Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-13: Guardian's Covenant

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 3-6.

Heed the call for heroes!

After assisting the people of Port Valen and protecting the town from rampaging trolls, the Society earned the approval of the settlement's leaders to establish a new Pathfinder lodge in the former feasting hall of the legendary warrior Sveinn Blood-Eagle. After enduring several months of dangerous ocean voyages to supply the new lodge and assist the town, venture-captains Bjersig Torrsen and Calisro Bennary requested permission for the Society to connect their new lodge in Port Valen to the Maze of the Open Road. By using the mystical extraplanar hedge maze, the venture-captains hope to strengthen the Society's presence in Arcadia. Rather than establish such a connection on their own, the venture-captains consulted Port Valen's leaders to determine the most responsible means of opening the portal. Their careful research brought them to a fey guardian in the Forest of Trials. The guardian readily agreed to the Society's proposal, on one condition. To keep the portal opened, the Society must regularly send heroes to perform heroic deeds in and around the Forest of Trials!

In this repeatable scenario, the PCs visit Port Valen and perform a series of deeds to earn the approval of the forest guardian. The scenario includes variable elements to ensure continued enjoyment for those who wish to play or run the adventure multiple times.

Written by Christopher Wasko

Scenario tags: Repeatable

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  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat Classics: Deep Forest
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    Fun if not a little bit mechanical

    4/5

    A good scenario that combines many different scenes and elements in a way that doesn't always mesh well. Somewhat to be expected for a repeatable but I would still recommend.

    One of the combats left us particularly bloodied but also had an interesting enemy and allowed us to make good use of the map.


    nothing to be excited about

    2/5

    I ran this scenario once and it left me unimpressed.
    There is no story line, it is not a scenario built around an intriguing story and some interesting characters, it feels like a string of random skills checks and combat encounters. The setting is a poor pretext for holding all this together. Change the setting to any other you want and it will still work like a charm.
    Probably to be expected from a repeatable. But not exciting.


    Truly Repeatable with Great Advice for the GM

    5/5

    This repeatable has a great degree of variety and I anticipate running it many times.

    I truly appreciated the prompts for the GM regarding how to choose tasks, which are grounded in NPC motivation and designed to maximize player enjoyment. Still provided a challenge, too.

    Didn't run short for us (almost 4 full hours at high tier / 29 ChP).


    Definitely on the short side

    4/5

    Apparently this is a sequel to 2-04 and takes place in the same region. While flavorful, it's quite short unfortunately.
    We were finished in roughly 2.5hrs, with no rushing at all.

    The scenario itself is a good mix of skill checks and combat, with a few RP opportunities as well. The skills seem to favor intelligent types, but our strong and silent types had a few chances to shine as well.

    Overall, it's a nice little repeatable and I'm sure it will take its place next to Lions for those who favor quick runs.


    Brilliant - can't wait for more!

    5/5

    This scenario is a treat. I love the repeatable elements, and the Arcadian setting comes through in a couple great ways despite the relatively short pagecount. I'd love to play or run this, and eagerly anticipate more adventures in Arcadia to follow!


    Paizo Employee Organized Play Coordinator

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    Announced for April! Cover and product description are not final and are subject to change.

    Grand Lodge

    Ooh...


    2 people marked this as a favorite.

    Absolutely giddy to see that scenario get a follow-up, and to finally get eyes on the Forest of Trials! I don’t play Society, but I’m grabbing this day one.

    Do we know Wasko’s work from anywhere else?

    Paizo Employee Organized Play Coordinator

    5 people marked this as a favorite.
    keftiu wrote:
    Do we know Wasko’s work from anywhere else?

    He's written several scenarios for us, including 1-06 Lost on the Spirit Road and 2-20 Breaking the Storm: Bastion in Embers.

    Radiant Oath

    1 person marked this as a favorite.

    This sounds like a cool concept for a Repeatable, and every 3-6 repeatable sounds great. And even more so when from the author of 2-20 - looking forward to this one :)

    Paizo Employee Organized Play Coordinator

    2 people marked this as a favorite.

    Cover and map list updated.


    1 person marked this as a favorite.

    Excited to snag this one as a late birthday gift to myself :)


    2 people marked this as a favorite.

    Pounced on this once midnight hit, and I'm not disappointed; this seems like an absolute blast to play and run, and the repeatable elements are great. I'm /very/ keen on seeing where some of these story seeds go, and hope we can see more of this cast in the future; Imara is my fav.

    Also...

    Spoiler:
    the peryton mutation that turns their antlers into rifles? Inspired.

    Silver Crusade

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    Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Society Subscriber

    This is clearly an enticement to me to play more PFS2e.

    Valen AND Fey?

    Call me a Vǫlva (witch) and toss me to the mysterious music eminating from the forest. I'll be there with bells on.

    Silver Crusade

    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    keftiu wrote:
    Excited to snag this one as a late birthday gift to myself :)

    Happy late birthday!


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Rysky wrote:
    keftiu wrote:
    Excited to snag this one as a late birthday gift to myself :)

    Happy late birthday!

    Thank you! I turned 27 - they’re coming to put me in a home any day now :p

    Silver Crusade

    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    keftiu wrote:
    Rysky wrote:
    keftiu wrote:
    Excited to snag this one as a late birthday gift to myself :)

    Happy late birthday!

    Thank you! I turned 27 - they’re coming to put me in a home any day now :p

    >_> quiet you little brat XD

    Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Developer

    5 people marked this as a favorite.

    Happy scenario release day! Please enjoy, and let me know how your games go!

    Silver Crusade

    Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Society Subscriber
    Mike Kimmel wrote:
    Happy scenario release day! Please enjoy, and let me know how your games go!

    I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    It's almost kind of my entire character concept fitted for a scenario.

    I played it with my Fey Ancestry [Ulfen] Human Rune Witch, and I finally emulated the kind of calculated behaviour her father achieved in 1e (my Oracle of Whimsy). It took only 6 levels to achieve Maximal Mischief.

    The Lantern King Grandda would be proud.

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