Pathfinder Society Scenario #26: Lost at Bitter End (OGL) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for 7th to 11th level characters (Tiers: 7–8 and 10–11).

When a Pathfinder Society Priest of Nethys disappears in northern Geb while studying the Mana Wastes, the Society sends you to uncover her whereabouts and find her journals. Arriving in the town of Bitter End, you find it deserted but for a few mysterious creatures never before seen on Golarion. Those creatures quickly lead to more and soon you're embroiled in a mystery that could effect the very fabric of reality. Will you solve the mystery of Bitter End or find yourself lost forever in the Mana Wastes?

Written by 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.

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Nothing special, except for a missed opportunity

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I played this scenario alongside Quentin, see his review below. For the majority, I agree with him. As we were playing up, we did struggle with some fights as they were pretty brutal at times. Especially after what happened the first encounter, I'm surprised we even made it. I mean, enemies getting a surprise round and the highest initiative, meant we took quite a substantial amount of damage. The foes were fun, as were the settings, but it sadly got a little repetitive towards the end.

However, a few things bug me about this scenario. The first is the absence of a real story. The only story element we had was to get books back and free people. That alone is not enough in my opinion. It felt like a 'we got these encounter finished and only 5 minutes to go until the scenario is released.. oh dear, we forgot the plot. Lets quickly throw something together'.

This ties in with my second complaint, if you will. At some point you'll come across a big legion of ancient soldiers. That itself has so much potential, including for future scenarios. Yet the only thing you do is fight them and leave them behind. Surely that's something the Decemvirate wants to investigate further as it's a unique trove of knowledge. I'm honestly disappoint nothing has been done with it.

While I certainly had fun, I do not think the scenario aged well enough. I can't see myself recommend it to others if there are other options available. That said, I really hope Paizo revisits this scenario, notices the trove of potential knowledge I mentioned and actually does something with it. There's no doubt in my mind I'd instantly want to play a sequel.


Pretty light on story, but still cool.

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(I played this.)

I love Season 0 an 1 so much. They dare to be different. Seasons 2 through 4 are somewhat safe, not really taking any risks, narratively speaking. So while this scenario isn't mind-blowing by any means, the fact that it still manages to do something different makes up for a whole lot.

Combats are pretty tough. We were barely playing up, and we felt it. Coupled with some pretty tough tactics, this could have been a slog. Enemies hit pretty hard, even for a Season 0, and while the high tier adjustment doesn't do a whole lot, it does enough to ramp up the challenge.

The story itself is pretty much absent from a player perspective, but there's still some cool setpieces and little touches that it doesn't become boring.

In the end, this is a fine scenario. Nothing amazing, but also not terrible. A good way to spend an evening.


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An RPG Resource Review

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This entire adventure is a cautionary tale against meddling in things you do not completely understand. It appears that a Pathfinder cleric has been doing just that, exploring an area called the Mana Wastes that's not merely inhospitable but dead to magic as well. However after sending a message that she was going to conduct a ritual carved into a stele that she found there, nothing more was heard. So the party has been sent - by teleport no less, no mundane journey this time - to find out what has happened to her.

The background notes spell it all out for the DM, but of course the party has to figure it out the hard way from what evidence they can find. Fortunately the missing cleric was an obsessive note-taker, so if the party can but find her journals they might find some clues...

Naturally, her meddling has caused a few odd things to happen and liberated assorted monsters, which will have to be fought if the investigation is to make any progress. At times information can only be obtained by (high) knowledge checks - a side effect of characters knowing a lot more about the world in which they live than their players do, lacking the background knowledge of things that don't exist in the real world - and at one point unless the party undertake a particular action, the whole thing comes to a juddering halt. Fortunately that action is quite clearly telegraphed, so much so that suspicious players might resist... but from then on the skill checks to figure things out get easier and things ought to fall into place readily.

Everything is well put together and well-resourced, and it makes sense - cetainly as you read it, and there is much more scope than in many such adventures for the party to understand what is going on as well. The faction missions are actually quite challenging, as often the faction masters issuing them seem to know more about what is going on than the regular Pathfinder leaders who have sent the party out in the first place. Good for combat, good for figuring stuff out - the one thing this adventure lacks is any real role-playing opportunities.


Excellent Adventure!

*****

Played this at Paizocon 2012 as a pickup game. We had a fantastic time! Story is solid and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole adventure. Encounters are lots of fun.

I'd highly recommend this one!

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Available June 24th!

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Companion, Pawns, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

is it the 24th yet? this title sounds pretty cool!

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

It is very cool. I ran it at Paizocon. I loved this scenario.


Act 2 was updated today, with the encounter level scaled down. Please update your PDF collections with the new one.


So 7 years later. Why doesn't the ancient Gebbite Battle Cleric have negative channels?

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
Shammus wrote:
So 7 years later. Why doesn't the ancient Gebbite Battle Cleric have negative channels?

Because the scenario was written for 3.5. I believe the Guide to Organized Play has instructions for how to run Season 0 scenarios. ^_^

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Because it hasn't been updated to Pathfinder rules and 3.5 clerics did not have the channel energy class feature.

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