Pathfinder Adventure Path #153: Life’s Long Shadows (Extinction Curse 3 of 6)

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Fresh from their successes in Escadar, the heroes bring their traveling circus to the Isle of Kortos—the so–called Starstone Isle at the heart of the Inner Sea. As their circus tours the farming communities in the breadbasket known as the Swardlands, the heroes get a chance to explore the three aeon towers that impart enchanted bounty to the land. Yet all is not well in the Swardlands, as ecological damage and raiding beasts threaten the hardworking farmers and loggers. The heroes must overcome the aeon towers' stony guardians, entrenched xulgath hordes, and a zealous dero murderer before they can confront the xulgaths' alchemist leader and disrupt his disastrous scheme to use the aeon towers to bring ruin to everyone on the island!

"Life's Long Shadows" is a Pathfinder adventure for four 9th–level characters. This adventure, from author Greg A. Vaughan, continues the Extinction Curse Adventure Path, a six–part, monthly campaign in which the heroes lead a traveling circus as they unravel a plot to eradicate all life from the islands of the Inner Sea. This adventure also includes information about the bountiful area known as the Swardlands and the malevolent demon lord Zevgavizeb, as well as new monsters and rules.

Each monthly full–color softcover Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in–depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world’s oldest fantasy RPG.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-216-7

The Extinction Curse Adventure Path is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (972 kb PDF).

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Very good sandbox

5/5

Suprised that noone rate this.

I can say some good things about this book:
- Gazzetier of Swardlands with story hooks
- Different storys of different villians witch can develop separatly
- Circus for the first (and sadly last) time have a free possibility to travel between different citys and running shows
- A bundle of themed encounters to spice up your adventure
- Lot of possibilitys for players to solve the encaunters in different ways

Don't find too bad things for this book to mention.

Overall this book is best for me and members of both of my partys like it. In difference of previous two books it give players chance to finally play wondering circus and don't have big dungeons and finally it have gazzetier of surroundings with story hooks and rumors! Also i like it sandbox style with clear goals.


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Dark Archive

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I find the Part about the Dero (formerly known as Derro) murderer interesting.
Alchemists seem to be the Bad guys quite often, the first Module "The Fall of Plaguestone" also has one.

Dark Archive

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Ooh Zevgavizeb article!

Maybe we will finally find out whether or not he was qlippoth lord :D Its kinda confusing since its not mentioned in his book of the damned article, but qlippoth lords article mentions him along others


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Greg Vaughn is back!!!

It's about time you got America's favorite heartthrob to return to writing adventures!


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Zevgavizeb, the dinosaur demon lord. I wounder how James fells about this particular demon lord getting an article all to himself.

I'm also curious to known his relationship with his qlippoth ancestry.

Scarab Sages

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I disapprove of dropping the issue numbers, and hope that's soon corrected.

Paizo Employee Developer

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

I find the Part about the Dero (formerly known as Derro) murderer interesting.

Alchemists seem to be the Bad guys quite often, the first Module "The Fall of Plaguestone" also has one.

You'll find them as foes more often than champions!

More seriously, though, villains don't really need "classes" in Pathfinder Second Edition, so we're free to use, for example, "this enemy can hurl bombs, but not other alchemist stuff" and "this enemy uses lots of poisons, but also casts some divine spells, but isn't wholly an alchemist or a cleric."

Sometimes a villain might look very much like a particular character class ("oh, this foe can rage and has all sorts of rage powers and does lots of damage"), but other times not quite so much. I find it very flexible and freeing, from a villain design perspective and an encounter design perspective.

Paizo Employee Developer

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logic_poet wrote:
I disapprove of dropping the issue numbers, and hope that's soon corrected.

What do you mean by dropping issue numbers? This is #153, continuing the numbering of adventure path volumes from Pathfinder #1 Burnt Offerings.


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I like the new cover :)


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Is that...a herd of bulettes?!?!?


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Feros wrote:
Is that...a herd of bulettes?!?!?

I wonder if the collective name is a magazine of bulettes :)

Sovereign Court

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Delirious2019 wrote:
Feros wrote:
Is that...a herd of bulettes?!?!?
I wonder if the collective name is a magazine of bulettes :)

He was brought down by a hail of bulettes.

Liberty's Edge

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LOVE the little eye thing he's got going on... very creepy! Can't wait to run this guy myself!

Grand Lodge

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Are...are the shoony in this?

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theWasp wrote:
Are...are the shoony in this?

Yes. We'll get to revealing more about them soon.

Silver Crusade

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Yay!


Frenzy of bulettes
Shiver of bulettes

Dark Archive

Anyone gotten there subscriber PDF yet?


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They only announced completion of order generation this afternoon, so I doubt that they have started shipments yet -- and that is assuming that the warehouse workers are showing up when everyone else there is working from home.

So with the usual delay to verify the auth orders, I am expecting them to either begin shipping or announce a major shipping delay somewhere between tomorrow afternoon and Thursday afternoon.

Dark Archive

march 2020 new releases & shipping thread for ease of reference


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And apparently they have people in the warehouse shipping those boxes out.

Dark Archive

How about now?


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Last I heard they finally got the customer service team working from home and they had to delay shipping a day or two so they could catch up with subscription cancellations and whatnot.

Dark Archive

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I've got my PDF now. We get a new ancestry that were apparently creations of Aroden to keep him company on the Isle of Kortos, and I am not making the following thing up:

Spoiler:
the Shoony, or basically Pug-folk. Short, squat, and likely to get hit with the "they're worse than Kender and Kitsune combined" bat if they ever hit my gametable.

Silver Crusade

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*screams uncontrollably*

Silver Crusade

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Aroden, the God of Irresponsibility.


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Well, now we know what happened to Aroden. Looks like somebody... Bit the hand that fed them.

(Sunglasses)
(Who song)
(Absalom)


Kvantum wrote:
I've got my PDF now. We get a new ancestry that were apparently creations of Aroden to keep him company on the Isle of Kortos, and I am not making the following thing up: ** spoiler omitted **

Is this a PC ancestry? Or just a new race of creatures that show up as monsters?

Silver Crusade

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Ancestry specifically refers to what players can pick to play :3

Contributor

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I hope folks like the ZVGVZB article!


Anyone mind sharing the bestiary? To be quite honest I want to see the new ancestry, sounds kind of fun.


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Benjamin Tait wrote:
Anyone mind sharing the bestiary? To be quite honest I want to see the new ancestry, sounds kind of fun.

Bugle Noz (CN Medium Fey Creature 12)

Cat Sith (CN Tiny Fey Creature 6)
Counteflora (N Large Plant Creature 10)
Cu Sith (CN Large Fey Creature 7)
Herecite (Type of Undead, can in theory be many types, we get stats for a Herecite of Zevgavizeb (CE Medium Undead Creaure 10))
Shoony (New Small sized Ancestry, Ancestry stuff is in toolbox)
-Shoony Tiller (NG Small Humanoid Creature 0)
-Shoony Militia Member (LG Small Humanoid Creature 2)
-Shoony Hierarch (NG Small Humanoid Creature 4)
Xulgath Stoneliege (CE Medium Humanoid Creature 8)
Yanganty (LN Large Fey Creature 10)


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Shoony are a Rare small sized humanoid. There are 4 heritages in the book. 6 lv 1 ancestry feats, 3-5th lv, 2-9th, and 2-13th. Ability boost are dex, cha and free, flaw in con. They start of knowing Common and Shoony, have low light vision, speed of 25, 6 hp, and a innate ancestry trait called Blunt Snout.


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New Archetypes are Golem Grafter (Dedication is a lv 8 feat) and Turpin Rowe Lumberjack (Dedication is a lv 2 feat)


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D. Castro wrote:

Zevgavizeb, the dinosaur demon lord. I wounder how James fells about this particular demon lord getting an article all to himself.

I'm also curious to known his relationship with his qlippoth ancestry.

His relationship is likely interesting... as he became a demon lord thanks to some meddling proteans.

Wayfinders

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Vorsk, Follower or Erastil wrote:
New Archetypes are Golem Grafter (Dedication is a lv 8 feat) and Turpin Rowe Lumberjack (Dedication is a lv 2 feat)

I'm sorry, TURPIN ROWE LUMBERJACK??? C'mon downloads, get here faster!

Liberty's Edge

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Gorbacz wrote:
Aroden, the God of Irresponsibility.

AKA Aroden, God of Humanity.

Mere coincidence.

Silver Crusade

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The Raven Black wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Aroden, the God of Irresponsibility.

AKA Aroden, God of Humanity.

Mere coincidence.

*zing*

*ZING*

*ZZZZZIIIINNNNGGG*

Dark Archive

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In my opinion, Paizo screwed up in a major way. The Shoony race should have a penalty to dexterity and a bonus to constitution. They mixed that up.

Silver Crusade

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Don’t most Pugs have major health issues due to their breeding?

Also them suckers are quick.

Dark Archive

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Yeah pugs having con flaw is most realistic thing :p

Paizo Employee Developer

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Rysky wrote:

Don’t most Pugs have major health issues due to their breeding?

Also them suckers are quick.

True, and true.

Silver Crusade

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Pugs are basically a monthly premium+ subcription for veterinary services.

Dark Archive

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(Also yeah, they ARE much more agile than they look)


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Rysky wrote:
*screams uncontrollably*

In a good way?

Silver Crusade

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Yes.

Grand Lodge

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They look more like bulldogs than pugs to me. My grandfather used to breed them.


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Is the images/maps on the "interactive maps" tiny and also blurry for anyone else?

For example the image/map on page 3 is formatted to only cover 20% of the actual page. And some of the pages have 2 larger maps on them, making the maps tiny.


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Athenos wrote:

Is the images/maps on the "interactive maps" tiny and also blurry for anyone else?

For example the image/map on page 3 is formatted to only cover 20% of the actual page. And some of the pages have 2 larger maps on them, making the maps tiny.

This issue has been made known to Paizo.

https://paizo.com/threads/rzs42yxj?Interactive-Maps-Poor-Quality


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Pazuzu is among the demon lords ZVGVZB has comfortable relationship, and is said to be among the group of QLIPPOTH TURNED demon lords... PAZUZU WAS A QLIPPOTH? He is among the strongest demon lords, so that would make sense if it made him older than I thought, but I can't recall any other mention of his previous life as a qlippoth.


So are psionics back soon? The Demon Lord article mentioned them twice.

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