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The Possession of Gloam

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A group of cultists led by a charismatic stranger has taken over a town for a bloody ritual, and the party will have to act fast lest a demon is unleashed on the land.

The Possession of Gloam is a short adventure for a low-level party to enjoy an equal part spooky and gory time.

Inside are three new monster stat blocks to defeat, a new magic item to stumble upon, and a mystery for your party to uncover.

This adventure is set in the Forgotten Realms but can be easily adapted to other settings. All credits for art, maps, and templates used are given on the final page. Each monster not represented in the stat blocks can be found on page 345 of the 5th Edition Monster Manual.

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Mark C June 02, 2023 11:22 pm UTC
Seems like an interesting adventure and will definitely be using parts of it for my campaign. Just one question though. Having a level 3 party go up against 3 cultists, 1 cult fanatic, and then either a CR4 or 6 boss depending on the story outcome seems rather steep. Did it work when you ran the game or do you have tips for making it work?
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Jordan K June 03, 2023 4:36 am UTC
Hi Mark! I specifically made this to be a difficult adventure, potentially too much so. The group I play with has very difficult encounters in all campaigns and I felt it fit well with the horror theming. Additionally, I believe one-shots should have an added difficulty to other campaign styles and character death should be a very possible situation as it adds to the excitement. However, to tone the encounters down I would remove the cult fanatic from the first encounter and remove the highest-level spell slots of the bosses while also removing a chunk of Hit Points.

This is the first adventure I've attempted to write up so I'm willing to admit I may just yet be able to balance encounters correctly, or have had my view of difficulty skewed by my current group. Either way, I appreciate the comment and would be interested to hear if you had any other suggestion which I could make to this adventure and then release a second version. Thanks for reading.
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Jordan K June 03, 2023 9:42 am UTC
Hi again Mark. I've just taken a quick break from the current project to apply a temporary fix so people aren't downloading this expecting the average level 2 one-shot. To do this I've changed the expected level to be 4 or 5 which should hopefully make it a more enjoyable adventure. Thanks again for the feedback. I will look back on my previous work as I go and make more detailed updates as time goes on and gain a better understanding of balance.
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Mark C June 03, 2023 11:37 am UTC
thanks for the response, those tips make sense. Hope you continue to make great stuff
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