The Grand Lodge is the world headquarters for the organization of explorers known as the Pathfinder Society. Located in the Foreign Quarter of the city of Absalom, it is a massive fortress surrounded by tall stone walls. Within the outer walls sit seven smaller fortified structures that each have a separate function, the largest of which is Skyreach, an enormous five-towered building, which also houses the Society's Grand Hall.1
The Grand Lodge was officially founded in 4320 AR and becomes the organization's home base. The central building is a manor house on land that was donated to the Society by Selmius Foster in 4319 AR,2 which had been granted to Foster by the city as thanks for the opening of the Vudran spice trade to the merchant fleets of Absalom.3
Those who wish to join the Society must present themselves at the gates of the Grand Lodge, which bears the Glyph of the Open Road. If accepted, the initiate lives and trains at the Grand Lodge. If an initiate is promoted to full Pathfinder status, the Confirmation ceremony also takes place here.45
Every Pathfinder is invited to return to the Grand Lodge yearly for a celebration known as the Grand Convocation. This is generally a boisterous occasion where participants share their past discoveries and journeys and engage in friendly competition.5
The Grand Lodge has been the seat of the Pathfinder Society for more than 400 years. Carved out of white stone, it is a five-towered fortress that can be seen throughout the city as a shining beacon of the Pathfinder spirit. Notable sights in the Grand Lodge include:7
The Grand Lodge is home to a vast collection of artifacts, books, and scrolls known as the Repository. The location of the entrance to the Repository is a closely guarded secret known only to the Decemvirate. Inside the Repository, 66 tongue-less criminals acquired from Absalom's criminal justice system toil under the magical motivation of geas, transcribing and illustrating reports from Pathfinders throughout the world for entry into new editions of the Pathfinder Chronicles. The Repository is rumored to contain the only complete set of the Pathfinder Chronicles in existence.
Wall of Names
The Wall of Names is a long, curving wall of black glass on a tree-shaded hill in the Grand Lodge's grounds. It serves as a memorial for all Pathfinders who have died in service to the Society since the wall's creation in 4330 AR, and its surface is etched with the name and date of death for each Pathfinder. For some prominent Pathfinders, a brief inscription describes their greatest deeds.9
Statue of Durvin Gest
Inside the grounds of the Grand Lodge stands a 20-foot-tall statue modeled after Durvin Gest, the Society's most renowned member. Folklore holds that following the gaze of the statue for thousands of miles will eventually lead to the location where Gest found the secret to immortality.
Center House is the original manor house donated to form the Grand Lodge. It was mysteriously abandoned, sealed, and warded in 4400 AR on orders of the Decemvirate, the rationale for which is never explained. New members attempt to break in as part of their initiation.310
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- Owen K.C. Stephens. (2008). Guide to Absalom, p. 29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-141-1
- Kate Baker et al. (2020). "Introduction". Pathfinder Society Guide, p. 8. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-278-5
- Kate Baker et al. (2020). "Pathfinder Society Lodges". Pathfinder Society Guide, p. 64. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-278-5
- Tim Hitchcock, Erik Mona, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor. (2009). Seekers of Secrets: A Guide to the Pathfinder Society, p. 5–7. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-178-7
- Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). "Absalom and Starstone Isle". World Guide, p. 17. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6
- Sean K Reynolds. (September 30, 2009). Seekers of Secrets—Skyreach and Ambrus, Paizo Blog.
- Tim Hitchcock, Erik Mona, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor. (2009). Seekers of Secrets: A Guide to the Pathfinder Society, p. 33–36. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-178-7
- John Compton and Mike Brock. (June 23, 2014). Faction Evolution, Part II: Secrets and Liberty, Paizo Blog.
- Thurston Hillman. (2014). The Wounded Wisp, p. 11–12. Paizo Inc.
- Kate Baker et al. (2020). "Introduction". Pathfinder Society Guide, p. 10. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-278-5