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Pathfinder Society Scenario #8-99: The Solstice Scar—Version A

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A Pathfinder Society Special designed for levels 1-11.

The world-renowned Blakros Museum has outdone itself, gathering an unrivaled collection of relics from the Shining Crusade, a holy coalition that felled the greatest lich to threaten Golarion. When trouble befalls the exhibit mere days before its debut, the Pathfinders intervene, only to discover that one of the relics is key to averting a far greater disaster that has laid in wait for a millennium.

The Solstice Scar is a multi-table interactive adventure in which each group's actions can affect neighboring groups and contribute to the entire room's success. This is an ongoing adventure that will be updated and rereleased incrementally several times each season, collectively telling a longer story while also presenting exciting stand-alone chapters.

Written by Andrew Hoskins.

Note: The Solstice Scar is a limited release scenario. It may be run anywhere by anyone, as long as there are 3 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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Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Maps, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

It's a convention exclusive for the spring conventions/gamedays. A lot of people have played the GenCon specials by Feb/Mar/Apr. This gives smaller, spring conventions something exciting to draw players.

Grand Lodge

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James Martin wrote:

A 15 session convention is not impossible by any stretch. Our local game store has hosted mini-cons for PFS that feature more than 15 sessions.

Friday Evening - 3 games
Saturday Morning - 3 games
Saturday Afternoon - 3 games
Saturday Night - 3 games (or 3 tables of the Special)
Sunday Morning/Afternoon - 3 games
TOTAL: 15 games

Just find a local venue (FLGS's are wonderful!), recruit some GMs and go to town!

This is exactly the sort of mini-convention that I had in mind when writing this scenario and I think what John had in mind when he asked me to write it. We run a little convention like this at a local gaming cafe each year. It allows us to run one of the older interactive specials (with a lower table requirement) and a chance to get that quarter's GM boon. If you get the word out to surrounding areas, it's pretty easy to have a mini-convention of your own. Only 3 tables per slot! That's 12 participants minimum (assuming each table has 1 GM, 3 players, 1 pregen).


So after reading all the commentary about intent and trying something new, I'm curious as to why, if it is intended to be available to a wider number of players with a smaller table count requirement, I have yet to receive it in my downloads as both a VL and a 5-Star.

Grand Lodge

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

Because it is not available to general convention play until after GenCon.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Cards, Class Deck, Companion, Maps, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

And even then it isn't automatically put into your downloads - convention-only scenarios have to be explicitly granted to convention GMs, even VOs and 4/5-star GMs.

Silver Crusade

Question: since I have version A in my downloads already, will that be updated to version B, or will B onwards be separate documents?

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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John Compton wrote:
Although the The Solstice Scar will be convention-only, its requirement is very low compared to past specials: a 3-table minimum. Remember that the convention requirement can be fulfilled by running 15+ sessions over the course of a weekend—even at a game store. Just submit an event support request.

Following further internal discussion, we're updating the policy for running The Solstice Scar to not require a 15+ session event. So long as you arrange an event where you can meet the minimum table requirement for the adventure, you'll be able to run it during that version's window.

Much as Version A has remained exclusive from PaizoCon 2017 to Gen Con 2017, new versions of the special will have a modest window of exclusivity for a number of major conventions. After that window, the latest version will be available for general use for any event that can meet the minimum table count.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
John Compton wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Although the The Solstice Scar will be convention-only, its requirement is very low compared to past specials: a 3-table minimum. Remember that the convention requirement can be fulfilled by running 15+ sessions over the course of a weekend—even at a game store. Just submit an event support request.

Following further internal discussion, we're updating the policy for running The Solstice Scar to not require a 15+ session event. So long as you arrange an event where you can meet the minimum table requirement for the adventure, you'll be able to run it during that version's window.

Much as Version A has remained exclusive from PaizoCon 2017 to Gen Con 2017, new versions of the special will have a modest window of exclusivity for a number of major conventions. After that window, the latest version will be available for general use for any event that can meet the minimum table count.

Will the previous version remain legal during that period of exclusivity? That way there's always a version a smaller convention can use.

Scarab Sages

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Maps, Modules, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps Subscriber

John, I could give you a hug for that news. That is fantastic....

Silver Crusade

John Compton wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Although the The Solstice Scar will be convention-only, its requirement is very low compared to past specials: a 3-table minimum. Remember that the convention requirement can be fulfilled by running 15+ sessions over the course of a weekend—even at a game store. Just submit an event support request.

Following further internal discussion, we're updating the policy for running The Solstice Scar to not require a 15+ session event. So long as you arrange an event where you can meet the minimum table requirement for the adventure, you'll be able to run it during that version's window.

Much as Version A has remained exclusive from PaizoCon 2017 to Gen Con 2017, new versions of the special will have a modest window of exclusivity for a number of major conventions. After that window, the latest version will be available for general use for any event that can meet the minimum table count.

Glad to hear it. Our local store has run 5 table specials in the past, but we can't reserve the whole store for long enough to hold a convention. This means we'll be able to run this thing at the store every 6 months or so.

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

These are some typos that could be corrected in Version B.

Solstice Scar Version A p. 4 wrote:
They vowed to return with it before winter solstice, for it was not a point of pride but a matter of life and death for all living creatures in their territory.

“the” should be inserted before “winter solstice”.

Solstice Scar Version A p. 32 first paragraph wrote:
After 60 Minutes: Once the House has had 60 minutes in which to explore areas H and I, the Overseer GM should make the following announcement to indicate the area J is now accessible.

"the" should probably be "that".

Solstice Scar Version A p. 32 boxed text wrote:
Medda rides by, calling above the din of the raging battle, “The path is clear—we can reach the valley that golds the stone circle.

"golds" should probably be "holds".

Solstice Scar Version A p. 34 Twinhorn Camp wrote:
The Twinhorn following has numerous tents made of thick animal hides (hardness 2, 10 hit points), and they have creates a partial palisade around the camp’s core to provide a windbreak and make the site easier to defend. The palisade is 10 feet tall.

creates" should probably be “created".

Solstice Scar Version A p. 38 Planar Opportunists wrote:
Creatures: Many of these shadow creatures are looking to carve out their own territory or just cause mayhem among the mortals, but first they must first fight in the vanguard of Eshimka’s army. They show no mercy.

Delete one of the “first”s.

Solstice Scar Version A p. 40 Concluding Part 3 wrote:
After about 90 minutes, the Overseer GM should read the following aloud to conclude Part 3—and the event as a whole in if this is the final part of the adventure.

Delete “in”.

Solstice Scar Version A p. 31 Twinhorn Allies sidebar wrote:
Bloodied Convoy: Run the encounters in area C as written.

Should "area C" be "Part 3"?

On page 31 there is a reference to "Twinhorn Comrades", however I don't see it referenced anywhere else in the scenario. Is that supposed to be "Twinhorn Allies"? If so, that is something which could be fixed in the next version of the scenario.


Okay, maaaaybe I'm just being thick and misunderstood Tonya's explanation at origins, but I've got a chance to play this one at PBP game day and I'd like to put it on the same character as the one I attached my GM credit to for Origins. So, just quick clarification:

Can I do that? Or do I have to wait for the update for part b/2 whatever we're calling it before I can play the character?


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

No, it is the same chronicle sheet. Per the guide: "A character may have no more than one copy of a Chronicle sheet"

Grand Lodge

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

You will be able to do that with Version A and Version B, but not two Version As.


Gotcha, Thanks!

Grand Lodge

Can we run a slot 0 for GMs that will be running tables at the event?

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