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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 17 reviews
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!

Perfect ratio of horror to action

I used this story as a side quest for my favorite two PCs - my kids. I have a 13 year old and a 9 year old. The 13 year old was starting to check out. Playing DND with one’s dad and brother is not so cool as a teenager. This bit of storyline hooked her in and brought our family time back together. There is just enough horror to be scary (the 9 year old was definitely unsettled, but handled it), but not over the top. The only significant mod I made was the little girl’s mother was not dead. Both kids needed to be able to save the mom. Thank you for writing the story that saved our family time.

Great little one shot!

This was a really fun little one shot that I integrated into my main story as a side quest. Love the easy to use format. Content was really good and my players had a great time. I’ll be using it again with a different group and I think now that I ran it once the next time will be even better!