Pathfinder Society Scenario #6–14: Scions of the Sky Key, Part 2: Kaava Quarry (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

A powerful guardian stands vigil over the ancient ruins where Venture-Captain Nieford Sharrowsmith disappeared recently, yet the beast has a weakness: a prophesied talisman now in the possession of an elusive grippli tribe deep in the Kaava Lands. The PCs must win the reclusive people’s trust and claim the prize—all before the Aspis Consortium does!

“Kaava Quarry” is the second scenario in the three-part Scions of the Sky Key campaign arc. It is preceeded by Pathfinder Society Scenario #6–12: Scions of the Sky Key, Part 1: “On Sharrowsmith’s Trail” and followed by Pathfinder Society Scenario #6–16: Scions of the Sky Key, Part 3: “The Golden Guardian.” All three chapters are intended to be played in order.

Written by Mike Kimmel, RPG Superstar 2014 finalist.

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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Short and face paced

4/5

Played this on low tier, in a group of 4.

Fights were mostly onesided thanks to a negative energy channeling cleric, but that's to be expected on lower tiers.

The chase mechanic made up for it, though it needs some GM creativity and prep to make it fun. Ours did a great job with sound effects and scene descriptions, and everyone had relevant abilities/checks to contribute.

Great second installment of a three parter.


Near perfect but...

3/5

...it's got a chase mechanic. Otherwise fun.


fast and furious!

5/5

This was a great follow on from Part 1, and had a lot of interesting and novel encounters and experiences. The party I ran this for thoroughly enjoyed it.

I agree with the others that it was short, and we ran it back to back with Part 1 - it took about 2 hours in its own right as the party was pretty much able to just pick up and go once the first session was finished without any delays.


Inventive, fast-paced and evocative.

5/5

This was the highlight of the Sky Key trilogy for me. Imaginative adventure idea executed well.


A short and exciting adventure in the jungle

4/5

When last we left off, we had just finished a rollercoaster-ride in the form of part 1 and we were wondering if part 2 would be able to provide the same level of entertainment. After having played part 2, I would have to say that the Kaava Quarry is not that different. It's got action and interaction, with more of a focus on a 'retrieve item X' compared to the previous instalment.

Overall though it felt a bit slower paced and less lethal. The keyword there is overall. The beginning and the end somehow just appeared a little less stressful, but this is actually a blessing in disguise. It successfully accentuates the middle part of the scenario, which is a more than scary chase-scene that works rather well.

There are however two things that I found were a bit disappointing. The chase-scene was fun, but for a party of 6 the DC's were a bit too easy to reach. It could have been a little higher to further strengthen the aura of terror. It was simply too forgiving and kind for a party this size, though GM's can still make it appear more scary than it actually is.

My second beef is the fact that while the scenario featured an interesting location, we didn't get to do much with it. It's the first time I got to meet a (friendly) Grippli and I'd have loved to learn more about them, but we were more or less forced to set out of the village by the plot. Don't get me wrong, because of the plot and the mechanics behind it made sense. It just felt a bit like a missed opportunity to explore a unique location with a relatively strange culture. I think it could have been a little bit more fleshed out, especially since the scenario can be completed in under three hours.

Still, it was a worthy follow-up from part 2 and again did a good job making the jungle feel more alive and giving it a place in the world. It takes the suspense from part 1 and turns it into a great set-up for the third and last part. Compared to other 'part 2'-scenarios, this is a really good one and I can't wait to see what the third and final chapter holds for us.


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Announced for February!

Scarab Sages

Does this contribute to one of the factions story-lines like the other two do?

Paizo Employee Developer

skyshark wrote:
Does this contribute to one of the factions story-lines like the other two do?

Nope, this one does not have any significant faction metaplot.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Any chance a Grippli PC might get some kind of bonus in dealing with the Grippli tribe?

Scarab Sages

John Compton wrote:
skyshark wrote:
Does this contribute to one of the factions story-lines like the other two do?
Nope, this one does not have any significant faction metaplot.

Thanks John

Scarab Sages

How soon will we find out what scenarios come out with Parts 2 and 3 over February and March?

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Now available!


Dinosaur!

Paizo Employee Developer

David Neilson wrote:
Dinosaur!

Very much dinosaur!

Shadow Lodge

I envision the players wanting to fight the dino.

Paizo Employee Developer

Conman the Bardbarian wrote:
I envision the players wanting to fight the dino.

Not encouraged, but…:
Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 86

I can think of at least four other scenarios that present "the players shouldn't actually fight this" creatures, and I've heard that some PCs do try—and on rare occasions succeed. I would discourage direct combat, but ultimately, the players get to decide.


Dinos got to eat too!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Aww geez. Do I spoil this for myself or not?

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

Much dino. Rawr!

Paizo Employee Developer

TriOmegaZero wrote:
Aww geez. Do I spoil this for myself or not?

Oh, you don't want to spoil this. Go forth and play!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

John Compton wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
Aww geez. Do I spoil this for myself or not?
Oh, you don't want to spoil this. Go forth and play!

And tell us how it goes!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

I still need to play part one!

Shadow Lodge

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WELL!!,:
Get Moving!!!

Spoiler:
explosive runes

Sovereign Court

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I knew this scenario was going to be awesome when I saw it had a t-rex on the cover. Scenarios need more t-rexes.

Scarab Sages

John, I think you need to hire me on as your QA/QC for you after you get done reviewing the maps...First it's The Silvermount Collection missing the stairs at GENCON, now this...tsk tsk. Nothing major, just the map for A3 is incorrectly labeled as A2. Cheers!

Scarab Sages

I'm confused.

Question regarding BBEG in last encounter:
The hunter has 2 animal foci, and I only see one being used. What does the cat have? This is important because the cat will possibly/likely die before the PCs even get to the hunter, and thus the hunter would get her animal foci


The same foci is used on both the cat and hunter.

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