Three New Faces

Monday, September 28, 2015


Illustrations by Marko Horvatin and John Derek Murphy

This month the Pathfinder Society is sending PCs to two regions little explored by the campaign. The first is Tamran, an oft-assaulted city that serves as the capitol of Nirmathas in its ongoing conflict with Molthune. We've known that a Pathfinder lodge existed in Tamran for about a decade; in fact, that lodge's foundation is the reason that Molthune became so hostile to the Society (clearly the Decemvirate were picking sides). What was never clear was who operated it. When you play Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-07: Trouble in Tamran, you'll get a more formal introduction to Venture-Captain Oraiah Tolal. She's a fascinating character in part because she combines so many elements rarely seen in the canon roster of venture-captains: she's a divine spellcaster, her patron is one of the "minor deities," and she's a halfling. Of course, there's much more to her than aligning with a few in-world demographics, and I look forward to her giving more missions in the future.

In Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-06: To Judge a Soul: The Legacy Lost, we traveling even further afield into territory never touched by a published adventure: north-central Tian Xia, beginning in Amanandar. The adventure also spends substantial time in Jinin (also never before seen) and Wanshou (only visited once last season). At the center of it all is Venture-Captain Bakten, an accomplished samsaran whose history the players can explore in depth rarely seen in any adventure. For now, let's settle for a quick visual before playing the first of this two-part series.

Finally, there's one more leader who deserves introduction: the Pathfinder Society's global organized play coordinator. We're waiting until my new colleague starts work tomorrow to pull back the Decemvirate mask, so check back then for the official announcement!

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*** Venture-Agent, Pennsylvania—King of Prussia aka Alexander Augunas

Ah! The mystery employee makes hir grand entrance! Looking forward to the big reveal. I was getting tired of shouting, "COMPTON!!!!!!!!!!" to the heavens whenever my dice rolled poorly in Pathfinder Society. >:-P

***** Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka Pirate Rob

Anticipation... may soon explode...

Grand Lodge *****

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This venture unit is standing by for celebration. Excitement protocols are active.

*** Venture-Agent, Pennsylvania—King of Prussia aka Alexander Augunas

Alexander Augunas wrote:
Ah! The mystery employee makes hir grand entrance! Looking forward to the big reveal. I was getting tired of shouting, "COMPTON!!!!!!!!!!" to the heavens whenever my dice rolled poorly in Pathfinder Society. >:-P

Hey! My first GM Star appears by my alias's name now! Hooray!

... when did that start happening?

Silver Crusade ***** ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

The new scenarios sound amazing, I am very exited.

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@Alexander Should have been automatic, but its only visibile when on your profile page or posting in the PFS section.

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I'm very excited to see who they found to replace Mr. Brock.

Silver Crusade

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It's clear who the new coordinator will be.

Every Pokemon veteran knows that Misty comes after Brock.

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Behind that mask is...

Shadow Lodge * Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 8

Hey, I know that lady!

Dark Archive ****

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Woot! Excitement for tomorrow!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

That picture of Bakten - I looked at it and thought that it was a doppelganger.

Liberty's Edge *** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Hmm so it is tomorrow now!!!

Oh wait.. I am the central time zone. Not even 8:00am yet on west coast...

Darn these time zones!!

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Yeah, likely a few more hours. Everyone knows the new person has to bring coffee and donuts, and no announcements can occur before coffee.

Grand Lodge *****

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GM Lamplighter wrote:
Yeah, likely a few more hours. Everyone knows the new person has to bring coffee and donuts, and no announcements can occur before coffee.

I think there is a ritual flogging as well. To toughen them up for dealing with us.


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So, Oraiah Tolal looks like Dame Judi Dench.

Silver Crusade ****

BigNorseWolf wrote:

Behind that mask is...

It's Kilroy!!!

Quote:
In Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-06: To Judge a Soul: The Legacy Lost, we traveling even further afield into territory never touched by a published adventure: north-central Tian Xia, beginning in Amanandar. The adventure also spends substantial time in Jinin (also never before seen) and Wanshou (only visited once last season).

And just when I was thinking of rebuilding my GM credit baby from Amanandar, because he's kinda boring, and I never really feel like playing him.

I've also got one from Jinin, though I'm working on that back story and was considering changing the geographic origin. If this were a level 1-5, I'd consider using it as that PC's first adventure, and tie it in to the character's reason for joining the Society.

***** Venture-Agent, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth aka Azothath

tick tock...

Silver Crusade *****

Bellona wrote:
That picture of Bakten - I looked at it and thought that it was a doppelganger.

Pssh, we probably won't get another doppleganger venture captain.

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You mean, one that we know is a doppleganger, right? I assume they'll all shape-shifters of one form or another.

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UndeadMitch wrote:
Bellona wrote:
That picture of Bakten - I looked at it and thought that it was a doppelganger.
Pssh, we probably won't get another doppleganger venture captain.

I thought we were required to have a non doppleganger one for diversities sake at this point.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, California—Sacramento aka FLite

No, they can fulfill that quota by having a half-doppelganger.

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Paizo sure knows how to kill with the suspense.

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GM Lamplighter wrote:
You mean, one that we know is a doppleganger, right? I assume they'll all shape-shifters of one form or another.

I happen to know a dire were bear seeker. He might be a venture captain now.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

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If only you guys could see the madhouse that is the VO forums.

Note: As of this time, we have no more information than you do. We're just crazy.

Grand Lodge *****

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
If only you guys could see the madhouse that is the VO forums.

Mad house of suspense, or mad house of adulation and congrats being heaped on the latest victim?

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

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Mostly ice cream.

Dark Archive *****

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:

If only you guys could see the madhouse that is the VO forums.

Note: As of this time, we have no more information than you do. We're just crazy.

I'm so sorry.... Forgive me, I knew not what I was creating.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Washington—Spokane

Jon you knew full well.

Dark Archive ***** ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Silbeg

jon dehning wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:

If only you guys could see the madhouse that is the VO forums.

Note: As of this time, we have no more information than you do. We're just crazy.

I'm so sorry.... Forgive me, I knew not what I was creating.

No, I am pretty sure you did.

Pineapple on Pizza for ALL!! And to all a good beer!

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

BigNorseWolf wrote:
UndeadMitch wrote:
Bellona wrote:
That picture of Bakten - I looked at it and thought that it was a doppelganger.
Pssh, we probably won't get another doppleganger venture captain.
I thought we were required to have a non doppleganger one for diversities sake at this point.

I am still saying that statitically one of them has to be two halflings in a long coat.

Paizo Employee ***** Designer

Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Mostly ice cream.

Remember, everything in that thread is covered under NDA (by which I mean Nomming Delicious Aliments, of course)!

Lantern Lodge *****

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Woran wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
UndeadMitch wrote:
Bellona wrote:
That picture of Bakten - I looked at it and thought that it was a doppelganger.
Pssh, we probably won't get another doppleganger venture captain.
I thought we were required to have a non doppleganger one for diversities sake at this point.
I am still saying that statitically one of them has to be two halflings in a long coat.

Let's be honest here. Every Venture-Captain is actually the same Cleric of Sivanah- -or its programmed images.

Ever notice how they show up, read an uninterruptible pre-recorded message, are unaffected by spells, and can only answer a selection of keyword-organized questions?


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Congratulations to the new coordinator, Tonya Woldridge!

Liberty's Edge *** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

GM Lamplighter wrote:
You mean, one that we know is a doppleganger, right? I assume they'll all shape-shifters of one form or another.

Aren't most VC kind of shifty anyways?

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