Pathfinder Adventure Path #144: Midwives to Death (Tyrant's Grasp 6 of 6)

Pathfinder Adventure Path #144: Midwives to Death (Tyrant's Grasp 6 of 6)

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Against the Rise of Terror

The heroes finally have the tools they need to stop the Whispering Tyrant, but the lich-king has not been idle. Why has he devoted so much attention to an isolated border fortress, right when divinity seems to be within his grasp? A quest to discover the tyrant's secrets plunges the heroes into a deadly race through a fecund forest, into fearsome dungeons built long before the Shining Crusade, and between spiteful villains harboring ancient grudges. Old enemies stand in the heroes' way yet again, but unexpected allies can help turn the rising tide of death and despair. If the heroes are victorious, they can seize the only chance to deny the Whispering Tyrant his greatest weapon and strike him down before he gains the power of a god.

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path provides the dramatic conclusion to the Tyrant's Grasp Adventure Path and includes:

  • "Midwives to Death," a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 16th-level characters, by John Compton.
  • A massive article celebrating the final Adventure Path volume for the first edition of the Pathfinder RPG. Written by Paizo's developers and designers to close out the first edition with a bang, this article presents new monsters, GM advice, gods both new and revised, staff PCs, a new prestige class, new archetypes, and more! These new rules work with the Tyrant's Grasp Adventure Path or any campaign, and are written by John Compton, Adam Daigle, Eleanor Ferron, Thurston Hillman, James Jacobs, Jason Keeley, Luis Loza, Ron Lundeen, Robert G. McCreary, Erik Mona, Michael Sayre, Owen K.C. Stephens, Mark Seifter, and Linda Zayas-Palmer.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-144-3

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Thankies Medriev and Heine Stick ^w^


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I especially enjoyed the artwork for Luis Loza's critter.


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I hope Erik Mona realizes what he has done with his article.

Because he provided stats for Ostog the Unslain, Ostog will be slain in numerous home campaigns.


David knott 242 wrote:

I hope Erik Mona realizes what he has done with his article.

Because he provided stats for Ostog the Unslain, Ostog will be slain in numerous home campaigns.

To be fair, that's been a very real risk since...2010? (NPC Guide)

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Waiting on shipping notice to PDF's. :/


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I thought that the PDFs would not be available till August 1st?!


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Prince Setehrael wrote:
I thought that the PDFs would not be available till August 1st?!

So did I, but apparently they came up with a way to grant PDFs for the PF1 products only as the subscriptions ship.


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David knott 242 wrote:
Prince Setehrael wrote:
I thought that the PDFs would not be available till August 1st?!

So did I, but apparently they came up with a way to grant PDFs for the PF1 products only as the subscriptions ship.

Thank Thee, I was most confused.


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What are the alignments and areas of concern of the Iblydan hero-gods?


Any chance we'll see some kind of Bestiary in this or since this is end of 1st edition, we get these lovely articles instead?


Thomas Seitz wrote:
Any chance we'll see some kind of Bestiary in this or since this is end of 1st edition, we get these lovely articles instead?

Ron Lundeen said on page 1 of this thread that this volume has no separate bestiary other than the monsters in the Developer Showcase article.


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Heine Stick wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:

I hope Erik Mona realizes what he has done with his article.

Because he provided stats for Ostog the Unslain, Ostog will be slain in numerous home campaigns.

To be fair, that's been a very real risk since...2010? (NPC Guide)

Ah -- But that version was only 4th level. The one in the adventure path is of high enough level to be worth slaying.

Dark Archive

Umm, still hoping to get answer on my question :'D

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HTD wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Any chance we'll see some kind of Bestiary in this or since this is end of 1st edition, we get these lovely articles instead?
Ron Lundeen said on page 1 of this thread that this volume has no separate bestiary other than the monsters in the Developer Showcase article.

Correct; no separate bestiary in this volume, but 2 new monsters in the Developer's Showcase.


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Rysky wrote:
Dracovar wrote:
they don't STOP TB, rather, they just slow him down and deny him his fancy nuke.
The also stop him from getting to the Startsone and becoming a full on god.

Quite honestly, not stopping him might work out better for Golarion in the long term. As a God, he can't blatantly interfere and if he tries... well, then there are a lot of other "people" (i.e. gods) well on his power level there to slap him on the fingers, as explained in Inner Sea Gods and other products. And you can't tell me he would be worse than Urgathoa somehow.

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What if he interferes, and before the other gods notice and take action, there's a million corpses floating in the air? I mean, sure, they would slap him, but given his apparent fondness for WMD, that might be a touch late.

Dark Archive

I mean, gods CAN blatantly interfere.

That is what Ydersius was doing <_<


Were the two gods in the articles illustrated?


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Gorbacz wrote:
What if he interferes, and before the other gods notice and take action, there's a million corpses floating in the air? I mean, sure, they would slap him, but given his apparent fondness for WMD, that might be a touch late.

What if Urgathoa wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and does the same? Same principle, same answer.

CorvusMask wrote:

I mean, gods CAN blatantly interfere.

That is what Ydersius was doing <_<

Well, according to Paizo themselves, that leads to reprisals. Ydersius ain't around anymore (and, yes, that's due to Saavith, but there's a good chance she got helped out a bit to get rid of Ydersius). Also, Ydersius is pretty ancient times, maybe things were not the way they are now.


David knott 242 wrote:
Heine Stick wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:

I hope Erik Mona realizes what he has done with his article.

Because he provided stats for Ostog the Unslain, Ostog will be slain in numerous home campaigns.

To be fair, that's been a very real risk since...2010? (NPC Guide)

Ah -- But that version was only 4th level. The one in the adventure path is of high enough level to be worth slaying.

Fair point! :)

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magnuskn wrote:
What if Urgathoa wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and does the same? Same principle, same answer.

Well no cause then it's just 1 evil god doing a bad.

As opposed to Urgathoa and Tar-Baphon doing a bad aka less evil gods around is better.


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Rysky wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
What if Urgathoa wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and does the same? Same principle, same answer.

Well no cause then it's just 1 evil god doing a bad.

As opposed to Urgathoa and Tar-Baphon doing a bad aka less evil gods around is better.

Well, we just added a CN goddess to the pantheon, make it a party and have another new god join. :p

Also, I'd really like to know what Tar-Baphon's portfolio would have been. Seems like he kinda would have intruded on some other evil deities turf. ^^

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magnuskn wrote:
Also, I'd really like to know what Tar-Baphon's portfolio would have been. Seems like he kinda would have intruded on some other evil deities turf. ^^

He's the kind of guy who absolutely would not care about that.

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magnuskn wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
What if he interferes, and before the other gods notice and take action, there's a million corpses floating in the air? I mean, sure, they would slap him, but given his apparent fondness for WMD, that might be a touch late.

What if Urgathoa wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and does the same? Same principle, same answer.

CorvusMask wrote:

I mean, gods CAN blatantly interfere.

That is what Ydersius was doing <_<

Well, according to Paizo themselves, that leads to reprisals. Ydersius ain't around anymore (and, yes, that's due to Saavith, but there's a good chance she got helped out a bit to get rid of Ydersius). Also, Ydersius is pretty ancient times, maybe things were not the way they are now.

Ydersius still caused real damage while he was around <_< a loooot of damage


Would somebody mind sharing some info on the

Spoiler:
Mortal Usher prestige class? Specifically I'm curious about the entry requirements and if it advances spellcasting (and if so, arcane, divine, psychic, or any)

Thanks.

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Dire Mosasaur wrote:

Would somebody mind sharing some info on the ** spoiler omitted **

Thanks.

It has a class ability that occurs frequently where you advance the abilities of a previous class, so if the class had spellcasting it would continue.


Rysky wrote:
Dire Mosasaur wrote:

Would somebody mind sharing some info on the ** spoiler omitted **

Thanks.
It has a class ability that occurs frequently where you advance the abilities of a previous class, so if the class had spellcasting it would continue.

Ah, so kind of like the evangelist, then. Awesome, thanks Rysky!


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Is there stats for the Radiant Fire?
And any info on the Whispering Tyrant?

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Dire Mosasaur wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Dire Mosasaur wrote:

Would somebody mind sharing some info on the ** spoiler omitted **

Thanks.
It has a class ability that occurs frequently where you advance the abilities of a previous class, so if the class had spellcasting it would continue.
Ah, so kind of like the evangelist, then. Awesome, thanks Rysky!

Ye! Couldn’t remember the name hehe.

And np ^w^

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Prince Setehrael wrote:

Is there stats for the Radiant Fire?

And any info on the Whispering Tyrant?

No.

He’s a jerk.


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Rysky wrote:
Prince Setehrael wrote:

Is there stats for the Radiant Fire?

And any info on the Whispering Tyrant?

No.

He’s a jerk.

Sad I wanted the Nuke Spell.

Well we already knew that.

What is different on his stats from Mythic Realms?

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Prince Setehrael wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Prince Setehrael wrote:

Is there stats for the Radiant Fire?

And any info on the Whispering Tyrant?

No.

He’s a jerk.

Sad I wanted the Nuke Spell.

Well we already knew that.

What is different on his stats from Mythic Realms?

There is a pretty gnarly nuke spell in Sandy Peterson’s Cthulhu Mythos supplement.

He got some minor buffs and Sustained by Magic is actually listed this time.


Asking again: what are the alignment and areas of concern of the new Iblydan hero-gods?

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Arekostes - N - contingencies and intelligent items

Drokalion - N - probably lion stuff

Pharimia - Unaligned - uniting myth speakers and hero gods

Upion and Warrik - NG - promises and shield bearers

Chinostes - NE/NG - tragedy and sacrifice

Iapholi - LN - monstrous heritage and acceptance

Ongalte - CE - wants to kill the other hero gods

They all have really neat stories.


Silly question to those who have the book (probably to be answered by Rysky): How’s the Tyrant’s picture in the NPC Gallery compared to the picture on the cover? Similar? Different? New art? Reused art?


Ron and HTD,

Thank you for clarifying that aspect. I'm glad we got some other stuff though. :)

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KingTreyIII wrote:
Silly question to those who have the book (probably to be answered by Rysky): How’s the Tyrant’s picture in the NPC Gallery compared to the picture on the cover? Similar? Different? New art? Reused art?

New art as far as I can tell. Pose is two hands held up w/ bent elbows aside him with spellwork around them. Body, armor and what-have-you are consistent with previous art (not the cover), as well as his "attack the iconics" half-page on p.57. The rod on his cover art is likely his greater reach metamagic rod, which replaces his dagger from Mythic Realms. His inventory looks otherwise identical.


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archmagi1 wrote:
KingTreyIII wrote:
Silly question to those who have the book (probably to be answered by Rysky): How’s the Tyrant’s picture in the NPC Gallery compared to the picture on the cover? Similar? Different? New art? Reused art?
New art as far as I can tell. Pose is two hands held up w/ bent elbows aside him with spellwork around them. Body, armor and what-have-you are consistent with previous art (not the cover), as well as his "attack the iconics" half-page on p.57. The rod on his cover art is likely his greater reach metamagic rod, which replaces his dagger from Mythic Realms. His inventory looks otherwise identical.

Thank goodness! All I honestly wanted was some different art for that entry; I find the cover art diverts from his iconic image a bit too much for my liking. Plus I wanna give my players a nice piece of new art for the final encounter.

EDIT: Don't get me wrong, the cover art is good, but it's not a good Whispering Tyrant portrayal in my opinion.


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And he has no nose again on the inside art. ^^


Nocticula's Boons: is anyone allowed to say how they have changed from her previous ones? (and which Character classes you think they synergise well with if you don't do Evangelist etc because of not wanting to lose a class capstone?)

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Doki-Chan wrote:
Nocticula's Boons: is anyone allowed to say how they have changed from her previous ones? (and which Character classes you think they synergise well with if you don't do Evangelist etc because of not wanting to lose a class capstone?)

To be succinct, the abilities are more the opposite of what they once were, though that’s not really accurate.

Sentinel for example gives you a tail (or another one if you already have one) that makes attacks with you, as opposed to the fiendish version giving you Sneak Attack and making the damage go up if you were betraying someone.

And then instead of power word kill you get a major self-healing ability at midnight.


Rysky wrote:

Arekostes - N - contingencies and intelligent items

Drokalion - N - probably lion stuff

Pharimia - Unaligned - uniting myth speakers and hero gods

Upion and Warrik - NG - promises and shield bearers

Chinostes - NE/NG - tragedy and sacrifice

Iapholi - LN - monstrous heritage and acceptance

Ongalte - CE - wants to kill the other hero gods

They all have really neat stories.

How much crunch content is there concerning them?

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A paragraph for them with domains and spell levels, the last three have the normal half-page writeup with associated mechanics.


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Without spoiling anything, I absolutely love the ending to this. Wonderfully written.


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What are the new archetypes?


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Axial wrote:
What are the new archetypes?

There are two, both in the appendix written by a bunch of developers, so I include which developer wrote each:

Grim Apostle: a spiritualist archetype by Jason Keeley, which uses one of the Four Horsemen as their emotional focus. Each of the horsemen are written up separately. Very flavorful!

Soulbound Summoner: an unchained summoner archetype. Summoners who unintentionally acquired an eidolon through trauma or through making a pact in desperation with an outsider. Quick summary is: looks like the eidolon is more powerful at the expense of summoning abilities.


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I've mostly tried to forget how high level mythic gameplay works, but if anybody is still up to date how the rules for mythic monster work, can the Whispering Tyrant cast his mythic fireball in the augmented way?

Oh, wait, he doesn't have an empowered mythic fireball memorized. Oh, well, I guess no easy "I win" button for him, them.


What about the new prestige class?

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Axial wrote:
What about the new prestige class?

You start getting various attributes from different types of pyschopomps (mask, wings) as well as increasing your other class's abilities similar to the Evangelist.

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