Pathfinder Adventure Path #125: Tower of the Drowned Dead (Ruins of Azlant 5 of 6)

Pathfinder Adventure Path #125: Tower of the Drowned Dead (Ruins of Azlant 5 of 6)

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After learning that a powerful and ancient enemy is planning to steal a doomsday weapon and use it against humanity, the adventurers visit a ruined undersea tower belonging to an undead survivor of the cataclysm that destroyed ancient Azlant. In pursuit of the veiled master they believe has infiltrated the tower, the heroes make their way through the submerged ruin, fighting against the tower's magical defenses and undead occupants. Can the heroes learn the location of the facility and escape alive to confront the veiled master, or will they end up entombed in the drowned tower?

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the Ruins of Azlant Adventure Path and includes:

  • "Tower of the Drowned Dead," a Pathfinder adventure for 13th-level characters, by Ron Lundeen.
  • The secrets of seven ruined sites on the shattered continent of Azlant, by Erik Mona.
  • An exploration of four Azlanti ruins in the Inner Sea region, by Isabelle Lee.
  • A bestiary of new aquatic monsters, by Nathan King, Ron Lundeen, Kalervo Oikarinen, and David Schwartz.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-998-1

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Announced for December! Image and description are provisional and subject to change prior to release.


Secrets of Azlant?! Nice! :)

I'm looking forward to how a lich's phylactery empowers a doomsday weapon.

Dark Archive

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What is dead can never drown...er, wait.


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Decius,

You're mixing your genres again...


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Dot

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Announced for December! Image and description are provisional and subject to change prior to release.

Chris, it sounds exciting. We have Veiled Master, a Lich, a powerful doomsday weapon, and clues to Azlant. What more can we ask for:)

Scarab Sages

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A lich as a MacGuffin? Interesting.

What secrets of Azlant? That they were secretly ruled by Aboleths? That Aboleths wiped them out?


Stratagemini wrote:

A lich as a MacGuffin? Interesting.

What secrets of Azlant? That they were secretly ruled by Aboleths? That Aboleths wiped them out?

Starfinder apparently has an Azlanti star empire descended from extrasolar Azlanti colonies.


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I thought the secret was they make great primavera pasta. ;)

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Entombed in the drowned tower! Entombed in the drowned tower!

Oh, wait, the question at the end of the first description paragraph is rhetorical, isn't it?

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Updated with final image and description!

Silver Crusade

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Ooooooo...


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Nice cover art.

New aquatic monsters, me like.


I love that cover art of Lich Azlanti. :)

Dark Archive

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Ooh, mecha-kraken!


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Excited to see this one! ^_^

Silver Crusade

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Hmm?

Product Discussion wrote:
An exploration of four Azlanti ruins in the Inner Sea region, by Isabelle Lee.

Ohhhhhh, yay!


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DeciusNero wrote:
Ooh, mecha-kraken!

But does it have lasers?


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ericthecleric wrote:
DeciusNero wrote:
Ooh, mecha-kraken!
But does it have lasers?

Or mecha-narwhals to fight it?


It needs freaking lasers...

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Frickin' laser beams!

Dark Archive

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So anyone gotten there subscriber PDF copies yet?


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I have you now...

So before anyone asks, here's a summary of the new critters:
Clockwork Nautiloid CR 14 Huge construct
Litanu CR 11 Medium undead (mutated undead merfolk)
Mirror Serpent CR 5 Large magical beast
Plizeazoth CR 12 Huge aberration
Portunus CR 16/MR 6 Huge outsider (aquatic-themed)

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Been a while since I've seen a mythic beastie. Clock nautloid sounds great!


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I'm just interested to see if the door to the mines is as secure as I built it to be. ^_^

Don't want anyone getting out in, after all...

Liberty's Edge

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This is pretty much just a straight up dungeon crawl.

My favorite part of the book is the article with four

Spoiler:
Azlanti-themed two-page mini-dungeons.

Dark Archive

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Opening speech does make me wonder again about what kind of setting documents Paizo do have if Adam had to do ctrl f search on every pdf ._.; Though I guess it makes sense they didn't think of doing that during early pathfinder when there were much less books and info out

Anyhoo, I find

Spoiler:
Uluuthan to be weird npc in fun way :D
I wonder if anybody else reading it's info realizes what I find to be weird

Also, hmm, I find books 3-5 feel bit disconnected. I mean, 4 starts with

Spoiler:
"players decide to go to the underwater city" then kind of handwaves the journey and 5 starts with "pcs arrive at the tower" without even mention of the journey.
Then again, I'm probably still bothered by fourth book's ending


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Dude, seriously, use spoiler tags.

Dark Archive

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And seriously, how is that spoilery? <_< Name of NPC says absolutely nothing and saying "book starts at the dungeon" is as much spoilery as saying book is straight up dungeon crawl. But yeah, trying to remember to use them more even if I don't think it counts as spoilers


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If it's in the actual adventure, it should have a spoiler tag.


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Any more details on the mirror serpent?

Any new magic items?

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

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Added some spoiler tags. For the product discussion thread, it's probably better to use spoiler tags and be safe. Thanks.


Mirror Serpent: It's an Azlanti guardian beast turned feral that can become invisible, reflect spell that fail to overcome SR, and throw people it grapples.
Azure Briolette Ioun Stone: When you successfully use a mind-affecting spell on someone, It gives you a few temp hps that last 1 round. Somehow it's worth 15,000 gp.
Pearlescent Pyramid Ioun Stone: Gives your weapons ghost touch, and you can use see invisibility. 48,000 gp.
Elixir of Concordance: Makes you glow, increases your spell save DCs and lets you apply a basic metamagic feat to your spells for 1 minute. 1,100 gp

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Dragon78 wrote:

Any more details on the mirror serpent?

Any new magic items?

I can give you a rundown on the new magic items. They are:

Elixir of Concordance:
A 1,100 gp one-use elixir that enhances your arcane spells and allows you to apply a metamagic feat when you cast arcane spells. The elixir lasts for 1 minute.

Pearlescent Pyramid Ioun Stone:
This 48,000 gp ioun stone lets your unarmed attacks and melee attacks count as ghost touch weapons. It has resonant, cracked, and flawed powers, too.

Azure Briolette Ioun Stone:
When you affect a target with a mind-affecting effect, this 15,000 gp ioun stone gives you temp hp equal to the target's Charisma bonus for 1 round. It also has resonant, cracked, and flawed powers.

Baucrade:
This isn't a magic item. It's a clockwork familiar that looks like a fish. But it's a scrappy and awesome little dude.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

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Ron Lundeen wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

I loved Baucrade!


Would someone be willing to describe the Mirror Serpent, Plizeazoth, and Portunus in more detail?


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Mirror Serpent

:
Large Magical Beast CR5 can turn invisible, reflect spells, and has a rider on its bite's grapple.

Plizeazoth

:
Huge Aberration CR12, cross a stingray and aboleth... lots of defences, spell like abilities, releases slime and a mucus cloud, it's tentacle attacks drive home psychic spikes.

Portunus

:
Huge outsider CR16/MR6, 4 armed humanoid formed water elemental linked to natural harbours. Can turn into water, mess up boats and grant a boon to those it finds worthy.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Thank you everyone for the information.


Thanks! Portunus, for the record, is the name of the Roman deity of ports and harbors. Certainly an odd choice of mythical being to base a monster on, but it does sound cool.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I think it's interesting that Ochymua managed to...

:
pickpocket Auberon's phylactery right off him. Considering that veiled masters don't have any ranks in Sleight of Hand, I'm thinking Ochymua might be a rogue/arcane trickster.


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Just finished read-through. I have to say, it's more subtle than it looks! I'm looking forward to the potential for 3-dimensional interaction... if the players ever remember to look up.

Regarding plotting:

Dungeon plot spoiler:
The faction interaction was more complicated than I was expecting from a dungeon crawl. Hackmaster parties should have no problems slaughtering everything they meet, but diplomancers have an interesting challenge ahead of them as well. It doesn't cover everything, but if there's another political adventure with heavy use of Ultimate Intrigue, this is a good skeleton. Groups or individuals with potentially-conflicting goals.

And the Bestiary:

Alghollthu culture:
I was thrown by the description of the Plizeazoth, given the previous discussion about how Alghollthu aren't supposed to be a servitor race (and explicitly described as how the Enisysians were taboo), this seems contradictory.


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Thanks to Adam Daigle for the honourable mention of the PathfinderWiki as well as his apology on p. 3. It's appreciated.

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Wiki Minister wrote:
Thanks to Adam Daigle for the honourable mention of the PathfinderWiki as well as his apology on p. 3. It's appreciated.

Gladly! Thanks for all y'all do!

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