Firstly, Id like to call out this scenario for it's superb production values. It's use of art that does not appear stock is to be applauded plus the use of detailed maps (both of encounters and a visual map) is to be commended. I hae not noticed any other scenario to date which has these level of values .. and that includes much bigger producers that SHOULD
Secondly, I love the fact that each of the titles in this quadrology has a set purpose. Far too often a trilogy in a CCC series runs foul of a middling middle scenario because it seems the story isnt long enough to keep it going. Not this series. It nails what it intends to do right off the bat. THe central issue of the issues between Torm and Bane are on show and some roleplaying can be used to get the point across (and even some info for characters who worship Torm or Bane)
At this point however, I do want to point out an issue I have.. and its not just with this scenario. but occurs in a good chunk of CCCs. From the tone of the story we get that these 3 platinum discs are objects of great power.. tied to the portfolio of Bane (great use of his old holy symbol btw). As a DM and as a player Id probably expect to be fighting direct servants of Bane in each of these scenarios. Bane much surely sense that the time is right to put the smack down on the agents of Torm. Yet in this scenario we are treated to a battle with Xvarts, possible Ogre encounter and a Goblin Encounter. I will admit, this adventure is located in THar so all of these creatures COULD be encountered there , but I would honestly of replaced the optional encounter with an encounter with a kill team sent perhaps by a Banite priest to kill the defilers or something similar (reasoning isnt as important). I think it was the perfect opportunity to make an encounter here more important to the story. THe varied combats while interesting just seem to make it more about Thar then about the story. Ive no issue with the Story driving monster selection. I was originally going to give this a 4 star but this issue meant 3 stars.
Many scenarios suffer from these issues with poor/ strange monster selections for encounters.
Finally this scenario ran well to time, although 16 Xvarts was a bit of a time hog. I dont mind a lot of monsters, but I prefer more powerful and fewer if Im honest.
Im lookinng forward to reading the next in the series to run and I greatly appreciate all these Tier 1 scenarios coming out. Keep them coming!