Pathfinder Adventure Path #134: It Came from Hollow Mountain (Return of the Runelords 2 of 6)

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by Mike Shel

It Came from Hollow Mountain (2 of 6): The Return of the Runelords Adventure Path continues as the heroes travel south to the city of Magnimar with disturbing news—the ancient runelords of Thassilon are awakening! With Varisia's greatest heroes on a secret mission, the task of following up on these rumors falls to a new generation of heroes who must brave the dangers of Hollow Mountain, one of Varisia's most notorious ruins. What secrets await discovery within this sprawling dungeon complex, and is it already too late to halt the return of the Runelords

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-070-5

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

Liberty's Edge

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I get so excited whenever the superdungeons from Dungeons of Golarion get new material.


ohhhhhhhh nice

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I love this title for an adventure!


Sweet! I've been waiting for more info on this location for quite some time.


I love the placeholder art too. That's one awesome looking Gug. :)

Also yes, very evocative title.


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Dot

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That's an inverted giant, from Lost Kingdoms.

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Hm, I should probably get around to playing Rise of the Runelords at some point.


Kal,

Ah! My bad. Still, it's a nice placeholder monster while we wait for actual covers.

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Easy mistake to make. ^_^

It's not like they've appeared more than twice...

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I loves me some dungeons!

It remains to be seen what the cruel and clever James Jacobs will do to my turnover, but what I sent in is packed with nasty, dungeon-crawling badness. I took my lead from the excellent article on Hollow Mountain in Dungeons of Golarion - I can't recall who's responsible for it (Jason Bulmahn, Matthew Goodall, Brandon Hodge, or Anthony Pryor), but it provided a great framework for a multi-level crawl I hope people will love (even if they fail to survive).


Mike Shel wrote:

I loves me some dungeons!

It remains to be seen what the cruel and clever James Jacobs will do to my turnover, but what I sent in is packed with nasty, dungeon-crawling badness. I took my lead from the excellent article on Hollow Mountain in Dungeons of Golarion - I can't recall who's responsible for it (Jason Bulmahn, Matthew Goodall, Brandon Hodge, or Anthony Pryor), but it provided a great framework for a multi-level crawl I hope people will love (even if they fail to survive).

Are you allowed to tell us just how much of the dungeon you used? Considering that the deep levels are basically 15th level plus possibly mythic.

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Dark Midian wrote:
Are you allowed to tell us just how much of the dungeon you used? Considering that the deep levels are basically 15th level plus possibly mythic.

Nope!

With that said, since this is chapter 2 of the AP, there are limits, and the levels listed in Dungeons of Golarion were used as a guideline.

Except for my BBEG:

Spoiler:
15/6 mythic necromancer balrog


Mike Shel wrote:
Dark Midian wrote:
Are you allowed to tell us just how much of the dungeon you used? Considering that the deep levels are basically 15th level plus possibly mythic.

Nope!

With that said, since this is chapter 2 of the AP, there are limits, and the levels listed in Dungeons of Golarion were used as a guideline.

Except for my BBEG: ** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Ah, the good old "Hey, you can't fight this thing so the GM expects you to run!" encounters.
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Dark Midian wrote:
Mike Shel wrote:
Dark Midian wrote:
Are you allowed to tell us just how much of the dungeon you used? Considering that the deep levels are basically 15th level plus possibly mythic.

Nope!

With that said, since this is chapter 2 of the AP, there are limits, and the levels listed in Dungeons of Golarion were used as a guideline.

Except for my BBEG: ** spoiler omitted **

** spoiler omitted **

I had to pull my friend around and say "you do know it is ok to run every now and then" His characters would die a lot.

Liberty's Edge

Mike Shel wrote:
Dark Midian wrote:
Are you allowed to tell us just how much of the dungeon you used? Considering that the deep levels are basically 15th level plus possibly mythic.

Nope!

With that said, since this is chapter 2 of the AP, there are limits, and the levels listed in Dungeons of Golarion were used as a guideline.

Except for my BBEG: ** spoiler omitted **

So I can cast "reboot" on this boss, too? :P

You don't scare me anymore, mister!


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I’m generally not one to get excited by dungeon crawls. But if Mike Shel’s writing it... :)


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*is a fan of dungeon crawls, ESPECIALLY when it's Hollow Mountain*


love the inverted giant on the temporary cover


I cancelled my Pathfinder AP subscription recently ... and I just might need to re-subscribe.

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Mike Shel wrote:
I took my lead from the excellent article on Hollow Mountain in Dungeons of Golarion - I can't recall who's responsible for it (Jason Bulmahn, Matthew Goodall, Brandon Hodge, or Anthony Pryor), but it provided a great framework for a multi-level crawl I hope people will love (even if they fail to survive).

The talented Matt Goodall wrote the chapter on Hollow Mountain in Dungeons of Golarion. Thanks for those nasty hooks you planted there, Matt!


So Mike, does that mean there's lots of qlippoth in this book?

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
So Mike, does that mean there's lots of qlippoth in this book?

Define "lots." ; )

But I'll leave you with a name: Vexenion...


Mike,

I love the sound of that name. ;) As for "define lots" More than two but less than a hundred?


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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Mike,

I love the sound of that name. ;) As for "define lots" More than two but less than a hundred?

Yeah when you get to one hundred, your into "whole whack" territory...

:)


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no, no, no, we need more high stakes campaigns, bring on the ravening horde of 800 Qlippoth plus obligatory Qlippoth Lord Cameo. I mean, it is still okay to occasionally run from a fight, isn't it?

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Mike,

I love the sound of that name. ;) As for "define lots" More than two but less than a hundred?

More than one, less than 100. Truth be told, it's mostly just a bunch of cranky CR 1/2 kobolds armed with clubs. Nothing to worry about.

Of course, you never know what James Jacobs will do during development...

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I do like qlippoth. A lot.


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YAY! :) *cheers on the ravaging hordes of unknownable terrors from the deepest of the Outer Rifts*


Qlippoth-possessed Tucker's Kobolds? Nasty.


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Looking forward to this AP!

Shouldn't there be a question mark at the end of the description? :)

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In Wrath's Shadow http://paizo.com/products/btpy8r0c, one of my favorite PFS scenarios is also near Hollow Mountain and from Mike Shel too... Any relation?

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Kanebaenre wrote:

In Wrath's Shadow http://paizo.com/products/btpy8r0c, one of my favorite PFS scenarios is also near Hollow Mountain and from Mike Shel too... Any relation?

Not intentionally, no.


I'm pretty sure any relation was unintentional other than EVERYONE goes to Hollow Mountain...eventually. ;)

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James Jacobs wrote:
Kanebaenre wrote:

In Wrath's Shadow http://paizo.com/products/btpy8r0c, one of my favorite PFS scenarios is also near Hollow Mountain and from Mike Shel too... Any relation?

Not intentionally, no.

Other than they're both potential deathtraps, no.

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Mike Shel wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Kanebaenre wrote:

In Wrath's Shadow http://paizo.com/products/btpy8r0c, one of my favorite PFS scenarios is also near Hollow Mountain and from Mike Shel too... Any relation?

Not intentionally, no.
Other than they're both potential deathtraps, no.

That's more of a Mike thing than a Hollow Mountain thing though. :-P


Aw. I thought Hollow Mountain WAS a Mike thing. ;)

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