Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-17: Dreams of a Dustbound Isle

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for 5th- through 8th-level characters.

Pathfinders stationed at the Grand Lodge have been experiencing strange shared dreams. The dreams reveal a mysterious island surrounded by dust and shadows. In the dreams, someone is trapped. They’re calling for help. And someone—or something—doesn’t want them to leave.

Investigating the dreams, the Society has learned a way for its agents to enter the strange, shadowy, dreamlike landscape. Fearing the dreams represent a larger threat, and with no time to lose, the Society sends an experienced group to investigate.

Given all the catastrophes at Pathfinder Society lodges these days, it could always be a trap. But someone is in there, and they need help. Besides, what Pathfinder would turn down the chance to explore a dream world which may, in fact, be real?

Dreams of a Dustbound Isle is part of the ongoing Absalom metaplot arc in the Year of Shattered Sanctuaries. It is the third of four scenarios in the arc, which began with Pathfinder Society Intro: Year of Shattered Sanctuaries and Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-06: Struck by Shadows. The arc will conclude with Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-19: Mean Streets of Shadow Absalom (Levels 7–10; July 2022). While playing the scenarios in order enhances the narrative of this four-part story arc, it is not required.

Written by Matt Duval

Scenario tags: Faction (Radiant Oath, Verdant Wheel), Metaplot (Shattered Sanctuaries)

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  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Bigger Island
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    Overall a good scenario with some very high skill DCs


    The overall flow and story of the adventure are amazing and the fights are good without feeling too easy or too hard (played at 19 CP).

    The only thing that prevents me from giving the scenario the full five stars are the DCs for some skill checks and save DCs. Without someone who is at least expert and has some decent attribute bonus on some skills, they seem to be pretty much impossible. DC 30+ just isn't really doable otherwise.
    Doubly bad due to the fact that most classes that use occult magic (which is a big part here) don't have the correct main attribute for the corresponding skill!

    a great scenario, building up to a great end to the season


    Things have been brewing all year long and the fog is at last starting to lift. The scenario is well built and flows nicely from a GMing point of view. The story is exciting and I can't wait for the next / final instalment (3-19).
    I ran it with 27 CPs. Challenging encounters, skills checks are not bad, even if they may seem a bit repetitive. The scenario offers some interesting puzzles for the players, who need to pay attention to what is said and happens. Maybe worth handing over as GM some notes with these elements in writing.
    Overall, another great scenario in Season 3. I enjoyed running it and I think the players (all of them experienced) enjoyed playing it.

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    Paizo Employee Organized Play Coordinator

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

    Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Developer

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    At long last... the final pieces are falling into place.

    Paizo Employee Organized Play Coordinator

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    Cover and map list updated.

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    The art is crazy good in this one. The

    ghost ship
    I'm going to use anytime I need one in other adventures!

    I hope people will find mystery and otherworldly wonders amidst any danger in this dream world. Lady Luck be with you, Pathfinders!

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