Pathfinder Adventure Path #26: The Sixfold Trial (Council of Thieves 2 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #26: The Sixfold Trial (Council of Thieves 2 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Chapter 2: "The Sixfold Trial"
by Richard Pett

The Play's the Thing

To banish the monstrous shadows that stalk Westcrown by night, the PCs go undercover, joining the city’s chaotic theatrical community in an elaborate plot to infiltrate the estate of the decadent lord-mayor. Yet theater life turns deadly when they become players in a spectacle no actor has ever survived. Can the PCs endure their debut performance in a city where an actor’s first big hit is often his last?

    This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the Council of Thieves Adventure Path, and includes:
  • "The Sixfold Trial," a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 3rd-level characters, by Richard Pett
  • The Six Trials of Larazod, the complete and unabridged text of that infamously deadly play, by Nicolas Logue
  • An exploration of the faith of Iomedae the Inheritor, goddess of valor, by Sean K Reynolds
  • Pathfinder Varian Jeggare investigating death among the aristocracy in the Pathfinder’s Journal, by Dave Gross
  • Six new monsters by Darrin Drader, David Eitelbach, Sean K Reynolds, and F. Wesley Schneider

A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game adventure for characters of 3rd to 5th level. The Council of Thieves Adventure Path is the first to take full advantage of the new Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules, and works with both the Pathfinder RPG and the standard 3.5 fantasy RPG rules set.

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. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the standard 3.5 fantasy RPG rules set.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-196-1

The Sixfold Trial is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure Path and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download.

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Just finsihed the play...

5/5

...and had the time of our lives. The play really is much better read in character than as a dry read. Lots of fun was had by all.

This is not something for everyday play (or we'd all be acting buffs rather than role-players), but even the shy people at our table had lots of fun with this script! Hats off to Mr. Logue!


Memorable, Bizarre, Varied, Exciting - Instant Classic

5/5

Easily one of the best AP scenarios. This books is unconventional, puts the players through strange situations, and is exactly the kind of thing I couldn't come up with in a home brew. A good model for any adventure: A quirky set of scenes and challenges that test the players in bizarre ways, followed by a hilarious set of NPC encounters and roleplaying opportunities, and finally a non-repetitive dungeon crawl in a weird, supernatural environment. Perfect balance of elements, lots of flavor. A+ all-around

Only downsides: The first third of the book is dangerous, and could kill players without them getting much say in the matter. Also, as with most of Council, tends to be a little railroad-y at times. If you and your players like the story and follow the cues, or you are adaptable as a GM, there shouldn't be any problems.


Interesting, but haven't I played this before?

3/5

Other than the play at the begining (which is for adults) the rest of the adventure reminded me alot of a WFRP adventure(not a direct copy mind you just very similar). If your looking for something with that dark cultist sorta feel it wont disapoint. Hopefuly this path will continue to get better.


Theatre of mixed reactions

4/5

In my time time of G Ming, my PC's have made numerous public appearances, but never once as performers. While I was still in the process of reading the module, I saw this adventure as an opportunity to introduce another type of challenge to my game. Truth be told, things did not go quite as cleanly as planned. Interactions with the script and rolls became sketchy, and the damage count kept rising much faster than anyone expected. Still, this did not tone down the genius behind this adventure, and even if things went awry at some points, the content of the adventure kept the PC's into finishing the play, along with creating a hatred for Chelish nobility. There are plenty of interesting role playing experiences, and if you have a group that exists for combat alone (we all know how annoying that can be) this is a chance to change things up a bit.


Mixed feelings – from epic to endurance test

3/5

Having now finished DMing the six fold trials I can tell you that it was a mixed experience. While the game went on quite well, I (and the players) did have disproval of the module planning.

The casting was much fun, and the limehouse had great potential for memorable fun times (had it not been for 7 rolls of 25 + on the bards behalf).

The trials are awesome and insane, not the encounters but the other ones! while a player carved his heart out in front of hundreds of nobles clapping their hands and enjoying the show was just bad luck, the trial in the belly of the beast was nasty for anyone wearing a heavy armor. The players had to resolve it trough a different solution than the one proposed by the adventure path. But other than that, this was a great and fun time. I’m sure this will be some of the most memorable things in my role-playing carrier.

After 8+ hours with two encounters the players and I needed to roll some dice for other things than skill checks, and here I will once again applaud the brilliance of the bastards of erebus, where they included side quests to be partaken at any point during the adventure. Had we went straight to the party without doing a little side quest on first we would not have been able to enjoy the 4+ hours we spent on the cornucopia.

The final dungeon like quest was far too long and we had to spend more than 14 hours of playing to get through to the other side. There was a few memorable encounters such as the boss and the agent, but the other 10+ encounters had little flavor. My players where extremely affected by stat drain, something that had a ruining effect on their fun. One thing is a few drains, but everyone had and str and con damage, something that resulted in 2 player Casualties.

A good start, with too few encounters, and a bad end with far too many random encounters, which weakened the party far too much for them to enjoy it.


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Sovereign Court

James Jacobs wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Wow... wow, cover. It's finally happened. But shouldn't this have been 6 of 6, not the second volume?

In Cheliax, the fat lady doesn't sing at the end. She sings all the time, especially when your PCs are being menaced and harmed by monsters for the public's entertainment!

Anyway, when I promised more cheesecake than ever with this cover, I was obviously talking about the cheesecake INSIDE the cover character.

James—please let me say directly that you are an incredible editor in chief, and an rpg genius. Thank you for all you do to keep up this level of production quality, including substantive stories, memorable npc, and a rich setting.

And the fact that you're popping in on a Saturday to respond to M., is icing on the PAIZO cake.

... just wanted to say thank you again, and best wishes for you and the PAIZO team at Gen Con. You deserve all the accolades you receive—these past two years have been wonderful!

—Pax

Dark Archive

Thats cause Lisa has him in the warehouse with her whip making him ship boxes.

The Exchange

OMG! I LOVE THAT HAT!!!! She reminds me of Katisha from a production of the "Mikado" I went to in San Diego. Awesome, funny villain! Makes me glad I haven't canceled my subscriptin, despite my impecunious circumstances.


Pax Veritas wrote:


... just wanted to say thank you again, and best wishes for you and the PAIZO team at Gen Con. You deserve all the accolades you receive—these past two years have been wonderful!

Yep yep.. be careful, have fun next weekend.

Dark Archive

I'm pretty sure she's singing the Chelaxian national anthem...


James Jacobs wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Wow... wow, cover. It's finally happened. But shouldn't this have been 6 of 6, not the second volume?
In Cheliax, the fat lady doesn't sing at the end. She sings all the time, especially when your PCs are being menaced and harmed by monsters for the public's entertainment!

Just another reason to hate Cheliax! Although, looking at the first volume, it's creating a strong desire for me to be a player rather than GM this time around. I actually backed off reading it.

James Jacobs wrote:
Anyway, when I promised more cheesecake than ever with this cover, I was obviously talking about the cheesecake INSIDE the cover character.

Heh-heh, thanks for that clarification, JJ.

And Pax, you mean, kind of like a fiendish Wylie E. Coyote?

Silver Crusade

I have to say, I love that cover.

Contributor

SunshineGrrrl wrote:
I have to say, I love that cover.

I hope you'll love the inside too:)

Dark Archive

Richard Pett wrote:
SunshineGrrrl wrote:
I have to say, I love that cover.
I hope you'll love the inside too:)

Er, the lady or the book? ;P


September is so close . . .


Gray wrote:
September is so close . . .

Bring it on!

A great adventure concept.

Pett, Logue, Drader, Eitelbach, Reynolds, Schneider, and the cover is my absolute favorite.

Contributor

Richard Pett wrote:
SunshineGrrrl wrote:
I have to say, I love that cover.
I hope you'll love the inside too:)

Well, only my bits, Prett. Only my dirty dirty bits. ;-)

Contributor

Laserray wrote:
Gray wrote:
September is so close . . .

Bring it on!

A great adventure concept.

Pett, Logue, Drader, Eitelbach, Reynolds, Schneider, and the cover is my absolute favorite.

This whole adventure brings back fun memories of Swords of Dragonslake (I wrote this for Dungeon ages ago - it was one of my first pieces actually, I think).

This is sooooo much cooler than Dragonslake - but not because Prett wrote it (Prett was coined in Dragonslake by the by, a little Paizo trivia for all you old school Dungeon readers), but because Jim Jake came up with a cool concept, let Prett drool on it, then made it awesome, no doubt.

By the way, Prett: You smell of retarded ape turds.

EDIT: Also, wait until you see how the art for my small article BLOWS the art for your "adventure" away! BWWWWAAAAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHA!

Contributor

Yawn....

When does your stunt codpiece training course start again?

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

I know this is getting ready to ship soon, but is it possible we will see some art/content previews in the blog before it does? It always makes me sad to see products get no coverage at all on there.


Every time this happens, some kid's puppy or kitten dies.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Nicolas Logue wrote:

This whole adventure brings back fun memories of Swords of Dragonslake (I wrote this for Dungeon ages ago - it was one of my first pieces actually, I think).

This is sooooo much cooler than Dragonslake - but not because Prett wrote it (Prett was coined in Dragonslake by the by, a little Paizo trivia for all you old school Dungeon readers), but because Jim Jake came up with a cool concept, let Prett drool on it, then made it awesome, no doubt.

By the way, Prett: You smell of retarded ape turds.

EDIT: Also, wait until you see how the art for my small article BLOWS the art for your "adventure" away! BWWWWAAAAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHA!

How many "lead" roles are there in the play, incidentally? That seems likely to put an effective cap on the number of players for the adventure...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

yoda8myhead wrote:
I know this is getting ready to ship soon, but is it possible we will see some art/content previews in the blog before it does? It always makes me sad to see products get no coverage at all on there.

The combination of RPG, Bestiary, Gen Con, moving the offices, vacations, and the loss of our two latest interns are all excellent reasons why we've not been doing as many blog posts or previews lately. That said, we're hopefully gonna be able to start doing some more soon. As in, check out today's blog!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Shisumo wrote:
Nicolas Logue wrote:

This whole adventure brings back fun memories of Swords of Dragonslake (I wrote this for Dungeon ages ago - it was one of my first pieces actually, I think).

This is sooooo much cooler than Dragonslake - but not because Prett wrote it (Prett was coined in Dragonslake by the by, a little Paizo trivia for all you old school Dungeon readers), but because Jim Jake came up with a cool concept, let Prett drool on it, then made it awesome, no doubt.

By the way, Prett: You smell of retarded ape turds.

EDIT: Also, wait until you see how the art for my small article BLOWS the art for your "adventure" away! BWWWWAAAAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHA!

How many "lead" roles are there in the play, incidentally? That seems likely to put an effective cap on the number of players for the adventure...

There are four "lead" roles (since we assume four players in a game), but the adventure has plenty of advice on what to do if you have less or more players, including a few optional characters that folks could play.

Dark Archive

Being an aspiring playwright I think I'll have to pick this up just to see how the play looks. I think there should be a contest or at least a lot of Youtube posts for any group that does the actual play. Would be neat to see a Gen Con performance of it also.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
There are four "lead" roles (since we assume four players in a game), but the adventure has plenty of advice on what to do if you have less or more players, including a few optional characters that folks could play.

Cool. It lloks like I'm going to be running this with 7 players (yikes!), so I was trying to figure out how to handle things. One idea I was playing around with involved making some of the PCs part of the tech crew... wizards on lights and FX, clerics as stage managers, that sort of thing.


What are the chances that in future books of this path we might explore the royal Houses of Cheliax? In particular the decadent secrets within House Thrune are of great interest to me, though I'm sure the other House's are of equal merit (however blasphemous that may be).

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Shisumo wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
There are four "lead" roles (since we assume four players in a game), but the adventure has plenty of advice on what to do if you have less or more players, including a few optional characters that folks could play.
Cool. It lloks like I'm going to be running this with 7 players (yikes!), so I was trying to figure out how to handle things. One idea I was playing around with involved making some of the PCs part of the tech crew... wizards on lights and FX, clerics as stage managers, that sort of thing.

That's actually a really good idea. There's already an illusionist NPC in that role, but he could probably use some help backstage!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Zarn Malovius Thrune wrote:
What are the chances that in future books of this path we might explore the royal Houses of Cheliax? In particular the decadent secrets within House Thrune are of great interest to me, though I'm sure the other House's are of equal merit (however blasphemous that may be).

There's going to be some of this during the course of Council of Thieves, but we don't have plans to do an entire book devoted to this subject.


I notice that you are publishing a companion on Asmodeus and the Archdevils. Will there be mention Cheliax's ruling House in there perhaps?

Dark Archive

Zarn Malovius Thrune wrote:


I notice that you are publishing a companion on Asmodeus and the Archdevils. Will there be mention Cheliax's ruling House in there perhaps?

*Of course* it will... after all, Hell itself is enslaved to our beloved Majestrix!


Logue and Pett with stuff in the same Pathfinder? Isn't that one of the signs of the impending Apocalypse?

James Jacobs wrote:
the loss of our two latest interns

Well, I told you it was too early for the fighting pit.


Still looking for someone to talk about Sarah Otterstätter with. {Points to blog illustration.}


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber

Any news when this one will ship?

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Lanx wrote:
Any news when this one will ship?

Preliminary emails generally go out 5-7 days before shipping starts. With the holiday in there, I'd guess this afternoon through tomorrow evening as when they will start. Obviously, though, someone from Paizo can answer better than I can, since I am as much in the know as you are.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Zarn Malovius Thrune wrote:


I notice that you are publishing a companion on Asmodeus and the Archdevils. Will there be mention Cheliax's ruling House in there perhaps?

"Princes of Darkness" is much more about devils and hell itself. There's certainly talk about devil worshipers and devil contracts and the like, but I don't believe there's a lot about the House of Thrune in the book at all.

Paizo Employee CEO

Lanx wrote:
Any news when this one will ship?

We are expecting the shipment to arrive sometime this week from our printer. We never know exactly which day, just the week that it is supposed to arrive. We do our authorization run at the end of the week before the week where the product is supposed to arrive. That is about the best that I can do. :)

-Lisa


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber
Lisa Stevens wrote:
Lanx wrote:
Any news when this one will ship?

We are expecting the shipment to arrive sometime this week from our printer. We never know exactly which day, just the week that it is supposed to arrive. We do our authorization run at the end of the week before the week where the product is supposed to arrive. That is about the best that I can do. :)

-Lisa

Thank you very much!


When is this AP going out?

We've already exhausted #25 for all it's worth, which in my opinion wasn't enough.

If there is going to be one a month there should be enough adventure in there for once a week game sessions before the next one arrives.

When we were playing legacy of fire they came faster than we could play them all out. We've been dragging Bastards on for ever and there isnt anything left to do.
Could we maybe take out some non-adventure information in these APs in the future to include a little more adventure?

The bit on tieflings and their variants came in handy, but there was such a lack of adventure in #25, the DM used the tiefling information to redo ALL the generic NPC rogues and thugs into completely different teiflings from each other.

Soooo, although that stuff is appreciated, we're actually paying for adventure, so dont let the fluff take up space and not leave enough adventure!

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Pendagast wrote:
Soooo, although that stuff is appreciated, we're actually paying for adventure, so dont let the fluff take up space and not leave enough adventure!

I'm paying for the fluff. Any adventure is too much for me to run at the current time, so the more non-adventure the better! And Lisa answered up-thread about the ETA of this volume. Patience is a virtue.

Dark Archive

yoda8myhead wrote:
Pendagast wrote:
Soooo, although that stuff is appreciated, we're actually paying for adventure, so dont let the fluff take up space and not leave enough adventure!
I'm paying for the fluff. Any adventure is too much for me to run at the current time, so the more non-adventure the better! And Lisa answered up-thread about the ETA of this volume. Patience is a virtue.

And some DMs and their players *love* fluff and gorgeous hand-outs! :)

Dark Archive

Yeah have to agree I would rather see the AP error on the side of to much fluff than not enough. Plus I decided long ago to wait and not run a AP until I had the whole series first. Much easier to drop hints and other stuff when you know whats coming in the future AP's as a GM.

Contributor

Richard Pett wrote:

Yawn....

When does your stunt codpiece training course start again?

I'm always training my codpiece!

Contributor

dm4hire wrote:
Being an aspiring playwright I think I'll have to pick this up just to see how the play looks. I think there should be a contest or at least a lot of Youtube posts for any group that does the actual play. Would be neat to see a Gen Con performance of it also.

That would be awesome.

::Keeps eyes locked on YouTube::

Contributor

KaeYoss wrote:

Logue and Pett with stuff in the same Pathfinder? Isn't that one of the signs of the impending Apocalypse?

James Jacobs wrote:
the loss of our two latest interns
Well, I told you it was too early for the fighting pit.

It gets even worse...

Pett and I are actually CO-WRITING Ebon Shroud as you read this. Disgusting.

Check out a preview of one of our villains here:

Cruciata Navaar

Check out a description of the book HERE (scroll down past Razor Coast):

Dark Vistas

Pre-Order now and save $10...by the way you can get em Pathfinderized. We send you PDF copies of every version, and when the book is ready to ship we email you and ask you what version you want for your print copy.

Pett is a piece of puppy doo-doo covered in child's drool.

Dark Archive

Nicolas Logue wrote:
KaeYoss wrote:

Logue and Pett with stuff in the same Pathfinder? Isn't that one of the signs of the impending Apocalypse?

James Jacobs wrote:
the loss of our two latest interns
Well, I told you it was too early for the fighting pit.

It gets even worse...

Pett and I are actually CO-WRITING Ebon Shroud as you read this. Disgusting.

Check out a preview of one of our villains here:

Cruciata Navaar

Check out a description of the book HERE (scroll down past Razor Coast):

Dark Vistas

Pre-Order now and save $10...by the way you can get em Pathfinderized. We send you PDF copies of every version, and when the book is ready to ship we email you and ask you what version you want for your print copy.

Pett is a piece of puppy doo-doo covered in child's drool.

Which reminds me... if you are writing this AP book Nick does it mean we will have to wait a year on it too? :D


Nicolas Logue wrote:

Check out a preview of one of our villains here

Cruciata Navaar

Nice to see my ex is still modeling.

And she even got a little color on her face.

Liberty's Edge

Great Cover Folks!

This adventure path is really interesting me.

I Like the Cheesecake in Cheesecake Picture.

Contributor

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Nicolas Logue wrote:
KaeYoss wrote:

Logue and Pett with stuff in the same Pathfinder? Isn't that one of the signs of the impending Apocalypse?

James Jacobs wrote:
the loss of our two latest interns
Well, I told you it was too early for the fighting pit.

It gets even worse...

Pett and I are actually CO-WRITING Ebon Shroud as you read this. Disgusting.

Check out a preview of one of our villains here:

Cruciata Navaar

Check out a description of the book HERE (scroll down past Razor Coast):

Dark Vistas

Pre-Order now and save $10...by the way you can get em Pathfinderized. We send you PDF copies of every version, and when the book is ready to ship we email you and ask you what version you want for your print copy.

Pett is a piece of puppy doo-doo covered in child's drool.

Which reminds me... if you are writing this AP book Nick does it mean we will have to wait a year on it too? :D

Ha! I'm soooooooooo glad I've finally got my day job calmed to a manageable storm!

SINISTER here I come! I'll also be tackling some more stuff for Paizo in the near future! Rock!

Liberty's Edge

*threadjack*
hey, Nick.....we're just now in Aubrey's Rise of the Runelords pbp encountering the first of your Hook Mountain goombahs.
*sorry move along....nothing to see*


Nicolas Logue wrote:
KaeYoss wrote:

Logue and Pett with stuff in the same Pathfinder? Isn't that one of the signs of the impending Apocalypse?

James Jacobs wrote:
the loss of our two latest interns
Well, I told you it was too early for the fighting pit.

It gets even worse...

Pett and I are actually CO-WRITING Ebon Shroud as you read this. Disgusting.

Check out a preview of one of our villains here:

Cruciata Navaar

Check out a description of the book HERE (scroll down past Razor Coast):

Dark Vistas

Pre-Order now and save $10...by the way you can get em Pathfinderized. We send you PDF copies of every version, and when the book is ready to ship we email you and ask you what version you want for your print copy.

I am a piece of puppy doo-doo covered in child's drool.

Fixed that for ya there, Sir Logue.

Ebon Shroud looks good though - it's nice to see a high-level adventure out that's longer than five encounters. ^_^


When we can expect that the adventures arrives?

Contributor

Heathansson wrote:

*threadjack*

hey, Nick.....we're just now in Aubrey's Rise of the Runelords pbp encountering the first of your Hook Mountain goombahs.
*sorry move along....nothing to see*

MUUUUUHHAHAHAHHAAH!

Glad to hear it.

There is even more Extreme Ogre madness coming from Sinister soon. Stay tuned for an announcement next month.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

That Cruciata picture is a bit gruesome! Looks like she's a vampire.

And it reminds me of the discussion about the Smell The Glove cover. What if it had been a man leading a woman around? ;-)

Contributor

ericthecleric wrote:

That Cruciata picture is a bit gruesome! Looks like she's a vampire.

And it reminds me of the discussion about the Smell The Glove cover. What if it had been a man leading a woman around? ;-)

Ha! I just commissioned a piece of art that will answer that kind of question.

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