Hee! I'm liking the party composition so far! It'll be fascinating seeing an Investigator in action with this group. Though the lack of a dedicated melee unit will prove most interesting (unless our 8-year-old girl ends up being a halfling monk with the feat letting her pretend to be human). Good luck to you all! ^^
Amusingly enough, my second gaming group going through RoW (the first group fell apart when half of the group kept refusing to coordinate with the others on when they could get together for a game) blew off Greta without much interest. That said, the first group? The player running the Rimepelt PC decided to have his PC freak out at Greta hitting on him. My latest group? Well... the girl playing a kitsune Oracle chose discretion as the better part of valor, no doubt partly due to the jealous half-orc barbarian who has latched onto her (played by her RL boyfriend who is actually fairly chill).
The encounter played out a little differently as well as I'm co-GMing this time around and primarily handle combat. Part of the group already had passes to Whitethrone (a mercenary and my rogue due to her backstory) so we walked in. The others had to talk their way in with help from the kitsune pretending to be a winter wolf. ^^;;
I like how you handled it.
So, asking about APs you enjoyed... what was your thoughts about Hell's Rebels? I mean, there are some problems, but one aspect I genuinely like about the AP is that it allows for non-combat solutions of problems all the way up toward the end of the AP (including in Book 6). Mind you, my group is currently halfway through Book 2 so I'm not sure of ALL the problems... but it's proving fun so far.
Also, Reign of Winter most decidedly doesn't include time travel. But it does involve traveling to other worlds. My personal opinion is that the incentive for the PCs to save the world really depends too much on the players wanting to save the world rather than giving their characters incentives to save Heldren (the town where they start the AP) but fortunately my group chose to be heroes.
I had a similar issue, though with one player who was playing someone who was fast and loose with laws (but still good). I found the way to turn the PCs to support him was to have the Scarnettis up their powerplays and try to oust Hemlock. They truly hated the Scarnetti family (with the above player being an illegitimate kid brother of the head of the Scarnetti family). So while they "hate" Hemlock, they refused to allow Scarnetti to get rid of him or replace him with someone who'd allow Scarnetti corruption to continue.
Basically, the Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend sort of thing.
So start playing up how the Scarnettis are scum, have them start badmouthing Hemlock, make sure the Scarnetti plots negatively impact the players, and you'll see them supporting Hemlock even if they "hate" him.
Here. The Elvanna Simulacrum (lvl 10 version).
Elvanna Simulacrum lv 10
Human (Jadwiga) winter witch 5/witch (winter witch) 5 (Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Magic, Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player's Guide 65)
NE Medium humanoid (human)
Hero Points 1
Init +7; Senses Perception +18
AC 18, touch 17, flat-footed 15 (+2 deflection, +3 Dex, +2 enhancement, +1 natural)
hp 77 (10d6+35)
Fort +8, Ref +9, Will +10
Resist cold 10
Speed 30 ft.
Melee mwk icy burst quarterstaff +4 (1d6-1 plus 1d6 cold)
Special Attacks hexes (cackle[APG], evil eye[APG], frostfoot, frozen caress, ice tomb[UM])
Winter Witch Spell-Like Abilities (CL 5th; concentration +7)
2/day—sculpt ice and snow
Witch Spell-Like Abilities (CL 9th; concentration +14)
Constant—endure elements (cold only)
Witch (Winter Witch) Spells Prepared (CL 9th; concentration +14)
5th—baleful polymorph (DC 20), cone of cold (DC 22)
4th—charm monster (DC 19), crushing despair (DC 19), greater false life[UM]
3rd—dispel magic, howling agony[UM] (DC 18), ice spears (DC 20), lightning bolt (DC 18)
2nd—detect thoughts (DC 17), disfiguring touch[UM] (DC 17), flurry of snowballs (DC 19), frost fall[UC] (DC 19), spectral hand
1st—charm person (DC 16), chill touch (DC 16), ill omen[APG], lock gaze[UC] (DC 16), snowball[UW], unshakable chill[UM] (DC 18)
0 (at will)—detect magic, detect poison, message, ray of frost
Str 8, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 21, Wis 10, Cha 14
Base Atk +4; CMB +3; CMD 18
Feats Accursed Hex[UM], Alertness, Combat Casting, Elemental Focus (cold)[APG], Improved Initiative, Toughness
Traits seeker, world traveler
Skills Appraise +15, Bluff +15, Intimidate +17, Knowledge (arcana) +18, Knowledge (history) +18, Knowledge (nature) +18, Knowledge (nobility) +18, Perception +18, Sense Motive +18, Spellcraft +18
Languages Abyssal, Common, Draconic, Giant, Skald, Sylvan
SQ freeze and thaw, unnatural cold, witch's familiar (raven named Svoboda)
Other Gear mwk icy burst quarterstaff, cackling hag's blouse[UE], robe of components[UE], stone salve, 140 gp
Accursed Hex Target a creature with a hex a second time that day if it made its save the first time
Cackle (Su) As a move action, extend the duration of other hexes by 1 rd.
Combat Casting +4 to Concentration checks to cast while on the defensive.
Deliver Touch Spells Through Familiar (Su) Your familiar can deliver touch spells for you.
Elemental Focus (Cold) +1 DC to spells that deal damage of the chosen energy.
Empathic Link with Familiar (Su) You have an empathic link with your Arcane Familiar.
Energy Resistance, Cold (10) You have the specified Energy Resistance against Cold attacks.
Evil Eye -4 (8 rounds, DC 20) (Su) Foe in 30 ft takes penalty to your choice of AC, attacks, saves, ability or skill checks (Will part).
Familiar Bonus: +3 to Appraise checks You gain the Alertness feat while your familiar is within arm's reach.
Freeze and Thaw (2/day) (Su) Freeze or thaw a 5-ft. cube of water or ice, or 10-ft cube of snow.
Frostfoot (Su) This ability works like the spider climb spell, but the surfaces the witch climbs must be icy. The witch can move across icy surfaces without penalty and does not need to make Acrobatics checks to run or charge on ice. She can move across regu
Frozen Caress (Su) Whenever the winter witch casts a touch spell, she can infuse the magic with cold as a swift action. This grants the spell the cold descriptor, and adds 1d4 points of cold damage to the spell’s effect. If the touch spell allows a saving throw, a su
Ice Tomb (DC 20) (Su) A storm of ice and freezing wind envelops the creature, which takes 3d8 points of cold damage (Fortitude half). If the target fails its save, it is paralyzed and unconscious but does not need to eat or breathe while the ice lasts. The ice has 20 hit
Sculpt Ice and Snow (stone shape, 2/day) (Sp) At 4th level, a winter witch can sculpt ice and snow into any shape that suits her purpose (as stone shape, except that it works with ice). This ability also works on snow, doubling the volume affected. At 7th level, this ability functions on
Share Spells with Familiar Can cast spells with a target of "You" on the familiar with a range of touch.
Speak with Animals (Ex) Your familiar can communicate with animals similar to itself.
Speak with Familiar (Ex) You can communicate verbally with your familiar.
Unnatural Cold (Su) Targets of your spells, spell-like abilities, supernatural abilities halve cold resistance.
Witch's Familiar (Ex) Gain the services of a special familiar that stores spells.
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In the case of Nazhena, I'd have a Level 8 version of a Elvanna Simalacrum with her (have the Icy Burst quarterstaff just be a Frost Quarterstaff). Best of all, it can easily walk through the Antilife Shell, so it even has a logical reason for being there - checking on Nazhena and giving her orders - and the *ability* to be there.
I'd have her basically be "superior to thou" - she looks down her nose at your heroes, insults their accomplishments, tells them that they won't prevail, and acts as if she's lessening herself by talking to them.
Even when a simulacrum is about to die, have it never lose its calm. It has ice water in its veins. Literally. ;)
Actually, one method of having Elvanna show up more often is the use of the Simulacrum spell. This would allow for a Level 10 version of Elvanna causing mischief for the PCs in Maiden Mother Crone. Hell, a lower-level version of her (level 7 or 8) would work in place of Nazhena guarding the Hut in The Shackled Hut, and several Elvanna simulacrums working in tandem could even give a higher-level group difficulty in the one with the dragon riders.
That way the PCs can grow to hate her even before they encounter her in Book 6. Hell, if you have a couple Simulacrums working with Elvanna in the end of Book 6, you end up with versions of her able to use hexes on the group while the Queen becomes a more viable threat - and yes, the PCs can probably eliminate the Simulacrums within a round or two but that eats up their action economy - especially if they don't know WHICH one is the proper Queen Elvanna.
Truth be told? Go with the player most likely to have fun with it. Ignore charisma and the like. Instead, indulge in having fun with a player who is going to enjoy this side-plot. I've done that twice now. Each time the group had an absolute blast watching this play out (and play interference as each time someone else came along and intercepted the father).
My spouse was in one such campaign. They looted the doors and ignored the dungeon. The owner of the dungeon was quite pissed off and insisted on being reimbursed by the party doing some quests for the entity or something like that, but I'm not entirely sure.
Another time they looted an entire dungeon, but just as they were leaving one PC tossed a few copper into the dungeon and honestly said they didn't loot *everything* - once the people who recruited them to clear the dungeon investigated, they were a bit annoyed. ;)
So. The old game fizzled out years ago but I've a new group and we've been very much enjoying RoW (and I'm actually getting to run my own PC now, though I'm an Assistant GM this time around handling the technical details for Roll20). Little hijinks we've had happen include the Haunted Oracle's curse "meddling" with the Oracle's cooking to craft something hallucinogenic, an Atomie using Shrink Item on the Barbarian's favorite Axe, and best of all when the group was checking the bottom of a flying ship they were on (obviously some GM-crafted content!) for stowaways and found a Skeletal Lord and a bunch of zombies clinging to the back of the ship (a little story involving a necromancer and my new PC who was mentored by the necromancer) where the Skeletal Lord raised his bone finger to his mouth and said "I don't suppose you could pretend you didn't see me?"
Okay. If you want "ancient evil" sort of thing, I might suggest "Maiden, Mother, Crone" from the Reign of Winter AP series. It's three giant statues each with a dungeon inside, each part connected by teleport portals. The final encounter takes place in a pit that ages things and drives them insane - that sounds very much like something for an Ancient Evil that is or had been trapped within.
Attic Whisperers have the ability to steal breath (cause fatigue, exhaustion, or sleep) with their touch. The rules specify that if someone who is Exhausted is touched by the Attic Whisperer, they fall asleep for an hour and cannot be woken before then without killing the Attic Whisperer or doing one or several spells.
If someone were only Fatigued or Exhausted by an Attic Whisperer, would their attacks which caused fatigue/exhaustion (or the bite stealing the voice of the person) go away? Or would the victim still have to wait for an hour? Seeing that it specifies that sleeping people can only be woken with specific magic or by killing the Whisperer, it suggests that killing the undead would possibly undo other effects as well. But seeing it's not specified, it could be read the other way as well.
What are your thoughts on this?
If I remember correctly, once someone has been Judged by Pharasma, there is no Resurrection possibility. Xanderghul should have been dead a long, long time ago. He escaped his first Judgement with the little twist he had planned for if he died. Once the party kills him, she wastes no time in Judging him and sending him to where he needs to go.
I agree that Rasputin is the best antagonist of RoW. Well, there's this wonderful thing about a Level 20 Oracle of whatever type Rasputin is: when they die, a couple days later he comes back as a Ghost.
Rasputin is the perfect End Boss. Well, what if he manipulated Elvanna into thinking she was in charge while he was stealing Baba Yaga's Mythic Ranks to ascend into Godhood?
My old group self-destructed because one player felt game sessions should happen when he felt like it rather than when the group could meet, but I'm now co-GMing a new group through RoW. And my co-GM loves the idea of Rasputin being the Final Big Bad.
After the group faces Elvanna, Rasputin is going to Possess her, flee before the end, and then we'll put the group through the level 17 module concerning Elvanna's efforts to get a certain Torque... only level it up to 20 and have Elvanna/Rasputin as the end boss. With Mythic Tiers.
Honestly, you don't need to run Shattered Star next. It's not as good of an AP as RotRL and has a lot of save-or-suck monsters and things in the module that bypass players' abilities just for the heck of it. Just assume it happened and start the players with new characters in Return of the Runelords.
My group managed it as well without much in the way of casualties, seeing they caught a glimpse of the giants in the early morning and called an alarm. Nearly everyone evacuated. In fact, one character was quite put out that she couldn't subdue the dragon because she wanted a pet dragon. ^^;; I even added a pair of assassins attacking (due to the Scarnettis) immediately after the dragon was taken down.
So, I'm currently co-GMing Reign of Winter with my spouse, and they weren't feeling that good tonight so I took the reins. That said, I had their notes and had talked to them about consequences and the like for the assault on the Clock Tower, and started the group off just outside of the Clock Tower. And the group decided a frontal assault was... not a good idea. So they started planning it out instead.
First, thanks to a spectacular Knowledge: History roll by their Barbarian/Skald, they knew that the two statues outside were of Queen Betyrina and her daughter Zivia, known for their clockwork creations. Realizing that there were likely clockwork entities within as well as trolls, and their weapons were not likely to be effective, they backed off to do research.
Adamantine is bloody expensive. Ariam (my GMPC) admitted she had five adamantine bullets but that they were bloody expensive. (As an aside, it's odd that an adamantine bullet is a one-shot effect. I can understand that for weapon blanche (and honestly, seeing you can use that for 10 pieces of ammunition, it's cheaper than actual adamantine bullets for the same effect), but why can't it be pulled from a body and reused, even if it still costs a little bit to recraft the bullet each time.)
There was also a discussion about the Blood Oath/Mantle of the Black Rider, and the geas that is pushing the PCs forward. Currently, there are two PCs who do not have the Mantle, but I had the PCs in possession of the Black Rider's helm, which can be used to induct new people to the Mantle.
Solveig was told that they were doing recon on the Tower and realized they needed Adamantine for some of the defenders. While she was a little regretful (seeing she was hoping to see her old girlfriend again), she also understood. She and the Heralds went out to look for possible Adamantine weapons and some adamantine chunks for Ariam.
(Interestingly enough, a discussion about my spouse's old PC came up, who had been captured by the Witches using teleportation magic when the PC helped close the Winter Portal. The group seemed quite sure that the PC would not betray the group to the Witches. They also felt that the death of my previous GMPC (and sister of the old PC) would piss them off when they found out.)
Talk came back to Lord Logan and his pet dragon, and how to lure him out. They considered using the Tree Token to create a tree to climb to the tower, but realized it would not be at all subtle. The use of the Bird Token to send Logan a message was also considered and discarded. And finally the use of illusions to hide their presence and pretend guards were going up the tower was considered... and one PC realized "wait. We can disguise ourselves as members of the Winter Guard."
They turned to Solveig who after talking to a couple other Heralds admitted they could steal a few uniforms from the Winter Guard (when the uniforms are being laundered). This is actually how they entered the Pale Tower, btw. They dressed up as Pale Tower guards, entered, went to the second floor, encountered the captain of the tower, charmed her, and were able to reach Radovek and murder him.
They considered then how to get in. They could warn Logan that the Butchers of Waldsby were seen, but that would warn the Witches that the PCs were in Winterthrone. Then they thought of the forger, Morton, and thought about paying him to craft fake orders. And they scouted out the Clock Tower and saw a child being delivered. After visiting an orphanage they acquired a requisition order and plan on disguising (with Disguise Self) one of the PCs to look like a child.
Finally, silencing an alarm was big. They realized that Silence was most likely going to be of use here, as would Silent Spells.
That's where we wrapped up. The group was contemplating whether they should just march to the top of the tower, kill Logan and his dragon first thing, or start with the elite troll guard and risk Logan being forewarned. Most likely they'll march to the top first pretending initially to be guards with a child delivery, and fight once they get caught, reach Logan quickly, silence the bells (and risk of alerting outside guards), and kill Logan. Finally they'd descend, free the singer trapped in the Tower along with any still-living children, and when done burn the tower to the ground.
Next game is in two weeks. We'll see if the plan survives first contact.
Can this Galt talk maybe go in its own thread?
Mr. Jacobs commented on adventures having themes. So I was offering ideas along that line - plothooks from which to build adventures upon. With Galt, I was discussing ways that an adventure built there would vary from expected norms. Do note, there are far better ways to get discussions to go onto tangents than yelling at people having an actual reasonable discussion - you easily could have sidetracked folk by taking an element of that discussion and running with that away from the Galt discussion and it would have worked far better. (My handle was chosen for a reason. I'm the queen of going off on tangents.)
To be honest, a Galt campaign could go the opposite route. Rather than trying to overthrow the Grey Gardeners or the like, a Galt campaign could be about Revolutionaries who are in fact evil PCs who are seeking to further their own ambitions and doing so by becoming essential to the Gardeners. It doesn't need to be QUITE as evil as the Hell's Vengeance campaign (as in Neutral characters could actually be potentially possible in the campaign) but still go darker than most other APs have been.
One of the benefits of a campaign with Galt could be that rather than a plot with high stakes, this one is about furthering the PCs own power and ensuring the "stability" of the existing power structure in Galt. And there could even be geopolitical aspects (such as Taldor or Andoran being involved in the anti-Grey Gardener plots).
To be honest, there are quite a few areas that have NEVER been touched in an AP. I mean, an AP set in the Mana Waste (and introducing 2nd ed. firearm rules) would be fantastic to see, as would an AP in Andoran, Jalmeray, or the Five Kings Mountains. The following ideas are given freely with no claims to the ideas provided within and waiving any legal right to the stories within.
Andoran would be fantastic to see a story where the PCs are fighting a plot to overthrow the democratically-elected government - perhaps it's a Chelish plot to punish Andoran for its role in Hell's Vengeance (or even an attempt by something else to create the illusion of Chelish involvement to create a war between the two nations, perhaps masterminded by an Blue Great Wyrm. (We need to have more APs where dragons are masterminding the events. They are creatures of awe and fear, and having one be manipulating events all along... that is something that would be enjoyable to see!)
Jalmeray could start out as a trading expedition that turns bad after people start being murdered. As the PCs start investigating, they learn of the political machinations on the island which include those who are interested in the outside world, and those who would isolate the kingdom at all costs, while the political situation in Geb threatens to also create unrest in the island kingdom.
With the Five Kings Mountains, we could learn about Dwarven culture and deal with a threat to the region due to a threat from the Darklands emerging from the ruins of the Dwarven city of Jernashall, or possibly start there as part of a dwarven expedition to try and retake the Sky Citadel of Jormurdun found in the northwest of the former Worldwound's Frostmire region.
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The rules state that if you have Cover, you gain a +2 to your Reflex save vs. Dragon's breath.
But what if the breath weapon uses a Fortitude save instead - for instance, the Gold Dragon's Weakening breath, or a Silver Dragon's paralysis breath? The breath weapon is still a cone, but as it does not state the save is Reflex-based, will it ignore the Cover bonus?
I rewrote Wex to be a Slayer. My group hasn't encountered him yet however, they're currently working on street gangs and a secondary story I crafted so there's a legit reason for Barzillai to notice and reward the party at the end of Book 2.
Here's my write-up for him:
Varl Wex CR 9
Male human (Varisian) expert 1/slayer (cutthroat) 9 (Pathfinder RPG Advanced Class Guide 53, 119)
CE Medium humanoid (human)
Init +2; Senses Perception +13
AC 21, touch 15, flat-footed 18 (+4 armor, +2 deflection, +2 Dex, +1 dodge, +2 shield)
hp 107 (10 HD; 1d8+9d10+40)
Fort +9, Ref +8, Will +7 (+2 bonus vs. detect thoughts, discern lies, and similar mind-reading magic)
Speed 35 ft.
Melee Balgorrah +14/+9 (1d4+4/18-20) or
dagger +12/+7 (1d4+3/19-20)
Ranged dagger +11 (1d4+3/19-20)
Special Attacks sneak attack +3d6, studied target +2 (2nd, swift action)
Str 16, Dex 14, Con 16, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 8
Base Atk +9; CMB +12; CMD 27
Feats Dodge, Fleet, Improved Iron Will, Iron Will, Stealthy, Toughness, Weapon Focus (kukri)
Skills Acrobatics +14 (+18 when in an urban setting), Bluff +13, Climb +15, Craft (mechanical) +11, Disable Device +15, Disguise +1, Escape Artist +15, Intimidate +11, Knowledge (local) +5, Knowledge (planes) +5, Perception +13, Stealth +24
Languages Abyssal, Common, Varisian
SQ opportune target, slayer talents (foil scrutiny[ACG], surprise attacks, weapon training), stab and grab, stalker, street stalker
Combat Gear potion of shield of faith +2 (3); Other Gear +1 shadow studded leather, +1 buckler, Balgorrah, dagger, slippers of spider climbing, masterwork thieves' tools, 112 gp
Foil Scrutiny +2 on Will saves vs. mind-reading magics.
Improved Iron Will (1/day) Can re-roll a Will save, but must take the second result.
Opportune Target (Ex) During surprise round, can study one foe as free action to choose his studied target.
Sneak Attack +3d6 Attacks deal extra dam if flank foe or if foe is flat-footed.
Stab and Grab (Ex) As a swift action, attempt steal maneuver vs. dead/unconscious foe or when confirm a crit.
Stalker (Ex) Studied target bonus applies to Disguise, Intimidate, and Stealth as well.
Street Stalker (Acrobatics) (Ex) Gain a bonus on the chosen skill when in an urban environment.
Studied Target +2 (swift action, 2 at a time) (Ex) Study foe as a Swift action, gain +2 to att/dam & some skills vs. them.
Surprise Attacks +4 (Ex) In surprise round, foes always flat-footed and add bonus sneak attack dam.
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That's part of the reason I made sure my group was level 2 by the time they faced Rokhar. They also lucked out because first, the Druid had tossed an Entangle out after the invisible Rokhar when he fled outdoors (he rolled a 1 for Stealth so I had him trip over a chair and reveal his presence) and second, the group realized he was going for the dead bodies outdoors and had someone get to them JUST before Rokhar reached the corpses. They parleyed at that point.
Glad your group survived! :)
Seriously. Dispel Magic is truly detrimental. It can take out the entire group if they were foolish enough to have everyone under one casting. It can take out the fighter of the group quickly if one of them is targeted. And it ends up taking MORE spell slots because you need to have spares on hand in case of a spell going down.
In fact, you need to have a secondary caster or someone able to cast spells from scrolls - and more, someone who can EFFECTIVELY cast those spells because the spell failure chance for casting from scrolls is a 24 for the Druidic version, or 25 for the Cleric or Wizard version. So your Rogue-type will have to spend Skill Points for UMD which could be better used elsewhere in the off chance of needing to cast a high-level scroll.
Also, do note the first line of the spell: You surround the touched creatures with a constant and moveable 1-inch shell of tolerable living conditions. So describe the air as thin and wispy. Mention that the PCs have a dull ache behind their skulls - the very initial stages of altitude illness. It has no in-game effect. It doesn't cause fatigue. But the players should be gasping for breath from time to time.
This will make the Elixir of the Peaks that much better as that gives them eight hours of being acclimated to those conditions. No more headache. Travel is much easier. They will cherish those elixirs and likely preserve them for the final climb to the summit to face down Karzoug (even with Life Bubble).
Pathfinder Adventure Paths with non-violent endings or solutions (Related topics: non-violent / non-violence)
While the ending of Hell's Rebels is a fight scene, there are multiple sections of the AP where negotiation and discussion can bring about a better solution. In fact, there are segments where RP and non-combat situations ARE REQUIRED. In the final book there is even a section where you can go into Hell and if the party plays their cards right never once draw a blade or kill anything in Hell, and leave unharmed and with their souls intact.
No worries about sass. I often speak out when silence would be the better option. When I overstep or sound bossy? Do tell me.
I was partly speaking from personal experience when talking about the Leadership Feat, as I had two players in my online RotRL group take the Leadership Feat. I actually made a deal with them. The two Cohorts they had would be "guards" to ensure their base camps didn't get attacked, and they'd get replacement level 7 Feats because the Cohorts just took up far too much time and disrupted things too much. (And the cohorts were a Ninja and a Paladin at that, so it wasn't even like they were min-maxing!)
Having an NPC/Cohort Healbot actually makes things a lot easier for the PCs. After all, now they don't have to focus on healing, and all for the price of one Feat and probably a 750 gold Wand of Cure Light Wounds to tide them over until they hit 7th level. Either the Psychic or the Fighter would have needed to be their healer instead, which limits their offense by quite a bit.
Obviously you disagree. But here's the thing about APs and hardcover compilations: they're not for everyone. They never were.
There are people who never bought the Anniversary edition of RotRL. They never will. They prefer other APs instead. Or they like the old 3.5 version or ran it once and never intend on running it again.
There are new people out there who WOULD enjoy running it. There are GMs who would enjoy rerunning it for a new group. There are existing groups who haven't played it in years but have to admit it might be fun to see what it's like to play it again, but now under 2nd edition rules.
And to tell the truth? If Owl Games put out Rise of the Runelords for the PC, not based off of the card game which I will never play, then I'd buy it and play the hell out of it, much as I've played the Atari version of Temple of Elemental Evil multiple times.
So there would be a market for it. Just as there are people who have zero interest in the 2nd edition adaptation of Kingmaker but there's still a market for THAT AP as well.
It's stated on Page 12 of the first book of the AP.
Aravashnial starts the adventure with 2 hit points and is blinded. He was dangerously close to the Storm King when the demon landed after grounding the dragon, and just before Aravashnial fell, he took a lash to the face and eyes from the balor’s flaming whip. Fortunately for the elf, it was a glancing blow that did not decapitate him—but it did destroy both of his eyes and left his face a mass of horrific burns.
It's quite likely that there is a Kintargo Contract Exception. Don't forget. Asmodeus has a huge interest in Cheliax remaining under his thumb. He allowed the Kintargo Contract, likely so that it could remind the Thrunes that their control is not absolute. And he also would know it would be very much in the interest of Cheliax's enemies to force the issue and use Kintargo to break Asmodeus's hold on Cheliax.
There is one other thing you can note: trying to negate Thrune's contract with Hell by using Kintargo as a sacrifice is a very Lawful Evil thing to do. And I could see Rexus and Laria both state outright that they will publicly denounce the PCs if they try and do this. If the party insists, they do just that. If the PCs murder them or mind control them? Then they have just had an alignment shift toward Evil.
At which point the troops would be legally in Kintargo because at the time they were sent, there was no legal mandate forbidding them.
The players can't screw over Thrune that way. And if they try to piss off Abrogail II to violate the terms? She can hire the Red Mantis assassins to eliminate the PCs. After all, the PCs are just adventurers. They're not official government members in all likelihood. And the Red Mantis are also not a part of Cheliax so hiring them to deal with the PCs is not a violating of terms.
The best thing to do is have Rexus and Laria explain how not only would a lot of innocent people risk getting killed by the PCs doing something like this, but that there are a number of ways for Thrune to eliminate the PCs without breaking the Kintargo Contract. In fact, it is in Kintargo's best interests for the PCs not to antagonize Thrune because there are no other adventurers of comparable skill and power in Kintargo and because their deaths would be a huge hit to the Silver Ravens' morale (and to Kintargo as a whole).
You can also point out, as the GM, you only have so much time. Invading Cheliax to do this is going outside the existing structure of the AP and is going to be a lot of work, work you need to do before the game can commence. The players would need to take time out from gaming for you to create, from whole cloth, this invading Cheliax adventure path. Are they willing to wait for months while you do this in RL?