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EB-05 A Century of Ashes $4.99
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Cory L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/28/2020 14:40:06

Over all a good module...BUT there is one glaring problem. Read the review for how I 'fixed' it. . . For many people, the 'date' scene in EB05 is problematic in many ways. 1) You basically stalk/spy on Kell's date to find out info about her 2) It is possible that Kell is a Professer and Jia is a Student (I don't think this is actually true, but it is implied at some points. 3) you listen in on the date and give Kell advice during the date via sending stones.

These are all standard rom-com tropes and 5 years ago, almost no one would have blinked an eye. However, now in 2020, it is no longer considered great comedy.

I have come up with a alteration that helps remove the creep factor but still fits with the adventure as intended (at least for me). A couple of others have used it as well and feed back has been very positive, so I thought i would share it here.

here is how I changed it up. As Kell is examining the OoW, he's very into it. Even ignores/turns off a couple of alarms. In this scenario, he takes hours to get the job done examining the OoW. Anyway, a final, loud alarm goes off and he is startled a bit. Looks at the time and opens his notebook. The exclaims something like "Oh no, not only am I almost late for my date, I double booked a Lecture on the Mournlands." He claims he doesn't have time now to both get cleaned up and pick up some stuff for his date. So, he askes the party to do some stuff for him as he gets cleaned up/ready. Stuff like pick up flowers, get his cloths from the cleaners, reserve a VIP table for them, etc (even have the party suggest tasks). If there is a professor or researcher in the party, he asks them to fill in for his lecture, otherwise perhaps someone can deliver the bad news to the class gently.

All of these tasks can have DC's to succeed well enough or not, and you can use the 2/4 success to get the rewards (sending stones for 2 successes, the night on the town legacy event for 4)

No spying/stalking Jia, no sending stone stuff during the date. eliminates most of the problematic issues plus you don't even get into whether Kell is a prof and Jia is a student (most of the mod seems to imply they are both students, but this even avoids that as you don't have to give any info on Jia at all))

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