4-5A: ZARTA’S ASSESSMENT
You explain your recent adventures to Venture-Captain Roderus, including your voyage to the Mana Wastes to recover the Atramentous Eye, a life-draining orb in possession of a riddling sphinx.
“Given its dangerous nature,” you begin, “we traveled to Absalom to meet with Zarta Dralneen, head of the Pathfinder Society’s Dark Archive.
“‘What delights have you brought back today?’ Zarta asked us as she pored over the items we retrieved. She cast a spell and her eyes flashed a bright blue. ‘Well, has someone been playing in the Mana Wastes? These items’ auras are patchy, and their power is inconsistent. The Atramentous Eye is a dangerous exception, but there’s also this one...’ Zarta frowned as she pulled a monocle from the pile. ‘I’ve seen this lens before. It can identify areas of primal magic in the Mana Wastes. But this used to be in our archives, and I don’t remember anyone checking this out. If you have a moment, let’s inspect the stacks nearby to make sure that nothing else is missing.’
“Zarta led us down deeper into the vaults beneath the Grand Lodge until she stopped at a door that looked no different than the other fifty we passed walking down here. ‘Be careful when you go in,’ she said. ‘The items here are quite dangerous, and someone stealing from here without properly managing the wards can trigger a chain reaction that impacts the other objects. After all, we wouldn’t want anything to happen to your adorable faces.’
“Zarta’s prediction was too accurate, and too late. Inside, the remains of boxes were scattered on the ground as hundreds of items buzzed all around the series of rooms. Zarta cast some protective spells on us while saying, ‘I hope you came prepared for danger.’ With that, she rolled up her sleeves and walked in.”
DURING THIS SCENARIO
After building the location decks, shuffle an item into each location deck and display Paracountess Zarta Dralneen next to the scenario.
When you fail to acquire an item, you are dealt 1d4 Combat damage; shuffled the item into its location deck. When you acquire an item, you may display it next to its location then you may immediately attempt to close that location.
When you would close a location, you may bury 3 items from your hand and/or displayed next to that location; if you do not, the location does not close.
To win, close all but 1 location.
Traits: Aristocrat Bard Human
While displayed, any character may recharge a card to add 1d6 to his check. While displayed, at the end of a character’s turn, she may bury a card from her discard pile to recharge a card from her discard pile.