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Adventures converted to 5e SPOILERS

Post by Coronoides » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:13 am

Those of you following my conversion efforts can now begin to use the adventures in Book 3 of the boxed set. As I complete the first draft of the conversion notes for each adventure they will be posted here. As usual I would love your feedback especially if you play through any of the adventures. Note that this thread contains spoilers so players stop reading here.

General Notes
The adventures in the boxed set proscribe whether dragon or vassal PCs are used and are written as if no one is playing a half-dragon. In this conversion I avoid the DM arbitrarily dictating to players which of their PCs they use and leave the descision to the players. Most players will understandably use all their characters on most adventures. Therefore when converting adventures I assume a ‘standard party’ of 4 bronze dragons (a mid-range breed) and 4 vassals with equal xp and one half dragon with double the xp of the others; 9 PCs all up. These large numbers of PCs require an extension of table for Encounter Multipliers (DMG82) for designing encounters. Fortunately a little algebra can figure this out and these numbers have several years of playtesting.
I have reassessed each adventure and given an appropriate level. Assessment included looking at the typical progression of a miid-range dragon breed (the bronze) compared to her 2e equivalent recommended in the adventure and looking at the most difficult combat encounter and setting a character level where this encounter was hard to deadly for our typical party. Usually, these two different methods produce very similar recommended levels.
When awarding experience divide the story-based rewards in CWC by 10. Where a xp reward is ‘per PC’ award once per player instead. Use the usual xp rewards for monsters given in the 5e MM. If a player has two active characters they get half as much each, if one member of a kindred bonded pair is active that character gets 75% of the xp and the partner 25%.

Not the Draca!
As the first adventure in a typical campaign, this scenario is for 5 characters and/or character sets total levels 7 each. It assumes that dragons have the Custodians’ Ward background. There should be at least one dragon PC for the plot to make any sense. 1st level characters can be killed instantly by a lucky blow from an ogre. Therefore the kindred of new gold dragons cannot take part. I would assume that the non-dragon PCs work for the Custodians or are visiting the Aerie on business. When the dragon PCs have made enough noise to raise the alarm then the other PCs are nearby and arrive the next round. The bond between kindred and dragon does not exist yet. The heroics of those kindred who do show up provides a nice backstory about why the dragon’s elders will assign the PC vassals to be kindred. I would also have Fireclaw (C7) hatch three rounds into the fight and try to claim the credit afterward (use wrymling red dragon MM98 but add Languages High Draconic, Chromatic, and Survival skill +2).
Unlike the original 2e adventure, no further rules for the weakened state of just-hatched dragons are needed, this conversion delays some features until a dragon’s first birthday anyway.
Given their placement on the map (CWC11), I would expect the ogres (MM237) to be met not all at once but in waves of 7 or less. Therefore this is a Medium danger adventure (assuming four 5th level dragons, four 2nd level kindred, and a 7th level half-dragon all starting characters with 0xp). Krug can be treated as a normal ogre but with Int 10 and 79hp (no change in his Challenge or xp). A typical xp reward would be around 1350xp per PC for the fights. Dividing the printed story rewards by 10 as much as 1725 more xp per player can be earned. The total is 3075xp for single PCs or 1537 for each character if both in a set are active, enough to raise the kindred to 3rd level. The adventure is worth 2 renown within the Custodians faction for dragon PCs however since they are not of sufficient age they cannot rise to the next rank within the faction.
After this adventure assign at least two years of downtime to allow the kindred bond to be forged and for PC dragons to enter a class.
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Re: Adventures converted to 5e SPOILERS

Post by Coronoides » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:44 pm

A good way into Colour Blind. Have to say “Not the Draca” is by far the simplest and shortest conversion. All the others will be much longer and take more time to produce.
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Re: Adventures converted to 5e SPOILERS

Post by Coronoides » Fri May 11, 2018 12:02 pm

How do I post a picture? My conversion of "Colour Blind" includes two small maps.
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Re: Adventures converted to 5e SPOILERS

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You have to use the img tag, which is the third button from the right above in full editor move.
Between the two tags you have to put the url of the image (i.e. must be an image stored on the web or on a site you own).

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Re: Adventures converted to 5e SPOILERS

Post by Coronoides » Fri May 11, 2018 11:51 pm

Let's try this...
Player's handout for Colour Blind. Propose route from Aerie to Dwarftown
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Re: Adventures converted to 5e SPOILERS

Post by Coronoides » Sat May 12, 2018 10:06 am

I'll be making several posters per adventure as material is completed. All this is at the draft stage and any comments no matter how minor are welcome.
This first part covers the introduction and the journey to Dwarf Town.

Adventure Two: Colour Blind
Introduction
As usual for this conversion players can decide on what mix of dragons, kindred, and half-dragons to send. This is an adventure for 4 to 9 PCs of around 18th level. The hardest encounter in this adventure is 12 frost giants, a just beyond deadly encounter for our typical party of nine (four 18th level young dragons aged about 6 to 25 years, four 18th level kindred, and a 23rd level half-dragon). However in that final fight the giants are supposed to get away, it is not a fight to the death, and the PCs need only figure out the mystery to succeed. Therefore a smaller party could easily complete the adventure. Note the difference from a typical D&D campaign, at 18th level most D&D campaigns will be winding up, this Council of Wrym’s campaign is about half way through.
Overview
The adventure is a good one although the plot relies too much on coincidence for my liking. Three conspiracies all happen to be discovered by a witness who just happens to lose his voice just before the PCs happen to show up, I mean really? Additionally, the other thing is the big iron cage. How did the dwarves make it so fast? Where did they get all the valuable iron shaped into long bars? I think a makeshift sturdy but wooden cage makes more sense.
Given that the custodian is sending them off to see if they can cooperate I would add the evil Fireclaw into the mix (C7). By this time Fireclaw will be the same age as the PCs (use young red dragon MM98 but add Languages High Draconic, Chromatic, and Survival skill +4). Despite what the PCs might expect Fireclaw does not betray them unless she sees a large gain and is certain she will not get caught.
Starting the Adventure
Player’s map. Print the map above and hand it to the players.
Although Dwarftown is not marked on the poster map in the boxed set it is an over 1000 mile journey from the Aerie to the Eastern Shore of Majyst. This journey is given no consideration in the original adventure. They cannot take the most direct route, typical young dragons have around CON18, insufficient for the sea flight from Fang to Watertown. I suggest a likely route below. I suggest you draw a map for them to follow and have Mykell give it to them and tell them to “fly swift over the ocean. In the end longer at a more moderate pace can lead to worse exhaustion”. If the PCs take another route then use the example as a model and roll random encounters. The typical travel pace for a young dragon flying is 64 miles a day (slow 43, fast 85) but to cross the seas sometimes a forced march will be required. A typical journey follows. I have aready rolled for random encounters on this journey.
DM’s map. This map has the typical days of travel marked in red.
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Day 1-2 overland NNW from the Aerie to the shore.
Day 3 They fly North 85miles across the straight to Exaurdon and reach the shore at the end of the day. Flying at fast pace avoids having to make forced march checks. They camp that night in the forest near the shore.
Day 4 they fly over forests and mountains to arrive at the City of Gold in the evening. Whether they have left All Clans Isle before or not the large impressive City of Gold deserves some attention. Read or riff of the following:
“As you pass over the foothills and the sun begins to set the peak of a mountain ahead gleams as if it is on fire. This is your first glimpse of the City of Gold. Spiralling up on the winds until you are level with the distant city you are so high you can see your home All Clans Isle to the South. Closer you can see the burning light is from many gold dragons flying over the city and from the gold coating many of roofs, columns, and huge statues. The wealth, size, and power of this metropolis carved from the rock of the mountain is staggering. The circling gold dragons pay you no mind as you approach their city.”
Should you need it more information on Clan Exaurdon is given CWB9-10 and Book 2 of this conversion. The Clan is so powerful that it has no overt enemies. Golds are also arrogant. For these reasons I decided that a few young dragons would be ignored as not a threat and not important by the golds. However once the PCs land vassals will recognize that a mixed-breed group of young dragons must be from the Custodians. Vassals will make the sign of the eight-pointed star (CWB24) and generally try to be helpful, though they still charge the PCs for lodging, food, and other services.
Day5: This is a great random encounter; the players get to control PC dragons fighting a Council of Wryms specific monster in the air! Flying ENE over the mountains they are attacked by Ogre Wyvern Riders who fire their massive longbows at the PCs before closing. Start the encounter with the wyverns springing out out hiding and taking to the air when the PCs enter the long range of the ogre’s bows (600 ft.). There are sufficient ogres and wyverns that the giants feel confident enough to take on the dragons. However, the PCs are so far away the ogres fail to spot the vassal heroes astride the dragons until it is too late. This will be a Medium encounter. 6 Ogre riders (viewtopic.php?f=81&t=19605) on 6 Wyverns (MM303).
Day 6-7: they fly across the plains without events.
Day 8-10 they reach the Northern forest of Exaurdon Island. No Encounters day 8-10. At the end of day 10 they reach the coast and rest for another endurance flight across the straight to Splendour Island.
Day 11: the narrow of the straight is 100 miles across. At fast pace (10.6 miles an hour) it is a 9hour 26min flight to Splendour Island. There are no encounters during the flight but this is a test of endurance. At the 9 hour mark they must make a CON save DC11 or suffer one level of exhaustion (PHB291). If they then have a meal and a longrest on the shore this resets. Sometimes though players choose to do the unexpected.
About Splendour Island
Splendour Island is home to three clans with very different cultures. The green dragons of Evilwood (Malsvirgrovis in Draconic), the golds of clan Resplendence (Vorelnoach), and the Topaz dragons of clan Dry Air (Thraejing). The proposed route does not take them to any of the cities of these clans; they fly along the neck of land that is probably the border of Evilwood and Resplendence. If the PCs decide to detour to settlements of any of these clans the only information we have on them is on the poster 3 “Dragon Clans of Io’s Blood Islands”. The dragons that Hammerim is dealing with are from Clan Evilwood but the is no chance the PCs will stumble on this information even if they visit the city that bears the clan’s name.
The following is extrapolated non-canon.
The neck of land connecting the northern and southern portions of Splendour is the border be-tween the Domains of Vorelnoach and Malsvirgrovis. Without a major river, mountain range or other natural geographic feature to define the border the neck is disputed lands. We know drag-ons of Malsvirgrovis are happy to trespass on the lands of other clans CWC19 and therefore are likely to not only dispute the border but also cross the neck into the northern lands held by Vorelnoach to hunt illegally. The results of these transgressions are covert raids conducted by both clans to destroy each other’s border settlements and fortifications. Neither clan is currently keen to bring the matter before the Council at this point. The golds want to re-establish settle-ments on ‘lost’ territory to strengthen their claim before bringing it to the Council while the Greens will avoid involving the Council as long as possible to grab more land and slaves. There-fore most dragons of both clans will avoid conversation with the PCs who are Custodians who might bring the matter to the Grand Custodian Mykell who would regard the raids as a possible threat of dragon-war and take it to the Council. Dragons of both clans will urge the PCs to fly through quickly, the golds with false concern for youngsters close to the green’s border and the greens with threats.

Day 12-14: The map indicates they should fly across Splendour Island at the narrow ‘neck’ joining the north and south portions of land then angle northwest to another narrow straight. About 185 miles all up, just under 3 days travel at moderate pace (64 miles per day). While day 12 and 14 pass without incident, Day 13 is especially eventful.
Day 13: About 9am they have the misfortune of encountering a Green Dragon. Achuakoth (Greentooth) is antagonistic and acuses them of being trespassers and unwelcome spies for the meddling Council. He threatens violence if they do not fly north for a day. If they comply he follows at a distance of about a mile and a day is added to their journey. They are on Council business and can lawfully cross. If they refuse then Greentooth attempts to murder the lot of them and hide the bodies. Achuakoth is an Adult Green Dragon who has severely underestimated the humanoids aiding the dragon PCs. This is an Easy fight. If he takes 100 damage (107 hp left) he attempts to flee. If Fireclaw is with the PCs she urges them to “punish this slight against the Council with death for this foolish green”.
Around noon of the same day when the PCs land for lunch a Black Bear watches them from hiding hoping to eat any scraps after the dragons leave. PCs with a passive perception of 10 or greater (most PCs) spot the bear lurking at a distance of about 100 feet away at the edge of the woodland meadow.
Past midnight that night (technically day 14) a wood elf scout finds the PCs. The vassal gets close enough to observe them with Darkvision (50ft away). Awake PCs notice her if passive perception is 17 or higher. Her name is Seleth and after observing the PCs to 2 rounds sneaks away to report to her master; an adult gold dragon named ‘Champion Sunfire Resplendence’. If discovered she avoids combat and tersely keeps conversation to a minimum wishing the PCs well on their journey.
Wood elf scout go here scroll down viewtopic.php?f=81&t=19605
Day 15. The narrow of the straight sparating Splendour from Majyst is 50 miles across; even at a moderate pace PC dragons can easily cross in a day. There are no random encounters this day.
Day 16. The PCs do not encounter any creatures as they wing their way to Clear Lake. They arrive at the city in the afternoon. No description of Clear Lake city is given in the boxed set.
About Clear Lake
We know from the map that Clear Lake is inland within a cool temperate forest. It is the capital of clan Majyst and is ruled by Gemmenna a female amethyst great wrym.
The following is non-canon
I have taken cues from the city’s name and location as well as the descriptions of amethyst drag-ons in the boxed set and 2e MM when describing the city. Given that the Dragonlord is a great wrym and it is a clan capital, the city is probably large and prosperous.
In the afternoon you reach the lake. True to it’s name the lake’s water is still and clear. The lake is dotted with sailboats with brightly coloured sails and painted figureheads. At first even the keen eyes of dragons see no sign of the city on the northern shore but as you get closer you can make out little doors and windows in the lightly wooded hillocks and narrow cobblestone roads between them. Quite unlike a spired city of elves, this must be a city of gnomes. There are also larger, dragon-sized austere marble arches and porticos on some hillsides and beneathe the glassy waters of the lake. As you spiral down to a clear space by the busy docks gnomes stop their work to make the sign of Io and kneel or bow.
The city of Clearlake accommodates it’s 20 000 residents almost entirely underground. Just be-neath the surface is a winding warren of interconnected gnome burrows filled with comfortable homes, workshops, libraries, mushroom farms and cart tunnels. Dragons live in lairs dug out and lined with marble and limestone to create austere underground palaces. Gnome tunnels never connect directly to dragon lairs for security reasons and the oldest wealthiest dragons dwell be-neath the lake away from thieves and talkative inquisitive gnomes.
The gnomes of Clearlake are friendly cheerful people who provide their service to visiting drag-ons free of charge and direct them to an old empty lair to rest. The gnomes still charge for any goods the PCs buy.
The dragons of Clearlake behave like serious nobles. They are coldly polite to visitors and prefer to be left alone.
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Day 17. The PC’s flight over the lake and forest to Dwarf Town is uneventful.
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