I have read that some people have swapped books 6 and 5 in the order for this AP. I think this order might be more desirable for my party with their current method of political aspirations. I was wondering how this has worked out for anyone who has done it. What edits did you have to make?
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I significantly re-wrote pretty much the entire campaign, but the initial impetus for this was to switch around many of the events in Books 5 and 6. I did this because I believed that the battle against an invading Chelish armada would make for a much better epic finale than going after Bonefist.
I'd be happy to discuss the entire re-write in as much detail as you'd like but the abridged version of these two books went as follows:
Part One: Blood in the Water
Only minor changes.
Part Two: Islands of the Damned
Only minor changes.
Part Three: The Black Tower
Replaced this with the PC's aiding/leading a revolution on the island of Bag's End, revealing that Bonefist had knowledge of and even profited from the sale of slaves from that island.
Part Four: Harrigan Must Die
This was replaced with Part Two and Three from Book Six where the PC's assaulted Fort Hazard and the Sea Caves of Lucrehold. They succeeded in finally ousting Bonefist, clearing the way for a new Hurricane King (Tessa Fairwind). While this was happening, the assault on their home island by Harrigan took place and hostages were taken.
Part One: The Chelish Armada
This was bumped to the end(see below) and the assault on Harrigan from book five was inserted here. After Harrigan's defeat, concrete proof of his complicity with Cheliax was found along with the revelation that Cheliax agents had infiltrated the Cult of the Eye and manipulated the Master of Gales into finally dissipating the Eye of Abendego... with a Chelish invasion fleet waiting on the other side.
Part Two and Three
This is where the final battle against the Chelish Fleet takes place. The group is unable to stop the Master of Gales in time and the battle is joined between the much larger armada and the PC's and their allies. During the battle, the Master of Gales sacrifices his life to bring the hurricane back... it returns gradually, adding a heightened sense of drama to the battle.
A lot of these changes were optional on my part. Really, the biggest thing you'll need to do is adjust the encounter challenge levels to match your party's current abilities, but that's really a case-by-case basis thing. Is there anything in particular that you were concerned about?
I significantly re-wrote pretty much the entire campaign, but the initial impetus for this was to switch around many of the events in Books 5 and 6.
I really like the ideas you have for the swap, and would love to pick your brain a bit as I plan to do the same thing. My group has just finished Chapter 4, and because the campaign has dragged on for quite some time now, we are all looking to starting something new. But rather then dropping the current game, we all would like a solid conclusion to the story. Thus, I decided I would try to re-write the last two chapters to have a more epic conclusion while also shortening it into one chapter.
I still like the basic outline you proposed with 1) Defeating Bonefist , 2) Defeating Harrigan, and finally 3) defeating the Chelish Fleet. I'd like to know what plot elements you used to convince the PCs to go after Bonefist. You mentioned the revolution on Bag's End, but what motivation do the PCs have for aiding/leading this revolution in the first place (i.e. why not just continue pillaging the high seas for loot and treasure?).
Many thanks for your input.