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Academy of Secrets

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Pathfinder Module: Academy of Secrets
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June 2011

Academy of Secrets, a 13th-level adventure by Brian Cortijo, was released in June 2011.

School Can Be Hell!
Every year the AcadamaeKorvosa's prestigious school of the arcane arts—opens its gates to the city to host the Breaching Festival, where the most skilled infiltrators are invited to enter the magically guarded Hall of Wards or die trying. Testing their luck against the university's strongest defenses, the competitors pull out all the stops as they vie for a chance at a fortune in gold and magical treasure. This year, the school's headmaster has invited the heroes to participate, against the contest's longstanding traditions. While the Breaching Festival has not seen a champion in over a century and a half, this year's festival promises to be the deadliest trial the school has ever known. Should the heroes reign victorious, the secrets they may uncover promise more than gold and glory—they may rock the very foundation of the Acadamae, and even the entire city! Academy of Secrets is an adventure for 13th-level characters, written for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and compatible with the 3.5 edition of the world's oldest RPG. It features a massive magical university, compatible with GameMastery Map Pack: Magic Academy and teeming with sorcerous traps, weird puzzles, diabolical monsters, and countless students and professors trapped in a web of arcane deceit. Also within, you'll find a brand-new monster and details on one of Golarion's most famous schools of magic, as mentioned in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Guide to Korvosa and the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path. While Academy of Secrets takes place in the metropolitan city of Korvosa, the magic academy within is suitable for use in any fantasy campaign setting.

Adventure overview



Adventure Background
p. 3
Part One: An Unexpected Invitation
p. 5
Part Two: The Breaching Festival
p. 9
Part Three: Belzeranga
p. 14
Part Four: Hell's Breaching
p. 23
Concluding the Adventure
p. 26
Appendix 1: The Acadamae
p. 28
Appendix 2: New Monster
p. 31


An index of this module may be found here: Academy of Secrets/Index.

A note about chronology

Academy of Secrets is designed to be run in the time period shortly before the events of the Curse of the Crimson Throne adventure path, so c.4708 AR. This differs from the usual assumption that the year of publication relates to the year of the events contained in the publication, in this case, 4711 AR. However, page 4 of the module discusses changes required to run this adventure before, during, and after the events of the Curse of the Crimson Throne providing flexibility for the Games Master.1


  1. Brian Cortijo. “Adventure Background” in Academy of Secrets, 4. Paizo Inc., 2011