A New Adventure for Groups and Duets
The Proving Glade has your characters arrive in a small settlement that has a big problem. The forest, its lifeblood, has seemingly withdrawn its bounty. Others have gone in, only to return hours later confused about how they got out.
Will your party have the wherewithal to navigate the treacherous forest, pass its surprising tests, and uncover what’s truly going on?
I wanted a forest adventure that felt alive and busy. I also didn’t want every encounter to be solved with the swing of a sword. The Proving Glade is about questioning value, morality, judgement, and redemption.
The Adventure Includes
- A 3 to 4 hour one-shot designed for parties or 1-1 play.
- A new Sidekick stat block: Daelin Hoofbane, ranger extraordinaire.
- A new custom creature: the mysterious and powerful Alseiad, a glade nymph of incredible beauty.
- 2 new maps: One region map for the forest around Quaervarr near Silverymoon and one battle map for The Hydra’s Mire.
The Proving Glade is a quick (14 page) one shot adventure that is more exploration than combat themed (although there is combat to be had) as the player(s) search for a missing hunter and a many mouthed beast dwelling in the forest. The adventure proper is laid out in three distinct chapters. The first is primarily focused on exploring the forest with a variety of woodland encounters. The second chapter is comprised of two encounters that require the player(s) to make choices about how to overcome some obstacles. Traditionally these are the kind of ‘moral choice’ type of encounter that video games like to throw in to add a ‘are you good or are you evil?’ measure that ultimately doesn’t mean anything; I’m pleased to say that this is implemented to much greater impact and effect (whether the player realises it immediately or not) and should be a pair of fun encounters for the player(s) and something that will be equally as satisfying for the DM. The final chapter starts with a role-play encounter that really lays on the theme and the flavour of the setting and then concludes with the showdown with this adventure’s big bad. This final chapter is where the player(s) earlier moral choices will come to reward or punish them….Jay G.
The Proving Glade has classic fantasy-story vibe about it, and in spite of being relatively combat-lite manages to integrate a good number of classic D&D monsters into it’s encounters.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-run one-shot that is hiding some surprising depth under it’s straight-forward veneer please check out The Proving Glade.
The Adventure Continues
This adventure would work as a natural bridge from our Crystalline Curse Trilogy. The trilogy will bring your adventuring party up to 3rd or 4th level. The Proving Glade is good for 4th to 5th levels. And In the Heart of the Forest is optimized for 5th-6th level play.
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The RPG Writer Workshop
This adventure and In the Heart of the Forest were written as part of an awesome program called the RPG Writer Workshop. If you have ever considered getting into publishing your own material on DM’s Guild or any other platform, consider participating when it opens back up.
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