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The Priest, the Witch, and the Lost Temple: An Adventure


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"The story really captures your imagination and the layout is beautiful." - Neal S.

"Wow!...I am super impressed, it is laid out beautifully, with detailed explanations and history." - Si. M

"[I]t looks amazing! The art and format looks great and looks as professional as an official campaign book." - Steven E.

"The writing is both captivating and near perfect, flowing from the pages in a succinct, yet engrossing fashion." - Ryan Langr in 5-star DM Level Up review

The Priest, the Witch, and the Lost Temple is a 40-page adventure for characters of levels 2 to 3. The town of Whitehaven is beset with undead. The townsfolk are quick to blame the so-called Witch of Whitehaven, who lives nearby with her partner in the Surbrin Hills. Yet a more insidious evil lurks in the midst of town, cloaked in a holy man’s robes. And far underground, an ancient evil artifact stirs. The town is in need of heroes. Will you answer the call?

In this adventure, you will find:

  • a description of the town of Whitehaven
  • a vivid cast of characters in the town and beyond
  • a variety of locations that could be used or adapted elsewhere, including a town, crypts, a wizard’s home, and an underground temple
  • a combination of roleplay, exploration, and combat encounters
  • an adventure likely to entail 12-15 hours of gameplay.

About the author

David McDonough (@DS_McDonough) is an editor, writer, think tanker, and recovering academic in Ottawa, Canada. This is his first attempt at designing and publishing a D&D adventure. Reviews and comments would be most welcome!  

Change log:

  • Oct 30: Fixed some typos
  • Nov 3: Fixed remaining typos, and modified some encounters to reduce difficulty levels (including the Uthgardt burial mount, Witch's Home [H8], and Temple [T3])
  • Nov. 19: Fixed two mispellings, and added a zipped folder with the battle maps.
  • March 4: Fixed the name of a magical item (gem of seeing)

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Jay M December 08, 2018 2:21 pm UTC
Accurate review of product.
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Jeff D February 18, 2019 3:43 pm UTC
Agreed. It would be well worth the designer's time to look at Bryce's review.
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Samuel G June 02, 2020 3:09 am UTC
I have to agree and disagree. I think that there are different ways to write and read an adventure. I totally get that, off the page, this adventure is not geared totally towards being easily ran by a DM. I also agree that a lot of the detail is unnecessary. However, I think the story is super cool, and part of the job of a DM is storytelling. I am sure that you, like most DMs, grew up reading fantasy paperbacks, and that your fantasy worlds are inspired by that content. People are willing to spend $50 on a sourcebook, of which they will probably only ever use a small amount, and call that a good deal. People buy WoTC adventures that they never run and read them for inspiration. Hell, I hardly ever run a game exactly as it is written in the adventure. If an original and self-published $5 adventure is inspiring and fun to read, and I use something from it in my game, or even if it just jogs my thinking and I wind up coming up with something fun, that is a well-written adventure.
I wound up taking the NPCs...See more
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Dragon's Tooth I November 16, 2018 1:26 am UTC
Wonderful job! And beautiful art!
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David M November 16, 2018 1:56 am UTC
Thanks so much!
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Justice F November 15, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
There is not a map of Whitehaven with this download. The campaign gives map indications (W7, W10, etc.) but there isn't a Whitehaven map.

Where can we get one to go with this campaign?
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David M November 15, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Hi Justice. Sadly, I didn't have the skills to put together a map of the town myself and didn't have the funds to commission someone to draw it either. Perhaps in a future upload, I'll be able to include such a map. Otherwise, the town numbers are really there to make it easy for the DM to keep tabs of locations. But, in the description, I tried to make it as clear as possible the general geographic features, certain key locations and where they are in relation to each other (e.g., inn, mill, tower, church, crypts).

Otherwise, I do have maps for all the locations where I expect combat to take place, such as in the town's tower, crypts, etc. The only exception is the fight in the town streets in Chp 3, and I thought that that is simple enough not to require a map.
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Justin F March 22, 2020 4:02 am UTC
Thank you!
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Ryan L November 05, 2018 4:18 pm UTC
For a full review, please copy and paste the link below (I can't review it myself on this page, as I'm a publisher):

5 stars, highly recommended.
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David M October 30, 2018 4:03 am UTC
Hi folks. To those who've purchased. First, thank you. Second, I noticed some typos in the document, so I've uploaded a new version with these typos fixed. I should note that nothing substantive was changed. The new pdf has "typos fixed" in the file name.
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William S February 18, 2019 3:32 am UTC
Can you clarify what the gem of true sight is?
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William S February 26, 2019 12:36 pm UTC
(Self Answer) Based on what I have heard from other people, the "gem of seeing" is also referred to as the "gem of true sight" (since the "Gem of seeing" gives you the spell called "True sight").
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Stephen S April 02, 2020 9:34 pm UTC
This is an excellent adventure, well written and I highly recommend it. I encourage you to create more! However, the lack of a map for Whitehaven is frustrating, as I had no choice but to make one for my group.
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