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SOSR2 The Monk's Respite

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A High-Level Adventure for Players Levels 8 to 10
Intended for use with Most Fantasy Roleplaying Games

The tomb of a despotic monk who served a Chaotic deity lies
undisturbed in the desert. The locals avoid the place for they
believe this vile goddess still holds sway there. These nomads
have an old saying: “Only morons disturb the monk’s rest!”

Greetings adventurers and Game Masters! 

I am pleased to release the second book in my new OSR Series of adventures, THE MONK’S RESPITE. This high-level one-shot adventure is intended for 4 to 6 players of levels 8 to 10. In this scenario you players will take on the personae of a group of powerful adventurers searching the vast, uncharted Parched Desert in search of adventure. While travelling they chance upon rumours of an ancient tomb, known by locals to be the final resting place of a powerful monk whose order served a vile Chaotic deity. The tomb is rumoured to be an accursed place of Chaos and locals avoid it…but it is also said to hold riches ripe for the taking. While that sounds like a warning, to stalwart adventurers it also sounds like a challenge! Will your players accept the challenge and explore the monk’s tomb?

Synopsis: While travelling along an ancient trade route purported to cross the great Parched Dessert, in search of the desert’s mysteries, you come across a nomadic trader whose camel has fallen into in a hole and dropped its load. The man begs the players for their assistance in pulling the poor animal to safety as it is in trouble. In exchange for your help, he offers payment in the form of a large silver coin stamped with five unknown symbols. He tells you this item has been passed down in his family, from parent to child, for generations, and that it came from the tomb of ancient Chaotic monk, which lies near the local settlement of Athnan Wadi. He says the place is rumoured to be full of riches but guarded by great evil and, he continues, “Only morons disturb the monk’s rest!”. The man is visibly shocked when you ask him to draw you a map to the tomb, which he nonetheless does out of appreciation for your help. As you ride off to your likely death, he shakes his head and thinks to himself, “Who can understand the ways of adventures?”


Table of Contents and Map of The Monk’s Tomb


Cartography by Louis "sirlou" Kahn, all rights reserved.

This adventure was written for use with older versions of the world’s oldest roleplaying game, but it is easily modified to be played with most fantasy rulesets. Minimal OSR statistics are included in the text of the adventure, but an appendix of complete OSR statistics blocks for the new foes are provided.

This scenario includes two new foes for OSRIC/OSR games, the aberrant Dungeon Trapper which mimics common dungeon dressings to lure in its victims; and a new class of undead creature, the frightening Undead Dragon, with players facing off against an Ancient Blue Skeletal Dragon named Stormcrash. The included statistics and rules will help GMs to create other types of Undead Dragons, including Zombie Dragons; Shadow and Ghostly Dragons; and terrifying spell-casting Draconic Demi-Lichs and Lichs.

In addition, this scenario introduces a powerful new magical staff to incorporate into your OSR campaign, the Dragon Staff. Powered by the trapped spirit of a slain Red Dragon, this mighty artifact-level weapon wields powers which rival the greatest staff weapons known to delvers, such as the Staff of Power and Staff of Wizardry!

Printing Tip: This book is presented in digest format (5.5” x 8.5”), made for easy viewing on your computer or mobile device. However, for best results in printing this book, use these settings: set the paper size to 8.5” x 11”, set the orientation to landscape mode, set the print scale to 2 pages per sheet, and if you wish to print double-sided, set it to flip the pages on the short side.

Lastly, with this purchase you also get a free copy of my latest Starry Knight Press Catalog, which has information on all of my modules and supplements, as well as maps of the known portions of my campaign world of Terrans, and bonus content (new monsters and magic items for OSR/5E rules) taken from my published books!

Louis “sirlou” Kahn
Starry Knight Press
March 2023

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