The Golden City
The Grand Lodge
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, the largest of which is Skyreach, an enormous five-towered building which also houses the Society’s Grand Hall.
Those who wish to join the society must present themselves at the gates of the Grand Lodge. If accepted, the initiate lives, trains, and if promoted to full Pathfinder status, the confirmation ceremony all occur within the Grand Lodge’s walls.
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. Some notable sights inside the Grand Lodge include:
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 toil 66 tongue-less criminals acquired from Absolom’s criminal justice system, who, under the magical motivation of geas, transcribe and illustrate reports from various 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 chronicles in existence.
Statue of Durvin Gest
A twenty foot tall statue modeled after Durvin Gest, the Society’s most renown member. Folklore holds that if you follow the gaze of the statue for thousands of miles you will eventually discover the location where Gest found the secret to immortality.