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Rumors of a rampaging sea monster have ground shipping traffic to a halt in the harbor. The characters discover that the Jade Lion has gone missing near Skyhorn Lighthouse and learn they must brave the open seas and cutthroat enemies in order to save the crew from a murky fate!

The Secrets of Skyhorn Lighthouse is a 5-7 hour adventure for 5th-level characters.

Inside The Secrets of Skyhorn Lighthouse, you'll find:

  • Four new monsters: eelfolk, eelfolk hunter, eelfolk scourge, and eelfolk stormcaller
  • Negotiations with pirates, underwater combat, and shark attacks
  • The Arcane Library's signature format to make running the adventure effortless
  • Printable handouts/references for monsters, PCs, and special treasure
  • Gorgeous maps designed for easy use with Virtual Table Tops
  • A Fantasy Grounds conversion by Gwydion

"It's fantastic! This adventure is clearly and concisely laid out to make running it on the fly a cinch." ★★★★★

"The adventure is really good. It's detailed and in the same manner open and flexible." ★★★★★

"They love it! We stopped with a cliffhanger as they saw the lighthouse and the big wave approaching..." ★★★★★

Recipient of The Best rating from Bryce Lynch of tenfootpole.org!

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Check out the follow-up adventure for 8th-level characters, The Corruption of Skyhorn Lighthouse:

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Jan S August 02, 2022 7:36 pm UTC
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This adventure sounds really amazing and I would love to play it with my new group.
Of course they will be starting at level 1 so I need to level them up a bit.
Can anyone recommend one or two other adventures that would fit to the theme of this one?
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Zebulun K July 26, 2022 7:50 pm UTC
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Hi, I just got both Secrets and Corruption of Skyhorn and plugged the .mod files into Fantasy Grounds. Nice job, btw. I was confused with one thing, the maps for Secrets of Skyhorn in FGU don't match the ones in the PDF. Is there a reason for this or is it a mistake? Thanks.
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Kelsey D July 28, 2022 6:11 pm UTC
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Hey there! Yes, you are absolutely right -- the maps are different between the versions. The FG version has the adventure's original maps, and I've been in touch with the developer who made the FG mod so we can get the file updated with the new cartography. I hope I can get that update pushed out in the near future!
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Zebulun K July 29, 2022 6:42 pm UTC
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Awesome, thanks for the update!
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Tetiana S July 17, 2022 10:04 pm UTC
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Thank you for this adventure! I run it three times. Would you give me an approval to translate it into Ukrainian? Please)
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Marc L July 18, 2022 2:20 am UTC
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Let Her Translate!
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Aaron T June 29, 2022 8:26 pm UTC
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Planning to run this next week. I have 8 level 3s (family vacation). I know the module was made for 4-5 lvl 5s, you think 8 lvl3s would be about right?
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Kelsey D July 01, 2022 8:16 pm UTC
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I think that could work! Some of the enemies have area of effect damage, so I might supply them with a few spare potions of healing. But I think overall having 8 characters will account for the lower average level!
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Jean-Nicolas G May 11, 2022 1:41 am UTC
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When arriving in area 5 from area 3, where do the characters fall in the water on the map. Are they already near the sharks?

Thanks
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Kelsey D May 17, 2022 9:12 pm UTC
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Oh gosh, sorry I missed this! It's into that light patch of water on the upper northwest side of the map. I'll update the maps to mark that spot out better next chance I get!
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Paul K February 18, 2022 9:26 pm UTC
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How do i open and play the .mod file included in the zip file? I’m a new dm and not familiar with .mod files. I have an android phone and ipad pro please help.
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Kelsey D February 19, 2022 5:33 pm UTC
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Hi Paul! That file is specifically for importing the adventure into the Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop (if you use it). If you don't use Fantasy Grounds, it won't be anything you need to worry about!
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Paul K February 20, 2022 12:46 am UTC
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Oh thank you for the reply, I didn’t know that existed. After some research, i was wondering, would that mod file work on any other application or program? For example an ipad app?
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Kelsey D February 20, 2022 1:09 am UTC
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Glad I could help clarify that! :) And as far as I know, no, sadly there isn't any other way to use those .mod files except on Fantasy Grounds with a computer. I wonder if Fantasy Ground will ever make a version that works on other devices and platforms, but to my knowledge, that isn't the case yet!
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Paul K August 03, 2022 12:52 am UTC
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Thanks again for the help, love the adventure. Very helpful set up for a new Dm such as myself. 5 stars
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Andreas W November 14, 2021 1:41 pm UTC
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Was trying to DM för the first time and did try this module, can only say my group did love it.
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Alex C August 19, 2021 4:16 pm UTC
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Hello! I absolutely love the format of this campaign. This will be my first campaign I will be DMing (and I have only played a few times) and I am very excited! However I do have a question: do you have any advice for the number of party members this quest is built for or how to scale it appropriately? Depending on my friends I may be working with a party of 3 or 5 and I dont see anything in the campaign about making modifications based on players, that I could find anyway heh. These players are veteran players as well so having the option to scale up the difficulty if they try their min max shenanigans would be helpful. Thanks for all your hard work!
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Kelsey D August 19, 2021 6:25 pm UTC
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Hi Alex! That's super exciting, very glad to hear you'll be using this one as your first campaign. :D This adventure was optimized for 4-5 players. If you have 3 players, I might cut back the number of enemies (if it's a crowd) or the HP of any solo/tanky monsters (like the sharks and Eelfolk Scourges) by 25-30%. It's always easier to have a couple reinforcements show up halfway through the fight if it's too easy on the players, rather than backpedal if the encounter started off with too many enemies!

A general rule of thumb I use is to increase or decrease encounters by about 25% for each "step" of major difference between what the characters are playing vs. what the adventure was written for. So for each missing or surplus character, or each level the characters are too low/high, you can use that rough rule to help calibrate.

The fact that your players are veterans will be helpful to them -- running into fights without a bit of planning or preparation leads to harder situations...See more
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sam C June 14, 2021 4:23 pm UTC
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Hello,

I have a question regarding this campaign.

Where is it set in?
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Kelsey D June 16, 2021 2:14 am UTC
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Hi Sam! This is a world-neutral setting, so no specific world. Hopefully it can fit into almost any world with a temperate coastline/ocean!
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Isabella F May 14, 2021 9:53 pm UTC
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There seems to be an issue when I download the pdf? It jumps from page six to page ten, so I'm missing four full pages.
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Kelsey D May 18, 2021 7:26 pm UTC
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Hi Isabella! Sorry I missed this until now, I can't figure out why I don't receive notifications on these. I think what might be happening is you have the adventure's preview file, but the full document is actually inside the .zip (the second item you can download). There should be a full color and print-friendly version in there, along with maps and combat cards. Let me know if that doesn't turn out to be the problem and we can sort it out!
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Pascal S April 27, 2021 12:35 pm UTC
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Hi, a great adventure but i have a small problem of comprehension
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A rusty ladder leads 10 feet down from the trap door in Area 3 into the briny water of Area 5. The cavern ceiling
reaches 40 feet above the water (the lighthouse is 40 feet up to the flat).
So i do now understand the "10 feet down". Seems missing 30 feet to go the water.
Can you help me ?
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Kelsey D April 27, 2021 11:28 pm UTC
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Hi Pascal! I could have worded that more clearly. The ladder does not actually reach the water line. The characters have to drop off the ladder down into the water. I hope that helps explain it!
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Pascal S April 28, 2021 5:36 am UTC
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Dear Kelsey, its's totally clear now. Thanks
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Brad T February 19, 2021 11:04 pm UTC
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Hi, is there a different between the chests at the bottom of Area 5 and those in Area 8a are they both intended to be from from the Jade Lion?
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Kelsey D February 21, 2021 11:03 pm UTC
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Thanks for asking! They're all from the Jade Lion. :)
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Mark S January 17, 2021 7:51 pm UTC
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Hi, it only downloaded 9 pages yet it shows there should be more. Is there a different download i am not seeing?
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Kelsey D January 18, 2021 8:06 pm UTC
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Hi Mark! I wonder if maybe you have the preview file (which is listed as the first download on DMs Guild) and not the full thing. If you download the .zip (second file listed), it'll have the complete version of the adventure in there, plus other things like maps and combat cards.

Let me know if you're hitting any further issues, I'm sure we can sort it out! You could either reply on here (although I don't always get alerts for some reason), or message me directly to me at kelsey@thearcanelibrary.com. Always happy to help!

-Kelsey
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Martinsson S November 12, 2020 7:42 pm UTC
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Love the adventure on read through, just one question: between areas 6 and 8 the text says there's a tower wall that can be climbed - is that the straight wall between areas 6 and 8? Or just the rounded part?
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Kelsey D November 13, 2020 4:05 am UTC
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Thanks for asking! That's just the rounded part. I should have been more clear in the description! :)
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Ryan A November 10, 2020 7:43 pm UTC
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Hey, Kelsey! I love this adventure. You're good at creating these adventures. Any chance you could look over a one-shot I'm creating and offer feedback? Thank you!
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Sean K September 12, 2020 6:39 pm UTC
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Kelsey, just a small note that the link to the Suffocation rules doesn't seem to work (for me anyhow)

It currently is: https://www.5thsrd.org/adventuring/the_environment/%23suffocating
versus: https://www.5thsrd.org/adventuring/the_environment/#suffocating

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Kelsey D September 12, 2020 7:41 pm UTC
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Thank you for the heads up, Sean! The 5E SRD website recently got a big update, and I think that must have changed some links. The most recent version of the adventure should have the corrected link in it, so if you re-download that, you should be all set to go. Let me know if it's still giving you any issues after that. :)

-Kelsey
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