Pathfinder One-Shot #4: Mark of the Mantis

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Pathfinder One-Shot #4: Mark of the Mantis

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The Red Mantis assassins are one of the most feared organizations on all of Golarion, for their reach is far and their methods effective. When several of Absalom’s councilors from the Petals District turn up dead, all evidence points to Red Mantis responsibility. However, the truth is that the sole surviving council, a secretive servant of the evil deity Norgorber, is responsible and now stands to be elected without opposition. The murderer masquerading as a Red Mantis assassin is one thing, but since the kills were so inexpertly done, the Red Mantis cannot allow the noble to live. Assigning several agents to the mission, the Red Mantis intend to infiltrate the noble’s manor and execute her for her slight against their order. With three Red Mantis assassins and one bitter mercenary on the job, the noble must die before the stroke of midnight.

This short Pathfinder (second edition) adventure written by John Compton is intended to be completed in a single session and includes four 6th-level pregenerated characters. Three of the characters have strong ties to the Red Mantis assassins and use rules options presented in Pathfinder Lost Omens: World Guide, while the fourth is a mercenary fighter out for revenge. This adventure can easily be incorporated into various virtual tabletops, run off of digital devices, or printed out and played at a table.

"Mark of the Mantis" is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (963 kb PDF).

Pregenerated characters for this adventure are also available as a free download

Other Resources: This product is also available on the following platforms:

Fantasy Grounds Virtual Tabletop
Pathfinder Nexus on Demiplane

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Somewhat lackluster .pdf

4/5

I haven't run the game yet. So, I can't speak to balance. The storyline looks interesting and easy to follow with some sandbox segweys into the meat of the adventure. The artwork varies between good and subpar. I was disappointed to find that the pdf isn't bookmarked.


Pregens not quite equipped for the task

4/5

While I enjoyed the scenario mechanics, setup and plot, I have a few gripes with how the pregens are setup. First, very limited combat healing (harm cleric has a few heals but not nearly enough). Second, for bad guys, surprising lack of lockpicking skills (only one has them). And finally, our GM used an alternative version of BBEG and there's almost nothing we could do to prevent them from escaping because of one particular spell, which resulted in a very unsatisfying finale.

Imo, when I play with pregens, I expect them to be tailored to the scenario, rather than be told "here's an additional challenge: succeed without proper tools".

Imo, as GM I would make sure to tweak the pregens so that players can focus on the scenario rather than try to find workarounds to fill the party skill gaps.


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Do we have an ETA on when the download issue will be resolved?

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Tsnowberger wrote:
Do we have an ETA on when the download issue will be resolved?

I successfully downloaded the folder with the Adventure PDF the Pregen PDF and the Art Assets folder inside it just now. I understand it to be resolved.

Silver Crusade

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My download seems to be stuck in some kind of endless loop since 24 February 2022 – could someone at Paizo poke it with a stick or reset the download for me, please?

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Lukas Klausner wrote:
My download seems to be stuck in some kind of endless loop since 24 February 2022 – could someone at Paizo poke it with a stick or reset the download for me, please?

Please clear your cache/cookies and try again. Then email customer service if the issue persists.

General guidance for all, if you having issues you will have faster service if you email CS rather that post on a product page. CS is email-focused.

Silver Crusade

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Ah, thx, that worked.

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keftiu wrote:
J03_M4M4 wrote:
Pregen link is now on product page
Is it intentional that two of the PC assassins are only carrying a single Sawtooth Saber? It means the Twin trait on each weapon is useless - it’s a relatively small damage bump to miss out on, but I did want to ask.

Yes, that is on purpose. One of the assassins needs that hand for spellcasting, and the other just doesn't rely so heavily on the saber. Only one of the assassins has the magic items necessary to make good, cost-effective use of two weapons. While this is partly a limitation based on the gear the characters could afford, it's primarily because I aimed for each of the assassins to have a particular feel in combat, with just one of them feeling like that "classic" dual-wielder. Try them all for a sense of how varied Red Mantis Assassins can be.

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Now that folks are getting the adventure, I look forward to hearing how it went (use spoiler tags) and seeing the reviews. Enjoy!

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Does this use a flip-mat, or a custom map?

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sanwah68 wrote:

Does this use a flip-mat, or a custom map?

A custom map.


I was under the impression that you aren't able to wear Handwraps of mighty blows and healer's gloves at the same time, as they are both "worn gloves"


Is there any word on if/when this is coming to roll20 like the other one-shots?

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MaxHK wrote:
Is there any word on if/when this is coming to roll20 like the other one-shots?

No word yet, but I think we got this product to them late, so I’ll keep you posted.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
sanwah68 wrote:

Does this use a flip-mat, or a custom map?

A custom map.

There is 1 custom map and 1 flipmat. Can we get the product description updated with the spoiler? Thanks!

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redeux wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
sanwah68 wrote:

Does this use a flip-mat, or a custom map?

A custom map.

There is 1 custom map and 1 flipmat. Can we get the product description updated with the spoiler? Thanks!

** spoiler omitted **

Referred to Webstore.

Dark Archive

Looks great so far! Just a quick query about the pregens:
Zeah Anstablit has Underworld Lore [E] +11, but at expert would be at +13. Should they be trained at +11, or expert at +13?
Thanks as always for the great content!

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daveasaurus wrote:

Looks great so far! Just a quick query about the pregens:

Zeah Anstablit has Underworld Lore [E] +11, but at expert would be at +13. Should they be trained at +11, or expert at +13?
Thanks as always for the great content!

Should be Trained! I think that was a weird mistype, not that it should come up a ton in the adventure. :)


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Yacob Kress doesn't have Class DC listed for e.g. Stunning Fist (should be 22 I think?)
Eteleon doesn't have any weapon attacks listed despite having two weapons ready.

The adventure itself looks awesome, just started my PbP but so far is shaping up great. Just a little sad that the chronicle is not replayable, despite the adventure having variable elements. I really hope more One-Shots will have variable elements in the future.

Edge Points is a cool mechanic creatively lifted from some other trending RPGs :)


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I just played this. It's a great concept with poor execution.

Teams aren't given enough prep time. Even when you get successes you get useless information.

If I could review it I would give it 3/5 stars. At least it's not as bad as Serpent's Ire.


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If I'm reading things correctly, three of the four pre-gens are members of the Red Mantis (and worshippers of Achaekek) and the fourth is not. And only two of the three have the Red Mantis Assassin Archetype Dedication. Or did I miss something?

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Ed Reppert wrote:
If I'm reading things correctly, three of the four pre-gens are members of the Red Mantis (and worshippers of Achaekek) and the fourth is not. And only two of the three have the Red Mantis Assassin Archetype Dedication. Or did I miss something?

The third red mantis is cleric of Achakek so no real need for archetype I guess x'D


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That was my thought as well. Well, that and the way he got into the group.

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Sidenote: What is the terra-cotta explorer picture for? I can't remember any mention of explorer statues in the adventure


CorvusMask wrote:
Sidenote: What is the terra-cotta explorer picture for? I can't remember any mention of explorer statues in the adventure

In the alternative track, one of the encounters is replaced with that.

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Onkonk wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
Sidenote: What is the terra-cotta explorer picture for? I can't remember any mention of explorer statues in the adventure
In the alternative track, one of the encounters is replaced with that.

Didn't it just say terracotta soldiers though and refer to those soldier statues described to have swords?

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