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.

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A very nice ending to 1E

4/5

I have been very disappointed in 'Tyrant's Grasp', and since a lot of people have criticized it, I did not have high expectations for 'Midwives to Death', either. However, I was positively surprised when I got the module a few days ago. In my opinion all the maps are very good, it's well-written, it has a coherent plot and contains a lot of interesting encounters. If you ask me, this is one of the best AP installments in a long while, along with 'Last Watch' and' It came from Hollow Mountain'.

I think John has done very good job with this adventure, and it's even more impressive when you consider the pressure of writing the last module for the First Edition! :)


I'm satisfied with the ending.

5/5

Overall, I rather like the adventure, the side bar on how to switch things up was very well done I thought (for the record If I run Tyrant's Grasp I will be using the side bar ending instead).

While this AP has issues in earlier installments, this one isn't among them.

The developer showcase is also really solid though I'm disappointed Mark and Thursty used their space for advice instead of something else, it's still good advice and certainly not worth knocking off a star.

I especially liked the inclusion of Iblydan hero gods, as well Angradd and Nocticula 2.0.


A horrible way to end it

1/5

For the very last AP of the first edition the developers literally pulled one out of their....

These mods seemed more inline with a convention module series where the players have no real connection to their PCs.

Was also not a fan of the majority of the artwork in this one either. I hope to see a better effort in Age of Ashes.

I will say this, the Noticula effort was first class, but not enough for me to raise this mess of an AP to two stars


Worst finale to an AP. Ever.

1/5

Well, thanks to forum bugs, first review was lost. So, trying again...

There were elements to this AP that were definitely interesting and novel. However, they can't counter balance the disappointment I feel with the ending of this AP.

We got wind of what was to come midway through Book 5. The party is destined for a soul destroying TPK that you aren't coming back from, barring GM leniency on using a sidebar mentioned in Book 5. But you get to be heroes!! You stop the BBEG!! Your names will be remembered forever!!

Well no. The campaign just ends. The BBEG isn't permanently destroyed. The world of 1E is ending and 2E will appear, what, 10 years down the road, with our BBEG (and/or his minions) as a part of it. Hope your players haven't invested much their characters.

So - in a nutshell, subscribers pretty much just paid for a 6 installment AP aimed at setting the stage for their 2E rollout. Yes, I'm that cynical. Return of the Runelords is part of this too - but frankly, that at least had some options for permanently ending a lot of bad guys - or at least the ones Paizo didn't want to bring into Golarion 2E. This one? No such luck on permanently finishing off Tar Baphon.

1E was a fun ride. Too bad it goes out on what I feel is a real low note for an AP. It could have been so much better.

Paizo should have left their edition world changing for a 2E supplement or a PFS scenario and not used this AP as a way to do so.

Tyrant's Grasp seems pointless and hollow precisely because that is all it was - window dressing setup for 2E.


Not perfect but not terrible either

4/5

Really enjoyable adventure. I quite like a lot of the NPC'S involved the plot is for the most part fine and the fact that you dont just beat down the BBEG like almost every other Ap in existence is quite refreshing (Although maybe somewhat awekward for a party that somehow manages to beat him before he does what he's supposed to do)

I would say the final part is where it does lose a star but only one since it gives you fair warning and a way around it the book before.


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Erk Ander wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
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.
A little surprised nobody hires the Mantis God to deal with the Tyrant. Sure the LG types might not be for it, but some of CG and LN wouldn't care. Given that Iomedae occasionally Asks Asmodeus for advice...maybe asking the Mantis Good to visit her old "friend" might not be such a big deal....or maybe it would.

I wonder if the same consideration could be sent to Razmir as well.

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Rysky wrote:
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.

What's the name of the new prestige?

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Erk Ander wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
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.
A little surprised nobody hires the Mantis God to deal with the Tyrant. Sure the LG types might not be for it, but some of CG and LN wouldn't care. Given that Iomedae occasionally Asks Asmodeus for advice...maybe asking the Mantis Good to visit her old "friend" might not be such a big deal....or maybe it would.

That's true. I bet playing a Red Mantis Assassin through this Adventure Path would make for an awesome and unlikely hero!

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kevin_video wrote:
Rysky wrote:
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.
What's the name of the new prestige?

The Mortal Usher.

(Don't get too excited by the link, it's just the short description on the wiki page.)

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Both Razmir and Tar-Baphon have divine sponsors.

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John Compton wrote:
Erk Ander wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
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.
A little surprised nobody hires the Mantis God to deal with the Tyrant. Sure the LG types might not be for it, but some of CG and LN wouldn't care. Given that Iomedae occasionally Asks Asmodeus for advice...maybe asking the Mantis Good to visit her old "friend" might not be such a big deal....or maybe it would.
That's true. I bet playing a Red Mantis Assassin through this Adventure Path would make for an awesome and unlikely hero!

Ye!

They even have a thematic Prestige Class for such an endeavor :3


Rysky wrote:
They even have a thematic Prestige Class for such an endeavor :3

What's the best way to qualify for this prestige class? (i.e. anyone knows if a certain class or PrC or archetype gives you these for free: Exotic Weapon Proficiency (sawtooth sabre), Great Fortitude, Weapon Focus (sawtooth sabre) )

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Inquisitor is probably your best bet, due to the high 3rd level spells requirement.


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Rysky wrote:
GM PDK wrote:
Rysky wrote:
They even have a thematic Prestige Class for such an endeavor :3
What's the best way to qualify for this prestige class? (i.e. anyone knows if a certain class or PrC or archetype gives you these for free: Exotic Weapon Proficiency (sawtooth sabre), Great Fortitude, Weapon Focus (sawtooth sabre) )
Inquisitor is probably your best bet, due to the high 3rd level spells requirement.

Warpriest with or without the Mantis Zealot archetype gets free proficiency and free Weapon Focus, but won’t get 3rd level spells until 7th level. Still nets more of the prereq feats than Inquisitors, though, and gets bonus combat feats to make up for taking Great Fortitude.

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I completely forgot about the Warpriest, sorry Warpriest.

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Belltrap wrote:
Rysky wrote:
GM PDK wrote:
Rysky wrote:
They even have a thematic Prestige Class for such an endeavor :3
What's the best way to qualify for this prestige class? (i.e. anyone knows if a certain class or PrC or archetype gives you these for free: Exotic Weapon Proficiency (sawtooth sabre), Great Fortitude, Weapon Focus (sawtooth sabre) )
Inquisitor is probably your best bet, due to the high 3rd level spells requirement.
Warpriest with or without the Mantis Zealot archetype gets free proficiency and free Weapon Focus, but won’t get 3rd level spells until 7th level. Still nets more of the prereq feats than Inquisitors, though, and gets bonus combat feats to make up for taking Great Fortitude.

I was going to suggest the crusader cleric archetype. Five levels gets you 3rd level spells and two bonus combat feats (including Weapon Focus at 1st level), and the exotic weapon proficiency for the deity. You'd either have to go Favored for skill points, human Skilled, or have a 12 Int for the third skill point, but then you could go all-in the PrC at 6th.


I have a question, and I have a sinking feeling that the answer is "no".

Do we get the domains/subdomains/favored weapon for Tar-Baphon once he becomes a god? I'd be really interested in what "God-Baphon"'s crunch is and it'd be pretty cool for if I want to run a homebrew where he succeeded in getting the Starstone.

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Your feeling is correct.


Ugh, thought so. Would've been cool.

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Axial wrote:

I have a question, and I have a sinking feeling that the answer is "no".

Do we get the domains/subdomains/favored weapon for Tar-Baphon once he becomes a god? I'd be really interested in what "God-Baphon"'s crunch is and it'd be pretty cool for if I want to run a homebrew where he succeeded in getting the Starstone.

My take on Tar-Baphon's Hypothetical domains:

Domains: Death, Destruction, Evil, Knowledge, Magic
Subdomains: Arcane, Catastrophe, Daemon, Fear (BotD), Memory, Undead

Death, Evil, Knowledge, and Magic are largely givens, as far as I'm concerned. Destruction's a nice fit given his embracing artifact-powered super-weapons—and generally solving problems by blasting them to pieces (weren't you a necromancer, buddy?).

For subdomains, I find Arcane and Undead are pretty straightforward. Catastrophe and Fear reflect the ways he leads and tries to get his way in the Lost Omens setting. Daemon's a solid pick, especially given he doesn't seem to shrug at the notion of using daemons to conquer areas. And Memory's an interesting one, particularly since part of his magical prowess seems to come from stealing the knowledge of a runelord. To that end Trickery (Thievery) would be a "creative" pick that just doesn't quite do it for me.

Favored weapon's likely a dagger, as that's his go-to in stat blocks.


John Compton wrote:
Axial wrote:

I have a question, and I have a sinking feeling that the answer is "no".

Do we get the domains/subdomains/favored weapon for Tar-Baphon once he becomes a god? I'd be really interested in what "God-Baphon"'s crunch is and it'd be pretty cool for if I want to run a homebrew where he succeeded in getting the Starstone.

** spoiler omitted **

Thank you so much! Since you're the writer of this module this pretty much counts as being "from the horse's mouth" in my opinion; so I have no complaints now. Look forward to reading about the Tyrant's hijinks and shenanigans in the Lost Omens book!

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Has anyone got a shipping notice for this yet?
My order has been pending for 16 days, and I am impatient and anxious:0

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Yep, with 2e launching its gonna take a bit longer this time around for some.


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I have it in my downloads, so it has been shipped some days ago.


Rysky wrote:
I completely forgot about the Warpriest, sorry Warpriest.

Death Slayer appears PFS legal as well...

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magnuskn wrote:
I have it in my downloads, so it has been shipped some days ago.

Thanks.

I guess I just sit and wait with fingers crossed.


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The more i think of the ending the more i like it. This ap is defently not for everyone but i teally like how bitter sweet and boderline depressing it is. Plus thematically its great


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This ending was trash. I cannot begin to imagine the rage my players would feel if I sprung that on them at the end of this campaign. Sure, there's an excerpt about "oh but if that's too harsh you can X" but that's baloney. There's one ending in mind.

PF needs to do an announcement about APs "not being for everyone." I am fine with just about anything, but the laziness of endless dungeon crawls, pages of bio for npcs the pcs have literally no reason not to instantly kill - seriously, they're undead monsters who serve the Tyrant, why are they chatting them up - and then to top it off with the Magical McGuffin Magically McGuffining ad infinitum is about the least imaginative end to the PF1e run I can think of. Good thing there are no consequences, Absalom is perfectly fine, and they don't even have to worry about any heroes to recognize in the future!

I would have opted out of this without a second thought.


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I feel like as long as you let the players now at character creation that this i a different ap where theres no real happy ending i think itll work,theres defently pepole that would enjoy it. Its defently somthing id let my players know about before hand tho

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They do do an announcement about “not being for everyone”, the Player’s Guide lists this AP’s theme as Survival Horror. That’s not for everyone.

As for “springing” this on players you don’t, they learn about their fate at the end of the previous volume.

As for the NPCs those bios aren’t worthless, not everyone plays a mindless murder machine, this volume is about disrupting the Tyrant’s army before you confront him, so you can interact with the NPCs to sow discord at large to do so.

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Rysky wrote:
As for the NPCs those bios aren’t worthless, not everyone plays a mindless murder machine, this volume is about disrupting the Tyrant’s army before you confront him, so you can interact with the NPCs to sow discord at large to do so.

Just putting it out there, but destroying the leadership structure usually also sows discord. And, if you're a minion of the Tyrant, and undead, chances are you're borderline fanatic so chances are under normal circumstances, maybe betrayal or a coup isn't the go-to strategy. They might not be though. While undeath tends to be a reward for loyal service, it could be a punishment. Maybe they want to usurp the Tyrant. Don't know. Haven't read it yet. Just saying that maybe xeose4 isn't in the wrong to voice an opinion regarding the final book of 1e, and what a standard group of PCs might do. Especially if a paladin or two are in the party, or even someone who worships Pharasma. That'll be on the GM to curb things though. Keep that train on the railroad.

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kevin_video wrote:
And, if you're a minion of the Tyrant, and undead, chances are you're borderline fanatic so chances are under normal circumstances, maybe betrayal or a coup isn't the go-to strategy.
Not the case here, or rather, his minions may be but his allies are not. Namely those who serve Urgathoa.
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While undeath tends to be a reward for loyal service, it could be a punishment.
Also the case in this volume.
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Maybe they want to usurp the Tyrant.
Also the case in this volume.
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Don't know. Haven't read it yet.
It kinda shows.
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Just saying that maybe xeose4 isn't in the wrong to voice an opinion regarding the final book of 1e, and what a standard group of PCs might do.
Despite the stereotypes mindless murder machines is not the standard group I will say.
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Especially if a paladin or two are in the party, or even someone who worships Pharasma.

They honestly won’t have an issue with this volume from what I’ve read.

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Not a fan of the as written ending myself but easy enough to put in the get out clause they mention previous issue. I will say that after watching the way another Ap does a similair ending Paizo handled it a looooot better.

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Kevin Mack wrote:
Not a fan of the as written ending myself but easy enough to put in the get out clause they mention previous issue. I will say that after watching the way another Ap does a similair ending Paizo handled it a looooot better.

Did one of D&D campaigns do that or what do you mean?

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CorvusMask wrote:
Kevin Mack wrote:
Not a fan of the as written ending myself but easy enough to put in the get out clause they mention previous issue. I will say that after watching the way another Ap does a similair ending Paizo handled it a looooot better.
Did one of D&D campaigns do that or what do you mean?

Legendary planets ending is also of the TPK variety and you dont find that out till the last book (Unless I missed something)


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I'm not a fan of the AP myself, but I wouldn't call it bad, just not for me.

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I have to agree with Xeose, this AP has been a disappointment, and IMO has very little to do with actual 'Survival Horror'. I think Last Watch is the only adventure worth mentioning in that regard, and it's also the only adventure which had nice maps and a good plot. I mean, tooth fairies and plants... really?!? And all the tricky parts in the campaign plot are handwaved with vague references to "cosmic coincidence". That is just bad writing and lazy design.

All in all my strongest impression is that this whole AP feels like it must have originated as the script for a canceled CRPG; there is just so much railroading and awkward quests ("Greetings, tralevelers! I'm a glowing ball of light that might be able to help you, if you help me first!"), at least one Deus-Ex-Machina per adventure and all sorts of McGuffins restricting PCs to adventure locale to ensure they keep on the rails.

And the final climax is that the McGuffin empowering the PCs will make them wither and die, which should encourage them to sacrifice themselves in the final adventure... IMO that is once again lazy design.

As for 'Survival Horror', Strange Aeons and Carrion Crown both do that far better tham Tyrant's Grasp!

(BTW, I thought Borne by the Sun's Grace is actually so boring that I'm going to return it to my FLGS to get my money back... :/)

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Asgetrion wrote:
I have to agree with Xeose, this AP has been a disappointment, and IMO has very little to do with actual 'Survival Horror'.
What makes you say that?
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And all the tricky parts in the campaign plot are handwaved with vague references to "cosmic coincidence". That is just bad writing and lazy design.
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at least one Deus-Ex-Machina per adventure

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Aside from the beginning of the campaign where the PCs “survive” and the possibility for the ending the only DEM i can think of is Arazni sacrificing herself to save the PCs the first time they encounter the Tyrant.
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I definitely feel like there is some hyperbole going on, the previous parts I have seen haven't seemed bad, you are more describing subjective "I don't like they used tooth fairies" than objective "its bad they used tooth fairies"

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CorvusMask wrote:
I definitely feel like there is some hyperbole going on, the previous parts I have seen haven't seemed bad, you are more describing subjective "I don't like they used tooth fairies" than objective "its bad they used tooth fairies"

Having watched Hellboy 2 and fought against Pathfinder Tooth Fairies, I can safely say they are legitimately scary critters.


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Tooth fairys can be terrfying, don't know about you but i like my teeth in my mouth than you very mutch


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The problem wasn't with the tooth faeries themselves but where they were placed.

Which wasn't in this adventure, so it's not relevant.

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It's not just about tooth fairies; it's about how this whole AP has been written and designed. It starts with a strong premise, but the whole "cosmic coincidence"-thing and heavy use of MacGuffins with certain elements is (IMHO) just lazy and unimaginative. Tooth fairies are not scary to me, and the illustration in the Bestiary makes them seem like cute little critters. I also think they're a bit silly and would fit better for a more light-hearted campaign than as adversaries in a "Survival Horror" module.

I think it's sad to see the drop of quality in the final AP for PF1. Others may disagree, naturally, but I've been on Paizo's wagon ever since the beginning and I haven't yet felt this way before (although I *do* think the quality has been steadily dropping ever since Hell's Rebels).

I'm fairly sure Age of Ashes will be better, at least based on what I've heard and read of it. :)

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You keep saying cosmic coincidence, what do you meant by that?

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In my books 'Survival Horror' is about (for example) escaping ruined asylums, fighting unimaginable monsters or fleeing from werewolf packs in the middle of a dark forest. Ergo, surviving with very little resources, often in an alien and/or unknown environment.

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That is how Dead Roads begins, but it soon turns into a weird computer game-ish mess of running errands for signatures before the (mandatory) final encounter. These quests feel really awkward in the style of "Hello, you Special People, we are two Psychopomps who are inept in our jobs and if you help us we will help you! You need to fulfill three quests to be judged Worthy!" And lo and behold, I can almost see the map of the Dead Roads on my computer screen, with three possible encounter locations highlighted on it.

There are two references to "cosmic coincidence" in the backstory, and one of them concerns how the obols just happened to hit the PCs. Because Mythic rules couldn't be used, this was the "creative" solution to the problem, and the obols also work as an ever-present MacGuffin that eventually kind of force the PCs to sacrifice themselves. If Arazni has some kind of presence in most modules anyway, why not let her secretly choose the PCs as a reservoir of power, granting them the same abilities those obols do? Maybe she could have recognised that the PCs are linked to her destiny, or seen that they're Special People (TM) who will grow in strength and power to rival WT's own advisors? I think there are other ways than random chance to incorporate the proto-Mythic powers in the story.

Another "cosmic coincidence" is that the PCs look like the original Red Shrikes in whose sarcofagi they wake up. That is just a minor detail in the grand scale of things, however.

I also feel that the way Barsakh acts as a Deus-Ex-Machina and MacGuffin is a bit awkward, especially when the PCs wake up in Roslar's Coffer to find themselves as "prisoners" due to another powerful MacGuffin and have to run another set of silly errands for a glowing ball of light. At least I would call them "silly", since I can't honestly think how teaching kids at school or killing plants that are bothering the elderly couple would be "Survival Horror", not in the context they are presented in the adventure. It also bothers me that all the puzzles in this AP are quite childish and trivial, and most exploration or roleplaying encounters are (apparently) meant to be won via series of skill checks. At least that is my impression, and it's a bit sad that convincing the Knights of Ozem to withdraw is just another High-DC Diplomacy check.

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Hope that clarifies what I meant, Rysky! :)

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*nods*

It does, so it’s the fact that it combines happenstance and fate. Honestly I wasn’t bothered by that that much happenstance is how pretty much all APs start for the characters.

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*nods*

It does, so it’s the fact that it combines happenstance and fate. Honestly I wasn’t bothered by that that much happenstance is how pretty much all APs start for the characters.

Very true, and as PCs are always protagonists it's naturally part of the social contract between players and GM; however, I find it annoying if it's presented in such a flagrant manner in the backstory. I mean, it's assumed that the player characters will be central to the story, but underlining that with such an expression is just silly to me.

I would have preferred a more focused and coherent beginning, such as: "All PCs are residents of Roslar's Coffer, whether they were born there or moved into the village at some point of time." Let the players know this and let them work their backgrounds to fit accordingly. Then start the campaign with a short vignette-style encounter, maybe at the local inn earlier during the evening, although it would probably be even better if they had time to complete a couple of short quests before the tragedy befalls.

Anyway, I think that way your PCs will be emotionally more attached to the town and its residents, they might even actually feel like they're part of the community.

If the PCs just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time because they need to be, and it's random chance they're chosen, that just doesn't fly with me. It's lazy design, IMO.

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But then people would have complained about Paizo starting yet another AP off with "you meet at the festival" XD

More seriously I don't disagree in that regard, I would have liked the party being able to interact more with the locals and each other in the opening, but the you all wake up dead approach does have its charm.

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Rysky wrote:

But then people would have complained about Paizo starting yet another AP off with "you meet at the festival" XD

More seriously I don't disagree in that regard, I would have liked the party being able to interact more with the locals and each other in the opening, but the you all wake up dead approach does have its charm.

Heh, maybe not if it started with a quiet evening at an inn after a hard day's work at the temple/homestead/forge/tavern/stables/shop/whatever? No festival, just drinking some beers with your local neighbours, then going to bed to get some rest before another day of toiling. ;)

It does have its charm, although it would probably be even more effective and alarming if they had a chance to interact with the townsfolk and maybe get a quest or two under their belt. But that's my preference.

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Asgetrion wrote:
Rysky wrote:

But then people would have complained about Paizo starting yet another AP off with "you meet at the festival" XD

More seriously I don't disagree in that regard, I would have liked the party being able to interact more with the locals and each other in the opening, but the you all wake up dead approach does have its charm.

Heh, maybe not if it started with a quiet evening at an inn after a hard day's work at the temple/homestead/forge/tavern/stables/shop/whatever? No festival, just drinking some beers with your local neighbours, then going to bed to get some rest before another day of toiling. ;)

It does have its charm, although it would probably be even more effective and alarming if they had a chance to interact with the townsfolk and maybe get a quest or two under their belt. But that's my preference.

*nods*

That's actually how our GM ran it, had everyone interacting with the festival as we waited for everyone to finish their characters. And by everyone I mean me >_<


You don't even get to fight him?

Eh. I think I'll replace that part with homebrew.


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You do in fact fight the Whispering Tyrant.

Whoever said you don't is incorrect.

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It does seem rather common to skim read an adventure before making claims about it that sound like you read whole thing in detail ._.


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Meanwhile, I just bury my head in the entire thing and read until the end of the adventure before making any real judgment.

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