Pathfinder Adventure Path #155: Lord of the Black Sands (Extinction Curse 5 of 6)

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On the hunt for a life-giving aeon orb far below the surface world, the heroes venture into a blighted Darklands waste known as the Vault of the Black Desert. Facing off against lurking, vampire-like urdefhan and even stranger subterranean beasts, the heroes track the lost artifact to an enclave of undead dark elves in the twisted city at the vault's blackened heart, where they must confront the malevolent mummy who strives to become the desert's eternal sovereign!

“Lord of the Black Sands” is a Pathfinder adventure for four 15th-level characters. This adventure 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 volume also includes a gazetteer of the ominous city of Shraen, new monsters, and new 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: 978-1-64078-234-1

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Sweet! I always wanted to visit Shraen. I mean with a radiation suit...

Silver Crusade

Cool! I was always interested in this area. Wanted to travel there to get an Urgothian artifact

Dark Archive

Oh hey the Black Desert :D Nice

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I once began to write a novel based on the "Black Desert" chapter in the "Mythic Realms Campaign Setting".

That one was starting the Drow of Shraen as protagonists, fighting against the Urdefhan & a cabal of awakened Demi-Liches.

This is actually the first book in the AP i find interesting.
Who is scheduled to writing this?

Dark Archive

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Out of curiosity where is the current placeholder art from?


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This sounds fantastic!

Scarab Sages

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Kevin Mack wrote:
Out of curiosity where is the current placeholder art from?

The background art is the opener from the Brutal Slavers chapter of the villain codex. I couldn't find the foreground piece.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Who is scheduled to writing this?

This is Mikko Kallio, and he's done a great job with it!


Will drow become playable ancestry in this?


Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Will drow become playable ancestry in this?

Pretty unlikely.

I'm going to make a bold prediction: Paizo will never release a PF2 playable ancestry in any AP book but the first. It'd be giving a player option that nobody playing could use, even with retraining. I might be proven wrong some day, but I imagine it'd be under pretty specific circumstances- the AP involves the creation of a completely new ancestry, for instance.

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QuidEst wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Will drow become playable ancestry in this?

Pretty unlikely.

I'm going to make a bold prediction: Paizo will never release a PF2 playable ancestry in any AP book but the first. It'd be giving a player option that nobody playing could use, even with retraining. I might be proven wrong some day, but I imagine it'd be under pretty specific circumstances- the AP involves the creation of a completely new ancestry, for instance.

(*nods, notes prediction in Predictions Book*)

Or we might, if an AP volume puts its focus on a narrow slice of the world where such a new ancestry exists. It isn't new for the people of the world--there's always been those people living over there--but it's not something that warrants inclusion in a fuller treatment of widely available ancestries. Something like that would be entirely appropriate to include in an AP volume.


That makes sense. It would be nice to see Drow available as a player option in Pathfinder 2E.


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I'd rather have them kept as villains only.

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
That makes sense. It would be nice to see Drow available as a player option in Pathfinder 2E.

[Edna Mode]No Drizzts![/Edna Mode]


Paul Watson wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
That makes sense. It would be nice to see Drow available as a player option in Pathfinder 2E.
[Edna Mode]No Drizzts![/Edna Mode]

Yes, no Drizz'ts.


I agree, no Drizzt clones, I am not even a fan of the original :)

That being said if D and D can make drow a playable race in the 5E Player's Handbook, I am sure that Paizo could as well.


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Ron Lundeen wrote:
QuidEst wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Will drow become playable ancestry in this?

Pretty unlikely.

I'm going to make a bold prediction: Paizo will never release a PF2 playable ancestry in any AP book but the first. It'd be giving a player option that nobody playing could use, even with retraining. I might be proven wrong some day, but I imagine it'd be under pretty specific circumstances- the AP involves the creation of a completely new ancestry, for instance.

(*nods, notes prediction in Predictions Book*)

Or we might, if an AP volume puts its focus on a narrow slice of the world where such a new ancestry exists. It isn't new for the people of the world--there's always been those people living over there--but it's not something that warrants inclusion in a fuller treatment of widely available ancestries. Something like that would be entirely appropriate to include in an AP volume.

hey so ah, who are the Shoony?

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Winkie_Phace wrote:
hey so ah, who are the Shoony?

Oh, I am very excited for shoonies. But you're in the wrong Extinction Curse volume for them. I'm so looking forward to pulling back the curtain on them!


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Ron Lundeen wrote:
Winkie_Phace wrote:
hey so ah, who are the Shoony?
Oh, I am very excited for shoonies. But you're in the wrong Extinction Curse volume for them. I'm so looking forward to pulling back the curtain on them!

Fair enough, they just seemed like they may check an awful lot of boxes in the quote like: "narrow slice of the world where such a new ancestry exists."

and: "not something that warrants inclusion in a fuller treatment of widely available ancestries."

At least based off of the single sentence I've got to go on :) I might just be overly excited at the possibility. I'll stop being off-volume now, though.

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