Beyond the Ghostlight Reef (PFRPG) PDF

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What Really Happens Out on Ghostlight Reef?

The scholar Balack Giolan has long been intrigued with the odd women working the Ghostlight Reef, who extract its dream coral and delve its depths. His own hardened mercenaries fear to explore the Reef, but these women bring back arcane treasures, including the arcane squid-ink Balack wants.

He's been spying on their leader to gauge her true purpose on the reef, which is known to hide vast treasures from ancient cities lost long ago. Balack's curiosity recently paid off. Wealth and magic are within his grasp. All he needs now are a few adventurers...

"Beyond the Ghostlight Reef" is an adventure on and around the seashore for 6th-level characters in the Pathfinder RPG, which introduces strange locales and remarkable NPCs, including new witches and sea creatures. The adventure has been heavily playtested and provides both a quick-play convention version and a longer, more detailed version, to suit your preferred play style, and includes notes on scaling for power characters.

A truly dangerous and rewarding adventure in the RPG tradition. This is a classic-style Pathfinder Roleplaying Game adventure for 6th-level PCs.

Includes new magic, new monsters, and full map details. 22 pages.

Written by Christina Stiles.

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

4/5

This module is 22 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of adventure, so let's take a look, shall we?

We kick off this product with one massive box - since it was originally designed to be run at conventions, scaling advice for stronger tables is given in the beginning for stronger tables/groups before we delve into the meat of the module.

This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.

Still here? Set in the coastal city of Friula, the adventure has the PCs being hired by a member of the Bibliotori - hoarders and merchants of knowledge both mundane and magical - with what seems to be a binding oath (but in fact is just showmanship and hocuspocus). Their contact, one man named Giolan seeks scrolls recently unearthed by the reef-tenders of the Ghostlight Reef - i.e. the servants of the Red Hags and blood druids that seek to eradicate arcane magic (or at least control it) to prevent a second cataclysm after the one that spawned Midgard's Great Old One-infested wasted west-region. Now if you think they are benevolent - they aren't. The red hags subsist on a diet of blood and harvest poisonous squid ink and addictive corals that are used as drugs in the weird coral reef. Unfortunately for the PCs, said hags have managed to get a hold of the scrolls in question.

In order to retrieve the scrolls, the PCs will have to traverse the dreaded "Dead Man's Ring", a reef which is the hunting ground of Friula's most famous aquatic boogeyman - Dark Willy, the irreverently-named, yet at the same time dreaded and admired aboleth. And after navigating some rocky hazards, the PCs indeed have to stand their ground against the creature - hopefully after doing some research, for the preferred means of traversing his high ground would be with a non-violent resolution - which is by the way something I enjoyed seeing in here!

The next stop of their quest is the dreaded Red Hag's isle, where not only the hostile flora and fauna, which includes smart worgs and grass cloakers (insert Spoony Grass-battle reference here) should provide a challenge, but where they'll also stumble across a ziggurat - where they can invade the Red Hag's alchemical laboratory and meet one particular Hag named Hislargat and her blood weird - who offers a counterproposal to fighting...

Here, it is up to the PCs to decide which of the two sides to choose, ending thus the module with different consequences, but not different final encounters.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to a 2-column b/w-standard with the boxed text being framed by a purplish hue - all in all a nice module to look at. The pdf comes fully bookmarked and the cartography is awesome indeed - though we don't get player-friendly versions of the maps.

Steeped deeply in Midgard-lore and set against a fascinating landmark spiced with subtle humor that doesn't detract from the seriousness or concise nature of the fluff, Christina Stiles once again proves why she's one of the top writers out there - especially the first encounter is unconventional and carrying some rather interesting, unforeseen repercussions if handled poorly by the players. Fluff-wise, this is a glorious module and the solid statblocks do their part in making this work out. That being said, the main locale of the module is simply not that inspired - the ziggurat could have used some unique terrain-features: Perhaps life-draining stones that suck blood? Dream coral dust in the air, resulting in hallucinations? Something along that line would have made this module simply glorious! As written, it turns out to be a mechanically not too interesting, but incredibly atmospheric piece of adventure-craft for a price that is a true steal.

My final battle will hence be 4.5 stars - though I was contemplating hard whether to round up or down, I opted for the latter in this case since the primary locale could have used some unique terrain feature/property to set it further apart.

Endzeitgeist out.


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So if this is MA5, the 5th adventure in the Midgard Adventures line, then what happened to MA4? MA1-3 are already out there... Did they skip a spot?

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yes, I can confirm that MA4 is still in layout. Should show up in the next week or two, if things go well.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

I playtested this once (pre-development) and it was quite good fun!

Contributor

Yay! Glad to see it up.

Contributor

I think the last line up there should be removed. No new magic, and these ladies appeared in the Midgard Bestiary.

May I get an author tag included above?

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Er, is the author tag something that the Webstore Gninja does? I'm not sure.

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Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Er, is the author tag something that the Webstore Gninja does? I'm not sure.

I don't automatically add credits to product descriptions: those must be included when the file is uploaded. I'll go ahead and get Ms. Stiles's info added though. :)


I got this one. But like adventure 6 I have only glanced through it. I am trying to lose weight, and that means getting and staying outdoors. Not much time to sit and read. What I saw I liked.

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Liz Courts wrote:
Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Er, is the author tag something that the Webstore Gninja does? I'm not sure.
I don't automatically add credits to product descriptions: those must be included when the file is uploaded. I'll go ahead and get Ms. Stiles's info added though. :)

Thanks, Ms. Courts. ;-)


Reviewed first on Endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here as well as on OBS.

Cheers!

Contributor

Thanks for the review, End. I totally didn't think of the terrain-based stuff. I was concentrated on the storyline, and missed an opportunity there, so good point. I'll keep that in mind for future adventures.

The adventure has been a great deal of fun to play at cons. I ran it this PaizoCon with a great group. They had me laughing most of the game.


You're welcome! And yeah, I REALLY loved the module's humor! There are not enough modules out there that manage to create a serious storyline while also being hilarious...


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