So a little while ago I made a post about coming out as Transgender, and the issues that came with that regarding my family and my friends.
Wes Schneider (I’m a tumblr noob and have no idea how to make that into a link to his tumblr), of Paizo Publishing sent me a message, and asked if he and his people could send some swag to make a hard time easier.
Well. It arrived.
That gesture in itself was amazing, but inside the cover of the Inner Sea Gods hardcover was this.
Annnnd! On the inside cover of Chronicle of the Righteous was this.
From Wes himself!~ And I’ll even show you the pages he marked off as things that might be of particular interest to me.
One of the Empyreal Lords in Chronicles of the Righteous called “Arshea”
Who embodies both and neither gender, and “Worshipers believe that one’s gender and role in society are not tied to one’s physical form.”
The second marked page was in “The Worldwound Incursion” and it was for a character named “Anevia Tirabade"
Who’s very opening line is "Born a man and originally named Anvenn”.
A deep, and.. just, I don’t really know how to put into words, amazing thank you to Wes and to Paizo. Not only did they think of me, and send me these awesome things! But personal thought was put into every little gesture.
It.. Yeah, I don’t know how to express how grateful I am for just a kind gesture in a difficult time for me. It wasn’t something that HAD to be done, it was something they chose to do. As an absolute fan of their work in general, I can’t begin to explain what it means.
Kate Burmak is another amazing artist who
has become one of my heroines in the fantasy art world. I particularly
love her work for Paizo’s Pathfinder series. As well as great heroines, Kate offers a stellar selection of demons, monsters, battles, deities, and landscapes for the fantasy nerd in all of us. I’ve used Kate’s awesome work in the past and keep an eye on her galleries for future writeups.
The paladin Yaniel is a seriously badass figure from Pathfinder
lore and I absolutely love Kate’s depiction of her here. According to
the lore, Yani was a demon-hunting crusader who, after conflicts with
her order’s hierarchy, ventured into the demon-infested Worldwound
to rage a one-woman war against the hellish hordes. After two years she
returned from the ‘Wound after rescuing another party of crusaders.
Though Yaniel perished on her subsequent crusade against the demons, her
sword, Radiance, remains an artifact in the game with special powers for paladin characters who wield it.