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Pathfinder Society Scenario #5–05: The Elven Entanglement (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenarios for levels 7–11.

Nearly every nation has contributed to the Mendevian Crusade, but few are willing to send additional aid to assist the Pathfinder Society directly. Owed a favor the elves cannot refuse, Pathfinders travel to Kyonin to secure a force of some of the finest demon-hunters in Avistan only to find that the hunters are missing in action. Can the Pathfinders extract the lost elves from the depths of Tanglebriar, or will they become the latest casualties of Treerazer’s domain?

Written by Ryan Costello, Jr.

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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Entanglement is a combat based scenario with several extremely challenging and interesting combats.

After an entire convention of not being challenged in combat at all (over in 1-2 rounds), this scenario took us to our limits (and almost beyond, we were completely out of resources/spells/etc). The combats were extremely tough (but fair) and this scenario would be good for most convention characters that I've seen. This scenario however is not for casual characters/players.

The encounters themselves were masterfully crafted environments, opponents, tactics, and used monsters that are rarely or ever seen. Costello is a master of designing encounters. Nice work. In the hands of a great GM, the encounters really come to life. All of our encounters went 5-10 rounds.

There were also a few short roleplay moments and a hilarious NPC. The ending had an interesting moral decision that can change the difficulty of the last encounter.

I really enjoyed this scenario and it was the perfect way to end the convention.

”Detailed Rating”:

Length: Long. We had a strong group, I think we skipped the optional, the GM was fast, and it went 4.5 hours. Was worth it!
Experience: Player with 5 great PCs at subtier 10-11.
Sweet Spot: TBD.
Entertainment: If you like tactical and unique combat encounters, great. (10/10)
Story: For a scenario like this, good. I never want to enter the Tanglebriar again, lol. (8/10)
Roleplay: The NPC at the end was memorable, but this scenario wasn’t about roleplay. (6/10)
Combat/Challenges: Challenging but fair. Not for casual players. (10/10)
Maps: End map was unique and created a great environment that the opponents could use. (9/10)
Boons: Boon that helps with the army scenario in season 5. Considering the difficulty of this scenario, this is a fail. (1/10)
Uniqueness: Tanglebriar felt alive and I got a very strong sense of the location. (9/10)
Secondary Condition: Perfect, made the moral decision difficult while not punishing depleted groups. (10/10)

Overall: Players looking for a challenge that isn’t over-the-top should try this scenario. Difficult scenarios like this definitely have a place in Pathfinder Society, but they should be labelled as hard mode so casual players can avoid them. (10/10)

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I was lucky enough to play this with a fair-minded GM who knew how to play up the atmosphere, and I had a blast!

We played low tier. It's deadly reputation is not over-exagerated and I would highly recommend playing with an experienced group of team players.

Kyonin is a cool place to visit.
Monsters are not the usual suspects.
Varied encounters, with some roleplay.

The potential for an early TPK.

Tough but fun

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Played this tonight at the lower tier. I had heard some bad things about this one and how hard it was. Past experience with PFS hard scenarios had turned me off of them but knowing how good our GM was I was well up fir it and I was not disappointed.

I'm not going to spoil anything but the hardest encounter was the first and I can see where some players might well complain at the potential lethality. My group was lucky and we managed to roll some awesome damage which helped considerably. A less optimized or inexperienced group is probably looking at a TPK here.

The rest of the scenario has some really good role-play elements as well combat for those who just like to hit things. I didn't think there was anything outstanding in these encounters but it was nice to encounter monsters not normally seen.

For an experienced group this will be a good fun scenario. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because of the potential lethality of the opening encounter.

PFS' most challenging adventure

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This adventure is easily the most challenging non-Bonekeep adventure that I am aware of. Even well-optimized parties are going to have trouble with it. It has some good RP moments too, although the final boss is a bit of a disappointment. Overall, one of my favorites.

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