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The Proving Glade is a one-shot adventure meant for parties or duets.

Your characters arrive in a small settlement that has a big problem. The forest, its lifeblood, has seemingly withdrawn its bounty. Others have gone in, only to return hours later confused about how they got out.

Will your party have the wherewithal to navigate the treacherous forest, pass its surprising tests, and uncover what’s truly going on?

I wanted a forest adventure that felt alive and busy. I also didn’t want every encounter to be solved with the swing of a sword. The Proving Glade is about questioning value, morality, judgement, and redemption.

This adventure was written as part of the Summer 2019 RPG Writer's Workshop. We also submitted In the Heart of the ForestWhile these two adventures are not necessarily connected, they both involve navigating difficult and dangerous scenarios in a forest and could naturally be strung together.

This Product Includes

  • A 3 to 4 hour one-shot designed for parties or 1-1 play.
  • A new Sidekick stat block: Daelin Hoofbane, ranger extraordinaire.
  • A new custom creature: the mysterious and powerful Alseiad, a glade nymph of incredible beauty.
  • 2 new maps: One region map for tha forest around Quaervarr near Silverymoon and one battle map for The Hydra's Mire.

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Samuel A June 26, 2022 8:15 pm UTC
Also, more broadly speaking, is there a community where I can discuss running the adventure and look for tips and such? Are you active in a discord server or some such?
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Beth B July 05, 2022 8:39 pm UTC
Another great question! We are very active with our patrons on Patreon and answer direct messages there, and you can also email us through the contact us page on If you'd like to join us on patreon, search for Grove Guardian press or go to and you'll find us.

Unfortunately, we do not have a discord server at the moment though it is something we've considered. I've always found the D&D community on Twitter and Instagram to be thoughtful and helpful as well!

All the best,
- Beth
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Samuel A June 26, 2022 4:48 pm UTC
Hi guys! What's the best way to get the map and perhaps other resources into roll20 to host a game of this on there?
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Beth B July 05, 2022 8:35 pm UTC
Hi Samuel,
Thanks so much for your question, and my apologies for the delay in reply. We had a death in the family and have been away. The easiest way to get the map into roll20 is to take a screenshot of it and upload it as an image on the map layer so it's easier to size, and you can match the squares up that way too!

For the other pieces, I would just use some of the generic tokens and add the hp to their stats.
We hope you have so much fun with the adventure!
- Beth
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William K October 21, 2021 9:26 pm UTC
What level is this adventure for?
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Beth B October 22, 2021 7:06 pm UTC
Hi William,
This adventure is for levels 4 or 5 :)
- Beth
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D20 Nerd . June 14, 2020 1:36 pm UTC
does this require you to have any book besides the PHB
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Beth B June 14, 2020 7:08 pm UTC
Hi Tommy,
Thanks so much for asking! There are a few creatures in the adventure that are in the Monster Manual but not in the 5th edition SRD (the open resource document from Wizards of the Coast that's freely available online), but you should be able to swap them out and still be able to run the adventure. There are also a few magic items that we list as rewards from the DMG, but you could swap those out as desired as well.

If you have the PHB for making your character and are willing to be a little flexible on a couple creatures, you should be totally fine!
- Beth
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