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Keeping Busy With New Adventures

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Phew! I always think of the months leading up to PaizoCon and Gen Con as the busiest time of the year, and while that's true, it often downplays the holiday season's tight schedule to get all of the scenarios ready a little earlier so that our colleagues can head off for some well-deserved rest at the end of the year. That doesn't mean you're off the hook, either—remember that you should be voting (and encouraging your friends to vote) in the ongoing Leaders in Liberty event to help direct the Liberty's Edge faction. After that, we have two great new scenarios for you to enjoy.

The first is Pathfinder Society Scenario #9–08: Birthright Betrayed, a Tier 1–5 scenario by Sam Polak. I'm excited about this adventure for numerous reasons, and the one you've likely heard me talk about before is the Sovereign Court opportunities that tie into the upcoming War for the Crown Adventure Path. It's hard to believe that so much time has passed since Crystal Frasier and I first began scheming this crossover. The wait to hear everyone's reactions to various scenes (including several that have left Thurston Hillman calling me "a monster” for the past 6 months) seems unbearable, but at last our first installation is here!

In Birthright Betrayed, the Pathfinder Society has an opportunity to study relics from the Shining Crusade. The problem is that those same exhibits are in a museum the local baron has habitually ransacked to promote his public image, in the process shaming his glorious ancestor. It's as much a service to history as it is a favor for the Sovereign Court faction to take this baron down a peg, particularly once the PCs begin investigating what's really been happening around the Taldan city of Ridonport. Even low-level PCs can accomplish big things in this scenario and walk away not just feeling like heroes but also being told that they saved the day. Sam's made this especially charming by providing numerous opportunities to meet and interact with the people of Taldor—not just the nobles we see in most Taldan adventures, but also the everyday folks just trying to make ends meet. I've included two of my favorite new NPC portraits from this adventure, both by Sebastian Gomez.

Illustrations by Sebastian Gomez

Overall it promises to be a great start to this story, which includes a Tier 3–7 scenario next month and a Tier 7–11 scenario in January (right before War for the Crown launches in February). This is indicative of a trend you'll see in Season 9. Specifically, there are very few officially multi-part series, unlike in past seasons. Instead, each faction has an ongoing storyline that we've tried to spread over the season as appropriate, and in almost all cases these faction scenarios' tiers get higher over time. The hope's that if you want to really play all 2–3 adventures with the same PC, you can, but the stories are typically partitioned in such a way that you can still have a meaningful experience if you use a few different PCs to play the adventures (see the recent pair of Scarab Sages scenarios for a good example). This also means that each of the factions gets a good level spread over Season 9, so you don't need to be low level to experience the Liberty's Edge story or high level to appreciate what the Dark Archive's doing. Overall, we're tinkering with how we've always done things to deliver some fun stories in different ways.

Speaking of traditions, we've made something of a tradition of releasing a new replayable scenario around this time of year. Linda Zayas-Palmer has increasingly taken the lead on these special projects, so it's only right that we hear directly from her about what to expect.

Our second scenario this month is the replayable 3–7 adventure Pathfinder Society Scenario #9–09: Beyond the Halflight Path. Like its older sister Pathfinder Society Scenario #8–07: From the Tome of Righteous Repose, Beyond the Halflight Path is packed with opportunities for the GM to customize her adventure. The story takes the PCs to Kaer Maga, an eclectic city whose ancient history refuses to stay buried. It's up to the PCs to get to the bottom of a troublesome mystery and strike against its source in the vaults below. What is the threat? What is the background behind it? Who even gives the mission briefing? All of these depend upon how the GM decides to assemble the story.

Brian Duckwitz really stepped up to the plate in writing this adventure. I left a lot of room in the outline for him to come up with possible plots, and you'll see many of those ideas in the adventure. I don't want to put spoilers here, so I'll just say: check out the Scintillating Halls arcs. They are delightfully creepy. When it comes to encounters, think about how many encounters are in typical scenario, and then multiply that by around seven. Now imagine adjusting everything for four players and giving every last creature its own tactics. Oh, and make each of the nine possible villains interesting and distinctive while you are at it. It was a serious undertaking, and Brian did an excellent job.

Illustration by Tom Ventre

This was also an opportunity to get some more great Duskwarden art, this time as depicted by Tom Ventre.

That's all for this week! I hope that (as is true for Pathfinders as for players in real life) everyone travels safely if you're heading out of town for the holiday season. Remember to look up local games to share the cheer with others, no matter where you're wintering this year.

John Compton
Organized Play Lead Developer

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Tags: Organized Play Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Scenarios Sebastian Gomez Tom Ventre
Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Huzzah!

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Very cool Duskwarden artwork.
Kaer Maga has always been one of my favorite parts of Golarion, glad to head back again.

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I am very much looking forward to the new evergreen but it still isn't actually available for purchase.

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Yay, back to Kaer Maga! Over and over. I may run nothing but this for a long time. Thanks for the previews, can't wait!

Grand Lodge **

Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

oh.. another replayable #3-7? Nice. I guess my docket at PaizoCon will be replaying that all weekend. ;)

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Online aka Hmm

Ooh. I am seeing a Dreamers series. City of Strangers 1 — Halflight Path — City of Strangers 2.

I think that could be lovely.

Hmm

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—North Shore aka LackofFocus

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Kaer Maga, might this mean an appearance from Ms. Feathers.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

2 people marked this as a favorite.

No.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Washington—Spokane

Awesome!! Looking forward to either running/playing both of these.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Lead Developer

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Lucas Servideo wrote:
Kaer Maga, might this mean an appearance from Ms. Feathers.

No, Ms. Feathers is not present in this scenario, and I do not expect to see her in future adventures.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—North Shore aka LackofFocus

John Compton wrote:
Lucas Servideo wrote:
Kaer Maga, might this mean an appearance from Ms. Feathers.
No, Ms. Feathers is not present in this scenario, and I do not expect to see her in future adventures.

ok John thanks.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Looking forward to Halflight path!

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Currently showing that it was available for purchase yesterday but still not able to actually buy it.

Dark Archive

take us to Geb

Shadow Lodge *****

Back to Geb? I'm up to it.

Shadow Lodge *****

You only die twice?

Shadow Lodge *****

Make it three times. My -1 just did!

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Online aka Hmm

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Huh. You only die twice looks like it would be an interesting choice for a Halloween adventure. Having come into PFS late, there are so many of the classics that I've missed playing.

Hmm

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

John Compton wrote:
Lucas Servideo wrote:
Kaer Maga, might this mean an appearance from Ms. Feathers.
No, Ms. Feathers is not present in this scenario, and I do not expect to see her in future adventures.

Very much appreciated.

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

Huh. You only die twice looks like it would be an interesting choice for a Halloween adventure. Having come into PFS late, there are so many of the classics that I've missed playing.

Hmm

It is a neat scenario, challenges could not quite keep up when I ran it (but I can't really blame the scenario for that), but for the right group with the right mindset, this can be a 5-star experience.

Shadow Lodge **** Venture-Agent, Ohio—Dayton aka The Usual Suspect

andreww wrote:
Currently showing that it was available for purchase yesterday but still not able to actually buy it.

I am having the same problem as Andrew. I sent an email to customer service thinking it was just me, but now it looks like a bigger issue. Any resolution? 9-08 is supposed to run at my bi-monthly event this Sunday and I'd like time to prep.

Grand Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Class Deck, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

Huh. You only die twice looks like it would be an interesting choice for a Halloween adventure. Having come into PFS late, there are so many of the classics that I've missed playing.

Hmm

It is a neat scenario, challenges could not quite keep up when I ran it (but I can't really blame the scenario for that), but for the right group with the right mindset, this can be a 5-star experience.

This is a favorite of mine. Especially when the party becomes somewhat split in its thinking in places...

Reference:
I had a party end up being able to stop the 'identify confusion' fight with the visiting clerics via diplomacy only to have one of the PC characters' ego get the best of him and cause him to throw down /anyway/... and half the party said, nope, you broke it, you fix it... it made what normally would have been a walkover fight into a hilarious comedy of errors for the party.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for having fewer official multi-parters this season!

Also, with Ms. Feathers retired (understandable), I think it might be nice if we could get one or two new recurring comic-relief NPCs in the campaign. I don't feel like there are too many people we look forward to seeing again.

Scarab Sages *****

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TOZ wrote:
Make it three times. My -1 just did!

Just because its tail is moving side to side doesn't mean its friendly.

Now i need to follow it around for 8 hours with a shovel for a measely 5 pp...

Dark Archive *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
John Compton wrote:
Lucas Servideo wrote:
Kaer Maga, might this mean an appearance from Ms. Feathers.
No, Ms. Feathers is not present in this scenario, and I do not expect to see her in future adventures.

Boo. Miss Feathers deserves a better send off than simply disappearing.

Silver Crusade *****

Flutter wrote:
TOZ wrote:
Make it three times. My -2 just did!
Just because its tail is moving side to side doesn't mean its friendly.

Dying in the dark is one thing. Bleeding out from your own god’s holy gifts? THAT’S embarrassing.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Online aka Hmm

Leg o’ Lamb —

I intend to announce that Ms. Feathers has finally bought her own theater in the Ivy District of Absalom. It gives her a well-earned happy ending far from Kaer Maga!

Hmm

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

This is probably not a good idea, unless that's already been established?

I mean, if we assign NPCs to tasks that they really aren't assigned to, that could disrupt continuity?

Not trying to come off as 'story police' here, but having some official clarification will prevent confusion in the long run.

...also, if she bought her own theater, then you are going to have to explain to players that their characters can't go there when playing in Absalom, which is potentially disruptive for a nice ending to a character development story?

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