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The Lost Places: Iron Keep

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First the bandits attacked then the Roc carried away the guide.  Since then you have blindly followed the camels hoping that their instincts would lead you to water or help of some kind.  You and your friends are lost in a sea of sand.  Plodding along in the shadow of the camels and doing your best to stay alert.  Ahead the heat shimmers take shape.  This time it is a castle.  Blinking away the dryness in your eyes you realize that the tower is not a mirage but it is broken.

An adventure for 5th-8th level characters

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Jeffrey C June 11, 2019 1:08 pm UTC
Question for the author - do you do anything to help guide the party along to do the levels of the Keep itself before descending into the caverns? Was anything playtested? I have an extra campaign-oriented encounter I'm adding in to this module (the party is on their way to the Iron Keep unbeknownst to them) and would prefer they did not go down the stairs from the get go. I'm thinking about adding some kind of locked door or something that would require them to collect items/clues from the Keep first. Before I go creating stuff, wanted to check on possible existing solutions first.
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Jason P June 11, 2019 9:04 pm UTC
I did run a playtest but the group was the type that cleared a level before charging off to another, afraid they might be attacked by something they left behind. As to guiding them to the lower levels, I do some RP stuff to get them in the direction but I did not have clues in the playtest. Though its a good idea. I have a group who will be headed there later this year or first of next year, depending on the campaign and like you I am adjusting the adventure to fit the overall story of the campaign.

I attempt to write these so they are open and easy to fit into any setting or event. I come from an old school style of DM'ing and often adjust things on the fly during my games.

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Jeffrey C August 03, 2019 8:33 pm UTC
Thanks. As I guessed, the party wanted to go down first. I anticipated this and had added in a trap door they had to get through (both down staircases led to this one door). Took two keys which were hidden on the 2nd and 3rd level. Party had a lot of fun running this.
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