Pathfinder Adventure Path #188: They Watched the Stars (Gatewalkers 2 of 3)

Pathfinder Adventure Path #188: They Watched the Stars (Gatewalkers 2 of 3)

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It's written in the stars!

After learning the truth behind the alien being responsible for their missing memories, the characters join forces with Sakuachi, a young oracle whose destiny is inextricably bound to theirs. To help Sakuachi fulfill her quest to find a living god and seal away an ancient evil, the party travels across frigid northlands toward the demon-ravaged wastes of Sarkoris. As they voyage across the harrowing waters of the Lake of Mists and Veils and push through monster-filled ruins, the party must rely on their own wits, their new friends, and the stars above to guide them to safety.

They Watched the Stars is a Pathfinder adventure for four 4th-level characters. This adventure continues the Gatewalkers Adventure Path, a three-part monthly campaign in which a team of paranormal investigators unravel the mystery behind a mass amnesic episode which left them with lost memories and strange powers. This adventure also includes a gazetteer of the shrouded waters and eerie shores of the Lake of Mists and Veils; new rules options perfect for paranormalist adventurers; and strange new creatures to befriend or bedevil your players.

Each monthly full-color softcover Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in-depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world’s oldest fantasy RPG.

Written by: Jason Keeley

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-499-4

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Of all the places this would go, I never once would've guessed Sarkoris. Fascinating move - though it does mean I still have /no/ clue what this AP is.

I do love how clearly this AP seems to be leaning on Dark Archive's themes.

Liberty's Edge

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It feels like Strange Aeons with less Lovecraft and more Golarion.


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keftiu wrote:
I do love how clearly this AP seems to be leaning on Dark Archive's themes.

Tying the APs to the big releases is a brilliant move. It gives the new material a workout while providing examples of how that material might play out when designing adventures.

Silver Crusade

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I am now ten-fold more excited about this AP and hoping to find a game to play in when it launches. SARKORIS YES!


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The idea of the AP isn't really my thing but I might pick this up for a gazeteer on the lake.

Evan Tarlton wrote:

Tying the APs to the big releases is a brilliant move. It gives the new material a workout while providing examples of how that material might play out when designing adventures.

As someone else has mentioned there has been some issues with this method.

Silver Crusade

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No, what someone is complaining about there is the timing of the Setting books not the timing of the Adventures to the Core books. Typically the release schedule has been Core > Adventure Path > Setting. That works well for the first two, has left a sour taste for some on the latter two.

Secrets of Magic was followed closely by Strength of Thousands which utilized it. SoT was followed a bit later by Mwangi. Likewise Guns & Gears came out before Outlaws, and Impossible Kingdoms is following it.

Liberty's Edge

So, Dark Archive followed by Gatewalkers followed by which setting book ?

Do we know already ?

EDIT - I see. It's the Broken Lands.

RE-EDIT - Numeria could be the location of the 3rd part because "alien".

Liberty's Edge

Or Razmiran for the "living god" part, but it feels too obvious. Not to mention Razmir is currently in Absalom, waiting for his turn.

Liberty's Edge

"Alien responsible for their missing memories."

Hypothesis 1 : the PCs are aliens too.

Hypothesis 2 : the PCs are clones.


The Raven Black wrote:

So, Dark Archive followed by Gatewalkers followed by which setting book ?

Do we know already ?

EDIT - I see. It's the Broken Lands.

RE-EDIT - Numeria could be the location of the 3rd part because "alien".

Has there been a Broken Lands book announced?

Liberty's Edge

keftiu wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:

So, Dark Archive followed by Gatewalkers followed by which setting book ?

Do we know already ?

EDIT - I see. It's the Broken Lands.

RE-EDIT - Numeria could be the location of the 3rd part because "alien".

Has there been a Broken Lands book announced?

Not that I know of. But it would definitely fit the modus operandi described above by Cori Marie.


The Raven Black wrote:
keftiu wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:

So, Dark Archive followed by Gatewalkers followed by which setting book ?

Do we know already ?

EDIT - I see. It's the Broken Lands.

RE-EDIT - Numeria could be the location of the 3rd part because "alien".

Has there been a Broken Lands book announced?
Not that I know of. But it would definitely fit the modus operandi described above by Cori Marie.

Ah, that makes more sense!

I’m still a little hesitant to make any grand claims on next year’s LO book; each pair of 3-parters has had an AP with no connection to that year’s other releases (FotRP, QftFF), after all.

But if Gatewatchers ends up being a tour of the Broken Lands, I definitely wouldn’t cry about it! I do hope book 3 isn’t Numeria, because I want an Iron Gods sequel and they’d never do Numeria twice in an edition… are we sure book 2 gets all the way to Sarkoris?

Dark Archive

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Yessss, Lake of Mists and Veils needs some exploring!


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The Raven Black wrote:
Or Razmiran for the "living god" part, but it feels too obvious. Not to mention Razmir is currently in Absalom, waiting for his turn.

It would be very tempting for Razmir to sneak back to Razmiran and claim he succeeded in the Test. Who in his home country would dare challenge that claim?


I'm curious - does /this/ volume go to Sarkoris, or are we on our way and getting there in book 3?


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voyaging across the waters of the lake... does that sound to anyone else like a seafaring piece of the adventure? very excited for that if so


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Living God I am almost positive is talking about an eidolen. Expecting our friend we are escorting will become a God caller

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David knott 242 wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
Or Razmiran for the "living god" part, but it feels too obvious. Not to mention Razmir is currently in Absalom, waiting for his turn.

It would be very tempting for Razmir to sneak back to Razmiran and claim he succeeded in the Test. Who in his home country would dare challenge that claim?

Razmir the Living God is already a true deity. He has no need for such a test.

Suggesting otherwise is blasphemy.

Scarab Sages

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keftiu wrote:

I'm curious - does /this/ volume go to Sarkoris, or are we on our way and getting there in book 3?

Over in one of your setting book threads, I mentioned my theory that we're heading there, but not actually going to get there. I agree with one of the later posters below this original comment that the living god is an eidolon. If the ancient evil to be locked away is the hulk north of Chesed with the hallucinogenic fumes, that could be a spaceship component an scratch the Iron Gods itch people have been talking about too.


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I just realized: barring drastic changes to Paizo and Pathfinder 2e, a year from this will be AP #200. That's incredible!

The backmatter article in #100 of extra NPCs for every single prior AP is one of my favorites they've ever done.

Scarab Sages

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keftiu wrote:

I just realized: barring drastic changes to Paizo and Pathfinder 2e, a year from this will be AP #200. That's incredible!

The backmatter article in #100 of extra NPCs for every single prior AP is one of my favorites they've ever done.

Maybe we can get a hologram on the cover?

Paizo Employee Contributor-Subscriber-Venture Lieutenant

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+10 points if Sakuachi is a Numerian kitsune! I'm allowed to dream!


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As this one draws closer, I'm starting to get really excited for a dose of Sarkorian goodness. It's grown to be maybe my favorite place in Avistan.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

So hoping that Sakuachi is a Star Mystery Oracle


Final cover art for this is up on the AP landing page and is gorgeous. Any bets on where in Sarkoris that site in the background is?


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The art is really phenomenal.
If I had to guess, it would be somehow tied with the Lake of Mists and Veils, but I'm not aware of any undead-filled ruins there. Likely related to the description line "push through monster-filled ruins", but it may be something entirely new!


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The Raven Black wrote:
It feels like Strange Aeons with less Lovecraft and more Golarion.

Is there actually a 2e AP or section of an AP that is very Lovecraft?


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stese wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
It feels like Strange Aeons with less Lovecraft and more Golarion.
Is there actually a 2e AP or section of an AP that is very Lovecraft?

I don't think anything explicitly from-the-pages-of-Lovecraft Mythos-y has happened in a PF2 adventure since Gnarly Nyarly making an appearance in Doomsday Dawn. Malevolence goes some very similar places very well, however!


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The cover art is pretty snaz.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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stese wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
It feels like Strange Aeons with less Lovecraft and more Golarion.
Is there actually a 2e AP or section of an AP that is very Lovecraft?

SOON.


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James Jacobs wrote:
stese wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
It feels like Strange Aeons with less Lovecraft and more Golarion.
Is there actually a 2e AP or section of an AP that is very Lovecraft?
SOON.

❤️

Liberty's Edge

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keftiu wrote:
stese wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
It feels like Strange Aeons with less Lovecraft and more Golarion.
Is there actually a 2e AP or section of an AP that is very Lovecraft?
I don't think anything explicitly from-the-pages-of-Lovecraft Mythos-y has happened in a PF2 adventure since Gnarly Nyarly making an appearance in Doomsday Dawn. Malevolence goes some very similar places very well, however!

Though the mood is decidedly not Lovecraftian IMO, Abomination Vaults' BBEG's deity is Mythos-like.


James Jacobs wrote:
stese wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
It feels like Strange Aeons with less Lovecraft and more Golarion.
Is there actually a 2e AP or section of an AP that is very Lovecraft?
SOON.

That is awesome news.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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The Raven Black wrote:
keftiu wrote:
stese wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
It feels like Strange Aeons with less Lovecraft and more Golarion.
Is there actually a 2e AP or section of an AP that is very Lovecraft?
I don't think anything explicitly from-the-pages-of-Lovecraft Mythos-y has happened in a PF2 adventure since Gnarly Nyarly making an appearance in Doomsday Dawn. Malevolence goes some very similar places very well, however!
Though the mood is decidedly not Lovecraftian IMO, Abomination Vaults' BBEG's deity is Mythos-like.

In fact, That BBEG deity was invented by me decades ago for my homebrew game and short stories, along with a few others (like Xhamen-dor) expressly and intentionally as additions to the Mythos. While that deity isn't one Lovecraft created, it is very much in the same category as other deities other authors have created (like Ithaqua, Hastur, Y'golonac, and Tsathoggua) to fill out the ranks of the Great Old Ones and Outer Gods. Whether or not these two stand the test of time like those, I can't say, but I'd be delighted if they did.


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logic_poet wrote:
keftiu wrote:

I just realized: barring drastic changes to Paizo and Pathfinder 2e, a year from this will be AP #200. That's incredible!

The backmatter article in #100 of extra NPCs for every single prior AP is one of my favorites they've ever done.

Maybe we can get a hologram on the cover?

That would be outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous.


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New cover art alert!


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Sarkoris, here we come!


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I love the cover art, I'm guessing that must be Sakuachi on the front, I love their design and I'm genuinely excited to meet them! I'm hopeful that their handling of Erutaki culture will be more sensitive this time around and Sakuachi seems like a cool NPC from what little we know of them from book 1

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