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The Phantom of Music: An Adventure of Love and Death
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The Phantom of Music: An Adventure of Love and Death

Strange accidents keep happening in the Singing Brass Dragon Opera of Waterdeep. Curtains fall during rehearsals, dancers stumble into the Orchestra pit, a flying glowing skull terrorizes the sceneshifters, and threatening letters arrive each day. Recently, a chandelier fell and killed a new employee. Now, a group of adventurers has been hired to investigate the crime and rumors surrounding the ghost haunting the opera.

An adventure about love and death inspired by Gaston Leroux’s story: The Phantom of the Opera

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"The Phantom of Music cleverly adapts the beloved musical into a D&D mystery adventure, resulting in one of the most well-designed, narrative-focuses one-shots on the DM's Guild"

-Rogue Watson

Contents

  • A 4-hour adventure for three to five 1st-5th level characters. It is optimized for an avarage party level of 4, however it can be easily adapted for characters from 1st to 7th level.
  • This adventure plays out mostly as a crime investigation where the characters go through a series of interrogations, collecting information, and clues.
  • Contains: DM Maps (Colored and gridless), Player Maps (Colored Grid, Colored Gridless, Printer Friendly Grid, Colored Handout) and an Isometric Map.
  • 10 Handouts representing letters sent by the Opera Ghost.
  • All the stat blocks needed to run the adventure.
  • It can be replayed and customized with three different paths for the DM's choice.
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Page 1 Page 2 Handout 
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Content Warning:
This adventure contains some sensitive topics from its source material:
  • The Opera Ghost seeks Colleen’s affection against her consent. Keep in mind that the ghost won’t ever force or abuse her physically.
  • There is a character in the novel known as “The Persian”, who is portrayed as a mysterious, exotic and dangerous foreigner.
  • The Ghost was born with a physical deformity on half of its face, which has led to a life of rejection.
  • Certain outcomes end in suicide, depending on player choices.
  • The Ghost’s preferred method of killing its enemies is by hanging them by the neck with a spectral lasso floating in the air.
These issues have been addressed in different ways, but their tropes and the main story remain the same. Reader discretion is advised.

 
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Lauren D February 23, 2021 3:27 pm UTC
PURCHASER
So I'm about to run this on Friday with my group and I have two questions! This is only my second time DMing so apologies in advance if they seem intuitive.

03: "Unless kidnapped and replaced by Dread Olga, Mother Ysabeau is in this room praying to the statue of Milil." However, there is no other introduction to her if she IS replaced. Is there a set answer to that or is it up to the DM to handle that?

B2: My biggest question - it says the players can make the managers cooperate with a Persuasion check, but what can they find in the office? There is nothing indicating there is anything noteworthy in the office. Is this just for the ability to interrogate the managers?

Thank you! I'm excited to run this as a long-time Phantom fan!

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Andrés L February 23, 2021 4:15 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi! Thanks for reaching out.
1) If she IS replaced, the fake one introduces herself at the beginning of Act 2 if the characters don't participate in the improvised performance (see "mother's betrayal"). However you can add her before whenever you want. If that's the case, I recommend having her close to Colleen at all times, speaking good about the Angel of Music and persuading her to stay with it. The fake can also introduce herself to the characters with curious look to do some research on them. If the characters mention the Ghost, she will fake a panic attack and call Colleen for help, causing Colleen to be "hostile" to the charactesr for worrying her mother. The real one can be found in area L2.

2) The managers office contains letters, scripts, reviews, newspapers and the like. If the characters want to investigate, I would recommend a DC 15 Intelligence (Investigation) check to find a couple of newspapers detailing previous disasters caused by the Ghost, such as the...See more
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Lauren D February 23, 2021 7:16 pm UTC
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Thank you so much for your prompt response! This was all very informative! I have one last small question! When it comes to the rumor table and the true/false notes, do the players get to know if the rumors are true or false too, or is that something they need to determine themselves?
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Andrés L February 23, 2021 7:39 pm UTC
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They need to determine it themselves. The opera staff has no actual clue of which rumors are true or false so an insight check wouldn't work. The players can find that some rumors are fake when crossing different testimonies and finding contradictions, but there is where the fun of using their own brains lay ;)
Please let me know how your game goes! I love hearing such stories (either as a review or at @AzzaelUlbrinter)
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Lauren D February 23, 2021 8:58 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Thank you!!! I will definitely let you know!
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