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The Kintargo Contract (GM Reference)


Hell's Rebels


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The purpose of this thread is to clarify questions arising in this adventure.

This thread is a GM Reference thread for Part 5 of the Hell's Rebels Adventure Path. Links for the individual threads for each part are as follows:

Silver Crusade

Do you think it was a last act of spite by Tiarise Izoni that got Octavio Sabinus listed as Order of the Rack in the new Kintargo city stat block? Or did he have a change of heart while we weren't looking? ;-)

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What is the duration on the ferrugon's vainglorious whispers ability? My assumption is 1 minute, but I could see it being anywhere from one round to one hour or even more.

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Demiurge 1138 wrote:
What is the duration on the ferrugon's vainglorious whispers ability? My assumption is 1 minute, but I could see it being anywhere from one round to one hour or even more.

It's best to assume if we don't list a duration that the duration is just 1 round as a general rule. We SHOULD have included that in the monster's description, of course, but yes, it's just 1 round.

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Is Citadel Enferac in Ravounel or Hellcoast?

On the map in 'The Kintargo Contract' the border drops south and then runs diagonally up towards a cove on the coast... seeming to include the area where Enferac would be. However, in 'Cheliax, The Infernal Empire' the Ravounel border seems to run pretty much due East-West from the same cove into the mountains... thus possibly passing just North of Citadel Enferac.

In either case, it's close. That said, if Enferac were in Ravounel it would logically be one of the areas that would have to agree to ally with Kintargo to fall under the 'no Thrune troops' provision. Since that didn't come up, I'm guessing the citadel is in Hellcoast... or just would never agree to the deal and thus automatically reverts to Chelish control.

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CBDunkerson wrote:

Is Citadel Enferac in Ravounel or Hellcoast?

On the map in 'The Kintargo Contract' the border drops south and then runs diagonally up towards a cove on the coast... seeming to include the area where Enferac would be. However, in 'Cheliax, The Infernal Empire' the Ravounel border seems to run pretty much due East-West from the same cove into the mountains... thus possibly passing just North of Citadel Enferac.

In either case, it's close. That said, if Enferac were in Ravounel it would logically be one of the areas that would have to agree to ally with Kintargo to fall under the 'no Thrune troops' provision. Since that didn't come up, I'm guessing the citadel is in Hellcoast... or just would never agree to the deal and thus automatically reverts to Chelish control.

It's in Hellcoast, but not too far from the border. Yet still SOUTH of the border and firmly in the Hellcoast archduchy. It is relatively close, yes, but there's not a lot of civilization in that part of Ravounel OR Hellcoast. I suspect the remoteness is part of why they chose that site for the citadel; it helps with defense. It's outside of Ravounel, though, and thus not really subject to the alliance between Cheliax and Ravounel. The PCs are certianly free to try to recruit the Hellknights of the Gate to their cause, but seeing as how their leader is lawful evil, I doubt such an alliance would work out.

That said, Hellknights are not "Thrune Troops." They are mercenary groups. Many hire themselves out to Thrune, but they are not officially government agents.

In any event, by design, the ONLY Hellknight order with a base of operations in Ravounel is the Order of the Torrent.


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Great job Jim, love the adventure so far, especially Ithanothuar. :-)

Also the Grundlescorn Sisters, great stuff!


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Perhaps I should ask this here: The Zephyr has a bit of a discrepancy in its breath weapon. The stat block says "sonic energy" while lower on the page it says "electricity". Which is it?

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captain yesterday wrote:

Great job Jim, love the adventure so far, especially Ithanothuar. :-)

Also the Grundlescorn Sisters, great stuff!

Thank you. You are very kind.

James Jacobs is actually responsible for Ithanothuar, and I think the addition is inspired.

I *DO* take credit for the Grundlescorn sisters.

This just goes to show that all products are the result of teamwork and collaboration. Behind every great writer is a great (and hard-working) developer.


I love the infernal contract rules, and the clever rationale for why the loophole in the Kintargo contract exists.

One potential worry, though: Wouldn't it be in a good-aligned party's interests to not tell Cheliax about the hidden clause in the contract? For if they can get the Cheliax to invade Ravounel, that would void the contract between the Hell and the House of Thrune, and free all of Cheliax from infernal control...

Any thoughts on how to spin this or tweak things so as to not make this the smart play on the party's part?

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Porridge wrote:

I love the infernal contract rules, and the clever rationale for why the loophole in the Kintargo contract exists.

One potential worry, though: Wouldn't it be in a good-aligned party's interests to not tell Cheliax about the hidden clause in the contract? For if they can get the Cheliax to invade Ravounel, that would void the contract between the Hell and the House of Thrune, and free all of Cheliax from infernal control...

Any thoughts on how to spin this or tweak things so as to not make this the smart play on the party's part?

Not telling Cheliax runs the very real risk of Cheliax storming Kintargo and destroying it. Sure... that'd break the contract and cause tumult throughout the nation... but Kintargo'd still be a smoking ruin. Hardly a victory for the Silver Ravens.

AKA: If the PCs don't tell Cheliax, they have no protection from Cheliax, and the last adventure changes from what's presented in print to you having to come up with rules for mass combat and likely leading to either a TPK as the full wrath of Cheliax descends on Ravounel or forcing the PCs to flee their home.

If you WANT to turn the last adventure into a full-on war, of course, go for it... but Pathfinder doesn't handle mass combat on that scale well at all.

Silver Crusade

Well, voiding the Chelaxian Covenant would pretty much throw a good portion of the Inner Sea region into absolute chaos. That would be a pretty big reason not to do it to at least some of the PC's allies.

Also, Ravounel would still be invaded by Cheliax in that event, which would have a pretty high death toll. So even some of the chaotic allies would probably have an interest in not-death.


Porridge wrote:

I love the infernal contract rules, and the clever rationale for why the loophole in the Kintargo contract exists.

One potential worry, though: Wouldn't it be in a good-aligned party's interests to not tell Cheliax about the hidden clause in the contract? For if they can get the Cheliax to invade Ravounel, that would void the contract between the Hell and the House of Thrune, and free all of Cheliax from infernal control...

Any thoughts on how to spin this or tweak things so as to not make this the smart play on the party's part?

I thought about that too.

Shadow Lodge

James Jacobs wrote:
Sure... that'd break the contract and cause tumult throughout the nation...

Timing is important here. If the Glorious Reclamation is still a significant force at the time the Silver Ravens are negotiating with Cheliax, then throwing the regime into chaos is at least a rational gamble. If the Iomedeans have been smashed by that point, however, then there is nothing to be gained. The regime's managed to strengthen itself to the point where it can both defend itself against its internal enemies and conquer Ravounel without Hell's support. The task becomes to defend a redoubt and rebuild for the next attempt.


James Jacobs wrote:
Not telling Cheliax runs the very real risk of Cheliax storming Kintargo and destroying it. Sure... that'd break the contract and cause tumult throughout the nation... but Kintargo'd still be a smoking ruin. Hardly a victory for the Silver Ravens.

Ah, good. That sounds like a good way to deter players from taking this line. So maybe I'll plan on emphasizing Cheliax's overwhelming military power early on, and making it clear to the party that even without infernal help, Cheliax has a strong enough military to crush Kintargo.

zimmerwald1915 wrote:
Timing is important here. If the Glorious Reclamation is still a significant force at the time the Silver Ravens are negotiating with Cheliax, then throwing the regime into chaos is at least a rational gamble.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking too -- the players might take this to be a great way to make sure the Glorious Reclamation succeeds.

But, as you point out, timing is important. If the party knows (or is informed by an ally) that Cheliax is unlikely to turn their attention to Ravounel until after the Glorious Reclamation is taken care of, then breaking the power of the House of Thrune by tricking them into invading Ravounel would come too late to help the Glorious Reclamation... Yeah. Good.

Silver Crusade

The more I read this, the more I think I need to read about what happens after death in the setting. Does anyone know what the best source is for that?

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Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
The more I read this, the more I think I need to read about what happens after death in the setting. Does anyone know what the best source is for that?

There's a big article about the soul and its journey after death in the last volume of Mummy's Mask.

Silver Crusade

James Jacobs wrote:
Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
The more I read this, the more I think I need to read about what happens after death in the setting. Does anyone know what the best source is for that?
There's a big article about the soul and its journey after death in the last volume of Mummy's Mask.

Which I actually have! Thanks!

Silver Crusade

Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
The more I read this, the more I think I need to read about what happens after death in the setting. Does anyone know what the best source is for that?
There's a big article about the soul and its journey after death in the last volume of Mummy's Mask.
Which I actually have! Thanks!

Have now read the mentioned article, and it was exactly what I wanted to know. Recommended reading for anyone running this AP.


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I've put in a small flavour tweak to the Genius Loci ritual, adding in the element that the eventual power of the Genius Loci is in part based on the importance and influence of the individual to the area in question while they were alive.

This helps give a further justification for Barzillai seeking power and authority in the region, rather than just focusing on his ritual plans, as he'll become a more powerful Loci because of it.


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Running the rebellion in chapter 5

How are most of you handling rebellion turns going into chapter 5? Is it still something that holds a spotlight?

There appears to be little within these late adventures aimed at improving the Silver Ravens beyond what's achieved in the first four chapters, and aside from a massive push by players to recruit new supporters (as officer recruiters using the recruit action), there seems no significant method for them to increase the Silver Raven's rank. Am I missing something? Is this intended

Arguably, the rebellion as the players have known it would recede as the city returns to normal and effects a friendly government once again. But the incentive to increase the rebellion's rank still exists for players given the boons they can extract from it.

Further, notes within the adventure speak about using team actions, so it presumes the rebellion persists in some fashion. I'm almost of a mind to consider it dissolved, given the shift in focus away from adventuring in Kintargo during the last two chapters, but I'm not sure my players would be satisfied with that approach. I doubt that they will be satisfied with a neutered and difficult to rank rebellion, either.

Shadow Lodge

Midnight Anarch wrote:
I'm almost of a mind to consider it dissolved, given the shift in focus away from adventuring in Kintargo during the last two chapters, but I'm not sure my players would be satisfied with that approach. I doubt that they will be satisfied with a neutered and difficult to rank rebellion, either.

The question that must be answered, before thinking about how to play the Silver Ravens as an organization at this point, is "what are they?" It's hard to consider them a rebellion when they've successfully carried through a coup d'etat, albeit in one region and indeed one city before the start of The Kintargo Contract. To my mind, what they are is a very powerful political party, with an extensive, deeply rooted organization and enormous prestige. Political parties with that much power don't simply wither away because they're not needed anymore. They determine the course of nations. So The Kintargo Contract might be a good time to transition to using Ultimate Campaign's kingdom rules, either alone or in tandem with the tail end of the rebellion rules (NB: the rebellion rules cycle on a weekly basis, while the kingdom rules cycle on a monthly basis).

Other options to consider are putting down organizational roots in the outlying towns and the countryside. The Ravens are assumed to have precisely two sympathizers in Vyre after Dance of the Damned. Build on that - an organizational base is surely necessary for dealing with subversives like the Church of Norgorber on any kind of permanent basis. Same idea for Cypress Point and Whiterock, visited for the first time in this adventure (though Whiterock has no content provided for it, and Cypress Point's is limited to one NPC). What does their strategy for revolutionizing the countryside, from big estates to smallholdings, look like? Their nationalities policy, especially as it relates to communities like Acisazi and Kitkasiticka?


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zimmerwald1915 wrote:
The question that must be answered, before thinking about how to play the Silver Ravens as an organization at this point, is "what are they?"... To my mind, what they are is a very powerful political party, with an extensive, deeply rooted organization and enormous prestige.

I would not describe my players' version of the Silver Ravens as a political party. It's been much more of a partisan styled affair--clandestine operations punctuated with fierce ambushes--which is why it may suit to deprecate the rebellion phases as the AP becomes more "adventurer" style in play.

The issue is that there is zero support for continuing the Silver Ravens in the actual books. There's no talk about new teams or allies, or ways that the Silver Ravens would be able to scale the exceptional numbers required to gain further ranks. Basically, nothing of substance about running the Rebellion any further. They don't even talk, in any way, about running the rebellion in the introductions of #5 and #6. All that signals the rebellion as becoming inconsequential, mechanically.

Looking at that reality, I've been wondering how others have actually run the rebellion turns in practice after completing Chapter 4.

(Whatever I end up doing, the Silver Council will continue to be a thing for my PCs, though perhaps not as an every session ordeal.)


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My players were researching a the Heart's Harvest contract. As you're familiar, the rules say that a research check represents an uninterrupted 8-hour period of research for which characters cannot take 10 or 20.

When they failed, one of the players wanted to use Gallant Inspiration to potentially reverse the result. RAW, I was unaware of any reason to refuse, but it felt like an erroneous use given the conditions. I allowed it but am forced to wonder: is it a viable application of the spell?

Scarab Sages

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I would think so, provided the person casting the spell is present for the entire research time of 8 hours. the knowledge check happens at some point during the 8 hours (presumably at the end), but represents the culmination of 8 hours of work (much like the spellcraft check every day when crafting a magic item).

Similarly, what about the Bard/Skald ability of Lore Master to always take 10 on knowledge checks (or take 20 once per day)? It seems like this is one of the few times that ability (especially the take 10 part) would be especially useful.

I think the Take 10 proviso on the contract research is to prevent people from gaming the math too easily. A standard INT caster would have +22 easily to the appropriate knowledge. Factor in a +4 from the Scholar feat, +2 from multiple extended heroisms and +2 from an item and two assists, and you easily get to auto-succeed a take10.

At least the Complexity 50 of the Kintargo contract is out of reach of all but the most skewed characters (investigators).


i GOT to say ... I LOVE that sexy contract devil . My party gave him/her A pet name. and eny moment they speak about him/her the say Oxddy the sexy devil .

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They are very sexy.


I ran Odexidie's office + noble wrangling + slavers last week. O was as much enjoyed by the players as by me - he's wonderfully written and his responses really resonated with the characters. The players had obtained the password because Occultists are ridiculous (I say this with great affection for the class - they're a great vehicle for transmitting behind-the-screen info to the PCs). There was a LOT of discussion about signing the infernal contract to go home, but it was pretty easy to convince them once they realized the possible end locations for a Plane Shift with Kintargo as the target, up to and including Egorian or a random spot in the ocean.

The nobles went fine and quick. The party enlisted Octavio's assistance for locating the "dead" noble to clear Carliss' name, had set up a meeting with the Queen of Delights for Tanessen and Delronge, and blew the diplomacy DC out of the water for Solstines. Obviously, a friendly and engaged Laria was more than happy to join.

So those Greenbriars...my party had been absolutely crushing combats heretofore, so I decided to rebuild Delexia. I had a couple objectives in mind: make her hit more frequently, deal better with the archer inquisitor, and provide loot that fits with the Automatic Bonus Progression removing virtually all loot from her original form. I exceeded my expectations and really had them on the ropes with this rebuild. The rest of the encounter was completely stock and, quite frankly, not very exciting, but rebuilt Delexia really made the players think outside their normal comfort zone, pulling out all the unused magic items they had in the occultist's backpack (horn of blasting, for example). Flying kick -> Trip -> Disarm -> punch punch punch is a really fun full round. It took a while for the kineticist to catch on to the fact that her AC and Touch AC were the same (with Combat Expertise and Furious Defense, it was a respectable 25) and with Improved Evasion, shooting a line of electricity was not particularly effective, either.

Next session for us is this upcoming Sunday. I'm writing out the underwater stuff (it feels like a time-waste for a party with multiple means of addressing the underwater combat and enemies lacking any oomph with spell DCs and such), but I'm very much interested in seeing how they interact with Ithanothuar. I would expect both the Terapasillion and Ravounel Forest missions to be completed, along with some lead-up to Mangvhune.

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