Pathfinder Adventure Path #120: Vault of the Onyx Citadel (Ironfang Invasion 6 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #120: Vault of the Onyx Citadel (Ironfang Invasion 6 of 6) (PFRPG)
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Assault the Vault!

For months, the merciless Ironfang Legion has struck out against humanity from its impenetrable, otherworldly Onyx Citadel! But now in possession of a key to this stronghold, the bold adventurers must rally their allies, breach the barrier between worlds, tame an alien wilderness, and finally bring the fight to their hobgoblin conquerors! Can the heroes best the Legion's most devious commanders, including the unparalleled warrior-general Azaersi, or will they fall as readily as their homeland before hobgoblin blades?

This Pathfinder Adventure Path volume concludes the Ironfang Invasion Adventure Path and includes:

  • "Vault of the Onyx Citadel," a Pathfinder adventure for 16th-level characters, by Larry Wilhelm.
  • Suggestions for continuing the campaign beyond the adventure's end, including a gazetteer of the Vault of the Onyx Citadel, by Crystal Frasier.
  • An ecology of the Vault Keepers and the mythic Vault Builders, who together compose the xiomorn race, by Greg A. Vaughan.
  • Details on the powerful xiomorn-crafted relics adventurers may find when exploring the Vault of the Onyx Citadel, by Tim Hitchcock.
  • A bestiary packed with elite Ironfang Legion troops and denizens of the Plane of Earth, by Paris Crenshaw, Kalervo Oikarinen, and Larry Wilhelm.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-952-3

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An amazing conclusion to a great AP!

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This sixth installment of the 'Ironfang Invasion' wraps up an excellent Adventure Path with a suitably heroic ending. In my previous reviews, I've been able to discuss the narrative arc of the Adventure Path in general terms, without revealing any major spoilers, but those spoilers all lead somewhere in "Vault of the Onyx Citadel," making it exceedingly difficult to discuss the twists and turns in this part of the story. Suffice it to say that players begin this leg of the Adventure Path at 16th level and should be 18th level at its conclusion. Having organized and led a small group of resistance fighters against an invading hobgoblin army, and having learned a great deal about the arcane magics that these enemy forces are using to great tactical effect on the battlefield, the players' previous adventures have earned them seats at a major war council. This opening encounter has a very "Council of Elrond" feel to it and is a fantastic roleplaying opportunity-- literally one of the best pure roleplaying encounters that Paizo has ever written. Many of the allied parties who attend this meeting were likely brought into the alliance as a result of the player characters' actions, giving them credibility and status at a council which is also attended by some of Nirmathas' greatest, most legendary heroes. This is great stuff, truly epic! Anyway, at the council, a dramatic course of action is decided upon, sending the players to a dangerous, hobgoblin-occupied location which will be very familiar to them from previous events-- a location which several of the players likely called 'home' prior to the invasion-- giving this combat-heavy encounter added emotional heft and further intensifying what should already be another powerful roleplaying experience. From there-- and this is where I have to begin obfuscating a bit to avoid major spoilers-- the player characters should be able to appropriate some of the magical power which the invading hobgoblin army been using, allowing them to finally confront the enemy on its own terms. Once all of the dust has settled and the AP plot-line has reached its conclusion, this resolution presents the player characters with a new strange, unknown realm to explore, setting the stage for the next chapter of the players' mighty adventures.

All in all, the "Ironfang Invasion" Adventure Path begins with three top-shelf installments which are literally among the best things that Paizo has produced, which are then followed up by two quite-good chapters, and then the AP strikes gold with this finale. This series stands toe-to-toe with classic Paizo Adventure Paths like Rise of the Runelords or Kingmaker. I highly recommend this AP to anyone looking for a great Pathfinder campaign.


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Planar travel? Sweet. Always up for some planar travel.


Soo... General Azaersi is going to be around CR 21?

I am saying that she is going to be around CR 21.

*envisions 20th level hobgoblin kineticst wrecking everything*


Malefactor wrote:

Soo... General Azaersi is going to be around CR 21?

I am saying that she is going to be around CR 21.

*envisions 20th level hobgoblin kineticst wrecking everything*

Spoiler:
No such luck buddy. Apparently she's a swashbuckler of all things.

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Dot.

Dark Archive

I already knew all of this.

Why on the plane of earth, i ask myself.
Didn't the Vault-Builders shape the six chambers of Orv?
The showdown taking place in the deep Darklands would be more up my alley.
So the Vaultbuilders seem to originate on the elemental plane of earth...

Dark Archive

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

I already knew all of this.

Why on the plane of earth, i ask myself.
Didn't the Vault-Builders shape the six chambers of Orv?
The showdown taking place in the deep Darklands would be more up my alley.
So the Vaultbuilders seem to originate on the elemental plane of earth...

Well... If you want confirmation on what Vault Builders are, I can PM you :D

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CorvusMask wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

I already knew all of this.

Why on the plane of earth, i ask myself.
Didn't the Vault-Builders shape the six chambers of Orv?
The showdown taking place in the deep Darklands would be more up my alley.
So the Vaultbuilders seem to originate on the elemental plane of earth...

Well... If you want confirmation on what Vault Builders are, I can PM you :D

Yeah, that would be nice. :-)


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I believe it's revealed in The Emerald Spire.

If you have that.


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captain yesterday wrote:

I believe it's revealed in The Emerald Spire.

If you have that.

That is correct, though in my opinion what's in Emerald Spire only scratches the surface.

The Exchange

Ooh! The Onyx Citadel! I'm looking forward to this!


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captain yesterday wrote:

I believe it's revealed in The Emerald Spire.

If you have that.

Nice, I might actually have to open that book for the very first time!

Ruyan.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:

I already knew all of this.

Why on the plane of earth, i ask myself.
Didn't the Vault-Builders shape the six chambers of Orv?
The showdown taking place in the deep Darklands would be more up my alley.
So the Vaultbuilders seem to originate on the elemental plane of earth...

I imagine the Elemental Plane of Earth and Orv would like alike (at least in some places)--feels like homecoming! *winks*

Ruyan.


gbonehead wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

I believe it's revealed in The Emerald Spire.

If you have that.

That is correct, though in my opinion what's in Emerald Spire only scratches the surface.

I wpuld suggest that those interested should also read Planes of Power, as there's information about them in the Plane of Earth section.


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I hope that the Nirmathas and Molthune armies play at least some role in this.


I like the theme and structure of this AP... but I really hate that the climax involves a doomsday weapon. Sounds super cheesy to me.

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TwiceBorn wrote:
I like the theme and structure of this AP... but I really hate that the climax involves a doomsday weapon. Sounds super cheesy to me.

How many other APs' climaxes involved a Doomsday weapon?

(Second Darkness was using a ritual or something I think)


Rysky wrote:
TwiceBorn wrote:
I like the theme and structure of this AP... but I really hate that the climax involves a doomsday weapon. Sounds super cheesy to me.

How many other APs' climaxes involved a Doomsday weapon?

(Second Darkness was using a ritual or something I think)

Not saying that other APs have done it (I only have a few APs in my collection).

It's just such a common trope in sci-fi and fantasy literature and movies. I've never been a fan of plots where an entire country or world faces complete annihilation in the climax, whether from a doomsday weapon, a god, or whatever.

Conquest of a nation or continent even, I am fine with. Total annihilation? meh...

Just my opinion, didn't intend to put down others who are into that sort of thing... although I guess I could have worded my original post different. So apologies if I did inadvertently offend anyone.

The rest of the AP sounds strong enough that I'll probably pick it up, though.

Silver Crusade

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I don't really think that that's common of a trope. Well, something really bad happening if the heroes fail is, but that's a given. And plenty of bad stuff is going down in all of the APs if the PCs don't stop it (save for one).

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Just realized this issue will mark 10 years of Pathfinder! :)
Wonder what special stuff Paizo has planned?

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Charles Scholz wrote:

Just realized this issue will mark 10 years of Pathfinder! :)

Wonder what special stuff Paizo has planned?

None in the AP line (according to James Jacobs).

Unfortunately neither in the Campaign Setting, nor in the Module or Players Guide line... ;-(

After 10 years, Pathfinder is being catapulted into the future, though...


And comes full circle as their is a vault in module 1 of the AP

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Awesome! We finally get to see Azaersi!


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Ohhhhhh~ Xiomorn info, eeeexcellent..... >Rubs hands together<


Silver Scarab wrote:
Awesome! We finally get to see Azaersi!

Are we sure it's her. :-)

Dark Archive

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So any subscribers have there copies of this yet?


Kevin,

Give it time! I'm sure the kobolds are rushing this through the internet at the speed of...well a kobold! ;)


Kevin Mack wrote:
So any subscribers have there copies of this yet?

I have mine. I don't usually jump into the AP questions, but I'll answer if there's anything specific you're looking for.

-Skeld


What celebrity would you say the Vault Builders resemble most.


If Azaersi managed The Spice Girls, which one would be the first to die.


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Which Michael Bolton song would you play for the final battle.

Thanks!

And feel free to use spoiler tags if you want. :-)


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Captain ? wrote:
What celebrity would you say the Vault Builders resemble most.

Spoiler:
An insect celebrity.

-Skeld


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captain yesterday wrote:

Which Michael Bolton song would you play for the final battle.

Thanks!

And feel free to use spoiler tags if you want. :-)

-Skeld

Silver Crusade

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What's Azaersi like?


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Rysky wrote:
What's Azaersi like?

Spoiler:
All I've read so far is her wite-up in teh Appendix, but she's presented there as being ruthless, keenly tactical, and trusting the arcane magic of her adviser.

Pretty interesting.

-Skeld


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Rysky wrote:
What's Azaersi like?

Stabby


Any chance we can get a little Bestiary love Skeld?


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We have:

Vault Giant, CR 17 Gargantuan giant
Onyx Scourge, CR 16 Huge earth elemental
Ironfang Magehunter Troop, CR 14 hobgoblin troop
Ironfang Siege Alchemist Troop, CR 16 hobgoblin troop
Ironfang Yzobu Rider Troop, CR 18 hobgoblin troop
Zarxorin, CR 19 Colossal earth elemental


Thomas Seitz wrote:
Any chance we can get a little Bestiary love Skeld?

Spoiler:

Vault Giant (CR17; LE Gargantuan humanoid (aquatic, giant, reptilian))
Onyx Scourge (CR16; CE Huge outsider (earth, elemental, extraplanar))
Ironfang Magehunter Troop (Cr14)
Ironfang Siege Alchemist Troop (CR16)
Ironfang Yzobu Rider Troop (CR18)
Zarxorin (CR19; N Colossal outsider (earth, elemental, extraplanar))

-Skeld

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Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
Rysky wrote:
What's Azaersi like?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Neat, Thankies Skeld!


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Thank you both Zaister and Skeld!


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Can you give more info on the Vault Giant, Onyx Scourge, and Zarxorin?

Dark Archive

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Any major things in the continuing the campaign section?


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Azaersi looks pretty cool:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/480266747753634660/


Crodge wrote:

Azaersi looks pretty cool:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/480266747753634660/

She does!

I was thinking of having an intro session involving the Ramgate Massacre where the PCs narrowly escape with their lives and witness Azaersi herself. But I'm gonna have to crop out that crystal she's holding. :)


Question for subscribers: what role does Molthune play in this volume and in the "continuing the campaign" section?


Can you tell us what is the level cap of the adventure?


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Level 18


Thanks!

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