Pathfinder Adventure Path #46: Wake of the Watcher (Carrion Crown 4 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #46: Wake of the Watcher (Carrion Crown 4 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Chapter 4: "Wake of the Watcher"
by Greg A. Vaughan

No one goes to Illmarsh. An ugly town, unfriendly to strangers and squatting amid the nastiest stretch of swamp in Ustalav, Illmarsh seems to breed rumor and madness, and those who speak of it always whisper of strange disappearances, misshapen shadows, and sacrifices to things terrible and forgotten. But when the trail of the death cultists known as the Whispering Way leads to Illmarsh, it’s up to the PCs to learn the secrets of the sickly village. There they’ll find a desperate people, caught in a war between beings from beneath the seas and invaders from the darkest corners of the cosmos. Can the heroes save Illmarsh from its tradition of terror? Or will they be the next victims of the horror from beyond the stars?

    This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the Carrion Crown Adventure Path and includes:
  • “Wake of the Watcher,” a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 9th-level characters, by Greg A. Vaughan
  • Blasphemous secrets of the foul faiths known collectively as the Old Cults and sanity-shattering gods such as Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, and Cthulhu, by James Jacobs
  • A giant bestiary filled with eight classic monsters inspired by the writing of H. P. Lovecraft and the tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, by James Jacobs and Greg A. Vaughan
  • Laurel Cylphra’s discovery that the dead aren’t the only dangers in Ardis in a new entry into the Pathfinder’s Journal, by F. Wesley Schneider

Each monthly full-color softcover 96-page Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in-depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and 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: 978-1-60125-311-8

Wake of the Watcher 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 (561 KB zip/PDF).

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I love Cthulhu!

5/5

When you put James Jacobs and Greg Vaughan together and toss in some Cthulhu Mythos for spice you come out with the most sanity-bending awesome tools any H. P. Lovecraft loving GM can use, nay, MUST have. Now Wake of the Watcher is the fourth installment of the Carrion Crown Adventure Path, but I can’t talk about the adventure's place in the path, how this fits in with the rest, or how it flows with them. I can say that the adventure within these pages is easily the most portable of the adventures in the paths I have observed in a while. All a GM needs to do is place Illmarsh in the path of players on the way to someplace else, take out any direct references to following Whispering Way operatives and, Whammo! Adventure.

Taken alone the adventure is useful for a GM seeking to fit in to his own campaign, whether you run the Adventure Path as a whole or not. Combined with the support articles, you have pure Cthulhu-esque gold. Now what I hoped for, and happy enough to recieve, was a conversion of ALL of my personal favorite Cthulhu monsters. (Color Out of Space!!) But Mr. James Jacobs went and converted all of my old favorite Outer Gods and Old Ones to Pathfinder godhood status. Not only can I use these to terrify my players, but they can’t even touch them because they are treated as gods. Pardon me while I giggle to myself a little bit.

I realize I haven’t spoken of F. Wesley Schneider’s contribution. This is because I haven’t read it (yet). When I have additional funds I will make every effort to purchase the first three contributions to this adventure path and catch up on what I missed.

Gold, Messrs. Jacobs and Vaughan, Wake of the Watcher is pure gold for Lovecraft lovers. This gem scores a full five elder signs from me.


The stars are right and they rule

5/5

I like this one the most of the carrion crown Aps so far especially the beastairy and the article for the elder gods, for this stuff alone made it worth it for me. I am not much for using modules/adventure paths for I like home brewd adventures when I DM but I love ideas and tools so that is why I buy them, well that and I love monsters and magic items. The adventure itself is chock full Lovecraftian goodness that oozes out of every pore just like a lot creatures in there would do if they had the chance.


A bit dissapointing but not all bad

2/5

So far this AP has been really great, the previous three in the AP have had some really original and engaging bits.

Almost all the AP's have had that one part that i did not much care for. Kingmaker was the first and so far only AP that did not have a bad egg in it. I thought Carrion Crown was shaping up to do the same.... until this one.

Now as a stand alone adventure this one would have been better, but it just does not seem to fit with the rest of the AP. Sure it fits the horror aspect, but not the general feel of the rest of them that came before it.

I think though that one of my problems with this one is the Lovecraft aspect. I personally think that Lovecraft is getting way overused lately, and not just by Paizo. I work for a company that sells games, and so i have to be familiar with them before they come out, and it seems like every forth game or so that comes out has something to do with Lovecraft. So i am a bit burned out with Lovecraft and think that is coloring my view of this one.

Now there are some really neat parts to this adventure though, namely the inventor and his invention and the insanity rules, but i just think it could have been better suited to a stand alone adventure.


Oh mi-go, Oh my oh!

5/5

Wake of the Watcher does a masterful job of continuing the Carrion Crown adventure path and retaining the themes presented throughout the previous adventures even as the theme transitions from the classic horror of Frankenstein, ghosts, and werewolves to the alien horror of the Dark Tapestry. Fans of Lovecraft, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and the D&D adventure The Last Breaths of Ashenport will enjoy this adventure to its fullest.

Wake of the Watcher takes a large step forward bringing the characters much closer to the Cult of The Whispering Way combining mystery, horror, and adventure all the way. However, the real shining star here is the bonus content. Wake of the watcher includes expanded rules on sanity that can be applied to many situations. The details presented on the beliefs and practices of the Cults of The Old Ones have planted the seeds for a new generation of antagonists, secret societies and mad prophets (be they PC or NPC) in future adventures. The bestiary is a true tome of horrors that provides many new monsters who desperately needed official stat blocks and is sure to tantalize any summoner, wizard, and cleric with an interest in the Dark Tapestry. My only regret is that we did not have access to it sooner.

All in all Wake of the Watcher is a fantastic adventure and addition to Carrion Crown. The blend of horror and adventure sets a mood that only a Lovecraft inspired adventure could manifest and provides an excellent array of new content that any DM can utilize making this product worth it to anyone who needs a new element of arcane horror to antagonize their characters whether they are utilizing the Carrion Crown adventure path or not.


Almost great but feels incomplete.

3/5

There is a lot to like about Wake of the Watcher, the new monsters and Lovecraft addendums are excellent. The module itself, in terms of combat, is very well done as well. The problem is that the adventure, as a whole, feels rushed if not outright harried, and as a result it lacks some of the lore and depth of story evident in the earlier modules. A Lovecraft-inspired AP especially should have had at least the depth of story of Haunting of Harrowstone. What story there is honestly feels tacked on.


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I'm curious - what guidelines do you use for which sources you are willing to draw on for material?

It just seems like with so many clerics of Dagon, squeezing in a Demoniac (PrC from Book of the Damned 1) would have been fitting.

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Where can I find more info on Dagon? I'm a long way off from running this, but once I get there, I feel like I'm going to need to know a little more about the faith. For example,

page 22 wrote:
Caleb Voltiaro ... vizier of the Order, currently occupies this room, instructing a cultist in the finer points of Dagon’s worship.

What could that entail?


Erik Freund wrote:
Where can I find more info on Dagon? I'm a long way off from running this, but once I get there, I feel like I'm going to need to know a little more about the faith. For example,
page 22 wrote:
Caleb Voltiaro ... vizier of the Order, currently occupies this room, instructing a cultist in the finer points of Dagon’s worship.
What could that entail?

A lot of careful pronunciation, I should think...

"Nonono -- it's 'eeeee-ahhhh eeeee-ahhhh,' NOT eye-ayyyyyy eye-ayyyyyy!!!"

"Fuh-- fuh-- fuh-thay-ginnn?"

"[exasperated sigh]"

;-)

Cheers, JohnH / Wanda

Paizo Employee Creative Director

martinaj wrote:

I'm curious - what guidelines do you use for which sources you are willing to draw on for material?

It just seems like with so many clerics of Dagon, squeezing in a Demoniac (PrC from Book of the Damned 1) would have been fitting.

The guidelines are basically: Use what you want and what makes sense for the adventure. That said, when we use stuff outside of the core rules, we tend to reprint a lot of the powers and stuff, and in the case of doing a demoniac of Dagon, we would have had to do just that, making that particular character's stat block longer, which would have forced an equal amount of cutting of content elsewhere.

But the main reason we didn't use the demoniac class was that it just didn't fit the flavor of any of the NPCs in the adventure. A demoniac is someone who specifically lets themselves be possessed by a demon, after all, and that's not really in line with the themes of the adventure.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Erik Freund wrote:
Where can I find more info on Dagon? I'm a long way off from running this, but once I get there, I feel like I'm going to need to know a little more about the faith.

For Pathfinder, the best place to go would be "Lords of Chaos," but there's a little bit more information about his worship in the Inner Sea World Guide.

If you want a LOT of info, you could always pick up issue #349 of Dragon magazine. There's a giant article about Dagon in there. It's for D&D, but it's basically the same Dagon so a lot of that material works fine.

Beyond that, reading Lovecraft stories, particularly "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," is a great place to go to learn more about Dagon.


The bestiary section rules hardcore.
A thousand thankyou's for all the copious Lovecraftian Love......
HUZZAH!!!


Sorry for the necromancy, however...Ijust had to post about this wierd little happenstance.

I *finally* got my copy of this module:

I heard my daughter talking to someone at the door and came out to see. The Truck was driving away and she had a package in her hand. I went "Yay, that's my next Carrion Crown module" She opened it for me and handed me a plastic wrapped insert with Academy of Secrets showing. I was a bit dissappointed until I realized there were two books there. As I shifted Academy to see what the other one was...there was a huge flash of lightning and a loud crack of thunder and it started to pour.

And, yes, Wake of the Watcher was under Academy.

This module is going to be fun.


Not that Paizo exactly needs any help from me, but I decided to try my first actual review of a Paizo product.

*Disclosure: This writer is an unabashed Lovecraft lover and Call of Cthulhu long time player and GM.


I notice there is no map of the town of Thrushmoor in this Module. Does it exist somewhere in another Paizo product?

Thanks


Theo Stern wrote:

I notice there is no map of the town of Thrushmoor in this Module. Does it exist somewhere in another Paizo product?

Thanks

It's in Rule of Fear.


Thank you

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