Starfinder Society Scenario #1-28: It Rests Beneath

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A Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1-4.

Dispatched by the Wayfinders' faction leader to a Near Space world, the PCs have orders to assist a local Starfinder research outpost. The outpost's head researcher sends the PCs on a mission to explore a strange calcified region, which soon reveals that there's more happening on this world than first appears.

Written by Jason Tondro

Scenario Tags: Faction (Wayfinders), Vehicle

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Space Shrimp

*****

A great scenario.
Fun NPCs, cool things to run around and do, some tough fights (NOTE: there is one very tough encounter if all are pure level 1's!.
And a GREAT Alien to encounter... won't spoiler, but it is huge!


Another Good Wayfinder Scenario

*****

I have run this scenario twice at tier 1-2.

This felt like a great scenario that presents a number of interesting combats, each very different from one another, and it ends with a wonderful science fiction appropriate sort of question to the party. Each part of the scenario feels very well paced and while there aren't too many NPCs for the party to spend with, it feels like enough to give the party just enough to make this scenario feel like a complete and well rounded experience. It doesn't have major plot tie ins to prior adventures and it feels perfectly fine as a one shot adventure.

I would match the recommendation that this serves as a great sort of introduction into Starfinder and the format of Starfinder Society.

I do wish the vehicle portion of this adventure could be more relevant. As it is there is only one encounter that offers much of any ability to use them and it feels just as reasonable to ignore the vehicles all together. That might be a reasonable choice at this tier to avoid too much complicated vehicle combat, but at higher level adventures I would like to see more vehicle interaction in scenarios with the vehicle tag.


A strong and interesting outing

*****

This is one that rewards all of your science-interested wayfinder characters. This adventure featured lots of cool Mass Effect style exploration of this strange unknown calcified region and presents a legitimate science ethics question and gives the players a proper chance to consider and apply their character's perspectives on things.

Nothing about this one wasn't cool and/or interesting. Great One Off and good introduction to the game.


*****

Let me start by saying that this is one of the only scenarios to feature vehicle combat, so if your character happens to own a vehicle, this is definitely the scenario to bring them on!

This scenario tasks the PCs with assisting a science team in performing a survey of a strange landmass. Nearly 85,000 square miles in size, with no water or plant-life, this calcified plateau is of great interest. Your asked to travel across the plateau to three specific locations, set up some specialized towers you brought with you, and calibrate surveying equipment atop of each one.

Each tower has its own challenges, hazards, and enemies to contend with. There’s multiple vehicles your PCs can choose from, (or bring your own!) and the towers can be tackled in any order. There’s a simple vehicle handout that will be useful for both players and GMs, which is a nice touch.

I love how flavourful the new creatures and environmental hazards are. A lot of thought has gone into ensuring they fit into their ecosystem — which is particularly important when players are surveying an environment.

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Also, I particularly enjoyed the mystery of the old kasathan ship.

I do have one nitpick. Page three is missing half of a sentence at the end of the first section, which I assume should read something along the lines of ‘up to help,’ ‘up to lend a hand,’ or something else similar. It’s not a hindrance to the scenario. You can still get the gist of what it’s supposed to be saying, but it was jarring enough that it caused me to look around in confusion for a half a minute, to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. A minor distraction in an otherwise enjoyable read.

Overall, I loved I this scenario! The premise is different from any that have come before. It was engaging all the way through, with a wonderful array of social interactions, skill-based encounters, hazards, and combat. The enemies and hazards were all well-thought out. The NPCs were properly engaging and ‘real.’ And, best of all, your PCs have to make an important decision regarding the future of this planet. Really top notch! Although it didn’t blow my mind, like some other amazing Starfinder adventures, it was an… understated awesome.


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A calcified region?

Are you ready for the Starfinder Medusa?! ;-)

Sczarni

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Oh man, glad I looked ahead. I have a Dwarf motorcycle rider that'll be perfect for this ^_^


Hide behind the mound of dead copaxi bards...

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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Maps appearing in this adventure:

This scenario uses the following:

  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Hill Country
  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Twisted Cavern
  • Starfinder Flip-Mat: Asteroid

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    Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Society Subscriber

    Looks like there is an edit error in the background information just before the summary. At the bottom of the column, it cuts off mid-sentence.

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