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Pathfinder’s Tian Xia setting is back with a horror-themed campaign

scout returns to the classic Tian Xia setting in October with a four-part campaign. The Season of Ghosts Adventure Path will begin this fall and take players from level 1 all the way to level 12. The series will culminate in 2024 with a handful of new hardcover books, Paizo publishers announced Thursday.

Season of ghosts is described as a horror-themed campaign set in the land of Shenmen, during a local festival. From the official description:

This year something has gone wrong and the PCs wake up to find their hometown of Willowshore has fallen under a sinister curse and has been invaded by monsters. Over the coming months, the heroes must help the people of Willowshore prepare for winter as they work to discover the source of the curse that has cut them all off from the rest of the world. Is it the work of a devil? The machinations of vengeful ghosts? Or is it something much, much worse?

Paizo offers its Adventure Paths as serialized releases, and this time it will be a four part series based on the seasons. Season of Ghosts includes the following:

  • The summer that never wasby Sen HHS
  • Drop the leavesby Joan Hong, with additional articles by Tan Shao Han and Grady Wang
  • Without breath to cryby Dan Cascone & Eleanor Ferron, with additional articles by Jeremy Blum, Dana Ebert, Joshua Kim, and Michelle Y. Kim
  • To bloom beneath the web, by Liane Merciel, with additional articles by Jeremy Blum, Joshua Kim, and Michelle Y. Kim

Later releases will include the Lost Omens Tian Xia World Guide And The Lost Omens Tian Xia Character Guidewhich will introduce new rule options and character ancestors among other additions to the game.

Notable here is the huge cast of writers, including tabletop veterans Banana Chan (Jiangshi: Blood in the banquet hall), Daniel Kwan (Candlestick mysteries, Avatar Legends: The Role Playing Game), Kienna Shaw and Joaquin Kyle Saavedra (Makapatag) among other things.

Paizo is experiencing a sudden surge in popularity after the Dungeons & Dragons Open Gaming License (OGL) fiasco, which had the potential to turn its long history upside down by building its business based on the rules of 3.5 edition D&D. The company said a flurry of sales burned through nearly a year’s worth of products in January alone.