Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-17: Red Harvest (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 7-11.

In the naga-ruled nation of Nagajor in southern Tian Xia, the Pathfinder Society finds itself caught between feuding factions in a remote village. Forced to choose a side, the decisions of the agents involved could determine whether or not the Society gains access to a valuable religious artifact considered sacred by the village's nagaji population.

Written by Alex Greenshields.

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 Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

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A Fistful of PFS Gold!

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Red Harvest is simply the best scenario in Season 3 thus far. Based off of Kurosawa's classic film Yojimbo, the PCs are presented with two opposing factions, and need to make choices regarding which side to back in order to succeed at their mission.

It's that "make choices" part that makes this scenario so great. Where nearly every other PFS scenario is a no-decisions railroad, this one is a sandbox, where the PCs' choices govern how the story plays out. Even better, this module has mechanisms which prevent the party from refusing to choose. The players can't take the easy way out and remove themselves from the scenario's conflict; they have to get involved. It's that choice mechanism which really places this scenario head-and-shoulders above the rest of Season 3's offerings.

This is the campaign's second module from Alex Greenshields, the first being both Season 2's best-written and most-infamous scenario, The Dalsine Affair. That one was my favorite from both sides of the GM screen, and I anticipate that this one will be my Season 3 favorite once I GM this one! Paizo's got a talented author on its hands, and I hope to see more from Greenshields in the future.

A couple of tips for GMs of this module:

-Don't off-the-cuff this one. The final fight has a lot of modifiers and buff spells being thrown around.
-In fact, I'd suggest making some index cards of the final fight's statblocks, to keep yourself organized.

-Matt


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Announced! Cover image is a mockup.


Woohoo! :)


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This thing better be based on the Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name, or I'll cry foul! Otherwise, it's like naming an adventure "A Tale of Two Cities," and then it turns out to have nothing to do with a revolution. Or naming one "Moby Dick," and having no ships or whales in it.


Don't listen to him, Paizo. If he's not crying foul, he's not happy.

Look at the blurb, Kirth. Sounds pretty Red Harvest-inspired to me.


It seems a bit weird to me to directly take the name of another work, though. Chacun a son gout, I suppose.


If it gets anyone to pick up Dash, it's well worth it. Also, I think of the PFS scenarios like the modules in Dungeon where it was totally okay to plunder titles from other works. It's not theft, it's a hommage.


Kirth Gersen wrote:
This thing better be based on the Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name, or I'll cry foul! Otherwise, it's like naming an adventure "A Tale of Two Cities," and then it turns out to have nothing to do with a revolution. Or naming one "Moby Dick," and having no ships or whales in it.

Dashiell who? This is an hommage to the great Bruce Willis movie "Last Man Standing"! :)

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Alex Greenshields wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
This thing better be based on the Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name, or I'll cry foul! Otherwise, it's like naming an adventure "A Tale of Two Cities," and then it turns out to have nothing to do with a revolution. Or naming one "Moby Dick," and having no ships or whales in it.
Dashiell who? This is an hommage to the great Bruce Willis movie "Last Man Standing"! :)

Oh, dear. I hope you meant that to read as an homage to the Kurosawa movie Yojimbo? Or the Sergio Leone movie A Fistful of Dollars? (Yes, Last Man Standing was an authorized remake, but.... the greatness, it does seem to descend from Kurosawa's adaptation of The Glass Key)

Season: Tian Xia featuring Society adaptations of Kurosawa greatness seems like a reasonably iconic choice... The Seven Samurai was well adapted, hopefully this will be as good :)

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The Exchange

Huh, who knew that Magnimar had moved to Nagajor...

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

I don't know where that came from, but it's been fixed and the PDF will be updated as soon as the web team has a chance to do so. We'll send out an email about it once the change goes live, which should be later today.

The Exchange

That's a very quick relocation for the entire city. I'm sure the populace must be up in arms.

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

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Nope, the nagas of Nagajor have no arms.

Scarab Sages

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Mark Moreland wrote:
Nope, the nagas of Nagajor have no arms.

I'm sure they'll figure out a way around this. After all, the daleks figured out how to get up steps ... eventually.

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

The PDF of this scenario has been updated (emails informing those who have already purchased it should be going out soon) to correct an error in the first act (in the low subtier, the correct number of enemies is now shown in the creature statblock; in the high subtier, the creature's special attack damage has been modified).

Scarab Sages

Thanks for taking the time to fix those errors, Mark!

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Hey Alex, I have to say I really enjoyed this scenario. The flavor was cool, the plot didn't have an easy answer (like real life sometimes), the fights were tough, (very tough) :-) and I thought you captured the feel of Nagajor so that the PCs could experience it.


TetsujinOni wrote:
Oh, dear. I hope you meant that to read as an homage to the Kurosawa movie Yojimbo? Or the Sergio Leone movie A Fistful of Dollars? (Yes, Last Man Standing was an authorized remake, but.... the greatness, it does seem to descend from Kurosawa's adaptation of The Glass Key

You mean "Kurosawa's adaptation of Red Harvest." Miller's Crossing was the Coen Brothers' adaptation of The Glass Key.


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Stumbled across this one today and it might be my favorite PFS module. Is there a canonical outcome for which naga rules the town?

Scarab Sages

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keftiu wrote:
Stumbled across this one today and it might be my favorite PFS module. Is there a canonical outcome for which naga rules the town?

Woohoo! Not as far as I know, keftiu. Pathfinder 2e has for the most part stayed clear of Tian-Xia in general, let alone the tiny village of Nibung.

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