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D&D Solo Adventure: The Tortured Land

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5e Solo Gamebooks presents The Tortured Land, the fourth in our series of solo adventures set in the Forgotten Realms. With this adventure, we take off the gloves and throw your PC into the thick of some serious danger in the frigid north of Faerun. Only the most hardened adventurers will make it through this adventure in one piece, and with several different paths available, replayability is assured. The Tortured Land will provide you with hours of enjoyable, challenging play time.

Arriving in a lonely village in the middle of the northern plain known as The Ride, your hero is soon drawn into a quest to retrieve a precious artifact. From there they will journey even further north, towards the barren waste known as the Tortured Land, in search of an unknown enemy. There are items to collect, codewords to activate and perils to avoid. And of course, many combat encounters! As always, hyperlinks are included in the text to facilitate easy navigation, removing the need for scrolling between entries.

Another impressive addition to 5e Solo Gamebooks’ list of adventures. A challenge for solo players and, with conversion tables, easily scalable to fit parties as well.

John Todsen

Paul Bimler’s latest adventure stretches across frozen tundra, difficult mountain passes, and deadly ice-covered peaks. It’s jam-packed with deadly and creative encounters that will both intrigue new players and Grognards alike. Drawing upon a diverse cast of creatures and scalable combat encounters, Bimler paints a truly heroic adventure. Too many people let real adventure pass them by because they’re too busy or unwilling to take that leap. Don’t make that same mistake! Pick up this adventure now, you will thank yourself later.

David La Boon

The writing is sharp, the presentation is clean, and the instructions on how to play the monsters are very clear and easy to follow. 

Luke Monroe, author of Halaster's Hoard and Lost Tomes.

New to this adventure is a detailed Multi PC Conversion Table, for those players who like to solo with more than 1 PC. It converts every encounter for 2, 3 or 4 PCs, a more thoughtful method than the blanket rule provided in previous adventures. Now multiple players can journey without a DM, secure in the knowledge that each encounter is balanced as the author intended, no matter the number of PCs.

With deadly ice monsters and numerous traps and landscape hazards, you will need all your wits about you to get through this solo adventure! At the end of this adventure, you will progress your PC to level 5, in preparation for our next solo adventure, Drums at Daggerford.


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Geraldine W November 17, 2022 12:19 am UTC
Another question from the Fantasy Grounds Conversion interloper. :)

As the character stands before the rope bridge (sheet 294), you are given the opportunity to make an investigation check to look for weaknesses on the bridge. About halfway across the bridge (sheet 056), the text asks if you made a successful Perception check previously to examine the bridge. There is an inconsistency. Should it have been perception check on sheet 294?

BTW, I have now bought and played through 4 of these 5e Solo Gamebook adventures, in their Fantasy Grounds versions. I have enjoyed them immensely! Good job!
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Geraldine W November 11, 2022 2:41 am UTC
Spoiler Alert!

I just bought this and have a few questions about one of the early battles. In the battle with Aurilana:

What attack does the Frostbringer staff do?

Does an additional minion appear at the start of each minion's turn, or 1 additional minion each round?

The text says Aurilana uses Thunderwave, but she doesn't have that spell.
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Geraldine W November 11, 2022 8:19 pm UTC
I failed to mention in my post that I am actually using the Fantasy Grounds adaption of the module.

I spent some time poring over the description of Aurilana, and was able to tweak it so that Fantasy Grounds could properly parse the description and produce an accurate character sheet, as well as properly display it on the combat tracker. So, the questions about Frostbringer and the Thunderwave spell have been answered. That still leaves my confusion about the number of minions that can appear during a round.
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Joshua G November 06, 2022 12:39 pm UTC
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I tried to buy, but the website says you don't accept mastercard?
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5E Solo G November 06, 2022 11:06 pm UTC
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Hey Joshua. I don't control the website (unfortunately!). My products are just hosted on it. I'd recommend you contact customer service in this regard. Hope that helps.
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Joshua G November 29, 2022 2:05 pm UTC
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Yes! Thank you! I'm a forever DM and after playing this solo, I prepped and ran it for some new players. I'm about to buy a few more titles. Thank you so much for this incredible work!
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Jonah B September 08, 2022 12:26 am UTC
I am currently running this for the first time, sayus to turn to the Red Goo Combat Sheet? No such page or extra PDF with that name exists... ?
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Jonah B September 08, 2022 12:28 am UTC
Neverminded, it was named wrong / differently and it doesn't link too it. Id suggesting fixing this in the PDF version.
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M A B April 15, 2022 5:24 pm UTC
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I was not a fan of how Progress Points (didn't) work in this version. Given that, "Time is not so much of a factor here," the tiny number of rests (and strange placement - why not rest in the village, why press on?) was odd. My party (of two) added in short rests after a number of encounters, and still managed to nearly die a couple of times due to wandering into what they knew would be major encounters without enough resources. I encourage other players to add in rests where they make sense.
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William K October 21, 2021 10:37 pm UTC
What level characters can play this module?
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5E Solo G October 22, 2021 11:52 pm UTC
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It's for a single level 4 character.
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Moritz H August 18, 2021 11:39 am UTC
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I played through the first four of them and they get better and better. Looking forward to "Daggerford". Thanks for putting this out, Paul
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5E Solo G October 06, 2021 10:27 am UTC
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Pleasure Moritz, thanks for the support!
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Brett D February 03, 2021 9:58 pm UTC
Enjoy your games! It does seem like the saviour codeword doesn't go anywhere... I did a word search of the PDF and it doesn't come up as a codeword for the rest of the story after it's dropped in the half-ogre fight.
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5E Solo G October 06, 2021 10:27 am UTC
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Its coming. Hold onto it.
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William L January 10, 2021 9:11 pm UTC
Heads up, Spoiler:

Not sure if stated already or if there was an errata sheet but entry 350 should direct to Combat Sheet: Wolves.
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Edward L August 03, 2020 9:41 pm UTC
I bought the bundle of adventures and enjoyed them all. Great work!
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Pyram K July 15, 2020 9:18 am UTC
@5E Solo G

I have purchased your bundle for Fantasy Grounds and have played the first two in the series and very much enjoying them. I recently started using Foundry VTT, as I enjoy the dynamic lighting and the DnD Beyond integrations. I want to continue to play your solo adventures, but in doing so - I would have to purchase the PDF versions and begin porting them over to the Foundry system (simple and I do not mind doing so) - unfortunately, I am concerned that I may RUIN the gameplay experience because I would obviously become AWARE of the content, yet I may do it anyway.

Do you have any plans with providing a Foundry VTT version or other VTT versions other than just Fantasy Grounds?

If I take on the porting to Foundry VTT, I would like my work not to go to waste and be happy to provide it to you - so that you can offer it for sale to others. Let me know if you are interested.

Thank you so much for creating amazing solo adventures. It has helped me during...See more
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Pyram K July 15, 2020 9:31 am UTC
@5E Solo G

I just received this message from Jeff Montgomery at DMSguild.

"Each publisher on our site creates and manages their own line of products. They make all decisions about their products including if they will be available for Fantasy Grounds or Foundry or some other system. I'm sorry but we don't have a way to predict what publishers are going to make available."

So if you are interested, I will be happy to port over your PDF solo adventures to make them available for Foundry users on DMSguild.
Let me know if you are interested. Thank you.
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Travis W May 10, 2020 12:35 am UTC
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I really enjoyed this adventure. I played through DKS, TZK, CotR and now TTL. I'm really enjoying the content. Playing through an adventure itself doesn't take too long, but I suspect you really get your monies worth once you take a new character through the same adventures, there are lots of different paths and content to explore.

Normally I DM, so it's nice to get to play a PC
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5E Solo G October 06, 2021 10:30 am UTC
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Travis, sorry about the delay in replying... thank you for the support and I hope you're still getting some use out of my products! Send me your email and I'll send you a dungeon crawler I made recently :)
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Graeme T April 01, 2020 10:15 pm UTC
Is this solo adventure the sequel to Citadel of the Raven?
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5E Solo G April 02, 2020 1:14 am UTC
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It is. And I am but days away from finishing the first draft of the sequel to the Tortured Land, entitled Drums at Daggerford.
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Graeme T April 15, 2020 10:45 am UTC
Ah great. Thank you for your reply. I still need to finish CotR actually... but once I do I'll be adding Tortured Land to the collection.

Thanks for all the great work!
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S. R February 21, 2020 2:10 am UTC
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Hi! Just wanted to say my husband and I love these adventures. Any update as to when Drums at Daggerford will be available?
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5E Solo G February 21, 2020 7:28 pm UTC
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Hopefully sometime in March. Many thanks for your support!
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5E Solo G April 25, 2020 12:43 am UTC
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Hey SR, Drums at Daggerford is available now: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/310992/DD-Solo-Adventure-Drums-at-Daggerford?src=hottest_filtered&filters=45469
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David L December 07, 2019 9:16 pm UTC
Hi! I played through the Death knights Squire Solo, now I'm taking my 9 year old daughter through it. Is the Tortured Land the recommended follow up after Death Knight? If so, will there be a full color version available? Thank you we love these adventures
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5E Solo G December 08, 2019 11:56 pm UTC
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Hey David, the adventure to play after Death Knight's Squire is Tyrant of Zhentil Keep. Unfortunately there are no plans for Print on demand for any other titles except Death Knight's Squire.
Thanks for your support! Glad you're enjoying the adventures.
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Fitzgerald L October 29, 2019 10:25 am UTC
So can the multi PC conversion table be applied to previous books/adventures? Thanks.
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5E Solo G October 29, 2019 10:19 pm UTC
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Unfortunately not, but page 82 of the DMG provides the formula for calculating it. All adventures in future will have such a table though.
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