The Dungeon Under the Mountain—Rooms & Encounters: The Fungal Corridor (OGL) PDF

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Behind the door, the passage opens into a stale, moldy-smelling narrow corridor that arches steeply downwards. Whether the passageway was hand-carved or is simply a crude nature passage is visually undecipherable as the walls, floor, and ceiling are completely overgrown with pustulate, spongy-looking, sickly grey fungus. Haphazardly constructed, like a makeshift suspension bridge, a flight of stairs hangs from the ceiling. An off-color slimy mold coats the ropes binding the stair treads and ascending into the ceiling where they seemingly disappear into whatever substance engulfs the corridor. The staircase itself descends 20 feet down into a dangerous looking small 5-foot-square fungus-encrusted orifice.

Discover the Fungal Corridor! (Room 12, Level 1)

The Dungeon Under the Mountain is a massive dungeon complex extending endlessly below the ground. In a remote past, ancient evil beings dwelled in the area. Now, the remaining mysterious evil beings have seized the dungeons and filled it with deadly traps and monsters. Also, many known villains have established their strongholds in the depths of the Dungeon Under the Mountain. Nobody knows why this dungeon is filled with danger, but nobody cares, since this dungeon is the most prized adventure ground of the world. However, be warned, adventurers: your life will be not easy here and dozens of self-appointed heroes have never returned from the Dungeon Under the Mountain!

You Have Been Warned!

This is part of a series of products detailing the rooms in the massive Dungeon Under the Mountain environment; it can be adapted without effort to any existing dungeon. It includes miniatures-scale maps where appropriate.

This product has been designed to help busy referees in preparing dungeon adventures and encounters. Instead of wasting time scaling encounters and adapting them to your party, here you will find an encounter pre-scaled to three different levels of play (low, mid and high levels). At the beginning of the encounter text, you will find a big button. This button allows you to select the level you want to play, and changes the relevant portions of the text accordingly. Monsters will scale, DCs will change, traps and villain behaviors will change.

Beside each paragraph you will find a smaller button that allows you to change only the selected paragraph. Therefore, if you need stronger monsters in your low-level encounter, you can adjust them, leaving other sections configured for low levels. Likewise, if you want traps tougher, just click on the paragraph button and change the level of the trap paragraph. Blank spaces caused by differing text lengths will be filled with placeholder artwork, so the pages will still look good.

The smaller maps feature the "Rule the Dungeon" button. By clicking it, you can customize the map by opening or closing the doors, removing the furniture or removing the fill in the walls and more, depending on the room's layout.

This product takes advantage of PDF technology, joining old-fashioned style with the most advanced electronic features. In order to use this product you must use Adobe Reader 6 or later.

Written by Tim Hitchcock.

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Basically, this section drawn from The Dungeon Under the Mountain complex details a single hidden corridor which has been overgrown by some fascinating fungi. However, botanists should really stay out - all the creatures in here are unfriendly and there are also a few nasty traps to avoid!

Making good use of the 'Rule The Dungeon' technology, the description of this area allows you to choose a high, middle or low threat level for the whole corridor, as well as to vary the challenge level of individual components - monster statistics, monster combat tactics, treasure/XP and trap difficulty. There is also a space in which to type in your own notes and comments, which can be saved for future use. The maps include an overview for the DM and larger sections than can be used as battlemaps by miniatures users.

While intended as a section of populated dungeon for the Dungeon Under the Mountain, you can of course drop this pleasant little back alley into a dungeon or other structure of your own choosing - perhaps it's a disused smugglers' tunnel that has become overrun by the local wildlife - if you prefer.

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