As with past items in this series, this is a fully-detailed single encounter based in a location in the Dungeon Under the Mountain (but of course, you can put it anywhere else that is more convenient for your campaign). With superb mastery of PDF technology, it is possible to select a High, Medium or Low level of threat - for the whole encounter or even for specific aspects (you might choose Low traps and High monsters for a party which prefers to fight rather than figure things out, for example) - before you print out the adventure. There's even a text field for your own notes, which can be saved for future reference.
This particular encounter is located on Level 1 as Room 33, if you are using the Dungeon Under the Mountain complex. Now, you do not really expect to find children's toys in a dungeon... and if you follow up the trail, nothing is quite what it seems. If you wish to use this as a planned enouncter sought out by your characters, the background is amenable to the Nursey being the focus of a quest, while it serves adequately to explain what is going on if this is run as a chance encounter during normal dungeon exploration and raiding.
The whole encounter is spooky and slightly disturbing, and provides ample scope for role-playing the inhabitants of the nursery for the DM. The characters will need to be resourceful to figure out how to deal with the situation unless they feel comfortable will killing everybody there.
A new magic item, the Book of Memories, is presented: it is a rather nice idea where a magical book is able to store an individual's memories in words and pictures for future reference - a perfect scrapbook without all the hard work! There is also a variety on a Construct template, to allow sentience to develop.
Overall, this is something a little different, perhaps even horrific, to add in to your adventures. Well put together and coherent, it is something your players are likely to remember for a long time.
Return to Rooms & Denounters: The Corrupted Nursery page.
Reviewed: 8 September 2007