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Pathfinder Society Scenario #32: Drow of the Darklands Pyramid (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for 7th to 11th level characters (Tiers: 7–8 and 10–11).

A rogue band of drow plague the shipping lanes of Osirion and the Pathfinder Society sends you to stop them. When the drow capture a caravan laden with Society relics, you delve into the Darklands to track down the stolen cargo and explore the mysterious Stalactite Pyramid.

Written by Sean K Reynolds

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 Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

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Weak 2 star

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Story 1/5
Setting 2/5
Role-play-ability 1/5
Combat 2/5
Suitability 3/5

What we have here is a weak scenario.

Story 1/5

First story, is basic at best. PC's put into a desert to go into a cave. The title of the scenario is also a poor choice.

Setting 2/5

The Pyramid was a cool idea that never was really realised. Other than as a basic dungeon crawl. An upside down pyramid in the underdatk could of been AWESOME. I am not sure but I hope the scale was off if the squares were 10ft and the map was larger I think it would of been a better scenario.

Role-play-ability 1/5

Lets see every drow "Fights to the Death" except the leader. Why? They are chaotic evil and should betray their mistress. Drow researchers, really? They fight to the death? At 9th level other than summoning their only offensive spell is Magic Missile. They should know better than to fight for to the death. Also why is their a sorceror as a researcher. This scenario does allot of diservice to the drow. Combat enccounters, the drow rarely use the enviroment to their favor. Languages, most of the drow will have little possiblity to even speak to the party.

Combat 2/5 Young Driders really? This is really a bad template to ever use. It also opens up allot of really glaring problems. The young template should be removed from all Paizo products. First lets make a large aberration that is tough but limit it to one size smaller weapons. Lets apply the young template to this abberation and forget to give it small weapons. Now it is a medium sized creature. Then lets explain to the players it is a baby drow with large sized spider legs and halfling sized weapons. But can still dish out lightning bolts like a 6th level sorceror. In a home game this would make a fun twist perhaps an irony of Drow.

Combats missed the mark on every encounter except perhaps low tier encounter 6 and high tier encounter 5.

Suitability 3/5 This is not paticularrly suited for Golaran as a whole. For Pathfinder Society as it doesn't really set out to explore to much of its settings. I think it is more suited for a home game in the underdark. Where a GM could modify some encounters and expand on a cool pyramid.

My players had fun playing this though. I just don't think it is a solid hit.


Draught of the Darklands Pyramid

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Much like the desert around it, this scenario is dry and dull.

It was the last scenario I played before I hit a 2 year hiatus. With such an effect it should be clear without saying how much this scenario sucked.


Seems like a rushed Scenario

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I just recently played this scenario at tier 7-8 at a con with a relatively balanced party, and after reading the module decided that a review needed to be made on the scenario. The scenario as a whole seemed too easy although it was very "swingy." The first act in particular was entirely too easy; CR 2s against a party of level 7s and 8s isn't very challenging. On the same note the second encounter uses the young template on two spellcasting based monsters... which while it decreases the CR does not decrease the spellcasting ability. So the encounter could swing towards the more difficult side if the DM decides to use only their spellcasting abilities (as the scenario tells you to do, in fact.)

The next few encounters are relatively easy, although they set up the characters for DM coup de grace moments, which really are not that fun as a player. Next the writer uses the young template again, which seems like the scenario was even more rushed. Finally after receiving the chronicle I saw that the GP total is about 60% the normal of a Season 1 scenario for tier 7-8. I've seen low gold amounts... but this gold amount is just pathetic.

With a few more tie-ins to the overall story, another developing pass to replace some overuse of templates, and equalizing the rewards, this scenario does have potential. In its current state however I would not recommend playing, running, or buying this scenario.


Unworthy of a GenCon Premiere

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I ran this scenario 3 times at GenCon and once at home. On the whole the story felt like a rushed job, not worthy of Sean Reynolds. It has a cool concept that’s revealed in Act 2 and will introduce the players to a new skill in the Pathfinder RPG edition: fly. The combats were mostly pushovers but it depends how balanced the party is also. It was difficult on the GM to keep track of illumination and flight, plus run the combats. GMs should familiarize themselves with flight before running this scenario, and make their players look up the skill in the rulebook rather than spoon-feed it to them. The campaign world flavor was nearly absent. The faction missions were typically unchallenging. Like I said, I think this scenario may have been rushed through the development process since it really doesn’t offer a lot when compared with the GenCon premieres in 2008.


Not like this

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Drow of the Darklands Pyramid is a bit unfortunate. It doesn't really have a plot as such, just a bunch of fights that follow one another in a more or less linear fashion. I did not test out Tier 10-11, but Tier 7-8 was too easy. The BBEG went down before having a chance to even act, and there is a fight containing nothing but a bunch of CR 2 monsters relying on melee damage, which they cannot reliably inflict at these levels.

Additionally, the drow are an iconic foe and deserve to be treated with a bit more dignity. At the very least, if you're trying to keep the enemy a mystery, don't name it in the module title.

Yet another follower in the footsteps of Trouble with Secrets and The Eternal Obelisk.



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