Pathfinder and swashbuckling ship captain Challys Argent has chosen a life wrought with danger and adventure. Along with her unwilling adjutants, vicious former pirate captains barely controlled by the magic of her sword, she seeks a famed treasure said to lead to a pristine paradise. Racing to secure the treasure before the infamous Monster Captain of the Shackles can reach it, and faced with monstrous threats from both land and sea, can Challys maintain control of both her prisoners and her life?
From acclaimed author and game designer Robin D. Laws comes a race through the pirate isles of the Shackles, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and originally published in the Skulls & Shackles Adventure Path.
This Piratey Digital Novella is the 6 chapter story that was published in the Skull and Shackles Adventure Path. This stand-alone story tells the tale of Challys Argent, a Pathfinder pirate captain and her crew of buccaneers. They are seeking a treasure called Far Thallai, racing to get it before the Monster Captain, does. We see land battles, thefts, drowned ghosts, sea battles, and boarding parties.
One of the most interesting elements of this story is the four main adjutants serving Challys Argen. Each is a powerful pirate captain in their own right, but are bound under a spell by Challys Argent’s sword, Siren’s Call, to serve and obey her. They are not puppets, though. They are sentient and free willed, within the confines of the spell. They work very well together, but Argent has to be very careful as they each want very badly to kill her.
The story is fun, the battles are fairly cinematic. I enjoyed the description of how a fireball spell fired into the water might effect a group of Sea Devils (fish people). Hint: It’s pretty horrific.
The art is all black and white, but it is good quality nonetheless.
If the only part of the AP’s that you read is the fiction, I think that the $4.99 price tag is worth it to be able to slap it into my iPad and read on my commute.