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CCC-UCON03 The Straw Bears


You return to the peculiar village of Basht for one of their unusual festivals: the procession of the Straw Bears. While there, you meet some old friends and are asked to escort the brave villagers into the woods to continue the party into the night. It should be perfectly safe, shouldn’t it?

A Two to Four-Hour Adventure for Tier 1 Characters.

Optimized for APL 3.

The Straw Bears originally debuted at U-Con on November 2020. ( Even though it premiered a year after the premier of The Goat Mayor, the events are set just a few tendays later.

The village of Basht is a little Grimm's Fairy Tale village that was used for several CCCs for local Michigan conventions. I hope that your players enjoy the whimsy and dark undercurrents as much as mine have, and I would love it if you share your experiences in Basht with me!

I've included VTT-friendly maps and handouts in separate files to help with running your games virtually because we can't let a simple thing like physical distance prevent us from sharing our stories.

I also have a printer friendly version included for those that prefer their works to be printed on the flesh of dead trees. 

Please see other CCCs written for U-Con:

The Goat Mayor (by me, Daniel Chapman) was where this story began, happening just a few tendays before the events in this adventure.

Blood and Fog (by Alan Patrick) was the first CCC written for U-Con and the first mention of the Blood Lord.

Rescue Down Under (by Alex Lown) continues the story of Basht and revisits the friendly tinkerer Yul Khahan.

“Customs tell a man who he is, where he belongs, what he must do. Better illogical customs than none; men cannot live together without them.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Citizen of the Galaxy

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John D March 01, 2021 4:25 am UTC
Great story ! Love pacing, easy to DM without being
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Daniel C January 02, 2021 12:34 am UTC
My apologies to anyone who picked this up already, I had forgotten to upload the printer-friendly version. I will be adding that, along with some edits, and then working with the AL Admins to get things square.

But if you need the printer-friendly version now, let me know and I can mail it to you in the meantime.

In addition, Malthorn is the character of my late brother-in-law. I missed the note in the credits to say that. It will appear in the next update, but in the meantime here is what I wanted it to say:
Malthorn and Rustle were the characters of and are included in fond memory of my friend and brother-in-law David Ditsch, also a man of few words and content to listen and chuckle at any jokes at the table. Nothing made him chuckle more than when the other PCs were creeped out by his new companion Rustle. He would have been highly amused if that continues beyond our table.
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