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Pathfinder #3—Rise of the Runelords Chapter 3: "The Hook Mountain Massacre" (OGL)

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Chapter 3: "The Hook Mountain Massacre"
by Nicolas Logue

The third installment of the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path begins with a desperate call for aid from Hook Mountain. A tribe of ogres has slaughtered the garrison of a small keep, including the famous retired war hero stationed there. The few surviving rangers need the heroes to help them retake the key fortification back. Once the ogres are driven off, the PCs are awarded stewardship of the keep. Yet as the heroes begin the task of repairing and expanding their new stronghold, a sinister force grows in the surrounding wilderness.

What ties did the slaughtered commander have to these vengeful ghosts, and what terrible secrets do the ogres of Hook Mountain hide? Are the rumors of an army of giants massing for war in fact true?

This volume of Pathfinder also features rules for maintaining and running a castle, a gazetteer of the wilderness region featured in the Adventure Path, and introduces several new monsters perfect for plaguing PCs who tread too far into these haunted mountains.

For characters of 7th to 9th level.

Pathfinder is Paizo Publishing's 96-page, perfect-bound, full-color softcover Adventure Path book printed on high-quality paper that releases in a monthly volume. Each volume is brought to you by the same staff which brought you Dragon and Dungeon magazines for over five years. It contains an in-depth Adventure Path scenario, stats for about a half-dozen new monsters, and several support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Because Pathfinder uses the Open Game License, it is 100% compatible with the world's most popular fantasy roleplaying game.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-038-4

NOTE: Copies sold as "Non-Mint" have been dinged or bent, or have some markings on the cover, so we're making them available at a discounted price. While they have some cosmetic damage, they'll make great second reading copies. There will be no refunds on non-mint copies.

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Yasha0006 wrote:
Mr Baron wrote:

**shudders**

I remember that X-files episode. Although, I am not sure I wanted to...truly demented.

Did Nick write that one?

No. Nick's exploits were perhaps the inspiration for it. His youthful misadventures I can only imagine were far more demented and sick compared to what he lets us see now. You see, hes in the public (by public I mean us folks here on Paizo.com, hardly a huge demographic, but hey...) eye now. He just pretends to be a slightly deviant fellow...the truth on the other hand....the basement...oh god.....

** spoiler omitted **

Ha, my youthful misadventures were very misadventurous. I can't believe I evaded jail as often I as I should not have been able to. ;-)

I just ran three Marvel Adventures back to back today, but as soon as I build up some more steam Yasha, you are most most welcome at my gaming table - any Paizoite is!


Kruelaid wrote:


I really liked that polygonal stuff. The rangers, the races of Varisia, the Thistletop merc with the huge sword in P1, and a few others. I don't find it cartoony--comic-booky, sure. Who did it?

Upon further consideration, I think "comic-booky" is a more apt description. I was incorrectly using the two terms "cartoony" and "comic-booky" interchangeably.


Nicolas Logue wrote:


Ha, my youthful misadventures were very misadventurous. I can't believe I evaded jail as often I as I should not have been able to. ;-)

I just ran three Marvel Adventures back to back today, but as soon as I build up some more steam Yasha, you are most most welcome at my gaming table - any Paizoite is!

Well should you ever find your way to the capitol city of the Govenator State let me know. That would be awesome.

Sacramento CA for those who don't know.

I appreciate the offer god sir! <--Hmm...I'm not even going to change that typo.... ^_^y


I just received Hook Mountain Massacre and the Pharoah adventure last night.

<best Homer impersonation>

"Mmm. New module smell."

Looking forward to reading them in the next few days. :-)


Varl wrote:
I just received Hook Mountain Massacre and the Pharoah adventure last night.

So did I! *squee*

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Yasha0006 wrote:
Nicolas Logue wrote:


Ha, my youthful misadventures were very misadventurous. I can't believe I evaded jail as often I as I should not have been able to. ;-)

I just ran three Marvel Adventures back to back today, but as soon as I build up some more steam Yasha, you are most most welcome at my gaming table - any Paizoite is!

Well should you ever find your way to the capitol city of the Govenator State let me know. That would be awesome.

Sacramento CA for those who don't know.

I appreciate the offer god sir! <--Hmm...I'm not even going to change that typo.... ^_^y

You never know where I'll land Yasha! I'll let you know if I'm headed out Cali-way!


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Be green and ocularly challenged! You know you want to!

Can't wait to get the book btw...
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Cheliax

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Just got my copy today. It looks great so far!


Loving every minute Nick! We depraved and sick individuals salute and applaud you.


Vic Wertz wrote:
You've always been able to pull out the map backgrounds *if* the cartographer submitted the map to us as a layered file (meaning the text is separate).

How do you pull out the backgrounds?

I seem to recall when I originally d/l Burnt Offerings, the maps were one piece. I had to reformat and re-d/l the files. When I did, they were chopped up in little pieces. I had to paste them together to make the complete map. What gives?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

CourtFool wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
You've always been able to pull out the map backgrounds *if* the cartographer submitted the map to us as a layered file (meaning the text is separate).

How do you pull out the backgrounds?

I seem to recall when I originally d/l Burnt Offerings, the maps were one piece. I had to reformat and re-d/l the files. When I did, they were chopped up in little pieces. I had to paste them together to make the complete map. What gives?

Early on, we had some issues with the process from layout to PDF. I know recent ones are correct, and images aren't split up, but we haven't had time to redo some of the earlier ones that do have that problem.


Vic Wertz wrote:
Early on, we had some issues with the process from layout to PDF. I know recent ones are correct, and images aren't split up, but we haven't had time to redo some of the earlier ones that do have that problem.

Does this go for the GameMastery PDFs as well? Also, what is "earlier".

Thanks : )

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tdewitt274 wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Early on, we had some issues with the process from layout to PDF. I know recent ones are correct, and images aren't split up, but we haven't had time to redo some of the earlier ones that do have that problem.

Does this go for the GameMastery PDFs as well? Also, what is "earlier".

Thanks : )

Honestly, I haven't checked them, so I don't know what PDFs it does and doesn't apply to, but I think we fixed it around Pathfinder 3, and it probably didn't affect a few things before that. (I don't have the files handy.)


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I'm just about to wrap this one up with my players. I'm curious how a particular encounter I describe in the spoiler played out with others. In the last session...

Spoiler:
...my players met the Pit Fiend trapped in the magic circle. He first tried asking them to free him, then offered to tell them how to activate the floodgates in exchange for freedom. They deduced that they needed to put a summon in the other circle on their own, but felt that whatever they put in there would not last long enough to be a real, long-term solution. So the Pit Fiend offered to put something longer lasting into the circles.

I decided beforehand that since it said in the description that the devil could still Greater Teleport, I decided that he could still use all of his powers. One of the players had a high enough Knowledge planes that he would already know something about devils in general and Pit Fiends specifically, so I told him that Devils always keep the letter of their word.

After more negotiation, Avaxiel offered to give them a wish. To my surprise though, my players did not seem to want it in the slightest. There was some joking about asking for lots of treasure or some powerful magic item, but when it finally came down to it, they agreed to dispel the circle in exchange for a promise from Avaxiel to agree to never attack them, to put two Erinyes into the circles "Strong enough to last 1,000 years," and to use the Wish to restore the Dam to the way it was when it was new, then finally to leave the plane using Greater Teleport, never to return. Their requests were so unselfish and reasonable, that I did not even bother trying to pervert the request. I also decided that the Devil was more than a little afraid of destruction in his weakened condition and was content to keep to the spirit of the request without bothering with betrayal.

During their negotiations, Avaxiel mentioned that he had been put there by a wizard named Karzoug. I was considering trying to think of some way to perhaps have him later offer some kind of reward, through a proxy, to the PCs in exchange for Karzoug's head, once word reached him that Karzoug still lived.

Anyway, sorry that was long. Anyone else offer their players a wish?


*spoilers ahead*
I am sorry to voice hard words, but just finished the module, and it probably killed my Rise of the Runelords Campaign. I am burnt out and my players got frustrated hacking through tons of always the same ogres, not seeing the point of it in relation to the Campaign. Linking of the episodes were rather illogic and without some tweeking, the glitches in the timelime would have set-up my players completely. In the end they laughed at the ridiculously overused gore and grime theme and the Blackarrows, who just seemed to have survived, because they were just not challenged before and fell to the first real threat, because of sending away half the fort on patrol regularly.
I laughed about rooms not even 30 by 30 ft which are stuffed with three large monsters, protected by a punny (for 9th lvl characters) wight, which are supposed to cast force-cage on the PCs filing in by a 5ft wide tunnel and try to escape by the very same way. And I cried about the wasted real role-playing episode (e.g. Paradise, Whitewillow and the witches) degrading the associated NPCs to yet another monster with a short speech to be slain. They seem to have been cut in order to tell unnecessary stories about the motivation and history of unimportant cannon fodder monsters (Ettin, ogre cook).
I tried my best to modify the adventure, get rid of the glitches and involve my players by interweaving their character backgrounds. As it stands I didn't succeed much. Moreover I buy adventures because I am low on time to come up with them myself. Enjoying part 1 and 2 I know that there are much better adventures in the Pathfinder AP series.
Hopefully after a break, we can give Part 4 a try or start CotCT.

Taldor

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Tales Subscriber
Belfur wrote:
*spoilers ahead*

When you post, there is a button marked "BBCode tags you can use:" clicking on it will show you them all, including that for spoilers.

It's basically [spolier]your text here[/spolier] but with 'spoiler' spelt correctly.


Wait, wait -- I just ordered the non-mint copy of this that was for sale (at least it was yesterday), there was a problem with my payment (for some reason only the PDF got authorized, and it tried to hit my debit card twice over for the AP... so it got an 'insufficient funds' response and my buy was refused, though the money for it is still in electronic limbo), I was told to wait until 'Tuesday or Wednesday for this to clear up' and now I find out it's gone?

*Groan* So much for patience.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Eric Hinkle wrote:

Wait, wait -- I just ordered the non-mint copy of this that was for sale (at least it was yesterday), there was a problem with my payment (for some reason only the PDF got authorized, and it tried to hit my debit card twice over for the AP... so it got an 'insufficient funds' response and my buy was refused, though the money for it is still in electronic limbo), I was told to wait until 'Tuesday or Wednesday for this to clear up' and now I find out it's gone?

*Groan* So much for patience.

No worries—when you submitted you order, a copy was earmarked for you.


Vic Wertz wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:

Wait, wait -- I just ordered the non-mint copy of this that was for sale (at least it was yesterday), there was a problem with my payment (for some reason only the PDF got authorized, and it tried to hit my debit card twice over for the AP... so it got an 'insufficient funds' response and my buy was refused, though the money for it is still in electronic limbo), I was told to wait until 'Tuesday or Wednesday for this to clear up' and now I find out it's gone?

*Groan* So much for patience.

No worries—when you submitted you order, a copy was earmarked for you.

Thank you for explaining that. Now I just gotta wait for the payment to clear.

BTW, about how many individual copies of the 'scratch-and-bent' Pathfinder books are there? Just one each?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Eric Hinkle wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:

Wait, wait -- I just ordered the non-mint copy of this that was for sale (at least it was yesterday), there was a problem with my payment (for some reason only the PDF got authorized, and it tried to hit my debit card twice over for the AP... so it got an 'insufficient funds' response and my buy was refused, though the money for it is still in electronic limbo), I was told to wait until 'Tuesday or Wednesday for this to clear up' and now I find out it's gone?

*Groan* So much for patience.

No worries—when you submitted you order, a copy was earmarked for you.

Thank you for explaining that. Now I just gotta wait for the payment to clear.

BTW, about how many individual copies of the 'scratch-and-bent' Pathfinder books are there? Just one each?

It varies. There were a couple of books that our printer didn't pack well, so we have lots; other books, just one or two.


The book just arrived, and only a date after my birthday. Thanks, Paizo!

BTW, considering that the books is supposed to be "damaged", it looks to be in better shape than some books I've seen being sold on the shelves in bookstores. Great job and thanks.

Though now, after reading the intro, I am wondering just what was cut to keep Nick out of jail protect our tender eyes. :D


I've managed to collect all the parts of this AP in physical copy except this particular one. I'm not a huge fan of laptops at the gaming table and I'd much rather have the physical product. Are there still physical copies of this available through Paizo?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

highpriestrsw wrote:
I've managed to collect all the parts of this AP in physical copy except this particular one. I'm not a huge fan of laptops at the gaming table and I'd much rather have the physical product. Are there still physical copies of this available through Paizo?

Nope—it's completely sold out; even the non-mint copies are gone.

Osirion

highpriestrsw wrote:
I've managed to collect all the parts of this AP in physical copy except this particular one. I'm not a huge fan of laptops at the gaming table and I'd much rather have the physical product. Are there still physical copies of this available through Paizo?

It seems you can find it in ebay for about $30 right now


Is it safe to assume that any Kreeg ogres that fled Fort Rannick due to the PC's defeating Jaagrath and displaying his head for all to see (the bard scored a '40' on his Intimidate skill check, including the +15 bonus for the severed head), would head back to the Hook Mountain Clanhold? Or would they fear Barl's wrath for failing to hold the Fort?
Karly-Lop, Jolly, and Minktuck Kreeg survived along with nearly 20 ogres - that might make for quite a battle royale if the party were to meet up with the lot in the foothills leading up to the Clanhold!

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