Pathfinder Module: Curse of the Riven Sky (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Module: Curse of the Riven Sky (PFRPG)
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A wilderness adventure for 10th-level characters.

The black clouds of war are gathering, and evil flocks to their thundering call! While seeking the legendary expertise of a cloud giant skymage, the PCs interrupt an attack on his lair by well-armed and magically augmented hill giants. To obtain the cloud giant's arcane knowledge, the PCs must seek out and eliminate the source of the hill giant threat, yet the brutes have little information other than the name of their employer—a mysterious giant calling herself the Storm Queen, whose anger and hatred have transformed over the course of years into a murderous plan that could cost hundreds of innocent lives. Can the PCs find the Storm Queen in time to prevent her from unleashing a horde of vengeful ghosts upon the world?

Curse of the Riven Sky is an adventure for 10th-level characters, written for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and compatible with the 3.5 edition of the world’s oldest RPG. Authored by novelist and legendary game designer Monte Cook, this adventure features angry giants, slimy horrors raining upon an unsuspecting city, and cursed spirits willing to bore a hole through reality to fulfill their strange desires.This adventure is set in the Viking-inspired Land of the Linnorm Kings in the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, but it can be easily adapted for any game world.

Written by Monte Cook

Pathfinder Modules are 32-page, high-quality, full-color, adventures using the Open Game License to work with both the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the standard 3.5 fantasy RPG rules set. This Pathfinder Module includes four pre-made characters so players can jump right into the action, and full-color maps to enhance play.

ISBN 13: 978-1-60125-258-6

Curse of the Riven Sky is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Its Chronicle Sheet and additional rules for running this module are a free download (217 KB zip/PDF).

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A quality adventure that will challenge your players

4/5

Curse of the Riven Sky is a well presented and paced module that contains sufficient challenge to ensure even the most optimized group will have to think twice before charging in to every room. It is let down somewhat by a comparatively poor plot presentation and hook; there are numerous rather important plot points that are either not expanded upon or simply do not provide any information as to what certain elements of the story are or what the motivation was. As a GM you will have a better understanding of the story but very little of that information is translated into player knowledge. There are a number of colorful NPC's that can be encountered throughout the module that are entertaining to roleplay and for a party to interact with.

The beginning of the module has you travelling to an impressive locale; a castle set in the sky, inhabited by a Cloud Giant. The party will quickly discover that the castle is under siege, and the story develops from there. The first half of the module can progress quite quickly, depending on how adept your players are. Almost no clues are given as to why the castle is under siege, however, and only vague mentions are made throughout the module. It is entirely possible that the party can go through the entire module without ever working out why these things have happened.

The last part of the module, however, in particular the last fight, is excellently written in terms of combat style. The fight has a very epic feel to it and certain elements of the fight are so unusual that your players will have to stretch their imaginations on how to succeed, rather than rolling a dice and knowing everything. It can be quite deadly if inadequate care is taken before facing it.

In summary, I recommend Curse of the Riven Sky for any group seeking a solid challenge and an entertaining adventure, with a caveat to GM's that they should be prepared to ad-lib certain situations and prepare appropriately beforehand.


Brilliant!

5/5

The writing is top notch, the encounters are crazy (but in a good way) and all in all this is a great adventure.

I highly recommend it if you like giants, dragons or Monte.


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Hey, I love this module. I added a video review at my website...

http://www.youtube.com/user/brucelombardo75?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/ujwxhvDqvz Q


I haven't seen it in the other comments, but there appears to be an error with the scale on at least 1 map:

Encounter specifics:
For the Jurn Hill Giant Camp, I think the map scale as show should be 1 sq = 10 feet. Otherwise, it doesn't make much sense: 6 trolls won't even fit in H3. Also, at 1 sq = 5 ft, all of the encounters are too close together for it not to turn into one giant battle. Oh, and the huts/tents wouldn't fit a hill giant.

As far as the content, I found the back story somewhat weak, particularly coming from Monte Cook, but the players seem to be enjoying it so far and that's the real test. It remains to be seen if they'll still be as pleased with the resolution.


Dance of Ruin wrote:

I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this one. The production values live up to the usual Paizo standard, but for a Monte Cook adventure, this was a bit of a letdown. Doesn't make me want to run it, doesn't make me want to play it - YMMV. To me, the background story is contrived, the encounters feel tacked on to the 'visuals' and the story hook is a weak one at best. I know my players would not have jumped through hoops to experience this story, and I suspect I am not alone in this.

I'd rate this one 0.5 out of 5, which in my opinion would make it the worst Paizo product to have come out so far. This may sound harsh, but it really does not hold a candle to several other PF modules already published.

I completely agree with you. My review is a bit harsh but fair, I think.

The only thing I will use out of this module are the travel encounters by placing them into other adventures when I need to.

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