Set in Varisia, the home of Paizo's original material, this adventure concerns long-lost swords which once belonged to the Runelords who ruled the Empire of Thassilon. Knowing that if they themselves quarrelled it would bring widescale destruction to the land, these wizards each created a sword embued with a faint trace of their power, and when they had a difference of opinion the swords were entrusted to champions who'd fight to the death to decide the matter. But that was long ago and few people even know of the swords, let alone know where they are now... or do they?
The characters are hired by the Church of Abadar, who apparently used to possess the Sword of Lust but it has been stolen and they want it back. Worse, they have heard rumours that someone is trying to collect all seven swords, each named after one of the seven deadly sins. To undertake this task, they need to travel to a town that's a haven for all the worst folk, thieves and cutthroats and even more unpleasant people, where the person thought responsible for the theft lives. Once there, asking around should eventually lead them to the underground lair of the thief - and what follows is a good dungeon-delve, with plenty of traps to keep the party on their toes.
You either love or hate puzzle/trap dungeons, and if you and your players enjoy them this is an excellent one with a whole raft of intriging and puzzling rooms to investigate and survive. It might make a good one-night stand, something outwith your normal campaign, and if you choose that option there are 4 pre-generated characters provided to allow you to jump straight in.
Overall, it is an interesting and well-constructed delve and certainly from this side of the DM's screen it holds together fairly coherently, although I think that it might appear a random succession of rooms to the characters. Good entertainment!
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Reviewed: 10 November 2007