Starfinder Adventure Path #21: Huskworld (Attack of the Swarm! 3 of 6)

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Starfinder Adventure Path #21: Huskworld (Attack of the Swarm! 3 of 6)

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Fear of a Bug Planet

Hoping to find a way to fight back against the Swarm, the heroes travel to a distant world already consumed by the deadly invaders. They soon discover they aren't alone in their struggles when they meet a handful of resistance fighters on the ravaged planet. With the group's help, the heroes strike against a massive Swarm creature that is draining the world's resources dry, then infiltrate an infested university to search for a dead professor's research. What they find could lead to a mythical holy site of the insect goddess Hylax and the secret to defeating the Swarm once and for all!

This volume of Starfinder Adventure Path continues the Attack of the Swarm! Adventure Path and includes:

  • “Huskworld,” a Starfinder adventure for 5th-level characters, by Lyz Liddell.
  • A survey of the devastated Chuuva system, including a handful of relics still found among the ruins, by Lyz Liddell and Landon Winkler.
  • A look at civilizations that have survived attacks from the Swarm, by Isabelle Thorne.
  • An archive of alien creatures, including an ooze adapted to the harshest environmental conditions and several new Swarm creatures, by Kevin Bryan, Lyz Liddell, Robert G. McCreary, and Landon Winkler.
  • Statistics and deck plans for a defensive carrier, by Lyz Liddell and Landon Winkler, plus a glimpse at a gas giant with a dangerous secret hidden at its core, by Kevin Bryan.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-163-4

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Adventuring inside a bug

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Sooo previous part I didn't review because there wasn't too much to talk about adventure content wise. Here its kinda same deal, adventure itself is mostly combat, but there are some really cool locales! Like besides whole survival horror element of adventuring in abandoned buildings with bug monsters in them, the whole extractor imago part is really cool.

My only actual criticism(without having played or runned the adventure) is this: So out of three illustrated NPCs, which one you think has most extensive personality and backstory? a) the soldier shirren who first you meet on planet and who helps you with the imago mission b) company leader bolida who works as mission control and accompanies party to university c) shirren member of company who remembers facts about university because he was student there.

Its C. A and B are more important to overall adventure, but C is only one who we get to learn about as person. Starfinder APs could really use few more pages to dedicate to the NPCs, its hard to get attached to Etchiax or Hescamu when even the GM doesn't know anything about them. I understand that Starfinder doesn't have any sort of cohort rules(and neither of two would even have reason to leave planet), but currently only way NPCs get developed in Starfinder is that if they are reccurring npc that shows up through whole ap, happen to show up in role play heavy book in ap or they get tell funny facts about them to PCs like choice C did. Like big issue I think is that we barely learn anything about Jadvata in first place, but I have much stronger impression of them than I have of Party's commanding officer from Book 2 onwards. Though next book in ap does have the most developed NPC of the whole AP so far.

So now to the real things I wanted to review! Articles!

Relics of Chuuva article is really nice expansion of system the planet you adventure in takes place. The other planets and locales are cool enough plothooks for their own campaigns and new items are cool too. I'm kinda sad that Vessel of Hylax artifact isn't in adventure's loot since it is mentioned to be located in Ilemchuuva as well.

Survivors of the Swarm article is like Deep Cultures article from Dawn of Flame except even cooler since it comes with racial stats for some of the new races!(so unlike deep culture article, we don't need to wait to learn more about some of the new races introduced here) Kinda sad vathori didn't get pictured though, but the two that did are pretty cool.

Amrantah are pretty cool, but my major nitpick with them is that art of them features one with humanoid face while description of race says majority of them have either draconic/bestial face customization or just blank featureless robot face. As fan of both reptiles and blank mask like faces, that just makes me sad that first picture of them has human like face because it means most of new art afterwards might also have humanoid like faces..

At first I didn't get Ramiyel since I was like "...Wait, isn't that just space lamia? What is the point of this race?" until I realized "Oh wait, they are LITERALLY the space lamia" as ramiyel are descended from lamyros. Which I guess suggests that lamia don't exist in same form as they did in pathfinder in starfinder anymore since ramiyel are mostly good aligned(while still having taboo vs worshipping and trusting gods) and community oriented. Though it does accidentally create further AU continuity feeling to starfinder since 2e established that male lamia now exists while ramiyel are all female.

Bestiary also has cool stuff. One of them is tied up with codex of worlds article in book, though sadly codex article doesn't mention existence of the bestiary creature while it does hint something sinister going on. It is kind of cool plot hook though :D Wouldn't mind seeing more about that. (its oddly type of plot I think would actually fit in star trek episode or doctor who. Not sure why though)

Oh and troop rules! Nice.


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I am excited by the writer - yay Liz! - and the story, but where is "AotS" #2 - AP #20?


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Part 1 in August, 3 in September, 4 in October. Something weird is going on here.

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Zaister wrote:
Part 1 in August, 3 in September, 4 in October. Something weird is going on here.

Not really, it only seems so at first. ;-)

Part 1 "Fate of the Fifth" is beginning to ship on august 12th & has a august 28th street date.

Part 2 "untitled" is beginning to ship on september 9th & has a september 25th street date (but no product page yet).

Part 3 "Huskworld" is beginning to ship on september 30th & has a october 16th street date.

Part 4 "The Forever Reliquiary" is beginning to ship on october 28th & has a november 13th street date.


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I wonder whether there might be something spoilery about the product page for part 2 that they want to hold off on releasing it as long as possible? But that does seem unlikely since whatever they are trying to hide would at least be implicit in the pages for parts 3 and 4.

Anyway, this is not the first time something like this has happened -- I vaguely recall it happening before with one of the recent Pathfinder adventure paths. That one was eventually straightened out.

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David knott 242 wrote:

I wonder whether there might be something spoilery about the product page for part 2 that they want to hold off on releasing it as long as possible? But that does seem unlikely since whatever they are trying to hide would at least be implicit in the pages for parts 3 and 4.

Anyway, this is not the first time something like this has happened -- I vaguely recall it happening before with one of the recent Pathfinder adventure paths. That one was eventually straightened out.

You remember correctly, David.

Pathfinder AP #139, the very first part of "Tyrant's Grasp" didn't receive a product page until after #140 & #141 received them.
That was just a mistake and was remedied later.
The same is probably the case here.
That or the Cult of the Devourer did it.


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It's an ugly planet... a bug planet.


I wonder if all cover images going forward will be low-resolution. There's definitely a pattern here with some of the recently-updated ones.

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HTD wrote:
I wonder if all cover images going forward will be low-resolution. There's definitely a pattern here with some of the recently-updated ones.

It seems to me the ew person doing it isn't as well versed as the people who did it before and hasn't realized the error yet.

I already posted that on the character operations Manual page and flagged it.

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Oh, hey, the product description is up. ^_^


Hmm... OOOOOHHHH!!!


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Dracomicron wrote:
It's an ugly planet... a bug planet.

a planet hostile for the life as we... Ahhhrrrrggg ahhhh help meeeeee


Can anyone share the name, type, subtypes, CR and size of the new monsters?


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Songtwisted: graft. Example creature is a CR5 monstrous humanoid (shirren)
Swarm Altipheron: Tier 3 living starship
Swarm Effigene: CR5 Monstrous Humanoid
Swarm Escutchide: CR5 Monstrous Humanoid
Thermophilac Ooze: CR3 ooze (fire)
Troop subtype graft

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Huh. I want to review this for the articles so gonna get on that at some point.

Also ramiyels are descended from lamyros(aka lamia) huh. I guess this is one of those things that WILL make starfinder be seperate setting from pathfinder since male lamia now exists while ramiyels are all female.

Also bit sad about Amrantah picture. The description says that many of them take draconic/bestial shape or "blank face" appearance, but one pictured has human like face meaning all following art for them will probably ignore the description and do similar art :'D (that sounds cynical, but in my experience, the first art for creatures influence most of the new art afterwards)

Also HOW THE HECK nobody mentioned this book has two new races? :'D That is definitely a big deal


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The Ramiyels are awesome.


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CorvusMask wrote:

Huh. I want to review this for the articles so gonna get on that at some point.

Also ramiyels are descended from lamyros(aka lamia) huh. I guess this is one of those things that WILL make starfinder be seperate setting from pathfinder since male lamia now exists while ramiyels are all female.

Also bit sad about Amrantah picture. The description says that many of them take draconic/bestial shape or "blank face" appearance, but one pictured has human like face meaning all following art for them will probably ignore the description and do similar art :'D (that sounds cynical, but in my experience, the first art for creatures influence most of the new art afterwards)

Also HOW THE HECK nobody mentioned this book has two new races? :'D That is definitely a big deal

I feel it's always nice when there's a surprise. :-)

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Aaand reviewed. Took me surprisingly long time to write..

Ah, forgot to comment about one thing. So I shall edit that thing in the review and then comment on it in GM reference thread.

Basically, I had one criticism which is less related to this adventure and more about the starfinder ap format not having NPC backstory articles. It creates weird issue regarding important NPCs in this adventure.

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