Pathfinder Society Scenario #6–00: Legacy of the Stonelords (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1-11.

At long last, the Pathfinders have reached the lost Sky Citadel Jormurdun only to find it already occupied by fiends and subterranean foes. The Society must mount an epic offense to explore the immense subterranean city while simultaneously driving off the squatters within. If they succeed, the Pathfinders may discover that the greatest prize is not the mountain fortress itself but the treasure that lies at its heart. The adventure concludes Season 5, Year of the Demon.

Written by Mike Shel.

Note: Legacy of the Stonelords is designed for play in the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. It may be run anywhere by anyone, as long as there are 5 tables playing the scenario simultaneously and are in contact with each other. To inquire about access to this scenario, refer to the Organized Play Convention Support Policy.

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Challenging, but there is something for everyone to enjoy

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Similar to Damanta, Ascalaphus and Monkhoud below, I participated in this 8 table special, though I myself was playing at the lowest tier. I think we were also the table with the first player death that event. During the first fight, our level 2 cleric got a little cocky and ate a critical hit of 31 damage, dropping him down to -14 health instantly. Thankfully the GM's took mercy upon our soul and arranged an emergency teleport /raise dead just so he could continue to participate in this event. I doubt we would have been able to get through it all with just a group of 4 players. In hindsight I'd say the death was his own fault, but also that the first encounter was the hardest for us to deal with.

That is not to say that the rest of the scenario was a walkover or not challenging; we just realised we were lacking on the damage and tankiness front and debated, in character, on how to deal with that in the future. In the end we settled on using the enviroment in our advantage. We hid in narrow corridors and used my eidolon block the path. Buffing my lovely eidolon to silly amounts of AC meant we had a fighting chance. Or rather: we would not get crushed instantly, but it would still take us a long time to take the enemy down. Given the fact we were also the only table that actually looted the enemy corpses, we ended up with more than enough potions to close our wounds with.

While fights were not our strength, we had few problems with the plethora of puzzles. The puzzles themselves were great. There was plenty of variation and luckily we as a party more or less had all our bases covered when it came to knowledge checks. We were rather blessed in that aspect, though the dice often disagreed. It did allow us to come with out-of-the-box suggestions to solve issues, which made the journey rather enjoyable. Then again, the scenery and storyline was simply excellent with a couple of really nice twists thrown in as well.

All in all this was a scenario I am extremely proud of to have participated in. There was an amazing amount of diversity in encounters and every character is guaranteed to have a moment to shine. I do think that a party with more brawn than brains will have a slightly easier time overall than a party of know-it-alls, but they will struggle gaining any information about their surroundings. Perhaps they'll even flatout get caught off guard by something evil.

Moral of the story: get a balanced party, grab a few drinks and snack, and simply enjoy the amazing ride that is this scenario.


Tough but fair

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This was my first Special and I enjoyed it immensely. I played it as a level 8 Living Monolith at tier 7-8 in the party with Ascalaphus and Damanta (earlier reviews).

Adventure, 3: The premise suggests a logical conclusion scenario for season 5. This promise is delivered nicely.

Combat, 4: The fights were pretty straightforward, although some monster abilities/spells were quite nasty. Fighting (and obliterating) the tier 10-11 encounter on the stairs felt epic for all of us (although our paladin was a bit disappointed).

Background/RP, 3: The way the end of season 5, which has a great Demon- & Jormurdun-focus, mingles with the theme of season 6 is actually nicely done. Needless to say you need to have played #6-01, #6-02 and/or #6-03 first to realize that. All you need to remember is that this is a "Fallen Sky Citadel" in more than one way way.
Although the background is great, actual RP sequences are pretty rare.

Skills, 4: Quite some tough knowledge skill checks were made, as well as some pretty difficult Disable Device checks. Cuddle and thank your party's Trapfinder if he is succesfull with them. As Ascalaphus mentioned earlier: Ever since character creation, I have enjoyed every time the ability came up.

General opinion, 3:
I don't know for the lower tier encounters, but at our tier, this scenario works a lot better if you really work as a team. Having played together before, we knew our strengths and weaknesses and what we had to do. Everyone had a major role which we were willing to fulfill, which gave each of us glorious moments. But in my opinion, if the required skills are poorly represented in a party, you may be in serious trouble.
The interaction between the tables was not very interesting, mostly because only a few people seemed to understand how this worked. I advise event overseers/GM's to explain this clearly at the beginning of the adventure.


A good test of endurance and team skill

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I played with this with Damanta and Monkhound; I was the paladin.

I've previously played Siege of the Diamond City and Year of the Shadow Lodge, and I think Paizo's really getting better at making these. YotSL was chaotic, the interaction between groups was poorly worked out. In SotDS I played at the bottom tier and after beating back the 8th wave of nearly identical critters I was getting rather tired of it. So I was gratified that this special did much better.

Interaction between tables: this went smoother than before. I think part of it is the scenario; the big boss fight is set up a bit more plausibly than in YotSL. The Aid token came in very usefully, although we didn't really understand how it was supposed to be used. All we cared about was that it gave us a shot at curing a very nasty curse. I recommend that GMs have a handout with these rules for their table.

The combats were what you'd expect, but in a good way; we'd already played 6-01/2/3 earlier, and a lot of season 5, so we were quite ready for them. Even so, they were scary enough to make it exciting. The fights weren't terribly original, but they were a good fit for the place and time.

There was some RP here and there, but this isn't a social-heavy scenario. That was to be expected. Earlier in the year I'd found a boon to learn Dwarven. I took the hint and learned Dwarven, since it makes good sense when you're gonna storm a Dwarven ruin. This opened up some more options for our group.

There were quite a few puzzles and traps, which rewarded players for being sharp and attentive and bringing the right skillset. I know Monkhound was pretty happy to get to show off just how good his Ranger/Living Monolith was at the skill portion. Proper validation for anyone who's been told that Trapfinding is unimportant. But what sold it for me was that the traps were fairly clever; if all you do is throw dice at them you'll fare badly, but if you think things through it gets much better.

The time pressure element worked well for me. The organizers were well aware of it and planned for it. After a certain point you're told "this place is gonna become very unhealthy after X time", but the time is based on how much real-world time is remaining. In that time you want to achieve as many successes as possible, so playing together and playing fast is imperative. It also means that at some point you're like "we have only 15 minutes left before something horrible happens, do we try another side quest or do we run for the exit?" That gave us all a good adrenaline rush. How well this works out depends on how well your organizers plan for it.

In the big boss fight, you can fight at your own tier or choose to play up a tier. (It's literally on a sort of stairway, with scarier monsters on each rung. Which lampshades the metagaming very nicely.) If you win at higher tier your successes count for more. We'd been doing fairly well but weren't sure what to do. So like proper cautious Pathfinders we flipped a coin and went up high. That was a pretty furious fight. I think it's good this choice has been put into the scenario.

The "big twist" in this scenario isn't the most original thing I've ever seen, but it works very well. It's cliche but it's fun for the players so that's fine.

I've said that in a way the scenario isn't super surprising. But that's not the point; it's the climax of a big adventure arc and there's been a lot of foreshadowing about what you'll find there. So the challenge to the writers was to meet all those expectations. To set before you a dungeoncrawl for an army of PCs with worthy foes, a working system for intergroup cooperation, challenges of lore, ingenuity and combat. And the scenario delivers on that.


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Grand Lodge Global Organized Play Coordinator

Announced for July and will debut at PaizoCon! Keep in mind that it won't be available for normal purchase until just before Gen Con 2015 but is available for regional conventions.

Shadow Lodge

any Clue when we who are GMing it at PaizoCon will get it ?

Grand Lodge Global Organized Play Coordinator

Wraith235 wrote:
any Clue when we who are GMing it at PaizoCon will get it ?

I am setting up PaizoCon GMs' accounts tomorrow to automatically receive it when it is ready. I believe the goal is to have it in your accounts by this Friday evening so you have a full week to prepare.


Same question but with GenCon in mind?

Paizo Employee Developer

GM Hills wrote:
Same question but with GenCon in mind?

We aim to get the scenarios to GMs as soon as is feasible. That said, the Friday before the convention weekend is commonly used as our deadline so that GMs have at least a full weekend to prepare. I imagine I'll have more information as we get closer to Gen Con.


Good deal, I am the type of GM that likes to have all the minis for what is going to be in the scenario and that often requires me to paint/purchase things, so I like to have plenty of prep time (Overprepper at times, here)

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

This is going to be my first ever PFS game, at Paizocon no less! I'm excited to start things off with this!

Grand Lodge

*wrings hands*

Soon my little ones... soon...

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16

Very much looking forward to prepping this one. I'm another GM who likes to have 3D terrain and minis that are as accurate as possible. Glad to see it added to the download list, even if it's as a soon to be released.

Now I do have a question about how slotting works. If I am supposed to run 5-8 (and prep 5-8) what are the chances I end up running a different tier? (Wondering if I should be prepping all tiers at some level...just in case.)

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

You are not expected to prep outside the level range you are given. GMs are usually given two tiers so that tables can be flexible at muster. I'm slotted for 7-11, so I assume I will be prepping 8-9 and 10-11 with the possibility of having 7th level characters as well. (Although they may have made it closer to standard with Tiers 7-8 and 10-11 instead.)

Paizo Employee Developer

TriOmegaZero wrote:
You are not expected to prep outside the level range you are given. GMs are usually given two tiers so that tables can be flexible at muster. I'm slotted for 7-11, so I assume I will be prepping 8-9 and 10-11 with the possibility of having 7th level characters as well. (Although they may have made it closer to standard with Tiers 7-8 and 10-11 instead.)

It's 7–8 and 10–11, as 9th-level character tend to be more flexible in the challenges they can handle (as opposed to a 7th-level character getting drawn into Subtier 8–9).

Shadow Lodge

Excellent...

Grand Lodge

Will PaizoConUK GM's get it at the same time?

Grand Lodge Global Organized Play Coordinator

Crispy3ed wrote:
Will PaizoConUK GM's get it at the same time?

As soon as I receive a list from your VC.


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Robert Brookes wrote:
This is going to be my first ever PFS game, at Paizocon no less! I'm excited to start things off with this!

Excellent. i shall be glad to make your initiation into Society play a deadl- er, I mean, memorable one. ;-)

Paizo Employee Developer

Hey folks, we're just about to get the PaizoCon playtest version of this Special out the door. There are some rough spots formatting-wise that we didn't quite have time to clean up, but we'll be cleaning those up for Monday. This should still give you plenty to read over this weekend in preparation for PaizoCon.

There are some minutiae that I'm aware of and ironing out for that update:

  • The duergar have a few quirks, such as the fighters not having their enlarge person effect completely accounted for in their stat blocks. The clerics will also get some onyx for certain higher-level spells.
  • I'll be expanding the Knowledge check results in Act 1, so don't worry that there's a little less there than there should be.
  • I have not yet added the Chronicle sheet's boon(s), but yes, they'll be there for PaizoCon.
  • And a handful of some things that need to be bold or italicized.

  • Thanks John. Should we check back beforehand to download and print out updated certs?

    Paizo Employee Developer

    Paulicus wrote:
    Thanks John. Should we check back beforehand to download and print out updated certs?

    Yep, that would be best. I'm not sure quite what the system is at PaizoCon, but the HQ for PFS may already be providing Chronicle sheets. I'll let Mike or one of the HQ volunteers confirm.

    Dark Archive

    Pathfinder Adventure Path, Class Deck, Maps, Modules Subscriber

    Spoiler:

    Page 15, tier 10-11: HP total is incorrect for this creature. Should be 184 using the template to arrive at the printed CR.


    Spoiler:
    Are the perception DCs for the augur's vapor hazard in the seer's district supposed to be the same before and after?

    Edit: there doesn't seem to be a map for area E2 either.


    When can we expect the final version to be available?

    Grand Lodge Global Organized Play Coordinator

    Paulicus wrote:
    When can we expect the final version to be available?

    A week or two before Gen Con.


    Thanks Mike, but what I meant was the updated version (with the chronicle sheets and updated knowledge checks) that John mentioned would be out on Monday. My mistake for not being clear.

    I've been holding off on printing this for that reason.

    Paizo Employee Developer

    Paulicus wrote:

    Thanks Mike, but what I meant was the updated version (with the chronicle sheets and updated knowledge checks) that John mentioned would be out on Monday. My mistake for not being clear.

    I've been holding off on printing this for that reason.

    I finished up final revisions this morning, so it should be part of the cue to update soon.

    Paizo Employee Developer

    GMs running this adventure at PaizoCon should now have the revised version of the playtest document.


    Thanks John, looks great. A few more questions from me:

    Spoiler:
    Is the extra PP supposed to apply to this cert, or is it just something for next season?

    For the second part of the Armorer's District (section A): Do restoration spells heal the ability penalty from the curse trap, at least until the next save occurs? Do they stack? I'm not too familiar with curses. Does making the initial save shake off the curse entirely, like a poison?

    How are we supposed to run the Augur's Vapors trap in area D2? The perception DCs are the same, is it just 2 perception checks? What happens if the PCs don't make the 'after onset' check? They take damage from an unknown source?

    What if the players (for some reason) actual listen to the demon in F1 and put on the shackles?

    Thanks for all the hard work, I'm looking forward to running this!

    Shadow Lodge

    Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Cards, Class Deck, Companion, Maps, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
    John Compton wrote:
    GMs running this adventure at PaizoCon should now have the revised version of the playtest document.

    FYI - the "Date download last updated" doesn't appear to have been changed.


    The date hasn't changed, but the document seems to have been updated regardless.


    Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

    Can't speak towards the finalized product but we all had fun with the test version at PaizoCon. Next year we will let the GMs raffle off for a chance to run the NOLA table. We will try to better our empty beer count. +points to our comrade in arms (with an injured wrist) who brought out a drink tray fully loaded with beverages during the scenario ;)

    Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

    I had an amazing time playing this at Paizocon as a Tier 1. I think I can see what's going to be different at GenCon, and I can't wait to see the reactions here on the boards. It's an exhausting, tough scenario that really brought my table together!

    Liberty's Edge

    Will this be released today? Or tomorrow? It says: "Thu, July 30."

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

    Specials are not normally available for purchase until one year after publishing. So the date is actually July 30th, 2015.

    Liberty's Edge

    Awww... OK. :)

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

    However, if you can volunteer to run it, you can be granted early access like I and my fellow playtesters were. ;)

    Grand Lodge

    John and Mike,
    Is there ANYWAY that someone can stay on top of the release dates. This has caused problems before and now this one is showing it should be released and if someone were to schedule this for a game day even (with 6+ tables) then they would not be able to run this. This is unfortunate as it would be fun to run!!
    It could potentially screw their schedules up not to mention their potential GM's when they are expecting it.

    I know this is a Gen Con event as well was it was for Paizo Con.. but it does say it was released Wed, Jul 30th.
    I am not upset but I can see the potential problems have been through them before not to long ago :)

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
    Product Availability wrote:
    Will be available for purchase Thu, Jul 30, 2015.

    Wait, when was that added?

    Shadow Lodge

    Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

    Yeah, its something I've long wished they would add, years. It happens every year with the exclusives. They don't include the year and people assume it means the current year when its usually the next year.

    Grand Lodge Global Organized Play Coordinator

    Deanoth wrote:

    John and Mike,

    Is there ANYWAY that someone can stay on top of the release dates. This has caused problems before and now this one is showing it should be released and if someone were to schedule this for a game day even (with 6+ tables) then they would not be able to run this. This is unfortunate as it would be fun to run!!
    It could potentially screw their schedules up not to mention their potential GM's when they are expecting it.

    I know this is a Gen Con event as well was it was for Paizo Con.. but it does say it was released Wed, Jul 30th.
    I am not upset but I can see the potential problems have been through them before not to long ago :)

    Done:

    Will be available for purchase Thu, Jul 30, 2015.

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

    Mike, I believe they are referring to the tag under the price, which just says month and day. If the tech team can make an adjustment to add the year to that, all confusion will....okay, correction, SHOULD be dispelled.

    Webstore Gninja Minion

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    TriOmegaZero wrote:
    Mike, I believe they are referring to the tag under the price, which just says month and day. If the tech team can make an adjustment to add the year to that, all confusion will....okay, correction, SHOULD be dispelled.

    The correction is on their to-do list, but no ETA on it.


    I'm hopefully running this for a local game day in the middle of next month.

    If it doesn't cause too many spoilers, could someone post which, if any, map packs/flip mats are used? Need to buy them early to get them shipped all the way to Aus.

    Sovereign Court

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

    This post is where John Compton posted the list.

    Although it's since been edited and you no longer need the Cathedral flip mat.


    Iammars wrote:

    This post is where John Compton posted the list.

    Although it's since been edited and you no longer need the Cathedral flip mat.

    Thank you!


    Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    Does anyone remember what the special replay rules were for the piazocon playtest vs the final product? Just realised I have both chronicles on the same character and don't recall if we were allowed to do this.

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

    You can replay or receive a second GM credit for the final updated special if you played or GMed the playtest version respectively. You still cannot apply the credit to the same character however.


    Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
    TriOmegaZero wrote:
    You can replay or receive a second GM credit for the final updated special if you played or GMed the playtest version respectively. You still cannot apply the credit to the same character however.

    Ahh poop thats going to screw some things up

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