Pathfinder Society Scenario #8-04: Wardens of Sulfur Gulch (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 7–11.

Among the earliest Pathfinders was the Gojan the Sharp, famed for his studies of the technology-strewn wasteland of Numeria before he disappeared forever into the infamous Silver Mount. The Pathfinder Society has uncovered a forgotten cache of Gojan’s Numerian journals identifying sites unknown even to the local barbarian chieftains. The time is right to unearth a pristine piece of alien technology! However, Pathfinders should remember that for every untouched marvel that remains, an unblinking sentry may lie in wait.

This scenario is designed for play in Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild 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.

Written by Isabelle Lee.

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5/5

Played this last night without any prior knowledge, and it now takes its place among my favorite and most memorable scenarios.

I was playing my Cleric of Pharasma / Envoy of Balance, and when we got the briefing I thought I was going to be in for a very boring night full of robots. Doubly so, as I generally hate it when people piss steampunk into my fantasy Frosted Flakes. But the author and devs should be commended for finding a way to combine two different encounter types into a unique experience you won't forget. (Seriously, this is up there on the scale with Traitors Lodge/ Thralls) Both traditional characters and and those who are into tech could contribute.

The Highs

Spoiler:

* The loot - Awesomesauce. Both the tangible items and the boons. And yes... That is a glowing blue cyberart of Pharasma's spire on my cleric's forehead!!!!!!
* The story - Compelling, unique, and engaging
* AI Core - Our GM was awesome, and it's going to take a good one to make this shine. My pharasmin cleric had a blast with SIRI ;) First thinking she was an undead glowing spirit and trying to channel her back to the boneyard. Then trying and failing to use memory domain abilities to jog her memory. Spent the rest of the scenario muttering to himself trying to get his head around how a non-living non-undead sentient being fits in the multiverse and whether or not such an entity had a soul.
* Technological "hive-mind" super haunt - ZOMG mind blown

The Lows

Spoiler:

* Time - There is no way this is going to fit well in a con slot without hand waving alot... We took 6 hours and it could have gone to 7.5-8 if we did the final combat encounter instead of diplomancing it.
* GM Prep - Its going to take your average GM a fair amount of prep to pull this off well. Between several NPCs to interact with, unique effects, and unique mechanics that affect monster stats.


Solid 4-Star Adventure

4/5

The adventure definitely runs a little long and from a technical stand point is one of the most difficult I've ever prepped and not just cause of the technology, just were a lot of little moving pieces and the opportunity for the unpredictable.

Its well written, even when the PC's do the unpredictable. Still, runs long, the technical difficulty associated with prepping it and how some of the haunts/traps are written they are damn-near unavoidable.

Solid 4-star, I like to say "Super really okay"


Best Tech Scenario Ever (or at least yet)

4/5

The Good.

The use of tech was sensible and felt thematic throughout. The entire scenario made good use of it. The monsters that were used/created for the scenario are fantastic to read and run. Overall both the fluff and crunch worked really well.

The Bad.

The haunts all adjusting the boss differently is complex, this is made worse by the fact that the formatting looking for what everything does versus the checks you might need to be making versus the stat blocks are in disparate locations. It would be helpful to have the checks that are done in a certain location actually on the same page as that location not 5-10 pages earlier (4 locations ago)

The Ugly.

The Optional encounter should not have story wise been optional. This scenario runs to time or long so it doesn't happen and it really really should.


Amazing Scenario

5/5

OK, this scenario is plain awesome. Great use of technology and a work-around to make it not annoying, usage of 2 different relatively unused rulesets used in tandam with each other to create great effect, an understandable story that actually gets relayed to the players, well designed encounters, unique and interesting flavor, wonderful and flavorful NPCs, and lots of usage of both combat abilities and skills to boot. This scenario has it all!


4/5

Okay, okay, just a sort one then: I played this one with the 4 players below as the Sovereign Court socialite Savage Technologist. The high points were the moment I was happy to have:
- The fun boon where timeworn gear only has a 20% chance of glitching so I could start the *redacted* so we could *redacted* or exploits
- My trusted construct-bane double-barreled pistol
- A Greater World Serpent combined with Internal Fortitude, which left the GM speechless


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My first scenario! ^_^

(And hopefully not my last...)

Sovereign Court

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Congratulations! Looking forward to more tech scenarios.

Grand Lodge Contributor

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Oooo! Congratulations, Isabelle! I'm looking forward to playing this.

Grand Lodge

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Pathfinder Adventure, Lost Omens, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber

I know a gunslinger that might be looking to retire on this one.

Silver Crusade

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YES! Back to Numeria! I'm looking forward to this one! Congrats on your first scenario.


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Love me some technology in my fantasty.

*crosses fingers*

please be good, please be good

Shadow Lodge

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Aw shoot! If I had realized your scenario was coming out then I'd have added it as a special slot at Tavern Con to have you run it. :D


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Isabelle Lee wrote:

My first scenario! ^_^

(And hopefully not my last...)

Congrats!


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Isabelle Lee wrote:

My first scenario! ^_^

(And hopefully not my last...)

Congratulations :)

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

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Eyyyy! An Isabelle Lee scenario? About time!

Silver Crusade

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Kalindlara! Kalindlara!

Silver Crusade

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Gorbacz wrote:
Kalindlara! Kalindlara!

You got to say it a third time in order to summon her.

KALINDLARA!

Silver Crusade Contributor

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Skyrim crashed a few minutes ago. Weird.

Silver Crusade

Sowwy :(


Congratulations Isabelle! Sadly not looking forward to more tech scenarios. Hopefully not a trend for the 7-11's this season. Looking forward to trying your next one! Be sure to Write a Review when you play/run this everyone!


Majuba wrote:
Congratulations Isabelle! Sadly not looking forward to more tech scenarios. Hopefully not a trend for the 7-11's this season. Looking forward to trying your next one! Be sure to Write a Review when you play/run this everyone!

I would sooooo love to see at least 3 tech scenarios a year. May be in the 3-7 and 7-11 teirs. It would be even better if they were a connected story, like a little story arc with three parts.

Oo, goodness this sooooooooooooo needs to happen.

Community & Digital Content Director

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Removed a post. Constructive criticism is more than OK, but backhanded insults to our authors, development, and editorial teams are not.

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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Maps for #8–04:

This adventure has a full-page custom map. It also makes use of the following.
  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Hill Country
  • Pathfinder Map Pack: Starship Chambers
  • Pathfinder Map Pack: Starship Corridors
  • RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

    I am having trouble waiting ...

    Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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    Lord Fyre wrote:
    I am having trouble waiting ...

    We at Paizo strongly recommend against applying ketchup to your PDFs, though we recognize the specs of some digital devices may vary and be better equipped to accommodate condiments than others.


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    Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    Uh i think i need to play this one!

    Grand Lodge

    paizo wrote:
    Will be available today

    Is Sulfur Gulch still on track for PDF release sometime today? Thx! *Hotly Anticipated*

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Adventure, Lost Omens, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber

    Typical release time is close of business, Pacific time.

    Community & Digital Content Director

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    This is still on track for release today. However, there is a slight technical hurdle with the subscription that is causing it to display as available for tomorrow. Do not panic, this is temporary, and it will be available for purchase this afternoon.

    Shadow Lodge

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    Trust in Robot. Robot is your friend.


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    chorus of voices

    "Thank you, Robot."


    John Compton wrote:
    ** spoiler omitted **

    Thanks John for that list. it will save me prep time. Still waiting to it to appear in my downloads but at least I know what to go dig out and pick up for maps

    Grand Lodge

    Meanwhile, in Numeria...

    Some wizard: "I cast floating disk and polymorph. Is it released yet?"


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    IT'S HERE.

    And it's even better than when I wrote it. Developers are under-appreciated. ^_^

    Grand Lodge

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    Thanks! Got it...and now the fun begins for the first run tomorrow! *puts on robot cowboy hat*

    RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

    Other Abuses?

    How easy would this be to slip into Iron Gods as a side quest?

    Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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    Lord Fyre wrote:

    Other Abuses?

    How easy would this be to slip into Iron Gods as a side quest?

    This could make an interesting side quest before or after The Choking Tower. It might also fit with some of Valley of the Brain Collectors, and with some powering up of encounters, it could even play into some of the Kellid elements in Palace of Fallen Stars.

    RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

    John Compton wrote:
    Lord Fyre wrote:

    Other Abuses?

    How easy would this be to slip into Iron Gods as a side quest?

    This could make an interesting side quest before or after The Choking Tower. It might also fit with some of Valley of the Brain Collectors, and with some powering up of encounters, it could even play into some of the Kellid elements in Palace of Fallen Stars.

    In other words, a "must buy". :)


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    Adding aspects of "recruit the Ghost Wolves to fight the Technic League" might be a good way to tie it in. ^_^

    Vaguely spoilerish stuff:
    There are some aspects that might be redundant to Iron Gods, although I'm sure the individual I'm thinking of wouldn't mind - it might even be a good way to drip-feed certain story elements (concerning Unity and the Divinity) to the players.


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    In any case, if you need assistance integrating it, feel free to ask. ^_^


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    Good to see some occasional stuff with tech! I wouldn't want all tech all the time, but I'd hate for people who took the Technologist feat to feel cheated :)


    As a follow-up to the earlier question, I'm posting some thoughts about this scenario's interactions with Iron Gods here, just in case people want to try integrating it with that AP. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.

    Wardens of Sulfur Gulch and Iron Gods:
    Isirah obviously has some echoes of Casandalee; while the two are different in many ways, adding Isirah to the campaign might steal some of Casandalee's thunder. Consider carefully before adding this scenario to Iron Gods.

    I received the following questions; I'm sharing the answers here for others to consider for their campaigns.

    Quote:
    Unlikely, but would Isirah have any idea who/what Casandalee is?

    Not in the slightest. Casandalee lived and died long after the spaceship crash. Isirah would know what androids were, though, in the same way a Golarion native would know what halflings were.

    Quote:
    How would the two characters interact?

    Isirah would be eager to learn more about the android AI, especially since Casandalee was a spellcaster in life (and Isirah was deeply fascinated by the idea of magic). In addition, Casandalee's travels across Golarion would be of great interest to the exploration-obsessed starfarer.

    For her part, Casandalee's reactions are hard to gauge. I'd have her be wary at first - for all she knows, this other AI is just a disguised agent of Unity. Beyond that, just see how things develop.

    Quote:
    What might Isirah know about the larger plot of Iron Gods?

    Very little. In my personal headcanon, the Aerotech Synthesis Compound wasn't part of Divinity at all - it was one of the smaller ships that accompanied Divinity. (Reference the inside front cover of The Divinity Drive.) She would know of Unity, but only in its mundane form as the central AI of Divinity - she wouldn't know about its madness or its rise to godhood. Likewise, she would know nothing of Numeria, the Technic League, or anything else of Golarion. She might know a little about the various Dominion creatures in Book 4, but that information is mostly lost to her as a result of Imperfect Transference.

    If anyone has further questions about integrating the two, PMs are open; alternatively, starting a thread in the Iron Gods subforum (and PMing me a link) might be wise. ^_^

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