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Pathfinder Adventure Path #79: The Half-Dead City (Mummy’s Mask 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #79: The Half-Dead City (Mummy’s Mask 1 of 6) (PFRPG)
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Chapter 1: "The Half-Dead City"
By Jim Groves

The Mummy's Mask Adventure Path begins with "The Half-Dead City," an exciting new adventure in the pyramid-laden realm of Osirion, Land of Pharaohs! In the city of Wati, the church of Pharasma holds a lottery allowing explorers to delve the tombs of the city's vast necropolis in search of the nation's lost glories. In the course of investigating dusty tombs and fighting their ancient guardians and devious traps, the heroes encounter a group of rival adventurers intent on keeping one tomb's treasures for themselves. At the same time, the heroes learn that a dangerous artifact has been stolen from the tomb. Can the adventurers defeat their rivals, or will they fall to the undead defenders of the city's necropolis?

This volume of the Pathfinder Adventure Path launches the Mummy's Mask Adventure Path and includes:

  • "The Half-Dead City," a Pathfinder adventure for 1st-level characters, by Jim Groves.
  • A double-sized gazetteer of Wati exploring both parts of this vibrant city dedicated to the dead, by Crystal Frasier.
  • A rough welcome to Wati in the Pathfinder Journal, by Amber E. Scott.
  • Five dangerous new monsters, by Jim Groves, Will McCardell, and Michael McCarthy.

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.

Cover Art by Tyler Jacobson.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-588-4

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Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Announced! Cover image is a mockup.

Silver Crusade

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

Groovy.

Shadow Lodge

Helloooooooooo....

Osirion

Sooo excited for this AP...for reasons. *wink*

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

Congrats on nabbing this book, Jim! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labor, I know you worked your ass off on this one!

Osirion

Always been a fan of Osirion! Looking forward to this AP!!!


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

Can't wait.


Awesome! Can't wait to restart AP subscription for this XD


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

My boyfriend's going to love this series.
Hmm.. maybe I'll ask him if he wants to run this one...


10 people marked this as a favorite.

*wearing gas mask*

"Are you my mummy?"

:)


Coolness. I love my mummy!


1 person marked this as a favorite.

I already did that joke back on Rasputin Must Die. ;p


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Kajehase wrote:
I already did that joke back on Rasputin Must Die. ;p

Yes but did you see my spin on it? I made a pun out of your earlier comment. (mummy instead of mommy).

Oh nevermind let's just laugh. :D HA HA HA HA HA.


Awesome!
I love Osirion. I love the undead. I am looking forward to this one very much.


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

I can't wait for this AP.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

6 people marked this as a favorite.

Awesome! This was a blast to write! I'm confident that people will love it and the really exciting metaplot that the whole series has. I can't wait to see the art and the expert fine-tuning that Rob McCreary has done to double down on the kick ass.

Osirion

I love the rival-adventuring party concept. You just don't see enough of that, despite this being a world supposedly teeming with adventurers.

I'd be REALLY excited to see at least a series of teams working against the party as recurring villains. But that's just my daydreaming.

Thanks Jim!


Funny, no one's mentioned the ZOMG MUMMY DRAGON!!!1! on the cover. I dig it!


...or is it a dragon mummy? Hmm...


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Both thoughts are equally terrifying.

Shadow Lodge

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I know he's super busy, but I *REEEEALLY* hope Michael Kortes writes one of these. :D

But starting with Jim is already a great start!

Grand Lodge

Watching the Mummy tonight!!! >.<

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

So... can you tell us who is doing the cover art?

*hopes for the glorious return of Steve Prescott to AP covers*

Shadow Lodge

cannon fodder wrote:
Funny, no one's mentioned the ZOMG MUMMY DRAGON!!!1! on the cover. I dig it!

Probably mostly because it's a placeholder cover.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

So, this artifact can raise the dead right? Why is this special? So can an animate dead spell.


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Stratagemini wrote:
So, this artifact can raise the dead right? Why is this special? So can an animate dead spell.

I'm thinking it has to do with the numbers and types of undead. If you can raise an army of ghouls and mummies to your command say...

Andoran

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Callous Jack wrote:

So... can you tell us who is doing the cover art?

*hopes for the glorious return of Steve Prescott to AP covers*

Man, I miss Steve Prescott! He and WAR are my favorites!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Stratagemini wrote:
So, this artifact can raise the dead right? Why is this special? So can an animate dead spell.

You'll have to wait and see what makes it so special! :-)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Stratagemini wrote:
So, this artifact can raise the dead right? Why is this special? So can an animate dead spell.

I bet the artifact creates a Zombie Jamboree. :)

I love the rival adventuring party idea, too. They've generally been done well in Pathfinder products, and bring a lot of dynamics to the adventure; I was kind of hoping we'd see one in this AP. Be very interesting if they are able to make it last at least a couple of adventures.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

How is it we have this up, but still a mockup for the art for Midnight Isles?

On topic, I might have to keep my subscription up after WotR finishes.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

j b 200 wrote:

How is it we have this up, but still a mockup for the art for Midnight Isles?

On topic, I might have to keep my subscription up after WotR finishes.

This is a mockup as well, that's how! :)


James Jacobs wrote:
j b 200 wrote:

How is it we have this up, but still a mockup for the art for Midnight Isles?

On topic, I might have to keep my subscription up after WotR finishes.

This is a mockup as well, that's how! :)

obviously she or he doesn't have Lost Kingdoms:) the write up sounds awesome!!!!!!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

Well well well, the first adventure seems to place the PCs as Indiana Jones and the rival adventurers as Belloq. I'm FOR it!

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

That rival adventuring party sounds like a nice callback to the first Osirion-based module. :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Mikaze wrote:
That rival adventuring party sounds like a nice callback to the first Osirion-based module. :)

I was thinking the same thing.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Yep, will definitely have to renew the AP subscription for this.
I've really enjoyed running a rival party in a previous campaign. That's an unexpected pleasant bonus for this AP which already had my attention.


My friends and I ask, what is new or different? In this case, the description gives us nothing useful. Compare that to the idea of an AP where you conquer a kingdom! Without that prospect you are left to the hope that a multitude of authors pull off an engaging story.
As evidenced by some APs, that doesn't always happen.

Qadira

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

Given that I have found that all of the APs so far have had engaging stories, I fail to see your point. Nonetheless you are welcome to your opinion.


Cthulhudrew wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
That rival adventuring party sounds like a nice callback to the first Osirion-based module. :)
I was thinking the same thing.

The plot description sounds a little similar to J1 and J4.

Are there similarities or some connection?

(of course, there were some similarities in description between RoW and the Witchwar Legacy and they were very different in actuality, so it could just be a description thing).


Maybe this adventure's party is the rival party from the old module (and vice versa).


graywulfe wrote:
Given that I have found that all of the APs so far have had engaging stories, I fail to see your point. Nonetheless you are welcome to your opinion.

Indeed. I think it would be a sad day when Paizo decided that it couldn't just do an AP based around a compelling story, that it was required to come up with some "new" game structure that was openly revealed before playing the game. Given the overwhelming positive interest in this AP based solely on the hints of it's story, I don't think they are in danger of reaching that point though.


I do feel as though 130 dollars should produce something more interesting than a series of dungeon crawls, and I hope it does.


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Volg Drohar wrote:
I do feel as though 130 dollars should produce something more interesting than a series of dungeon crawls, and I hope it does.

It always does in my experiences.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Shattered Star provide it could happen. Although I doubt we can really tell what this AP is about from one chapter, right?

Right?


YES!
Since there appears to be a companion booklet about not only Osirion but also Thuvia and Rahadoum, I am guessing that this involves a Rahadoumi (?) plot to raise the dead using a mix of ancient Osiriani magic/artifacts and that flower concoction from Thuvia. Just my guess...


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
Seth Parsons wrote:

YES!

Since there appears to be a companion booklet about not only Osirion but also Thuvia and Rahadoum, I am guessing that this involves a Rahadoumi (?) plot to raise the dead using a mix of ancient Osiriani magic/artifacts and that flower concoction from Thuvia. Just my guess...

Not necessarily. 'People of the North' detailed quite a bit more than simply the Jadwiga & others of Irresen, yet Reign of Winter only touched in Irresen & never even came close to either the Lands of the Linnorm Kings or the Mammoth Lords, yet most of the information in it was quite valuable for a Reign of Winter Campaign.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Seth Parsons wrote:

YES!

Since there appears to be a companion booklet about not only Osirion but also Thuvia and Rahadoum, I am guessing that this involves a Rahadoumi (?) plot to raise the dead using a mix of ancient Osiriani magic/artifacts and that flower concoction from Thuvia. Just my guess...

This would be the most awesome idea ever...I'd play that even if it weren't the AP!


Most excited been about AP announcement since Kingmaker

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

4 people marked this as a favorite.

The notion of a rival group of adventurers is somewhat archetypal. We do see it more often in a "tomb raiding" storyline.

As for an interesting story, with complete and total conviction I tell you this is such a story, and written by the best of AP authors—with a Developer with a degree in history and a passion for the subject. You only know about me and Crystal, and I cannot divulge the others. It is not my place to do so. However they're all awesome, every one of them.

The meta-plot is incredibly interesting. It does need time to develop however. Bear in mind Chapter One are the low-levels, and need to set the stage. Trust me when I say this flower will bloom.


Nice... Just a series of dungeon crawls would be disappointing to me as well,
but I have good hopes for this one, hopefully the scope of action and interaction goes well beyond that trope.

Any idea if we will be seeing more background on Sphinxes, history, "ecology", etc?

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