Pathfinder Adventure Path #150: Broken Promises (Age of Ashes 6 of 6)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #150: Broken Promises (Age of Ashes 6 of 6)

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The Age of Ashes Adventure Path concludes! The heroes have defeated the Scarlet Triad, but in doing so have learned a shocking truth—the Scarlet Triad has been financed all these years by the enigmatic ruler of the island nation of Hermea, the gold dragon Mengkare! After a devastating manifestation of a violent dragon god erupts from the portals the heroes have been using the entire campaign, they must travel to Hermea to confront Mengkare about the Scarlet Triad and find out what the gold dragon's plans actually are. Does he seek to save the world... or to end it in a devastating Age of Ashes?

Age of Ashes is the first Adventure Path using the brand new rules for the Pathfinder RPG. This sixth and final adventure was written by Luis Loza for 18th-level characters, and also includes a gazetteer of the utopian city of Promise, advice for GMs on how the events of this campaign can change the world, a wealth of new options for player characters to discover, and more than half a dozen new monsters!

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: 978-1-64078-195-5

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And they stick the landing

5/5

Part 1 of this volume is neat, but it's just a spree of combats.

Part 2 and 3 are an excellent climax to this adventure path. Extremely well-written and interesting. I know my players are going to love it.


One of the best AP parts finales

5/5

So uh, I managed to skip my reviews for books 4 and 5 I still intend to do but haven't because of being busy and tired, but this book was too much in my alley to not review right away.

So long story short without spoilers: Book contains intriging investigation, a deception and chance to redeem someone who thinks they are good while they are doing evil. And AP actually gives good reason for PCs to do latter besides just being goody good guys(I like being good good person, but pragmatic people need options too!) and not least of all being "this edition's rules mean they would actually be tough to defeat" :D Book does give good job of giving characters chances to learn their backstory and feel empathy for them.

There are great roleplaying moments through all the book until finale(yes even in part 3, its not just warming up to final boss fight at level 20) and mechanical options for level 20 by hermean training are also cool and actually really great. I also like idea of rare backgrounds unlocked by beating APs so we'll see if paizo does more of those :D

Interestingly, I think I noticed that Paizo has taken notice of conversations on forum about bad guy redemption, because beyond the campaign option raises the possibility that even if villain is redeemed, some people might want to punish them for their wrong doings and future for the villain seeking redemption is uncertain.

Promise article has some really chilling stuff to it.

And best if all, even in this AP Dahak is petty overgrown child capable of destroying worlds :D

Do I have any bad things to say? Eh there is picture of random pit fiend with new design for them, I much prefer 1e reptilian pit fiend design to one that gives them more human like face. Reptiles are cool! Stereotypical red devils with pitchforks not so much.

(also since there was conversation on forum about dcs being too high for calming down citizens and putting off fires compared to first book... I think its justified because of the apocalyptic storm going on you know :P)

What else... Jonivar was really cool character for me for some reason even if he was mostly for explanation of ritual and Inizra's love interest(I like Inizra a lot too!) and I'm glad Kyrion finally came back! Though if eel like we need whole NPC article for him because seriously, I want full write up detail on what makes Kyrion tick, sure we know his backstory and personality but I like that dragon :D There were also cool 1e AP callbacks, such as Mengkare hiring brine dragon twins to help with security once they heard of Karzoug coming back in Promise article and other stuff in adventure itself. I also liked the payoff to castle building downtime hobby of PCs.


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So we are up against Mengkare indeed! That suspicious cousin of mine. It will be interesting to known more about his country - a dragon ruled utopia - Promise.

"Broken Premises", now I get it! =D

... Wait, a manifestation of a god?

Silver Crusade

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Well, the charred corpses fished out from around Hermea every now and then finally got vindicated!

Dark Archive

Welp, the name finally got cleared up :D I was wondering what the heck was up with the name

I guess he decided to go full "I shall cleanse rest of the world but Hermea with fire and build upon new better humanity on ashes of old world, it shall be true utopia!" type villain

Silver Crusade

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I WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG.

Dark Archive

Gorbacz wrote:
I WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG.

Dagnabbit :D

In retrospect, this explain the "Or convince them they are in wrong" comment from paizocon. I did have hard time remembering red dragon villains open to diplomacy


Gorbacz wrote:
I WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG.

All hail Toothy-Bag!

Scarab Sages

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Is this adventure going to be the gnome-themed one? Or will the AP have gotten away from the theme of featuring one of the PC races as a theme by this point?


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PF2 has six ancestries/races, so it would be strange for them not to follow through on that theme if they begin the adventure path with it.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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The themes for the advetnures are just that—themes. I gave the themes to each author as a thing to guide the writing of the adventure, but that doesn't mean that these themes are overwhelming.

BUT for the curious, the themes are...

Spoiler:
1: Goblins
2: Elves
3: Halflings
4: Dwarves
5: Gnomes
6: Humans

Scarab Sages

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That's going to dial the weirdness of Katapesh up.


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I know the cover art we see here isn't final, but I notice the last few are missing any of the iconics. Can we expect that to change in the final versions?


Ed Reppert wrote:
I know the cover art we see here isn't final, but I notice the last few are missing any of the iconics. Can we expect that to change in the final versions?

Yes? Taking the first two volumes, which actually have the final cover, we can say the iconic characters are still going to make their appearance in each of the covers.

Wayfinders

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Ooh!!

Book 5 Ancestry:
Katapeshi Gnomes?? Are we finally going to Finderplain??? I might be entirely too excited to finally get to go there, especially in a higher-level adventure.


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"Violent dragon god?"

Mengkare's in an alliance with Dahak?

Well, that's not good.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Zhangar wrote:

"Violent dragon god?"

Mengkare's in an alliance with Dahak?

Well, that's not good.

Exact details on how all this plays out will be in the AP, but suffice to say the brief summary above is NOT the whole story. It's a lot more complicated.

But you got the last line right; it's certainly not GOOD!


This is about as far from good as one can get without involving either the Hordes of the Abyss, or the ride of the Four Horsemen...


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I'm so giddy. I guessed that Mengkare would be involved over a month ago.


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Looking at the new information in the AP summary and background information in Hellknight Hlll, the thing that comes very strongly to mind is; will there be support for running this chapter for PCs who find Mengkare's position sympathetic?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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the nerve-eater of Zur-en-Aarh wrote:
Looking at the new information in the AP summary and background information in Hellknight Hlll, the thing that comes very strongly to mind is; will there be support for running this chapter for PCs who find Mengkare's position sympathetic?

Not specifically. We don't want to make his plan sympathetic, honestly, but...

Spoiler:
...you don't have to fight him to "win."

Dark Archive

Yeah, I don't think his methods are sympathetic, I could understand sympathizing with his background though.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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CorvusMask wrote:
Yeah, I don't think his methods are sympathetic, I could understand sympathizing with his background though.

Those are two VERY different things. There will absolutely be opportunities for the PCs to learn about his background, and thus to sympathize with him, and potentially find a better solution.


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Lol. I guess now that Sutter’s bowed out, Jacob’s finally won the great “what is Mengkare’s alignment?” contest. Somewhere out there, Sutter is shaking his fist screaming “...and I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling dinosaurs!”


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It was my understanding that the dinosaur got the frog's seal of approval for the story arc.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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captain yesterday wrote:
It was my understanding that the dinosaur got the frog's seal of approval for the story arc.

Mostly.

I let Sutter know what the plans were for the Adventure Path and he got a kick out of them, but a "seal of approval" wasn't required. (AKA: Had there been a strong pushback, I would have instead gone with a different story entirely OR would have had to have been at peace with Sutter not liking the direction of the story of something he invented but didn't own.)

Scarab Sages

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At last, final art. Alas, thumbnail size only. Looking good though.

Dark Archive

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Not a fan of the cover, the gold dragon in the forefront (Mengkare) looks very hulking, not elegant at all and it looks like he is also in the background cover as a shadowy version in a similiar Pose (even though that's supposed to be a Manifestation of Dahak), which is a lazy design choice imo.
I am getting 4e vibes from the cover. *shudders*
Hopefully the adventure will be good and not be a fight of one gargantuan Dragon after the other. ;-)

Silver Crusade

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Uh, the pose is it's got its head in the pic... and it's a dragon, that about all the similarities.

And Gold Dragons usually are hulking, it's Silvers that are the elegant ones.

Dark Archive

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Hmm, gold dragons have never really been that elegant or sleek, but I have to understand that this picture of Mengkare is really bulky. Like proportions remind me of elephant .-.

Like its the weird combination of neck and limbs not being that long when compared to bulk of the body and other dragon pics(iirc)

Silver Crusade

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Comparing the other P2 Gold Dragon art from the Bestiary it's the pose, his chest is down while his head is moving back, like he was running up on something and then did a full on stop.


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They changed the Golds to look more like Lions, and I have to say I really do like how beefy and regal they look now compared to let's say the DnD version...

Scarab Sages

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For the benefit of GMs running the campaign as issues appear, which Breachhill NPCs will be detailed on the inside back cover of this issue?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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logic_poet wrote:
For the benefit of GMs running the campaign as issues appear, which Breachhill NPCs will be detailed on the inside back cover of this issue?

Brynne Taithe and Jorell Blacktusk


I am looking forward to reading and DMing this AP. My players and I are almost done with Part I and have loved it so far.


Are any other VCs having trouble downloading the single file version? The 'one file per chapter' version works, but the single file version leads to a "This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it" error.....


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Do you get adventure path modules THAT far in advance? It is a late November/early December release for the rest of us.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Perhaps they meant to post in the discussion for Book 5, those are being shipped nowabouts.


David knott 242 wrote:

Do you get adventure path modules THAT far in advance? It is a late November/early December release for the rest of us.

Yes, we do. It's helpful to be able to facilitate how our local lodges will interact with the new material. Of course, we don't share the contents of said new material in advance.

Mechalibur wrote:
Perhaps they meant to post in the discussion for Book 5, those are being shipped nowabouts.

No, I meant Book 6. The book we're talking about in this thread.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I wasn't aware, sorry.


Mechalibur wrote:
I wasn't aware, sorry.

No worries.


Pathfinder Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

The small image preview is really disappointing. I used to get really hyped to watch the next AP book, now I can barely tell whats in the image


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Does this only cover 18th level? The other parts covered a three-level range each, so I would have expected this to cover 18th to 20th level.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

It's 18-20. PF2 APs are supposed all to be 1-20.

Dark Archive

BTW, is this the book were Kyrion returns? I didn't spot him in books 3-5 so curious about that


I am looking forward to this. I have enjoyed reading the previous parts of this AP.


There is no interactive maps file in the Single File DL?

Liberty's Edge

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Finally! we can have the 2E version of

Spoiler:
"How to kill the Tarrasque" threads. I expect they may be shorter this time.

Dark Archive

Why is there (apparently) a spawn of rovagug in this book anyway? Does it feature itself in adventure or is there article about big monsters in the book?


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I love that 3/4 of a page is dedicated to a treasure list. Gotta love high level play!

Liberty's Edge

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CorvusMask wrote:
Why is there (apparently) a spawn of rovagug in this book anyway? Does it feature itself in adventure or is there article about big monsters in the book?

The Toolbox/Bestiary features 2 of them, not related to the adventure to my knowledge.


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Reckless wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
Why is there (apparently) a spawn of rovagug in this book anyway? Does it feature itself in adventure or is there article about big monsters in the book?
The Toolbox/Bestiary features 2 of them, not related to the adventure to my knowledge.

One of the two spawn plays a role in the adventure. In particular, the party ends up facing

Spoiler:
three duplicates of Xotani (in the Duskgate Node).
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