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Skill Challenge: Travelling

You can’t punch the weather: Combat can be fun, but running into bandits or a pissed-off Owlbear every time you make take a trip out of town is a bit of a bore. Skill...

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First Reprisal: Act I Finale

Events unfold: As the sun crests the sky on another fine summer’s afternoon, business in Black Mesa continues as normal. The market is winding down for the day, and the streets are heaving as...

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Goram’s Depths

System crossover: My group of players have expressed a fondness for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition after a season with the system. It’s been really streamlined, and none of us are big on getting...

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The Sorcerer’s Son

Keeping it grim: A side quest for a large urban setting, such as Black Mesa. It shouldn’t take long to complete, but there’s a lot of scope for role-play; so it could take ten...

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Ruins of Ayuttha

Dungeons, Vampires, and probably death: My first combat-orientated creation, the Ruins of Ayuttha is really all about smashing things and avoiding reciprocation. The party had advanced to second level after dealing with the abducted...

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Elemental’s Grotto

Down the rabbit hole: The Elemental’s Grotto could be discovered by entering a sinkhole, distubed grave, or just about any subterranean breach; Briarfoot Burrows is another option. My lot crawled down the tunnels beneath...

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Sinkhole Investigation

Plot progression: This quest is designed to advance the campaign’s main story; it’s not a prerequisite, as other areas could lead to the Elemental’s Grotto. Gressfall’s disturbed graves are a good example of an...

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Savage Centipedes

Side-quest ho! Really more of a woodland side-quest, but could be used to fatten up any area in a pinch. There’s a little bit of combat, and some scope for role-play. I planned to...

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Amoenthas

History of the Oakmist elves: Amoenthas was the subterranean home of Keltharrem’s elves, whom left 300 years ago following an ideological disagreement. Their brethren had become obsessed with mortality, going to almost any length...

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Gressfall

A community forgotten: Gressfall is a forsaken village in Oakmist woods, abandoned some hundred and twenty years ago; party members might learn of its existence from the forest sprites at the water harvester, or...