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Pathfinder Society Scenario #8: Slave Pits of Absalom (OGL) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for 1st to 5th level characters (Tiers: 1–2, 4–5).

Someone kidnapped Lady Anilah Salhar—the Chelish wife of Dremdhet Salhar, one of Osirion's many Grand Ambassadors to Absalom—and sold her into slavery. With Salhar holding delve permits over the heads of the Decemvirute, the Pathfinders are sent to assist the Osirian Ambassador. Venturing into Absalom's darkest corners to save Lady Anilah, the Pathfinders must face the secrets of the Slave Pits to avoid becoming slaves themselves.

Written by Lou Agresta

This scenario is designed for play in Pathfinder Society Organized Play, but can easily be adapted for use with any world. This scenario is compliant with the Open Game License (OGL) and is suitable for use with the 3.5 edition of the world’s most popular fantasy roleplaying game.

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Andoran

Just a quick note to potential DMs about a minor error in the mod:

Spoiler:

In order to take Improved Trip, both of the Gnolls at the end of the mod need an Intelligence of 13 and Combat Expertise.

I recommend increasing the Gnolls' Intelligence score to 13, add 2 skill points into Profession Sailor, decrease the attack bonus for the Whip to +7, and replace Weapon Focus Whip with Combat Expertise.

Qadira

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Two questions about this scenario:

Spoiler:

1) I can't find locations for Needle and Fredrik on the tavern map on page 5. Am I just being dim? I assume from the text that Fredrik is on the table with three thugs around it and Needle is lying in the corner but as they are listed in the key for the map then I'd expect to see them on the map.
2) If the Taldor faction conceal the name of Renmil then does that mean that the Osirions don't gain their prestige award as they don't have all four names?


Spoiler:
The Taldans don't need to conceal his name, just his connection to Taldor. As for the map, Fredrik is supposed to be labeled on the table surrounded by the three "T" thugs and Needle is in the top right corner behind that table.

Qadira

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Joshua J. Frost wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Thanks.

Taldor Contributor

Hank McCoy wrote:

Just a quick note to potential DMs about a minor error in the mod:

** spoiler omitted **

Hey Hank,

There seems to have been be a versioning error. Not sure how that crept in. Your solution is certainly workable.

- Lou

Taldor Contributor

Wintergreen wrote:

Two questions about this scenario:

** spoiler omitted **

I'm also very interested to hear how that particular Taldan mission plays out for you. It's designed to keep players focused on each other and 'in' the scenario. It's also designed to be fun (even comical), of course, and it was in my home play-test. Would love to hear how it works for you, Wintergreen!

Qadira

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Louis Agresta wrote:
Wintergreen wrote:

Two questions about this scenario:

** spoiler omitted **
I'm also very interested to hear how that particular Taldan mission plays out for you. It's designed to keep players focused on each other and 'in' the scenario. It's also designed to be fun (even comical), of course, and it was in my home play-test. Would love to hear how it works for you, Wintergreen!

It does sound fun and I wanted to be sure about how it works hence the question. I'll be running this on 16th November and have a mixed faction group. I'll be sure to post on the messageboards afterwards to let you know how it goes.

Andoran

Louis Agresta wrote:


Hey Hank,

There seems to have been be a versioning error. Not sure how that crept in. Your solution is certainly workable.

- Lou

I swear I'm not a pedantic rules lawyer. Most days I'm lucky to spell my own name correctly. I was reviewing Improved Trip to refresh my memory on how it works when I caught the oversight.

BTW I loved your mod! I'm a total sucker for most of the elements you put in your scenario. I'm hoping you plan to write more.


Louis Agresta wrote:


There seems to have been be a versioning error. Not sure how that crept in. Your solution is certainly workable.

Would it be possible to acquire the newest version? I just repersonalized my copy, and the error is still there. Not only that, but the majority of the stat blocks are incorrect.

I've rewritten Snarl's stat block (as it happens to be the most relevant to combat) below to help GMs who might not have as much free time on their hands as I do. ^_^

Details:

Spoiler:

Init: +4 (Dex +1, no II) --> Init: +1

AC : 17 base (Dex is +1 not +3) --> 15 (+1 Dex, +1 Nat, +3 Arm)
14 touch (Dex is +1, Nat should NOT count) --> 11 (+1 Dex)
14 ff --> 14 Correct.

HP : 37 (2d8+3 + 2d10+3) --> +3 over 2 levels is impossible.
I don`t know how the HP was calculated, since typical NPC hit points would put him at 26 with the +3s, but the +3s should be +6s. My suspicion is that this gnoll was built with character hit points (max at 1st and half+1 after) and the +6s were added but written incorrectly, because then it adds up. So... leave this alone.

Fort: +8 --> +9 (+3 Con, +3 Fighter, +3 Gnoll)
Ref: +1 --> +0 (+0 Dex, +0 Fighter, +0 Gnoll)
Will: +0 --> +0 Correct.

Melee: Whip +8 --> +9 (Str +4, BAB +3, Mwk +1, WF +1) d3+4* nl
Greataxe +7 --> +8 (Str +4, BAB +3, Mwk +1) d12+6*

Note here that Snarl's Strength is 19 (+4) and that Greataxes are 2HW and thus add 1.5x Str bonus to damage. Also, it looks like the Mwk bonuses were not applied.

The tactics are cool, but Trip can't move people from the square they're in, and thus can't actually dump people in the water. I'm planning to get around this by saying the many plank bridges between the ship and the dock are very shaky and unreliable looking, so if a character falls they might take out that section.

Grapple check: +8 --> +7 (Str +4, BAB +3)

Feats: EWP(Whip), Improved Trip, Combat Expertise*, WF(Whip)

Hank wrote that the feats should be rearranged, but actually, Snarl should have an additional feat.
1st (Combat Expertise) --> Note! Req Int 13+
1st Fighter (EWP[Whip])
3rd (Improved Trip)
2nd Fighter (WF[Whip])

The above, with the suggested raise of Snarl's Int to 13, fixes his complaint.

Skills: Listen +5, Profession(Sailor) +4, Spot +5

With Snarl's new Int bonus, he should have 4 more skill points. I recommend Climb, Balance, or Use Rope, since those seem to me to be appropriate sailing skills. I'll use Balance +3 (4x0.5 skill, +1 Dex) He should also have an additional language. The sailors speak Katapeshi, so that makes sense to me.

Snarl's new stat block (according to me) looks like:

Foreman Snarl Sorehackle
Male gnoll figher 2
LE Medium humanoid
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Listen +5, Spot +5
--
Defense
--
AC 15, touch 11, flat-footed 14
(+1 natural, +3 armor, +1 Dex)
hp 37 (2d8+6 plus 2d10+3)
Fort +9, Ref +0, Wil +0
--
Offense
--
Spd 20 ft. (Medium armour)
Melee
Mwk Whip +9 (1d3+4/x2 nonlethal; 0 vs armour bonus >= +1)
Mwk Greataxe +8 (1d12+6/x3)
--
Tactics
--
*Unchanged
--
Statistics
--
Str 19, Dex 13, Con 16, Int 13, Wis 10, Cha 6
Base Atk +3; Grp +7
Feats: Exotic Weapon Proficiency (whip), Weapon Focus (whip), Combat Expertise, Improved Trip
Skills: Listen +5, Profession (sailor) +4, Spot +5, Balance +3
Languages: Common, Gnoll, Katapeshi
Gear: hide armour, masterwork greataxe, masterwork whip, 25 gp
Combat Gear: potion of cure light wounds

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

uldeim wrote:
Would it be possible to acquire the newest version? I just repersonalized my copy, and the error is still there.

This PDF has not been revised.

Taldor Contributor

Hank McCoy wrote:
Louis Agresta wrote:


Hey Hank,

There seems to have been be a versioning error. Not sure how that crept in. Your solution is certainly workable.

- Lou

I swear I'm not a pedantic rules lawyer. Most days I'm lucky to spell my own name correctly. I was reviewing Improved Trip to refresh my memory on how it works when I caught the oversight.

BTW I loved your mod! I'm a total sucker for most of the elements you put in your scenario. I'm hoping you plan to write more.

Thanks, Hank. I'm glad you did! Josh Fost deserves a ton of credit as he did some pretty exacting development work on this one. Nick Logue too as he set out general guidelines for the piece.

Taldor Contributor

uldeim wrote:
Louis Agresta wrote:


There seems to have been be a versioning error. Not sure how that crept in. Your solution is certainly workable.

Would it be possible to acquire the newest version? I just repersonalized my copy, and the error is still there. Not only that, but the majority of the stat blocks are incorrect.

I've rewritten Snarl's stat block (as it happens to be the most relevant to combat) below to help GMs who might not have as much free time on their hands as I do. ^_^

Yah. This is definitely the wrong version. Speaking to how I make them, I use NPCDesigner from RPG Attitude, manually review, then send them off. If I want the extra hard version of a monster, I like to go with 2/3 total possible hp. It's within the realm of possible rolls, just at the high side. Otherwise, average hp.


I plan to update this scenario in the next week or so to fix these errors. Thanks to everyone that caught them.

Taldor Contributor

Wintergreen wrote:
Louis Agresta wrote:
Wintergreen wrote:

Two questions about this scenario:

** spoiler omitted **
I'm also very interested to hear how that particular Taldan mission plays out for you. It's designed to keep players focused on each other and 'in' the scenario. It's also designed to be fun (even comical), of course, and it was in my home play-test. Would love to hear how it works for you, Wintergreen!
It does sound fun and I wanted to be sure about how it works hence the question. I'll be running this on 16th November and have a mixed faction group. I'll be sure to post on the messageboards afterwards to let you know how it goes.

Awesome! Can't wait to hear how it went. Is Taldan player RP oriented, combat oriented or enjoys a mix of both?

Taldor Contributor

Hank McCoy wrote:


BTW I loved your mod! I'm a total sucker for most of the elements you put in your scenario. I'm hoping you plan to write more.

I meant to ask, which parts did you like? Which elements stood out for you? Obviously, if you share, you should probably spoiler the discussion, but I'd love to know what jazzed you, because that helps me become a better writer.

As for writing more for Paizo, I'd love to. I've work out with other publishers of which I'm very proud, and they're great publishers...but Paizo is the dream-come-true publisher for me. The editorial staff and production values here at Paizo are just teh bomb. Not to mention the Paizoans!

teh bomb? I think I just mixed web metaphors.

Qadira

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Louis Agresta wrote:


Awesome! Can't wait to hear how it went. Is Taldan player RP oriented, combat oriented or enjoys a mix of both?

He's a great roleplayer playing a fighter. And it looks like there will be three Osirions in the party too who are all quite inquisitive!

Andoran

Louis Agresta wrote:


I meant to ask, which parts did you like? Which elements stood out for you? Obviously, if you share, you should probably spoiler the discussion, but I'd love to know what jazzed you, because that helps me become a better writer.
[/smaller]

Spoiler:

I personally love the pirate/swashbuckling genre, so anything that resembles that gets my attention -- bar fights, duels, voodoo, competing bands of treasure hunters, shipboard fights, old curses, lost treasure, swinging from ropes, boarding of a hostile ship, etc.

I also like how involving rescuing slaves tends to motivate my players. Even if a character is neutral, the players seem to take a bit of joy in releasing the slaves.

And lastly I enjoyed the halfling street gang, especially the snipers -- which make the combat more tactical and gives a monk an excuse to use his ranks in jump and provides a ranged support character satisfaction when a well aimed shot knocks the little buggers from the roof, screaming as they fall to their death or when they die instantly and tumble forward down the roof into the street like an old western movie.

The whip specialist gnolls definitely were an interesting and exciting combat choice!

Taldor Contributor

Awesome! Glad you had fun with it.

Spoiler:
The whip specialists just made sense given their professional choices. I mean, slaver, after all. :)

I tried to mix it up by giving one focus on tripping and the other on disarming. I think those are under-utilized fight techniques, especially disarm. Sunder is another, though I got to highlight that in a different piece.

I'm gald you enjoyed the Puddlejumpers. I'm a big fan of stationing different categories of threats in difficult to reach locations, forcing the party to choose between suffering the -- in this case -- ranged assaults or moving apart a little. It mixes up the terrain, creates interesting tactical challenges, prevents gang-up syndrome (where the party all pounds one enemy before moving on to the next)and generally just adds some fun.

At one point in development, the Puddlejumpers attacked in an alley. That let them get all acrobatic but it wasn't as much fun for the PCs, since they couldn't use special skills like jump, etc. to counteract them.

Andoran

right now Louis i am working to get a swashbuckler campaign where one of the characters is going to work directly against slaving in Absalom...

i felt this story was eprfect for the mood of my game, i downleaded it and i am still reading it...

i do love what i have read... and i must say... grit is horrible... i hate grit... i have to use it on my players :D

Taldor Contributor

Montalve wrote:

right now Louis i am working to get a swashbuckler campaign where one of the characters is going to work directly against slaving in Absalom...

i felt this story was eprfect for the mood of my game, i downleaded it and i am still reading it...

i do love what i have read... and i must say... grit is horrible... i hate grit... i have to use it on my players :D

Awesome -- really glad you're enjoying it! Grit is Josh Frost's invention, so tip your hat that way.

Some of us were talking about the piece over here, and Chris Mortika asked me for some thoughts on integrating this into his home campaign, and I posted them on my blog, here. You might find it useful -- or at least, interesting.

I might post some additional support for home campaigns if people want it, so keep an eye out. :^)

Andoran

Louis Agresta wrote:

Awesome -- really glad you're enjoying it! Grit is Josh Frost's invention, so tip your hat that way.

Some of us were talking about the piece over here, and Chris Mortika asked me for some thoughts on integrating this into his home campaign, and I posted them on my blog, here. You might find it useful -- or at least, interesting.

I might post some additional support for home campaigns if people want it, so keep an eye out. :^)

thanks

i will
this campaign will take a bit to begin... well fully begin, i have been exploring a few issues with a lone character which sent us toward the slave combat area... the swashbukcling is the premise

still i need to finish another campaign first (WoD D20) and get Guide to Absalom :D

but i will be pestering about a few questions :D

Taldor Contributor

Montalve wrote:
Louis Agresta wrote:

Awesome -- really glad you're enjoying it! Grit is Josh Frost's invention, so tip your hat that way.

Some of us were talking about the piece over here, and Chris Mortika asked me for some thoughts on integrating this into his home campaign, and I posted them on my blog, here. You might find it useful -- or at least, interesting.

I might post some additional support for home campaigns if people want it, so keep an eye out. :^)

thanks

i will
this campaign will take a bit to begin... well fully begin, i have been exploring a few issues with a lone character which sent us toward the slave combat area... the swashbukcling is the premise

still i need to finish another campaign first (WoD D20) and get Guide to Absalom :D

but i will be pestering about a few questions :D

Cool - I'll be here.

Andoran

one question comes to mind Lou

Spoiler:
the slave merchant has a gang of troublemakers... but he has no bodyguard, i know the place is relatively safe... and maybe the idea was not to increase the players problems in that Act, but aside of that why does a tradesman in such compromising bussiness would be doing without a bodyguard?

thanks

Taldor Contributor

Montalve wrote:

one question comes to mind Lou

** spoiler omitted **

thanks

Well, actually...

Spoiler:
Funny you should ask. He did have bodyguards in the original version, but they were taken out in editing for various reasons.

The original bodyguards were two sisters, vudrani monks, actually. Think veils and flying hands and deadly kicks.

I'll try to get around to posting some thoughts and stuff on them at my blog, and will let you know here when I do. Don't want to post any details in this thread, because I don't want it mistaken for real Pathfinder Society material.

Glad you're liking the piece!

Osirion RPG Superstar 2013

Lou also wrote Blood on the Waterfront, available for download here somewhere. I am also planning on starting a new Rokugan campaign upcoming Spring and using BotW as my first encounter.

Check it out, and visit Sinisteradventures.com, where we anxiously await the release of Cold Black!

Taldor Contributor

ancientsensei wrote:

Lou also wrote Blood on the Waterfront, available for download here somewhere. I am also planning on starting a new Rokugan campaign upcoming Spring and using BotW as my first encounter.

Check it out, and visit Sinisteradventures.com, where we anxiously await the release of Cold Black!

Hey ancientsensei! Thanks for mentioning it.

The SAW stuff, like Blood on the Waterfront, is a very particular beastie. The publisher wanted a "Transporter" like experience -- one fast paced, no break, no real story, encounter after another that can be used alone or as part of a series. Publisher ask, publisher get, and I added a little tongue-in-cheek; so its not for everyone. To tell the truth, I'm much more pleased with my work on the last episode of that series, #12 An Uncertain Jungle Extraction; although I did need to issue a rules correction for my

Spoiler:
fun-and-manageable-way-to-flee-an-avalanche

mechanic. Stil it's awesome to see the PDFs and their encounters get mined for home campaigns. Make sure you let me know how that goes!

In some ways, the Pathfinder Society adventures were more challenging than the SAW work. In SAW, werecabbages collaboratively produced our own, quirky world with dinosaurs and transplanar gates. For Pathfinder Society we write to the setting and I, at least, am very nervious about not messing up canon. Having editorial catch your canon mistakes? Gah. Sooo embarrassing!

Also, the PFS requires the same encapsulated, break-neck, kind of 4 hour play pace BUT this is Paizo, for crying out loud -- it still has to have (at least a little) story, pathos, and meaning for the setting. Otherwise, it won't be worthy of the brand.

Hey - you've got your own PFS coming out soon, right?

Osirion RPG Superstar 2013

Looks like they roll it out Tuesday. And dig the new art!

Andoran

Louis Agresta wrote:
Montalve wrote:

one question comes to mind Lou

** spoiler omitted **

thanks

Well, actually...

** spoiler omitted **

Glad you're liking the piece!

i liekd it very much

i will have to add your bodyguard option... it will increase the trouble for my players :)

unfortunately i had to pass my game for the next week, i will keep you posted

Andoran

ancientsensei wrote:
Looks like they roll it out Tuesday. And dig the new art!

congrats will have to see it soon

Taldor Contributor

Montalve wrote:

one question comes to mind Lou

** spoiler omitted **

thanks

Hey Montalve,

I posted the bodyguards for you with some encounter context on RPGAggression. If you've any problem downloading it, let me know. Hope it proves useful or at least interesting. Enjoy!

Andoran

Louis Agresta wrote:
Montalve wrote:

one question comes to mind Lou

** spoiler omitted **

thanks

Hey Montalve,

I posted the bodyguards for you with some encounter context on RPGAggression. If you've any problem downloading it, let me know. Hope it proves useful or at least interesting. Enjoy!

no problems at all, i cheked it quickly yesterday

i will have to see how thatissue is going to escalate :P


I'm running this tomorrow and looking forward to the mayhem, but there seems to be a discrepancy with the max gold amounts: if I add up the amount listed for the individual encounters in tier 4-5, it comes out to over 1,500 instead of 1,217. Tier 1-2 is off by 2 gp as well. Perhaps the oddest thing is that tier 4-5 is supposed to get less for Act 5 than tier 1-2.

Also, there is a provision to be sure the PCs get the Act 2 award in Act 5 if they missed it, but I'm not sure how likely it is that the group will get the Act 1 award at all.

Spoiler:

Isn't it like robbery to take the money, even though it is a drug den?

Forgive the cross-post, but I'll put this in the PFS forum as well.


I responded here.


We should have a new PDF uploaded today with corrections. Thanks everyone for the feedback. Watch your email for an update.


Joshua J. Frost wrote:
I responded here.

Joshua, before you post the update, you might want to take a look at my reply. I think there is a significant change in tier 4-5 Act 5 encounter that is left out of the loot.

Taldor Contributor

Thanks for the review, Hank!

Grand Lodge

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This scenario lists the Gamemastery Flip-Map: Tavern as a playing aid, but I have searched both the FLip-Maps and the Map PAcks and cannot locate this item. Is it out of print or a typo?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

TwilightKnight wrote:
This scenario lists the Gamemastery Flip-Map: Tavern as a playing aid, but I have searched both the FLip-Maps and the Map PAcks and cannot locate this item. Is it out of print or a typo?

It's out of print. You can see it if you click "show unavailable products" in the product area (or just click here).

We'll have to make sure that it's at least findable with search in the future...

Taldor

Hi Lou,

Great mod. This was my first PFS session and I am in turn running it for our regular game group tonight. You asked about the Taldan faction mission. This remains to this day my favorite faction mission ever. I love the fact that two PC's are working at opposite ends of the problem. While i can see that i would lead to party infighting among some groups, i would like to see more modules where not everyone could necessarily accomplish their faction mission.

Here is how it went down for my 1st level halfling rogue. After picking the lock and getting inside, the rogue draws his rapier, jumps up on the desk and brandishes it at Pardu, demanding he spill everything he knows about Lady Anilah. He rolls well on his intimidate (the half orc barbarian standing behind him didn't hurt) and Pardu begins to babble. "I didn't know, i swear, i bought her from Fredrick, when i found out who she was and that Ren..." The second syllable never left his lips. The rogue plunged the rapier into his gut, crit, confirm + sneak - Pardu was done. "He was lying, i could see it in his eyes" the halfling says to the barbarian nonchalantly wiping his blade clean.

Every so often in this game the roleplay and the dice work together to let you have a perfect cinematic moment. Thank you for that one!

Arnold

PS - The barbarian later fell to one of the gnolls, the last fight was indeed deadly, the halfling barely squeaked away with his life.

Taldor Contributor

Nice!!! That's exactly the kind of CYA/intrigue role play moment I hoped would pop up. Thank you so much for sharing and truly glad you liked it!

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