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The Vault of Darom MadarD&D Insider Article
A Dark Sun Adventure for 1st-level Characters
by Aeryn "Blackdirge" Rudel

"The Vault of Darom Madar" challenges adventurers to locate an ancient treasure lost somewhere in the vast desert. The characters, however, are not the only group seeking to uncover the long-lost fortune, so the heroes must not only find the treasure but return safely with it to the gates of Tyr. "The Vault of Darom Madar" is an adventure for 1st-level characters which provides enough experience to take them to 2nd or 3rd level by the adventure’s conclusion. It also serves as a bridge between the short adventure "Sand Raiders" in the Dark Sun Campaign Setting and the separate adventure "Marauders of the Dune Sea."

This dark cavern is strewn with corpses. Most are badly decomposed or reduced to bare bones. Many are armed and armored with crumbling gear in two distinctly different styles. Some, however, appear to be freshly killed; the crimson gore beneath a pile of gith bodies can’t be more than a few days old. Across the gory killing field, the cavern gives way to a short tunnel. There, the unnatural lines of worked stone lead further into darkness.

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    About the Author

    Aeryn “Blackdirge” Rudel has been a professional game designer since 2005. His recent author credits include The Lost Cistern of Aravek, Chaos Scar: Crawling Fane, and Chaos Scar: Dead by Dawn. Aeryn currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife Melissa, a nongamer whose tolerance for her husband’s geekery borders on the supernatural.