One of the things I quite liked about Crisis of Faith, a four-part series of free Pathfinder fiction written by Michael J. Martinez (available here) is how its main character is definitely not a professional adventurer. Instead, Jeddah Cailean is a happily-married, somewhat overweight brewmaster at a tavern dedicated to the God of Drunkeness, Cayden Cailean, in the Andoran city of Augustana. Jeddah is forced to pick up his holy symbol (a tankard) and help in a quest against evil. I can't say a lot without giving more away, but I thought the title theme was handled well and that Jeddah was an interesting character. His companions on his quest were more forgettable, but the combat scenes and cliffhangers kept the story moving. Oddly, a major incident in the first part of the story remains unexplained in the final part, which seems like poor plotting. Still, Crisis of Faith was a solid story that should prove especially interesting for anyone running a cleric of Cayden Cailean, as there's some good insight into the faith's worldview.
|Awesome illustration of a Burning Skeleton|