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This product has been updated to with error fixes and clarifications. Thank you all for your feedback and to our new editor, Ashley Michaela "Navigator" Lawson.

What's Past is Prologue is legal for D&D Adventurers League play and part of the Embers of the Last War storyline! Adventure Code: DDAL-ELW00.

Sharn, City of Towers. They reach into the sky like the stone fingers of civilization that they are. They hold secrets and promises, and break the same just as quickly as they make new ones. You’ve got an opportunity to make a little coin by assisting with an expedition for Morgrave University; this should be easy money and not a lot of trouble… right?

This 2-to-4-hour adventure uses six level 0 pregenerated characters and takes place in the world of Eberron during the final days of the Last War. This prologue adventure kicks of the Embers of the Last War storyline. At the end of the adventure, the player characters are retired and become NPCs for the other adventures in the storyline.

Adventures in the Embers of the Last War storyline:

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Brandon C February 09, 2019 8:19 pm UTC
Will we see this bundled soon?
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Igor M February 16, 2019 4:27 pm UTC
We do need a bundle for this. 5 dollars each adventure is very expensive...
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Bum L June 04, 2019 8:26 am UTC
The bundle is out now.
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Joel K December 21, 2018 4:47 am UTC
I'd like to add to the prior post - where are the NPCs in the following modules? I've bought and read them all and see barely a peek of them, and no mention of the coolest character at all (the Egret). Seems like they were mostly forgotten..?
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Bum L June 04, 2019 8:48 am UTC

There is a very brief mention of Grannok Twinpipes and Sharyl Fiennes in the very last module, but none of the others are mentioned in either the ELW adventures or Encounters in Sharn. I'm a little disappointed by that. I suppose you could change some of the names of the NPCs in the adventures or the pregens to match, or introduce them in the place of unnamed NPCs in the adventures.
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Marco P December 15, 2018 12:47 pm UTC
Are we going to see the pregenerated PCs in the following modules? Where exactly?
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Rick S November 14, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Are there any rewards at the end to be applied to your actual character?
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Alan P November 18, 2018 4:58 pm UTC
The rewards are applied to your ongoing Eberron character (if a new character, look at it like you're starting with some extra toys over those that didn't play this adventure). The characters used here are retired, as they become NPCs for later reference in the storyline.
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Shawn P H October 28, 2018 2:28 pm UTC
Is this one necessary to play the rest of the adventures, in order? I prefer to not start at a level zero adventure.
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Alan P October 31, 2018 1:58 am UTC
This one is optional - it's an introduction to the world and gives you the chance to explore some of the NPCs in the later adventures.
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Jonathan S October 15, 2018 11:45 pm UTC
I've only played so, I can't give an official review. However, it's a nice look into Eberron and a little different due to the level zero characters. It has made me look forward to the rest of the series.

Also, we all saw what you did there. We're just having a little trouble mapping some of the characters.
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john J October 14, 2018 12:51 am UTC
The pregens have a nice balance of Archetypes. It does the job of teasing the players with a new world to explore. Overall a well written module (my continued frustration of a lack of stat blocks not withstanding). My one grip is that the 2nd bonus objective feels more like a condition that the players must work under.
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Jay E October 02, 2018 10:48 pm UTC
DMING TIP: The map for the airship in the adventure is also part of the free DM's Guild Eberron Maps art resources, and it's not labelled. Grab that one and use it for a player handout!
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David S October 01, 2018 3:57 pm UTC
I didn't purchase this product so cannot review it. However, it doesn't feel like dnd. The characters are basically just background noise to watch a series of scenes play out. They are fragile so any attempted interference will almost certainly mean death.

I feel like the author just wanted to write a story without any pesky players interfering with it. Which is fine for a book, but crap for a dnd game.
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Ashley Michaela L September 26, 2018 9:48 am UTC
Quick list of proposed adjustments and/or corrections:

General General As the module takes place on the Day of Mourning, some reference should be made to the fact that the season is late winter.
3 Centre Writing Change "Brand New Characters" (unhyphenated) to "Brand-New Characters".
3 DDAL Admins The credits aren't listed in alphabetical order.
3 Playtesters The credits aren't listed in alphabetical order.
4 Background Change "major city Breland" (missing article) to "major city in Breland".
4 Background Change "in the kingdom of Cyre to the north" to "across the entire continent".
3 Epsiode Three Change "a destination and opportunity" (second article missing) to "a destination and an opportunity".
5 Call to Action Change "in the kingdom of Cyre to the north of Sharn" to "against the kingdom of Cyre".
5 Call to Action The following statement is ambiguous;...See more
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Timothy C September 28, 2018 4:02 am UTC
Nice attention to detail. Do you do this for a living?
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Ashley Michaela L October 03, 2018 7:54 am UTC
I was certain I posted a reply to this a few weeks ago. I've not had a deletion warning anyway...
Anyway, thank you very much. I'm currently just doing it for my own satisfaction, but who knows what the future holds?
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Thomas K September 22, 2018 3:33 am UTC
Is there possibly a 7th pregen that is available?

If not, I was thinking of using 2 copies of the gnome (they all have the same name anyway), a level 0 version of "Stab" from Encounters in Sharn, or just adding a Valanar Elf possibly. Any ideas of what would fit best for inclusion later would be appreciated. Thanks
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Jeremy J September 26, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
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Matthew P September 26, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
This has been asked in the facebook groups. There are only going to be 6 pregens. Id double up on one if you have run for 7.
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Alan P September 27, 2018 3:01 am UTC
You're welcome to run a second copy of any of the pregens. That said, the adventure very much bogs down with 7 players so be ready to adjust the game as-needed.
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Thomas K November 10, 2018 4:03 am UTC

Thanks for the response, 7 is a little rough, but its the table I have. If someone needs a 7th though the following is a copy of what I used for a Valanar Elf.

Inheritor Background, 2 dagger, adventuring kit and 1 piece of Gold, the following backstory..,

1st part from Wayfinder's guide, 2nd part created.
1st part..,
Your people are dedicated to the arts of war. Millenia ago, your ancestors fought an epic
war against mighty giants. When they came to Khorvaire, they battled the champions of the goblin empire. The greatest heroes of those struggles live on after death, known as the patron ancestors. When you became an adult, one of the patron ancestors formed a bond with you. Now it is your duty to follow in the footsteps of your patron, living your life as they lived theirs, allowing this champion to live on through you.

2nd part..,
Your patron has told you of a weapon that was stolen from his grave that you must recover, one of the Valenar...See more
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