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The Call of Atropus

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This adventure requires Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

Celahir, a hulking Uthgardt barbarian, found himself far from home, but an odd comfort came in the heat of battle. “What in the Nine Hells are these things?” Phin, the gnomish trickster, shouted. “Don’t much care, gnome. They die well enough.” The barbarian’s bearded axe made a wet sucking sound as he pulled it from the slug-like alien. Their companion, the wizard Reeves, sat along the observatory’s wall, oblivious of the waning battle. “It’s impossible. We saw her die. She can’t be here, no.”

Phin’s eyes darted about the room they had retreated into. “Where... Celahir! Where are Scales and the damned priest? Garl save us, this operation is going belly-up. Why are we even here? What’s wrong with Reeves? What ARE these things?”

As the barbarian, covered in his own blood and the black ichor that ran through the aberrations they battled, was about to answer, an apparition and thick black smoke pulled itself through the stone wall. Unearthly whispers babbling about “Ao’s folly” and “the First Sphere” filled the dark, forgotten laboratory. The heroes prepared themselves, looking into the face of madness.



A maddening adventure for characters levels 5-7

As an ominous comet passes over Toril, a young researcher from Candlekeep goes missing. In darker corners of the Realms, eldritch horrors stir, answering the call of a dead god. Will the heroes be able to save the scholar before they succumb to an Elder Evil from beyond the reaches of sanity?

What's Inside:

  • A horrifying single session adventure utilizing creatures from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes.
  • An original NPC with full stat block.
  • Detailed combat tactics, roleplaying tips, and Dungeon Master notes for novice and experienced DMs alike.
  • Four professionally drawn maps from 0one Games' Mario Barbati.
  • High quality map images for easy use on virtual tabletops.
  • Choose from either a Full version with beautiful art and layout or a Printer Friendly version for easy table use.

More from Christopher Walz:

The Midnight Revelry Rising Sands Cover An Ogre and His Cake

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Dungeon Tales #1 Storm King's Barrows Encounters in the Savage Wilderness Mordenkainen's Lost Notebook Khyber Khronicle #02

About the Author: My first memory of Dungeons & Dragons is picking up my brother's 2nd edition Monstrous Manual and looking at the pictures before I could read. I have been playing roleplaying games for nearly 15 years and am eager to share my adventures with you.

My DMing style seeks to provide real (often deadly) challenges for players. I feel this makes an adventure truly rewarding and leaves your players feeling like heroes. If we, as DMs, can achieve that then we have "won" Dungeons & Dragons. This adventure is hard. Your players will be challenged. At the end of the day, they will remember what horrors lurk in the beyond.

Connect with me on Twitter @DMChristopherW!


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Jacob V April 26, 2019 2:01 am UTC
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Really great module. Clear text, good maps, great atmosphere. Players and i ran it last night. We all had a lot of fun.

One small quest, why does the Valathurial have those 1/day at will spells? I just assumed that it was part of MToF. One of the players question Valathurial having too many spells. I just said that it is in MToF, and that NPCs aren't bound by player rules. But i went to check it this morning and couldn't find it.
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Christopher W April 26, 2019 12:28 pm UTC
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Hey Jacob! Thank you so much for your support and kind words. I am happy to hear your table had fun with this.

Regarding the NPC, she is meant to be a warlock and those "Innate Spellcasting" spells represent eldritch invocations and mystic arcana from that class. If you have Volo's Guide to Monsters, check out the various warlock NPCs in that book - they are presented similarly.
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Brian R January 17, 2019 12:41 am UTC
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I'm getting ready to run this over the weekend and I noticed a couple small errors: in room 5, it says the hole in the ceiling leads to room 11 (which is on the opposite side; it should be room 10) and in room 6, it says the hole leads to room 12 (which has no hole; it should be room 11). I'm excited to see how my players handle this dungeon!
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Matthew T November 15, 2018 10:17 am UTC
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Thomas S October 25, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
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Planning to run this next Tuesday! Any suggested party size? I was going to go with 5 or 6 at level 7 (mandatory multi-classing for a fun challenge). Are their suggestions within for adjusting to larger party sizes or should I just use standard CR calculators like Kobold Fight club to maintain the difficulty?
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Christopher W October 25, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hey Thomas! Thanks so much for taking an interest in my work - it means a lot!

The adventure was written for 4-5 level 6 characters and has scaling options for levels 5 and 7. If you went with 6 level 7s, I would suggestion a 25-50% hit point for all enemy creatures. Obviously, you know your players best. If they are a party full of social butterflies who have not overly invested in combat, it should still be challenging to run as-is.

Be sure to refer to the Tactics sections of each combat encounter for suggestions on how to make a challenging, memorable encounter.

If you have any other questions, let me know!
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Lisa W October 03, 2018 6:15 am UTC
How many hours to run this adventure on average?
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Christopher W October 03, 2018 11:18 am UTC
CREATOR
Hello, Lisa! Thanks for taking an interest in my adventure.

There are a few secret rooms and ways to skip past entire sections of the map if the PCs are clever. Through my playtesting, the average time to complete was 4.5 hours.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
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