Pathfinder Society Scenario #5–13: Weapon in the Rift (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 5–9.

Dire need begets great innovation, and Ghalcor, a cleric of Iomedae, created a revolutionary new weapon to fight the demons that poured out of the Worldwound at the end of the First Mendevian Crusade. Unfortunately, the fiends overwhelmed Ghalcor and his assistants before they could arm and trigger the weapon, but complex fail-safes sealed off Ghalcor’s tower and kept the device from falling into abyssal hands. As the Fifth Mendevian Crusade rages on, Ghalcor’s secret weapon could be the factor that turns the tide, so the Pathfinder Society has agreed to find a way past the indiscriminate safeguards to secure the device for the crusaders—a task complicated by their pushing past enemy lines.

Content in “Weapon in the Rift” also contributes directly to the ongoing storyline of the Silver Crusade faction.

Written by Nathan King.

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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Fun and challenging!

4/5

'Weapon in the Rift' is a memorable scenario, with a good mix of puzzles, traps, diplomacy, and combat. Far from a generic dungeon-crawl, this pulled us into the lore of Golarion and the desperate narrative of season 5. It gave me a sense of urgency, of a mission that really mattered and could have consequences to the world. A must play for members of the Silver Crusade!

Two issues could lead to some frustration and upset among groups playing the scenario; they keep me from giving this a five star rating. I would recommend that GMs read through the GM discussion thread on how to handle these potential problems.

The boons are very flavorful, if not terribly crunchy. As a final note, this scenario has the potential to run long. We filled out our Chronicle Sheets outside on the sidewalk after the store closed, shivering in the winter night, but it was well worth it!


Hard but Fun

5/5

As a disclaimer I played at the same table with Josh and CireJack below. Nathan was kind enough to run it for us.

Hard mode was fun. We had two off healers and we still managed through it. I thoroughly enjoyed this scenario. If one item in the whole scenario stood out, one rooms description needs to be enhanced so the pc's do not skip right over a critical item that can end up making a difference in the end.

It mixed in the lore very well. Had a good mix of traps and encounters, and had a challenging final fight. For Silver Crusaders this is a must play.


Also beat it on hard mode at subtier 8-9

5/5

As a disclaimer I played at the same table with Josh below. The author himself ran it for us.

I agree with Josh's comments, but do have one small complaint. Some things that were supposed to be "obvious" were not so obvious to our group and led directly to the death of a character. You expect deaths in hard mode but this could have probably been avoided.

I highly recommend everyone play this one. Its a classic. Just be warned if you want to test the waters with "hard mode." It has that name for a reason.


Beat it on hard mode!

4/5

I liked how this scenario was set up mechanically. The encounters flowed very well into one another. It walks a fine line between making things obvious and obfuscating, occasionally swinging one way or the other. The story was good (I can't tell how good since I don't know the lore very well).




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Removed some commentary on the empty review (and suppressed said review).

Shadow Lodge

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Come see the violence inherent in the system!

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

And now I've determined what my cleric's last scenario before hitting 10th level will be. :D

Grand Lodge

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I may be bringing my Life Oracle for this one. :)

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It's got a hard mode; yay!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

WHAT.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

This scenario makes me happy. Final encounters like this one have been what I've been missing from PFS. I can't wait to run this!

Paizo Employee Developer

Daniel Flood wrote:
It's got a hard mode; yay!

Partway through outlining it I realized that if anything were going to have a hard mode in the next couple of months, this would. Enjoy!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

This may become one of my new favorite scenarios.

Shadow Lodge

That's exactly what I said.

Any chance we could get the Silver Crusade Faction Letter?

Might also have a few seats open for a PbP if anyone is interested.

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32

Just purchased and read through: This is a fantastic scenario, really. There's so many "Oh my God, did you see ______" moments, I can't wait to run this.

Shadow Lodge

Can't wait till Nathan gets around to running this one for us.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Yep, new favorite scenario.

I need to assemble a team to run Hard Mode for.

Paizo Employee Contributor

I have to say that I REALLY enjoyed this scenario as a player. The balance between combat and roleplaying was really nice, and the pacing was exciting, particularly at the end (which is EPIC). Great stuff!

Shadow Lodge

Since I'm prepping this to run in a few weeks and notice that the scenario never got updated - it is important for GMs to check the conversation here for a correction to the puzzle solution:

http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2qmss?513-Weapon-in-the-Rift-GM-Discussion-Spoi lers#48

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