Pathfinder Adventure: The Dead God's Hand

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Delve into ancient secrets below the City at the Center of the World in this deluxe campaign-arc adventure for Pathfinder Second Edition! Captured and enslaved by a duergar clan somewhere in the maze of tunnels below the city of Absalom, the heroes stage a bloody revolt and battle their way into the long-lost Sanctum of Aroden, a legendary religious refuge sealed away from the world with the god's death a century ago. But some secrets are best left buried forever, and investigation into the mysterious Dead God's Hand said to be hidden at the heart of the complex—and the shrouded figure whose desire for it trigged the heroes' captivity in the first place—uncovers machinations that could threaten all of Absalom with the birth of a terrible new divinity!

Based on Pathfinder Publisher Erik Mona's multi-year, multi-group office Pathfinder campaign, The Dead God's Hand takes new players and Game Masters on a deadly adventure filled with dungeon exploration, ancient mysteries, and phantasmagoric tests that see them reliving events from the life of Aroden, the dead god of humanity whose murder triggered the beginning of the current age! This 128-page hardcover adventure is designed for 1st-level characters, and serves as an excellent starting point to future adventures set in Absalom, the City at the Center of the World!

This adventure uses several Flip-Mats from Paizo's extensive range, including the Pathfinder Flip-Mat: The Dead God's Hand Multi-Pack accessory.

ISBN: 978-1-64078-208-2

Note: This product is part of the Pathfinder Adventure Subscription.

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Preorder, expected approximately 26 Feb 2020

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Silver Crusade

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*steeples fingers*

Hmm.

Silver Crusade

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Between this and the second PF2 AP I feel like Pathfinder is finally focusing on the, erm, the actual city at the center of the world.

It's been great 10 years Varisia, but you've been done to death.


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I love that cover art! Module with 128 pages and set in Absalom sounds great.

I wonder what the expected max level will be for such a big module.


This looks interesting.

Dark Archive

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Oh my

Ya know, I kinda feel odd about that thread I made asking why Aroden is never focused on in any adventuring content despite 1e setting book hyping up his importance (historically) :D


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CorvusMask wrote:
Ya know, I kinda feel odd about that thread I made asking why Aroden is never focused on in any adventuring content despite 1e setting book hyping up his importance (historically) :D

Maybe they started working on this module because of your question and we should all thank you :D.


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128 pages? Wow. What levels will this cover?


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Wow,. Guessing up to level 6, maybe even 8 at that length?


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$22.99 for a 128-page hardcover seems way too cheap.

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Grumpus wrote:
$22.99 for a 128-page hardcover seems way too cheap.

It'll probably be updated. Or it might be intentionally low as to draw people in given the subject matter.

Or maybe because it's got Erik's name on it who knows :3


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What exactly is meant by "deluxe campaign-arc adventure?" I'm guessing it's the length and if so that explains the name change of the subscription line.

Silver Crusade

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Might be a bunch of interconnected adventures, either one after the other or just lightly threaded to each other.

Dark Archive

My guess its like the 1e's later modules that are almost mini campaigns themselves.

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Erik Mona - sold!

I also love adventures with pre-made flip-mats and if you read what the 4th and final flip-mat depicts, be ready to become very excited!

Go, Erik! :-)

Dark Archive

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Maybe the same idea as the emerald spire dungeon book


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Is this the first time that we are learning that Aroden was murdered?


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Jam412 wrote:
Is this the first time that we are learning that Aroden was murdered?

Nope, they dropped that interesting little tidbit in AP 100.

Dark Archive

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possibly pretty sure previously it has always been mysterious death whenever it's came up.

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Nice!


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Kevin Mack wrote:
possibly pretty sure previously it has always been mysterious death whenever it's came up.

If you read the first couple of pages of the Aroden article they mentioned he was murdered there.

I'm pretty sure.

However, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Kevin Mack wrote:
possibly pretty sure previously it has always been mysterious death whenever it's came up.

If you read the first couple of pages of the Aroden article they mentioned he was murdered there.

I'm pretty sure.

However, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't think it does, unless I skipped over it in my re-reading. The closest I can see is this bit, which to me reads more like his religion was slain:

"By the time devil worshipers finally quelled the fighting and took control of the empire [Cheliax], Aroden was well and truly slain, his clergy left powerless and confused."

Silver Crusade

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Slain does imply a death not by natural causes, but it does not imply murdered (to me). Slain could be he died in a fight he went into.

Anyway: 128 page Adventure Hardcover? Neat!
I do hope the Adventure line swings in length though, some Adventures being short 32 pages, some 64 or 96, or long 128 pages like this one, whatever the adventure needs.


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Awesome. I've been asking for an Erik Mona, dungeon-themed adventure for years. Yay! :)

Given the second AP is set around Absalom and this is coming out at a similar time, I'm crossing everything that we'll also see a complementary Lost Omens Campaign Book detailing Absalom early next year!


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Gorbacz wrote:
It's been great 10 years Varisia, but you've been done to death.

There'll never be enough Varisia material for me.

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I am sold on this *and* I really hope it sees PFS sanctioning too because I want to run an Absalom adventure in Org Play :D


Steve Geddes wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
It's been great 10 years Varisia, but you've been done to death.
There'll never be enough Varisia material for me.

The Lost Omens world book was announced a couple of months ago. Did you miss it?


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ClanPsi wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
It's been great 10 years Varisia, but you've been done to death.
There'll never be enough Varisia material for me.
The Lost Omens world book was announced a couple of months ago. Did you miss it?

There’s going to be many more, as I understand it.

One set just in Absalom would be amazing. :)


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Erik Mona posted on reddit that it currently looks like the adventure will end on level 5 or 6. It is still WIP.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
It's been great 10 years Varisia, but you've been done to death.
There'll never be enough Varisia material for me.

Same here.


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I'm with James Jacobs, MORE VARISIA!!! And maybe some more Ustalav...

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James Jacobs wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
It's been great 10 years Varisia, but you've been done to death.
There'll never be enough Varisia material for me.
Same here.

Yay!


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shadram wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Kevin Mack wrote:
possibly pretty sure previously it has always been mysterious death whenever it's came up.

If you read the first couple of pages of the Aroden article they mentioned he was murdered there.

I'm pretty sure.

However, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't think it does, unless I skipped over it in my re-reading. The closest I can see is this bit, which to me reads more like his religion was slain:

"By the time devil worshipers finally quelled the fighting and took control of the empire [Cheliax], Aroden was well and truly slain, his clergy left powerless and confused."

That's what it was, thank you!


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HOW DID I MISS THIS??? Sounds awesome!!!


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Now I really, really hope that it'll be easy to convert from PF2 to PF1. *crosses fingers*

And that associated flip-map multi-pack ... I can only say "Wow!" at the product description, even though the final map description is definitely in spoiler territory.

Silver Crusade

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That cover looks great, though it looks a little bit like Ezren is saying: "Mister Valeros... I don't feel so good." Before getting Thanos'd.

Dark Archive

I don't see Ezren on the cover .-.

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Amazing news, I'm really excited by this! Finally -- A new module written by Erik, who is (IMO) one of the best adventure writers and map designers (along with Chris Perkins, Mike Shel, Willie Walsh and Jason Buhlman) in the business, and 'Whispering Cairn'is probably the best 1st-level adventure ever written, period! (Although 'Mad God's Key' by Jason is my favorite runner-up for the title)

Now, I hope this adventure will be followed by Jason's 'Oblivion Oath : Part 1' book, because that is another fantastic campaign and it'd be a HUGE shame if it was never published. :)

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CorvusMask wrote:
I don't see Ezren on the cover .-.

I assume that's his hand turning to dust in the foreground.

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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
I don't see Ezren on the cover .-.
I assume that's his hand turning to dust in the foreground.

Thats clearly naked undead creature or something, that hand doesn't even have sleeves :p


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CorvusMask wrote:

Oh my

Ya know, I kinda feel odd about that thread I made asking why Aroden is never focused on in any adventuring content despite 1e setting book hyping up his importance (historically) :D

It's funny. We have been getting a lot of Aroden content recently. Tyrant's Grasp and Extinction Age are all about the repercussions of some of his less savoury actions, Tar-Baphon is now loose and Aroden was kind of his arch-nemesis, and now there's this.


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CorvusMask wrote:
DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
I don't see Ezren on the cover .-.
I assume that's his hand turning to dust in the foreground.
Thats clearly naked undead creature or something, that hand doesn't even have sleeves :p

It's also webbed.

Dark Archive

I thought that is some sort of "shadowstuff" emanating from the creature's skin?

Anyway, that is a killer cover, LOVE it! :)


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Maybe it's ... the Dead God's Hand?


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Zaister wrote:
Maybe it's ... the Dead God's Hand?

Nah, too obvious! ;)

Dark Archive

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A dungeon crawl by Erik Mona...
*shudder*
Sorry I just got flashbacks to the pile of character bodies that were left in "The Whispering Cairn" by Mr. Mona.
Seriously though, this looks really good!


Naked Doom/Slave Pits of the Undercity start! Sounds like a great adventure, with maps too! Very enticing...

Liberty's Edge

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I take Hand in a figurative meaning of Executioner.

I wonder idly if the "shrouded figure" mentioned here might be a certain hopeful rich man we learned about not so long ago.

Grand Lodge

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I'm in!

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