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Plot Summary. Exactly 13 years after the hanging of an alleged serial killer Vick Valentine, the string of grisly murders suddenly resumes. Has Vick Valentine returned from the grave to continue stealing women's hearts, or is a more sinister force at bay?

About the Adventure. Heart Hunt is a murder mystery adventure designed for 4-6 3rd level characters. Depending on how much the characters explore and number of players, you can expect this specific story to take anywhere from 4-6 hours. The adventure features:

  • A time-keeping system designed to add tension and give life to Oak Street. As the characters explore and investigate the murders, the bells on the courthouse will tome, possibly signalling a scheduled event.
  • Various clues in several locations that will lead the characters around Oak Street in search of the murderer and add depth to the experience.
  • Tips for conveying horror effectively in your games
  • 2 monster stat blocks
  • A map of Oak Street and its locations

The Story of Vick Valentine.

"Oak Street was a quiet little stretch in the dock ward, up until about 13 years ago. Since then, the street has gained a haunting mascot that its older residents have tried desperately to forget: Vick Valentine.

Vick Valentine was a handsome noble who resided at the top floor of what is now the tenement house, where he would throw elaborate parties. People from all over dock ward came to Vick's parties. He was known for his good looks and charm. There wasn't much that Vick couldn't obtain with a flash of his smile or the jingle of his coin purse. That is until he met The Juicy Stone's new barmaid, Susan Lamb...

Susan was [insert description of one of your table's characters]. She quickly saw through Valentine's façade and spurned each of his advances, citing his arrogance and selfish tendencies. She also found his personality to be quite dull.

Valentine had never known rejection such as this. He was both excited and shocked. He became enamored by "the hunt." When Susan stopped coming to his parties, Vick quit throwing them. He couldn't sleep; she had stolen his heart and he would have hers. He began to follow Susan everywhere, day and night. Valentine blamed his looks for her rejection, and took to wearing a mask.

Susan filed multiple reports with the City Watch that she had been followed by a figure on her walks home from the tavern. She pleaded for protection from a man with the twisted head of a goat lurking in the shadows. Guards accompanied her for a time, but eventually they could not be there. Yet the horned figure remained still in the late night fog, only moving its head to watch Susan quicken her step.

The City Watch found Susan's body in an alleyway near the local baker. It seems that Valentine got what he was after in the end. Her head was caved in by a club, her torso dissected with surgical precision. But Valentine had grown addicted to "the hunt" and could not stop. His streak continued with five other murders, all with one common theme: a missing heart.

Vick was sentenced to hang by the neck until dead in 1461. A crowd of people came from all over to watch the event. While dozens saw Vick's body go limp, some say such an evil man doesn't leave this world that easily. Some of the more superstitious folk swear that his evil spirit still haunts Oak Street, waiting to strike again on some cold, dreary night..."

I hope you enjoy!

- Justice A.

 
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Brian R November 08, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
I was able to work this adventure into my campaign a couple of weeks ago, and my party of four level 5 characters loved it. Thank you!
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