Pathfinder Society Scenario #9–14: Down the Verdant Path PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

Few dare tread through the ancient groves of the Verduran Forest, and those who do settle in these woodlands tend to stay close to their communities. Mystery and danger rarely deter agents of the Pathfinder Society, however. When the semi-retired Pathfinder Falbin ventured from his home deep in the wood, he came across an unexpected pocket of flourishing growth and summer weather in the middle of the wintery forest. He fears that this disturbance is the work of a cabal of druids whose mayhem the Society ended six years ago. Have the druids returned to wreak havoc, or are other forces at play?

Contents in "Down the Verdant Path” also contribute directly to the ongoing storyline of the Concordance faction.

Written by Scott Sharplin.

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Really quite silly if you think about it. I loved it

*****

I'm not really sure if this is a good showcase for the Concordance (a lot of scenarios in Season 8 really did a better job of that).

And the complaints that Jamilla really shouldn't be an authority figure are probably apt.

And some of the combats are a little on the difficult side for low tier.

But I don't care. It was SO incredibly enjoyable that its a clear 5 star scenario :-).

At least, its a lot of fun if your tastes include whimsy. Because there is a whole LOT of whimsey in this. If you hate the Fey because they're so random you'll absolutely hate this.

Lots of excellent roleplaying possibilities, huge amounts of flavour, some decent combats, skill challenges that were both apt and not too difficult.


Embrace the weirdness

*****

I have to admit I was rather excited at the prospect of playing this scenario. After all, it’s the first actual Concordance scenario. Normally this means the final result disappoints me a little, but this time the scenario exceeded my expectations by a wide margin. This is a scenario that serves as a great introduction to a new faction.

Now obviously you need some window dressing to really illustrate what a faction is all about. In this case that meant using two NPCs to illustrate the differences. The fact that they use Jamila makes sense and while I understand that some people aren’t her biggest fan, I can’t see a better substitute. That said, it not only accomplishes the goal of showing of what the faction is about, but also sets the tone for the rest of the scenario: role-play.

Roleplay is definitely the keyword of this scenario. You can more or less talk your way through anything in this scenario, which allows for crazy and funny shenanigans. Not only that, but each NPC is uniquely different and, dare I say, weird. Even the scenery varies from place to place and it really adds a lot to the overall experience without being overly complex. This weirdness just works and the boon reflects this in an amazing way.

The author created a delightfully funny and amusing storyline, but you shouldn’t think this scenario is ‘easy’. If you do find yourself having to fight something, you’ll quickly realize the enemies pack quite a punch. They hit hard and fast and I can see why some reviews below mention casualties. Bringing a level 1 character is always scary, but in this case you might want to shy away from doing so. That said, low-tier is still pretty fun and I can say the same about high tier. As such I wholeheartedly recommend this scenario if you enjoy role-play and weirdness.


Fun and imaginative.

****( )

(I GMed this.)

This scenario simply works. There's no weird rules or subsystems to track, it simply tells a story and has fun with it. The author obviously has a creative mind and isn't afraid to be weird. Pretty much every NPC and enemy can be interacted with and fights can be solved through alternate means, if you know what you're doing. Environments are interesting and varied without being overly complex.

I wish I could be more descriptive, but there simply isn't a lot to say if everything is this good. While I usually reserve five stars for scenarios that go the extra mile, don't take this four-star as a critique of "it could've been better", it's still very much worth playing.


Awesome for Roleplaying

*****

I'm not going to be wordy or fill this with spoilers. I just want to say that after reading this scenario I don't think I have been this excited to run a scenario.

Ample opportunity for any pc to roleplay their character. And use skills creatively to resolve an encounter. And the boon is I'm my opinion awesome. Along with the super fun flavor that is added at the end.
I would love to see more scenarios that encourages Roleplaying as much as this one does.

EDIT:
I was finally able to run this one. And the reactions of the players to Azure were just priceless! Not one of the players at my table was ready for an NPC like Azure. And for me as a GM it gave me an awesome opportunity for RP. This was a good one to have ran when I ran as we had a newer player there also that got to see a lot of good RP from the rest of the table also. There is nothing quite like having an adult acting how Azure is writen for a new to PFS player to see for the first time.


OP fights

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So, the people I played with, and others I've talked to who have played the scenario, all agree that the fights are not suitable for level 1 characters. Both groups had casualties and had to quit early, a rare event in that experienced circle. There were some poor rolls, sure, but the stack of hazards and overall CR in the encounters really require some more hit points than a lvl 1 character (especially any arcane caster) is going to be bringing. It was to the point were we discussed if this was intended as a 3-7 scenario, poorly reduced to fill some 1-5 quota. I'll give it two stars for the setting, which is somewhat interesting.


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Grand Lodge

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Concordance hype!

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...Alas that it is 1-5.

Alas

Interesting to see Concordance 'love' so swiftly...

Grand Lodge

Six years ago... Tide of Twilight follow up perhaps?

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Lyoto Machida wrote:
Six years ago... Tide of Twilight follow up perhaps?

I would have to guess. Looks like the nickname for this is Tide of Summer? It's like Reign of Winter in reverse.

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Iammars wrote:
I would have to guess. Looks like the nickname for this is Tide of Summer? It's like Reign of Winter in reverse.

I'm guessing it's that "natural balance" thing that druids keep assuming I'm interested in hearing about.

Grand Lodge

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Havoc-wreaking druids, oh my!

Hmm


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Got a character who's switching to the Condordance, so I'm excited for this one!

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I'll be running this at Cincycon next weekend, do we know what maps it will use?

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Maps in Down the Verdant Path:

  • Map Pack: Fungus Forest
  • Flip-Mat: Winter Forest
  • Custom full-page map
  • Sovereign Court

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    "The Concordance? Those despicable thieves who didn't have the courtesy of trying to speak with us before they attacked us, stole from us, and then needed our help to bale them out of their stupidity? The rest of you may trust them, but I would trust a Spawn of Rovagug first. They are beneath our contempt."


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    The section about returning that starts on page 21 ends on page 22 with "granting each PC the Seasoned Explorer boon" - Yet there is no boon of that name on the chronicle sheet. Instead there is the Remnant of the First World boon there, but that doesn't seem to have anything to do with the shards mentioned in the section.
    Is there a boon missing from the sheet or was it just renamed at some point and the connection between the shards and the effect on your items just isn't clearly stated?

    Grand Lodge

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    I second the question

    The.Vortex wrote:

    The section about returning that starts on page 21 ends on page 22 with "granting each PC the Seasoned Explorer boon" - Yet there is no boon of that name on the chronicle sheet. Instead there is the Remnant of the First World boon there, but that doesn't seem to have anything to do with the shards mentioned in the section.

    Is there a boon missing from the sheet or was it just renamed at some point and the connection between the shards and the effect on your items just isn't clearly stated?


    That's answered in the GM forum discussion for this product.


    Outshyn is correct. Quoting the developer from that thread:

    Linda Zayas-Palmer wrote:
    That's an artifact from an earlier version of the scenario. Ideas from the original boon eventually evolved into the Elemental Investigator Concordance boon.

    Sorry about the confusion!


    I posted this in the GM thread, and Scott pointed me here because he didn't know the answer to it. It's about the betting, and the outcome thereof.

    Betting:
    If the players pay 50 gold (250 in high tier), they get rewards for it. I assume the rewards are only usable for this scenario only, but since they spend quite a bit of money on it (50 or 250 is quite a bit in that tier, IMHO), do they get to keep it? It breaks the usual rule of "what you find in the scenario evaporates at the end," but since they more or less "bought" it (with discount), it seems reasonable. On the other hand, they lose out on money if they don't bet, so the reward sort of pays for itself.
    I'm personally inclined to go with the idea that if you don't use it, you lose it. but I'm just posting this to be sure, as I might get asked this question at my table and I'd like an official ruling to fall back on.

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