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The House of the Midnight Violet

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"This was a great adventure to drop into my ongoing campaign - it hits just the right kinds of horror notes, and has a really interesting story that unfolds at a nice pace."

"A well-written adventure through a mansion filled with dark secrets."

The House of the Midnight Violet is a 3+ hour standalone adventure designed for 5th Edition.  The print version of the adventure is intended for four to five characters of level 4 to 6, and includes scaling suggestions up to level 12.  It is set in a non-specific location and can be included in nearly every campaign.

The party is recruited by an innkeeper to recover a flower from a nearby mansion.  He is an alchemist and he is running short on his supply of the Midnight Violet.

Town rumors warn the party to stay away.  But, that's unlikely given that your heros are mighty and brave. 

While exploring the mansion, the adventurers will learn the story of the family that once lived there and what caused their demise.  That is...if they live that long. 

Two new creatures and one new magic item are introduced in this adventure.

*This is the PDF version of the advetnure.  Click HERE for the Fantasy Grounds VTT version!*

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Benjamin B May 24, 2021 10:14 pm UTC
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Hoping to run this for my online group on a VTT
Is there a version of the map where "secret door" and other such text isn't written on and so not to give away the suprise?
Having a read through I am hoping they enjoy it!
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Jeff S May 24, 2021 10:18 pm UTC
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Unfortunately, I do not have any maps without the tags for this adventure. I apologize. My newer products do come with DM and Player versions.

When I first published this adventure and commissioned the maps, I wasn't familiar with VTT play.
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Kathleen M November 20, 2020 5:06 pm UTC
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Currently running this for my group, who are very much enjoying it.

I've made a few small changes to suit me -- I didn't like the logic of the map, so moved the kitchen/dining/courtyard to a separate outbuilding, and the cellar area to the back of a cave behind the kitchen garden used for cold storage, adjusting the diary appropriately. I also ripped the diary in half, with the first, more innocuous, half being found outside the mansion.

I'm hoping for Mr. TimTom to take advantage of the height of the cave to avoid combat and fly off to be a future antagonist, but we'll see how fast the party is at taking him down. Also decided that he ought to have summons even for a low-level party, and am using some Dretches reimagined as creepy voodoo doll poppets.

The adventure could totally be run as-is, of course, but I had even more fun hanging some bits of my own invention off the solid framework.
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Jisun S October 30, 2020 9:34 pm UTC
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I ran this for my group for Halloween, and it was a blast. We all had a lot of fun with the adventure in the haunted mansion.
This is a good adventure with original enemies and a bitter-sweet story, with some room to add some of your own creativity. For example, I had magic candies near the entrance of the mansion for the players to grab. Later on they could use it to drive the cats away (in the garden) without harming them.
Overall, I highly recommend.
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Rebecca B December 17, 2019 6:13 pm UTC
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A wonderfully creative adventure that has been a joy to prepare and an even more joyful adventure to set my party loose in on an eerie Friday the 13th! If there are anymore, count me in in buying it! I really enjoyed how clearly laid out the adventure was and the room for adding in your own flare and twists on the situations the party put themselves in. Please write more!
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Patrick D November 06, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
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This is a fantastic adventure with excellent writing. I did this as a Halloween adventure for my players and it was the first time I ever ran from a module. Everything is given to the DM in nice and neat packages with little to no room for error. The puzzles within are a nice challenge, especially if your players dont take notes. 10/10. There are just enough spaces to allow some DM fluff and freedom for spooky shenanigans such as illusions for Timtom to mess with the players.


The monster designs are masterful in my opinion. The doll encounter was excellent. The courtyard horde fight was hilarious and led to one of the creatures somehow becoming an NPC to return in the future after it rolled several crits, terrorizing the wizard and the other players laughing uncontrollably. Oh and I gave the players a bag of looting and they proceeded to dismantle and steal every piece of mahogany furniture in the house to later repair and furnish their future guild hall.

As soon as the players...See more
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Ruan L October 26, 2019 1:59 pm UTC
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Great adventure and really well written! I have one question that I am not 100% sure about... So when the players open the chest in the basement and find the smaller chest a voice speaks "The loveliest of views." How should the players figure out the phrase True Love? This is the only thing that I am unsure of.

Thanks for a cool Halloween adventure - will be running it next week!! :) :)
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Ruan L October 26, 2019 4:40 pm UTC
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Sorry I found it haha - The picture frame!! :) :)
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Julie Y October 24, 2019 6:15 pm UTC
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The "Horrendous Stench" feature from the Greater Ghast is also in Mr. TimTom's statblock. I assume this is a mistake?
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Tom S September 23, 2019 5:11 pm UTC
The link to purchase this doesn't seem to be functioning.
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Joseph S October 12, 2019 12:46 am UTC
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I'm having the same issue as Tom.
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Susanne L October 25, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
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I translated this Adventure for my group. It was an absolute success, they had a lot of fun with it. Well done!
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Tommy B October 25, 2018 2:13 pm UTC
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This adventure is really helping me out putting a Halloween issue into my CoS campaign. I have one question however, since it isn't written in the adventure. How do you solve the puzzle box? The answer is Herbert, but what is the logic behind the puzzle? How would you solve it without just knowing the name? I have the kind of players who would start solving the puzzle box as a puzzle.
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Tommy B October 25, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
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Ah, so there is no way to "Solve" the puzzle as such from looking at the box itself without knowing about the boy? More a combination lock than a puzzle?
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Tiago M October 25, 2018 7:12 am UTC
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There's a few mistakes on the monsters, sometimes the bonuses stated for attacks and skills are 1 value off from what the monster's stats are... The ghast has biting and claw, but the claw is just weaker, there's never a reason (except roleplay) to use it since it doesn't have multiattack, and Mr.TimTom seems to have the ghast's smell feature, which I'm not sure if it's intended or not.

Another thing, near the start, you mention that the innkeeper is planning on using this flower to make a potion that puts the adventurers to sleep, and that the previous adventurer escaped his inn with a magic ring, but you never come back to it, why does this innkeeper want to trap the adventurers?

This isn't so much complaining, it's more me wanting to know what you originally intended with this. Overall, this seems pretty good and certainly helped me stick in a quick Halloween adventure in my game for next week!
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Tiago M October 26, 2018 2:00 am UTC
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Aah, gotcha, that makes more sense! How about the stench on TimTom, is he supposed to stink as well?
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Kyle T October 24, 2018 11:20 am UTC
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Im confused, how does the party find the secret door under the stairs? Am i missing a plot point?
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Stuart M October 22, 2018 4:47 am UTC
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(Preface: I haven't run this yet, just read through to prep it.)

The story here is interesting, and certainly lives up to the recommendation for a Halloween adventure that led me here. However, I'm having a very hard time with the layout of the mansion; it makes absolutely no sense as a house.

For instance, imagine someone coming to dinner--which, given the 8-place formal setting, is something they must have anticipated. The guests come into the foyer, someone takes their wet coats... which need to be carried through the owner's private study to get to the coat closet? Now to lead them to the dining room: everyone just heads... upstairs, then goes in shifts down the 1-2 person elevator, then into the kitchen and through it to the dining room? Or, assuming there's supposed to be a door on the west wall of the dining room that's not shown because it's blocked by rubble, it's: through the private studio of the owners, through the reading room, through/past the bathroom (there was one on...See more
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David M September 29, 2018 5:37 pm UTC
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I really loved this one-shot and I'm using for a special Halloween session using Pugmire. It fits all of the fun Halloween stuff. I even made a map for it. I am happy to share for free for others to use! https://imgur.com/a/TGnGncA
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David M September 30, 2018 12:21 am UTC
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I just updated it after taking a light tutorial! https://imgur.com/a/cFP3VZv
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Julie Y October 18, 2019 2:52 pm UTC
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I am planning to run this adventure soon for my group, so your maps will be super-useful! Thanks for sharing them.
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Blake G November 30, 2017 4:03 pm UTC
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I found this adventure to be very well-written, easy to run and easy to play.

Of all the adventures I've used from DMsGuild, this one played the most like official content. Really good stuff.
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Benjamin D September 15, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
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Just ran this with a group of mostly first time players using pregen level 5 characters and they loved it. We made it through the adventure in 4ish hours and had a lot of fun. Thank you for this great adventure, I'll be working this in with my regular group soon and taking a look at your other adventures.
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