Pathfinder Adventure Path #112: The Whisper Out of Time (Strange Aeons 4 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Not-So-Sweet Nothings

With their memories once again intact, the adventurers continue their pursuit of Count Lowls. But first they must visit Cassomir, where they believe the wayward noble is meeting with an old associate, but find only danger in his absence. Next, they travel to Katheer, capital city of Qadira, to track down a blasphemous tome in a hidden library, only to discover Lowls has stolen the vile book. They then venture to the slave-trading city of Okeno to pick up the count's trail again and encounter the mysterious and alien entity that has been haunting their dreams. If they can't stop their crazed nemesis before his plans come to fruition, doom will come for all!

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the Strange Aeons Adventure Path and includes:

  • "The Whisper Out of Time," a Pathfinder adventure for 10th-level characters, by Richard Pett.
  • A gazetteer of the dangerous slaver city of Okeno, by Richard Pett.
  • A look into the inscrutable ways of the alien beings known as yithians, by Paris Crenshaw.
  • A diva has a fateful meeting in the Pathfinder's Journal, by Jason Scott Aiken.
  • A bestiary containing a new Great Old One and other loathsome monsters, by Ed Grabianowski, James Jacobs, Richard Pett, and Greg A. Vaughan.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-908-0

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Feels Rushed and Lazy

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Unfortunate module; laziness abounds:

- The formula of Pathfinder Adventure Paths gets in the way of mood, story, plot.

- No fleshing out of travels to Cassomir, Okeno, or the Parchlands. Even simple tables of possible encounters would have been appreciated. Instead, it lazily references other works.

- Even parts that show promise, such as A Symphony of Madness, end with a whimper.

- Some artwork is unfortunate (Mun looks like he's from early 1900's New York, and Twain looks nothing like a derro).

- Speaking of derro, the whole derro involvement feels stolen/borrowed nearly piecemeal from No Response from Deepmar.

- Creatures encountered can be anachronistic (witness the clockwork vivisectionist) and diminish the feel of the module.

- Maps are small and poorly detailed.

- Poor editing; there are a number of typos littering the pages, reinforcing the feel of this being a rushed, shoddy module.

- Weird that a haunt of words and ideas lifting from pages and attacking players would do 10d6 physical damage, as much as falling 80 feet. Lazy design.

- Political correctness (gender activism) rumps rampant in the back half of the module, detracting from the story. The use of "they" to refer to a creature is distracting and confusing.

- The process listed for creating a Hollow One makes it exceedingly unlikely that Mun would have created multiple hollow ones of himself, further straining credulity.

Most concernedly, this module doesn't "feel" like an Elder Mythos adventure. I expect better from Paizo.


Suffers from taking place at too many places...

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Part 1 (Cassomir) has a good mix between Cthulhu Mythos and Pathfinder atmosphere.
Part 2 (Katheer) is the part where the Mythos atmosphere is strongest.
The "Ecology of the Yithian" article is excellent!
The Bestiary section is good.

BAD:
The battle-maps are disappointing, they are very plain and unevokative and the last one is too big to fit even on a "Bigger Flip-Mat".
The Okeno gazetteer doesn´t offer enough information.

UGLY:
There is no clue where to place the "Old Infirmary" anywhere in Cassomir and the location of the "Blossoming Thorn" in Okeno is not given either.
You ABSOLUTELY need Pathfinder Chronicles: Cities of Golarion and Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Qadira, Jewel of the East, both excellent books, if your players decide to visit some other locations in Cassomir and Katheer and if you don´t want to pretend the encounter locations exist in thin air.
The CR of the opponents in part 3 are way below the group, there is not a single enemy that won´t be taken down in 1 round.
A level 12 party can take on the whole fortress at once and lose not a single PC.

I was really torn between giving 2 or 3 stars for this, i wish i could have given 2.5
The GM has to invest lots of extra time into this part to flesh out the three cities and to replace EVERY opponent in part 3 (lots of low CR creatures DON´T add up to a high CR challenge).
This adventure would have been better if it took place in only 2 cities.


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I wonder wich great old one this volume will have.

Dark Archive

So far we got:
-Ithaqua, the Wind-Walker by August Derleth in book 1,
-Mordiggian, the Charnel God by Clark Ashton Smith in book 2,
-Tsathoggua, Father of Night by Clark Ashton Smith in book 3.

Considering that H.P.L.´s works are public domain and can still be done later and that Mhar and Orgesh are Paizo creations, that still leaves:

-Atlach-Nacha, the Void Weaver by Clark Ashton Smith &
-Chaugnar Faugn, the Horror from the Hills by Frank Belknap Long

as most "urgent" adaptations from the article in AP# 109.

Book 5 will most likely contain Xhamen-Dor, the Inmost Blot.


I'm a little sad we don't get Mhar but Xhamen-Dor is acceptable.


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Chaugnar Faugn vs. the Oliphaunt of Jandeley! Fight!

Me personally I am hoping that it is Atlach-Nacha. Book 5, I am betting on Xhamen-Dor as well.


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"Encounter the mysterious and alien entity that has been haunting their dreams."

I hope it is a Flumph

Paizo Employee Developer

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It's not a flumph. ;)

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The flumph got taken out?????:(

Silver Crusade

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Richard Pett wrote:
The flumph got taken out?????:(

;_;


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Richard Pett wrote:
The flumph got taken out?????:(

Endangered species and all, you know.

Ruyan.


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RuyanVe wrote:
Richard Pett wrote:
The flumph got taken out?????:(

Endangered species and all, you know.

Ruyan.

But their tentacles are so exotic and they make terrific Flumphy Pillows.

Dark Archive

Shipping will begin on november 30th.

That means the description will probably be updated on friday 25th of november.


Marco Massoudi wrote:

Shipping will begin on november 30th.

That means the description will probably be updated on friday 25th of november.

Thursday the 24th of November may interfere.

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Plausible Pseudonym wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

Shipping will begin on november 30th.

That means the description will probably be updated on friday 25th of november.

Thursday the 24th of November may interfere.

Highly unlikely.

Updates are mostly done on wednesdays or fridays, sometimes on mondays.


Thursday the 24th of November is Thanksgiving in the States. As it is close to the weekend, it is possible that the Friday may be included as part of a long weekend, which is what I think Plausible Pseudonym was getting at.

However, I don't live in the States, so I'm not 100% on Friday being a no-work day (although I do know that the international schools are taking the day off...)

I'm sure we'll know for sure next week.

--C.


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Sara Marie said that Paizo will be closed on Friday the 25th of November.


I'm sure there won't be an update on Friday because of Thanksgiving.

There probably WILL be an update on December 3rd though.


my understanding is that American thanksgiving is in fact a 4-day holiday.

<insert joke about Americans being lazy here>

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Ah, ok.

AP #111 got updated 1 workday before shipping started to subscibers.

As shipping to subscribers starts on wednesday 30th of november, i guess this will be updated very shortly before (monday 28th maybe).

I don´t understand that the AP line of all is so far behind in updates, it is the flagship product of Paizo after all...


It seems to me that the product description for this book has already been updated...

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Correct. This is the updated and accurate text and image.

(To help in the future, you might notice that the product descriptions with the bullet points are typically the final descriptions and they match the back cover text of the book. Prior to that, the text is closer to the solicitation text sent out to book buyers and distributors. What I'm saying is that looking for the bullet points—at least when it comes to most of the book lines–will let you know if the description has been updated 9 times out of 10.)


Adam Daigle wrote:

Correct. This is the updated and accurate text and image.

(To help in the future, you might notice that the product descriptions with the bullet points are typically the final descriptions and they match the back cover text of the book. Prior to that, the text is closer to the solicitation text sent out to book buyers and distributors. What I'm saying is that looking for the bullet points—at least when it comes to most of the book lines–will let you know if the description has been updated 9 times out of 10.)

I did notice, though, that the cover image file seems smaller in size (dimensions) than is usually the case. I don't know if this is significant in any way, just wanted to mentioned it just in case. :)

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Heine Stick wrote:
It seems to me that the product description for this book has already been updated...

You're right, Heine.

I could swear that the description hadn't been updated when i wrote this.

Normally we get an "updated with final description" post after the update...


Thank you Adam! :)


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The article about Yithians will be interesting.


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Dragon78 wrote:
The article about Yithians will be interesting.

After Shattered Star, I'm hoping it will offer more insight than if I had just read The Shadow Out Of Time instead.


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Oliver Veyrac wrote:
RuyanVe wrote:
Richard Pett wrote:
The flumph got taken out?????:(

Endangered species and all, you know.

Ruyan.

But their tentacles are so exotic and they make terrific Flumphy Pillows.

Just noticed that flumph is exactly the sound you hear when you plunge into it, head first.

Ruyan.

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RuyanVe wrote:
Oliver Veyrac wrote:
RuyanVe wrote:
Richard Pett wrote:
The flumph got taken out?????:(

Endangered species and all, you know.

Ruyan.

But their tentacles are so exotic and they make terrific Flumphy Pillows.

Just noticed that flumph is exactly the sound you hear when you plunge into it, head first.

Ruyan.

Holy crap, FLUMPH ARE POKÉMON.


Already billed for this, but the .pdf hasn't appeared yet. How long does that usually take?

Doug M.


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24-48 hours usually. So if you got billed just like me, you will see your PDF once you get the shipping notice in your email. Hopefully Thursday, maybe Friday :) I am still excited :)


Yeah, the second module left me a bit flat, but the third one really made me sit up and take notice. Fingers crossed.

Doug M.

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me too:)


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I'm still disappointed they didn't go with my submission The Whisper Out Of Tyme, a Victorian era cookbook.

Silver Crusade

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Richard Prtt wrote:
I'm still disappointed they didn't go with my submission The Whisper Out Of Tyme, a Victorian era cookbook.

>_>


There's a story behind that alias. :-)

I think...

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Captain Yesterday wrote:

There's a story behind that alias. :-)

I think...

Probably the last name is phonetic for Pett strangling you when you tried to say it :3

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Richard Prtt wrote:
I'm still disappointed they didn't go with my submission The Whisper Out Of Tyme, a Victorian era cookbook.

That's right, and the flumph coming out... Hmmm, there could be some mileage in that cookbook idea of mine:)

Paizo Employee Developer

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Richard Pett wrote:
Richard Prtt wrote:
I'm still disappointed they didn't go with my submission The Whisper Out Of Tyme, a Victorian era cookbook.
That's right, and the flumph coming out... Hmmm, there could be some mileage in that cookbook idea of mine:)

Hmmmm, indeed. We saw what kind of foods delight you in Dance of the Damned. I'm not sure about that cookbook. ;)

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Richard Pett wrote:
Richard Prtt wrote:
I'm still disappointed they didn't go with my submission The Whisper Out Of Tyme, a Victorian era cookbook.
That's right, and the flumph coming out... Hmmm, there could be some mileage in that cookbook idea of mine:)
Hmmmm, indeed. We saw what kind of foods delight you in Dance of the Damned. I'm not sure about that cookbook. ;)

"The Whisper Out Of Tyme contains a bounty of indescribable recipes, using unutterable ingredients from the most remote places in this world and others. I highly recommend it to every epicurean adventurer whose will is strong enough to follow the book's mind-shatteringly complicated instructions." — Reginald Tisdale, author of The Horror of Cooking

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So anyone got a copy of this yet and wanna spill some beans?

Dark Archive

Who´s the GOO?

-Atlach-Nacha, the Void Weaver by Clark Ashton Smith
OR
-Chaugnar Faugn, the Horror from the Hills by Frank Belknap Long?

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Richard Pett wrote:
Richard Prtt wrote:
I'm still disappointed they didn't go with my submission The Whisper Out Of Tyme, a Victorian era cookbook.
That's right, and the flumph coming out... Hmmm, there could be some mileage in that cookbook idea of mine:)
Hmmmm, indeed. We saw what kind of foods delight you in Dance of the Damned. I'm not sure about that cookbook. ;)

Bah, it was just Traditional English Fayre you wonderful young man...

Liberty's Edge

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Kevin Mack wrote:
So anyone got a copy of this yet and wanna spill some beans?

I read that as "wanna spill some brains ?". The Paizo site has been infected with GOO madness 0-0

Dark Archive

Skeld seems to be busy in the PC & CS sections... :-(


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So what are the monsters(name, CR, type, etc.)?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

First-time poster here to join the fun!

The Great Old One is:

Drumroll:
Atlach-Nacha.

The monsters in this volume's Bestiary are:

Spoiler:

-Clockwork Vivisectionist (Construct, CR 10), a wind-up construct that walks around in search of living creatures to cut up after a dose of anesthesia.

-Hollow One (Construct, CR 10), an intelligent, lifelike construct made in the likeness of a specific person.

-Hooded Harbinger (Abberation, CR 12), a messenger sent directly from the big Yellow H himself. Nasty piece of work.

-Proto-Shoggoth (Ooze, CR 11): What you'd expect. There's also a bigger, CR 14 version that is created when two Proto-Shoggoths fuse.


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"You see, son, when two proto-shoggoths loves each other very much and want to always be together..."

The most awkward Dungeoneering recall ever.


Best RPG line of 2016 by far Plausible. :) *two thumbs up*


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So uh...did anyone else's volume show up in their downloads under "Taldor, inc", and not in the Strange Aeons AP section of their downloads?

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