Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-02: The Mosquito Witch

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–4 (Subtiers 1–2 and 3–4).

Decades ago, witnesses reported a fearsome cryptid outside of the quiet River Kingdoms town of Shimmerford. Dubbed the Mosquito Witch, it was rarely seen since and quickly became a beloved local legend that the town celebrates and promotes to attract visitors. But when recent attacks began savaging livestock and townsfolk alike, many have started believing the Mosquito Witch was real all along. The PCs travel to Shimmerford to unravel the cryptid mystery, but might they just become the witch's next victim?

Written by Eleanor Ferron.

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5/5

Interesting cast of NPCs in a compelling location.

Some mysteries are best unsolved, and this one ends without an answer but I think the mystery is better than any answer coujld be.


Creepy, intriguing but unfinished

4/5

The scenario has a great ambiance but alas it ends without resolving the central mystery.
I think this is one of those scenarios that absolutely deserves a sequel.


Fantastic story, great encounters

5/5

As a GM, you have the opportunity to put your personal stamp on it. In the first half we had fantastic RPG without a single fight. The crazy village of Shimemrford with its characters are fantastic to present on the table. When the sentence comes up, "Now I also want to know what kind of roof damage the other residents have" then it shows a lot of fun in spite of the serious threat.

In the second half the investigations take place and the barbarians are finally allowed to sharpen their axes here and there. I particularly liked the mystery of the mosquito witch, also that you deliberately leave the end half open. I'm not giving up hope that there will be a second part or that what happened will be taken up. Because the resolution of the adventure is perfectly chosen in my opinion.

Again any time!


Great Little Adventure

5/5

It's got lots of details if you like that in an scenario (I do), a cool/creepy little town and a fun investigation. Lots of red herrings, so that can be hit or miss with some but I enjoyed this one a lot as both a player and a GM.


My favourite of the debut scenarios

5/5

Where Absalom Initiation failed, this scenario delivers!

I've seen this ran both in the creepy style, and in the scooby doo style. Both work, and are fun scenarios.

The final combat I think is on the weaker side, but it's a 1-4 so I'll give it credit for that.

Every PFS player should play this scenaario IMO.


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Pathfinder Maps Subscriber

Do we know what maps are needed to run this scenario yet?


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Pathfinder Maps Subscriber

The Mosquito Watch. Watching mosquitos does not sound that appealing. Do you think you should change the title to the Mosquito Witch?

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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Maps for Pathfinder Society #1-02:

  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Bigger Village
  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Cavernous Lair
  • Pathfinder Flip-Tiles: Forest Starter Set
  • Silver Crusade

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    GM Harpwizard wrote:
    The Mosquito Watch. Watching mosquitos does not sound that appealing. Do you think you should change the title to the Mosquito Witch?

    Ah, I was hoping you'd get to meet a specialized squad dealing with skeeters.

    Dark Archive

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    Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    At long last, we face the Mansquito. I knew this day would come.

    Grand Lodge

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    Pathfinder Adventure, Lost Omens, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber

    Gonna need Favored Enemy (Vermin) or it's equivalent after this.

    Silver Crusade

    TriOmegaZero wrote:
    Gonna need Favored Enemy (Vermin) or it's equivalent after this.

    Probably Beast, cause THEY FINALLY FIXED THAT.


    Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

    Is Favored Enemy even a thing in PF2?

    Silver Crusade

    David knott 242 wrote:


    Is Favored Enemy even a thing in PF2?

    As of this posting not to my knowledge.

    Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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    Rysky wrote:
    David knott 242 wrote:


    Is Favored Enemy even a thing in PF2?
    As of this posting not to my knowledge.

    The Core Rulebook also doesn't have rules for deet. Sounds like you folks are in for an itchy ride.

    Silver Crusade

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    John Compton wrote:
    Rysky wrote:
    David knott 242 wrote:


    Is Favored Enemy even a thing in PF2?
    As of this posting not to my knowledge.
    The Core Rulebook also doesn't have rules for deet. Sounds like you folks are in for an itchy ride.

    Is Sanctuary still a thing? That should totally work.


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    David knott 242 wrote:
    Is Favored Enemy even a thing in PF2?

    Favored Enemy and Favored Terrain are ranger feats in the PF2 CRB!

    Sovereign Court

    Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

    Woohoo!. This is the first PFS(2e) Scenario I've signed up to run.

    Silver Crusade

    Rysky wrote:
    John Compton wrote:
    Rysky wrote:
    David knott 242 wrote:


    Is Favored Enemy even a thing in PF2?
    As of this posting not to my knowledge.
    The Core Rulebook also doesn't have rules for deet. Sounds like you folks are in for an itchy ride.
    Is Sanctuary still a thing? That should totally work.

    This scenario seems to be getting a lot of buzz.

    HA!


    There's a map labelled incorrectly here.

    Spoiler:
    Map says Area B, while encounter takes place in area E

    Grand Archive

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    I had an Absolute blast running this. It was as much fun to run it my 5th time as it was my first. It screams for a sequel please make the follow up to this

    Paizo Employee Starfinder Senior Developer

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    Nahmi Fireheart wrote:
    I had an Absolute blast running this. It was as much fun to run it my 5th time as it was my first. It screams for a sequel please make the follow up to this

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    Running it next weekend for my home group.


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    Mysteries left unsolved at the end of this scenario:

    Spoiler:

    -- What caused the carriage crash?
    -- What caused Andor's disease?
    -- Where did Quintus go?
    -- What about the paper dolls? (they pop up three times -- Mrs. Lyons' monologue, Quintus, and after the collapse at the end.)
    -- What was the origin of the haunted potion in Lasarte’s gear? (The haunt does seem directly relevant to the adventure...)
    -- What was "taken away" from Mrs. Lyons?
    -- Why did the cleric at Mrs. Lyons' place insist that he'd seen the party twice before?
    -- Quintus repeatedly insisted that shovels were being stolen. This never gets mentioned again. If true, what was that about?

    N.B., I have no problem with loose ends, especially in a mystery scenario. And quite possibly some of these were just red herrings, and that's fine too. But... this one cries out for a sequel, people.

    Doug M.

    Silver Crusade

    6 people marked this as a favorite.
    Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    Doug, I know some of the answers, having done a bit of research and reading of other Paizo material, some of it quite obscure. So, the carriage *CRASH* who...what...it's impossible....you're a fictional being...you don't exist...no...NO....DON'T COME CLOSER!....*AAAARGH*...GET IT OUT OF ME, GET IT OU*GHRRBBBBLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEE*


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    "Perhaps he was dictating"

    Scarab Sages

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    Mr. Compton, I really think you guys have been hitting it out of the park with PFS2 scenarios. I've never (well, I don't think I have...I'm getting older, and, well....) written a review before. I didn't go into all the details, but this scenario is incredibly good. I really am looking to run it more often.

    I feel like these scenarios have been doing a great job of combining the new mechanics with really good stories, and stories are why I personally play RPGs. Yeah, yeah, I know there are some proof-reading mistakes that probably make it through, but whatever.

    Maybe this sounds weird (and maybe I've had too much bourbon tonight [is that even possible?]), but I'm really proud of the PF2 folks at Paizo. I freakin' love it. I've run all of the high level PFS scenarios, several times, and I got really burnt out. I'm really enjoying what's been done so far for PF2, and PF2s, and I'm looking forward to all the great things to come.

    OK, time to finish my coke and bourbon. Sigh....it's Beam, not Maker's, but it'll do, pig, it'll do.


    This sounds like the kind of scenario that may be just scratching the surface of something deeper . . . .


    Douglas Muir 406 wrote:

    Mysteries left unsolved at the end of this scenario:

    ** spoiler omitted **
    N.B., I have no problem with loose ends, especially in a mystery scenario. And quite possibly some of these were just red herrings, and that's fine too. But... this one cries out for a sequel, people.

    Doug M.

    Movie plot spoiler:

    I guess at least last one was kinda obvious - like a hint to players, that someone is digging, aka the mites.

    But all and all I love the mysterious air of everything in this scenario, it greatly set the ground for some real life "Blair Witch project".

    Once every group of players in our lodge will play this I have intention to post a paper made by my character, that´s about study of Mosquito witch, her behavior and her overall. I guess it´s interesting take on some local legends and weird pagan protectors.

    All and all, at least for me, it looks like Mosquito witch was protecting the village, that so solemnly celebrate her. I guess the paper dolls are really doing of the witch and that collapse of cavern at the end is her doing as well, meaning she get rid of the mitflits for the good sake of the village.

    Scenario overall is great, I loved it the second i read through all of it. Played it twice with my groups and both times i got the absolute blast. NPCs are great to play as and mood is nicely set.

    I mark this one as one of the top three scenarios i run. Really great.


    I know this is designed for level 1 through 4, but does anyone have a suggestion for place level to begin this at? Running for a party of new players as a one-shot. Don't want to go too easy on them but also want them to have a fighting chance!


    I enjoyed running this. My players really liked it as I focused on the horror aspect.


    Really like that scenario!!!!

    Vigilant Seal

    Should the Wolf Fang Talisman be on the Chronicle Sheet?

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