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Pathfinder Adventure Path #63: The Asylum Stone (Shattered Star 3 of 6)

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Chapter 3: "The Asylum Stone"
by James L. Sutter

The search for the Shattered Star leads the PCs to Kaer Maga, the legendary cliff-top city of criminals, refugees, and anyone else seeking to vanish into its cluttered streets. Enlisted to rescue a troll prophet from a mad artificer’s hanging mansion, the PCs soon find themselves delving into the notorious Undercity. Here they must battle their way through a lost runelord laboratory before finally entering the mysterious cavern realm of the Dark Forest, where an ancient evil has guarded a lost shard for millennia. Can the PCs recover the shard from its unholy guardians and continue their quest, or will they simply be the latest souls lost to the City of Strangers?

    This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the Shattered Star Adventure Path and includes:
  • “The Asylum Stone,” a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 8th-level characters, by James L. Sutter
  • An overview of several prominent gangs in Kaer Maga, and how they can expand the adventure, by James L. Sutter
  • New missions and adventure hooks for PCs spending time in Magnimar, by Jim Groves
  • Pirates and wererats in the Pathfinder’s Journal, by Bill Ward
  • Four new monsters, by Shaun Hocking, Jason Klimchok, and James L. Sutter

Each monthly full-color softcover Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in-depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world’s oldest fantasy RPG.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-469-6

The Asylum Stone 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 (512 KB zip/PDF).

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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Announced for October! The cover is a mockup and will change prior to publication.

Paizo Employee Developer

3 people marked this as a favorite.

Aww man, who had the bright idea of letting Sutter write an adventure in Kaer Maga?! Now no one's gonna talk about anything else for like forever!

Andoran

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

Yay!! An adventure written in my favorite city written by the Author that wrote the book about my favorite city!!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber

This one'll have elements from Distant Worlds too. This might be my most anticipated adventure since Wake of the Watcher.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD


I'm sure it's just a total coincidence that this adventure is 7th-level, set in Kaer Maga, and related to the Runelords.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Well an exotic city adventure might be fun.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Scott Betts wrote:
I'm sure it's just a total coincidence that this adventure is 7th-level, set in Kaer Maga, and related to the Runelords.

Actaully, it is total coincidence.

Osirion

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Kaer Maga? More Kaer Maga? And Distant Worlds as well? And a good look at the different factions too? With James Sutter? I need this adventure Path.

Yep, and if i know my Players they'll have plans to rent rooms at The Strapping Lad as soon as they hear about this book (because appropriately named brothels are always appropriate for every occasion).


James Jacobs wrote:
Scott Betts wrote:
I'm sure it's just a total coincidence that this adventure is 7th-level, set in Kaer Maga, and related to the Runelords.

Actaully, it is total coincidence.

Really?!

Well damn, that worked out nicely, then.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Scott Betts wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Scott Betts wrote:
I'm sure it's just a total coincidence that this adventure is 7th-level, set in Kaer Maga, and related to the Runelords.

Actaully, it is total coincidence.

Really?!

Well damn, that worked out nicely, then.

We published that adventure 5 years ago. We chose 7th level because that's the most commonly requested, most popular level for adventures to take place at, it seems, and since that module was to be one of our first Pathfinder adventures, we wanted to hit that level first.

The fact that this AP installment runs from 7th to 9th level is more a factor of it being the 3rd adventure in an AP line than it does anything else.


I'm really looking forward to this AP. REALLY looking forward to having another adventure set in Kaer Maga. I do have one question, more of a curiosity really, will we get to see Janderhoff in this AP at all?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

lojakz wrote:
I'm really looking forward to this AP. REALLY looking forward to having another adventure set in Kaer Maga. I do have one question, more of a curiosity really, will we get to see Janderhoff in this AP at all?

We'll do a little bit with Janderhoff in the upcoming Varisia Player's Companion...

...but we won't be going there in this Adventure Path.


James Jacobs wrote:
lojakz wrote:
I'm really looking forward to this AP. REALLY looking forward to having another adventure set in Kaer Maga. I do have one question, more of a curiosity really, will we get to see Janderhoff in this AP at all?

We'll do a little bit with Janderhoff in the upcoming Varisia Player's Companion...

...but we won't be going there in this Adventure Path.

That's good to know. I keep hoping that a little more info on the city crops up, so I'm looking forward to seeing what's in the Varisia Player's Companion. I'm a bit sad that Janderhoff won't make an appearance, but I'm not shocked by it either. Either way I'm really looking forward to this AP.

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

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Oh, hey! I didn't realize we'd announced this. Thanks for the enthusiasm, everybody!

And yeah, I believe I mention in a sidebar somewhere that you can easily slot 7 Swords of Sin in there to make an enormous adventure EVEN BIGGER (though I hope that my adventure-writing chops have improved over the last 5 years)! Fortuitous!

Paizo Employee Developer

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James Jacobs wrote:
lojakz wrote:
I'm really looking forward to this AP. REALLY looking forward to having another adventure set in Kaer Maga. I do have one question, more of a curiosity really, will we get to see Janderhoff in this AP at all?

We'll do a little bit with Janderhoff in the upcoming Varisia Player's Companion...

...but we won't be going there in this Adventure Path.

We do have plans to go to (or near) Janderhoff in the forthcoming season of the Pathfinder Society campaign as part of the Year of the Risen Rune.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Wait, slot seven swords of Sin into Shattered Star? that works? This is exceptional then.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Definitely cannot wait for this one!


Sounds interesting!

The dude on the cover looks exactly how I imagined my ranger I currently play in a homebrew - need the mini!

Ruyan.


I'm not a regular AP customer - but I am really excited for this one now.

Any chance on getting some illustrations of how the different districts in Kaer Maga actually look like? Something like one panoramic illustration for each of the city's districts. That is the only thing that I felt was missing from the City of Strangers book - and if it was included in this book it would make me even more excited for it than I already am.

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

The Friendly Lich wrote:

I'm not a regular AP customer - but I am really excited for this one now.

Any chance on getting some illustrations of how the different districts in Kaer Maga actually look like? Something like one panoramic illustration for each of the city's districts. That is the only thing that I felt was missing from the City of Strangers book - and if it was included in this book it would make me even more excited for it than I already am.

While I'd love that as well, I think it's pretty unlikely. Since this is an adventure rather than a sourcebook, most of the art will likely be depicting encounters, NPCs, and monsters. Still, we'll try to get as much of the surrounding environs in there as we can!


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Yup, now I'm excited.
How the heck did I miss this before?

And as an aside, art for the districts in Kaer Maega would be nice.......in the giant Kaer Maega boxed set that I just KNOW will get released in 2013 as a Golarian mega dungeon.

You know you want it.


James Sutter wrote:
Since this is an adventure rather than a sourcebook, most of the art will likely be depicting encounters, NPCs, and monsters. Still, we'll try to get as much of the surrounding environs in there as we can!

Now you are just going to have to write one illustration-worthy encounter for each city district into this adventure. See? Problem solved!

Seriously though: no need to feature every district. I fully understand that would be outside the scope of an adventure. And I am happy to hear that you are trying to stuff as much environment as possible for this format! Every bit of city backdrop will be appreciated!

zagnabbit wrote:

And as an aside, art for the districts in Kaer Maega would be nice.......in the giant Kaer Maega boxed set that I just KNOW will get released in 2013 as a Golarian mega dungeon.

You know you want it.

Oh yes I do!


zagnabbit wrote:

And as an aside, art for the districts in Kaer Maega would be nice.......in the giant Kaer Maega boxed set that I just KNOW will get released in 2013 as a Golarian mega dungeon.

You know you want it.

Oh, very much YEAH!

Carry on.

-- C.

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

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Thanks, folks! While I unfortunately don't see a Kaer Maga boxed set coming down the pipe anytime soon, the sequel to Death's Heretic will be taking place primarily in Kaer Maga, so you can expect a whole ton of city flavor in that one... as soon as I finish writing the darn thing. :)

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber
James Sutter wrote:
Thanks, folks! While I unfortunately don't see a Kaer Maga boxed set coming down the pipe anytime soon, the sequel to Death's Heretic will be taking place primarily in Kaer Maga, so you can expect a whole ton of city flavor in that one... as soon as I finish writing the darn thing. :)

Death's Heretic ... sequel ... Kaer Maga.

*SPLORTCH*

Well, SUTTER, you made me SPLUTTER my coffee all over the screen. Proud of yourself now, little froggy? PROUD?

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

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Gorbacz wrote:


Well, SUTTER, you made me SPLUTTER my coffee all over the screen. Proud of yourself now, little froggy? PROUD?

Victory! :D


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
James Sutter wrote:
Thanks, folks! While I unfortunately don't see a Kaer Maga boxed set coming down the pipe anytime soon, the sequel to Death's Heretic will be taking place primarily in Kaer Maga, so you can expect a whole ton of city flavor in that one... as soon as I finish writing the darn thing. :)

While I have many authors that I love to read, until recently there has only been one who I almost literally count down the days until their next release in anticipation (Brandon Sanderson). I say until recently because after reading City of Strangers and Death's Heretic, James Sutter's name was added to that prestigious (in my mind) list.

In other words: this makes me very happy. :-)

Osirion

RuyanVe wrote:

Sounds interesting!

The dude on the cover looks exactly how I imagined my ranger I currently play in a homebrew - need the mini!

Ruyan.

I second that so I hope Reaper is listening.

I know we have stats for the iconics, what about the newer people on the cover like this character?

Paizo Employee Developer

This cover is a mockup. The body shot shown on the mockup was originally published in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: City of Strangers and it depicts a Duskwarden.

Typically, folks on the final covers DO have stats as they are usually someone important to the adventure.


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

The Dark Rider is coming.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

I've updated the image and description to match the finished product.

Cheliax

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

Cool cover.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

I really dig the background spread on this cover. That "chain o' heroes" formation just brings back memories of the "hanging from the stalactite" Goonies posters and other similar images from the 80's. Those always made for fun character showcase images.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Also, going off the previews in Shards of Sin:

Spoiler:
Really excited to see those troll fortunetellers finally getting some time in the spotlight. And as questgiving NPCs and hostages at that!

I love Kaer Maga. Really excited to dig deeper into that city.

Paizo Employee Developer

Mikaze wrote:
I love Kaer Maga. Really excited to dig deeper into that city.

Agreed!

It's a great and well-deserved revisit!


Awesome cover. At first it looks a little funny with the dragon's head sitting slightly off on the armored body's neck, but looking closer it's getting even better when you realize we have a dullahan plying his trade and the PCs battling a blue. Awesome!

Can't wait for revisiting Kaer Maga - my players really digged Seven Swords and the feel of the city.

Ruyan.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

YES


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Not a fan of Mos Eisley, er... Kaer Maga at all, which is really putting me off a bit about this AP which otherwise sounds fine. I really really wouldn't want to run adventures in Kaer Maga. Hm.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Oh hey that's where that picture's from!

The main painting is part of the spread in the new product catelog for the Visions of WAR book, and I'd been wracking my brains for where it was from!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

You know for a minute there I thought that dragon's head was coming from the knight's body instead of the background. So I was thinking, cool, the black knight and the dragon are one in the same.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Dragon78 wrote:
You know for a minute there I thought that dragon's head was coming from the knight's body instead of the background. So I was thinking, cool, the black knight and the dragon are one in the same.

That was my first impression, too.


Yet another Wayne "Little Feet" Reynolds cover. Too bad.


Dragon78 wrote:
You know for a minute there I thought that dragon's head was coming from the knight's body instead of the background. So I was thinking, cool, the black knight and the dragon are one in the same.

Because its a Dullahan! And so headless :p

Cheliax

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Edgewood wrote:
Yet another Wayne "Little Feet" Reynolds cover. Too bad.

Be ready for some disappointment then - the entrire AP will be Wayne's covers.

Paizo Employee Developer

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Yep, like Enlight said, we use the same artist for each cover of an entire AP, so you have 3 more (after this one) to make it through before you see someone else's illustrations on Adventure Path covers. :)


That's the first complaint I've ever seen about Reynolds. Can't please everyone.

Lantern Lodge

RuyanVe wrote:

Awesome cover. At first it looks a little funny with the dragon's head sitting slightly off on the armored body's neck, but looking closer it's getting even better when you realize we have a dullahan plying his trade and the PCs battling a blue. Awesome!

Can't wait for revisiting Kaer Maga - my players really digged Seven Swords and the feel of the city.

Ruyan.

I'm not so sure its a blue dragon. We've seen quite a few Wayne Reynolds Blues illustrated for Paizo (Game mastery guide, bestiaries, and Pawn sets to name a few), and the head of this dragon doesn't match the pervious illustrations. Also there's a stinger on the Dragon's tail. Could be artistic liberties, or perhaps we're looking at something new (one of the Primal's perhaps)?

EDIT: Its wing's are translucent, some type of shadow dragon or umbral dragon perhaps?


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

According to Wayne, on his Facebook page, it's a wyvern.


Yeah I also don't see any forelegs so it has to be a wyvern

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