Pathfinder Society Scenario #5–03: The Hellknight's Feast (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario for characters of 5th to 9th level (Tier 5–9).

War between demons and the civilized peoples of the Inner Sea region has broken out in the Worldwound far to the north of Absalom, but despite the regional implications of an Abyssal victory, many nations are ambivalent toward the cause. The Pathfinder Society, at the urging of Silver Crusade leader Ollysta Zadrian, arranges a formal banquet to be hosted by newlyweds Michellia and Damian Blakros, at which the society's agents can attempt to sway the political opinions of Absalom's movers and shakers. Will the Pathfinders succeed in securing the much-needed military support of Absalom and other nations bordering the Inner Sea, or will the crusaders and Pathfinders fighting on the front lines in Mendev find themselves standing alone before the demonic hordes?

Written by Tom Phillips.

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 really good change of pace; lots of prep required

4/5

A strong roleplaying scenario combined with a bit of whodunit mystery. The diplomacy mechanics are complicated and require strong preparation to run smoothly and correctly. When I played it, our GM did it wrong and it was a disaster. But when I GM'd it, having ready very carefully the mechanics, the roleplay went swimmingly and my table had a great time.

Despite being a RP scenario, the combat's are not weak at all. There are some nasty things going on in the fights. In fact I had to pull some punches to not kill the entire table for the last combat.

So this scenario has got it all. I only dock 1 star because the scenario document could have done with better proofreading.


Very Enjoyable Scenario!

5/5

I played this at Gen Con 2013, and thought this scenario was amazing.

Just over half the time we played was spent in role-playing and interacting with various NPCs. It was a nice change of pace, and there were NPCs suitable for a variety of PCs to speak with. This was, for me, the most enjoyable part.

The combats were good, but I died in one encounter (the GM used the wrong monsters.) However, the overall scenario was so good (and really did a good job of helping to understand the larger world of Golarion and its happenings), I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I highly recommend this!


Excellent adventure. Don't run it cold.

5/5

I'd like to add to the chorus here and say how much I love running this adventure and how much I enjoyed playing it. It's a real gem in the library of PFS scenarios. The negative reviews below, however, really show why a GM should not run this cold. There are some adventures that you can run with minimal preparation, but this certainly is not one of them. However, if you spend the time to really prepare it, you'll find that its rich diplomacy, challenging combat and lush storytelling are well worth the effort.


The Blackros Matrimony Redux

4/5

This is essentially Year 5's version The Blackros Matrimony, though not quite as good. Still, if you liked that one you will probably like this one too. It has several of the same characters and uses the same mechanics and style as The Blackros Matrimony. If you haven't played either of these adventures, both are heavy on RP with some tough combats. The combats in this one are even more annoying than The Blackros Matrimony as they involve a lot of enchantment/charm effects, paralyzation and level draining. One fight can be genuinely scary, and while the boss fight isn't especially deadly, it can be easy to fail the secondary objective. This one also railroads you a bit more than The Blackros Matrimony.

From a GM perspective, this adventure has a lot to keep track of and will require more prep than usual but gives you some great RP fun.


Blackros Matrimony part 2

4/5

This is another dinner party because PFS lvoes their dinner parties.

Well, the cast of characters are neat. Heavy roleplaying to get their favor with added options other than just diplomacy to curry their favor is a great touch.

The combat scenarios to me just seem out of place. Choatic evil creatures to me just do not seem like the types to spy on a dinner party. They just do not seem organized enough to me to pull something liek this off. The first encounter aslo seems like a "why did these come?" Plus their strategy is meant o keep the scenario fair and not kill off someone, but is very very very very stupid for these creatures to do. A bad DM not following the script will easily kill a PC.

The final encounter are very fun to play out. A good DM can make these very fun if doen correctly. Although the the high teir villian should be able to easily escape unless the PCs do somethign very creatively.


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Announced for GenCon 2013!

RPG Superstar 2012

Congrats, Tom!

My daughter and I will definitely try to play this one at GenCon. :)

Silver Crusade

Can I play this now?

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

taig wrote:

Congrats, Tom!

My daughter and I will definitely try to play this one at GenCon. :)

Lady Ophelia wrote:
Can I play this now?

Oh, the pressure! :-)

Shadow Lodge

Oh now this sounds like fun! :D

Dark Archive

Sounds like a mod for a charisma based pc. I wonder if they will look down on you again if you wear armor at the banquet like the snobs at the Blackrose Matrimony did?


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Maybe not the best scenario to play with a goblin?... or... perhaps it's the BEST scenario to play a goblin!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

Raymond Lambert wrote:
Sounds like a mod for a charisma based pc.

Nope! All PCs should be able to contribute during the social interaction scenes.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

Kyle Baird wrote:
Maybe not the best scenario to play with a goblin?... or... perhaps it's the BEST scenario to play a goblin!

Depends on the goblin ... but, sure, goblin Pathfinders would work just fine. But be warned, there are dogs. Several dogs. And possibly a horse or two.

Shadow Lodge

You see Tom, now you HAVE to go to GenCon this year...

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

TPK Games wrote:
You see Tom, now you HAVE to go to GenCon this year...

I wish! With a son due this October, expenses are a bit too tight right now to justify such a trip. Possibly next year though! :-)


Tom Phillips wrote:
I wish! With a son due this October...

Congrats! Best job there is. :)


My Gencon GM for this ran it about as suboptimally as possible, but I could tell there was a really great adventure here, covering a number of possibilities and playstyles. It's one I hope I get to run for the local crowd.

-Ben.

Silver Crusade

Hi there! So, there is an issue with the PDF: It reads "The Waking Rune" on the heading scenarios. Other than that, he adventure looks amazing!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

This was fun to write. And major kudos to John Compton for polishing it up and making me look good ... and to Qunicy Boyd for his brilliant art and Sean Macdonald for his wonderful cartography.

terraleon: I'm sorry for your game experience. I hope you have a great time when/if you get to run it for your local group. Post a review if you can!

Balkin, Zahir: Thanks for the very kind reviews. :-)

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

And thank you, Mike Welham for the kind review!

I hereby officially and formally forgive you for beating me in the final round of the 2012 RPG Superstar contest. :-)

Dark Archive

Ran this (and all the other season 5 mods) this weekend at Animefest and must say I enjoyed this one the best by far. The social part took my players a few minutes to get into but once I explained how the mechanic worked to them immediately took to it like a fish to water.

The Dinner scene alone had the women at my table rolling and the men groaning as soon as I described it as doing a seating chart for a wedding reception but that made it work.

I'll spoiler this part but

Spoiler:
This was a BRUTAL mod and TPK'd my whole table at high tier with the 4 player adjustment. The advanced wraith eating 8 points of con a round with the 5 minute paralysis from the Mohrg terrified them and killed all my arcane casters. The succubus brought back nightmares of dawn of the scarlet sun when she one shot the cleric and then methodically went down the line 1 round killing every other party member. Invisibility + 5 attacks a round + 3D6 SA + 6D6 Vampiric touch is BRUTAL).

Had a blast with this, just the right amount of social with quick intense battles makes this an absolute joy to run. Prep is significant but the more you do the better it is.
4.5 Stars (the map is the only drawback, the rooms are too small for the number of bodies present in each scene. Claustrophobic close and makes the fights hard on the PC's.)

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

Tom Phillips wrote:

And thank you, Mike Welham for the kind review!

I hereby officially and formally forgive you for beating me in the final round of the 2012 RPG Superstar contest. :-)

Hooray! Mission accomplished!

I had a great deal of fun running this scenario, and everyone at each of my tables had a lot of fun too. After one session, one of my players told me he never hated an NPC more than he did one of the NPCs I played.

Liberty's Edge

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My funniest moment running this scenario:
One of my home players, Cathy, gets a lot of flak for never spending her gold. It's good-hearted, mind you. Before this session began, she uncharacteristically announced considering buying X (spoiler omitted). We all encouraged her to buy X, particularly because the role composition in our region lacks players good at X. She hummed and hawed and chose not to after all.

The adventure starts, we get to interacting with the NPCs, and she has a convincing argument with solid roleplaying, earning a +2 to her role. She stumbles onto the NPC's advantage, getting an additional +4. An ally aids, granting her another +2. She rolls her influence check and is short of the DC by 2. As it happens, this NPC has a special influence note: Any PC with X gets an additional +2 bonus to influence checks against this NPC. Cathy`s decision not to buy X was directly responsible for her character failing to influence an NPC on her first try.

X=

Spoiler:
Medium armour

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

In regards to the latest review on this scenario, it seems that someone's GM missed this line:

Spoiler:
Each PC can attempt a Bluff check (to pretend to be friendly), a Diplomacy check (to be genuine), or a skill check mentioned in the NPC’s social stat block.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path Subscriber

That was very nice to run. Loved it, my players loved it as well (I think).

I had taken the time to setup the ground floor with some 3D dungeon: https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5804/23215001796_d6540a7c00_b.jpg

Without limiting my player's time it ran 8 hours, but we didn't mind. I could have cut some stuff off, but... it would have been an injustice.

Sovereign Court

Running this one soon. Anyone know what that thing on the cover is? Doesn't look like any of the referenced monsters...


Have fun! The creature is a:

Wraith

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