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A small port seems the perfect place to dock when a freak storm forces the small trade cog, Sea's Rock, to find solid ground. But the newly discovered port town raises questions: where are all the residents, and are any of them still alive?

Designed for 3-5 players at level 1. This module favors investigative and inquisitive playstyles over kicking in the door with swords drawn. The players will explore an abandoned seaside lumber camp full of murdered bodies—only a feral half-orc child remains. Soon a darker secret unfolds, and as treasure stacks up, so does the body count.

Two dead bodies embracing. Slain by crossbow bolts.

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Luke P October 01, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
I just ran this adventure as a starter into my new campaign, and the players loved it! They were very happy to be able to piece together the story on their own, though I as the DM sometimes struggled to keep up with the map placements. Perhaps you could bundle all the pictures and maps at the end of the pdf, so that DMs can easily print them out for player handouts?

The picture of the gravesite was beautifully drawn, and the backstories of all the Npcs made the story come alive.

The only complaint that the players had was Ruby's name being the same name as the most dominant precious metal on the island, leading to some "who's on first" moments, so they renamed him George and he's actually going with them on their adventure.

The combats allowed the new players to learn how combat works, with passive perception, initiative, difficult & 3D terrains all playing into the various fights, especially in the last 'boss' fight. All in all, a blast for everyone at the...See more
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James H December 16, 2016 3:51 pm UTC
is their a general stat that can be used for an arm as a weapon? maovar got hit in the face with his own arm and I wasn't sure how much damage it would do other than confusing him a little.

they also ended it without any real combat, should I not have let them finish it this way?
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Remley F December 16, 2016 8:52 pm UTC
I believe a severed arm would classify as an Improvised Weapon, so it would do 1d4 bludgeoning and be swung without proficiency. It's perfectly fine to end without any real combat—it's more of a mystery game anyways. As long as you and the players had fun!
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Alex K October 24, 2016 5:20 pm UTC
This was a great adventure. My group loved it. I had to add some more monsters since I had a large group. They loved it. Thanks.

I know this is an island. Where about would be a good location to set the island within the Forgotten Realms? I'm trying to give my group a starting point where they left from Waterdeep but get blown off-course/lost at sea until they hit this island. I know it should be remote enough that no one can find it but I'm still fairly new to DMing.

Any suggestion would be appreciated.
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Adam R August 31, 2016 11:07 pm UTC
The map for the Clearing is not there. Is this intentional because of the simplicity of the area? This is an amazing adventure, great work!
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Remley F September 09, 2016 4:58 am UTC
Yes, I was going to make a map for it, but decided to nix it due to it being a simple area.
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Mo M May 23, 2016 6:48 pm UTC
I just noticed that the text entry for the "Resident's Well"-R9 on page 9 is wrong. It has mistakenly been cut and pasted from R7. I'm only just starting to wrap my head around what looks to be an interesting adventure. Definitely NOT the hack-and-slash killfest that some adventurers might expect. Great work!
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Remley F June 11, 2016 1:50 am UTC
Thank you! I will fix it asap.
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April 30, 2016 10:31 pm UTC
Hey, just wondering if im ok to use this in my campaign blog, along with other items you've uploaded provided i link back to the purchase page
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Remley F May 03, 2016 2:09 am UTC
Go for it! I'd love to see a link to the blog to witness the PC's experiences.
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Luke D June 26, 2016 8:08 pm UTC
yeah if you could link your blog that would be cool, I would be interested in reading it
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