Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Scenario #1-11: In Pursuit of the Scoured Past PDF

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A Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 3–6.

The PCs travel to the library world of Athaeum in search of answers to what happened during the Scoured Stars incident. The planet holds secrets thought to be lost to the rest of the galaxy and viciously guarded by its self-exiled extraplanar curators. A contingent of Hellknights from the Order of the Pyre joins the PCs in their travels to the library, but these Hellknights follow their own mysterious agenda. As the PCs receive special dispensation to investigate Athaeum's vast records, they learn the first truths of the Scoured Stars and take their first steps in unraveling what happened during the Society's greatest mishap.

Content in In Pursuit of the Scoured Past also contributes to the ongoing goals of the Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsebo) faction. Content in this scenario also contributes to the ongoing year of the Scoured Stars storyline.

Written by Cole Kronewitter

Starfinder Society Scenario Tags: Faction (Second Seekers [Luwazi Elsebo])

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Can I give this two and a half stars?

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I hate to give this adventure such a low rating, because it really is a great adventure in principle. The PCs are finally given access to a super-exclusive library-planet that may have information on how to rescue people from the scoured stars incident. What follows is their Bizare trip in acquiring that info.

Unfortunately, the execution is where it falls apart. The scenario starts with an EXTREMELY suspect situation where the PCs are asked to share deeply personal stuff about themselves, and if enough PCs don't do this, they loose out on money. And it doesn't connect to anything really!

The first two encounters are rather forced and feel tacked-on. The last encounter has problems too, including some poor options on how to get to the second half of that fight.

But more than that, there are just large holes in the story. See, this library-planet is stocked entirely with the only copy in existence of any particular text within its walls. As such it is implied the curators will find and ASSASSINATE you if you copy any text within the walls, so how were the Starfinders to even use the information they got? I mean, it's all sorted out in a throwaway line at the end, but that is because of a strange set of circumstances that no one could have been counting on.

In the end, it is a scenario with a great bit of lore that leads to some exciting revelations about the scoured stars incident, but it is marred by just a really lackluster execution.



Starfinder Charter Superscriber

This is exciting! I'm glad to see the Scoured Stars metaplot really coming to the fore.


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Woot! been hoping for more information on this. Can't wait for this one


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A library world? Yeaaaaahhhh that's a bad idea, if I see a shadow moving on it's own, I make for the ship.

Scarab Sages

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HELLKNIGHTS = HYPE

Dark Archive

UllarWarlord wrote:
HELLKNIGHTS = HYPE

Yup! Hellknights FTW! Woot Woot!

Dataphiles

a planet... LIBRARY....?!??!?!!?!?!

Throws their lifes belongings in a wheel barrel and carts it onto the ship

OOONWAARRRRD!

Wait wait wait. Order of the PYRE. In a library?

Adds more fire extinguishers to the cart Points fingers to eyes, points to hellknights.


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A contingent of Hellknights from the Order of the Pyre joins the PCs in their travels to the library, but these Hellknights follow their own mysterious agenda.

Three guesses what they're up to.

Starfinder Society Developer

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I'm currently wrapping up development on this, and hope to have the final map call outs soon.

Some Scenario Impressions:
If you've been interested in the Scoured Stars metaplot, this is a scenario that starts really diving into exploring it. Similarly, this is a scenario that is setting up a LOT of material for us to mine for future scenarios. I think PCs (not to mention players) will get a huge kick out of this, especially from a lore perspective.

The Exchange

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I can has map spoiler?

Wayfinders

Can we have Maps for this Scenario please.

Wayfinders

Thurston Hillman wrote:

I'm currently wrapping up development on this, and hope to have the final map call outs soon.

** spoiler omitted **

Plz maps?

Starfinder Society Developer

Maps Appearing in Starfinder Society Scenario #1–11: In Pursuit of the Scoured Past:

*Two Custom Maps
*Pathfinder Map Pack: Secret Rooms

Wayfinders

Thurston Hillman wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Thank you!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Quick question, as I glance over the product description. I know the Order of the Pyre existed on Golarion, but I cant't find any reference to it in the Starfinder core rulebook. Is this an intentional introduction of a new minor hellknight order (well, new by the standards of SF) or something else?

Starfinder Society Developer

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Lindley Court wrote:
Quick question, as I glance over the product description. I know the Order of the Pyre existed on Golarion, but I cant't find any reference to it in the Starfinder core rulebook. Is this an intentional introduction of a new minor hellknight order (well, new by the standards of SF) or something else?

You're quite correct in your assumption. The Order of the Pyre exists in Starfinder, though to a bit of a less intense degree than Pathfinder. We thought it made sense to take an older order, which perfectly fit the theme we setup in this adventure, than try to give one of the newer orders a rushed introduction into an already plot-heavy scenario.


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Thurston Hillman wrote:
Lindley Court wrote:
Quick question, as I glance over the product description. I know the Order of the Pyre existed on Golarion, but I cant't find any reference to it in the Starfinder core rulebook. Is this an intentional introduction of a new minor hellknight order (well, new by the standards of SF) or something else?
You're quite correct in your assumption. The Order of the Pyre exists in Starfinder, though to a bit of a less intense degree than Pathfinder. We thought it made sense to take an older order, which perfectly fit the theme we setup in this adventure, than try to give one of the newer orders a rushed introduction into an already plot-heavy scenario.

Awesome! I'm looking forward to this. :)

Liberty's Edge

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Hello,

I've ordered this and I can't download it. I volunteered to GM at a convention in 2 days time, and this scenario was allocated to me, so unfortunately this is kind of urgent now. I've also started a thread in customer service. I'm just hoping someone at Paizo takes notice.


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yeahgday wrote:

Hello,

I've ordered this and I can't download it. I volunteered to GM at a convention in 2 days time, and this scenario was allocated to me, so unfortunately this is kind of urgent now. I've also started a thread in customer service. I'm just hoping someone at Paizo takes notice.

Scenarios typically drop the last Wednesday of the month. Check your downloads now. Mine is there.


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Athos710 wrote:
yeahgday wrote:

Hello,

I've ordered this and I can't download it. I volunteered to GM at a convention in 2 days time, and this scenario was allocated to me, so unfortunately this is kind of urgent now. I've also started a thread in customer service. I'm just hoping someone at Paizo takes notice.

Scenarios typically drop the last Wednesday of the month. Check your downloads now. Mine is there.

I'm having the same issue with the two scenarios in this subscription. It shows that i paid for them and directs me to a sadly vacant downloads section. Also the customer service line does not work...

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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Broccolihead wrote:
I'm having the same issue with the two scenarios in this subscription. It shows that i paid for them and directs me to a sadly vacant downloads section. Also the customer service line does not work...

Just as a preliminary reminder—I'm not personally able to assist you with any website/tech problems—you'll find the customer service number at the bottom of each web page, including the hours the department is available to answer phones. If your message's timestamp is indicative of when you tried calling, you might have been calling before business hours.

Grand Lodge

Is there supposed to be a "Faction Notes" section for this scenario?

The Exchange

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GM Aram Zey wrote:
Is there supposed to be a "Faction Notes" section for this scenario?

Yes, see this post.

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