Pathfinder Society Scenario #9-16: Fallen Family, Broken Name PDF

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A series of five quests designed for levels 1–5.

The Goblinblood Wars that ravaged Isger more than a decade ago didn't just set fire to villages; it destroyed families. Among these was the wealthy Irrica family, all but one who perished during this tumultuous time. Now that Isger's government has begun declassifying reports, the Pathfinder Society has learned that the Irricas commanded some supernatural force that convinced even the mighty House Thrune to give them space. With these leads now public knowledge, the Society sends the PCs to piece together the broken family's history and recover this secret weapon before it falls into the wrong hands.

Fallen Family, Broken Name includes five 1-hour adventures that take the PCs across Isger to uncover the Goblinblood Wars' forgotten events and a family's tragic past. The series includes a beginning adventure and a finale, but players can experience the other parts in any order.

Written by Saif Ansari, Louis Manko Levite, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Kevin Willis, and Scott Young.

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Needed another round of development

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NO SPOILERS

I played through this at high-tier at a convention using my (badly out of subtier) Undine Psychic/Monk. I had an okay time, but there's not much that makes Fallen Family, Broken Name stand out from the pack. I like it even less now that I've read through the scenario and have learned that a lot of the checks and choices we made were completely meaningless. Although it's always handy to have Quests as options when there's not enough time for a traditional scenario, I'd definitely recommend others before this one.

SPOILERS!:
This scenario has a very complex backstory centering on a family in Isger (one of the few nations in the Inner Sea that still lacks a sourcebook). The Irrica family was reported to have gained control of a powerful supernatural creature before the family's fortunes turned irrevocably for the worse during the Goblinblood Wars. The PCs are given a mission by Venture-Captain Brackett to try to discern what this supernatural creature was and whether it can be safely contained or controlled by the Pathfinder Society.

1. "ESTATE": The first Quest has the PCs traipsing around the Irrica's ruined old summer house in search of clues. I don't know why Brackett thinks answers would still be there (fifteen or so years later), and the action feels somewhat trespass-ery (since family descendants are still alive), but I guess Pathfinders are known for often falling on the grey side of the moral spectrum. Anyway, inside the abandoned mansion, the PCs will encounter bandits using it as a campsite and a haunt that creates a vision of a winged monster murdering someone. Smart PCs will recognise the monster as an erinyes devil, the first confirmation that the Irricas did indeed have supernatural assistance. In addition, the PCs should find a will that indicates four items are needed to control the devil (a hellfire rod, a locket, a signet ring, and a mace). It was a solid little introduction to the adventure package.

2. "SCORCH": Having learned that a local goblin tribe, the Scorchfeathers, had stolen one of the items needed to control the devil, the PCs are dropped off by a caravan to head into the Chitterwood in search of them. Finding them allegedly requires Survival checks, but the consequences for failing them are so trivial as to be pointless. (one of my pet peeves in adventure design is when writers are so afraid that PCs won't succeed on a task that they make the outcome of success or failure pretty much the same) Goblins are a Pathfinder mainstay and its hard to do much with them that's original at this point, but the inclusion of a mounted chieftain (on either a gecko or a vulture, depending on tier) and the presence of an angry giant bird called an axe beak kept things lively.

3. "MEMORIAM": I have no recollection of playing this one--maybe our GM skipped it for lack of time? It involves the PCs talking to a distant relative of the Irricas, a woman named Delara, in order to find the locket. Delara has the locket and can be persuaded to let them examine it (a Diplomacy check is asked for, but again there are no consequences for failure). The locket, however, is possessed by the ghost of its previous owner (Althea Irrica), who won't let it be opened unless the PCs reunite it with her engagement ring. It's a bit goofy, frankly. Getting the engagement ring involves rushing over to a merchant caravan and getting into a fight with the lead merchant. Oddly, the dozen caravan guards "are unwilling to intervene in any fight between their employer and the PCs"; some guards! By reuniting the ring and the locket, the locket can be opened to reveal the true name of the erinyes devil and theoretically give the PCs control over it. Weirdly, we don't actually get to find out what the true name is and there's no way to actually control the devil when it (spoiler!) appears in the final quest. You can see that there's a lot of little details and plot points that just don't make much sense, and I think another round of editing or better coordination by the developer would have been useful.

4. "TROVE": I recall thinking at this point in the session that the Pathfinders are going to a *lot* of work to try to get control of a single erinyes devil who hasn't been seen in fifteen years and may or may not even be in Isger. It's a lot of fuss for a single CR 8 creature, but I digress. This Quest has the PCs visit the gnome settlement of Umok to try to track down the mace named in the will. The writer does a good job of describing the town and its distinctive features, and offering two different ways for the PCs to figure out the mace's location: visiting a local butcher shop to ask the owner or visiting the town archives for research. My scholar PC was delighted to have some archives to pour through. It turns out that the mace became the possession of a hobgoblin living out in the foothills. Finding the trail while out in the foothills is said to require a skill check (5 options are offered!), but again there are no consequences for failure and no reason the PCs can't just keep rolling dice ad infinitum. Similarly, Climb checks are listed for the trail but the consequences for failing them are laughable. I just don't get it. Anyway, the hobgoblin is long dead but the path leads to a cavern containing a monstrous creature. At high tier, this was a flame drake and its fiery breath was almost lethal for my PC and another who were playing up.

5. "EPITHET": The series comes to its conclusion with the PCs sent to a ruined old outpost from the Goblinblood Wars in search of the last item mentioned in the will, the ring. After fighting past an ettercap (and maybe some giant spiders), the PCs will be able to retrieve it. But the action doesn't end there, as a member of the Irrica family, Pava, arrives with an armed contingent demanding the ring. Simultaneously (but separately), the erinyes devil appears and demands the ring. The ring offers the bearer and those around them complete protection against the erinyes (convenient!), so the PCs have to decide whether to keep the ring for the Pathfinder Society, give it to the Irricas, or give it to the erinyes devil. My PC, who was Lawful, argued that a family member was clearly the rightful heir of the items (or at least had a far better claim than anyone else). There was some very good role-playing amongst the group, and I really like it when scenarios put the PCs into interesting moral quandaries. What I *didn't* like was later reading the scenario and realising that the choice is illusory: whatever the PCs do, the erinyes flies away and combat with the Irricas starts. Aggravating!

Overall, I wasn't very impressed with Fallen Family, Broken Name. Its plot just doesn't hold together (too many authors without enough coordination), it coddles players by having them effectively automatically succeed on meaningless rolls, and it gives them the feeling of making a big moral decision while simultaneously making the choice meaningless. A scenario like this one passes the time if you don't have anything else to play, but there are better Quest packages out there and this one is mediocre and forgettable.


A good series of quests

****( )

I played this scenario last week. Quentin, see his review below, was also at my table. I more or less echo his thoughts and opinion. This time around the quests were better at telling a story and I felt like the combats were a bit more challenging. Normally it’s a case of just straight up walk to a target and hit it, but in this case that’s not always an option. You have to employ different tactics and I do feel like the opponents were more dangerous in terms of damage output.

I agree with Quentin in the sense that this is my favorite series of quests. Veterans will enjoy this one and newcomers should feel challenged. However if those newcomers are completely new, I think it’s better to run some of the other quests instead. That said I did enjoy the overall story, setting and diversity and would love to see more of this, albeit that the ‘one fight per quest’ thing might be something Paizo could look at for possible improvements.


Great for newcomers, good for veterans.

****( )

(I played this.)

First of all, let me say I'm not a big fan of Quests. They're fine for conventions and letting people play a quick game, but for a regular PFS night, I usually find these scenarios lacking. I tell this to warn you to maybe take my review with a grain of salt.

I think this is the first Quest that delivers on all fronts. They can be properly challenging, tell a cool story, and showcase what Pathfinder is capable of. Isger is a cool place that deserves to be explored more, and the story hook of this adventure is fantastic. All of the previous Quests had at least one weak (or weaker) adventure, but I think these are all of equally excellent writing. I especially liked one of the middle Quests, which added a bit more socialisation to the mix, which was a welcome change of pace.

Now, to the more negative part. As a PFS veteran, the "one fight per Quest"-thing really hurts the format, IMHO. It becomes predictable and allows players to blow through resources too easily. One possible remedy is to somehow offer a "convention mode" (play separate Quests for people wanting to burn an hour or two) and "game night mode," (where you follow a more conventional structure) for instance. I'm not sure if that's possible with the way Quests are currently set up, but it's simply a suggestion.

All in all, this is my favourite series of Quests so far. As a person more familiar with PFS it's a good romp, but it really shines for newcomers.


Grand Lodge

Yay - it's announced!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Huzzah!


Will this one be replayable at all levels?


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Scott Young wrote:
Yay - it's announced!

Congratulations! ^_^

Grand Lodge Contributor

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Scott Young wrote:
Yay - it's announced!

Congrats, Scott!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Exciting!

GM Wageslave wrote:
Will this one be replayable at all levels?

Seconding this question--any plans to make this replayable? And at what levels?

The Exchange

GM Wageslave wrote:
Will this one be replayable at all levels?

My guess is this will be like House of Harmonious Wisdom, replayable with level 1 characters. But let's see what the official answer will be.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Starfinder Maps Subscriber

I am so excited looking at the author list. Hype!

Hmm

The Exchange

Any info we can learn about the maps used in FFBN?

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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Maps in Fallen Family, Broken Name:

  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Haunted House
  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Twisted Cavern
  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat Classics: Swamp
  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat Classics: Woodlands
  • Pathfinder Map Pack: Road System
  • The Exchange

    John Compton, hero of the people!

    Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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    JERRY WAYNE 073 wrote:
    John Compton, hero of the people!

    Oh heavens, I merely want folks to have a chance to order maps for some great adventures. Direct your praise toward the person running your next game.

    The Exchange

    My FLGS thanks you for that map info and the sales they're going to reap off of me for it. And as you say, I'll pay it forward on my next game. Again, my thanks.


    Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber

    9-16 will be Evergreen Series of Quests - or like 8 season House of Harmonious Wisdom?

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Starfinder Maps Subscriber
    John Compton wrote:
    Cool map list.

    Oh cool, I own most of those already. Only two new maps to order!

    Hmm

    Grand Lodge

    Fedor Checherov wrote:
    9-16 will be Evergreen Series of Quests - or like 8 season House of Harmonious Wisdom?

    According to today's blog post, sounds like it will be.

    @John Compton, would it be possible to know the titles of each of the five quests?

    Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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    Just as a heads-up, I understand there's an error on the Chronicle sheet that we're getting cleaned up right now.

    Correct gp values for #9–16:

    1 Quest—L1: 100, L2: 150, L3: 250, L4: 350, L5: 450
    2 Quests—L1: 200, L2: 300, L3: 500, L4: 700, L5: 900
    3 Quests—L1: 300, L2: 450, L3: 750, L4: 1,050, L5: 1,350
    4 Quests—L1: 400, L2: 600, L3: 1,000, L4: 1,400, L5: 1,800
    5 Quest—L1: 500, L2: 750, L3: 1,250, L4: 1,750, L5: 2,250

    Silver Crusade

    @John Compton, there is a mistake in stat blocks:

    Spoiler:

    The Local Celebrity whose ranged attack is dagger does not have any normal dagger in his gear. The only thing he has is mwk dagger but if that applies the stat of ranged attack is wrong.

    Sovereign Court

    Played this and granted it me who wanted to play high with two level 1 & a 2.
    I was level 4 with another level 3.
    We(or I was) were fairly confident we could do so as we covered all areas.

    spoilers:

    A certain part of this adventure made this very challenging to say the least. At high tier, it would be very challenging to discover that the ring itself is dangerous granted that it's skills makes it hard to discover plus the fact that player pretty much loses control of his/her character in certaint aspects.
    Imo that particular encounter should not be included in a tier like this.
    Apparently at my flgs, a low tier table pretty much got tpk if not for gm handwaving, sensing the unhappiness and frustration of the table.
    That ring is op. Seriously. Lol

    I did enjoy the challenge though.

    Liberty's Edge

    @John is this replayable with level 1 PCs?


    @John is this a replayable scenario? From a GMing perspective, and as a player, I really need to know if that is the case, and what rules go along with it.

    Grand Lodge

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    Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

    Fallen Family, Broken Name is a replayable quest series and can be applied to PCs in the same way as other quests, such as House of Harmonius Wisdom.

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