What Do I Know About Evaluations, Keys from the Golden Vault, Half Twelve, (D&D 5e)
The Feywild is the subsequent cease on our tour of the adventures options within the Keys from the Golden Vault anthology sequence, Celebration at Paliset Corridor. This time round, the PCs get to steal a probably very harmful necklace from a retired elf adventurer throughout a Winter Solstice occasion. This journey is for Tenth-level adventurers.
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The PCs are both requested by the Golden Vault to take part on this mission or they obtain a messenger from the husband of the retired adventurer throwing the Winter Solstice gala within the Feywild. There isn’t an entire lot fleshed out for PCs that aren’t linked to the Golden Vault, so DMs might need to construct their very own connections to the retired adventurers in the event that they wish to skip the Golden Vault framing mechanism.
One factor that’s attention-grabbing about this opening is that the individual sending the messenger is particularly tied to the Golden Vault. Eliphas, the werebear married to Zorhanna and anxious concerning the impact of the necklace on his spouse, is the character that creates the music packing containers and keys for the Golden Vault. We additionally get slightly extra info on the Golden Vault on this part. Along with arranging for heists that additional the larger good, additionally they accumulate and retailer probably harmful magic objects, which form of matches in with the entire “we’re paying you in magic objects” motif we’ve seen to this point.
This journey takes place within the Feywild, and encompasses the native institutions (inns, companies) and the situation the place the gala takes place. Oh, and possibly a pocket dimension influenced by the Far Realm.
This one will get twisty! Eliphas needs the PCs to steal a necklace being worn by his spouse, as a result of he’s afraid that she’s being influenced by it. However the necklace teleports again to a vault when it’s eliminated. So you have already got a built-in “shifting location” for the maguffin.
As well as, the vault itself is hidden in a non-traditional place and relying on who the PCs discuss to, they’ll guess the place that vault is.
Past the shifting location and discovering the vault and opening it, you even have the added complication of the coven of evening hags, the earlier house owners of the necklace, displaying as much as steal it again.
Not solely will we get some info on the native inhabitants of this portion of the Feywild within the type of enterprise house owners, we even have a chart that particulars potential company to the gala, in addition to some persona particulars of the workers on the property. Relying on how and when the PCs work together with the workers, their concern and connection to the adventuring couple that owns the property goes to assist reveal what’s going on and the place to seek out issues.
Past the usual humanoids attending the gala, and the assemble guarding the vault, you will have the fey (which might be surprising of their exclusion for a Feywild-themed journey), and winter wolf bouncers. Technically you even have an aberration within the type of a Far Realm entity that resides within the necklace, however its stats come up.
There’s a plot level hard-wired into the journey, the place even when the PCs are profitable, the necklace cracks open and the Far Realm entity escapes. I’ll contact on this a bit extra within the subsequent part.
This is likely one of the adventures that provides a bit extra element to the Golden Vault’s response. They don’t simply need the necklace to be stolen, additionally they don’t pay up until Eliphas and Zorhanna each survive, and no harmless lives have been misplaced on the gala. I form of want that there have been a number of extra notes like this for the Golden Vault in a few of the different adventures.
Along with the Golden Vault paying out one other uncommon magic merchandise, there’s a checklist of magic objects that Eliphas gives the PCs for efficiently doing the job, based mostly on some objects they’ve on show from their days as adventurers.
I take pleasure in how this journey is form of a transferring goal. Zorhanna’s simulacrum (the one carrying the necklace . . . the actual one is trapped inside) can seem in a variety of locations, taking part in hostess. The PCs can study so much in the event that they handle to seek out Eliphas proper off the bat, however he didn’t give them a location to satisfy up. The workers is frightened about Eliphas and Zorhanna’s relationship and relying on how the PCs work together with them, they may drop some clues as a result of they’re extra more likely to wish to see them protected and sound than to do their jobs.
The evening hags have a spy on the gala, so the PCs might run into them. The evening hags themselves can present up and complicate issues. Primarily, the journey provides you a state of affairs, and a few instruments to trace who’s the place and at what time, however every part else goes to be improvisation based mostly on the actions that the PCs take, within the context of a few of the random occasions occurring. This matches the theme of heist adventures very effectively, however I additionally assume it’s value mentioning that I don’t assume that is going to be a straightforward journey for newer DMs to run. Whereas there are some random tables and charts displaying areas, I feel the journey may have used a extra formalized means of monitoring when totally different occasions occur, and what meaning general.
That each one brings me to the a part of this journey that I want have been slightly totally different. The Golden Vault shops harmful magic objects, however as written, even when the PCs are profitable, the necklace’s gem will crack and let the entity out. It’s only a factor that may occur sooner or later within the journey.
I perceive that that is really a useful course correction to present the PCs an opportunity to nonetheless pull a win out of the jaws of defeat if the evening hags handle to steal the necklace, or in the event that they find yourself getting trapped inside it, however I really feel like if the PCs succeed within the heist and handle to steadiness every part to drag it off, they shouldn’t narratively face a narrative beat that looks like a failure. Sure, they receives a commission for stealing the necklace and getting it away from Zhorhanna, however even should you receives a commission, being informed a harmful entity escaped from the factor you stole doesn’t really feel like a victory, and there isn’t a solution to forestall that growth as written.