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Breaking waves

This One Shot Adventure Module contains:

  • The story for a single maritime adventure - ideal for introducing D&D 5e to new players
  • Builds for 2 new monsters and 1 new boss monster
  • Builds for multiple tough NPCs
  • A simple treasure riddle
  • Detailed Maps of the mysterious ship called the "Selandia"
  • A loot table for plundering a passenger ship
  • Multiple social, exploration and combat encounters
  • Two different endings, depending on player choice

The Story

The self-proclaimed Captain Thakore Bhatt raised more than a few eyebrows when he showed up in port Marit. His weird ship - proudly wearing the name “Selandia” on its bow - was mastless and manned by a crew of about 25 people. Yet, it appeared to have no trouble navigating the harbour. All this strangeness could have been overlooked, had Capt. Bhatt not started dramatically underbidding the fares of other passenger ships. He was able to take twice the number of passengers for half what they would have paid on other vessels. They all reached their destination safely on time. The only catch appeared to be, that no-one apart from its crew was allowed on Selandia’s deck after dark. The sailors’ guild tried to investigate the matter, but Capt. Bhatt kicked all their spies of his ship. As a result, he was barred from docking the Selandia in their harbours. Since then, Capt. Bhatt was forced to establish his own network of harbours for his lucrative venture. However, the expulsion from the sailors’ guild meant his clientele grew ever seedier. Additionally, rumours spread by the guild, that Captain Bhatt was pursued by the cursed Sherden Galleon deterred all but the most desperate passengers from travelling on the Selandia.

In this 2 – 5 hour introductory adventure, a party of 3rd to 4th level characters will board the Selandia for a two-day journey. However, all goes awry in the second night and they find themselves trapped on the lower deck with no crewmembers left in sight. The screams piercing the ship’s planks suggest, that the Selandia has been boarded. Can the players fight their way out or will they be crushed by the “Breaking Waves”?

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Francisco F June 01, 2021 2:22 pm UTC
Hello, @Quickphix Club!
My name is Francisco Ferreira, I'm a freelance translator from Brazil.
I'm working on portuguese versions of "FREE" and "PAY WHAT YOU WANT" material from DMs Guild, and I really appreciate your content.
I would like to make your content available in portuguese, and I want to know if you are in agreement with that.
DMs Guild do allow translations from contents of their publishings, but I think is important to ask for the author's permission.
Thanks in advance!
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Quickphix C June 02, 2021 12:29 pm UTC
Dear Francisco
Of course - we'd be really happy to have our materials translated into portuguese. Use whatever content of ours you want, we'd only ask you for crediting us with the original work and if possible also offer the translations as "pay what you want" to the community here.
If you'd like to access our original image or text files, feel free to contact us on our website: - we'll gladly provide them to you for free.
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Renee H February 10, 2021 8:47 pm UTC
What size is the ship? I want to add a grid so that I can print out and use the maps with miniatures, but I'm not sure how to scale the grid
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Quickphix C February 11, 2021 7:55 am UTC
Hi Renee

Thank you for your interest in our adventure and your question.

The Selandia is a fantasy version of a large Galleon - hence the approx. dimensions would be 160ft. long (50m), 30ft. wide (8m) and standing about 50ft. out of water (15m). Her carrying capacity could be anything from 600t to 2000t.

That said, seeing as we are talking about a fantasy ship propelled by spells, I'd say the dimensions can be whatever you'd need them to be to fit on a grid paper.

We'll add these dimensions to an updated version of the document shortly.

Good luck with your adventure!

Kind regards

Your Quickphix Team
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