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The Galley of Death

This One-Shot Adventure Module contains: 

  • The story for a single adventure
  • Builds for three different enemies / monsters
  • Builds for two kinds of friendly NPCs
  • A table for rolling events for a ship caught in a storm
  • A simple sketched map of a ship
  • Several high detail maps to be used in an online tabletop such as Roll20

The Story

The ruthless warlord Rahar controls large parts of the coastal regions in the northern lands with his small army of bandits and pirates. So far, he’s made a good fortune by extorting protection money from the local towns. However, recently he’s come across an even more lucrative venture: the slave trade. He uses his luxurious (and suspiciously affordable) inns along the northern coast to lure in travellers. Once they are boozed up and defenceless, his slavers can capture them without much resistance. These prisoners are then taken onto one of Rahar’s notorious “Galleys of Death” to be shipped to one of his many goldmines. There, they’ll either be held for ransom or put to work for the rest of their lives. All the towns of the northern coast buy into this scheme, because Rahar keeps other pirates at bay and pays handsomely for the goods he demands from each town.

In this 3- to 4-hour adventure, the players will be captured by one of Rahar’s slaver troops, led by his sadistic son Vanter. Will they escape their fate before they reach Rahar’s mines? Can they use their wits, strength and cunning, to escape the monstrous Vanter and his “Galley of Death”?

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Ed S May 25, 2023 11:21 am UTC
Any chance of getting the maps in a .zip format?
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Joshua N April 22, 2023 1:32 am UTC
A previous comment said this is mainly level 1-2, is that true, could this work for my party? They're at level 7 right now.
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Quickphix C May 01, 2023 11:47 am UTC
Hi Joshua

It could probably still work, although you would need to do some scaling. If your part has a lot of spellcasters in it, make sure that the slavers maybe bind their hands or silence them, otherwise escape might almost be trivial. Additionally, at level 7, you probably can double the enemy count in the entire module for it to still be a challenge.

Hope that helps!

Kind Regards

Your Quickphix Club
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Julia S February 24, 2022 1:44 am UTC
Thanks, I appreciate your answer to Conor below. This adventure is moving us into a future battle with the powers of the sea where this takes place. I suspect the local powers are hooked into the slave trade, putting pressure on me to create a the Island of the Smiling Shadows! Wish I knew more about that Island...
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Conor M October 24, 2021 8:00 pm UTC
Did they ever make a sequel or follow-up?
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Quickphix C October 25, 2021 6:42 am UTC
Hi Conor

Thank you for your interest in our adventure modules. Unfortunately, we never created a direct sequel to "Galley of Death". However, we did use the plans from an eventual sequel to create two other adventure modules.

1. "Don't Break your pick" tells the story of what is going on in Ragnar's mines
2. ...while "Bound in Chains" tells the story (although now with different characters) how Ragnar rose to power:

If you are looking to continue the story with your players, these two modules are probably the best place to start.

Kind regards and have fun playing

Your Quickphix Club
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Jeandré D May 04, 2020 7:54 am UTC
Level 1-2.
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