Pathfinder #9—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 3: "Escape from Old Korvosa" (OGL)

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Chapter 9: "Escape from Old Korvosa"
by Richard Pett

Old Korvosa is under quarantine, a sprawling slum contained by roadblocks and guardposts manned by remorseless Hellknights and sinister plague doctors. While the rest of Korvosa stifles under an increasingly brutal martial law, the quarantined streets of Old Korvosa descend into true bedlam. Yet the one man who may hold the truth behind the perils that have brought Korvosa to its knees is lost inside the quarantine zone. Can he be rescued from the clutches of a new menace rising in the festering pits of Old Korvosa, and what secrets does he know that could justify the bounties for his death?

This volume of Pathfinder presents an in-depth exploration of the rakshasas of the world of Golarion and reveals details on one of the world’s most sinister networks of assassins, the Red Mantis.

For characters of 7th to 10th level.

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Another grand tome

4/5

It had its frustrating moments, such as the PCs getting chased out of town without even a hint as to what to do until the next book shows up... but that's minor at best. This book has some amazing characters in it, especially the vile Arkonas.

And there are the usual magnificent backup articles, with my favorite being the one covering rakshasas. And the Red Mantis? Naaasty.


And now ...the MAZE OF DEATH!

3/5

Escape starts with a bang and ends in a series of frustrations. The Quarantine, Pilts Swastel, Red Mantis all provide a great beginning and a promising lead up to the Arkonas. The Arkonas I thought were one of the more promising elements of the AP but I found them to be terribly squandered in this adventure.
The setup for the latter dungeon crawls rankles mightily and I couldn't help but be reminded of the Thieves Guild from the D&D movie. "Yes I will help you but first you must traverse the MAZE OF DEATH!" Then the Arkonas are unceremoniously dumped from the campaign. Like I said strong first half but pitters off quickly. The Vudran background and Rakshasa article are quite good though.


Great start...Poor finish

3/5

The storyline for the adventure is fantastic, well, right up until the Rakshasa's. The palace and dungeon are over the top. Though they seem appropriate based on the Rashasa's desire for lavish surroundings, they don't fit in with the story, city and especially not in Old Korvosa. The Rakshasa were not believable. I love everything else about this adventure, but in my game, I will be replacing the Rakshasa with something more in character with Old Korvosa.


Part Event / part Dungeon crawl

4/5

The first half of the adventure (the events) continues with the great style of the CCT path, and the second half introduces a large dungeon which would be quite a "common dungeon crawl" but there's an amazing -simple but interesting- mobile dungeon and another -simple but interesting- encounter with the "engines" of the mobile dungeon. Work it out cleverly and you get an awesome experience out of this "common dungeon crawl". Great work Paizo!


Stunning Work!

5/5

First off: I'm not running or playing in a Pathfinder game right now. I love the universe and the stories, but I'm all booked up on role-play at the moment.

So I bought this, I'll admit, entirely for the Rakshasa article - but quite unexpectedly, the rest of the book (both the Red Mantis section & the stellar adventure) caught me and dragged me in. I'll be running elements of this adventure, and soon!

Five star product.


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Dark Archive

Ok Rich I'm looking forward to a really great adventure from this. So can you give us any small disturbing details (minus the skybleeders).

Contributor

Pity is treason...

Liberty's Edge

I'm almost more interested in the article on the Red Mantis than the adventure itself. This is definitely one to look forward to.

Dark Archive

I'm looking forward to seeing what they did to Rakshasas and I'm looking forward to Rich's adventure. He always does great stuff. (Sorry Nic but you got to admit its true).

Liberty's Edge

Jeremy Mcgillan wrote:
I'm looking forward to seeing what they did to Rakshasas and I'm looking forward to Rich's adventure. He always does great stuff. (Sorry Nic but you got to admit its true).

Well, there's never anything BAD in a Pathfinder issue, it's alway just a matter of determining what your favorite thing is.

Contributor

I'm sure you'll like he Red Mantis, and hopefully you'll like the adventure too - you're absolutely right about Pathfinder, I've just seen #8 and it is really outstanding on so many fronts.

Contributor

Jeremy Mcgillan wrote:
I'm looking forward to seeing what they did to Rakshasas and I'm looking forward to Rich's adventure. He always does great stuff. (Sorry Nic but you got to admit its true).

Huzzah!

Don't apologise, he likes having his nose rubbed in it, it keeps him on his toes.

No Escape...

Dark Archive

Hey Rich any other nuggets?


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I like the title's similarity to a certain John Carpenter movie. :)

Contributor

Timespike wrote:
I'm almost more interested in the article on the Red Mantis than the adventure itself. This is definitely one to look forward to.

Please don't tell Louge, there'll be no living with him, not that I DO live with him and we're the same person or anything...damn

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Zaister wrote:
I like the title's similarity to a certain John Carpenter movie. :)

Hmm, you may have a point there.

Contributor

Jeremy Mcgillan wrote:

Hey Rich any other nuggets?

hmmm

Spoiler:

Nope:)

Contributor

Spoiler:

Only kidding - it's a tricky one to give too much away about really, think Escape from New York meets the French Revolution during the Black Death whilst perusing a Jeff Vandermeer Novel as rome burns and you're getting there.

It should run very fast paced and very unpredictably, everyone may well have a different take on this one at various stages and I hope it will translate into the most open-running adventure I've ever done for Paizo. Certainly I'm looking forward to seeing how it runs, as much as how it reads as the playtesting of segments of it ran very wildly.

A lot can happen in a short time in a bad place.

NO Escape...

Contributor

Spoiler:

Plus, I can categorically say that there are NO skybleeders or skybleeder-kith in this adventure.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Richard Pett wrote:
Zaister wrote:
I like the title's similarity to a certain John Carpenter movie. :)
Hmm, you may have a point there.

Ooh!

Silver Crusade

Richard Pett wrote:
Zaister wrote:
I like the title's similarity to a certain John Carpenter movie. :)
Hmm, you may have a point there.

I need to put a PC's eye out before we get to #9 then.

Contributor

the name's Pliskin...


But by the end of the adventure, call me Snake.

Silver Crusade

This is making me want a Big Trouble In Little China-inspired adventure, you know.

HINT HINT, he hinted. ;)

Contributor

Mikaze wrote:

This is making me want a Big Trouble In Little China-inspired adventure, you know.

HINT HINT, he hinted. ;)

Cool idea:)

James?!

Scarab Sages

Very brief skim of the pdf says this looks awesome. CotCT is really becoming something special, I'm itching to run it (we'll finally be starting mid-late May if RL doesn't catch up with us again). I'm in love with the Rakshasas already. Also BEST LOOKING BESTIARY EVER, is it just me or has the book yet again improved in terms of look? Though what on earth is going on with Laori Vaus picture? I mean I don't mind the old school anime look, and it kind of fits with the character, but it's so out of place amongst all the other artwork that it feels really jarring, hmm...

anyway, I'm mostly getting over-excited, now to get a giant mug of tea and curl up in front of the computer screen for a couple of hours reading and plotting...


After reading the entry for Achaekek, the Mantis God, I think it is time for the Thri-kreen to get a Pathfinder make-over.

And I do love the Rakshasa entry, the spirit of Dragon's Ecology articles just won't die.

The Exchange

the last adventure was really good. i hope this one will keep up to the high standrds rhis series already set to itself.

Liberty's Edge

Dark Psion wrote:
After reading the entry for Achaekek, the Mantis God, I think it is time for the Thri-kreen to get a Pathfinder make-over.

Oh, geez. Now THAT'S a scary thought! Thri-kreen red mantis assassins quad-wielding sawtooth sabers.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

So far this is looking great. I have read through the pdf but I don't get too in depth until I get my copy. Still so far this is looking really good. Though at the moment I wish there was a little more "time" for the PC's and Vencarlo to interact before the other rescue. (I will have to make time for that.) Great job as always.


I liked this module, its got a lot going for it. One thing I'd like to see that was missing in this one and past mods, is a bit more info, very brief, on some of the staff/guards at the major locations. At a minimum, just list their classes and races. In this mod, that applies to the Arkonas Palace. It applies to the Korvosan Guards, Sable Company, etc. Who's the 2nd in command of those? 3rd, etc. Maybe its in the guide, but in one of these mods it should be listed out.


Had i lost something? Why there's not a PDF version for Pathfinder 10?

Scarab Sages

Nifft74 wrote:
Had i lost something? Why there's not a PDF version for Pathfinder 10?

Pathfinder 10 is available as a pdf, click here to add it to your cart.


Thanks... i didn't notice that the PDFs are available later than the Print edition... ^_^"""


The "Quarantine" picture by Julie Dillon made the Daily Deviation on DeviantArt for November 15th.


Would it be wrong of me to say that I think the foxlike rakshasa monk is incredibly sexy? :blush:

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