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Pathfinder Society Scenario #23: Tide of Morning (OGL) PDF

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

Venture-Captain Dennel Hamshanks sends you to convince an Andoren druid named Hemzel to allow the Pathfinder Society to study his recently discovered lorestone, a minor magical item that unlocks some of the mysteries of the ancient Andoren druid circles. When you arrive and find Hemzel murdered and the lorestone missing, you must race against time to recover the lorestone and stop Hemzel's murderers from using it against the druids of Andoran.

Written by Steven Robert

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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Nice combination of low-level and high-stakes

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It's often hard to combine high stakes and realistically leaving it to low-level adventurers. This one does that nicely. There's a good sense of urgency throughout the story.

It's also a good mix of talking and fighting. The fey can be fun to talk to.

The fights themselves are on the tough side with some hard-hitting enemies. I wouldn't recommend doing this with a party of newly made characters; better to have a few wands and suchlike at hand. When we played this with some pregens along those had a rather poor time of it.

A whimsical and challenging scenario

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Typically a morning is associated with being beautiful, if we are to trust various songs and lyrics. It is a description that in my opinion is also fitting for this scenario. I enjoyed it a lot. There’s just something whimsical and fun about dealing with fey-like creatures. It’s also not a creature-type you frequently get to face either, which in itself is a nice change of pace. I like facing uncommon creature-types, so it instantly gains some bonus-points in my book.

The storyline in this scenario is pretty straightforward and not all that unique, but it’s the encounters that really add a bunch of flavor and hilarity to the scenario. Let’s start by commenting on the role-playing aspect. You get to talk to fey. I think that says enough. One way or another you’re going to either burst into laughter or end up being completely baffled.

As for the fights, I can say they were rather challenging. Granted, we didn’t have an ideal party. Somehow we made our way through the first few scenario’s rather quickly - a crit from a musket has that effect on opponents at level 1 – but we really came close to failing our mission in the final encounter. We struggled tremendously and we only barely managed to prevent the insert-evil-plot-here from happening. It was the closest I’ve had a level 1 scenario be to date and that itself made it rather memorable.

Overall I’d say it was a challenging scenario. I can easily see other parties struggling as well. Still, I would definitely recommend this scenario, not in the least because of the whimsical nature of some of the encounters. Simply put: it was a blast to play.

Could be more detailed.

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Perhaps I've been spoiled by more recent scenarios, which seem to be more thought out, but after running ths scenario tonight, I'm had pressed to find what it is I liked about it so much when I first played it a few years ago. Granted it is straightforwards. Your group will be put in straight into the adventure. The action doesn't stop, the gnome encounter is perfectly timed; it's short, perhaps even too short, but that isn't my gripe with it. I have issue with the lack of details, and some of the tatics used. The tactics for some of the npcs don't make sense, npc initial placement isn't indicated and the act 3-4 location isn't very well described.
Other than that its' a very efficient little scenario.

Also, if the chance presents itself to play up, do it if your party is well-built.

Fun with Fey

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I really enjoyed running this scenario. Unlike a lot of adventures from this era, it takes some finesse to do well. The final fight requires some creativity on the part of the players, and is unlikely to get steamrolled like a lot of the other scenarios from Season 0. Well worth the time.

Nicely Different

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This review comes from A GM point of view. Table played low with 6 players (3 new 3 experienced).
This is an old scenario and the age shows but not quite as much as some other scenarios of the season. Overall I consider this to be a middle of the pack scenario with the potential to frustrate players as the entirety of the scenario is basically made to stymie and aggravate. Some of the low tier encounters seem disproportionately difficult compared to their high tier versions.

Encounter 1: Weapon immune swarm in entangled terrain, dangerous combination for new people. One direct alchemist fire could end the encounter, or you could miss 4 like my group and have this grind everyone until this isn't fun anymore (touch ac is high, plus entangle, close quarters tends to mean cover). Becomes rat swarms at high tier which take half weapon damage and become arguable easier.
Encounter 2: Burning building seems hard to come into real effect, monster inside too easy for rounds to pile up. Allow full use of intelligent tactics so he can use darkness/invisibility to become relevant, if the theme of this scenario is annoying fights
Encounter 3: Gnomes have a high diplomacy DC for this level, encounters that use many (8 in this case) low CR creatures to generate a CR appropriate encounter is really bad design
Encounter 4: Snakes and easy to detect traps on a bridge. Could be a conversion issue but the low tier snakes have much better to-hits than higher tier(via Gm shared prep folder)
Final Encounter: Interesting idea of playing keep-away rather than a brawl. Would have required more time than allowed to play to its full conclusion. Vastly different encounter with 6 party members (they can box him in and maneuver better). I would like to see more "combats" with alternate goals like this.

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