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The Tomb of Black Sand

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Deep in the forest plants and animals twist and crack and seem to fill with stars before they vanish, screaming into nothing. A tomb has appeared, and lumberjacks argue about its origin over drinks at the Red Squirrel Inn. Some say it's new, like a freshly grown cancerous lump; others say the twisting earth revealed an ancient trove of bone and unimaginable treasure. No one can agree, but townsfolk have begun to go missing, riders in black have been seen on the roads, and some say the candles are singing.

 

The Tomb of Black Sand is an adventure created for use with contemporary (2019) table top role playing games. Yet, deeply rooted in “old school” RPG design sensibilities. It can be used as a one-shot or as a hook filled location on the map that players can explore or ignore over the course of their adventures.

Creatures within the tomb are not here to be killed by or provide a challenge for PCs. They have their own concerns, are (mostly) minding their own business and PCs are intruding upon their mythic underworld. Dealing with them does have its benefits though, as the tomb is full of treasure and innocents in need of rescue.

The tomb is a Lich’s lair (CR 21), who is always present. There is no need, or expectation, PCs kill him. If a level 4 party goes up against him—expecting balanced, “combat-as-sport”—it almost certainly ends in their oblivion. It is possible, but his death is in no way the “intent” of this adventure.

The answers are not on your character sheet but uncovered with exploration and applied creativity.

 

 
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Markus J October 07, 2019 8:57 am UTC
Does "to be used with contemporary role playing games" indicate that the adventure contains stats for 5e? Or is this a system neutral adventure?
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Jacob H October 07, 2019 7:48 pm UTC
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It may be a poor interpretation on my end but my understanding of the OGL is that you can't say it's compatible, but, it uses the 5e OGL.
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Michael P October 07, 2019 10:23 pm UTC
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There are 5e stat blocks. Sort of an abbreviated form, but they are there and usable. Not sure why it did not use the normal and market accepted way of saying 5e of the world's most popular RPG ....
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Joani M October 13, 2019 8:50 pm UTC
Since everybody does it, I think it's safe to say that you can say it is 5E compatible.
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