Pathfinder Adventure Path #139: The Dead Roads (Tyrant's Grasp 1 of 6)

Pathfinder Adventure Path #139: The Dead Roads (Tyrant's Grasp 1 of 6)

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In a Land of Bones and Souls

An unknown cataclysm thrusts the heroes into the Boneyard, where souls are judged after death... but the heroes aren't dead! Trapped in a tomb that isn't their own, they must use their wits and might to escape. The grim and otherworldly psychopomps who serve as the shepherds of souls are divided on what to do with these unexplained arrivals. The heroes must negotiate treacherous psychopomp politics and journey through a landscape of gloom and nightmare before walking the Dead Roads that can lead them home!

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path launches the Tyrant's Grasp Adventure Path and includes:

  • "The Dead Roads," a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 1st-level characters, by Ron Lundeen.
  • Tips, tools, and tricks drawn from the Boneyard and its grim denizens, by Matt Morris.
  • An exploration of races inevitably linked to death, including dhampirs, duskwalkers, mortics, and shabtis, by Mikhail Rekun.
  • An extensive timeline of the events leading up to the Tyrant's Grasp Adventure Path, and insight into the true nature of the Whispering Tyrant's new weapon, by Crystal Frasier.
  • A bestiary of monsters drawn from the lands and lore of the dead, including a skeletal tree that protects the spirits of the dead, a voracious extraplanar parasite, a leader among the malicious tooth fairies, and people who straddle the line between the living and the dead, by Ron Lundeen, Kyle T. Raes, and Mike Welham.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-111-5

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Dark Archive

So the heroes are not dead and have to return to live, but they are alive and bodily inside the realm of the dead - interesting.

Dark Archive

Having very much liked Starfinder AP#7 from Ron Lundeen, i am very excited to see the opening of a Pathfinder AP written by him.

Was there ever a book one by Ron (i only remember later books being from him) or is this the first?


....seems like there are some contradictions in the descriptions....

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Having very much liked Starfinder AP#7 from Ron Lundeen, i am very excited to see the opening of a Pathfinder AP written by him.

Was there ever a book one by Ron (i only remember later books being from him) or is this the first?

Nope, this is my first Chapter 1 to an AP. Now, the only chapter I haven't written for Pathfinder AP is a Chapter 4 (Although I wrote Chapter 4 for an upcoming Starfinder AP).

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nighttree wrote:
....seems like there are some contradictions in the descriptions....

Are the PCs dead? Or not? That's a question likely to puzzle them, as well!


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Time for Ghostwalk!


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This seems very interesting


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I like it for the fact Tar-Barphon is cool. And so is Ustalav. :)

Dark Archive

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Ah, more 'pomp action. So much the better! :D


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What do rebel spirit guides wear when they are young?

A Pomp-a-Dour

Silver Crusade

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Psychopomp Rockabillies! Suh-weet!


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I hope this AP finally get us a Campaign Setting for Geb...

...... Or maybe a Kingdoms of Magic for Geb and Nex. =D

Dark Archive

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The Gold Sovereign wrote:

I hope this AP finally get us a Campaign Setting for Geb...

...... Or maybe a Kingdoms of Magic for Geb and Nex. =D

That would be nice, but it doesn't seem to be connected to Geb, judging from the temporary descriptions from books 1-3.

Well, maybe Arazni shows up in later books? ;-)

A Lastwall Campaign Setting may be moot after this AP...


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
The Gold Sovereign wrote:

I hope this AP finally get us a Campaign Setting for Geb...

...... Or maybe a Kingdoms of Magic for Geb and Nex. =D

That would be nice, but it doesn't seem to be connected to Geb, judging from the temporary descriptions from books 1-3.

Well, maybe Arazni shows up in later books? ;-)

A Lastwall Campaign Setting may be moot after this AP...

We do know what all the Campaign Setting books are up to the end of 1st Ed. Last one will be on Druma, as at the paizocon or gencon panal on it they talked about how a big bad undead lich who may be coming back and looking at a specific rock that may grant one the ability to become a god and a specific nation of merchants and an odd Philosophy that may be in his way as a direct method of marching an army to go get this rock...


Any word on if we will get PF1 info on Arcadia ?


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nighttree wrote:
Any word on if we will get PF1 info on Arcadia ?

I think Logan Bonner mentioned (in this past Friday's Twitch) that there is a visit to Arcadia somewhere in this last adventure path.


Yeah I think we'll know by about...book 5 or 6 maybe? I doubt we'll know before then.

Dark Archive

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Arcadia seems like an odd stop for this AP, but I'll not complain!


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Dot.


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They will join us or die. Then join join us in undeath.
-Tar-Baphon grand strategy memo


Is this going to be PF Classic or PF 2.0?


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quibblemuch wrote:
Is this going to be PF Classic or PF 2.0?

This is the last PF Classic adventure path.


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Excellent. I showed the blurb for the first chapter to my regular group and one of them took money out of his wallet and threw it at me. I take it that's a strong yes for doing the AP.


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nighttree wrote:
Any word on if we will get PF1 info on Arcadia ?

Part 5 will have a quest to Arcadia, to find a weapon made by Arodon. It's to include a double gazetteer on Arcadia.


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I wonder if this might go Mythic? If actually fighting Tar-Baphon at the end the surely...


thinksnake wrote:
I wonder if this might go Mythic? If actually fighting Tar-Baphon at the end the surely...

According to one of the devs, no, PCs won't go Mythic, unfortunately =/


Marco Massoudi wrote:
The Gold Sovereign wrote:

I hope this AP finally get us a Campaign Setting for Geb...

...... Or maybe a Kingdoms of Magic for Geb and Nex. =D

That would be nice, but it doesn't seem to be connected to Geb, judging from the temporary descriptions from books 1-3.

Well, maybe Arazni shows up in later books? ;-)

A Lastwall Campaign Setting may be moot after this AP...

James Jacobs confirmed that Arazni is /heavily/ involved.

Dark Archive

Yes, AP#143 explicitly mentions Arazni.
I also think she will show up in the final volume #144.


Can't wait to see how the PCs begin in this adventure path. Will they be from Lastwall or just at the wrong place? Inquiring minds want to know.


Ratbane wrote:
Can't wait to see how the PCs begin in this adventure path. Will they be from Lastwall or just at the wrong place? Inquiring minds want to know.

"The heroes awaken already defeated—slain by a superweapon unlike anything seen before on Golarion."

Boneyard, I guess. That's what the developers have been saying, right? They are going to be dead.

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Ratbane wrote:
Can't wait to see how the PCs begin in this adventure path. Will they be from Lastwall or just at the wrong place?

Or maybe both!

Dark Archive

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The last AP was updated on november 1st, so this should hopefully be updated on monday.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Just about ready to cut my Pathfinder AP subscription. They can't possibly have any new interesting APs coming out..

Crap.. they just got another 6 months worth of money..


Shain,

To be fair, this will be the LAST of the APs for 1st edition PF.

Dark Archive

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So any chance the cover art on some of these will be getting updated soon?

Scarab Sages

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Or a book 6 product page?

Dark Archive

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or which Iconics are in it?

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Kevin Mack wrote:
or which Iconics are in it?

Updating the cover images and adding the final volume aren't something that are in my control, so I'll leave that to the folks who handle those things so well.

But I can say which iconics are in it: Imrijka, Kess, Seelah, and Yoon.

Silver Crusade

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Awesome!

Was expecting Im and Seelah, but not Kess and Yoon. Nice!


YOINK! *love the new cover* Also like the update on the Bestiary. :)

Dark Archive

Huh, seems like this will have new race called mortic?

Silver Crusade

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Quote:
a leader among the malicious tooth fairies

Chris is getting statted up?


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CorvusMask wrote:
Huh, seems like this will have new race called mortic?

Indeed. *-*

And they seem to be in the bestiary as well, or at least I suppose that "people who straddle the line between the living and the dead" sounds like a good description for a new half-undead race unrelated to vampires.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Sounds promising. Nastier tooth faeries? Oh noes.


Do the PCs know each other before the start of the AP? If not it sounds like Tyrant's Grasp will, ironically, be easier to work a Samurai or Ninja PC into than Jade Regent.

Wonder if that's intentional actually. It's the last (PF1E) AP, so I could totally see the design team intentionally making it friendly to the PCs playing whatever they wanted to.

Ron Lundeen wrote:
Kevin Mack wrote:
or which Iconics are in it?

Updating the cover images and adding the final volume aren't something that are in my control, so I'll leave that to the folks who handle those things so well.

But I can say which iconics are in it: Imrijka, Kess, Seelah, and Yoon.

Good to see Yoon get an AP of art before she vanishes into the ether of an edition change (and even if she ever returned, would be aged up).


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Yessss.... first Paizo article with my name exclusively on it. And it's about dead things! Marvelous!

(Many thanks to Ron for giving me this chance. So many fun dead things.)


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Interesting update.


Wonder how the Mortics differ from Duskwalkers ?


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Gothier Goths?


nighttree wrote:
Wonder how the Mortics differ from Duskwalkers ?

Probably, they aren't outsiders or maybe they are actually half-undeads.

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