Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-12: The Burden of Envy

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–4 (subtiers 1–2 and 3–4).

Swindler, rogue, and occasional Pathfinder ally Guaril Karela has approached the Society with an opportunity that Valais Durant, the leader of the Society's Radiant Oath faction, can't refuse. Guaril has been charging refugees to sneak them out of Xin Edasseril, a city ruled by the Runelord of Envy, and now it looks like Guaril won't be able to fulfill his contracts. Society agents are charged with sneaking into the dangerous city and sneaking out with a handful of its citizens before their absence is noticed so that the Radiant Oath can help them find new lives beyond their current ruler's tyrannical reach.

Written by: Lysle Kapp

Scenario tags: Faction (Radiant Oath)

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Great roleplay-focused urban adventure

5/5

I GM'd this a few days after it came out. While there are a couple of rough spots, such as a slightly unclear timeline for the goals, the pure notion of an urban adventure set in a bureaucratic city is fantastic. I opted to give a 5-star review because the entire premise and design was so novel for a Society scenario that it outweighed minor flaws.

The writing is great, challenges are appropriate, and there's specific call outs for skill checks that I've only ever used in non-Society games. My group was heavily focused on illusion, deception, and stealth. The combat encounters made them sweat a bit, even though the fights weren't difficult by most Pathfinder standards.

Well done, I'm hoping that March 2020 sees equally good adventures with the two-part social intrigue plotline.


A Great Escape!

5/5

The scenario deals with smuggling refugees out of a dictatorship. It scores high in terms of capturing the feel of such endeavors.

There are a variety of approaches that PCs might take; each requiring ingenuity, some leading to unforeseen consequences or costs, and all leading to tough choices.

The NPCs include a fine range of characters that tend to populate totalitarian cities, each compelled by circumstances to be secretive and suspicious in different ways.

The personalities of these ordinary people really makes this scenario special. The scenario makes it very hard to know who to trust, which forces PCs to make educated gambles vis such trust -- leading to real suspense.

Lysle has a real winner with this scenario!


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The Exchange

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Finally, the Venture-Captain of my heart Valais Durant returns!

Dark Archive

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I hope Belimarius isn't boss of this one :p Since that'd be "ouch"

Grand Lodge

Yay! Guaril is back!


Great, I'm running this on Saturday, and can't get it until Wednesday. Doesn't give me much prep time, especially since I'm playing on Friday something else. ::Sigh:: Timing....


In the map of the "Where in Golarion?" section Xin Edasseril is marked in the location of Xin Shalast. Specially funny because Edasseril is a port city located in an island an Shalast is in the middle of the mountains.

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Saqcat wrote:
In the map of the "Where in Golarion?" section Xin Edasseril is marked in the location of Xin Shalast. Specially funny because Edasseril is a port city located in an island an Shalast is in the middle of the mountains.

Belimarius is so envious of her peers she's apparently going around modifying maps to make it look like she's ruling their kingdoms...

Silver Crusade

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Michael Sayre wrote:
Saqcat wrote:
In the map of the "Where in Golarion?" section Xin Edasseril is marked in the location of Xin Shalast. Specially funny because Edasseril is a port city located in an island an Shalast is in the middle of the mountains.
Belimarius is so envious of her peers she's apparently going around modifying maps to make it look like she's ruling their kingdoms...

Please let this be canon because petty stupid s%%# like this is what I live for.

Dark Archive

Didn't Sorshen move her capital to Xin-Shalast btw?

Silver Crusade

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I believe so.


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Map errors:
The scenario says that it uses "Pathfinder Flip-Mat Classics: Warehouse" in one place (B2) and "Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Warehouse" in another (B3). That second source should probably be "Pathfinder Flip-Mat Classics: Ship" ("B" side).

Liberty's Edge

Can we please get updated reporting sheets on the 2e adventures? The one that is included in the scenarios do not have enough room for players to write a 7 digit number followed by a four digit number. Under "Org Play #". The easiest solution is to swap "Class" and "Org Play #". Class is something we don't need when reporting.

There has been sufficient time to get this fixed. The community has produced half-page sheets that are far better.

Please. Update the reporting sheets. They are not sufficient to be used.

I plan to post this message in all future releases until this gets fixed.

Thank you.

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