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“You read enough stories and it starts to make you wonder... what am I doing stuck in this one?” - Lady Calathea

Take a whimsical romp through an enchanted library in this one-shot adventure ready to slot in to your standing campaign in any setting.

This level 5 one-shot adventure for three to six players includes:

  • Six new magic items based on classic tropes
  • Six new stat blocks for archetypal NPCs
  • Four original battle maps
  • Innovative system for tracking "fictional" corruption
  • Full-color stylized PDF
  • Simplified screenreader-friendly PDF

A magical mishap occurs when a handful of freshmen enchantment students cast a modified version of the awaken spell on a fantasy epic in the university library, and now characters are leaping off the page - literally! As heroes, villains, and damsels come to life, the librarians need someone to restore narrative order to the unruly tales. But as the lines between fiction and reality blur, some of the characters begin to suspect their stories are cages they'd rather not return to at all.

"Overall, Off the Books is a short and entertaining adventure with a lot of fun characters and encounters – but they’re also thoughtful and engaging." - The Kind GM

"What I really like about it is that it's unique... I think this title has a lot of options with Strixhaven, Candlekeep Mysteries, and more." - Splinterverse

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January 22nd, 2023
This was immense fun to both play and run! We've been doing adventures from Candlekeep Mysteries, and this fit perfectly. It's clear the author has a solid understanding and fondness for literary tropes, all the encounters were just really en [...]
August 7th, 2021
I ran this adventure for a group of four fifth-level characters and we all had an absolute blast! Highlights: The adventure features a rich cast of NPC characters both 'real' and fictional that all have [...]
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August 01, 2021
This title was added to our catalog on July 31, 2021.