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Death in the Cornfields

Death in the Cornfields


A horror-themed side-trek!

A scarecrow in a field can be a little unnerving, but what if the scarecrow is actually a young man close to death? Why has he been left to die, and what dark secrets do the farmlands hold?

This short adventure for 4th-level characters is designed to be used as the party travel through any rural setting, or as a sidequest during Curse of Strahd. It has a running time of 1-2 hours.

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Sam W January 11, 2021 4:40 am UTC
Interesting little encounter. Since the author mentions it could be incorporated into Curse of Strahd, I assumed it would be 5e-compatible. But I’m not sure how one would reconcile the setup with 5e rules for vampire spawn creation. 5e rules state that the vampire’s victim must be slain by vampire (specifically, being bitten and reduced to 0 max hit points), then buried in the ground. Only then will the victim rise as a vampire spawn he following night. (And unlike lycanthropy, this is not a curse.)
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Devin R October 02, 2018 2:07 am UTC
Can I use this adventure for an episode of my D&D podcast (with proper attribution and links of course)?
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Merric B October 02, 2018 11:57 pm UTC
Yes. More than happy to have it feature! :)
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Devin R October 31, 2018 1:25 am UTC
Thank you so much! If you'd like, I can drop a link to the episode here when it's out!
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October 02, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
Could this be dropped into the Forgotten Realms easily?
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Merric B October 25, 2016 10:10 pm UTC
Yes, very easily. It's pretty setting-independent.
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Luke C May 02, 2016 8:51 pm UTC
What party level is this meant for?
I have a group of 6 level 5 players, what this fit into my campaign as a session?
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Merric B May 03, 2016 5:51 am UTC
It's meant for 4th level characters. It would probably fit, but level 5 plays a bit differently to level 4, which you may have to take into account.
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Merric B April 14, 2016 7:34 am UTC
Quick note: a couple of reviewers have touched on a certain plot point in the adventure, and wondered how it works in Barovia. The explanation can be found on page 26 of Curse of Strahd. Barovians believe a lot of things. Their beliefs doesn't always match reality. (If you don't have Curse of Strahd, it's unlikely the problem will occur to you!)
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