Familiar Faces in Remote Places
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
January brings us two scenarios that build on more recent stories, taking us to the forests of Iobaria and back into the Hao Jin Tapestry.
Taking us to Iobaria is Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-12: Breath of the Dragonskull, a Tier 1-5 scenario written by yours truly that has the Pathfinders returning to the town of Mishkar to help out some old friends who are in a bit of a jam. The PCs will have to navigate both a delicate political situation and a blazing forest fire if they are to complete their mission successfully.
When I developed Pathfinder Society #9-18: Scourge of the Farheavens, I realized that the story of the people of Sarkoris, whose homeland was devoured by the Worldwound, were people I wanted to get to know better. Breath of the Dragonskull touches on a lot of stories that I really care about and wanted to spend a little more time with and I jumped at the opportunity to write it. As we look forward to a new edition where the heroes of Wrath of the Righteous have successfully closed the Worldwound, I thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit the god-caller Nelket and her deity Dolok Darkfur as the Society makes good on its promises from #9-18 and helps the Sarkorian refugees and their allies retake their new home.
Since announcing goblins as a playable race in the next iteration of the Pathfinder RPG, we've seen much commentary about the status of goblins and how they fit into Golarion. Not only what their role not just in the Society is, but also in the larger world. As we've done previously, the team took advantage of using the ongoing narrative of the Pathfinder Society to explore how goblins, specifically forest goblins, of all alignments handle situations. Though one thing hasn't changed, goblins still love burning things. I did mention that there's a forest fire, right? You'll get to see how goblins interact with less populated ecosystems and might even find some roots that could grow into goblin PCs when the new Core Rulebook releases in August.
Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-13: Fragments of Antiquity is a Tier 5-9 scenario that takes the Pathfinders once more into the unraveling demiplane known as the Hao Jin Tapestry. The PCs endeavor to discover the fate of the legendary sorcerer Hao Jin as they trek their way through an ancient library filled with deadly traps crafted by a clan of clever kobolds.
Kobolds, libraries, and strange planar phenomenon present a robust and challenging mix of encounters for a group of players to confront, but veteran scenario author Sam Polak was excited for the challenge. The Scalebreaker kobolds are a memorable addition to the organized play catalogue of NPCs. Attentive and diplomatic players may even have the opportunity to figure out which kobolds are responsible for their particular woes as they traverse the library depths. It'll be up to the players to decide if the Scalebreakers are friends or foes, but kobold chieftain Bridge-and-Logs gets to make an early appearance here in the blog, courtesy of Tom Ventre!
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