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The Heist at Nimressa

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Players love it when a plan comes together, and this adventure will have your players planning and executing their own high-stakes heist of a fort on the border of a despotic realm. The Heist at Nimressa is author Jeremy Tuohy’s Dungeon Masters Guild debut and a 6-8 hour adventure for 3rd or 4th level characters.

While travelling the open road, the party encounters two good-hearted thieves with a potentially lucrative proposition: The despotic baroness Ytrix hoards a large treasure nearby, locked within her army’s fort. Wouldn’t it be exactly what she deserves to have that treasure stolen and given  to the needy that she’s so long ignored and oppressed? That’s what the party’s new companions think anyway, and they certainly have no ulterior motive for the job...

The treasure is protected by high walls, a legion of soldiers, a fanatical wizard, and plenty of other surprises to keep would-be thieves on their toes. The party will choose how to approach the fort, case the joint, make their plan, and execute their heist. When they're done—and if they're successful—they'll leave with a small fortune and even a few unique magic items.

Praise for The Heist at Nimressa:

"Jeremy Tuohy's NIMRESSA HEIST...does an excellent job of introducing NPC companions for the PCs and giving the DM all the right information to run them as a compelling and engaging arc through the scenario without ever overshadowing the characters.

This is a combination of good NPC profiles, including dialogue samples, combined with an arc that SUPPORTS the main action rather than constituting essential parts of the main action

This is a subtle distinction, but the PCs could shoot these guys in the head during the first scene and the rest of the scenario could still play out without a hiccup. But that would be unfortunate, because these two characters ENHANCE the scenario through their presence." - Justin Alexander, RPG Producer at Atlas Games; creator of thealexandrian.net

This adventure features:

  • A simple premise which makes the adventure easy to drop in an ongoing campaign.

  • An open-ended design that allows your players to infiltrate and execute their heist their way, and built-in social encounter guidelines allow talky PCs to shine alongside the thieves and warriors during the caper.

  • Two loveable NPC companions formatted so you can quickly “pick them up” and bring them to life.

  • In-document links between maps, descriptions, and references.

  • Printer friendly versions in US letter and A4 paper sizes.

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Scot B January 02, 2022 5:46 am UTC
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New DM here. I'm wondering if I can run this with two players only? I don't see any guidance on party size. Is that because any size party will work, or should I be (e.g.) reducing the number of veterans encountered, or the challenge of some of the encounters. Thanks for any general guidance on this.
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Jeremy T January 14, 2022 7:34 pm UTC
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With just two players, you'd probably want to reduce the CR of the encounters that the PCs are supposed to have a fighting chance against (one manticore instead of two, for example). You can probably leave the veterans alone (except maybe just have one guarding the vault), since they're supposed to be big and intimidating to discourage an all-out assault.
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EePin P September 08, 2021 7:03 am UTC
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Excited to run this! Just wondering, any tips to make it tricky for level 5-6?

Thanks!
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Jeremy T September 23, 2021 2:26 pm UTC
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I imagine the most straightforward way to up the difficulty for a higher level party would be to replace the stats of all the folks in the fort with higher CR monsters. Turn the veterans into gladiators and the manticores into chimeras, for example. Access to 3rd-level spells might make other aspects of infiltration easier, but the whole point is to give the PCs a playground to make clever use of their abilities so it'll be fine.
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Alexandr G December 22, 2020 7:32 pm UTC
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Love adventure. Running it this thursday. Any chanses to get map with no marks?
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Jeremy T December 29, 2020 7:19 pm UTC
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Hey! Just saw this a week late but I've uploaded a version of Ytrix's Fort with no markings. For some reason I'm getting an error when trying to change the download link name but it should be up there.
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Bradley H April 25, 2019 3:09 pm UTC
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Any plans for a follow-up adventure following Ytrix?
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Adam H December 03, 2018 11:14 pm UTC
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I'm a little confused. In the text, one of the NPCs is described as a high elf with a certain cantrip that heavily features in the plot.

But in the accompanying stat block, he's human and doesn't cast any spells.
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Jeremy T December 04, 2018 2:52 pm UTC
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Hey Adam,

That's definitely an error - he should be a high elf with that cantrip in the stat block. I'll fix that and get an updated version out soon. Thanks for catching that and letting me know!
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Joe F November 03, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Jeremy, any plans on releasing this adventure as a Fantasy Grounds module?
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Jeremy T November 03, 2018 6:54 pm UTC
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I haven't used Fantasy Grounds before, but if it's simple enough to put together I don't see an issue with it. I'll look into it!
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Joe F November 04, 2018 12:03 am UTC
It’s not, especially if you’ve never used it. If you’re willing, I’d be able to do it. Just takes some coordination.
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