Pathfinder Adventure Path #168: King of the Mountain (Fists of the Ruby Phoenix 3 of 3)

Pathfinder Adventure Path #168: King of the Mountain (Fists of the Ruby Phoenix 3 of 3)

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The Ruby Phoenix Tournament reaches its exciting conclusion! The sorcerer Hao Jin is nowhere to be found. The heroes' search for the tournament's grand judge takes them across Tian Xia's legendary Flying Mountains and face to face with the Celestial Dragon. They ultimately reach a dark demiplane where a nefarious otherworldly villain is holding Hao Jin captive. In order to rescue the Ruby Phoenix, the heroes must defeat their ultimate rivals and claim the title of tournament champions.

"King of the Mountain" is a Pathfinder adventure for four 18th-level characters. This adventure concludes the Ruby Phoenix Tournament Adventure Path, a three-part monthly campaign in which the players compete in Golarion’s most amazing international fighting tournament. This adventure also includes a gazetteer of exciting demiplanes found across Golarion, inspiring lore about the epic fighting tournaments in other corners of the multiverse, and a mountain of 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-13: 978-1-64078-339-3

The Fists of the Ruby Phoenix Adventure Path is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (840 kb PDF).

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


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Demiplanes? You have my attention. I hope we get stats for Hao Jin as well.

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I wonder if the Kusari-Gama will prove to be the ultimate rivals.


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... on the one hand, information about other fighting tournaments sounds really cool, but on the other, I'm not all that thrilled at the idea of Hao Jin being turned into a damsel in distress.

Dark Archive

Still hoping that if big bad is some sort of fiend that its something new and exciting rather than another one of big three fiend types :O

Though for all I know its just another evil wizard


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CorvusMask wrote:

Still hoping that if big bad is some sort of fiend that its something new and exciting rather than another one of big three fiend types :O

Though for all I know its just another evil wizard

More Oni love! Maybe an Oni Daimyo?


Vorsk, Follower or Erastil wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Still hoping that if big bad is some sort of fiend that its something new and exciting rather than another one of big three fiend types :O

Though for all I know its just another evil wizard

More Oni love! Maybe an Oni Daimyo?

Since phoenix is one of the top-most forms available to the shape shifting spells, I am hoping for...

Spoiler:
nature incarnate (specifically kaiju!)

CorvusMask wrote:

Still hoping that if big bad is some sort of fiend that its something new and exciting rather than another one of big three fiend types :O

Though for all I know its just another evil wizard

I suppose it's something out of the mortal realm, as the description says "otherworldly villain". Probably not an oni, but it could be, as it's a demiplane.


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Curaigh wrote:
Vorsk, Follower or Erastil wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Still hoping that if big bad is some sort of fiend that its something new and exciting rather than another one of big three fiend types :O

Though for all I know its just another evil wizard

More Oni love! Maybe an Oni Daimyo?
Since phoenix is one of the top-most forms available to the shape shifting spells, I am hoping for... ** spoiler omitted **

From the description of book 2 I have a feeling one will be in that book, but more as a force to be quelled and less something the pcs actually fight


Vorsk, Follower or Erastil wrote:
From the description of book 2 I have a feeling one will be in that book, but more as a force to be quelled and less something the pcs actually fight

Meh, it is merely speculation and a drake can dream. :) But it would be a different twist for an endgame villain. And if you are right about not fighting earlier, then its presence becomes foreshadowing. Also a 'dark demiplane' with an entrance at the bottom of the ocean as a lair explains so much.

Oh well. I guess we will know in a few months.


Anxiously waiting for the cover reveal.


Cover is partly on the Fists of the Ruby Phoenix campaign page I think, just not here.


why has this been pushed back to July? my understanding of the shipping delay was that It was only affecting the April and May releases.

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KaiBlob1 wrote:
why has this been pushed back to July? my understanding of the shipping delay was that It was only affecting the April and May releases.

Please follow the April & May 2021 New Releases and Subscription Shipping thread for updates.

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Please see the June 2021 New Releases and Subscription Shipping customer service thread for updates.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
Please see the June 2021 New Releases and Subscription Shipping customer service thread for updates.

We cannot comment in that thread. That's just for this one thread due to the delays, I hope?

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Fumarole wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
Please see the June 2021 New Releases and Subscription Shipping customer service thread for updates.
We cannot comment in that thread. That's just for this one thread due to the delays, I hope?

My best guess is that they are waiting for this to settle on something they are certain of before letting people comment. This will let all the official posts be together at the top.


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wait all 3 issues are coming out in July?

Liberty's Edge

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Biztak wrote:
wait all 3 issues are coming out in July?

Yes. There have been delays with the shipment to Paizo, so the delayed shipment is rolled to the later shipments.


Biztak wrote:
wait all 3 issues are coming out in July?

Maybe? Maybe August. Maybe September. Who knows at this point.


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For those waiting on the actual cover of this AP (like I have), if you click on the temporary picture at the top of this page the actual cover shows up.


Encolpius wrote:
For those waiting on the actual cover of this AP (like I have), if you click on the temporary picture at the top of this page the actual cover shows up.

Cool! Thanks :)


At the risk of being rude… that elf-y character front and center looks kind of unfinished, to me? It feels a little below the usual Paizo art standard.

Dark Archive

I clicked on cover, but I just see bigger picture of old placeholder cover so I can't see what people are talking about D:

Grand Lodge

C. Richard Davies wrote:
...I'm not all that thrilled at the idea of Hao Jin being turned into a damsel in distress.

What makes you think Hao Jin is captured against her will? A truly powerful entity like Hao Jin would rarely fail to have protections from such things...unless it fits her design. We may discover it all part of her grand design.

Dark Archive

Oh I see the cover now

Isn't that an aphorite?


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Any thoughts on those demiplanes in the back? :0


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So happy to see capstone feats in an AP again! I think this is the first one with the APG classes, too. It's great how most of theme have a common theme of manipulating space. Sever Space is probably my favorite: a fighter can use it to attack an enemy with a slashing weapon up to 80 feet away and teleport right to them (or try to force them to teleport to the fighter).


Mechalibur wrote:
So happy to see capstone feats in an AP again! I think this is the first one with the APG classes, too. It's great how most of theme have a common theme of manipulating space. Sever Space is probably my favorite: a fighter can use it to attack an enemy with a slashing weapon up to 80 feet away and teleport right to them (or try to force them to teleport to the fighter).

I love these kinds of things. The only downside is sever space will likely get used once or twice in the character's life cycle due to it being level 20 =(.

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Cyder wrote:
Mechalibur wrote:
So happy to see capstone feats in an AP again! I think this is the first one with the APG classes, too. It's great how most of theme have a common theme of manipulating space. Sever Space is probably my favorite: a fighter can use it to attack an enemy with a slashing weapon up to 80 feet away and teleport right to them (or try to force them to teleport to the fighter).
I love these kinds of things. The only downside is sever space will likely get used once or twice in the character's life cycle due to it being level 20 =(.

Could hand the abilities out earlier as some sort of plot point power up?


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Rysky wrote:
Cyder wrote:
Mechalibur wrote:
So happy to see capstone feats in an AP again! I think this is the first one with the APG classes, too. It's great how most of theme have a common theme of manipulating space. Sever Space is probably my favorite: a fighter can use it to attack an enemy with a slashing weapon up to 80 feet away and teleport right to them (or try to force them to teleport to the fighter).
I love these kinds of things. The only downside is sever space will likely get used once or twice in the character's life cycle due to it being level 20 =(.
Could hand the abilities out earlier as some sort of plot point power up?

I could but I feel this could be a character defining concept or theme and I would love for some of these kind of things/gimmicks to come online earlier to build off rather than gated to just endgame. I mean technically I can do anything in a home game but I feel generally things like this could have been moved earlier in advancement with archetypes (Shadow Dancer shadow jump can achieve similar things... at least in porting the fighter) so I don't see why this needs to be 20 by default.

Dark Archive

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I'mma just waiting for my pdf :'D Dagnabbit that international people get shipments slower because of reasons that make completely sense x'D


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keftiu wrote:
Any thoughts on those demiplanes in the back? :0

Looks like 6 of them.

Personal favorite is a Demiplane inhabited by Homunculi. Created by a Nexian arcanist, the entire demiplane is basically a massive library. It was created as a training ground and their descendants continued this tradition. As a wizard progresses in skill and shows a certain level of competence to the homunculi, they gain access to more layers of the demiplane.

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keftiu wrote:
Any thoughts on those demiplanes in the back? :0

My thoughts are that I had an absolute blast writing them! :D

Dark Archive

Questionnaire continuessss

Is final boss/big bad someone we knew about before this ap or new character introduced in here?


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CorvusMask wrote:

Questionnaire continuessss

Is final boss/big bad someone we knew about before this ap or new character introduced in here?

I've never heard of the Big Bad before. Searching Google for its name yields no relevant results, so I guess it is safe to say it is entirely new.


Love the sorcerer bloodline


Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Love the sorcerer bloodline

Oh? What bloodline?


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SoulknifeFan420 wrote:
Oh? What bloodline?

Phoenix Bloodline: You have been blessed by a phoenix, perhaps via some magical interaction with a similarly blessed individual.


Fumarole wrote:
SoulknifeFan420 wrote:
Oh? What bloodline?
Phoenix Bloodline: You have been blessed by a phoenix, perhaps via some magical interaction with a similarly blessed individual.

Oh sick I was hoping that one would come soon. How's the focus spells and blood magic?


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I love the Phoenix/Dark Phoenix storyline.


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What Spell List is Phoenix? Primal? Arcane? Divine? I imagine it would have something to do with Hao Jin and my personal guess is Arcane but I could be wrong


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Lonesomechunk wrote:
What Spell List is Phoenix? Primal? Arcane? Divine? I imagine it would have something to do with Hao Jin and my personal guess is Arcane but I could be wrong

It's primal.


David knott 242 wrote:
Lonesomechunk wrote:
What Spell List is Phoenix? Primal? Arcane? Divine? I imagine it would have something to do with Hao Jin and my personal guess is Arcane but I could be wrong

It's primal.

Interesting. How does it stack up vs the fire elemental bloodline? They seem distinct enough from each other?


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The two are very distinct, IMHO. The elemental bloodline focuses on Intimidation where as the phoenix lends more to healing.

Spoiler:
Phoenix: cantrip: detect magic; 1st: burning hands; 2nd: see invisibility; 3rd: fireball; 4th: remove curse; 5th: breath of life; 6th: disintegrate; 7th: contingency; 8th: moment of renewal; 9th: meteor swarm. The focus spells are called, rejuvenating fire and cleansing fire (the other being protection)

Elemental Fire: cantrip: produce flame*, 1st: burning hands*, 2nd: resist energy, 3rd: fireball*, 4th: freedom of movement, 5th: elemental form, 6th: repulsion, 7th: energy aegis, 8th: prismatic wall, 9th: storm of vengeance


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SO how are Hao Jin's stats?

I remember from 1E that she was a Sorcerer 20/ Archmage 9.
Since we don't have mythic rules yet, I am most curious to see her stats and her full level which should be at 24.

I know we got Grendel which was a mythic creature CR19/MR7 and in 2E he is still a level 19 creature.

So would love to see what Hao Jin has.

Anyone care to share?

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Prince Setehrael wrote:

SO how are Hao Jin's stats?

I remember from 1E that she was a Sorcerer 20/ Archmage 9.
Since we don't have mythic rules yet, I am most curious to see her stats and her full level which should be at 24.

I know we got Grendel which was a mythic creature CR19/MR7 and in 2E he is still a level 19 creature.

So would love to see what Hao Jin has.

Anyone care to share?

Hao Jin is not stated.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
Prince Setehrael wrote:

SO how are Hao Jin's stats?

I remember from 1E that she was a Sorcerer 20/ Archmage 9.
Since we don't have mythic rules yet, I am most curious to see her stats and her full level which should be at 24.

I know we got Grendel which was a mythic creature CR19/MR7 and in 2E he is still a level 19 creature.

So would love to see what Hao Jin has.

Anyone care to share?

Hao Jin is not stated.

Ahh ok. Thanks for the info, Aaron. I'm a lil bit sad. was hoping she would be. but this is still cool. and we do get a Phoenix Bloodline.

Dark Archive

Well she is still immortal so has abilities of archmage 9 at least ;D

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They have decided to not give stats of powerful NPCs that you don't fight, mainly to not paint themselves into a corner in case they want to use them later in a context that would need specific stats.

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