Pathfinder’s Afro-fantasy inspired book is up for pre-order. Explore a different side of fantasy and, visit the Mwangi Expanse.
Saying that Pathfinder’s Mwangi Expanse has its roots in real-world Africa is like saying that the realm of D&D’s Barovia is “inspired” by Romani folklore. That is to say, the Mwangi Expanse is about as African as it gets, and one only needs to look at the vibrant art:
…the characters that populate the Expanse, like Alijae elves, or gods like Grandmother Spider:
…or take a look at the creatures one can find within to see it. It’s a little-visited place in Golarion’s lore, and understandably so, because previously the Mwangi Expanse has very much been “the dark heart of Africa, but it’s fantasy.”
That looks to change in the Mwangi Expanse, a massive new 300+ page book, that takes a vibrant, colorful look at Golarion’s most populous region. You can find all sorts of history, details on culture, including how faith plays into the different peoples there, as well as new rules for players to create characters from or in the Expanse:
Mwangi Expanse will be exploring various subjects that make the region what it is today. You’ll get to learn about the events that shaped the history of the Expanse, like the rise and fall of the serpentfolk empire and Old-Mage Jatembe’s rediscovery of magic. Learn about the dozens of cultures and people of the Expanse—from Alijae elves to Zenj humans. You’ll also get to understand the role of faith in the Mwangi Expanse and learn about the different gods of the region, which include established deities like Grandmother Spider as well as newer deities like Adanye, the catfolk deity of imagination and protection.
Beyond the peoples and beliefs of the Mwangi Expanse, we’ll get to show you the region itself, traveling along the waterways of the area and trekking into its misty rainforests. The book will also take you to the various important cities of the region, like Nantambu, home of the fabled Magaambya academy, and Mzali, the temple-city home of the evil god-child, Walkena. Finally, we’ll get to experience the dangers of the Mwangi Expanse by showcasing some of the region’s nastier monsters, including old classics like chaura-kas and new threats like corpse-eating karina.
It’s gone up for pre-order, so if you want to secure yours now–you can, you’ll just have to wait until June 2021 to get your hands on the actual book.
South of a forbidding range of mountain peaks lies a land of boundless resources and untold opportunity. The Mwangi Expanse has been home to an untold diversity of cultures and peoples since time immemorial, hosting powerful, isolated city states that have often paid little attention to their neighbors. Yet the turning tides of fortune have begun to usher in changes that are rippling across the world. As a band of scholars from an ancient university venture north to aid a disaster-torn Avistan. A revolution-forged nation seeks powerful allies against foreign aggression. An undead god, once a symbol of hope to his declining nation, now grows jealous enough to turn on his self-proclaimed kin. Whether you are a diplomat seeking leverage from the most difficult of positions, a spy seeking the subtlest hint of danger from your surroundings, a guardian hoping to protect your home and people, or a warrior striking back at tyrants both native and foreign, this guide to the Mwangi Expanse offers you the ultimate resource to explore a realm of magic, monsters, and intrigue!
Written by: Laura-Shay Adams, Mariam Ahmad, Jahmal Brown, Misha Bushyager, Alexandria Bustion, Duan Byrd, John Compton, Sarah Davis, Naomi Fritts, Sasha Laranoa Harving, Gabriel Hicks, TK Johnson, Michelle Jones, Joshua Kim, Travis Lionel, Ron Lundeen, Stephanie Lundeen, Hillary Moon Murphy, Lu Pellazar, Mikhail Rekun, Nate Wright, and Jabari Weathers