The Genius Guide to the Godling Ascendant is a new sourcebook from Super Genius Games to the Pathfinder RPG. Continuing the path started in The Genius Guide to the Godling and in The Genius Guide to Mystic Godlings, now we get even more ways to include the descendants of the gods in our campaigns.
Godlings, introduced into the Pathfinder RPG by Super Genius Games was a new character concept. The concept enabled to include such mortal heroes to play, in whose veins flows the blood of a god – a godling.
They are the same brand as classic ancient heroes like Theseus or Hercules, and they divine heritage means that they are more than simple mortals. Before The Genius Guide to Godling Ascendant the publisher released two books in the topic. In short, the previous two books let us use a basic class with for subclasses, and some higher level options to play godling characters. The reception of the sourcebooks were quite a success, and Super Genius Games decided to expand upon the options already presented.
So, what is the content of this new book ? We receive even more character options, of course, and even a new method to create godling monsters, called exemplars.
The first two book presented the option to play a godling by classes: advancement in a godling class was needed to improve, or to even get the abilities based on divine blood. Genius Guide to the Godling Ascendant hovewer let us to get some part of divine power by the usage of godling feats, which is a great way to integrate this option to the game.
We receive some new divine traits to choose from for godling characters. The traits are all having 4 levels, and they are a great way to personalize a character. The base godling classes gain some divine traits when they reach predefined character levels, while others could receive these gifts by sacrificing some feats to get them. Higher levels of these abilities are much harder to get, but they provide much more powerful benefits, so for the first look they seem balanced.
The possibility to use exemplars – monsters with divine blood – is a nice extension to the system. A mythical monster with godling abilities could surprise many player groups, and also they are great adversaries for godling heroes. Above all of this, we receive new ascendancies, scion talents, and feats for the four godling classes, and an example of an exemplar creature.
If you would like to include the god’s descendants in your campaign, maybe The Genius Guide to the Godling series is the way.
Zoltán “Cain” Mészáros