Dungeon Backdrop: The Splintered Crypt

Famed for his unswerving devotion to his celestial lord and his magical sword, Demon Bane, Val Karen was a paladin-hero of old. For five decades he stood between Ashlar’s commonfolk and the darkness ever-pressing in on the small, isolated domain. Death is an implacable foe, however, and eventually old age caught up with the redoubtable paladin. Laid to rest not in the scared sepulchre below Tor Abbey but among the hills of his youth Val Koren’s legend—and stories of his legendary blade—live on long after his hidden crypt was lost to time. 

A recently landslide, however, has returned Val Koren’s lost crypt to the world of men. And with it have returned the stories and legends of Demon Bane which is said to rest unclaimed and wielded with him in his sepulchre. 

Cartography by Dyson Logos

20 Things #39: Black Dragon’s Lair

Are you a busy GM? Does session prep take too long? Do you never have time to work on the cool little details that can bring your session to life? Well, fear not! That’s where the 20 Things line comes in. Compiled from the free 20 Things posts available at Raging Swan’s website, this short, focused compilation gives you, the time-crunched GM, the tools to effortlessly add verisimilitude and detail to your adventure. Use the material herein either before or during play and bask in your players’ adulation. This instalment provides ten tables designed to help you flesh out and bring to life a black dragon’s lair.

20 Things #39: Black Dragon’s Lair comprises the following 20 Things articles along with ancillary information:

  • Black Dragon’s Lair Features
  • Black Dragon’s Lair Dressing
  • Black Dragon Lair Minor Sights, Sounds & Events
  • Black Dragon Hoard Treasures & Trinkets
  • Black Dragon Hoard Dressing

 


 

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A System Neutral Edition GM’s Resource by Creighton Broadhurst

Released 1 July 2019; Pages 10

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Five Nights at the Scythe

A Raging Swan Press Eventure

Standing on a dingy side street in Low City the Scythe has a reputation as a place for hard drinking and its entertainers. Nights at the Scythe are rarely boring—particularly when the legendary halfling bard, Dricolen Nimblefinger, is playing—but most time-crunched GMs gloss over the time between adventures because there are more important things to prepare. Use this eventure to add flavour and interesting events to your PCs’ next night out in Languard!

Not all quest rewards are measured in gold. Invite your PCs to the Night of the Masks and let them rub shoulders with Ashlar’s high and mighty. Deception, intrigue and opportunity await!.

This eventure is suitable for any level PCs and can be used with any size group. It has also been designed to be easily adapted to virtually any GM’s campaign.

Five Nights at the Scythe is set in the City of Languard but is easily adaptable to almost any fantasy city.

 

What’s an Eventure?

An eventure is akin to a normal adventure, but does not (normally) feature violence or physical challenges. Instead, an eventure focuses on the use of social skills and role-play to resolve the challenges, or events, therein. Most eventures take places in a settlement or on the road. Few occur in traditional adventure locales such as dungeons, ruined castles and so on.

Eventures are an excellent change of pace and can be used as filler between adventures or as situations in which PCs who have invested in social skills can shine. They are also perfect for players who enjoy role-playing.

 

 


 

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible Eventure by Creighton Broadhurst

Released 17 June  2019; Pages 13

PDF ($3.45) d20pfsrd, DriveThruRPG, Paizo, Warehouse 23

 

 

 

 

A 5e Compatible Eventure by Creighton Broadhurst

Released 17 June  2019; Pages 13

PDF ($3.45) DriveThruRPG

 

 

 

 

 

A System Neutral Eventure by Creighton Broadhurst

Released 17 June 2019; Pages 13

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20 Evil Fane Major Features

Redolent with evil the foul acts of veneration perpetrated in a fane of evil irredeemably leave their mark upon the fabric of the place. The design and decoration of such a locale mirrors its patron’s abhorrent proclivities.

GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things IV

Tired of your campaign lacking in verisimilitude and the cool little details that bring the world alive in your players’ minds? Do you want to make your dungeons feel more realistic, your treasure more compelling or your overland travel more interesting?

Then GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume IV is for you! Packed full of tables designed to take the hassle out of running your game, GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things IV takes care of the little things so you can focus on the big things.

By Matt Morrow

20 Things #38: Torture Chambers

Are you a busy GM? Does session prep take too long? Do you never have time to work on the cool little details that can bring your session to life? Well, fear not! That’s where the 20 Things line comes in. Compiled from the free 20 Things posts available at Raging Swan’s website, this short, focused compilation gives you, the time-crunched GM, the tools to effortlessly add verisimilitude and detail to your adventure. Use the material herein either before or during play and bask in your players’ adulation.

20 Things #38: Torture Chambers comprises the following 20 Things articles along with ancillary information:

  • Notable Torture Chamber Features
  • Torture Chamber Dressings
  • Notable Instruments of Torture
  • Lesser Instruments of Torture
  • Torturers
  • Major Prison Cell Features
  • Prison Cell Dressing
  • Prisoners

 


A System Neutral Edition GM’s Resource by  Creighton Broadhurst

Released 7 June 2019; Pages 10

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Night of the Masks

A Raging Swan Press Eventure

Every year, Duke Armas Nenonen hosts a fabulous masked ball to celebrate Ashlar’s Day of Founding. The duke’s guests number in the hundreds and include some of the most famous—and infamous—citizens of Languard and beyond. On occasion, invitations are extended to adventurers who have somehow managed to impress the duchy’s nobility. Song, dance and drink are the entertainment of the night. At the same time, secret alliances are forged or broken and sinister plots hatched in the castle’s candle-lit halls. When the masks come off at midnight, not all is revealed.

Not all quest rewards are measured in gold. Invite your PCs to the Night of the Masks and let them rub shoulders with Ashlar’s high and mighty. Deception, intrigue and opportunity await!

This eventure is suitable for any level PCs and can be used with any size group. It has also been designed to be easily adapted to virtually any GM’s campaign.

Night of the Masks is set in the City of Languard but is easily adaptable to almost any fantasy city.

 

What’s an Eventure?

An eventure is akin to a normal adventure, but does not (normally) feature violence or physical challenges. Instead, an eventure focuses on the use of social skills and role-play to resolve the challenges, or events, therein. Most eventures take places in a settlement or on the road. Few occur in traditional adventure locales such as dungeons, ruined castles and so on.

Eventures are an excellent change of pace and can be used as filler between adventures or as situations in which PCs who have invested in social skills can shine. They are also perfect for players who enjoy role-playing.

 

 


 

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible Eventure by Bart Wynants

Released 27 May  2019; Pages 13

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A 5e Compatible Eventure by Bart Wynants

Released 27 May  2019; Pages 13

PDF ($3.45) DriveThruRPG, Raging Swan Press Store

 

 

 

 

 

A System Neutral Eventure by Bart Wynants

Released 27 May 2019; Pages 13

PDF ($3.45) DriveThruRPG, Raging Swan Press Store