April 2020 Pathfinder Society Releases

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Ambrus reaches up and pinches the bridge of his nose, looking away from the stacks of reports piled on his desk. The reports got a little harder to read each year, and not just the ones with the names of friends and students listed in the casualty reports.

“About time for someone from the next generation to take over,” Ambrus mutters to himself. “Fola hasn’t won over the entire Decemvirate yet, but she will if she just spends a bit more time at the lodge. Ah well, no point dwelling on things to come when there’s a task to be done now.”

Finishing his sentence, Ambrus plucks the next report off the pile in front of him. “Muesello’s team is all outfitted... Good. If we’re going to claim the wayfinder as our badge of office, we should at least make sure we know everything there is to know about the things! Hmm... Looks like he’s using the captain I recommended for transport. He’s a cagey old fellow, he’ll keep things under wraps until we know what’s going on.” His ruminations complete, Ambrus quickly applies his seal to the document and moves it to the tray for reports marked “Not for Publication”.

The steward rolls his eyes and lets out an incredulous snort as he picks up the next set of reports and views their submitter’s mark. Two separate files, one stamped with the image of a mask in silver and the other containing Venture-Captain Holgarin Smine’s seal pressed into a lump of charcoal-blackened candle wax. Flipping through the pages, Ambrus suppresses a wry smile. “Should’ve known Smine wouldn’t be happy about me accepting that Razmiri’s application for a lodge. Of course, they’re up to trouble, old friend, that’s why I want us to be the ones keeping an eye on them. Gods preserve us if they team up with the Aspis or someone else with more ambition than sense. And Narsen... That one’s trouble even for one of his ilk, but he’s the finest magical crafter I’ve met since Muesello, and he’s not like any Razmiri priest I’ve ever met before.” Ambrus sets down the reports for a minute and sighs. “I hope you’re worth it, priest. If I’m wrong about you, it’ll be my own Pathfinders who run me out of here before whatever trouble you bring reaches me.”

Setting the reports in the bin marked “For Archival Review”, Ambrus picks up the next file, this one written on expensive white vellum in a crisp hand. “Always so precise, Sheila. Who’d have thought I’d be reading your report on recruiting... a squad of hobgoblin field agents from Oprak? Of all things! As though our last confirmation class promoting half a dozen goblins to full Pathfinder agent status wasn’t enough!” Ambrus sighs again before flipping to the second page. “Smart move to meet the new recruits in Kaer Maga. They’ll stand out a bit less and it might give us an opportunity to learn a bit more about the state of things over there—it’s been a bit too quiet lately.”

Finishing his stack of reports, his desk clear for a few blessed moments, Ambrus smiles and pulls a small cord near his desk, ringing the bell to summon a fresh pot of tea. “They’ll be fine. We’ve got good people. This lodge was here before me, and it’ll be here long after I’m gone.”

“What’s that, sir?” A young, gray robed halfling wheeling a small cart enters as Ambrus finishes his thought and looks up with confusion plain on his face.

“Nothing lad,” Ambrus replies, “just talking to myself. You’ll find that happens when you get a few more years on you and spend most of your days locked in a room reading over reports. Now, about that tea...”

Credit to Leonardo SantannaCredit to Przemysław Gołąb

Left to Right, Sergeant Drussem art credit to Leonardo Santanna, and Prefect art credit to Przemysław Gołąb


This month we have Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-18: Lodge of the Living God, a scenario for levels 1 to 4 by Alex Greenshields that takes the PCs to Razmiran to establish a new and unlikely lodge. Meanwhile, Mike Kimmel takes the Pathfinder Society to Kaer Maga to meet up with some potential hobgoblin recruits with Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-19: Iolite Squad Alpha, an adventure intended for characters from levels 3 to 6. Finally, don’t forget to check out Dustin Knight’s Pathfinder Society Quest #9: Wayfinder Origins, a 1-hour, repeatable quest for levels 3 to 6 that seeks to uncover ancient Azlanti secrets on a clandestine mission!

We previewed the Starfinder Society scenarios for April earlier this morning. You can check out the blog here.

Until next time,

Michael Sayre
Pathfinder Society Developer

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Sovereign Court 4/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Kent

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My baby!

Liberty's Edge 3/5 5/5 *** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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That hobgoblin is awesome! Please get AcP complete so I can make one in time to play it in that adventure!!

PLEASE! I will eat my veggies, I promise!!!

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

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This is awesome, I really, really hope the short fiction intro to explain the scenarios and bring them into the campaign world as part of the ongoing events and such the Society is seeing carries on, it adds so much flavour and depth! Fantastic job Michael, really cool to see old mutton chops getting work done, thank you for this! :D

Also congrats to all the authors (but especially Dustin as I know him ;) )

Scarab Sages 4/5 ***

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Yep, really appreciate the short fiction! Also, SUPER stoked about all three of these!

**** Venture-Lieutenant, Online—VTT

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Wonderful!! Enjoyed the read, and also excited about these!!

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Yay a quest by KitsuneWarlock!

Yay an adventure in Razmiran!

Sovereign Court 4/5 5/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden

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Yeah I love the fiction, but Ambrus, don't retire, we neeeeeeeed you!

Grand Lodge 4/5 ***** Venture-Captain, Missouri—Columbia

These look great!

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 **** Venture-Captain, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East

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Ooh, fun stuff! I love this kind of presentation for these!

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/55/5 **** Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

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I really like fiction, it does add quite a lot the announcement, so Michael please write more ^^

Regarding the mission in Razimian, I expect a lot of explosions... well slightly more than normal.

Liberty's Edge

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Thanks for doing this, Michael! Moar please!

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

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Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Yeah I love the fiction, but Ambrus, don't retire, we neeeeeeeed you!

Look, he's getting too old for this...

2/5 5/5 ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Massachusetts—Boston

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As long as we don't get a mission from him on the day he's set to retire, I think he'll be ok.

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5 ***

Hopefully we get some Tier 5-7s soon. My -2001 won't be able to play that Quest...

Dark Archive 4/5 ** Venture-Agent, Finland—Tampere

I guess that is wyrwood that appears in wayfinder origins maybe? :O Looks like wyrwood and wayfinder origins is azlanti related it seems

Scarab Sages 1/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Virginia—Richmond

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The combination of OP announcements and short fiction is great! Keep it up!

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I support any blog that provides goblinoid people with snazzy footwear!

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Nefreet wrote:
Hopefully we get some Tier 5-7s soon. My -2001 won't be able to play that Quest...

There is a 5-8 announced for may:

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Dark Archive 4/5

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I will merely add to the chorus that this way of announcing is way more fun, and hopefully about the same amount of work.

1/5 * Venture-Agent, Online—PbP

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I am really enjoying this new presentation style. It brings our Pathfinder world and campaign alive. Not sure about the idea of Valsin retiring though.

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Yeah I love the fiction, but Ambrus, don't retire, we neeeeeeeed you!
Look, he's getting too old for this...

But does he have a brown robe, a white beard, and a young farmboy apprentice yet?

Dark Archive 4/5 5/55/5 *** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Midwest

RealAlchemy wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Lau Bannenberg wrote:
Yeah I love the fiction, but Ambrus, don't retire, we neeeeeeeed you!
Look, he's getting too old for this...
But does he have a brown robe, a white beard, and a young farmboy apprentice yet?

Such a good question ...

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 **

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

This has been great!

Hmm

Paizo Employee 1/5 Contributor, RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

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Great fiction! Awesome art!

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Davor Firetusk wrote:
I will merely add to the chorus that this way of announcing is way more fun, and hopefully about the same amount of work.

I agree, this was fun to read, except that the first time I read it I thought it was going to link real life with the fiction and somebody was announcing that they were leaving Paizo.

If Ambrus does step down, I do hope that it will play out some way in a scenario and I look forward to that.

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

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And hopefully better than the last round of retirements.

Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
And hopefully better than the last round of retirements.

Hey now,

Year 10 spoilers:

Venture-Captain Roderus survived his retirement completely unscathed and is living the good life on one last grand adventure. And y'all were the ones who voted overwhelmingly for Ollysta Zadrian to die a glorious death in battle! I think most of the rest were jerks, except Shevar, whose geographical location relative to the Whispering Tyrant and growing, one-sided crush on Ollysta guaranteed he was going to make the kind of decisions that get heroic NPCs killed :P

That being said, I, personally, would never retire Ambrus offscreen or in a blog. If Old Mutton Chops ever decides it's actually time to step down (and not just time to open up the stress valve a bit by reminding himself that he's not the only thing keeping the Society running smoothly), it'll be a Big Deal with lots of focus and screen time. I don't expect to see him leaving the Society anytime soon though.

Silver Crusade

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THERE WAS A VOTE?!?!

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Rysky wrote:
THERE WAS A VOTE?!?!

Back when we were doing the surveys for things people wanted to see in PF2, one of the sets of questions in the org-play-oriented survey laid out all of the PF1 faction leaders and major players and asked participants whether they felt each of the characters should be safely retired, kept as an active member of the Society, or granted a glorious death in battle. The aforementioned NPC had an overwhelming number of votes in the "glorious death in battle" column. Like, something in the 80-95% ballpark if I'm remembering correctly. When we open a decision up to the player base and see that kind of response, we try pretty hard to deliver.

4/5 Design Manager

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What made that data point stand out was that every other character on the list had a really negative rating for the blaze of glory from the same folks answering the survey, except that one character where people wanted to see the blaze of glory. I believe the lowest score on any NPC for any fate was for "Valsin suddenly disappears with no explanation ever given."

Shadow Lodge 4/5

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You mean like a few other big names? :)

Silver Crusade

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Michael Sayre wrote:
Rysky wrote:
THERE WAS A VOTE?!?!
Back when we were doing the surveys for things people wanted to see in PF2, one of the sets of questions in the org-play-oriented survey laid out all of the PF1 faction leaders and major players and asked participants whether they felt each of the characters should be safely retired, kept as an active member of the Society, or granted a glorious death in battle. The aforementioned NPC had an overwhelming number of votes in the "glorious death in battle" column. Like, something in the 80-95% ballpark if I'm remembering correctly. When we open a decision up to the player base and see that kind of response, we try pretty hard to deliver.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. Hmm (I’m thinking, not calling. Though I am in the mood for tea).

Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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TOZ wrote:
You mean like a few other big names? :)

You'd be surprised how often the answer to "Whatever happened to XYZ?" is in an adventure. I had someone ask me whatever happened to Osprey since he hadn't been in a scenario since 2011. When I did a little digging, I found out from our brand manager that

It's an old adventure, but just to be safe:
Osprey had been trapped in a mirror on the moon since 2011, per the canon ending of The Moonscar. I think he's out now? We'll have to see.
Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Phoenix

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Hey, one I haven’t played yet!

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I think most of the rest were jerks, except Shevar, whose geographical location relative to the Whispering Tyrant and growing, one-sided crush on Ollysta guaranteed he was going to make the kind of decisions that get heroic NPCs killed :P

Heh, I feel a little guilty now as I always used to run Besnik as a bit of a glory hound git. At the end of Tome he heavily suggests that he takes credit for the PCs discoveries, I always assured my groups they would get a mention in a footnote.

Shadow Lodge 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 *** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern

Michael Sayre wrote:
Rysky wrote:
THERE WAS A VOTE?!?!
Back when we were doing the surveys for things people wanted to see in PF2, one of the sets of questions in the org-play-oriented survey laid out all of the PF1 faction leaders and major players and asked participants whether they felt each of the characters should be safely retired, kept as an active member of the Society, or granted a glorious death in battle. The aforementioned NPC had an overwhelming number of votes in the "glorious death in battle" column. Like, something in the 80-95% ballpark if I'm remembering correctly. When we open a decision up to the player base and see that kind of response, we try pretty hard to deliver.

Water under the bridge and all that, but I never saw that survey amidst all the other ones I answered...was it posted to any of the society forums? I'm going to go out on a limb and guess few people in my region saw it either, since their reactions to her death at Gen Con 2019 was shock and dismay (apparently my home lodge would have been in that 5-20%). Admittedly, that was kind of what you all were going for (as John reveled in their playful scorn post-game), but still :P

Dark Archive 4/5 ** Venture-Agent, Finland—Tampere

Michael Sayre wrote:
TOZ wrote:
You mean like a few other big names? :)
You'd be surprised how often the answer to "Whatever happened to XYZ?" is in an adventure. I had someone ask me whatever happened to Osprey since he hadn't been in a scenario since 2011. When I did a little digging, I found out from our brand manager that** spoiler omitted **

Wait, he never made appearance after that? I did know he was npc you could rescue in that module, but wow, I didn't know he never made appearance in scenarios after that.

Well I guess he is finally out by 2e though retroactively he has been out for 9 years since modules happen on their release date year? ;P

Joking aside, what were the survey result for other leaders? Like is there any leader people actually voted "disappears and is never mentioned again"? D: (and yeah first time I've heard of this survey too but I was busy with non society stuff during season 10 so I could have just missed it easily)

Scarab Sages 5/5 5/55/55/5

Oh you poor thing you grafted that all wrong. First thing you need a SHARP knife.. hold still....

Sovereign Court 4/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Kent

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Mark Seifter wrote:
What made that data point stand out was that every other character on the list had a really negative rating for the blaze of glory from the same folks answering the survey, except that one character where people wanted to see the blaze of glory. I believe the lowest score on any NPC for any fate was for "Valsin suddenly disappears with no explanation ever given."

Now I kind of want to see "Pathfinder Society Season 3: The Search for Mutton-Chops".

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