A city filled with intrigue needs new heroes to save it!
Everything you need to run a Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign is included in the new collected edition, but what if you’re a player in the campaign? Creative Director James Jacobs recently shared what you’ll need to create your next hero.
Curse of the Crimson Throne is primarily an urban-based campaign set in the city of Korvosa in southeastern Varisia, although there are a few lengthy portions of the Adventure Path that take place outside of Korvosa’s walls. To a certain extent, these portions of the game are intended to force urban-themed PCs out of their comfort zone, but the reverse certainly holds true. You can absolutely play a barbarian or druid or other nature-themed PC in Curse of the Crimson Throne, but you should come up with an in-character reason to explain why your non-urban character is in Korvosa at the start of the campaign, as well as why you’d want to stay in Korvosa as things inevitably start to go bad for the city. Building strong links to other player characters is a great solution—your druid or barbarian might normally just abandon the city, but not when a close friend or relative or other ally who lives in the city is in danger!
Korvosa was founded by the Cheliax and is mainly a human city, but all of the PC races in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook are welcome within its walls. The urban based campaign offers chances for intrigue-based characters to show off their capabilities, while still offering classic dungeon crawling and fierce combat. A few classes you can choose from:
You can also choose from the Prestige Classes – the the harrower prestige class from Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide would be a great fit.
Gaedren Lamm, a despicable wretch who missed his chance at being somebody big in Korvosa’s murky underworld. Well past his prime, the decrepit thief abducts orphans and forces them to support his parasitic lifestyle with petty crime. Many members of Korvosa’s lower class have had dealings with Lamm, and even a few of the city’s middle class and nobility have had their lives complicated by this foul old man. Yet no matter what he does, he always seems to slip away from the guards and avoid answering for his crimes.
The campaign traits all tie Gaedren to a PC, and represent historical snippets that explain how this detestable crime lord has affected each PC in the past. Each trait is categorized into one of six unique themes with two separate choices for each campaign trait. In addition to selecting one of these campaign traits, each player should select an additional character trait; see Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player’s Guide for more rules on character traits.
Gaedren Lamm’s luck is about to change, though. For among those his actions have recently touched are men and women destined to become some of Korvosa’s greatest heroes—your player characters!