Demons and Devils and Pathfinders—Oh My!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Illustration by Michele Giorgi

Back when we announced Season 10, we were really excited about some of the big stories that we hoped to wrap up in a big way. November really kicks off two of these payoffs with a pair of high-level scenarios written by fan favorite authors addressing two our favorite NPCs. We're really stoked!

The first up is Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-08: What Prestige is Worth, a Tier 7–11 scenario that begat as many "approximately 375 gp" jokes when we were naming it as appeared later in the product discussion thread. An uncontrollable portal to Hell has opened in the Grand Lodge's basement, but Zarta Dralneen has ascertained the most likely means of closing the rift in a way that doesn't flood Absalom with devils. The only problem's that this plan involves an elite team traveling with Zarta to Dis: the second level of Hell and Infernal City that embodies tyranny. Easy, right? Well even though the PCs have a bone devil's short-lived protection and Zarta's familiarity with the planar metropolis, expect some tough challenges ahead. After all, your typical PC's spent several scenarios bludgeoning fiends and declaring herself a hero, but now you're in your enemies' backyard.

Creating compelling extraplanar scenarios like this is a tough challenge, so I'm thrilled that Matt Duval was ready to work on it. He's made a really dark and thematic scenario that reminds the PCs just how out of their element they are without pushing into the realm of uncomfortable levels of gratuity. On top of that, I'm really excited about how the NPCs in this adventure turned out, ranging from unfriendly employers to unrepentant contacts to unlikely allies (like the one pictured here by Michele Giorgi). Why is Hell one of my favorite planes for adventures? It's because of scenarios like this. If you want to learn more about Dis, be sure to check out its gazetteer by Amanda Hamon Kunz in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Distant Realms.


Illustration by Josef Kucera

But maybe Hell isn't your thing—I'm not judging. Perhaps instead of dealing with devils you'd rather smash in demon faces? You're in luck, because Linda Zayas-Palmer has been working on our latest seeker-level content.

At the beginning of Season 10, we announced that we'd be including more high-level content, in order to do justice to the finales of several stories and character arcs that have been brewing for multiple years. But Tier 7–11 wasn't quite high level enough to capture this month's heroic charge into the Abyss. The treachery demon Koth'Vaul has been a thorn in the Pathfinder Society's side for years, most notably as one of the masterminds behind last year's siege on Absalom. In Pathfinder Society Scenario #10–09: The Rasping Rebirth, by Cole Kronewitter, Koth'Vaul puts into motion his grandest plot yet, charging into the realm of the dead demon lord Deskari and collecting what power he can to fuel his own schemes. Cole did not pull punches when representing this cunning villain, particularly for those of you who opt to play this scenario's optional hard mode. Whether your character is a righteous and stalwart paladin or someone whose heart could be swayed by Abyssal temptation, they will have a significant choice to make. The Pathfinder Society's past interactions with Koth'Vaul have mostly been in his innocuous mortal disguises (with one notable exception), but he's ready to face them in his new and improved true form, as illustrated by Josef Kucera.

Linda Zayas-Palmer

Developer

We hope you have as much fun playing and running these as we had in developing them. Coming up in the next several months, we'll be looking ahead to resuming the Hao Jin Tapestry storyline!

John Compton
Organized Play Lead Developer

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Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Phoenix

Probably my favorite bad guy, for personal reasons. :)

Sovereign Court 4/5 ** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Southwest

Koth'Vaul is going down!

4/5 ** RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4

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Thank you, John!
Have a fun time in Hell, Pathfinders! Enjoy the sights of scenic Dis. I can't wait to hear your vacation stories if when you get back! :-)

Dark Archive 4/5 Venture-Captain, Online—VTT

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You all better bring Zarta back safely or there will be trouble!

Dataphiles 3/5 Venture-Agent, California—Manhattan Beach

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Both of these sound amazing. If these are the scenarios you're dropping now I can't wait to see how you end the season!

Dark Archive 4/5 5/55/5 **** Venture-Captain, Great Lakes

I’m hearing hard mode, and just like.... wow- hard mode Seeker content is going to be intense...

Scarab Sages 5/5 5/5 * Venture-Captain, Netherlands

6 people marked this as a favorite.

Zartha fanclub unite!

Grand Lodge 2/5 RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

I'm stoked for these new scenarios, but also... more Hao Jin Tapestry!!!

5/5 5/55/55/5

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Woran wrote:
Zartha fanclub unite!

First you have to untie

Scarab Sages 5/5 5/5 * Venture-Captain, Netherlands

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Woran wrote:
Zartha fanclub unite!
First you have to untie

I see what you did there.

Grand Lodge 4/5 * Venture-Agent, Colorado—Denver

Hard mode on a Seeker level scenario? Way awesome! I can't wait to hear the stories from players & GMs after running through it.

5/5 5/55/55/5

Tineke Bolleman wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Woran wrote:
Zartha fanclub unite!
First you have to untie
I see what you did there.

blindfold was the first to go apparently...


BigNorseWolf wrote:
Tineke Bolleman wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Woran wrote:
Zartha fanclub unite!
First you have to untie
I see what you did there.
blindfold was the first to go apparently...

At first part of my brain read this as Zathras fanclub unite . . . You know, I could go for that . . . .

Sovereign Court 5/5

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Tineke Bolleman wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Woran wrote:
Zartha fanclub unite!
First you have to untie
I see what you did there.
blindfold was the first to go apparently...

mawwaf-mmmaahah wammaf!

but apparently not the gag...

Dark Archive 5/5 ***

With my cousin getting the fate he deserved it should be clear to all that nobody escapes Asmodeous's eye for Justice.

Let it be known that my loyalty and faith for Dispater shall not be questioned.

Looking forward to playing this with my Dark Archives Cleric of Dispater. Hopefully it doesn't cause too many problems.

Scarab Sages 4/5

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UnArcaneElection wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Tineke Bolleman wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Woran wrote:
Zartha fanclub unite!
First you have to untie
I see what you did there.
blindfold was the first to go apparently...

At first part of my brain read this as Zathras fanclub unite . . . You know, I could go for that . . . .

All things Pathfinder are ten. Ten years of PF1. Ten core classes. Ten Zathrases. As we are ten. As we are The Ten...

No one listens to The Zathcimverate... no, no...

Silver Crusade 4/5 5/55/55/5 RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

11 years of PF1. Don't forget season 0.

Scarab Sages 4/5

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Michael Eshleman wrote:
11 years of PF1. Don't forget season 0.

Zathras not good at knowing. Zathras good at doing. This... wrong tool. Never use this.

EDIT: (season 0 was 3.5. PF1 has been 10 years. The Great Machine says so)

Dark Archive 4/5

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Woran wrote:
Zartha fanclub unite!
First you have to untie

But some of us like knots.

3/5 **

This looks like fun!

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/5 *** Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East

I know it's going to get old, but nobody's said it here yet...

The Pathfinder Society's really going to Hell these days.

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