Pathfinder Society Scenario #7–05: School of Spirits (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

Seven years ago, Pathfinders entered Absalom’s shattered Precipice Quarter in pursuit of a ruby ring but also rescued a strange survivor. She has since grown to adulthood and exhibited a rebellious spirit connected to the ruined school where the Pathfinders found her. The woman’s family has contacted the Society, hoping that its agents can escort her back to the haunted site and unravel the Drownyard’s relentless mysteries.

Written by Alex Greenshields.

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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Great follow-up, great stand-alone

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While having played 0-06 Black Waters does help and give PCs a connection to the main NPC here, not having that scenario on a character does not prevent anyone from feeling empathy for her. My only gripe is that the drownyards should have been more of a focus.


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Great Scenario!!!

*****

This is a well-written scenario and an excellent follow up to 0-6 Black Waters. I GMed this scenario and I rather enjoyed the scenario was written so that it can be played favoring combat or favoring social interactions. My group chose a nice mixture of both and we had a great deal of fun.


One of my favorite scenarios so far.

*****

I've run this scenario a few times as a GM, and it's a favorite every time. I love that they allow options for all types of characters (combat heavy or those that prefer the diplomatic routes). The NPCs are memorable and the reveals from the Player Handouts are awesome. If you're not strong at role-playing as a GM, the primary NPCs can be a little challenging, so definitely give them some thought and a good read-over before you run it. It will make the game that much better for your group.

I haven't had a group walk away disappointed with this scenario yet, and that's saying a lot. It also brings in a monster element that doesn't seem to be common in PFS scenarios, but is in Adventure Paths. For players who only have a lot of Scenario experience, it touches on some new things AND teaches them how to handle a potentially lethal encounter. This information is amazing for players who will go on to play in full-length Adventure Paths, and for GMs who will be running those games.

I will run this any time someone in my area wants to play it. I'm really glad this was one of the first scenarios I ever ran as a GM. I have no regrets about my experiences with this one, and it's remained a strong favorite for many of my local players.


Best scenario in the front half of Season 7

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I'd give this 4.5 stars if I could. It's got great roleplay, it does a good job introducing material from Occult Adventures (and a lot of other scenarios in Season 7 don't do that). It's a follow-up/flash forward to the earlier Black Waters, which oozed great flavor.

If you're looking at reviews considering running or playing this, just take the plunge, it's a hard one to miss even if your GM is just reading boxed text (and if you have an outstanding GM, it will be an outstanding game).


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Oooooo! Sequel to Black Waters? Awesome!

Silver Crusade

Six years since I delved that sorrowful place. May my lady not take those who go in my place.

Grand Lodge

Dude! I just ran Black Waters for the first time and now there's a sequel?! Sweet!

Sovereign Court

I hope a certain individual runs this for our PFS chapter ;)

Shadow Lodge

I loved Black Waters. One of the better ones with a lot of flavor and potential to add your own twists. Fun story, interesting NPCs, and can be very short to run.

I'm trilled that there is finally a return to the area and I hope it lives up.

Silver Crusade

A memorable scenario this one was.

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This product's release has moved to tomorrow, August 27.

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Season 0 is still legal...that is surprising. I wonder if Black Waters is worth doing as a prequel.

Grand Lodge

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The answer is YES.

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The answer is definitely yes. This adventure incorporates many elements from Black Waters.

Scarab Sages

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Wondering when this scenario will be available for download, since it was supposedly available for purchase yesterday. Anybody know what's going on with it?

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Now available!

Shadow Lodge

Left out in the cold again. :P

Shadow Lodge

?

:(

Grand Lodge

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Got it now.

Silver Crusade

Black Waters was a lot of fun. I should GM it again before doing this one.


Fromper wrote:
Black Waters was a lot of fun. I should GM it again before doing this one.

IMO, the coolest experience would be to intentionally grab a group of players expecting to go to School of Spirits and have them build characters with the idea that they are fresh-faced young recruits, running Confirmation and Black Waters and a few other adventures that are fun for low levels, and then have them "age up" the characters for Season 7 (assuming they started in Season 0, so add +7 years), perhaps gradually with 1 year for every scenario after Black Waters (making School of Spirits their 10th, so they play in subtier 4-5) or just all at once at some point.


Listen, just do what I do, say "We were too close to the Scepter of Ages. Just roll with it."

Seriously though I am looking forwards to this scenario.

Shadow Lodge

Rogue Eidolon wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Black Waters was a lot of fun. I should GM it again before doing this one.
IMO, the coolest experience would be to intentionally grab a group of players expecting to go to School of Spirits and have them build characters with the idea that they are fresh-faced young recruits, running Confirmation and Black Waters and a few other adventures that are fun for low levels, and then have them "age up" the characters for Season 7 (assuming they started in Season 0, so add +7 years), perhaps gradually with 1 year for every scenario after Black Waters (making School of Spirits their 10th, so they play in subtier 4-5) or just all at once at some point.

I don't know, I've always found The Confirmation boring and underwhelming. Silent Tide and Blakros Museum Scenarios (minus Silver Mount), though would be a pretty epic run.


DM Beckett wrote:
Rogue Eidolon wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Black Waters was a lot of fun. I should GM it again before doing this one.
IMO, the coolest experience would be to intentionally grab a group of players expecting to go to School of Spirits and have them build characters with the idea that they are fresh-faced young recruits, running Confirmation and Black Waters and a few other adventures that are fun for low levels, and then have them "age up" the characters for Season 7 (assuming they started in Season 0, so add +7 years), perhaps gradually with 1 year for every scenario after Black Waters (making School of Spirits their 10th, so they play in subtier 4-5) or just all at once at some point.
I don't know, I've always found The Confirmation boring and underwhelming. Silent Tide and Blakros Museum Scenarios (minus Silver Mount), though would be a pretty epic run.

The idea was to emphasize the fact that these were fresh recruits on their first missions. Replace with any other scenario you prefer and you could even call it their confirmation! :)


I ran Black Waters last week, so we can run this follow up in the near future.

Scarab Sages

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I just realized that this scenario was submitted for a 2016 ENnie. Thanks to whoever did that!

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