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Ducklings.

It's not too late too close this page, and go and find an adventure about happy-go-lucky halflings, or emotionally stable young adventurers. This is not that story. You can still walk away, and find some other engagement that your players will forgive you for running. 

Open this little document, and you will be introduced to the wretched streets of Elysium. Home of aberrations, mystery and futile quests for meaning in the drowned streets of the tortured city. Escape is unlikely. Enjoyment fleeting. I implore you, turn away and don't look back. Mind flayers stalk streets plagued by invisible death. Curses bubble from ancient evils sleeping beneath the water.

Questions lead to questions, which evolve into answers you will only regret asking for. 

Go whilst you still can. There is nothing here for you but death.

  • Prologue: Welcome to Elysium
  • Chapter One: The Crooked House
  • Chapter Two: The Broken Prison
  • Chapter Three: The Temple of the Gaunt Silhouette
  • Chapter Four: The Grand Library
  • Chapter Five: The Adamant Asylum
  • Chapter Six: The Dancing Spider
  • Chapter Seven: The Undercity

An adventure for characters of level 15+

Contains: 

  • An introduction to Elysium, a Ravenloft domain filled with eldritch mystery and drowned secrets, including Life In Elysium, The Rule Unspoken and the Marks of Horror that set Elysium apart.
  • Guidance on Madness in Elysium, with Elysian Madness tables for your horror/amusement.
  • A list of Elysian locations, some of which will be expanded in later releases.
  • Elysian random encounter tables, day & night. 
  • An Elysian Wild Magic table, miserable magic items and tragic trinkets.
  • A 4 page expanded location - The Crooked House, in which we meet the Duchess and her parade of dead husbands.
  • 12 page location - The Broken Prison, where the shadows of gods walk amongst men, and a statblock for the mind-eating Groblets.
  • The third installment, The Temple of the Gaunt Silhouette, where broken fragments of reality are reached by strange avenues. 
  • The fourth installment, The Grand Library, where the things we wanted to forget prove impossible to truly banish. 
  • The fifth installment, The Adamant Asylum, where medicine and madness meet.
  • The sixth installment, The Dancing Spider, in which there is no rest for the wicked.
  • The seventh installment, The Undercity, where your worst suspicions are confirmed.
  • Three new character backgrounds: the Eldritch Detective, the Information Broker and the Tempter of Fate.
  • The long-suffering Elysian character race, with two subraces.
  • The first One Page Woes collection, included here for your convenience, which contains thirteen reasons to be thoroughly miserable.
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In Elysium, Noone Is Truly Alone

If you (for some unknown and masochistic reason) enjoy anything about Elysium as it stands, let me know by leaving a review. The later chapters are still in the works, so if you have suggestions for things you might like to see more of, there's still time to insert more unhappiness in the shifting streets of the City of Eyes. NB. This is still a work in progress. Expect typos, strange omissions and occasional grammatical fufus. The official line is that a mind flayer is tampering with my work, which sounds ridiculous until you realise thats exactly what they want you to think.

Reviews: 

"I died twice. On the stairs." - Levo the Brave.

"I don't think I want to play D&D anymore." - Samwise the Unready.

"Wait, I'm dead already?" - Bognab the Bard. 

Dark things dwell in the undercity of Elysium.


Mother Haggle's Notice Board

The Magic Cow, in which she loses her favourite cow. What larks. [Level 1]
Improbable Fiction, in which peculiar creatures are lost and found. [Level 1]
Pride & Prejudice, in which we learn that it's bad to stand out. [Level 1]
Fairly Inconvenient, in which she gets on the wrong side of the fey. [Level 1-2]
Spooky Sidequests, in which peculiar events turn into nightmarish conclusions. [Level 1-2]
The Wages Of Sin, in which unholy occurrences prove hard to dispel. [Level 1-2]
Ill Met By Moonlight, in which in which the light of the moon shows who you truly are. [Level 1-2]
Bring Me A Dream, in which a witch hunt becomes a sleepover. [Level 3]
Weird Sisters, in which Mother Haggle's daughters need putting to bed. Permanently. [Level 3-5]
Dust and Shadow, in which you get to deal with an ugly old bag. [Level 4-5]
Reflections, in which we didn't realise this was a sad occasion. [Level 5]
Lend Me Your Ear, in which many goblins meet an ugly end. [Level 5]
Tunnel Vision, in which kobolds go kablooie. [Level 5]
Hedge Your Best, in which we learn dragons are bad for business. [Level 5]
What The Devil, in which the devil you know is more dangerous than it appears [Levels 5-6]
The Sandman Is Here - Part One: Overtures, in which an old enemy resurfaces. [Level 5]
The Sandman Is Here - Part Two: Dreams of the Earth, in which new enemies awaken. [Level 6]

Also:

Fifth Business - Faction Quests for Faerun
City of Eyes - A setting you'd rather not see.
One Page Woes - Miserable ideas for a rainy day. 

@deathbybadger

 
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Nod H February 05, 2018 2:00 am UTC
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So I come to download the update and see this:

You Have Purchased This Product
(onepagewoescollection.pdf)
(TheCityofEyesmk15.pdf)
(TheCityofEyesmk15.pdf)

So which file am I downloading to get the updated one?
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Oliver C February 05, 2018 4:17 am UTC
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Dear Nod,

How very peculiar. I can only see one copy of TheCityOfEyesmk15.pdf on the uploaded files. I'll lodge a query with support. Either version of mk15 should work for now. :)
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Nina E February 02, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
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Would it be possible to get a map of the Crooked House?
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Nina E February 02, 2018 11:09 pm UTC
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Also, where is the information on the Infinite Stair?
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Oliver C February 04, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
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Hey Nina,

I've just updated the files to include Chapter 5, and add in the appendix on the Infinite Stair. Turns out it went walkabouts, which you wouldn't think was possible for a staircase, but it turns out it just has a heightened sense of irony.

I don't have a map of the Crooked House at the moment, but I'll see about coming up with one to release with the next installment if that would help.

Remember, everything is fine. Don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise, they're all paranoid. Particularly the ones who talk about monsters in the walls - how would they even get in there? It's probably nothing.

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Nina E February 04, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
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Thank you so much for the update! This is super helpful!
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Derek T February 06, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
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I used the Watcherhaus from Curse of Strahd and that worked pretty well.
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Elizabeth B January 19, 2018 8:30 pm UTC
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Wow! I love it! I've been looking for something like this for a LONG time. THANK YOU!!! Wondering what your release plans are for the next chapters. Don't mean any rush, there's plenty here to keep them busy for some time. Thanks again!
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Oliver C January 22, 2018 3:07 am UTC
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Hey. :) it's been taking longer than I thought to get all my little horrible ducks in a line. The next one up is a big one, with Dr. Brains and his asylum, and I want to do it justice. Tentatively I'm hoping to have it out in the next month or so if not sooner. Remember - "Every day, in every way, we are getting Better & Better!"
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Oliver C February 04, 2018 11:32 pm UTC
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Hey Elizabeth.

Chapter 5 is up, and I'm shortly getting on with Chapter 6. Remember, if something steals your eyelashes whilst you sleep, it's best just to grow new ones rather than look under your bed during the witching hour.

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Nina E February 09, 2018 3:02 am UTC
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When you update that, do you think you could add the foulbear statblock? It seems to be missing from appendix F.
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Oliver C February 09, 2018 5:53 am UTC
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Baha, the appendices are such a mess. Yes, no problem, I'll add that too.
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Nina E February 09, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
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Thanks!
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Oliver C February 13, 2018 11:51 pm UTC
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Chapters 6 & 7 are up. Foulbear added, and a little easter egg too. Not the Elysian kind of easter egg, though. Those always have spiders in.
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Nina E February 18, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
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Thanks! I'm loving the new chapters, especially the Undercity. However, I noticed in Chapter 5 that it mentions a One Page Woe about Farrick Forcester, but i cant seem to find it.
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Derek T January 11, 2018 11:25 pm UTC
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I'm really enjoying the adventure so far. I'm going to start running it in February and I've been setting it up. The content looks great. Some parts seem to be missing, though, like the description of the Infinite Stair from Appendix G.
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Oliver C January 12, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
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Ah. A spider probably ate it. I'll see if I can find it, and convince it to give it back.
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Oliver C January 22, 2018 3:08 am UTC
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Sorry about the wait, Derek. I found the spider, and turns out it ate all my memories too. I think I found the page you were looking for though, and I'll upload it next week...if I can remember to.
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Oliver C February 04, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
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Ok, Appendix H with the Infinite stair, and Chapter 5 are both live. Just like my aunt was, for a while. Terrible business, that. Just awful. Killed by her own scarecrow in a lover's quarrel. Or was it *by* a lover's quarrel? ....I always forget, and Mr. Sackington was handy with a crossbow...
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Derek T February 06, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
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I just downloaded the new file (17) and I'm loving it. Thanks for the update. My players are loving the game, too.
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Oliver C February 06, 2018 8:23 pm UTC
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No problem :D Chapter 6 is underway too. I've been a busy bee lately - let me know how it goes :P
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Oliver C February 13, 2018 11:50 pm UTC
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Chapters 6 & 7 are up. Or down. Depending on how you look at it.
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Derek T September 20, 2017 5:09 am UTC
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I love your first two chapters here. What kind of a release schedule do you have planned for the rest?
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Oliver C September 20, 2017 10:54 pm UTC
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Thanks! I'm scrubbing up the main pdf to clarify some things, which should be done soon. I'm hoping to release the remaining chapters over the next month or two, if not sooner :D
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rick B November 21, 2017 7:46 pm UTC
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I also am looking forward to more information from the city of eyes
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Oliver C December 27, 2017 3:35 pm UTC
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Chapter Three is up. Go nuts.
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