Situation Mining: Shattered Star

I’m looking at the Players’ Guide to Shattered Star and it is an adventure where the players are called upon to retrieve an ancient artifact:

The Shattered Star Adventure Path draws near, and bold heroes are needed to track down the scattered parts of an ancient magical relic in order to save the land of Varisia from disaster.

The guide provides a sweet map of Magnimar, a city built in the shadow of ancient cyclopean monuments that cast shadows over entire city districts, leaving the slums in perpetual shadow. Huh.

Magnimar_panorama

The guide also provides details for the Pathfinder Society and the manor where the local chapterhouse resides, no doubt to welcome the gold rush of adventurers who will be coming to Magnimar to seek out the shattered star and be big ole heroes

Slums in perpetual shadow.

Incoming adventurers looking for artifacts, prestige and gold.

The players are vultures.

/ˈvʌltjʊə/
Forms: α. ME volture, ME vowlture, ME– vulture (ME fulture), ME voultour, 16 vultour. β. ME–18 … (Show More)
Frequency (in current use):
Etymology: < Anglo-Norman vultur and voutre, Old French voltour, voultour, voutour (French vautour), or Latin vultur, or < Latin vulturius. The Old French forms, like Provençal voltor, voutor, and Italian avoltore, avoltojo, represent Latin vulturius, while Anglo-Norman voutre, Spanish buitre, and Portuguese abutre are from Latin vultur.
In Maundeville (1839) xxii. 237 the form veutour is probably inexact for voutour.

a. One of a number of large birds of prey of the order Raptores which feed almost entirely upon carrion and have the head and neck altogether or almost featherless.
The American vultures belong to different genera from those of the Old World.

α.
c1374 Chaucer Troilus & Criseyde i. 788 Ticius yn helle, Whos stomak foughles tiren euere mo, That highte volturis as bokes telle.
1398 J. Trevisa tr. Bartholomew de Glanville De Proprietatibus Rerum (Bodl.) xii. xxxvi, The vulture haþ þat name of slowe fliȝt.
1398 J. Trevisa tr. Bartholomew de Glanville De Prop

b. One of a number of thieves, reavers and rogues who make their living stealing the treasures and gold and artifacts from adventurers, tomb-delvers and would-be heroes.

“vulture, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, December 2015. Web. 2 February 2016.

Here are player-characters, natural-born vultures:

Muscle Character Sheet (switch his crossbow skill to firearms)

Write a belief about making your name ring out on the streets of Magnimar.

Write a belief about following Wolf’s orders and carrying out the heist just right.

Write a belief about what you feel about violence and what adventurers do to your neighborhood when they come back from their adventurers, drunk and rich.

Puppy Character Sheet

Write a belief about making your name ring out on the streets of Magnimar.

Write a belief about learning from Wolf’s example.

Write a belief about what you feel about violence and what adventurers do to your neighborhood when they come back from their adventurers, drunk and rich.

Wolf Character Sheet

Write a belief about leading the team and what leadership means to you.

Write a belief about setting up the heist and learning what you can before jumping out.

Write a belief about what you feel about violence and what adventurers do to your neighborhood when they come back from their adventurers, drunk and rich.

Here’s the punk-ass 1st level party that arrives in town full of condescending talk and hopes and dreams – The Bastards Adventuring Company. If you want to play a posse of adventurers, they will do well for that too:

Adventurer Fighter Character Sheet

Adventurer Ranger Character Sheet

Adventurer Wizard Character Sheet

Here’s the bad-ass party with the big score.

Elf Adventurer Character Sheet

Dwarven Adventurer

Adventurer Wizard Character Sheet (1)

Here are the Pathfinder Society’s own Vulture-Hunters. Yeah, this isn’t their first rodeo. If word gets out that thieves are taking down their Pathfinders in town, they are going to send these folk out and they mean business.

Elf Vulture Hunter Character Sheet

Human Vulture Hunter Character Sheet

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