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A Night of Masks and Monsters (A Requiem of Wings #1)


An original one-shot adventure designed for 3-6 level 3 characters.

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In the city of Ibrido, locals enjoy a life of splendor and frivolity. Every week, a lavish party is held at the Castel di Maschera, hosted by the Marquis di Maschera, Prospero, who has a reputation for being a generous party-thrower and avid patron of the arts. Receiving an invitation to a Marquis di Maschera party is coveted, and those who enter his social circle never leave it.

But the Castel di Maschera holds many secrets. When a strange, hybrid creature — half bird, half man — is found brutally murdered in Ibrido’s city square, tattooed with the Marquis’s signature symbol of two masks, rumors have begun to spread throughout Ibrido that something more sinister may be occurring. 

Did a Marquis di Maschera party simply get out of hand, or does a real danger threaten the inhabitants of Ibrido?

Part 1 in the A REQUIEM OF WINGS series

About this adventure


  • 2-4 hour session for 3-6 players

  • Play-tested material

  • Unique items and mechanics

  • Original maps

  • Scalable combat difficulty

  • Download comes with 24-page campaign guide, print version, printable cards, printable maps, and The War of Emberez lore supplement

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Jennifer G January 10, 2020 10:22 pm UTC
I love the tone, style, setting and thoughtfulness put into this adventure! My players are about half-way through (about to explore the secret lab, the masks are just taking effect) and I've run into a couple (spoilery) questions...

First, my group consists of a couple youthful (12 and 14 yr old) players along with other adult family, and maybe that helps them see straight through plot holes, this isn't the first time they've come up with the hard questions:

If the partygoers at previous events couldn't take off their masks, and were being put to sleep by his wine, how is the Marquis continuing to have more parties weekly, with apparently innocent vendors (like Zula) and partiers (like Piccolo) returning for more?

That is their main question at this stage. I'm thinking that my way out of this is that my homebrew setting for their campaign is Feywild-based, so I'm substituting Unseelie/Seelie antics for Demon/Celestial, and the intended victims would be mortals, like themselves....See more
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Alton H January 02, 2020 7:20 am UTC
Ok, so a bunch of friends and I decided to run this and it was AMAZING! I love how everything went, even though I wasn't the best DM for it. This was absolutely stunning of a one-shot. I do plan on getting the full series to finish the story as well. I'm also glad to say that we were able to stream it. I posted it up here: Keep doing what you're doing!!!
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Amelia L January 01, 2020 12:37 am UTC
This was my first time DM'ing at all and it was super fun! I added a few things, like a little bit of backstory on the bird-man to let the players 'solve' the mystery of who he was and what happened to him and a little mini side quest in the ballroom. They pretty much avoided the game of Marquis' Cup when Eya warned them, but they really enjoyed interacting with all the NPCs. The final battle was a little rough, especially since I didn't realize how difficult it would be until it was too late to make it the 'easy' setting, but Eya ended up helping them out a little bit (since they had no healer in the party). Overall I loved this adventure and will definitely be running the next modules in the future. Thank you for a great game with friends!
Do you have any idea when the fourth one-shot in the A Requiem of Wings will be out? One of my players took an (romantic) interest in Zula, and it mentions she is from Ravukoi, the setting of the 4th module.
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Zane H August 07, 2019 8:37 pm UTC
This was my first shot at DM'ing 5e (I did a bit of pathfinder) ages ago and dear lord we loved it. I must have used this to introduce the game to 20 or so new players. Very interesting, fun mechanics. A bit abrupt near the ending and kind of fell apart a bit but inserted into a larger campaign and boom, instant classic and epic start of a longer campaign.

Didn't know you had more stuff, downloading it now. Running it this week. Very excited!
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Catherine C July 18, 2019 4:15 am UTC
I'm in the middle of running this for my group, we're all pretty new to D&D, with slightly varying experience levels, and we all really love it so far! We had to stop halfway through because it was late and some of us had work in the morning, and three of the party members are currently passed out on the marquis' bed while the only one who had escaped the poisoned wine is frantically tearing the room apart looking for the way to open the secret door to the lab (I added a little puzzle in there, as well as some other things, knowing that the way our group works we often have to come back and finish during another session)
We had a new player join us for the first time at the start of this, and he coincidentally chose a backstory where he was the apprentice to a demon hunter, and I had a fantastic opportunity to tie his story into this one!
Also, since there was no way my party would ever have been invited to a ball, I came up with a number of ways for them to get into the ball, including sneaking...See more
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Haylie G July 09, 2019 3:56 am UTC
I'm planning to run this as a oneshot for my first foray into DMing soon! I love the tone and the setting of the world and I especially appreciate that, as a oneshot, both roleplay and combat are important to the story.
Out of curiosity, just looking at stats for the combat sections, the wererat battle looks to be significantly challenging for a party of this level, given that none of my players will have magical weapons. Plus, on paper, the final boss battle looks to be a deadly encounter. However, as my first oneshot, I don't actually want anyone walking away with a dead character. How big of a problem is this in practice?
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Magi S June 06, 2019 8:19 am UTC
I'm running this one shot in a few days for my brother, sister, and their friends. I've tried accommodating to their murder-happy habits by expanding the lab (as Bec M suggested), adding a little fist-fighting ring in the actual party, and starting off the one-shot by having them fight a few demons to get their invite to Ibrido. ;)

But dear God, you have given me so much to work with. I LOVE IT, and I know they will too! Now to spend the next few afternoons painting masquerade masks!
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Ashley W June 07, 2019 9:51 pm UTC
That sounds terrific! I hope you all have a great time! I would absolutely love to see your masks. If you're on Twitter, my handle there is @ashleynhwarren <3
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daniel Z May 20, 2019 5:27 pm UTC
Was a player in this with a group of friends, had a great time! Fun and engaging.
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Bec M April 17, 2019 11:14 am UTC
I'm super excited to run this next month for my party!! Is there any suggestions on how to make it run a little longer, my group tends to like long sessions. They are excited for a 'murder mystery' style event, but I know them and they always like a few battles. Any ideas on how to organically ensure they get some fighting in without wreaking the pacing of the game? Should I make the Laboratory more dungeon-like with more options there, or is there somewhere else that makes sense? Thanks!
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Ashley W April 17, 2019 4:24 pm UTC
Awesome! Hope you all have a great time! Expanding the laboratory is a great idea -- I'd toss in some more were-creatures or mongrelfolk, really anything that's been "mutated" or experimented on. Since Prospero is a cambion, the laboratory can also serve as a portal to let in other demons, which would be a fun additional challenge; the masquerade essentially serves as a distraction while he lets demons invade Ibrido. Let me know if you have any more questions! :)
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Joe M March 18, 2019 11:27 pm UTC
Looking forward to running this adventure for my group. I can’t seem to locate any download featuring the masks or their descriptions. Please help.
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Ashley W March 19, 2019 3:56 pm UTC
Hey Joe! I have no idea what the issue is with the files on this title; I've contacted DMs Guild to investigate since I have reuploaded them several times. :) In the meantime, I'm happy to email you the additional documents! Will you send me an email?
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Joe M March 19, 2019 11:49 pm UTC
Email sent, thanks so much!
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Jarno B March 15, 2019 11:41 pm UTC
Played in this one-shot, it's amazingly well written!
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Ashley W February 24, 2019 3:56 am UTC
Hey everyone! For some reason I keep having issues with the PDFs in this title. If you have any problems at all, please email me,, and I'd be happy to send them to you!
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Paulina O November 07, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
I ran this adventure as a birthday present to my partner and it was a hit! I even went as far as actually making the masquerade masks for everyone to wear (I wish I could comment with pictures). It was with 4 players at level 3. Very fun and engaging. The only problem I ran into was the wererat battle. It is immune to all non-magical weapon attacks and that was nearly all of my party, so most of them were getting frustrated as only the warlock of the group could do any magic. Buuuut, that can be easily adjusted (I just didn't realize it at the time :P).
All in all, it was a ton of fun and everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for the amazing module!
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Ashley W November 07, 2018 6:58 pm UTC
Hi Paulina! Thanks so much for sharing your experience! I'm so glad you all had fun. I LOVE that you made your own masks; you sound like an awesome DM! If you have any photos to share, I'm on Twitter @ashleynhwarren or you can email me (

The wererat is a surprisingly hard battle! That immunity may be something I consider changing in the future, when this adventure is compiled into the full campaign. I'll definitely keep that in mind.

Thanks again! <3
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Sophi B October 15, 2018 7:35 pm UTC
I just came across this adventure while looking for a halloween-adjacent one shot to run for my crew! I'm not the usual DM, and this will be my first time DMing anything, but I think this is the perfect one! Can't wait :D
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Ashley W October 15, 2018 11:01 pm UTC
Hi Sophi! I'm so glad to hear that! :) Quite a few new DMs have run this module as their first foray into DMing and have enjoyed it. Please let me know if you have any questions!
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Callie C September 28, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Any recommendations on how I might pace out the adventure a little? My group tends to like longer sessions, usually closer to 5 hours, and I'd love to run this for them but worry they might move through things too quickly.
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Ashley W October 15, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Hi Callie! I'm SO sorry, I must have not gotten a notification for your comment! Were you able to run the game for your group? I'd be happy to still help you find ways to change the pacing if you are still interested. :)
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Suzann F July 30, 2018 11:30 pm UTC
Hi! I'm preparing to run this adventure with a brand new group on Sunday, and I'm so excited! :) I do have a question about the Marquis's Cup game itself: how would you handle it if two or three players (or more) end up playing and putting themselves to sleep, in spite of any warnings? I just have this feeling that my group might be very into the whole fantasy drinking game thing, lol. I don't want to warn them off of it too hard, but I don't want super new players to end up out of commission for a long stretch of time and get bored, either. How long is the sleeping draught meant to last? Can it be dispelled?
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Ashley W August 01, 2018 12:12 am UTC
Hi Suzann! That's great! Hope you have fun. :) So what I recommend doing is using one of the NPCs, Eya Harisa, to intervene if they all choose to drink. That's partly what she is there for; her "trigger" is noticing that the whole player party intends to partake in the game. You can have her pull a player aside or even have her make an effort to wrest the cup from their hands (totally up to you for how to play that out. I think subtlety is best so it doesn't make a scene and draw Prospero's attention).

Or, you can have one of the NPC partygoers suddenly faint while holding a wine goblet so that the effects of the wine are somewhat obvious. If you go this route, you can make the animal mask of that NPC take over quickly. Essentially, this demonstrates that a) the wine is poisoned and b) it has consequences beyond just falling asleep.

The draught lasts for about two hours. It's intended to put people to sleep so the masks can take over faster but it's not the most potent poison....See more
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