Pathfinder Adventure Path #20: "House of the Beast" (Legacy of Fire 2 of 6) (OGL)

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Chapter 2: "House of the Beast"
by Tim Hitchcock

For ages, the House of the Beast has loomed, black, ominous, and abandoned, a fortress of depravity raised by followers of the god of destruction. Now, a new evil has taken root within the dark citadel and the beastmen of the Carrion King threaten to cast the land into a new era of savagery. Only a strike against the murderous warlord himself can topple the ravenous gnoll war machine, but such a bold assault means a raid on the House of the Beast itself. Do the PCs dare enter the crumbling halls of this accursed fortress? And what treasures lie within the ruins’ depths that even the merciless Carrion King fears to claim?

    This volume of Pathfinder includes:
  • “House of the Beast,” an adventure for 5th-level characters, by Tim Hitchcock
  • A gazetteer of the Pale Mountain region, a savage land of unconquerable mountains, mythical beasts, and ageless treasures, by Steve Kenson
  • The word of Sarenrae, goddess of the sun, redemption, and healing, along with details on her beneficent followers, by Sean K Reynolds
  • Accused of murder, Channa Ti races to reveal a killer in the Pathfinder’s Journal, by New York Times bestselling author Elaine Cunningham
  • Five new monsters by Adam Daigle, Tim Hitchcock, Robert McCreary, and Sean K Reynolds

For characters of 5th to 7th level.

Pathfinder Adventure Path is Paizo Publishing's monthly 96-page, perfect-bound, full-color softcover book printed on high-quality paper. 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 3.5 edition of the world's most popular fantasy roleplaying game.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-160-2

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Como um todo House of the Beast vale muito a pena, a dungeon é competente, aos artigos são bastante uteis, e os monstros novos todos são excelentes. A trama da aventura poderia ter sido melhor trabalhada para não destoar da forma como os gnolls foram mostrados em Howl of the Carrion King mas ainda assim pode ser usada tranquilamente. Novamente é uma daquelas edições que podem ser compradas mesmo por quem não acompanha a adventure path pois é útil para todos. Parabéns ao autor.


Excellent Dungeon Crawl

*****

Any good dungeon crawl I think should leave the PCs with a sense of accomplishment and a thank goodness it is over. This AP would serve as a great dungeon crawl even if not running the whole Adventure Path. The numerous ways inside the heart of this dungeon provide numerous avenues and even leaves the GM with anticipation as to the path the PCs will take. It is well done, with multiple factions. No major complaints from my players after finishing this one, and only one minor one. Groups without the right language abilities may be stumped. But a GM can keep it moving.


An excellent combination, indeed.

*****

This is a great volume that should not be forgotten in shadow of the big predecessor PF#19. First, Tim Hitchcock’s “House of the Beast”, 2nd of 6 adventures of LoF Adventure Path, is an excellent Dungeon Crawl! It retains a feeling of Good Old Day’s Crawl which intrigues us with mysteries and weirdness while being a nowadays Crawl which rewards logical and intelligent thinking and good role playing on Player’s side. One might be surprised at lack of a journey part between PC’s home town and the main dungeon, but it is cleverly covered by this volume’s support articles, “In the Shadow of Pale Mountain”, and by good Set Piece, “Coils of Flame”. It seems that the relation between LoF Adventure Path and its Set Pieces has much evolved compared with that of Second Darkness Adventure Path. Bestiary provides GMs a wide range of monsters which can be used in conjunction with “House”, or independently. Sarenrae’s article is splendidly done by Sean K. Raynolds, and lastly but in no way the least, Elaine Cunningham’s Pathfinder Journal invites us to a new stage of Channa Ti’s story. All in all, I think this is one of the best volumes of Pathfinder to be memorized as a milestone in this last age of D&D 3.5.


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Dark Archive

Hmmm...this one suggests a Kurosawan 'Seven Samurai' feel...

Awesome!


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

I'm looking forward to the article on Sarenrae...I think she's probably my favorite god in the pantheon.

I just hope she doesn't seem too Osirion-based. I mean, I hope it is written in such a way that one can easily envision Andoran followers, Varisian followers, etc. So far all we've seen is Kyra, and she seems pretty much like she's from Osirion...

Liberty's Edge

Kelvar Silvermace wrote:
I'm looking forward to the article on Sarenrae...I think she's probably my favorite god in the pantheon.

I agree. And I'm also glad we'll see a bit of Rovagug, who hasn't appeared much yet.

Scarab Sages

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Kelvar Silvermace wrote:

I'm looking forward to the article on Sarenrae...I think she's probably my favorite god in the pantheon.

I just hope she doesn't seem too Osirion-based. I mean, I hope it is written in such a way that one can easily envision Andoran followers, Varisian followers, etc. So far all we've seen is Kyra, and she seems pretty much like she's from Osirion...

I'm pretty sure she's from the Arabian or maybe Persian analogue, not the Egyptian. Khelite?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Yeah, Sarenrae's very much a whirling dervish type deity, with a more Arabian Nights feel. That said, she's also worshiped throughout the Inner Sea region. She's one of the more commonly worshiped deities in Varisia, for example. She (and her cleric Kyra) are both very Qadirian (not Osirian), in any event.

Sovereign Court

Nice to see that I, Zootcat, have made the cover of Pathfinder. It's official... I'm a celebrity!

(Yeah, I know it's just a mock-up, but still.)

The Exchange

So... from the advanture summery I see that this is going to be a dungeon crawel... I'd much rather have a full Wilderness adaventure, It's so much cooler.

Dark Archive

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Kelvar Silvermace wrote:
I just hope she doesn't seem too Osirion-based. I mean, I hope it is written in such a way that one can easily envision Andoran followers, Varisian followers, etc. So far all we've seen is Kyra, and she seems pretty much like she's from Osirion...

Well, I personally think a god's appearance, demeanor, importance, and even the name of a deity varies from region to region. Even if she is primarily worshipped in Osirion and/or Qadira and that general region, I don't see how people in Varisia can't worship her as well. The religious symbolism and the nature of people's worship might change a bit to reflect their culture but that doesn't mean that those from Varisia, the elves of Kyonin, or even the vikings of the north can't worship Orision, or at least an aspect of the deity.

That's my take on things anyway.


Kelvar Silvermace wrote:

I'm looking forward to the article on Sarenrae...I think she's probably my favorite god in the pantheon.

I just hope she doesn't seem too Osirion-based. I mean, I hope it is written in such a way that one can easily envision Andoran followers, Varisian followers, etc. So far all we've seen is Kyra, and she seems pretty much like she's from Osirion...

I figured that the various gods were worshipped in different ways by the different cultures, much like in the real world. Poseidon Earthshaker wasn't honored in the same way as Poseidon World-Engirdler (lord of oceans)...

But yes, I love me some deity info.

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Lord Snow wrote:
So... from the advanture summery I see that this is going to be a dungeon crawel... I'd much rather have a full Wilderness adaventure, It's so much cooler.

But then I'd need to tell James to change the name to Wilderness of the Beast.

I do assure you however, that the adventure isn't all that summery, the altitude gives it a bit more of an autumnal feel, its definitely a little cooler than one might expect given the location.

:)

Silver Crusade

Love the title to this one. Just saying that evokes a cool adventure & when you couple it with the description, just sounds like a overall fun game.

Hoping to get back on track finicially in time to re-up for this one!!

RM

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

I've updated the cover and description to match the finished product.


That new cover is great. I wasn't so keen on Jesper Ejsing's previous cover for Pathfinder 19 but this looks much better. I'm really looking forward to Legacy of Fire.

Dark Archive

Awesome cover.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Is Saranrae still on track for this volume? I think I read in some other thread her article would be pushed back to #23.

Liberty's Edge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Now that #19 is in the mail, I am anxiously awaiting this one. I am assuming that this one is still on track to arrive next week?

Paizo Employee CEO

Mr Baron wrote:
Now that #19 is in the mail, I am anxiously awaiting this one. I am assuming that this one is still on track to arrive next week?

Yep!


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Can't wait... :)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Zaister wrote:
Is Saranrae still on track for this volume? I think I read in some other thread her article would be pushed back to #23.

Sarenrae's in Pathfinder Adventure Path #20.

Rovagug's in #23.


James Jacobs wrote:
Yeah, Sarenrae's very much a whirling dervish type deity, with a more Arabian Nights feel. That said, she's also worshiped throughout the Inner Sea region. She's one of the more commonly worshiped deities in Varisia, for example. She (and her cleric Kyra) are both very Qadirian (not Osirian), in any event.

I loved the art for her on Gods and Magic.. I hope you got a great artist lined up for this article as well.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Is Saranrae still on track for this volume? I think I read in some other thread her article would be pushed back to #23.

Sarenrae's in Pathfinder Adventure Path #20.

Rovagug's in #23.

Great!

Liberty's Edge

Is there going to be a set piece? I really love those, and they've kinda become the norm for each PFAP adventure.


Tim's been cloistered away for a long time writing this. I can't wait to see what his fiendishly fantastic mind devised for us. >:)


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

I see Steve Kenson's writing for this one, and I'm a big fan. Is this his work on any Pathfinder stuff?

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Gark the Goblin wrote:
Is there going to be a set piece? I really love those, and they've kinda become the norm for each PFAP adventure.

Yes. There will indeed be a set piece in each issue of the Legacy of Fire AP.

Liberty's Edge

I just downloaded the pdf and it looks stunning! I really like some of the artwork in this one... now I need to start reading, but which content to start with!?!?

Scarab Sages

After downloading the pdf, and skimming through it I must say this looks awesome too. I will know more when I read it in depth, but I must say the Legacy of Fire AP is looking to be a great one!


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Grimsh wrote:
After downloading the pdf, and skimming through it I must say this looks awesome too. I will know more when I read it in depth, but I must say the Legacy of Fire AP is looking to be a great one!

Wait, did #20 ship? I didn't get a notification...

Scarab Sages

toyrobots wrote:
Grimsh wrote:
After downloading the pdf, and skimming through it I must say this looks awesome too. I will know more when I read it in depth, but I must say the Legacy of Fire AP is looking to be a great one!
Wait, did #20 ship? I didn't get a notification...

I just recieved my notification about an hour ago. Maybe 2 now. But I am surprised since number 19 just showed up a few days ago and now number 20 is shipping.

Either way I am excited :D

Silver Crusade

Gah. I'm pending. Come ooooon. lol.


Pathfinder Cards Subscriber

Got mine now... Looks brilliant. Love the maps!

It seems like they might enlarge a little better than the maps from #19, which is good because I play with a virtual tabletop.

Looks like a nice long dungeon crawl! I can't wait, but sadly I might have to for up to a whole year!

Silver Crusade

I got my PDF. I am soooo happy. Sooo very happy.


Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Getting the pdf almost allows me to forgot the two missed blog updates!

But seriously, looks like another hit. I was also quite pleased to learn of Wolfgang Baur's contributions, given his high quality talent in general and his work on the Al-Qadim setting.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

I haven't even received my hardcopy of #19 yet and I'm already reading #20. Woohoo!

Silver Crusade

I hate you guys soooo much. =P

Scarab Sages

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Got the Pdf! Can't wait for the hardcopy. Love the Unchosen!


Gark the Goblin wrote:
Is there going to be a set piece? I really love those, and they've kinda become the norm for each PFAP adventure.

Gark, you are my new best friend! Yes, there's a Set Piece in this issue and I got to write it. Thanks for the chance to crow about it a little.


drunken_nomad wrote:
Gark the Goblin wrote:
Is there going to be a set piece? I really love those, and they've kinda become the norm for each PFAP adventure.
Gark, you are my new best friend! Yes, there's a Set Piece in this issue and I got to write it. Thanks for the chance to crow about it a little.

Oh, this is the one? Yeah, boy! Can't wait to read it, Nomad!


Pathfinder Legends Subscriber
tbug wrote:
I haven't even received my hardcopy of #19 yet and I'm already reading #20. Woohoo!

Ditto that. And it's looking really, really sweet ... Can't wait for WorldWorks to come out with their new set, too :).

Dark Archive

Dance of Ruin wrote:
tbug wrote:
I haven't even received my hardcopy of #19 yet and I'm already reading #20. Woohoo!
Ditto that. And it's looking really, really sweet ... Can't wait for WorldWorks to come out with their new set, too :).

The few teasers seen so far look extremely good. Worldworks has done an outstanding job both on texturing detail and 3D model overall result.


Grimsh wrote:


I just recieved my notification about an hour ago. Maybe 2 now. But I am surprised since number 19 just showed up a few days ago and now number 20 is shipping.

Either way I am excited :D

Hmmm. I just subscribed a few days ago, and my #19 just shipped yesterday. #20 has not shipped, and in my subscriptions it says #21 is my next issue. :(

Dark Archive

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:

Getting the pdf almost allows me to forgot the two missed blog updates!

But seriously, looks like another hit. I was also quite pleased to learn of Wolfgang Baur's contributions, given his high quality talent in general and his work on the Al-Qadim setting.

Or, to mention some of his more recent stuff, his article in his own magazine on how to properly design Arabian Nights adventures for D&D, and his anthology of Arabian Nights adventures for D&D 3.5 co-written with Jeff Grub. The latter was only accessible to Open Design patrons, and, if anything, I'd like one of them to come on these boards and let us know how Legacy of Fire fares in comparison with the Open Design project. I mean, it can't get better than Wolfgang redesigning Assassin's Mountain, can it?

That said, perhaps some of the Paizo designers could come on board and mention which past D&D works the current adventure path is especially indebted to :) I daresay the name of WB will come up!


Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Fine points, Windjammer. I look forward to a response from some of the muckety-mucks.

Ya know, WB should put something in KQ to support the LoF AP.

Silver Crusade

Got it! I was hoping for a little more crunchy bits from the Sarenrae article, but it's nice. I may have to pass around my Dawnflower Dervish now that we have an official full article with no prestige class.


Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Tell us more of this Dawnflower Dervish, O Sunny One...

Silver Crusade

It's just a divine modification to the dervish class. BAB switches to cleric, you don't get any of the feats, but you do get spells every level except for first and you get the ability to cast spontaneous healing spells and domain spells while dancing. It's worked out pretty nicely.

I ended up about 2 levels behind in spells but with a few rounds to charge up I can be pretty devastating. The ability to take 10 on tumbles and balance checks through combat and move and get a full attack have been pretty useful but unless I have two rounds of spells up I'm not nearly as effective as our main fighter. It also means by 4th level I can cast healing spells on my friends or even against undead through my swords. So it keeps the utility of healing in combat while still being able to shell out a little damage.

I have low hitpoints for a front liner, but I have a great AC to help make up for it, which isn't always helpful but usually means I can hold my own for a little longer up front than I would be. I have to say, the current end power is really pale in comparison to the default paizo one so I'd have to change that for Pathfinder and I'm thinking on it.

Dark Archive

The guy on the cover reminds me of the Lord High Inquisitor of the Grand Illuminated Order of Therin from the movie "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising."

Dark Archive

Radavel wrote:
The guy on the cover reminds me of the Lord High Inquisitor of the Grand Illuminated Order of Therin from the movie "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising."

That would be Sean K. Reynolds if I remember correctly.


Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Thanks, SG.

And I love the illustration of that guy. He looks out from my iPhone at me all the time. Anybody figure out who he really is?

I hope there's more iPhone wallpaper in our future.

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