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Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-20: The Rats of Round Mountain—Part I: The Sundered Path (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for Levels 7–11.

In an effort to prevent an alliance between the Aspis Consortium and a contingent of ratfolk with incredible regional influence, the Pathfinder Society sends its best agents deep into a Darklands passage to the heart of Round Mountain, where the ratfolk hold court. But as is often the case for Pathfinders, the journey is an adventure unto itself, potentially deadly enough to prevent the PCs from reaching their destination at all.

"The Sundered Path" is the first scenario in the two-part The Rats of Round Mountain campaign arc. The story concludes in Pathfinder Society Scenario #3–22: The Rats of Round Mountain—Part II: Pagoda of the Rat. Both chapters are intended to be played in order and consecutively; PCs who do will receive a special reward at the arc's conclusion.

Written by Kyle Baird.

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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Paizo Employee Digital Products Assistant

Announced! Cover image is a mockup.

Paizo Employee Developer

Kyle Baird!? Be afraid!

Shadow Lodge

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Kyle Baird!? Be afraid!

Of me? nah...

Qadira

This is why I rarely leave the demi-plane of Pain.

Things like this make it seem nicer in Painland.

-Pain

Grand Lodge

Congrats Kyle!

Grand Lodge

Congrats Kyle!

Andoran

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Looking forward to saying.. This TPK brought to you by Kyle. ;)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

This month's Pathfinder Society Scenarios have been delayed by a week, and are now scheduled to be released on May 2.

Andoran

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
This month's Pathfinder Society Scenarios have been delayed by a week, and are now scheduled to be released on May 2.

I blame Kyle!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dragnmoon wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
This month's Pathfinder Society Scenarios have been delayed by a week, and are now scheduled to be released on May 2.
I blame Kyle!

I know you're joking, but it's nonetheless appropriate for me to say that this the authors of this month's scenarios are in no way responsible for this delay.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
This month's Pathfinder Society Scenarios have been delayed by a week, and are now scheduled to be released on May 2.
I blame Kyle!
I know you're joking, but it's nonetheless appropriate for me to say that this the authors of this month's scenarios are in no way responsible for this delay.

Thanks for the disclaimer, Vic. It's one small part of why Paizo has become my favorite company.

That said...I second Dragnmoon's motion. Let's blame Kyle anyway. :-D

Taldor Contributor

Vic Wertz wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
This month's Pathfinder Society Scenarios have been delayed by a week, and are now scheduled to be released on May 2.
I blame Kyle!
I know you're joking, but it's nonetheless appropriate for me to say that this the authors of this month's scenarios are in no way responsible for this delay.

:)

Cheliax

Pathfinder Modules Subscriber

I fear the release of this scenario yet the thought of inflicting it on my players fills me with a strange murderous glee.

Well seeing how this still has the coming soon cover and yet is still scheduled to be released today leaves me confused and anxious.

Paizo Employee Developer

Scenarios are generally released at the end of the business day. No need for confusion or anxiety.

Cheliax

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Pathfinder Modules Subscriber
Mark Moreland wrote:
Scenarios are generally released at the end of the business day. No need for confusion or anxiety.

It's Kyle Baird, there's ALWAYS a need for confusion and anxiety. And fear, always with the fear.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Now available!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I love you Mark. That is all.

Andoran

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Kyle Baird wrote:
I love you Mark. That is all.

But will you kill his PC if he sits at your table?...


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Dragnmoon wrote:
But will you kill his PC if he sits at your table?...

No, he gets a free pass.

For anyone wanting me to run this for them in the Midwest, let me know. I'm also thinking about running this Thursday before PaizoCon and at Scotty's before Gen Con.

Of course I wouldn't blame you if you'd rather have Thea run it. ;)

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

I am officially reserving a seat if this runs at Scotty's

Qadira

Awesome. I'm in.

This will be fun.

-Pain


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I almost forgot... I can't wait to play this at Caubo's table during PaizoCon. muhuhahahaha!

Silver Crusade

I would like to reserve you as well at some point Kyle. Either myself @ gencon, or have you come out to West Michigan, or something. We'll figure it out I'm sure. Either way, this is fantastic. May it get 5 stars on it's merit, instead of the 1's it will in reputation. :P

Shadow Lodge

Kyle Baird wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
But will you kill his PC if he sits at your table?...
No, he gets a free pass.

And here I thought it was "You always hurt the ones you love..."

Dan Luckett wrote:
I would like to reserve you as well at some point Kyle. Either myself @ gencon, or have you come out to West Michigan, or something. We'll figure it out I'm sure. Either way, this is fantastic. May it get 5 stars on it's merit, instead of the 1's it will in reputation. :P

Talk him into running it at Ucon at least.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Modules Subscriber

Ok, after reading through this module thrice now I will have to say this scenario's kill power is over 9000!!

I'll spoiler it and just hint at things but... WOW, just WOW.

Rats:

Ok, of the 3 possible combats:
Shrine: Those opponents will be murder machines. With the environment they set up and their racial + class abilities the damage will be insane. I do REALLY want that wand though.

Optional: This is not optional, my players will fight that thing EVERY TIME I run this module. Awesome Blow + Lunge + passageway the players make = Pinball !! Poor players will be bouncing off the walls for days. Oh, and I love the tactic for WHEN a PC drops. That's just evil.
(Do need some ideas for the chase that we all know is going to happen after that)

Landing: Is it me or does that landing + corridor equal the exact amount of space for the Grinder? (Spike Stones + AoE Fear =run down the corridor and shred your feet apart).
Then a certain line effect down that straight as a pin corridor with a soften earth to collapse the ceiling on them as the waddle away. Wickedly nasty.

Kyle, you are an evil evil man.
I hope I can grow up to be as ruthless as you.

Qadira

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game, Maps, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
TwilightKnight wrote:
I am officially reserving a seat if this runs at Scotty's

If we have time after the VO dinner, I'm completely up for this.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Mathwei ap Niall wrote:

Ok, after reading through this module thrice now I will have to say this scenario's kill power is over 9000!!

I'll spoiler it and just hint at things but... WOW, just WOW.

** spoiler omitted **

Kyle, you are an evil evil man.
I hope I can grow up to be as ruthless as you.

Only 9000? *cry* (It's probably because the scenario tries to force some roleplay moments. I knew I should have skipped that and went right to the killin')

A tip for the inevitable chase:

Have a small tertiary tunnel just down the path. Utilize the compression SQ. Think scared feral creature fighting for survival.


Kyle Baird wrote:

For anyone wanting me to run this for them in the Midwest, let me know. I'm also thinking about running this Thursday before PaizoCon and at Scotty's before Gen Con.

Of course I wouldn't blame you if you'd rather have Thea run it. ;)

I'm in for Scotty's before GenCon.

1. Twilight Night
2. Painlord
3. Dan Luckett (if not earlier)
4. Alizor
5. Swiftbrook

Now, can we run this in the afternoon and have Russ Taylor run The Rats of Round Mountain—Part II: Pagoda of the Rat afterwards? If so, we may get the special two-part arc reward.

Oh, and I'll pitch in on your dinner or a drink.

-Swiftbrook


I haven't purchased this scenario yet, but it sounds interesting. I am adapting some of the PFS scenarios as adventures in my own, oriental-style campaign (changing Tian Xia locations to that in my own campaign world, making the players on missions from their Daimyo rather than the Society, etc.) -- so far I've got the Quest for Perfection series in progress and Red Harvest and Haunting of Hinojai planned for the near future. The title of part 2 of this series, "The Pagoda of the Rat" makes me think these two might be asian-themed as well, but can anyone who has played it tell me this?

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

They are both Asian-themed and set in the same area—you could adapt them pretty well for your campaign, it sounds like. :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Paladin of Baha-who? wrote:
I haven't purchased this scenario yet, but it sounds interesting. I am adapting some of the PFS scenarios as adventures in my own, oriental-style campaign (changing Tian Xia locations to that in my own campaign world, making the players on missions from their Daimyo rather than the Society, etc.) -- so far I've got the Quest for Perfection series in progress and Red Harvest and Haunting of Hinojai planned for the near future. The title of part 2 of this series, "The Pagoda of the Rat" makes me think these two might be asian-themed as well, but can anyone who has played it tell me this?

"Round Mountain" is actually a massive chunk of the Darklands scooped up from just beneath Lung Wa.

Paizo Employee Developer

The PDF of this scenario has been updated (emails informing those who have already purchased it should be going out soon) to clarify the wording on a special boon and add access to a special material for characters meeting specific requirements. If you're running this in the future, please make sure you provide the most up-to-date Chronicle sheet.

Andoran

It might be nice to add something to warn people who sign up to play in this series that you have to play part 1 and then immediately play part 2 as the next chronicle on the character if you want the boon, so that they don't schedule games inbetween with that character at conventions and things. Other then that, this was a very deadly but pretty interesting and fun scenario.

Paizo Employee Developer

BTLOTM wrote:

It might be nice to add something to warn people who sign up to play in this series that you have to play part 1 and then immediately play part 2 as the next chronicle on the character if you want the boon, so that they don't schedule games inbetween with that character at conventions and things.

The product description for both this and part 2 state: "Both chapters are intended to be played in order and consecutively; PCs who do will receive a special reward at the arc's conclusion."

Andoran

That's true. I guess what I mean is that at big conventions, it might be nice for the coordinator to inform them that you have to play them back to back for the full benefits. As most multipart scenarios don't have that restriction, some people might end up having to put games between them because they didn't read over every scenario before scheduling.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

For more information on the future of multipart scenarios, follow this link.

Mark gives a good example of how even if you don't play them in order, you can still gain access to the special boon.


Will PFS ever allow PCs to be of the ratfolk race? (via boon or ARG allowance) I have a player is absolutely dying to make one.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I doubt you'll get a definitive answer. I suggest reading the boon from part 2 for a big clue.


Thank you, Mr. Baird... for your response (I think I know what you are implying) and for the scenario- well done!

Cheliax

Kyle...

Enjoyed getting mauled by scenario, but lived.

Jumped like a grasshopper to stunning fist your BBEG mid-air. He rolled a 1 on his save. It was hilarious.

Please write another soon. Got a good workout.

~ Nbarg


posted a new review - just played this scenario - very fun times


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Thanks for the review Michael! It's really a shame you didn't get to play the optional encounter. >:)


Don't worry Kyle - Jesse showed us the miniatures that would be used for that one - and that produced enough bowel loosening on our part for you to feel that your fiendish design was accomplished. Sadly we were just short on time at the end of a long local con weekend to play the op, but skipping it actually gave us some freedom to truly enjoy the fear and exaltation of the final struggle.

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