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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Let me try the Universal Greeting

5/5

Short Version: An open adventure in a hostile settlement with a lot of conflicting factions.

This adventure reminds me of the classic Temple of Elemental Evil in all the best ways. There are a lot of factions at work that can clearly be played against each other, some called out explicitly and others that might take a bit more work.

I agree with some of the other reviewers that reputation is handled well here. It's easy to track and the way that the PCs can directly see the effects feels really good.


2nd Verse Same of the 1st

4/5

The second installment is just as nice as its predecessor and continues the tale as it should. Al Yankovich references aside this is a neat sequel as PCs follow up on what they learned last time. As someone that loves science fantasy this whole AP is very nice and there is plenty here to grab for more generic endeavors.


Put your chainsaw down ... or maybe not.

5/5

Put down your chainsaw and listen to me
It's time for us to join in the fight
It's time to let your babies grow up to be cowboys
It's time to let the bedbugs bite

You better put all your eggs in one basket
You better count your chickens before they hatch
You better sell some wine before it's/its time
You better find yourself an itch to scratch

You better squeeze all the Charmin you can while Mr. Wimpole's not around
Stick your head in the microwave and get yourself a tan

Talk with your mouth full
Bite the hand that feeds you
Bite on more than you chew
What can you do
Dare to be stupid

Take some wooden nickles
Look for Mr. Goodbar
Get your mojo working now
I'll show you how
You can dare to be stupid

You can turn the other cheek
You can just give up the ship
You can eat a bunch of sushi and forget to leave a tip

Dare to be stupid
Come on and dare to be stupid
It's so easy to do
Dare to be stupid
We're all waiting for you
Let's go

It's time to make a mountain out of a molehill
So can I have a volunteer
There's no more time for crying over spilled milk
Now it's time for crying in your beer

Settle down, raise a family, join the PTA
Buy some sensible shoes and a Chevyrolet
And party 'till you're broke and they drive you away
It's OK, you can dare to be stupid

It's like spitting on a fish
It's like barking up a tree
It's like I said you gotta buy one if you wanna get one free

Dare to be stupid (yes)
Why don't you dare to be stupid
It's so easy to do
Dare to be stupid
We're all waiting for you
Dare to be stupid

Burn your candle at both ends
Look a gift horse in the mouth
Mashed potatoes can be your friends

You can be a coffee achiever
You can sit around the house and watch Leave It To Beaver
The future's up to you
So what you gonna do

Dare to be stupid
Dare to be stupid
What did I say
Dare to be stupid
Tell me, what did I say
Dare to be stupid
It's allright
Dare to be stupid
We can be stupid all night
Dare to be stupid
Come on, join the crowd
Dare to be stupid
Shout it out loud
Dare to be stupid
I can't hear you
Dare to be stupid
OK, I can hear you now
Dare to be stupid
Let's go, Dare to be stupid
Dare to be stupid
Dare to be stupid
Dare to be stupid
Dare to be stupid
Dare to be stupid
Dare to be stupid
Dare to be stupid


Last Complaints Removed!

5/5

I wrote a review for the last Iron Gods adventure "Fires of Creation" so I figured it was a good idea to write ones for the rest of them. Like the first, I haven't gotten a chance to run my party through Lords of Rust so I can only go off of what my impressions are of the adventure and they are rather good! My biggest problem with Fires of Creation was that it dived into the deep end of sci-fi and didn't really have anything to balance it out, but Lords of Rust nicely balances fantasy and sci-fi.

It is still a bit heavy on the sci-fi side of things, but that is to be expected for a campaign set in Numeria. The Lords of Rust themselves are interesting and challenging looking foes and Hellion himself is quite the bombastic villain which brings me to my only real complaint...There is barely a single line of written dialogue for what is meant to be a very important part of the adventure path! Or at all really. While the articles give a very good impression of Hellion's personality, some examples of lines or quotes help to find a character's voice which can be equally important to a DM. For that matter, there isn't much of a guiding force for this adventure aside from the initial direction of 'find/stop Hellion and he's with the Lords of Rust' which is both a strong point and a weak point. Strong because it means the PCs can freely enact what are likely to be some truly hare-brained schemes to get at Hellion and raise their scrapworth. Bad because it means that PCs who flounder with what they should do next have nothing to fallback on and the DM must take it into their own hands to provide direction. A small problem, but a problem nonetheless!

That said, I really, really do like the scrapworth idea and hopes it shows up in the future! While it makes sense, it is nice to see a simple little system for determining how well known the PCs are in a new region and, more importantly, how many mooks will simply abandon their posts in terror at the sight of them. Both empowering for the PCs and a natural result of the character's actions.


You can put it all to use (also, beware of cover art)

5/5

No really, be careful. Lords of Rust is a bit heavy-handed with the combat, but really gives you a great view of how the dregs of society work within a high-technology bent. It'll surprise most. It also introduces a nice blend of the supernatural and something like the divine to go with tech ruins and lasers. You'll get to try out most of your gear and tricks in this one, without a doubt.


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Robert Brookes wrote:
Feros wrote:
Cthulhudrew wrote:

This cover just begs the question:

Why don't they make chainsaws that look like that *now*? :(

Just a hunch, but I think the reason is that most chainsaws are for cutting wood and not for hand-to-hand combat. ;)
Ahem.

Hey, I said MOST! :p

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James Jacobs wrote:
Robert Brookes wrote:
Feros wrote:
Cthulhudrew wrote:

This cover just begs the question:

Why don't they make chainsaws that look like that *now*? :(

Just a hunch, but I think the reason is that most chainsaws are for cutting wood and not for hand-to-hand combat. ;)
Ahem.

Hah.

You'll see why in a few months.

I'm shivering in antici—


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Robert Brookes wrote:
I'm shivering in antici—

—pation!


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Feros wrote:
Cthulhudrew wrote:

This cover just begs the question:

Why don't they make chainsaws that look like that *now*? :(

Just a hunch, but I think the reason is that most chainsaws are for cutting wood and not for hand-to-hand combat. ;)

Bah! (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻


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Kvantum wrote:

Whoa. That cover. Poor Amiri. She's going to be PISSED. That rust monster will probably be beaten down into nothing but a brown, bloody goo by the time she gets done with it.

I mean, that sword is her signature thing, almost the definition to her character. It would be like seeing Droogami bite it on a cover. Though if it's just leading into her getting a chainsword/flamethrower/rocket launcher combo, all maybe in the arm of a robot she tears off and just uses as a massive club until she discovers the other features, that'll be cool.

As a replacement, perhaps Amiri could get a Qualta Blade?

And then on down the road, she uses it to unlock control of an Eradicator she finds in the Distant Worlds AP.

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Was feeling a bit 'iffy' about this AP...but this cover has made me interested in running it.

Bravo! :D

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Haladir wrote:

Ooh-- and a rust monster destroying Amiri's iconic sword on the cover art! Awesome!

And now I'm thinking that Amiri will be weilding that orc's chainsword in the art in the rest of the AP... or at least I'm hoping!

(It can happen! Lirianne has a ray gun on the cover of Fires of Creation!)

And I am so psyched to see Mr. Logue back in the saddle again!

Heh! I had the EXACT same thought as you about Amiri's sword when I saw the final cover image!

Thanks, Haladir! Good to be back!

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Coltaine wrote:
Nick!!!!

Hey Coltaine! I am ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! :-)


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Nicolas Logue wrote:
Coltaine wrote:
Nick!!!!
Hey Coltaine! I am ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! :-)

Is it mean of me to want to flag your post just on the grounds that you made it?

Welcome back to AP land.
We expect evil things from you.

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Rathendar wrote:
Nicolas Logue wrote:
Coltaine wrote:
Nick!!!!
Hey Coltaine! I am ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! :-)

Is it mean of me to want to flag your post just on the grounds that you made it?

Welcome back to AP land.
We expect evil things from you.

Heh. Evil things you shall have! :-)

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Nicolas Logue wrote:
Rathendar wrote:
Nicolas Logue wrote:
Coltaine wrote:
Nick!!!!
Hey Coltaine! I am ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! :-)

Is it mean of me to want to flag your post just on the grounds that you made it?

Welcome back to AP land.
We expect evil things from you.

Heh. Evil things you shall have! :-)

And Chainsaw swords?

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Rysky wrote:
Nicolas Logue wrote:
Rathendar wrote:
Nicolas Logue wrote:
Coltaine wrote:
Nick!!!!
Hey Coltaine! I am ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! :-)

Is it mean of me to want to flag your post just on the grounds that you made it?

Welcome back to AP land.
We expect evil things from you.

Heh. Evil things you shall have! :-)
And Chainsaw swords?

At least one! :-)

Silver Crusade

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Nicolas Logue wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Nicolas Logue wrote:
Rathendar wrote:
Nicolas Logue wrote:
Coltaine wrote:
Nick!!!!
Hey Coltaine! I am ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! :-)

Is it mean of me to want to flag your post just on the grounds that you made it?

Welcome back to AP land.
We expect evil things from you.

Heh. Evil things you shall have! :-)
And Chainsaw swords?
At least one! :-)

You have my undying love and respect.


I betcha there won't be chainswords :p

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Odraude wrote:
I betcha there won't be chainswords :p

GET THEE BACK UNTO THE ABYSS FALSE USURPER!

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Only one word can truly express my delight at this cover... WAAAAAGH!!!


Nice cover orc. Wicked weaponry and accoutrements. That is how you accessorize ladies and gentleorcs.

Note the stance - a deliciously understated attitude of gentle rebellion fused with just an odor of complete and utter abolishment. Examine the understated air of feral and gruesome desire for skin-splitting, tendon-tearing evisceration and high tea. In that order. The tea made from chainblade oil and bonegrease, with a dash of milk of human kindness.

Fantastique, Master Reynolds. Simply mah-vellous.


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The last time I was even remotely this psyched about an AP was with the announcement of Skull & Shackles, which convinced me to subscribe to the AP line.

Shadow Lodge

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Brick shat.


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doc the grey wrote:
Brick shat.

{whispers:} Shhhhhhhhhh! Don't give Logue any ideas. Can you imagine how deadly he could make a Bill Shatner-inspired stone golem or shaitan?

Edit: Hmmm... a ham golem that ignores object hardness to better chew the scenery?


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LOL! :D

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As awesome as it would be, I don't think any Shatner golem would do that man justice. He's just too unique! ;-)


This cover has given me a powerful urge to mashup warhammer 40k with pathfinder.


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What's more useless than a review for a product by someone who doesn't have said product?

...

Nope, can't think of anything. Other than, I suppose, a post complaining about that review.


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One of my fav monsters from Bestiary 4 was the junk golem, any chance we will encounter one in this adventure? (fingers crossed)

Contributor

Anything is possible, mikeawmids! ;-)


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Orc with a chainsaw

that is awesome


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I think that Rust Monster is going to have Bad Day, as it broke Amiri's sword.
Also love the Orc with the Eviscerator.

"No I'm not Warhammer enthusiast, why would you even imply it" =P

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Routamaa wrote:
I think that Rust Monster is going to have Bad Day, as it broke Amiri's sword.

Check out the cover to the next issue. She gets a replacement. >:D


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Odraude wrote:
I betcha there won't be chainswords :p

HERESY!


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Put down that chainsaw and listen to me!
It's time for us to join in the fight!
It's time to let our babies grow up to be cowboys!
It's time for us to let those bed bugs bite!

OK, now I need to see when this arrives at my FLGS because this AP I am supporting whole hog!

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Good to see you back, Nick.


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Is that Amiri's sword breaking in the background?!? In addition to the new level of rage she's about to unleash, I'll bet she replaces it with a badass chainsword!

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Charrend wrote:
Is that Amiri's sword breaking in the background?!? In addition to the new level of rage she's about to unleash, I'll bet she replaces it with a badass chainsword!

check the next book's cover.


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Eat sword!!


The shipping soon emails should be starting soon, hopefully it will start shipping sometime this week for subscribers.


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When subscriber's do get their pdf, could they tell us what Brigh's obedience is and what powers you get?

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zergtitan wrote:
When subscriber's do get their pdf, could they tell us what Brigh's obedience is and what powers you get?

Obedience: When reciting formulas from Logic of Design, you must craft a new creation, continue work on an elaborate device or object, or disassemble an existing creation to see how it works. Share the knowledge you discover while working on this project. Gain a +4 sacred bonus on Disable Device checks.

Evangelist Boons
Spoiler:

1: Voice of Bronze (Sp) jury-rig 3/day, fox’s cunning 2/day, sands of time 1/day
2: Living Construct (Su) You can affect constructs as if they were living creatures. Once per day, you can target a construct with a spell or spell-like ability, and the spell resolves as if its creature type were humanoid.
3: Frozen Time (Su) You gain the ability to halt time. You can use time stop as a spell-like ability once per day.

Exalted Boons
Spoiler:

1: Creator (Sp) crafter’s fortune 3/day, make whole 2/day, minor creation 1/day
2: Protected by the Machine (Su) Your body is as resistant as a construct. You gain a +2 sacred bonus on saves against effects that cause ability damage, ability drain, fatigue, exhaustion, energy drain, or nonlethal damage.
3: Inspired Crafting (Su) When crafting magic items while adventuring, you can devote 4 hours each day to creation and take advantage of the full amount of time spent crafting instead of netting only 2 hours’ worth of work. In addition, you can use fabricate once per day as a spell-like ability. Though you can’t create magic items with the fabricate spell, you can use it to create items that you later enhance magically.

Sentinel Boons
Spoiler:

1: Bronze Warrior (Sp) crafter’s curse 3/day, heat metal 2/day, haste 1/day
2: Constructed Form (Su) As a swift action, you gain DR 3/— for a number of rounds per day equal to your Hit Dice. These rounds need not be consecutive.
3: Call to Battle (Su) Once per day as a full-round action, you can summon a clockwork golem (Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 2, 137). The golem follows your commands perfectly for 1 minute for each hit die you possess before vanishing.


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Liz is AWESOME!!

d=(>o<)=b

= Thank you!

Carry on!

--C.


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LIZ YOU ROCK!!

All Praise Liz! Goddess of the Paizo Website! :)


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Yay, just got confirmation of purchase. :D

This is possibly the most excited I've been about getting a PDF for some time. I reckon Lords of Rust could be the stand-out book for this AP.

Grand Lodge

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I've downloaded my PDF if anyone has any questions...

-Skeld


Skeld, what interesting new info do we get in the Brigh article? Thanks!

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Andros Morino wrote:
Skeld, what interesting new info do we get in the Brigh article? Thanks!

Five pages in the article. It's pretty typical of the AP deity articles, with info on clergy, temples, holidays, relations, etc. There's a customized summon list, a new spell (semblance of flesh - makes a construct look like a living creature), and the obedience information that Liz posted.

-Skeld


Skeld wrote:

I've downloaded my PDF if anyone has any questions...

-Skeld

How about telling us anything that stood out to you about the technic league article.


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Skeld wrote:

I've downloaded my PDF if anyone has any questions...

-Skeld

Is it Loguetastically Awesome? Disturbing yet cool? if you count on the fingers of your hands, how many fingers rating do you give it, 3-13?

(what? you don't have 13 fingers? huh. )

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Valantrix1 wrote:
How about telling us anything that stood out to you about the technic league article.

So far, I've only scanned it. Nothing jumped out at me right away.

Rathendar wrote:
Is it Loguetastically Awesome? Disturbing yet cool? if you count on the fingers of your hands, how many fingers rating do you give it, 3-13?

I haven't gotten to dig into yet, but it's looking cool so far.

-Skeld


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Skeld wrote:
Valantrix1 wrote:
How about telling us anything that stood out to you about the technic league article.

So far, I've only scanned it. Nothing jumped out at me right away.

Rathendar wrote:
Is it Loguetastically Awesome? Disturbing yet cool? if you count on the fingers of your hands, how many fingers rating do you give it, 3-13?

I haven't gotten to dig into yet, but it's looking cool so far.

-Skeld

Fingers(all 13) crossed then. Let me know after if you like!


So what are the monsters in the bestiary and what are they like?

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Dragon78 wrote:
So what are the monsters in the bestiary and what are they like?

Spoiler:
Four Creatures, one of which is Brigh's herald (a construct called the Latten Mechanism). The others include a small aberration (Rhu-chalik), another construct (Observer Robot), and an undead called a Rust-risen (which is made partially of mechanical bits).

-Skeld

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