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Curse of the Crimson Throne was the second adventure path released in the Pathfinder Adventure Path series and debuted with Edge of Anarchy in March 2008. Written by Nicolas Logue, F. Wesley Schneider, Richard Pett, Michael Kortes, Greg A. Vaughan, and Tito Leati, the campaign was originally released as a Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Adventure Path, and has been supported by a number of supplementary products, including a Pathfinder Cards deck and a map folio.

At GAMA 2016, Paizo announced an updated hardcover compilation of the Adventure Path using the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules, which was released in October 2016.[1]


The king is dead! In the Varisian port city of Korvosa, the death of a monarch leads to chaos, and only the PCs can hope to save the city from its own darkest tendencies. As the rule of the young queen grows more and more draconian, it's up to a band of bold adventurers to stop the spread of tyranny before all of Korvosa is crushed beneath her iron fist.

In the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path, the heroes delve into the depth of urban adventure in order to stop riots, combat a plague, root out organized crime, and rescue political prisoners before escaping to the harsh badlands of the Storval Plateau, where only the friendship of the barbaric Shoanti and a weapon drawn from the heart of a gothic castle can give them the strength to return and depose the evil queen once and for all.

Releases

Pathfinder Adventure Path
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Edge of Anarchy Written by Nicolas Logue Released March 2008
In the shadow of an ailing king, a new ruler gathers power, sending shockwaves through a populace already plagued by unrest and pushing the largest city in Varisia to the brink of disaster. In the face of anarchy, a band of heroes gathers at the call of a mysterious patron. Strange magic and mysterious prophesies set them on the trail of a common foe—a path that draws them into a struggle to save the city from ruin. Amid the intrigues of kings and generals, heroes and thieves, it's up to these new heroes to decides whether the rule of a new monarch will usher in a new age of glory or a reign of chaos.
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Seven Days to the Grave Written by F. Wesley Schneider Released April 2008
Death stalks the streets of Korvosa! What starts as an isolated outbreak swiftly turns into a full-fledged epidemic and soon no one is safe. The city's resources quickly overwhelmed and a desperate queen takes harsh measures to stem the rising death toll. As bodies fill the streets, it falls to the PCs to seek allies among the city's desperate guardians, curb the tide of panic, and save those they can. But with the fates of thousands in their hands, can the PCs discover the mastermind behind the unnatural plague before Korvosa becomes a single mass grave?
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Escape from Old Korvosa Written by Richard Pett Released May 2008
Anarchy, plague, and the mandates of a pitiless queen have thrown the island community of Old Korvosa into chaos. Forsaken by the government and cut off from the rest of the city, hundreds of unfortunates stand helpless against the rising criminal warlords, each eager to carve out a slice of Korvosa as his own. Yet, amid the turmoil of warring gangs and sinister power mongers hides the only man who might be able to restore sanity to the beleaguered city. But why has he remained silent for so long? What secret of the new queen does he hide? And what fiendish power grows in the shadows, ready to sink its claws into the heart of Old Korvosa?
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A History of Ashes Written by Michael Kortes Released June 2008
The path to save Korvosa leads far beyond the ravaged city's walls. In the burning plains of the Cinderlands, the tenacious tribes of the Shoanti barbarians protect an ancient secret that might be the only way to save the Jewel of Varisia from ruin, but Korvosa has been their enemy too long for the proud natives to give up their knowledge freely. Only by learning the ways of the barbarians and facing their sacred trials can the PCs hope to save their city, but are the savage warriors' ordeals impossible? Especially when the PCs already have angry natives, evil priests, and deadly assassins hot on their trail?
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Skeletons of Scarwall Written by Greg A. Vaughan Released July 2008
Condemned by a history of horrors, an army of the living dead stands between Korvosa and its only hope for salvation. Within the grim fastness of haunted Scarwall, the lifeless legions of the ancient warlord Kazavon guard the same accursed halls they've stalked for more than 700 years. Crossing a forsaken land to reach the infamous citadel's dreaded gates, the PCs must explore the foul castle's haunted halls, contend with otherworldly terrors, and purge the taint of Kazavon's final days before having any hope of finally breaking the Curse of the Crimson Throne.
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Crown of Fangs Written by Tito Leati Released August 2008
Korvosa withers in the grip of a mad monarch! Beaten down by riots, disease, and the ironclad enforcers of a cruel despot, the people shudder in their homes and pray for saviours. The time has come to rise up against the crazed Queen Ileosa Arabasti and put an end to her vicious rule. Yet within the walls of Castle Korvosa waits an army of soldiers, bodyguards, and diabolical monstrosities—to say nothing of the seemingly invincible queen herself. Can the PCs put an end to a tyrant's reign? Or will an ancient evil claim Korvosa once and for all? All is decided in this, the fateful climax of the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path!
Hardcover Edition
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Curse of the Crimson Throne Written by Nicolas Logue, F. Wesley Schneider, Richard Pett, Michael Kortes, Greg A. Vaughan, and Tito Leati Released October 19, 2016
Return to a classic Adventure Path with Curse of the Crimson Throne, one of Paizo's most popular campaigns! The city of Korvosa is in chaos, and her new queen may well be the source—can a ragtag group of heroes stand before the might of one of Golarion's most nefarious villains? This immense book has everything you need to run an entire full-length campaign covering months and months of play!
Pathfinder Legends
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Edge of Anarchy (Pathfinder Legends) Written by David Bryher Directed by John Ainsworth Released January 25, 2017
In the shadow of the ailing king of the city of Korvosa, a new ruler gathers power, sending shockwaves through a populace already plagued by unrest and pushing the city to the brink of disaster. In the face of anarchy, Ezren, Valeros, Harsk and Merisiel are searching for Merisiel’s friend, Kyra, but soon find themselves called upon to serve Korvosa. Strange magic and mysterious prophesies set them on the trail of a common foe—a path that draws them into a struggle to save the city from ruin. Amid the intrigues of kings and generals, heroes and thieves, it’s up to the heroes to decide whether the rule of a new monarch will usher in a new age of glory or a reign of chaos.
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Seven Days to the Grave (Pathfinder Legends) Written by David Bryher Directed by John Ainsworth Released February 22, 2017
Death stalks the streets! What starts as an isolated outbreak swiftly turns into a full-fledged epidemic and soon no one is safe. The city’s resources quickly overwhelmed, a desperate queen takes harsh measures to stem the rising death toll. As bodies fill the streets it falls to Valeros, Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk, and their friend Kyra to curb the tide of panic, and save who they can. But with the fates of thousands in their hands, can the heroes discover the truth behind the unnatural plague before Korvosa becomes a single mass grave?
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Escape from Old Korvosa (Pathfinder Legends) Written by David Bryher Directed by John Ainsworth Released March 29, 2017
Anarchy, plague, and the mandates of a pitiless queen have thrown the island community of Old Korvosa into chaos. Forsaken by the government and cut off from the rest of the city, hundreds of unfortunates stand helpless against the rising criminal warlords, each eager to carve out a slice of Korvosa as his own. Yet, amid the turmoil of warring gangs and sinister power mongers hides the only man who might be able to restore sanity to the beleaguered city. But why has he remained silent for so long? What secret of the new queen does he hide? And what fiendish power grows in the shadows, ready to sink its claws into the heart of Old Korvosa?
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A History of Ashes (Pathfinder Legends) Written by David Bryher Directed by John Ainsworth Released April 2017
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Skeletons of Scarwall (Pathfinder Legends) Written by David Bryher Directed by John Ainsworth Released May 2017
Condemned by a history of horrors, an army of the living dead stands between Korvosa and its only hope for salvation. Within the grim fastness of haunted Scarwall, the lifeless legions of the ancient warlord Kazavon guard the same accursed halls they've stalked for more than 700 years. Crossing a forsaken land to reach the infamous citadel's dreaded gates, Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk and Valeros must explore the foul castle's haunted halls, and confront otherworldly terrors to purge the taint of Kazavon's final days before having any hope of finally breaking the Curse of the Crimson Throne.
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Crown of Fangs (Pathfinder Legends) Written by David Bryher Directed by John Ainsworth Released June 2017
Korvosa withers in the grip of a mad monarch! Beaten down by riots, disease, and the ironclad enforcers of a cruel despot, the people shudder in their homes and pray for saviors. The time has come to rise up against the crazed Queen Ileosa Arabasti and put an end to her vicious rule. Yet within the walls of Castle Korvosa waits an army of soldiers, bodyguards, and diabolical monstrosities - to say nothing of the seemingly invincible queen herself. Can Valeros, Merisiel, Ezren and Harsk put an end to the tyrant’s reign? Or will an ancient evil claim Korvosa once and for all?

Related publications

Player's Guides
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Curse of the Crimson Throne Player's Guide Written by Mike McArtor Released March 2008
Curse of the Crimson Throne Player's Guide provides a comprehensive overview of the sprawling city of Korvosa—the series’ foremost locale. It contains an overview of the powers that vie for control of the metropolis, new weapons, equipment, and feats to prepare players for the upcoming adventures. Additionally, it contains maps of the entire city and the region beyond.
Sourcebooks
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Guide to Korvosa Written by Mike McArtor Released March 2008
Founded as a fortress charged with pacifying the land, the city of Korvosa has endured numerous hardships in its 300 years of existence. Despite (or because of) that, the city continues to prosper. This cast-off colony of infernal Cheliax is famous for its imposing Castle Korvosa, its renowned Acadamae, its extensive Vaults, and the frequent high-altitude clashes of imps and pseudodragons. Adventure awaits brave residents and visitors within, beneath, and even above the city. From the otyugh-infested sewers of Old Korvosa to the ever-shifting makeshift paths of the Shingles, Korvosa offers restless PCs all manner of opportunities for mischief and glory.
Accessories
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Harrow Deck Designed by Jason Bulmahn, Mike Selinker, and Teeuwynn Woodruff Released Feburary 2008
The Harrow deck has long been a sacred tool of Varisian fortunetellers. In skilled hands, the Harrow deck can predict crop results, divine the gender of your unborn child, or give hints about your immediate future. In unskilled hands, the Harrow deck is a sacrilegious gambling game—a cutthroat diversion for ruffians in every port to lose their hard-earned fortunes.
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Curse of the Crimson Throne Map Folio Cartography by Rob Lazzaretti Released August 2008
The Curse of the Crimson Throne Map Folio contains reprinted maps of all the key locations explored in Pathfinder’s second Adventure Path. Even if you aren’t running Curse of the Crimson Throne, the maps inside can serve as cities, dungeons, castles, and worlds for any RPG campaign.
Miniatures
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Crown of Fangs (Pathfinder Battles) Designed by Paizo Inc. and WizKids Released April 2017
Featuring friends and foes from the world of Golarion, Crown of Fangs introduces 52 unique figures for your Pathfinder Battles miniatures campaign. From fearsome skeletons, Red Mantis Assassins, and Grey Maidens, to monstrous giants and rare "dungeon dressing" inserts, Crown of Fangs provides a legion of high-utility monsters and heroes perfect for use with the new Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path hardcover or any fantasy roleplaying campaign.
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Curse of the Crimson Throne Pawn Collection Designed by Paizo Inc. Released December 14, 2016
Key monsters and NPCs from the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path come alive on your tabletop with the Curse of the Crimson Throne 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 Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign.

References

  1. Uncle's Games. (March 15, 2016). Tweet, Twitter.