Now that the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Class Guide has been out for a few days, and people are loving Shardra and all the other new iconic characters, I thought I’d draw a bit of attention to the one thing I wrote for the book. It’s just one wondrous item that appears without illustration on page 229. I wrote a version of this on the Paizo message boards months ago and managed to finagle a revision into this book with the blessing of the entire creative staff and great edits by amazonchique, jessicalprice, Logan Bonner, Judy Bauer, and others.
As far as game rules go, it doesn’t do much—you can certainly find more min-maxy items—but I wanted to make sure players and GMs had concrete rules backup for including such backgrounds and stories in their games. It’s not meant to suggest that this is the only way characters can change their sex in the Pathfinder RPG or that any character needs to take this, but it’s an option for folks who might want it and a rules departure point for any related effects you might want to create.
Beyond that, though, we always say the Pathfinder RPG rules let us tell the stories we want to tell, so I wanted to make it clear that stories about amazing individuals overcoming challenges and being exactly the people they want to be are absolutely among the stories we want to tell.
This text currently appears in the Advanced Class Guide but will also soon be included along with all the rest of the Pathfinder RPG rules, for free, on the Pathfinder RPG Reference Document.
I hope folks dig this little potion and find it helpful for creating exactly the sorts of characters they want to play and for telling even more awesome stories!
As Wes notes, this is about providing options. If you want a character to have struggled and overcome in an unsympathetic world, you can do that in Pathfinder, and in the Golarion campaign setting. There’s plenty of room in the world for it — there are plenty of not very nice people and places in Golarion. But there are also items like this, and people and religions and organizations that will see being trans* or nonbinary or genderfluid as neutral or even positive. Tell your story, the way you want to tell it.
And if you feel like Golarion doesn’t have room for people like you, let us know.