Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven (PFRPG) PDF

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Dangers of a Forgotten Past Awakened in the Deep

When hobgoblin raiders kidnap a caravan full of workers and supplies, the adventurers set off to get them all back. But neither the raiders nor the adventurers know what terrifying horrors await them in the depths of their cavern hideout. Now, the adventurers must risk it all to prevent the minions of an ancient enemy from visiting death and destruction upon the land. Can the heroes rescue the captives from the hobgoblins and deliver them from this ancient foe—or will they all perish, ushering in the rise of a forgotten deity?

"Rescue from Tyrkaven" is the latest adventure module in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves series, and is compatible with the best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This adventure is designed to challenge four to five 2nd-level PCs who thirst for heroics... but they may find more than they bargained for in the process! Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • 5 fully-developed new monsters for your Pathfinder campaign
  • A sinister new magic item, the book of dark obedience, that can set your adventurers onto an entirely new campaign
  • A full-color map of the caverns from which the hobgoblins terrorize the locals
  • Enough content to get a group of 2nd-level adventurers well on their way to 3rd level, with ideas to extend the story even further once you’re done exploring the caves

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

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This installment of the Deadly Delves-series clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!

As far as supplemental material is concerned, the module includes stats for a Small negative energy elemental, which is nice, as well as an evil book contained some dark rituals and tricks for folks associated with the living dead. These, alas, do not come with proper rules-codification and thus render the book very much an evil story-item for the PCs to destroy – somewhat odd, considering that the presentation makes it look like a regular item, and since the defense mechanisms of the book have been properly codified. The module sports read-aloud text for your convenience and provides some guidance regarding negotiation etc. during the initial hiring talks.

This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump ahead to the conclusion.



All right, only GMs around? Great! So, the PCs are hired to retrieve a caravan’s crew, taken hostage by hobgoblins, and, if possible, a couple of barrels of wine the goblinoids stole. A mad beggar pronounced a dire warning as the PCs set off. En route, we have a random encounter chosen from a list of 6 (solid, brief ones; nothing too crazy), before the PCs arrive at the hobgoblin cave, where the first couple of rooms present a pretty vanilla hobgoblin crawl, with a CR 3 ranger and CR 2 acolyte statblock; the dungeon’s first 10 rooms offer some choice, aren’t linear and generally are nice. The one thing that’s odd in the complex would be all those weathered glyphs on the walls.

Well, turns out that this is a bait and switch scenario: the complex is neatly bisected into two different areas, with the final 4 areas across the river containing the remnants of agents of the cult of dread Tyrkaven: Extremely fast (50 ft.!) cursed zombies with CR ½ and the ability to emit a bolstering screech. Casting a single necromancy spell alerts these critters and has them burst into the rest of the complex! (The speed is important, also since they need to jump across the river and have no ranks in Acrobatics.) Chaos erupts, and chances are that the single hobgoblin who fights alongside the PCs may make for an interesting future ally. The Warmaster of these tyrkaven-zombies clocks in at CR 4, and the ghost of a madman can potentially provide further hooks. The pdf contains two handouts, which is a nice bonus. No template to create your own tyrkaven-undead is included, alas.


Editing and formatting are very good on a formal and rules-language level. Layout adheres to a two-column full-color standard and the pdf sports solid full-color artworks. The cartography is similarly full color and nice, though, alas, no player-friendly version is included. The pdf has bookmarks that work, though they show up as gibberish in my version. The pdf comes with a second, printer-friendly version. Kudos!

Dale McCoy Jr. provides a nice and solidly-executed bait-and-switch scenario. It’s not necessarily a groundbreaking one, but it doesn’t try to be. It executes its angle well and is enjoyable. That being said, there are a couple of small details in book, lack of player-friendly map, etc. that make this one feel less polished than the excellent, more recent installments in the series. All in all, I consider this to be a solid and fun module that plays better than it reads, at least in the hands of an experienced GM. Having an enemy-progressing chart/tracker would have made sense here. All in all, my final verdict will clock in at 3.5 stars, rounded down for the purpose of this platform.

Endzeitgeist out.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

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President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

This 18 page adventure is perfect for a group of 2nd-level adventurers. It is short enough to run as a convention game and easy enough to run if you did not prepare for a night's session. Download it today.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Be sure to read all about Edward Amante, the iconic that graces the cover of this adventure at

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

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I just filled out the paperwork to run this adventure at PaizoCon. I hope to see you there.

Dark Archive

Is there a difference between the 2 files that are available for download after purchase?

Editor, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Dale can tell you the exact differences better than I can, but one of the files is (or should be) marked Printer Friendly, and, as I understand it, is designed to consume less ink and be more legible if you decide to print your own hard copy for use at the table.

Dark Archive

Richard Moore wrote:
Dale can tell you the exact differences better than I can, but one of the files is (or should be) marked Printer Friendly, and, as I understand it, is designed to consume less ink and be more legible if you decide to print your own hard copy for use at the table.

Ah, I see the difference now. Thanks!

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

What Richard Said.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

We are running Rescue from Tyrkaven at PaizoCon. Sign up today.

Can't make it to PaizoCon, download the adventure today.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

I will be running this adventure Saturday, Sunday and Monday at PaizoCon. Download it today if you cannot be in any of those games (or even if you are in any of those games).

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Part of our PaizoCon Sale. Download this adventure for 25% off today.

Jon Brazer Enterprises

Be sure to check out this adventure, an all our other Pathfinder adventures at

Jon Brazer Enterprises

This is a great low level adventure that can give your campaign the kick it needs. Download Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven today.

Jon Brazer Enterprises

Do you want to see this conversation to 2e and expanded into something larger?

Reviewed first on, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.

Jon Brazer Enterprises

This fun little module is a great level 2 adventure. Download it today.

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