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This is the PDF module.  For the Fantasy Grounds VTT module - go here.

"Another great piece of writing from one of the guilds leading writers!!!"

***NOTE - The preview shows several maps and is really for DM's eyes only.***

Into the Belly of the Beast is a swamp adventure for four to five characters of level 5 - 8 with an approximate play time of 6 to 8-hours.

Take the adventuring party on a journey through a nasty, smelly swamp as they follow an exotic map which (they hope) leads to a grand treasure.  Unknown hazards, NPCs, adventure, and creatures stand between them and the X that 'marks the spot' on the map.

This adventure includes:

  • Custom art
  • 8 hand-drawn maps (color and black & white included)
  • 3 new creatures
  • 1 new magic item
  • Includes a printer-friendly version of the adventure.

Into the Belly of the Beast runs smoothly as-is, but an additional 8 encounters are included.  These encounters can be used to lengthen the adventure, or they could be used separately and added to your own campaign.

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Aaron W March 23, 2020 4:09 pm UTC
Loving the module (among a few of yours). Is there any way to get the color version of the maps without the callouts?
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Devin S March 28, 2024 5:14 am UTC
Hiya! I just picked up the adventure and was also looking for the colored maps without tags and it looks like there wasn't a response. I edited them and uploaded them here if case anyone would like them! It's free, obviously, and all credit and ownership go to Jeff C. Stevens and Elven Tower Cartography!
<a href="">Into the Belly of the Beast - No Tag Colored Maps</a>

If not allowed let me know and I'll take it down!
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Justin H October 15, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
This is a wonderful hidden gem! I ran it for my students and they had a blast! They all cringed at the toenail in the stew! What a great piece of flavor! This adventure finds a great balance of the pillars of adventuring. Well done!
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Karl L March 29, 2018 11:54 am UTC
I heard your interview on Crit Academy and you said that this is a title that hasn't sold as well as others, well, I was excited because I had already bought it because it was such a neat idea and extremely interesting.

I'm a huge fan. I also had to buy Dragons Breath Tavern because I couldn't wait to win it on the podcast. I needed to add it to my campaign.
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Jacob C May 18, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
I found the mostly sunken castle really interesting. It's a really unique setting, with some interesting environmental hazards.

One thing I plan on doing today when I run that segment of the adventure is adding a deeper level of water to Area F with the Giant Constrictor Snake. I thought this could add something extra to this fight. I am picturing similar to Luke Skywalker in the trash compartment, getting yanked and dragged into the water, while his friends attempt to find the creature to strike it.

Did you play around at all with the snake(s) pulling PCs into the water? It seems to help emphasize the sunken nature of the castle, and make the snake encounter more challenging and unique.
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Jacob C May 19, 2017 6:39 pm UTC
I used it yesterday and the party seemed to really enjoy it. I expanded the room the encounter took place in, so that more party members could reasonably fit in. Luckily the party explored the room with the hidden treasure under the stone first, so they all ran into this room, expecting more treasure, splitting up searching. Very funny when the rogue was yanked under the water! Even better the party tried attacking the snake, but in the mass of churning confused water two of the party members missed so badly they hit their friend!

It was a fun tweak, and pretty easy to work in, would suggest it to anyone looking to build on the environment of the ruins :).

Really enjoying this adventure, thanks for creating it! I'll post a review after I finish it.
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Lex D May 03, 2017 11:17 pm UTC
I know it's encounter-focused, but how much non-combat stuff is there? Things like NPCs, flavor/fluff, plot and story, etc. Like, I absolutely loved the flavor provided by Bale's, which has become my player's favorite store.
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