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The Executioner's Daughter

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An original interactive story for level 3 solo players. Nominated for a 2019 ENnie Award!

Woman standing with sword in hands

Summary

Soldra is a beautiful, ancient city, flanked by sea and mountain and lit by the sun as if blessed by the gods themselves. But its beauty comes with a price. After a tumultuous history fighting dragons that attacked and looted the city, the superstitious citizens of Soldra make an annual offering to appease the dragon god, Bahamut. A virgin woman, selected at random from Soldra’s citizenry, is exiled to Garra’s Peak, where she is left at the mercy of dragons. None of the women have ever returned. 

This year’s sacrificial ceremony does not go as planned. What will transpire on Garra’s Peak?

About this Adventure

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  • Designed for solo players to play without a DM (easily adaptable to a DM and 1-2 players)

  • Playtested material

  • Printer-friendly version coming soon!

Praise for The Executioner's Daughter

  • "I LOVE this solo adventure. Great job!" — Anna S., @anna_shelton_ on Twitter
  • "Ashley Warren has woven a great tale that is as equally suited for an engaging D&D adventure as it is a compelling piece of short fiction. It's highly adaptive so you could use this as a hook for a larger narrative, a nice backstory adventure to give a new PC some depth, or as a break from your busy day to sit down and relax with a fantastic story about hard decisions and superstitions." — Patrick H., @nonzerosumgames on Instagram / NZS Games on Facebook
  • "This is a beautiful, moving story." — Melissa M., via email


Other adventures by Ashley Warren

cover of A Night of Masks and Monsters, featuring a party filled with strange creatures in masks 

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A frozen giant slumped over, resembling a mountain 

 
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Charlotte K September 08, 2021 5:03 pm UTC
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I've loved this story. Do you want it to be translate in french ? ^^
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M A B September 08, 2021 12:01 am UTC
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I wanted to like this adventure, as there was clearly a lot of thought and effort put into it, but it really, really didn't work for my party. (Two 3rd level characters - I doubled monster HP to compensate for double PCs.)

My (chaotic) neutral characters were both appalled at the obvious heresy of the whole town - there's no way that (LG) Bahamut would endorse such behavior, and so they suspected the High Priest of being some sort of imposter. This left them torn - volunteer to escort the sacrifice (and help her escape)? Fight the whole city? Or just skip town as fast as possible to avoid the impending blowback? None of those choices was available. I'm not sure what choice a good character is expected to make - clearly only evil characters would ask to be paid to effect a human sacrifice. For neutrals, though, staying out of it was the best they could do.

This meant that my party ended up getting drunk in the after party and crashing on the street (which is...See more
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Carlos M August 31, 2021 10:25 am UTC
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This was a blast...my Tabaxi Eldrich Fighter was hanging on to dear life near the end.
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Charles W July 20, 2021 7:23 pm UTC
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This was an enjoyable adventure, but I'm a little crestfallen to see that the rest of the series hasn't been finished yet some three-years later. Made my way through the adventure with a Fire Genasi Monk and her Animated Armor sidekick. Would really like to keep playing these two characters and even more so complete the story that was started with this adventure--it was well written with some good twists and turns throughout. A very good evening's worth of entertainment.
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Charles D February 08, 2021 12:05 am UTC
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Very nicely written adventure. I loved the twist.
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ISAAC R December 24, 2020 7:30 am UTC
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Your [spoiler] killed my Level 4 Gunslinger!!! I'm not happy! Do you expect me to replay your excellent adventure?! WELL GUESS WHAT I WILL!!!
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Matthew K December 11, 2020 3:06 am UTC
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It feels sort of weird that the reward is frontloaded and is given before the final combat.

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It would have been cool if instead of getting a random magic item in the beginning, the sword you get in the end had some magical effects. Its something I'd like to carry for a while into future adventures but I'll inevitably have to replace it as soon as I get a random +1 sword.
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Francis S January 23, 2021 11:54 pm UTC
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Look up ideas about evolving magic items for a way to make any existing weapon more powerful later on
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Francis S November 23, 2020 11:12 pm UTC
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Was the sequel released? Where can I find it? Loved this story!
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Bob S November 18, 2020 3:19 pm UTC
Images are broken in this listing.
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Ashley W November 19, 2020 5:09 pm UTC
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Hey Bob! The images are working in the original DMs Guild listing, and I think you are viewing my titles on DriveThruRPG. I will see if there's a way I can fix that for both sites. I may recommend viewing these on DMG in the meantime.

I did see your comment on Masks & Monsters about the map issue, which I'm investigating. Thanks for the heads-up. :)
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Yucheng L July 23, 2020 5:14 pm UTC
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Loved this story and overall experience, so glad I choose this as my first solo adventure. I acquired other solo adventures from DM Guild but they tend to be 100+ pages long, which is generous but might also scare off first timers seeking for a brief intro. Story is not very long but full of detail, pages are arranged well and easy to read, characters are vivid, combat difficulty is pretty balanced.

One quick note, regarding potential reward from the King, I believe the intent is "Get a RARE item if succeeded in persuasion, get an UNCOMMON item if rolled lower", COMMON is two ranks lower
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Jason F June 24, 2020 8:56 pm UTC
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Loved it. This was my first solo adventure. And I have never DM'd before so it was interesting being in charge of enemies as well as my character. Had genuinely tough decisions to make, and one moment really surprised and shocked me. Glad I had not skimmed ahead. Hoping for parts 2 and 3!
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Logan C June 22, 2020 4:11 am UTC
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Brilliant. Played as a Dragonborn Paladin of Bahamut and survived with 1 HP! Was very well written and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
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Demetri M April 04, 2020 6:26 pm UTC
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Are the other parts out yet?
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Paul G December 18, 2019 11:01 am UTC
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What happened to that playlist curated for this adventure promised at the front of the book? Couldn't find that on your website.
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Edward D May 15, 2021 11:43 am UTC
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If you search for the executioners daughter on youtube you can find the playlist there.
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Sean M October 13, 2019 8:53 pm UTC
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Absolutely loved playing this! When is the next one coming out? :D
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Bob B June 25, 2019 9:28 pm UTC
Can you scale this adventure up? I've got a group of level 4 adventurers and I only just discovered this!
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Ashley W July 03, 2019 8:31 pm UTC
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I'm so sorry, Bob, I just saw this! You can definitely scale this up. I'd use a young black dragon instead of the obsidian dragon, and swap out the blood hawks for giant vultures. :)
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