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A Dungeons & D ragons Roleplay ing Ga me Supplement


CONTENTS

1 GUEST EDITORIAL 31 KING OF THE WOLVES


By Will Doyle By Will Doyle
Let the real worldpast or presentinspire A host of grisly murders in Icewind Dale
your next adventure. has the people of the Ten Towns on edge.
This D&D Forgotten Realms adventure for
characters of levels 46 is tied to the release
2 SLA ARKS CROW N of Legacy of the Crystal Shard.
By Craig Campbell
King Slaarks terrible reign is about to end.
A Dungeons & Dragons adventure for
characters of levels 24.

18 CHILDREN OF ARDORE
By Christopher Perkins
In the town of Ardore, tragedynot
necessityis the mother of invention.
A D&D adventure for characters of
levels 1012.

ABOUT THE COVER: Isarr Kronenstrom is the Jason Voorhees of Icewind Dale. Beth Trott paints a bloody picture of the psychotic,
would-be leader of the Wolf Tribe in this months feature illustration for King of the Wolves.
EDITOR I A L


DU NGEON

Senior Producer
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Christopher Perkins
Guest Editorial
By Will Doyle
Greg Bilsland, Steve Winter
Producers

Managing Editor Miranda Horner Herodotus wrote of a labyrinth on the banks of the your chosen genre. Hollywood does it all the time, to
Nile, a stony maze greater than words can tell, great success.
Development and Editing Lead Jeremy Crawford
whose grandeur surpassed even the pyramids. Three Im also a fan of rumor tables and encounter tables.
Chris Sims
Developer thousand chambers sprawled above ground and In my own games, I love dropping in random hooks
Senior Creative Director Jon Schindehette belowtombs for kings, priests, and sacred crocodiles. and mysterious, spur-of-the-moment occurrences. As
North of this place laid Shedyet, City of Crocodiles, my players speculate on their meaning, I pretend Im
Art Director Kate Irwin preparing for the next encounter while secretly jotting
where the cultists of Sobek worshiped a living croco-
Digital Studio Consultant Josh Dillard dile draped in jewels. down their thoughts. As long as theres enough rope
Egypts lost labyrinth was the inspiration for Tears to keep them busy, I can thrash out the finer details
Contributing Authors Craig Campbell, Will Doyle,
of the Crocodile God (Dungeon 209), my first adven- between sessions. Heck, Ive run entire campaigns
Christopher Perkins
ture for Dungeon. For November, I am delighted to that way, only revealing the grander plots once my
Contributing Editors Michele Carter, Scott present King of the Wolves, my fifth publication in players have handed them to me on a plate. Maybe
Fitzgerald Gray this magazine. As with Glitterdust (Dungeon 211) theres a DMs lesson there. Perhaps our greatest
Contributing Artists Eric Belisle, Tony Foti, Claudio and The Rolling Tomb (Dungeon 215), the con- adventures are never truly our own?
Pozas, Anne Stokes, Beth Trott, cept for this adventure came from Chris Perkins and King of the Wolves was written during a rare
Ben Wootten his team. Writing to commission certainly teaches heat wave here in the UK. After days spent swelter-
creative discipline (make a writing plan and stick ing in the office, it was a pleasure to step into Icewind
Jared Blando, Jason A. Engle,
Cartography to it!), but its also fun to work on something fresh. Dale by night and stalk the Ten Towns alongside my
Mike Schley My first submission was pitched while Shedyet and murderous villain. I wish you well on your own jour-
Special Thanks Chris Lindsay its labyrinth were still whirling in my mind, and neys into the Dale, and I hope the other adventures
that enthusiasm made the task of writing all the presented here also bring you joy. After all, thats what
more exciting. this wonderful magazine providesa portal into other
I draw inspiration from things I read in the news- worlds. I look forward to our next visit.
paper or pick up from flicking through history books
and magazines. Looking back, I see hints of this in
my Dungeon adventures: a website on Egyptian cults,
a commercial for the Venice carnival, a book I read
about witchcraft, a documentary on Emperor Qins
tomb. Sometimes the best ideas come from cross-
ing the streamstaking inspiration from one source
Dungeons & Dragons, Wizards of the Coast, Legacy of the Crystal
Shard, D&D Insider, their respective logos, D&D, Dungeon, and
and bashing it into something else. King of the
Dragon are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the USA and
other countries. 2013 Wizards of the Coast LLC.
Wolves, for example, mixes the story of Beowulf with
This material is protected under the copyright laws of the United States scenes from Rambo: First Blood. If you need to devise
of America. Any reproduction or unauthorized use of the material or
artwork contained herein is prohibited without the express written an adventure in a hurry, try uprooting themes from
permission of Wizards of the Coast LLC. This product is a work of
fiction. Any similarity to actual people, organizations, places, or events unlikely novels or movies and transplanting them into
is purely coincidental.
Slaarks Crown
A D&D adventure for characters of levels 24

By Craig Campbell
Illustrations by Claudio Pozas
Cartography by Jared Blando

A group of goblins and hobgoblins have comman- Slaark took the lead in converting the abandoned
deered a long-forgotten dungeon and outfitted it complex to its new function. He designed and crafted
as their personal fortress. An unusually intelligent traps and locks to protect the finished chambers.
goblin named Slaark has declared himself king of The other goblins and hobgoblins saw that Slaark
all he surveys. After raiding several outlying farms had the best ideas and that Drekesh was content to
and settlements, Slaark has grown confident enough simply order them around. Slaark sensed this fact
to start demanding tribute from those he considers and, with choice words, he persuaded the others to
under his sway. The local commoners are at a loss for rise up and kill Drekesh, leaving Slaark in charge.
how to deal with Slaark. Its up to the characters to Slaark continued his work, ordering the construc-
end the threat and bring peace to the area. tion of a wooden palisade atop the small hill that
Slaarks Crown is a D&D adventure for charac- marked the entrance to the subterranean fortress.
ters of levels 24. It can be dropped into any lightly The monsters cut the tops off several large trees and
populated woodland area. Before running the adven- built the palisade between them, creating a roughly
ture, familiarize yourself with the goblin king, his circular wall that had appearance of a wooden crown.
captains, and his fortress. His troops named the fortress Slaarks Crown and
proclaimed Slaark their king.
Background When the defenses were complete, Slaark ordered
his troops to raid the lands around Slaarks Crown.
Around six months ago, a band of goblins and hob- They attacked farms and travelers, amassing food,
goblins discovered an abandoned dungeon beneath a supplies, and wealth. Anyone who resisted was killed
small hill in the wilderness. They explored the ruin or captured and forced to work in the dungeon.
and began converting it to their needs, intent on using Ten days ago, Slaark sent troops to deliver mes-
it as their own center of power. sages to several nearby settlements, describing the
For several months, the monsters toiled in and tribute they should pay Slaark if they wished to avoid
around their fortress, led by a hulking hobgoblin further attacks. In the time since, Slaark has ordered
named Drekesh. They transformed the dungeons his troops to conduct raids on travelers and spy on the
rooms into a home, complete with living quarters, a settlements in his domain.
mess hall, and a prison for their enemies. One par-
ticularly skilled and intelligent goblin arcanist named

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Synopsis Q uests Locks and Keys


Slaark crafted locks for several parts of the fortress.
The adventure begins when the characters hear of The adventurers can undertake and complete the fol-
He has a key for locks besides those to his captains
Slaarks demands from local villagers. After obtain- lowing quests.
chests. Each of his captains has the key for one or
ing what information they can, they set off to clear out
RESCUE THE PRISONERS more locks.
the goblinoid threat.
As they explore Slaarks Crown, the characters 3rd-Level Major Quest (150 XP/Character)
piece together the puzzle that is King Slaark. They The characters complete this quest if they rescue Running the
find out Slaark has skill in crafting traps and locks. In
time, they learn exactly how Slaark came to power.
the prisoners Slaark holds in his fortress.
A dventure
SECURE THE STRONGHOLD On the surface, Slaarks Crown is a straightfor-
A dventure Hooks 3rd-Level Major Quest (150 XP/Character)
The characters complete this quest after they
ward dungeon crawl. The adventurers travel through
Slaarks fortress and deal with the monsters found
Use one of the following hooks to draw the characters decide what to do with the fortress. If the characters there. If the characters just want to kick down doors,
into the adventure, or come up with one of your own. wish to prevent others from using the dungeon, they kill monsters, and plow forward, let them do so. They
complete this quest by finding a way to seal the place. also have other options.
If the characters wish to claim the fort, they complete
Farmers Cross this quest when they take the place over.
As they pass through a village called Farmers Cross, Roleplaying
the adventurers hear about the so-called goblin king.
The inhabitants of this trading crossroad and farm-
T reasure Given that Slaark is expecting tribute, the characters
might pretend to bring tribute to the goblin king. If
ing settlement are gathered in the village square and Assign treasure appropriate for the partys level theyre successful, they can keep up the charade as
are having a heated discussion over how to deal with using the parcel technique of treasure distribution long as they like. When an encounter includes an
Slaarks tribute demands. described in the Rules Compendium . Here are some option for talking, a subsection describes what is
options for treasure types and placement. required to deal with the creatures in the area.
Tribute Wagon F The bulk of Slaarks accumulated treasure should If the characters bypass combat through good role-
The characters come upon a tribute wagon en route be located in the tribute room (area 16), including playing and/or skill use, they earn the same XP they
from Farmers Cross to Slaarks Crown, learning of most of the magic items you wish to give out. would have for defeating the monsters. Keep in mind,
the situation in the area by questioning the villagers F Slaark might carry several gemstones or small however, that any enemies left behind are there
driving the wagon. This option is ideal if you want to art objects on his person. A few inexpensive gem- to confront the characters after theyve dealt with
emphasize how the adventurers might use the tribute stones could be set into the wooden crown worn Slaark. Dont grant XP for fooling such enemies and
wagon to get inside the fortress walls by subterfuge. by the goblin king. later defeating them in combat.

F Any of Slaarks captains, as well as the beholder


Rumors from Afar gauth Slaark has allied with, might have a few Extended Rests
While traversing the edge of Slaarks territory, the trinkets of significant value. Such items could be The characters can fight within Slaarks Crown and
adventurers hear rumors of a goblin king demanding carried on their persons or stashed in the captains then retreat to rest. When they return, they find the
tribute. They then travel either to the village of Farm- barracks (area 15) or the fissure (area 9). remaining enemies on guard. Roleplaying past a
ers Cross or directly to Slaarks Crown with the aid of group of enemies is then impossible. In addition, the
directions provided by a helpful local. enemies in the fortress might have rearranged them-
selves and set up new traps or ambushes.

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Trouble in Slaarks in the village, ample food and water, and gratitude.
That said, he notes that the goblins likely have signifi-
1. Palisade
Kingdom cant treasure from their raiding.
Exploration Encounter
Whatever method you use to bring the adventurers
A tall wall surrounds Slaarks Crown.
into the story, Barris Feldstone is their main source of
information. Barris is an aging human male and a vil-
Slaarks Crown Light: Varies depending on the time of day.
lage elder in Farmers Cross. He is wise, level-headed, The above-ground portion of Slaarks fortress is com-
posed of a wooden palisade and gate. A handful of When characters approach the site, read:
and trustworthy. But he has been a farmer all his life
ancillary buildings and a small hillock (the entry to A recently deforested clearing opens on a small rise, with
and is not prepared to deal with marauding gobli-
the dungeon below) lie within. sawed-off tree stumps dotting the area. A palisade of
noids. In fact, no one in and around Farmers Cross is
10-foot-tall tree trunks wraps around the top of the rise,
particularly skilled in combat.
and a single wooden gate faces you. A handful of taller
If the characters arrive at Farmers Cross, Barris
is leading the discussion in the village square. Most
Wandering Guard tree trunks are placed in the wall, their upper branches
Roleplaying Encounter removed. From the distance, the structure resembles a large
of the villagers are afraid of the goblins and want to
or Combat Encounter (100 XP) wooden crown resting atop a grassy head.
pay the tribute. Some are more militant and want to
A thin stream of smoke rises from within the palisade.
see the goblins killed. Barris is listening to both sides
The characters come upon a lone guard wandering
when the characters arrive.
Slaarks Crowneither one goblin cutthroat or one If the characters peer through the gaps in the tim-
If the characters first come across the tribute wag-
hobgoblin battle guard (statistics for both appear bers, a lone goblin mounted on a wolf can be seen
on, Barris is leading the pair of draft horses pulling it,
later). You can start this encounter in any way you making a slow circle of the central hill. Any charac-
and three of the most stalwart villagers from Farm-
want. The guard might suddenly come around a ter who makes a successful DC 15 Perception check
ers Cross accompany him. When the characters
corner, or characters might hear the guard approach- hears the huffing and movement of the dire wolf in
approach the wagon, they overhear Barris discuss-
ing before it is aware of them. the largest of the stables (area 3).
ing how theyre going to make the transfer of tribute.
The guard is easily fooled if characters pretend to
They can also overhear one of the villagers concerns
be bringing tribute. If questioned about Slaark and Development
that they might all be captured and enslaved when
the forts history, the guard relates whatever you want The creatures in area 2 dont expect guests. They are
they get to Slaarks Crown.
the characters to know. If the characters press for resting and engaged in idle banter. If the monsters
Barris tells the characters everything he knows
too much tactical or strategic information, the guard hear the characters coming, Beshk rides her dire wolf
about the situation, which includes the recent raids,
grows wary and retreats to find allies. to the gate to meet the party. Other creatures main-
Slaarks demand of tribute, and the recent abductions
The best locations to encounter this guard include tain their positions unless Beshk calls them. Refer to
in the area. He doesnt know anything about the inte-
the following: area 2 for more information on the monsters.
rior of the fortress or Slaarks forces.
He requests that the characters rescue any prison- Upper stair (area 5)
ers in Slaarks Crown and return them to Farmers Mess hall (area 7, combat alerts monsters in
Walls and Gate
Cross. The characters gain the Rescue the Prisoners area 8 and 10) Climbing the wall or gate requires successful DC
quest. He also requests that the characters ensure 15 Athletics checks. The double-door gate is 10 feet
Privies (area 11)
that the Slaarks fortress can never again be used by wide, 10 feet tall, and barred on the inside (Athletics
Escape tunnel (area 12) DC 30 to break). It has the following properties: AC/
enemies. The characters gain the Destroy/Secure the
Stronghold quest. Lower stair (area 13) Reflex 3, Fortitude 15; immune to poison, psychic,
If the characters agree to help the villagers, Barris Corridor (area 14, combat alerts monsters in forced movement, all conditions; hp 150.
offers the most meager of rewardsroom and board area 18)

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2. Yard
Roleplaying Encounter
or Combat Encounter Level 4 (900 XP)

Wolf riders patrol this area.


Light: Based on the time of day.
Monsters: 1 hobgoblin beast master (Beshk), 1
dire wolf, 2 goblin beast riders, 2 gray wolves, 4 twig
blight seedlings.
Other Creatures: 3 human rabble (prisoners).

When characters can see the yard, read:


A pair of stone doors is set into the hillside nearest the pali-
sade entrance. A series of ditches, forming what seems to be
an incomplete moat, surround the hill. Several outbuildings
stand near the inside edge of the wall, which is lined with
thorny brush.

The creatures are in various locations. Beshk is with


her dire wolf in area 3, along with another goblin and
wolf. One beast rider slowly circles the yard on a wolf.
Twig blights hide among the brush (Perception DC
18 to spot them). Each pit contains one human pris-
oner pitching dirt out of the pit with a shovel, which
can be used as a club if the human must fight.

Features of the Area


Pits: Slaark ordered the creation of a moat for
his fortress entrance. Each of the three pits is 10 feet
deep. Climbing a pit requires successful DC 12 Ath-
letics checks.
Escape Tunnel: The exit of the escape tunnel
(area 12) lies along the palisades east wall. It can be
found with a successful DC 15 Perception check.

Beshk
Beshk is especially wary, given that she is the first
line of defense at Slaarks Crown. She is more likely to
let the characters pass if they have a convincing ruse.
If theyve hidden their weapons from view, act in a

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subservient manner, and/or produce a tribute, she


becomes easier to fool.
4. Storage Hut 6. Boiling Oil Room
Exploration Encounter Exploration Encounter
If the players use skill checks, they need to make
or Combat Encounter (100 XP)
three consecutive successful Diplomacy and/or Bluff
This simple outbuilding is used for storage.
checks opposed by Beshks Insight check (with a +2
Light: None. The door to this room is hidden from view outside
bonus because of her suspicion) to persuade her. If
the hill. Smoke streams from a vent in the hill above
they fail a skill check, Beshk grows wary (increasing
When characters explore the hut, read: it. Discovering the door requires a successful DC 15
her Insight bonus to +4) and the characters must,
Within this simple hut are many tools, empty barrels and Perception check.
again, succeed on three checks to move on. If they fail
crates, rope, and other bits of gear. A large pile of firewood Light: Bright firelight.
again, or ever fail a check by 5 or more, Beshk orders
fills half the hut. Monsters: 1 goblin cutthroat.
her troops to attack.
If the characters talk their way into the fortress,
Slaarks troops stow items here for which they have When characters open the door, read:
Beshk uses her key to unlock the doors to area 5. She
no immediate need. The firewood is to be used in the A small fire blazes in a long, narrow pit in this room. Metal
calls forth a goblin cutthroat (see the Wandering
boiling oil room (area 6). bowls hang above the fire pit. The bowls are attached to a
Guard section) to escort the party.
long, horizontal pole set into the walls. Several small casks
Beshk also has the key to her chest in area 15.
5. Upper Stair are piled nearby.
Prisoners Exploration Encounter Goblin Cutthroat Level 1 Skirmisher
The human prisoners want only to flee from the fort Small natural humanoid XP 100
if the monsters here are slain. They do, however, The stair leads to the first underground level of HP 30; Bloodied 15 Initiative +5
know a few useful facts about the fortress. They were Slaarks Crown. AC 15, Fortitude 13, Reflex 14, Will 13 Perception +2
always blindfolded when led between the yard and Ceiling: 10 feet high in the stair chamber. Speed 6 Low-light vision
the prison, but they know that they traverse a flight of Light: Based on the time of day. Standard Actions
stairs between the two. They can describe the prison m Short Sword At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +6 vs. AC
(area 8) in detail, including the presence of the gauth. When the party approaches the doors, read:
Hit: 1d6 + 5 damage, or 2d6 + 5 if the goblin has combat
A pair of stone doors is set into the hillside nearest the pali- advantage against the target. In addition, the goblin can
3. Stables sade entrance. A metal lock plate decorates one door. shift 1 square.
R Dagger At-Will
Exploration Encounter The doors to the upper stair are locked (DC 15 Thiev- Attack: Ranged 10 (one creature); +6 vs. AC
ery check to pick the lock). Hit: 1d4 + 5 damage.
These small lean-tos house the goblins wolf mounts. Move Actions
Light: Based on the time of day. When the characters enter, read: Deft Scurry At-Will
Effect: The goblin shifts up to 3 squares.
The floor and walls of this chamber are comprised of stone. Triggered Actions
When characters examine the stables, read: Upright timbers support a plank ceiling 10 feet above Goblin Tactics At-Will
Numerous wolf prints run through and around these ram- the floor. In the center of the room, a spiral stair of stone Trigger: The goblin is missed by a melee attack.
shackle wooden lean-tos, with one set of prints noticeably descends into darkness. Effect (Immediate Reaction): The goblin shifts 1 square.
larger than the others. A half-eaten deer lies on blood- Skills Stealth +8, Thievery +8
stained soil nearby. If the characters examine the doors from the inside, Str 13 (+1) Dex 17 (+3) Wis 14 (+2)
Con 14 (+2) Int 8 (1) Cha 8 (1)
they discover that the lock plate has a lever mecha-
The number of stables indicates that Slaark com- Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin
nism built into it. Manipulating the lever locks and Equipment leather armor, light shield, short sword, 2 daggers
mands more goblins than those present in area 2. unlocks the doors from the inside.

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2 Goblin Beast Riders Level 1 Skirmisher Dire Wolf Level 5 Skirmisher 4 Twig Blight Seedlings Level 1 Minion Skirmisher
Small natural humanoid XP 100 each Large natural beast (mount) XP 200 Small fey humanoid (plant) XP 25 each
HP 29; Bloodied 14 Initiative +5 HP 67; Bloodied 33 Initiative +7 HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion. Initiative +5
AC 15, Fortitude 13, Reflex 15, Will 13 Perception +1 AC 19, Fortitude 18, Reflex 17, Will 16 Perception +9 AC 15, Fortitude 12, Reflex 15, Will 13 Perception +6
Speed 6 Low-light vision Speed 8 Low-light vision Speed 5 (forest walk), climb 5 Darkvision
Traits Traits Resist 5 poison
Perfect Position Pack Harrier Traits
If the goblin is mounted and its mount ends its turn at The wolf has combat advantage against any enemy that is Rooted
least 4 squares from where it started, the mounted gob- adjacent to two or more of the wolfs allies. When an effect forces the seedling to move through a pull,
lins attacks deal 1d6 extra damage until the start of the Pack Hunter (mount) a push, or a slide, the seedling can move 3 squares fewer
mounts next turn. The wolfs rider has combat advantage against any enemy than the effect specifies.
Standard Actions that is adjacent to one of the riders allies other than the Standard Actions
m Javelin (weapon) F At-Will wolf. m Claw (poison) F At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +6 vs. AC Standard Actions Effect: Before the attack, the seedling shifts up to 2
Hit: 1d6 + 6 damage. m Bite F At-Will squares.
R Javelin (weapon) F At-Will Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +10 vs. AC Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +6 vs. AC
Attack: Ranged 10 (one creature); +6 vs. AC Hit: 2d8 + 4 damage, or 3d8 + 4 against a prone target. Hit: 3 poison damage, or 5 poison damage if the target is
Hit: 1d6 + 5 damage. The target falls prone if the wolf has combat advantage granting combat advantage to the seedling.
Triggered Actions against it. Skills Stealth +8
Mounted Goblin Tactics F At-Will Str 19 (+6) Dex 16 (+5) Wis 14 (+4) Str 7 (2) Dex 17 (+3) Wis 12 (+1)
Requirement: The goblin must be mounted. Con 19 (+6) Int 5 (1) Cha 11 (+2) Con 9 (1) Int 5 (3) Cha 10 (+0)
Trigger: The goblin or its mount is missed by a melee Alignment unaligned Languages Alignment chaotic evil Languages Elven
attack.
Effect (Immediate Reaction): The goblins mount shifts 1
2 Gray Wolves Level 2 Skirmisher Human Rabble Level 2 Minion Brute
square.
Medium natural beast XP 125 each Medium natural humanoid XP 31
Skills Stealth +8, Thievery +8
HP 38; Bloodied 19 Initiative +6 HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion. Initiative +1
Str 13 (+1) Dex 17 (+3) Wis 12 (+1)
AC 16, Fortitude 14, Reflex 15, Will 13 Perception +7 AC 16, Fortitude 15, Reflex 13, Will 13 Perception +1
Con 13 (+1) Int 8 (1) Cha 8 (1)
Speed 8 Low-light vision Speed 6
Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin
Equipment leather armor, 6 javelins Standard Actions Traits
m Bite At-Will Mob Rule
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +7 vs. AC The rabble gains a +2 power bonus to all defenses while
Hit: 1d6 + 5 damage, or 2d6 + 5 against a prone target. If adjacent to two or more allies.
the wolf has combat advantage against the target, the Standard Actions
target falls prone. m Club (weapon) At-Will
Effect: The wolf shifts up to 4 squares. Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +7 vs. AC
Str 13 (+2) Dex 16 (+4) Wis 13 (+2) Hit: 5 damage.
Con 14 (+3) Int 2 (3) Cha 10 (+1) Str 14 (+3) Dex 10 (+1) Wis 10 (+1)
Alignment unaligned Languages Con 12 (+2) Int 9 (0) Cha 9 (0)
Alignment any Languages Common
Equipment club

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The goblin here is tending a fire that is part of the


trap in area 7. Accustomed to hearing training drills
D ungeon L evel 1 Trap
The trap can be delayed for 2 rounds by pressing a
in the yard outside, the goblin doesnt suspect hes in The first underground level of Slaarks Crown con- pressure plate set into the wall near the oil chute. Two
danger until someone opens the secret door. tains barracks for Slaarks troops, a foul mess hall, a such plates exist, one within the stair area and one in
prison, and several other chambers. the mess hall nearby. Finding a wall plate requires a
Trap Ceiling in the dungeon are 15 feet high. successful DC 20 Perception check.
The trap apparatus consists of two horizontal rods set
into the walls, each containing several bowls of oil
heated to boiling by the fire and ready to pour into
7. Mess Hall Bone Piles
Exploration Encounter The bone piles are difficult terrain. If characters poke
area 7. The trap can be locked from here with a lever. through the jumbled piles of bones, they can identify
and Trap Encounter (400 XP)
If characters examine the trap, they discover a four human skulls, a dwarf skull, a halfling skull, and
narrow slit in the floor below the oil bowls. A limited animal skulls.
The goblinoids take their meals in this foul hall.
view of area 7 is visible through the slit.
Light: Dim light from flickering torches.
Casks Trap: Boiling oil chute. 8. Prison
Four casks near the trap contain a gallon of oil each. Roleplaying Encounter
When characters see into the mess hall, read: or Combat Encounter Level 5 (1,175 XP)
Several more empty casks are in the same stack. Piles of bones and dark stains are the main features of
this chamber. The walls and ceiling are faced with stone. The door to this room is locked, and it requires a suc-
Torches hung from the walls provide f lickering light. The cessful DC 15 Thievery check to open.
heavy odor of copper and rot hangs in the air. Light: Dim light from flickering torches.
Boiling Oil Chute Level 5 Elite Trap
Monsters: 1 hobgoblin commander (Thrak), 3
Object XP 400 hobgoblin spear soldiers, 1 beholder gauth (Kril-
Detect Perception DC 22 Initiative gathis), 1 maw demon.
Immune attacks Other Creatures: 5 human rabble (prisoners).
Triggered Actions
C Attack (fire) F Recharge when the apparatus is reset When characters enter the prison, read:
Trigger: A creature steps on the pressure plate space. In the center of the room is a large pit. Above the pit, an
Attack (Immediate Reaction): Close blast 2 (creatures in the
open-bottomed circular cage, 10 feet across, hangs 5 feet
blast); +8 vs. Reflex
Hit: 3d6 + 5 fire damage, and ongoing 5 fire damage (save
above the pit. A crudely crafted cell, its door closed and
ends). chained, takes up the southern portion of the room.
Countermeasures
F Disable: Thievery DC 22 (standard action). Success: The The creatures are in various locations. The maw
pressure plate is modified and the trap is disabled. Fail- demon starts in the pit with one prisoner. Each hob-
ure (17 or lower): The trap triggers. goblin is near the cell. The beholder gauth begins
F Reset: A creature near the upper apparatus can take a
hidden at the top of the fissure (area 9). Four prison-
standard action to reset the trap. If the trap has attacked
and been reset already, then attacks again, it must be
ers are in the cell to the south.
refilled.
F Refill: If the trap needs to be refilled, it takes 1 minute.

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Hobgoblin Commander Level 5 Soldier (Leader) 3 Hobgoblin Spear Soldiers Level 3 Skirmisher Beholder Gauth Level 5 Elite Artillery
Medium natural humanoid XP 200 Medium natural humanoid XP 150 each Medium aberrant magical beast XP 400
HP 64; Bloodied 32 Initiative +6 HP 48; Bloodied 24 Initiative +5 HP 102; Bloodied 51 Initiative +4
AC 21, Fortitude 21, Reflex 18, Will 19 Perception +5 AC 17, Fortitude 17, Reflex 15, Will 15 Perception +3 AC 17, Fortitude 16, Reflex 18, Will 19 Perception +10
Speed 5 Low-light vision Speed 6 Low-light vision Speed 0, fly 6 (hover) All-around vision, darkvision
Traits Traits Saving Throws +2; Action Points 1
Lead from the Front Threatening Reach Traits
When the hobgoblin hits an enemy with a melee attack, The hobgoblin can make opportunity attacks against ene- All-Around Vision
the hobgoblins allies gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls and mies within its weapons reach (2 squares). Enemies cant gain combat advantage by flanking the
damage rolls against that enemy until the end of the hob- Standard Actions gauth.
goblins next turn. m Longspear (weapon) F At-Will Standard Actions
Standard Actions Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +8 vs. AC m Bite F At-Will
m Spear (weapon) F At-Will Hit: 1d10 + 6 damage. Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +10 vs. AC
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +10 vs. AC R Javelin (weapon) F At-Will Hit: 2d4 + 5 damage.
Hit: 2d8 + 4 damage. Attack: Ranged 20 (one creature); +8 vs. AC R Eye Rays F At-Will
Effect: The hobgoblin marks the target until the end of the Hit: 2d6 + 4 damage. Effect: The gauth uses two eye ray powers chosen from the
hobgoblins next turn. Move Actions list below. Each eye ray must target a different creature.
Minor Actions Phalanx Movement F At-Will Using eye rays does not provoke opportunity attacks.
C Tactical Deployment F Recharge 5 6 Effect: The hobgoblin and each ally adjacent to it can shift 1. Fire Ray (fire): Ranged 8; +10 vs. Reflex; 2d6 + 6 fire
Effect: Close burst 5 (allies in the burst). Each target can 1 square as a free action. The allies must end adjacent to damage.
shift up to 3 squares. the hobgoblin. 2. E xhaustion Ray (necrotic): Ranged 8; +10 vs. Forti-
Triggered Actions Triggered Actions tude; 1d8 + 4 necrotic damage, and the target is
Hobgoblin Resilience F Encounter Tactical Withdrawal F At-Will weakened (save ends).
Trigger: The hobgoblin is subject to an effect that a save Trigger: An enemy enters a square adjacent to the 3. Sleep Ray (charm): Ranged 8; +10 vs. Fortitude; the
can end. hobgoblin. target is slowed (save ends).
Effect (Immediate Reaction): The hobgoblin can make a Effect (Immediate Reaction): The hobgoblin shifts up to 3 First Failed Saving Throw: The target is knocked
saving throw against the triggering effect. squares. unconscious instead of slowed (save ends).
Str 20 (+7) Dex 14 (+4) Wis 16 (+5) Str 19 (+5) Dex 15 (+3) Wis 14 (+3) 4. Telekinesis Ray: Ranged 8; +10 vs. Fortitude; the
Con 16 (+5) Int 12 (+3) Cha 10 (+2) Con 16 (+4) Int 11 (+1) Cha 10 (+1) gauth slides the target up to 4 squares.
Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin Minor Actions
Equipment scale armor, heavy shield, spear Equipment chainmail, longspear, 6 javelins r Central Eye F At-Will
Attack: Ranged 5 (one creature); +10 vs. Will
Features of the Area Thrak Hit: The target is immobilized until the end of the gauths
next turn.
Pit: The pit is 10 feet deep. Climbing into or out of Thrak is the prison overseer, and hes suspicious of
Str 12 (+3) Dex 15 (+4) Wis 16 (+5)
the pit requires a DC 15 Athletics check. intruders. If the characters claim theyre bringing Con 15 (+4) Int 18 (+6) Cha 20 (+7)
Cage: The cage is circular and 10 feet tall. It has tribute, Thrak says they have no business here and Alignment evil Languages Deep Speech
no bottom. It is affixed to a heavy chain and pulley should leave. Any misstep causes Thrak to order an
system set into the stone ceiling. The chains run to a attack. Thrak has the keys to area 5, area 8 (here), to The gauth allied with Slaark. It helps keep guard in
complex gear and lever system on the wall near the the cell door here, and to his chest in area 15. exchange for torturing and eating prisoners.
fissure as indicated on the map. Krilgathis might join negotiations here, but its sadis-
Cell: The cell is built from iron bars and wooden Krilgathis tic predilections mean that if it participates, it probably
planks. A roughly rectangular door, 3 feet high and 5 A beholder gauth named Krilgathis ventured into has only negative effects on the conversation.
feet long, has a chain and heavy padlock holding it in Slaarks Crown through the fissure (area 9) a few The gauth has little loyalty to the goblins. It flees
place (DC 15 Thievery check to pick the lock). months ago, when it heard activity in the dungeon. through area 9 if the fight looks lost.

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Maw Demon
Medium elemental humanoid (demon)
Level 2 Brute
XP 125
9. Fissure Perception DC 19: The character spots a mass of
spiders crawling along the fissure wall.
HP 42; Bloodied 21 Initiative +1
Roleplaying Encounter
AC 14, Fortitude 14, Reflex 13, Will 12 Perception +2 or Combat Encounter Level 1 (300 XP)
This fissure opens into area 8. It descends and slices
Speed 6 Darkvision
between area 14 and area 17. From there, it contin-
Traits A long, narrow fissure in the rock connects this area
O Snapping Jaws F Aura 1
ues on into the Underdark, deep beneath Slaarks
of the dungeon to the level below and with the Under-
Enemies within the aura grant combat advantage. Crown. The fissure walls are uneven stone, providing
dark far beneath it.
Standard Actions plenty of handholds and footholds (DC 10 Athletics
Light: None.
m Bite F At-Will to climb).
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +5 vs. AC
Monsters: 2 spider swarms.
Hit: 1d12 + 5 damage.
Move Actions When characters can see into the fissure, read: 10. Barracks
Ravenous Advance F At-Will A long, narrow pit descends into the depths. It smells of Roleplaying Encounter
Effect: The demon shifts 5 squares to a square adjacent to dusty stone and copper. or Combat Encounter Level 3 (800 XP)
the nearest bloodied enemy.
Triggered Actions
Variable Resistance F Encounter
Spider Swarm Level 3 Soldier The guards barracks are simple but functional.
Trigger: The demon takes acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thun-
Medium natural beast (spider, swarm) XP 150 Light: Bright light from the fire pit.
der damage. HP 44; Bloodied 22 Initiative +6 Monsters: 1 hobgoblin commander (Vrilke), 4
Effect (Free Action): The demon gains resist 10 to the trig- AC 19, Fortitude 13, Reflex 16, Will 15 Perception +3 hobgoblin battle guards.
gering damage type until the end of the encounter. Speed 6, climb 6 (spider climb) Tremorsense 5
Str 17 (+4) Dex 11 (+1) Wis 13 (+2) Resist half damage from melee and ranged attacks; Vulner-
able 5 to close and area attacks
When the characters enter the barracks, read:
Con 12 (+2) Int 5 (2) Cha 6 (1)
Traits This large, stone-walled chamber is dotted with ratty mat-
Alignment chaotic evil Languages understands Abyssal
O Swarm Attack F Aura 1 tresses, piles of straw, and other detritus. The walls are
Prisoners Any enemy that starts its turn in the aura is slowed until smeared with stains and etched with strange lettering.
the start of its next turn.
The five prisoners need medical attention. Two of Swarm
them have to be carried home if they cant be healed If monsters are present, two of the hobgoblin battle
The swarm can occupy the same space as another creature,
with magic that requires no expenditure of healing guards are standing against the far wall and two others
and an enemy can enter its space, which is difficult terrain.
surges on their part. These prisoners know nothing The swarm cannot be pulled, pushed, or slid by melee or
are out of sight in the side chambers (DC 17 Percep-
about the rest of the fortress. ranged attacks. It can squeeze through any opening that is tion check to hear them shuffling about). Vrilke begins
large enough for at least one of the creatures it comprises. on the side of the fire pit opposite the characters.
Web Walk
The spider ignores difficult terrain composed of webs. Features of the Area
Standard Actions Fire Pit: This magical fire pit (which produces no
m Swarm of Fangs (poison) F At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +6 vs. Reflex
smoke) was once part of the kitchen. It now warms
Hit: 1d6 + 3 damage, and ongoing 5 poison damage (save this level of the dungeon. Any creature that enters the
ends). fire or starts it turn there takes 5 ongoing fire damage
Skills Athletics +6, Stealth +9 (save ends).
Str 11 (+1) Dex 17 (+4) Wis 14 (+3)
Con 12 (+2) Int 1 (4) Cha 7 (1)
Alignment unaligned Languages

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Vrilke 4 Hobgoblin Battle Guards


Medium natural humanoid
Level 3 Soldier
XP 150 each
12. Escape Tunnel
Any convincing story is likely to appease Vrilke, Exploration Encounter
HP 49; Bloodied 24 Initiative +5
who then allows the characters to continue on. The
AC 19, Fortitude 17, Reflex 15, Will 15 Perception +8
troops know Vrilke isnt smart, but they fear him. Speed 6 Low-light vision This tunnel connects the privy (area 11) to the yard
They might warn him that the characters are trying Standard Actions above (area 2).
to deceive him. If they do, Vrilke flies into a rage and m Flail (weapon) At-Will Light: None.
orders an attack. Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. AC
Vrilke has the key to area 5 and the one to his Hit: 1d10 + 5 damage, and the hobgoblin marks the target
When characters enter the tunnel, read:
chest in area 15. until the start of the hobgoblins next turn.
Move Actions
This narrow tunnel is difficult to traverse. Its walls and
Phalanx Movement F At-Will ceiling are cut unevenly into the rock, forcing anyone larger
Hobgoblin Commander Level 5 Soldier (Leader) Effect: Close burst 1 (allies in the burst). The hobgoblin and than a halfling to push and squeeze through.
Medium natural humanoid XP 200 each target can shift 1 square as a free action. The target
HP 64; Bloodied 32 Initiative +6 must shift to a square adjacent to the hobgoblin. Medium creatures must squeeze to move through this
AC 21, Fortitude 21, Reflex 18, Will 19 Perception +5 Triggered Actions tunnel. Large creatures cannot fit.
Speed 5 Low-light vision Share Shield At-Will
Traits Trigger: An adjacent ally is hit by an attack against AC or
Lead from the Front
When the hobgoblin hits an enemy with a melee attack,
Reflex. 13. Lower Stair
Effect (Immediate Interrupt): The ally gains a +2 bonus to AC
the hobgoblins allies gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls and
Exploration Encounter
and Reflex against the triggering attack.
damage rolls against that enemy until the end of the hob- Str 19 (+5) Dex 14 (+3) Wis 15 (+3)
goblins next turn. Con 17 (+4) Int 10 (+1) Cha 10 (+1) The stair connects the first and second dungeon levels.
Standard Actions Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin Light: Dim light from flickering torches.
m Spear (weapon) F At-Will Equipment chainmail, heavy shield, flail
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +10 vs. AC When characters descend the stair, read:
Hit: 2d8 + 4 damage.
Effect: The hobgoblin marks the target until the end of the 11. Privy A stone stair fills this small chamber, descending farther
into the ground. A few torches pinned to the stone wall fill
hobgoblins next turn. Exploration Encounter
Minor Actions the stairwell with light.
C Tactical Deployment F Recharge 5 6
Effect: Close burst 5 (allies in the burst). Each target can
This room is filled with waste.
shift up to 3 squares. Light: None.
Triggered Actions
Hobgoblin Resilience F Encounter When characters discover the privy, read:
Trigger: The hobgoblin is subject to an effect that a save A foul stench spreads from this chamber, which is filled calf-
can end. deep with waste and excrement. The walls are lined with
Effect (Immediate Reaction): The hobgoblin can make a
sheets of cloth and leather, all smeared with filth.
saving throw against the triggering effect.
Str 20 (+7) Dex 14 (+4) Wis 16 (+5)
Con 16 (+5) Int 12 (+3) Cha 10 (+2) A narrow opening behind one of the filthy cloth
Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin sheets leads to a tunnel.
Equipment scale armor, heavy shield, spear

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D ungeon L evel 2 Pendulum Scythes


Object
Level 4 Trap
XP 175
Hidden Chests
A small chest is hidden under each bed. Each of these
The lowest dungeon level contains Slaarks throne Detect Perception DC 21 Initiative +6 chests is locked (Thievery DC 15 to open). Their con-
room, his personal chamber, his tribute room, and HP 48
tents are as follows:
quarters for his captains. AC 15, Fortitude 12, Reflex 12, Will
Immune necrotic, poison, psychic, forced movement, all con-
Wolf Captains Chest (Beshk): Several com-
ditions, ongoing damage mendations from Slaark (each is a piece of parchment
14. Corridor Standard Actions with a crude compliment written on it in Goblin);
Trap Encounter Level 1 (350 XP)
M Attack F At-Will trinkets stolen from prisoners; a rough drawing of the
Attack: Melee 0 (each creature in a row of squares); +9 vs. perceived extent of Slaarks kingdom.
AC War Captains Chest (Vrilke): One commenda-
A central passage connects to most of the chambers Hit: 1d10 + 2 damage, and ongoing 5 damage (save ends).
on this level. tion; several rotted chunks of animal meat; several
In addition, the blade pushes the target 1 square (in the
Light: Dim light from braziers. direction of the blades movement) and knocks the target
humanoid ears; a rusty dagger.
Trap: Pendulum scythes. prone. Captain of the Prisons Chest (Thrak): Several
Countermeasures commendations; a crude drawing of a hobgoblin sit-
When the characters enter the corridor, read: F Disable: Thievery DC 21. Success: One blade is disabled, ting on a throne (Thrak drew this picture of himself ).
This long, wide corridor has two doors to the north and a set
rendering one row of squares safe from attack. Captain of the Kings Guards Chest
F Predict: Dungeoneering DC 21 (minor action). Success: (Brakik): Several commendations; a hobgoblin skull
of double doors to the south. Fine tiles separated by narrow The creature can determine the row of squares the trap
seams line the floor. The walls are cut smooth from the bed- (Drekeshs); a journal written in stilted Common. The
will attack on its next turn.
rock but are scored to appear like masonry. Dim light comes journal recounts most of what has happened since
from two small braziers, one at each end of the corridor. When characters enter the room, read: the goblinoids arrival at the dungeon. If characters
This chamber contains four simple wooden beds with straw read it, provide whatever information you want from
Two identical pendulum scythe traps are in this cor- mattresses along the walls. Clothing, weapons, and pieces the adventure background. Be sure to include the
ridor. They cover the areas indicated on the map. The of armor hang from iron spikes hammered into the stone part about Slaark overthrowing the previous leader,
trap blades swing up from gaps between the floor walls, which are neatly painted with phrases in the Goblin Drekesh. The account isnt extensive, but gleaning
tiles rather than from the ceiling. language. A metal tile is affixed to the wall near each bed. anything useful from the jumbled, barely literate
The traps can be delayed for 3 rounds by pressing scratchings takes 10 minutes of careful scrutiny.
a secret wall plate. One plate is at each end of the cor- Features of the Area
ridor, along with one just inside area 18. Finding a Painted Sayings: The Goblin phrases are say- 16. Tribute Room
plate requires a successful DC 22 Perception check. ings Slaark has told his captains in an attempt to train Exploration Encounter
them to be more than brutish thugs. Victory comes
15. Captains Barracks from thinking. The sword can kill only what the
brain can understand. A dead fool pays no tribute.
This chamber holds most of Slaarks amassed treasure.
Exploration Encounter Light: None.
Metal Tiles: A metal placard is affixed to the wall
near each bed, each etched with that captains full title The door to this room is set with two lock plates.
This chamber houses Slaarks captains.
in Goblin: Wolf Captain, War Captain, Captain of Slaark carries the keys; opening the door without the
Light: None.
the Prison, and Captain of the Kings Guard. keys requires two successful DC 18 Thievery checks.
If either check fails by more than 5, a mechanism
in the door engages so that subsequent lockpicking
attempts require successful DC 21 Thievery checks.

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When characters enter the tribute room, read: Hobgoblin Warmonger Level 4 Artillery (Leader) 3 Hobgoblin Spear Soldiers Level 3 Skirmisher
Assorted furniture, kitchen implements, tools, personal Medium natural humanoid XP 175 Medium natural humanoid XP 150 each
trinkets, and other gear fill this room. Among the mundane HP 46; Bloodied 23 Initiative +6 HP 48; Bloodied 24 Initiative +5
items, you spy the glitter of gold and gemstones. AC 18, Fortitude 15, Reflex 17, Will 16 Perception +4 AC 17, Fortitude 17, Reflex 15, Will 15 Perception +3
Speed 6 Low-light vision Speed 6 Low-light vision
Standard Actions Traits
Treasure: Place as much treasure here as you see m Mace (weapon) F At-Will Threatening Reach
fit, based on how successfully you imagine Slaark has Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +9 vs. AC The hobgoblin can make opportunity attacks against ene-
extorted his vassals. Hit: 1d8 + 6 damage. mies within its weapons reach (2 squares).
R Longbow (weapon) F At-Will Standard Actions
m Longspear (weapon) F At-Will
17. Rubble Attack: Ranged 30 (one creature); +11 vs. AC
Hit: 1d10 + 7 damage, and the target grants combat advan- Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +8 vs. AC
Exploration Encounter tage until the start of the hobgoblins next turn. Hit: 1d10 + 6 damage.
A Battle Cry (charm) F Recharge when first bloodied R Javelin (weapon) F At-Will
This room was damaged by the earthquake that Target: Area burst 1 within 10 (enemies in the burst); +9 Attack: Ranged 20 (one creature); +8 vs. AC
vs. Will Hit: 2d6 + 4 damage.
opened the fissure adjacent to it.
Hit: The target makes a basic attack as a free action against Move Actions
Light: None. a creature of the hobgoblins choice. Phalanx Movement F At-Will
Effect: Each ally in the burst can charge or make a basic Effect: The hobgoblin and each ally adjacent to it can shift
When characters explore west of the traps, read: attack as a free action. If an ally hits with the attack 1 square as a free action. The allies must end adjacent to
The end of the corridor was once a room, but at some time granted by this power, that ally gains 5 temporary hit the hobgoblin.
in the past, the floor and ceiling split apart, causing the points. Triggered Actions
front wall of the room to collapse. The area is filled with Move Actions Tactical Withdrawal F At-Will
Phalanx Movement F At-Will Trigger: An enemy enters a square adjacent to the
stone debris of all sizes that tumbled from the ceiling and
Effect: The hobgoblin and each ally adjacent to it can shift hobgoblin.
walls. Fissures in the f loor and ceiling lead up to the level 1 square as a free action. The allies must end adjacent to Effect (Immediate Reaction): The hobgoblin shifts up to 3
above and down into darkness. the hobgoblin. squares.
Str 15 (+4) Dex 19 (+6) Wis 14 (+4) Str 19 (+5) Dex 15 (+3) Wis 14 (+3)
See area 9 for more on the fissure. Con 16 (+5) Int 11 (+2) Cha 17 (+5) Con 16 (+4) Int 11 (+1) Cha 10 (+1)
Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin
Equipment chainmail, mace, longbow, 20 arrows Equipment chainmail, longspear, 6 javelins
18. Guard Hall
Combat and Trap Encounter Level 3 (775 XP) When characters enter, read: Trap
The walls and f loor here are made of fine stonework, the The hobgoblins wait at the far end of the hall, hoping
The door to this chamber is locked. Slaark and Brakik ceiling etched with a depiction of the sky. At the far end of to draw a few intruders toward them so the sliding
carry keys for the lock, or it can be picked open with the hall is a double door guarded by four hobgoblins. wall trap can separate them from their allies. If the
a successful DC 15 Thievery check. characters dont approach, Brakik peppers them with
Light: Bright light from braziers. If the hobgoblins are here, one of them is holding the arrows and the spear soldiers throw javelins.
Monsters: 1 hobgoblin warmonger (Brakik), 3 wall plate (see the Trap section). Any character who One of the hobgoblins is pressing a wall plate that
hobgoblin spear soldiers. succeeds on a DC 15 Insight check realizes the guard delays the sliding wall trap from activating. When at
Trap: Sliding wall. is up to something. A character who succeeds on a least one character has moved past the traps area, the
DC 22 (15 if the Insight check is successful) Percep- hobgoblin releases the plate. The trap then activates
tion check sees what the hobgoblin is doing. when the next character enters the trapped area.

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Sliding Wall
Object
Level 3 Trap
XP 150
19. Throne Room Slaark, Goblin King
Small natural humanoid
Level 6 Controller (Leader)
XP 250
Detect Perception DC 21 Initiative
Combat Encounter Level 6 (1,300 XP) HP 70; Bloodied 35 Initiative +5
HP 60 AC 20, Fortitude 17, Reflex 19, Will 18 Perception +4
AC 15, Fortitude 15, Reflex 5, Will King Slaark holds audience in this large hall. Speed 6 Low-light vision
Immune necrotic, poison, psychic, forced movement, all Ceiling: 20 feet high. Standard Actions
conditions Light: Bright light from chandeliers. m Short Sword (weapon) F At-Will
Triggered Actions Monsters: King Slaark, 5 hobgoblin battle guards, Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +11 vs. AC
Attack F At-Will Hit: 2d6 + 7 damage.
1 imp (Gethilarr), 1 doppelganger sneak (Zin).
Trigger: A creature enters any square in the traps row of r Shock Bolt (lightning) F At-Will
squares. Attack: Ranged 10 (one creature); +9 vs. Reflex
Attack (Immediate Interrupt): Melee 0 (each creature in the When characters enter the room, read: Hit: 2d6 + 7 lightning damage, and the target is slowed
row of trapped squares); +6 vs. Reflex The walls of this large throne room bear murals of faraway (save ends).
Hit: 1d8 + 9 damage, and the creature is pushed to the places. Fine alabaster tiles set with perfect joints cover the A Groveling Charm (charm, psychic) F Recharge 5 6
western wall and grabbed (escape DC 21). The creature f loor. A vaulted ceiling sports two massive chandeliers, each Attack: Area burst 1 within 10 (enemies in the burst); +9
takes 5 damage each time it ends its turn grabbed by the burning with dozens of candles. vs. Will
wall. Hit: 2d6 + 7 psychic damage, and the target falls prone and
A diminutive goblin wearing a wooden crown sits on a
Miss: The creature slides 1 square to the north or south of cannot stand (save ends).
the wall (determine randomly) and falls prone.
massive mahogany throne, with a pair of hobgoblins stand- Minor Actions
Countermeasures ing at his side. Behind the throne, in an alcove shrouded by A Command Troops F Recharge when first bloodied
F Disable: Thievery DC 21 (standard action). Success: The thin, translucent cloth, a dozen more hobgoblins stand at Effect: Close burst 10 (allies that can hear Slaark in the
wall is jammed in place. Failure (16 or lower): The trap the ready in perfect formation. burst); as a free action, the target shifts up to 3 squares.
triggers. A ragged young woman wearing tattered clothes and a One target can then make a basic attack as part of the
F Move: Athletics DC 21 (move action). Success: The crea- dirty jesters cap dances in front of the goblin king. After a same free action.
ture prevents the wall from moving and can move it as if
moment, she spies you and cries out, Finally, someone has Triggered Actions
slowed. Failure: The creature fails to move the wall. Goblin Tactics F At-Will
come for me! Trigger: An enemy misses Slaark with a melee attack.
The trap mechanism is set into the wall and is well Effect (Immediate Reaction): Slaark shifts 1 square.
camouflaged with stone that matches the rest of the Perception DC 15: The character notices a small- Skills Bluff +11, Diplomacy +11, Insight +9, Thievery +10
wall, though most of the sliding wall is made of wood. winged, red-skinned creature (the imp) lurking in Str 10 (+3) Dex 15 (+5) Wis 13 (+4)
one of the chandeliers. Con 14 (+5) Int 19 (+7) Cha 16 (+6)
The trapped area is denoted on the map. Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin
Equipment royal robes, short sword, wand, wooden crown
Brakik The woman runs to the characters and tries to shel-
ter behind them. She is a doppelganger named Zin. advantage in all he does. He is capable, wily, and con-
Brakik is a hulking male hobgoblin who serves as
See the Zin section for more information. fident to the point of arrogance.
Slaarks captain of the kings guard, a position he
Two of the hobgoblin battle guards start next to Slaark is willing to talk to the characters for a
relishes. He is completely loyal to Slaark, despite
Slaark. Three others are positioned in the alcove be- while. He wants to determine who leads the group
his king being a lowly goblin. Brakik is under strict
hind the throne, in the front row. The imp begins in and whether any of the characters is a mage or a
orders to guard the throne room and cannot be
one of the chandeliers. healer. He takes the first opportunity to point out his
tricked into stepping aside.
Brakik has keys to area 5, this area, and his chest troops waiting behind the curtain and then demands
Slaark that the characters surrender their weapons and
in area 15.
Slaark is a male goblin, the king and mastermind kneel before him as their king.
of Slaarks Crown. He is unusually intelligent and If the characters play along with Slaarks hubris,
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5 Hobgoblin Battle Guards Level 3 Soldier Imp Level 3 Lurker Doppelganger Sneak Level 3 Skirmisher
Medium natural humanoid XP 150 each Small immortal humanoid (devil) XP 150 Medium natural humanoid (shapechanger) XP 150
HP 49; Bloodied 24 Initiative +5 HP 40; Bloodied 20 Initiative +8 HP 45; Bloodied 22 Initiative +6
AC 19, Fortitude 17, Reflex 15, Will 15 Perception +8 AC 17, Fortitude 13, Reflex 17, Will 15 Perception +8 AC 17, Fortitude 14, Reflex 16, Will 15 Perception +2
Speed 6 Low-light vision Speed 4, fly 6 Darkvision Speed 6
Standard Actions Standard Actions Standard Action
m Flail (weapon) At-Will m Bite F At-Will m Short Sword (weapon) At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. AC Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. AC Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. AC
Hit: 1d10 + 5 damage, and the hobgoblin marks the target Hit: 1d6 + 5 damage. Hit: 1d6 + 6 damage, or 2d6 + 6 if the doppelganger has
until the start of the hobgoblins next turn. Vanish (illusion) F At-Will combat advantage against the target.
Move Actions Effect: The imp becomes invisible until the end of its next Minor Actions
Phalanx Movement F At-Will turn or until it hits or misses with an attack. Change Shape (polymorph) At-Will
Effect: Close burst 1 (allies in the burst). The hobgoblin and M Tail Sting (poison) F Recharge when the imp uses vanish Effect: The doppelganger alters its physical form to appear
each target can shift 1 square as a free action. The target Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. AC as a Medium humanoid until it uses change shape again
must shift to a square adjacent to the hobgoblin. Hit: 2d8 + 3 damage, and the target takes ongoing 10 or until it drops to 0 hit points. To assume a specific
Triggered Actions poison damage and a 2 penalty to Will (save ends both). individuals form, the doppelganger must have seen that
Share Shield At-Will Skills Arcana +9, Bluff +9, Stealth +9 individual. Other creatures can make a DC 30 Insight
Trigger: An adjacent ally is hit by an attack against AC or Str 12 (+2) Dex 17 (+4) Wis 14 (+3) check to discern that the form is a disguise.
Reflex. Con 16 (+4) Int 16 (+4) Cha 16 (+4) M Shapeshifter Feint At-Will (1/round)
Effect (Immediate Interrupt): The ally gains a +2 bonus to AC Alignment evil Languages Common, Supernal Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +6 vs. Reflex
and Reflex against the triggering attack. Hit: The target grants combat advantage to the doppel-
Str 19 (+5) Dex 14 (+3) Wis 15 (+3) Zin ganger until the end of the doppelgangers next turn.
Con 17 (+4) Int 10 (+1) Cha 10 (+1) Zin is a doppelganger who masquerades as a young Skills Bluff +8, Insight +7, Stealth +9
Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin Str 11 (+1) Dex 16 (+4) Wis 12 (+2)
human female while serving as Slaarks court jester.
Equipment chainmail, heavy shield, flail Con 13 (+2) Int 10 (+1) Cha 15 (+3)
Slaark treats Zin well, and the doppelganger, in turn, Alignment unaligned Languages Common
throne room. If they approach closer than that, or has invested his loyalty in the goblin king...for Equipment short sword
after Slaark has learned all he can from them, he now. If Slaark surrenders and Zin is still alive, the
orders his troops to attack. doppelganger immediately flees.
While Slaark is formidable and arrogant, he is no
fool. If hes bloodied and three or more of his hobgob- Features of the Area
lin battle guards are dead, the goblin bargains for his Troop Alcove: A sheer curtain across the front of
life. He starts with low offers, like any negotiator, but this alcove barely conceals what appear to be twelve
hes willing to offer everything he has, including his hobgoblin guards, all dressed and armed identically.
beloved fortress, in exchange for his life. All but three of them are mannequins outfitted to
look like soldiers. A successful DC 22 Perception
Gethilarr check reveals the ruse.
Gethilarr is an imp that masquerades as Slaarks Chandeliers: Two massive chandeliers hang from
devil familiar so Slaark can appear more powerful the ceiling as noted on the map. Both are 10 feet in
than he is. If Slaark surrenders and Gethilarr is still diameter, covered with lit candles, and very heavy.
alive, the imp stops fighting and tries to persuade the Each chandelier is suspended by a heavy rope affixed
characters to kill the goblin king. If the characters to the side wall.
attack Gethilarr at that point, it flees.

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20. Kings Chamber Concluding the


Exploration Encounter
A dventure
This is Slaarks private chamber. With Slaark defeated, the remaining goblins and hob-
Light: None. goblins flee the area.
If Slaark escapes, he vows revenge and begins
When characters enter, read: gathering forces anew. If the characters spread the
This small chamber has a cherry wood bed with a fluffy word of how Slaark looked down on his kin (as dis-
mattress and pillows, a wooden wardrobe, and a large covered in the goblin kings journal), Slaark has a
metal chest. The walls and f loor are composed of fine difficult time gathering more followers.
masonry, the joints gilded with silver filigree. The people of Farmers Cross and the other nearby
villages are overjoyed to be out from under the thumb
This is Slaarks personal chamber and the nicest of their king. The villagers host a festival day in
room in Slaarks Crown. honor of the characters, complete with food, drinks,
Chest: The chest is locked, requiring a successful songs, dance, and games.
DC 20 Thievery check to open.
Inside are a few articles of fine clothing and a About the Author
journal. Within the journal, penned in meticulous Craig Campbell is an architect by day and a D&D player,
Common, is a complete description of Slaarks plan. DM, and freelancer by night. His most recent Dungeon adven-
He describes everything covered in the adventure tures include Dark Lantern in Dungeon 214 and A Rhyme
background, generously laced with the disdain he Gone Wrong in Dungeon 217. He cohosts a weekly podcast
about all things geeky titled NerdBurger. Check it out at www.
holds for his slovenly, stupid followers.
nerdburgershow.com.
Additionally, the journal contains sketches of each
of the traps and locks in Slaarks Crown, as well as
plans for a few others not yet implemented.
Wardrobe: The wardrobe holds a variety of gob-
lin-sized clothing (mostly halfling clothing that has
been slightly modified), several fine hats, and three
pairs of shoes.

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Children of Ardore
A D&D adventure for characters of levels 1012

By Christopher Perkins
Illustrations by Eric Belisle, Anne Stokes, and Ben Wootten
Cartography by Mike Schley

Three miles south of the sleepy town of Ardore stands blamed the tragedy on vengeful witches who had
a grassy hill dotted with trees. Once favored by camp- somehow escaped the slaughter. Many of the towns-
ers and young lovers, this site became a meeting folk and their older children fled, fearing further
ground for evil witches a little over a year ago. Locals retribution. The distraught vicar, who was blamed
took to calling it Cackle Hill, and they spoke of how for incurring the witches wrath, hanged himself in
the witches danced atop the hill on nights of the new his home. Resentful townsfolk also accosted Alastair.
moon, pledging their bodies and souls to the demon Unlike the vicar, the artificer tried his best to put the
lord Grazzt, whom they called the Dark Prince. Sum- good citizens of Ardore at ease.
moning demons, the witches bound them to create
animated scarecrows to do their bidding. They never
threatened Ardore with their magic or their straw
Alastair Grays Contraption
lackeys, but the townsfolk were concerned nonetheless. A master of the arcane arts, Alastair realized that
Cackle Hill had strong ties to the Abyss. After settling
in Ardore, he spent many lonely nights atop the hill,
The Curse studying its power under the cover of darkness.
The vicar of Ardore wrote a letter to the duke, call- Alastair was devastated when the young children
ing on him to rid the town of the witch coven. The of Ardore perished, and he blamed himself for the
duke hired adventurers, who waited for the next new tragedy. Unable to console the devastated parents, he
moon, stormed Cackle Hill, and slew the witches. set his mind toward building a clockwork construct
Afterward, one of these adventurersa young and resembling a young boy. He hoped to imbue the
brilliant artificer named Alastair Grayelected to construct with a childlike personality and bequeath
stay in town. While Alastair settled into his new resi- it to a young couple who had lost their son. Try as
dence, his companions left Ardore to collect their he might, he could not infuse the construct with a
reward and find new adventures. Peace returned to semblance of life. Then, one dark night, Alastair had
the town for a time. a dream in which he stood atop Cackle Hill, sur-
Then one moonless night eight months ago, a ter- rounded by childlike constructs dancing in a circle
rible curse befell the town. All children under the age and singing like real children.
of thirteen were stricken with a deadly illness and Alastairs dream prompted him to build an
perished in a matter of days. Grief-stricken parents arcane contraption capable of trapping and binding

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demonic spirits. Believing that a demons essence


could be used for benevolent ends, he brought the
E vents
contraption to Cackle Hill and captured the spirit The adventure consists of a series of events that
of a babau. On returning home, Alastair transferred unfold in a prescribed order. ARDORE
the demons essence to his construct and compelled The towns population has shrunk from five hundred
it to do his bidding.
Over the next two months, Alastair fashioned
Event 1: Town of the to roughly two hundred in recent months. Ardore isnt
built on a major trade route, so it doesnt see much
more constructs, plucking the necessary demonic Clockwork Children traffic. What it lacks in importance, it makes up for in
essence from Cackle Hill with the aid of his portable Roleplaying Encounter beauty, nestled among lightly wooded hills, meander-
contraption, called the demonbinder. The artificer ing creeks, and crow-haunted meadows.
then unveiled his creations to the townsfolk, while In this event, the characters investigate rumors The leader of Ardore is traditionally a vicar with
neglecting to mention how these small wonders of clockwork children in Ardore. The adventure ties to the temple of Erathis, but the town has not
were given life. The constructs were fragile, harm- begins when Ingar Talstrom, a cousin of the duke, appointed a new vicar since the previous one, Jalan
less things that behaved exactly as children should. approaches the characters with a quest. Rethe, hanged himself seven months ago. His widow
Gradually, they began to win over the local populace. and teenaged son left town soon thereafter.
Now the realm is abuzz with rumors of a rural town When you are ready to begin play, read: Population: Approximately 200 (adults and teen-
populated by frolicking clockwork children. Rumors have spread throughout the duchy of a sleepy rural agers only). Most of the townsfolk are human.
town called Ardore, where the children are actually clock- Leader: None. The richest resident of Ardore is
Willifer Harmugas Wrath work constructs. The rumors have piqued the curiosity of
Ingar Talstrom, a cousin of the duke.
Alastair Gray, the wizard-artificer. In the absence of
a vicar, many locals consider him to be the towns de
The evil witch Willifer Harmuga survived the attack facto leader, though its a role he shuns.
Strange magic is at large in Ardore, my friends, says
on Cackle Hill and fled into the woods, returning to Inns and Taverns: The Cats Tail is the only open
Ingar. Although the town is of little importance, it has
Ardore months later to exact her revenge. The last establishment. This cozy inn is run by Dargol Heinvick
endured great hardship of late. Last year, the duke hired
of her coven, she is responsible for the plague that (lawful good male human), an old fellow with a heart
adventurers to rid the place of unwelcome neighbors
claimed the lives of Ardores children, as well as its of gold, and his plucky wife, Perella (neutral good
demon worshipers, I believe. That endeavor was successful,
current troubles. female human). The Heinvicks cats keep the estab-
but months later, a plague swept through Ardore, claiming
Willifer was born with an extra finger on each lishment free of vermin. A local tavern, the Twisted
many lives and leaving its survivors grief-stricken.
hand, which in her mind (and the minds of her fellow Whistle, closed when its proprietor fled Ardore six
The duke has other matters to attend to, but he asks
witches) means she was blessed by the Dark Prince. months ago.
that you visit Ardore and see whether the rumors are true.
Willifer petitioned Grazzt for aid, and in exchange Temple: A wooden temple of Erathis dominates
If clockwork children are about, he wants to know who cre-
for her youth, he bestowed on her the power to curse the town square. The artificer Alastair Gray is a faith-
ated them and why.
the children of Ardore. Invoking this fell power ful Erathis worshiper, and he supports the temple
transformed her into a withered cronea price the financially. The temples priest is a meek, blind
Ingar Talstrom (unaligned male human) is autho-
scornful witch was more than willing to pay. woman in her thirties named Marna Devasky. She
rized to pay the characters for their assistance, but he
For months, Willifer hid on the outskirts of Ardore rarely strays far from the temple, and her sermons
hopes that theyll visit Ardore for the simple privilege
and reveled in the towns misery. Then the appear- are just as timid and meandering as she is. She has a
of helping his lord and cousin, the duke.
ance of the clockwork children changed the mood of crush on the soft-spoken Alastair Gray, but believes
If the characters demand payment, Ingar offers
Ardores citizens. As the towns grief waned, Willifers he is harboring some kind of terrible secret.
500 gp as recompense. (It is, after all, a simple task.)
anger grew, and she set out to steal the clockwork
If that isnt alluring enough, he offers the adventur-
children and destroy their creator.
ers an invitation to join him on the Dukes Hunta

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seasonal three-day event during which the duke sets Unless the characters call out to them, the monsters
out with a small retinue to hunt game in his private are focused on the town and have their backs to the
forest. Ingar describes it as a bonding opportunity. partys approach.
He also mentions that many esteemed lords would
kill for such an invitation. The Dukes Hunt wont One cloaked figure raises a charred fist and calls out with a
take place for another few weeks, giving the charac- raspy female voice, The inventor! Bring him to us, or you
ters plenty of time to investigate Ardore. will never see the children again! You have one hour!
If the characters agree to Ingars terms, they gain
the following quest. The townsfolk have barricaded themselves in their
homes and do not answer the witchs ultimatum. If
VERIFY THE RUMORS the characters do nothing, the witches and scare-
10th-Level Major Quest (500 XP/Character) crows wait for one hour. After that, they enter the
The characters receive this quest reward if they Observers Ring Level 11 Uncommon
town and begin hunting for their elusive quarry, kill-
learn who created the clockwork children and why. This ring is set with a hemispherical glass eyeball that looks
ing anyone else they encounter.
around when it is worn.
Double the XP award if the characters learn the truth Creatures: Leading the evil force are four burned
Wondrous Item 9,000 gp
about the demonic spirits empowering the constructs. witches (W). These charred skeletons are the remains Property
of witches Willifer reanimated. The undead creatures If you wear the ring for 8 consecutive hours, you become
Event 2: Last Straw are covered in black wrappings and draped in heavy
cloaks. The witches command four scarecrow horrors
attuned to it. Only one creature can be attuned to the ring
at a time.
Combat Encounter Level 13 (4,875 XP) Utility Power F At-Will (Standard Action)
(S) and seven scarecrow shamblers (H).
If the characters quickly offer to help the witches, Requirement: You must be attuned to the ring, and the ring
In this event, the characters arrive at Ardore and must be on the same plane as you.
they reply, Bring us the one who made the wretched
discover the town under siege. Over the past several Effect: Until the start of your next turn, you can see as if you
automatons and you will be spared our wrath! The
days, animated scarecrows under the command of were in the rings position, but you cannot see with your
witches dont know who created the clockwork chil- own eyes.
Willifer have kidnapped most of the clockwork chil-
dren, and they refuse to divulge where the missing
dren and brought them to Cackle Hill. When the
children are being kept. If the adventurers refuse or Features of the Area
characters arrive, they see a force gathered on the
present any threat, the witches hiss and order the Buildings: The northwest building is an empty and
outskirts of town, demanding that the townsfolk sur-
scarecrows to attack. abandoned storehouse. The northeast building is the
render the creator of the clockwork children.
Treasure: One burned witch wears an observers general store, within which five townsfolk are hidden.
ring. This item is currently attuned to Willifer. Both buildings are made of wood and have windows
To begin this encounter, read:
The journey to Ardore is uneventful. Bright leaves fall from that are boarded up on the inside (DC 15 Strength
the autumn trees, carpeting a dirt road in shades of yellow, check to smash through). A wooden door on the east
orange, and red. The road runs northeast, following a creek side of the general store is barred from within (DC 20
that winds through hills and meadows, until it reaches the Athletics check to force open). The buildings are one
settlement. As the town comes into view, a host of sinis- story tall (DC 10 Athletics check to climb).
ter shapes can be seen gathered on the outskirts. Nearly a Crates: A large pile of empty crates and lumber
dozen scarecrows lurch about, watched over by four figures stands between the two buildings.
wrapped in dark cloaks and linens. Destroyed Wagon: The wreckage of a smashed
and overturned wagon lies in the grass south of
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believed that the plague was a curse. The vicar


was overcome with guilt and hanged himself. His
family, along with many others, fled to escape fur-
ther misfortune.
F While the townsfolk grieved, Alastair Gray cre-
ated the first of several small constructs that
resembled children. Most people didnt know
what to make of the gesture, but the constructs
reminded them of what theyd lost. They eventu-
ally accepted the children and took them to heart.
F Just as the townsfolk were putting the sadness
of the past behind them, the witches returned
with their demonic scarecrows and a pair of hill
giants to kidnap the clockwork children. Now the
witches are demanding that the childrens creator
be turned over to them. Although he is powerful,
Alastair cannot take on the witches by himself,
and he is presently in hiding. His modest house is
up the road from the temple, but he welcomes no
one but devout servants of Erathis.

Not all the clockwork children have been captured. A


handful are scattered about town, hidden in various
homes. See event 3 for more information regarding
the clockwork children.
destroyed the wagon, leaving behind a few crates of Characters who question townsfolk can learn the
supplies (candles, torches, rope, waterskins, and the following information.
like). A character who searches the wreckage finds 50 F A coven of witches used to gather on a hilltop a
gp in a pouch, which the giant overlooked. few miles south of town. There, they summoned
demons and performed secret rituals that created
Development animated scarecrow servants. The local vicar of
If the characters avoid the monsters, they can slip into Erathis wrote a letter to the duke, begging him
Ardore unseen. The four most prominent buildings to intervene. Adventurers in the dukes employ
in town are the vicars residence (abandoned), the arrived shortly thereafter and killed the witches
Twisted Whistle tavern (abandoned), the Cats Tail during the witches unholy revelry. Locals refer to
inn, and the temple of Erathis. The latter two build- the hill as Cackle Hill.
ings are described briefly in the Ardore sidebar. F One of the adventurers, an artificer named
Both are sealed up tight, although characters can per- Alastair Gray, retired to Ardore. A short time later,
suade the inhabitants to let them in with a successful a plague swept through town, claiming the lives of
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7 Scarecrow Shamblers (H) Level 10 Minion Brute 4 Scarecrow Horrors (S) Level 10 Soldier
Medium fey animate (construct) XP 125 each Medium shadow animate (construct, undead) XP 500 each
HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion. Initiative +7 HP 108; Bloodied 54 Initiative +12
AC 22, Fortitude 22, Reflex 21, Will 21 Perception +7 AC 26, Fortitude 22, Reflex 22, Will 22 Perception +6 CLOCKWORK CHILDREN
Speed 6 Low-light vision Speed 6 Darkvision
Though nimble, Alastairs clockwork children are just
Immune disease, poison, sleep Immune disease, poison, sleep; Resist 10 necrotic;
Standard Actions Vulnerable 5 radiant
as fragile as real children, and they have no effective
m Claws F At-Will Traits attacks. They are made of sculpted wood with neatly
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +15 vs. AC O Aura of Decay F Aura 1 fitted metal joints, painted glass eyes, and hair crafted
Hit: 11 damage. Any enemy that starts its turn in the aura is slowed until of colored string. Their facial expressions and voices
Triggered Actions the start of its next turn. are created with the aid of illusion magic.
Toxic Straw (poison, zone) F Encounter Standard Actions Alastair uses a ritual of his own devising to ani-
Trigger: The shambler drops to 0 hit points. m Claws F At-Will
mate each construct, but he needs a trapped spirit
Effect (No Action): The shamblers death creates a zone in Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +15 vs. AC
a close burst 1 that lasts until the end of the encounter. Hit: 3d8 + 5 damage.
as a ritual component. During the ritual, the spirit is
The zone is lightly obscured, and any creature that ends M Claim the Doomed (psychic) F At-Will bound to the construct and given instructions to act
its turn in the zone takes 10 poison damage. Attack: Melee 1 (one dazed creature); +15 vs. AC a certain way. If the construct is destroyed, the spirit
Str 18 (+9) Dex 14 (+7) Wis 15 (+7) Hit: 1d8 + 9 damage plus 3d8 psychic damage, and the is released and returns to its native plane.
Con 15 (+7) Int 11 (+5) Cha 10 (+5) scarecrow marks the target (save ends). The spirits infusing Alastairs clockwork children
Alignment unaligned Languages Common Minor Actions are nothing more than power sources, and they are
C Horrific Countenance (fear) F At-Will (1/round)
incapable of acting against his wishes. For this reason,
4 Burned Witches (W) Level 10 Controller Attack: Close burst 5 (one creature in the burst); +13 vs.
Will
the clockwork children are unaligned, despite being
Medium natural humanoid (undead) XP 500 each
Hit: The target is dazed until the start of the scarecrows animated by demonic spirits.
HP 100; Bloodied 50 Initiative +5
AC 24, Fortitude 21, Reflex 22, Will 23 Perception +10 next turn. Though each clockwork construct has unique per-
Speed 5 Triggered Actions sonality traits, all are given the following instructions
Immune disease, poison, sleep; Vulnerable 5 fire C Putrid Stuffing (necrotic, poison) F Encounter during the creation process.
Standard Actions Trigger: The scarecrow is first bloodied. 1. Do no harm.
m Slam (fire, necrotic) F At-Will Attack (Immediate Reaction): Close burst 1 (enemies in the
2. Politely follow the orders of living creatures
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +15 vs. AC burst); +13 vs. Fortitude
Hit: 3d8 + 9 necrotic and poison damage, and the target is
as long as those orders do not violate the first
Hit: 2d4 + 7 damage, and ongoing 5 fire and necrotic
dazed (save ends). instruction.
damage (save ends). While adjacent to the witch, the
target cannot save against the ongoing damage. Str 20 (+10) Dex 21 (+10) Wis 12 (+6) 3. Protect yourself as long as you do not violate the
R Force Claw (force) F At-Will Con 20 (+10) Int 10 (+5) Cha 5 (+2) first two instructions.
Effect: Ranged 10 (one creature); ongoing 10 force damage, Alignment unaligned Languages Common
and the target is immobilized (save ends both).
Triggered Actions
Death Curse F Encounter
Trigger: An enemy within 20 squares of the witch reduces
the witch to 0 hit points or fewer.
Effect (Free Action): The triggering enemy takes a 2 penalty
to saving throws until the curse is lifted with a Remove
Affliction ritual.
Str 8 (+4) Dex 11 (+5) Wis 11 (+5)
Con 12 (+6) Int 12 (+6) Cha 14 (+7)
Alignment chaotic evil Languages Abyssal, Common

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Event 3: The Demonbinder The house is home to the human artificer (A) and
three of his clockwork children (C).
Characters can learn Alastairs secret by earning his
trust, reading his private research notes, or analyzing
Roleplaying Encounter
the demonbinder (see Treasure).
Alastair Gray
In this event, the characters meet the inventor of the
Alastair Gray is a smart, attractive, wealthy man in Clockwork Children
clockwork children and learn his dark secret. If the
players opt to visit Cackle Hill first, skip this event the prime of his life. He cares more about his arcane Alastair has three clockwork children in his home.
and continue with event 5. research than developing long-term friendships. He Two of them (resembling a nine-year-old human girl
abandoned his adventuring career and took up resi- and a twelve-year-old human boy) are inanimate and
When characters visit Alastair Gray, read: dence in Ardore to study Cackle Hill, sensing the only partially complete, lying atop the neatly made
Up the street from the temple of Erathis, a single-story presence of powerful abyssal energy there. beds in the back room. The third construct (resem-
wooden house sits on a corner amid several humble cottages. For a wizard, Alastair is surprisingly devout. bling a ten-year-old halfling girl) is not only complete
The house has shuttered windows and two entrances, one Erathis is the divine patron of inventors and artifice, but also animate. Alastair has taken to calling the
facing each road. Short, rickety flights of steps lead up to the and Alastair thanks her every day for the gifts and construct Lilian, and she is particularly shy.
doors, each of which is painted with an arcane symbol. knowledge she has imparted to him. Alastairs dark secret is the demonbinder, a hand-
The wizard keeps the key to his desk hidden in held arcane contraption he built to capture demonic
The symbols on the doors are a warning. Although a secret pocket on his person. Finding this pocket spirits. After bringing these spirits back to his resi-
the symbols are not magical, the doors are magi- requires a successful DC 25 Perception check. dence, he traps them within his clockwork children,
cally locked and require a DC 27 Athletics check to Characters who question Alastair can learn the imbuing them with a semblance of life. To him, this
force open. The same is true for the window shut- following information: process is not a malevolent act, since the clockwork
ters. In addition, if either door is forced open, an air F A coven of witches used to gather on a hilltop a children are incapable of harming anyone and the
elemental (Monster Manual 3, page 80) appears in few miles south of town. Locals refer to the place demonic spirits are bound by magic to do as Alastair
the nearest space adjacent to the door and attacks the as Cackle Hill. My companions and I were hired commands. From a certain point of view, he is cor-
creature that forced it, fighting until slain. Only one by the duke to quell their threat. We attacked the rect. The clockwork children pose no threat to the
elemental can be summoned in this fashion. hilltop during one of the covens gatherings, slew town, and if one is destroyed, its demonic spirit
Alastair doesnt want anyone to learn his secret, so the witches, destroyed their animated scarecrows, returns to the Abyss.
hes reluctant to talk. The only exceptions are Marna and burned the remains. Alastair acts out of guilt. Many children died as a
Devasky, the blind priestess of the local temple, and result of his partys carelessness. Although his inten-
F On the night of the attack, the witches were
anyone else who claims to serve Erathis. tions are good, he does not want the townsfolk to
performing some kind of ritual and chanting to
know the truth about his clockwork constructs, lest
a demon they referred to as the Dark Prince. I
If the characters gain entry, read: he and they be shunned (or worse).
assumed they were referring to the demon lord
The house is modestly furnished, with little in the way of Grazzt.
decor. A small front room contains a wooden table sur-
Features of the Area
F I decided to settle down in Ardore. I havent seen Bookcase: The bookcase contains scores of
rounded by chairs, an upholstered couch and matching my companions since they left town to collect their
chair, end tables, and a stuffed bookcase tucked in an leather-bound tomes. Most of the books are unre-
reward. Not long after they departed, all the young markable, but seven of them are valuable and can be
alcove. The larger back room contains three beds, a plain children in Ardore fell ill and died in a matter of
wooden cabinet, a desk, a neatly organized workshop sold to an interested buyer for 100 gp each.
days. The vicar succumbed to grief and hanged Desk: Alastairs desk has a drawer containing
(including a table with an iron safe beneath it), and a sturdy himself, while many others fled. I think that one
desk. Behind the desk is a stone hearth. The f loor through- his research notes, scribbled on pieces of parch-
or more of the witches survived the attack and ment. The drawer has a particularly complex locking
out is made of bleached wood, and oil lamps hang from the placed a curse on the town.
rafters on thin metal chains. mechanism, requiring a successful DC 26 Thievery

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Treasure
Alastairs workshop contains tools and materials for
building his constructs, as well as three flasks of level
11 alchemists essence (acid, lightning, and cold; Mor-
denkainens Magnificent Emporium, page 130).
The locked iron safe under Alastairs worktable is
of dwarven make. It weighs five hundred pounds and
is too sturdy to break open. The locking dial sports
numbers from 1 to 26, each number corresponding
to a letter of the alphabet. Unlocking it requires three
standard actions and the correct combination, or
three consecutive successful DC 27 Thievery checks.
The seven-digit combination is ERATHIS, or
5181208919. Lilian saw Alastair open the safe
once, but she can remember only the first three digits.
The safe contains the demonbinder and an unlocked
wooden coffer containing Alastairs personal wealth:
120 pp, 250 gp, and a survivors belt (Mordenkainens
Magnificent Emporium, page 80).

Demonbinder Level 13 Rare


This handheld contraption glows in the presence of demons
and traps portions of their essence.
Wondrous Item 17,000 gp
Property
The demonbinder glows as bright as a torch when any demon
check to disable. If the check fails by 5 or more, or if F I have built a device that can trap a demons essence. Its
is within 10 squares of it.
the drawer is forced open, magical fire engulfs the spirit, if you will. I will put it to the ultimate test atop the R Attack Power F Daily (Standard Action)
drawers contents, reducing the notes to ash. This trap hill. If Im right, I may yet find a way to give these clock- Attack: Ranged 5 (one demon, either bloodied or in spirit
cannot be disarmed from outside the drawer. work constructs a semblance of life. I shall harness evil form); +16 vs. Will
Alastairs notes include the following entries: for the greater good. Demons beware! Hit: The target is removed from play and trapped in the
demonbinder.
F The hill is a place of great power, its natural beauty con-
Miss: This power is not expended.
cealing a small, dark portal through which the energies Wardrobe: The wardrobe contains a traveling Utility Power F At-Will (Standard Action)
of the Abyss bleed. I have determined that the planar cloak, a pair of boots, and various outfits sized for a Effect: You banish a demon trapped in the demonbinder
breach is strongest on nights of the new moon. The human male of average height and build. A trunk back to the Abyss.
witches understood the true power of that place. at the foot of the wardrobe holds an assortment of
F Curse these lifeless creations. Ive tried to imbue the con- childrens clothes, which Alastair uses to dress his Conclusion
structs with a childlike awareness, but the magic wont clockwork constructs. After the characters have a chance to interact with
hold. I am forced to give up this pursuit for now, though Alastair Gray and hear his side of the story, demons
it pains me to do so. Methinks the good people of Ardore sent by Willifer Harmuga to slay the artificer finally
have suffered long enough. locate their quarry. Continue with event 4.

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Alastair Gray, Human Artificer (A) Level 14 Leader 3 Clockwork Children (C) Level 10 Minion Skirmisher The clockwork child Lilian hides in the hearth
Medium natural humanoid XP 1,000 Small natural animate (construct) XP and stays out of harms way.
HP 91; Bloodied 45; Healing Surges 9 Initiative +9 HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion. Initiative +8
AC 28, Fortitude 23, Reflex 27, Will 24 Perception +13 AC 24, Fortitude 21, Reflex 22, Will 22 Perception +5 Development
Speed 6 Speed 5
Standard Actions Immune charm, disease, fear, poison
If the characters protect Alastair, the artificer is grate-
m +3 Rod of Smiting (force, weapon) F At-Will Traits ful and offers the following insights either during or
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +19 vs. AC Elusive after the fight.
Hit: 1d8 + 10 damage, plus 3d10 force damage on a criti- The child has a +4 power bonus to all defenses against
cal hit. opportunity attacks. Cackle Hill has strong ties to the Abyss. I suspect the
R Shock (implement, lightning) F At-Will Str 10 (+5) Dex 13 (+6) Wis 10 (+5) demons were summoned there by whoever wants me dead.
Attack: Ranged 10 (one creature); +17 vs. Reflex Con 10 (+5) Int 8 (+4) Cha 12 (+6)
Hit: 2d8 + 6 lightning damage, and the target is dazed until Alignment unaligned Languages Abyssal, Common
the end of Alastairs next turn.
C Radiant Motes (implement, radiant) F Recharge 6
Attack: Close burst 3 (enemies in the burst); +17 vs. Reflex Event 4: Knock, Knock
Hit: 2d8 radiant damage, and the target is blinded (save Combat Encounter Level 11 (3,200 XP)
ends).
Each Failed Saving Throw: The target takes 5 radiant
In this event, the characters encounter four babau
damage.
Minor Actions demons that Willifer has sent to slay Alastair Gray.
C Forceful Weapon (force, implement) F At-Will (1/round) The encounter takes place at Alastairs house shortly
Effect: Close burst 5 (one melee or ranged weapon). The after event 3. If the characters are not inside the
target is imbued with force energy. Until the end of house when the demons arrive, adjust the read-aloud
Alastairs next turn, the weapon deals 1d10 extra force text as necessary.
damage on a hit.
C Sudden Infusion F 2/Encounter
When the demons arrive at the house, read:
Effect: Close burst 5 (Alastair or one ally in the burst). The
target gains temporary hit points equal to its healing
A long, drawn-out scratching sound suddenly rises outside
surge value. the house. Then comes another scratching, and another.
Skills Arcana +18, Diplomacy +15, Insight +13 Several creatures are raking the walls with their claws as a
Str 11 (+7) Dex 15 (+9) Wis 13 (+8) low chanting begins to rise.
Con 14 (+9) Int 22 (+13) Cha 16 (+10)
Alignment unaligned Languages Abyssal, Common, Four babau demons surround the house, clawing
Infernal
at the walls and whispering in Abyssal, Come out
Equipment +3 rod of smiting (Mordenkainens Magnificent
Emporium, page 49)
and die! If no one obliges them, they break in. The
demons dont know who theyre looking for, so they
attack any characters they see.
Alastair Gray initially assumes that the house is
surrounded by animated scarecrows. When he real-
izes that the threat is demonic, he moves to the iron
safe and spends the next 3 rounds opening it to bring
out the demonbinder.

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If characters ask Alastair why the witches and SAVE THE CHILDREN Event 5: Chase on the Hill
demons are after him, he adds: 10th-Level Minor Quest (25 XP/Character/Child)
Combat Encounter Level 9 (2,000 XP)
The characters receive this quest reward for each
I built the clockwork children to help the townsfolk over- clockwork child safely returned to Ardore.
In this event, the characters travel to Cackle Hill and
come their grief, but the witches...they want the town
encounter several clockwork children trying to flee
to suffer. They see me as their enemy. 4 Babaus Level 13 Skirmisher
their evil captors. The characters begin the encounter
Medium elemental humanoid (demon) XP 800 each
along the north edge of the map.
If Alastair believes that he can trust the characters to HP 127; Bloodied 63 Initiative +13
keep his secret, he shows them the demonbinder and AC 26, Fortitude 23, Reflex 25, Will 24 Perception +10
Speed 7 Darkvision As the characters approach the hill, read:
shares the following information.
Resist 5 acid From a distance, Cackle Hill looks peaceful enough, its
Traits grassy slopes dotted with trees that have begun to cast off
I tried to imbue my clockwork creations with a semblance O Protective Slime (acid) F Aura 1 their brilliant leaves. At the foot of the hill, several small
of life, but it didnt work. Then one night, I had a dream. Any enemy in the aura that hits the babau with a melee figuresclockwork children clad in simple clothesdart
I was standing atop Cackle Hill, surrounded by a ring attack takes 5 acid damage.
through the brush, running toward you. Chasing after
of clockwork children. I awoke with the realization that Standard Actions
m Bite (acid) F At-Will
them is a gaunt figure covered in black wrappings. In a
I could use the bound spirits of demons to empower my
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +18 vs. AC raspy voice the figure shouts, Stop, you little demons!
constructsnot for evil but for good. I built this device to
Hit: 2d6 + 3 damage. The target also takes ongoing 5 acid
capture demonic spirits atop Cackle Hill, then brought
damage, or ongoing 10 acid damage if the babau is blood- The eight clockwork children (C) have escaped from
them here and bound them within my clockwork children. ied (save ends). the guards atop Cackle Hill and are fleeing toward
The demon spirits are powerless inside the constructs. m Claws F At-Will town (see event 3 for statistics if it becomes neces-
They can do no harm and are compelled to do as I have Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +18 vs. AC
sary.) A burned witch (W) chases after them. In
commanded. I assure you, the children pose no danger to Hit: 2d6 + 3 damage, and the babau can shift 1 square.
M Babaus Advantage F At-Will addition, three invisible will-o-wisps (I) haunt the
the town. Even if the spirits are released, they must return
Effect: The babau uses bite and claws against a creature hillside, though they are not allied with Willifer or
to the Abyss.
granting combat advantage to it. her servants.
I would see the clockwork children that have been taken
Minor Actions At the start of each of its turns, the burned witch
returned safely, with your help. Murderous Abduction (teleportation) F Recharge when the uses force claw to capture and destroy a clockwork
babau reduces an enemy to 0 hit points or fewer child. A character who attacks the witch receives its
Alastair is willing to accompany the characters to Effect: The babau teleports one creature adjacent to it up to
undivided attention until the end of the encounter.
Cackle Hill and confront the evil that threatens 7 squares and then teleports to a square adjacent to that
The will-o-wisps attempt to feed on the life force
Ardore. If the characters bring him, Alastair takes creature. The creature grants combat advantage to the
babau until the end of the babaus next turn. of living creatures, ignoring the burned witch and the
the demonbinder and dons the survivors belt locked in
Triggered Actions clockwork children in favor of attacking the charac-
the iron safe. If the characters dont want him along,
Variable Resistance F 2/Encounter ters. If two will-o-wisps are slain, the third goes dark
Alastair loans them the demonbinder and survivors belt Trigger: The babau takes acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thun- and flees.
on the condition that they rescue as many clockwork der damage.
children as possible. If the characters agree to help Effect (Free Action): The babau gains resist 20 to the trigger-
Conclusion
recover the children, they gain the following quest. ing damage type until the end of the encounter or until it
uses variable resistance again. Combat on the hillside does not alert the creatures
Skills Athletics +14 on the hilltop (see event 6) unless the characters use
Str 17 (+9) Dex 21 (+11) Wis 19 (+10) powers that generate loud noise or have effects that
Con 15 (+8) Int 12 (+7) Cha 14 (+8) can be seen clearly from 500 feet away.
Alignment chaotic evil Languages Abyssal

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3 Will-o-Wisps (I) Level 10 Lurker Burned Witch (W) Level 10 Controller


Small fey magical beast XP 500 each Medium natural humanoid (undead) XP 500
HP 57; Bloodied 28 Initiative +15 HP 100; Bloodied 50 Initiative +5
AC 24, Fortitude 18, Reflex 24, Will 22 Perception +11 AC 24, Fortitude 21, Reflex 22, Will 23 Perception +10
Speed 0, fly 6 (hover; maximum altitude 2) Speed 5
Traits Immune disease, poison, sleep; Vulnerable 5 fire
Fey Light Standard Actions
A will-o-wisp can give off light as a torch or extinguish m Slam (fire, necrotic) F At-Will
this light as a free action. Fey light must be on for the will- Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +15 vs. AC
o-wisp to make any attack. When giving off no light, the Hit: 2d4 + 7 damage, and ongoing 5 fire and necrotic
will-o-wisp is invisible. damage (save ends). While adjacent to the witch, the
Insubstantial target cannot save against the ongoing damage.
The will-o-wisp takes half damage from all attacks, except R Force Claw (force) F At-Will
those that deal force damage. Effect: Ranged 10 (one creature); ongoing 10 force damage
Standard Actions and the target is immobilized (save ends both).
m Glimmer Wisp (radiant) F At-Will Triggered Actions
Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +13 vs. Reflex Death Curse F Encounter
Hit: 2d6 + 11 radiant damage. Trigger: An enemy within 20 squares of the witch reduces
M Spirit Drain (healing, psychic) F Encounter the witch to 0 hit points or fewer.
Attack: Melee 3 (one bloodied living creature); +13 vs. Effect (Free Action): The triggering enemy takes a 2 penalty
Fortitude to saving throws until the curse is lifted with a Remove
Hit: 2d8 + 9 psychic damage, and the target is weakened Affliction ritual.
(save ends). Additionally, the will-o-wisp regains 14 hit Str 8 (+4) Dex 11 (+5) Wis 11 (+5)
points. Con 12 (+6) Int 12 (+6) Cha 14 (+7)
C Luring Glow F At-Will Alignment chaotic evil Languages Abyssal, Common
Attack: Close burst 20 (one creature in the burst that can
see); +13 vs. Will
Hit: The will-o-wisp pulls the target up to 3 squares, and
the target is dazed (save ends).
Triggered Actions
Blink Out (teleportation) F At-Will
Trigger: An attack misses the will-o-wisp.
Effect (Immediate Interrupt): The will-o-wisp extinguishes its
fey light and teleports up to 5 squares.
Skills Stealth +16
Str 4 (+2) Dex 22 (+11) Wis 12 (+6)
Con 13 (+6) Int 8 (+4) Cha 18 (+9)
Alignment evil Languages Elven

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Event 6: Bride of Grazzt Development Treasure


Combat Encounter Level 16 (7,400 XP) When all three burned witches are destroyed, Willi- Each giant carries a large sack that contains food
fer Harmuga appears. (shanks of uncooked meat, wheels of moldy cheese,
In a final showdown, the characters confront Wil- rotting apples, and other unsavory treats) and trea-
lifers allies atop Cackle Hill. As the battle carries on, When the last burned witch falls, read: sure. The rockthrowers sack contains 2,300 cp,
the witch appears, clad in a wedding gown and madly A horrible cackling fills the air as a serpentine cloud of 1,800 sp, 550 gp, and a desiccated dwarf corpse
claiming to be the bride of Grazzt. ash erupts from the hillside and coalesces into a venerable wearing a suit of +3 scale armor of escape (Mordenkain-
human female. The crone wears a white witchs hat, a tat- ens Magnificent Emporium, page 12). The smashers
As the characters approach the hilltop, read: tered wedding gown, and an amulet made from a demons treasure sack contains 1,700 cp, 1,200 sp, a gold
Trees turning from green to vibrant orange, yellow, and horn. She f laps her arms as though she had wings, reveal- chamber pot set with gems (750 gp), and a dwarf-
red dot the hilltop between outcroppings of rock. A rotting ing the extra finger on each of her hands. crafted +3 warhammer of defense (Mordenkainens
toppled trunk rests in the middle of a clearing covered with I am betrothed to the Dark Prince! she screeches. Magnificent Emporium, page 34).
trampled grass and scattered bones. Two fat hill giants sit What have you done to my bridesmaids? Willifers talisman is a +3 demon amulet (Adventur-
on opposite sides of the clearing, picking through sacks of ers Vault 2, page 66).
food. Several clockwork children can be seen in the shadows Willifer appears on the edge of the map. The mad
beneath the trees, guarded by skeletal demons and black- witch truly believes she is the bride of Grazzt, and
clad witches. there is no reasoning with her. She is a chatty antago-
nist, hurling epithets and shouting, Curse you, your
The hilltop is guarded by three burned witches (W) children, and your childrens children! To the Abyss
under Willifers control. They command four babau with you! When cornered, she uses transform into ash
demons (B), a hill giant rockthrower (R), and a hill to become a cloud of ash and burning embers, then
giant smasher (S). Four clockwork children (C) are shifts to a safer corner of the battlefield.
also here, too frightened to run away (see event 3 for
their statistics). When Willifer dies, read:
The clockwork children pose no threat. A charac- The crone lets out a horrible shriek, falls to the ground,
ter can encourage one child to flee with a successful and turns to dust. Only her tattered bridal gown, the white
DC 13 Diplomacy check or Intimidate check made witchs hat, and the demon-horn talisman are left behind.
as a minor action. If the check is made as a standard
action, or if a minor action check succeeds by 15 or Development
more, all the children flee. If the adventurers came to Cackle Hill before seeking
Alastair Gray, they can return to Ardore to undertake
Features of the Area event 3 and event 4 after completing this event. As
Fallen Tree: This rotten tree trunk is difficult ter- she dies, Willifer shrieks that her other demonic ser-
rain. It is infested with termites, worms, centipedes, vants will soon arrive in Ardore, ready to exact her
spiders, and other harmless vermin, which spill out if revenge against the creator of the constructs, then lay
the tree is disturbed or set ablaze. waste to the town.
Rocky Outcroppings: The outcroppings are dif-
ficult terrain.

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Hill Giant Smasher (S) Level 11 Brute 4 Babaus (B) Level 13 Skirmisher Willifer Harmuga, Witch Level 12 Elite Artillery
Large natural humanoid (giant) XP 600 Medium elemental humanoid (demon) XP 800 each Medium natural humanoid, human XP 1,400
HP 137; Bloodied 68 Initiative +7 HP 127; Bloodied 63 Initiative +13 HP 180; Bloodied 90 Initiative +6
AC 23, Fortitude 24, Reflex 20, Will 23 Perception +8 AC 26, Fortitude 23, Reflex 25, Will 24 Perception +10 AC 26, Fortitude 22, Reflex 24, Will 25 Perception +10
Speed 8 Speed 7 Darkvision Speed 5
Traits Resist 5 acid Resist 10 fire (granted by +3 demon amulet)
Mobility Traits Standard Actions
At the start of each of its turns, the smasher can make a O Protective Slime (acid) F Aura 1 m Caustic Touch (acid) F At-Will
saving throw against one effect that a save can end. The Any enemy in the aura that hits the babau with a melee Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +17 vs. AC
effect must include the immobilized, restrained, or slowed attack takes 5 acid damage. Hit: 1d10 + 10 acid damage, and ongoing 5 acid damage
condition. Standard Actions (save ends). While adjacent to Willifer, a creature cannot
Standard Actions m Bite (acid) F At-Will save against the ongoing damage.
m Greatclub (weapon) F At-Will Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +18 vs. AC r Telekinetic Slam (force) F At-Will
Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +16 vs. AC Hit: 2d6 + 3 damage. The target also takes ongoing 5 acid Attack: Ranged 10 (one creature); +17 vs. Fortitude
Hit: 2d10 + 10 damage, and a different enemy adjacent to damage, or ongoing 10 acid damage if the babau is blood- Hit: 3d6 + 10 force damage.
the smasher takes 7 damage. ied (save ends). Double Attack F At-Will
M Brutal Smash (weapon) F Recharge if the power misses m Claws F At-Will Effect: Willifer makes two basic attacks.
Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +16 vs. AC Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +18 vs. AC A Baleful Transformation (polymorph) F Recharge 6
Hit: 4d10 + 14 damage. Hit: 2d6 + 3 damage, and the babau can shift 1 square. Attack: Area burst 1 within 10 (enemies in the burst); +17
C Whirling Crush (weapon) F Encounter M Babaus Advantage F At-Will vs. Fortitude
Attack: Close burst 2 (enemies in the burst); +16 vs. AC Effect: The babau uses bite and claws against a creature Hit: The target is stunned and assumes the form of a harm-
Hit: 2d10 + 8 damage. granting combat advantage to it. less, Tiny natural beast (save ends both).
Triggered Actions Minor Actions Triggered Actions
M Persistent Smash Murderous Abduction (teleportation) F Recharge when the Transform into Ash F At-Will
Trigger: The smasher drops to 0 hit points. babau reduces an enemy to 0 hit points or fewer Trigger: Willifer is hit by an attack.
Effect (Immediate Interrupt): The smasher moves half its Effect: The babau teleports one creature adjacent to it up to Effect (Immediate Reaction): Willifer becomes insubstantial,
speed and uses greatclub. 7 squares and then teleports to a square adjacent to that shifts up to 10 squares, and reverts to her true form.
Skills Athletics +15 creature. The creature grants combat advantage to the Skills Arcana +14, Religion +14
Str 21 (+10) Dex 14 (+7) Wis 16 (+8) babau until the end of the babaus next turn. Str 10 (+6) Dex 11 (+6) Wis 8 (+5)
Con 17 (+8) Int 7 (+3) Cha 11 (+5) Triggered Actions Con 12 (+7) Int 16 (+9) Cha 19 (+10)
Alignment chaotic evil Languages Giant Variable Resistance F 2/Encounter Alignment chaotic evil Languages Abyssal, Common
Equipment hide armor, greatclub Trigger: The babau takes acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thun- Equipment wedding gown, +3 demon amulet, white witchs
der damage. hat
Effect (Free Action): The babau gains resist 20 to the trigger-
ing damage type until the end of the encounter or until it
uses variable resistance again.
Skills Athletics +14
Str 17 (+9) Dex 21 (+11) Wis 19 (+10)
Con 15 (+8) Int 12 (+7) Cha 14 (+8)
Alignment chaotic evil Languages Abyssal

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3 Burned Witches (W)


Medium natural humanoid (undead)
Level 10 Controller
XP 500 each
Hill Giant Rockthrower (R)
Large natural humanoid (giant)
Level 12 Artillery
XP 700
Concluding the
HP 100; Bloodied 50
AC 24, Fortitude 21, Reflex 22, Will 23
Initiative +5
Perception +10
HP 97; Bloodied 48
AC 24, Fortitude 25, Reflex 25, Will 22
Initiative +10
Perception +9
A dventure
Speed 5 Speed 8 The threat to Ardore ends with the death of Willifer
Immune disease, poison, sleep; Vulnerable 5 fire Standard Actions Harmuga and her servants. Deprived of the witchs
Standard Actions m Greatclub (weapon) F At-Will
leadership, the hill giants flee the area and surviv-
m Slam (fire, necrotic) F At-Will Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +17 vs. AC
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +15 vs. AC Hit: 2d10 + 4 damage.
ing babau demons return to the Abyss. Any animated
Hit: 2d4 + 7 damage, and ongoing 5 fire and necrotic r Knockdown Throw (weapon) F At-Will scarecrows that survived event 2 remain at large and
damage (save ends). While adjacent to the witch, the Attack: Ranged 10/20 (one creature); +17 vs. Reflex become wandering monsters in the wilderness. The
target cannot save against the ongoing damage. Hit: 2d8 + 7 damage, and the rockthrower pushes the characters can return to Ingar Talstrom with news of
R Force Claw (force) F At-Will target 2 squares or knocks it prone. their triumph.
Effect: Ranged 10 (one creature); ongoing 10 force damage A Shattering Rockburst (weapon) F Recharge 5 6 If the characters befriend Alastair Gray, he
and the target is immobilized (save ends both). Attack: Area burst 1 within 10 (creatures in the burst); +17
remains a true and loyal confidante. The artificer
Triggered Actions vs. Fortitude
Death Curse F Encounter Hit: 2d8 + 6 damage, and the target is dazed (save ends).
might put the characters in touch with his former
Trigger: An enemy within 20 squares of the witch reduces Skills Athletics +17 adventuring companions, or he might help the party
the witch to 0 hit points ot fewer. Str 22 (+12) Dex 18 (+10) Wis 16 (+9) with a quest or lead the characters toward another
Effect (Free Action): The triggering enemy takes a 2 penalty Con 19 (+10) Int 9 (+5) Cha 14 (+8) adventure.
to saving throws until the curse is lifted with a Remove Alignment chaotic evil Languages Giant Life in Ardore gradually returns to normal, and
Affliction ritual. Equipment hide armor, greatclub, 10 rocks as long as Alastairs dark secret stays hidden, the
Str 8 (+4) Dex 11 (+5) Wis 11 (+5)
clockwork children become welcome additions to the
Con 12 (+6) Int 12 (+6) Cha 14 (+7)
Alignment chaotic evil Languages Abyssal, Common
beleaguered community. If other townsfolk learn that
Alastair used demonic spirits to power his constructs,
they demand that the artificer leave Ardore at once
and take his evil creations with him.

About the Author


Christopher Perkins is the D&D Senior Producer at Wiz-
ards of the Coast. Chris notes that the illustrations and maps
for this adventure were commissioned for an altogether dif-
ferent project that never materialized. He thought it would be
fun to design an adventure based around them.

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King
of the
Wolves
A D&D adventure for characters
of levels 46

By Will Doyle
Illustrations by Beth Trott and Tony Foti
Cartography by Jason A. Engle

A killer stalks the frozen wastes of Icewind Dale,


preying on the innocent men and women of Ten
Towns. Some say it is the Frostmaiden herself, come
to earth to punish those who defy her. Others look
to the orcs of the mountains, or speak of a madman
exiled from the south. To learn the truth, brave heroes
must lead the warriors of Ten Towns on a deadly
manhunt through Icewind Dale, ending the bloody
reign of the King of the Wolves. This D&D Forgotten
Realms adventure can be played on its own, or as part
of the Legacy of the Crystal Shard adventure.

TM & 2013 Wizards of the Coast LLC. All rights reserved.

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Background Treasure Caravan Guards


This adventure uses the treasure parcel system and Good Meads speaker has ordered in extra supplies
Numerous barbarian tribes inhabit Icewind Dale. before the weather closes in. The party is hired to
assumes a 4th-level party composed of five player char-
The Tribe of the Wolf has been weakened by time escort a wagonload of wicker hives to the beekeep-
acters. Treasures are suggested in the text, but you can
and fate, and it is currently without a king. In the ers of Good Mead. With a killer on the loose, theyre
use the following key to allocate your own parcels.
absence of an heir, command of the tribe fell to its urged to remain especially vigilant.
foolhardy shaman, Jtti Merliss.
Parcel 1: Isarrs body (Act 2: Searching the Forest)
Winter arrived early this year, and the weather Old Friends
Parcel 2: Final Battle (Act 3: Queen of the Wild)
drove the barbarians to the very edge of the dale. An old friend has retired to Good Mead: perhaps a
Parcel 3: Hobgoblin Camp (Act 2: Area 3)
With scant food to last until spring, Jtti turned to mentor to one of the characters or a close relative.
Parcel 4: Bear Cave (Act 2: Area 1)
dark gods for salvation. Malar the Beastlord answered Word has come that this important person is in ill
Parcel 5: Isarrs Bounty (see Adventure Hooks)
her pleas, granting her strongest warrior an opportu- health and might not last the winter, so the characters
Parcel 6: The Final Battle (Act 3: Queen of the Wild)
nity to become his Chosen. Isarr Kronenstrom must have taken the opportunity to pay a final visit.
Parcel 7: Hobgoblin Camp (Act 2: Area 3)
now claim ten victims from the Ten Towns, after You need to introduce this resident into the com-
Parcel 8: Gorge (Act 2: Area 2)
which Malar shall unleash a terrible monster called munity. In a particularly cruel twist of fate, you could
Parcel 9: Ruined Lodge (Act 2: Area 5)
Thruun into the world and use it to wreak bloody even make the person the killers first victim in Good
Parcel 10: Final Battle (Act 3: Queen of the Wild)
havoc across the dale. Isarr believes he will become Mead (see the Sacrifice section).
king of his tribe, whereupon his people will live out
Magic items suggested in the text should be replaced
the winter under the Beastlords protection.
With eight victims already claimed, Isarr comes at
by items appropriate for the group. A K iller
last to the frozen shore of Redwaters and the isolated
Adventure Hooks on the Road
towns of Good Mead and Dougans Hole, where he
plans to claim two more victims and call forth the Use the following hooks to draw the characters into Isarrs victims have been lashed to trees or boulders
monster from the Twenty Stones of Thruun. Only the the adventure. near their homes, their ribs cracked open to form the
heroes stand in his way. grotesque wings of the Blood Eagle. In each case, the
Bounty Hunters victims hands have also been chopped off and taken.
Running the The murders have shocked Ten Towns, and its speak- Such ritualized killings are not unheard of in
the north, and they are attributed to those who wor-
ers have joined forces to place a bounty on the killers
A dventure head. Despite the worsening weather, sellswords have ship the gods of fury. Nevertheless, panic has spread
spread out over the dale. Either by chance or deduc- in place of reason, and the towns are awhirl with
King of the Wolves is set in Icewind Dale during the rumors. Isarr has moved quickly, so most towns are
onset of a particularly cruel winter. For more infor- tion, the characters are the first among them to head
for Redwaters. unaware of exactly how many victims hes claimed.
mation on the region, refer to the Legacy of the Crystal Allow the party to uncover one or more of the fol-
Shard adventure or read the Icewind Dale trilogy by A purse of 300 gp is on offer for bringing down the
killer, or double that if he or she can be brought alive lowing stories before the characters arrival in Good
R.A. Salvatore. Although the adventure takes place Mead. In each case, grant the players a group skill
almost 100 years after the novels, the dale hasnt to stand trial in Bryn Shander.
check to determine the rumors veracity, using the
changed much over time. skills listed.

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1d6 Rumor
1 The killer is the Frostmaiden Auril come to wreak
Act 1: T he Feast of
vengeance on the unworthy. Religion DC 15:
GOOD MEAD
Stags
Unlikely, since Aurils sacrifices are usually left to
die of exposure or drowned in icy pools. Good Mead huddles on the northwestern shore of The following events take place on the night of the
2 Orcs from the Spine of the World are on the Redwaters, some ten miles east of Bryn Shander. A characters arrival in Good Mead.
rampage. Nature DC 15: Orcs have been known to map of Good Mead appears in Legacy of the Crystal
inflict the Blood Eagle on their victims, but they Shard. The fishers of Good Mead have long since When the party arrives at Good Mead, read:
usually take an eye for Gruumsh, not the hands. traded hook and line for beehive and fermenting jar, Dark gray skies hang over Icewind Dale. Good Mead is on
3 An exiled Luskan prince is making sacrifices selling their honeyed brew in taverns across Icewind the frozen shore of Redwaters. The settlement clings to a
to raise an army of demons. History DC 10: Dale. Good Mead is not known for warm welcomes. slope by the waters edge, its buildings hidden behind tall
Ten Towners live in constant fear of Luskan Few visitors come this way, and strangers are likely to pines. A timber mead hall overlooks the lake, and thick
bogeymen, so such rumors are common. be taken for bandits. Life on the tundra is hard, espe- woods to the west stretch away into the mist.
4 Vengeful barbarians from the Tribe of the Tiger cially so in winter, and folk see to their own needs Smoke rises from the chimneys, but the streets are
are behind the murders. Streetwise DC 15: The before tending to others. mostly empty. Judging by the voices drifting from the hall, a
tribe was recently refused a request to winter in Population: 150 town meeting could be in progress.
Bremen, so there could be some truth to this. Government: An elected speaker governs the
5 The speakers of Bryn Shander and Targos are townsfolk, as elsewhere in Ten Towns. Kendrick Riels- The Offering
conspiring to spread panic, allowing them to barrow has held the position for seven years and is Roleplaying Encounter
gather funds for a conquering army. History DC considered a good man for the job.
10: These speakers couldnt agree on the price of Inns and Taverns: The great mead hall serves as A heated town meeting is in progress when the char-
fish, much less conspire for conquest. community hall, tavern, and lodge for the few friendly acters arrive. The townsfolk have gathered to discuss
6 Each victim had defied the Dockworkers Guild faces that come this way. a strange discovery: three freshly killed elk found on
in some way. Streetwise DC 15: The guild seeks to Supplies: The town has little in the way of stores. the edge of the village, apparently left as a gift. Such
expand its influence beyond the town of Targos, The dwarf Dangus Stonebones runs a simple smithy charity is unheard of in Icewind Dale, so the towns-
but its agents have never been violent. from his home, and hunting gear is usually on sale at folk are rightfully troubled.
the weekly market. Most folk here grind their own The characters are viewed suspiciously as they
Kendrick Rielsbarrow grain or live on catches from the lake.
Temples: Good Meads weathered shrine to
approach, but they wont be stopped before Kendrick
Good Meads speaker is a gentle giant whose hearty has spoken to them. Those whove come to visit an old
Tempus is a throwback to its bloodier days, when friend should find him or her in the hall alongside
nature has earned him many friends across the dale. disputes with nearby Dougans Hole often spiraled
When the heroes come to Good Mead, Kendrick is the other residents.
into bloodshed. Now that the mead is flowing, the
likely to be their first contact. shrine has fallen into disrepair.
The speaker stands 7 feet tall. He has braided
blond hair and arms thick as timbers. Knowing the
intimidating figure he cuts, Kendrick makes sure to
question all strangers in person.
Kendrick has dealt with the Tribe of the Wolf
before, having rescued one of the tribes children
from a bear trap. He is soon to learn that the boy he
saved has grown into a vicious killer.

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When the party enters the mead hall, read: ho do you think left the elk?
W The townsfolk have heard about only a few attacks,
Good Meads drinking hall is packed with people. Three Troubled murmurs spread through the crowd. but the news greatly unsettled them. Use the rumors
dead elk lie on the floor before the fire pit, their bloodied fur Its the barbarians, says an old man. Those carcasses provided earlier to add more stories if needed.
caked in melting snow. An enormous man stands next to will be plump with poison.
them, addressing the crowd with a concerned look. Dark elves! Feast of Stags
We cannot accept these gifts, he says, pointing to the elk. Wood spirits trying to trick us into the forest! The Feast of Stags is a holy day when the faithful of
Everything has a price, and whoever left these shall come A red-bearded hunter steps into the firelight. Its Dou- Malar donate winter supplies to a village of their
to claim their due in time! Murmurs of agreement spread gans lot, he growls. I can feel it. They want us in their choosing. If accepted, such gifts exempt the villagers
through the hall, though some shake their heads regretfully. debt for the winter. And these strangers are probably spies! from the cults bloodier practices. Allow each charac-
Winter has come early this year, Speaker Kendrick, ter a DC 20 Religion check to recall this information.
calls a woman from the back. My daughters are going The red-haired man is Mord, a diehard rival to the The townsfolk know little of Malar and nothing
hungry, and youd leave this bounty for the dogs? The neighboring town of Dougans Hole. Characters must of the feast. Kendrick refuses to accept charity from
speaker opens his mouth to reply, but then notices the ripple succeed on a DC 10 group Diplomacy check to prove the Beastlords followers. For others, the gift of food is
of disquiet spreading through the hall at your arrival. Spot- they arent spies, or Mord will petition Kendrick to too good to refuse. Let the characters form their own
ting you for the first time, he calls out. have them driven out of town. opinions on the matter and try to sway the crowd.
Who are you folk? Was it you left this meat for A successful DC 15 Nature check finds no signs
our tables? of poison on the elk. Each has been felled by a single Conclusion
puncture wound to the throat or temple, most likely Unless the characters convince him otherwise, Kend-
The characters are now free to question the towns- from an arrow. Whoever killed them was an expert rick has the elk taken out of the village and burned on
folk. Try to turn their questions back on them where archer and hunter. a pyre. If the characters change his mind, the carcasses
possible, allowing each player an opportunity to are instead moved to a warehouse for storage. Shortly
respond in character. The townsfolk are on edge and Why would your neighbors turn against you? afterward, dissenting townsfolk sneak inside and drag
should have many queries of their own. Ever wondered why the lakes called Redwaters? snarls the elk to the pyre. For the following events to occur as
Use the following passages to guide your responses Mord. Its drunk the blood of our fathers, and their fathers written, it is imperative that Isarrs gift is rejected.
to the characters questions. before them. Those wretches from Dougans Hole have been The weather has worsened since the characters
warring with us ever since we got here. arrival, and a wailing blizzard rolls in over the lake.
How did you come by these elk? Kendrick bristles at this. Theyve not drawn blood for Those who watch the burning of the elk might catch
A young lad steps forward. years! he says. Not since we turned this place around. Not a glimpse of Isarr through the snow. A successful DC
I found them by the shore when the blizzard lifted, he since the mead started f lowing. 21 Perception check is required to spot the barbarian.
says. Fresh kills by the looks of them. Couldnt tell who left
them, because the snow covered up any trail. A character who succeeds on a DC 10 History check If someone spots Issar, read:
knows that open conflict between towns is rare, but The howling of wolves draws your eyes to the forest.
The boys name is Pontus, and he is the teenage son of their rivalry spawns constant plots to win favor in the Through the blizzard, you spot a figure standing atop a
a local trapper. If someone succeeds at a DC 15 Insight speakers council. rocky outcrop, wearing a wolf-headed cloak. A gust of snow
check, the characters can sense that Pontus is nervous swirls between you, and the stranger is gone.
about the elkmaybe a little scared. If pushed, the What do you know about the recent killings?
boy admits he felt something evil watching from the Ive heard its a monster sent from the gods to punish us, The characters have little chance of catching Isarr in
woods when he found the carcasses. says an old dwarf. This land aint good for living, so theyve the blizzard. The driving snow makes it almost impos-
sent that thing to drive us from it. A silence settles over the sible for pursuers to see where theyre going, and the
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With no chance of hunting tonight, Kendrick


invites the characters to dine with him in the mead
rescue the boy dont count toward the challenge. At
least two successes are needed to rescue him.
The Sacrifice
Roleplaying Encounter
hall. Visitors rarely come here in winter, and the Acrobatics (DC 15, move action; difficulty raises to 22
speaker is keen to hear news from neighboring towns. if the same character tries again after scoring a success):
Isarr claims his ninth victim while the characters
The character hops between the boats, smashing the
are fighting the fire, targeting one of the startled
Diversion ice around them and untying any vessels in danger.
Characters can use this skill to reach Pontus, but they
townsfolk as he rushed toward his home. The corpse
Level 4 Skill Challenge (700 XP) is discovered after the fire has been dealt with, by
cant use it to carry him back.
which time Isarr is long gone.
Athletics (DC 15, standard action; each success lowers
Seeing his gifts burn, Isarr swears to make Good Characters recognizing the fire as a diversion
the DC of all following Athletics checks by 2): The char-
Mead bear the brunt of Malars fury. While Kendrick might insist on patrolling the town instead. Grant
acter grabs a bucket and starts dousing the flames.
entertains his guests, the barbarian creeps down to them a fair opportunity to prevent the killingor
Characters can use this skill to leap through the fire
the jetty and sets fire to the fishing boats, using the perhaps even catch Isarr in the actbut allow the
to Pontus, or to carry him back.
ensuing panic to carry out his next murder. barbarian to escape if possible. If faced with a lone
Diplomacy (DC 15, standard action; 3 successes maxi-
character, Isarr might choose that person as the
mum): Strong leadership can marshal the townsfolk
When the fire breaks out, read: target. His statistics are provided in Act 2. If char-
into effective fire teams. This skill can also be used to
The doors burst open and a man rushes in from the blizzard. acters do confront him at this stage, make sure Isarr
calm Pontus and guide him safely through the flames.
Fire! he shouts. Theyve set fire to the jetty! The drops Kendricks pendant before escaping. If Isarr is
Heal (DC 15, standard action; 1 success maximum):
boats are ablaze, and Pontus is caught behind the f lames! slain, skip to Act 3.
The character instructs people on how to protect
Behind him, the glow of the burning jetty lights up the dark. themselves from the smoke, granting the party a +2
When characters see the victims body, read:
bonus to Endurance checks.
The boats are crucial to the towns livelihood and its A corpse has been lashed to an icy rock, furs torn from its
Nature (DC 10, standard action, 3 successes maxmum):
people fight hard to preserve them. Among the first back and its hands crudely chopped off at the wrists. Its
An understanding of wind and fire proves helpful in
to respond, young Pontus has now become stranded shoulders have been slashed open to expose the steaming
guiding those fighting the fire.
at the jettys far end, with a raging fire spreading ribs, which have been severed at the spine and torn back
Secondary Skills: Endurance
between him and the shore. Players must beat the fol- into a grotesque mockery of wings. A blood-spattered pen-
Endurance (DC 10, standard action): At the end of
lowing skill challenge to rescue the boy and save the dant hangs amid the gore.
each round, those participating in the challenge
boats from destruction. might suffer smoke inhalation. Each character must
Isarrs tracks are rapidly diminishing, but the charac-
succeed on a DC 10 Endurance check or lose 1 heal-
Skill Challenge: Fighting the Flames ing surge, or an amount of hit points equal to his or
ters can uncover valuable clues if they act fast.
At the end of each round, all players participating in Corpse: A successful DC 22 Heal check reveals
her surge value if he or she has no surges remaining.
the challenge must pass a DC 10 Endurance check or that a hooked blade was used to inflict the wounds,
This check doesnt count toward the challenge.
lose 1 healing surge due to smoke inhalation. A char- possibly a curved dagger or sickle. A savage wound
Success: Flames are extinguished, and Pontus is
acter falls unconscious if he or she fails this check on the back of the head, as well as scrapes on hands,
led to safety.
and has no healing surges remaining. knees, and face, suggest the victim was killed while
Failure: The jetty collapses in flames, killing
Level: 4 (700 XP) fleeing from the killer.
Pontus if he hasnt already been rescued. Those
Complexity: 4 (requires 10 successes before Tracks: A successful DC 15 Perception check
caught in the collapse take 10 fire damage and
3 failures) reveals tracks indicating that the killer was a tall
plunge through the ice into the lake, taking ongoing 5
Primary Skills: Acrobatics, Athletics, Diplomacy, humanoid. The killer chased the victim a ways, but
cold damage until they are out of the water.
Heal, Nature. Primary skills can be used either to the killers initial stride suggests he or she was toying
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A successful DC 22 Perception check reveals a


rusty residue in the snow where the killer knelt down.
Night of the Beast

Level 7 Combat Encounter (1,500 XP)
Isarrs furs are caked in the minerals of Coldstone
Creek, which can be identified by Kendrick or Mord.
Isarr presses on through the blizzard to Dougans
Pendant: Kendrick gave Isarr this honeybee
Hole, where he murders his tenth victim. His duty for
pendant when he returned Isarr to his tribe, and the
Malar complete, he summons the beast Thruun from
barbarian has worn it ever since. The speaker recog-
the standing stones outside the town and sends it to
nizes the pendant if hes present.
destroy the people of Good Mead.
Light: Dim (embers from fire).
When characters speak to Kendrick, read:
Monsters: Thruun.
I think I know who the killer is, sighs Kendrick. I found
him as a boy, a young barbarian lad caught in a bear trap.
Thruun attacks while the party rests in the mead hall,
It was a hard winter that year, and wed all lost friends to
arriving at approximately 4 oclock in the morning. If
raiders. I knew what folk would say if I brought him back
everyone is asleep, any character who has a passive
here, so I took him to a lodge in the forest, where I nursed
Perception of 15 or higher awakens to the barking of
him back to health over the winter. Isarr was his name.
dogs in the village.
In the spring, I led him back to his people: the Tribe of
the Wolf. That pendant you found was my parting gift to
When Thruun approaches, read:
him. Every year Id head out to meet him when the tribe
Hours have passed, and the fire has burned down to its
passed by, and he always wore it.
embers. The only sound is the winds muffled moaning.
Over time I saw him change. His people had trained
Then an inhuman cry echoes from somewhere in the
him as a hunter, and he grew mean. Turned out their
forest. Dogs in the village bark and howl. A moment passes,
shaman took him under her wing and she turned him to the
and then a terrible chill washes over the hall.
worship of evil spirits. I didnt visit him again after that.
Those elk were probably his way of thanking me, and
Allow characters 1 round to prepare, then read:
now hes mad I didnt take them.
Something big pounds through the snow outside the hall.
With an earsplitting smash, a section of wall explodes
Kendrick can offer directions to the old lodge, though
inward, showering broken wood over the f loor. A shaggy
he hasnt been there for years.
beast the size of a horse, with apelike arms ending in clawed
Protected by his frostwolf pelt, Isarr marches
hands, rears up from the devastation. Its wolfish face has
through the night to Dougans Hole. Hunting the
no eyes, just a long row of f laring nostrils. Twenty severed
killer proves impossible in the snowstorm, so the
hands dangle from a cord around its neck.
townsfolk elect to wait until first light and then form
a posse. The adventurers are invited to stay overnight
Thruun attacks immediately and without mercy.
in the mead hall and join the posse in the morning.
Features of the Area
Beehives: Enraged honeybees attack any creature
forced into a beehive.

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Firepit: The fire is burning low, but its embers still Thruun Level 6 Solo Brute Standard Actions
smolder. Any creature forced into the fire or starting Large immortal beast (blind) XP 1,250 m Claw At-Will
its turn inside the fire takes 5 fire damage. A creature HP 285; Bloodied 142 Initiative +6 Attack: Melee 2 (one creature), +12 vs. AC
AC 18; Fortitude 19; Reflex 17; Will 16 Perception +10 Hit: 2d8 + 7 damage, and Thruun pushes the target up to
can take this damage only once per turn.
Speed 8, climb 4 Blindsight 10 2 squares.
Tables and Benches: Thruuns blows send its M Bite At-Will
Immune blinded, gaze; Resist 5 cold
enemies smashing through the furniture. Charac- Saving Throws +5; Action Points 2 Attack: Melee 2 (one creature), +12 vs. AC
ters take 2 damage for each square of furniture they Traits Hit: 2d12 + 4 damage, and the target falls prone. At the
are forced into. Furniture in these squares is then Regeneration end of the encounter, the target makes a saving throw.
smashed and becomes difficult terrain until it is Thruun regains 10 hit points whenever it starts its turn and On a failure, the target contracts Malars Fury (stage 1).
cleaned up. has at least 1 hit point. When it takes radiant damage or M Bestial Frenzy At-Will
damage from a silvered weapon, its regeneration does not Effect: Thruun uses bite and claw.
function on its next turn. Triggered Actions
Scattering Bound M Savage Rebuke At-Will
On an initiative of 10 + Thruuns initiative check, Thruun Trigger: An enemy scores a critical hit against or bloodies
jumps up to 8 squares as a free action. This movement Thruun.
does not provoke opportunity attacks. Thruun can use claw Effect (Opportunity Action): Thruun uses claw against the
against any enemy adjacent to it when it stops moving. If triggering enemy.
Thruun cannot use a free action to take this move because Str 19 (+7) Dex 18 (+6) Wis 14 (+5)
of a dominating or stunning effect, then that effect ends Con 19 (+7) Int 6 (+1) Cha 8 (+2)
instead of Thruun making this move. Alignment chaotic evil Languages understands Common

Conclusion Malars Fury Level 7 Disease


Thruun explodes into spectral flame when it drops to The sight of blood brings on maddening visions of the hunt.
0 hit points. The fireball swirls outside the hall and Stage 0: The target recovers from the disease.
rockets into the sky, heading back to the standing Stage 1: While affected by stage 1, while a visible
stones at Dougans Hole. bloodied enemy is within 10 squares of the target, the
Shocked townsfolk gather at the hall to hear the target takes a 2 penalty to attacks that dont include a
partys tale and to examine the devastation. Among bloodied enemy as a target.
Stage 2: While affected by stage 2, while a visible
them is Kendrick, who arrived in time to witness the
bloodied enemy is within 10 squares of the target,
last moments of the battle. the target is considered to be weakened if it makes
an attack that doesnt include a bloodied enemy as a
After the battle, read: target.
Kendrick says, That monster came straight from the Stage 3: While affected by stage 3, while a visible
Beastlords hunt, I swear it. You saw the hands hanging bloodied enemy is within 10 squares of the target, the
around its neck: Isarrs been killing people as offerings to target is dazed until the start of its next turn if it makes
an attack that doesnt include a bloodied enemy as a
that thing. Hes got to be stopped before he kills again
target.
because I dont think that monsters truly dead! Check: At the end of each extended rest, the target
makes an Endurance check.
Kendrick is right. Thruun cannot truly be slain; it 9 or lower: The stage of the disease increases by one.
slumbers until more sacrifices are made to raise it. 10-15: No change.
Isarrs reign of terror now begins anew. 16+: The stage of the disease decreases by one.

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Act 2: H igh Hunt The Hunting Party Searching the Forest


Hungry for revenge, the neighboring towns join forces Exploration Encounter
With dawn fast approaching, the townsfolk prepare to hunt down the killer. The characters victory over
to hunt Isarr. Having proven their prowess in the Thruun makes them natural leaders for this posse. The forest is five miles wide and rich in hiding places.
fight against Thruun, the characters are recruited to In total, there should be three Ten Town hunters Surrounded by enemies, Isarr must use guerilla tac-
lead the hunt into the forest to track down the killer. (human goons) and two hunting dogs per character in tics to stay alive.
the party. Half come from Good Mead and half from
Warriors from the West Dougans Hole. Mord elects to guide those from Good When the posse approaches the forest, read:
Roleplaying Encounter Mead, showing obvious contempt for Lund and his Thick pine woods blanket the landscape ahead. A line of
people. In addition, if Pontus is still alive, he asks to low crags rises from the heart of the forest, and icy streams
The brave folk of Dougans Hole tracked Isarr into the join the characters. Kendrick stays at the village, but meander here and there among the trees. The morning has
forest. Knowing theyll never catch him on their own, he promises the hunters a feast if they can catch Isarr. dawned clear and crisp, and last nights snow lies heavy on
a small group splits off to recruit volunteers from The rest of Lunds hunters patrol the forest perime- the ground. It looks like a good day for hunting.
Good Mead. They arrive at dawn, having tracked ter, hoping to keep Isarr contained. Others have been
Isarr through the early hours of the morning. sent on to Bryn Shander and should return tomor- Players should be encouraged to split the posse up
row with a small army of reinforcements. For today, into smaller groups, each containing at least three
When the warriors arrive, read: though, the hunt belongs to the posse. hunters and their dogs. Groups any smaller than this
Barking huskies drag a sled into town from the south. are too scared to search and must join another group
A small group of men and women accompanies it, and or flee the forest.
they enter town holding up their hands to show they
mean no harm. Human Goon Level 2 Minion Soldier Hunting Dog Level 2 Skirmisher Minion
Medium natural humanoid, human XP 31 Small natural beast XP 31
Were from Dougans Hole, one of the men calls out.
HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion. Initiative +3 HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion. Initiative +5
Theres been a murder, and were looking for your help AC 15, Fortitude 13, Reflex 11, Will 11 Perception +2 AC 15, Fortitude 12, Reflex 13, Will 12 Perception +7
catching the scum who did it! Speed 6 Speed 8
Traits Standard Actions
The speaker is Lund, the leader of the band. Mob Rule m Bite F At-Will
While at least two other human goons are within 5 squares Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +7 vs. AC
As Lund goes on, read: of the goon, it gains a +2 power bonus to all defenses. Hit: 5 damage.
A monster was called up from the stone circle outside our Standard Actions Minor Actions
m Club (weapon) F At-Will Circle Quarry F At-Will
town. Last night, old Helga saw this maniac out in the Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +7 vs. AC Effect: The dog shifts up to half its speed.
bliz-zard, singing to them stones. Damn near scared her to Hit: 5 damage. Str 11 (+1) Dex 15 (+3) Wis 13 (+2)
death when that thing appeared. Str 14 (+3) Dex 11 (+1) Wis 12 (+2) Con 12 (+2) Int 2 (3) Cha 10 (+1)
We mustered, but the monster had bolted and the Con 12 (+2) Int 9 (+0) Cha 13 (+2) Alignment unaligned Languages
weather was getting worse. Thats when we found Henrik Alignment unaligned Languages Common
in the snow, all Blood Eagled. Once the storm cleared, we Equipment club
lucked onto that maniacs tracks and followed them into the
forest. Hes hiding in there right now, Ill wager. Will you
help us track him down?

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Running the Hunt 1d10 Hunter Trait Exploration Event Perception DC


The hunt is played out using half-hour exploration 14 No distinctive trait. Adventure Location Automatic
turns, starting at 6 oclock in the morning. Use the hex 5 Indecisive. The hunter can take only one action Tracks DC 15
map to track the hunters progress through the forest. per turn. Bear trap DC 20
Give the players a copy of the hex map without 6 Slow. The hunter has speed 4. Pit trap/spike trap DC 22
the legend. Each hex represents an area roughly half 7 Clumsy. The hunter falls prone if it misses with Isarrs ambush DC 22
a mile wide. The hunters use horns to communi- a melee attack.
cate, sounding coded blasts to signal danger, request 8 Armored. The hunter has AC 21 but speed 5. Refer to the sections below for details on each explo-
orders, or issue simple commands such as search 9 Strong. The hunter deals 2 extra damage. ration event. Resolve events in secret if characters
north or come to me. This allows players to direct 10 Diehard. Make a saving throw for the hunter if arent present, forcing them to guess whats happen-
hunting groups up to two miles away. Groups beyond it drops to 0 hit points. If it makes the save, it ing by the sounding of horns.
this range can still communicate if theyre able to remains at 1 hit point.
send a message down the line. Tracks
Hunting groups can move in any order during the Exploring the Forest Record Isarrs tracks on the DMs map as he moves
turn. Resolve any exploration events as they occur, Each hunting group can move into and search a around. Dont log the townsfolks tracks, since the
and then move on to the next group. After every hunt- single hex during the turn, as directed by the players. noise of dogs and horns is enough for Isarr to pinpoint
ing group has taken an action, resolve a secret action Faster movement is possible, but hampers the groups their positions.
for Isarr and then roll for weather (see the Weather ability to search effectively. Any group that finds tracks can identify what
Checks section). Use the DMs map to record Isarrs type of creature left them and where they were
trails and mark any traps that he lays. Speed Effect headed. Following the trail grants a +2 bonus to
Cautious (1 hex) +2 bonus to Perception, cannot the next search check, but only for the purpose of
Playing the Hunters be surprised uncovering tracks. Isarr doesnt leave tracks when
Grouchy frontiersmen and loud, overzealous hunters Moderate (2 hexes) No modifier moving along a stream.
make up the posse. Each is eager to claim credit for Fast (3 hexes) No searching allowed
capturing Isarr, making them prone to grandstand- Bear Traps
ing or rash decision-making. Left unchecked, Mords Hunting groups that climb into the crags must move The posse is armed with one bear trap per every four
rivalry with Lund might also cause trouble on the hunt. 1 hex slower. Such groups cannot gain the bonus for a hunters. Bear traps can be set on the move, but only if
Keep the characters at the forefront of all deci- cautious pace. the group is moving cautiously.
sions, allowing them to guide the groups as they see Ask the players to roll a search check for each The bear trap attacks Isarr if he fails to spot it
fit. The hunters gladly follow orders, but dont take hunting group at the start of its move, using the Per- when entering its hex. For simplicitys sake, end
kindly to being held back from combat or to wasting ception score of the groups most observant member Isarrs turn if he gets hit and assume that he frees
time. (if multiple characters are present, they can choose to himself by the start of his next turn. Any hunting
To keep the game flowing during combat, allow the make a group check instead). The result of the check groups that move into the hex before then can attack
players to control any hunters in their group. For added applies to all hexes that the group searches during its him without risking an ambush (see Encountering
flavor, you can have each player roll on the following turn. Make the roll even if all the hexes are empty, Isarr, below). Isarr is knocked unconscious rather
table to determine character traits for the hunters. just to keep players guessing. than killed if the traps attack reduces him to 0 hit
points or fewer.

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Spike Traps If Isarr ambushes an NPC group, he inflicts 1d4 Isarr Kronenstrom Level 7 Elite Brute
Isarr fortified his hideout with a ring of spike traps. casualties (1d4 2, minimum 0, if the group is moving Medium natural humanoid, human XP 600
cautiously) and then withdraws into an adjacent hex. HP 192; Bloodied 96 Initiative +6
These were set long before the hunters arrived and
Any surviving hunters sound the alarm, and the AC 19, Fortitude 20, Reflex 19, Will 18 Perception +10
are well hidden beneath the snow. Isarr can also Speed 8
spend his exploration turn preparing a spike trap in group ends its move. If you want to instill some horror
Resist 5 cold ( frostwolf pelt)
his hex. into the chase, you can instead have the players play Saving Throws +2; Action Points 1
Any hunting group that fails to spot a trap when as the NPC hunters. Traits
entering its hex automatically suffers one casualty. If an NPC group spots Isarr, he takes 10 damage O Lone Hunter of Malar F Aura 2
Resolve the traps attack normally if characters are in the skirmish, and the group takes 1d4 casualties. If an enemy is the only creature in the aura, then Isarr has
present in the group. Until Isarr leaves the area, all other hunting groups combat advantage against that enemy.
have a +5 bonus to notice him when entering the hex Blessing of the Beastlord
Against a bloodied or prone enemy, Isarr scores a critical
Encountering Isarr or starting their turn inside it.
hit on a natural roll of 19 or 20.
Isarr ambushes (and surprises) any hunting group In any case, Isarr tries to inflict gruesome wounds. Wolf Tactics
that fails to spot him when entering his hex. He uses Whenever he has time, he leaves victims shaped into If an enemy is granting combat advantage to Isarr and he
hit-and-run tactics to winnow down his pursuers, the Blood Eagle. Even when in a hurry, he still tries to hits the enemy with an attack, the enemy falls prone.
attacking from cover and then melting back into the inflict as much terror as damage. Standard Actions
Isarr never attacks during his own turn, prefer- m Sickle (weapon) At-Will
forest. To heighten the tension, he carves threatening Effect: Isarr can shift 1 square before or after the attack.
messages into his victims bodies, such as Leave this ring to lay traps or to move away from hunters. If he
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +12 vs. AC
place! or Blood for the Beastlord! starts his turn in a hex containing hunters, he must
Hit: 3d6 + 7 damage
Play out Isarrs attacks if player characters are succeed on a DC 16 Stealth check to escape the area m/r Handaxe (weapon) At-Will
present. Isarr avoids taking on the whole party, and unnoticed. If he fails, all the hunting groups have a Attack: Ranged 10 (one creature); +12 vs. AC
he fights to the death only if cornered. He falls uncon- +5 bonus to notice him on the next turn. Hit: 3d6 + 7 damage
scious, instead of dying, if he drops to 0 hit points or m Longbow (fire, weapon) At-Will
Attack: Ranged 20 (one creature), +12 vs. AC
fewer. If Isarr is defeated, move on to Act 3. Hit: 2d10 + 6 damage, and if Isarr used a fire arrow, ongo-
ing 5 fire damage (save ends).
Bear Trap Level 3 Trap Spike Trap Level 3 Trap Double Attack At-Will
Object XP 150 Object XP 150 Effect: Isarr makes two basic attacks.
Detect Perception DC 21 Initiative Detect Perception DC 21 Initiative Triggered Actions
Immune attacks Immune attacks Frostwolf Pelt Daily
Triggered Actions Triggered Actions Trigger: An enemy adjacent to Isarr hits him with an attack.
m Attack At-Will m Attack (poison) At-Will Effect (Immediate Reaction): The triggering enemy falls
Trigger: A creature enters the square containing the trap. Trigger: A creature enters the square containing prone.
Attack (No Action): Melee 0 (the triggering creature); +6 the trap. Skills Athletics +12, Nature +10, Stealth +11
vs. Reflex Attack (No Action): Melee 0 (the triggering creature); Str 19 (+7) Dex 16 (+6) Wis 15 (+5)
Hit: 3d6 + 6 damage, and the target is grabbed (Escape +6 vs. Reflex Con 16 (+6) Int 10 (+3) Cha 14 (+5)
DC 21). Every time it fails a check to escape, the target Hit: 2d6 + 4 damage, and ongoing 5 poison damage Alignment chaotic evil Languages Common
takes 5 damage. (save ends). Equipment leather armor, sickle, 3 handaxes, longbow, 30
Effect: The bear trap can attack once and then must be Effect: The trap is disarmed. arrows, 5 fire arrows, frostwolf pelt +2.
reset. Countermeasures
Countermeasures F Disable: Thievery DC 9 (standard action). Success: The
F Disable: Thievery DC 9 (standard action). Success: The spike trap is sprung harmlessly.
bear trap is sprung harmlessly.

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Weather Checks 5 Bears Level 5 Brute Treasure


Large natural beast XP 200 each
Make a weather check at the end of each exploration The bears waylaid a local trapper, whose gnawed
HP 80; Bloodied 40 Initiative +3
phase. The resulting effect lasts for the duration of the bones are now scattered in the cave. Characters
AC 17, Fortitude 19, Reflex 16, Will 16 Perception +3
following phase. Speed 8
searching through the muck can uncover the trap-
Traits pers battered lamp of discerning.
1d10 Weather Effect Devour
17 Clear weather. Any creature grabbed by the bear at the start of the bears
89 Snow flurries. 2 penalty to Perception checks turn takes 1d8 + 5 damage.
while searching. Standard Actions
m Claw F At-Will
10 Heavy snow. 5 penalty to Perception checks
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +10 vs. AC
while searching. All tracks currently on the
Hit: 2d8 + 7 damage.
map are obliterated. M Bear Grab F Recharge when first bloodied
Effect: The bear uses claw twice against the same target.

Area 1: Bear Cave If either attack hits, the target falls prone, and the bear
grabs the target (escape DC 15) if it has fewer than two
Level 5 Combat Encounter (1,000 XP) creatures grabbed.
Str 20 (+7) Dex 13 (+3) Wis 13 (+3)
A family of bears lives in this cave. Con 20 (+7) Int 2 (2) Cha 12 (+3)
Light: Bright outside, dim in the cave. Alignment unaligned Languages
Monsters: 5 bears.
Features of the Area
Townsfolk enter the cave only if the characters are Ceiling: The cave is 10 feet high throughout. The
present. They use their horns to call the party here. main entrance stoops to just 5 feet high, and the rear
entrance is so narrow that Medium creatures must
When the characters approach this area, read: squeeze to pass through it (larger creatures are too
A dark cave opens ahead, its yawning mouth hidden behind big to fit through).
a veil of tree roots. Foul odors waft from within, and wet Mud: Much of the cave is swamped by deep,
funguses line the opening. A clear trail of footprints leads viscous mud that is difficult terrain. In addition,
up to the entrance and then passes inside. any creature that falls prone in a square of mud is
Nature DC 15: The area shows signs of bears, restrained (escape DC 10).
such as scratches on trees, matted fur caught on
bushes, and piles of dung. Isarrs Tactics
Perception DC 15: Tracks around the entrance Allow Isarr to sneak closer and launch an attack if
also include those of several bears. (Isarrs trail goes hes within a mile or so of the cave when the charac-
through the cave and emerges from a hidden exit far- ters arrive. Recruits waiting outside could be found
ther up the slope). hanging from the trees when the party reemerges, or
they could be sniped at from afar. Isarr wont enter
Bears attack those who enter the cave. Add a bear the cave while the characters are inside, and he
for every six NPC hunters present, but dont add any makes good use of the nearby stream to cover his trail
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Area 2: Gorge Play this encounter only if the characters are present.
If theyre not, the wolves are off in the forest when
make a DC 10 Acrobatics check or fall prone. The
darker pools are 20 feet deep and icy cold.
Level 4 Combat Encounter (875 XP +100 XP
NPC hunters pass by. Rocky Slopes: The slopes on either side of the
per rockslide)
river are difficult to climb, forcing creatures to
When characters enter this area, read: expend an extra point of speed per square when
Coldstone Creek leaves its mark on anyone pass-
A river tumbles through a shadowed gorge, crashing over moving uphill. A successful DC 15 Athletics check
ing through its rusty waters. Few venture this close,
rocks and swirling through pools until it drains off into the allows a character to treat the slopes as difficult
though, due to the savage wolves living in the gorge.
forest below. Smaller streams pour into the river from cliff- terrain. If a creature falls prone on the slope, it imme-
Light: Bright.
side caves, their water colored red by rusty residue. diately slides 1d6 squares toward the river.
Monsters: 7 gray wolves.
Traps/Hazards: Rockslides (if Isarr is present).
Passing through the gorge is the easiest way to reach Hunter Tactics
Isarrs hideout. Characters who spotted the mud at Move Isarr to the gorge if hes nearby when the char-
the murder site recognize that it must have come acters arrive. As they fight the wolves, he appears on
from this river. the cliffs above to trigger deadly rockslides:
Hungry wolves dwell in the caves, their fur stained
red from the mineral-rich water. Add an extra wolf Rockslide Level 1 Hazard
for every four NPC hunters present, but dont add any Terrain XP 100
experience points for defeating extra wolves. Detect Nature or Dungeoneering DC 19 Initiative +3
Immune attacks
7 Gray Wolves Level 2 Skirmisher Standard Actions
Medium natural beast XP 125 each C Attack F Recharge 4 5 6
Attack: Close burst 3 (creatures in burst); +4 vs. Reflex
HP 38; Bloodied 19 Initiative +6
Hit: 2d6 + 6 damage.
AC 16, Fortitude 14, Reflex 15, Will 13 Perception +7
Miss: Half damage.
Speed 8 Low-light vision
Effect: The area of the burst becomes difficult terrain.
Standard Actions
m Bite At-Will
Special: As soon as the attack fails to recharge, the
rockslide is over and does not attack again.
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +7 vs. AC
Hit: 1d6 + 5 damage, or 2d6 + 5 against a prone target. If
Countermeasures
F Avoid: A creature that takes damage from the
the wolf has combat advantage against the target, the
rockslide can use an immediate interrupt to take
target falls prone.
advantage of natural openings in the slide to avoid
Effect: The wolf shifts up to 4 squares.
damage by making a DC 25 Nature or Dungeoneer-
Str 13 (+2) Dex 16 (+4) Wis 13 (+2)
ing check. With a successful check, a creature takes
Con 14 (+3) Int 2 (3) Cha 10 (+1)
half damage (or no damage if missed).
Alignment unaligned Languages

Features of the Area Isarr can trigger a rockslide as a standard action from
any of the rocky outcrops shown on the map. If his
Cliffs: The rocky cliffs tower 80 feet above ground
enemies are out of range, he uses his longbow to snipe
level. A coating of water and thin ice makes them
at them from the top of the gorge, fleeing only if two
slick and difficult to climb (Athletics DC 20).
or more characters scale the cliff.
River: Most of the river isnt deep enough to count
as difficult terrain, but it is slippery, forcing creatures
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Treasure Area 3: Hobgoblin Camp Hunter Tactics


Someone once mined these cliffs, founding a small Level 4 Combat Encounter (925 XP) Isarr joins the battle if hes nearby, ideally arriving
shrine to Grumbar in one of the caves. It has long in the second or third round of combat. Use hit-and-
since fallen into disrepair, but some treasures can still A small band of hobgoblins hides out in the forest, run tactics, having him dart from the tree line to
be found among the debris. performing blasphemous rites. Given half a chance, target a lone character or snipe at a character with
Characters can uncover a set of three stone wine Isarr leads his pursuers straight into their camp. ranged attacks.
vessels painted with images of prayer and vigilance Light: Bright light. The hobgoblins are equally surprised by the bar-
(25 gp each), a golden bowl trimmed with galloping Monsters: 2 bugbear thugs, 1 hobgoblin warmon- barians appearance. They wont attack him while hes
deer engravings (165 gp), and a fine cauldron etched ger, 4 hobgoblin spear soldiers, hobgoblin warcaster. targeting their enemies; they arent his allies.
with images of blacksmiths at work (40 gp).
The hobgoblins camped here inflict 1d6 casualties Treasure
on any NPC hunting group that moves into their hex. The hobgoblins tents contain a number of purloined
Survivors are forced back into the hex they came goods. Characters can find a heavy oak shield with
from, where they use their horns to sound an alarm. rutting stags engraved on its bronze boss (65 gp), a
If there were more than five hunters in the hunting fine white cloak made from yeti fur (85 gp), a bronze
group, 1d3 hobgoblin spear soldiers start the encoun- drinking horn embossed with hunting images (45
ter bloodied. gp), and a walrus tusk scrimshaw depicting a family
seated around a hearth (85 gp). Also among the loot is
When the party approaches the camp, read: a climbers rope.
The trees here crowd inward around a natural basin. The
2 Bugbear Thugs Level 4 Brute
air is thick and loamy beneath their boughs. Three yak-skin Medium natural humanoid XP 175 each
tents have been pitched on the clearings far side, next to a HP 65; Bloodied 32 Initiative +7
campfire. A brace of hares roasts on a spit above the f lames. AC 16, Fortitude 15, Reflex 15, Will 11 Perception +8
Speed 6 Low-light vision
Place the hobgoblins anywhere inside the clearing. Traits
They are not happy to be discovered, and they defend Bushwhack
their camp to the death. Add an extra spear soldier The bugbear gains a +4 bonus to attack rolls against a crea-
ture that has no allies adjacent to it.
for every four recruits present, but dont add any
Standard Actions
experience points for defeating extra spear soldiers. m Morningstar (weapon) At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +9 vs. AC
Features of the Area Hit: 2d8 + 6 damage, or 3d8 + 6 if the bugbear has combat
Desecrated Blood Snow: Squares marked in red advantage against the target.
contain frozen blood and snow where the hobgoblins R Handaxe (weapon) At-Will
Attack: Ranged 10 (one creature); +9 vs. AC
have performed profane sacrifices over generations
Hit: 1d6 + 6 damage.
using this campsite. The areas are unholy, detectable Skills Stealth +12
with a successful DC 22 Arcana or Religion check. Str 20 (+7) Dex 20 (+7) Wis 13 (+3)
A goblin that stands on a square of this snow scores Con 15 (+4) Int 8 (+1) Cha 10 (+2)
a critical hit on a natural attack roll of 19 or 20. Any Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin
other bloodied creature that enters the area takes Equipment leather armor, morningstar, 2 handaxes
ongoing 5 necrotic damage (save ends).

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Hobgoblin Warmonger Level 4 Artillery (Leader) 4 Hobgoblin Spear Soldiers Level 3 Skirmisher Hobgoblin Warcaster Level 3 Controller (Leader)
Medium natural humanoid XP 175 Medium natural humanoid XP 150 each Medium natural humanoid XP 150
HP 46; Bloodied 23 Initiative +6 HP 48; Bloodied 24 Initiative +5 HP 46; Bloodied 23 Initiative +3
AC 18, Fortitude 15, Reflex 17, Will 16 Perception +4 AC 17, Fortitude 17, Reflex 15, Will 15 Perception +3 AC 17, Fortitude 14, Reflex 16, Will 15 Perception +4
Speed 6 Low-light vision Speed 6 Low-light vision Speed 6 Low-light vision
Standard Actions Traits Standard Actions
m Mace (weapon) F At-Will Threatening Reach m Quarterstaff (weapon) F At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +9 vs. AC The hobgoblin can make opportunity attacks against ene- Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. AC
Hit: 1d8 + 6 damage. mies within its weapons reach (2 squares). Hit: 1d8 + 7 damage.
R Longbow (weapon) F At-Will Standard Actions M Shock Staff (lightning, weapon) F Recharge 4 5 6
Attack: Ranged 30 (one creature); +11 vs. AC m Longspear (weapon) F At-Will Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +9 vs. AC
Hit: 1d10 + 7 damage, and the target grants combat advan- Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +8 vs. AC Hit: 1d8 + 12 lightning damage, and the target is dazed
tage until the start of the hobgoblins next turn. Hit: 1d10 + 6 damage. until the end of the hobgoblins next turn.
A Battle Cry (charm) F Recharge when first bloodied R Javelin (weapon) F At-Will R Force Lure (force) F Recharge 5 6
Target: Area burst 1 within 10 (enemies in the burst); +9 Attack: Ranged 20 (one creature); +8 vs. AC Attack: Ranged 5 (one creature); +7 vs. Fortitude
vs. Will Hit: 2d6 + 4 damage. Hit: 2d6 + 10 force damage, and the hobgoblin slides the
Hit: The target makes a basic attack as a free action against Move Actions target up to 3 squares.
a creature of the hobgoblins choice. Phalanx Movement F At-Will R Force Pulse (force) F Encounter
Effect: Each ally in the burst can charge or make a basic Effect: The hobgoblin and each ally adjacent to it can shift Attack: Close blast 5 (creatures in the blast); +7 vs. Reflex
attack as a free action. If an ally hits with the attack 1 square as a free action. The allies must end adjacent to Hit: 2d8 + 8 force damage, and the target is pushed 1
granted by this power, that ally gains 5 temporary hit the hobgoblin. square and knocked prone.
points. Triggered Actions Miss: Half damage.
Move Actions Tactical Withdrawal F At-Will Triggered Actions
Phalanx Movement F At-Will Trigger: An enemy enters a square adjacent to the Hobgoblin Resilience F At-Will
Effect: The hobgoblin and each ally adjacent to it can shift hobgoblin. Trigger: The hobgoblin is subjected to an effect that a save
1 square as a free action. The allies must end adjacent to Effect (Immediate Reaction): The hobgoblin shifts up to 3 can end.
the hobgoblin. squares. Effect (Immediate Reaction): The hobgoblin makes a saving
Str 15 (+4) Dex 19 (+6) Wis 14 (+4) Str 19 (+5) Dex 15 (+3) Wis 14 (+3) throw against the triggering effect.
Con 16 (+5) Int 11 (+2) Cha 17 (+5) Con 16 (+4) Int 11 (+1) Cha 10 (+1) Skills Arcana +10, History +10
Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin Str 13 (+2) Dex 14 (+3) Wis 16 (+4)
Equipment chainmail, mace, longbow, 20 arrows Equipment chainmail, longspear, 6 javelins Con 14 (+3) Int 19 (+5) Cha 13 (+2)
Alignment evil Languages Common, Goblin
Equipment robes, quarterstaff

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Area 4: Forest Altar Other clues hint at his innocence. Those who spot-
ted Isarr in the blizzard can see that this man isnt
The dryads attack at once, using sylvan charm to lure
the hunters closer and then tearing them to pieces
Roleplaying Encounter or Level 5 Combat
dressed the same. Characters who examined the vic- with their claws. They fight to the death.
Encounter (1,075 XP)
tims body can tell that Skulds weapons dont match If he has been captured, Skuld starts the battle
the wounds. Someone who has seen Isarr knows bloodied and grabbed by the hunters.
This ancient altar is sacred to the Tribe of the Bear. A
Skuld isnt the correct person. Add an extra dryad recluse for every five recruits
lone barbarian journeyed here to commune with the
Preventing the hanging could earn the hunters present, but dont add any experience points for
spirits, and he is now mistaken for the killer.
ire, but it saves an innocent mans life. If the charac- defeating extra dryads.
Any NPC group moving into this region captures
ters dont step in to stop the killing, the forest comes
the barbarian. What happens when the characters
alive to save its disciple.
arrive depends on whether they got here first, or they
were summoned here by the horns of their trium-
Standoff
phant allies.
Light: Bright light. Play the following if the characters arrive before
Monsters: 1 exiled tribal warrior, 1 dryad hunter, Skuld has been caught.
3 dryad recluses.
If characters arrive at the altar first, read:
When characters approach the altar, read: A blond-bearded barbarian dressed in furs stands at the
A snowcapped altar stands in the middle of this clearing. altar. Seeing you approach, he takes up his spear and snarls
Primeval forms have been carved into the surrounding at you. This is sacred ground! Leave now, or I shall bless
pines, showing salmon, bears, and wolves. A dead reindeer this altar with your blood.
calf is laid out on the altar, its blood staining the snow.
Characters must succeed on a DC 15 Diplomacy
Mob Justice check to parley with the barbarian. Those who suc-
ceed can question him, but they arent allowed any
The following events occur if the characters arrive
closer lest they anger the spirits.
after the barbarian has been caught.
Those who act aggressively find the barbarian true
to his word and must fight him. The forest spirits join
If the barbarian has been caught, read:
the fight alongside their outnumbered ally.
A group of townsfolk struggles to hold down a blond-
bearded barbarian. A rope has been tied around his neck,
Spirits of the Forest
and the hunters are about to sling its other end over a
nearby tree branch. A group of dryads abides in this ancient grove. If
We got the killer! calls one. they feel their disciple is threatened, the dryads take
action to protect him.
Unless the characters stop them, the hunters proceed
to hang the barbarian. If characters question him When the dryads attack, read:
first, the barbarian says he is Skuld, a member of the Female voices suddenly fill the air with song. A beautiful
Tribe of the Bear, and here to pay tribute to the spir- eladrin treads barefoot from the pines and looks at every-
its. Characters who succeed on a DC 15 Insight check one present. More women follow in her wake, singing a
are fairly confident hes telling the truth. chorus that fills your hearts with joy.

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Exiled Tribal Warrior Level 4 Brute Dryad Hunter Level 7 Skirmisher 3 Dryad Recluses Level 5 Lurker
Medium natural humanoid (human) XP 175 Medium fey humanoid (plant) XP 300 Medium fey humanoid (plant) XP 200 each
HP 68; Bloodied 34 Initiative +4 HP 82; Bloodied 41 Initiative +9 HP 50; Bloodied 25 Initiative +10
AC 16, Fortitude 17, Reflex 15, Will 14 Perception +3 AC 21, Fortitude 20, Reflex 20, Will 18 Perception +10 AC 19, Fortitude 16, Reflex 18, Will 17 Perception +10
Speed 6 Speed 8 (forest walk) Speed 8 (forest walk)
Standard Actions Standard Actions Standard Actions
m Spear (weapon) F At-Will m Claw F At-Will m Claw F At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +9 vs. AC Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +12 vs. AC Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +10 vs. AC
Hit: 2d8 + 6 damage. Hit: 2d8 + 6 damage, or 3d8 + 8 if no other enemy is adja- Hit: 2d6 + 6 damage.
m Shortbow (weapon) F At-Will cent to the dryad. R Sylvan Charm (charm) F At-Will
Attack: Ranged 15 (one creature); +9 vs. AC M Luring Feint F At-Will Attack: Ranged 5 (one creature); +8 vs. Will
Hit: 2d8 + 6 damage. Effect: The dryad uses claw. If the attack hits, the dryad Hit: The dryad pulls the target up to 5 squares to a square
M Driving Spear (weapon) F Recharge 6 shifts up to 4 squares, pulling the target with it. If the adjacent to it. The target is charmed until it is no longer
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +9 vs. AC attack misses, the dryad shifts up to its speed. adjacent to the dryad or until the dryad uses this power
Hit: 3d8 + 9 damage, and the target falls prone. Move Actions again. A charmed creature is immobilized and cant
Skills Athletics +9, Stealth +9 Treestride (teleportation) F At-Will attack the dryad. When an enemys melee or ranged
Str 12 (+3) Dex 19 (+6) Wis 16 (+5) Requirement: The dryad must be adjacent to a tree or a attack hits the dryad, it deals half damage to the dryad
Con 14 (+4) Int 12 (+3) Cha 13 (+3) Large plant. and half damage to the charmed creature. If the attacker
Alignment unaligned Languages Elven Effect: The dryad teleports up to 8 squares to a square adja- is adjacent to the charmed creature, the charmed crea-
cent to a tree or a Large plant. ture must make a melee basic attack (of the dryads
Questioning the Barbarian Minor Actions choice) against the enemy as a free action.
The characters can glean some information about Deceptive Veil (illusion) F At-Will Move Actions
Effect: The dryad disguises itself to appear as a Medium Treestride (teleportation) F At-Will
Isarr if they parley with the barbarian or free him
humanoid (usually a beautiful elf or eladrin) until it uses Requirement: The dryad must be adjacent to a tree or a
from the lynch mob. deceptive veil again or until it drops to 0 hit points. Other Large plant.
creatures can make a DC 28 Insight check to discern that Effect: The dryad teleports up to 8 squares to a square adja-
If the characters ask Skuld about Isarr, read: the form is an illusion. cent to a tree or a Large plant. Any creature charmed by
The Tribe of the Wolf has no king, says the barbarian. Str 16 (+6) Dex 18 (+7) Wis 15 (+5) the dryad teleports with the dryad to a square adjacent
Halpstaag left no heir when he died, so his shaman took Con 18 (+7) Int 10 (+3) Cha 13 (+4) to it.
control, a woman called Jtti. They say she turned to Alignment unaligned Languages Elven Minor Actions
Deceptive Veil (illusion) F At-Will
dark gods to help the tribe through the winter, and Malar
Effect: The dryad disguises itself to appear as a Medium
answered her. The Beastlord has promised to make one of humanoid (usually a beautiful elf or eladrin) until it uses
her warriors his Chosen, but only if he honors Malar in the deceptive veil again or until it drops to 0 hit points. Other
high hunt. That is why this man killsto prove himself to creatures can make a DC 27 Insight check to discern that
Malar, and to Jtti, his queen-to-be. the form is an illusion.
Str 12 (+3) Dex 19 (+6) Wis 16 (+5)
This is all the barbarian knows. After the characters Con 14 (+4) Int 12 (+3) Cha 13 (+3)
Alignment unaligned Languages Elvenv
depart, he leaves the forest and heads to his people.

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Area 5: Ruined Lodge When the brownie emerges, read:


A tiny figure with wild white hair pokes his head from the
Roleplaying Encounter
hole. He steps out cautiously, bare of foot and dressed in
simple clothes like folk of the Ten Towns.
Many years ago, Kendrick nursed Isarr back to health
Hallo! What do you want?
in this lodge. Now the barbarian uses it as his hideout,
returning here each night to rest and pray.
The brownie, named Hennac, likes hearing stories
and jokes, and he happily receives gifts of food. If the
When characters enter this area, read:
characters please him, Hennac sticks around to talk
An aging lodge stands at the edge of this clearing. Its front
to them. Otherwise, he retreats into his hole.
door has long since fallen off, and rotten planks have been
nailed over its windows.
If characters ask about Isarr, read:
Yes, yes. Wolf man comes here most nights, just before
The one-room lodge has a stone hearth and is bare of
moonrise. Keeps things tidy, that one, so I let him stay.
furniture, and its oddly tidy. Isarr is careful to clean
Brings me meat and beer, sometimes, too.
up whenever he leaves, and the lodge spirit (see that
section) is also fastidious.
True to Hennacs word, Isarr returns to this lodge just
before the moon rises (around nightfall).
Lodge Spirit
Any search of the lodge reveals a small hole in the Treasure
wall with a few items, such as a thimble, a few large
On the mantle, wrapped in oiled sealskin, are two
buttons, and a tiny sword arranged in front of it. To
silver skinning knives (75 gp each), one bone handle
the untrained eye, this hole looks like a mouse hole,
carved to depict a wolf, and the other a fish. Hennac
but it actually belongs to a lone, somewhat cracked
says these knives belong to the wolf man.
brownie hermit that lives in the lodge.
A successful DC 15 Nature check allows a charac-
ter to discern the signs that this hole is an entrance
to a brownie lodging. Magic about the hole, which
leads to the Feywild deep under the lodge, can be
discerned with a successful DC 15 Arcana check.
The characters can attract the brownies attention by
offering sweets or beverages besides water. A success-
ful DC 15 Diplomacy check, made with a +4 bonus if
the character offers entertainment, is also enough to
coax the hermit from his hole.

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Act 3: T he K illing Isarrs body is laid out in the mead hall if hes been
killed. As the festivities commence, drunken hunters
traps must be made out of sight or the barbarians will
know to avoid them when they attack.
With Isarr killed or captured, the hunting party take turns toasting their victory besides their enemys Remain flexible. If the players plan well, be
returns to Good Mead to celebrate its victory and corpse. Kendricks cup remains still during these prepared to shake up the format of the following
mourn the dead. The Tribe of the Wolf arrives soon toasts, but he hides his sadness well. encounters. The characters have overwhelming odds
after, bringing any festivities to a bloody conclusion. stacked against them, so be prepared to throw them a
The Messenger bone or two.
Returning to Good Mead Roleplaying Encounter
Roleplaying Encounter Wolves at the Door
Play this encounter when roleplaying during the cele- Combat Encounter Level 7 (1,555 XP)
Snowfall closes in again after Isarr is dealt with. bration is winding down. A messenger from the Tribe
Afraid of being caught in a blizzard, any surviving of the Wolf cuts the celebration short with a bone- Jtti orders the attack, forcing the party to hold the
townsfolk return to their homes. Kendricks promise chilling ultimatum. line against a screaming horde of barbarians.
of a feast compels those from Dougans Hole to stay Light: Dark outside, bright inside.
over in Good Mead, if only until the weather clears. When the messenger arrives, read: Monsters: 2 tigerclaw fang-wielders, 5 tigerclaw
The celebration takes place in the mead hall. A commotion rises near the front of the hall as the door is hordelings,4 tigerclaw braves.
thrown open and chilling wind gusts inside. revelers are Skill Challenge: Manning the barricade.
Dealing with Isarr peering outside into the blizzard, where a bare-chested man
Isarr doesnt talk and is more than capable of with- stands alone with a torch in hand. As you approach, he When the attack begins, read:
standing interrogation. He strains against his bonds calls out to those gathered inside. Horns blow from the forest as the barbarians attack. A tide
like an animal in a trap, seizing any opportunity to We come for our king! Surrender him willingly, and of painted warriors pours from the tree line, charging for-
escape. Only after he sees Kendrick does he show any only your warriors will face our wrath. Resist us, and you ward to slam against your defenses. The line buckles, and
sign of human emotion, defiantly spitting curses and all f ly to the spirits on the wings of the Blood Eagle! You screaming barbarians start leaping over the barricades.
promising to bring down Malars fury upon the leader have one hour to decide!
of Good Mead. Kendrick has him clapped in irons He holds up his torch. Many other torches rise into view Place the barbarians in empty spaces inside the bar-
and imprisoned overnight inside the brewery. from the forest edge near the village. ricades and then begin combat.
If the characters have too easy of a time in the During the battle, enemies are thick enough that
battle against the barbarians, Isarr might escape his Guided by Malars visions, Jtti Merliss led the tribe all squares outside the barricades are occupied. NPC
bonds to trouble them. He uses any weapon he can to greet their new king. Enraged by his plight, she now defenders occupy some spaces within the barricade.
acquire. If he is among attackers when Jtti attacks intends to exact bloody vengeance upon the town. Dont roll their actions, but describe their actions now
in Queen of the Wolves, the two might attempt to The barbarians promise to sack the town even if and again with colorful description.
escape rather than fight to the death. their king is relinquished, leaving the characters little If you wish, any NPCs can join the party under
The next day, if Isarr is alive in Good Mead, hes option but to fight. player control. Add another tigerclaw hordeling for
hanged in public. Preparations for battle can be made in one hour. every NPC hunter present, but dont grant any experi-
Under Kendricks command, the townsfolk muster ence points for defeating it.
The Feast in the hall and barricade each entrance with barrels Most of the townsfolk crowd into the back of the
Slaughtered hogs are roasted over the fire and drink- and loose timber. mead hall.
ing horns flow with mead. Try to paint this scene as Allow the players to make plans as they please,
the end of the adventure, to maximize the surprise but barbarians are watching from the treeline. Any
when the barbarians attack.

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2 Tigerclaw Fang-Wielders Level 5 Brute 4 Tigerclaw Braves Level 3 Soldier


Medium natural humanoid, shifter XP 200 each Medium natural humanoid, human XP 150 each
HP 77; Bloodied 38 Initiative +5 HP 49; Bloodied 24 Initiative +5
AC 17, Fortitude 19, Reflex 17, Will 15 Perception +4 AC 19, Fortitude 17, Reflex 14, Will 14 Perception +3
Speed 6 Low-light vision Speed 6
Standard Actions Standard Actions
m Heavy War Pick (weapon) F At-Will m Broadsword (weapon) F At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +10 vs. AC Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. AC
Hit: 2d8 + 7 damage, or 3d8 + 7 while the fang-wielder is Hit: 1d10 + 6 damage.
bloodied. Effect: The target is marked until the end of the braves
M Fang of the Sabertooth (weapon) F Recharge 5 6 next turn.
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. Fortitude R Sabertooth Spear (weapon) F Recharge when first
Hit: 3d12 + 5 damage, and the target falls prone. If the bloodied
fang-wielder scores a critical hit, the target also takes Attack: Ranged 5 (one creature); +6 vs. Reflex
ongoing 5 damage (save ends). Hit: 2d6 + 5 damage, and the target is immobilized until
Triggered Actions the end of its next turn.
C Winters Rage (weapon) F Encounter Miss: Half damage, and the target is slowed until the end of
Trigger: The fang-wielder first becomes bloodied. its next turn.
Attack (Immediate Reaction): Close burst 1 (enemies in the Triggered Actions
burst); + 10 vs. AC M Sabertooth Jab F At-Will
Hit: 2d12 + 3 damage, and the target falls prone. Trigger: An enemy adjacent to the brave and marked by it
Miss: Half damage. shifts.
Effect: The fang-wielder can push each target 1 square. Effect (Opportunity Action): The brave uses broadsword
Skills Athletics +11 against the triggering enemy.
Str 18 (+6) Dex 16 (+5) Wis 14 (+4) Skills Athletics +9
Con 17 (+5) Int 8 (+1) Cha 10 (+2) Str 16 (+4) Dex 14 (+3) Wis 14 (+3)
Alignment unaligned Languages Common Con 17 (+4) Int 8 (+0) Cha 10 (+1)
Equipment hide armor, heavy war pick Alignment unaligned Languages Common
Equipment hide armor, broadsword, 2 spears
5 Tigerclaw Hordelings Level 3 Minion Skirmisher
Skill Challenge:
Medium natural humanoid, human XP 38 each Primary Skills: Athletics, Diplomacy, Dun-
HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion. Initiative +5 Manning the Barricade geoneering, Intimidate. Failing a primary skill check
AC 17, Fortitude 16, Reflex 15, Will 14 Perception +3 During the battle, the characters need to attend to the results in 4 tigerclaw hordelings moving into unoccu-
Speed 6 barricade or theyll confront many more enemies. pied squares adjacent to the barricade.
Standard Actions Run this skill challenge during combat. If the
m Battleaxe (weapon) F At-Will
Athletics (DC 15, standard action): The character
characters dont attempt at least one primary skill forces failing parts of the barricade back into place.
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. AC. The attack can
score a critical hit on a roll of 1820.
check during each round, they accumulate one auto- Diplomacy (DC 15, standard action): The character
Hit: 4 damage, or 7 if the attack was a critical hit. matic failure and more barbarians burst through the rallies the NPC warriors with rousing words, causing
Str 16 (+4) Dex 14 (+3) Wis 14 (+3) barricade. Characters must be adjacent to the barri- the barbarians pause.
Con 17 (+4) Int 8 (+0) Cha 10 (+1) cades to participate in the challenge. Dungeoneering (DC 15, standard action): The charac-
Alignment unaligned Languages Common Level: 5 (400 XP) ter directs townsfolk to shore up structural weak spots.
Equipment hide armor, battleaxe Complexity: 2 (requires 6 successes before Intimidate (DC 15, standard action): The characters
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Success: The barricade is reinforced for now. The 3 Tigerclaw Fang-Wielders Level 5 Brute Tigerclaw Shaman Level 5 Controller
horde retreats after the characters have defeated any Medium natural humanoid, shifter XP 200 each Medium natural humanoid, shifter XP 200
bar-barians that breached the barricade. HP 77; Bloodied 38 Initiative +5 HP 52; Bloodied 27 Initiative +5
Failure: At three failures, a tigerclaw brave AC 17, Fortitude 19, Reflex 17, Will 15 Perception +4 AC 19, Fortitude 15, Reflex 17, Will 19 Perception +11
Speed 6 Low-light vision Speed 6 Low-light vision
breach-es the barricades. The failures reset to zero,
Standard Actions Traits
and the challenge continues. m Heavy War Pick (weapon) F At-Will Razorclaw Healing
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +10 vs. AC While the shaman is bloodied and has at least 1 hit point,
Ending the Encounter Hit: 2d8 + 7 damage, or 3d8 + 7 while the fang-wielder is it regains 4 hit points at the start of each of its turns.
The encounter lasts until the characters gain success bloodied. Standard Actions
at the skill challenge and defeat all the barbarians M Fang of the Sabertooth (weapon) F Recharge 5 6 m Longspear (weapon) F At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. Fortitude Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +10 vs. AC
inside the barricade.
Hit: 3d12 + 5 damage, and the target falls prone. If the Hit: 1d10 + 8 damage, and the target is slowed until the
fang-wielder scores a critical hit, the target also takes end of its next turn.
When the barbarians withdraw, read: ongoing 5 damage (save ends). R Phantom Fangs (implement, psychic) F At-Will
A horn sounds from the forest, and the barbarians with- Triggered Actions Attack: Ranged 5 (one creature); +8 vs. Will
draw back to the treeline. Their numbers are diminished, C Winters Rage (weapon) F Encounter Hit: 2d8 + 4 psychic damage, and the target is immobilized
but many torches still burn in the dark forest. Trigger: The fang-wielder first becomes bloodied. until the end of its next turn.
Have we won? asks one of the defenders. Attack (Immediate Reaction): Close burst 1 (enemies in the Miss: The target is slowed until the end of its next turn.
burst); + 10 vs. AC Minor Actions
Hit: 2d12 + 3 damage, and the target falls prone. C Concussive Roar F Encounter
The party can take a short rest while the barbarians Miss: Half damage. Attack: Close blast 3 (enemies in the blast); +8 vs. Will
muster for their final attack. Effect: The fang-wielder can push each target 1 square. Hit: The shaman pushes the target up to 3 squares, and the
Skills Athletics +11 target is immobilized (save ends).

Queen of the Wild Str 18 (+6)


Con 17 (+5)
Dex 16 (+5)
Int 8 (+1)
Wis 14 (+4)
Cha 10 (+2)
Miss: The shaman can push the target 1 square.
Skills Heal +11, Nature +11, Religion +9
Combat Encounter Level 7 (1,705 XP) Alignment unaligned Languages Common Str 13 (+3) Dex 17 (+5) Wis 18 (+6)
Equipment hide armor, heavy war pick Con 12 (+3) Int 15 (+4) Cha 14 (+4)
Jttis patience has worn thin, and now she leads the Alignment unaligned Languages Common
tribe into battle herself. Equipment hide armor, longspear, totem
Light: Bright (torches and fires). Place the barbarians in empty spaces inside the bar-
Monsters: 2 tigerclaw fang-wielders, 1 tigerclaw ricades and then begin combat. As before, during the
battle, enemies are thick enough that all squares out- When Jtti dies, read:
shaman, dire wolf, 5 tigerclaw hordelings, 3 tigerclaw
side the barricades are occupied. A wave of fear washes over the barbarians as their leader
braves. The shaman wears a savage mask, granting her
falls. The horde begins to rout, peeling back to the forest in a
a +2 bonus to Will against close and area attacks.
Skill Challenge: Manning the barricade.
Holding the Line growing tide. Those who stay are quickly cut down.
Play the Manning the Barricade skill challenge Hesitant cheers break out among the defenders. Although
again during this encounter. wary at first, they soon gather in strength until everyone is
When the attack begins, read:
celebrating. In time, you hear your names being chanted.
Blaring horns fill the air as barbarians pour out of the forest.
This time their leader rides at their head: a painted warrior- Conclusion
The encounter ends when the characters slay Jtti The battle of Good Mead has been won.
woman wearing a fierce wooden wolf mask and astride a
fierce dire wolf. As they smash into the barricade, she spurs Merliss, regardless of whether theyve achieved suc-
her beast to leap the barricade in a single bound. More sav- cess on the skill challenge.
ages push through behind her, screaming in frenzied rage.

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Dire Wolf Level 5 Skirmisher 4 Tigerclaw Braves Level 3 Soldier Treasure


Large natural beast (mount) XP 200 Medium natural humanoid, human XP 150 each
Characters searching the barbarians bodies can
HP 67; Bloodied 33 Initiative +7 HP 49; Bloodied 24 Initiative +5
uncover the following treasures: a set of three silver
AC 19, Fortitude 18, Reflex 17, Will 16 Perception +9 AC 19, Fortitude 17, Reflex 14, Will 14 Perception +3
Speed 8 Low-light vision Speed 6
bird whistles bound in red leather, carved like an
Traits Standard Actions eagle, an owl, and a sparrow (25 gp each), a silver torc
Pack Harrier m Broadsword (weapon) F At-Will capped with the carved likenesses of snarling wolves
The wolf has combat advantage against any enemy that is Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. AC (80 gp), a silver cloak pin shaped like an elks antlers
adjacent to two or more of the wolfs allies. Hit: 1d10 + 6 damage. (25 gp), and 40 gp in loose coins. The shaman wears
Pack Hunter (mount) Effect: The target is marked until the end of the braves a savage mask.
The wolfs rider has combat advantage against any enemy next turn.
that is adjacent to one of the riders allies other than the R Sabertooth Spear (weapon) F Recharge when first
wolf. bloodied Concluding the Adventure
Standard Actions Attack: Ranged 5 (one creature); +6 vs. Reflex
The party has driven the Tribe of the Wolf back into
m Bite F At-Will Hit: 2d6 + 5 damage, and the target is immobilized until
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +10 vs. AC the end of its next turn.
the wilds, leaderless and without direction. The char-
Hit: 2d8 + 4 damage, or 3d8 + 4 against a prone target. Miss: Half damage, and the target is slowed until the end of acters have earned the favor of Good Mead. Other
The target falls prone if the wolf has combat advantage its next turn. towns are heartened to learn of Isarrs defeat, and
against it. Triggered Actions word soon spreads of the partys triumph in battle.
Str 19 (+6) Dex 16 (+5) Wis 14 (+4) M Sabertooth Jab F At-Will Such celebrity doesnt last long, though. This is Ice-
Con 19 (+6) Int 5 (1) Cha 11 (+2) Trigger: An enemy adjacent to the brave and marked by it wind Dale, and each cold day brings fresh perils.
Alignment unaligned Languages shifts.
Effect (Opportunity Action): The brave uses broadsword
against the triggering enemy.
About the Author
4 Tigerclaw Hordelings Level 3 Minion Skirmisher Will Doyles previous contributions to Dungeon magazine
Skills Athletics +9
Medium natural humanoid, human XP 38 each include Tears of the Crocodile God (Dungeon 209), Glitter-
Str 16 (+4) Dex 14 (+3) Wis 14 (+3)
HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion. Initiative +5 dust (Dungeon 211), and The Rolling Tomb (Dungeon 215).
Con 17 (+4) Int 8 (+0) Cha 10 (+1)
AC 17, Fortitude 16, Reflex 15, Will 14 Perception +3 Will and his girlfriend Stacey run a D&D blog at http://behol-
Alignment unaligned Languages Common
Speed 6 derpie.blogspot.co.uk
Equipment hide armor, broadsword, 2 spears
Standard Actions
m Battleaxe (weapon) F At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +8 vs. AC. The attack can
score a critical hit on a roll of 1820.
Hit: 4 damage, or 7 if the attack was a critical hit.
Str 16 (+4) Dex 14 (+3) Wis 14 (+3)
Con 17 (+4) Int 8 (+0) Cha 10 (+1)
Alignment unaligned Languages Common
Equipment hide armor, battleaxe

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MEADOWS By Thomas M. Reid
By Jon Leitheusser & Christopher Perkins Evil slavers have taken Highport, and getting in
The forces of good are marching against the hordes and out of town undetected will be no simple
of Elemental Evil, and battle lines have been matter. This 1st Edition AD&D adventure for
drawn across the fields of Emridy Meadows. Relive characters of levels 35 includes 4th Edition
the greatest conflict never told in this D&D Next conversion notes.
adventure for characters of levels 57.

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By Daniel Helmick
The theocracy of Elturgard has some unpleasant
neighbors, including a dragon in desperate need
of an attitude adjustment. A 4th Edition D&D
Forgotten Realms adventure for characters of
levels 79.