Starfinder Adventure Path #47: Nightmare Scenario (Drift Crashers 2 of 3)

Starfinder Adventure Path #47: Nightmare Scenario (Drift Crashers 2 of 3)

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The Drift Crisis has flung the crew of the Primorata across time, space, and other planes. Now Desna—goddess of dreams, stars, and luck—has chosen them to help those imperiled by the Drift Crash. Soon they're rescuing a solarian cosomonastery from a colossal black hole and finding a family of explorers trapped on the Astral Plane and lost along the River of Souls. And although Desna may have welcomed them to Cynosure, her personal home inside a star, the crew quickly discover their enemies have followed them and now threaten Cynosure itself!

“Nightmare Scenario” is a Starfinder adventure for four 3rd-level characters, continuing the 3-volume Drift Crashers Adventure Path. Drift Crashers is part of the Drift Crisis, an event taking place across the entire Starfinder game line, in which faster-than-light travel breaks down and the galaxy is thrown into chaos. In addition to the adventure itself, this book includes an article expanding on Desna and her church in the Starfinder setting, a gazetteer of her home plane of Cynosure, and an Adventure Toolbox filled with new rule options and strange alien creatures.

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 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: 978-1-64078-450-5

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Woohoo! Desna!

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I wonder if she still looks like elf or if she went back to looking like moth :O Either way first time we meet god in starfinder so yeah this ap is getting more and more insane


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I wonder how 3rd-level characters meeting a god is going to feel.


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With any luck it's a non-combat encounter.


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You got mail! Checking your inbox, it's from Desna.

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Cynosure appears to have regular traffic of planar travelers. According to old PF lore, stellar travelers are welcomed in Cynosure. So I imagine it's going to be similar as a location compared to Triune's Alluvion, which is another location where travelers are welcomed and just happens to have one of the Core Starfinder Gods ruling the city. In SF lore, Cynosure is described as a demiplane and located in the Vast.

I'm looking forward to the Cynosure gazetteer. With more information on Black Butterfly and Pulura. Also.. Estonars!

Acquisitives

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this looks like a fun romp.


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keftiu wrote:
I wonder how 3rd-level characters meeting a god is going to feel.

Pretty much the way you'd think any mortals meeting a god should usually feel.

Acquisitives

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CorvusMask wrote:
I wonder if she still looks like elf or if she went back to looking like moth :O Either way first time we meet god in starfinder so yeah this ap is getting more and more insane

moth


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A gazetteer on Cynosure! EEEEeeEEEEEEEeeEEEee!


You guys are not making the wait for this AP any easier.

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Robo cable dredlocks :O


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I'm guessing she's an Amrantah, first shown with a similar appearance in Attack of the Swarm #3.


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What questions does anyone have about this volume? I will answer what I can tomorrow night.


What are the new critters?

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Do we stay on single dimension/plane for this one? :D

Second Seekers (Jadnura)

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Asking the important questions: on a scale from Sailor Moon to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, how would you rate the Magical Girl content?


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Do we stay on single dimension/plane for this one? :D

That depends on if you think Cynosure is a planar destination or a real destination (the backmatter probably clears this up)


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Kishmo wrote:
Asking the important questions: on a scale from Sailor Moon to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, how would you rate the Magical Girl content?

I will have to leave that question to someone who understands it far better than I do.


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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
What are the new critters?

Mustyotal Agathion

Astral Leviathan
Chirosepia
Cynogerm
Glitch Dog
Hellhound (standard and ravager versions)
Luminix
Panic Psychemental


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Kishmo wrote:
Asking the important questions: on a scale from Sailor Moon to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, how would you rate the Magical Girl content?

It's an archetype in the back. No real magical girl stuff in the actual adventure unless you include the Elton John-lookalike "Lovely Ria".

Based on Jenny Jarzabski's Twitter feed I think she had some stuff cut by editors.


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Do we stay on single dimension/plane for this one? :D

So after reading the backmatter about Cynosure it is apparently a star in the galaxy that always appears equidistant no matter where in the galaxy you are, like some sort of uber-pole star. Without a portal/gate you could never actually get to it, so I think technically that "counts" as a second plane.

So you go to 2 different planar locations in this.

Appearance-wise Cynosure is kind of like a futuristic version of Tir na Lia from The Witcher 3.


IS there any new mystic connection, operative specialization or soldier fighting style ?

Is there any character options tied to Desna or Cynosure ?

How exactly the archetype function ? Double identity ?

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Leon Aquilla wrote:
Kishmo wrote:
Asking the important questions: on a scale from Sailor Moon to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, how would you rate the Magical Girl content?

It's an archetype in the back. No real magical girl stuff in the actual adventure unless you include the Elton John-lookalike "Lovely Ria".

Based on Jenny Jarzabski's Twitter feed I think she had some stuff cut by editors.

What tweet btw? Like was there implication of additional content? :O


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I don't know. It was an off-hand tweet earlier this year about letting go when editors chop up the work you submitted because that's the way business is. Probably was about Paizo-related stuff but I don't know if it was specifically about this AP.

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Is there any character options tied to Desna or Cynosure ?

Yes as people have mentioned there's two archetypes, though neither is 1:1 linked to Desna or the Black Butterfly.

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IS there any new mystic connection, operative specialization or soldier fighting style ?

Yes there's a new mystic connection, Dreamer.


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For the record, the backmatter includes:

* 3 new gear boosts for soldiers (meteoric speed, shooting star, and sidereal arc)
* 3 new archetypes (disciple of the Stillness, sleep researcher, and starsinger)
* 1 new mystic connection (dreamer)
* 1 new theme (gambler)
* 1 new weapon (chorister)
* 2 new magic items (paramour's prism and starshine serum)
* 1 new tech item (tactical pumps -- "pump" as in the shoe)

And 8 new critters:
* Agathion, mustyotal (which, intriguingly, look slightly like humanoid ilskitts)
* Astral leviathan (starship creature native to the Astral Plane)
* Chirosepia (tentacle-y critter native to the Drift)
* Cynogerm (minor heralds of Desna -- think in terms of the outsiders specific to deities presented in PF1E's Inner Sea Gods)
* Glitch dog (modern evolution of blink dogs)
* Hellhound (not technically the first time they've appeared in SF, but their first full bestiary entry - and a very slightly different, but not incompatible, take)
* Luminix (rat-like robots)
* Psychemental, panic (a manifestation of strong emotions from the Astral Plane; new to SF, but have more psychementals appeared in PF?)

The Codex of Worlds presents Joyview-5, which is not Golarionworld, but does seem to present some additional context for that upcoming Ports of Call entry. (Short version: Themed amusement park planets are a trend in the galaxy.)

Personal note on the archetypes: All three use the word "optional" when presenting their class features, but by my read only the disciple of Stillness archetype includes the option to take the alternate class features or not at each level.


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Where did Hellhounds appear previously?

Dark Archive

Probably either in adventure or in society scenario

Psychelemental was from pathfinder 1e where it wasn't a group/category of monsters but a singular creature yeah.


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Yeah, it was an early SFS scenario, where it was just a straight port from PF1E (with a minigun mounted on its back).


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Thank Leon Aquilla & John Mangrum.

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I do have to say that I like Starfinder's increased art budget and we getting those beautiful article opening full page pictures pathfinder 2e aps have had since from start :3


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Read the bit about Joyview-5, and boy could that turn dystopian *real* quick.

Edit: Got to the end and oh boy things are gonna go so bad.


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Just want to sneak in here and thank Jenny Jarzabski for creating such a legendary encounter. I've wanted a direct interaction with Starfinder/Pathfinder's gods in an adventure for so long, and never thought it would happen. I'd been holding off on reading these books because I'm currently a player in a Drift Crisis campaign, but I couldn't help myself any longer and decided to just sneak a little peek. Beautiful stuff. No one tell my GM!


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I've wanted a direct interaction with Starfinder/Pathfinder's gods in an adventure for so long, and never thought it would happen.

???

You meet Iomedae in Wrath of the Righteous (and if you sass her she blows out your eardrums with lethal sonic damage)


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Leon Aquilla wrote:
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I've wanted a direct interaction with Starfinder/Pathfinder's gods in an adventure for so long, and never thought it would happen.

???

You meet Iomedae in Wrath of the Righteous (and if you sass her she blows out your eardrums with lethal sonic damage)

Really? I only thought that was in the video game. Well...guess I need to acquire some new APs. Thanks for the heads up, Leon.


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Yeah she appears in Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth specifically

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