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Light of a Distant Star

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Light of a Distant Star
Light of a Distant Star
Author(s) Bill Ward
Publisher Paizo Publishing, LLC
Price ePub: $4.99
Serialized August 2012–January 2013
Released October 2013
Type Short Fiction
Binding ePub
isbn ISBN 978-1-60125-644-7
Series Pathfinder's Journal
Chapters 6 chapters
Follows The Treasure of Far Thallai
Precedes The Bonedust Dolls
Artwork from Light of a Distant Star

Light of a Distant Star is a novella in six parts written by Pathfinder Tales author Bill Ward set in the Varisian city of Riddleport. The story was released in print throughout the Shattered Star Adventure Path in 2012 and 2013 and as a digital download in October 2013. The novella features many of the same characters as Ward's Pathfinder Tales web fiction story, "The Box", including Kostin, Taldara, and Shess.

Taldara is a Pathfinder, a scholar—and a thief. Which of these roles define her is a vexing question. Luckily for her, she's too busy trying to stay alive to contemplate it. Caught between a Pathfinder mission to retrieve a long-lost journal from a dangerous and secretive dwarf, her friends' involvement with Riddleport's most dangerous gangs, and the insidious forces behind the pirate city's newest drug trade, Taldara will need to rely on all of her disparate skills in order to survive the night...


Light of a Distant Star features the following characters:


  1. "Old Friends" - Shards of Sin (72)
  2. "New Professions" - Curse of the Lady's Light (76)
  3. "The Char Street Clippers" - The Asylum Stone (76)
  4. "A Gleaming in the Dark" - Beyond the Doomsday Door (74)
  5. "An Overdue Appointment" - Into the Nightmare Rift (76)
  6. "Child of a Distant Star" - The Dead Heart of Xin (76)


For an alphabetical listing of all the relevant terms in this story, please visit its Index.

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