Pathfinder Adventure Path #86: Lords of Rust (Iron Gods 2 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #86: Lords of Rust (Iron Gods 2 of 6) (PFRPG)
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The God in the Machine

The heroes of the town of Torch follow a trail of clues to the sprawling junkyard known as Scrapwall, where bands of desperate and violent brigands vie for control of the technological remnants and ruins found within. The Lords of Rust dominate Scrapwall, and their swiftly rising power threatens more than just the town of Torch, for this gang has the support of one of the terrifying Iron Gods of Numeria. What slumbers fitfully beneath the wreckage of Scrapwall could catapult the Lords of Rust into a new level of power if they're not stopped!

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the Iron Gods Adventure Path and includes:

  • "Lords of Rust," a Pathfinder Adventure for 4th-level characters, by Nicolas Logue.
  • A look into the secrecy and science of the Technic League, by Jim Groves.
  • Insight into the faith of Brigh, the goddess of clockwork, invention, and time, by Sean K Reynolds.
  • An unlikely discovery in Numeria's wastes in the Pathfinder's Journal, by Amber E. Scott.
  • Four new monsters, by Adam Daigle, Nicolas Logue, and Sean K Reynolds.

Each monthly full-color softcover Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in-depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world's oldest fantasy RPG.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-678-2

"Lords of Rust" is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure Path and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (874 KB zip/PDF).

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Very Impressive


Read my full review on Of Dice and Pen.

Lords of Rust by Nicolas Logue, the second part of Iron Gods is an adventure where the setting is all important. It is a sandbox adventure in pretty much the truest sense of the term (something that is difficult to do in an adventure path). The player characters can pretty much proceed however they want and the setting is almost entirely what drives the action. A poorly detailed setting could break the whole adventure. But this adventure doesn't have a poorly detailed setting. Instead, it has one of the most memorable settings I've seen in a fantasy RPG adventure, and it makes for what will likely be an extremely memorable adventure for any group of players.

this book suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks


Pointless mechanics duplicating extant systems, MMO-style grinding, side missions that do squat for the overall narrative of the AP, and one glaring problem with the setting:

What do they eat?!

There is no indication of how Scrapwall functions as a society. It's piles of rubble and a bunch of people shanking each other. No farms, no merchants, no trade. It's a dungeon but it's full of people who have no way to survive. No me gusta.

Flavor and Fun and Chainsaws!


An exceedingly flavorful and deadly adventure in the Iron Gods Adventure Path, this adventure takes you to a seedy junkyard filled with criminals, killers, monsters, and worse. You'll make good friends, learn some things bout Numeria's past, and fight a truly unique foe at the climax!

The adventure can get dangerous at times! One encounter in particular nearly wiped my PCs twice!

This is one of my favorite parts of the adventure path, and I can't wait to run it again!

Such cool elements


I am a player in this AP and I am loving it. As someone who owns every Adventure Path since The Shackled City, I can honestly say that this is my favorite AP, hands down.

The Lords of Rust offers a great setting, colorful characters, and some really interesting turns of events. The sandbox nature of the adventure provides player characters considerable agency over the storyline.

It surpised me!!!


I have to be honest and say that while i was reading this i was very dissapointed, from pretty much every aspect, but i was happily surprised when i actually run it and everything turned out well.

In contrast to the Fires of Creation (book 1) this module takes the heroes into a Mad Max type settlement in order to present them with threat of the adventure (the Iron Gods) and thusly concluding Act 1.
It also has a (very small) section that really evokes Dead Space vibes but unfortunately it's optional and very very small.
It has some sandbox elements that i didn't like, but it might be me since i don't like neither to play nor run sandbox campaigns.
Almost all of the encounters play very good (difficulty-wise) with a couple quite difficult encounters, keep in mind that (imo) this is true because the PCs are with same gear as they were in the previous book.
If you are one of those GMs that want and can build upon what you are presented then you would be very happey with Lords of Rust because it gives you a little information about a lot of things in Scrapwall but it's not fleshed out, so if you want you can do it yourself.

I don't give this module 5 stars because it wasn't much fun for me reading it (i was more engaged when i read the article on Technic League than i was in most of the actual adventure) but fortunately both me and my players had fun when i run it.
It's something very different than i expected (i expected to continue the themes present in Fires of Creation) and it turned out differently in play than i expected after reading it.

Summary: A very good part 2, now let us see where how this adventure path will continue.

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Grand Lodge

Pg. 75 - Semblance of flesh spell

Noticed this spell is missing its saving throw and spell resistance info. Using appearance of life from Horror Adventures as a base model, it should probably be something like this:

"Saving Throw Will disbelief (if interacted with) or Will negates (see text); SR no"

The "Will negates" line is meant for the construct to try and resist the spell, whereas the "Will disbelief (if interacted with)" is for others observing the construct. The "no" for spell resistance is the most balanced considering many constructs are immune to magic already, and adding an additional hurdle of overcoming spell resistance seems like overkill.

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