The black clouds of war are gathering, and evil flocks to their thundering call! While seeking the legendary expertise of a cloud giant skymage, the PCs interrupt an attack on his lair by well-armed and magically augmented hill giants. To obtain the cloud giant's arcane knowledge, the PCs must seek out and eliminate the source of the hill giant threat, yet the brutes have little information other than the name of their employer—a mysterious giant calling herself the Storm Queen, whose anger and hatred have transformed over the course of years into a murderous plan that could cost hundreds of innocent lives. Can the PCs find the Storm Queen in time to prevent her from unleashing a horde of vengeful ghosts upon the world?
Curse of the Riven Sky is an adventure for 10th-level characters, written for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and compatible with the 3.5 edition of the world’s oldest RPG. Authored by novelist and legendary game designer Monte Cook, this adventure features angry giants, slimy horrors raining upon an unsuspecting city, and cursed spirits willing to bore a hole through reality to fulfill their strange desires.This adventure is set in the Viking-inspired Land of the Linnorm Kings in the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, but it can be easily adapted for any game world.
Written by Monte Cook
Pathfinder Modules are 32-page, high-quality, full-color, adventures using the Open Game License to work with both the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the standard 3.5 fantasy RPG rules set. This Pathfinder Module includes four pre-made characters so players can jump right into the action, and full-color maps to enhance play.
This is a very combat-heavy scenario, just as a warning to those who wanted it. That being said, it is incredibly well done, challenging, and keeps things interesting by not repeating encounters over and over again. It is deserving of "epic" descriptor in all senses of the word.
This was probably the most satisfying slugfest scenario I had ever played. Giants? That just made us truly feel like we were level 10 characters taking on the world.
There were times where it was tense, there were times where we did awesome, but all in all I never felt a battle was too easy or too hard, just the right amount of difficulty, although the party I played it with was very organized.
I also loved the fact that every character in there had a motivation. It wasn't just random slaughter.
The setting was excellent, especially in the beginning. A giant sky castle with a cloud giant? Sign me up! It was expertly woven into the combats, with certain battle having enemies using the unique terrain to their advantage.
Although there were a lot of giants, there were many different builds of the giants, situations, terrain, and different races of giants that combat felt varied and interesting. And it wasn't like giants are the only thing in this scenario.
A quality adventure that will challenge your players
Curse of the Riven Sky is a well presented and paced module that contains sufficient challenge to ensure even the most optimized group will have to think twice before charging in to every room. It is let down somewhat by a comparatively poor plot presentation and hook; there are numerous rather important plot points that are either not expanded upon or simply do not provide any information as to what certain elements of the story are or what the motivation was. As a GM you will have a better understanding of the story but very little of that information is translated into player knowledge. There are a number of colorful NPC's that can be encountered throughout the module that are entertaining to roleplay and for a party to interact with.
The beginning of the module has you travelling to an impressive locale; a castle set in the sky, inhabited by a Cloud Giant. The party will quickly discover that the castle is under siege, and the story develops from there. The first half of the module can progress quite quickly, depending on how adept your players are. Almost no clues are given as to why the castle is under siege, however, and only vague mentions are made throughout the module. It is entirely possible that the party can go through the entire module without ever working out why these things have happened.
The last part of the module, however, in particular the last fight, is excellently written in terms of combat style. The fight has a very epic feel to it and certain elements of the fight are so unusual that your players will have to stretch their imaginations on how to succeed, rather than rolling a dice and knowing everything. It can be quite deadly if inadequate care is taken before facing it.
In summary, I recommend Curse of the Riven Sky for any group seeking a solid challenge and an entertaining adventure, with a caveat to GM's that they should be prepared to ad-lib certain situations and prepare appropriately beforehand.