Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-17: The Perennial Crown Part 2, The Thorned Monarch

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 3–6 (subtiers 3–4 and 5–6).

In part 2 of The Perennial Crown, the PCs must evade the fearsome fey known as the Thorned Monarch. This unrelenting tyrant will stop at nothing to hunt down the PCs and claim their discoveries for themself, bringing to bear not only their awesome physical and magical power, but also manipulating the innocent Bhopanese citizens in their desperate attempts to stop the PCs from fleeing Bhopan with the one item that could put an end to the evil fey's ambitions.

Written by: Alex Augunas

Scenario tags: Metaplot

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So linear and railroady

2/5

Part one of this two-part adventure was fantastic. See my review.

Part two was . . . well . . . not as good.

The entire scenario was designed to lead to a boss fight. But players are robbed agency by having no capacity to pick anything about where and how to conduct the fight (except via their die rolls in a chase scene, which there is no particular reason for them to believe they should do, and which is frankly un-heroic to get involved in given the box-text lead-in).

And the fight itself is also scripted as far as how it's supposed to go, and unbalanced. I had a melee character who had a lot to do, but with resistances and special attacks up to the eyeballs lower-level PCs were sidelined.


Good story but unbalanced at the end.

3/5

I've tried to submit a longer review about four times now. It keeps being convinced that I shouldn't submit it.

The story: 1-16 and 1-17 are both great, different, and engaging. More like this Paizo.

The mechanics: great until the last fight.

Paizo, you really need to stay away from Super Giant Monster Showdown fights in PF2 at high level gaps. This brought the scenario to a grinding halt. Someone at the session said "So, this is just another giant boss showdown where we need to find the special weakness to win."

Honestly, it would have been more satisfying as a few smaller creatures than one large super-deadly encounter. In the hands of a less experienced or non-sympathetic GM, this is an easy TPK.

Still worthy of play, but you guys really need to work on the encounter balance.


Good Theme, Bad Balance

3/5

This scenario is great up till the final fight, where it suffers the same problem a lot of scenarios in Second Edition have suffered from;

The authors seem convinced they must have a single -very- strong creature against the PCs. One that is scaled so high it's difficult for the PCs to effectively do anything due to very high saves and AC, while at the same time having such high to hit it's going to crit most of the time against anything that's not a tank, which it will just hit most of the time.

It's not a fun game design and been a consistent complaint from all of my local players. It just makes the players feel bad, because they struggle to accomplish anything.

It's a disappointment, because my local tables went from loving the scenario to being frustrated at the end by the boss being overtuned, which has happened in several other scenarios as well.

It feels like authors are still balancing as if this was 1.0, when 2.0 was built to correct for the need to scale up combats so high.


Terrifying but brilliant

5/5

So far I have only played this. I have yet to read or run it.

This is a brilliant scenario. Very thematic, fast paced and utterly terrifying. You should play this immediately after playing part 1. It is a very different change of pace from Part 1 but the contrast betwen the two is excellently done.

Highly recommended, more like this please even if I was convinced we would TPK. Spoiler alert, we survived, just, mostly I think through having a generous GM. Bring your A Game, avoid doing this with one of those 6 player groups mostly composed of low tier people pushed into high tier due to CP silliness. We had 6 of us with four level 6's, a 4 and a 3.

It does look like it needs a fair bit of prep.


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MY BABY!!!


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Just wanted to drop by and say: I've ran this already since I've written part I of the saga, and Alex has wrought pure GOLD here.

Seriously, this adventure beats many campaign-finales in just how epic it feels. I'm super-excited to see the final version!!


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I cannot wait to check this series out! Enz + AA = PURE GOLD!!

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Does the metaplot tag indicate that this is part of a series, or is that referencing an ongoing plot of the season?

Scarab Sages

Ginasteri wrote:
Does the metaplot tag indicate that this is part of a series, or is that referencing an ongoing plot of the season?

The latter.

You know a scenario is the former if the title is like 'Ongoing Series Part X, A New Subtitle'

The above scenario is both sequel and metaplot scenario.

Dark Archive

Huh. I'm honestly curious though,

my playstyle is pacifistic anyway but:
do players in PFS ever choose to do things that gain infamy? xD I mean, you ARE supposed to warn players that the action would gain infamy, so players can't stumble on it accidentally. I would be surprised if majority of people kill the reporting note character since you get infamy for it :p Unless GM forgets to tell about infamy I guess. I do know that lot of bad guys you can optionally spare after combat get killed in society, but I don't know in general whenever there is "hold back to avoid killing someone not clearly acting in their right mind" encounters if those npcs usually survive unless its main objective :p

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Auuugh.. I really want to buy both of these, but it just keeps saying "Your request produced an error." Boooooooooo.. Hopefully that's fixed soon. It sounds like these are going to be great, and just what we need for our TTS sessions.

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Auuugh.. I really want to buy both of these, but it just keeps saying "Your request produced an error." Boooooooooo.. Hopefully that's fixed soon. It sounds like these are going to be great, and just what we need for our TTS sessions.

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My hero, Corvus! Clearing cache didn't work, but incognito window did. Really weird - I had bought something only a few hours before with no problem.

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