Pathfinder Adventure Path #134: It Came from Hollow Mountain (Return of the Runelords 2 of 6)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #134: It Came from Hollow Mountain (Return of the Runelords 2 of 6)

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Hollow Mountain has loomed over the horizon of the Varisian Gulf for as long as those waters have been sailed, frightening sailors and tempting adventurers with its promises of treasure and terror alike. Having restored order to the town of Roderic's Cove, the region's newest heroes must deliver a powerful item south to the city of Magnimar, but they soon find that fate is leading them to one of the land's most infamous dungeons. What awaits these heroes in the trap-filled and monster-haunted corridors and chambers below Hollow Mountain will put them to the test, but if they can survive, they will emerge with knowledge vital to standing against the runelords' return!

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the Return of the Runelords Adventure Path and includes:

  • "It Came from Hollow Mountain," a Pathfinder adventure for 5th-level characters, by Mike Shel.
  • Details on the empyreal lord Ashava, patron of dancers and lost souls, by Jason Keeley.
  • An exploration of the violent and hideous monsters known collectively as sinspawn, by Patchen Mortimer.
  • A bestiary of monsters, including the malevolent choking shade, the lumbering arachnid masterminds known as shriezyx queens, and the demigoddess Ashava herself, by Jason Keeley, Mark Moreland, and Mike Shel.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-070-5

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Dungeon Escape Room

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As a note, I haven't read the first segment of the AP. I liked the beginning of the AP and enjoyed the voyage and the encounters there. Unlike the previous reviewer, I thought the NPCs were memorable, especially Barsilla and her underling and the NPC the PCs meet on the island. This was where I think the author shines; he would do very well with a hex map of random encounters or one of those multi-city in an AP volume adventures Paizo seems so fond of. Dungeon crawls, not so much.

The dungeon has the feel of an escape room for the most part. There are lots of puzzles. However, I did not like how many of these were executed. As a player, I would be frustrated at guessing at so many of these requiring passwords without obvious clues or solutions. A big detriment in my book. Yes, you can bash your way through them, and I understand this is the dungeon devoted to wrath, but this is a lame solution. It's actually required in a few spots. I felt the author could've benefited from a day of visiting escape rooms before writing this one.

As a plus, many of the encounters have different directions they can go, based on the PCs actions. All in all, underwhelming and potentially frustrating. Unless you are dying to resolve the Runelords Trilogy, I'd skip this one, or pick it up on sale for the voyage to include in a homebrew.


slothful slog

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While I enjoyed the non-liner structure of the first adventure, this edition feels like it goes back to that liner format, with a few twists here and there. By the end of the adventure, the party has discovered what they already knew from the beginning. At best, this book feels like more set-up for what is to come, rather than a self contained story. NPC's and villains feel forgettable, with potential for some good roleplay scenarios, but it is left mostly to the GM's discretion. This volume continues the trend of difficulty from the first; this is not an adventure for rookie Pathfinders to be playing, and even intermediate players may find some challenge here. Overall, what is good is just ok, or setup for later. What isn't is unfortunately forgettable.


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

Liberty's Edge

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I get so excited whenever the superdungeons from Dungeons of Golarion get new material.


ohhhhhhhh nice

Silver Crusade

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I love this title for an adventure!


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Sweet! I've been waiting for more info on this location for quite some time.


I love the placeholder art too. That's one awesome looking Gug. :)

Also yes, very evocative title.


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Dot

Sovereign Court

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That's an inverted giant, from Lost Kingdoms.

Silver Crusade

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Hm, I should probably get around to playing Rise of the Runelords at some point.


Kal,

Ah! My bad. Still, it's a nice placeholder monster while we wait for actual covers.

Sovereign Court

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Easy mistake to make. ^_^

It's not like they've appeared more than twice...

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I loves me some dungeons!

It remains to be seen what the cruel and clever James Jacobs will do to my turnover, but what I sent in is packed with nasty, dungeon-crawling badness. I took my lead from the excellent article on Hollow Mountain in Dungeons of Golarion - I can't recall who's responsible for it (Jason Bulmahn, Matthew Goodall, Brandon Hodge, or Anthony Pryor), but it provided a great framework for a multi-level crawl I hope people will love (even if they fail to survive).


Mike Shel wrote:

I loves me some dungeons!

It remains to be seen what the cruel and clever James Jacobs will do to my turnover, but what I sent in is packed with nasty, dungeon-crawling badness. I took my lead from the excellent article on Hollow Mountain in Dungeons of Golarion - I can't recall who's responsible for it (Jason Bulmahn, Matthew Goodall, Brandon Hodge, or Anthony Pryor), but it provided a great framework for a multi-level crawl I hope people will love (even if they fail to survive).

Are you allowed to tell us just how much of the dungeon you used? Considering that the deep levels are basically 15th level plus possibly mythic.

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Dark Midian wrote:
Are you allowed to tell us just how much of the dungeon you used? Considering that the deep levels are basically 15th level plus possibly mythic.

Nope!

With that said, since this is chapter 2 of the AP, there are limits, and the levels listed in Dungeons of Golarion were used as a guideline.

Except for my BBEG:

Spoiler:
15/6 mythic necromancer balrog


Mike Shel wrote:
Dark Midian wrote:
Are you allowed to tell us just how much of the dungeon you used? Considering that the deep levels are basically 15th level plus possibly mythic.

Nope!

With that said, since this is chapter 2 of the AP, there are limits, and the levels listed in Dungeons of Golarion were used as a guideline.

Except for my BBEG: ** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Ah, the good old "Hey, you can't fight this thing so the GM expects you to run!" encounters.
Dark Archive

Dark Midian wrote:
Mike Shel wrote:
Dark Midian wrote:
Are you allowed to tell us just how much of the dungeon you used? Considering that the deep levels are basically 15th level plus possibly mythic.

Nope!

With that said, since this is chapter 2 of the AP, there are limits, and the levels listed in Dungeons of Golarion were used as a guideline.

Except for my BBEG: ** spoiler omitted **

** spoiler omitted **

I had to pull my friend around and say "you do know it is ok to run every now and then" His characters would die a lot.

Liberty's Edge

Mike Shel wrote:
Dark Midian wrote:
Are you allowed to tell us just how much of the dungeon you used? Considering that the deep levels are basically 15th level plus possibly mythic.

Nope!

With that said, since this is chapter 2 of the AP, there are limits, and the levels listed in Dungeons of Golarion were used as a guideline.

Except for my BBEG: ** spoiler omitted **

So I can cast "reboot" on this boss, too? :P

You don't scare me anymore, mister!


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I’m generally not one to get excited by dungeon crawls. But if Mike Shel’s writing it... :)


*is a fan of dungeon crawls, ESPECIALLY when it's Hollow Mountain*


love the inverted giant on the temporary cover


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I cancelled my Pathfinder AP subscription recently ... and I just might need to re-subscribe.

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Mike Shel wrote:
I took my lead from the excellent article on Hollow Mountain in Dungeons of Golarion - I can't recall who's responsible for it (Jason Bulmahn, Matthew Goodall, Brandon Hodge, or Anthony Pryor), but it provided a great framework for a multi-level crawl I hope people will love (even if they fail to survive).

The talented Matt Goodall wrote the chapter on Hollow Mountain in Dungeons of Golarion. Thanks for those nasty hooks you planted there, Matt!


So Mike, does that mean there's lots of qlippoth in this book?

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
So Mike, does that mean there's lots of qlippoth in this book?

Define "lots." ; )

But I'll leave you with a name: Vexenion...


Mike,

I love the sound of that name. ;) As for "define lots" More than two but less than a hundred?


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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Mike,

I love the sound of that name. ;) As for "define lots" More than two but less than a hundred?

Yeah when you get to one hundred, your into "whole whack" territory...

:)


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no, no, no, we need more high stakes campaigns, bring on the ravening horde of 800 Qlippoth plus obligatory Qlippoth Lord Cameo. I mean, it is still okay to occasionally run from a fight, isn't it?

Contributor

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Mike,

I love the sound of that name. ;) As for "define lots" More than two but less than a hundred?

More than one, less than 100. Truth be told, it's mostly just a bunch of cranky CR 1/2 kobolds armed with clubs. Nothing to worry about.

Of course, you never know what James Jacobs will do during development...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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I do like qlippoth. A lot.


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YAY! :) *cheers on the ravaging hordes of unknownable terrors from the deepest of the Outer Rifts*


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Qlippoth-possessed Tucker's Kobolds? Nasty.


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Looking forward to this AP!

Shouldn't there be a question mark at the end of the description? :)

Sovereign Court

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In Wrath's Shadow http://paizo.com/products/btpy8r0c, one of my favorite PFS scenarios is also near Hollow Mountain and from Mike Shel too... Any relation?

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Kanebaenre wrote:

In Wrath's Shadow http://paizo.com/products/btpy8r0c, one of my favorite PFS scenarios is also near Hollow Mountain and from Mike Shel too... Any relation?

Not intentionally, no.


I'm pretty sure any relation was unintentional other than EVERYONE goes to Hollow Mountain...eventually. ;)

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James Jacobs wrote:
Kanebaenre wrote:

In Wrath's Shadow http://paizo.com/products/btpy8r0c, one of my favorite PFS scenarios is also near Hollow Mountain and from Mike Shel too... Any relation?

Not intentionally, no.

Other than they're both potential deathtraps, no.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Mike Shel wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Kanebaenre wrote:

In Wrath's Shadow http://paizo.com/products/btpy8r0c, one of my favorite PFS scenarios is also near Hollow Mountain and from Mike Shel too... Any relation?

Not intentionally, no.
Other than they're both potential deathtraps, no.

That's more of a Mike thing than a Hollow Mountain thing though. :-P


Aw. I thought Hollow Mountain WAS a Mike thing. ;)

Liberty's Edge

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Does the Pathfinder Comics Hollow Mountain arc spoil anything? Or alternatively, perhaps the events in the comics are presumed to be general knowledge (at least by PFS members)?

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Tusk the Half-Orc wrote:
Does the Pathfinder Comics Hollow Mountain arc spoil anything? Or alternatively, perhaps the events in the comics are presumed to be general knowledge (at least by PFS members)?

No more so than we've already spoiled things by titling the Adventure Path "Return of the Runelords."

Paizo Employee Web Product Manager

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Updated with final product description and cover image!


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Oh hey Krune! Looking very dapper, this must be his formal wear as opposed to his pajamas in The Waking Rune. Dragon-tooth longspear looks nice too.

Dark Archive

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Sweet scene; Daji looks pretty spooked!

*gasp* Ashava! <3


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The background art looks good but the art style of the guy upfront doesn't seem to match the rest.

Silver Crusade

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Dragon78 wrote:
The background art looks good but the art style of the guy upfront doesn't seem to match the rest.

I think it's rare when they actually do match.

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Dragon78 wrote:
The background art looks good but the art style of the guy upfront doesn't seem to match the rest.

It's the same artist, so I'm not sure what to say there, other than that I think that they look great together.


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Krune looks rather dapper, there. I wouldn't have thought the Runelord of Sloth would put that much effort into his appearance. :D

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Cthulhudrew wrote:
Krune looks rather dapper, there. I wouldn't have thought the Runelord of Sloth would put that much effort into his appearance. :D

Gotta look fabulous while lounging about all day.


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Ok whomever is doing the cover art for this ap is insanly talented


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ratcatbo wrote:
Ok whomever is doing the cover art for this ap is insanly talented

That would be Ekaterina Burmak

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