Starfinder Society Scenario #1-11: In Pursuit of the Scoured Past

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A Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 3-6.

The PCs travel to the library world of Athaeum in search of answers to what happened during the Scoured Stars incident. The planet holds secrets thought to be lost to the rest of the galaxy and viciously guarded by its self-exiled extraplanar curators. A contingent of Hellknights from the Order of the Pyre joins the PCs in their travels to the library, but these Hellknights follow their own mysterious agenda. As the PCs receive special dispensation to investigate Athaeum's vast records, they learn the first truths of the Scoured Stars and take their first steps in unraveling what happened during the Society's greatest mishap.

Content in In Pursuit of the Scoured Past also contributes to the ongoing goals of the Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsebo) faction. Content in this scenario also contributes to the ongoing year of the Scoured Stars storyline.

Written by Cole Kronewitter

Scenario Tags: Faction (Second Seekers [Luwazi Elsebo])

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

Fantasy Grounds Virtual Tabletop
Archives of Nethys

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Mostly a Fun Scenario

3/5

Scenario was fun until getting pinned and having to sit out while the party and GM try to figure out if there is any way to avoid very bad things happening to your character.

Overall, be grab ability and being able to be sent all the way to pinned if the enemy rolls well is very obnoxious. Pinned in general is way too hard to escape.

Other than this on creature, the scenario was good.


Space Fahrenheit 451

5/5

A very enjoyable scenario!
Lots of flavor (will not spoil: but beautiful and poetic moments with eating and thoughts ; and great creatures ; and background moments) and a very nice race against time and fire!
Great fun.


3/5

First off, I love that this scenario involves the Hellknights Order of the Pyre! How can it go wrong? Right?

This scenario is rife with wonderful roleplaying opportunities and a delightful cast of characters. All in all it was a fun scenario, and certainly unique. It's got some minor plot holes, but nothing a decent GM can't fix on the fly. A bigger downside is that it’s a relatively high-minded plot in this one, so if you’re just after a fun romp, or you’re playing alongside younger children, I would recommend selecting a different scenario.

Good, but far from my favourite.


Good fun

4/5

I have only GMd this.

A scenario with a good set up, good roleplay, and interesting enemies.
There are however a few plot holes, some more noticably then others. And the map in the last encounter isnt entirely clear.

The end fight however is really good, and people were sweating the outcome. They also had a lot of fun exploring the planet.
So 4 stars. Good scenario, but a few blemishes that you can work around as a GM.


The Metaplot Gets Going!

4/5

Based on my experiences as a player and GM at my local gaming store…

SFS 1-11 is another really solid scenario. First, the generic goods, and then a few areas for improvement.

The unique setting was really cool, and the first “encounter” on the ship was an exemplary way of giving characters an opportunity to share their backstory as a part of the story in an organized play environment, which almost never happens as a planned part of the scenario. Bravo! I also really liked how this scenario (finally, in my opinion) started to move the metaplot along. As two scenarios a month becomes the norm it probably won’t feel quite as long, but when this was released in late March it had been a full five months “real time” since we’d heard any more about Nominated First Seeker Luwazi Elsebo’s announced First Mandate. The encounters were also challenging, with the last one bringing in some unique environmental effects in what made for a really memorable encounter.

Regarding areas of improvement,

Spoiler:
as another review said, the cartography on this one, particularly for the last encounter, was a little bit lacking. As far as I could tell, based on the map provided, the only way to get down from the observation point into the actual library was through the small hole (leaving medium creatures out of luck unless the observation point was destroyed, which also destroyed any chance of using the fire suppressing systems. From reading through the scenario, it seemed like that area was supposed to be connected via halls or stairs to the lower library levels somehow, but I basically had to add a door/stairs in where I thought one should’ve been, based on the scenario text, rather than go only by the map provided. While it’s only one oversight, it’s kind of a big deal in that it directly affects how the PCs can/can’t engage with the scenario’s final encounter.

Also,

Spoiler:
from almost the very beginning the PCs had a pretty good idea the Hellknights were up to no good, but there’s no in-scenario way to prevent the library’s (near) destruction. It’s a little bit frustrating for players to “solve” the scenario on the ship but then be told not to worry about it until, gasp, suddenly the guardians need the PCs to worry about it. There were a few eye rolls as the PCs rushed to the next tower to confront the Hellknights, but maybe that was by design.

Finally,

Spoiler:
as another review mentioned, the question of how the Starfinder Society was going to use the “one copy only” information that they’d obtained without breaking the one copy only rule was a bit of a needless conundrum that the PCs were struggling with how to solve before it was handwaved away at the end of the scenario following circumstances none of the parties had foreseen. Literally a line or two in the scenario explanation saying the Starfinders had an almost unheard-of exception to the one copy only rule, but at an exceptionally great cost (which is then waved by defeating the Hellknights and everything works out), solves this issue. It’s the same scenario with the same premise, but PCs aren’t hung up on the one copy rule to the point that they’re discussing/asking Royo “if they remember something that they saw can they tell somebody about the memory or does that break the one copy rule and triggers the guardian’s interstellar assassins”, to which Royo stares blankly back, during the adventure.

All in all, as a must play for characters going through the Scoured Stars arc, this is a scenario worthy of inclusion. Good stuff!


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Starfinder Charter Superscriber

This is exciting! I'm glad to see the Scoured Stars metaplot really coming to the fore.


Woot! been hoping for more information on this. Can't wait for this one


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A library world? Yeaaaaahhhh that's a bad idea, if I see a shadow moving on it's own, I make for the ship.

Scarab Sages Contributor

HELLKNIGHTS = HYPE

Dark Archive

UllarWarlord wrote:
HELLKNIGHTS = HYPE

Yup! Hellknights FTW! Woot Woot!

Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsebo)

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a planet... LIBRARY....?!??!?!!?!?!

Throws their lifes belongings in a wheel barrel and carts it onto the ship

OOONWAARRRRD!

Wait wait wait. Order of the PYRE. In a library?

Adds more fire extinguishers to the cart Points fingers to eyes, points to hellknights.


Quote:
A contingent of Hellknights from the Order of the Pyre joins the PCs in their travels to the library, but these Hellknights follow their own mysterious agenda.

Three guesses what they're up to.

Paizo Employee Starfinder Society Developer

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I'm currently wrapping up development on this, and hope to have the final map call outs soon.

Some Scenario Impressions:
If you've been interested in the Scoured Stars metaplot, this is a scenario that starts really diving into exploring it. Similarly, this is a scenario that is setting up a LOT of material for us to mine for future scenarios. I think PCs (not to mention players) will get a huge kick out of this, especially from a lore perspective.

The Exchange

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I can has map spoiler?

Wayfinders

Can we have Maps for this Scenario please.

Wayfinders

Thurston Hillman wrote:

I'm currently wrapping up development on this, and hope to have the final map call outs soon.

** spoiler omitted **

Plz maps?

Paizo Employee Starfinder Society Developer

Maps Appearing in Starfinder Society Scenario #1–11: In Pursuit of the Scoured Past:

*Two Custom Maps
*Pathfinder Map Pack: Secret Rooms

Wayfinders

Thurston Hillman wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Thank you!

Wayfinders

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

Quick question, as I glance over the product description. I know the Order of the Pyre existed on Golarion, but I cant't find any reference to it in the Starfinder core rulebook. Is this an intentional introduction of a new minor hellknight order (well, new by the standards of SF) or something else?

Paizo Employee Starfinder Society Developer

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Lindley Court wrote:
Quick question, as I glance over the product description. I know the Order of the Pyre existed on Golarion, but I cant't find any reference to it in the Starfinder core rulebook. Is this an intentional introduction of a new minor hellknight order (well, new by the standards of SF) or something else?

You're quite correct in your assumption. The Order of the Pyre exists in Starfinder, though to a bit of a less intense degree than Pathfinder. We thought it made sense to take an older order, which perfectly fit the theme we setup in this adventure, than try to give one of the newer orders a rushed introduction into an already plot-heavy scenario.

Wayfinders

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber
Thurston Hillman wrote:
Lindley Court wrote:
Quick question, as I glance over the product description. I know the Order of the Pyre existed on Golarion, but I cant't find any reference to it in the Starfinder core rulebook. Is this an intentional introduction of a new minor hellknight order (well, new by the standards of SF) or something else?
You're quite correct in your assumption. The Order of the Pyre exists in Starfinder, though to a bit of a less intense degree than Pathfinder. We thought it made sense to take an older order, which perfectly fit the theme we setup in this adventure, than try to give one of the newer orders a rushed introduction into an already plot-heavy scenario.

Awesome! I'm looking forward to this. :)

Liberty's Edge

Hello,

I've ordered this and I can't download it. I volunteered to GM at a convention in 2 days time, and this scenario was allocated to me, so unfortunately this is kind of urgent now. I've also started a thread in customer service. I'm just hoping someone at Paizo takes notice.


yeahgday wrote:

Hello,

I've ordered this and I can't download it. I volunteered to GM at a convention in 2 days time, and this scenario was allocated to me, so unfortunately this is kind of urgent now. I've also started a thread in customer service. I'm just hoping someone at Paizo takes notice.

Scenarios typically drop the last Wednesday of the month. Check your downloads now. Mine is there.


Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber
Athos710 wrote:
yeahgday wrote:

Hello,

I've ordered this and I can't download it. I volunteered to GM at a convention in 2 days time, and this scenario was allocated to me, so unfortunately this is kind of urgent now. I've also started a thread in customer service. I'm just hoping someone at Paizo takes notice.

Scenarios typically drop the last Wednesday of the month. Check your downloads now. Mine is there.

I'm having the same issue with the two scenarios in this subscription. It shows that i paid for them and directs me to a sadly vacant downloads section. Also the customer service line does not work...

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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Broccolihead wrote:
I'm having the same issue with the two scenarios in this subscription. It shows that i paid for them and directs me to a sadly vacant downloads section. Also the customer service line does not work...

Just as a preliminary reminder—I'm not personally able to assist you with any website/tech problems—you'll find the customer service number at the bottom of each web page, including the hours the department is available to answer phones. If your message's timestamp is indicative of when you tried calling, you might have been calling before business hours.

Grand Lodge

Is there supposed to be a "Faction Notes" section for this scenario?


1 person marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber
GM Aram Zey wrote:
Is there supposed to be a "Faction Notes" section for this scenario?

Yes, see this post.


thecursor wrote:
A library world? Yeaaaaahhhh that's a bad idea, if I see a shadow moving on it's own, I make for the ship.

Hey! Who turned out the lights?!

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