Pathfinder Society Scenario #5–04: The Stolen Heir (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

The Mendevian Crusade draws heavily on the Pathfinder Society’s resources, and unless the Decemvirate can secure the assistance of generous patrons, the society may not have sufficient capital both to fight off the demonic invasion and to prepare its expedition to a lost historical site within the Worldwound. Upon hearing that the daughter of an eminent and wealthy of citizen of Sauerton has gone missing, the Pathfinders rush to her aid in the hope of earning her father’s goodwill and support in upcoming endeavors.

Written by David N. Ross.

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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Overall solid scenario

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This scenario fits very well with the season's overarching plot of gathering resources and allies for the war against the demons, and does so while neatly establishing a rarely-visited country of Golarion.

As the PCs are tasked to investigate a noble's daughter who's gone missing, they get involved local politics with various factions that ought not to be spoiled in this review. It gives a clear direction while still allowing multiple options and choices for the PCs, and is well written overall.

The combats are arguably too easy, but this wasn't intended as a combat scenario anyway. Murderhoboes should probably skip this one.


Political roleplays

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A very different PFS module overall.
All roleplays with easy combats, more rely on political argument than skills, that's a great job.

As many social scenarios, not enough guideline for GM, need to be creative and eloquent. And better for a 4-man-team. If you prefer combat, skip this, you don't get too much to fight.


Excellent on all fronts

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I wasn't sure what to expect from this scenario. In hindsight I have to say that it far surpassed any expectations I had. There were numerous memorable NPCs. Some are more detailed than others, but they make for great role-play potential.

The encounters too were simply good and well-written. This scenario does a great job showing that straightforward maps can still provide a nice challenge. The tactics and, at times, environmental effects go a great way at making things memorable. Unlike some of the more recent season 6 and 7 scenarios, they are not complicated and simply work extremely well.

Combine the above with a good storyline, and you got a scenario that is just a pleasure to play. As such I highly recommend it to everyone, except for murderhobo's. They wont do the love that has been put in the scenario justice.


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A human story

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I played this a year back and now I'm reading it through with an eye to GMing it. It was in fact the first PFS scenario I played, and also with a paladin. After seeing quite a few "paladin panic" threads, I was a bit nervous about what it'd be like to play a paladin in PFS.

This was a really fun scenario to play. We had a nice GM who brought the tale in a pretty upbeat manner, and we had generally nice-people PCs all, so that pushed us to approach this scenario in one way. Now that I'm reading it, I see it would also work well for a much more cynical party, leading to a different ending but also achieving mostly complete success.

I'm particularly impressed by the mood and humanity of the scenario. It's got a very post-Revolution US vibe to it; the whole thing is still new, working out the kinks, and not everyone is playing nice. There's idealism and conspiracies both. People make mistakes because they're human. These aren't black and white villains and heroes.

"Under the hood", it's a somewhat railroady investigation, but not annoyingly so, because the direction of the trail makes sense. I think it's a good investigatory adventure for players who aren't hard-nosed veterans of the genre. The combats aren't really difficult or grim. Again, that's very beginner-friendly.

I certainly plan to run this.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

*grouse grouse grouse*
< drums fingers >
;-)

Silver Crusade

I was wondering are there going to be scenarios that take place in the world wound as season 5 is the Year of the Demon. So far only a small piece of one scenario takes place in the world wound. I want to go into the world wound and purify it, close it Kill the demons.

Liberty's Edge

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If you want to close the Worldwound, play the Wrath of the Righteous AP. The Society is trying to get into a Sky Citadel in the Worldwound and back out before Mendevian Crusaders close it.

Grand Lodge

Question about the beginning of this adventure mentioning the "failure of the wardstones" in the background, is this a sequel to another adventure?

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Class Deck, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Kind of. It has to do with the metaplot for Season 5, which can be summarized here.

Grand Lodge

Question for those who have run it...

Chronicle Sheet question:
On the chronicle it specifically states that the faction boon is Taldor. What is the "Andoran" boon? Is that for everyone if they succeed, or just for Andoran/Liberty's Edge?

Grand Lodge

kevin_video wrote:

Question for those who have run it...

** spoiler omitted **

Got my question answered on the GM boards.

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