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(5E) Shattered Heart Adventure Path #1: The Ties that Bind

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A 5th Edition compatible adventure for four to five 6th level player characters.

Michael Allen the winner of the Pathmaster Adventure Writing contest brings us the first installment of the long awaited Shattered Heart Adventure Path: The Ties that Bind.

A genesis of fellowship for four to five 6th level player characters. 

Still reeling from the twin disasters of the Great Schism and the Hoyrall Wars, the halfings of Picollo are a people cast adrift from ancient traditions. A cleric of the Great Mother strives to restore four great holy sites to the goddess, and in doing so restore the bedrock of halfling society. 

The PCs leave the snow-swept plains of the Klavek Kingdom for the warm shores of distant Picollo to restore the first of these great temples, being among the very few permitted to access to the closed-off island. Bigotry, bribery, deal-making, and self-interest prove just as challenging to overcome as flesh and blood obstacles. Sea monsters, raiders' and ancient traps at mystical sites all test the PCs’ skill before they slip under the waves to confront the corruption at the heart of the water temple of the Great Mother. 

Also Included in this Adventure: 

  • Richly detailed relationships with recurring NPCs. 
  • Politics, mystery and skill challenges to test the players’ (and PCs’) versatility. 
  • A method to track the PC’s influence on the future development of Picollan society. 
  • A new minor artifact and an ancient magical boon. 
  • Notes on scaling for parties of 6 or more. 
  • Maps by 5e cartographer Jared Blando.


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Michael W November 26, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
Bought this title at a local game con, not from this website, so I have to write a review here.
I really like the first in this four part adventure. I switched the setting to the Forgotten Realms (put it in the middle of the sea of falling stars) and the start point in Westgate. Anyway, I like that this has a "political" element, and because of it, NPC's are not operating along stereotypes. Namely that the island where the adventure takes place is a halfling island and they use indentured servitude to keep the economy rolling. Indentured servants are non-halflings. The protagonist npc is a good aligned cleric of the halfling god yet the cleric nonetheless supports indentured servitude in order to restore the god's temples. The characters get involved with the trade, and perhaps help the abolitionist halflings who want to end the practice. Player actions can change the outcome and process of the encounters using a "community points" system. Of the four-part system this is the best one...See more
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