Village Backdrop: Hosford (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game GM’s Resource supplement by John Bennett

The quaint village of Hosford rests along the Cliffway of the Lonely Coast. The industrious folk of Hosford diligently work the area’s largest mine, digging deep into the cliffs for ores and gems. However, decades ago, a large section of the mine suddenly collapsed into the sea, taking a chunk of the cliffs with it along with a handful of small homes. Out of this tragedy was born opportunity as the collapse created a sheltered cove and natural harbour for small fishing boats. Thus, in addition to their mine, the citizens of Hosford ply the coastline, narrowly avoiding the sharp rocks just below the water that would doom a larger ship.

Yet, terror now grips Hosford. Folk have recently gone missing, including the former village reeve. A sea drake secretly stalks the coastline, fed on fresh human sacrifices by a senile old druid who believes the creature to be some sort of god. The fortress of Caer Syllan has dispatched a new reeve, an ambitious, inquisitive young man to look into the disappearances but so far all he has uncovered are old grudges as neighbour accuse neighbour of these recent crimes.

Hosford is compatible with the Lonely Coast campaign setting, but is also easily inserted into any GM’s home campaign.

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

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This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

Hosford is the second village located in the FREE Lonely Coast mini-campaign-setting by Raging Swan Press, which I'd wholeheartedly recommend you check out - I never regretted downloading that one.

Location-wise, Hosford lies between the village of Swallowfeld (also available) and the as-of-yet not covered town of Wolverton, the largest settlement of the lonely coast.

Hosford once sported a mine, but careless digging (or something less savory) saw the mine collapse and create a cove, which created a natural harbor for the now thriving fishing industry - not all is well in the little town, though, since recently a couple of villagers have gone missing without a trace. A sense of palpable fear has prompted the villagers to act and appoint a rogue (investigator) (with full stats) as reeve to get to the bottom of the weird disappearances - and while the pdf gives you the culprit (again, with full statblock), I won't spoil the reasons for the disappearances or the true culprit here - you'll have to get the book yourself in order to find that out.

Beyond these recent disappearances, we get a full settlement statblock, a list of notable folk and notable locations in the village, a selection of magic items for sale in town and, of course, village lore and 6 rumors. Beyond that, the pdf also provides multiple write-ups of the respective locales, 6 events to spring upon your PCs and information on local nomenclature, dressing-habits and the law.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP's 2-clumn b/w-standard and the pdf comes in 2 versions, one optimized for print and one for screen-use. Both are extensively bookmarked. It should be noted that the beautiful b/w-map of the village can be downloaded as a web-enhancement sans the annoying map-key on Raging Swan Press' homepage, something I'd suggest you do.

This village backdrop has probably the most ingrained adventure cut out of any village backdrop I've seen so far - all the pieces are in place and it requires at best a moderately talented DM to craft a nice short investigation from the content provided herein - one that does not sport a traditional villain and where the distinction between what's right and wrong and the culprit's peculiar situation mean that the PCs will have, if you so choose, a moral dilemma at their hands. If you so choose, that is - the component can be downplayed easily or just dropped alltogether if you happen to have other plans.

All in all, Hosford is a great locale with a stunning, uncommon layout and map and some expert-writing to back it up - one of the best installments in the series so far and one well-deserving of a final verdict of 5 stars + seal of approval. Congratulations to author John Bennett!

Endzeitgeist out.


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Huzzah!

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Just looked through this - very nice! :)


And reviewed first on Endzeitgeist.com, submitted to GMS magazine and Nerdtrek and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop. Cheers!

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Thanks for the awesome review, Thilo! I'm jolly glad you enjoyed Hosford. That said, I think John's done an even better job with Oakhurst.


Rough idea of the CR for range for the Hosford area?

Not for Gravel for Granite PCs:
I'm prepping the Lonely Coast as an area that the PCs in my campaign have learned about via a map / letter found on enemy NPC. If they decide to investigate the area these village backdrops will be very useful.

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
And reviewed first on Endzeitgeist.com, submitted to GMS magazine and Nerdtrek and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop. Cheers!

Awesome, thanks!

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Lareg wrote:

Rough idea of the CR for range for the Hosford area?

** spoiler omitted **

I would say if you wanted to run the investigation part of Hosford, the antagonists are each a CR 6.


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Thinking about picking this up, but without having seen it I can say that you deserve at least one star for having a reeve in there. :D

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Kajehase wrote:
Thinking about picking this up, but without having seen it I can say that you deserve at least one star for having a reeve in there. :D

Awesome. As we speak, I'm revising the village to include five reeves! How many stars do we get now?

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Creighton Broadhurst wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Thinking about picking this up, but without having seen it I can say that you deserve at least one star for having a reeve in there. :D
Awesome. As we speak, I'm revising the village to include five reeves! How many stars do we get now?

LOL!


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Creighton Broadhurst wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Thinking about picking this up, but without having seen it I can say that you deserve at least one star for having a reeve in there. :D
Awesome. As we speak, I'm revising the village to include five reeves! How many stars do we get now?

There can be only one!

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Curses.

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Well, in Hosford, the reeves tend to disappear...so perhaps you could stat up 5 backeup reeves.

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