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Pathfinder Adventure Path #67: The Snows of Summer (Reign of Winter 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Chapter 1: "The Snows of Summer"
by Neil Spicer

The Reign of Winter Adventure Path begins with an exciting new adventure from RPG Superstar winner Neil Spicer! Every 100 years, the Witch Queen Baba Yaga returns to the nation of Irrisen to place a new daughter on the throne, but this time, something has gone wrong. Far to the south, winter cloaks the forest near the village of Heldren with summer snows. The heroes venture into the wood and discover a magical portal to the frozen land of Irrisen, whose supernatural winter will soon engulf all of Golarion unless they can discover the fate of the otherworldly witch Baba Yaga—a quest that will take them through snowbound Irrisen to even stranger lands beyond.

“The Snows of Summer” is a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game adventure for 1st-level characters. This volume kicks off the new Reign of Winter Adventure Path, and includes a gazetteer of the villages of Heldren and Waldsby, details on the cultural and magical legacies of Irrisen, and several new monsters in the Pathfinder Bestiary. Author Kevin Andrew Murphy launches a new Pathfinder Journal novella in this exciting volume of the Pathfinder Adventure Path!

    This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path launches the Reign of Winter Adventure Path and includes:
  • “The Snows of Summer,” a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 1st-level characters, by Neil Spicer.
  • A gazetteer of two villages—one in Taldor and the other in wintry Irrisen—to help flesh out the characters’ environs, by Rob McCreary.
  • A look into Irrisen’s legacies and mysteries GMs can use for this campaign, written and compiled by Rob McCreary.
  • An alchemist’s journey to Irrisen’s capital of Whitethrone in the Pathfinder’s Journal, by Kevin Andrew Murphy.
  • Four new monsters, by Neil Spicer and James Wilber.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-492-4

The Snows of Summer is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure Path and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (639 KB zip/PDF).

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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Announced! Product image is a mockup, and will change prior to publication.

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

13 people marked this as a favorite.

Yes. Winter is coming. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! :->

Scarab Sages

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Work Horse Neil Spicer Starts it off!


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

"Super Sweet" - Eric Cartman

Contributor

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Reprising our tag-team from "Blood for Blood"! Excellent!

Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

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

I can't wait for winter.

Silver Crusade Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

2 people marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

I hope this can be adapted to start in the PCs kingdom in the Stolen Lands.

Dark Archive

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sweet

Paizo Employee Creative Director

4 people marked this as a favorite.
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I hope this can be adapted to start in the PCs kingdom in the Stolen Lands.

If we pull it off like we hope, you can adapt the start to begin anywhere.

Dark Archive

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James Jacobs wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I hope this can be adapted to start in the PCs kingdom in the Stolen Lands.
If we pull it off like we hope, you can adapt the start to begin anywhere.

Even the Crown of the World? :)

Paizo Employee Developer , Dedicated Voter 2014

Dark_Mistress wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I hope this can be adapted to start in the PCs kingdom in the Stolen Lands.
If we pull it off like we hope, you can adapt the start to begin anywhere.
Even the Crown of the World? :)

Sure!

(It'd take a bit more work, but sure.)


13 people marked this as a favorite.
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Even the Crown of the World? :)

Santa walked into the briefing room of the toy factory with a grim look on his usually cheery face. "We've got trouble. The Misses is missing. Worse, if we don't act fast, it will be always winter and never Christmas."

That silenced the room full of rambunctious elves. All through the room not a creature stirred not even a mouse.

Finally someone spoke. "What can we do?"

"Prepare for battle. We will find her."

See...even the north pole works.

Gary McBride
Fire Mountain Games

Contributor

Adam Daigle wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I hope this can be adapted to start in the PCs kingdom in the Stolen Lands.
If we pull it off like we hope, you can adapt the start to begin anywhere.
Even the Crown of the World? :)

Sure!

(It'd take a bit more work, but sure.)

Even in Irrisen? The magical gate to Irrisen in Irrisen is sure, um, magical.... ;)

(Though I'm certain adapting it wouldn't be that problematic.)

Silver Crusade Star Voter 2014

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

So many of us have fled from Helgen so many times already, I can't believe we're actually going towards the place now.

;)

Dark Archive

1 person marked this as a favorite.
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Kevin Andrew Murphy wrote:
Reprising our tag-team from "Blood for Blood"! Excellent!

Congrats Kevin!

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

Mikaze wrote:
So many of us have fled from Helgen so many times already, I can't believe we're actually going towards the place now. ;)

I think Helgen is a typo. The outline I was given cited Heldren. Though I also know Rob went back and forth on the name for that town. So maybe it ends up Helgen? Or maybe it's all just some terrible illusion the winter witches have created to cloud and confuse our minds?


2 people marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Tales Subscriber

Kevin Andrew Murphy is writing the Pathfinder Journal? Excellent! It's funny, because I just posted a question/comment ruminating on my desire for a Pathfinder Tales novel penned by Mr. Murphy.

Huh.

I just noticed that Kevin Andrew Murphy has THREE first names. I just finished NCO Academy, and one of the guys in my flight (from Kentucky) has three first names. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!


Mikaze wrote:

So many of us have fled from Helgen so many times already, I can't believe we're actually going towards the place now.

;)

Unless you're Swedish, in which case you know that Helgen is exactly the place to run for. ;)


Good news! We'll finally get an in-depth look at Irrisen and Baba Yaga.

Dark Archive Vendor - Fantasiapelit Tampere

oh, golly gosh!

Shadow Lodge Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

It's too bad that's a mockup. That cover looks badass.

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

Nah. I expect Sarah to turn up the awesome factor even higher on an all new art piece. After all, she's got it marked down in her office that she needs to make ALL the art AWESOME! So, I'm sure she's totally got this... :-D

Spoiler:

Please make it awesome, Sarah! ;-)


Orthos wrote:
It's too bad that's a mockup. That cover looks badass.

Yeah but it usually gets way more awesome though. with new art being used instead of the recycled art cover draft we usually get when they announce a product. can't wait for the final draft of the cover! :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I wonder if we'll get a look at how Paizo deals with epic characters in this series eventually? In Witchwar Legacy, Irrivor was a lvl 20 witch and she was the granddaughter of the queen. Should mean that Queen Elvanna, and certainly Baba Yaga are 20+.

Maybe we'll get some extra rules to deal with that stuff in the 5th or 6th Module of the series. Either way, looks like some promising stuff!

Star Voter 2013

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Vexous wrote:

I wonder if we'll get a look at how Paizo deals with epic characters in this series eventually? In Witchwar Legacy, Irrivor was a lvl 20 witch and she was the granddaughter of the queen. Should mean that Queen Elvanna, and certainly Baba Yaga are 20+.

Maybe we'll get some extra rules to deal with that stuff in the 5th or 6th Module of the series. Either way, looks like some promising stuff!

Not in this AP, but you will see that sort of support in the subsequent adventure path, Wrath of the Righteous, which launches at Gen Con next year.

See HERE for Paizo's answer to epic level rules: Mythic Adventures.

Paizo Employee Developer , Dedicated Voter 2014

7 people marked this as a favorite.

I dunno, Baba Yaga seems kinda mythic, right?

Star Voter 2013

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Adam Daigle wrote:
I dunno, Baba Yaga seems kinda mythic, right?

I can only go on what's been reported so far, sir! Feel free to share juicy details! ;-)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Thanks for the link, good to see stuff like this. Theres so many hints in the Golarion material epic/mythic/whathaveyou level play that something like this would seem to be a must have. And if you're talking Baba Yaga, well, yeah. Must have....

Star Voter 2013

I really like the name of this adventure.


The story sounds really promising!!! Love the baba yaga and portal to frozen realms thing!

Never been a fan of winter-based monsters tho, and all famous ones from mythology/folklore are already in the bestiaries/previous AP (yeti, saumen kar, yukionna, wendigo), so i'm curious at what the monsters may be, I hope it ain't gonna be too much giants, linnorms and snow/ice versions of already done monsters, like snow medusa, snow minotaur, snow goblin, snow dwarf, snow cloaker, snow whatever, those are cheap.

Fenrir is the only monster I can think off and he would look like a upgraded version of the winter wolf, and I hope this AP finally brings in the first picture of a Pathfinder Winter Wolf, the poor beasts don't have a paizo artwork yet.

But anyway, bring it on!!

Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

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

Considering one of the APs is on Triaxus, the last two AP's locations are unknown and the first one will take place in an area that isn't used to "summer winters". I think it is safe to assume there will not be any "snow medusa", "snow minotaurs", etc. the guys at Paizo are much better monster designers then that.

Contributor , Star Voter 2013

Damn!

*back to the drawing board*

=-)

Grand Lodge

Excellent. My group will be finishing Jade Regent just in time.

The Exchange

It is of intrest to note that George R. R. Martin said on more than one ocassion that the phrase "Summer Snows", which appears in the first chapter of the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire (not including the proloug) was very important for him and gave him the kick he needed to get serious about writing that book.

May this AP be as awesome as that book turned out to be!

seriously though, I dare Neil Spicer to make this his best adventure, ever. This AP really calls for a kickass start.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Joseph Wilson wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
I dunno, Baba Yaga seems kinda mythic, right?
I can only go on what's been reported so far, sir! Feel free to share juicy details! ;-)

Since Hardcovers have to go to the printer a month earlier then other products, so #6 and Mythic Adventures have to go to the printer at the same time. So stats for Baba Yaga wouldn't be out of the question.

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

4 people marked this as a favorite.
Lord Snow wrote:
...seriously though, I dare Neil Spicer to make this his best adventure, ever. This AP really calls for a kickass start.

Gee. No pressure there. O_O

Plus, I've already written it and turned in my manuscript. So, there's nothing I can do to make it "my best" now. Hopefully, it's already got "my best" in there somewhere. :-)

The Exchange

Neil Spicer wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
...seriously though, I dare Neil Spicer to make this his best adventure, ever. This AP really calls for a kickass start.

Gee. No pressure there. O_O

Hey, I'm a big fan of your stuff, and what you do is already GREAT...

I'm just excited about this AP, and being able to remember the first module as "Neil Spicer's Best" would totaly make it all the more awesome to me.

Anyway, looking forward for this :)

Sczarni

what's going to be the next god article?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Dark_Mistress wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I hope this can be adapted to start in the PCs kingdom in the Stolen Lands.
If we pull it off like we hope, you can adapt the start to begin anywhere.
Even the Crown of the World? :)

You could certainly start there... but it won't make nearly as much sense, since no one would notice when the adventure started...


So wait, this adventure can start anywhere? Judging by the names of the towns, it looks like Avistan fits well, but would Garund be workable?

At any rate I'm REALLY excited, got a lot of character concepts that would work for this. :)


Sincubus wrote:

The story sounds really promising!!! Love the baba yaga and portal to frozen realms thing!

Never been a fan of winter-based monsters tho, and all famous ones from mythology/folklore are already in the bestiaries/previous AP (yeti, saumen kar, yukionna, wendigo), so i'm curious at what the monsters may be, I hope it ain't gonna be too much giants, linnorms and snow/ice versions of already done monsters, like snow medusa, snow minotaur, snow goblin, snow dwarf, snow cloaker, snow whatever, those are cheap.

Fenrir is the only monster I can think off and he would look like a upgraded version of the winter wolf, and I hope this AP finally brings in the first picture of a Pathfinder Winter Wolf, the poor beasts don't have a paizo artwork yet.

But anyway, bring it on!!

I would love to see some more lupine and Fenris-inspired monsters myself, complete with art.

Dark Archive

1 person marked this as a favorite.
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OmegaZ wrote:

So wait, this adventure can start anywhere? Judging by the names of the towns, it looks like Avistan fits well, but would Garund be workable?

At any rate I'm REALLY excited, got a lot of character concepts that would work for this. :)

From what we've heard, it will default to Taldor, but it will be reasonably possible just to cross out the place names and choose ones suiting where you want to start.


Justin Franklin wrote:
Joseph Wilson wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
I dunno, Baba Yaga seems kinda mythic, right?
I can only go on what's been reported so far, sir! Feel free to share juicy details! ;-)
Since Hardcovers have to go to the printer a month earlier then other products, so #6 and Mythic Adventures have to go to the printer at the same time. So stats for Baba Yaga wouldn't be out of the question.

Bingo. The very next issue of the AP series (Wrath of the Righteous #1) will be using Mythic rules so I think it's very possible for a cameo of the rules in Reign of Winter #6.

Personally, I hope that we see Baba Yaga detailed with Mythic Rules in the Continuing the Campaign article. The playtest should be over, and most of the rules fully developed, by the time the CtC article needs to be written. I'd like to think whoever writes the CtC article (Daigle, I'm looking at you) will have access to the Mythic rules.

Contributor

James Jacobs wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I hope this can be adapted to start in the PCs kingdom in the Stolen Lands.
If we pull it off like we hope, you can adapt the start to begin anywhere.
Even the Crown of the World? :)
You could certainly start there... but it won't make nearly as much sense, since no one would notice when the adventure started...

The land of the midnight sun suddenly becomes forty days of night and no one notices?

I've been in Alaska at midsummer when the sun never set. Locals told me I wouldn't enjoy the winter.


Dragon78 wrote:
Considering one of the APs is on Triaxus, the last two AP's locations are unknown and the first one will take place in an area that isn't used to "summer winters". I think it is safe to assume there will not be any "snow medusa", "snow minotaurs", etc. the guys at Paizo are much better monster designers then that.

I know, but its just so difficult to make up good snow/ice monsters, especially when it are gonna be so many of them, ive never seen and about to see the first good ice/snow monsters I hope, as mostly D&D, games and other such stuff always use ice versions of hydra's, medusa's, minotaurs, boars, cloakers and such uninspired horrors.

Domovoi would be a good guess, fenrir as wel (I hope it isn't an unique monster but just like Medusa and Minotaur a entire race of monsters)
But here my knowledge of ice creatures ends, Megafauna?

I can't say i'm not extremly curious at what treasure paizo will give us in this AP.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I wouldn't mind seeing snow goblins statted up, now that they are doing the same for the monkey goblins.

Anyway, I would guess the reason we haven't seen too many Ice monsters is that only one AP so far has had a volume where they would be appropriate (The Crown of the World portion of Jade Regent). They had some cool Inuit monsters in that volume, so I have high hopes here that Paizo can produce some good critters.


Wow this is awesome! :) I just restarted my Adventure Path subscription, and what a time to do so! I mean I know it's still 3-4 months away but still. :)

Dark Archive

So, Heldren ("Helgen?") isn't on any map as of this point?

And is it designed so that it could be anywhere that a DM wants to start? (Varisia, Nirmathas, River Kingdoms, Kyonin, Andoran, Nidal, Cheliax, Taldor, etc....)

That's pretty cool -- great decision. Heldren is small and generic enough that DMs can fit it in any of several Avistan regions -- and isn't on any official map so we can do what feels best for us individually.

Or,... is it going to be placed somewhere specifically in Avistan (but made generically and small enough that a DM could easily remove it and put it elsewhere? (also good design)

What about Waldsby?

Paizo Employee Developer , Dedicated Voter 2014

We're aiming for Heldren to generic enough to be placed anywhere, but it is actually somewhere specific in the Inner Sea region—it is a small Taldan town.

Waldsby:
Waldsby is a small town in Irrisen.


DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
I hope this can be adapted to start in the PCs kingdom in the Stolen Lands.

At first that sounded cool, but then I realized that my level 17+ PCs would handle the situation themselves - so that wouldn't work well with the beginning of an AP.

Any suggestions on how to handle that?

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