For 4 Level 4 Characters
This dark, stinking complex is located deep in the earth, buried underneath a major city or town and accessed by the sewer system. Once the hideout of a long-forgotten band of thieves that
operated in the city long ago, these chambers have since been discovered and taken over by a group known as The Sons of Arratoi. They have undertaken a number of daring attacks and raids in and around the city, achieving a degree of notoriety but none have yet traced them back to their lair.
Mini-Dungeons are single page, double sided adventures for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game which are setting agnostic and are easily inserted anywhere in your campaign.
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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. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .tif-version of the map! Yeah, that’s pretty amazing
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.
The complex herein would best be situated under a major settlement, where the existence and new occupancy of such a place would make most sense. By means of a winding staircase, the PCs can enter a place that, ultimately, is woefully disgusting – so pervasive is the stench, that from the get-go, we have a chance to be sickened….and yes, there are traps, for this place is the new base of the Sons of Arratoi, a notorious band of thieves – which, coincidentally, also consists of wererats! Exploring the complex is btw. less of a cakewalk than you’d assume – while it is very much possible that capable PCs can catch the perpetrators unaware and asleep, they will need to be good: Beyond traps and a rat swarm, dungeon hazards and the like, a well-hidden true treasury, accompanied by a “proper” boss can be found.
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 surprisingly good for such an inexpensive pdf. The .tif version included here, which you can easily cut up and hand out to the players as they progress is a huge bonus. The pdf does sport one nice piece of original full-color art – kudos! If you’re using hyperlinks, you should be aware that, strangely, in this one they don’t seem to be working.
Jonathan Ely’s Thelamos is a generally challenging, fun little sidetrek. The obstacles are diverse enough to render it an interesting sidetrek and the pdf employs challenging terrain, fun foes and a reward for particularly diligent PCs. It is, as a whole, a nice, easily inserted and challenging module for anyone looking for a somewhat icky little sub-dungeon. Barring serious complaints, this receives a final verdict of 4.5 stars, rounded up due to in dubio pro reo.
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5th Edition, Mini-Dungeons