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Lorn Song of the Bachelor


Weeds trail the water. The sandbar just off the shore shifts. A reptile rumble, a splash. Now a gaping maw. A roar. Claws splintering wood. The boat capsizes. You are in the river, now.

He is the Bachelor: a pale crocodile, as long as five men lying end to end. He swallows hunters, families, trading skiffs. Prospectors fear to go out. Witches mutter. They say he causes landslips. They say he is a god, a curse -- an old, old sin, staining the river. They say he has been killed, before.

He is pulling you under.

Lorn Song of the Bachelor is a 48-page riverine adventure and dungeon crawl module, inspired by the crocodile stories of Southeast Asia -- particularly Sarawak.

It features:

  • Tragedy, a bloody curse, and a love gone sour
  • Open-ended factional interplay between local villlagers, a foreign merchant Company, and a giant supernatural crocodile -- and its motivating spirits
  • Multiple random tables, including magical fabrics woven by god-possessed craftspersons; trinkets of a now-fallen Monkey Empire; medicinal herbs and animals
  • 19 new creatures including: mind-controlling catfish; golems made of teeth; a pregnant tiger spirit
  • Wilderness travel up an enchanted river
  • An extraplanar dungeon complex that can change the surrounding environment
  • A morally complex treatment of colonialism, within the framework of an adventure module
  • A giant crocodile who really wants to eat you
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Christopher C July 20, 2023 12:41 am UTC
Hi there, just checking back in to see if there are plans to offer a print on demand version of this? Thanks.
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Humza K July 20, 2023 3:18 pm UTC
Hi Christopher (and other folks who have been asking) -- I'll check with Zedeck and let y'all know.

Plans *had* been to get a trad run reprint around the time that Mace of the Monkey King was going to come out, but that wound up changing obviously.

Sorry for the delay in responses!
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Christopher C March 29, 2023 11:53 pm UTC
Are there any plans to offer a PoD version of this? Given that EF isn't reprinting this? This would be an insta-buy for me.
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Klint F January 31, 2022 2:32 am UTC
For those who have run this: what level was the party? tenfootpole estimates it at a roughly level 4 adventure but I'm wondering about actual play experiences. I already own it, just trying to figure out where to fit this into a campaign in terms of progression.
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Gus L February 29, 2020 6:39 pm UTC
Excellent - a solid sense of place, terse, but detailed writing and a wonderful faction structure that makes for a strong role-play and investigative underpinning for an at times surreal location and point crawl (though fairly linear due to the river involved).
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Michael H November 30, 2019 11:04 pm UTC
Is there a print edition forthcoming?
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Humza K December 01, 2019 2:55 pm UTC
There is a trad print run version available from Exalted Funeral (which we cannot link to from here).
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Michael H December 02, 2019 7:06 pm UTC
Thanks, Humza!

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FU B August 13, 2022 2:10 pm UTC
They ran out, any chance of another printing?
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