The residents of Haskenport are worried -- someone is living at the old manor house. The local druid says it's a band of hobgoblins. Are they just looking for a temporary shelter before moving on? Or do they plan to bring a whole tribe to live there when the place is secured? Or do they work for an even worse creature that no one has seen yet? Whatever their reasons for being there, the situation can't be good. It's up to the heroes to clean the monsters out of the place so the townsfolk can sell it. Drop this free online adventure for D&D v.3.5 by Scott Brocius and Mark Jindra into a coastal area of your campaign world where the sea is shallow. Suitable for four 7th-level characters.
Haskenport is a small town at the edge of a shallow sea. It was founded about thirty years ago, when Reynard Hasken, a paladin of St. Cuthbert, decided to retire to the area. He built a manor and a small private dock, and his followers created the community nearby.
Some ten years ago, Reynard Hasken died of natural causes. He willed his manor house to the church of St. Cuthbert, but the priestess and her underlings cannot pay the high cost of its upkeep, and they have been unable to sell it thus far. Though they have removed some of the items of value from the house for safekeeping, they have made no attempt at the upkeep that the manor requires. Thus, it has slowly fallen into disrepair.
A few weeks ago, a roving band of hobgoblins arrived at the manor house and took up residence there. Since then, they have been using it as a base of operations, though no one is quite sure what those operations are. Whatever their plans, however, their presence can't be a good thing. So the mayor of Haskenport and Ana, priestess of St. Cuthbert, have decided to seek help in ousting the evil humanoids.
About the Authors
Scott Brocius has been "kicking around" with the D&D game since he was introduced to it in 1980. He's been an RPGA member for several years and has helped organize and run RPGA events for several conventions, including Origins. The new edition of the D&D game has renewed his love for and interest in the game. Scott now coauthors the monthly Mind's Eye feature on the Wizards of the Coast website.
Mark A. Jindra has been a fan of Dungeons & Dragons for the past 25 years. He has organized RPGA events for many conventions, including Origins and Winter Fantasy. In 1998, he landed his dream job as a web developer for Wizards of the Coast, Inc., and he is currently the developer for the D&D website. Mark has authored or coauthored numerous tournaments for the RPGA, and he also coauthors the monthly Mind's Eye feature on the Wizards of the Coast website.