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The Crimson Monastery


The Crimson Monastery is a medium length, system neutral adventure module. It is designed to be played in two to three sessions.

The adventure is built system neutral but contains a bestiary and treasure section tailored for the Adventurous ttrpg.

The adventure contains:

  • A region, The Shaded Valley.
  • The small town of Lakeview.
  • 7 Unique NPC:s, complete with goals, fears and quirks to make them easy to run.
  • A faction, the Crimson Crusade.
  • Two dungeons, The Flooded Tomb and the Wyvern nest.
  • A random encounter table for when traveling The Shaded Valley.
  • A rumor table.
  • 9 Unique magic items.
  • A bestiary containing 13 monsters and opponents, all with unique abilities.

And much more!


The adventure takes place in the Shaded Valley, where the village of Lakeview is located.

The Crimson Crusade is a fanatical religious order that have recently arrived in the valley, and made an old monastery their home. At first they kept to themselves, but about a month ago they started to violently interrogate the locals, suspecting them all to be undead in disguise. Which is of course false.

Old school design, new school layout!

This adventure is built upon the principles of old school tabletop gaming, sometimes called OSR.

What that means is that it’s expected of the players to solve puzzles and traps through clever thinking, not by “throwing dice at them”.

The old school approach to adventure design also mean that the combat encounters are not balanced against anything, they are just logically composed, meaning that the number of wolves the PCs can encounter is not based on the level of their characters, but on the logical question: “How many wolves are there in a pack?”.

It’s important that you as the Game Master is prepared for this, and give the players sufficient hints whenever they encounter something that their characters would reasonable interpret as deadly.

But don’t worry if a player character dies, risk is part of the job.

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Vance A December 04, 2022 8:34 pm UTC
A flexible adventure milieu, with a number of hooks and interactions. While set up as system-neutral, the adventure has some clever mechanics and monster alternatives that can be ported into other games. The module is well laid out and very user friendly. I pulled elements for a B/X game and plan on returning to the scenario in depth. More thoughts here:
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This title was added to our catalog on November 04, 2022.