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Year of the Open Road

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This article covers the first season of the Paizo Organized Play campaign for Pathfinder Second Edition. For the first Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild season using the Pathfinder First Edition rules, also designated "Season 1", see Season 1 summary.

Season 1 of the Pathfinder Society campaign runs from August 2019 to July 2020. The season is referred to as the Year of the Open Road.

Metaplot and ongoing plots overview

In Season 1, the developers introduced the metaplot by starting with a level 5 pregen-only scenario. The story follows the founders of Pathfinder Society and what became of them. It is recommended that players experience the metaplot scenarios in order. Scenario 1-08 Revolution on the Riverside is not tagged as metaplot but is a prequel to the rest of the metaplot scenarios.

The Origin of the Open Road metaplot

Scenario 1-08 Revolution on the Riverside is not tagged as metaplot but is a prequel to the series.

  1. 1-11 Flames of Rebellion (Tier 1–4)
  2. 1-16 Opal of Bhopan (Tier 3–6)
  3. 1-17 The Thorned Monarch (Tier 3–6, sequel to 1-16)
  4. 1-20 The Lost Legend (Tier 3–6)

This series is concluded in Season 2 by scenario 2-00 The King in Thorns, a multi-table special scenario for levels 1–8.

Other Ongoing Stories

While technically not meta-plot (they do not carry the meta-plot tag), the following scenarios are linked in setting or theme.

  • Gravelands (Tier 1–4)

Scenario 1-03 Escaping the Grave, set in the Gravelands, is linked to 4-02 Return to the Grave.

  • Vidrian (Tier 3–6)

In these two scenarios, the players travel south of Vidrian and meet with a nation of iruxi.

  1. Star-Crossed Voyages
  2. Star-Crossed Court
  • Iobaria (Tier 1-4)

Scenario 1-15 The Blooming Catastrophe is set in Iobaria and can be played as a prequel to the Season 2 metaplot. It is also linked to PFS 1E scenario 10-12 Breath of the Dragonskull

Season 1 releases

This table can be sorted by scenario number, title, level tier, metaplot arc, venture-captain assigning the mission, faction metaplot, location, or country.

PFS# Title Tier Metaplot/notes Venture-Captain Faction Location Country
1-00 Origin of the Open Road 5 (pregenerated) Year of the Open Road Special 2019, metaplot Kreighton Shaine Nexus House, Quantium Nex
1-01 Absalom InitiationThe Absalom Initiation 1-4 Repeatable Janira Gavix Absalom Absalom
1-02 Mosquito WitchThe Mosquito Witch 1-4 Holgarin Smine Shimmerford River Kingdoms
1-03 Escaping the Grave 1-4 Evni Zongnoss Envoy's Alliance Gravelands
1-04 Bandits of Immenwood 1-4 Ambrus Valsin Grand Archive Immenwood Isle of Kortos
1-05 Trailblazer's Bounty 1-4 Karla Wesver Horizon Hunters Menador Mountains Isger, Molthune
1-06 Lost on the Spirit Road 1-4 Repeatable Amara Li Forest of Spirits
1-07 Flooded King's Court 1-4 Drandle Dreng Vigilant Seal Puddles Absalom
1-08 Revolution on the Riverside 1-4 Holgarin Smine River Kingdoms
1-09 Star-Crossed Voyages 3-6 Mirian Raas Horizon Hunters Vidrian
1-10 Tarnbreaker's Trail 1-4 Repeatable Bjersig Torrsen Lands of the Linnorm Kings
1-11 Flames of Rebellion 1-4 Metaplot Brackett Sauerton Andoran
1-12 The Burden of Envy 1-4 Valais Durant Radiant Oath Xin-Edasseril New Thassilon
1-13 Devil at the Crossroads 3-6 Jorsal of Lauterbury Vigilant Seal Sarkoris Scar
1-14 Lions of Katapesh 1-4 Repeatable Yigrig Moneymaker Katapesh
1-15 The Blooming Catastrophe 1-4 Urwal Verdant Wheel Iobaria
1-16 Opal of Bhopan 3-6 Metaplot Khoumrock Blackthane Bhopan Obari Ocean
1-17 The Thorned Monarch 3-6 Sequel to Opal of Bhopan None (continuation of 1-16) Bhopan Obari Ocean
1-18 Lodge of the Living God 1-4 Holgarin Smine Envoy's Alliance Xer Razmiran
1-19 Iolite Squad Alpha 3-6 Sheila Heidmarch Oprak
1-20 The Lost Legend 3-6 Metaplot Stella Fane Mwangi Expanse
1-21 Mistress of the Maze 5-8 Eliza Petulengro Maze of the Open Road
1-22 Doom of Cassomir 1-4 Hestia Themis Cassomir Taldor
1-23 Star-Crossed Court 3-6 Repeatable, sequel to Star-Crossed Voyages Mirian Raas Ekkeshikaar
1-24 Lightning Strikes, Stars Fall 5-8 Dagur Hawksight Numeria
1-25 Grim Symphony 5-8 Evni Zongnoss Grand Archive Ustalav