A 5th Edition Mini-Dungeon adventure for 4 Level 3 PCs
For nearly a thousand years this mighty oak stood as monarch of the forest, with its dryad as proud steward. When a self-absorbed druid sought a new home, however, both dryad and tree became ill. This once-comfortable treetop dwelling now lies at the heart of a rotting forest. For even the greatest trees can die, going slowly bad from within.
The Blight in Your Campaign
Capricious fey, druidic circles, and elven kingdoms share something in common: They’re all concerned with the health of their forests. If any of these groups have a place in your world, then The Blight does as well. If the PCs manage to stop the spread of this dangerous fungus, then they will endear themselves to forest guardians of all kinds.
Mini-Dungeons are single page, double sided adventures for 5th Edition which are setting agnostic and are easily inserted anywhere in your campaign.
An Endzeitgeist.com review
This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a 5E-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. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .jpg-version of the map, in both GM and player-friendly versions!
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, a helpful tool in the GM’s arsenal. Got that? Great!
This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.
For almost a millennium, a vast oak, buildings in the branches, stood as the proud regent of the forest, guarded by a proud dryad and druidic allies. The druids have gone, though, and now, rot is spreading through the vast forest, courtesy of the dryad being infected by the eponymous blight, represented rules-wise by the duskthorn dryad here. What’s that, you ask? Well, this conversion to 5E actually sports two uncommon monsters – the aforementioned dark dryad and the sap demon, both taken and properly credited to Kobold Press’ excellent Tome of Beasts. And yes, the stats are reprinted here for your convenience!
Now, a flayed druid, plant monsters and worse remain, and the dryad enjoys hit and run tactics – tree stride is really effective when everything around you is a tree…so the PCs will need to be smart, withstand the dryad and her cold iron hedgeclippers…and hopefully find a way to stop the fungal blight.
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 nice. Huge plus: We get a GM AND a Player-version of the area in which this takes place, providing full VTT-friendly compatibility.
The 5E conversion of Colin Stricklin’s “The Blight” was handled expertly by Chris Harris – the use of the ToB-monsters adds a distinct identity to the pdf and the hazards etc. have been properly adjusted to represent 5e-rules as well, making this, in its own way, just as strong as the PFRPG-version – 5 stars + seal of approval.
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