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A Darkness from the Stars


Descend into the Starpeaks in A Darkness from the Stars, a mystery adventure set in Eberron.

This 3-5 hour one-shot, built for characters levels 4-6, is sprinkled with Eberron’s celestial lore, bringing you a mystical adventure for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition. When the researchers of the Starpeaks Observatory are put in danger by a creature nesting under the mountains, the characters must delve deep into the caverns to root out the threat. Nightmares wrack them as they descend, and the source, the great astral dragon slumbering in the depths, has a secret of its own.

A Darkness from the Stars offers a lore-rich adventure with darker twists and includes a 14-page color PDF, a PDF usable by screen readers, maps, NPC stats, and more. Handy sidebars are filled with tips on how to integrate this adventure into the Forgotten Realms or your own settings without sacrificing the lore.

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William R June 05, 2020 2:08 am UTC
So, this was a fun book. Just finished running it for my players and they enjoyed it a lot. There is 5 6th level characters so I had to bump the difficulty up a bit. But it challenged them and the fight at the end was epic. I love the puzzle too. They weren’t too overbearing on my players and they learned a good bit of lore too. Question about the New Moon phase, that’s just darkness right not magical darkness? That’s how I ran it and it seemed fine. Good book, highly recommend.
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René B January 02, 2020 2:48 am UTC
Unfortunately, I am having a hard time understanding "the door". Is it accessible on the same level as the observatory, or is it higher up and only accessibly seen through the telescope (which makes Ilda showing them and the circumvention much more pertinent)?
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Sadie L January 02, 2020 4:14 am UTC
Hey! That's a great question.

I didn't get too specific because I realized that all of the playtesters were envisioning the door in different ways (one of them had the telescope and the door in different room, the orrery took up the whole room, and they had to swerve the pieces around! I thought that was cool.), so I thought it'd be better to give the DM sort of "magic door" freedom.

It works either way: the important thing about the door is not its exact location or how it appeared, but that it's directly across the room from the telescope. Use what feels best to you. I had it on the ground floor but embedded into the mountain so that it was a little out of sight unless you were looking for it.
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Wesley D December 25, 2019 10:24 pm UTC
What is a good amount of players for this?
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Sadie L December 25, 2019 10:29 pm UTC
Hi there! Thanks for the interest!

I recommend 4 or 5 players between the levels 4 and 6!
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