Category Archives: Divine Design

Hybrid Domain: Abyss Domain

This hybrid domain was originally posted as part of an article on Pathfinder subdomains (where you can see how I built it, as with Heavy Lifting: Guardian Domain). Abyss Domain (Specialized) Associated Domains: Chaos, Evil Granted Powers: You are tainted by the powers of the abyss. Fury of the Abyss (Su): As a swift action, you can give yourself a […]

Hybrid Domain: Guardian Domain

I like how the Defense subdomain (of the Protection domain) looks when applied to the War domain, shifting the focus so it’s a little less aggressive. I think this might be the start of a specialized domain that would be suitable for more defensive combatants and guardians. This article originally showed the work, but 3,000 […]

New Pathfinder Cleric Domains: Hybrid Domains

A couple years ago I took the Demon subdomain and created the Abyss domain to replace it. The process used might be useful for combining other domains, using a subdomain as a starting point. For instance, the Heroism subdomain (Glory domain) might be useful in bridging Glory and War, and the Defense subdomain (Protection domain) […]

Fundamental Cosmic Forces

I realized a while ago that for my polyhedral pantheons methods to really shine, I need more subdomains, and I want them to be more interesting. I think I know how to manage that, but it leads me to some other things I need to consider. The polyhedral pantheon methods result in assigning thirty-two domains […]

Pathfinder Domain Cards, Version 1

I’ve got a first cut at a set of domain cards (technically three sets — one for the core domains, one for core subdomains, and one for domains from third-party publishers). These aren’t done yet.  I’m sure there is room for refinement.  I could certainly change the fonts, but I can see dressing the cards […]

Pathfinder Domain Map

I’m reviewing my Polyhedral Pantheons material and building a deck of cards to help me actually apply the process a little more easily.  I wanted to automate the card layout and construction as much as possible, so I’ll be creating XSL-FO files (to be converted to PDF) from text data files. I find that testing […]

Rethinking Pathfinder Cleric Subdomains, Part 2

Yesterday I described some things I don’t like about Pathfinder cleric subdomains.  Now it’s time to think about what to do about these things. I think I’ll do this in several passes, since so far I’ve found the solutions I come up with tend to interact with more than one of my sources of dissatisfaction. […]

Rethinking Pathfinder Cleric Subdomains, Part 1

I’ll start by saying that I like Pathfinder’s domains and subdomains. Domains provide a structured means to collect divine spells and granted powers so they can be assigned and associated with gods in a structured way.  Pathfinder expanded on the D&D 3.x model by adding an intermediate power available to eighth-level clerics.  I like this. […]

Building Pantheons

I am considering a series of blog posts building pantheons — or rather, a pantheon identifying the gods for each culture, since by definition the ‘pantheon’ coverseverything. I’m drafting some sets of god-domain assignments using my Polyhedral Pantheons methods, and some of the combinations are telling me very, very interesting things about their associated cultures. […]