Starfinder Adventure Path #42: Whispers of the Eclipse (Horizons of the Vast 3 of 6)

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Starfinder Adventure Path #42: Whispers of the Eclipse (Horizons of the Vast 3 of 6)
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Answering a call for help from a neighboring group of settlers, the heroes embark on a rescue mission that takes them to a hidden jungle valley, where alien dinosaurs prowl among ancient elven ruins. The trail leads through a magical portal to an abandoned Azlanti base on the world's moon. There, survivors from a scouting mission gone awry huddle in the darkness, hiding from a terrifying, malevolent creature from another plane!

"Whispers of the Eclipse" is a Starfinder Roleplaying Game adventure for four 5th-level characters by Kate Baker. This adventure continues the Horizons of the Vast Adventure Path, a six-part, bimonthly campaign in which the heroes are at the forefront of exploring and charting a newly discovered world filled with mystery. This volume also includes a history of the diaspora of the elves, gear from an ancient spacefaring civilization, and a selection of diverse alien creatures.

Each bi-monthly full-color softcover Starfinder Adventure Path volume contains a new installment of a series of interconnected science-fantasy quests that together create a fully developed plot of sweeping scale and epic challenges. Each 64-page volume of the Starfinder Adventure Path also contains in-depth articles that detail and expand the Starfinder campaign setting and provide new rules, a host of exciting new monsters and alien races, a new planet to explore and starship to pilot, and more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-367-6

Whispers of the Eclipse is sanctioned for use in Starfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure Path and Chronicle sheets are available as a free download (5.1 MB PDF).

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Ridden with continuity/editing errors

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This book is really brought down by poor editing.

The backmatter is good. The adventure itself is fine - nothing the group hasn't seen before. Hexploration and helping out other settlements, adding them to your own like some colonizing Borg, setpiece dungeons, etc.

But what really drives this AP down is the glaring errors in the copy.

First of all - Threl Rustos. Female in Book 1. Male in book 3. Rather than just admit they made a mistake, Paizo has apparently chosen to retcon Threl into Trans-Male. Whatever. If Paizo wants to play fast and loose with gender, that's grating but not a dealbreaker, but don't insult my intelligence by pulling a fast one and introducing facts not supported in the text because you messed up. I expect such things from writers of bad British magical boarding school fiction, not Paizo.

Second - Verdant Blast. Is shown as a cantrip instead of a level 2 spell. Had to ask to get this clarified.

Just really frustrating, between this and some of the continuity issues in Frozen Flame it's been a bad year for continuity in Paizo.


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Yay!!! It's another fabulous adventure from Kate!


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"The Elven Diaspora"

Hmm...interesting bit of lore here, looking forward too it.


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I have a question about subscription shipping dates, since they still appear to be changing.

The pre-order date for Whispers of the Eclipse (book3) now says preorder expected late Sept 2021. Serpents in the Cradle (book 2) has a pdf availability date of Oct 13th.

My Subscription shipments page lists both AP 41 and AP 42 as shipping together. Should subscribers expect to receive both volumes of the AP in one shipment, and, if so, will they be delayed past the Oct 13th date to ensure AP 42 is included?

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Lavabeing wrote:

I have a question about subscription shipping dates, since they still appear to be changing.

The pre-order date for Whispers of the Eclipse (book3) now says preorder expected late Sept 2021. Serpents in the Cradle (book 2) has a pdf availability date of Oct 13th.

My Subscription shipments page lists both AP 41 and AP 42 as shipping together. Should subscribers expect to receive both volumes of the AP in one shipment, and, if so, will they be delayed past the Oct 13th date to ensure AP 42 is included?

I have emailed your question to Customer Service. You may want to repost your question in the Customer Service Forum Thread where they are more likely to see it.

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Hey folks,

Just an update to say that this book is now scheduled to be released as a November subscription product, with a street date of November 10th.


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Just got my subscription order confirmation! Thanks everyone for working through all of the external delays to get this out!

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Glad this came out early...but the interactive maps can't be selected from the pdf? Any chance this could be corrected?


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Is the spell Verdant Blast correct? 3d6 seems like a lot of damage for a cantrip.

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YogoZuno wrote:
Glad this came out early...but the interactive maps can't be selected from the pdf? Any chance this could be corrected?

Are there errors or omissions in this product information? Got corrections? Let us know at store@paizo.com.


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Were-wraith wrote:
Is the spell Verdant Blast correct? 3d6 seems like a lot of damage for a cantrip.

I PM'd the author of that section for clarification. My players took one look at that and said "I wouldn't blame you if you banned that, but if you're not going to I am going to BLAST the CRAP out of this planet with leaves!"


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Leon Aquilla wrote:
Were-wraith wrote:
Is the spell Verdant Blast correct? 3d6 seems like a lot of damage for a cantrip.
I PM'd the author of that section for clarification. My players took one look at that and said "I wouldn't blame you if you banned that, but if you're not going to I am going to BLAST the CRAP out of this planet with leaves!"

Given that the damage is roughly the same as a first level Mind Thrust AND affects multiple targets, I think Verdant Blast should no lower than second level.

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Were-wraith wrote:
Leon Aquilla wrote:
Were-wraith wrote:
Is the spell Verdant Blast correct? 3d6 seems like a lot of damage for a cantrip.
I PM'd the author of that section for clarification. My players took one look at that and said "I wouldn't blame you if you banned that, but if you're not going to I am going to BLAST the CRAP out of this planet with leaves!"
Given that the damage is roughly the same as a first level Mind Thrust AND affects multiple targets, I think Verdant Blast should no lower than second level.

Indeed that is an unfortunate typo! It should be 2nd level!


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Thank you!


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That's what I figured. Thanks for the clarification.


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Did anyone else's copy come with a grindylow card in the pages?

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So two things to note: Doesn't article saying that almost every elf knew someone who disappeared with golarion mean Gap was less than 750 years in pact worlds at least due to that being max elven livespan?

Second thing is that even pre gap elves don't sound CG in starfinder so I continue my AU theory ;D (yeah i know we need more mainstream CG elves in pathfinder as well)


SaJustne wrote:
Did anyone else's copy come with a grindylow card in the pages?

I did!


I think it was 300 years ago or so, Corvus.

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Nah that is how long ago it ended, but Gap itself took place over unknown period of time that is implies to be possible thousands of years ^^;


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CorvusMask wrote:
So two things to note: Doesn't article saying that almost every elf knew someone who disappeared with golarion mean Gap was less than 750 years in pact worlds at least due to that being max elven livespan?

And if "almost every elf" knew someone who disappeared with Golarion, the time would be a lot shorter.

Even if there was a typo there and they meant to say that almost every elf know OF someone who disappeared with Golarion (which would mean that the very oldest elves had pre-Gap memories), this statement would give away a lot about the Gap that I don't think the Paizo folks meant to reveal to us.

A Gap that began and ended within the lifespan of an elf could be dated to a relatively short period of time that could be calculated from those memories. The 317 Golarion year long year of Triaxus also provides a clue, as that planet is in its winter season in both Pathfinder and Starfinder. The memories of the oldest elves at the end of the Gap would be sufficient to determine whether the Gap lasted approximately 317 or 634 Golarion years. And unless pre-Gap records of Triaxus were wiped or altered, those records could be used to get a very accurate duration for the Gap.

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Exactly :'D

(its super cool article, but that sentence raised very big question x'D)


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Honestly the idea that most elves would have remembered someone from pre-Gap contradicts with previously established lore. I would have framed it as the majority of elves are still alive that remember the traumatic time of the post Gap years. I think this would have worked better.

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