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An unexpected envoy arrives in Sporedome and offers to give aid against the fire giants of Maerimydra, if you are willing to help his people with a small problem.

Designer: Alan Patrick

Characters of Level 5-10

Playtime: 2 hours

Also included in the purchase of this adventure is a version specially converted for use with the Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop software. The converted adventure features all the text and maps from the original adventure along with cross-linking of monsters, spells, magic items, equipment, and story elements, plus the powerful rules automation for which Fantasy Grounds is known.

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Robert T July 27, 2018 4:21 am UTC
I liked this adventure. It was a good creepy adventure. Even the most powerful can fall and what appears to be the weakest one of the group can save everyone.
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Charles F June 03, 2018 10:46 pm UTC
I absolutely love this adventure and I have run it more than any other single module. Look to other people's notes about the combat — if it goes wrong, it can be deadly. More, if you have low intelligence characters, they may be stunned the whole fight which just isn't fun. So watch out for that.

The best thing about this module is the exploration. I've found that really playing up the creepy nature of the brain sinks is a lot of fun, and if, after they put the first brain in, you start making it sink somewhat slowly you can make a ticking clock that really forces players to move quickly even though they can take as long as they want. It helps with the suspense.
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Scott B April 08, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Rogue Thought will stun and then kill entire parties if they aren't prepared for him.
Given how death by Mind flayer/Intellect devourer plays out this is effectively permadeath in AL barring access to True Resurrection or Regenerate.
Make sure the players know what they are getting in to when they sit down at the table.
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john J March 20, 2018 4:09 am UTC
very deadly adventure, if run right. I love it.
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Glenn H September 22, 2017 11:40 pm UTC
I DM'd this at a game store and totally underestimated the party's ability to crush the relatively squishy Boss Monster, despite it's awesome attacks and lair actions. My first mistake was placing him centrally then the party led off with a Fire Ball. What occurred to me later is that the Boss has an awesome combination by using Misty Step as a bonus action then One With Shadow so that the party won't know where he is until the next round's attack. I think he could do this 3 times! I can't wait to DM this again so I can try this trick and get revenge for the easy kill the first time.

One other comment: The Lair Action to Dispel Magic is set up as a powerful once-per-fight occurrence, but that spell is not used in combat much and it's not clear to me that it would do much. The way I played it (and the way it worked when I played it with another DM) is more like an Antimagic Field that stops spells and causes summoned creatures to disappear. I even ruled that the Druid lost his Wild Shape (which...See more
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JASON D April 07, 2017 3:59 am UTC
I loved this module. Not only is it a great challenge for a T2 party, it's just creepy and alien enough for the Underdark setting. There is a perfect balance of RP, exploration, puzzles, and combat in this module. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. The plotline is also very classic: A rogue mind-flayer is an issue for an Illithid colony. Exceptionally done, WOTC!
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Judd W R April 06, 2017 10:14 pm UTC
I recently ran this adventure for a store. Since I didn't purchase it on my personal account (the store did), I'm reviewing here instead of in the reviews section.
I absolutely loved this mod. Fun concept and mood, interesting characters, interesting combat scenarios and puzzle/problem-solving. Unlike many of the 2-hour mods I've seen, it's actually brief enough to really fit into 2 hours without dropping major plot points. But if you did want to expand a bit, it's got the RP and background information that would really allow players to explore.
There are a couple of typos and areas missing information, but it's all documented in the google doc with AL adventure errata/suggestions. Folks have even written up text for some of the critical missing information that you can use, so really it barely slows you down.
One of my favorite 2-hour mods so far. Overall I'd give it 4.5 stars, and the half-point off is only for the missing info.
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Daron F March 10, 2017 4:40 am UTC
I am preparing this mod to run in store, and I may have the old version. The final combat's "Adjusting the Encounter" section left me very confused. I am probably going to have a "Strong" party, but the entry for strong is blank. Additionally, there is mention of removing an Intellect Devourer for "Weak" parties, but there is no mention of them being in the encounter to begin with, Just Rogue Thought and 3 Githyanki.

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Michael B March 16, 2016 12:23 am UTC
Is this the corrected version? What are the differences from the free version?
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Alan P March 16, 2016 3:26 am UTC
This is the final corrected version. The changes are chiefly in the puzzle and final encounter, though numerous other updates were made as well.
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Alan P March 15, 2016 8:22 pm UTC
Did you pick this adventure up? What did you think? Catch me and let's chat about it - help me make better adventures for the AL and for home play!

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This title was added to our catalog on March 15, 2016.