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Something evil is devouring the souls of the living in Chult, but before the characters take on the horrors in Tomb of Annihilation, they must first uncover the death curse’s origin by braving a lich’s tower in the Cloakwood. This introductory adventure is designed for a party of four to six 1st-level characters, who should advance to 2nd level by the adventurer’s conclusion. It is a prelude to Tomb of Annihilation that should take about 2 to 3 hours.

This product includes Fantasy Grounds files for the adventure.

What Inspired Cellar of Death?

The introduction of Tomb of Annihilation states Syndra Silvane learned about the Soulmonger from the Harpers, who “received their intelligence from a lich.” This adventure is the story of how the Harpers gathered that information.

Cellar of Death has a second purpose: to give characters a greater stake in the outcome of Tomb of Annihilation by creating an NPC they love. The death curse kills this NPC, giving the characters a personal reason to go to Chult.


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Tristram C December 11, 2018 9:53 pm UTC
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Really enjoyed running this module, though had issues getting my team to take to the NPC they were creating. Certainly helped to set the scene and let them come to grips with the death curse. Particularly good starting material for ToA.
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Robert M November 14, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
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There was a ".mod" file in the download. I'm unfamiliar with this file extension. Is this a mistake? Should I add remove and add a .pdf extension? Please advise. Thanks!
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Ahsan R September 08, 2018 7:50 pm UTC
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Slightly confused, are the PCs stealing the phylactery or the spellbook? The adventure keeps switching between the two and even includes the spells in the book.
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Adam T September 09, 2018 5:45 am UTC
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The Spellbook is the Phylactery.
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Adam Z September 08, 2018 2:25 am UTC
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I have converted the map of the cellar into vector art (for use in printing battlemaps or what have you). I wonder if that would be appropriate to post here?
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Felipe A August 22, 2018 8:42 pm UTC
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So, in the encounter with the Flesh Golem it's written that it blocks the path to the rest of the tower, because it would not be used in this adventure. Is there a sequel to this one? One after ToA, I presume?
I really loved the adventure and would like to use the Duchess in a next adventure!
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Daniel N June 15, 2018 11:09 am UTC
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Thanks for a great intro to Tomb of Annihilation, I had my group preparing the NPC for a week prior so there was a bit of a shock at the start for them! The eulogies was also a great way of getting people to do a little bit of RPing and as a new group it helped break the ice.
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Roger M May 07, 2018 7:45 pm UTC
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Ok, I have played in the module and the DM rewarded Elonast as Story Award. Is this okay? Also Elonast does not speak so how does it communicate with the party? I am think it a temporary bond which ends with the adventure.
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Julius M February 18, 2018 7:41 pm UTC
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What does "The shield on the wall is a shield of missile attraction that appears to be an arrow-catching shield." mean? Do the characters identify it as an arrow-catching shield if they study it during short rest?

How about with identify spell?
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Darren O February 15, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
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In case anyone was curious to see how this plays, my group plays entirely over text. I archived it into a website format. Obvious spoilers so don't look at this unless you're the DM!

http://darrenortiz.ca/misc/cellar-of-death/
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Rob T February 03, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
James, you should change the file format to "multiple" since it contains the FG mod as well. :)
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Christopher F January 24, 2018 2:02 am UTC
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Hi! The Fantasy Grounds Module doesn't have a treasure parcel for the Shield of Missile Attraction in map location Z10. I added it myself, but you might want to update the module. It's VERY easy to miss this if you're running it and relying on parcels!

Other than that, I'm tweaking this module for my CoS group that's starting out. Instead of the death curse, they're going in to find information on why this person is unable to be resurrected. It turns out her soul has been reborn in Ireena Kolyana. =)
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Wesley S January 20, 2018 10:39 pm UTC
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The map isn't loading for me for some reason. Is there any way to fix this?
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Brittney H January 17, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
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Is there a recommended min/max experience if I want to run this as an individual AL module?
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Douglas B January 05, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
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Nice work, running this adventure tonight for Adventurers League.

One quick note. The orientation of your map appears to be wrong. If one is traveling south from Baldur's Gate, the Cloakwood is to the East. The map has the cellar extending to the West, which would put it in the Sea of Swords, rather than beneath the Cloakwood.

Minor detail, but I'm a map junkie, and noticed it right off.
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Ian M January 28, 2018 2:12 pm UTC
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I think the entrance into the tower is actually on the southeast corner of the tower, though -- Callbrax pulls the keelboat onto the shore then hops into the water, so I think that solves that particular problem.
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Simon C December 19, 2017 2:49 pm UTC
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I have just purchased this mod and I was wondering if there is any guidance on scaling for higher difficulty levels available from peoples personal experience.
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Chris V November 27, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
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How do i get the mod into fantasy grounds ?
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Chris V November 27, 2017 6:33 pm UTC
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alright my apologies for a little bit of research and I figured it out myself.
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Roger R December 29, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Could you share with us what you figured out please?
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Christopher F January 24, 2018 1:58 am UTC
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Copy the .mod file into "%appdata%Fantasy Groundsmodules" (%appdata% is generally C:UsersYOURUSERNAMEAppdataRoaming
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