A 5th Edition Mini-Dungeon for 4-6 PCs of levels 7-8
A sinkhole, cut with climb-holds, descends a cramped cavern’s south wall, slick with more than water. A 3-ft.-wide path rings a black, light-absorbing lake. 20-ft. north of the path, a stone circle containing a clear membrane floats above the water. A path leaves the cavern in the north wall, a crack in the ceiling drips water. The lake houses an aboleth sanctuary, the start of a new city.
Mini-Dungeons are single page, double sided adventures for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition which are setting agnostic and are easily inserted anywhere in your campaign.
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– November 8, 2017
An Endzeitgeist.com review
This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Big plus: This mini-dungeon comes with a key-less .tif player map as well as a high-res GM map for VTT-use – kudos!
Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. Got that? Great!
This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.
This is a direct sequel of “Ne’er Trust the White Wolf’s Tameness”, but works perfectly as a standalone offering. The PCs venture down into a sinkhole, only to find an air membrane on water that can cling to the PCs, providing 60 minutes of air… -1 minute per round of strenuous activity, so they should better manage their precious air supplies……oh, and the less minutes remain, the more is their visibility impeded, which adds a really cool tactical option to the whole proceedings!
Now, the PCs can engage in plentiful 3D-combat here, as the complex is new and intended to be nothing less than the start of a new aboleth outpost, created by two brethren of this loathsome race. These critters, alas, have not been hyperlinked, but that as an aside – aquatic treants and the like make for interesting and very lethal foes. From a breach to the elemental plane of water and its guardian to other watery foes, traps, merrows and finally, the potentially maddening battle against the bosses, this is a diverse, challenging and extremely evocative mini-dungeon.
Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to a beautiful 2-column full-color standard and the pdf comes sans bookmarks, but needs none at this length. Cartography is full color and solid, and the inclusion of a key-less map and VTT-capable options is a big plus for me.
Stephen Yeardley’s excursion to the realms below the waves here is fantastic: It provides the means for interesting and rarely faced foes in a thoroughly fantastic environment. The air/vision mechanic is well worth scavenging and could carry a whole mega-adventure complex…in fact, that’s what I’ll use it for! It is impressive how much flavor and coolness the author has once again squeezed out of these precious few words – and how much fun. That being said, while I adore many choices herein, the module does lose a bit of its strong flavor in the conversion (no idea who did it), which is why this will “only” get 5 stars – well worth checking out if you’re looking for a challenge!
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