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Witchlight for the Combat-Starved (Hither)

Witchlight for the Combat-Starved (Hither)


Welcome to Witchlight for the Combat-Starved! This is the first of three supplements to help you add combat to this admittedly low-combat campaign. This supplement adds random encounters and three side-quests to Chapter 2: Hither. These sidequests include:

  • Hunting Warwyck the Dire Dodo Bird. There's a huge dodo bird with a horrendous temper stomping about in the swamps of Hither. 
  • Hunting Ampersand the Newspaper Yeti. He has a magic printing press and has to meet the print deadline. Will your party free his pixie slaves? Will this be the end of the Prismeer Post? 
  • Tracking down Archibald the Flail Snail in Fungalroot Cavern. Finally, a terrifying Flail Snail encounter. (You know you've been wanting one.) Now you get a chance to venture into Fungalroot Cavern, past the sentient mold and its zombie-like servitors, and come face to face with the Feywild version of a Flail Snail. 

As well as random encounters such as settling a dispute between Disrespectful Beavers, an encounter with Skunk Punks, and the Ogre Chef and the Salt and Pepper Kobolds. This supplement is designed to give your players every opportunity to hit something with weapons, cast some spells at targets, and feel really good about their combat-focused character builds. 

Every group has at least one of those players. You know the one I'm talking about. They took a very specific feat because it's critical to their build. They get an extra attack. Sure, they tell you, a Paladin/Warlock makes sense, you can be the servant of two masters.

This supplement was written for that player. This is for everyone who needs to see some bodies hit the floor to know they're having a great time. The goal was to keep all of the Feywild themes and ideas and balance that with the player's need to make something die and know they are responsible. 

This supplement also incluldes the following, in addition to things your party can punch in the face:

  • The Woodpecker and the Porcupine! A rhyming riddle inspired by Lewis Carol's Through the Looking Glass 
  • The Kobold Victory Table! If someone in your party manages to drop at the hands of a kobold, roll on this table to see what the victorious kobold does next to add some fun to the encounter.
  • The Sword of Tenors! A slightly disappointing sentient sword that sings to its wielder. (Come on, the party will be level 3 at best, you don't want to give them Mjolnir.)
  • The Gambler's Tools, including the Deck of Self-Shuffling, Dice of Revealing, and Coin of Luck.
  • The Driftwood Brothers, a pair of self-styled adventurer dwarfs who help point the party at their new targets from the Inn at the End of the Road
  • A full-color map of Fungalroot Cavern
  • Stat blocks for all new creatures including Warwyck the Dire Dodo, Ampersand the Newspaper Yeti, the Clockwork Basilisk, Soldier Rats, and more.

And for the combat-starved among us, we salute you.

Update December 6, 2021: Added full-color and full-sized player map of Fungalroot Cavern as a seperate file. Also corrected error where Potion of Disrespect was accidentally missing from Disrespectful Beaverfolk. 

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Jessica B December 10, 2021 4:04 pm UTC
Wonderful and creative additions to Hither! My players are going to love them! Any thoughts on expanding encounters for the other chapters?
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Matthew A December 10, 2021 7:38 pm UTC
Thank you! I'm working on Thither now. Here's a sneak peak: Gorilla Barbershop Quartet.
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Ksenia S December 09, 2021 7:44 pm UTC
Excuse me, but... where is the PDF? Or am I misunderstanding something? I just purchased this expansion and found only one map in two versions. Is it all what I get for 8$?
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Matthew A December 09, 2021 8:59 pm UTC
The .pdf has been reuploaded. Apparently when I revised the maps this week I accidentally removed the .pdf from the package. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, and please let me know when you have successfully downloaded the .pdf. I am so, so sorry for the inconvenience!
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Ksenia S December 09, 2021 9:09 pm UTC
Everything is fine now, thank you for your quick fix!
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Matthew A December 10, 2021 7:39 pm UTC
My pleasure! I hope you enjoy it!
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Eileen M December 02, 2021 5:07 am UTC
My players are FAR from people who only care about combat, but we enjoy it in our games when it does come up. The description of the player who only wants to roll damage doesn't suit us at all, but the party was combat-starved and ready to charge into battle by the time they got halfway through Hither. They avoided the mud mephit encounter by answering the riddle correctly, and were actually disappointed!! When we reached Brigand's Tollway, they charged in without thinking and got way in over their heads, and the newer players didn't have the combat experience that would have helped them put up a good fight. I've only given this supplement a quick skim, but I wish I had this when we first entered the feywild! These still have the same flavor the book provides, but will give everyone a chance to flex those combat features. Looking forward to future installments, this is going to add some much-needed damage rolls to our campaign. Thanks!
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