Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The Sword of Justice, d20, Comfort
The premise is fairly straightforward. The party is accused of a murder which they did not commit. They are given two days to prove their innocence. In most cases a "Speak with Dead" spell or any other spell along that line would solve the problem. The problem is that in Om Amarna spell casting in prohibited in public and a curse causes many spells to backfire does not allow for this.
The adventure does not have an part that the players have to go through in order. The module consists of a series of encounters and location that the players could run into while trying to prove their innocence. The city itself is fleshed out enough for the adventure and could be used in the future though I don't think I would use it as a base of operations. The module includes a means of tracking travel time within the city so as to keep the two days idea part of the adventure.
The module introduces a new race the Arocha along with what seems to be the required d20 prestige class. The writing is done well enough though I am never one to really judge on that. I want the idea and some stat blocks and the rest I often find myself winging. There are some serious plot holes and the GM will need to work through or around these.
Overall it can work as provided as a one shot but even then would need some tweaking. I am not sure it would fit well into an existing campaign unless it was reworked by the GM some or he had a section of the world this could just be thrown into without disrupting the rest. When released the price was $13.95 so it was on the higher end and that would have hurt it. The module can be picked up fairly cheap so that helps it now. I think it can be mined for ideas and even used as it so I would say pick it up on a dare and give it shot.
From the back of the module:
Two Days to Live!
Welcome to Om Amarna, and the annual Horse Festival. It is a time of celebration, drinking, haggling, and thanksgiving.
Celebrate while you can, because soon the peace will be shattered. And in its wake will come danger, suspicion, and tragedy.
In this first adventure in the cursed land of Tieros, beginning characters will be forced to work together in a race against time to find critical answers in a crowded, diverse, and paranoid city. Answers that will satisfy the Dark Guard and the Cult of Justice. Answers that will save their own necks from the gallows.
The Sword of Justice introduces Tieros, a land cursed by the acts of an ancient hero, bound by common fate, and diverse in culture and belief.
In this adventure characters will become familiar with an exotic new PC race, the dangers of practicing magic in Tieros, the fanatical Cult of Justice who worships Law itself, and the ubiquitous Dark Guard, the military power that protects and enforces peace.
Will you survive your first adventure in Tieros, or will it claim your life?
Level: Zero (Cantrip)
Duration: One Day
Area of Effect: Caster
Casting Time: One Round
Saving Throw: None
This spell will allow the magic user to be comfortable in any normal level environment that they might find themselves in. The spell is limited in the range of extremes and the nature of the environment that it will protect the cast from though.
The caster will find that they will be comfortable in what would be standard ranges of temperatures they might encounter. They can operate and be comfortable in a range of 0 to 120 degrees. The spell does not provide any special benefits other than being comfortable though. The caster will not be protected from any other hazards in the environment other than the temperature. Toxins or poisons in the atmosphere will still affect them as will spells of a magical nature involving temperatures.
Disclaimer: The spells that you will see, for how ever long the write ups last, were all written up or conceived of back in the 80's so the terminology may not appropriate for anything other than 1e and depending on how well I did back then it may be slightly off for that as well. If there is any duplication of spells that exist now it is most likely I wrote mine first :) Please feel free to comment on them but try not to be too hard on me. If anyone wishes to use these in anything they print please let me know in advance and all I ask is proper credit.
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