The Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path



Apr 20, 2007 8:49:48

What is the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path?

Rise of the Runelords is Pathfinder's first Adventure Path, a complete campaign that will bring your player characters from 1st level to 15th level and possibly beyond. Appearing in the first six volumes of Pathfinder, Rise of the Runelords takes place in the frontier kingdom of Varisia, a realm of rugged steppes, haunted forests, and trackless mountains partially civilized to the south, but wholly wild and the domain of giants and monsters to the north. In this campaign, an ancient warlord from a forgotten age has awakened from a deathless sleep, and draws his cruel giant minions near as he prepares to rebuild his decadent empire. The PCs must uncover this sinister plot and prevent a terrible giant war from bringing ruin to their homeland, but in doing so, will they fall to the sins that brought the ancient empire of the Runelords to ruin?

What campaign setting will you be using for Pathfinder?

Pathfinder Adventure Paths will take place in a new Paizo campaign setting. This setting will involve elements of classic sword and sorcery themes sure to appeal to longtime and brand-new gamers alike. Stay tuned to to learn more about this exciting new campaign setting as it develops!


Apr 20, 2007 10:53:03
Sounds a little bit like Denagoth, actually. Steppes (well, plains/wastes), haunted forests, mountains, partially civilized to the south. Ancient warlord could be either the Shadowlord or Nebunar.


Apr 22, 2007 0:29:52
It most certainly can be converted to suit another campaign setting. I can see it definitely working for Mystara, but also the Forgotten Realms and Greyhawk, for sure. Perhaps even Eberron. It would be harder to convert for Dragonlance, Ravenloft or Dark Sun, but that's to be expected, because those worlds are made with a different mindset involved.


Apr 22, 2007 3:31:45
The more I read about this, the more it is sounding like Rise of the Runelords would be a perfect fit for Denagoth to me. They've posted the previews/preorders for Pathfinder #s 1-6 on their site now.

#3 in particular intrigues me:

Pathfinder #3—Rise of the Runelords Chapter 3: "The Hook Mountain Massacre"

This issue of Pathfinder also features rules for maintaining and running a castle,...

That sounds pretty interesting. I wonder if it will be similar to the dominion rules from BECMI. If so, I'm definitely going to pick this one up!


Apr 24, 2007 14:24:38
Okay, so it's not sounding quite as much like Denagoth as I'd once thought. Still interesting trying to piece together where I might be able to shoehorn it into Mystara.

BTW, for anyone interested, Paizo's got a Pathfinder Blog on their site that has a lot of tidbits about the campaign. Some spoilers there, so if you're planning on playing it, keep out!!!!