Pathfinder Society Quest #11: A Parchment Tree

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

In the nation of Qadira, Esmayl ibn Qaradi calls for Pathfinders to assist in what should be a simple genealogy verification. Multiple parties are heavily invested in the results that might be revealed by this family tree, however, and things won't be as simple as sifting through some old family records. As thieves and nobles vie to control history itself, the PCs will need to fend off violence and deceptions as they follow the branches of an ancient family tree.

Written by: Carlos Cabrera

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A very solid Quest


I GM'd this scenario in the low tier for a party of 5 PCs with 16 Challenge Points.

I liked this adventure, especially the new GM references and the updated Event Reporting Form. The combat was simple for me to run but was also challenging for my players, which is ideal in my opinion.

Investigation (spoiler):
During the investigation.s leading up to the combat, the plot advances even if the PCs fail the skill checks. The cost of failure is receiving certain penalties in the final combat.
The pace never comes to a halt yet failure still matters. That’s a good balance to strike.

Criticism (spoiler):
The scenario advises the players to visit locations in a given order or else receive the penalties I mentioned earlier. I don’t understand what purpose, if any, is served by placing the PCs on railroads.
That’s a fairly minor complaint, however, and it didn’t diminish the scenario.

Finally, the scenario background is informed by the ongoing anti-slavery crusade of the Lost Omens setting, and an NPC from 1E makes their 2E debut. I like that there’s world-building and cameos for those who care.

A bit formulaic, interesting story


I enjoyed the story for this Quest. I like the idea of low level Pathfinders being employed on what is essentially a fetch question to track down some books for a mundane task like securing land rights for a new lodge. However, the quest itself was almost painfully formulaic in its structure. Go to 1 place, make a skill check. Go to another place, make another skill check. Go to the last place, fight a combat. There just didn't feel like there was much meat on the bones. That being said, it wasn't bad. The fight was more challenging than your typical quest at least if the GM

starts combat with you trapped in an alley way, surrounded on both sides like my GM did.

Overall, a decent adventure.

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Announced for *checks notes* NEXT WEEK! ヾ(-_- ;)

*scurries off to catch up on more late product pages*

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Huh didn't realize there was quest missing

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CorvusMask wrote:
Huh didn't realize there was quest missing

You didn't miss a perception check, there was a shuffle! Previously, "Putrid Seeds" was #11 but was moved to #12.

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Oh oki :O

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Awesome! And congrats, Carlos! Looking forward to playing it.

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Ryan Heck | Aqualith Media wrote:
Awesome! And congrats, Carlos! Looking forward to playing it.

Thanks! That should be soon. Other GMs are running some slots at GenCon already!

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