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The Treasure of Magister Yama

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A Scarred Lands Adventure for 4-6 players of APL 3-5

The characters’ pursuit of Maghiel the Shunned leads them to an abandoned temple in the shadow of the Kelder Mountains, far from civilization. There, they discover that the mad necromancer has activated a Slarecian relic whose magic has the potential to warp everything around it – and its effects are spreading. Shutting it down will require the use of a device the temple’s last priest left behind – but it’s hidden in a treasure stash that won’t be easy to obtain.

Vengeance of the Shunned Part 3

The Treasure of Magister Yama is the third adventure in the Vengeance of the Shunned campaign. Over 20 community content creators have banded together to bring a full-length campaign to the Slarecian Vault! Vengeance of the Shunned takes your adventurers across Ghelspad on a quest to end the greatest threat to the world since the Titanswar! This campaign offers adventures from levels 1-15, and will be releasing new content weekly ALL SUMMER LONG!

The Treasure of Magister Yama contains:

  • An adventure set in the ruins of Lapo, a village near the Kelder Mountains
  • Details of Maghiel's insane plot revealed!
  • New creatures including the Banewarped Creature template!
  • Cartography by Anne Gregersen!
  • The continuation of an ongoing campaign coordinated by Scarred Lands Line Developer Travis Legge. 

Continue YOUR quest across Ghelspad TODAY with The Treasure of Magister Yama

Vengeance of the Shunned continues with Desert of Lost Relics by Bill Bodden, NOW AVAILABLE at Slarecian Vault!

If you missed Vengeance of the Shunned Part 1 - pick it up HERE!

 
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Jakob S August 01, 2019 8:36 am UTC
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Great adventure. Took my group two evenings to complete. I have a few comments and questions but as usual, they might contain a few spoilers for players. I really wish drivethrurpg had a way to conceal text with spoilers like most regular forums.

Is is correct that the key found in the Bridged City actually has no use in this adventure? It felt like a glorified prop which was staged as significant but in actuality was quite unimportant.

We were puzzled by the presence of the vile books in the library of Chern. Apparently, most books were taken to the Bridged City, some of them just to be under surveillance, but these extraordinary vile volumes were left behind seemingly without a plausible reason. We otherwise really liked the mechanics of the books and they were the catalyst for a few enjoyable roleplaying moments.

The amount of magic items to be obtained in this adventure is rather significant for such a low level adventure. However, the level of magic in a game is a matter...See more
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Travis L August 01, 2019 9:10 pm UTC
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Jakob,

As always, I am glad to see your feedback. To address a few of your points:

Regarding the key: be patient. It'll eventually come in pretty handy.

I believe (without pouring back over the text as I am answering from my phone at Gen Con) the tomes that were left behind were left with the intent of keeping them hidden.

Magic items are definitely more common on Scarn than most standard 5e settings. The titanswar was less than two centuries ago and the Gods still play a fairly active role in the world. Magic is everywhere in Ghelspad. This story in particular offers a bit more magic items than most, owing to the fact that the central antagonist is on something of a hunt for magical resources. I hope that clarifies the reason for and frequency of magic items throughout the campaign.

The emissary is a bit of Deus Ex machina (literally, as it is a divine being accessed by a machine.) Its best used as a safety net in case players get lost.
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Dan L August 08, 2019 3:06 pm UTC
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Hi Jakob! So glad you and your group enjoyed this. To add to Travis's comments:

The REAL reason the books in the library of Chern are there is "because it's thematically appropriate to unearth horrible hidden things in an adventure like this." :) But consider: The caretakers of the temple were a line of scholar-priests who may well have had more curiosity than sense (it's likely Yama and his predilictions didn't come out of nowhere) who also would have been concerned, in the immediate wake of the Divine War, that the titan cult hadn't been completely eradicated in the area (which they were right and it wasn't). They had some motive to look at a handful of tomes and say "Maaaaaaybe we should just keep these here. For reference. Just in case. And, you know, scholarly purposes. In the basement, where no one needs to know." And that's before factoring the quiet influence of the Sidereon and its vast curiosity detached from any sense of human-scale morality or consequence.
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