Pathfinder Adventure Path #133: Secrets of Roderic's Cove (Return of the Runelords 1 of 6)

Pathfinder Adventure Path #133: Secrets of Roderic's Cove (Return of the Runelords 1 of 6)

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Wrath Shall Reign!

When one runelord rose from his slumber, the frontier nation of Varisia shook with his power, and it took a band of heroes to save the world. Yet there remained six other runelords, and now the most wrathful of them all has woken! As the runelords waken one after another, the dangers and perils faced by past heroes pale in comparison. When a mysterious and fearful ghost manifests on the streets of Roderic's Cove at the same time the town's gangs use the runes and legacies of ancient Thassilonian tyrants for their own ends, a new band of heroes must rise to save Varisia, and perhaps the world, from the return of the runelords!

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

  • "Secrets of Roderic's Cove," a Pathfinder adventure for 1st-level characters, by Adam Daigle.
  • An exploration and gazetteer of the town of Roderic's Cove and its inhabitants, by Adam Daigle.
  • An extensive timeline of the history of Thassilon, revelations about the methods used by each runelord to avoid destruction during the apocalypse of Earthfall, and notes for Game Masters on the roles each runelord plays in this Adventure Path, by James Jacobs.
  • A bestiary of monsters lurking around Varisia, including the child-stealing nochlean and the innocuous-looking warpglass ooze, by Mikko Kallio, Luis Loza, Jacob W. Michaels, and Conor J. Owens.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-062-0

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I still think Serithtial is just waiting to try its hand out on fighting Illusion/Shadow based magic. ;)


Oh look Runelords, golly it's been a whole day and a half since Paizo printed something about them.

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Jodokai wrote:
Oh look Runelords, golly it's been a whole day and a half since Paizo printed something about them.

More like 5 years :3


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Jodokai wrote:
Oh look Runelords, golly it's been a whole day and a half since Paizo printed something about them.

Whatever.

Dark Archive

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Skeld will have the pdf by monday. ;-)


It's kind of bad in some ways that GenCon spoiled some of this...but I STILL want to see all of this AP and the following AP just for the sake of getting more 1st PF before August 2019.

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Any links to the Gen-Con spoilers available for those of us waiting on the other side of the planet?


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Xazil wrote:
Any links to the Gen-Con spoilers available for those of us waiting on the other side of the planet?

Yep, look in the General discussion tab under the Adventure Path forum. There you'll find a thread about GenCon AP news. I posted a link to the video. They go into quite of few spoilers for both RTotRL and Tyrant's Grasp. It looks to be exciting!


Very exciting. :)


I wonder what Runelord's statblock will be featured in this part?

Scarab Sages

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Can we has the Player's Guide? Pretty please...?

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Player's guide is in process, and will be out closer to the release of the first volume. As always for Player's Guides, please be patient.

Scarab Sages

Good to know, thanks!

Are there going to be any stringent constraints on character creation this time around? We picked Return of the Runelords as our next campaign because some of our players ran afoul of the character constraints in Ruins of Azlant (must work underwater) and War for the Crown (must fit in among racist nobles, no nature people please). Anything similar here?

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Catharsis wrote:

Good to know, thanks!

Are there going to be any stringent constraints on character creation this time around? We picked Return of the Runelords as our next campaign because some of our players ran afoul of the character constraints in Ruins of Azlant (must work underwater) and War for the Crown (must fit in among racist nobles, no nature people please). Anything similar here?

Nope. This one's pretty open. We generally try to do a non-restrictive one like this every other AP or every other two at least, even though a more restrictive element can help us to create more specialized stories.

The main restriction in this one is that it's a sequel to Rise of the Runelords AND Shattered Star, so it's awkward and weird to play out of order with those; if you play this one and haven't played the prior two, those prior two will be spoiled, plot wise, in other words. Like watching Return of the King before watching The Two Towers or Lord of the Rings. Doesn't make the prior ones less awesome, but does work better if you watch them in order.

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James Jacobs wrote:


The main restriction in this one is that it's a sequel to Rise of the Runelords AND Shattered Star, so it's awkward and weird to play out of order with those; if you play this one and haven't played the prior two, those prior two will be spoiled, plot wise, in other words. Like watching Return of the King before watching The Two Towers or Lord of the Rings. Doesn't make the prior ones less awesome, but does work better if you watch them in order.

Will there be some sort of synopsis of Shattered Star included as backmatter for the GM?

I plan to GM this AP and have run Rise of the Runelords, but unfortunately, as a player, our Shattered Star game fell apart during book-2 since our GM got divorced, and I do not know the details.

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Grumpus wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


The main restriction in this one is that it's a sequel to Rise of the Runelords AND Shattered Star, so it's awkward and weird to play out of order with those; if you play this one and haven't played the prior two, those prior two will be spoiled, plot wise, in other words. Like watching Return of the King before watching The Two Towers or Lord of the Rings. Doesn't make the prior ones less awesome, but does work better if you watch them in order.

Will there be some sort of synopsis of Shattered Star included as backmatter for the GM?

I plan to GM this AP and have run Rise of the Runelords, but unfortunately, as a player, our Shattered Star game fell apart during book-2 since our GM got divorced, and I do not know the details.

There will be enough of a synopsis for both Rise of the Runelords and Shattered Star to help GMs, but the focus of the adventures must be on Return of the Runelords overall.


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Will every runelord get stats(not including ones that already have been done) during the course of this AP?

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Dragon78 wrote:
Will every runelord get stats(not including ones that already have been done) during the course of this AP?

Sort of.


James Jacobs wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Will every runelord get stats(not including ones that already have been done) during the course of this AP?
Sort of.

I think (but could be wrong) that Alaznist might be the final foe in this adventure path but I do definately hope we get stats for Sorshen, Xanderghul, and Zutha at the very least. :D

Dark Archive

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Maybe it will turn out Xanderghul doesn't actually exist or something so he doesn't have stats :D I'm trying to guess what would be biggest plot twist related to master illusionist


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Berselius wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Will every runelord get stats(not including ones that already have been done) during the course of this AP?
Sort of.
I think (but could be wrong) that Alaznist might be the final foe in this adventure path but I do definately hope we get stats for Sorshen, Xanderghul, and Zutha at the very least. :D

You are correct about Alazinst. That was stated at the GenCon panel.

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CorvusMask wrote:
Maybe it will turn out Xanderghul doesn't actually exist or something so he doesn't have stats :D I'm trying to guess what would be biggest plot twist related to master illusionist

Perhaps he's really a Veiled Master placed in Thassilon to ensure its evolution and if need be, destruction?


Anorak wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
Maybe it will turn out Xanderghul doesn't actually exist or something so he doesn't have stats :D I'm trying to guess what would be biggest plot twist related to master illusionist
Perhaps he's really a Veiled Master placed in Thassilon to ensure its evolution and if need be, destruction?

Since I believe Xanderghul is the most powerful of the current Runelords (to the level of achieving mythic level power), it would have to be one hell of a powerful Veiled Master.

Though from what I'm aware of, the Aboleth don't age and are born with all the knowledge of those that birthed them so it's certainly possible.


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Mr Jacobs, it is "The Fellowship of the Ring". The entire series is "The Lord of the Rings". A nit pick, I know, but an important distinction to make nonetheless.

No animosity intended. Carry on.

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Fourshadow wrote:

Mr Jacobs, it is "The Fellowship of the Ring". The entire series is "The Lord of the Rings". A nit pick, I know, but an important distinction to make nonetheless.

No animosity intended. Carry on.

Thank you.

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