Pathfinder Adventure: The Slithering

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Pathfinder Adventure: The Slithering
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In the cosmopolitan trading city of Kibwe, at the edge of the Mwangi Expanse, innocent people struck by a terrible curse known as the slithering are melting into malevolent oozes. The heroes are at the epicenter of this slimy curse and might be the only ones capable of recovering the ancient magic required to break it. Tracking the course of the slithering through Kibwe's colorful markets and shrines, the heroes must untangle the curse's origin and discover the role the nefarious Aspis Consortium plays in the unfolding conspiracy. The mysteries the heroes uncover might usher in a new era of plenty and prosperity for Kibwe, if the heroes can survive the slithering to experience it!

The Slithering is a deluxe adventure for 5th-level characters written by Ron Lundeen. Featuring terrifying new monsters, repulsive new rules and magic items, and an in-depth look at one of the most exciting cities in the jungle-choked Mwangi Expanse, The Slithering provides a wealth of secrets and dangers!

This adventure can be used with the Pathfinder Flip-Mat: The Slithering.

ISBN: 978-1-64078-272-3

"The Slithering" is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download.

Note: All four pregenerated characters for The Slithering are available as a free download here!

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Good start, but peters out quickly.

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(I GMed this.)

I completely agree with pauljathome's first sentence (see below). This is a decent module, but it is exactly as much fun as you make it. The module starts strong, but after the first part only becomes straight up fights with little to no RP. And even in the first part, there are just too many oozes. At some point, they aren't interesting enemies anymore.

I wish I had more to say about this, but it's a straightforward module. There's nothing wrong with it, apart from some painful fights, but there also isn't anything that really stands out.


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Announced for July! Product image and description are not final and may be subject to change.

Silver Crusade

Oh hello...


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Looks cool! I see it starts at level 5, what level should they be afterwards? 6?

Dark Archive

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Well this is a nice surprise :O


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How many pages is this projected to be? 64-page softcover like Plaguestone?

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The gooclaw is pleased.


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Super exciting! I hope this has some support for Mwangi PCs, rather than being another colonial romp.

Dark Archive

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Well it at least starts at level 5 so I don't see why PCs couldn't be either local or foreigners .-. It'd be kinda weird for level 5 ap to assume it either way.

And Sargava doesn't exist anymore, so kinda hard to see it being colonial story.


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CorvusMask wrote:
And Sargava doesn't exist anymore, so kinda hard to see it being colonial story.

Um, what? When and how did that happen?

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Ed Reppert wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
And Sargava doesn't exist anymore, so kinda hard to see it being colonial story.
Um, what? When and how did that happen?

Where Sargava was is now Vidrian (Wiki Link), and while I don't know the full details, it gives some of the info on the page. I don't think it was 'on-screen' in any adventures, but I wouldn't know, since I mostly pay attention to the APs.


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Thanks, that's interesting.

"native Mwangi natives" seems like an awkward construction. :-)


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Ed Reppert wrote:

Thanks, that's interesting.

"native Mwangi natives" seems like an awkward construction. :-)

No, it's perfectly fine it is.

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Zaister wrote:
How many pages is this projected to be? 64-page softcover like Plaguestone?

Yep!


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CorvusMask wrote:

Well it at least starts at level 5 so I don't see why PCs couldn't be either local or foreigners .-. It'd be kinda weird for level 5 ap to assume it either way.

And Sargava doesn't exist anymore, so kinda hard to see it being colonial story.

Colonial as in “outsiders who are probably white come to Africa and solve a problem the natives can’t handle,” not as in one tied to a colonial government in-setting.

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keftiu wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Well it at least starts at level 5 so I don't see why PCs couldn't be either local or foreigners .-. It'd be kinda weird for level 5 ap to assume it either way.

And Sargava doesn't exist anymore, so kinda hard to see it being colonial story.

Colonial as in “outsiders who are probably white come to Africa and solve a problem the natives can’t handle,” not as in one tied to a colonial government in-setting.

No, there's no assumption that you're outsiders or of any particular color. You could be from Kibwe, even. It just matters that your heroes are in the right place at the right time...for danger!

Dark Archive

Great to see the Adventures (formerly Modules) line continue so regulary!

Also great to see that there will be a The Slithering Flip-mat, even if i don't like that both sides seem to depict the interior of two different buildings instead of some cool jungle outdoor locations. ;-p

Scarab Sages

I like that there is more Mwangi-adjacent content. I'm looking forward to running this after the APG hits and the adventure is sanctioned for Organized Play.

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Woot! A city adventure in Mwangi! Another great adventure from Ron! Plus, another opportunity to kick some Aspis Consortium butt!

Grand Lodge

keftiu wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Well it at least starts at level 5 so I don't see why PCs couldn't be either local or foreigners .-. It'd be kinda weird for level 5 ap to assume it either way.

And Sargava doesn't exist anymore, so kinda hard to see it being colonial story.

Colonial as in “outsiders who are probably white come to Africa and solve a problem the natives can’t handle,” not as in one tied to a colonial government in-setting.

Since the Aspis consortium is involved, this is more likely to be "Outsiders who are probably white came to Africa, and couldn't handle what they found. Now the natives have to clean up the mess."

Not sure if that makes it any better.


1) Why does slime slither?

2) The pun potential of this module is very high. Some players may receive bruised shins in the first session.

3) For people talking about colonialism, I remind you that slimes and oozes also come in many colors.

Silver Crusade

I'm rather curious about the large statue in the background.


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Nice to see an Aspis adventure!


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Ed Reppert wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
And Sargava doesn't exist anymore, so kinda hard to see it being colonial story.
Um, what? When and how did that happen?

Sargava became Vidrian after a slave revolt ignited into a full fledged rebellion against the colonial government with native born Mwangi joining alongside Taldan citizens who had been raised for generations in Sargava to overthrow the corrupt government.

They have allied with Senghor to hold off the Pirates from the Shackles because they also stopped the payment that was robbing the nation of its wealth believing it would be better to find their own footing without a debt to brigands and privateers.


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Rysky wrote:
I'm rather curious about the large statue in the background.

My guess would be that it represents one of the Ten Magic Warriors.

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Looking forward to it. Please some more standalone Adventures, for those with limitets on time and participants (and their regularly attendance), they are much more useful than APs.

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Rysky wrote:
I'm rather curious about the large statue in the background.

The city of Kibwe is filled with mysterious statues called the "pillar watchers," which depict anthropomorphic animal warriors. What are those things all about, I wonder...

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Ron Lundeen wrote:
Rysky wrote:
I'm rather curious about the large statue in the background.
The city of Kibwe is filled with mysterious statues called the "pillar watchers," which depict anthropomorphic animal warriors. What are those things all about, I wonder...

Nice!

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Will we finally learn who are ten magic warriors and which one is the one who didn't contribute to the nine faceted ring?

(My guess is Black Heron simply because the unfilled tenth facet is black and we don't know what other 9 were called :P)

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This adventure doesn't deal with the Ten Magic Warriors or Natambu or the Magaambya. It is focused on Kibwe.

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Adam Daigle wrote:
This adventure doesn't deal with the Ten Magic Warriors or Natambu or the Magaambya. It is focused on Kibwe.

Aww, was hoping gazetteer for Kibwe would describe the statues :'D

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The adventure does talk about the pillar watchers Ron mentioned above, but those statues don't have anything to do with the Tem Magic Warriors.

The Mwangi Expanse is a big place and not everything there is monolithically associated.


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Adam Daigle wrote:

The adventure does talk about the pillar watchers Ron mentioned above, but those statues don't have anything to do with the Tem Magic Warriors.

The Mwangi Expanse is a big place and not everything there is monolithically associated.

Very exciting!

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Adam Daigle wrote:

The adventure does talk about the pillar watchers Ron mentioned above, but those statues don't have anything to do with the Tem Magic Warriors.

The Mwangi Expanse is a big place and not everything there is monolithically associated.

I see what you did there, Adam.


Nice to see the 3rd module shown, and starts at level 5 and a Jungle adventure, COOL!!

Tom


Why only one level? Can we get a full Adventure Path?

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ClanPsi wrote:
Why only one level? Can we get a full Adventure Path?

Because there's a market for one-off adventures.

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Gorbacz wrote:
ClanPsi wrote:
Why only one level? Can we get a full Adventure Path?
Because there's a market for one-off adventures.

Also 5th level is when the module starts, it does not mean that the adventure is all at that level, you may well level up within the book (you may not, I don't know, but adventures have always only had their first level mentioned, whatever length they are)


I am betting 5-9 sounds reasonable hopefully!! :)

Tom

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Ron tells me "It has 3 chapters, each with 1 level of play. So you'll end at 8th level."

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Ron tells me "It has 3 chapters, each with 1 level of play. So you'll end at 8th level."

This looks neat, but the skipped product number reminds me that Eric Mona's Dead God's Hand doesn't yet have a product page. Or at least not one that's as easy to find as the softcovers'.


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up top there's a link to the adventure sub page. on that page, there's a link to "dead god's hand". That adventure is apparently directly under "products" instead of under adventures.


Ron Lundeen wrote:
keftiu wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Well it at least starts at level 5 so I don't see why PCs couldn't be either local or foreigners .-. It'd be kinda weird for level 5 ap to assume it either way.

And Sargava doesn't exist anymore, so kinda hard to see it being colonial story.

Colonial as in “outsiders who are probably white come to Africa and solve a problem the natives can’t handle,” not as in one tied to a colonial government in-setting.
No, there's no assumption that you're outsiders or of any particular color. You could be from Kibwe, even. It just matters that your heroes are in the right place at the right time...for danger!

Really, that's the focus I'd be explicit about. Blatantly focus on the "right place at the right time" angle above any and all concerns of mighty whitey-ness.


This looks like a great product.

Liberty's Edge

Is this the next adventure after Fall of Plaguestone? Or did I miss one?


Ellestil wrote:
Is this the next adventure after Fall of Plaguestone? Or did I miss one?

"The Dead God's Hand" was originally slated to be released in March, but got delayed due to Erik Mona's schedule and their need to focus on the Absalom hardcover (which, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, also got delayed). Both don't have set dates anymore, so we'll just have to wait and see.

But to answer the question, this is the next standalone adventure after Fall of Plaguestone. I don't believe it is a sequel. Just a new standalone adventure to try with your players.


No map accessory with this? How long for PFS sanctioning?

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You mean this map?


hooray

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
No map accessory with this? How long for PFS sanctioning?

Soon(tm)

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