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In the Heart of the Forest


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An atmospheric one-shot adventure set in a dark forest for one-on-one or parties of level 5 or 6.

There are two new sidekick classes, NPCs, and leveling tables included with handouts for your player!

In this adventure, the characters gather information in the small village of Redvale on the outskirts of the Blackwoods Forest. They go into the forest in search of Adelle, a druid whose other eleven Circle members have disappeared within the last year.

Inside the forest, they discover several undead beings, including a wood woad, who guides them to Adelle. She and her Circle learned a year before of a sorceress’s plan to extend her power beyond the forest, a death sentence for the village of Redvale and the lands beyond. Adelle is the last one left.

Adelle is suspicious of the party at first, but she might help them get to the center of the forest to investigate the dark sorceress and try to put a stop to her destructive plans.

This adventure sets a mysterious woodland ambiance that lends itself to an immersive one-shot experience!

This Adventure Includes:

  • Full one-shot adventure for levels 5 or 6
  • Two sidekick characters (or DMPCs) with handouts for your player
  • Two new sidekick classes and unique leveling tables: the archer and the Circle of the Phoenix druid
  • Mechanics for running a sidekick
  • Beautiful art
  • Well-rounded NPCs
  • Two custom NPC stat blocks
  • A new custom creature and
  • Two custom magical items

Connecting to Other One-on-One Adventures

For those who have played our previous adventures, like the Crystalline Curse Trilogy, this one-shot takes a slightly darker turn, but it will still follow those three very well.

Our other new adventure, The Proving Glade, is also available on DMsGuild! While these two adventures are not necessarily connected, they both involve navigating difficult and dangerous scenarios in a forest and could naturally be strung together!

There are notes for scaling the adventure and running it as a two-person game inside so it can be easily adjusted for any table. You'll also find mechanics notes for running a sidekick character!

Please leave a review and let me know what you think!

Thank you!

My special thanks you Jeff Stevens for my scholarship to participate in the RPG Writer Workshop, which is where I created this adventure!

I'd love for you to follow me on Twitter @GroveGuardian

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If you're looking for more one-on-one adventures or ideas, you can find me at or on Patreon with Grove Guardian Press :)

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March 30th, 2021
We run this adventure as a duet, I was a player. Great story! I tried to be diplomatic and it was hard for me to some decisions. I was totally involved into the story. We had great 8 hours of play! [...]
February 19th, 2021
I ran this as a duet, and while we both thoroughly enjoyed it, I found that as the DM it took a little bit of prep to set up the story and build on the NPC's motivations. I still highly recommend it, the atmosphere and story were very engag [...]
February 15th, 2021
This was an odd adventure where the main supporting NPC, for me, was so unappealing and self-important though under-powered, that my lawful evil PC accepted the BBEG's bribe and slew her, then accepted a bribe of a much lesser value as it was over [...]
October 3rd, 2020
Historically I've been a DM who runs a lot of games in contained interior (dungeons, haunted houses, etc) environments. I was never much of a fan of outdoor settings until the release of Castles Forlorn for Ravenloft in 2nd Edition. Castles Forl [...]
November 5th, 2019
In The Heart of the Woods is a fantastic adventure, that can be perfectly injected into a homebrew world or a published module. There are countless ways for the players to make dynamic choices and actually change the course of the adventure – as oppo [...]
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