Kassoon

Free Module: Eternal Revenge

Urgent: A dangerous monster has taken up residence inside nearby ruins to the northeast. It has been providing its protection to other monsters in the area, causing local monster populations to grow rapidly. Many travelers and merchants in the area have seen increased attacks, and the hamlet of Elklodge has requested assistance. Caution: cold.
Reward: 500 gold

From the job they'll learn that there's some people with information that could be helpful if they want to interview them. There's an adventurer who did a quest in the area, two merchants that were attacked, and a woman who claimed to escape capture.

The other adventurer was doing an unrelated quest in the area and noticed much heavier monster presence. One of his friends and fellow adventurers was killed as a result, and he's been drowning his sorrows since and thinking about giving up the trade. He'll mention that it was quite cold, and caution the party to bring cold weather gear.

  • Adventurer 1: Geoffrey Drover, Male Human
    • Description: This man wears very tight pants and wife beaters, though occasionally he sports a black coat. He is muscular with a powerful set of arms. He keeps his blonde hair in a pixie cut. Judging by the bloodshot nature of his eyes and the massive bags underneath them one would imagine he has not slept for days.
    • Personality: He misses his glory days as a soldier. He does not mind his job, but he's not as good at it. He does suffer from mild PTSD, and the sight of goblins may trigger it at times.
    • History: He is the product a well kept family trust fund and as such has never really known need. He has chosen to use the inheritance that was left to him frivolously. He ran away from his former home and has been making his living as an adventurer for the past few years.
    • Motivation: To prove his worth to the world; and his spouse's relatives view him with great suspicion

The two merchants were part of a caravan that was attacked. They managed to barely escape sustaining serious injuries, one has been blinded and the other has half his face paralyzed and deformed. They'll recall being ambushed at night while asleep. Everyone else in the caravan was killed or captured.

  • Merchant 1: Koeth Othronus, Male Elf
    • Description: His right side is far more bruised and cut up than his other. He is wearing colorful clothing, dressed as a Miner. He wears a deerstalker hat to hide his balding. His blue unseeing eyes seem to look past you.
    • Personality: Stoic and calm, he prefers to meditate than take action. To his fellows he is seen as friendly and intelligent, but is angry and unforgiving to the so called fatcats and any who do and have associated with them.
    • History: He was blinded in a monster attack while passing through the area, making his work much more difficult. He was taken from his home at a very young age. When he grew older, he became a bit more civilized, usually hanging around bars and taverns. He began work as a traveling merchant. He would travel anywhere as long as the price was right.
    • Motivation: Wants to raise his children well; and obtaining odd cultural half-orc artifacts is his passion.

  • Merchant 2: Laucian Nailo, Male Elf
    • Description: This northern man's face is deformed and paralyzed on one side. As such, he slurs his words together. He is dressed in an above average manner. His brown hair, when down, is lengthy. His face is scarred and worn.
    • Personality: He has a very dry and sarcastic sense of humor. He is not one for noise or eating so much, which is in direct contrast with his big mouthed big gutted partner. His partner is his best friend in the world. The two are very close despite being more or less each other's opposites. He does not mind isolation but does not hate company and attempts to receive them as best as possible.
    • History: Born the oldest of a large religious northern family, he was no stranger to responsibility. He was an adventurer many years ago and he formed a blood bond with his Elven companion (his 'brother'). He remains aloof and afraid to be himself due to all the ideals others have placed upon him.
    • Motivation: To be a Fisherman again; and he has passion for adventuring and risk.

The party can also interview a crazed woman who claimed to have escaped capture. The experience has left her completely mad. She'll speak of terrible revenge and how the adventurer's guild can't protect them.

  • Rando 1: Shanairla Liadon, Female Elf
    • Description: A stocky darker skinned woman, she is dressed in earthy colors with a grey and green handkerchief worn on her right side. She has black hair. Her otherwise smooth face is marked with small tiny scars.
    • Personality: She is erratic and paranoid. She believes monsters are coming to abduct people. She lacks restraint and is impulsive. She jumps in and acts without thinking all too often.
    • History: Born in the west to a Cartwright, Shanairla learned a great deal about her father's area of expertise. She made a point of taking high paying jobs and getting most of it up front. She has set out to sabotage the competition.
    • Motivation: Regain custody of her daughter; and revenge.

The Destroyed Hamlet

Travel to Elklodge takes about a day, and the temperature gets noticeably colder as they get closer to the hamlet. Navigating correctly is a DC 15 survival check through the forest, or else they get lost and it takes longer. Foraging for food is a DC 10 and finds coral mushrooms, wood sorrel, black trumpets, juneberries, and burdock root. It's raining lightly with a heavy wind, imposing disadvantage on sight/hearing checks, and ranged weapon attack rolls. Open flames are extinguished, fog is quickly dispersed, and flight is impossible. If the party is attacked during travel, it's by a pack of Gnolls. They don't know anything about the dangerous monster, but have been reaping the benefits of its presence by attacking travelers.

Destroyed Hamlet

The hamlet of Elklodge is in ruins. Many of the houses have been burnt down, while the rest have been destroyed and raided. There are plenty of signs of battle, but it looks like the villagers were completely unprepared and stood little chance. One thing that stands out is how few bodies there are despite many signs of a battle. It looks like most everyone was taken, but there are a couple of humanoid skeletons that have been completely picked clean. The only reason you can tell they're not just old decomposing bones is because of how pristine and clean they are. There is nothing left to find or scavenge here.

It's another day of travel from the hamlet to the ruins. The entire area is freezing cold as you get closer, and requires cold weather gear. Anyone without cold weather protection must make a DC 10 Constitution save every hour or else suffer exhaustion. A few miles around the castle is heavy snowfall: everything is lightly obscured, disadvantage on sight/hearing checks, and open flames are extinguished.

The Ice Stronghold

Ice Stronghold

A once massive and impressive stronghold, now covered in snow and ice. Many of the windows and entrances have been iced over, while crumbling sections of wall and parapets are held together by the unnatural ice.

Stronghold Map

Noises: Scratching or scrabbling
Air: Clear and drafty
Odors: Metallic

Room Contents

1

Purpose: Kitchen designed to prepare exotic foods for large numbers of guests
Current state: Rubble, ceiling partially collapsed
Obstacle: Chasm 4 (1d4) x 10 ft. wide and 12 (2d6) x 10ft. deep, possibly connected to other levels of the dungeon
East Passage: Door, unlocked.
South Passage: Locked Door (DC 15). Key could be found on nearby creature or chest.
Minor Feature: Leather boot

2

Purpose: Crypt belonging to the stronghold master or someone else of importance
Current state: Holes, floor partially collapsed
Encounter: 2 Ice Toad (Rise of Tiamat pg 90), 2 Zombie (Monster Manual pg 316)
Key: Token
When the token is brought to the passage, it unleashes magical flames onto the wall of ice that quickly melts it at the green passage.
South Passage (Red): There is a large door, locked securely (DC 30) and magically sealed.
Minor Feature: Pole, broken (5 ft. long)

Ledgers: In this room are various ledgers scattered on the table, some are open to pages detailing monster parts and prices. If the ledgers are studied they'll reveal that the owner was studying black market dealings for monster parts. The most up to date plan was 5 years ago, when the owner decided to meet with an unlicensed merchant to sell parts. The ledgers belong to someone named Fiske Tostain.

3

Purpose: Guardroom
Current state: Furniture wrecked but still present
Hazard: Spiderwebs (DC 12 Dex or restrained. DC 12 Athletics or Acrobatics to escape. AC 10, 15 HP, fire vulnerability, immunity to bludgeoning / piercing / psychic)
Minor Feature: Cobwebs

4

Purpose: Barracks used by elite guards
Current state: Furniture wrecked but still present
North Passage (Red): There is a large door, locked securely (DC 30) and magically sealed.
Minor Feature: Leaves and twigs

5

Purpose: Pantry, including cellar for wine or spirits
Current state: Pool of water; chamber original contents are water damaged
Obstacle: Cave-in
West Passage: Door, unlocked.
Minor Feature: Cobwebs

6

Purpose: Dressing room featuring a number of wardrobes
Current state: Pool of water; chamber original contents are water damaged
Treasure: Random Treasure
Key: Extinguished Brazier
When the brazier is lit, it causes the door to slowly open at the blue passage.
North Passage: Door, unlocked.
South Passage (Blue): There is a large door, locked securely (DC 30) and magically sealed.
Minor Feature: Cobwebs

7

Purpose: Gallery for the display of expensive works of art and trophies
Current state: Furniture wrecked but still present
Hazard: Violet fungus: This purplish mushroom uses root-like feelers growing from its base to creep across cavern floors. The four stalks protruding from a violet fungis central mass are used to lash out at prey, rotting flesh with the slightest touch. Any creature killed by a violet fungus decomposes rapidly. A new violet fungus sprouts from the moldering corpse, growing to full size in 2d6 days.
Minor Feature: Cobwebs

8

Purpose: Guardroom
Current state: Furniture wrecked but still present
East Passage (Pink): Secret Passage
Minor Feature: Wall scratchings

9

Purpose: Waiting room where lesser guests are held before receiving an audience
Current state: Rubble, ceiling partially collapsed
Trap: Crushing Walls
This trap uses a mechanism in the chest that causes the walls close in and crush anyone trapped between.
Effect: Targets all creatures within a 10 ft. square area, DC 15 DEX save or take 9 (2d10) damage
Trigger: chest, activates when chest is opened.
Countermeasures: A successful DC 20 Inviestigation (Intelligence) check will spot the mechanism in the chest's lid, and a DC 10 Dexterity check using thieves' tools disables the mechanism harmlessly. On a failed check, the trap triggers. A sufficiently strong brace can be bridged between the walls and prevent them from closing.
Treasure: Inside the chest is 2400 cp, 1300 sp, and 90 gp. As well as 2 tiger eyes, 2 banded agate, and a lapis lazuli all total worth 50gp.
West Passage (Pink): Secret Passage
Minor Feature: Pottery shards

10

Purpose: Banquet room for hosting celebrations and guests
Current state: Ashes, contents mostly burned
Treasure: Random Treasure
South Passage: Door, unlocked.
Minor Feature: Dripping blood

11

Purpose: Audience chamber used by the master of the stronghold to receive visitors
Current state: Furniture wrecked but still present
Hazard: Green slime (Drops from above. DC 10 Dex, 1d10 acid damage, damage each round until removed. Nonmagical wood, metal weapon or tool used to remove is destroyed. Destroyed by sunlight, cure disease, cold, fire, or radiant)
North Passage (Blue): There is a large door, locked securely (DC 30) and magically sealed.
South Passage (Green): A large wall of ice blocks the passage.
Minor Feature: Sticks

Upon entering the room, the party will hear the Revenant, his voice seems to echo down every corridor. “I can feel your presence, guild dogs. Have your masters sent you to kill me once again? Have they not taken enough from me already?! Return now and tell the guild I'll come to them soon enough, or never leave this place again.”

12

Purpose: Guardroom
Current state: Used as a campsite
Encounter: Ghast (Monster Manual pg 148)
East Passage (Red): There is a large door, locked securely (DC 30) and magically sealed.
Minor Feature: Bones

13

Purpose: Guardroom
Current state: Furniture wrecked but still present
Encounter: 2 Ice Mephit (Monster Manual pg 215), 2 Snow Leopard (Fifth Edition Foes pg 163)
Key: Token
When the token is brought to the passage, it causes the door to slowly open at the red passage.
West Passage (Red): There is a large door, locked securely (DC 30) and magically sealed.
East Passage: Door, unlocked.
North Passage: Locked Door (DC 15). Key could be found on nearby creature or chest.
Minor Feature: Leaves and twigs

Again the Revenant's ghostly voice can be heard. “You are tenacious adventurers, as was I before the guild took everything from me. You have their stink, it will be purged from this world.”

14

Purpose: Game room used to entertain visitors
Current state: Used as a campsite
Minor Feature: Dripping blood

15 (Entrance)

Purpose: Dining room for intimate gatherings or informal meals
Current state: Pool of water; chamber original contents are water damaged
Minor Feature: Dust

16

Purpose: Sitting room for family and intimate guests
Current state: Furniture wrecked but still present
Encounter: 3 Worg (Monster Manual pg 341)
East Passage: Door, unlocked.
North Passage (Green): A large wall of ice blocks the passage.
Minor Feature: Cracks, ceiling

17

Purpose: Kennel where monsters or trained animals that protect the stronghold are kept
Current state: Rubble, ceiling partially collapsed
Encounter: 5 Small Ice Elemental (Nerzugal's Extended Bestiary pg 41)
East Passage: Locked Door (DC 15). Key could be found on nearby creature or chest.
Minor Feature: Cobwebs

18

Purpose: Storage for mundane goods and supplies
Current state: Furniture wrecked but still present
Minor Feature: Cracks, floor

The Revenant's voice is heard once more, much closer this time. “You've signed your lives to them, and even once you're dead they'll still come to collect.”

19

Purpose: Kitchen designed to prepare exotic foods for large numbers of guests
Current state: Rubble, ceiling partially collapsed
Obstacle: Chasm 2 (1d4) x 10 ft. wide and 7 (2d6) x 10ft. deep, possibly connected to other levels of the dungeon
Minor Feature: Water, trickle

20

Purpose: Kitchen designed to prepare exotic foods for large numbers of guests
Current state: Pristine and in original state
Encounter: Revenant (Monster Manual pg 259), Ice Mephit (Monster Manual pg 215), Zombie (Monster Manual pg 316)
Minor Feature: Guano

The Revenant (Monster Manual pg 259) is here, along with as many ice mephits and zombies as necessary to properly challenge your group. If the battle is going too poorly for the Revenant it can summon more as additional waves. As members of the guild, the party are susceptible to the Revenant's Vengeful Glare and extra damage. Remember its Turn Immunity and Regeneration make it more than just a regular undead.

If the revenant is destroyed, the zombies will stop attacking the party and the ice mephits will flee. More zombies will shuffle in but be non-hostile, many of them will be wearing simple peasant clothing and wander around dazed and confused. After a few minutes, the revenant's Rejuvenation will trigger, bringing it back to life. As the revenant chuckles and the party gets ready for initiative, the zombies will turn and attack their former master. The revenant will be pinned down and ripped apart by the zombies before they return to mindlessly wandering and looking at each other.

On the revenant's corpse is an adventurer's guild dog tag, belonging to Fiske Tostain.

Return To Town

The return to town takes about two days, with standard wilderness travel and encounters. The weather is still cold for the first day, so cold weather gear is still necessary. The party will receive their reward, and if they inquire further about the revenant they can learn that Fiske Tostain was a former adventurer and member of the guild. He was killed while at a black market deal for monster parts, and dishonorably discharged from the guild post-mortem.

If the party keeps the tokens and decides to sell them or shows them to a merchant, they'll be considerably valuable curios. This can lead to a further adventure as they learn more about the tokens and their connection to the stronghold and guild, or as an additional reward at the end of the quest.

Need more help with your campaign? Check out all the other tools, generators, and articles: https://www.kassoon.com/dnd/

Kassoon.com This website exists thanks to the contribution of patrons on Patreon. If you find these tools helpful, please consider supporting this site. Even just disabling your adblocker will help (it's only text and plain image ads I promise). Becoming a patron will upgrade your account to premium, giving you no ads and more features.

Shout outs: Stacey.
Their contribution stands as a beacon of hope for all adventurers!

Patreon
Paypal
Twitter_logo
 
Menu
[-]

Follow on Twitter Support on Patreon Print Page
Make campaigns and save encounters / combats / dice rolls and more. One step!

Username:
Password:
Forgot?

Register

Username:
Password:
Recovery Email (Optional):

Gift Premium