Starfinder Society Scenario #1-38: The Many Minds of Historia

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A Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 5-8.

Zigvigix, leader of the Exo-Guardians discovers something is wrong with his colleague and fellow faction leader, Historia-7. Traveling with Zigvigix into the Archives' Cortex at the heart of the Starfinder Society's home, the PCs come face to face with the unexpected truth behind what's happened to Historia-7. Enacting a desperate plan to assist Historia-7, the PCs soon find themselves racing to save both Zigvigix and Historia-7 from a threat that aims to topple the entire Starfinder Society.

Content in The Many Minds of Historia also contributes to the ongoing goals of the Dataphiles and Exo-Guardians factions. It also builds on events in Starfinder Society #1-99: The Scoured Stars Invasion, though playing that scenario is not necessary for this product.

Written by Lyz Liddell

Scenario Tags: Faction (Dataphiles), Faction (Exo-Guardians)

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Perfect Romp through the mind of a Fan Favorite NPC

5/5

This is the stuff you come to Organized Play for. Long term story telling with well-told callbacks that are fun for people who have played em all while still being enjoyable in their own right for people who haven't. Mindscapes are always a fun time and that final boss fight? Properly epic conclusion worthy.

My only regret is that Ziggy and Historia-7 are faction heads because it feels like it signals the idea that non-Dataphile/Exo-G characters shouldn't feel as invested and that's not really what I think the intent of faction is.


Fantastic Scenario

5/5

Great Scenario, play it!


A Fantastic Voyage from Start to Finish

5/5

I ran the high tier of this scenario for a group of six players. My review is in the spoiler tag below.

Review:

The Many Minds of Historia is one of the best-envisioned and best executed scenarios yet, and may very well be the best scenario of Season 1. Serving as a conclusion to the season 1 character arcs of Zigvigix and Historia-7 (such as they are), the scenario delves into the history of the tight-lipped leader of the Dataphiles faction in a unique and interesting way, while also looping in Zigvigix’s participation in a meaningful way.

The second half of the scenario is, perhaps, my favorite, taking place in the surreal realm of the Mindscape. The heroes must traverse Historia’s fragmented minds to locate the sinister intelligence that threatens her. The rules of the Mindscape are lightweight enough as to not bog down the adventure with complexity, and interesting enough as to encourage players to use them. At the same time, the way the players traverse the memories is sufficiently surreal, with the heroes walking through standing doors into separate scenes.

My one complaint, perhaps, is that the scenario was not weird enough. The jungle map in the final scene was a little disappointing, since the flip mats usually don’t have much in the way of set dressings that players can use to their advantage. Likewise, the final boss was somewhat unimpressive. While I imagine he would be more of a threat if allowed to spawn functional minions, the group I ran it for easily dispatched the foe with minimal stress on Zigvigix’s psyche.

The real problem with the scenario is not the scenario itself. Rather, it is with the supporting story leading up to the scenario. Zigvigix and Historia-7’s relationship has developed across several missions, but the details of that relationship are frequently told to the players and not really shown. This scenario, with Zigvigix gaining mental “stress points” in response to disturbing revelations about Historia-7’s well being are a nice mechanical expression of the host shirren’s interest in the android. (Other things stress Ziggy out, obviously, but many of the shirren’s psychological pain points in this scenario are centered around Historia-7.) The scenario’s emotional payoff is therefore blunted by the fact that preceding scenarios (especially Return to Sender, which relegated the evolution of Zigvigix and Historia-7’s relationship to a throwaway line) did not adequately prepare the emotional stakes.

Furthermore, the problem with Historia-7, while dramatic, comes a bit out of left field. Again, this has nothing to do with the scenario itself, but rather the fact that Data Breach did not do a good job showing the players that something is wrong. Should I have the opportunity to run Data Breach again, I would like to use more of the details revealed in The Many Minds of Historia to better foreshadow the developments in this scenario.

Ultimately, these gripes do nothing to detract from the experience within The Many Minds of Historia. The scenario is well-paced and well-written, and a definite testament to Lyz Liddell’s character writing chops. Hopefully we can continue to see stories of this quality in Season 2.


Space Multiplicity

5/5

A great scenario, to play if you can!
I do not want to spoil, so I will just say that we all love the slumbering romance between Ziggy & H-7, so it is great to keep on helping these two love birds to hopefully get together.
And the rich journey into a dream, computerized, memory-heavy... journey into History and the past, is really great.
PLAY IT!


One of my favourites!

5/5

This scenario builds on events from Starfinder Society #1-99: The Scoured Stars Invasion, although playing this scenario beforehand is not necessary. It also continues an ongoing personal subplot involving Zigvigix and Historia-7. Although it's not necessary, I highly suggest you play some of the previous scenarios that feature Zigvigix and Historia-7 in order to better enjoy and understand this scenario (particularly #1-01, #1-14 and #1-33). Players who do so will definitely get more out of it emotionally and contextually, than players that do not.

The Many Minds of Historia takes place in Absalom Station's Lorespire Complex, base of operations for the Starfinder Society. There you will assist Zigvigix in confronting Historia-7, his friend and fellow faction leader who he believes is acting strangely. It includes plenty of important characters, and has lasting ramifications for the future of some of the involved characters and factions. Due to the importance of this scenario, (and because it is much more enjoyable to play while completely in the dark), I won't be saying much more about the content of this scenario. I will say that I absolutely loved it! The Many Minds of Historia is creative, exciting, unique, and shocking. It's emotionally impactful, and brings a lot of interconnected storylines, characters, and events together into an intriguing cohesive whole. It's fun for players and GMs both, allows for a lot of creativity, and is an absolutely wonderful scenario. It feels personal, and I expect many players will be on the edge of their seats throughout the course of this adventure. All that said, it's not without a few minor weaknesses. A few of the enemy's starting positions don't work optimally with their tactics (which also means it's a bit easier than some CRs imply), and it will be difficult to convey some of the skill options PCs could use without simply telling them. Miniscule nitpicks. Overall, The Many Minds of Historia is among my very favourite scenarios. Awesome job, Lyz!


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Topple the entire Starfinder Society? That sounds bad. :o


Starfinder Charter Superscriber

This sounds like a really good one--the relationship between Zigvigix and Historia-7 is one of my favourite subplots.

Can't believe # 1-38 has already been announced. I keep playing regularly, but somehow keep falling further behind!

Dark Archive

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Nothing bad must happen to precious cinnamon roll that is Zigvigix!

Paizo Employee Starfinder Society Developer

Maps Appearing in this Adventure:
-Starfinder Flip-Mat: Warship
-Starfinder Flip-Mat: Jungle World
-Custom Half-Page Map


wait, that holo set up looks familiar.. are we beating another computer virus with a metal stick?

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
wait, that holo set up looks familiar.. are we beating another computer virus with a metal stick?

I'm just gonna go out and say it: This month has probably the two most important scenarios of the season for you lore fiends out there :)

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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Thurston Hillman wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
wait, that holo set up looks familiar.. are we beating another computer virus with a metal stick?
I'm just gonna go out and say it: This month has probably the two most important scenarios of the season for you lore fiends out there :)

AGREED.

Exo-Guardians

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
wait, that holo set up looks familiar.. are we beating another computer virus with a metal stick?

Best way ta fix a komputa. Smash it!

Grand Lodge

Madcutta wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
wait, that holo set up looks familiar.. are we beating another computer virus with a metal stick?
Best way ta fix a komputa. Smash it!

Percussive Maintenance ftw!


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Whoa.


I haven't played this yet but is there a reason Ziggy's going by male pronouns in this one's description? Cause everything I've seen says Ziggy's a host shirren. So is that just a typo in the description saying Historia-7 is "his" colleague or have I just missed something?

Otherwise, I can't wait to see to see what terrifying implications this has for two of my favorite faction leaders!


rastagypsy wrote:

I haven't played this yet but is there a reason Ziggy's going by male pronouns in this one's description? Cause everything I've seen says Ziggy's a host shirren. So is that just a typo in the description saying Historia-7 is "his" colleague or have I just missed something?

Otherwise, I can't wait to see to see what terrifying implications this has for two of my favorite faction leaders!

I think you're getting him and Chiskisk mixed up


TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
rastagypsy wrote:

I haven't played this yet but is there a reason Ziggy's going by male pronouns in this one's description? Cause everything I've seen says Ziggy's a host shirren. So is that just a typo in the description saying Historia-7 is "his" colleague or have I just missed something?

Otherwise, I can't wait to see to see what terrifying implications this has for two of my favorite faction leaders!

I think you're getting him and Chiskisk mixed up

No according to The Commencement introductions Ziggy is definitely a Host Shirren. Chiskisk also happens to be one as as well.

From the Commencement: "The Exo-Guardians do not currently have
a headquarters on Absalom Station, but their
leader, Zigvigix (LG host shirren soldier),
resides in the poor but trendy neighborhood
of Downlow."

So they are definitely a HOST Shirren


Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I'm not one to post but the story of this scenario and it's writing is truly amazing. I'm running it today and I can not wait to drop this on them.

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