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Scarab of Death

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"We laughed, we cried... people died... it was great."

"An excellent adventure that focuses on the pillars of exploration and social interaction."

"At this price I consider this a steal."

Scarab of Death is a mystery adventure for a party of 10th level characters. It takes place in the Raging Bull District in Waterdeep (Forgotten Realms) but you can easily adapt the adventure to any city.

A young noble is found dead a block away from Nabulee’s Bazaar of the Extraordinary. Everything suggests that Nabulee was neglectful and left his scarab of death unattended, which ultimately led to the death of the noble. But how did the cursed brooch find its way out of Nabulee’s impenetrable vault in the first place? And why doesn’t Nabulee remember taking it out? Will the characters solve this mystery before the noble’s vengeful father has Nabulee beheaded?

In this adventure, you will find:

  • Over 25 pages of quality content
  • 4 to 6 hours of gameplay
  • Beautiful color maps and illustrations
  • New monsters and magic items, including the infamous scarab of death
  • A complete description of the Raging Bull District with a detailed map of the area
  • A printer-friendly DM Companion Booklet with monster stats and detailed scaling guidelines (levels 8 to 12)

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Check out our other adventures on DriveThruRPG and on the Dungeon Master's Guild:

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Pascal G December 23, 2023 2:00 pm UTC
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This module is very well written and covers almost every possibility. But there is one thing that doesn't make sense to me.
If Nabulee is the only customer who buys clothes from Horus, where did Mortimer get the purple tunica from? The Butler says, that it's very over the top, even for Nabulee's standards, so Mortimer probably didn't steal it from him. If Mortimer bought it from Horus, wouldn't Horus he remember that since Nabulee is normally his only customer?
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Lisa W September 17, 2023 6:12 am UTC
Could this adventure be upscaled for 12th level characters without too much trouble? Any suggestions or things to look out for if I bring in slightly higher PCs?
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Callan O July 24, 2023 11:57 pm UTC
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Ran this and had a whale of a time with my friends!
A player suggested if the "murder" happened in the auction room and the "culprit" was part of the crowd. Just as a way to add them as a suspect from the offset.
Regardless, we had a fantastic time and made a top notch 2 session quest whilst my main Icewind Dale: ROTFM is on a short hiatus.
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Sosefo M May 31, 2023 3:30 pm UTC
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I'm really excited to DM this one-shot, however I'd like to scale it down to 6th level PC's as I have a couple of players who are new to DnD. Does anyone have recommendations/tips for the best way to go about that for this adventure? Does it only really matter in the combat or will this effect their investigating as well? I can give magic items to bridge gaps as well. Thanks for any insights!
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Patrick B May 31, 2023 5:27 pm UTC
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I ran the campaign with 4 level 7 players, none of whom have 'optimized' characters. I don't recall them having too much trouble with the skill checks so you should be fine.

What you will need to adjust are the combat encounters in Mortimer's Mansion. In isolation none of them are beyond what they can handle, but if you have a party that likes to poke into every room they could get into trouble. Mortimer has some spells that could TPK if your group is too beat up.

My suggestion would be to hold some of the 'helper' monsters in reserve and only have them attack if you think the extra challenge is needed. Or send them in but be generous in when they decide to flee.
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Sosefo M June 02, 2023 5:24 pm UTC
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Thanks for the info! It's really helpful to hear and glad your run through with level 7's went well.
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Patrick B April 07, 2023 1:51 pm UTC
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Really loving this so far. I do have one minor nitpick. The stairs leading down from the third floor are in the wrong place. If all the images are stacked, the stairs should be one space lower, where the barrel is. I wouldn't have even noticed except it makes it hard to line things up nicely in a VTT like foundry or roll20. One a related note, it would also be handy to have a version of the 2nd floor map with a transparency for use in VTT environments.
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Jason E July 26, 2020 10:06 pm UTC
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The bookmarks, they're... beautiful! I've never seen such wonderful bookmarking before!
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Michelle V January 28, 2020 11:45 pm UTC
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I cannot find the statistics for the Mugabu anywhere. Could anyone help?
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Benoit D January 29, 2020 11:03 am UTC
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Hi Michelle

Mugabu is an iron golem with an intelligence score of 7 instead of 3. It's on page 13. The monster name isn't in bold, though. I'll fix that in the next update. Thanks for spotting it!
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Jim P May 25, 2019 5:42 am UTC
Can't leave a review, as I wasn't the buyer, but my DM was. Excellent 1 shot & great blend of investigation & combat. 4 stars!
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Eric S July 03, 2018 2:16 am UTC
Great adventure -- my players are having a lot of fun with it. BTW Nabulee's House map is off.
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Benoit D November 10, 2018 8:37 am UTC
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I fixed Nabulee's House numbers. Sorry about the very long delay... I don't know why I wasn't receiving a notification when someone leaves a comment.
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Mark P March 01, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
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Is it just me or is the map of the third floor at Nabulee's all wrong? Every room on that floor is wrong in the map/description tie up.
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Ivana N November 08, 2018 12:04 am UTC
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Has this been fixed?
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Benoit D November 08, 2018 2:55 am UTC
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No... I just noticed this error because I hadn't recevied a notification of the first comment... I'll fix it this week...
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Benoit D November 10, 2018 8:36 am UTC
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Now it's fixed :).
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Kenneth H January 10, 2018 11:44 pm UTC
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@Benoit D: Is there a recommended way to print the maps in scale? So that the squares are 1" when pieced together. I tried inserting the image to MS Excel and printing from there, but they were still too small.
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Benoit D February 24, 2018 6:32 am UTC
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Hi Kenneth

The grid has a 1" = 150 pixels per square scale. If you change the resolution to 150 dpi (instead of 300 dpi), you'll be able to print the maps and use them with mins.

Note that the maps weren't designed for this. They'll be a bit pixilized.

And sorry if it tookme so long to answer. The DM's Guild doesn't send me an email when people make comments...
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Jean-Marc C November 24, 2017 12:35 pm UTC
Bonjour, cette aventure sera t’elle disponible en français?
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Benoit D February 24, 2018 6:26 am UTC
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Coucou Jean-Marc

Malheureusement non : (. Je n'écris pas assez bien en français pour la faire moi-même et la traduction coute trop chère...
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Benjamin H November 21, 2017 4:31 pm UTC
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Knocked it out of the park again!
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Corey R October 19, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
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The adventure pdf wont open gives the message "There was an error opening this document. there was a problem reading this document (14)." The DMs Companion and any other pdf I have opens and reads fine but the adventure one even in dropbox refuses to open and display.
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Benoit D October 19, 2017 6:55 pm UTC
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Hmmm, that's odd. I just downloaded the PDF and it works fine here :(. Maybe something happened during the download and the file is corrupt. Can you try downloading it again from the DM's Guild?

Are you downloading the PDF on a smart device or a computer?
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Benoit D October 19, 2017 6:55 pm UTC
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I just tried again both on my computer (Windows 10) and on my crappy Android phone, and it works on both :(.
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Corey R October 19, 2017 7:56 pm UTC
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I was downloading to my computer. DriveThruRPG was able to email an attachment that downloaded and worked! Unfortunately the majority of things brought up by a google search and a different pdf reader said the file was corrupted, couldnt even view in a browser, or on my phone. I hope that I was just a specialized case but maybe Jeff Montgomery, the guy that handled my report at DriveThruRPG, could give you more info than I could. Thanks for the fast reply and the adventure looks great from what I've read thus far.
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Benoit D October 19, 2017 11:37 pm UTC
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Computers work in mysterious ways :). I was happy to help. I hope you like the adventure!
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