Pathfinder #8—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 2: "Seven Days to the Grave" (OGL)

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Chapter 2: "Seven Days to the Grave"
by F. Wesley Schneider

The civil unrest in Korvosa has been dealt with, only to be replaced by a far more deadly and insidious threat. A horrific disease that leaves its dead deformed and faceless sweeps through the streets of Korvosa, death borne on the wind and steeped in the stones. Mass graves crowd the outer walls and plague doctors stalk the streets in a desperate attempt to prevent the sickness from spreading, yet is there something more to the plague than meets the eye?

This volume contains supplementary rules for handling large-scale urban disasters such as plagues and famines, and also presents a detailed exploration of Abadar, the god of cities and wealth. Several new monsters associated with sickness and disease round out the bestiary.

For characters of 4th to 7th level.

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another well crafted adventure from paizo!

5/5

this adventure is truly one of the best iv'e ever encounterd.
the begining of the plot is well done: there are many seemingly un-realated events taking place, so the players will not be able to know when does the plot realy starts, so they may even be surprised when the plug begins.
and then comes the adventure itself- a true masterpiece.
the plague spreads with frightning speed among the citizens of the city, and bodies are piled high as no solution presents itself: but the plug is not the only factor for the chaos all around.
from the dark corners of the city, many scums and abbrations take adventage of the situation, praying upon the helpless sick: and brave, vigilant man and women (the PC's, if you haven't got the clue) are requierd to stop them.
as the plotline advavnce, the PC's will start to unravel the true face byond the horrible pluge.

i think that the only problem i had with "seven days to the grave" was the fact that to many of the challengs were hack n' slash- tiny dungeon crwals with to much monsters squized in.
plus, the "body count" machenic, while cool, was sometimes totaly unrealistic.

bottom line: i can't wait to run this one to my playrs: they would love it at least as i do (hopefully!)


Plague adventure done right FINALY

5/5

This is really something I have been waiting for for some time now. I have tried to bring elements of plague into my previous d&d adventures, but have never had the success of this one, well done Paizo this is the ONLY truly great adventure dealing with the spread of plague i have seen in a published module.


Bringing Disease the respect it deserves

5/5

I feel this is an excellently written module. It brings plaque into the game where PCs have to respect it.

As far as the NPCs casting divination spells, I think they're too busy treating plague victims to worry about Trinia.


Can no one cast a single divination spell?

4/5

I had a single problem with Seven Days to the Grave, and that's the encounterless effect of bringing Trinia out of the city. Technically, you can't expect me to believe that there isn't a single cleric capable of casting Locate Creature and wandering around town until they find her. Are NPC's REALLY this dumb? Other than that, it's a great adventure, but I just wish people would actually take the game rules into account when they write these stories.


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Plague in the streets! Urban mayhem! Yum!!! (Or perhaps Ecch!!! depending on your tastes in such matters.)

Gather your necromancers; it looks like there will be plenty of raw material to work with in this upcoming book.


The cover art looks great and I'm really looking forward to the whole Curse of the Crimson Throne adventure path. Role on March.

Silver Crusade

Why wasn't cover the posted on the pathfinder blog like all the rest. Not fair.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

brent norton wrote:
Why wasn't cover the posted on the pathfinder blog like all the rest. Not fair.

Because the blog is now handled by the marketing department and they're running on a different schedule than we were when the blog was the editing department's responsibility.

The Exchange

Then pleeease ask them to post the wallpapers again, Im almost running out from those.

Ney.


I got to agree with Pen_Dragon that the wallpapers are great. The one for pathfinder 3 spent weeks as my background and it would be a shame to see them go. I personally think it's a pretty cool way to advertise as it really shoes off Pathfinders amazing art. Like I said hope we see more cover art in the blogs as this one just seems to have snuck by without anyone noticing which can't be good.


brent norton wrote:
Why wasn't cover the posted on the pathfinder blog like all the rest. Not fair.

You can look forward to art of the upcoming pathfinders and modules almost every friday.


Keep an eye on the Paizo Blog this week for new Pathfinder-themed desktop wallpapers.

Contributor

Plague Ship! (Courtesy of the Paizo blog.)

Contributor

Plague Doctor! (Courtesy of the Paizo blog.)


My Rise of the Runelords game was scheduled on saturday, and I was excited because we don't get to play very often because players live across the country. Then I managed to catch some annoying flu and had to spend my weekend in bed, coughing in fever. Now the fever isn't gone, but I feel a bit better, not so weak anymore. First thing I do when I open my computer, I check Paizo blog, of course. And what do my eyes see, the Doctor is in! "Why I'd love to taste some of your funky looking medicine mr. Doctor, but why oh why didn't you come on friday?"

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Just curious, is it on the slow boat from China yet?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dreamweaver wrote:
Just curious, is it on the slow boat from China yet?

We're currently expecting it in the first week of April.

Contributor

Come to me, my precious...


Suddenly, I really like the first week of April; it's a good week.

:D

Liberty's Edge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

Its April...will they be hitting the warehouse this week?

Dark Archive

So whens it gonna ship I need my fix soon.

Sczarni

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens Subscriber
Jeremy Mcgillan wrote:
So whens it gonna ship I need my fix soon.

they were supposed to come in Wed - but the company hasn't seen them yet (look in the CotCT board for this info)

Dark Archive

Thanks

Dark Archive

Bring out your dead... hahaha. A Monty Python and the Holy Grail adventure, ha?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Cpt_kirstov wrote:
Jeremy Mcgillan wrote:
So whens it gonna ship I need my fix soon.
they were supposed to come in Wed - but the company hasn't seen them yet (look in the CotCT board for this info)

They arrived at the end of the day on Friday, so they'll start going out next week.


Vic Wertz wrote:
They arrived at the end of the day on Friday, so they'll start going out next week.

But. . .what am I supposed to do to keep myself occupied until next week?

Liberty's Edge

It says "ready to ship". So when is it shipping? (And of course by this I mean "shipping to me"!) This sounds really, REALLY cool. I'm chomping at the proverbial bit. The supplemental stuff sounds really interesting, too.

Scarab Sages

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Woot! Got my pre-ping email today!

Sczarni

Just curious...but does anyone not get the PDF or do they just wait for their print copy to ship first then buy the PDF?

I just was curious.


I'm having difficulty downloading my PDF, if that's what you're asking.

I click the link to personalize the file, but nothing happens, and the download link remains grayed out.

EDIT: Never mind, It's working now.

Sczarni

I mostly would like a review of this one via the PDF...

If that's possible.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Mactaka wrote:
Woot! Got my pre-ping email today!

I'm still pending for some reason... :(

Scarab Sages

I've already downloaded my PDFs and have been joyously looking through them for the last 15 minutes.

This is a good one. I love the nosferatu - classic in every way. The Leukodaemon is awesome as well, especially with the hints of the 4 Horsemen. I can't wait to read throught the adventure.

Once again, Paizo - Great Job!

Sczarni

Aber,

Do you mean like the Four Horsemen template found in Advanced Bestiary?!

Scarab Sages

Nightfall wrote:

Aber,

Do you mean like the Four Horsemen template found in Advanced Bestiary?!

I'm not sure. They didn't give stats for them, just mentioned them in a sidebar in the Leukodaemon entry as being the 4 Lords of the Daemons.

Sczarni

Well they are in there because the Four Horsemen are templates.

Not sure they are Daemons. However if they are, that's cool too.

Contributor

I'm interested in feedback on the "Plague and Pestilence" article, if anyone is interested in giving it...


Plague Ship Sails Into Korvosa won a Daily Deviation for October 7th, 2008.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Nightfall wrote:

Well they are in there because the Four Horsemen are templates.

Not sure they are Daemons. However if they are, that's cool too.

The Four Horsemen are the rulers of Abaddon, the NE plane. They'r'e the daemon equivalent to demon lords or archdevils.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber

another addition to the many kudos you have recieved . with one exception: the BODY COUNT section ;if the party completes every one of the scenarios the BODY COUNT only adds up to 2800 ( A=200, B=700, C=400, D=00, E=500, F-G = 1000) these add up to 2800 exactly so how does the party get as high as 3600 ?

Did I miss something or was a very large award omitted?

if you could send me an E-mail reply that would be nice.


Rocannon II wrote:

another addition to the many kudos you have recieved . with one exception: the BODY COUNT section ;if the party completes every one of the scenarios the BODY COUNT only adds up to 2800 ( A=200, B=700, C=400, D=00, E=500, F-G = 1000) these add up to 2800 exactly so how does the party get as high as 3600 ?

Did I miss something or was a very large award omitted?

if you could send me an E-mail reply that would be nice.

If I recall there was a description somewhere that indicated the very same thing, and suggested the DM award more "body counts" saved for other actions the PC's may do. I can't find that reference currently -- although I did find the side bar "Other Plague Events" (pg 44) which you could use to add some more saved souls to the count.

(The description on page 20 under body count does indicate that up to 5000 lives could be saved by the pc's actions).

Scarab Sages

Rocannon II wrote:

another addition to the many kudos you have recieved . with one exception: the BODY COUNT section ;if the party completes every one of the scenarios the BODY COUNT only adds up to 2800 ( A=200, B=700, C=400, D=00, E=500, F-G = 1000) these add up to 2800 exactly so how does the party get as high as 3600 ?

Did I miss something or was a very large award omitted?

if you could send me an E-mail reply that would be nice.

Yup, James Jacobs said in a thread somewhere (I can't be bothered digging it out, it's probably linked in the DM reference thread if nothing else) that it's expected that most groups will hit the local heroes level on that table. It goes up to 3600 to account for groups going above and beyond. F'rinstance my group saved Brienna and everyone they could manage in the hospice, the favoured soul ran himself ragged with heal skill uses and remove disease (once he finally had it), they paid for several remove diseases for various key people from the Temple of Abadar, they successfully eradicated the disease completely at Trail's End/Thieves' Camp, they worked out the disease vector very early on, so they were posting announcements all over town advising wearing gloves, particularly when handling low-denomination currency, and when they found the notes they basically turned the hospice into a giant lab, personally financing and overseing a team of every willing alchemist and healer they could find in the city for discovering, fabricating and distributing the cure. That plus my running the sidebar encounters meant they were pretty much in the 3600 region :).

Scarab Sages

Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:
(The description on page 20 under body count does indicate that up to 5000 lives could be saved by the pc's actions).

I figured the figure of 3600 was intended as a realistic upper limit for how much the PCs can do. 5000 people will die if the PCs do nothing at all, the PCs can reduce it down to 1400, but there are always going to be a fair few deaths unless they somehow come up with a cure within the first few days and managed to get it out to the general populace immediately (which probably wouldn't be possible even if they raided the hospice immediately, what with the cure being the product of cross-referencing notes about experiments on plague victims, plus there's all the people stuck behind the quarantine in Old Korvosa that they can't get to immediately).


Anyone know why all of the other curse of the crimson throne books are on sale for the great golem sale but not this one?


Mark_Twain007 wrote:
Anyone know why all of the other curse of the crimson throne books are on sale for the great golem sale but not this one?

Because it's been sold out for the longest time. I'm surprised they found more copies. If you look at the CCT forums, people are complaining that they couldn't find this book for months... period. I think it's great they found more copies but I'm sure they are extremely limited, so I'd get mine now.

Great AP btw.


are there plans to print another run of these? if so, is there any possibility of the AP being updated?

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path Subscriber

As far as we know there aren't any plans. The reprint of RotR was a anniversary thing. They also don't want to invalidate buying seperate volumes if people know there will be a collected hardcover out later on.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
jimibones83 wrote:
are there plans to print another run of these? if so, is there any possibility of the AP being updated?

They will not reprint this directly. Paizo don't do that outside their hardcovers and a copule of other books.

There is a tiny chance of a compilation, but almost certainly not for several years. Even then, it's not certain they'd choose Throne for the treatment (although it'd certainly be on their shortlist).


That sux. I've never played it and I'd like to purchase the AP but this ones not available. Checked eBay and amazon but all I found was an old one and being a softcover there's really no telling how long it would hold up

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
jimibones83 wrote:
That sux. I've never played it and I can't find a book 2

The PDF is available.


Yeah I know. PDF is a pain though. If they were only a few dollars I'd prolly buy them but not for what they are asking


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jimibones83 wrote:
Yeah I know. PDF is a pain though. If they were only a few dollars I'd prolly buy them but not for what they are asking

$14 bucks is actually not a bad price to pay for a 100-ish page book including an adventure (which could be reduced into a stand alone module if you tried), an appendix of supplemental rules/ideas to flesh this or other stories out, and a mini bestiary.

I'll never understand why some folks aren't willing to pay other folks for their time and work, but demand higher wages for their own time and work.


jimibones83 wrote:
Yeah I know. PDF is a pain though. If they were only a few dollars I'd prolly buy them but not for what they are asking

If you have a FLGS that deals in second hand books, you might be able to find one there. I lucked out myself, and was able to get all six books in this AP plus the Map Folio as a bundle for 100$ at my FLGS. And, it completed my AP collection too.

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