D&D Adventures08/01/2000


Make "The Burning Plague" your first 3rd-edition D&D quest!



Kicking off our new series of monthly free adventures, Miguel Duran brings us "The Burning Plague," a quest to find the source of a disease threatening the prosperous community of Duvik's Pass. Designed for four to six characters of 1st level, this never-before-published module offers an evening's worth of gaming fun.

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Introduction

A sickness has come unto the simple mining community of Duvik's Pass, poisoning their wells and blighting their crops. With the pestilence leaving the strongest men of the town's guard a few short days away from death, the burden of descending into the mines and purging the wellspring of whatever evil has settled there falls to an intrepid band of adventurers. Can these noble heroes prevail within the depths of Duvik's Pass, or will they too fall victim to the perils of The Burning Plague?

The Burning Plague is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure designed for a party of four to six characters of 1st level. Dungeon Masters (DMs) should feel free to adjust the adventure as necessary to accommodate groups not falling within this range. However, given the fairly low power level of the inhabitants of the mines at Duvik's Pass, it should be noted that parties consisting of 20 or more total levels are unlikely to find satisfactory challenge within The Burning Plague.

Preparation

As the DM, you will need a copy of the Player's Handbook to run this adventure. Having a copy of the Dungeon Master's Guide and the Monster Manual will certainly enhance your ability to present the material herein, but they are not required to run this module.

Text that appears in shaded boxes is player information, which you may read aloud or paraphrase when appropriate. Monster and NPC statistics are provided with each encounter in abbreviated form.

s Duvik's Pass: A History

Duvik's Pass is a small town nestled within one of the few valleys that cross through the Serpentcoil Mountains. It has long been a waystop for travelers and adventurers seeking to rest aching limbs and drown painful memories within her gates. Moreover, it has also gained attention recently as a potential power in the area's commerce, due to a discovery of substantial silver deposits buried in the mountains nearby. Over the past three years, the men of Duvik's Pass have burrowed into the ground seeking the wealth therein. Able-bodied folk from neighboring villages flocked to the town, hoping to lend their strength within the mines and garner some share of the prize.

Hope and industry turned to despair and potential ruin with the advent of the Burning Plague four months ago. It began quietly enough, with the miners returning home from their work at nightfall complaining of blistering sores and an unbearable thirst. Shortly thereafter, the town's livestock was decimated by an unknown illness and her crops began to wither. The elders of Duvik's Pass declared that the well water had been soured by an unknown disease, but by then the Burning Plague had already begun claiming the young and the sickly. To make matters worse, the last few men still strong enough to plumb the wealth of the mine fell prey to an unknown threat just over half a month past and have not been seen since?.

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