Pathfinder Tales

Lord of Runes

Cover by Alberto Dal Lago

Cover by Alberto Dal Lago

Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan are no strangers to the occult. Yet when Varian is bequeathed a dangerous magical book by an old colleague, the infamous investigators find themselves on the trail of a necromancer bent on becoming the new avatar of an ancient and sinister demigod—one of the legendary runelords. Along with a team of mercenaries and adventurers, the crime-solving duo will need to delve into a secret world of dark magic and the legacy of a lost empire. But in saving the world, will Varian and Radovan lose their souls?

King of Chaos

Cover by Tyler Walpole

Cover by Tyler Walpole

After a century of imprisonment, demons have broken free of the wardstones surrounding the Worldwound. As fiends flood south into civilized lands, Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan must search through the ruins of a fallen nation for the blasphemous text that opened the gate to the Abyss in the first place—and which might hold the key to closing it. In order to succeed, however, the heroes will need to join forces with pious crusaders, barbaric local warriors, and even one of the legendary god callers. It’s a race against time as the companions fight their way across a broken land, facing off against fiends, monsters, and a vampire intent on becoming the god of blood—but will unearthing the dangerous book save the world, or destroy it completely?

Queen of Thorns

Cover by Matthias Kollros

Cover by Matthias Kollros

In the deep forests of Kyonin, elves live among their own kind, far from the prying eyes of other races. Few of impure blood are allowed beyond the nation’s borders, and thus it’s a great honor for the half-elven Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan to be allowed inside. Yet all is not well in the elven kingdom: demons stir in its depths, and an intricate web of politics seems destined to catch the two travelers in its snares. In the course of tracking down a missing druid, Varian and a team of eccentric elven adventurers will be forced to delve into dark secrets lost for generations—including the mystery of Varian’s own past.


Master of Devils

Cover by Lucas Graciano

Cover by Lucas Graciano

On a mysterious errand for the Pathfinder Society, Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan journey to the distant land of Tian Xia, on the far side of the world. When disaster forces him to take shelter in a warrior monastery, “Brother” Jeggare finds himself competing with the disciples of Dragon Temple as he unravels a royal mystery. Meanwhile, Radovan—trapped in the body of a devil and held hostage by the legendary Quivering Palm attack—must serve a twisted master by defeating the land’s deadliest champions and learning the secret of slaying an immortal foe. Together with an unlikely army of beasts and spirits, the two companions must take the lead in an ancient conflict that will carry them through an exotic land, all the way to the Gates of Heaven and Hell and a final confrontation with the nefarious Master of Devils!

Prince of Wolves

Cover by Dan Scott

Cover by Dan Scott

For half-elven Pathfinder Varian Jeggare and his devil-blooded bodyguard Radovan, things are rarely as they seem. Yet not even the notorious crime-solving duo is prepared for what they find when a search for a missing Pathfinder takes them into the gothic and mist-shrouded mountains of Ustalav. Beset on all sides by noble intrigue, mysterious locals, and the deadly creatures of the night, Varian and Radovan must use both sword and spell to track the strange rumors to their source and uncover a secret of unimaginable proportions, aided in their quest by a pack of sinister werewolves and a mysterious mute priestess. But it’ll take more than merely solving the mystery to finish this job. For shadowy figures have taken note of the pair’s investigations, and the forces of darkness are set on making sure neither man gets out of Ustalav alive…

In addition to the novels, the boys appear in two novellas, “Hell’s Pawns” and “Husks,” and a number of short stories still available for fee at Paizo’s Web Fiction Page.

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      • Sad news. Can you not continue their stories in another series? or in 2nd edition pathfinder? Is there an issue with the IP? Fantasy Buddy Comedy is so rare and you are gifted in this aspect. Either way thanks for the great writing.

        • Paizo discontinued the Pathfinder Tales line a few years back.

          But if it’s fantasy buddy comedy you like, stay tuned. It won’t be happening soon because the day job keeps me hopping, but something is gradually happening.

          • I’ve since discovered these books on Audible and I’m hooked. I’ve accidentally listened to them in the wrong order, Lord, King, Lost Pathfinder. Haha, I bought all the rest and plan to listen to them all here soon. So, a book like Varian and Radovan would be awesome! Also, in the books it’s said Radovan “shoots them the tines”, I imagine this is similar to “flipping the bird”, but the thought keeps at me. Are these the same gestures or no? If not, how would you describe it or picture example?? Thanks for writing these glorious books!!

          • Thanks for the kind words!

            “Shooting the tines” is indeed a rude gesture like flipping the bird. It’s like raising the rock’n’roll devil orns, but backward, with knuckles instead of palm forward. I think it gets explained in the first novella, “Hell’s Pawns,” possibly still available at

          • They are indeed still available! I just grabbed that one, Lesson on Taxonomy, Killing Time, and Husks! I will have to read through those and find it!

            I also followed on Twitter, so when news comes out for those other books I can stay updated! Thanks for the information!

  1. Hello Mr Gross,
    I have enjoyed your work since Realms of Magic and Realms of Mystery. I recently purchased all of the Pathfinder Tales novels featuring Varian and Radovan as well as the Audible versions. I truly love these characters!
    That being said, I have recently started a Pathfinder 1st edition campaign for my players’ after leaving 5e D&D behind. So perhaps the following question could be answered: If Varian were to be statted out by Class and Level, would he be an Aristocrat/Sorcerer/Wizard or variant thereof and at what levels do you see him at during the events of Lord of Runes?
    If such things are within your “mental library”?
    Thanks for the many hours of pure enjoyment your writing has brought!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Michael.

      While I did occasionally stat out Radovan and the Count while writing the novels, I played fast and loose with the rules to make them unique. Sometimes, this resulted in Pathfinder rules changing to express their special abilities (like riffle scrolls and some qualities of hellspawn).

      Mostly, I focused on coming up with “legal” spell lists for Varian, but I’m not sure those notes still exist. They probably do, but they’d be buried deep in a hard drive no longer in use.

      What I really like is the idea that readers can stat up the characters in a variety of ways, as some did for a contest at years ago. I hope you’ll do the same and feel free to play fast and loose with them, as I did.

      • Thanks for the amazingly quick response! (I apologize for the use of an adverb)

        I’ll have to try and find the contest results as that could be an interesting mind exercise. Thanks for the heads up!

        As always, keep up the great writing!

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