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Who is the Mother of Life?

She is the goddess to all that live in the True World and she is considered the Mother of All. Her name has been given to the very land itself, where it is said all of mankind stands upon her body. It is she who gave birth to Qotal, Zaltec and their brothers and sisters, though she herself no longer lives. She is Maztica, the Mother of Life.

The Adventure

The Mother of Life is a collection of four interconnected adventures that form one grand epic. Individually, the series of adventures were known as the the "True World Resurrection," but each had a wildly differing theme. Each adventure is updated here, together, in one grand adventure book which spans levels 5-12, though it could be adjusted for both lower and greater levels easily. The adventures themselves remain compartmentalized, and might be run individually if desired, but almost an entire campaign could be run within these pages with minimal work from the DM.

Updated Adventures

On DmsGuild, the adventures TWR1 The Sea Demon's Pearl, TWR2 The Maztican Ball Game, TWR3 The Door of Stars and TWR4 Zatal - The Mountain of Fire brought together one giant narrative. All four adventures are included in this product and are given much needed updates. The general backgrounds of each adventure are summed up below.

The Sea Demon's Pearl

When the young son of a fisherman named Asquel surpised his village elders and returned alive after missing for weeks, he returned with a black pearl the size of which the coastal town had never seen. Asquel became somewhat of an instant celebrity, and his family was lifted from the poverty from which it once languished. Little did the boy know that the pearl was not all that he brought home. The Sea Demon had followed its prize home and soon the whole town would suffer for Asquel's theft.

The Maztican Ball Game

The Maztican Ball Game is a game within a game! It is a sport wholly unique to the True World and it can be played by four or more players. This portion of The Mother of Life contains rules for the sport, the mechanics behind them and an adventure set up in the style of a tournament in which the players can become underdog champions in a long established cultural phenomenon. True champions of the Maztican Ball Game will bring the players to the attention of powers that are making bold moves in the True World. Heroes in Maztica don't only arise from slaying monsters.

The Door of Stars

In the mountains of Huacli, a secret lies which has kept the Otomi people safe for many generations. Yet still there is danger, and while much of it comes from a city full of undead, what once protected the Otomi might now be their undoing.


Like a poisonous and bloated pustule, Mount Zatal has been a source of terror for the True World since time immemorial. It is the source of the Darkfire and much of Zaltec's own personal power, and for many decades it continued to grow. What secrets lie in the depths of the mountain remain unknown, but it is certain that the Eater of Hearts will not make it easy to discover. Perhaps somewhere in its bowels, in the bottom of the very megadungeon itself you might find what Zaltec has been hiding since the very Age of Immortals.


The Mother of Life has major implications that will impact the future of Maztica in extremely important ways. In the past two hundred years, the continent has suffered the invasion and plunder from Amnian foreigners, being ripped from the world and brought to one plagued by dragons, and then brought back just as life began to settle once more. Perhaps the people of the True World are due some good news for once, but only brave adventurers will be able to bring back the Mother of Life for a True World Resurrection of epic proportions.

What You Need

This adventure is exclusively an epic adventure set in the western continent of Maztica. It would be difficult to apply much of what is written here to other settings as the adventure has major implications specific to the True World. In addition to the core 5e books, it is highly recommended that you pick up the gamut of free DMsGuild Maztica products, particularly MZC1 the Maztica Campaign Guide, MZS1 Monsters of Maztica and MZM1 Teoatl Magic. The campaign guide gives a general overview of the setting, the monster compendium gives statistics for creatures included in the adventure and teoatl magic is heavily referenced in the Sea Demon's Pearl.


The adventures are most appropriate for characters who begin at level 5 or 6. It can be adjusted for lower or higher levels with a small amount of work from the DM, but it is expected that the PCs are at least 10th level by the time they reach Chapter 4.


Get the Maztica Alive! collection here in the Maztica Alive! Bundle:

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*Not Included in Bundle:  ANS4 and PSS1*


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