Pathfinder Adventure Path #100: A Song of Silver (Hell's Rebels 4 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Down with Thrune!

It's the one hundredth volume of the Pathfinder Adventure Path! Too long has the diabolic Lord-Mayor Barzillai Thrune inflicted cruelties and increasingly oppressive laws on his citizens. The heroes of the beleaguered city of Kintargo finally strike back at the sources of corruption, as their rebellion mobilizes in the streets. Rescuing old heroes from forgotten prison cells, reclaiming control of key locations, and performing an ancient song that was used years ago to protect the city from Hell's agents are but the preamble for the decisive battle—an assault on the enormous Temple of Asmodeus!

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the Hell's Rebels Adventure Path and includes:

  • "A Song of Silver," a Pathfinder adventure for 10th-level characters, by James Jacobs.
  • A study of the former faith of the dead god Aroden, by Erik Mona.
  • A retrospective collection of NPCs for each of the previous Adventure Paths, by various authors.
  • A descent into evil in the Pathfinder's Journal, by Stephanie Lorée.
  • Four exciting new monsters, by Adam Daigle and James Jacobs.
  • A poster map depicting a key battlefield within the adventure.

ISBN: 978-1-60125-795-6

Note: Pathfinder Adventure Path #100: A Song of Silver is an extra-large volume, totalling 128-pages rather than the standard 96-page format.

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The A Song of Silver SoundPack from Syrinscape is a complete audio solution when playing through the fourth chapter of the Hell's Rebels Adventure Path.

"A Song of Silver" 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 (723 kb zip/PDF).

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A good end to the adventure path ... kind of

4/5

This book continues what has been a solid adventure path, but it isn't the best we have seen so far. The adventure manages to use game rule to make the players feel like they are leading a city wide open rebellion against evil. It manages to make each of the single session side missions flow together and feel like they are just a continuous part of that rebellion. It gives the players a chance to defend a dungeon from invasion by enemies, which was a nice twist on the classic dungeon invading narrative. The problem comes when we get to this books true "dungeon". Unlike previous "dungeons" this one is bland, repetitive, and doesn't seem befitting the dangerous villain that the place is supposed to be protecting (see spoilers for details). This books continues the tradition for bad backstories and gives a backstory for a character that was introduced last book that makes a lot of people hate her (this character's backstory is the most complained about portion of the adventure path) (again see spoiler for details).

This book ends with a sense of closure and emotional satisfaction and given how much worse the next two books are, it probably a good place to end running the adventure path.

Spoiler:
Brazillai Thrune is a dangerous villain that you have been trying to stop for weeks and … he just sits in his room in his dungeon waiting for you to come kill him. Does he have powerful body guards waiting to protect him? No. Does he have alarms to gather allies to him when attacked? No. He just tries to hit the players with a mace. It is a rather disappointing end for a villain that you have been trying to kill for four books. Additionally, Shensen has been accused a lot of being a Mary Sue and I didn’t understand it until I read her backstory. She is a writer’s PC character put into the game world with a convoluted backstory worse than any PC I have seen and who the writer encourages the GM to use to save the party if they ever seen in over their head.


The best Paizo AP?

5/5

*DISCLAIMER*: This is a single review for all adventures in this AP.
Hell’s Rebels is the best Paizo Adventure Path. Of all the AP, it is the one that’s most coherent, approachable and GM-friendly. This review applies to all 6 books because their quality and style are so consistent that you don’t even notice the fact that they were written by 6 different authors.

Let me quickly list some of the most important things which Hell’s Rebels gets right:

1. It has a clear, believable and complex plot which goes from point A to point B to point C while at the same time allowing for multitude of side treks, optional quests and player-driven initiatives.
2. It goes full on Golarion. It touches upon core themes of the setting and is heavily nested in its history. It provides the much-anticipated opportunity to punch one of the biggest evils of the setting in the face. One warning: you can’t just lift HR and drop it into other settings without massive amounts of work.
3. The BBEG is front and center, introduced in adventure 1, encountered and fought against several times across the campaign. He’s evil, callous, quirky, nasty, brutal, amoral and good at being bad. He’s right up there with Ileosa from CotCT.
4. The campaign starts in one city and mostly stays there, with some small side-treks and one bigger detour which, fortunately, is also urban.
5. There is a cadre of sympathetic, recurring allied NPCs to play second fiddles to the PCs. There are also enemies whom you can interact in ways other than roll for initiative. The RP opportunities are plenty.
6. The cast of both allies and opponents is diverse in every sense of that word.
7. The players get opportunity to discover some of the setting’s secrets and, to a limited yet satisfying degree, reshape it without causing a Realm-Shattering Event.
8. The ending is epic to the core and fitting for a campaign of this scale and magnitude.
9. Episode 4 is a special issue with extra page count, longer adventure, more support material, an excellent article on Aroden and much, much more!
10. I love the blue colour theme for this AP AND Wayne Reynolds did the cover art. Double victory!
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100 Issues and Going Strong! Bring on 200!

5/5

The one hundredth issue of Pathfinder is an over-sized issue packed with a fun installment of the Hell's Rebels adventure path written by none other than James Jacobs. If you've ever wanted to know what insidious beasts lie inside of an Asmodean temple, this is your chance to find out!

What makes this issue shine beyond the adventure is the density of the support articles. Publisher Erik Mona takes time out of his busy schedule to give us more information on the dead god Aroden, and a bevy of Paizo writers and freelancers bring us new NPCs for use in every adventure path!

Even if you're not running Hell's Rebels, this is worth picking up for the support articles alone. Here's to a splendid 100 issues and hoping for one hundred more!

Thanks, Paizo!


We Won...?

5/5

If you have been playing your GM cards right and your harrow face has been strong this is the volume where all your carefully built plans come to fruition.

You get to set out your cards with an evil grin and listen to your players say, "Huh," in the absolute best way possible. (To be honest that revelation comes at the end of the previous volume and only becomes more pronounced by their 'victory' in Song of Silver.)

Of all the various Adventure Path volumes I have read The Song of Silver only narrowly beats out Dance of the Damned for the best of them all.

Not only do you have a top-notch epic battle between the Silver Ravens and their long time enemy the twisted Barzillai Thrune but plot lines that have only been briefly mentioned to or alluded to in previous volumes come to light.

Villains that the group weren't even sure were their enemies are revealed. Heroes thought to have been lost are saved by the PCs, some of whom used to idolize them.

Not only is it a top notch Adventure Path book but the volume is absolutely filled with other great content.

In fact, I would recommend this volume to all GMs considering running ANY adventure path for the NPC catalog alone.

Top notch art and excellent writing.

Enjoy!


It's not even fair!

5/5

In addition to providing a stunning adventure (featuring a highly satisfactory throwdown with the campaign's Big Bad), this volume is packed to the gills with awesome extras.

And why not? As an oversized volume, all the stops were pulled out.

Of note: If you like tying your campaigns off before things like 6th level spells, this offers an acceptable point to conclude an abridged version of the campaign.

In keeping with Hell's Rebels as a whole, this bad boy delivers on all levels.


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Does anyone have any insight on the new NPC for Skull & Shackles?

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

We probably won't know for a couple days. Shipments are delayed. :(

However, once they start coming in, we'll be right along to offer what we can.


Oh I subscribe too, so I figure I'll know as soon as anyone. I was just hoping one of the authors had some inside info he'd be willing to part with.

Sovereign Court

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In that case, best of luck (sincerely). ^_^

RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut, Contributor

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I'm not the author of that particular NPC/AP combination. But to answer the original question...yes, I have insight into it. ;-)

Paizo Employee Developer

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I can spill that Rob McCreary, the lead developer for the Skull & Shackles Adventure Path, was the one who contributed the new NPC for that AP. :)


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Just saw the blog and the only questions I have is, Which AP is Tup for? Reign of Winter?


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Well,well - my subscribers mail came in today, so my shipment will probably be sent next week or so. Judging from shipment times so far, it could be here in time for christmas, if everything goes well. More probably, it will be here around New Years Eve or so. Guess I´ll download the pdf asap... Can´t wait on this one!


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zergtitan wrote:
Just saw the blog and the only questions I have is, Which AP is Tup for? Reign of Winter?

I'd bet he's with the Back Alley Boys from The Shackled Hut in Reign of Winter.

Goblin layering is funny.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Zhangar wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
Just saw the blog and the only questions I have is, Which AP is Tup for? Reign of Winter?

I'd bet he's with the Back Alley Boys from The Shackled Hut in Reign of Winter.

Goblin layering is funny.

If only there were a specific Adventure Path in which goblins played a particularly memorable role!


Oh, oh, lemme guess!
It's Age of Worms!


Do we get stats for Shensen in this one? Also, does anyone know if we get one or two new Devil monsters in this one?

Sovereign Court

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There are definitely stats for Shensen - Dance of the Damned says to find her stats here if it becomes necessary in that adventure.


I hope she'll be a CG Female Aquatic Half-Elf (Shoreborn) Fighter (Dawnflower Dervish) 4/Bard (Chelish Diva) 8! ^_^


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Berselius wrote:
I hope she'll be a CG Female Aquatic Half-Elf (Shoreborn) Fighter (Dawnflower Dervish) 4/Bard (Chelish Diva) 8! ^_^

Close... but not quite!

CG half-elf bard (Dawnflower dervish) 8/fighter 4. And yes, still an aquatic half-elf, but without the typical extra (and mostly optional) race swap outs for it, due to the sort of unusual way I ended up being an aquatic half elf...

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Shensen wrote:
...And yes, still an aquatic half-elf, but without the typical extra (and mostly optional) race swap outs for it, due to the sort of unusual way I ended up being an aquatic half elf...

Did the aboleths do it? ;)


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Neil Spicer wrote:
Shensen wrote:
...And yes, still an aquatic half-elf, but without the typical extra (and mostly optional) race swap outs for it, due to the sort of unusual way I ended up being an aquatic half elf...
Did the aboleths do it? ;)

Eew.

Nope.

The druids did, in this case.

There's no way an aboleth could pretend to be a druid, is there?

IS THERE?


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Shensen wrote:
Neil Spicer wrote:
Shensen wrote:
...And yes, still an aquatic half-elf, but without the typical extra (and mostly optional) race swap outs for it, due to the sort of unusual way I ended up being an aquatic half elf...
Did the aboleths do it? ;)

Eew.

Nope.

The druids did, in this case.

There's no way an aboleth could pretend to be a druid, is there?

IS THERE?

It might have been a Besmara worshipping Kraken Caller Druid. They both have the tentacle thing.


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Shensen wrote:
Neil Spicer wrote:
Shensen wrote:
...And yes, still an aquatic half-elf, but without the typical extra (and mostly optional) race swap outs for it, due to the sort of unusual way I ended up being an aquatic half elf...
Did the aboleths do it? ;)

Eew.

Nope.

The druids did, in this case.

There's no way an aboleth could pretend to be a druid, is there?

IS THERE?

The rumours of the veiled masters are just myths...right?


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Of course.


So, what exactly is "The Song of Silver"?

Sczarni

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captain yesterday wrote:
I'm hoping every add on NPC is a Vancaskerkin :-)

Ha! Nice.

(You do get one.) :)

Is it me?


People must be getting their PDFs by now.

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Axial wrote:
People must be getting their PDFs by now.

I haven't yet. Got the first e-mail, but the shipping notification (which the PDF release coincides with) could be any time from today to another three weeks.


CBDunkerson wrote:
Axial wrote:
People must be getting their PDFs by now.
I haven't yet. Got the first e-mail, but the shipping notification (which the PDF release coincides with) could be any time from today to another three weeks.

That would be absurd. The subscriber PDFs usually come out a week or two in advance. In three weeks, the street date will have passed.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

They are about two days behind, but yeah I'm not expecting it to be that behind, I anticipate mine in the next day or two.

Dark Archive

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Axial wrote:
CBDunkerson wrote:
Axial wrote:
People must be getting their PDFs by now.
I haven't yet. Got the first e-mail, but the shipping notification (which the PDF release coincides with) could be any time from today to another three weeks.
That would be absurd. The subscriber PDFs usually come out a week or two in advance. In three weeks, the street date will have passed.

It's happened in the past, if there are major snags at the warehouse. Takes a rare confulence of events, but it has happened.

It's also rare that we ever get PDFs on a Monday of shipping week. Much more likely to start showing up tomorrow or Wednesday.


Veiled Master wrote:
Of course.

Why no avatar? Someone might almost think you had something to hide...


Downloaded on my phone, now for a looksy (did I ninja Skeld I wonder?).


No idea Cap'n, but if you did I fully expect to know about it tomorrow.


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Damon Vancaskerkin, for Giantslayer.

All the NPCs are beautifully illustrated, Ayavah (WotR), Ikiko (S&S), The terrible Tup (RotRL, the goblin from the blog) and Amaya Kaijitsu (CoT) are the ones that stand out most on a first pass.

Awesome forward, I look forward to see how you figure out the four digit spine issue James. :-)


1) What role does Ayavah play in the AP?

2) Who are the NPCs for Carrion Grown, Iron Gods, and Reign of Winter?


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Herecite is the first monster, CR 9 undead.

Slime Naga (CR 9) is next, slimy yes, attractive, no!.


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Axial wrote:

1) What role does Ayavah play in the AP?

2) Who are the NPCs for Carrion Grown, Iron Gods, and Reign of Winter?

I just did a cursory look at stats and class and art will delve further when I walk the dog.

I'll be back with those names.


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Carrion Crown, Lessaj Gilvrand, N Female Changeling Investigator 9. Works for the Sleepless Agency.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Axial wrote:

1) What role does Ayavah play in the AP?

2) Who are the NPCs for Carrion Grown, Iron Gods, and Reign of Winter?

I just did a cursory look at stats and class and art will delve further when I walk the dog.

I'll be back with those names.

Aww! Give him a belly scratch for me, will you? :)

Dark Archive

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captain yesterday wrote:


Slime Naga (CR 9) is next, slimy yes, attractive, no!.

But satisfying?


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Reign of Winter, Amitrie Leth Female Old Aranea Cleric of Nethys 3/Mystic Theurge 3/Sorcerer (arcane bloodline) 2. A possible rival to Zorka.


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Ayavah, CN Demon Spawn Tiefling Sorcerer (destined) 9, has tie-ins to two adventure paths, Shattered Star (in book 2 and onward) and of course WotR where she can possibly play a role in someone's redemption, but maybe not the way you might expect. [/suspense]


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Iron Gods!!!

Malin the Prophet Android Expert 1/ Ranger (Skirmisher, Urban Ranger) 14.

Also includes a new technology item, Plasma Blade.


Whose the Mummy's Mask NPC out of curiosity?


What are all the monsters?


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Mummy's Mask

Vadoma Gall, LN middle aged Human Transmuter 9, a potential rival in Shifting Sands, also was in Legacy of Fire.


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Monster!

Telgrodradt, CR 6 aberration, kind of like an earthbound Aboleth with claws instead of tentacles and a ghoulish face.


May ask who the NPC is for Jade Regent?

Please & thank you.

--C.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

monsters:

Beyond what Capt. mentioned;

Telgrodrant: ghastly aberration that greatly prefers to dine upon undead (animates undead to serve as 'livestock'). Has some negative energy attacks/immunities.

Troops: army squad stats, basically.


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Thrune Troops! Is last monster, you get Dottari troops (CR 7) and Asmodean Inquisitor troops (CR 9)

Troop subtype explained!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber
Psiphyre wrote:

May ask who the NPC is for Jade Regent?

Please & thank you.

--C.

Hirakonu, a renegade ogre mage oni.

One of the things I find most impressive about the AP NPCs section is that they give some very good suggestions to fit the NPCs into other APs as well, so you're not strictly limited to a one-on-one AP-NPC mapping.


Samy wrote:
Psiphyre wrote:

May ask who the NPC is for Jade Regent?

Please & thank you.

--C.

Hirakonu, a renegade ogre mage oni.

Thank you.

--C.


captain yesterday wrote:

Thrune Troops! Is last monster, you get Dottari troops (CR 7) and Asmodean Inquisitor troops (CR 9)

Troop subtype explained!

Whoa! They literally have entire battalions of Inqusitors running around?

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