So I have decided that I am going to make this newest adventure path for our Obsidian Apocalypse campaign called The Cross of Fire, a completely transparent event. I will be describing the process of what I do, how I do it, why we do it and other stuff that goes on while doing this adventure path. Giving all the Pathfinder fans a real peak behind the screen of what we have planned for this. First off the bat, I have decided to have the amazing writer Christina Stiles take over as the lead writer of the project. I offered Christina two projects to choose from and I think she picked this one because I think it was because of the Drow and what we have planned for them.
For those who don’t know, The Cross of Fire is an adventure path I thought up and created nearly two decades ago when I was planning to submit it to Dungeon Magazine. The Cross of Fire was originally planned to be placed in Ravenloft in the area of Bluetspur. The basic of the adventure is the legend of the ultimate undead killing weapon called the Cross of Fire. The cross was supposedly lost/hidden in monastery in a city that was controlled by a colony of Githyanki; which was built on top of a VERY large sewer / underground system that was under the control of the Drow colony; in an area of Bluetspur which was under the control of the Mind Flayers. Your adventuring group decided to take on this challenge and recover this ultimate undead killing weapon, because in Ravenloft you can understand why so many people would find this weapon useful.
And that was the pitch that I told anyone and everyone and I told them one day I would create that adventure. Fast forward 20 years and here we are with this expanding to create the now The Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path now set in Obsidian Apocalypse. Better still we’ve replaced some of the originally planned monsters due to IP issues (Thanks WOTC); so we have replaced the Mind Player with the Phrenic Scourge and we are working on creating on creating a whole new monster as the replacement for the Githyanki. This new monster is being inspired between American Indian and Japanese influences plus I am giving them a VERY distinct weapon with a COOL racial ability / effect, so it is going to be interesting.
Here is the quick outline we have created and plan to get a more detailed version up here as soon as possible with more items fleshed out:
Cross of Fire AP Part 1 – XXXXXXX (No name for the adventure itself be we are working on it.)
1. Intro and Caravan Raid / Rescue
2. On the road to XXXXX
3. Outside of XXXXX
4. Getting Supplies for trip
5. On the road to the XXXXX Lands
6. Exploring the XXXXX Lands
7. Discovery of the XXXXX Tower
8. Dungeon Crawl the XXXXX tower
9. Epilogue / Tie into Part 2
And that is the general overview of what Cross of Fire Adventure Path is going to be but I am SURE there will be a lot of twist and turns from what the final released product becomes. One of the cooler reasons that we are doing this with transparency is we want to hear direct feedback from the fans of Pathfinder and let us know what we are doing right and wrong.
As always, thank you for your support and interest of this project and LPJ Design.. This is going to be A LOT of fun! You can also follow this on our blog. Talk to you later…