Starfinder Adventure Path #4: The Ruined Clouds (Dead Suns 4 of 6)

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Starfinder Adventure Path #4: The Ruined Clouds (Dead Suns 4 of 6)

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Still on the heels of the Devourer cult, the heroes head to a distant, uncharted star system, where they find the ruins of an ancient alien city floating in the atmosphere of a gas giant. Exploring the ruins, they encounter the degenerate descendants of a highly advanced species that once controlled the lost superweapon the heroes are searching for. Through the legends and superstitions of these primitive folk, the heroes can piece together clues to the superweapon's hidden location and the key to unlocking its power—an impossibly huge megastructure that the Cult of the Devourer is intent on seizing!

This volume of Starfinder Adventure Path continues the Dead Suns Adventure Path and includes:

  • "The Ruined Clouds," a Starfinder adventure for 7th-level characters, by Jason Keeley.
  • Details about the Drift, the mysterious plane of existence revealed by the god Triune that allows faster-than-light travel, including information about notable locations such as the holy city of Alluvion and the dangerous doldrums, by Joe Pasini.
  • A gazetteer of Istamak, the floating city of Nejeor VI where the descendants of a once-powerful star empire struggle to survive in the ruins of their ancestors' civilization, by Jason Keeley.
  • An archive of new creatures, from living holograms and twisted mutants to supernatural agents of the Devourer, by Jason Keeley and Owen K.C. Stephens.
  • Statistics and deck plans for a new starship from the secretive Azlanti Star Empire, plus an overview of the gas giant Nejeor VI in the Codex of Worlds, by Jason Keeley.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-013-2

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The best part of Fallout games in a table top

*****

This adventure is great! It is a solid Starfinder adventure that takes the humor of the Fallout games and combines it with the heroics of Cloud City. Not only are there a number of times where the PCs get to do genuinely heroic things, they will also be laughing while doing them.


Great location

*****

The location is great. Ruined modern like cities with creepy lingering tech from the far past.

It is probably good to allow the pcs to out think the random encounters or evade them with a few skill checks. I had a xenodruid PC in my game who could talk with animals, which was fun.

Watchout for the misprinted and very high ACs on the final npcs.the forum threat has the corrections.


Good Lore, Poor Gameplay

***( )( )

The lore provided for this module is fantastic, and made me very excited to run it.

In practice, it turned into chore after chore for my players, although smooth to run, with an incredibly interesting backdrop. Sadly, it feels like a scenario that was extended past its welcome, with random encounters to boot.

One of my players summed it up rather nicely as I described the backstory: "All we see is the wreckage."


Get The Drift!

*****

This book is worth the price just with the article answering all your Drift questions and the starship on the inside front and back covers.

Also there's an adventure, a cloud giant (a planet, not an actual giant), and a bunch of beasties ready to maul your player characters.

But really, all you need is the drift.


Paizo Employee Webstore Coordinator

Announced for February! Image and description are provisional and subject to change prior to release.

Dark Archive

Sounds great, like a cross between HPLs Nameless City and Serenity the movie and other sci-fi classics.

Liberty's Edge

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THERE'S A CITY AT THE CENTER OF THE DRIFT?!?!


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Shisumo wrote:
THERE'S A CITY AT THE CENTER OF THE DRIFT?!?!

Tanelorn, obviously.

EDIT: Said in jest, but now I'm thinking about trying to do a Second Ether campaign when Starfinder comes out...

Paizo Employee Editor

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Shisumo wrote:
THERE'S A CITY AT THE CENTER OF THE DRIFT?!?!

Triune has to live somewhere, right?

Liberty's Edge

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Jason Keeley wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
THERE'S A CITY AT THE CENTER OF THE DRIFT?!?!
Triune has to live somewhere, right?

Well sure, but I kinda thought it would be somewhere less accessible than, "Hey, let's turn on the Drift engine and go see what Triune is up to tonight!"

Paizo Employee Editor

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Shisumo wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
THERE'S A CITY AT THE CENTER OF THE DRIFT?!?!
Triune has to live somewhere, right?
Well sure, but I kinda thought it would be somewhere less accessible than, "Hey, let's turn on the Drift engine and go see what Triune is up to tonight!"

Who said it was accessible?


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Jason Keeley wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
THERE'S A CITY AT THE CENTER OF THE DRIFT?!?!
Triune has to live somewhere, right?
Well sure, but I kinda thought it would be somewhere less accessible than, "Hey, let's turn on the Drift engine and go see what Triune is up to tonight!"
Who said it was accessible?

Totally getting Black City from Dragon Age vibes here. Congratulations Jason! I had almost convinced myself that a month and a half was a bearable wait, and then you had to post this awesome tease that's got my mind spinning abouts again. You cruel, amazing person, you. Can't wait to read what you're cooking up here!

Paizo Employee Editor

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Opsylum wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
THERE'S A CITY AT THE CENTER OF THE DRIFT?!?!
Triune has to live somewhere, right?
Well sure, but I kinda thought it would be somewhere less accessible than, "Hey, let's turn on the Drift engine and go see what Triune is up to tonight!"
Who said it was accessible?
Totally getting Black City from Dragon Age vibes here. Congratulations Jason! I had almost convinced myself that a month and a half was a bearable wait, and then you had to post this awesome tease that's got my mind spinning abouts again. You cruel, amazing person, you. Can't wait to read what you're cooking up here!

Thanks! While I am writing the majority of this volume, the Drift article is in the capable hands of Joe Pasini, who I'm sure will live up to your expectations!

Paizo Employee Web Production Manager

Updated with final description and cover image!

Dark Archive

This will probably be available february 28th, same as the Map-Pack-Starship-Decks.


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Living holograms!

You fools!! They're just going to put on period costumes and kill us all!!!


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Players are loving the hell out of this AP so far and as a GM this is the installment I've been looking forward to the most! There's something about traveling into the unknown and finding a less advanced culture with crazy ancient ruins that makes me shout for joy.


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Mid-February? We finished Volume 3 last week, 2-3 weeks is the same as 10 years at this point :) The players are going to rip me apart...

Dark Archive

rixu wrote:
Mid-February? We finished Volume 3 last week, 2-3 weeks is the same as 10 years at this point :) The players are going to rip me apart...

If february 2018 shipping will be similiar to january 2018, it will be shipping between 13th and 23rd to subscribers, as the street date is the 28th of february.

Personally i will get it on march 1st the earliest, probably a week later here in germany.


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Jason Keeley wrote:
Triune has to live somewhere, right?

I thought Triune lived in The Cloud.


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Order gone through! Now the painful wait until I get my hand on the pdf...


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Anybody got their hands on this bad boy yet? The suspense is killing me!


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Nope, although I don't really look through them until I get the physical copy.


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I have it. :)


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Zaister wrote:
I have it. :)

Nice! What are your general thoughts on it so far?


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Unfortunately I haven't had time to do more than just flip through it. The Drift article seems interesting, though. We do get a new humanoid race, though, the kish (the character on the cover is one of them).


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Starfinder Superscriber

I'm chomping at the bit. Darn this Pending status!


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A bit more on the contents:

The ship on the inside cover is a tier 6 Klokworx Prism, an Azlanti Star Empire ship, and it is used in the adventure.

The additional articles come with maps for Istamak and Alluvion, the holy city of Triune in the drift. The Istamak article also has some new kish weapons and armor, and a pageful of magic and hybrid items.

The Alien Archives have the following creatures:

  • Acrochor, CR 8 Medium animal – a kind of serpent
  • Atrocite, CR 10 Medium outsider – agents of the Devourer
  • Eohi, CR 6 Small animal - looks monkeyish
  • Kish, CR 4 Medium humanoid – descendants of an ancient civilzation
  • Living Hologram, CR 8 Medium incorporeal(!) construct
  • Rebuilt, CR 7 Medium aberration – including a template graft
  • Writher swarm, CR 9 Fine plant swarm


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Zaister wrote:

A bit more on the contents:

The ship on the inside cover is a tier 6 Klokworx Prism, an Azlanti Star Empire ship, and it is used in the adventure.

The additional articles come with maps for Istamak and Alluvion, the holy city of Triune in the drift. The Istamak article also has some new kish weapons and armor, and a pageful of magic and hybrid items.

The Alien Archives have the following creatures:

  • Acrochor, CR 8 Medium animal – a kind of serpent
  • Atrocite, CR 10 Medium outsider – agents of the Devourer
  • Eohi, CR 6 Small animal - looks monkeyish
  • Kish, CR 4 Medium humanoid – descendants of an ancient civilzation
  • Living Hologram, CR 8 Medium incorporeal(!) construct
  • Rebuilt, CR 7 Medium aberration – including a template graft
  • Writher swarm, CR 9 Fine plant swarm

Are the Kish statted as playable? They seem like a potentially interesting option and they also look cool as hell!


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Yes, they are. The get the usual "Racial Traits" sidebar for playable races.

Scarab Sages

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I’m very interested in the Atrocite and Kish - what interesting abilities do they have?

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Hmm, I'm liking so far this book better than the last ones, but I do feel like they could have made new alien culture feel more alien.

I mean, picture for Chamber of Renewal uses several symbols we use on Earth(white cross on green background, yellow triangle that has biohazard symbol and yellow triangle that has electricity symbol)... Like pretty sure artist was told what to draw, but wasn't told to draw it for context of "ancient alien machine"

More I read though, more questions I have like

:
How does "Foundry becoming known as Temple Found because exterior sign was damaged" make sense in context of translated alien language. Like, that only makes sense if aliens actually speak English or if kishalee word for "foundry" with few less letters is coincidentally kishalee word for "Found" as in "Found something"

Dark Archive

UllarWarlord wrote:
I’m very interested in the Atrocite and Kish - what interesting abilities do they have?

Atrocite:
They've got a handful of Spell-Like Abilities, including weekly world/dimension hopping, 3/day bestow curse, and at-will mirror image. They've got vacuum immunity and short-range lifesense. In terms of unique powers, they can invoke words of devastation to give 1/day Devourer cultists within short range a 3-round buff that gives them additional Critical wounding effects; if the Atrocite takes any damage, the power shuts off. They also have a ranged attack where they throw bolts of void that deal force damage and can apply severe wounds on crit.

Kish:
They get a bonus feat and are good at using Survival to deal with inclement weather.


That book looks great, lots of possibilities for encounters in Istamak.

However I'm a bit lost on the amount of knowledge the players are supposed to have on the Nejeor system and Nejeor VI: how much of the adventure background can they know with knowledge checks? Istamak seems to be kind of a unknown territory to them: can they know anything about it before landing?

Grand Lodge

Why does this not already have the Chronicle sheets available?


So is the Rebuilt more like Virus (90's sci-fi/horror cult classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis) or Dead Space, or something both new and terrifyingly adorable by Dominion Standards?

Dark Archive

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Its what happens when medical equipment malfunctions and puts body back together incorrectly.


I must admit I find that hilarious. almost like the scene in Mars Attacks when the Martians put that ladies head on that dog's body

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Very minor nitpick: The menu sidebar on page 63 is from the Temple of the Twelve. but as that page is the coming soon secion, it makes no difference to the adventure itself.

Zealotux, I would assume they know next to nothing about it. Pure Terra Incognita. Play up the strangeness and alienness for all you can.


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I was wrong, rebuilt are horrifying.

Dark Archive

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AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:
I was wrong, rebuilt are horrifying.

Kek :D

Grand Lodge

Again, I humbly submit: Why are the chronicle sheets not released at the same time as the AP's? Very frustrating. I've got a game that is following these as they come out, and we are constantly having to wait to know what the Chronicle sheets are for SFS. Since this AP was immediately sanctioned for SFS play, then the sheet should be figured out and released at the same time as the AP.

Starfinder Society Developer

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Brilde Phelon wrote:
Again, I humbly submit: Why are the chronicle sheets not released at the same time as the AP's? Very frustrating. I've got a game that is following these as they come out, and we are constantly having to wait to know what the Chronicle sheets are for SFS. Since this AP was immediately sanctioned for SFS play, then the sheet should be figured out and released at the same time as the AP.

Due to internal timing on when I got these files vs. what other tasks were on the go, the sanctioning on this document has to wait a bit longer. As always, our priority is making sure that our monthly Society Scenarios get out the door on time. Since we've just made the change to two scenarios per month, some items had to slide as we re-adjusted schedules and arranged to bring on new help; sadly, sanctioning for this adventure was one of those items.

I'm working on it, however!

Grand Lodge

Thurston Hillman wrote:
Brilde Phelon wrote:
Again, I humbly submit: Why are the chronicle sheets not released at the same time as the AP's? Very frustrating. I've got a game that is following these as they come out, and we are constantly having to wait to know what the Chronicle sheets are for SFS. Since this AP was immediately sanctioned for SFS play, then the sheet should be figured out and released at the same time as the AP.

Due to internal timing on when I got these files vs. what other tasks were on the go, the sanctioning on this document has to wait a bit longer. As always, our priority is making sure that our monthly Society Scenarios get out the door on time. Since we've just made the change to two scenarios per month, some items had to slide as we re-adjusted schedules and arranged to bring on new help; sadly, sanctioning for this adventure was one of those items.

I'm working on it, however!

I appreciate the response. Are you going to go ahead and produce the Chronicle sheets for the other two at the same time similar to #3, or will it be on a one-by-one basis?


Jason Keeley wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
Jason Keeley wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
THERE'S A CITY AT THE CENTER OF THE DRIFT?!?!
Triune has to live somewhere, right?
Well sure, but I kinda thought it would be somewhere less accessible than, "Hey, let's turn on the Drift engine and go see what Triune is up to tonight!"
Who said it was accessible?

Now i'm imagining a wacky side path where the adventurers find out where Triune (one any other god) lives, and decide to ding-dong-ditch them for luls.

Shadow Lodge

Brilde Phelon wrote:
Thurston Hillman wrote:
Brilde Phelon wrote:
Again, I humbly submit: Why are the chronicle sheets not released at the same time as the AP's? Very frustrating. I've got a game that is following these as they come out, and we are constantly having to wait to know what the Chronicle sheets are for SFS. Since this AP was immediately sanctioned for SFS play, then the sheet should be figured out and released at the same time as the AP.

Due to internal timing on when I got these files vs. what other tasks were on the go, the sanctioning on this document has to wait a bit longer. As always, our priority is making sure that our monthly Society Scenarios get out the door on time. Since we've just made the change to two scenarios per month, some items had to slide as we re-adjusted schedules and arranged to bring on new help; sadly, sanctioning for this adventure was one of those items.

I'm working on it, however!

I appreciate the response. Are you going to go ahead and produce the Chronicle sheets for the other two at the same time similar to #3, or will it be on a one-by-one basis?

... one month and waiting...

Grand Lodge

Still no chronicle sheets for #4, which has been sanctioned and out for...almost two months now.

Thurston Hillman wrote:
Brilde Phelon wrote:
Again, I humbly submit: Why are the chronicle sheets not released at the same time as the AP's? Very frustrating. I've got a game that is following these as they come out, and we are constantly having to wait to know what the Chronicle sheets are for SFS. Since this AP was immediately sanctioned for SFS play, then the sheet should be figured out and released at the same time as the AP.

Due to internal timing on when I got these files vs. what other tasks were on the go, the sanctioning on this document has to wait a bit longer. As always, our priority is making sure that our monthly Society Scenarios get out the door on time. Since we've just made the change to two scenarios per month, some items had to slide as we re-adjusted schedules and arranged to bring on new help; sadly, sanctioning for this adventure was one of those items.

I'm working on it, however!


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All parts of Dead Suns mentioned as legal (sanctioned) in SFS in special document in Additional Resources.

I understand that creating one page so important as Chronicle Sheet is a lot of balancing work, especially for the adventure book as large as 64 pages and it can take even two months in case of Dead Suns Part IV.
But what about such small thing as related switch/option in paizo event reporting form? Looking how in-time they create such entries for SFS/PFS scenarios each month - why Dead Suns 4 and 5 entries are absent?

Dataphiles

Why is it necessary at this point to report DS IV let alone V? It is reasonable to have a level 7 character at this point but definitely not a level 8. Seeing as you can apply credit of IV to a level 8, where is the rush? You can't even utilize a level 9-10 chronicle. You would apply it and then get to stare at it for who knows how long until they come out with 7-10 scenarios. Which, after attending Paizocon, I suspect will be another several months at least, if not until 2019. I believe they have more pressing matters during the 'con season'. Come June 27th, DS IV actually becomes relevant.


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"Dr." Cupi wrote:
Why is it necessary at this point to report DS IV let alone V? It is reasonable to have a level 7 character at this point but definitely not a level 8. Seeing as you can apply credit of IV to a level 8, where is the rush? You can't even utilize a level 9-10 chronicle. You would apply it and then get to stare at it for who knows how long until they come out with 7-10 scenarios. Which, after attending Paizocon, I suspect will be another several months at least, if not until 2019. I believe they have more pressing matters during the 'con season'. Come June 27th, DS IV actually becomes relevant.

It is necessary because my VO cant close ended event for couple months - because I cant report.


Starfinder Superscriber

This.

Dataphiles

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I can understand your point Fedor

Now that a 5-8 has come out, the need for the chronicle and reporting this has in fact become a need. I pleasantly request that this be addressed as soon as efficiently possible. Though, I do understand that this is 'con season'.

Paizo Employee Creative Director, Starfinder

Sanctioning for Adventure Paths is handled by our Organized Play team. If you haven't done so already, I'd recommend heading over to the Organized Play forums and mentioning this issue there. They pay a lot more attention to those threads than product threads like this one. :)

Dataphiles

Thanks Robert

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