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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cave raptors are sated; it's time to blog!

Our newst Pathfinder Adventure Path is about to drop this month, and Hell's Rebels has two things Paizo fans love: fightin' against authority and swear words in the title! It also has daring adventure, a huge variety of encounters from roleplay and puzzles to devil-slaying and sabotage, along with a diverse cast of memorable NPCs—both helpful and vile—scads of unique magic items, and a whole new system for managing a secret society. But, we know what our readers really love: swear words.

Hell's Rebels kicks off this month with "In Hell's Bright Shadow", which takes PCs from their humble roots as loud but ineffectual rabble-rousers to leading a true rebellion against Cheliax's rule over the city-state of Kintargo and it's vile new lord-mayor, Barzillai Thrune!

And not only does Barzillai have a haircut like he hugs feral lawnmowers, not only does he dress like a recent convert to the church of self-laceration, he doesn't even like mint! In his first week in office, he issues not one but SEVEN proclamations, and sure some of them infringe on basic personal rights and freedoms, but c'mon, who doesn't like mint?!



I mean, seriously! What about him doesn't scream evil?!
Illustration by Shen Fei.

Proclamation the Seventh: The odor and flavor of mint is an abomination to the refined palate. Be not the cretin! Mint use in candies, drinks, and all manner of confections is hereby proscribed.

Who voted for this guy? I didn't! Did you? I don't even remember there being an election! Someone has got to stop this madman!


Just look at that jerk up there, lord-mayoring it over us. I'll bet that's mint wine.
Illustration by Caio Maciel Monteiro.

Kintargo used to have heroes once! But sadly, most of them inexplicably burned down just before the new lord-mayor arrived (because heroes have rotten timing and are, apparently, highly flammable). Who will save the city from the iron fist of the Thrice-Damned House of Thrune? What kind of maniacs would throw their lives away challenging a scion of Cheliax's ruling house, backed by an army of hellspawned goons (another swear word there for you; you're welcome)?! Only Kintargo's stupidest bravest souls would dare try!

Crystal Frasier
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Bring it on peasants!!

Barzillai's got this easy peasy:-)


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I don't like mint either guess I'm evil :P


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*reads*

I...what...


Yay, more Crystal AP goodness!


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itt I learned that hell is a swear word and something about mint I guess

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What man has not been driven to acts of diabolical evil by Male Pattern Baldness?

Let the Rebellion begin!


I'm not a fan of mint myself. Tom's of Maine makes a nice cinnamon 'n' clove toothpaste that's my gristle of choice.

this is, what, #2 for Ms. Frasier? so we've got a 1 and a 6.

So, let's do this

In Hell's Bright Shadow
The Sixfold Trial
I dunno, uh...Realm of the Fellnight Queen
The Harrowing
Wardens of the Reborn Forge
Divinity Drive

how's that? that's an AP I'd play.

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I'm guessing the new mayor's got DR/mint

Grand Lodge

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When does the Players' Guide hit?


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Actually this is dame Frasier's third Adventure Path module, with The Harrowing also under her belt :-)

She's pretty f%*@ing good at it :-)

Silver Crusade

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No mint?

Hey this guy's all right.


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Hey hey! Ho ho! Dungeonpunk politicians have got to go!

Dark Archive

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Fortunately for the PC's, its rather hard for him to see behind himself.


love to play an evil character in this, maybe a minor member of house thrune sent to investigate this guys actions in secret

Shadow Lodge

Why is he consulting the Tome of Horrors?

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Blackvial wrote:
love to play an evil character in this, maybe a minor member of house thrune sent to investigate this guys actions in secret

You'll probably want to wait 6 months then for Hell's Vengeance where the whole POINT of the adventure is to play evil characters.

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TOZ wrote:
Why is he consulting the Tome of Horrors?

That's actually the (spoiler warning)

Spoiler:
Book of the Damned.

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Out of curiosity, is there a way to get ahold of a super-fresh-off-the-printer, never-removed-from-box, optimal-state-of-repair copy of this issue?


Commoners of Kintargo UNITE!

You have nothing to lose but YOUR CHAINS!

Silver Crusade

So excited! Crsytal Frasier and stickin' it to the evil bastards!


James Jacobs wrote:
Blackvial wrote:
love to play an evil character in this, maybe a minor member of house thrune sent to investigate this guys actions in secret
You'll probably want to wait 6 months then for Hell's Vengeance where the whole POINT of the adventure is to play evil characters.

are you yanking my chain?

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Blackvial wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Blackvial wrote:
love to play an evil character in this, maybe a minor member of house thrune sent to investigate this guys actions in secret
You'll probably want to wait 6 months then for Hell's Vengeance where the whole POINT of the adventure is to play evil characters.
are you yanking my chain?

No.

The AP after Hell's Rebels is Hell's Vengeance. It's a full-on evil AP.


James Jacobs wrote:
Blackvial wrote:
love to play an evil character in this, maybe a minor member of house thrune sent to investigate this guys actions in secret
You'll probably want to wait 6 months then for Hell's Vengeance where the whole POINT of the adventure is to play evil characters.

I get the impression that AP's about playing the Bad Guys, though, rather than an evil Good Guy. ;D


James Jacobs wrote:

No.

The AP after Hell's Rebels is Hell's Vengeance. It's a full-on evil AP.

you sir are awesome


That looks like some really obnoxious armor. Doesn't he ever take it off? I mean, who needs armor for drinking wine?

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carterjray wrote:
That looks like some really obnoxious armor. Doesn't he ever take it off? I mean, who needs armor for drinking wine?

An arrogant egotistical maniacal tyrant who enjoys showing off his expensive armor needs it to drink wine... but yes, he does take it off and we will be showing him without the armor here and there in the AP.

But that said...

Spoiler:
...the suit of armor DOES clock in at 67,000 gp in value, so I suspect apart from doing what it does, it's also probably pretty comfortable, and probably a good idea to wear when you're out in public among a bunch of rabble who might want to try to throw a rock at you...


Quote:

No.

The AP after Hell's Rebels is Hell's Vengeance. It's a full-on evil AP.

Sigh, dammit all to hell.

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Out of curiosity, is there a way to get ahold of a super-fresh-off-the-printer, never-removed-from-box, optimal-state-of-repair copy of this issue?

That is NOT ALLOWED.


Damn that unfashionable tyrant!


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Damn that unfashionable tyrant!

I think you mean magnificently fashionable tyrant! Even better if the armor reflects hurled stones back at the dirty peasants who hurl them.


Squeakmaan wrote:
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Damn that unfashionable tyrant!
I think you mean magnificently fashionable tyrant! Even better if the armor reflects hurled stones back at the dirty peasants who hurl them.

what about rotten produce?


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Oh yay, the peasants are sloganeering, how... simple.

Dark Archive

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Abby Thrune, Despot wrote:
Oh yay, the peasants are sloganeering, how... simple.

The Peasants have always been revolting, but now they're rebelling!

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We are the sons of a new millennium! Let the revolution begin! So watch tonight the storm will come, as we are born again!


I don't get it—is Zousha giving us the political segment, or was that the weather?

Liberty's Edge

Mint is stupid.

Watch out for mint people.

Grand Lodge

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Maybe he is just anaphylactic to mint, seems like a good way to kill him, assassins in the kitchen instead of a full on peasant slaying rebellion. That being said I guess I have to dig up a copy of the sound track for Les Mis for my background tracks.

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I'm thinking that by day two of these edicts, the street food peddlers will all be offering lamb kebabs marinated in mint. Get your mint savories here! Totally legal, minty fresh foods! etc.

Hmmm. Maybe "Minty fresh!" as a battlecry.


With those images, either all his doors are double-doors or he would have to turn sideways to get thru with how wide the shoulders are.

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captain yesterday wrote:

Actually this is dame Frasier's third Adventure Path module, with The Harrowing also under her belt :-)

She's pretty f$%~ing good at it :-)

[pedant]I'm pretty damn sure that The Harrowing isn't an AP volume.

It's a stand-alone module.

[/pedant]

She is rather bloody good.


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Crystal Frasier wrote:
Cave raptors are sated; it's time to blog!

Didn't realize how much I'd missed those blogs until I saw a new one start with that intro...

-TimD

Sovereign Court

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Mint is provincial UK slang for 'really good' as well: "That armour is properly mint, mate."

Silver Crusade

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I demand that Goddess Crystal writes all blogs, every day, until the end of eternity.

Dark Archive

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If there is no mint what's on his pillow every night at bed time?


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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
If there is no mint what's on his pillow every night at bed time?

Orphans tears


"Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men. It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again..."

You can bet Andoran is paying attention! Those Twilight Talons can be oh so sneaky...but they don't really exist, so you need not worry...

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That poor book's spine!

That's not way to treat literature, you maniacs!

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Squeakmaan wrote:
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Damn that unfashionable tyrant!
I think you mean magnificently fashionable tyrant! Even better if the armor reflects hurled stones back at the dirty peasants who hurl them.

The armor does not reflect hurled stones. The archdevil it summons does ;-)


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But doesn't Asmodeus support good govern-mint?

Silver Crusade

Did all of the previous heroes in town catch FireCancer?

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