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Shattered Star (adventure path)


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For another meaning of "Shattered Star", please see Sihedron.
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Shattered Star is the eleventh campaign to grace the pages of the Pathfinder Adventure Path series, and ran from August 2012 through January 2013. It returned to Pathfinder's Varisian roots in a celebration of 10 years of Paizo and five years of Pathfinder.

From the ashes of Thassilon, an ancient power shall rise again!

The ancient empire of the runelords may be long dead, yet the legacy of Thassilon continues to haunt the frontier realm of Varisia. With the rise of one runelord only narrowly thwarted, Korvosa reeling after the curse of the Crimson Throne nearly brought the city to its knees, and Riddleport rebuilding after a close call with a falling star, the people of Varisia fear that the greatest threat to their land has yet to play its hand. When agents of the newest Pathfinder Society lodge in Magnimar learn of a fragmented artifact scattered throughout the lands of old Thassilon, it falls to a new band of heroes to step in and gather up the seven fragments of this Shattered Star. For if the greatest prize of Thassilon's first ruler cannot save Varisia... what can?

The Shattered Star Adventure Path is a first in Paizo's Adventure Path line—a complete campaign set after the events of previous Adventure Paths. Shattered Star serves as a spiritual sequel to Rise of the Runelords, Curse of the Crimson Throne, and Second Darkness alike, yet it delves into a brand new storyline, making it as good as a group's first introduction to Varisia as a return to old stomping grounds. The Shattered Star Adventure Path focuses on the hunt for a sundered artifact, its pieces scattered throughout the land in some of its most dangerous and notorious dungeons—with the exception of the city of Magnimar, every location featured in the Shattered Star Adventure Path is brand new and filled with both dangers and treasures alike!

Releases

Pathfinder Adventure Path
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Shards of Sin Written by Greg A. Vaughan Released August 2012
In Varisia's bustling frontier town of Magnimar, the Pathfinder Society's newest lodge recruits a team of rookie Pathfinder agents to track down rogue agent Natalya Vancaskerkin—who also happens to be a member of the Varisian criminals known as the Sczarni. Yet when Magnimar's newest heroes track down the missing woman, they find far more than a Pathfinder on the run, becoming embroiled in a quickly expanding hunt for a fragmented artifact from the height of the ancient empire of Thassilon that will take them to some of the most dangerous corners of Varisia!
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Curse of the Lady's Light Written by Mike Shel Released September 2012
Varisia's newest heroes have stumbled across a powerful relic from the ancient empire of Thassilon—yet the artifact has been sundered into seven fragments. The third of these fragments lies in the swampy Mushfens south of the city of Magnimar, hidden within an ancient, towering lighthouse known as the Lady's Light. With squabbling boggards, troglodytes, and other swamp monsters dwelling in the region around the Light, approaching the ruins will require either stealth or bravado. But the threats posed by slimy and scaly humanoids pales in comparison to the exiled Gray Maidens who have claimed the interior of the Light as their new headquarters—or to the sinister curse that afflicts the powerful, ancient caretaker of the ruin.
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The Asylum Stone Written by James L. Sutter Released October 2012
The hunt for the seven shards of the Shattered Star continues, with the heroes following the trail across the face of Varisia and into the notorious City of Strangers—Kaer Maga! There, the heroes encounter strange enemies and stranger allies as their quest for the ancient Thassilonian artifact embroils them in the politics of Varisia's most exotic city. What secrets lie hidden in the dark and deadly realms deep under Kaer Maga, where things best shunned from day's light and sane minds lie in wait? Will the heroes survive their descent below, or will the Dark Rider claim their heads for his ever-growing collection?
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Beyond the Doomsday Door Written by Tito Leati Released November 2012
The hunt for the seven shards of the Shattered Star leads the heroes back to the western coast of Varisia, to the multifaith monastery known as Windsong Abbey. The next shard of the Shattered Star appears to be hidden somewhere within the dungeons below the abbey. But when the PCs arrive, they find the monastery in ruins and held by savage giants and twisted fey! An ancient terror has returned home, and now dwells within the deep dungeons below—a terror who hopes to open the dread Doomsday Door deep within!
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Into the Nightmare Rift Written by Richard Pett Released December 2012
With five shards of the Shattered Star secure, visions point toward one of Varisia's most remote corners as the site protecting the sixth fragment of the powerful artifact. Yet the heroes are not the first to search for this shard—upon arriving at the ancient ruin known as Guiltspur, they find a small army of giants said to be ruled by a blue dragon already excavating the site. And as the heroes soon learn, there are other forces searching for the final shards from the Darklands below, and even from beyond reality itself, for Guiltspur lies dangerously close to the nightmare realm of Leng!
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The Dead Heart of Xin Written by Brandon Hodge Released January 2013
The seven shards of the Shattered Star have been recovered, and the Pathfinders prepare a grand festival on Magnimar's Irespan to celebrate this incredible achievement. The culmination of this celebration is to be the reassembly of the seven shards into the legendary Sihedron itself, rebuilt for the first time in over ten thousand years. But a lot can change in that amount of time, and as the ritual to reforge the artifact finishes, ancient contingencies rumble to life, and as the dead heart of Thassilon begins to beat again, all of Magnimar is put in terrible danger. With the power of the Sihedron on their side, the heroes take a stance against this risen evil—but will the aid of an ancient artifact be enough to save them all?

Related publications

Player's Guides
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Shattered Star Player's Guide Written by Adam Daigle et al. Released August 2012
The Shattered Star Player's Guide gives players all the spoiler-free information, inspiration, and new rules they’ll need to create characters prepared for delving into the adventure and intrigue of the Shattered Star Adventure Path. Within, players of this campaign will find everything they need to create character backgrounds tied to personalities and events vital to Pathfinder Adventure Path's exploration of some of the many ancient dungeons spread throughout Varisia, along with new campaign-specific traits to give bold adventurers the edge they’ll need to take on the strange and deadly threats faced in these dark places. This player’s guide also features a view of Magnimar at a glance, and an introduction to the Pathfinder Society, including rewards and resources of the organization.
Sourcebooks
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Varisia, Birthplace of Legends Written by F. Wesley Schneider et al. Released August 2012
Begin an adventure like no other in Varisia, a land of ancient mysteries and fantastic danger. Within this book you’ll find countless player-friendly possibilities as you explore one of the most richly detailed corners of the Pathfinder campaign setting. Will you indulge fortune as a Varisian wanderer, retake your tribal lands as a fierce Shoanti barbarian, uncover the secrets of a lost arcane empire, or fight to protect your peaceful home from dark magic and fierce monsters? The choices are endless, but you'll find the ones that are right for you with this primer to an entire realm of adventure.
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Magnimar, City of Monuments Written by James Jacobs and Adam Daigle Released July 2012
Known as the City of Monuments for its jaw-dropping skyline of ancient ruins, magnificent towers, and stunning sculptures, Magnimar embodies the spirit of the frontier realm of Varisia more than any other city. But life in the City of Monuments can be an adventure all its own. With strange monsters lurking amid the city’s ancient foundations, bands of thieves battling for control over the city’s alleys, and the decadent attitudes of its oldest families, Magnimar lies at a crossroads. Will it succeed despite the obstacles thrown in its path, or is the City of Monuments doomed to crumble under the pressure of its own runaway success?
Accessories
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Shattered Star Poster Map Folio Cartography by Emily Crowell, Sonja Morris, and Ben Wootten Released February 2013
Venture into the Pathfinder campaign setting’s most notorious frontier with the Shattered Star Map Folio! Plan new missions or map your adventuring group’s exploits in both treacherous cities and the monster-haunted wilds with these three enormous poster maps designed for use with the Shattered Star Adventure Path, Pathfinder’s dungeon-crawling quest for magical relics from a fallen empire!
Miniatures
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Shattered Star Adventure Path Pawn Collection Produced by Paizo Inc. Released August 2013
Key monsters and NPCs from the Shattered Star Adventure Path come alive on your tabletop with the Shattered Star Pawn Collection, featuring more than 100 creature pawns for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or any tabletop fantasy RPG! Printed on sturdy cardstock, each pawn presents a beautiful full-color image of a monster or NPC from the Shattered Star campaign, including giants, constructs, ancient undead, Lovecraftian horrors, and dozens of unique NPCs also suitable for representing player characters.
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Shattered Star Pathfinder Battles set Produced by Paizo Inc. Released January 2013
The friends, fiends, and foes of the Pathfinder Adventure Path: Shattered Star invade your gaming table with Pathfinder Battles: Shattered Star, the brand new Pathfinder Battles pre-painted miniatures set from Paizo Inc. and WizKids Games! This stunning set features 55 all-new prepainted sculpts drawn from the gorgeous art in Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder Adventure Path: Shattered Star.
Pathfinder Cards
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Shattered Star Item Cards Produced by Paizo Inc. Released August 23, 2012
The power of the ages is yours to claim with this treasury of mystical items. Among these riches wait all the rarest relics and most mysterious magic items of the Shattered Star Adventure Path. This 54-card set of beautifully illustrated, full-color item cards allows you to track the riches you recover in vibrant detail.
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Shattered Star Face Cards Produced by Paizo Inc. Released April 24, 2013
Give life to your NPCs with the Shattered Star Face Cards! More than 50 key characters fill this gorgeously illustrated deck designed for use with the Shattered Star Adventure Path, but suitable for use in any fantasy roleplaying game! Each card includes the character’s name, his or her role in the Shattered Star Adventure Path, space to record key details, and artwork by Paizo’s finest illustrators. These Face Cards bring the most prominent cast members of this lethal Adventure Path to your tabletop and let your players look into the faces of the enemy!


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