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The Secrets of Skyhorn Lighthouse

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"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..."

Rumors of a rampaging sea monster have ground shipping traffic to a halt in the harbor. The players 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 an adventure for 5th-level characters. It takes about 5-7 hours to complete and includes:

  • Four new monsters: eelfolk, eelfolk hunter, eelfolk scourge, and eelfolk stormcaller.
  • Negotiations with pirates, underwater combat, and shark attacks!
  • A carefully crafted format to make running the adventure easy and customizable.
  • Combat cards for each monster, PC, and special treasure.
  • Digital maps for use with Virtual Table Tops.
  • A Fantasy Grounds conversion by Gwydion!
 
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Tyler D December 08, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
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I love the way that this pdf is laid out. Would definitely love to have more quick and accessible adventures like this! Thank you so much <3
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Michael L December 03, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
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Really love the look of this one-shot, gonna be running it for my birthday on Saturday! It's only my second time DMing, so I was wondering how you would handle the sailors in the Sea Monster Attacks (p7) encounter? Would any of them be participating in the fight? If so, would I group them similar to how I would enemies? Just don't want the encounter to get too tedious for my players.
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Kelsey D December 06, 2018 5:25 am UTC
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Hi Michael! Happy early birthday!! :) That’s a great question about the crew. The ship is crewed light, so in my mind, the sailors would be very busy during the fight just trying to keep the ship from capsizing. Same is true for Sheila — she has to fight to steer as the elemental is crashing around battering the ship and crew. Although I’m sure they’d try to help in a very dire situation, such as if the players are getting totally overwhelmed. I hope that helps and that you have fun on Saturday!
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Kristyna Z November 28, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
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Are there any pre-made characters for this?
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Kelsey D November 28, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
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Hi there! I don't have any pre-made characters for the adventure, but there are tons of great pre-made ones online for free at all character levels (some created by Wizards of the Coast, even). Those would be great resources if you need characters quickly! :)
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Scott B November 15, 2018 7:01 am UTC
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Cant download PDF version. Zip file works, has maps and content but is missing the adventure??
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Scott B November 15, 2018 7:25 am UTC
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Nevermind it was glitching out. I love the layout very easy to follow, its a shame i couldn't find any other adventures from you!
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Kelsey D November 18, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
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I'm glad it's sorted out! :) I have more of my adventures on my website, www.thearcanelibrary.com. Thanks for scoping out my work!
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Brent F October 31, 2018 12:12 pm UTC
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I've got the pdf, but I'm still old school and like having a physical copies of modules, So I'd would really love to see a P.O.D. for this!!! B. Fuller
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Kelsey D October 31, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
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Thank you! If WotC extended that option to me, I would surely take it! :)
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Conor B October 26, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
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Fantastic one-shot! Really well laid out, with tons of great information for this first time DM. I ran this for some experienced players and felt very comfortable the whole time. We ended up spinning a whole campaign out of it.

The balance seems right for 5 players. With 3 PCs and a cleric NPC, it was quite challenging (in a good way).
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Dominick M October 15, 2018 1:43 am UTC
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SPOILER ALERT

Hey Kelsey, great one-shot. I can see why it is one of the highest rated one-shots on this site. I've run this one shot two times now. The first time was great for learning where to cut corners to cut down on the overall timeframe and also taught me that I wanted some additional maps added.
For the first session, it lasted 5.5 hours with five level 5 characters, one of which was a barb who chased a cat the whole time before falling to his death from the lighthouse lol ... so really, it was four level 5 characters. And with that, they fought the pirates at the beginning, the elemental, the first group of eelfolk (second group was taken out. Felt excessive, especially for the time was already over two hours at this time), and then they went right instead of down in the cave so they avoided the ship and the sharks. The last fight was interesting because the wizard didn't know the range on fireball and almost TPK'd the party, all enemies, and all NPCs that were helping (Lucien and...See more
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Dominick M October 15, 2018 11:44 pm UTC
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if youd like to see and review, the link is following this message. i recommend at least looking at 40:26 for the battle against the elemental and quickly zoom through it to see how the port and starboard rolls affected everyone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrLLlM1FfBs
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Matthew M October 03, 2018 11:28 am UTC
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Haven't played this adventure yet but thought I should say that I ran both Temple of the Basilisk Cult and Crypts of Azarumme for my players and they really enjoyed them. They don't seem to be on DMs Guild. The presentation of the adventures is excellent and building on them to add extra details my group would like was very simple. Looking forward to running Skyhorn soon.
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Kelsey D October 07, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
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Thanks, Matthew! :) Very glad to hear you enjoyed both adventures and are running Skyhorn soon. I have Temple of the Basilisk Cult available for free on The Arcane Library's website, and Crypts of Azarumme on sale there, as well.
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Richard T September 30, 2018 1:57 am UTC
Hi Kelsey! I make paper minis on the side, I was wondering if you'd be opposed to me making minis for this campaign? I would offer them for free as the campaign is free as well. I had such a fun time running this as a pre-generated adventure and characters with my family over thanksgiving last year that I want the fun to continue.
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Kelsey D September 30, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
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Hi Richard! That is the coolest, I am all for this! Thanks so much for asking. I'm very happy to hear the adventure was a hit at Thanksgiving, and I'm honored you'd apply your artistic talents to making super cool paper minis for it!
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Kelsey D September 30, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
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Oh!! And if it's not too much trouble, I'd love it if you let me know directly when you publish them. Definitely want to signal boost it on my platforms. Email is: kelsey@thearcanelibrary.com
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Forrest G September 10, 2018 5:54 am UTC
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Ok I am new to fantasy grounds and can't figure out how to get this onto it.
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Kelsey D September 10, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
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I'm not much of an expert, as it turns out! There's a section on the FG wiki here that hopefully explains it: http://www.fantasygrounds.com/wiki/index.php/Data_Files_Overview
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Forrest G September 11, 2018 6:07 am UTC
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Ok thank you
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James F October 01, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
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Hi Forest G, If your still looking for an answer to this what you need to do is find the 'The Secrets of Skyhorn Lighthouse.mod' file and drop it into your FG mods folder making sure you have the correct ruleset implimented (alernatively you can load it from the load campaign option on start up of FG's), You will have to go and load in the content as you do with FG purchases.

If you have trouble finding you FG mods folder theres a small folder icon in the top right of the FG's launcher that will pop open the folder for you so you dont have to locate it yourself.

Additionally I had some issues as it kept trying to change the .mod into a .mpg for me (no idea why) so I had to actually change the file extension manually to get it to work this was probably some weird issue with my system more than a universal one but thought I'd include it incase similar happened.

Hope this helps.
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Ronald D October 27, 2018 12:34 am UTC
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Same thing is happening to me but I don't know how to change it. I try doing it in the file properties but it doesn't seem to do anything.
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Michael P November 24, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
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As long as the file is named .mod, it does not matter that Windows thinks it is a music file (.mod was used ages ago for that). It will work fine in Fantasy Grounds.
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Lisa W August 22, 2018 5:49 am UTC
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I’m planning on running this for a party of 4 fourth level characters (cleric, barbarian, wizard & warlock/bard). Any recommendations where I should adjust monster count? Or should I add some kind of magic item to even the odds for the PC’s?
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Kelsey D August 25, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
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Hi Lisa! I'm sorry for the delay in getting back to you, hopefully it's not too late. In general, the power difference between 4th and 5th level characters is pretty steep, so I'd cut back the monsters by a fair amount in most encounters. Keeping the water elemental should be okay, but I'd remove 2-3 eelfolk combatants from the large melees (you can always keep them in your back pocket to charge in if the fight is far too easy). I'd also consider making the sharks flee a bit sooner than written since they can be high damage output; perhaps they're easily spooked off by taking damage.

Let me know if I can help in any other way!
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Lisa W August 25, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
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Thank you for your reply. We play tomorrow and I will use your suggestions.

I have another question. I’m having trouble imagining how the cave system looks in relationship to the buildings. For example area 6 is part of a cave, does that mean area 8 is also underground? I thought so until I read the description of the towers. Could you tell me what you had in mind here?

Thanks. I can’t wait to run this adventure. I gave my players homework to find a sea shanty and sing a verse or two. :)
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Kelsey D August 26, 2018 11:29 pm UTC
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Hi Lisa! Yes, all of the structures in areas 5-9 are underground. I imagined areas 8-9 as built inside the caves themselves, or else old sunken buildings that have fallen underground over millennia. The broken towers are remnants of buildings and are also underground.

I hope that helps! I love that your players are going to come prepared with some sea shanties! :D
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tr F August 21, 2018 8:27 am UTC
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I just ran this as a one-shot for my group! This was for 3 x Level 5 characters (Battlemaster Fighter, Devotion Paladin and Archfey Warlock). To make it work for them I made the following changes:

General:
- Changed antagonists to a mixed group of eelfolk and pirates, led by the Pirate Queen Isabella Yardley, whose goal was to pry out the bowl and take it for her fleet
- Added some friction between eelfolk and pirates for players to exploit if they wanted to (my water genasi warlock character spoke Aquan)

Sea Monster Attacks (p8)
- Added a ballista to the Annabelle Lee, which Sheila Coppertree fires after 3 rounds
- Removed beads of force, I worried these would be too swingy for a group of three

Under Siege (p9)
- Removed one regular eelfolk from the first group
- Dormitory contains 4 x Bandit (pirate) instead of eelfolk

Summoning Room (p14)
- Reduced to 2 x Eelfolk at front, 1 x Eelfolk hunter on tower
- Replaced...See more
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Kelsey D August 25, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
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These are some fantastic, well-balanced changes! I remember you mentioning this to me on Twitter if I'm not mistaken because I absolutely loved the concept of Pirate Queen Isabella Yardley. I also really like the flavor of the pirates having an uneasy alliance with the eelfolk, too. I'm so glad to hear it all made for a fantastic session!

And agreed about the need for print-friendly PDFs -- they're in the works for all my published adventures! :)
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Chris C August 16, 2018 9:33 pm UTC
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Running this tonight, so excited!!
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Kelsey D August 17, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
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I hope you had fun! :)
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Josh G August 11, 2018 10:56 pm UTC
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Is there any way I can download this as a pdf rather than a zip?
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Kelsey D August 17, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
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Hey Josh! Sorry for the delay, the .pdf file of the adventure is separated out, and the rest of the content (map, combat cards, etc.) are rolled into a .zip file. Otherwise it would be a lot of .jpgs and other things floating around!
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Ahmed A July 26, 2018 7:00 am UTC
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Hi Kelsey, I happen to stumble on your adventure while prepping for a session, and it seems to be the perfect fit for a project I wanted to work on.
I'm thinking about doing free Arabic translation for exceptional published content here in the DMG, and your adventure is one I would like to start with.
My goal is make D&D more accessible for people who speak Arabic but know very little English. Once done, I'll send you the translated work and you can add it along with the original and the FG version as you already do. I don't want anything in return, I just want more people to have less barriers to enter this hobby.
Let me know if you are interested in this. And feel free to contact me at ahmed@aljabry.com if you have any questions
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Erick B July 06, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
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What level should the party be to run this module?
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Kelsey D July 08, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
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5th level. :)
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