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The Arcane Opera


Disguise yourselves as theater extras and plunge into a backstage rehearsal in this comedic one shot! The play is Les Misérables with yetis.

At the Arcane Opera, one of the leads is a doppelganger thief, the director has ties to the mob, and the greenroom is haunted by the stage manager's ghost. That doesn't stop them from putting on the highest production magical musical theater productions in the city.

You've been hired to find the theif in the opera; disguised as extras, what secrets will you stumble onto in this eccentric backstage?

At the Arcane Opera, your players will enjoy:

  • Minigames to audition as singers, stage fighters, or crew
  • A process of elimination mystery with plenty of fun clues
  • Dnd-ified lyrics to classic Les Mis songs
  • More hostile apparitions than any workplace should contain (any)
  • A delightful cast of NPCs
  • A bestiary HR manual

You can view the entire module in preview mode, so take a look!

This humorous setting rewards investigation, roleplay and creativity. The adventure is written for characters between 2nd and 4th level and takes 3-5 hours of play. It includes virtual tabletop maps, a screen-reader accessible PDF, and a printer-friendly PDF.

Content warnings: Death by heart attack, mentioned

About the Author

Ellie Lynn is a gold-bestselling module author. She wants to write like Terry Pratchett but in 5e. Find her on Twitter @ellielynnz!

To hear Splinterverse (@splinterverse) start laughing while reviewing this title, click here:

If you like urban comedy one-shots and want more, check out the best-selling Diamond Heist!

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April 13th, 2022
A thoroughly enjoyable module with a great premise and a wonderfully fleshed out environment to explore. A fantastic gaming experience which is simultaneously a love letter to musical theatre and a biting critique of musical theater culture. Improving [...]
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