Pathfinder Society Scenario #7–13: Captive in Crystal (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 5-9.

Recent events have left the Master of Spells Aram Zey unable to fulfill his duties, and without his expertise, the Pathfinder Society struggles to resolve pressing arcane matters. The Decemvirate has reopened the decade-old case of the most qualified replacement: Aram Zey's predecessor and former Master of Spells Sorrina Westyr, who disappeared while handling a powerful wayfinder that the Society has since kept closely guarded. It is up to the PCs to track down Sorrina Westyr—and bring back whatever remains.

Content in "Captive in Crystal" also contributes directly to the ongoing storyline of the Grand Lodge faction.

Written by Monica Marlowe.

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Excellent Work

*****

I ran this, and loved it. The story and flavor were well executed, and the mechanics cohered well. I have some concern about how the PCs are expected to figure out what is happening in the final encounter to actually initiate the combat, but it is a relatively easy flaw to overcome as a GM. I don't think it sufficient to subtract a star.


Rock-solid

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A few weeks back I played this scenario on the high tier with a four-man-plus-eidolon-strong party. Coincidentally, the eidolon was our only frontliner as we had a sorcerer, summoner, ranged fighter and a bard.

I have to admit that I rather enjoyed the setting of scenario, as well as the NPCs. It all came neatly together and created an evocative environment for us to wander around in. As I’m writing this I’m trying to decide what part I liked most: a certain NPC and his, let’s call them, wishes, or a library of sorts. I honestly can’t decide as I really enjoyed both.

The encounters were rough at times. The combination of unusual tactics, unusual foes and unusual skills made every fight challenging, but fun. I do however have to point out that the bard had a significant impact on the final encounter. Countersong is situational, but highly effective. As such I can’t really comment on what is actually likely to happen near the end of the scenario, as we somewhat cheesed our way through it in a legitimate way.

I can only name one downside: one of the encounters is scripted to be a fight. Were it not for the fact they’re not evil and just doing their job, I’d have been okay with that. As it stands now, you have no other way of dealing with them. There is no diplomatic option, even though that would have made a lot of sense. I personally really dislike that approach and I’m a tad disappointed. I just can’t ignore it and as such have to reduce my final rating by one star.

Despite that issue, I consider a must-play scenario and I would recommend it. The story, the location, (the majority of) the encounters and chronicle sheet are all worth it.


Cool scenario, some flaws

****( )

Overall this was a nice scenario. Good premise, interesting location, unusual and challenging enemies. Great RP opportunities, and an important move forward in the metaplot.

There are a few tidbits that I dislike though;
- In the first fight, the scene description says a monster holds back until X and then joins the fight. It's written tactics give the impression it fights from the start. This makes a big difference in how hard the fight is.
- At some point there are critters blocking your way. They're kind of on the good side, but can't be persuaded to let you past without violence or teleportation. This makes me sad.


Information overload!

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I played this in the standard campaign at high tier with a four person party.

Starting with a 3 score I adjust that for

-1: Lore
There is a lot of information coming from the GM. While I like that in general as it grounds the scenario in Golarion lore there was just too much background. It also was not clear what was critical information and what was flavor. As it was I did not ask questions that I would have otherwise asked so that we could finish the scenario in a reasonable time.


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Announced for December!

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Wow, that didn't take long! You'll have a scenario out before Brian, Kalervo, and I do! Looking forward to seeing this!

Silver Crusade

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That's a very interesting turn of events... (strokes beard thoughtfully)


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Yay! More stuff from Monica! :D

Shadow Lodge

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So she finally scrapped together 5 PP For that body recovery...

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
So she finally scrapped together 5 PP For that body recovery...

What a dull scenario that would be ;-)

Sovereign Court

Clearly you're not listening to me. I've told you everything you need to know on Zey's research. In fact, I've pointed out in no less than a dozen instances where he was wrong.

This "mission" makes no sense to me. It's a waste of resources to try to find him, and furthermore, why in the Nine Hells would you want to find that hack, Sorrina Westyr? Clearly she couldn't cut it in the role, disappearing as she did.

No, you are wrong to go on this adventure when there is a perfectly clear choice standing right in front of you. One speaking to you right this minute.

Worthless...all of you.

Liberty's Edge

Ethan Snide wrote:

Clearly you're not listening to me. I've told you everything you need to know on Zey's research. In fact, I've pointed out in no less than a dozen instances where he was wrong.

This "mission" makes no sense to me. It's a waste of resources to try to find him, and furthermore, why in the Nine Hells would you want to find that hack, Sorrina Westyr? Clearly she couldn't cut it in the role, disappearing as she did.

No, you are wrong to go on this adventure when there is a perfectly clear choice standing right in front of you. One speaking to you right this minute.

Worthless...all of you.

PASSED OVER AGAIN, EH SNIDE? ONCE IS HAPPENSTANCE. TWICE IS A PATTERN.

Sovereign Court

Maybe the Aspis Consortium has an opening.

Last time I reveal who the traitor in your midst is.

Liberty's Edge

PATHFINDER SOCIETY NEED NEW POSITION!

MASTER OF HAMMERS!

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THUNDERLIPS! wrote:

PATHFINDER SOCIETY NEED NEW POSITION!

MASTER OF HAMMERS!

All of them are masters of something starting with "S," so I think the better candidate would be Master of Screams or Master of Shouting. I feel this person would be well qualified to give mission briefings at the start of scenarios.

Sovereign Court

John Compton wrote:
All of them are masters of something starting with "S," so I think the better candidate would be Master of Screams or Master of Shouting. I feel this person would be well qualified to give mission briefings at the start of scenarios.

Well then by extension I thank you for your consideration, and I await my eventual escalation to the Master of Snide, Ethan. I do insist my office is larger than that hack Zey.

Liberty's Edge

YOU ARE ALREADY MASTER OF SNIDE UNLESS YOU HAVE NOTHING WORTH (snicker giggle) MASTERING.

HAR!

Liberty's Edge

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THUNDERLIPS! THOROUGHLY ENJOYED SPELUNKING THE CRYSTAL WOMB AND SPIKY BUSH. THUNDERLIPS! WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THUNDERLIPS! ONLY HAD TWO MINUTES TO GO IN AND OUT OF WOMB THROUGH THE BUSH.

ALSO, THUNDERLIPS! COULD HAVE DONE WITH OUT THAT WHOLE VEINEY SHAFT PORTION. NOT THUNDERLIPS!'S KIND OF PARTY.

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THUNDERLIPS! wrote:

THUNDERLIPS! THOROUGHLY ENJOYED SPELUNKING THE CRYSTAL WOMB AND SPIKY BUSH. THUNDERLIPS! WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THUNDERLIPS! ONLY HAD TWO MINUTES TO GO IN AND OUT OF WOMB THROUGH THE BUSH.

ALSO, THUNDERLIPS! COULD HAVE DONE WITH OUT THAT WHOLE VEINEY SHAFT PORTION. NOT THUNDERLIPS!'S KIND OF PARTY.

I assure you, this party is for everyone, no matter how long they require, THUNDERLIPS! I am glad you enjoyed yourself, please spelunk again ;-)

Liberty's Edge

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mamaursula wrote:
THUNDERLIPS! wrote:

THUNDERLIPS! THOROUGHLY ENJOYED SPELUNKING THE CRYSTAL WOMB AND SPIKY BUSH. THUNDERLIPS! WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THUNDERLIPS! ONLY HAD TWO MINUTES TO GO IN AND OUT OF WOMB THROUGH THE BUSH.

ALSO, THUNDERLIPS! COULD HAVE DONE WITH OUT THAT WHOLE VEINEY SHAFT PORTION. NOT THUNDERLIPS!'S KIND OF PARTY.

I assure you, this party is for everyone, no matter how long they require, THUNDERLIPS! I am glad you enjoyed yourself, please spelunk again ;-)

THUNDERLIPS! WONDERED WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SALT 'N PEPPA'S OLD HYPE MAN. THUNDERLIPS! IS HAPPY THAT THIS SCENARIO IS FOR ALL THE PEOPLE, NOT JUST THE SEXY PEOPLE BECAUSE THEN THUNDERLIPS! WOULD GET VERY LONELY. EXCEPT FOR THE TWO RABBITS THUNDERLIPS! BROUGHT. THEY WOULD KEEP THUNDERLIPS! IN GOOD SPIRITS.

THUNDERLIPS! DID GET STRANGE LOOKS FROM HOT SPICY CHELISH DISH DRALNEEN WHEN THUNDERLIPS! STOWED THE RABBITS IN THUNDERLIPS!'S THONG.

Dark Archive

Did someone mention "the sexy people"?

The Exchange

Somebody must by talkin bout sexy folks, don't know why else I'd be teleported here, except maybe to congratulate my man THUNDERLIPS!on his appointment to Master of Subtly. And my main rat Lucius is getting things going, this is my kind of party.

Grand Lodge

"Lady BroKahn, future master of smash-hammers present!"

The Exchange

Ohh, yeah you are.


Wait, so the Society's Master of Spells goes missing for a decade and just now the Decemvirate decides to go and rescue her? By the Empyreal Lords, I don't think the Decemvirate is to be trusted.

Sovereign Court

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Berselius wrote:
Wait, so the Society's Master of Spells goes missing for a decade and just now the Decemvirate decides to go and rescue her? By the Empyreal Lords, I don't think the Decemvirate is to be trusted.

If I recall, it's more complicated than that. They basically didn't have the right tools to locate/follow her until the scenario.


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Kalindlara wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Wait, so the Society's Master of Spells goes missing for a decade and just now the Decemvirate decides to go and rescue her? By the Empyreal Lords, I don't think the Decemvirate is to be trusted.
If I recall, it's more complicated than that. They basically didn't have the right tools to locate/follow her until the scenario.

Ah, okay. Thanks Kalindlara.

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