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The Villainy Beyond the Vortex


The Villainy Beyond the Vortex

Attention all adventurers! Smiling Orc Publishing is thrilled to announce our latest module for Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, "The Villainy Beyond the Vortex." Are you ready for an adventure that will take you far beyond the safety of your home city?

A trusted local temple cleric has called upon your party to investigate a sinister discovery at Kisimoor Castle off the coast of Barhaven Island. Delve into the depths of the castle and uncover the mysteries that lie beneath the surface. With ancient artifacts and hidden passageways, the castle holds many secrets, some of which may be more than you can handle.

In "The Villainy Beyond the Vortex," you'll encounter four new Kuo-Toa variants, each more fearsome than the last. These creatures will test your party's skills and bravery like never before. You'll also discover new magic items and face two mass combat encounters, each more epic than the last.

Do you have what it takes to uncover the truth behind the strange occurrences at Kisimoor Castle? Will you survive the dangers that lie beyond the vortex? The fate of the island rests in your hands.

To experience the adventure for yourself, download "The Villainy Beyond the Vortex" exclusively on With its immersive six full-color maps and six full-color minimaps, this module is a must-have for any Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition campaign. So gather your party, prepare your spells, and get ready to embark on a journey that will test your courage and your wits!

Cavern MapKisimoor Castle Map Sample Image

The Adventure Hook:

Deep within the heart of the adventurers’ bustling home city, the party is summoned by a trusted friend – a local temple cleric. He's got a mission that will take the party far away from the comforts of the metropolis to the remote Barhaven island. The government seat of the island, Kisimoor Castle, has recently made an interesting discovery, and the chaplain at the Castle needs someone to investigate it.

The cleric beckons the party close to him at the table they all occupy in the corner of the dimly lit tavern on the outskirts of the market district. He explains in a serious, somber tone:

“I have come to you with a request of utmost importance. I have received a letter from my colleague, the chaplain at Castle Kisimoor, and it appears that something sinister may be unfolding within the walls of the fortress. Allow me to explain.

The Castle has long been a source of fascination for me and my fellow clergymen. While it continues to serve as the government seat for the dwarves of Barhaven, it is much more. Rumors abound that hidden within are some of the most ancient and powerful artifacts in the land, and its walls are steeped in a rich and complex history. However, it appears that this history may hold more secrets than we ever imagined!

The chaplain has informed me of a most unusual discovery. While moving an old sarcophagus in the chapel, he and his colleagues uncovered a hidden stairway beneath the tomb. They descended into the depths below, and there they discovered a strange natural chamber unlike any they had ever seen before.

At the far end of the chamber, they found another passageway which had been sealed with rocks and boulders, but also with an ancient and powerful magic. It was clear to them that someone did not want anyone to get in – or perhaps did not want anything to get out!

There are ancient tales from long ago which most dismiss as myths – tales of strange magical passageways that lead into mysterious realms under the ocean. And tales of ghosts and terrible wailing creatures that guard these hidden tunnels. Most believe them to be old wives' tales, but this newly rediscovered passageway suggests otherwise.

I fear that something terrible is unfolding within the Castle. My colleague believes that this discovery may be related to the strange occurrences that have been taking place there recently; reports of strange boats and hooded men with webbed feet making inquiries in towns along the coast. He has asked for my help in uncovering the truth. That is why I have come to you, brave adventurers. I implore you to take up this task and investigate this discovery for me.

Be warned, however. The dangers that lie within this passageway are unknown, and the mysteries that await you may be more than you can handle. But if anyone can uncover the truth and prevent the unfolding of a catastrophe, it is you. Will you accept my task?

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