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Developers &/or editors: Would you please look at the questions by @andreww from December 2020 in the GM Discussion Forum (https://paizo.com/threads/rzs439ri?PFS2E-210-In-Burning-Dawn), and respond in that thread and/or revise the scenario PDF? I downloaded the PDF in late June but it still had the errors and omissions that @andreww mentioned. Thanks!

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How long is a character enfeebled by the golem's Altered Alchemical Chambers result 1-2? Since the stat-block doesn't give a duration, it seems to be permanent until cured by something like a Restoration spell.

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Has anyone run this for a group that proposed using ropes to make the initial "Dangerous Descent" less dangerous?

The briefing-letter says the site is "on a seaside cliff". I would take the hint and bring extra ropes and grappling hooks. Then my team could rappel down the cliff (not free-climb) and affix the rope-ladder on the way down. The wind and the sea-slick rock might make someone fall off and dangle at the end of a rope a few times, but there should be virtually no risk of falling into the sea and taking damage.

This may trivialize the climb, or maybe it's a valid reward for a creative solution.

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The hazard in Encounter B (Spitting Acid "Bushes") is the first complex hazard like this that I've run in 2e.
Is this the right way to run it?:
A few PCs were Searching in exploration mode, and my secret Perception checks for them beat the hazard's Stealth check (DC 20 at subtier 5-6), so I tell them that the PCs are going into an area with a hazard.
The encounter begins and we roll initiative.
I already decided on the specific squares for the dangerous "bushes" on the map, according to the Challenge Points.
To the PCs who were Searching and beat the DC 20, I reveal the 1 dangerous square that is within 10 feet of a Searching PC as they arrive on the map.
(The rogue's Trap Spotter feat doesn't apply, because this hazard isn't a trap.)
I tell the players that it looks dangerous for their PCs to get close to that square -- i.e. it would trigger the hazard's reaction and activate the hazard -- but then they could try to disable a square while standing adjacent. (Is this the right amount of detail for a DC 20 success on the Search?)
I also explain that the hazard has more squares on the map that are dangerous, but I don't reveal them unless a PC takes a Seek action, and a dangerous square is in the 10-foot square that the PC chooses.
The PCs carefully plot their movement so they never go into a square adjacent to a dangerous hazard square. The hazard never takes its reaction, never activates, and never spits acid, even though the PCs are well within the 30ft range of the spitting.


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I had fun playing this at Subtier 3-4 and now I'm GMing it at Subtier 5-6.

It was very tough when I played it, and I'm concerned it was because of anomalies in the stat blocks, especially when higher-level creatures were downgraded to lower-level ones.
Could Dustin, James, or Linda (or another appropriate Paizo developer or editor) please review these questions?:

Temporary hit points:
Should all sea devils have their temporary HP from Blood Frenzy standardized at (level x 2) +3? This is the case for the scouts, impalers, and Baron Utomo at both subtiers. But a weak scout, which is supposed to be a creature 1, gets 7 temporary HP just like the full-strength scouts, rather than 5. The saboteur at Subtier 5-6 (creature 5) gets 15 temporary HP rather than 13, and the saboteur at Subtier 3-4 (creature 3) also gets 15 temporary HP rather than 9.

Sneak attack damage:
Should the Subtier 3-4 saboteur have only 1d6 sneak attack? The saboteur at Subtier 5-6 (creature 5) deals 2d6 sneak attack damage. The saboteur at Subtier 3-4 is supposed to be a creature 3, but also has 2d6 sneak attack. A rogue PC wouldn't get the second die of sneak attack until 5th level.

Thanks for checking.

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Gnollvalue wrote:

Not to necro, but can I get an interpretation of the hazard in Encounter B's crit fail result. It says the PC loses 1d4 actions worth of air, but suffocation seems to be a round by round action, and the actions you take on your turn determine how many rounds you lose

Would I shave it off the end (lose 3 actions=lose 1 round, but nothing before that) or would I deny them actions on their next turn?

I would read it as a loss of 1d4 *rounds* of air.

PCs who fail can gasp and hold their breath for 5 + Con modifier in rounds (Core Rulebook p 478).
PCs who crit-fail are 1d4 rounds closer to running out of air.
My character crit-failed, so that meant 5 + 2[Con] - 3[the 1d4] = 4 rounds of air. Luckily the rest of the party disabled the haunt within 2 rounds!
Does that interpretation seem reasonable to you?

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Thanks for the quick response!

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The second wave of Encounter A "rushes in from the southwest corner of the map," but there are only 2 squares to stand in at the extreme corner, because of the bend in the ravine.

Advice, please, from those of you who have GMd this?...

Did you start them at the literal corner, so they had to spend 2+ Stride actions off the map to arrive at the larger area north of that first bend?
Or did you start them along the western edge, 8-10 squares north of the southern edge -- roughly the corner but not literally?
The bilokos prefer to be in melee, but I don't know how much more dangerous this encounter becomes if they start closer to the PCs.

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Good discussions.
I hope more readers will weigh in, crowd-sourcing more data from real tables with 6 PCs and 19-21 CPs (high tier with mostly low-tier PCs), to notice any trends. Please share your real-table experiences.

Please note, again, that the encounter that stopped my table was the second-to-last one with 7 enemies, not an overtuned single boss.

I agree that the CP method is new and may need further fine-tuning ... and the campaign staff, writers, and developers probably won't know what changes to make unless we players and GMs share our experiences.
Adjusting the 16-18 CP threshold was one change. Did feedback from players drive it?
The next change may be adjusting what to do with 6 PCs and 19-21 CP. Maybe it's shifting them to low tier, or keeping them at high tier with more level-bumps and mentor boons, or something else.

Or if someone's idea of fun is running statistical simulations of battles or skill-challenge encounters at the 19-21 CP high subtier from various published PFS2 scenarios, with various parties of 6 PCs, 5 PCs, and 4 PCs ... well, have at it!

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Hello again, Eliandra! Thanks for GMing, for recognizing when we were getting frustrated, and for offering options. You gave us the initial warning about the scaling (which I brashly brushed off, I know), and reminded us (with Wisdom checks) when we had our primary objective and could retreat.

Yes, I've played most of the PFS2 scenarios and quests (including one that Nicole ran at PaizoCon Online, a 5-PC table with 17 CPs), and GMd several of them.
This was the first time I had a 6-PC table with 19-21 CPs. Other tables in the high subtier have all included more than one 3rd- or 4th-level character.
So I have an observation and a hypothesis to test! ;^)

(I haven't played in many 6-PC tables since the shift to online play in March, anyway. Most of our local Venture Agents, including Pirate Rob, have recruited additional GMs so our online tables have had 5 players at most.)

I agree, the CP system generally results in a fair challenge, sometimes erring on the easy side.
Since CP adjustments allow more nuance than PFS1's subtiers, I didn't think I had to be worried about "playing up" like I did in PFS1.

Testing the hypothesis...
Other players and GMs: If you have you played or GMd a 6-PC table with 19-21 CPs -- in a variety of scenarios and party compositions -- has the game seemed harder than when you played with other numbers of PCs and CPs?
If it isn't an isolated case, then it might warrant adding the extra step between low and high subtier. Thanks.

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Thanks for the quick replies.
Yes, this was a scenario whose reviews say the low-CP high tier is tough, as I read later. It might have been bad rolling, or just con fatigue (it was the final slot on Sunday), so that's why I'm asking for other players/GMs to weigh in:

The tough scenario with 21 CP:
#1-11 Flames of Rebellion.

More details:
Our party composition was Clr(warpriest)2, Rog2, Sor2, Wiz2, Wiz2, Wiz4 -- yes, a lot of arcane and not much of a front line. Even if the player with the Wiz4 had played a 3rd-level PC, we still would have had 19 CP and played high subtier.
We fled from the third group of kobolds, which included two 4th-level arcane casters. We had thought that our 4-caster salvo would be fine, but it didn't work against their high ACs and saves. We didn't get to the final fight (devil).

Thanks!

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I have a suggestion for revising the threshold between low and high subtier for Pathfinder Society 2nd Edition scenarios, based on the total Challenge Points:

8-15 CP: low subtier (no change)
16-18 CP: low subtier with 5 or 6 PCs, high subtier with 4 PCs (no change)
19-21 CP: low subtier with 6 PCs, high subtier with 4 or 5 PCs (new)
22+ CP: high subtier (raised the bottom value)

This would be a revision to Step 2 "Determine the Subtier" on the GM Basics page of the Pathfinder Society Guide to Play (Second Edition):
http://www.organizedplayfoundation.org/encyclopedia/pathfinder-2-0-gm-basic s/

My friends and I played a Tier 1-4 scenario at ConCurrent, in which the party had five 2nd-level and one 4th-level character, for 21 CPs (3+3+3+3+3+6). We played the high (3-4) subtier. We fled before the final encounter, mainly because the probabilities in combat were just too hard for the 2nd-level characters to overcome -- it was unlikely for us to hit our opponents or save against their effects, and very likely for them to hit us and save against our effects.
Under the 1st-edition scaling rules, our Average Party Level would have been 2.33, rounding down to 2.

Has anyone else found the high subtier too hard with a 6-PC party of mostly 2nd-level characters in Tier 1-4 scenarios, or mostly 4th-level characters in Tier 3-6 scenarios? If so, what do you think about this suggestion?
Thanks for reading.


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I enjoyed playing this scenario.
I have a question about the boon, please, for Michael or others on the Organized Play staff:

Spoiler:
In order for my character to use the limited-use "Waters of Warlock's Barrow" boon in a future scenario, do I need to slot it? Should it have a keyword, such as "General"?


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Kyrand wrote:
Derek Schubert wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
Jib916 wrote:
Is there a link somewhere to the pregens? Not seeing them? (Or do we just use the 5th level Iconic pregens?)
Use the 5th level iconic pregens.

At GenCon, our party was Fumbus (Alc), Amiri (Bbn), Kyra (Clr), Valeros (Ftr), Merisiel (Rog), and Ezren (Wiz), since those were the only six pregens on the table.

I'm scheduled to run this at ReaperCon over Labor Day weekend.
I don't see the scenario prescribing which pregens to use.
Should I offer only these six to my players, or should I let them choose from all of the pregens?
Unless there is an update before then, those are still the only six pregens available at level 5.

Thanks for the quick reply.

I've downloaded the pack of iconics and now I see. That's easy.


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Michael Sayre wrote:
Jib916 wrote:
Is there a link somewhere to the pregens? Not seeing them? (Or do we just use the 5th level Iconic pregens?)
Use the 5th level iconic pregens.

At GenCon, our party was Fumbus (Alc), Amiri (Bbn), Kyra (Clr), Valeros (Ftr), Merisiel (Rog), and Ezren (Wiz), since those were the only six pregens on the table.

I'm scheduled to run this at ReaperCon over Labor Day weekend.
I don't see the scenario prescribing which pregens to use.
Should I offer only these six to my players, or should I let them choose from all of the pregens?


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Dear Campaign Staff:
Quick questions/suggestions for the next version of the guide:

1) Page 19, Evergreen Adventures. This paragraph describes only the Tier 1 and Tier 1-2 evergreens, which used to be the only evergreens available. Season 8 and Season 9 have Tier 3-7 evergreen adventures. Should the guide address them, such as by saying there is no limit to the number of times players and GMs can get credit for Tier 3-7 evergreen adventures for characters between 3rd and 7th levels (or according to the normal rules in Chapter 2 for playing a pregenerated character in the adventure and applying credit to a 1st-level character)?

2) Page 26, human ethnicities and languages. Should the list include "Vudrani (Vudrani)" at the end, after Varisian?

3) Page 37, Purchasing Guidelines. "Every item listed on any of your Chronicle sheets are always available for purchase." Grammar quibble: should this say "is" (agreeing with the singular "Every item"), instead of "are"? (Alternatively, say "All items" instead of "Every item"?)

Thanks!


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Thanks for updating these cards!
Questions for the developers about the 4-goal Concordance benefit, Elemental Ray:
1) The damage is "1d6 x half your character level". So if a 5th-level character rolls 3 on the d6, does she deal 3 x (5/2, rounded down to 2) = 6 points? I don't know of other spells or class abilities in the game that involve multiplying; most add a die per two levels (such as a paladin's lay on hands) or +1 point per two levels (such as domain or bloodline abilities).
2) The card specifies a target within 30 feet and says "This is a touch attack...". Could you please confirm whether it should say "This is a *ranged* touch attack..."?


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Amazing puzzlesmithing, Jason and Joe! Thank you.
I had a lot of fun solving the individual puzzles and the meta-puzzle. Even without the page to figure out Keskodai's word, I could guess what the missing letter had to be.
(Confirmed, now that I've solved Keskodai's puzzle. Thanks, Chris, for adding the missing page.)
The chance to solve a new set of puzzles is a good incentive to go to PaizoCon 2018!


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Thanks for the post, MrVergee. Hmm, I can't attach photos so I guess I need to find a place to host them remotely and then I can provide links, so you and others can see.


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Will you be GMing the end of Hell's Vengeance part 1 ("The Hellfire Compact") and do you want a set of maps/terrain to build the tree-fort in 3-D?

If so, ask me and I will mail mine to you. This terrain has already provided me and my gaming group with several hours of fun, but I won't run it again and now they're just collecting dust. I would like to give them to someone who will use them.

I redrew each platform on a piece of mat-board (extra-thick cardstock), cut them out with branching edges, cut out additional pieces for stairs and bridges, and made "trunks" (rectangles that I rolled into tubes 4", 6", or 8" tall) to support each one. I'll mail the pieces in a flat envelope, so you'll have to re-roll the trunks and then tape them to the undersides of the platforms. You'll also have to draw out the ground-level map (tree trunks) for yourself, since I drew mine on a battlemat that has since been erased. But the upper-level parts and trunk-tubes should save you a few hours of effort, and I hope your players will enjoy having the 3-D setup as much as mine did.

--Derek


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Should Vudrani humans get Vudrani as a bonus language, as the other ethnic groups do in section 7 of the Character Creation guidelines?
It was missing in the Season 8 version, and hasn't been added in the draft for Season 9 (I'm looking at page 26). Vudrani are in the Inner Sea World Guide, so I hope they also get their native language for free.

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Can we use the boon for completing the recent PFS survey ("An Exchange of Secrets") to replay "Version A" of The Solstice Scar for credit, say at Origins and then at GenCon?

"An Exchange of Secrets" allows replaying scenarios of Tier 1-5, 3-7, 5-9, or 7-11, depending on how many PCs we reported. By the strict wording, The Solstice Scar is not eligible for replay using this boon, because it is a Tier 1-11 scenario. Is that deliberate? I reported enough PCs to qualify for replaying a 7-11 scenario; I am wondering whether I could play Tier 7-8 at Origins, and replay at Tier 5-6 at GenCon.

(This is a very nice benefit, in any case. Thanks, Paizo folks!)

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This Chronicle sheet allows replaying scenarios of Tier 1-5, 3-7, 5-9, or even 7-11 if we report more PCs. What a great incentive; thank you! It doesn't mention scenarios with different tiering (such as multi-table specials for Tiers 1-11, or the ones with pregen PCs), so are those not eligible, even if we could replay a 7-11? For example, could I use this boon to replay #8-99 at GenCon if I've played it at Origins?

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And I created a sheet to help GMs track the Respect Points.
I also posted it on pfsprep.com, as James wrote.


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Are any of the combat encounters supposed to have 4-player adjustments?
I'll be one of the GMs at our local convention over Labor Day Weekend. Among the advance signups so far, there are only 7 players requesting to play with 10th- or 11th-level PCs (and a few with 9th-level PCs). I've read the scenario and noticed a few accommodations for 4-player tables, but not in the combats.


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I'm planning to run The Harrowing soon, and I have some questions that I don't see answered in the module.

Anyone knowledgeable, can you help?

Distances and travel times:
How far apart are the domains? How long should it take the PCs to go from one domain to another? The PCs are likely to have spells or other effects running. I think minute-per-level effects will probably elapse, and hour-per-level effects will stay up, so I'm mainly concerned about 10-minute-per-level effects (a 90-minute barkskin or alchemist's mutagen, for example). The whole demiplane is 80 miles across (from the sidebar on page 11), but a lot of that is the Trackless Dearth. The map on page 9 doesn't include a scale. I also don't see distances or travel-times mentioned in the description of the Briar, which separates most of the domains from each other. Playing the Tangled Briar card grants all PCs the woodland stride ability, but does that mean that a trip of two hours becomes a trip of (say) one hour, or that a trip of 20 minutes becomes a trip of only 10 minutes?

Diplomacy to shift an NPC's attitude:
How can the PCs shift the attitude of Algon (the paladin in Event 1, on page 5) to Friendly or Helpful at all? Diplomacy normally allows a shift of no more than two steps in attitude. Algon wants to fight the PCs, so I think his starting attitude is Hostile (DC 27 Diplomacy) ... or maybe Unfriendly (DC 22), at best? The most the PCs could improve his attitude would normally be from Hostile to Indifferent (DC 32 success), or from Unfriendly to Friendly (DC 27 success). Or are the PCs allowed to shift his attitude three or more steps with a higher-DC check?

What does Biyo know?:
Page 7: "Biyo can tell the PCs each of the Conspirators’ names and the domains they rule."
Does he know only the conspirators' names or also what kind of creature each conspirator is? Does he know that Radiant Sunrise (the couatl, page 12) has become Mourning Choir and given her token to the Barrow King? Does he know that the scary thing in in the Prophet's Garden (page 17) is the remnant of Sonnerae and an honorary conspirator? In order not to spoil too much for the PCs and players, I was planning to say that Biyo knows only the names but his information is outdated about the couatl, and he doesn't know about the Sonnerae-hag.

Urgency?:
Is there anything urgent about the PCs' activities in the Harrowed Realm? What's to stop them from resting for a day after each encounter or after gaining each token? What would be different if the PCs wandered the Trackless Dearth for 1 day (with Jocob's guiding them) or for 12 days (with no guide, no notes, and bad luck on the GM's roll)? Will Zassrion kill his captive Meloigne eventually? If Marzalee the Weaver is still alive, how fast could she remake a conspirator or other creature that the PCs kill?

Thanks for any answers or advice.

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Linda Zayas-Palmer wrote:


We updated the PDF to the official version before Gencon, so most GMs had the official version. It sounds like your GM printed his or her Chronicle Sheets before the update. If you have an easy way to get a copy to the new sheet, then that would be ideal.
Otherwise, make a note about the correct action type on the Chronicle Sheet. I'll PM you the revised treasure list for the high Subtier.

I'll print the new sheet -- easy to do.

And thanks for the PM!

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Linda Zayas-Palmer wrote:
It was a cut and paste error, which was in the unofficial version of the PDF but which we caught before the official release.

Thanks for the response.

The unofficial/earlier version also has a different wording for Henbane's Favor:
Difference in Henbane's Favor:
The earlier/unofficial version makes the favor an immediate action that can nullify an attack. The newer/official version makes it a move action.

Did all of the GMs at Gen Con have the unofficial version? Should I replace the sheet that my GM gave me with the official version?

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Derek Schubert wrote:

I played this scenario at Gen Con (July 30) and I am preparing to GM it locally. The Chronicle sheet from Gen Con, however, has some differences from the Chronicle sheet in the PDF (downloaded today, Aug 23):

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Did my GM at Gen Con print the Chronicle sheet from an earlier/unofficial PDF?

The erroneous list for Subtier 6-7 in #7-02 is the same as the list for Subtier 8-9 in #7-03, in case that helps the folks at Paizo understand the problem. Cut-and-paste error?

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I played this scenario at Gen Con (July 30) and I am preparing to GM it locally. The Chronicle sheet from Gen Con, however, has some differences from the Chronicle sheet in the PDF (downloaded today, Aug 23):

Henbane's Token:
The sheet from Gen Con says using Henbane's token is a "purely mental immediate action" that can even be used to "automatically avoid the effects of [one] attack". The latest sheet says that it takes a move action. May my character, who has the older Chronicle sheet, still use Henbane's Token as written -- as an immediate action?

Item access:
The sheet from Gen Con has, under Subtier 3-4, mwk darkleaf cloth studded leather armor, but the latest sheet doesn't. And the list of items for Subtier 6-7 is totally different. The Gen Con sheet includes, among other things, purple worm poison (limit 3) and a 13-charge wand of comprehend languages (limit 1). Our group played Subtier 3-4 and did not get access to the Subtier 6-7 items, so this is moot.

Did my GM at Gen Con print the Chronicle sheet from an earlier/unofficial PDF?

And even the latest sheet has the wrong prices for some items:

Errors in item prices:
Under Subtier 3-4: scroll of dispel magic and scroll of haste (3rd-level spells) should be 375 gp, not 750 gp; scroll of glitterdust (2nd-level spell) should be 150 gp, not 375 gp. Under Subtier 6-7: scroll of invisibility purge (3rd-level spell) should also be 375 gp, not 750 gp.


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I also posted this question under the Product Discussion for Pathfinder Society Scenario #6-11, "The Slave Master's Mirror", which uses some stats from the Monster Codex.

Is the damage calculated wrong in this stat block?:

Stat block:
Page 96 of the Monster Codex includes the gnoll lieutenant (fighter 5).

The stat block says that the lieutenant's +1 scorpion whip deals 1d4+9 points of damage, but I count only 1d4+7:
+5 from Strength 20,
+1 from weapon training (flails +1),
+1 from the weapon's enhancement bonus.

Weapon Specialization (whip) would give +2 points of damage, but the lieutenant doesn't have this feat. Maybe an earlier version of the lieutenant did have the feat, but the designers changed the feat without remembering to change the damage.

Wielding most one-handed weapons in two hands would grant the lieutenant another 2 points of damage (half of +5, rounded down), but the scorpion whip is a "light weapon" (Ultimate Combat, page 145), not a "one-handed weapon", and light weapons don't deal any extra damage when wielded in two hands. (Side note: a normal whip, however, is a one-handed weapon, so wielding a whip in two hands would deal more damage.) Anyway, the lieutenant's calculated AC includes a +1 shield bonus from the masterwork light steel shield, so he doesn't have a free hand to use a weapon two-handed.

Am I missing another bonus to damage or should the whip attack actually deal 1d4+7 points of damage?


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I ran this scenario last week.
All players enjoyed it, but one character died.

I have been scrutinizing the stat blocks from that encounter.

Is this an error?:

Stat block:
Subtier 6-7 includes some gnoll lieutenants (fighter 5). Their stats are on page 30 of the scenario, reprinted from page 96 of the Monster Codex.

The stat block says that the lieutenant's +1 scorpion whip deals 1d4+9 points of damage, but I count only 1d4+7:
+5 from Strength 20,
+1 from weapon training (flails +1),
+1 from the weapon's enhancement bonus.

Weapon Specialization (whip) would give +2 points of damage, but the lieutenant doesn't have this feat. Maybe an earlier version of the lieutenant did have the feat, but the designers changed the feat but forgot to change the damage.

Wielding most one-handed weapons in two hands would grant the lieutenant another 2 points of damage, but the scorpion whip is a "light weapon" (Ultimate Combat, page 145), not a "one-handed weapon", and light weapons don't deal any extra damage when wielded in two hands. (Side note: a normal whip, however, is a one-handed weapon, so wielding a whip in two hands would deal more damage.) Anyway, the lieutenant's calculated AC includes a +1 shield bonus from the masterwork light steel shield, so he doesn't have a free hand to put on a weapon.

Am I missing another bonus to damage or should the whip attack actually deal 1d4+7 points of damage?