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Masque of the Worms, 1st-Level One Shot (5E)

“This is how EVERY adventure should be written.” -Bryce Lynch, tenfootpole.org

Baronness Elenore Rennet has yet to return home from a masque at Moldavia Manor two nights ago. Can the players find her and uncover the hideous secrets brooding inside the grim estate of Count Moldavia?

Masque of the Worms is a one-shot for four or five 1st-level characters. It takes about 3-4 hour to complete and includes:

  • Events inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's darkest tales 

  • Two new monsters sure to chill your blood

  • Combat cards for each monster, PC, and special treasure

  • High-quality digital maps for use with virtual tabletops

Grab this adventure at a reduced price in the Bundle of Horror!

“A wonderfully creepy one-shot dripping with Poe references. As always from The Arcane Library, the design is elegant and streamlined… Does an excellent job transferring the spirit of Poe's stories into a D&D adventure.” -T.A., drivethrurpg.com ★★★★★

Note, this is a digital PDF product that we email to you.

Video walkthrough of the adventure below.

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Samuel Eggertson
Perfect across the spectrum

I had to DM a one shot for new players and impulse bought this. It fit like a glove. Such an easy module to prep but so much amazing detail and depth. They almost died, they slew a beast right as it was about to devour them and they loved it. I’m going to run it two more times for other groups and tweak somethings. Also it made me re-read Poe. In all sincerity I came in with little to no expectations and was blown away.

Darren Keeley
Fun investigation and combat!

Players enjoyed the Poe references and being swallowed by worms. There were a limited number of horses remaining in the stable to bring loot back with them, and they decided to take a barrel of amontillado instead of bringing the count to justice. As I should've expected from them, I suppose.

Well-written, easy-to-run adventure for experienced and new groups alike

As a GM I liked:
- the what and why of each area clearly and succinctly stated
- ditto for the NPCs and creatures
- easy to find information
- easy to fit into an existing campaign with lots of further hooks
The players liked:
- a fun story uniquely presented
- lots of little non-combat challenges (dealing with the horses, the environment, and NPCs)
- memorable NPCs, creatures, and mechanics

This adventure is great for GMs and players, veteran or new. The descriptions and motivations of the characters and creatures are written so as to be easily adaptable to any existing world and any RPG system.

Experienced group loved it

I ran this as a one-shot for my experienced group, when our regular GM postponed our regular game when a player couldn't make it for a critical scene. I loved running it, and my group loved it so much, our regular GM and the other players asked if we could continue the adventure whenever one of the group couldn't make it for our regular campaign. Easy to run, easy to adapt for different number of players. Totally recommended ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

So easy to run!

I'm about to run this for the third time in 4 months, it's just so easy! I can throw this out with a minutes notice, because it takes nothing to prep. Players are happy everytime, and I can focus on bringing it to life, not reading page after page of stuff. Thanks for an awesome product!