Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-22—Passing the Torch, Part 1: Who Wears the Mask

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 12–18 (Subtiers 12–13, 14–15, and 17–18).

For more than a decade, the infamous information broker, former Pathfinder, and thoroughly controversial mastermind Grandmaster Torch has pursued vengeance against the Decemvirate and the Society as a whole. Yet for all the Society's countermeasures, Torch has consistently procured seemingly unattainable intelligence that makes his schemes ever more dangerous. At last, the Society has identified his chief accomplice and informant who has evaded Society scouts by hiding out where Pathfinders are forbidden on pain of death: Mediogalti Island, home of the notorious Red Mantis Assassins. Yet Grandmaster Torch's imminent endgame threatens the whole Society, if not Absalom itself, and if the PCs are to uncover the plot and avert disaster, they must infiltrate one of the Inner Sea's most deadly cities and neutralize a powerful threat.

Who Wears the Mask is the first of two seeker-level adventures in the Passing the Torch series that concludes Season 10, and these adventures take place in parallel with the events of Pathfinder Society Special #10-98: Siege of Gallowspire. This adventure is followed by Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-23: Passing the Torch, Part 2: Who Speaks for the Ten. These two scenarios are intended to be played in order.

Written by Cole Kronewitter.

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Great start, needed more polish

4/5

I have run this once so far and am due to run it several more times over the next few weeks including two PbP games. This is a great start to the (hopeful) resolution of the Torch storyline. The location is suitably atmospheric and dangerous, the combats look challenging but nothing a suitably well prepared high level party should not be able to handle, the hard mode adjustments add some interesting twists and the reveal at the end sets up Part 2 very nicely.

I have two potential niggles which make this a 4 star rather than 5 star review.

1. There are a number of mechanical issues with two of the combats which could have been caught in editing. Its difficult to keep everything straight when you are putting together three different tiers of high level opponents but some information is missing or incorrect. Hopefully these will be dealt with soon enough.

2. There is a lot of combat in this one. On its own that isnt necessarily a bad thing but expect this one to take a long time. One encounter is optional and potentially bypassable even if you run it but otherwise people need to bring their A game to get through this in a regular 4-5 hour slot. I would not want to run this at a convention and I really wonder just what people running it at Gencon will do.

Lastly, while I appreciate the range of opposition used some of them do make running this in face to face games a bit tricky. GM preparation is required.

Here be minor spoilers:
Paizo needs to start producing more larger bases, having multiple gargantuan or colossal creatures in multiple encounters is a bit of a pain to prep for in physical games. Fortunately I mostly run online or via PbP but even so, be prepared to put some arts and crafts time in.


Sovereign Court

The Orchid Lodge is ready and willing to cut at the heart of the Crimson Cowards! This is the best finale I could have ever hoped for!

Silver Crusade

How very like the Grandmaster.

Scarab Sages

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"If he ain' in a bathtub, it ain' him bu' a bo' dou'l or do'l'gang'r!"


Pathfinder Lost Omens Subscriber
Quote:
Who Wears the Mask is the first of two seeker-level adventures in the Passing the Torch series that concludes Season 10, and these adventures take place in parallel with the events of Pathfinder Society Special #10-98: Siege of Gallowspire.

So, does this me we can't use the same PC in this two-part series that we use in 10-98? I only have one level 12+ PC.


No such restriction.

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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Yeah, there's no such restriction. With a little suspension of disbelief at your PC being in both areas at once, you're good to go.


Where would one get to play Siege of Gallowspire?

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Where would one get to play Siege of Gallowspire?

At the very least, it's being run at PaizoCon (Seattle) and Gen Con (Indianapolis) between May and the beginning of August. It might also be at Origins (Columbus, OH) and UK Games Expo (Birmingham, England), though I'm not as familiar with those shows' scheduled Pathfinder Society events. After Gen Con, I anticipate it will be be available at numerous other events worldwide in 2019.


It is definitely scheduled at Origins.

I am sure it will be scheduled online.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

So can I take it the levels stated here are accurate? The levels shown on the Gen Con event sign-up for both 10-22 and 10-23 indicate levels 12-15.

Which one is accurate?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

These are the correct tiers.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
TriOmegaZero wrote:
These are the correct tiers.

Thank you.

It's a shame that Siege of Gallowspire does not go as high as both of these (10-22 and 10-23).

I will be taking a 17 Alchemist through both of these scenarios, but won't be able to take him as my main in Siege of Gallowspire.

Scarab Sages

It will be fun to play Sasha again.


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Any sense of the maps for this and #10-23?

Silver Crusade

Does this act like ol 1-7s, where 16s cant play with the 12-13 tier, and bottom and top tiers don't mix?


GM Oriklad wrote:
Does this act like ol 1-7s, where 16s cant play with the 12-13 tier, and bottom and top tiers don't mix?

The PFS Roleplaying Guild Guide has rules for that. See page 11 in the current guide, left column, under "Tiers and Subtiers"

Tiers and Subtiers wrote:
For scenarios with more than two subtiers, characters must be in adjacent subtiers to play together.

So unless a special exception is given specifically for this scenario, 13s and 17s don't mix.

I don't know off the top of my head what the rule for 16s would be, since they're not actually in a subtier. I think there was a ruling on that, but I'd need to do some digging.

Silver Crusade

shaventalz wrote:
I don't know off the top of my head what the rule for 16s would be, since they're not actually in a subtier. I think there was a ruling on that, but I'd need to do some digging.

Thank you for looking. Running it in our local lodge and some players wanted to know. I imagine that they can't go down, to the lowest tier, since it skips over the 14-15 tier.


GM Oriklad wrote:
shaventalz wrote:
I don't know off the top of my head what the rule for 16s would be, since they're not actually in a subtier. I think there was a ruling on that, but I'd need to do some digging.
Thank you for looking. Running it in our local lodge and some players wanted to know. I imagine that they can't go down, to the lowest tier, since it skips over the 14-15 tier.

That would be my interpretation as well.

That said, I can't find any official rulings on this. There's a thread from 2015 asking for a ruling, plus a couple of other threads discussing the matter. The most common view seems to be that a level 16 PC would be one tier away from both 14-15 and 17-18, since he's not actually in either one. That would make 12-13 more than one subtier away, and forbidden. This was never officially confirmed, and it's not universally agreed-upon, so take that as you will.


Does anyone know how long this runs? Due to high up tiers does this run long?

Shadow Lodge RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 8

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Is this out? As a VO this hasn't been dropped to my paizo account yet.

Grand Lodge

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That does not look like a friendly dude.

Grand Lodge

WalterGM wrote:
Is this out? As a VO this hasn't been dropped to my paizo account yet.

It’s not in mine either.

Shadow Lodge

HareTrigger wrote:
WalterGM wrote:
Is this out? As a VO this hasn't been dropped to my paizo account yet.
It’s not in mine either.

Nor mine.. of course the PC I want to play needs 1/2 an xp

Grand Lodge

Kyrie Ebonblade, wrote:
HareTrigger wrote:
WalterGM wrote:
Is this out? As a VO this hasn't been dropped to my paizo account yet.
It’s not in mine either.
Nor mine.. of course the PC I want to play needs 1/2 an xp

Not in my VO account, or either of my VA's accounts either.


Nor mine. It seems that Paizo is running late on dropping this to V*.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Card Game, Pawns, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Weirdly, it got added to my downloads more or less on time. Not sure why I'm special.

Grand Lodge

WalterGM wrote:
Is this out? As a VO this hasn't been dropped to my paizo account yet.

I had to call customer service to get it dropped.

Grand Lodge

HareTrigger wrote:
WalterGM wrote:
Is this out? As a VO this hasn't been dropped to my paizo account yet.
I had to call customer service to get it dropped.

That’s good to know. Customer service hasn’t responded to my message yet, but this makes me hopeful.

Shadow Lodge

Still no change in things. Not showing up in my downloads

Grand Lodge

Just hit my downloads.


GM Oriklad wrote:
Does this act like ol 1-7s, where 16s cant play with the 12-13 tier, and bottom and top tiers don't mix?

Is there an answer to this? Can a level 12 character and a level 17 character both play at the same table?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

I see no reason why it would not fall under that rule. ' For scenarios with more than two subtiers, characters must be in adjacent subtiers to play together.' Passing The Torch has more than two subtiers, so it counts.


It just hit my downloads too. I did email customer service on the 9th, although I didn't get any response, so it may not have mattered.

Silver Crusade

The Church of the Mantis God are formidable foes indeed.

Grand Lodge

pjrogers wrote:
Any sense of the maps for this and #10-23?

Maps:
Three custom maps and Lost City.
Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
kevin_video wrote:
pjrogers wrote:
Any sense of the maps for this and #10-23?
** spoiler omitted **

I thought one of the custom maps looked familiar. It is actually

Maps:
Two custom maps, Darklands, and Lost City.

Grand Lodge

Syrul wrote:
kevin_video wrote:
pjrogers wrote:
Any sense of the maps for this and #10-23?
** spoiler omitted **

I thought one of the custom maps looked familiar. It is actually

** spoiler omitted **

You’re right. Forgot that there’s a back side. Wish it’d been labeled properly.

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