Pathfinder Adventure Path: Runeplague (Return of the Runelords 3 of 6)

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Runeplague (Return of the Runelords 3 of 6)

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Runelords Rising!

Varisia has long survived in the footprint of the ancient nation of Thassilon, but now the powerful runelords who once ruled that realm are waking from their centuries-long slumber, hurtling this frontier nation—and the entire world—toward great danger. The latest manifestation of peril facing Varisia's newest group of heroes is a hideous plague that threatens to spill into the streets of Magnimar and spread to the other major cities of the region, transforming beggar and prince alike into slavering monsters. Which of the runelords might rise next, and are all of them equally dangerous? Could some of them even become the heroes' allies? And what is causing a series of strange visions and otherworldly invaders to haunt and harry the heroes?

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the Return of the Runelords Adventure Path and includes:

  • "Runeplague," a Pathfinder adventure for 8th-level characters, by Richard Pett.
  • Details on the vile faith and horrific cults of Yamasoth, the Polymorph Plague, by Jason Keeley.
  • An exploration of the legends and true natures of magic pools around Golarion, by Eleanor Ferron.
  • A bestiary of monsters, including the artistic yet alien ashullian, a disturbing manifestation of grim emotion known as the misery siktempora, and the eerily silent kasthezvi, by Mike Kimmel, Andrew Mullen, Richard Pett, and Jeffrey Swank.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-079-8

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Sweet!! Yamasoth MIGHT be making an appearance if the summary is accurate! I can't wait! :)


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Seriously no love for this? Come on fellas!


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I think everyone is just focused on......other issues....
I for one am very excited about this adventure path :P


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The only reason I am getting this AP is because... yeah 20th level.


I'm excited too Nighttree, but mostly for more Qlippoths. :)

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Is Korvosa getting hit by a plague again?

Also: will this AP be going to Korvosa at some point?

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Huh, would have thought this one would have been about Zutha.

Speaking of Zutha, Bhoston Jola Rould the pathfinder in expedition to find Gluttonous Tome mentioned in one of Council of Thieves articles, is it ever mentioned afterwards what happened to that expedition? As far as I know, Tome was discovered by non Pathfinders?


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if Yamasoth shows up, I'll be glad. Any monstrous outsider that turns people into things is alright in my book.


Nightdrifter,

I'm assuming Korvosa will be left alone by this...but I could be wrong.

Corvus, I'm pretty sure having the Runelord of Wrath (or one of her projects) would be about par for this AP.

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Nightdrifter wrote:
Is Korvosa getting hit by a plague again?

No.

Nightdrifter wrote:
Also: will this AP be going to Korvosa at some point?

Yes.

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Ooh, some fun times with qlippoth!


Cool! Forward Korvosa!

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Has Academy of Secrets happened so we know whether headmaster got replaced or not? :D


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That's a insanely good place holder cover


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Sounds awesome!!


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yes, I especially like the Plagued Steed and Lava Children on the Placeholder Art

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Cultists eager to transform people into monsters via a plague - could this be Lamashtu's plan for the Lost Coast region?


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Cultists eager to transform people into monsters via a plague - could this be Lamashtu's plan for the Lost Coast region?

Polymorph Plague, also known as Yamasoth, is one of Alaznist most powerful allies... And I suppose he has no love for Lamashtu, as he is a qlippoth.


Yeah I think that this is more some of Yamasoth's doing rather than Lamashtu.

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Updated with final product description and cover image!

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Huh, I don't see rings on his fingers so I guess Lord of the Runes pathfinder tales book stuff might not be covered :D

But yeah neat

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On nice, an article on a demon lord! Looks like a adherent of Urgoatha is involved, too!


Decius,

Qlippoth. There's a difference. But yeah not surprised the Pallid Princess has a follower involved in this...

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Decius,

Qlippoth. There's a difference. But yeah not surprised the Pallid Princess has a follower involved in this...

Ah, right! Don't think we've had a write-up for one of them yet.


Not really since there's less Qlippoth and they tend to hate mortals anyway...

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DeciusNero wrote:

On nice, an article on a demon lord! Looks like a adherent of Urgoatha is involved, too!

The guy in the cover? That's Runerlord Zutha. I don't think he's involved with Urgathoa.


Runelord of Gluttony, a horcrux-lich-type of guy, involved with the Patron Gawddess of Gluttony and undeath ... naaaaah. ;)


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DeciusNero wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:

Decius,

Qlippoth. There's a difference. But yeah not surprised the Pallid Princess has a follower involved in this...

Ah, right! Don't think we've had a write-up for one of them yet.

We had an article about qlippoth lords including a statblock for Yamasoth in Shattered Star part 4, Beyond the Doomsday Door

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Zaister wrote:
DeciusNero wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:

Decius,

Qlippoth. There's a difference. But yeah not surprised the Pallid Princess has a follower involved in this...

Ah, right! Don't think we've had a write-up for one of them yet.
We had an article about qlippoth lords including a statblock for Yamasoth in Shattered Star part 4, Beyond the Doomsday Door

Ah, I missed getting that path, that's why!

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And to clarify, that one was in general about qlippoth, this is first time we get write up focusing one of qlippoth lord's cults specifically


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just curious if, since it's in magnimar, we might see the half-elf druid who's name i'm forgetting from the novel Blood of the City in this

EDIT: Luma that's her name!!


I doubt it. They don't showcase that many novel characters. Unless they get more than 3 books. I think.


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Could some even become the heroes' allies?

Who else thinks we may see a friendly risen Sorshen? Calling it now, this series ends with a re-awoken Sorshen becoming the Ruler of Korvosa?

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Considering one of PCs or different npc might have become ruler of Korvosa since 9 years ago, doesn't really sound likely to me.

Why does everyone seems to want Sorshen to become good guy anyway? Or do they mean affably evil since she is all about manipulation and such?


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CorvusMask wrote:

Considering one of PCs or different npc might have become ruler of Korvosa since 9 years ago, doesn't really sound likely to me.

Why does everyone seems to want Sorshen to become good guy anyway? Or do they mean affably evil since she is all about manipulation and such?

I think it would make an interesting progression to the story that us the Golarion timelinr. Last book is called Rise of New Thassilon afterall so having a new big bag (especially after the WW closed and Tar Baphon possibly getting his teeth kicked in after this ap) having another threat would be nice for the Inner Sea. And as time travel is involved with this AP, any other pc being Korvosa's leader or the Senachel (who I assume is the NPC your talking about and what I assume is considered "cannon" can easily be change)

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Vorsk, Follower or Erastil wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Considering one of PCs or different npc might have become ruler of Korvosa since 9 years ago, doesn't really sound likely to me.

Why does everyone seems to want Sorshen to become good guy anyway? Or do they mean affably evil since she is all about manipulation and such?

I think it would make an interesting progression to the story that us the Golarion timelinr. Last book is called Rise of New Thassilon afterall so having a new big bag (especially after the WW closed and Tar Baphon possibly getting his teeth kicked in after this ap) having another threat would be nice for the Inner Sea. And as time travel is involved with this AP, any other pc being Korvosa's leader or the Senachel (who I assume is the NPC your talking about and what I assume is considered "cannon" can easily be change)

I think Tar-Baphon will return to stay in PF 2.0 - CR 30 is too hard to defeat for (non-mythic) pcs.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
I think Tar-Baphon will return to stay in PF 2.0 - CR 30 is too hard to defeat for (non-mythic) pcs.

So, have you heard about The Tyrant's Grasp?


I just heard it had more Gallowspire myself. Which is good. :)

Right now though, one AP at a time!

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Zaister wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
I think Tar-Baphon will return to stay in PF 2.0 - CR 30 is too hard to defeat for (non-mythic) pcs.
So, have you heard about The Tyrant's Grasp?

Of course i have. ;-)

But i don't expect the pcs to actually slay TB at the end, just somehow contain his ambition and deal him a setback.

The last AP volume #144 is called "Midwives to Death" and personally i would like it more, if an immortal lich would be set up in a part of Avistan as a recurring enemy for most nations.

Also i can't see level 20 pcs going up against a CR 26/MR 10 threat.
Of course there are ways to do this, but i find it not optimal.

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It is possibility thought that someone else destroys Tyrant while PCs destroy his phylactery though

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CorvusMask wrote:
It is possibility thought that someone else destroys Tyrant while PCs destroy his phylactery though

That would be a possibility, but if i was a lich with Int 36 or more, nobody would ever find my real phylactery. ;-)


Me and my group have been toying around with the ideas of this AP. Personally, I think that

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that the PCs are following in Aroden's footsteps to some degree and bring him back into the fold for the near end of the AP. My thoughts are that Aroden and some other super powerful NPCs go toe to toe with the Tyrant while the PCs hunt down the phylactery.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
It is possibility thought that someone else destroys Tyrant while PCs destroy his phylactery though
That would be a possibility, but if i was a lich with Int 36 or more, nobody would ever find my real phylactery. ;-)

Which makes for a pointless encounter in an RPG.

Once a creature is played as "too smart to be killed" it doesn't need stats.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
It is possibility thought that someone else destroys Tyrant while PCs destroy his phylactery though
That would be a possibility, but if i was a lich with Int 36 or more, nobody would ever find my real phylactery. ;-)

Which makes for a pointless encounter in an RPG.

Once a creature is played as "too smart to be killed" it doesn't need stats.

I beg to differ.

Not every enemy needs to be or can be killed.
Sometimes it is enough to thwart their plans.
Look for instance at Forgotten Realms' Sazz Tamm, a lich who has often be defeated, but never been killed.

Also, if i look at Call of Cthulhu, the Great Old Ones & Outer Gods have stats and they cann't be defeated by the characters either.

The "if it bleeds we can kill it" mentality should not always work and if pcs always go for that routine, they should be prepared to die themselves sometimes.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
It is possibility thought that someone else destroys Tyrant while PCs destroy his phylactery though
That would be a possibility, but if i was a lich with Int 36 or more, nobody would ever find my real phylactery. ;-)

Which makes for a pointless encounter in an RPG.

Once a creature is played as "too smart to be killed" it doesn't need stats.

I beg to differ.

Not every enemy needs to be or can be killed.
Sometimes it is enough to thwart their plans.
Look for instance at Forgotten Realms' Sazz Tamm, a lich who has often be defeated, but never been killed.

Also, if i look at Call of Cthulhu, the Great Old Ones & Outer Gods have stats and they cann't be defeated by the characters either.

The "if it bleeds we can kill it" mentality should not always work and if pcs always go for that routine, they should be prepared to die themselves sometimes.

Fine with me; not everyone on the internet needs to agree.

I'm just saying that if a GM plays a character in a way that removes player agency entirely from the game, that's frustrating. A great old one can't be killed, but it can certainly be defeated.

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Any chance that Desgard's Thousand Columns will feature in this book?

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casiel wrote:
Any chance that Desgard's Thousand Columns will feature in this book?

Nope.

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