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Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

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Greetings folks,

We've just scheduled September's Game Day for San Francisco, and we have our first table ready for players to signup! If anyone else would like to run something please let me know either here or on the Facebook event.

Signups are available on our Warhorn page. Please reach out if you have any questions!

Cheers,
Joe

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Howdy there! I'm running #7-22: Bid for Alabastrine during the second session of PbP Game Day 5. Play will begin on October 12th, 2016! This scenario is awesome and and roleplay-heavy, with lots of opportunity to take advantage of the PbP medium. In addition, the outcome will have huge ramifications for the future of the Pathfinder Society!

Looking forward to running- please let me know if you have questions ahead of time.

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

Decades ago, the merchant nation of Druma anticipated a wave of migrants and built the city Alabastrine to accommodate them. The mass migration never happened. Always seeking a return on investment, Druma recently began auctioning off control of the city to the highest bidders and wealthiest entrepreneurs for five years at a time. The next auction begins soon, and the powerful Aspis Consortium gold agent Myrosype—an enemy of the Society responsible for countless Pathfinders’ deaths—is poised to take control of the whole city for her own nefarious ends. The Society has secured a few invitations for the PCs to attend the auction. Can they disrupt the event’s delicate politics in order to stop their rival, or will the Aspis Consortium gain an unassailable stronghold?

Content in “Bid for Alabastrine” also contributes directly to the ongoing storyline of the Exchange Faction. Content in this scenario also ties into a special metaplot element from Pathfinder Society Special #6–98: "Serpents Rise". Players who have completed that special event are encouraged to bring its Chronicle sheet when playing this adventure.

Written by Thurston Hillman.

Sovereign Court

Male Human SysAdmin 4/Software Engineer 4/Venture-Lieutenant 1

Gameplay won't start until October 12th, 2016.

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Howdy everyone! I hope you all are as excited as I am for this! I'll be GMing one of the tables, and this adventure is looking like a twisty mystery! There will be lots of talking and a bit of swashbuckling- If you have any questions please let me know!

Sovereign Court

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Howdy everyone! I hope you all are as excited as I am for this! I'll be GMing one of the tables, and this adventure is looking like a twisty mystery! There will be lots of talking and a bit of swashbuckling- If you have any questions please let me know!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

Howdy all!

A few of us have gathered together in a community on Slack to organize our games, talk about different builds, and keep in touch. It seems to be working well, so we're opening it up to anyone in the PFS community who wants to talk about Pathfinder!

You can signup at http://pathfindersocietyslack.com, and be able to join the #grand-lodge channel. Once you're in, let me know in channel or in this thread and we'll get your account upgraded so you can create/join other channels for different regions or topics.

Hope to see you there!

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

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There have been a few individuals hoping for some PFS in San Francisco, CA, and we're finally making it happen! We had an event in April, and we're hoping this event keeps our momentum going into the summer.

We have a full mid-tier table, and the potential for another table- I'm currently assuming an evergreen if new players show up, but I'm open minded.

If you can make it over that afternoon, we'd love for you to join us! The warhorn page is taking signups now!

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Pretty verbose writeup below, tried to highlight the important parts. I played with 3 others, all rocking Level 1 Occult Adventures playtest characters. I think we were hampered by a lack of healing. Between myself (mesmerist), a medium, and two spiritualists, we were hurting pretty consistently (which makes sense given most PFS scenarios expect a balanced party).

For the most part, I didn't remember to use my Hypnotic State, but the benefit (even using the suggested -2 to will saves) wouldn't have been very helpful.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed by the requirement to pre-plant a trick, and it only lasting 1 minute per level. That made it very difficult to plan ahead, and when I thought I was planning appropriately, there was no encounter to make use of it. Only being able to implant it on one person at a time was similarly disappointing, since it would've been nice to get the opportunity to have interactions with everyone at the table for some more roleplaying opportunities.

That said- I'm hoping to give this character another try, because I think the theme and goal are awesome.

Skill Checks

Knowledge
Awesome knowledge check, good to see the mesmerist is able to apply superior mental skills toward studying
Got a 15 for an arcana check, learned a tidbit at the beginning of the adventure
Rolled a 20 for a 27 arcana which was also awesome

Survival
Basically no use, and not sure I’m seeing a benefit here for the class

Perception
Really dependent on the dice (wisdom not being something I put stats into) but makes sense as a class skill

Strength
Rolled well (rolled an 18 for a 20) to kick open a door

Saves
Thank heavens for the +2 to the will save.

Combat 1
Initiative is poor (and was consistently), but understandable. Need to figure out how to get my trick (Misdirection) up right before combat first.
Able to jump in and do some damage!
Rolled a 15 to get 17, managed to hit a barbarian with my heavy mace
Took 8 damage, leaving me at 1
Feeling like I’m just a poor fighter vs. being a really cool mesmerist

Exploring
Set off my Misdirection when we passed an effigy that seemed to point to an encounter
However, looks like it might be a waste (indeed it was)
Despite a +2 thanks to strength, failed my climb and fell down a cliff and took 4 damage, putting me at -3

Combat 2
Thankfully, the Spiritualist was able to head into the next are and use Perception to find our foe.
I kicked off Misdirection (mesmerist trick) right before we started combat! We'll see how it goes
Cast Ray of Enfeeblement, and hit! The opponent managed to make its fort save however, so it (only?) dropped 3 strength.
Despite only getting a 13 for an attack roll, the spiritualist still hit the opponent (AC 9) without needing my Misdirection to assist :(

Combat 3
Cast flare, succeeded which I played off flavor-wise as distracting the opponent
Walked up to an enemy, swung my heavy mace for 6 damage
Ouch, got knocked out by another enemy and failed my fort save (rolled a 7..)
Wow. Party of 4 had only one person standing at the end of the encounter- with 3 hp.
This is probably more due to being 4 brand new characters vs. ‘weak’ occult adventures characters, but still pretty vicious.

Resting up
Needed to get a little creative and rest up for the night to get 3 more HP back (thanks to a teammate's Heal check)

Combat 4
I wasn’t able to setup my Misdirection again! During a conversation, one of my teammates ran up and charged the opponent vs. trying to talk it out. Although it was hilarious, in terms of missing out on using my trick, very lame.
Got off a Ray of Enfeeblement! Downed the strength by 6
Just sort of ran up and did some damage. Overall feeling bummed that I wasn’t able to test out the trick again.

Sovereign Court Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka Yasumoto

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Dark Archive:

Arodus, 4714

Most loyal agent,

As I set pen to parchment, Korvosa is just fading from view in my cabin's window. The city served me well for my year of near-exile, but from peasant to prince, the population is too tied up in its Chelish origins. Already I find my thoughts clearer for having left. Of course, that's not the only reason. With a little help from friends in the Academae, I have performed most enlightening experiments with the gifts you and my other agents have sent me. Despite the school's reputation for losing students in magical accidents, it seems that there is a limit to how many bright-eyed, young conjurers can disappear before the faculty starts asking uncomfortable questions.

No matter, though. The experience has honed my skills, and your discoveries with the Pathfinder Society have provided ample information with which I have negotiated a more permanent home in Absalom. I fear the Chelish government has since cleaned out my townhouse in the Ivy District, but I understand the Grand Lodge has a space already prepared for me.

Do you remember how so many finds disappear into one of the lodge's vaults under pretenses of their being "stored for later study" or "too great a threat to Golarion?" The Decemvirate is concerned that we have acquired too many such relics without anyone spending the time to give them proper examination. They took rather kindly to my suggestion that we found a dark archive to curate and maintain these collections, and we get the unique privilege of operating it. Archival work may not seem glamorous until you remember what powerful artifacts we are handling. So long as we prove our competence, we will enjoy nearly unfettered access to this vast collection that everyone else is too afraid to handle.

Before we can settle into our new role, I want to ensure that we have the proper training to avoid any catastrophes. That means making friends with other curators who are in the business of handling dangerous objects. Can you think of any? I know I have a few in mind, and I have no interest in taking no for an answer.

Onward, brave archivist,
Zarta Dralneen

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The Exchange:

Arodus, 4714

Honored Colleague,

This letter is one of many pages splayed across my desk—normally kept so tidy but now overgrown with contracts, orders, and confirmations sealed in a rainbow of wax with a menagerie of stunning signet rings. In other circumstances I might be anxious about the disarray, but instead I have good reason to be excited. When I meet with a dear friend tomorrow and sign on the dotted line, I will terminate my commission as an official representative of Qadira and create a new business—with you as a stakeholder.

It may seem like folly to abandon the backing of the Qadiran satrapy, but I assure you that there are advantages. Many of our new clients have expressed reluctance to work with anything but an independent outfit, and my former superiors have vetoed several otherwise lucrative ventures on political grounds. These fine men and women have acknowledged and honored my decision, ensuring that Qadira remains a friend in the future. We are no longer bound by those restrictions, and lucrative opportunities await.

I have already set in motion a merger with Guaril Karela's operation, and based on projections, this growth should establish us as a force to be reckoned with in markets across the Inner Sea. Keep in mind that while the Sczarni employees are very capable business people, they sometimes pursue less savory business practices to manage the competition. Finding the right balance between our styles will be an early growing pain, so please be accommodating as we find the appropriate middle ground. If anything, their diverse skill set should help us adapt to fulfill countless commercial interests.

The Pathfinder Society has taken an interest in our young company, too, and I have a meeting with several investors from the Grand Lodge later this evening. With a broad enough trade network, I may be able to negotiate exclusive contracts to supply the Society in future expeditions. As you travel abroad, remember to study the markets and build connections with well-established, independent merchants. At an earlier meeting, a Society representative mentioned the Mwangi Expanse, which has long been beyond our reach—until now.

To our future success,
Trade-Prince Aaqir al'Hakam

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Grand Lodge:

Arodus, 4714

Pathfinder,
Reports are just starting to come in from our expedition to Jormurdun. I am pleased to hear that the march from our base camp fared well, and I understand that several of our less reputable enemies were spotted on the field of battle. I trust that you or one of our other fine agents took advantage of the opportunity and laid one or both of the villains to rest. If not, then we'll need to keep our eyes sharp and our blades sharper.
It sounds as though our agents found something quite spectacular in the sky citadel, but I've yet to get a straight answer out of the Master of Scrolls as to what that is. It sounds complicated and may require further study, and if that calls for more travel, you're one of the first agents I'll contact. I imagine you would enjoy that more than reviewing these contracts we drew up with the Five Kings Mountains to make sure the transfer of power in Jormurdun goes smoothly.
In the meantime, we have a situation in Nantambu, one of the few lodges in the Mwangi Expanse. Venture-Captain Nieford Sharrowsmith has bitten off more than he can chew and has requested reinforcements, though he's been nearly impossible to locate magically since then. I don't like it, but we need to confirm that the lodge and its agents remain in good working order. It's virtually our only base in that wilderness, and I don't want it to go the way of Kalabuto.

Explore, Report, Cooperate,
Venture Captain Ambrus Valsin

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Liberty's Edge:

Arodus, 4714

Author of Independence,

To date, we have played an instrumental role in the arrest of five corrupt politicians who have wielded their influence like power-mad aristocrats. It is reassuring that Andoran's legal system has so readily recognized the guilt of these villains, though so many seem content to congratulate each other on a job well done and declare a happy ending. They cannot see that the corruption runs deeper, and we must pull it out by the roots to prevent it from growing back. For every person we manage to convict, there are 10 more that I am watching with suspicion. No doubt many are innocent—I pray that is the case—but the allure of bribes and cronyism is powerful.

The greatest difficulty is that our investigations are all subject to state oversight. This and public accountability are important prerequisites for a healthy democracy, yet in the past several months it has also served to alert those in power that they were being investigated. Some of our best evidence has been reduced to ash when the authors learned I was on their trail. Democracy protects us all, but the tools also protect those who would pervert it into tyranny. What is one to do when the only way to fight corruption is to defy one of democracy's core tenets?

I have spoken with my superiors in the Eagle Knights, and they understand my consternation; however it is not the role of a Steel Falcon to police his government's actions, for my order operates abroad to vanquish slavery and tyrants. My commanding officer recommended I turn my gaze to other lands while she performs her own investigations. I have honored her request but also taken a leave of absence to pursue justice without a national affiliation. My ties to Andoran only hamper what I can do to liberate my home and other lands, even though we still work closely with the Eagle Knights. The lessons we learn in the near future may provide us the key to ridding Andoran of corruption once and for all.

Freer than ever before,
Major Colson Maldris

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Scarab Sages:

Arodus, 4714

Salutations,

People live and die, empires rise and fall, and mountains grow and crumble, but knowledge of the past shall remain eternal. This was a foundational understanding of the men and women known as the Jeweled Sages, and was a philosophy imparted to me when I was very young. With the assistance of Amenopheus, we have taken important steps in reviving the order of the Jeweled Sages, who sought to preserve the art, culture, and technology of Osirion's first age. However, Golarion's people have grown in the millennia since, and with them grows the scope of our mandate. With the assistance of the Pathfinder Society, we shall discover, secure, and explore historical sites across Golarion—perhaps beyond.

Even so, the Jeweled Sages relied on an extended network of agents and a diverse cast of gem-bearing scholars. In the short term, we must build up our numbers once more. That means we must focus on finding other sage jewels that contain past lore and recruiting capable inheritors to become a new generation of sages. Study what once was, understand what is, and strive to become what you will; perhaps one day I will choose you to serve at my side.

For the foreseeable future, I must labor in the sages' sanctuary deep in Osirion's desert. I have secured numerous rooms that were once sealed, but the compound is extensive and dangerous; if the Pathfinder Society honors my recent request, I may soon call upon you and your colleagues to assist me in exploring the sanctum's depths. While I busy myself with that, Amenopheus is in charge of operations further afield.

Walk with wisdom,
Tahonikepsu, the Diamond Sage

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Silver Crusade:

Arodus, 4714

Victorious Crusader,

I have received exciting news from the front: Mendev's crusaders have pushed back the abyssal armies and razed several of their strongholds! It is too early to declare that we have won a war, but this is another battle in which we have triumphed. For the first time in a year, it seems Mendev is secure.
Despite the lull, I know that Queen Galfrey will not allow her troops to grow so overconfident that they miss any demonic counterattack.

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your contributions. Without the Pathfinder Society's assistance, we might not have won several key battles, including the fight for Nerosyan itself. Tales of our courage shall follow the crusaders home, where these stories will feed the imaginations of a new generation of heroes. This is not lost on the Society's leaders, and in addition to written promises of aid in future causes, I can tell that behind their unfeeling masks, they have witnessed the good that comes from aiding a holy cause—I am certain! Were we only to have another monumental cause to unite the Society! Fortunately, there is no obvious candidate—fortunate because the benefits are not worth the mortal costs. Those who died in Mendev left behind broken families, and some of those who are returning home are finding no home to return to. Crimes on a smaller scale afflict the land, and a host of lesser battles remain to be fought. We must turn our focus homeward to show that we can also be soldiers of peace.

As you travel Golarion, remember that the Society's reputation is not the only thing worth redeeming. A thief may steal to feed her family or to fuel misguided dreams of easy riches, but even one who appears evil is not beyond redemption. Show charity to the needy, and open the eyes of criminals, that they might cast aside their present misfortunes and pursue a virtuous life.

That all may know peace,
Ollysta Zadrian

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Awesome! Can't wait to hear what these two have been up to since Plauge of Shadows!

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Firstly, I would like to say I'm glad that everyone's fine, and that you guys will be able to get your lives back in order.

Secondly, I'd like to say I'm really excited that the foam dice came in. (I've been waiting for them to come in for a while! =D)

And now to my question: Would you guys happen to know when you'll get in the shipment of Rackham's AT-43 game? A friend of mine ordered it for another friend's Christmas gift, and was wondering when it'll come in. (Yes, he's too lazy to ask himself...)

Anyways, I hope things work out for the best up there, and thanks a bunch!

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I just ripped open my UPS box. This book is awesome. On first inspection, I immediately noticed the physical quality of the book (nice, glossy pages). Also, I think the art is amazing! (Paricularly the inside of the covers/the cover reprints in the back). Anyways, I'm quite happy right now, so I'm off to go read and ignore college applications. (thanks for the new excuse Dragon! =D)