Pathfinder Society Scenario #14: The Many Fortunes of Grandmaster Torch (OGL) PDF

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

When four statues of unspeakable power were found in a tomb in Osirion and then stolen, the Pathfinder Society assumed they were gone forever. When they appeared again in the illicit inventory of a Qadiran smuggler in the massive trade city of Sedeq, the Society wasted little time dispatching you there to recover them. Finding the smuggler dead and a familiar face from Absalom responsible, your task quickly becomes a race to retrieve the statues before their brutal power can be unleashed on the citizens of the Satrap. Can you find the statues in time or will Sedeq be swallowed in a plague like none Golarion has ever seen?

Written by Jonathan H. Keith

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.

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A sandbox with a weak ending and subpar storyline

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This adventure can best be described as a sandbox where you have to complete 4 different tasks in whatever order you as a party see fit. Immediately it should be clear that creativity gets rewarded and that there’s no clear path you can take. You have a lot of freedom and that’s something people either love or hate. That alone makes it hard for me to decide whether to recommended it or not.

The four separate assignments are fun and different from one another. I particularly liked the factory one, though I can understand why the faction mission related to that one is no longer legal. However I will have to say that the scenario lacks an obvious ending. The end right now suffices, but doesn’t feel satisfactory. Sure, you’ve done all the tasks, but you don’t feel like you really made a difference. There’s no showdown to wrap things up, no feeling of accomplishment.

And that’s a shame and the main reason I rate this scenario so low. I really enjoy sandboxes and the opportunities it offers to players. However this time around the freedom you receive is at the expense of the storyline. What starts of great with a fun chase scene in a unique location, soon turns into four minor fetch-quests followed by a very rushed and anticlimactic ending. If you have a group that can really embrace the sandbox aspect, it’s worth running. Otherwise, I’d probably look for something else to play or run instead.


Mediocre on its own, pretty neat with creative GM

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While this scenario is pretty mediocre on its own, a creative GM can make it shine.
Its a fairly straightforward story, making it good for new players. Having different locations to visit, with each a different approach, gives a good showcase of what is expected of Pathfinder Agents.
For experienced player it could feel like 'been there, done that'.

The scenario gives only one option for most encounters. I think this is where a lot of the one star reviews come from. But its writen in a, IF a THEN b, way. So if the players dont do a, you are completely free to handle the encounter you see fit. This freedom makes me give it 4 stars. (its also nice and flavorfull)


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Osirian is a bureaucratic nightmare, not least to your average adventurer: consider a place where every 'treasure' you find must be not just reported but handed over to the authorities, who may or may not return it - and even if you get it back, there's probably a fee to be paid! Whilst this system is a blight on Pathfinder Society activities too, other people have learned to manipulate the system to their own advantage. This is the tale of one such manipulation and how things can go awry!

The adventure begins with the party having been dispatched to the Spice Markets of Sedeq in Qadira to aid Venture-Captain Yasmin Kal'al in obtaining four exotic Osirian artefacts. She has a lead to someone who's smuggled them out of Osirian and although he has already sold them on, if the party can find out who they were sold to, the Society can put in its own offer. Time is, of course, of the essence...

The party's first stop is at a Sedeq bathhouse, which the smuggler is known to frequent. This leads to an interesting - and potentially informative - conversation with none other than Grandmaster Torch! From here on in, their quest will lead them all over Sedeq... a madcap and highly entertaining rush around town with plenty of interaction and the opportunity for the odd brawl. This is an adventure in which the ready tongue is of more use than the ready blade, however those who prefer to fight their way to their goals will find people ready and willing to oblige them.

It's a lively and charming adventure, and the Faction missions fit in well with both plot and setting. This is one you can really have fun with!


So... this is where Pathfinders got their reputation as "murderhobos"...

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Just played it and didn't have a good time. While It was interesting to see GMT (I'm a big fan!), the whole thing was quite unsatisfying.

- Encounters that start right away without being able to RP it out properly (it didn't seem possible to find a "creative" way out of them...)
- Encounters that can potentially take a while (it took us 6 hours to complete the whole thing, thanks to our many pointless efforts at roleplaying, and thanks to one long "chasing an invisible NPC around" encounter...)
- And jeez, being actually penalized for not murdering/stealing everything in sight (still can't believe it!)

I could put 0 star if I could, but it probably deserve 1 anyway because of the nice "sandbox" feeling you get (it's only a feeling, trust me!), as well as some interesting fights (even if the encounters are lame, the fights are cool and full of possibilities for flavour!)


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(Actually, available last Wednesday, but we didn't say so here.)

Sovereign Court

Hey, not fair Josh! In the UK we have been away at Conception running the Pathfinder Organized Play for the last five days. (It was great and all the 5 slots I ran were 200 percent over subscribed by players.)

I would have snapped up these two recent modules with the rest of my January purchases and used the voucher you sent out. Now I try to buy them and the "Add to shopping cart" doesn't work and the expiry date has passed. Why didn't you make these new modules public last Wednesday?

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Angel Gabriel wrote:
...the "Add to shopping cart" doesn't work...

Sorry—I broke that earlier today. It's fixed now.

Angel Gabriel wrote:
Why didn't you make these new modules public last Wednesday?

They were available. I was too busy last week to send out a notifying e-mail, but we did mention them in our store blog all weekend. We just didn't create a discussion thread here.

The last Wednesday of each month is the scheduled date for all scenarios, by the way. (I can't promised they'll never be late, but that's the scheduled date, and Josh and crew work hard to meet it.)

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Angel Gabriel wrote:
...the "Add to shopping cart" doesn't work...

Sorry—I broke that earlier today. It's fixed now.

Angel Gabriel wrote:
Why didn't you make these new modules public last Wednesday?

They were available. I was too busy last week to send out a notifying e-mail, but we did mention them in our store blog all weekend. We just didn't create a discussion thread here.

The last Wednesday of each month is the scheduled date for all scenarios, by the way. (I can't promised they'll never be late, but that's the scheduled date, and Josh and crew work hard to meet it.)

They were only available for pre-order when I checked earlier and now they are available for actual download so they would never of been eligible for the holiday discount.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Wintergreen wrote:
They were only available for pre-order when I checked earlier and now they are available for actual download so they would never of been eligible for the holiday discount.

That was just a display issue; the product was indeed available for purchase. (You can't actually preorder a PDF on our site.)

Liberty's Edge

Wait, tier's 3-4 and 6-7?!?! What happened to tier 4-5?

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I played this at Pandemonium this weekend. Overall it was fun, but I had real ethical problems with my faction's assignment. Rather than commit a purely evil act (and as a cleric risk serious alignment infraction) I declined the opportunity. I know Pathfinder is morally grey, but are good aligned characters simply not practical? It was only my 3rd Pathfinder, and the GM was fantastic.


NotMousse wrote:
Wait, tier's 3-4 and 6-7?!?! What happened to tier 4-5?

This is Tier 1-7, meaning it plays in Tiers 1-2, 3-4, and 6-7. If your APL (average party level) is 5, you can choose either Tier 3-4 or Tier 6-7.


GamerChick wrote:
I played this at Pandemonium this weekend. Overall it was fun, but I had real ethical problems with my faction's assignment. Rather than commit a purely evil act (and as a cleric risk serious alignment infraction) I declined the opportunity. I know Pathfinder is morally grey, but are good aligned characters simply not practical? It was only my 3rd Pathfinder, and the GM was fantastic.

There will occasionally be missions that PCs won't want to do and that's totally okay. We didn't create the faction missions to be guaranteed successes every time--whether that's from a PC morality choice, a skill roll, etc. You should be able to succeed at more than 75% of your missions in a season, but we don't guarantee any amount.

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Joshua J. Frost wrote:
GamerChick wrote:
I played this at Pandemonium this weekend. Overall it was fun, but I had real ethical problems with my faction's assignment. Rather than commit a purely evil act (and as a cleric risk serious alignment infraction) I declined the opportunity. I know Pathfinder is morally grey, but are good aligned characters simply not practical? It was only my 3rd Pathfinder, and the GM was fantastic.
There will occasionally be missions that PCs won't want to do and that's totally okay. We didn't create the faction missions to be guaranteed successes every time--whether that's from a PC morality choice, a skill roll, etc. You should be able to succeed at more than 75% of your missions in a season, but we don't guarantee any amount.

OK, that's fair enough. :) I don't ever expect 100%.

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Ran this for a group during MegaCon 2009, just after running Silent Tide for the same group. Was neat to see a continuing character and be able to breath life into it. The group did really well with the exception of a misfired alchemist fire in a certain room making the whole town dive for cover as the refinery went ka-boom! Awesome!
Everyone survived, and had a great time. Definitly some return business here for the new players in the party. Eagerly looking forward to GenCon this year and running some more of these.

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Can this scenario still be played in light of Rivalry's End?

Silver Crusade

Is there a sequel to this where GT calls in his marker? If so I'd like to know so I can request my GM to run it.

Sovereign Court

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Yup, Torch calls in his favor in 1-45 Delirium's Tangle.

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Lord Fyre wrote:
Can this scenario still be played in light of Rivalry's End?

What this guy said. I've got an ex shadow lodge character I'm playing and I'm wanting to know if this is a good scenario to run him with in light of the fact that, after rivalries end he's kind of looking to kill Torch or bring him to justice.

Scarab Sages

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Torch is fast, Torch is cool...

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doc the grey wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
Can this scenario still be played in light of Rivalry's End?
What this guy said. I've got an ex shadow lodge character I'm playing and I'm wanting to know if this is a good scenario to run him with in light of the fact that, after rivalries end he's kind of looking to kill Torch or bring him to justice.

You point out a serious problem with the way the Shadow Lodge was dissolved. It left a lot of hatred for Torch, this effectively invalidates earlier scenarios like this one.

Of course, I also feel that disbanding the Shadow Lodge was a mistake. It provided a good foil for the Grand Lodge faction.

Sovereign Court

Lord Fyre wrote:
doc the grey wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
Can this scenario still be played in light of Rivalry's End?
What this guy said. I've got an ex shadow lodge character I'm playing and I'm wanting to know if this is a good scenario to run him with in light of the fact that, after rivalries end he's kind of looking to kill Torch or bring him to justice.

You point out a serious problem with the way the Shadow Lodge was dissolved. It left a lot of hatred for Torch, this effectively invalidates earlier scenarios like this one.

Of course, I also feel that disbanding the Shadow Lodge was a mistake. It provided a good foil for the Grand Lodge faction.

You may be right in the fact that it may have invalidate this one, but think about life... sometimes we think we are on one path and then something happens that changes that path. My players loved this scenario because it told the beginnings, (This area has only been organized since January and started with Season 5 stuff, so I have been taking them on a trip through season 0 and season 1 scenarios AND story arcs. The first arc, they loved. This one I believe that are loving as well... :D

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