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Pathfinder Module: Tomb of the Iron Medusa (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Module: Tomb of the Iron Medusa (PFRPG)
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A dungeon adventure for 14th-level characters

Hidden in the remote southern range of the World’s Edge Mountains lies a mysterious necropolis known in legend as the Tomb of the Iron Medusa. When the last heir of the dungeon’s long-dead noble builders hires the PCs to explore the forlorn and deadly site in search of evidence that may clear his family name, the intrepid heroes soon find themselves in over their heads. For the Tomb of the Iron Medusa does not give up its secrets lightly, and the dangerous truths that lie within its ancient, trap-laden crypts may have been hidden for very good reasons indeed.

Written by fan-favorite author Mike Shel, Tomb of the Iron Medusa features an expansive necropolis of crypts and tombs, all guarded by devious traps, strange puzzles, fiendish monsters, bizarre creatures, and the undead remnants of a once-powerful aristocracy.

Tomb of the Iron Medusa is an adventure for 14th-level characters, written for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and compatible with the 3.5 edition of the world’s oldest RPG. In addition to the adventure, this volume also features a brand-new monster and a fully detailed borderland inn that can serve as a place to begin the adventure, or as a roadside tavern in any fantasy world.

Written by Mike Shel

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 new monsters, treasure, and a fully detailed bonus location that can be used as part of the adventure or in any other game!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-318-7

Tomb of the Iron Meduda is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Its Chronicle Sheet and additional rules for running this module are a free download (232 KB zip/PDF).

Note: This product is part of the Pathfinder Modules Subscription.

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Cheliax

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

I know this likely isn't the cover but I do like the cover art. :)


Dark_Mistress wrote:

I know this likely isn't the cover but I do like the cover art. :)

The Lady in Black is the Vampire from the Bestiary. Not sure about her thralls (?) in that pic. So yeah, definitely not final artwork...unless she is a Vampire with Petrifying Gaze and Iron Body cast. Hmm...evil thoughts at work.

On second glance, they appear to be Shadow Demons.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

The original art was from Pathfinder #29.


A Pathfinder module by Mike Shel!? Woot!

If this is anything like the Mud Sorcerer's Tomb; You've made me a very happy DM today Paizo!


I had a feeling this was coming when Mr. Shel appeared out of the woodwork and started asking people what they liked about Mud Sorcerer's Tomb. I think of all the products announced for next year, I'm most psyched for this one.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Modules, Tales Subscriber

Here's hoping this is Pathfinder's equivalent of his earlier, legendary MST! I'm super excited about this one.

And that placeholder art rocks! Feel free to keep it Paizo!


yoda8myhead wrote:
I had a feeling this was coming when Mr. Shel appeared out of the woodwork and started asking people what they liked about Mud Sorcerer's Tomb. I think of all the products announced for next year, I'm most psyched for this one.

yeah, I hear you. I'm loving this idea. I like the all-star modules here (like the Monte Cook one)

Cheliax

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

And it's a higher level module, too. Hope the trend continues of awesome low-level mods and then a few high-level ones here and there to keep us high-level fans from complaining. Too much.

Cheliax

Great news. I recently worked a way to fit The Mud Sorcerer's Tomb into my RotRL campaign (forewarning, mostly), and a high-level dungeon crawl adventure by Mike Shel sounds most excellent.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Sold upon reading "Iron Medusa".

Andoran

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

Mike Shel? Wow, welcome back! I don't really like huge Dungeons, but DMing THE MUD SORCERERS TOMB was a blast! Can't eait for this gem...


Indeed! I got to play through the Mud Sorcerer's Tomb and had a blast doing it. Damn were we paranoid though.

Wouldn't you know it, I was playing the trapfinder...

I'm still amazed I survived. I'm definitely looking forward to this!


Egads! I just saw this.

As a former DM of the infamous Mud Sorcerer's Tomb (every bit as good as the legendary Tomb of Horrors), Im very happy to see this. Top of my must buy list for one shots.

So happy Paizo has Mike Shel back in action.

Now if we could only get Grant Boucher (another golden oldie from Dungeon mag), It would be an RPG renaissance. :)

Cheliax

Sunderstone wrote:

So happy Paizo has Mike Shel back in action.

Amen brother!

Cheliax

Sunderstone wrote:


Now if we could only get Grant Boucher (another golden oldie from Dungeon mag)

From your lips to our Paizo overlords' ears!

He wrote the Galaxy Guide for the original Star Wars. Later on this RPG book became official Lucasfilm archives material at George Lucas's request. That link takes you to Grant's web site.

Cheliax

I'm a Grant Boucher fan, but it's unfortunate that some hardcore Star Wars fans attribute the history of the Five Mile Fallacy to his him.

He's a great writer, he just had his warship technical dimensions wrong.


ok thats just too much. LOL.

Didnt Grant write "Ancient Blood" (with his brother?) Dave Boucher in an old Dungeon mag? I didnt see him list it on his site.

Thanks for the link.


Yep, found it via google. Dungeon #20. I remember dm'ing Ancient Blood way back, gosh, im just plain old.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Hmm, I see getting a spare copy for my friend.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Cover image and description have been updated to match the finished product.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Love this cover!

I am very much looking forward to this adventure. I've already got it slotted into my ongoing campaign.

Contributor

Oh, that is cool. Let my obsessive trawling for comments and feedback begin!

Cheliax

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

I liked the old mock cover but this one is very nice.


Anybody know the name of the artist who did the new cover art?

Thanks

Contributor

PFWiki Scribe wrote:
Anybody know the name of the artist who did the new cover art?

I'm pretty sure the artist is Craig J Spearing. Here's Paizo's page with a sampling of his stuff:

http://paizo.com/paizo/blog/tags/craigJSpearing


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Mike Shel wrote:
PFWiki Scribe wrote:
Anybody know the name of the artist who did the new cover art?

I'm pretty sure the artist is Craig J Spearing. Here's Paizo's page with a sampling of his stuff:

http://paizo.com/paizo/blog/tags/craigJSpearing

Linkified :)


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

Nice Artwork


I am personally very excited about this module - my players, perhaps less so. =]

The Mud Sorcerer's Tomb and Tsolo ended up playing a pivotal part in my last big campaign, but now, short of converting swaths of Return to the Tomb of Horrors for PF play, I don't have anything to top the awful things I did to my players in that dungeon. Hopefully Iron Medusa will fit the bill for what I'm planning next.

Thanks, Mike, for giving us a great adventure all those years ago - and hopefully a new classic for the Pathfinder generation as well!

EDIT: Speaking of the Tomb of Horrors, that stone face in the cover art there sure is reminiscent of everyone's favorite mouthful of annihilation... =]

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Power Word Unzip wrote:
EDIT: Speaking of the Tomb of Horrors, that stone face in the cover art there sure is reminiscent of everyone's favorite mouthful of annihilation... =]

Weird, huh? ;-)


Craig Spearing posted a large version of the cover art over at his ArtOrder page.

Tomb of the Iron Medusa

I have to say, in my book this is one of the coolest versions of our iconic paladin.


Power Word Unzip wrote:

I am personally very excited about this module - my players, perhaps less so. =]

The Mud Sorcerer's Tomb and Tsolo ended up playing a pivotal part in my last big campaign, but now, short of converting swaths of Return to the Tomb of Horrors for PF play, I don't have anything to top the awful things I did to my players in that dungeon. Hopefully Iron Medusa will fit the bill for what I'm planning next.

Thanks, Mike, for giving us a great adventure all those years ago - and hopefully a new classic for the Pathfinder generation as well!

EDIT: Speaking of the Tomb of Horrors, that stone face in the cover art there sure is reminiscent of everyone's favorite mouthful of annihilation... =]

One of the greatest times one of my groups had way back when was The Mud Sorcerer's Tomb. Good Times...

Paizo Employee CEO

Heine Stick wrote:
I have to say, in my book this is one of the coolest versions of our iconic paladin.

I agree! And I also think that he made Ezren look pretty cool too, which is hard to do with an old wizard. Hopefully Sarah will be using more of Craig in the future!

-Lisa

Qadira RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

An aside: Looking at the cover art, my first thought was: she's holding onto her swordgrip as if it's going to keep them from falling into the bright blue stuff.

My second thought was: next sword I'm getting, I'm paying to have the pommel constructed around an immovable rod.


Lisa Stevens wrote:
...I also think that he made Ezren look pretty cool too...

No small feat considering Ezren's current predicament!

But yeah, more Spearing!


I am all over this one simply on the possibility of running the encounter pictured on the cover.
This one has me salivating...

Cheliax

Chris Mortika wrote:


My second thought was: next sword I'm getting, I'm paying to have the pommel constructed around an immovable rod.

I love the way your mind works.


Many thanks everyone! This was a really fun piece to work on, and I'm busy brewing up a bunch more iconics in creepy situations. I'd tell you more about 'em, but then Sarah would have to kill me :).

Pardon the shameless plugging, but for more please visit:

http://www.craigspearing.com
http://artorder.ning.com/profile/CraigJSpearing

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
cjspearing wrote:

Many thanks everyone! This was a really fun piece to work on, and I'm busy brewing up a bunch more iconics in creepy situations. I'd tell you more about 'em, but then Sarah would have to kill me :).

Pardon the shameless plugging, but for more please visit:

craigspearing.com
Craig Artorder

Fixed the links for you.


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cjspearing wrote:
Many thanks everyone! This was a really fun piece to work on, and I'm busy brewing up a bunch more iconics in creepy situations. I'd tell you more about 'em, but then Sarah would have to kill me :).

I like your art very much. It is clearly fantasy, but not over the top - neither Vallejo nor Manga, just the right amount of fantasy (for me, at least). And the Iron Medusa cover is just great - I can´t wait to see the printed version.

Stefan


Stebehil wrote:
cjspearing wrote:
Many thanks everyone! This was a really fun piece to work on, and I'm busy brewing up a bunch more iconics in creepy situations. I'd tell you more about 'em, but then Sarah would have to kill me :).

I like your art very much. It is clearly fantasy, but not over the top - neither Vallejo nor Manga, just the right amount of fantasy (for me, at least). And the Iron Medusa cover is just great - I can´t wait to see the printed version.

Stefan

+1

Andoran

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

I just got my Paizo pre-ship email for this. Yay!

Will this one be sanctioned for PFS credit as well?

Paizo Employee Developer

Pygon wrote:
Will this one be sanctioned for PFS credit as well?

That's the plan! We have the venture-captains looking over the special rules for playing this 14th-level adventure right now so we can have the Chronicle available as close to when the adventure ships as possible.

Andoran

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

Excellent, thanks Mark.

I plan to run this one.

Paizo Employee Developer

The Pathfinder Society rules and Chronicle are now available on this product page and on the Additional Resources list.

Osirion RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

OK, so I already thought to myself "now this looks like an adventure I'm really looking forward to", but I have (only) just noticed that it is by Mike Shel!!! The Mud Sorcerer's Tomb is my all time favourite Dungeon Adventure, so now that I know this is by Mike, I am very sorely tempted to even consider DMing this.

Really can't wait for this... really.


I had never noticed the arrow stuck in the neck of a certain creative director's avatar before. But now I know why the dino looks so angry... he's having to chase down freelancers who are late getting their revisions in!! XD

Gorgeous artwork and yes - that cover art would be enough to sell it, but then to see who wrote it... yeah.

Cheliax

Beercifer wrote:
Stebehil wrote:
cjspearing wrote:
Many thanks everyone! This was a really fun piece to work on, and I'm busy brewing up a bunch more iconics in creepy situations. I'd tell you more about 'em, but then Sarah would have to kill me :).

I like your art very much. It is clearly fantasy, but not over the top - neither Vallejo nor Manga, just the right amount of fantasy (for me, at least). And the Iron Medusa cover is just great - I can´t wait to see the printed version.

Stefan

+1

+2! Keep up the good work, Craig! :)


I just posted my first review for a Pathfinder module here. I plan to review each module in my sub, with an eye toward the needs of Virtual Table-Top players who get added value from the PDFs.

I just wanted to add that I probably low-balled this module's rating because it was the first! I actually really enjoyed every aspect of it, and I probably spent a few too many words being critical in the review... but that's just because it's the first and you don't want to start out with "all fives, A+++!"

I want to leave room for myself to be really impressed later. Which might not be too far away, since I'm reviewing Cult of the Ebon Destroyers next, and so far it redresses a few of my concerns from this module (like a mid-high level spell interactions sidebar! Yay!)

Seriously, Tomb of the Iron Medusa was a great read!


Just got my copy in the mail - now if I only had time to read it cover to cover!

I did sneak a peek at the big bad, though - and I liked what I saw. =]

Guess I will have to join Evil Lincoln in posting my first review soon...

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