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Yearning to Breathe Free is a Dungeons and Dragons campaign for characters of levels 5-15.

     When a prominent Waterdhavian Noble is murdered in what appears to be a ritual designed to empower the Order of the Hellfire Hearth, things grow bleak for the tieflings of Faerûn. In response to the murder, the Lords of Waterdeep begin rounding up and jailing tieflings with no cause. The Order of the Hellfire Hearth does not take the accusation of murder lightly, nor do they respond well to the summary imprisonment and demonization of their tiefling brothers and sisters. This climate of intolerance, bigotry and fear spreads outward through the Sword Coast, for as it is often said, “as goes Waterdeep, so goes the North.”

    As heroes of the Sword Coast, it is up to the players to discover the truth about the murder, bring the parties responsible to justice, and if possible, relieve tensions across the Sword Coast before the fragile peace between various factions of the North is irreparably damaged.

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Calum M April 05, 2019 6:25 pm UTC
I'm having real trouble working out how one thing is supposed to lead to another in this adventure. Perhaps i'm blind, but could anyone give me a hint as to what the PC's are supposed to follow from the murder investigation towards? Reading ahead, i know whose supposed to have done it, but even if the pc's work that out somehow i'm struggling to work out how they'll encounter half the stuff in the module
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Calum M April 05, 2019 6:51 pm UTC
In general I'm having real trouble working out how anything is supposed to lead to anything else, i can't say specifics because the plot is interesting and I don't want to spoil it, but I just cannot figure out how the PCs' are supposed to string this all together
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Travis L April 05, 2019 7:00 pm UTC
A lot of that is going to fall on the PCs to pursue. It's very much an open sandbox with a number of events happening within it. Magic (including seeking the aid of one of the factions presented in the story) can help with the investigation. It is also entirely possible that the PCs never truly solve the murder. If they can prove the innocence of the accused faction, that should be good enough. There is not so much of a "succeed/fail" state as there are a variety of possibilities to be tied together as you see fit.

If that is not straightforward enough of an approach, information and NPCs can be integrated easily. As stated below, As to how the characters might conduct a search, there are a number of folks they could question, (Aside from Chapter One, the p.33 sidebar hints at a couple places where information could be found.) Magic is also a possibility (scrying clairvoyance, there are a number of effects that could prove useful here) Campaigns using Waterdeep Dragon Heist could also lean...See more
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Calum M April 05, 2019 7:24 pm UTC
Thanks for the advice! I'm probably just not well used to that style, so i guess i'll take notes of a few possible leads and let my players loose and see what happens! should be interesting :)
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Travis L April 05, 2019 8:32 pm UTC
As a creator, I missed an opportunity to make a more straightforward path.I may look to creating some supplemental material for that, diving into things like investigation checks, NPCs, scrolls, spells, and encounters centered specifically around solving the murder. I truly appreciate the feedback (and you are not the first to have given it) and it's something I am definitely working to avoid in my current and future work. Sometimes a straight line is good to include.
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Gerald W November 01, 2018 12:18 pm UTC
Would you be willing to make the maps available as image files? My group plays locally, but I do display maps on a screen.
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Travis L November 01, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
Absolutely. Now that the Fantasy Grounds conversion is up I am happy to add basic jpg files to the download. I'll try and get those added onto the product today!
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Travis L November 01, 2018 6:17 pm UTC
Maps have been added!
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Gerald W November 02, 2018 3:22 am UTC
Thank you!
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Travis L November 02, 2018 3:37 am UTC
Absolutely! Please be sure to rate and review Yearning to Breathe Free and check out my other works here at DMsGuild!
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Christopher R October 25, 2018 5:18 am UTC
I'm very pleased with this campaign. It's obvious a ton of thought and effort went into creating this. If you are on the fence, I recommend. Worth every penny.

The maps and artwork in this title are very nice hand-drawn pieces. Oh, and thanks for getting Rob Twohy to make a Fantasy Grounds version as well. I plan on buying that too.

I look forward to trying your other products as well.
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Travis L October 25, 2018 5:24 am UTC
Thank you SO MUCH! I greatly appreciate that and I'm glad to hear you have enjoyed Yearning to Breathe Free! I look forward to your thoughts on anything else you try out, and encourage you to leave ratings and reviews as that is SUPER helpful.

And, yes, hats off to Rob Twohy who has brought a number of my products over to Fantasy Grounds! He is AMAZING!
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Lode C October 21, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Hi Travis,

Love the general set up. I am a bit lost though at one key point: where can I find an explanation behind the motivations of Quarion Falone and Ostever that explains what they did?
Edit: just found it at page 61.

I am also a bit at a loss what the characters can find to know they have to search for those (or even find the killers where they are). Or is all of that up to the dm? I find little in terms of clues left behind that might help the characters get on the right track.
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Travis L October 21, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Hello! Thank you so much for your comments! The explanations of Quarion and Ostever are covered on Pages 60-62. This also gives a basic overview of what they did, but there is also the sidebar on p.33 that explains some details of the events.

As to how the characters might conduct a search, there are a number of folks they could question, (Aside from Chapter One, the p.33 sidebar hints at a couple places where information could be found.) Magic is also a possibility (scrying clairvoyance, there are a number of effects that could prove useful here) Campaigns using Waterdeep Dragon Heist could also lean on Vincent Trench to discover a few leads, should the PCs not have access to sufficient magics. Ultimately, it is left to the DM to decide what the best way to move the group from a to b is, but hopefully those few nuggets could be of use.
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Mark Angelo G July 14, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Hi Travis!

I've read through Chapter 1 and I'm really excited to try out a campaign like this!

My main question right now is how should one decide what level to start the party as? I understand that combat isn't a big aspect of the campaign, but I feel like 5-15 is a huge range that doesn't have guidelines for a DM to decide where in that range to drop the players in.

Any thoughts?
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Travis L July 14, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
I would recommend a session zero where you discuss some ideas about the pacing the characters have in mind as well as their expectations. The 5-15 range is meant to represent, most directly, the fact that any characters trying to solve the problems by stabbing their way through the opposition are going to die a quick and horrid death if they are operating on the low end of the spectrum.

Personally, I say start them out at 5 with the events of Chapter 1. If they go through the side quests (and a few random encounters/other material you plug in) they will likely be 7-8 by the time the whole chapter is buttoned up.

As an alternative, you could have them start level 3 and play through the companion/prequel/earlier adventure Cottage on the Long Road, which is available at and gives them a relationship with one of the NPCs/locations that shows back up in Yearning to Breathe Free.

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Chris M July 09, 2018 12:44 am UTC
If I might ask, about how long would it take to run through this campaign?
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Travis L July 09, 2018 3:09 am UTC
It's a bit of a sandbox in the middle. If you ignore side quests and beeline straight for the main objective, you can probably knock the whole thing out in 4-5 sessions of 4 hours each.

If you want to explore the campaign, tie it in with existing material, explore the side quests (and other suggested adventures) or just go for a slow burn, the sky is kind of the limit. It's designed to take as long as you want it to take, with few ticking clocks tied to hard deadlines. The longer the main plot goes unresolved, the worse the world gets, but in a political rather than apocalyptic way.
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Albert L July 07, 2018 6:39 am UTC
The story doesn't tell the whole story. The lords of Waterdeep are the ones who are actually responsible. The murder was a false flag causus belli to justify the lords of Waterdeep ramping up their tyrannical police state. They set up Hellfire Hearth as a controlled opposition concentration camp to segregate tieflings and make them easier to control when possible and sheep-dip when necessary, divide and conquer.
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Travis L July 07, 2018 11:16 am UTC
That is certainly a valid perspective, an easy element to integrate into the campaign, and an interesting takeaway from the story. Fitting given the inspiration for this campaign.
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Michael D July 07, 2018 6:21 am UTC
some book marks would of been nice and are kind of essential in a pdf this size
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Travis L July 07, 2018 11:16 am UTC
You raise an excellent point! I will remedy that and update the file ASAP!
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Travis L July 07, 2018 12:10 pm UTC
Updated and uploaded to include bookmarks! Check out the v1.1 file!
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