Pathfinder Adventure Path #103: The Hellfire Compact (Hell's Vengeance 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

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All Hell Breaks Loose!

The Hell's Vengeance Adventure Path begins with "The Hellfire Compact," an exciting new adventure in which the players take the roles of evil characters in the diabolical empire of Cheliax! A paladin of Iomedae and knight-errant of the Glorious Reclamation comes to the town of Longacre, inspiring the citizens to join the uprising against the Thrice-Damned House of Thrune. First as amoral mercenaries, then as retainers of the wicked archbaron of Longacre, the evil adventurers must move quickly to put down the insurgency and keep the town from falling to the knight's rebellion.

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path launches the Hell's Vengeance Adventure Path and includes:

  • "The Hellfire Compact," a Pathfinder adventure for 1st-level characters, by F. Wesley Schneider.
  • A gazetteer of Longacre, the small town in Cheliax that serves as the setting for this adventure, by F. Wesley Schneider.
  • Details on the Glorious Reclamation, a knightly order dedicated to Iomedae that sparks the events of this campaign, by Rob McCreary.
  • Magical mayhem and ill tidings from afar in the Pathfinder's Journal, by Josh Vogt.
  • A bestiary of frightful new monsters, by Paris Crenshaw, Mikko Kallio, and Jason Keeley.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-818-2

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I did a quick read through, when I first got my copy but now I'm going back over and giving it a much more deserving read through. So the rating may change, but I doubt it. Even as much disinterest I have in the plot (agents of Throne vs the Glorious Reclamation rather than simply being an Evil AP) I still like the additional parts of this product, such as the bestiary and the information on the Glorius Reclamation itself.


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ErisAcolyte-Chaos jester wrote:
JohnHawkins wrote:

A good guideline is that the most disruptive alignment in a group is either:-

1) The one played by the trouble-making player who wants to be a pain(or is just incapable of getting on with a group)
2) The Alignment recommended against by the GM which does not fit the morality of the campaign , usually associated with a character totally inappropriate to the campaign
3)The Alignment most different from the majority of the party (Lone evil in a good party, lone good in an evil party) although I have seen many games were this has worked excellently
which is why balance is so important, lone good or evil tend to change the party alignment in their general direction unless they don't force it on the others. Agents of evil actually covers this point. provided the players don't act in a stupid fashion (don't be a stupid evil, chaotic stupid, or lawful stupid).

And just to remind everyone: Lawful Good is not the same as Lawful Nice.

And yeah I was in a party where I played a lawful neutral tiefling monk. She was the most pragmatic of the group: believing that rescuing trapped villagers would make them owe the party one as well as causing confusion to their common foe and using the villagers as a distraction amongst the chaos. The group sadly fell apart on account that we had a good amount of varying degrees of alignment conflicts: we were an evil party. Two Chaotic evil characters (one was a ranger and the other a ninja), a neutral evil investigator, a lawful evil cleric and a lawful neutral monk didn't quite work out.

But anyhow I've always enjoyed lawful good characters as they tend to want to work with others, even if they don't quite like some of their more chaotic friends.

Actually now that I think about it the parties that seemed to work excellently well in my experience are those who were usually all good or one step away from a good alignment. I've seen a neutral gargoyle Druid, a lawful good half elf paladin, a chaotic good elven wizard, a chaotic neutral human ranger, and a lawful good half goblin paladin work extremely well with one another with the only heated argument being who came first: gargoyles or elves? The verdict is still out on that one though.

Btw when is the player's guide supposed to come out? I heard it was next month but I figured that what with the last two Hell's Rebels books coming out this month, the player's guide for Hell's Vengeance would be out this month.


Ron Lundeen wrote:
Evelyn Jones wrote:
It's entertaining to see how an "Evil" campaign will be done, and hopefully it will be well-written (I have high hopes, considering most of the writers are not the "big-name" ones and will therefore have new views and opinions).
I'm trying to embiggen my name! :-)

Ron, do not sell yourself short. Those of us from Verbobonc remember your contributions to the Living Greyhawk campaign and beyond. ;)

As for this adventure, I would really like to play in it. My local group has had experience in playing in an Evil PC campaign (one of my friends was so evil, she invented sky-writing advertisements to bring more traffic to her brothel). But we also did not devolve into PvP fighting as we all had a common enemy. My only issue will be time.

Sovereign Court

We can we expect to see the "Player's Guide" for this AP?

Paizo Employee Developer

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The aim is to have the Player's Guide be available by the street date of the first volume, so February 24th.

Lantern Lodge

I wonder if the player guide will introduce some subsystem rules for this AP linked to the political context.

I am quite curious to see this AP.

Paizo Employee Developer

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Hell's Vengeance doesn't have a subsystem like Hell's Rebels, so no such subsystem is going to show up in the Player's Guide.


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I recently noticed something while rereading Inner Sea Gods. Apparently Iomedae had plans to purge Asmodeus from Cheliax once the Worldwound was closed. So what assumption if any does this adventure path make about the current status of the Worldwound? If it hasn't been closed yet, then the Glorious Reclamation jumped the gun and moved against Asmodeus too soon. On the other hand, if the Worldwound has been closed, any followers of Iomedae who favor inaction would be in direct defiance of their deity.


David, I think it's more likely the Glorious Reclamation jumped the gun. But I could be wrong.


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It probably won't matter much to the target audience of this adventure (players of evil characters, who by definition would not worship Iomedae). But as background material for a PC from an Iomedae worshiping Chelish family, it would be less convenient (and thus much more interesting) if Iomedae were fully behind that movement.

On the other hand, since she can easily see that this effort is doomed, I would imagine that she either is not the driving force behind it or has done something to give herself plausible deniability about it. Either way, it is obvious that Chelish worshipers of Iomedae are going to have a lot of problems as a result of this adventure.

Dark Archive

The Worldwound is not closed.
No other AP than Shattered Star assumes that anything has happened different from the Inner Sea Hardcover timeline.

That is something that can only work for a few years and needs to be adressed every few years.
The Forgotten Realms Setting changed very frequent and Golarion doesn't change at all.
Something in between (like Shattered Star assumed that Rise of the Runelords and Curse of the Crimson Throne and maybe Second Darkness and Jade Regent happened before) would be nice.


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Marco the problems with assuming that other AP's have already been run are many
1) Your group may have run it with a different outcome
2) You may want to run the AP's in a different order
3) changing the world based on AP's makes people less likely to buy and run the older AP's
4) A constantly changing world requiring buy in to the metaplot puts off a lot of customers as you break the bit they like or require them to buy new books to keep current. For instance the metaplots of Shadowrun, Vampire, Forgotten realms, Battletech and Earthdawn have all put me off by moving the world in a direction I disagreed with. The metaplot of Traveller completely splintered the fan base , I am sure there are many other examples thats just the games I pay attention to.
5) Some of the AP's (Wrath of the Righteous for example) are massively world altering and no two will have ended the same way and if Paizo publish a result it will not fit into any attempt by a group to maintain continuity across AP's (I don't I just reset the world each time much more practical) For instance when I ran Runelords my players took time out to exterminate every goblin in the area and built a permenant fortress there, which makes the early part of Jade Regent impossible, My players from Wrath liberated Cheliaz because there version of the Righteous crusade was lead by level 20 Mythic 10 Paladins, Wizards, Oracles and Rangers. Accounting for these high level world changing characters makes continuity almost impossible


I agree with John. Having such a world changing event like closure of the Worldwound makes for some very, VERY tricky meta-gaming for many people.

That being said, I do think Reign of Winter happened, along with Carrion Crown and probably Giantslayer too.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:

I agree with John. Having such a world changing event like closure of the Worldwound makes for some very, VERY tricky meta-gaming for many people.

That being said, I do think Reign of Winter happened, along with Carrion Crown and probably Giantslayer too.

Point being "YOU" (or your table count them as happening). It get's REALLY confusing if different tables...with different results...expect canon history to follow suite...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Thomas Seitz wrote:

I agree with John. Having such a world changing event like closure of the Worldwound makes for some very, VERY tricky meta-gaming for many people.

That being said, I do think Reign of Winter happened, along with Carrion Crown and probably Giantslayer too.

Not canoncialy yet, no. The timing of when the events in ANY adventure path occur, and of how they play out, are pretty much left to the GM.

Dark Archive

Most endings don't change the face of Golarion very much.

Rise of the Runelords:
Killing the boss doesn't change anything for Varisia, not doing so would change the land from the default setting in the Inner Sea World Guide.
So it is a reasonable assumption that a Runelord awoke, tried to conquer the land and was stopped by a band of heroes.

These events should be acknowledged in later APs that take place in the same area as they are in Shattered Star (at least in a sidebar).
As long as the changes to the Campaign setting are minimal, the APs could have happened.

The only APs that would change the face of Golarion in any significant way (assuming the players win) are:

Wrath of the Righteous
(as the potential closure of the Worldwound would change Mendev and Sarkoria).

and to a lesser degree Hell's Rebels (as a small portion of Cheliax would become independant).

So i don't see the problem of publishing a "Campaign Setting Gazetteer" with an updated timeline every few years.


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Reign of Winter has some pretty far reaching consequences if the player characters fail.

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Cap'n Yesterdays Winter Revenge wrote:
Reign of Winter has some pretty far reaching consequences if the player characters fail.

Almost every AP has that.

Failure would change more than victory.

It would be very interesting to play an AP in an alternate timeline where the bad guys won every AP.

That would be apocalyptic.


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Okay, so if the Worldwound hasn't been closed, then the actions of the Glorious Reclamation are not driven by Iomedae's original plan.

That changes the question to whether circumstances drove a change of plans on her part. It will be interesting to see whether it was the idea of a few zealots to try to overthrow House Thrune or whether House Thrune did something so unacceptable that Iomedae's followers felt compelled to act.


David knott 242 wrote:

Okay, so if the Worldwound hasn't been closed, then the actions of the Glorious Reclamation are not driven by Iomedae's original plan.

That changes the question to whether circumstances drove a change of plans on her part. It will be interesting to see whether it was the idea of a few zealots to try to overthrow House Thrune or whether House Thrune did something so unacceptable that Iomedae's followers felt compelled to act.

I think it was more the fact the Order of the Godclaw took something that didn't belong to them.

Shadow Lodge

This particular AP revisits Westcrown. Doesn't that beg the question of whether Council of Thieves happened?


James said that the Westcrown in HV will be a clean slate and up to the GM to determine what happened.

As I talked about before, that does make me wonder if the Shadowcurse is still there when the GR rolls in and and if they will come into conflict with Ilnerik and the CoT. Potential Rp where the players decide wether or not to aid Ilnerik? Just how would he be Rp'd?

I dunno if the COT AP brought it up, but was Ilnerik acting with Thrune's ok when he started the curse? Even though Westcrown is an ignored backwater, I still imagine there is a 'No one messes with my cities!' thing going on with Thrune if Ilnerik was off the leash.


Manny,

I was under the impression that Ilnerik was operating mostly on his own.

Even so, I don't think Thrune has much use for a lowly servant causing this much consternation when it comes to taking back the heartlands/coast.

Silver Crusade Contributor

Council of Thieves:
The CoT books offer varying and sometimes contradictory information, but the most consistent version is that House Thrune specifically hired Ilnerik to haunt Westcrown's streets.

I'd find it really interesting to team up with Ilnerik in Hell Comes to Westcrown.


*looks at Kal's spoiler*

Huh. Well I'll take your word for it Kal. We'll just have to see when Hell does indeed come to Westcrown.

Silver Crusade Contributor

Trying to sort out the canon of Council of Thieves is an adventure in itself. ^_^

If it helps, though, courtesy of What Lies In Dust:

Council of Thieves:
It was not without a delicious sense of irony that (Ilnerik) Sivanshin returned to Westcrown after the House of Thrune quietly contacted him to provide a service. He and his shadows were to serve in Westcrown as the midnight guard, enforcing an after-dark curfew and rendering it nigh-impossible for Westcrown’s citizenry to engage in sedition or other acts of upheaval unseen.


Mm...

I forgot about What Lies in Dust

Dark Archive

There better be a sidebar in this adressing things that happened before and how to handle them.


DM Wellard wrote:

The fact remains that in Evil parties the players spend more time thinking of ways to screw each other rather than working to complete the adventure...

You are just wrong. Sorry. You just are. Get mature players.


Malovec wrote:
You are just wrong. Sorry. You just are. Get mature players.

That was from four months ago. Probably don't need to bring it up at this point.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
There better be a sidebar in this adressing things that happened before and how to handle them.

Trust us. We know what we're doing. There'll be information talking about how this AP and Council of Thieves interact. We don't have much more to say about it right now because...

1) It's still half a year away from mattering because that volume is coming out in July, and...

2) It's not matierial that's yet been developed or even created. Development of that last volume of Hell's Vengeance will be starting later this month.

So... have patience and trust us to do what needs to be done, I guess?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
There better be a sidebar in this adressing things that happened before and how to handle them.

Trust us. We know what we're doing. There'll be information talking about how this AP and Council of Thieves interact. We don't have much more to say about it right now because...

1) It's still half a year away from mattering because that volume is coming out in July, and...

2) It's not matierial that's yet been developed or even created. Development of that last volume of Hell's Vengeance will be starting later this month.

So... have patience and trust us to do what needs to be done, I guess?

Okay, i trust you James Jacobs.

Thx for putting my fears to rest. :-)

Dark Archive

By the way:
There is no "february 2016 new release shipping thread" yet but i guess the february products should begin shipping to suscribers on monday 8th (the day of the Superbowl).
With presidents day on february 17th there is one day less to ship this month but that should not be a problem.


There is one, I favorite'd Diego's first post in it.

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captain yesterday wrote:
There is one, I favorite'd Diego's first post in it.

Can you link it?

I can not find it with the search function.


There you go, just had to commandeer the computer from the little guy for a minute, enjoy. :-)

Dark Archive

captain yesterday wrote:
There you go, just had to commandeer the computer from the little guy for a minute, enjoy. :-)

Great, thank you captain yesterday.

I don't know why the search function does not find it.
Have a nice day. :-)


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All of the new release threads are stickies in the Customer Service forum, just head there and you'll see them. Beats having to do another search when March rolls around :)

You probably have the forum collapsed which is maybe why search doesn't find it.


It might be worth mentioning that the shipping thread for a given month is usually stickied (which means that it's pinned to the top of the list of threads) in the Customer Service section, so you can find the shipping threads there.


Marco Massoudi wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
There you go, just had to commandeer the computer from the little guy for a minute, enjoy. :-)

Great, thank you captain yesterday.

I don't know why the search function does not find it.
Have a nice day. :-)

No problem, any time. :-)

Thanks! Every day is a good day, some are better than others, but today so far is going great (granted, it just started ^-^)


All I care about right now is seeing the Player's Guide for this AP mostly.

Dark Archive

So anyone got this yet?

Dark Archive

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Downloading mine as I type this. Not even a chance to open the files yet.


Kvantum wrote:
Downloading mine as I type this. Not even a chance to open the files yet.

Does that mean yours has shipped? Mine isn't showing as shipped. I re-subbed for this, so I'm not sure if there's some hijinx going on.


Hroren Ironbarrow wrote:
Kvantum wrote:
Downloading mine as I type this. Not even a chance to open the files yet.
Does that mean you're has shipped? Mine isn't showing as shipped. I re-subbed for this, so I'm not sure if there's some hijinx going on.

Shipping takes place over about two weeks, so you should be having it shipped sometime in that period. Not as many people get theirs sent out of the very first shipping day.

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Hroren Ironbarrow wrote:
Kvantum wrote:
Downloading mine as I type this. Not even a chance to open the files yet.
Does that mean you're has shipped? Mine isn't showing as shipped. I re-subbed for this, so I'm not sure if there's some hijinx going on.

Re-subbing can, potentially, mean that your sub is towards the back of the queue. I know it happened to me after I dropped my modules subscription for a while. It's not anything intentional, just how their algorithms sort things. It should take care of itself for later months.


Kvantum wrote:
Hroren Ironbarrow wrote:
Kvantum wrote:
Downloading mine as I type this. Not even a chance to open the files yet.
Does that mean you're has shipped? Mine isn't showing as shipped. I re-subbed for this, so I'm not sure if there's some hijinx going on.
Re-subbing can, potentially, mean that your sub is towards the back of the queue. I know it happened to me after I dropped my modules subscription for a while. It's not anything intentional, just how their algorithms sort things. It should take care of itself for later months.

Ah, that's good to know. I'm down in Australia, so it usually takes a bit longer for the physical product to reach me anyway. Hanging out for the PDF.


When people get their PDFs, I would like to know about the Glorious Reclamation, if they have a unique visual style compared to other worshipers of Iomedae (I picture them wearing blue for some reason), and about the knight-errant guy you're supposed to fight.


I'd also like to know (like many others) about the Bestiary in this book.

Dark Archive

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
I'd also like to know (like many others) about the Bestiary in this book.

Wonder if there'll be more celestials?


Might Mister Nero. We'll just have to wait and see.

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