Pathfinder Adventure Path #24: "The Final Wish" (Legacy of Fire 6 of 6) (OGL)

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Chapter 6: "The Final Wish"
by Rob McCreary

Fear and ruin grip the land as the long-imprisoned army of a mad genie renews its ancient war. From the streets of the exotic city of Katapesh to the shadow of cursed Pale Mountain, this horde of immortal warriors leaves only fire and ruin in its wake. Empowered and perverted by the granting of wild wishes, this seemingly invincible legion strangles the realm in its fearful grasp as an obsessed general stokes the embers of an age-old devastation. Can the PCs save Katapesh from both a burning tyrant and the resurrection of a living apocalypse? Find out in this, the climax of the Legacy of Fire Adventure Path!

    This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path includes:
  • "The Final Wish," an adventure for 14th-level characters, by Rob McCreary.
  • Accounts of the Spawn of Rovagug, the titanic spawn of the god of destruction, by Clinton Boomer.
  • The magic of genies and insights into the power of wishes, by Wolfgang Baur.
  • Pathfinder Channa Ti's last-ditch efforts to prevent a dark god from entering the world, in a climactic Pathfinder's Journal by New York Times bestselling author Elaine Cunningham.
  • Seven new monsters by Adam Daigle, Rob McCreary, and F. Wesley Schneider.

For characters of 14th to 15th level.

Pathfinder Adventure Path is Paizo Publishing's monthly 96-page, perfect-bound, full-color softcover book printed on high-quality paper. It contains an in-depth Adventure Path scenario, stats for about a half-dozen new monsters, and several support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Because Pathfinder uses the Open Game License, it is 100% compatible with the 3.5 edition of the world's most popular fantasy roleplaying game.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-185-5

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Worth fleshing out.

3/5

GOOD:
The artwork is amazing (the super-impressive gnoll from page 20 has already been made into a miniature: Nargok, Warpriest of Rovagug. Some of the downtime activities after book one pay off greatly. The liberation of Kelmarane is actually fun.
Xotani´s Grave is an impressive location and mostly fun to play in.
The Spawn of Rovagug article.
The Bestiary is worth it for the nowhere reprinted Azi dragons and Xotani the Firebleeder.

BAD:
The city of Kelmarane is underdeveloped. The GM has to flesh out quite some buildings. The Brazen Tower is a big grind. The "Clockwork General" is not compatible with Pathfinder lore of today, predating it.

UGLY:
Having to clear the House of the Beast a second time is no fun at all.
The adventure has zero chance of roleplaying opportunities as written.

If you have the time to flesh out the city of Kelmarane with buildings and NPCs (best done before beginning book two) and insert some roleplaying opportunities/chances to parley with some creatures encountered, this adventure will gain tremendously from it.

The first 4 parts of this campaign are a lot of fun, the last two have to be pimped up by a GM to be. This is why i want "Legacy of Fire" as a hardcover with Pathfinder Rules in 2019.


My Final Wish was for a far more memorable ending

2/5

I remember being quite disappointed with the finale of Legacy of Fire when I first read through The Final Wish. Having just started the AP again with the outstanding Howl of the Carrion King, I revisited the last chapter and can honestly say my opinion hasn’t changed. I really expected something a little more interesting for the culmination of one of the more innovative APs. Instead we get the Liberation of Kelmarane as “cinematic combat” i.e. characters run a few errands and take on a few high level NPCs while the battle takes place mainly off screen.

The big show down with the enemy which has been building throughout the AP occurs at the end of a very vanilla dungeon crawl with a few uninspired visits from past friends and foes. Whatever happened to “the strange wish-powered minions the PCs are destined to face in the final adventure”? The House of the Beast was far more fun the first time through.


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Along with Pathfinder Beta, this Adventure Path is bringing me back to Paizo. I didn't enjoy rise of the Runelords because of the inbred incestous rapist ogres and stopped at PF 4. But this new Pathfinder direction sounds more interesting to me.

And with Pathfinder the new rules handling the next AP, I'll probably stay even if the devils are fairly gross in the adventures.

Paizo Employee Creative Director, Starfinder

Any chance of getting the product description updated to show the actual author? :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Rob McCreary wrote:
Any chance of getting the product description updated to show the actual author? :)

Congrats on getting to write it, Rob! I look forward to reading it.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Rob McCreary wrote:
Any chance of getting the product description updated to show the actual author? :)

Done. Let the preorders begin flooding in!

Paizo Employee Creative Director, Starfinder

Woot! Thanks! :)

The Exchange

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Rob McCreary wrote:
Woot! Thanks! :)

Gratz!

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

Rob McCreary wrote:
Any chance of getting the product description updated to show the actual author? :)

That'd be you, mon ami! Congratulations!


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

You are such a pre-madonna Rob! Congrats looking forward to this one!!!

Scarab Sages

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

do we know what the final cover looks like yet?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mactaka wrote:
do we know what the final cover looks like yet?

Should be up soon.

Silver Crusade

Vic Wertz wrote:
Mactaka wrote:
do we know what the final cover looks like yet?
Should be up soon.

I'm gonna miss Drow Alchemist Girl. She was perky and had a sort of tomboy charm.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The product cover and description have been updated to match the finished product.

Silver Crusade

Nice. I guess it's a given who it is.

Is that a wooden sheild he's sporting?!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mikaze wrote:
Is that a wooden sheild he's sporting?!

must... resist... urge... to... play to... obvious... straight line...

Sovereign Court Contributor

Vic Wertz wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Is that a wooden sheild he's sporting?!

must... resist... urge... to... play to... obvious... straight line...

Ok, ok, I'll do it for you.

"No. He's just happy to see you!"

Silver Crusade

Vic Wertz wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Is that a wooden sheild he's sporting?!

must... resist... urge... to... play to... obvious... straight line...

It just that I thought wood was hard for Efreeti to come by.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mikaze wrote:
It just that I thought wood was hard for Efreeti to come by.

Will save... failing... must not... mention... little blue pills...


Vic Wertz wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
It just that I thought wood was hard for Efreeti to come by.
Will save... failing... must not... mention... little blue pills...

"Why, oh why didn't I take the blue pill?"

Scarab Sages

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Wow! That cover rocks! Who did the portrait of the efreet I'm assuming is Prince Jhavul?

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

Mactaka wrote:
Wow! That cover rocks! Who did the portrait of the efreet I'm assuming is Prince Jhavul?

All the covers for Legacy of Fire were done by Jesper Ejsing.

Liberty's Edge

What's actually curious about this is that the fighter in the picture with Seoni looks like the OLD Dungeon Magazine Iconic fighter, the one with the blue tunic and breastplate looking guy. Sword and shield ...

Was that on purpose or is that someone else?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Mactaka wrote:
Wow! That cover rocks! Who did the portrait of the efreet I'm assuming is Prince Jhavul?

What Yoda said for the artist. As for the efreet... he's pretty much just an efreet. He can certainly do for Jhavhul's appearance, but since the cover art came in relatively late and we thus couldn't use it as a model for the interior art for Jhavhul... he looks relatively different from the Jhavhul we illustrate inside the adventure. So pick and choose, I guess, which one you want; the official line is that the cover efreeti is merely just one of many efreet the PCs are going to fight in "The Final Wish."

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Misery wrote:

What's actually curious about this is that the fighter in the picture with Seoni looks like the OLD Dungeon Magazine Iconic fighter, the one with the blue tunic and breastplate looking guy. Sword and shield ...

Was that on purpose or is that someone else?

I think the "fighter" in the picture is actually Kyra, who for some reason found a shield to use in that fight.

Sovereign Court Contributor

Hey McCreary,

Who knew your little adventure was appearing beside my amazingly magnifico ginormous set piece? :^)

Seriously, my man, it's downright cool to be in your piece. Can't wait for this to come out!

- Lou

Scarab Sages

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, PF Special Edition Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Misery wrote:

What's actually curious about this is that the fighter in the picture with Seoni looks like the OLD Dungeon Magazine Iconic fighter, the one with the blue tunic and breastplate looking guy. Sword and shield ...

Was that on purpose or is that someone else?

I think the "fighter" in the picture is actually Kyra, who for some reason found a shield to use in that fight.

If so, stick with that artist, as they follow text direction well. I'm sure I've seen Kyra stated up with a shield more than once.

Paizo Employee Creative Director, Starfinder

Louis Agresta wrote:

Hey McCreary,

Who knew your little adventure was appearing beside my amazingly magnifico ginormous set piece? :^)

Seriously, my man, it's downright cool to be in your piece. Can't wait for this to come out!

- Lou

I certainly didn't know! Just another thing to look forward to when this thing comes out (and after the three weeks or so shipping to the Czech Republic! :( Grrr!)

Seriously, looking forward to seeing your set piece, Lou! :)

Dark Archive

Rob McCreary wrote:
Louis Agresta wrote:

Hey McCreary,

Who knew your little adventure was appearing beside my amazingly magnifico ginormous set piece? :^)

Seriously, my man, it's downright cool to be in your piece. Can't wait for this to come out!

- Lou

I certainly didn't know! Just another thing to look forward to when this thing comes out (and after the three weeks or so shipping to the Czech Republic! :( Grrr!)

Seriously, looking forward to seeing your set piece, Lou! :)

It's even a longer shipping time for me here (Finland), because I've ordered them via my FLGS... (just to show them that they should stock Paizo's APs).


Are we close enough to late July yet? It feels late. Just looking forward to seeing this issue.

Scarab Sages

Gray wrote:
Are we close enough to late July yet? It feels late. Just looking forward to seeing this issue.

I'm wondering what the ETA is for this too (my first AP volume). I tied another big order to this one to minimize shipping costs, and since this is my first issue, I wasn't sure what the "usual" time of the month was for these to ship (now that we're officially in July).


Michael Suzio wrote:
I'm wondering what the ETA is for this too (my first AP volume). I tied another big order to this one to minimize shipping costs, and since this is my first issue, I wasn't sure what the "usual" time of the month was for these to ship (now that we're officially in July).

This is slated to ship in late July. I just get excited about the latest issue that is coming out, so I'm hoping it might be released a bit early.

You can check the Product Release Schedule from the main page. Otherwise there is'nt really a "usual" time that I can tell. Sometimes Paizo gets ahead of schedule and can release things a bit early. At worst, they get multiple shipments stuck in customs.

By the way, I hope you enjoy it too.


Link.

Here's a link to the Product Schedule (if I figured out how to make a link).

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

Gray wrote:

Link.

Here's a link to the Product Schedule (if I figured out how to make a link).

Based on Gray's handy handy linkification there, I was able to confirm that this is still set for "late July." Seeing as this is a 31 day month, that means that, technically noon today was the middle point. So how far from tomorrow is "late", in your estimation (which can obviously be offset be shipping problems and customs and weather and alien invasions and pets getting sick and stubbing your toe and minor paranormal occurrences in your closet at night and escapes at local insane asylums and Sean seeing a cute girl and needing to write a haiku and cookies and major cataclysms in the very fiber of the cosmos and bathroom breaks and some other stuff that I shan't mention for space conservation reasons)?

Dark Archive

Personally i consider "late" to be exactly 1 min after I just finished reading the last AP book.

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

As far as I am aware, this is still on track for a release toward the end of July. However, that's not exactly my area of expertise, so I'll see if I can get a more specific answer for folks tomorrow.


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Personally i consider "late" to be exactly 1 min after I just finished reading the last AP book.

Same here. And the feeling only gets worse as the release time gets closer.


Love the cover art, but I thought the "what you wished for" link would go to the corrupted wishes game page. Definately interested for this one to grace my mailbox.


Who's the cool looking evil guy on the cover?

Sovereign Court Contributor

When will this get added to My Downloads? I'm dyin' here!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Wycen wrote:
Who's the cool looking evil guy on the cover?

The cover guy is an efreeti. The intent was to have him be the main bad guy of the AP, but he ended up looking a little different than he does on the inside in the adventure's art, but if that doesn't bother you, then the cover guy is Jhavhul.

Paizo Employee Creative Director, Starfinder

Louis Agresta wrote:
When will this get added to My Downloads? I'm dyin' here!

I'm with ya, Lou, oy am I with ya!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

I'm really looking forward to this one. It's got Rob's big AP-ending adventure, Lou's the-very-last-set-piece, Boomer's insights into Rovagug, Wolfgang's examination of wish magic, AND Elaine's final chapter of Channa Ti. What's not to love?

My two-cents,
--Neil

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

I'm eagerly awaiting this one as well!


Not me! I hope it never comes!

Grand Lodge

Nilbog Jones wrote:
Not me! I hope it never comes!

*rolls up newspaper* No ... NO!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
NSpicer wrote:
What's not to love?

Its absence from my email box!

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

Rob McCreary wrote:
Louis Agresta wrote:
When will this get added to My Downloads? I'm dyin' here!
I'm with ya, Lou, oy am I with ya!

Ditto.

Want.

Read.

Now!


Hmmm, let's see;

They get some interns, have interns do work, interns leave,.....

Uh Oh


Mikaze wrote:
Is that a wooden sheild he's sporting?!

Ironwood. Doesn't burn.

Mikaze wrote:
It just that I thought wood was hard for Efreeti to come by.

It is. Very hard to come by. It's a designer shield. Nothing impresses the ladies like a show of wealth, and a wooden shield that doesn't burn owned by a fire genie? Oh yeah, the ladies go for that.

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Either that or he just had his shield fashioned to look like wood because wood is an exotic pattern in the City of Brass? It's actually steel with a wood-grain pattern.

I like the ironwood explanation better though.

Liberty's Edge

It's on its way!

Dancin' in my living room!

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

This sums up my thoughts

Thoughts.

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