EN5ider #327 - Mini-Adventure: Ghosts in the Graveyard

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#327. Mini-Adventure: Ghosts in the Graveyard. In life Gabriel Valcori was a successful businessman, famed throughout the city for his wealth and generosity. Unbeknownst to his admirers however the merchant began his career by robbing graves, a vice he continued even after securing his vast fortune. Valcori’s crimes remained undiscovered while he lived, but upon his death the merchant was buried in the very graveyard he once robbed—an outrage that has driven Valcori’s victims to return as restless spirits! This short sidequest for 4–5 5th level PCs was written by William Fischer, features color artwork by Phil Stone and Ellis Goodson, along with the cartography of Dyson Logos.

#326. Monstrous Menagerie: Three Arcane Avians. Doom comes from above with this trio of monstrous magical birds! The three-eyed pale striganes (CR 5) is a psionically empowered owl that paralyzes prey with psychic blasts then scatters any companions with a burst of mental fear before sinking its claws into its victims flesh, devouring the thing's mind and draining any mental prowess to feed its young. Conversely there's the cacophony cockatoo (CR 1), a brightly colored, highly intelligent, and extremely mischievous tropical bird with a knack for disrupting spellcasters with its cries. Individually these creatures can neutralize spells, but larger flocks have been known to turn spells back on their casters, and they are clever enough to ally with tribes and creatures in their native lands in exchange for food and shiny trinkets. Finally there's the carrion crow (CR 3), a necromantically-gifted corvid with the ability to raise and control the dead, forming small hordes of zombies to defend their nests—yet they also learn to drag secrets from the decaying minds of their zombie guards, occasionally trading information with sinister folk for magical treasures. Wonderfully designed by Joe Crow (yes the irony was not lost on anyone) and illustrated by Xanditz.

#325. Frozen Archetypes. Spring is here and for most of us winter has passed, but before the season is truly behind us we've got four chilly class archetypes to include in your game! First off there are two barbarian primal paths: Frostbitten warriors that wield cold like a weapon and those who choose to be Titanic, gradually increasing in size whenever they rage. Next up are Frozen Blood monks, a perfect option for those hermit characters dwelling alone in the mountains. Finally there's the Cold Soul warlock patron who grants powerful control over ice that allows followers to substitute cold damage in their spells, propel themselves using it, and ultimately the ability to condense the moisture in the air into a massive frozen boulder to drop onto foes! Designed by Mike Myler, illustrated by Savage Mojo.

#324. Mini-Adventure: Aberrant Echoes. The earth is littered with forgotten ruins of civilizations long gone. Many hide treasures, but one of them contains something else—something of a different world, or perhaps another reality. Long ago the Aberrant (a highly intelligent race from the mad realm) built a laboratory filled with twisted experiments. This was not only a place of twisted pursuits, but a complex imbued with a conscious Psionic Brain. The lab has laid dormant for centuries until only recently when a trespasser activated the inquisitive monster, awakened with an undeniable need to fulfill its last task once more—by every means necessary. This mini-adventure for 4 PCs of 5th–8th level was designed by Jos Van Egmond and illustrated by Savage Mojo, including cartography by Dyson Logos.

#323. Enchanted Trinkets: Zlick Willy's Wily Wares. With so much gloom about and April Fools day coming up, we're encouraging GMs everywhere to liven up their games with Zlick Willy’s Wily Wares! Get some laughs out of the table and kick a session into light-hearted mode with Zlick’s message cushion (imagine everybody’s faces when the wizard sits down and their chair seems to say, “Get off me you tub of lard!”) or grab the door-free dunk bucket to dump water on a dour companion—no doorway required! Peruse this catalog for 8 more magical japes, pranks, and laugh riots, and remember: it’s always a whopper with Zlick Willy’s wily wares! Amusingly designed by Andrew Engelbrite with illustration by Ellis Goodson.

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