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Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-06: Song of the Sea Witch (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for Levels 3–7.

When an unlucky historian in Absalom uncovers an infernal book from distant Tian Xia, he unwittingly unleashes a terrible evil into the city—the legions of devils imprisoned within its dusty pages. Only the book's holy counterpart can end the threat, and the Pathfinder Society has been called in to assist. Can the PCs locate and retrieve the key to ending the diabolical invasion of the City at the Center of the World, or will Absalom be drowned in the sea of destruction wrought by the Infernal Incantation?

Written by Thurston Hillman.

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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Easy, but thematic and entertaining

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Just played this scenario this afternoon with a group of Flowing Monk 6, Swashbuckler 6, Hakon pregen 7 and my Slayer 7 (sword and board). The pregen was there to provide a legal table, but mainly kept in the background. It was kind of refreshing to have minimal casting in the party. It was just us knuckleheads getting called in to sort out some mess by doing what we're good at.

Altogether, although it was a pretty easy adventure, I was quite entertained. The trail of clues works pretty well. It felt more like following up on leads than being led around by the nose. The encounters fit together nicely to build information about what's going on.

To be honest, our GM did go a bit light on the scripted tactics; some of them make no sense whatsoever. This is something that comes up in the GM threads; this was Thursty's first scenario and there are some bits in there that result from imperfect rule understanding. Our GM focused on "what the NPCs came here to do" and the encounters made sense and were still easy, but at least they didn't have enemies wasting actions on entirely pointless tactics.

I think it'd be really nice to get a revised version of this scenario that polishes it up a bit to modern-day standards. The story premise and the way the encounters lead into each other is solid. It just needs better tactics and beefed up enemies.

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Doesn't make sense

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Played in tier 6-7, runned in tier 3-4.

It's basically a combat-central railroad module, just avoid tier 3-4, too easy with stupid monsters and the boss' tactic. For tier 6-7, the first and final fight scales much better.

Sadly, with so much backgrounds, almosts useless. The mission is to kill everyone and rob the book! The atmosphere and topic are too vague.

Underwhelming and in desperate need of a revision

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I played this scenario last night and overall I had fun, but that's mostly due to the players and GM. The scenario starts with a nice premise and the plot has certainly potential, yet fails to really deliver on it. It honestly feels like the atmosphere and story is made by the encounters and fights. The places you visit just don't really seem to contribute to the story. Given the plot, that's a shame. The books could have really been used more to set the mood than is the case right now.

I would even go so far as saying that the story is more based on the encounters, than on it having a story behind it. The creatures are great and diverse, especially the first and last one. That diversity is the sole reason I give it a second star. However yet again I'm forced to say that while there is potential, it's poorly executed. Honestly, the first encounter is great, but the fight with the BBEG is a huge, huge disappointment.

At this point I'm considering throwing in some more 'huge' in that sentence, because that really is the case. It was the biggest let-down I've had in PFS to date. The tactics make absolutely no sense whatsoever. It literally is 'it will do X, and then just do nothing other than getting killed while posing no threat at all'. That's just no fun. The only thing that it has going for it, is it's appearance. That's unique and really fascinating, but it will never succeed at anything due to the tactics it has to follow.

Due to that final fight, the scenario ends on a sour note. It's underwhelming and doesn't leave the players satisfied. I wouldn't recommend this scenario at all, unless it is for a revision, but that's something it sadly will never receive. I think the best we as players can do now, is starting a 'hug the sea witch' faction.

In dire need of a rewrite.

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(I both GMed and played this.)

Okay, there's a great premise in this story, but it never pays off. The books are intriguing, but are only treated as plot items, rather than an actual danger. The story is bland, but could easily have been more memorable if there was more focus on the alienness of the books.

That's excusable, though. I've had lots of scenarios that were lacking in story but compensated with their encounters. But that's where this scenario fails as well. The first encounter in the high tier can be interesting, but doesn't have the room to do its thing. The second encounter is a pushover (as the scenario admits itself) and is only there to waste time and/or resources. The optional encounter is honestly the highlight of the encounter, at least in the high tier.

But the biggest disappointment is the final encounter. Here's where the scenario falls apart. It's easy for it to get surprised, and its tactics work against it. He's built as a quite competent melee fighter, but has a crappy spell selection to back him up, and to top it off, his tactics make no sense and don't take advantage of his strengths. The GM forums are full of how terribly designed this encounter is. And again, his tactics defy all logic and don't work rules-wise.

The puzzle in the middle was cute and poses a challenge for certain builds, which is fun. When I GMed this, it was easily solved, which was a letdown, but when I played it, we actually spent a fair amount of time dealing with this, so that shows that not everyone will have the same experience.

Also, from a GM perspective, why is that map 10 by 10 feet per square, rather than the usual 5 by 5? It makes no sense to scale it like that other than that it was convenient to do so.

All in all, this seems like it had potential, but was the product of a rush job. A terrible shame. I don't know why anyone would want to recommend this: the story is barely present, there's a smattering of roleplay, but not many skillchecks to be rolled, combats are generally on the easy side, there's a fairly easy puzzle to be solved, and there's a nice but unimpressive boon at the end. Play only if you've run out of other things to play, or if you're allowed to rewrite pretty much everything to give your players a challenge.

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