Pathfinder Society Scenario #7–11: Ancients' Anguish (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 7-11.

When the Jeweled Sages, an ancient order of Osirian scholars, fled Qadiran invaders millennia ago, some perished, and others disappeared deep into territories once held by the pharaohs of old. With the help of the Jeweled Sages' long-abandoned tools, the eminent Tahonikepsu has discovered one of the sages' last known whereabouts in the wilds of Nex. What secrets lie within these inhospitable ruins that date back to the Age of Darkness, and what fate did the so-called Amethyst Sage meet within?

Content in "Ancients' Anguish" also contributes directly to the ongoing storyline of the Scarab Sages faction.

Written by Mikko Kallio.

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A real gem..

*****

As part of my preparation for the final Scarab Sages scenario (Salvation of the Sages), I finally got round to playing this scenario. It more less picks up where Beacon Below ended and I can only see it as a somewhat unofficial part 2 as you really don’t want to play these scenarios out of order. Indeed, some of the NPCs reappear and it’s nice to see how choices you’ve once made influence newer scenarios.

This scenario, as was the case with Beacon Below, is primarily an investigation with some combats and role-play on the side. While there are some options for good role-play, I feel like they aren’t as fleshed out as could be. Honestly, I think that’s a good thing as the scenario might run too long otherwise.

I rather enjoyed the investigation. The level of detail really brought the place alive in a relatively subtle way. The library and the chase scene were fun and really promoted teamwork as well, and that’s something I occasionally miss in other scenarios. They’re also a great test because the combats can be rather mean and tough to deal with. While we were by no means weak or not optimized, we did struggle a few times simply due to the sheer number of enemies. It made victory all the sweeter though.

I also consider this a very important scenario story wise for the faction of the Scarab Sages. It is not often you find such a “valuable source of information”, although it really made my follower of Pharasma struggle with her own ideals. I can only assume that the decision of what to do with this source of information will return later on and I’m honestly really looking forward to it.


Immortal Killer

****( )

Anguish is yet another research, investigation, and combat based scenario in season 7.

The research section of Anguish was much improved from previous scenarios. A story was told as we progressed. The design (numerically) had us on the edge of our seats and we barely made it. Having handouts provided by scenario made this section understandable and run at a good pace.

The first encounter was also well designed and cinematic, without taking too much time.

The big boss fight was somewhat underwhelming and was easily defeated using tier 1-5 tactics, which is just not good enough for subtier 10-11.

There was also a moral decision at the end which was interesting. The unfortunate part is that it adds to the word count without adding anything to the scenario.

”Detailed Rating”:

Length: Medium. 4 hours but could run faster. We started 30+ minutes late and the GM took the time to hand draw the map.
Experience: Player at subtier 10-11 with 6 powerful characters.
Sweet Spot: TBD.
Entertainment: Both the storm and research encounters had improved mechanics and story. (8/10)
Story: The story was perhaps the best part of this scenario. (9/10)
Roleplay: A little at the start and end. (3/10)
Combat/Challenges: Everything was great except the BBG. (8/10)
Maps: Good if you’re a GM that draws on-the-fly. As a player, not that interesting. (7/10)
Boons: Incredible boons, especially for the Scarab Sages. (10/10)
Uniqueness: A little too much research in season 7. (5/10)
GM Preparation: TBD.

Overall: The story was good but somewhat forgettable. Having said that there's been too many research scenarios (and skill challenges in general) in season 7 for me. (8/10)


One of the Best Season 7s

*****

This scenario follows the ongoing story of the Scarab Sage faction. It's thoroughly enjoyable, and I highly recommend that anyone (but particular Scarab Sages) give it a shot.

Combat-wise, it's challenging without being ridiculous. When I played, we had a dedicated striker in the party who was able to absolutely ream many of our opponents. Despite this, I and several others nearly died in a particular encounter due to the difficulty of the creature we were fighting. It was exciting, but at no point did I feel that our opponents were overpowered.

Story-wise, it's an excellent discovery-style adventure. There is not a lot of negotiation (though where it does happen, it works very well, with tried-and-true mechanics). However, there is a *lot* of story, background, and setting to discover. In some cases this involves simple rolls. In others, it involves more complex mechanics that, quite frankly, are extremely well thought-out. Unlike previous versions of this particular "kind" of skill roll, the one here both (a) makes sense, and (b) doesn't unnecessarily prolong the adventure.

The story culminates in a choice that actually feels like a choice. Unlike other scenarios where choices are made, the choice here presents an honest-to-god moral dilemma for the players, particularly if you have a wide variety of alignments.

Suffice it to say, this adventure is an excellent one. It's absolutely worth playing, and was probably the most enjoyable adventure I've played in a few months!


A well rounded adventure

*****

This scenario has just enough choices to make players feel that they're shaping the story without diluting the overall plot.


***( )( )

Played this at the high tier. Party was a sorcerer, a witch, a barbarian and a Hunter.

The scenario premise is quite cool but I found it lacking. Not enough to dislike it but it won't be in my favourites.

Here are my thoughts:

* There are roleplay opportunities but they are few and nothing special.
* The scenario is combat light and I felt that it needed some more action.
* There is a puzzle element to this scenario but quite frankly it felt forced and probably not necessary. I'd much rather these sort of mechanics were left out and kept to a minimum.

The scenario could have been a nice dungeon crawl but there isn't enough to it for my tastes.


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Announced for November!

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16

Huh, interesting to get 3 more scenarios by 2014's top 4 in the same order. Cool!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Definitely looking forward to continuing the Scarab Sage plotline!

Scarab Sages

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Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber

Scenario #7-11 is a Tier 7-11!

Paizo Employee Developer

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RocMeAsmodeus wrote:
Scenario #7-11 is a Tier 7-11!

*Head explodes from the meta-ness*

Sovereign Court

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RocMeAsmodeus wrote:
Scenario #7-11 is a Tier 7-11!

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You have no clue how happy this makes me.

Shadow Lodge

Rock that Codex, rock it!

Just mused yesterday when we might see Girtablilu.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Looking at that cover, I'm so glad my Scarab Sage Alchemist has wings.

Shadow Lodge

So you'd think but that's an archer as well.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

I'm pretty sure it doesn't shoot claws and stingers.

Paizo Employee Developer

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
I'm pretty sure it doesn't shoot claws and stingers.

Hey Linda, we need one with girtablilu that fire stingers! Public demands it!


John Compton wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
I'm pretty sure it doesn't shoot claws and stingers.
Hey Linda, we need one with girtablilu that fire stingers! Public demands it!

You only need a Amulet of Mighty Fists with the Sharding property from the Weapon Master´s Handbook to have that, now.


Can you smell what the rock is cooking..with his fire shooting tail of awesome

Scarab Sages

This, all of this... I've loved the manscorpion form ever since DragonStrike when I was first introduced to it.


Just played this last night. It was a lot of fun. Pro tip:

Spoiler:
Don't break the relic/thing that powers the rebirth machine. Just don't. We got real lucky.


Juicetice wrote:

Just played this last night. It was a lot of fun. Pro tip: ** spoiler omitted **

Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

*deep breath*

Paizo Employee Developer

andreww wrote:
Juicetice wrote:

Just played this last night. It was a lot of fun. Pro tip: ** spoiler omitted **

Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

*deep breath*

I am glad to hear that someone made that additional text worthwhile!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Juicetice wrote:
Pro tip: ** spoiler omitted **

Proof positive that the solution to everything is not automatically "SMASH!" :-)

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