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What Sinister Tidings Are Afloat?

The Claws of Madness is a standalone 5th Edition adventure carefully designed for a group of 1st-level heroes, including new monsters, magic items, and a thrilling story arc. Edited by Michele Carter (co-editor of the 5th Edition Player’s Handbook), this dungeon crawl combines the best elements of classic adventures with fresh new exciting avenues. The story in this book also provides the perfect base for an epic, long-running campaign suitable for higher-level characters, in which the heroes unravel the dark mystery of the mythical Hand of Narkul . . .

For centuries, Aelmor Monastery near the port town of Sestone was a safe haven for scholars, monks, and pilgrims seeking enlightenment, its renowned library home to an enormous collection of ancient manuscripts, tomes, and peculiar writings. After suffering a devastating attack at the hands of a possessed monastery elder, Aelmor fell into ruin, its troubled past forgotten. When villagers start disappearing and turn up horribly mutated days later, fear takes a grip of Sestone. What sinister forces are at work? And to what end?

  • 40 pages PDF e-book / softcover

  • Exciting dungeon crawl with new monsters & magic items

  • Drop into any existing campaign, easy to modify

  • Perfect basis to build a long-running higher level campaign

  • High quality maps, illustrations and cover artwork

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"Easily the best product I've Kickstarted in years" 
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"Really a great introductory adventure, with a ton of mystery for everyone."  

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Abner E January 14, 2021 4:43 pm UTC
Im loving the adventure and my players are really engaged from our first session!! As they are on their way to the monastery is there any way to get the maps without any of the marks to print for my players?
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Nicholas S May 08, 2020 10:04 pm UTC
Are there VTT maps included in this or somewhere else for this adventure?
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Henrik H April 03, 2020 6:41 pm UTC
Wonderfully creepy adventure! A good way to introduce players or new DM's to d&d. Here is a video review I did on it:

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Davin K March 20, 2019 11:38 pm UTC
Very well written! I have been preparing to run this adventure twice for two different groups and and am pretty happy with my purchase. Lots of depth and detail to work with! One thing I found in the PDF Appendix were some typos for some NPC ability scores. Pretty obvious what the intended scores were, but wanted to report, before misprints, etc. Both Mangkoons display 2+(1) CON, instead of 12(+1) and the plus signs and parenthesis are wonky for Guthber Tomund (but the stats are accurate.)
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Jennifer W February 25, 2019 12:38 am UTC
Hello: Can you tell me roughly how many sessions it takes to complete, please?
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Ari W August 13, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Have a question - this seems to potentially fit very well into a Homebrew campaign I am running at home for 6 people. With that said, they are all going to be going into it at Level 5. I am not afraid to customize the campaign and I easily fiddle with monster placement and such, do you think it would be possible for me to do this easily or is the level 1-3 requirement so hardwired in there that it's not recommended? I'm mainly looking for plot/npcs/puzzles/maps and can handle upping difficulty levels.
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Chris V September 07, 2017 9:18 am UTC
Hi Ari, hope this message gets to you in time (I spent some time in hospital so could not reply earlier).
You will get a great story that plants the seed for many adventurers to come. There's quite a bit of puzzles, roleplaying and well fleshed out locations. I think you can easily up the encounter levels where needed. There's even some TPK encounters in there, that are optional for low levels, but you could go to town with them and really challenge your group :)
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Ari W September 27, 2017 11:10 pm UTC

Thanks for the reply back. I see, well I'm glad you're back to better health and out of that place and hopefully back at home! I truly appreciate your response. I read through the full-size Preview PDF and it appears this adventure may help me but let me kind of describe to you my campaign and plan here:

My players will soon be on the way to a town named Harrogath, which I intended to have a bit bigger feel than Tristram from Diablo. This turns out great because Sestone has that kind of feel, so check mark there. They are chasing a man named Rast who has a powerful artifact that is corrupting him. Under the Monastery will be something dark, something that needs the power from this artifact to fully become itself (I don't know what that something will be). People have been disappearing or coming back in bad ways. Many have fled the town but others are holding out because a band of adventurers went down into the Monastery just a few days ago. Before arriving the party heard dark...See more
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Chris V November 16, 2017 7:02 am UTC
Hi sir,

You may or may not have purchased the adventure by now, but it sounds like it will give you a lot of places, npcs and story hooks that perfectly weave into your campaign. For faster response please reach us on because the DriveThruRPG comments system is not something we check daily. Happy to be of help there!

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Robert K January 21, 2017 12:20 am UTC
What a funderful value. Yes I'm making up words. Great art work with creepy cuthulu feel. Clean story line. Easy to run. I'm not new to D&D but I am to 5e. Had no problems running with my newbie group. I'm looking forward to the next one. Great job.
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Chris V January 21, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Hey Robert thanks for the compliment, glad you like it!
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Florian E December 22, 2016 8:36 am UTC
Hey there, left a review but all in all I can say I am really looking forward come march to get the follow up book (since I'm heavily interested in what the Vordens will bring) (or put the Kickstart into motion).

I hope you can in the meantime release a one / two session shot about the map, for people enjoying style presented in TCoM.

I absolutely loved the event at 31. it spices up so many things and helps the DM to make sth. memorable without investing a lot...

Wish there was already more from LoreSmyth.
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Chris V December 22, 2016 10:45 pm UTC
Hi Florian thanks for your indepth review! Appreciate your time to come and publish it. Can you clarify what you mean with a one shot ? Im glad to hear the adventure sparked interest. The sequel is in development but I think it wont be released in March yet. Good stuff takes a lot of time to develop :)
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Florian E December 23, 2016 6:19 am UTC
I mean an adventure you can run inbetween and it should take not more than one (or two) sessions to be done with it... a ~4 to 6 hr track...
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dani D December 19, 2016 11:17 pm UTC
really really a good adventure to low lvl. I think that it is in the top five.
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Chris V December 20, 2016 10:29 pm UTC
Thanks a lot! Glad you like it! Consider leaving a review
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December 08, 2016 5:36 pm UTC
Hey man. Great job. Can you help me with something? I just buy your adventure and i want to use on roll20... there is a place where i can get the maps? Maps inside the book are too small and got the numbers and stuff...
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Chris V December 09, 2016 8:11 pm UTC
Hi thanks for buying! Please send a message on or We'll send you the digital hi res map images.
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Curtis S November 14, 2016 8:02 pm UTC
My review.
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Chris V November 14, 2016 9:55 pm UTC
Thanks for the review Curt, thats grand. Appreciate it!
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Paul B November 11, 2016 6:08 am UTC
Great cover, but no preview to see the format of the interior?
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Chris V November 11, 2016 7:25 am UTC
Hi Paul, thanks for the compliment. I've added the preview now. It somehow got turned off during editing.
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Paul B November 11, 2016 8:03 am UTC
Ah. Thanks. Much better.
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Chris V November 11, 2016 12:11 pm UTC
Ok glad you like it. Dont hesitate to ask if you have more questions
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