Pathfinder Adventure Path #199: To Bloom Below the Web (Season of Ghosts 4 of 4)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #199: To Bloom Below the Web (Season of Ghosts 4 of 4)

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The Season of Ghosts comes to an end!

With the arrival of spring, the town of Willowshore can begin to recover from the ordeals brought on by a harrowing winter. The sinister curse that afflicted the town may have been lifted, but repurcussions quickly manifest as a new murderous threat invades the region, even as the town's heroes navigate dangerous political terrain with the monstrous rulers of their nation. Will Willowshore ever find peace?

To Bloom Below the Web is a Pathfinder adventure for four 10th-level characters. This adventure continues the Season of Ghosts Adventure Path, a four-part monthly campaign in which a band of adventurers must protect their hometown from supernatural peril. This adventure also includes an article to help continue your campaign beyond the scope of this Adventure Path, a look at horrific urban legends, spells and feats the PCs can encounter in this adventure, and a mix of brand new monsters to threaten your PCs.

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.

Written by: Liane Merciel, with Jeremy Blum, Michelle Kim, and Joshua Kim

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-562-5

The Season of Ghosts Adventure Path is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure Path and Chronicle Sheets are available as a free download (860 KB PDF).

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Announced for January! Product image and description are NOT final and may be subject to change.


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HUZZAH!

Always wanted to try this! <3


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I wonder if "a look at horrific urban legends" will tie into cryptids, reflections, and/or other elements from the Dark Archive...

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Dragonchess Player wrote:
I wonder if "a look at horrific urban legends" will tie into cryptids, reflections, and/or other elements from the Dark Archive...

It won't really... This article is more akin to the "ecology" style articles we do and is almost entirely lore content focusing on two urban legend-themed monsters, some of which ties into this adventure's plot.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Dragonchess Player wrote:
I wonder if "a look at horrific urban legends" will tie into cryptids, reflections, and/or other elements from the Dark Archive...
It won't really... This article is more akin to the "ecology" style articles we do and is almost entirely lore content focusing on two urban legend-themed monsters, some of which ties into this adventure's plot.

Thank you for the clarification.

So more in line with the horror themes and less on "just" urban legends.

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Dragonchess Player wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Dragonchess Player wrote:
I wonder if "a look at horrific urban legends" will tie into cryptids, reflections, and/or other elements from the Dark Archive...
It won't really... This article is more akin to the "ecology" style articles we do and is almost entirely lore content focusing on two urban legend-themed monsters, some of which ties into this adventure's plot.

Thank you for the clarification.

So more in line with the horror themes and less on "just" urban legends.

It's both. Urban legends and horror often go hand in hand. "Candyman" is a great example. I'm not going to say WHICH two urban legends get explored here to avoid adventure spoilers, though.


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I see we're now getting product pages for books 6 months before their scheduled release instead of the 8 months in advance we've had in the past. Is that going to continue going forward, and what's the reasoning behind it?

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willfromamerica wrote:
I see we're now getting product pages for books 6 months before their scheduled release instead of the 8 months in advance we've had in the past. Is that going to continue going forward, and what's the reasoning behind it?

I'm not sure, but I speculate that they have another Tian Xia AP planned to go along with the Tian Xia setting products they've announced but not yet posted product pages. They have announced that issue 200 will be an extra-long adventure based on James Jacobs's office campaign, as well.

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logic_poet wrote:
willfromamerica wrote:
I see we're now getting product pages for books 6 months before their scheduled release instead of the 8 months in advance we've had in the past. Is that going to continue going forward, and what's the reasoning behind it?
I'm not sure, but I speculate that they have another Tian Xia AP planned to go along with the Tian Xia setting products they've announced but not yet posted product pages. They have announced that issue 200 will be an extra-long adventure based on James Jacobs's office campaign, as well.

Yes it is intentional and our new normal, allowing us to tighten the promotional timelines.

Envoy's Alliance

Oh hey, is it confirmed that the word "Below" will be capitalized in this book's title? Back in March, the Tian Xia announcement blog post wrote it lowercase "To Bloom below the Web", so I want to make sure that this book's page on the PathfinderWiki gets titled correctly.

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Scrip wrote:
Oh hey, is it confirmed that the word "Below" will be capitalized in this book's title? Back in March, the Tian Xia announcement blog post wrote it lowercase "To Bloom below the Web", so I want to make sure that this book's page on the PathfinderWiki gets titled correctly.

Yes, Below will be capitalized, as is grammatically correct in a book title.


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I am very excited for this adventure path and keen to read the section on continuing the campaign beyond the AP. I am really hoping they do more adventures for Tian Xia. It would be great if Paizo's market was large enough they could support multiple AP lines for different parts of Golarion or even more one off adventures in different parts of Golarion outside of the Inner Sea, Garund and Avistan regions. I like those regions but there is so much variety to explore on Golarion and so little AP bandwidth to do it.

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Cyder wrote:
I am very excited for this adventure path and keen to read the section on continuing the campaign beyond the AP. I am really hoping they do more adventures for Tian Xia. It would be great if Paizo's market was large enough they could support multiple AP lines for different parts of Golarion or even more one off adventures in different parts of Golarion outside of the Inner Sea, Garund and Avistan regions. I like those regions but there is so much variety to explore on Golarion and so little AP bandwidth to do it.

Not likely to happen. History has shown again and again what happens when RPGs try to support multiple campaign settings, or even multiple regions within those campaign settings at once.

Those are called "out of print" or "dead" RPGs. 2e AD&D, the various iterations of World of Darkness, etc.

I'm right there with you wishing it could be supported, but it's just not viable. Heck, I'd still be buying Dark Sun, Planescape, and Al-Qadim if they got support.


I don't think I understand the concern? Or I'm misunderstanding.

Paizo publishes/is publishing setting and adventure content all over the world of Golarion. And beyond.


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Kvantum wrote:
Cyder wrote:
I am very excited for this adventure path and keen to read the section on continuing the campaign beyond the AP. I am really hoping they do more adventures for Tian Xia. It would be great if Paizo's market was large enough they could support multiple AP lines for different parts of Golarion or even more one off adventures in different parts of Golarion outside of the Inner Sea, Garund and Avistan regions. I like those regions but there is so much variety to explore on Golarion and so little AP bandwidth to do it.

Not likely to happen. History has shown again and again what happens when RPGs try to support multiple campaign settings, or even multiple regions within those campaign settings at once.

Those are called "out of print" or "dead" RPGs. 2e AD&D, the various iterations of World of Darkness, etc.

I'm right there with you wishing it could be supported, but it's just not viable. Heck, I'd still be buying Dark Sun, Planescape, and Al-Qadim if they got support.

This is very funny when a new Planescape boxed set came out three weeks ago.

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I mean that is very much case of "oh no, we need good pr, let's release book that cult fan base says they want"

But yeah thing is that featuring different countries on same campaign setting =/= competing campaign settings really.

WoD games aren't just campaign settings for examples, they are basically their own games with their own rules and variants on how world ends :p And the forgotten realms focused setting books aren't really good example on their own because TSR did s~*@ ton of other campaign settings that competed with themselves at same time, so that kinda obscures whether featuring books on different continents would have worked. I think pathfinder has shown that giving content for other continents on same planet doesn't really compete with yourself


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yeah multiple regions in the same setting are a much safer bet since people don't need to completely relearn the lore and history of the entire setting, in areas like Tian Xia there are some familiar deities from the Inner Sea and ancestries we recognize as well, which makes it a lot easier to introduce folks to areas in different regions due to those bits of connective tissue. Entirely different settings can be a risk but that's not whats happening here.
If anything it fits in with the themes that pathfinders been exploring lately, showing how the world is growing over time as we saw with stuff like Hao Jin being freed and her Tapestry being undone which led to the Fist of the Ruby Phoenix AP for instance and getting to see the ramifications of that plotline


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keftiu wrote:
Nindoru are new, right?

Yup.

Potion of spoiler:
we'll have 8 nindorus with stats in all spread out across books 2–4.

Number spoiler:
4 in book 2 and 2 in book 3. 2 nindorus left for this book.

Does anyone have this and if so, mind sharing what's in the toolbox?


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Hasn't shipped for me yet, unfortuantely. Very much looking forward to it.


I love the cover!


Has not shipped for me yet either and I was notified on the 11th that my order was pending.

Grand Archive

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Has not shipped for me yet either and I was notified on the 11th that my order was pending.

From this month product sub shipment thread:

New Physical Product Releases in January 2024 forum post wrote:
  • Begin Shipping Estimate: 1/15/2024
  • End Shipping Estimate: 1/26/2024

So they are still expecting to ship things until Friday.


I've had it for about 1 week and a half, so they have been shipping out.


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AnimatedPaper wrote:
I've had it for about 1 week and a half, so they have been shipping out.

Mind sharing what's in the toolbox?


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The normal kinds of items (alchemical, armor, shields, weapons, other) you see in APs, plus three pages of new feats, which may be a kind of spoiler so I won't mention more.


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^ The

spoiler button:
exists
...
<shrug>


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Count me in for wanting to see any new feats, if anyone feels like spoilering

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