Starfinder Adventure Path #16: The Blind City (Dawn of Flame 4 of 6)

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Starfinder Adventure Path #16: The Blind City (Dawn of Flame 4 of 6)

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Trapped in the Dark

When the heroes seek an expert to translate an ancient, eldritch tablet, a sinister cult strikes from out of the shadows, intent on destroying the relic and all who know of its existence. After facing off against these zealots and deciphering the tablet, the heroes learn of another deep-sun locale called Ezorod—and the evil elder entity that has focused its attention there. The heroes quickly discover that the tablet is both a map and a key to Ezorod, allowing them to enter and explore this weird and lightless oubliette. There they will encounter ghastly creatures and uncover sophisticated technology that could advance sun-diving by light-years. But even if the PCs manage to escape the deadly solar dungeon, they'll be forced to wonder about the malevolent being they have unleashed upon the galaxy—even as they receive a mysterious message heralding a future confrontation!

This volume of Starfinder Adventure Path continues the Dawn of Flame Adventure Path and includes:

  • "The Blind City," a Starfinder adventure for 7th-level characters, by Ron Lundeen.
  • A peek into several cults of the galaxy, along with a cult hunter character theme, by Lyz Liddell.
  • A catalog of strange gear from across known space, including bizarre artifacts, by Leo Glass.
  • An archive of fiery threats—some of which burn both the body and the soul—from cruel dimensional shamblers to the mischievous magmins, by David Gregoire, Violet Hargrave, and Ron Lundeen.
  • Deck plans and statistics for an efreeti warship and a survey of a world in the Vast that shines its own light into the void, both by Ron Lundeen.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-130-6

The Blind City is sanctioned for use in Starfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure Path and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download.

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This is Eshtayiv review

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So I succumbed under encouragement to review the single thing I liked most about this adventure :P But I will still attempt to summarize stuff I liked about adventure even though I don't know if its mechanically fun without playing it.

So I liked Otlo. And Ezorod itself is really cool dungeon, the whole "dark place without light where main enemy type is on fire and darkness is deadly" is cool :D I also liked that text took in account the super unlikely scenario that PCs somehow rescue two characters from their horrible fate.

I do have one thing about it that I'm kinda confused about

on Ilvatri:
So he is the only sapient pyric creature in Ezorod as a pyric healicus and that means he isn't one of Ezorod's original guardians by outer god cultists, but one of creatures turned by Esthayiv's touch. He is also the biggest obstacle Colour out of Space has in freeing Esthayiv because he doesn't want his home and domain to disappear. Well that clearly implies that Esthayiv doesn't have control over its servitors, but book kinda glosses over irony of this.
I think its kinda the issue with Starfinder APs in general, because they have shorter page count, they don't have time to delve into motivations of characters too much, which in this AP would really have helped in certain books(like the final one). Starfinder APs do have cool NPCs with interesting motivations, but not enough pages to delve into depth of the character or what makes them tick.

So now onto the "main" review :P

About Esthayiv:
Its evil consuming light that apparently hunts Outer Gods and Great Old ones :D That is awesome. I know its probably some sort of lovecraftian blasphemy to like idea of separate being from outer gods that is capable of threatening them, but Nodens was also creation of Lovecraft.(also if both Esthayiv and Outer Gods are beings from outside of multiverse, that makes things very interesting) And this one winning wouldn't be good for rest of universe either(its title is Incandescent Doom, what'd you expect?), I just like that it means Outer Gods aren't just straight up invincible so that all other evil gods can't do anything about them. I don't mind it if like Asmodeus couldn't do anything about Esthayiv or Outer Gods, I just like that Outer Gods have competition in first place.

Besides liking that concept, one more specific thing I like is the pyric creatures :D Because evil light that creates firey undead creature that over time burn more and change forms is cool too. Makes every GM's inner pyromaniac weep tears of joy. Especially when its the tentacle monsters burning.

But yeah, they should bring Esthayiv back in future too :D

ALSO: We need Pyric Corruption. Please make it happen devs :D You know it'd be perfect thing for starfinder original Corruptions

...Anyway, Cults article is great. The ones that I remembered most without reading article again were Forgiven for being smug and Scales of the Conqueror for the whole "Our LE faith isn't aggressive and LE ENOUGH" aspect :D Still yeah, I hope to see more of all of these cults in future.

Strange Gear article is great, and thanks for mad geniuses behind Flushbuster and Harmonic Reassembler specifically :p Replenigel Megavitamin is also hilarious(its gummy skittermanders made by abadarcorp that was originally meant as soldier food, but once wars with vesk ended they started selling surplus by shaping it into candy :p It has side effect of if you eat it too much, your skin smells like it and is waxy) I'd really love to discuss all items in article, but that would take too long also probably too much information.

Bestiary is great, kinda already gushed about it in spoilers :p But magmins, magma oozes and dimensional shamblers out of the old creatures are cool of course. Well hot for two of them I guess.

Oh and Codex of the World with Astevint the "lantern planet" aka planet with petrified glowing trees :D That is obviously cool


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Cultists of Azathoth & an ancient lightless city sound like solid lovecraftian fun.

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Kinda weird that fight against someone who is trying to become a god will end around level 12 it seems ._.;

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Cultists of Azathoth & an ancient lightless city sound like solid lovecraftian fun.

Yes! This is the most Lovecraftian fun I've had since writing for the Strange Aeons AP!


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Cough...Cough... Wandrei's Fire Vampires and Long's Space Eaters (among other things, Muwahahahahahahahahaaa!) would be welcome Additions to the Golarion/Absalom Station Universe.

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evil elder entity

Fthaggua? Cthugha? Edit:a previous volume I didn't notice called it Malikah

Ron Lundeen wrote:
This is the most Lovecraftian fun I've had since writing for the Strange Aeons AP!

Ron, I know you guys at Paizo do well with Lovecraftian themes in Pathfinder with the Carrion Crown, Carrion Hill, and Strange Aeons, as well as several Bestiary entries, so I expect big things, and since you said you had fun writing it, I think it might have some dire implications if the players lose. Also, I just want you to know that Strange Aeons had the most well-rounded Aberration-heavy bestiary of every six-part AP I've ever read, and that's saying a lot, you guys were only missing three creature types after volume 6.

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AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:
Ron, I know you guys at Paizo do well with Lovecraftian themes in Pathfinder with the Carrion Crown, Carrion Hill, and Strange Aeons, as well as several Bestiary entries, so I expect big things, and since you said you had fun writing it, I think it might have some dire implications if the players lose.

Heck, it might have some dire implications if the players *win*!


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I think this one is due for an update.


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That is a *sexy* new cover, I like!

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...Are some of those shirren skeletons?

Like shouldn't they be exoskeletons? Insects don't have skeletons ._.


Those are exoskeletons...

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But umm, that looks like bone and not something made out of chitin

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CorvusMask wrote:

...Are some of those shirren skeletons?

Like shouldn't they be exoskeletons? Insects don't have skeletons ._.

That's Keskodai! Who is not a skeleton, and resents the implication. :-)

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Ron Lundeen wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

...Are some of those shirren skeletons?

Like shouldn't they be exoskeletons? Insects don't have skeletons ._.

That's Keskodai! Who is not a skeleton, and resents the implication. :-)

I was thinking of skeleton between Keskodai's right hand and Iseph's head :D


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CorvusMask wrote:
But umm, that looks like bone and not something made out of chitin

I mean to me all the skeletons look like metal.

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Elves are so grumpy in Starfinder! :P


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Anorak wrote:
Elves are so grumpy in Starfinder! :P

I know! I love it!


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I love the bestiary in this volume. Amazing.

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Mimski wrote:
I love the bestiary in this volume. Amazing.

Can you share the names, type & CR? ;-)

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I am especially interested in he Dimensional Shambler, a lovecraftean creature that we don´t have in Pathfinder if i am right.


Marco Massoudi wrote:
I am especially interested in he Dimensional Shambler, a lovecraftean creature that we don´t have in Pathfinder if i am right.

You are not. The dimensional shambler was featured in Carrion Crown #4: Wake of the Watcher.

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alien archive:

Dimensional shambler CR 8 Outsider
Magma ooze CR 7 Ooze
Magmin CR 3 Outsider
Pyric Harbinger CR 8 Aberration
Pyric Heliacus CR 10 Undead
Pyric revenant CR 4 Undead
Pyric Wraith CR 6 Undead


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"Love" The Forgiven, since that highlights a lot of the issues I have with Sarenrae and her religion.

Also, SKITTERMANDER GUMMI VITAMINS!!!!

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More like GIANT skittermander gummy vitamins!


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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

"Love" The Forgiven, since that highlights a lot of the issues I have with Sarenrae and her religion.

Also, SKITTERMANDER GUMMI VITAMINS!!!!

The Forgiven?


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Jason Keeley wrote:
More like GIANT skittermander gummy vitamins!

HOOOOOOOOLY crap i missed that, these things are awesome!


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VerBeeker wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

"Love" The Forgiven, since that highlights a lot of the issues I have with Sarenrae and her religion.

Also, SKITTERMANDER GUMMI VITAMINS!!!!

The Forgiven?

A cult within the Saranite religion, their thing is a warped importance of forgiveness, namely it’s the most important thing so we can do whatever we please and we can get forgiven for it, win-win.

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
VerBeeker wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

"Love" The Forgiven, since that highlights a lot of the issues I have with Sarenrae and her religion.

Also, SKITTERMANDER GUMMI VITAMINS!!!!

The Forgiven?
A cult within the Saranite religion, their thing is a warped importance of forgiveness, namely it’s the most important thing so we can do whatever we please and we can get forgiven for it, win-win.

Umm, isn't that more of Shelyn thing?

I mean, Sarenites come across as more "Repent or burn!" type thing when made extreme


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CorvusMask wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
VerBeeker wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

"Love" The Forgiven, since that highlights a lot of the issues I have with Sarenrae and her religion.

Also, SKITTERMANDER GUMMI VITAMINS!!!!

The Forgiven?
A cult within the Saranite religion, their thing is a warped importance of forgiveness, namely it’s the most important thing so we can do whatever we please and we can get forgiven for it, win-win.

Umm, isn't that more of Shelyn thing?

I mean, Sarenites come across as more "Repent or burn!" type thing when made extreme

Emphasis on “extreme”.

Sarenrae’s main thing is redemption.

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
VerBeeker wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

"Love" The Forgiven, since that highlights a lot of the issues I have with Sarenrae and her religion.

Also, SKITTERMANDER GUMMI VITAMINS!!!!

The Forgiven?
A cult within the Saranite religion, their thing is a warped importance of forgiveness, namely it’s the most important thing so we can do whatever we please and we can get forgiven for it, win-win.

Umm, isn't that more of Shelyn thing?

I mean, Sarenites come across as more "Repent or burn!" type thing when made extreme

Emphasis on “extreme”.

Sarenrae’s main thing is redemption.

Well, yeah, but it also comes with "If evil doesn't accept redemption, wipe out the evil" aspect. Like Sarenite faith is basically martial faith where redemption focus comes with "if they CAN be redeemed, they should be redeemed"

I guess the redemption IS the main advertisement for the religion though so makes sense from that aspect I guess. I've just noticed from Tristian in CRPG version how many times he also proposes something like "I don't think we can trust these evildoers so we should just bring justice upon them" and other type of comments where he applauds you for showing mercy and patience in situations where he wouldn't.


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Tristian isn't a good example for a typical follower of Sarenrae.


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You’re thinking of the Cult of the Dawnflower, most Sarenites don’t actually want to give “justice” to their enemies they want to see them revoke their evil ways just as the Godess does for several of her enemies.

Also Tristian is a little lying sneak and I love him but there is a reason he’s stuck as a human.

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I mean, considering who he actually is, shouldn't he be the most accurate follower of Sarenrae even with all his failings? Then again

Spoiler:
Paizo does seem to treat celestial personalities kinda badly :p Hard to find ones who aren't kind of extreme

Anyway, all of the things about redemption and justice I said were things from the wikipedia article, I could go check Inner Sea Gods next though. Or maybe I'm just misunderstanding something


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Yeah I would go with the actual book rather than a Wiki synopsis.


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.... why did it use that alias???

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Ummm... Does wikis make your blood rage?

Anyhoo, I think the Sarenrae conversation is probably derail for a product thread, so I'm gonna PM stuff I found, but yeah, I found lots of support for the "Good is not soft" approach: The book basically says that she is really patient and always tries to offer mercy first, but is merciless when faced with irredeemable.

Either way, Forgiven sound really heretic like which I guess is the intention yeah.


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Yeah that is definitely the intention, they’re in the cults sections.


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I'm one of the authors of this project.
Excited about its release.

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Slit518 wrote:

I'm one of the authors of this project.

Excited about its release.

Yay!

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Slit518 wrote:

I'm one of the authors of this project.

Excited about its release.

Me, too, with the excited!


I'm mostly excited by the return of Dimensional Shamblers. :)


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Huh, there is editing error on page 30 in stat block that makes it sound like text is suddenly shouting :P(its bolded and all caps on creature's morale)

Anyhoo, so this book has cool bestiary, cool weird items(and a toilet bomb) in article, cool non evil member of Aucturn's species(I like Otlo), cool list of cults, cool horror theme and cool darkness/light based dungeon...

But I don't think I can review this one since it IS mostly horror, combat and exploration, so if I don't play or run it, my opinion would be mostly based on "concept of Eshtayiv is cool!" rather than how the adventure actually plays through <_<


CorvusMask wrote:

Huh, there is editing error on page 30 in stat block that makes it sound like text is suddenly shouting :P(its bolded and all caps on creature's morale)

Anyhoo, so this book has cool bestiary, cool weird items(and a toilet bomb) in article, cool non evil member of Aucturn's species(I like Otlo), cool list of cults, cool horror theme and cool darkness/light based dungeon...

But I don't think I can review this one since it IS mostly horror, combat and exploration, so if I don't play or run it, my opinion would be mostly based on "concept of Eshtayiv is cool!" rather than how the adventure actually plays through <_<

You can review it on those prospects :3

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Yeah, but reviewing book based on "I like one NPC, articles, horror theme and concept of

:
evil being of light that is enemy of outer gods and seemingly capable of threatening them
" is bit weird since its small part of the overall book <_<;

I mean, I did it once regarding the seal-breaker article, but that was because I wanted devs to know I liked it specifically :p


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Please use spoiler tags, that's a big part of the adventure there.

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captain yesterday wrote:
Please use spoiler tags, that's a big part of the adventure there.

Ah, sorry, added spoiler tag ^^;


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Thank you!


CorvusMask wrote:

Yeah, but reviewing book based on "I like one NPC, articles, horror theme and concept of ** spoiler omitted **" is bit weird since its small part of the overall book <_<;

I mean, I did it once regarding the seal-breaker article, but that was because I wanted devs to know I liked it specifically :p

It’s valid, just point out you’re rating it on those areas ^w^

It also lets the writers and Paizo know what parts you like.

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Yeah, but reviewing book based on "I like one NPC, articles, horror theme and concept of ** spoiler omitted **" is bit weird since its small part of the overall book <_<;

I mean, I did it once regarding the seal-breaker article, but that was because I wanted devs to know I liked it specifically :p

It’s valid, just point out you’re rating it on those areas ^w^

It also lets the writers and Paizo know what parts you like.

I was hoping to get across liking the spoilers in review for final book :'D I forgot whether I remembered to emphasis it or not

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So I now did the review :P And since I did the review..

Psst, Paizo, I really want that Pyric Corruption to be a thing :D Please pretty please?

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