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We just missed the languages in it. They will likely be made legal next update once we have a look at them.
And as Mitch said above, the pages covered should be all the mechanical parts of the Brigh article.
With the help of the VOs, I have established a content review team to look over every book each month to ensure that less things slip through the cracks that don't fit in organized play very well. After the teams look through the books, they submit a content review summary to me for consideration of what to include and exclude for additional resources. Upon initial turnover of new books, it looks like this is going to be very healthy for the campaign at large.
The latest additional resources has been sent to the tech team. There are a few kinks in the system due to the power outage but it should hopefully be up in the next few days.
As for future releases, look for them the first week of each month instead of the last. With the content review team and the process we have put into place, it will take about a week longer to update. As Rob mentioned above, expect us to have to go back and remove fewer items like the Quick Runner Shirt etc... that have occurred in the past.
I wanted to take a minute to welcome aboard the new Venture-Captain assigned to Ankara, Turkey. I will let Duhan Cengiz introduce himself, advise about any websites he will utilize for coordinating, and any other information he wishes to share.
His region will cover Ankara and all other major cities around inner Anatolia. (Eskişehir, Kayseri, Konya, etc...). He will also try to reach out to other cities such as Aydın, Mersin which has a robust RPG community.
Welcome to the team!
This is something we wouldn't usually do, but considering it is the holiday season, I thought it was time to offer an awesome gesture and at least give the fluff part of part 2 to the community. It won't have the stats of monsters and traps and the like (please don't ask for them or become grumpy if I don't provide them), but it will have most of the rest of the text of the scenario. Boxed text is italicized. It still will not be sanctioned for OP again (please don't get grumpy when I don't reconsider this decision), but it could be revisited by the Society sometime in the future, and it makes for some good reading and it can serve a home game well if the desire is there to fill in the holes. Enjoy and happy holidays!
RACE FOR THE RUNECARVED KEY, PART 2: THE LOST TEMPLE OF LISSALA
BY KYLE BAIRD AND TIM HITCHCOCK
Ten thousand years ago, when Earthfall destroyed the powerful empire of Thassilon, its despotic rulers—masterful wizards known as runelords—abandoned their kingdoms for the safety of other planes, the sleep of millennia, or other contingencies. Least among the runelords was the mighty Krune, Runelord of Sloth, whose mastery of conjuration magic was unparalleled in his time, and likely across the ages. To avoid the world-shattering calamity of Earthfall, Krune sequestered himself in a timeless sleep, and gave his followers instructions on bringing him back to the face of Golarion when the time was right.
As the high priest of the goddess Lissala—who first tought rune magic to the Azlanti wizard Xin, and whose dominance over fate and obedience led the runelords to their dominance of Thassilon—Krune had a large number of followers spread throughout all seven of Thassilon’s feuding nations, and when he instructed them to remain vigilant and awake him when the time was right, they placed hidden shrines and temples throughout the realm to aid them in the centuries to come.
One such temple was hidden high in the Mindspin Mountains, in Krune’s own realm of Haruka. But like most things left hidden for a hundred centuries, it was eventually lost to time, and the few Lissalans who perservered through the ages soon forgot where it was. Among the resources hidden in this temple, were powerful artifacts made in the image of Krune’s own favored dragontooth spear and rune-encrusted scepter, as well as a small army of dedicated Lissalan cultists who hoped to awaken upon his return and help him usher in a new era of Lissala’s rule over Golarion.
Now the Pathfinder Society has recovered a mysterious Thassilonian relic known as the Runecarved Key, a massive stone device believed to open a secret vault somewhere in Varisia. Through intense study of the runes etched upon the artifact, Magnimarian Venture-Captain Sheila Heidmarch has uncovered the location of the lock the key fits—none other than the very temple in which Krune’s faithful interred themselves with the replicas of his sacred weapons.
After a brief meeting with Sheila Heidmarch, the PCs step through a portal that leads to a hidden chamber deep within the Mindspin Mountains. There they use the Runecarved Key to open a forgotten temple erected by high-ranking members of the cult of Lissala after the fall of Thassilon. Once opened, the PCs have a short amount of time to race through the temple’s traps and terrible denizens to recover the artifacts within before the temple reseals itself. As with the main Race for the Runecarved Key adventure, the performance of the players will be scored to determine a winner for the event.
Read the following to get the event underway:
After defeating the Lissalan cultists and recovering the fabled Runecarved Key, you have ensured the future success of the Pathfinder Society in Magnimar and have become the toast of Heidmarch Manor! As your stay in the Heidmarch’s most elegant of guest quarters draws to a close, Sheila and her husband invite you to attend a final farewell party at Haruka House. However, once you arrive you see all is not as it seems. Curiously, only a select few of your fellow Pathfinders have received invitations, though all are recognizable as those whose efforts in the fight against the Lissalan cultists were most outstanding. After everyone settles into the lounge, Sheila stands forth to address the assembled Pathfinders.
Allow your table 2 minutes to prepare themselves or perform whatever other tasks they wish before the portal closes. After 1 minute and 50 seconds pass, give a final warning and a countdown to spur them on with the adventure
The portal flickers softly, then starts to fade away. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!
The portal closes on the count of 10. Once the portal closes, there is no way to open it until Sheila returns with the temple’s coordinates. Anyone that fails to step through the doorway is left behind and cannot participate in the adventure.
Those who step through are teleported to a dark stone chamber deep within the earth in the Mindspin Mountains in eastern Varisia.
ACT 1: EXPLORATION
The portal discharges you into a dark stone chamber forty feet across, with seven identical walls. Each wall features a decorative archway like an open door, only surrounding not a passage but the smooth solid wall that appears elsewhere in the room. A massive ceramic and glass mosaic of a seven-pointed star dominates the room’s floor, a smaller sihedron recessed into the center of the larger symbol.
Sheila welcomes the PCs to their destination, a glowing wayfinder illuminating her face from below. She stands the assembled Pathfinders in a circle around the sihedron. As she places the stone sihedron of the Runecarved Key into the hole, the runes on its bow and upper shank light up, glowing a mysterious otherworldly green. At the same time, the stone walls within the archways on each wall slowly turn to pale green curtains of swirling energy, mysterious portals to areas unknown. Once the portals manifest, the runes on the key slowly start to fade and the key melds into the floor. Sheila begins wildly scanning the room, then turns her eye's back to the keyhole. Her expression turns to one of somber concern.
"I'm not sure we did that right… It looks like the key has been destroyed, or rather drained of power and transformed into something else. I fear there's only enough power in the key to keep this portal open a few hours. You'll have to go through the portals now, while they’re still active. Explore what you can and then get out before the portals close. Quick, one team per portal! Go!"
Allow the PCs to pick a portal, urging them to make a quick decision, as the clock is ticking and their opportunity to earn Key Points (and to survive the adventure) depends on acting quickly. While each portal simply leads to a scaled version of the same dungeon, making the decision seem important will give the players a sense of excitement as they step through the glowing curtain of energy within the portal of their choice.
T1. The First Door
Stepping through the portal, the PCs find themselves in a long, dark corridor. The corridor is completely bare, consisting of only dull gray stone walls and flagstone. Eerily, every echo seems amplified; footfalls sound like thunder and even the PCs’ whispers seem like roaring demons. Every so often, beneath the clamor, rise the faint vaporous whispers of other, unfamiliar voices speaking in lost tongues. The moment a PC stops to listen, however, these voice become still and silent as if they never existed. The passage continues for several hundred feet, before coming to an end at a strange metal door.
Here, the corridor comes to an end before a circular brass-plated door engraved with seven arcane symbols. The center of the door is carved with a fist-sized indentation. On the left side of the door stands a small brass pedestal upon which rests a stone disk about the size of a human palm.
The stone disk is a magical key and is easily removed from the pedestal. If a PCs picks up the stone plate, present them with Handout 1. The plate's face is divided into seven equal sections and each section is carved with one of the ancient Thassilonian glyphs for the seven virtues. Starting with the top of the handout and moving clockwise, they read: Kindness, Zeal, Love, Humility, Charity, Generosity, and Temperance. These can be identified with a DC 15 + APL Knowledge (arcana or history) or Linguistics check or automatically by PCs who can speak Thassilonian.
Individuals inspecting the indentation in the door note that appears identical in size and shape to the stone disk. Set within the indentation is a small heptagonal iron plate embossed with the runes for the seven sins, identifiable with a DC 15 + APL Knowledge (arcana or history) or Linguistics check or automatically by PCs who can read Thassilonian. A DC 15 + APL Perception or Disable Device check to inspect the indentation further notes that the plate can be rotated. Starting with the top and moving clockwise, the runes read: Wrath, Sloth, Lust, Pride, Envy, Greed, and Gluttony.
The disk fits perfectly within the indentation, allowing the runes of the seven virtues to cover the runes of the seven sins and act as a sort of dial to rotate the runes imbedded in the doorway. As soon as the disk is inserted into the indentation with the proper virtue rune covering the corresponding sin rune, it locks in place, triggering a telepathic bond between the creature placing the disk and the temple's long-dead founder, a high-ranking priest of Lissala and acolyte of Runelord Krune. This connection imparts upon the PC the ability to speak and read Thassilonian for 1 day and they receive a telepathic message that had been delayed for millennia before being delivered:
"The key to my temple is the key to my kingdom. We are the chosen of Lissala, thus our kingdom must stand above all others."
After Earthfall, Krune’s servants sealed and trapped this temple to protect the loyal subjects interred within, but they also believed that one day Lissala's faithful would return to wake them. Thus, the curious passage was intended to provide future disciples with a clue to the key disk's correct use. A DC 15 + APL Knowledge (history or religion) check allows a PC to recall that the Runelord Krune was the high priest of Lissala before the fall of Thassilon, and that he ruled the realm of Haruka, kingdom of sloth; to unlock the door the disk must be rotated, clicking through each of the runes until the rune for sloth is in the top position. Yet Krune’s acolytes were both lazy and fickle, and they took the tenets of sloth to the extreme. Only those using the least amount of effort to turn the key can safely open the door. This is achieved by rotating the dial counter-clockwise two spaces; manipulating the key in any other manner triggers the trap, detailed below.
Once the rune of sloth is placed in the correct position, the key disk unlocks from the door and can be pulled free. Removing the disk causes the doors slide open. From the moment the door opens, the PCs have 1 minute (in both game terms and in real time) to go through the door before it closes and the entire device resets.
Inscribed on the back of the door is the following phrase: "By the command of my kingdom, so shall the gates of your temple be opened." The word "Haruka" (the name of Krune's kingdom) serves as a command word that opens the door from the inside of the temple.
Trap: If the PCs fail to perform the door opening sequence correctly, a ghostly voice booms "You have failed to demonstrate your full devotion, For this insolence, it is the will of Lissala that you bear the burden of sloth and reap from it no rewards!" Moments later, the blasphemers are cursed with arcane fatigue. If the PCs attempt to break the door down or cut through it using brute force, such an attempt activates the subtier-appropriate trap, targeting any creatures adjacent to the door.
Completing the following objectives earns Key Points for the PCs while in this room.
T2. The Hall of Fate
The passage opens into a semi-circular dome paneled in glittering heptagonal plates of rune-etched mica fitted into an intricate framework of oxidized copper and brass. The southern wall is flat with a broad arch carved into the center. On either side of the arch hang a series of long, vertical metal plates embossed with runes and pictures. Through the arch stretches a long corridor lined on either side by deep alcoves. The floor is covered in a massive carving of a rune-covered man wielding a dragon-toothed longspear and a scepter.
This room once served as the temple’s hall of records—dubbed the Hall of Fate by the Lissalans—and though there are no tomes, scrolls, or tablets stored here, the runes and pictograms on the metal plates hold more information than they immediately reveal. Many of the mica panels on the dome’s surface depict the virtues of rule, represented by the seven virtuous runes and rudimentary pictograms of people engaged in each activity, all so abstract that they are essentially runes themselves. Spread evenly throughout the panels are similar plates depicting the seven sins and associated scenes of each vice.
While the heptagonal plates are abstract representations of the runes, sins, and virtues that were central to Lissala’s faith, the vertically-aligned plates to the east and west of the southern archway present a detailed account of the cultists’ interment within the temple and the requisite rituals for waking them when the prophesied time of Krune’s return is nigh
"Sleep and await my coming, children, and when the world is once again ready for my rule, all you dream in the sleep of centuries will come true."
A PC making a DC 20 Linguistics check can translate this text; a PC who speaks Thassilonian gets a +5 bonus on this check. The plates beneath the scripture depict mouthless, rune-covered cultists preparing to be interred for the long wait until Krune’s return: bowing before Krune—the same figure depicted on the chamber’s floor; wrapping themselves like mummies; climbing into large, rounded sarcophagi; draining the blood from human victims and anointing the sleeping cultists in the life-giving fluid; laying a rune-covered rod on an altar; and resting a dragon tooth longspear across the seat of a massive throne.
"When all the keys are found, I will be awakened by the faithful of our goddess. On that day, awake and come to me with the symbols of my rule and you will stand beside me in a new world of Lissala’s making."
A PC making a DC 20 Linguistics check can translate this text; a PC who speaks Thassilonian gets a +5 bonus on this check. The plates beneath the scripture depict mouthless, rune-covered cultists awaking and retrieving the replica regalia of Krune from area T6: rising from their round sarcophagi; praying before an unholy symbol of Lissala; bathing their hands in a bowl of water atop an altar; raising dragon tooth longspears in their left hands; and a priest carving the rune of greed in the right hand of a fellow priest, who holds a scepter in her clenched fist as blood drips down onto the altar.
The intricately carved floor mural here depicts Runelord Krune, a reminder to all who followed him in their veneration of Lissala that he had the power—through her and her teachings of rune magic—to alter their fate for better or worse. The figure can be identified with a DC 20 Knowledge (history) check, a successful PC recalling historical depictions of his entire body being covered from head to toe with Lissala’s most powerful runes, and that he carried with him both a dragon tooth longspear and a sacred rod.
Beneath the figure’s feet is an inset circle the size of the key disk found in area T1 that radiates a moderate aura of conjuration. Placing the key disk in this inset produces no result unless all seven runestones from area T3 are connected to the key disk in a configuration matching sin rune to associated virtue rune. Once this is done, a PC placing the key disk in the floor inset causes a stone tablet to materialize next to the key disk, teleported from a secure demiplane. The tablet reads, in Thassilonian:
“Only through the corruption of virtue shall you understand true power, for as much as virtue defines the sin, sin defines the virtue. Yet eclipsing sin with the veil of virtue will bring about the true reward, and that reward is power, knowledge, and a blessing from Lissala herself—embodied in the weapon I wield.”
This passage is a hint at the correct configuration of runes on the throne armrests in area T6.
Creatures: The Lissalan priests made ancient pacts with this chamber's guardians, lawful outsiders known as inevitables, These curious construct-like creatures have sworn to defend the chamber against intruders at any cost and use all the powers at their disposal to prevent passage into the alcove-lined corridor beyond.
T3. The Faces of Sin
The curiously carved faces are magical and radiate a faint aura of transmutation. All are hollow, cleverly concealing a small triangular runestone within a niche inside the mouth. Each runestone correlates to the rune carved into the forehead of the bust it hides within and radiates a faint aura of the magical school associated with its respective sin. The three faces to the west hold the runestones of wrath, pride, and envy. The three alcoves to the east hold the runestones of greed, gluttony, and lust. The southern alcove holds the runestone of sloth.
The sihedron brand is permanent (though it can be magically removed). What consequences come with being branded are not revealed in this adventure, though the mark may come into play at a later date. The brands radiate a faint aura of divination, and branded characters occasionally hear whispers in Thassilonian speaking gibberish. The brands’ whispers grant an affected PC a +4 bonus on Knowledge checks regarding Thassilon. Once an individual is branded, he can freely reach inside any of the statues’ mouths without setting off any additional traps.
T4. The Map Door
"In the next life, when the keeper of the key comes, Lissala’s whispers shall steal into the ears of her favored ones awakening those who sleep near death. Again they shall arise and upon that day, they shall claim the world from the heresy of denying its one true master."
Anyone casually inspecting the lock finds a small etching around the perimeter of the central chamber that reads:
"My throne is the key to my kingdom."
The etching provides a clue to opening the door. A DC 20 Knowledge (history) check allows a PC to recall that Krune's throne was located in the city of Xin-Haruka. A DC 25 Knowledge (geography or history) check quickly locates Xin-Haruka on the map, represented by a magnetized cobalt stud. Anyone attempting to remove the stud discovers that it is actually the bow of a key, which can be removed and used to open the door. Alternatively, a DC 20 + APL Perception check of the entire map reveals that the cobalt stud isn’t connected to the map in the same way as other geographical markers.
T5. Stasis Chamber
As the doors slide slowly open, a frigid chill seeps into the corridor. Beyond lies a broad chamber with curved cathedral ceilings and multiple arches leading into darkened corridors. Dense black mist shrouds the floor at a hieght of two feet. In the room’s center stands a huge cage-like structure that seems to crouch like a giant metal insect atop a pair of identical, semi-circular stone altars. From the cage rises a tangled forest of stone and metal ducts, ridged like vertebrae and carved with thousands of tiny Thassilonian runes. The ducts weave through the chamber along its ceiling and through the surrounding alcoves where they connect to scores of large, stone, cocoon-shaped pods carved from the room’s very walls, interwoven and bound with metal. Like the ducts, the pods are also entirely graven with Thassilonian runes.
At the southern end of the room, opposite the main entrance and beyond the weird cage, is a cocoon twice as large as the rest in the room, devoid of duct work and runes save for a single massive metal sihedron in the pod’s center.
The stone pods lining the walls of the chamber and are hollow and serve as arcane stasis chambers for dozens of Lissalan priests and high-ranking members of Haruka’s government (hardness 8, hp 30, Break DC 28, Disable Device DC 25 + APL). The ducts travelling the room, connecting the pods to the central console, were designed to feed off living creatures to supply energy to the beings within the pods. While the device kept them alive for centuries, it eventually failed, and the sleeping priests died, suffering the horrid fate of starvation, even as they lay dreaming in stasis. Now undead, they wait for their machine to once again feed them or to be released from their arcane cocoons to feed for themselves.
If a stasis pod is forced open, it releases its undead occupant (see Creatures section below), otherwise the occupants remain in stasis unless wakened by the feeding tubes.
The cage-thing is also a creature of sorts, though it too lies dormant and only animates if the PCs successfully manipulate the console and open the secret door leading to the next chamber. Once PCs inspect the console, show them Handout 3, then read or paraphrase the following passage.
The console appears to be carved from a single chunk of smooth, greenish-black stone. Carved into its surface is a curious arrangement made of heptagons and other complex geometric shapes. The design is encircled by a shallow heptagonal-shaped channel cut into the stone. At each of this heptagon's points, a hole bored into the console holds a small shard of clear, colorless crystal. The crystals appear to be scorched within, as if a flame burned them from within. Similarly, greasy black scorch marks mar the console top, surrounding each of the crystals. Elsewhere, small metal rungs about the perimeter of the console hold over two dozen crystal shards of assorted colors.
GMs will recognize the geometric arrangement as the first four rooms within the temple in their correct layout. The console controls both the secret passage and the stasis pods of hundreds of Lissala's most devoted followers, who at the fall of Haruka, sought to follow their leader into the future, by placing themselves in an arcane stasis for one thousand years. After the faithful entered their chambers to prepare for the Sleep of Eons, the Priestess of the Future Dawn deliberately jammed the incorrect crystals into the console's activation holes, forcing the device to overload, and shut down. She did this to assure that the cultists would remain safely locked in stasis until the prophesied day of awakening, which unfortunately came nine millennia later than the thousand years they planned for.
The crystals around the console appear in seven different types: blue-green tourmaline, coppery orange citrine, metallic gray tenorite, rust-red carnelian, pale milky opal, pale green aventurine, and silvery hematite. Each gemstone corresponds to the color of one of the seven skymetals, which were each in turn associated with one of the seven sins venerated in ancient Thassilon. In order to activate the console and open the hidden doorway behind the large stasis pod at the room’s southern end, the gem corresponding to each of the seven sins must be placed in the correct location within the heptagon on the console’s face.
Starting clockwise from the top, the gems should be arranged in the following order: tourmaline, aventurine, carnelian, citrine, hematite, opal, and tenorite. If a crystal is correctly placed, it glows faintly and begins humming in a steady, resonant thrum. When all seven crystals are correctly placed, the southernmost stasis chamber opens up to reveal a doorway within in place of a slumbering creature.
A crystal placed in the incorrect location does nothing unless it is placed in one of the two spots opposite its correct location. In the latter instance, the gem glows brightly for 1 round before exploding in a flash of light that blinds any living creature adjacent to the console for 1 minute unless that creature succeeds at a DC 13 + APL Fort save. Such crystals are drained of their color and appear in all ways like the seven crystals originally placed in the console when the PCs arrived.
Placing a crystal within the mechanism or withdrawing one from console is a move action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity. A PC can recognize the significance of the seven different gem colors with a DC 15 + APL Knowledge (arcana or history) check. A successful check allows a PC to correlate 3 crystals to their respective school of Thassilonian magic, plus 1 additional crystal for every 2 points by which the PC exceeds the DC.
A PC may make a DC 22 + APL Disable Device check to place a crystal in the correct spot through simple guesswork. A success means the crystal was placed in its correct spot; a failure places a crystal in the wrong spot to no effect; a failure by 5 or more results in a crystal in an opposing slot, triggering its blinding effect. The DC for all future attempts is reduced by 1 for each success or failure by 5 or more, as the process of elimination makes future attempts easier.
Creatures: As soon as the PCs activate the console by placing one crystal in either the correct location or one of its two violently incorrect slots, the long serpentine tubes above the console spring to life and attack the PCs seeking to drain their life forces. Each time they injure PCs, they drain blood which is siphoned off to the corpses in the various pods, causing more of them to begin activating and opening—slowly and methodically releasing their undead inhabitants. The tubes are long and can move about the room by swinging and swerving like giant metallic snakes hanging from jungle branches. While they have movement speeds and mobility like any other creature, their other end remains attached to the network of ductwork crisscrossing the room.
T6. Throne Room
The throne room’s only entrance is a thick door of solid lead at the southern end of the 50-ft. corridor from area T5. The door is warm to the touch. The door is unlocked, but wedged shut, requiring a DC 20 Strength check to force open. The door is also warded with a permanent contingency spell that releases the occupants in the next chamber from a long slumber of temporal stasis.
The door opens onto a narrow, five-foot wide ledge, a dizzying sixty feet above the ground. The ledge skates the perimeter of a tremendously huge heptagonal chamber with cathedral ceilings rising forty feet above the ledge. Wind rushes everywhere, driven in part from the considerable heat rising from the floor below, which appears to be a churning pool of boiling-hot molten lead.
The bottom of this chamber is filled with a 10-foot-deep river of molten lead. While cooler than lava, molten lead deals 1d6 points of fire damage per round of exposure. Individuals plummeting into the river become completely immersed, and take 10d6 points of fire damage per round. Immunity or resistance to fire serves as an immunity or resistance to molten lead. A creature immune to fire might still drown if completely immersed in the lead river.
Creatures: Coiled about the base of the spire lounges a magnificent primal magma dragon from the elemental plane of fire, a powerful creature bound long ago in ageless servitude to Runelord Krune himself. As soon as it hears the doors open, it lies still, pretending to sleep. The clever creature waits as long as possible before addressing the PCs, for he seeks the tactical advantage of pinning them to the chamber's narrow ledge or catching them unaware while they stand precariously on the gangways over the molten lead floor.
Ygvostrai first attempts to address the intruders and converse with them, hoping to lull them into a false sense of security. He introduces himself, and explains that his former master, exalted Krune, bound him here as an eternal protector of this sacred shrine to the runelord’s glory. During this introduction, he attempts to position himself close enough to the PCs to effectively use his breath weapon. If the PCs entertain his conversation—and he is large enough—he duplicitously offers to fly them over to the throne. If an individual accepts the offer, as soon as he mounts the dragon, the creature rolls, attempting to pitch the individual into the river of lead (requiring a DC 20 Ride check to avoid falling from the dragon’s back). If the PCs refuse his offer or otherwise show their suspicions, he politely replies, “very well,” then blasts them with magma breath.
If there are two dragons in the PCs’ subtier, Ygvostrai follows the tactics listed above, while his mate submerges all but her head in the molten lead, attempting to hide her presence from the PCs until the start of combat, at which point she joins Ygvostrai, hopefully surprising the Pathfinders with a second intimidating opponent.
Development: Covered with ancient Thassilonian runes, the massive throne on the chamber’s central dais is a replica of Krune’s own throne, placed here in veneration of the sleeping runelord who the cultists in temporal stasis in the adjacent room hoped to serve again in the future. Beyond simply being a replica of the runelord’s throne, the ornate chair also provides a means of accessing two of the temple’s most valuable artifacts: replicas of Thrune’s sacred weapons—a dragon tooth longspear and an arcane rod of incredible might. The dragon tooth longspear is one of the two spears extending from the throne’s armrests. The rod is encased in the diamond altar and can be retrieved by performing a ritual to summon it into the performer’s hand.
On the topside of the right armrest are carved the seven runes of sin and on the top of the left armrest are carved the seven runes of virtue. A DC 10 + APL Perception check reveals that the top of the small foot bench in front of the throne flips up to reveal a small hollow. Within the hollow, are two levers, etched in ancient sigils and runes. The left lever causes the left armrest on the throne to rotate on a horizontal axis to reveal the seven runes of sin opposite the previously visible runes of virtue. The right lever causes the same effect in the right armrest, revealing the runes of virtue.
There are four possible armrest configurations. Only the configuration displaying the runes of virtue on both armrests releases the dragon tooth longspear from the left armrest’s socket if pulled out by a PC sitting in the throne. The longspear in the right socket is not actually a removable weapon, the metal of its haft thoroughly fused to the throne. A PC who discovered the stone tablet beneath the floor in area T2 can make a DC 12 + APL Intelligence check to interpret the scripture as indicating the correct armrest configuration. The images of Krune and his priests with longspears raised overhead in their left hands in area T2 should indicate to the PC attempting to retrieve it that the left longspear is the true relic. If anyone attempts to pull the right longspear from its socket or either longspear is pulled while the wrong armrest configuration is in place, the temple’s defenses activate immediately (see Act 2).
Atop the altar are several items that can be used in a ritual to summon the scepter from within the impenetrable diamond altar: a bowl of ivory containing crystal clear water, a dagger of ebony encrusted in long-dried blood, and all 14 sin and virtue runes engraved into the altar’s top surface, virtues to the right and sins to the left. All 14 runes appear to have at one point held blood in their deep grooves, as though it dripped into each from above. A PC who translated the metal plate in area T2 can recall that the priest in the plate was carving the rune of greed in the right hand of a fellow cultist, who held the scepter in her clenched fist as blood dripped down onto the altar. A PC who translated the scripture engraved on the wall around this image can deduce with a DC 12 + APL Intelligence check or a DC 15 + APL Knowledge (arcana) check that two PCs must participate in the ritual—one holding a clenched fist over the rune of generosity, while the other carves the rune of greed into the back of her hand, replicating the depicted scene from the metal plate.
This ritual wound deals 1d4+Str points of damage to the target PC and deals 1 point of bleed damage that can only be healed by dipping the hand in the bowl of water on the altar. No matter how much blood is added to the bowl, the water remains clear, and if dumped out refills itself in 1d4 rounds. If the ritual is incorrectly performed, and blood falls from the victim’s clenched fist on the wrong rune (or the wound rune isn’t the rune of greed), the takes damage from the dagger as normal but the temple’s defenses also trigger. If performed correctly, however, the rod within the altar disappears, instantly reappearing in the victim’s clenched fist.
ACT 2: ESCAPE!
As the PCs explore the room, or after they are finished doing so, there are a number of conditions that may activate the temple’s defenses, forcing the Pathfinders back toward the temple entrance. These conditions are as follows:
T6. Throne Room II
Once the temple begins to fight back against the defilers of Krune’s profane throne, a portculis falls across the interior of the lead door to area T5 (see below for portculis stats). At the same time, the pool of molten lead at the bottom of the chamber begins to rise at a rate of 5 feet per round. The violently boiling molten lead spews lead bombs into the air (as lava bombs, Pathfinder RPG GameMastery Guide 234) every 1d3 rounds. Each subtier below presents a random number of bombs per eruption, which appear spread across randomly determined quadrants of the room, maximum 1 bomb per quadrant per round unless more than 4 bombs trigger in the same round.
T5. Stasis Chamber II
Among the countless ancient runes inscribed into the walls, floor, ceiling, and ducts in this chamber, a series of them, spread seemingly randomly throughout the room, glow a bright red when the temple attempts to repulse the invaders.
Creatures: The glowing runes are programmed to summon a small contingent of daemons from the plane of Abaddon to destroy any interlopers, which the outsiders gladly do, for any souls they capture in the process are theirs to keep and feast upon. The runes summon a pair of daemons initially, which wait eagerly for the PCs to approach. When this wave of outsiders is defeated, a second series of randomly positioned runes begins glowing orange, and a second, identical wave is summoned 1d4 rounds later. These daemons pursue the PCs through the rest of the temple complex until the PCs successfully exit back into area T1. The waves continue with a delay of 1d4 rounds, each time the runes taking on the color of the next color in the light spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) and back again in the reverse order until all PCs are driven from the temple or destroyed.
Development: Some parties may attempt to escape through the doorway to room T3. While doing so certainly gets them closer to the temple exit, it also limits the number of total waves they can face before the adventure’s conclusion. The daemons follow the PCs through the temple, each wave sensing where the last band of their kind died and traveling quickly in that direction. Where the PCs face the waves of daemons is ultimately less important to their final score than how many they face in total (though those parties who remain too long in area T5 risk being unable to return to area T1 before the portal to the temple entrance closes.) Remember that the door to area T1 can only be opened by speaking the correct password, magical means, or physical force (see door stats on page XXX). See Conclusion below for information on what happens when the PCs either exit the temple, leaving any undefeated waves of daemons behind, or time runs out.
At the event’s conclusion, GMs should total their tables’ Key Points earned across the entire adventure and present these totals to the event coordinator. The table with the highest score in each subtier will receive not only the Chronicle sheet for completing the second round of the adventure, but also an additional prize Chronicle sheet only given to the top party of each subtier in the event. All PCs, regardless of the table’s success and ranking, receive the Chronicle sheet for the night’s event in addition to the standard Chronicle sheet awarded for completing the main Race for the Runecarved Key mission.
I saw that the timestamp on the Additional Resources page got updated to yesterday's date. I am assuming that is because of the sanctioning of Wardens of the Reborn Forge. Is there an ETA on the regular Additional Resources update (the last one was 10/29/14). Thanks.
Hopefully in the next few days.
So, after three straight years of being promised a new seeker arc we finally get one, and it's filled with gunslingers and science fiction... two categories that a full 50% of your customer base doesn't want in PFS. Gee, I wonder why you had a six hour meeting about how D&D is starting to steal people back...
Who said anything about this being the only seeker arc that would be coming down the pipe?
And our meeting didn't have anything to do with D&D. It had everything to do with what we could do to improve the PFS experience.
Andreas Forster wrote:
^^This. Thanks for answering while I was asleep, Andreas.
I wanted to take a minute to welcome aboard the new Venture-Captain assigned to Salem, OR. I will let Timothy Wallace introduce himself, advise about any websites he will utilize for coordinating, and any other information he wishes to share.
As for areas that fall within his region, he will cover the area around Salem and Keizer.
Welcome to the team!
I wanted to take a minute to welcome aboard the new Venture-Captain assigned to Topeka, KS. I will let Jake Prewitt introduce himself, advise about any websites he will utilize for coordinating, and any other information he wishes to share.
As for areas that fall within his region, he will cover the area around Topeka.
Welcome to the team!
I wanted to take a minute to welcome aboard the new Venture-Captain assigned to West Virginia. I will let Andrew Shumate introduce himself, advise about any websites he will utilize for coordinating, and any other information he wishes to share.
As for areas that fall within his region, he will cover all of West Virginia with the help of the current VLs.
Welcome to the team!
Such as? Looking to compare what you think needs to be addressed to the list I've already built.
Please join me in congratulating Steve Miller and Joe Jungers as the newest recipients of the PFS Campaign Service Award.
Steve has served as the Raleigh, NC, Venture-Captain and has served since October 2011. His efforts have fostered growth and community cohesion throughout North Carolina. He has scheduled buses of gamers to travel to Gen Con, has written for PFS, and has contributed in many numerous ways I will let his player base expand upon.
Likewise, Joe has served as the Raleigh area Venture-Lieutenant since October 2011. His efforts have aided in the growth and community cohesion across the entire state of North Carolina, the many regional conventions, and other growth too far to list here, that the regional fanbase can expand upon.
Both have spent thousands of hours volunteering, to include more than 1,000 days as a Venture-Officer, and thousands of dollars out of their own pocket to make PFS amazing in their respective regions.
Both Steve and Joe have my highest respect and most sincere thank you for all of their volunteer work. Without them, PFS would not be where it is today. They exemplify the values of what organized play and community building is all about.
Congratulations Steve and Joe. You are now PFS numbers 715 and 716 respectively, and two of the pillars that the Society is built upon!
I will let John address specifics but we have been doing some of that. Tancred Desmire had a continuing story stretching over 2-3 seasons for example. Another is events at the Grand Convocation directly affected the story of a scenario, and that continued story is based on results from what we've seen in reporting.
Fourth bullet point under faction card explanation:
The back of the card will also feature a form of the revised write-up of the faction described in bullet number two above, as well as a summation of season-long goals in descriptive text. This descriptive text will explain why the PC is trying to achieve the 10 goals for the faction and how it will aid the faction in the future—likely in the form of the faction head letters.
Justin Riddler wrote:
You write it, I will post it,.
Victor Zajic wrote:
I've mentioned it on the VC message board so I might as well put a reminder here.
Yes, it's true I schedule 1500+ games over the weekend at Gen Con. But, I've also been a VC and scheduled one table each slot for two slots on a Saturday at Treefort Games in Fayetteville, Ga, for a total of two whopping games over 10 hours on a Saturday for a 14 month period. I also only had one table every Thursday evening at Raven's Nest games in Marietta, GA, for almost nine months. When I wasn't there to GM, the games didn't happen. Ive had nine players show up and only have one GM. I've had to remove a player an uninvite him not to come back because he didn't play well with others. I've had GM's "make the scenario better" which led to a TPKs and had to resolve those issues. I understand all the issues that come with a small venue. I had a player who had played all but three scenarios. He refused to GM anything and b+@*@ed when I didn't schedule something he could play. I understand what all of your concerns are when you are in charge of coordinating a small venue.
John also had experience with similar situations. We understand.
Please join me in welcoming Jefrey McDuff as the newly assigned Venture-Captain of west Texas! His region will initially consist of the areas in and around Lubbock and possibly Amarillo.
I will let Jeffrey advise websites he will use to coordinate game days, a little about his region, and any other information he wishes to share.
Welcome to the team!
Please join me in welcoming Beatrice Pscheidl as the newly assigned Venture-Captain of Austria, specifically the regions of Vienna, lower Austria, and the Burgenland.
I will let Beatrice advise websites she will use to coordinate game days, a little about her region, and any other information she wishes to share.
Welcome to the team!
Please join me in welcoming Jeremy Rodriguez as the newly assigned Venture-Captain of southern New Mexico! His region will initially consist of the areas in and around Artesia, Roswell, and Carslbad.
I will let Jeremy advise websites he will use to coordinate game days, a little about his region, and any other information he wishes to share. (And no, he isn't going to tell you any new info about UFOs or aliens before he tells me).
Welcome to the team!
Factions and finding one of the three lost Sky Citadels which had remained undiscovered for 8000 years and is now a part of canon.
New products are not my decision. If you wish to see a particular book, I suggest posting that request in the Paizo General forum.