Pathfinder Society Scenario #8-07: From the Tome of Righteous Repose (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 3–7.

When the necromancer-king Tar-Baphon rose as a lich and threatened to conquer all of Avistan, Taldor rallied its neighbors and led the Shining Crusade, a glorious campaign that defeated the Whispering Tyrant’s armies and sealed him away. For the better part of a millennium, Lastwall has guarded Tar-Baphon’s prison and fended off the orc tribes to the north, rarely sparing a second thought to the rich archaeological secrets that lie just below the soil. A local venture-captain has found a lost chapter to the Tome of Righteous Repose, which chronicles the demise of countless heroes of the Shining Crusade. At long last, this has earned the Society Lastwall’s blessing to uncover these lost sites, lay to rest the fallen crusaders, and repatriate the family heirlooms they carried to battle.

"From the Tome of Righteous Repose" is an evergreen, replayable scenario designed to provide a flexible adventure that confronts the PCs with a variety of threats more common to higher-level characters—all while uncovering the history of one of Avistan’s greatest conflicts. Depending on which lead the PCs take, they might explore the proud crusader nation of Lastwall, travel into the gloom-shrouded mountains of Ustalav, or risk an expedition into the orc-ruled wastes of Belkzen in pursuit of lost history.

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 Andrew Hoskins.

Note: This product is part of the Pathfinder Society Scenario Subscription.

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GM'd this one today for the first time - was great! I had a really good time running it.

GM's be aware it takes quite a bit of prep time to get it right, probably 3 times as much as I'd do on an average scenario, but I think it's worth the time for how cool it is. Plus reusing it will totally pay off.

I will say though that the difficulty is certainly above average - at least was in what I generated. We had 6 players, many of them quite experienced, and an APL that was just barely low enough to stay in low tier. I was expecting them to breeze through but after a few good roles it came very close to a TPK. They pulled it off in the end though - no deaths.


A great scenario, I want to replay it over and over!

*****

Played this last night with a party of four at high subtier. We had a great GM who was able to seamlessly integrate the apparently random elements so that they made sense in the context of the exploration. One player had played it three times already, and still had fun without knowing what was going to happen. The fact that it's a 3-7 replayable is fantastic, I have a lot of mid-level PCs who are eligible.


Near Bonekeep-levels of Difficulty, but well worth $5

****( )

Concept - 5 stars. I'd give 6 if I could. 1 of 3 random dungeon themes, several encounter tables, GM freedom to place encounters, bestiary included! It is playable by every character you have, level 3-7. There's a respectable boon, and the loot list is an exciting read-through without being so esoteric as to be bland and so vanilla as to be a waste of ink. This is a beautiful concept and frankly I'm surprised it took PFS leadership so long to come up with this. I hope to see more.

Product - 4 stars. The editing is surprisingly pretty good on first and second read through, though some sections could stand to be re-ordered. I've run it once and it came in under 4 hours feeling just a wee bit rushed, limited by store hours. I'd have been very comfortable if I had had five hours. 1+ hour GM prep is required the first time. I think it'll be much quicker in successive runs. It's Evergreen status means the map pack is worth buying and is in the mail as we speak for about 15 USD, though you could just as well run it on ye olde battlemat like I did the first time.

Play - 3 stars. Bring your A-game Pathfinders. The encounter charts have some near-Bonekeep levels of .... um.. crockery. I made player-favoring mistakes and it was still a very hard time for five veteran players, with one character living only by the grace of an in-store purchase earlier in the evening. The second Fame has only one chance to acquire it - my five-player, balanced party, high-tier group of all veteran gamers failed. A GM must make very careful selections and choice editing of the encounter tables. For later iterations of this concept, I'd recommend a milder selection and more mainstream list of encounter options.

I take my turn as a player of this scenario in three days.

Misc notes: Like the name of the creature on p44!
Like the name of the quest-giving NPC.
Any chance of rolling haunts has been blacked out of my copy. That's one level of crockery that won't happen to my players at least.
Between printing, binding & map purchase, this one has run me around $25 USD and I still consider it worth it - it'll pay for itself about the third time I use it.


Amazing game, A lot of prep

****( )

This evergreen is getting a lot of positive feedback, and there is a reason for that, it is awesome! I loved running this, my players loved playing it, and I am looking forward to playing it myself in a few weeks. The only thing that keeps this from being a 5 star game for me is how much prep work it takes. This can not be run like the Confirmation and Wounded Wisp where you have the players roll at the table. You need to spend about an hour or 2 before hand doing prep, rolling everything out, setting up your hidden stuff, and just figuring out everything. Lot of fun but a lot of work.


A brave new world?

*****

This is a hard one to give a conventional review. It's utterly unlike any PFS scenario before it, so it can't fairly be compared to any PFS scenario that came before!

Still, I'm giving 5 stars based almost entirely in support of the PFS strategic experiment in creating a configurable dungeon for PFS play. For the unitiated, expect extreme table variation in this scenario. However, that's the entire point OF the scenario... to be quite replayable and never get the same adventure twice.

Pros:
As an evergreen, it won't get stale as quickly as The Confirmation or Wounded Wisp. It'll take over two dozen playthroughs to be able to see every combination of location and end boss/linked minions, and when you factor in two tiers and the additional "random" dungeon elements to be added it can be literally hundreds of different experiences.

Cons:
Its very strength is also a liability... in prepping/scheduling this scenario you almost have to have players not just RSVP the event but also sign up a specific PC if not tier, as well as disclose prior locations/opposition arcs they've previously encountered so that the GM can best tailor the upcoming run to the players.

Potential pro OR con, depending on POV:
A malicious GM certainly could bend over backwards to generate a very challenging grind in the tradition of hardmode or bonekeep, if he were so inclined. While that may appeal to forewarned players, springing such a deathtrap on unsuspecting players may not go over so well. Try not to go out of your way to create killer dungeons or else PFS brass won't give us more nice things!


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Grand Lodge Contributor

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Announced for October!

Sorry, Liz. Beat you to it! I'm just really excited.

Shadow Lodge

Oh hai

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

A 3-7 evergreen!? This sounds awesome. ^_^

Sovereign Court

^ Tombs, Orcs and a Lich? Plus its an evergreen! Very excited for this.

Sovereign Court

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Class Deck, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Is this the Confirmation for higher level threats? This sounds like the Confirmation but for higher level threats.

Can we get Janira Gavix killed again?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

I have it on pretty good authority that she is in-tier for it.

Shadow Lodge

A 3-7 evergreen? Really? Let it be true!!!

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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The Usual Suspect wrote:
A 3-7 evergreen? Really? Let it be true!!!

Confirmed!


John Compton wrote:
The Usual Suspect wrote:
A 3-7 evergreen? Really? Let it be true!!!
Confirmed!

SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Huh. Very interested to see how this will work.

Liberty's Edge

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Oh! Another Andrew Hoskins Scenario! Really looking forward to it!

Dark Archive

VERY nice --
And in a lore-rich area too!
(I am hoping that we hear more of General Arnisant and the Shining Crusade. ^_^ )


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I can't even imagine what the page count will be for this. Fascinating, and I know a player who will be ecstatic over the Ustalav element.

Scarab Sages

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Woo hoo...Lastwall, and an Evergreen.


Now we are so happy, we do the dance of joy!

Grand Lodge

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I think this experiment is going to be a success.


*patiently waits* *patiently waits* *gets antsy*

Shadow Lodge

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Just glanced over it, this looks very cool Andrew! I can't wait to run it. Kudos to you and the PFS team for this!

Scarab Sages

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Shevar Besnik is my new favorite Venture-Captain.

Grand Lodge

Played this last night with 4 on the upper sub-tier. It has a nice story arc and integrates well with some of the early Pathfinder AP/Campaign content (Carrion Crown, especially), further developing an important storyline. We played a variant with exceptionally creepy monsters for Halloween that kept us on our toes! There are definitely some nasties in there! :-) We had fun, and it was a 4 hr. delve. I am looking forward to the next random run!


Just going to ask... why not just make three cool scenarios that can be played in any order rather than try fit so much cool sounding content between two covers?

Grand Lodge

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Because an evergreen is meant to be replayed by the same players multiple times. Three separate scenarios would have less variance between playthroughs and be less useful as replayable scenarios, if they were even classified as such.

Also, the experimental part of this scenario is giving GMs more freedom in assigning encounters and tactics, since a major complaint about organized play is that there is no recourse to adjust the scenario on the fly.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

In addition, three different scenarios could be played by the same characters three times each. ^_^

Grand Lodge Contributor

Shifty wrote:
Just going to ask... why not just make three cool scenarios that can be played in any order rather than try fit so much cool sounding content between two covers?

The way the story is structured, it could probably just be one non-evergreen scenario. Imagine that during the writing process an author brainstorms several possibilities, then chooses the best one. This scenario chooses the best dozen or so and leaves it in the hands of the GM to randomly select or choose what is best for their gaming group.

Essentially, GMs get access to all the crazy ideas the author has, instead of just one idea.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Statblock question:
p. 32 ORC IMMOLATOR and ORC PYRO

where does the Resist fire 6 come from?

Fire Adaptation (Ex) doesn't kick in until level 10 for resist fire.

also shouldn't Fire Adaptation (Ex) give them "+4 bonus on all saving throws against fire and heat spells and effects" starting at level 2?


Possible answer:
chopswil wrote:

p. 32 ORC IMMOLATOR and ORC PYRO

where does the Resist fire 6 come from?

Fire Adaptation (Ex) doesn't kick in until level 10 for resist fire.

also shouldn't Fire Adaptation (Ex) give them "+4 bonus on all saving throws against fire and heat spells and effects" starting at level 2?

Resist 6, huh; are they pyrokineticists with the heat adaptation utility talent and 3 current burn?

Sovereign Court

Might want to take spoilery questions to the spoiler-tagged thread in the PFS GM discussion forum.


Thanks for the replies, seems reasonable enough :)

I look forward to having a go at that part :)

Grand Lodge Contributor

Rogue Eidolon wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

CORRECT! (As usual.)

And yes, please bring any spoiler-y discussions to the GM thread.


John Compton wrote:
The Usual Suspect wrote:
A 3-7 evergreen? Really? Let it be true!!!
Confirmed!

So we can apply this scenario up to one time for each character regardless of the tier? or is just the lower tier replayable?

Grand Lodge

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It can be applied to any Tier 3-7 character you play or as GM credit. The one copy per character rule also still applies.


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thanks for confirming what I assumed :)


Poimandres wrote:

VERY nice --

And in a lore-rich area too!
(I am hoping that we hear more of General Arnisant and the Shining Crusade. ^_^ )

Still bummed that the General isn't a dog.....


I have a question about GMing this scenario multiple times. I've GMed this scenario twice. Both have been reported, but in my sessions list for the second session it says

"Player has already run scenario at session # 138 of event # 63471 A Muse N Games on November 08, 2016."

And the prestige for this session is reported as 0.

To me this implies that I DON'T receive credit for the second session. Could somebody clear this up for me? I've already run this scenario 2 additional times and applied the credit to future GM blobs so I'd like to know if I can keep applying the credit! Thanks.

Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this scenario

Grand Lodge

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It is a known bug in the reporting system. For this scenario, ignore it.

Liberty's Edge

How are we GMs supposed to handle the chronicle sheets? I take it we need to cross out all of the items not listed in the specific encounter arc treasure package?

Grand Lodge Contributor

The PCs should only gain access to the items they aquire. Cross all the others off.

Scarab Sages

Any tips for preparing this scenario? I'll be running it a few days from now and any tips would be helpful :)


I have a couple questions about applying credit from running this scenario as a GM:

1. Do I still have to cross off all the items that were not from the encounter arc I chose to run, or can I access all of these items because none of my characters were there?

2. Do PCs only receive the Worthy Foe boon affecting one of the four groups of enemies, based on which encounter arc they went through? How do you apply this boon to GM characters?

Aside from that, I'd just like to make the comment that this scenario was my first time GMing a table of PFS, and I think this scenario is really nice to have as a GM that doesn't have access to any other scenarios yet. Having one book that I can run forever is pretty cool.

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