Pathfinder Society Scenario #9-22: Grotto of the Deluged God PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

When a ship that Venture-Captain Calisro Benarry hired to ferry Pathfinders to the Gloomspires vanished, she called upon diviners to speak to the sailors, only to learn that they had met a watery grave. Benarry has narrowed down the ship’s location to the shoals off the coast of the pirate island of Tempest Cay. While the venture-captain asks some questions on shore and searches for survivors, the PCs must travel out to the shipwreck, uncover the reason why a crew of experienced sailors met their doom, and discover why the nearby ocean has been growing increasingly perilous.

Contents in “Grotto of the Deluged God” also contribute directly to the ongoing storyline of the Concordance faction.

Written by Gabrielle Harbowy.

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A solid scenario for newer players

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I have GM’ed this scenario twice now and I’ll be doing so again in a few days of me writing this. I think that is a statement in itself: I’m not likely to run a scenario more than once unless I like them or unless specifically requested. In this case it’s fairly simple: I like this scenario. It’s straightforward, offers a sweet diversity of encounters and is fairly easy to prepare as well. The various NPCs are also quite memorable and really bring this scenario alive.

In that sense I completely agree with Keerawa below. It’s a great adventure for new(er) players, but not so much for experienced players. That said, the final encounter can still be challenging for them as well give them a run for their money depending on the composition of the party. I’ve scared quite a few players and I hope to do this yet again in a couple of days.

The scenario also provides a nice introduction to the Concordance faction, with some pretty solid and thematic boons thrown into the mix as well. The only downside, however, is that Grotto of the Deluged God can be completed in roughly 3 hours. I guess that’s what happens if there are more than one way to solve an encounter, but perhaps a few too many encounters can be bypassed. It’s hard to balance such a thing, but I have to say the author did a relatively good job. I will certainly recommend it for newer players and would like to see more from this author.


A scenario with training wheels, or rather, water wings

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I played this at low-tier with a group of very experienced players. The characters included a merman, an aquatic elf, and a warpriest of a god of storms. When we heard the mission briefing, we were eager to explore!

It's a fun set-up, and I had a great time in our confrontation with the BBEG, but we ROFLstomped this adventure, completing it in record time. It didn't provide enough challenge, and for our group, I would rate it a 3-star adventure.

That said, I think this would be a FANTASTIC adventure for a group of newbies. It provides a good introduction to society play and the lore of this season and part of the world, and plenty of support to help them succeed. New pathfinders will get to experience some of the environmental and combat dangers they should prepare for, and still come out alive. It rewards players who have invested in skills (with fairly low DCs), but has paths to success for groups missing those skills, which is important for level 1 parties. For newbies, I think this would be a five-star scenario.

So, on average, I'll call it a four-star scenario and recommend it to GM's introducing people to Pathfinder Society.


Grand Lodge

No challenge now. I’ll have to send someone else...


As I'm scheduled to run this one at a con, I'd be interested in which maps are involved.

Dark Archive

I'm quite interested in knowing the maps as well as I'm scheduled to run it the weekend after its release.

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Grotto of the Deluged God uses Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Elemental Planes Multi-Pack, Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Warship, and one custom map.


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Michael Sayre wrote:
Grotto of the Deluged God uses Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Elemental Planes Multi-Pack, Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Warship, and one custom map.

FYI, the scenario actually uses Ship, not Warship.

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GinoA wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
Grotto of the Deluged God uses Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Elemental Planes Multi-Pack, Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Warship, and one custom map.
FYI, the scenario actually uses Ship, not Warship.

Thanks for catching that. It did use Warship at the time of that posting, but it was changed last minute to Ship to better serve some encounter needs we caught during copyfitting.


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Michael Sayre wrote:
GinoA wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
Grotto of the Deluged God uses Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Elemental Planes Multi-Pack, Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Warship, and one custom map.
FYI, the scenario actually uses Ship, not Warship.
Thanks for catching that. It did use Warship at the time of that posting, but it was changed last minute to Ship to better serve some encounter needs we caught during copyfitting.

I believe that there was also an issue with the placement of B3 during that conversion. The description of the entrance to B3 is in a different area than the map shows the entrance.

Grand Lodge

Scenario list is messed up. 9-14, 9-16, then 9-22.


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roll4initiative wrote:
Scenario list is messed up. 9-14, 9-16, then 9-22.

Paizo seems to like varying which version of the hyphen/dash they use in filenames. It makes sorting fun!

Dark Archive

How do I review this product? Can't find the space to add a review, which needs to be done...

Silver Crusade

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Here's a link to the reviews page for this product

The bar up top has been acting odd lately.

Edit: okay it doesn't take you to the reviews page but it reveals the bar so that you can now select the reviews page.

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