Pathfinder Adventure Path #107: Scourge of the Godclaw (Hell's Vengeance 5 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Now bound to Queen Abrogail by infernal contracts, the villainous adventurers are tasked with destroying the Glorious Reclamation's headquarters in the former citadel of the Hellknight Order of the Godclaw, where they face a gold dragon ally of Iomedae herself! Only if they can survive the terrible onslaught of this fearsome foe and secure the citadel from the revolutionaries can the vile characters succeed at their quest—to perform an evil ritual, using the dragon's head to craft a legendary weapon capable of defeating the Glorious Reclamation's army of valorous knights once and for all.

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

  • "Scourge of the Godclaw," a Pathfinder adventure for 13th-level characters, by Larry Wilhelm.
  • An exploration of how Cheliax's neighbors respond to the current uprising, by Alex Greenshields.
  • A look into the faith, dogma, and worshipers of the archdevil Geryon, lord of Stygia—Hell's fifth layer—by F. Wesley Schneider.
  • Dark secrets revealed in the Pathfinder's Journal, by Josh Vogt.
  • Five new monsters both dangerous and helpful, by Benjamin Bruck, Paris Crenshaw, Jason Keeley, Greg A. Vaughan, and Larry Wilhelm.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-842-7

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Very diverse but a lot of work for the GM!

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GOOD:
Good illustrations, four very different locations which all have good maps, strong (but mostly not too strong) enemies, good roleplaying opportunities, 2 good minor artifacts and a nice new poison, the "beyond the borders" article where the reaction of the six neighbouring states and 3 organisations is summarized, the very interesting Geryon article with new spell and obediences and a bestiary with 4 (out of 5) cool monsters: Hammer Archon, Nehushtan (tiny NG snake/advanced familiar), Spellgorger (superdeadly) and Zana (fey).

BAD:
The size and build of the "Godclaw Citadel" make it complicated to handle for a GM, lots of enemies with spells, spell-like abilities and extraordinary abilities make it hard to remember everything, You need ALL 5 Bestiaries!
The Duergar Antipaladi sucks as does the Ez-Azael from the bestiary section.

UGLY:
In part 3 the GM has to handle an entire adventurer party of 3 casters and a 4th member with lots of special abilities - that is too much.
The plugging of the "NPC Codex" for one battle only is needless.
The same is true for the "Occult Adventures" book, which you need for only one enemy caster with lots of occult spells you have to read.

All in all the second half of "Hell´s Vengeance" continues to be much better than the first.
It is however an immense workload for the GM, which only expert Gamemasters can handle easily.
If you are a traveling GM and use physical copies, you´d have to carry 13 hardcovers with you!
A little less "bookload" would have been more.


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You are also correct.

I expect they'll start Monday.


I hope we get one or two high CR Celestials in this part's bestiary.


I'm pretty sure we will. No idea if it be more powerful than Astral Deva though...


Does the Astral Deva even warrant a Challenge Rating of 14 though? It seems to me there are a great deal more monsters at CR 14 with far more firepower than that. Also, did they ever revise the Empyreal Lord subtype to make them comparable to the Demon Lord subtype?


Berselius,

I don't think they have for that no.

As for whether an Astra Deva warrents it...considering it has clerical spells on TOP of its normal spell-like abilities...yeah.

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Berselius wrote:
I hope we get one or two high CR Celestials in this part's bestiary.

If a high CR archon fits the bill, then yes. :)


Adam Daigle wrote:
Berselius wrote:
I hope we get one or two high CR Celestials in this part's bestiary.
If a high CR archon fits the bill, then yes. :)

(does the happy dance) :D


Mm an Archon? Cool. :)


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DeciusNero wrote:
I don't have my Cheliax book on hand right now, but I recall it being mentioned (as well as the old Nail fort).

I couldn't find any mention of the Order of the Godclaw in the Cheliax book (if by that you mean Cheliax, The Infernal Empire, the Campaign Setting book).

Dark Archive

So, what are the 5 monsters?

Thx.


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5 monsters:

Greed, Ignorance, Hate, Envy, Hubris.


Seriously what are the creatures?


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Seriously, we don't know. :-)


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Ed Reppert wrote:
DeciusNero wrote:
I don't have my Cheliax book on hand right now, but I recall it being mentioned (as well as the old Nail fort).
I couldn't find any mention of the Order of the Godclaw in the Cheliax book (if by that you mean Cheliax, The Infernal Empire, the Campaign Setting book).

Probably because Citadel Dinyar (the headquarters of the Order of the Godclaw) is in Isger.


captain yesterday wrote:
Seriously, we don't know. :-)

Did you at least like my monsters Captain?

Dark Archive

Anyone have this yet?


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One person said that he has it over in the June shipping thread.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Seriously, we don't know. :-)
Did you at least like my monsters Captain?

I wish I'd come up with that. Although I didn't get some of it (and I don't want to) and some of them seemed to be rather full of themselves.

But yes, very good.


I have my PDF if there are any questions...

-Skeld

Dark Archive

when i went to download this there was no choice between one-file-chapter or one big file.

it only had one-file-chapter

Grand Lodge

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chopswil wrote:

when i went to download this there was no choice between one-file-chapter or one big file.

it only had one-file-chapter

I meant to bring that up in the shipping thread, but got side-tracked.

There isn't a "complete volume" option.

-Skeld


Bestiary please!


KaiserBruno wrote:
Bestiary please!

Spoiler:

Hammer Archon
Ez-Azael
Nehushtan
Spellgorger
Zana

-Skeld


Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
KaiserBruno wrote:
Bestiary please!

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Any chance you can give a little bit of detail on them? Especially the first two.


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KaiserBruno wrote:
Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
KaiserBruno wrote:
Bestiary please!

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Any chance you can give a little bit of detail on them? Especially the first two.

Spoiler:

Hammer Archon - CR18 LG large outsider (it's an Archon)
Ez-Azael - CR12 LG large Outsider (it's a goat thing)
Nehushtan - CR2 NG tiny Magical Beast (it's a snake thing)
Spellgorger - CR12 N large Ooze (it's a spellcaster-hating, floating ooze sphere)
Zana - CR14 NG medium Fey (humanoid-looking fey warrior)

-Skeld

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Skeld wrote:
chopswil wrote:

when i went to download this there was no choice between one-file-chapter or one big file.

it only had one-file-chapter

I meant to bring that up in the shipping thread, but got side-tracked.

There isn't a "complete volume" option.

-Skeld

I noticed that also, is it an error or a change going forward?

Dark Archive

I got my pdf as well and thought I didn't get a complete volume pdf, but I noticed the zip file contains not only the individual chapter pdfs, but also the complete volume pdf. Those of you who want the single volume can just open up the PZO90107E.pdf file.

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This is an error, and we will get it fixed soon!


So is the Hammer Archon anything like the D&D 3.5 Hammer Archon from Races of Stone? Or totally different, I hope?


What does the Ez-Azael and Hammer Archon look like?


Barachiel Shina wrote:
So is the Hammer Archon anything like the D&D 3.5 Hammer Archon from Races of Stone? Or totally different, I hope?

Unsure. I owned that book at one point, but it got Ebayed during the Great Unloading.

-Skeld


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xavier c wrote:
What does the Ez-Azael and Hammer Archon look like?

Hammer Archon looks like a gray-skinned guy in full plate armor (minus helm) holding a big golden hammer.

Ez-Azeal look like a goat. A very fancy goat. With bloody hooves. A sidebar says that it's loosely based on the sacrificial goat from Leviticus.

-Skeld


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Would anyone be able to summarize the reactions of neighboring nations? Do any of them raid or invade Cheliax?


Besides Graxus Phrand and the dragon, what else do the PCs fight at Citadel Dinyar?

Also, what does the Tathlum do?

Dark Archive

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Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
xavier c wrote:
What does the Ez-Azael and Hammer Archon look like?

Ez-Azeal look like a goat. A very fancy goat. With bloody hooves. A sidebar says that it's loosely based on the sacrificial goat from Leviticus.

-Skeld

Ooh, the scapegoat/azrael? Can't wait to read about that one!


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Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
Barachiel Shina wrote:
So is the Hammer Archon anything like the D&D 3.5 Hammer Archon from Races of Stone? Or totally different, I hope?

Unsure. I owned that book at one point, but it got Ebayed during the Great Unloading.

-Skeld

You made an alias for sharing (bragging about) when you get your PDF before everyone else.

How very Captain Yesterday of you!

*sniff* I'm so proud! *sniff*

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David knott 242 wrote:

Would anyone be able to summarize the reactions of neighboring nations? Do any of them raid or invade Cheliax?

Here's the abbreviated version:

Rahadoum retakes Khari no matter which side wins. Andoran declares war on Cheliax's slave trade, but the Supreme Elect can't convince enough members of the People's Council to declare full-scale war. Isger pledges loyalty to Cheliax but sends no troops, and quickly starts negotiating with its other neighbors for an alliance, afraid that it can't survive on its own. Molthune sends troops to help House Thrune, but they mysteriously disappear near the town of Finder's Gulch. Nidal retreats and closes its borders until hostilities end. Sargava is too busy with its own internal problem to take advantage of Cheliax's momentary weakness.


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I, for one, welcome hammer time!

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So, I just gorged myself on my subscriptions (much like Geryon on the rulers of Hell). And I discovered something... interesting.

Spoiler:
The lictor of the Godclaw seems very different between this book and Path of the Hellknight. Different deity, different appearance. It's not completely unexplainable (in fact, upon review, they were more similar than I thought), but it was rather jarring nonetheless.

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Barachiel Shina wrote:
So is the Hammer Archon anything like the D&D 3.5 Hammer Archon from Races of Stone? Or totally different, I hope?

They're not especially comparable, besides "big archon with a hammer". For one, the one here is 9 CRs higher. The old one was more stone-based (which makes sense, given the source), while this one is more law-focused.

So, I'd say your hopes have been answered. ^_^

Dark Archive

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Oh yeah, forgot that this was shipped yesterday .-. Yay for pdf!

Dark Archive

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So lol on chapter Pathfinder Society part of "What will happen if either side of this war wins the rebellion": Stay classy Society, on that side of Neutralness :'D

Dark Archive

I got my pdf today and only had the option of getting separate chapters. I would like to get the single file. Thanks.

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Chris Ballard wrote:
I got my pdf today and only had the option of getting separate chapters. I would like to get the single file. Thanks.

The single file is in that download, though I think they've said they'll be fixing it.

Silver Crusade Contributor

The single file was in mine, along with all the chapters. ^_^

Dark Archive

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I really like the chapter on the various reactions of other nations to the insurrection. Even if one isn't keen on the Adventure, they can open a lot of story possibilities.


*still glad to be able to yell "Stop! Hammer Time!" when the archon shows up*


I too could only download the version where all the chapters are separated. Would definitely like access to the PDF where it's all in one file. Please?

*Edit: Okay, the single PDF was in there with all the others. It was simply titled PZO90107E.pdf and was 22,000 kb in size. So if you have this problem, just look for this particular file and that's the entire adventure in one PDF.

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Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
KaiserBruno wrote:
Skeld, PDF Prophet wrote:
KaiserBruno wrote:
Bestiary please!

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Any chance you can give a little bit of detail on them? Especially the first two.

Nehushtan - CR2 NG tiny Magical Beast (it's a snake thing)

-Skeld

That one's mine!

Dark Archive

I kind of expected the Gold Dragon to be older

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