Pathfinder Society Scenario #10: Blood at Dralkard Manor (OGL) PDF (Retired)

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for 1st to 7th level characters (Tiers: 1–2, 3–4, 6–7).

Venture-Captain Juberto Savarre plans to retire soon, and he’s set his sights on spooky Dralkard Manor in southern Andoran. With the locals swapping tales of hauntings and missing persons, Savarre sends Pathfinders in to uncover the truth. Are the stories just tall tales or will the Pathfinders find themselves drenched in blood at Dralkard Manor?

Written by Shane Cottom, Steven T. Helt, and Joshua J. Frost

This scenario is designed for play in Pathfinder Society Organized Play, but can easily be adapted for use with any world. This scenario is compliant with the Open Game License (OGL) and is suitable for use with the 3.5 edition of the world’s most popular fantasy roleplaying game.

This scenario was retired from Pathfinder Society Organized Play on March 29, 2010. After March 29, 2010, it will no longer be legal for Pathfinder Society Organized Play and will no longer be available in the Pathfinder Society Organized Play reporting system.

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4/5

After a chilling tale of a backstory for the DM's eyes only about the fall of a wealthy familiy whose entertainments were the stuff of legend, the adventure begins with the party being summoned by Venture-Captain Juberto Savarre, who intends to retire to their now-deserted estate. However, locals claim the place is haunted with shrieking spirits and things seem to be getting worse, with livestock and even the off vagrant going missing, so he'd like them to check it out before he heads there with his slippers to settle down to enjoy his twilight years.

The manor is quite remote and - if you're running it as a convention adventure or one-shot - is 'handwaved' with the first scene being the party's arrival at the house. If you are using it as part of a campaign you might want to play out the trip across the northern reaches of the Inner Sea, and an overland journey from Augustana. The exterior is unpromising, long-uninhabited the garden is a mess and the upper floor has mostly been destroyed in a fire.

The party will have to gain entry and search the place, dealing with whatever they might find there. There's a floor plan and quite detailed descriptions to aid you in running the adventure, with plenty of clues for the party to find as they try to figure out what is actually going on... including several notes for them to discover. For best effect, print these out.

It's quite a nice sandbox of an adventure: here is a supposedly-haunted house, now get on and investigate it however you please. Various events and responses to party actions are detailed well, and the Faction missions fit in well... and as usual, require Faction members to retrieve various items or information preferably without letting other party members know what they are up to! It has the potential to be quite dangerous, particularly for a 1st-level party, so care should be taken to give them a chance of success. Everything hangs together pretty well and there are reasons for what happens during the adventure, with creatures and NPCs who have their own plans and are getting on with things - a nice touch of realism, they are not just there to give the party a fight (although, of course, they will!). Quite a nice adventure!


Experience players advised

4/5

I enjoyed running this one, (I had the benefit of all those who had run/played it before me).

Yes. this is one tough session, it can be a bit long, but your players will respect you afterwards. Experienced players will help gameplay in some aspects, But there is a good hook to be there (I would have thought a little background on the village closest to the Manor might have been a good idea as well) and really if you are careful you may not kill off a party of newcomers to the game, again knowing your pc's and the enemies they are to fight can really help here.

The Manor gives you enough room to be clever and be appropriately devilish. There are any number of ways the PC's can go about their tasks so it suits any sort of build or group. As a GM really do your preparation for this one; know the skills of your NPC's and make sure you have the map sorted out.

Overall a really good challenge for experienced players coming into PFS from 3.5 - go easy on the new guys.


Deadly Sandbox and only for Pros

4/5

This adventure is not for novices. It's not for Level 1 PCs, who will most definitely get killed.
It's not for novice DMs who can't evoke a creepy atmosphere.
It's not for novice players, who will get slaughtered.
It's long for a scenario.

BUT: It's as close to a mini-sandbox as a scenario can possibly get and, if treated right, one can have a total blast, including the opportunity for the PCs to create an ambush.
The flavor is also interesting.

I liked this one.






Liberty's Edge

As a loyal Andoran I'm really looking forward to playing this one.

Oh and it keeps telling me "Will be available tomorrow". Well today IS tomorrow...

Scarab Sages

Coridan wrote:

As a loyal Andoran I'm really looking forward to playing this one.

Oh and it keeps telling me "Will be available tomorrow". Well today IS tomorrow...

today can't be tomorrow. today is today. it's never tomorrow. ahhhh!

well I hope tomorrow is soon. I love these adventures.

Liberty's Edge

Our group is hoping to play one on black friday so I am too.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Coridan wrote:

As a loyal Andoran I'm really looking forward to playing this one.

Oh and it keeps telling me "Will be available tomorrow". Well today IS tomorrow...

It is currently telling me that it will "be available today." I wonder what it'll say tomorrow!

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2013

Looks like it's availbale now. Have at it, Pathfinders!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

yoda8myhead wrote:
Coridan wrote:

As a loyal Andoran I'm really looking forward to playing this one.

Oh and it keeps telling me "Will be available tomorrow". Well today IS tomorrow...

It is currently telling me that it will "be available today." I wonder what it'll say tomorrow!

Not *your* today—*our* today! (Sigh... thanks for letting us know...)


How many pages are these adventures? How much play do you generally get out of them?


Glennis Murphy wrote:
How many pages are these adventures? How much play do you generally get out of them?

They're around 21-22 pages. Running one of these takes about 3.5-4 hours.


Navdi wrote:
Glennis Murphy wrote:
How many pages are these adventures? How much play do you generally get out of them?
They're around 21-22 pages. Running one of these takes about 3.5-4 hours.

Thanks for that. Not bad value then :)

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2013

What I like to do for scenarios like these is keep them fresh in my head for pick up games. I have a bug lately about building the hobby and exposing more people to Pathfinder, as the gaming dollar gets a little smaller, but the gaming pie gets bigger. Pathfinder can compete (and dominate!) with any past time out there, and as experienced players we need to recognize that a marketing mindset will bring new players into the game, which means more money for great writers and artists, and more products to develop our campaigns and one-offs.

So, but Dralkard Manor, or another PFS scenario today, and roll them through your local game store for new players! You'll learn more about the game by teaching it, and the PFS can dominate gaming with just a little extra time and preparation from us.

Cheap! Easy! Good for the future!

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Glennis Murphy wrote:
How many pages are these adventures? How much play do you generally get out of them?

I have yet to see one over 17 pages, but I have only played (bought) the first six so they might have gotten longer. As for how much play they provide, I am very active in Pathfinder Society games locally and have run some of the adventures numerous times. The amount of play these provide if used as part of the org. play model is way more than you'd get from even a 32 page module that you only run once.

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2013

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Steven T. Helt wrote:

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Here's to much more..erm..Contributing!

Congratulations, Ancientsensei! I've enjoyed your writing talent on

these boards for some time. Guess it's time to pay to for one of
your contributions.

I'm ordering "Blood at Dralkard Manor" right now.
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Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2013

Thanks much! I hope you enjoy it. Good luck not killing everyone!

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2013

In fact, I'd be interested in obituaries of PCs that bought it during the game. I'm sick like that.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Why was the scenario retired?

Sovereign Court Owner - Enchanted Grounds, President/Owner - Enchanted Grounds

Without spoilers: because it killed a lot of low level PCs with regularity.

With spoilers:
It had an assassin vine in it that was responsible for many a TPK of sub-tier 1-2. Its end encounter also utilized a lightning bolt casting sorcerer vs both tiers and the way into the encounter usually resulted in a perfectly setup row of PCs for the lightning bolt to catch them all.

Disclaimer: no official reason was ever given regarding retiring any of the scenarios. This is simply speculation, though "many of these were too deadly" was cited as a general cause for the adventures that were retired.

At the higher sub-tier, or with some adjustments for a home game this adventure would be very cool, for what it's worth.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Drogon wrote:

Without spoilers: because it killed a lot of low level PCs with regularity.

** spoiler omitted **

Disclaimer: no official reason was ever given regarding retiring any of the scenarios. This is simply speculation, though "many of these were too deadly" was cited as a general cause for the adventures that were retired.

At the higher sub-tier, or with some adjustments for a home game this adventure would be very cool, for what it's worth.

That is what I was wondering about. I know in PFS play, the GMs are extremely limited in what they can do.

But, were I to buy this and run it for my group, I would face no such limitations.

Sovereign Court Owner - Enchanted Grounds, President/Owner - Enchanted Grounds

Lord Fyre wrote:
...were I to buy this and run it for my group, I would face no such limitations.

Not at all. And it's excellent for dropping into a home game. Spooky, fun, with a good a couple good twists that you can take advantage of for story telling purposes.

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