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Pathfinder Adventure Path #39: The City of Seven Spears (Serpent's Skull 3 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Chapter 3: "The City of Seven Spears"
by James Jacobs, Kevin Kulp, and Rob McCreary

The legendary lost city of Saventh-Yhi, known to some as the City of Seven Spears, has finally been found! Yet while the ancient city's mysteries have long remained hidden, all manner of man-eating beasts and plants still dwell within the vine-choked ruins. Can the PCs be the first among five competing factions to claim the rights of discovery? Or will they become but the latest of Saventh-Yhi's victims?

    This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path includes:
  • "City of Seven Spears," a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 7th-level characters, by James Jacobs, Kevin Kulp, and Rob McCreary, including an extensive appendix of magic items designed by Owen K.C. Stephens.
  • A detailed look at the members of the five factions exploring the city, by James Jacobs and Rob McCreary.
  • New powers and magic items from the sinister mystical tradition of juju, by Mike Shel.
  • Deadly lion riders in the Pathfinder's Journal, by Robin D. Laws.
  • Nine new monsters, by Jesse Benner, Patrick Renie, and Neil Spicer.

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. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the standard 3.5 fantasy RPG rules set.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-274-6

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Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

I'm still kind of curious how come this adventure went from 1 author to 3 :)

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Wow I think I'm in love with the cover girl lol


Another dominant female red mantis assassin.

Do the red mantis assassin females kill the red mantis assassin males after mating? Is this why there are no male red mantis assassins with names?

I guess they kind of are the Golarion version of "red shirts."

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

Mikaze wrote:
I do hope we'll see more important Mwangi characters as this goes on.

You should definitely see some in the chapter I wrote...provided everything makes it through development, of course. And I suspect some of the other authors drew on a few here and there, as well.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Mikaze wrote:

I do hope we'll see more important Mwangi characters as this goes on. I'm still kind of miffed at the severe lack of Mwangi character art in the Mwangi Expanse book. I had really been looking forward to seeing the wide range and wild variance of culture amongst them visually represented in that book.

(the one time Mwangi are seen, they're shooting arrows at the iconics from the shore.... :( )

There are indeed several important Mwangi characters in the adventure. There's one in the first adventure, in fact. And several more in the adventures to come.

It is, alas, somewhat unfortunate that some artists, when you ask for someone who looks African, default to white guys. Very frustrating. Especially when the art comes in too late to do much to change it.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Ice Titan wrote:

Another dominant female red mantis assassin.

Do the red mantis assassin females kill the red mantis assassin males after mating? Is this why there are no male red mantis assassins with names?

I guess they kind of are the Golarion version of "red shirts."

While the Red Mantis Assassins don't particularly ban males from positions of power... they sort of do unofficially. And it's also because of the legend that the mantis kills and eats her mate kind of got carried over into the Red Mantis society.

What exactly happens to men in the Red Mantis who get to high ranking positions has yet to be revealed, in other words.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Gorbacz wrote:
I'm still kind of curious how come this adventure went from 1 author to 3 :)

Because it took three authors to write it.

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

James Jacobs wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I'm still kind of curious how come this adventure went from 1 author to 3 :)
Because it took three authors to write it.

Thus, it shall be three times as awesome! ;-)


James Jacobs wrote:
Zeugma wrote:

The half-elf Red Mantis is very sexy. But I'm wondering why all the face characters on the covers so far are melanin-impoverished? I understand they're NPCs, but for an AP set in Mwangi, they're awfully lily white.

I hope they packed sunblock.
Because of the nature of Sargava, which is a Chelish colony. The factions all hail from this colony, and all represent intruders of a sort into the Mwangi expanse; the locals aren't as interested in discovering an ancient city in their own back yard as they are, perhaps, in either living life or even getting these various factions out of their land.

Walkena does not approve of these pale-faced foreigners. When the invaders are slain, then we will explore the cities of our ancestors in proper Mwangi style.

I believe that Red Mantis elf will not hold out long in our jungles; leather doesn't breathe well in tropical climates.
MUAHAHAHAHA!

May Walkena smile on our cause.


James Jacobs wrote:
This one's going to be VERY inspired by Indiana Jones AND by the old 1st edition module "Dwellers of the Forbidden City."

For what it's worth, I was considering letting my subscription lapse until I read those words.

Now I'm back in.
Keep 'em coming!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
NSpicer wrote:
You should definitely see some in the chapter I wrote...provided everything makes it through development, of course. And I suspect some of the other authors drew on a few here and there, as well.

Aces! Looking forward to that!

James Jacobs wrote:
It is, alas, somewhat unfortunate that some artists, when you ask for someone who looks African, default to white guys. Very frustrating. Especially when the art comes in too late to do much to change it.

Grah! I understand the deadline limitation frustrations. Just crack the whip on those artists a few times for me, please? ;)

Spoiler:
It's just doubly frustrating when one of the strengths that drew me to Golarion was the multiculturalism of the setting, and ethnicities beyond the typical "generic European fantasy" range getting equal depth of development and representation. Then the Mwangi book is announced and I'm all like "YES! Awesome! A wide array of African-based cultures getting the same fantasy setting treatment as everyone else! After all the visuals that the Darkmoon Vale, Korvosa, and Dark Markets guides had for their native cultures, I just know the art for this is going to rock!" And then it comes out and I'm like "Oh."

It's just something I hope the art department tries to avoid in the future.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

It's not really the art department's fault; we specifically chose the characters for the covers to be representatives of the various "outlander" factions who have an interest in the region. And normally, I like to think we're pretty good at covering various types of ethnicities on our covers... this time it just didn't work out that way.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
It's not really the art department's fault; we specifically chose the characters for the covers to be representatives of the various "outlander" factions who have an interest in the region. And normally, I like to think we're pretty good at covering various types of ethnicities on our covers... this time it just didn't work out that way.

Oh no, I'm not really complaining about the Serpent's Skull covers. My gripe was mainly with Heart of the Jungle, really, along with the added worry that Heart of the Jungle was pretty much the big chance to see the Mwangi fully explored visually, and with that opportunity being shot they might not ever get a chance like that again. (s'why I spoilered it, so as not to sour the thread for this product. :) )

Still, trust me, the efforts are deeply appreciated. Golarion is one of the few fantasy RPG settings I've seen that remembers that "black people" aren't one single ethnicity. That's one of the things I love about it.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber
NSpicer wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I'm still kind of curious how come this adventure went from 1 author to 3 :)
Because it took three authors to write it.
Thus, it shall be three times as awesome! ;-)

Is it because it is that complicated, or did someone drop the ball ?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Gorbacz wrote:
NSpicer wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I'm still kind of curious how come this adventure went from 1 author to 3 :)
Because it took three authors to write it.
Thus, it shall be three times as awesome! ;-)
Is it because it is that complicated, or did someone drop the ball ?

That's not something we generally share with the public.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
NSpicer wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I'm still kind of curious how come this adventure went from 1 author to 3 :)
Because it took three authors to write it.
Thus, it shall be three times as awesome! ;-)
Is it because it is that complicated, or did someone drop the ball ?
That's not something we generally share with the public.

Luckily, your skill at writing between the lines never fails, James (and that's a honest compliment !).

Here's to hoping that with your and Rob's talents the adventure will deliver.

(Also, here's to hoping that you quit experimenting with untested writers in APs and first try them out in PFS.)

(Also, more Pett. And please, please, let Todd Stewart write an adventure once, even if it means a 200-page draft and SKR getting a heart attack).


Lazaro wrote:
Wow I think I'm in love with the cover girl lol

this artist is great

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Lazaro wrote:
Wow I think I'm in love with the cover girl lol

I'm pretty sure it would *not* end well.

Taldor

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

But he'd die happy!

Cheliax

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Kevin Kulp wrote:

My current biggest regret: that there's no easy way to slip in a froghemoth.

...what?

Given today's Blog, I'm guessing that there was success?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

One question: If we the Red Mantis leader statted out in this installment, has there been some sort of update to the Red Mantis PrC for Pathfinder somewhere already, or will this be in the AP itself?

Paizo Employee CEO

magnuskn wrote:
One question: If we the Red Mantis leader statted out in this installment, has there been some sort of update to the Red Mantis PrC for Pathfinder somewhere already, or will this be in the AP itself?

The update, IIRC, will be in the new Campaign Setting book coming out early next year.

-Lisa

Paizo Employee Creative Director

magnuskn wrote:
One question: If we the Red Mantis leader statted out in this installment, has there been some sort of update to the Red Mantis PrC for Pathfinder somewhere already, or will this be in the AP itself?

Yup; as Lisa mentions, the Red Mantis prestige class will be updated in next Feburary's "World Guide: The Inner Sea," the revised 2nd printing of our campaign setting. The stats for the red mantis assassin that appear in Pathfinder #33 utilize these updated rules, although there may still be a few minor things that change with the class before it finally sees print early next year.

So, folks will have all the rules they need to play this character in their game, but will have to wait until early next year to build their own updated red mantis assassins. The changes are pretty minor, though, so you can also go ahead and keep using the previous book's version without much worry.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:
So, will the whole AP be a race/contest against other groups?

Nope. Parts of the AP will be, but not the entire AP. But the element of "be the first to discover and explore the legendary lost city of Saventh-Yhi" is going to be one of the AP's central themes.

This one's going to be VERY inspired by Indiana Jones AND by the old 1st edition module "Dwellers of the Forbidden City."

Wow! I still have that module...what a trip.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:

There are indeed several important Mwangi characters in the adventure. There's one in the first adventure, in fact. And several more in the adventures to come.

It is, alas, somewhat unfortunate that some artists, when you ask for someone who looks African, default to white guys. Very frustrating. Especially when the art comes in too late to do much to change it.

After getting the Second AP. I can see what you mean. Seems like some got confused between Native Americans and Africans..

So was Jask supposed to be Mwangi? The state line list him as Gaurndi.

-Remoh

Paizo Employee Creative Director

remoh wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

There are indeed several important Mwangi characters in the adventure. There's one in the first adventure, in fact. And several more in the adventures to come.

It is, alas, somewhat unfortunate that some artists, when you ask for someone who looks African, default to white guys. Very frustrating. Especially when the art comes in too late to do much to change it.

After getting the Second AP. I can see what you mean. Seems like some got confused between Native Americans and Africans..

So was Jask supposed to be Mwangi? The state line list him as Gaurndi.

-Remoh

Jask is supposed to be Garundi.

And yeah... art is hard to handle at times.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Lisa Stevens wrote:

The update, IIRC, will be in the new Campaign Setting book coming out early next year.

-Lisa

James Jacobs wrote:

Yup; as Lisa mentions, the Red Mantis prestige class will be updated in next Feburary's "World Guide: The Inner Sea," the revised 2nd printing of our campaign setting. The stats for the red mantis assassin that appear in Pathfinder #33 utilize these updated rules, although there may still be a few minor things that change with the class before it finally sees print early next year.

So, folks will have all the rules they need to play this character in their game, but will have to wait until early next year to build their own updated red mantis assassins. The changes are pretty minor, though, so you can also go ahead and keep using the previous book's version without much worry.

Thanks, good to know. :) Am I to assume that the Red Mantis PrC will keep their spellcasting, then?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

magnuskn wrote:
Lisa Stevens wrote:

The update, IIRC, will be in the new Campaign Setting book coming out early next year.

-Lisa

James Jacobs wrote:

Yup; as Lisa mentions, the Red Mantis prestige class will be updated in next Feburary's "World Guide: The Inner Sea," the revised 2nd printing of our campaign setting. The stats for the red mantis assassin that appear in Pathfinder #33 utilize these updated rules, although there may still be a few minor things that change with the class before it finally sees print early next year.

So, folks will have all the rules they need to play this character in their game, but will have to wait until early next year to build their own updated red mantis assassins. The changes are pretty minor, though, so you can also go ahead and keep using the previous book's version without much worry.

Thanks, good to know. :) Am I to assume that the Red Mantis PrC will keep their spellcasting, then?

Yes. They'll keep their spellcasting.


James Jacobs wrote:
It is, alas, somewhat unfortunate that some artists, when you ask for someone who looks African, default to white guys. Very frustrating. Especially when the art comes in too late to do much to change it.

On that topic (flog that horse): Is it just me, or does Kyra look even paler than getting tossed into a bunch of cannibals' cooking pot calls for (on page 30 of PF 37)?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Yes. They'll keep their spellcasting.

Thanks, once again. :) Interesting, that makes them quite distinct from the normal Assassin PrC.


Hope we get this soon. I can't put off my PC's facing the Bekyar Witch Woman in our campaign for much longer.


I have to say, while in general the adventure paths have been getting better and better, this one is really getting my juices flowing.

Shipwrecks, lost cities, evil serpent men, factional rivalries..it really is an amalgum of all my favorite adventure tropes.

Now, if you guys only include a key like medallion, that one of the other fcations chief minions gets burned into his hand so they can keep up with the PC's in tracking the Ark..er..Coffer of Blasting.., well, all will be good.


Anyone know an EXACT DATE of release of this product?


Until the books are actually present in the Paizo warehouse, "late october" is going to be as exact as anyone can be.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber
Berselius wrote:
Anyone know an EXACT DATE of release of this product?

Given that we haven't even gotten our "going to ship in the next week or so" email, I'd guess this won't be out until early November.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Generic Villain wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Anyone know an EXACT DATE of release of this product?
Given that we haven't even gotten our "going to ship in the next week or so" email, I'd guess this won't be out until early November.

We're still anticipating late October.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:

We're still anticipating late October.

That's the good thing about being a pessimist - I'm never dissappointed.


What about the PDF Vic? Same time?

Also, I don't suppose you could possible squeeze the new Oracle Ju-Ju Mystery into the next Ultimate Magus Playtest Round?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Berselius wrote:
What about the PDF Vic? Same time?

Subscribers get their free PDF when we fulfill their subscriber copy; non-subscribers have to wait until the retail release date to purchase a PDF, though. Like the subscriber ship date, that date isn't set until the product is in our warehouse, and we generally choose a Wednesday about two weeks away from when the subscriber copies start going out.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Berselius wrote:

What about the PDF Vic? Same time?

Also, I don't suppose you could possible squeeze the new Oracle Ju-Ju Mystery into the next Ultimate Magus Playtest Round?

Nope.

The Ju-Ju mystery is not part of a playtest.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Berselius wrote:

What about the PDF Vic? Same time?

Also, I don't suppose you could possible squeeze the new Oracle Ju-Ju Mystery into the next Ultimate Magus Playtest Round?

Nope.

The Ju-Ju mystery is not part of a playtest.

Should we take that as a hint that it will be in a book though?

Cheliax

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

It's probably going to be like the Pestilence sorcerer bloodline - exclusive to the particular issue of Pathfinder it's in until the issue goes out of print.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Kvantum wrote:
It's probably going to be like the Pestilence sorcerer bloodline - exclusive to the particular issue of Pathfinder it's in until the issue goes out of print.

Whether or not the pestilence or the ju-ju elements get into a hardcover is a complex matter entangled with multiple variables... but the chances of something like the ju-ju mystery getting into a hardcover only a few months after it first sees print are small.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:


Whether or not the pestilence or the ju-ju elements get into a hardcover is a complex matter entangled with multiple variables... but the chances of something like the ju-ju mystery getting into a hardcover only a few months after it first sees print are small.

Hmm, deduction time:

-Ultimate Magic will (hopefully) be out in April.
-James states that the juju oracle mystery will be published "a few months" before Ultimate Magic.
-A few months before April... That could be October!
-This volume of the AP has a section on juju.

Therefore, I deduce that the juju oracle mystery will be in none other than this very volume! And that Coronel Mustard did it with swordchucks in the library!


Quote:
Subscribers get their free PDF when we fulfill their subscriber copy; non-subscribers have to wait until the retail release date to purchase a PDF, though. Like the subscriber ship date, that date isn't set until the product is in our warehouse, and we generally choose a Wednesday about two weeks away from when the subscriber copies start going out.

Um, okay...wait a sec. Let me see if I get this. Your saying subscribers get their PDF's as soon as the hard copies come into the warehouse but you intentionally wait TWO WEEKS after subscribers get their PDF's before allowing the PDF itself to be downloaded by non-subscribers? Is that it? If so, why do that? Does it take that long (aka two weeks) to make the PDF available for non-subscriber downloading?


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Subscribers get their PDFs when their order ships and their credit card is charged, not when the stock gets to the warehouse, so it's less than two weeks delay.

As for delaying the PDF release, it's available as soon as the physical books are supposed to be available for sale. If people want it sooner than that, that's what the subscriptions are for.


I guess I'm basically asking for the reason why the non-subscribed PDF's are delayed for a longer period of time than even the non-subscribed Books themselves are. Is it because you guys/gals at Paizo have to put it up on the site?


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

I'm not one of the Paizo people, but I think the physical books are available for general sale from the site when they estimate that the local shipping time will get the books delivered to the customer on the official release date.


I'm pretty sure the PDF sales are on a 2 week delay so that Paizo can basically guarantee that subscribers get access to the books before non-subscribers.

I think a lot of subscribers would be a bit annoyed if subscribing resulted in them getting access to the adventures after non-subscribers. Some would probably get so annoyed that they would drop their subscription, which is obviously an outcome that Paizo want to avoid. Hence the (roughly) 2 week cushion.

Olaf the Stout

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

The main reason for the non-subscriber delay is to make the PDF release date equal with LGS street release date - if PDFs would be available 2 weeks ahead of normal book trade, stores and distributors would likely be really, really, REALLY p'd off.

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