine Schneider
Ed Greenwood F. Wesley Schneider
Stephen S. Greer Amber E. Scott
Jeff Grubb Owen K.C. Stephens
James Jacobs Amber Stewart
Michael Kortes James L. Sutter
Tito Leati Greg A. Vaughan
Mike McArtor Jeremy Walker
Rob McCreary JD Wiker

The book also contains essays on world-building written by Robert J. Kuntz and R.A. Salvatore.1


p. 3
Chapter 1: Characters
pp. 4–51
Chapter 2: The Inner Sea
pp. 52–157
  • Overview of the Inner Sea
  • Nations of the Inner Sea
  • Beyond the Inner Sea
Chapter 3: Religion
pp. 158–185
Chapter 4: Organizations
pp. 186–197
  • Major Organizations
  • Smaller Organizations
Chapter 5: The World
pp. 198–241
  • History and Timeline
  • The Darklands
  • Domain Spells
  • Equipment
  • Fauna
  • Flora
  • General Feats
  • Languages
  • Lost Nations
  • Prestige Classes
  • Psionics
  • Technology
  • Time and Space
  • Trade
  • Weather and Climate
pp. 242–253
  • A: Pathfinder Chronicles Locations
  • B: Pronunciation Guide
  • C: Rogue's Gallery
  • D: Wandering Monsters
pp. 254–255

Recurring characters

The following characters, concepts, or locations can be found in this scenario, but also significantly appear in the publications listed below: