I'm running a party of 5 players through Bullywug Gambit and they have been really struggling with the power level. It took some work on my part not to wipe them all out at Kraken's Cove and while they've just freed Lavinia, they are hurting, haven't done the basement and have no spells left. They will not be 5th level by the time they are finished with Bullywug, and I think, given there are 5 of them, its just going to get worse as the AP goes along.
I'd like to insert a short urban side trek after Bullywug to get them up to at least 5th level before I start Sea Wyvern's Wake, but I've looked through all my stuff and can only find stuff that either requires too much work (I'm limited on prep time) or I've already run for this group (we've been playing for ~20 yrs at this point.)
I'm running 3.5, can anyone recommend a short, 3.5 urban side trek for about a 4th level (not too much higher) party?
There is the adventure set in Sasserine which was not part of the Savage Tide campaign, called War of the Wielded in Dungeon Magazine #149. That is designed for 5th level NPCs and will work well for 5 4th level PCs.
I saw that one as I was going through my back issues but I think I balked at it due to the level. I’ve not actually read it, but I’ll definitely go take a closer look.
Sinkhole in Dungeon #103
The Stink from Dungeon #105
Wedding Bells in Dungeon #89
Wingclipper's Revenge from Dungeon #132
I know you said you were limited on prep time, but some is going to be required, it seems. A small village could be a suburb of Sasserine. Or maybe its just a neighborhood within a district itself.