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In the Shadow of Tower Silveraxe


There could be several reasons to seek adventure in the Gemthrone Wilderness. It is a region that is the subject of speculation on cold nights in the glow of a tavern hearth. Some may talk of the magnificent treasures that have laid untouched for centuries in dark dungeons, just waiting to be pilfered—which is, almost without fail, followed by another who interjects with the dangers of such notions, were such legends even to be believed. 

There are, however, those that do believe such tales— grizzled adventurers that know there is always some truth to even the most unbelievable stories. One just has to know what rumors to listen for…

In the Shadow of Tower Silveraxe is a 64-page adventure module zine designed for use with the Old School Essentials or Basic/Expert classic fantasy rules. It's old-school in both flavor and design mindset—weird and fantastic pulp adventure. Not all encounters are balanced and survival is not a guarantee. 

The zine contains a detailed map of the Gemthrone wilderness, nine dungeons, and five settlements including the dwarven town of Karn Buldahr— which can serve well as a starting location for lower level adventurers. Each settlement has its own list of rumors, hooks, and NPCs.

It is designed as a module. Use it as a standalone campaign, graft it onto your existing campaign wherever you find mountainous wilderness, or drop in any of the dungeons as a one-shot. 

Also, the layout is designed with clarity and usability in mind. Dungeon maps are easy to read and their corresponding room descriptions and relevant monster stats are placed so that they are all on the same spread—less page flipping!


A chaotic group of outlaws and brigands have braved the Labyrinth of Shadow and taken control of the ancient ruined Tower of The Builders from its elven stewards. Their leader, Duard Silveraxe, seeks the power which the elves have vowed to keep hidden—immortality and strange magical abilities granted to one greedy enough to perform the ritual. Upon taking the tower he tortured the elves to make them reveal their protected secret. Most of them resisted and met their end, but a few reluctantly gave in and revealed the secret they had kept for millennia.

The ritual was performed and Duard was transformed into a shade—a creature of shadow and hatred, however there was a cost. Unknowingly, Duard's band of brigands that supported his assault were sacrificed. Their life force was drained, leaving behind a legion of undead as his servants.

Since then, the denizens of the surrounding forest, including the more monstrous— trolls and giant spiders— have fled from the vicinity of the tower and into the nearby mountains, causing problems for settlers.

Unbeknownst to the settlers and inhabitants of Gemthrone, the shadow of Silveraxe will soon be cast over them. His greed and malice has grown exponentially with the ritual completed, and his appetite for conquering will not easily be satiated.


  • 64-page PDF module in Single pages or Spreads
  • Setting and local faction lore
  • Topographic wilderness hex trail map
  • 9 Dungeon locations
  • 5 settlement locations 

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MIKE C January 13, 2023 7:04 pm UTC
I bought this directly from Gelatinous Cubism (super fast shipping!) and got a pdf copy. I have a question regarding PG 35. It states Zalante has created a key to translate and in parentheses it states it is the same key as on pg 22. There is no key mentioned on page 22. Can the author clarify for me? Thank you.
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Marcus H April 16, 2023 12:16 pm UTC
I was wondering the same thing! The only place the cypher key is mentioned is on the initial breakdown of each statue and their symbols on page 8. Is Zalante the only source of how to translate the symbols in the entire adventure?
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Ed S July 10, 2022 9:58 pm UTC
All I ever see is this is sold out everywhere for a hardcopy.... any idea when more will become available?
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Matthew B July 17, 2022 4:25 pm UTC
Print copy on sale now at Exalted Funeral for hardcopy + PDF. Highly recommend that vendor if you've not purchased through them before.
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Kaan K August 07, 2022 11:00 am UTC
Thanks, that was a great advice.
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William M August 07, 2022 9:30 pm UTC
You can also order directly from Gelatinous Cubism Publishing website. You can individually purchase extra players maps for both this and Valley of the Manticore for 3 bucks each, as well. I ordered some and it shipped next day.
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Jonas F May 22, 2022 9:57 pm UTC
Is the players map that can be bought in physical form included in the PDF version?
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Karl H May 01, 2022 3:37 pm UTC
I bought the Fantasy Grounds Unity Conversion. Works great! Excellent module for basing a full scale campaign around. I love the art and the overall adventure. I would love to see more from this author/artist!
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Ian E August 03, 2022 1:58 am UTC
Where did you find the FGU conversion? I don't see it in the FGU store. Thanks.
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Giuseppe R November 02, 2021 3:41 pm UTC
An awesome module. Reviewed it on my blog:
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Jason P September 02, 2021 11:52 am UTC
Physical copy is sold out? Any idea when they will be back! I gotta stop watching questing beast, I keep finding all this great old school stuff !
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Ben S August 17, 2021 9:04 am UTC
I just got a physical copy from their site and its awesome I hopefully will get to run it eventually.
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Patrick S August 12, 2021 7:03 am UTC
Any chance for a PoD?
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Ben S August 17, 2021 9:02 am UTC
You can order it directly from there website here is the link
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William A July 30, 2021 9:30 pm UTC
Got this after seeing the Questing Beast review on YubeTube. Great stuff! I think the sandbox is just the right size for a lower/mid level adventure. Reminds me a little of Elder Scrolls. The author has a nice Instagram account too. Looking forward to tormenting the children with it lol! ;D
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