Starfinder Adventure Path #45: The Culling Shadow (Horizons of the Vast 6 of 6)

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Starfinder Adventure Path #45: The Culling Shadow (Horizons of the Vast 6 of 6)

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A fleet of warships invades the Weydana system, and the PCs must launch their own armada to withstand the attack! When Watcher Krulveth, the leader of the invading forces, wishes to speak to the PCs in person, they must decide whether to meet her in good faith or expect an ambush. But stopping Krulveth and her armada doesn't mean the system is completely safe. A wandering pulsar approaches, and with it, an uncaring extraplanar entity that floods the system with deadly radiation. Every living person in the Weydana system counts on the PCs to protect them from this terrible threat!

"The Culling Shadow" is a Starfinder Roleplaying Game adventure for four 11th-level characters. This adventure concludes 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 world filled with mystery. This volume also includes advice on continuing to administer the charter through new challenges, a study of the Negative Energy Plane, and a selection of spooky alien threats.

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: 978-1-64078-409-3

The Culling Shadow 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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An ending!

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The armada battle was great.

The moon crater fight is way too overtuned with the sharpshooters sniping you from the craters rims.

The finale is a bit of a let down because Minaxoi turns like a bus and it's hard for him to maneuver -- his AC/TL is also very low and he's mainly a damage sponge.

The events after part 2 but before the finale should be skipped as they are misplaced and serve just as speedbumps to the ending and you don't really need the buffs.

The lack of pawns means you are basically on your own for depicting a crystalline purple-black Negative Energy dragon. Sorry!

Overall this six-parter has some problems with it that keep it from being in my top rated series.....the finale is way too abrupt. The "slow burn" of the radiation mystery doesn't work mixed in with the mundane matters of colony administration. I think if the Draeliks had gotten involved a book or two earlier it would have worked better.


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


Maybe update the main HotV page so part 6 isn't staying "To Be Announced" as the name for it?

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MurderHobo#6226 wrote:
Maybe update the main HotV page so part 6 isn't staying "To Be Announced" as the name for it?

Thanks.

Wayfinders Contributor

Who is the author of this one, Aaron?

Dark Archive

Hope the negative energy plane article plays up its alternate name of THE VOID

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Who is the author of this one, Aaron?

Landon Winkler

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Back cover text:

WHO’S THE BOSS?
An enemy armada invades! The heroes of New Horizon must launch their own forces to withstand the attack and eventually take the fight to the evil cult’s leader on the dark side of the moon. But to truly save their home, they must face the monster at the source of the deadly radiation threatening to kill every sentient creature in the system!

This Starfinder Adventure Path volume concludes the Horizons of the Vast Adventure Path and includes:

• “The Culling Shadow,” a Starfinder adventure for 11th-level characters, by Landon Winkler.

• Ways to continue your Horizons of the Vast campaign beyond the final fight, by Isis Wozniakowska.

• A toolbox featuring a description of the Negative Energy Plane, options for players to harness the power of that void, a collection of dangerous creatures, and a glimpse at a frozen, chalky world, by Ivis K. Flanagan, Jenny Jarzabski, Georg Mir, Andrew Mullen, Hilary Moon Murphy, Dave Nelson, Jess Nevins, Thea Seals, and Landon Winkler.

• Statistics and deck plans for an AbadarCorp long-haul freighter, by Landon Winkler.


Ohhh, negative energy plan! Exciting.


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Mimski wrote:
Ohhh, negative energy plan! Exciting.

Yup, that was me! Had a lot of fun on this one, some neat and creepy stuff in that article.

Wayfinders Contributor

It'll be exciting to see the final volume!

Dataphiles

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Not nearly enough starship battles with enormous creatures eager to eat you. Hooray for more!

Dark Archive

POWER OF THE VOID

...Ahem x'D


These covers are so darned dark!
It's like they need some sort of color correction or something.

Lots of great details being lost, but otherwise they are really cool.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Hah! Imagine my surprise when, after I've been using Witchwyrd merchants to sell rare stuff to the players every now and then, a named Witchwyrd finally appears in Book 6. Fantastic.

Dark Archive

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Oh hey Alghollthu get name dropped in one of campaign continuation ideas xD No stats or anything of course but still nice


The additional materials in this volume are a lot of fun. Great campaign continuation ideas, I loved the article on the negative energy plane (and the Drift Crisis gives me an excuse to throw players in there... for a bit), and the monsters were delightfully creepy.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

I gotta say that the lack of any really good art aside from the cover of the final encounter of this AP really brings the finale down.

With the ending of the Pawn AP product lines, there's zero chance of getting any good official art of Misaxenoi. Really, really disappointed.

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