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The Temple of Mysteries: In Media Res


By Monte Cook
A dungeon adventure for 4th- and 5th-level characters

Years ago, enigmatic figures known as the Triune created a strange temple and set themselves up there as gods. Though they wielded great magic, their religion eventually disintegrated and their temple fell into ruin. Wise ones speak of unusual magic, bizarre riddles, and ritualized tests within the place. But you know that a powerful magic item called the strand of tears may still be lost in these ruins. And is there more in the temple than it might seem?

The Temple of Mysteries: In Media Res is a dungeon adventure for 4th- to 5th-level characters. Its challenge lies not just in overcoming foes in combat, but in solving puzzlelike problems and dealing with unique roleplaying situations. A very difficult adventure, The Temple of Mysteries will challenge even the most experienced players, whether they are fans of hack-'n'-slash, puzzle solving, or in-depth roleplaying.

Originally created to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the world's most popular roleplaying game, the Temple of Mysteries was run at various conventions and game days. This stand-alone adventure is intended to serve as a one-shot dungeon scenario. In addition to the scenario itself, The Temple of Mysteries includes:

Six pregenerated characters appropriate for the adventure and ready to play. Maps created using Dundjinni mapping software at normal scale (1 inch = 40 feet) and battle-mat scale (1 inch = 5 feet). Just print them out and lay them on the table to provide a beautiful gaming environment for the adventure. Counters courtesy of Fiery Dragon Productions for all the pregenerated characters, NPCs, and creatures in the adventure. Handouts for the players.


And best of all, for a limited time, all proceeds from the sales of this adventure go to benefit tsunami relief efforts. (To read more about our charity, Mercy Corps, visit the group's website at

Cover art by Tyler Walpole
Illustrated by Eric Lofgren, Claudio Pozas, Todd and Mysie Sabin, Stephen Shepherd, Arne Swekel, Tyler Walpole, Sam Wood, and Kieran Yanner

For printing and navigation tips, be sure to read the readme file.

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February 28th, 2012
Great fun! The scenario sets up pre-generated characters in a mix of intrigue and plot twists with puzzling traps, tricks and encounters. Without presenting any spoilers, please note: "In Media Res" means "in the middle of affairs" [...]
January 30th, 2010
This adventure is a strange one, with a couple of major twists built in. It's designed for a one-shot (though it usually takes me about 6 hours to run it) of RP and mystery, not as part of an ongoing campaign. I've run it three times, with mixed [...]
Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
June 24th, 2009
SPOILER ALERT! This very clever adventure scenario has well-rounded pregenerated characters, a compelling storyline, some fun fights, and a twist ending that will have players laughing and applauding. One of the best adventure modules produced d [...]
November 17th, 2008
Just GM'ed this yesterday. A real blast for both the players and GM. If you are into something a little different... [...]
April 23rd, 2008
As a PDF - like most Malhavoc products, simple and clean so easy to read and print. As a product - this is a good fun adventure. It's major weakness is that it is, pretty much, a stand-alone. That's it's purpose, so you can't fault it on that bu [...]
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