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CCC-WWC-01 In the Face of Fear



A devout priestess of Torm seeks one of three platinum discs once carried by a trio of Banite fanatics. To retrieve the item, the characters must travel into the rocky, broken lands of Thar and unravel the protective magic left behind by the archmage who originally hid the disc.

A 2-hour adventure for 1st-4th level characters

Each adventure in the Tenets of Bane series was written for the 2018 Winter War gaming convention in Champaign-Urbana, IL. For more information on Winter War, visit

This adventure includes:

  • Official Adventurers League magic item certificate
  • Printable color battle maps for all encounters in PDF format
  • Color battle maps in JPG format for use with virtual tabletop software
  • An interesting mix of combat, exploration, and problem solving
  • Fantasy Grounds module file (Monster Manual and Volo's Guide to Monsters modules needed)
  • A secondary PDF that includes revised adventure rewards for the Adventurers League changes implemented with season 8

Note: The first three adventures in the Tenets of Bane series (In the Face of Fear, Dark Waters of Hate, and Tyrant of the Forgotten Forge) may be played in any order. The fourth adventure (The Black Hand) is best played after completing the first three.

Find the rest of the Tenets of Bane series here!

  1. CCC-WWC-01 In the Face of Fear
  2. CCC-WWC-02 Dark Waters of Hate
  3. CCC-WWC-03 Tyrant of the Forgotten Forge
  4. CCC-WWC-04 The Black Hand
  5. CCC-WWC-05 Tyrant of Orcs
  6. CCC-WWC-06 The Fear of Fiends
  7. CCC-WWC-07 The Icy Hand of Hate
  8. CCC-WWC-08 Pool of Annihilation
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Declan F May 09, 2020 2:33 pm UTC
I'm looking for a series of linked 2 hour adventures to give a group of three eight or nine year olds plus their parents (so three children, three adults) their first experience of D&D. My first inclination was to run the Dragon of Icespire Peak (the adventure from the D&D Essentials starter kit) for them, but I'm hesitant as Storm Lord's Wrath, Sleeping Dragon's Wake and Divine Contention dont appear to be D&DAL Legal.

Would you say CCC-WWC-01to CCC-WWC-08 were suitable to run as a series of linked adventures for a group of very young players?

Ideally I'm looking for a series with simple objectives, a fair bit of combat, simple puzzles and clear black and white morality. Will this series work?
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Dave Z May 09, 2020 3:15 pm UTC
The first three adventures in the series contain puzzles, but for the most part, the remaining ones do not. As far as being appropriate for young children, that is difficult to say. Kids mature at different rates, but any content that might be too harsh could easily be removed or glossed over.

The bigger issue may be difficulty. All of the adventures were written to challenge AL players. If you are running them for new players, I would scale back the difficulty using the encounter adjustment sidebars in each adventure.
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Declan F May 10, 2020 2:15 pm UTC
Sounds like they're worth checking out at least. I'll pick up the first four, since from the sounds of it they form a tight mini-arc. Then I can read them, make a judgement, and either run them or the Dragon of Icespire Peak.

If I don't run them now, I'm sure I'll get to run them for adults some time in the future, so its a safe purchase. And if I do run them, and they go down well I'll be back for the second Arc.

Thank you.
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Declan F May 16, 2020 12:09 pm UTC
Just a quick update. CCC-WWC-01 was brilliant and proved perfect for three 9 year olds and 1 adults on their first game (the other two parents chose not to play). They started to switch off during the intro not really caring why they were going on a quest, but parts 2 to 4 had them enthralled. The puzzle proved a little difficult for the 9 year olds and the we had to hint quite heavily and were just about to give up and just have the adults player solve it when one of the kids got lucky.
I was concerned about the difficulty - four 1st level characters is at the bottom end of very weak. As it turned out they had almost no difficulty at all, possibly because they had two capable healers. The nine year olds used clever tactics in the fights (particularly part 3) and separated off groups of enemies isolating them.
Keeping this spoiler free, the one danger point was the final encounter (chapter 4) where the enemy opened the fight by dropping the barbarian to within 2 points of a massive damage death. Not...See more
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Dave Z May 17, 2020 1:53 pm UTC
I’m glad to hear everyone had fun!
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Lawrence Z December 01, 2019 8:34 am UTC
A wonderful start to a great series. Great for Adventure's League. I've ran this with several first time players (with a few significant tweaks to make the thingamajig goober obtaining more challenging) and they loved it.
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Ismael A January 24, 2019 5:35 pm UTC
Just ran this yesterday. Lots of fun. Easy to run too! Minimal prep time, and everyone had a blast. I would leave a detailed review, if I could, but I'm technically a "publisher" by OBS standards.

Short version is this... It was an excellent adventure and fit the time just right. I especially liked the xvart encounter, as it was full of a lot of possibilities. Tempted to say that the goblin encounter is a bit weak, since it can be evaded, and it feels like a day's worth of time can be obviated. I ended up putting in an alternate encounter to make up for the players skipping the goblin one.

But seriously, a great AL adventure. First one ever for me, and it was lots of fun!
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Matthew P June 17, 2018 12:24 pm UTC
Very Interesting premise and story and great layout and proofreading in this one. I did have a issue with some of the content which Ive included in my review.
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James B May 23, 2018 8:44 pm UTC
Hey Dave,

I really enjoyed this a lot. Both played and DMed. I like to play on Fantasy Grounds as well and so I went ahead input everything into an FG module. If you'd like, I'd be more than happy to provide it to you so you can include it with the purchase for other players.
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Dave Z May 23, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Thanks, James! I'm glad you enjoyed the adventure!

If you want to send me a link to the .mod file, you can do so by using the contact form at the address below, and I'll add it to the downloads for the adventure so that others can enjoy it.
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James B May 24, 2018 11:07 am UTC
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April 26, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
Ran this at a recent Con and it went smoothly. The players really enjoyed adventure. Good balance of fighting and fun role-playing.
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