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Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-21: The Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

In order to learn about the esoteric faith of the Empyreal Lord Korada, the PCs are sent by the Pathfinder Society to explore an abandoned aasimar temple to the benevolent deity. But what they find there is anything but an opportunity for peaceful reflection and enlightenment.

Written by Ron Lundeen.

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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****½ (based on 29 ratings)

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One of the best PFS scenarios I have experienced

*****

I have had the pleasure of playing in this scenario as well as GMing it once, and I've had a blast both times.

The scenario is very balanced between combat, roleplaying, and exploration/skill-use - there are many opportunities for the GM as well as the players to stretch their acting muscles and speak in-character. A lot of Knowledge and social interaction skills that would otherwise not see a lot of play end up being very important to solving the scenario and keeping the PCs from falling into extra combats that would deplete badly-needed resources. However, the full-BAB characters in the party will have their chance to shine - there are enough combats (at a considerable, but not brutally optimized difficulty) to make the party Fighter absolutely vital to survival and success as well.

The plot falls into some classic (but well-liked) archetypes and tropes but there are enough interesting details included in the mystery that it is still worth playing - the players might guess the "big picture" twist but they still need to investigate in order to find out enough to act on. When I GM'ed though, my players did ask me if I was secretly running Call of Cthulhu instead of Pathfinder. ( :

There are also some interesting treasures and magic items that I think a lot of players will like - especially a unique item that increases commonly-tested defenses and IIRC stacks with more common boosters.

Actually, come to think of it, it may be my favorite scenario yet - a classic and fun premise, ample opportunities to make skills as well as combat abilities very useful (and many different sorts of NPCs for the GM to roleplay), and a unique treasure - I wish I could run every one of my PCs through this scenario.

Being Tier 1-5, it can be run for a new, level 1 group (though they might be best-served by having one other scenario under their belt first), and is a *very* good way of showing that Pathfinder Society can balance combat and roleplaying, and definitely rewards creative solutions to problems.


The Adventure that Hooked Me on PFS

*****

Easily my best player experience yet in PFS, perhaps one of the best I've had in any 3.X setting. I must admit that a great deal of the credit goes to the GM, but the scenario itself made it easy to provide a great experience.

Maybe it's because I was playing a paladin, but I was really engaged in the story, and the pacing was good. The combats were appropriately challenging for our group of newbies, and the story motivated me to pay attention closely to what happened out-of-combat.

This was one of the first adventures I played in PFS, and my experience with it motivated me to keep coming back.


GM Perspective - Excellent


As a GM, I loved this scenario. Lots of roleplaying! Intrigue! And a slowly revealed underplot! Another great investigatory scenario.

If you like investigation and roleplay, this is a great scenario.

If you like nothing but combat, you will hate this scenario.


Player perspective: simply awful

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I played last night in the 1-2 tier, and was so either bored or alternately frustrated that I'm taking the time to write a review. I originally typed a lengthy review which got "eaten", so I'll settle for this adventure is god-awful terrible for most players.

It's boring, gimmicky, and has very little to find in what's supposedly an "investigation" sandbox adventure. We all survived - which apparently is an abnormality, because unless you have a paladin in your party or are able to somehow solve one of the particular mysteries (see: gimmicky) the BBG is pretty much impossible to kill at this tier. The only saving grace to this is that you don't actually have to do so to complete the mission, but many players won't be able to complete their Faction mission.

The GM of my table, and all the other GMs, were continually exclaiming how wonderful the scenario is and how much they love it and it's the best scenario for PFS ever. If that's the case I'm done with PFS because I absolutely couldn't stand it and the only reason I didn't walk out on the table after three hours was because I didn't want leave the other players with even less of a chance of successfully completing it.


Outstanding scenario - more of this, please!

*****

I played through this scenario a week ago at a convention, and I must say it was without any doubt the best PFS scenario I've played so far. For reference, I played it at tier 1-2.

What I liked about this scenario is how open it is for the players. There's no railroading, and players can spend most of their time leading the investigation about the temple the way they wish. I deeply appreciated this, as well as the roleplaying experience that is available here. Less encounters also mean more time to do that.

Addendum after GMing this scenario: The heresy points mechanics were interesting as well.

The only (very minor) disappointment I've had concerned my faction mission (Grand Lodge), which was nothing more than an incentive to explore the temple further - which we would have done anyway.

As a conclusion, I'd like to convey my thanks to Mr. Ron Lundeen, and say that more scenarios like this one would be most welcome.

Story: 4/5
Roleplay: 5/5
Encounters: 3/5
Mechanics: 5/5

Total: 5/5


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