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Descent to Ascension: A 20th-Level Adventure


You have served an evil deity for years. Doing so has allowed you to achieve abilities that make you seem god-like amongst the common folk. Attaining the level of power you now hold has not been easy. You have sacrificed much: lives, morals, contentment, and more. It has all been worth it. The time has come for you to leave this world and take your place among the pantheon of Faerûn. No longer will you be a god among men. Now, you will be a god among gods.

Most campaigns never reach level 20. Descent to Ascension is a one-shot adventure designed to give you a chance to try 20th-level play. It is not designed to be played as part of an ongoing campaign. The adventure takes place toward the end of the Sundering and is designed for a party of five 20th-level evil adventurers. 

This adventure includes:

  • A 10-page color adventure with an easy-to-follow encounter format
  • Printable color battle maps for all encounters in PDF format
  • Color battle maps in JPG format for use with virtual tabletop software
  • Map use license: All maps in this product may be used in other DMs Guild products

Author’s Note

Creating and playing a 20th level character can be a daunting task. If your players aren’t up for the challenge of rolling up a level 20 character, try visiting for a vast selection of pregenerated characters of all levels.

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Wietske B August 12, 2019 11:19 am UTC
This adventure sounds great, I'm going to run it with my friends. I was wondering though, for what type of lvl20 characters is the adventure balanced? Just with normal gear or including magic items? And what is the best way to possibly downscale it to 4 20th lvl characters?
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Dave Z August 12, 2019 11:51 am UTC
Feats and magic items can increase the power of even 20th level characters. Since this just a 1-shot, my suggestion would be to limit characters to a couple of magic items each. If you are going to have only four players, allow them a few more magic items to help up their power level.
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yoda A October 08, 2018 3:32 am UTC
Really enjoyed running this for my small group! Only issue I had was I really wanted to tpk them with the tarrasque, but the wizard threw up an illusory dragon between the party and the tarrasque, and then there was no room for the tarrasque to run past it so it eventually it died. Assuming we ran that right, might be good to make that last room a little wider. Loved the fact it was short enough for a night, had level 20 characters, and that you put a twist on it with evil characters.
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Patricio A January 02, 2017 10:28 pm UTC
In the synopsis, you have a typo where you spell "angels" as "angles" in the description for B1. This was seen in the Full-Size Preview version.
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Dave Z January 03, 2017 3:45 pm UTC
Thanks. I've uploaded a new PDF that corrects the error.
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Falko S December 28, 2016 3:55 am UTC
Not mentioned how many players are adviced. Are there 2/3/4/>5 player encounter settings ?
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Dave Z December 28, 2016 4:02 am UTC
Sorry, Faldo. I've updated the description. The adventure takes place toward the end of the Sundering and is designed for a party of five 20th-level evil adventurers.
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Dave Z October 19, 2016 7:54 pm UTC
Please post any errors you find in Descent to Descent to Ascension here, and I will do my best to correct and update the adventure.
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